Responding to humanitarian and protection needs of migrants and displaced people.

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Increasing migration is both a cause and consequence of some of the most significant humanitarian challenges of the modern era. In recent years, people on the move across different regions all over the world have highlighted the risks faced by migrants, especially when particularly vulnerable.

People decide to move for different reasons: fear of persecution, conflict and violence, human rights violations, poverty and lack of economic prospects, or natural disasters. Many people cross borders to find work, and an increasing number are moving as a result of climate change. People’s reasons for migrating are complex, and often a combination of a variety of these and other factors.

The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has a longstanding history of working with migrants. National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies provide support to people migrating, including refugees and asylum-seekers, victims of trafficking, labour migrants and unaccompanied children, and provide life-saving and life-enhancing services to the most vulnerable such as first aid, access to health care and other essential services.

Working with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), National Societies also play a crucial role in helping reunite families through Restoring Family Links (RFL) services.

With National Societies in 190 countries and around 17 million volunteers around the world, the IFRC has a truly global presence, allowing us to support migrants at different stages of their journeys in countries of origin, transit and destination. Through our local action globally, we are uniquely placed to prevent suffering and help uphold the rights and dignity of migrants, as well as help societies maximise the benefits of migration through social inclusion programmes. The IFRC also aims to bridge increasingly polarised views on migration, supporting migrants and host communities to work toward mutual understanding and individual and community resilience.

Our work in Migration

Policy and Strategy

Our policy work is critical to enable the Movement and National Societies address key issues in meeting migrants’ and displaced people’s needs.

Programmes

We support National Societies in providing humanitarian assistance to migrants, irrespective of their legal status, addressing their most pressing needs and responding to the most vulnerable people.

Virtualvolunteer.org

Virtualvolunteer.org is a web app that provides information to migrants at times of vulnerability. Part of our Community Engagement and Accountability programmes putting people at the centre of our response.

Smart Practices

The IFRC Smart Practices website allows humanitarian partners and governments to share and compare lessons, kowledge, expertise and best practices around migration, supporting a global approach to saving lives.

#protecthumanity

What would you do if your country became mired in conflict? If the only way to protect your family was to put them in danger, to put them on a boat in the middle of the night? What would you do if there was no way back?

Behind the statistics and politics are thousands of stories.

Related news

Saleh Barakat volunteered with the Red Cross for the past year at Nea Kavala migrant camp, where he lived until a successful outcome on his application for relocation to another European county. Socrates Baltagiannis/IFRC

By Avra Fiala, IFRC Two hours. After a year living at Nea Kavala camp, that was all the time Saleh had to throw everything into a bag and give hugs and goodbyes to his friends and fellow Hellenic Red Cross volunteers before rushing off to catch the bus …

26 April 2017
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(External link) They say they ran from murder and persecution. They’ve ended up in mud huts on the Bay of Bengal. And with the torrential rains of the monsoon season approaching, along with the threat of cyclones and floods, the fate of tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees living in overcrowded camps in Bangladesh looks as precarious as their makeshift shelters.

21 April 2017
Senuara with her baby in Cox’s Bazar district, Bangladesh on 8 April, 2017. Living in a makeshift camp, she says it's difficult to take care of her children, when there is barely enough water for drinking but not for bathing. Photo: Mirva Helenius / IFRC

Since October 2016, almost 75,000 people have fled violence in the northern area of Rakhine State in neighbouring Myanmar and arrived in Bangladesh.

21 April 2017

Recent additions to the migration resources library

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This poster provides information on a Red Cross hotline with the relevant telephone numbers, opening hours, available languages and more.

26 April 2017
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This illustration provides information on how to remain healthy and hydrated during the summer with cartoon characters Laila and Amar. This can also be printed as a poster or flyer.

4 April 2017
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This illustration provides information on how to keep warm and healthy during a freezing winter with cartoon characters Laila and Amar. This can also be printed as a poster or flyer.

4 April 2017