Responding to humanitarian and protection needs of migrants and displaced people.
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 to 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
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.
Migration: A humanitarian perspective
You can now register for a massive open online course (MOOC) on the International Red Cross and Red Crescent’s approach to migration. The course presents the Movement’s approach to migration and how we work to address the humanitarian needs of migrants. The course is now available in Arabic and will soon be available in English.
After fleeing Myanmar for Bangladesh, Rehana doesn’t know how she will take care of her newborn and grieve for her son.
The Croatian Red Cross has qualified and experienced staff and volunteers acting as legal guardians for unaccompanied children at reception centres.
The Spanish Red Cross has increased support at ports and borders following a dramatic increase in migrant arrivals.
The IFRC welcomes the commitments expressed by UN member states in the New York Declaration for refugees and migrants to respect and pro- tect the safety, dignity and rights of migrants and refugees. We hope now to see the development of a Global Compact on Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration that goes beyond simply repeating these good intentions.
Navigating the muddy paths and hills of the Kutupalong settlement is a daily activity for 25 year old Bangladesh Red Crescent volunteer, Tamjid Hossen Naim. He and a group of two dozen other youth volunteers provide psychosocial support to newly arriving People from Rakhine State in northern Myanmar.
The Rights of Migrants in Action project, co-funded by the European Union and the IFRC, is a global initiative aimed at promoting and protecting the rights of migrants in targeted countries, migration corridors and regions, through coordinated civil society action.