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

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International migration looks set to continue to increase in the short- and medium-term. It is truly a global phenomenon. In search of a safer life, far from poverty and violence, thousands of people embark upon perilous journeys to new countries and adapt to new contexts.

Migrants are people who leave or flee their homes to go to new places – usually abroad – to seek opportunities or safer and better prospects. Migration can be voluntary or involuntary, but most of the time a combination of choices and constraints are involved.

Migration and displacement issues have risen high on the agenda of the international community over the past decade, and in the past few years we have witnessed an urgent need to address the plight of migrants along many routes, and to work collectively towards comprehensive solutions involving countries of origin, transit and destination.

Our long-standing commitment is to work with governments, host populations and communities to respond to the humanitarian and protection needs of vulnerable migrants in countries of transit and destination. In line with our Policy on Migration, the IFRC also works in countries of origin to help alleviate pressures that can induce people to migrate against their will. In accordance with our Fundamental Principles, we work to preserve the humanity and dignity of migrants regardless of their legal status and we focus on assistance, protection, non-discrimination and public awareness and promotion of respect for diversity, non-violence and social inclusion.

Our work in Migration

Policy and Strategy

Our policy work is critical to enable the Movement and National Societies addresses 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 groups.

Virtualvolunteer.org

Virtualvolunteer.org is a web app which 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 is a knowledge-sharing platform that allows humanitarian partners and governments to share and compare lessons, 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 migration and statistics are thousands of lives.

Our work in the regions

Asia Pacific

Americas

Middle East and North Africa

Africa

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