Working to protect the dignity and safety of migrants at all times.

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National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies engage – individually and together – with the IFRC, to address humanitarian concerns of vulnerable migrants throughout their journey, in countries of origin, transit and destination. They provide assistance and protection, promote rights and dignity, help them identify opportunities, and promote social inclusion.

Our policy and strategy work supports the action of the Movement by setting principles and providing guidance on everyday work with migrants and displaced people. We work with governmental and non-governmental partners, and our work is based on our understanding of migrants’ needs. Guided by our Fundamental Principles, we aim to ensure that the dignity and safety of migrants and displaced people comes first.

Resolutions, policy documents, reports and declarations can be powerful tools in providing such support. They provide a solid base upon which to build our engagement work with our partners and can also inspire our programmes and activities.

Related documents


Declaration adopted at the Regional Meeting on the Role of the Red Cross Movement and Migration in the Americas, Toluca, Mexico. 7 – 8 November, 2016

24 November 2016
Turning commitment in actions

In acknowledging the increasing humanitarian needs of migrants, the ICRC and the IFRC confirm that the commitments made in 2011, with the adoption of Resolution 3, were essential. Four years later, the humanitarian imperatives are even greater and commitments need to be better translated into action to alleviate the suffering of vulnerable migrants along the migration routes.

7 December 2015
MOV statement

Document approved at the Council of Delegates of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in December 2015

7 December 2015

The present policy on migration expands the scope of, and replaces the Federation policy on refugees and other displaced people. It builds on, and complements those resolutions of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement that relate to action in favour of refugees and internally displaced persons.

15 December 2013

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Mediterranean search and rescue vessel Responder, 3-5 November 2016. Despite the worsening weather thousands continue to brave rough seas to reach Europe, including many women and children as young as one month. International Red Cross medical teams work tirelessly to provide those rescued at sea with the medical help they need as well as with blankets, food and water on board the Responder. This "floating ambulance is a joint life-saving mission between the Italian Red Cross and the independent charity Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS).

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) deplores continued global inaction in response to Mediterranean tragedies, after a boat carrying up to 600 migrants capsized off Egypt. At least 42 people have been confirmed as drowned when the boat sank 12 kilometres from the shores of Rasheed town in Kafr Al Sheikh governorate.

21 September 2016

Statement by Francesco Rocca Vice President of IFRC and President of Italian Red Cross on Behalf of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies at the Migration Summit held in New York on 19 September 2016.

20 September 2016
Tunisia, Tunis, 17 September, 2015. IFRC Secretary General Elhadj As Sy speaking at a Migration Partnership Meeting. About 180 people gathered in Tunis on 17 and 18 September, 2015 for an IFRC/Tunisian Red Crescent Migration Partnership Meeting. Attendees included representatives from around 30 National Red Cross Societies, IFRC, ICRC, governments and external partners such as UNHCR, IOM, and MSF. Participants discussed how to better coordinate the humanitarian response to migration, particularly in the Mediterranean and surrounding countries, and how to scale up help for vulnerable migrants on this migration route, as well as in countries of origin, transit and arrival.

On 17-18 September, the Secretary General participated in an IFRC-convened partnership meeting in Tunis, Tunisia. On 17-18 September, the Secretary General participated in an IFRC-convened partnership meeting in Tunis, Tunisia, looking at the escalatin …

19 September 2015