Document type: Policy brief/position
While there is room for disagreement about migration policy, the humanitarian imperative means that we must never needlessly sacrifice the survival and dignity of any vulnerable people, including migrants.
Local humanitarian action already has an enormous life-saving impact around the world. It could do even more – in particular, it could be the key to bridging the growing gap (currently over $15 billion) between humanitarian needs and available funds — if the international community began to really invest in it. If we focus our collective efforts on ensuring strong, sustainable, relevant, effective local organizations we will achieve better preparedness, response and recovery in humanitarian settings, improving outcomes for affected populations.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is fully committed to creating safe, inclusive and dignified environment for the communities we serve, and for all volunteers and staff.
This policy brief sets out the IFRC’s position and recommendations for the new Global Compact on Refugees to be negotiated in 2018.