The IFRC Plan and Budget (2016-2020) has eight areas of focus where the IFRC will coordinate and provide programmatic support to National Societies. Migration is one of these eight areas.

Migration issues impact all regions of the IFRC. In recent years, the Europe region has experienced unprecedented migration and population movement, requiring an equivalent scale in response. This humanitarian need impacted much of Europe, with many National Societies providing immediate and longer- term relief to migrants.

In Europe, the IFRC`s response has included the following:

  • A Regional appeal (MDR65001) “Europe Migration: coordination, response and preparedness” with an appeal budget of CHF4.6million covering a period of thirteen months ending December 20161.
  • Eight emergency appeals related to population movement in Europe, as well as funding support from the IFRC`s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF). In total, these appeals and DREF supported operations are reaching 1 million people with budgets of some 33 million Swiss francs2. This included Emergency Appeal (MDRGR001) “Greece Population Movement”. The budget for the Greece appeal was CHF28.6 million covering the period from September 2015 to March 20173 ; and
  • An international appeal (MDRTR003) “Turkey Population Movement” with an appeal budget of CHF44.6 million covering the period from November 2012 to April 20174.

    The support for these appeals is provided by the Europe Region. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • A migration surge capacity response team, at the IFRC Regional Office in Budapest, Hungary.
  • An IFRC country office in Athens, Greece to support the Greece Population Movement appeal.
  • An IFRC integrated programme coordinator at the Turkish Red Crescent in Ankara, Turkey, to support

    the Turkey Population Movement appeal.

    This internal audit was part of the 2016 annual plan of the Office of Internal Audit and Investigations (OIAI). The audit included visits to Budapest, Athens and Ankara. It was performed between August and October 2016. The findings in relation to Ankara are reported separately to management.

Download: Internal audit of the European migration operation

Publication date: 01/11/2016

Document status: Final


Document data

National Societies
Europe, IFRC
Document type
Internal audit