Dubai/Geneva, 11 March 2019: The President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Francesco Rocca, will speak out on the rising humanitarian needs of migrants during a keynote address to the Dubai International Aid and Development Conference (DIHAD).

Mr Rocca will raise concerns about the emergence of policies that are designed to limit migration, but serve to increase the suffering and vulnerability of people searching for safety and dignity.

Mr Rocca will be available to speak to the media on 12 and 13 March. In addition to migration, he can also speak on a range of humanitarian issues, including the humanitarian situation in Venezuela (where he visited in February), and the Brussels III Conference on Syria that he will be attending immediately following DIHAD.

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In Dubai: Tommaso Della Longa, +41 79 708 43 67, tommaso.dellalonga@ifrc.org

In Geneva: Matthew Cochrane, +41 79 251 80 39, matthew.cochrane@ifrc.org

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