What we aim to achieve

Migration is a growing phenomenon that occurs in every country. While many migrants move voluntarily – perhaps looking for economic opportunities or better living conditions – others do not have a choice. Increasingly, people are forced to flee their homes and communities due to a number of factors such as conflicts, insecurity, disaster or poverty.

Many migrants succeed in establishing themselves in their new communities, but others face abuse and discrimination; this constitutes a primary concern for National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

As migration is a global phenomenon, partnerships with government and non–governmental agencies, international organizations, migrant groups and host communities and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, are essential along the many migration trails.

The IFRC is committed to ensuring access to assistance for vulnerable migrants, preserving their dignity and upholding respect for diversity and social inclusion, irrespective of their legal status and along the migratory trail – based on the principles of humanity and impartiality and guided solely by the needs of migrants.

Rights of migrants in action, a 42-month project co-funded by the European Union, aims to promote and protect the human rights of migrants in targeted countries, migration corridors and regions through a globally coordinated civil society action, with a specific focus on migrant workers and victims of human trafficking. The project offers a unique interface for civil society organizations (CSOs) working in the field of migration. It aims to foster the exchange of good practices, strengthen migration-related expertise among a network of CSOs and enhance the evidence-base for cohesive migrant-centred actions. The project is being implemented in 15 countries (Benin, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Morocco, Nepal, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Thailand and Zimbabwe) with the following objectives:

  • Fostering harmonized and coordinated approach to CSOs toward the protection of human rights of migrants, in particular with regard to migrant domestic workers and victims of human trafficking.
  • Enhancing migrants’ access to social services in targeted countries and the provision of services through small-scale CSO projects.
  • Building and strengthening CSOs’ capacities to support the improvement of migrants’ human rights, in particular with regard to migrant domestic workers and victims of human trafficking.