Migrants and refugees are not only in need of assistance in the form of shelter, food or health care. They are also in need of accurate, lifesaving and life-enhancing information. When on the move, or in a foreign country, migrants rely on the availability of trusted and timely updates to remain safe.
Information deprivation continues to be a major challenge in the migration response. Migrants and refugees’ limited access to information on their rights, services available and safe migration choices, combined with unverified rumours and speculation is driving individuals to take risky journeys and heightens their vulnerability to trafficking, sexual or labour exploitation.
It is critical to support migrants’ ability to protect and care for themselves and self-guide their way out of trouble. Timely, accurate and trusted information enable people to help themselves and navigate their way to safety. Also, listening to migrants’ voices, needs and concerns and engage them is crucial to reduce their vulnerability and be accountable to them.
Bringing vital, reliable and timely information to people in need so that they can make timely decisions, as well as listening to migrants needs and concerns is an important activity that National Red Cross Red Crescent Societies carry out to make individuals more resilient.