Responding to humanitarian and protection needs of migrants and displaced people.
International migration looks set to continue to increase in the short- and medium-term. It is truly a global phenomenon. In search of a safer life, far from poverty and violence, migrants are showing courage and resilience as they embark upon perilous journeys to new countries and adapt to new contexts.
Migration and displacement issues have risen high on the agenda of the international community over the past decade, and over the past few years we have witnessed an urgent need to address the plight of migrants along all migratory routes, and to work collectively towards comprehensive solutions involving countries of origin, transit and destination.
The IFRC has a long-standing commitment to work with governments, host populations and migrant communities to respond to the humanitarian and protection needs of vulnerable migrants in countries of transit and destination. In line with our Policy on Migration, the IFRC also works in countries of origin to contribute to alleviating pressures that can induce people to migrate against their will. In accordance to our Fundamental Principles, we work to preserve the humanity and dignity of migrants regardless of their legal status and we focus on assistance, protection, non-discrimination and public awareness and promotion of respect for diversity, non-violence and social inclusion.
Our work in Migration
Awareness raisingRaising awareness is important to promote respect for diversity and counter intolerance, prejudice and discrimination through positive images and programmes.
Hadim Mbye, a 31-year-old migrant from The Gambia, boarded a small rubber dinghy together with over 130 others at a beach close to Tripoli in Libya. Hadim shared his experience of the ordeal with volunteers from the Libyan Red Crescent’s Zawiya branch.
Early in the morning of Wednesday, 22 February, Khoms branch of the Libyan Red Crescent received a phone call. They were told that 69 migrants of different nationalities had been found inside a metal container near the city, some of them dead and the others in bad condition. They had been trapped in the container for four days.
In the last six months there has been a steady increase in people fleeing violence in South Sudan and looking for safety in Palorinya. Resources, and the capacity of the government and humanitarian agencies, are stretched.
Following the economic downturn of 2008, many National Societies across Europe and Central Asia have tailored their programmes and activities to address the needs of the newly emerged vulnerable groups.
Poster highlighting the social commitments contained in the Florence Call for Action.
Two page flyer highlighting the commitments around migration in the Florence Call for Action.