Global Compact on Migration
In 2018 UN Member States will adopt a Global Compact on Migration, an international agreement focusing on the protection of the safety, dignity and human rights of vulnerable migrants. This is a rare opportunity to develop a new global approach to migration that is more effective and humane.
We, as IFRC, believe that all human beings – including migrants – have the right to safety and dignity. If you agree with this – if you agree that children should not be detained, that anyone whose life is in danger should be protected, and that death is an unacceptable price for anyone to pay for simply searching for a better life – add your voice to our call for governments to protect people on the move, and prevent deaths, abuse and deprivation experienced by millions of migrants around the world. Because human rights are migrant rights. People who migrate have the same rights as everyone else, regardless of their legal status.
Increasing migration is both a cause and consequence of some of the most significant humanitarian challenges of the modern era. In recent years, people on the move across different regions all over the world have highlighted the risks faced by migrants, especially when particularly vulnerable.
People decide to move for different reasons: fear of persecution, conflict and violence, human rights violations, poverty and lack of economic prospects, or natural disasters. Many people cross borders to find work, and an increasing number are moving as a result of climate change. People’s reasons for migrating are complex, and often a combination of a variety of these and other factors.
258 million international migrants
The highest number in recorded human history, according to the UN.
65.4 million are forced migrants
Fleeing violence, persecution or natural disasters.
50% of migrating women face violence
Studies suggest half of all migrating women have experienced rape or sexual violence.
1,000 children reunited
In 2015, over 1,000 children travelling alone were reunited with family.
The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has a longstanding history of working with migrants. National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies provide support to people migrating, including refugees and asylum-seekers, victims of trafficking, labour migrants and unaccompanied children, and provide life-saving and life-enhancing services to the most vulnerable such as first aid, access to health care and other essential services.
Working with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), National Societies also play a crucial role in helping reunite families through restoring family links (RFL) services.
With National Societies in 190 countries and around 17 million volunteers around the world, the IFRC has a truly global presence, allowing us to support migrants at different stages of their journeys in countries of origin, transit and destination. Through our local action globally, we are uniquely placed to prevent suffering and help uphold the rights and dignity of migrants, as well as help societies to maximise the benefits of migration through social inclusion programmes. The IFRC also aims to bridge increasingly polarised views on migration, supporting migrants and host communities to work toward mutual understanding and individual and community resilience.
Our work in Migration
We support National Societies in providing humanitarian assistance to migrants, irrespective of their legal status, addressing their most pressing needs and responding to the most vulnerable people.
Publication: Addressing the humanitarian consequences of labour migration and trafficking: The role of Asia Pacific National Societies
This report will be launched during the Red Cross Red Crescent Conference on Labour Migration on 20 June in Bangkok, Thailand provides guidance for the assistance, protection and humanitarian diplomacy activities of Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies in the context of labour migration and trafficking. It builds upon existing initiatives by Asia Pacific National Societies and provides guidance for National Societies considering new initiatives in labour migration and trafficking.
Click here to download the full report.
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30 refugees and asylum seekers participate in a programme that enables them to share knowledge and experience about life in Italy with new arrivals. During the sessions, they study the legal statuses of migrants and refugees, their rights and responsibilities and ways to access services in different regions of Italy.
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The current negotiations on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration present a rare opportunity to develop a new global approach to migration that is more effective and humane. It is an opportunity that cannot be missed. Migration has …
While there is room for disagreement about migration policy, the humanitarian imperative means that we must never needlessly sacrifice the survival and dignity of any vulnerable people, including migrants.