The Regional Perspective
Migration and displacement remains one of the biggest global challenges facing States and the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement today. Without sufficient legal and humanitarian protection, migrants are often “living at the margin of conventional health, social and legal systems”, more likely to face increased vulnerability and subject to abuse and exploitation.
The rapidly growing magnitude and complexity of the migration phenomena requires urgent and coordinated action from the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, governments and humanitarian actors. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) works as part of a global team to support and facilitate the dynamic work of 38 Red Cross and Red Cross Societies across the Asia Pacific region.
Through its auxiliary role to authorities, the Red Cross Red Crescent is well positioned to support improvements in labour laws, policies and programmes for migrant workers and to ensure that they are able to access basic health and welfare services while addressing cultural and language challenges, discrimination and violence related issues. In emergency and crisis contexts, the Red Cross Red Crescent is able to provide critical emergency support, from shelter to fresh water and sanitation, vital health care and longer term support for livelihoods, education and Restoring Family Links (RFL).
Learn more about IFRC global work in migration here.
Guiding Documents and Updates
IFRC developed its Policy on Migration in 2009 after the adoption in 2007 by the International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent of its Declaration “Together for Humanity” which included a section on humanitarian concerns generated by international migration (See Resolution).
- IFRC 2018 Addressing the Humanitarian Consequences of Labour Migration and Trafficking: The Role of Asia Pacific National Societies
- IFRC 2018 Action to Assist and Protect Trafficked Persons
- IFRC 2018 Rights of Migrants in Action: Child Protection Projects
- IFRC 2018 Rights of Migrants in Action: Global Findings on Human Rights of Migrants, Human Trafficking and Domestic Labour Migration
- IFRC 2017 The Legal Framework for Migrants and Refugees: An Introduction to Red Cross and Red Crescent Staff and Volunteers
- IFRC 2017 Health and Care for Migrants and Displaced Persons: Case Studies from the Asia Pacific Region
- IFRC 2017 Policy Brief: Global Compact on Migration
- IFRC 2017 Policy Brief: Global Compact on Refugees
- IFRC 2017 Position Paper: Protection and Assistance for Children on the Move
- IFRC 2016 Operational framework for involvement in migrant health and care services
- IFRC 2016 One Humanity: Safety and Dignity for Migrants
- IFRC 2012 World Disasters Report: Focus on Forced Migration and Displacement
- IFRC 2011 Reference Document – Migration: Ensuring Access, Dignity, Respect for Diversity and Social Inclusion
These publications provide brief information on migration in the region as a result of shared efforts conducted by International Federations of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, National Societies at a local, national and regional level.
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- 14 May - 15 May
- 27 November , 2017 8:00 am - 5:00 pm UTC+7
Migration Lessons Learnt Workshop for Mindanao Returnees operation | 19-20 July 2017 | Manila, Philippines19 July , 2017 8:00 am - 20 July , 2017 5:00 pm UTC+7
IFRC Asia Pacific Regional Meeting: Health and Care for Migrants and Displaced Persons: Strengthening Humanitarian Action | 6-7 June 2017 | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia6 June , 2017 8:00 am - 7 June , 2017 5:00 pm UTC+7
- 1 March , 2017 - 2 March , 2017