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.

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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). In 2017, the Council of Delegates passed a Resolution, a Movement Call for Action on the Humanitarian Needs of Vulnerable Migrants, and endorsed the IFRC Global Strategy on Migration: Reducing Vulnerability, Enhancing Resilience for the period 2018 to 2022.


Meeting reports

  • 2017 IFRC Report of Philippines returns lessons learned workshop
  • 2017 IFRC Migration and Health Asia Pacific Regional Meeting Report
  • 2016 Mobilising the Movement Final Report
  • Human Rights: The Rights of Refugees

    This 15-hour online course from Amnesty International teaches about the human rights of refugees and ways to protect and promote these rights.

  • Migration for Development Project Cycle Management

    E-training on Project Cycle Management with a specific focus on migration that has been produced by JDMI (a network of UN agencies led by UNDP). The course is a comprehensive tool on project cycle management, covering all phases from programming to evaluation, while providing tips based on the experiences of the JMDI projects. Collectively, the 6 modules in the tool will help the learner to:

    • identify and address their local migration and development problems
    • choose their team
    • formulate key project documents
    • initiate, manage and monitor their migration and development project
    • prepare for both internal and external evaluations.
  • Project planning

    Online course – 30 minutes on IFRC Learning Platform (log in required)

  • Project management essentials

    Online course – 30 minutes on IFRC Learning Platform (log in required)

  • SWOT analysis

    Online course – 30 minutes on IFRC Learning Platform (log in required)

  • Anticipating project risks

    Online course – 30 minutes on IFRC Learning Platform (log in required)

  • Accountability: ``Blame and responsibility``-an opportunity to restore trust?

    Material – 1 hour 35 minutes on IFRC Learning Platform (log in required)

  • 2018: Introductory Course to Red Cross Red Crescent's Approach to Migration

    Available in French and Spanish

  • 2019: Massive Online Open Course on the Move

    Under development


  • Learn more about IFRC’s ongoing global work in migration here.
  • 2014-2017 For information about the global Rights of Migrants in Action initiative, click here.










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