Today, December 18, is International Migrants Day.
Now, more than ever, the world’s attention is turning to the plight of migrants. And here’s why: worldwide displacement is at the highest level ever recorded. In fact, according to United Nations Refugee Agency, one in every 122 humans is a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum. These families are fleeing war, conflict, and persecution. In search of safety, they’ve left their homes with hope for the future. Hope of a better life for their children.
As the world’s largest humanitarian network, Red Cross and Red Crescent societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross are banding together to serve tens of thousands of migrants, refugees, and internally-displaced people. Staff and volunteers tend to people on the move all around the world—this includes providing lifesaving support to people within Syria and along migratory routes in countries of origin, transit and arrival. Above, a slideshow of Red Cross Red Crescent activities throughout Syria and Europe.
Over the past four years, the American Red Cross has spent and committed more than $2.5 million on relief efforts in Syria and its neighboring countries affected by conflict such as Iraq, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. As the crisis continues, the American Red Cross is providing information management and mapping support to the global operation to ensure that Red Cross and Red Crescent chapters are not responding independently of each other, but rather, have greater situational awareness of the broader crisis. This allows for informed decision-making at a global level and is essential for an emergency of this scale, which can overwhelm local Red Cross and Red Crescent branches. The American Red Cross has deployed eight disaster specialists to Europe and has provided 10,000 cots to help families in Germany.
See more about American Red Cross’s work connecting loved ones at our Restoring Family Links page. For more information about the global Red Cross network’s response to the migration crisis in Europe, see redcross.org/migrationcrisis.