Every day around the world, people make the difficult decision to leave their homes—and their countries—in pursuit of a safer place to live and hope for a better future. Families migrate for different reasons: conflict, violence, human rights violations, lack of economic prospects, or natural disasters.
Migrants’ journeys are often dangerous. They may lose contact with their families, fall victim to human trafficking or be exploited in informal labor arrangements. Studies suggest half of all migrating women have experienced rape or sexual violence. And more than 300,000 children migrated alone or without their families in 2017.
As part of the world’s largest humanitarian network, the American Red Cross partners with Red Cross and Red Crescent teams to provide aid and hope to migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers in accordance with our seven fundamental principles.