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. According to UNHCR, 1 person is forcibly displaced every two seconds as a result of conflict or persecution. And in recent years, the number of children migrating alone—without parents or guardians—has increased.
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.