Red Cross Red Crescent Doha Dialogue on Migration


The Red Cross Red Crescent Doha Dialogue on Migration is a series of events hosted throughout Asia Pacific and the Middle East North Africa from 2014-2015. The events brought together a range of stakeholders involved in labour migration including humanitarian organisations, non-governmental organizations, government, academics, research institutions and more, with the aim to address best practices and methods of collaboration. The goal was to also evaluate ways to improve relevant labour laws, policies and programmes to protect the rights and interests of expatriate workers. The events that took place are as follows:

Manila Conference - May 2015

The Manila Conference on Labor Migration took place  over two days in Manila, the Philippines, from 12-13 May 2015. Hosted by the Philippine Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the event brought together a diverse collection of experts and interested parties from specialist international organizations, aid agencies, local non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions. The conference provided a forum for discussions about labor migration with a specific focus on female domestic workers. Representatives from Ministries of Labor and Foreign Affairs were also invited to participate in the hope that their presence will encourage greater discussion and local and inter-regional collaboration between the authorities and the humanitarian sector.

  • To read the concept note click here
  • To read about the Philippine Red Cross click here
  • To access the final agenda click here
  • For a map on the Statistics on Labor Migration within the Asia-Pacific region, click here
  • To view the Manila Declaration on Women Household Service Workers, click here

Regional Think Tank Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue - Jan 2015

The humanitarian community is playing an increasingly active role in bridging the cultural and/or religious divide in fractured communities. Oftentimes, humanitarian activities in sensitive contexts cannot be approached without factoring in questions of religious and cultural understanding or adaptation. Migrant populations are an important part of the conversation to how society can build a culture of non-violence and peace through increase respect and understanding for difference cultures and religions.

It is within this context that the Center for Strategic and International Studies-Myanmar Development Resources Institute (CSIS-MDRI), Interfaith Dialogue Group (Myanmar), Myanmar Red Cross Society and the IFRC hosted a regional think tank focusing on inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue in Yangon from 24-25 January 2015.

To read more about the event click here or visit the event page on FedNet here

Doha Dialogue - May 2014

Hosted by the Qatar Red Crescent and the IFRC in Doha, from 15-17 June 2014, the first-ever Doha Dialogue event included key external partners, ranging from international NGOs to government to civil society representatives, who joined the Red Cross and Red Crescent to address the challenges of labour migration and expatriate workers. The main purpose was to address challenges and identify a common way forward, together, to support expatriate workers and related humanitarian challenges. While two days were open to partners, the event included a workshop for Red Cross Red Crescent partners in order to establish a cross-regional platform for cooperation on labour migration between Asia Pacific and Middle-East and North Africa.. More information is below and a follow-up meeting is expected to take place in Doha towards the end of 2015.

Learn more about Red Cross and Red Crescent work in migration here, and the reference group here.





Manila Conference Newsletter

Doha Dialogue Newsletter

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Doha Dialogue on Migration 2014: Voices from the conference

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