Migration at the 31st International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent

The International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent

The Conference, convening every 4 years, provides a non-political forum for dialogue on humanitarian matters of common interest and is an important humanitarian forum bringing States into dialogue with the Movement.

It gathers Recognized Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (186), States party to the Geneva Conventions (194), the International Committee of the Red Cross and the IFRC.

More information is available at www.rcrcconference.org


Migration at the 31st International Conference

The 31st Conference presented an opportunity for States and components of the Movement to debate the main issues, threats and vulnerabilities currently affecting migrants all over the world.


Members of the Conference adopted a resolution:

  1. ensuring that relevant laws and procedures are in place to ensure that National Societies enjoy effective and safe access to all migrants without discrimination and irrespective of their legal status;
  2. ensuring that national procedures at international borders include adequate safeguards to protect the dignity and ensure the safety of all migrants;
  3. encouraging cooperation in order to promote respect for diversity and social inclusion of migrants, enhance cultural awareness between migrant and local communities, and promote humanitarian values; and
  4. identifying the need for continued collaboration between States and National Societies, and partner organisations such as the IOM, UNHCR, UNODC.

Conference Members were also be invited to submit voluntary pledges to undertake specific actions, individually or in partnership, which complement the resolution. All pledges made during the International Conference are available in the following online database: http://www.icrc.org/pledges 


The Migration Resolution

Members of the Conference (National Societies, States, the IFRC, the ICRC and States Parties to the Geneva Conventions) adopted a resolution that recognised the important role of the Movement on migration issues and that will guide our action on Migration issues for the future.

The migration resolution is available in English, Arabic, French and Spanish.

An unofficial translation of the Migration Resolution is also available in German


Migration Commission

On Tuesday 29 November, participants to the Conference were invited to take part in a Migration Commission with a view to:

  • Bring current humanitarian concerns of migrants to the International Conference and identify effective approaches to reducing the suffering of vulnerable migrants, irrespective of their legal status.
  • Draw on the Movements extensive experience across the global migration trails and the ongoing experience of implementing the 2009 IFRC Policy on Migration.
  • Exchange views on the 4 action points outlined the Draft 1 Resolution on Migration.

The Concept Note of the Migration Commission is available here.

The Report of the morning session of the Migration Commission is available here.

The Report of the afternoon session of the Migration Commission is available here.

The overall Report on the work of the Conference is available here.



Migration Reference Document

This independent study was commissioned by the IFRC Secretariat in order to provide background analysis so as to inform a Resolution on Migration at the 2011 International Conference. The views contained within are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect institutional positions of the components of the Movement. This document will be made available to members of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and States in order to increase understanding of the issue at stake, however this does not signify endorsement by those involved.

Now available in English, Arabic, French and Spanish


Further resources

Additional material developed around the Migration topic of the at the 31st International Conference is available in the "Related documents" box, on the top right hand side of this page. 

For general background information on Migration at the 31st International Conference, see section 4.4.4 of the Background Document for the 31st International Conference.

Further information on migration at previous Movement meetings is available here.