Learning resources on migration

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) produces a range of resources on how to best support migrants and displaced people. Discover them below.

Humanitarian Service Points: Digital Toolkit

Hungarian Red Cross volunteers set up a 24/7 humanitarian service point to assist people fleeing the conflict in Ukraine in March 2022

Hungarian Red Cross volunteers set up a 24/7 humanitarian service point to assist people fleeing the conflict in Ukraine in March 2022

Photo: Hungarian Red Cross

Humanitarian Service Points (HSPs) are neutral spaces run by Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies along migratory routes.

They provide a welcoming and safe environment for migrants to access essential services. They also offer specialised referrals to other services that might otherwise be inaccessible without fear of arrest or being reported to the authorities.

This toolkit provides guidance to support National Societies and partners to learn, design, build, and operate HSPs to help meet the specific needs of people on the move. Explore the toolkit in more than 80 languages on the Global Disaster Preparedness Center website here.

Migration online courses

A red cross volunteer walks through a temporary camp in Lipa, Bosnia and Herzegovina set up to provide warm shelter, food and first aid to thousands of migrants stranded in freezing conditions

Introduction to our work on migration

A Guatemalan Red Cross volunteer hands an inflatable balloon animal to a young girl forced to move with her family following Hurricane Eta

Psychosocial support in the context of migration

A Honduran Red Cross volunteer carries a small child rescued as part of their response to Hurricane Eta in 2020 which affected millions of people in the region

Caring for children moving alone

Migrants living in Skaramagas camp on the outskirts of Athens stand along the coast as they consider their onward journeys

Understanding and responding to trafficking in persons

Health and migration resources

A Thai Red Cross volunteer nurse administers a COVID-19 vaccine in December 2021 to a man who had migrated to the country, as part of a vaccination service programme for migrant populations who have not been vaccinated before.

A Thai Red Cross volunteer nurse administers a COVID-19 vaccine in December 2021 to a man who had migrated to the country, as part of a vaccination service programme for migrant populations who have not been vaccinated before.

Photo: Thai Red Cross Society/Nanai Damkliang

Online course: Things You Should Know about Health and Migration

Explore the relationship between migration and health, including migrants' access to health care, non-communicable diseases, communicable diseases, epidemics and pandemics, and mental health.

Practical Guidance for Red Cross and Red Crescent on Health and Care for Migrants

This practical guidance helps National Societies implement or enhance the healthcare they provide for migrants. The material covers a wide range of topics and is applicable across different regions and settings.

Mental health and migration resources from the Psychosocial Support Centre

The IFRC Psychosocial Support Centre website has a range of manuals and guidelines on mental health and psychosocial support services (MHPSS) for people on the move.

Climate-related displacement resources

Afghan Red Crescent volunteers walk towards a small camp of internally displaced people in Balkh Province, Afghanistan in summer 2021. The Afghan Red Crescent has been delivering a cash transfer program to help people cope with multiple shocks including drought, COVID-19 and conflict.

Afghan Red Crescent volunteers walk towards a small camp of internally displaced people in Balkh Province, Afghanistan in summer 2021. The Afghan Red Crescent has been delivering a cash transfer program to help people cope with multiple shocks including drought, COVID-19 and conflict.

Photo: Afghan Red Crescent/Meer Abdullah

Millions of people around the world are displaced and moving in the context of disasters and the adverse effects of climate change.

Our Displacement in a Changing Climate report provides case studies and learning from Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies that are protecting and assisting communities in the context of climate-related displacement.

And as part of the Climate Training Kit, produced by the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, you can access a learning module all about climate-related displacement (in English, French and Spanish). The module unpacks the various concepts and terminology around climate and displacement and explores some of the issues particularly relevant to the work of National Societies.

Smart Practices

Refugees stand around a fire in Idomeni refugee camp in Greece waiting to cross the border to the Republic of North Macedonia

Refugees stand around a fire in Idomeni refugee camp in Greece waiting to cross the border to the Republic of North Macedonia

Photo: Finnish Red Cross/Jarkko Mikkonen

Our Smart Practices website is a place where members and partners of our network share knowledge, resources and best practices for supporting people on the move.

The website includes an open-source database for National Societies to upload examples of initiatives that have worked well and which could be replicated elsewhere.

Visit the website