Migration: our programmes

Around the world, our 192 Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies are a lifeline for vulnerable migrants and displaced people—whoever and wherever they are on their journeys.

We provide lots of different types of support to migrants and displaced people across the globe. Our support varies significantly between countries depending on local contexts and people’s needs.

Our programmes and services include:

For practical information and resources on supporting migrants and displaced people during COVID-19, visit our Global Disaster Preparedness Centre website.

Humanitarian Service Points

The Ecuadorian Red Cross offers services to migrants, including psychosocial support and restoring family links, at many border points throughout the country

The Ecuadorian Red Cross offers services to migrants, including psychosocial support and restoring family links, at many border points throughout the country

Photo: Ecuadorian Red Cross

Many people on the move struggle to access aid and face challenges getting the help they need. The IFRC is working with National Societies to set up Humanitarian Service Points along major migration routes. These are safe, welcoming and strategically located spaces where migrating and displaced people can access reliable support.

Run by Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers and staff, Humanitarian Service Points offer a range of services including:

  • Food and water
  • Legal information
  • First aid
  • Sanitation facilities
  • Referring people with more urgent physical or mental health needs to other services

Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN)

Said, a 66 year old Syrian man, is surrounded by his family in Ankara, Turkey. He receives cash assistance every month from the IFRC and Turkish Red Crescent, funded by the European Union, to help him cover his family's basic needs.

Said, a 66 year old Syrian man, is surrounded by his family in Ankara, Turkey. He receives cash assistance every month from the IFRC and Turkish Red Crescent, funded by the European Union, to help him cover his family's basic needs.

Photo: IFRC/Corrie Butler

Our largest programme on migration. The IFRC and Turkish Red Crescent, with funding from the European Union, are providing cash assistance to over 1.8 million refugees in Turkey.

Learn about the programme and hear from the people we're supporting. 

Virtual Volunteer

Three mobile phone displays showing the Virtual Volunteer app which provides vital information to people on the move in action

Three mobile phone displays showing the Virtual Volunteer app which provides vital information to people on the move in action

Photo: IFRC

Part of our community engagement work, Virtual Volunteer is a webpage that gives migrants vital information so they can make informed decisions, stay healthy and get the help they need.

Learn more on the Virtual Volunteer website or watch this short explanatory video on YouTube.

Rights of Migrants in Action (ROMIA)

The Russian Red Cross Society conducts health sessions and promotion campaigns about TB and HIV to support migrant communities to stay safe and healthy

The Russian Red Cross Society conducts health sessions and promotion campaigns about TB and HIV to support migrant communities to stay safe and healthy

Photo: IFRC/Didor Sadulloev

The Rights of Migrants in Action project, co-funded by the European Union and the IFRC, was a global initiative to promote and protect the rights of migrants through coordinated civil society action.

The project was active in 15 countries across 5 regions between 2014-2017.

You can find out more about the project in this short leaflet.  

And you can also read about our findings and lessons learned from the ROMIA project.