Migration and Asylum

“Nowadays, migrants face more and more challenges when trying to access protection and assistance in the European Union. The Red Cross strives to meet individual needs and to support migrants in all phases of the migration process – from arrival, to integration in society.” ~  Francesca Basile, Head of Migration Department, Italian Red Cross.

Working with and for vulnerable migrants is one of the long-standing traditions of the Red Cross Red Crescent; providing assistance that is strictly humanitarian and focused on migrants' needs, vulnerabilities, and potential – irrespective of their legal status, type or category. National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies work to support migrants throughout their journeys and once they are settled. They deliver essential services to all migrants, including humanitarian assistance, medical and psychosocial support, family reunification, asylum reception centres, and activities to address other longer-term needs. In addition, many National Societies engage in advocacy towards their governments to help develop policies and practices that better address migrants’ needs.

Migration is one of the major humanitarian and societal challenges that Europe currently faces. As an area of open borders with free movement of people, the EU works with Member States to develop joint actions to respond to the needs of migrants, both inside the Union and along migratory trails. In recent years, growing efforts to externalise EU migration policies have raised concerns regarding the consequences for the dignity and wellbeing of migrants. Often, the distress experienced on route exacerbates trauma already suffered in countries of origin and transit due to poverty, neglect, persecution, or violence. Red Cross EU Office members believe that EU migration, asylum, and border policies should prioritise protecting migrants’ fundamental rights. Based on their practical experience and insight, we work with our members to develop joint recommendations that aim to influence EU policies so that the vulnerabilities faced by migrants are reduced.