Second meeting of the Mediterranean Platform on Migration to tackle ‘Migrants in emergencies’

Ibrahim Malla/IFRC - October 2014 - Turkish Red Crescent lunch distribution for Syrians arrived from Kobane at Suruc - Turkey. Turkish Red Crescent provides meals for 10k Syrians per day.

The annual meeting of the RC/RC Mediterranean Platform on Migration will take place in San Marino on the 25th May, hosted by the Red Cross of San Marino and coordinated by CCM, IFRC and ICRC. It is the second formal meeting of the Platform. In 2014, the migration focal points of the National Societies met in Tunis to debate about ‘Challenges and opportunities’ in the region.

The Platform focuses its action on three domains: assistance, protection and advocacy. In the frame of the 50 anniversary of the official adoption of the Fundamental Principles, the meeting will focus on advocacy at the time of the National Societies action responding to the needs of migrants in emergencies.

Since 2011, with the unrest of the Arab Spring, the Mediterranean region has become a volatile zone. The crisis in Syria has seen how the number of Internally Displaced People (IDP) arrived to 7.6 million in 2015. The number of Syrians fleeing their country has gone from 8.000 people in December 2011, when the crisis started, to 3.7 million at the end of 2014 in neighbour countries: Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Another crisis focus is Libya, where the number of IDP has reached 400.000 people, and its coasts have become one of the origin points of boats full of migrants trying to reach European shores. Last year, around 4.000 migrants died in the attempt. (Source: UNHCR)

The 2015 meeting will focus on strengthening humanitarian response in the Mediterranean in relation to ‘Migrants in emergencies’. The specific issues of the meeting will be ‘Combating violence against migrants: advocating in favour of their dignity and respect’; and ‘Migration: advocacy and the Fundamental Principles’.

The National Societies, the IFRC and the ICRC will present their actions in response of the migration events taking place in the Mediterranean. They will share experiences about the humanitarian emergencies challenges, and the planning and implementation of common strategies at regional level. The representatives will prepare commitments and recommendations to be included in the Mediterranean Conference regarding the Fundamental Principles and the ongoing priorities of providing assistance and protection to migrants.

  • Humanity
  • Impartiality
  • Neutrality
  • Voluntary Service
  • Independence
  • Unity
  • Universality