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Humanitarian Consequences of Forced Migration
Forced Migration and Displacement

As you all know, migration is a phenomenon that grows every year and affects in some way virtually every country. Many migrants move voluntarily, but for others, migration is not a choice. An ever growing number of people are forced to leave their homes and communities because of different factors such as conflicts, persecution, disasters and poverty.

In October the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies published the 2012 World Disasters Report, focusing on forced migration and displacement. According to the report "over 70 million people worldwide are forced migrants  – more than one in every 100 of the world’s citizens – displaced by conflict, political upheaval, violence and disasters but also by climate change and development projects. This figure rises relentlessly each year and most migrants are either in protracted displacement situations or permanently dispossessed".

But the human costs of forced migration, such as "destroyed livelihoods, increased vulnerability especially of women and children, lost homelands and histories, fractured households and disempowered communities, and the destruction of the common bonds and shared values of humanity" require urgent solutions and immediate action.

How can we do more, do better and reach further?

Seminars and trainings on migration, population movement and their humanitarian consequences are the first step for National Societies to raise awareness on this phenomenon, and for volunteers to plan and carry out more effective and efficient activities.

What do you think shoud be done and/or improved in order to face this challenge?

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