World Disasters Report reveals the problems facing migrants and refugees

Topics: Worldwide, Migrant and Refugee Services
January 17, 2013

World Disasters Report reveals the problems facing migrants and refugees

Did you know that more than one in every hundred of the world's citizens are forcibly displaced, and that an estimated 20 million migrants and refugees are living in a state of prolonged displacement? These startling facts are just a few of the details revealed in the 2012 World Disasters Report, which was released in October 2012 by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

As part of the world's leading humanitarian organization, the Canadian Red Cross supports programs internationally that provide crucial aid to people in need. From disaster response programs to finding family services, the assistance that the Canadian Red Cross offers to those forcibly displaced from their homes grants an essential layer of support.

Understanding the health challenges of displaced populations
Migrants and refugees who have emigrated to another country do so for a variety of reasons. For some, the choice is voluntarily and made for economic reasons. Yet, for many around the world, migration is the result of natural disasters, armed conflict and other complex drivers.

The Canadian Red Cross strives to provide displaced populations in the country with access to essential services like healthcare, but in other areas, the challenges that displacement can pose are significant and particularly evident in areas such as public health.

Migrants and refugees can have limited access to medical aid and lose vital resources that are needed to prevent the outbreak of disease. According to the World Disasters Report, this is often unrestored when people resettle in other countries, which can have long-term ramifications for future generations.

The benefits of the World Disaster Report
The World Disasters Report offers a comprehensive analysis of the impact that displacement can have on refugees, as well as on countries and agencies that offer humanitarian aid.

By better understanding the unique obstacles that women, children and vulnerable populations face as a whole in the aftermath of a disaster or conflict, the global community can be more equipped to handle the issues that emerge.

How you can help
By donating to the Canadian Red Cross, you can show your support for displaced populations and ensure the continued availability of flexible and dynamic services that connect people in need with essential healthcare.

To learn more about how you can make a difference, please visit us online or at a local Canadian Red Cross office today. 

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