Red Cross Stories : Migrant and Refugee Services

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Migrant and Refugee Services

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Life-saving mission begins in the Mediterranean as Red Cross launches rescue boat

August 16, 2016 - The Red Cross has launched its first search and rescue ship in a bid to save the lives of people crossing the Mediterranean seeking refuge and safety in Europe.

First Contact program assists refugees and newcomers in Ontario and Vancouver

June 19, 2014 - First Contact beneficiary Hassan Moghaddas Nejad describes his 2007 arrival in Canada as a refugee, the assistance he received from the Canadian Red Cross and his life now as a husband and father in Toronto. 

International Migrant Day is December 18

December 19, 2013 - The Canadian Red Cross provides a range of migrant and refugee services and is committed to helping new Canadian arrivals find the resources they need.

World Refugee Week

June 11, 2013 -

World Refugee Week, taking place from June 16-22, is a time to honour the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their countries to escape the threat of conflict and violence. 

What are the top five things migrants and refugees should do when they reach Canada?

February 06, 2013 - With these five tips, affected persons can ease the strain of relocating and gain the tools needed to build a successful future.

What are the five things that migrants and refugees can gain from the Canadian Red Cross' First Contact program?

January 22, 2013 - The following are the top five things that migrants and refugees claimants can receive from the First Contact program.

World Disasters Report reveals the problems facing migrants and refugees

January 17, 2013 - 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?

SmartStart empowers newcomers to Canada to respond to emergencies

September 26, 2012 - Many newcomers to Canada face challenges when they arrive in the country, but the Canadian Red Cross offers programs that can help them overcome obstacles.

First Contact helps refugee claimants resettle with ease

September 14, 2012 - Have you ever been abroad and found yourself unable to communicate with others or even understand the signs and maps laid out along the street?

Red Cross honours missing persons with International Day of the Disappeared

September 10, 2012 - Each year on August 30, the Red Cross highlights the important issue of family separation with International Day of the Disappeared.