Even for those who manage to make it to a destination country with a good economy, their odyssey is not over. Living in the shadows of an affluent social welfare society, migrants in Norway struggle to survive.
Powerful images of migrants drowned at sea, crossing over razor-wire fences or arriving on shore after a shipwreck have propelled the current migration phenomenon to the forefront of public consciousness in Europe in the past year.
Sent back to Guatemala after being caught by police in Mexico, Guatemalan migrants arrive at the border with little more than the clothes they are wearing. The Guatemalan Red Cross works to make the return less painful.
The Gulf of Aden has long been one of the world’s deadliest places for migrants. Now the conflict in Yemen has reversed traditional migration patterns and created new humanitarian challenges.
When I think of the plight of migrants — and the global Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement’s response to their suffering — two photographs taken in Italy this year come to my mind. The first portrays a young boy, just landed in the Italian port city of Catania, in the arms of an Italian Red Cross volunteer. In the second, that same toddler plays with volunteers in an Italian Red Cross camp for migrants in Rome.