This document sets out a menu of potential clauses that might be used in pledges related to humanitarian concerns for the situation of migrants along migration routes around the world. This list is for inspiration and not intended to be exhaustive. Phrases can be chosen according to context and interest with the view to take concrete commitments. Although individual pledges are possible, we encourage bilateral or collective pledges to reinforce effective partnerships between National Societies and Governments. Accordingly, the language below is mainly phrased in terms of a bilateral pledge.


The Government[s] and National Society[ies] of [COUNTRY/REGION] pledge [jointly] [by the end of 2019] to:


  • Renew and implement the commitments we made in 2011 through Resolution 3, Migration: Ensuring Access, Dignity, Respect for Diversity and Social Inclusion, adopted by the 31st International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent to address the humanitarian concerns related to the situation of migrants throughout the entire migration routes.
  • Work together to reduce the suffering, vulnerabilities and exposure to risks of migrants irrespective of their legal status along the migration routes through coordinated and transregional support.
  • Ensure that respect for the principle of humanity and migrants’ rights is foremost in our efforts to support vulnerable migrants.

Enhancing cooperation between public authorities and National Societies

  • Cooperate in raising public awareness about the rights of migrants.
  • Jointly elaborate needs assessment methodology concerning migrants’ vulnerabilities in order to enhance humanitarian response to the most vulnerable.
  • Cooperate to scale up the availability of support to migrants, regardless of status, in [restoring family links/health services/social services/counselling/other support].
  • Cooperate in steps to prevent separation, restore and maintain contact between migrant family members and clarify the fate of persons reported missing.
  • Cooperate to strengthen communication and cooperation among forensic services and other relevant actors to ensure the proper and dignified management and identification of migrants who die, consistent with national law and standards related to the protection of personal data and human remains.
  • Cooperate to respond to the humanitarian consequence of violence against migrants, including through [medical support/counselling/legal aid/livelihoods support/education].
  • Jointly foster integration of migrants into local communities, through [language courses,/ formal and non-formal education,/ cultural awareness,/ support in accessing housing/ support in accessing the labour market/provision of vocational training / educational support for children and youth].
  • Promote respect for diversity, social inclusion and tolerance, counter stigmatisation and discrimination against migrants.

Ensuring adequate safeguards to protect the dignity and ensure the safety of all migrants

  • Cooperate in reviewing policy and legal frameworks in order to ensure the protection of migrants’ rights and dignity, irrespective of their legal status, particularly at borders, ports, airports, and checkpoints.
  • Cooperate in providing information [and training] to relevant public officials about migrants’ rights under international and domestic law and migrants’ potential areas of vulnerability.
  • Cooperate in ensuring that the accommodation and reception facilities provided to migrants are organized in a gender-sensitive manner and in a way that respects privacy, dignity, personal safety and security.)

Granting appropriate international protection and access to relevant services for migrants

  • Ensure that, in line with applicable international and domestic law, international protection is granted to those entitled thereto, as well as access to asylum and to other procedures to determine their need for protection and to relevant services.
  • Cooperate in the [development/dissemination] of information in languages and formats that are accessible to migrants about their rights and services available to them.
  • Cooperate to enhance access to health facilities (hospital, health care centres, mobile clinics) and healthcare services, including psychological support to migrants that have experienced particularly traumatizing situations.
  • Ensure fair and prompt access to justice to migrants held in detention, including [access to legal assistance and advice/interpreters and translators/ICRC and National Societies working in detention centres/consular authorities/asylum procedures and services].
  • Review national legislation and practices to ensure all constraints on migrants’ liberty are only imposed on the basis of a decision taken in each individual case, without discrimination of any kind; to make detention of last resort and to use alternatives to detention.. Ensure that detainees are afforded due process of law, treated humanely and held in conditions that preserve their dignity.
  • Review practices and policies to avoid separating families. Provide/ improve access to tools and services to prevent separation, restore and maintain contact between family members.

Enhancing access to all migrants

  • Cooperate in reviewing national legislation and procedures to ensure humanitarian access to migrants to (components of the Movement /and other relevant organisations), including those detained and unaccompanied minors.
  • Review any legislation/rules/policies which may discourage or prevent the provision of humanitarian assistance to migrants irrespective of their legal status.

Action plan


  • New [laws/regulations/policies/guidelines] are adopted to ensure respect of migrants’ rights and dignity.
  • Procedures to grant international protection to migrants entitled thereto are streamlined, to be fair, efficient and prompt.
  • The collaboration and cooperation between the public authorities and National Society in providing support to migrants, within a country [and/or regionally] is enhanced.
  • Capacity building, peer-to-peer learning and opportunities to address localized, regional and international needs and vulnerabilities, are enhanced.
  • [Workshops/committees] to enhance and streamline protection and assistance to migrants, are set up.
  • Multi-language information materials to support migrants along the routes, are developed and disseminated.
  • Reception services, temporary living conditions of migrants, and access to services, are improved.

Pledge data

Pledge by Administrator

Number: MP022

Country: International

Themes: Migration, Restoring family links, Vulnerable populations


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