Assistance and Protection to Migrants

Maja Antonić

Voditeljica Ureda izvršnog predsjednika / Head of Office of the Executive President

Hrvatski Crveni križ / Croatian Red Cross

e-mail: maja.antonic@hck.hr


The CRC strategic aim and vision is for asylum seekers, refugees and migrants to live in dignity and in safe environment that enables them to recover from hardship and to rebuild their lives. Main CRC activities with refugees and migrants include: psychosocial support and social services to asylum seekers in the reception centres, support to integration and social inclusion of refugees, assistance to vulnerable migrants on a need basis including migrants intercepted at borders; prevention of human trafficking and assistance to victims.

The CRC has experience in providing protection services to vulnerable groups of migrants such as separated unaccompanied children, persons at risk of SGBV and human trafficking. The CRC supports refugees and migrants in their access to rights and services.

The CRC has implemented public awareness and educational activities with aim to inform the public on the refugee and migration issues: marking the World Refugee Day, exhibitions, InterCool Festival, lectures and intercultural workshops in schools, developing school-based programme on migration, antidiscrimination, promoting diversity and human values. The CRC has implemented educational and public awareness activities targeting youth aimed at prevention of human trafficking, including the activities in the reception and transit centres for asylum seekers.

During the last two years, the CRC has developed its humanitarian diplomacy and advocacy activities with the authorities, especially during the refugee crisis when the NS had access to all migrants in need.