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Families looking for their missing relatives in Europe

Every year, National Red Cross or Red Crescent Societies are contacted by hundreds of families who have lost contact with to their relatives somewhere within or on their way to Europe.

The Tracing Services of the National Societies try to help these families to find their family members.

However, the search is often difficult, because for example:

  • people are still on the move and do not have a fixed home

  • people are sometimes not officially registered in the country they are currently staying in

  • language differences affect the way of registration, names cannot be found easily



Now, the Restoring Family Links Network would like to give families the chance to look for their loved ones in an active way: families can have their photo published on our website or on Red Cross posters in several countries in Europe.

The publication of photos will give family members the possibility to contact a Red Cross office and to get in contact with their family who tries to find them.


Download: Trace the Face flyer


Latest news

  • Reconnecting migrants in Europe
    Reconnecting migrants in Europe

    This year, as a result of border closures, new routes began to emerge, requiring European National societies, with the support of the ICRC, to adapt and develop their Restoring Family Links (RFL) services and strengthen its network in response to the challenges they face in reconnecting migrant families.

    6/23/2016 | ARTICLE

  • Afghans make majority of missing persons in Europe
    Afghans make majority of missing persons in Europe

    Celine Doutrelugne, head of the Trace the Face online project of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Afghanistan, has said around 58 percent of the missing migrants in Europe are Afghans.

    6/21/2016 | ARTICLE

  • Migration in Europe

    If you have been separated from a family member en route to or whilst in Europe, contact the nearest Red Cross or Red Crescent office in the country where you are.

    6/17/2016 | ARTICLE

  • Without help, families face lonely search for Europe's missing refugee children
    Without help, families face lonely search for Europe's missing refugee children

    In an effort to plug the gap in protecting vulnerable children, the International Committee of the Red Cross in collaboration with national Red Cross societies has launched an online tracing project, Trace the Face, for parents looking for their children, and children searching for family members.

    6/12/2016 | ARTICLE

  • How the British Red Cross Helped Reunite One Syrian Family
    How the British Red Cross Helped Reunite One Syrian Family

    The work of the Red Cross in restoring family links has helped Hussin reunite with his loved ones in Birmingham, UK after a horrendous journey in a boat across the Mediterranean.

    6/6/2016 | ARTICLE

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This website belongs to familylinks.icrc.org. It is dedicated to the people missing in connection with conflicts, natural disasters or migration.