Travelling to a new country might put you at risk. You can take practical steps to minimize the danger and stay safe:
Before you leave:
Inform someone you trust that you are travelling. Tell them about your intended route and destination. Ask them to alert the Red Cross or Red Crescent in their country if they do not hear from you by a specific date.
Learn by heart the phone number or email address of someone you can trust and can contact to ask for help.
Create an email address oropen a Facebook profile. Digital accounts can be accessed from all locations, with your device or with someone else’s. You may find a computer in an internet café or ask organizations to use a computer to get in touch with your family.
Note down emergency numbers in the country you are travelling to.
Teach your children their full name, their parents’s and siblings’s names, where they come from and a trusted phone number they can call if in need. Write this information on a piece of paper and hide it in their clothing in a plastic folder. Make sure they are familiar with the red cross or red crescent emblems and explain to them that they can always ask for help there.
When you arrive:
Inform people that you are safe and provide them with a number to contact you.
Make sure you always know where you are. If you find yourself in danger and have a mobile phone, share your GPS location with a trusted family member or friend.
If you need help, contact the Red Cross or the Red Crescent in the country or other humanitarian organizations that provide support to migrants.