International Migrants Day

International Migrants Day

Basic Information

International Migrants Day is observed on 18 December. This day is important as the number of migrants in the world is increasing.

Observed on: 18 December

Organized by: UN, WHO, IOM

Introduced in: 2000 (UN Proclamation)

Observed: Worldwide

About International Migrants Day

Migration is observed to be accelerate during the past 30 years. It may be due to the growing developmental, demographic and democratic disparities that existed between different world regions. The globalization, modern communications and transportation facilities has also increased the ability to move to other places.

By considering the increasing number of migrants in the world, UN General Assembly on December 4, 2000 proclaimed December 18 as International Migrants Day. The day is important as on that day in 1990, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.

IOM (International Organization for Migration) is an organization established in 1951 works in the field of migration. They work in the field of migration and development, facilitating migration, regulating migration, forced migration.

Activities and Programs on International Migrants Day

The International Migrants Day is observed by governments, organizations, and individuals to raise the awareness about human rights and migrants fundamental freedom. The day is also observed with many activities and programs to show the contribution of migrant communities and persons in the development of the nation.

IOM organizes different campaigns on this day and also for the whole year. Some of the campaigns includes “i am a migrant” – a place for the personal stories of the migrants, global migration film festival, publications, etc.

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