18th December is observed as International Migrants Day throughout the world.
The UN General Assembly, on 4th December 2000 took into consideration the increasing number of migrants around the world and declared the 18th December as International Migrants Day.
The International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 18th December 1990.
The UN Secretary-General mentioned, “Migration is an expression of the human aspiration for dignity, safety and a better future. It is part of the social fabric, part of our very make-up as a human family.”
The rising problem of migrants is a threat to the safety and security of world as they are forced in live in harsh circumstances with scarce food, clothing and shelter.
Due to the selfish egos of nations, people are forced to vacate their birthplaces and live like migrants and refugees.
The observance of International Migrants Day is an attempt to recognize the contributions, efforts and rights of migrants globally.
Every year The United Nations invites organizations, governments and individuals to celebrate the migrants’ day by spreading awareness and information about their fundamental rights and freedom.
The International Migrants Day is promoted as
• ‘December 18”, a non-governmental organization in special consultative status with the UN
• Radio 1812, an initiative that brings together radio stations to celebrate the day
• Amnesty International
• The International Organization for Migration
• The National Network for Immigrants and Refugee Rights’
On this day various voluntary and non-voluntary organizations organize various activities to spread awareness about the lives and pathos of migrants, the ways to combat racism, plight of refugees, problems of human trafficking, etc.
Special documentaries are also screened on this day. Seminars and workshops highlighting the issues of the migrants are also held on this day.
‘According to a Global Commission on International Migration report in 2005, the number of international migrants increased from 75 million to about 200 million in the past 30 years and migrants could be found in every part of the world. The report also found that the migration could accelerate due to the growing developmental, demographic and democratic disparities that existed between different world regions. Moreover, migration is driven by powerful economic, social and political forces that governments need to acknowledge as a reality.’