The International Migrant Day is a day proclaimed by the United Nations and is observed every year by the world on the 18th of December. The increasing number of international migrants from 75 million to 200 million in the past years (statistics based on the 2005 report of the Globe Commission) the United Nations was stimulated into proclaiming an International day for the Migrants in the General Assembly held on 4th December 2000. On this very day in 1990, the United Nations adopted the international convention on the protection of the rights of all migrant workers and members of their family. The day is dated back to 1997 when was first observed by some Asian organization which aimed to protect the rights of the migrants and provides them with better living and working conditions in their new homes. The migration rate is increasing due to the difference in the economic, political and social force in different areas of the world. More migrants are attracted to the state where they think they have a better chance of living based on the development and better economic conditions in that state.
How to observe it?
The day is observed globally and aims to protect the rights of the migrants and acknowledge the difference they make in our society. Many organizations work in making the migrants feel at home in their new area such as;
- December 18
- Amnesty International
- Radio 1812