December 18 - International Migrants Day
"It is important to recall, particularly in these turbulent times, the fundamental role that migrants play in strengthening the global economy. Migrants contribute to economic growth and human development; they enrich societies through cultural diversity, knowledge and technology exchange; and they improve demographic balance in aging populations.
While for many, migration is a positive and empowering experience, many others endure human rights violations, xenophobia, and exploitation."
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message for International Migrants Day
On 18 December 1990, the UN General Assembly adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (ICRMW), and ten years later, in 2000, the UN officially proclaimed December 18 as International Migrants Day. On 1 July 2003, the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families finally entered into force, and by 1 October 2005, only 33 States had ratified it or acceded to it. Read the fact sheet...
Regrettably, the ICRMW is the slowest convention ever to enter into force, and despite the 33 signatories, not a single member state of the European Union, United States, or Canada - some of the largest receiving countries - has ratified this important international human rights instrument to safeguard the rights of migrant workers and their families.
Every year, human rights organizations have commemorated this day with events and calls to action. This year as in years past, December 18, a migrant rights organization, will continue with its Radio 1812 initiative , and we are happy to promote their amazing efforts to protect the rights of migrants worldwide. To find a radio station in your area, hear clips from last year’s program, or stream the program online, visit the Radio 1812 website.
This Sunday, December 18, don't forget to support this and other events promoting the rights of migrants.