Every year International Migrants Day is observed on 18th December to appreciate the efforts, contributions & rights of migrants worldwide.
In 1997, migrant organization in Asia noted 18th December as the International Day of Solidarity with Migrants. On 4th December, 2000, the UN General Assembly announced 18th December as International Migrants Day. The day is celebrated to take opportunity for drawing attention to the contributions of migrants & the requirements of promote & protect the rights of all migrants.
The UN invites governments, organizations & individuals annually to share some information on the human rights & migrants’ basic freedoms in the International Migrants Day. Invited people also share their experiences & contribute to set plans to make them secure about their protection.
There are many organizations who celebrate the day by performing different activities to alert the general public about the facts of migrants, problems with human trafficking, the lives of the children of the migrant workers, the condition of refugees & the ways to fight against racism. There are some online organizations like brillkid which help people by giving them a chance to have a virtual & practical experience of what it is like to come from a migrant background. Lobby groups also take the opportunity of this day to give pressure to the local public officials to look at problems about legalization, immigrant enforcement & migrant’s human rights. There are some special films about migrants which are also screened on this day.
International Migrants Day is not a public holiday, it is a worldwide awareness.
The number of International migrants had been skyrocketed from 75 million to about 200 million in the past 30 years according to a Global Commission on International Migration report in 2005. Migrants could be noticed in everywhere the world. The report also said that the migration was increased because of the growing developmental, demographic & democratic discrepancy between different regions of the world. Even migration is moved by powerful economic, social & political forces which government has to agree as a reality.
The Un General Assembly announced 18th December as International Migrants Day on 4th December, 2000. Very early on that day, the assembly conducted the International Convention for the protection of the rights of All Migrant Workers & their family members. Earlier this celebration can be found very far back as 1997 when some Asian Migrant organizations marked 18th December as the day to recognize the rights, protection & respect for migrants.