Every year International Migrants Day is observe on 18th December to appreciate the efforts, contributions & rights of migrants worldwide.
In 1997, a 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. Also, the day is celebrate to take the opportunity for drawing attention to the contributions of migrants. So the requirements of promoting & 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 this day. Also, invite 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 screen on this day.
This is not a public holiday, it is a worldwide awareness.
The number of International migrants had skyrocket from 75 million. It is about 200 million in the past 30 years according to a Global Commission. Also, migrants could notice 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. Hence, even migration is move by powerful economic, social & political forces which government has to agree as a reality.
The Un General Assembly announced 18th December as IMD on 4th December 2000. Therefore, very early on that day, the assembly conducted the International Convention for the protection of the rights of All Migrant Workers & their family members. So 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.