International Migrants Day is on Sunday, 18th December 2022. The U.N.’s General Assembly proclaimed 18th December as an International day on 4th December 2000.
2022 Theme of the Day
“It Takes A Community” is this year’s theme. The idea reminds us of our common humanity, independence, and the unique contributions we all have made to our shared communities. It calls for an international community to act on the global compact on regular, safe, and orderly migration as an essential contribution to building a world of prosperity, peace, dignity, and opportunity for everyone.
History of the Day
On 19th September 2016, the General Assembly of the U.N. adopted a set of commitments on large movements of migrants and refugees to improve the safety of such displaced persons.
On 4th December 2000, the General Assembly of the United Nations declared 18th December as International Migrants day because of the ever-growing figure of migrants worldwide. This day marks the anniversary of the 1990 adoption by the U.N.’s General Assembly of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Their Family Members (A/RES/45/158).
Purpose of the Day?
We celebrate the day to contribute to the relaxation of displaced persons worldwide. Another purpose is to achieve United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including goals related to migration.
Activities of the day
Humbling, heartbreaking, and happy tales of migrants are genuinely an exposure to their past. Read about them to experience their lives.
Learn more about migrants
Despite this advanced era, migrants still face complications in settling in new areas. Informing yourself about the issues that they encounter is the best option. Moreover, learn about what the U.N. and other influential bodies are doing about it.
Take part in the donation.
Worldwide compassionate organizations accept contributions for the constant immigrant crisis. You can contribute according to your range because every small contribution can reap great benefits and matters a lot for those it will go towards.
Ask any migrant
If you know someone who has migrated to another country, ask about their experience.
Importance of the Day
Encourages to serve humanity
The yearly celebrations focus on and emphasize the challenges and issues on a macro level with the assistance of awareness created by organizations and the media. But showing humanity shouldn’t be for a single day only.
Source for everyone’s contribution
In the future, the resettlement crisis can strike any area at any time. This day generates awareness about everyone’s role on a personal level to certify the proper processes in order to welcome migrants and refugees.
Leaves no one behind
Every human life is precious, so we must safeguard their rights and dignity at all costs. This day is significant to ensure that all humanitarian efforts leave no migrant behind.
Day reminds pledges
This day is essential to fulfilling the promises by member countries to enhance the safety of the migration system.
Do You Know?
- There are 34 million children and young who have migrated.
- Approximately 95% of the resettlement needs still need to be fulfilled.
- Europe has reduced the number of refugees.
- 68% of all migrants come from just five countries.
- Syria has the most significant refugee count in the world.
- Worldwide displacement is high every time, as 1% of the human race has become displaced.
- In 2015, the number of international migrants rose from 175 million in 2000 to 244 million persons.
- Europe has two-thirds of all international migrants, 76 million, and 75 million in Asia.
- Most migrants are under the age of 15.
- There are approximately 272 million international migrants around the world.
Quotes About Migrants
- William L. Swing quoted, “We cannot and should not stop people from migration. We have to give them a better life at home. Migration is a process, not a problem.”
- “History in its broadest aspect is a record of man’s migrations from one environment to another.” ~ (Ellsworth Huntington)
- Ban Ki-moon said, “Migration is an expression of the human aspiration for dignity, safety, and a better future. It is part of the social fabric and our very make-up as a human family.”
- “All human stories are migration stories because everyone is a refugee from their own childhood.” ~ (Mohsin Hamid)
- Antonio Guterres said, “We can’t deter people fleeing for their lives. They will come. The choice we have is how well we manage their arrival, and how humanely.”
- “I had always hoped that this land might become a safe and agreeable asylum to the virtuous and persecuted part of mankind, to whatever nation they might belong.” ~ (George Washington)
- Margaret Hodge said, “Migration is a feature of globalization. You can’t stop it; so, every time a political party says it is going to be tough on immigration, it fails to deliver and loses trust.”
What is migration?
Migration is moving individuals from one place, country, or locality to another area of residence to settle.
What is Pope Francis’ message for world day of migrants and refugees 2022?
He has chosen the message of “Building the Future with Migrants and Refugees” to highlight the shared commitment needed to build a future that embraces God’s plan to leave nobody behind.