International Migrants Day 2016

What is Migration?

Our world is replete with diversities! For many people across the world going away from their home town or region can be the best option or even the only to develop their standard of living. Migration can be immensely contributing factor in improving the income, education and improving their children’s future prospects. But its value is somewhat even more: being able to opt where to stay as a key component of human freedom. Nurses, social worker, writers, political refugees, carpenters, construction workers, academics and computer professionals are all part of the around 1 billion people on their heels both within their native countries and abroad. When people move out of his native country he embark on a journey of uncertainty, hope within or across the international fences.

Why People Migrate?

Most people migrate in the look out of better prospects, hoping to add to their own potential with infrastructures and resources in the destination nation just to benefit themselves and their family members, who often follow or accompany them. Local societies or regional organizations as a whole are also the beneficiaries both in native places and at destinations nations. The multicultural background of these individuals and the policies that regulate their movement make human mobility one of the most perplexed issues that the world is facing today.

International Migrants Day

International Migrants Day is commemorated on December 18 as declared by the General Assembly of United Nations on 4 December 2000 considering the large and multiplying number of migrants all over the world. The General Assembly conducted the international convention for safeguarding the rights of migrant workers and their family members On 18 December, 1990

The Day Celebrated Worldwide

This day is observed in different countries by intergovernmental and non-governmental bodies via exchange of information on human rights and fundamental rights of migrants, and also by sharing of experiences and the mode of actions to assure the interests of migrants.


IMD sets in eyes to incorporate the key interest of migrants and their communities on the agenda, and highlight the threats they encounter and enjoy their achievements. The International Migrants Day is envisioned initially as an opportunity to identify the contributions made by myriads of migrants to the flowing economies of their home and host nations, and to develop respect for their fundamental human rights.

United Nation’s Role

The UN adaptation of the International Migrants' Day is the beginning of a new era, offering a sign of relief for everyone around the world who is concerned about the safe guarding of migrants. The UN call on all UN member countries, intergovernmental and non-governmental institutes to celebrate this day by imparting information on human rights and fundamental rights of migrants, and undertaking steps to assure the protection of migrants using the platform of UN.

Why it is celebrated?

It provides us with an opportunity:

  • to identify the contributions made by thousands of migrants to the progress and prosperity of number of nations around the world;
  • to curb all kinds of violence and abuse faced by the migrants and their family members and advocate respect for their primary human rights;
  • to request governments around the world to refine the UN Convention on Migrant Workers;
  • to make the governments responsible for the fundamental rights of migrants.

Why 18th December?

Migrant people in Asia began commemorating and advocating 18th December 1997 as an international day of unity with migrants. They selected this date by dint of its symbolic value as it the same day was chosen by he UN General Assembly to adopt the International Convention on the Protection of the Basic Rights of All Migrant Workers and their family members and this was done after almost 10 years of governmental dialogues and relentless endorsement by migrant groups across the world.

The first IMD event was held at the UN Building in Manila, Philippines, and the participation of local bodies, foreign diplomats and delegates of international organization and NGOs were registered.

Taking this into consideration migrant groups across the world started campaigning for the UN in the years 1999 to officially establish 18th December to be witnessed as International Migrants Day. These campaigning efforts proved to be a big success and the UN General Assembly on 4th December pronounced International Migrants Day to be observed on 18th December each year.

Since then, participation in IMD events has increased manifolds and more nations are partaking year after year. The events included a colorful and delighted rally in Bangladesh, a universal food festival in Israel, a huge global cultural forum in Morocco, cinema festivals and art gallery in France, school children competitions and television broadcasts in Sri Lanka, theatrical and musical consorts in Singapore, as well as press conferences, releases, meetings and peaceful demonstrations.

Launching of Radio 1812

Radio 1812 was launched in 2006 which is a global audio activity dedicated to creating and broadcasting programs worldwide through radios channels on International Migrants Day.
Since 2000, the international group has utilized 18th of December, International Migrants Day, to represent the human rights of migrants. Enabling migrant voices reach far and wide is the common interest throughout International Migrants Day events and this is exactly where the heart of Radio 1812 lies: connecting communities across the world in terms of promoting the pressing and ever present issue of migrant rights.

Radio 1812 drives together the migrant groups, institutions and radios from across the world to create, air and share programs commemorating the achievements and focusing on the concerns of migrants across the global in a radio marathon on 18th of December.


On the face of so many overwhelming efforts put up by varied organizations and bodies to protect Migrant Basic Rights it is now time for communication organizations and other networks to come forward to establish that migrants and displaced people’s voices does not go unheard. Media professionals should also ensure that migrants and their rights are protected and reported in a clean and proper manner upholding their right to express and be heard.

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