International Migrants Day
International Migrants Day is observed on 18 December in accordance with Resolution 55/93 of the United Nations General Assembly, adopted on 4 December 2000 ” All migrants are entitled to equal protection of all their human rights. On this International Day, I urge leaders and people everywhere to bring the Global Compact to life, so that migration works for all.” UN Secretary-General António Guterres Throughout human history, migration has been a courageous expression of the individual’s will to overcome adversity and to live a better life. Today, globalization, together with advances in communications and transportation, has greatly increased the number of people who have the desire and the capacity to move to other places. Migration draws increasing attention in the world nowadays. Mixed with elements of unforeseeability, emergency, and complexity, the challenges and difficulties of international migration require enhanced cooperation and collective action among countries and regions. The United Nations is actively playing a catalyst role in this area, with the aim of creating more dialogues and interactions within countries and regions, as well as propelling experience exchange and collaboration opportunities. To mark this year’s International Migrants Day, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is calling on the international community to come together and remember the refugees and migrants who have lost their lives or have disappeared while trying to reach safe harbour after arduous journeys across seas and deserts. IOM invites people all over the world to hold the first global Candlelight Vigil on December 18 to commemorate the migrants whose lives have been lost this year. Each of them has a name, a story and left their homelands seeking better opportunities and safety for themselves and in many cases for their families - aspirations that all of us strive for. News World Migration Report 2020 Launched - 27 November 2019 The first World Migration Report, which has since become the organization’s flagship publication, was published by IOM in 2000. The Word Migration Report 2018 is IOM’s most downloaded publication of all times. In a global media environment highly interested in the issue of migration, the need for verified, evidence-based analysis on this defining issue of our time has never been more urgent. WMR 2020, the 10th edition of the World Migration Report, is divided into two parts which explore the developments in migration over the last two-year period. The first part of the report focuses on key information on migration and migrants. It covers migration-related statistics with specific reference to international stocks and flows, but also regional aspects to provide a more detailed picture of migration. The second part of the report puts emphasis on a balanced, evidence-based analysis of complex and emerging migration issues. The topics covered include human mobility and environmental change, migrants’ contributions in an era of disinformation, children and unsafe migration as well as migration and health. In addition to the WMR 2020, IOM has also published Infosheets that provide a succinct overview of each of the 11 chapters of the report. These Infosheets provide an easy and quick way to get a sense of the topics and issues examined.