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International Migrants Day

Show your support for International Migrants Day this year - join the movement and help protect the rights of all migrants around the world!
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December 18 marks International Migrants Day, a day dedicated to recognizing the rights and contributions of migrants around the world. This day was established by the United Nations in 2000 as an opportunity to celebrate and honor the millions of people who have been forced to leave their homes in search of a better life. It is also a time to recognize the courage and resilience of those individuals who are striving for a better future for themselves and their families. So join us on December 18th in celebrating International Migrants Day!

History of International Migrants Day

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<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1948</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Universal Declaration of Human Rights</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which includes rights of individuals regarding freedom of movement, was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1951</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Refugee Convention</div><div class='timeline-text'>The United Nations Refugee Convention laid down the legal obligations to protect refugees, marking the foundations for international refugee law.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1990</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Migrant Workers Convention</div><div class='timeline-text'>The International Convention on the Rights of All Migrant Workers and their Families was adopted by the UN General Assembly.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2000</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Establishment of International Migrants Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>Based on the Migrant Workers Convention's anniversary, United Nations officially proclaimed December 18 as International Migrants Day.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2018</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Global Compact for Migration</div><div class='timeline-text'>The UN General Assembly endorsed the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, a comprehensive framework for cooperation on international migration.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate International Migrants Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Participate in a march</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Organize or join a march to show your support for migrants. This can be done in any city and will draw attention to the rights of migrants and their contributions to society.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Volunteer at a local migrant center</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Many cities have centers that are dedicated to helping migrants with their transition into a new country or city. Contact your local center and ask how you can help.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a potluck</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather together friends, family, and newcomers to your community and host a potluck. Ask each person to bring a dish from their home country, share stories, and celebrate the different cultures that make up your community.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Support local businesses</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Visit the small businesses owned by immigrants in your area and offer them your support. Buy goods or services, share positive reviews online, or just drop by to say hello.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Donate to an organization</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Find an organization that is supporting migrants and donate money or time to help those in need. Many organizations are doing amazing work but need additional resources to reach more people.</p></div></div>

Why International Migrants Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It celebrates the contributions of migrants</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Migrants often face prejudice, discrimination and exclusion from society. International Migrants Day is important because it gives us an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the immense contributions of these individuals in our communities.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Highlights the struggles of migrant workers</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>All too often, migration comes with a heavy financial, emotional, and physical cost for those who choose to leave their homes in search of better opportunities. International Migrants Day brings attention to the various struggles faced by migrant workers including exploitation, limited rights, and lack of access to healthcare and education.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Raises awareness about migrants’ rights</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>International Migrants Day serves as an important reminder that everyone has the right to migrate safely and with dignity without fear of persecution or exploitation. Every individual deserves access to basic human rights - no matter their nationality or origin.</p></div></div>

5 Uncovered Facts for International Migrants Day

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When is International Migrants Day?

International Migrants Day is celebrated on December 18 every year. In 2024 International Migrants Day will occur on a Wednesday.

International Migrants Day Dates

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2023

Dec 18

Monday

2024

Dec 18

Wednesday

2025

Dec 18

Thursday

2026

Dec 18

Friday

2027

Dec 18

Saturday

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