International Migrants Day 2017



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Location: Worldwide

Migrants and refugees disembark from a boat in Italy.

Throughout human history, migration has been a courageous expression of the individual’s will to overcome adversity and to live a better life. Today, globalisation, 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.

This is why for the past 17 years the United Nations has proclaimed 18 December to be International Migrants Day – marking that day when the UN adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families in 1990.

The theme for International Migrants Day 2017 is ‘Safe Migration in a World on the Move.’ This new era has created challenges and opportunities for societies throughout the world. It also has served to underscore the clear linkage between migration and development, as well as the opportunities it provides for co-development – the concerted improvement of economic and social conditions in both places of origin and destination.

Numerous events are planned to celebrate International Migrants Day, just some of which being:

The Global Migration Film Festival

The Second Global Migration Film Festival will open on 5 December and culminate on International Migrants Day. The Festival showcases films that capture the promise of migration and the unique contributions migrants make to their new communities.

Professional and emerging filmmakers were invited to submit original films under the theme ‘the promise and challenges of migration and the unique contributions migrants make to their new communities’. This year, the Festival will present more than 30 films in over 100 countries.

Launch of the Handbook for Improving the Production and Use of Migration Data for Development

The ‘Handbook for Improving the Production and Use of Migration Data for Development’ was produced by the Global Migration Group to provide guidance to producers and users of international migration data. Given the importance of migration data for the Global Compact on Migration, this Handbook will become an important tool for policy makers. A panel discussion marking the launch will take place at 1.15pm in Conference Room 8 in the UN Headquarters in New York, and will also be livestreamed here.

Demystifying Migration: Launch of the World Migration Report 2018 and the Migration Governance Indicators

Since 2000, the International Organization for Migration has been producing world migration reports to contribute to increased understanding of migration throughout the world. This new edition presents key data and information on migration as well as thematic chapters on highly topical migration issues. You can read the report here.