Today is International Migrants Day, a day to acknowledge around 272 million migrants living new lives and building new communities in different corners of the globe and to reiterate the need to respect them.
The theme of International Migrants Day 2020 is ‘Reimagining Human Mobility’.International Migrants Day is observed on December 18 every year and all migrants are entitled to equal protection of all their human rights.
In 2016, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a set of commitments during its first-ever summit on large movements of refugees and migrants to enhance the protection of refugees and migrants. These commitments are known as the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants or NY Declaration.
However, it was on December 4, 2020, when the UN General Assembly (UNGA) acknowledged the large and increasing number of migrants in the world, and consequently proclaimed December 18 as International Migrants Day.
This day is observed to mark the anniversary of the 1990 adoption by UNGA of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.
The global migration pact, known as the ‘Global Compact for Safe, orderly and Regular Migration’, was formally adopted by 164 countries at an international conference in Marrakech, Morocco on December 10, 2018, to address the real challenges of migration while reaping its many benefits.
On the occasion of International Migrants Day, the member nations reaffirmed that they underscored that international migration was a growing phenomenon.They also said that it could make a positive contribution to development in countries of origin and countries of destination provided it was supported by the right policies.