Did you know that 1 billion people in the world are considered migrants? Today 18 December we celebrate International Migrants Day! 2017 Theme: Safe Migration in a World on the Move. Follow the hashtag #MigrantsDay on Social Media.
"Migration has always been with us. Climate change, demographics, instability, growing inequalities, and aspirations for a better life, as well as unmet needs in labour markets, mean it is here to stay. The answer is effective international cooperation in managing migration to ensure that its benefits are most widely distributed, and that the human rights of all concerned are properly protected." — UN Secretary-General António Guterres
Since the year of 2000 18 December is an international day observed as International Migrants Day appointed by the General Assembly of United Nations to take into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world.
Migrants Day is observed by intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations through the dissemination of information on human rights and fundamental political freedoms of migrants, and through sharing of experiences and the design of actions to ensure the protection of migrants.
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International Organization for Migration (IOM) was established in 1951 and is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners.
Photo: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) set up a mobile clinic to provide basic healthcare services to the population of about 1400 people in Gbaigbon and neighboring communities in Bomi County, Liberia, who would otherwise be unable to reach a healthcare facility. Gbaigbon, Bomi County, Liberia, on 24 March 2015. By UNMEER/Simon Ruf, Flickr Creative Commons