Every year International Migrants Day is celebrated worldwide with the aim to acknowledge the contributions made by millions of migrants to the economies of their host and home countries. The day also provides an opportunity to respect the basic human rights of immigrants. December 18 was chosen as the day of celebration as it marked the anniversary of the adoption of the “International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families”. In this article, you can find important details related to International Migrants Day 2023 like its history, significance, themes, etc.
International Migrants Day Upcoming Events
Below mentioned are the upcoming dates for International Migrants Day for the next 5 years.
|International Migrants Day 2023||December 18, 2023||Monday|
|International Migrants Day 2024||December 18, 2024||Wednesday|
|International Migrants Day 2025||December 18, 2025||Thursday|
|International Migrants Day 2026||December 18, 2026||Friday|
|International Migrants Day 2027||December 18, 2027||Saturday|
International Migrants Day 2023 Overview
|Event||International Migrants Day 2023, IMD 2023|
|Date||December 18, 2023|
|Purpose of celebration||To acknowledge the contributions made by millions of migrants to the economies of both their host and home countries.|
Significance of International Migrants Day 2023
International Migrants Day provides an ideal opportunity to highlight the contributions made by millions of migrants toward the world economy. In addition to this, the day also draws the attention of people all over the world toward the problems and challenges faced by migrant workers and their families. International Organization for Migration (IOM) is a UN-related agency and an advocate of human rights for migrants all over the globe that promotes the annual celebration of International Migrants Day on December 18.
History of the International Migrants Day
On 18 December 1990, a resolution was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families. 7 years later, Filipino and other Asian migrant organizations began celebrating December 18 as the International Day of Solidarity with Migrants.
Following this observation, in 1999 the Steering Committee for the Global Campaign for Ratification of the International Convention on Migrants’ Rights, Migrant Rights International, and many other organizations started an online campaign for the adoption of International Migrant’s Day by the United Nations. The final resolution to celebrate International Migrant’s Day was adopted on 4 December 2000 and the first official IMD celebration was held on 18 December 2000.
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Observation of International Migrants Day 2023
The United Nations invites all its member states, and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations to observe this day by educating people about human rights and fundamental freedoms of migrants and taking action to ensure the protection of migrants. On this day, various events are organized by IOM in nearly 500 country offices, sub-offices, and domestic civil society partners. Global Migration Film Festival (GMFF) is also organized that features screenings of migration-themed movies and panel discussions about IMD. You can also watch these movies at home with your friends and family to increase awareness of the various benefits of migration. You can also offer your help and financial support to the migrant families.
International Migrants Day Theme 2023
International Migrants Day is celebrated with a new theme every year. So far, the theme for IMD 2023 has not been decided. The table below here presents the theme for the past 5 years’ celebration of IMD.
|2022||Integrating migrants into primary health care|
|2021||Harnessing the potential of human mobility|
|2020||Reimagining Human Mobility|
|2018||Migration With Dignity|
Frequently Asked Questions
December 18, 2023
San Giovanni Battista Scalabrini
There is no official holiday observed on International Migrants Day.
The United States
Yes, but the theme has not been decided yet.