International Migrants Day - 18 December

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18 December is observed as International Migrants Day. This is a UN day and it is observed to raise awareness regarding the problems faced by migrants all over the world. 


Migration means the movement of a person or people from one country, locality, place of residence, etc., to settle in another. Migration can be within a country or between countries. Migration can be permanent, temporary or seasonal. 
People migrate for a variety of reasons - economic, political, social or environmental. Migration impacts both the place left and the place where the migrants settle.
While many individuals migrate out of choice, many others migrate out of necessity.  According to UN reports, the number of migrants globally reached an estimated 272 million in 2019, 51 million more than in 2010.  The current global estimate is that there were around 281 million international migrants in the world in 2020, which equates to 3.6 per cent of the global population.

International Migrant's Day Theme

2021 theme: "Harnessing the potential of human mobility". International Migrants Day is to recognize the many contributions that the migrant communities made across the globe
The theme of International Migrant Day 2020 was  'Reimagining Human Mobility'

Global Compact for Migration

The Global Compact is the first inter-governmentally negotiated agreement, prepared under the auspices of the United Nations, covering all dimensions of international migration in a holistic and comprehensive manner. The compact was formally endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly on 19 December 2018

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International Migrants Day -  International Organization for Migration

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