International Migrants Day Date in the current year: December 18, 2016

International Migrants Day International Migrants Day is an annual United Nations observance held on December 18. It was officially proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 2000 in order to raise awareness of the human rights and political freedoms of migrants.

On December 18, 1990, the GA adopted the International Convention on the Protection of Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families. International Migrants Day was created to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Convention taking into account the increasing number of migrants in the world. It was first celebrated by Asian migrant associations in 1997 as the International Day of Solidarity with Migrants. The United Nations made it official in 2000.

International Migrants Day unites UN Member States, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs and individuals concerned with the protection of migrants and their rights. Events organized on the occasion focus on spreading the information on the rights and freedoms of migrants, recognizing the contributions of migrants to the economies of their home and host countries, undertaking action aimed at ensuring the protection of migrants from human rights violations, and promoting international labor standards.

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