About International Migrants Day
On December 18th 1990, the General Assembly adopted a resolution on the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.
Each year on December 18th, the United Nations, through the UN-related agency International Organization for Migration, uses International Migrants Day to remember these individuals and reiterate the need to respect the rights and dignity of all. It is a day set aside by the United Nations to recognize the estimated 272 million migrants that are integral members of all our societies today.
What is a migrant?
A migrant is someone who has chosen to leave their own country to seek a better life in a different country. This could be due to a variety of reasons including wanting a new job, studying at a school or university, or moving closer to family. Many migrants also take their families with them to their new country.
However, not everyone chooses to leave their country. Sadly, many countries are experiencing war and conflict, and people are forced to leave their countries for their own safety. These people are called refugees. For some families, it's safer to flee their country to have a safe, peaceful life in another country. There are also many other reasons why people are forced out of their homes, such as natural disasters. Earthquakes, hurricanes and tsunamis can destroy people's lives and towns, forcing them to start their life again in a safer country.Find out more