International Migrants Day

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2022 Date18 December 2022
2023 Date18 December 2023
International Migrants Day

International Migrants Day History

International Migrants Day serves to celebrate the movement of migrants and their contribution to world development. Globalization has made travel much easier and as such the world has become more connected.

International Migrants Day was appointed by the UN General Assembly in 2000. It is observed annually on December 18.

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International Migrants Day Facts & Quotes

  • The theme for International Migrants Day in 2021 was Towards An Ever Wider "We".
  • In 2020, the number of international migrants around the world was 281 million.
  • As of 2021, Turkey, Columbia and Uganda are the largest refugee-hosting countries in the world. Turkey has received 3.7 million refugees, who are mostly Syrians, while Columbia hosts 1.7 million, which are made up by displaced Venezuelans.
  • There are 65 million and counting refugees around the world. Most refugee are Syrian followed by Afghans, with 4.2 million and 2.6 million refugees, respectively.
  • Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists. ― Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Recognize yourself in he and she who are not like you and me. ― Carlos Fuentes

International Migrants Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Donate tinned food, clothes, tents, medicine and bottled water to relief efforts for refugees. With more refugees than any time since World War II, the world needs help caring for so many homeless people. Your donations could be life-saving for millions of people who are struggling. Médecins Sans Frontières, Unicef and Islamic Relief are well known organizations for their work in this field.
  • Since International Migrants Day is also a celebration of multiculturalism, try some food or drink from a different country. Have you tried a Cumberland sausage (UK), baklava (central Asian) or sake (Japan)? Enjoy a night out to a restaurant to enjoy different types of foods.
  • The stories and events of migration are literally world-changing. There are countless films that each tell a different story of migration through time. Some of our recommendations: The Immigrant (1917), Children of Men (2006) or The Kite Runner (2007).
  • Read some books that tackle migration. Try What is the What by Dave Eggers, Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai or They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky: The True Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan by Benjamin Ajak.
  • Explore your own heritage and ancestry. Humans have been constantly on the move for thousands of years. Did your ancestors migrate? Why? Lots of census data is available online and records are available in libraries and other civic institutions.

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