International Migrants Day
"Migration is a powerful driver of economic growth, dynamism and understanding. It allows millions of people to seek new opportunities, benefiting communities of origin and destination alike.”" — UN Secretary-General António Guterres
Migration is as old as human history and reflects a courageous desire to overcome adversity to live a better life. Today, globalization and technological advances have contributed to more people being on the move than ever before. This has created both opportunities and challenges with 258 million international migrants counted globally in 2017, representing 3.4% of the world population.
On December 18 each year, the United Nations marks International Migrants Day to recognize the efforts, contributions and rights of migrants worldwide.
In recent years, IOM UK has marked International Migrants Day by holding film screenings as part of the Global Migration Film Festival and the London Migration Film Festival. Through cultural events and open discussions, IOM continues to actively build understanding to reduce tensions and foster closer ties within diverse communities.
International Migrants Day 2016
In 2016, the event to mark International Migrants Day showcased a Civil Society Forum on the topic of "The Evolving Dynamics of the Refugee and Migrant Response", and as part of the Ethics and Politics of the Refugee Crisis project, in partnership with the Open University, the University of Oxford's Centre for Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), the Migration Museum Project and actREAL.
International Migrants Day 2015
In 2015, we hosted a symposium on Migration and the Sustainable Development Goals with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), to discuss the nexus between migration and development. The event was the opportunity to highlight the inclusion of migration into the Sustainable Development Goals, in recognition of the role that human mobility plays in reducing poverty and inequality within and across countries, as one of the key innovations of the 2030 international development agenda.