18 December 2013

It is easy to forget the number of people who today leave outside their country of birth, their homeland. In speaking on the reasons why people migrate the United Nations Secretary General had this to say: “Migration is an expression of the human aspiration for dignity, safety and a better future. It is part of the social fabric, part of our very make-up as a human family,” He further observed: "There are 232 million people living outside their country of birth, including myself."

On 18 December 2000, the UN General Assembly adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families. In recognition of the increasing large number of migrants in the world, the UN General Assembly on 4 December 2000, proclaimed 18 December as International Migrants Day.

We as individuals and groups have a responsibility to observe this Day through the spreading of information on the human rights and fundamental freedoms of migrants, and through the sharing of experiences, respect for individual migrants among us.

Teddy Ihens