December 18: International Migrants Day

December 18: International Migrants Day

Heritage & Traditions

By Julia Muñoz

Migration is one of the great affairs of the world in the 21st century, and the basis for dealing with this circumstance is dignity and respect.

People make the decision to migrate, or they do so by force as a result of a natural disaster or war. Migration must be dignified because it is difficult to have to leave the country of birth or home into the unknown.

For this reason, on International Migrants Day, a call is made for migration to be safe, regular and dignified. Nineteen years ago, December 18 was proclaimed International Migrants Day by the UN, in light of the increase in migratory flows around the world.

In 1990, the UN Assembly had already adopted the International Convention on the protection of the rights of migrant workers and their families, so this day has its antecedent in that convention.

This year's motto for International Migrants Day is “We Together”. It focuses on the stories of social cohesion as varied as each of the people who make the decision to change countries, or are forced to leave their homes due to different circumstances.

We learn together, we live together or we work together, because it is the only way to advance in society. Statistics and estimates made by specialists in population growth report that by continents, Asia hosts 31% of the international migrant population, Europe 30%, the Americas host 26%, Africa 10% and Oceania 3%.

They also show that there are about 36.1 million migrant children.