International Migrants Day

18 December

On 4 December 2000, the General Assembly, taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world, proclaimed 18 December International Migrants Day (A/RES/55/93). On that day, in 1990, the Assembly adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (A/RES/45/158).

Migration is a global phenomenon driven by many forces. These start with aspirations for dignity, safety and peace. The decision to leave home is always extreme, and, too often, the beginning of a dangerous, sometimes fatal journey.

UNESCO is acting to advance the migration-related commitments of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This starts with education, by promoting access to quality education for Syrian refugees, by facilitating recognition of education diplomas and qualifications.

Through our International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities, we promote a welcoming approach towards migrants at the local level. We are bolstering the capacities of journalists to address negative narratives and bring the stories of migrants to the fore. UNESCO is deeply engaged with UN partners through the Global Migration Group, to shape a global compact for safer, orderly and regular migration.

"On this International Migrants Day, we must reaffirm our commitment to the nearly 300 million migrants around the world, and mobilize to ensure that their inalienable rights, threatened by the various global crises, are respected."
UNESCO Director-General
Audrey Azoulay Director-General of UNESCO

What UNESCO does for Migration

Migration and inclusive societies
International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities − ICCAR
Learning to Live Together
Intercultural Dialogue
Fostering Rights, Inclusion and Non-Discrimination
Social Transformations
UNESCO and Sustainable Development Goals

Read more

Global education monitoring report, 2019: Migration, displacement and education: building bridges, not walls
Cities welcoming refugees and migrants: enhancing effective urban governance in an age of migration
Migrating alone: unaccompanied and separated children's migration to Europe


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