Migration has been a courageous expression of the individual’s will to
overcome adversity and to live a better life. Today, globalization,
together with advances in communications and transportation, has greatly
increased the number of people who have the desire and the capacity to
move to other places.

This new era has created challenges and opportunities for societies
throughout the world. It also has served to underscore the clear linkage
between migration and development, as well as the opportunities it
provides for co-development, that is, the concerted improvement of
economic and social conditions at both origin and destination.

International Migrants Day is an international day overseen on the 18th of
December which was appointed by the General Assembly of the United Nations
on December 4th 2000, after having taken into account the large and
increasing number of migrants in the world. This day is an opportunity to
recognise the contributions made by millions of immigrants to the
development and well-being of many countries in the world, to promote
respect for the rights of immigrant workers and their families, and to
highlight the issues that are of the key interest to migrants and their

This year’s theme on International Migrants Day is “Safe Migration in a
world on the Move”.Migration draws increasing attention in the world
nowadays. Mixed with elements of unforeseeability, emergency, and
complexity, the challenges and difficulties of international migration
require enhanced cooperation and collective action among countries and
regions. The United Nations is actively playing a catalyst role in this
area, with the aim of creating more dialogues and interactions within
countries and regions, as well as propelling experience exchange and
collaboration opportunities.

To mark this year’s International Migrants Day, the World Assembly of
Youth (WAY) is calling on the global community and youth to come together
and remember the importance of protecting human rights and welfare of all
refugees and migrants worldwide. We would like to utilise this day to call
upon global respect for those refugees who have tragically lost their
lives or lives of those that they love. Our aim is to help the communities
to fulfil their responsibility to assist and secure well mobile population
because migrants are more likely to be subject to hardship, human rights
violations and discrimination in crisis situations.

In our effort in embracing Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we would
like to wish to all a Happy International Day of Migrants Day! Because
obscurities of the world migrants and refugees are matter to us!

Happy International Migrants!


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