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International Migrants Day 2021: 18th December

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The International Migrants Day is observed globally on 18 December every year. The day is marked by the United Nations, through the UN-related agency International Organization for Migration (IOM). The day is observed to highlight the contributions made by the  272 million migrants, which includes more than 41 million people who are internally displaced persons, and the challenges they face.

The theme of International Migrants Day 2021 is Harnessing the potential of human mobility.

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History of the day:

On 18 December 1990, the General Assembly acquired a resolution on the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, to recognize the contributions made by millions of migrants to the economies of their host and home countries promotes respect for their basic human rights. The day was firstly observed in 1990.

Also, In 1997, Filipino and other Asian migrant organizations began celebrating and promoting 18 December as the International Day of Solidarity with Migrants.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • International Organization for Migration Headquarters: Grand-Saconnex, Switzerland;
  • International Organization for Migration Founded: 6 December 1951;
  • International Organization for Migration Director General: António Vitorino.

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