Migration with Dignity: On International Migrants Day, world reaffirms protection and safety of migrants
Source :NewsBharati Date :18-Dec-2018
New Delhi, Dec 18: Annually, International Migrants Day is observed on 18 December in accordance with Resolution 55/93 of the United Nations General Assembly, adopted on 4 December 2000.
International Migrants day is celebrated in many countries, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations through the dissemination of information on human rights and fundamental political freedoms of migrants, and through sharing of experiences and the design of actions to ensure the protection of migrants.
Throughout the human history, Migration has been a courageous expression of the individual’s will to over come adversity and live a better life.
Today, globalization together with advance in communication and transportation, has greatly increased number of people who have desire and the capacity to move to another place.
Migration draws increasing attention in the world nowadays. Mixed with elements of un foreseeability, 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.
On September 19, 2016 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a set of commitments during its first ever summit on large movements of refugees and migrants to enhance the protection of refugees and migrants. These commitments are known as the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants (NY Declaration).
The NY Declaration reaffirms the importance of the international protection regime and represents a commitment by Member States to strengthen and enhance mechanisms to protect people on the move.
The global compact for migration is the first, intergovernmentally negotiated agreement, prepared under the auspices of the United Nations in 2018, to cover all dimensions of international migration in a holistic and comprehensive manner. It paves the way for the adoption of two new global compacts in 2018: the global compact on refugees and the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration.
The theme of 2018’s International Migrants Day is ‘Migration with Dignity’.
On this occasion, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, "Migration is a powerful driver of economic growth, dynamism and understanding. It allows millions of people to seek new opportunities, benefiting communities of origin and destination alike”.
The United Nations General Assembly affirmed a non-legally binding Global Compact on Refugees on December,17, 2018, marking the latest move by Member States to support the rights of 258 million people on the move worldwide.