Posted: Wednesday, December 18, 2013
To recognise the large number of migrants worldwide the UN General Assembly has designated 18th December as International Migrants Day. United Nations (UN) Member States and intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations are encouraged to observe International Migrants Day through the dissemination of information on the human rights and fundamental freedoms of migrants, and through the sharing of experiences and the design of actions to ensure their protection.
There are 232 million international migrants worldwide, this number been increasing in recent decades with 175 million international migrants in 2000 and 154 million international migrants in 1990. Women make up almost half of the number of migrants. To mark International Migrants Day people have been invited to their stories on their experience of migration and the positive contribution migrants make to new communities. You can read these stories and information on International Migrants Day on the United Nations website and their Storify web page.
Crosscare Migrant Project (CMP) would like to acknowledge the postiive and enriching contribution made by migrants in Ireland and to recognise the ongoing need to protect the rights of all migrants who have made Ireland their home. In addition to the information and advocacy service operated by CMP to support various categories of migrants, Irish emigrants and returning Irish emigrants, the service also works to affect positive change in migration related policy. CMP's groundbreaking Opening Power to Diversity Scheme aims to generate greater understanding and interest in politics among people of migrant background. You can read more about this project here
This project is co-financed by the European Commission under the European Integration Fund and is supported by the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration in the Dept of Justice & Equality & Pobal.