International Migrants Day
18 December, 2021
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) notes that there is no universally accepted definition for migrant, and that this word is an umbrella term, not defined under international law, reflecting the common lay understanding of a person who moves away from his or her place of usual residence, whether within a country or across an international border, temporarily or permanently, and for a variety of reasons. Today, many people live in a country other than the one in which they were born. In 2019, the number of migrants globally reached an estimated 272 million, 51 million more than in 2010. International Migrants Day is to respect the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and to enable migrants to ignite economies at home and abroad and build more inclusive and resilient societies. Migration is a courageous expression of an individual’s will to overcome adversity and to live a better life. 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.