IOM held a reception on the occassion of International Migrants Day.
On 4 December 2000, the UN General Assembly, taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world, proclaimed 18 December as International Migrants Day. On 18 December 1990, the General Assembly hadadoptedthe International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.
As the global principal organization working on migration, the International Organization for Migration highly values International Migrants Day. The importance of migration in today’s world is shown by the increasing number of people on the move. There are currently 214 million international migrants worldwide, who together would constitute the fifth most populous country in the world.
The Permanent Observer Office this year celebrates International Migrants Day by highlighting the positive contributions of migrants to societies.