Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The United Nations has declared December 18 to be International Migrants Day to recognize the efforts, contributions and rights of migrants worldwide. Each year, the UN invites interested governments and other groups to observe the day by highlighting information about the rights and freedoms of migrants. Here is a message from Ban Ki-moon regarding the importance of the day:
"As budgets tighten, we are seeing austerity measures that discriminate against migrant workers, xenophobic rhetoric that encourages violence against irregular migrants, and proposed immigration laws that allow the police to profile migrants with impunity. During economic downturns, it is worth remembering that whole sectors of the economy depend on migrant workers and migrant entrepreneurs help to create jobs."
More information about International Migrants Day may be found here.