International Migrants Day aims to celebrate the role of migrants and the contribution of migrants and migration to the development of many communities. This day allows UNESCO to emphasize human rights while highlighting the impacts of population movements.
The United Nations invites NGOs and Member States to promote the fundamental freedoms of migrants and propose actions to preserve their safety.
This day is more relevant than ever with the steady increase of migrants moving around the world. According to the most recent data, 281 million people were living in a country other than their country of birth in 2021. This is an increase of 128 million compared to 1990. This is three times more than the data from 1970.
The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) took a corporate stand on migrant and refugee people in 2017. Since then, the SNJMs have been involved in outreach activities and working with others to support migrant persons.
For more information, see the World Migration Report 2022.