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United Nations, Dec 18 (Canadian-Media): On the observance of International Migrants Day, UN Secretary-General António Guterres says, "All migrants are entitled to equal protection of all their human rights. On this International Day, I urge leaders and people everywhere to bring the Global Compact to life, so that migration works for all," UN reports said.
A family faces an uncertain future as dozens of refugees and migrants were rescued by an Italian coastguard vessel and landed at the port of Augusta after their own ship was sinking in the Mediterranean sea in 2015. They had been trying to reach Europe from north Africa to seek asylum.
Image credits: © UNHCR/Francesco Malavolta
December 18 was proclaimed as an International Migration Day in 2000 by the UN General Assembly.
This year’s International Migrants Day theme is: Social Cohesion, Celebrating the integration of migrants into communities around the world.
Throughout human history, migration has been a courageous expression of the individual’s human right and will to overcome adversity and to live a better life.
Today's globalization with advanced communications and transportation, has facilitated the increase in number of people, who have the desire and the capacity to move to better places.
The clear linkage between migration and development, as well as the opportunities it provides for co-development is being overlooked in this era thereby undermining the importance of the concerted improvement of economic and social conditions at both origin and destination.
The increasing efforts of the migrants to find a more suitable and developed destinations, enhanced cooperation and collective action among countries and regions is required to overcome the elements of unaccountable emergency, and complexity, the challenges and difficulties of international migration.
United Nations is playing an active catalyst role in this area to propel experience exchange and collaborate opportunities to create more dialogues and interactions within countries and regions.