The 132 UNO Member States participated in the General Assembly's High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development on 14-15 September 2006 reaffirmed the importance of international migration and human rights of migrants. . First, international migration was a growing phenomenon and it could make a positive contribution to development in countries of origin and countries of destination provided it was supported by the right policies. Secondly, they emphasized that respect for the fundamental rights and freedoms of all migrants was essential to reap the benefits of international migration. Thirdly, they recognized the importance of strengthening international cooperation on international migration bilaterally, regionally and globally.
UNO is making continuous efforts to study and guide the member states on international migration. On 18 December 1990, the General Assembly had adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.
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.
UNO urges Member States and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations to observe International Migrants Day through the dissemination of information on the human rights and fundamental freedoms of migrants, and through the sharing of experiences and the design of actions to ensure their protection.
International migration today
The total number of international migrants has increased over the last 10 years from an estimated 150 million in 2000 to 214 million persons today.
Remittances which also indicate the importance of migration have increased exponentially: up from USD 132 billion in 2000 to an estimated USD 440 billion in 2010.
Secretary General's Message for 2012
Migrant Manifesto YouTube video
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