18 December – International Migrants Day
18 December each year is globally observed as International Migrants Day. The United Nations General Assembly adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families on 18 December 1990. In 2000 the UN declared 18 December International Migrants Day. Visit the official UN page.
Each year 18 December offers the chance to recognize the existence, contributions and rights of migrants worldwide, and to make migrants’ voices heard. Organisations around the world will be engaged in a range of activities to mark the day. Migrating out of Poverty Consortium partners will use the day to highlight issues related to internal, regional and south-south migrants through collaboration with other organisations to raise the issues faced by migrant workers, posting blogs discussing the key themes, and showcasing research coming out of the Consortium.
International Migrants Day 2015
Migrating out of Poverty researchers’ blogs urge us to face the facts about migration.
Priya Deshingkar, in her blog Cities on the climate front line explains that urban slums, many of which house rural to urban migrants, are likely to bear the brunt of climate migration. To address this, services need to be improved.
Julie Litchfield explains the role and importance of migration data and promotes our newly available data sets which are Minding the Migration Data Gap.
Dorte Thorsen’s two blogs look at the migration journey from 2 angles. With Dew, she portrays the experience of a Cameroonian man’s Meandering journey from Africa to Asia to Europe via his own words. Then she analyses Meandering journeys through restriction and intersecting regimes of mobility and their implications from an academic and policy perspective.
Diaspora-Themed Meal and Film Screening in Sussex
International Migrants Day 2015 was marked early in the University of Sussex. On 7 December, under the theme of the Diaspora, an evening meal was served to about 80 people and a film, Tasting my Future, was screened, with proceeds going to charity.
The event was a collaboration between the Migrating out of Poverty Consortium (MOOP) and the University's School of Global Studies, and organised by MOOP Research Director, Priya Deshingkar. The menu featured classic dishes from the Indian diaspora in South Africa, Trinidad and the UK.
The meal was followed by a screening of “Tasting My Future”, a film about refugees in Brighton and Hove, their personal stories and reasons for leaving their countries and how they come together through cooking and sharing food to build a new life in the UK. There was a Q&A with Cathy Maxwell, one of the directors, and Reem Abushawarreb, a refugee of Iraqi, Palestinian origins, who was featured in the film.
The evening raised £225 for the Migrant English Project, a Brighton-based charity that provides free informal English lessons for refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants whose first language is not English and who may feel isolated. The money raised will help the charity to cover the costs of: lunch and refreshments; payment of most of the migrants' and refugees' travel expenses to get to the project; and the weekly rental of a meeting space.
Migrating out of Poverty partner RMMRU published articles in three Bangladeshi daily newspapers to communicate with their stakeholders on International Migrants Day 2015.
Tasneem Siddiqui published 'Ensure Better Governance for Safe Migration' in the Daily Star to highlight recent developments in Bangladesh's overseas migration sector. She urges implementation of already existing legislation that seeks to make the institutional and governance reform processes transparent and pro-migrant workers.
C R Abrar's article in the New Age highlights the need for service provision for migrants at destination. Presenting key findings of the RMMRU-RPC comparative study on ‘Institutionalising the Office of Labour Attaches: Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka’, he recommends that Labour Attachés should play an effective role in migration governance.
C R Abrar and Selim Reza published a Bangla article in the Bonik Barta which examines the low exchange rate value of Bangladeshi migrant workers’ remittances to their families. The article suggests that a special migrant workers’ remittance exchange rate should be determined to protect their value and ensure a greater contribution to development.
See news item: International Migrants Day 2014