ISLAMABAD: International Migrants Day was observed today across the world including Pakistan to ensure the protection of migrants.
The number of international migrant worldwide has reached 232 million in 2013. The UN General Assembly on December 4, 2000 took into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world and proclaimed December 18 as the International Migrants Day.
The day is observed in many countries, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations through the dissemination of information on human rights and fundamental political freedoms of migrants, and through sharing of experiences.
The International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their families was adopted by the General Assembly on December 18, 1990.
Migrants face death, danger and disappointment in search of their dreams. They may be materially poor, and lack hope, they may take on massive debts from corrupt recruitment agencies or traffickers and smugglers in the hope of getting to a safe place, for a new start.
They are often forced by economics and lack of land to the most dangerous places – the shoreline, the mountain slope, the riverside – and migrate because their shacks are washed away by climate extremes.
The member states unanimously adopted a declaration on October 2013 recognizing the contribution of migration to development at the High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development.
They have also called on for cooperation to address the challenges of irregular migration and to facilitate safe, order and regular migration.