International Migrants Day
Theme: A Day without Migrants
Migration has been a courageous move throughout history, and today it is even more common. The number of international migrants worldwide has continued to grow rapidly over the past fifteen years reaching 244 million in 2015, up from 222 million in 2010 and 173 million in 2000. Female migrants outnumber male migrants in Europe and Northern America, while in Africa and Asia, particularly Western Asia, migrants are predominantly men. Between 2000 and 2015, positive net migration contributed to 42 per cent of the population growth in Northern America and 32 per cent in Oceania.
International Migrants Day is observed so that the international community can act on the global perspective of safe, regular and orderly migration for a peaceful and prosperous world for all.