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International Migrants' Day

Published on 11/12/2023

International Migrants' Day is a day of remembrance of the struggles and achievements of migrants. It also serves as a reminder of the importance of recognising the contributions migrants make to society. International Migrants' Day is celebrated on 18 December every year. The date was chosen because it marks the anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol, which have been ratified by 189 countries, making them legally binding international law. The Convention defines "refugee" as someone who "owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or unwilling to return to it".

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  1. Why International Migrants' Day is important

Why International Migrants' Day is important

Migration is an important topic of discussion in today's world. With the refugee crisis and the large number of migrants fleeing their countries to escape poverty, war or persecution, it has become a pressing issue that needs to be addressed. To better understand this problem, it is important that we first understand why people migrate. There are many reasons why people decide to emigrate from their country of origin. Some do so because they want a better quality of life for themselves and their families, while others do so in search of security from violence or persecution. Whatever the reason for migration, there are both benefits and risks to be considered before any decision on migration is taken.

International Migrants' Day is an annual day of celebration that aims to raise awareness of the challenges and contributions of migrants. 18 December every year is a date we cannot miss. The best way to celebrate International Migrants' Day is to join one or more of the activities planned around the world. These activities include:

  • Awareness-raising events and campaigns.
  • Celebrations of migrant cultures.
  • Public debates.
  • Performances and exhibitions related to migration and migrants.
  • Film screenings on migration.

Migrants are an important part of the economy. They contribute to the workforce and many of them start their own businesses. But migration is not only about money, it also opens our minds and enriches us with its contributions.

In a society where there is migration, there is much greater tolerance and respect between different cultures. Migration also helps us to get to know other types of languages, and even terms migrate between them that we end up taking on as our own. We cannot say that all languages are pure; they take contributions from other languages. For example, in Spanish, Portuguese or Italian, there are many terms borrowed from English. This is also true for German.

For this reason, migration also has a very positive impact on languages. Many migrants end up working in translation agencies, as they have the possibility to bring their knowledge of a mother tongue to the job. A translation company will always welcome a person from another region of the world to offer translation services.

The phenomenon of migration is global, and in this 21st century it is one of the great challenges that we have to learn to manage well. Hence the importance of celebrating International Migrants' Day every 18 December, so that we do not forget all those people who, by making enormous efforts, go to live in other regions of the world. Of course, we must also not forget that we too are migrants or may become migrants. We live in a global village where we all need each other.

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Virginia Pacheco

Blog writer and Community Manager interested in multiculturality and linguistic diversity. From her native Venuzuela, she has travelled and lived for many years in France, Germany, Cameroon and Spain, passing on her passion for writing and her intercultural experiences.

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