International Migration Day, 2015

Throughout human history, migration has been a courageous expression of the individual’s will to overcome adversity and to live a better life. Today, globalization, together with advances in communications and transportation, has greatly increased the number of people who have the desire and the capacity to move to other places. This year 2015, the International Migrants Day was celebrated at National Level with due enthusiasm.

WARBE Development Foundation has been one of the Migrants’ rights upholders advocating for the recognition of the 18 December as International Migrants Day and has been observing, since its inception, every year the “Day of Solidarity with Migrant Workers and Members of their Families” on the 18 December in celebration of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of all Migrants Workers and Members of Their Families.

The Ministry of Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment (MEWOE) took the leadership to celebrate the Day in collaboration with civil society organizations, migrant associations, UN organizations and private agencies. The Day is observed with the slogan “BISHOMOY OVIBASHION, SHOMRIDHIO DESH, and UTSHOBER JIBON”. Different activities including rally, discussion and cultural performances have taken place during a daylong program

Migrants, have – among other things – the right to health, education, housing and decent work, as well as labor rights, regardless of their migratory status in relation to the territory they find themselves in. However, all too often they face insurmountable obstacles in the form of immigration enforcement policies.