International Migrants Day 2021


In 2000, the United Nations General Assembly declared 18 December as International Migrants Day, marking a day every year to reflect on the role of migrants in our societies, their positive contributions and the challenges they face in achieving their full potential and capabilities. This day is also a reminder that human rights are not ‘earned’ by virtue of being a hero or a victim, but are an entitlement of everyone, regardless of origin, age, gender and status.

IMD is an opportunity to promote an informed and balanced conversation on migration and to share the stories, experiences, aspirations of migrants in their communities. The theme for this year’s International Migrants Day is ‘It Takes A Community’. The theme reminds us of our interdependence, our common humanity, and the unique contributions we collectively make to our shared communities.

Meet the Ambassadors

“It takes a community to be a voice for others when they may not know that they need one”.

NIVEK AMICHUND, International Migrants Day Ambassador 2021

Throughout human history, migration has been a courageous expression of the individual’s will to overcome adversity and to live a better life. International Migrants Day Ambassadors 2021 have been nominated by partner organisations for their extraordinary achievements and the contribution they make everyday to their communities.


Events & News

It Takes A Community - Oxford

7 – 8:30pm Tue, 14 Dec 2021
The speakers of this event will be contributing to the discussion by exploring different forms of engagement with migrants at a community level, the contribution that migrants make to their community, and the challenges they face.

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Investing in Integration

2 – 3:30pm Wed, 15 Dec 2021
A multi-stakeholder discussion from IOM and IMIX featuring the voices of grassroots organizations, think tanks and local government discussing ways to invest in integration at the local level to support migrants and cohesive communities.
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Labour Shortages Panel

11am  – 1pm Thu, 16 Dec 2021

Migrants at Work present a special panel discussion around how labour shortage and homegrown slavery can be addressed if businesses and migrants with lived experience work together.
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Jump starting integration

10  – 11:30am Thu, 16 Dec 2021

IPPR is thrilled to invite you to attend the launch of a new report: “Jump starting integration: supporting communities to reconnect and thrive”.
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Together Productions Concert

5 – 6pm Sat, 18 Dec 2021
Together Productions presents a celebration of singing at their fundraising online Winter Concert featuring the Mixed Up Chorus, the Sing for Freedom Choir and some very special guests. All the family are welcome!
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The Global Compact for Migration

At the global level, states have committed to protecting human rights of all individuals irrespective of their migrant status and to promoting safe and dignified migration as a source of prosperity, innovation and sustainable development. 

These commitments are contained in the Global compact for safe, orderly, and regular migration (GCM). The Global Compact for Migration is the first inter-governmental agreement to cover all dimensions of international migration in a holistic and comprehensive manner.

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Get Involved

There are lots of ways you can get involved and support International Migrants Day

  • Share and re-share social media using the hashtag #ItTakesACommunity. We have made a Social Media Toolkit available for organisations to use.
  • Does your organisation have any events or initiatives to mark International Migrants Day? Let us know and we can help you spread the word.
  • Do you have an existing story, project or initiative that showcases the role of diverse communities and migrant contributions? You can use International Migrants Day platforms to showcase your work.

For more information, get in touch with Abir (IOM UK) or Katie (IMIX)

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