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International Migrants Day
Since 2019, the Musée national de l’histoire de l’immigration has been participating in the international Migration Museums Network, a new attempt by some 23 museums around the world to give greater visibility to the major challenges of migration in the world.
Dissipate prejudices about migrants
International Migrants Day is proclaimed by the United Nations on December 4th, 2000. It commemorates the adoption of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families of December 18, 1990. It is celebrated every 18 December each year in UN Member States in order to "dissipate prejudices" about migrants and " to raise awareness of their contributions in the economic, cultural and social fields, for the benefit of both their countries of origin and their countries of destination ".
On this day, the UN encourages all invited States, UN Member States, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations to provide information on the human rights and fundamental freedoms of migrants, to share experiences and to undertake actions that ensure their protection.
Learn more about Musée national de l'histoire de l'immigration's activities on International Migrants Day on Facebook and Twitter.
To learn about the different activities our participating organizations are hosting in recognition of World Migration Day follow the hashtag #MigrationMuseums.
Migration Museums Network's commitment
Today, the Migration Museums Network joins thousands of other organizations around the world in recognizing and celebrating International Migrants Day. The United Nations estimates that the number of global migrants has grown to over 272 million this past year.
The Migration Museums Network is coordinating a day-long series of activities related to the intersections of food and migration. As seen across history, the lack of access to food or the desire for safety and economic opportunity can impact migration waves. Once arrived in their new home countries, migrants often rely on food not just for sustenance and financial income, but also to build connections to new friends and neighbors as well as to stay connected to the countries and cultures they left behind.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to forces families and communities into uncertain and often isolated conditions, the Migration Museum Networks encourages everyone to join together in building greater awareness, understanding, empathy, and collaboration to improve the social, economic, and health conditions for migrants, the countries they emigrate from, and the countries they immigrate to.
While the members of the network represent vastly diverse groups, cultures, and heritages, we embrace our joint responsibility to strengthen and care for each other as global citizens.
Learn more about the various events that our participating organizations are hosting in recognition of World Migration Day by following the hashtag #MigrationMuseums.