The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 18 December International Migrants Day on 4 December 2 000. The International convention on the protection of the rights of all migrant workers and members of their families was adopted on 18 December 1990 (Resolution 45/158).
The Assembly has stressed the need to make further efforts to ensure respect for the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all migrants.
The total number of international migrants has increased from an estimated 175 million in 2 000 to 232 million persons in 2015.
Migration is now more widely distributed across more countries. Today the top 10 countries of destination receive a smaller share of all migrants than in 2 000.
One out of every ten migrants is under the age of 15.
The impact of remittance flows is also significant having reached $401 billion in 2014 – nearly four times the $126 billion in official development assistance (ODA).
Source: United Nations