From Ban Ki-Moon to PICUM: Statements on International Migrants Day 2012 (updated)


December18If you are on Facebook, a member of any migration-related mailing list or have spent the last Sunday in Hong Kong where numerous events took place – in all these cases you were most certainly made aware that today is International Migrants Day! Here are some resources related to this important date:

Obviously, the place to start is to visit the website of the organisation that is named in honour of International Migrants’ Day: December 18. In the past days they made up 90 percent of my Facebook notifications ;), and rightly so: A wealth of information and several radio reports have been collected on

http://www.december18.net/

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon issued a message for the International Migrants Day that can be found here:

http://www.un.org/en/events/migrantsday/2012/sgmessage.shtml

The  Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) also issued a press release:

http://picum.org/en/news/picum-news/38216/

If you want to get a report on the activities in Hong Kong, check out this report from the South China Morning Post:

http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1106841/domestic-helpers-demand-recognition-labour-rights

UPDATES: Here is a statement from the Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA):

http://mfasia.org/home/482-mfa-statement-for-international-migrants-day

..one from the International Migrants’ Alliance:

IMA Statement for IMD 2012

..and a video from the UK:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=kCbQWDhwEiw

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