On December 18,1990, the United Nations
adopted the international convention on the protection of the rights of migrant workers and members of their families.
Since then the date has become Migrants Day.
As the day is marked it is estimated migrant flows will reach record levels by the end of the year:
Joel Millman is from the International Organisation for Migration: “IOM estimates that the million person mark will pass, this is almost five times last year level, which is extraordinary. We also want to point out that these very high flows for December are proving to be what we feared, very lethal. Particularly in the Eastern Mediterranean, where we counted 760 deaths so far this year.”