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.”
#Migration fact: tightening borders makes people take more dangerous routes.ODI (
ODIdev) <a href="https://twitter.com/ODIdev/status/677905692749987840">December 18, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> As many as 500,000 are fleeing the conflict in Syria. Often without money, food or a place to stay. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Greece lashes out at Turkey for failing to stem migration crisis despite €3BILLION EU deal <a href="https://t.co/Lj6e0jwYV7">pic.twitter.com/Lj6e0jwYV7</a></p>— Daily Express (Daily_Express) December 18, 2015
UN4Youth) <a href="https://twitter.com/UN4Youth/status/677881770776350720">December 18, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> Despite the onset of winter as many as 4,000 people continue to arrive on the Greek islands every day with no end in sight. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Scenes at Elaionas transit camp, Athens, this week (c) Stephen Ryan/IFRC <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/migrants?src=hash">#migrants</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/refugeeswelcome?src=hash">#refugeeswelcome</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/protecthumanity?src=hash">#protecthumanity</a> <a href="http://t.co/levBc61GQq">pic.twitter.com/levBc61GQq</a></p>— Kate Jean (k_jean_) September 3, 2015