On International Migrants Day this year we celebrate the extraordinary contributions that migrants make to societies all over the world. Migration flows today are at unprecedented levels: the number of people living and working outside their country of birth well exceeds the population of Brazil, the fifth largest country in the world. On this day, then, let us be reminded not only of the extent of their contribution, but also of the enormity of the need to respect their dignity, rights, and freedom from discrimination and exploitation.
Sustainable Development Goals
We celebrate this year the acknowledgement in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of migrant workers’ contributions to inclusive growth and sustainable development as well as the commitment made by States to insure full respect for the human rights and humane treatment of migrants regardless of their migration status. Civil society worldwide may congratulate itself on its successful push to have States recognize their enormous contribution to development, their vulnerable position and the abuses they suffer. States have recognized the fact that sustainable development cannot proceed without migrant workers whose rights and freedoms are respected.