International Migrants Day is a day when nations worldwide mark the efforts, and the many contributions, migrants make to our society.
International Migrants Day in Canada Since the year 2000, when the United Nations first decided to highlight the lives of migrants around the world, nations commemorate International Migrants Day on December 18.
Marking International Migrants Day is increasingly relevant in Canada, as global migrant levels continue to grow and as the country is about to face the most challenging immigration goals in its history.
Last year, former Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, the Honourable Marco Mendicino, P.C., M.P., stated that the day was an opportunity to highlight human rights issues, as well as migrants’ achievements in Canada.
While referring to the added economic difficulties caused by the pandemic, he also stated that “migrants are key to Canada’s economic success and social stability.... We strongly believe that countries and migrants alike benefit from regular and safe migration pathways. These pathways should respond to labour market needs, boost innovation, support family reunification, stimulate the economy, and help vulnerable populations, such as refugees.”