Have you ever thought about the life of immigrants and their challenges Have you ever wondered what role immigrants play in our societies It is the International Day of migrants, an opportunity to take a deep and comprehensive look at this vital issue. This day requires us to be open and think about people who are taking courageous steps and are focused on the search for new opportunities and a better life. It is our day to understand their challenges, offer support and solidarity and work to achieve their due rights. Let’s collaborate, learn and build a more tolerant and pluralistic society, where everyone is accepted and respected regardless of their background. It is a humanitarian and humanitarian issue, and we must put it at the top of our agenda to ensure a better future for all. Let us celebrate International Migrants Day and go beyond borders to offer support and respect to migrants in our communities.
What is the International Day of migrants
The origin of the International Day of migrants
The International Day of migrants is celebrated on December 18 every year, and this day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 2000, with the aim of promoting awareness of the positive contribution that migrants make to the development of host communities. The International Migrants Day also aims to raise people’s awareness about migrants ‘ issues and the rights they deserve.
Objectives of the International Day of migrants
Through the International Day of migrants, the United Nations seeks to achieve several goals, including:
Increase awareness of the importance of migration and the positive contribution that migrants make to the development of countries.
Support migrants around the world and work to provide them with protection and work to achieve their rights.
Work to combat discrimination related to race, religion, gender, nationality, culture and other factors affecting the lives of immigrants.
Improve employment, education and health care opportunities for immigrants, especially those with difficult socio-economic conditions.
Strengthening cooperation between states, international organizations and civil society in the areas of migrants ‘ rights and the development of their policies.
The challenges of migrants in the modern world
Challenges and difficulties faced by migrants
Immigrants in the modern world face many challenges and difficulties, including ethnic and religious discrimination, difficulty in obtaining employment and education, and access to health care. Some migrants also suffer abuse and exploitation due to the legality of their stay in the countries where they are located.
The contribution of migrants to the economy and society
Despite these challenges, migrants make a crucial contribution to the economy and society in many countries. They take on a large share of work that requires human strength, and many of them take high-level jobs in critical industries and even some government positions. Moreover, migrants contribute to the transformation of host communities into more diverse and interconnected ones, participate in the promotion of different cultures.
Migration and Human Rights
Migrants ‘ rights at the United Nations
Migrants should have their rights protected like any other human being, and given the challenges and difficulties they face, migrants are given special protection according to international human rights law. At the UN, migrants are entitled to rights such as the right to health care and education, and they are also protected from ethnic, religious and other forms of discrimination.
Legal protection of the rights of migrants
In several countries, laws have been passed aimed at protecting the rights of illegal immigrants and refugees. This legal and legislative framework facilitates the identification and respect of the rights of migrants, puts an end to the abuses and exploitation to which they may be subjected. Thanks to these measures, conditions for migrants have been improved and their experience in their host countries has been improved.
Housing and immigration
The impact of immigration on housing
Migrants face great challenges in finding a suitable place to stay and live in the host countries. High rental prices and the difficulty of obtaining social housing affect their daily lives and increase the level of poverty. However, migration may provide opportunities to invest in housing and improve the quality of living in some host communities.
Procedures for providing housing to migrants
Governments are taking measures to improve the housing situation of migrants by providing social housing and affordable housing. It also supports housing provision and homeownership facilitation programs, and encourages private-government partnerships to provide adequate housing for immigrants. In addition, emergency housing is provided for migrants who are unable to live in ordinary residential areas. Through these measures, care is taken to help the rights of migrants and improve their socio-economic conditions.
The impact of migration on the local economy
The economic contribution of immigrants
Migrants are an important source of strengthening the local economy in the countries to which they move, through improving working, production and employment conditions in local markets. Some governments are facilitating the contribution of migrants to the local economy through decisions and measures that encourage employment, trade and stimulate investments.
Economic challenges facing migrants
Despite this, migrants face significant economic challenges, such as the difficulty of obtaining stable and well-paid jobs and enjoying employment rights like other citizens. In addition, they may have difficulty accessing financial services, insurance and health care, which increases the level of poverty and social marginalization.
The role of society in supporting immigrants
The role of the local community in providing support to migrants
The local community can play an important role in supporting migrants and facilitating their integration into society. Among the ways in which support can be provided are:
Providing information and guidance on public services, hospitals, business centers and the labor market.
Organizing seminars and lectures on these services and how to benefit from them.
Provide assistance in exploring and learning about local culture and traditions.
Development of educational programs for teaching the local language and culture.
Encourage local communities to celebrate cultural events for immigrants.
Ahad Association celebrates the International Migrants Day
Associations and charitable institutions are also one of the main parties in supporting migrants, through providing training and educational programs and material and moral support to them. In this context, the AHAD, the most important association operating in Africa, organized festive events on the occasion of the International Migrants ‘ Day on the seventh of December 2021, in which migrants, related organizations and members of the local community participated. The events included various paragraphs reflecting various aspects of cultures, coexistence and multiculturalism in society.
Local communities play an important role in supporting migrants and facilitating their integration into society, by providing information and guidance on public services, hospitals, business centers, the labor market, helping to explore and learn about local culture and traditions, and developing educational programs to teach the local language and culture. Seminars and lectures can also be organized to sensitize and educate migrants and the local community about their role and the importance of living together in one environment.
Charities are one of the main parties in supporting migrants, through providing training and educational programs, and material and moral support to them, as they seek to raise society’s awareness of the importance of contributing to supporting migrants and facilitating their integration into their new society.