International Migrants Day

A day to celebrate the people who we come into contact every day... And who we could well have become if our lives were not the way they are, and we faced the same circumstances...

Message by Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO

Millions of women and men are leaving their homes in the search of work and education. Millions are on the move, because they have no choice, to flee war and persecution, to escape the vicious circles of poverty, food insecurity and environmental degradation.

Migration is a global phenomenon driven by many forces. These start with aspirations for dignity, safety and peace. The decision to leave home is always extreme, and, too often, the beginning of a dangerous, sometimes fatal journey.

UNESCO is acting to advance the migration-related commitments of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.