INTERNATIONAL MIGRANTS DAY

[NARRATOR]

18 December is International Migrants Day. This year the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is calling on the international community to come together and remember the refugees and migrants who have been lost while trying to reach safe harbour after arduous journeys across seas and deserts.

Mr. Patrik Shirak, Project Development Officer working for IOM in Kosovo tells us more:

[Patrik Shirak- IOM Project Development Officer]

00:43 In 1990 the United Nations general Assembly established International Convection on the Protection of the Rights of all migrant workers, which formed the bases for formally recognizing that migrants have protection needs in the countries where they come from.

[NARRATOR]

International Migrants Day is celebrated to highlight the contribution of migrants and to highlight the needs for their protection.

[Patrik Shirak- IOM Project Development Officer]

01:28- This year instead of celebrating migrants day, because this has been a year of migrants, many populations are on the move to war, to the poverty, to disasters, to the climate change, IOM has decided not to celebrate migrant day, but rather using it to commemorate many of thousands lost lives all over the globe, where 5000 migrants have lost their lives this year in transit for a better future for their families.

[NARRATOR]

IOM invites the international community to hold the first global Candlelight Vigil to commemorate the lives that have been lost or have disappeared while trying to reach safe harbor after arduous journeys across seas and deserts this year. Each person has a name, a story and left their homelands seeking better opportunities and safety for themselves and in many cases for their families - aspirations that all of us strive for. So how will it be marked in Kosovo?

[Patrik Shirak- IOM Project Development Officer]

07:23 - In commemoration of International Migrant Day, IOM is organizing an event at ODA theatre tomorrow Friday at 17:00 hrs. We are inviting people to come light a candle in commemoration of lost lives.

[NARRATOR]

In the words of UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, “On International Migrants Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to shape diverse and open societies that provide opportunities and lives of dignity for all migrants”