December 17

Motivation Mondays: International Migrants Day

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“Migration is a powerful driver of economic growth, dynamism and understanding. It allows millions of people to seek new opportunities, benefiting communities of origin and destination alike.” António Guterres, UN Secretary General

Motivation Mondays: International Migrants Day #withdignity
Motivation Mondays: International Migrants Day #withdignity

How to really make people feel welcome

The history of humankind is a history of migration. For thousands of years people have migrated from one place to another, for a variety of reasons, and continue to do so: Today, there are 258 million international migrants worldwide.
On International Migrants Day, the European Union reaffirms its enduring commitment to protect migrants’ human rights, to prevent perilous irregular journeys and ensure opportunities for legal and safe pathways instead.
In order to do this, we are working with all our partners around the world – countries of origin, transit and destination and international organisations. Migration requires global, cooperative alliances: No country can address migration on its own – neither in Europe nor elsewhere in the world. This is the core message of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, which will provide the global framework for improving migration management. It is by working together, in the spirit of shared responsibility, that we can jointly turn migration from a common challenge into a shared opportunity. European Commission and the High Representative on International Migrants Day

International Migrants Day 2018 theme: Migration with Dignity  – Globally, we are a community of migrants. Unless you belong to an indigenous group in the country you reside in, your ancestors came there as immigrants. It is with this insight that we must remember to treat each other with dignity and respect. It is easy to forget the challenges immigrants face when we are 2nd/3rd generation members of a family. Take the time this week to have a conversation with your parents about your lineage, and the ties your family might still have to their country of origin. The Theme for 2018 is “Migration with Dignity” which recognizes that “treating every migrant with dignity is one of the fundamental requirements we face before anything else we attempt on migration.”  If we are to continue to grow our global connections, we must do so with the implicit recognition that dignity for all is imperative. People move to other countries for many reasons, and the first step to helping them become productive and truly grateful members of society is by showing them the dignity we wish for ourselves. Join in on social media by using the hashtag #withdignity

Even though the word- Migrant – has become all inclusive of the various categories of people migrating around the world, there are still clear definitions of the terms. What is the difference between an immigrant, a migrant and a refugee? A migrant is a person who moves from one place to another within a country. An immigrant is a person who moves from one country from another. A refugee is a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster. One thing they all share is their movement or migration from one place to another. It can be temporary or permanent, and it is not always the first choice but the last resort for families in desperate need of help. As our global family expands and war, strife and untenable conditions impact the lives of people, we will continue to see the movement of families across borders. The UN and member nations are addressing this growing crisis, and each of us can do our part by showing compassion and civility to those who end up in our nation. Imagine the shoe on the other foot… YOURS!

READ: For The International Migrants Day – Understanding Not Fear by Ewelina U. Ochab
How one man’s story exposes the myths behind our migration stereotypes by Aditya Chakrabortty
Punta del Este Declaration on Human Dignity for Everyone Everywhere
International Migrants Day


Immigrant Can’t Write Poetry By Wang Ping
“Oh no, not with your syntax,” said H.V. to her daughter-in-law, a Chinese writing poetry in English

She walk to table
She walks to a table

She walk to table now
She is walking to a table now

What difference it make
What difference does it make

In Nature, no completeness
No sentence really complete thought

Language, our birthright & curse
Pay no mind to immigrant syntax

Poetry, born as beast
Move best when free, undressed


“In our globalised world, human mobility can only be addressed effectively by the international community as a whole. It is a global phenomenon that requires global solutions. No country can manage this alone, but together we can set up a humane, dignified and secure mechanism for governing human mobility.”  Christos Stylianides, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid & Crisis Management

Motivation Mondays: International Migrants Day #withdignity
Motivation Mondays: International Migrants Day #withdignity

This month, the world took a landmark step forward with the adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. Backed with overwhelming support by the membership of the United Nations, the Compact will help us to address the real challenges of migration while reaping its many benefits. António Guterres, UN Secretary General

I have added a brief summary on part of a Q&A on the GCM for you to read.  You can always go to the source and read all of it.  What is the Global Compact on Migration aiming to achieve? It aims to find solutions to the situation by fostering international cooperation, setting out guiding principles and providing a multilateral framework for member nations to use. How will the Global Compact on Migration affect irregular migration? Will it increase migration? It provides concrete actions that help States to reduce irregular migration, for example through enhanced cooperation on addressing the drivers of migration, fighting trafficking in human beings and smuggling of migrants, managing borders and facilitating return. It will also help to focus on pathways for regular migration. How will the Global Compact on Migration be adopted or signed? On 10 – 11 December 2018,  it was adopted by a 2/3 intergovernmental consensus/vote and the UN General Assembly will endorse it by passing a Resolution. Does the Global Compact on Migration create legal obligations for States? No, it is NOT legally binding.

Does the Global Compact on Migration establish a “human right to migrate”? No.  It does not encourage migration, nor discourage it. Will the Global Compact incur costs? No. What will be the follow-up of the Global Compact on Migration? Accountability will be shared between Member Nations, the UN System, the UN Migration Network and the IOM.  The adoption of Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) this month, began with the adoption, in September 2016, of a set of commitments to protect refugees and migrants. The GCM extended those protections with two new global compacts in 2018: the global compact on refugees and the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration. I have included the objectives below and they are far reaching because they spell out guidelines that member nations can apply to their own migrant policies in a humane way.

READ: An Unexpected Solution to the Migrant Crisis by Reihan Salam
Refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants
Women on the Move: Migration, care work and health


GCM: Objectives for safe, orderly and regular migration
1. Collect and utilize accurate and disaggregated data as a basis for evidence-based policies
2. Minimize the adverse drivers and structural factors that compel people to leave their country of origin
3. Provide accurate and timely information at all stages of migration
4. Ensure that all migrants have proof of legal identity and adequate documentation
5. Enhance availability and flexibility of pathways for regular migration
6. Facilitate fair and ethical recruitment and safeguard conditions that ensure decent work
7. Address and reduce vulnerabilities in migration
8. Save lives and establish coordinated international efforts on missing migrants
9. Strengthen the transnational response to smuggling of migrants
10. Prevent, combat and eradicate trafficking in persons in the context of international migration
11. Manage borders in an integrated, secure and coordinated manner
12. Strengthen certainty and predictability in migration procedures for appropriate screening, assessment and referral
13. Use migration detention only as a measure of last resort and work towards alternatives
14. Enhance consular protection, assistance and cooperation throughout the migration cycle
15. Provide access to basic services for migrants
16. Empower migrants and societies to realize full inclusion and social cohesion
17. Eliminate all forms of discrimination and promote evidence-based public discourse to shape perceptions of migration
18. Invest in skills development and facilitate mutual recognition of skills, qualifications and competences
19. Create conditions for migrants and diasporas to fully contribute to sustainable development in all countries
20. Promote faster, safer and cheaper transfer of remittances and foster financial inclusion of migrants
21. Cooperate in facilitating safe and dignified return and readmission, as well as sustainable reintegration
22. Establish mechanisms for the portability of social security entitlements and earned benefits
23. Strengthen international cooperation and global partnerships for safe, orderly and regular migration


The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for NOV 2018/DEC 2018 are:


1/01   –  01 All Saint’s Day, 02 All Soul’s Day,
11/04   –  04 Daylight Saving Time  ends USA, 06 Election Day, 07 Diwali
11/11  –  11 Veterans Day, 13 World Kindness Day, 14 World Diabetes Day, 16 International Day for Tolerance
11/18   –  19 International Men’s Day, 20 Universal Children’s Day, 21 World Hello & TV Day, 22 Thanksgiving Day
11/25 –    26 Cyber Monday, 27 Giving Tuesday,  30 St Andrew


12/02   –  01 World AIDS Day, 02 Advent begins, Hanukkah starts, International abolition of slavery, 07 Pearl Harbor
12/09   –  10 Human Rights Day, Hanukkah ends, green Monday,
12/16  –  18 International Migrants Day,  21 Winter Solstice, 22 Super Saturday
12/23   –  23 4th Sunday of Advent, 25 Christmas Day, 26 Kwanzaa starts, Boxing Day, 27 St John’s feast
12/30 –    31 New Year’s eve

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“There are some 258 million migrants worldwide. Many are seeking new opportunities for work or education. Others are on the move because they have no choice but to flee war and persecution or to escape the vicious circles of poverty, food insecurity and environmental degradation.” Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO

Motivation Mondays: International Migrants Day #withdignity
Motivation Mondays: International Migrants Day #withdignity
Motivation Mondays: International Migrants Day #withdignity
Motivation Mondays: International Migrants Day #withdignity

A Day without Migrants

On 4 December 2000, the General Assembly, taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world, proclaimed 18 December International Migrants Day (A/RES/55/93 ). On that day, in 1990, the Assembly adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (A/RES/45/158 ).
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
Evidence overwhelmingly shows that migrants generate economic, social and cultural benefits for all societies. Unfortunately, with the rise of broader intolerant discourse, hostility towards migrants is growing around the world.” Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO

Tuesday is International Migrants Day: Where are your people from? Are you/they still living in your country of origin? We all have connections/ties to folks elsewhere and we know the immigrant story is not all a bed of roses. Let’s celebrate those who took a risk to follow their dreams of freedom. How can we achieve that? We can follow the recommendations and efforts of all the divisions of the UN and especially UNESCO’s lead By Learning to Live Together, by developing a Culture of Peace and Non-violence, by initiating Intercultural Dialogue, by supporting Democracy and Global Citizenship and by encouraging Social Transformations  Come back later for MORE! Enjoy the 2nd poem below by Wang Ping.

READ: Women on the Move: Migration, care work and health – Policy Brief
International Migrants Day
International Migrants Day

Things We Carry on the Sea Wang Ping, 1957❤❤
We carry tears in our eyes: good-bye father, good-bye mother
We carry soil in small bags: may home never fade in our hearts
We carry names, stories, memories of our villages, fields, boats
We carry scars from proxy wars of greed
We carry carnage of mining, droughts, floods, genocides
We carry dust of our families and neighbors incinerated in mushroom clouds

We carry our islands sinking under the sea
We carry our hands, feet, bones, hearts and best minds for a new life
We carry diplomas: medicine, engineer, nurse, education, math, poetry, even if they mean nothing to the other shore
We carry railroads, plantations, laundromats, bodegas, taco trucks, farms, factories, nursing homes, hospitals, schools, temples…built on our ancestors’ backs
We carry old homes along the spine, new dreams in our chests
We carry yesterday, today and tomorrow
We’re orphans of the wars forced upon us
We’re refugees of the sea rising from industrial wastes
And we carry our mother tongues
爱(ai),حب (hubb), ליבע (libe), amor, love
平安 (ping’an), سلام ( salaam), shalom, paz, peace
希望 (xi’wang), أمل (’amal), hofenung, esperanza, hope, hope, hope
As we drift…in our rubber boats…from shore…to shore…to shore…


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Positive Motivation Tip: We are all migrants on a journey to better ourselves. Let us remember to be humble and compassionate to newly arrived migrants.

Motivation Mondays is open to anyone who wishes to share a motivational quote, photo, personal challenge or a post that encourages others to start the week on an upbeat note.
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Until Next Time…
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  • A great post as always. We all have roots in other countries and I think we should celebrate that!

  • Immigrant citizens have long contributed to and enriched our nation, and we should continue to incentivize lawful immigration.

  • I only wish the United States would adhere to all that is stated above. As you said–at one point or another our families were all migrants looking for a better life. I pray daily that the WALL will never be erected. (witten by Michele)

  • Wow, this is something that we really need to celebrate today. I am immigrants in my current place and I agree that it gives and helps me to have a greater opportunity.

  • Great post and I absolutely agree. Migration is so important and so beneficial.

  • This is really an informative article in connecting with the topic but I would admit that it’s quite technical as well.

  • There’s a lot of people choosing to live or migrate to other country, why? Because they wanted to have a greater life. And I agree with you that everyone of us must be remember to treat each other with dignity and respect whether you are a migrant or not. Happy International Migrants Day to everyone!

  • Great post! I think we should always remember our roots and, as you reference, unless you are indigenous, you are not native to where you reside. This should be the foundation of opening our arms to inclusiveness, cooperation, and respect for others.

  • I totallying agreed with You. Migration exposed us to new cultures and ways of life. Some actually add positivity to our life.

  • Protecting the rights if immigrant workers is so important!! I love your informative, motivational posts.

  • This is a very important topic. People often register the word “migrant” as something negative and this need to change.

  • Migration is always a difficult subject but I think in the long run it benefits both sides. If immigration would stop today, I think people will suffer and many factories will have to close down, but having said that, maybe I`m wrong.Thanks for sharing.

  • Awesome writings!!! This is great to read, especially with all the craziness happening in our society!

  • This is my first time hearing international migrant day. I love how people choose migration for whatever reason they have. We should all respect their decision because we do not know the reason why they choose to move whether it’s for their family or personal.

  • Migration is a hard decision. This may expose them to danger. We should put a respect.on how they choose to live.

  • I had no idea that there was a National Migrants Day, but I love that there is! I think this spreads such an important message about acceptance!

  • I really didn’t know much at all about this! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • I wasn’t sure the difference in immigrant, migrant, and refugee. I had an idea, but I was missing a few things. As far as I know, I have ancestors from England, Germany, Hungary, and Norway.

  • Such a great perspective on migrant day! I especially liked the poem on syntax!

  • I am happy to read another of your post. I am immigrant myself and I can relate to your post.

  • Yes even we move from place to place, it should not affect our dignity. Maybe in some countries, they hate immigrants .But here in my country, we love foreigners. We respect them and we are hospitable.

  • I just love your posts! I didn’t even know there’s an International Migrant’s Day! My grandmother migrated to America from France during WWII. She met my American grandfather who was over there fighting in the war, fell in love, and the rest is history, as they say, lol! Thanks so much for another interesting and informative read!

  • Now i know the difference between these three,I’m wasn’t aware at all. Thanks for sharing this. Nice blog

  • I’ve not heard of International Migrants Day, but it’s a good idea in terms of raising awareness of the issue. I like the poem you’ve included…

  • I love the poem you included hear, maybe a bit naive but I did not know this day existed thank you for raising awareness.

  • I was a migrant once, as I worked in a foreign country for two years. I think migration benefits both sides. It is all about giving and receiving. As long as people do not try to take advantage of each other, then I think migration is a good thing as we learn from interaction with those of a different culture.

  • Thanks for breaking down the differences between migrant, immigrant and refugee. These three are used loosely these days.

  • Interesting take on immigration. Thank you for sharing. Very thought provoking.

  • Great read! As a first generation American and one who lives in a border state, I know the importance and struggles of immigration very well. Thanks for spreading positive messages about migration.

  • My mother traveled to the US from France when she was 12 years old. In the 3rd class of a boat. She has vivid memories of this as she traveled by herself. I appreciate her doing so because it’s given me the life I have today!

  • Migration is such a serious topic. I appreciate all the information you brought up about it here.

  • I had no idea there was an International Migrants Day. It must be very new. I love reading your posts because they make me aware of what’s going on. Learned something new today.

  • This is an important issue that is close to my heart. I’ve been working very hard, especially with the terrible polices if the current IS President, to not only support migrants who need help, but to also help educate those that are confused about migrants.

  • America is made of immigrants. My family just migrated here from Germany a few generations back and it blows my mind how judgmental people can be about migration. That is how we became a melting pot.

  • I did not realise that there was an international migrants day, I think everyone should be free to choose where they want to live and work. Migrants also make the tapestry of our community so much richer.

  • That was a beautiful poem you shared. People forget that this whole country was built of migrants.

    • Exactly, I second this. We all came from somewhere else originally, except for first nations who have always been here.

  • The video you included really touched my heart. I love seeing good deeds not for clout or recognition but just because you are a decent human being.

  • I totally agree with you about treating each other with dignity and respect. So important x

  • This was such a great read! I had no idea about International Migrants Day. Also, I love this series, definitely motivational and eye opening

  • What an a great post on international migrants day, very informative, great poem too.

  • I have always had similar ideas about migration (it’s strange to me that not everyone does) because as you mention, we’ve (mostly) all been in migration as a people at one point or another. This was a great and informative post, it will give me a lot of talking points next time I find myself in conversation about the topic.

  • Thank you for sharing this; your motivation Mondays are always a fascinating read. This is such a relevant post to today’s issues too.

  • Another amazing post for another great cause!!! I really look forward to reading your lines every week, thank you so much.


  • I still live where I was born, but many of my friends have move out of the country. I would probably move too in case love haven’t kept me here. Nothing is easy. But you need to accept the new culture and language of the country that you are going to go.

  • LOVE how much there is here to motivate and inspire!! Saving this for days I need a little extra motivation 🙂

  • My people is from here and there. I do live in my country of origin, but my son is thinking about living in PERU. That’s what he said today… Joke or not, that’s what he said today.

  • It’s already Friday where I am but any source of motivation is welcome any given day! Regarding the migrant issues all over the world, I really wish we could be more open minded about the whole situation. We are all from one Earth after all. Beyond countries and nationalities, we are all world citizens. Cooperating with each other to solve pressing issues would surely make this world a better place! Plus, there’s so much to learn from one another.

  • Thanks for sharing this informative one, really useful as always, being motivated:D
    cheers, siennylovesdrawing

  • I never knew such a day existed. Interesting information here. I am migrant and proud.

  • This is such an amazing post and I am really loving your entire site. Thank you so much for sharing and being such an advocate.

  • Wow, amazing and powerful. More people need to see this given our current climate.

  • So many information in one single post. Thank you so much for sharing. I was not aware of International migrants day. Bookmarked this page! I love your blog and motivation Mondays is one of my favorite section.

  • Such a great motivation monday! I love that you talked about this topic today definitely something that needs a little bit of light shed!!

  • I have never understand the resistance against migration to the United States. First off, most of the country’s citizens have migrated here at some point or another in their ancestry. Regardless, people should be welcome anywhere as long as they become a law abiding person of that country.

  • After reading more of your article I’m motivated to research migration further. Thank you for the information.

  • I didn’t know there was an International Migrants Day. This is a great reminder for the folks that seem to forget that everyone came from somewhere. My grandparents were from Europe.

  • Happy International Migrants day. It is time we recognised the huge contribution that migration has made to the economic growth of this country.

  • We truly do have a history of migration. Just thinking that I , myself, a U.S. citizen am myself a migrant! I migrated legally to Tonga with my husband for a simpler lifestyle. Thanks for sharing this!

  • I have a lot of students whose families have just arrived here in the US and they cannot speak English, or do so in a very limited manner. As the year progresses it’s interesting to see these kids growing and learning. Those that have been here awhile have such rich stories to share (I know because they do immigration stories with the history boards that are put on display).

    • As a teacher, I have the same experience. It’s a delight to see the kids blossom and learn that they make new friends in school.

  • Thank you so much for this informative article ❤ I learned a lot of new information thanks to you 💗

  • I definitely agree that migrants play a very important role in the world today. They have shape the culture that we experience always.

  • Migrant workers are the modern day heroes as they give additional workforce to the country and at the same time help improve the economy of their mother country.

  • Such touching videos. Most of us have no idea what it’s like to have to pick up and leave everything we’ve ever known for an uncertain future!

  • You are so right about that we sometimes take for granted those who are from a different culture or may not celebrate that we all migrate from somewhere.

  • People do not really like to acknowledge that our whole country is built on immigration. This is such a great lesson!

  • this is such important subject ! we forget about the real challenges of migration but also its many benefits! Thank for bring it it up

  • Loved the immigrant can’t write poetry poem, and this entire post as a whole . Informative yet fun to read

  • I haven’t heard of this event until now. I don’t know anything about the legalities of immigrants.    But i hope refugees can have a different kind of help from the government.

  • I have a relative whose been an immigrant for years. I hope she got the
    she deserves from the country.

  • I am not living anymore in my country of origin and it makes me sad. My home country is gorgeous, we have seaside, mountains, delta, resources and talented humans. Too bad that the government is busy with money pocketing and scamming everybody. I get homesick quite easy and it`s not easy living abroad but I wouldn`t be comfortable being at home either.

  • That’s good that they are trying to make the process safer. I know we have all been immigrants to somewhere. So being appreciative of people’s desire to move is a good thing.

  • The blog post was just wonderful! I especially like the two YouTube videos that supplemented it 🙂

  • A very informative post on migration with interesting stories. Migration really does determine the economical growth of a country, the communities and its future.

  • The poem was so deep, it reminds me of my fellow country men that choose to work in another country even if they had better from their own country.

  • These objectives are so cool and protecting and also promote economic growth and Development

  • My mother used to say that the world belongs to us and we should migrate whenever we want. Unfortunately it does not happen that way. Beautiful post.

  • Migrants and international cooperation will lead to a global economy and culture. It’s very interesting to think of.

  • I’m not really convinced of the case for migrants in the United States and it’s historical significance as a means to displace slaves and indigenous black people and then emerge entitlement and false notion that there is no one else to do the work. Further research would be necessary for me to fully embrace this cause.

  • I didn’t even know there was a national migration day, I have learned something new. Immigration has become a big part of society in the last 30 years I would say, and sure, most of those people have left their country of origin to seek out new opportunities, new chances at life, some simply seek to get away from war, countries need to help those people, but the problem is that immigration’s tend to escalate quickly, and the problem is the countries aren’t prepared well enough, I am talking about immigration now, because migration is what most of us did, because of a new job opportunity, a chance at love, or simply to experience new things in your own country, there still are things that can be improved and I hope that they will, because in the end we are all humans and we need to help each other out.

  • I admire an elderly woman on the video from Turkey, she understood how it was to be forced and risk your life to go ashore because her ancestors were one of them and she can only give love and that’s all they need….we can show compassion rather than build walls…..after all we all are immigrants……objectives for safe , regular and orderly migration you had outline is a first step……

  • I really like the poem, “Immigrant Can’t Write Poetry” By Wang Ping, I feel like I really connect to it. Some times I feel like I cannot write anything but I keep trying.

  • I didn’t know there was a day for this, but what an important one to share. As a parent of two immigrants to America I totally agree that our history is a history of migration. Wish we would all build a longer table, not a higher wall 🙂

  • I really like your blog because it is so choc full with information. It must take you hours to put each post together with research and the infographics. Great work! Immigration is a very hot topic and needs to be discussed more

  • I love the fact that there is a day celebrating migrants! It is important to acknowledge their contribution and celebrate their culture, too 🙂

  • It’s always so interesting to learn about human migration patterns over history. It’s why we have different skin tones all over the world in every region and how some cultures are so similar in areas. Also interesting because people adapted different ways depending on where they migrate to. – Nikki

  • Interesting, who knew there was an international migrants day! Beautiful montage about immigration.

  • It took a lot of time to read this entire post but it is worth reading! Thanks for writing so deep about this topic.

  • I didn’t know there was such holiday! my family is from china and can say that I’m first generation British Chinese

  • I didn’t know there was an international migrants day! Very interesting to read about!

  • people migrate to seek better opportunity or seek education. But it saddened me learn that war is also one reason. This is again one good read.

  • I love the first quote. As someone who as migrated to a new place I like to pay attention to what people are saying and will definitely check out the full Q&A

  • so glad you brought this up, especially at a time when there is so much conflicts and confusion!

  • 258 million migrants and I am one of them! I am half Polish and half Italian and I always try to share my origin by celebrating traditions! I no longer live in Poland…but always go back and miss places so close to my heart!

  • I love that it states that “no nation can address migration on it’s own”. Not only is it true but we are becoming a more global world and need to be mindful of not just those in our own country but of those around the world! We are all one family at the end of the day!

  • I think it can be hard for people to put themselves in an immigrants shoes. I think however to not, it shows you are closed minded. We are more connected to each other than we think.

  • I always love your posts. Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom with everyone.

  • I would like to first thank you for this beautiful article. I was discussing not exactly migration but moving to one place to another with some one. And how much difficult it is for some people. Because of certain situations people have to move to other far of places be it for education, work, war or any other circumstance. We all just have to come together and realize we are are humans and these boundaries are just man made. After all we are born on this earth and no place different.

  • I’m an immigrant too and I feel very close to all people migrating somewhere for whatever reason. However, I also understand that countries receiving immigrants can have many issues as a consequence of it, so it is very important to plan and regulate.

  • Migration has been standard as long as human beings have existed. Studying history – or pre-history – we learn about waves of migration. Across continents, across oceans, people have always been on the move. And those who resist migration into their lands have always been descended from prior waves!

    • Indeed … and how easily people forget when they open their mouths to spout hatred towards immigrants. So true.

  • Roots are to be remembered and immigrants tolerated for sure. Place does not determine the person but it is very important to live in the best environment for you.

  • Wonderful reading and informative post. I wish this day without migrants could come as soon as possible. I live in Greece and I know how difficult their everyday life is as thousands of migrants came here the last years.

  • Fascinating. And interesting timing, between the politics going on in the United States right now over the border wall (which, as a former historian of international migration, I can assure you will NOT stop migrants from entering the US, based on every similar attempt in the past) and the fact that it’s right around Christmas. Both my mama’s pastor’s Christmas Sunday sermon and my own church’s Christmas Sunday sermon focused on being welcoming to refugees, given that Jesus and his own family had to flee to Egypt for awhile – and how this was the true message of Christmas.

  • This is a great day, especially in this day and age when countries try to shun out migrants as they are different. I am an immigrant myself, an American working and living in Japan.

  • Immigrant citizens have a long history of contributing and enriching many countries nation. Therefore, we need to all work together so that policies are fair for everyone.

  • I’m honestly so damn impressed that you manage to do this each and every Monday and it always come across as important and genuine.

  • The word ‘migrant’ really has turned into one meaning, but you’re right, there are so many! I think it would be hard to migrate, even if the outcome ended up being good. That’s a big change for most anyone.

  • This is such an important post and very current with everything going on. You make some great points.

  • Very awesome article. I’ll follow this blog to see more articles like this.

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