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Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti Honors International Migrants Day

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California Honors International Migrants Day

The Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, proclaimed December 18th as International Migrants Day in Los Angeles. The proclamation states that "Los Angeles is proud to be a city of immigrants and recognizes the significant contributions international migrants make to our economy, culture, and society". It also highlights the efforts of international migrants to establish a better life for their families and communities.

What and When is International Migrants Day

International Migrants Day is celebrated on December 18, as a way to honor the contributions of migrants and to highlight the positive role that migration plays in society. They might move for economic reasons, education, disaster, or family reasons.

Migrants often face discrimination and challenges because of where they come from, how much money they have, what language they speak, and how well they're able to blend into the new culture. Some countries that celebrate International Migrants Day include Russia (since 2003), Belize (2005), Libya (2006), Honduras (2007), Malaysia (2008) and now California!

Coinciding with International Migrants Day on December 18, Mayor Garcetti signed an executive directive aimed at providing migrants equitable access to critical City services and programs.

Why Do We Observe International Migrants Day?

The purpose of International Migrants Day is to raise awareness of what migrants experience during migration with the hope people will make a positive impact on the welfare of our fellow human beings in their challenge to immigrate peacefully.

Who Instituted International Migrants Day and When Did It Begin?

In December of 1997, migrant organizations throughout Asia and the Philippines celebrated a previously adopted 1990 UN International Convention to protect migrants. Now, International Migrants Day globally commemorates the adoption of the International Convention on the Protection of Migrants.

When Did California First Observe International Migrants Day?

In California, the first official recognition of International Migrants Day took place in 2017.

This day was first celebrated in 2001 as an effort spearheaded by international labor unions, church groups, immigrant rights organizations, and other migrant advocacy groups who were concerned about increased racism against immigrants after the September 11th terrorist attack. It was originally intended as an educational tool but has since grown into a global celebration of cultural diversity.


What is Mayor Garcetti's Executive Directive 32?

Executive Directive 32 is Mayor Garcetti's answer to International Migrant's Day's call to action on a local level in Los Angeles. “This new directive will help to ensure that all Angelenos have equal access to what our City has to offer — for example, providing non-English speaking immigrant business owners and parents with the ability to apply for grants from the City and enroll their children in one of our many youth programs.”

Executive Directive 32 is a promise from the city of Los Angeles to strengthen language access to as many foreign language speakers as possible. In fact, the city has issued their press release in the following languages (and CIT provides translation services to them all!):

Armenian (CIT)
Farsi (CIT)
Hindi (CIT)
Japanese (CIT)
Khmer (CIT)
Korean (CIT)
Russian (CIT)
Spanish (CIT)
Tagalog (CIT)
Thai (CIT)
Traditional Chinese (CIT)
Simplified Chinese (CIT)
Vietnamese (CIT)

International Migration During COVID.

In 2020 an estimated 281 people were international migrants which was up 30% from 2019 where 173 million people migrated internationally. The report revealed that two-thirds of all international migrants come from only 20 countries around the world — these include China, India, Mexico, Bangladesh, and Nigeria.

While these numbers may seem large, they are only a fraction of the world's population. The international migrants make significant contributions to our economy, culture, and society and we must continue to celebrate their accomplishments. Happy International Migrants Day!

Immigration Impact on California

Immigrants living in California make up a quarter (25%) of all immigrants nationwide. They also account for 8% percent or 1 out 7 residents who are foreign-born. The state's population has increased by almost half since 2010.

Do Californian's Approve of Migrants?

Immigrants are a benefit to the state of California because they contribute so much, with 78% believing it's positive. A whopping 87 percent think there should be ways for illegal immigrants to remain in this country.

As a result, Californians also want local governments to make their own policies on how best to handle migrants — separate from Washington D.C.. Sixty-one percent favor requiring translated birth certificates or other documents proving eligibility before allowing someone without documentation to become permanent residents while another three quarters (74%) support driver’s licenses being issued only when applicants provide proof that qualifies them legally under federal law.

Immigrants in California are typically bilingual

The state has the largest population of any American region with Hispanics making up nearly 40 percent, followed by Asian-Americans at 3%. In addition, there’s an increasing number who speak another language other than English or Spanish — 1 out 5 people reporting they can talk only *Spanish* (or weakly speakers) who require some interpreting and often need Spanish documents translated.

International Migrants Day 2022

To gauge International Migrants Day 2022 you only need to look to how The General Assembly has recently begun to adopt policies that will facilitate safe, orderly and regular migration. In the last year alone, 54% of 111 governments responded with such measures in place for their citizens' well-being around this topic.

The New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants (signed by over 55 countries) along with other recent agreements show how serious Global leaders are about addressing international issues relating to refugees or asylum seekers seeking haven from violence abroad.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development sets out targets around sustainable development including improved accessibilities including healthcare services which is exactly why we're seeing increased investment into primary care physician shortages worldwide.

International Migrants Day FAQs

What year was International Migrants Day first observed in California? The first official recognition of International Migrants Day took place in 2017 in California.

What is International Migrants Day theme for 2021 Harnessing the potential of human mobility.

What state has the most immigrants? The percentage of foreign born people in California is 27%, more than double that of other states.

Do Californian's approve of migrants? Immigrants are a benefit to the state of California because they contribute so much, with 78% believing it's positive. A whopping 87 percent think there should be ways for illegal immigrants in this country and also want local governments making their own policies on how best handle these folks - separate from Washington D C . Sixty One per cent favor requiring birth certificates or other documents proving eligibility before allowing someone without documentation become permanent residents while another three quarters (74%) support driver’s licenses being issued only when applicants provide proof that qualify them legally under federal law.

Cal Interpreting & Translations' Part In Migration

Cal Interpreting & Translations (CIT) is owned and operated by immigrants. While our mission statement pledges assistance to clients in overcoming language barriers, our staff has experienced the journey of migration or has family that has met the challenge. We are honored to serve those in need of interpreting and translation services.

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