International Migrants Day: Media Launch of 3 UNESCO-UNICEF Publications on Internal Migration in India

On the occasion of International Migrants Day, UNESCO and UNICEF will unveil their most recent publications on Internal Migration in India during a media launch at the UN Conference Hall in New Delhi (India), on Tuesday 18 December 2012, in collaboration with UN Women, UN Habitat, IOM, UN Information Centres and Sir Dorabji Tata Trust.

The date of presentation to the press of three recent publications by UNESCO and UNICEF on internal migration in India has obviously not been chosen at random.

By making these works public on International Migrants Day, the goal is to provide the information that they contain a maximum chance of being passed on, while respecting the spirit of this Day, which offers each year on 18 December a unique opportunity to dispel the growing misunderstanding and prejudices affecting internal migrants while recognizing positive contribution to the economic, cultural and social development of both source states and destination states.

The publications aim to advance knowledge on neglected dimensions of internal migration and highlight particularly vulnerable and marginalized categories of migrants,  such as women and children. Their key objective is to provide recommendations for a policy framework to protect and promote migrants’ rights in India; and build awareness, engagement and advocacy on the importance of socially inclusive policies and creative practices.

The following publications will be launched:

  • UNESCO/UNICEF National Workshop on Internal Migration and Human Development in India, 6–7 December 2011, Workshop Compendium, Vol. 1: Workshop Report, 2012
  • UNESCO/UNICEF National Workshop on Internal Migration and Human Development in India, 6–7 December 2011, Workshop Compendium, Vol. 2: Workshop Papers, 2012
  • UNESCO/UNICEF Policy Briefs: For a Better Inclusion of Internal Migrants in India, 2012

As their titles indicate, these publications reflect the recommendations and key data of a workshop on internal migration and human development, held on 6 and 7 December 2011 in India. As a result, UNESCO and UNICEF launched the “Internal Migration in India Initiative” (IMII) to support the social inclusion of migrants in the economic, social, political and cultural life of the country, using a three-legged approach combining research, policy and advocacy.

The IMII is now an informal network of 200 researchers, NGO’s, policy makers, UN agencies such as the International Organization for Migration (IOM), UN Women and UN HABITAT, determined to raise the profile of internal migration in India and to propose policy changes and creative practices.

The media launch will include a panel discussion on the challenges of internal migration in India, with the participation of Members of Parliament and Planning Commission of India, key policy makers, researchers from renowned universities and institutions and social activists, after which the floor will be open to questions by the Media.