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International Migrants Day 2013

ILO/OHCHR Cartoon key messages

On the occasion of International Migrants Day, the UN Human Rights Office and the International Labour Organization launch a series of cartoons to challenge myths and encourage a positive public perception of migration.

“The public debate is dominated by xenophobic attitudes and discrimination, both in and outside the workplace,” said UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay and ILO Director-General Guy Ryder in a joint statement.


"Migrants have a duty to pay taxes..."

"You are illegal!"

Do you know that everyone – migrant or not – has a right to social security? Many do not recognize the contributions all migrants – including migrants in irregular situations – make to the economy and to social security schemes where they live. Do you know the difference between “illegal migration” and “migrants in an irregular situation”? Irregular entries, stay and work are not criminal offences but administrative misdemeanours. Not distinguishing between the two terms reinforces the false and negative stereotype that migrants in irregular situations are criminals.

"Migrant doctors make a difference!"

"There are always more migrants..."
Do you know that migrants often help fill the gap where there is a need for more skilled health workers? Many migrants, especially those in irregular situations, however, do not have access to adequate health services, often because of fear of xenophobia or legal barriers. Do you know that there are more migrants than ever because of the growing world population? The absolute number of people migrating has risen from 154 million in 1990 to 232 million in 2013, yet for many years migrants have made up about 3% of the world's population.