Every year, the 18th of December marks International Migrants Day. The United Nations designates specific days, weeks, years and decades as occasions to mark particular events or topics. The International Migrants Day was established under United Nations Resolution 55/93 on the 4th of December 2000.
The Government of Ireland recognises the important role that migrants play in Irish life and society and has developed the Migrant Integration Strategy in the order to ensure that migrants are welcomed to Ireland and can become part of the Irish society.
The Strategy was published in February, 2017 and sets out the Government’s approach to the issue of migrant integration for the period to 2020. It envisages a whole-of-Government approach involving actions by all Departments. The Strategy sets as its vision that migrants are facilitated to play a full role in Irish society, that integration is a core principle of Irish life and that Irish society and institutions work together to promote integration. Integration is understood to be a two-way process that involves action by migrants as well as by Irish society.