International Migrants Day Liveblog

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05:13 PM on Tuesday, December 18

See migrants' real life stories via #wearemigrants on Twitter.

05:06 PM on Tuesday, December 18

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCbQWDhwEiw&feature=share&list=LLtDXDuPFY0-yNge3wdi3qOA&utmsource=Our+Day&utmcampaign=e32f080b84-OurDaymanifesto-18-12-2012&utmmedium=email

Check out the video highlights of the launch of Migrants Rights' international 'Our Day' campaign, celebrating the contribution of migrants and promoting their rights and interests.

04:41 PM on Tuesday, December 18

http://www.thecourier.co.uk/news/migrants-are-making-a-positive-contribution-1.61551

Scottish leaders praise migrants' "positive contribution" to local communities and economies.

02:48 PM on Tuesday, December 18

Haaretz reports record levels of violence against African migrants in Israel in 2012: http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/violence-against-migrants-in-israel-reaches-record-high-in-2012.premium-1.485120

In May, a demonstration against immigration to Israel turned violent: "Demonstrators attacked African passersby while others lit garbage cans on fire and smashed car windows."
http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/demonstrators-attack-african-migrants-in-south-tel-aviv-1.432262

02:43 PM on Tuesday, December 18

"Dignity has no nationality" - A Migrant Manifesto from Musa Okwonga @okwonga http://youtu.be/y19CbyE41vo

01:11 PM on Tuesday, December 18

Al Jazeera tells the story of Filipino migrant workers in pictures. 10% of Filipinos work abroad as migrants: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2012/12/20121217981786357.html

01:00 PM on Tuesday, December 18

Slightly belated, but Human Rights Group Amnesty yesterday condemned the "widespread and endemic" exploitation of migrant workers in Italy on Monday http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/18/us-italy-migrants-idUSBRE8BH0HM20121218

12:54 PM on Tuesday, December 18

An interesting piece on the role of migrants in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from Sceme magazine: http://sce-me.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/some-reflections-on-realities-of-life.html

12:46 PM on Tuesday, December 18

The Rural Media Company has made a series of films with migrants to Herefordshire to mark the day. Viewable here: http://www.ruralmedia.co.uk/migrant-stories/

12:43 PM on Tuesday, December 18

Ban Ki Moon's message for the day highlights the role of migrants (and ease with which they are forgotten) in troubled economic times: "During economic downturns, it is worth remembering that whole sectors of the economy depend on migrant workers and migrant entrepreneurs help to create jobs."

12:41 PM on Tuesday, December 18

December 18 is the UN's international migrant day! Welcome to our liveblog on what's going on around the world.

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