International Migrants Day

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It is the United Nations International Migrants Day today. This year’s theme is “Safe Migration in a World on the Move”, which puts spotlights on some of the challenges in the global migration such as people trafficking.

Throughout human history, migration has been a courageous expression of the individual’s will to overcome adversity and to live a better life. Today, globalization, together with advances in communications and transportation, has greatly increased the number of people who have the desire and the capacity to move to other places.

It is more so in Australia. According to the 2016 ABS Census Data, 28.5% of Australia's estimated resident population (6.9 million people) was born overseas. Migrants bring in their cultural heritage, new perspectives, and skills that can contribute a lot to Australia’s long-term development and prosperity, shaping the cultural diversity and multiculturalism in the country.

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