December 18 – Internal Migrant Day


International Migrant Day is celebrated by proposal of General Assembly of UNO (Resolution № A/RES55/93) every year on December 18 staring since 2000. In this day in 1990, General Assembly of UNO passed International Convention about Rights Protection of all working-migrants and members of their families.

In resolution of General Assembly it was proposed to all UNO member-states, governmental and non-governmental organizations to celebrate International Migrant Day on the basis of the activity on dissemination of information about human rights and principle freedoms of migrants, experience exchange and elaboration of measures as to security of their protection.

In the course of the last years, Ukraine has made a series of important steps in bringing national legislation in the sphere of migration in conformity to corresponding world standards. In 2011, Supreme Council of Ukraine passed Law of Ukraine “About refugees and persons in need of temporary or subsidiary protection”. This law introduced principally new form of protection – subsidiary protection.

In 2012, a number of changes has been made to the Laws of Ukraine “About legal status of foreigners and stateless persons” and “About freedom of movement and free choice of place of residence in Ukraine” due to which the grounds were regulated for foreigners and stateless persons’ stay in Ukraine and procedures of interior state migration were liberalized as well.