It is estimated that some 200 million people live outside of their home countries. And this is not a new phenomenon: Europe, America, and Australia were all built on the influx of millions of people in search of a better life. Since 2000, the international community has designated the 18th of December as International Migrants Day, to celebrate the achievements and highlight the struggles of migrants around the world.
Last year the international advocacy and resource center on the human rights of migrant workers launched Radio 1812, a global radio event. In that event community stations, commercial radios and national and international broadcasters in over twenty countries produced and broadcast on one day more than 50 programs in languages from Chinese and Thai to Spanish and Kazak.
This year, supported by UNESCO and the International Organization of the Francophonie, amongst others, Radio 1812 is back hoping to bring together more radios, more migrants and more concerned citizens to take part in the celebrations on the 18th of December 2007.