Wednesday, December 17, 2008

International Migrant Day and Radio 1812

December 18 marks International Migrant Day; it also marks the third anniversary of a global radio marathon that highlights the struggles and achievements of migrants all over the world. It seeks to unite migrant groups and radio stations to produce, broadcast, and share content that will help build momentum and draw attention to migrant issues.

The event is supported by UNESCO and is organized by Radio 1812, which is an initiative developed by the Belgium-based NGO December 18. Since its start in 2006, the event has more than tripled in size. Over 50 radio stations broadcast in over 25 countries in 2006. Around 152 radio stations from 34 countries participated in the event last year, and organizers hope to link even more communities together in tomorrow's event. They are making the event increasingly visible as well via their Web site, its audio programs and other media publications, and even its Facebook page.

For more information on how to get involved or learn more about migration, visit Radio 1812's resource center. or UNESCO's International Migration and Multicultural Policies page.

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