International Migrants Day, 18 December 2017


International Migrants Day is an international day observed for taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world. On 4 December 2000, the United Nations appointed 18 December to be officially appointed as International Migrants Day and celebrated annually.  

The day is observed in many countries and serves to celebrate the movement of migrants and their contribution to the local community and world development. Support us in celebrating International Migrants Day by respecting human rights of all migrants and committing to the challenge to end racism, discrimination and xenophobia. On this day we need to remember that humanity connects us all as we have all moved from somewhere.

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists. – Franklin D. Roosevelt


Volunteering Queensland offers the below opportunities where you can help and support our refugees and migrants:

Community Support Volunteer/Mandarin Speaking, Southport

for The Migrant Centre Organisation Inc

A person is required who will provide engagement and assistance for clients of Mandarin speaking backgrounds. The Migrant Centre is looking for a volunteer who has previous customer service experience and understanding of the challenges facing migrants and refugees.

English Language Teacher, Logan Central

for Access Community Services

Access Community Services Limited (Access) is one of Australia’s leaders in settlement, employment, training and youth support services to migrants, refugees and mainstream clients. We operate throughout Queensland, with particular emphasis on Logan City, Ipswich and Gold Coast. Access has a strong Volunteer force that provides support in areas of tutoring, connecting clients with their local community networks, and general administration duties.

Help Vinnies Support Migrants and Refugees, Toowoomba

for St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland

Members of our Migrant and Refugee Conference use their professional backgrounds, skills and interests to help migrants and refugees in the Toowoomba community through a variety of ways.

More volunteering opportunities can be found on the Volunteering Queensland website at:

"On this International Migrants Day, I call on the international community to act on the global compact on safe, regular and orderly migration as an important contribution to building a world of peace, prosperity, dignity and opportunity for all." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon