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 Tutor, Southport

for The Migrant Centre Organisation Inc

This person will provide engagement and tutoring in English for clients requiring additional language support or study support for accredited training. The nature of work requires experience in teaching/supporting adult learners of English who may come from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The volunteer may hear personal and confidential accounts from clients. Assessing client’s Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) level Must have experience in teaching/ support adult learn

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.

UCan2 Volunteer for Term 1, 2018, Woollangabba

for Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma Inc.

UCan2 volunteers help QPASTT workers to facilitate a life skill program for newly arrived migrant and refugee young people ages 16-25 at TAFE Colleges. The program operates once a week at each TAFE.

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