All foreign residents and tourists are invited to attend the 5th Annual International Migrant Day, hosted by the Department of Migration, on Thursday, December 5th at 5:00 p.m. at Barceló Resort in Ixtapa. Entry is free. There will be music, dancing, folklore and food provided by our local hotels and restaurants. Dress in the attire of your country of origin.
Each year, the Zihuatanejo Migration Department recognizes a local immigrant for his or her contributions to the community.
This year, for the first time, the Migration Department will honor five (5) foreigners as the “2013 Immigrants of the Year”. How wonderful!
Congratulations to all of these wonderful people who have contributed their talents, time and resources to benefit our community! Each will be honored at the reception along with details of their community involvement.
Zihuatanejo’s “2013 Immigrants of the Year” are: (Top left to right) Maryellen Jackson, USA; Carol Lynn Romain, Canada; (Bottom left to right) Claudia Silvana de León Mederos, Uruguay; Elvis Trevor Rose, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; and Gloria Akit, Canada.
In December 2000, the United Nations General Assembly, taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world, proclaimed December 18th as International Migrants Day. According to recent statistics from the UN (International Migration and Development), more people than ever are living abroad. In 2013, 232 million people, or 3.2 per cent of the world’s population, were international migrants, compared with 175 million in 2000 and 154 million in 1990. Most international migrants are of working age (20 to 64 years) and account for 74 per cent of the total. Globally, women account for 48 per cent of all international migrants.
According to the UN, in 2013, half of all international migrants lived in 10 countries, with the USA hosting the largest number (45.8 million), followed by the Russian Federation (11 million); Germany (9.8 million); Saudi Arabia (9.1 million); United Arab Emirates (7.8 million); United Kingdom (7.8 million); France (7.4 million); Canada (7.3 million); Australia (6.5 million); and Spain (6.5 million).
In Mexico, according to the 2010 Census, there are 961,621 immigrants registered with the government as residents, the majority of whom are US citizens. Immigrants arrive in Mexico for many reasons. Most documented immigrants have economic and/or work-related reasons; many, such as executives, professionals, scientists, artists, or athletes work for Mexican or foreign companies. Retirement is also a motivation for immigrants in Mexico, especially those coming from the USA and Canada.
The Zihuatanejo Department of Migration reports that there are currently 681 foreign immigrants registered in the Ixtapa Zihuatanejo area as temporary and permanent residents: 336 Americans, 128 Canadians, 32 French, 19 Cuban and 166 from other countries. There are many more foreigners that reside in the area only part of the year but they do so as tourists. The Mexican government encourages the participation of immigrants in the community and recognizes their many contributions.
Everyone is invited to the International Migrant Day Reception on Thursday, December 5th at 5:00 p.m. at Hotel Barceló in Ixtapa.
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