International Day of Family Remittances is observed on 16 June

Highlights:

  • International Day of Family Remittances  (IDFR) is observed on 16 June every year.
  • The international day aims to recognize the contribution of over 200 million migrant workers, who work hard to improve the lives of their 800 million family members back home.
  • It also aims to create a future of hope for their children. 
  • The day will be observed under unprecedented conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Millions of migrant workers have lost their jobs, and many remittance families are suddenly pushed below the poverty line due to the pandemic.
  • This has brought to a halt efforts to reach their own individual SDGs.
UNGA : 
  • The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) passed the resolution A/RES/72/281 and designated the day on 16 June.
  • The day aims to bring greater awareness of the impact that these contributions have on millions of households, communities, countries, and the entire region and the civil society, to maximize the impact of remittances through individual, and collective actions.