2.en.06 People on the move: Talking about Migration


Hi everyone! We’ve been travelling together since the beginning of the school year, haven’t we?  However, here we are  again, on the move, forced to pack. This time for a different reason, not just for pleasure. Unfortunately, current news are an endless source of information about people who are forced to leave their countries and settle elsewhere. News about people trying to reach Europe keep on hitting the headlines.

Why do people migrate?

What are the push and pull forces that make people move?

How do they feel about leaving their belongings behind?

What do they take with them?

We shall start this term with an old suitcase full of  memories from distant lands. What do all these stories have in common? Well, you’ll  need to find out.  They were compiled by the New York Times a couple of years ago. We hope you’ll find them inspiring.

Click on the image below to find out:


Homework: Read one of the 12 stories and take notes in your notebook. Try to remember as much as you can to share with your classmates.

The check list below so you’ll know what to focus on in order to remember from what you read. They will also help you comment the stories with your classmates.

  1. How long have they been in the USA?
  2. Why did they leave their country?
  3. How old are they?
  4. What is their job?
  5. What did they do in their country of origin?
  6. Do they regret moving to the States?
  7. Do they give any details on their background and family life before they emigrated?
  8. What are their plans for the future?
  9. What is the object they have chosen to keep? 
  10. Why is it valuable for them?
  11. Use the interactive map to check the number of people who emigrate to the USA. Compare with other destinations

It’ll be interesting to know the country of origin and the country of destination of all these migrants. You can use the Global Migration Map or the Global Migration Stock map to find out. Just click on the images below. 



Now, you’ll have to do a bit of research about migrations.

INCOMING – Choose one  country (make sure it’s different from your classmates!) and look for the number of immigrants living there and where these come from. Try to find extra information about their country of origin and the reasons for leaving it.

What percentatge of the total population in the country does the number of immigrants represent?

OUTGOING – Also, about the same country find out where do their national emigrate to and in what numbers.

What percentatge of the total population of the country does the number of emigrants represent?

In both cases you can limit the search to the five top countries in each list.

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