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~ Topic Discussion ~ 301 ~ Human Migration ~

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301Set ~ 1

1) Have you ever known of or learned about any human migrations in history? If so, tell what you know.

2) Have any people in your country ever migrated en masse? If not, why not? If so, why? Tell the tale.

3) Are there examples in your country¡¯s history when people migrated to other countries? Explain.

4) Are there examples in your country¡¯s history when people migrated into your country? Explain.

5) Are the people in your society ethnically diverse or ethnically homogeneous? Describe your perceptions.


Follow up ~ Try to make some of your own questions regarding history and human migration.

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3) Finally, share your ideas (as a whole) in a classroom discussion (with all pairs/groups).


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Adapted from Wikipedia


The European migrant crisis or European refugee crisis of 2015 arose through the rising number of refugees and migrants to the European Union across the Mediterranean Sea or through Southeast Europe. They left their homelands hoping for asylum in EU countries.

They continue to come from areas such as the Middle East (Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan), South Asia (Pakistan and Bangladesh), Africa (Eritrea, Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan, Gambia) and the Western Balkans (Serbia, Kosovo, Albania) among other countries, territories, and locations.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the top three nationalities of the over half-million Mediterranean Sea arrivals since the beginning of the year are Syrian (52%), Afghan (19%) and Iraqi (6%).

Most of the refugees and migrants are adult men (65%). The phrases "European migrant crisis" and "European refugee crisis" became widely used in April 2015, when five boats carrying almost two thousand migrants to Europe sank in the Mediterranean Sea, with a combined death toll estimated at more than 1,200 people.


301Set ~ 2

1) How does the migrant population find transportation to their destinations? Who are the smugglers?

2) If you were a refugee travelling across borders, what would be your main concerns? What would you bring?

3) Do you think that people from other countries pose a threat to your country? Who are they? Why?

4) When you see someone different from you (skin color, dress, etc.) how do you react? What do you feel?

5) Is your country a target for violence? Why or why not? How prepared are your country¡¯s security forces?


Follow up ~ Try to make some of your own questions regarding current crises.

301Set ~ 3

1) Are young people in your country vulnerable to religious fundamentalism (such as ISIS)? How? Why?

2) Is there a solution to the problem of religion-based violence? What are possible consequences in the future?

3) Why are Muslim youth so angry? Why aren¡¯t other religions as extreme? Were they in the past? Explain.

4) Why do you think there is a war in the Middle East? Who is responsible? What is Sunni? What is Shia?

5) What is/has been the relationship between religion and war? How can people integrate versus migrate?


Follow up ~ Try to make some of your own questions regarding future migration.

Adapted from Wikipedia


(¡°diaspora¡± from Greek ¥ä¥é¥á¥ò¥ð¥ï¥ñά "scattering, dispersion")


Human migrations or diasporas are a scattering of a group of people whose origin lies within a different (perhaps smaller) geographic location. Migration of humans can also refer to the movement of people from their original homeland to an ideal destination. Human migration can be seen at the heart of people and their evolving cultures.


Human migrations (diasporas), in the present, are synonymous with historical migrations of an involuntary nature. War, famine, drought, poverty, unemployment, political upheaval, disease, unrest, and violence against minorities are some of the influences that drive people to abandon their homelands.


Alternatively, people may leave their homelands voluntarily. The need for jobs, better living conditions, education, medical care, the search for more political or religious freedom, the desire for renewed family relations, or even the goal of marrying well (from poor to money) may drive people to seek out new locations to settle, live and thrive.

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