Why Do People Migrate? Part 1: Facts

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`Start by reading this article and discuss in your journal how current official definitions of "migrants", "refugees" and "asylum seekers" are challenged by the on-going migration crisis at the South-East borders of Europe.

You can also see Unit 2.1 for more information about irregular migration in Mediterranean region, Unit 2.2 about EU norms on asylum seeking, and Unit 2.3 on the case of Syrian refugees.

Don't forget to have a look to what others have done in their journals!

Refugee vs. migrant


Refugees, migrants, asylum seekers: different ways to label people who simply try to escape violence, war and poverty; but why should we give more attention or value to people running away from wars? Isn't poverty the worst of wars humanity can suffer? I want to quote a few lines from an italian writer and poet:

We are the numberless,
with our skeletons we pave your seas
to walk on
You cannot count us,
if counted, we increase,
sons of the horizon.
We are the red and black of earth,
an oversea of broken sandals,
pollen and dust
in tonght's wind.
*(Erri de Luca, *One way)*

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