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!

Migration definition is difficult to decipher and maybe shouldn't be


The continuing migration of citizens from affected countries in the Middle-East to South-East Europe has challenged the definition of migrant vs refugee vs asylum seeker. What initially begun as political asylum for a number within this demographic, has spiraled into mass effluence for reasons beyond the control of the migrants. In countries with increasing instability, many who aren't asylum seekers must leave due to the lack of resources within the country. Instability has brought on lack of employment, safe housing, civil protection, and adequate healthcare. The continuity and intersection becomes apparent in these definitions as each one affects the other.

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