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, Refugees/IDPs


With the refugees it is usually considered that they will return home when the situation has been better. The question of time given to the status of refugee and restrictions during that time makes most people opt to choose being migrants than refugees.
To my thinking with reference to Syrian migration, there was a question why majority where young men in the beginning of the year 2015. My thinking is; they had families who most were IDPs or refugees in neighboring countries, but the life in camps can only be tolerated for a year or so for any person who had freedom, and willing to work. Therefore, most of them are taking this journey to Europe to be able to work and continue a normal life that make them Economic Refugees by definition.


about 3 years ago

Maybe we should try to define the term "economic refugees" to see if it could be a new definition. However, I think they are a part of the mixed migration trend. I believe it is hard to determine the clear reason behind one's decision to move: it is not straightforward.

about 3 years ago

Thanks Catherine and Laura. Very interesting discussion. If the thinking is that a refugee will return home, but the situation in the home country is not improving, and their current refugee status limits their ability to establish a safe and stable life (temporary or not), maybe it is best to base the definition of the label only on the situation in their home country. It is that situation that created forced people to seek asylum in the first place, so until the asylum seekers find stability or a permanent residence in another country shouldn't they always be considered seeking asylum or 'true asylum'?

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