Why Do People Migrate? Part 1: Facts

02 Mar 2016, 02:56 PM
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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!

Difference between Refugee, Migrant and Asylum-Seeker

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A refugee, according to the Geneva Convention on Refugees is a person who is outside their country of citizenship because they have well-founded grounds for fear of persecution because of their race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, and is unable to obtain sanctuary from their home country.

A person who moves from place to place to get work, especially a farm laborer who harvests crops seasonally.

An asylum-seeker is someone who says he or she is a refugee, but whose claim has not yet been definitively evaluated.


almost 3 years ago

I like your clear definitions. However, there are other types of migrants, too. For example, some people might be motivated by the goal of reuniting their family, hence the number of people in Calais trying to get to Great Britain, to live with their family members already being citizens there.

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