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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!
International protection access, a technical matter
The main reason why people are forced to leave their country without getting access to the refugees status is a matter of technical definition. Someone who leaves his homeland for persecution, war or any other natural or man-made disaster, is not sure to be accepted as an asylum seeker in the country he reached and could possibly be rejected and deported.