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!

Definition Confusion


Obviously the present definitions of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers are not practical. Nations also use their own definitions to sort out migrants to their country. Definitions aside, more effort must be made to solve problems within nations to prevent migration. We cannot have entire populations migrating to achieve better lifestyles or to escape from conflicts. The conflicts need to be solved. That is the challenge.

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