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!

Blurry labels


While officials often try to answer the problem of mixed migration by calling for a more rigid differentiation between economic migrants and refugees, it becomes increasingly apparent that these labels themselves become the problem. First, people often migrate due to a number of reasons ('mixed motivations'). They are not either refugees or migrants but often they are both or somewhere in between. Second, there status can be unclear either if people move a second time leaving one place where they were already accepted as refugees ('secondary movement') or they have not been through a fair procedure to determine their status.

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