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5. Who are migrants?

Theme 2: Worksheets
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Activity 5. Who are migrants?








Aims (PowerPoint slide 1)

  • To understand the meaning of the terms refugee, asylum seeker and migrant worker.

  • To learn more about who migrants are.

Total Timing One hour and ten minutes, or one hour and 30 minutes with the extension activity

Timing




Activity




Materials























10 minutes

Understanding migrant terms

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Educator tip

You could start with the starter activity from activity 1, if students are not familiar with the terms migration and migrants.


andout one copy of worksheet 11 to each student.

Ask students to match the terms to the definitions.

As a group go through the correct definitions for each term. The correct matches are: 1b, 2c and 3a (PowerPoint slide 2).

As a group discuss the following (PowerPoint slide 3):



  • Have you heard these terms before?

  • What do you know about these?
  • Where have you seen these terms used?




Explain that as sometimes people who migrate have less protection when they are outside their home country, there are special international laws protecting migrants. ‘Refugee’ and ‘migrant worker’ are terms that describe someone’s legal situation when they are outside their home country.

Worksheet 11: Migrant definitions (one copy per student)

PowerPoint
slide 2:

Migrant terms



PowerPoint
slide 3:

Migrant term questions



































10 minutes

Film 1: Why do people migrate?

Inform students that they will watch a short film where people explain why they migrated.

Hand out a copy of worksheet 12 to each student. Ask students while watching the film to complete the ‘reasons for migrating’ and ‘legal situation’ part of the worksheet for each person.

Watch film 1. Alternatively you can ask one of the students to read out the film 1 transcript, worksheet 2.



Educator tip

If you have already watched film 1 with the students, simple ask students to use their answers from worksheet 1. They can then complete the ‘legal situation’ part for this activity.





Worksheet 12:
Film exercise, one copy per student

Film 1: Why do people migrate? or worksheet 2: Film 1 transcript







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Activity 5. Who are migrants?







Timing




Activity




Materials





















10 minutes

Film 2: Who are migrants?

Now tell students that they will watch a second film. The people in the film describe their legal situation.

Ask students while watching the film to check if the legal situation they wrote in the previous activity was correct.

Watch film 2. Alternatively you can ask a student to read out stories from


film 2, worksheet 13.

Check the answers as a group.

The correct answers are: Sajwaa is a refugee, Shakeeb is a migrant worker, Ines is a migrant worker, Priyanga is a refugee, Glenda is a migrant worker and Ebrahim is an asylum seeker.


Film 2: Who are migrants or worksheet 13:
film 2 transcript

























30 minutes

Creating a profile

Place students into groups and tell them that they will create a profile of one of the people from the two films.

Ask students to complete the following (PowerPoint slide 4):


  • Draw an outline of your chosen person on a large piece of paper.

  • Illustrate who the person is.

  • On the inside of the profile, write or draw what the person might be feeling or thinking about their situation.

  • On the outside write or draw about the situation the person faces in the outside world, in their home country and in their new country. For example think about the things that made the person leave their country and their current legal situation.

Encourage students to illustrate both positive and negative things.

Student can refer to the film transcripts (worksheets 2 and 13). They can also use the words on PowerPoint slide 5, which are from the films for inspiration.

Finally ask students to stick their profiles on the wall around the class and share these with other students.


One large sheet of paper per group, for students to draw a person’s outline

Pencils and pens



PowerPoint
slide 4:
Creating a profile activity instructions

Worksheets 2

and 13
, one per group


PowerPoint

slide 5: Words








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Activity 5. Who are migrants?







Timing




Activity




Materials























5 minutes

Review questions (PowerPoint slide 6):

  • How can we define a refugee, an asylum seeker and a migrant worker?

  • What do these terms mean? Why are they important?

  • Did you learn anything new about who migrants are?

  • Share this with the group.




PowerPoint
slide 6:

Review questions



























20 minutes




Extension activity: A poem

Read the poem by Wondimu Mekonnen with the group (worksheet 14).

Ask students to discuss the following questions (PowerPoint slide 7):


  • What does the author think about who he is?

    How does he feel he is seen by others?



  • How does he feel that being an asylum seeker affects his identity?

  • What thoughts and feelings does the author express?

    Have you ever felt that way? When did you feel this way?



  • How does this poem help you to understand what it might feel

    like to be a migrant?






Worksheet 14:
A poem by Wondimu Mekonnen

PowerPoint
slide 7
: Poem questions








































Homework

activity




Homework activity: Migrant laws

Refer to worksheet 15, which includes an activity on researching international laws protecting migrants.







Worksheet 15:
Migrant laws



















Take action on migration!

Place students in groups and hand out worksheet 16. Encourage students to work in groups to build on their learning by taking action.






















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Worksheet 11: Migrant definitions


Activity 5: Who are migrants?




Match each term to the correct definition

Term

Definition








Refugee




a. A person who is in paid employment in a country where they are not a national.







Asylum seeker




b. A person who has left their home country because they are afraid of being persecuted or badly treated because of their race, religion, nationality, because they belong to a particular social group, or because of their political opinion. As a result they cannot seek protection from their home country.







Migrant worker




c. A person who has left their country and has applied for recognition as a refugee in another country, and is awaiting a decision on their application.
















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Disclaimer: The definitions have been simplified for a young audience and are not intended as a reflection of the exact legal terms

Worksheet 12: Film 2 exercise

Activity 5: Who are migrants?




















While watching the film, use this worksheet to:

  • Note down the reason each person in the film gives for migrating

  • Note any new words

Name

Reasons for migrating

Name

Reasons for migrating


Sajwaa







Ines





Shakeeb



Priyanga






Alain







Glenda


To find a better job and to

support her family


New words


Ebrahim


Left home because of persecution









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Worksheet 13: Film 2 transcript

Activity 5: Who are migrants?


Who are migrants?

(Glenda) “I’m not an asylum seeker, I’m a migrant worker, I came here for work legally”.

(Sajwaa) “I’m not an economic migrant, I’m a refugee. The government has agreed to let me stay legally in the country because I was persecuted in my country”.

(Ebrahim) “I’m not a refugee but I’m an asylum seeker which means the government hasn’t decided whether to accept me as a refugee or not”.

(Priyanga) “I’m a refugee”.





(Shakeeb) “I’m a migrant worker”.

“An asylum seeker is just a status, but beyond an asylum seeker there’s a person”.



(Glenda) “I’m a nurse, I’m a Filipino, I’m a hard worker, and I am very good and very friendly”.

(Sajwaa) “I’m a teacher, I’m a mother of three. All three of my children study, and I am your neighbour”.


(Ines) “I am a woman. Like every woman in the world I am a daughter, a sister, a mother, worker. I’m resilient, I’m passionate and I smile when I’m nervous!”





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Worksheet 14: A poem by Wondimu Mekonnen


Activity 5: Who are migrants?

I am an asylum seeker,


On the run from bondage;
Unwelcome ‘trouble maker’,
Undesirable package.
In the homeland a rebellion,
In the host-land a nuisance;
Gone down to my oblivion,
Hanging out in suspense.
I am an illegal entity,
Nobody cares to know;
Stripped of liberty,
Pushed aside taboo low;
Wasted talent lost wisdom,
Barred by an invisible wall,
Restricted freedom

Dehumanised soul

In an asylum seeker’s Ghetto,

Facing up the reality,

Surviving incognito;

Concealing my identity.







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Worksheet 15: Migrant laws


Activity 5: Who are migrants?




Select one of the two laws below that seek to protect migrants.
Research this law, answering the questions below.
Present your findings to the rest of the group.







1951 Geneva Convention

on Refugees



www.unhcr.org
International Convention on the Protection

of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and



Members of Their Families

www.ohchr.org

Questions





  • What does this law say about protecting migrants?



  • How is this law being applied in practice?


  • What is the effect of this law on people who migrate and their communities?



  • What else could be done to protect people who migrate?




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Worksheet 16: Take action on migration!




Take action!




Inspire me!


  • Celebrate World Refugee Day and International Migrants Day. The United Nations has designated special days each year to celebrate and raise awareness of global issues. UN World Refugee Day is on 20 June each year and International Migrants Day on 11 December each year. Get involved in community events to celebrate and raise awareness of the unique experiences and contributions of refugees and migrants to your community.



    Useful links:

    www.un.org/en/events/refugeeday/

    www.un.org/en/events/migrantsday/

  • Arrange for a migrant or a charity supporting migrants to deliver a talk in your school or youth group. Contact a local charity in your area supporting people who have migrated and ask them to deliver a talk and share stories, to help raise awareness of migration.





Creative print making



What did they do?

    A youth group invited a young person who was an asylum seeker to share her story with them of seeking refuge and the truth of the hardships she faced.



  • The young people then, supported by a local artist, used print making techniques to illustrate what they learnt from the story. Young people based the images they created on a one word response to their new understanding of seeking asylum.



  • The images were displayed in a touring exhibition of local libraries in the surrounding area.



What did the artist say?



“This project has given young people the valuable opportunity to expand their understanding of what it is really like to seek asylum and why some people need refuge. This work has enabled the young people to formulate and express their views on what is a complex topic from a standpoint of accurate knowledge”, (artist Tim Smith).










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Worksheet 16: Take action on migration!




Take action!




Inspire me!

Fashion parade



What did they do?


  • A youth group created costumes with a 1950s theme, reflecting the date that the 1951 Refugee

    Convention was created.





  • The clothes used fabrics from different countries

    and reflected key messages from the Refugee

    Convention.



  • They performed a fashion show parade in central London to celebrate World Refugee Day.




Local action, global issue
What did they do?

  • >A group of young people worked together to create

    a short message and an image promoting

    acceptance and understanding towards migrants.


  • They uploaded the message and image to their

    Face book profile and sent it to their friends

    on International Migrants Day on 18 December. It

    reached 10,000 people!




What did the artist say?



“I spread a message of tolerance towards migrants through Face book to let young people know about our campaign” (young volunteer).










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