Migrations and refugees: Final project

FINAL PROJECT: MIGRATIONS AND REFUGEES.

– This task must be individual. You can get up to 1 more point in your final Grade.

It is not mandatory include the answers and the questions in the project. You can write a kind of article explaining the questions below. Imagine you are writing for a Newspaper talking about the new challenges for the future: Migrations. Forced migrations and refugees. Are they the solution for fighting an ageing society?, could be the Headline. You can use your imagination, your abilities and skills in order to create a complete project, including images, pictures, graphs, maps. Eg. (Where the refugees and migrants come from? and use a map to locate the countries and areas they come from and the routes they follow towards Europe).

– Use your own skills to find out more about this problem. Different diaries (news), TV programs, films, documentaries, etc., in order to complete the information you can get on the internet.

– Include at the end of the project the links you have used for your task: (videos, newspapers articles, websites URL, etc.)

Include maps, graphs, charts, pictures, articles, whatever you consider remarkable to explain the migration and refugees situation.

– Here you are some websites and resources to start the searching. If you need some help or have any question, don´t hesitate to ask me.

– You have to use different tools, resources, such as ICT (websites, maps, graphs, videos, etc.) Digital Competence.

 – http://www.therefugeeproject.org/#/2015 (from 1975 to 2015)

http://abprfugiados.blogspot.com.es

– UNHCR  (ACNUR in Spanish)  http://acnur.es/

Refugees: http://www.unhcr.org/refugees.html

International Amnesty: https://www.es.amnesty.org/

@GeographyPuerta (Twitter account. Graphs, maps and articles) https://twitter.com/GeographyPuerta

In the final project you can include the information related to the following questions:

  1. – What are migrations?
  2. – What is the difference between a migrant and a refugee?
  3. – Choose between one of this main refugees situation? Syria (Kurdistan), Palestine, Sahara.
  4. – Is there any European policy for refugees (EU)? How is it? Is it working?
  5. – Compare the situation of Syrian refugees, Palestinian and Saharan. What is the origin of the conflicts? Is there any relationship? Are they similar?
  6. What are the European countries with a higher number of refugees? Which one with fewer?
  7. – How many refugees have accepted Canada? Why do you think so?
  8. – Integration. Why do you think European countries don´t want to accept the number of Syrian conflict´s refugees they have committed to accept?
  9. – What is the role that European governments are playing in this matter?
  10. – How can the natural movement be affected with the migrations?
  11. – Are the migrations one of the solutions for the ageing? Why?
  12. – Write your own conclusion according to the migrations and the consequences in the Birth rate it would have.

– Watch ‘In this world’, Michael Winterbottom film, 2002

In February 2002 in the Shamshatoo Refugee Camp in the North West Frontier Province in Pakistan, there are 53,000 refugees living in sub-human conditions since 1979 with the Soviet Union invasion and 2001 with the USA bombing and invasion of Afghanistan. The family of the Afghan Enayat and his cousin Jamal decides to send them illegally to London to have a better life. They hire coyotes to smuggle the cousins through Iran and Turkey to Italy and finally, London hid inside trucks and containers. However, the long journey locked in a container with other families poses a terrible challenge to the boys

  1. What is the topic of the film?
  2. What is the situation shown in the film related to?
  3. What is the role that the mafias play in the migrations?
  4. Do the film remember you any similar story?
  5. What is the objective that pursuit Michael Winterbottom in this film?
  6. Do you feel any sympathy for the boys?
  7. Do you understand the decision of travelling that way? Would you do if you were in the same situation or similar?
  8. Do you consider that refugees can be a problem, a solution, a hazard, etc., for European countries?  Justify your answer.
  9. Draw on a map the main refugee’s camps in the World, and say the routes they took for running away their countries.
 
Project Rubric
  Assignment: 
Beginner:
1 point
Novice:
2 Points
Intermediate: 3 points Expert:
4 points
TOTAL
Topic/

Content

Includes little essential information and one or two facts Includes some essential information with few citations and few facts. Includes essential information with most sources properly cited. Includes enough elaboration to give readers an understanding of the topic. Covers topic completely and in depth. Includes properly cited sources and complete information. Encourages readers to know more.
Accuracy I have made several mistakes and not included all the content I have made some mistakes in the explanation, the dates, events, etc I have made few mistakes (1-2) in the explanation, the dates,  the countries, etc. I have made no mistakes in the content and the information explained
English Includes more than 15 grammatical errors, misspellings, punctuation errors, etc. Includes up to 15 grammatical errors, misspellings, punctuation errors, etc. Includes  5-10  grammatical errors, misspellings, punctuation errors, etc. Grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization are correct. No errors in the text.
Creativity Includes only text and 1-2 images of the issue represented. Not answered all the questions proposed Includes some links to the information. Follow all the answers proposed Includes profuse information with enough pictures, images, maps, etc and many links/resources Includes original content, furthermore, the requested. Use of ICT with links to new websites, etc. Also include  images, charts,  maps, etc., and several links/resources
Instructions Given I follow only some of the steps I´ve been given I follow the instructions about, content and characteristics (5-10) I follow most part of the instructions. At least  8 questions I follow all the questions given
Total Points  

 Option A: migrations. Final project.


OPTION B FINAL PROJECT: A journey to nowhere? The Geographical diary of a refugee.

Imagine, you were born in Aleppo, or in Damascus, or in Homs (Syria), in 2003-2004. Syria was one of the most developed countries in Near East, a laic country lead by the president Bashar al-Assad. Imagine you write a diary. You write what´s happening every day.

How was your country by this time? You, as a child you are, go to the school, go out playing with friends, as usual. But one day something changes the situation. Streets´ neighbourhood is not safe anymore, bombing and shooting are the new reality of your life.  Since the Civil War broke up, your life has changed a lot of. Try to explain how. You feel frightened and scared, and you pick up your diary and start to write down your new life.

What were you doing at the beginning of 2011? What happened next? What´s going on?

How has the war affected to your city? To your family and friends? Will your city the same after the war? How was your city before the war? (Pictures you can find on the internet)

Now, you are in another country. You have migrated from Syria to Europe. Choose your country and tell how has been that dangerous journey you have made. Alone or accompanied? By whom?

You are going to start your runaway from Syria trying to reach Europe and become a refugee escaping from bombing and murder. You have to plan the journey. Where will you go? How? You are only thinking of leaving the city you´re from. You´re only thinking about surviving.

You have to plan carefully the places you have to choose to reach the borders and cross to another country. What country is it? Try to imagine what can you find in your journey, what kind of dangers and hazards you found on the roads, paths, tracks, you use far from the soldiers, (rain, cold, hot maybe, no food, no water, no family, or maybe yes, no resources, not many money, only you keep your pencil and your diary). You keep your hopes and fears. You keep the intention you have when you were living in your city. Now, the situation has changed and you need to grow up quickly and become an adult. All that feelings, experiences, hopes, dreams, fears, etc., you´re writing in your diary, what allows you keep alive.

This is the guide to complete your long journey through Europe. You will reach your purpose, but, you have to tell what countries and which cities you have crossed, how many people you have met during your journey,  what kind of people you have found in your long journey. How many days you were living eating no food or almost anything. And all this kind of real situation that real people are living in that part of the World that still is in war. How much suffering and tears you have seen… All you can imagine is not just a story, it is the real life…  The diary is a kind of a Journey agenda or notebook with the description of landscapes and features, and all you have seen during your adventure. But above all, with the description of the difficulties of being an Arab boy/girl that try to survive and who is treated like a terrorist because of being from that part of the World.

Try to understand and explain the situation like if you were a girl/boy that could reach the country you´d proposed and finally explain how your life is and what your plans for the future are, once you have set in a new country, with all the problems and challenges you found when you arrived (Language, culture, religion, School system, food, no family, or not from the beginning, etc.) All you can imagine, you can find out, can be used to make your own story. The story of your life as a refugee in a new country, with a new life, escaping from fire and war.

You can use different resources, links below and more (Search for more on the internet) and figure it out how really has been the life of these people that appear in the videos, or even, the people that couldn´t count it, because they passed away.

And finally, answer this questions: Are you a threat for European local people? Are you a threat for your community, the place you´re living in after your journey?

Watch the Kava´s story. in the BBC links.  He´s living in Sweden. How was his journey? Could be this story similar to your invented story?

Resources:

  1 2 3 4
Content Includes little essential information of the journey selected  Includes some essential information with little information about the journey and few facts. Includes essential information with most sources properly cited. Includes enough elaboration to give readers an understanding of the topic.  Covers topic completely and in depth. Includes properly cited sources and complete information. Encourages readers to know more.
Accuracy I have made several mistakes and not included all the content or not correctly. No quotes to links and resources I have made some mistakes in the writing, description, etc.
Use only one reliable source, (Wikipedia, etc.)
I have made few mistakes (1-2) in the explanation,  description of places, etc. With linked reliable websites. I have made no mistakes in the content and the information explained. The information is reliable and fulfilled of resources.
English Includes up to 10 grammatical errors, misspellings, punctuation errors, etc. Includes up to 10 grammatical errors, misspellings, punctuation errors, etc. Includes up to 5 grammatical errors, misspellings, punctuation errors, etc. Grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization are correct. No errors in the text.
Creativity Includes only text and 1-2 images of the places represented. Not  using ICT. Includes some links to the information. But only answer the question proposed with few images. Scarce ICT. Includes profuse information with enough pictures, images, maps, etc ., and enough links/resources.  ICT used in an original way.  Search some new resources/information Includes original content, furthermore, the requested. Use of  ICT with links to new websites, etc. Also include images, charts, maps, etc., and several links/resources.
Instructions Given I follow only some of the steps I´ve been given I follow the instructions barely. Not all the questions and instructions I´ve been given. I follow most part of the instructions and resources. I follow all the questions given
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