3. Movement Responses – Migration


  • Discuss the causes of migrations, both forced and voluntary.
  • Evaluate internal (national) and international migrations in terms of their geographic (socio-economic, political and environmental) impacts at their origins and destinations.


Stimulus videos –  Is the USA a land of immigrants? Should immigration be controlled?


Activity from the BBC

Go to ‘Meet the Migrant’ and try the drag and drop activity. Then go to the migration map. There are 11 international migrations listed above – make a note of the date, country of origin and country of destination for each one.  Research the migrations and write a brief summary of the reasons for the population movement. Make sure that you identify each as forced or voluntary, and that you identify PUSH and PULL factors.

The map below shows major migration routes in history.

Case study – Internal migration in China

Rural-urban migration in China (Economist)


Benefits to rural areas – World Bank report China’s young rural-urban migrants from the Migration Policy Institute
China’s great uprooting from the New York Times  Hukou reforms from the Guardian  Consequences for children of migrants from the Guardian  Migration in China – Podcast from the BBC
 The Hukou system from wikipedia Four migrant workers from The Guardian Migration in China from wikipedia

Case study – International migration from Mexico to the US

Are migrants statistics to be studied and analysed, or real people with real issues?


Summary poster

Summary poster

 Summary of the migration from sin.org.uk  Summary info from geographyas.info  Waugh – Mexico to USA

Case study – International migration from Syria to the EU

Syrian Journey – Interactive migration experience from the BBC.

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Syrian Journey – A BBC interactive activity

 Impacts of Syrian migrants in three countries from the BBC

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What are the immediate costs of accepting a large number of immigrants? Why are some European countries reluctant to follow Germany’s lead?

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What do you notice about the education and skills of the migrants? What reason, besides the war does Haiba give for migrating to Germany?



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Why might Germany be changing its approach to migrants from Syria?


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