As you watch TV or read the internet it is easy to think that there is an army of people trying to get into the United Kingdom.
You might have seen around 3,000 migrants in France:
Lots of politicians and other people are making a big fuss about this and saying it is the people in the United Kingdom that are the main people affected.
Well that is partly right but mostly wrong.
It is partly right because some people have suffered:
o They can get caught up in the huge traffic jams using time and fuel.
o They can be fined tens of thousands of pounds if migrants break into their lorries and they are caught.
o They can be forced to cover the cost of destroyed loads when migrants break into lorries and sleep on top of loads such as food or have to use part of the lorry as a toilet.
The huge traffic jams are part of a police plan called operation stack where lorries have to wait in huge lines along motorways until they can get to the Channel Tunnel or onto ferry boats to France.
59.5 million people worldwide were forcibly displaced at the end of 2014, as a result of persecution, conflict and human rights violations, the highest level on record. That was 8.3 million people more than at the end of 2013: the biggest annual increase ever in a single year. 19.5 million of those people were refugees. EU countries hosted a relatively small share of that number. At the end of 2014, the world’s top refugee host was Turkey, followed by Pakistan, Lebanon, Iran, Ethiopia and Jordan. Lebanon hosted by far the largest number of refugees by population, 232 per 1,000 inhabitants. Worldwide, 86 per cent of the refugees under UNHCR’s mandate lived in developing countries.
Wow 6th place we are doing pretty well!
Or are we?
How will this work out if we compared it to the size of a country measured by its existing population?
This shows asylum applications per million people in a country.
Ouch 19th place and that is just in Europe!
Remember these are asylum requests in 2014 what about the decisions? Did they all get approved?
These are the first instance decisions (some decisions might be changed on appeal)
So the UK turns down 61% of the people who apply for asylum.
We are in the middle of a global crisis; use the numbers from this article in a simple table to say how the UK is doing as a major developed world nation in contributing to the global crisis.
Are we doing a good job as a nation?
After reading all three articles and carrying out the activities. Use the accompanying A3 sheet to help you to carry out a Decision Making Exercise.
Either in class or at home read and complete the activities in the online resource article and in the linked articles in this edition of Geography in the News. Attempt to complete all of the activities in the resource sheet.
What you will learn:
You will learn new geographical terms highlighted in purple these should be learned and added to a glossary. A glossary is a list of words and their meanings. You could have one in the back of your geography exercise book, if you have a planner it is probably a good place to keep a glossary, or you may keep a separate glossary or word book. A good glossary helps you build your vocabulary and your literacy. Research meanings using related article content, discussion or a dictionary (either online or a book).
Talking with migrants from Libya at a transit camp in Tunisia by DFID; used under CC BY