viernes, 26 de febrero de 2010

Audio Glossary on Migration

We all know by now that Migration is the movement of people from one place in the world to another. People can either choose to move (voluntary migration) or be forced to move (involuntary migration).


This glossary contains brief definitions of some basic terms used when talking about migration.


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Emigration: Leaving one country to move to another.


Immigration: Moving into a new country.


Seasonal Migration: When people move with each season (e.g. farm workers...)


Immigrate: To enter and settle in a country or region to which one is not native.


Emigrate: To leave one's country or region to settle in another


Immigrant: The person who is entering a country or region from another to make a new home.


Emigrant: A person who is leaving a country or region to live in another.


Naturalization: Giving an alien the rights and privileges of a native or citizen.


Refugee: Someone who leaves their country in search of refuge, as in times of war, political oppression, or religious persecution.


Green Card: Official document issued to aliens, allowing them to work legally in the USA.


Passport: An official government document that certifies one's identity and citizenship and permits a citizen to travel abroad.


Citizenship:The condition or status of a citizen, with its rights and duties.


Ethnic Groups: Large groups of people classed according to common racial, cultural,national origins.


Ethnocentrism: The belief in the inherent superiority of one's own ethnic group or culture.


Pull factors: They are the reasons why people want to go to one place rather than another.


Push Factors: They are the reasons why people want to leave a place.


Unemployment: The state of being unemployed, without work.


Poverty: The state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support, condition of being poor, indigence.


Famine/Food shortage: Extreme and general scarcity of food, as in a country or a large geographical area.


Discrimination: Treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favour or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit; racial and religious intolerance and discrimination.


Assimilation: The merging of cultural traits from previously distinct cultural groups, not involving biological amalgamation.


To settle: To migrate to and organize an area, territory, etc. Colonize


The Great American Melting Pot: An expression emphasizing the integration and assimilation of immigrants in the US culture.


A Salad Pot: An expression that emphasizes pluralism and multiculturalism.


Kaleidoscope: An expression that emphasizes that both immigrants and society adapt and change.






martes, 23 de febrero de 2010

Radio Programmes

Listen to IES Sant Quirze's radio broadcasts about migration.

NEW LIVES

An interesting programme to get to know our American language assistant and his experience as a seasonal immigrant in our country.

Listen to the broadcast


OUTSIDERS

This time our reporters look into the experience of a student who lived in the USA for some years.

Listen to the broadcast

jueves, 21 de enero de 2010

Songs about migration

Listen to Matamoros Bank by Bruce Springsteen.
What follows is the reason why he wrote this song:"Each year many die crossing the deserts, mountains, and rivers of our southern border in search of a better life. Here I follow the journey backwards, from the body at the river bottom, to the man walking across the desert towards the banks of the Rio Grande" Bruce.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3onGiUywuko


How would you feel if you were in that situation?

Do you know any other songs about migration?



Listen to Englishman in New York by Sting


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Sing along!

I don't drink coffee I take tea my dear
I like my toast done on one side
And you can hear it in my accent when I talk
I'm an Englishman in New York

See me walking down Fifth Avenue
A walking cane here at my side
I take it everywhere I walk
I'm an Englishman in New York

I'm an alien I'm a legal alien
I'm an Englishman in New York
I'm an alien I'm a legal alien
I'm an Englishman in New York

If, "Manners maketh man" as someone said
Then he's the hero of the day
It takes a man to suffer ignorance and smile
Be yourself no matter what they say

I'm an alien I'm a legal alien
I'm an Englishman in New York
I'm an alien I'm a legal alien
I'm an Englishman in New York

Modesty, propriety can lead to notoriety
You could end up as the only one
Gentleness, sobriety are rare in this society
At night a candle's brighter than the sun

Takes more than combat gear to make a man
Takes more than a license for a gun
Confront your enemies, avoid them when you can
A gentleman will walk but never run

If, "Manners maketh man" as someone said
Then he's the hero of the day
It takes a man to suffer ignorance and smile
Be yourself no matter what they say

I'm an alien I'm a legal alien
I'm an Englishman in New York
I'm an alien I'm a legal alien
I'm an Englishman in New York

martes, 19 de enero de 2010

Immigration stories - A long road ahead

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We have been working with the many faces of migration. Some are happy and some are sad. There is still a long road ahead, but as we become aware of the situation, we grow closer to solutions little by little.

Add a personal comment regarding the immigrant stories that we have seen. What is your point of view on this situation?

lunes, 18 de enero de 2010

Feedback on Migration issues

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MexicoReporter, "Pro-immigration protest during President Barack Obama's Mexico Visit", January 2010, 2009 via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution.


Add a personal comment on all the issues that we have been discussing so far in the Migration Project.

What is your point of view on the current situation? Share your opinion with everybody so that we all can see each other's point of view! :)


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