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3.en.09 Escaping from War: the Journey of a Refugee





We are going to learn about the journey of refugees fleeing from war of violent conflicts in their home countries

Click on the images below to learn about what the journey of a refugee is like.

1 – Two Billion Miles


1) Note down the point of departure of your journey

2) Take notes about the journey in your notebook.

3) At some point along the route refugees must make a choice: Take note of your choice and continue the journey.

4) At every step note down the number of miles you have covered.

The starting point of your journey could be any of these:

  1. Asmara, Eritrea
  2. Buale, Somalia
  3. Damascus, Syria
  4. Sinjar, Iraq
  5. Aleppo, Syria
  6. Homs, Syria
  7. Ajuba, Nigeria


2 – Syrian Journey: Choose your own escape route


1) Choose whether to start your journey as MALE or FEMALE

2) Note down your experiences at every step of the journey

3) Note down the choices you make along the way

4) Describe your situation at the end of the journery


2.en.08 Living in a city


We have learn a lot about people migrating to other countries, but is anything changing within countries as regards where people prefer to live?

In fact, it seems that more and more people are moving from rural into urban areas.

Watch the video about the situation in China

Task 1 Answer the following questions:

1 How many people have left rural areas to seek work?

2 What were the reasons why people left rural areas?

3 What are the negative aspects of migration?

4 What has happened to the wealth gap over time?

5 What changes has Shenzhen seen since 1978?

6 How do GDP values of coastal regions compare to GDP of western countries?

Now, explore the link below to discover what is happening in rural areas:

Task 2

1 Find a definition of the following key concepts:



2 Write down the most significant impact of rural to urban migration for rural areas

Stories of emigration

It seems that very soon most of the world’s population will be living in urban areas. What makes them so attractive? Find out more by clicking on the image below. You’ll find some personal stories from people that have emigrated to a city. Your teacher will assign one of them and read you’ll have to his/her story.

Task 3

You need to note down:

  1. Name and age
  2. Place of origin
  3. Reasons to leave her / his hometown.
  4. Positive and negative aspects of living in a city.

conceptual miniature urban planet showing a congested city modern lifestyle and transport, isolated with clipping path

Growing cities

Is urban growth similar in all countries? Does urban population grow faster in rich and developed countries? What are the causes of urban growth? Click on the image below:

urban growth

Task 4. Answer the following questions:

a) find definitions for: urbanisation; life expectancy; infrastructure

b) One of the problems of fast urban development are shanty towns. What are these? Name two problems people living there must face.

c) In Curitiba – Brazil, they have solved the problem of urban growth with some sustainable measures, name two of them,


In some countries urban growth in much faster than in others. Find out by clicking in the two images below:


Now you are going to use the data from The World Bank to explore how urban population has changed in the last years:

World bank

Click on the map to see what the changes have been in the last decades:

Urban development map

Choose a country in each continent. What percentage of its population lives in cities?

Big urban areas have changed considerably in the last 60 years. Click on the map below and see what the changes have been:

Urban Map


In fact, today most people seem to prefer living in urban areas, so that some cities have grown so much that they have become bigger than some countries. We call them megacities. Find out more in the following video:

Do you know any of these megacities? Have you ever visited one? Would you like to live in one of them?

Watch the video to learn  about the fastest growing megacities:


Now it’s your turn to explore and learn a bit more.

In small groups (3 or 4 people) teachers will assign you a Megacity.

Use the Internet to find information about:


  • Country
  • Number of inhabitants
  • Population density
  • Growth in the last 30 / 20 / 10 years
  •      Infrastructures
  • Means of public transport (in and out; within)
  • Health and education facilities (hospitals, universities, …)
  • Main economy sectors (factories, services, administration, …)
  • Landmarks & Monuments
  • Green areas
  •    Main problems
  • housing conditions, pollution, …

Use of the information you have gathered to create a presentation for the class.

2.en.07 Migratory Movements

What things make people move from their country of origin?

Have a look at this video to learn about some issues related to international migration movements:


1.en.06 People on the move: Talking about Migrations


Hi everyone! We’ve been travelling together since the beginning of the school year, haven’t we?  However, here we are  again, on the move, forced to pack. This time for a different reason, not just for pleasure. Unfortunately, current news are an endless source of information about people who are forced to leave their countries and settle elsewhere. News about people trying to reach Europe keep on hitting the headlines.