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1.en.13 Freedom of movement in a walled world

All of you must have seen on TV or read in the news about last Sunday, November 9th, celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Captura de pantalla 2014-11-10 a la(s) 4.34.59 AMUnfortunately, the world is still a walled place indeed. According to the Guardian, 6000 miles of walls have been built in the last decade. Spain is also among the countries that have built up walls.  Many of those walls are built to prevent people from leaving or entering a country. We are about to start the new topic of this term, migration.  Finding out where and  why new walls are being built will help us understand why people want to move.

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1.en.12 Migration death toll

In this article from the BBC you will read about migration routes in the Mediterranean. Have routes changed in the last decade? why?

Before reading check the meaning of the following words:

hubs/capsize/flee/vessels/risk/fatalities/shores/people traffickers/figures/borders

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1.en.10 Migration narratives

We’ve been travelling together since the beginning of the school year, haven’t we?  This week you will finish presenting your travel projects that have taken us to distant lands.

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.

  1. Why do people migrate?
  2. What are the push and pull forces that make people move?
  3.  How do they feel about leaving their  belongings behind?
  4. What do they take with them?

These are some of the issues we shall investigate. In this BBC site you can find some answers to the first two questions. 

Regarding questions 3 and 4 we’ll try to find some answers in   an old suitcase full of  memories from distant lands. We read the stories  in