› Ask yourself:
After a look at the power and challenge of statistics, you will conduct your own research inquiries into global migration today.
Match the items in List A with the items in List B
|LIST A||LIST B|
|LIST A||LIST B|
|250,000||approximate number of displaced people worldwide|
|120,000||approximate population of Canada|
|43,000,000||number of migrant workers in Canada|
|140,000||population of world’s largest refugee camp in Jordan|
|35,000,000||population of refugees in camps in Burma|
We have always migrated, even in the era of settlements, towns, cities, and states. Some of us travel in search of land, gold, adventure, and the dream of a better life.
In this unit we have explored issues around migration, especially with groups forced out of their home countries for various reasons.
Canada has been a destination for many groups in the past few hundred years. Sometimes we welcomed immigrants; sometimes we kept them out. In many case people came to Canada as a station on the way to the United States. For some groups, such as escaped slaves in the 1800s, the route was from the U.S. to Canada.
In looking at the global scene you should do an investigation as a class. Here is one way to do this using current media, both paper copy and online.
Much of what we know or learn about immigration and the role governments and citizens can play in Canada and the world, comes from the media. So it’s important to learn how to analyze media treatment of any issue. A thesis is a statement about an issue supported by evidence and based on clear criteria. This can be a component of the culminating end-of-unit task to be displayed or handed in if there is a current event that has attracted the class’s interest.
A. Working either individually, in small groups, or as a whole class select a problem or current issue in Canada today you wish to explore.
B. Collect stories, pictures, or information, about the topic over a three or four-week period from the local newspaper or other media, including appropriate and online sources. Some of the websites linked to the federal government such as Parks Canada, Statistic Canada, and the National Archives may also serve as sources to investigate.
C. Prepare an analysis which might include such aspects as the following:
The following are just some of the topics and questions that you may use for developing theses based on readings from their local paper and other media sources.
|Refugees from Haiti||Should we bring them to Canada? Under what conditions?|
|Emigration||Why would people choose to leave their country or region of their birth to move to a new place?|
|Immigration||Why would people choose to live in Canada?|
|Illegal Immigration||How serious a problem is this for Canada?|
|Immigration Consultants||Help or hindrance to newcomers?|
|Public opinion||What does the public in your community / province / territory think of issues in immigration?
What does the Canadian public think as a whole on immigration issues?
|Role of Government||What is current government immigration policy?
What influence should the provinces and territories have on immigration policy?
|Refugees||What groups coming to Canada are claiming refugee status?
How strong are the arguments for and against admission of refugees?
|Climate Refugees||Do they exist or is this a made up idea with no merit?|
|Refugee camps||Are these temporary or permanent solutions?
What makes a camp “adequate” for the refugees?
|Global migration||Where are the places where there is massive migration?
Why are these migrations occurring?
What can / should Canada do about the issues causing such migration?
|Canada’s economy||Should the health of Canada’s economy affect immigration and refugee policy?|
|Border security||How secure are our borders? How secure should they be?|
|Challenges to newcomers||What challenges do newcomers to Canada face?|
|Temporary Workers||How important are they to the Canadian economy?
What are our obligations to this group?
|Hopes and realities||What has happened to immigrants who came to Canada in the past?|
|Multiculturalism||Contributor or hindrance to Canadian identity?|
|Studying immigration||Is it better to study immigrants as groups of people or concentrate on individual stories to learn more about the issues?|
|The brain “gain”||By encouraging highly skilled and educated immigrants are we damaging the home countries by taking their “best and brightest”?|
The clippings can be included as a portfolio or cited in an essay on the topic in question. Some school libraries have signed on to databases of various news media, including newspapers, magazines, television, and cable news sources. Some are free of charge such as:
You can compare daily front-page coverage from a dozen Canadian newspapers and hundreds from more than 50 countries by checking Washington’s Newseum.
The clipping thesis helps you go beyond the headline to trace the story. If the news story is the first draft of history it will not be the last.
Online selection can be part of a “media file” to develop the clipping thesis. Here you might begin by working with your classmates to develop:
As you share your work, you can discuss or write position papers based on their examination of the issues shared in all of the theses.
“Immigration is critical to job creation and long-term economic growth for the middle class. In so many ways, Canada is what it is today thanks to the entreprenurial spirit of those who chose to build their lives here.” – PM Trudeau
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