Animated map shows the history of immigration to the US
"In 1607, the English established their first permanent settlement in Jamestown, Virginia.
Over the coming centuries, millions of people from around the globe were attracted to this New World that came to be the US for a chance at a better life. Today, more than 1 in 8 Americans are immigrants, and almost all are descendants of those born in foreign lands." (YouTube)
Italian Immigrant Brings Gelato to Washington, DC - Text + Audio + Video - 13 August 2016
"Gianluigi Delaccio learned how to make gelato in Italy and Germany. But he had a dream to bring the sweet treat to the United States.
He opened his first gelato business in Washington, D.C. in 2006." (learningenglish.voanews.com)
Immigrants Learn Nursing Skills as They Learn English - Text + Audio + Video - 13 August 2016
"At a public school in Washington DC, immigrants are learning the skills and language they need to work as nurse aides.
They get hands-on experience and study for a national exam to earn certification." (learningenglish.voanews.com)
Norway's Muslim immigrants attend classes on western attitudes to women – video - 2 August 2016
"Every asylum seeker in Norway must attend classes on female rights and respect for women.
The lessons were made compulsory after a string of sex attacks by immigrants in the western city of Stavanger.
With exclusive access to a class in action in the town of Moi, 65 miles south-east of Stavanger, Jenny Kleeman meets the students and asks whether western values can really be taught in a classroom." (theguardian.com)
#IAmAnImmigrant Starring Lupita Nyong’o, Wilmer Valderrama and More!
"June is Immigrant Heritage Month, and today the #IAmAnImmigrant campaign launches to encourage all of us to explore our individual heritage
& recognize our distinct and shared experiences. We all have our piece in the American story, whether as a new immigrant, native to this land,
a descendent of slavery or those who came to our nation seeking a better life. #IAmAnImmigrant honors each of our families’ sacrifices, struggles and successes – America’s strength is reflected in our diversity built over generations..." (YouTube)
The Technology Report: Silicon Businesses Fueled by Immigrants - VIDEO - 8 May 2016
"The area in northern California between San Francisco and San Jose is called Silicon Valley. It is famous for start-up businesses.
Some of the people behind the start-ups are immigrants from places like Sri Lanka, Taiwan, and China." (learningenglish.voanews.com)
"Unless you're Native American, you came from someplace else." - Video added on 29 January 2013
"President Obama urged the American people to remember their common history: that pretty much all of the citizens of the United States are descended from immigrants who came to America's shores from some other nation to seek a better life." (YouTube) + Script below the video on YouTube.
Quebec's struggle to embrace English-speaking immigrants - VIDEO - 29 September 2015 "BBC Pop Up is in Canada to cover next month's federal elections and one of the issues you've asked us to look at is immigration.
The country has long prided itself on its multicultural approach, but there is now a debate over the number of immigrants and where they come from.
In Quebec, where the authorities are reviewing the province's policy for the first time in 25 years, language further complicates things.
How can the French-speaking province accommodate English-speaking immigrants - from other parts of Canada as well as from all over the world - and still preserve its distinct identity?" (BBC)
Study: Chicago 'Immigration' Rate Dropping- Text + Audio + Video - 13 July 2015
"Few legal immigrants have moved to the country’s third-largest city in the past ten years.
A technology company says it is having difficulty recruiting skilled workers.
Cold and windy Chicago isn’t growing as fast as other large American cities, in part because it is not as attractive to immigrants." (learningenglish.voanews.com)
Nigerian Immigrant Lives the American Dream - Text + Audio + Video - 28 June 2015
"Lookman Afolayan Mashood came to the United States in 1996 and is now a U.S. citizen.
About five years ago, he and his girlfriend, Natalie Goldberg, opened their own restaurant in Brooklyn.
He says the American dream is still alive. And he says “there’s no food compared to Nigerian food.” (learningenglish.voanews.com)
Exploring America’s Immigration Story- Text + Audio + Video - 27 May 2015
"For years, the first stop for millions of immigrants to the United States was the Ellis Island immigration center in New York Harbor.
A new museum exhibit tells about the people who entered the country before and after the center closed." (learningenglish.voanews.com)
Migrants scramble to safety on to cargo ship Zeran - 5 May 2015
"Footage has emerged of migrants on a sinking dinghy desperately trying to reach safety off the coast of Sicily.
A total of 7,000 migrants have made the dangerous crossing from North Africa across the Mediterranean in the past three days." (BBC)
Illegal Immigrants Can Now Get a Driver’s License - Article - Audio - Video - 18 January 2015
"People in the western state of California who are in the United States illegally can now request a driver’s license.
More than a million people are expected to seek the special license.
California is not the first American state with such a law, but it has the largest number of illegal immigrants." (learningenglish.voanews.com)
Obama Orders Changes to US Immigration Policy - 21 November 2014 - Text + Audio + Video
"Mr. Obama’s decision will affect the lives of five million people who have entered the United States without permission.
He says the country’s immigration system has not been working for many years and needs immediate reform." (learningenglish.voanews.com)
Italian American Visions: Portraits of 20th Century Immigration
"Meet a diverse group of accomplished Italian immigrants who will share their personal accounts of growing up in Italy and coming to America. Through the inspiring stories of a 95-year-old World War I veteran, a New york State supreme Court Justice, an alternative physician and an internationally renowned playwright, you will gain a unique perspective of life in Italy and America over the last century." (YouTube)
Syrian Kurds inside Iraqi Kurdistan refugee camp - 20 October 2013
"The BBC's Jiyar Gol has been meeting some of the women and children refugees housed in tents in Iraqi Kurdistan,
waiting for the end of the conflict ahead of the upcoming winter." (BBC)
The changing state of US ethnicity- 3 November 2012
"The US has undergone many different immigration trends since the 15th Century, with various ethnic groups rising and falling over time.
This video looks at how the US population has defined itself within government census data, where US immigrants have originated from in the past, and how these patterns could change in the future." (BBC)
Sundays at Rocco's
"Nicholas Petron's grandfather, Rocco Galasso, moved to New York City from Italy with the hopes of making a better life..." (YouTube)
Cultural differences(National Geographic)
"In this clip, refugees from Sudan encounter America for the first time, and find it quite different from their homeland.
This is from the 2006 National Geographic movie God Grew Tired of Us." (Neatorama)
Kamran's story: Afghan teenager animates escape ordeal
"After Kamran Safi's father was murdered by the Taliban in 2007, the teenager took the perilous journey from Afghanistan to Britain when they threatened to kill him too. He has now made an animated film about his ordeal, which has captivated millions around the world." (BBC)
USA: New immigration law in Arizona
"If the law is enforced, policemen will be instructed to arrest anyone who they “reasonably suspect” is an illegal immigrant and who can’t show their papers. Opening the door to racial profiling ?" (dailymotion.com)
Angelina Jolie on World Refugee Day "UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie talks about the plight of refugees and its impact to her life." - with a QUIZ (englishcentral.com)
French debate national identity
"France has launched a major debate on what it means to be French, as the country becomes increasingly multi-cultural." (BBC)