What is the difference between a migrant and a refugee?
"We are witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record. An unprecedented 68.5 million people around the world have been forced from home. Some are migrants. Some are refugees. So, what is the difference?"
Saudi teen refugee Rahaf Mohammed makes public statement- 15 January 2019
"Rahaf Mohammed, the Saudi teen granted asylum in Canada will make her first public statement since arriving in Toronto over the weekend.
Mohammed received asylum after she fled her allegedly abusive family."
Saudi teen welcomed as refugee in Canada(January 15, 2019) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"The teenage Saudi asylum seeker who fled Saudi Arabia two weeks ago has been granted asylum by Canada." Try the same news story at these easier levels:Asylum Seeker - Level 4 or Asylum Seeker - Level 5 Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities,
crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)
That moment I escaped North Korea - 14 January 2019
"Geum Hyok Kim had no idea that the rest of the world was different from his home country of North Korea, until he studied abroad and met students from South Korea.
That changed everything for him. He tells Soul Pancake how his eyes were opened about democracy and human rights. Then his embassy called him to come in... We talked with another advocate of the organization Liberty in North Korea, Geum Hyok Kim.
Geum is a defector from the ruling class of North Korea who didn’t realize the nature of the regime until he left.
He tells his beautiful, reflective story of growth, understanding freedom, and realizing what’s important."
Inside the office of missing migrant children – an animated video
"More than 2,600 children were taken from their parents at the US border under the Trump administration's policy of family separation.
Travelling from Guatemala, Tonita and her six-year-old son, Wilson, were separated at the border and Wilson held at a office building in Phoenix, Arizona.
An animated film about the story of this family who was just one of many thousands having to live apart in a foreign and unknown country.
As of today, 130 kids are still separated from their parents.
This video is from Reveal and you can find more of their reporting on family separation and immigration here"
Long watch: What drives a mother to cross South America on foot? - 23 September 2018
"The sight of hungry Venezuelan migrants travelling along country roads has become commonplace in South America.
We accompany a mother of two as she faces the first test of her resolve, crossing a freezing mountain range known as the Paramo de Berlin on foot."
Myanmar's military accused of violence against Kachin people - VIDEO - 6 June 2018
"In Myanmar the country's military is facing fresh accusations that it's launched deadly attacks against civilians.
This time, not against the Rohingyas, but against the Kachin people in the north.
The BBC's Myanmar correspondent Nick Beake met people fleeing their homes."
'The Germans sneeze loudly': refugees on their adopted homelands - video- 10 May 2018
"A record number of refugees arrived in Europe between 2015 and 2016. First comes the excitement but soon they realise it is not entirely like home.
Two years have passed and refugees living in UK, Spain, France and Germany tell whether reality met their expectations.".
Ai Weiwei in Sydney: 'The refugee condition is a human condition' – video - 12 March 2018
"Ai Weiwei and the Biennale of Sydney's artistic director, Mami Kataoka, at Cockatoo Island in Sydney, speak about the Chinese artist’s exhibition inspired by the global refugee crisis. 'We are living in a very peaceful world, almost like a fairytale, in Australia, but still we cannot disconnect our connections to other human beings, the suffering and the tragic life of our global human community, he says. The activist has spent the last few years working on art that draws attention to the global refugee crisis, including a 60-metre long lifeboat featuring more than 300 refugee figures, called Law of the Journey, that is displayed on Cockatoo Island, and film Human Flow which also opens in Sydney this week."
Travelling 2,000 miles to cook for strangers- 5 February 2018
"Ghafoor Hussain travelled 2,000 miles from his home in Stockton to help people struggling to survive outside Moria refugee camp in Greece.
He has converted a bus into a mobile kitchen so that he can cook meals for them."
The Valley Rebels - Video - April 2017
"Cédric Herrou is a farmer who supports and houses African refugees in the alpine village of Breil-Sur-Roya in southern France. Some regard him as a heroic good samaritan, but others – including the French border police and state prosecutor – denounce him as the leader of a band of smugglers, bringing migrants from Italy into France while flouting official border controls. As Cedric moves from one prosecution to another, why do he
and his fellow activists feel compelled to defy the authorities?
How does asylum in the UK work? – video- 7 March 2017
"Britain’s asylum system is a mixture of government bureaucracy and private provision of housing.
People arriving from conflict zones and persecution are given around £5 per day and accommodation but are barred from employment while their case is decided. How does Britain measure up with the rest of Europe? Where are asylum seekers coming from?
And how is the system really working?"
Peter Ripken: A Life in Literature- Text + Audio + Video - 1 March 2017
"Peter Ripken is a founding member and recent past board chair of ICORN, International Cities Of Refuge Network.
ICORN gives refuge to persecuted writers and authors.
An author himself, Peter Ripken believes in supporting and helping writers and artists at risk around the world."
Which countries host the most refugees? - 27 February 2017
"According to a new UNHCR study, 3.2 million were driven from their homes in the first half of 2016, as low- and middle-income countries continue to shelter most of the world’s displaced."
Together we must protect the rights of refugees | UNICEF- 9 February 2017
"Respect, safety and dignity for all. This is the aim of TOGETHER - the UN’s global campaign to change negative perceptions and attitudes towards refugees and migrants. Conflict and violence has forced millions of people around the world to flee their homes - leaving everything they know and love behind. “In today’s turbulent times, the threat to children increases. The children made to flee far from their homes - making the difficult, dangerous, heartbreaking journey to a refugee camp.” UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake.
Many families have made deadly journeys in their search for safety, only to face stigma and discrimination in the countries they settle. It’s on all of us to stand up against bigotry and for human rights. Share this video with #jointogether and learn more here at http://together.un.org."
On the run from IS in no man's land - VIDEO - 3 February 2017
"Some 80,000 people fleeing so-called Islamic State are stranded in no man's land on the border between Syria and Jordan.
They can't enter Jordan and they can't return home. Aid organisations are struggling to help them
BBC journalists Feras Kilani and Ben Allen visited the settlement. They are the first journalists to enter the area."
Women of Las Patronas get fast food to migrants on Mexico’s Beast train – video - 21 December 2016
"For a quarter of a century, a group of women in eastern Mexico has provided food and water to the hundreds of Central American migrants
who pass by on top of the infamous freight train known as The Beast. The women, known as Las Patronas, or the Bosses, distribute about 300 parcels a day – a life-saving act of kindness towards those risking life and limb to reach the US and finally escape violence and poverty at home."
What They Took With Them
"Cate Blanchett performs the rhythmic poem ‘What They Took With Them’ alongside fellow actors Keira Knightley, Juliet Stevenson,
Peter Capaldi, Stanley Tucci, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kit Harington, Douglas Booth, Jesse Eisenberg and Neil Gaiman.
The poem was written by Jenifer Toksvig and was inspired by stories and first-hand testimonies from refugees forced to flee their homes
and items they took with them..."
Video shows hundreds of migrants camping out in Paris central reservation- 29 October 2016
"After the closure of the Calais 'Jungle' camp, French media report a large increase in the number of migrants sleeping in tents around Place de la Bataille-de-Stalingrad between Paris’s 10th and 19th arrondissements. Officials say the numbers in north Paris have increased from 2,000 to 3,000, just months after the area was cleared of migrants sleeping rough."
Refugees' hope and despair in Calais camp – video- 17 October 2016
"Protests have have been taking place at the refugee camp in Calais, as tensions rise ahead of the French authorities’ planned demolition of the camp.
But, as John Domokos reports, there is hope for one set of people - the unaccompanied minors at the camp. British authorities have begun
the process of identifying those who are eligible for settling in the UK.
We have changed the name of the child refugee interviewed in this film."
'Jungle' children try to reach the UK- VIDEO - 16 October 2016
"Campaigners call on the UK government to speed up its programme to resettle hundreds of unaccompanied children stranded in the Calais "Jungle"."
'They couldn't wait ... they jumped' - VIDEO- 30 August 2016
"Laura Lanuza, from charity Proactiva Open Arms, describes the scene as thousands of migrants were rescued from boats near the Libyan coast."
'I'm a refugee camp psychologist' - VIDEO - 29 August 2016
"A camp psychologist at the Kara Tepe refugee camp in Greece explains how refugees there take care of their mental health."
Brazil Welcomes Refugees- Text + Audio + Video - 18 August 2016
"Before Europe began accepting people fleeing conflict in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, Brazil was one of the few countries that would give Syrians and Palestinians a visa. Since 2013, thousands have arrived."
The Syrian refugees in 'no man's land' - VIDEO - 26 July 2016
"Aid agencies say urgent help is needed for more than 85,000 Syrian refugees stuck in "no man's land" by their country's border with Jordan".
The refugee camp runners aiming for Rio- VIDEO - 26 July 2016
"Rebecca Nymal and Garkouth Puok Thiep fled conflict in southern Sudan, and found sanctuary in the world's largest refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya."
Why are Muslim refugees converting to Christianity? – video- 18 July 2016
"Rev Sally Smith baptises a group of refugees at St Mark’s Church in Stoke-on-Trent. This isn’t an isolated case.
Churches across western Europe have been welcoming a growing number of refugees, some of whom choose to become Christians.
There are many reasons for this, but for priests like Smith, all that matters is that everyone feels safe and welcome, even if it means losing much of her original congregation."
How I was smuggled into the UK - VIDEO - 14 July 2016
"Ahmad spent nearly two months trying to reach the UK and when smugglers locked him in a lorry he caught it on video.
He wanted to claim asylum so his wife and young daughters could join him from Syria.
Exodus: Our Journey To Europe was broadcast on BBC Two. Watch other migrants' stories every day this week online."
Syrian Refugees Learn English Through Art - 24 juin 2016
"Syrian refugees in Canada are using painting, drawing and photography to learn to adjust to their new setting.
Sick Muse Art Projects hosts free weekly art workshops for children at Romero House in Toronto."
Omar's journey - VIDEO - 24 May 2016
"Sixteen-year-old Omar is one of many unaccompanied minors living in the Calais "Jungle" camp, with hopes to join relatives in the UK. He told the BBC the story of his journey from Syria and drew some of his own experiences."
Still The Most Shocking Second A Day - 9 May 2016
"A human tragedy is unfolding. 60 million people have been forced to flee their homes – creating the largest refugee crisis since World War II.
Among them is a generation of children who have lost everything they know: their homes, their education – sometimes even their families.
It’s a situation that has forced families into terrifying situations and impossible choices. And children have suffered most."
The migrants buried without a name - VIDEO - 10 May 2016
"More than 1,250 unnamed men, women and children who died trying to cross the Mediterranean to seek a new life in Europe have been buried in unmarked graves in over 70 sites in Turkey, Greece and Italy since 2014."
Swedish refugees, More or Less: Behind the Stats - VIDEO
"Have refugees caused a gender imbalance in Sweden?
It has been reported that there are 123 boys for every 100 girls aged between 16 and 17 in Sweden.
In China, the ratio is 117 boys to 100 girls. We explore if the numbers add up and why this might be." (BBC)
Through the Wall
"A short documentary about a family divided by the US/Mexico border..."
Start of migrants' desert trek to Europe - VIDEO- 30 March 2016 (YouTube)
"Agadez - The start of the desert trek from Africa to Europe
More than 13,000 migrants have arrived in Italy so far this year by sea, crossing the Mediterranean from North Africa.
But before they reach Libya, many migrants will have undertaken a perilous journey of up to six days across the Sahara in extreme temperatures.
The jumping-off point for the desert trek is Agadez, in Niger, through which 100,000 migrants are estimated to have passed in the last year alone."
First migrants arrive in Lesbos under new rules - VIDEO - 20 March 2016
"Migrants have arrived in Lesbos, and will now be affected by the new agreement in place with Turkey.
They now have to apply for asylum and risk being sent back to Turkey if they are unsuccessful."
Can screening ease Greek migrant crisis? - VIDEO - 17 February 2016
"Greece has opened four new registration centres to screen the thousands of migrants who continue to arrive from Turkey.
The government in Athens is under pressure to tighten its borders, but the plan faces local opposition."
People of Nowhere
"I have heard and read different opinions about the wave of Syrian refugees who try to make their way in to the EU.
Then I went to Lesvos. 7 days on the Greek Island gave me a healthier, human perspective on the situation.
Seeing the people behind the headlines with my own eyes, and feeling their deep struggle, broke my heart.
Are they the “threat” people talk about? All I saw were courageous people in a time of crisis, looking for hope.
I also got to meet brave volunteers from all over the world who reach out to help all people regardless of their religion, race or background.
That inspired me.
My hope is that this video might tear down some of the walls of bad ideas and opinions we have built around ourselves."
We stand together: the Guardian and Observer appeal 2015 – video- 24 November 2015
"Millions of people became refugees in 2015 in what was the largest movement of people fleeing war and persecution since the second world war. With fighting continuing in war-torn countries, cold weather setting in and thousands of people still on the move every day, funds are urgently needed to support them. The Guardian and Observer are holding a charity appeal to raise money for six charities supporting various aspects of the refugee journey."
Seeking Home: Life inside the Calais Migrant Camp 360 Video - added on 5 November 2015
"This 360-degree, virtual reality video documents the camp in northern France where migrants and refugees hope to make it across the English channel to start a new life in the United Kingdom.
Known to residents as the “Jungle”, migrants have turned the rugged landscape into a makeshift town with churches, mosques, restaurants,
and even a beauty salon. With winter approaching, local authorities struggle to cope with the influx as the camp grows more permanent with each day. Through the use of such immersive technology AP is bringing audiences a close-up view of life inside the camp."
Refugees Lead Alabama Shrimp Industry- Text + Audio + Video - 30 October 2015
"Forty years ago, many Southeast Asians fled war in their home countries and chose to come to the United States.
Some got on ships that sailed to U.S. territory.
Now, some of these people live in an American town that seems like an unlikely place for refugees to settle: Bayou La Batre, Alabama."
Migrant crisis: EU border force Frontex explained - VIDEO - 30 October 2015
"More than 700,000 migrants have crossed to Europe by boat so far this year - many of them from war-ravaged Syria - according to UN estimates.
The vast majority land in Italy and Greece, who say they need much more help to process migrants, and the approach of winter has so far done little to slow the flow.
Consequently, the EU has agreed to beef up its border force Frontex, as BBC news explains.
Refugee crisis: Hungarian camerawoman trips, kicks migrants- 10 September 2015
"The camerawoman was one of the videographers filming the flood of migrants trying to get through Hungary on the way to Austria and Germany.
The migrants include refugees trying to escape the carnage brought on by terrorists and war in their homelands."
Migration to Europe - why now? BBC News
Thousands of Syrian refugees have travelled to Europe, fleeing war in their country and seeking somewhere safe to live.
The civil war has been raging in Syria for a long time, but the numbers of refugees heading to Europe has increased substantially in recent months.
What are the push and pull factors that have led to this surge in people moving?"
Libya's migrants 'treated like animals'- VIDEO - 10 August 2015
"As migrants continue to risk life and limb to reach Europe from Africa, Libya has become the main hub for traffickers plying their illegal trade in human cargo.
Those migrant boats that make the crossing, usually arrive at Lampedusa, or Sicily.
Alex Jakana is in Southern Italy and has been hearing stories from the most recent migrants that made the treacherous voyage from Libya." (BBC)
Migrants jump on lorries at Calais as port workers strike - VIDEO - 23 June 2015
"Many people in Calais who are attempting to enter the UK illegally are jumping on lorries, which are stuck in queues due to a port workers strike.
Ships are not being allowed to leave or enter the port, because of the dispute.
Eurotunnel has said the number of migrants in the area is the highest it has ever seen.
Richard Galpin reports." (BBC)
What happens to migrants rescued from the Mediterranean? - VIDEO - 11 June 2015
"More than a 1,800 people have drowned in the Mediterranean this year,
as migrants in overcrowded boats try to make the journey to mainland Europe.
The Italian coastguard and navy ships have rescued hundreds of people over the past few days.
The BBC's Clive Myrie reports from a port in Sicily where some of them have been brought to shore." (BBC)
Returning Afghan Refugees Face a Difficult Life - Text + Audio + Video - 5 June 2015
"70,000 people have returned to Afghanistan from Pakistan this year. Many have no jobs, no support and no home.
International aid agencies say they and the government are unable to help many of them.
Some of the returning refugees must find food and shelter by themselves." (learningenglish.voanews.com)
The unknown fate of Rohingya Muslims stranded at sea - 16 May 2015 (YouTube)
"The United Nations has accused countries in South East Asia of "appalling and inhumane" treatment of thousands of migrants who are stranded at sea.
Most of them are ethnic Rohingya Muslims who face persecution in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.
The BBC's Jonathan Head has been following the fate of one boat of migrants." (BBC)
A Refugee Speaks - "A refugee escaped El Salvador to protect her life..."(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)