Teaching Current Events: Global Immigration

There are more than 250 million migrants around the world, including more than 65 million refugees. Explore the policies, debates and human stories of immigration around the world.

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Global Immigration

Haitian Migrants at the US–Mexico Border

This Teaching Idea uses images and firsthand accounts of Haitian migrants to humanize the events happening at the US–Mexico border and give shape and nuance to the news.

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Global Immigration
Justice & Human Rights

Different Perspectives on Migrant Detention

In this Teaching Idea, students gain insight into migration and the systems surrounding migrant detention by considering the perspectives⁠ of migrants, an immigration lawyer and advocate, a border guard, and an immigration judge.

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Global Immigration
Justice & Human Rights

Why Do People Migrate?

In this Teaching Idea, students reflect on stories of migration and learn about migration from El Salvador to the United States as a means of exploring the underlying factors that drive migration.

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Global Immigration
Justice & Human Rights

What Is Our Obligation To Asylum Seekers?

Help students understand how the United States’ complex asylum process works. Invite them to consider the question, who has an obligation to asylum seekers?

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Global Immigration

What is Migration? An Explainer

This Explainer presents statistics on migration around the world and defines key terms such as migrant, refugee, and asylum seeker.

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Global Immigration

Brave Girl Rising: A Refugee Story

Created in partnership with Girl Rising, this teaching idea invites students to engage with the story of a young refugee and to consider the power of storytelling to spark empathy.

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Global Immigration

The Many Faces of Global Migration

Use recent photographs to help students connect to the experiences of migrants and to better understand the scale of global migration.

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Global Immigration
Race in US History

Family Separation at the U.S. Border

Inform students about the Trump administration’s family separation policy and help them emotionally process the human side of this news story.

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Global Immigration

The Continuing Debate Over Immigration

Use the following lesson and activities with your students to provide context for the 2018 U.S. immigration debate over who can come to the United States, who can stay, and what it means to be American. Recent news and debates may seem especially combative, but they echo earlier moments in US history when Americans questioned who could become a citizen.

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