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 behind this defining global issue.

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Global Immigration

Activist Jose Antonio Vargas Speaks to Facing History

As people living on American soil await a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court on the fate of DACA—the immigration policy that has permitted some 700,000 undocumented youth to remain in the U.S. after being brought here as children—one figurehead of the undocumented movement is urging young immigrants to be fearless in building their lives here, with or without the right papers. 

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Justice & Human Rights

Different Perspectives on Migrant Detention

Deepen students’ understanding of the issue of migrant detention by having them consider the diverse perspectives of detained migrants, an immigration lawyer, a border guard, and an immigration judge.

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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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Why Do People Migrate?

Exploring why people migrate is essential to understanding migration at the US–Mexico border. Use these activities to examine migration from El Salvador to the US and the factors that drive migration.

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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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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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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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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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