Module 1: Start-Up Group Work
How do human rights protect refugees and migrants?

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MODULE 1: START-UP GROUP WORK
HOW DO HUMAN RIGHTS PROTECT REFUGEES AND MIGRANTS? BRAINSTORMING ON MIGRATION AND HUMAN RIGHTS


The following group work is a successfully approved learning module for a start-up work on the complex relation between migration, forced migration and human rights. The central question is: How do human rights protect refugees and migrants?

The pdf-version of the learning module can be found on the left side of the website.

Overview

This activity involves small group work, brainstorming as well as discussions about definitions and concepts of migration and the relation to human rights. What is 'migration'? What are the main types of migration? How are these types protected by human rights? Does a human right to migrate exist in the first place?

Parameters of the group work

Group size: Groups with a minimum of three students per group should be formed. Each group receives a stack of index cards with the relevant terms and concepts.
Time frame: Two sessions of 45 minutes each.
Material: index cards, extra sheets for more definitions, pens, big flipcharts

Structure of the group work

The group work is divided into two stages:
First stage: Each group receives the same number of index cards. Students should discuss and clarify the terms and concepts on the cards with their fellow group members (and with the help of the teacher, if necessary). The group should then arrange the terms and concepts written on the cards into a diagram that illustrates the relation between them.
Second stage: Each group presents their diagram, explaining its structure and reflecting on the group's working process. After the presentations, the entire class should discuss and assess the possibilities and limits of protecting migrants and refugees within the framework of human rights.

Preparation and support for instructors

Label each index card with one of the terms indicated in the list below. Prepare as many bundles of index cards as there are groups. Provide each small group of students with one unsorted stack of index cards.

List of terms:
Migrant workers
Asylum seekers
Sending country
Family reunification
Voluntary migration
Refugees
UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees
International Labour Organization (ILO)
Irregular migrants
Mixed migration
Transit country
"International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families"
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Forced migration
Host country
Temporary migration

The chart (see in the PDF on the left side) suggests a possible arrangement of the above terms. It illustrates the different types of migration, the many possible reasons behind the decision to migrate, as well as the relation between migration and human rights. Please find additional information on definitions, jurisdiction, and concepts of migration in the boxes (see PDF on the left side). They may assist with the discussions and the clarification of terminologies.   

For more information on the topic and in order to become acquainted with all terms and definitions regarding migration, use also our glossary.

Developed by Anne von Oswald, Network Migration in Europe e.V., 2012

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