Europe has been struggling with migration for many years now. Over the past 20 years, Europe became a fortress, people died trying to get into Europe and people working for NGO’s have been jailed trying to save migrants from drowning.
But migration is of all times.
Reasons to move are diverse: people move to find jobs, to united with friends or family, or to flee from war, religious or political persecution or famine. Migration has an effect on the countries and people that people leave, the lives on the people themselves, and the countries were they arrive. In Europe today, attitudes towards migrants are dividing the continent: some people don’t want to have any migrants, and make no exception for refugees. Others welcome migrants, including those who for economic reasons, pointing out that Europe’s population is declining and people are needed for work. Some European countries are concerned with migration within Europe, as they see their most talented citizens move away.
With so many different views, and no internal borders, how should we deal with migration?
We start all projects with a 10-minute starter clip from the In Europe documentary series, in order to introduce the topic in a vivid way. There is room for discussion on different levels. After two lessons with historical context and background information, students will start making their own short documentary (5-15 minutes) in small groups. Seven tutorials will teach students all about research, interviewing, filming and editing. The teacher will upload the videos to the In Europe YouTube playlist where you can find all videos made by students from all over Europe. The upload tutorial will help teachers to do so.
The starter clip on Migration shows different perspectives of different people involved. In the documentary students will address a policymaker and propose a way to handle migration. In the enquiry and the making of the documentary students will link current affairs to a broader (historical) context. They will experience they can contribute to public debate.