Class Activities - Definitions

A simple interactive quiz tests what students know already and any misunderstandings about the meaning of key words – immigrant, refugee, asylum seeker, illegal immigrant.

Definitions - migrants, refugees and asylum

Knowing what each word means

An interactive exercise

This exercise could be done with a larger group using a whiteboard, or by small groups of students sharing a monitor. In the format of a guessing game, examples of the four definitions below are given. Discussion should be encouraged before deciding a 'right' or 'wrong' choice. There are four sets of examples exploring the four definitions.

  • Immigrant
    An immigrant is someone who leaves one country to settle permanently in another
  • Refugee
    Refugee status may be granted to anyone fleeing persecution because of their race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion
    Anyone seeking to work in another country is an economic migrant
  • Asylum seeker
    A refugee becomes an asylum seeker as soon as he/ she applies for asylum in another country. It is up to that person to prove that his/her claim is well-founded.
    Asylum is fully defined as protection given under the 1951 UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. There is a duplicate link to this 56-page PDF document on the student page. The Convention text starts on page 15
  • Illegal immigrant
    Illegal immigrants have entered the country evading passport controls eg by hiding in lorries or trains, or they have stayed on after their visa or leave to stay has expired.

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