Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Migration in Europe and multiculturalism in Britain

Europe is struggling to cope with a growing migrants flow. More and more migrants and asylum seekers are coming to Europe from Africa and the Middle East.
First of all, we are going to try to understand what migration is and what it means today. Then, we are going to talk about multiculturalism and, of course, about multicultural society in Britain.
Read the following articles, watch the video and answer the questions.



History of migration:

Migration from the colonies to Western Europe since 1800:

Migration to Britain:


Some articles explain what is happening in Europe today 

Migration in Europe today: 
The following article try to answer these questions:

Why is EU struggling with migrants and asylum seekers? 
What has caused migrant numbers to rise?
What is the EU doing about it? 
Are all the EU countries sharing the burden?

These 5 Facts Explain Europe’s Deadly Migrants Crisis:

Multicultural societies in an historic perspective:


Multicultural Britain

Answer the following questions

Unfortunately, because of the migrants crisis, xenophobia and anti-immigrant attitudes have recently risen across the continent. 

  • What do you think about that?
  • Do you live in a multicultural place? 
  • Is there migration from or immigration to your country? 
  • What is your opinion about multiculturalism? What are the pros and cons of a multicultural society?
  • Watch the video above about multicultural Britain and write a summary.


If we are travelling to a foreign country, we are all immigrants although we are going to stay there for short periods. In fact, as soon as we set foot in a foreign airport, we have to pass trough the Customs Office, show our documents and answer some questions.
Watch the following video.  Imagine you are in a British airport, you and your class mate are respectively a customs officer and and a traveller. Invent dialogues like the one in the video, ask and answer questions like: 
  • What is your final destination?
  • How long will you be staying in the UK?
  • What is the purpose of your visit?
  • Where will you be staying?
  • Do you have anything to declare?

English communication - Airport Immigration and Customs