IB Outcome:  Discuss the causes of migrations, both forced and voluntary. Evaluate internal (national) and international

migrations in terms of their geographic (socio-economic, political and environmental) impacts at their origins and destinations.

Cool map on migration


We will discuss the causes of migration.

Part 1: Internal (national) Migration

In groups:

Using a national migration movement  that has occurred in recent times, created an annotated graphic of the movement using Lee’s migration model. (You may use China’s rural to urban migration or the Papua New Guinea Case study in Codrington p. 40-45)

Then, answer the following questions:

  • Complete this table listing the impacts of the migration at the origin and the destination. 
  • Considering the living standards at the destination, do you think that the migrants considered carefully whether or not they would migrate? Explain your answer.
  • Do you think push or pull factors were more important in influencing the migration?

Be ready to show your model and discuss your answers with the class.

Part 2: In class essay – Summative

International Migration

You will write a 5 paragraph essay answering a variation of the following question: Evaluate/To what Extent an international migrations  has  positive and/or negative geographic (S.P.E.E.D) impacts at its origin and/or destination. (I will pick one)

  • You will have today’s class to write your outline for a 5 or 6 paragraph essay
  • You will have 30 minutes to write it on Wednesday September 23rd
  • You will be graded using the IB paper 1 markband

Consider. You do not need all of these. You just need to give a complete answer to your questions. There are many possible approaches one may take. 

  • Fully understand the command term and what is expected of you. (deconstruct it)
  • Use proper vocab: what type of migration, what are the intervening obstacles etc.
  • Establish context (causes of conflict)
  • Refer to models (apply it to your CS if possible)
  • Give reasons for the migration
  • ™Analyze initiatives being implemented to address problems
  • ™Evaluate key players involved in the conflict
  • ™Use up-to-date maps, graphs and statistics
Possible Case studies:
Most of you should do the Syrian Refugees in Europe.
If you have a good reason/interest, you may choose from the list below:
  • Cambodia to Thailand ***™
  • Somalia Refugees
  • ™Afghan Refugees
  • Syrian Refugees
  • ™USA/Mexico border crossing
  • ™Filipino Women Migrant workers
  • Turkey to Germany
  • Immigration into Nigeria
  • Zimbabwe to South Africa
  • Other with teacher approval