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Human migration affects individuals, communities and cultures.

Human migration affects individuals, communities and cultures

I Was a Boat Person: Vietnamese Refugees 3:41

Tan Le: My Migration Story 12:16

Stand Up for the Rights of All Migrants 1:44


Migration and Human Rights

An estimated 258 million people, approximately 3 per cent of the world’s population, currently live outside their country of origin. Migrants can be vulnerable to human rights violations. Human rights violations against migrants can include a denial of civil and political rights such as arbitrary detention, torture, or a lack of due process, as well as economic, social and cultural rights such as the rights to health, housing or education. The denial of migrants’ rights is often closely linked to discriminatory laws and to deep-seated attitudes of prejudice (United Nations Human Rights, Office of the High Commissioner, 2020).


Migrant Stories Are Our Stories 1:55

Tracking World Migration 2:34

Push and Pull Factors

Push and Pull Factors

  • Definitions of push and pull factors with examples of why people migrate


  • A refugee is a person who is fleeing from things such as civil war or a natural disaster but not necessarily facing persecution.

Challenges Faced by Refugees

  • The unrest in Syria started in 2011 and it only took 1 month before the first migrants started to arrive in Turkey. Nearly half of these (around 3 million people) have remained in Turkey.

Barriers to Migration

  • People who are migrating have to negotiate a number of barriers when moving between countries.

Push and pull factors of migration (Easy to read article)

  • Easy to read article with brief explanations and examples of push and pull factors
United Nations International School, Hanoi