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Great Migration Forum: The Forum

  Guiding Questions

What is a current migration issue?

What is a way to help these people immediately? (research, case study, public awareness)

What could the international community do? 

 Learning Targets

By participating in this “Great Migration Forum”, you will

Understand that migration is a complex issue today, leading to many challenges in creating an effective government policy.

Identify bias in information sources and recognize the impact this has on information credibility.

Research and summarize different migration policy options.

Create a policy of their own addressing current migration issues.


Useful Tools

Migration!  All you have to do is listen to the news and our politics and you’ll hear about migration and what should be done to resolve different issues about migration around the world.  Unfortunately, world governments and agencies have often been slow to actually implement many suggested reforms. Fortunately, as emerging participants in our political system, YOU can begin proposing and supporting a possible reform to address an urgent issue affecting our world  today with the Great Migration Forum of 2018! Each class winner will receive a box lunch from Qdoba. Approximately five groups (one per every two classes) will qualify for the finals of the Great Migration Forum on December 11th in the Auditorium, during an all freshmen  field class field trip. Distinguished guest judges will listen to your proposals and pick the Great Migration Forum Champion. The winners will not only have bragging rights but an awesome prize that will make them loved by their classmates. Rumor has it that the press might also show up to hear all of these great ideas.  Please read on for more details.

Your Task

First, you will select your migration issue (complete the survey).  Now imagine you are a citizen addressing a migration issue to the United Nations. Develop a policy addressing  this issue, come up with a solution to address or alleviate the problem, and sell it to UN members.

How do we complete this task?

You will research and craft your policy individually or in groups of up to 3.  Your policy needs to address one of the themes  of migration policy:

Open ourselves to the world.
Make emigration unnecessary.
Alleviate the hardships faced by migrants in crisis.

You will then argue that your policy will achieve one of the following desirable results:

  • Create global economic growth
  • Promote or ensure the protection of human rights 
  • Enhance security of the particular place/region and world
  • Strengthen democracy around the world

You must also demonstrate that your policy is feasible (that this can actually work).  The presentation will require a narrative and statistical data to support your plan. You will then share your issue, policy, and argument. Presentations should be between 4-6 minutes (make sure to time yourself beforehand). There are a variety of ways you will be able to share this policy:


 Target 1-2 Minutes for each of the following portions (see rubric on next page):

  • Explaining Issue
  • Narrative
  • Presenting Policy
  • Rationale

 Visuals (poster, online graphs, statistics, presentation slides, etc.) would be suggestible as they could enhance the persuasiveness of your presentation. They are not required however.

 Balance your argument with information and evidence as well as emotional appeals. Migration cannot be presented as solely a numbers issue nor can it solely be an emotional one.

 When expected, make clear connections to the themes and desirable results. Don’t leave the audience guessing.

 Making your own video is an acceptable way to present!



 You may have one person present. Remember, some people may be a better statesmen and stateswomen while others may be better researchers and writers, so consider your individual strengths and develop accordingly. Each person must show that they did a fair share of work. You must color code your note guide by person.

 You may have each of you present. It may be that each of you takes up one portion of the presentation.

 There is no one way to present this! You can get creative and we don’t want you to feel constricted to an outlined format!



 for QUESTIONS from the audience and teacher about your policy. You should be prepared to “think on your feet”!

In-class time will be provided for starting research, but you will need to use out of class time to work on finishing some research as well as organizing your argument and presentation.

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