Migrant “caravans”: where is the phenomenon one year later

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Since October 2018, “caravans” of migrants have been sweeping the roads of Central American countries towards the North. Several measures have been put in place to help them, but also to stop them.

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This SCOOP! is an update of that of November 12, 2018.

In October 2018, "caravans" of migrants, some of them more than 2,000 strong, began pouring onto the roads of Central American countries heading north in hopes of reaching the United States. Several measures have been put in place to help them, but also to stop them.

The latest "caravan" set out on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, where about 400 women, men and children decided to flee unemployment and the violence of drug gangs that dominate large parts of Honduras.

Despite the opposition of U.S. President Donald Trump, he who has imposed migration agreements on El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico, in addition to deploying military forces at the border to curb illegal immigration, the "caravan" phenomenon has begun again after a hiatus of several months in 2019.

“Like several other caravans that have formed in Honduras over the past year and a half, these Hondurans want to go on foot to the United States through Guatemala then Mexico and try to enter American territory to flee the country. poverty and violence in their country. "

Source: La Presse, January 15, 2020

“Under pressure from Washington, Mexico has deployed more than 25,000 troops spread between the southern border where the majority of Central American migrants arrive and the north, at the 3,200 km border that separates it from the United States. Currently about 30,000 Hondurans are stranded in Mexico, where they await a response to their asylum request in the United States, according to the Honduran Ministry of Foreign Affairs. "

Source: La Presse, January 15, 2020

“'We are asking for asylum: in Honduras, we are being killed,' the call for the formation of this new 'caravan of migrants' proclaimed on social networks. The message ensures that Salvadorans and Guatemalans will join the cohort on Friday. "

Source: La Presse, January 15, 2020

 

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES

Disciplines and levels targeted

- Ethics and Religious Culture

  • The social order
  • Justice
  • The future of humanity

– Contemporary world (5e secondary)

  • Conflict, tension, population

Targeted dimensions of digital competence

  • Developing and mobilizing technological skills
  • Producing content via digital technology
  • Developing and mobilizing information literacy
  • Communicating via digital technology
  • Developing critical thinking with regard to the use of digital technology

Suggested digital tools

  • Popplet or Miro
  • Mentimeter
  • Instagram
  • Genially or ThingLink

Educational intention of the guide

At the end of these activities, students will know more about the causes of the current wave of migration as well as the measures implemented by the United States.

Objectives of the activities

  • In a large group, establish the causes and consequences of the migration crisis through a mental map.
  • Respond, through a cloud of words, to the story of a Honduran family now settled in the United States.
  • Respond to a questionnaire related to an article on migrant “caravans”.
  • Create an interactive image from photos depicting the migrant crisis found on Instagram (#migrantcrisis).

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