The Source team has created two readers for use in the classroom. The first includes selected readings on
migration, refugees, and integration.
The second focuses on the problems and possibilities associated with
international migration data.
Below are some additional suggestions on how you can use The Source. Remember that our monthly issues are all stored
for easy access in our archives. Feel free to download and reproduce whatever you need. All we ask is
that you acknowledge us and let us know what you are using.
The Source's library of over 20 country profiles can provide the centerpiece for discussions on comparative migration policies. As concise reviews of the migration histories and major policies of countries around the world, they provide students with the basic knowledge they need to participate in lively in-class debates.
You can also create packets of country profiles to help your students analyze migration trends in various regions of the world. For example, use the Canada, United States, and Mexico profiles to focus on Northern America; Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji for Oceania; and France, Germany, and Italy for Europe. You can also compare the history of migrant "receiving" countries, such as Australia, Canada, and the United States, to migrant "sending" countries, such as Indonesia, Fiji, and Cape Verde.
The Source has several data features that students can use to analyze the characteristics of migrants around the world. Use the
data tables and graphs in the Global Data Center to compare the characteristics of stock, flow, asylum,
and citizenship data among countries. By creating their own tables and graphs, students can generate summary statistics and draw
conclusions about comparative migration trends. You can also match the country profiles with the data available in the Global Data Center to
demonstrate the outcomes of past trends and policy decisions. Use the graphs and data provided in the
Comparative Charts and Tables page to help your students visualize migration trends and levels among countries and across time.
For curricula focusing on the United States, your students can use the
State Data on the Foreign Born feature to generate fact sheets on the size, composition, and
socio-economic characteristics of different immigrant populations. This information can be used to facilitate a comparative analysis of
the migration trends occurring in each state. The Who's Where? feature allows students to pick
an immigrant group and state of interest and to analyze the settlement patterns of the different foreign-born groups in the United States. The
US Historical Trends page shows the patterns and characteristics of the foreign-born population of the United States through time, helping your students visualize migration history.
Feature Stories and Special Issues
The Source's feature stories encourage discussion on specific migration topics, such as border security, global refugee
and the undocumented population in the United States. You can also use several articles or our special issues that
focus on specific topics,
such as women and migration,
migration and development, circular migration, and remittances, to tailor reading packets.
Our spotlights offer quick facts and figures on a broad range of issues
focusing on the foreign born in the United States, such as welfare use, English-language abilities, and service in the armed
forces. Use the spotlights to provide quick background information and supplement readings and discussions.
The archives can help your students come up with topics for research papers.
Our feature stories, data insights, spotlights, and up-to-date news articles are filled with ideas — and often
provide key citations to help students begin their literature review.
Join the Listserv
Encourage your students to join The Source's listserv. Throughout the term, it will be their link to the latest migration and refugee news and data.
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