In this module students learn that migration journeys can be brief and linear but also long and fragmented into multiple stages. Students get to analyse migration journeys as processes that are influenced by people’s aspirations and capabilities (such as income, social connections and education), which give unequal access to mobility. By working with maps, storytelling and analytical worksheets, students learn that aspirations and capabilities shape migration. Through this lens, students gain insights into why some migrants undertake risky routes to reach their preferred destinations.
What your students will learn
General learning outcome
Understand migration journeys as complex processes that unfold over time and space and are influenced by migration aspirations and capabilities
Specific learning outcomes
Discover the many variations of migration journeys over space and time
Understand the concepts of migration aspirations and capabilities and how they shape migration journeys
Reflect on how aspirations and capabilities lead to unequal access to migration and may influence migrants to choose risky irregular journeys
Class structure and timeline
Development in class
Activity 1: What are migration journeys?
Activity 2: Role-playing game: the stories of three young Senegalese migrants
Activity 3: Comparing journeys speed date
What might be your own migration journey?