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Module 1

Migration trends: A bird’s eye view

This module offers students an overview of a selection of important historical and contemporary migration trends across the globe. It shows that migration is neither new, nor centred on Europe as a destination. In fact, migration is a core aspect of how our states, economies and societies are structured. By working with different types of maps – such as cartesian, sound and visual maps –, the module invites students to discover the diversity of migration trends around the globe and to critically reflect on the power of maps in highlighting or hiding particular features of migration.

Class duration

45 minutes


60 minutes

Suitable for:  Geography  ·  History  ·  Social Sciences

Teaching methods:

Role play




What your students will learn

General learning outcome

Understand that migration is not a new phenomenon and is affecting all regions of the globe, as it is central to the way in which our states, economies and societies are structured

Specific learning outcomes

Discover key migration trends across time and space

Connect migration trends to key historical dynamics like colonialism, wars and globalization

Explore connections between past and present migrations and migration trends across world regions

Critically interrogate maps as knowledge production tools

Class structure and timeline

Development in class

Activity 1: Migration TrendGuessr: Discover key migration trends across time and space

Activity 2: Untold stories: What do maps hide?

Activity 3: Migration counter-cartographies: Explore Poorva’s sound and visual maps


60 minutes

Create your own migration map

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