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The World Around Us

Refugee issues can give a human face to lessons on:

Mapping: Location of refugees worldwide; origin of refugees; distribution within the local population.

Spatial organization: Refugee camps and local integrated settlements; site planning.

The environment: Massive outflows have consequences for the environment of the region they settle in; the ecological balance of the area can be put at risk.

Population: Within areas such as Africa or Asia, or from the South to the North, the complex mosaic of different ethnic groups can be illustrated with stories about families who have been forced to flee ethnic fighting.

Economic development: Refugees contribute to the life of the community in which they integrate; they may bring initiative, skills and manpower which are keys to the development process of some areas.

Poverty and developing countries: There is a correlation between refugee problems and development, and it is no coincidence that the largest refugee populations are found in the poorest parts of the world.

9-11 year olds Refugees - Who, Where and Why?
12-14 year olds Living Conditions in Refugee Camps in Africa
15-18 year olds Internally Displaced People
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