ZZ Migrants and Refugees 2015

This project will bring together students from France, Germany, Norway and the Netherlands. They will focus on the topic of refugees in Europe. Through literature, sharing our personal stories and meetings in the community, our students will gain a better understanding of what it means to be a migrant or a refugee, and thus a better understanding ...

Activity 3: Research & Interviews November 8-28

The data gathered in this step of the project will form the heart of our project magazine.  All work completed by students will take the final form of a magazine page, in text or image form, and will appear in our final project step.


Each school will be responsible for a portion of background research for the refugee crisis in Europe.  They will produce a pdf document answering one given question.  This document will be used to give a global overview of what is happening in Europe.  The pdf document may include graphics, figures, images or maps found online, but  remember to cite all your sources correctly cited.  Learn what information you need to cite and how using this website as a reference guide for citing your sources.

College Monod:

Where are the refugees coming from?

College Brunet:

Where are they going?

College Carolus Clusius:

How are they coming?

Hovseter skole:

Why are refugees leaving the Middle East?

Schillerschule Hannover:

Why are refugees leaving Asia and Africa?


Polls & Questions.

Of the five schools involved in the project, two will produce online polls to be used for gathering information in their local communities.  The three other schools will brainstorm questions to be used in live interviews.  Each school should sign up for the activity of choice.  They may colloborate using www.titanpad.com.  Links to the polls and collaborative workspaces follow.

For the polls: 

Using titanpads, in multinational groups, create survey questions to poll the people in your school, your family and your neighbours.  These may need to be translated back into your country's language!

Your aim is to find out what our friends, family and neighbours think about the current refugee crisis.  What do they know about it?  Where do they think the refugees are coming from?  Do they agree with what countries are doing to help? Students will need to think carefully about their questions and answers.

We can use any online poll maker.  Try http://www.poll-maker.com/QuizMaker as this doesn't need you to create an account.  You just need to copy the link to the address below.

Analysis of the data received: this will need to be written up and compared from country to country.  

For the Interview questions:

In a live interview, what topics should be discussed?  Make a list of relevant questions for aid workers, agency directors and migrants or refugees.  Ask about personal experiences. Think about recording or photographing your interviews (get permission first).   Aim for at least ten questions each, and try to include a variety of open-response questions (avoid too many yes/no questions).

School: College Jacques Monod, France  Poll 1: (link to Titanpad)

School: ______________________________ Poll 2: (insert link)

School: Carolus Clusius College, Zwolle, Collège Jacques Monod, France       Questions for agencies 1: (link to titanpad)

School: Hovseter skole Oslo                         Questions 2 for aid workers: (link to titanpad)

School: Schillerschule Hannover                    Questions 3 for migrants & refugees: (insert link)



From the Voices of Youth website: 

"Voices of Youth (VOY) was founded in 1995 as UNICEF’s online place for young people to learn more about issues affecting their world. Today, VOY is a vibrant community of youth bloggers from all over the world, offering inspiring, original insight and opinion on a variety of topics. Everyone is welcome to write, film, comment and engage in discussions. Let’s go! "

A discussion regarding refugees has been started here:  http://www.voicesofyouth.org/en/connect/our-debates.  Please sign up on the website using the email address indicated by your teacher, and give your opinion on the subject.  A screenprint of our participation will be included in the project magazine, as well as an article write-up.



Most schools will try to conduct face-to-face or skype interviews with aid workers, agencies or migrants themselves.  Interviews should be finished by November 28th, and a written article for each interview will be included in the project magazine.  Remember to use the interview questions prepared above.

Here are the interviews we are planning:

Collège Monod: a parent who left Lebanon 37 years ago as a refugee (1st December); RSN (Refugee Support Network) in London (23rd November)

Collège Brunet:  France Terre d'Asile (service pour mineurs non-accompagnés), journaliste qui a fait un reportage des camps UNHCR à Rwanda

Collège Carolus Clusius Interview with agency COA (Dutch Refugee Agency)

Hovseter Skole: Interview with aid workers

Schillerschule Hannover: Interview with migrants

Author: Heather Bainbridge
Last editor: Kristie Baldwin