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Migration: Mexico to USA. Study these images………. They will help you to understand: what the landscape of the USA/Mexico border is like why some Mexican people are so desperate to migrate to the USA. What the journey over the border is like for emigrants. Images of Tijuana, Mexico.

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Migration mexico to usa

Migration: Mexico to USA

  • Study these images……….

  • They will help you to understand:

    • what the landscape of the USA/Mexico border is like

    • why some Mexican people are so desperate to migrate to the USA.

    • What the journey over the border is like for emigrants


Images of tijuana mexico

Images of Tijuana, Mexico...


What adjectives would you use to describe this region

…what adjectives would you use to describe this region??


Does this tijuana neighbourhood look well planned

Does this Tijuana neighbourhood look well planned??

  • Can you locate Tijuana on your map of the border?

  • Try to describe what you think the quality of life here is like, using the adjectives you thought of earlier.


Understanding reasons for migration to the usa

Understanding reasons for migration to the USA

  • Having thought about life in Tijuana, you may have lots of ideas about why some Mexicans are desperate to migrate to the USA (push factors).

  • Now study these images of locations in the USA, just over the border from Mexico.

  • Can you locate these places on your map, and identify any of the USA’s pull factors?


San diego california usa beach shopping centre

San Diego, California USA ; beach, shopping centre


Grand canyon arizona usa

Grand Canyon, Arizona USA


Hoover dam nevada usa

Hoover Dam, Nevada USA


Lake mead created by the hoover dam

Lake Mead; created by the Hoover dam


Living las vegas

Living Las Vegas...

  • How many ‘pull factors’ have you listed?

  • These images of Las Vegas should certainly help you to think of more…

  • These are ‘bright lights’ images of the ‘American Dream’.


Bright lights

Bright lights...


How does quality of life here differ from within mexico

How does quality of life here differ from within Mexico?


Creative writing

Creative Writing...

  • You are now to begin a piece of creative writing about migration from Mexico to the USA.

  • Imagine that you are one of the many Mexicans desperate to get into the USA, bearing in mind the numerous push and pull factors that you are aware of….

  • You cannot cross the border legally; you must sneak across.

  • You are to produce a piece of writing telling the story of how you managed to cross the border (or not!!)


How to write creatively

How to write creatively…

  • use the past tense

  • first person viewpoint (ie. “I”)

  • in chronological order (ie. Order of time)

  • opening paragraph: describe your situation, feelings and plans

  • 2nd paragraph: start of your journey, perhaps mentioning push factors

  • 3rd paragraph: journey over the border, still mentioning push but also pull factors

  • use adjectives to project the mood and describe your feelings

  • include lots of your feelings; how would you feel if you got caught??


Try to include

Try to include:

  • Details of the push factors that are making you want to move; think about money, housing, crime, employment opportunities, natural hazards (earthquakes), transport systems

  • What was attracting you towards the USA (pull factors)?

  • How you travelled over the border?

  • Any danger you experienced along the way; did you meet the border patrols?

  • What you did if you managed to cross the border

  • To help you, use:- your map, information from the travel journal, and your interpretation of any images of the USA and Mexico


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