Work with a partner. Can you match the words and their definitions? Someone coming into a country from abroad to make their home there. A person who leaves one’s own country in order to go and live in another. Someone coming into a country from abroad to make their home there without official permission. A foreigner who has not become a citizen in the country where he/she is living. Someone who is evacuated from a dangerous place, especially during a war. an immigrant - an emigrant - an illegal immigrant - an alien - an evacuee An evacuee An emigrant An illegal immigrant An immigrant An alien
A person who has left one country usually for political reasons and is asking for protection and shelter in another. Someone who has been forced to leave their country for political reasons or during a war. A person who leaves their town or country in order to find somewhere to earn a living. A person who is paid by others to help them to travel secretly and illegally to another country. an asylum seeker - an economic migrant - a refugee - a human smuggler An economic migrant An asylum seeker A human smuggler A refugee
Evacuees Emigrants Illegal immigrants Immigrants Aliens Economic migrants Asylum seekers Human smugglers Refugees Are any of these groups in the news at the moment? What do you know about the story involving them? Share your ideas with a partner.
What problems does the character have? How is he treated by immigration officials? You will watch part of a film in which a character has problems at immigration. How well does he handle the situation?
Can you work out what happened to Nasseri, the man who inspired ‘The Terminal’? Use these words to help you. refugee asylum seeker illegal immigrant documents stolen IranParisairport
Have you ever had a problem at the airport? How was it resolved? Some people believe that security efforts at airports are going too far. Do you agree? Why (not)? Which country would you like to emigrate to? Why? In what ways does illegal immigration bring problems to a country?
Notes to teachers Video The Terminal is inspired by the story of Merhan Karimi Nasseri (photo on slides 6 and 7), who was expelled from Iran and for years tried to find a country which agreed to his request for political asylum. When he was finally granted refugee status, he decided to go to Britain, but he had his refugee documents stolen at the Paris airport. He managed to board a plane for London, but when officials found he had no passport, they sent him back to Paris, where he was arrested for illegal entry. Since he had no documents, there was no country of origin to which he could be deported. Then, a French court ruled that as long as he was not actually outside the terminal he could not be arrested as an illegal immigrant. (Adapted from www.abc.net.au/rn/arts/deepend/stories/s1194640.htm and observer.guardian.co.uk/review/story/0,6903,1273512,00.html)