All activities can be adjusted to suit the needs of your students.

Some of these activities are recommended for before your visit, some are general and can be done anytime, and some can be used as a follow up to your visit. Please scroll for a list of downloadable pdf activity sheets.

Before your visit
To Consider: What is immigration?
Brainstorm: Why do people immigrate? What are some of the reasons people leave their homes to live somewhere else?

The 'push and pull' factors of migration
What makes a person want to leave their country of birth and move to another country? This is usually linked to social, economic, political or environmental reasons.

Social: moving somewhere for a better quality of life or to be closer to family or friends.
Economic: moving for better employment opportunities, 
Political: moving to escape political persecution or war
Environmental: moving to escape disasters such as famine, flood 

'Push factors' are the reasons that people might migrate from their country:

- Survival fear
- War
- Desire to live in peace or in a safe environment 
- High crime rates
- Freedom to practice religion
- Freedom of speech
- Right to vote
- Lack of employment opportunities,
- Basic needs food, shelter clothing.
- Humanitarian disasters, famine, drought, floods.

'Pull factors' are reason choose to migrate to another country:
- Political stability 
- Laws to protect rights of people (anti-discrimination)
- Peace
- Low crime rate
- Services (education health)
- Climate
- Employment opportunities wealth 
- Lower risk from natural disasters
- People (welcoming culture)/ family friends

Activity Sheets

Empathy Exercise
Museum Memories - General Activities
Signals article - The Charlotte Medal
Documents & Dialogue - Post-Federation
Stories & Suitcases - Pre-Federation

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