2 in 1 NEWS & ENGLISH – The European migrant crisis explained

 

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As the migrant crisis is escalating in Europe, leaders of the EU must step up and find a way to solve the problem. This short yahoo video gives a good overview of the issue and a great opportunity for you to learn & revise powerful words to use in your English.

Level: B2 and above

Skills: listening, vocabulary

Language focus: The present perfect tense

 

Task 1: Watch the video & take notes on vocabulary

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Task 2: Focus on Vocabulary – Fill in the missing words using the expressions below.

 repression / burden / move / prosecution / determine / treacherous / affluent / booming / swamp / doors

 

Here it goes!

 

Task 2: Focus on Vocabulary – Fill in the missing words using the expressions below.

 

 repression / burden / move / prosecution / determine / treacherous / affluent / booming / swamp / doors

 

1) Millions of people are on the ………………………across the globe in the worst migrant crisis since World War II.

2) They are escaping war, ……………………………, and economic uncertainty.

3) The travel is ………………………and the conditions often inhuman.

4) Smuggling is a ……………………… business.

5) The first point of entry isn’t Western Europe, but that’s the goal: ………………….., stable countries attract migrants.

6) Germany is expected to open its ……………………….. to more than 800,000 immigrants this year.

7) Meanwhile Europeans worry that the new arrivals will ……………………. their social services.

8) Laws ……………………………. who gets to stay and who has to leave.

9) Refugees that is people who have a well-founded fear of ………………………. on the basis of race or religion, or those who are fleeing a war can be granted asylum.

10) The EU is divided over what to do, and countries like Germany, France and Sweden call on others to share the ……………………¬† .

 

Task 3: Focus on The Present Perfect Tense – Notice the pattern in the examples.

 

11) Smuggling has become a booming business.

= Smuggling is a booming business now and this happened not long ago.

12) Four million people have left Syria.

= Four million people are not in Syria any more, and they moved away from Syria not long ago.

 

WORDS TO KNOW

affluent = rich

a booming business = a successful business which makes a lot of money

be on the move = to move, travel

to determine = decide

to flee = to run away, to escape

to open its doors to = to let people enter

prosecution = being charged with a crime

repression = the act of taking away someone’s freedom

to share the burden = to share the hardship and difficulties

to swamp social services = to overload, to overwhelm, to make it too difficult for social services to deal with the situation

 

ANSWERS

1) Millions of people are on the move across the globe in the worst migrant crisis since World War II.

2) They are escaping war, repression, and economic uncertainty.

3) The travel is treacherous and the conditions often inhuman.

4) Smuggling is a booming business.

5) The first point of entry isn’t Western Europe, but that’s the goal: affluent, stable countries attract migrants.

6) Germany is expected to open its doors to more than 800,000 immigrants this year.

7) Meanwhile Europeans worry that the new arrivals will swamp their social services.

8) Laws determine who gets to stay and who has to leave.

9) Refugees that is people who have a well-founded fear of prosecution on the basis of race or religion, or those who are fleeing a war can be granted asylum.

10) The EU is divided over what to do, and countries like Germany, France and Sweden call on others to share the burden.

 

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