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Students study the effects on children when the family changes country

While studying Fundamental Geography, year 10 students Rafferty and Lucas have participated into a PBL about Migration. The driving question was: How can we create a story on the life of a migrant?

The objectives of the project focused on the students being able to interview an international migrant in order to create their story. In their group, students should properly form  the questions that they would use for the interview, respecting the ethical guidelines given by their teacher.  The interview questions should be based on the lessons students had on migration concerning the impacts of migration on different scales, in both time and space.

Rafferty and Lucas successfully produced a newspaper/magazine article. Enjoy their text as well as the short video where they describe their experience of the Migration PBL.

Well done Lucas and Rafferty!

The effects of migration on kids when their parents change job to a new country.

By Lucas and Rafferty

Ebica and child migrants

receptionBeing students at ebica has shown us how a lot of kids migrate to new countries due to their parents’ jobs.

In our class we have, for example, Lennard who’s German, Lucas who’s Romanian and James who is Australian and who we have interviewed for this article.

Parents moving for a job opportunity

Ebica is located in Sophia  Antipolis which is a place for International companies. When we interviewed James we asked why he came to France and he replied: “ I came to France because my Dad got a new job in France”. This shows that kids often need to change countries because of their parents’ work.

Issues due to changing countries:

Climate: Often there is a different climate to adapt to, as James stated in his interview “In Australia, it was very hot but when I got to France it was freezing.” On the other hand,  kids coming from Sweden can find France hot compared to their home country.

Portrait of an extended family with their pet dog sitting at the parkLeaving family & friends: It is often hard to change country and leave behind your friends and family like your grandparents or close mates.

James in his interview talked about leaving his Aunt behind. It is often hard to find new mates in a new country.

Language: When moving to another country, child migrants often need to learn a new language. When they arrive, they do not understand a word of what people are saying and they are unable to communicate. James found it very challenging to learn French when he moved to France 3 years ago. Learning a new language is something that takes a lot of patience and effort.                                                                           

happy couple in wetsuits with surfboard on a sunny dayActivities: Activities they enjoyed doing in their home country, sometimes they are not able to do in the new country.

James also talked about this: “In Australia I enjoyed surfing, but in France, I am not able to get big enough waves for it.”

Culture: Each country has a different culture. It is sometimes difficult for the child migrants to adapt to a new culture which they are not used to. To James, the Gilets Jaunes has been a surprise.

Cooked snailsFood: When changing county, kids can find themselves eating strange and different types of food.

For example in France, snails and frog legs can be a shock! James didn’t experience a big difference in food habits, and he enjoys most types of food in France.


We can see that all the above show that it can be difficult to migrate as a child to a new country. By studying this subject and interviewing James, it opened our eyes to the different experiences of our migrating school-mates. James now believes he is integrated into his new country, as he feels a part of it.

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