In 2015, there were 232 million migrants worldwide (including 21,3 million asylum seekers and refugees). That’s 3% of the world population. In the same year, 1,1 billion people, or 15% of the world population, were international travellers, such as international business people and tourists. Both are means of crossing borders in the pursuit to enrich life. However, it is the 3% of migrants who create fear.
Labels should always be used with care - everyone are much more than their migration label.
Learn more by listening to our stories.
Migration vs Travelling is designed by Marit S. Haarr and written by Ingi Mehus. This video was awarded the the Prix de l'EYP 2015, the European Youth Press's award, for the best journalism on media freedom (category video), during the European Youth Media Days 2015 at the European Parliament in Brussels. It was also invited to be continuously screened to EU officials during the Dutch EU Presidency in the Netherlands in 2016.
Children adopted cross-borders are very rarely mentioned during migration talks. By receiving a new name, raised in their new culture with local families – being treated as a migrant can be weird and alienating. It often results in international adoptees experiencing mixed identities.
This is true for Ingi Mehus, our founder, as she was adopted from South Korea to Norway when she was three months old.
Listen to her story.
Refugees and asylum seekers represent a mere 9% out of all international migrants, or 0.3% of the global population. Yet people fleeing persecution are at the center of the migration debates and often vilified as a threat to our society. To flee your home from persecution is a traumatising event that is not taken lightly – leaving behind childhood memories, families, neighbourhoods and careers. People leave with the uncertainty of not knowing when, or if, they will ever see their home again. The dream of a new country brings hope of a new home, safety and a future, not free welfare. This is true for Zeeneb Bar, our project officer, who fled with her family from Iraq to the Netherlands when she was just two years old.
Listen to her story.
People working abroad are often divided between ‘labour migrants’ vs ‘expats’, with labels depending on your nationality and education. The two labels are nearly seen as two opposites, where 'expats' are usually perceived as people with desirable nationality and skills, while 'labour migrants' are often viewed as 'job-takers'. However, the main motivation to move to another country for anyone is the prospect of new opportunities, be it as an engineer or as a cleaner.
This is true for Adrien Perello-y-Bestard, our social designer, who was born in France and worked both as an engineer and in hospitality in countries like England, New-Zealand and the Netherlands.
International students are a growing migration demographic as young people are increasingly choosing to study abroad in order to expand their personal and professional outlook of the world. The motivation to study abroad ranges from more prestigious university programmes, better climate, new culture, and/or better economic opportunities. Once the university degree is obtained, many choose to stay behind in their new home. This is true for Ting Zhang who left China to pursue a dual degree in Linguistics and Education in Australia and has worked as an English language teacher with migrants and refugees from more than 50 countries.
A person who has been legally granted asylum in a host country due recognised fear of persecution within their home country for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion.