17 December 2011

What is Migration?

Immigration is a thorny subject pretty much everywhere in the developed world. Everyone has an opinion about it and sometimes normally level headed people can get so fired up about the topic of migration and immigration that they seem to become another person entirely! It has to be said, that the subject does have enormous and far-reaching consequences.

Fear of migration and immigration has helped far right wing political parties gain popularity and moderate governments have changed policies to fit in with this – both Europe and the United States have an increasingly isolationist policy towards migrants.

Yet what exactly is migration? What causes migration – and what precisely are the problems (not to mention the benefits) of migration and immigration? This fascinating animated video in the WissensWerte series deals with this hot topic and offers a measured and pragmatic definition and explanation.