Our Immigration Projects

I am proud to present the various projects undertaken by my English students on the theme of Immigration. In this project students were given the freedom to choose work partners, topics, and most importantly the medium to communicate their message. Enjoy!’

Jim Glackin, proud English teacher

Ines Adwan and Juliette Arnaud: ENGLISH4REFUGEE PROJECT

Our project consists of presenting to the class in the format of a news report and possibly an interview, the ongoing situation in Lebanon and Syria. We want to present Lebanon as more of a host country. We want to explain how Syrian refugees are reacting towards the situation in Lebanon and their possible options for the future. Our aim throughout this project would be to mobilize more people about this situation. We would maybe like to raise a little bit of money for the Red Cross. We would like to inspire more and more people to do things to help these refugees. Our main goal will be to inspire people to do things to help refugees. We also want to teach more people about these situations going on in the world outside of our little Dutch bubble.’



For my project, I decided to make a comic about the story of Doaa, a Syrian refugee. My goal in this project is to make people enjoy the comic and not feel forced to read it.


I would like Venezuela to be the subject of my project. I would like to present my subject as a speech (TED talk), as a presentation, or even a mix of both!

I want to show people that refugees/immigrants are survivors and brave people – not a bunch of dirty lazy scroungers who come to a host country to take advantage of its welfare system, as they are often portrayed in the media.

Excerpt from Anaïs’ speech:

Now I know you guys can’t do much since we’re just kids, but all I want you to know is that life in this world isn’t really joyful and happy like here. There are people who are suffering, fighting, surviving in this world. And we need to recognize them, not ignore them, because ignoring people’s suffering is the worst thing that we can do. And yet, we do it every day. I just want you to keep that thought in your mind a little, and maybe start to be more conscious about this world we are living in.’




I would like to show the journey of an immigrant who has to go to another country. 

Through  my short graphic novel, I wish to show how difficult the immigrant journey  is and how hard it is to have to move from one place to another without really wanting to. I want people to understand with my project that refugees aren’t people who move for pleasure and that when you reject them, you  take away their only chance  of integration. I think that what immigrants have to go through is not known by that many children our age. I don’t think it’s right that people who have gone through hell just to get to a safe country are rejected by people who think they are superior because they have always lived there.

‘Today, I searched for information on Yemen. It turns out that the country is  at war because the two political parties who are  waging war are fighting for the position of official government of Yemen. Yemen has been at war since 2014. Until the outbreak of civil war, Yemen was a country which took in  many refugees, so when war broke out people fleeing were made up of actual Yemeni as well as refugees that had been living there.






 APO:Hello everyone! Today we’re presenting you the country named North Korea. 

CLARA:Just a warning before we begin, North Korea is one the most secretive countries in the world, so the information cannot be confirmed and you  may have heard something different. 

APO: So ok, let’s start with locating the country.

North Korea is in between China and South Korea in east Asia.  The country is led by president Kim Jong-un, a young overpowered dictator, who applies very strict rules for the habitants. If you wish to start a new life and emigrate … you can not…  because it’s illegal to leave the country where you were born. If you are North Korean, you have to stay in North Korea. 

CLARA: so that you understand how North Korea came to this dark country, let’s go back a few years to 1945 after the 2nd world war. At this point, North and South Korea were only one country, named Korea. During the war, the Soviet Union occupied the North of Korea, and the United States the south. Then, the Soviet Union, started a war and bombed the south. After a few years, both sides decided to do a sort of pact, not a peace pact, but a pact that they will just ignore each other, and that is when one country became two.

APO: Not a lot of people know this but some rules in N-K are really harsh. We found some of those rules that we would like to share with you. 

  • North Koreans aren’t allowed, for example, to listen to music or watch films in another language […], so no Pixar, Disney,Hollywood and Netflix movies. 
  • Another rule is that every family needs two pictures hanging on their wall: one of Kim Jung-un and one of his father. 
  • The government is allowed to break into your house, at the time they want, and if they find a little dust on these two pictures, then the family is sent to a forced Labor camp.

CLARA:The next rule is that if you call or text someone who is not in North Korea, you are in danger of death, which isn’t normal. If you have family outside of North Korea, there is no legal way to contact them, and it’s very rare that someone who escaped from North Korea, will see the family who stayed there again.

APO: Let’s talk about our real subject: the refugees from North Korea. In this case, they are actually called defectors. We are going to show you the story of one defector named Yeonmi Park, who is one of the 30.000 defectors. Now, she’s a defender of defectors that escaped from North Korea. 

Let me tell you her story: Park escaped North Korea at the age of 14 (so roughly our age). Her life was always tough before that. For example her father was arrested because of illegal smuggling and she couldn’t see him for a very long time. Later, when her older sister escaped, Parks’ family got scared that the government would punish them for the sisters “crime”. 

CLARA: In North Korea, if someone of your family did something, what in the eyes of the government is a crime, your family and the next three generations would pay for it. That means killed in public, even in front of the kids. 

Park’s family fled the country, but unfortunately her dad couldn’t come, because of his illness. It was only her mother and her. They fled, with the help of human traffickers, and after some days they arrived in China.

Oh  It is very dangerous there, because China, like Russia, are supporting 

North Korea’s acts, so you have nowhere you can be safe. They can automatically send you back or even kill you. 

APO:  Her dad followed them later, and they lived hidden in China. But  few years later he died of cancer and they had to bury him secretly in the mountains. 

In 2009, they travelled, with the help of a human rights organisation to Mongolia,but they were stopped at the border. In order to get through, they threatened to kill themself with pills. Later, the military guards let them in and  the mother applied for asylum at the South Korean embassy. 

CLARA: After 18 months of walking, they finally came to South Korea. During their journey, they searched for Park’s sister, who escaped North Korea at the beginning, but they didn’t find her, and thought she was dead. In south Korea, Park went to school, and catched everything up (in a short time). She went to the University, and later she got a call, from U.S.A, who said that they’ve found her sister. It was a big relief for them.

She flew to the USA and got reunited with her sister after a very long time. 

In the states, she began to become a human rights advocate and did a speech about her dangerous journey. 

APO: Not every defector takes the same way then Yeon-mi Park did. Some are passing through China, all the way to Thailand or Cambodia, it is a very dangerous route because as we said China isn’t safe, because they can send you back to North Korea whenever they want to.

Often, the last destination of  the defectors is South Korea, with schools for defectors, where they can discover what freedom means. 

CLARA:The old routes which run from Mongolia to China, to Vietnam and Myanmar have become less preferable due to the recent border control of these countries. 

APO: I think that is all what we wanted to say. We just wanted to precise  that some years ago, Germany was a bit in the same situation. The wall of Berlin. But look at Germany now! It is a

free country! Maybe there is still hope for N-K? Maybe in a few years it will become a normal country .   

CLARA: again, this information isn’t a 100%  confirmed. We hope, you liked this presentation, and will try to support the North Korean defectors. If you want to know more about this case,  you can watch the speech of Yeonmi park. It is 10 minutes long, and very emotional. We really recommend watching it! thanks for listening



Elyne-Lïn: LOVE IN A TIME OF WAR – A short story about a woman who crossed a continent to be with the man she loved.



‘My goal is to inform people about what Turkey is doing for a lot of refugees from the country with the most refugees in the world. I want to write and create something that can inform people and maybe raise awareness and maybe even help Turkey and the refugees.’