The Reading / Listening - Level 2

Last year was the worst ever for refugee numbers. The United Nations (U.N.) said that in 2015, 65.3 million people were forced to leave their home or country. This is up by five million from 59.5 million in 2014. The 2015 figure is a 50 per cent increase from five years ago. One in every 113 people on the planet is now either a refugee, an asylum seeker or displaced in their own country. The U.N. said: "Twenty-four people are displaced every minute [and] two-thirds of the forcibly displaced are refugees in their own country." It was World Refugee Day on June the 20th.



The biggest reason for the record number of refugees is war. Fighting in Syria, Afghanistan, Burundi and South Sudan has created the most refugees. Half of them are children. Over 98,000 asylum requests in 2015 were from unaccompanied children. This is the highest number ever seen. The U.N. said 90 per cent of refugees are from poor or middle income countries. The refugees are facing big problems at borders. These include fences in Europe, tougher immigration laws, and hate. The U.N. said the answer is, "political action to stop conflicts".

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Sources
  • http://www.voanews.com/content/global-forced-displacements-reach-record-breaking-levels/3383451.html
  • http://www.reuters.com/article/us-refugees-un-idUSKCN0Z60BN
  • https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/06/20/1-in-every-113-human-beings-right-now-is-forcibly-displaced-from-their-home/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Last year was the worst
  2. 65.3 million people were forced
  3. One in
  4. an asylum
  5. Twenty-four people are displaced
  6. two-thirds
  7. refugees in their
  8. It was World Refugee Day
  1. seeker
  2. of the forcibly displaced
  3. ever
  4. every 113 people
  5. on June the 20th
  6. to leave their home
  7. every minute
  8. own country

Paragraph 2

  1. The biggest reason
  2. Half of them
  3. This is the highest number ever
  4. from poor or middle
  5. The refugees are facing big
  6. tougher immigration
  7. stop
  8. the answer is
  1. problems at borders
  2. political action
  3. conflicts
  4. for the record number
  5. seen
  6. income countries
  7. laws
  8. are children

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Last year was the (1) ___________________ refugee numbers. The United Nations (U.N.) said that in 2015, 65.3 million people were (2) ___________________ their home or country. This is up by five million from 59.5 million in 2014. The 2015 (3) ___________________ per cent increase from five years ago. One in every 113 people on the planet (4) ___________________ refugee, an asylum seeker or displaced in their own country. The U.N. said: "Twenty-four people are (5) ___________________ [and] two-thirds of the forcibly displaced are (6) ___________________ own country." It was World Refugee Day on June the 20th.

The biggest (7) ___________________ number of refugees is war. Fighting in Syria, Afghanistan, Burundi and South Sudan has (8) ___________________ refugees. Half of them are children. Over 98,000 (9) ___________________ 2015 were from unaccompanied children. This is the highest number ever seen. The U.N. said 90 per cent of refugees (10) ___________________ or middle income countries. The refugees are facing big (11) ___________________. These include fences in Europe, tougher immigration laws, and hate. The U.N. said the answer is, "political (12) ___________________ conflicts".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Lastyearwastheworsteverforrefugeenumbers.TheUnitedNations(U.
N.)saidthatin2015,65.3millionpeoplewereforcedtoleavetheirhomeo
rcountry.Thisisupbyfivemillionfrom59.5millionin2014.The2015figu
reisa50percentincreasefromfiveyearsago.Oneinevery113peopleont
heplanetisnoweitherarefugee,anasylumseekerordisplacedintheirow
ncountry.TheU.N.said:"Twenty-fourpeoplearedisplacedeverymin
ute[and]two-thirdsoftheforciblydisplacedarerefugeesintheirownco
untry."ItwasWorldRefugeeDayonJunethe20th.Thebiggestreasonfor
therecordnumberofrefugeesiswar.FightinginSyria,Afghanistan,Bur
undiandSouthSudanhascreatedthemostrefugees.Halfofthemarechil
dren.Over98,000asylumrequestsin2015werefromunaccompaniedc
hildren.Thisisthehighestnumbereverseen.TheU.N.said90percentofr
efugeesarefrompoorormiddleincomecountries.Therefugeesarefacin
gbigproblemsatborders.TheseincludefencesinEurope,tougherimmi
grationlaws,andhate.TheU.N.saidtheansweris,"politicalactiontosto
pconflicts".

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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