GEOG 571
Intelligence Analysis, Cultural Geography, and Homeland Security

8.1 Overview



In the previous lesson we focused specifically on mobility and migration. In this lesson we spend some time considering a particular group of migrants: refugees and asylum seekers. You will be challenged to compare and contrast refugees, asylum seekers, and other migrants, while also considering how flexible or rigid the definition of “refugee” should be. You will also examine a series of maps of refugee locations and be asked to determine any trends in the refugee numbers, as well as any spatial patterns you might see, and the potential policy implications of those trends and patterns.


Upon completion of this lesson, you will:

  1. Compare the experiences of refugee and asylum seekers with those of other types of migrants.
  2. Evaluate the social and political position of refugees and asylum seekers within host states with regard to mobility.
  3. Evaluate the differences between environment- and conflict-driven forms of migration for refugees and asylum seekers with regard to host, intermediary, and destination states.
  4. Critique the presumed security implications of countries receiving refugees and asylum seekers against actualized security issues.


If you have any questions now or at any point during this week, please feel free to post them to the GEOG 571 - General Discussion Forum. (That forum can be accessed at any time in Canvas by opening the Lesson 0: Welcome to GEOG 571 module in Canvas.)