Video zone: Why do people migrate?

Have you always lived in the same place, or have you lived in different places? Watch this short video to see why some people start a new life in a new country.

Do the preparation task first. Then watch the video and do the exercise. Remember you can read the transcript at any time.


Sajwaa: Would you leave your home if it would save your life?

Shakeeb: Would you leave if another country offered a better life for your family?

Alain: Would you leave your home if you were being persecuted?

Ines: Would you move to another country if you couldn't find work?

Priyanga: Would you, would you leave everything that you had behind, all your friends, all your family, all your belongings, everything that you played with, everything you grew up with?

Sajwaa: I left Iraq in 2006 with my three children, due to the escalated situation back there. There was a civil war in Iraq, and due to my background and my husband's, we were subject to persecution and threats by different parties.

Shakeeb: I left India because in search of more experience and because I wanted to get more exposed in my job. I wanted to learn more different cuisine and I had always heard about Europe that there's more working and good working environment, more job security, and, you know, people are more accepting people from the other part of the world.

Alain: I left Congo because of political problems. In our country especially, everything is not going in a good way. Everything – that means that people are starving every day, uh, children are not going to school. There's no freedom, you know, you can't even express yourself. And, um, that time I felt if I would go back to the country, I would die or maybe to, I would be persecuted.

Ines: Uh, my name is Ines, I come from Portugal, and I came to the UK because of job, because of work. Uh, at the time, it was not as bad as it is now, uh, but I still couldn't find, uh, any sort of work for two years. Uh, for some time I was doing temporary, uh, jobs and these started to be less and less until I had nothing.

Priyanga: I came here simply for a better life. My parents and I, uh, we left Sri Lanka when I was two years old and we had to flee the country because there was a civil war that broke loose and both my parents were, their, their lives were in danger. Um, and we came to the UK, um, we came here in the year 2000, and several locations, uh, applications, like uh, asylum process was rejected, and we had to keep on, keep putting in fresh claims.

What is it that will make you leave your home, home? What is it that will make you leave everything that you have – all your friends, all your family, everything that you own, and go into a different country?

Task 1

Check your understanding: true or false


Submitted by anutarodionova1983 on Mon, 19/03/2018 - 14:56

My dream was to learn English because at school I could not keep up with this language. And I imagined myself living among English speking people to be able to talk fluently. There was an oppotunity after 28 years of pondering. I got married and got a chance to speak English every day.

Submitted by Juancast on Wed, 14/02/2018 - 10:33

I leave my coutry more than 33 years ago. I think it was better for my live in general. I lived in Argentina and nowadays I live in Spain

Submitted by cenzino.scaringi on Sun, 11/02/2018 - 20:27

I left my town in the South of Italy when I was twenty and moved to Milan, a bigger industrial city in the North. In 1971 it was quite easy to get a well payed job in Northern Italy. Anyway I was lucky because I didn't need to learn a new foreign language.

Submitted by josep4 on Tue, 30/01/2018 - 17:12

I am thinking of left my contry to go to UK and looking for new experiences to improve my English.

Submitted by Aidan 2017 on Tue, 26/12/2017 - 11:43

living in another country could be a good opprortunity to start a new life.

Submitted by on Mon, 18/12/2017 - 13:35

I have left my country for six years ago because of civil war to find better Place to live. It very difficult to leave Everything behind.

Submitted by Marius Blum on Thu, 07/12/2017 - 01:11

I have left my country for more experiences.

Submitted by Linnig Waltraud on Mon, 27/11/2017 - 13:43

This level of speaking is still easy to understand. It's good to have real situations taken from real life. Thank you

Submitted by VictoriaNY on Thu, 12/10/2017 - 17:39

I have a dream to migrate to USA to find a better life than I have in Ukraine now. In my country people work 12 hours in a day and have very small wage that less the cost of living so we don't have enough money to buy clothes, not to mention entertainment. Sometime I'll migrate too! But I'm not sure if this is the right solution.

Submitted by Diachenko1810 on Wed, 11/10/2017 - 16:55

The situation in Ukraine is very diffult and stressfull. Due to events a lot of young people, especially men and gues, migrate to different countries. I think it will be better to travel to other countries, not to migrate. But we are trying to find better life and bettet job than in Ukraine.

Submitted by Sheba on Mon, 02/10/2017 - 19:41

I've left my country for more opportunities.

Submitted by MarinaPalomar on Sat, 02/09/2017 - 12:42

I think I could leave my country and eveything there if my life is in danger, but I would try to move in a new country with my husband or my family. If is possibile. It would be different thing if I wanted to leave my country because of work and I was young.

Submitted by MarinaPalomar on Sat, 02/09/2017 - 12:19

Very interesting video. Yes, people are not native speakers of English. But for me it's important to understand the real language, besides that native English. Please, upload many videos in this area, native o not native English. It's an important exercise to improve.

Submitted by Kaixuan on Tue, 22/08/2017 - 17:17

I would say to experienced life, traveling a round the world, very chessy one, and I would say many things, if there's good oportunite out there oversea, why not?

Submitted by Alexey Alexey on Wed, 09/08/2017 - 11:13

" I felt if I would go back to the country, I would die or maybe to" why this sentence is made like that? but not as 3thd conditional: if past perfect..., would have V3.

Hello Alexey Alexey,

Many of our texts are authentic, which means that they are the words of real people speaking as they speak. Some of them are not native speakers of English and this is true of Alain. His sentence is not correct grammatically.

The examples we provide on our pages in the language summaries are accurate and represent good models, as does the language in our native-speaker texts. The language in some of the texts where a non-native speaker is speaking is not alway perfectly grammatical, however, as this is how real people speak and we consider it important to show authentic language as you might meet it outside of the classroom.


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