Immigration Activity 1

Modern Immigration

Identify the push-pull factors that bring the Hmong, East African, Hispanic, Asian Indian, and other immigrants and refugees to Minnesota; compare and contrast thier experiences with those of earlier immigrant groups in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  (The United States in a New Global Age: 1980-present)

This unit covers the above benchmark and can be an excellent platform to teach the Civic skills substrand, benchmarks, and which are also presented elsewhere in this curriculum. 

Give me your tired, your poor,

your huddles masses yearning to breathe free,

the wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I life my lamp beside the golden door!


~Emma Lazarus, “The New Colossus”


Lesson: Before you read the selection in the following section have students journal an answer to the following question.  It should be in paragraph form and include reasons they would want to leave and reasons why they would want to go to a specific place.

“Why might a person or family want to leave the country they live in to live in a new country? 

After they journal they would take their response and chart it below:

Push Factors (reasons TO leave)

Pull Factors (reasons to GO where you are going)

Example: poor farm land












Example: fertile farm land