MY ACTION PLAN Name: Bruno Loeffler
Possible topic ideas:
1. Migration of Syria to Germany 2. Shifting of Retirees in the United States of America to warmer places e.g. Florida
Chosen topic: Syria to Germany
What do I already know?
Syrian refugees emigrating from Syria and immigrating into Germany are escaping the Syrian Civil War. The number of Syria refugees immigrating into Germany has severely increased since Angela Merkel announced the “open border” policy meaning that Germany would accept one million Syrian refugees. Syrian refugees are very keen on immigrating into Germany because the government provides more aid (for example shelter, health care, training etc.) than most other European countries to migrants that have been granted an asylum. Annually many Syrians pass away trying to immigrate into Germany since they have to overcome a perilous journey.
What do I need to find out?
I need to find out the reasons why Syrians emigrate their home country and immigrate into Germany (three or more push and pull factors). Also, I will research about the effects of the migration on both Syria and Germany. I will try to go into as much detail in my research.
What search terms should I use?
Reasons for Syrian refugee crisis
Syrian Civil War
Reasons for Syrian refugees immigrating into Germany
Effects of Syrian refugee crisis on Syria
Effects of Syrian refugee crisis on Germany
RESEARCH QUESTION & JUSTIFICATION
My Final Research Question:
What are the reasons for Syrians immigrating to Germany and the effects on both countries? (Syria and Germany)
Justify how your research question is relevant to the task:
Due to the Syrian Civil War there are millions of Syrians refugees immigrating; hundred thousands of them to Germany. According to UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee), from April 2011 to September 2017 out of 987,571 Syrian refugees, which fled to Europe, 514,995 Syrian refugees (which counts up to fifty two percent of all Syrian refugees) fled to Germany. The main reason for Germany being the preferred country of immigration is the perception that Germany is a rich and safe country. But also Germany’s “open border policy”, especially for Syrian refugees implemented by Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel in 2015 worked as a magnet for Syrian migrants. The amount of Syrian migrants (in addition to migrants from other countries) has many effects on Germany. The effects are mainly of economic, social and political nature. (economic: expenditures such as high social welfare payments, costs for accommodation and integration measures i.e. education, job training etc. Social: in the beginning the German population was welcoming the Syrian refugees with lots of sympathy, providing donations, sheltering, free German lessons etc. However, not all Germans liked the open door policy. This negative attitude became increasingly worse due to the news of refugees sexually assaulting women on New Years Eve 2015 in several German cities and terrorist attacks in Germany committed by refugees inspired by ISIS in 2016. An increasing number of Germans developed Xenophobia towards Syrians and disapproved Merkel’s way of dealing with the Syrian refugee crisis. Political: Due to the refugee crisis Germany’s party system has changed. The nationalist right wing party “AFD” (Alternative fuer Deutschland) gained an increasing number of followers. In the September 2017 national elections, Merkel’s Christian Democratic party (CDU) lost dramatically in votes, whereas the AFD made it for the first time into the parliament with over 12% of votes – this seen as a result of the voters’ dissatisfaction with Merkel’s open door policy. The migration crisis seems also to threaten the set up of a new government as Merkel’s CDU did not get sufficient votes and coalition talks with other parties have been not successful so far also due to differing views on Germany’s future refugee policy.)
Column 1: List a range of different types of sources you will try to find to COLLECT information from: You need to use a range of credible sources (aim for at least three). Consider TYPE: primary/secondary, online and print material (books), newspaper articles, videos, podcasts, magazine articles, academic journals, government websites. Be specific.
Column 2: Note where &/or how you will find this information in column 2 – don’t just say ‘Library’, ‘Books’ or ‘Google’. Be specific/clear about the source you could use. For example, ‘Library Database – Questia’.
Good databases for this assessment include: Global Issues in Context; Issues: Understanding Controversy & Society, Questia, Time Magazine, The Economist, Easybib research tool etc
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Fill in AFTER you finish researching
1. Type of source I will try to find (be specific)
2. Where/how will I look for/find this information?
Evaluate the usefulness & credibility of your sources – you must use the easybib tool for this
Website (Secondary Source)
I will use the search engine Google to find websites, which provide me with information about the Syrian civil war and my research question. When searching for a website I will try to always use websites with the ending “.edu” or “.gov” as these are usually non-profit and reliable sites. I will type “Syrian Civil War” into Google to find information about the context and reasons for the Syrian War .I will also type the phrase “Reasons of the Syrian Civil War” to find more specific reasons for the migration. Furthermore I will type the phrase “Effects of Syrians migrating to Germany” in order to find the impacts of the migration on both countries. Also, I will input “Reasons of Syria to Germany migration” since I want to find out the reasons for the Syrian refugees migrating to Germany. I will check with easy bib for the reliability of each of my websites in order to maintain accurate and non-biased information.
I used four websites for my research, (i.e. “World News Research”), which contain information about the reasons for migration (push and pull factors). They also discuss how migration impacts Syria and Germany. Furthermore, they informed me about the Syrian war and gave me the key concepts of the reasons and development of the war. These websites were very useful because they answered my complete research question. The websites were credible because they were all recently published, the authors had the credentials to be experts, most of the publishers are very renown and reliable e.g. UNHCR and finally the websites didn’t have bias.
News Article (Secondary Source)
I will be using the search engine Google and the “Discovery College Global Issues in Context database” to find News articles, which provide me with information about the Syrian civil war, and my research question. When searching for an article on either Google or the school database, I will try to use sources from well-known and reliable sources e.g. “The Times”, “The Guardian”, “Wall Street Journal” etc. I will combine the different names of the newspapers with the phrase “Syrian Civil War” into Google in order to find the most useful information about the context and reasons for the Syrian War. In addition I will combine the different newspaper names with the phrase “Reasons for the Syrian Civil War” to find more specific reasons for the migration. I will repeat this with “Effects of Syrians migrating to Germany” in order to find the impacts of the migration on both countries. And finally I will do this again with the phrase “Reason of Syria to Germany migration” since I would like to find out the reasons for the Syrian refugees migrating to Germany. I will check with easy bib for the reliability of each of my articles in order to maintain accurate and non-biased information.
I used a couple of articles, providing information about the impacts of migration on Germany in general and the Xenophobia towards Syrians refugees in Germany. These articles were helpful as they answered part of my research question (impacts on Germany). The articles were credible because they were all recently published, the authors had the credentials to be an expert and the publishers are reliable and unbiased e.g. “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”. (biggest and most renown liberal –conservative daily newspaper in Germany)
Mostly, I will be using YouTube videos, which provide me with information about the Syrian civil war, and my research question. I will look up videos of non-profit organizations like for example UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee) or National Geographic Society (National Geographic Magazine), which will provide me with unbiased information. I will type “Syrian Civil War” into Google to find videos about the context and reasons for the Syrian War. In addition I will type the phrase “Reasons of the Syrian Civil War” to find more specific reasons for the migration. Furthermore I will input the phrase “Effects of Syrians migrating to Germany” in order to find the impacts of the migration on both countries. I will check with easy bib for the reliability of each of my videos in order to maintain accurate and non-biased information.
I used multiple videos, which talked about the Syrian Civil War and the involvement of outside countries in it. These videos were helpful as they gave me a basic understanding of the Syrian civil war, which I needed for my introductory paragraph of my essay. The videos were credible because they were recently published and the producers have good credentials. However, the content of videos on YouTube are not fact checked and might not be true.
EasyBib usefulness & credibility:
Tools or Methods I will use to COLLECT & RECORD my information are: (give some detail – be clear about HOW you will collect & record information)
eg Tools: easybib, diigo, word, evernote, scoopit etc.
eg Methods: Notetaking, summarising, paraphrasing, mind-mapping, brainstorming, cutting & pasting relevant notes, creation of maps, graphs, tables, graphic organisers etc
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What TOOLS or METHODS will I use to collect & record information? (incl detail)
State what you actually did and evaluate how effective it was
I will use my research sources and filter the most important parts of information out. Then, I will summarize and prioritize these parts in bullet points and type these on a Google or word document.
I used my research sources and recorded the most important parts of the information that the sources had provided me with. I summarized these parts in bullet points and typed them onto a word document. This method was very effective since it allowed me to quickly record the important parts of the information in a structured and clear manner. Furthermore, I would be able to use the bullet point information directly into my essay because I didn’t directly copy information of the source into my research.
I copy and paste to record important information or statistics or quotes. While doing my research I will come across information that I don’t paraphrase or change in sentence(s) since it could be a quote, statistic or simply too important to be paraphrased. I would copy this research from articles or websites into a word document.
I copied and pasted to record important information, statistics or quotes. While doing my research I came across information that shouldn’t be paraphrased or changed in sentence(s) e.g. quote, statistic or the information was simply too important to be altered. I copied this research from articles or websites into a word document. This method was good as it was very quick and it allowed me to record statistics and quotes as well. A negative side of this method is that the information I recorded couldn’t be directly used in my essay since it wasn’t in my own words.
I will use a mind map to record some of my information. This is particular helpful for collecting information from videos. I will watch a video regarding the Syrian civil war. In the next step I will use an A4 blank paper to draw the mind map on which will consist of three main ideas of the video. These ideas will go into more detail by branching off them.
I used a mind map in order to record information from a video regarding the Syria civil war, which I had watched. I used an A4 blank paper to draw the mind map on. The mind map consisted of three main ideas of the video. These ideas went into more detail by branching off. This method was useful because I was able to pick out the key information the video gave me in a linking manner. Also, the mind map made the research very easy to read because it gave the research a clear structure. However, a disadvantage of this method was that it was relatively time consuming to record information as I was not very experienced with using a mind map and therefore had to restart many times.
Example of evidence could be: screen shot proof of tools used (evernote, diigo), photocopies of (or original) notes, brainstorms, mind-maps, highlighted print outs etc
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Fill this in AFTER you start your research
Steps in the Process & timing: Briefly outline (list) the steps you will work through to complete this assessment. You should include planning BEFORE researching, WHEN you will research, then WHEN you will put together the final product. Fill in the ‘Actual Dates’ as you go.
Evaluate the timing: Was it realistic? Where you able to stick to it? What got in the way?
This deadline date was not very realistic since it took some time for me to settle into the assessment. As soon as I was on the right track and was clear about what I had to do, I was able to make a lot of progress. I finished my action plan on the 14th of December.
This deadline date was not very realistic since I was a bit behind schedule in completing my action plan. I didn’t want to rush this part of my assessment therefore I wasn’t able to catch up time and meet the intended date. I finished my action plan on the 18th of December.
This deadline date was realistic since I was able to catch up because I had much to talk about which made it easy for me to write my evaluation and eventually helped me meeting the date.
The article was published May 2, 2017 and hasn’t been updated since.
This article is relevant- it answers part of my research question (see above). Therefore I feel comfortable citing it. Since the intended audience is young adults/adults, I chose this article.
The author’s name/position as Research Editor of WENR (“World Education News and Reviews”) is stated. WENR belongs to WES (World Education Services) a nonprofit organization providing credential evaluations for students who want to study in the US/ Canada and is accredited by the US Department of education. Although the URL ends with org, given WENR/WES’ credibility, it can be assumed that the article is reliable.
The information came from reliable sources i.e. German Office for Migration and Refugees and was supported by factual evidence obtained from “Bundesrecht” (German Official Federal Law). The information was reviewed and the text is free of bias/ emotion.
The purpose is to inform/ educate very clearly the reader about the positives/negatives of the German refugee crisis and the integration into German society. The author’s objective is to educate. The article is objective/ unbiased since it is written in neutral factual tone and states both costs/ benefits.
Although the article was published September 25, 2015 and hasn’t been updated since, it doesn’t have a large effect on the relevance/ accuracy of the article since the push factors of Syrians migration haven’t changed drastically.
This article was relevant as it answered part of the research question. Therefore I feel comfortable citing it. Since the intended audience was young adults/adults, I chose the article.
The text is a presentation by UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards at a press briefing summarized by Amin Awad, Director UNHCR Bureau Middle East/ N.Africa, Regional Refugee Coordinator/ Syria Region.
This source is reliable as hosting platform of the article is UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees), sub organization of UN, winning already the Nobel Peace Prize. UNHCR including its representatives are internationally respected as reliable source. Although the URL ends with org, the text is reliable due to the credentials of the author.
The information is accurate as UNHCR, an internationally respected large organization has access to vast information on refugees. Due to its international exposure it will be constantly fact checked.
The information was reviewed and the text is free of bias/ emotion.
The purpose of the information is to inform/ educate the reader very clearly about “Seven factors behind the movement of Syrian refugees to Europe.” The author’s objective is to educate. The article is objective/ unbiased since it is written in neutral tone.
OVERALL EVALUATION STATEMENT:
How do you feel this assessment went overall? (You must evaluate the research process AND the quality of the information you collected at some point in your action plan)
I think the assessment went overall but there were some negatives. The research I found was very reliable and had a very high quality. Furthermore, my choice of sources made finding relevant information very easy. I was able to find enough information to write my essay with only a few sources. On the other hand I wasn’t able to find a lot of variety in sources because the finding relevant data on databases was extremely difficult.
If you were to do this assessment again, what would you change? (You could also elaborate on why)
If I were to do the assessment again I would have put less detail in the action plan part of research sources types and recording methods because it was unnecessary because I could have gone in less detail and achieved the same.