The Economics of Immigration: Crash Course Economics Video Analysis with Key- This is a 10 page document that contains a video analysis assignment and a completed teachers key for easy marking. It contains 31 questions based on The Crash Course Economics video: The Economics of Immigration.
This assignment will ask students to go to YouTube and watch the Crash Course video: The Economics of Immigration. The video will first introduce students to the terms migration and immigrants and explain why people seek to move to different countries. A brief history of the immigration waves which came to the U.S. during the 19th and 20th centuries is then reviewed. Following the brief history lesson, the video will focus on the overwhelming economic standpoint on immigration: That it is good for national economies. The theory of immigration surplus is explained and students will learn how population growth via immigration increases the demand for goods which can in the long run lead to more hiring and higher wages. The benefits of allowing high skilled,and even low skilled, workers into a country are reviewed by using data acquired by a non-partisan Congressional committee. The video does address the issue of 11 million undocumented workers in the U.S.. By using research from both liberal and conservative think tanks, the video explains how granting legal status to undocumented workers will lead to a rise in the GDP of the United States. The video does cover the contentious issues that still surround undocumented immigration in the U.S., such as is it appropriate to reward people with citizenship after breaking the law? The video concludes by using data to show how support for immigration will continue to increase in the U.S. due to the beliefs of younger generations.
This video analysis can be easily used as an introduction to the topic, a study guide, or a quick and easy sub plan. Students love the independence of this assignment by getting to use laptops, Chromebooks, or even their own cellphones to watch the video. Crash Course videos tend to move fast so students often find success if they watch the video through once before going back to pause/play to find the answers to all of the questions.