Thinking Spatially Activity: Examples of Migration


Use the interactive demonstration below to learn more about the push-pull theory. The activity focuses on historical migration patterns in Israel and Saudi Arabia. In the case of Israel, the primary historical reason for migration has been to escape religious persecution. Saudi Arabia is a more classic case of labor migration. The activity will also teach you how to interpret maps of migration patterns using a technique known as flowlines.


To start the activity, simply click the screen. Advance through the presentation by clicking anywhere on the screen, or by moving your pointer to the left side to navigate a table of contents. Note: On the table of contents, ignore the buttons for Related Units and Exit to Main Menu.  


The Shockwave plugin for your browser is required to view the activity. The plugin can be downloaded at no cost from ). Once the plugin is installed, you may have to click to choose to allow active content or follow the browser directions to activate the active content. When you are finished going through the activity, proceed to the discussion below.



The "Modern Migration" animation provided a brief overview about migration patterns in Israel and Saudi Arabia. It is not meant to provide a comprehensive history of the region. For more information about migration in Southwest Asia, refer to the following webpages:


a. Migration Information Source: Israel

b. BBC Country Profile: Israel and Palestinian Territories

c. Migration Information Source: Saudi Arabia

d. Migration News: Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE



Pause and Reflect 3:

Based on the examples of Israel and Saudi Arabia, what contrasts would you expect to see in the reasons people have for moving to a new country based on differences in age, language, occupation, education, religion, gender, and origin country?


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