Upon submitting my final EE draft, I feel a huge weight has been removed off my shoulders. I believe I succeeded in my EE because I feel like I learnt about myself, my research skills and have managed to increase my awareness of the world around me. I am grateful for the opportunity to have conducted a study so prominent in today’s world at the tender age of 17. If I had another EE to do, I would chose the same topic as I believe there are many unanswered aspects that still persist. Despite the challenges such as patient confidentiality issues, statistical analysis errors and lack of data, I believe I was able to analyse my research question sufficiently. To anyone doing a similar EE: Try to get data from everywhere you can, even one extra sample can help immensely!
Upon completing all my research, I feel throughly relieved. I have realised I have changed my research style. I have begun to value deeper research rather than wider research making me use my sources to the max. Although there are many changes that need to be made, I’ve got majority of the hard work complete. The only new thing I am set to add is an ‘evaluation’ of the methods used in my study which I had previously not included in my essay. I was well over the world limit so one of the challenges I can see in the forceable future is cutting down to make sure I meet the word count limits. We have realised that I need to work on connecting every part of my essay back to my research question in order to meet the criteria and ensure everything I mention in the essay is pertinent. I need to ensure my geography aspects are just as strong as my biology parts as well. One thing I have done very well is my data presentation through various types of graphs, charts and tables that are easy for a reader to follow with.
I knew from the moment I had to come up with topics for Extended Essays that I would do something along the lines of cancer in India after doing an internship at a cancer research hospital in the summer. Before the first meeting, I had a few problems with refining my question and getting a real focused research question that would meet the criteria for both Geography and Biology. During the first meeting, this was the main topic of discussion. We worked towards tackling this and now I’m overall satisfied with my research question. I went off to write an outline and this gave me a better sense of direction. After the second meeting, we have set some goals. I am to begin secondary research with effective notetaking and I plan to meet with the librarian to discuss research papers on topics similar to mine. I will also contact the hospital to figure out what all can be done before I actually go there myself in the summer.
What is the most significant factor causing the migration?
The current civil war which begun on the 15th of March 2011 is the most significant reason why people are fleeing, the civil war has also lead to almost all the other factors that caused people to move such as unemployment, soil degradation etc.
The political unrest between Bashar Al Assad, ISIS and the Syrian Rebels.
This has caused millions (11 million displaced within the country and have fled to neighboring countries + Europe) . The largest migrations since WWII and Syria is now the world’s leading producer of refugees overtaking Afghanistan.
What do you predict for the future of the place and people involved?
The war doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon so I do not see much hope for them in the future if the conflict persists.
I believe that the amount of refugees and people fleeing will continue to increase as it is becoming less and less safe to reside in Syria.
The situation within Syria will get worse as so much damage is being made without any government efforts to rehabilitate, rebuild and further develop the nation as a whole. The constant war is causing more and more destruction daily.
What solutions can you suggest to resolve some of the consequences?
Countries, both surrounding Syria as well as European countries should openly allow refugees asylum in their countries and provide them with basic necessities. Governments should also help them get jobs and help them integrate in the local communities instead of secluding them in isolated, poorly resourced refugee camps.
My thoughts and feelings on the issue:
I believe that as citizens of the world it is our duty to help out the refugees emigrating as their state is dire and it is essential that the world comes together to help the people out. The sad makes me extremly sad but it also makes me upset because the world is not doing enough, we ignore it in our day to day life and fail to even think about their situation. Although Singapore too far away from the crisis for it to be pertinent, Singapore can help in other ways such as providing aid or donating to LEDCs that are taking in large numbers of refugees such as Jordan.