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dodgy • refugees • track down
beat up • trafficer
  1. The led the people across the border.
  2. People who can not go to their own country are called .
  3. The salesman seemed so I did not buy the car.
  4. I used to get a lot in school so I took karate to defend myself.
  5. I was able to my old friend on Facebook.
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1045 Immigration in Italy

Yuri talks with Todd about controversy with immigration in Italy and how it has increased over the years.

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dodgy

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People started getting a bit dodgy with that.

We use “dodgy” to describe a person who is dishonest or a situation that is risky or dangerous. “Dodgy” is always negative. Here are two examples:

  1. The dance club is in a dodgy part of town.
  2. Our former police chief was a corrupt and dodgy man.

refugee camps

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They get to refugees camps and they come without papers.

A refugee camp is a place for people who have left their own country, often because of war or hardship. A refugee camp is usually temporary and the conditions are bad. Notice the following:

  1. The refugee camp across the border is crowded and dirty.
  2. Doctors treated the sick and injured at the refugee camp.

track down

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They are very difficult to track down.

Track down means to look for something or somebody that is difficult to find. Here are two sample sentences using “track down”:

  1. It took the police one week to track down the thief.
  2. On my last visit, I tracked down my old friend from high school.

beat up

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They don't beat them up or anything. No violence.

To beat someone up means to hit them again and again to cause injury. Someone is beaten up in a fight. Notice the samples:

  1. In primary school, the older kids sometimes beat up the younger kids.
  2. Some of the refugees were badly beaten up.

human traffickers

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They are brought by smugglers or human traffickers.

A human trafficker is a dodgy person who takes people without proper travel papers to foreign countries. The people brought by a human trafficker are usually poor and work for little money in the new country. Here are two examples:

  1. Human trafficking is a major problem in developing countries.
  2. The UN has made great progress in reducing human trafficking.
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