Model IELTS Writing Task 2: Emigration

Jul 24, 2022 | IELTS, IELTS Test, IELTS Writing

The model essay below is about emigration – and is worth reading just for the vocabulary. It follows a discuss both views format.

Needless to say, with this kind of question, both views must be discussed to get more than a band 5.0. This essay is very advanced in that it follows a 5-paragraph model giving the author’s perspective on both a personal and non-personal level.

The essay is structured as follows…

Introduction: containing the main ideas and opinion
1st Body Paragraph: outlining reasons supporting emigration
2nd Body Paragraph: focusing on the other side of the argument
3rd Body Paragraph: reinforces the author’s opinion at a personal level
Conclusion: paraphrases the author’s position and the topic sentences

IELTS Practice Question

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Some people think that it is better to emigrate to improve their quality of life and employment opportunities. Others believe that it is better to stay in their native country.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.

Mock IELTS Writing Task 2 Model Answer - Emigration by Andrew Turner @

Mock IELTS Task 2 Answer

For some people, emigration – both the economic kind, and that which is motivated by events outside of their control – is the best course of action to secure a brighter long-term future. For others, though, the benefits of staying at home often outweigh those of leaving. Personally, I think emigration can enrich one’s life immeasurably, with new perspectives, experiences and skills. 

There are many millions of people in the modern world for whom emigration is not a desire but an urgent need: those escaping domestic violence, fleeing the dangers of war, or persecuted for their religious or cultural beliefs. They may view migration, accurately, as a matter of life or death. Their quality of life will no doubt be improved in a new home country. 

Others who believe it is better to stay in their native country may also be correct; these are the groups who enjoy close family and social ties and can live contentedly in their daily routines. They are likely to be in stable employment and have sufficient means for the lifestyle they wish to lead. For such people, continuing on their current paths will no doubt pay dividends.

My own opinion, from my privileged position as a citizen of a safe, prosperous country with few visa limitations on movement, is that everyone in such a position should live abroad at some point in their lives. You’ll learn new ways of doing things and varied cultural perspectives. You may well learn a new language, too – or, at least, get to grips with one.

To conclude, those who need to move overseas should most definitely do so, while those with a comfortable life at home should value what they have. 

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