[Ads-l] Migrant or refugee?

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Sep 1 16:40:57 UTC 2015


Then there's the "migrant"/"immigrant"/"emigrant" choice.  You don't (often) hear of illegal migrants, or immigrant/emigrant farm workers.  Maybe "migrant" allows for intranational travelers.  

LH


> On Sep 1, 2015, at 12:09 PM, David Barnhart <dbarnhart at highlands.com> wrote:
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> Does "refugee" carry too much negative weight of some sort?   Is there a "political correctness" issue?
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> DKB
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>> On Sep 1, 2015, at 10:41 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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>> I've noticed this too.
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>> The primary term on CNN is now unmistakably "migrant," with "refugee" used
>> for variety only.
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>> JL
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>> On Tue, Sep 1, 2015 at 10:05 AM, David Barnhart <dbarnhart at highlands.com>
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