[Ads-l] Forgotten title: "migrant" or "refugee"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Sep 2 16:07:30 UTC 2015


And maybe there's just stylistic variation.  On last night's NBC Nightly News broadcast, the reporter for the maybe 3-minute segment on the barbed-wire fencing now installed across the erstwhile "open borders" in Hungary and those crawling under it used "migrants" and "refugees" interchangeably (twice each, if memory serves). 

LH 

> On Sep 2, 2015, at 11:12 AM, David Barnhart <dbarnhart at HIGHLANDS.COM> wrote:
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> From: David Barnhart [mailto:dbarnhart at highlands.com] 
> Sent: Wednesday, September 02, 2015 11:06 AM
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> This from an article suggested by Hugo is interesting:
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> There's nothing new in this. Fifteen years ago the Conservatives were
> getting worked up about "bogus asylum seekers". This was nonsense: you are
> either an asylum seeker or you aren't. But that wasn't the point - which
> was, rather than to demonstrate the traditional British values of compassion
> and fairness to those seeking refuge here, to denigrate them for crude
> political purposes.
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> This is the background against which Al Jazeera English has announced it
> will no longer use the word "migrants" but "refugees", in the context of
> desperate people trying to enter Europe by the Mediterranean.  David Marsh,
> "We deride them as 'migrants'. Why not call them people?" The Guardian
> [U.K.], Aug. 28, 2015
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> Perhaps part of the mix of terms can be attributed to the motivation of the
> traveler.
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> DKB
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