[Ads-l] Migrant or refugee?

Amy West medievalist at W-STS.COM
Wed Sep 2 15:33:07 UTC 2015

On 9/2/15 12:00 AM, ADS-L automatic digest system wrote:
> Date:    Tue, 1 Sep 2015 12:09:05 -0400
> From:    David Barnhart<dbarnhart at HIGHLANDS.COM>
> Subject: Re: Migrant or refugee?
> Does "refugee" carry too much negative weight of some sort?   Is there a "political correctness" issue?
 From an interview with a UN Commissioner that I heard on NPR or BBC, 
it's a matter of law:

If the countries call these folks refugees, which many actually are, the 
people are entitled to certain rights under UN and EU laws; if they're 
just economic migrants, then, nope.

Hence the avoidance of the term "refugee."

---Amy West

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