Människosmugglare och asylsökande

Words are twisted


. The words “refugee” and “asylum seeker” were replaced last year by “migrant” as the refugee crisis ramped up in Europe: not only by politicians but by the media too. “Migrant” disposes of the obligations implied by “asylum seeker” – morally and psychologically, as well as under international law – and presumes an economic motive, even before individuals’ claims to refugee status are assessed.