What is the difference between a migrant and a refugee, and which term describes a person crossing the Mediterranean Sea seeking asylum in Europe?
In a series of interviews with radio journalists in Canada, I tried to make sense of this distinction. I noticed, for example, that news coverage by Reuters and the Guardian seemed to use migrant and refugee interchangeably, but with a preference for migrant. I’ve come to believe that these words are not synonyms, and that their differences are significant.
Let’s begin with the definitions from the American Heritage Dictionary:
migrant: 1. Read more