Migrant or Refugee?





Have you ever felt like people are misjudging you for who you really are? If yes, then you can relate to hundreds of thousands people today. As we all (hopefully) know, there is a Migrant Crisis going on in most of Europe and parts of the Middle East and Northern Africa. 700,000 migrants have been counted so far, but do we really get to call them migrants? Or should we call them refugees? Just to make it clear, a migrant is: a person who moves from one place to another in order to find work or better living conditions (Google), and a refugee is: a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster (Google).

Many online newspapers such as the DailyMail have been calling these people ‘migrants’, whereas online newspapers such as BBC have been calling them ‘refugees’. Who is right?

If we would all interpret these people as migrants, we would not be accepting to them and there would be a small chance of giving them the help they need. If we all perceive them as refugees it would be better for them, as we would have more sympathy for them. Of course these online newspapers will have their personal reasons for using different words to describe these people, but personally I think that we do not get to call these people migrants, because of the situation they are in. These people are definitely refugees in my eyes, as they are being forced to leave their countries because they are not safe to live in anymore. But how much does my opinion matter? It will probably not affect anything, but I still like to share it, in hope that people who call them migrants will change their minds. Hopefully this will help society to make the world a better place.

Google; https://www.google.ch/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&es_th=1&ie=UTF-8#q=refugee%20definition&es_th=1