The Law Society Gazeette - ‘Refugees’, ‘migrants’ and the Brexit vote

Popular familiarity does not necessarily reflect an equally robust understanding.

Over the past year, terms like ‘migrant crisis’ have gained strong purchase in the public lexicon. Unfortunately, popular familiarity does not necessarily reflect an equally robust understanding.

In the UK, ‘migrant crisis’ can increasingly be used to refer to a range of issues, including the recent increase in Middle Eastern and African refugees, economic migrants from the EU, perceived student visa abuse, and recently released record domestic net migration figures. Indeed, it often describes a frustration with all of these collectively.

Regrettably, confusion and disagreements about the meaning of the term may have severe consequences as distinct issues bleed into one another with worrying effects.

Laura Devine, Laura Devine Solicitors

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