#WordsMatter campaign

The #WordsMatter campaign promotes accurate, humane terminology and strictly avoids using the term ‘illegal migrant’

‘Undocumented migrant’ and/or ‘irregular migrant’ are internationally recognised terms with equivalents in all languages. (...) 

The term 'illegal‘ migrant should not be used because it: 

  • Implies criminality. A person can never be ‘illegal’. Migration is not a crime. 
  • Is discriminatory. ‘Illegality’ as a status is only applied to migrants and used to deny them their rights. 
  • Has real impacts on policy and public perception. Inaccurate language leads society to accept that people should be prosecuted and punished.

Sources: DiagonalPICUM and MADE.

Via @j_duran_r.

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