The Power of Inclusive Language: Why Words Matter 3

Using inclusive language fosters respect—and creates an environment where everyone feels included and valued.

So how can we talk about Migration and Refugee Rights?

Here are some recommendations:

Terms to Avoid Preferred Terms
illegal immigrant asylum seeker, person/people seeking asylum
illegal migrant/migration irregular migrant/migration, undocumented migrant/migration
economic migrant, expat, transit migrant migrant
illegal migrants people seeking… (safety, security, protection, asylum, refuge, to rebuild their lives, etc.) or refugee
Find more terms and great explanations in Oxfam’s Inclusive Language Guide.

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