Migrant (EN)

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There is no legally recognised definition of a migrant. However, the term is understood to describe a person who is neither a refugee nor asylum seeker but is a person who has a legitimate reason for leaving their country of origin.

Source: https://www.worldvision.org.uk/

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In reality, a refugee is an involuntary migrant, a victim of politics, war or natural catastrophe. In the above context, one becomes a refugee migrant, but not every migrant is a refugee.

Source: https://youth4policy.org/

An economic migrant is a person who voluntarily leaves their home country to live in another country with ostensibly better working or living conditions.

Source: https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/


  • economic migrant
  • refugees and migrants
  • asylum seekers and migrants
  • migrants with disabilities
  • migrant boats


Border patrols first filter through the asylum-seekers, those with medical problems and economic migrants to ensure that they do not present security concerns.

Source: http://adagiotravel.com/

The Mediterranean has been plagued by shipwrecks in recent months involving migrants trying to reach Europe from Africa and the Middle East.

Source: https://news.yahoo.com/

Indeed, many forced migrants with disabilities who this researcher encountered during field work articulated their need for rehabilitation and care using the framework and language of disability rights.

Source: https://disabilityglobalsouth.files.wordpress.com/


The term "migrant" is often used as a synonym for "refugee" in less formal/non-normative environments. They are, however, two separate concepts de iure, with "refugee" constituting a specific subtype of "migrant".