Twenty million people have fled their homes because of wars in the past decade, but many in the mainstream media choose to call them “migrants.”
The American idea of a migrant was defined in John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath,” someone driven from the land by drought or some other economic disaster.
There was no war.
A migrant is “a person who moves regularly in order to find work especially in harvesting crops,” according to Merriam-Webster.
But the BBC and others have conflated the words migrant and refugee.
The BBC even defends its decision with a paragraph in each story: “
Eleanor Acer, director of the refugee advocacy protection program at Human Rights First, this is the “largest refugee crisis since World War II.”
Were Israelis called migrants when they fought their way into Palestine?