Why we shouldn't use the term "illegal migrant"

David Ingleby, Raj S Bhopal, Laurence Gruer, Allan Krasnik, Paola Pace, Roumyana Petrova-Benedict

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Words have consequences, especially in situations where strong emotions, as well as social and political conflicts, are endemic. Raj Bhopal’s rapid response in The BMJ, in which he objected to the use of the phrase “illegal migrant” on the grounds that only actions, not persons, can be deemed illegal, merits further reflection and dissection.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)k4885
JournalBMJ (Clinical research ed.)
Publication statusPublished - 20 Nov 2018


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