We hear these terms all the time. Migrant. Refugee. Asylum seeker. Immigrant. What’s the difference? Let’s break it down.
A migrant is a person moving from country to country for any number of reasons – better life, better job, more opportunities.
An immigrant is someone who moved to another country and has established residency legally or illegally.
Then there are refugees and asylum seekers. They both seek protection because they fear persecution based on a number of factors, including race, religion, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.