First, not sure if this is the right place for this, I’m not that familiar with GD.
I’ve noticed, in the past few weeks, that the news stories about what used to be referred to as the refugee crises - especially in Europe - is now being referred to as a ‘migrant crises’. I’ve mainly noticed it on the CBC news blurbs but also in the Guardian and the BBC. A quick glance at CNN seems to show the same sort of narrative as well. There’s mention of refugees but migrants is the more used term. And I’ve spoken to a few people who have also noticed the change.
I’m curious; first, what prompted this re-framing and second, how did it come about that news from such a variety of sources all seem to have changed at pretty much the same time?
And finally, what could be the motivation?
My own opinion is that by changing the narrative from ‘refugee’ to the much more benign ‘migrants’ it makes it sound like these people have a choice in where they live and could just as easily go back to where they came from. That makes it easier to refuse them help, no? But that still leaves the question of how did all these disparate sources coordinate the narrative?