What is the difference between asylum seekers, refugees and economic migrants?

What is the difference between asylum seekers, refugees and economic migrants?

By Will Mumford

SBS – 13 September 2016 

Often the terms ‘migrant’, ‘refugee’ and ‘asylum seeker’ are used interchangeably.

But they each have explicit legal definitions that distinguish one from the other, and prescribe specific obligations for governments and the international community.

The distinctions are important, particularly for those being labeled.

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