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`Start by reading this article and discuss in your journal how current official definitions of "migrants", "refugees" and "asylum seekers" are challenged by the on-going migration crisis at the South-East borders of Europe.
You can also see Unit 2.1 for more information about irregular migration in Mediterranean region, Unit 2.2 about EU norms on asylum seeking, and Unit 2.3 on the case of Syrian refugees.
Don't forget to have a look to what others have done in their journals!
Words can define erroneously different aspects of someone's life. By trying to define people labelling them we are at risk of making generalisations and contributing to stereotypes.
Refugee differs from migrant (regular or irregular) by a simple question: the need of international protection. That being said and settled, the problem derives from the existence of different processes and benefits depending on where and how someone may apply for that protection.