With thanks to Gavin Mowat, Constituency Assistant to Christian Allard MSP.
Whilst debating the Global Refugee Crisis today, Christian Allard MSP has highlighted that our Word Choice Matters.
Speaking today in the Scottish Parliament, he encouraged accuracy in terminology used and commended those who are currently discussing the Refugee Crisis with appropriate terms.
The North East MSP has recognised that when discussing the Refugee Crisis there must be clarity between the terms ‘Migrant’ and ‘Refugee’.
Christian Allard MSP explains that by ensuring the separation of the two terms it will protect the refugees from implications that the ‘M’ word can carry and, we can support the current crisis through truthful, informative discussions.
The North East MSP recognises that there has been a positive change of tone surrounding the situation but continues to urge that we all must continue to watch our language.
SNP MSP Christian Allard said:
“The damaging effects of using an incorrect term is very relevant and will influence our own perception and attitude towards refugees. Accuracy is key, Word Choice Matters.”
“The careless use of our words won’t help, calling people names is not the solution, helping them is.”
“They are not migrants …I am a migrant and I am no refugee.”
“Let’s remember where we all come from because, in Scotland’s Story, we are all worth the same.”
Commenting on the difference between migrants and refugees, a spokesman for EUHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) said:
“Yes, there is a difference, and it does matter.
“The two terms have distinct and different meanings, and confusing them leads to problems for both populations”
Note: A video of the debate will be available on the Scottish Parliament website in due course.
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