Definition of economic migrant in US English:

economic migrant


  • A person who travels from one country or area to another in order to improve their standard of living.

    • ‘It will be the most comprehensive survey of its kind and provide vital information to allow Islamabad to formulate long term policy on Afghan refugees and economic migrants residing in the country.’
    • ‘Why should we taxpayers pay for these economic migrants who have contributed nothing to the economy while being told there is not enough money for old people's homes or adequate policing?’
    • ‘It will take time to get there, and time too to get tourists, confidence, investment and economic migrants back.’
    • ‘The vast majority could be described as very decent people who are economic migrants.’
    • ‘On the other hand, there is no speedy, fair and effective system for processing economic migrants, many of whom are prepared to work hard and make a valuable contribution to society.’
    • ‘There is also a special responsibility for what are known as economic migrants, and for the same reasons.’
    • ‘Two million Zimbabwean exiles, refugees, and economic migrants put a strain on the South African economy.’
    • ‘Some people coming to Britain are denounced as economic migrants, yet economic migrants from all over the world are encouraged to be doctors and nurses to fill the gaps.’
    • ‘China, Afghanistan, the Ukraine, Moldova, Iraq, and the former Yugoslavia are among the origins for both economic migrants and political refugees.’
    • ‘However, economic migrants and political refugees, chiefly from East Asia, eastern Europe, and Africa, have taken the place of the non-white populace as objects of public concern.’
    • ‘As a result there has been little differentiation between criminal trafficking, economic migrants and illegal immigration.’
    • ‘These were true economic migrants, businessmen and roving employees who made no apologies about seeking a richer life elsewhere in the sun.’
    • ‘Christchurch, like other main centres around New Zealand, has become home recently to many economic migrants, refugees and asylum seekers from all over the world.’
    • ‘The majority are economic migrants and refugees, yet they are being prosecuted as public enemy number one in the domestic war against terror.’
    • ‘We have an international obligation to welcome genuine refugees fleeing tyranny and oppression, but we have to draw the line at economic migrants, some of whom are using this country as a gateway to Europe.’
    • ‘It is inconceivable that Europe can isolate itself from the realities of globalisation, and so the sooner one of our leaders has the courage to discuss quotas for social and economic migrants as well as refugees, the better it is for us all.’
    • ‘There is confusion between refugees and economic migrants.’
    • ‘Cynics say this reversal of the usual Government attachment to the veto is just because Britain is facing the brunt of the problem of would-be asylum seekers, illegal immigrants and economic migrants.’
    • ‘The vast majority of asylum seekers are bogus, in that they are not really fleeing oppression but are merely economic migrants.’
    • ‘China, which views North Koreans fleeing to China as economic migrants, not refugees, has said U.S. criticism amounts to interference in domestic affairs.’
    emigrant, non-native, émigré, migrant, guest worker
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economic migrant