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Replace every Tory government mention of “migrant” with “person.” Then you see the problem

To challenge the Conservatives's anti-immigration politics, the left must reject the idea that people's right to move should be contingent on how much they earn

By Maya Goodfellow  

Britain's Home Secretary Priti Patel speaks during a rally event in Colchester, Britain December 2, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/Pool

Every time I see a politician or newspaper headline mention immigration, I think about how it would sound if you replaced the word “migrants” or “workers” with “people.” A “swarm of migrants” becomes a “swarm of people;” “no visas for low-skilled workers” is “no visas for low-skilled people.”

It’s dehumanising. Whenever immigration is treated as a problem or stronger borders are demanded,…

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