Definition of economic migrant in English:

economic migrant


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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘China, Afghanistan, the Ukraine, Moldova, Iraq, and the former Yugoslavia are among the origins for both economic migrants and political refugees.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These were true economic migrants, businessmen and roving employees who made no apologies about seeking a richer life elsewhere in the sun.’
    • ‘Two million Zimbabwean exiles, refugees, and economic migrants put a strain on the South African economy.’
    • ‘There is also a special responsibility for what are known as economic migrants, and for the same reasons.’
    • ‘There is confusion between refugees and 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As a result there has been little differentiation between criminal trafficking, economic migrants and illegal immigration.’
    emigrant, non-native, émigré, migrant, economic migrant, guest worker


economic migrant