After Windrush, stop talking about ‘illegals’. Start talking about people | Lola Okolosie

The affecting life stories we have heard have given us a chance to see immigrants as human rather than targets for deportation Words matter. That is perhaps the simplest lesson delivered by the Windrush scandal . When placed next to the terms immigrant and asylum seeker, language such as “floodgates”, “swarm” and “bogus” have a real world impact. In 1995, the then Conservative home secretary, Michael Howard, helpfully talked of Britain as an “attractive destination for bogus asylum seekers and other illegal immigrants” . Related: Windrush: portrait of a generation – in pictures Continue reading...

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