The United Nations have traditionally defined international migrants as people who change their country of residence, regardless of their reason for moving. This definition is vigorously opposed by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The UNHCR's opposition must be understood in the context of inter-agency turf battles.
An overview is presented on the external website meaningofmigrants.org as well as in the article 'The phrase "refugees and migrants" undermines analysis, policy and protection'.
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