Don’t say ‘illegal immigrants’: Whitehall prefers ‘clandestine entrants’ or ‘irregular migrants’ to avoid ‘connotations’

Orwell knew what he was talking about.

The Home Office risks accusations of political correctness after saying that foreigners sneaking into Britain should not be referred to as illegal immigrants.

The department said those trying to get into Britain unlawfully should be referred to as ‘clandestine entrants’.

The debate about the correct term to use was ignited after John Vine, the independent immigration watchdog, described them as ‘irregular migrants’.

h/t ZD

  • mobuyus

    I guess whatever you call them don’t call them late for dinner, welfare ,free dental etc etc.

    • tom_billesley

      “Deportee” works for me.

  • simus1

    Since the term “immigrants” when used correctly denotes a class of people who arrive in a country after complying with all its legal requirements to do so, putting “illegal” in front of it is doubletalk.
    It is surprising that they didn’t reach for “almost legal in many respects immigrant”.

  • Icebow

    ‘Clandestine entrants’ would include enemy commandos and spies; ‘irregular migrants’ might be taken to imply ugliness.

    • Frau Katze

      There is no way to make them sound like a positive thing.

      • Icebow

        As you say.

  • ontario john

    So I guess “muslim parasites” would not be ok

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    We could go back to “Illegal Alien”.
    That was a pretty damn accurate description of who they are and what they do.

    • Frau Katze

      That’s already unacceptable by leftists in the US. You must be h8tr.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        You don’t even know the half of it darlin’!

    • The Goat

      It’s the legal, actual, proper term.

  • Petrilla

    What adulterated crappola! Quick, get these idiots a Thesaurus, at least they could try a wee bit harder not to be total simpletons. They run the UK? God help us all.

  • Jay Currie

    Invaders has a nice, accurate, ring to it.

  • Brett_McS

    As long as they write it ala Frau Katze: clandestine entrants invaders.

  • Dana Garcia

    How about “uninvited foreign job thieves”?

  • Canadian

    Like Mr Baird calling ISIS “DAESH”, to remove islam from islam?
    So sad…

  • Barrington Minge

    Oh do stop this pathetic wordplay. An illegal immigrant is just that . Simples!!!

  • ed

    ” migrants are the parasites on the bodies of nations ” just look around your neighbour hood ?