Migration is increasingly associated with threats to public
order. In addition, inappropriate use of the terminology relating
to migration plays a large part in fuelling xenophobic and racist
attitudes and heightening the fear of migrants.
Increasing incrimination of migrants undoubtedly has repercussions
on their living conditions, whether they are regular or irregular
migrants, affecting them in the employment field as well as in their
This criminalisation of migrants facilitates and even to some
extent legitimises the adoption of migration policies which are
more and more under the sway of a security-dominated rationale.
Governments should adopt a more objective approach towards
migrants, observe fundamental rights standards, in particular by
combating disinformation and negative stereotypes concerning migrants,
and condemn the exploitation of migrants for political purposes.