Migratory movements have always existed, for both human and non-human species, a phenomenon that globalization has but accentuated. Today, these movements—primarily from South to North—are represented as static and through negative representations of the migrant.
This negative vision of the Other, nourished by political discourses that regularly mobilize rhetorics of fear and invasion, contributes on a daily basis to misrepresentation.
This rhetoric widens the gap between individuals and cultures by exacerbating competition between those considered to be superior and those considered to be inferior, or between the “strong” and the “weak,” and so on. We therefore prefer the term "visitor" to the term “migrant” in order to avoid any confusion with the prevailing rhetoric, even if we believe that the term “migrant” is linked to the natural world. In the end, are not we all visiting this earth?