I find it darkly amusing that they are calling common criminals insurgents now.
And I agree with Xeni that this is a incorrect usage of the word.
But I strongly disagree with the “Not refugee” statement she, and others, have made as regards to the victims of the hurricane.
They are refugees.
The word is defined as;
A person who seeks refuge; usually from political, ethnic or religious opression.
The problem comes from people only reading the end of the definition.
The fact is anyone who is seeking refuge from anything is a refugee.
A person fleeing a natural disaster is also a refugee.
And refugees do not have to be seeking refuge in another country.
[Notice the definition does not even mention foreign countries. You could be persecuted in a region of your own country and seek refuge within a safer region of the same country( This has happened a lot in Africa)]
So they are refugees, but they definitely ain’t insurgents. [Unless, of course, they intend to overthrow the government.]