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Question about a semi colon

Hi all,

Is the semi-colon in the following sentence grammatically correct? Or should it be replaced by a comma?

“Multiple media outlets have opted for ‘refugee’ when describing those fleeing the invasion, despite using ‘migrant’ in relation to people fleeing the Middle East; further complicating the often blurred distinction between the two terms.”

or should the latter part form a separate sentence? E.g. “This has further complicated the often blurred distinction between the two terms.”

Many thanks,

Cameron

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