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Expats or immigrants?

Posted by Paul Carmel-190537 - Created: 16 years ago
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Posted by Ellen7-187820 - 16 years ago

I suppose the PC version is "in-migrant". Or maybe "guest worker" but of cours that depends on the idea of "work" (yuck) and having been invited. (no-one invited me, I just came. And I'm staying!)

For me, an expatriate is someone who is not in their "home" country temporally and who intends on going back. In immigrant has changed "homes"

 

Ellen

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Posted by Aroncb - 16 years ago

I like to think of myself as a Meteorlogical Asylum Seeker. 

For many Expat/immigrants I have met the term Lush seems to fit adequately though.  :-)  If someone asks if the cost of living is cheaper here it just comes down to one question.  How much do you drink?

 

 

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Posted by dublinmike-182617 - 16 years ago

Sunseekers!

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Posted by mikem-181687 - 16 years ago

I don't care if I'm an ex-pat or an immigrant.

I live here because in makes me happy.

Labels suck.

Imo :-)

 

 

 

mikem

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Posted by lespalmiers - 16 years ago

That makes me an immigrant then, blimey!

Or am I actually an emmigrant, as it was more a choice taken to leave where I was?

 

Regards, Les

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Posted by mike-179830 - 16 years ago

I almost agree with MikeP (!), however............

For me, the term "expatriate" has no long- or short-term connotation, but rather it focuses on where, conceptually/emotionally, "home" might be, which, for expatriates, is where they came from; for immigrants it is where they have ended up.

I'm not sure why, but I really hate the shorthand "expat" - maybe it's the "pink gins on the veranda" image. Not that I have anything against verandas, mind you. Nor pink gins, come to that. :-)

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Mike

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Posted by Paul Carmel-190537 - 16 years ago

Fools NO, escapees yes! Living in Corsica is best thing I have ever done.  But . . . my question is still unanswered!

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Posted by MikeP-180526 - 16 years ago

Expat implies short term - ie on contract.

Immigrant - someone who has left their homeland to make a permanent home elsewhere. 

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Posted by danonimes-184717 - 16 years ago

escapees?europeans?happiness is a s+arck loo brush

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Posted by angel-187474 - 16 years ago

Adventurers ?   

FOOLS ??!!

xx. A