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Re: Are you an Expat or an Immigrant?

Well the LoLcal article doesn't exactly help, I must say, but for me an expat is someone for whom "home" is the country they were born and/or brought up in. And for the most part there's an intention that they would return at some point, whether that be at the end of their expat assignment or when they retire. All expats, as far as I'm concerned.

So given no intention to return, does that make me an immigrant? Well it's not a term I would tend to use, probably because it has historically been associated with negative stereotypes and also, as per the article, with lower skilled or unskilled work.

So like Adrian, I wouldn't say I'm either. I just live here. Or there. Depending on what day it is
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Old 19.10.2014, 18:29
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Re: Are you an Expat or an Immigrant?

i am also an adrianlondon (coining it)
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Re: Are you an Expat or an Immigrant?

Neither- like Adrian but in a completely different way... hate labels, always have.
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Re: Are you an Expat or an Immigrant?

Immigrant.
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Old 19.10.2014, 21:15
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I just live here.

For me, an immigrant is someone who moved here to spend the rest of their life (as far as they know) and an expat is someone who is sent here by a company, often accompanied by an expense account.

I just saw a job in Basel, applied, and turned up to start work. My next job will most likely be in another country as I like variety. Like the hulk.

So ... I'm neither an expat nor an immigrant. I just live here.
Yep the same. Plan to stay for 3 years and move on.
Having only done 14 months so far ....I'm a tourist
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Old 19.10.2014, 21:27
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Re: Are you an Expat or an Immigrant?

Depends... coming up on 3 years here.

When I meet an Ausländer, I'm a local.

When I meet a local, I'm an Ausländer.
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I just live here.

For me, an immigrant is someone who moved here to spend the rest of their life (as far as they know) and an expat is someone who is sent here by a company, often accompanied by an expense account.

I just saw a job in Basel, applied, and turned up to start work. My next job will most likely be in another country as I like variety. Like the hulk.

So ... I'm neither an expat nor an immigrant. I just live here.

You leaving us ?

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Re: Are you an Expat or an Immigrant?

I was an expat who never been on an expat contract.

I am now an immigrant who wish to settle down and grow roots.
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Re: Are you an Expat or an Immigrant?

I'm a tourist...
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I was an expat who never been on an expat contract.
Welcome to your new adoptive country. Integration for you will be pretty easy.

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I am now an immigrant who wish to settle down and grow roots.
This might be useful then.
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Re: Are you an Expat or an Immigrant?

I came with Swiss Passport in 2002 without much German (nor French/Italian or Retro something other language...)but felt like an expat (without the expat contract) and spent time pretty much with English-speakers. Today I am pretty local but have foreign heart...and still feel like a tourist when outside my home canton...
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Re: Are you an Expat or an Immigrant?

I believe the difference between the two is SFr5000.
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Re: Are you an Expat or an Immigrant?

A Swiss friend told me that I'm an expat until I referred to Switzerland as home (which I guess would make me an immigrant). That made sense to me
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Old 19.10.2014, 23:31
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Re: Are you an Expat or an Immigrant?

We are here because of the jobs and security offered by one of the best countries in the world at the moment. Employment brought us here not desire of immigration. We have our homes in three difference locations now and neither of them will be our permanent retirement residential place. We imagine ourselves living in Europe and Africa on seasonal basis. We are neither immigrants nor expats. We are just globtrotters passionate about life, sunny weather and open minded to learning different cultures. Now, we found the snow interesting too

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Re: Are you an Expat or an Immigrant?

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+1 for "I just live here." I married a Swiss guy and moved here, but I wouldn't call myself an immigrant since I don't plan to stay forever. I'm not an expat either, so...I'm just here.
Will you move to your home country with your Swiss husband eventually? is he willing? Just out of interest! lol.
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Re: Are you an Expat or an Immigrant?

I emigrated for love but I still feel like a tourist when I see the beauty of this place. I guess I'm still in the honeymoon phase.
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I believe the difference between the two is SFr5000.
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Re: Expat vs. Immigrant

It's just a place to live. I was offered a contract in Basel so we moved. The other offer was a contract in Lisbon. Had there been a SFr5000 tax to move here, I would have taken the Portugal option.

If you are single and without commitments it is easy to up sticks and move when you are fed up with a place. Now that nickatbaseljnr is in the school system, I feel less able to move.

There are worse places to live, we do our best to integrate, speak the lingo etc. Never really felt "Swiss" enough to want to take citizenship.

Mrsnickatbasel is from NL but does not envisage moving there, and she has a lot of time for the UK. She also never felt attached enough to CH to want to naturalise.

The fact is, we live in a global economy. People with skills move to where the markets are better - or they feel happiest if money is not a consideration.

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I understand that an expat lives abroad temporarly and and immigrant permanently
Theoretically YES but in reality an expat is coming from a fairly rich Nation North--northwest while an Immigrant Comes from the African or Asian continent or from Southern Europe
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I myself got emigrated by my uncle in Gêneva --- Mum was Swiss -- my Accent was horrible but I was best in School in German language
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