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Old 19.03.2015, 13:35
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Re: Expat vs. Immigrant

In social sciences, there is only migration study. In the field, the term migrants refer to any person who moves. This does not have a negative tone. And this includes expatriates. Presumably expatriate refers to skilled migrants as the term usually refers to those who move due to job or (mainly multinational/transnational) company transfers, then the term skilled migrants are often used in the study.
The negative tone of immigrant depends on the case being studied or the local context where the subject is being discussed.
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