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Old 20.03.2015, 09:55
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Re: Expat vs. Immigrant

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Since most of the people in this forum have moved to Switzerland from somewhere else, you are in a better position than me to define the difference. As far as I'm concerned, an expat is someone who merely lives abroad while an immigrant actually goes through the steps to become a citizen of the country they are living in.
A citizenship is only a piece of paper made by the government, and is about as meaningless as all the other pieces of paper governments make. It doesn't say anything about that person's attitudes, allegiances or why they chose (or were forced) to become a citizen.

According to the above logic, if I were to go an a two day vacation to New York with Boris Johnson, he'd be an immigrant and I'd be an expat.
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