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Old 14.04.2015, 10:29
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Re: Expat vs. Immigrant

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Expat and Immigrant are practically and basically synonyms , if it were not because they mean diferent things , expat comes from expatriate (ex=out+patria=country; expatria=out of country), meanwhile migration is the act of moving from a country to another one, be it im-(inward) or e-(outward).
But all expats are immigrants and all immigrants are expats.
Maybe not.

There has been migration long before there was a thing such a concept as a country. So migration can occur independently of country. Expat is defined by moving from one country to another.

So all expats are migrants but not all migrants are expats.

And sorry to Godwinize, but under the Nazi regime for example, a lot of people who didn't agree with what the Nazis were doing but who were unable to physically emmigrate went into what they called "innere emmigration", meaning some just went into passive protest mode and others tried to obstruct the system as much as possible without actually crossing any lines that would get them into trouble.
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