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Old 10.10.2009, 19:40
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Re: List of countries by immigrant population

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Isn't that the difference between expats, who go to another country for work-related reasons and may or may not stay, and immigrants, who leave their country of origin - and who generally do not return.
That's how I see it but like DB, I don't think immigrants should be tagged as desperate. When I came here the first time I came for a few years and saw myself as an expat. When I came here the second time I came with the intention of staying permanently and now see myself as an immigrant. But it was my free choice.
There can be a big difference psychologically between seeing yourself as an expat and seeing yourself as an immigrant and it can work itself into your attitudes and behaviour. it certainly has in my case. I think sometimes that goes someway to explaining the diversity of viewpoints on Swiss life expressed on this forum from foreigners living here.
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