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Expat vs. Immigrant

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Can somebody tell me the difference between an expat and an immigrant?

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Old 04.11.2007, 20:09
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Re: Expat vs. Immigrant

I understand that an expat lives abroad temporarly and and immigrant permanently
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Old 04.11.2007, 20:12
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Re: Expat vs. Immigrant

Not entirely - an expat is some who moves abroad to live, regardless of duration. An immigrant is someone who moves into a country, also not limited by duration.

And there was me, looking at the title and hoping for some sort of celebrity deathmatch type of thing.
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Old 04.11.2007, 20:14
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Re: Expat vs. Immigrant

If you ask my dad (an immigrant), he would tell you that expat is the fancy new name for immigrant . And people from the country you left would call you emigrant.
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Old 04.11.2007, 20:16
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Re: Expat vs. Immigrant

Ok, so in the right sense then the people in my country call me an expat and the swiss call me an immigrant
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Old 04.11.2007, 21:40
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Re: Expat vs. Immigrant

Technically or semantically?
Immigrant has negative overtones compared to expat.

I'd say I'm a British expat but not an immigrant to Switzerland...
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Re: Expat vs. Immigrant

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Ok, so in the right sense then the people in my country call me an expat and the swiss call me an immigrant
Nah, the Swiss call you a crimiinal. Or a criminal in waiting if they haven't caught you actually doing anything wrong yet. But it is all the same, no? Just a matter of time...
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Re: Expat vs. Immigrant

I agree haha my father says the same, expats just sounds more positive and more fancy, but I agree that an immigrant is someone who plans on staying in the country he or she migrated to
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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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Re: Expat vs. Immigrant

it is really very simple.

expat: >120k
immigrant: <120k

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it is really very simple.

expat: >120k
immigrant: <120k


Don't bet on it.

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Re: Expat vs. Immigrant

Expat to the country I left - immigrant in Switzerland
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Are you an Expat or an Immigrant?

The Local tries to explain it all.. http://www.thelocal.de/20140617/are-...ant-in-germany
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Re: Are you an Expat or an Immigrant?

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.
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Old 19.10.2014, 17:58
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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...
+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.
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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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Re: Are you an Expat or an Immigrant?

I moved here as an ex-pat, as my company asked me to move, and I was on an ex-pat contract for 2 years, with the likelihood that the job would become a permanent move, but if we hated it there was the option to go back to the UK (although realistically, there was no way my position would have been reverted back to a UK position). I´ve now been here for over 5 years, buying an apartment soon (because it´s a heck of a lot cheaper than renting, and if work for myself or hubby went to complete crap we wouldn´t be completely screwed), and still working for the same company.


As I am no longer on an ex-pat contract does that make me no longer an ex-pat? Hubby was never on an ex-pat contract, so was he ever technically an ex-pat...


Will we stay here permanently - it´s possible, but who knows? Ex-pats, immigrants, or just living here? Either way we´re Ausländer, but are happy here, and I don´t think anyone hates us specifically (yet) :-)
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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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Re: Are you an Expat or an Immigrant?

i am also an adrianlondon (coining it)
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