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Conversation Starter: Expat or Immigrant?
Conversation starter for the week...
In your opinion and to your knowledge, what is the difference between being an expat vs being an immigrant in Portugal (or any other country)? .
Whilst i agreed with Steve. I feel as this is my home i am an immigrant and Expats just want a title so if Expats is the title they want so be it.
Really it's how you want to be defined.
Loved reading your response Steve, and it is funny how depending on where you come from things are looked at differently.
My father's family immigrated to Australia after WW2 to make a better life for themselves, similar to what "expats" do these days. They were white and reasonably well off so the could have possibly fitted easily into the "expat" category, but at the time, I doubt this term existed.
Perhaps being an expat is less permanent? An immigrant is a "forever"? Open to other ideas.
This is an interesting subject for me. For five years in the 80s i worked in the UK for an Australian company who owned a diamond mine in Guinea, West Africa. I was IPM-CPP Certified in Expatriate Contract Law. To us an Expatriate was a National of one country (in our case the UK, France or Belgium) but worked in another country for 183 or more days in the foreign country. This entitled them to tax free income in their home country. Expatriate comes from the Latin ex, ex- + Latin patria, native land.
I consider myself as an Immigrant because I have left my homeland and gone elsewhere permanently. I have done the same thing previously living in America for 14 years where I held an Immigration Card. Migrant and Immigrant both come from the Latin migrare to move from one place to another.
I don't know why I have two different fonts here?
Personally, I have always associated the term ex-pats with someone who has moved to another country but wishes to retain the same lifestyle that they enjoyed previously but in a better environment.
We moved to central Portugal to be 'Portuguese ' and we try not to emphasise the fact that we are British Citizens.
Therefore we consider ourselves immigrants and are proud to be members of a Portuguese village ?