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Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2022 1:00pm
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I am at a loss to know the difference. Maybe the inventor of the expat title felt it sounded better than what we are … immigrants. Just my opinion.

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Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2022 1:26pm

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Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2022 1:26pm

Age old question covered many times here and in other places. 

You pays your money and takes your choice. 

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Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2022 1:53pm

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Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2022 1:53pm

Pensionista wrote on Sun Jan 23, 2022 1:00pm:

I am at a loss to know the difference. Maybe the inventor of the expat title felt it sounded better than what we are … immigrants. Just my opinion.

A Quote from an Internet site    

"The key difference between the two boils down to their intentions in residing within a foreign country and possibly the length of their stay in that foreign country. An immigrant intends to stay indefinitely, while an expat has no clear timeline as to how long their stay will be"

Steve 

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Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2022 3:03pm

For my money I prefer the term immigrant.Ex-Pat conjures up too many negative images of golf clubs,God Save the Queen and being superior to foreigners.Just my opinion.

Lancelot

Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2022 5:15pm

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Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2022 5:15pm

have you looked in a dictionary?

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Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2022 7:51pm

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Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2022 7:51pm

tebo53 wrote on Sun Jan 23, 2022 1:53pm:

A Quote from an Internet site    

"The key difference between the two boils down to their intentions in residing within a foreign country and possibly the length of their stay in that foreign country. An immigrant intends to stay indefinitely, while an expat has no clear timeline as to how long their stay will be"
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Steve 

According to that definition many who would term themselves immigrants are in fact unknowingly expats!

Honestly though they are just words with no legal meaning so for all intents and purposes are totally  interchangeable.

Boca J

Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2022 8:09pm

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Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2022 8:09pm

DUI wrote on Sun Jan 23, 2022 3:03pm:

For my money I prefer the term immigrant.Ex-Pat conjures up too many negative images of golf clubs,God Save the Queen and being superior to foreigners.Just my opinion.

Spot on, expat is an idiotic term used by idiotic snobs.

Lancelot

Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2022 8:37pm

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Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2022 8:37pm

Boca J wrote on Sun Jan 23, 2022 8:09pm:

Spot on, expat is an idiotic term used by idiotic snobs.

Spain refers to us as foreigners which is, after all, what we are, unless we apply for citizenship which many/ most don't.

Sangrientos extranjeros starts to sound very English and makes us feel at home :)

TP20

Posted: Mon Jan 24, 2022 9:22am

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Posted: Mon Jan 24, 2022 9:22am

Lancelot wrote on Sun Jan 23, 2022 8:37pm:

Spain refers to us as foreigners which is, after all, what we are, unless we apply for citizenship which many/ most don't.

Sangrientos extranjeros starts to sound very English and makes us feel at home :)

The Spanish have a derogatory term for us and it's not foreigners.

Villas

Posted: Mon Jan 24, 2022 9:30am

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Posted: Mon Jan 24, 2022 9:30am

TP20 wrote on Mon Jan 24, 2022 9:22am:

The Spanish have a derogatory term for us and it's not foreigners.

"guiris" [plu] (not necessarily derogatory):

[Persona que visita un país extranjero, especialmente si es turista.]

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