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Question:? What is an \"Expat\"?



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« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2009, 11:05:37 PM »

An expatriate (in abbreviated form, expat) is a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country and culture other than that of the person\'s upbringing or legal residence. The word comes from the Latin ex (out of) and patria (country, motherland).

The term is often used in the context of Westerners living in non-Western countries, although it is also used to describe Westerners living in other Western countries, such as Americans living in the United Kingdom, or Britons living in Spain. It may also reasonably refer to Japanese living, for example, in New York City. The key determinant would seem to be cultural/socioeconomic and causation.

In the 19th century, Americans, numbering perhaps in the thousands, were drawn to Europe—especially to Munich and Paris—to study the art of painting. Henry James was a famous expatriate American writer from the 1870s, who adopted England as his home.

In business, the term expatriate is often used for professionals sent abroad by their companies, as opposed to locally hired staff (who can also be foreigners).

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