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In the lexicon of human migration there still exist hierarchical words, created with the purpose of putting white people above everyone else. One of those is the word “expatriate”. An expatriate (often shortened to expat) is a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country other than that of the person’s upbringing. The word comes from the Latin terms ex (‘out of’) and patria (‘country, fatherland’). The word expat is loaded and carries many connotations, preconceptions and assumptions about class, education and privilege.


The word expatriate should be avoided because of its implications regarding class, race, and privilege. Instead, we should use whichever term applies best to the situation, typically Immigrant or Migrant.

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