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11. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

I am Canadian, and Canada is home. I haven't really every expatrioted yet, but I have spent a significant amount of time temporarily living in the United States (see footnote). I would like to try and live somewhere other than Canada. I have been seriously thinking about the topic recently. Being in IT I believe I have pretty transferable skills, just a matter of figuring out where to go, getting the job and doing it.

It's a good question about the "transplanting of culture and ways to another part of the world." I know a few people in expat life, and some of them end up living a North American lifestyle somewhere else (this seems to be a very significant occurance for people to move to the middle-east). I would want to try and avoid that as much as I could were I to move. Though, I will admit when travelling to have taken some comfort in going into a McDonalds or shopping mall to get a dose of Canadian life.

Greg

Footnote: Though I have lived for periods of up to 2 years in the United States, I don't consider it expat living because:
(a) It's not that different than Canada
(b) It was a very non-permanent move
(c) I had the option to fly home every weekend, I just didn't take it.

The closest I came to being an expat was attempting to move to Denver permanently, but that fell through when the tech-bubble crashed.

12. Posted by noemagosa (Full Member 355 posts) 11y

I'm happy to read that I'm not the only one confused and confusing!

Now, I couldn't see the difference between what is being an immigrant and an expatriate... Well I checked the dictionnary...

immigrant n. A person who leaves one country and settles in another.

expatriate n. A person who has taken up residence in another country.

So what I guess it means is that an immigrant is permanently settling in a different country, while the expatriate is there for a while? Then does that mean I will always be an expatriate?

13. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

If you hold a passport from one country, and are considered to be a citizen of that country ... at the same time, you have taken up residence in another country, then you would be considered to be an "expat"

14. Posted by noemagosa (Full Member 355 posts) 11y

Quoting Wocca

If you hold a passport from one country, and are considered to be a citizen of that country ... at the same time, you have taken up residence in another country, then you would be considered to be an "expat"

And what happends if you hold passports for 3 different countries?

15. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting noemagosa

And what happends if you hold passports for 3 different countries?

You become a very confused person. Or, can hide from the authorities more easily than us with only one passport.

16. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

It means you get to choose which one gives you the best discounts when applying for visas in some other countries (e.g.India)

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