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I once irritated a good friend, when I referred to us both as ”migrants“. “I am an expat”, she corrected me. Then a different person told me: ”I rather think I am not an expat, I would say I am a global professional“.

The two people come from the same country, live in the same foreign city now, and work in almost identical jobs. That made me think again about how diverse the terminology is, at both official and private levels. Have you been experiencing that too?  


I would like to collect some personal views on the terms - including yours - and share the results with you.

So, the following question is being published here on SmallBigChange.com and via the Internations.org global forum, the answers will be summarized, and the summary published on both websites in December 2012.


What would you call yourself when living abroad, and why?

Have you ever lived outside the country of your origin? Would you like to share your views?


Please think of the word(s) that come to your mind naturally. You can choose one or several of the terms below, as well as suggest another one.

I think I am (was):

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Other terms I suggest:

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Why do you think the chosen term(s) fit you best?

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The official definitions of the related terms differ if you check English dictionaries (e.g. Oxford); glossaries of relevant institutions (e.g. IOM - International Organization for Migration or the European Commission); websites of global networks (such as Internations) and other referral points.

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