Expatriate French voters queue in Lausanne, Switzerland for the first round of the presidential election of 2007

An expatriate (often shortened to expat) is a person who resides outside their native country.[1] In common usage, the term often refers to educated professionals, skilled workers, or artists taking positions outside their home country, either independently or sent abroad by their employers.[2] However, the term 'expatriate' is also used for retirees and others who have chosen to live outside their native country. Historically, it has also referred to exiles.[3]

Expatriates are immigrants or emigrants who maintain cultural ties such as the language of their country of origin.[clarification needed]

  1. ^ "expatriate | Definition of expatriate in English by Oxford Dictionaries". Oxford Dictionaries | English. Archived from the original on 11 February 2017. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  2. ^ Castree, Noel; Rob Kitchen; Alisdair Rogers (25 April 2013). A Dictionary of Human Geography (1 ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199599868.
  3. ^ "Definition of expatriate in English". Oxford Dictionaries. Oxford University Press. 2017. Archived from the original on 11 February 2017.

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