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I HATE the word expat. Just say immigrant like, what.
More specifically, I hate white people using the word expat, bcs they're literally going to say "immigrant" for poc and "expat" for white people. Yikes.
I correct people whenever they call me an expat like no sir, that ain't me.
Ofc if poc want to use expat for themselves I understand it's more complex, but in general I would just scrap that word away entirely, make people uncomfortable & just say immigrant all the time & watch them squirm.

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Immigrant is for others coming in your country. Expat is for your community that goes away. Is the same of emigrant. In my opinion.
Yes, technically "immigrant" is coming in, whereas "expat" and "emigrant" is coming out. But in practice it's used a lot to put people in good (white, rich) vs bad (poor, poc) immigrant cases. Also, see this toot on how using these different words emphases the importance of countries differently: