I see it all the time in various newspaper online comment sections of British papers
People who move to the UK but we'll say Ireland for my thread are immigrants
Brits who move abroad call themselves ex-pats
Now it was my understanding that ex-pat was a person in a permanent job, like you are an engineer in Ireland and your company sends you to maybe Canada for a few years on some big project
But many of the commenters seem to have just moved away permanently or maybe retired like to the south of Spain.
Now if I headed off to Australia or wherever to look for employment, I'm an immigrant in Australia. That's me, that's the term. I emigrate and I immigrate.
Is immigrant a dirty word? Why do many insist on being called ex-pats?
And just wondering if you moved to a new country would this be something you think of or is this maybe for class conscious people? I think it might be class
Just asking would you insist on calling yourself a certain way. Not the kind of thing that would come up in every day conversation but maybe on a message board.
Not sure if this will get a debate, just something I've been wondering
I just see commenters on message boards have some sort of set rule and I'd like to learn more