One of the definitions I found stated that an 'immigrant' was a person moving to another country to better their life, which would suggest that said person's life was pretty poor in their native country. There are many reasons why Europeans (or white people) decide to live in Thailand, but they are not generally leaving a destitute life for riches in the 'Land of Smiles'.
Bamboo Grove wrote:Agreed, but not everyone has arrived in Thailand looking for more money as there are other things in life as well that make one's life easier and better in Thailand, for example lower living costs when you are not earning that much any more. But not everyone is after more money when they want to improve their lot, certainly wasn't the case with me.
migrant wrote:To me immigrant brings someone getting citizenship, even though the direct description may say other. Mrs m was a immigrant to the USA, my parents were immigrants also. I don't believe I will ever become a Thai citizen.
An expatriate (often shortened to expat) is a person temporarily or permanently residing, as an immigrant, in a country other than that of their citizenship.
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