There are Expatriate colonies all over the planet, from small to large, groups of Foreigners who talk together. The word Expat or Expatriate annoys many world travelers because it alludes to not being a patriot to ones home country, while most expats are very connected to their home country, and seldom, really never forfeit our passports. Maybe we establish residency for banking or work reasons, and retain all fallback to safety measures.
The founder of HoboTraveler.com has lived in 90 plus countries, (Andy Graham).
This page is where we have 100 Cities for Expats listed, members of the Hobo Network can log into any of them.
100 Expat Cities
Thanks, Andy Graham
Interesting survey done by HSBC bank, interesting insights, but I would not say it means much.Read
In its broadest sense, an expatriate is any person living in a different country from where he or she is a citizen. In common usage, the term is often used in the context of professionals sent abroad by their companies, as opposed to locally hired staff (who can also be foreigners). The differentiation found in common usage usually comes down to socio-economic factors, so skilled professionals working in another country are described as expatriates, whereas a manual labourer who has moved to another country to earn more money might be labelled an 'immigrant'. There is no set definition and usage does vary depending on context and individual preferences and prejudices.
In the 19th century, Americans, numbering perhaps in the thousands, were drawn to Europe—especially to Munich and Paris—to study the art of painting. Henry James, for instance, was a famous expatriate American writer from the 1870s, who adopted England as his home.
The term 'expatriate' in some countries also has a legal context used for tax purposes. An expatriate living in a country can receive a favorable tax treatment. In this context a person can only be an expatriate if they move to a country other than their own to work with the intent of returning to their home country within a period of no more than 5 fiscal years. This number of years can vary per tax jurisdiction, but 5 years is the most commonly used maximum period.
Expatriate is sometimes also spelled 'ex-patriot.'
MatthewJones from wrote 1 comment
I am looking to being an expatriot hopefully quite soon. I am rather sick of this soggy over-crowded country and hope to move the French Rivera, where I can do nothing but lie on the beach and comment on hobotraveller articles and read sites like visa permits.
HiteClay from wrote 1 comment
Living abroad is grand!