I am not a big fan of the word expat or expatriate. In fact I’d probably been living in England for about 2 years before it occurred that the word even applied to me . I consider myself to be a Canadian living abroad. I feel expat indicates that I am somehow an exCanadian because I live in a different country, which of course isn’t true.
When looking at the actual definition and origins, of the word expat, it doesn’t seem so offensive but my original reaction to the word means it isn’t the most positive of words for me. So applying the expat title to myself is never going to sit 100% comfortably with me.
In case you wanted to know more about the word epxat – As per Wikipedia: An expatriate (in abbreviated form, expat) is a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country and culture other than that of the person’s upbringing. The word comes from the Latin terms ex (“out of”) and patria (“country, fatherland”).
However despite my personal dislike of the word expat I am organizing the first gathering of the Canadian Expat Association in London. The CEA is a word wide organization to bring together the 2.8 million Canadians living abroad and to among other things give them a voice. If you are Canadian and in London on January 29th and fancy meeting some fellow country men for some drinks at The Porter house in Covent Garden please go here to RSVP: http://erly.com/user/michelle3/first-canadian-expat-association-gathering
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