Strictly speaking, yes I am an expatriate, but I cringe when I am referred to as an “expat” — the colloquial shortened form of the word. I am not quite sure why this is. It could be that I do not like to be associated with some of the negative connotations that have come to be associated with several “ex-pat” communities; or if I know consider myself to be a proper European who can live anywhere in Europe — or something else entirely.
Yes, I was born in the UK, raised in the UK, and still have a UK passport. My coloring and skin type is most definitely English, as is my language. However, now I have moved here and have little or no intentions of returning to the UK to live I think I am evolving into something else — something more than an expat!
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