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Why are white people expats when the rest of us are immigrants?

Surely any person going to work outside home countries is an refugee? But no, the word alone applies to white people

In the lexicon of human migration there are still hierarchical paroles, created with the purpose of putting white people above everyone else. One of those remnants is the word expat.

What is an expat? And who is an expat? Harmonizing to Wikipedia, an expatriate( often decreased to expat) is a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country other than that of the person or persons upbringing. The command comes from the Latin terms ex( out of) and patria( country, fatherland ).

Defined that lane, you should expect that any person going to work outside of his or her country for a given period would be an expat, regardless of his skin colour or country. But that is not the case in reality; expat is a term reserved exclusively for western white people going to work abroad.

Africans are immigrants. Arabs are immigrants. Asians are immigrants. Nonetheless, Europeans are expats because they cant is currently under the same degree as other ethnicities. They are superior. Immigrants is a period set aside for inferior races.

Dont take my parole for it. The Wall Street Journal, the leading financial information publication in the world, has a blog dedicated to the life of expats and recently they boasted a legend Who is an expat, regardless ?. Here are the main conclusions: Some reachings are described as expats; others as immigrants; and some simply as moves. It are dependent upon social class, country of origin and economic status. Its strange to hear some people in Hong Kong described as expats, but not others. Anyone with seeds in a western country is considered an expat Filipino domestic helpers are just patrons, even if theyve been here for decades. Mandarin-speaking mainland Chinese are rarely regarded as expats Its a doubled touchstone woven into official policy.

The reality is the same in Africa and Europe. Top African professionals going to work in Europe are not considered expats. They are immigrants. Period. I work for multinational organisations both in the private and public sectors. And being pitch-black or coloured doesnt income me the call expat. Im a highly qualified immigrant, as they announce me, to be political correctness, supposes an African migrant worker.

Most white people deny that they experience special privileges of a racist method. And why not? But its own responsibilities is to point out and to reject them these advantages, directly related to an outdated supremacist ideology. If you understand those expats in Africa, call them immigrants like everyone else. If that hurts their white supremacy, they can jump in the air and stay there. The political deconstruction of this outdated worldview should be pursued.

Mawuna Remarque Koutonin is the journalist of SiliconAfrica.com, where this blog was firstly published. Follow @siliconafrica on Twitter.

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