Saturday, March 14, 2015

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


Immigration has a racial code all of its own.  For example, when used in the United States, "illegal aliens" is often used to refer to immigrants from Mexico.  I have to say that I never connected the term "expats" with white people but, as explained by Mawuna Remarque Koutonin, the editor of, it makes sense. 

Koutonin writes that "Africans are immigrants. Arabs are immigrants. Asians are immigrants. However, Europeans are expats because they can’t be at the same level as other ethnicities. They are superior. Immigrants is a term set aside for ‘inferior races’. Don’t take my word for it. The Wall Street Journal, the leading financial information magazine in the world, has a blog dedicated to the life of expats and recently they featured a story ‘Who is an expat, anyway?’."


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