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tnstaec wrote (edited )

It's more about class, but race is a factor. If you're in some sort of professional position you're an "expat". If you're in a labor position you're not. The distinction is really supposed to be about duration of stay in a given country, but who do you think has and easier time leaving the host country?

EDIT: Really, we should say it's about country of origin rather than race. African-Americans or Asian Britons would universally be categorized as expat. Someone coming from a South American, African or Asian country would be far less likely to be called so.