The labels continues as you grow older, it never ends. Even when you die, you're being labelled, we need labels to describe people, to judge people, to make ourselves feel better about who we are.
Lately, I've been seeing a lot of different articles and posts here and there discussing the difference between immigrants and expatriates, but not only that, they started mixing race into it. So, according to different articles, whites call themselves expats and everyone else is an immigrant? I had to laugh when I read it, and honestly I can't even remember where I read it. I wasn't going to write about it, so I didn't take notice. What I didn't realize is that, it was something that would keep coming back to me (in my head) and then I kept reading more and more articles around the same lines.
Let's take Paul, for example, he is English and has never denied being an immigrant. At some point he made a decision that he wanted to move here and stay. So, here is what I think about it. Being zebra color, green, pink or rainbow has got absolutely nothing to do with whether you are an expat or an immigrant. I for once never thought of myself as an immigrant, simply for the fact that I never left my home country to stay permanently in one set place. I left for a year, which extended for another, then moved countries for a couple of years and so on. Am I an immigrant now? I guess, I have dual citizenship and I live in my chosen country. Is it permanent? I don't know. What if I move from here to another country, for let's say 2 years? Will my "label" change from immigrant to expat again or will I be an immigrant/expat? And what if I give up my Brazilian citizenship and then move back to Brazil, since I am an American citizen, will I be an immigrant in my home country? Or an expat?
These are words, that according to the dictionary mean:
Immigrant: A noun,
Expatriate: A noun, a person who lives in another country or an expatriated person. An adjective, resident in a foreign country.
Why do we need to bring more labels and race into the mix?