Expat, refugee, migrant: how do we name the people who leave their home country?
Over the past two decades, immigration flows have become more diverse in Italy and in other countries.
Refugee as ‘a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster’, and migrant as ‘a person who moves from one place to another in order to find work or better living conditions’.
Short for expatriate and used to refer to ‘a person who lives outside their native country’, it seems close in meaning to the term immigrant. It can also be interfered that expat is more commonly used for people from richer, English-speaking countries