(Another) 12 types of expats.
May 29, 2020
“The loneliness of the expatriate is of an odd and complicated kind, for it is inseparable from the feeling of being free, of having escaped.” — Adam Gopnik
“The Cultural Chameleon tries to blend into her new country by going native—sometimes to a ridiculous extent.
The Greener Pastures Expat
If you’re someone who is typically out and about when you travel, you’ve certainly met a few “greener pasture” expats. These are the folks who left their homelands for, well, greener pastures. They believe they can have a better quality of life in other countries, possibly due to stress, financial reasons or something else. ....
Adventurers are similar to greener pastures expats. Since many of these labels don’t exclude someone from being in more than one, you could say that a foreign recruit is an adventurer, of sorts, just as a traveling spouse could be, or a student. It all depends on how you look at it. But, in our case, an adventurer is a thrill-seeker. ....
The Career Expat
Laptops. Cellphones. Coffee. These are the staples of the career expat, who moved to a new country to find a job or start their own company. Unlike the foreign recruit, they weren’t invited to come to a country and work. Instead, they saw the opportunity to start a new life and packed up their bags to go do it. .....
The “Back to My Roots” Expat
Some people end up being raised in a country that is different than that of their forefathers (or mothers). Perhaps a family left Nazi Germany and went to Argentina to escape persecution. Maybe your grandmother was a diplomat and moved from England to China....