After months of discussion we decided that Andrew should apply for a position and see what happened, and we would take it from there. It went back and forth for a few months with his company and finally everything seemed to fall into place for us to move to The Netherlands.
During that time, one of my coworkers asked me if I would be considered an 'expat'. I, having never heard that term before, replied that I had no idea! So, I looked it up!
An expatriate (sometimes shortened to expat) is a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country other than that of the person's upbringing. The word comes from the Latin terms ex ("out of") and patria ("country, fatherland").
In common usage, the term is often used in the context of professionals or skilled workers sent abroad by their companies, rather than for all 'immigrants' or 'migrant workers'. The differentiation found in common usage usually comes down to socio-economic factors, so skilledprofessionals working in another country are described as expatriates, whereas a manual labourer who has moved to another country to earn more money might be labelled an 'immigrant' or 'migrant worker'.
There is no set definition and usage varies with context, for example the same person may be seen as an "expatriate" by his home country and a "migrant worker" where he works. Retirement abroad, in contrast, usually makes one an "expatriate".
By definition, I am an expat. As my friend has told me, I have been blessed to now be able to call two countries "home"!!!