Expat definition maze

Expat Since Birth

I was reading several blogs about expats, Third Culture Kids, Adult Third Culture Kids, Global Nomads and was wondering about the definitions of all these terms. An expat is “a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country and culture other than that of the person’s upbringing”. The “country and culture… of the person’s upbringing” isn’t necessarily the country or culture the parents come from. But in a strict sense, an expatriate is someone who “lives out of the fatherland” (ex-patria). It can be any person living in a different country from where he or she is a citizen from. I’m a german citizen who was born in Switzerland and grew up in Italy. – According to this definition, I am either an expat since birth or since the age of 18, when I left Italy to go to study in Switzerland. Assuming the latter case, what was I before?

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