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Moving to and living in a different country - thesaurus

Synonyms

non-dom

noun

British a person who lives in the UK but is not legally domiciled (= having the UK as their permanent home) there. Non-doms pay income tax on what they earn in the UK, but not on money they earn from other countries..

immigration

noun

the process in which people enter a country in order to live there permanently

asylum

noun

the right to stay in a country, given by a government to protect someone who has escaped from war or political trouble in their own country

exile

noun

someone who has been forced to live in a foreign country because they cannot live in their own country, usually for political reasons

residence

noun

the legal right to live in a country that is not your own

refugee

noun

someone who leaves their country, especially during a war or other threatening event

immigrant

noun

someone who comes to live in a country from another country

expatriate

noun

someone who lives in a country that is not their own country

migrant

adjective

a migrant person or animal is one that travels to a different place or country in order to stay there

emigrant

noun

someone who leaves their country in order to live in another country. They are known in their new country as an immigrant.

balikbayan

noun

Philippine English a Filipino who is visiting or returning to live in the Philippines after living somewhere else

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accommodation centre

noun

British a place where people who have entered a country without first getting permission live until officials decide whether or not they can live in the country permanently

adopted

adjective

someone’s adopted country is the country they have chosen to live in and not the one they were born in

alien

noun

mainly American someone who is not a citizen of the country they are living in

asylum seeker

noun

someone who has to leave their own country because they are in danger and who arrives in another country and asks to be allowed to live there

boat people

noun

people who arrive by boat in a country where they hope they will be allowed to live after escaping from their own country

colonist

noun

one of the people who establish a colony, or who go to live in it

depopulation

noun

a situation in which many people leave a place in order to live somewhere else

deportee

noun

formal someone who is sent out of a country that is not their own country, usually because they do not have a legal right to be there

diaspora

noun

formal the movement of a large group of people from their home country to other countries in the world

displaced person

noun

someone who has been forced to leave their own country and live somewhere else, for example because there is a war in their own country

displacement

noun

a situation in which a person is forced to leave their own country and go somewhere else to live

economic migrant

noun

someone who goes to a new country because living conditions or opportunities for jobs are not good in their own country. This word is used by governments to show that a person is not considered a refugee (=someone who has been forced to leave their country for political reasons).

émigré

noun

someone who has left their country in order to live somewhere else, especially because they disagree with their country’s political system

exile

noun

a situation in which you are forced to live in a foreign country because you cannot live in your own country, usually for political reasons

expat

noun

informal an expatriate

first generation

noun

the generation of people who were the first from their country to go and live in another country

foreign-returned

adjective

Indian English someone who is foreign-returned has returned to live in India after living in a foreign country, usually because they have studied or worked there

illegal

noun

informal an illegal immigrant

illegal immigrant

noun

someone who enters a country illegally, or who stays for a longer time than they are legally allowed

immigration

noun

relating to immigration and the rules that control it

immigration

noun

tourism the place, for example at an airport, where you show your passport and are officially allowed into a country. You go through immigration when you do this.

incomer

noun

British someone who comes to live in a place

migrant

noun

someone who travels to another place or country in order to find work

naturalise

a British spelling of naturalize

naturalize

verb

to allow someone who was not born in a particular country to become an official citizen of that country

pioneer

noun

one of the first people to travel to a new country and start living there, especially one of the first Europeans to start living in North America

residency

noun

the legal right to live in a country that is not your own

resident alien

noun

American someone from another country who has legal permission to live in the US

right of abode

noun

official permission to live in a country

safe haven

noun

protection given by a country to someone from another country who is in danger because of a war or other serious problems in their own country

second-generation

adjective

used for describing someone who was born in the country that they live in but whose parents were not born there

settlement

noun

a place where people have come to live permanently, usually when there were very few people living there before

settlement

noun

the process of going to live in a place with few people and starting to make it into a community

settler

noun

someone who goes to live in a place where not many people live, and starts to make it into a community

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hygge

a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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sofar

a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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