Q & A – What is the difference between an “inpatriate” and an “expatriate”?

Q. What is the difference between an “inpatriate” and an “expatriate”?

A. An inpatriate is a foreign employee brought in to work in the headquarters location. They may be either third country national or local-country national from foreign locations. An expatriate is an employee who works and lives in a country other that that of their national origin. A more common and preferred term to use is assignee, whether talking about an expatriate or inpatriate.