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Encyclopedia > Emigres

Émigré is a French term that literally refers to a person who has "migrated out," but often carries a connotation of politico-social self-exile.

In historical context, the word may particularly refer to:

  1. A French refugee, often aristocratic, who fled the Revolution of 1789 and its aftermath
  2. A White Russian, who fled the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 and its aftermath

Whereas emigrants have likely chosen to leave one place and become immigrants in a different clime, not usually expecting to return, émigrés see exile as a temporary expedient forced on them by political circumstances. Émigré circles often arouse suspicion as breeding-grounds for plots and counter-revolution.

See also: refugee, deportee

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Emigrés Caught Between Bush and Castro - by Dalia Acosta (1123 words)
Many of the more than 500 moderate Cuban emigrés taking part in the third Nation and Emigration Conference, hosted by the Cuban government over the weekend, joined in when "Cuba va," one of the songs traditionally sung at gatherings to "reaffirm" this country's socialist revolution, was intoned.
One of the main concerns of emigrés in the decade of the 1990s was their right to retain their Cuban nationality and identify themselves as Cubans regardless of where they were living.
The embargo and Bush's "brutal" measures are the main obstacle to the full normalization of relations between the Cuban state and the community of emigrés, said the minister at the closing of the conference.
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