Why are white people expats when the rest of us are immigrants?

Surely any person going to work outside their country is an expatriate? But no, the word exclusively applies to white people

Source: www.theguardian.com

 

Y’all, this is the first I’ve heard of the word ‘expat / expatriate’ being applied to only White people.

 

Would you say this is true?

 

PS – Thank you to anonymous for sharing this article 😉