Is it correct to say "to go abroad on permanent accommodation"? It doesn't sound right to me. What's the right way to say that?

My pupil has written "some people go abroad on permanent accommodation". I assume he means that the people don't come back to their home country but become residents of other countries.

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    That depends on what you're trying to say. (In other words, I'm having trouble understanding your question. Could you please clarify?) – Marthaª Apr 13 '11 at 19:44
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    Right, I agree with Martha. Could you clarify what accomodation means in your question title? – Uticensis Apr 13 '11 at 19:51
  • My pupil has written: "some people go abroad on permanent accomodation". I assume, he means that the people don't come back to their home country but become residents of other countries. – Valentina Apr 13 '11 at 19:55

I have certainly heard go abroad on permanent vacation. Is that what you meant to say? Someone on permanent vacation is most likely living large on an island, enjoying vast sums of wealth away from prying eyes. Going [abroad] on permanent vacation may also be used as a euphemism for emigrating.


"settle abroad" is also quite a popular phrase.


To move to another country permanently is "to emigrate" eg. "I'm emigrating to Australia"

  • +1; "Emigrate" also has some implications with regards to citizenship. – MrHen Apr 13 '11 at 20:23

I am having a little trouble understanding the meaning but I would try:

I am living abroad.

I will be living abroad.

I am about to live abroad.

  • These three options don't have the feeling of permanence associated with them. – apoorv020 Apr 13 '11 at 20:14
  • @apoorv: "Living" is more commonly associated with "this is where I will be living until further notice." Other examples: He is living with his parents; I live with my spouse; I live in Texas; I will be living in Canada. – MrHen Apr 13 '11 at 20:20
  • But abroad is rooted to your home country, contrasting with the meaning of "live" which carries a sense of permanence. So I tend to view it as you are "living abroad for the foreseeable future, but will be back". – apoorv020 Apr 13 '11 at 20:25
  • I guess I respectfully disagree. The differences between what you see and what I see are too nuanced to go at it in the comments. In my opinion, "live" works just fine. – MrHen Apr 13 '11 at 20:32

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