In the European Union, "extracomunitarian" is a formally defined title that applies to all non-European Union citizens.[1] While this technically includes citizens of non-Third World nations as the United States, Australia, Canada, or Switzerland, the word is often overtoned to refer to migrants that legally or illegally enter Europe from developing countries,[2] and hence mostly used in reference to issues such as discrimination (and integration) of immigrants, migrant workers,[3] immigration laws, and multi-ethnic society.[4] Likewise, the word is sometimes used improperly to include foreign people that share some of the social conditions typical of extracomunitarian migrants, even when they are not technically extracomunitarian; the most typical case is that of Romani people from Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania or Slovakia, which are sometimes mistakenly labelled as "extracomunitarian" even by official sources such as the ANSA Italian news agency.[5] Due to its implications, and depending on context, the term may be used with derogatory intent, or perceived as derogatory.


  1. ^ Colatrella (2001), p. 96; see the text on Google Books
  2. ^ Colatrella (2001), pp. 97–100
  3. ^ Accidents at work in extracomunitarian workers 2002–2006
  4. ^ "European Commission EQUAL Initiative: Integration". Webgate.ec.europa.eu. Retrieved 24 April 2011. 
  5. ^ ANSA: Romeni, questi extracomunitari


  • Steven Colatrella (2001), Workers of the World: African and Asian migrants in Italy in the 1990s, Africa World Press