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In the European Union, "extracomunitarian" (i.e., from outside the European Community) 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]

The term is no longer in use, since the 2009 Lisbon Treaty unified the legal personality of the European Union with the former European Communities, which today no longer exist. It has been replaced by the terms "non EU citizens" or "third country nationals".


  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. 


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