Repatriation vs reputation

Repatriation and reputation are two words that somewhat close in spelling and pronunciation, and are sometimes confused. We will examine the definitions of repatriation and reputation, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences.

Repatriation means to return someone or something to its home country. This is a controversial subject in many countries, as refugees challenge the ability of authorities to cope with their situations. Immigration occurs for many reasons, including ethnic violence, politics, economic necessity or natural disaster. Many asylum seekers flee terrible situations full of conflict. The vast numbers of displaced people who are emigrating from their country of origin have reached a crisis point in many places, with immigrants from abroad asking for refuge, resettlement and even citizenship. Many displaced persons are often placed in temporary refugee camps. Some are repatriated overseas, deported or forced to leave. Repatriation is also a financial term, which means to bring back money to the home country of a corporation. Many firms store their revenue offshore or in a foreign country, in order to avoid taxation on their earnings. Usually, if a company wishes to convert its money back into the currency of its home country, a repatriation tax is incurred. A country may allow a tax holiday, or suspension of this repatriation tax, as an incentive for bringing the cash back to the home country. The word repatriate is derived from the Latin word reparationem, meaning return to one’s home country. Related words are repatriate, repatriates, repatriated, repatriating.

A reputation is the set of opinions that most people believe about something or someone, the characteristics that most people may agree apply to something or someone. Someone who is perceived as credible, trusted, valuable, talented or industrious has a good reputation. Someone who gives the impression of being lazy, untruthful, crass or banal has a bad reputation. Making a mistake does not necessarily result in a tarnished reputation, communication and restitution can restore one’s reputation. The business reputation that a company has is important. An online reputation is valuable to the company’s bottom line. Branding by an online reputation management team is often used for public relations, and to counteract attacks on a company’s reputation such as a disgruntled employee posting defamatory information on social media. The word reputation is derived from the Latin word reputationem, which means reflection upon or thinking over. Related words are repute, reputes, reputed, reputing.


According to a UNHCR planning summary of the management and repatriation policy 2018, there was a decrease in the number of returning refugees between 2015 and 2016 – the same years when a relative resurgence of terrorist attacks was experienced in Afghanistan. (The Express Tribune)

Myanmar on Friday welcomed the Bangladeshi government’s plan to begin the long-delayed process of repatriating Rohingya refugees back to Rakhine State in the near future. (The South China Morning Post)

Apple is the only one of the four that pays a dividend (1.5 percent) and it will probably bring home from overseas more than $100 billion at the special 15.5 percent reparation tax rate this year. (The Winston-Salem Journal)

Discount grocer Aldi hopes to fill more than 1,000 store associate positions during a hiring blitz this week, and its reputation as a good place to work, especially for women, may give it a competitive edge in a tight market that has retailers struggling to find enough employees. (The Business Journals)

Amazon’s reputation fell in all of the categories measured by the survey, but it was hit especially hard with regards to citizenship — essentially, how it gives back to its community — and how it treats its workers. (The Business Insider)


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