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second-class citizen

a citizen, especially a member of a minority group, who is denied the social, political, and economic benefits of citizenship.
a person who is not accorded a fair share of respect, recognition, or consideration:
The boss treats us all like second-class citizens. Unabridged
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  • Nothing really serious, but he would be naturally expected to be a second-class citizen—or below.

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  • Amongst us he is looked upon almost as a second-class citizen compared with the other two.

British Dictionary definitions for second-class citizen

second-class citizen

a person whose rights and opportunities are treated as less important than those of other people in the same society
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