Why are white people expatriates when the rest of us are immigrants

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    Why are white people expatriates when the rest of us are immigrants
    Why are white people expats when the rest of us are immigrants? | Malawi Nyasa Times – Malawi breaking news in Malawi

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    Re: Why are white people expatriates when the rest of us are immigrant

    The British abroad: expats, not immigrants

    Ritwik Deo


    The British living abroad see themselves as expats rather than immigrants – but Indians in the UK don't get that choice

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    A retired British couple living in Costa Blanca, Spain.

    If you only read the British media, you would think there are no British immigrants anywhere in the world. Instead, there are only legions upon legions of expats.

    The word conjures up groups ripening in the sun on recliners by the pool, lounging in bars festooned with union flags, combing foreign supermarket aisles for Marmite and HP Sauce, and decrying bronzed natives and their lack of work ethic.

    For a year or two I fancied I was an expat myself. I came from India to study at St Andrews on a bursary. I mingled with classmates who had multiple passports, whose parents were expats in Zurich, Dubai, New York and Tokyo. But as I marvelled at the ease with which they glided into France, took trains in Croatia and made friends with Bedouins in Jordan, I was having protracted arguments with customs, who jabbed at my documents every time I tried to nip over to Ireland or France.

    Such treatment made me realise I would never been an expat – only an immigrant. It seems it's impossible to be an Indian expatriate. Even Lakshmi Mittal, the richest man in Britain, and an Indian passport holder, wouldn't dare to call himself an expat.

    So what is the difference? It seems expats have a special prerogative. It is an entitlement with far-reaching consequences. Not long ago, I won a free trip to the Caribbean. On my flight was a senior executive from a large London-listed company heading back to his tax-haven paradise in the Bahamas. He had been an expat for nearly 25 years. The Londoner loathed Britain and its tax regime. He foamed at the mouth and gesticulated wildly as he nursed a glass with fluctuating levels of scotch.

    I learned of his disgust at the dross pouring into his once-beloved country and the horrifying prospect of them benefiting from his tax money. I nodded gamely as he told me how he hated immigrants and wished they would all bugger off to where they came from. Then he leaned back, closed his eyes, clucked his tongue, and said: "It's a good thing we have tame natives in the Caribbean. None of that PC nonsense."

    The British in Spain number close to a million, and they positively abhor being called immigrants. The most common argument given by the expat community is that they contribute to the local economy, take nothing, and create jobs. They are not job-seeking flotsam and, after all, where would the Manuels and the Josés be without their money.

    The irony of complaining about immigrants in their own country while living the life of an expat escapes the British. I don't blame them. It is mere cognitive dissonance born out of centuries of dominion over large swaths of the world. From Delhi to Darfur, the correct way to drape a napkin on your knees or manipulate dinner cutlery was the British way. The Indian just off the plane at Heathrow, the Pakistani out for his maiden walk on Oxford Street, the Lithuanian finding his way around St Pancras are all too acutely aware that this is not their country. They must ingratiate themselves as soon as possible. Our expat has no such dislocations.

    Australia, Canada, America, New Zealand and scores of pins and flags on the world map were once firmly and exclusively Anglo-Saxon in identity. Not any more. The last few decades have seen planes and boats disgorge people of other, newer ethnicities, and they and their children have gained momentum in their adopted countries. In face of this rising demographic pressure there is an even more urgent need to distinguish themselves as British.

    Meanwhile, in France, the term immigré has negative connotations, almost always indicating either a clandestine or a Magrebhi. In Greece, being a metanastis is as good as being unwanted cargo from Africa. The term expatriate is a stamp of superiority and is reserved for those who have the right passport – and look the part.

    I, sadly, will never fit that mould.
    The British abroad: expats, not immigrants | Ritwik Deo | Comment is free | The Guardian
     
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    Re: Why are white people expatriates when the rest of us are immigrant

    When Prabha Arun Kumar was murdered walking back home in suburban Sydney, Australian media and websites condescended that 'she was trying to make a better life for her family back in India'.

    They conveniently forgot that Pralha was a professional woman on an assignment with an Indian tech company and that she was not in Australia because of a job offer by Australia. Further, Australian supercilious racial arrogance deviously forgot that she was desperate to return home to her daughter.

    She was from India and so the narrative deeply ingrained is that life much be terrible and it is only in the white world could she find her fortunes and be rid of her poverty - a narrative that is embedded in the White world psyche.

    It maybe mentioned that Valerie Wagoner started ZipDial in India to make her and her family's better, profitable and Satisfying. But then she was an 'expat', and not an 'immigrant', right?

    When wil the white world quit fooling themselves?

    Oh, when will they ever learn?
    Oh, when will they ever learn?
     
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    Re: Why are white people expatriates when the rest of us are immigrant

    Your moral outrage is not without merit, but understand this: most of the time a person of color goes to 'white' countries for a better life. This woman's case is an exception, but then again perceptions are often based upon repeated occurrences. Since most Indians abroad are workers, people are going to make that assumption every time a story about Indians pops up.
     
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    Re: Why are white people expatriates when the rest of us are immigrant

    That is not quite true that most go to 'white' countries go for a better life. They may go for better opportunities, I will concede.

    Quality of life and opportunity are two different things. And they always remain second class. Life without respect, beyond the cosmetic politically correct mish mash is hardly a psychological slave to the soul.

    An average middle class chap can afford servants, even if it is part time. In 'white' countries, he will have to fend for himself, slog and eat out of paper bags worthless packaged food, albeit fancily packed.

    In India, he can eat fresh food that will do wonders for health. I have seen many a Indian origin citizens of foreign country head straight for the market to buy a whole lot of fresh food and fruits and are horrified if we offer them tinned or packaged food.

    I could do on.

    Happiness is a comparative term.

    Or, at least, I remember the sanitary staff at Heathrow, made me feel sorry that they were women wearing shabby salwar and kameez, the land of origin unknown.

    And the whites who come and stay in India are, if I get your drift, are not here for a better life? What is William Dalrymple, Mark Tulley etc are here in India for? They are here to make their lives worse? They have lived here for years and are making their fortunes.
     
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