British emigrants… October 7, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
An interesting piece in Prospect recently written by a British expatriate, Giles Tremlett, in Madrid. He makes the point that Britain is the world’s eight biggest exporter of migrants, and the EU’s largest. Some 8 per cent of the UK population live abroad. Compare and contrast with Spaniards and Pakistanis of whom only 3 per cent of their population live abroad.
He makes a further point:
Children have been born and raised, businesses founded and careers launched not he basis that Britain would remain inside the EU.
It’s a very striking thought because this is of true of Irish who have gone to the UK or elsewhere inside the EU as it is of British expatriates who have left the UK.
As is this:
We [the 1.2m Britons living in the EU] are the reverse side of the coin that bears the Polish plumber’s face on its front. Logic dictates that everything that happens to him in the future must also happen to us…
And here’s another:
The popular view is that we [expatriates] are mostly sun tanned, gin and tonic swigging retirees, but that figure is false. the vast majority are workers, – mostly well-qualified business people, academics, teachers and engineers, but also plumbers, hairdressers and barmen.