Yesterday’s local elections in England saw the UK Independence Party (UKIP) win a remarkable 25% of the vote. Immigration is a key concern of many UKIP voters, including immigration from EU countries.
In 1978, I moved from the UK to Italy, where I lived until 2002. I’m pretty sure that, as viewed from the United Kingdom, I wasn’t a British “immigrant” in Italy but an “expatriate”. The same applies to all of the many Brits who now live in Spain or Tuscany or other parts of the European Union. Not to mention the US and the rest of the world.
So why are Brits in foreign lands “expats”, and foreigners moving to Britain “immigrants”?
By Marian Dougan