Friday 4 February 2011

Interesting Survey on British Attitudes Towards Immigrants

I wont go into my thoughts on all of this because it would result in a great deal of unreadable ramblings, but if you are an expat in the UK (and yes, even as an english speaking expat you technically ARE an immigrant) or are thinking of moving to the UK, or just want some good weekend dinner party conversation ammunition you might find this interesting:

Happy Reading and Happy Friday!


  1. Actually I'd love to hear your thoughts on this!

    I am a British immigrant in one of the less xenophobic European countries mentioned in the article, but even here, it is a major topic of conversation amongst other British expats.

    What is not made explicit in the article of course is that they are only worried about people who are a different colour from them or speak funny foreign languages. Immigrants from the USA are fine, and anyway they probably won't stay long. Is that your experience?

  2. Hello Claire. Thanks for your comment. Youve hit the nail on the head - they aren't mentioning the distinction between what seems to be "good" immigrants and "bad" immigrants. I have actually been told once "oh you're not an immigrant, you're American." It isnt actually immigration that people have the problem with, it's the type of immigrants, and you'll never get an accurate feel for the "British attitude" until someone puts that on the table.

  3. Hi,

    I've been reading your blog and am finding it all very challenging. I'll be following along.....possibly hiding behind my pillow as I'm English!!