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Immigrants in Cyprus Complaining Over Housing Problems

Immigrants in Cyprus Complaining Over Housing ProblemsIt is a common situation around the world when you hear that immigrants move into a country and the next thing you learn is that they are not happy about their housing situation. On reading this it is equally common for readers to respond negatively on hearing that these ungrateful immigrants have moved into a country and the next thing that happens is that they are complaining. The first thing the reader is thinking is quite simply that they should go home.

But then there is a surprise realisation. These immigrants are white and they don’t call themselves immigrants, they refer to themselves as expats. Oh, how posh! Yet the reality is they are immigrants by definition. Of course, their complaint is justified, Well it would be wouldn’t it. The citizens of the country they immigrated to are robbing them. How ungrateful can they get.

On NCFP, we regularly read immigrant complaints and yet we feel differently about these white immigrants in Cyprus than we do about the EU immigrants in our own country. Well, why is that? Surely it cannot be racism.

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12 comments to Immigrants in Cyprus Complaining Over Housing Problems

  • Polly Marples

    An expat is an expat. Not an immigrant of any kind. They keep themselves from their own resources and pay rent or buy a property, of course in Cyprus, it is debatable whether having bought it they will be allowed to keep it. They should not need to work if they are there legally. Expats should never a burden on their host country.

  • Wayne Kerr

    ‘An expat is an expat’

    Too up themselves to be correctly defined as immigrants, that’s what many British white ‘expats’ like to be called. It gives them status, keeps them at a distance from EU migrants to the UK who must be in a totally different category because expats have money and money is what counts. It buys them the label ‘expats’.

    At least that’s the gist of the Guardian article http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2015/mar/13/white-people-expats-immigrants-migration

    Myself, well I couldn’t possibly go so far. So back to reading the Daily Mail to find out what I am to believe today.

  • Polly Marples

    Most expatriates have made a decision to end their lives somewhere warm after a lifetime of working and saving to do so.

    If you and the Guardian choose to see them as otherwise, so be it.

    We both know you are not your typical Daily Mail Reader, don’t we?

    Nice new persona you got going on there.

  • Wayne Kerr

    Don’t take my word for it or the Guardian, The Wall Street Journal or even The Oxford Dictionary which defines an expatriate as ‘a person who lives outside their native country’ as in ‘American expatriates in London’. An immigrant however, according to that dictionary is ‘a person who comes to live permanently in a foreign country’. So the difference is the permanence. So the Polish nurse who comes over for a few years is an ex-pat and the Brit who moves permanently to North Cyprus is an immigrant. Not that I understand all that BritDic stuff, off to read my copy of the Sun without moving my lips happy.

    BTW, I’ve written a few articles on NCFP in the past including http://northcyprusfreepress.com/law/opinion-akfinan-bank-are-right-to-seek-compensation-for-paulines-opinion/

  • Polly Marples

    Oh obviously I did not take your opinion very seriously back then, I don’t now.

    Of course I cannot speak for Pauline, but four of the five Libel cases against her were thrown out by the court.

    Perhaps I am mistaken but aren’t all headlines, written by the editor and as with most news outlets, bear very little resemblance to the content. Just an observation on my part of course.

    Whatever name you wish to give them. Expats as I know them, are not a financial burden on the country they are guests in, nor are they trying to take jobs from the endemic population.

    Thanks for reminding me of your blog. I really had forgotten about it.

  • Cyprus Sue

    Playing with words again but don’t you think a more accurate title would be Housing scams rather than housing problems? Especially in light of what has happened not just to K5 but more recently Greatstones, Marina Villas and many more with similar problems.

  • Polly Marples

    Harmony Homes
    Olympia
    Lemon Grove
    Aga
    All Santa Fe purchasers
    Chelsey VIllage

    any more folks?

  • Alfie

    When immigrants come to the UK they are given houses and benifits. The expats that come to North Cyprus go their to live happily ever after and not to claim anything from the NC Government. That is why they are expats and not Immigrants. Instead they get their money fraudulently taken from them. They then have to pay extortionate fees to lawyers to try to get their money back. So to me sir it is quite clear why your name is Mr Wayne Kerr.

  • Polly Marples

    (W)(a)y(n) (K)(er)r

    Good choice…you wear it well

  • Alfie

    Well the man obviously hasn’t got any brain cells.

  • Polly Marples

    You are right, Alfie. I am a little fed up with running the gauntlet of all the adverts to get on here, so probably the last of my comments on this subject.

  • Alfie

    Quite agree Polly this blog just isn’t worth the comments the man is obviously a buffoon.