Poles to vote in parliamentary elections 2011 Oct 19, 2011 19:26:14 GMT 1
Post by pjotr on Oct 19, 2011 19:26:14 GMT 1
""Do expatriates who have left the UK or in fact expatriates of any other country of which they are natives have the right to then criticize and give advice to their native country fallen on hard times and so justifying their timely exit? The analogy of rats leaving the sinking ship comes to mind. Of course, they have the right to speak their mind BUT those expatriates should not be surprised if readers of their comments are tempted to read something else into their sentiments expressed, i.e. self-justification for their departure from a feeling of guilt perhaps or nostalgia for the mother country after realizing perhaps that, warts and all, it is providing a feeling of belonging, the creature comforts of being amongst people of one's own kind, of sharing their happy times and difficult times as should be, like in a family. A feeling of belonging which no amount of sunshine can make up for. I know what I am talking about, having been, as a German, an expatriate in the Far East for many years, whilst my prolonged sojourns in the UK and France never felt like being ex patria, rather more like being with the extended family. The Far East, however, always felt alien and despite not wanting to have missed the mostly pleasant experience of living and working there, I was always deeply nostalgic for Europe in general and Germany in particular and would never have thought of criticizing it much.""
My experiance with women who left their country and became citizens of a new country, the country they went to is that they are focussed on the life in their new country and become somewhat alienated from their country of birth and earlier life. I talk about my mother who left Poland and about my sister who left the Netherlands. They focussed their lives on their new homelands and families, which were and are Dutch and South-African.
My mother became Dutch and my sister is becoming a fluently English South-African accent speaking South-African. Although she watches Dutch expat tv (BVN) for Dutch and Flemish people abroad (outside the Benelux), she is not linked to the reality on the ground and does not understand all changes, because she reads no Dutch newspapers and magazines next to this limited TV for expats.