Latest I have been invited to join a photo contest for expats in Brno. I do not want to take part of the contest. To be honest I do not like the word expat a lot. There doesn’t seem to be anything, except class and/or ethnic nonsense, behind this distinction between expatriate and immigrant. It’s not about whether the person involved remains primarily attached to their motherland and continue to see it as “home”. Otherwise we could ask many Vietnamese people here in the Czech republic to join the contest as well. This can be compared with many Polish workers in the Netherlands helping in the agricultural sector. The function of the word “expat” seems to be to exclude middle class people from the stigma of being an immigrant, which leads me to my main point: I’m an immigrant. I’ll say it loud, I’m an immigrant and I’m proud.
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