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By Peter Stevenson MEMBERS of Volunteer Doctors Cyprus have treated around 350 people at their free clinic in Nicosia since it opened three months ago, while two more, one in Paphos and one in Polis are due to open today. Limassol also has a free clinic, which was opened only last month, and plans have been drawn ...
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Cyprus Internet Directory [ Expats and migrants: welcome to the modern world ]

Expats and migrants: welcome to the modern world


So, Lauren O'Hara, the word "expat" comes with connotations of wealth and glamour? What an idiotic statement! The term “expat” in the modern sense actually suggests, to most sensible minded people, working class northerners with a pension and a penchant for cheap beer, gossip and mahogany tans. Long gone are the days when foreign living evoked the image of a wealthy aristo expat and their love of cocktail parties, pretty hats and English gardening under a Mediterranean sun.

The fact of the matter is that Ms O’Hara simply wanted to have a pop at the Brits who dare have anything other than a forelock-tugging, ingratiating sense of gratitude to their host country. One undeniable truth is that a large expat community of retirees, irrespective of one’s personal opinion, brings a great deal of money into the local economy, whereas the “economic migrant” Albanian family while, I am sure, dutifully paying their “working class” taxes on their meagre earnings bring very little of anything.

Should the local businesses want some of that filthy lucre, then they simply have to ask themselves whether they should be speaking the language of their paying customer or if they, with their nationalistic hand on their nationalistic heart, can do without the cash and damn the lot of the “evil-turk-loving-brits”.

Welcome to the modern world Lauren, you don’t have to like it, but please don’t write empty, spleen-venting articles about it.

Jamie Thompson
Parekklisia, Limassol

(Source: Cyprus Mail)

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