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Returning ex-pats

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Returning ex-pats

In fact they already are. 

My somewhat younger sibling who retired at the age of 50 (that's the Fire Service for you) is now making plans to return to the UK at the age of 65 after sailing around the Med for the past 15 years, and why? A recently diagnosed dicky heart and an eye-opening stomach churning one month incarceration in a Greek hospital that's why.

We might have a rubbish NHS but it's free, the grub is decent, and you don't according to him get fed boiled chicken leg with pasta followed by what was either sour custard or sweet soup. He's still trying to figure that last one out.

Yep, Brexit is bringing the oldies back to Blighty. Thumbs_Up

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40095822  

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Some of those expats might be in for a shock when they get a bill for their hospital treatment. 

https://www.surreyandsussex.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Entitlement-to-NHS-Hospital-Treatment-...

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Re: Returning ex-pats

Not so straight forward then. Ouch.

 

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Not at all straightforward I'm afraid. Sad

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Hopefully it will not affect him as he's not been resident in a country what with being on the boat and all but for those who have been living in say Spain or France for a number of years..... Huh

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It's interesting that the term expat always get used by Brits and those from our former colonies for that matter, and yet immigrant gets used for everyone else...

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@Minivanman wrote:

 

Yep, Brexit is bringing the oldies back to Blighty. Thumbs_Up

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40095822  


Brexit just gets better and better Roll_eyes

 

 

I'd block entry to these parasites...

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Because 'ex-pats' are what they are but immigrants are not?

Anyways, just imagine the kerfuffle if we started to refer to immigrants by their country of origin - but I know what you mean. Britain certainly has an uncomfortable history of discrimination in these matters where the word 'Colony' meant non-white, and Dominion meant white. 

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Re: Returning ex-pats

As far as I'm aware, an ex-pat is someone who still has affiliation with their home country, E.G. a home, property or business, whereas an immigrant is someone who has completely upped sticks and moved away from their home country on a permanent basis, so if someone Emigrates to Oz, they're an immigrant in that country, but if someone buys a 2nd home in Spain to live in but still return home, they're an Ex-pat...

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Re: Returning ex-pats

The OED simply defines it as "A person who lives outside their native country"

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/expatriate

 

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Re: Returning ex-pats

The words immigrant and emigrant are not heard in the media any more, they are all migrants, and God help anyone who puts economic in front of it.