Am I just reading the wrong papers or is the UK becoming aggressive to foreigners to a scary degree? Whatever the truth, certainly reports such as the hostile treatment of Trenton Oldfield (whatever you think of him or his actions is irrelevant, what is relevant is that he was treated like scum), David McIsaac and the vindictive anti-immigrants rhetoric that floats across the pond from the UK has left me with the impression that the country’s government has become seriously hostile to immigrants.
One result in my mind has been interesting to observe. I’m on track for a degree in a sought-after field in the next two or three years. My husband is a professional in accounting with years’ experience. Our kids will be independent relatively soon, so we would consider other places to settle, bringing with us our ability to earn well, pay taxes and support employment in whatever community we go to live. Speculating about the future, I keep shying away from any dreams of considering a life in the UK. You can say all you want that it’s just the freeloading kind of immigrant you don’t welcome, when I open my mouth somewhere whoever is with me will know I’m a foreigner. They won’t know I’ve paid my dues in time and money to gain an EU passport, integrate with society here, pay what taxes were asked of me, contributed as and when I could. Those things are not written on my forehead. Instead, I’d be vulnerable to some half-wit only absorbing the hatred stirred up by politicians eager for a fear-inspired vote their way, doing me or my kids physical or mental harm because we’re filthy foreigners out to steal their jobs.
All right then, UK, if that’s what you want, I’ll take whatever I could have contributed to a town within your borders and rather give it to a place where I’m welcomed and treated on merit, not on the basis of where I was born. Probably in practice most people are more clued in than the politicos, but it’s still interesting to see in this immigrant the effect of the hate-talk on my thinking.