B777LRF wrote:c933103 wrote:Expats are still just expats, they might have no intention to live the rest of their life there, unlike the situation I mentioned. It's also just a decade instead of something like half a century
I don't quite agree with that. To me it's the same disinterest in learning a foreign language, whether you're a permanent or temporary long-term resident. Another example would be the vast swathes of people from the UK, Germany, Netherlands, Scandinavia etc. who've sold up and moved permanently to Spain, Portugal, Italy or France. You'd be hard pressed finding any of them attempting to learn the local lingo, and they're planning on staying until expiration date.
Something I have recently found to be kind of funny is how everyone talks about globalism, open borders, etc. But when it comes to culture and national identity it changes. People talk about nationalism being a bad thing until you talk about destruction of local culture.
Its why some scoff at the idea of that caravan that is heading northwards to the US, while they march along with flags from the countries they are leaving. Not exactly the right message to send. If you want to come enjoy the economic benefits of this great country, you need to embrace what makes this country so great in the first place. I'm not saying you have to shed your heritage or culture completely, but it kind of starts by saying my old country has failed us, lets raise the flag of a new country where we might find success.