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ECONOMICS by KRISS on 24 november 2016

THE WALKING WALLET Do you know how you call a white person that immigrates to another country ? You call them an expat! Yeah that sounds smart doesn’t it, it has a certain cachet to it, not to be confused with immigrants, you know those non white people who immigrate to other countries…

Am I being sarcastic ? Yes indeed ! And I am very amused by the fact we even have come up with words to differentiate ourselves politically correct creme de la creme of the world from the down below third world.

Now let’s be serious for a moment.
I am an immigrant and so is my wife and all my family.
Am I white ? Yes ? Am I a politically correct creme de la creme, I don’t think so and certainly don’t have neither the attitude not the bank account that goes with it… But… and there is a “but”, and a pain in mine… I am perceived as one !

Yes, since I am white and living in a foreign country, no matter what, I am a Giri in south of Spain, a Gringo in Latin America, and what else in other countries ? And it gives me a certain status :

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the WALKING WALLET !

Of course, I must be rich ! As easy as 1+1 = 2, to 90% of the world, a white immigrant (or any other coloured people assimilated as such) is a rich immigrant.
And even right now in Spain, I do suspect we citizens from neighbouring countries are perceived as walking wallets.
Fortunately not by everyone !

There is an amazingly structured little business going on around fresh newcomers and understandably.
Most of them (us) don’t speak a word of Spanish (I didn’t), part of them will still be stuck to “una cerveza por favor” a few years down the line (I got a little - not much - beyond that).
A good part are retirees looking for properties to purchase while the average local struggles to put some olive oil in their frying pan.
I get it, I totally get it, I even get the long term expats who exploit it far beyond what the locals have done.

However, as of today I am officially tired of being milked down like a gentle cow.
But hey, this is part of the game, when you go someplace, you take what comes with it !

And to be perfectly honest I don’t know what annoys me most… Is it the fact I’m being ripped off from time to time, or that the people who rip me off really look like they believe I have no clue what is going on, thus insulting my intelligence.
I guess it depends how much money we’re talking about right !

#walkingwallet #immigration #expat

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