Faith & Politics / The Short Versions

Am I an immigrant?

When I moved from Horsham to London, to take a job which could have gone to a Londoner, and adding to London’s severe housing crisis, was I an immigrant?

Nobody told me to go home, maybe because I have a British accent and a UK passport.

When I moved from Iowa to England, to take a job which could have gone to literally anyone else, in 2010 when jobs were scarce, was I an immigrant?

Some immigrants are business class. We don’t need to worry about deportation, stigma, and hatred.

In the UK, EU migrants have usually been in that class, as well they should. We are European, after all.

But these days, it’s hard to imagine a migrant of privilege.

Maybe we should remember that we are all immigrants.

the long version

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