"We tend to talk of foreigners in the UK as 'immigrants', irrespective of whether they intend to return to their country of birth or not. In fact, some intend to return and won't, some have an open mind, but will and so on. This is entirely a mirror image of what happens to the British abroad, most of whom do not return permanently. In a sense there is another, alternative, Britain out there, spread and clustered across the globe, the Britain of the expat, with its own culture and identity." Lincoln Allison considers the anthropology of the British expat.