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If you have moved away from the UK for a significant period of time you probably experienced some level of culture shock when you first arrived in your new country of residence. Most people are prepared for this, and realise it takes time to adjust. What you may not be aware of is that a similar process is likely to happen if you move back to British shores. Read how to cope with it!
“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.
Living abroad can be difficult, especially for expatriates who need to learn a new language. Over 25% of Britons living overseas have few or no friends other than other British expats, according to a survey from relocation company Robinsons.
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