I am not an “ex-pat”. I am an immigrant.
I left my home country to live and work somewhere far away from home. I, like the vast majority of European migrants to the UK, came to work, to experience a new country, and to live. I pay taxes in my new country. Were I to need them, I would access the same services that my fellow NZ taxpayers access.
I have not come to New Zealand for free healthcare, free housing, to steal jobs from New Zealanders, or to claim benefits.
I have not been demonised, feared, resented, or stigmatised for being an immigrant.
I am lucky.