Colin Wilson, founder of television channel Cayman 27, described his experience of arriving in Cayman as a quantity surveyor 31 years ago, when expats were still embraced by the community.
"I arrived here in April 1982 not knowing much about the Cayman Islands but expecting it to be very Third World.
This caused tension between the domestic population and foreign expat workers at a time when a growing number of native Caymanians were jobless.
"The clean-up was mainly orchestrated and executed by the expat community.
Yet the majestic draw of the western Caribbean island chain, which attracts over 500 cruise ships each year, is starting to be sullied by social and political tensions and threats to its tax haven status.
When speaking to residents, ranging from those who first settled there three decades ago to those who moved there in the past few years, changes to the way the native population and the government view the expat population are frequently mentioned.
Jennifer Smith, a young expat who moved to the Cayman Islands from America, fell in love with them after visiting as part of a cruise.
One of her favourite things about her new home is how many amenities are available compared with other Caribbean islands.