I was asked on social media, "If I was made homeless, and had no other option but to live in my caravan, would I face the same hostility toward me as the travellers that we see in the town? Would I be treated any differently?"
I replied, My observation is that hostility is greatest the closer the travellers are housed to residents. The hostility rises in proportion to any associated anti-social behaviour, such as urinating in public, the greater the perceived sound of the travellers generator, and the correlation of local minor crime to the arrival of the traveller. So, if you were to lose your house and take to the caravan, take care where you park, toilet, and keep away from areas likely to be affected by crime and you'll minimise the danger of being an outcast.
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