When British expats started Neighbourhood Watch schemes to protect themselves against rising crime, Spanish people were mystified by the concept. They couldn’t understand that such an organisation was needed in a country where it was natural to help your neighbours.
They later joined in wholeheartedly, as well as the other expat charities now in existence in a time of need. I’ve noticed little animosity between expats and their Spanish neighbours, especially considering the host country’s mountains of problems. They know who to blame, and generally, it isn’t us.