Peter Gumbel in The Times:
My grandparents arrived in England in 1939 as stateless refugees. They felt not just gratitude for their immediate safety but also a deep attachment to the values of openness, decency and tolerance they found in their adopted homeland. Once the war ended, they became naturalized British citizens as soon as they could. In a letter to a friend, my grandfather praised the “generous hospitality and nearly unrestricted freedom” they enjoyed as migrants. They never shed their German accents but switched to speaking only in English.I am not really saying that this is always the best response, but it worked for Peter Gumbel's grandparents, who ended up recognized by the queen for service to Britain. Other successful immigrants I have read about say they never experienced bias against them, and since that is simply not possible, they must have gotten very good at not noticing it. Maybe sometimes things need to be called out, but it is simply wrong to say that ignoring bias "never works," as Americans these days are very prone to saying. Ignoring bias and quietly getting on with life works very well for some people.
My parents’ generation, in turn, gave their all for the country that took them in. They inevitably faced some anti-German sentiment in the early postwar years, but simply ignored it.