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Krzysztof

Year of arrival to the UK: 2004

Motivation: to pay off loans

Education: a car mechanic, incomplete higher education (majoring in political science and international relations)

Employment history upon arrival: salesperson, supply chain manager, labourer at a construction site, electrician, janitor

Current occupation: a sound technician in a company serving the banking sector and ministries

Close friends: mostly British people – co-workers

Family status: a Polish fiancé met in the UK, small son

Housing situation: renting an apartment

Advantages from living in the UK:
”I could really spread my wings when I arrived here. In Poland I always had troubles in finding any job.”
“I have peace of mind here, because I do not have to worry about the financial aspect. I am developing my musicianship skills, which is a pricey hobby.”
“I go for holidays, something that I could not do earlier on.”

Disadvantages:

“My Polish is starting to suffer. Back in the days I used to wonder how people forget their mother tongue. It appears as such that it happens – especially when there is pressure to communicate in English.”
“All my life I have been a pacifist. However by being here and meeting different cultures, I have started to become intolerant.”
“I still feel very unsettled and misplaced here, thus in my thoughts I always return to my house with a backyard, and my friends.”

Future plans: to come back to Poland

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