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Rafał

Year of arrival to the UK: 2006

Motivation: always wanted to live abroad

Education: secondary (left for the UK straight after matriculation exam)

Employment history upon arrival: worked at a  dry cleaners in a five star hotel, in a restaurant, and in a health food bar (five years)

Current occupation: a salesperson in a shop selling luxurious menswear

Close friends: Poles

Family status: mother and brother live in Poland

Housing situation: renting an apartment, sharing with another person

Advantages from living in the UK:
”I came to England also because I wanted to grow my musical ambitions. I attended a music school, my first year was financed by the state.”
“Life is easier here, I think.”
“There is a different mentality, people look differently at other people, perhaps it is not that everyone helps out, but there is always some option and solution to a problem.”

Disadvantages:

“At first it was extremely difficult, missing my mum and the entire family.”
“In London life is very expensive. When you earn the minimum wage, it is like being in a vegetative state.”
“Music is my passion. Competition here is immense, it is difficult to transform a passion into work.”

Future plans:
undefined, dreams about moving to the USA

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