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Paweł

Year of arrival to the UK: 2011

Motivation: a friend brought him to work in his company

Education: secondary

Employment history upon arrival: working in a friend’s company within the renovation sector, sole trader within the same area

Current occupation: handy man (hired by an exterior company)

Close friends: mostly Poles, but also Indians and English people

Family status: Polish fiancé met in Poland, two year old daughter

Housing situation: renting a 2-room apartment

Advantages from living in the UK:
”In Poland I would not be able to afford to rent a 2-room apartment. Here I can afford to do that with the aid of housing benefits.”
“I am glad that my daughter can listen to Polish at home, but she will learn English outside of it, while somewhere in the background she will hear Hindi and Chinese.”
“Here upon starting a business I do not have to register it with any office up to three months. In Poland it is on the contrary.”

Disadvantages:
“I do not know the language well enough, and that is restricting.”
“Not always a Pole will help another Pole, there is some sort of jealousy between us.”
“There is this quest for money, this fake look on: my neighbour has a BMW. And that bothers me.”

Future plans: remain in Great Britain

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