Week 48. Sandra from Portugal
"My husband got a job in England 2 years ago so that’s when we moved our family to Birmingham. My son was ten years old at the time. He was very worried about the language and school but he settled in quickly, made friends and now speaks English without an accent and even corrects me when I make a mistake. The school provided a Portuguese teaching assistant to help him settle in the first year which was a great help. He wasn’t very happy when we moved again to the South of England and he had to make new friends at yet another school, but he is happy now and doing very well. I am very proud of him.
We came here because the work prospects are better than in Portugal. I don’t know what will happen after Brexit but I don’t worry about it. I am a very positive person. What will be will be. I understand that people are worried about immigrants. It’s the same in Portugal. I’m not planning on becoming British. Someday I hope to return to my Country. I work as a beautician, but I also go to college. On the whole people are very helpful and friendly but there are always some people that don’t like you much because you are foreigner. It doesn’t matter. Unlike refugees, I am lucky that I have other options if need be. I carry on as normal. I like to talk as you can see. I talk a lot: I’m Portuguese!"
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