"I'm originally from the UK, but my current home is in Germany where I'm carrying out a research fellowship. My early impressions of Germany were that the country works efficiently and people are friendly, yet direct. I wouldn't say that my impressions have changed much since being here.
I've had to make homes away from home before; when I was 15 I moved to Kuwait with my family. But it has been difficult to integrate into the society here in Germany and to get to know people well, so I have taken advantage of the opportunities available to me. I keep in mind that the home is dynamic; it is where your family is, where you have good memories and where you make your nest.
Through my volunteer work with a UK organisation, I do maintain some links to my home country. My advice to people in the UK is to keep an open mind and identify with the migrants in our country, with a view to maintaining a culturally rich society."
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