Paula is 27 years old, from Sao Paulo, Brazil. She moved to the UK 2 years ago to study but met the man who would become her husband. They decided to move to Germany but after having struggled because of the language, they decided to come back to the UK.
“It is a bit difficult because some people have prejudices against foreigners, and about me not having any experience in the country. They think that I am not really qualified or that I don’t understand their culture. But it is not true! I live here and I am very adaptable as I lived in 5 countries (USA, Germany, Canada, Brazil and UK) I do understand cultures, and multicultural contexts but it is true that it can still be very difficult. Sometimes, I feel homesick.
“London is a very crowded city, but people seem to be lonely here. On the other hand, London has a very international social life. I am a foreigner but I don’t feel much like that. I meet many people from everywhere, and so I learn about new cultures everyday.
“I want to stay here for a while, to build something, to start my career but I want to go back to my country one day. I want to raise my children closer to my family. For the moment, my husband has to work here so I wait...
”I have to admit that I am really thankful to this country because I could meet my husband here."