martes, 30 de octubre de 2012

Does Britain need more of us?. Who knows?

I Recently started a new job. It is not the job of my dreams, but in times of crisis it is  good to know that at the end of the month one will have some money to contribute to the family expenses.

The job has some drawbacks, I have to get up very early in the morning, receive the  minimum wage, and my colleagues speak all the time in their own language, Pakistani. This was very annoying at firs but It is alright now  because I discovered that  I can focus on  my job and learn the process faster .

However , that doesn't mean that we have a bad relationship. On  the contrary, they now call me  Chacha Arnold, which means Uncle Arnold,in Pakistani,  because I'm the oldest.
That friendly treatment began when I started  to learn some words in their language. 

In all the years living here,  I have  learned  that the best way to build a relationship  in an immigrant environment is to trying to learn, at least, a few words in your colleagues' language. That has always worked and it is working now.

I  have also discovered that the majority of them are well educated. There are some people writing their PHd dissertation and my supervisor was a member of his country's national shooting team which is very impressive.

I still don't understand how it is possible that 70 percent of the shop staff are immigrants. The proportion is divided between a majority of Pakistanis and Indians and a  few Caribbean Africans. The rest are European with  only two British people.
This is  surprising in a country where people are looking for work, shops and business are closing down and the unemployment figures are rising. 

Maybe it is the  survival  instinct witch  that drive  every immigrant to work no matter what.  Maybe that survivor instinct  breeds dreams success. 

This phenomenon not only happens in the developed countries but also in the developing countries where one can find specialist personnel from the countryside fighting to make their livings in the big cities.

So, despite right wing's comments and racist comments in some of the press immigrants labor are the backbone of this country. Does Britain need more of us?. Who knows?

3 comentarios:

  1. Your central point is crucial: doctors, scientists and other highly educated professionals are prepared to come to Britain from all over the world and do low paid work while our own workers turn their noses up at these jobs. What have we done to plant in British people's minds the idea that there is work that is beneath them while Bulgarians and Pakistanis, who would be doctors in their own countries, are cleaning our houses or working in supermarkets? Good luck to you, Arnaldo, not only for taking on the work, but also for publicly debating the question.

  2. Muy bueno hermano. Has fotografiado no solo inglaterra, sino todos los paises desarrollados que se quejan de no tener labor mientras que nosotros los emigrantes no importa como ni cuanto figuramos la norma de la superviviencia, sea cual sea nuestra profesion anterior en nuestro pais. Paul definitly i agree with you. Not only england. Europe does not want to work. I mean developed Europe. Also happenes in sweden, denmark, germany and so on...