“I came to Scotland in 2001. I was looking for a new job in Germany when my recruitment agency asked if I would be interested in moving to Scotland for a role they had. I hadn’t thought about leaving Germany before, but Scotland is one of those countries that, even if you have never been, you know it one of the most beautiful countries in the world. So, I said yes, and made the unexpected move, and I have felt very settled here since.”
“I feel I have always had something keeping me here; whether work, the great community I have become a part of in Greenock, the friends and relationships I have made, and more recently the church I have become a member of.
With Brexit, I am becoming scared that I may have to leave all of this; my life, my community, my church. I love these people and I really don’t want to give them up, or give my life here up. I haven’t felt any negativity or discrimination against me here because of my nationality, but I am aware it is a growing concern for some across the UK. If I did begin to feel I was being treated like a 2nd class citizen, by my employer or my community, then I would begin to consider leaving Scotland. For now that seems very unlikely, but who knows what may happen.
What I really like about the Scottish people is that although they have a feeling of nationalism, there has always been awareness that the culture here has always been mixed from the beginning, and changing all the time, from the picts, the celts, the norse, and so much more, and all are celebrated. In the context of the UK, Scotland seems uniquely confident about it’s own culture, and it seems the majority feel that migration doesn’t detract, but adds to it.
Ideally, and I know it is a dream that won’t happen, but ideally, the government and the people would realise that Brexit will not work. They would over-rule it and say no, it will split the country and split the people, so we will stop this and stay in the EU. I’m not really a fan of splitting things up again and again, but it would be very sad to see Scotland in a position it doesn’t want to be in.”