Monday, 28 April 2014
Anecdotal migration changes to the UK; Holiday edition
As a tiny aside I was waiting at the airport to return to the UK and as ever, the flight was slightly delayed. All around me I found myself half-listening to various conversations of those catching the flight back to Blighty. From a pure holiday destination I may add.
There were (and for this part of the flight, there were only about 30 people boarding) -
- Two set of banker families from JP Morgan London who realised they sort of recognised each other. One was a chinese family and the other a US family. Both had sprogs and their conversation was around what part of Kent to move out to to try to find better schools than in the Isle of Dogs where they had been living until now.
- A striking Russian woman struggling with her elderly parents on her way back to Chelsea.
- A few Caribbean locals heading back to UK for work, seemingly to Birmingham where they congregate
- A polish (?) family heading back from a holiday
- A couple of elderly English couples heading home
- My family.
One can be proud of our multi-cultural enigma that is London and its economy, or marvel at how the UK is such an attractive place that people from across the world are so keen to make it home.
Where were the young English families though? It was Easter, surely some had gone away for some Winter sun too?
The main thing that stuck me was just how different an experience that was from say 10 years again even, when that plane was filled with English people returning to London from holiday (I know, I was there too then!) with maybe a few locals scattered in. It's amazing how much has changed culturally in one decade.