I have been living in England for nine and a half years. I often get the question: "So what brought you here?" to which I infallibly answer: " Work...".
"Do you like it here?"
"Well, the weather is c**p, I miss my family, but people are nice".
I could also add that people are on the whole very tolerant and open-minded. This is illustrated by this letter the school sent out last week.
Our school is your bog-standard suburban state primary school with about 20% children from an ethnic minority background.
This morning, all children wore bright party clothes instead of their navy and green uniforms. There was a palpable festive buzz in the playground. Parents were wishing their children a great Eid party.
It was lovely! How inclusive is that?
I can hardly imagine something similar happening in a state school in other parts of the world...