Federico wanted a better life for his family. He tried in Spain, but it was London where really found his place. He now runs his own business from the British capital.
The history of Federico is the same as that of thousands of Latino immigrants who once looked for luck in Europe. The economic crisis and the lack of job opportunities have changed the demographic indexes in the Iberian Peninsula, producing a real migratory exodus. It is called the second emigration.
It is estimated that unemployment in Spain affects 30% of the foreigners, compared with 20% of Spanish nationals.
Federico searched for luck in Valencia and Barcelona, but previously embarked on the conquest of Italy and the United States. He did it from Argentina and with a university degree in hotel management.
Although in Barcelona he achieved a job in a hotel chain, the same one that he now works for in London, the lack of chances for his partner to find work led him to start his career in the British capital.
“London is a city that embraces you. In just ten days we both had around two or three job offers related to our training.
In Spain she searched for months without success.” Having a good level of English and university studies helped their insertion into society.
“I’ve seen things that are hard to believe. At the Elephant and Castle I’ve known Latinos who shared a small room between four people struggling for hot water or working long hours as cleaners to just make ends meet.”
I have known people who work in large multinational companies and others who have spent 15 years and still not mastered the language.”
Despite working in a hotel, the entrepreneurial spirit of our protagonist has led him to create his own business on the internet.
From London it helps tourists coming to the city and provides them with all the secondary services that they might require. “I arrange tickets for foreigners for a football match, transportation from the airport to the hotel…”
It is foreign, but he admires the behaviour of the British. “Despite the tensions opened between the United Kingdom and Argentina by the Falkland Islands conflict, I’ve never felt any animosity towards me. In the United States for cultural reasons social distinctions are more noticeable.”
“I was very surprised at the speed and the low costs to open a company. Within three hours I had all the necessary papers to begin my activities.”
He claims that London without immigrants “wouldn’t be London” and that you must distinguish the city to other parts of the island. “Any business of any culture here is successful.”
Although he is critical of the policies of the Government of Cristina Fernández de Kichner, referring to them as being obstacles for the development of his beloved Argentina, he has never lost hope of seeing their children grow up walking along the Avenida 9 de Julio de Buenos Aires.
(Translated by David Coldwell: firstname.lastname@example.org)