Today, most of the migrants coming to England are from Taiwan and China and this migration trend seems to increase each year. The rise is especially because of an increase among students number that come from Taiwan to study within the universities of UK.
It is wrong to assume that people will be living their lives only in one place as per the nation and culture based norms of their homeland as home today for people can mean different nations (Cairns 2012). This section will discuss 3 real life stories of Taiwanese migrants in England. The stories will reflect their personal experience and what they think about this new home of theirs as compared to their homeland. The names of these students are not provided as they have been intended to be kept as anonymous.
Story 1: As a 17 year old from Taiwan, the student indicates that her life was hard and unbearable. The girl implied she was brutally separated from her home birth mother when she was only 13 years old and was often abused by her father who acted as a dictator (Cairns 2012).
After an extremely risky method to manage her way to England, she migrated to U.K at the age of 18. Without the ability to speak English, her travelling experiences in those initial days were lonely (Wei Li, 2011). She felt all along and had to spend several years to look for a good work and her rented flat. During her holidays England, she met the person she would marry and decided to stay in England when the baby was born. Since then she has been working and providing tax payments and has been able to raise 3 children as a good single mother. She accepts that coming to England was not for money or advantages but only because she could be safe and feel freedom. She further depicts how grateful for life she is to the opportunities that she has gained as a free citizen of England from Taiwan (Cairns 2012). As a Taiwanese she says, she misses her homeland but the restriction free life in England, makes this country her true home. Even though she has home in both these nations, she still chooses England for its highly developed life and freedom that has been given to her in the form of her own home away from her homeland.
Story 2: This narrative experience explains how even the freest societies foster limited thinking in individuals and their families (Wei Li 2011). This narration describes an experience of a 23 years Taiwanese student who fell in love with an Englishmen. She studies for Bar in order to make a career in being a barrister. She paid for a degree in extortionate amount which she got lesser value from and she also felt unwelcome, felt criminalized and was often imposed upon through costly bureaucratic layers. However she speaks fluent English and has been an eager participant among others in the Liverpool University. As a couple, she could a wide range of possibilities open for them. She could have applied for a work visa after studies and they both could even have registered themselves as in a relationship. However, she reports that the UK authorities do not only consider marriage as the only way by which two people can live together (especially when one is an immigrant). The authorities state that a total earning threshold of 18600 pounds is required on the part of the husband in order to hold the burden of this marriage with an immigrant. She and her boyfriend belong to a difficult graduate market in terms of employment and are both unemployed (Cairns 2012). The PhD study funding needed will also not meet the requirement and this is what she thinks as a migrant from Taiwan. She feels that if the opportunities were present with him in Taiwan then she wouldn’t have to face these issues and think of marriage as a burden. Her student visa is going to be expired in August and overstaying will harm any option that she has as a couple to live together within England legally.