Abdul, 32, is an asylum seeker from North Sudan, now living in Wigan. He tells Claire Donnelly of his plans to build a new life.
I had to leave Sudan because of the government – it wasn’t safe for me to stay there. I came here as an asylum seeker.
I didn’t want to relocate, I was a very ambitious guy, but it wasn’t safe for me to stay.
Even now my family is having problems with the government, asking about me.
The UK has a reputation for being good for human rights, that’s how we see the UK.
I’m grateful for having somewhere safe. I’m trying for Leave to Remain.
I came to London then Liverpool where I lived in a hostel then they sent me to Wigan.
I haven’t always felt welcome. This is universal in the UK, even in diverse cities.
I was surprised by what I found. I was shocked at how poor some people are, the knife crime is bad and these teenagers, everyone is smoking cannabis.
I get money given to me on a card – £37.75 – and I am careful so that lasts a week.
You can only use the card – I’ve forgotten what a ten pound note looks like!
I live in a house with some others – one of the guys is Pakistani so we are lucky because he is a really good cook, it means we can eat well.
I don’t know what I want for the future because it isn’t guaranteed that I have a future.
I would like to go back to college, to study criminology and work in that area.
Being in my position makes you think about what is important.
Maybe people don’t always realise what they have, maybe they don’t know how people in other places in the world live.
Identity is important but it is your values and beliefs that are your identity, not your colour or your religion.
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