Ca­role Con­vers, 48, pro­gramme man­ager, Brighton

The Guardian - - NATIONAL -

French na­tional Con­vers, who works for her lo­cal coun­cil, has been in the UK for 29 years but says for the first time she feels un­safe and hides her ac­cent in pub­lic.

“I used to feel at home here. I never even thought of my­self as an im­mi­grant. I’m in­te­grated be­cause I’m Euro­pean in Europe. Now I’m a mi­grant in a for­eign coun­try.

“I’ve been here since I was 18. This is my home. Even if I could go back I can’t. I have trou­ble speak­ing French. My part­ner is Bri­tish and he would have dif­fi­culty with the lan­guage if we went to France and we need to stay here to look af­ter his el­derly par­ents.

“I’m self-con­scious of my ac­cent now when I go out. I’ve been told to go back to frog­land, yes, even in a place like Brighton which is cos­mopoli­tan.”

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