When I arrived in the UK, I had never heard or spoken English before. The first few days were a real struggle because I could not communicate with anyone. In order to find a job and get a better life, I knew I needed to learn English, so I went to a local charity to ask them for support. They referred me to a local partner organisation – I began studying English with them every week.
Once I received asylum, I began looking for work. I looked for all kinds of jobs. I submitted my CV to many different places, but many people didn’t respond. Not being able to speak English and having North Korean qualifications were holding me back – these are the main barriers to integration for North Korean refugees in the UK.
I knew the only way forward was to focus hard on learning English and gaining as many qualifications as I could. Nowadays, I have many different qualifications and don’t have many problems with speaking English day-to-day. I hope that the new Community Centre can help North Korean refugees reach the same place I’m in.
To support our new Community Centre, please visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/NKCommunity