Meet The Forum: Mahdi
My name is Mahdi and I am a family man. I have three children- two boys and one girl. My hobbies are to fix and repair things. I am always interested in new technologies, especially those that help other human beings to live better and feel comfortable in their lives.
Where do you live? Where have you lived before?
I live in Ealing Broadway and I used to live in Wembley.
Why are you interested in migration?
Migration is important because it brings together different people, different backgrounds, different experiences and different cultures. It helps you see different sides of global issues. When I first came to this country I never thought I would immigrate here. I thought I would go back the next day. But when I started having children and settling down, it became a part of my life. Now that I have settled here, that’s it. I want my kids to grow up here.
What do you do at MRCF?
I am the caretaker at the Resource Centre.
How did you come to work at MRCF?
Through a friend of my family who told me about the job. She knew I had the skills and needed a job. I applied, interviewed and have been at MRCF for 7 years.
What do you think is unique about MRCF?
It has people from all different backgrounds, different communities, and different types of migrants. We have our own place at MRCF where we know what’s going on and can create whatever we want. I get to meet so many people. It is amazing when you hear their stories and what made them come to the UK. I am always impressed by their achievements before they came to the UK. I know they will add a lot of value to this country.
What issues do you think are most important to
migrants in London?
The most important issues are about settlementwhere migrants feel safe, and how accepted they are and what communities are here to accept them. The more help they get the quicker they will integrate and start to give back.
What are you looking forward to in the next year?
My daughter is starting full time school this year and I hope to see her happy there. I also hope this year is much better on global issues. 2011 was not a very good year. Let’s hope 2012 is much better!
“We have our own
place at MRCF
where we know
what’s going on
and can create