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An Expat Talks about Living in Driffield, UK

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Driffield

How long have you lived there?

3 months

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

I would recommend finding a congenial neighborhood pub. It is a wonderful place to make friends and find out about local news. Join a class (I take dance with new friends), get involved in nature activities like hiking clubs, photography clubs or birding. Don't be afraid to talk to people and don't be nervous about not understanding every word the first time! Yorkshire accents are quite hard to decipher until one has lived with it for a while. Enjoy the differences instead of dreading them. Relax and people will enjoy your company and ask questions about where you are from.

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

Very little diversity in this small town. We have a small Asian population. There are always those who are not accepting of minorities, I understand that. Religion is not discussed often. It is considered a private matter.

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

There is no industry in Driffield. Career opportunities are few and are usually in the service area. I hear of job openings because I have made friends and the job grapevine is very strong!

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

Life in Driffield revolves around family and friends. Sports teams are an important social event.

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If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

I would advise them to research East Yorkshire and it's history and geography. I would ask them to be open to new ways of living (small rooms, electrical and plumbing not familiar, etc.). I would advise them to consider commuting by train or bus for work in one of the larger cities. I would encourage any newcomer to be friendly and open with their new neighbors.

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