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An Expat Talks about Living in Weston Super Mare, UK

Submitted by ppereira

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

Weston Super Mare

How long have you lived there?

9 months

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

There is a BME Black & Minority Forum that meets every tue at lunch time in the Badger center.. it is a good place to start meeting more expats... they have free English classes if needed and have lots of excellent activities... Weston Super Mare is more multicultural than other parts in Somerset. There is an African Shop where I found out plantain and beans :) happy days!!!!

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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.

It's more multicultural than the rest of Somerset, but there is a white population prominently.

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

Services, Distribution, Weston College, lots of retail shops. Most people find jobs online or trough the newspaper. Word of mouth might still work if you are close to local residents that trust you.

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

Weston Super Mare (WSM) used to be a touristic spot but it has gone down a bit and now they are rebuilding it. It has a new Pier full of attractions, a lovely place to come and spend the day with the family. On the other side, 17% of services for drug addiction are based here so there is an eclectic mix of people here. Live revolves mainly around socializing

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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.

Depends from where you are moving.. if its from abroad... English culture is a challenge, it takes a lot of time to make real friends, but once you are in, you are in!!! :)

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