Jelena Verdina, a teacher who moved to Britain from Latvia 14 years ago, said a customer recently stormed into a coffee shop in the city, where she is in a senior position, and “shouted at me ‘you are going to **** off from this country’.”
She said: “I don’t believe he was from St Albans, I think he was part of the group of people here campaigning to leave the EU.
“Our customers were great as they told him to leave the shop otherwise they would chuck him out.
“I have never been on benefits, and I have paid so much money in tax – I have a house here because this is where I live. Staff were coming to me, asking ‘what will happen to us?’”
“After the result, we had three different customers coming in, to say they love us. It is nice to be in an area where people are very supportive of each other.
“But some staff are very upset, as they don’t know about their future status.”
Spate of racist outbursts reported in St Albans after EU referendum
Aghareed and Sanaa arrived recently in Manchester from Baghdad in Iraq, where the destructive legacy from civil war rages on.
Now in the UK, their biggest frustration is communication – being unable to express themselves in the English language. Without it their employment and social opportunities in the UK are extremely limited.
But the women have found a surprising way to tackle this: dumplings.
Visit Cheetham Hill community centre or Levenshulme Inspire on certain days, and you’ll find Heart and Parcel , a social enterprise using the humble dumpling to bring migrant women together and teach English speaking skills.
These dumplings are helping migrant women to learn English in Manchester
People in Norwich have responded to the smashing-up and petrol-bombing of Romanian shop by ‘racist’ vandals by plastering the window with messages of support.
Norwich residents cover Romanian shop window in supportive notes after it was smashed by ‘racist’ vandals