ANDREII FROM UKRAINE: THE WORST WAS TO LEAVE MY FAMILY
He graduated from University in his country of origin, but in Nitra he works as an operator in a car plant. Andrii Pylypenko left his family in Ukraine in order to ensure a better life for them because of his job in Nitra.
How long have you been living in Nitra?
I’ve been in Nitra since August. I work at the Jaguar Land Rover as an operator.
You are from Ukraine. Why did you decide to leave your country?
Although I graduated from the university, well, unfortunately, in Ukraine, wages are too low. Wages are enough only for food and housing related charges such as electricity, gas, water.
What was the most difficult on your decision to leave?
The most difficult was to leave my family at home.
What was your first impression of Nitra?
That it is a compact and comfortable city.
What do you do during your free time?
I visit interesting places, I study Slovak culture and traditions, I try to visit various events, I learn Slovak language, I travel in Slovakia. Apart from that, I still monitor the events in Ukraine, political and economic news. I communicate daily with my family and the loved ones. Certainly, I know many Ukrainians who work at JLR.
Living out of their country, without the family – what are the most difficult problems for foreigners?
I think that Ukraine and Slovakia have a lot in common. However, the main problem is the Slovak language. Although it is similar, the language barrier is the main problem,
according to me.
What do you think why are people afraid of foreigners?
Foreigners look differently, they behave differently. It is normal that people are afraid.
In Slovakia what could we improve to make foreigners feel more like at home?
You could help them to be more familiar with your laws, rules, customs, so they know better how to behave in Slovakia.