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Nasrin Su ltana

Name: Nasrin Sultana

Born: Bangladesh Civil status: Married, has a son Occupation: Environmental technician at Walthamstow Council in North-London Citizenship: Bengali, but wants to apply for UK citizenship later Felt nationality: Bengali Bengali outfits: 50% Western outfits: 50% Relationship to Bangladesh Immigration, when? From where to where? Circumstances /Reasons?

2002 Dhaka – Belgium Nasrin was carrying out environmental studies in Bangladesh when she received a bursary and therewith the opportunity to continue her studies in Belgium at the Institute of Environmental Physics at the University of Brussels. Her fiancé had been living in the UK since 2000 and was getting ground under his feet. With her move to Belgium, the young couple where looking forward to seeing more of each other and finding out where to settle and start a family.

Relationship to the United Kingdom Immigration, when? 2005 From where to where? Belgien – London, Walthamstow Circumstances /Reasons? Nasrin graduated in 2005 from the University of Brussels. In the meantime, she had married her fiancé, but he had kept his residence in the UK. In 2004, she had given birth to their son, who, got very well acquinted with the eurostar in the first year of his life. After the her final exams, Nasrin and her son joined their husband and father in London and Nasrin took up employment with the Walthamstow Council as an environmental techni cian Stays in Bangladesh after the migration?

2004 – four weeks when her son was one month old and she brought him to see the part of her family still residing in Bangladesh. Nasrin also took the opportunity to examine the soil conditions in Gwonsong, where she worked before she migrated to Europe. fire uger, da hendes søn var én måned gammel tog den lille familie 2006 – three weeks of family visits in the summer holiday 2008 – she is looking forward to for the Eid festival concluding the Ramadan together with her son.

Sense of belonging?

Mixed


Asfia Sha h

Name: Asfia Shah Known as: BABLI

Born: 1977 in Dhaka Civil status: Married with a seven-year old son Occupation: Stay-at-home mum with BA in accountancy Citizenship: Bengali and British Felt nationality: Bengali Bengali outfits: Lots! Western outfits: Nil Relationship to Bangladesh Immigration, when? From where to where? Circumstances /Reasons?

1997 Dhaka – London, Kent The rest of the family moved, so I had to come along though I opposed

Relationship to the United Kingdom Home in the UK? Kent Did you arrive here directly? Yes Longer stays abroad? Yes, but only in Bangladesh Stays in Bangladesh after the migration? Sense of belonging?

2000, Half a year, where she got married 2001, Two shorts stays 2004 for a couple of months in 2004 to introduce her babyson to the family in Bangladesh 2006 on holiday for a month and a half Bangladesh


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i Aisha K hamon Name: Kazi Aisha Khamon (pigenavn; fornavn; giftenavn) Known as:: REFU Born: 1951 in Pensugonj, Sylhetprovinsen, Bangladesh Civil status: Married with five children Occupation: Housewife Citizenship: Bengali and British Felt nationality: Bengali Bengali outfits: 40 –50 Western outfits: Nil Relationship to Bangladesh Immigration, when? From where to where? Circumstances /Reasons?

1995 Dhaka – Chatham, Southeast England Her husband had already served a Muslim community in Chatham since 1985. When a new mosque was built, he felt sure enough of his position as Imam to the community to bring along wife, three youngest daughters and son. The oldest daughter had already married and started a family in Dhaka, and therefore stayed behind.

Relationship to the United Kingdom Home in the UK? Chatham, Kent Did you arrive here directly? Yes Longer stays abroad? Yes. Went to Mecca on a Hodj and three times to Bangladesh in 13 years. Stays in Bangladesh after the migration?

1998 one month 2000 half a year when one of her daughters got married. The family choose to celebrate the wedding in Dhaka and Refu went to organise the big day 2003 four months, when the next daughter got married. Again, the family hosted the celebrations in Bangladesh and again, Refu went with her daughter to help her organise the wedding. Unfortunately, Refu’s own mother was taken ill whilst she was there and Refu prolonged her stay take care of her.


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Mansura Navn: Mansura Shabnan Kaldenavn: KUASHA

Born: 1975 in Fenni, Chittagong Division Civil status: Newly wed Occupation: Housewife, so far

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Citizenship: Bengali Felt nationality: Bengali Bengali outfits: 15 in use at the moment Western outfits: Nil Relationship to Bangladesh Immigration, when? From where to where? Circumstances /Reasons?

June 2008 (mere weeks prior to the interview) Dhaka – London She got married to a Bengali man, who had already been living in the UK for three years, so it was only natural that she joined him in London. Our marriage, she tells me proudly, is an arranged one and that is what we both wanted.

Relationship to the United Kingdom Home in the UK? Walthamstow, London Did you arrive here directly? Yes Longer stays abroad? Plans to go back for a holiday after a year in the UK Sense of belonging?

Bangladesh

(Kuasha betyder rimtåge på bangla. På efterspørgsel om det er et hindi navn, griner hun og siger: ”Mange asiatiske muslimer får typisk muslimske kaldenavne, og de kaldenavne, der ikke er direkte forbundet med islam bliver ofte set som hinduistiske” Megen af den preislamske kultur bliver skåret over én kam som hinduistisk. Men måske er det endda pre-hinduisme, måske er det ikke. Mange ikke-islamske kaldenavne er direkte forbundet med det bengalske sprog, så jeg tror ikke at de har noget at gøre med nogensomhelst religion. ”Så mit kaldenavn er bare bengalsk, men ja, mange ville sige at det er hindi”


Ambia Kham on

Name: Ambia Khamon Known as: SHAMOLY (hinduistisk navn, iøjnefaldende navn for datteren af en imam) Born: 1983 in Azampur in Dhaka, Bangladesh Civil status: Unmarried Occupation: Teacher Citizenship: Bengali and British Felt nationality: Bengali Bengali outfits: 2 Western outfits: 15-20 Relationship to Bangladesh Immigration, when? From where to where? Circumstances /Reasons?

1995, when the whole family moved and Shamoly was 12 Dhaka – Chatham, Southeast England Shamoly’s father had already lived in the UK for a decade when the rest of the family decided to join him. She lives with her parents in Chatham and works as a teacher and dreams of living in BangladeshRelat

Relationship to the United Kingdom Home in the UK? Chatham, Southeast England Did you arrive here directly? Yes Longer stays abroad? Yes, to Bangladesh -and then the obligatory schooltrips to Wales, France etc Ophold i BD efter immigration?

2000, four weeks connected to a family wedding 2003, all year on sabbatical and really wanted to try how it would be to live in Bangladesh 2005, a couple of months whilst she was studying at Kent Institute of Art & Design. She researched folk arts and traditional crafts in Bangladesh as a part of her studies 2008, she is looking forward to spending her full month of holiday in Dhaka and will again see if she can find work and make her stay there more permanent.

Sense of belonging?

Bangladesh



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