Continuing our Takeaway Heritage series, we talk to Ali and Esmeray who arrived in the UK as refugees from Turkey and have now set up their first cafe.
Takeaway Heritage documented 35 stories which reveal the hidden history of restaurants, cafes and takeaways run by migrants in Brighton and Hove. It is about the life stories of the workers, the owners and the customers and what these stories can tell us about migration and integration in the UK today. You can read all the stories in the book.
Ali and Esmeray came to the UK as refugees and at first they were told by the Home Office that they were allowed to stay. They started to build a new life for themselves but suddenly out of nowhere the Home Office told them there had been a mistake and they were imprisoned in an immigration detention centre. Now things are more settled, they run a cafe, sharing Mediterranean heritage and even swap Christmas cards with some customers in Brighton who have became like family.