Case History: Sunay Chelek
PUBLISHED: 18:22 14 April 2008 | UPDATED: 10:20 04 May 2010
CASE HISTORY Name: Sunay Chelek. Age: 28. Work: sorting celery at G s Marketing and also some translation work. Arrived in Britain: April 2008 from Bulgaria. SUNAY Chelek, 28, gets up from his chair to shake my hand as soon as I walk in the site office a
Name: Sunay Chelek. Age: 28.
Work: sorting celery at G's Marketing and also some translation work.
Arrived in Britain: April 2008 from Bulgaria.
SUNAY Chelek, 28, gets up from his chair to shake my hand as soon as I walk in the site office and is the very modicum of politeness.
A third year English Literature student in Bulgaria, he is busy translating documents into his mother tongue and will be here until July.
He plans perhaps to go to work in the Netherlands after his three month-stint in the UK. "You can't feel lonely at Gs," he says. "I came here with friends and I love working here. We can contact our families and friends in Bulgaria via the Internet.
I have travelled quite a lot, so I don't really feel homesick." Gs is a member of the Home Office seasonal agricultural workers scheme, so although most Romanians and Bulgarians are still not eligible to work in the UK, Sunay is one of the lucky 800 who got a permit to work here this year.
It's clear from the way Sunay peppers his sentences with phrases like 'to the extent that' and patiently explains the meaning of the word philology to me, that he is one skilled worker whose talents in translation are being put to good use by a company who could just have left him sorting through celery sticks all day.