• Kristina Baronaite
  • Liuda Baroniene
Location:
Peterhead
Date:
Saturday 6th December 2008
Reference:
SWI2008/020

Simon:

OK, so it is the case that you came over first?

     

Liuda:

Yes.

     

Simon:

And then you joined more recently?

     

Kristina:

Yes.

     

Simon:

How long were you here before your daughter came over?

     

Liuda:

Maybe two years? Yes, two years.

Simon:

And in Fraserburgh?

     

Liuda:

Yes, in Fraserburgh.

Simon:

What kind of work ...?

     

Liuda:

Mmm, fish factory, yes.

Simon:

And have you been in the fish factory since you arrived or have you had different jobs?

     

Liuda:

No.

     

Kristina:

No, just fish factory.

     

Liuda:

Yes, just one.

     

Simon:

How have you found the work?

     

Liuda:

I look in new work, maybe find better something. This one no ... It’s for me not good. My fingers don’t like, it’s cold water every day. Yes.

Simon:

And what kind of things do you do?

     

Liuda:

Everything. Small factory and cut fish, smoked ...?

Kristina:

Preparing.

Liuda:

Yes. And vacuum packing. Everything in this factory, yes.

Simon:

And how long do you work in a day?

     

Liuda:

Nine, eight o’ clock, ten sometimes.

Simon:

Are there many other Lithuanians where you work?

     

Liuda:

No, just three from Lithuania. But from Latvia? Four. And everybody from Scotland, Scotland people.

Simon:

Is it mostly Scottish people?

     

Liuda:

Yeah.

     

Simon:

And when you first arrived were there many Lithuanians, Latvians ...? Has that changed?

     

Liuda:

Changed? Yes. First it was many from Lithuania, now just two or three. Yes.

Simon:

And have people left to get other work or ...?

     

Liuda:

Maybe yes, maybe go home. Yes, two go home and one new place. I staying in this place.

Simon:

Have you stayed because you find it difficult to find other work?

     

Liuda:

Emm ... Not difficult ... I can in new fish factory but fish factory is the same, the same work. I like maybe not in fish factory. Maybe new something. But maybe I looking now. Maybe find something, yes.

Simon:

Is it hard to find other work? It’s a small town.

     

Liuda:

Yes, small town. Just fish, maybe we’re ...

Kristina:

It’s mostly fish factories in Fraserburgh so it’s hard to find another job.

Liuda:

And my English not good! This is one problem, yes.

Simon:

And how long have you been here?

     

Kristina:

Well, I came here in summer so I’m here about six months or less, yeah. And start to go to Fraserburgh Academy. It’s not bad, I find new friends.

Simon:

What year are you in school?

     

Kristina:

Fifth year.

     

Simon:

So you’re almost ...?

     

Kristina:

Yeah.

     

Simon:

Was it difficult to come from Lithuania when you must have been near to completion at another school? Was it a completely different system?

Kristina:

Well, not really. Of course first day was really scary because I didn’t know anything. I just thought: “Oh, how is this gonna be?” but ... No, it’s not really difficult. It’s ... I like here. For me it’s better than Lithuania in school.

Simon:

Do you think the education is better in Lithuania or better here?

     

Kristina:

It’s more easier here.

Liuda:

Yes, easy.

     

Kristina:

In Lithuania it’s harder to learn. In Lithuania we have to learn more subjects and here we can choose just five subjects.

Simon:

Now that you’re here, I take it you’re planning to stay till you finish, till you graduate?

     

Kristina:

Yes.

     

Simon:

And in terms of finding other work, does that mean you’d have to stay in Fraserburgh or would you move to Aberdeen for example? Would you mind moving school again?

Kristina:

No, I think it’s more better if we can go to bigger town. I think it’s more opportunities, for more job. For me to go to better school and ... I think I’m still gonna go to bigger city because I wanna go to university so ... (inaudible) ...

Simon:

What would you like to study at university?

     

Kristina:

Well, I’m thinking about something with medicine. ... (inaudible) ... make it, so ...

Simon:

Is it Aberdeen or Dundee?

     

Liuda:

Yeah, Aberdeen University.

Simon:

Aberdeen seems to be mostly Polish people compared to a much higher proportion of Lithuanian people than some of the other towns in Scotland have.

     

Kristina:

It’s more Lithuanian people. It’s a lot of ...

Liuda:

Maybe in Fraserburgh. More just here in Peterhead, more from Lithuania, yes.

Kristina:

I don’t know, maybe here is more Polish people.

Simon:

... (inaudible) ... Banff ... mostly Polish.

     

Liuda:

Yeah, bigger country and more people.

Simon:

And the fact that there are more Lithuanians in Fraserburgh, is that just a coincidence do you think? Or is it because some people came and other people would come because there were already connections?

     

Liuda:

Maybe once they in this place and come in ...

Kristina:

Maybe just to be with the families or friends. I don’t know.

Liuda:

Yeah, maybe this.

     

Simon:

Did you get your job through an agency or ...?

     

Liuda:

No, no, I just ...

     

Simon:

And does the fact that there are more Lithuanian people around make it easier for you, do you think?

     

Liuda:

No. Maybe it same, maybe.

Kristina:

You just know that it’s here from our country, we just can talk or something. It’s not very important I don’t think. Because it’s better when you can meet other people.

Simon:

And does the fact that you’re at school make it easier to get to know more people in Fraserburgh and make you feel part of the community there? Just in general.

     

Kristina:

Well ... I don’t know. Of course I meet new people and they ... It’s helped me for my language.

Liuda:

And I see she talk better with Scottish ...

     

Kristina:

Improve my language.

Liuda:

Yeah. And for me it’s not good. Every day with my Lithuanian people and my language no ...

Simon:

How did you get involved with the Migrant Workers Association?

     

Liuda:

I know Mickey (Mindaugas Zalecki) long time. First maybe I have problem and come to Mickey, ask him, and just something ...

Kristina:

We need somebody as translator.

Liuda:

I can’t ... Just so ... !

     

Simon:

Take your time.

     

Kristina:

How he involve us to ... My mum met him, he just asked her to ... I don’t know. I’m not sure how they met! (laughs)

Simon:

How did you meet Mickey for the first time? Do you remember?

     

Liuda:

First time? Long time. I stay here one, two ... Maybe I need help for ...? Ah, I have problem. Strange problem! (laughs) I have problem with police! Yes, but this is my neighbour. My neighbour was Polish and he ...

Kristina:

Oh, he attacked her. They fight and they have ...

Liuda:

I have problem. I was in hospital and get help from Mickey.

Simon:

OK, so they sent him to the hospital to translate for you?

     

Liuda:

In hospital, not, but one time in police they call in Mickey as translator. And maybe it’s one year ago, maybe more. Yes, I’ve known Mickey long time. And now something, write ...

Kristina:

When we need to write some applications, he help to ...

Liuda:

And he was ... Give me book?

     

Kristina:

For help for me for studies. He helped to find the school and he just said Robert Gordon University is good for me.

Liuda:

He said he help so very like study ...

     

Kristina:

Because he likes when people are very like the learning so he helps.

     

Simon:

Have you been involved with the association much or are you just members?

     

Liuda:

This association, from Thursday ... No, just ...

     

Kristina:

Members, yes.

     

Simon:

Have you found it helpful? I guess it’s quite a young organisation but has it been useful to be part of something like this? Do you feel it helps you?

     

Liuda:

Yes of course.

     

Simon:

And do you think if there wasn’t an organisation like that, would it be more difficult for you? Would it be harder to ...?

     

Liuda:

Maybe, yes. It’s good for like this people from other countries. It’s good, yes. We feel here that not like home, it’s not my place, and this together with people is good. Yeah.