Foreign nationals 'helping NI prosper'

Published Thursday, 12 June 2014
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A Chinese woman who has lived in Northern Ireland for the past 40 years, says people come to the country to help it prosper by opening new businesses and providing jobs.

Stella Tsang moved to Northern Ireland from Hong Kong when she was just 24.

Now in her 60s she has three children and a growing business in south Belfast.

She also helps people to who can't speak English to integrate into local life.

"People come from China and can be intimidated with attacks on their homes and they can't report it to police because they may not understand them," said Stella.

"People get shouted at, or refuse to pay you for their food or break a window.

"It's not nice when all people want is a better life for themselves, to study and support their families."

Given the recent rise in racially motivated attacks, Stella is more aware of the threat she may be faced with while she is out.

She added: "They might think we take their jobs but we don't.

"Really we actually offer jobs."

Stella says, however, that more people are standing up to racist behaviour and attacks.

She said the wider community was getting behind those racially abused.

"One word can be better than 100 attacks," she added.

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