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London’s migrant turf war

Immigrants are drawn to the capital with the promise of success. At what price?

By Ben Judah   February 2016

London's skylie. ©Ben Judah

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Pawel does not look like a builder, with his thick black glasses and plush grey mane. Pawel doesn’t sound like one either. Inside his overheated white van he talks about communism, literature, politics, chess: everything he lost in 1981 when he became a dissident refugee. He misses those first building days.

“You know what it was like then? Back in the eighties, the nineties, when I was first building,…

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