But months after an EU accession treaty opened up free movement for Polish-born Michal Siewniak and his Croatian wife Ana in 2004, the newlyweds swapped their home in Tuscany for Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire.
At first, life in Britain was not easy. “I worked in a Greggs for six months,” recalls the history graduate. His second job was on the shop floor at John Lewis; his third was in a secondary school. Eventually, he found his true calling working for a charity.
“We’ve been in Britain for 18 years — we’ve reached our maturity,” jokes the 43-year-old, who is also a local councillor. “I’ve come to believe in social mobility. You can