A few hours before we boarded a flight to London, we had a message on our phone from the airport.
It said we needed to leave within 48 hours, and we were told to turn in our passports before we departed.
“You will be leaving within 48 hrs from your departure time,” the message said.
I checked our luggage.
It wasn’t even there.
The flight was on.
We had flown to a new destination, but had to return to the airport and wait in line.
It was a new experience.
We were in a world we had never known before.
And it didn’t feel like a real airport.
At this point, it wasn’t really a flight.
It had to be a hotel room.
The whole experience was surreal.
The line, the long queues, the cramped and noisy waiting room, the claustrophobia of having to stand on the floor of the terminal waiting for a passport to be scanned by a security officer, the sheer pressure of holding your luggage and waiting in a line for hours on end.
It is no surprise, then, that people from all over the world flock to the UK.
We’re a global city, with people from nearly every continent, from South America to Africa.
And we’re a country with a long history of immigration and international tourism.
In fact, according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics, the UK has one of the highest numbers of foreign visitors in the world.
More than 1.6 million foreigners live in the UK, a figure that is growing every year.
What is it about the UK that attracts so many people to come here?
How does it help people to get out of poverty, live in a better society and have better lives?
It’s been estimated that an extra 2.6 billion people visit the UK each year, with tourism accounting for about 40% of that figure.
But what makes the UK different?
The UK is a small country, with just over 100 million inhabitants.
It has a population of just over a million people.
It also has one the lowest levels of income inequality in the EU, which is in contrast to countries such as France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
But it also has a strong reputation as a place where people can make a good living.
For example, the top 10 per cent of earners in the country earn more than the top 1 per cent.
In recent years, this has been the case for a number of reasons, including the fact that the average earnings for people in the top 20 per cent have been increasing at an average rate of 3.4 per cent per year.
There is also a wealth gap between rich and poor, which can be a cause of frustration for many people, with some claiming they feel exploited or disadvantaged.
But why are people coming to the country?
Many say they want to escape poverty.
The UK has a relatively low rate of unemployment in the OECD, meaning that people in poverty can’t easily find work.
According to a survey from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, just over 30 per cent said that their main motivation for coming to live and work in the United Kingdom was to escape economic hardship.
It’s not just the UK which attracts people to its shores, though.
Other countries have their own unique attractions.
Australia has a thriving tourism industry, with the likes of the Golden Eagle and Royal Caribbean flying in millions of people every year, and it’s one of several European countries that have become hubs for business.
The Netherlands is also home to many big companies, including Philips, Nike and Google.
France, Germany and Spain are also big players in tourism, with more than 4 million visitors from those countries a year.
But while there are many attractions in the way of places to go, there are also some common characteristics that attract people.
They tend to be younger, more urbanised and more educated than people in countries like France or the US.
And the UK is also in the midst of an economic downturn.
It started in 2008 and has since shrunk by about a third.
The economy is in dire straits, and many people are feeling the pinch, which has created a huge number of migrants, who come from all around the world seeking a better life.
Some of them are working in the hospitality industry.
It can be tough to get by in the long term, but many of them come here for a better future.
Many of them have children, and their children will be coming here when they are older.
They may also be going to school in the future.
But there are risks too.
Some migrants are worried about their future after arriving here.
There are some who say they will be able to support themselves after they arrive.
They will be looking after their children.
They won’t have the jobs that they had before, but will have the skills that they will need in the years ahead.
Others may find themselves working at the local shops, or even at the same jobs as they did