João is from Porto in Portugal and has been in Denmark since mid-2015. He came here to be with his Danish girlfriend who he met online. The couple were married one month after João arrived.
João had a good life in Portugal and had not considered leaving Portugal before meeting his girlfriend. His family and friends were therefore surprised with his decision to move to Denmark but nevertheless supported his decision.
João was an entrepreneur in Porto. He opened his own bar when he was 18. He later sold that to start a coffee business. When his father died he also helped run his father’s construction company and assumed the responsibility of looking after his mother and older sister and her son.
He loves Denmark and considers it home now. Finding work is the most important thing for him but this has been difficult. He has part-time work as a waiter in a restaurant but would like to find something better. Not having a tertiary education and not speaking Danish he has found to be significant barriers and even casual or low-paid work is hard to get without speaking Danish.
He would like to live and have a family in Denmark. He has a strong ambition to undertake further education to become an English or history high school teacher.