Bereshit 47:27 states that the Israelites (or Hebrews) settled in Egypt in the region of Goshen. It also say they got them possessions therein. From 45:10 it seems they also had their own flock.
From different verses like Shemot 8:22 we know the people still lived in this region at the time of the Exodus.
Verse 1:14 suggests that they were working in construction because they had to work hard/severe through working with stones of mud and straw, and that they were employed as farmers in agriculture and perhaps also livestock, since they had to do heavy work on land and in the field.
So here's my question, since they were freed from the bondage, opressions or burdens from Egypt, but also from the fact that some people still longed back to it I became to wonder what kind of life they had and how they lived in Egypt;
Did they lived like most slaves at the time (and were kept) in an organized context (encampment); in their own area in small mud houses close to their area of work? Or did they lived a seperate or independt life of some sort, like other lower social classes did and most often were explioted, suppressed and supposed to do the dirty and heavy work and punished if they couldn't pay the high taxes or produce enough, or punished as foreign slaves were not allowed to do much reproduction, because if they would become to many it would be threatening the Egyptian culture and livestyle.
So are there any commentaries which explain how they could live in Goshen in their own houses (with maybe some flock) while still being slaves or mistreated?