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British residents complain about excessive inflow of Polish and Baltic migrants

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUResidents of the British town of Boston complain about an excessive inflow of Polish, Latvian and Lithuanian migrants.

One of the town’s main streets is filled with stores selling Eastern European goods. Job adverts posted outside of these stores more often than not are written in Latvia and Polish language, not English.

The population of foreigners in Boston has increased by 467% over the past decade, which is the highest index across all of the UK. Ever since 2004, which marked an ‘explosion’ in the EU’s expansion, the town has been experiencing a rapid inflow of Polish, Latvian and Lithuanian immigrants. At the moment, they form 15% of the town’s residents.

Dean Everitt, an activist that fights against immigration, complaints about feeling like «a foreigner in my own country». «I live in England, I am an English person, I expect to be able to speak English in my own country, not have to learn Polish or Latvian to work in the local factory,» – he complains.

He claims the immigrants do not contribute anything to the town’s economy because they buy food products in Eastern European shops and send the money they earn in Boston back home.

Locals believe immigrants have caused a deficit of housing and a rise in rent prices. There are no longer enough places in schools and hospitals in the town. On top of that, it is now hard to find even a single child that speaks English in schools, locals say.

In the town now governed by conservative politicians, support for the UK Independence Party, which stands in favour of exiting the EU and promises to limit migration, has increased dramatically over the years.

Councillor Mike Gilbert admits the town has taken in more immigrants it can handle.

According to him, some of the migrants are attracted by the generous social support system, which provides Eastern Europeans with housing, child care, free healthcare and education.

At the same time, the politician admits that immigrants also show up because there is demand for low-wage labourers. Many foreigners work as farmworkers or in food processing.

Surveys show that immigrants from other EU countries have brought the UK around GBP 20 billion. Not everyone in Boston is satisfied with this.

«There is a different nation on every corner – great. We eat different dishes and meet all kinds of people,» – says pensioner Graham Scarborough.

«If it wasn’t for them, more than half of the shops in West Street would be empty,» – adds 64-year-old Richard Goodwin. «From that point of view, they are doing us a favour».

The majority of immigrants interviewed by AFP correspondents in Boston refused to comment the criticisms against them. One 30-year-old Polish translator, Anna, mentioned that more and more of her friends and relatives who live in the UK have been doing their best to integrate in society and learn proper English language.


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  1. Ron. says:

    We are having the same problem in the US. They do NOT want to learn English. They love our food stamps. Their refrigerators are fill with food more than US cirizens.

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  2. Linda says:

    But what the report doesn’t mention these incoming people work on the vast fields in the area picking crops … I don’t see the rush from UK indigenous unemployed population to gather in the foodstuffs. Someone has to bring in the vegetables, etc.

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    • Foreigner says:

      Funny that an American complains about immigration – US is nothing but immigrants. My guess is that more or less all people from Eastern Europe emigrate because they want to work, not live on food stamps. I come from Norway and has nothing but positive things to say about immigrants from Eastern Europe. Yes, some don’t want to learn Norwegien, but so what? Language is about communicating, not speaking a specific language.

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      • Brian says:

        There is a huge difference between those who come to a country to work, and those who come to a country to live on welfare.

        Latvians move to work.

        You would think the British would be happy with that.

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  3. David James says:

    I’ve no problem with east Europeans coming to the uk. I am a British citizen born and bred, parents and their parents also British. what gets me angry is people who scrounge off the state, I must admit these are people not from Europe at all but from Asian and other Arab countries.

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    • Linda says:

      Even better are the health tourists who scarper after operation and before paying. When I had private surgery in NHS hospital with private clinic I had to pay up before the operation so if pre-op payment is good enough for me why don’t they insist that all do it.

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