Sunday, 9 September 2007

Migrant Workers: Welcome in Wellingborough!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Letter to the Editor of the Northants Evening Telegraph

Dear Sir,

The headline in the 21-8-07 edition of the Evening Telegraph "Migrant Workers flood into county" is, to say the least, provocative, negative and potentially stokes up xenophobia and racism.

A "flood" is usually something that overwhelms and devastates local communities, as we have witnessed recently in other parts of the UK. An additional 3,000 migrant workers coming to live and work in north Northamptonshire during the past 12 months is hardly "overwhelming" and is certainly not a "disaster".

Such immigration – as immigration has always done over the centuries - contributes significantly to economic growth and prosperity and can re-invigorates local communities with fresh ideas and new friendships. We should welcome and support newcomers into our community rather than label them in the way your headline does.

I, for one, welcome new families from Eastern Europe to Wellingborough.

How would the thousands of people of UK origin living and working in other European Union countries (and the millions living in other parts of the world) feel if they were described in this way?

Come on, I am sure your headline writers can do better.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Crofts (Cllr)

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