FOREIGN nationals who come to South Holland to steal, scrounge off benefits and get drunk should be sent home, according to two Eastern European businesswomen.
Polish national Diana Gajek and Lithuanian Bridget Moss claim they are embarrassed to reveal they are foreign when going about their day to day lives because of the bad impression residents have of their fellow countrymen.
They want to see those who refuse to work and instead claim benefits while standing on the streets drinking, thrown out so that those who respect their adopted country can begin to make friends with locals.
The pair are now hoping to set up a major integration centre to encourage English people to mix with those migrants who have a strong work ethic and family values to overcome some of the problems currently facing the town.
Bridget said: “We are as fed up as everyone about the rubbish and the drinking in the streets and those people who refuse to work and just claim benefits here.
“There are too many foreign people abusing the system and it is wrong. If foreign people commit crimes in this country they should not be sent to prison here, they should be sent home. And it should be three strikes and you are out.
“They shouldn’t be allowed to claim benefits here until they have worked and put something into the pot.”
Diana, who has set up the foreign weekend schools at her premises in Abbey Passage, Spalding, added that there are a lot of hard-working Eastern Europeans who come to this country looking for a better life for themselves and their families and are willing to work hard to achieve it.
She said: “We don’t all want to abuse the system, we want to earn a living and are willing to pay taxes and respect the laws.
“The Polish and Lithuanian schools we have already set up are important because we don’t want our children to forget where they come from but at the same time if we are living here we have to learn to respect this country and integrate with the community.
“And that stands even if the community is a bit resistant. It is up to us to work hard to overcome our bad name and persuade them.”
The ambitious pair have already had an initial meeting with a representative from South Holland District Council and are hoping they can get the support they need to set up a centre where they can offer a range of activities and support to improve integration.
Coun Nick Worth, executive member for Big Society, said: “We are keen to seize every opportunity to work with people who want to make a difference in our local area, improving local life, environment and community cohesion.”
Diana and Bridget are now hoping to hear from anyone willing to help acheive their aims.