Migrant story a disgrace to paper and community

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Your article regarding ‘problem migrants’ was one of the worst examples of journalism that I have seen in a long time.

From the ill-conceived headline through to the shallow approach to both the issues and the proposed integration centre, it was a disgrace both to the paper and the community that it is supposed to reflect.

Given the journalistic shortcomings, it is hard to know whether the ladies in question were represented correctly. If they were, then they should be ashamed of themselves, their stance on the issues and the potential disharmony that may result from the article.

Are they truly embarrassed to reveal they are “foreign”? This, in a county that continues to prosper due to the huge influx of foreign workers that keeps large sectors of our economy including agriculture and food processing competitive.

If they are ashamed, then they are certainly the last people to be running an integration centre. If the goal is integration, then to make the comments that they have and participate in a tawdry article, then they are going the wrong way about it.

Working in the agri/horti-sector for 20 years and being married to a Polish national for 15 years, I know the communities quite well and they are disgusted to read comments from fellow “foreigners” such as; “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 vast majority of migrants do not take the step lightly to leave their homes, families and countries to come to the UK. They come out of necessity to earn money to live and bring up their families.

As in any community, including our own indigenous people, there are good and bad, lazy and hard-working, those that drink too much and those who abstain. Migrant communities are no different. They reflect a broad cross-section of people. To stigmatise a particular section of a community is both irresponsible and wrong.

I would be happy to meet with the two ladies to discuss their plans and I would like to hear from them if the article was a fair representation of what was said. They clearly need help if they are to set up a successful integration centre.

Collectively, the ladies and the Lincolnshire Free Press have only managed to set the cause of integration backwards.



Editor’s note: The headline represented the women’s message about their fellow foreign nationals who are troublesome.

The article clearly stated that they are embarrassed to reveal that they are foreign because of the bad impression which those problem few give.

One of the women, Diana Gajek, has since thanked our reporter for the article, so they are clearly happy with the represention.

The women have appealed for help, so I’m sure they would welcome your input.

Her foreign weekend school is in Abbey Passage, Spalding.