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Number of Polish residents in Boston jumps from 40 to 3,000 since 2001

By Boston Target  |  Posted: February 06, 2013

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SINCE 2001, the number of Polish residents in Boston has jumped from 40 to 3,000, according to recently released 2011 census figures.

And the total number of people born in Eastern Europe has gone from less than 1,500 to more than 8,000.

Boston now has one of the biggest Polish populations of any town in England.

But the number of immigrants has been highlighted in the town on many occasions.

Recently, Rachel Bull, a mother of two from Boston, made headlines when she challenged a Cambridge University professor about immigration during a panel discussion on a BBC TV's Question Time.

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  • mags1862  |  March 30 2013, 10:07AM

    The political class would rather not talk about immigrants, they feel it is impolite to acknowledge the tens of thousands of slavs that have turned up on the doorstep waving the EU flag. 99% of immigrants end up in working class areas. The political class does not live around migrants, they do not compete for low paid jobs and housing with migrants, they do not wait in bus shelters or queue in Aldi with immigrants ("eurgh"). They and immigrants are like ships passing in the night. They are out of touch. They do not represent working class Bostonians, and they never will, so don't be disappointed when they don't.

  • mags1862  |  March 30 2013, 10:06AM

    The political class would rather not talk about immigrants, they feel it is impolite to acknowledge the tens of thousands of slavs that have turned up on the doorstep waving the EU flag. 99% of immigrants end up in working class areas. The political class does not live around migrants, they do not compete for low paid jobs and housing with migrants, they do not wait in bus shelters or queue in Aldi with immigrants ("eurgh"). They and immigrants are like ships passing in the night. They are out of touch. They do not represent working class Bostonians, and they never will, so don't be disappointed when they don't.

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  • mags1862  |  March 28 2013, 4:22PM

    At least 10,000 in a town that has had a handful of foreign immigrants in the 900 years since the Domesday book was written. It is the biggest upheaval in the town's history. What you don't fight for, you lose. Poles would never allow this to happen to their hometown. It's time to vote, it's time to protest, it's time to stand our ground.

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  • barneycee  |  February 16 2013, 2:19PM

    I don't agree with eatmygoal regarding pensioners, who do not "claim" a pension. They have worked hard all their lives to earn their pensions, paying income tax and N.I. in order to qualify. THe pension is therefore theirs by right; it is benefits which have to be claimed. Many pensioners continue to pay income tax, and they have spending power. They already have their own homes before they retire, so how are they a drain on the local services? Yes, older people need more healthcare, but that is universal across the UK, not a local problem. Re your other point, if they haven't paid in enough for a pension, then they will be receiving benefit as a retired person - this is not the same as a retirement pension. In my view, eatmygoal's argument does not provide a coherent explanation for the huge increase in the population of Boston. It is plain to see the influx of Eastern Europeans by the changed nature of shops and bars in the town centre., and the number of references to them in the Target. I have not seen any articles about an influx of pensioners.

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  • leswilson  |  February 14 2013, 1:38PM

    not happy being in boston because of the migrants who are in boston ive seen cars with no mot or insurance and no road tax being on and car or van in boston. they drink and drive in boston or drinking and driving in that case ausing more accidents here in boston.. seen more rape cases here in boston in the local papers after migrants do bad thing to our local people. who said migrants can drive cars or vans with tinted windows which is now illegal on all vehicles. why cant local go on a night out and not be imtimadated by these migrant who cant behave or there behaviour is not acceptable here in lincolnshire and so lets get a move on and get these problems sorted out once and for all

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  • leswilson  |  February 13 2013, 3:04PM

    im sorry to say boston residents are being pushed out by migrants jobs here in boston jobs in boston dont exist im trying to find a job here in boston but employers dont want to take on british people they are syaing we are to slow for them we can get the jobs done in 8 or 9 hour shifts better than the migrants can do it in a 20 hours shift. but we are also paying for the migrants transport to work which consists of ex public transport buses and luxery coaches, and sleafordian double decker to take migrants to work in the factories and packhouses in around lincolnshire and nottinghamshire. boston hsa a lack of housing and flats which are being taken by the migrants. we cant coup with anymore migrantion here in boston and not with the next load of migrants coming in from other places of europe to. migrants dont understand our laws here in england e.g driving cars with tinted windows and speeding in a 30mph areas also being a drunk and disorderly in the town centre drinking on the streets in boston which is now illegal from the goverment, and using boston as a public toilet because there is no public toilet facilities in boston for people to go the toilets in boston for 24hour use. we are lacking jobs and public transport to get to job interveiws and places of work but there nothing here in boston to apply for. why cant we get rid of these migrants and get boston back to getting jobs our homes and furture homes for the boston people. there has been 24 shop closers in boston that i know of since then. not one english shop has opened up here in boston at all. weve got councils and doctors surgeries, hospitals at breaking point, the job centre has a big inflex of people losing jobs and work or being made redundent by getting in cheap labour in from gang masters do it cheaper than the companies can pay out wages. why is it boston local people cant afford anything because of prices of shopping and car insurance going up. crime has been the most topical item since 2001 with more shop lifting done by migrants and boston local people because they cant leave there hands alone in a shop or supermarket. boston need to get together and sort this problem out before anymore migrants get into england and we wil be fighting for more jobs and houses and flats for british people in lincolnshire before anybody else gets them.

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  • eatmygoal  |  February 08 2013, 9:50AM

    And you're a delight.

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  • SS29252  |  February 07 2013, 6:58PM

    'They pay nothing in tax' eatmygoal, many pensioners pay income tax and all pay VAT on goods and services. You are ignorant.

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  • eatmygoal  |  February 07 2013, 3:24PM

    I am not sure that it is a scare tactic. A number of businesses would have to consider carefully whether they would want to stay in the UK. Aside from that we would still have to pay a significant amount to trade within the EU which are our biggest trading partner. On the flip side of things there have been numerous rulings such as the Work time directive and Maternity/Paternity legislation that I like. Thanks for answering though, interesting to note.

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  • nolies  |  February 07 2013, 12:51PM

    eatmygoal,Its not just immigration,its the fact that we are dictated to by a bunch of euro morons telling us what to do and how to do it,fishing,agriculture etc plus we pay in more than we get out and I don't believe for one minute the argument that if we leave that suddenly all trade would cease between britain and the eu,its just a scare tactic,in fact I believe it would make us a stronger country when doing business,just look at the massive euro cockup that we fortunately avoided

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