THE concern over the influx of foreign workers is very widespread throughout Boston.
I have yet to meet a Bostonian who does not worry that our pleasant country town is being changed forever. All are reluctant to voice their opinions for fear of being labelled racists.
Ours is a small town in a small crowded island, and immigration has reached unprecedented levels. I understand why people flock here, for a better life, where benefits are so generous that no one will starve.
The problem is the services cannot provide homes for all the homeless locals, let alone newcomers, schools, and health services are at breaking point. The country is in the worst financial state in living memory, facing bankruptcy, and the rate of immigration has to be stemmed.
I recognise many Eastern Europeans are hard working, reliable people prepared to do menial jobs for the minimum wage, and many firms could not survive without them, jobs our own people refuse to do, and that seems to be the crux of the problem.
The benefit system has bred a generation not prepared to work long hours doing unskilled jobs for low wages (unlike their parents and grandparents of yesteryear) when they can idle their days away doing nothing and drawing money each week. Many have never worked, and would not even be worth the minimum wage.
I hasten to add, that most locals do put in a good day’s work for their pay, if they are lucky enough to have a job. I wonder if in 20 years from now the children of migrants will be following in their parents’ footsteps, or emulate some of the locals in their distain for work.