Book explores the ‘gulf’ between nationalities in Boston

Finding Home by Emily Dugan.
Finding Home by Emily Dugan.

The ‘gulf’ between nationalities in Boston is explored in a new book that aims to lift the lid on the real lives of migrants in Britain.

The final chapter of Finding Home: Real Stories Of Migrant Britain is an in-depth look at immigration in the town.

The book was written by Emily Dugan, an award-winning journalist at the Independent.

Emily told the Standard that she featured Boston because she feels it has been changed by immigration more dramatically than almost any other town in Britain.

She added: “Sometimes, when I walked from West Street into the centre, it felt like I was passing between two different towns.

“These divisions, which put up unseen walls between ‘eastern European’ and ‘British’ areas, can make Boston feel a hostile place. But far from hostile, most of the people I met – whether British, Polish, Latvian or Portuguese – were warm and open.

“If all nationalities did more to bring these communities together, I am convinced it would make Boston more pleasant and give it a renewed sense of identity.”

The chapter on Boston features the story of Park Academy teaching assistant Klaudia Cichawa, who came over from Poland in 2008.

Emily said: “She and her husband Karol are passionate about integration but I found that many other people I met were resigned to the idea of the gulf between different nationalities in the town.”

The book’s other nine chapters feature the stories of migrants from across the globe and it concludes with a warning that other towns could become ‘divided’ like Boston if more is not done to integrate communities.

Finding Home also features former Standard deputy editor Andrew Brookes, who spoke with Emily during one of her visits to Boston.

The book is out now and was officially launched at an event in West London last week.