Britain’s Most Segregated Town Speaks Lithuanian*
Most British Muslim women speak English even though the state cut language classes over 5 years ago. Yet here we are with a shining example of how little Cameron knows the country he is Prime Minister of…or when the reality falls far from the big Agenda
By Kieran Corcoran
An Eastern European supermarket in Boston (l) and the famous town church (r)
Families who moved from Eastern Europe to Boston, Lincolnshire, say they feel no need to integrate.
The small market town was revealed last week as the least integrated place in the country.
Analysis of census figures showed that the 11,000 immigrants of Boston – around a sixth of the population – live more separate lives than anywhere in the country.
Many say they can get by speaking no English, and there are Eastern European pubs, shops and jobs for them.
One family said:
“We love it here. It is just like living in Lithuania.”
Emil Koval, a 39-year-old father of two, lives on a street where more than 85% of his neighbours are also immigrants.
Mr Koval, a factory worker, moved to Boston from Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital, with his family six years ago.
He said: “We do have respect for British culture but there is so much of our country here it is hard to get homesick.
“Both my sisters are here — I’m thinking of getting Mum to come.”
Entire streets in the town are filled with businesses which say they have almost no English customers.
Signs and notices around the community are often published in as many as six languages so locals can all read them.
Boston’s location in East Anglia makes it attractive to migrant workers because of an abundance of factory and agricultural jobs.
Nearby Spalding and Wisbech were also named in the top ten least integrated U.K. communities by the Policy Exchange think tank.
The influx to the small towns has created some resentment among Lincolnshire locals.
A market trader in Boston, who did not wish to be named, said:
“I have nothing to do with them.
“People are bothered by immigration because of the size of the town. It’s ridiculous how many shops and supermarkets they have.”