Re: Reader feedback: Confession of a Slovak who will come back
I know most of my neighbours of ethnic Asian and Middle Eastern origin are not "asylum seekers" but migrants that have been allowed into Britain to work under quota systems. Many are firmly settled here and do not expect to move on to anywhere else. To simply, and wrongly, think of them as "asylum seekers" isn't helpful.
There is no reason to believe many central or eastern European migrants to Britain won't end up doing the same and stay here, particularly if the market evens out prices across the EU. I understand many Poles have already decided to stay here rather than pay the 40 percent tax levied on the money they earn at home.
Long gone are the days in contemporary London when, perhaps naively, workers expected respect from their employers and employees felt a loyalty to their employers and thought of themselves as "company people". The whole work ethos has changed in recent years, as Peter from London illustrates. Where that all leads remains to be seen.
20. Mar 2006 at 0:00
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