ROBSON’S CHOICE: Grantham Journal columnist talks immigration

Alison Robson.

Alison Robson.

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COLUMNIST Alison Robson writes:

AFTER reading Laurence’s column in the Journal last week, I have to say that I completely agree with him.

All too often people stereotype immigrants with the same image; lazy, good-for-nothing people who both leech from the state and “take our jobs”. I completely disagree with such statements; they are incredibly xenophobic and do not make much sense - afterall, how can they both take paid employment and leech from the state, when normally to make claims you would be unemployed?

The majority of immigrants I have come across are hard working, decent people. People often only hear about a small minority but that doesn’t mean you should tar everyone with the same brush. I’m sure people reading the Journal would think we’re all criminals judging by the court pages these days, but why should a small minority wreck the image of the honest majority? It just doesn’t make sense.

I feel Grantham’s growing immigrant population is a good thing. We have a range of shops on the high street and while not everyone would agree they are beneficial, I do feel that they bring value to our high street which would otherwise be empty. We have a much wider range of products available to us as a result of immigration as supermarkets try to cater for different cultural needs, and there’s a great range of authentic restaurants and takeaways throughout the whole town. Immigration need not be a bad thing!

After the success of the Olympics, which highlighted that the United Kingdom is home to a diverse range of people from different cultures, I hope that people will come to realise that multiculturalism is a good thing and that we should not view immigration negatively. I feel the press portrays immigration on the whole as a bad thing, and doesn’t stop to consider the benefits... It’s a real shame. I feel we could learn a lot and life would be much easier if everyone got along with each other, not worrying about which places people came from. Is it really that difficult?