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    (Original post by RivalPlayer)
    These days, when I speak to English people that express a desire to reduce immigration from the EU, they usually mean that they want to specifically prevent people that have come into Europe from Islamic and East African countries hopping over into the UK.

    But a lot immigrants that have come into the UK over the years have been from Eastern European countries like Poland, Bulgaria and Romania. Yet I've heard very little said about the immigrants from these countries. I mean, I've heard the odd complaint about wages being driven down in certain industries, but nothing really significant.

    This is fascinating because not many people seem to be as nearly bothered about the social and cultural changes introduced by the influx of people from Eastern European nations.
    This is despite the fact that a lot of Eastern Europeans opt to stay in their own cultural enclaves and depend on services and infrastructure (just like any non-European immigrant) adding further pressure to an already buckling system. Yet from what I've heard, English folk don't seem bothered by the social and cultural changes brought about by people from these ethnic groups.

    Have English people been seduced by the stereotype of the hardworking Eastern European - despite the fact that 57% of London's homeless are Eastern European immigrants? Is it a colour/appearance thing - i.e. they look European and are therefore ok? Is it because they share a similar (Christian) religious background?

    Why do people from these nations seem to get a pass from the average English person even though their presence makes England less "English"? Not all Eastern European immigrants come here to work - a lot of Romanian gangs are behind the pickpocketing epidemic in the UK for example and yet not many people seem bothered about this negative social side-effect. These people are changing English society just like any other post millennium non-European immigrant who refuses to integrate.

    On my estate in London, most of the "white" people aren't even English and as a life-long Londoner that makes me sad. From what I've observed in my London borough, most Eastern European immigrants stick to their own people in terms of friends and other social relationships - ultimately they choose to stay in their own cultural/ ethnic enclave. And that it's not going change because the post millennium immigrant has fewer incentives in 2016 to step outside that enclave.

    So I want to know what do English people (and other white British groups) think about the influx of Eastern European immigrants over the years?

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    'Eastern European' is a very generalised label. It includes Russian oligarchs, Lithuanian gangsters, Polish plumbers and Romanian beggars. Most Eastern Europeans in the UK are white Poles, Latvians, Slovakians etc, who come here to work. They sometimes work in the 'informal economy' and are not always paid as much as an equivalent British worker, but generally they are here legally.

    Most of them are law abiding citizens and contribute to the UK economy. But homeless E. Europeans in London are by and large gypsies from Romania and Bulgaria, who are here illegally. They are often employed by organised crime syndicates, or in some cases involuntarily trafficked and forced to work as beggars or prostitutes. They are often portrayed as scheming criminals, which is a rather unfair portrayal of a people who are viciously persecuted and live in extreme poverty otherwise unheard of in the European continent, especially as some of them are here entirely against their will as I say. But still, you can't compare gypsies to Polish economic migrants, much less try to claim that the former are representative of all Eastern Europeans.
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    (Original post by espicton98)
    I come from a community which has had a huge influx of Eastern Europeans. For me, it isn't a problem, however it's caused mass divide- at school they all group together and don't join in with the rest of us, perhaps because many people are hostile towards them. There is a lot of racism, and I mean a l o t across all ages in my community about the influx in Eastern Europeans, I feel it's not a wide spread issue, as they seem to move towards particular areas rather than across the country. My experience has been mostly positive, we are all human after all, just because we speak a different language, have a slightly different culture doesn't mean we can't all live in harmony
    I think the divide exists in the area of London I live in too. I don't see Eastern Europeans hanging around with English folk or vice versa. They just stick with own opting to speak in their native languages. So although Eastern Europeans are closer to the English in terms of physical appearance and culture I don't think it automatically means they're more likely to interact with each other.
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    (Original post by RivalPlayer)
    I think the divide exists in the area of London I live in too. I don't see Eastern Europeans hanging around with English folk or vice versa. They just stick with own opting to speak in their native languages. So although Eastern Europeans are closer to the English in terms of physical appearance and culture I don't think it automatically means they're more likely to interact with each other.
    I agree, it's a shame, the few that I have spoken to have been very nice and friendly it's just they close themselves off from the rest of the community
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    (Original post by espicton98)
    I agree, it's a shame, the few that I have spoken to have been very nice and friendly it's just they close themselves off from the rest of the community
    Has there been any instances of aggression/negative feelings from Eastern Europeans towards English people?
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    The issue I have is why do they deserve to come to England over other people from other countries in the commonwealth, where gaining a VISA is much harder? Sure they're all good and hard workers but are there many highly skilled workers? No and many leave within a year because they work mainly in the informal sector.
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    Has there been any instances of aggression/negative feelings from Eastern Europeans towards English people?
    yes. A number of fights have occurred that have been initated by Eastern Europeans, probably fed up of the continual hostility and stereotyping. often people in my area group them as 'polish' when an individual may actually be from Latvia, Lithuania so on... which can cause issues
 
 
 
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