A report by Business in the Community, one of the charities of which the Prince of Wales is president, has highlighted the fact that country areas of the UK, where thousands of immigrants arrive to work on the land doing jobs that many Brits would rather not, are “culturally unprepared” to aid the effective integration needed.

The attitudes of country residents to immigrants as opposed to those living in large cosmopolitan towns and cities, and not just in the UK have always been less informed and tolerant and generally more hostile, something not always understood by urban-based politicians and a Westminster government.

The report identifies a 186 per cent increase in the number of migrant workers in rural areas since 2002. Areas such as Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Herefordshire have seen especially high concentrations especially at harvest times.

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