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What not to do in Wales

Wales guide warns immigrants not to indulge in incest

A guide to life in Wales for immigrants which advises them not to indulge in incest or rape has today been dubbed "blindingly obvious" by an Assembly Member.

The Welsh Assembly Government document, produced in 17 foreign languages, informs immigrants about their rights and responsibilities.

In a list of "Ten Important Things you Need to Know", such as how to register for work and what to do if they are homeless, number eight gives readers a brief introduction to the law.

Those unaccustomed with it are informed: "It is also a criminal offence to force a woman to have sex with you if she says no."

The uninitiated are told such things as how old they must be to buy cigarettes or alcohol and that it is illegal to be violent towards a partner.

But it adds: "Having sex with a minor (child under 16-years-old) or with a member of your family is also a criminal offence."

Conservative AM Jonathan Morgan said: "I'm staggered the Assembly Government is using public money to give people a lesson in the blindingly obvious."

There are detailed chapters on finding somewhere to work and live, and another on how to get healthcare.

Crucially, the pack tells people on which side of the road they must drive (the left).

In her introduction, Assembly Social Justice Minister Edwina Hart says Welsh is spoken throughout Wales. "We would certainly encourage you to learn Welsh, as well as English," she writes.

The Assembly Government says Wales has seen an influx of workers from recent EU countries, such as Poland.

The pack has been produced in Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Estonian, French, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovakian, Slovenian, Somali, Spanish and Turkish.

Launching the 80-page Welcome to Wales Pack, which will be updated annually, Ms Hart said: "The aim is to ensure that migrant workers who come to this country are fully aware of their rights and responsibilities, and to help them fit in with the local community."

Mr Morgan added: "This is insulting to the people from many nations who are coming to work and live in Wales.

"While we welcome any initiative which helps people from overseas settle into life in Wales, the Assembly Government needs to re-think its approach if this is the sort of advice it's promoting."

Between 2005 and 2006, 16,400 national insurance numbers were given to migrant workers in Wales, an Assembly Government spokesman said.

"The Welsh Assembly Government is in the process of commissioning research to provide accurate estimates of the number of migrant workers in Wales," said the Government spokesman.

"Current information is based on two primary sources - national insurance allocations to foreign nationals and the Workers Registration Scheme administered by the Home Office."

Polish Consul General Janusz Wach said: "The publication reflects the positive and active attitude of the authorities in Wales towards the Polish migrant community, and the way you understand the challenges faced by many of them in the initial process of settling in a totally new environment."

Re: What not to do in Wales

What nothing about sheep and wellies?

Re: What not to do in Wales

"The pack has been produced in Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Estonian, French, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovakian, Slovenian, Somali, Spanish and Turkish."



What a complete waste of taxpayers money! My advice to these immigrants would be to learn English (or Welsh) or get out.

Re: What not to do in Wales

I wonder what effect the influx of Poles whose second language is English will have on the precarious state of the Welsh language?

If they settle there permanently, their children will have to learn in in school. If they speak Polish at home, Welsh at school, and English elsewhere they'll be trilingual.

Re: What not to do in Wales

"My advice to these immigrants would be to learn English (or Welsh) or get out."


Good idea. How's your learning Polish, Hans?

Re: What not to do in Wales

Enough for basic communication. That's enough for me. Besides I have my wife for any talking that's needed and I'm not an immigrant .

However, if I was I wouldn't expect Poland to pay for the translation and printing of literature into sixteen different languages. They wouldn't do so, anyway.