IMMIGRATION CONCERN

Immigration and related issues, mainly in the United Kingdom.

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Extracts in date order, except latest additions first. Updated 17 July 2018

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Diversity – children's books
Children's books must have more black characters, Arts Council funded report says
Camilla Turner
Daily Telegraph, 17 July 2018.

Children's books must have more black characters, a study funded by the Arts Council has said.

Only 4 per cent of books published last year aimed at primary school children featured a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic character, according to research commissioned by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE).

When analysing how many children's books had a main character who was from an ethnic minority background, researchers found that the proportion dropped even further down, to one per cent.

Meanwhile, almost a third (32.1 per cent) of pupils in primary schools in England are from minority ethnic backgrounds, the latest official figures show. ...

The study was funded by the Arts Council, which is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

The CLPE urged publishers to use more characters from ethnic minorities in children's literature, not as a "tick box exercise" but as a "meaningful and accurate representation of the interconnected, diverse society".

Ethnic minority characters should not be defined by their "struggle, suffering or 'otherness'" the report said and should not just feature in the "margins" of the plot. Instead, they should be "central" to narratives, and should be "authentically portrayed".

Of the 9,115 children's book published in the UK in 2017, just 391 featured an ethnic minority character, researchers found.

Last year, the best selling children's author Anthony Horowitz said he was warned off creating a black protagonist.

The author of Foyle's war and the Alex Rider series of teenage spy novels said that an editor told him it would be "inappropriate" to draw from experiences other than his own.

He told Event magazine: "This is maybe dangerous territory but there is a chain of thought in America that it is inappropriate for white writers to try to create black characters.

"That it is actually not our experience and therefore to do so is by its very nature artificial and possibly patronising. Therefore I was warned off doing it. Which was, I thought, disturbing and upsetting."
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Diversity – children's books
Only 1% of children's books have BAME main characters – UK study
Alison Flood
The Guardian, 17 July 2018.

In a research project that is the first of its kind, and funded by Arts Council England, the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) asked UK publishers to submit books featuring BAME characters in 2017. Of the 9,115 children's books published last year, researchers found that only 391 – 4% - featured BAME characters. Just 1% had a BAME main character, and a quarter of the books submitted only featured diversity in their background casts.

This compares to the 32.1% of schoolchildren of minority ethnic origins in England identified by the Department of Education last year.

"It is a stark and shocking figure when you see it in print," said Farrah Serroukh, who directed the project for the CLPE and presented it to publishers on Monday.

The researchers also analysed the quality of the representation, as well as the quantity of BAME characters. They found that more than half the books featuring a BAME character were classed as "contemporary realism", and 10% contained "social justice" issues, such as war and conflict. Only one children's book featuring a BAME character was defined as comedy. ...

"To redress imbalances in representation is not an act of charity but an act of necessity that benefits and enriches all of our realities," the report adds.

Author Nikesh Shukla, who has been a major force behind the push for diversity in UK publishing, sat on a steering committee for CLPE's report.

"I do feel the industry is getting better but a report like this is a reminder of how much work still needs to be done – and a stark reminder of our readers, and how our readers are not getting what they need," he said. ...

Serroukh said that the CLPE had plans to work with publishers to help them improve. Recommendations include increasing investment in authors from a range of backgrounds, looking for stories where main characters are BAME, and ensuring that they are not "predominantly defined by their struggle, suffering or 'otherness'". ...

Serroukh writes in the report's foreword: "We know that those who work in all areas of children's books and literacy recognise that there is work to be done. We want to channel the momentum to ensure that this isn't reduced to an awkward footnote or 'trend' in the history of UK children's publishing because something as integral as a person's identity and sense of self deserves to be recognised, respected and valued now and always."
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Immigration – numbers, EU immigrants, non-EU immigrants
UK: Non-EU Migration 'Highest in 13 Years', EU Migrants 'Undercounted'
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 16 July 2018.

The latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show non-EU net migration is at its highest for 13 years, according to Migration Watch UK, which also claims EU net migration may have been undercounted by half a million since 2004.

The ONS bulletin notes that non-EU net immigration, at +227,000, was twice the level of EU net migration at +101,000 – meaning that even if immigration from the EU was eliminated entirely, the Tories would be nowhere near achieving their 2010, 2015, and 2017 manifesto pledges to bring net immigration down to "the tens of thousands".

With new Home Secretary Sajid Javid relaxing immigration controls, it is unlikely the target will ever be met – lending further credence to former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne's claims that the Tories never seriously intended to bring immigration down.

Commenting, Chairman of Migration Watch UK Lord Green of Deddington said: "These are very disappointing figures. Migration from the EU is still adding 100,000 a year to our population and non-EU net migration is the highest level in a calendar year for 13 years. It's time for the Government to get serious about reducing immigration instead of caving into every demand of the immigration lobby."

Claims of a supposed 'Brexodus' of EU migrants from the United Kingdom since the people voted to Leave the European Union in June 2016 are common in the mainstream media, but as the ONS itself notes: "Much has been written about EU citizens leaving the UK, but the fact is there are still more people coming to the country from the EU than leaving it. In fact, the last quarter shows that around 100,000 more EU citizens are coming to the UK than leaving."

In fact, Migration Watch believes the true figures for EU immigration could actually be far higher than the ONS figures – based on traveller surveys which some critics have derided as "little more than guesswork" – as there is a significant discrepancy between immigration estimates and population growth estimates.

Migration Watch co-chairman Alp Mehmet said the difference worked out at around 508,000 – roughly equivalent to the population of Sheffield, Britain's fourth-largest city.
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Politics – diversity, Conservative Party
Conservative Party told to win more black and ethnic minority voters or risk losing power for a decade
Steve Hawkes
The Sun, 16 July 2018.

The Tories must "urgently" win more black and ethnic minority (BAME) voters or face being out of power for a generation, a new report claims.

A think tank today revealed cultural and demographic shifts in key constituencies will cost the Conservatives 28 seats by 2031 given their dire support among the BAME community.

Just 24 per cent of BAME voters believe the Conservatives are on their side – compared with 52 per cent for Labour.

And Onward claims that when the population in a constituency becomes '30 per cent BAME' - the Conservatives lose. ...

Onward chief Will Tanner, a former No.10 policy expert, said: "Britain is increasingly a melting pot of different ethnicities and cultures.

"And the Conservative Party simply must do more to keep up. ...

Onward said the problems facing the Tories among ethnic minorities were as great as among 18-24 year-olds. ...

Just 21 per cent of BAME voters backed the Conservatives on June 8.

Winning 40 per cent would have meant an extra 600,000 voters in key seats – handing the PM a 42 seat majority, British Future said.

The group added that Britain's growing diversity means the penalty will get higher at each election for parties that don't reach out to non-white voters.
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Immigration – EU migrants, Brexit
UK could lose track of thousands of EU migrants after Brexit, warns report
Lucy Pasha-Robinson
Independent, 16 July 2018.

The UK could lose track of tens of thousands of EU migrants as they lose their right to remain in the UK after Brexit, according to a new report.

It warned that unless the Government develops a way of measuring the number of EU nationals who have received "settled status", those who never apply could fall through the gaps.

The paper from the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford said that based on currently available statistics, it will not be easy to calculate exactly how many miss out unless the numbers are very large.

"This is because we do not have precise figures on how many EU citizens are living in the UK and plan to stay," the report said.

"It is possible that tens of thousands of EU citizens living in the UK could lose their legal status without this being clear from the data."

It comes just days after the Government announced it would launch a new online application for EU nationals to apply for the right to remain in the UK after Brexit.

Ministers have set aside some £300m to operate the system to redefine the status of EU citizens who currently have full rights to stay here anyway, but insiders admit the costs could rise even higher. ...

The Migration Observatory has previously raised concerns that thousands of EU citizens could inadvertently become illegal residents in the UK after Brexit despite meeting the required criteria to stay.
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Immigration – EU migrants, number
EU immigration figures may have been under-counted by half a MILLION since 2004, report claims
Steve Hawkes
The Sun, 16 July 2018.

Immigration from the European Union may have been under-counted by half a million since 2004 – a think tank claims today.

Migration Watch urged Theresa May to stand by her "red lines" as it claimed a huge discrepancy between official figures collated by the Office for National Statistics.

It said population figures show a 2.21 million increase in the number of EU born citizens living in the UK between 2005 and 2017.

But official immigration figures – based on thousands of surveys at airports and docks – suggest EU net migration rose by 1.7 million from 2004 to 2016.

Migration Watch co-chair Alp Mehmet said the difference equated to 508,000 – equivalent to a city the size of Sheffield.

He said: "Our paper suggests that Brexit could be an even more effective means of reducing immigration than previously thought.

"This underlines the importance of taking a firm line, so far absent, on lower skilled migration from the EU."
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Immigration – numbers
UK migration stabilises in 2017 after decline following Brexit vote
Camilla Hodgson
Financial Times, 16 July 2018.

Around 282,000 more people came to the UK than left in 2017, as net migration continued to add to the UK population but remained at a "broadly stable" rate, according to data published by the Office for National Statistics on Monday.

Of those people coming to the UK in the year to December 2017, around 240,000 were from the European Union while around 311,000 were non-EU citizens.

The net number of EU migrants to the UK was at a similar level to that seen in 2013 – with around 101,000 more arriving than leaving. This was a similar figure to that seen in 2016, a stabilisation after the net number of EU migrants fell sharply following the UK's Brexit vote, the ONS said.

Overall, "net migration fell following record levels in 2015 and early 2016 and has been broadly stable since. ...

While the total number of immigrants in the year changed little, the number of people leaving the UK has gradually increased since 2015. ...

In the year to March 2018, there were also 14,166 grants of asylum.
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Immigration – rich investors
Huge jump in number of super-rich immigrants applying for UK investor visas
Caitlin Morrison
Independent, 16 July 2018.

The number of millionaires and billionaires applying to move to the UK as part of a special visa programme aimed at attracting rich immigrants rose 46 per cent last year.

In the 12 months to 30 March, 405 high net worth and ultra-high net worth individuals applied to come to the UK on a Tier 1 investor visa. Applicants for the visa, which allows people to stay in the country for three years, must have at least £2m to invest in the UK.

Investor visas are often seen as a fast-track process for wealthy foreign nationals to acquire British citizenship.

Of the total applications, 123 came from China, up from 98 the year before, with 52 coming from Russia, up from 34, and 24 from Turkey, compared with 13 in the preceding 12 months.
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Politics – racism, USA
Why identity politics benefits the right more than the left
Sheri Berman
The Guardian, 14 July 2018.
[Sheri Berman is an associate professor of political science at Barnard College, Columbia University]

Rather than being directly translated into behavior, psychologists tell us beliefs can remain latent until "triggered". In a fascinating study, Karen Stenner shows in The Authoritarian Dynamic that while some individuals have "predispositions" towards intolerance, these predispositions require an external stimulus to be transformed into actions. ...

What pushes that button, Stenner and others find, is group-based threats. In experiments researchers easily shift individuals from indifference, even modest tolerance, to aggressive defenses of their own group by exposing them to such threats. Maureen Craig and Jennifer Richeson, for example, found that simply making white Americans aware that they would soon be a minority increased their propensity to favor their own group and become wary of those outside it. (Similar effects were found among Canadians. Indeed, although this tendency is most dangerous among whites since they are the most powerful group in western societies, researchers have consistently found such propensities in all groups.) ...

... In an excellent new book, Uncivil Agreement, Lilliana Mason analyzes perhaps the most important of these: a decades-long process of "social sorting". Mason notes that although racial and religious animosity has been present throughout American history, only recently has it lined up neatly along partisan lines. In the past, the Republican and Democratic parties attracted supporters with different racial, religious, ideological and regional identities, but gradually Republicans became the party of white, evangelical, conservative and rural voters, while the Democrats became associated with non-whites, non-evangelical, liberal and metropolitan voters.

This lining up of identities dramatically changes electoral stakes: previously if your party lost, other parts of your identity were not threatened, but today losing is also a blow to your racial, religious, regional and ideological identity. /.../ This social sorting has led partisans of both parties to engage in negative stereotyping and even demonization. ...

Stenner, for example, notes that "all the available evidence indicates that exposure to difference, talking about difference, and applauding difference ... are the surest ways to aggravate [the] intolerant, and to guarantee the increased expression of their predispositions in manifestly intolerant attitudes and behaviors. ...

Relatedly, research suggests that calling people racist when they do not see themselves that way is counterproductive. As noted above, while there surely are true bigots, studies show that not all those who exhibit intolerant behavior harbor extreme racial animus. Moreover, as Stanford psychologist Alana Conner notes, if the goal is to diminish intolerance "telling people they're racist, sexist and xenophobic is going to get you exactly nowhere. It's such a threatening message. One of the things we know from social psychology is when people feel threatened, they can't change, they can't listen." ...

Is our ultimate goal ensuring the compatibility of diversity and democracy? Then promoting the overlapping interests and identifications that enable citizens to become more comfortable with difference and thus more tolerant and trusting, is absolutely necessary.
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Population pressure – secondary schools
Fears of supersize classes as secondary school population set to swell to 3.3m in next decade
Camilla Turner
Daily Telegraph, 13 July 2018.

Supsersize classes could become the new norm, it is feared, as new figures show that the secondary school population is set to swell to 3.3 million within a decade. ...

Secondary pupil numbers are expected to rise by 14.7 per cent in the next 10 years, meaning there will be another 418,000 children in secondary schools by 2027, according to Department for Education's (DfE) latest projections. ...

Professor Alan Smithers, director of the centre for education and employment research at Buckingham University said that the "explosion" in the secondary school population means that class sizes will "almost certainly" rise.

"It couldn't have been a surprise [to officials] as they have seen the numbers coming through primary schools," he said.

"So there really ought to be some plans in place. In essence we are inheriting the whirlwind of Labour's lax immigration policy." ...

The DfE's forecast said the increase in school pupil population is "largely driven by an increase in the birth rate rather than direct immigration".

It went on: "However, that birth rate is in turn affected by any increase in the number of children born to non-UK born women (compared to those born to non UK-born women).

"The number of children born to non-UK born women increased by around 75 per cent between 2002 and 2013 (the years in which many children currently in schools were born), although this was a period of increased births generally."
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Crime – child sexual abuse
Oxford Rape Gang Which Abused Young Teenage Girls in 'Sh*g Wagon' Jailed
Victoria Friedman
Breitbart, 13 July 2018.

Six men have been jailed for the historic grooming and rape of six Oxford teenage girls in crimes against children the convicting judge called "sinister" and "predatory".

The rape gang operated in Oxford, preying on six "vulnerable" teens, then aged 13 to 17, from 1998 to 2005 and subjected them to "hundreds of episodes of sexual abuse", according to Judge Peter Ross.

Prosecutors described it as "sexual exploitation on a massive scale", with Judge Ross saying at the defendants' convictions in March: "Systematic and widespread grooming, that is what this case has revealed." ...

Victims told the court of the sexual and mental abuse suffered, with one describing being used as a "sexual object" by Assad Hussain, who was sentenced to life imprisonment. The judge described Moinul Islam, who was jailed for 15 years and nine months, as having one child "completely at his mercy".

Muslim, Pakistani-origin rapes gangs operating in Rochdale, Rotherham, and Telford targetting mostly-white girls are well-documented and receive some level of media attention; however, this is not the first reported rape gang to have been convicted in Oxford, the 'city of dreaming spires' and home of one of the world's top universities.

In 2013, seven members of a rape gang were found guilty of grooming and raping vulnerable women and girls, some as young as 11, the sentencing judge saying on occasions that "the depravity was extreme".

The convictions resulted in a 2015 case review which found that some 370 "white British girls" may have been exploited, raped, and abused from 1999 to 2014 in Oxfordshire.
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Immigration – culture
Donald Trump says Britain is 'losing its culture' because of immigration
Tom Newton Dunn
The Sun, 13 July 2018.

Britain is "losing its culture" because of immigration, Donald Trump says.

The wave of migrants from the Middle East and Africa is permanently changing Europe for the worse, the 72-year-old president argued.

And he claimed the situation pains him personally as the son of two EU countries. ...

But he added: "I think what has happened to Europe is a shame.

"Allowing the immigration to take place in Europe is a shame.

"I think it changed the fabric of Europe and, unless you act very quickly, it's never going to be what it was and I don't mean that in a positive way.

"So I think allowing millions and millions of people to come into Europe is very, very sad.

"I think you are losing your culture. Look around. You go through certain areas that didn't exist ten or 15 years ago."
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Immigration abroad – USA
Government says parents of nearly HALF of kids younger than 5 taken at the border can't have them back because they're child abusers, kidnappers and murderers – and others aren't actually parents
David Martosko
Daily Mail, 13 July 2018.

The Trump administration said Thursday that nearly half of the children ages 5 and under who were separated from grown-ups at the U.S. border can't be reunited with their parents, mostly because many of the adults are violent criminals – and some lied about being the minors' parents.

President Donald Trump had claimed Tuesday that illegal immigrants and human traffickers were 'using children' to manipulate America's immigration system and make it easier for adults to enter the U.S. without papers and remain there.

Of the 103 minors in the youngest age group, the administration has reunited 57 with parents, but the other 46 are 'ineligible,' the Justice and Homeland Security Departments reported.

Eleven of the adults have 'serious criminal histor[ies],' the agencies announced, including charges or convictions for child cruelty, kidnapping, murder, human smuggling, domestic violence and narcotics-related crime.
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Immigration abroad – United Nations
UN countries agree on pact to manage mass global migration
Ellen Wulfhorst
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 13 July 2018.

The United Nations agreed on Friday on wide-ranging ways to cope with the millions of migrants moving from country to country, overcoming "mistrust" and "difficult" issues to draw up the first-ever migration pact, officials said.

The non-binding agreement, approved by all 193 member nations except the United States that pulled out last year, aims to make migration safe and orderly amid issues of national sovereignty and international cooperation, U.N. officials said. ...

The official Global Compact For Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration addresses why people migrate, how to protect them, how to integrate them into new countries, means of returning them home and other issues. ...

Formal adoption is set for December in Morocco.
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Illegal immigration – government data sharing
Home Office pauses data sharing with other departments in wake of Windrush scandal
John Johnston and Tamsin Rutter
Civil Service World, 12 July 2018.

The Home Office has announced a three-month pause to "pro-active data sharing" between government departments to prevent members of the Windrush generation getting caught up in policies aimed at curbing illegal immigration.

Home secretary Sajid Javid said there would be a freeze in the so-called "hostile environment" immigration policy, including a pause in data sharing between HM Revenue and Customs, the Department for Work and Pensions, DVLA and the Home Office.

Ministers have been fiercely criticised over the Windrush scandal, which saw British citizens of Caribbean descent stripped of their rights to work, denied access to public services and threatened with deportation.

Javid, in an update of Home Office work in relation to Windrush provided to Home Affairs Select Committee chair Yvette Cooper on 10 July, said: "We have paused pro-active data sharing with other government departments and delivery partners on data for all nationalities over 30 years old for a period of three months. This covers HMRC, DWP and the DVLA."

He added that the department had "significantly restricted pro-active data sharing with banks and building societies via Cifas (the specified anti-fraud authority), to persons subject to deportation action due to criminal activity".

These measures have been introduced to ensure that members of the Windrush generation are not "erroneously impacted by compliant environment measures".
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Illegal immigration – cost
Taxpayers forked out thousands for foster care of Vietnamese 'teenager' trafficked into Britain but who was in fact 22
Richard Spillett
MailOnline, 12 July 2018.

Taxpayers stumped up the £500-a-week costs of keeping a Vietnamese woman in foster care before she was exposed as being a 22-year-old illegal immigrant.

Duong Trinh was picked up as part of an immigration raid on a nail bar in Cheadle, Staffordshire and claimed she was 16 years old.

The local council was therefore duty-bound to take her into foster care and she spent months in a foster home until her real age was uncovered.

She has now been jailed for eight months but could still avoid deportation due to sentencing rules. ...

She made an application for asylum in the UK after being put into costly foster care by Staffordshire County Council.

But a tip-off led police to contact Vietanese authorities, who provided fingerprints and a photograph that showed Trinh is in fact 22.

She has now pleaded guilty to perverting the course of public justice and was jailed for eight months this week. ...

Judge Glenn added: 'The sentence will not trigger automatic deportation. That will be a decision for other people in due course.' ...

Staffordshire County Council said it had no reason to believe Trinh was older than 16 when they were informed of her case.
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Population pressure – health
Rural living keeps the mind sharp into old age, new study finds
Henry Bodkin
Daily Telegraph, 12 July 2018.

Living in the countryside preserves people's cognitive powers as they get older, a new study has found.

A ten-year analysis of more 6,500 people living in the UK showed mental decline was slower among those who lived in villages and rural neighbourhoods.

Scientists believe an absence of pollution, a more active lifestyle and reduced noise and stress all contribute to the trend.

Published in Environmental Health Perspectives, the study followed participants aged between 56 and 68, subjecting them to a series of cognitive tests at three intervals, which assessed their verbal and mathematical reasoning, verbal fluency, short-term memory, as well as the decline of these functions.

Over a decade, the cognitive decline of the country dwellers was on average 4.6 per cent less than the urban residents.
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Immigration abroad – crime, Africans, Australia
THREE MORE BRUTAL CRIMES BY AFRICAN GANGS
Andrew Bolt
Herald Sun, 12 July 2018.

ABC reporters such as Andy Park savaged Channel 7 for reporting this week on African crime in Melbourne. ...

There are actually at least three important reasons for mentioning race in these crimes, despite the clear risk of making some African Australians feel under suspicion and collectively tainted.

• We can't pretend - as police once did - that there is not a very big crime problem in this specific group. In fact, police statistics last year showed the Sudanese-born, for instance, are an astonishing 128 times more likely than other Victorians to commit violent robberies and 68 times more likely to stage home invasions. What we don't describe will not get addressed.

• We can't pretend - as many politicians keep doing - that importing refugee groups from tribal war-torn Third World areas and from cultures very different to ours does not put Australians here in danger. It is just not fair to those who then become victims of crime.

• We need descriptors to help catch perpetrators.

Then there is this: the now-notorious reluctance of police and many media outlets to describe perpetrators, especially in violent robberies and home invasions, causes many Victorians to lose faith in both. Worse, it leads to people suspecting that every violent crime where the perpetrators aren't described was committed by Africans, when many are not.

But bottom line: the reason some people don't want racial descriptors use is because they don't want you to know there is a very real and alarming problem with some communities we let in. You might draw an obvious conclusion.
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Population – UK, European Union
Migrants fuelled EU population increase by 1 MILLION as Luxembourg and Sweden have some of the biggest swells
David Churchill
Daily Mail, 11 July 2018.

Migration fuelled a population increase of more than 1 million across the EU last year, with Britain seeing the sixth largest relative increase.

The rise in numbers across the bloc came despite there being more deaths than births, a report revealed yesterday. ...

During 2017, there were 5.3 million deaths recorded, compared with 5.1 million births, meaning the increase was down to net migration, according to the report compiled by Eurostat, the EU statistics office. ...

The UK saw the sixth largest with 0.5 per cent, meaning the population surged by 377,871. Of this, 230,000 was down to net migration.

Unlike the rest of the EU, there were more births (755,000) than deaths (607,200) in the UK.
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Immigration abroad – France
MACRON CRISIS: Shock poll reveals two-third of citizens believe 'FRANCE IN DECLINE'
Romina McGuinness
Daily Express, 11 July 2018.

Emmanuel Macron's reign in France continues to lurch from crisis to crisis after a new poll revealed two-thirds of citizens believe the country is "in decline". ...

The annual survey on "French divisions" by pollster Ipsos Sopra-Steria for the daily Le Monde showed that 53 per cent of French people think that their country's European Union membership is "a good thing," compared to 31 per cent who think it's "a bad thing". ...

Some 63 per cent of those interviewed told pollsters they "disapproved" of the EU's immigration and asylum rules.

The poll also showed that two-thirds of French people think there are "too many immigrants living in France," while 62 per cent said that most immigrants "showed no interest in integrating into French society". ...

Some 70 per cent of those polled said France was a country "in decline," while 24 per cent said this decline was "irreversible".

The annual Ipsos Sopra-Steria poll of 998 French people aged 18 and over was carried out online between June 27 and July 2.
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Crime – child sexual abuse by gangs
Free Speech Week: Sarah Champion tells the truth about grooming gangs
Laura Perrins
Conservative Woman, 11 July 2018.

Today we remember the case of the Labour MP for Rotherham and shadow minister for women and equalities Sarah Champion, who had to quit after writing an article in the Sun following the convictions of 18 people in Newcastle over a sex grooming network.

The headline, which Champion will not have written, was too hot for the Labour Party to handle, so Champion was 'forced to resign'.

It states: 'British Pakistani men ARE raping and exploiting white girls . . . and it's time we faced up to it.' It goes on: 'Labour MP for Rotherham and Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities comments on a horrific trend in grooming and sexual abuse by gangs.'

Well, as you can imagine, the outrage machine got in full gear over this. Goodness, if only the Leftists would police child rapists as closely as they do our language then perhaps we would have less child rape.

Champion begins the piece: 'Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls. There. I said it. Does that make me a racist? Or am I just prepared to call out this horrifying problem for what it is?'

She continues: 'For too long we have ignored the race of these abusers and, worse, tried to cover it up. No more. These people are predators and the common denominator is their ethnic heritage.

We have to have grown-up conversations, however unpalatable, or in six months' time we will be having this same scenario all over again.

'The irony of all of this is that, by not dealing with the ethnicity of the abusers as a fact, political correctness has actually made the situation about race. The perpetrators are criminals and we need to deal with them as such, not shy away from doing the right thing by fearing being called a racist.

'I'm writing this as I don't know what else to do to try and protect our children from grooming and sexual abuse by gangs.' ...

'Our children deserve better.'

Indeed they do deserve better, but sadly many people who should know better are prepared to look the other way for fear of being called racist. Sarah Champion is not one of them.
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Politics – Conservative Party
Sajid Javid fails to endorse 'tens of thousands' immigration target
Ashley Cowburn
Independent, 10 July 2018.

Home secretary Sajid Javid has failed to endorse the government's highly contentious target to bring net migration below 100,000.

His comments came as he was grilled by Yvette Cooper, the chair of the home affairs select committee, on the eight-year-old aim to bring immigration down to the "tens of thousands" - one that has never been met by ministers.

Asked whether the immigration target was a "massive chain around your neck" and whether he wanted to "ditch it", Mr Javid smirked and simply replied: "next question".

Last year's Conservative manifesto said reducing immigration to the tens of thousands was the party's "objective", but during the general election campaign Ms May confirmed she "would be working" to achieve the target by 2022.
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Immigration abroad – children, USA
Judicial Watch: New HHS Documents Reveal that 'Unaccompanied Alien Children' Processed During Obama Years Included Violent Criminals, Drug Smugglers, and Human Traffickers
Judicial Watch, 10 July 2018.

Judicial Watch today released 224 pages of documents containing nearly 1,000 summaries of Significant Incident Reports (SIRs) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revealing that "Unaccompanied Alien Children" (UAC) processed during the Obama administration included admitted murderers, rapists, drug smugglers, prostitutes, and human traffickers.

The documents, from the HHS Administration for Children and Families reported to the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), are for the approximate six-month period May to November 2014. They were produced to Judicial Watch after a three-year delay in response to a November 12, 2014, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking: ...

The resulting documents show that, in fiscal year 2014, there were 24,680 Significant Incident Reports filed with Office of Refugee Resettlement. ...

Judicial Watch began investigating this matter in 2014 when a wave of "Unaccompanied Alien Children" swamped the southwest border. At that time, the controversial HHS contract with Baptist Children and Family Services to provide shelter to children at two military facilities came to light. Through that investigation, Judicial Watch learned that BCFS was providing consumer electronics as "essential" items to the children. Since that time, Judicial Watch has been investigating incidents of violence, drug trafficking, human trafficking, and other criminal activities, as well as whether innocent children were being abused while in U.S. shelters.
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Illegal immigration
'Italy has caused a MELTDOWN' 700,000 migrants waiting to cross into Europe from Libya
Jon Austin
Sunday Express, 8 July 2018.

A bottleneck of 700,000 migrants is waiting in Libya to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, the National Crime Agency has said. The number – greater than the population of Leicester – highlights the difficulties facing the EU in controlling migrants seeking a new life in Europe.

Senior members of the NCA, dubbed Britain's FBI, revealed the figures as they detailed the increasingly tough battle they face to stop people smugglers.

NCA directors warned of a sharp rise in attempted illegal sea crossings from Africa to Europe this year, with 300 people drowning last week.

Migrants are then crossing Europe and using increasingly devious ways to evade detection, including hiding in "coffin-sized" secret compartments in vehicles.

Migration across the Mediterranean from Africa is a critical issue for the EU, with member states arguing over the best way to deal with it. ...

Tom Dowdall, NCA deputy director of organised immigration crime, said the problem was growing. Attempted crossings to Greece and Turkey are up by 47 per cent on last year, with those to Spain and Italy up by 75 per cent. ...

Chris Hogben, NCA head of operations for organised immigration crime, said rescue boats manned by non-governmental organisations were inadvertently aiding people smugglers.

The NGOs are supposed to rescue people once they are more than 12 miles from the Libyan coast, but come in much closer, he said.

He said: "They make it easier for the crime groups who now send a boat with not enough fuel on purpose as they know they will be picked up."

The details emerged at a briefing on Project Invigor, a joint NCA, Home Office, Coastguard, Border Force and Crown Prosecution Service operation, costing £14 million a year to run.

Around 140 officers make up the squad which has 250 live investigations into organised gangs trying to sneak people into the UK and those forging documents to aid them and keep illegal immigrants here.

The main sources for migrants into Europe are Libya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Niger and Afghanistan. Mr Dowdall said that smugglers collectively make up to £6 billion a year charging would-be migrants.
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Extremism – Islam
Radical Islamist preacher who has said he 'does not believe in democracy' and is 'not obedient' to secular law is working as an expert witness to British courts
Jake Wallis Simons
MailOnline, 8 July 2018.

A radical Islamist preacher who has said he 'does not believe in democracy' and is 'not obedient' to secular law is working as an expert witness to British courts, MailOnline can reveal.

Dr Imran Waheed, 41, a psychiatrist working for the NHS and Bupa in Birmingham, offers his services as an expert witness in a range of civil and criminal cases assessing defendants' psychological reliability.

For many years he was a key figure in the UK branch of Hizb ut-Tahrir, which campaigns for an Islamic state run by Sharia law. In an interview he said: 'I've got no respect for any law other than Allah's... I don't care for the law of any man.'

The disclosure has sparked fears that the justice system is vulnerable to Islamist entryists who wish to 'take control from within'.

Dr Waheed told MailOnline that he had since left the group and changed his views.

But in November he appeared in the organisation's official internet broadcast extolling the virtues of a caliphate.

According to his website, Dr Waheed gives British courts psychiatric assessments of a defendant's 'dangerousness', fitness to hold a firearm licence and fitness to stand trial. ...

In a BBC interview he said: 'I've got no respect for any law other than Allah's, so I don't care about the law to be honest... I care for the law of Islam. I don't care for the law of any man.'

When questioned by MailOnline he said that these statements were 'not reflective of his current views'. ...

Despite claiming to be no longer 'affiliated' with Hizb ut-Tahrir, Dr Waheed preached on the organisation's official broadcast in November alongside three of its most senior British leaders.

In the sermon he reiterated his longtime demands for a caliphate and said he aimed to 'liberate man from enslavement to man and the systems of man', calling into question his role in the British justice system.

When questioned about this by MailOnline he claimed he was speaking 'in the context of the occupation of Palestine'. ...

While working for the NHS Dr Waheed compiled a list of military attachés working in the embassies of Arab countries in London and distributed it to fellow extremists.
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Illegal immigration
Ireland and Belgium are the new frontiers in the fight against illegal migration, the National Crime Agency warns
Martin Evans
Daily Telegraph, 7 July 2018.

The Republic of Ireland and Belgium are the new frontiers in the battle against illegal immigration into the UK, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has said.

People smugglers are increasingly opting for the two countries because security elsewhere has become effective.

Investigators said Ireland has become an attractive option because illegal immigrants are able to take advantage of the "soft" border with Northern Ireland and then make their way to the British mainland.

Tom Dowdall, deputy director of the NCA said the people traffickers were seeking to exploit the border arrangements between Northern Ireland the Republic.

He said: "The level of border controls, or requirements of border controls, are different to that from others travelling on from other countries.

"We have seen some evidence of that being abused.

"Migrants are smuggled by organised crime groups into the Republic of Ireland sometimes by air, from Eastern Europe and Asia.

"Sometimes it will be by the sea through the Irish sea ports, then flying in to the UK." ...

But he also warned that people smugglers were increasingly using Belgium as an easy route to get migrants into the UK. ...

Mr Dowdall also said there was evidence of Eastern European lorry drivers being increasingly complicit in smuggling migrants through the traditional Channel tunnel route from Calais to Dover for a fee. ...

The people smuggling industry is believed to be worth around £6 billion annually, with migrants paying gangs at least £6,000 for passage to Europe.

The National Crime Agency's Operation INVIGOR has seen an overall reduction of illegal immigrants since it was set up two and a half years ago, but said that this year has seen an increase year-on-year.
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Immigration abroad – Spain
Spain emerges as EU's new weak link for Africa migration
Sonya Dowsett, Ahmed Eljechtimi and Gabriela Baczynska
Reuters, 7 July 2018.

Spain has become the new main entry point for asylum-seekers fleeing Africa, an influx that European Union officials fear could exacerbate political tensions across the region over migration.

Around 19,000 asylum-seekers arrived in Spain in the first five months of this year, almost as many as arrived there in all of 2017, eclipsing for the first time the numbers flowing through north Africa to Italy.

The surge has intensified in recent weeks as Italy's new government shut its ports to most asylum-seekers, rescue officials say.

With the EU struggling to contain dissent over migration policy, some officials in Brussels say they worry that Spain could become a new flash-point, even as overall numbers of arrivals into Europe from Africa are in sharp decline.

"We must not let it blow up," an EU diplomat said.

He said the Morocco-Spain route had been kept under control for years. "It's not dramatic for now, but we are keeping an eye on this one." ...

The asylum-seekers are arriving in mostly inflatable boats each week, often without enough fuel for the crossing, straining Spain's coastguard. ...

People-smugglers in Morocco use a rights activist to contact the coastguard, advising it when boats set off for Spain, said coastguard official Oriol Estrada.

"The people traffickers know that the lifeguards are going to come for them," said Estrada, whose vessel has rescued around 1,200 people so far this year, more than 80 percent of its total for 2017." They call to say that a certain boat has left such-and-such a coast at a certain time with however many people. They even give the names of those aboard."

A similar situation developed off Libya before Rome's recent crackdown, prompting Italy's ruling League party to accuse rescue ships of running a "taxi service". ...

A Spanish government spokesman told Reuters the arrivals trend started more than a year ago and was not a result of any one factor. He added Spain is pushing for policy in Europe to be harmonised, however.
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Immigration abroad – illegal immigration, Paris, France
Illegal migrants in Paris suburb soar to 400,000 as hundreds of migrant children sleep on streets
David Chazan
Daily Telegraph, 6 July 2018.

Illegal immigrants, now estimated to make up a fifth of the population of Seine-Saint-Denis, north-east of Paris, are severely straining public services and creating social tensions, according to a parliamentary report.

Seine-Saint-Denis has long been the French department with the highest proportion of immigrants, but the report warns that the number of illegal migrants may have risen as high as 400,000. ...

Police, schools, courts and other public services are struggling to cope, while the presence of undocumented foreign nationals is blocking the implementation of effective policies by the authorities, argue the two MPs who wrote the report.

Rodrigue Koukouendo, from President Emmanuel Macron's centrist party, and François Cornut-Gentille from the centre-Right Republicans, are urging the government to review France's ban on gathering data on the ethnic makeup of the population so that immigrant numbers can be better monitored and regulated.

"To identify urban phenomena of ghettoisation, to explain educational difficulties, to combat discrimination and to adapt the resources of the police and the judiciary to a specific population, the question of establishing so-called ethnic statistics is raised," the report says.

French law prohibits the collection of data based on race, ethnicity or religion, a rule intended to guarantee equal treatment, but critics argue that it is outdated and leaves minorities vulnerable.

The report argues that urgent plans must be made to combat poverty, high unemployment, the emergence of a parallel economy in some areas, and trafficking of people and drugs which it says have taken over some districts. ...

Campaigners also claim that hundreds of unaccompanied migrant children are being left to sleep on the streets of Paris because of flawed age assessment procedures.

Last year France's child welfare system took more than 25,000 underage migrants into care, but Human Rights Watch argues that under-18s are often wrongly classified as adults.

An estimated 550 migrants arrive in Paris each week.

Most cross the border from Italy, where there are no systematic border checks under the Schengen agreement.
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Racism – white supremacy
'Western world is built on RACISM' – BBC Newsnight guest makes SHOCK announcement
Matt Drake
Daily Express, 6 July 2018.

The Western world is based on racism and the principle of white supremacy is "embedded into our political economy", according to associate professor of black studies at Birmingham City University on a fiery episode of BBC Newsnight.

Appearing on the flagship show, Kehinde Andrews, who is of Afro-Caribbean descent, gave his controversial take about whether there can ever be adequate reparations for human history built on oppression and slavery.

Speaking on BBC Newsnight, he said: "The West is built on racism, the principle of white supremacy is embedded into our political economy.

"This isn't something that happened in the past this is something that happens today.

"There's a reason why children die every second on the African continent.

"And that's why it still lives with us and that's why we need to have a total revolution."

Mr Andrews argued white supremacy is based on the belief that black people are inferior and claimed his hypothesis was reflected in the global economy.

He has appeared on the programme before to argue that British stars should not stand for the national anthem and has appeared at an Oxford University debate to argue the British education system perpetuates racism. ...

Kehinde Andrews's latest book is called "Black to Black: Retelling black radicalism for the 21st Century".
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Immigration – Brexit
Next up after today's Chequers summit – immigration. Free movement must end. No ifs or buts.
Lord Green
ConservativeHome, 6 July 2018.

Crunch time for Brexit policy is fast approaching and immigration will be a key part of it. ...

Siren voices in Britain are suggesting conceding the continuation of free movement with the minor tweaks of an "emergency brake" or requiring a job offer. Apparently Number Ten is saying that these are not the intention but, so far, the UK has caved in to virtually every EU demand on immigration matters.

So let us be clear why both are hopeless. They would do virtually nothing to reduce the impacts of EU migration on population, housing, health services and education which are especially strong in particular parts of England. Furthermore, either would amount to an abandonment of the government's pledge to control immigration, let alone to reduce it, which many believe that they were promised. A recent Channel 4 poll found that 70 per cent of voters want a reduction in immigration from the EU. ...

As for free movement for those who have a job offer, it is surely obvious that this would simply lead to a boom for employment agencies who already advertise widely in Eastern Europe – to say nothing of all those who could arrange a job offer through relatives already working in Britain. Any such outcome would simply be flimsy camouflage for a wholesale retreat and for the abandonment of a major pledge to the British public.

The fact that such suggestions are even being discussed may be because the debate is being largely conducted by those, including some ministers, who have very little knowledge of how the present immigration system actually works. In practice, there are substantial aspects of our existing visa system which could perfectly well be adapted to our new situation as a non-member of the EU.

For a start, it would be very much in the interests of both sides for there to be visa free access for almost all purposes – except, of course, work. For work, we should treat EU applications in the same way as those from the rest of the world. This means restricting entry to those who come for higher-paid, highly skilled work or to work in shortage occupations as identified by the independent Migration Advisory Committee. This is no different in principle from the "blue card" system which the EU themselves offer to third-country nationals so they have little reason to object.

This would enable numbers to be capped at a level reflecting the genuine needs of the UK rather than the wishes of individuals from abroad. It would also be important to cater for international companies wishing to deploy their senior and specialist employees flexibly. These routes are already known to business so the necessary adjustments would not be beyond the wit of man. ...

It is high time that policy discussion and, indeed, our negotiations with the EU are concentrated on practical matters of this kind from which a perfectly workable solution should evolve. The editorial in last week's Sunday Times had it right: "Control of migration is not an option – it is a necessity."
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Politics – Labour Party
Labour is no longer the party of the traditional working-class
"Bagehot"
The Economist, 6 July 2018.

The divorce between the Labour Party and the workers has played out in two phases. /.../ Just as the rapid expansion of the universities benefited middle-class women far more than working-class men, so the Labour Party's women-only short-lists speeded up the transformation of the Labour Party from a working-class into a middle-class party.

The party's bet on the rise of the middle class allowed it to win three elections in a row. But there were plenty of warning signs. The traditional working class abandoned politics for private pursuits. ...

The second phase was with Jeremy Corbyn. Mr Corbyn no doubt imagines himself to be a champion of the working class. But this is a working class of his imagination rather than of the real world. He was brought up in a manor house in Shropshire and has spent his life working as an MP in a constituency (Islington North) that has never been touched by either industrialisation or de-industrialisation. Mr Corbyn is in fact presiding over the takeover of the party by three groups: ethnic minorities, particularly Muslims; public-sector professionals; and frustrated millennials, most of them the university-educated children of the salaried middle class, who can't get their feet on the property ladder. The latest membership figures show that 77% of party members are middle-class (ie, they hail from ABC1 social groups). The proportion of Labour MPs who have had experience of manual work has declined from 16% in 1979 to 3% today. The party has almost no younger MPs without a university education despite the fact that 70% of school-leavers don't go on to university (Angela Rayner is a notable exception). The party's most powerful pressure group, Momentum, was founded by a Cambridge-University graduate with an MBA from the London Business School, and is stuffed full of educated millennials. The average trade-union member is now a woman in her 50s who works in the public sector. An intriguing new book by Ben Cobley, a former Labour activist, "The Tribe: The Liberal-Left and the System of Diversity", points out that the 2017 Labour Party rule book, a 91-page document, contains 26 mentions of "gender", 41 of "BAME" (black, Asian and minority ethnic), 43 of "ethnic", 11 of "race", two of "black" and "Asian" respectively, but only two of "class".

This takeover of the Labour Party by other groups has coincided with hard times of the traditional British working-class – particularly the white-working class. /.../ But this has not stopped many Labour-Party-affiliated activists from demonising all white men, however humble their background, as vectors of oppression. In significant sections of the Labour Party the term "white male" is used as an accusation rather than a description. ...

The Labour Party nevertheless may be acting rationally in acting as it is: Mr Corbyn is a harbinger of things to come rather than a relic of the 1960s. Britain's ethnic-minority population is expanding and becoming more politically engaged. IPSOS Mori estimates that, in the June 2017 general election, 73% of ethnic-minority voters voted Labour compared with 39% of ethnically white voters. Thirteen of the party's 20 best performances were in heavily Muslim areas. Labour's best chance of holding onto the Midlands lies in mobilising the Muslim vote, rather than in appealing to Jaguar LandRover workers.
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Illegal immigration – asylum, social cohesion, Europe
Liberals have lost the argument on the migrant crisis. Now Europe needs to get tough
Nick Timothy
Daily Telegraph, 5 July 2018.

Europe's migration crisis – sparked by Merkel's government three years ago – has quickened the populist advance across the continent. ...

Immigration is not the only factor in this worrying trend, but it is an important one.

In 2015, when the migration crisis began, more than 1.8 million people were detected crossing Europe's borders illegally. Italy has had more than 471,000 people land on its shores as the crisis has gone on. Germany received 1.1 million asylum applications in 2015 alone.

Those who think the crisis is abating are mistaken. While the numbers attempting to reach Europe are not as high as last year, and are far lower than in 2015, they are still a worry.

Last week, more than 500 migrants arrived in Greece; nearly 900 reached Italy; and almost 1,200 arrived in Spain. And the authorities must now house, educate and integrate the many people who reached Europe in the last three years. By 2020 the German government will have spent an estimated £74 billion dealing with the domestic costs of the crisis. ...

To maintain social cohesion, you need to control immigration. To control immigration, you need strong borders. And to have strong borders, you need to be prepared to adopt tough policies. ...

And why should we continue an asylum model that favours the strong over the weak, the young over the old, and men over women? Three quarters of asylum seekers in Britain are men and the majority are in their early twemties.

Too often, with today's system, the vulnerable get left behind.

The immigration debate is changing. In Europe, mainstream politicians are advocating "regional disembarkation platforms", where asylum claims are processed outside the EU. This is a model that has worked in Australia, but it will only succeed if migrants are barred from claiming asylum in Europe itself.

Time will tell if Europe's leaders will be tough enough to do that. But they need to be. If the migration crisis taught us anything, it is that virtue signalling is not a policy: the only policy with virtue is one that works.
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Immigration abroad – Africans, European Union
Macron says migrant centres will only work if African nations take lead as EU immigration crisis deepens
David Chazan, Justin Huggler and Hannah Strange
Daily Telegraph, 5 July 2018.

Emmanuel Macron acknowledged on Wednesday that EU plans to open migrant processing centres in North Africa can only work if the host countries lead the process.

Speaking to the BBC during a visit to Nigeria, the French president said many African countries were concerned that such centres would act as a magnet for greater numbers of migrants.

No African country has so far agreed to host the centres, planned as part of a compromise deal on the migration crisis during a tense EU summit earlier this month.

Mr Macron said the idea "can fly, just if some African countries decide to organise it." Mr Macron said migration would pose problems for Europe for decades because of unplanned population growth in African countries.
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Immigration abroad – illegal immigration, deportation, Italy
Salvini's anti-migrant pledge 'practically impossible' to fulfil
Angela Giuffrida
The Guardian, 5 July 2018.

... Matteo Salvini ...

... But one legally complex and hugely expensive election promise – to "send home" 500,000 illegal immigrants already in Italy – may not be so easy to keep. ...

The first anomaly in Salvini's rhetoric is the figure of 500,000.

"There is no credible statistic on the number of people in the country at this time without a valid residency permit," said Christopher Hein, a professor of law and immigration policies at Luiss University in Rome. ...

Hein said that a vague indicator of how many illegal immigrants might be in Italy could be gleaned from data on the numbers who had requested asylum. About 130,000 applied in 2017, with about 50,000 being turned down.

However, many of those who are rejected gain protection after appealing through the courts.

Italy's deportation procedure is messy, costly and for the most part unworkable. When an illegal immigrant receives a deportation order, they are first given the choice to return home voluntarily, a procedure that is usually organised by NGOs. But few use this option, with just 1,500 expected to take it up in 2018.

If they do not go home voluntarily, they are given a deadline to leave the country: failing to do so is a criminal offence. At this stage, it is also up to the immigrant to obtain travel documents and fund their journey home.

For immigrants detained in one of the five centres for identification and expulsion (CIE), then it is up to Italian authorities to obtain travel documents from the countries of origin – an often insurmountable challenge given that the relevant authorities in their home countries often do not exist or function in an efficient way or do not want their citizens back – and fund their return.

Italy has bilateral deportation agreements with only Nigeria, Tunisia, the Gambia, Sudan and Egypt. It is against EU law to return people to countries at war or where they could be subjected to the death penalty, torture or other inhumane conditions. ...

Last year, 31,624 undocumented foreigners were detected in Italy, of which 6,514 were repatriated, according to interior ministry figures.

"Failure to cooperate with the country of origin means that it is impossible to repatriate an irregular migrant, unless the latter is in possession of a valid identity document," the ministry said.

A person can only be held in a CIE for 90 days, although in some cases stays last a year or more, with conditions regularly criticised as inhumane. If Italy fails to deport someone, then they are released with an order to leave the country of their own accord within a week. But the majority simply disappear. ...

The other main impediment to Salvini's plan is the massive expense. On top of the cost of identification, detention, legal hearings and flights, each deported migrant has to be escorted to a plane by two police officers at a cost of about €3,000 (£2,650). The total repatriation cost for one person is estimated to be between €6,000 and €15,000. ...

Salvini said he would use money currently spent on hosting asylum seekers to pay for mass deportations. He told voters that the previous administration's reception policy cost €50bn.
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Immigration – dispersal
Home Office Told to Expand Programme Importing Refugees to Every UK Town, Village
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 4 July 2018.

George Soros-funded NGO Citizens UK has launched a campaign demanding the Home Office extend the refugee resettlement scheme to every corner of Britain.

The left-leaning new Home Secretary Sajid Javid was urged to "take a brave stand with refugees and show the world once again Britain is a country of welcome", at a campaign launch in London on Friday.

According to the group's press release, "200 civil society leaders from mosques, churches, schools and other organisations" attended the event in support of extending beyond 2020 the government's programme transporting 20,000 mostly Syrian migrants over five years into homes in UK councils.

Citizens UK, which claims to be a "community organising group", pointed to council figures showing migrants have been distributed across every part of Britain – including many rural areas – as a demonstration of the scheme's "success". ...

Because of the 'Dubs amendment', which forced Britain to import so-called unaccompanied minors from the third world who had illegally migrated to Europe, Citizens UK's Safe Passage website states that "over 1,700 children are now safely in the UK thanks to the safe and legal routes we have opened".

"Mainly from France, we have also brought children from Greece, Italy, Bulgaria, Syria, Belgium and Sudan," the NGO boasts, adding it also helps "vulnerable adults" enter the UK "wherever possible", and that the group is working to "expand and make family reunification possible widely across Europe and the world".

With polls consistently demonstrating immigration to be overwhelmingly unpopular in Britain, Citizen UK claims that "Community Organising is about returning power to people".
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Immigration abroad – South Korea
Half a million South Koreans sign petition against immigration policy
Olivia Tobin
Evening Standard, 3 July 2018.

Nearly half a million South Koreans have signed a petition against their government's refugee friendly migration policy.

520,000 people have signed a petition asking their government to "put Koreans before refugees" and are seeking to revoke the Yemenis refugee application.

Hank Kim, owner of Core Travel Agency, has posed that people are worried about how immigrants have lived in Europe.

He said: "Local people here are worried, we have all read about the problems that immigrants have caused in Europe – in Germany and France in particular – and we do not want that to happen here."

He added: "It has become really bad in recent weeks and it is all because Jeju introduced a program that enabled people from 186 countries to come here without a tourist visa."

There was also a protest in Seoul's City Hall, on Saturday, where people gathered to march against the visa-waiver program.

The protest was staged against the Jeju Provincial Government's (JPG) so-called "friendly" refugee policy, which is believed to allow "fake refugees" to enter the country.
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Fraud and corruption – earnings
Migrants caught lying over pay in effort to stay in UK
Richard Ford
The Times, 2 July 2018.

Hundreds of highly skilled migrants trying to stay in the UK permanently have been found abusing the system, according to the immigration minister.

Migrants who had been denied leave to remain were found to have exaggerated their earnings on applications to the Home Office when the figures were checked against their tax records.

In almost 90 per cent of the cases reviewed, the applicants had amended their records with HM Revenue & Customs by increasing their earnings by more than £10,000, Caroline Nokes told MPs.

Ms Nokes said that the migrants were most likely to have inflated their earnings so that they could claim enough points to stay in Britain, or to have substantially under-reported their salaries to evade tax.
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Fraud and corruption – earnings
Hundreds of highly skilled migrants are lying about how much they earn to try and stay in UK permanently
Alain Tolhurst
The Sun, 2 July 2018.

Hundreds of highly skilled migrants have been lying about how much they earn to try and stay in the UK permanently.

The Home Office said in 90 per cent of cases the reviewed applicants had increased their earnings by more than £10,000 to reach the threshold needed to qualify for long-term residence.

Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes told MPs some of the applicants had amended their records with HMRC to under-report their wages in to evade tax.

The review was ordered by Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, after concerns people were being refused 'leave to remain' due to minor tax issues.

But the appraisal of 281 postal applications that were refused on character and conduct grounds revealed a pattern of apparent attempts to abuse the immigration system, the Times is reporting.

The Home Office is now looking at applications made in person to see whether similar attempts were made to try and enable skilled migrants to stay in the UK who failed the strict qualification tests.

The review found many migrants trying to live here permanently under the 'Tier 1' system had earnings lower than the threshold required, but had been topped up by claims of self-employed pay which were not real.
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Illegal immigration – deception, deportation
Europe is using smartphone data as a weapon to deport refugees
Morgan Meaker
Wired, 2 July 2018.

Smartphones have helped tens of thousands of migrants travel to Europe. A phone means you can stay in touch with your family – or with people smugglers. On the road, you can check Facebook groups that warn of border closures, policy changes or scams to watch out for. Advice on how to avoid border police spreads via WhatsApp.

Now, governments are using migrants' smartphones to deport them.

Across the continent, migrants are being confronted by a booming mobile forensics industry that specialises in extracting a smartphone's messages, location history, and even WhatsApp data. That information can potentially be turned against the phone owners themselves. ...

Admittedly, some refugees do lie on their asylum applications. Omar – not his real name – certainly did. He travelled to Germany via Greece. ...

If Omar's phone were searched, he could have become one of them, as his location history would have revealed his route through Europe, including his arrival in Greece.

But before his asylum interview, he met Lena – also not her real name. A refugee advocate and businesswoman, Lena had read about Germany's new surveillance laws. She encouraged Omar to throw his phone away and tell immigration officials it had been stolen in the refugee camp where he was staying. ...

When sociology professor Marie Gillespie researched phone use among migrants travelling to Europe in 2016, she encountered widespread fear of mobile phone surveillance. "Mobile phones were facilitators and enablers of their journeys, but they also posed a threat," she says. In response, she saw migrants who kept up to 13 different SIM cards, hiding them in different parts of their bodies as they travelled.

This could become a problem for immigration officials, who are increasingly using mobile phones to verify migrants' identities, and ascertain whether they qualify for asylum. (That is: whether they are fleeing countries where they risk facing violence or persecution.) In Germany, only 40 per cent of asylum applicants in 2016 could provide official identification documents. In their absence, the nationalities of the other 60 per cent were verified through a mixture of language analysis – using human translators and computers to confirm whether their accent is authentic – and mobile phone data. ...

The smartphone has become the essential accessory for modern migration. Travelling to Europe as an asylum seeker is expensive. People who can't afford phones typically can't afford the journey either.
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Terrorism – cost, UK, Europe
The threat of terrorism is exhausting Europe
Free West Media, 2 July 2018.

Between 2004 and 2016, the European Union lost €180 billion in GDP due to terrorism. Is Europe really serious about its war on terror?

The United Kingdom (€43.7 billion) and France (€43 billion) suffered the highest losses, followed by Spain (€40.8 billion) and Germany (€19.2 billion), according to a Rand Corporation study.

"Beyond those who have been directly physically affected by terrorist attacks, the extensive coverage of terrorist attacks through multiple media and social media channels has substantially increased the amount of people and companies that could be psychologically affected. This subsequently affects their economic behaviour".

According to the Spanish "black book" of terrorism, 658 Europeans have been murdered in terror attacks on European soil, while 1 029 Europeans died at the hand of terrorists abroad.

Half of the French army are currently deployed in France to protect the civilian targets, including schools, monuments, and religious sites. The Guardian noted that French troop presence has hit 10 000 after Paris attacks. Many fear it is a "political anti-anxiety measure". ...

... Germany has had to send troops into the streets for the first time since the Second World War.

Belgium, like France, has more troops deployed at home than in any single mission abroad. "We are standing around like flowers pots, just waiting to be smashed," one Belgian officer complained.

The French magazine Causeur says Europeans are suffering from the "the Batman Syndrome" after France announced it would be freeing at least 50 terrorists from prison. The UK is also due to free 80 Islamic fundamentalists from jail.

"How can we respect a society that is too cowardly to fight those who threaten its citizens, and that demonstrates its weakness by systematically seeking appeasement at the price of the most unreasonable accommodations? It is the 'Batman syndrome': the hero refuses to kill, he systematically saves his enemy who escapes and kills new victims until the hero catches up with him, and so on."
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Asylum – tensions, Sunderland
Sunderland MP Julie Elliott slammed over calls to halt asylum seekers being house in the city
Sean Seddon
ChronicleLive, 1 July 2018.

An MP has come under fire for demanding a halt to asylum seekers being housed in her city.

In a letter to Home Secretary Sajid Javid, Sunderland Central MP Julie Elliott called for a temporary clampdown to alleviate "tensions" in the city. ...

Deputy leader of Sunderland City Council, Michael Mordey, has previously lobbied the Government to take a similar course of action.

He previously stated: "As a council we have written direct to the Home Secretary to demand that he immediately halts the Government dispersal policy, that has created the issues in this particular local community."

But Liberal Democrat opposition leader Niall Hodson slammed Ms Elliot's hard-line stance.

He said: "Julie Elliott's comments are straight out of the far-right playbook.

"It is appalling to see a Labour MP sinking so low and making statements which only serve to make the tensions in Sunderland worse. ..." ...

Asked to comment on the letter, Ms Elliott MP said: "The Home Office needs to act on my letter as soon as possible in order to allow local services to deal with serious issues which are currently affecting some of my constituents.

"It is important that whilst Sunderland remains a welcoming and diverse city, we also have safe communities where everyone can feel at ease in their neighbourhood and homes."
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News and views - selected extracts for 2018 except current month (seld.htm).
News and views - selected extracts 2017 (seld4.htm).
News and views - selected extracts 2016 (seld3.htm).
News and views - selected extracts 2013-2015 (seld2.htm).
News and views - selected extracts before 2013 (seld1.htm).

These are the more notable or substantial items, omitting ones that are more lightweight or ephemeral. These can be found also in the main collections shown in the pages described below, but are copied here for those who want to skip the less important material. Some items are, of course, borderline but have to be either included or excluded. The extracts are in reverse date order, so the latest are at the top of the page.

News and views in date order

Extracts of news and views in reverse date order, so the latest are at the top of the page. Items that are less important or more ephemeral are included along with those that are more notable. If you prefer to read by starting at an earlier date and working forwards, you can do so either by using the "Up" links provided or by going through the summary list (see below) in the desired order and using the hyperlink from each item there to the relevant extract.
From 1 January 2018, except current month.
2017.
2016.
2015.
2014.
2013.
2012.
2011.
2010.
2008 and 2009.
2007 and earlier.

News and views in subject order

These are the same extracts as given elsewhere in date order, but they are presented here by subject. To avoid having too many subject headings, 'multiculturalism' here includes multiracialism and multiethnic issues; 'population' includes overpopulation.
From 1 January 2018, except current month.
2017.
2016.
2015.
2014.
2013.
2012.
2011.
2010.
2008 and 2009.
2007 and earlier.

Publications

A list of some publications on immigration and related matters (pubs.htm). Not updated recently.

Links to other sites

Links to relevant other sites of possible interest (sites.htm). Not updated recently.


Notes:
The date given for an extract occasionally differs slightly from the date given for the article on a website. This is because it is not uncommon for an article to appear on a publisher's website the day before it appears in the printed version of the newspaper.

Some reports here do not mention immigration or immigrants, but their relevance is indicated elsewhere. For example, a report on the consequences of population pressure is relevant since the rise in the UK's population is largely due to mass immigration. A report on the level of knife crime might not at first seem relevant here, since there is usually no mention of immigration. However, other reports indicate that it is a significant factor. An item on education can be relevant because inadequate education in the UK is a reason given by some business managers for employing foreigners.

Where longer extracts of an article are divided into several parts, this is almost always done only for convenience of presentation here.

Where no webpage link is provided, the source is usually, with the exception mainly of older extracts, the printed publication. In these cases, many but not all of the full reports can be found on the publishers' websites. However, if searching for the full report, note that it is not unusual for the heading and the text to have been modified. For example, the heading "British television is hideously white, says equality chief", printed in The Daily Telegraph, is or was "Britain's most popular television programmes 'too white', says Trevor Phillips" on the newspaper's website.

Extracts can, if preferred, be read in chronological order by using the "" link to go to the start of the item next above the one just read.

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