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Updated 23 March 2017
Terrorism European Union
Polish PM draws link between London attack and EU migrant policy
Reuters, 23 March 2017.
Poland's prime minister drew a link on Thursday between an attack
in London targeting the British parliament and the European Union's migrant
policy, saying the assault vindicated Warsaw's refusal to take in refugees.
Five people, including the attacker, were killed and about 40
injured on Wednesday after a car ploughed into pedestrians near the British
parliament. Police believe the attack was "Islamist-related", but have
given no details about the attacker, who they say was acting alone. ...
"I hear in Europe very often: do not connect the migration policy
with terrorism, but it is impossible not to connect them," Polish Prime
Minister Beata Szydlo told private broadcaster TVN24.
Immigration abroad USA
U.S. embassies ordered to identify population groups for tougher visa screening
Yeganeh Torbati, Mica Rosenberg and Arshad Mohammed
Reuters, 23 March 2017.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has directed U.S. diplomatic
missions to identify "populations warranting increased scrutiny" and
toughen screening for visa applicants in those groups, according to
diplomatic cables seen by Reuters.
He has also ordered a "mandatory
social media check" for all applicants who have ever been present in
territory controlled by the Islamic State, in what two former U.S.
officials said would be a broad, labour-intensive expansion of such
screening. Social media screening is now done fairly rarely by consular
officials, one of the former officials said. ...
immigration lawyers said the guidance could lead to visa applicants being
profiled on the basis of nationality or religion rather than because they
pose an actual threat to the United States.
Immigration abroad Turkey, Europe
Erdogan: Soon Europeans 'Will Not Walk Safely on Their Streets'
Breitbart, 22 March 2017.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned the European
Union (EU) that if the diplomatic spat between Turkey and several European
countries continues, Europeans won't be able to walk their own streets
... Erdogan has threatened Europe before, but this time he
threatened the safety of Europeans if the row continues, Die Welt
"If you continue to behave like this, not a single
European, not a single Westerner will be able to take a step on the road
safely anytime in the world," Erdogan said at a press conference adding:
"We as Turkey are calling on Europe to respect human rights and democracy."
Erdogan did not go into specifics of the threat, though many Turks
living in countries like Germany and the Netherlands have expressed massive
support for him following the failed coup attempt last year.
Immigration abroad Italy
Boat Migrants Landing in Italy 'at a Pace Exceeding Anything We've Seen Before'
Breitbart, 22 March 2017.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimates 20,484
migrants have arrived in Europe by sea since the beginning of 2017, with
numbers likely to explode as the continent heads into spring.
totals do not include 3,312 migrants picked up off Libya on the 19th of
March who are currently en route to Italy, according to the text of the
Including these migrants puts the number of Italian
arrivals well ahead of the total for the first three months of 2015
(10,165) and the first three months of 2016 (18,777) and March 2017
has over a week still to go. ...
The European Border and Coast
Guard Agency (Frontex) has previously confessed that its own activities, as
well as the activities of vessels operated by pro-migration NGOs, seem to
be responsible for this rising death toll.
"Dangerous crossings on
unseaworthy and overloaded vessels were organised with the main purpose of
being detected by EUNAVFOR Med/Frontex and NGO vessels," the agency
reported in its most recent risk analysis.
"Apparently, all parties
involved in SAR operations in the Central Mediterranean unintentionally
help criminals achieve their objectives at minimum cost, strengthen their
business model by increasing the chances of success."
Immigration abroad Canada
Canada's New Immigration Problem Will Get Much Worse Once the Snow Melts, Lawmaker Predicts
Yahoo! News, 22 March 2017.
Hundreds of asylum seekers are illegally crossing into Canada from
the United States, and Canadian officials are worried their illegal
immigration problem will get much worse once snow on the ground melts,
making it easier to cross the border during the spring and summer months.
Many asylum seekers are entering Canada in Quebec, Manitoba and
British Columbia. They told officials they were fleeing the United States
because President Donald Trump could make it harder for them to obtain
Canadians aren't happy about the sudden influx of
immigrants, a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released Monday found. Roughly
four out of 10 respondents said mass illegal immigration could make Canada
Immigration abroad public opinion, Islamism, Europe
Eastern European Youth: Islamism Biggest Problem in the European Union
Breitbart, 22 March 2017.
According to a new survey, young Eastern Europeans love the idea of
freedom of movement but totally disagree with open doors mass migration and
see Islamism as the biggest threat to the European Union (EU).
survey, carried out by the Bertelsmann Foundation, asked young people aged
15 to 24-years-old across the Visegrad 4 countries (Hungary, Poland,
Slovakia, and the Czech Republic), Germany, and Austria for their opinion
on the EU. Across the Eastern European nations, a majority loved the idea
of being able to work in different EU states, but were totally against the
bloc forcing their countries to take in high numbers of migrants, Der
Seventy per cent of those surveyed in Poland,
Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Hungary did not feel their countries
should be made to accept asylum seekers. The results were almost the direct
opposite in Germany where 73 per cent of young Germans and 61 per cent of
young Austrians believed that their country had a responsibility to care
Gabriele Schöler of the Bertelsmann Foundation
said the results were "shocking".
When asked if migrants made their
countries a better place and contributed to the economy, less than half (42
per cent) of Germans said "yes" while very nearly the same 40 per
cent said a firm "no". Seventy-eight per cent of Hungarians also
said "no" followed by 73 per cent of Slovakians, 65 per cent of Czechs, and
58 per cent of Poles. ...
While the young people in the six
countries differed on questions of migrants, they all agreed that radical
Islamism was the biggest threat to Europe.
Immigration public opinion
Seven in ten voters say EU immigration MUST be curbed after Brexit but 60% would accept paying into Brussels coffers
MailOnline, 22 March 2017.
Britons overwhelmingly want immigration from the EU to be curbed in
the impending Brexit negotiations - but they would be willing to pay
Brussels to keep some aspects of membership.
The public's hopes for
the divorce process, due to be kicked off by Theresa May next week, have
been revealed in a major poll.
Some 68 per cent are determined that
the principle of free movement has to go - in line with the PM's promise
that the UK will regain control of borders.
But 88 per cent are
keen to maintain free trade after we leave, according to the study by the
NatCen think-tank. Even among Leave voters, 55 per cent would support
paying into EU coffers to participate in specific schemes. ...
majority want to end welfare benefits for EU migrants (77 per cent of Leave
voters, 51 per cent of Remain voters).
The Road to Somewhere by David Goodhart a liberal's rightwing turn on immigration
The Guardian, 22 March 2017.
[Review of "The Road to Somewhere: The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics"]
In 2004, he wrote an essay for Prospect magazine, ... In "Too
Diverse?", he argued that there was a trade-off between increased
diversity, through mass immigration, and social solidarity, in the form of
the welfare state. Goodhart said that for citizens willingly to hand some
of their hard-earned cash to others via their taxes, they needed to feel a
basic level of affinity with those others. He wrote that in the homogenous
societies of old that was never a problem: citizens felt the mutual
obligation of kinship. But in the highly mixed societies of today, such
fellow-feeling was strained. ...
Given all that, and whatever other
objections Goodhart's new book might provoke, few could call it irrelevant
or untimely. In The Road to Somewhere he returns to this most vexed
terrain, picking his way through nettles and thorns that might deter
thinner-skinned writers. He doesn't tread that carefully either.
argues that the key faultline in Britain and elsewhere now separates those
who come from Somewhere rooted in a specific place or community,
usually a small town or in the countryside, socially conservative, often
less educated and those who could come from Anywhere: footloose,
often urban, socially liberal and university educated. He cites polling
evidence to show that Somewheres make up roughly half the population, with
Anywheres accounting for 20% to 25% and the rest classified as
A key litmus test to determine which one of these
"values tribes" you belong to is your response to the question of whether
Britain now feels like a foreign country. Goodhart cites a YouGov poll from
2011 that found 62% agreed with the proposition: "Britain has changed in
recent times beyond recognition, it sometimes feels like a foreign country
and this makes me uncomfortable." Only 30% disagreed. A 2014 survey found a
similar breakdown when asked if "people led happier lives in the old days".
... There can be little escape from the damning conclusion
that, when faced with the chasm in attitudes Goodhart charts, especially on
immigration, liberals chose to put their fingers in their ears and sing la,
la, la. ...
So Goodhart deserves credit for confronting this issue
early and front on. But that does not mean either his diagnosis or his
prescriptions are right.
First, in his sympathy for Somewheres he
caricatures Anywheres. ...
Second, Goodhart insists that the views
of Somewheres have been overlooked for decades, over-ruled by the Anywheres
who control the commanding heights of political and cultural power, from
the civil service to the universities to the BBC. ...
skates over this crucial hole in his argument. He claims Somewhere views
are marginalised in our collective life, yet the Mail, Sun, Express,
Telegraph and the rest air little else. It is the liberal internationalism
of Anywheres that is drowned out.
Where Goodhart goes wrong above
all is on Britain's ethnic and religious minorities. ...
that is asking too much, surely the task now is not to look back to the
time when homogeneity made a cohesive society easy, but to ask how today's
heterogeneous society might be made more cohesive, despite the
difficulties. Goodhart is right that people are more inclined to share with
those they regard as their fellows: so the challenge is to make all
citizens, including the newer ones, appear to each other as fellows.
Immigration abroad Italy, Europe
SIX THOUSAND immigrants rescued from Mediterranean in last few days
Daily Express, 22 March 2017.
More than 6,000 migrants have been rescued on the central
Mediterranean route from Libya to Italy in the last few days, as greater
numbers take to the sea in warmer weather, the International Organisation
for Migration (IOM) said today. ...
Almost 20,000 have already
made it by sea to mainland Europe in the first 67 days of 2017, it emerged
Immigration abroad language, employment, France
'It violates our rules' EU bigwig BLASTS French ban on foreign languages on building sites
Daily Express, 22 March 2017.
A new law banning labourers from speaking anything other than
French on publicly-funded building sites in the Paris region "discriminates
against" and "unfairly targets" foreign workers, an EU commissioner has
Earlier this month, Paris officials passed a 'Small
Business Act' in a bid to funnel more local public contracts to small
The move is also reportedly to help improve
workplace safety and "squeeze out" foreign workers.
includes the hotly-contested Molière clause, which states that
labourers hired to work on state-funded building projects must use French
as their working language. ...
European rules on public
procurement bar member states from discriminating against companies from
another EU countries uniquely on grounds of their nationality.
French officials have openly criticised this rule and have long argued that
it allows French companies to hire cheap foreign workers often from
eastern Europe who undercut locals. ...
Paris was the
fourth region to introduce rules requiring companies to use the French
language on public building sites, after Normandy, Hauts-de-France and
Immigration abroad extremism, Islam, France
Study: Third of France's Young Muslims Hold Fundamentalist Religious Views
Breitbart, 21 March 2017.
A study looking at the prevalence of radical ideology among high
school students has found that French Muslims are much more likely to
tolerate violence and to hold fundamentalist religious views than other
The National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) study
involved more than 7,000 students, aged between 14 and 16, who were
studying at 21 schools and four academies in France.
who conducted the survey, Anne Muxel and Olivier Galland, stressed the
sample is not representative of French youth as a whole.
schools included in the study are located in poor areas, with
overrepresentation in the student body of pupils from working class
backgrounds (41 per cent), students with immigrant backgrounds (38 per
cent), and Muslims (25 per cent).
The CNRS reported that 11 per
cent of respondents overall adhere to religious fundamentalism, which rises
to 32 per cent among Muslim youths.
Mr. Galland noted a "striking
difference" between the figure compared with six per cent of Christians and
0.6 per cent of non-Muslims identified by the governmental research
organisation as "religious absolutists".
"However, two-thirds of
Muslims do not adhere to these ideas," the sociologist added.
Extremism Islam, Labour Party, Birmingham
How pandering PC Labour councillors helped create the UK's jihadi breeding ground: One in ten convicted Islamic terrorists come from a tiny area of Birmingham. But the cause may be even more
Daily Mail, 20 March 2017.
Leicester, with a significant but more widely dispersed Muslim
population, has bred only two convicted terrorists over the past two
decades compared with the 26 from in and around Sparkbrook, which is more
than 70 per cent Muslim.
But the sweeping social and demographic
changes in the heart of Birmingham down the years are only part of the
The Labour-controlled administration on Birmingham City
council, Europe's largest local authority, has been consistently accused of
turning a blind eye to extremism.
The council itself admitted in
the aftermath of the Trojan Horse Scandal when militant Muslims
attempted to infiltrate state schools to impose an Islamic agenda
that it had shied away from the problem out of a 'fear of being accused of
Others, including a former head forced out of her school
by hardliners, are convinced there was another reason for the council's
inaction: that most Muslims and ethnic minorities in general tend to vote
This culture of acquiescence and in some cases
blatant pandering has been exacerbated by many leading Muslim
This kind of political leadership has, it seems,
done little to deter the spread of Islamic militancy in Birmingham
especially in Sparkbrook.
A university analysis identified
Sparkbrook as one of two areas outside London with more than 30 per cent of
people not born in the UK. A significant number of Sparkbrook inhabitants
do not speak English.
Immigration abroad public opinion, Canada, USA
Almost half of Canadians want illegal border crossers deported: Reuters poll
Rod Nickel and David Ljunggren
Reuters, 20 March 2017.
Nearly half of Canadians want to deport people who are illegally
crossing into Canada from the United States, and a similar number
disapprove of how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is handling the influx,
according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Monday.
significant minority, four out of 10 respondents, said the border crossers
could make Canada "less safe," underlining the potential political risk for
Trudeau's Liberal government.
The increasing flow of hundreds of
asylum-seekers of African and Middle Eastern origin from the United States
in recent months has become a contentious issue in Canada. ...
When asked specifically about the recent border crossings from the
United States, the same number - 48 percent - said Canada should "send
these migrants back to the U.S." Another 36 percent said Canada should
"accept these migrants" and let them seek refugee status.
United States, where President Donald Trump was elected partly on his
promise to boost deportations, 50 percent of adults supported "increasing
the deportation of illegal immigrants," according to a separate
Reuters/Ipsos poll that was conducted during the same week in the United
Immigration abroad terrorism, Belgium
Belgium's Molenbeek home to 51 groups with terror links: report
Politico, 20 March 2017.
A confidential report into anti-terror measures has revealed that
police in the Brussels district of Molenbeek have uncovered 51
organizations with suspected ties to terrorism, local media reported
Police performed door-to-door checks and examined more than
8,600 houses and 22,668 inhabitants, a quarter of all Molenbeek residents,
in the past year in a bid to improve security in Brussels.
Interior Minister Jan Jambon pledged to "clean up" Molenbeek, after
authorities confirmed many of the suspects involved in the Paris and
Brussels terror attacks either lived or operated from the area.
University appoints the UK's first professor of race and education
Yorkshire Post, 20 March 2017.
The UK's first professor of race and education will take up her
post at Leeds Beckett next month as the university moves to address
inequality in education.
Professor Shirley Ann Tate will join the
Carnegie School of Education on April 3, where she will help to build and
lead a new research team that will work with schools, nurseries,
universities and community groups to challenge racism, improve outcomes for
children and develop professionals who are able to create a real impact in
Her appointment comes after figures released by the
Higher Education Statistics Agency revealed that there were only 25 black
female professors in the UK in the last academic year. ...
Professor Tate, who is currently an associate professor in race and
culture at the University of Leeds, has written widely on topics including
the body, mixed race, beauty, and the cultures of skin.
writing, research and teaching also includes drawing on black feminist,
gender, critical race, queer, post colonial and Caribbean decolonial
Extremism Islam, Labour Party
Man Who Helped Run 'Trojan Horse' School Now at Heart of Birmingham Labour
Guido Fawkes, 20 March 2017.
A man at the centre of the 'Trojan Horse' schools scandal is
helping to run the Labour campaign machine in Birmingham, Guido can reveal.
Mohammad Ashraf was a governor at Golden Hillock School, which was placed
into special measures after it emerged it had segregated boys and girls,
banned the teaching of some subjects and taught pupils: "Islam is the
true religion, not like those Christians and Jews". ...
Guido can reveal that, in spite of his past actions, Ashraf remains heavily
active in Labour Party politics. This month he acted as a referee for the
Labour council candidate Alison Gove-Humphries, who was deselected on
Saturday after Guido revealed her posts linking Israel to ISIS. Ashraf was
pictured in Stoke campaigning for new Labour MP Gareth Snell. He is listed
on Birmingham Labour's website as the party's contact in Hall Green.
This man helped run a Trojan Horse school, now he is helping run
Labour's campaigns in Birmingham...
... Today's Daily
Mail runs an investigation showing how Birmingham Labour councillors
turned a blind eye to Islamist extremism in the city. Birmingham Labour
is a rotten borough, not ideal for Sion Simon's "This is England" campaign
for West Midlands mayor...
Politics Labour Party
Tony Blair admits he 'didn't know the numbers' on EU migration but defends its benefits for Britain
Mirror, 19 March 2017.
Tony Blair has admitted he could not foresee the number of EU
migrants that would come to Britain in recent years.
Minister said "we didn't know the numbers" when his Labour government
backed enlargement of the bloc in 2004 to nations including Poland, Hungary
But he insisted limits in the first four years would
not have made a difference, because migration rose sharply as the financial
crisis bit later.
And he defended migration's "great benefit" to
Britain in a passionate defence of globalisation and condemnation of the
"tragedies" of Brexit.
Mr Blair insisted globalisation was an
"unstoppable force" that would have happened with his government or without
Mr Blair spoke to the BBC's Andrew Marr show to outline
his return to politics as he sets up the Tony Blair Institute for Global
Immigration abroad criminals, deportation, USA
23 countries refuse to take back criminal aliens
WND, 19 March 2017.
More than 2,000 criminal non-citizens, including many here
illegally, are released from prison every year onto the streets of American
Americans like Casey Chadwick, 25, have paid with their
lives. She was stabbed to death outside her apartment in Norwich,
Connecticut, by an illegal criminal alien from Haiti who had already served
17 years in prison for attempted murder. ICE had tried to deport him
several times but Haiti would not accept him.
The problem is that
23 countries will not take back their criminal migrants, according to a DHS
report cited by Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary
Committee. The government has not named all 23 uncooperative nations but
WND has been able to identify 13 of them.
The five worst are
Cuba, China, Somalia, India and Ghana. ...
Adding to the indignity and lack of fair play, the U.S. continues
to grant visas and refugee status to foreign nationals from these 23
countries. And in many cases, the U.S. also continues to send foreign aid
to these recalcitrant nations that refuse to cooperate with ICE in taking
back their criminals. ...
In addition to the 23 countries that
don't cooperate at all with ICE, another 60 cannot be counted on to
Population Turks, Europe
Erdogan calls on Turkish families in Europe to have five children to protect against 'injustices'
Daily Telegraph, 18 March 2017.
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on Turkey's
citizens in Europe to step up their rates of procreation and have five
children each, saying a booming Turkish population would be the best answer
to the EU's "vulgarism, antagonism, and injustice". ...
in the central city of Eskisehir, Turkey's president urged "his brothers
and sisters in Europe" to begin a baby boom in their new countries. "Have
not just three but five children," he told his flag-waving audience.
"The place in which you are living and working is now your homeland
and new motherland. Stake a claim to it. Open more businesses, enroll your
children in better schools, make your family live in better neighborhoods,
drive the best cars, live in the most beautiful houses."
message was addressed to the 1.4 million Turkish voters who live in
Germany, as well as the large Turkish populations in Holland, Austria,
Bulgaria and the UK.
Romanian crime gang who amassed £3 million from 11 'meticulously planned' jewellery store raids across the UK are jailed for 47 years
A Romanian crime gang set up camp and cycled to jewellers across
the country armed with sledgehammers and set cars alight to block police in
a string of burglaries where they stole more than £3 million worth of
Six men were jailed for 47 years today for offences,
including a £644,900 raid on a store in Milton Keynes, committed
between November 2015 and September 2016. ...
Inspector Ricky Fields said the group could be linked to the notorious
Romanian Crime Academy as several of the members came from the same region
of the country and employed similar strategies.
Immigration abroad deportation, South Africa
Home Affairs turn screws on migrants: Changes five Acts border processing centres citizen panel
Sunday Times [South Africa], 18 March 2017.
The Department of Home Affairs will push ahead with plans to
establish border processing centres for refugees as part of sweeping
legislative changes to SA's immigration regime that will also redefine
processes leading to citizenship. ...
The department sees the
policy framework as a shift towards a more "Afro-centric" immigration
regime leveraging the development potential of migration particularly at a
The draft White Paper seeks to increase "rules" on
economic migrants and the removal of an automatic progression from
residency to citizenship.
The Green Paper on International
Migration published in June 2016 proposed sweeping changes to SA's approach
to economic migrants refugees and naturalisation.
"processing camps" that would house refugees pending adjudication of their
Some 16 million foreigners enter and exit SA every year
with 1 082 669 asylum seekers being registered between 2006 and 2015. SA
has also deported 369 000 people from 2012 to 2017 with Home Affairs
estimating that 95% of asylum applications are from economic migrants as
opposed to political refugees.
Racism culture, sense of loss, populism
'It's a sense of loss!' Wanting to CONTROL immigration is NOT RACIST, blasts professor
Daily Express, 18 March 2017.
A university professor hit out at public understanding of racism,
claiming labels are being thrown around that could push more people towards
Eric Kaufmann, Professor of Politics at Birkbeck College,
rejected the idea that wanting to "slow" immigration was racist and it
could be understandable for a community to want more people around who are
Speaking on Newsnight, Professor Kaufmann suggested
shutting down conversation over the issue would lead to bigger problems and
He said: "With racist self interest, for example,
something like wanting slower immigration, which is something that a
certain section of the majority community wants, to label that as racism I
think is problematic and counterproductive."
Asked by host Evan
Davis if that was the reason behind what was being termed as a "backlash"
and "populism" in the UK, the professor agreed it was "partly" behind it.
"A lot of this is simply about a sense of cultural loss, which
doesn't mean that should drive policy but it does mean that's something we
should be cognisant of. I think if we call that racist, we're going to
alienate a lot of people and drive them into the hands of populism."
Illegal immigration NGOs, Italy
EU Border Control Accuses NGOs of Providing Shuttle Service for African Migrants
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
Breitbart, 18 March 2017.
In a remarkably blunt analysis of the massive migration from North
Africa to Italy in 2016, the European Frontex agency has denounced human
traffickers' exploitation of NGOs to efficiently transport African migrants
from Libya to Italy.
The NGOs, the report suggests, whether
knowingly or not, have become accomplices to people smugglers by providing
a reliable shuttle service for migrants from Africa to Europe, lowering
smugglers' costs and improving their "business model."
assistance by NGOs has virtually eliminated the need for traffickers to
procure seaworthy vessels capable of making the dangerous voyage across the
southern Mediterranean, the report notes, since traffickers need only
transport their passengers a few miles off the Libyan coast where they will
be picked up by "rescue" vessels. It also allows traffickers to operate
without fear of arrest by law enforcement.
Frontex, the European
agency in charge of control of the EU's borders, has identified a major
shift in maritime rescue operations from military vessels to NGOs, a shift
intentionally orchestrated by traffickers. ...
During the first
period, "smuggling groups instructed migrants to make satellite phone calls
to the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) in Rome to initiate
targeted rescues on the high seas," the report states. More than 50 percent
of all search and rescue (SAR) operations were initiated in this way, and
the missions were mainly undertaken by Italian law-enforcement.
of 2016, however, satellite phone calls to MRCC Rome decreased sharply to
10 percent and the military began playing a significantly diminished role
in rescue operations.
Since June 2016, the report continues, a
significant number of boats have been intercepted by NGO vessels "without
any prior distress call and without official information as to the rescue
These rescues did not occur somewhere out in the
Mediterranean, but extremely near the Libyan coast, and sometimes even in
Libyan territorial waters. "NGO presence and activities close to, and
occasionally within, the 12-mile Libyan territorial waters nearly doubled
compared with the previous year," Frontex states, and as a result, "the
overall number of incidents increased dramatically."
statistical data, criminal networks, particularly Libyan-based smugglers,
have relied heavily on SAR missions, as well as humanitarian assistance
efforts, "turning it into a distinct tactical advantage," the report
states, adding that "the scope of the problem is alarming."
delicately adds that "all parties involved in SAR operations in the Central
Mediterranean unintentionally help criminals achieve their objectives at
minimum cost, strengthen their business model by increasing the chances of
All in all, in 2016, the Central Mediterranean "saw
the highest number of migrant arrivals ever recorded from sub-Sahara, West
Africa and the Horn of Africa," totally 181,459 migrants, or an increase of
18 percent over the previous year.
Immigration abroad Turks, Netherlands
Trouble brewing in Netherlands as Erdogan supporters win first seats in Dutch election
Daily Express, 17 March 2017.
A Turkish-Dutch party has secured its first ever seats in the
Netherlands parliament as the Turkey row escalates.
Denk, a party
founded by Tunahan Kuzu and Selçuk Öztürk has become the
first ever ethic minority party in the Dutch parliament.
which has long been accused of being a mouthpiece for Turkish president
Recep Erdogan, won three seats in an election focused on immigration.
Racism xenophobia, Brexit
Talk of a nonexistent 'tide of hate' against EU migrants does nothing to help their cause
LSE Brexit blog, 17 March 2017.
[Jim Butcher is a Reader in the School of Human and Life Sciences at Canterbury Christ Church University]
The idea that there is a post-Brexit tide of hate has wide currency
amongst Brexit's critics. Polly Toynbee in the Guardian has claimed that
'Brexit supporters have unleashed furies even they can't control' and that
post-Brexit 'those feeling betrayed will lurch even further into racism and
xenophobia'. Academic and anti-Brexit campaigner Tanja Bueltmann referred
this month to a 'wave of xenophobia sweeping across the country'. Scientist
Mike Galsworthy has argued that 'a rising tide of xenophobia' will
discourage scientists from working in the UK.
Campaigners and some
on the Left who opposed Brexit have concurred. The anti-racist Monitoring
Group in London said 'no person should have been surprised to see the
alarming rise of racism and the spread of xenophobia across the country so
rapidly after the outcome of the Brexit vote.' They added that 'Brexit
represents a new, unlike any other, dangerous phase for people of colour
and migrants in our country.' The same sentiments have been expressed at
recent demonstrations, on social media and in the universities.
EU collects data on a variety of social attitudes, including immigration.
Whilst the spike in reported hate incidents immediately following the EU
referendum has been much discussed, the EU's data suggests that the notion
of a general 'tide of hate' or xenophobia is, to say the least, a
misreading of the mood. Its EU Barometer survey asks whether immigration
(EU and non-EU) invokes a positive or negative feeling for respondents. The
most recent figures from November 2016 indicate that the UK is average
within the EU with regard to positivity towards immigration from EU member
states. If there is a tide of hate, this suggests it is not solely a
The 'tide of hate' thesis is explicitly
linked to Brexit, so it is worth considering whether there could be a
Brexit effect on the UK figures. A comparison /.../ indicates that the UK
public actually became more positive towards EU immigration between
November 2015 and November 2016, the period covering the campaign, vote and
supposedly hate-filled aftermath. ...
There is nothing here that
supports the 'tide of hate thesis'. ...
The EU also collects
figures for people's positivity and negativity towards non-EU immigration.
Whilst this is not directly linked to Brexit (the issue being the rights of
EU immigrants), this has not stopped some commentators extending the 'tide
of hate' thesis to apply to all non-EU nationals in the UK, BME UK citizens
and the LGBT community. Yet the UK's positivity towards non-EU immigration
is significantly higher than the EU average. ...
... There will
doubtless be a few caveats I have not mentioned. However, the figures must
cause a questioning of the 'tide of hate' thesis. There simply isn't any
suggestion of it in the EU's own figures. ...
Yet the assertion of
a tide of hate or xenophobia does a disservice to the cause of solidarity
between people of different backgrounds and nationalities. It does this by
establishing a dubious moral, rather than political, division between
people who voted Brexit and those who voted Remain, the former
mischaracterised as irrational and hateful. This assumed xenophobic tide is
to be 'called out', shamed, associated with the far right and not taken
seriously or argued with.
Immigration abroad terrorism, public opinion, France
Six out of 10 People in France 'Don't Feel Safe Anywhere'
Breitbart, 17 March 2017.
Fearing terror attacks, the majority of people in France are
pessimistic about the nation's security situation, with six in 10 saying
they no longer feel safe anywhere according to an IFOP-FIDUCIAL poll.
The survey found that 93 per cent of French believe the threat of
more terror attacks is high, and 71 per cent feel the security situation in
France has got worse over the last five years.
More broadly, 59 per
cent of those polled said they did not feel safe anywhere, with almost one
in four (24 per cent) opting to "strongly agree" with the statement. ...
The vast majority of respondents (88 per cent) believe France
should deport foreigners sentenced to prison for serious offences, and 84
per cent want the country to create more prison places.
majority (55 per cent) would like to see France exit the European Union's
open borders Schengen zone.
'10,000 deportees will be released onto Britain's streets' following new ruling
Daily Express, 17 March 2017.
As many as 10,000 would-be immigrants fighting deportation could be
released onto Britain's streets following a House of Lords ruling.
The decision from the unelected upper house, which is being seen as
a humiliating slap in the face for the Government, was immediately attacked
as a "threat to public safety."
The Immigration Bill debate hinged
on how long would-be immigrants should be detained at immigration centres.
Currently immigrants can be held indefinitely but peers voted for a
cap of 28 days.
Critic Lord Keen of Elie, who is also the Advocate
General for Scotland, claimed the move would jeopardise safety and security
in the UK, and said: "Such an amendment would significantly impact on our
abilities to enforce immigration controls and maintain public safety."
The Lords voted 187 to 170 for the limit, which can only be
extended by a court.
Crossbench peer Lord Green of Deddington said
the 28-day time limit could lead to up to 10,000 people a year appealing
for release from detention and said: "The power of detention is essential
to effective removal.
"It is fundamental to the whole immigration
system. Broadly speaking, I would say that the system is working.
"It would encourage people to spin things out to get to 28 days,
and then who knows, they may disappear," Lord Green said. ...
group of cross-party peers recommended the cap last year, with the The All
Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Refugees and the APPG on Migration
putting forward a report. ...
A spokesman said: "Any legislation
that's in the House of Lords if it's amended will be sent back to be either
accepted or rejected."
Immigration abroad Denmark
'One in five' newborns in Denmark has foreign heritage
The Local [Denmark], 17 March 2017.
The proportion of babies with non-Danish mothers has risen
significantly over the last decade, says a report.
Of the 61,614
children born in Denmark in 2016, over 20 percent were born to an immigrant
or someone with immigrant background, reports newspaper Kristeligt Dagblad.
The influx of refugees from Syria is one of the biggest factors in
the statistic, says the report, with Syrian mothers making up the second
biggest nationality group in the statistic after Danish, with Turkish the
A total of 18.5 percent of all newborns were born to
foreign mothers, while 21.6 percent were born to either immigrants or
descendants of immigrants.
The figures, taken from Statistics
Denmark, show a significant increase since 2007, when the proportion stood
at 13.5 percent.
Demographic changes of this kind can affect Danish
society in a number of ways, says population researcher and professor Poul
Christian Matthiesen, who told Kristeligt Dagblad he expects immigration to
Denmark and Europe to continue. ...
"The economic burden for
society from non-Western immigrants and their descendants adds up to 15-20
billion kroner ($2.2-2.9 billion) per year. That is the equivalent of one
percent of GNP," Matthiesen told the newspaper.
Immigration abroad Turkey, Europe
Fears of new migrant crisis after threat from Turkey to relax its border
Daily Express, 16 March 2017.
Fears are growing Europe could be gripped by a new migrant crisis
this summer after Turkey threatened to relax its border controls.
Tensions with the EU have soured to such a point a deal that sealed
a popular refugee route to the continent could be torn up.
year Turkey promised to stop migrants using the country to enter the EU in
return for aid and visa-free travel to the bloc.
Now Omer Celik
Turkey's minister for EU affairs has aid he believes the time has come for
Turkey to reassess its migration agreement with the European Union, since
it has become clear the EU was not following through on its promise to
grant Turks visa-free travel. ...
Under the terms of the deal
signed between Turkey and Brussels asylum seekers were prevented from
crossing by sea to the Greek islands in return for billions in aid to deal
with the three million Syrian refugees on Turkish soil.
Immigration abroad Turkey, Europe
Dutch elections: Turkish minister claims 'holy wars will soon begin in Europe' after Geert Wilders beaten
Independent, 16 March 2017.
A Turkish minister has claimed "holy wars will soon begin" in
Europe, in spite of the defeat of far-right leader Geert Wilders in the
Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey's foreign minister,
did not welcome the victory for Prime Minister Mark Rutte's centre-right
People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD).
"Now the election
is over in the Netherlands... when you look at the many parties you see
there is no difference between the social democrats and fascist Wilders,"
he said according to a translation by Hurriyet.
the same mentality. Where will you go? Where are you taking Europe? You
have begun to collapse Europe. You are dragging Europe into the abyss. Holy
wars will soon begin in Europe." ...
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
and prominent ministers have called the Dutch government "fascists" and
"Nazis", while EU leaders have called the allegations offensive and
"detached from reality".
Immigration abroad Netherlands
Geert Wilders didn't win but he has reshaped Dutch politics
Spectator blog, 16 March 2017.
If the 2017 Dutch election was seen as a bellwether for populism in
Europe, the verdict is still out. Mark Rutte's liberal VVD may have come
out on top, but it was a limping victory. One which saw the party lose
around a quarter of its seats and radically shift its position over
Just a year ago Rutte stood firm that immigrants were
welcome in his country. But as the winds seemed to favour the
anti-immigration stance of far-right parties, his rhetoric changed. 'Act
normal or go away,' he said recently. It was in response to growing
concerns that immigrants arriving in the Netherlands were not yet
'They get a nice home and money to buy furniture,
when pensioners, Dutch pensioners, are struggling,' one woman told me.
That's something I heard time and time again on the campaign trail. Other
views echoed the more recent stance of Rutte. 'We are a tolerant nation,
but Islam is intolerant,' they said. They don't integrate,' was another
common response to the debate about Islam, pushed by Wilders.
Wilders has been described by many in the media as 'racist' but
most people I've spoken to in the Netherlands see him as just 'saying what
the majority of people think'. Even those who told me they despised Wilders
defended his right to air his views. A lot even agreed there was a problem
with integration and those who couldn't assimilate, shouldn't come here.
Multiculturalism public opinion, Islam, Islamisation
Why the fear of Islamization is driving populist right support, and what to do about it
16 March 2017.
[Eric Kaufmann is Professor of Politics at Birkbeck College]
The Muslim share of the population, and its rate of increase, is an
important barometer of cultural change. /.../ Muslims are not only
culturally different to Europe's white majorities, but because our
brains are drawn to vivid images rather than representative data
evoke panic about terrorism and threats to liberty. ...
only on Western Europe? Because right-wing populism in established
democracies differs in important ways from similar phenomena in the new
democracies of the continent's East. There are two main types of
nationalism: one focused on national status, pride and humiliation; the
other on ensuring the alignment of politics and culture. East Europe's
nationalism is more concerned with the former, West European nationalism
with the latter. ...
... If you are white and less concerned about
safe and secure surroundings, the share of Muslims in your country has only
a small impact on your view of immigrants. If you care about safety and
security, Muslim share makes a big difference to those views.
to do? To begin with, mainstream parties and the media need to acknowledge
that demographic change increases anxiety over immigration among whites
whose values are oriented toward security and order. Having isolated the
real issue, they must then focus their efforts on raising people's
awareness about the realities not the fantasies of Muslim
demography in their countries. This will be much more effective than
decrying worries as racist which will only amplify fears that people
are not being told the truth. ...
The belief that Muslims have
sky-high fertility and will take over Europe is not confined to viral
videos with over 16m views. ...
... Across Europe, the average
overestimate of 2020 Muslim share is 25 points. Previous work by Bobby
Duffy and Tom Frere-Smith at Ipsos-Mori shows that people across the West
routinely overestimate immigrant share by a factor of two or three.
... In 2050, no West European country will be more than 12.4 per
cent Muslim, far lower than most think is the case today.
should also be regularly told about what is happening with Muslim total
fertility rates (TFR). These have dropped across much of the Muslim world.
/.../ Finally, how many French voters are aware that half of
Algerian-origin men marry out, or that 60 percent of French people with one
or more Algerian-origin parents say they have no religious affiliation?
Europe's opinion formers have gushed about transformative diversity
so much that people now believe it. /.../ Europe's mainstream parties and
the media need to stop skirting public anxieties and start addressing the
mammoth problem of demographic illiteracy.
Immigration abroad Turkey, Europe
A year on from a deal with Turkey, Europe still struggles with migration
The Economist, 16 March 2017.
Lounging in a smoky café in Aksaray, a rundown part of
Istanbul, Ahmed, a 23-year-old Palestinian people-smuggler, expresses
confidence in the future of his industry. "People come here, they have sold
everything, they will find a way to get smuggled," he shrugs. Business has
got harder since March 18th 2016, when the European Union struck a deal
with Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's president, to send asylum-seekers back
from Europe. But people are still trying to make the journey. Indeed, Ahmed
boasts, before the deal smuggling was "too easy".
contradicts European politicians' claims that the deal with Turkey has
broken the smugglers' business model. Going purely by the numbers, the
Europeans would seem to be right. Before the deal was struck around 50,000
people crossed the Aegean to Greece on flimsy boats each month. Between
December 2016 and February this year, only about 3,500 made the journey.
In Turkey it is not hard to find people-smugglers still plying
their trade. Mohammed (not his real name), a 37-year-old Palestinian who
claims to have given up smuggling after he was caught and jailed for four
months, estimates that around 100 smugglers are still operating in
Istanbul. Their tactics have changed: some asylum-seekers fly to Europe
from Turkey using passports bought or stolen belonging to
similar-looking EU citizens. A few have been sent from Kas, farther south
on the Turkish coast, to Kastellorizo, a tiny Greek island. Others are
smuggled from Syria to Sudan, then up through Libya to Italy, Mohammed
As the numbers show, however, since the deal many more
migrants are staying put in Turkey. Some 2.9m Syrians and hundreds of
thousands of Afghans and Iraqis live there.
Immigration crime checks
Migrant teachers and nurses face overseas crime checks
BBC, 16 March 2017.
Teachers, nurses and social workers from outside the European Union
are set to face criminal record checks before being allowed to work in the
From April, migrants from outside the EU will need to provide a
certificate with visa applications disclosing whether they have criminal
Most employers already require people to self-disclose
they have no criminal record and they carry out UK checks.
Home Office says the move is designed to "strengthen safeguards".
The change, which is subject to parliamentary approval, will apply
to applicants from non-European Economic Area countries for a Tier 2 visa
to take up jobs which involve working with children and vulnerable adults.
An applicant's partner, or a partner wishing to join an
existing skilled migrant worker in the same sectors, will also be asked to
produce a certificate.
The requirement could be waived where it is
deemed not "reasonably practicable" to obtain a certificate, such as if a
country or authority does not produce such documents.
Illegal immigration Sikhs
Hundreds of Afghan migrants get to UK disguised as Sikh relatives as turbans hide identity
Daily Express, 15 March 2017.
Hundreds of Afghan asylum seekers came into the UK using the
genuine passports of British Sikhs because of the turbans on their
Border officials are said to have
difficulty distinguishing between illegal immigrants and genuine passport
holders because Sikh men are allowed to wear turbans in their ID documents.
Three Sikh men, Daljit Kapoor, 41, Harmit Kapoor, 40, and Davinder
Chawla, 42, have admitted running a scam providing Sikhs from the war-torn
country with passports of family members who most looked like them so they
could pass themselves off as British citizens.
Around 30 people
from the same Afghan Sikh community are said to have successfully claimed
asylum after paying the trio £12,000 per family to enter the UK.
But immigration authorities believe there may be hundreds more as
the scam is thought to have gone on for a number of years undetected.
The three will be sentenced at Inner London Crown Court later this
month for their part in the people-smuggling racket. ...
February 2011 Chawla, along with four other men was jailed for five years
for also helping illegal immigrants enter the country as part of an
Racism politics, Wales
UKIP-Labour row over avoiding racism in local elections
BBC, 15 March 2017.
Labour and UKIP AMs have blamed each other after failing to agree
an all-party anti-racism pledge.
The statement urges local election
candidates not to address immigration in a way that builds resentment
against different races or nationalities.
Labour said all the
assembly party leaders, apart from UKIP's Neil Hamilton, had backed the
UKIP said it wanted a version making clear the majority
of people concerned about immigration "are not racists".
introduction to the 366-word statement begins: "All local authorities in
Wales will be subject to elections on 4 May 2017.
"They are taking
place against a backdrop of heightened attention being given to immigration
and its impact, both in Britain and internationally.
government has a vital role to play in caring for migrants and asylum
seekers, particularly with new people coming unexpectedly to their area in
need of council services.
"In this situation, it is vital that
candidates for election avoid addressing the issue in a way which serves to
build up resentment against those of different nationality or race."
The statement continues: "Racism has absolutely no place in Wales.
We are united in this message."
Labour said it had a "shared
vision" - with Plaid Cymru, the Welsh Conservatives and Welsh Liberal
Democrats - of Wales as a vibrant, tolerant and welcoming place to live and
"only the UKIP leader declined to sign-up to the joint statement".
Responding, a spokesman for UKIP said Labour was "incorrect".
"UKIP was happy to sign up to the following statement sent to us by
the Leader of the House, Jane Hutt AM," he said.
racism in every shape and form."
The spokesman said the party
wanted to add an amendment to the statement "to make it clear, however,
that the overwhelming majority of people in Wales who are concerned about
immigration are not racists".
Immigration abroad deportation, Germany
Merkel DESTROYED for failing to deport 500K migrants - with some in Germany for 20 YEARS
Daily Express, 14 March 2017.
Public confidence in Angela Merkel's administration is being eroded
over her failure to deport more than half a million asylum seekers, the
Chancellor has been told.
Mrs Merkel, 62, has failed to remove a
total of 556,499 migrants who had their asylum applications turned down and
have remained in Germany, according to figures released by the Bundestag.
According to the figures, four out of five of those have been in
the country for more than six years which means they are now entitled to
Many of the total are believed to have been living in
Germany since the 1990s. ...
Christian Social Union (CSU) MP
Hans-Peter Friedrich, who was a former Interior Minister in Mrs Merkel's
Government said: "Allowing rejected asylum seekers to dance around the
state like this is destroying the confidence of citizens in the capacity of
the state to act."
Rainer Wendt, the head of the German police
trade union, said: "There is a deportation prevention industry, which must
be changed urgently."
About half of the figure have an unlimited
right to stay due to a variety of reasons including being stateless; their
native country being unwilling to accept them back or they have a medical
Others though have remained in the country illegally or
have claimed they do not have any identity papers, delaying their
Why we must allay the people's fears about immigration
Evening Standard, 14 March 2017.
Tomorrow the Dutch go the polls and "not speaking Dutch" has
brought Wilders within striking distance of power. A salient cause is the
Netherlands' militant Turks. Almost five million now live in western
Europe, occupying a majority of primary school places in some German
provinces. And that is just Turks. A million immigrants arrived in western
Europe last year, and the same number the year before, almost all of them
Muslims with little affinity for European languages or culture.
Lumping together language, religion and country of origin is seldom
helpful, but the antagonism towards all forms of immigration has become
politically critical. London is still relatively free from this impact. But
three million of its eight million citizens do not use English at home, and
more than a third were born abroad. The police and 999 services claim to
need translators in 150 languages. The extent of this diversity is
reflected in London's schools and colleges, cafés and shops,
national enclaves and foreign-language newspapers.
Londoners I find this enriching. I love the city's diversity. /.../ I take
the world as it comes and accept that just now it is coming to London.
Second and third-generation immigrants constitute a majority of
Londoners and I have no doubt they will become ordinary citizens, working,
playing, complaining, even voting, like everyone else. ...
unlike many Londoners, my neighbourhood is not my world. No foreigners are
taking my job or leaving my child isolated at school. They are not
demanding, as on the Continent, to be taught in their language rather than
mine. I can afford to be broad-minded.
Most Dutch people of my
acquaintance are no less tolerant. ...
What went wrong in the
Netherlands appears to have been the fallacy of liberal totalitarianism
the view that other people's opinions, fears and insecurities do not
matter because we find them intolerant and bigoted. Even the bigoted can
vote. As the new politics is showing across Europe and America, people
whose opinions are disregarded will eventually hit back. When that happens
in the Netherlands of all places, liberals should worry.
Controlling immigration is no longer someone else's problem. It
electrifies every corner of European politics. Yet I see no answer to it.
Britain is supposed to have strict controls on migrants from outside the
EU. Yet more are coming in from outside the EU than from inside. The
biggest immigrant group is from India. We also host seemingly unlimited
numbers of Somalis, Eritreans, Nigerians, Colombians, Afghans, Koreans and
Vietnamese mostly in London. ...
Newcomers clearly make
many Britons feel insecure and alienated.
Immigration abroad crime, Germany
Migrant Crime and Violence Soars in German States
Breitbart, 14 March 2017.
Authorities in two German states have expressed concern over
official figures showing a huge rise in migrant crime, with the number of
violent attacks having almost doubled in 2016.
entered onto the crime scene last year," said Baden-Württemberg State
Criminal Police Office (LKA) president Ralf Michelfelder.
very worried about the rise in violence by asylum seekers," the police
official added. The comments come following the release of figures which
reveal a 95.5 per cent spike in the number of physical attacks carried out
by asylum seekers and migrants.
Around 60 per cent of the assaults
take place in asylum accommodation but the other 40 per cent are carried
out among the general public. ...
Of a total of 251,000 criminal
suspects across the state in 2016, 107,417 were foreign, with 25,379 of
these being asylum seekers and refugees. Syria was the most frequently seen
country of origin in the latter category, followed by Gambia, and then
In Bavaria, the number of crimes committed by
immigrants rose 57.8 per cent from the previous year, a development which
the state's Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann described as "worrying".
"The increase in crime in Bavaria in 2016 is mainly due to foreign
suspects, especially immigrants," the minister said. ...
of homicides in Bavaria increased by 15 per cent in 2016, while violent
crimes carried out by asylum seekers rose by 93 per cent to 3,495 cases.
Immigration abroad extremists, Islam, Sweden
Swedish Minister: Country Needs to Integrate Returning Islamic State Fighters
Breitbart, 14 March 2017.
Swedish Minister for Culture and Democracy Alice Bah Kuhnke has
suggested that Swedes who left to fight for radical Islamist groups in the
Middle East should be welcomed back and helped to integrate into society.
Kuhnke also could not confirm that those who had been through
the programmes had been successfully deradicalised, saying the process
could take a decade or more. "We can not say that we have succeeded because
it's been such a short time. It is only in 10-15 years we can say that they
actually managed to leave these environments," she said.
social media criticised the minister's comments including terrorism expert
Magnus Ranstorp who took to Twitter to note that at least two returning
Swedish jihadists were involved with the terrorist attacks that occurred in
Paris in late 2015 and in Brussels in 2016.
"The interview speaks
for itself. This is how ill-prepared we are to deal with returnees,"
The Swedish attitude toward returning jihadists is
seen as strange by many, as several municipalities have gone above and
beyond to cater for returning fighters. In the medieval city of Lund, the
government is considering a range of measures including debt forgiveness,
driving lessons, and free housing in the name of integrating returning
Last week, another damning report showed the Swedish
government had still been paying many Islamists through the generous
Swedish welfare system whilst they were fighting in Iraq and Syria.
Ranstorp, who was one of the authors of the report, said the main
problem was the Swedish government refusing to follow up on welfare
claimants to check whether they were in the country or ensuring that
someone else wasn't collecting benefits on their behalf.
Books promoting ISLAMIC JIHAD sold openly in Birmingham
Express, 13 March 2017.
Books encouraging Muslim parents to teach their children jihad and
referring to Jewish people as "evilminded" are being sold openly in one of
Britain's terror hotspots.
Extremist literature which also
advocates the death penalty for adulterers and promotes hatred of the gay
community, is on sale in Alum Rock, Birmingham.
Muslim suburb is a small corner of the city that has produced 10 per cent
of all the UK's convicted terrorists, according to a report published last
The Sunday Express visited the Madina Book Centre just
off the bustling Alum Rock Road, which falls into the Washwood Heath ward,
and bought a copy of the 440-page Bringing Up Children In Islam for
In what is intended to be a thorough guide to creating the
perfect Muslim family, the book encourages parents to "keep alive in the
children the spirit of jihad". ...
The book rallies against cinema
and theatre, arguing they are the work of "evil-minded" Jews before warning
of a Jewish conspiracy to take over the world.
Immigration abroad European Union
EU to Open Migration Centres in Africa Because Europe 'Needs 6 Million Migrants'
Breitbart, 13 March 2017.
The European Union (EU) is to open asylum processing centres in
West Africa and countries on the southern shore of the Mediterranean
because the continent "need[s] six million migrants", Commissioner for
Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos has said.
Speaking in Geneva last
week, the Greek Eurocrat denied terror attacks are linked to migration and
warned the "biggest threat" to Europe is "the rise of populism, nationalism
Declaring "the 27 [member states] will need 6
million immigrants in the future", Avramopoulos explained the Commission is
going to open reception centres to recruit migrants, because an open
borders approach would fuel populism.
"We will open offices in all
countries on the southern shore of the Mediterranean and in West Africa.
This is the best way to fight smugglers."
Immigration abroad crime, Sweden
Sweden Can't Find Contractor Willing to Build Police Station in Migrant Suburb 'It's Too Dangerous'
Breitbart, 13 March 2017.
Plans to build a new police station in Rinkeby have been put on
hold because construction companies fear for the safety of their workforce
in the migrant-dominated Stockholm suburb. ...
"It's too dangerous
to build a police station in the area," SVT News was told by a number of
police officers who wanted to remain anonymous. ...
about the nation's image abroad, state broadcaster Sweden Radio recently
aired a programme in English which claimed that No-Go Zones
dangerous suburbs where police fear to tread don't exist in the
Crime fake weddings
Gang jailed for flying Lithuanian brides into UK in immigration scam
Crown Prosecution Service, 13 March 2017.
A gang who flew Lithuanian brides into the UK as part of an
immigration scam have today (10 March) been sentenced to more than 14
years' imprisonment in total by Croydon Crown Court.
Lina Kezelyte, 33, and Mohemmed Jemaldeen, 33, 'match-made' the brides and
their grooms, who were men from south Asian and west African countries who
had tried and failed to get visas to remain in the UK by other means.
By paying the gang to arrange for them to marry women from
Lithuania, an EU nation, they could claim residency in the UK.
Altogether the gang saw 26 Lithuanian brides wed to grooms from Sri
Lanka, Pakistan, Nigeria and Nepal, making an estimated £315,000.
Taxi drivers, chefs and pharmacists are UK's most ethnically diverse occupations
Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, 13 March 2017.
New analysis of Office for National Statistics labour market data
has revealed the most and least ethnically diverse professions in the UK.
According to the analysis from think tank Policy Exchange, the most
ethnically diverse occupation is taxi drivers, where 53.8 per cent of all
workers are minority ethnic. It's followed by dental practitioners (50.4
per cent), packers and bottlers (55.2 per cent) and medical practitioners
(43.7 per cent). Chefs, security guards, pharmacists and legal
professionals (excluding solicitors and barristers) also feature in the top
The least diverse profession in the UK is farming, where
only 1.4 per cent of workers have a minority ethnic background. Other
occupations in the bottom 10 include police officers at sergeant rank and
below (5.8 per cent), engineering technicians (5.9 per cent) and purchasing
managers and directors (6.9 per cent).
Immigration abroad deportation, Germany
Germany REJECTS Merkel's 'safe countries' proposals to deport North African migrants
Sunday Express, 12 March 2017.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has suffered another setback after
her plans to declare three North African states "safe countries" were
blocked by parliament.
The proposal would make it easier for
Germany to deny asylum requests from migrants from Tunisia, Algeria and
Morocco on the grounds they are deemed safe in their own home countries.
It is thought the plans would also deter citizens from the three
Maghreb countries from illegally heading to the European Union in future.
But the embattled German Chancellor saw her plans put on ice, as
opposition parties blocked the proposals over concerns the countries were
not actually safe for migrants to return to. ...
Thomas de Maiziere said the decision marked "a bad day in our efforts to
stop illegal immigration".
Immigration abroad illegal immigration, Canada
Why Canada will come to regret its embrace of refugees
New York Post, 12 March 2017.
Pretty soon the US might not be the only North American country
clamoring for tighter security on its southern border. Because suddenly, in
the age of Trump, Canada has an illegal-immigrant problem.
at an almost-unguarded point just off Roxham Road in upstate Champlain,
desperate people, many of them Muslims, are sneaking across the border from
the US to Canada. Once arrested in Canuckland, they get a bus ticket to
Montreal, a comfy room (the YMCA is a popular spot) and a hearing into
their refugee status.
I call that a win-win: Prime Minister
Dreamboat gets all the refugees he wants, and America no longer has to
worry about the exact same people. Each illegal crossing represents one
less headache for us, one more headache for them sorry, one more
beautiful soul to bask in Trudeau's utopia.
"To those fleeing
persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of
your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada," Trudeau tweeted
last month, trolling Trump.
That isn't exactly how things work in
the non-Twitter world, of course: The March 8 New York Times story about
the secret crossing noted that if the same migrants turned up at a legal
border checkpoint attempting to gain entry to Canada while asking for
asylum, they would be turned away, ordered to remain in the US.
the migrants figure they must first commit a crime crossing the
Immigration abroad asylum seekers, cost, Germany
Germany 'spent more than 20bn on refugees in 2016' as crisis outstrips state budgets
Independent, 11 March 2017.
German states spent more than 20bn (£17.5bn) on refugees
in 2016, government figures have indicated as Angela Merkel continues to
come under pressure for her policy on migration.
Statistics seen by
The Independent for the states of Bavaria, Schleswig-Holstein, Hesse
and Berlin show that the cost of housing and integrating asylum seekers has
far outstripped official predictions.
The Bundestag's statistics
service has listed a total spend of over 7bn (£6bn) for those
four states alone in 2016, meaning the nationwide figure is likely to be
Johannes Singhammer, Vice President of the German
parliament, told Die Welt: "[The figures] show that if the costs are
added up for all federal states, around 23bn (£20bn) has
probably been spent on migrants and refugees in 2016."
states recorded have taken around a third of asylum seekers currently
living in Germany, where more than a million have arrived since the start
of the refugee crisis in 2015.
Berlin set aside 685m
(£600m) for accommodation, unaccompanied minors, integration
programmes, healthcare, language lessons and other projects but spent
around 1.3bn (£1.1bn) in total almost double the budget.
An official survey conducted in December 2015 predicted that
federal states would spend 17bn (£15bn) on dealing with the
refugee crisis in the following year but with a huge backlog of asylum
claims and difficulties with deportation, costs have spiralled beyond
Thomas de Maizière, the German interior
minister, said about 55,000 migrants returned home voluntarily, compared
with 35,000 in 2015, while another 25,000 were forcibly deported.
Immigration abroad Europe
New migrant crisis on the way: Fears sparked of 'summer of chaos' at British border
Daily Express, 11 March 2017.
A surge in the number of migrants has sparked fears of another
summer of chaos at Britain's borders.
Almost 20,000 have already
made it by sea to mainland Europe in the first 67 days of 2017, it emerged
The crisis is set to intensify as the weather in the
Mediterranean improves. ...
The looming crisis was laid bare in
figures released by the International Organisation for Migration which
revealed that 19,567 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea this year,
up to March 8, a rate of almost 300 a day. ...
estimate migrants are returning to the northern coast at a rate of 100 a
week. There are now thought to be at least six secret refugee camps in the
London-based Islamic preacher linked to Tunisia attacks has his benefits cut after a Mail exposé cast doubt on his claim to be severely disabled
Daily Mail, 11 March 2017.
An Islamic preacher linked to the Tunisia beach massacre is being
investigated by police on suspicion of benefit fraud after being exposed by
the Daily Mail.
Fanatic Hani al-Sibai has also had his benefits cut
after photographs taken by the Mail cast doubt on his claim to be severely
Al-Sibai, who lives in a £1 million house in West
London, is described as a 'key influencer' of Ansar al-Sharia, the group
believed to have recruited the gunman who killed 30 UK tourists in June
Al-Sibai, 56, who is from Egypt, arrived in the UK in
He had his asylum claim thrown out four years later due to
his involvement with the terror group Egyptian Islamic Jihad. But he has
managed to stay in the country on human rights grounds. He has been given
£123,000 in legal aid.
The preacher was called a 'key
influencer' of Ansar al-Sharia in a 2013 report by the International Centre
for Counter-Terrorism, based in The Hague.
Immigration abroad teachers, USA
Test meant to screen teachers instead weeded out minorities
The Big Story, 11 March 2017.
New York education officials are poised to scrap a test designed to
measure the reading and writing skills of people trying to become teachers,
in part because an outsized percentage of black and Hispanic candidates
were failing it. ...
The literacy test was among four assessments
introduced in the 2013-2014 school year as part of an effort to raise the
level of elementary and secondary school teaching in the state.
Leaders of the education reform movement have complained for years
about the caliber of students entering education schools and the quality of
the instruction they receive there. ...
A federal judge ruled in
2015 that the test was not discriminatory, but faculty members at education
schools say a test that screens out so many minorities is problematic. ...
Kate Walsh, the president of National Council on Teacher Quality,
which pushes for higher standards for teachers, said that blacks and
Latinos don't score as well as whites on the literacy test because of
factors like poverty and the legacy of racism.
"There's not a test
in the country that doesn't have disproportionate performance on the part
of blacks and Latinos," Walsh said.
Illegal immigration migrant smuggling, European Union
Migrant smuggling is now worth £5 billion to criminal gangs and is comparable to the illegal drugs market, report warns
MailOnline, 10 March
Migrant smuggling has expanded dramatically and is so prevalent in
Europe it is now comparable to the illegal drugs market, a new report has
Criminal gangs have allegedly raked in huge sums of money
amid the surge in refugees and migrants attempting to reach the continent.
A report from Europol, the EU's law enforcement agency, describes
people smuggling as a 'highly profitable and widespread criminal activity'.
Figures suggested networks offering 'facilitation services' to
either reach or move within the EU generated an estimated 4.7 billion euro
to 5.7 billion euro in profit in 2015, equivalent to between £4.1
billion and £5 billion at current exchange rates.
profits dipped last year, falling by nearly two billion euro, or £1.7
billion at today's rates, according to the assessment.
'This development is in line with the overall decrease in the number of
irregular migrants arriving in the EU and as a result of a fall in the
prices for migrant smuggling services following the peak of the migration
crisis in 2015.'
Migrant smugglers originating from over 122
countries were involved in facilitating the journeys of irregular migrants
to the EU, according to the study, while gangs relied heavily on social
media to advertise their services. ...
It revealed that more than
5,000 international organised crime groups were under investigation in the
Illegal immigration Libya, Europe
UK aid money 'helping Libyan people smugglers'
Daily Telegraph, 10 March 2017.
A watchdog has said that British aid money could be helping
traffickers bringing migrants to Britain from Libyan detention centres.
A report from the Independent Commission for Aid Impact found that
almost £9m in UK aid money, which is spent on the Libyan Coastguard
and detention centres, could be increasing the number of people detained in
Libya who are then trafficked to Europe.
Aid money helps the
coastguard pick up more migrants from the Libyan coast and bring them to
Libyan officials are suspected of trafficking
migrants from the same detention centres, raising the risk that British aid
money is providing them with a ready supply of migrants to be smuggled to
In total the UK Government spent £8.8m on
migration-related programmes in Libya in 2016-17. The report said the
Government had "some difficulty" putting together a comprehensive list of
Last month the EU agreed to give the Libyan government
£171m to strengthen the coastguard and intercept people making the
dangerous Mediterranean crossing.
Charities condemned the plan,
saying that sending people back to Libya would undermine their human
But according to this report, that money could also be
helping the people smugglers who are sending migrants into Europe.
Citizenship EU immigrants
The bureaucratic nightmare facing the Home Office
The Economist, 11 March 2017.
Yet many Tory MPs sympathise with at least one of those amendments,
to instruct the government to guarantee the right to remain of over 3m EU
nationals resident in Britain. The bipartisan Commons Brexit committee has
just unanimously endorsed this suggestion. ...
Two-thirds of the
3m-plus EU nationals will have been in Britain for five years before
Brexit, so they should qualify automatically. The bigger concern is the
bureaucracy involved. A first problem is lack of information. Britain has
no identity cards, no register of EU nationals and no checks on who comes
and goes. ...
A second issue is the cut-off point for EU nationals
who want to stay. Some have proposed June 23rd 2016, the date of the
referendum, but this has no basis in law. Others are arguing for when
Britain actually leaves, probably in March 2019, but that could encourage a
last-minute surge. A report in December from British Future, a think-tank,
floated a compromise of the day when Mrs May triggers Article 50 later this
Third and most problematic is the administrative burden of
securing permanent residence, a necessary step towards citizenship. Last
autumn Oxford's Migration Observatory noted that, at current rates, it
would take 140 years to process all those eligible. In the six months since
the referendum the number applying rose to over 135,000. Many more are to
come. The Home Office does not have enough staff to cope. ...
this is all before, fourth, a new migration regime is put in place.
Child asylum seekers may have been illegally detained, rules court
Diane Taylor and agencies
The Guardian, 10 March 2017.
The government could be found to have illegally detained many child
asylum seekers after a landmark ruling in the court of appeal said
immigration officers could not simply disbelieve the stated age of
The Home Office on Thursday lost its challenge against a
ruling that an unaccompanied asylum seeker was entitled to damages after
his claim to be "a child" under 18 was not believed by an immigration
The teenager from Sudan, who arrived in the UK in the back
of a lorry, was deprived of his liberty because the officer said he
"reasonably believed" he was over 18 and not a child exempt from detention.
A judge at the high court ruled last year that the policy of
relying on the "reasonable belief" of immigration officers was legally
flawed and declared that age assessments in unaccompanied minor cases must
be determined as "an issue of objective fact".
In a ruling with
wide ramifications, Sir Stephen Silber declared on Thursday that the
claimant previously referred to as AA but now named as
Abdul-Muttalab Ali was entitled to damages for the whole of his
The appeal court judges unanimously confirmed the
previous judgment by the high court, which ruled last June that someone's
age is a matter of "objective fact" and cannot be based on physical
appearance or demeanour. ...
Five years ago the government paid out
£2m for unlawfully detaining 40 child asylum seekers as adults yet the
practice has continued.
Immigration numbers, prospect
UK Net migration will be 'almost DOUBLE the Government's target by 2020'
Daily Express, 9 March 2017.
Theresa May's plan to reduce UK net migration to the "tens of
thousands" has been dealt a fresh blow after the Office for Budget
Responsibility (OBR) suggested figures will be running at almost double the
Government's target by 2020.
Experts at the OBR forecasted net
migration to be 196,000 at the end of the decade, although it represents a
sharp drop from the 273,000 recorded in the year to September 2016.
The OBR said there was still "considerable uncertainty" over
migration numbers because the upcoming Brexit negotiations could have a
significant impact on Britain's border controls.
conceded that net migration would still be responsible for around half of
Britain's population growth over the coming years.
also set to account for a 700,000 surge in employment during the next five
Net migration is predicted to drop to 232,000 in 2017, with
a further decrease to 226,000 in 2018. ...
The news comes after EU
chiefs demanded European nationals who arrive in Britain over the next two
years are allowed to stay permanently.
Under informal Brexit rules
it was expected that the cut-off point would be the date of the referendum.
But pressure is expected from the EU to push the cut-off date to
2019 which could trigger a huge rush of last-minute EU nationals
settling in the UK.
Politics hate speech, hate crime
European Council Demands 'Mechanisms' to 'Tone Down' 'Anti-Immigrant' UK Media
Breitbart, 9 March 2017.
The Council of Europe has claimed the UK media, "online sources",
and "certain politicians" are inciting "hate speech" and "hate crimes", and
demands the state strengthens "mechanisms" to "tone down" and silence such
The Advisory Committee for the Council also said the "media
should be promoting intercultural dialogue", "training" journalists in the
right way to report, and hiring more ethnic minorities.
were made in a report, published Wednesday, on the UK's compliance with the
Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM), a
legally binding treaty signed by the UK.
Official discrimination justice, crime, punishment
Youths from ethnic minorities could get softer sentences after judges are told to consider 'discrimination' they may have suffered
Daily Mail, 8 March
Young offenders from black or ethnic minority backgrounds could be
given lighter punishments under new sentencing guidelines. ...
guidelines appear to be the first ever instructions to courts to treat
defendants differently on racial grounds.
The Sentencing Council
rules are in a package of measures designed to persuade judges and
magistrates to go easier on young criminals from troubled backgrounds, or
who have been brought up in state care. ...
The Sentencing Council
is led by its president Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas and other senior
judges, and the courts are bound to follow its guidelines when setting
The new rules, which will apply for young criminals
from June 1, tell the courts they must pay regard to when young offenders
have 'deprived homes, poor parental employment records, low educational
attainment, and early experience of offending by other family members'.
However in a historic departure for the court system, the
guidelines tell judges and magistrates: 'There is also evidence to suggest
that black and minority ethnic children and young people are
over-represented in the youth justice system.
contributing to this are complex. One factor is that a significant
proportion of looked after children and young people are from a black and
minority ethnic background.'
They go on to say: 'A further factor
may be the experience of such children and young people in terms of
discrimination and negative experiences of authority.
regard to the welfare of the child or young person to be sentenced, the
particular factors which arise in the case of black and minority ethnic
children and young people need to be taken into account.'
guidelines tell courts that different treatment should apply to black or
minority criminals whether or not they have been brought up in state care.
Asylum lost children
'We don't know where they are!' EU chief admits over 10,000 child migrants ARE MISSING
Daily Express, 8 March 2017.
European authorities have lost track of over 10,000 refugee
children who fled war torn countries and arrived on the doorsteps of the
EU, an MEP has admitted.
Swedish Liberal MEP Cecilia Wikström
told a press conference at the European Commission today that at least
9,000 children were missing from Germany and another thousand from Sweden.
But worryingly, she said that the number is probably even higher as
authorities have no clue where the children have gone, who may have taken
them, or what is being done to them. ...
Ms Wikstrom, Chair of the
European Parliament Petitions Committee, admitted that thousands of adult
asylum seekers also "go missing" each year once they arrive in Europe.
Last year, Germany admitted that it had lost tack of over 130,000
asylum seekers, according to its Government's figures. ...
Meanwhile, the UK is also grappling with the loss of hundreds of
child refugees, according to The Independent.
It reported the
government does not know where at least 360 vulnerable children are. More
than 200 have been missing for two years or more.
It claimed that
over the past five years 9,287 children came to England as an
"unaccompanied minor" alone, without a parent or guardian.
EU Security Boss: Continent Faces Most Severe Terror Threat for a Generation
Breitbart, 8 March 2017.
The head of the European Union's (EU) law enforcement agency has
said terror and criminal networks have "exploded in size and capability"
and Europe now faces its "highest threat for a generation".
Wainwright, the British director of the European Police Office (Europol),
also said illegal migration and people smuggling, as well as the
international nature of crime today, is exacerbating the threat, reports
The Herald Scotland.
The senior officer told the House of
Commons Home Affairs Committee:
"I am concerned about our ability
in Europe on a collective basis to have the best possible capability to
fight what are clearly more challenging and complex security threats that
"Especially in cyber crime, in terrorism where we are
facing across Europe the highest threat for a generation, in
people-smuggling, which is a criminal community that has exploded in size
and capability in the last two years.
"In all of these areas of
organised crime, cyber crime and terrorism, the threat is more challenging
and defined in particular by its international cross-border nature."
Immigration abroad European Union
EU concern over Libya immigration grows along with arrival numbers
Reuters, 8 March 2017.
European Union leaders will discuss on Thursday their agreed plan
to cut immigration from Libyan shores to Italy but they increasingly fear
that calmer spring weather will bring a new surge of arrivals from Africa.
Arrival numbers from lawless Libya are already higher than last
year. Some 9,000 people made the perilous voyage in January and February
last year, compared with nearly 13,500 in 2017. ...
The Libya plan
includes training the coastguard of the internationally recognised
government in Tripoli to have it intercept people and put them back on
Libyan shores, as well as funding the U.N. refugee and migrants agencies to
improve conditions in migrants camps in Libya.
Helping to send more
migrants back from Libya to their home countries further south in Africa,
controlling the country's borders and fighting smugglers are other parts of
the plan. ...
"It's a real headache how to translate this into
action. And even if we manage, it won't bring immediate results in terms of
migration," one senior diplomat in Brussels said.
Immigration abroad Islamisation, Spain
Muslims Call for Marriage to Christian Women to 'Strengthen' Islam in Spain
Breitbart, 8 March 2017.
Hundreds of posters displayed in a migrant-dominated part of
Barcelona are urging Muslim men to marry Spanish women in a bid to spread
Islam, and inviting members of the community to an "information meeting".
The posters, which are derogatory about Christians but call on
'Brothers' to marry women of the religion to "strengthen" Islam, have been
plastered through the neighbourhood of El Raval. Official data collected in
2014 found that 56.7 per cent of residents in El Raval were born abroad.
"Brother, enter a partnership with a Spaniard, teach her that
Islam is the true religion.
"Islamic law dictates that the fruits
of this alliance will follow Islam, which will further strengthen our
community," the main body of text reads.
Immigration EU migrants, residence
UK faces 'NIGHTMARE' of registering 'MILLIONS of EU migrants post-Brexit', experts predict
Daily Express, 7 March 2017.
Britain could struggle to cope with the "bureaucratic nightmare" of
registering millions of EU migrants if they are given the right to stay in
the country after Brexit, experts have claimed.
The Government is
due to set a cut-off date where EU nationals will not necessarily be
entitled to remain in Britain permanently.
Home Secretary Amber
Rudd has previously admitted the 3.2 million EU migrants living in Britain
would need "some sort of documentation". ...
The registering of EU
migrants would be the biggest task undertaken by the Home Office since
World War Two, where 65,000 enumerators delivered forms to households
before returning and checking their documentation.
economics and public policy at King's College London, Jonathan Portes, told
the Times: "It is going to be a bureaucratic nightmare. The Home Office is
understaffed: there is simply no way that it could examine, case by case,
the documentation of up to three million people.
"There would be
huge delays. In the end, yes we can do it if we are prepared for money and
resources to be allocated.
"It will be massive and we will make
mistakes both in giving people we would rather not have the right to stay
here and denying residence to people we would like to be here." ...
More than 137,000 EU citizens applied for a £65 permanent
resident certificate in the six months after June 23's vote a
document which is needed by migrants who want to obtain a British passport.
The amount of certificates issued by the Government leapt from
18,064 in 2015 to a whooping 65,195 in 2016.
Immigration Africans, Europe
African migrants needed in Europe to help 'ageing population', says EU ambassador
Daily Express, 7 March 2017.
Africans migrating to Europe could rescue nations from problems
associated with its "ageing population", a European Union (EU) ambassador
to Nigeria has claimed.
Legal channels allowing men and women from
the continent to travel to the EU should be welcomed as a "good" thing and
be opened up, Michel Arrion said.
Ambassador Arrion said Europe
"must support properly-regulated immigration from Africa". ...
Tweets from Dr Joe Abah, director general at the country's Bureau
of Public Service Reforms, revealed the comments on social media.
"There were more babies born in Nigeria in 2016 than in the entire
European Union put together," Mr Abah reported him as saying. ...
Mr Arrion also admitted Nigerians are often being smuggled into the
In 2015, Mr Arrion said the EU needed migration - and legal
channels should be made easier.
He said the continent needs "fresh
Immigration abroad Canada
Does Canada have too many immigrants?
Maclean's, 7 March 2017.
In Canada, our foreign-born population is already at 20 per cent
and growing. This is far higher than in the United States and (except for
Luxembourg and Switzerland, where there are large numbers of itinerant
professional residents like bankers) it is far higher than in any other
European nation. And it's getting bigger. Statistics Canada just released a
report that projected Canada's immigrant population will increase to
between 26 per cent and 30 per cent within two decades. ...
makes sense that countries become unstable with too many foreigners. /.../
But is it possible that even when immigrants arrive gradually and they are
integrated successfully, it can still destabilize a country? Perhaps a
populist backlash is inevitable in Western democracies when the immigrant
population grows to a certain size. ...
If this is true, it upends
a lot of assumptions that this country is built on regarding
multiculturalism, pluralism and immigration. Canada may be facing larger
global forces, tectonic shifts which are are not felt until it's too late
and a populist earthquake shatters our carefully built house of peace,
order and good government.
Anti-terror Chief: Defeating ISIS in Iraq and Syria 'will not eradicate terrorism problem in the UK'
Daily Telegraph, 6 March 2017.
Defeating the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria will not stop attacks
on our shores, Britain's most senior counter-terrorism officer has warned.
Met Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley says the UK must be
aware of the threat posed by other terrorist organisations and extremism
even if military success eradicates Isis strongholds in the Middle East.
He urged that we must not assume the danger is limited to what is
happening in Syria as he revealed security services are running more than
500 live investigations at any time into possible threats against Britain.
Figures have also emerged showing 13 potential terrorist attacks on
the UK have been thwarted in less than four years since the murder of
soldier Lee Rigby - one more than previously thought. ...
Investigators have been busy making arrests at close to one a day
since 2014, as the flow of information from the public to build
intelligence on individuals or groups plotting attacks is seen as more
important than ever. ...
The official threat level for
international terrorism in the UK has stood at severe - meaning an attack
is "highly likely" - for two years.
Ten per cent of Islamist terrorists in UK are from five districts of Birmingham: Dangers of segregation revealed as women extremists treble is five years
Daily Mail, 6 March 2017.
One in ten of all Britain's Islamist terrorists come from just five
council wards in Birmingham, a report has revealed.
A terror map of
the UK shows 26 of the 269 jihadis came from the highly segregated
The wards have sizeable areas where the vast
majority of the population is Muslim.
The findings of the most
comprehensive study of terror convictions in Britain will raise fresh
concerns that the failure to integrate has led some communities to be
incubators of extremism.
The 1,000-page report covers all Islamist
convictions and suicide bombings from the first in 1998 to the beginning of
The study, by security think-tank The Henry Jackson
Society, is being published tomorrow, as Britain's most senior
counter-terrorism officer launches a fresh appeal for the public to help
tackle the threat. ...
The report has found:
number of Islamist terror offences doubled in the five years to 2015 from
12 to 23 a year.
Women's involvement in Islamist terrorism
in the UK has trebled in the same period from 4 per cent to 11 per cent.
Bombing is the most common type of offence planned or
committed but there has been an 11-fold increase in plots involving Islamic
State-style beheadings and stabbings.
Only 10 per cent of
terror attacks were carried out by 'lone wolves' unconnected to wider
The landmark report has analysed all aspects of
every Islamist terror case including plotting or carrying out attacks,
funding jihadis and offering support to terror groups. ...
or faith charities were places of radicalisation for 38 per cent of
terrorists. The internet was cited as a key source of brainwashing in only
35 per cent of cases, although this was increasing.
Immigration Ending EU free movement
Brexit: Ending free movement will not reduce immigration, peers warn
Independent, 6 March 2017.
Ending the free movement of people from EU countries after Brexit
may not result in lower overall migration, a committee of peers has warned.
No details on a new immigration system for EU nationals has been
released, but the House of Lords EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee says net
migration to the UK from outside the EU remains significantly higher than
within it, despite non-EU migration already being covered by restrictions.
The wide-ranging assessment says: "Restoration of national control
over EU migration may or may not, therefore, deliver a reduction in overall
net migration." ...
Before the referendum, leading figures in the
Leave campaign argued for an Australian-style points-based immigration
system, though nothing of that nature has been formally proposed or
suggested by the Government. The peers' report warns that any immigration
system "hedged" with exemptions for particular economic sectors or schemes
could produce the "worst of all worlds, failing to deliver a meaningful
reduction in immigration while also proving more onerous and costly for
employers, prospective applicants, and those charged with enforcement".
Immigration abroad public opinion, USA
AP-NORC Poll: Divided Americans fret country losing identity
MailOnline, 6 March 2017.
Add one more to the list of things dividing left and right in this
country: We can't even agree what it means to be an American.
survey from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research
finds Republicans are far more likely to cite a culture grounded in
Christian beliefs and the traditions of early European immigrants as
essential to U.S. identity.
Democrats are more apt to point to the
country's history of mixing of people from around the globe and a tradition
of offering refuge to the persecuted.
While there's disagreement on
what makes up the American identity, 7 in 10 people - regardless of party -
say the country is losing that identity. ...
The poll found
Democrats were nearly three times as likely as Republicans to say that the
U.S. should be a country made up of many cultures and values that change as
new people arrive, with far more Republicans saying there should be an
essential American culture that immigrants adopt.
overwhelmingly viewed immigrants who arrived in the past decade as having
retained their own cultures and values rather than adopting American ones.
Asylum refugees, numbers
Refugees in the UK
Full Fact, 6 March 2017.
People sometimes use the terms "refugee" and "asylum seeker"
interchangeably. But they're different.
The UK government accepts
someone as a refugee if he or she has fled their own country because of a
"well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion,
nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion".
The government also allows people to stay in the country to
keep them safe without granting them refugee status as defined by the
Geneva Convention. When we refer to "refugees" or "asylum grants" in this
article, we're including these other forms of asylum, such as Humanitarian
Protection or Leave Outside The Rules for human rights reasons.
asylum seeker is someone who has applied to the Home Office for refugee
status or one of those other forms of international protection, and is
awaiting a decision on that application.
In 2016, there were around
39,000 applications for asylum in the UK. That's including dependant family
members of the main applicant. ...
Many of those applications are
rejected. Last year 21,000 people were turned down by the Home Office at
the initial stage of the asylum process.
The annual success rate is
more complicated than dividing 21,000 by 39,000, because of the time lag in
making decisions, and because people can appeal the initial decision.
But we can say that over the past few years, excluding unknown
outcomes, around half of asylum applications have ultimately been
successful and the other half withdrawn or rejected.
generally get a residence permit for five years, and apply to settle in the
UK permanently after that.
There were 33,000 asylum applications
pending at the end of 2016, again including the dependants of applicants.
There may also be asylum seekers whose claim has been rejected that
join the "irregular migrant population", as immigration policy experts
refer to it. Others might call them "illegal immigrants". It's hard to get
a handle on how many failed asylum seekers are still here without
permission, let alone the entire "irregular" population.
official figure for the number of refugees in the UK.
depends on who you consider a "refugee", given that people's residence
status can change over time after being granted asylum. They may start on a
time-limited residence permit, move to permanent residence, through to
British citizenship. ...
The UN does publish annual estimates of
the refugee population, which it's previously told us are based the number
of successful refugee applications in the previous 10 years the
assumption being that after a decade, a refugee will have become a citizen
and no longer needs international protection.
On this fairly
uncertain method, there were an estimated 123,000 refugees in the UK in
2015. That's around 0.2% of the population.
Almost 90% of asylum
seekers came from Asian or African countries in 2016. The top five
nationalities for UK asylum applications were Iranian, Pakistani, Iraqi,
Afghan and Bangladeshi.
In terms of asylum grants (before any
appeal), Syrians topped the list, followed by Iranians, Eritreans, Sudanese
These figures don't include over 5,000 people
resettled from other parts of the world, as distinct from coming to the UK
to apply for asylum (you can't do so from another country). The vast
majority of those have been Syrians.
Nearly 60,000 East European kids started at schools in England in the last two years
The Sun, 5 March 2017.
Nearly 60,000 pupils from East European countries have started at
schools in England over the past two years.
are the biggest group, rising by nearly 30,000 to a total of 105,000
between 2014 and 2016.
There has been an increase by 18,000 pupils
whose first language is Romanian or Lithuanian.
Other rises have
come among kids with Albanian, Russian, Slovak, Hungarian, Czech, Bulgarian
and Latvian backgrounds.
Overall 150 pupils with English as an
additional language are joining classes each day of the school year.
The figures represent around five per cent of the total number of
pupils joining primary and secondary schools each year.
Immigration abroad France
France's Death Spiral [part 1]
Gatestone Institute, 5 March 2017.
[Dr. Guy Millière is a professor at the University of Paris]
France is a country at the mercy of large-scale uprisings. They can
explode anytime, anyplace. French leaders know it, and find refuge in
What is happening is the result of a corrosive
development initiated five decades ago. In the 1960s, after the war in
Algeria, President Charles de Gaulle directed the country toward closer
relations with Arab and Muslim states.
Migratory flows of "guest
workers" from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, which had started a few years
earlier, sharply increased. Immigrants were not encouraged to integrate.
Everyone assumed they would return home at the end of their employment
contracts. They were settled in the outskirts of big cities. The economy
was dynamic, with strong job creation. It seemed there would be no
Twenty years later, serious difficulties became obvious.
The immigrants now numbered millions. People from sub-Saharan Africa joined
those coming from Arab nations. Neighborhoods made up of just Arabs and
Africans were formed. The economy had slowed down and mass unemployment
settled in. But the jobless immigrants did not go back home, instead
relying on social benefits. Integration still did not exist. Although many
of these new arrivals had become French citizens, they often sounded
resentful of France and the West. Political agitators started teaching them
to detest Western civilization. Violent gangs of young Arabs and Africans
began to form. Clashes with police were common. Often, when a gang member
was wounded, political agitators would help to incite more violence.
The situation grew difficult to control. But nothing was done to
fix it; quite the opposite.
In 1984, a movement called SOS Racisme
was created by Trotskyist militants, and began to define any criticism of
immigration as "racist". Major leftist parties supported SOS Racism. They
seem to have thought that by accusing their political opponents of racism,
they could attract the votes of "new citizens." The presence of Islamist
agitators, alongside agitators in Arab and African neighborhoods, plus the
emergence of anti-Western Islamic discourse, alarmed many observers. SOS
Racisme immediately designated those who spoke of Islamic danger as
In 1990, a law drafted by a Communist
lawmaker, Jean-Claude Gayssot, was passed. It stipulated that "any
discrimination based on ethnicity, nation, race or religion is prohibited."
Since then, this law has been used to criminalize any criticism of Arab and
African delinquency, any question on immigration from the Muslim world, any
negative analysis of Islam. Many writers have been fined, and most
"politically incorrect" books on those topics have disappeared from
The French government asked the media to obey the
"Gayssot law." It also asked that history textbooks be rewritten to include
chapters on the crimes committed by the West against Muslims, and on the
"essential contribution" of Islam to humanity.
Immigration abroad France
France's Death Spiral [part 2]
Gatestone Institute, 5 March 2017.
[Dr. Guy Millière is a professor at the University of Paris]
In 2002, the situation in the country became dramatic.
and African neighborhoods had become "no-go zones." Radical Islam was
widespread and Islamist attacks began. Dozens of cars would be torched each
week. Muslim anti-Semitism was rising rapidly and led to an increase in
anti-Jewish attacks. SOS Racisme and other anti-racist organizations were
silent on Muslim anti-Semitism. Unwilling to be accused of "Islamophobic
racism," organizations tasked with fighting against anti-Semitism were also
A book, The Lost Territories of the Republic, by
Georges Bensoussan (under the pen-name "Emmanuel Brenner"), was released.
It depicted accurately what was going on. It spoke of the sweeping hatred
for the West among young people of immigrant origin, and of the full-blown
hatred of Jews among young Muslims. It said that "no-go zones" were on the
edge of secession and no longer a part of French territory. The mainstream
media ignored the book.
Three years later, in October 2005, riots
broke out across the country. More than 9,000 cars were torched. Hundreds
of stores, supermarkets and shopping centers were looted and destroyed.
Dozens of police officers were seriously injured. The storm stopped when
the government reached an agreement to make peace with Muslim associations.
Power had changed hands.
Since then, the state scarcely maintains
law and order in France. ...
All history textbooks are
"Islamically correct". One-third of the French Muslims say they want to
live according to Islamic sharia law and not according to the laws of
Attacks on police officers occur on a daily basis. The
police have orders: they must not enter "no-go zones." They must not
respond to insults and threats. They must flee if they are assaulted.
Sometime, they do not have time to flee. ...
Elections will be
held in France, in April. ...
A third candidate from the left,
Emmanuel Macron, is a former member of the French Socialist government
under François Hollande. To attract the Muslim vote, Macron went to
Algeria and said that French colonization was a "crime against humanity."
He stated several times that French culture does not exist, and that
Western culture does not exist either; but he added that Arab Muslim
culture must have "its place" in France. ...
Marine Le Pen, the
far-right candidate of the National Front, may seem the most determined to
straighten France out, but her economic program is as self-defeatingly
Marxist as that of Hamon or Mélenchon. Le Pen also wants to attract
the Muslim electorate. She went to Cairo a few months ago to meet the Grand
Imam of al-Azhar.
Report: Beheadings and and Islamist Stabbings Up 11-Fold in Five Years
Breitbart, 5 March 2017.
The rate of beheadings and Islamist-inspired stabbings has risen
11-fold in the last five years according to a major new report. Terror
attacks in the UK also tripled during this period.
report by the Henry Jackson Society examines all terror convictions and
suicide attacks inspired by Islamism in the UK between 1998 and 2015. It
warns "Islamism-inspired terrorism remains the principal terrorism threat".
The report recorded 269 convictions during the period, involving
253 individuals. 72 per cent of those who committed Islamism-related
offences (IROs) were British nationals. 16 per cent were converts to Islam.
The report states: "The 269 Islamism-related offences (IROs)
comprise 135 distinct terrorism cases.
"The rate of offending
increased in the five-year period between 2011 and 2015 compared to the
13-year period between 1998 and 2010.
"IROs doubled in five years
(increasing from an average of 12 to 23 per year) while distinct terrorism
cases almost tripled (from five per year to 14 per year)."
common place of arrest for IROs were ethnically diverse areas, with London
accounting for 42 per cent of the total, and Birmingham 14 per cent.
The 2011 census showed just 45 per cent of London's population
belonging to the white British category, whilst a 2013 report found that
fewer than a third of schoolchildren in Birmingham were white.
Illegal immigration France
The new Jungle: France grapples with fresh wave of migrants just four months after Calais camp was demolished
Daily Telegraph, 4 March 2017.
France is struggling to cope with new waves of migrants desperate
to reach Britain barely four months after the sprawling Calais "Jungle"
shanty-town was bulldozed in an effort to end the crisis.
1,500 migrants, mostly from Iraq and Afghanistan, are crammed into
unheated, waterlogged chipboard huts at a state-funded camp beside the
nearby port of Dunkirk, less than 50 miles from Dover. Its population has
more than doubled from about 700 before the Calais camp was closed.
Hundreds of other migrants are sleeping rough in muddy woodlands on
the fringes of Calais, where the mayor has banned food handouts to try to
deter migrants from congregating in the area and setting up new camps.
About 200 migrants arrive in Paris each week from Italy after
crossing the Mediterranean in small boats, joining more than 1,000 already
in the French capital. Most will head north, lured by people-traffickers
offering to smuggle them across the Channel for about £2,000. Gilles
Debove, a police union spikesman, said about 300 migrants a day are being
turned back at the ports of Dunkirk and Calais, and at the entrance to the
"A lot of them are minors and many are released. To
be honest, we no longer know what to do with them," Mr Debove said. ...
Mr Debove, the police spokesman, said some charities were
deliberately straining limited police resources.
are sending underage migrants to police stations to overload us with
people. We have to register them, then we book taxis to take them to
centres for processing, but after a few kilometres they tell the taxi to
let them out."
Only ten of 750 child migrants taken into UK from Calais last year were from Syria, says Amber Rudd
The Sun, 4 March 2017.
Just ten of 750 child migrants taken into the UK from Calais last
year were from Syria, the Home Secretary has revealed.
Amber Rudd launched a fierce defence of the Government's refugee policy by
saying asylum seekers in Europe were not the "most vulnerable".
she said critics of the Home Office's approach were doing a "disservice to
the UK's big heartedness and goodwill" so far in helping thousands whose
lives have been turned upside down by the brutal Syrian conflict.
She said of the 750 child asylum seekers given emergency refuge in
December last year when the French demolished the Calais Jungle, only 10
were from Syria.
Others were from countries such as Afghanistan and
And Ms Rudd said continuing to take children from Europe
only fuelled the horrific trade of the illegal people smugglers in the Med
while failing the most at need in camps on the Syrian border. ...
The blast comes just days after 20 Tory MPs backed calls for the
Government to take in hundreds more child refugees already in Europe under
the so-called Dubs Scheme.
The Home Office sparked fury last month
by closing it down and saying it would instead focus on hitting its goal of
helping Syrian refugees in camps around the war-torn country. ...
... The Government has invested £2.3 billion in the camps,
with aid charities in Syria and the wider region.
Immigration abroad Calais, France
Calais' mayor sparks anger by ordering charities to stop feeding UK-bound migrants
Daily Express, 3 March 2017.
Calais has issued an emergency decree banning the distribution of
food to Britain-bound migrants stranded in the northern port town.
The town's mayor Natacha Bouchart, who has vowed to wage a
relentless war the refugees, said that she did not want Calais to become,
the "focal point" of the European migrant crisis and that locals had
"already suffered enough", according to La Voix du Nord.
hardline official said that the "repeated, prolonged gatherings"
i.e., the distribution of food to migrants posed a "threat to the
peace and security of the area," before adding that the ban would help
prevent "violent acts and disorderly conduct and nuisances". ...
The bitter tug-of-war between local officials and pro-immigrant
charities started earlier this year, weeks after it came to light that more
than 400 migrants had returned to the port town in the hope of reaching the
Immigration abroad Italy
Hundreds rescued in Mediterranean as migrant arrivals in Italy outpace 2016
Reuters, 3 March 2017.
Rescuers plucked around 900 migrants from boats in the
Mediterranean on Friday while hundreds more were brought to Sicily, as
Italian figures showed far more people are braving the crossing from North
Africa this year than last. ...
Meanwhile more than 800 people
from African countries including Eritrea and Somalia, who were rescued on
Thursday, were brought to the port of Augusta in southeastern Sicily. ...
Since the beginning of the year, 14,319 migrants have been brought
to Italy, according to the Interior Ministry. That compares with 9,101 in
the same period of 2016, a year in which a record 181,000 arrivals were
Immigration abroad European Union
European countries have carried out 8% of promised refugee relocations
The Guardian, 2 March 2017.
European countries have accepted less than 10% of the 160,000
refugees they promised to move to safety from unsanitary and cramped camps
in Italy and Greece, leading the European commission to warn it will
"accept no more excuses".
Only 13,546 relocations have been carried
out so far 3,936 from Italy and 9,610 from Greece amounting
to just 8% of the total the EU committed to relocate in 2015.
two member states, Malta and Finland, have met their resettling obligations
under the relocation scheme that will close in September.
press conference in Brussels, the commissioner for migration, Dimitris
Avramopoulos, warned that infringement proceedings against member states,
including huge daily fines, could soon be levied.
He added that the
obligations on countries to take people in would continue beyond the close
of the scheme in September, describing it as akin to an "outstanding bill".
Hungary, Austria and Poland refuse to participate in the
relocation scheme. The Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Croatia and Slovakia are
doing so on a "very limited basis". The UK, which can opt out on parts of
European asylum policy, has chosen not to participate.
states were also called upon to support the new European Border and Coastal
Guard Agency, and improve their performance in returning those who have
illegally sought to settle in the EU. Among the commission's suggestions
was that member states shorten deadlines for appeals, and systematically
issue return decisions that do not have an expiry date.
commission said the EU-Turkey deal, under which Turkey acts as a buffer to
those seeking to settle in the bloc in return for economic aid, was working
well a year into its operation.
Daily crossings from Turkey to the
Greek islands have gone down from 10,000 people in a single day in October
2015 to 43 a day currently, with overall arrivals dropping by 98%.
The number of lives lost in the Aegean Sea since the agreement took
effect has also fallen substantially, from 1,100 in 2015-2016 to 70 in the
same period in 2016-17.
Multiculturalism world, Islam, Christianity
Islam will be largest religion in the world by 2070, says report
Daily Telegraph, 2 March 2017.
Islam is the only religion growing faster than the world's
population, and it will be the largest in the world by 2070, research has
US-based Pew Research Centre analysed demographic change
among the world's major religions and found that the world's population of
Muslims will grow by 73 per cent between 2010 and 2050, compared to 35 per
cent for Christians, the next fastest-growing faith.
population will grow by 37 per cent over the same period. If those rates of
growth continue past 2050, Muslims will outnumber Christians by 2070, the
It also says that Muslims will make up 10 per cent of
Politics politicians, influence
Taking back control of ideas: How politicians can shape public debates on immigration
Christina Boswell and James Hampshire
British Politics and Policy at
LSE, 2 March 2017.
[Christina Boswell is Professor of Politics at the University of Edinburgh; James Hampshire is Reader in Politics at the University of Sussex]
Politicians and commentators often fall into one of two traps.
Either they take anti-immigrant sentiment as a given a legitimate
democratic preference, which needs to be taken at face value and respected.
On this view, the role of mainstream political parties is to allay concerns
through introducing more stringent controls and tougher integration
Alternatively, politicians and pundits understand
anti-immigrant sentiment as a problem of ignorance. On this account, large
sections of the public hold inaccurate beliefs about the scale and impacts
of immigration, and the answer is to better educate people, supply them
with robust evidence and facts in order to bust the myths about
immigration, and encourage a more enlightened approach. ...
is where political elites and the stories they tell or do not tell
come in. In trying to persuade a sceptical public that immigration
is not the threat many of them perceive it to be, narratives and images are
probably more important than statistics and data. ...
paper, we identify some of the strategies through which politicians can
select and shape background ideas about immigration. Political leaders can
selectively marshal ideas, foregrounding particular strands of public
philosophy over others. ...
In the early 2000s, New Labour
attempted to justify a new approach by invoking British values of tolerance
and diversity, and was successful at least for a brief period
in uniting mainstream parties and the media around a narrative about the
economic benefits of immigration and diversity. In doing so, Blair and his
cabinet tapped into public philosophies of Britain as a cosmopolitan and
multicultural nation, and programmatic ideas about the importance of
attracting skilled workers to boost productivity and growth. ...
These beliefs will not be shifted by bombarding voters with data,
since people rarely change their minds when presented with contrary
evidence. Paradoxically, therefore, a more rational debate about
immigration cannot be purely rationalistic. Instead, politicians who want
to challenge ignorance and prejudice need to construct narratives about
immigration and its place in our society which draw on existing public
philosophies of openness and inclusion. These public philosophies do exist
and they have been mobilized in the recent past. They can and should be
Racism public opinion, white self-interest
White self-interest is not the same thing as racism
Financial Times, 2 March 2017.
[The writer is head of the demography unit at the think-tank Policy Exchange]
The dividing line between liberals and conservatives in the US and
the UK increasingly hinges on different definitions of racism. ...
The argument is not just about physical or economic protection, but
cultural protection too. Modern liberals tend to believe that preference
for your own ethnic group or even your own nation is a form of racism.
Conservatives regard it as common sense and resent being labelled as
The challenge here is to distinguish between white racism
and white identity politics, or what Muslim-American writer Shadi Hamid
terms white "racial self-interest". The latter may be clannish and insular,
but it is not the same as irrational hatred, fear or contempt for another
group the normal definition of racism.
The question of
legitimate ethnic interest is complex. Multiculturalism is premised on the
rights of minorities to maintain certain traditions and ways of life. But
liberals have usually been reluctant to extend such group rights to
When YouGov, Policy Exchange and Birkbeck College
asked 2,600 Americans whether it is racist or "just racial self-interest,
which is not racist" for a white person to want less immigration to
"maintain his or her group's share of the population", 73 per cent of
Clinton voters but just 11 per cent of Trump voters called this racist. In
a companion survey of 1,600 Britons, 46 per cent of Remain voters in last
June's EU referendum but only 3 per cent of Leave voters agreed this was
... As Eric Kaufmann argues in a new Policy Exchange
paper, accepting that all groups, including whites, have legitimate
cultural interests is the first step toward mutual understanding. ...
The liberal reflex to tar legitimate majority grievances with the
brush of racism risks deepening western societies' cultural divides.
Immigration abroad African migrants, Europe
TWENTY MILLION African migrants heading for Europe: European parliament president warns that a huge number will arrive in the 'next few years' unless action is
MailOnline, 1 March 2017.
As many as twenty million African migrants could come to Europe in
the near future, according to the new president of the European parliament.
Antonio Tajani said Europe needs to do more to help asylum seekers
in order to quell migration.
He proposed the EU should open asylum
centres in Libya in a bid to protect vulnerable refugees. ...
Tajani told Die Welt there are more than 30 centres that are run illegally
by smugglers or by groups for the government. ...
So far, 12,000
people have travelled across the Mediterranean this year.
comes as the head of the EU border agency warned that organisations who
rescue migrants from the Mediterranean are fuelling people smugglers. ...
Fabrice Leggeri also told Die Welt that rescue missions by
non-government organisations makes it more difficult to monitor migrants as
they pass into Europe.
These comparisons with the Kindertransport are crass
Jewish News, 1 March 2017.
When an issue as charged and explosive as to how Britain should
react to the migrant crisis engulfing Europe comes along, it's hardly
surprising it provokes great swathes of emotion, howls of protest and deep
However, the narrative that has been allowed to
spring up that the decision by the government to restrict the number of
migrant children coming into this country to 350 is akin to bolting the
door in the face of children at the time of the Kindertransport shows a
love of hyperbole and a lack of historical context.
amendment to the Immigration Act of last year proposed by the well-meaning
and nobly motivated veteran Labour peer Lord Alf Dubs, Britain appeared to
be ready to welcome 3,000 unaccompanied migrant children, who are currently
left stranded in camps in Europe. ...
The government's reasoning
behind limiting the numbers? It fears a higher number serves as a magnet
and therefore aids the trafficking gangs. In reality, the problem should be
dealt with at source.
Meanwhile, a raft of celebrities including
Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, and Benedict Cumberbatch (come on, you
didn't think for a second he'd miss out, did you?) wrote an open letter in
which they said the restriction was "completely unacceptable." ...
This shows just how crass and uninformed their take on history is
and, disappointingly, some prominent rabbis have joined in the chorus of
disapproval. But the comparison just doesn't hold. The Nazis' loathsome
final solution was an attempt to exterminate the entire Jewish people.
While the Syrian civil war and unrest in surrounding areas is unutterably
pitiful, it cannot be likened to the Holocaust.
Also, it's worth
remembering there were no migrant or refugee camps anywhere in Europe
before or during World War II. Families were being rounded up and herded
off to their near certain deaths. Also, all those decades ago the entire
continent was going up in flames, so the children hadn't crossed a number
of safe countries that could accept them before arriving in camps in
You would need a heart of stone not to have sympathy
for genuine child victims and there is an argument for helping those of a
much younger age. However, using the Holocaust as a comparison demeans the
millions of victims from that horrific time.
Immigration abroad racism, Africans, Germany
UN accuses Germany of 'institutional racism and racist stereotyping' against people of African descent
Independent, 1 March 2017.
A panel of UN experts has accused Germany of discriminating against
people of African descent and allowing widespread racial profiling by the
government and security agencies.
Researchers warned that the
situation remains largely invisible to wider society, partly because the
country's colonial past and racism against black people has been
"overshadowed" by a focus on Nazi history and the anti-Semitic far-right.
UN researchers said they were "deeply concerned" about the
situation, warning that laws against racial discrimination were not being
enforced and black people's lives were being marred by racism and negative
stereotyping, as well as hate crime.
Stop and search and controls
by police are targeting at minority groups, a report said, while cases of
state discrimination and violence against have not been properly
Because Germany does not gather official
statistics on the basis of ethnicity, equality data cannot be used to
identify and combat issues, while people of African descent are not
recognised as "a significant minority" deserving specific action, according
to the report.
Around 800,000 people of African descent live in
Germany 1 per cent of the population according to government
estimates, although others believe the number is far higher. ...
The delegation from the UN Working Group of Experts on People of
African Descent visited German cities including Berlin, Frankfurt,
Düsseldorf, Cologne and Hamburg on an eight-day trip at the invitation
of the German government.
Immigration world, data
Data on movements of refugees and migrants are flawed
Nature, 1 March 2017.
Accurate and timely information on the flow of people is crucial
for policymaking and apolitical interpretations. ...
"710,000 migrants entered EU in first nine months of 2015" blared from a
press release that year by Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard
Agency in Warsaw. Not so, said social scientist Nando Sigona, an expert on
refugees and migration at the University of Birmingham, UK. Frontex, he
pointed out, had been counting the same people two or three times or more
/.../ Frontex has since made this caveat clear in its releases of
cross-border data. But it is often the headline numbers that are retained
by the media, and by the many populists and politicians who abuse data on
refugees and migrants for political ends. We simply do not know the true
Similar uncertainty surrounds data on asylum applications.
Around 1.2 million people applied for asylum status in the EU in 2015, but
the true total is unknown, because individuals often register in multiple
countries across the continent.
misrepresentation of data on population movements is rife. Official numbers
are often mistakenly taken at face value, when further examination shows
the underlying data are a mess. The UNHCR, the United Nations' refugee
agency, states for example that the world is "witnessing the highest levels
of displacement on record". However, as we outline in a News Feature, that
claim doesn't stand up to scrutiny particularly when global
population growth is taken into account. ...
Data on economic
migrants have flaws too. ...
Finer analyses of the actual migration
flows over five-year periods paint a very different, and often
counter-intuitive, picture. Global migration has fluctuated at around 0.6%
of the world's population for the past 50 years, peaking at around 0.7% in
the early 1990s and falling to its lowest levels from 2010 to 2015. ...
But migrant data is often so sub-standard that no one truly knows
the global picture. /.../ Only one in four countries worldwide can provide
data on migration flows. And only 10 of 48 countries in Asia could supply
flow data for 2005-14.
Immigration liberalism, national identity, borders
The progressive case for borders [part 1]
Spiked, 1 March 2017.
[Jon Holbrook is a barrister]
Nowadays, those who favour border controls are portrayed as
backward. They are dismissed as mean-spirited, small-minded, racist and
xenophobic. Donald Trump, Nigel Farage, Marine Le Pen and other 'populist
movements of the right' are put in this camp. On the other hand, those who
favour weak borders are portrayed as progressive. They are viewed
positively as good-hearted, broadminded, cosmopolitan and tolerant.
'Respectable liberal opinion' puts itself in this camp.
narrative that motors weak borders is not progressive. For it starts with a
one-eyed view of society that allows collective interests to be trumped by
individual rights: the individual's right to live in a nation of choice;
the individual's right to draw on the collective and historic endeavours of
that nation; and the individual's right to avoid the obligations of a home
state. This is a view of society that undermines centuries of learned
liberal thinking about how to balance individual rights with collective
It is a narrative based on a flawed view of the
individual, whom it sees as an undifferentiated member of the human race: a
person without ideas nurtured by the education he received as a child; a
person without values shaped by the community he grew up in; and a person
without political views forged from engaging in the nation's political
life. This person has no relevant history, no roots and no sense of
belonging to a community. Because the American, the Spaniard and the
Somalian are members of the same human race, they are treated as
essentially the same. This is a narrative that recognises the commonality
of a beating heart but cannot understand the differential of a thinking
It is a narrative based on a flawed view of the nation, which
it sees as a collection of cultural differences: Britain, Germany and
Nigeria are essentially the same, save for accidents of history that
resulted in different lines drawn on the globe. If millions of Germans and
Nigerians migrated to Britain (and a similar number went the other way), it
wouldn't be a problem because cultural, social and political differences
would add to the nation's diversity. ...
It is a narrative based on
a flawed view of economics that downplays the political complexity of
wealth creation in favour of statistics prepared by experts claiming to
show that migrants are hard workers who pay taxes proportionate to the
needs they create for health, education and other public services. This is
an economics where wealth is a given that must be shared around the globe.
The weak-borders narrative is now widespread in Western nations
that have absorbed flawed views about society, the individual, the nation
and economics. /.../ It also informs the unwillingness of Western nations
to remove those who enter or remain unlawfully.
An argument for no
borders is rarely made in its purest form, except by libertarians who have
abandoned the political arena in favour of market forces. But the antipathy
of the European Union towards internal borders is fairly clear and was
justified by the European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, in
August when he claimed that national borders were 'the worst invention
ever'. Politicians who are answerable to electorates find the weak borders
narrative difficult to articulate and defend but the practice of mass
migration into Western nations is evident. ...
Immigration liberalism, national identity, borders
The progressive case for borders [part 2]
Spiked, 1 March 2017.
[Jon Holbrook is a barrister]
Bad arguments can win the day by default if not challenged by
better ones. It is necessary for the progressive case for border control to
be advanced by recognising the two hallmarks of liberal democracy
namely, liberalism and democracy. Liberalism has always acknowledged the
need to balance individual rights with collective interests. The desire to
emigrate is an important individual right that liberal states have long
since recognised. The problem comes not in recognising the importance of
this right but in failing to balance it against the equally important
collective interests of a nation.
Liberal states have traditionally
also recognised the importance of borders as a means of curtailing
immigration according to the collective interests of the nation. /.../ And
when people talk of immigration, rather than emigration, it is the
collective interests of the nation that should be to the fore.
second hallmark of liberal democracy is democracy. /.../ The reactionary
liberal cry of 'don't trust the people' has informed today's weak-borders
discourse, not by openly denying the people a right to control their
borders but by using the law to deny them that control by stealth. The
British people were never consulted about the desirability of large numbers
of Europeans and asylum seekers entering after 1997; and when they voted in
2010 for a government committed to reducing net immigration to an annual
rate in the tens of thousands (where it had been for decades until 1998),
they soon discovered that the government was unable to do anything about
net immigration that was running at an annual rate of over 300,000.
The weak-borders narrative has fettered democracy by capturing
institutions that are beyond direct democratic control: the institutions of
law, especially those with a supranational character. ...
with all these legal fetters on border control is not whether the right
border decision has been taken it is the fact that the people's
right to make that decision through their elected representatives has been
removed or curtailed. Supranational institutions such as the UN, the EU and
the Council of Europe (which oversees the European Convention on Human
Rights) have given judges, particularly in Europe, unprecedented power to
remove border control from the democratic arena.
democracy that fails to address popular and legitimate concerns about
levels of immigration forfeits the right to be called a democracy. And a
liberal democracy that fails to see the need to balance individual rights
with collective interests risks tarnishing the very idea of liberalism. The
problem will only be worsened by an elite which, instead of addressing
these issues, responds to the unpopularity of its weak borders by calling
its critics racist and xenophobic.