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Updated 24 August 2016
Immigration abroad European Union
Angela Merkel calls for 'one in, one out' immigration deals with North Africa to stem refugee crisis
Independent, 24 August 2016.
Angela Merkel has called for the EU to sign Turkey-style "one in,
one out" deals with North African states in a bid to avert a growing summer
immigration crisis. ...
Under the EU-Turkey agreement, Ankara
agreed to take back one Syrian who made it to Greece in return for being
allowed to send one from its extensive refugee camps to the bloc, in a more
orderly redistribution programme. ...
While the agreement has come
under intense pressure since last month's bungled military coup in Turkey,
Ms Merkel backed the concept as a way forward elsewhere. ...
German Chancellor said the Turkey deal is still "correct" and that the EU
"should work to ensure that it lasts".
Benefits and costs poverty
'Extreme debt is caused by mass immigration' Ferrari blasts TUC's 'Britain in Red' report
Daily Express, 24 August 2016.
This is the moment Nick Ferrari launched a savage attack on the
Trades Union Congress (TUC) after it failed to investigate if mass
immigration is to blame for British households' extreme debt.
LBC host's anger was sparked after a report from the TUC claimed that more
than 1.5 million British families are in the red.
It also stated
that households are paying almost half of their gathered income in
Kam Gill, the economics spokesperson at the TUC, told
LBC: "In 2007, rather than a growth in unemployment, what we saw was
workers willing to take a cut in their wages or reduced hours.
"Since that point, while employment has stayed strong, wages have
not grown at anything like the rate that employment has."
Ferrari took the TUC to task after Mr Gill admitted that the report had not
looked into whether or not the large number of migrants coming to Britain
had impacted the figure.
Blasting the lack of research, the LBC
host said: "Is it because it's an inconvenient truth?"
Politics EU referendum
David Cameron was BEGGED to discuss immigration in EU Referendum campaign - but REFUSED
Daily Express, 24 August 2016.
Leading Remainers begged David Cameron to discuss immigration
during the EU Referendum campaign but the then-Prime Minister refused, an
explosive new documentary reveals.
The stubborn Tory reportedly
refused to discuss immigration despite growing pressure from the Remain
campaign and warnings it could cost him the referendum.
Labour Cabinet ministers Lord Mandelson and Alan Johnson are said to have
pleaded with David Cameron and George Osborne in private to address voters
concerns on the number of migrants entering the country.
former Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer spurned their
Will Straw, head of the Britain Stronger in Europe
campaign, said the immigration figures sparked concern, with strategists
said to be panicked about how to counter Vote Leave's strong stance on
He said: "With about a month to go, I was very
concerned about how we were losing the argument about immigration.
"I and Peter Mandelson suggested that that the Government should
address the perceived weaknesses about immigration.
figures were concerned that would detract from our core message, which was
economic risk, and had decided not to pursue." ...
In the Radio
Four documentary, How We Voted Brexit, journalist Anne McElvoy tells the
inside story of why and how the UK voted to leave the EU.
Immigration abroad Turkish spies, Germany
Pressure on Merkel to investigate claims Turkey has 6,000 spies snooping in Germany
Daily Express, 23 August 2016.
Turkey is said to have thousands of spies operating in a vast
network across Germany as the crackdown in the wake of the failed coup
Some 6,000 operatives are said to be working for
the Turkish secret service, MIT, delivering information on their fellow
Turks living in Germany.
And in addition MIT maintains an informant
network throughout the European country.
German MP Hans-Christian
Ströbele, who is in charge of secret services, added there is
"incredible secret activities" at MIT. ...
Erich Schmidt-Eenboom said: "The activities of the Turkish secret service
MIT were always tolerated in Germany.
"This is no longer about
intelligence reconnaissance, but increasingly about intelligence
Immigration abroad education cost, Germany
Germany Faces 67 Billion Bill For Child Migrants
Breitbart, 22 August 2016.
Children granted refugee status in Germany will cost the country an
extra 67 billion euros (£58bn/$76bn) to educate, according to an
assessment of the costs of the migrant crisis.
Around 40 per cent
of the million+ people who arrived in Germany last year are believed to be
20 or younger, meaning the country could need up to 25,000 new teachers
while migrant children are denied places because schools are already full.
Dieter Dohmen, president of the Research Institute for the
Economics of Education and Social Affairs, said the report showed the
challenge facing German authorities.
"We have done some new
calculations which put the full cost of refugees coming to Germany at
67 billion through their whole education pathway," he said.
"If we look at the numbers so far some 200,000 have to go to
kindergarten while another 300,000 will have to go to school. Then there is
vocational education and training and higher education.
look at someone who is three, they have to go to childcare, primary,
secondary and higher education so this is a figure for the next 20 years."
Meanwhile, education journalist Armin Himmelrath said schools
will have to hire other support staff as well as teachers.
Illegal immigration Europe
Europe must not 'cower behind borders' in face of post-Brexit immigration crisis, UN warns
Independent, 23 August 2016.
The United Nations has warned that Europe is on the brink of
another immigration crisis and told countries facing it they must not
"cower behind borders" in the wake of the UK's Brexit vote.
Special Representative for International Migration reported that 95,000
people had already made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean from
Africa to Italy this year.
With the summer high-season beginning
the numbers are expected to rise as high as 170,000, despite thousands
already having drowned trying to make the trip.
There are already
140,000 migrants, mainly from Libya, who are living in camps in Southern
Italy, putting a huge strain on the country.
The UN's Peter
Sutherland said the Italians were working hard, having saved 70,000 people
from Mediterranean waters, and were taking "huge numbers".
whether he thought Brexit had partly been caused by voters seeing pictures
of the immigration crisis, he said: "It certainly was. Immigration was and
is a huge issue, there's no question about that.
"But that doesn't
alter the fact that... Europe is the solution, not the problem.
"The only way that we can deal with the migration problem is by
having a European policy. If every country simply cowers behind borders and
agrees not to cooperate as a result of a response to nationalism then
Europe really will be in a mess."
He also said that arrangements
made with Turkey to stem the overall crisis had done nothing to stop people
coming from Libya, with migrant boats mainly carrying people from
Overall more than 264,000 people have risked
their lives to reach Europe by sea so far in 2016, with more than 3,100
Politics borders, European Union
The EU's most powerful official says 'borders are the worst invention ever'
Business Insider, 23 August 2016.
The European Union's most powerful official says increasing border
control is not how Europe should deal with the continuing challenge of the
Speaking at the European Forum Alpbach on Monday,
Jean-Claude Juncker called on Europe to show "solidarity" with refugees and
described borders as the "worst invention" ever produced by politicians.
"We have to fight against nationalism," said Juncker, who is the
president of the European Commission, the EU's executive branch. "We have
the duty not to follow populists but to block the avenue of populists."
He added: "Borders are the worst invention ever made by
politicians... In the concentration of globalisation and European problems,
we must not lose our way."
Immigration abroad public opinion, France
Terror fears in France sees just 11 per cent seeing immigration as positive, survey finds
Daily Express, 23 August 2016.
Only one in 10 French men and women think migrants have had a
positive impact on their country, a survey has found.
And more than
two-thirds of those questioned fear terrorists posing as migrants were in
the country and ready to strike.
The poll, by Ipsos Mori, revealed
how the French were more anti-migration feeling than their neighbours, as
it deals with terror attacks and migrant shanty camps across the country.
The survey, which questioned people in 22 countries including the
UK and US, found only 11 per cent of the French think immigration has had a
positive impact on the country compared to 18 per cent in Germany, and 20
per cent in Spain.
The average across all nations questioned was 20
per cent. ...
The Ipsos study took place between June 24 and July
8, weeks before two terrorist attacks hit the French towns of Nice and
Although less than half 38 per
cent of all those questioned confessed it would be best if countries
closed their borders to refugees, 61 per cent admitted fearing that
terrorists disguised as migrants had already managed to sneak into their
country. The number rose to 67 per cent in France.
Extremism prison, Islam, racism, political correctness
'Political correctness' allowing Islamist extremism to flourish in British prisons, report warns
Daily Telegraph, 22 August 2016.
Political correctness in prisons is allowing extremism to flourish
because guards are too afraid of confronting Muslims, a report has found.
A review into Islamist extremism in the British justice system has
found that "cultural sensitivity" towards Muslim prisoners is preventing
staff "challenging unacceptable extremist behaviour and views".
report, by Ian Acheson, a former prison governor, warns that supervising
staff are being "pressured" to leave prayer rooms during collective
Islamist prisoners are also attempting to prevent searches
by "claiming dress is religious" and are also getting access to extremist
literature that is available in chaplaincy libraries or from individual
Mr Acheson's report concluded that extremists are
"exploiting... staff fear of being labelled racist". ...
Government has said that it will implement a number of the report's
Figures show there were 12,633 Muslims in
prison in England and Wales as of the end of June. The number stood at
8,243 a decade earlier.
As at the end of March, of the 147 people
in prison for terrorism-related offences, 137 of them considered themselves
to be Muslim.
Terrorism fake documents, passports
Fake passports for ISIS terrorists are discovered in Greek refugee camp as jihadis use sea of migrants to smuggle fanatics into Western Europe
MailOnline, 22 August 2016.
ISIS has been distributing fake passports in Greek refugee camps to
allow its terrorists to travel within Europe on 'clean' identity documents.
Europol has found several fake passports in camps as the terror
group hopes to use the ongoing humanitarian crisis to smuggle jihadis into
Europe to launch a new wave of attacks.
anti-terrorist officers believe there is a ratline of terrorists from Iraq
and Syria, to Greece and Austria.
Italian newspaper La Stampa
warned of official fears that false papers were being used by terrorists
According to La Stampa: 'In particular they
[Europol] have identified fake passports in the refugee camps in Greece
that were destined to supposed members of ISIS.'
smashed a number of document forgery operations in Greece and the Czech
One group of criminals were based in Athens.
second group in the Czech Republic altered stolen travel documents and sold
them onto migrants.
The documents cost between
100-3,000 depending on their quality and the country of issue.
Speaking earlier, Rob Wainwright, Europol Director said: 'In the
last two years we have seen criminal gangs increasingly investing more in
the production of fake documents to support a growing criminal market
associated with the migrant crisis.
'Document fraud is now a highly
important enabler of organised crime operated by groups involved in
stealing or producing counterfeit passports and other travel documents.
Immigration abroad crime, France
Chinese immigrants demand protection from Paris muggers
Daily Telegraph, 22 August 2016.
Thousands of angry Chinese immigrants demonstrated in a Paris
suburb yesterday to demand police protection from muggers who they say prey
on them because they are seen as easy targets.
The death of a
49-year-old Chinese tailor after being badly beaten in a robbery earlier
this month has lent new urgency to the long running complaint that Asian
immigrants are systematically attacked and robbed in the French capital.
About 100 Chinese residents of Aubervilliers have been attacked
and robbed since November, according to the Franco-Chinese Friendship
Community workers say many muggings are committed
by members of other minorities living in the area, generally of Arab or
Paris officials corroborated the figures but
declined to identify the robbers by ethnic origin.
immigrants own restaurants or shops and tend to be relatively well-off, but
are often reluctant to go to the police. "Some victims have been illegal
immigrants," said Dominique Darden, a social worker.
Sturgeon's EU slum: Squalor, filth and sex crime in constituency branded SHAME OF SCOTLAND
Daily Express, 22 August 2016.
First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon's very own constituency
has become a haven for illegal immigration and organised crime where women
cannot walk the streets, it has been claimed. ...
of Govanhill had 3,500 Romanian migrants packed into a few streets of
ramshackle tenement blocks in Govanhill, in the south of Glasgow even
before the nation's accession to EU in January 2014.
Now the pocket
of Glasgow, which Ms Sturgeon only visits with armed police officers in
tow, is in meltdown mode.
There is no clear information on how many
different racial groups are in the broken down community, but figures show
that there are 57 different languages spoken by their pupils in schools.
Indeed, English is the home language of just four per cent of
pupils in Annette Street Primary.
Immigration abroad Chinese, Australia
Australian businesses with close ties to China donated $5.5m to political parties, investigation shows
ABC News, 22 August 2016.
Businesses with Chinese connections gave Australia's major parties
more than $5.5 million between 2013 and 2015, making them easily the
largest source of foreign-linked donations.
An ABC investigation of
public declarations and company information shows some have strong ties
with state organisations in China.
It helps explain why Australian
defence and intelligence agencies are increasingly uneasy about the level
of Chinese Government influence here.
That concern stretches from
influence-buying in politics, through investment in critical infrastructure
to control over local Chinese-language newspapers, radio stations and
community associations. ...
Swinburne University Professor John
Fitzgerald said many Australian-based Chinese community groups had close
links with the Chinese Government. ...
Professor Fitzgerald has
studied the growing influence of Beijing over Australia-based Chinese
language media and he estimates about half is closely aligned with the
It goes deeper still, with major
English-language newspapers here effectively publishing propaganda, while
the ABC censors its broadcasts into China.
"Looking overall it
seems to me that the Chinese Government can buy in Australia what it took
decades of repression and suppression to achieve in China," Professor
"That it's managed to secure control of media
outlets here and to exercise the kind of propaganda bureau control within
Australia that it took a revolution to establish in China."
Illegal immigration prostitution
Nigerian women and Europe's sex trade
Punch [Nigeria], 21 August 2016.
Trafficking for prostitution into Europe by Nigerians has reached a
tipping point. In a newly-released report, the United Nations International
Organisation for Migration warns that the trafficking of Nigerian women for
prostitution is at a "crisis level." The report, which covers the first six
months of 2016, laments that gullible Nigerian girls some with the
help of their families are being recruited at an increasing rate by
criminal gangs for European sex markets. This is alarming; it is
embarrassing for the nation.
The IOM investigation found that
criminal gangs were exploiting the migration crisis in the Middle East to
smuggle Nigerian girls into their sex slavery networks in Europe. /.../ In
reality, they are being sold for between £4,000 and £10,000,
ending up there with debts of up to £40,000 that they have to repay by
engaging in prostitution. ...
Apart from being subjected to abuse,
some die on the tortuous journey. Their major destinations are Britain,
Spain and, especially, Italy. ...
According to the IOM, 3,600
Nigerian women reached Italy between January and June, nearly four times
the figure for 2014, and double the figure in the first half of 2015. At
this rate, the final tally for 2016 might surpass the 5,633 recorded in
The situation is equally terrible in Britain. Kevin
Hyland, head of the United Kingdom Anti-Slavery Commission, says Nigerians
constitute the majority of the 13,000 modern slaves there. "The rise in the
numbers is staggering. Nigerian women and girls are enslaved and sexually
exploited here in the UK," Hyland says. ...
While some of the
teenagers are being lured into this depraved life, there are many women who
willingly subject themselves to such indignity on the grounds that they
want to make ends meet. ...
In truth, most of the filthy lucre
being made in the global sex trade is being shared by the vicious criminal
operators. In Britain, the Office for National Statistics' computation in
2009 the first time prostitution income was factored into the GDP
arrived at a figure of £5.3 billion a year.
Immigration asylum, illegal immigration, deportation
The true lunacy of our broken asylum system: Judge who rejects most claims despairs at how only a tiny few actually leave Britain [part 1]
Mail on Sunday, 21 August
[By an Asylum Judge defying the Home Office to speak out]
I am an experienced asylum judge in a major British population
centre and you must believe me when I say this: our immigration controls
are broken and the country cannot cope.
Britain has a proud
tradition of helping the oppressed, which is why I am pleased to have spent
the past two decades reviewing the cases of people seeking a place of
In my time, I have seen a number of moving and entirely
deserving cases, victims of torture meted out by oppressive regimes, for
My rulings have helped them stay here to build new lives.
Such people still need our support today, but to describe them as a
minority of those who appear before me is a tragic understatement because
the truth is that the great majority of the claimants at my tribunals are
not attempting to escape persecution at all. They are economic migrants,
pure and simple.
Often, the stories they tell me are palpably false
and in some cases absurd, and I have no hesitation turning them down.
Yet and this is the truly frustrating part only a
tiny proportion, between five and ten per cent of the people I recommend
for removal, are ever taken from these shores.
I was in no way
surprised by last week's government figures showing that thousands of false
and retrospective asylum claims are clogging up the system, because I have
seen this with my own eyes.
Some of these claims are lodged years
after the migrant first arrived. Only when the authorities catch up with
them do they find a solicitor.
I am barred from speaking without
the permission of the Home Office, so today I must remain anonymous and so
must the cases I have dealt with. ...
Then there are those who
claim the right to a family life, which is the last resort of the rascal in
A colleague of mine had before him the case of a Muslim
from Asia who had lived here for years with a wife and children, and then
went back to his country of birth to marry three other wives, as he is
allowed to do under Islamic law, and had more children.
children then claimed British nationality, even though we don't recognise
polygamy in our marriage laws, and the mothers also claimed the right to
come over here with the children on the basis of a right to family life.
That obligation was imposed on the UK Government by Article 8 of the
European Convention on Human Right.
Astounding as it might seem to
you or to me, they were successful on appeal. ...
Then there was
the West African man who claimed to have escaped from captivity as a child
soldier and walked home.
As I'm familiar with the geography of that
area, I knew that the place where the army was supposed to have taken him
was 3,000 miles away from his home and the route was mostly jungle.
As for Afghan asylum seekers, most of them that come here are
underage children sent on by their parents. The Government automatically
gives them temporary leave to stay. Then, as soon as they reach 18 and are
ordered home, they claim asylum.
... If, however, they can't
explain an unreasonable delay in making their claim, we rule against them.
I sometimes wonder why we bother. The appeal process can go on for years,
by which time some claimants have married a British national or had a child
with one. ...
Immigration asylum, illegal immigration, deportation
The true lunacy of our broken asylum system: Judge who rejects most claims despairs at how only a tiny few actually leave Britain [part 2]
Mail on Sunday, 21 August
[By an Asylum Judge defying the Home Office to speak out]
People without the proper papers can go below the radar for years.
How do I know this?
Partly because of the cases that come before
me, but also because of the evidence from the sewage industry an
excellent way of gauging how many people are really living in this country.
The discrepancy between the official figures and what is actually
going down the pipes shows there are a million more people in London than
are legally registered, and another half a million more outside the
As it happens, I am politically liberal. But neither
Left or Right are honest about the problem.
The Conservatives do
not want to spend the necessary money sorting it out, while New Labour
under Tony Blair helped create the mess by realising that migration, legal
and illegal, is a source of cheap labour to boost the economy.
addition, most on the Left are too fearful of being considered racist if
they criticise immigration levels. ...
But there are measures we
can take in the short term, too. I would like to see us going back to the
old system of questioning people about their claims as soon as they arrive.
That was stopped after the EU ruled that it was too traumatic to
question people immediately.
I question the automatic right of
people to live here permanently by marrying a British national or by having
a child with a British national. Too many of these arrangements are
I have never understood the logic of why EU citizens
have the right to bring their entire families over here simply because they
are based here to work.
A colleague of mine presided over the case
of a European citizen with an African wife, who produced her marriage
certificate as proof that she was entitled to stay here.
time the husband was actually living in America for rather a long
time as it happened, since he was doing ten years in an American jail.
We should clamp down still further on the black market in labour
that allows illegals to stay below the radar.
And, of course, we
need to give the Borders Agency adequate resources and real political
backing so that when my fellow judges and I decide that a claim is false
and, remember, this undermines those in genuine need our
rulings are met with action.
We are lucky that Britain is an island
with its own natural barrier, but at the moment immigration judges like me
are presiding over an impossible situation.
It is essential that we
grasp the nettle. For that, however, we must first tell the truth about the
disastrous state we are in.
The author has received no payment for
Immigration public opinion, European Union
Three quarters of Europe believes Brussels has FAILED over migration
se, 21 August 2016.
Three quarters of Europeans believe the EU is not doing enough to
tackle the migrant crisis, a damning new poll has revealed.
EU-wide survey of 28,000 people across the bloc found 74 per cent want
bureaucrats to do more to ease the flow of migrants into Europe.
Cyprus was most dissatisfied by Brussels' response to the crisis,
with a whopping 91 per cent saying more needed to be done.
also revealed nearly seven out of 10 UK residents believe Eurocrats are
doing too little, compared to 74 per cent of Irish people.
defence spokesman Mike Hookem said the EU "continually fails the people of
Europe on many issues, and none more so than the migrant crisis".
He told Express.co.uk: "Eurocrats are failing to take difficult
decisions like turning back the people-smuggling boats crossing the
"These criminal gangs are making millions out of
human suffering. They must be hunted down and put out of business.
"The message has to go out loud and clear entering Europe
via this method is illegal and will not be tolerated.
won't come from the EU until the people put pressure on them."
Eurobarometer survey was conducted on behalf of the European Commission
across all member states between 9 and 18 April.
Dispatch from Britain's deportation madhouse: Wonder why it's so hard for courts to kick out the foreign criminals you keep hearing about?
Daily Mail, 20
The fact is that, barely a few years ago before the great
migration surge this country had little use for extradition courts.
In 2004, for instance, our police forces took just 46 people into custody
using European Arrest Warrants. ...
Any extradition hearings that
resulted were easily dealt with by courts that handled domestic crimes.
However, according to the National Crime Agency, the number of extradition
cases sky-rocketed last year to a record high of 2,041. ...
created such a huge workload that Westminster Magistrates' Court has set
aside five of its eight chambers exclusively for extradition proceedings.
Though these courts sit six days a week, they still cannot cope with the
huge flood of cases.
As a result, the Crown Prosecution Service has
had to commandeer two other London courts, in Hammersmith, to clear the
To get an insight into this largely unknown aspect of
the migration crisis, I have spent several days in these courts. And what I
found was deeply disturbing. ...
According to MPs, not only are
convicted foreign criminals cheating deportation but they are taking up
valuable court time and taxpayers' money fighting claims that are often
blatantly ludicrous. It is said that many are indulging in a 'try it on'
culture at taxpayers' expense. ...
With 330,000 new migrants
arriving in Britain last year, and our border controls and vetting process
so woefully inept, it is hardly surprising that our judiciary is being
Meanwhile, at Westminster Magistrates' Court
recently modernised at a cost of £50 million the
extradition merry-go-round continues. ...
Most names were
pronounceable only by the huddle of interpreters hired to help also
at taxpayers' expenses, of course.
For interpreters are a vital
and very costly cog in the extradition wheel. Without them,
few cases can go ahead. Among the translators was a Lithuanian, two
Romanians and four Poles.
I tried to find out how much taxpayers
pay for these on-call interpreters. Most were reluctant to discuss their
fees, but a Bulgarian woman said she received £22 an hour from the
agency that supplies court interpreters.
A nice little earner,
especially as she was often required to wait for several hours for a
defendant to be brought to court. The rate rises to £36.80 when she
works directly for the police. ...
I was told by one solicitor
(who was on the going rate for Legal Aid lawyers of £50 an hour) that
the number of extradition cases is growing 'exponentially'. ...
is estimated that for every foreign villain arrested here, there are many
times more who remain free to walk our streets. ...
question now is whether Britain's exit from the EU will stem the tide of
foreign criminals using Britain as a refuge. On this thorny question,
expert opinion appears to be divided. ...
According to the Home
Office, it cost £13,000 to process each of the 2,041 European Arrest
Warrants issued last year so the total bill was £26.5 million.
However, as this sum was not broken down into constituent parts, it
is not clear whether it includes court staff salaries, Legal Aid bills,
interpreters and the price of keeping defendants in custody for months.
Politics borders, globalisation
Global crises are met by perplexity
Chatham House: the Royal Institute of International Affairs, August & September 2016.
The people in the hall at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel were
supposed to know the answers. Government officials, policy experts,
business people and journalists, had come from all over the world to attend
Chatham House's third London Conference on June 16-17. ...
what everybody in the room felt acutely was a sense of insecurity and the
lack of a solution at hand. ...
The conference was meant to push
open doors, both physical ones and those in the mind: the focus was on how
borders are being adapted, redefined and broken down. Held in the railway
station which connects London, the most globalized city in the world, with
Paris, it should have underlined how outdated borders had become.
But very soon the participants understood that the time to praise
globalization had passed, and they were overwhelmed by too many issues: the
absence of a strategy for human mobility in next 20-25 years; the
fragmentation of a world turning tribal and the rise of anger globally; the
role of religions and non-state actors; and censorship imposed on the
internet and hate speech spreading online.
The sense of perplexity
was apparent in the room. ...
The biggest problem that emerged at
the conference was that governments do not understand what is happening to
the people while ordinary citizens do not see the motives that drive
governments. The world is getting more global and at the same time more
local. Globalization has resulted in an ever-growing gap between leaders
The challenge is clear: how to renew the trust that
western elites have lost. Now it's time to find a way to do it.
Immigration abroad Calais, France
France reports 53% rise in population at Calais 'Jungle' migrant camp
France 24, 20 August 2016.
Local authorities in the French port city of Calais on Friday said
the number of migrants living in the infamous "Jungle" camp has seen a
"spectacular" rise over the summer, increasing by 53 percent in just two
At the middle of August, authorities counted more than
6,900 people in the camp the highest number since it was created
sixteen months ago. In June 2016, an official census reported 4,480 people.
Earlier this month, however, local humanitarian aid groups,
L'Auberge des Migrants and Help Refugees, took their own census, which
counted more than 9,100 people.
Local authorities have previously
said their goal was to reduce the number of camp inhabitants to about
Most of the refugees and migrants in the Calais camp come
from conflict zones like Afghanistan, Sudan, Iraq or other countries with
poor human rights records, and have come to Calais with the hope of
sneaking across the English Channel to Britain, where many have relatives
or the hope of obtaining work.
Immigration abroad Italy
Italy's migrant purgatory
The Spectator, 20 August 2016.
Already this year the number of illegal migrant arrivals in Italy
by sea, nearly all from Libya, has exceeded 100,000, according to the
United Nations High Commission for Refugees. Most were ferried to shore by
Italian and other EU naval vessels after being intercepted in rubber
dinghies and fishing boats. With the high season for boat people still to
come in September and October, Italy could well beat its 2014 record of
170,000 there were 160,000 last year especially now that the
route into the EU from Turkey has become far more difficult.
the past, migrants could move on out of Italy pretty easily because there
were no border controls. But now the Schengen Agreement on free movement
across EU borders has collapsed: France, Austria and Switzerland (a non-EU
member) have brought back border controls at their frontiers with Italy. So
now thousands of migrants are massing at Italy's land frontiers, unable to
cross them. ...
Over the past three years, half a million boat
people have arrived in Italy, of whom only a minority can honestly be
called refugees. They are mostly single men from sub-Saharan Africa and,
like the car park valets from Senegal near Dante's tomb, economic migrants.
No one disputes that genuine refugees should be given sanctuary. The big
question is: where? According to the Geneva Convention, a potential refugee
must apply for asylum in 'the first safe country' reached, which in this
case would mean somewhere in Africa. This never happens. No one seems to
question why. The provisions of the Dublin Regulation also state that, once
in the EU, a potential refugee must claim asylum in the first country
But for those in search of better prospects, rather than
sanctuary, Italy where the economy is suffering and unemployment
benefits are nonexistent is a very bad bet. To get out of Italy,
however, migrants must avoid claiming asylum there. ...
them, therefore, conceal their true identities from the Italian authorities
and refuse to have their photos or fingerprints taken. Many disappear. Of
the 160,000 migrants who arrived by sea last year, only half claimed asylum
in Italy (mostly Nigerians, Pakistanis, Gambians and Senegalese and a few
hundred Syrians). In the same year, the Italian courts issued 30,000
migrant expulsion orders, but only half that number were enforced. The
whereabouts of the 80,000 boat people from 2015 who did not apply for
asylum is anyone's guess. ...
Britain unlike the EU and
Germany is right to use aid to keep refugees as near as possible to
their country of origin. It costs just £2,500 to house, feed, clothe
and educate one Syrian refugee for one year in Jordan, compared with more
than £25,000 in an EU country. The same is surely at least as true for
economic migrants who remain in their country of origin.
Immigration abroad Calais, France
Desperate Calais mayor FINALLY admits migrant crisis is 'out of control'
Daily Express, 19 August 2016.
The migrant crisis in the French port town of Calais is "out of
control", the town's increasingly frustrated mayor Natacha Bouchart told
French TV channel France 3.
She said: "About 2,500 migrants are
living in one refugee camp, but then you have another area called the north
zone, which should have been shut down a long time ago, which is run by
people smugglers, No Borders, and activists, and another 4,500 or 5000
migrants live there." ...
Ms Bouchard also said that police
officers were being attacked by migrants "every night" and that the rise in
violence and tensions was having a negative impact on the town's economy,
and on the local residents' everyday lives. ...
the current state of the camp and its future, Ms Bouchard blamed the French
government, namely Bernard Cazeneuve, for failing to solve the migrant
"France is at war, and Calais is in France. I do not
understand why rules that apply to the rest of the country are not being
respected here. We need more receptions centres, and the laws of the
Republic must be enforced," she concluded.
Immigration abroad asylum seekers, Germany
German asylum seekers refuse to work insisting 'We are Merkel's GUESTS'
Siobhan McFadyen and Monika Pallenberg
Daily Express, 19 August 2016.
Asylum seekers in Germany are refusing to undertake work to
counteract boredom - using Chancellor Angela Merkel's generous hospitality
as an excuse.
According to mayor Bernd Pohlers of the eastern town
of Saxony Waldenburg, the asylum seekers refused to accept the work that
was offered to them after they arrived in the country.
council spent £600 arranging for the men to have uniforms but were
stunned when they were told they would not complete it because they were
"guests of Angela Merkel".
While asylum seekers are not allowed to
work under immigration rules within the EU, they are allowed to do
However officials in the district of Zwickau came
up with a plan to help encourage those without employment to get back to
work and to help them become more accepted within the local community.
In order to do this they created voluntary jobs which included a
nominal payment of £18 for 20 hours work.
But all of the male
residents of the local refugee accommodation who initially agreed to get
involved in the charitable activities quit after discovering there was a
minimum wage £7.30 (8.50) in Germany.
The men had been
picked up and offered transportation from their paid-for housing where they
are also given food and then dropped home. ...
The mayor spoke out
in a bid to highlight the issue of the asylum crisis in Germany.
said he is aware his statements could play into the hands of those opposing
the mass migration.
However after having raised money from the
local community to help aid the asylum seeker's transition into the
community, he felt compelled to speak out.
He added: "I see it as
my duty to inform you about the current situation, even if it was difficult
and I was discouraged from many sides."
The city Waldenburg
confirmed that the asylum seekers are still not working.
Politics Labour Party
A useful lesson from history as Labour battles its immigration problem
The Conversation, 19 August 2016.
[The author is Teacher in History, Loughborough University]
The British Labour Party can no longer afford to keep running away
from immigration. Britain's vote to leave the EU exposed a wide gap between
most of the party's members and leaders (who support complete freedom of
movement) and many of its natural working-class voters (who do not).
The first group makes its stand on internationalist grounds, or
because they think the economy demands it. The second is made up of people
battered by global forces they cannot see. For them, globalisation takes
the form of the immigrant who seems to take scarce jobs or overwhelm public
services that have already been cut to the bone.
Labour has tried
to square this circle before by treating concerns about immigration as a
proxy for something else. The party's current solutions improved
public investment, migrant impact funds and so on would certainly
revive jobs and growth in the north, the Midlands, and other bastions of
the left-behind leavers. But Labour often prefers to label anyone with
concerns about immigration itself as a racist and a bigot, as former prime
minister Gordon Brown so memorably did in 2010.
At other times it
has offered Britain the chance to buy a nasty (if vague) tea mug with
"controls on immigration" printed on the side. This is not a coherent
policy. It must change or else the real racists and bigots will move in to
fill the vacuum.
To change the debate without evading it we can
learn from the labour movement's past. ...
Of course, the Knights
of Labor found that banning contract labour was not a panacea for all the
problems of immigration. We should not think so either. But it might start
to change the terms of the debate. Then, at least, Labour has a chance to
connect with its disaffected voters and reverse the trend towards bigotry
and prejudice that threatens all of us, British or not.
Shock EU migrant figures REVEALED: 2.2 MILLION now work in Britain
Daily Express, 18 August 2016.
A huge rise in EU migrants working in Britain has renewed calls for
an accelerated Brexit.
New figures reveal that the number employed
throughout the UK soared by 238,000 over the past year to more than 2.2
Labour market data showed that the rollcall of foreigners
with jobs in the UK has reached a record 3.45 million, more than a tenth of
And the numbers of people from eight former
communist countries including Poland and the Czech Republic with jobs in
the UK has passed the one million mark for the first time, the official
figures confirmed. ...
Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of the
pressure group Migration Watch, said: "These figures represent a milestone
in EU migration to Britain."
He pointed out that Britain now had
more than one million workers from the Eastern European countries who
joined the EU in 2004, plus nearly a million from Western EU nations and a
quarter of a million more from Romania and Bulgaria.
that this massive migration has placed on local communities go a long way
to explaining the outcome of the referendum," Lord Green said.
new statistics underline why it is essential not just to regain control of
our borders but also to reduce net migration significantly.
also important to realise that some 80% of EU migrants are in lower skilled
"Migration into lower-skilled work is not of particular
benefit to the UK economy.
"Indeed the Migration Advisory Committee
did not find any positive impact on UK-born employment rates, fiscal
contribution, GDP per head or productivity."
And former Labour
welfare minister Frank Field, joint chairman of the Commons Cross-Party
Group on Balanced Migration, said: "Today's figures on the surge of eastern
European migration show how crucial it is that one aspect of Brexit's
success must be the control of our borders.
"This can best be done
by introducing a points system and accompanying this with active measures
to build up the skill levels of our existing labour force. ..."
Office for National Statistics data for the three month period from April
to June this year showed that the total number of foreigners working in the
UK has risen from 966,000 in 1997 to 3.45 million.
Over nearly two
decades, the proportion of foreign citizens in the labour force has soared
from 3.7% to 10.9%. ...
The number of workers in Britain from
outside the EU changed little over the last year at 1.21 million, according
to the official data.
Statisticians insisted the estimates related
to the number of people in employment and should not be used to suggest the
size of flows of foreign migrants into the UK.
Egalitarianism race equality
Being black in Britain is like 'living in a different world' says equality commission
Daily Telegraph, 18 August 2016.
Black graduates earn a quarter less than their white counterparts,
the inequality watchdog has said, as it warns that being black in Britain
can feel like "living in a different world".
People from ethnic
minorities still face "entrenched" race inequality across many strands of
modern life in Britain, according to the Equality and Human Rights
A sweeping review examining areas including education,
employment, housing, pay, health and criminal justice painted an "alarming
picture", the report said.
David Isaac, chairman of the body, said
its report "underlines just how entrenched and far-reaching race inequality
He added: "We must redouble our efforts to tackle race
inequality urgently or risk the divisions in our society growing and racial
"If you are black or an ethnic minority in
modern Britain, it can often still feel like you're living in a different
world, never mind being part of a one nation society."
commission, which carried out an analysis of existing evidence, found Black
people in England are more than three times more likely to be a victim of
homicide than those who are white.
Unemployment rates were
"significantly higher" for ethnic minorities and ethnic minority people
were more likely to live in poverty than white people.
minorities are still "hugely under-represented" in positions of power -
such as judges and police chiefs. Poorer white communities also face
"continuing disadvantage", the report added.
The commission said
there has been progress in some areas, citing an increase in the number of
ethnic minority MPs and a rise in the proportion with a degree-level
qualification across all ethnic groups.
Mr Isaac called for the
Government to introduce a comprehensive race equality strategy, arguing
that the approach in recent years has been "stuttering".
Multiculturalism EU doctors, poor English
EU doctors three times more likely to face disciplinary action for poor English than other foreign medics
Daily Telegraph, 17 August 2016.
European doctors are three times more likely to face disciplinary
proceedings for poor English than those from further afield because they
are exempt from stringent language tests under EU law, the Royal College of
Surgeons has warned.
The RCS claims that the safety of patients is
at risk from medics who cannot communicate properly and is calling for the
rules to be changed during Brexit negotiations.
Information data from the General Medical Council showed that 29 doctors
from the European Economic Area (EEA) faced allegations relating to
'inadequate knowledge of the English language' during 2014 and 2015. ...
By comparison just 10 doctors from outside Europe faced similar
allegations even though they make up more than double the number of
doctors, nurses or dentists as those from the continent - 26 per cent
compared with 11 per cent.
Under rules which came into force in
2014 doctors applying to the NHS from Europe only need to score 7.5 on the
International English Language Testing System, which equates to basic
However, those from outside Europe must pass
the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) to demonstrate
they know medical terms, are clear about consent, can adequately describe a
procedure and are aware of treatment side effects.
"The number of
EEA doctors and dentists facing allegations relating to their communication
skills is an issue we think the Government should be taking very
seriously," said Professor Nigel Hunt, Dean of the Faculty of Dental
Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons. ...
"We want the same
rules to apply to all non-UK professionals, regardless of where in the
world they come from." ...
The Patients Association said it was
concerned that poor communication was leading to mistakes and
misunderstandings between patients and medics.
Illegal immigration asylum claims, deportation
Migration chief attacks shambolic system that denies asylum claims but DOESN'T remove them
Daily Express, 17 August 2016.
The chief of Migration Watch has called on Britain's asylum seeker
system to be completely overhauled as shocking statistics reveal the scale
of illegal immigrants who slip "into the shadows".
chief Alanna Thomas tore into Britain's asylum system amid revelations tens
of thousands of illegal immigrants slip through the net each year.
She told talkRADIO Britain's Home Office immediately needs to
overhaul the country's system of dealing with asylum claims.
frustrated remarks follow news that one in three claims for asylum were
made by people who were either in the UK illegally or had overstayed their
Rather than applying for asylum when they first reach
Britain, these figures suggest many are waiting until they are caught by
immigration officers to make their claim. ...
Ms Thomas, the chief
executive of the migration think tank, said the asylum system was yet
another example of Britain's "soft touch" immigration policy.
said the elephant in the room was the low removal rate of those denied
asylum, which means claimants are allowed to vanish even after the lengthy
She added: "The situation is if you apply for
asylum less than half of these are actually granted asylum but then less
than half of those are actually removed.
"So, if you arrive in the
UK and apply for asylum you have a 75 per cent chance of staying - legally
"This is why we have situations like the Jungle camp
in Calais. France is a safe country but the UK is a soft touch." ...
Ms Thomas said around 80 per cent of claims made only after being
caught by immigration officers "are denied and they only apply in the first
place to avoid removal".
She added: "There's a lengthy process to
go through the Home Office decides the case and there are appeals,
so the system allows people to slip through the net and go back into the
Immigration abroad Greece
Refugee camps on Greek islands 'bursting at the seams' as crossings from Turkey begin to pick up
Daily Telegraph, 17 August 2016.
Refugee camps on Greece's Aegean islands are "bursting at the
seams", a British aid organisation has warned.
Since the Balkan
route from Greece to northern Europe was shut down in March after the
arrival of a million migrants and refugees, around 57,000 of them have been
left stranded in Greece. ...
Of the 57,000 stuck in Greece, around
10,300 are living in camps on a string of islands close to the coast of
Turkey where they arrived in recent months after paying smugglers to
ferry them across the sea.
Under a deal struck between the EU and
Ankara, people who arrived on the islands after March 20 are meant to be
sent back to Turkey, but so far less than 500 have been expelled, and they
were people who chose not to lodge asylum applications.
have to wait while the overwhelmed Greek authorities record all their
details and make a formal ruling on their status a monumental task
given the number of people involved and the different languages they speak.
As the Greeks struggle to contain the situation, the number of
refugees and migrants arriving from Turkey is picking up. ...
560 refugees arrived on the islands in the first two weeks of July, in the
first two weeks of August that number jumped to nearly 1,400.
Immigration abroad citizenship for sale, Malta, European Union
Malta slammed for cash-for-passport program
Politico, 17 August 2016.
Malta has issued hundreds of passports to non-EU nationals in
exchange for huge sums of cash over the last two years, resurrecting
concern that the country is effectively selling access to the European
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat's spokesman Kurt Farrugia
said almost 700 passports have been issued to non-EU nationals since the
program's launch in 2014. Those passports have so far generated at least
200 million for Malta. Farrugia was responding to questions from
POLITICO after the government released a list of more than 900 people
granted Maltese citizenship last year.
Critics charge that the
program undermines the concept of European citizenship, potentially poses
security risks and provides a possible backdoor for Russians seeking to
escape sanctions against their own country. ...
Ana Gomes, a
senior Socialist MEP on the Justice and Home Affairs Committee, said such
schemes "put at risk the integrity of the Schengen system" and should be
looked at closer. "I am absolutely disgusted," she said, adding that she
has demanded "an investigation by the EU Commission to look into member
state investor schemes, not just Malta's."
The program requires
applicants to give a 650,000 contribution to a national development
fund and provide a 150,000 investment in government stocks or bonds.
That leads to a Maltese passport that provides visa-free travel to at least
166 countries. Applicants must also own property worth at least
350,000 in Malta for at least a year to establish a so-called
residency link to the country.
A spouse or a child costs an extra
25,000, or 50,000, if the dependent is older than 18. The
figures indicate many families are taking advantage of the scheme: 202
applicants secured citizenship for 503 spouses or children.
"Citizenship is something that has to be earned, not simply handed
out to people with deep pockets," said Latvian MEP Robert Zile, a former
finance minister. ...
Although other countries offer various visa
or residence options in return for investment, Cyprus and Austria are the
only other European countries besides Malta to offer a direct route to EU
citizenship through investment. ...
Eric Major, the CEO of Henley
& Partners, confirmed that Russia, former Soviet republics and the
Middle East are the main markets for the passports. ...
program was first announced two years ago, the European Parliament
objected, saying: "EU citizenship should not be for sale at any price."
Benefits and costs healthcare
Immigration Health Surcharge a rotten deal for the NHS, patients and taxpayers
J Meirion Thomas
ConservativeHome, 16 August 2016.
[J Meirion Thomas was until recently a Professor of Surgery and Consultant Surgeon in the NHS]
... financial troubles in the NHS still make almost daily headline
news. To close a £22 billion funding gap by 2020, there must be
unprecedented rationing of hospital services. Cataract surgery will have to
be postponed an outcome criticised by the Royal National Institute
for the Blind. Steve Cannon, one of the most respected orthopaedic surgeons
of his generation, has warned that delays in joint replacement will result
in crippling arthritic pain and crumbling joints.
What have I done
personally to prevent this tragic outcome for the NHS, apart from devoting
30 years of my life to specialist cancer surgery? The answer is that, for
more than three years, I've been banging my head against the impenetrable,
soundproofed wall of the Department of Health, trying to persuade those
complacently cocooned within that billions of pounds could be saved by
restricting access to the NHS only to those who are entitled to the
privilege. I coined the phrase that "taxpayers should fund a National
Health Service, not an International Health Service".
surprise, therefore, when it was announced in this year's 2016 Queen's
Speech that there is to be an NHS Overseas Charging Bill, and that
"overseas migrants and visitors will be charged for services to which they
are not entitled." A battle won but not the war because those who
are not entitled to free NHS care should not be taking up precious
facilities, for payment or not. They should be in the private sector, where
there is plenty of capacity.
The Government, embarrassed by its
failure to control health tourism from outside the EU, had already
announced a plan to raise £500 million from better charging of
overseas visitors, of which £200 million would come from the
Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS). This policy was a combined initiative
by the Home Office and Department of Health, and was included in the 2014
I would argue that the IHS was possibly one the
most ill-conceived pieces of legislation enacted by the Coalition
Government. It may be costing the British taxpayer a fortune and, after
being in place for more than a year, needs to be urgently reviewed. ...
... And will the new administration forge ahead with the NHS
Overseas Charging Bill or was the announcement just another
Department of Health smokescreen, to compensate for policy failure?
Immigration abroad forced marriages, Germany
Girls as young as NINE forced into marriage by Imams - and authorities are POWERLESS
Rebecca Perring & Monika Pallenberg
Daily Express, 16 August 2016.
Marriage among migrant children living in Germany is on the rise -
with girls as young as NINE made to take part in sick wedding ceremonies.
Forced marriages are supposed to be illegal in Angela Merkel's
nation - but a loophole in the law means officials cannot interfere in
religious marriages - which sees hundreds of vulnerable children walk down
Shocking figures reveal how underage girls are forced by
Imams into marriages and disappear from schools because they have to do
household chores for their mother-in-laws or even move abroad.
Romani community sometimes marry off 13-year-old girls to 17-year-old boys
in ancient ceremonies - in the middle of Germany.
exact figures remain a mystery, authorities in Bavaria counted 161 cases of
marriage applicants under the age of 16 and 550 cases under the age of 18
by the end of April.
In North Rhine-Westphalia, there were 188
cases mid-year, in Baden-Württemberg the talk was of 177 underage
migrants, in Rheinland-Pfalz of 130 to 150, who had sought asylum in
Germany since January 2015.
A staggering 3,443 young girls - a
third under the age of 18 - visited a counselling centre in Germany for
help in respect of being threatened or already forced into marriage in just
a year. ...
Marc Dullaert from the Task Force, Children on the
Move, said: "We are seeing that the number of children who are forcibly
married is increasing enormously."
Sharia Law is rife in Germany
and authorities are trying to deal with the growing number of child brides
who were already married abroad.
Among Syrians in half of all
marriages one spouse is younger than 18 years, according to the charity SOS
Immigration abroad crime, Norway
'Xenophobia is Highly Rational and Justified': Police Chief
Oliver JJ Lane
Breitbart, 16 August 2016.
A Norwegian police chief has spectacularly broken ranks to express
his professional opinion that high and sustained levels of crime committed
by migrants more than justifies concern about foreigners, and that
increasing immigration "leads to more rapes".
Writing in response
to an opinion piece by a philosopher in the Norwegian daily newspaper
Haugesunds Avis, Police Inspector Thomas Utne Pettersen argues that
while he agreed that rich nations like Norway had an "ethical and moral
obligation" to help those in need, those wary of foreigners were not
Justifying his point with the catalogue of regular migrant
crimes that police have to deal with daily even in a nation like
Norway where significantly fewer migrants have come compared to places like
Sweden and Germany the officer said he disagreed with scepticism of
foreigners as being dismissed as mere cynics.
Expressing his view
on the matter, Police Inspector Pettersen said: "People's xenophobia in
relation to this group is highly rational and justified".
Validating his point, the senior officer said on his force in any
given week in 2016 they might witness in the low-crime country "three
Middle Eastern men in police custody" for drug offences, "foreigners"
arrested for other drugs offences, stabbings, and robberies.
Pettersen said that in the year of 2015 he personally signed off
2,600 days of custody for detainees in his area 2,200 of which were
for "foreign men". In one Norwegian prison Ullersmo he said
half of all prisoners were foreigners, up from 30-per-cent in 2014.
The officer also blasted the number of Norwegian children who had
been raped by migrants, including an "Afghan asylum seeker convicted of
rape of a Norwegian child" and "three Syrian asylum seekers charged with
the rape of two Norwegian children". Reinforcing the point, he cited a
study in Oslo, the Norwegian capital, which found that "9 out of 10 who are
convicted of violence against children have an immigrant background".
Perhaps coming in for officer Pettersen's most stinging criticism
were the politicians who opened the doors to mass migration. Remarking that
"Women and children are sacrificed on Asylum and Refugee Department's
altar", he said politicians last summer had sought to "outbid each other"
on how many asylum seekers the country could accept. He said if the
politicians had been more rooted in "reality", they would have seen long
before that allowing more migrants would "lead to more rapes and other
Immigration abroad crime, Sweden
Wave of car burning crimes in Sweden moves to poor Stockholm suburb
Reuters, 16 August 2016.
A wave of car burnings across Sweden that has seen more than 2,000
vehicles damaged or destroyed this year, moved on Monday night to the
Stockholm suburb of Husby, where mass riots began three years ago and
spread across the capital's poorer suburbs. ...
"This crime is
very hard to investigate," Malmo police's Lars Forstell said. "We don't see
any patterns and we don't have any suspects." ...
The fires have
centred on Stockholm and Malmo - Sweden's third biggest city, and 2,027
vehicles have been set on fire in total between January and July, according
to the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention. ...
riots started a debate about social inequality, poverty and immigration in
Sweden and Malmo University criminology researcher, Manne Gerell, said it
was typically disadvantaged young men who were responsible for the fires.
Asylum illegal immigration
Third of asylum claims come from illegal migrants and visa overstayers
Daily Telegraph, 15 August 2016.
Over a third of asylum applications are made by migrants who
entered the UK illegally or have overstayed their visas, new data has
Rather than applying for asylum when they first reach
Britain, the figures suggest that a significant proportion of migrants are
waiting until they are caught by immigration officers to make their
A total of 83,912 of the 231,100 main applications for
asylum received in the decade between 2004 and 2014 were by migrants who
were "encountered by local immigration and enforcement staff", according to
data provided by the Home Office in a written Commons reply.
those applicants who claimed asylum after overstaying, 19,200 were either
successful or given permission to remain in the country for another reason.
Think tank Migration Watch UK suggested that the data showed "many
of those claiming asylum are in fact economic migrants".
may choose not to claim asylum immediately because they have been
trafficked into the country, and those who overstay may be applying
legitimately because the conditions in their home country have changed
since their arrival.
The proportion of failed asylum seekers who
made their applications after being identified as illegal immigrants or
overstayed has risen to 70 per cent for last year, compared to 58 per cent
in 2009, The Times reported.
Immigration abroad terrorists, Libya, Italy
Libyan ISIS militants using migrant route across Mediterranean to reach Europe, warns MP
Daily Express, 15 August 2016.
Islamic State militants pushed out of Libya are hiding among
migrants crossing the Mediterranean in boats to reach Europe, an Italian MP
Libyan forces are making progress in clearing ISIS from
the north African country, with the army having made advances on Sunday on
the coastal city of Sirte, where the jihadi group has established its main
The push to take Sirte - deposed dictator Muammar
Gaddafi's birthplace - threatens to displace hundreds of bloodthirsty
And Giacomo Stucchi, head of Italy's
parliamentary secret services commission, said the risks were growing of a
new influx of extremists heading to Europe by boat.
Immigration abroad France
France launches crackdown against migrants with thousands cleared from streets of Paris
Daily Express, 15 August 2016.
French police have launched a crackdown against migrants on the
streets of Paris amid fears they are harming the city's lucrative tourist
Officials had turned a blind eye as thousand of homeless
asylum-seekers flocked to the scores of makeshift camps that sprung up
around the city.
But outrage at a spate of deadly terror attacks,
growing numbers of migrants living in squalid street camps and a drastic
dip in visitor numbers to Paris led to the new hardline approach. ...
Thousands of migrants and asylum-seekers are now believed to have
been swept from the streets as part of the ongoing operations.
have been taken into custody and served orders to leave France and return
to the European country of entry,
Interior ministry figures show
that at least 13,000 people have been removed from the makeshift street
camps over the summer. ...
The migrants, many from Sudan, Eritrea,
Somalia and Afghanistan, have staged protests against their treatment at
the hands of the police and there have been violent scenes at some the
Immigration abroad Italy
Italy crisis WORSENS as 25,000 migrants arrive in ONE MONTH
se, 14 August 2016.
More than 25,000 migrants arrived at Italy's borders in July alone,
shocking new statistics have revealed.
The huge influx makes a 12
per cent increase on the same period last year, according to European Union
border agency Frontex.
Most who made the trip across the
Mediterranean Sea, often in flimsy dinghies, were Nigerians and Eritreans.
With migrants now facing tougher measures in Greece, many have
changed tack this year and used Italy as an entry point into Europe. ...
More than 140,000 migrants are now housed in Italian shelters, a
seven-fold increase on 2013, with the migrant now crisis in its third year.
With a growing number now gathering at the town of Ventimiglia,
a town by the French border, the interior minister Angelino Alfano vowed to
avoid a similar situation to Calais.
Immigration abroad illegal immigration, Calais, France
9000 Calais migrants want to enter UK and they're so dangerous camp is police no-go zone
se, 14 August 2016.
The number of British-bound migrants in the notorious Jungle camp
in Calais has doubled to 9,000 in the past six months and now become a
'major health and security risk', police said today.
The surge in
numbers comes after French officials warned this week that increasing
numbers of jihadi terrorists could be hiding among the refugees at the
sprawling site near the ferry port.
The squalid camp is also rife
with disease, violence and prostitution and has a become a 'no-go zone' for
police who are frequently attacked with iron bars and rocks when they try
A police spokesman said: "It's truly mind boggling what's
going on there. The place is at breaking point and it's worse than ever.
"It's impossible to know if, for example, a jihadist from Belgium
is hiding in there.
"This camp is a blind spot for national
security in the middle of the state of emergency."
union spokesman Denis Hurth added: "With the heightened terrorist risk in
all of France's towns and cities, we only have around 1,000 officers here
to tackle the most gigantic public order threats here."
Labour's Frank Field sparks row by saying Britain should let jihadis go to Syria so they can die fighting for ISIS
ms, 14 August 2016.
Senior Labour MP Frank Field was branded irresponsible last night
after claiming it was 'fine' for radicalised British adults to join Islamic
State in Syria because if they were killed, it would boost Britain's
The former Minister declared he was worried 'not one
iota' about British extremists going to fight in Syria.
said: 'I think we should have no worries about letting them go because the
chances are some of them will get killed and that increases the security of
'If people want to practise their evil, better go and
practise it with the mates who've actually taught them about this evil than
inflict it on my constituent or anybody else.'
But last night, Tory
MP Alec Shelbrooke condemned Mr Field's remarks, claiming the Government
was right to seek to stop British jihadis from getting to Syria. ...
Last night, Mr Field stood by his remarks about adult Britons
travelling to fight for extremists in Syria.
He said: 'I am relaxed
about letting them go but I am unbelievably tough about letting them back
'The resources used to control their going should be used
to prevent them coming back.'
British bus driver told he can't have a job because he's NOT ROMANIAN
se, 14 August 2016.
A bus firm has turned down a British driver after the company said
it was only employing Romanians.
Peter Kennedy sent his CV into a
recruitment agency after seeing an advert wanting bus drivers from the
The 45-year-old said an interview was set-up before
receiving an email the day before from Arriva saying the job was only
available to Romanians. ...
Arriva was looking for 30 drivers to
work full time in Watford, with accommodation provided by the company. ...
In a statement Arriva defending their selection policy, saying: "On
occasion, to ensure that all vacancies are filled with the most suitable
candidates, we employ agencies that specialise in personnel from overseas.
"Candidates undergo the exact same interview process as those of
British residency. We always encourage applications from any individual,
regardless of their present address."
Illegal immigration Calais, France
CALAIS CRISIS: Migrants with iron bars ambush driver as 200 hauled from lorries in 3 HOURS
Daily Express, 13 August 2016.
British motorists have lifted the lid on the shocking situation in
Calais as migrants make increasingly desperate attempts to reach the UK.
Elsewhere a desperate trucker told how he saw at least 200
migrants being removed from lorries by police in the space of just three
hours as the chaotic conditions in the lawless port town continue to
The number of migrants living at the infamous Jungle
camp in Calais has rocketed in recent weeks as more and more people look to
take advantage of the warmer summer months to sneak into Britain.
British van driver Glen Shadbolt revealed how he was ambushed by
one mob who threatened him with metal bars and even rolled an entire tree
trunk in front of his vehicle to force him to stop.
from Knebworth, in Hertfordshire, told how he managed to escape the trap by
driving his 3.5 tonne Sprinter van over the obstacle only to see motorists
stuck behind being mugged by the mob. ...
"The cars behind me all
stopped. They got their windows smashed in and some people got mugged."
Industry body the Freight Transport Association (FTA) is now
calling on the Government to take quick action to address the severe
security situation at Calais.
The group's EU Affairs Manager Chris
Yarsley said: "How can it be acceptable for our members to work in such
extreme conditions on a daily basis? No other industry would be expected to
put up with these kind of situations on a daily basis.
putting themselves at risk just trying to do their job and deliver the
Immigration abroad illegal immigration, France
Fingerprint scanner scares refugees away from safe haven
CNET, 13 August 2016.
In March, French authorities bulldozed the northern half of a
squalid tent city in Calais that houses about 5,500 refugees and is known
as "The Jungle." In its place, people were offered clean beds, running
water and secure shelter at a camp built from shipping containers.
You might think that's an easy trade. But Afghan refugee Darya
Khan, 30, agonized over the decision.
Khan's concern: Claiming one
of the 1,500 beds in the container camp would require him to use the
high-tech hand scanner that unlocks the facility's turnstiles. That's a
problem for the inhabitants of the camp, who associate fingerprints with a
European Union law that lets immigration officials deport refugees and
"The container is safer," Khan tells me, "but people
don't trust the container fingerprints."
The French government and
charities like Médecins Sans Frontières, also known as
Doctors Without Borders, are trying to replace the chaos of the Jungle with
safe, secure and sanitary facilities. The Calais container camp and another
camp at Grande-Synthe, some 25 miles away, were designed to give thousands
of displaced people temporary shelter, security and access to clean water.
They are meant to be more than habitable. They are meant to be
Those good intentions, though, are all too easily
But some of those efforts bump into refugee
concerns over European Union laws, in particular the Dublin Regulation
governing illegal immigration. The law says the country in which an illegal
immigrant is caught is recorded as his or her "first point of entry." ...
The Dublin Regulation also specifies that illegal immigrants be
fingerprinted and that personal information be stored in an international
database. So if you're hoping to eventually settle in the UK, as many of
the refugees and migrants in northern France are, you don't want to be
fingerprinted anywhere other than Britain.
Refugees have been slow
to overcome associating the container camp's handprint scanner with
deportation, says Beatrice Lorigan, a British volunteer who helps provide
Wi-Fi to the Jungle from a converted bus.
"Everybody was really
suspicious," she says, ... She's tried to assure them that the information
stored in the system is separate from the immigration database, but that
message isn't necessarily being heard. ...
The guards and fences
look formidable. But around the back of the container camp, refugees have
hollowed out a patch of soft sand under the fence and casually slip in and
There are no guards and no fences at Grande-Synthe.
Importantly, there are no high-tech handprint scanners.
of those security measures, however, leads to a different problem:
criminals control who gets to stay here. ...
Rory Fox, a volunteer
at the camp's school, describes Grande-Synthe as "crime central."
Immigration abroad European Union
The Economist, 13 August 2016.
What began in 1957 as a work-permit regime among the EU's six
founding members now allows Europeans to work, study and retire anywhere
across the 28-member club (plus a handful of other countries) without a
permit or visa. ...
... When viewed through the prism of
international migration, however, the recent mobility has been
extraordinary. Since the early 1990s nearly 5.5% of eastern Europe's
population has emigrated. In 2014 fully 20% of EU citizens living elsewhere
in the club were Romanians.
In many ways the system has worked. The
EU reckons that the extension of free-movement rights to eastern Europe
after two enlargements in 2004 and 2007 boosted overall GDP by 40
billion ($45 billion). In crises free movement can act as a macroeconomic
stabiliser, particularly in the euro zone, where currencies cannot adjust.
In recent years southern workers have flocked to the wealthier north. ...
It is the home countries of emigrants, however, that have been most
hurt so far. A recent IMF report found that post-communist emigration from
eastern European countries has stunted their growth, strained public
finances and accentuated demographic problems. Romania is among the hardest
hit. Young people are disproportionately likely to leave, raising the
average age and hitting the already-low fertility rate. ...
threats to freedom of movement are more likely to come from the countries
that benefit from it. /.../ One former senior EU official involved in
previous rounds of accession talks says that an "emergency brake" rule
allowing governments to halt labour inflows is inevitable.
Racism crime, employment
The Economist, 13 August 2016.
Forcing job applicants to declare they have a criminal record
whether or not it is relevant to the post allows employers to
filter out ex-convicts, it is argued, and prevents them finding the sort of
work that would help them stay out of prison. So activists across the world
have called for "ban-the-box" laws, which prohibit employers from inquiring
about criminal histories prior to job interviews or offers.
states and many municipalities in America have now introduced laws along
those lines. They are also gaining favour in Europe. The British government
has banned the question for civil-service jobs; the policy was the core of
the previous prime minister's plans to boost racial equality. As black
people are more likely than whites to end up with criminal records
five times more likely in America banning the box should help reduce
bias, advocates say. But research suggests otherwise. Instead, such
policies encourage racial stereotyping by employers that hinders minority
groups from finding work.
A paper by Jennifer Doleac of the
University of Virginia and Benjamin Hansen of the University of Oregon,
published on August 1st, looked at the impact of introducing ban-the-box
policies on labour-market data from America's population census. It found
that withholding criminal-record data from employers encouraged them to
treat certain minority groups as if they were more likely to have criminal
pasts. In areas where ban-the-box laws have taken effect, the study found,
the probability of being employed has fallen by 5.1% for young, low-skilled
African-American men, and by 2.9% for young, low-skilled Hispanic men. Such
effects are stronger in areas with lower levels of racism historically,
such as those with smaller black populations in the Northeast, Midwest and
Other research backs up this conclusion. ...
by other economists suggests the more information the better when it comes
to giving minorities a leg up. A recent paper by Abigail Wozniak of the
University of Notre Dame found that employers who were allowed to use drug
testing in recruitment were up to 30% more likely to employ black people,
and, when they did, pay them more. Another study, by economists at MIT,
published in March, found that banning employers from checking the credit
records of potential employees reduced black employment by up to a sixth.
In short, banning the box alone is a "cheap fix that doesn't work" as far
as promoting racial equality is concerned, Ms Doleac concludes.
Fraud and corruption political correctness, election fraud
Election fraud allowed to take place in Muslim communities because of 'political correctness', report warns
Daily Telegraph, 12 August 2016.
Election fraud has been allowed to take place in Muslim communities
because of "political correctness", a major report finds as it calls for
unprecedented reforms to the British voting system.
In a report
commissioned by the Government, Sir Eric Pickles, the former Conservative
Cabinet minister, today warns that the authorities are in a "state of
denial" and are "turning a blind eye" to election fraud.
that there is evidence of voter fraud "especially in communities of
Pakistani and Bangladeshi background" but that the cases have been ignored
because of "over-sensitivities about ethnicity and religion".
Eric warns that "challenging issues" over community cohesion should never
be an "excuse" for failing to "uphold the rule of law and protect British
Sir Eric's report makes a series of recommendations to
Theresa May, the Prime Minister, and calls for people to require
identification when they are voting and for police cordons around polling
stations to prevent intimidation. ...
The former local government
secretary began his investigation in the wake of the scandal in Tower
Hamlets, London, where the mayor Lutfur Rahman was removed and his election
declared void after he was found by a court to have committed corrupt
electoral practices including vote-rigging. ...
Sir Eric also
sharply criticises the Metropolitan Police for failing to follow up the
election court's ruling with any criminal charges.
He says that the
force's inaction "sends a worrying signal that the police are soft on
tackling and prosecuting electoral fraud, when faced with competing
Writing in The Telegraph, Sir Eric says that
following his investigation, he now believes "electoral malpractice is far
more common than just one isolated London borough thanks to the state's
collective state of denial".
Fraud and corruption electoral fraud
Electoral fraud is a blight across the political spectrum and my review can help to stamp it out
Daily Telegraph, 12 August 2016.
[Sir Eric Pickles MP is the former Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government]
Since the Tower Hamlets judgment, there has been silence from our
supposed watchmen. The Electoral Commission's subsequent annual report and
its forward-looking corporate plan made no reference to the Tower Hamlets
judgment. Sadly, the Commission has put its head in the sand before over
the risks of fraud. Despite years of warnings about Tower Hamlets, the
Commission previously gave the Borough's electoral system a gold-star
rating for electoral integrity in its inspection reports.
follow-up prosecution has been brought following the court judgement, the
Metropolitan Police maintaining that there was "insufficient evidence that
criminal offences had been committed". This is a surprising statement. The
election court disqualified Lutfur Rahman and his agent for a number of
offences. There was extensive oral and written evidence tested in hearings
at the Royal Courts of Justice. Mr Rahman was found guilty beyond
reasonable doubt, to a criminal standard of proof. ...
community politics sometimes presents challenging issues, but there is no
excuse for failing to enforce British law and protect the integrity of our
democratic process. Good community relations are poisoned by the failure to
uphold the rule of law and protect British liberties.
... We should
require some form of ID to vote at polling stations it is ridiculous
that it is harder to take out a council library book than to pick up a
council ballot paper. /.../ We should consider a new role for the National
Crime Agency to tackle complex election fraud cases, especially those
linked to other forms of crime and corruption. ...
electoral malpractice is far more common than one isolated London borough,
thanks to the state's collective state of denial.
Immigration abroad terrorism, Germany
German intelligence warns of ISIL 'hit squads' among refugees
Politico, 12 August 2016.
German intelligence services have evidence that "hit squads" from
the Islamic State terror group have infiltrated the country disguised as
refugees, the deputy head of Bavaria's spy agency told the BBC Thursday.
"We have to accept that we have hit squads and sleeper cells in
Germany," Manfred Hauser, the vice president of the Bavaria region's
intelligence gathering agency, BayLfV, told the Today program.
have substantial reports that among the refugees there are hit squads.
There are hundreds of these reports, some from refugees themselves. ...
Hauser said intelligence services have "irrefutable evidence that
there is an IS command structure in place," making a coordinated attack,
similar to those seen in Paris last November and Brussels in March,
Immigration world, public opinion
Six in ten say migrants put pressure on NHS, schools and housing: Poll finds UK is one of the countries most worried about rising immigration
James Slack And Larisa
Daily Mail, 11 August 2016.
Six in ten British voters think immigration is piling too much
pressure on schools, hospitals and housing well above the worldwide
A study conducted across 22 countries around the globe
also revealed widespread alarm that terrorists may be posing as refugees to
sneak through border controls.
Pollsters Ipsos MORI found that the
UK is one of the countries most worried about the pressure placed on public
services by rising immigration levels, with 59 per cent concerned.
This compares to an average of 50 per cent worldwide.
49 per cent of Britons think there are too many immigrants in the UK, which
is in line with most countries worldwide.
Almost four in ten also
say immigration has made it harder for native Britons to get a job.
Just 31 per cent of those surveyed in Britain support closing our
borders to refugees but 63 per cent believe terrorists are
pretending to be refugees.
Across all of the countries, four in ten
say that their country should close its borders to refugees entirely.
Concern about migrants integrating into British society is in line
with the global average, with 40 per cent agreeing that most refugees will
integrate successfully, while 47 per cent disagree.
Half of Britons
51 per cent think that refugees are actually economic
migrants instead, while 37 per cent disagree.
On average worldwide,
six in ten think terrorists are pretending to be refugees, with more than
seven in ten believing this to be the case in Turkey, Russia, India,
Hungary, Germany and the United States.
On average, more people say
immigration has generally had a negative (45 per cent) rather than positive
(20 per cent) effect on their country.
At least six in ten in
Turkey, Italy, Russia, Hungary, France and Belgium say immigration has had
a negative impact.
Half across the 22 countries say there are too
many immigrants in their country.
When it comes to the economy, on
average 44 per cent of those polled worldwide think immigration has made it
more difficult for home nationals to get jobs. ...
taking part were Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France,
Britain, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia,
Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the US.
Immigration abroad European Union
EU bureaucrats are IGNORING migrant crisis and it is actually WORSE than last year
Daily Express, 11 August 2016.
European governments are IGNORING the migrant crisis because they
can't "see it or smell it" but it is actually WORSE than last year,
campaigners have warned. ...
Brussels bureaucrats sealed a
controversial deal with Turkey, reached earlier this year, which allows for
the return of all economic migrants from Greece.
But human rights
charities' say the accord has lulled policymakers into a false sense of
accomplishment by allowing them to believe that Europe's migration problem
has been solved. ...
IOM data reveals that 258,186 people arrived
in Europe by the end of July, compared with 219,854 over the same period in
There were 3,176 fatalities by August 8, outpacing the 2,754
who died in the first eight months of last year, a slightly longer period.
Some of the mantle of accepting huge migrant flows that was
carried by Greece has been taken up by Italy.
This follows a
resurgence of migrant flows from northern Africa.
More than 140,000
migrants are now housed in Italian shelters, a seven-fold increase on 2013,
with the migrant crisis in its third year.
Crime sexual abuse of children
ROTHERHAM SCANDAL: Fury as child abuse evidence VANISHES from police station
Daily Express, 11 August 2016.
Vital pieces of evidence which could have outed new suspects in the
Rotherham grooming scandal have gone "missing" from the town's police
station with alarming regularity.
Senior officers were under
pressure to explain how key documents, which are supposed to be kept under
lock and key, vanished from Rotherham's central station amid accusations
they are still failing to tackle the issue of Asian grooming gangs.
As part of an Express.co.uk investigation into the Rotherham abuse
scandal, victims have told this website of their shock and disgust that
evidence they provided to the police in the form of witness statements and
DNA later disappeared without explanation. ...
documents to vanish from the police evidence room at Rotherham police
station are a teenager's diary which chronicled her years of sex abuse at
the hands of grooming gangs, a victim's original interview notes with
officers and a 14-year-old's DNA evidence. ...
And a former social
worker who helps victims of abuse told this website the disappearance of
evidence from Rotherham police station is "common". ...
and their families told how police are not even logging instances of
intimidation as a crime when they are reported, adding that detectives
often repeat the mantra that they can only arrest abusers after they have
committed an assault. ...
Lawyer David Greenwood said he had heard
countless complaints from victims of child abuse about police inaction and
missing evidence. ...
The force declined to comment on the issue.
Immigration abroad Sweden
We Don't Serve Your Kind Around Here! Swedish Nightclubs Bounce Migrants
Sputnik News, 11 August 2016.
Despite all efforts by the Swedish authorities to paint immigration
as advantageous and promote integration, the flow of migrants is posing
further problems. Of late, nightclubs around Sweden have started to refuse
asylum-seekers as customers. ...
All asylum-seekers in Sweden are
granted so-called LMA cards, as many are forced to leave all other
identification documents with competent bodies to speed up the
consideration process. According to Sweden's Migration Board, an LMA card
should not be considered as an ID, despite the fact that it actually
features a person's name, photograph and date of birth. Even if an LMA
suffices to buy liquor and cigarettes, the lack of a proper Swedish ID is
the formal pretext for many clubs and pubs to keep asylum-seekers out.
The hidden undertone to the common decision to deny entry to
asylum-seekers is the recent wave of sexual attacks and numerous cases of
harassment that tarnished the period of summer festivities in Sweden.
Earlier, some of the molesters and rapists were identified as "immigrant
adolescents," whereupon the police was forced to retract this description
under pressure from the Swedish media, which for the sake of political
correctness refrains from stressing the culprits' ethnic background.
Additionally, many club owners would gladly avoid the unwanted
hassle commonly associated with migrant offenders. With violent crime in
blighted ghetto-areas soaring in recent years, Sweden has lately seen a
shocking wave of car burnings.
Multiculturalism cost, insurance
Millions of Britons paying 'ethnic minority penalty' for car insurance
The Guardian, 10 August 2016.
Millions of people living in areas with a high density of minority
ethnic households are paying an "ethnic penalty" of up to £450 a year
each in higher car insurance premiums, according to a report co-written by
the former equality commissioner Trevor Phillips. ...
was published by Webber Phillips, a consultancy co-founded by Phillips, the
former chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and was
commissioned by a firm of personal injury solicitors. ...
authors used data provided by the AA for all 124 postcode areas in the UK
and said their analysis showed that about 60% of the variation in average
premium could be accounted for by the difference in the ethnic composition
of the area, rising to 90% in some cases. "The variations cannot be
accounted for by prevalence of crime, fear of crime, available claims data
or by relative affluence," they said.
Insurers were imposing a
penalty on motorists living in areas with a high proportion of minority
ethnic households, and this varied from an average of £54 in
Manchester to £458 in London, said the authors, adding that their
findings suggested that some groups were suffering a bigger penalty than
The report said it was difficult to test the effect of
actual levels of crime since reported crime data was "notoriously
unreliable". Instead, the authors said, they had focused on fear of car
theft in an area using the most recent official crime survey data. ...
However, James Dalton, the director of general insurance policy at
the ABI, rejected the findings. "Car insurers have never and will never set
prices based on ethnicity, as it is ethically wrong and prohibited by the
2010 Equality Act. Premiums are higher in certain parts of the country
because claims costs are higher in certain parts of the country," he said.
"This report was compiled without any consultation with the
insurance industry, by people with no understanding of how car insurers
price their policies, and was paid for by a firm of solicitors with a
vested interest in fuelling the compensation culture."
Brexit gives us back control of immigration - but it's NOT ENOUGH
Daily Express, 10 August 2016.
The 2014 British Social Attitudes Survey found that 77 per cent of
people want to see immigration reduced, with 56 per cent wanting to see it
reduced "a lot".
Those figures are likely to have increased since
then. So with the evidence showing that overwhelmingly most British voters
think that immigration is too high, Brexit should mean the end of free
movement. If voters' views on immigration start to count once more,
immigration policy will surely be more restrictive or more sensible,
as one might better put it. ...
It's difficult to overstate just
how crazy the current system is. In June the official figures showed a net
increase of 333,000 immigrants over the previous year. The relentless scale
means that foreign-born workers now hold one in six of all jobs. That's 5.2
million workers out of the total labour force in the UK of 31.5 million.
With no control possible on EU migration there is at least an
excuse a reason for its size. Freedom of movement is
enshrined in EU treaties. ...
But free movement only applies to EU
immigration. And the parallel story is of an almost total failure to
control non-EU migration to the UK. Of the 333,000 net migrants who arrived
here over the past year, 184,000 were from the EU. That leaves a huge
number coming from outside the EU.
And it means that although there
are 5.2 million foreignborn workers, less than half 2.2 million
come from the EU. ...
For one thing ministers' actions have
shown that they are almost entirely uninterested in dealing with things
despite their words.
We spend, for example, just £1.8 billion
a year on securing our borders and removing illegal immigrants and foreign
criminals. That stands in stark contrast with our £12 billion aid
budget. The Border Force has three cutters to patrol our 7,700 miles of
coast compared with Italy's 600 boats for 4,722 miles.
of this chaos is that leaving the EU is a vital prerequisite for taking
back control of immigration.
But it isn't remotely enough. If we
make the same mess of controlling immigration policy towards EU states when
we leave as we do now towards non-EU states there will be barely any
That means we need an immigration policy
that curtails the scale and impact of current levels. It also requires a
Border Force equipped to implement it.
Immigration abroad multiculturalism, Germany
Merkel's open-door immigration policy will end in DISASTER, warns Syrian expert
Daily Express, 10 August 2016.
A distinguished Syrian professor who has lived in Germany for more
than 40 years has warned his new home nation's immigration policy WILL end
Political scientist and professor of international
relations Bassam Tibi, 72, has issued a strong message to Angela Merkel
over her open door policy for Syrians fleeing war and persecution demanding
they go through a process of "re-education".
But Tibi said in most
cases said Germany has handled in all wrong.
Tibi, who moved to the
country in the 1960s, said the country had no strategy in place to
re-educate the hundreds of thousands arriving into the country to teach
them about democracy and responsibility.
He also revealed police
are more worried about being branded racist than in seriously tackling
asylum seeker crime. ...
He sees more problems on the horizon as
many arrivals might become disillusioned when their expectations are not
He puts the blame on the German government for not having any
The expert said: "I see no integration concept, no
immigration policy, I see only chaos. The people who are here have to be
Tibi has put sex attacks in Germany by refugees
down to different value systems.
He said migrants from Syria see
German women as "objects to hunt".
He said: "The German police do
not fear the refugees, they fear to be branded as racist dealing with
Crime sexual abuse of children
ROTHERHAM ABUSE SCANDAL: Horrific reality of 'industrial scale' child grooming revealed
Daily Express, 9 August 2016.
Grooming of young girls by gangs of predominantly Kashmiri men is
still occurring on an "industrial scale" in Rotherham because authorities
are failing to tackle an organised child sex crime racket, an investigation
by express.co.uk has uncovered.
Express.co.uk has pieced together
shocking testimony from victims, campaigners and local residents in a
large-scale investigation series being revealed throughout this week.
They all told us how police and the local council is still
"failing" thousands of vulnerable girls.
It reveals how organised,
criminal gangs of paedophiles are still using the town as their own
personal fiefdom, peddling underage girls for sex as part of a
multi-million pound crime empire. ...
Today an investigation by
this website lifts the lid on the shocking scale of abuse still going on in
Rotherham, two years after a landmark report into the scandal ruled police
and council workers had ignored the issue for fear of being branded racist.
Professor Alexis Jay's astonishing probe revealed at least 1,400
girls were groomed by sex gangs between 1997 and 2013, and unearthed a
series of scandalous failings by local authorities.
follow-up report, published by Professor John Drew in March, concluded that
the police are now "adequately" tackling child grooming and that historic
failures had been "isolated".
But testimony, pieced together from
independent sources, paints a starkly different picture of the authorities'
A number of people who gave evidence to Professor Drew's
inquiry expressed open dismay at his findings and told us the grooming of
girls is as bad now as it has ever been. ...
In many instances the
abuse is so open that neighbours in the town are aware it is going on.
But they say they feel powerless to act because of police
indifference and the vice-like grip the criminal grooming gangs have
Rotherham MP Sarah Champion said abuse is "still
going on" in the town and that she still gets new girls coming to her on a
regular basis, although the numbers have dropped off. ...
Campaigner Anne Marie Waters, who carried out her own investigation
into the Rotherham sex attacks, said the child grooming business is as
booming as ever, adding victims who felt let down by the police and social
services are "too scared" to speak out.
Immigration proposed new rules
The crisis is so grave that we need a minister for migration
Daily Mail, 9 August 2016.
That is why we should welcome a pamphlet published this week by
David Goodhart, of the think-tank Policy Exchange, which offers some
practical proposals for curbing Britain's soaring population. ...
We need workers with special skills, workers for the NHS and
welfare services, for catering and tourism.
But we do not need
or want the vast numbers currently coming, and here is
Goodhart's shopping list of ideas for regaining control of Britain's
First, it is essential to know who is here, and what
rights they are entitled to. ...
Goodhart, the former editor of
Prospect magazine, who has written a book arguing that immigration should
be curtailed as it is undermining national solidarity and the Welfare
State, argues that the information is available to monitor people though a
population register, incorporating a unique personal number, based on NHS
At present, the Department for Work and Pensions,
Revenue & Customs and the Home Office do not exchange data about all
those who cross their radar as citizens, tax payers and benefit claimants.
This is crazy. ...
The Scandinavians, who are keener than most
people on personal liberty, run population registers. It is long overdue
for Britain to do the same. ...
He identifies another key issue:
the shortage of young British people with the skills and motivation to
accept a wide range of jobs currently done by foreigners.
accept, he says, that seasonal agricultural work and similar jobs will
never hold much appeal, and thus we shall continue to need migrant labour
to pick strawberries and suchlike.
But he proposes a commission,
perhaps chaired by Sir David Metcalf, who is finishing his term as head of
the Migration Advisory Committee, to explore incentives for employers to
hire and train British citizens, as at present they are reluctant to do.
Currently, it is simpler to bring in foreign workers, especially
those with technology skills, to whom 151,000 visas were granted last year,
including 60,000 for dependants. ...
Importantly, Goodhart argues
that we need to draw a sharper distinction between people who come here
with the ultimate intention of taking up citizenship, and those
accounting for two-thirds of the annual intake, including students and
workers who are merely birds of passage.
He writes: 'A
temporary citizen should not be a full member, should not have full access
to social and political rights (and would not have an automatic right to
bring in dependants) and should leave after a few years.' ...
Recent human rights legislation, Goodhart says, has blurred the
distinction between citizens and non-citizens.
We need to become
much more particular about whom we permit to share the material and moral
privileges of this society.
Terrorism Europe, Hungary
Hungary blasts EU open borders as minister says 'link between immigration and terrorism'
Siobhan McFadyen and Agnes Kegl
Daily Express, 9 August 2016.
Hungary risked sparking fresh controversy as they argued for a
major terror clampdown by saying there is a "demonstrable" link between
immigration and terrorism.
The country is set to hold a referendum
to ask its citizens whether they support the EU's current migration policy
on October 2.
But Karoly Kontrat, the Minister of State of the
Ministry of Interior, did not hold back on his criticism as he insisted
there are hundreds of terrorists in Europe.
He said: "It is clearly
demonstrable and can be stated as a fact that there is a connection between
immigration and terrorism.
"Other consequences of the migration
crisis are health care implications as well as implications of a social,
cultural and economic nature.
"More than 300 people have died in
Europe as a result of terrorist attacks since mass illegal immigration
started, and these attacks were committed by terrorists, with an immigrant
He added: "These attacks were committed against
European culture, Christian Europe and the European way of life, and
attacks of this nature may occur anywhere, at any time."
Immigration abroad Baltic states
Desperate EU urges nations to accept migrant quotas as Baltic states CLOSE BORDERS
Daily Express, 9 August 2016.
Europe's Baltic states have slapped down Brussels bureaucrats by
REFUSING to accept their migrant quotas. ...
Lithuania has only
agreed to accept 255 migrants so far, Estonia up to 200 and Latvia just 250
- fewer than half of what the European Commission originally suggested.
In its latest report, the EU Commission said: "Estonia, Latvia, and
Lithuania have rejected relocation requests without providing substantiated
reasons or on grounds other than those specified in the Council Decisions
on relocation." ...
Latvia, which has a population of roughly two
million, says it will only relocate families with children and educated
people with foreign language skills and work experience.
Lithuania and Estonia have set similar conditions.
Immigration abroad France, Italy
Hundreds of migrants accompanied by armed gang of leftie anarchists storm France's borders
Daily Express, 9 August 2016.
Hundreds of migrants stormed France's border accompanied by an
armed group of hard-left anarchists.
More than 200 migrants forced
their way across the Italian-French border and into the town of Menton.
Helping them sneak into the country was a group called No Borders,
whose members have been at the centre of shocking scenes of violence in
The anarchists accompanied the mob of migrants in the face
of a heavy police presence.
In an attempt to remain anonymous the
troupe wore black balaclavas, and after at least four were arrested,
officers discovered three of them, all French nationals, were armed with
bats and knives. ...
The Ventimiglia Station camp, home to
countless migrants trying to cross the Italian border, was shut down last
But since then locals have claimed the border town is in
The closure of the camp failed to stem the flow of
refugees - mostly from Sudan and Eritrea - arriving in droves with the hope
of getting into France.
Immigration abroad sham marriages, Republic of Ireland
High Court judge calls for sham-marriage crackdown
The Irish Times, 9 August 2016.
The Government has "a clear duty" to try to cut the number of sham
marriages taking place by people who are trying to prevent being deported,
a High Court judge has declared.
Mr Justice Richard Humphreys' call
was made as he rejected an attempt by a 45-year-old Algerian man to block
his removal from the State because he had married a Hungarian woman, who
has long since left the country.
The man, who left Algeria 15 years
ago, had first claimed that he should not be deported because he feared
attack by Islamists if he was sent home, but this application was rejected
by the Refugees Application Commissioner.
Five months later, he
married the Hungarian national and claimed a right of residency in Ireland
on the back of the union because he had married a European Union national.
Such marriages are "a wearingly predictable feature" of deportation
cases, in the word of Mr Justice Humphreys, who said that peopled did not
earn the right to stay in Ireland merely by going through a ceremony.
Last year, the Garda National Immigration Bureau launched Operation
Vantage on the back of "statistically improbable patterns" of unions of
Pakistani, Indian and Bangladeshi men and Eastern European women.
Immigration abroad crime, rape, Germany
Germany's Migrant Rape Crisis Spirals out of Control
Gatestone Institute, 9 August 2016.
Sexual violence in Germany has reached epidemic proportions since
Chancellor Angela Merkel allowed into the country more than one million
mostly male migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. ...
Germany's migrant rape crisis has now spread to cities and towns in
all 16 of Germany's federal states. Germany is effectively under siege;
public spaces are becoming increasingly perilous. Police have warned about
a potential breakdown of public order this summer, when young male migrants
are likely to see women lightly dressed.
During the month of July
2016, hundreds of German women and children were sexually assaulted by
migrants ... The youngest victim was nine; the oldest, 79. ...
Dozens of women and children have been assaulted by migrants at
summer festivals and public swimming pools staples of ordinary
German life. ...
Most of the crimes were downplayed by German
authorities, apparently to avoid fueling anti-immigration sentiments.
Almost invariably, the crimes are said to be isolated incidents
(Einzelfälle), not part of a nationwide problem. Information
about sexual assaults can usually be found only in local police reports.
Rapes are sometimes treated as local interest stories and covered by local
or regional newspapers. Only the most spectacular incidents of rape and
sexual assault make it into the national press. ...
finds itself in a vicious circle: most of the perpetrators are never found,
and the few who are frequently receive lenient sentences. Most will never
be deported. Only one in 10 rapes in Germany is reported and just 8% of
rape trials result in convictions, according to Minister of Justice Heiko
On July 7, the German parliament approved changes to the
criminal code that expand the definition of rape and make it easier to
deport migrants who commit sex crimes. Under the bill, also known as the
"No Means No" ("Nein heißt Nein") law, any form of
non-consensual sex will now be punishable as a crime. Previously, only
cases in which victims could show that they physically resisted their
attackers were punishable under German law.
The reforms, which are
designed to make it easier for victims of sexual assault to file criminal
complaints, are unlikely to end Germany's migrant rape epidemic. This is
because Germany's politically correct justice system is notoriously lenient
when it comes to prosecuting, sentencing and deporting foreign offenders.
At the same time, reliable statistics on sex crimes committed by
migrants are notoriously elusive. German authorities have repeatedly been
accused of underreporting the true scale of the crime problem in the
country. For example, up to 90% of the sex crimes committed in Germany in
2014 do not appear in the official statistics, according to André
Schulz, the head of the Association of Criminal Police (Bund Deutscher
Multiculturalism polygamy, Italy
Muslims Demand Polygamy In Response To Same Sex Unions
Breitbart, 9 August 2016.
Following the introduction of civil partnerships, Muslim
representatives in Italy are now demanding the legalisation of polygamy.
Responding to a new law allowing same sex couples to enter civil
unions, Hamza Piccardo argued that if gay relationships, which Muslims
disagree with, are a civil right then Italians must accept polygamy as a
civil right too.
The founder of the Union of Islamic Communities
and Organisations (UCOII) in Italy took to Facebook to claim polygamy is a
"civil right" and that Italy would benefit from the large number of Muslim
births it would promote.
Immigration abroad human trafficking, prostitution, Europe
Women trafficking to Europe at "crisis" level
EUObserver, 9 August 2016.
Women trafficked from Nigeria to work as prostitutes has hit
"crisis" levels, according to the Geneva-based International Organisation
for Migration. Some 3,600 Nigerian women have arrived by boat, from Libya
to Italy, in the first six months of this year. Around 80% are likely to be
forced into prostitution, says the IOM.
Immigration abroad Germany
Germany has curbed open-door policy for migrants, government data shows
Reuters, 9 August 2016.
Germany appears to have drastically curtailed its open-door policy
for migrants in 2016, turning away 13,000 people without valid
documentation in the first six months, already 4,000 more than in the whole
of 2015, official data showed on Tuesday.
Around 117,500 migrants
were admitted in the same period, compared to a record of more than one
million migrants entering the country last year, mainly across the border
The bulk of the rejections happened at land entry
points and Afghans, Syrians and Iraqis made up the three largest groups of
the total, the Interior Ministry data published at the request of the
hard-left Die Linke party showed.
Racism black people, black nations
There Are No Successful Black Nations
Foreign Policy, 9 August 2016.
But one issue that has hardly been talked about is the core reason
why black people have remained synonymous with the denigrating experience
of racism. It is, I dare say, because of the worldwide indignity of the
Racism is not limited to the Unites States. There is no
nonblack nation, even among the most liberal ones, where the black man is
dignified. History dealt us an unforgiving blow in the incursion of
foreigners into black lands. The Arabs enslaved tribes and nations and then
colonized and evangelized them. Then came the Europeans, who, persuaded the
Africans were of an inferior race, divided up the continent over lunch in
Berlin in 1884. They carted off a large population of its people
sometimes leaving entire villages almost empty and brought those who
remained on the continent under their rule. So complete was the
transformation that no black nation retained its ancestral nationhood,
national language, or national identity. And today we often hear of how
China or India or some other nation is "taking over" Africa economically.
There is almost no nation whose majority is of a different race that has
not spat on the face of the black person, at one time or the other.
Be assured, the indignity will continue. Black elites and activists
across the world have adopted a culture of verbal tyranny in which they
shut down any effort to reason or criticize us or black-majority nations by
labeling such attempts as "racism" or "hate speech." Thus, one can be
certain that any suggestions that our race may indeed need to do something
to remedy our situation will not be aired not by the terrified
people of other races. And anyone within our race who makes such a
suggestion will be deemed weak and pandering or a sellout, as U.S.
President Barack Obama has been repeatedly called. Thus, no one will talk
about the painful fact that most African and Caribbean nations have either
failed or are about to collapse.
intellectuals and cultural elites saw that the future of their race could
not be advanced by endless protests or marches of "equality" or "justice."
It could only be done through the restoration of the trampled dignity of
the black man. /.../ They knew that for us to reclaim power we must first
reclaim dignity and that this comes through the construction of a solid
black state with a demonstrable level of development and prosperity
and which can stand as a powerful advocate for the global black.
Today, no such state exists.
Nigeria, the most populous
black nation on Earth, is on the brink of collapse. /.../ A culture of
incompetence, endemic corruption, dignified ineptitude, and, chief among
all, destructive selfishness and greed has played a major role in its
unravelling. The same, sadly, can be said for most other African nations.
States like Zimbabwe, Cameroon, and Equatorial Guinea are farcical
democracies ruled by men who exclusively cater to their interests and those
of their clipped circles.
Thus, it is no surprise that in the
absence of any healthy black nation in the midst of chaos, senseless
wars, corrupted religiosity, violence, and economic collapse African
and Caribbean people leave home en masse. They beg on the streets of
Greece, prostitute in the red-light zones of the Netherlands, and make up
40 percent of the migrants flocking to Europe.
Border controls border security
Small ports and beaches at mercy of criminals and migrants
Daily Express, 8 August 2016.
Security at small ports is the "greatest emerging threat" to the
UK, according to the head of the National Crime Agency.
has warned police chiefs that her officers have had to deal with a number
of "serious incidents" at British ports.
She said attempts to get a
grip on border controls was "taking up all my time".
In a briefing
to police, Ms Owens said the Home Office is conducting a secret review of
port security as illegal migrants use sailing boats to land in small
harbours or on remote coasts.
A source said: "Organised crime gangs
are now coming in through the small ports. We have seven different agencies
looking after our ports.
It's a mess.
Everybody is treading
on each other and no one knows who is in charge." ...
chairman of ISU, the union for Borders, Immigration & Customs, said it
is "only a matter of time before we see a mass breach of the border".
He said: "UK Borders are in meltdown. Crisis point has well and
Politics Conservative Party
Bring in Australian points-based immigration system by 2020, ex-cabinet ministers say
Daily Telegraph, 8 August 2016.
Theresa May must adopt an Australian points-based immigration
system by 2020 or face a backlash from Brexit voters, two former cabinet
ministers have said.
Theresa Villiers, the outgoing Northern
Ireland secretary, said in an interview with The Telegraph that the country
voted to end the "free for all" of "open door" immigration at the
Iain Duncan Smith, the former work and pensions
secretary, also said that people are "living in cloud cuckoo land" if they
think voters did not choose complete control of their borders by backing
Politics EU referendum
Pro-EU camp's 'terrible mistake' on immigration: Top Remainer says her side swept aside fears while playing up worries about the economy
Daily Mail, 8
Remain campaigners made a 'terrible mistake' by refusing to engage
with the debate on immigration during the EU referendum, a former minister
Anna Soubry, a passionate member of the In team, said her
side was guilty of sweeping aside concerns about migration while playing up
fears about the economy.
The former business minister said: 'Remain
refused to engage on immigration; that was a terrible, terrible mistake.'
National identity Europe
The politics of national identity, long taboo, are on the rise in Germany again
Daily Telegraph, 8 August 2016.
[Stephen Green is author of 'The European Identity: Historical and Cultural Realities We Cannot Deny']
There is a dangerous disconnect. What seems rational to Germany's
leaders the "open door" policy threatens the identity of many
of the country's voters. Too many migrants suffer an identity crisis born
of a toxic mixture of uprootedness and rejection. And too many of their new
neighbours see their identity threatened by the alien cultures of others
who compete for their jobs. Too often each acts to confirm the other in
their mutual fears and resentments. And for those whose living is hard, the
resentment boils over into violence, because they have nothing to lose.
Germany is not unique in this. France knows it well. ...
And we in Britain know the problem too. The Brexit referendum was
in the end about identity. A secularised establishment reared on the
principles of the European enlightenment whether in Germany, Britain
or France finds it hard to recognise that for many voters, identity
runs deeper than rational self-interest.
What is to be done? For
Germany, honest confrontation with the cultural and social challenges of
integration is clearly going to be more important than ever. ...
Something else is called for throughout Europe, including Britain:
open debate about identity.
Isil claim machete attack on Belgian policewomen as assailant identified as Algerian who had been ordered to leave the country
Daily Telegraph, 8 August 2016.
An Algerian man who attacked two Belgian policewomen with a machete
was an illegal immigrant who had twice been ordered to leave the country,
it emerged on Sunday.
The attack was claimed by Isil who said the
man, who shouted "Allahu Akhbar" during the attack and was identified as
33-year-old 'KB' by authorities, was one of their "soldiers of the
Police say KB had been in Belgium since 2012 and
was known to the authorities but only for "minor common" offences and had
no known terrorist connections.
State broadcaster RTBF yesterday
said the man had entered the country illegally and been issued with two
separate deportation orders. It was not clear how he had been able to stay
in the country.
Illegal immigration asylum, deportation
More than '10,000 MISSING asylum seekers in Britain' - so WHERE are they?
Sunday Express, 7 August 2016.
More than 10,000 asylum seekers are missing in Britain, according
to the UK's top ranking immigration official.
And three times as
many failed asylum seekers are still here more than two years after all
appeals against their removal were exhausted.
Critics of the UK's
soft-touch immigration system said the figures exposed a culture of
complacency from those in charge of security.
The figures come
after five Iranians were caught entering Britain illegally, arrested and
told to "report in regularly". ...
Figures show asylum claims
increased by 38 per cent to 34,687 last year - the highest since 2004.
The largest number of applications came Iran, Eritrea, Iraq, Sudan,
Pakistan and Syria. Including dependants, the number stood at 41,563.
The Home Office says the cost of dealing with asylum cases was
£474,340,920 in 2014/15 - the equivalent of £1.3m a day. ...
In a report published in December 2015, David Bolt, Independent
Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, said: "Asylum casework managers
told us there were approximately 10,000 asylum claims where the claimant
and dependants were not in contact with the Home Office or had absconded.
"While teams could conduct residential visits to attempt to trace
absconders they were reluctant to do so as this work was not a priority and
was considered a drain on resources."
The damning report also found
30,406 cases where the individuals had not been removed [or granted leave
to remain] over two years after appeal rights had become exhausted or
Immigration students, visas, unique number
Universities could be forced to pay for migrant fund
Daily Telegraph, 6 August 2016.
Britain's wealthiest universities could be forced to pay for a ne
fund to monitor foreign students who come to study in the UK, under plans
being considered by Downing Street. ...
The Government is looking
into the scheme developed by the think tank Policy Exchange, which would
remove student visas from the existing immigration system and instead make
them the responsibility of a new agency, thereby freeing the Government to
deal with other migrants. ...
The think tank has also proposed
that students and temporary migrant workers have their full social and
political rights in the UK restricted and that they be banned from the
automatic right to bring dependants with them when they arrive here. ...
Alongside this, a Government department for Immigration and
Integration is also required, the think tank claims, in order to deal
better with the number of people moving to the UK.
It states that
everyone living in the UK should be given a unique number which would be
shared across government agencies and make it easier to keep track of
people who move in and out of the country on visas.
Terrorism welfare benefits, Islam
Suicide by welfare: How the West is funding ISIS with cradle-to-grave benefits
Conservative Review [USA], 6 August 2016.
When James Burnham wrote the bracing and prescient Suicide of
the West, one wonders if he could have conceived of the lengths to
which the West would go to destroy itself.
Exhibit A comes from
Europe, where the Wall Street Journal reports that at least five of the
alleged plotters in recent jihadist attacks in France and Belgium received
approximately $56,000 in welfare benefits in the period leading up to their
slaughter. That is, the jihadists financed themselves with European
Apparently, only now the Europeans are reckoning
with the fact that while the welfare state is supposedly "a primary tool
for combating poverty as well as integrating immigrants" as the Journal
terms it, that the very welfare state is being used to fund Islamic warfare
on its own citizens. ...
Jihadists know that things many Europeans
consider to be their greatest strengths cradle-to-grave welfare and
multiculturalism are its greatest weaknesses against a global
Islamic supremacist movement with a conquest ideology that relies on
religiously sanctioned subterfuge and deception.
On the former,
that Europe is just waking up to state underwriting of jihad is shocking.
The case of the United Kingdom is illustrative of the continent's
willingness to drape the niqab over its head and claim blindness.
Several years ago, the infamous UK-based jihadist preacher Anjem
Choudary was captured on video calling for his followers to quit working
and claim unemployment benefits to free up their time to fight the infidel.
As Daniel Johnson notes in Standpoint, in the UK "Muslims have long
been claiming welfare benefits for multiple wives; the only condition is
that they must have married them abroad." ...
It would be the
height of dangerous folly to assume that jihadists have not studied the
welfare laws in every single European state to figure out how to maximize
their legal financing of terror. ...
Indeed in 2015, ISIS put out a
book titled "How to Survive in the West A Mujahid Guide" that called
for jihadis in the free world to claim extra government-provided benefits,
among other "easy money ideas." To justify transacting with Westerners, and
to assuage the fears of devout Muslims uncomfortable with partaking in
potentially "forbidden" economic activity, the authors of the book wrote
that "the population who will soon rise against the believers will get
poorer while you will get richer and be able to fund the Muslim cause."
Could the jihadists put it any more clearly?
the multiculturalism front, PEW reports that 1.3 million refugees sought
asylum in Europe in 2015, about half of whom came from the following three
countries: Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. ...
It appears that
Europe, and increasingly the U.S., are self-righteously suicidal.
Illegal immigration border security
'Report back regularly!' Iranians who landed on UK coast in DINGHY allowed to roam free
Daily Express, 5 August 2016.
Border officials have released five Iranian migrants caught trying
to sneak into the UK, telling them, "please report in regularly".
Britain's shambolic immigration system was exposed again after the
gang were seized landing a dinghy on a south coast beach.
aged between 18 and 44, arrived on Sunday but police only confirmed the
incident today saying they would not "proactively release details".
They were arrested on suspicion of illegally entering the UK and
handed over to immigration officials.
But in a breathtaking
development, they now have permission to roam free.
The incident is
a huge embarrassment for the Government as they landed in the Cinque Port
of Winchelsea, East Sussex, in new Home Secretary Amber Rudd's
The alarming incident highlights the growing
trade in human trafficking by boat. In May, 18 Albanians were rescued off
the Kent coast having paid £5,000 each to sail from Calais. ...
Hauliers are on red alert after a fresh wave of lawlessness
engulfed the northern French port town where thousands of refugees are
One was slashed refuelling his vehicle while another was
threatened with a chainsaw on the approach road to the ferry terminal.
The alarming frequency of attacks comes three months after the
industry foretold a "summer of discontent" sparked by increased migrant
Multiculturalism Arabs, expectations
Syrian Prof: Arabs Migrate for 'Sluts' and Welfare, Attack When They Don't Get It
Breitbart, 5 August 2016.
A Syrian professor has asserted that Arab migrants see "slut"
German women as fair game for assault and warned that the country is set to
see "big social conflicts" as a result of Angela Merkel and EU open border
Prof. Bassam Tibi said that the mass sex attacks in
Cologne were a result of the migrants' "value system": furious at not being
given a luxury lifestyle, they intended to "humiliate" Germans.
professor, who now lives in Germany, said that Arab men come expecting
"great apartments, blonde women and the welfare state".
political scientist noted that tax payers are providing migrants with far
more than they could expect even with wages in their homelands, but warned
they find the hospitality "insufficient".
Pointing out that
two-bedroom apartments are a luxury in Cairo, the professor noted that he
knows 16-year-old migrants, each with two-bedroom apartments to themselves
at the expense of German tax payers. These boys remain dissatisfied
however, as they had hoped for cars too.
Interviewed by Basler
Zeitung, Professor Tibi said that migrants were expecting to be given a
luxury lifestyle, one comparable to portrayals of rich Europeans shown in
the Arab media. He predicted that migrant disappointment with their
standard of living is likely to cause the country problems in the future.
"Think even of the grateful Syrians who took the famous selfies
with Merkel. [One of them] was on TV a few weeks ago and declared that he
was now very disappointed with her. He wants a job, a secure income and an
apartment. We will see big social conflicts," the professor warned.
Asked how he could be sure of this, Professor Tibi stated that as
well as the fact the state cannot meet their high expectations, the
migrants have a "value system that is incompatible with modernity".
The professor revealed that Arabs believe themselves to be
honourable and that Germans are not, as German women are allowed to "sleep
Professor Tibi pointed to a number of factors that
he believes led to the mass sex attacks in Cologne. He said migrants knew
their behaviour was criminal but that they think "German women are sluts",
and felt they would face no punishment.
The decorated academic said
that police's "fear of the racist accusation" is greater than their fear of
the decline of public order. This, he contends, leads migrants to view
German police as "wimps".
Professor Tibi argued that sexual
assaults on German women are driven by vengeance for not being given nice
cars and flats. He also pointed to Syrian culture as playing a part.
The "Islamology" founder disclosed: "Rape of women is a weapon of
war in Syria. All warring parties do that. ..."
Racism schools, discrimination
Teachers are over-estimating the A Level grades of ethnic minority students by two or more grades, research finds
Daily Telegraph, 4 August 2016.
Teachers are over-estimating the A Level grades of ethnic minority
students by two or more grades because they want to boost their chances of
going to university, a new UCAS study has suggested.
emerged after new data showed the proportion of applicants achieving their
best three predicted grades has been declining in recent years.
also followed pressure from ministers to hold teachers to account to get
their pupils to the best universities.
The study showed that
applicants from Asian, Black, mixed or other ethnic backgrounds had a
greater chance of missing their predicted grades by two or more grades.
This was as likely for applicants from disadvantaged areas and
those with lower levels of GCSE attainment, UCAS said.
analysed 600,000 English 18 year old applicants between 2010 and 2015 with
three or more A levels.
£1.2m to boost ethnic minority and migrant job prospects
BBC, 4 August 2016.
£1.2m will be spent on a project to improve the job prospects
of migrants and ethnic minorities.
It will be run by charity, Sova
Cymru, over three years in north, west and south Wales. ...
Achieving Change through Employment will be funded by the Welsh
Government and the European Union and will involve one-to-one mentoring to
improve people's literacy, numeracy and personal skills.
Illegal immigration number, deportation
One million migrants are living in Britain illegally and will never be deported, claims former Border Agency chief
MailOnline, 3 August 2016.
One million migrants may be living in Britain illegally and there
is little chance of deporting them, according to a former head of the UK
The figure is more than a third higher than some
previous estimates and it will lead to questions over Theresa May's
immigration policy while she was home secretary.
While the EU
debate focused on controlling numbers of legal migrants from the continent,
Rob Whiteman, former chief executive of the UK Border Agency, has said more
attention needs to be paid to the large number of illegal workers.
'The scale of illegal migration and illegal working is not nearly
discussed as much as other issues around immigration,' he told The Times.
'The government does not have the resources or political levers to deport
hundreds of thousands of people.'
His comments suggest that the
problem is now too big to tackle, the newspaper reported.
Whiteman, who ran the agency from 2011 to 2013, added that on top of non-EU
citizens entering illegally, migrants who overstay legitimate visas and
find work are also to blame.
Illegal immigration border security
Why aren't Royal Navy WARSHIPS guarding British beaches and ports? MPs tear into UK border shambles that has left just three patrol boats patrolling 7,000 miles of
Steve Doughty and Gareth Davies
Daily Mail, 3 August 2016.
Britain's border security is 'clearly under-resourced' and warships
should be drafted in to guard small harbours against people-smugglers, MPs
A 'worryingly low' total of just three Border Force
patrol boats are available to protect more than 7,000 miles of UK
coastline, they warned.
Their report called for Royal Navy ships to
help Border Force protect our lightly-guarded small ports and beaches,
which are increasingly seen as soft targets by smugglers and migrants
travelling in small boats who try to avoid heavy security at ferry ports
and Eurotunnel trains.
As the report was released today, Dorset
police and crime commissioner Martyn Underhill warned of a 'perfect storm'
as Border Force weaknesses were magnified by the withdrawal of special
branch officers from ports. ...
The report adds to growing pressure
for naval assistance to be given to Border Force, which has just four
patrol boats, one of which is currently in the Mediterranean.
more that are promised will be unavailable for at least another year.
In comparison, Italy has 600 vessels to guard a coastline that is
3,000 miles shorter, the report said. ...
Some 1.25 million
asylum-seekers came to Europe last year and more than a quarter of a
million migrants arrived in the first six months of this year.
report from the Commons Home Affairs Committee said the union was 'too slow
to respond', adding: 'The EU failed to anticipate the scale of migrant
flows, and did not have the structures in place to cope.'
said the EU's £5 billion deal with Turkey in March, under which new
arrivals can be sent back to Turkey, came 'far too late'. ...
committee's report also accused former foreign secretary Philip Hammond of
being 'complacent in respect of Libya, where a reported 500,000 people are
waiting to cross the Mediterranean illegally'.
Immigration abroad Greece, Italy
Migrant numbers arriving in Greece DOUBLE since Turkey's failed military coup
Daily Express, 3 August 2016.
Europe's migrant crisis has taken another turn for the worse with
shocking figures showing numbers arriving in Greece rising drastically
since Turkey's failed military coup.
More than 1,170 have reached
the Greek islands by boat in the two weeks after the attempt to overthrow
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on July 15.
In the fortnight before
the failed coup only 560 crossed the Aegean to the southeastern European
country - most arriving from Turkey.
And up to 8,000 migrants have
been picked up by the Italian coastguard, the navy and humanitarian
organisations off the coast of Libya over the past five days.
Immigration abroad European Union
EU seeks to quell fears amid German and Austrian backlash at refugee 'family member' rules
Daily Express, 3 August 2016.
Brussels has moved to reassure member states that new family
reunification rules for migrants will not lead to an increase in
immigration following a backlash in Germany and Austria.
had reacted with outrage at suggestions that changes to the regulations
governing which family members refugees can bring to live with them could
unleash a new wave of migration on Europe.
Currently only spouses
and under age children who were already part of the same family unit before
leaving home for Europe are entitled to be automatically reunited within
But under the proposals Brussels bureaucrats want to
redefine what constitutes a 'family' member to include relationships which
began after asylum seekers left their home countries. ...
responding to the criticism today a spokeswoman for the EU Commission
insisted that the rule changes will only affect asylum seekers who are
already in Europe.
Addressing a news conference in Brussels, Tove
Ernst said: "The Commission has not proposed any changes that would
increase the rights of family members living outside the EU to join family
members in the EU. ..."
Racism hate crime
The real hate crime scandal [part 1]
Spectator blog, 3 August 2016.
Britain is in the grip of an epidemic, apparently. An epidemic of
hate. Barely a day passes without some policeman or journalist telling us
about the wave of criminal bigotry that is sweeping through the country.
If you feel this doesn't tally with your experience of life in
Blighty in 2016, you aren't alone. There is a great disparity between the
handwringing over hate crime and what Britain is actually like. The open
racism even I can remember in the 1980s has all but vanished. Racist chants
at football matches are a distant memory. Hard-right, foreigner-bashing
parties may be thriving on the Continent, but they are dying over here. The
likes of the BNP and EDL have withered due to lack of interest. This is a
It's not vainglorious to say that Britain is the
most tolerant country in Europe, perhaps the world. ...
impossible to argue reasonably that Britain is a bigoted country where
ethnic minorities are somehow kept down. On the contrary, they are now more
likely than whites to hold top jobs (doctors, lawyers, chief executives).
Yes, the statistics are scary, and nobody should downplay the
hurt caused to those who are attacked and abused. The number of hate crimes
recorded by the cops has grown year by year. Six years ago, there were
42,255; in 2014-15, there were 52,528.
But these figures need to be
taken with a fistful of salt. There is something wrong with the way we
report and measure hate crimes in this country. The numbers do not
necessarily speak to any objective spread of hate in modern Britain. On the
contrary, what the BBC calls an 'epidemic' is a product of the authorities
redefining racism and prejudice to such an extent that almost any
unpleasant encounter between people of different backgrounds can now be
recorded as 'hatred'.
Consider the Brexit aftermath. The police say
that 3,192 reports of hate incidents were received in the last two weeks of
June, and 3,001 in the first two weeks of July. Apparently that constitutes
a rise of 48 per cent and 20 per cent respectively on last year's levels of
incidents. But can we engage in some scepticism here? Many of these
incidents (the police can't at the moment say how many) were reported
through True Vision, a police-funded website that allows anyone anywhere to
report something they either experienced or witnessed, anonymously if they
like. No evidence is needed. Everything is instantly logged as a hate
incident. This inevitably presents a warped view of reality.
Already, two infamous post-Brexit 'incidents' have been debunked.
It was widely claimed, for instance, that an attack on a tapas bar in
Lewisham, south London, was a hate crime; actually, police say it was a
Beyond the post-Brexit hysteria, it's incredible how
subjective the idea of 'hate crime' has become. The police and the Crown
Prosecution Service first agreed a common definition of hate crime ten
years ago and started measuring national hate-crime levels in 2008. A hate
crime, the police say, is 'any criminal offence which is perceived, by the
victim or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice
towards someone based on a personal characteristic'. They monitored 'five
strands': crimes driven by prejudice based on race, religion/faith, sexual
orientation, disability, and gender identity.
Racism hate crime
The real hate crime scandal [part 2]
Spectator blog, 3 August 2016.
The police's 'Hate Crime Operational Guidance' now stresses that
the victim's perception is the deciding factor in whether something is
measured as a hate crime. No evidence is required. 'Evidence of...
hostility is not required for an incident or crime to be recorded as a hate
crime or hate incident,' the guidance says. '[The] perception of the
victim, or any other person, is the defining factor... the victim does not
have to justify or provide evidence of their belief, and police officers or
staff should not directly challenge this perception.' So you don't need
actual evidence to prove hate crime, just a feeling. The police are
discouraged from asking for evidence. This is reflected in the policies of
individual constabularies. So the 'Hate Crime Procedure' of the Surrey
Police says 'apparent lack of motivation as the cause of an incident is not
relevant as it is the perception of the victim or any other person that
In a world obsessed with evidence-based public policy,
it is odd that a new crime category which explicitly eschews evidence in
favour of emotion is subjected to such little scrutiny. And it gets worse:
the prosecution of a hate crime doesn't actually have to prove that hatred
was the motivation. The CPS states: 'The prosecution does not... need to
prove hatred as the motivating factor behind an offence.' The CPS says any
crime that involves 'ill-will, ill-feeling, spite, contempt, prejudice,
unfriendliness, antagonism, resentment, or dislike' on the basis of a
'personal characteristic' could be a hate crime. So unfriendliness can now
be criminal. Next time you read about a hate-crime epidemic, bear that in
Burglaries and robberies are often recorded as hate crimes.
According to the Home Office, of all the hate incidents in the Crime Survey
for England and Wales, 8 per cent are burglaries. ...
Crime Operational Guidance' demands 'increasing the reporting and recording
of hate crime'. It specifies that success should not be measured by a
reduction in hate-crime levels, perhaps because this will give people the
impression that community life in Britain is getting better, and we can't
have that. 'Targets that see success as reducing hate crime are not
appropriate,' it says, as this won't 'motivate managers' to 'promote
positive recording' or 'increase the opportunity for victims to report'. So
'success' has one meaning only: creating evidence to suggest the problem is
getting worse. The police are incentivised to find hatred, because their
goal isn't to tackle crime so much as to create a public impression of mass
Why are our authorities so willing to push this deceptive
agenda? Why is our country determined to see itself as bigoted? It's
because creating a panic about hate crime gives officials and others a
sense of purpose and history. But the squalid search for, and exaggeration
of, hatred is dangerous and, to use a word so popular on social media,
According to one leftie online magazine, Britain now
evokes 'nightmares of 1930s Germany'. But this doesn't square with the
reality of our country today, and you shouldn't believe it. The hate-crime
epidemic is a self-sustaining myth a libel against the nation.
Immigration EU referendum
Immigration and free movement: the way forward
National Institute of Economic and Social Research, 3 August 2016.
If the UK's vote to leave the European Union was a vote against
anything, it was a vote against free movement of workers within the EU
a vote to "take (back) control" over immigration policy. ...
So what does that mean for UK immigration policy? ...
There appears to be a growing consensus, uniting almost all pro-Remain
politicians (including the new prime minister) and much of the Leave camp,
that the UK should seek to maintain as full access to the Single Market as
possible. At the same time, as noted above, it is impossible to view the
referendum result as anything other than a rejection of free movement in
its current form. Some degree of control of EU migration for work purposes
would appear to be a political necessity.
As a consequence, it
looks likely that the UK's negotiating position may coalesce around what
has been described as 'EEA minus'. This implies that while free movement
would not continue as now, we would not move to an immigration system that
gives effectively equal treatment to EU and non-EU nationals; there would
still be a considerable degree of preference for the former. What might
this entail, in terms of a negotiating position for a government that
wanted to demonstrate that we can indeed control immigration from the EU,
within the limits of administrative and political feasibility? ...
Immigration abroad European Union
Brussels' plan to INCREASE migration to Europe blasted by furious German MPs
Daily Express, 2 August 2016.
Brussels bureaucrats have unveiled plans to increase the number of
migrants entering Europe by significantly slackening the rules surrounding
The EU is drawing up new laws which will
unleash a fresh wave of migration and completely undermine attempts to
bring the refugee crisis under control, according to furious Germany
Under proposals put forward by the European Commission
drastic changes will be made to the rules which govern who refugees that
successfully make it to Europe can bring over to live with them.
Rebellious members of Angela Merkel's ruling party in Germany have
already expressed dismay over the plans, branding them "unacceptable" and
saying they will spark huge new numbers of migrants just when the refugee
crisis is beginning to subside.
Diversity BBC, discrimination
BBC seeks Panorama researcher but only apply if you're 'black, Asian or non-white'
Daily Express, 2 August 2016.
The BBC has found itself at the centre of another discrimination
row after it emerged the corporation is STILL advertising paid placements
white people CANNOT apply for.
The taxpayer-funded corporation has
been accused of "absolute discrimination" after it posted the advertisement
for an internship role researching for Panorama but only available
to "UK nationals from a black, Asian or non-white ethnic minority".
The role is for a paid placement with a bursary of £20,000.
It appears the corporation hasn't learnt its lesson after it faced
an angry backlash for advertising another internship, which white people
couldn't apply for, just a few months ago.
Antonia Stuart, who is
campaigning to eliminate discrimination in job advertisements in Britain,
told Express.co.uk: "This BBC job advertisement is absolute discrimination
and simply abhorrent. What does it matter what race you are to do this job?
"The job role should be open to everyone regardless of race, age or
sex or social status. Currently there are no legal guidelines in place for
advertising jobs therefore the job advert can discriminate, which is a
growing issue." ...
Miss Stuart added: "The number of occurrences
of job adverts discriminating against race, sex, age and social status is
now at a rather worrying level and becoming a common problem which must be
addressed in Parliament." ...
A spokeswoman for BBC defended the
She said: "This is not a job, but simply a training and
"This training scheme is designed as a
positive action scheme to address an identified under-representation of
people from ethnic minority backgrounds in certain roles; such schemes are
as allowed under the Equality Act."
Illegal immigration campaigners
Byron Hamburgers branch is forced to close by far-Left campaigners after chain carried out immigration sting operation on its OWN workers
A branch of Byron was forced to close after campaigners lined the
pavement outside to protest [at] the company's role in an immigration
'sting' which saw dozens of its workers rounded up.
More than 100
Left-wing demonstrators lined the pavements and waved banners outside the
restaurant in Holborn, Central London. ...
Byron of carrying out 'underhand entrapment' after 35 workers from Albania,
Brazil, Mexico, Nepal and Egypt were held after being lured to
early-morning raids on the pretext of attending staff meetings. ...
Last week, the Home Office said 35 people were arrested for
immigration offences at a number of restaurants across London, following an
operation carried out with the 'full co-operation' of Byron in July.
The burger business carried out the correct 'right to work' checks
on staff members, but had been shown false or counterfeit documentation,
and will therefore not face civil penalty action, the Home Office said.
Attending last night's protest were an assortment of far-Left
groups describing themselves as 'anti-racism, anti-discrimination and
United Voices of the World Union consists of migrants
of mostly Latin American descent working in low-paid jobs such as cleaning.
Other organisations include London Latinxs a 'direct action'
group describing itself as 'radically anti-discrimination' and also mostly
made up of Latin Americans.
Meanwhile, Global Justice Now wants to
'mobilise the UK to create a more just and equal world'.
Want targets the 'root causes of poverty and human rights violation, as
part of the worldwide movement for global justice'.
Gays Support the Migrants is a movement that 'challenges the Right-wing
media narrative' around immigration.
Illegal immigration Syrians
Thousands of Syrian migrants arrested for trying to SLIP into the UK
Daily Express, 1 August 2016.
Thousands of Syrian migrants are illegally sneaking into the UK,
according to shocking figures.
More than 5,000 have been caught in
the past three-and-a-half years getting through Britain's borders.
The statistics, obtained from a Freedom of Information request by
the Daily Star Sunday, reveal 2,227 Syrians without any form of paperwork
were arrested and detained in the UK last year - which equates to 42 a
That figure is up from 1,442 in 2014, and just 882 the year
And some 1,000 are already thought to have been arrested
this year alone. ...
By last December, 70 per cent of illegal
Syrian immigrants who had been granted temporary admission or release were
thought to have slipped through the hands of authorities.
immigration source said: "The Government has told enforcement officers to
make Syrians a priority and make sure their asylum claims are dealt with
above all else.
"Most are not being removed so anyone who gets here
and has a claim refused just stays on temporary admission or release.
"Obviously that increases the chances of them going AWOL.
"And that's what tends to happen.
"Once their claim has
been considered and refused, and they're thrown out of Home Office
accommodation and given money, they just disappear and are usually only
encountered when the immigration officers find them working illegally or in
a house where a target is living.
"The bottom line is that we are
seeing a huge increase in the number of Syrians gaining illegal entry
either on boats or in the back of lorries driven by smuggling gangs." ...
From January to March last year, 524 Syrians applied for asylum in
the UK and 92 were refused.
Police arrest 900 Syrians in England and Wales for crimes including rape and child abuse
Daily Express, 1 August 2016.
Shocking police figures released for England and Wales have shown
nearly 900 Syrians have been arrested in just one year.
officials say the migrants were accused of sickening crimes including rapes
and child abuse.
Now critics say they are concerned that the
thousands of Syrians entering Britain each year under resettlement schemes
are being allowed to enter the country unchecked. ...
Parliamentary research paper it is possible for Syrians to claim asylum
upon arrival or after-entry to the UK.
It states: "Syrian nationals
were the sixth-largest group of asylum applicants in the year ending March
2016, 2,539 main applicants.
"87 per cent of initial asylum
decisions in Syrian cases gave permission to remain in the UK. ..."
The figure of 900 came from a Freedom of Information request by the
Sun on Sunday.
Multiculturalism refugees, attitude to women
Teach refugees lessons in women's equality, says Labour MP
The Guardian, 1 August 2016.
Male refugees settling in Britain should be given lessons about
female equality, a Labour MP has suggested.
Thangam Debbonaire, who
chairs the all-party parliamentary group on refugees, said the move could
be part of a national drive to improve male attitudes towards women.
Debbonaire said that new arrivals need a "sensitive" introduction
to a different culture. The MP, who has just launched an inquiry into the
experiences of new refugees in the UK, drew parallels with concerns in
Germany after some migrants were accused of sexual assaults at New Year's
"What I don't want is for the British people to
respond to a case of assault or sexual harassment by saying no to more
refugees, which seemed to be what the public's response to Germany was in
danger of becoming," the MP told the Daily Telegraph.
Bugging Byron: activists release cockroaches and locusts at burger chain
The Guardian, 1 August 2016.
Two London branches of Byron have been forced to close after
protesters released hundreds of live insects into the restaurants, part of
a growing backlash following the burger chain's involvement in an
immigration sting against its own staff.
Activists from two
organisations, London Black Revs and Malcolm X Movement, let out a "swarm
of insects" in Byron's Shaftesbury Avenue and Holborn restaurants on Friday
The #BoycottByron mob don't want facts on immigration, just righteous fury
Daily Telegraph, 1 August 2016.
Take the recent outrage over claims that Byron, a burger chain with
restaurants in England and Scotland, worked with the Home Office to have 35
of its staff deported back to countries including Brazil, Nepal, Egypt and
Albania. That doesn't sound so great, does it?
Then you discover
that by "working with" the Home Office, the company was simply obeying the
law by giving the Government access to workers who had used false
documentation to get jobs, thus taking work away from other people
Then on Friday, thousands of cockroaches and
locusts were released into two of the chain's restaurants in London. ...
The great virtue-signallers of social media valiantly announced
they would not be spending £8 on a burger, to show solidarity for the
deported workers. ...
... Byron fulfilled its legal duty by
checking its workers' documents, which turned out to be false. The fakes
fooled Byron but were picked up by the Home Office, which has the final
responsibiliy to verify immigration status. The system worked.
the Boycott Byron movement is emblematic of a knee-jerk society where there
is now only black and white, good versus evil; where you are right and
anyone who doesn't agree with you is not just wrong but wicked. ... ...
Would the people boycotting Byron rather see the company break the law,
thus making them inadvertent supporters of people traffickers, not to
mention liable for hundreds of thousands of pounds of fines, which would no
doubt lead to the firm having to lay off migrants and others working in its
Immigration public opinion, European Union
Immigration is TOP concern for EU residents - closely followed by terrorism, study finds
Daily Express, 1 August 2016.
Immigration and terrorism are still seen as the top challenges
facing the European Union (EU) as thousands seeking asylum continue to
travel to the bloc.
An EU-wide survey of 32,000 people on behalf of
the European Commission has found immigration remains at the top of the
most frequently cited issues facing the EU - ahead of national concerns
including the economy and unemployment. ...
The study has revealed
48 per cent of people feel immigration is the biggest issue facing European
countries - although this has dropped by ten points from the previous
While migrant concerns have dropped, terror fears have
increased by 14 per cent.
Immigration was recorded as the number
one concern in 20 member states and among the top two concerns in all
countries, except Portugal. ...
Terrorism was recorded as the
number one issue in eight member states and among the top two concerns in
all countries, except Greece.
A total of 39 per cent voted for
terrorism as their top fear - an increase of 14 per cent.
survey was also carried out before several large-scale terror attacks
across the bloc, including the Nice attack which killed 84 people and an
attack on a church in Normandy in which two ISIS soldiers slit the throat
of a priest in front of a packed congregation during morning mass.
Police watchdog IPCC 'favours black complainants'
BBC, 1 August 2016.
The police watchdog is now "more likely to believe black
complainants than white police officers", according to a former officer and
Dal Babu, ex-president of the National Black
Police Association, said the Independent Police Complaints Commission had
"flipped" too far and did not look into racism claims fairly.
spoke days after a misconduct case of three officers accused of racism
against a black firefighter collapsed.
The IPCC has rejected Mr
Mr Babu, a former Metropolitan Police chief
superintendent who retired three years ago, told BBC Radio 4's Broadcasting
House programme the IPCC had been "incredibly unfair against white
Terrorism Islam, politics, immigrant influence
The Threat of Islamist Terrorism in Europe and How the U.S. Should Respond
The Heritage Foundation, 1 August 2016.
Europe faces a persistent threat from Islamist terrorism. It is one
that has increased with the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham
(ISIS), the al-Qaeda offshoot that now controls significant parts of Iraq
and Syria. The director of Europol recently described the current situation
as "the highest terrorist threat we have faced for over 10 years." ...
An unprecedented level of migration into Europe from the Middle
East, Africa, and the Balkans is fundamentally changing the continent. Even
excluding legal migration, the EU's external border force estimated that 1
million people entered Europe illegally in 2015. The true number, as the
agency accepts, will clearly be larger. ...
One diplomat told the
House Committee on Homeland Security that refugees were barely screened at
all, commenting that "there are no real controls. [The authorities] take
fingerprints, accept whatever identification they provide if they
have one and send them on their way." The committee concluded that a
"large proportion of the refugees and migrants that have entered Europe
this year are unregistered, and even those who have been registered upon
arrival have gone through a process that is rife with security holes." For
example, even if registration forms, photographs, and fingerprints are
taken, they are rarely cross-checked with counterterrorism watch lists.
It is hardly surprising, then, that Hans Georg-Maassen, head of the
Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz, Germany's domestic intelligence
agency, has concluded that "we have repeatedly seen that terrorists... have
slipped in camouflaged or disguised as refugees" and that General Philip
Breedlove, NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, told the Senate Armed
Services Committee that "the terrorists, and the returning foreign fighters
are clearly a daily part of the refugee flow in Europe." ...
impact of using the refugee crisis to infiltrate Europe in this manner is
exacerbated by the fact that large numbers of ISIS sympathizers and other
pre-existing radical networks were already operating in the continent. Some
of these sympathizers have carried out attacks in Europe or have been
thwarted from doing so. The presence of hardened ISIS terrorists,
recruiters, and bomb makers from the SyriaIraq conflict who are now
potentially operating among, or even guiding, some of those already
radicalized individuals only heightens the threat that Europe faces. ...
Yet a January 2014 article in The Guardian, based on
conversations with senior officials at the Ministry of Defence (MoD),
reported a "growing reluctance in an increasingly multicultural Britain to
see U.K. troops deployed on the ground in future operations abroad." This
subsequently affected MoD strategic defense reviews. According to these
military sources, there was "a resistance in an increasingly diverse nation
to see British troops deployed in countries from which U.K. citizens, or
their families, once came. There is also concern that British troops have
been seen taking action mainly in Muslim societies."
This was a
euphemistic way of saying that as domestic Muslim opinion disapproved of
British military action abroad, deploying troops abroad as in Iraq
and Afghanistan would no longer be possible due to the U.K.'s