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Updated 23 April 2018
Immigration abroad Australia, New Zealand
Should we be copying New Zealand? More than HALF of Australians think we take in too many migrants - while NZ PM Jacinda Ardern starts to slash their intake
Daily Mail Australia, 23 April 2018.
A majority of Australians believe immigration levels are too high
at a time when our trans-Tasman neighbour New Zealand begins slashing its
intake of foreigners.
The Newspoll survey of 2068 people, published
in The Australian on Monday, had 56 per cent of respondents declaring
Australia's annual intake of 190,000 was too high with just 28 per cent
saying it was about right.
Both major parties in Australia are
committed to an all-time high permanent immigration level as New Zealand's
minority Labour government, led by Jacinda Ardern, embarks on a promise to
slash net immigration by more than 40 per cent. ...
prime minister Tony Abbott is the highest profile proponent on the
Coalition side of slashing Australia's immigration intake - despite his own
record as PM - with no current Labor politicians echoing his call.
'We're adding a city the size of Adelaide to our population every
five years and I think that we should very significantly scale it back, at
least until infrastructure, housing starts and integration have caught up,'
he told Sydney radio 2GB's Ray Hadley on Monday morning.
Dick Smith said the conservative side of politics was more swayed by the
business lobby's push to maintain high immigration levels in order to boost
demand and suppress wages growth. ...
'Overpopulation will destroy
Immigration abroad Islam, Belgium
Belgium: First Islamic State in Europe?
Gatestone Institute, 22 April 2018.
The French acronym of Belgium's ISLAM Party stands for "Integrity,
Solidarity, Liberty, Authenticity, Morality". The leaders of the ISLAM
Party apparently want to turn Belgium into an Islamic State. They call it
"Islamist democracy" and have set a target date: 2030.
the French magazine Causeur, "the program is confusingly simple:
replace all the civil and penal codes with sharia law. Period". ... The
effect of this new party, according to Michaël Privot, an expert on
Islam, and Sebastien Boussois, a political scientist, could be the
"implosion of the social body". ...
The ISLAM Party knows that
demography is on its side. Ahrouch has said, "in 12 years, Brussels will
principally be composed of Muslims". ...
"The European capital,"
wrote Le Figaro, "will be Muslim in twenty
"Nearly a third of the population of Brussels already is
Muslim, indicated Olivier Servais, a sociologist at the Catholic University
of Louvain. "The practitioners of Islam, due to their high birth rate,
should be the majority 'in fifteen or twenty years'. Since 2001... Mohamed
is the most common name given to boys born in Brussels".The
ISLAM Party is working in a favorable environment. According to the mayor
of Brussels, Yvan Mayeur, all the mosques in the European capital are now
"in the hands of the Salafists".
Politics bureaucracy, multiculturalism
The real villain behind the Windrush scandal? Once again, it's BLAIR
Mail on Sunday, 22 April 2018.
Cruel, rigid bureaucracy has replaced common sense in this country.
How did this happen? By a strange paradox it happened because
of the crazy policy of uncontrolled mass immigration begun under the Blair
government and continued by David Cameron.
Blair and Cameron wanted
this mass migration. Blair and his Eurocommunist sponsors wanted to erase
Britain's culture, history and traditions. Cameron couldn't have cared less
about Britain, but he saw the easy economic advantages of a low-wage
economy kept going by ultra-cheap imported labour.
But they grasped
it was unpopular, so they pretended to be against it. From this came the
'hostile environment', supposedly directed against illegal migrants,
introduced by the charming and likeable Alan Johnson, who may not be quite
as nice as he looks.
Later on, it led to Theresa May's shameful and
embarrassing 'Go Home' lorries trundling around London, a crude and cheap
pretence at toughness that fooled almost nobody at all.
measures were in fact gestures of contempt towards Middle Britain. They
were a London liberal's idea of what might please the despised voters. ...
Nobody bothered you if you obeyed the law. You didn't have to
register with the authorities, show identity papers to stay in a hotel, let
alone to get or keep a job.
But that was not to last. It is now 18
years since a secret report was circulated among the commissars of the
Blair government, with special precautions taken to stop it reaching the
media. It was rashly revealed by one of those commissars, Andrew Neather, a
few years later.
In a 2009 article laced with scorn for
working-class people worried about the immigration revolution, he rejoiced
at the new multitudes of cheap servants for types like him, and sneered at
the British poor as 'fascists', saying: 'The results in London, and
especially for middle-class Londoners, have been highly positive. ...'
Comrade Neather disclosed that the published version of Labour's
plan had been censored, revealing 'the earlier drafts I saw also included a
driving political purpose: that mass immigration was the way that the
Government was going to make the UK truly multicultural.
remember coming away from some discussions with the clear sense that the
policy was intended even if this wasn't its main purpose to
rub the Right's nose in diversity and render their arguments out of date.'
... Later they would pretend to be 'tough'.
The trouble was
that this 'toughness' had real effects on real lives. We have, as New
Labour secretly planned, become a different country, and a much less free
and fair one.
Population pressure housing
Talking about the housing crisis means talking about immigration
UnHerd, 22 April 2018.
It was once assumed that average house price would be around three
to four times an individual's earnings, and that when average house prices
were up to five times average earnings, there would be a slump in house
prices. In recent years, all such pieces of received wisdom have gone the
way of astrology. In London, in the last quarter of last year, house prices
in the capital reached 14.5 times the average earnings. Not 14.5 times
average earnings nationwide, but 14.5 times average earnings in the
The societal implications of this are already making
themselves felt. Just this week, a report from the Resolution Foundation
found that on current trends, up to half of today's younger generation will
be renting into their forties and up to a third for their entire lives. The
long-term effects of this are dire. Since rental payments are this
generation's largest outgoing, it is almost impossible to see how a portion
of them are going to have enough money in retirement to continue to pay
And along the way, politics itself will change,
with a generation rent looking to drastic answers to this drastic problem.
It is no good for Conservatives to talk about personal responsibility and
fiscal prudence to a generation which is having to paddle ever harder just
to keep their heads above the waterline. As has been said many times
before, the virtues of capitalism are not always clear to a generation
without capital. And when the most important asset most of us will ever own
a house is beyond the reach of so many, even respect for
other peoples' assets may become a diminishing force. ...
years, net immigration into the UK that is the number of extra
people who settle in Britain, taking into account those who have left
has consistently been over the 300,000 mark. Let's diminish the
number and say that it is a straight 300,000. Newcastle is a city with a
population of around 280,000. So going on the number of people arriving in
the UK each year over recent years, the country needs to build a city
larger than Newcastle every year just in order to keep up with demand. ...
Most people starting off in their career will find it exceptionally
difficult to put it mildly to get on a housing ladder that
requires them to raise a deposit and a mortgage worth almost 15 times their
salary. All to live in a place where over-crowding and a struggling
infrastructure will become more and more acute as that Newcastle-sized city
continues to try to squeeze into it.
... Net immigration of almost
a third of a million people a year means a UK population soaring to 70
million in the near future and a whole world of societal and fiscal issues
that flow from that. Plus a long-term agreement that Britain's future is
destined to be one of ever-more urban sprawl and ever less green or
pleasant land. ...
'Banging on about immigration' is the usual
charge when this uncomfortable fact is brought up. But when it comes to
housing, 'banging on about immigration' also turns out to be 'banging on'
about perhaps the one thing that matters most.
The evil faces of modern day slavery: Roma gang who exploited EU laws to traffic victims from Slovakia to Newcastle present a damning picture of 2018 Britain
Daily Mail, 21 April 2018.
Because what is now known is that those men and women living in the
£225,000 property in Newcastle were held there against their will.
Vulnerable individuals, they had been trafficked from Slovakia and
the Czech Republic by a family of Roma migrants living in Britain. Bought
and sold for as little as £300 each, their passports were then
confiscated and they were sent out to work.
Any wages they earned
were taken from them. Back at the house, they were also expected to wait on
their captors hand-and-foot and perform back-breaking labour to bring in
extra money. ...
That something like this could happen, over a
period of seven years, in a modern city in 21st century Britain is hard to
Because once the three generations of the Rafael
family had arrived in this country, they set about abusing the welcome they
had been offered in pretty much every way possible.
for and were granted benefits not just for themselves but for
their victims, too. ...
Meanwhile, tens of thousands of pounds were
pocketed in claims made using their victim's names. In short, the Rafaels
were running a business a business built around slavery.
suffering and the scams only came to an end when one of their victims
escaped and went to the police.
The Rafaels were arrested and
charged with slavery, trafficking and money laundering. Seven of their
number were convicted or pleaded guilty at Teesside Crown Court. ...
In total, the UK's Roma population is today put at somewhere
between 200,000 and 500,000. They are drawn from countries across Eastern
Europe, the vast majority having arrived since the expansion of the EU in
2004, their numbers boosted following the admission of Romania and
Patriotic Britons afraid to show their national pride in public for fear of ABUSE
Daily Express, 21 April 2018.
Patriotic Britons are increasingly afraid to show their national
pride in public for fear of ridicule or abuse, a study has found.
It reveals many believe national pride is on the wane, with the
younger generations placing less importance on patriotism than ever before.
One in four believe we are living in the least patriotic decade
According to the report, 79 per cent of people consider
themselves patriotic and almost 90 per cent say they are proud of their
But 22 per cent fear they would be made to feel ashamed
of their patriotism if they were to air their views in public. ...
Generally, older Britons feel more patriotic than younger
generations, with 40 per cent aged 55 and over describing themselves as
"very patriotic", compared to just 18 per cent of those aged 18 to 24.
Younger people are also more likely to feel ashamed of expressing
their patriotism, with 29 per cent feeling this way, compared to 19 per
cent of those aged 55 and over.
And a quarter of 18 to 24-year-olds
think patriotism does not really matter in modern society, compared to 15
per cent of over 55s. ...
And 72 per cent agree that people are
less patriotic than they used to be.
Vietnamese people smugglers face jail
Daily Post North Wales, 21 April 2018.
Four Vietnamese people were today facing jail after being found
guilty of people trafficking in North Wales.
Described as an
organised group, they used valid passports in a bid to get other people
Thi Lien Nguyen was found guilty of conspiring
with others to breach immigration law following an 11-day trial at
Caernarfon Crown Court. ...
The case concerned the United Kingdom
end of an organised crime group involved in the trafficking of Vietnamese
nationals into the UK.
Immigration abroad Greece
Greece opens the doors for more migrants to enter Europe: Court rules asylum seekers cannot be forced to stay in the country while being processed
Reuters and Alastair
MailOnline, 20 April 2018.
A top Greek court ruled on Wednesday that migrants landing on Greek
islands should no longer be held there while asylum claims are assessed.
The ruling has raised alarm among EU officials in Brussels who fear
it could undermine EU efforts to discourage people from leaving Turkey.
The judgement comes two years after a controversial deal with
Turkey shut down the Balkan migration routes. ...
have been prohibited from travelling beyond five Greek islands since March
2016, when the EU deal with Ankara to seal the sea route was negotiated.
It provided cash to improve conditions for Syrians staying in
non-EU member Turkey. ...
More than 15,000 asylum-seekers are
living in five island camps, more than double their capacity, according to
government data. ...
The ruling, effective immediately, applies to
new arrivals only and not to asylum-seekers who are already on the islands.
The Greek government is keen to reduce tension on the islands,
especially as the busy tourist season is about to begin.
NHS surgeon accused of racism and 'forced out of job' after raising concerns about three Asian colleagues
Daily Telegraph, 20 April 2018.
An NHS surgeon voted Doctor of the Year was forced to resign after
being accused of racism for raising concerns about the abilities of three
Asian colleagues, a tribunal has heard.
Peter Duffy, 56, reported
one Indian doctor for missing "several" cancers, playing a round of golf
when he had been called to treat a patient and being unable to use an ultra
The married father-of-three also claimed that two
other doctors, from India and Pakistan, had bungled operations, tried to
"suppress discussion" over the avoidable death of a man who had had sepsis
and were involved in possible overtime fraud. ...
He is claiming
constructive dismissal, alleging he was the victim of a "witch hunt." ...
He added in his statement: "It is difficult to overstate the sheer
toxicity of these utterly false allegations. I was warned in my first few
months in the Trust that I must at all costs avoid an allegation of racism
"I was told that such allegations, even if entirely
unwarranted can destroy careers and that the NHS tended to regard racism
allegations as "guilty until proven guilty". ...
Illegal immigration identity checks
How and why I failed to deport illegal immigrants as a minister at the Foreign Office
Independent, 20 April 2018.
Denis MacShane was a minister at the Foreign Office from 1997 to
I had always assumed that as long as we let people enter
Britain without a visa today 56 countries worldwide plus all of
Europe have that "privilege", just as we have the right to travel to scores
of countries without first getting a visa some would abuse the
system and start working cash-in-hand.
Well before the formal
enlargement of the EU in 2004, London was home to half a million or more
Polish people and other Eastern Europeans who came as tourists and stayed
to earn money. Brazilians also featured in their number, and now and then
were picked up in raids on restaurants and other workplaces where the
informal networks in London could find their friends jobs in exchange for a
small payment. ...
May had already abolished Labour's ID cards
scheme introduced far too late just before the 2010 election
which would have begun the process of knowing who was in Britain and who
was a visitor; without an ID card, the idea went, no one could have got a
As a South Yorkshire MP, I dealt every week with the
problem of Kashmiri families who had invited a relative in on a visitor's
visa and then allowed the visitor to "overstay", in the jargon, and work in
a restaurant, a corner shop, as a taxi driver and marry a cousin.
That converted me to the need for proper registration and ID cards,
but it took 12 years after 1997 before the unfit-for-purpose Home Office
could work out how to do ID cards.
They are neuralgic for many
across the political spectrum even if we give far more information
to Google, mobile phone firms and any internet-based company or social
A halfway house might be to bring a "citizens
registration system" like in the Netherlands, where everyone, Dutch or
foreign alike, has to be registered and have a Citizen's Access Number to
get a job, healthcare, access to education or a passport.
If we had
such a system, the Windrush generation and all other legitimate immigrants
to Britain would have been registered and enjoyed full legal rights which
never could have been questioned.
Illegal immigration identity checks
Why Windrush scandal demonstrates the importance of technology to political decision-making
Computer Weekly, 20 April 2018.
Tony Smith, the interim director general of the UK Border Force
between 2012 and 2013, told the BBC's Today programme on Radio 4
this week that the major flaw in Theresa May's "hostile environment"
immigration policy as home secretary came down to one thing.
need an identity management strategy if you are going to have a hostile
environment. You can't have one without the other," he said. ...
Why didn't we have exit checks? Well, they were scrapped by Tony
Blair in 1998, and in theory reintroduced in 2015, although a
report last month by the chief inspector of borders and immigration said
the exit check programme was not delivering what was promised.
Without exit checks, an identity management system for immigration
is worthless, so the government never bothered with one although
Labour wasted millions on its identity card programme which was scrapped in
2010 as soon as David Cameron became prime minister.
"It is about
getting the balance right between national security and civil liberties,"
home secretary Theresa May said at the time.
Today, we have the
troubled Gov.uk Verify identity management programme, which continues to
under-perform and under-deliver, despite lofty ambitions to have 25 million
users by 2020. But even if Verify works, it's not linked to exit checks,
and its federated design means it can't be used to prove UK residence in
support of immigration issues.
If the UK had a working identity
management system in place with suitable privacy and data protection
controls, of course that proved who you are and your right to be in
the country, how different might the policy landscape be today?
Immigration government target
The net migration target was never likely to have been met
Full Fact, 20 April 2018.
It's correct that governments since 2010 have set a target to
reduce net migration to the tens of thousands, and this target has never
been met. Net migration actually rose to more than three times the target
at one point and latest figures for the 12 months to September 2017
estimate it at 244,000. ...
In order to meet the target the
government would have had to reduce non-EU immigration heavily, because it
can't control the scale of EU (including British) immigration to the UK due
to the EU's rules on free movement. It made some early progress towards
this in 2012 and 2013, but the numbers have risen back to roughly 2010
So even without any EU net migration, the target
would only have been met in parts of 2012 and 2013.
actually looked unlikely to meet the target as early as 2011, when its own
impact assessments of its policies suggested reductions to non-EU
immigration wouldn't be enough to meet the target.
Rivers of Blood and the Tides of History
Steyn Online, 20 April 2018.
Powell's speech on race and the future of Britain was prescient,
although not always adequately so. As my old boss Charles Moore wrote last
year about Douglas Murray's book on The Strange Death of
One telling point he makes is how even the most
'bigoted' predictions of demographic change have been exceeded by reality.
Suppose, says Murray, that Enoch Powell, in his incendiary 'Rivers of
Blood' speech in 1968, had predicted that, in the 2011 census, in 23 of
London's 33 boroughs, people describing themselves as 'white British' would
have been in a minority. He would have been pilloried for his alarmism. Yet
it is so.My own Enoch out-Powelled example comes from the
arresting statistic that 57% of Pakistani Britons in the UK are married to
their first cousins - and in the city of Bradford it's 75 per cent. ...
Powell was old-fashioned even then, at least by comparison with the
usual modish twerps hailed as the coming men. But perhaps you needed to be
"old-fashioned" to discern that the death of a great nation was possible
and very quickly.
Politics legal and illegal immigration
The Windrush scandal is heartbreaking, but it should not be used as an excuse to stop sensible migration controls
Daily Telegraph, 19 April 2018.
Some say ministers must change their approach to illegal
immigration. But this is wrong. We have hundreds of thousands of people
living in Britain illegally, a number that is growing every year. With
limited budgets, time-consuming legal processes, and often a lack of
cooperation from other countries, it will never be possible for the
authorities to arrest and deport their way to success. Neither can illegal
immigration be prevented through tougher border controls: most illegal
migrants are "overstayers", not "clandestines" who enter the country
So ministers are right to make Britain a harder country
to live in for people who are here illegally. In recent years, they have
made it more difficult for illegal immigrants to rent property, get a job,
claim benefits and obtain bank accounts and driving licences. Even
sceptical studies find that this increases the number leaving the country
voluntarily: ministers should not reverse the policy, but extend it to
include other services. ...
None the less, campaigners remain
determined to destroy the hostile environment strategy.
reason is political: Labour want to blame Tory "callousness". The trouble
with this explanation is that the approach began under Labour home
secretaries. In 2007 John Reid said "living and working here illegally"
should become "ever more uncomfortable and constrained". Under Alan
Johnson, the Border Agency said it would "make the UK a hostile
environment" for illegal immigrants.
The second reason is many
campaigners oppose controlling and reducing immigration. Partisan
academics, immigration lawyers, Labour lefties and even liberal Tories find
the very idea of immigration control distasteful. Unable to win the
argument for mass immigration, they adopt the tactic of cynical
Suggest limiting legal migration, and they say the
public only wants the system to work better. Try improving the system by
reforming human rights law, and they say the problem is poor enforcement.
Suggest increasing spending on enforcement, and they say you have the wrong
priorities. Pursue the hostile environment strategy, and they accuse you of
turning civil society into a police state.
Their objective is to
maintain high immigration, and their method is to wear everybody down until
nobody believes it is even possible to control the numbers. They must not
be allowed to succeed.
Enoch Powell's Immigration Speech, 50 Years Later
National Review, 19 April 2018.
The fact that the speech, which (although the phrase itself does
not occur) became known as the "rivers of blood" speech, remains strangely
alive in Britain was demonstrated again last weekend when the BBC chose to
broadcast a program to reflect on the half centenary of the speech. The
program included critical analysis, contextualization, and reflection. ...
Of course, if anybody had stopped for a moment, they might have
realized that the catatonic fury that Powell and his speech still provoke
is itself highly suggestive. ...
... Because while some of Powell's
claims have been proven wrong and some have proven to be exaggerated, other
aspects of what he said are clearly with us still. And not because of his
words, but because some of the issues he raised however well or
poorly remain so pregnant.
As I wrote in my latest book,
imagine you had been a speechwriter for Enoch Powell in 1968, or an adviser
or friend. And imagine if you had said to him then, "I have an idea, Enoch.
Why not use your speech to say that if immigration into the U.K. goes on at
these rates, then in 2011 the official census will reveal that people who
identify as 'white British' will be a minority in their capital city of
London." Had this been said, Powell would most likely have dismissed the
person as an inflammatory madman. Yet that was indeed one of the things
that the 2011 census showed. And the news came and went as though it was
just another detail on just another day.
... It is not due to fear
of being tarred a Powellite that consecutive governments failed to deport
people who had broken into the country illegally. These and many other
factors came about because generations of politicians found it more restful
to avoid the subject and leave the consequences for their successors (as
Powell predicted they would) rather than tackle an issue that has
consistently been shown to be of greatest concern to the British public.
And we are worrying about it still even if our politicians
daren't address it. Particularly the issue of "integration." ...
There is just one aspect of Powell's speech that makes it such an
ongoing open wound. In Britain (as across the rest of Western Europe) in
recent decades an uncomfortable, "acceptable" consensus has been arrived
at. It recognizes that if a British person were to go to another country
(say India, or China) and especially if they were to go in their
hundreds of thousands, or even millions they would not be regarded
as Indian or Chinese. At best they would be incomers in these places. At
worst they would be branded "colonialists." Perhaps that will be for a
while longer (though not necessarily limitlessly) the fate of post-colonial
Europeans. Yet at the same time we also hold to the dogma that anybody from
anywhere in the world who makes it to our countries becomes part of our
country and to say otherwise is to be racist. To demand integration is
"racist." To deprecate any lack of integration is to be "racist." And in
any case, there is no penalty paid by any immigrant (nor any immigrant
group) that shows no desire to integrate nor any intention of integrating.
Immigration abroad asylum, European Union
EU gave asylum to more than half a million refugees in 2017 - stats office
Reuters, 19 April 2018.
The European Union gave asylum to more than half a million refugees
in 2017, its statistics office Eurostat said on Thursday, with Germany
taking in more than 60 percent.
The number was still down by about
a quarter compared with 2016, and followed a major surge of migration in
2015 which has strained the bloc's asylum system and caused political
wrangling over how to deal with the influx.
accounted for about a third of successful asylum cases in 2017, Eurostat
said, followed by Afghans and Iraqis.
Immigration abroad Germany, European Union
10,000 refugees from Middle East, North Africa to resettle in Germany
Euronews, 19 April 2018.
Around 10,000 refugees from North Africa and the Middle East will
be granted passage to Germany, the European Commission has confirmed. ...
In September, the Commission announced it would pay member states
to settle 50,000 refugees from Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Libya, and Sudan by
2019 as part of efforts to stabilise the flow of migration from across the
Up to 500 million had been set aside for the
scheme, meaning some 10,000 would be paid out for each person
Politics Conservative Party, UKIP
Tory Brexiteers forget millions voted Leave for action, not cuddly rhetoric, on immigration
Daily Telegraph, 19 April 2018.
I like Boris Johnson and believe he played a crucial role in the
campaign to secure Brexit in 2016. But a comment on migration and Brexit
which he made in an interview with the Telegraph today is plain wrong and I
cannot let it stand.
He said: "Countries are democratically
entitled to decide how open they should be. That was the problem with the
EU - it fundamentally took away people's democratic ability to decide who
could come. That was why it was right to take back control. It's not about
migration, it's about control. It's about who calls the shots."
Although I agree with a lot of the points in this paragraph
the idea of taking back control being the most obvious - Boris is being
disingenuous on the matter of migration. Millions who voted for Brexit did
so precisely because they regard it as a massive problem.
worse is that Boris knows this full well. Regrettably, he appears
publicly, at least to have been infected by the political
correctness bug which has turned the British government into the biggest
band of virtue signallers to run our country in its history. ...
First, though, it cannot be said too many times: the EU's open
border policy has been ruinous for some parts of the UK, particularly
communities in Essex, Lincolnshire and the North. In the decade from 2004,
the year that the Czech Republic, Estonia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania,
Hungary, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia joined the EU, about
2,000,000 EU citizens many lacking professional qualifications and
skills came to live in Britain. That's the rough equivalent of twice
the population of Birmingham. There was no consultation about this. It was
simply a consequence of Britain's membership of the EU.
towns and cities changed significantly through the sheer concentration of
numbers in which these EU citizens settled. Economically, the existing
workforce was undercut, costing jobs and businesses. And practically, this
influx put schools, housing, transport and medical services under huge
pressure. Only a fool would pretend that this wave of immigration didn't
change the lives of those Britons most affected by it. And only someone
with no experience of such upheaval would deny that it eventually caused
widespread resentment. ...
With people like Boris and Gove in the
government, Britain is never going to get what it voted for 22 months ago.
And it's no exaggeration to say we are heading down the path of being
betrayed for reasons of political correctness.
Illegal immigration repatriation
Home Office incompetence on Windrush is no reason to end the hostile environment against illegal migrants
Daily Telegraph, 18 April 2018.
The Home Office, like any organisation, makes mistakes. Home Office
mistakes, however, can be existential for the people involved. It evidently
made a big mistake in being unaware of the "Windrush anomaly"
children of first-wave Caribbean immigrants who had been granted permanent
residence in 1971 but in many cases had never acquired proper
As the Government, rightly, tries to bear down on
the corrosive, anti-social phenomenon of illegal immigration, many of those
British Caribbeans got caught up in the "hostile environment" (better name,
please) campaign against illegals and found themselves unable to prove
their right to be here. ...
But we should recall why the hostile
environment was introduced and why it should not suffer collateral damage
from this example of Whitehall's tin ear.
Britain has an illegal
immigration problem. It has been overshadowed by arguments about
historically high levels of legal immigration. But there are probably close
to 1 million people living in the UK illegally and they are being added to
at the rate of 70,000 or 80,000 a year a combination of visa
over-stayers (40,000 to 50,000), people smuggled in on lorries (10,000) and
people refused asylum who nevertheless stay (about 20,000). ...
Although enforcement costs £500 million a year and employs
5,000, only about 12,000 people were removed against their will last year
and half were criminals. Another 18,000 people left voluntarily but that is
probably less than half the number that is being added to the illegal total
Why is it so hard to remove people? Partly because human
rights law gives people an incentive to spin out the asylum process in the
hope that they can then qualify under the right to family life. There is
now only one right of asylum appeal but many claimants will then put in for
judicial review. Other problems include too few detention centres and
non-cooperation of countries of origin.
Gang behind huge multi-million pound network of cannabis farms run by 'Albanian mafia' are jailed
Manchester Evening News, 18 April 2018.
An investigation into a £6m network of cannabis farms
controlled by the 'Albanian mafia' has led to 26 people being jailed.
Police launched Operation Tisdale in March 2016 to dismantle a
large organised crime group who conspired to grow, package, and sell the
drug on a huge scale nationwide.
Eighteen of those jailed are from
Greater Manchester and Cheshire. ...
The operation was controlled
by organised criminals from Albania - whose 'mafia' gangs have become
significant players in the UK drugs trade in recent years. ...
Twenty-six people were arrested, charged and convicted of offences
including conspiracy to supply class B drugs, money laundering and false
Immigration abroad violent crime, Sweden
Sweden's deadly problem with hand grenades
BBC, 18 April 2018.
A stark rise in incidents involving hand grenade explosions has
become emblematic of the wider rise in violent crime in Swedish cities,
report James Clayton and Caitlin Hanrahan for BBC Newsnight. ...
The number of explosions caused by hand grenades has increased in
Sweden in recent years. There were fewer than five in 2014 but at least 20
in 2017, and a further 39 grenades were seized by police.
devices are easily obtained, says Reine Bergland of Stockholm police. They
can be bought from gangs for just a couple of hundred Swedish kroner (about
"Sometimes when they buy weapons they get grenades as
part of the deal. They throw in a couple of hand grenades, so to speak."
The rise in possession of hand grenades - mainly unused stock from
the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s - has come to symbolise Sweden's heated
debate about violent crime as it heads towards an election in September.
There were 306 shootings last year, which left 41 people dead.
In 2011, there were 17 fatalities.
The violence has turned some
parts of Stockholm into "no-go zones" for paramedics, says Henrik
Johansson, former head of Sweden's paramedics union.
live in these areas are very scared to call the police or get help from
ambulances. They are scared about consequences for them and their
Police have acknowledged 60 or so "vulnerable areas" but
reject the description of "no-go zones", a highly loaded term in Sweden.
After all, violent crime in Sweden and who is to blame for it has
become an ideological battlefield. ...
humanitarian superpower, Sweden took in the highest number of asylum
seekers per capita during the migrant crisis of 2015. Many were refugees
fleeing war and abuses in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Eritrea.
There is very little evidence that the migrants are to blame for a
rise in violent crime. But Sweden - so often the place that countries have
looked to follow on social policy - has not been so successful at
integrating migrants over the past 20 years.
Immigration abroad France
'France can't take in all the misery' Defiant Macron vows to tighten asylum rules
Daily Express, 17 April 2018.
Emmanuel Macron warned France cannot take in "all the misery in the
world" as he defended the country's tough new immigration and asylum laws.
The French President stressed France could not offer sanctuary to all those
seeking to escape unemployment and extreme poverty.
"France cannot take in all the misery of the world.
"In France, the
right to asylum is unconditional, it is constitutional, and we have a duty
to take in people whose lives would be at risk if they were forced to
"That said, people who are not eligible for asylum
must be dealt with as quickly as possible and sent back to their home
countries as quickly as possible."
Mr Macron warned the
unprecedented migration crisis is several years old now, and shows no sign
The controversial new bill, which was presented to
parliament in February, was designed to accelerate asylum procedures,
improve conditions in migrant reception centres, and speed up deportations.
In January, the French Office for the Protection of Refugees
and Stateless Persons (OFPRA) said that more than 100,000 people had
applied for asylum in France in 2017, a "record" number and an increase of
17 per cent on the year before.
Border police officials, for their
part, said that an estimated 85,000 migrants had been stopped from entering
France in 2017.
Politics integration, multiculturalism
Enoch Powell was wrong so were his critics
Spiked, 17 April 2018.
[Jon Holbrook is a barrister]
Powell's speech was based on two premises from which he drew ugly
conclusions. His first was that racial integration was essential for the
cohesiveness of society. His second was that racial integration on the
scale required in Britain in 1968 was impossible. /.../ And so it was that
Powell argued that because, in his opinion, black and white could not live
together, it was necessary to keep Britain white by stopping immigration
and encouraging repatriation. ...
Powell's argument struck a raw
nerve with the political class because they mostly agreed with his policy
prescriptions. /.../ Moreover, the political class broadly agreed with
Powell's two premises. They instinctively knew that integration was
necessary, but they were so disdainful of ordinary people that they
believed that integration was not, on the scale required, possible.
Powell's ugly conclusions made them distinctly uncomfortable.
mostly accepting Powell's two premises, his critics could not challenge the
content of his speech. But they could and did challenge his tone and lurid
metaphors. /.../ Heath then gave a television interview where he said
nothing to distance his party from the content of Powell's speech, but
stated his determination 'to do everything I can to prevent racial problems
from developing into civil strife'. Powell's Tory critics sought to avoid
what he predicted not with different policies, but with different
As for the Labour government, it shared the Tory view
that a proper debate on race, racism and integration was not desirable.
After nearly three weeks of silence on Powell's speech, the prime minister
Harold Wilson said: 'I am not prepared to stand aside and see this country
engulfed by the racial conflict which calculating orators or ignorant
prejudice can create.' Wilson went further when he declared, 'There is a
clear duty on the parliamentary leadership of government and of opposition
parties to do all in our combined power to take these inflammatory issues
out of politics'. After Powell's brief interlude, race regained its status
as an issue that was deemed unsuitable for a political debate involving the
... In so far as a majority sided with Powell's ideas,
it was only because of the two scenarios on offer, Powell's at least had a
degree of coherence. For if, as was the case, the political class did not
believe that integration was possible, Powell's critics seemed to have no
credible solution. Indeed, their approach of sacking Powell and shutting
down debate merely betrayed their own lack of ideas. ...
speech was prompted by the imminent second reading of the Race Relations
Bill 1968. Powell recognised that under the Labour government, that had
already passed (with Tory support) a Race Relations Act in 1965, a
Labour-led political class was steering the country away from the notion of
racial integration and towards a form of multiculturalism. ...
Powell and his critics were both wrong to dismiss the ability of black and
white to live together in an integrated society. Powell was good at logic
and colourful language; his critics were good at spin and the language of
obfuscation. Powell offered racial conflict, his critics offered
multiculturalism. Powell's critics won the day. Fifty years on we know that
both were wrong: it is the politics of integration that we needed then, and
Immigration population growth, Africans
Macron: Europe Entering Age of 'Unprecedented' Mass Migration, 'Shares Destiny' with Africa
Breitbart, 17 April 2018.
'Bombshell' population growth in Africa means Europe is entering an
"unprecedented" age of mass migration, Emmanuel Macron has said, asserting
that the two continents' destinies are "bound".
phenomenon we are facing will be historic," declared the French president
in a television appearance Sunday night, when he announced that "great
poverty", "climate change", and "geopolitical conflicts" will see Africans
flooding into Europe "for many years to come".
To back up his
point, Macron pointed to "bombshell" population growth across the third
world continent, which he added has been "tremendously well described" by
French-American journalist and professor Stephen Smith in a recent book.
Smith, the Africa expert to whom Macron referred during his
appearance on BFMTV, estimates that the number of Africans living in Europe
will grow from nine million to between 150 million and 200 million within
the next 30 years.
In The Rush to Europe, the Duke
University professor describes a massive, unprecedented population transfer
still in its infancy, which he explains will "paradoxically"
be triggered largely as a result 0f Western aid money financing would-be
migrants' journeys from Africa.
Asserting he set out to provide a
"dispassionate" expert view on how Africa's demographic explosion will
affect Europe, Smith in his book has outlined a number of different
scenarios he believes could emerge from the situation.
optimistic" of these according to Le Figaro is
"Eurafrica", which would see mass migration create a 'welcoming',
multicultural Europe, which "would fully embrace being a 'mixed-race land
of immigration and interbreeding'".
This scenario would see the end
of welfare states in Europe however, Smith said, pointing to the
incompatibility of large-scale immigration and generous social programmes.
Another possible scenario, 'Fortress Europe', is one which involves
"a battle generally considered unwinnable, or even shameful" but which
Smith points to as the case which strongly "has its reasons and its chances
to succeed", noting the effectiveness of EU deals with Libya and Turkey in
stopping the influx.
Crime child sexual abuse
Members of Oxford child sex gang who indecently assaulted three teenage girls and sexually humiliated another are jailed for total of 20 years
MailOnline, 17 April 2018.
Two men on the periphery of a twisted child sex gang who indecently
assaulted three teenage girls and sexually humiliated another were jailed
for a total of 20 years today.
The victims of Raheem Ahmed and
Kamran Khan, of Bolton, said they thought the abuse was normal. ...
Judge Peter Ross heard at Oxford Crown Court how the girls were
left permanently scarred by the abuse.
Illegal immigration NHS patients, public opinion
Public backs sharing patient details with immigration, says NHS
pharmaphorum, 16 April 2018.
The NHS has responded to criticism of its policy of sharing
patients' names and addresses with immigration officials, citing a survey
showing that the majority of the public support it.
The House of
Commons Health and Social Committee has been investigating arrangements
allowing NHS Digital to share patients' records with immigration officials.
The latest report repeats the committee's conclusion last year
that NHS Digital should withdraw from the MoU until a review of the NHS
Code of Confidentiality is complete.
In response, NHS Digital
published a survey of 2,000 people it commissioned to gauge public opinion
on the policy.
In the survey, 72% of respondents supported sharing
patients' address details with the home office to trace people suspected of
an immigration crime.
Immigration abroad violent crime, Sweden
Sweden's violent reality is undoing a peaceful self-image
Politico, 16 April 2018.
The topic of crime is sensitive, however, and debate about the
issue in the consensus-oriented Scandinavian society is restricted by
To understand crime in Sweden, it's important to note that
Sweden has benefited from the West's broad decline in deadly violence,
particularly when it comes to spontaneous violence and alcohol-related
killings. The overall drop in homicides has been, however, far smaller in
Sweden than in neighboring countries.
Gang-related gun murders, now
mainly a phenomenon among men with immigrant backgrounds in the country's
parallel societies, increased from 4 per year in the early 1990s to around
40 last year. Because of this, Sweden has gone from being a low-crime
country to having homicide rates significantly above the Western European
average. Social unrest, with car torchings, attacks on first responders and
even riots, is a recurring phenomenon.
Shootings in the country
have become so common that they don't make top headlines anymore, unless
they are spectacular or lead to fatalities. News of attacks are quickly
replaced with headlines about sports events and celebrities, as readers
have become desensitized to the violence. A generation ago, bombings
against the police and riots were extremely rare events. Today, reading
about such incidents is considered part of daily life. ...
response, the Swedish government has launched an international campaign for
"the image of Sweden" playing down the rise in crime, both in its media
strategy and through tax-funded PR campaigns. ...
But the reality
is different for those on the ground: The head of the paramedics' union
Ambulansförbundet, Gordon Grattidge, and his predecessor Henrik
Johansson recently told me in an interview that some neighborhoods are
definitely no-go for ambulance drivers at least without police
Since crime is intimately linked to the country's
failure to integrate its immigrants, the rise in violence is a sensitive
subject. When the Swedish government and opposition refer to the country as
a "humanitarian superpower" because it opened its doors to more immigrants
per capita during the migrant crisis than any other EU country, they mean
it. This has resulted in some impressive contortions.
Labor Market Minister Ylva Johansson appeared on the BBC, where she claimed
that the number of reported rapes and sexual harassment cases "is going
down and going down and going down." In fact, the opposite is true, which
Johansson later admitted in an apology.
Similarly, in an op-ed for
the Washington Post, former Prime Minister Carl Bildt described the
country's immigration policy as a success story. He did not elaborate on
violent crime. ...
Sometimes it takes an outsider to put things in
perspective. A recent piece by Bojan Pancevski in London's Sunday Times put
a spotlight on immigration and violent crime. The article caused a scandal
in Sweden and was widely seen as part of the reason why the British and
Canadian foreign ministries issued travel advice about the country, citing
gang crime and explosions.
Politics Enoch Powell, UKIP
Enoch Powell right about immigration, UKIP's Neil Hamilton claims
BBC, 16 April 2018.
The idea Enoch Powell was a "racist villain" is "absolute
nonsense", UKIP Wales leader Neil Hamilton has said.
The AM was
defending Powell's anti-immigration "rivers of blood" speech of 50 years
He told BBC Radio Wales the former Tory MP had been "proved
right by events" in terms of social change if not violence.
Cymru leader Leanne Wood accused Mr Hamilton of "keeping Powell's racist
rhetoric going" while Labour AM Hefin David called his comments
Mr Hamilton said although Powell been sacked
while the Tories were in opposition, when Mr Heath later became prime
minister he introduced a scheme for "voluntary repatriation of immigrants"
"The idea that Enoch Powell was some kind of uniquely
racist villain is absolute nonsense," Mr Hamilton told the Good Morning
"Powell actually changed politics by articulating
the fears and resentments of millions and millions of people who are being
ignored by the establishment."
Mr Hamilton said: "I think he's been
proved right by events.
"I don't think he was right in one sense,
in that we have not seen the kind of racial violence and intolerance
generated by this that, at the time, was happening in the United States."
But Mr Hamilton said the "social changes which mass immigration has
brought were never desired by the majority of the British people, and
indeed they had never been asked 'do you want to transform your country in
the way that has happened'."
When it was put to him that Powell
accepted he was a racist, Mr Hamilton suggested that it was "racism in the
sense of appreciating differences in cultures, and differences between
nations, not that one race or nation is inferior to another by definition".
"He wasn't a racist in the crude sense", Mr Hamilton added. ...
The UKIP Wales leader said people wouldn't be worried about
immigration if it was "moderate in scale", and went on to say that London
was "like a doughnut".
"A great proportion of the white population
of central London has moved out to the suburbs," he said.
"Is it a
good thing that we should have our great cities transformed into
effectively racial ghettos?"
Multiculturalism public opinion
Multiculturalism has failed, believe substantial minority of Britons
Observer, 15 April 2018.
Fifty years after Enoch Powell's notorious "Rivers of Blood"
speech, a large minority of Britons appears to believe that
multiculturalism has failed and different communities generally live
A YouGov poll of 5,200 people to be released
tomorrow and commissioned by anti-fascist group Hope Not Hate, found that
43% predicted relationships between different UK communities will
deteriorate over the next few years compared to 14% who feel things will
improve. More than two-thirds of Conservative Leave voters said they
believed multiculturalism wasn't working.
Nick Lowles, chief
executive of Hope Not Hate, said: "There is clearly much work to do.
Powell's speech led anti-racism campaigners to mobilise the
anniversary of the speech must do the same."
The YouGov poll does
offer grounds for optimism, with almost half of respondents describing
Britain as a successful multicultural society, although that sentiment is
mostly shared among Remain voters and Liberal Democrat supporters. ...
A Gallup poll conducted weeks after the 1968 speech found 74% of
the British population agreed with the "Rivers of Blood" speech, in which
Powell strongly criticised levels of immigration to Britain, particularly
from the Commonwealth. ...
The YouGov survey found that 40% felt
his warning has proved well-founded compared to 41% of respondents
who believe Powell's gloomy view of race relations was wrong.
narrow majority of 51% worried that immigration was increasing the pressure
on hospitals and schools. More than one-third of all respondents see Islam
as a threat to the British way of life, fractionally more than the
proportion who view the Muslim faith and the British way of life as
The vast majority of respondents 81% said
they felt happy in their communities and almost one-third of people said
that they or a family member has been in relationship with someone of a
different ethnicity to themselves.
A majority of people 59%
believe that having a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds is
part of British culture, a proportion that has steadily increased since
Hope Not Hate first posed the question in 2011, when 49% of people agreed
with the statement.
Population pressure housing
Government forced to release data to back up Dominic Raab immigration house price claim
PoliticsHome, 14 April 2018.
The Government has published the data behind the Housing Minister's
claim migration has pushed the cost of a house in the UK up by 20% over 25
Dominic Raab made the claim in a wide-ranging interview in
the Sunday Times last week, and pointed to statistics from the Office of
National Statistics (ONS) to support the accusation.
"Based on the
ONS data, the advice to me from the department is that in the last 25 years
we have seen immigration put house prices up by something like 20%," he
However, the data released by the Government showed the model
used by Mr Raab covered the period 1991-2016 in which immigration
contributed to a 21% increase.
The figures were based on detailed
reports published in 2007 and 2008 by the National Housing and Planning
Immigration welfare benefits, East Europeans
The EU nationals earning THREE TIMES as much on UK benefits as working at home
Daily Express, 14 April 2018.
The shock figures give a clear indication as to why people from
countries including Poland, Lithuania, Bulgaria are so keen to move to this
country rather than face a life of toil for a fraction of the money they
can expect to receive should they move over here.
Using the turn2us
benefits calculator recommended by the Government's own gov.uk website,
Express.co.uk calculated that an average family of four living in London
could expect to receive benefits totalling £1,842.45 a month.
According to tradingeconomics.com, this is significantly higher
than the average monthly manufacturing wage for Lithuania (£768),
Poland (£936), Latvia (£642), Slovakia (£906), Romania
(£773) and Bulgaria (£500).
Statistics published on
tradingeconomics.com also reveal that the national minimum monthly wage in
Lithuania is just £458 barely a quarter of what they could
expect to receive in benefits in the UK.
In Bulgaria, this figure
is £115, amounting to one-sixteenth.
All of which may help to
explain why, as of 2015, the Office for National Statistics estimated the
UK to be home to 831,000 Poles, 220,000 Romanians, 151,000 Lithuanians,
94,000 Latvians, 85,000 Slovakians and 80,000 Bulgarians. ...
situation is such that the UK is now home to numerous recruitment agencies
which specifically target workers from Eastern Europe to work over here.
Immigration abroad Islam, free speech, Sweden
Sweden's War on Free Speech
Breitbart, 14 April 2018.
Apparently, turning in fellow Swedes to the authorities for alleged
"hate speech" is now viewed in Sweden as "heroic".
criticize fascism or Nazism, but why not Islam? Why should Islam have any
protection status?" Denny, a 71-year-old pensioner, on trial for
"incitement to hatred".
Instead of using its limited resources to
protect its citizens from the violent onslaught against them, Sweden is
waging a legal war on its pensioners for daring to speak out against the
same violent onslaught from which the state is failing to protect them.
Asylum family members, EU, UK
Child refugees have right to bring family, EU court rules
The Week, 13 April 2018.
Child refugees who arrive in Europe alone must be allowed to apply
for family members to join them, the EU's top court has ruled.
decision, handed down by the European Court of Justice on Thursday, also
applies to young refugees who reach adulthood before the end of the asylum
The right for young refugees to be reunified with their
families "is not at the discretion of the member states," the court said.
The case centred on a teenage girl from Eritrea who applied for
asylum in the Netherlands and turned 18 during the process, according to
After it was granted, she sought to bring her
family members to the country, but her application was denied by local
Yesterday's decision "could impact tens of thousands
of unaccompanied minors who applied for asylum within the bloc," the German
The situation in the UK
adult refugees are allowed to be reunited with their family members. Child
refugees who have travelled to the UK alone are not permitted to bring
parents or siblings to join them. ...
Last month, MPs backed
proposed legislation to enable refugee children to sponsor applications for
close relatives to settle with them in the UK.
Foreign offenders in Leicestershire cost Government £7.7m last year
Leicester Mercury, 13 April 2018.
Referring foreign national offenders in Leicestershire to the Home
Office for deportation cost the criminal justice system around £7.7
million last year.
Foreign national offenders are classed as any
offender who is not a UK citizen. Their offences could have been committed
overseas or in the UK.
For those who committed offences overseas,
those crimes might not come to light until the individual is brought to the
attention of police in this country, sometimes for minor offences. ...
During 2017, 110 offenders who passed through Leicestershire Police
custody suites were referred to the Home Office.
The Office for
National Statistics estimates the cost of dealing with such criminals to be
about £70,000 per offender.
The figures were revealed as
Detective Sergeant Gary Bee and Pc Tony Andrews from Operation Advenus gave
a presentation on their work to the Leicestershire Safer Communities
Strategy Board at a County Hall meeting. ...
Det Sgt Bee said: "The
misconception is that there is an application process, but that is not the
"The reality is that people [from the EU] with convictions,
and often very serious convictions, can move to the UK with an entirely
"It is startling, but this is the situation we face.
"The worrying thing is that often the first time we come into
contact with these people is often when we get them in custody." ...
An average of 120 foreign national offenders pass through
Leicestershire Police's custody suites per month. The 110 offenders
referred to the Home Office in 2017 were able to be referred for
deportation because of the severity of their criminal backgrounds. ...
Pc Andrews said: "These costs mentioned are just to manage
offenders who are referred to the Home Office.
"If we were talking
about [dealing with] a murder or a stranger rape, then the costs are
Crime drug smuggling
Corrupt baggage handlers who smuggled hundreds of kilos of cocaine into Heathrow by switching bags to domestic pick-up carousels were caught after one of them was busted passing drugs under a table
in a Burger King in Kings Cross
MailOnline, 13 April 2018.
Mark Agoro was part of a 12 strong gang based in the UK involved in
a 'phenomenally lucrative' plot that saw hundreds of kilos of cocaine pass
through Heathrow Airport.
Drug laden suitcases were flown into
Heathrow Airport from Brazil and were moved from the international arrivals
carousel to the domestic arrivals hall to avoid security checks. ...
The court heard one of the ringleaders Joysen Jhurry, 41, was a
baggage handler working at Heathrow and was helped by his brother-in-law,
Preetam Mungrah, 44, and other crooked handlers at Terminal 5 including
Damion Goodhall, 30, and Wilfred Owusu, 30.
couriers including Danovan Bull, 45, and Moses Awopetu, 38, and Agoro to
fly in and collect the luggage and walk away without any customs checks,
Southwark Crown Court heard.
Michael Sutherland, 48, was also 'high
up' in the plot, organising couriers and 'therefore involved in the onward
distribution of cocaine'.
Leiona Townshend-Bartley, 32, Francisca
Archer, 26, Aziz Abdul, 37, and Mohammad Ali, 41, had lesser roles as
couriers or helpers.
Politics Enoch Powell, BBC, free speech
BBC to re-air Enoch Powell's 'rivers of blood' speech this weekend to mark its 50th anniversary - amid calls for the broadcast to be BANNED
13 April 2018.
The BBC has said listeners should 'wait to hear the programme
before they judge it', after receiving a wave of criticism for their
scheduled broadcast of Enoch Powell's 'rivers of blood' speech.
Lord Andrew Adonis led the calls for the broadcaster not to
transmit the 'incendiary and racist' speech, which is to be discussed by a
panel to mark its 50th anniversary. ...
Powell attacked the
government's immigration policy, called for less immigration and urged
those already in the UK to return to their country of origin. ...
But journalist and programme maker Sathnam Sanghera, whose parents
moved from India to Wolverhampton at the time of Powell's speech, said it
was intended as a retrospective discussion on why Powell had been proved
The speech, will be broken up into segments, and critiqued
by a panel, including by BBC media editor Amol Rajan, who will examine the
influence of the speech since it was first delivered.
It will be
read out on Saturday for the first time ever, on Radio 4's Archive On 4
In a letter to Ofcom chief executive Sharon White,
Labour peer Lord Adonis called on the media regulator to 'instruct the BBC
to cancel the proposed broadcast.
He wrote: 'It seems extraordinary
that one should have to make the argument in today's Britain that Powell's
speech is an incitement to racial hatred and violence which should not be
'If a contemporary politician made such a speech they
would almost certainly be arrested and charged with serious offences.'
Immigration abroad Germany
More Than Half of German Welfare Recipients Come from Migrant Backgrounds
Breitbart, 13 April 2018.
A report from the German Federal Employment Agency (BA) has shown
that more than half of the recipients of the Hartz IV welfare income
benefit come from migrant backgrounds, with Syrians the largest group in
The report lists a 69 per cent increase in welfare
recipients from non-German backgrounds since 2010 for a total of 2.1
million individuals, while the overall number of German Hartz IV recipients
has fallen by 20 per cent over the same period, Die Welt reports.
Syrians represent the highest number of beneficiaries with 584,000
Syrian nationals living on benefits with Turks coming in second with
259,000 individuals living off the German taxpayer.
The figure does
not include asylum seekers who have yet to receive a final decision on
their asylum claim as they are given money under the Asylum Seekers
Benefits Act. While most failed asylum seekers do not receive Hartz IV
benefits, those who have failed the asylum process but are allowed to stay
in Germany as "tolerated" persons do have access to the programme.
Around 32.1 million people in Germany are in jobs that require them
to pay social security contributions; of those, only 157,000 taxpayers come
from countries approved for asylum claims like Syria, Iraq, Eritrea, and
In Austria, which also took in tens of thousands of
migrants in 2015, former Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka admitted that
up to 90 per cent of asylum seekers end up on benefits.
Crime machete crime
One machete crime every 90 minutes on Britain's streets as police try to deal with thugs carrying out murders, rapes and burglaries
Daily Mail, 13 April
Machete attacks are taking place every 90 minutes on our streets,
Criminals are increasingly picking the jungle
blades as their weapons of choice to instill terror in victims and rival
Police forces are dealing with rising numbers of
machete-wielding thugs carrying out murders, rapes, robberies and
Figures uncovered using freedom of information
requests show that in the last two months of 2017 police dealt with 928
crimes involving machetes. This is an average of 15 a day or one
every 90 minutes.
London saw 425 of the attacks, with 99 in Greater
Manchester, 77 in the West Midlands and 29 each in Merseyside and West
It represents a dramatic rise from just three years
before, when the deadly blades were used in only 100 crimes a month over
the same period.
The machete was originally intended as a tool used
to cut undergrowth or sugar cane in Latin America and Africa. ...
Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that in the
year to September 2017 the police recorded 37,443 offences involving a
knife or sharp instrument a 21 per cent increase on the previous
year, and the highest since records began seven years ago.
Illegal immigration costs
Kids of illegal immigrant parents facing boot from UK receiving £300-a-week of taxpayer cash while living in Africa
The Sun, 12 April 2018.
The children of two illegal immigrants facing the boot from Britain
are getting a £300-a-week from taxpayers while living in
The UK-born pair a boy, seven, and girl, one
moved in with their aunt last month after a court ruled their parents were
unfit to care for them.
The family's county council, thought to be
in Southern England, has agreed to pay £15,600-a-year to the children
over the next nine years, until the eldest turns 16.
will be supported for six more years at around £150 a week
By the time she is 16 in 2033 the total bill
will top £187,000.
Tory Andrew Bridgen blasted: "This case
lays bare the cost of illegal immigration to taxpayers."
Court judgment revealed the mum, 37, arrived on a working holiday visa from
Africa in 2004.
She then switched to a student visa until 2012.
But when she applied for UK residency a year later she was turned
The woman then applied for asylum, claiming she was a sex
abuse and trafficking victim. Both claims were exposed as fake.
dad, 37, arrived on a working holiday visa in around 2004.
convicted of possessing a fake passport and jailed for six months. ...
Mr Justice Moor said the allowance would ensure the children have a
comfortable and secure life.
Crime human trafficking
Romany family who bought destitute slaves from Eastern Europe for £200 a head then kept them in cellars and swindled benefits in their names are found guilty of
MailOnline, 12 April 2018.
Five members of a Romany family have been found guilty of
trafficking homeless people from eastern Europe into Britain to work as
The group, based in Newcastle, bought and sold their
victims for as little as £200, and forced them to live in cellars and
sleep in cramped rooms.
The Rafael family picked them up off the
streets of central Europe and then used them to claim benefits by arranging
National Insurance numbers for them, but pocketed the cash themselves,
Teesside Crown Court heard.
Headed by Roman Rafael, the gang, from
Slovakia, were convicted of charges including forced labour, money
laundering and conspiracy to traffic with a view to exploitation.
Victims were picked up from Slovakia and the Czech Republic and
offered flights to the UK and work, but were then enslaved and sent to work
in food packaging factories, the court heard.
Their lack of English
and any documentation, as well as little access to money, effectively left
Immigration abroad terrorism, France
Islamic Extremist Caught with USB Containing Identities of 2,626 French Intelligence Officials
Breitbart, 12 April 2018.
A female Islamic extremist has been caught by police in possession
of a USB key that contained the identities of 2,626 intelligence officials
from France's Central Directorate of Interior Intelligence (DCRI).
The woman, identified as Mina B., was already known to the
country's intelligence services and had been placed on the terror watch
list known in France as the S-File, Le Point reports. ...
Islamic sympathies within the French police are not unknown. Last year,
Breitbart London reported that a man who was on the terror watch list
managed to become a police officer despite being an S-File member.
Immigration schools, nationality data
Schools no longer have to collect data on pupils' nationality and country of birth
Independent, 11 April 2018.
Schools will no longer be made to collect data on pupils'
nationality and country of birth, following a series of court challenges by
The Department for Education (DfE) has dropped the
controversial categories from the school census just two years after the
policy was introduced. ...
Schools Week reported that the DfE would
write to schools, telling them they will no longer be required to fill out
the nationality category of school census forms. ...
declined to comment.
Crime racism, discrimination
Theresa May 'got it wrong' on stop-and-search, says ex-Scotland Yard chief
Evening Standard, 11 April 2018.
Former Scotland Yard police chief Lord Stevens today said Theresa
May had "got it wrong" when she ordered a reduction in stop-and-search
tactics, which were an "incredibly effective tool" in tackling street
Lord Stevens, Met commissioner from 2000 to 2005, told LBC's
Nick Ferrari programme there needed to be strong political leadership to
tackle the rise in violence in London. ...
Mrs May reformed stop
and search powers in 2014 as home secretary, saying the tactic
discriminated against young black men. The number of stop and searches fell
hugely. Lord Stevens said: "All of us came out and said this was the wrong
decision. It has to be intelligence-led and when you stop people treat them
with respect but the bottom line is you have to have stop and search, it is
the most incredibly effective tool and we have to get back into it."
Citizenship numbers, EU, UK
New statistics show almost one million people were granted EU citizenship in 2016 as Theresa May recommits to net migration target
Daily Telegraph, 10
Almost one million people were granted European Union citizenship
in 2016, giving them the right to live and work in the UK.
Approximately 995,000 people acquired citizenship of an EU member
state in the year of the Brexit referendum, a significant increase on 2015
when the figure stood at 841,000.
Meanwhile, the total number of
people who were granted British citizenship stood at approximately 150,000
- an increase of almost 30 per cent on 2015.
Freedom of movement
rules dictate that citizens of the EU are allowed to live and work in any
of the member states. ...
The data showed that just over 10 per
cent of the 995,000 people who acquired EU citizenship in 2016 were former
citizens of another EU country while the vast majority came from non-EU
countries or were stateless.
Moroccans, Albanians and Indians made
up the three largest groups. Just over 100,000 people from Morocco, 67,500
people from Albania and 41,700 from India acquired EU citizenship. Citizens
of India, Pakistan and Nigeria were the three main recipients of UK
Population pressure housing
Have house prices risen because of immigrants?
Full Fact, 10 April 2018.
Speaking to the Sunday Times, housing minister Dominic Raab said
that the government's ambition to reduce immigration to the tens of
thousands would help tackle the demand side of the housing shortage,
quoting analysis that immigrants had accounted for a 20% rise in house
prices over the past 25 years. ...
The Ministry of Housing,
Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) told The Times that the figure
couldn't be "found online or in published statistics, but said that the
minister had represented the officials' work accurately," adding: "The
figure was produced using an analytical model originally produced by the
National Housing and Planning Advice Unit [NHPAU], which incorporates
housing supply statistics."
It's inappropriate for ministers to use
figures that aren't in the public domain, and figures like these should be
published in full so that anyone can check where they're from and how
they're calculated. ...
The Migration Observatory at Oxford
University has said that the "evidence about the impact of migration on the
cost of houses is inconclusive."
In 2008, Professor Stephen
Nickell, head of the now-defunct NHPAU, said that with projected
housebuilding and immigration rates, the average house price would rise
from 7 times the average income, to 10 times the average income over the
period 2006 to 2026.
However, if net migration was reduced to zero,
the average house price would only increase to 9 times the average income
over the same period.
He added that the NHPAU model "suggests that
a 1% [...] rise in the number of households increased house prices by 2%."
In 2014, the MAC published another study, looking at research
published by Cambridge economist, Dr Filipa Sá, which found,
conversely, that immigration reduced house prices slightly at a local
level. The research found that for every 1% increase in a population due to
immigrants arriving in the area house prices reduced by around 1.6% or
Dr Sá found that the arrival of relatively less
affluent immigrants in an area prompted natives to leave the area, and
reduce house prices due to a mixture of reduced demand for houses and less
wealth in the area. Another study found that immigration to a local area
might decrease house prices at the lower end of the scale but had little
impact on higher house prices. ...
Between 1991 and 2016, average
UK house price increased from £57,000 to £215,000, an increase of
When factoring in inflation, according to the Consumer Price
Index, the increase amounts to 113%.
Crime culture, multiculturalism, community cohesion
Immigration and crime, is there a link?
Dainis Ignatans, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of Huddersfield
The Conversation, 10 April 2018.
Bold newspaper headlines either blame immigrants for a whole host
of issues or portray them as saintly helpers in the struggle for economic
The reality is that as researchers, we know little
about the relationship, if any, between immigration and crime. This is in
part because lowbrow journalistic obsession with immigration and crime has
made it somewhat a taboo topic for research. As evidenced by the limited
academic literature available, a consensus simply does not exist. ...
Research also shows that immigrants who come from culturally
similar backgrounds to their new area, are likely to commit fewer crimes
than the native population. Research on Los Angeles, for example, found
that a higher number of Latino immigrants who were from culturally similar
regions to the current residents, reduced the rates of violence in the
Similarly, research in Spain showed that Spanish speaking
immigrants had a much more benign impact on crime than those of other
origins. Such immigrants undoubtedly have an easier time moving to a new
country where the culture reflects something like their own.
yet, people from ethnic minority groups in Western countries are
disproportionately likely to be arrested and imprisoned for most crime
types. And asylum seekers are over-represented in the crime figures in
Germany and Denmark. ...
Immigrant populations tend to be very
concentrated, with people tending to reside in areas with existing
communities. My recent research shows that throughout England and Wales,
areas where immigrants from one single background make up a significant
majority of the immigrant population, tend to be low in crime. Nearly as
low in crime as the areas with small immigrant populations.
doesn't make a difference what the background of the immigrant population
is, what appears to be key is that there is a cultural similarity among the
immigrant population within an area. My research also found that areas with
very high numbers of immigrants that are low in crime or below the
nation's average tend to be areas with either European or African
But my research also showed that areas where two or
more cultures (other than that of the indigenous population) are prevalent,
tend to be very high in crime. This is specifically the case in areas with
the highest proportions of immigrants from Asia and Europe. In these areas
violent crime is 70% higher, property crime is 92% higher and vehicle crime
increases by 19% compared to national average.
The research I have
carried out shows the need to view culture as invaluable in the examination
of the impact immigration has on crime. ...
Social housing and
other affordable housing initiatives must also be thought through carefully
to avoid creating cultural clashes where possible.
Population pressure housing
Immigration has pushed house prices up by 20 per cent over a 25-year period, says Tory minister
Daily Mail, 9 April 2018.
Immigration has pushed property prices up by a fifth in 25 years,
housing minister Dominic Raab has said.
He is demanding that
post-Brexit immigration rules take account of the negative effects of
arrivals on the need for homes.
Mr Raab has passed his concerns on
to the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), which is to publish a report to
help the Government formulate new immigration plans.
'You've got to deal with demand as well as supply. You can't have housing
taken out of the debate around immigration.
'If we delivered on the
Government's target of reducing immigration to the tens of thousands every
year, that would have a material impact on the number of homes we need to
build every year.'
He said Office for National Statistics figures
from 1991 to 2016 showed the impact on property prices, adding: 'In the
last 25 years we have seen immigration put house prices up by something
like 20 per cent.'
Acknowledging that immigration benefited the
building industry by supplying workers, he added: 'The MAC is right to look
at the positive impact immigration has had on the country.
same time you can't just airbrush the costs and the impact it has on
Meanwhile, a report claims the value of cheaper homes
falls when asylum seekers move into an area.
The study for the
years 2004 to 2015 showed the impact left more expensive ones unaffected.
It said the effect was more acute in areas that voted for Brexit in
The paper by US academics William Lastrapes, of the
University of Georgia, and Thomas Lebesmuelbacher, of Xavier University in
Cincinnati, said asylum seekers put greater pressure on the local
population than other immigrants.
Truth about child refugees: Two-thirds quizzed about their age are found to be ADULTS, official report reveals after almost 3,000 people claiming to be unaccompanied minors apply for asylum in a
Daily Mail, 9 April 2018.
Nearly two-thirds of 'child' refugees who were questioned about
their real age after coming to Britain were found to be adults, an official
report has found.
In one year, 65 per cent of asylum seekers
assessed after claiming to be juveniles were judged to be over 18.
The report, by immigration watchdog David Bolt, revealed that the
Home Office received 2,952 asylum applications from unaccompanied children
in the year to June last year.
Out of these there were 705 age
disputes around a quarter of the total where officials
suspected the individual was lying about their age. Of these, 618 cases
were resolved and 402 or 65 per cent were found to be adults.
If these asylum seekers had been treated as children it would have
left councils and local taxpayers facing a care bill of millions of pounds
a year. ...
Home Office figures reveal that there have been 12,942
disputes over the ages of child asylum seekers since 2006, with 5,965
around 46 per cent found to be over 18 in this period. ...
Reacting to the figures, Tory MP Tim Loughton, a member of the
Commons home affairs select committee, said: 'This has been a problem for
some time. We have been a soft touch in too many cases for asylum seekers
who abuse our hospitality by elaborating their credentials. It is right we
give a safe haven to those who are in danger but too often we have been too
Ministers have ruled out using medical tests,
including dental checks, to assess the age of migrants. Citing guidance by
the Dental Medical Association, they say tests of teeth are 'inaccurate,
inappropriate and unethical'.
But Britain is one of only three EU
countries not to use medical checks to verify the age of child asylum
seekers. The others are Ireland and Cyprus.
Diversity Army, armed forces
Army officers told promotion will depend on 'inclusiveness'
Daily Telegraph, 9 April 2018.
Army officers could be passed over for promotion if they have not
done enough to improve "inclusiveness and diversity" in their units. ...
An MOD spokesman said the requirement is "an intrinsic part of the
behaviour we expect from everyone across Defence." ...
of 2016 a new objective was added to the checklist under the authority of
then Chief of Defence People, General Richard Nugee.
heading "Diversity and Inclusion" it says officers, warrant officers and
NCOs should: "Promote an inclusive culture within area of responsibility,
working to increase understanding and engagement through education and
Immigration schools, nationality data
Schools 'to drop gathering nationality data'
BBC, 9 April 2018.
Privacy campaigners say the Department for Education is to drop the
controversial requirement for schools in England to collect data about
The Against Borders for Children protest group
had warned the information could be used to check on the immigration status
Campaigners hailed it as a "victory" after a boycott and
The Department for Education would not confirm
reports of the policy change.
A report in Schools Week says schools
will be told in the next few weeks they no longer have to collect the data.
But the Department for Education has declined to deny or confirm
that it is about to shift its position.
Privacy campaigners, civil
liberties groups and teachers' unions had criticised the introduction in
2016 of a requirement for schools to gather data about pupils' nationality
and country of birth.
Immigration abroad Poland
EU Head Juncker Slams Poland for Taking in Ukrainian Migrants But Not Muslims
Breitbart, 9 April 2018.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Poland
should not choose which refugees to admit and should accept Muslims and
President Juncker said that Poland did not show the
proper 'solidarity' with the rest of the political bloc because it has only
allowed in large numbers of Ukrainian migrants and not Muslims, Swedish
broadcaster SVT reports. ...
Around one million Ukrainians have
arrived in Poland recently as part of a six-month work visa programme
introduced by the government. While some Ukrainians in Poland do not
consider themselves to be refugees, a few hundred Ukrainians have been
granted asylum status.
Crime race, police
Ex-race chief makes controversial call for tougher policing in black communities hit by knife crime than in white areas with less violence and says 'it's not white boys in Surrey who are being
Mail on Sunday, 8 April 2018.
A controversial call for tougher policing in black communities hit
by knife crime than in white areas with less violence has been made by the
former head of the Commission for Racial Equality.
In a move that
is bound to provoke a fierce debate, lifelong community relations
campaigner Trevor Phillips takes political leaders to task for failing to
acknowledge that rising knife crime in London involves race. ...
an interview with The Mail on Sunday, Mr Phillips said: 'We have to be
honest and say the central issue is not white boys in Surrey being
stabbed or stabbing other people. The victims and perpetrators are mainly
from a narrow range of backgrounds, and we should not be afraid to say so.
They are usually from black, Afro-Caribbean backgrounds.'
Phillips, whose parents came to the UK from the West Indies in the 1950s,
said police 'stop and search' powers, curbed by Mrs May as Home Secretary,
must be deployed in a 'more concentrated and intelligent way'.
There was no reason they should not use different methods in
different parts of the country, he argued, giving Tottenham and Maidenhead
as an example.
'In areas like Tottenham where I grew up and where
large numbers of black children are attacking other black children, there
is a case for policing them differently to places like Maidenhead where
this is not the case.'
Anticipating criticism from a 'vocal
minority,' he added: 'I realise some might say it is racist to use
different methods of policing for areas based on their ethnic make-up, but
I disagree. It is only racist if you believe all of today's policemen are
idiots: I don't. And in my experience, far from being opposed to such
measures, ethnic minorities are usually the ones most in favour of such
action because it is their young who are being killed and beaten.' ...
... He said: 'One of the main problems we face is that nobody has
had the courage to stand up and tell the truth. Unless we are honest enough
to acknowledge the real nature of the problem, and in particular the fact
that it has racial and cultural dimensions, all we are doing is flapping
our lips and virtue signalling.' ...
Mr Phillips, 64, was head of
the Commission for Racial Equality from 2003 to 2006 and took over its
successor, the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
Diversity discrimination, employment, heritage
WHITES NEED NOT APPLY: Brits of English Heritage Banned from Paid Training Postsà at English Heritage
Breitbart, 8 April 2018.
Historic England, the public body tasked with preserving England's
heritage, is advertising paid training placements for itself, the National
Trust, English Heritage and other bodies which are not open to white
"If you're interested in gaining skills and experience
for a career in heritage and identify as having Black, Asian or other
Minority Ethnic Heritage or mixed heritage (jump to Background to find out
why), please see how to apply below."
The 'background' section of
the advert explains how the Tory government published a Culture White Paper
in March 2016 which "challenged Historic England and other nationally
funded cultural organisations to develop and share strategies for improving
It explains how, "In response, Historic
England developed a Workforce Diversity Strategy which has several strands
of activity but one of the most significant is a new paid Heritage Training
Placements scheme for undergraduates and recent graduates with Black, Asian
or other Minority Ethnic Heritage."
The result is that the paid
training placements which are being offered not only at Historic
England but also other public bodies including the National Trust, the
Heritage Alliance, and English Heritage are not actually open to
applicants of English heritage.
Terrorism London transport
Revealed: Purge of extremist workers on London transport network
Evening Standard, 7 April 2018.
A purge of potential terrorists working on London's transport
system is being carried out to protect the public from another Islamic
State attack, Britain's security minister revealed today.
Wallace said that extremists who "would pose a risk to London and its
transport network" had already been removed from their posts during an
intensive drive to identify potential attackers.
He revealed that
the new action was intended to help police and the intelligence agencies
cope with the "acute" threat and suggested that further removals would take
place as part of the continued effort to disrupt would-be terrorists before
they could strike. ...
Mr Wallace said that with about 3,000 terror
suspects under active scrutiny and a further 20,000 logged as former
"subjects of interest", police and MI5 needed other methods, beyond
arresting suspects, to keep the public safe. Disrupting potential attackers
through early intervention was one way, particularly when they could use
their jobs for malign purposes.
Illegal immigration crime
International strike hits people smuggling network, NCA arrest suspected head
National Crime Agency, 6 April 2018.
An international law enforcement operation has disrupted what is
believed to be one of the most significant people smuggling networks
operating between Iraq and the UK.
National Crime Agency (NCA)
officers arrested three suspected members of the group yesterday in the
North West of England and Staffordshire. ...
These arrests, for
suspected immigration offences, coincided with the arrests of two men in
the Ghent area of Belgium following several months of joint operational
work between the NCA and Belgian Federal Police. ...
followed arrests made last month in Germany and Romania, coordinated by
Europol and Eurojust.
The suspects, all from or with links to the
Kurdish community, are believed to be part of a network of smugglers,
couriers and complicit lorry drivers stretching from Iraq to the UK.
The NCA believes the network are behind the smuggling of almost
three thousand migrants into Europe in a three month period last year. Many
were trying to reach the UK.
Lusty revival has two waggy stars
Daily Mail, 6 April 2018.
The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich Swan Theatre,
Two gorgeous lurchers nearly steal the show in
a largely forgotten 1700 comedy by Mary Pix. ...
Jo Davies's Royal
Shakespeare Company production opens with four female saxophonists jamming
away in period garb. ...
Was Mr Wringer cast because he is black?
If so, the RSC's clunking approach to politically correct casting has again
weakened its stage product.
I suppose its managers are under
pressure from the Arts Council to tick inclusiveness boxes, but at some
point they are going to have to decide if their core business is drama or
Crime illegal immigration
Home Office official was the ringleader of £6 million conspiracy which allowed 437 illegal immigrants into Britain
Daily Mail, 4 April 2018.
A Home Office official was at the centre of a £6 million
conspiracy which allowed hundreds of illegal immigrants into the country.
Shamsu Iqbal, 61, was the lynchpin of a gang which exploited his
'trusted' position to falsify records for at least 437 people.
Yesterday all four men involved in the scam were found guilty
following a trial and will now be sentenced at a hearing next week. ...
The potential loss to the taxpayer was assessed by Home Office
statisticians as £56 million, based on the amount the 437 illegal
immigrants could have falsely claimed in benefits over the six years of the
However, exactly how many immigrants were given 'ghost'
identities may never be known.
The conspiracy netted the gang
themselves more than £6.18 million, with much of the money spirited
back to Pakistan, Bangladesh and Dubai, where the criminals have strong
When ringleader Iqbal was arrested investigators found bank
accounts containing more than £1 million in cash. ...
Home Office source told the Mail: 'The bottom line is that we may never
know the true number of people this gang helped stay in the country.
'There could be literally hundreds more on their books that we
simply haven't found.
'The deception that has been allowed to go on
for years is highly embarrassing to the Home Office.
'Some of those
given new identities could even be potential terrorists. Many of them have
simply melted away meaning we will never trace them.'
co-accused were Sheikh Muhammad Usman, 45, legal case worker Mohammad
Khawar Aftab Hussain, 49, and worker Mohammad Ibrahim Ali, 48.
Usman is a qualified lawyer of Pakistani origin who worked at a
number of firms in London. British citizen Hussain, who was born in
Pakistan, and Ali, who came to Britain from Bangladesh aged 12, both worked
at solicitors' practices in London.
Terrorism France, Europe
France puts 78,000 security threats on vast police database
Associated Press, 4 April 2018.
France has flagged more than 78,000 people as security threats in a
database intended to let European police share information on the
continent's most dangerous residents more than all other European
countries put together according to an analysis by The Associated
The Schengen database which is separate to the
Europol database and far more widely used forms the backbone of
European security, allowing police, judicial authorities and other law
enforcement to immediately check whether a person is wanted or missing, or
a car is stolen, or a firearm is legal, for example. ...
relatively unknown provision in European law allows countries to flag
people for the "discreet checks" allowing law enforcement in one
country to notify counterparts elsewhere of a person's location and
activities. Use of the system intended for individuals who pose a
threat to national security or public safety has expanded enormously
since Islamic State extremists attacked Paris and Brussels in 2015 and
2016, from 69,475 in 2015 to 134,662 last year, according to data from
EU-LISA and Germany.
Immigration abroad deportation, Israel
Israel cancels UN deal to resettle African migrants
Independent, 4 April 2018.
Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he is
cancelling yesterday's agreement with the UN to relocate thousands of
African asylum seekers to Western countries. ...
Israel has faced
intense criticism over new plans to make 37,000 African migrants and asylum
seekers choose between deportation to either Rwanda or Uganda, or face an
unspecified amount of jail time.
The United Nations refugee agency
UNHCR stepped in on Monday with an offer to resettle around half of the
adult male immigrants, who are mostly Sudanese and Eritrean. The other half
were to be allowed to stay in Israel.
Women, children and the
elderly are supposed to be exempt from all deportation plans.
no states were named, the prime minister suggested Germany, Canada and
Italy were destinations. ...
Despite initially praising the deal at
a news conference in Jerusalem, the prime minister announced he was
suspending its implementation a few hours later. ...
The UN itself
has urged the Israeli government to reconsider the U-turn.
Politics Conservative Party
Theresa May could be forced to give up her 100,000 a year immigration target to get a Brexit trade deal with the EU as her top ministers push for concessions to get a better
MailOnline, 3 April 2018.
Theresa May could be forced to abandon her 100,000 a year
immigration target by top ministers who back concessions to get a better
trade deal with the EU.
The Prime Minister has long been a 'hawk'
on immigration but is outnumbered in her own Cabinet by ministers who are
back higher numbers of arrivals.
Senior Brexiteers Boris Johnson
and Michael Gove are among ministers who have publicly spoken in favour of
migration to Britain continuing after Brexit so long as it is under the
control of the Government.
Allowing EU citizens who have a job
offer to continue to come to Britain after Brexit could encourage Brussels
to agree a more comprehensive trade deal.
But it would likely end
hopes of ever slashing migration - currently running at almost 250,000 a
year - to the long-held Tory target of 100,000.
minister ally of Mrs May told The Sun: 'If you look at the members of the
Strategy and Negotiations Committee, they are all entrenched on their
various positions about our red lines, expect for immigration.
'That is the one area they'll all happily trade apart from her,
because Rudd, Hammond, Boris and Gove are all pro-migration.'
Immigration abroad USA
Migrant caravan heading to U.S. border puts Mexico in tough spot with Trump
Delphine Schrank and Mica Rosenberg
Reuters, 3 April 2018.
In some of the Mexican towns playing host to a "caravan" of more
than 1,200 Central American migrants heading to the U.S. border, the
welcome mat has been rolled out despite President Donald Trump's call for
Mexican authorities to stop them.
Local officials have offered
lodging in town squares and empty warehouses or arranged transport for the
migrants, participants in a journey organized by the immigrant advocacy
group Pueblo Sin Fronteras. The officials have conscripted buses, cars,
ambulances and police trucks. But the help may not be entirely altruistic.
Trump railed on Twitter against the caravan on Monday, accusing
Mexico of "doing very little, if not NOTHING" to stop the flow of
immigrants crossing the U.S. border illegally. ...
Fronteras has helped coordinate migrant caravans for the last several
years, though previously they had a maximum of several hundred
Immigration politics, Enoch Powell, public opinion
Fifty years after Rivers of Blood, Powell's legacy is increased immigration
Conservative Woman, 3 April 2018.
Who has done most to push up immigration and advance
multiculturalism and political correctness in this country? ...
is none other than J Enoch Powell, still the bogeyman of British politics
50 years after his 'Rivers of Blood' speech in Birmingham on April 20, 1968
which catapulted him to a special position in the liberal Left's chamber of
Powell, the MP for Wolverhampton and shadow defence
minister, gazed into the future and warned about the dangers of large-scale
immigration from other cultures, urging repatriation. ...
speech was denounced as 'evil' by The Times.
chorus of disapproval from the Establishment, a Gallup poll found that 73
per cent of the public agreed with the speech. The white working class were
particularly supportive of Powell: dockers and meat porters marched to have
him reinstated. (The white working class compounded their sin by voting
Thatcher, and have been held in contempt ever since by the Left, which set
about destroying their habitat and culture, not least by allowing mass
immigration. They are collateral damage of Powell's showboating.) ...
It is worth remembering that Powell's speech was aimed at the
Labour government's Race Relations Act 1968, which helped immigrants to get
council housing without having lived in an area for any length of time. Its
consequences were far-reaching. Decades of resentment about council housing
have followed it. ...
He clearly fancied himself as a seer, and any
serious consideration of life in modern Britain must conclude that he was
at least correct in predicting trouble ahead. Britain is now an angry,
divided country. Towns and cities have been radically altered and often
ghettoised. Multiculturalism is officially a failure: Trevor Phillips, the
former head of the Commission for Racial Equality, has said on numerous
occasions that the doctrine is a failure and a 'racket'. The director
general of MI5, Andrew Parker, made a rare public appearance last year to
warn the public about the serious and growing problem of Islamist terror.
Yet the liberal Left establishment are not minded to admit there is
anything wrong with our 'vibrantly diverse' society. It makes you wonder
just how much blood would have to be spilled before they would admit error.
Powell started and finished his speech with two sentences which
indicate that he felt it his bounden duty to tell the truth as he saw it:
'The supreme function of statesmanship is to provide against preventable
evils.' 'All I know is that to see, and not to speak, would be the great
Alas, by making a speech that was both highfalutin and
offensively redolent of the public bar ('piccaninnies', 'negroes') the
show-off Powell closed down an important debate. Serious public discussion
of mass immigration was virtually impossible for decades afterwards
surely not what he had hoped to achieve. The speech ruined his own career.
It energised and baited the May '68 generation, who went on sedulously to
institute and enforce political correctness and multiculturalism throughout
Immigration Europe, UN, public opinion
UN Easter Message: Migration Is 'Inevitable Desirable Necessary'
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
Breitbart, 3 April 2018.
The United Nations migration agency (IOM) has posted an upbeat
Easter message celebrating international migration as not only inevitable,
but also necessary and "desirable."
The UN message which
seems to echo the position of George Soros and his Open Society Foundations
follows hard on the heels of a Europe-wide survey on immigration,
which found that a striking 78 percent of European citizens want tighter
control of Europe's external borders. ...
anxiety over the prospect of Africans migrants arriving en masse into
Europe over the next decade, with 68 percent of those polled saying they
either "strongly fear" or "moderately fear" such a scenario.
Immigration EU migrants
Immigration BETRAYAL: UK to make it EASIER for EU migrants to stay in Britain after Brexit
Daily Express, 2 April 2018.
Brexit will make it easier for EU migrants to stay in the UK,
despite the government's promises to "take back control" of our borders, an
immigration document has revealed.
The sensational policy paper
suggests the government wants to remove requirements dictating permanent
residency applicants must show they have sickness insurance and work that
is "genuine and effective".
Now Theresa May plans to enact "a
presumption to grant rather than refuse" settled status in the UK - and
officials expect immigration numbers to rocket as a result.
Meanwhile leaked Home Office documents warn ministers that any
dilution of border controls post-Brexit could be "targeted by organised
criminality, fraudulent or abusive applicants". ...
believe there will be "large spikes in applications" during the 20-month
Brexit implementation period from March 29 2019 to December 31 2020, dubbed
'New Year's Leave'. ...
In fact the government has also refused to
spell out how a new visa system for EU migrants might work - and refuses to
guarantee that EU citizens will not get a special deal at the end of the
Immigration abroad Republic of Ireland
'Ireland is being repopulated and it doesn't seem to matter to the powers that be who is coming' - Kevin Sharkey calls for 'open dialogue' on immigration
Irish Independent, 2 April 2018.
Prospective Presidential candidate Kevin Sharkey has called for an
honest, open dialogue on immigration as he outlined some of his views on
the subject in a television interview. ...
When Mr D'Arcy put it Mr
Sharkey that his stance was somewhat ironic considering his own background,
Mr Sharkey replied: "My father was an immigrant, there are a lot of
positive aspects to immigration but it is going to end up coming down to
one thing and that is numbers. ...
"We should have an honest open
dialogue about it without being shut down and called racist. ...
"I've seen the effect of the good and the bad sides of immigration,
you know, how it helps a country to grow and develop. And also how
sometimes it puts a strain on the resources. We are a very small country
and I have spent a long time wondering at what point do we say 'we need to
start looking after Irish people as a priority'.
"People talk about
the housing crisis in Ireland. I don't think it is so much of a housing
crisis, I think it is a priority crisis.
"The armed forces are
underfunded, the hospitals, the housing situation... it is very difficult
to explain to people why you are not in a priority position if you are
Irish. Why we are seen, more and more, as a go-to destination." ...
"It matters to me very much that in 200 years, Ireland is still
Ireland. I think they way we are at the moment I worry that that is not
going to be the case." ...
"What I have concluded is what is really
going on is Ireland is being repopulated and it doesn't seem to matter to
the powers that be who is coming. They are not going to end up in Dublin 4.
"If we don't protect our future, if we don't protect what we have,
what has made us Irish, we won't be Irish in 200 years."
Londonistan: 423 New Mosques; 500 Closed Churches
Gatestone Institute, 2 April 2018.
"London is more Islamic than many Muslim countries put together",
according to Maulana Syed Raza Rizvi, one of the Islamic preachers who now
lead "Londonistan", as the journalist Melanie Phillips has called the
English capital. No, Rizvi is not a right-wing extremist. Wole Soyinka, a
Nobel Laureate for Literature, was less generous; he called the UK "a
cesspit for Islamists".
"Terrorists can not stand London
multiculturalism", London's mayor Sadiq Khan said after the recent deadly
terror attack at Westminster. The opposite is true: British
multiculturalists are feeding Islamic fundamentalism. Above all,
Londonistan, with its new 423 mosques, is built on the sad ruins of English
... Not only buildings are converted, but also
people. The number of converts to Islam has doubled; often they embrace
radical Islam, as with Khalid Masood, the terrorist who struck Westminster.
... Given the current trends, Christianity in England is
becoming a relic, while Islam will be the religion of the future.
In Birmingham, the second-largest British city, where many
jihadists live and orchestrate their attacks, an Islamic minaret dominates
the sky. ...
Most important cities have huge Muslim populations:
Manchester (15.8%), Birmingham (21.8%) and Bradford (24.7%). /.../ In
Bradford and Leicester, half the children are Muslim. Muslims do not need
to become the majority in the UK; they just need gradually to Islamize the
most important cities. ...
According to Innes Bowen, writing in
The Spectator, only two of the 1,700 mosques in Britain today follow
the modernist interpretation of Islam, compared with 56% in the United
States. The Wahhabis control six percent of mosques in the UK, while the
fundamentalist Deobandi control up to 45%. ...
... The British
cultural establishment is rapidly capitulating to Islamic fundamentalists
in accepting their demands. ...
... The British ambassador in Saudi
Arabia, Simon Collis, converted to Islam and completed the pilgrimage to
Mecca, the hajj. He now calls himself Haji Collis.
Racism xenophobia, Brexit
The myth of a post-Brexit surge in hate
Spiked, 2 April 2018.
Ever since Britons voted to leave the EU in June 2016, we have been
told by campaigners against Brexit that the vote was a product of
xenophobia and hate, and also that it further inflamed these prejudices.
This oft repeated assumption has served to disparage Brexit voters, who are
viewed as having been carried along by this tide of racism. And yet the
assumption is unfounded. As even new research from the EU itself suggests.
... Fifteen months after the vote, Matthew D'Ancona, developing the
oceanic theme, claimed Leave had 'surfed to victory on a tide of
xenophobia, bogus nostalgia and pettiness'.
... Recently, Lib Dem
leader Sir Vince Cable caricatured older Brexit voters as embracing
'nostalgia for a world where passports were blue, faces were white and the
map was coloured imperial pink'.
If the Brexit tide of xenophobia
thesis was true, it would surely be reflected in attitudes to EU migrants.
Yet the EU's own survey data over the period of November 2014 (the earliest
figures quoted) to November 2017 (the latest figures, just released)
provide substantial evidence against any 'tide of xenophobia' against EU
The EU report itself states that 'UK attitudes towards
immigration and free movement are noticeably more positive than before the
referendum on June 2016', and that, '[c]ompared with Spring 2016, the
number of respondents who consider immigration to be one of the two most
important issues, both on an individual basis and facing the country as a
whole, has halved'.
Crime knife crime
London cops 'scared' to stop and search as city's murder rate passes New York, says Met Chief
The Sun on Sunday, 1 April 2018.
Britain's top cop admits PCs are too scared to stop and search
suspects, despite an eight-year high in knife crime that has seen London
overtake New York for murders.
Cressida Dick said officers feared
breaching rules on harassing ethnic minorities.
The Met chief said:
"Cops probably did lose confidence. They were fearful they might get into
trouble or might not be supported if they had a complaint."
this year fifteen people have been murdered in the capital, compared to 14
in New York. ...
Blades killed 215 in England and Wales in the past
year and crimes top 100 a day.
Ms Dick hinted at a rise in checks.
"So it's one thing you'll see in the next year. We won't be
held back by political correctness. But it will be fair and irrespective of
Crime knife crime
Untie the hands of the police, PM, and let them end scourge of knife crime
Sir Mike Penning
The Sun on Sunday, 1 April 2018.
Britain is in the grip of a knife crime epidemic and it is
spreading far beyond our inner cities. ...
But carrying blades is
no longer restricted to youths in the capital.
The routine carrying
of weapons has infected leafy market towns and shire counties across the
Last year, 37,443 offences in England and Wales
involved a knife or a blade that's equivalent to 102 EVERY DAY. ...
Fatal stabbings in England and Wales are at their highest level
There were 215 deaths involving a knife or other sharp
instrument in the year to March, according to the Office for National
And police say the overwhelming majority have
absolutely no links to gangs.
It is no coincidence the record rise
in knife crime comes as there is a dramatic fall in the use of police stop
and search powers.
Random spot checks have plunged 80 per cent in
less than a decade, from 1.5 million a year to 303,000.
tell me that frisking a youth in the street has become too big a risk in
these politically correct days. ...
For years, stop and search was
a key tool in the policy armoury. ...
Officers have told me that
unless they can see a weapon, they will not even consider stopping a
It is not only knife crime that can be detected using stop
Acid attacks are also on the rise and there has been a
sharp rise in masked moped gangs carrying knives and corrosives to steal
smartphones from pedestrians.
Cops are petrified of using stop and
search because it could destroy their careers. ...
expectation of being caught and sent to prison will make young people think
twice about leaving home carrying a deadly weapon.
So I urge the
Prime Minister to untie the hands of the police and let them use one of
their best preventative weapons.
I urge you to reverse this
politically correct nonsense issued by the police college and others in