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Updated 28 February 2017
Asylum seekers stay in UK at £600k cost to taxpayers despite reaching Italy FIRST
Daily Express, 28 February 2017.
Taxpayers were handed a £600,000 legal bill after the Home
Office lost a court case against four asylum seekers who refused to leave
Official figures revealed their lawyers earned
£330 an hour fighting to keep them in the UK even though they claimed
asylum in Italy before arriving in Britain.
showed the Home Office paid out £15.8 million in 2015-2016 after
losing 1,652 court cases - up from £1.6m in 2013/14.
biggest bill last year was for a case against an Iranian man and three
Eritreans who flouted immigration rules after claiming refugee status in
Italy and then again in the UK.
But the claimants argued sending
them back would expose them to "inhuman and degrading treatment". ...
And the lawyers who fought the case billed the Government for
Officials settled it for £395,500, paying the
barristers £330 per hour.
The Home Office faced additional
costs of £215,223, taking the total bill to £610,723. ...
The department has also paid out £7,344,968 building cases
which it went on to lose.
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Child refugees face death and sexual violence in Libyan jails as number trying to reach Europe doubles in a year
Independent, 28 February 2017.
The number of refugee children trying to reach Europe by boat has
doubled in the last year, with thousands now attempting the deadly
Mediterranean crossing every month, Unicef has warned.
25,000 youngsters - nine out ten of whom were unaccompanied - made the
perilous journey in 2016.
On the deadliest sea route, between Libya
and Italy, an estimated 4,579 people died, including more than 700
Firms urged to publish ethnic breakdown
BBC, 28 February 2017.
A government-backed review has called for many firms to publish a
breakdown of their workforce by race and pay.
The report by
Baroness McGregor-Smith said the economy could receive a £24bn annual
boost if businesses stamped out ethnic inequality.
It found that
people from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds were still often
disadvantaged at work.
But the government has ruled out legislation
on such a breakdown, opting for a voluntary approach instead.
time for talk on race in the workplace is over, it's time to act", said
Baroness McGregor-Smith, whose report was commissioned by the former
business secretary Sajid Javid. ...
One of her main
recommendations was legislation to make firms with more than 50 workers
publish a breakdown of their workforce by race and by how much they are
"If we don't see a surge of people taking that up because
they have too many other priorities well then fine, we'll legislate," she
said. "That's my recommendation".
Firms should draw up five-year
diversity targets and nominate a board member to deliver them, she said.
She also wants to see diversity as part of public procurement
And her report claims that tackling barriers to
progression could boost GDP by 1.3%. ...
was one of the first Asian women to lead a FTSE 250 company. ...
Business minister Margot James said: "Outdated attitudes or lack of
awareness about ethnicity in the workplace must be challenged."
The myth of the militant Muslim minority is a placebo
Rev Jules Gomes
Conservative Woman, 27 February 2017.
The most common argument used to support immigration from
Muslim-majority countries is that the vast majority of Muslims are
peace-loving and those who support violence in the name of Islam are only a
tiny minority. That's what we are told.
But how small is that
minority? That's what no one is telling us. Finally, after years of
fudging, a migration expert has the courage to trash this claim because it
lacks a sound empirical basis. Professor Ruud Koopmans debunks the myth of
the militant Muslim minority by supplying the numbers. Koopmans is
Professor of Sociology and Migration Research at the Humboldt University of
Berlin and Director of the Research Unit at the Berlin Social Science
The results of his research are startling. Of the 1.5
billion adult Muslims in the world, more than 50 million Muslims are
willing to sanction violence. /.../ His estimate concurs with the Pew
Report of 2013, which found that in a majority of Muslim countries, only
half of Muslims said they were concerned about religious extremism. A 100
million Muslims believe the 9/11 massacres of Americans were
completely justified. ...
Koopmans team undertook extensive
research on 9,000 immigrant Muslims in Germany, France, Netherlands,
Austria, Belgium, and Sweden coming from Turkey and Morocco. He also cites
the Muslims in Germany study commissioned by Germany's Ministry of
the Interior in 2007, which revealed that eight per cent of German Muslims
agreed with using violence against unbelievers.
In the Netherlands,
the 2010 study Salafisme in Nederland, found that 11 per cent of
Dutch Muslims agreed with the statement, "There are situations where it is
acceptable for me, from the point of view of my religion, that I use
violence." A Pew Report from 2013 exposed 14 per cent of Muslims saying
that suicide attacks against civilians are justified to defend Islam.
Putting together vast amounts of data, Prof Koopmans concludes: 'I
am very conservative with my estimate of 50 million violent Muslims.' He
insists that there is nothing Islamophobic or ideological about making
factual claims. Rather, denying the results of empirical research is
Politicians haven't been honest with the public about immigration. They still aren't
Democratic Audit UK, 27 February 2017.
[Tim Bale is Professor of Politics at Queen Mary University of London]
Migration, and the multiculturalism that inevitably comes with it,
is not the only contentious issue in all this. But it is, as opinion polls
and media coverage attest, by far the biggest.
The UK has
experienced waves of immigration before, most notably in the 1950s, 60s and
70s when Afro-Caribbean and South Asian citizens of its former colonies
journeyed to the mother country to fill labour shortages created by the
post-war boom. But it had never previously experienced the sheer volume and
intensity of the wave of migrants that arrived after Tony Blair's Labour
government decided not to restrict the rights of EU citizens to live and
work in the UK.
The arrival of millions of foreigners from Central
and Eastern Europe was bound to spell trouble. ...
centre-left, Labour politicians failed to fess up to massively
underestimating the number of Eastern Europeans who would flock to take up
job opportunities provided by a booming economy. And given that migrants
benefited that economy, they decided not to do anything practical to
address it. This inaction was clearly at odds with the government's
rhetorical response, which culminated in then-Prime Minister Gordon
Brown promising 'British jobs for British workers', either revealing
himself to be a hypocrite, or creating expectations he couldn't possibly
The centre-right, however, proved just as unable of
treating the public like grown-ups. ...
The irony as bitter
as it is delicious is that Brexit, however hard, will not see the UK
'take back control' of its borders, let alone fulfil May's aspiration to
reduce annual net migration to the tens of thousands. Unless, that is, the
government is prepared to crash the economy as well as crash out of the EU.
Without the counterbalance of immigrants, the UK's ageing population will
lead to an unsustainable dependency ratio. More pressingly, the country's
health, construction, and social care systems will begin visibly to
collapse without continuing inward migration. ...
contradictions of this are as obvious as they are ridiculous. If the
referendum was won in part because of the lie that tens of millions of
Turks were about to descend on Britain unless it left the EU, then it is
hard to see how Brits are going to welcome a deal with Ankara that will
mean exactly that. Similarly, while they might cope with a few thousand New
Zealanders making their way to London, they are bound to baulk at vast
numbers of Indians and Chinese.
Quite how those contradictions can
possibly be resolved is difficult to see. Indeed, there is no sign
whatsoever that Conservative politicians will eventually level with the
public on the immigration issue. And if they don't, their Labour
counterparts won't dare to either.
Leader of anti-Trump women's march is Palestinian TERRORIST who BOMBED British consulate
Daily Express, 27 February 2017.
One of the organisers behind the next women's march against
President Donald Trump has been revealed as a Palestinian terrorist who
took part in two deadly bombings in Israel.
Rasmea Yousef Odeh was
convicted in 1970 for her role in the two terror attacks, one of which
killed two students while they were out doing their food shopping.
After spending ten years behind bars, she then became a US citizen
and even took up a job working as a navigator for Obamacare.
2014, the activist was convicted for immigration fraud after it was
revealed she failed to declare her role in the 1969 attacks on citizenship
Now Odeh has been discovered to be the brains behind the
Day Without A Woman protest due to go ahead on March 8.
this month eight women - including Odeh - penned a feminist manifesto,
published in the Guardian, which called for a "new wave of militant
feminist struggle." ...
Others behind the lengthy piece include
Angela Davis, a university professor who is also known as being a long-time
supporter of the Black Panthers. ...
While a third author Tithi
Bhattacharya previously praised Maoism in an essay, in which she noted
supporters are "on the terrorist list of the US State Department, Canada,
and the European Union," which she called an indication that "Maoists are
back in the news and by all accounts they are fighting against all the
Immigration abroad crime, Sweden
Swedish policeman blames migrants for the majority of country's rapes and shootings and accuses politicians of 'turning a blind eye'
MailOnline, 27 February 2017.
A Swedish detective who has triggered a row by blaming violent
crime on migrants has gone one step further and accused politicians of
turning a blind eye to the problem because of 'political correctness'.
Earlier this month Peter Springare, who has spent more than 40
years in the police, aired his anger on social media when he was told not
to record the ethnicity of violent crime suspects.
who is based in the central city of Orebro, wrote: 'Countries representing
the weekly crimes: Iraq, Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia,
Somalia, Syria again, Somalia, unknown, unknown country, Sweden.
'Half of the suspects, we can't be sure because they don't have any
valid papers. Which in itself usually means that they're lying about your
nationality and identity.'
Prosecutors launched an inquiry,
suggesting he had incited racial hatred, but later dropped the charges.
Now Springare has told The Sunday Times: 'The highest and most
extreme violence - rapes and shooting - is dominated by criminal
'This is a different criminality that is tougher and
rawer. It is not what we would call ordinary Swedish crime. This is a
Terror chief Max Hill warns risk of attacks in Britain is highest since dark days of IRA
Sunday Telegraph, 26 February 2017.
British citizens are facing a level of threat from terrorists not
seen since the IRA bombings of the Seventies, the country's new terrorism
watchdog has warned.
In his first major interview since taking the
role, Max Hill said Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) was
planning "indiscriminate attacks on innocent civilians" on a scale similar
to those perpetrated by the IRA 40 years ago.
He told The Sunday
Telegraph that Islamists were targeting UK cities and said there was an
"enormous ongoing risk which none of us can ignore". ...
role, Mr Hill will report annually to Parliament on the state of British
terror legislation as well as undertaking his own reviews. ...
also raised concern about the hundreds of British extremists who fled to
fight in Syria and Iraq with Isil but are set to return after a string of
"It's an enormous concern that large numbers
we know this means at least hundreds of British citizens who have
left this country in order to fight are now returning or may be
about to return," Mr Hill said.
Terrorism passport, citizenship
Fury as terrorist given British passport and granted UK citizenship
Michael Knowles and Thea de Gallier
Sunday Express, 26 February 2017.
A judge expressed her surprise at the Home Office giving a
terrorist a UK passport just days before he tried to travel to the Middle
East, it has emerged.
Mohanned Jasim, 22, told officials he wanted
a one-way travel document to go to war-torn Iraq.
Instead, he was
granted UK citizenship and given a passport.
Just one week later he
was stopped by police at Dover with fellow Jihadist Mohammed Mayow.
The Home Office decision brought criticism from the astonished
judge during a bail hearing last year and was condemned by Tory MPs.
Conservative Philip Davies said: "It's extraordinary that anybody
like that could be given British citizenship."
Fellow Tory David
Davies said: "Too many British passports are being given out to too many
people who frankly shouldn't be anywhere near one."
Ethnic minority target for apprenticeship diversity group
FE Week, 26 February 2017.
A new employers' network designed to promote diversity in
apprenticeships was launched this week, and it's put good practice and
dispelling myths at the top of its list of priorities.
Apprenticeship Diversity Champions Network is chaired by Nus Ghani, MP for
Wealden, and is made up of 23 employers, including Rolls Royce, the BBC and
BAE Systems, alongside other small- and medium-sized employers.
major focus for the new group will be to help the government achieve its
commitment to "increase the proportion of apprenticeship starts by people
from BAME backgrounds by 20 per cent by 2020", which was first spelled out
in a document called 'English Apprenticeships: Our 2020 Vision', published
'It's racist in reverse': Actor Brian Cox calls for white actors to be cast in black roles as he insists diversity cannot be 'one way'
Mail on Sunday,
26 February 2017.
He is now one of our most respected actors. In his latest movie,
Churchill, due for release in June, he plays the wartime Prime Minister.
Now, on the eve of the 89th Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles,
Brian Cox has entered the ongoing Oscars 'diversity' debate by calling for
white, not just black and Hispanic, actors to be given more varied roles in
He added: 'It's kind of racist in reverse to say if
you are a white man, you can't possibly play a black man. ...
Cox insisted diversity cannot be 'one way', adding: 'It has to go across
the board.' ...
Hollywood moguls, Cox said, should now take
matters further and give white actors the chance to depict non-white
EU THREAT TO PENSIONS: Mass migration blamed for £30 billion a YEAR 'economic catastrophe'
Daily Express, 25 February 2017.
Mass EU migration is a £30 billion a year threat to Britain's
state pension, a new report has warned.
The comprehensive paper -
How the £30 billion cost of EU migration Imperils Pensions &
Benefits - by the thinktank Global Britain has blown apart claims that the
UK needs EU migration to support its pension system.
reveals that cheap labour flooding in from the continent is causing "an
economic catastrophe" for the UK which threatens the pension system.
And the report suggests that leaving the EU and taking back control
of British borders will provide the UK with "a £250 billion
opportunity" in the next five years. ...
The Global Britain
report's author Bob Lyddon, a leading City analyst, points out that the
annual net cost of Britain's 3 million EU migrants is £31.5 billion
based on official figures which show that the Government spends
£10,500 per head.
However, he shows that only 2 million of
them work contributing a mere £500 each in tax in average, a total of
just £1 billion a year.
This includes negligible levels of
National Insurance contributions which underpin the state pension.
He argues that the EU freedom of establishment rule combined with
freedom of movement means "tax efficient" multinationals can flood the UK
with cheap foreign labour but avoid paying money to the Treasury such as
In a damning indictment he says that the UK
taxpayer is subsidising low paid jobs for foreign workers.
Illegal immigration European Union
NEW SMUGGLER CRISIS: 17,000 Traffickers 'using Facebook to smuggle 90% of migrants to EU'
Daily Express, 25 February 2017.
Thousands of social media accounts are being used to offer "package
deals" to desperate migrants looking to enter the EU, a top migration
watchdog has revealed.
Europol revealed up to 17,400 new migrant
smugglers use Facebook to advertise "attractive and unrealistic offers"
including fake passports, work permits, sham marriages and sea crossings.
A report from the crime-fighting agency's European Migrant
Smuggling Centre (EMSC) also uncovered that a shocking nine out of ten
migrants reaching Europe have used paid gangs.
While just 148
Facebook accounts attempting to recruit migrants were detected in 2015,
this year's investigation has uncovered a jaw-dropping 1,150 users in 2016.
The startling paper also repeated warnings that gangs of ISIS
jihadis could be lurking in the EU's borderless Schengen zone undetected.
The agency's British boss, Rob Wainwright, said: "Over 90 per
cent of all migrants that reach the EU have used the facilitation services
of a migrant smuggling network.
"These crime networks are taking
mass profits from mass migration."
The industry is worth an
eye-watering £3 billion, according to Mr Wainwright.
Immigration abroad crime, Sweden
Was Trump right about Sweden?
Daily Mail, 25 February 2017.
The riots on Monday night in Rinkeby, a migrant ghetto known
locally as 'Little Mogadishu', are a major embarrassment for the Swedish
The fact that Sweden, the most liberal of European
countries, openly welcomed asylum seekers, refugees and economic migrants
over 20 years is not in doubt.
Some 1.7 million have arrived since
the Nineties, transforming a country with a population of just ten million.
Once home to working-class Swedes, Rinkeby's population is now
90 per cent foreign incomers.
The few Swedes who remain called the
place Little Mogadishu not just because of the large population of Somalis,
but because as in the Somali capital violence and fear are
And Rinkeby is not an isolated example. Immigrant
gangs are said to control several other areas of Stockholm. In a recent
report, police admitted there are a staggering 53 'no-go zones' in the
capital where it is unsafe to patrol.
Similar demographic changes
due to migration have occurred in the suburbs of other Swedish cities, too,
where tension is always simmering.
In Gothenburg, on the west
coast, gangs of youngsters, mainly from Morocco, live on the streets having
rejected life in care homes to survive on their wits.
One of the
city's biggest shopping malls, Nordstan, has been so plagued by gangs of
young thieves it was declared another a 'no-go' zone. ...
Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention statistics for 2016 show the
number of reported rapes increased by 13 per cent year on year, to 6,560,
while the number of reported sexual assaults increased by 20 per cent.
While it is not clear who is to blame for this increase, the
National Council's annual security survey found that immigrants were 2.5
times more likely to commit crimes than Swedish citizens.
Immigration inevitability, politics, France, Europe
Le Pen Rival: Whole World Moving to Europe in Coming Decades, Deal With It
Breitbart, 25 February 2017.
"We have entered a world of great migrations and we will have more
and more of it [migration]", former investment banker Emmanuel Macron
declared during a debate on climate change.
Speaking at a
discussion staged for Science and Future magazine, the independent
candidate announced that the world has entered an age of mass migration
which will be inescapable for Europe.
"In the coming decades we
will have migrations from geopolitical conflicts that will continue to
play, and we will have climate migrations because the planet is in a state
of deep imbalance," he said. ...
Voicing a stance diametrically
opposite to that of his rival Marine Le Pen, who wants to close France's
borders, Macron said the country's geographical location makes resisting
the migrant tide impossible.
"France will not be able to stem it,
and Europe will be affected immediately. We will see a migratory phenomenon
far greater than what we have seen [with migrants from] Syria."
Wednesday the sociologist and writer Mathieu Bock-Côté warned
that Macron, who stands a good chance of winning the presidential election
later this year, embodies "all that France wants to extricate itself from".
Employment importing labour
Why does the UK Import Labour?
Modern Money Matters, 25 February 2017.
Why is the UK having to import labour? It's relatively
straightforward. The British Labour market suffers from the 'British
disease' a vestige of Imperialism. We find it easier to steal
resources from other countries than to create our own.
In the last
quarter of 2016 there were 1,597,000 people officially unemployed,
2,191,000 people inactive but wanting a job and 1,118,000 people who had
part time jobs but wanted full time jobs.
This is about 10% of the
working population unutilised in the workforce one way or another. ...
None of these match the 751,000 vacancies on offer.
don't match for several reasons:
The job role demands a
skill set that is not available at the price offered. So the process of filling a job goes
something like this:
job is in the wrong geographical location from the people who could do it
The job has physical requirements that are not available at
the price offered
business advertises for a person to
work very long hours for a pittance, often somewhere ridiculous like London
So the elite class in both countries get
what they want.
nobody appropriate applies for it
goes running to nanny shouting 'skill shortage' and demands visas
government gives in to business because businesses are
treated like pets, not cattle
the job is advertised abroad
foreign nations, exporting their people like cargo, welcome
the visas and encourage people to leave rather than sort the social
problems out at home
Politics Conservative Party
Immigration minister admits tens of thousands target can ONLY be hit 'once we leave' EU
Daily Express, 24 February 2017.
Immigration minister Robert Goodwill has admitted that we can only
reduce net migration figures to the 'tens of thousands' once the UK has
left the European Union. ...
Sky News host Adam Boulton quizzed
the Tory MP asking when will the government get them down to the figures
they first promised.
Mr Goodwill replied: "Well it's going to be
the long-haul not least because many of the policies that we will need to
do that will only be possible once we have left the European Union and able
to control numbers of people coming in from outside the UK."
presenter snapped back questioning whether they pledge would be fulfilled
The Conservative MP added: "Well it would be a long haul
and we are certainly making progress.
"Today's the figures are very
encouraging indeed, nearly a 50,000 fall and I hope we can make further
progress as we move forward."
Immigration abroad sex crime, Malmo, Sweden
Reality Check: Is Malmo the rape capital of Europe?
BBC, 24 February 2017.
Reality Check verdict: Malmo, along with other urban centres
in Sweden, has one of the highest levels of reported rapes in proportion to
population in the EU, mainly due to the strictness of Swedish laws and how
rape is recorded in the country.
The rate of reported rapes in
Malmo has not dramatically risen in recent years and has in fact declined
from its peak in 2010, before the recent large increases in refugees.
It is not possible to connect crimes to the ethnicity of the
perpetrators as such data is not published. ...
During 2015, the
year in which Sweden took the largest number of asylum seekers, the number
of reported sex crimes and rapes actually decreased by 11% and 12%
respectively compared with 2014 - 18,100 sex offences were reported to the
police, of which 5,920 were classified as rape.
This was preceded
by a rise of both sex offences and rapes reported to the police in 2014.
The Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (Bra) says this
rise is due to the changes to the legislation in 2013, which made it
Reported rapes per 100,000 inhabitants peaked in
2008, 2010 and 2011, and the figures were higher for those pre-refugee
influx years than in 2015 and 2016.
In addition, the reported rape
figures were not higher in the Malmo municipality, compared with two other
major urban municipalities in Sweden: the capital Stockholm and Gothenburg
in the west.
What about an international comparison?
very hard to compare sex-related offences and rape across the world.
Police procedures and legal definitions vary widely around the
world, making an international comparison meaningless.
The 2012 UN
international rape rate comparison showed Sweden to have the highest rate
of rape in Europe and the second highest in the world, but the report did
not contain data for a total of 63 countries that did not submit any
statistics, including, for example, South Africa, where other earlier
surveys indicated a very high rape rate.
The most recent Eurostat
data for the 28 EU countries also puts Sweden in the top spot.
the agency warns that comparisons between different countries should be
avoided because of differences between their legal and criminal justice
systems, recording practices, reporting rates, efficiencies of criminal
justice organisations and types of offences included in the categories.
Immigration abroad crime, Sweden
'Trump was RIGHT!' Inside the Stockholm suburbs where cars are torched, drugs sold openly and fire engines must be bulletproof
MailOnline, 24 February
The Stockholm suburb that was hit by violent riots on Monday is a
police no-go zone where cars are torched almost every day, gangs rule the
streets and fire engines have to be fitted with bulletproof glass.
Residents of rundown Rinkeby, where nine out of ten residents are
immigrants, have spoken out about how they live in fear, as Swedish
politicians and police officers admitted that 'Trump was right'. ...
... But on Monday night, police were forced to fire warning shots
after rioters torched cars, hurled stones at police and looted shops in the
Rinkeby district of the capital, injuring a policeman.
Hanif Azizi, who was scrambled to the scene, told MailOnline: 'When we sat
in the car and saw the riots I tapped my colleague on the shoulder and
said, "perhaps Trump was right after all".'
Karlsson from the populist Swedish Democrats, Sweden's second most popular
party, said that the chaos was the result of mass immigration, adding: 'I
am very grateful to President Trump for focusing attention on this issue.'
A forgotten suburb of Stockholm, Rinkeby is where brazen youths
openly deal heroin and other drugs inside the entrance to the only train
The recent rioting in Rinkeby has been blamed on a
hardcore group of criminals from immigrant backgrounds. These gangs have no
links to radical Islam or any other religious groups, police sources have
The area is so dangerous that emergency calls for
ambulances and fire engines go unanswered until police can provide an
escort, officials have confirmed.
Victims of crime fail to report
crime or volunteer themselves as witnesses due to fear of reprisals.
Immigration abroad crime, Sweden
They won't admit it in Stockholm, but Donald Trump is right about immigration in Sweden
Daily Telegraph, 24 February 2017.
It's easier to ignore this in Stockholm than it is in Malmö, a
smaller city which has long been the first port of call for immigrants who
arrive over the bridge from Denmark. On the day I arrived in Sweden, a
23-year-old was murdered in the city square there, shot in the head in
front of several witnesses. It was the third such murder in six weeks. The
local press tends not to report the ethnicity of the victim or suspects in
such attacks, but Swedes have learnt to recognise immigrant-related gang
crime when the see it. Foreigners who visit the wrong part of Sweden can
pay a heavy price: last summer a British boy was killed in a grenade attack
in Gothenburg as he slept with his family.
If grenades were being
thrown into children's bedrooms in Birmingham or asylum centres were being
torched in Surrey, the immigration debate in Britain might be a little
different. The word "crisis" might be used. But what's striking about
Sweden is how defensive policymakers are when confronted about all this;
how insistent they are that things are under control. As the violence
affects just a sliver of society, the overall Swedish crime figures are
quite small. Trouble can be buried in the data. Wider discussion about all
of this is also discouraged by what's known as Sweden's "opinion corridor",
the narrow parameters into which public debate is confined. ...
The resulting shadow society is now quite advanced, with its own
moral codes and even its own legal system. Tribal courts are now in
operation, dealing with crimes or, at least, what count as crimes in
the underworld. The fine for a failed attempted murder is about
£50,000, according to Malmö's chief prosecutor. Of the 37 murders
and attempted murders in the first half of last year, just seven have been
... But the problems it now faces are hideous: shadow
societies, mafia courts, gangland killings and conundrums like how to
handle adult refugees who turn up with a child bride in tow. And how to
pacify suburbs that are slipping out of police control.
At last the Jo Cox Great Get Together gives us a street party worth having
Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
The Guardian, 24 February 2017.
On Wednesday Jamie Oliver and the Duchess of Cornwall launched the
Great Get Together, a series of street parties, bake-offs and picnics. ...
... Which is why the Great Get Together provides the perfect
opportunity to attend my first street party. Its message of cohesion and
inclusivity is just the kind I can get on board with.
somehow taboo to say you like multicultural Britain right now. Say you
embrace immigration and diversity, or that the notion there are streets in
Britain you can walk down and not see a single white face is not something
that keeps you up at night, and you'll be told you're ignoring the "left
behind", that you live in a bubble. ...
It's a fitting tribute to
a woman who understood that the diversity of this nation is something to be
Immigration abroad jihadists, terrorism, France
French attempts to 'de-radicalise' homegrown jihadists pronounced a 'total fiasco'
Daily Telegraph, 24 February 2017.
France's attempts to de-radicalise homegrown Islamist extremists in
the wake of terror attacks has been pronounced a "total fiasco" in need of
a complete overhaul in a damning parliamentary report.
François Hollande launched the drive to reverse radicalisation among
thousands of French Muslims in the wake of terror attacks that have killed
238 people since January 2015.
However, the report, by a
cross-party senate committee, was denounced as an amateurish flop this
week, accusing the government of funding "pseudo-experts" who pocketed
millions of euros with few tangible results.
Among the damning
revelations in the report were the fact that the only de-radicalisation
centre currently up and running, and fully staffed at an annual cost of
2.5 million, is in fact empty.
Twelve other centres slated to
be set up have not been opened.
The report also found that many
local associations supposed to help families deal with radicalised members
are incompetent at best and many signed up simply to obtain public funding.
Some 15,000 people in France are followers of radical Islam,
with a further 680, including about 275 women, thought to have joined
jihadist movements in Iraq and Syria, the Socialist government has
estimated. There are deep concerns in the intelligence community that many
French who fought in Islamist ranks abroad will now return and try to wreak
violence back home. ...
But the senators who wrote the report,
Esther Benbassa, of the left-wing Ecology party, and Catherine
Troendlé, from the centre-right Republicans, concluded that
de-radicalisation is in fact impossible.
"We just have to admit
that the most violent and dangerous people will not be [deradicalised]," Ms
Troendlé said. ...
Ms Troendié said the efforts were
more about "reassuring the population" than anything else.
Immigration abroad employment, politics, Sweden
Swedish PM seeks to cut inflow of foreign workers
Yahoo / AFP, 24 February 2017.
Sweden's prime minister said Friday he wants to curb labour
migration to the Scandinavian country to provide more jobs for its own
unemployed, including refugees accepted in recent years.
require little or no education will first be filled by the unemployed who
are already in our country," Social Democratic leader Stefan Lofven told
reporters in Stockholm. ...
The Social Democrats run a minority
government with the Greens Party, which opposes the plan, making it
unlikely for Sweden to restrict labour migration before the September 2018
Immigration from Bulgaria and Romania rises to highest level on record following Brexit referendum
Independent, 23 February 2017.
The level of immigration from Romania and Bulgaria to the UK has
risen to the highest level on record in the months following the Brexit
referendum result, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Inward migration from the the so-called "EU2" countries was up
19,000 to 74,000, which the ONS described as the "highest estimate
The period measured by the statistics includes three
months of data following the European Union referendum, though the ONS
warned it was "too early to say" what the effect of the EU referendum would
be on immigration.
Net migration overall was slightly down but
broadly flat in the figures at 273,000 a year, down 49,000. The ONS said
this change was "not statistically significant". ...
As a net
figure, 65,000 EU citizens came to the UK, 164,000 non-EU citizens came to
the UK, and 56,000 British citizens left.
Racism multiculturalism, political correctness
The day I was accused of being racist, I knew political correctness had gone mad
Daily Mail, 23 February 2017.
[Has Political Correctness Gone Mad? Channel 4, tonight, 9pm]
As a black man and former chairman of the Equality and Human Rights
Commission, you might think I would be surprised to face a charge of racism
but I was not.
For at a time when this country is crying out
for frank discussion on issues such as race and sexuality, debate is being
closed down because those who find offence in every-thing cry 'racist' or
The result as I argue tonight in a TV programme
is that our political and cultural elite seem unable to speak
plainly about things that concern many citizens.
While our rulers
seem to have all the time in the world to debate who should use which
lavatory (in deference to the transgender lobby), they dismiss anxieties
about overcrowded schools or doctors' surgeries as merely a bigoted dislike
Forty years ago, 'identity' politics was about trying
to end discrimination. It led to revolutionary legislation on gender,
disability and race.
But recently the recognition of diversity has
grown into a cancerous cultural tyranny that blocks open debate.
higher education, it has spread like wildfire.
Efforts to keep real
racists off university platforms have been perverted so bans are imposed
on, for example, speakers with unfashionable views on transsexuals. ...
Hardly a day goes by on campuses without a demand for a statue to
be removed or for 'safe spaces' where sensitive students can be sheltered
from robust views in a cultural debate or sexual violence in a classic
But how is a young person to understand how precious
are the freedoms we enjoy today without learning what the world was like
Should I not tell my children about the agony and
struggle for liberation of their own ancestors, who were once slaves on
Unfortunately, this thin-skinned refusal to
engage with the challenging realities of life is not restricted to
There is no hiding place from the language police, even
if you belong to a 'vulnerable' group. ...
Yet by striving to
appease special interests, even well-intentioned 'equality warriors' lay
themselves open to the charge that they value diversity only as long as it
serves their political purpose. ...
The new tyranny is also
threatening the study of what really makes the world tick, even if that
research might help to reduce inequality.
For example, we still
have no proper explanation for the stunning academic success of pupils of
Chinese heritage across the Western world.
My attempts to promote
such research were resisted by academics, who claimed it would belittle
other ethnic groups. ...
Hypersensitivity about offending
minorities has also stopped us having a grown-up debate about migration.
The Right fear sounding like racists; the Left won't discuss it
because their celebration of multiculturalism as a blessing makes them seem
Immigration abroad illegal immigration, sanctuary cities, USA
Four out of five Americans oppose sanctuary cities that shield illegal immigrants - just like Donald Trump
MailOnline, 23 February 2017.
A poll conducted by Harvard-Harris and provided to The Hill found
that 80 percent of Americans believe that local law enforcement should be
required to turn over illegal immigrants they arrest to the federal
government so they can be deported.
The survey indicates widespread
support for President Donald Trump's directive to federal agencies to cut
off funding for sanctuary cities across America, except when the money is
for crime fighting. ...
A Jan. 25 executive order says that moving
forward, '(sanctuary jurisdictions) are not eligible to receive Federal
grants, except as deemed necessary for law enforcement purposes.'
'Sanctuary jurisdictions across the United States willfully violate
Federal law in an attempt to shield aliens from removal from the United
States,' the Trump order states. 'These jurisdictions have caused
immeasurable harm to the American people and to the very fabric of our
A Reuters analysis found that Trump's order could
cut an estimated $2.27 billion in funding for the 10 largest sanctuary
cities, including $460 million for pre-K education.
cities shield illegal immigrants but do not call themselves sanctuary
cities such as Salt Lake City, San Diego, Los Angeles and Boston.
Illegal immigration Conservative Party
Immigration cheat who owed £30,000 to Home Office poses with Theresa May and Richard Harrington
Watford Observer, 23 February 2017.
Theresa May neglected to collect £30,000 owed to the Home
Office immigration department when she met the debtor face-to-face on a
visit Watford on the 2015 General Election campaign trail.
Alam, who owns the Prince of Bengal restaurant in Langley Way, was recently
disqualified from being a company director for six years for employing two
On inspecting the premises of Nuha Limited in
December 2014, Home Office Immigration Enforcement officials found two
illegal workers, slapping Alam with a penalty of £30,000.
Embarrassingly for the then Home Secretary, she was photographed
alongside Alam and Conservative election candidate Richard Harrington just
a month after the restaurant went into liquidation and with the owner still
owing the full amount to Mrs May's Home Office.
Payment of the
penalty was due by 21 April 2015 but Mr Alam, 46, decided to place the
company into liquidation before this and so the penalty remained unpaid.
Immigration abroad crime, Sweden
Swedish Professor: 'Anyone With Eyes' Can See Migrants 'Fiercely Overrepresented' in Criminal Cases
Breitbart, 23 February 2017.
Criminology Professor Leif GW Persson appeared on a Swedish
television programme and backed up claims by under-investigation police
officer Peter Springare that migrants are vastly overrepresented in
Professor Persson appeared alongside the policeman
on an episode of "Weekly Crime" for the Swedish broadcaster SVT and they
discussed the recent comments made by U.S. President Donald Trump about the
high rate of crime among migrants in Sweden. Persson totally agreed with
Springare who was recently slammed for expressing the fact that most of the
criminal suspects he sees in his work are from other countries.
"There is a strong prevalence of criminal immigrants. It is so
obvious when it comes to crimes of this nature. Very serious violent
crimes," Springare said. Persson agreed with him saying, "Yes, I have made
the same observation," and adding "anyone with eyes to see can know who is
doing these kinds of actions."
Employment low-skilled EU migrants
UK not about to 'shut the door' on low-skilled EU migrants, says David Davis
The Guardian, 22 February 2017.
The UK is not about to "suddenly shut the door" on low-skilled EU
migrants, Brexit secretary David Davis has reiterated.
in a press conference in Riga, Latvia, that Britain wanted control over
immigration but that it would only restrict free movement of people when it
was in the "national interest".
He said that it was not plausible
that British citizens would immediately take jobs in the agriculture,
social care and hospitality industry once the UK had left the EU and
repeated comments made in Estonia on Monday that immigration restrictions
would be phased in.
He said: "It will be a gradual process. That
will take some time; yesterday I said it will take years.
expect just because we're changing who makes the decision on the policy,
the door will suddenly shut: it won't," Bloomberg quoted Mr Davis as saying
in the Estonian capital of Tallinn on Monday.
Benefits and costs health tourism
Pregnant Eastern Europeans dash to Britain to give birth & claim benefits, top doc warns
Daily Express, 22 February 2017.
Eastern European pregnant migrants flock to Britain before their
due date so they can give birth on the NHS and claim benefits before
heading back home, a top doctor has warned.
Joseph Meirion Thomas,
a former cancer surgeon, reportedly told the Commons Health Committee that
women would register for child benefits after they gave birth so they could
go back to Eastern Europe and receive the payments electronically.
Speaking to the MPs, Mr Thomas said: "What I'm told is people fill
out the child benefit form, they get the child benefit, and then they go
back to Eastern Europe where that child benefit will be paid for a long
Hospitals in East Anglia were described as a hotspot, as Mr
Thomas claimed migrants headed there to obtain a National Insurance number,
before giving birth in local hospitals. ...
Using the European
Health Insurance Card scheme, EU travellers receive the right to access
state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in another European
Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland.
Jo Cox always loved a good party. Let's honour her with a massive celebration of Britain's diversity and unity
Daily Telegraph, 22 February 2017.
Put simply, we are asking communities to come together to celebrate
all that we have in common. How they chose to do this will be entirely up
to them. It might be a street party, a shared barbecue, a bake-off
competition or a simple picnic in the park.
We're calling it The
Great Get Together and the hope is that millions of people will take part
in some way over the weekend.
Already the number and variety of
organisations backing the idea reflects all that is best in our great,
diverse and exhilarating country.
Those who have already pledged
their support range from the Women's Institute to the RNLI, with the Scouts
and Guides movement, the Royal British Legion, Glastonbury Festival, the
Countryside Alliance, the TUC, football's Premier League, Amnesty
International and the RSPB.
The Archbishop of Canterbury has also
given the project his blessing. The Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, will be
attending our launch today at Clarence House (the London residence of the
Prince of Wales).
Leaked Report: Six Million Migrants Want To Enter Europe
Breitbart, 22 February 2017.
A leaked secret report from the German security authorities has
revealed that almost six million migrants from countries around the
Mediterranean want to enter Europe.
The report, which was obtained
by German tabloid Bild, claims that there are at least 5.95 million
migrants in countries around the Mediterranean who are seeking to enter
Europe. In Turkey alone, the report estimates there to be 2.93 million
migrants who have set their sights on the benefits of being an asylum
seeker in a western European country like Germany OE24 reports.
Libya, according to the report, is presently home to 1.2 million
migrants who want to get to Europe. ...
The German report matches
a similar migration report by the European border agency Frontex which was
released last year. Frontex said that the level of African migration would
rise in the coming years and much of it would be sparked by the economic
situation in highly populous west-African countries.
President of the European Parliament (EP) Antonio Tajani backed up the
report when he told Italian media, "if the problem of Africa is not tackled
drought, malnutrition we will have millions and millions and
Africans pushing [to enter Europe] and dams and walls will not be
sufficient [to hold them back]." ...
The Austrian military
intelligence service released a forecast last month with a striking
prediction, claiming by 2020 Europe could see an influx of up to 15 million
migrants. The Austrians also cited the increase of West-African migrants as
a driving force for the increase in numbers.
Immigration abroad illegal immigration, Ceuta, Spain
Migrant CRISIS: Hundreds of migrants storm Spanish border fence to reach enclave of Ceuta
Daily Express, 21 February 2017.
Hundreds of migrants have stormed a border fence forcing their way
into a Spanish enclave just days after another mass break in.
350 migrants managed to clamber over a barricade separating Morocco and
Ceuta, an autonomous Spanish city on the northern coast of Africa.
In the early hours of Monday morning, around 4am, the marauding
pack made a break for the fence. ...
The breach comes just days
after nearly 500 migrants stormed the fence on Friday, with figures
claiming 498 made it over the fence.
Ceuta and another Spanish
enclave on the African coast, Melilla, are the EU's only land border with
Immigration abroad European Union
Germany, France want looser human rights rules to keep asylum seekers away
Tom Körkemeier and Gabriela Baczynska
Reuters, 21 February 2017.
Germany and France want the European Union to weaken its human
rights safeguards to allow for deportation of asylum seekers before their
case is considered, according to their joint proposal on curbing
immigration, seen by Reuters on Tuesday.
This option would only
kick in at times of a "mass influx" of people to the bloc and comes as the
EU is persistently making it harder for migrants and refugees alike to get
in and be allowed to stay.
While the EU says it has the right to
send away all economic migrants if it chooses so, its existing laws on
human rights and asylum say a third country must meet certain conditions if
the bloc were to send there someone who claims asylum in Europe, and have
the person wait for a decision there.
Returning asylum seekers was
a key element of a year-old EU-Turkey agreement, which Paris and Berlin
hailed in their joint document as a "game changer" as it cut drastically
the number of people - mostly Syrian refugees - making it to Europe.
But few other EU neighbours could be seen as meeting the criteria,
which include safety from persecution, humane reception conditions, and at
least partial access to medical care, education and labour market.
So Germany and France have proposed to dilute them, saying in the
paper that the EU's asylum system for "must be designed in a flexible way,
and it must be capable of coping with any eventuality."
not about building a 'fortress Europe'. It is about combating illegal
immigration, which has already cost the lives of thousands, and about
replacing it by a regulated system of legal admissions, combined with
humane living conditions, assured by the EU in third countries." ...
They said extending the options for deportation - including of
asylum seekers - would discourage people smuggling to Europe, while the
bloc offer legal ways for confirmed refugees and pay to improve conditions
for refugees and migrants in those third countries that receive such
Specifically, the proposal also includes an option to
recognise certain regions - rather than whole states as is the case now -
as fit for such returns, even of asylum seekers. ...
expulsions would still be prohibited and receiving third countries would
still have to guarantee decent living conditions for deported asylum
seekers, as well as ensure that the people the EU sends there are not
pushed further towards places where their lives could be at risk.
Immigration abroad illegal immigration, deportation, USA
Trump administration widens net for immigrant deportation
BBC, 21 February 2017.
The Trump administration has issued tough guidelines to widen the
net for deporting illegal immigrants from the US, and speed up their
Undocumented immigrants arrested for traffic violations or
shop-lifting will be targeted along with those convicted of more serious
The memos do not alter US immigration laws, but take a much
tougher approach towards enforcing existing measures.
There are an
estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the US. ...
Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) new blueprint leaves in place
Obama-era protections for immigrants who entered the US illegally as
children, affecting about 750,000 young people known as Dreamers.
But it expands the more restricted guidance issued under the
previous administration, which focused its policy on immigrants convicted
of serious crimes, threats to national security or those who had recently
crossed the border. ...
... Local and state law-enforcement
officials will also be allowed to arrest unauthorised immigrants.
Immigration abroad illegal immigration, deportation, USA
ICE: 950,000 illegals with 'removal orders' free, raids get just a sliver
Washington Examiner, 21 February 2017.
Despite media reports of a massive crackdown by President Trump on
illegal immigrants, just a tiny percentage of the nearly 1 million on the
government's deportation list have been arrested, according to statistics
provided to Congress.
The 680 seized in recent sweeps by U.S.
Customs and Immigration Enforcement agents represent just .07 percent of
the 950,062 with deportation orders as of May 21, 2016.
to questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee, provided by Thomas D.
Homan, currently the acting ICE director, revealed the struggle the agency
faces as it moves to deport illegals, many with criminal records and
slapped with "final orders of removal" after exhausting their court
He said that ICE has custody of just 11,006, or 1 percent,
of the 950,062 ordered deported. ...
There are an estimated 3
million illegal immigrants with criminal records in addition to their
illegal status and the administration has said it will make them a priority
for removal. ...
Immigration experts said that sanctuary cities are
mostly to blame for the huge number of illegal immigrants with deportation
orders who are not in custody.
Immigration government failures
A one-time expat's tale: how to control free movement
InFacts, 21 February 2017.
One of the mysteries of the Brexit debate ahead of the referendum
was why David Cameron and the then home secretary Theresa May failed to
point out that the British government has, under EU law, been in a position
to "take control" of EU immigration in the same way as other member states
A recent analysis by the Centre for European Reform
points out: "No EU citizen has a fundamental, unlimited right to move
freely across the EU. To be lawfully resident in another (EU) member state,
EU citizens need to be working, studying or able to prove they are
self-sufficient. Otherwise they can be kicked out."
The CER also
points out that "the European Court of Justice has confirmed the right of
member-states to refuse supplementary pensions, unemployment benefits and
child credits to non-working EU migrants." As a result "the EU is moving
towards less, not more, access to benefits for EU migrants, precisely at
the time Britain is leaving."
As an EU citizen who has, without a
specific job to go to, crossed the borders of a member state in order to
work, I can vouch for the accuracy of this assessment. Moving to Belgium in
2003 without employment, my wife and I were asked by officials whether we
already had work in Belgium and, if not, how were we proposing to finance
We had to show documentation to prove we had an adequate
income and so to demonstrate that we would not start trying to claim on the
Belgian social security system. We had to get Belgian identity cards. We
also had to register with the local commune. A week after renting an
apartment we had a visit from the local police who were checking that we
were actually living there.
Before being allowed to make use of the
(excellent) Belgian health service, we also had to register with the
state-sponsored health insurance scheme. When we used it we were required
to pay, up front, a significant, income-based fee which was refunded in
full only to those deemed too poor to pay. In order to get treatment we
had to carry and present at the doctor's, or at a hospital, a social
security card, not just a national identity card. The card had a computer
chip which showed what contributions we had made and therefore what
payments we had to make.
Quite why the British government did not
enforce some of these requirements, as other EU countries have, is
As a result the UK leaves itself open to unmonitored
immigration, legal and illegal, from all over the world, not just the EU.
The British themselves, governments of both parties, long ago
decided not to "take control" of UK borders as EU law allowed them to. They
did so in part because they did not want to face up to the political
challenge of securing support for the introduction of a national identity
card system or to spend the money setting up monitoring systems.
Immigration abroad Sweden
Sweden on the Brink? An Interview with Dr. Tino Sanandaji [part 1]
Erico Matias Tavares
Linkedin, 21 February 2017.
Dr. Tino Sanandaji is an economics researcher at the Stockholm
School of Economics, Sweden. /.../ A Kurd from Iran who moved to Sweden at
the age of 9, he has written extensively about immigration policy ...
E. Tavares: ... a very sensitive topic at the moment mass
immigration in Sweden, ...
T. Sanandaji: ... However, in 1990
non-European immigrants accounted for only 3% of the population and any
problems could be isolated and managed within the bigger framework of
society. That figure has increased to some 13-14% now, and is growing at
perhaps 1-2 percentage points from last year, ... ...
you are saying is that any integration issues are not so much due to a lack
of effort by the Swedish authorities, but rather driven by the sheer scale
and size increase of the immigration population in recent decades.
TS: That's exactly right. Any society is going to have an
absorption capacity given the size of the labor market, schools, economic
prospects, housing and so on. With a smaller number this is quite doable,
but with many more immigrants it becomes much more difficult. And this is a
cumulative process. It has been going on for three decades now. ...
ET: Do you have a projection for the immigrant population as a
percentage of total in a generation, say by 2050?
TS: That's a
very good question. It strongly depends on immigration policy. ...
... The non-ethnic Swedish group is about 22% of the population
right now, including second generation, and it might perhaps reach 35-40%
within 30 years.
ET: But in major cities they will become the
TS: In Malmo, Sweden's third largest city, it's
already almost 50% of the total. ...
... you could see a very
strong "white flight" from towns that are becoming dominated by immigrants.
Research shows that the tipping point for that flight to occur is
very low: after 4% of non-European immigrants the native Swedes start to
move out. This is arguably an even worse segregation problem than in the
There have been studies done for Denmark and Norway and if
you for the sake of the argument take the average of these two countries as
the right number for Sweden: US$300,000 discounted net lifetime cost per
migrant (although this is an inexact guess since we lack Swedish
estimates). That comes out at US$30 billion, which is not an insignificant
number for a country with 10 million people.
Let me give you a
different number which is easier to compare. Just the initial cost for
those asylum seekers is 1.5% of our GDP, significantly higher than our
defense budget at around 1%. And that does not count the net costs
associated with housing, health, welfare spending and so forth that arise
I wrote about this recently, and the 3,000 people
housed in these tents are going to cost more than the biggest refugee camp
they built in Jordan, for perhaps 100,000 Syrian refugees. It's a surreal
ET: Apparently the latest strategy is to house thousands
of migrants in a docked luxury cruise ships.
TS: They are doing
that, and you couldn't make this stuff up. The waste of resources compared
to dealing with the problem at the source is staggering.
Immigration abroad Sweden
Sweden on the Brink? An Interview with Dr. Tino Sanandaji [part 2]
Erico Matias Tavares
Linkedin, 21 February 2017.
Another mind blowing number and you might think it is
impossible but I have all the official figures to back this up is
the cost to house all these unaccompanied minors we have coming in, mostly
from Afghanistan. By any indication most are not even minors, but in Sweden
you get special treatment if you qualify as such. And their age claim is
seldom challenged by the authorities so they usually get asylum even if
they are much older than a minor.
Now, this is very expensive
because they are treated like children and get a lot of resources. We are
approaching the point where the 20-30,000 or so minors under this category
are going to get more money than the entire budget of Afghanistan including
foreign aid - a country with 30 million people! It's almost impossible to
deny this because it's simple budget calculations.
At the same
time, we are cutting our foreign aid budget to meet all these expenses, by
something like 30%. I personally think that catastrophe aid, refugee aid,
food aid works... ...
ET: There is a huge number of male
migrants that went to Sweden last year, vastly more than women. ...
TS: ... Some 92% of those unaccompanied migrants were male last
ET: ... Wait a minute, 92% of them are male?
TS: Yes, there is definitely something strange going on. ...
You know, it's really funny that the tale about the emperor having
no clothes is a Scandinavian tale. Everybody can see many are not children,
but then the political and media consensus will fire or at the very least
censor the people who point out this plainly obvious fact. ...
ET: On a related point to children, Sweden has always been
recognized as a country with very high education standards. ...
TS: ... So we had a crash in Swedish education standards. One
reason it hasn't crashed even more is because immigrants are still a
minority of the population. ...
The top technical universities in
Sweden, like Chalmers and KTH, have done an interesting test. They have
looked at the diagnostic results in math for new engineering students over
the last twenty years and these have plunged by more than half! Professors
who are aware of this are alarmed. The government and the population in
general really don't know how to deal with it. ...
ET: So why
is all this happening? We have seen this dire situation unfold over many
years, and yet the government seems intent in doubling down, bringing in
even more immigration in recent years. The majority of the Swedish
population even seems to be supportive of this policy.
That's actually not true. ...
One recent poll I have seen, and it
excludes the past months, shows very high opposition: only 8% said we are
not taking enough immigrants, where 58% said we are taking too many. It's
the elite opinion that forms the consensus that Sweden should take many
more immigrants it's almost like a religion, but it is not the
popular view. ...
So the elite consensus was in favor of migration
to the point of the media severely censoring critics, which created a lot
of tension. However, people could see what was going on and the elite just
couldn't lie about it anymore. And now the mood has changed completely.
This is because this issue is tearing the country apart.
Shortage of judges hits immigration tribunals
Law Gazette, 20 February 2017.
A rapid decline in the number of immigration tribunal judges could
herald a crisis, despite the government's insistence that there is
sufficient capacity to deal with a growing backlog of work.
Government figures show that in 2012 there were 347 fee-paid and
132 salaried judges in the first-tier tribunal. In 2016 there were only 242
fee-paid and 77 salaried. In the upper tribunal, a headcount of 40 fee-paid
and 42 salaried judges in 2012 declined to 35 fee-paid and 42 salaried last
Official figures show there were 62,903 outstanding cases in
the first-tier tribunal at the end of the third quarter last year, up 20%
on the same period in 2015. The age of a case at disposal was 48 weeks
between July and September 2016, 15 weeks longer than the same period in
Multiculturalism schools, Islam
Second Islamist 'Trojan Horse' scandal feared after Oldham headteacher reports death threats
Daily Telegraph, 20 February 2017.
Fears of a second wave of Islamist plots to take over schools have
been raised after a teachers' union revealed it was dealing with a "variety
of apparent Trojan Horse issues".
A head teacher in Oldham has
reportedly said she has started working at home having been subjected to a
campaign of "death threats" and verbal abuse by people determined to
introduce an Islamic agenda.
In an email to Oldham council, seen by
the Sunday Times, Trish O'Donnell said she had "very strong reasons to
believe...a "Trojan Horse" agenda is being played out" at Clarksfield
A confidential report prepared by the local
authority said she had complained of threats to "blow up her car" and said
she had been attacked by a parent part of a four-year campaign of abuse.
The head teachers' union, the NAHT, said it was "supporting a
number of members in the Oldham area with a variety of apparent Trojan
Immigration abroad Dunkirk, Calais, France
HUNDREDS of migrants catch buses to Dunkirk in latest bid to reach Britain
Daily Express, 20 February 2017.
Hundreds of migrants are catching the bus to the French coast in
the latest bid to reach Britain.
They travel by public transport
through inland France to the sea and tunnel crossings near Calais.
The gangs then gather at unguarded lorry parks, trying to sneak
aboard UK-bound trucks.
They prefer buses to trains because they
can disembark before the terminus, where police would wait to arrest them.
BBC Inside Out South East found many following the new route were
among the 10,000 dispersed when police broke up the Jungle camp. ...
Many of the migrants are staying at the 1,500-resident Grande
Synthe camp in Dunkirk, 20 miles from Calais.
Although it is
patrolled by police the residents can catch a bus to Calais for just one
Illegal immigration border security
Britain's Border Chaos: Illegal Migrants Not Escorted, Asked to Make Own Way to Processing Centre
Breitbart, 20 February 2017.
Illegal migrants found stowed away in lorries are frequently told
to make their own way to a processing centre more than 50 miles away, the
general secretary of the Immigration Services Union has revealed.
Lucy Moreton also admitted authorities "have no way of knowing" the
identities of individuals entering the UK in an interview that laid bare
the laxity of Britain's border controls which have produced a system
in which would-be migrants know that if they get in, they'll be allowed to
Ms Moreton told BBC Essex: "The sad fact is there simply
aren't enough staff to attend every single lorry drop because there really
are quite a number of them.
"Sometimes it's simply isn't possible
to reach them, if it's thought to be low risk, if there are no obvious
needs, if there's nobody injured or there's no children involved.
"Then unfortunately there can be times when the police are asked
just to signpost them to Croydon and ask them to go there to obtain the
documents they need to access benefits and the like in the UK."
Noting that the journey from Essex to Croydon is far from
straightforward, presenter Sadie Nine said that even many people who are
local to the area "would find it difficult to get to Croydon".
"It's not always possible for individuals to get to Croydon", Ms
Moreton conceded, and admitted that no statistics are kept on the
percentage of stowaways who actually make it to the processing centre in
The union boss also revealed that it's "really rare"
for stowaways to have any identification documents, telling BBC Essex that
authorities have no way of knowing who migrants entering the country
"It's very common for people to say that they are
from a country which it's known you are likely to get asylum, particularly
if you come from a country where you're not"
"We just have to take
it on trust that they are who they say they are," she added.
Shocked by the effective lack of any real checks of migrants
entering Britain illegally, Ms Nine said it's "no wonder" so many migrants
crowded into Calais, wanting to take their chances on breaking into the UK.
"We're saying to human traffickers if you get them over here, we
will keep them," she added.
Agreeing with the BBC presenter that
the shortcomings in the system make Britain a gift to criminal traffickers,
Ms Moreton said: "If they can get on the back of a lorry and get to the UK
then they are likely to be able to stay, at least for a short period of
A report last year by the Chief Inspector of Borders and
Immigration said authorities were being overwhelmed by the problem of
Immigration abroad crime, Sweden
Trump may have been unclear, but Sweden experiencing a migrant crime wave
Fox News, 20 February 2017.
Police investigator Peter Springare isn't likely to be among those
mocking President Trump for his remarks about refugees in Sweden.
Trump's comments during a Florida campaign rally on Saturday
which some took as a misstatement about a supposed terror attack
dovetail with what Springare has been seeing during a typical week in
Orebro, Sweden. Five rapes, three assaults, a pair of extortions,
blackmail, an attempted murder, violence against police and a robbery made
up Springare's caseload for a five-day period earlier this month, according
to a Feb. 3 Facebook post he wrote. The suspects were all from
Muslim-majority countries Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia and
Turkey save for one Swedish man nabbed in a drug-related case. ...
Last month, the police chief for the southern Swedish city of Malmo
issued a desperate plea for help curtailing a plague of attempted murders,
beatings and rapes. About 32 percent of Malmo's occupants are migrants,
although it is not clear what role migrants play in the crime wave.
"We cannot do it on our own," Chief Stefan Sinteus wrote in an open
letter about the "upward spiral of violence."
And Sinteus is not
merely dealing with typical crimes that any modern city would witness.
Malmo had 52 hand grenade attacks in 2016 alone, a jump from 48
attacks in 2015, according to figures provided by the Swedish Police
Nationwide, the terror threat level is at "elevated" and
police believe at least 300 Swedish nationals have travelled to Syria and
Iraq for jihadi training.
Immigration residence, EU citizens
EU citizens living in the UK could face legal limbo after Brexit
The Observer, 19 February 2017.
The EU fears millions of its nationals living in the UK will be
left stranded in a legal no man's land after the country leaves the EU
because of the weaknesses of the British immigration system, a document
obtained by the Observer reveals.
MEPs and senior European
diplomats fear that chaos will ensue as the Home Office does not have the
information or systems in place to select who can stay, once the UK
restricts access to nationals from the other 27 EU member states. It is
widely assumed that, at an early stage of the article 50 negotiations,
Britain and the EU will agree a cut-off date after which foreigners who
have settled in the country will not have an automatic right to remain.
But a leaked document, drawn up by MEPs on the European
parliament's employment committee to aid the EU's Brexit negotiations,
warns: "The UK has no population register. In practice it would be
difficult to determine which EU27 citizens were residing legally in the UK
before the Brexit would have taken effect.
"If all 3.3 million EU
citizens were to initiate procedures aimed at proving the 'exercise of
treaty rights' the administrative system would be overburdened."
Opinium poll for the Observer published today finds that a large
majority of Britons believe EU nationals living in the UK should be given
the automatic right to stay. Just 5% said they should be asked to leave,
Responding to the Brussels report, one senior diplomat from an
eastern European state, said: "It came as a surprise to me that the UK was
unable to monitor comings and goings they will have to find a
workable solution quickly."
Tony Blair's government was forced to
drop plans for a national ID card and population register in 2007 because
of concerns over the security of citizens' data, not least from David
Davis, now secretary of state for exiting the EU.
Office advises that EU nationals do not need to register for any
documentation in order to enjoy free movement rights and responsibilities
in the UK. The government does not track EU nationals as they enter and
leave the country. The databases of the Department for Work and Pensions,
HM Revenue and Customs and the Home Office do not share information.
The government could use the national insurance number system to
help distinguish between those who were in the country before and after
Brexit, but it would not cover those who neither work nor claim benefits.
Allowing the right of residence to anyone who has registered for a national
insurance number before a particular date would also give a right to stay
to potentially millions of people who are no longer in the country,
including those who were in the UK only briefly and have little or no
connection to the UK. It would also not deal with the question of the
rights of family members of those with national insurance numbers to join
their relatives in the country.
Britain braces for a Jihadi bride invasion as scores of women and children return home from Syria and Iraq
Mail on Sunday, 19 February 2017.
Scores of British jihadi women and children returning home from
Syria and Iraq as the Islamic State crumbles pose an unprecedented threat
to the UK, secret intelligence analysis warns.
According to a
chilling classified report prepared for the Prime Minister by intelligence
officers and seen by The Mail on Sunday lone-wolf terror
attacks by returnees are all but inevitable.
While the threat by
battle-hardened adult male jihadis is well-known, this is the first time
the danger of women and children returning from Syria and Iraq has been
The document warns that as IS faces imminent
military defeat, it is more and more likely to use women and children to
carry out attacks in Britain.
Intelligence services fear that as
IS's final defeat looms, the increasing number of female jihadis who try to
re-enter will reach the point where it will not be possible to adequately
monitor them. ...
Some will try to come back with their children
using false identities and forged documents, the report says. ...
IS expert Nikita Malik of think-tank the Quilliam Foundation said:
'We have seen child soldiers in other theatres of war, but nothing like
under IS, who brainwash children through their schools.'
Immigration abroad Germany
Angela Merkel says EU must accept MORE refugees as Islam is NOT a source of terror
Sunday Express, 19 February 2017.
Angela Merkel has said the European Union (EU) has an obligation to
accept refugees as she insisted Islam is not a source of terrorism.
The German Chancellor launched a staunch defence of her
controversial refugee policy which allowed more than 1.1 million migrants
into the country in 2015, prompting protests and social upheaval.
Speaking at the Munich Security Conference yesterday, she said the
bloc as a whole has a duty to accept even more refugees.
wide-ranging speech, she also said Islam is not a source of terrorism and
told the audience, which included US Vice President Mike Pence, Muslim
states need to be involved in the fight against terrorism, as does Russia.
Immigration abroad crime, Sweden
Sweden 'covering up' migrant rape and violent crime for the sake of 'humanitarianism'
Sunday Express, 19 February 2017.
Officials in the Swedish government have been accused of "covering
up" migrant rape and refugee violence for the sake of appearing politically
Journalist Ami Horowitz has told Fox News people high up
in the Swedish government are purposely covering up the perpetrators of
rape crimes to protect "vulnerable" migrants.
During an explosive
interview, Mr Horowitz claimed the refugee violence crisis was
out-of-control but that "European virtues" had put a stop to any discussion
on the statistics. ...
The filmmaker told Fox News' Tucker
Carlson: "Sweden consider themselves a humanitarian superpower, perhaps the
only superpower they could possibly qualify for.
"So they want to
open up their borders up to everyone and anyone.
"From the onset of
the refugee crisis, there was a surge in gun violence and rape - the
statistics were clear. ..."
Benefits and costs unskilled immigrants
Why Brexit MUST bring new visa rules: Unskilled migrants 'cost UK taxpayers £3,500 EACH'
Daily Express, 18 February 2017.
Unskilled migrants to Britain drain thousands of pounds more from
the country than they contribute, according to a group of economists
backing the end of uncontrolled immigration after Brexit.
person coming to the UK without any skills costs taxpayers an average
£3,500 each year in welfare and support, research by Economists for
Free Trade (EFT) has said.
On the other hand, skilled migration
helps boost the economy.
The lobby group is arguing for a
post-Brexit visa system, which promotes the immigration of skilled workers.
Racism free speech
Stoke byelection candidate arrested over anti-immigrant comments
The Guardian, 18 February 2017.
A candidate in the Stoke byelection has been arrested on suspicion
of stirring up racial hatred. ...
Barbara Fielding, 78, who is
standing as an independent, was arrested after a complaint about her
website, which calls for all immigrants to be repatriated and warns of a
"seeping tide of Islamic warriors". Police seized her mobile phone and
computer and later released her on bail until next month.
said: "I was arrested on suspicion of publishing racial hatred material on
my website. Someone must have made a complaint to the police. They took me
away and took my files, my paperwork, my mobile phone and my computer. I
don't think I've done anything wrong. ..."
confirmed that a 78-year-old woman had been arrested under section 19 of
the Public Order Act 1986, which makes it an offence to publish or
distribute written material which may stir up racial hatred.
Black and mixed race people in London more likely to be Tasered
Liam O'Hare and Damien Gayle
The Guardian, 18 February 2017.
Black and mixed-race people in London have been on the receiving
end of more than 40% of police Taser use since 2014, despite accounting for
less than one in six of the capital's residents, the Guardian can reveal.
Figures obtained by a freedom of information (FoI) request show
police are disproportionately targeting people of black or mixed white and
black ethnicity with the electric stun guns, raising fresh concerns of
racism in the force.
... According to the 2011 census, people from
those groups comprise 15.6% of London's population. ...
figures include all the times that officers drew, aimed or fired Tasers
while on duty, although the weapons were only discharged in 13% of cases.
They correspond with a FoI request by the BBC from 2015, showing that
across England black people were three times more likely to be Tasered than
white people. ...
The Met defended its policies for Taser use,
insisting that "the ethnicity of the person is completely irrelevant" when
officers consider whether to use force.
Immigration abroad public opinion, Sweden
Sweden's two year U-Turn: Liberals' failed refugee policy turns public AGAINST migrants
Daily Express, 18 February 2017.
Sweden's politicians' open-door refugee policies have turned the
Swedish public from migrant lovers to haters in just two years, a study has
Fears of Swedes losing their culture and identity has
fuelled a rise in anti-migrant sentiment, after 50,000 people arrived in
the country in one year. ...
In September 2015, thousands of
people took to the streets with banners saying "Refugees Welcome" while
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven spoke about not building walls and
offering help "when need is great".
A year later, in October 2016,
his government decided to implement border controls, which had always been
available but not used, to stem the rapid flow of asylum seekers.
And a surge in nationalistic language has shown Swedes now consider
migrants a threat to the nation, a report by independent British think-tank
The 458-page study into populism in Europe found an
increasing use of "exclusionary nationalist rhetoric" in 2015 and 2016 by
Swedish politicians across the spectrum.
Since the beginning of
2015, the study found an increasing use of the term "Swedish values" by not
just the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats which have gained popularity
since then, but by all main parties.
Immigration abroad illegal immigration, Ceuta, Spain
Hundreds of migrants storm fence to reach Spanish enclave of Ceuta
BBC, 17 February 2017.
Several hundred migrants have stormed a six-metre (20 ft) security
fence that separates Morocco from Ceuta, a Spanish territory in North
Police said security cameras showed around 600 migrants,
some with shears and clubs, breaking through one of the gates.
than 300 reportedly made it across the razor wire barrier.
and Melilla, another Spanish territory in North Africa, have the EU's only
land borders with Africa.
As a result, they are popular crossing
points for migrants hoping to reach a new life in Europe. ...
Civil Guard at Ceuta estimates that 500 people could have succeeded in
entering the town," the emergency services tweeted.
Extremism far right, fascism, jihadism
The far-right panic: a distraction from jihadism
Spiked, 17 February 2017.
'Growing threat of far-right extremism in Britain', warned a
London Evening Standard's front page this week. Normally, statistics
related to the government's Prevent Strategy, under which people are
reported to the police for expressing extreme views, are met with suspicion
and criticism. Not this time. Apparently, 25 per cent of Prevent cases now
deal with people expressing far-right views, an increase from last year's
15 per cent of cases. David Anderson QC said the large numbers being
identified as far-right sympathisers, among adults and children,
illustrated the growing danger posed to Britain by the far-right.
But is this really the case? Youths have always aired obnoxious
views to wind up adults, and this could well account for part of these
figures. In any case, mouthing off is still a world away from actively
organising and campaigning on far-right issues. That kind of mobilisation
is completely absent today. The British National Party has disintegrated,
its local council presence all but wiped out. Street-based protest groups
such as the English Defense League and Britain First can barely mobilise a
few hundred people for their rallies in car parks. We're not witnessing a
return to 1970s levels of far-right activity, let alone the 1930s, as one
commentator recently claimed. ...
Even before Brexit, warnings of
a far-right resurgence have routinely appeared in the press in recent
years. Whenever there has been a terrorist atrocity carried out by
jihadists, the elite response has been to raise concerns about a 'far-right
backlash', even though none has emerged. In this way, obsessing about the
far-right has become a displacement activity, a refusal to recognise that a
significant minority of young Muslims are estranged from British society.
... Chasing phantom fascists may help score a few points against
ordinary Brexit voters, but it's not going to confront the crisis of values
and cohesion in British society.
Illegal immigration driving licences
Driving licences of thousands of 'illegal immigrants' revoked
BBC, 16 February 2017.
A crackdown on illegal immigrants in the UK has seen almost 27,000
drivers have their licences revoked since 2014.
The figures also
found a 22% rise in voided licences in 2016, compared to the year before.
Some people caught had entered the UK illegally, but most obtained
a licence while on a legitimate visa and had then illegally overstayed.
The Home Office gave the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency
(DVLA) the powers to revoke licences in July 2014.
That month more
than 3,500 licences were revoked. In 2015 it was 9,700 and in 2016 that
number rose to 11,900, the figures released under the Freedom of
Information Act to BBC South East show.
The driving licence is the
second most recognised form of ID after the passport, so can be used by
illegal immigrants to secure work, open bank accounts or sign tenancy
To make it harder for them to do any of these things,
the UK Immigration Act 2014 created "hostile environment" measures for
migrants in the UK. ...
In 2015, five times more people had their
licences revoked in the UK on medical grounds than those suspected of being
illegal immigrants. ...
Chris Hobbs, a former special branch
officer in border controls, said: "How likely is it for that driver to be
stopped bearing in mind the number of traffic police has been hugely
reduced? There are all sorts of issues around stopping vehicles and asking
for details, you have to have a valid reason to do that."
why, on having the person's address, immigration enforcement officers did
not doorstep them instead of waiting for police to pick them up during
routine checks, the Home Office has yet to respond.
In the most
recent report from David Bolt, the chief inspector of borders, he raised
concerns over the measures.
He criticised the small number of
deportations as a result of the crackdown - of the thousands who had their
licences revoked, 583 people left the UK in the 2015-16 tax year.
Mr Bolt also said the small number of people physically
surrendering their licences "undermines" the new system.
then, the Home Office has announced plans to allow police and immigration
officers to search for and seize these documents.
Immigration abroad illegal immigration, false documents, Europe
At least 11,000 migrants are found in the EU with forged documents: Border agency warns it is struggling to deal with vast network of people traffickers
Daily Mail, 16 February 2017.
Armies of criminal gangs are helping thousands of migrants make
their way through Europe under the radar by supplying fake documents, a
damning report has revealed.
In a brutal assessment, the EU's
border agency warned that officials are struggling to control vast networks
of people traffickers who are fuelling the migration crisis.
Despite the arrest of more than 1,200 smugglers in the last year,
officials said the underground industry is booming.
the passport-free Schengen area were laid bare as figures revealed 11,000
migrants were found with forged documents last year having already gained
access to Europe.
As well as helping migrants to reach the EU, the
report said that a burgeoning black market had developed to help illegal
immigrants achieve citizenship once they had gained entry.
used by so-called 'facilitators' in countries such as Spain, France and
Italy include the supply of forged papers, arranging fake marriages and
coaching migrants on how to 'abuse' asylum measures.
warned the prevalence of fake documents posed a 'serious threat to the
security of the EU' and highlighted the continued risk posed by IS fighters
returning to Europe.
The report also drew attention to the Berlin
Christmas market terror attack last year which was carried out by a failed
asylum seeker found in possession of several fake documents.
scale of the problem was further shown by the detection of 7,000 migrants
carrying fake documents, predominantly at airports, before reaching the EU.
The report, carried out by the EU's Frontex agency, warned that
criminals are increasingly transporting vulnerable migrants to Europe as
sex workers and as slave labour.
Immigration abroad border checks, European Union
'What took so long?' Europe to FINALLY get tough on migration with major border crackdown
Daily Express, 16 February 2017.
Europe is finally set take tough action to shore up its
disastrously weak borders after MEPs said they had learned the "tough
lessons" of Angela Merkel's migrant madness.
Eurosceptics said they
were vindicated following years of being called xenophobes and racists as
euro politicians were poised to approve a major security crackdown.
Tomorrow MEPs will vote on a package of no-nonsense proposals which
will bring in automatic checks on all people travelling in and out of the
bloc by land, sea and air.
The measure will target both EU and
non-EU citizens and is designed to help the bloc combat the twin threats of
Islamist terror and uncontrolled immigration.
During a debate on
the proposals at the EU parliament in Strasbourg today eurosceptics said it
was madness that European authorities do not already know who is coming in
and out of the continent. ...
Under the proposals EU member states
will be required to carry out systematic checks on all travels entering and
exiting the bloc's external borders and to share information on potential
terrorists via security databases.
They are expected to come into
force in mid April if ratified by all the major EU institutions and will
mark the biggest step Brussels has taken to tackle the threat of terror
Stoke Central's Muslim voters warned they will go to hell if they do not vote Labour in anti-Ukip text
The Sun, 16 February 2017.
Texts have warned Muslim voters they will be condemned to hell if
they do not vote Labour in the Stoke Central by-election.
message said failure to back Labour's Gareth Snell would see "anti-Islam"
Ukip win. It ranted: "Will you be able to answer for this in the Grave and
on the Final Day??? 'I helped the Enemies of Islam because...'"
Ahead of next week's crunch by-election, the anonymous messages
were sent around the seat that has a seven percent Muslim population. ...
The controversial message claims that voting for any other party
despite the Lib Dems have a Muslim candidate standing would
serve "to Elect an Anti Muslim and Anti Islam MP."
Immigration birth rates, Europe
Mass immigration is a cure worse than our demographic time bomb
Conservative Woman, 16 February 2017.
Once in a while politicians say something interesting. ...
... It occurred at a conference in Malta, and the one making the
comment was the European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs
and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini. ...
Europeans should understand that we need migration for our economies and
for our welfare systems, with the current demographic trend we have to be
sustainable."... But Mrs Mogherini's comment shows that
far from EU officials struggling to cope with the destabilising effect of
"migrant weaponisation", they actually welcome it as a necessity.
But what is even more fascinating about the statement is what it
doesn't say. It mentions the "demographic trend", but says nothing about
why this demographic trend exists. So let's help Mrs Mogherini out. She
could have gone on to say:
"The reason for this demographic
trend is two-fold: firstly, tens of millions of citizens in EU countries
have been killed in the process known as abortion over the last few
decades, and secondly, Europeans in general have decided that having
children is a really bad idea and so have a fertility rate of 1.58 live
births per woman, which is well below the generally accepted replacement
level of 2.1."Of course had she decided to say that, she
would not now be the EUHRFASP, and that's because you cannot tell such
truths in such jobs and remain in such jobs. ...
What is the
solution? Mrs Mogherini and her comrades can only possibly contemplate one
route: mass immigration. This is not because mass immigration is a sensible
solution, but it is purely because she cannot go down the other route.
/.../ It would mean having to admit that killing all those babies was not
only morally wrong, but is now coming back to bite us. It would mean having
to admit that the obsession with getting women to place a higher value on
an office desk than raising children is now having enormous civilisational
consequences. To say so would involve committing the unpardonable sin of
actually telling the truth about how our materialistic, individualistic
choices are now coming back to haunt us.
proposed by Comrade Mogherini will lead to the Islamisation of Europe
within a few decades. Just do the maths. Muslims are having children while
Reports on employment figures are accurate, but not the whole picture
Full Fact, 16 February 2017.
Several media outlets reported the most recent set of employment
figures this morning, and the Daily Express featured the story on its front
page. The figures reported are correct, but there's a lot of uncertainty
around some of the latest changes.
The good news is we haven't seen
anyone make the kind of mistakes we've seen in the past when it comes to
reporting employment figures.
As the Office for National Statistics
says prominently, these statistics don't tell us how many people have lost
jobs or how many people have got a new one, they just tell us the final
change in the headcount of people who have jobs.
The UK had 431,000
more foreign-born workers at the end of 2016 than it had a year beforehand,
according to estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Meanwhile, its estimate for the number of workers born inside the
UK dropped by 120,000.
So foreign-born workers rose in number while
British born workers fell? Not quite.
The difference between these
two changes is that the first is big enough for us to be confident it's
genuine, the second isn't.
The estimates are based on a survey, so
there's a grey area around the ONS' best estimate for the numbers of
different groups of workers.
The estimate for UK-born workers and
UK nationals in work would have to change by more than 200,000 for us to be
reasonably confident that we were seeing a genuine change in the real
That may sound like a surprisingly big margin. But remember:
there are an estimated 26 million UK-born workers or 28 million UK citizens
in work. A change of less than 200,000 is difficult to detect with a lot of
confidence, based on these figures.
Extremism Islamophobia, Islam
A Justified Intolerance of Islam
American Thinker, 16 February 2017.
Progressives and liberals do not tolerate beliefs or actions they
consider unjust, yet they demand conservatives do so. Nearly every
criticism of Islam is met with a chorus of condemnation from Democrats (and
distress from some Republican "moderates"). This is not only wrong, but
Opposition to Islam is no different than
opposition to communism, or fascism, or any other belief system that seeks
to control human conduct. Every American (indeed, every human being on
Earth) has basic human rights the unalienable rights to life,
liberty, and property and every belief system with principles that
violate these rights is unjust. ...
Nevertheless, Progressives and
liberals personally attack the critics of Islam, vilify them, and falsely
accuse them of "Islamophobia." Clearly, this accusation is nonsense.
Opposition to the beliefs held by an individual or group is not a phobia,
nor is opposition to the actions of an individual or group, including the
customs followed by people.
Progressives and liberals, though,
insist that opposition to Islam is based on fear, or hate, or both. Again,
this is nonsense. Opposition to Islam is based on knowledge, not fear or
As for Islam, the Koran instructs Muslims to violate the
most basic of human rights. ...
With regard to relations between
Muslims and non-Muslims, the Koran instructs Muslims to engage in jihad,
which imposes a duty to fight nonbelievers (see Koran 2:216; 4:76; 9:5),
and to continue fighting until Islam is supreme (see Koran 8:39; 9:29;
61:9). Consequently, after the Koran was revealed in the 7th century,
Muslims spread Islam with violence by waging "holy war" against
nonbelievers throughout the Middle East, northern Africa, and
southern Europe. (For holy war, see Sahih Muslim 19:4294 and Sahih
Furthermore, the Koran promises Muslims eternal
paradise for killing, and being killed, in the fight against nonbelievers
for Islamic supremacy. (See Koran 9:111.) This promise is a key source of
the Islamic terrorism plaguing the world today. ...
There was a
time when some on the political left understood the dangers of Islam. For
example, Samuel P. Huntington, a highly-respected political scientist and
lifelong Democrat, served in the administration of President Jimmy Carter.
In his 1996 book, The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World
Order, Huntington wrote, "Some Westerners, including President Bill
Clinton, have argued that the West does not have problems with Islam but
only with violent Islamic extremists. Fourteen hundred years of history
demonstrate otherwise." He added, "The underlying problem for the West is
not Islamic fundamentalism. It is Islam."
Employment non-UK employees
Number of British-born workers falls as non-UK employees increase by almost 450,000 in a year
Daily Telegraph, 15 February 2017.
Nearly 450,000 more migrants are working in the UK while the number
of British-born people in work has fallen by 120,000, according to new
The Office for National Statistics disclosed that the
number of migrants working in Britain has increased by 431,000 to 5.4
million over the past year.
Over the same period the number of
British people in work has fallen to 26.37 million.
said: "For October to December 2016, there were 5.54 million people born
abroad working in the UK, but the number of non-UK nationals working in the
UK was much lower at 3.48 million."
The number of EU-born citizens
working in the UK rose by 190,000 to 2.24 million, the Office for National
It also found that the number of non-UK nationals
working in the UK increased from just over 1 million to 3.48 million and
that the proportion of non-UK nationals working in the UK increased from
3.8% to 10.9%.
The ONS concluded: "This increase in non-UK
nationals working in the UK reflects the admission of several new member
states to the European Union."
The figures are also thought to
reflect the retirement of older UK-born citizens. ...
31.8 million adults have a job - 300,000 more than a year ago - after a
quarterly rise of 37,000, while unemployment fell by 7,000 to just under
1.6 million. ...
The proportion of people working in the UK
accounted for by non-UK nationals has increased from 3.8% to 10.9% since
BREXIT BOOST: Bosses optimistic about hiring UK staff after Britain leaves European Union
Daily Express, 15 February 2017.
British bosses are confident about recruiting qualified staff after
Brexit despite currently relying on foreign workers to fill around 30 per
cent of available jobs, according to a new poll.
The City and
Guilds poll asked 500 large-scale employers across a range of sectors
including construction, education and the financial industry about the
It found 26 per cent felt Brexit would not have any impact
on their ability to find and hire competent employees while 42 per cent
said they expected it to have a positive effect on recruitment.
This is despite 18 per cent of respondents admitting relying on EU
staff for more than half of their present workforce and almost nine out of
10 (87 per cent) agreeing they have trouble finding the right staff to fill
Racism hate crime
The truth behind the Brexit hate crime 'spike'
Spectator blog, 15 February 2017.
Britain is in the grip of an epidemic, apparently. An epidemic of
This is being held up as evidence that prejudices and
madness were unleashed by Brexit. ...
It's not vainglorious to say
that Britain is the most tolerant country in Europe, perhaps the world. ...
Yes, the statistics are scary, and nobody should downplay the hurt
caused to those who are attacked and abused. The number of hate crimes
recorded by the cops has grown year by year. ...
But these figures
need to be taken with a fistful of salt. There is something wrong with the
way we report and measure hate crimes in this country. The numbers do not
necessarily speak to any objective spread of hate in modern Britain. On the
contrary, what the BBC calls an 'epidemic' is a product of the authorities
redefining racism and prejudice to such an extent that almost any
unpleasant encounter between people of different backgrounds can now be
recorded as 'hatred'.
Consider the Brexit aftermath. The police say
that 14,000 hate crimes were recorded between July and September. But can
we engage in some scepticism here? Many of these incidents are likely to
have been reported through True Vision, a police-funded website that allows
anyone anywhere to report something they either experienced or witnessed,
anonymously if they like. No evidence is needed. Everything is instantly
logged as a hate incident. This inevitably presents a warped view of
Beyond the post-Brexit hysteria, it's incredible how
subjective the idea of 'hate crime' has become. The police and the Crown
Prosecution Service first agreed a common definition of hate crime ten
years ago and started measuring national hate-crime levels in 2008. A hate
crime, the police say, is 'any criminal offence which is perceived, by the
victim or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice
towards someone based on a personal characteristic'. They monitored 'five
strands': crimes driven by prejudice based on race, religion/faith, sexual
orientation, disability, and gender identity.
The police's 'Hate
Crime Operational Guidance' now stresses that the victim's perception is
the deciding factor in whether something is measured as a hate crime. No
evidence is required. 'Evidence of... hostility is not required for an
incident or crime to be recorded as a hate crime or hate incident,' the
guidance says. '[The] perception of the victim, or any other person, is the
defining factor... the victim does not have to justify or provide evidence
of their belief, and police officers or staff should not directly challenge
this perception.' So you don't need actual evidence to prove hate crime,
just a feeling. ...
In a world obsessed with evidence-based public
policy, it is odd that a new crime category which explicitly eschews
evidence in favour of emotion is subjected to such little scrutiny. And it
gets worse: the prosecution of a hate crime doesn't actually have to prove
that hatred was the motivation.
Immigration abroad Denmark
Parliament: Danes Should Not Become the Minority in Denmark
Breitbart, 15 February 2017.
The Folketing, Denmark's unicameral parliament, has passed a
resolution stating that Danes should not become minorities in Danish
communities, as figures show the migrant and migrant-descended population
are now a majority in Brøndby Strand and Odense.
notes with concern that today there are areas in Denmark where the number
of immigrants from non-Western countries and their descendants is over 50
percent," the resolution states.
"It is parliament's opinion that
Danes should not be a minority in residential areas in Denmark."
Denmark, like many other European countries, saw a surge in sexual
assaults and harassment by migrants after they began to arrive in large
Rafi Ibrahim, a Syrian who has been settled in Denmark for
many years, told reporters that the new arrivals find it difficult to
control themselves around Western women. ...
minister Inger Støjberg confessed in late 2016 that "integration in
Denmark has failed", following a damning report on criminality and
unemployment in thirty-one increasingly migrant-dominated ghettoes.
Immigration abroad electoral fraud, USA
Nearly 2 million non-citizen Hispanics illegally registered to vote
Washington Times, 15 February 2017.
A large number of non-citizen Hispanics, as many as 2 million, were
illegally registered to vote in the U.S., according to a nationwide poll.
The little-noticed Hispanic survey was conducted in June 2013
by McLaughlin and Associates to gauge the opinions of U.S. resident Latinos
on a wide range of issues.
Inside the poll is a page devoted to
voter profiles. Of the randomly selected sample of 800 Hispanics, 56
percent, or 448, said they were non-citizens, and of those, 13 percent said
they were registered to vote. The 448 would presumedly be a mix of illegal
immigrants and noncitizens who are in the U.S. legally, such as visa
holders or permanent residents. ...
But James Agresti, who directs
the research nonprofit "Just Facts," applied the 13 percent figure to 2013
U.S. Census numbers for non-citizen Hispanic adults. In 2013, the Census
reported that 11.8 million non-citizen Hispanic adults lived here, which
would amount to 1.5 million illegally registered Latinos.
Accounting for the margin of error based on the sample size of
non-citizens, Mr. Agresti calculated that the number of illegally
registered Hispanics could range from 1.0 million to 2.1 million. ,,,
Another 8.3 million non-Hispanic non-citizen adults were living in
the U.S. in 2013, according to the Census. ...
intensified in 2014 when two professors at Old Dominion University and one
at George Mason University collaborated to produce perhaps the first
data-driven analysis of non-citizen voting, relying on the biennial
Cooperative Congressional Election Study (CCES), headquartered at Harvard
University, with polling by YouGov.
Relying on the CCES responses
to citizenship questions, ODU team estimated that 6.4 percent of
non-citizens voted in the 2008 election. They presented a range as low as
38,000 and as high at 2.8 million.
More than 50 million Muslims are willing to support those who carry out terror attacks to defend their religion, migration expert warns the EU
14 February 2017.
A migration expert warns that there are more than 50 million
Muslims willing to accept violence and support those who carry out terror
attacks to defend their religion.
Professor Ruud Koopmans of the
Netherlands warned the EU on Monday to block the entry of any refugees
whose identity cannot be categorically confirmed.
that of the 1 billion adult Muslims in the world, 'half of them are
attached to an arch-conservative Islam which places little worth on the
rights of women, homosexuals, and people of other faiths'.
interview with a German news website he claimed that of these 500 million
conservative Muslims, at least and probably more than 50
million are willing to sanction violence.
Koopmans, who is a
professor of sociology and migration research at the Humboldt University of
Berlin and the director of integration research at the WZB Berlin Social
Science Centre, stressed that not every one of them was ready to exert
But he added: 'They support the radicals, they
encourage them and provide them shelter or simply keep their mouths shut
when they observe radicalization.'
He says he considers his own
estimate of 50 million 'an understatement', citing studies that show eight
per cent of German Muslims agreed to the use of violence against
'Infidels,' while in his own country 11 per cent of Muslims agreed with the
statement: 'There are situations in which it is acceptable for me from the
perspective of my religion, that I use violence'.
Islamic countries, 14 per cent of local Muslims think suicide attacks
against innocents are 'sometimes' or 'often' justified to defend Islam,
said Koopmans, citing a study by the US-based Pew Research Center.
'I'm very conservative with my estimate of 50 million violent
Muslims,' added Professor Koopmans. ...
He went on: 'There is
nothing wrong with foreign cultures, as long as they are looking for the
connection to the majority in society and actually enrich our countries.
'But those who are here to spread their medieval beliefs, which are
unfortunately widespread in Islamic countries, must be met with zero
Employment Brexit, EU citizens
Why there will be no Brexit cliff edge for EU employees in Britain
Lord Green, chairman of Migration Watch UK
ConservativeHome, 14 February 2017.
The pace is quickening as the Brexit negotiations approach.
Employers who rely on East European workers are voicing concern that they
face a "cliff edge" for their workforce when the UK leaves the EU. Research
published today by Migration Watch UK suggests that such an outcome is very
For a start, EU workers already here will almost
certainly be allowed to stay. /.../ In any case, as Paul Goodman has
pointed out here, nearly 85 per cent will be entitled to Indefinite Leave
to Remain by the time Brexit occurs.
Despite this, there is concern
that some EU nationals already in the UK will decide to go home and that
future controls on EU migration would mean that the existing work force
could not be maintained, leading to shortages of labour in a number of
If the past is any guide, there is no reason to think that
this will happen. ...
In any case, do we seriously imagine that
large numbers will up sticks and go home the day that Brexit is declared?
Most of them have been here for years, some will have settled with their
families, they will have learnt English and will be earning three or four
times what they might earn in their home countries. They are surely far
more likely to stay on.
That said, there is a very important
distinction between East European members of the EU and the original
fourteen member states. Seventy per cent of the former are in low skilled
and low paid work, while 70 per cent of those from the EU14 are in highly
skilled roles. This means that expanding the current work permit system to
EU workers (as we recommend) would bear much more heavily on East European
migrants. Overall, we estimate that it would reduce net migration from the
EU as a whole by about 100,000 a year.
Looking ahead, Brexit
provides us with an opportunity to make the most of the human capital and
talent that we already have in this country. For too long employers have
relied on a ready supply of workers from abroad rather than training
existing workers. A major study by Baroness Wolf found that the number of
employees attending training sessions away from the work place declined
from 180,000 in 1998 to just 20,000 in 2014. She concluded that the
availability of labour from the EU had contributed to this decline.
Brexit is an opportunity to correct this trend. And let us not
forget the 1.6 million unemployed people (including 450,000 aged 18 to 24)
who could be helped into work and the 1.1 million people who are in
part-time work but are looking for more hours. The Government must not be
rushed into making exceptions. Employers will have time to adjust their pay
and conditions, their working methods and so on, and they should be
encouraged to do so.
Immigration abroad multiculturalism, politics, Germany
Integration commissioner plans a multicultural Germany
Deutsche Welle, 14 February 2017.
In a new study, a panel of experts led by the government's point
woman on migration has called for increased rights and better prospects for
immigrants to Germany. ...
If the government's commissioner on
migration, refugees and integration gets her way, immigrants to Germany
will be able to vote in local elections, enjoy better protection against
discrimination and maybe even benefit from affirmative action measures.
On Tuesday, Commissioner Aydun Özoguz presented "Together in
Diversity: A Guiding Concept and Agenda for a Society of Immigration," a
study written by 38 experts on the topic. Calling the country a "society of
immigration" is a deliberate provocation as the right wing has long argued
that, unlike the United States, Germany has not sought to integrate large
numbers of foreigners. ...
Co-author Farhad Dilmaghani, of the
advocacy group DeutschPlus, said the report was the first of its kind to
include input from people with immigrant backgrounds. Perhaps for that
reason, the document is an uncompromising rejection of the AfD. ...
The report calls for a series of reforms to make it easier for
people to settle in Germany, and to facilitate their participation in the
labor market and the political culture once they do.
support reducing the length of prior residency required for citizenship,
lowering the prospective income levels needed for foreigners to obtain work
permits and exercising greater flexibility in granting people permission to
come to Germany.
The report comes out in favor of dual citizenship
and allowing permanent residents to vote in local elections. ...
Perhaps more controversially, the authors suggest that laws should
be passed to support "positive discrimination" to raise the low proportion
of people with immigrant backgrounds in government positions. ...
The report, drawn up under the aegis of the Friedrich Ebert
Foundation, which is closely affiliated with the SPD, is an indication of
the strategy that the party is planning to take this fall to meet the
Whereas Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats
have been content to defend the chancellor's decision to grant entry to
refugees while promising that the high rate of arrivals will diminish, the
SPD is actively embracing immigration and internationalism. ...
"guiding concept" that Özugun and her co-authors have put forward for
an aggressively multicultural Germany is part of that campaign.
Border controls criminal
UK Border Force officials let 'Most Wanted' Albanian killer BACK into the UK and banned crook runs a car wash and lives nearby
Nick Pisa and Tom Wells
The Sun, 13
An Albanian murderer kicked out of Britain sneaked back in under
the noses of the bungling Border Force to run a car wash firm.
Selami Cokaj, 43, once on Interpol's Most Wanted list, was deported
in 2009 and banned from returning. ...
Officials kicked Cokaj out
of the UK in 2009 after discovering he was a fugitive from a 20-year jail
term in Albania.
But he somehow slipped past bungling Border Force
officials and is now openly living here with his family under his real name
and runs two car valeting firms that are raking in £40,000 a
It is unclear when or how Cokaj arrived but he is doing
nothing to hide his identity. ...
Cokaj, once on Interpol's Most
Wanted list, first arrived here in 1999 using the alias Valton Gashi and
posing as a refugee from the Kosovan conflict.
In fact he was a
violent Albanian criminal who had been jailed in 1994 for a knife murder.
He was sentenced to 15 years, later increased to 20 for a further
armed robbery conviction.
But after three years he escaped.
Within months of coming to the UK he was living in Mansfield,
Notts, had set up a car wash firm and met his future wife.
caught up with him in 2006 and after a three-year extradition process he
But under Albanian law too much time had elapsed
since his original sentence and he was freed in 2012.
Immigration abroad Germany
MERKEL'S GERMANY: Majority now SUPPORT deporting failed asylum seekers, says poll
Daily Express, 13 February 2017.
Attitudes towards failed Afghan asylum seekers in Germany appear to
be changing, after a new poll showed a massive 74 per cent of people now
A survey conducted by research institute
Emnid on behalf of Focus magazine found the majority of Germans now agreed
that Afghans who had failed in their application to stay in the country
sould be removed.
The same amount also agreed with the view that
migrants with criminal records should be deported. ...
results heap more pressure on embattled German Chancellor Angela Merkel,
who just last week placed a ban on the families of as many as three million
people who arrived in Germany during the migrant crisis joining their
The ban, which also applies to women and children and
elderly relatives from war torn countries, has been put in place for two
years after the country revealed the crisis will cost £37bn this year.
Immigration abroad Europe
Orban: Globalists Will Use Mass Migration To Replace Europeans and 'Crush The Will Of The People'
Breitbart, 13 February 2017.
Hungary's Viktor Orbán believes the globalist establishment
will not respond to their defeats in 2016 by reexamining their policies,
but by encouraging a wave of mass migration which will "crush the will of
the people" and replace Europe's existing populations.
of globalist politics are not searching for the fault within themselves"
after their defeats in the Brexit referendum and the U.S. presidential
election, he claims, "but are instead blaming the people and nations". ...
Orbán believes that politicians wedded to the no borders,
multicultural "open society" a reference to the Open Society
Foundations funded by George Soros, the billionaire financier whom the
Hungarian authorities regard as a malign influence will respond to
reverses at the ballot box by attempting to undermine Europe's electorates
through mass migration. ...
"This is how the world's most bizarre
coalition of people smugglers, human rights activists and leading European
politicians was created, with the aim of systematically bringing millions
of migrants into Europe. Where will all this lead?" ...
leader's overall message with respect to the globalist worldview seemed to
recall Bertolt Brecht's sardonic comments after the 1953 uprising in East
Germany: "Would it not be easier for the government to dissolve the people
and elect another?"
Immigration abroad criminals, USA
Right-wing think tank declares 72 terrorists from Trump's banned countries have been convicted in the United States since 9/11
MailOnline, 12 February 2017.
A report released by the US Senate provided information on the 580
individuals convicted of terrorism in America since the 9/11 attacks.
The conservative non-profit Center for Immigration Studies claim
they obtained a copy of the information, which was originally released in
2016 by the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest,
then chaired by new Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The CIS asserts
that 72 of those convicted of terrorism hail from the seven countries
addressed by President Trump's controversial immigration ban.
analysis maintains that of the 580 convicted terrorists, 20 came from
Somalia, 19 from Yemen, 19 from Iraq, seven from Syria, four from Iran and
two from Libya.
The right-wing think tank, whose motto is
'pro-immigrant, low immigration,' also claims that 17 of those 72 entered
the country as refugees.
Twenty-five of the 72 eventually became US
citizens and spread about 16 states, their report says. ...
CIS claims that 33 of the 72 terrorists from Trump's banned countries were
convicted of severe crimes, such as 'use of a weapon of mass destruction,
conspiracy to commit a terror act, material support of a terrorist or
terror group, international money laundering conspiracy, possession of
explosives or missiles, and unlawful possession of a machine gun.'
Illegal immigration asylum
Migrant dad gets to Britain after 13 attempts and paying £18,000 to people traffickers
Sunday Express, 12 February 2017.
A migrant family told last night of the desperate journey they made
to reach Britain illegally after 13 attempts.
The Iraqi Kurds paid
a total of £18,000 to people traffickers before succeeding in crossing
the Channel. ...
The family immediately claimed asylum and are now
being housed and fed in refugee accommodation in Cardiff. Jubilant father
Hawkar Salah declared: "We made it. This is my dream, of course. We want to
build a new life here and we want to stay forever." ...
youngest child was not even born when Hawkar, a Sunni Muslim, and his wife
Hozan, now 26, made their way from Iraq into Europe. They were intent on
coming to the UK but people smugglers they had paid £5,000 took them
to Norway instead.
They claimed asylum in Scandinavia but were
rejected and after 11 months headed to northern France, arriving in
September of last year. But Hawkar refused to claim asylum in France,
saying he would rather risk the lives of his family trying to reach
Sources say it is extremely unlikely the family will
be removed as they have two young children. Even if they are refused
asylum, they can appeal, a process that could keep them here for years. The
family has been given Home Office identification cards indicating they are
one of 77,440 active asylum cases. ...
They have no idea where
they will be rehoused but want to live in Bradford to join lawyer Hozan's
sister and cousin who live there after they also made it into the UK
illegally and claimed asylum.
Benefits and costs health tourism
Why this feeble cure for health tourism won't work
Daily Mail, 11 February 2017.
Legislation would be put in place, we were told, to stop our
wonderful, free-at-the-point-of-delivery health service being taken
advantage of. ...
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said this week the
law will change in April to ensure that overseas patients made a 'fair
contribution'. Great, about time.
But all the new legislation says
is that NHS trusts will have to charge patients who are not UK residents
upfront for non-urgent treatment such as knee replacement surgery, or a
cataract op. ...
But the obvious problem is what happens if
someone simply can't pay for their treatment then and there? So the new
plan is that hospital staff can decide whether to take payment from an
overseas patient on the spot, or ask them to sign a form to agree to
A form? Really? Is that the best they could
come up with?
Maybe I'm being cynical, but aren't most people
when confronted with a bill for thousands of pounds for a treatment
they desperately want, but may not be able to afford going to sign
the form and worry about payment later? Leaving us with the same old
problems of having to track them down and make them pay. ...
the new plans, GPs are also going to be given extra cash to identify
patients who turn up at their surgeries and are not eligible for NHS
treatment and to pass this information on to hospitals. They will be
given £5 million to help with the administrative cost.
face of it, using GP surgeries as gatekeepers looks fairly sensible.
However, the reality will be rather different.
The British Medical
Association the doctor's union has long complained that
doctors shouldn't act as 'border guards'. So the deal they have agreed with
the government will see patients 'self declare' their residency.
And so actually, all that is going to happen is a GP (or more
likely the receptionist) is going to hand anyone who crosses the surgery
threshold a form and ask them to tick whether they are eligible for NHS
treatment or not.
I can't believe I'm the only one who can see the
flaw here. There's almost a wilful naivety in the plans. When it comes to
healthcare, people are desperate and will lie.
Why on earth would
anyone who has come here to get free healthcare tick 'no', knowing that it
will land them with a massive bill?
So what should the Government
do instead? I touched on this in my column last week. My ideas are simple:
everyone coming into the country would have to demonstrate they had medical
insurance to cover the cost if they fell unwell. This would be part of
immigration checks at border control, and those who failed to do this would
be sent back.
Second, those who leave the country without paying an
NHS bill are banned for life from returning unless they settle their debt.
The government has utterly failed to protect the NHS with this
flimsy, ineffectual legislation. This was an open goal and yet our
politicians have managed to miss it entirely.
Immigration abroad Germany
Haven't they learnt a thing? Merkel's government 'hoping to bring in 12 MILLION migrants'
Daily Express, 11 February 2017.
Angela Merkel may just have pushed through rapid deportation rules
as well as a ban on refugees but she is not planning on closing Germany's
doors to migrants forever.
Just last week the under-fire German
Chancellor placed a ban on the families of as many as three million people
who arrived in Germany during the migrant crisis joining their relatives.
The ban, which also applies to women and children and elderly
relatives from war torn countries, has been put in place for two years
after the country revealed the crisis will cost £37bn this year.
Now just days after the Bundestag voted to speed up deportation and
mandatory finger printing, it's emerged they have outlined the country
needs 300,000 people a YEAR for the next 40 years to stop population
A leaked report from Mrs Merkel's government said Germany
would need to take in 12m migrants over the next four decades to keep
Germany's population size stable. ...
According to local reports a
new report drafted by the Government has admitted the issue of migrant
integration is a thorny subject.
The report on refugee integration
states: "According to the experiences this will not be easy and will last
longer than initially often hoped.
"Successes will only be visible
in the medium to long term."
Immigration abroad illegal immigration, USA
Hundreds of undocumented immigrants arrested in US enforcement sweep
Daily Telegraph, 11 February 2017.
U.S. federal immigration agents arrested hundreds of undocumented
immigrants in at least four states this week in what officials on Friday
called routine enforcement actions. ...
The enforcement actions
took place in Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and surrounding
areas, said David Marin, director of enforcement and removal for the Los
Angeles field office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Only five of 161 people arrested in Southern California would not
have been enforcement priorities under the Obama administration, he said.
"The rash of these recent reports about ICE checkpoints and
random sweeps, that's all false and that's dangerous and irresponsible," Mr
Marin said. "Reports like that create a panic."
He said that of the
people arrested in Southern California, only 10 did not have criminal
records. Of those, five had prior deportation orders.
Immigration abroad illegal immigration, Italy, Mediterranean
NGOs May Be Endangering The Very Migrants They Seek To Rescue
Worldcrunch / Le Figaro, 11 February 2017.
More than 4,500 people lost their lives off the Libyan coast last
year. And yet, there have never been so many vessels carrying out rescue
missions in the area from Italian coast guard ships and European
operation Eunavfor vessels to those from the border control agency Frontex
and others chartered by NGOs.
This paradox is a source of concern
for European authorities, so much so that some people are pointing fingers
at certain NGOs for jeopardizing the rescue of migrants.
humanitarian response coincided with a geographic relocation of rescue
operations, which now take place far from the Italian coast, often fewer
than 20 nautical miles off Libya. "One direct consequence of this has been
a change in the business model of smugglers," the European Commission wrote
in a recent report.
There is evidence that smugglers increasingly
use completely unseaworthy inflatable dinghies that have no prospect of
ever reaching the Italian shores, assuming they will be picked up near or
within Libyan territorial waters, the Commission found. ...
There's another assessment of what's taking place. Earlier, a call
to the Rome Maritime Rescue Coordination Center would trigger an operation
coordinated by the Italian coast guard. Ships that were deployed would be
called upon to act. But Frontex, in a confidential note, observes that
these calls now only lead to 10% of all rescue operations. Meanwhile, the
number of rescue operations carried out directly by humanitarian
organizations has skyrocketed, accounting for one-third of such missions.
Frontex has different theories about why this happens: Either the
NGOs use radars or smugglers inform migrants where NGOs are waiting, the
agency suggests. Libyan coast guards note that some boats don't hesitate to
aim powerful searchlights at the coast so they can easily be seen at night.
No officials agreed to talk about these issues on the record. ...
What can authorities do when faced with this situation? Apparently,
not much. "We're not going to start chasing NGOs," a senior source says.
Immigration abroad refugees, Hungary
Orban: Hungary Will Welcome 'European Refugees' Fleeing Multicultural West
Breitbart, 11 February 2017.
Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban says his country will open
its arms to west Europeans fleeing mass immigration and "the lords of
"We shall let in true refugees", Mr Orban told
a cheering audience: "Germans, Dutch, French and Italians, terrified
politicians and journalists who here in Hungary want to find the Europe
they have lost in their homelands." ...
Globalist politicians, Mr
Orban contended, are seeking to "sweep away a democracy of debate and
replace it with a democracy of [political] correctness", where "true power,
decisions and influence [are] not held by elected governments, but [by]
unelected global networks, media gurus and international organisations."
"This is how the world's most bizarre coalition of people
smugglers, human rights activists and elite European politicians came into
existence, specifically to deliberately bring millions of migrants into
Europe," he said. ...
He also warned against the activities of
non-governmental organisations funded from abroad and seeking to exert
influence on local politics: "Here there are large predators swimming in
the water, and this is the transnational empire of George Soros."
Immigration abroad deportation, Pakistanis, Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia deports almost 40,000 Pakistanis in just 4 months
Middle East Monitor, 11 February 2017.
Over 39,000 Pakistanis have been deported from Saudi Arabia in the
last four months, the Saudi Gazette reported on Tuesday.
deportations were attributed to visa violations, crime and security
concerns linking the deportees to terrorist organisations, but come amid a
background of migrant worker unrest that has plagued the kingdom over the
past year. ...
Abdullah Al-Sadoun, chairman of the security
committee in the Saudi Arabian Shura Council, urged for tougher screening
process of Pakistani nationals before they are allowed entry into the
"Pakistan itself is plagued with terrorism due to its
close proximity with Afghanistan. The Taliban extremist movement was itself
born in Pakistan," he warned.
Immigration numbers, EU referendum, Brexit
Brexit will cause 'vanishingly small' fall in net migration report
The Guardian, 10 February 2017.
Theresa May's attempt to reclaim control of UK borders after Brexit
could reduce annual migration from the EU by just 50,000 one-sixth
of the current overall annual figure, according to new research.
The projection of a "vanishingly small reduction" is one of the
first attempts to estimate how likely labour market demand, and the
government's planned new controls, could reduce the number of migrants
coming to the UK. Reduction in immigrant numbers has been repeatedly cited
in polls as the chief reason voters backed leaving the European Union.
The report by a new thinktank, Global Future, shows total net
immigration, which at the latest official estimate was 335,000 in the year
to June 2016, could be expected to fall by no more than 15%, to 285,000 a
year. Future free trade deals with non-EU countries suggests even this
reduction could be wiped out.
Liam Fox, the international trade
minister, accepted last week he did not know of any new free trade deal
that did not also include liberalisation of migration rules between the two
countries signing such agreements. Australia and India have already
indicated they will seek preferential access for their workers as part of a
free trade deal.
The government has so far refused to produce its
own estimate of the cut in migration from Brexit, or precisely how new
controls will operate. But the report's estimates, which were formulated by
breaking down the different elements of net migration from the EU and
examining government commitments to retain skilled labour, students and
some seasonal work, represents one of most thorough projections to date.
The report starts with the premise that the current true net
immigration figure from Europe is 182,700 annually, representing the
maximum amount of reduction possible from leaving the EU out of a total
immigration figure of 335,000. ...
The report points out 22% of EU
migrants are in professional jobs, 22% in skilled occupations and 56% doing
unskilled jobs. The UK has already said it will need to keep the
professional route open, so the report assumes 50% of existing flow
professional workers will still be required.
Ministers have also
said they will respond to employer pressure to meet their demand for 80,000
seasonal workers, 90% of whom come from the EU. ...
The report also
looks at the number of the EU citizens in the UK returning to the EU,
saying the number will fall from 95,000 to 58,000, partly due to fears they
will be unable to return to the UK.
Weak approach to illegal migration has to change
Daily Express, 10 February 2017.
At the height of the Calais crisis last year 200 migrants a day
were caught trying to smuggle themselves into Britain.
shocking figure highlights the severity of the illegal migration problem
facing this country and the desperate need to give the Border Force the
funding and resources it needs.
Given the cutbacks they have
suffered, border security agents deserve credit for the number of migrants
they managed to catch.
However, nobody will believe that they are
stopping any more than a fraction of the total number who are trying to
The official statistics represent only the tip of the
iceberg and the systematic grinding down of the Border Force must be
But preventing people from crossing our border
undetected is only half the battle.
The Government must also make
more effort to ensure that people who are living in this country illegally
are deported. People arrested for entering the country illegally are
routinely allowed to go free.
Instead of being put in custody, they
are just asked to check in with officials every now and again.
many of the 200 migrants caught every day last summer will have taken
advantage of this foolhardy system and simply absconded?
there is next to no chance of the authorities going to the effort of
Even those who do go through the system have a good
chance of eventually being told they can stay.
Should their asylum
claim be rejected they can still exploit absurd human rights laws to stave
Immigration abroad public opinion, USA
Americans still support Donald Trump's immigration ban, poll shows
Ashley Kirk and Patrick Scott
Daily Telegraph, 10 February 2017.
Despite breaking records for the lowest approval ratings for a new
President, Donald Trump's immigration ban is still backed by a majority of
Americans, according to recent polling.
The Republican president
suffered the biggest defeat of his presidency yesterday as a court refused
to reinstate his executive order banning refugees and restricting travel to
the United States from seven Muslim-majority countries.
decision to halt immigration has been widely criticised with protests
across the world, legal challenges and condemnation from Barack Obama. ...
But the most recent polling done on the policy shows that most
Americans still back the policy. ...
A majority of people (55 per
cent) approve of the controversial immigration ban, while just 38 per cent
Immigration abroad illegal immigration, USA
One in five illegal immigrants live in New York or LA - and more than 60% of are concentrated in 20 cities
Associated Press and Abigail Miller
Daily Mail, 10
A report released Thursday estimates that more than 2.5 million
immigrants in the country illegally live in the metropolitan areas cities
of New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.
All three of these cities
have pledged to fight President Trump's plans to expand deportation, and
all three are in top 20 metropolitan areas with the most undocumented
immigrants in the United States.
The Pew report estimates there are
11.1 million immigrants in the country illegally or 3.5 per cent of
the overall US population. ...
About 61 percent of immigrants in
the country illegally live in 20 metropolitan areas, the report said.
Immigration abroad Republic of Ireland
Republic of Ireland banned 226 people from predominantly Muslim countries subject to Donald Trump's travel ban
Gordon Deegan and AP
Belfast Telegraph, 10 February
The Republic of Ireland last year refused entry to 226 individuals
from the predominantly Muslim countries that are the subject of President
Donald Trump's executive order banning entry to the US to individuals from
That is according to figures provided by
Tánaiste and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald that confirm the
largest cohort refused 'leave to land' at the country's ports of entry were
from Somalia, currently battling an Islamic militant insurgency and a
The figures show that last year, 53 Somalians were
refused leave to land, while 37 from war-torn Syria were also refused leave
An additional 46 Iranians were refused entry by the Irish
Naturalisation and Immigration Service, while 26 Iraqis and 47 Sudanese
were also refused entry.
The figures provided by the
Tánaiste in a written Dáil response to deputies Thomas
Pringle and Richard Boyd Barrett show that 10 Libyans were refused 'leave
to land' along with seven Yemenis in 2016.
The Tánaiste said
that in respect of those seven nationalities refused leave to land, "a
total of 53 sought asylum and were admitted to the State to make a
"Information on numbers refused permission
to enter the State may be subject to revision over time where individual
cases are examined further and the status of some cases may change," she
Home Secretary Amber Rudd: Dubs amendment 'encourages people traffickers'
PoliticsHome, 9 February 2017.
A scheme designed to bring unaccompanied child refugees to the UK
is being scrapped partly because it 'encourages people traffickers', the
Home Secretary said this morning.
The Government announced
yesterday that only 350 children would be coming to the UK under the scheme
put forward by Labour peer Lord Dubs, far fewer than the 3,000 he had asked
Ministers accepted an amendment to the Immigration Bill last
year, although then Prime Minister David Cameron never made a firm
commitment on numbers.
Yesterday's statement from Immigration
Minister Robert Goodwill said the reason the scheme was being stopped was
that councils had told him they only had space for 400 children, of whom
200 have already arrived in the UK.
But this morning Amber Rudd
suggested another reason was that the French authorities had urged her not
to make the Dubs scheme open-ended as it encourages people to make the
dangerous journey to Europe.
Answering an Urgent Question from
Labour MP Yvette Cooper, she said: "I am clear that when working with my
French counterparts, they do not want us to indefinitely continue to accept
children under the Dubs amendment because they specify and I agree with
them that it acts as a draw, it acts as a pull, it encourages the people
But a Downing St spokesman rejected the idea the
Government was only taking in 350 children, arguing that the Dubs scheme
was "just one element" or seven or eight different mechanisms for
"It isn't 350. In the past year alone we've
brought in 8,000 vulnerable children," he said.
Immigration abroad asylum, Japan
Japan took in just 28 refugees in 2016, despite record applications
Ami Miyazaki and Minami Funakoshi
Reuters, 9 February 2017.
Japan accepted just 28 refugees last year when a record number
applied for asylum, a government document dated for release on Friday
showed, throwing a spotlight on the nation's reluctance to accept
In 2016, 10,901 people sought asylum in Japan, up 44
percent from a year earlier, when the country accepted 27. ...
Immigration is a controversial subject in Japan, where many pride
themselves on cultural and ethnic homogeneity, even as the population ages
and its workforce shrinks. Although a major donor to international aid
organisations, Japan has been reluctant to relax asylum policies or allow
in migrant blue-collar workers. ...
Between January and September
last year, Japan was the fourth largest donor to the United Nations High
Commissioner for Refugees, contributing $165 billion.
Minister Shinzo Abe in September also pledged $2.8 billion to help tackle
the global refugee crisis over three years from 2016.
Immigration politics, conversation
Time for a national conversation on immigration
Yorkshire Post, 9 February 2017.
[Steve Ballinger is director of communications for British Future]
Do we need to talk more about immigration? Some people think we
talk about little else; others feel they're still not allowed to discuss it
without being called racist.
Most people are somewhere in between
keen to keep racism and prejudice out of the debate, while still
feeling that decision-makers could do more to listen to what they think
about an issue that consistently ranks alongside the economy and the NHS as
one that people most care about.
In response, the MPs of the House
of Commons' Home Affairs Committee, including Bradford MP Naz Shah, have
launched a different kind of inquiry into immigration, one that will travel
around the country, hearing what people have to say. A 'National
Conversation', co-ordinated by independent think-tank British Future and
anti-prejudice campaigners Hope Not Hate, will feed into the inquiry.
This project will hold 120 meetings over the course of this year in
60 towns and cities. The first of those conversations takes place in
Bradford today, with events in Hull, Sheffield, Barnsley and Harrogate to
The National Conversation has been made possible by
funds raised by the public in memory of Jo Cox MP after her tragic murder
last year. ...
... The findings of the National Conversation will
be published as part of the Home Affairs Committee inquiry into
immigration, in a report that the Government has to then respond to.
We'll be regularly updating and sharing the conversations as we
travel around the country, including our report from Bradford, at
www.nationalconversation.org.uk. Here you'll also find an online survey so
you can make your voice heard too.
The police forces who ignore thousands of serious crime victims: 60,000 calls were not dealt with because of staff blunders or lack of training
9 February 2017.
Police are failing to record tens of thousands of crimes, including
victims' reports of rape and serious violence.
Almost 60,000 calls
are being ignored every year by four forces, through either blunders or a
lack of training for officers.
Shockingly, some police and staff
dismiss reports of crime received from victims who they believe are
suffering from mental health issues.
The scale of the problem is
revealed today by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC). The
police watchdog said forces were routinely under-recording rape, sexual
offences, attacks and modern slavery.
Inspectors raised concerns
after scrutinising four forces previously rated 'inadequate' for accuracy
of crime recording Merseyside, Northumbria, Devon and Cornwall, and
Avon and Somerset. In total, they found a total of 57,600 offences were
ignored by the constabularies or recorded as 'no crimes' meaning
victims were being denied justice.
The true figure will be much
higher because there are 39 other forces in England and Wales. The watchdog
carried out new inspections after discovering three years ago that 19 per
cent of reported crimes were dismissed by constabularies across the
The four forces are the latest to come under scrutiny
as part of rolling inspections looking at forces' crime data 'integrity'.
Benefits and costs health tourism
'Migrants are pushing NHS to breaking point': Top cancer doctor warns health tourists are bleeding hospitals dry with demand for treatment
Daily Mail, 9
The NHS has been left 'on its knees' by uncontrolled migration from
the EU, a leading cancer expert will warn tomorrow.
Dalgleish, the principal of the Cancer Vaccine Institute, says the NHS is
being bled dry of resources by health tourists denied care at home.
Cancer treatment can cost £200,000 and, under Brussels rules,
Britain has to offer it to all EU nationals.
says this partly explains the NHS's £3 billion deficit. He will also
claim the Government has hindered progress into key disease areas 'by
blindly adhering to EU directives'.
'Our membership of the EU is
putting an intolerable strain on our NHS,' Professor Dalgleish, a melanoma
expert of global renown, will tell a conference. ...
attracting thousands of health tourists from across the EU who cannot get
certain drugs or treatments in their home country so come to Britain and
demand them as EU citizens.
'Cancer treatment can cost
£200,000 a year per patient and while we remain in the EU, Britain has
to offer treatment for any EU citizen who comes here so as to not
'The Health Service is being bled dry this is
why our NHS faces a £3 billion deficit.'
Immigration abroad cost, public assistance, USA
Harvard Economist: 42 Percent of Immigrant Households on Public Assistance
Epoch Times, 9 February 2017.
A Harvard economist has found that nearly 42 percent of immigrant
households in the United States are on public assistance of some kind.
"In 2016, there were 8.9 million households headed by a non-citizen
... almost 42 percent of those households received some type of
assistance," George Borjas, Professor of Economics and Social Policy at the
Harvard Kennedy School, wrote on his website on Feb. 1.
To come to
his conclusions Borjas used census data from 1994 to 2016 to calculate how
many of the migrant-headed households receive either money, food stamps, or
According to Borjas, millions of households could be
impacted if existing immigration laws are adhered to.
that since 1882, the United States has banned the entry of immigrants who
could potentially become a "public charge," meaning they will likely need
The law states the
Any alien who, in the opinion of the consular officer
at the time of application for a visa, or in the opinion of the Attorney
General at the time of application for admission or adjustment of status,
is likely at any time to become a public charge is
inadmissible.The law was later modified to make it possible to
deport immigrants who had become a public charge after entering the
Any alien who, within five years after the date of
entry, has become a public charge from causes not affirmatively shown to
have arisen since entry is deportable.However, according the
definition used by the Department of Homeland Security, "public charge"
only refers to receivers of cash benefits, and not to those who receive
other benefits such as Medicaid, food stamps, housing benefits, etc.
Illegal immigration numbers
Albanians caught entering UK illegally more than any other nationality
The Guardian, 8 February 2017.
Twice as many Albanians have been caught as stowaways at UK ports
than any other nationality, new government figures reveal.
Albanian "clandestine migrants" were discovered at UK entry ports from 2008
until spring 2016, according to Home Office statistics released to the
Guardian under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act.
a group of more than 50, including a pregnant woman, discovered in a lorry
at the Humber sea terminal at Killingholme near Grimsby in June 2015.
Albania is not part of the European Union, but borders Greece, an EU
country, and its mafia are known to UK police as ruthless people
traffickers and drug smugglers.
Afghans formed the second biggest
cohort, with 425 port detections during the same period, followed by
Algerians (424), Iranians (348), Indians (322), Palestinians (129) and
Vietnamese (124). These include clandestine migrants found at UK Eurostar
terminals and airports as well as ports and harbours. ...
refugee crisis took hold in 2015, there was a big rise in Iranians, Syrians
and Iraqis caught entering the UK illegally. ...
immigrants are caught before they arrive in the UK, with lorries at Calais
and other continental European ports x-rayed for stowaways. Yet the new
figures show that hundreds each year still make it onto UK soil before they
are detected. ...
The Home Office appeared reluctant to release the
information, only partially submitting to the Guardian's request after they
were ordered to comply with the FoI act by the information commissioner.
Information about clandestine migrants can fall into one of
three categories: (a) those stopped at the juxtaposed controls (where
checks take place on certain cross-channel routes before boarding, rather
than disembarkation), (b) those stopped at UK ports and (c) those picked up
The latest figures released to the Guardian only cover
monthly port detections of clandestine migrants in the UK.
clandestine migrants are discovered trying to board boats and trains bound
for the UK, rather than on UK soil.
Immigration Muslims, public opinion, Europe
Most Europeans want immigration ban from Muslim-majority countries, poll reveals
Independent, 8 February 2017.
A majority of Europeans want a ban on immigration from
Muslim-majority countries, a poll has revealed.
An average of 55
per cent of people across the 10 European countries surveyed wanted to stop
all future immigration from mainly Muslim countries.
House study, conducted before US President Donald Trump signed an executive
order banning immigration to the US from seven predominantly Muslim
countries, found majorities in all but two of the ten states opposed
immigration from mainly Muslim countries.
Only 20 per cent
disagreed, while 25 per cent said they did not know.
A ban was
supported by 71 per cent of people in Poland, 65 per cent in Austria, 53
per cent in Germany and 51 per cent in Italy.
In the UK, 47 per
cent supported a ban.
In no country did more than 32 per cent
disagree with a ban.
Of those surveyed, opposition to Muslim
immigration was especially intense among older people, while those under 30
were less opposed. ...
The poll backs up other research about
attitudes towards Muslims in Europe.
A Pew survey of 10 European
countries in 2016 found majorities in five countries had an unfavourable
view of Muslims living in their country.
Of those, 72 per cent of
Hungarians had a negative view of Muslims, followed by 69 per cent of
Italians, 66 per cent of Poles, 65 per cent of Greeks and 50 per cent of
In the UK, only 28 per cent said they had an
unfavourable view of Muslims, while in Germany and France 29 per cent said
Racism free speech
Brief Encounter clock stilled by row over 'racist' comments about child migrants
Daily Telegraph, 8 February 2017.
But the clock which played such a symbolic role in the 1945 British
cinema classic Brief Encounter has been stilled - the victim of a very
modern row over allegedly racist comments made by the man who until now
kept it working.
Jim Walker has been banned from key parts of the
station at Carnforth, in Lancashire, after he was overheard by a member of
the public talking about comments about child migrants and refugees. ...
The row exploded after a family visiting the station last October
overheard Mr Walker making what they said were racist comments about child
refugees, in response to a column he was reading in a national newspaper.
The article questioned whether the migrants and refugees arriving
from Calais were children and whether they were in any real danger.
Peter Crowther, chairman of the Carnforth Station Trust, which runs
the heritage centre at the station, told The Telegraph: "A visitor to the
station who was with his family complained about insulting and racist
comments made by Mr Walker.
"He said that if action wasn't taken he
would report the matter as a hate crime to the police."
the trust interviewed a number of witnesses about the incident and decided
to ban Mr Walker from those parts of the station it operates and rents from
Network Rail. ...
But Mr Walker, 71, hit back at the ban, saying:
"It's a matter of free speech. I was talking to a friend, discussing a
newspaper article which questioned the comparison being made between the
Calais migrants and the Jewish kindertransport children who fled to Britain
"I said it was a ridiculous comparison because the
kindertransport children were being rescued from the jaws of death. I
didn't say anything I'd consider offensive or deserving of what's happened
"No wonder people nowadays are scared to say what they
think. They are scared of being labelled racist. Where has the right to
free speech gone?"
Immigration abroad Germany
German police spark outrage for telling authorities to keep refugees away from carnival celebrations
Independent, 8 February 2017.
German police have provoked outrage by advising local authorities
not to organise refugee trips to carnival celebrations because of the risk
of "undesirable interactions" with locals.
Officers from the
headquarters of North Rheine-Westphalia state police (LZPD) said that
officers took a "critical view" of the prospect of "mass appearances of
refugees and asylum seekers" at the traditional festival.
aware that last year, carers of refugees and asylum seekers organised
visits to carnival events," said the memo, which was obtained by the
"In light of the ongoing
security situation in Germany, due to the events of the past couple of
years, it could lead to undesirable interactions with the population and we
advise against it." ...
The North Rheine-Westphalia interior
ministry and LZPD disassociated themselves from the letter, saying it was
"unauthorised", but did not respond to The Independent's request for
Immigration abroad crime, Sweden
Police Officer Who Spoke out on Migrant Crime Now Under Investigation for Racial Hatred
Breitbart, 8 February 2017.
A police officer who broke ranks to reveal that migrants are to
blame for the vast majority of serious crime in Sweden is now under
investigation for incitement to racial hatred.
exasperated rant describing the face of crime in Sweden received a huge
amount of attention since it was posted to Facebook on Friday 3rd.
In the post, the officer concedes that while it's not politically
correct to say so, almost all the serious crime cases he had dealt with
over the past week involved migrants. He also states that this situation
has been ongoing for the last decade or more.
But now the
department of internal investigations is probing Mr. Springare for
incitement to racial hatred as a result of the post, police have confirmed.
Mr. Springare has received massive support for the
controversial post, with a Facebook group called 'Stand Up for Peter
Springare' netting more than 100,000 members in less than a week. In it,
people have written to express their support for the police officer and to
thank him for his honesty. ...
Appearing on SVT Tuesday night
renowned criminologist Leif GW Persson also came to Mr. Springare's
defence. He described the Facebook post as "refreshing", and said he
believes that most police officers are voting for the anti-mass migration
Sweden Democrats (SD) party.
Immigration abroad population replacement, France
Le Grand Remplacement
Taki's Magazine, 8 February 2017.
Nobody seems to know exactly how fast France, the cultural
heartland of the West over the past millennium, is being demographically
transformed. But I have found a way to estimate the percentage of babies
being born in France who are of non-European ancestry.
results are astonishing.
Some young Americans who went to Paris
last year told me they were stunned by how non-European the famous city has
But recent eyewitness reports suggest that Paris, and
much of France overall, is becoming more Third World. ...
2016 survey of French teens found 25.5 percent identifying as Muslim. And
there are also non-Muslims from sub-Saharan Africa, as well as
better-behaved nonwhite groups like the Vietnamese.
... the French
government believes it would be a violation of Republican principles to
categorize citizens by ancestry, so it bans official data collection by
On the other hand, the French national health authority
is rightfully worried about sickle-cell anemia, a genetic disease that can
afflict people whose ancestry on both sides traces from warm parts of the
world. And this obscure data provides us with a rare entrée into
quantifying the rapidly changing demographics of France. ...
Sickle-cell disease has been increasing rapidly in France due to
immigration. It's now the most common genetic disease in France.
The French government has started a neonatal screening process for
babies at risk of inheriting the disease. The percentage of newborns
screened due to their ancestry tells us much about the onrushing
demographics of France. ...
The French government says, "This
disease mainly affects children from the Caribbean, Black Africa and North
After all those preliminaries, here are the unadjusted
percentages of newborns targeted for testing in France because both parents
come from the Global South:
2005: 25.6 percent
2015: 38.9 percent
And Paris in 2015 was 73.4
percent, up from 54.2 percent just a decade earlier.
Minister Attacks Fire Brigade for Being Too Male and Too White
Breitbart, 8 February 2017.
Citing figures that show firefighters in England are 96 per cent
white and 95 per cent male, a Home Office minister slammed fire services
over a "woeful" lack of 'diversity'.
Speaking in London on Tuesday,
minister for policing and the fire service Brandon Lewis said workplace
demographics should resemble the surrounding community, and demanded the
fire and rescue services "spring into action" to increase 'diversity'. ...
The Home Office minister said that any attempt to blame the lack of
diversity on a reduction in recruitment "isn't good enough", and demanded a
"culture shift". ...
Praising police forces in Britain for hiring
lower proportions of white men than ever before, but warning that it "still
has a way to go" on this front, Lewis called for the fire service to follow
Timidity as girls still suffer barbaric FGM
Daily Telegraph, 8 February 2017.
A case of FGM is treated every hour in England, and a new
instance is recorded every hour and a half, according to the charity Plan
Between April 2015 and March 2016, doctors
assessed 8,656 existing cases of FGM and recorded thousands of new ones.
This utterly barbaric mutilation of terrified girls children, really
has been illegal in the UK since 1985. And, so far, there has not
been a single successful prosecution.
That's going well, isn't it?
Good to see the law of the land acting as a deterrent and teaching
immigrants to adopt the ways of this country, or else.
I know I'm
not alone in thinking that institutional cowardice, and fear of causing
offence, lies behind this abject failure to protect innocent youngsters. We
have already seen the harm that mindset caused in Rotherham and other towns
where gangs of Pakistani origin were allowed to treat young girls as easy
Have the authorities learnt their lesson? Until prosecutions
for FGM are brought, it's possible to end up in jail for smacking a child,
but get away with cutting and maiming her. Enough.
Immigration abroad Calais, France
'YOU'RE IN DENIAL!' Fury as France says there are NO MIGRANTS left in Calais
Daily Express, 7 February 2017.
France is "in denial" the Calais crisis is over after authorities
claimed there were no migrants left in the port town. ...
spokesperson for the Calais prefecture said: "The Jungle's former reception
centre is being dismantled because it is no longer needed; there are no
more migrants in Calais."
But the decision to tear down the port
town's last remaining shelter has sparked outrage among local charity
officials, who claim more than 400 immigrants have returned to Calais to
pursue their British dream.
Despite the government's efforts to
solve the refugee crisis, Calais is and always will be a "migrant magnet",
say local charities.
François Guennoc from the charity
Auberge des Migrants, said: "Police are doing everything in their power to
keep migrants out of Calais and to stop secret camps from popping up. But
the bid to rid Calais of UK-bound migrants has failed.
are in denial and refuse to admit that migrants are returning to Calais en
masse and remain determined to seek asylum in Britain. But officials need
to prove that the operation to clear the 'Jungle' was a success, and so
they have chosen to turn a blind eye to the facts. Migrants have been
abandoned by the government and have been left to go hungry and homeless."
Politics foreign aid
British taxpayers' money to be spent improving social care for the elderly in China
Daily Telegraph, 7 February 2017.
The UK is planning to spend taxpayers' money on improving social
care for China's elderly population and boosting its fashion industry.
The Government has announced plans to spend £1.3 billion on
improving economic growth in "middle-income" countries such as China, India
The Foreign Office has outlined a series of "policy
objectives" for the funding in China with "suggested projects" including
improving "care in the community for elderly people in China" and the
"sustainability of the health system".
It comes at a time when care
for the elderly under the NHS is in crisis. Other projects targeted for aid
spending include supporting China's fashion and film industries and
providing "policy and regulations for football".
The news came as a
report warned that the money risks being wasted because the foreign aid
fund is being spent at an "unprecedented" rate.
Commission for Aid Impact found the Government is planning to push through
approvals for projects worth hundreds of millions of pounds with
Illegal immigration numbers
How many illegal immigrants are in the UK?
New Statesman, 7 February 2017.
There's a difficulty in working out the number of illegal
immigrants in the UK for obvious reasons. They exist largely as an
unregistered collective, and if there was some way to universally register
them, well, they'd all get deported. The Office for National Statistics
does not collect estimates on the number of illegal immigrants, stating in
response to a FOI request last year that "[b]y its very nature it is
impossible to quantify accurately the number of people who are in the
country illegally." ...
The most recent number comes from 2005.
That year, the Government assessed methods other countries used to estimate
their level of illegal immigration, and applied those techniques to the UK.
Creating an estimate for 2001, they predicted the number at 430,000. In
2007, the London School of Economics produced a report estimating the
number of 'irregular' migrants at 533,000.
The government does,
however, collect "Immigration Enforcement Data" including information such
as number of visits based on tip-offs, number of people refused entry and
number of offenders deported. For example, the number of enforcement visit
arrests from information in Q2 of 2016 was 941. The The Migration
Observatory at the University of Oxford put the number of deported
immigrants at 40,896 in 2015, but it also does not make an estimation of
number of 'irregular' immigrants.
Immigration abroad Norway
Migrants to Put Norwegian Welfare Under Stress, Outnumber Norwegians Soon
Sputnik, 7 February 2017.
Norway is among those European countries that have taken steps to
curtail immigration, and with good reason. Last week, a government report
predicted that migration could shatter Norway's generous welfare state. As
if that was not enough, a renowned researcher suggested ethnic Norwegians
were about to become a minority in their own country.
the Brochmann Committee, established by the Norwegian government to gauge
the long-term effects of immigration, found that the kingdom's botched
integration policy and mass immigration are threatening the very essence of
the Norwegian welfare state, the Norwegian daily Aftenposten reported. ...
In the report, 28 percent of immigrants and their descendants were
found to have persistently low income, compared with 10 percent of the
total population, thus putting Norway's welfare system under extra strain.
An average Norwegian's annual contribution to the state's coffers
was estimated at roughly 60,000 NOK ($8,300). The corresponding figure for
an immigrant from Africa or Asia was estimated at minus 94,000 NOK
(-$11,500). Additionally, it was found that every non-integrated and
unemployed migrant cost the country a whopping 258,000 NOK a year
Research Director at the Norwegian Nobel Institute
Asle Toje suggested that the Brochmann report missed the point; he predicts
that ethnic Norwegians will become a minority in their own country if
alarming demographic trends continue, the Norwegian daily Aftenposten
At the beginning of the 1990s, immigrants totaled
only 4.3 percent of the Norwegian population. Roughly a quarter of a
century later, their percentage has risen to 16.3 percent in a nation of
5.2 million. Today, Poles, Somalians, Iraqis and Pakistanis are the most
numerous immigrant communities in Norway.
... Today, migrants
account for 90 percent of the Nordic country's population growth.
Over 30 'pop up' brothels open each week in Swindon as police warn foreign prostitutes are being trafficked by eastern European gangs
6 February 2017.
More than 30 "pop up" brothels each week are being opened in
Swindon, with foreign prostitutes renting properties for a few days before
Wiltshire Police said that every week, as many as 40
sex-workers, most of whom are eastern European, were advertising their
services in the town. It is the latest in a spate of reports across the
country of temporary brothels, where rooms are rented for just a few days
before women are swiftly moved on to evade detection.
of the prostitutes are "transient", with many of the brothels thought to be
linked to organised crime gangs which traffic women from Poland and
Earlier this month Devon and Cornwall police said they had
discovered at least 14 "pop-up" brothels in the past six months in the
seaside resort of Newquay, a popular destination for surgers as well as
stag and hen parties.
Inspector Dave Meredith, Newquay's most
senior police officer, said that his force expected to discover more pop-up
brothels in the town this summer. ...
"The evidence that we have
indicates that the majority in Newquay are coming from eastern Europe.
We've got a victim-centred approach although it is an offence to operate a
brothel. A lot of the women are vulnerable."
Last year police said
hotels and guest houses in the Lake District were also being used as
brothels, offering prostitutes during weekend stays. Crime gangs trafficked
refugees to use as illegal sex workers and block-booked hotel rooms in
Barrow and across the south lakes, Cumbria police said at the time.
The National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) has said that the issue
of short-term brothels at properties rented online was widespread.
Benefits and costs health tourism
Upfront charges for NHS foreign patients in England
BBC, 6 February 2017.
NHS hospitals in England will have a legal duty to charge overseas
patients upfront for non-urgent care if they are not eligible for free
From April this year, foreign patients could be refused
operations unless they cover their costs in advance.
Improvement, which oversees the trusts, said hospitals would no longer have
to chase money they are owed.
Emergency treatment will continue to
be provided and invoiced later. ...
Hospitals are already supposed
to charge patients living outside the European Economic Area for care such
as hip operations or cataract removal, but this can be done by invoice,
rather than upfront.
Details of treatment given to visitors from
EEA countries should be forwarded to the Department of Health so the costs
can be recouped from their governments.
But earlier last week, MPs
on the Public Accounts Committee said the system for recovering costs from
foreign visitors was "chaotic".
Mr Hunt said: "We have no problem
with overseas visitors using our NHS - as long as they make a fair
contribution, just as the British taxpayer does."
secretary said the aim was to recover up to £500m a year by the middle
of this Parliament to reinvest in the NHS. ...
Dr Meirion Thomas,
a former cancer surgeon at the Royal Marsden Hospital, told Radio 4's Today
programme that the plan was a "smokescreen".
"It is not going to
work because there are not trained people to identify and charge overseas
visitors upfront," he said, highlighting an example where there was one
overseas visitor manager - who identifies those who do not qualify for free
NHS healthcare - for three hospitals in London.
"Anyone going into
any of the Schengen countries, when they apply for a visitor's visa, they
have to prove that they have 30,000 euros worth of health and travel
insurance and that is the cure for this problem in this country."
Multiculturalism religion, schools
'It's confusing' Muslim pupils outnumber Christians in dozens of Britain's church schools
Daily Express, 6 February 2017.
Education experts have called for some church schools to become
secular institutions after figures revealed Islamic pupils outnumber
Christian students in dozens of the institutions, including one with a "100
per cent" Muslim attendance.
About 20 Church of England (CoE)
schools are estimated to have a majority Muslim population, as do 15 Roman
Catholic schools, latest available figures reveal.
One school, St
Thomas in Werneth, Oldham, is reported to have no Christian pupils at all,
according to the local diocese.
Border controls Calais, France
UK-bound Dunkirk migrants 'taking buses to Calais port'
BBC, 6 February 2017.
Hundreds of migrants are trying to reach the UK from Calais three
months after the camp known as the Jungle closed, the BBC has learned.
Migrants are taking buses to Calais from Dunkirk. Kent MP Charlie
Elphicke has called for the buses to be stopped.
The boss of the
Port of Calais also said about 200 people were still being found each week
Jean-Marc Puissesseau said more than 2,000 a week used
to be detected, so the figure was down by more than 90%.
MA publishes Manifesto for Tolerance and Inclusion
Geraldine Kendall Adams
Museums Association, 6 February 2017.
The manifesto reiterates the ethical values that museums should
seek to uphold regarding inclusion, equality, diversity and tolerance. ...
"The MA has recently discussed the additional values that it will
use to guide its work as a campaigning membership body and these include:
being passionate about diversity and equality; having the courage to say
what we believe and working collaboratively, inclusively and ethically.
"We believe strongly that our ethics and values can help guide our
work as individuals and institutions in the challenging times in which we
The manifesto also outlines some of the practical actions
museums can take in the course of their work to support and promote these
The manifesto urges museums to ensure they are welcoming to
all, and says the sector should use its "diverse collections to tell the
rich stories of immigration from and to the UK, and the role it has played
in shaping place, community and culture".
It calls on museums to
"use our trusted spaces for debate and discussion and to challenge
ignorance, intolerance, prejudice and bigotry; engage proactively with
refugee and immigrant communities and the groups and organisations that
represent them; [and] engage in contemporary collecting with our diverse
communities to ensure that we tell the widest range of stories". ...
Finally, the manifesto calls on museum professionals to demonstrate
"support and solidarity for colleagues who are living and working in the
United States or those who want to travel there, who might be subject to
discrimination", as well as demonstrating "support for staff and colleagues
in the UK who might be affected by the travel ban, either professionally or
Extremism Islam, public opinion, USA
CBS Poll: Most Democrats Think Christianity Is as Violent as Islam
Townhall, 6 February 2017.
Only one-in-seven registered Democrats in America believe that
Islam is more violent as a whole than Christianity, according to a new CBS
Catastrophes such as September 11th, the War on Terror, and
recent attacks throughout the world were not enough to make a difference
between Christianity and Islam for some. ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and the Taliban
were also overwritten.
Republicans had a much different perspective
on the matter however. Over six-in-ten believe that Islam is more violent
in nature than other religions.
Diversity children's books
Why children's books that teach diversity are more important than ever
The Conversation, 6 February 2017.
[The author is Senior Lecturer in Literature and Public Engagement, University of East Anglia]
Despite knowing how important it is for diversity to be represented
in our day-to-day lives, many children's books are still littered with
white, male, able-bodied, heterosexual, cisgender, nominally Christian
characters. And research suggests that over 80% of characters in children's
books are white which clearly doesn't reflect the reality of our
All of these reasons are why the We Need Diverse Books
movement was set in motion in 2014, stemming from a discussion between
children's books authors Ellen Oh and Malinda Lo. The movement aims for
more diverse children's books to actually be created and for these works to
be available to young people. And while we need people to actually write
them, we also need publishers to produce them, and bookstores, libraries,
and schools to stock them.
As someone who researches children's
literature, I think we'd have fewer conflicts in the world if we all read
more diverse literature and lived more diverse lives.
I like to
think that if we had more diverse children's books, featuring a broad range
of characters in many different jobs and situations, as well as more
diverse role models in the media, young people would feel empowered, and
they'd believe that when they grow up, they could be anyone and do anything
they wanted. ...
With this mindset present, issues such as race or
religion wouldn't even play a subconscious role. And it would mean that
within a generation or two, we wouldn't read articles about appalling and
depressing statistics, and we wouldn't need campaigns to increase diversity
in literature, academia, or anywhere else. ...
Along with the
increased worries today about immigrants, refugees, and general
"otherness", some societies seem to be headed towards a sense of false
nostalgia about a time when the world was controlled by whites.
Given this is not how the world is or should be, we owe it to young
readers to show them reality in the books they're reading.
Population pressure housing
Half of Britain's new homes will be for migrants
Sunday Express, 5 February 2017.
One home every five minutes needs to be built to accommodate
Britain's booming migrant population, the House of Lords has been told.
Government figures reveal that almost half of all new households
will accommodate immigrants between now and 2039.
for Communities and Local Government's household projections show there
will be an average of 243,000 new households forming each year for the next
22 years meaning an extra 5.3 million new homes could be needed to
meet the needs of the growing population.
Net migration accounts
for an estimated 45 per cent of this growth, meaning an extra 2.4 million
new homes will be needed to house the UK's booming migrant population over
the next 22 years. ...
The statistics were released in response to
a question by Lord Green of Deddington, Chairman of Migration Watch, who
claims that even based on a conservative estimate 300 homes a day would
need to be built to accommodate new arrivals.
Terrorism child refugees
Isis paying smugglers' fees in recruitment drive among child refugees
The Observer, 5 February 2017.
Islamic State is paying the smugglers' fees of child refugees in a
desperate attempt to attract new recruits, according to a report
highlighting the potential vulnerability of unaccompanied minors to
The report, from counter-extremism thinktank
Quilliam, also says that an estimated 88,300 unaccompanied children
identified by the European Union's police agency Europol as having gone
missing were at risk of being radicalised.
in the approach of Europe, particularly the UK, towards protecting child
refugees travelling alone, the report, published on Monday, warns that
jihadi groups, including Isis and Boko Haram, have attempted to recruit
within refugee camps using financial incentives, as well as working with
the people smugglers. ...
Examining the online material from Isis,
the Taliban, al-Qaida, al-Shabaab in Somalia and Boko Haram in Nigeria,
researchers found the four Islamist groups mentioned refugees every day
between 13 June 2016 and 8 January 2017, with the most dominant theme
53% of all references relating to calls from fighters and
believers urging refugees to wage jihad.
Repatriation/deportation criminals, legal delays
Senior judge slams lawyers for obstructing Rochdale child sex grooming gang deportation case
Patrick Sawer and Sarah Limbrick
Sunday Telegraph, 5 February 2017.
Lawyers are helping a child sex grooming gang avoid attempts to
deport them by obstructing the courts and "weakening the rule of law",
Britain's most senior immigration judge has warned.
Bernard McCloskey accused taxpayer funded lawyers representing the gang of
treating the immigration tribunal, which will decide whether they should be
allowed to remain in Britain, with "sustained and marked disrespect".
The case has raised fears that convicted criminals are adopting a
strategy of timewasting and obstructing the courts in an attempt to put off
any possible deportation from the UK as long as possible.
said there had been "multiple recent examples of similar conduct and
misconduct" and has urged Government legal officials to mount an
investigation into such cases.
MPs have accused lawyers of making
money by "gaming the system" and using delaying tactics to spin out cases.
The gang from Rochdale are appealing against a decision by then
then Home Secretary, Theresa May, to strip them of British citizenship as
the first step to deporting them.
The four men, led by ringleader
Shabir Ahmed, 63, were convicted in 2012 of preying on girls as young as 13
in Rochdale, plying them with drink and drugs before they were "passed
around" for sex. ...
Three other men convicted of child sex
offences in the same case, Abdul Aziz, Adil Khan and Qari Abdul Rauf, are
also appealing against being stripped of citizenship by the Home Secretary.
In some of the strongest criticism delivered by a judge,
Justice McCloskey, President of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber, said:
"The conduct of these appeals has been cavalier and unprofessional. The
rule of law has been weakened in consequence."
In a damning ruling
Justice McCloskey said the men's barristers and solicitors had failed to
submit the necessary papers to the court and had repeatedly asked for
Rajiv Sharma, the barrister who represented Ahmed, is
a protege of one of Britain's most famous campaigning lawyers, Michael
Mansfield QC, and operates from chambers at the heart of Britain's legal
establishment in central London.
Barrister for the other three men
was Zainul Jafferji, who specialises in human rights, personal immigration,
commercial immigration and asylum law.
Foreign criminals and illegal immigrants are handed £4 million of YOUR money after complaining they were locked up for too long
Mail on Sunday,
5 February 2017.
Foreign criminals were handed a staggering £2 million in
compensation last year after complaining they were locked up for too long.
Official figures obtained by The Mail on Sunday reveal that the
Home Office made payouts to hundreds of crooks who should have been
deported or released sooner.
Another £2 million was given to
illegal immigrants who claimed they were unlawfully detained. ...
Last night, Conservative MP Philip Hollobone, who has tabled bills
that would see more offenders deported, said: 'It shows under our crazy
rules that crime does pay for foreign criminals.
'It's yet another
reason why we need to reform human rights legislation in this country. And
we need to have protocols in place so countries take back foreign criminals
when they offend in this country.'
Details of the payouts were
obtained by this newspaper after an eight-month battle with the Home
Officials repeatedly delayed sending the information,
originally requested on June 10 last year, until the Information
Commissioner watchdog warned them they were breaking the Freedom of
The figures showed that the Home Office made
compensation payments totalling £2.1 million to Foreign National
Offenders for unlawful detention in 2015-16, up from £1.5 million the
previous financial year.
Total compensation including payments made
to illegal immigrants as well as criminals came to £4.1 million, up
from £4 million the previous year, but down from £5 million in
The Home Office said it was unable to say how many cases
had been settled nor what the highest individual payment was.
report by MPs in 2015 suggested the average award was £27,000.
I chose not to join the march against Donald Trump at the US Embassy in London today here's why
Independent, 5 February 2017.
Across Britain people have been galvanised to take action over
Trump, with protests taking place ever since his "Muslim ban" came into
Today in Grosvenor Square at the US embassy more folks
have come out to continue the movement opposing Trump. It's important the
pressure hasn't let up, but if I could attend I wouldn't have because Stand
Up To Racism a group heavily organised by the Socialist Workers'
Party (SWP) have taken a leading role in calling for this protest.
Stand Up To Racism is just one of the organisations the SWP
holds huge power in and is using to rehabilitate its reputation. Having
surrounded themselves with a broad group of allies under the umbrella of an
anti-racist front they once again get to call large demonstrations and
attempt to control burgeoning social movements. Their papers, placards,
leaflets and remaining members will be all over today's protest. But I'm
afraid many attending will not see or hear their history.
Immigration abroad Germany
German Social Democrats leader wants to send refugees back to North Africa
Deutsche Welle, 5 February 2017.
The chairman of the Social Democrats (SPD) has said a comprehensive
approach to the migrant crisis had to involve the return of refugees to
North Africa. His words echoed sentiments made by Germany's interior
Marking a shift in his party's rhetoric, the chairman of
the SPD-Parliamentary Group, Thomas Oppermann, spoke out in favor of
sending refugees arriving on boats back to North Africa. In an editorial he
penned in the Sunday edition of the German daily newspaper "Frankfurter
Allgemeine Zeitung", Oppermann justified his view arguing that this would
be an important step to curb human trafficking.
Christian shepherds side with the Islamist wolf
Rev Jules Gomes
Conservative Woman, 5 February 2017.
The civil war among 21st century Christian leaders is over the
immigration of Muslims to the post-Christian West. ...
leaders of seven Anglican mission societies have signed a statement
expressing their 'profound concern' over Trump's recent executive orders on
These leaders are speaking out with the complete
support of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York and the bishops of the
Episcopal Church in the US who favour Muslim immigration.
US, leaders of eight evangelical mission agencies have written a letter to
President Trump and Vice President Pence expressing similar concerns. ...
In the rival camp, Christian leaders are telling political leaders
to do exactly the opposite. 'Everyone in Italy and the rest of Europe will
soon be Muslim because of our stupidity,' warns Monsignor Carlo Liberati,
Archbishop Emeritus of Pompei in a recent interview. Cardinal Raymond Burke
echoes this concern. 'It is clear that Muslims have an ultimate goal:
conquering the world.'
The head of the Czech Roman Catholic Church,
Miloslav Vlk, puts his finger on the demographic threat. 'Muslims in Europe
have many more children than Christian families; that is why demographers
have been trying to come up with a time when Europe will become Muslim.'
The leader of Catholics in Lebanon, who brings the costly lessons
of the Islamisation of Lebanon, supports his concern. 'I have heard many
times from Muslims that their goal is to conquer Europe with two weapons:
faith and the birth rate,' Cardinal Bechara Rai says.
Catholic leaders are speaking in complete defiance of Pope Francis, who is
one of the big guns in the pro-Muslim side of the civil war. ...
Christianity is rooted in history. When I taught a course in Islam
at Liverpool Hope University, I placed two sets of maps in front of every
student. They were shocked to discover that much of the Middle East and
North Africa Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Algeria, Iraq, Armenia, Tunisia,
Turkey, Sudan, Libya, Ethiopia, Yemen as well as parts of Iran, Jordan and
Arabia were pre-dominantly Christian, Jewish or Zoroastrian before Islam
nearly wiped them out.
Efrem Karsh, Director and Emeritus Professor
of Middle East and Mediterranean Studies at King's College, London,
documents the relentless march of Islam in his book Islamic Imperialism:
A History. Many Westerners assume that "imperialism" is European or
American and that Muslims are its victims. 'Contrary to the conventional
wisdom, it is the Middle East where the institution of empire not only
originated... but where its spirit has also outlived its European
counterpart,' he argues.
Within a decade of Muhammad's death a vast
Islamic empire, stretching from Iran to Egypt and from Yemen to northern
Syria, came into being in one of the most remarkable examples of empire
building in history. Here endeth the history lesson.
... What do
the signs of the times tell us? Every single European country be it
Sweden, Germany, France or Belgium that has welcomed large number of
Muslim migrants is facing a crisis it cannot handle. Here endeth the
Immigration abroad repatriation, Germany
Germany offers asylum seekers up to 1,200 each to voluntarily return to their home countries
Independent, 4 February 2017.
The German government has budgeted more than 40 million
(£35 million) to pay asylum seekers to voluntarily return to their
Migrants will be offered financial incentives of up
to 1,200 (£1,000) each to leave Germany and withdraw their
application for protection, with a lower amount of 800 (£700) if
they choose to depart after being refused asylum.
interior ministry is running the "StarthilfePlus" programme with the UN's
International Organisation of Migration (IOM), mirroring similar
initiatives run in other European countries since the start of the refugee
It is open to "destitute" citizens of some of the world's
top refugee producing countries, including Syria, Afghanistan, Eritrea,
Iraq and Nigeria, while Russians, Turks, Ukrainians and other nationalities
will be excluded from support after the programme's "transitional stage".
Thomas de Maizière, the German interior minister, said
StarthilfePlus was intended for those with "very poor chances of success"
under the country's asylum laws. ...
The IOM said the funding,
including extra "family assistance" grants, is paid out in two stages
one half in Germany before departure and the remainder within eight
months of their proven arrival in the country of origin. Children under 12
receive half the adult amount.
The programme was launched as civil
servants continue to battle a backlog of around 400,000 asylum claims
created by the unprecedented number of refugees who arrived in Germany in
Politics Conservative Party
Brexiters face rude awakening on immigration, says ex-minister
The Guardian, 4 February 2017.
People who backed Brexit in the belief it would lead to a cut in
immigration into the UK were voting for something that is in effect
impossible, a former member of David Cameron's cabinet has said.
Stephen Crabb, a former work and pension secretary, said that
Theresa May urgently needed to outline a new set of values for a
post-Brexit immigration system, or the public may face a rude awakening.
"For many, a vote for Brexit was indeed a vote to take back control
and return to Westminster the full tools to cut immigration," Crabb said in
a article for the Guardian.
"The problem is that, set against the
popular expectation that Brexit means cutting immigration, there is nothing
on the horizon to suggest that achieving any significant reduction is
achievable or even desirable." ...
He said the economy is
continuing to absorb new labour arriving in the UK and no minister has been
able to point to any group of foreign workers who should or would not be in
the country after Brexit.
On top of that, the governments of
Australia, New Zealand, Canada and India have already indicated that they
will be looking for easier access for their workers to come to the UK as
part of any deal, Crabb added.
"There could be another rude
awakening for the public when they realise that Brexit will not mean a cut
in immigration after all," he said.
Immigration abroad Dunkirk, France
French camp where migrants wait to get into UK 'run by Mafia' claims 'left-wing softie'
Daily Express, 4 February 2017.
A self-confessed "left wing softie" who went to northern France on
a mercy mission to help female refugees and their children has told of how
migrant camps there are being run by criminal gangs of men and the visit
made her question her liberal views.
Di Hammill and Lee Wood
travelled to the Dunkirk Refugee camp in Grande-Synthe to supply it with
donations from their customers, after failing to find people in need in
Calais after the notorious jungle was cleared last year. ...
wrote: "We were warned about the dangers of theft, the builders hung onto
their tools and locked their cars up against anticipated theft of
possessions, and of sexual violence - I was told not to go anywhere on the
"Everything it seems is a commodity to be taken and
"The camp had institutionalised desperate and passive
refugees, or had they brought it here as a negative cultural phenomenon - I
can say this as I'm a left wing softie full of compassion for displaced
people but what I saw here made me wonder.
"We were told that the
camps had a mafia who organised the acquisition and distribution of black
market commodity items."
Di said after arriving at the camp it was
"like walking into Beirut". ...
She also said that other
volunteers were allowing migrants to take no responsibility for the camp
She wrote: "Community organisation and
self-responsibility could be fostered more than it is at the moment.
"I personally don't think there is anything wrong with expectations
of self responsibility and couldn't understand why volunteers had flown
from the US to pick up the litter that was filling the ditches. ..."
Some 'anti-fascists' need to look in the mirror
Spectator blog, 4 February 2017.
I have noted before in this place that the people who seem most
fascist these days are self-described 'anti-fascists'. The inaugural weeks
of Donald Trump's Presidency are whatever else you think of them
doing a fine job in smoking these people out.
cause of 'anti-fascist' ire today would appear to come from the collective
decision that anybody whose opinions do not wholly concur with a narrow set
of agreed upon 'liberal' views is a 'fascist'. This is not a wholly new
development Allan Bloom noticed this more than thirty years ago. But
it seems that the people then who described everyone who disagreed with
them as 'Nazis' did not grow up as had been hoped but just moved into
positions in the media, politics and academia where they deepened and
extended the reach of their worldview. ...
Until now I have tended
to assume that people who call all their opponents 'fascists' were doing so
purely for short-term political gain. But I am starting to wonder whether
some people seriously believe themselves. Is it possible these people
actually do think that America is about to start herding people into gas
chambers, or is doing so already? ...
On Thursday the conservative
commentator Gavin McInnes was due to speak at New York University. Some
'anti-fascists' decided to storm the event and pepper-spray the speaker
while chants in the hall included 'Nazi scum, your time has come'. Eleven
people were arrested. But behaviour outside the event was even more
A video shows a woman who claims to be a professor
screaming at the police outside the event. It is her contention
screamed over and over again at the police protecting the event that
the police are 'fing assholes'. The 'professor' seemed to dislike the
fact that the police were in her words 'protecting the Nazis'. ...
I wonder whether any self-described 'liberals' will mull on this
and whether they didn't contribute to bringing things to this pitch? Here
is a woman who presumably believes herself to be an anti-fascist berating
the American police for not acting as the storm-troopers of the 'liberal'
All of which leads me to wonder once again whether
anything will ever make these 'anti-fascists' look in the mirror and
recognise what they have become.
Politics Government, EU citizens
EU free movement could last 'years' after Brexit as Government suggests 'phased' immigration controls
Jon Stone and Tom Peck
Independent, 3 February 2017.
A row over immigration erupted tonight as it emerged that free
movement of people from the European Union to the UK could last for "many
years" after Brexit.
In a White Paper spelling out more details of
its plan for a post-EU Britain, ministers said immigration controls would
be phased in, raising the prospect of Theresa May going into the next
election with still open borders.
Pro-EU campaigners said the
announcement appeared to show free movement would last for "many years",
even though the Government was willing to sacrifice the UK's membership of
the single market in the meantime. Ukip said it showed the public would
conclude the Tories were not "serious about taking back control" of
The White Paper, which set out the Government's
12 key goals for Brexit, says Britain will regain control of its borders by
leaving the freedom of movement directive, but does not mention reducing
the number of people coming to the UK.
It says that "openness to
international talent will remain one of our most distinctive assets" and
that the UK "will always want immigration".
The Government says
that MPs will get a say in drawing up the plans for future control of
numbers, promising Parliament an "important role".
Border controls slavery victims
UK Border Force 'failing to identify thousands of modern slavery victims'
The Guardian, 3 February 2017.
The UK Border Force is "missing thousands of victims of modern
slavery at our borders" and identified and convicted only one trafficker
last year, according to a damning inquiry report by two official watchdogs.
The "significant failings" by Border Force uncovered by the
investigation was published just a day after the prime minister, Theresa
May, told MPs the introduction of the first law to tackle modern slavery
was one of her proudest achievements in government.
report by David Bolt, the chief inspector of borders, and Kevin Hyland, the
anti-slavery commissioner, says there were 3,266 potential victims in 2015,
94% of whom came from outside Britain. Yet Border Force identified just 265
potential victims at the border during six months last year and only 57 of
them were given official help.
"There is a strong chance we are
missing thousands of victims of modern slavery at our borders," said the
"We must urgently improve our response,
regardless of how challenging it is. If Border Force identified 265
potential victims at the border between April and November last year, as
outlined in the report, and yet only 57 entered government funded support,
what happened to the remaining 208?" ...
With an estimated 13,000
victims in the UK, the inspectors say Border Force's annual targets to
identify victims at the border have been modest "while the number of
suspected traffickers identified and referred for investigation have been
low by any standards".
The report says that Border Force had
identified and convicted just one suspected trafficker in 2014 and one in
Immigration national identity
What defines a nation's identity
The Economist, 3 February 2017.
But pinning down what exactly makes someone truly a national or a
stranger is tricky. This is partly because identity is based on a nebulous
mix of values, language, history, culture and citizenship.
poll by the Pew Research Centre, a think-tank, attempts to unravel the idea
of how someone can be judged to be genuinely American, British or German.
It asked respondents various characteristics language spoken,
customs observed, religion and country of birth and how important
they were to being a national of their country.
Where you live
makes a big difference. On average over the 15 countries surveyed, speaking
a state's national tongue is seen as the most important trait. The Dutch
rate this higher than anyone, whereas Canadians are the least concerned
about linguistic ability, with only half saying that being able to converse
in English or French (one of the two national languages) is very important.
One reason may be that Canada is divided by language; another is that,
along with Australia, it has the largest share of people born abroad among
the countries polled, at over 20% of the population.
experiences with immigration appear to affect different countries in
different ways. People in Greece and Hungary, which have been transit
countries for a large flux of migrants from the Middle East, place
strikingly high importance on sharing customs and traditions, and being
born in the country (Greeks also care strongly about being Christian). Yet
in Germany, the ultimate destination for many of the refugees and migrants,
respondents give comparatively little weight to such factors.
Multiculturalism civil war, Europe
Historian: European Civil War Within 30 Years
Breitbart, 3 February 2017.
Belgian historian David Engels claims a civil war will erupt in the
next 30 years as he draws parallels between Europe and the fall of the
"In 20 to 30 years Europe will have become an
authoritarian or imperial state, after a phase resembling civil war and
decay," said Mr. Engels who is a historian at the Free University of
Brussels. Engels has been predicting Europe would go down the path of
authoritarianism since 2011, but the ongoing migrant crisis has added
weight to his prior warnings, Kronen Zeitung reports.
expect a civil war, which will force a fundamental social and political
reformation in Europe, whether we like it or not, following the example of
the decaying Roman Republic in the first century BC," he said. ...
According to Engels, the factors that brought down the Roman
Republic are present in Europe today. He listed many factors like family
decay, individualism, the decline of traditional culture, globalisation,
fundamentalism, and rampant crime.
Significantly, he noted the
split between an oligarch class, the Roman Senators or the current
financial and political elite, and the rise of a populist movement that
demanded to give the people a voice.
In Europe, those populist
voices take the shape of politicians like Geert Wilders in the Netherlands,
Marine Le Pen in France, and others who the academic compared to populist
Roman Senator Publius Clodius Pulcher.
While the migrant crisis
plays a part in his vision, Engels said it is not the only factor. "The
present population movements are only one of the many symptoms of our
present spirit, characterised by a strange mixture of cosmopolitanism,
self-doubt, calculus, materialism, and bad conscience," he said. ...
The civil war, which he says cannot be avoided, will likely not
look like a traditional military conflict, he said, because European
societies are not militarised. Rather, he said the civil war will look like
the situation in Sweden where over 50 no-go areas have formed or Brussels
where suburbs like Molenbeek were able to hide Paris terrorist Salah
Abdeslam from police for months.
French academic and Islamic expert
Gilles Kepel made a similar prediction last year saying that the rise of
radical Islam among young Muslims in Europe could take the continent into a
large-scale civil conflict.
Immigration abroad promoting diversity, USA
College pledges to hire professors based on skin color, mandates social-justice workshops
The College Fix, 3 February 2017.
A women's college is planning to hire new professors based on the
color of their skin because of the "demonstrated benefits" of nonwhite
After a year of deliberation, the Barnard College
Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion released a set of draft
recommendations last week with the aim of improving "representation,
inclusion, and social justice" in the classroom and on campus. ...
Barnard will not "be a truly excellent and leading liberal arts
college" until it develops programs to promote "diversity, inclusion and
equity," the draft recommendations state. ...
recommendation is creating and hiring for the new position of chief
diversity officer, which is described more as a coordinator of existing
diversity resources. A new Diversity Council will advise the chief, who
will "re-conceptualize diversity and inclusion as a strength/priority," it
According to the Columbia Daily Spectator, the
capital campaign has raised 70 percent of its $400 million goal so far.
Immigration abroad border controls, USA
Six of the seven countries on Donald Trump's 'Muslim ban' list also bar visitors based on nationality
Daily Telegraph, 2 February 2017.
Six nations listed on Trump's controversial executive order, which
prohibits citizens of seven countries from visiting the US, also impose
travel bans of their own.
According to information supplied by
IATA, the International Air Transport Association, Syria, Sudan, Iran,
Iraq, Yemen and Libya all forbid Israeli passport holders from entering
their countries, along with 10 other nations: Algeria, Bangladesh, Brunei,
Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab
Furthermore, eight of those countries Iran, Iraq,
Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen and Libya do not accept
passports that contain Israeli visas.
Libya also enforces a
separate ban on Iranian, Syrian and Palestinian visitors.
Immigration abroad border controls, USA
Trump's visa ban isn't as new as you think
Peter Van Buren
Reuters, 2 February 2017.
President Donald Trump's executive order banning travelers and
refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries is only the latest twist
of dark threads that have long been present in America. The executive order
is not unprecedented. It is evolutionary.
The countries affected by
Trump's executive order - Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and
Yemen - have been singled out under American immigration law since the days
But let's be more specific. Trump's executive order
only lists Syria by name. It refers to the other countries in reference to
a 2015 Obama-era law, 8 U.S.C. 1187(a)(12). (And the list thus has nothing
to do with any of Trump's business interests. He did not create it, nor is
he the first American president to omit Saudi Arabia from post-9/11
scrutiny.) That list, part of the Orwellian-named Visa Waiver Program
Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015, disallows use of
America's visa-free travel program to persons who even once visited the
targeted nations. So, for example, British citizens otherwise eligible to
enter the United States without a visa must instead appear for questioning
and be individually approved for an actual printed visa in their passport
at an American embassy or consulate abroad. The rule applies even if their
travel was as a journalist or member of a volunteer health team.
Though Trump in his crude style proposes "extreme vetting," such a
process has been in place since the George W. Bush administration,
continued under Barack Obama, and is operating today. It too has an
Orwellian name, "administrative processing." Among the nations affected:
those same seven countries. People from these nations go through an
alternate visa procedure that delays their travel as they wait to be vetted
by various intelligence agencies. Some applications are left to pend
There were no mass dissent memos filed by State
Department employees over any of those steps. ...
A total of 30
American governors said they'd refuse to accept Syrian refugees into their
states if they could. Some 60 percent of all Americans oppose accepting any
Syrian refugees. A little less than half of Americans polled support
suspending immigration from "terror prone regions." ...
1152 Sec. 202(a)(1)(A) makes it unlawful to ban immigrants (Legal Permanent
Residents, green card holders) because of "nationality, place of birth, or
place of residence." The law however is silent on banning non-immigrants
such as tourists or students, as well as refugees, for those same reasons.
And even though legal immigrants are not banned by nationality or
place of birth per se, yearly limits on the number of immigrants from
certain nations are near-virtual bans. ...
The ugly truth is
despite the protests, a number of Americans remain afraid of foreigners and
want what Trump is giving them. They always have. There is unfortunately
little here unique at its core to the Trump era.
Immigration abroad border controls, USA
UAE say Donald Trump's migration ban is NOT anti-Islamic and point out that the majority of Muslims are still free to travel to the US
Afp and Julian
MailOnline, 2 February 2017.
The United Arab Emirates claims Donald Trump's migration ban is not
anti-Islamic after pointing out that the majority of Muslims are still free
to travel to the US.
Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdallah bin Zayed
al-Nahyan said the controversial measure, affecting seven mainly Muslim
countries, is not directed at any religion.
Trump's executive order
on Friday singled out citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan,
Syria and Yemen to prevent 'radical Islamic terrorists' from entering the
The European countries where up to 40 per cent of the population have moved abroad (and yes, they're almost all in the East)
MailOnline, 2 February 2017.
A new map of Europe has revealed where huge swathes of a country's
population have decided to move and live abroad.
including Portugal, Croatia, Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro and Moldova
have seen more than a fifth of their population emigrate.
Meanwhile, the detailed map shows how almost five million people
who were born in the United Kingdom had left to move to other countries by
the end of 2015.
Figures from the population division of the UN
show the percentage of people who have left the country they were born in.
In Ireland, 18.8 per cent of those born in the country have left to
move to another.
The highest number of people to leave was in
Bosnia and Herzegovina. Around 1.6 million people born in the country were
living overseas by 2015.
This was the equivalent of 43.3 per cent -
five per cent more than the next country, Albania. ...
Kingdom was the most popular destination for those who were born in
Lithuania, Ireland and Cyprus.
And the figures of 4.97 million
Brits living overseas is the highest in the European Union, followed by
Poland with 4.4 million people.
The number of Poles living in other
countries was 11.5 per cent of its population in 2015 - a higher percentage
than the UK.
Germany had 4 million people leave the country by the
end of 2015 - or 5 per cent - while Italy had 2.9 million - equating to 4.9
Politics public opinion
Yvette Cooper calls for national debate on immigration as she launches inquiry
Heather Stewart and Anushka Asthana
The Guardian, 2 February 2017.
Governments have failed for decades to build a national consensus
about immigration because it was, "too difficult to talk about", according
to Yvette Cooper who is launching a parliamentary inquiry into the
The home affairs select committee chair said Labour and
Conservative governments had missed the opportunity to build public support
for immigration, and she now hopes her committee will "have a debate about
immigration around the country, which in truth we have never properly had".
Immigration abroad deportation, USA
Bill Targets Countries Refusing to Take Back Criminals
LifeZette, 2 February 2017.
In an executive order signed last month, Trump directed the State
and Homeland Security departments to "ensure that diplomatic efforts and
negotiations with foreign states include as a condition ... the acceptance
by those foreign states of their nationals who are subject to removal from
the United States."
Legislation by Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas)
includes a provision available but rarely used under existing law
suspension of visas for countries that are deemed non-cooperative in
accepting their citizens who have been convicted of crimes and ordered
"There is absolutely no reason that criminal aliens
should be released back onto America's streets, yet that is exactly what is
happening by the thousands each and every year because their countries of
origin refuse to take them back," Babin said in a prepared statement.
Government data suggests it is more than a trivial problem.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials list 23 countries as
"recalcitrant" when it comes to deportations. A report released in October
by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) indicates that 242,772 people have final
deportation orders but cannot be returned home because they come from one
of those 23 countries or 62 others deemed "non-cooperative." That is a
quarter of the 953,806 illegal immigrants who had been ordered deported but
remain in America. ...
The prospects for Babin's bill are unclear.
He introduced it last year, but it did not get a vote in the House of
Representatives. This year, 29 representatives including Democrat
Henry Cuellar of Texas have signed on as co-sponsors.
Immigration abroad USA
Nearly 900 refugees will be allowed to enter the US despite Donald Trump's executive order
Independent, 1 February 2017.
Nearly 900 refugees will be allowed into the United States this
week despite Donald Trump's executive order suspending the nation's
Kevin McAleenan, acting commissioner of the US
Customs and Border Protection agency, said 872 refugees would be granted
Mr McAleenan told a news conference the move was allowed
under the order in instances where refugees were ready for travel and
stopping them would cause "undue hardship". ...
Since the order,
721 travellers trying to enter from the seven countries were denied entry,
Mr McAleenan said.
Immigration abroad public opinion, USA
More Americans support Donald Trump's travel ban than oppose it, poll shows
Independent, 1 February 2017.
Americans are sharply divided over President Donald Trump's order
to temporarily block US entry for all refugees and citizens of seven Muslim
countries, with more approving the measure than disapproving, according new
The 30 to 31 January poll found that 49 per cent of
American adults said they either "strongly" or "somewhat" agreed with Mr
Trump's order, while 41 per cent "strongly" or "somewhat" disagreed and
another 10 per cent said they don't know. ...
The president, who
campaigned on a promise to bring what he called "extreme vetting" to the
nation's immigration system, said the order he signed on Friday was meant
to protect the country and its borders. "This is not a Muslim ban," he
But confusion over who was covered by Mr Trump's order left
travellers, airlines and foreign governments scrambling to get clarity from
US officials, many of whom were also bewildered.
Benefits and costs health tourism
Nigerian woman, 43, racks up £500,000 NHS bill after giving birth to IVF quadruplets in London hospital after going into labour on flight to Heathrow - hours after she was turned away from the
Daily Mail, 1 February 2017.
One of the largest hospitals in the country is chasing a bill of
more than £500,000 from a Nigerian woman who gave birth to
The 43-year-old, named only as Priscilla, went into
labour three months early shortly after landing at Heathrow airport in
Staff estimate that the total bill for the highly
complex birth and the care of the babies is already more than
Her case is revealed tonight in the BBC 2
documentary Hospital, which exposes the pressures of health tourism on the
Mr Facey is also chasing a bill of £59,000 from a
56-year-old woman from the Philippines who underwent heart surgery. ...
Mr Facey says other patients frequently 'disappear into the
community' before he has the chance to hand them an invoice. ...
The responses from 90 hospitals revealed that 13,077 overseas
patients were treated in the UK in 2015/16, including 3,066 pregnant women
who flew in and had babies.
These women were responsible for some
of the highest debts, the figures showed, and a significant number are
understood to have come from Nigeria.
Immigration abroad asylum, deportation, Finland
Finland Amazed at How Many 'Refugee Children' Are in Fact Adults
Sputnik, 1 February 2017.
Finland, which in recent years received a fair share of asylum
seekers, is increasingly questioning the applicants' age. According to
preliminary estimates, two thirds of asylum seekers posing as children are
in fact adults.
When Finnish migration authorities are unsure about
the applicant's age, specific tests are carried out. ...
A total of
630 such tests were conducted in 2016, of which in two thirds of the cases
conclusive evidence was found that applicant was in fact an adult.
According to preliminary data from the Finnish Migration Board (Migri) more
than 400 of last year's applicants posing as teenagers were fact adults.
Over the past two years, the Finnish Migration Board addressed
about 3,500 applications from juvenile applicants, who arrived in Finland
without their parents. ...
The majority of adolescent asylum
seekers who were granted asylum in Finland in 2016 were from Afghanistan
(74 percent), Iraq (11 percent) and Somalia (6 percent).
Incidentally, last year also saw the number of forcible returns
from Finland double in comparison with the year before. In 2016, 6,657
people were returned from Finland, of which 1,671 people received an
assisted return, meaning an escorted flight to their home country. ...
... In 2016, 32,376 people moved to Finland from abroad.
Immigration abroad border controls, politics, USA, Bangladesh
My pick for the pious political hypocrite of the week award
Spectator blog, 1 February 2017.
I would like to propose Labour MP Tulip Siddiq as the winner of the
pious political hypocrite of the week badge for her response to President
Trump's temporary immigration halt. From today's Guardian we learn
that Ms Siddiq is one of a number of Labour MPs who have warned that the UK
Prime Minister's allegedly 'feeble' response to President Trump's recent
immigration order risks making UK Muslim communities feel 'disenfranchised
and disillusioned.' ...
... The reason why Tulip Siddiq's comments
stand out are because of something rather closer to home than US border
politics. For as well as being MP for Hampstead and Kilburn Ms Siddiq is
also the niece of the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina a
woman to whom I understand she is very close. Such are the happy
connections of an inter-connected world.
So were I Ms Siddiq, and
genuinely concerned about global injustice, I would not spend much time
condemning the UK PM for not sufficiently condemning the US President: this
is a long and convoluted process, unlikely to yield results. Instead I
would pick up the phone and call my aunt. For of course Bangladesh has for
many decades run a genuinely bigoted and borderline racist border-control
of its own which, among other things, refuses entry to Israeli passport
Immigration abroad electoral fraud, USA
Experts: California voter registration system 'highly susceptible' to fraud
Fox News, 1 February 2017.
California's voter registration system is "highly susceptible to
being compromised," because of immigration policies protecting the Golden
State's 2.4 million illegal immigrants, authorities have told Fox News.
The integrity of elections may be compromised by a lack of
oversight of non-citizens registering and voting, said Hans von Spakovsky,
manager of the Election Law Reform Initiative and senior legal fellow for
the Institute for Constitutional Government at The Heritage Foundation.
The problem with California is there is no separate
verification of citizenship on voter registration, said Charles Bell, Jr.,
a partner with California-based Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk, LLP, a law
firm that specializes in election law. Applicants can check a box affirming
they are citizens, and this is not checked against any other government
database such as federal immigration records. ...
said Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies for the Washington
D.C.-based Center for Immigration Studies, is that California issues
driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, allowing them to automatically be
registered to vote under the federal "motor-voter" laws. Since the AB60 law
went into effect in 2015, 806,000 illegal immigrants have received a
Even John Podesta, former chairman of the 2016
Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, acknowledged in a leaked email that
driver's licenses do provide a loophole. ...
Trump set off a firestorm when he wrote in a November 27 tweet that he
would have won the country's popular vote if the "millions of people who
voted illegally" hadn't voted. He alleged voter fraud in California, among
other states. Trump won the Electoral College, but lost the popular vote by
nearly 3 million, largely because of California voters. ...
Arnold, who served as the former Special Agent in Charge for the U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations in
Southern California, Nevada, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota and
South Dakota, said he has witnessed voter fraud firsthand.
"Throughout my 27-year career with [Immigration and Naturalization
Service] and ICE, I arrested hundreds of illegal criminal aliens who had
voter registration cards," Arnold said. "They would often admit they voted,
but they were rarely prosecuted for illegally voting."
He said most
of the time, the alleged criminals were registered Democrats.
one time," he said, "the person was a registered Republican."
Immigration abroad borders, Spain
'Conservative' Spanish Prime Minister Attacks Trump: 'I Don't Believe in Borders'
Breitbart, 1 February 2017.
Spain's Prime Minister has attracted criticism for declaring he is
opposed to national borders, in an attack on U.S. President Donald Trump.
Responding to a question about Trump's decision to suspend asylum
seeker arrivals and visas for citizens of seven countries at a media
appearance on Tuesday, Mariano Rajoy also insisted that the trend of
countries taking control of their borders will go away.
"Well, I am
not in favour of vetoes or borders nor do I believe the world will walk in
that direction," he said, stating: "So I hope that in the future that this
will be fixed and we will all be in a situation of normality.
don't believe in walls", the People's Party (PP) leader added, referring to
the U.S. president's plans for a physical border with Mexico.
Questioned on fences at Ceuta and Melilla, which protect Spain's
border with Morocco from millions of would-be migrants, Rajoy said: "Well,
you see, those security measures have been installed for a long time."