IMMIGRATION CONCERN

Immigration and related issues, mainly in the United Kingdom.

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RECENT NEWS AND VIEWS

Extracts in date order, except latest additions first. Updated 25 February 2018

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Immigration – border controls
Immigration from non-EU countries is out of control
Stephen Pollard
Sunday Express, 25 February 2018.

You will no doubt have seen the latest immigration figures. They show that in the year to September 2017 net immigration from the EU to the UK was down to 90,000. ...

But that's just one side of the coin.

Because at the very same time net migration from non-EU countries rose sharply by 40,000 to 205,000.

Around half of that number are students and there is an argument as to whether they should be included in the immigration figures since the vast majority leave after their studies.

But even taking that into account, along with the fall in EU migration, we are left with an official figure for net annual migration of 244,000.

In other words, last year alone saw the equivalent of an entire new city the size of Wolverhampton arriving in Britain.

As has happened year after year after year after year after year... you get the picture. ...

The need to take control of our borders again was one of the key factors behind the Brexit vote in June 2016.

But as these latest figures show, it's not just EU immigration that matters.

Even after we regain control of migration policy when we leave the EU we will still need to deal with the numbers of immigrants from outside the EU.

Because in theory we already have control over them today. ...

I should point out now that according to Diane Abbott, Labour's shadow home secretary, the very fact that I have mentioned any of this marks me – and, if you also think that immigration needs to be controlled, you – as racist. ...

Let's simply consider the outrageous slur and contempt in which she clearly holds many of her own Labour voters, who voted en masse for Brexit, driven in large measure by the feeling that the political establishment was ignoring their concerns.

Because even if you put to one side the sheer scale of immigration and the burden that the annual influx of the equivalent of vast new cities puts on housing, schools and hospitals, the immediate concern is surely the scale of illegal immigration. ...

We do not yet have a clue what immigration policy the Government intends to implement after we leave the EU.

And as for illegal immigration: the situation is getting worse, not better.

I've been using the figure of 40,000 for annual illegal immigration but that's simply a commonly accepted estimate.

The Home Office has its own estimate but won't even admit it has such a figure, let alone publish it.

Last summer David Wood, the former director general of immigration enforcement, revealed that the Home Office estimate (based on a raft of sensible measures) shows 150,000 illegal immigrants arriving every year. ...

The sheer scale demands action but instead the authorities are doing next to nothing.

According to Mr Wood, the chance of a migrant being detained and deported for overstaying their visa is just one in 1,000. ...

The idea we are now in control of our non-EU borders is a fantasy.

And the idea that we will regain control of our EU borders when we leave is a fantasy.

What we need is honesty about the true figures of both legal and illegal immigrants.

And action to ensure that border control means precisely what it says.
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Immigration abroad – Republic of Ireland
Irish Govt 'Paid Press' to Promote Plan to Grow Population by One Million With Mass Migration
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 24 February 2018.

The Irish government has been slammed for paying journalists to write good news stories about Project Ireland 2040.

Unveiled by the government last week with a commitment to spend €116 billion, the document outlines plans to boost the Irish nation's 4.7 million population by another million using mass migration.

The government's strategic communications unit paid for sponsored "news pieces" to appear in national and regional newspapers promoting Ireland 2040, which "could not include negative or critical content", The Times reported on Friday.

Speaking in the Irish parliament, or Dáil, opposition leader Micheál Martin branded the government's use of the media to promote its scheme "ethically dubious".

"The blurring of the lines is genuinely worrying from a parliamentary democracy point of view," he said.

"The Taoiseach will say he is promoting the government, but the dogs on the street know he is using taxpayers' money to promote Fine Gael politically."

Project Ireland 2040 has been slammed on social media as a "pyramid scheme" to enrich investors by adding consumers at taxpayers' expense, and as a globalist programme to "replace" the native population. ...

Mass migration from the third world has been a controversial topic in recent months, with reports that gangs of teenagers of African origin are terrorising locals across Dublin.

The criminal youths are "wreaking havoc" throughout the capital, according to police, who say the offences "[range] from shouting and intimidating old people in large groups to assaulting and robbing people of all ages, often with deadly weapons such as large knives." ...

Opposition Fianna Fail TD Jack Chambers said the behaviour of African gangs is a "major problem" that has left many of his constituents "living in fear" and "scared to leave their homes".

Putting the gang members' anti-social attitudes down to "cultural differences", Independent Councillor Tony Murphy reported that police risk causing "a mini riot" any time they try to arrest one of the offenders.
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Politics – Conservative Party
UK plans to increase migrant numbers as home secretary vows to open borders
RT, 24 February 2018.

The UK could take in thousands more refugees after an initial 20,000 from Syria, according to the home secretary. So far, 10,538 people have been housed in the UK but the government is planning to double that figure by 2020. ...

However, after a trip to Lebanon, Amber Rudd claims she will consider upping that figure to welcome many more. Ms. Rudd said: "20,000 is definitely achievable by 2020, and I hope that we may get there earlier than that in fact. At the moment I am consulting with stakeholders and really engaging with other departments to decide what we should have to replace that when we go forward after 2020." ...

Britain has paid out £2.46 billion ($3.4 billion) in funding to help Syrian families since 2012.
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Crime – sexual exploitation, children, adults
Grooming is still rife in Britain: Warning as major report says police gave gangs the 'green light' to sexually abuse 700 girls and women - and reveals one attacker would have been BEHEADED in his homeland for his crime
Chris Brooke And Josh White
Daily Mail, 24 February 2018.

Grooming gangs are still sexually abusing girls and young women across the country despite repeated warnings and prosecutions, a shocking report revealed yesterday.

Efforts to stop the exploitation have been hampered by the authorities' failure to understand why abusers target vulnerable white girls, the investigation found.

The author of a report into the latest abuse scandal yesterday urged the Government to order a national study into the 'cultural influences' on the offenders, predominantly from an 'Asian British' background.

The inquiry into gangs who groomed 700 girls and women in the North-East came four years after more than a thousand victims were found to have been abused in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. The new report revealed:

The authorities effectively gave grooming gangs the green light to sexually abuse by failing to prosecute, instead locking up victims;

. One abuser – an illegal immigrant granted indefinite leave to remain – denounced British girls' 'lack of morals' and praised the availability of sex and drugs;

. The abuse of vulnerable victims is still 'taking place across the country' and 'all children and vulnerable adults are at risk'

The serious case review by barrister David Spicer examined the actions of agencies involved in Operation Sanctuary, which was launched by Northumbria Police. ...

The Government promised to 'look carefully' at Mr Spicer's 33 recommendations. He said more powers were also needed to protect adults who were 'being targeted, groomed and exploited'.

His report also highlighted that the men responsible for 'this particular model of abuse' were from a predominantly 'Asian British' minority background. Significantly, their 'beliefs are not known'.

Mr Spicer said professionals interviewed for his inquiry 'emphasised the lack of information about the profile and motivation for abusing' that continued to hamper understanding how to stop it. ...

Although good recent practice by detectives was identified, their previous negligent approach was laid bare. Police failed to consistently investigate, formally interview and check the backgrounds of suspects, the report revealed.

There were also 'no effective inquiries' about why girls were found with older, unrelated men. ...

Mr Spicer criticised the 'lack of professional curiosity' by agencies and highlighted the failure to collect physical evidence. ...

The report also detailed the failure of the criminal justice system and the Crown Prosecution Service to bring offenders to court. ...

Prosecutors have admitted their approach to the credibility of witnesses was 'inappropriately cautious', the report states. It concluded: 'Unless there is change, which requires national debate, sexual exploitation is not likely to be prevented and early identification will remain difficult.'
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Multiculturalism – Islam, sharia law
Archbishop of Canterbury says Islamic rules are incompatible with Britain's laws which have Christian values
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 24 February 2018.

Sharia law should never become part of the British legal system, the Archbishop of Canterbury said yesterday.

Justin Welby said the Islamic rules are incompatible with Britain's laws, which have developed over 500 years on the principles of a different culture.

He added that high levels of immigration from Muslim countries can 'have an impact on the accepted pattern for choosing a partner, on assumed ages of maturity and sexual activity, and especially on issues of polygamy'.

Archbishop Welby's comments follow the release earlier this month of a highly critical Home Office report that said all couples marrying in mosques should also have to go through a legally-binding civil marriage ceremony to shield wives from injustices under sharia.

They also reverse the position taken by his predecessor Lord Williams, who backed incorporating sharia into the British legal system. Archbishop Welby set out his reasons why sharia should not win official status in a book, Reimagining Britain. ...

The Archbishop said in his book that the arrival of large numbers of Muslims in Britain – there are thought to be 3.3 million here – has led many to challenge the values of the majority population. Among these are the right of people to choose their own husband or wife, and the need for monogamous relationships.
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Immigration abroad – Germany, European Union
Merkel's list of failures is only getting longer
Marian L. Tupy
CapX, 23 February 2018.

Angela Merkel has a new plan to bring the rebellious Central European states to heel. According to the press reports, the German government will seek to divert future structural and cohesion funds away from the poorer European Union members and toward those EU states that host large numbers of non-European migrants. ...

Finally, Merkel insisted on maintaining her open-door policy vis-à-vis non-European migrants who poured into Europe in 2015 – long after it became obvious that her welcoming attitude was intensifying the flow of migrants and wreaking havoc in Central Europe. In addition to putting the entire Schengen Area at risk, Merkel set the stage for a show-down with the new EU members over the question of migrant resettlement. Spooked by the unexpectedly large number of migrants and growing domestic opposition, the Chancellor asked ex-communist countries to share Germany's burden of housing and processing the newcomers. Evidence shows that Central Europeans are more xenophobic than their Western counterparts. But that is only one of the reasons why the governments in that region refused to help Germany. They saw the failure of assimilation of non-European immigrants in Western Europe and did not wish to repeat the same mistake in the East.
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Crime – sexual exploitation
Operation Sanctuary review finds adult abuse 'extensive'
BBC, 23 February 2018.

Vulnerable women are most likely being "extensively" abused across the UK and ministers need to urgently review sex exploitation laws, a report says.

David Spicer led a review in the wake of Operation Sanctuary which saw 18 people jailed for the sexual abuse of young women groomed in Newcastle.

He said exploitation was not being recognised in adults.

The operation identified about 700 victims in total across the Northumbria Police area, 108 in Newcastle. ...

In the Newcastle case, most of the men were British-born but all came from Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Indian, Iraqi, Iranian or Turkish communities.
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Immigration – statistics
Migration figures: Record numbers of EU nationals leaving UK
BBC, 22 February 2018.

The number of EU citizens leaving the UK is at its highest level for a decade, figures from the Office for National Statistics show.

It estimates that 130,000 EU nationals emigrated in the year to September, the highest number since 2008.

Meanwhile, 220,000 EU nationals came to live in the UK - 47,000 fewer than the previous year.

Net EU migration - the difference between arrivals and departures - was 90,000, the lowest for five years.

The figures also show that more British people are emigrating than are returning to live in the UK.

Of those EU nationals arriving in the UK, fewer were coming for "work-related reasons", in particular to "look for work". ...

By contrast, immigration from countries outside the European Union is going up which means the UK population is continuing to grow at a similar level to early 2014.

Some 285,000 non-EU citizens arrived in the UK in the 12-month period to September, and 80,000 departed.

This gives a net increase of 205,000, the highest for six years.

Overall, net migration is estimated to have fallen by 29,000 to 244,000 in the same period.

This includes 73,000 British people coming back to the UK and 125,000 Britons leaving. ...

The ONS figures also show that in 2017, the UK granted asylum, alternative forms of protection or resettlement to almost 15,000 people, 40% of whom were under 18.
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Immigration – statistics
Net immigration RISES to 244,000 a year and is still more than DOUBLE the PM's target but numbers from the EU drop below 100,000 for first time since 2013
James Tapsfield
MailOnline, 22 February 2018.

Net immigration has risen to 244,000 a year in a reminder of the scale of the task facing the government to curb numbers.

The net flow to the UK in the year to September was up from 230,000 in the 12 months to June.

The increase was driven mainly by a rise in arrivals from outside the EU, with immigration from the bloc slipping sharply, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Net migration from the EU was 90,000 in the year ending September 2017 - the first time it has fallen below 100,000 since 2013.

The net figure from the rest of the world was 205,000, up from 173,000 in the year to June. ...

The year to June 2017 saw the largest decrease in net long-term migration in any 12-month period since records began in 1964.
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Politics – Labour Party
Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott says Labour will let MORE immigrants into Britain if they get into Number 10
Kate Ferguson
MailOnline, 22 February 2018.

Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott today said Labour would let more immigrants into Britain if they are elected into Downing Street.

The Labour frontbencher said that if Jeremy Corbyn becomes Prime Minister he will usher in new laws to loosen border controls.

She said they will change the rules to let child refugees who come to Britain bring their parents and carers with them.

Ms Abbott also said Labour would end the policy of deporting children without the entitlement to be in the UK when they reach the age of 18.
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Diversity – teachers, Canada
Teacher education must rise above political correctness
Rodney Clifton and Alexandra Burnett
Times Higher Education, 22 February 2018.

Increasingly, Canadian universities seem to be more concerned about political correctness than educating students. ...

A less well known but arguably much more serious example is the increasing tendency for Canadian faculties of education to use admissions criteria that are unrelated to the characteristics and skills needed by effective classroom teachers. At the University of Windsor, for example, special consideration is being given to candidates who reflect "the ethno-cultural and social diversity of Ontario's schools". And, last September, the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba went even further by aiming to admit 45 per cent of incoming teacher candidates on the basis of their self-identification as members of marginalised groups, such as indigenous, disabled, LGBTQ, minority ethnic or socially disadvantaged.

These admission policies are being implemented so that teachers increasingly represent the ever-changing social demographics of provinces. There is some merit to that aspiration, but there are several serious problems. One is that such self-identities are difficult to verify and, consequently, are potentially easy to "game". A second is that such policies are not useful for identifying and admitting candidates who actually have the potential to become effective teachers, which is the most important reason for having faculties of education at universities.

Parents, students and even school administrators already know that there are substantial differences between the most and least effective teachers. A number of excellent studies have shown that the top 25 per cent are able to effectively teach 18 months' worth of curriculum content in a year, while the bottom 25 per cent are able to teach only about six months' worth. In short, the best teachers are three times more effective than the worst teachers. Addressing this unacceptable disparity should be the most important priority among Canadian faculties of education.
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Politics – Labour Party
Labour calls for young illegal immigrants to be allowed to stay in UK permanently and scrapping of migrants cap
Hugo Gye
The Sun, 22 February 2018.

Labour would stop deporting young illegal immigrants and let refugees bring their families to Britain, Diane Abbott said today.

The shadow home secretary also vowed to scrap the cap on overall migrant numbers so there would be no limit on how many people can move to the UK. ...

Speaking in London today, Ms Abbott said: "We will allow the carers or parents of admitted child refugees to come here.

"We will also end the practice of deporting the children, currently without entitlement to be here, once they turn 18, even when their parents are entitled to be here.

"This commitment underlines our commitment to human rights. This is the application of Labour values and it is the right thing to do."
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Employment – wages, economy
U.K. Wages Pick Up as Fewer Foreign Workers Take Jobs
Brian Swint
Bloomberg, 21 February 2018.

Pay for workers in Britain picked up in the fourth quarter and productivity gained as fewer jobs were filled by foreign nationals in the last year.

Average weekly earnings excluding bonuses rose 2.5 percent from a year earlier, the most since December 2016, the Office for National Statistics said on Wednesday. The overall employment rate rose to 75.2 percent, close to a record. ...

"Rising employment this past year was largely driven by U.K. nationals" as fewer eastern Europeans and non-EU nationals were working than a year earlier, ONS statistician Matt Hughes said. ...

Output per hour gained 0.8 percent in the fourth quarter following a 0.9 percent gain in the previous three months, which was the most in six years.
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Immigration abroad – France
Macron plans tighter asylum rules in test of parliamentary majority
Julie Carriat and Ingrid Melander
Reuters, 21 February 2018.

Emmanuel Macron's government will on Wednesday propose toughening France's immigration and asylum laws amid strident criticism from human rights groups, in a move that will test the unity of his left-and-right majority.

The bill will double to 90 days the time in which illegal migrants can be detained and shorten deadlines to apply for asylum, and it will make the illegal crossing of borders an offence punishable by one year in jail and fines.

The government says it wants to be both firm and fair on immigration, and the bill will also make it easier for minors to get asylum and will aim to cut by half the time it takes for authorities to process any asylum request. ...

... A BVA opinion poll earlier this month showed that 63 percent of French voters consider there are too many immigrants in France.

The number of people filing asylum requests in France hit a record in 2017, topping 100,000.

That is still well below the 186,000 arrivals of asylum seekers registered that same year in Germany, even if arrivals in Germany have dropped sharply since reaching 890,000 in 2015, when unprecedented flows overwhelmed Europe's border controls.
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Immigration abroad – France
France considers jailing illegal immigrants for up to five years for fake ID
Rory Mulholland
Daily Telegraph, 21 February 2018.

France could reportedly jail illegal immigrants caught using fake identity papers for up to five years, and those entering the country without using a recognised border crossing could get one year, under proposed new laws. ...

Tens of thousands of illegal immigrants currently work in restaurants, factories, and building sites across France, many of them using fake or borrowed ID. If caught by authorities, few go to court, and if they do they often get only a suspended sentence and a request to leave the country.

Article 16 is just one of many in the planned law that is likely to be hotly disputed. Another is the plan to make entering the country without using a recognised border crossing point an offence carrying a maximum one-year prison sentence and a fine of €3,750.
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Immigration abroad – Africans, Australia
'Tribal divisions' delay African gang taskforce
Pia Akerman
The Australian, 21 February 2018.

A taskforce of African community leaders set up to help Victoria Police deal with Melbourne's youth crime problem is yet to choose its members because of tribal divisions, according to the chief commissioner.

The African-Australian Community Taskforce was announced by Victoria Police last month following a spate of crimes involving African youth. It has been charged with providing information to police on emerging issues and hot spots, allowing officers to act swiftly, and establishing a more efficient channel for police to engage with community leaders and receive advice on preventing youth crimes and antisocial behaviour.

Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton today said that although the taskforce had met a few times, it was yet to finalise its membership due to "internal political issues".

He agreed there was concern growing within Victoria Police that tribal divisions between Dinka and Nuer ethnic groups had caused delays in formally establishing the taskforce.

"It's been a number of weeks now, we want to try to get those issues settled as soon we can so we can get the maximum benefit out of it," Mr Ashton told 3AW.

"We've got issues with African youth offenders, it's been an ongoing problem for us for quite some time. ...".
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Immigration abroad – schools, France
French Children Taught Migration Is a Human Right, 'We're All Africans'
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 20 February 2018.

France is safe and prosperous only thanks to a 'lifetime of open borders', while mass migration is a "universal right", according to literature being handed out in French classrooms.

Intended for distribution to children between the ages of eight and 16, the new booklets are produced by 'Secular Solidarity', an organisation which receives around half of its funding from French taxpayers, in conjunction with other groups including SNUIPP-FSU, the major teachers' union in France.

"Immigration is a fundamental human right" that is about more than survival, according to the taxpayer-funded body's document, which tells that children "mass migration is the very essence of humanity", and argues they have no right to secure the French border because "the most recent research shows the first humans were all from Africa".
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Crime – child sexual exploitation
Rotherham child sex abuse: Inquiry finds 100 more potential victims
BBC, 20 February 2018.

The number of potential victims of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham has risen to more than 1,500, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has said.

A report published in 2014 estimated 1,400 children were abused in the South Yorkshire town between 1997 and 2013.

The NCA, which is carrying out an independent inquiry, said the figure had risen to 1,510 and that at least 1,300 were female.

It said it had identified 110 suspects and six trials were listed for 2018.

The inquiry, named Operation Stovewood, is being conducted at the request of South Yorkshire Police. ...

At a briefing, NCA senior investigating officer Paul Williamson said his team was actively engaged with more than 260 victims, and 144 officers were working on 34 distinct investigations.

Mr Williamson said he hoped to increase his team to up to 250. ...

To date, four people have been convicted in relation to Operation Stovewood, the latest being former taxi driver Asghar Bostan, who was jailed for nine years after being found guilty of raping a teenage girl.
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Immigration abroad – European Union
Pressure on EU's southern borders from African migrants seen persisting in 2018
Gabriela Baczynska
Reuters, 20 February 2018.

The European Union's southern borders in the Mediterranean will remain under heavy pressure from African migrants trying to reach Europe this year, the head of the EU's border agency Frontex said on Tuesday.

Nearly 119,000 Africans were caught trying to get to the EU last year on smugglers' boats departing from Libya, more than 42,000 from Turkey to Greece and another 23,000 heading from Algeria and Morocco to Spain, Fabrice Leggeri said.

"The pressure, the irregular migration pressure on our southern borders in the Mediterranean will remain at a very high level (in 2018)," Leggeri told a news conference.
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Illegal immigration
Civil servants are 'refusing to probe illegal immigrants' with some cases taking as long as EIGHT years
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 19 February 2018.

Civil servants are refusing to help the Home Office investigate immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally, a report reveals.

Some Whitehall ministries outright 'refused requests' for information while others asked for a fee, according to the study by immigration watchdog David Bolt.

The Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration exposed the farce in a review of the Home Office's processes for reviewing and revoking a person's immigration, refugee or citizenship status.

Gaining indefinite leave to remain, asylum or British nationality gives a person the right to live in the country lawfully, but it can be withdrawn in several circumstances, including if they have obtained it fraudulently, been convicted of a serious crime or pose a threat to national security. Checks are mainly carried out by the Home Office's Status Review Unit (SRU).

At the end of March last year, it was dealing with 2,906 cases – an increase of 202 in six months. Of these, 864 were more than two years old and a further 875 had been in the in-tray for more than a year. ...

Mr Bolt found the Home Office's efforts to investigate suspected illegal immigrants was being thwarted by bureaucrats in other departments. ...

... It is understood the most obstructive departments were the Department for Work and Pensions and HM Revenue and Customs – which hold information on employment and tax records – and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
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Crime – children
'We must act before another child is killed': Warning over abuse linked to witchcraft and possession beliefs in UK
Lizzie Dearden
Independent, 19 February 2018.

Thousands of children could be abused because relatives believe they are witches or possessed by evil spirits in Britain, it has been warned.

Experts fear another child will be murdered if efforts to prevent abuse linked to faith and belief are not urgently stepped up, following the horrific deaths of young victims including Kristy Bamu and Ayesha Ali.

The first ever Government statistics on the issue showed that witchcraft and possession were linked to almost 1,500 potential abuse cases across the UK in a single year but the figure is thought to be an underestimate.

"These beliefs are very real and on occasion people are going to take this to extremes where a child can be murdered," said Inspector Allen Davis, who leads the Metropolitan Police's response to the issue.

"There are a number of ways that an adult will try to rid the child of the evil they believe is within them.

"They might try to burn it out, cut it out, strangle it out, drowning can be involved, or starving and beating." ...

Insp Davis warned that abuse related to witchcraft and demons was being "hidden in plain sight" because it is not properly understood.
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Immigration abroad – Australia
Tony Abbott repeats claim immigration cut will improve quality of life
Paul Karp
The Guardian, 19 February 2018.

Tony Abbott has seized on Peter Dutton's claim that Australia needs to cut its migration intake and signalled he will renew his push to do so by linking migrant numbers to quality of living issues.

On Monday the former prime minister said he would make the case for cutting migration to improve "stagnant wages, unaffordable housing and clogged infrastructure" in a speech in Sydney on Tuesday. ...

Abbott said that immigration had averaged 110,000 a year for most of the life of the Howard government and since 2006 "it's been running at double that rate".

"That means every five years we are adding – by immigration alone – a city the size of Adelaide to our population."

Abbott said the level of immigration was "very, very high", "absolutely unprecedented by historical standards" and "on a per capita basis, vastly higher than any other developed country".

According to the parliamentary library, an average of 107,000 permanent migrants and people on humanitarian visas entered Australia a year between 1996 and 2006 compared with 190,000 a year from 2006 to 2016.

However, the average in the Howard government was weighed down by low results in the early years. By 2006-07, 161,217 people came to Australia on permanent or humanitarian visas, almost as high as during the Rudd and Gillard Labor governments and Abbott and Turnbull Coalition governments, when it ranged up to 200,000.

The net overseas migration figures were 114,000 a year between 1996 and 2006, and 220,000 a year from 2007 to 2015.

However, from 2006 onwards, estimates for net overseas migration included people who stayed in Australia for 12 months or more, who were added to the population. This means the figures after 2006 are boosted by temporary migrants who later become permanent residents or citizens.
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Diversity – managerialism
Diversity: A Managerial Ideology
Darel E. Paul
Quillette, 19 February 2018.
[Darel E. Paul is Professor of Political Science at Williams College]

Diversity is the reigning social and political ideal of our age. It is the public ideology of the country's most powerful state and business institutions. To many it is the essence of American national identity and, in one of the favorite phrases of President Barack Obama, 'who we are' as a country.

Rather than simply a recognition of difference, diversity is a cultural, economic, and political project to both generate difference and to manage it. ...

While the rapid spread of affirmative action policies met a backlash in the late 1970s, this resistance was largely a white middle class revolt. Support never flagged among elites. ...

Justice Powell argued that "a diverse student body" was a worthy goal of any university which allowed the consideration of race in admissions. He justified this neither on the grounds of racial justice nor the amelioration of past or present discrimination, but on the grounds of diversity. Powell claimed that racial and ethnic diversity advanced the core intellectual mission of American higher education, namely "speculation, experiment and creation," "the interplay of ideas and the exchange of views," and an encounter of differing "ideas and mores of students as diverse as this Nation of many peoples." ...

Powell's endorsement of the so-called 'Harvard plan' as a constitutionally permissible and even preferable equal opportunity practice spread diversity throughout American higher education and the elite business sector. /.../ By the early 1990s, diversity had conquered Corporate America.

The country's managerial elite now rarely misses an opportunity to demonstrate commitment to diversity. ...

... In 2012 and again in 2015, 45 Fortune 100 firms argued that diversity is essential both for individual "success in the corporate world" as well as "business success" in "country and world economies that are increasingly diverse." ...

Business would have us believe its embrace of diversity is a straightforward matter of efficiency, productivity, and profitability. ...

But is there really a business case for diversity? While most corporations claim to be true believers, social science gives a decidedly mixed answer. That being said, the academic debate over diversity's impact on the bottom line is largely, well, academic. Managers embraced diversity long before any meaningful evidence existed for its positive effects. /.../ Whether diversity admissions practices even help their targets remains a matter of controversy. Despite all this uncertainty, higher education displayed total unity of purpose ... ...

... As an ideology and associated set of practices, diversity is attractive to managers and administrators because it is a particular version of the broader ideology of managerialism. ...

Thus managerial elites, whether in the private or public sector, have embraced diversity because it is a managerial ideology.
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Illegal immigration
Homeless former model who died yards from Parliament 'returned to the UK illegally after being jailed for sexually abusing a child and kicked out of the country TWICE'
Sarah White, Sebastian Murphy-Bates and Gerard Couzens
MailOnline, 18 February 2018.

The homeless man who died yards from Parliament returned to the UK illegally after being jailed for sexually abusing a child and kicked out of the country, it was claimed today.

The former model from Portugal died in freezing temperatures just yards from the entrance to Parliament.

The man, named in his home country overnight as 35-year-old Marcos Amaral Gourgel, was a regular at an emergency shelter run by central London homelessness charity The Connection.

Portuguese government officials confirmed Marcos, who was of Angolan origin, had been deported in 2014 and 2016. ...

It was not made clear how the dead man, who is understood to have had dual Angolan and Portuguese nationality, managed to return to the UK.
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Immigration abroad – Japan
Japan accepted just 20 asylum seekers last year despite almost 20,000 applications
Alina Polianskaya
Independent, 17 February 2018.

Japan has been accused of turning its back on asylum seekers, after it emerged that it accepted just 20 applications from a record 19,628 last year.

This is even less than 2016, despite the number of applicants continuing to rise. Then, 28 were successful from the 11,000 that applied for asylum.

For some time, asylum seekers with valid visas were able to work in Japan while their applications for refugee status were reviewed.

But the country's justice ministry, which oversees refugee recognition, has said people were taking advantage of the system.

Claiming people were applying for asylum just so they could work in the country, it changed the rules in January.

The alterations meant that only those considered to be bona-fide refugees were allowed to work. ...

The ministry said that the changes have led to a drop in applications for asylum, with the number of daily applicants falling by around 50 per cent from December to January. ...

In Japan, immigration is a controversial issue with many reluctant to accept immigrants as many pride themselves on cultural homogenity. Less than two per cent of the population are born outside of Japan – compared to around 20 per cent in the UK.
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Immigration abroad – Japan
The face of immigration is rapidly changing in Japan
Mark Schreiber
Japan Times, 17 February 2018.

Over the past half decade, major changes have taken place in the demographics of foreign residents in Japan. Weekly Playboy's Dec. 18 issue devoted a four-page article to "Research into Vietnamese." Why Vietnamese? And why now?

"Their numbers in Japan have drastically increased," the magazine rationalizes. Up fourfold from five years ago, they grew by a remarkable 36.1 percent between 2015 and 2016. The Vietnamese population of 232,562 (as of end June 2017) has shot past Brazil to make them the fourth-largest nationality, and they may soon overtake the Philippines (251,934) for third place. ...

While not dwelling on negative aspects of immigration, Weekly Playboy doesn't pull any punches, noting that Vietnamese are already the Japan's top minority in one unenviable statistic: During 2015, their 2,556 violations of the criminal code exceeded the 2,390 cases by Chinese. ...

According to government figures, the number of legal foreign residents in Japan last year reached 2.47 million, or 1.95 percent of the total population. ...

It seems that while the government maintains the position that Japan is not open to immigration, according to definitions in use by some organizations, an immigrant is simply "a person who has resided in a foreign country for one year or longer." If that's the case, then according to data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, during 2015 Japan admitted approximately 400,000 immigrants – in substance if not in name – placing it fourth overall among advanced economies, behind Germany, the U.S. and the U.K.
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Immigration abroad – Jews, Muslims, France
Islamic Anti-Semitism in France: Toward Ethnic Cleansing
Guy Millière
Gatestone Institute, 16 February 2018.

In France, anti-Semitic attacks have been multiplying.

Most are committed in broad daylight; Jews know they have to be street-smart. Some attackers break into Jewish homes. ...

Graffiti on Jewish-owned homes warn the owners to "flee immediately" if they want to live. Anonymous letters with live bullets are dropped into mailboxes of Jews, and state that the next bullet will be fired into the recipient's head. ...

... On the third anniversary of an attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris, another kosher store was torched and destroyed. ...

Those French Jews who can leave the country, leave.

Those who have not yet decided to leave or who do not have the financial means, move to safer neighborhoods. ...

The French Jewish community may still be the largest in Europe, but it is shrinking rapidly. In 2000, it was estimated at 500,000, but the number now is less than 400,000, and sinking. Jewish districts that once were thriving are now on the verge of extinction. ...

Without the Jews of France, France would no longer be France, said Former Prime Minister Manuel Valls in 2016. But he did not do anything.

Recently he said that he had done his best, that he could not have done more. ...

He added that in France, for at least two decades, all attacks against Jews in which the perpetrator has been identified have come from Muslims, and that the most recent attacks were no exception. ...

In France, telling the truth about Islamic anti-Semitism is dangerous. For a politician, it is suicidal.

French politicians, right or left, know that political correctness reigns, and that transgressing its unwritten rules leads to being excluded from the media and effectively ostracized. They know that some words cannot be used any more in France, and that "anti-racist" organizations ensure that no one can criticize Islam.

A new edition of a public school history textbook for the eighth grade explicitly states that in France it is forbidden to criticize Islam, and quotes a court decision to back up the claim. ...

Politicians also see that the country's 600 "no-go zones" are growing; that radicalized Muslims may kill, and that violent riots can break out at any time. In France, more than 500 people were murdered or maimed by Islamic terrorists in less than four years. ...

Although synagogues in France have not been attacked since 2014, they all are guarded around the clock by armed soldiers in bulletproof vests who are protected behind sandbags, as are Jewish schools and cultural centers.

Meanwhile, laws meant to punish anti-Semitic threats are now used to punish those who denounce the threats. ...

Recently, journalist Éric Zemmour observed that in Muslim neighborhoods, Muslims are now living "according to their own laws" and forcing non-Muslim people to leave. He was found guilty of "incitement" and fined. ...

Anti-Israel demonstrations support terrorism. People shout, "Death to the Jews," but those people are never arrested for "hate speech".
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Multiculturalism – Islam, political correctness
Ministers too 'politically correct' to enforce hijab policy in schools, former Ofsted boss warns
Kate McCann
Daily Telegraph, 15 February 2018.

The Government is too politically correct to enforce rules on hijabs in schools, leaving teachers "alone, isolated and vulnerable", the former head of Ofsted has warned.

Sir Michael Wilshaw said a lack of formal policy from the Department for Education on whether children should be allowed to cover their heads in lessons has led to angry clashes.

He also highlighted concerns that there are 150 schools around the country which make it compulsory for children to wear hijabs, adding that "the country has enormously changed" and some communities hold very conservative views which cannot easily be challenged.

It follows a public outcry after a primary school in east London announced it was banning children from wearing hijabs but was forced to reverse the decision after complaints from parents. ...

Asked if a fear of being politically incorrect was stopping the Government from developing a national policy on hijabs in schools, he said: "Yes absolutely. There is a reticence, and it's leaving headteachers alone, isolated and vulnerable."
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Terrorism – jihadists, Islam
Europe will see increase in terror in 2018, as foreign Isil fighters 'return home with high-tech skills'
Josie Ensor and Raf Sanchez
Daily Telegraph, 14 February 2018.

The terror threat to Europe will only increase this year, experts have warned, as growing numbers of foreign fighters return home with "high tech" weapons knowledge learned on the battlefield.

Scores of jihadists are expected to trickle back to the UK and the continent, bringing with them skills acquired in Syria and Iraq, such as the weaponising of drones and the industrialised manufacture of car bombs and IEDs, according to a new report from defence analysts Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Centre (JTIC).

"Foreign fighters returning to Europe will provide critical skills that will help an increasing number of operational Islamist networks conduct more complex attacks," Otso Iho, the report's author, said. ...

Several recent attacks on European soil have involved crude "low-capability" weapons, but the successful use of drones or car bombs by Islamist militants would mark a notable increase in the threat level, they say. ...

In addition to the immediate and direct security threat posed by returning foreign fighters, the report concluded that significant risk is likely to emerge through their potential to transform and radicalise existing Europe-based Islamist networks.
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Terrorism – jihadists, Islam
MI5 faces being overrun by dangerous Islamist radicals within two years when Britain's streets are hit by a perfect storm, report finds
Tom Newton Dunn
The Sun, 14 February 2018.

MI5 faces being overrun by dangerous Islamist radicals within two years when Britain's streets are hit by a perfect storm, an alarming report has found.

Many extremists who are currently in jail across Europe for supporting and fighting for Daesh will be released between 2019 and 2023.

At the same time, the number of British jihadis returning home from Syria and Iraq will spiral as the terror movement is finally squeezed out of its remaining homelands.

On their return, jihadis are predicted to mushroom the threat again by going on to radicalise existing but currently non-violent Islamist networks here.

The disturbing analysis comes from Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Centre and IHS Markit. ...

Britain is particularly at risk from jihadis, Jane's also found, having the highest number of returned militants in Europe.
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Border controls
UK border and immigration system unprepared for Brexit - report
Reuters, 14 February 2018.

Government delays, uncertainty and under-resourcing have left the British borders and immigration system unprepared for Brexit, according to a parliamentary report on Wednesday.

Lack of clarity over immigration intentions is creating anxiety for EU citizens in the UK and putting already overstretched immigration officials in an impossible position, it added.

"The government does not seem to appreciate the immense bureaucratic challenge they are facing or how much time and resources they need to plan on Brexit," it said.

The report by the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee criticised delays in publishing a so-called White Paper outlining the government's post-Brexit immigration plans. ...

Failure to set out detailed plans for the registration of foreign nationals and the transition period soon will make it impossible for immigration and border officials to do their job properly, it warned.
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Immigration abroad – Italy, Spain
Mediterranean migrant crossings to Italy double in a month
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 14 February 2018.

The number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean to Italy doubled in a month to reach 4,800 in January, latest figures show.

Fighting near departure points in North Africa and poor weather were blamed for a dip in people-smuggling activities in December.

But the overall rate of arrivals is now in line with last year.

Data on "irregular border crossings" released by European border agency Frontex yesterday revealed Eritreans made up the largest group of migrants on the route, followed by Pakistanis and Tunisians. ...

In Spain the 1,300 arrivals detected last month was more than 20 per cent higher than a year ago.
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Illegal immigration
Birmingham man raked in thousands of pounds illegally helping asylum seekers enter UK
Charlotte Paxton
Birmingham Mail, 14 February 2018.

A Birmingham man raked in thousands of pounds by illegally helping Iranian asylum seekers enter the UK using bogus papers. ...

On Tuesday Mahmoodi-Esfanjani, from Birmingham, was jailed for three years at Newport Crown Court.
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Immigration abroad – Sweden
Swedish pro-migration party admits: Costs of migrants are too high and will skyrocket
Voice of Europe, 14 February 2018.

Sweden's Moderate Party wants a survey on the costs of immigration as they seem to spiral out of control.

The party, known for its pro-migration ideas, implicitly admits the costs are too high: "We have had a tendency not to talk about immigration costs. However, we wouldn't let another area increase in costs so dramatically without following up on it," Moderate Party member, Elisabeth Svantesson, said to Dagens Nyheter.

Sweden's total immigration costs for 2018 are estimated at 40 billion Swedish crowns (€4 billion). That's more than double the amount it spends on culture (€1.5 billion) and an amount close to how much the country spends on its military (€5.4 billion).

Svantesson said the costs of immigration could skyrocket in the future because the country's migrants have a "lower level of education".

Earlier Sweden's Moderate Party strongly supported migration. Sweden's former prime minister and then leader of the party, Fredrik Reinfeldt, said last year that immigration is "one of the best things that has happened to Sweden".
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Immigration – population growth, Africa, Middle East
The Oxfam scandal should not lead us into the blunder of cutting aid
William Hague
Daily Telegraph, 13 February 2018.

... over the next 30 years more than half the growth in the world's population is expected to be on just one continent - Africa. On average, African countries look like doubling their populations very quickly indeed. Some will grow even faster - Nigeria's 190 million population today is expected to rise to 410 million by 2050.

Add to this a similar trend in many Middle Eastern nations, even while birth rates elsewhere in the world have fallen, and the net result is that we are entering an age in which most of the youngest and poorest people in the world will live close to Europe. When you consider that Germany's current political paralysis was largely caused by the reaction to the arrival of a million refugees, and that there are about to be 1.5 billion extra people in Africa and the Middle East, you can begin to imagine the implications. If we don't think ahead, this will be a century of rising nationalism and ethnic tensions across Europe in response to what is potentially the greatest migration humanity has ever known. That would severely affect Britain, even after we leave the EU.

Effective development aid is not the whole answer to this coming crisis but it is definitely a crucial part of it. The near-universal truth is that where standards of healthcare, vaccination, and nutrition are improved, people have fewer children. Good education and a strong role for women in work and society can have a similar effect. These are all objectives of our overseas aid.
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Immigration abroad – Chinese, USA
The director of the FBI says the whole of Chinese society is a threat to the US – and that Americans must step up to defend themselves
Michal Kranz
Business Insider, 13 February 2018.

FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday reiterated a commonly held view among US intelligence officials that China is seeking to become a global superpower through unconventional means – but he framed it as both a governmental and a societal threat to the US.

Speaking before the Senate Intelligence Committee alongside the heads of other US intelligence agencies, Wray said that to undermine the US's military, economic, cultural, and informational power across the globe, China was using methods relying on more than just its state institutions.

"One of the things we're trying to do is view the China threat as not just a whole-of-government threat, but a whole-of-society threat on their end," Wray said. "And I think it's going to take a whole-of-society response by us." ...

Wray pointed to China's use of unconventional intelligence sources as an example of its reach.

He said "collectors" – what the intelligence community calls people who collect intelligence on behalf of agencies or governments – had infiltrated US universities. ...

"They're exploiting the very open research-and-development environment that we have, which we all revere, but they're taking advantage of it," Wray said, adding that there was a "naiveté" among academics about the risks posed by foreign nationals at US universities.

The Institute of International Education found that US universities admitted more than 1 million international students in the 2015-16 school year, nearly 329,000 of which were Chinese students.
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Immigration – registration, EU citizens
Home Office chiefs fear they can't create a new immigration system by March 2019 as Theresa May overrules officials to insist free movement ends on Brexit day
Tim Sculthorpe
MailOnline, 12 February 2018.

Home Office chiefs fear a new immigration system to track EU citizens for the first time will not be ready by March 2019.

The alarm comes after Theresa May overruled officials to insist free movements ends on Brexit Day.

The decision means that after March 29, 2019, the Home Office must be able to both register EU citizens already here for permanent residency and separately track new arrivals during the Brexit transition period.

Sources admitted to The Times the work on the new system had 'barely begun' and would 'almost certainly' not be ready in 14 months time. ...

Unpicking how to guarantee the status of three million people who already live in Britain before Brexit takes place has been a major headache in Whitehall.

In the negotiations, Britain has promised anyone who wants to stay will be allowed, subject to the same offer to Britons in Europe.

Last year the Home Office managed to issue 164,000 work visas to non-EU nationals. This figure will have to rise to around 400,000 when EU citizens need visas.
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Immigration abroad – European Union
Migrant ghettos will become 'a nuclear bomb in the future' a top EU official warns
Danyal Hussain
MailOnline, 12 February 2018.

A top European Union official has warned that migrant ghettos could become a 'nuclear bomb' of unrest and has urged the European Union to tackle the problem.

The EU has a war chest of £310 billion to spend by 2020 on its so-called cohesion policy as it tries to reduce inequality across the union.

European Commissioner for regional policy Corina Cretu says that the money is crucial to stop the segregation of migrants in harsh and dangerous ghettos.

Despite decades of spending on infrastructure in the poorer parts of Europe, the European Union is aiming to reduce inequality by pumping more money into countries in eastern and southern Europe.

Ms Cretu said that this is important for 'social integration'.

She told the Thomson Reuters Foundation this week at the World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: 'Social integration will be crucial in the years to come.

'If we allow ghettos or segregation of migrants, this will become a nuclear bomb in the future.'
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Asylum – asylum system
'A lottery': asylum system is unjust, say Home Office whistleblowers
Kate Lyons and Kirstie Brewer
The Guardian, 12 February 2018.

The British asylum process is a lottery and many asylum interviews are rushed, biased and resolved by "cut and paste" decisions by overworked Home Office staff, whistleblowers have told the Guardian.

Former staff employed in deciding asylum claims said some colleagues had a harsh, even abusive, attitude towards applicants, mocking them to one another and employing "intimidation tactics" during interviews.

As a result, the whistleblowers said, the asylum system was in effect a lottery, depending on the personal views of the decision-maker who picked up the file. They said some staff took pride in rarely, if ever, granting asylum. ...

The latest revelations come a month after Home Office staff told the Guardian that the asylum directorate was in a "constant state of crisis" because of overworked staff and a huge backlog of around 50,000 cases.

The Guardian spoke to three former decision-makers or caseworkers. Each was employed at different regional offices and stopped working in these roles in 2016 or 2017.

All said they had tried to do their jobs fairly but struggled owing to productivity targets that one described as "ridiculously unrealistic".

Decision-makers are required to complete 225 interviews or decision reports a year.

"It affects the quality of the decisions," said one whistleblower. "By the time you have been through the photos, the file, the news reports, it's three o'clock and then you have to draft a report [a decision on someone's claim, which can often be more than 20 pages long]. Can you do that in two hours?" ...

The high turnover rate among staff made work difficult, all three told the Guardian.

A report published in November by the chief inspector of borders and immigration in November said the number of asylum decision-makers had fallen from 319 in January 2016 to 228 in July 2016. Numbers increased back to 352 by March 2017, but the report said more than a quarter of staff had quit over a six-month period.
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Immigration abroad – Germany
'Unaccompanied Minor Refugees' Costing Germans $70,000 Per 'Child' Annually
Dan Lyman
NewsWars, 12 February 2018.

The monumental costs of providing for migrants in Germany who claim to be 'unaccompanied minors' have been revealed in a new report by Welt - just months after the German government admitted that nearly half of these so-called children are actually adults.

According to federal figures, the expense per 'child' migrant averaged approximately €50,000 ($61,000) nationally in 2017, with social services agencies in certain regions detailing that they had invested much more - over $70,000 per case. ...

It should be noted that the federal government, which has transformed Germany into a veritable beacon for economic migrants from the Third World under the leadership of Chancellor Angela Merkel, only covers a small portion of these expenses, leaving states and municipalities to come up with the lion's share. ...

The German government has disclosed that nearly half of 'unaccompanied minors' admitted into the country are actually over the age of 18. ...

"The term 'unaccompanied minor refugee' used for young migrants should not be taken literally; 43 percent are already grown according to official information," Leubecher reports. ...

The vast majority of migrants remain unemployed, and the German Federal Employment Agency recently admitted that at least 74% of 'refugees' are only fit for 'menial labor,' having no formal training or professional experience - or ability to communicate in German. ...

Germany's commissioner for immigration, refugees and integration told the Financial Times that he expects three-quarters of migrants to remain unemployed for at least five more years, and "for many others we will need up to 10."
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Multiculturalism – diversity
Bristol scout leader expelled after comparing Muslim colleague to Star Wars villain Darth Vader
Michael Yong
Bristol Post, 12 February 2018.

A senior scout leader who was expelled for criticising a Muslim colleague for wearing a niqab has launched a law suit against the Scout Association.

Brian Walker, an assistant Explorer Scout leader from Bristol, wrote to Scouting magazine to complain after it featured a Muslim leader who was also a scout leader. ...

Mr Walker told the Bristol Post he believed the scouting movement was "moving away from its Christian roots" and that it had become "fluffy".

But the association said "inclusivity is at the heart of modern scouting" and an important value to them.

The editor of the official magazine wrote back to say he disagreed with the letter, and Mr Walker was dismissed from the association four days later.

The district commissioner for Bristol South also told Mr Walker his views "did not reflect the inclusive nature of scouting" and that his membership would be cancelled with immediate effect. ...

Mr Walker, who served for 12 years in the military, said the association was "embracing everything except Christianity".
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Extremism – Islam
Death of Democracy? - Part II
Denis MacEoin
Gatestone Institute, 12 February 2018.

A blanket refusal to listen to serious concerns about Islam as an ideology and political enterprise stems from what is in many ways the most dangerous, yet unwitting, position taken by the middle ground. One loses track of the number of Western politicians and church leaders who blithely maintain that "Islam is a religion of peace" or who, when faced with jihadi terrorism, maintain that it "has nothing to do with Islam". A sort of paralysis engendered by a fear of being thought an "Islamophobe" makes it hard if not impossible for people in the public eye to admit that there is another truth, that has, unfortunately, been well known for centuries. ...

It is time for some home truths. Islam has been at war with the West for some 1,384 years, with very little respite. When Muslim Arab armies invaded Syria in 634, went on to destroy all but a rump of the Christian Byzantine empire (which it finally defeated when the Ottoman Turks conquered Constantinople in 1453), took control of Spain, Portugal, Sicily and other lands on the north Mediterranean coast, it was the start of endless jihad wars. These wars did not end during the centuries of the Barbary slave trade during which Christians were routinely snatched by Muslim pirates and sold in markets in Algiers and elsewhere on the North African coast. ...

Unfortunately, concluding that modern terrorism "has nothing to do with Islam" or that "Islam is a religion of peace" visibly contradicts the historical record. ...

Over the past three decades, Western societies have been rendered all but impotent in the face of ideologies that challenge their most basic values. ...

... Yet here we go, led by a politically correct intelligentsia, churches, and political parties, effectively handing over our civilization to people who hate it. ...

... If we are ever to save Western civilization and democracy, we must urgently rally our forces to stand up to all those who seek to trash it.
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Immigration – deterrence
UK plans video campaign to deter African migrants
Ben Quinn
The Observer, 11 February 2018.

A viral video campaign using the testimonies of migrants in Libya to discourage others from making the perilous journey to the north African country – and then on to Europe – is to be launched by the Home Office as part of official attempts to tackle migration from "source" countries.

Vox pop interviews with migrants from countries including Eritrea, Nigeria and Sudan will be filmed in Libya before the material is used at events in east and west Africa and distributed online.

The UK's foray into using this tactic follows the example of Denmark, which placed advertisements in Lebanese newspapers aimed at deterring potential migrants, and Germany, which paid for billboards in Afghanistan with a similar message.

However, an expert on migration at the UK's leading development thinktank said evidence suggests that "awareness campaigns" have little or no impact on the decision-making of would-be migrants and are more about being able to tell voters at home: "We are doing something."

"The information just does not filter through because people decide on the basis of what they hear from family and friends – people they trust – rather than foreign governments," said Jessica Hagen-Zanker, research fellow for migration at the Overseas Development Institute. ...

She said that a better approach would be to make the journeys safer and open up paths for legal migration. ...

More than 180,000 people attempted the crossing to Europe from the Libyan coast in 2016, representing 50% of all attempted crossings. Although numbers fell back to 120,000 in 2017 there has been a sharp rise in numbers since the new year.
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Politics – public opinion, Brexit
What the public think about immigration
Professor John Curtice
The UK in a Changing Europe, 10 February 2018.

Immigration was a key issue in the EU referendum.

The vote was held against the backdrop of, by historical standards, relatively high levels of net inward migration. Polls suggested that well over half thought that immigration would fall if the UK left the EU, and that around 70% of those who held that view voted Leave. ...

... But eighteen months on, do voters still expect immigration to fall, and do they want freedom of movement to end?

There is little sign that voters' expectations of what will happen to immigration have markedly changed.

... on the four occasions a survey instigated by this author using NatCen's mixed mode random probability panel has addressed the issue, around two in five have consistently said they expect immigration to be lower as a result of leaving the EU. Other readings suggest that expectation is even more widespread.

In six polls conducted by YouGov since the June 2017 general election, on average 52% have said they expect less immigration as a result of Brexit, not far short of the 56% registered on average in five polls conducted during the referendum campaign itself. ...

... Remain voters are not necessarily uninterested in proposals to reduce EU migration. ...

... in the most recent NatCen survey, three-quarters of Remain voters said the UK should be willing to accept free movement in return for free trade, while two-thirds of Leave voters took the opposite view.

Although many Remain voters might ideally like to see an end to freedom of movement, they do not necessarily regard it as a priority.

But in so far as the UK government is seeking in the Brexit talks to reflect the views expressed by the majority who voted to Leave, it seems there are still good reasons why ending freedom of movement should remain one of its negotiating priorities.
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Benefits and costs – National Health Service
The Immigration Health Surcharge must be revised or abolished – not tinkered with
J Meirion Thomas
Conservative Home, 9 February 2018.
[J. Meirion Thomas is a former Professor of Surgery and Consultant Surgeon in the NHS]

I have previously described the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) on this site as "a rotten deal for the NHS, patients and taxpayers". This week, the Department of Health has announced a desperate last-minute rescue plan in an attempt to avoid an embarrassing, if inevitable failure of its Cost Recovery Programme.

... a report commissioned by the Government in 2013 /.../ estimated the cost of treating non-EU citizens in the NHS as £736 per person per year. ...

But, of even greater risk to the taxpayer, the IHS did not exclude pre-existing illnesses, as would happen in any application for a commercial travel or health insurance policy. ...

I argued at the time that the IHS was creating an obvious loophole for health tourists to exploit, and this has happened. It has become the legal way for health tourists from outside the EU to access NHS care. ...

In response to this policy failure, last June's Conservative Manifesto promised that the IHS would be trebled to £600/£450 if the party was re-elected: a promise the new Governmenr was forced to drop. And his week, the Department of Health announced that the IHS will be doubled to £400/£300 from "later this year". They have recalculated the spend on surcharge payers as £470 per person per year, down from £736 as predicted by PREDERI in 2013. Really?

In truth, neither of these estimates is evidence-based. ...

By April, the IHS will have been law for three years, and about 1.4 million non-EU migrants and students will have been given unlimited access to the NHS for a pittance. The real risk to the taxpayer is that the IHS does not exclude pre-exiting illnesses and that must change as a matter of urgency. Otherwise this flawed policy should be abolished and replaced by compulsory travel insurance as is expected of British citizens travelling abroad.
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Multiculturalism – civilisation, ideology, Islam
'The Fight of Our Lives': New Documentary Examines the Threats Facing the West
Mark Tapson
Truth Revolt, 9 February 2018.

"Civilizations, empires, great powers, can fall apart very fast. Collapse can come suddenly, like a thief in the night. And we should be very wary of assuming that our civilization, the civilization of the early 21st century West, will oblige us by declining gradually."

That warning from noted historian Niall Ferguson is the opening and the theme of the vital new documentary The Fight of Our Lives: Defeating the Ideological War Against the West from filmmaker Gloria Z. Greenfield. ...

... her latest documentary, which features compelling observations and insights from well-known historians, journalists, and thinkers such as Niall Ferguson, Victor Davis Hanson, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Alan Dershowitz, Melanie Phillips, Bruce Thornton, Raymond Ibrahim, Brooke Goldstein, Ibn Warraq, Alan West, and many more respected commentators from academia, human rights organizations, and think tanks. ...

The Fight of Our Lives addresses the various internal and external threats facing Western civilization today, and cautions that if we don't recognize these grave dangers now and rouse ourselves to resist and overcome them, then it is no hyperbole to say that the West as we know it will come to – as Ferguson warned – a swift and inexorable end.

The film groups topics into seven "chapters": "Utopian Masks" (about the subversive internal threats of cultural relativism and multiculturalism), "Crumbling Towers" (on the political radicalization of the university), "Weaponizing Identity" (on the gender and race conflicts that have sprung up with the rise of identity politics), "Breaching the Gates" (on the threat of global Islamic supremacism in the West, whether through terrorism or subversion), "People of the Book" (regarding the Islamic persecution and genocide of Christians and Jews), and "Durable Values" (on the assaults against the values that have made the West great, such as the freedom of speech). It concludes with a chapter on "Standing Up," which exhorts us, the heirs of the Western tradition, to push back against our enemies and defend our heritage and our future.

Niall Ferguson speaks on the cultural consequences of the recent tsunami of migrants and purported refugees from Muslim countries into Europe, the heart of what used to be called Christendom. That civilization, he claims, may not be around by the end of the century – or it may have changed so much that it's unrecognizable. ...

But we are facing a more significant threat by way of a subversive ideological assault. "The threat from within comes from the people who want to undermine the basis of Western civilization," says journalist Melanie Phillips. ...

The influence of multiculturalism, as historian Victor Davis Hanson and The Lawfare Project's Brooke Goldstein point out, has resulted in a moral relativism and a chilling effect on free speech, as any criticism of non-Western cultures is now deemed to be hate speech. ...

The Hoover Institution's Ayaan Hirsi Ali and TBN host and terrorism expert Erick Stakelbeck, among others, discuss the danger of refusing to identify Islam as a supremacist ideology intent on destroying the West and establishing a worldwide caliphate in its place.
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Immigration abroad – violence, Sweden
Violent crime in Sweden is soaring. When will politicians act?
Paulina Neuding
The Spectator, 10 February 2018.

January was a particularly violent month in Sweden. ...

For Swedes, this has become a familiar theme. Gun violence is on the rise, with daylight shootings and without regard for bystanders. In the past nine years, reported and attempted murders involving guns have almost doubled. According to Swedish police, hand-grenade attacks (which were virtually unknown until a few years ago) are without parallel in countries not at war.

... Stockholm police recently put a figure on it: less than £890 can buy you five automatic weapons and ammunition with 64 hand grenades as a sweetener. ...

Yet it's still hard for Swedish authorities to be frank about what's going on. It's widely known that gang members are mainly first- and second-generation immigrants, and problems are rampant in what police euphemistically refer to as 'vulnerable areas'. Thus the gang wars serve as a constant reminder of Sweden's failed migration and integration policies. This is a problem for the government (and even the opposition) in a country that prides itself on being a 'humanitarian superpower'. And yet politicians, in government and opposition, seem particularly concerned that violence in immigrant suburbs is a PR problem, a threat to the image of Sweden, and that the remedy is spin. ...

Paramedics and firefighters are not the only ones who have to take precautions before entering 'vulnerable areas'. The Stockholm suburb of Tensta had free parking for months, after the area was deemed too dangerous for traffic wardens to enter. The Swedish Postal Service has for periods of time not been delivering packages to a crime-ridden neighbourhood in central Malmö. A number of public libraries have had to reduce their opening hours or even close temporarily in response to harassment by gangs of youths. ...

The Prime Minister's wavering shows what happens when you fail to integrate immigrants and instead tolerate the creation of a society within a society: the police are unable to protect or to gather proper knowledge of these new communities full of people who tend not to speak the language. ...

... Dan Eliasson, departing head of the national police, complains that investigations are made difficult because no one will talk to the police. The kind of social contract between state and society that leads citizens to help the authorities is not working in those parts of Sweden where police are seen as the enemy.
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Immigration abroad – murder, Netherlands
Price tag on Amsterdam assassinations as low as €3,000: police chief
Janene Pieters
NL Times, 8 February 2018.

The Amsterdam police are very concerned about the type of perpetrators involved in assassinations in the city. They often involve young amateurs, who will kill someone for as little as 3 thousand euros, Amsterdam police chief Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg said to local broadcaster AT5 while discussing a recent shooting in which 17-year-old Mohammed Bouchikhi was killed at a community center on Grote Wittenburgerstraat.

"In the 80's and 90's, professional hitmen from abroad came here for 50 thousand euros. In recent years we see young boys from Amsterdam. And that could well be the case in this case." the police chief said. "We sometimes now hear amounts of between 3 thousand euros and 5 thousand euros for an assassination. And with that, the amateurism, the uncontrollability and the brutality of the violence are a new concern for us." ...

Aalbersberg also said that gang-related assassinations take up a lot of the Amsterdam police's capacity, leaving them little time for other cases. "We are dealing with assassinations for 60 to 70 percent, and for the rest mainly with radicalization and terrorism investigations."

This leaves little time for tackling large-scale drug trafficking, for example.
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Immigration abroad – public opinion, Italy
Vast Majority of Under-35 Italians Now Oppose Mass Migration
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 8 February 2018.

A poll has revealed that 65 per cent of Italians under the age of 35 are against mass migration with some wanting to limit the number of migrants flowing into the country while others want the rate reduced to zero.

The poll, conducted by polling firm Ixè, shows that Italian youth are less and less positive about mass migration into the country with only 35 per cent saying they approved of it. Forty per cent of the respondents said that they wanted much stricter controls on migrant flows while 20 per cent claimed to want migration stopped entirely, La Stampa reports.

President of Ixè Roberto Weber said that the results in the older age groups are even more starkly against mass migration.
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Multiculturalism – birth defects
Muslim inbreeding dragging Britain back to the 19th century
Bryan Fischer
Cowger Nation, 8 February 2018.

Britain is seeing an alarming spike in birth defects, defects they have not seen since the end of the 19th century. There is a one-word explanation: Islam.

The resurgence of these birth defects is due to the prevalence of first cousin marriages in the Muslim community, particularly among immigrants from Pakistan. Such marriages are legal in Britain, to be sure, but by the late 1800s the risk of birth defects in the children of such unions had become so common and so widely known that the practice virtually vanished. ...

Pakistani parents in Britain are responsible for 3.4% of all births in England, yet shockingly account for 30% of all children born with recessive gene disorders. This is because the acceptability of first-cousin marriages is engrained in Muslim culture. In Bradford, 55% of all Pakistanis are married to their first cousins.

Even though Pakistanis represent just 15% of Bradford's population, Bradford has the second highest number of infant deaths in England, and Pakistani parents are 13 times more likely than the general population to have children with birth disorders. (This according to a study by St. Luke's Hospital in Bradford.) ...

There are no quick fixes, which means the U.K. will continue to labor under this burden for decades to come. ...

In the worldwide Muslim community, first-cousin marriage rates routinely run as high as 50%, while the rate is about 1% in Europe and 0.2% in the U.S.
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Multiculturalism – Islam
Death of Democracy? - Part I
Denis MacEoin
Gatestone Institute, 7 February 2018.

For many complex reasons, Europe is in an advanced state of decline. In recent years, several important studies of this condition have appeared, advancing a variety of reasons for it: Douglas Murray's The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam, James Kirchik's The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age, as well as Christopher Caldwell's ground-breaking 2010 study, Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam and the West. ...

Countless polls and investigations reveal that refusal to integrate is no figment of the supposedly "Islamophobic" political "right". A 2006 poll carried out by ICM Research on behalf of the Sunday Telegraph, for example, presented worrying findings: 40% of British Muslims polled said they backed introducing shari'a law in parts of Britain, and only 41% opposed it, leaving another 20% unclear. ...

Polls carried out in other countries across Europe showed similar or worse results.

Those are only one half of a more complicated and disturbing picture. While Muslims find it hard to abandon the prejudices, doctrines, and outright hatreds (for Jews, for example) that they have imported from their home countries – or developed as young men and women while living in European states where they were born and raised – vast numbers of non-Muslims, including politicians, church leaders, civil servants, policemen and women, and many well-meaning people bend over backwards to accommodate them and the demands they make on their host societies.

It would take a book to summarize all the episodes in which Western officialdom, notably in Europe, has abandoned its own historical values in order to protect Islam and radical Muslims from criticism and rebuke. ...

Last October, it was reported that Queen's Counsel Max Hill, who acts as the British government's independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, argued that British fighters for Islamic State, who had returned or planned to return to the UK, should not be prosecuted but reintegrated into society on the grounds that they had acted "naively". This lenience extended to hate preachers who had given sermons and lectures exhorting Muslims to take direct action that has in the past led to actual terrorist attacks. ...

We now therefore use double standards: one for Muslims and one for the rest of our population. On January 16, 2018, in England, Daniel Grundy, was jailed for six months on a charge of bigamy. However, Muslim men in polygamous marriages are rewarded by the state: ...

Actually, British Muslim men do not even have to go abroad to find wives. At least one Muslim dating site run from the UK offers contact with Muslim women who are eager to enter into polygamous marriages. It has not been closed down. The British government has shown itself incapable of enforcing its own laws when it comes to its Muslim citizens or new immigrants. ...

Rather than stand up to our enemies, both external and internal, are we now so afraid of being called "Islamophobes" that we will sacrifice even our own cultural, political, and religious strengths and aspirations?
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Immigration abroad – heritage, Isdlam, Sweden
Sweden Appoints Pakistani Muslim Head of National Heritage Board
Robert Spencer
FrontPage Mag, 7 February 2018.

Qaisar Mahmood, a Muslim born in Pakistan, is the new head of the Swedish National Heritage Board. This is an extremely anomalous appointment, since he readily admits that he has not read anything about Sweden's cultural heritage. But his new job is not really about preserving and protecting Sweden's cultural heritage and historical sites at all.

... He says he doesn't want simply to alert people to Viking artifacts and the like, but to use Sweden's history to "create the narrative" that will make Muslim migrants "part of something."

We have already seen how that works. Remember the fake news story about the Viking burial cloth bearing the word "Allah"? ...

The "Allah" Viking burial cloth propaganda offensive was one manifestation of what Qaisar Mahmood and others like him are doing. ...

Qaisar Mahmood, as a Pakistani, of course has no Swedish heritage of his own. His admitted lack of knowledge of Swedish heritage and history ought to have disqualified him from his position, but this is how Sweden is obliterating itself and committing cultural and national suicide. ...

It also must be remembered in connection with Qaisar Mahmood's role as head of the Swedish National Heritage Board that the Qur'an suggests that ruins are a sign of Allah's punishment of those who rejected his truth: ...

This is one of the foundations of the Islamic idea that pre-Islamic civilizations, and non-Islamic civilizations, are all jahiliyya – the society of unbelievers, which is worthless. Obviously this cuts against the idea of tourism of ancient sites and non-Muslim religious installations such as are found all over Sweden.
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Diversity – USA
University to spend $121 million on diversity efforts – and maybe more in two years
Christian Montoya
The College Fix, 7 February 2018.

Last fall, Columbia University pledged to spend an extra $100 million on diversity efforts over five years.

Not content to play second fiddle on diversity spending, American University is spending even more, even faster.

The private university in Washington, D.C., plans to shell out $121 million in the next two years on its "Plan for Inclusive Excellence."

That includes a mandatory full-year course for all freshmen starting this fall, The American University Experience. ...

AUx is part of a pot of $7 million in funding for fiscal year 2018 that also covers academic centers, faculty development and programs "specifically designated to advance access, equity, and inclusion," according to the plan.

The other $53 million this fiscal year will go toward diversity-oriented institutional scholarships. Next fiscal year's $61 million is less specified. The plan simply says it will cover "investments in diversity, equity, and inclusion." ...

Beyond AUx, the curriculum goal includes the ongoing work of the new Antiracist Policy and Research Center /.../ and the buildout of the new African American and African diaspora major.
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Immigration abroad – Islam, Germany
Former open-border activist denounces mass immigration
Free West Media, 6 February 2018.

In 2015, Rebecca Sommer "wanted to help everyone and truly believed that all these people were fleeing hell and were in a state of complete distress", she told the Polish weekly magazine Do Rzeczy.

The refugee aid association Arbeitsgruppe Flucht + Menschen-Rechte (AG F+M) [Working Group Asylum + Human Rights] she founded in 2012, had almost 300 volunteers who were giving German courses to the new arrivals in 2015.

..."I thought their medieval view was going to change with time... but after having seen these situations occur repeatedly and observing what was happening around me, as a volunteer, I have had to recognise that the Muslim refugees have grown up with values that are totally different, they have undergone brainwashing from childhood on and are indoctrinated by Islam and absolutely do not intend to adopt our values. Worse, they regard we infidels with disdain and arrogance."

She also speaks of her great disappointment when she realized how a group of "refugees" she had personally helped and believed to be her friends practiced taqqiya with her. ...

Sommer says she is not the only one confronted with the open-border reality, and said that many other volunteers also ultimately had to face the obvious.

There are now far fewer volunteers ready to work with the new arrivals in Germany. She warned that these Muslim immigrants posed a threat to the German way of life, and that this will get worse with family reunification as it would further inflate their numbers.

According to her, many Germans she knows, now want to emigrate to Poland because they had have enough. ...

In her interview for euroislam.pl, the former pro-refugee activist says that contempt for Western lifestyles and for women are not expressed only by practicing Muslims, but the majority of those who grew up in Muslim culture. ...

Political Islam is present everywhere, including in the government, in political parties, in the police and schools, she complained.
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Immigration abroad – Italy
Former Italian PM Berlusconi calls immigration a 'social bomb ready to explode in Italy' as he pledges to deport 600,000 illegal migrants if he's re-elected
Alex Green
MailOnline, 6 February 2018.

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has pledged to deport 600,000 illegal migrants if he is re-elected.

Warning of a 'social time bomb ready to explode', the 81-year-old said in a TV interview his centre-right coalition would remove those who 'do not have the right to stay'.

'Immigration has become an urgent question, because after years with a leftwing government, there are 600,000 migrants who don't have the right to stay,' he said.
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Immigration abroad – deportation, Italy
Italian right's election promise to deport migrants will be hard to keep
Steve Scherer
Reuters, 6 February 2018.

The leaders of Italy's right-wing parties have pledged to deport hundreds of thousands of migrants if they win the March 4 parliamentary election, a promise that may win votes but will be hard to keep.

A centre-right coalition that includes former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia (Go Italy!) and the anti-immigrant League is leading in opinion polls, in part because of their hardline on immigration.

Surveys show Italians are increasingly uneasy after more than 600,000 migrants reached Italian shores by boat in four years. ...

But the reality is that deportations are expensive, time consuming and complex.

It would take years to repatriate those irregular migrants already living in Italy and thousands continue to arrive each month, mostly by boat from North Africa. ...

"If we wanted to repatriate 600,000 irregular migrants, and we could send 200 per working day, it would take more than 15 years," said Senator Luigi Manconi, a member of the ruling Democratic Party (PD) who next month will take charge of the country's anti-racism office.

The cost of deportations is high. Forced returns require that migrants be put in detention centres before departure, planes must be chartered and wages paid - two guards for each migrant.

In 2016, the repatriation of 29 Tunisians from Italy cost 115,000 euros (£102,049). On average, repatriations conducted jointly with EU border agency Frontex cost 6,500 euros each, an EU observer study found last year.

Italy has bilateral agreements with 24 non-European countries allowing for returns, but migrants often avoid being identified or countries refuse to recognise them as citizens.
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Population pressure – traffic jams
Britain among world's worst for traffic jams
Graeme Paton
The Times, 6 February 2018.

Britain has been named among the ten most gridlocked countries in the world with motorists spending 31 hours a year stuck in peak-time traffic.

A study of congestion found that traffic in the UK was growing worse compared with other countries, costing the average driver £1,168 per year in fuel and lost time.

Britain is the worst country for traffic in western Europe and the tenth most congested globally, up one place from last year.
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Diversity – USA
Robert Putnam Distorts His Own Diversity Research
Jason Richwine
National Review, 6 February 2018.

In last week's column arguing against restricting immigration, David Brooks writes:

What about the rise of social distrust? Restrictionists often cite a 2007 Robert Putnam study finding that more diversity leads to less trust. But Putnam tells me they are distorting his research. He found that diversity's benefits outweigh its disadvantages, that trust declines over the short term as places grow more diverse, but that over the long term Americans find new ways to boost social solidarity.
Putnam made the same "distortion" claim in a letter to the Wall Street Journal last year. It was just as disingenuous then as it is now. In fact, Putnam himself is the one distorting his research, by attempting to elevate his personal speculation (that diversity brings long-term net benefits) to the level of his data analysis (that shows diversity causes significant present-day problems).

To elaborate, the substance of Putnam's 2007 paper is an analysis of his Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey. He shows that ethnic diversity is associated with reduced trust even after controlling for a long list of socioeconomic variables. The analysis is thorough and valuable, but it captures just one moment in time. It cannot tell us whether the effect on trust occurs only "over the short term," or whether we will "find new ways to boost social solidarity." Furthermore, Putnam never identifies positive effects of diversity from his own data – although an arguable exception is greater interest in politics – and he certainly never uses his data to address the question of whether "diversity's benefits outweigh its disadvantages." Indeed, Putnam's data analysis section reads as a relentless, unsparing critique of diversity, with no promise of a long-run turnaround. Uncomfortable with the implications of the data analysis, Putnam sandwiches it between misdirection and speculation. The misdirection comes at the beginning, in the form of a short list of reasons he believes ethnic diversity is a "valuable national asset." Almost nothing on his list is about ethnic diversity per se. /.../ The speculation comes at the end, when Putnam offers his hope that U.S. Army integration, megachurches, and intermarriage among European ethnics are signs that the U.S. will eventually overcome the challenges of diversity. That's it for the long-term – no hard evidence, just speculation.
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Benefits and costs – National Health Service
Charges for migrants to use NHS will double to raise millions for the health service
Laura Donnelly
Daily Telegraph, 5 February 2018.

Charges for migrants to use the NHS will be doubled, under plans which ministers say will raise hundreds of millions of pounds for the health service.

Currently those seeking to live in the UK for six months or more are charged a £200 annual surcharge, exempting them from charges paid by temporary overseas visitors.

Ministers will today announce plans to increase this to £400 a year, which they say more closely matches the amount such patients actually cost the NHS. ...

"By increasing the surcharge so that it better reflects the actual costs of using health services, this Government is providing an extra £220 million a year to support the NHS."

Ministers have pledged to recoup £500m a year from overseas patients by 2017/18.

Recent measures include pledges to enforce "upfront" charges for temporary visitors, after efforts to chase bills after treatment had limited success.

Latest figures show £358 million was collected from overseas patients in 2016/17, including £210m from the immigration health surcharge.

The surcharge is paid when immigration applications are made. Those paying it are then exempt from NHS charges for treatment which temporary visitors have to pay. ...

The Department of Health and Social Care estimates that the NHS spends £470 on average per person per year on treating surcharge payers.
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Immigration abroad – violence, Germany
German Politicians 'Alarmed' at Scale of Anti-Christian Hate Attacks
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 5 February 2018.

Hate crime figures leaked by police in Germany have caused alarm, as they revealed murder, assault, and arson numbering among almost 100 attacks which targeted Christians in 2017.

Published by the Funke media group several months before annual crime statistics are due to be officially released, the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) data showed attacks on churches and Christian symbols accounted for a quarter of the 97 cases.

At least 14 of the cases in the report involved asylum seekers and refugees, including the murder of an Afghan Christian convert by a fellow Afghan in May last year which prompted politicians to urge the BKA to record "anti-Christian crimes" separately for the first time.

Ansgar Heveling, interior policy spokesman for Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, called the figures "alarming" and argued that the state "has a responsibility to punish these attacks severely and consistently... [as] anti-Semitic attacks are rightly being tackled". ...

Berthold Löffler, a political science professor at the University of Ravensburg-Weingarten, ...

Stating the BKA figures are likely "only the tip of the iceberg" with regards to the number of anti-Christian attacks taking place in Germany, Löffler writes: "One can confidently assume that the mainstream media would much rather report on Islamophobic incidents and xenophobic crimes committed by ethnic Germans."
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Miscellaneous – free speech, universities
The new blasphemies on campus
Tom Slater
Spiked, 5 February 2018.

Today spiked launches the Free Speech University Rankings 2018, our fourth annual analysis of campus censorship in the UK academy, and it makes for grim reading: 55 per cent of the 115 universities and students' unions we survey are this year ranked Red under our traffic-light rankings system, meaning they actively censor speech and ideas.

This marks a dip in Reds from last year. But policies dictating what can and can't be said on campus are still becoming more severe in many areas. ...

... We also found that 48 per cent of institutions have policies which warn against insulting faith groups or offending religious sensibilities. ...

What's more, when it comes to who is being censored on campus, it isn't even just provocateurs, coming to campus to stir up controversy – it's students themselves. ...

The fracas at the University of the West of England in Bristol on Friday night, in which anti-fascist protesters tried to disrupt a speech by Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, shouting 'no platform for fascists' and scuffling with his supporters, reminds us that student activism remains thoroughly intolerant.
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Multiculturalism – Islam, London
Islamic London: "Run, Hide, Tell"
Daniel Pipes
Gatestone Institute, 5 February 2018.

To understand the development of Islam in Western countries, I make a habit of visiting Muslim-majority areas such as Lakemba in Australia, Lodi in California, and Lunel in France. But London, England, is unique in the extent of its Islamic impress.

Muslim-majority areas typically consist of poor, unattractive housing projects, remote from the city center, which long ago were abandoned by their original indigenous, working-class populations. They often feature men sitting around cafes and women cooped up at home. They suffer from a range of social pathologies, including unemployment, criminal gangs, and drug-trafficking.

London too has such areas, and they are very large; ...

... the Muslim presence is implicit in the intense, pervasive, and depressing security measures installed against jihadi threats of violence. These range from signs urging "Run, Hide, Tell," to bollards, barriers, and gates.

Especially evident are the many protective measures installed in March 2017, immediately after a violent Islamist, Khalid Masood, killed five people on Westminster Bridge. ...

Nor are bollards, barriers, and gates unique to London. In Birmingham, for instance, the Christmas Market featured the familiar yellow gates (complete with helpful entrance and exit markers). ...

More than any other major Western city, London bears an Arabic, Middle Eastern, and Islamic impress, from its mayor to its commercial real estate market. I wish I were optimistic about the outcome of this experiment, as the majority of the English population remain even today.
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Immigration abroad – Calais, France
Border treaty blamed for Calais migrant surge that has led to violence
Mark Townsend
The Observer, 4 February 2018.

A sudden surge of refugees arriving in Calais is stoking new tensions between migrant communities and led to the mass brawl and multiple shootings that shocked France last week.

There has been a 25% increase in the number of migrants heading for the French port, placing pressure on food handouts and increasing competition for routes into the UK.

Migrants and charities blamed the rapid increase on a recent border treaty between France and the UK, which raised "false hopes" that it would be easier to reach Britain.

The treaty, signed by President Emmanuel Macron and Theresa May a fortnight ago, promised to accelerate the processing of migrants in the port city and was heralded as "a more humane approach". ...

Griffiths said that following the border treaty announcement the charity recorded the arrival of 200 migrants entering Calais from surrounding locations in northern France and Paris, bringing the total within the port to around 800.

François Guennoc, vice-president of the Calais charity L'Auberge des Migrants, said the UK-France border agreement had caused chaos.
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Immigration – public opinion, Anglicans
Majority of Anglicans want immigration levels 'reduced'
Christian Today, 4 February 2018.

Regular churchgoers have more a positive opinion of immigration than the general population.

But those who describe themselves as Anglican overall, including those who do not necessarily attend regularly, are more negative about the current levels of immigration.

New research on attitudes to immigration reported on BBC Breakfast and BBC Radio 4's Sunday programme, found that nearly nine in ten people, 87 per cent, who describe themselves as Anglicans believe immigration to the UK should be reduced.

According to the research, from an analysis of British Social Atttudes surveys by researchers at the University of Bristol, 66 per cent of Anglicans who go to church regularly oppose current levels of immigration. Among Christians who do not go to church, the number is 86 per cent.

This compares to just 77 per cent of people with no religion who think immigration should be cut.
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Politics – Brexit
Government is set to delay release of VITAL immigration document
Belinda Robinson
Daily Express, 3 February 2018.

The Government is set to delay publication of a crucial document outlining its immigration policy until months before the country officially leaves the European Union in March 2019.

Originally scheduled to be published last summer, the document's release date will now be pushed back even further while the Government seeks advice from the Migration Advisory Committee on how best to overhaul the country's immigration system. ...

Mrs May is also handling the contentious topic of whether or not to include the number of overseas students in the UK's net migration figures.

So far, she has made it clear that she will continue to resist pressure to remove overseas students from immigration figures.
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Immigration abroad – Belgium
Belgian Senator: Multiculturalist Elites Manipulated Stats to Transform Society with Mass Migration
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 3 February 2018.

Elites brought about a "profound transformation" of Belgian society without any public debate by manipulating immigration figures as more than one million migrants poured in, a liberal senator has alleged.

Writing in Le Figaro, Alain Destexhe said the realities of demographic change are being concealed across Europe by "the multiculturalist lobby which dominates universities, NGOs, public institutions and the media".

"Like France, Belgium has changed dramatically in a relatively short time, and was transformed into a mass immigration nation without any public debate," he said, noting that its population rose from 10.2 million to 11.3 million in a relatively short period as a result of mass migration. ...

"Yet this statistical reality has been concealed from the population," writes Destexhe, a doctor who spent a decade serving regions struck by war and natural disaster, and was appointed Médecins Sans Frontières's first secretary-general. ...

In his essay for the French broadsheet, the Reformist Movement senator details a number of methods by which he says immigration data is manipulated to keep Belgians in the dark, and thereby prevent any open debate over the "exponential consequences" migration is having on the small country's demographics.

"Even Eurostat, the EU's official statistics agency, blithely mixes data and ideology," he said, pointing to its annual immigration reports, which claim mass migration is "good for Europe" and that the continent needs more of it. ...

Already one of Europe's most densely populated nations, Belgium's population is set to grow by another couple of million in the coming decades – yet this phenomenon is never publicly linked to mass migration, Destexhe points out, asserting it is only ever presented as a "demographic boom". ...

Declaring it urgent that Europeans "at least become aware of the gravity of the situation", Destexh ends his essay with a call for "the unvarnished presentation of statistics and a debate on their consequences".
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Multiculturalism
Why "Open Borders" is a Dangerous Idea
George Gallatin
Quillette, 3 February 2018.

From my point-of-view, mass migration is the singular challenge of the 21st century. This is because it is a meta-issue that will affect our response to every other challenge. This is due to the fact that as mass migrations change demography, they may also affect changes in host nations' cultures and political economies. ...

While we do not yet know the vector, the titanic, high velocity migration the West is currently experiencing will cause profound changes. ...

The open borders philosophy is wrong, because, like the failed ideologies of the past century, it doesn't account for unpleasant facts about human nature and society. The truth Communism missed is that human beings prefer self-interest to compelled altruism. The truth open borders advocates miss is that human societies are tribal.

The fundamental human social skill is the formation of groups that act with shared intentionality. The skill to coordinate intentions is what enabled our ancestors to form sophisticated social coalitions that outcompeted lower primates. ...

The challenge of heterogeneity is that it pre-loads divisions into society. Sometimes those differences can be overcome through inter-communal dialogue and good government. But, all too often when intentions differ, and tribes inevitably rise, differences in religion, language, and custom are the contours around which factions organize.

This is not to say that ethno-racial or cultural difference is the sole cause of factionalism. ...

Since human beings are so quick to form factions, it should be the goal of government policy to ameliorate division and ward off for as long as possible the demon of sectarianism. Our current public policies and cultural products seem aimed at doing the exact opposite. I think this is because the designers of these policies hold at least two mistaken assumptions about diversity and migration.

Many elite Westerners have a passionate belief in diversity because they have lived it. Not always in their neighborhoods, but quite often at university. ...

There is also a faulty assumption that diverse societies become more tolerant and inclusive over time. ...

History has demonstrated innumerable times that at-scale diversity doesn't create utopia but tension. ...

Of the top ten most diverse countries in the world, every single one has suffered major, lethal political violence since 2001. Diversity is not some holy sacrament, it is a deadly serious socio-political challenge that needs to be prudently managed. It is a mistake to believe that unregulated mass migration will bring about redemption for guilty Westerners. For whatever economic benefits it may bring, it will also bring tribalism, disunity, and violence. And for those of you who think this isn't a major issue or that the worst has passed, please note we are just in the opening act of this drama.
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Immigration abroad – violence, Calais, France
Calais migrants: Five shot in mass brawl
BBC, 2 February 2018.

At least five migrants have been shot during a mass brawl between Afghans and Eritreans in the French port city of Calais, local officials say.

A 37-year-old Afghan man is suspected of firing shots at a queue for food handouts. Four Eritreans aged between 16 to 18 are in a critical condition.

Hundreds of migrants have converged on the area in an attempt to cross the Channel to the UK. ...

Interior Minister Gérard Collomb said the violence had reached a new level and accused gangs that try to smuggle migrants to the UK of instigating the violence.

This is the worst outbreak of violence between migrants in Calais for months, and the use of firearms is a worrying escalation of the tensions, the BBC's Hugh Schofield in Paris reports.

The cause is not yet clear but an initial fight on the city's southern outskirts broke out on Thursday afternoon, where migrants had been queuing for food handouts.

Around 100 Eritreans and some 30 Afghans were caught up in the violence, which lasted almost two hours after the shots were fired.

The four critically injured were shot in the neck, chest, abdomen and spine, AFP news agency reported.

A second melee erupted shortly afterwards at an industrial site around 5km (three miles) away, when between 150 and 200 Eritreans armed with iron rods and sticks clashed with about 20 Afghans, the local prefecture said.
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Asylum – UN policy
The United Kingdom is not taking enough refugees in, claims David Miliband
Alessandra Scotto di Santolo
Daily Express, 2 February 2018.

David Miliband called on Prime Minister Theresa May to take in more refugees and share the burden with the rest of the EU following UN recommendations, claiming the United Kingdom is not taking enough refugees in. ...

LBC's Iain Dale asked the former Labour politician if Britain was accepting enough refugees in the country.

Mr Miliband replied: "No. The Cameron Government said it would take 4,000 a year, which equates to more or less six per parliamentary constituency." ...

"We did a calculation. We looked at the UN figure and the UN say that the western world should take over five years about eight percent of the world's refugee population.

"If you make that for Europe that's 540,000 and if you then do a calculation over five years it's 108,000 a year."

He added: "If you look at the UK, you're looking between 20,000 and 30,000 a year, rather than the 4,000 or 5,000 that the Cameron administration said.

"So I would be saying six per parliamentary constituency is not going to overwhelm you.

"If there is a fair sharing of the burden, Britain will be taking about 25 per parliamentary constituency."
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Terrorism – children
Top counter terror officer warns of threat posed by jihadi children returning to UK
Justin Davenport and Allan Hall
Evening Standard, 2 February 2018.

A leading counter-terrorist police officer today warned of the threat of children trained by Islamic State coming back to Britain to carry out attacks.

Commander Dean Haydon, the head of the Met's counter-terrorism command, said police and other services had a duty to safeguard children returning from Iraq and Syria.

"A child in a war zone would have seen some pretty horrendous things," he told the Standard.

But he warned: "Some terror groups are training children to commit atrocities. We need to not just understand the risk the mother poses but the risk that any child poses as well. We look at them on a case-by-case basis and they may be arrested."

Commander Haydon added: "We have no intelligence to suggest children are coming back from conflict zones to commit atrocities in the UK."

He also revealed that police are DNA-testing children who have been brought to the UK after being born in the so-called IS caliphate to establish their identity and whether they have the right to live here. ...

Hans-Georg Maassen said: "We have to consider that these children could be living timebombs. There is a danger that these children come back brainwashed with a mission to carry out attacks."

Children carried out three of five Islamist attacks in Germany in 2016. A 12-year-old boy was also detained after trying to bomb a Christmas market. ...

Mr Haydon said police had identified all 850 or so Britons who travelled to Syria in the past three years.

About half have returned and 15 per cent were killed in the fighting.
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Extremism – Islam, Europe
Lessons from the East for the West
Geert Wilders
Breitbart, 2 February 2018.

Last weekend, I was in Hungary for the presentation of the Hungarian translation of my book Marked for Death; Islam's War Against the West and Me. ...

... In Hungary, there are barely any signs of Islamization. The Hungarians make no secret of their resolve to keep it that way. The attitude in Hungary and, for that matter, in Central Europe in general, is entirely different from that in the West. ...

... I originally published my book in English in the United States. I did so because America has a First Amendment, which allows people to speak out, even when a message is politically incorrect. The Hungarian translation is the first translation of the book. In my own country, no publisher has the courage to publish it.

A German publisher, who was interested, backed out when it proved impossible to translate it into German without transgressing Germany's stringent speech laws. ...

Islam – not Islamism but Islam itself – preaches the political submission of the whole world to Allah. Muhammad left no doubt about this: "I was ordered to fight all men until they say 'There is no god but Allah,'" he said.

The Qu'ran is equally unambiguous about it. "Fight them until there is no more dissension and the religion is entirely Allah's," it says in verse 8:39. The Qu'ran also contains the permission to kill Jews and Christians in verse 9:29, the command to terrorize non-Muslims in verse 8:12, the obligation to make war on the infidels in verse 9:123, and the order to subjugate the entire world to Allah in verse 9:33. ...

... Recently, the Pew Research Center warned that, if present trends continue, France, Germany, Belgium and Austria, will be almost 20% Islamic by 2050. Britain and the Netherlands are closely behind, while Sweden will even be more than 30% Islamic by the turn of the century.

This is extremely dangerous. Because, while most Muslims may be moderate and non-violent, the Islamic ideology is not. It has indoctrinated many of Islam's followers, who take the belligerent commands of Muhammad and the Koran very seriously. Just last month, it was revealed in Germany that 30% of Muslim students in the State of Lower Saxony can imagine themselves fighting and dying for Islam. In my own country, the Netherlands, research from Amsterdam University showed that 11% of the Muslims find it acceptable to use violence in the name of Islam. That is more than 100,000 people, which is twice the number of soldiers in our army.
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Terrorism – Tunisians, Italy
Interpol circulates list of suspected Isis fighters believed to be in Italy
Lorenzo Tondo and Piero Messina
The Guardian, 1 February 2018.

Interpol has circulated a list of 50 suspected Islamic State fighters who it believes have recently landed in Italy by boat, and may be attempting to reach other European countries. ...

The suspects listed are all Tunisian nationals, some of whom were identified by officials when they landed in Italy. The document shows their first names, surnames and dates of births. ...

Four of the suspected Isis fighters on the Interpol list are already known to European intelligence agencies. One of them "may have already crossed the Italian-French border, to reach Gard, a department in southern France, in the Occitanie region," the agency says. ...

Tunisians, many of who are economic migrants, are packed on the small boats and mainly disembark on the beach at night, 20 or 30 at a time. ...

Local authorities call these arrivals "ghost landings" and believe more than 3,000 Tunisians have secretly landed on the coast of Agrigento since July. Of these, the police managed to block and identify only 400 people.
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Immigration abroad – Germany
REVEALED: Why Angela Merkel REALLY opened the borders to Germany - and Europe
Rebecca Perring
Daily Express, 1 February 2018.

Angela Merkel welcomed more than one million refugees into Germany during the European migrant crisis to save Berlin from losing millions of euros from a Greece bail out deal, a politics expert has claimed.

Bremen-based political scientist Philip Manow said "cheesy ideas of Merkel's Mother Teresa moment" live on, but Germans should not be fooled.

He said the real reason for the German Chancellor Angela Merkel's widely-criticised open-door refugee policy was to save Germany from losing billions if its eurozone neighbour collapsed into economic ruin.

Writing for German newspaper FAZ, Mr Manow said: "The opening of the border was the almost inevitable protection of the Greece deal."

Germany invested tens of billions in the rescue of its eurozone neighbour Greece in the face of bankruptcy.

At the same time, after the closure of the Balkan route, Greece was overwhelmed by a growing number of asylum seekers entering its country.

Mr Manow warned billions from the EU countries might have been lost had the institutions in Greece collapsed. ...

He said bailing out Greece "would quickly have become obsolete if Greece had in fact been left to its own devices with the refugee crisis because of the domino effect of the border closures of Hungary, via Serbia, Kosovo, Bulgaria and Macedonia".
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Immigration abroad – Italy
In new EU sea mission, ships not obliged to bring migrants to Italy
Steve Scherer
Reuters, 1 February 2018.

The European Union's border agency Frontex launched a new Mediterranean operation called Themis on Thursday, removing the obligation of the previous mission to bring rescued migrants only to Italy.

Italy has repeatedly lamented a lack of EU solidarity in managing immigration. The previous Frontex operation, called Triton, required all those rescued at sea to be brought to Italy even if another EU country, such as Malta, was closer. ...

Since Italy coordinates the vast majority of sea rescues between North Africa and its southern coast, the new rule is unlikely have a large impact on arrivals, though it does send a political message to Mediterranean neighbours like Malta. ...

With more than 600,000 migrants landing on Italian shores in the last four years, a popular backlash is building ahead of a March 4 national election, and the centre-left government is under pressure to show it has the situation in hand. ...

The one-year mission will be re-evaluated every three months and will, unlike Triton, include Italy's southern Adriatic coast.
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Diversity – USA
Identity U.
Heather Mac Donald
City Journal, 1 February 2018.

The diversity bureaucracy has finally swallowed an entire college. San Diego State University has just named to its presidency a vice chancellor of student affairs and campus diversity, hired from the University of California, Davis. The new SDSU president, Adela de la Torre, is a peerless example of the intersection of identity politics and the ballooning student-services bureaucracy.

As vice chancellor of student affairs and campus diversity at UC Davis, de la Torre presided over a division made up of a whopping 28 departments – not academic departments, but bureaucratic and identity-based ones, such as ...; the Center for African Diaspora Student Success; the Center for Chicanx and Latinx Student Success; the Native American Academic Student Success Center; the Middle Eastern/South Asian Student Affairs Office; ... This gallimaufry of identity-based fiefdoms illustrates the symbiosis between an artificially segmented, identity-obsessed student body and the campus bureaucracy: the more that students carve themselves into micro-groups claiming oppressed status, the more pretext there is for new cadres of administrators to shield them from oppression. ...

The American university is becoming an appendage of the identity bureaucracy and identity studies. If the mission of higher education is no longer knowledge, but social justice, an emphasis on diversity, and indoctrination in "anti-racism," then SDSU has made the ideal hire.
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