Immigration and related issues, mainly in the United Kingdom.

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Extracts in date order, except latest additions first. Updated 24 August 2016

Immigration abroad – European Union
Angela Merkel calls for 'one in, one out' immigration deals with North Africa to stem refugee crisis
Joe Watts
Independent, 24 August 2016.

Angela Merkel has called for the EU to sign Turkey-style "one in, one out" deals with North African states in a bid to avert a growing summer immigration crisis. ...

Under the EU-Turkey agreement, Ankara agreed to take back one Syrian who made it to Greece in return for being allowed to send one from its extensive refugee camps to the bloc, in a more orderly redistribution programme. ...

While the agreement has come under intense pressure since last month's bungled military coup in Turkey, Ms Merkel backed the concept as a way forward elsewhere. ...

The German Chancellor said the Turkey deal is still "correct" and that the EU "should work to ensure that it lasts".
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Benefits and costs – poverty
'Extreme debt is caused by mass immigration' Ferrari blasts TUC's 'Britain in Red' report
Lizzie Stromme
Daily Express, 24 August 2016.

This is the moment Nick Ferrari launched a savage attack on the Trades Union Congress (TUC) after it failed to investigate if mass immigration is to blame for British households' extreme debt.

The LBC host's anger was sparked after a report from the TUC claimed that more than 1.5 million British families are in the red.

It also stated that households are paying almost half of their gathered income in repayments.

Kam Gill, the economics spokesperson at the TUC, told LBC: "In 2007, rather than a growth in unemployment, what we saw was workers willing to take a cut in their wages or reduced hours.

"Since that point, while employment has stayed strong, wages have not grown at anything like the rate that employment has."

However, Ferrari took the TUC to task after Mr Gill admitted that the report had not looked into whether or not the large number of migrants coming to Britain had impacted the figure.

Blasting the lack of research, the LBC host said: "Is it because it's an inconvenient truth?"
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Politics – EU referendum
David Cameron was BEGGED to discuss immigration in EU Referendum campaign - but REFUSED
Katie Mansfield
Daily Express, 24 August 2016.

Leading Remainers begged David Cameron to discuss immigration during the EU Referendum campaign but the then-Prime Minister refused, an explosive new documentary reveals.

The stubborn Tory reportedly refused to discuss immigration despite growing pressure from the Remain campaign and warnings it could cost him the referendum.

Former Labour Cabinet ministers Lord Mandelson and Alan Johnson are said to have pleaded with David Cameron and George Osborne in private to address voters concerns on the number of migrants entering the country.

But the former Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer spurned their advances. ...

Will Straw, head of the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign, said the immigration figures sparked concern, with strategists said to be panicked about how to counter Vote Leave's strong stance on immigration.

He said: "With about a month to go, I was very concerned about how we were losing the argument about immigration.

"I and Peter Mandelson suggested that that the Government should address the perceived weaknesses about immigration.

"The Government figures were concerned that would detract from our core message, which was economic risk, and had decided not to pursue." ...

In the Radio Four documentary, How We Voted Brexit, journalist Anne McElvoy tells the inside story of why and how the UK voted to leave the EU.
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Immigration abroad – Turkish spies, Germany
Pressure on Merkel to investigate claims Turkey has 6,000 spies snooping in Germany
Rebecca Flood
Daily Express, 23 August 2016.

Turkey is said to have thousands of spies operating in a vast network across Germany as the crackdown in the wake of the failed coup attempt continues.

Some 6,000 operatives are said to be working for the Turkish secret service, MIT, delivering information on their fellow Turks living in Germany.

And in addition MIT maintains an informant network throughout the European country.

German MP Hans-Christian Ströbele, who is in charge of secret services, added there is "incredible secret activities" at MIT. ...

Intelligence expert Erich Schmidt-Eenboom said: "The activities of the Turkish secret service MIT were always tolerated in Germany.

"This is no longer about intelligence reconnaissance, but increasingly about intelligence repression."
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Immigration abroad – education cost, Germany
Germany Faces €67 Billion Bill For Child Migrants
Nick Hallett
Breitbart, 22 August 2016.

Children granted refugee status in Germany will cost the country an extra 67 billion euros (£58bn/$76bn) to educate, according to an assessment of the costs of the migrant crisis.

Around 40 per cent of the million+ people who arrived in Germany last year are believed to be 20 or younger, meaning the country could need up to 25,000 new teachers while migrant children are denied places because schools are already full.

Dieter Dohmen, president of the Research Institute for the Economics of Education and Social Affairs, said the report showed the challenge facing German authorities.

"We have done some new calculations which put the full cost of refugees coming to Germany at €67 billion through their whole education pathway," he said.

"If we look at the numbers so far some 200,000 have to go to kindergarten while another 300,000 will have to go to school. Then there is vocational education and training and higher education.

"If you look at someone who is three, they have to go to childcare, primary, secondary and higher education so this is a figure for the next 20 years." ...

Meanwhile, education journalist Armin Himmelrath said schools will have to hire other support staff as well as teachers.
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Illegal immigration – Europe
Europe must not 'cower behind borders' in face of post-Brexit immigration crisis, UN warns
Joe Watts
Independent, 23 August 2016.

The United Nations has warned that Europe is on the brink of another immigration crisis and told countries facing it they must not "cower behind borders" in the wake of the UK's Brexit vote.

The UN Special Representative for International Migration reported that 95,000 people had already made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean from Africa to Italy this year.

With the summer high-season beginning the numbers are expected to rise as high as 170,000, despite thousands already having drowned trying to make the trip.

There are already 140,000 migrants, mainly from Libya, who are living in camps in Southern Italy, putting a huge strain on the country.

The UN's Peter Sutherland said the Italians were working hard, having saved 70,000 people from Mediterranean waters, and were taking "huge numbers".

Asked whether he thought Brexit had partly been caused by voters seeing pictures of the immigration crisis, he said: "It certainly was. Immigration was and is a huge issue, there's no question about that.

"But that doesn't alter the fact that... Europe is the solution, not the problem.

"The only way that we can deal with the migration problem is by having a European policy. If every country simply cowers behind borders and agrees not to cooperate as a result of a response to nationalism then Europe really will be in a mess."

He also said that arrangements made with Turkey to stem the overall crisis had done nothing to stop people coming from Libya, with migrant boats mainly carrying people from Sub-Saharan Africa.

Overall more than 264,000 people have risked their lives to reach Europe by sea so far in 2016, with more than 3,100 having drowned.
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Politics – borders, European Union
The EU's most powerful official says 'borders are the worst invention ever'
Adam Payne
Business Insider, 23 August 2016.

The European Union's most powerful official says increasing border control is not how Europe should deal with the continuing challenge of the refugee crisis.

Speaking at the European Forum Alpbach on Monday, Jean-Claude Juncker called on Europe to show "solidarity" with refugees and described borders as the "worst invention" ever produced by politicians.

"We have to fight against nationalism," said Juncker, who is the president of the European Commission, the EU's executive branch. "We have the duty not to follow populists but to block the avenue of populists."

He added: "Borders are the worst invention ever made by politicians... In the concentration of globalisation and European problems, we must not lose our way."
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Immigration abroad – public opinion, France
Terror fears in France sees just 11 per cent seeing immigration as positive, survey finds
Romina McGuinness
Daily Express, 23 August 2016.

Only one in 10 French men and women think migrants have had a positive impact on their country, a survey has found.

And more than two-thirds of those questioned fear terrorists posing as migrants were in the country and ready to strike.

The poll, by Ipsos Mori, revealed how the French were more anti-migration feeling than their neighbours, as it deals with terror attacks and migrant shanty camps across the country.

The survey, which questioned people in 22 countries including the UK and US, found only 11 per cent of the French think immigration has had a positive impact on the country compared to 18 per cent in Germany, and 20 per cent in Spain.

The average across all nations questioned was 20 per cent. ...

The Ipsos study took place between June 24 and July 8, weeks before two terrorist attacks hit the French towns of Nice and Saint-Etienne-du- Rouvray.

Although less than half – 38 per cent – of all those questioned confessed it would be best if countries closed their borders to refugees, 61 per cent admitted fearing that terrorists disguised as migrants had already managed to sneak into their country. The number rose to 67 per cent in France.
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Extremism – prison, Islam, racism, political correctness
'Political correctness' allowing Islamist extremism to flourish in British prisons, report warns
Peter Dominiczak
Daily Telegraph, 22 August 2016.

Political correctness in prisons is allowing extremism to flourish because guards are too afraid of confronting Muslims, a report has found.

A review into Islamist extremism in the British justice system has found that "cultural sensitivity" towards Muslim prisoners is preventing staff "challenging unacceptable extremist behaviour and views".

The report, by Ian Acheson, a former prison governor, warns that supervising staff are being "pressured" to leave prayer rooms during collective worship.

Islamist prisoners are also attempting to prevent searches by "claiming dress is religious" and are also getting access to extremist literature that is available in chaplaincy libraries or from individual prisoners.

Mr Acheson's report concluded that extremists are "exploiting... staff fear of being labelled racist". ...

The Government has said that it will implement a number of the report's recommendations. ...

Figures show there were 12,633 Muslims in prison in England and Wales as of the end of June. The number stood at 8,243 a decade earlier.

As at the end of March, of the 147 people in prison for terrorism-related offences, 137 of them considered themselves to be Muslim.
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Terrorism – fake documents, passports
Fake passports for ISIS terrorists are discovered in Greek refugee camp as jihadis use sea of migrants to smuggle fanatics into Western Europe
Darren Boyle
MailOnline, 22 August 2016.

ISIS has been distributing fake passports in Greek refugee camps to allow its terrorists to travel within Europe on 'clean' identity documents.

Europol has found several fake passports in camps as the terror group hopes to use the ongoing humanitarian crisis to smuggle jihadis into Europe to launch a new wave of attacks.

The specialist anti-terrorist officers believe there is a ratline of terrorists from Iraq and Syria, to Greece and Austria.

Italian newspaper La Stampa warned of official fears that false papers were being used by terrorists plotting attacks.

According to La Stampa: 'In particular they [Europol] have identified fake passports in the refugee camps in Greece that were destined to supposed members of ISIS.'

Europol has smashed a number of document forgery operations in Greece and the Czech republic.

One group of criminals were based in Athens.

A second group in the Czech Republic altered stolen travel documents and sold them onto migrants.

The documents cost between €100-€3,000 depending on their quality and the country of issue.

Speaking earlier, Rob Wainwright, Europol Director said: 'In the last two years we have seen criminal gangs increasingly investing more in the production of fake documents to support a growing criminal market associated with the migrant crisis.

'Document fraud is now a highly important enabler of organised crime operated by groups involved in stealing or producing counterfeit passports and other travel documents. ...'
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Immigration abroad – crime, France
Chinese immigrants demand protection from Paris muggers
David Chazan
Daily Telegraph, 22 August 2016.

Thousands of angry Chinese immigrants demonstrated in a Paris suburb yesterday to demand police protection from muggers who they say prey on them because they are seen as easy targets.

The death of a 49-year-old Chinese tailor after being badly beaten in a robbery earlier this month has lent new urgency to the long running complaint that Asian immigrants are systematically attacked and robbed in the French capital. ...

About 100 Chinese residents of Aubervilliers have been attacked and robbed since November, according to the Franco-Chinese Friendship Association. ...

Community workers say many muggings are committed by members of other minorities living in the area, generally of Arab or African origin.

Paris officials corroborated the figures but declined to identify the robbers by ethnic origin.

Many Chinese immigrants own restaurants or shops and tend to be relatively well-off, but are often reluctant to go to the police. "Some victims have been illegal immigrants," said Dominique Darden, a social worker.
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Crime – Glasgow
Sturgeon's EU slum: Squalor, filth and sex crime in constituency branded SHAME OF SCOTLAND
Siobhan McFadyen
Daily Express, 22 August 2016.

First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon's very own constituency has become a haven for illegal immigration and organised crime where women cannot walk the streets, it has been claimed. ...

The constituency of Govanhill had 3,500 Romanian migrants packed into a few streets of ramshackle tenement blocks in Govanhill, in the south of Glasgow even before the nation's accession to EU in January 2014.

Now the pocket of Glasgow, which Ms Sturgeon only visits with armed police officers in tow, is in meltdown mode.

There is no clear information on how many different racial groups are in the broken down community, but figures show that there are 57 different languages spoken by their pupils in schools.

Indeed, English is the home language of just four per cent of pupils in Annette Street Primary.
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Immigration abroad – Chinese, Australia
Australian businesses with close ties to China donated $5.5m to political parties, investigation shows
Chris Uhlmann
ABC News, 22 August 2016.

Businesses with Chinese connections gave Australia's major parties more than $5.5 million between 2013 and 2015, making them easily the largest source of foreign-linked donations.

An ABC investigation of public declarations and company information shows some have strong ties with state organisations in China.

It helps explain why Australian defence and intelligence agencies are increasingly uneasy about the level of Chinese Government influence here.

That concern stretches from influence-buying in politics, through investment in critical infrastructure to control over local Chinese-language newspapers, radio stations and community associations. ...

Swinburne University Professor John Fitzgerald said many Australian-based Chinese community groups had close links with the Chinese Government. ...

Professor Fitzgerald has studied the growing influence of Beijing over Australia-based Chinese language media and he estimates about half is closely aligned with the Chinese Government.

It goes deeper still, with major English-language newspapers here effectively publishing propaganda, while the ABC censors its broadcasts into China.

"Looking overall it seems to me that the Chinese Government can buy in Australia what it took decades of repression and suppression to achieve in China," Professor Fitzgerald said.

"That it's managed to secure control of media outlets here and to exercise the kind of propaganda bureau control within Australia that it took a revolution to establish in China."
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Illegal immigration – prostitution
Nigerian women and Europe's sex trade
Punch [Nigeria], 21 August 2016.

Trafficking for prostitution into Europe by Nigerians has reached a tipping point. In a newly-released report, the United Nations International Organisation for Migration warns that the trafficking of Nigerian women for prostitution is at a "crisis level." The report, which covers the first six months of 2016, laments that gullible Nigerian girls – some with the help of their families – are being recruited at an increasing rate by criminal gangs for European sex markets. This is alarming; it is embarrassing for the nation.

The IOM investigation found that criminal gangs were exploiting the migration crisis in the Middle East to smuggle Nigerian girls into their sex slavery networks in Europe. /.../ In reality, they are being sold for between £4,000 and £10,000, ending up there with debts of up to £40,000 that they have to repay by engaging in prostitution. ...

Apart from being subjected to abuse, some die on the tortuous journey. Their major destinations are Britain, Spain and, especially, Italy. ...

According to the IOM, 3,600 Nigerian women reached Italy between January and June, nearly four times the figure for 2014, and double the figure in the first half of 2015. At this rate, the final tally for 2016 might surpass the 5,633 recorded in 2015. ...

The situation is equally terrible in Britain. Kevin Hyland, head of the United Kingdom Anti-Slavery Commission, says Nigerians constitute the majority of the 13,000 modern slaves there. "The rise in the numbers is staggering. Nigerian women and girls are enslaved and sexually exploited here in the UK," Hyland says. ...

While some of the teenagers are being lured into this depraved life, there are many women who willingly subject themselves to such indignity on the grounds that they want to make ends meet. ...

In truth, most of the filthy lucre being made in the global sex trade is being shared by the vicious criminal operators. In Britain, the Office for National Statistics' computation in 2009 – the first time prostitution income was factored into the GDP – arrived at a figure of £5.3 billion a year.
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Immigration – asylum, illegal immigration, deportation
The true lunacy of our broken asylum system: Judge who rejects most claims despairs at how only a tiny few actually leave Britain [part 1]
Mail on Sunday, 21 August 2016.
[By an Asylum Judge defying the Home Office to speak out]

I am an experienced asylum judge in a major British population centre and you must believe me when I say this: our immigration controls are broken and the country cannot cope.

Britain has a proud tradition of helping the oppressed, which is why I am pleased to have spent the past two decades reviewing the cases of people seeking a place of safety.

In my time, I have seen a number of moving and entirely deserving cases, victims of torture meted out by oppressive regimes, for example.

My rulings have helped them stay here to build new lives.

Such people still need our support today, but to describe them as a minority of those who appear before me is a tragic understatement because the truth is that the great majority of the claimants at my tribunals are not attempting to escape persecution at all. They are economic migrants, pure and simple.

Often, the stories they tell me are palpably false and in some cases absurd, and I have no hesitation turning them down.

Yet – and this is the truly frustrating part – only a tiny proportion, between five and ten per cent of the people I recommend for removal, are ever taken from these shores.

I was in no way surprised by last week's government figures showing that thousands of false and retrospective asylum claims are clogging up the system, because I have seen this with my own eyes.

Some of these claims are lodged years after the migrant first arrived. Only when the authorities catch up with them do they find a solicitor.

I am barred from speaking without the permission of the Home Office, so today I must remain anonymous and so must the cases I have dealt with. ...

Then there are those who claim the right to a family life, which is the last resort of the rascal in my opinion.

A colleague of mine had before him the case of a Muslim from Asia who had lived here for years with a wife and children, and then went back to his country of birth to marry three other wives, as he is allowed to do under Islamic law, and had more children.

Those later children then claimed British nationality, even though we don't recognise polygamy in our marriage laws, and the mothers also claimed the right to come over here with the children on the basis of a right to family life. That obligation was imposed on the UK Government by Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Right.

Astounding as it might seem to you or to me, they were successful on appeal. ...

Then there was the West African man who claimed to have escaped from captivity as a child soldier and walked home.

As I'm familiar with the geography of that area, I knew that the place where the army was supposed to have taken him was 3,000 miles away from his home – and the route was mostly jungle.

As for Afghan asylum seekers, most of them that come here are underage children sent on by their parents. The Government automatically gives them temporary leave to stay. Then, as soon as they reach 18 and are ordered home, they claim asylum.

... If, however, they can't explain an unreasonable delay in making their claim, we rule against them. I sometimes wonder why we bother. The appeal process can go on for years, by which time some claimants have married a British national or had a child with one. ...
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Immigration – asylum, illegal immigration, deportation
The true lunacy of our broken asylum system: Judge who rejects most claims despairs at how only a tiny few actually leave Britain [part 2]
Mail on Sunday, 21 August 2016.
[By an Asylum Judge defying the Home Office to speak out]

People without the proper papers can go below the radar for years. How do I know this?

Partly because of the cases that come before me, but also because of the evidence from the sewage industry – an excellent way of gauging how many people are really living in this country.

The discrepancy between the official figures and what is actually going down the pipes shows there are a million more people in London than are legally registered, and another half a million more outside the capital. ...

As it happens, I am politically liberal. But neither Left or Right are honest about the problem.

The Conservatives do not want to spend the necessary money sorting it out, while New Labour under Tony Blair helped create the mess by realising that migration, legal and illegal, is a source of cheap labour to boost the economy.

In addition, most on the Left are too fearful of being considered racist if they criticise immigration levels. ...

But there are measures we can take in the short term, too. I would like to see us going back to the old system of questioning people about their claims as soon as they arrive.

That was stopped after the EU ruled that it was too traumatic to question people immediately.

I question the automatic right of people to live here permanently by marrying a British national or by having a child with a British national. Too many of these arrangements are short-lived.

I have never understood the logic of why EU citizens have the right to bring their entire families over here simply because they are based here to work.

A colleague of mine presided over the case of a European citizen with an African wife, who produced her marriage certificate as proof that she was entitled to stay here.

At the time the husband was actually living in America – for rather a long time as it happened, since he was doing ten years in an American jail.

We should clamp down still further on the black market in labour that allows illegals to stay below the radar.

And, of course, we need to give the Borders Agency adequate resources and real political backing so that when my fellow judges and I decide that a claim is false – and, remember, this undermines those in genuine need – our rulings are met with action.

We are lucky that Britain is an island with its own natural barrier, but at the moment immigration judges like me are presiding over an impossible situation.

It is essential that we grasp the nettle. For that, however, we must first tell the truth about the disastrous state we are in.

The author has received no payment for this article.
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Immigration – public opinion, European Union
Three quarters of Europe believes Brussels has FAILED over migration
Tom Parfitt
se, 21 August 2016.

Three quarters of Europeans believe the EU is not doing enough to tackle the migrant crisis, a damning new poll has revealed.

An EU-wide survey of 28,000 people across the bloc found 74 per cent want bureaucrats to do more to ease the flow of migrants into Europe.

Cyprus was most dissatisfied by Brussels' response to the crisis, with a whopping 91 per cent saying more needed to be done.

The poll also revealed nearly seven out of 10 UK residents believe Eurocrats are doing too little, compared to 74 per cent of Irish people.

UKIP defence spokesman Mike Hookem said the EU "continually fails the people of Europe on many issues, and none more so than the migrant crisis".

He told "Eurocrats are failing to take difficult decisions like turning back the people-smuggling boats crossing the Mediterranean.

"These criminal gangs are making millions out of human suffering. They must be hunted down and put out of business.

"The message has to go out loud and clear – entering Europe via this method is illegal and will not be tolerated.

"This message won't come from the EU until the people put pressure on them."

The Eurobarometer survey was conducted on behalf of the European Commission across all member states between 9 and 18 April.
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Repatriation/deportation – criminals
Dispatch from Britain's deportation madhouse: Wonder why it's so hard for courts to kick out the foreign criminals you keep hearing about?
David Jones
Daily Mail, 20 August 2016.

The fact is that, barely a few years ago – before the great migration surge – this country had little use for extradition courts. In 2004, for instance, our police forces took just 46 people into custody using European Arrest Warrants. ...

Any extradition hearings that resulted were easily dealt with by courts that handled domestic crimes. However, according to the National Crime Agency, the number of extradition cases sky-rocketed last year to a record high of 2,041. ...

It has created such a huge workload that Westminster Magistrates' Court has set aside five of its eight chambers exclusively for extradition proceedings. Though these courts sit six days a week, they still cannot cope with the huge flood of cases.

As a result, the Crown Prosecution Service has had to commandeer two other London courts, in Hammersmith, to clear the backlog. ...

To get an insight into this largely unknown aspect of the migration crisis, I have spent several days in these courts. And what I found was deeply disturbing. ...

According to MPs, not only are convicted foreign criminals cheating deportation but they are taking up valuable court time and taxpayers' money fighting claims that are often blatantly ludicrous. It is said that many are indulging in a 'try it on' culture at taxpayers' expense. ...

With 330,000 new migrants arriving in Britain last year, and our border controls and vetting process so woefully inept, it is hardly surprising that our judiciary is being overwhelmed. ...

Meanwhile, at Westminster Magistrates' Court – recently modernised at a cost of £50 million – the extradition merry-go-round continues. ...

Most names were pronounceable only by the huddle of interpreters hired to help – also at taxpayers' expenses, of course.

For interpreters are a vital – and very costly – cog in the extradition wheel. Without them, few cases can go ahead. Among the translators was a Lithuanian, two Romanians and four Poles.

I tried to find out how much taxpayers pay for these on-call interpreters. Most were reluctant to discuss their fees, but a Bulgarian woman said she received £22 an hour from the agency that supplies court interpreters.

A nice little earner, especially as she was often required to wait for several hours for a defendant to be brought to court. The rate rises to £36.80 when she works directly for the police. ...

I was told by one solicitor (who was on the going rate for Legal Aid lawyers of £50 an hour) that the number of extradition cases is growing 'exponentially'. ...

It is estimated that for every foreign villain arrested here, there are many times more who remain free to walk our streets. ...

The wider question now is whether Britain's exit from the EU will stem the tide of foreign criminals using Britain as a refuge. On this thorny question, expert opinion appears to be divided. ...

According to the Home Office, it cost £13,000 to process each of the 2,041 European Arrest Warrants issued last year so the total bill was £26.5 million.

However, as this sum was not broken down into constituent parts, it is not clear whether it includes court staff salaries, Legal Aid bills, interpreters and the price of keeping defendants in custody for months.
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Politics – borders, globalisation
Global crises are met by perplexity
Andrei Soldatov
Chatham House: the Royal Institute of International Affairs, August & September 2016.

The people in the hall at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel were supposed to know the answers. Government officials, policy experts, business people and journalists, had come from all over the world to attend Chatham House's third London Conference on June 16-17. ...

But what everybody in the room felt acutely was a sense of insecurity and the lack of a solution at hand. ...

The conference was meant to push open doors, both physical ones and those in the mind: the focus was on how borders are being adapted, redefined and broken down. Held in the railway station which connects London, the most globalized city in the world, with Paris, it should have underlined how outdated borders had become.

But very soon the participants understood that the time to praise globalization had passed, and they were overwhelmed by too many issues: the absence of a strategy for human mobility in next 20-25 years; the fragmentation of a world turning tribal and the rise of anger globally; the role of religions and non-state actors; and censorship imposed on the internet and hate speech spreading online.

The sense of perplexity was apparent in the room. ...

The biggest problem that emerged at the conference was that governments do not understand what is happening to the people while ordinary citizens do not see the motives that drive governments. The world is getting more global and at the same time more local. Globalization has resulted in an ever-growing gap between leaders and people.

The challenge is clear: how to renew the trust that western elites have lost. Now it's time to find a way to do it.
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Immigration abroad – Calais, France
France reports 53% rise in population at Calais 'Jungle' migrant camp
France 24, 20 August 2016.

Local authorities in the French port city of Calais on Friday said the number of migrants living in the infamous "Jungle" camp has seen a "spectacular" rise over the summer, increasing by 53 percent in just two months.

At the middle of August, authorities counted more than 6,900 people in the camp – the highest number since it was created sixteen months ago. In June 2016, an official census reported 4,480 people.

Earlier this month, however, local humanitarian aid groups, L'Auberge des Migrants and Help Refugees, took their own census, which counted more than 9,100 people.

Local authorities have previously said their goal was to reduce the number of camp inhabitants to about 1,500.

Most of the refugees and migrants in the Calais camp come from conflict zones like Afghanistan, Sudan, Iraq or other countries with poor human rights records, and have come to Calais with the hope of sneaking across the English Channel to Britain, where many have relatives or the hope of obtaining work.
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Immigration abroad – Italy
Italy's migrant purgatory
Nicholas Farrell
The Spectator, 20 August 2016.

Already this year the number of illegal migrant arrivals in Italy by sea, nearly all from Libya, has exceeded 100,000, according to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. Most were ferried to shore by Italian and other EU naval vessels after being intercepted in rubber dinghies and fishing boats. With the high season for boat people still to come in September and October, Italy could well beat its 2014 record of 170,000 – there were 160,000 last year – especially now that the route into the EU from Turkey has become far more difficult.

... In the past, migrants could move on out of Italy pretty easily because there were no border controls. But now the Schengen Agreement on free movement across EU borders has collapsed: France, Austria and Switzerland (a non-EU member) have brought back border controls at their frontiers with Italy. So now thousands of migrants are massing at Italy's land frontiers, unable to cross them. ...

Over the past three years, half a million boat people have arrived in Italy, of whom only a minority can honestly be called refugees. They are mostly single men from sub-Saharan Africa and, like the car park valets from Senegal near Dante's tomb, economic migrants. No one disputes that genuine refugees should be given sanctuary. The big question is: where? According to the Geneva Convention, a potential refugee must apply for asylum in 'the first safe country' reached, which in this case would mean somewhere in Africa. This never happens. No one seems to question why. The provisions of the Dublin Regulation also state that, once in the EU, a potential refugee must claim asylum in the first country reached.

But for those in search of better prospects, rather than sanctuary, Italy – where the economy is suffering and unemployment benefits are nonexistent – is a very bad bet. To get out of Italy, however, migrants must avoid claiming asylum there. ...

Many of them, therefore, conceal their true identities from the Italian authorities and refuse to have their photos or fingerprints taken. Many disappear. Of the 160,000 migrants who arrived by sea last year, only half claimed asylum in Italy (mostly Nigerians, Pakistanis, Gambians and Senegalese and a few hundred Syrians). In the same year, the Italian courts issued 30,000 migrant expulsion orders, but only half that number were enforced. The whereabouts of the 80,000 boat people from 2015 who did not apply for asylum is anyone's guess. ...

Britain – unlike the EU and Germany – is right to use aid to keep refugees as near as possible to their country of origin. It costs just £2,500 to house, feed, clothe and educate one Syrian refugee for one year in Jordan, compared with more than £25,000 in an EU country. The same is surely at least as true for economic migrants who remain in their country of origin.
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Immigration abroad – Calais, France
Desperate Calais mayor FINALLY admits migrant crisis is 'out of control'
Romina McGuinness
Daily Express, 19 August 2016.

The migrant crisis in the French port town of Calais is "out of control", the town's increasingly frustrated mayor Natacha Bouchart told French TV channel France 3.

She said: "About 2,500 migrants are living in one refugee camp, but then you have another area called the north zone, which should have been shut down a long time ago, which is run by people smugglers, No Borders, and activists, and another 4,500 or 5000 migrants live there." ...

Ms Bouchard also said that police officers were being attacked by migrants "every night" and that the rise in violence and tensions was having a negative impact on the town's economy, and on the local residents' everyday lives. ...

Concerned about the current state of the camp and its future, Ms Bouchard blamed the French government, namely Bernard Cazeneuve, for failing to solve the migrant crisis. ...

"France is at war, and Calais is in France. I do not understand why rules that apply to the rest of the country are not being respected here. We need more receptions centres, and the laws of the Republic must be enforced," she concluded.
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Immigration abroad – asylum seekers, Germany
German asylum seekers refuse to work insisting 'We are Merkel's GUESTS'
Siobhan McFadyen and Monika Pallenberg
Daily Express, 19 August 2016.

Asylum seekers in Germany are refusing to undertake work to counteract boredom - using Chancellor Angela Merkel's generous hospitality as an excuse.

According to mayor Bernd Pohlers of the eastern town of Saxony Waldenburg, the asylum seekers refused to accept the work that was offered to them after they arrived in the country.

The local council spent £600 arranging for the men to have uniforms but were stunned when they were told they would not complete it because they were "guests of Angela Merkel".

While asylum seekers are not allowed to work under immigration rules within the EU, they are allowed to do voluntary work.

However officials in the district of Zwickau came up with a plan to help encourage those without employment to get back to work and to help them become more accepted within the local community.

In order to do this they created voluntary jobs which included a nominal payment of £18 for 20 hours work.

But all of the male residents of the local refugee accommodation who initially agreed to get involved in the charitable activities quit after discovering there was a minimum wage £7.30 (€8.50) in Germany.

The men had been picked up and offered transportation from their paid-for housing where they are also given food and then dropped home. ...

The mayor spoke out in a bid to highlight the issue of the asylum crisis in Germany.

He said he is aware his statements could play into the hands of those opposing the mass migration.

However after having raised money from the local community to help aid the asylum seeker's transition into the community, he felt compelled to speak out.

He added: "I see it as my duty to inform you about the current situation, even if it was difficult and I was discouraged from many sides."

The city Waldenburg confirmed that the asylum seekers are still not working.
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Politics – Labour Party
A useful lesson from history as Labour battles its immigration problem
Steven Parfitt
The Conversation, 19 August 2016.
[The author is Teacher in History, Loughborough University]

The British Labour Party can no longer afford to keep running away from immigration. Britain's vote to leave the EU exposed a wide gap between most of the party's members and leaders (who support complete freedom of movement) and many of its natural working-class voters (who do not).

The first group makes its stand on internationalist grounds, or because they think the economy demands it. The second is made up of people battered by global forces they cannot see. For them, globalisation takes the form of the immigrant who seems to take scarce jobs or overwhelm public services that have already been cut to the bone.

Labour has tried to square this circle before by treating concerns about immigration as a proxy for something else. The party's current solutions – improved public investment, migrant impact funds and so on – would certainly revive jobs and growth in the north, the Midlands, and other bastions of the left-behind leavers. But Labour often prefers to label anyone with concerns about immigration itself as a racist and a bigot, as former prime minister Gordon Brown so memorably did in 2010.

At other times it has offered Britain the chance to buy a nasty (if vague) tea mug with "controls on immigration" printed on the side. This is not a coherent policy. It must change or else the real racists and bigots will move in to fill the vacuum.

To change the debate without evading it we can learn from the labour movement's past. ...

Of course, the Knights of Labor found that banning contract labour was not a panacea for all the problems of immigration. We should not think so either. But it might start to change the terms of the debate. Then, at least, Labour has a chance to connect with its disaffected voters and reverse the trend towards bigotry and prejudice that threatens all of us, British or not.
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Employment – numbers
Shock EU migrant figures REVEALED: 2.2 MILLION now work in Britain
Macer Hall
Daily Express, 18 August 2016.

A huge rise in EU migrants working in Britain has renewed calls for an accelerated Brexit.

New figures reveal that the number employed throughout the UK soared by 238,000 over the past year to more than 2.2 million.

Labour market data showed that the rollcall of foreigners with jobs in the UK has reached a record 3.45 million, more than a tenth of the workforce.

And the numbers of people from eight former communist countries including Poland and the Czech Republic with jobs in the UK has passed the one million mark for the first time, the official figures confirmed. ...

Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of the pressure group Migration Watch, said: "These figures represent a milestone in EU migration to Britain."

He pointed out that Britain now had more than one million workers from the Eastern European countries who joined the EU in 2004, plus nearly a million from Western EU nations and a quarter of a million more from Romania and Bulgaria.

"The pressures that this massive migration has placed on local communities go a long way to explaining the outcome of the referendum," Lord Green said.

"The new statistics underline why it is essential not just to regain control of our borders but also to reduce net migration significantly.

"It is also important to realise that some 80% of EU migrants are in lower skilled employment.

"Migration into lower-skilled work is not of particular benefit to the UK economy.

"Indeed the Migration Advisory Committee did not find any positive impact on UK-born employment rates, fiscal contribution, GDP per head or productivity."

And former Labour welfare minister Frank Field, joint chairman of the Commons Cross-Party Group on Balanced Migration, said: "Today's figures on the surge of eastern European migration show how crucial it is that one aspect of Brexit's success must be the control of our borders.

"This can best be done by introducing a points system and accompanying this with active measures to build up the skill levels of our existing labour force. ..."

The Office for National Statistics data for the three month period from April to June this year showed that the total number of foreigners working in the UK has risen from 966,000 in 1997 to 3.45 million.

Over nearly two decades, the proportion of foreign citizens in the labour force has soared from 3.7% to 10.9%. ...

The number of workers in Britain from outside the EU changed little over the last year at 1.21 million, according to the official data.

Statisticians insisted the estimates related to the number of people in employment and should not be used to suggest the size of flows of foreign migrants into the UK.
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Egalitarianism – race equality
Being black in Britain is like 'living in a different world' says equality commission
Lydia Willgress
Daily Telegraph, 18 August 2016.

Black graduates earn a quarter less than their white counterparts, the inequality watchdog has said, as it warns that being black in Britain can feel like "living in a different world".

People from ethnic minorities still face "entrenched" race inequality across many strands of modern life in Britain, according to the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

A sweeping review examining areas including education, employment, housing, pay, health and criminal justice painted an "alarming picture", the report said.

David Isaac, chairman of the body, said its report "underlines just how entrenched and far-reaching race inequality remains".

He added: "We must redouble our efforts to tackle race inequality urgently or risk the divisions in our society growing and racial tensions increasing.

"If you are black or an ethnic minority in modern Britain, it can often still feel like you're living in a different world, never mind being part of a one nation society."

The commission, which carried out an analysis of existing evidence, found Black people in England are more than three times more likely to be a victim of homicide than those who are white.

Unemployment rates were "significantly higher" for ethnic minorities and ethnic minority people were more likely to live in poverty than white people.

Ethnic minorities are still "hugely under-represented" in positions of power - such as judges and police chiefs. Poorer white communities also face "continuing disadvantage", the report added.

The commission said there has been progress in some areas, citing an increase in the number of ethnic minority MPs and a rise in the proportion with a degree-level qualification across all ethnic groups.

Mr Isaac called for the Government to introduce a comprehensive race equality strategy, arguing that the approach in recent years has been "stuttering".
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Multiculturalism – EU doctors, poor English
EU doctors three times more likely to face disciplinary action for poor English than other foreign medics
Sarah Knapton
Daily Telegraph, 17 August 2016.

European doctors are three times more likely to face disciplinary proceedings for poor English than those from further afield because they are exempt from stringent language tests under EU law, the Royal College of Surgeons has warned.

The RCS claims that the safety of patients is at risk from medics who cannot communicate properly and is calling for the rules to be changed during Brexit negotiations.

Freedom of Information data from the General Medical Council showed that 29 doctors from the European Economic Area (EEA) faced allegations relating to 'inadequate knowledge of the English language' during 2014 and 2015. ...

By comparison just 10 doctors from outside Europe faced similar allegations even though they make up more than double the number of doctors, nurses or dentists as those from the continent - 26 per cent compared with 11 per cent.

Under rules which came into force in 2014 doctors applying to the NHS from Europe only need to score 7.5 on the International English Language Testing System, which equates to basic conversational skills.

However, those from outside Europe must pass the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) to demonstrate they know medical terms, are clear about consent, can adequately describe a procedure and are aware of treatment side effects.

"The number of EEA doctors and dentists facing allegations relating to their communication skills is an issue we think the Government should be taking very seriously," said Professor Nigel Hunt, Dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons. ...

"We want the same rules to apply to all non-UK professionals, regardless of where in the world they come from." ...

The Patients Association said it was concerned that poor communication was leading to mistakes and misunderstandings between patients and medics.
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Illegal immigration – asylum claims, deportation
Migration chief attacks shambolic system that denies asylum claims but DOESN'T remove them
Oli Smith
Daily Express, 17 August 2016.

The chief of Migration Watch has called on Britain's asylum seeker system to be completely overhauled as shocking statistics reveal the scale of illegal immigrants who slip "into the shadows".

Migration Watch chief Alanna Thomas tore into Britain's asylum system amid revelations tens of thousands of illegal immigrants slip through the net each year.

She told talkRADIO Britain's Home Office immediately needs to overhaul the country's system of dealing with asylum claims.

Her frustrated remarks follow news that one in three claims for asylum were made by people who were either in the UK illegally or had overstayed their visas.

Rather than applying for asylum when they first reach Britain, these figures suggest many are waiting until they are caught by immigration officers to make their claim. ...

Ms Thomas, the chief executive of the migration think tank, said the asylum system was yet another example of Britain's "soft touch" immigration policy.

She said the elephant in the room was the low removal rate of those denied asylum, which means claimants are allowed to vanish even after the lengthy appeals process.

She added: "The situation is if you apply for asylum less than half of these are actually granted asylum but then less than half of those are actually removed.

"So, if you arrive in the UK and apply for asylum you have a 75 per cent chance of staying - legally or illegally.

"This is why we have situations like the Jungle camp in Calais. France is a safe country but the UK is a soft touch." ...

Ms Thomas said around 80 per cent of claims made only after being caught by immigration officers "are denied and they only apply in the first place to avoid removal".

She added: "There's a lengthy process to go through – the Home Office decides the case and there are appeals, so the system allows people to slip through the net and go back into the shadows."
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Immigration abroad – Greece
Refugee camps on Greek islands 'bursting at the seams' as crossings from Turkey begin to pick up
Nick Squires
Daily Telegraph, 17 August 2016.

Refugee camps on Greece's Aegean islands are "bursting at the seams", a British aid organisation has warned.

Since the Balkan route from Greece to northern Europe was shut down in March after the arrival of a million migrants and refugees, around 57,000 of them have been left stranded in Greece. ...

Of the 57,000 stuck in Greece, around 10,300 are living in camps on a string of islands close to the coast of Turkey – where they arrived in recent months after paying smugglers to ferry them across the sea.

Under a deal struck between the EU and Ankara, people who arrived on the islands after March 20 are meant to be sent back to Turkey, but so far less than 500 have been expelled, and they were people who chose not to lodge asylum applications.

The others have to wait while the overwhelmed Greek authorities record all their details and make a formal ruling on their status – a monumental task given the number of people involved and the different languages they speak.

As the Greeks struggle to contain the situation, the number of refugees and migrants arriving from Turkey is picking up. ...

While 560 refugees arrived on the islands in the first two weeks of July, in the first two weeks of August that number jumped to nearly 1,400.
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Immigration abroad – citizenship for sale, Malta, European Union
Malta slammed for cash-for-passport program
Harry Cooper
Politico, 17 August 2016.

Malta has issued hundreds of passports to non-EU nationals in exchange for huge sums of cash over the last two years, resurrecting concern that the country is effectively selling access to the European Union. ...

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat's spokesman Kurt Farrugia said almost 700 passports have been issued to non-EU nationals since the program's launch in 2014. Those passports have so far generated at least €200 million for Malta. Farrugia was responding to questions from POLITICO after the government released a list of more than 900 people granted Maltese citizenship last year.

Critics charge that the program undermines the concept of European citizenship, potentially poses security risks and provides a possible backdoor for Russians seeking to escape sanctions against their own country. ...

Ana Gomes, a senior Socialist MEP on the Justice and Home Affairs Committee, said such schemes "put at risk the integrity of the Schengen system" and should be looked at closer. "I am absolutely disgusted," she said, adding that she has demanded "an investigation by the EU Commission to look into member state investor schemes, not just Malta's."

The program requires applicants to give a €650,000 contribution to a national development fund and provide a €150,000 investment in government stocks or bonds. That leads to a Maltese passport that provides visa-free travel to at least 166 countries. Applicants must also own property worth at least €350,000 in Malta for at least a year to establish a so-called residency link to the country.

A spouse or a child costs an extra €25,000, or €50,000, if the dependent is older than 18. The figures indicate many families are taking advantage of the scheme: 202 applicants secured citizenship for 503 spouses or children.

"Citizenship is something that has to be earned, not simply handed out to people with deep pockets," said Latvian MEP Robert Zile, a former finance minister. ...

Although other countries offer various visa or residence options in return for investment, Cyprus and Austria are the only other European countries besides Malta to offer a direct route to EU citizenship through investment. ...

Eric Major, the CEO of Henley & Partners, confirmed that Russia, former Soviet republics and the Middle East are the main markets for the passports. ...

When the program was first announced two years ago, the European Parliament objected, saying: "EU citizenship should not be for sale at any price."
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Benefits and costs – healthcare
Immigration Health Surcharge – a rotten deal for the NHS, patients and taxpayers
J Meirion Thomas
ConservativeHome, 16 August 2016.
[J Meirion Thomas was until recently a Professor of Surgery and Consultant Surgeon in the NHS]

... financial troubles in the NHS still make almost daily headline news. To close a £22 billion funding gap by 2020, there must be unprecedented rationing of hospital services. Cataract surgery will have to be postponed – an outcome criticised by the Royal National Institute for the Blind. Steve Cannon, one of the most respected orthopaedic surgeons of his generation, has warned that delays in joint replacement will result in crippling arthritic pain and crumbling joints.

What have I done personally to prevent this tragic outcome for the NHS, apart from devoting 30 years of my life to specialist cancer surgery? The answer is that, for more than three years, I've been banging my head against the impenetrable, soundproofed wall of the Department of Health, trying to persuade those complacently cocooned within that billions of pounds could be saved by restricting access to the NHS only to those who are entitled to the privilege. I coined the phrase that "taxpayers should fund a National Health Service, not an International Health Service".

Imagine my surprise, therefore, when it was announced in this year's 2016 Queen's Speech that there is to be an NHS Overseas Charging Bill, and that "overseas migrants and visitors will be charged for services to which they are not entitled." A battle won – but not the war because those who are not entitled to free NHS care should not be taking up precious facilities, for payment or not. They should be in the private sector, where there is plenty of capacity.

The Government, embarrassed by its failure to control health tourism from outside the EU, had already announced a plan to raise £500 million from better charging of overseas visitors, of which £200 million would come from the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS). This policy was a combined initiative by the Home Office and Department of Health, and was included in the 2014 Immigration Act.

I would argue that the IHS was possibly one the most ill-conceived pieces of legislation enacted by the Coalition Government. It may be costing the British taxpayer a fortune and, after being in place for more than a year, needs to be urgently reviewed. ...

... And will the new administration forge ahead with the NHS Overseas Charging Bill – or was the announcement just another Department of Health smokescreen, to compensate for policy failure?
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Immigration abroad – forced marriages, Germany
Girls as young as NINE forced into marriage by Imams - and authorities are POWERLESS
Rebecca Perring & Monika Pallenberg
Daily Express, 16 August 2016.

Marriage among migrant children living in Germany is on the rise - with girls as young as NINE made to take part in sick wedding ceremonies.

Forced marriages are supposed to be illegal in Angela Merkel's nation - but a loophole in the law means officials cannot interfere in religious marriages - which sees hundreds of vulnerable children walk down the aisle.

Shocking figures reveal how underage girls are forced by Imams into marriages and disappear from schools because they have to do household chores for their mother-in-laws or even move abroad.

The Romani community sometimes marry off 13-year-old girls to 17-year-old boys in ancient ceremonies - in the middle of Germany.

Although the exact figures remain a mystery, authorities in Bavaria counted 161 cases of marriage applicants under the age of 16 and 550 cases under the age of 18 by the end of April.

In North Rhine-Westphalia, there were 188 cases mid-year, in Baden-Württemberg the talk was of 177 underage migrants, in Rheinland-Pfalz of 130 to 150, who had sought asylum in Germany since January 2015.

A staggering 3,443 young girls - a third under the age of 18 - visited a counselling centre in Germany for help in respect of being threatened or already forced into marriage in just a year. ...

Marc Dullaert from the Task Force, Children on the Move, said: "We are seeing that the number of children who are forcibly married is increasing enormously."

Sharia Law is rife in Germany and authorities are trying to deal with the growing number of child brides who were already married abroad.

Among Syrians in half of all marriages one spouse is younger than 18 years, according to the charity SOS Children's Villages.
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Immigration abroad – crime, Norway
'Xenophobia is Highly Rational and Justified': Police Chief
Oliver JJ Lane
Breitbart, 16 August 2016.

A Norwegian police chief has spectacularly broken ranks to express his professional opinion that high and sustained levels of crime committed by migrants more than justifies concern about foreigners, and that increasing immigration "leads to more rapes".

Writing in response to an opinion piece by a philosopher in the Norwegian daily newspaper Haugesunds Avis, Police Inspector Thomas Utne Pettersen argues that while he agreed that rich nations like Norway had an "ethical and moral obligation" to help those in need, those wary of foreigners were not misled.

Justifying his point with the catalogue of regular migrant crimes that police have to deal with daily – even in a nation like Norway where significantly fewer migrants have come compared to places like Sweden and Germany – the officer said he disagreed with scepticism of foreigners as being dismissed as mere cynics.

Expressing his view on the matter, Police Inspector Pettersen said: "People's xenophobia in relation to this group is highly rational and justified".

Validating his point, the senior officer said on his force in any given week in 2016 they might witness in the low-crime country "three Middle Eastern men in police custody" for drug offences, "foreigners" arrested for other drugs offences, stabbings, and robberies.

Pettersen said that in the year of 2015 he personally signed off 2,600 days of custody for detainees in his area – 2,200 of which were for "foreign men". In one Norwegian prison – Ullersmo – he said half of all prisoners were foreigners, up from 30-per-cent in 2014.

The officer also blasted the number of Norwegian children who had been raped by migrants, including an "Afghan asylum seeker convicted of rape of a Norwegian child" and "three Syrian asylum seekers charged with the rape of two Norwegian children". Reinforcing the point, he cited a study in Oslo, the Norwegian capital, which found that "9 out of 10 who are convicted of violence against children have an immigrant background".

Perhaps coming in for officer Pettersen's most stinging criticism were the politicians who opened the doors to mass migration. Remarking that "Women and children are sacrificed on Asylum and Refugee Department's altar", he said politicians last summer had sought to "outbid each other" on how many asylum seekers the country could accept. He said if the politicians had been more rooted in "reality", they would have seen long before that allowing more migrants would "lead to more rapes and other serious violations".
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Immigration abroad – crime, Sweden
Wave of car burning crimes in Sweden moves to poor Stockholm suburb
Reuters, 16 August 2016.

A wave of car burnings across Sweden that has seen more than 2,000 vehicles damaged or destroyed this year, moved on Monday night to the Stockholm suburb of Husby, where mass riots began three years ago and spread across the capital's poorer suburbs. ...

"This crime is very hard to investigate," Malmo police's Lars Forstell said. "We don't see any patterns and we don't have any suspects." ...

The fires have centred on Stockholm and Malmo - Sweden's third biggest city, and 2,027 vehicles have been set on fire in total between January and July, according to the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention. ...

The 2013 riots started a debate about social inequality, poverty and immigration in Sweden and Malmo University criminology researcher, Manne Gerell, said it was typically disadvantaged young men who were responsible for the fires.
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Asylum – illegal immigration
Third of asylum claims come from illegal migrants and visa overstayers
Sophie Jamieson
Daily Telegraph, 15 August 2016.

Over a third of asylum applications are made by migrants who entered the UK illegally or have overstayed their visas, new data has revealed.

Rather than applying for asylum when they first reach Britain, the figures suggest that a significant proportion of migrants are waiting until they are caught by immigration officers to make their application.

A total of 83,912 of the 231,100 main applications for asylum received in the decade between 2004 and 2014 were by migrants who were "encountered by local immigration and enforcement staff", according to data provided by the Home Office in a written Commons reply.

Of those applicants who claimed asylum after overstaying, 19,200 were either successful or given permission to remain in the country for another reason.

Think tank Migration Watch UK suggested that the data showed "many of those claiming asylum are in fact economic migrants".

Migrants may choose not to claim asylum immediately because they have been trafficked into the country, and those who overstay may be applying legitimately because the conditions in their home country have changed since their arrival.

The proportion of failed asylum seekers who made their applications after being identified as illegal immigrants or overstayed has risen to 70 per cent for last year, compared to 58 per cent in 2009, The Times reported.
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Immigration abroad – terrorists, Libya, Italy
Libyan ISIS militants using migrant route across Mediterranean to reach Europe, warns MP
Tom Batchelor
Daily Express, 15 August 2016.

Islamic State militants pushed out of Libya are hiding among migrants crossing the Mediterranean in boats to reach Europe, an Italian MP has warned.

Libyan forces are making progress in clearing ISIS from the north African country, with the army having made advances on Sunday on the coastal city of Sirte, where the jihadi group has established its main operating base.

The push to take Sirte - deposed dictator Muammar Gaddafi's birthplace - threatens to displace hundreds of bloodthirsty Islamist fanatics.

And Giacomo Stucchi, head of Italy's parliamentary secret services commission, said the risks were growing of a new influx of extremists heading to Europe by boat.
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Immigration abroad – France
France launches crackdown against migrants with thousands cleared from streets of Paris
Simon Osborne
Daily Express, 15 August 2016.

French police have launched a crackdown against migrants on the streets of Paris amid fears they are harming the city's lucrative tourist industry.

Officials had turned a blind eye as thousand of homeless asylum-seekers flocked to the scores of makeshift camps that sprung up around the city.

But outrage at a spate of deadly terror attacks, growing numbers of migrants living in squalid street camps and a drastic dip in visitor numbers to Paris led to the new hardline approach. ...

Thousands of migrants and asylum-seekers are now believed to have been swept from the streets as part of the ongoing operations.

Many have been taken into custody and served orders to leave France and return to the European country of entry,

Interior ministry figures show that at least 13,000 people have been removed from the makeshift street camps over the summer. ...

The migrants, many from Sudan, Eritrea, Somalia and Afghanistan, have staged protests against their treatment at the hands of the police and there have been violent scenes at some the camps.
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Immigration abroad – Italy
Italy crisis WORSENS as 25,000 migrants arrive in ONE MONTH
Joey Millar
se, 14 August 2016.

More than 25,000 migrants arrived at Italy's borders in July alone, shocking new statistics have revealed.

The huge influx makes a 12 per cent increase on the same period last year, according to European Union border agency Frontex.

Most who made the trip across the Mediterranean Sea, often in flimsy dinghies, were Nigerians and Eritreans.

With migrants now facing tougher measures in Greece, many have changed tack this year and used Italy as an entry point into Europe. ...

More than 140,000 migrants are now housed in Italian shelters, a seven-fold increase on 2013, with the migrant now crisis in its third year. ...

With a growing number now gathering at the town of Ventimiglia, a town by the French border, the interior minister Angelino Alfano vowed to avoid a similar situation to Calais.
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Immigration abroad – illegal immigration, Calais, France
9000 Calais migrants want to enter UK and they're so dangerous camp is police no-go zone
Ian Sparks
se, 14 August 2016.

The number of British-bound migrants in the notorious Jungle camp in Calais has doubled to 9,000 in the past six months and now become a 'major health and security risk', police said today.

The surge in numbers comes after French officials warned this week that increasing numbers of jihadi terrorists could be hiding among the refugees at the sprawling site near the ferry port.

The squalid camp is also rife with disease, violence and prostitution and has a become a 'no-go zone' for police who are frequently attacked with iron bars and rocks when they try to enter.

A police spokesman said: "It's truly mind boggling what's going on there. The place is at breaking point and it's worse than ever.

"It's impossible to know if, for example, a jihadist from Belgium is hiding in there.

"This camp is a blind spot for national security in the middle of the state of emergency."

Calais police union spokesman Denis Hurth added: "With the heightened terrorist risk in all of France's towns and cities, we only have around 1,000 officers here to tackle the most gigantic public order threats here."
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Extremism – Islam
Labour's Frank Field sparks row by saying Britain should let jihadis go to Syria so they can die fighting for ISIS
Brendan Carlin
ms, 14 August 2016.

Senior Labour MP Frank Field was branded irresponsible last night after claiming it was 'fine' for radicalised British adults to join Islamic State in Syria – because if they were killed, it would boost Britain's security.

The former Minister declared he was worried 'not one iota' about British extremists going to fight in Syria.

Mr Field said: 'I think we should have no worries about letting them go because the chances are some of them will get killed and that increases the security of this country.

'If people want to practise their evil, better go and practise it with the mates who've actually taught them about this evil than inflict it on my constituent or anybody else.'

But last night, Tory MP Alec Shelbrooke condemned Mr Field's remarks, claiming the Government was right to seek to stop British jihadis from getting to Syria. ...

Last night, Mr Field stood by his remarks about adult Britons travelling to fight for extremists in Syria.

He said: 'I am relaxed about letting them go but I am unbelievably tough about letting them back in again.

'The resources used to control their going should be used to prevent them coming back.'
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British bus driver told he can't have a job because he's NOT ROMANIAN
Charlie Bayliss
se, 14 August 2016.

A bus firm has turned down a British driver after the company said it was only employing Romanians.

Peter Kennedy sent his CV into a recruitment agency after seeing an advert wanting bus drivers from the European Union.

The 45-year-old said an interview was set-up before receiving an email the day before from Arriva saying the job was only available to Romanians. ...

Arriva was looking for 30 drivers to work full time in Watford, with accommodation provided by the company. ...

In a statement Arriva defending their selection policy, saying: "On occasion, to ensure that all vacancies are filled with the most suitable candidates, we employ agencies that specialise in personnel from overseas.

"Candidates undergo the exact same interview process as those of British residency. We always encourage applications from any individual, regardless of their present address."
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Illegal immigration – Calais, France
CALAIS CRISIS: Migrants with iron bars ambush driver as 200 hauled from lorries in 3 HOURS
Nick Gutteridge
Daily Express, 13 August 2016.

British motorists have lifted the lid on the shocking situation in Calais as migrants make increasingly desperate attempts to reach the UK. ...

Elsewhere a desperate trucker told how he saw at least 200 migrants being removed from lorries by police in the space of just three hours as the chaotic conditions in the lawless port town continue to deteriorate.

The number of migrants living at the infamous Jungle camp in Calais has rocketed in recent weeks as more and more people look to take advantage of the warmer summer months to sneak into Britain.

British van driver Glen Shadbolt revealed how he was ambushed by one mob who threatened him with metal bars and even rolled an entire tree trunk in front of his vehicle to force him to stop.

The 39-year-old from Knebworth, in Hertfordshire, told how he managed to escape the trap by driving his 3.5 tonne Sprinter van over the obstacle only to see motorists stuck behind being mugged by the mob. ...

"The cars behind me all stopped. They got their windows smashed in and some people got mugged." ...

Industry body the Freight Transport Association (FTA) is now calling on the Government to take quick action to address the severe security situation at Calais.

The group's EU Affairs Manager Chris Yarsley said: "How can it be acceptable for our members to work in such extreme conditions on a daily basis? No other industry would be expected to put up with these kind of situations on a daily basis.

"Drivers are putting themselves at risk just trying to do their job and deliver the goods."
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Immigration abroad – illegal immigration, France
Fingerprint scanner scares refugees away from safe haven
Richard Trenholm
CNET, 13 August 2016.

In March, French authorities bulldozed the northern half of a squalid tent city in Calais that houses about 5,500 refugees and is known as "The Jungle." In its place, people were offered clean beds, running water and secure shelter at a camp built from shipping containers.

You might think that's an easy trade. But Afghan refugee Darya Khan, 30, agonized over the decision.

Khan's concern: Claiming one of the 1,500 beds in the container camp would require him to use the high-tech hand scanner that unlocks the facility's turnstiles. That's a problem for the inhabitants of the camp, who associate fingerprints with a European Union law that lets immigration officials deport refugees and migrants.

"The container is safer," Khan tells me, "but people don't trust the container fingerprints."

The French government and charities like Médecins Sans Frontières, also known as Doctors Without Borders, are trying to replace the chaos of the Jungle with safe, secure and sanitary facilities. The Calais container camp and another camp at Grande-Synthe, some 25 miles away, were designed to give thousands of displaced people temporary shelter, security and access to clean water.

They are meant to be more than habitable. They are meant to be humane.

Those good intentions, though, are all too easily undermined. ...

But some of those efforts bump into refugee concerns over European Union laws, in particular the Dublin Regulation governing illegal immigration. The law says the country in which an illegal immigrant is caught is recorded as his or her "first point of entry." ...

The Dublin Regulation also specifies that illegal immigrants be fingerprinted and that personal information be stored in an international database. So if you're hoping to eventually settle in the UK, as many of the refugees and migrants in northern France are, you don't want to be fingerprinted anywhere other than Britain.

Refugees have been slow to overcome associating the container camp's handprint scanner with deportation, says Beatrice Lorigan, a British volunteer who helps provide Wi-Fi to the Jungle from a converted bus.

"Everybody was really suspicious," she says, ... She's tried to assure them that the information stored in the system is separate from the immigration database, but that message isn't necessarily being heard. ...

The guards and fences look formidable. But around the back of the container camp, refugees have hollowed out a patch of soft sand under the fence and casually slip in and out. ...

There are no guards and no fences at Grande-Synthe. Importantly, there are no high-tech handprint scanners.

The absence of those security measures, however, leads to a different problem: criminals control who gets to stay here. ...

Rory Fox, a volunteer at the camp's school, describes Grande-Synthe as "crime central."
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Immigration abroad – European Union
Europe's scapegoat
The Economist, 13 August 2016.

What began in 1957 as a work-permit regime among the EU's six founding members now allows Europeans to work, study and retire anywhere across the 28-member club (plus a handful of other countries) without a permit or visa. ...

... When viewed through the prism of international migration, however, the recent mobility has been extraordinary. Since the early 1990s nearly 5.5% of eastern Europe's population has emigrated. In 2014 fully 20% of EU citizens living elsewhere in the club were Romanians.

In many ways the system has worked. The EU reckons that the extension of free-movement rights to eastern Europe after two enlargements in 2004 and 2007 boosted overall GDP by €40 billion ($45 billion). In crises free movement can act as a macroeconomic stabiliser, particularly in the euro zone, where currencies cannot adjust. In recent years southern workers have flocked to the wealthier north. ...

It is the home countries of emigrants, however, that have been most hurt so far. A recent IMF report found that post-communist emigration from eastern European countries has stunted their growth, strained public finances and accentuated demographic problems. Romania is among the hardest hit. Young people are disproportionately likely to leave, raising the average age and hitting the already-low fertility rate. ...

Yet the threats to freedom of movement are more likely to come from the countries that benefit from it. /.../ One former senior EU official involved in previous rounds of accession talks says that an "emergency brake" rule allowing governments to halt labour inflows is inevitable.
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Racism – crime, employment
Pandora's box
The Economist, 13 August 2016.

Forcing job applicants to declare they have a criminal record – whether or not it is relevant to the post – allows employers to filter out ex-convicts, it is argued, and prevents them finding the sort of work that would help them stay out of prison. So activists across the world have called for "ban-the-box" laws, which prohibit employers from inquiring about criminal histories prior to job interviews or offers.

Some 24 states and many municipalities in America have now introduced laws along those lines. They are also gaining favour in Europe. The British government has banned the question for civil-service jobs; the policy was the core of the previous prime minister's plans to boost racial equality. As black people are more likely than whites to end up with criminal records – five times more likely in America – banning the box should help reduce bias, advocates say. But research suggests otherwise. Instead, such policies encourage racial stereotyping by employers that hinders minority groups from finding work.

A paper by Jennifer Doleac of the University of Virginia and Benjamin Hansen of the University of Oregon, published on August 1st, looked at the impact of introducing ban-the-box policies on labour-market data from America's population census. It found that withholding criminal-record data from employers encouraged them to treat certain minority groups as if they were more likely to have criminal pasts. In areas where ban-the-box laws have taken effect, the study found, the probability of being employed has fallen by 5.1% for young, low-skilled African-American men, and by 2.9% for young, low-skilled Hispanic men. Such effects are stronger in areas with lower levels of racism historically, such as those with smaller black populations in the Northeast, Midwest and West.

Other research backs up this conclusion. ...

Research by other economists suggests the more information the better when it comes to giving minorities a leg up. A recent paper by Abigail Wozniak of the University of Notre Dame found that employers who were allowed to use drug testing in recruitment were up to 30% more likely to employ black people, and, when they did, pay them more. Another study, by economists at MIT, published in March, found that banning employers from checking the credit records of potential employees reduced black employment by up to a sixth. In short, banning the box alone is a "cheap fix that doesn't work" as far as promoting racial equality is concerned, Ms Doleac concludes.
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Fraud and corruption – political correctness, election fraud
Election fraud allowed to take place in Muslim communities because of 'political correctness', report warns
Peter Dominiczak
Daily Telegraph, 12 August 2016.

Election fraud has been allowed to take place in Muslim communities because of "political correctness", a major report finds as it calls for unprecedented reforms to the British voting system.

In a report commissioned by the Government, Sir Eric Pickles, the former Conservative Cabinet minister, today warns that the authorities are in a "state of denial" and are "turning a blind eye" to election fraud.

He said that there is evidence of voter fraud "especially in communities of Pakistani and Bangladeshi background" but that the cases have been ignored because of "over-sensitivities about ethnicity and religion".

Sir Eric warns that "challenging issues" over community cohesion should never be an "excuse" for failing to "uphold the rule of law and protect British liberties".

Sir Eric's report makes a series of recommendations to Theresa May, the Prime Minister, and calls for people to require identification when they are voting and for police cordons around polling stations to prevent intimidation. ...

The former local government secretary began his investigation in the wake of the scandal in Tower Hamlets, London, where the mayor Lutfur Rahman was removed and his election declared void after he was found by a court to have committed corrupt electoral practices including vote-rigging. ...

Sir Eric also sharply criticises the Metropolitan Police for failing to follow up the election court's ruling with any criminal charges.

He says that the force's inaction "sends a worrying signal that the police are soft on tackling and prosecuting electoral fraud, when faced with competing operational demands".

Writing in The Telegraph, Sir Eric says that following his investigation, he now believes "electoral malpractice is far more common than just one isolated London borough thanks to the state's collective state of denial".
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Fraud and corruption – electoral fraud
Electoral fraud is a blight across the political spectrum – and my review can help to stamp it out
Eric Pickles
Daily Telegraph, 12 August 2016.
[Sir Eric Pickles MP is the former Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government]

Since the Tower Hamlets judgment, there has been silence from our supposed watchmen. The Electoral Commission's subsequent annual report and its forward-looking corporate plan made no reference to the Tower Hamlets judgment. Sadly, the Commission has put its head in the sand before over the risks of fraud. Despite years of warnings about Tower Hamlets, the Commission previously gave the Borough's electoral system a gold-star rating for electoral integrity in its inspection reports.

No follow-up prosecution has been brought following the court judgement, the Metropolitan Police maintaining that there was "insufficient evidence that criminal offences had been committed". This is a surprising statement. The election court disqualified Lutfur Rahman and his agent for a number of offences. There was extensive oral and written evidence tested in hearings at the Royal Courts of Justice. Mr Rahman was found guilty beyond reasonable doubt, to a criminal standard of proof. ...

Divisive community politics sometimes presents challenging issues, but there is no excuse for failing to enforce British law and protect the integrity of our democratic process. Good community relations are poisoned by the failure to uphold the rule of law and protect British liberties.

... We should require some form of ID to vote at polling stations – it is ridiculous that it is harder to take out a council library book than to pick up a council ballot paper. /.../ We should consider a new role for the National Crime Agency to tackle complex election fraud cases, especially those linked to other forms of crime and corruption. ...

I believe electoral malpractice is far more common than one isolated London borough, thanks to the state's collective state of denial.
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Immigration abroad – terrorism, Germany
German intelligence warns of ISIL 'hit squads' among refugees
Joshua Posaner
Politico, 12 August 2016.

German intelligence services have evidence that "hit squads" from the Islamic State terror group have infiltrated the country disguised as refugees, the deputy head of Bavaria's spy agency told the BBC Thursday.

"We have to accept that we have hit squads and sleeper cells in Germany," Manfred Hauser, the vice president of the Bavaria region's intelligence gathering agency, BayLfV, told the Today program.

"We have substantial reports that among the refugees there are hit squads. There are hundreds of these reports, some from refugees themselves. ...

Hauser said intelligence services have "irrefutable evidence that there is an IS command structure in place," making a coordinated attack, similar to those seen in Paris last November and Brussels in March, "likely."
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Immigration – world, public opinion
Six in ten say migrants put pressure on NHS, schools and housing: Poll finds UK is one of the countries most worried about rising immigration
James Slack And Larisa Brown
Daily Mail, 11 August 2016.

Six in ten British voters think immigration is piling too much pressure on schools, hospitals and housing – well above the worldwide average.

A study conducted across 22 countries around the globe also revealed widespread alarm that terrorists may be posing as refugees to sneak through border controls.

Pollsters Ipsos MORI found that the UK is one of the countries most worried about the pressure placed on public services by rising immigration levels, with 59 per cent concerned.

This compares to an average of 50 per cent worldwide.

Some 49 per cent of Britons think there are too many immigrants in the UK, which is in line with most countries worldwide.

Almost four in ten also say immigration has made it harder for native Britons to get a job.

Just 31 per cent of those surveyed in Britain support closing our borders to refugees – but 63 per cent believe terrorists are pretending to be refugees.

Across all of the countries, four in ten say that their country should close its borders to refugees entirely.

Concern about migrants integrating into British society is in line with the global average, with 40 per cent agreeing that most refugees will integrate successfully, while 47 per cent disagree.

Half of Britons – 51 per cent – think that refugees are actually economic migrants instead, while 37 per cent disagree.

On average worldwide, six in ten think terrorists are pretending to be refugees, with more than seven in ten believing this to be the case in Turkey, Russia, India, Hungary, Germany and the United States.

On average, more people say immigration has generally had a negative (45 per cent) rather than positive (20 per cent) effect on their country.

At least six in ten in Turkey, Italy, Russia, Hungary, France and Belgium say immigration has had a negative impact.

Half across the 22 countries say there are too many immigrants in their country.

When it comes to the economy, on average 44 per cent of those polled worldwide think immigration has made it more difficult for home nationals to get jobs. ...

The countries taking part were Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Britain, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the US.
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Immigration abroad – European Union
EU bureaucrats are IGNORING migrant crisis and it is actually WORSE than last year
Rebecca Perring
Daily Express, 11 August 2016.

European governments are IGNORING the migrant crisis because they can't "see it or smell it" but it is actually WORSE than last year, campaigners have warned. ...

Brussels bureaucrats sealed a controversial deal with Turkey, reached earlier this year, which allows for the return of all economic migrants from Greece.

But human rights charities' say the accord has lulled policymakers into a false sense of accomplishment by allowing them to believe that Europe's migration problem has been solved. ...

IOM data reveals that 258,186 people arrived in Europe by the end of July, compared with 219,854 over the same period in 2015.

There were 3,176 fatalities by August 8, outpacing the 2,754 who died in the first eight months of last year, a slightly longer period. ...

Some of the mantle of accepting huge migrant flows that was carried by Greece has been taken up by Italy.

This follows a resurgence of migrant flows from northern Africa.

More than 140,000 migrants are now housed in Italian shelters, a seven-fold increase on 2013, with the migrant crisis in its third year.
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Crime – sexual abuse of children
ROTHERHAM SCANDAL: Fury as child abuse evidence VANISHES from police station
Nick Gutteridge
Daily Express, 11 August 2016.

Vital pieces of evidence which could have outed new suspects in the Rotherham grooming scandal have gone "missing" from the town's police station with alarming regularity.

Senior officers were under pressure to explain how key documents, which are supposed to be kept under lock and key, vanished from Rotherham's central station amid accusations they are still failing to tackle the issue of Asian grooming gangs.

As part of an investigation into the Rotherham abuse scandal, victims have told this website of their shock and disgust that evidence they provided to the police in the form of witness statements and DNA later disappeared without explanation. ...

Amongst the documents to vanish from the police evidence room at Rotherham police station are a teenager's diary which chronicled her years of sex abuse at the hands of grooming gangs, a victim's original interview notes with officers and a 14-year-old's DNA evidence. ...

And a former social worker who helps victims of abuse told this website the disappearance of evidence from Rotherham police station is "common". ...

Victims and their families told how police are not even logging instances of intimidation as a crime when they are reported, adding that detectives often repeat the mantra that they can only arrest abusers after they have committed an assault. ...

Lawyer David Greenwood said he had heard countless complaints from victims of child abuse about police inaction and missing evidence. ...

The force declined to comment on the issue.
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Immigration abroad – Sweden
We Don't Serve Your Kind Around Here! Swedish Nightclubs Bounce Migrants
Bengt Nyman
Sputnik News, 11 August 2016.

Despite all efforts by the Swedish authorities to paint immigration as advantageous and promote integration, the flow of migrants is posing further problems. Of late, nightclubs around Sweden have started to refuse asylum-seekers as customers. ...

All asylum-seekers in Sweden are granted so-called LMA cards, as many are forced to leave all other identification documents with competent bodies to speed up the consideration process. According to Sweden's Migration Board, an LMA card should not be considered as an ID, despite the fact that it actually features a person's name, photograph and date of birth. Even if an LMA suffices to buy liquor and cigarettes, the lack of a proper Swedish ID is the formal pretext for many clubs and pubs to keep asylum-seekers out.

The hidden undertone to the common decision to deny entry to asylum-seekers is the recent wave of sexual attacks and numerous cases of harassment that tarnished the period of summer festivities in Sweden. Earlier, some of the molesters and rapists were identified as "immigrant adolescents," whereupon the police was forced to retract this description under pressure from the Swedish media, which for the sake of political correctness refrains from stressing the culprits' ethnic background.

Additionally, many club owners would gladly avoid the unwanted hassle commonly associated with migrant offenders. With violent crime in blighted ghetto-areas soaring in recent years, Sweden has lately seen a shocking wave of car burnings.
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Multiculturalism – cost, insurance
Millions of Britons paying 'ethnic minority penalty' for car insurance
Rupert Jones
The Guardian, 10 August 2016.

Millions of people living in areas with a high density of minority ethnic households are paying an "ethnic penalty" of up to £450 a year each in higher car insurance premiums, according to a report co-written by the former equality commissioner Trevor Phillips. ...

The report was published by Webber Phillips, a consultancy co-founded by Phillips, the former chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and was commissioned by a firm of personal injury solicitors. ...

The authors used data provided by the AA for all 124 postcode areas in the UK and said their analysis showed that about 60% of the variation in average premium could be accounted for by the difference in the ethnic composition of the area, rising to 90% in some cases. "The variations cannot be accounted for by prevalence of crime, fear of crime, available claims data or by relative affluence," they said.

Insurers were imposing a penalty on motorists living in areas with a high proportion of minority ethnic households, and this varied from an average of £54 in Manchester to £458 in London, said the authors, adding that their findings suggested that some groups were suffering a bigger penalty than others. ...

The report said it was difficult to test the effect of actual levels of crime since reported crime data was "notoriously unreliable". Instead, the authors said, they had focused on fear of car theft in an area using the most recent official crime survey data. ...

However, James Dalton, the director of general insurance policy at the ABI, rejected the findings. "Car insurers have never and will never set prices based on ethnicity, as it is ethically wrong and prohibited by the 2010 Equality Act. Premiums are higher in certain parts of the country because claims costs are higher in certain parts of the country," he said.

"This report was compiled without any consultation with the insurance industry, by people with no understanding of how car insurers price their policies, and was paid for by a firm of solicitors with a vested interest in fuelling the compensation culture."
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Immigration – democracy
Brexit gives us back control of immigration - but it's NOT ENOUGH
Stephen Pollard
Daily Express, 10 August 2016.

The 2014 British Social Attitudes Survey found that 77 per cent of people want to see immigration reduced, with 56 per cent wanting to see it reduced "a lot".

Those figures are likely to have increased since then. So with the evidence showing that overwhelmingly most British voters think that immigration is too high, Brexit should mean the end of free movement. If voters' views on immigration start to count once more, immigration policy will surely be more restrictive – or more sensible, as one might better put it. ...

It's difficult to overstate just how crazy the current system is. In June the official figures showed a net increase of 333,000 immigrants over the previous year. The relentless scale means that foreign-born workers now hold one in six of all jobs. That's 5.2 million workers out of the total labour force in the UK of 31.5 million.

With no control possible on EU migration there is at least an excuse – a reason – for its size. Freedom of movement is enshrined in EU treaties. ...

But free movement only applies to EU immigration. And the parallel story is of an almost total failure to control non-EU migration to the UK. Of the 333,000 net migrants who arrived here over the past year, 184,000 were from the EU. That leaves a huge number coming from outside the EU.

And it means that although there are 5.2 million foreignborn workers, less than half – 2.2 million – come from the EU. ...

For one thing ministers' actions have shown that they are almost entirely uninterested in dealing with things despite their words.

We spend, for example, just £1.8 billion a year on securing our borders and removing illegal immigrants and foreign criminals. That stands in stark contrast with our £12 billion aid budget. The Border Force has three cutters to patrol our 7,700 miles of coast compared with Italy's 600 boats for 4,722 miles.

The lesson of this chaos is that leaving the EU is a vital prerequisite for taking back control of immigration.

But it isn't remotely enough. If we make the same mess of controlling immigration policy towards EU states when we leave as we do now towards non-EU states there will be barely any noticeable difference.

That means we need an immigration policy that curtails the scale and impact of current levels. It also requires a Border Force equipped to implement it.
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Immigration abroad – multiculturalism, Germany
Merkel's open-door immigration policy will end in DISASTER, warns Syrian expert
Zoie O'Brien
Daily Express, 10 August 2016.

A distinguished Syrian professor who has lived in Germany for more than 40 years has warned his new home nation's immigration policy WILL end in disaster.

Political scientist and professor of international relations Bassam Tibi, 72, has issued a strong message to Angela Merkel over her open door policy for Syrians fleeing war and persecution demanding they go through a process of "re-education".

But Tibi said in most cases said Germany has handled in all wrong.

Tibi, who moved to the country in the 1960s, said the country had no strategy in place to re-educate the hundreds of thousands arriving into the country to teach them about democracy and responsibility.

He also revealed police are more worried about being branded racist than in seriously tackling asylum seeker crime. ...

He sees more problems on the horizon as many arrivals might become disillusioned when their expectations are not met.

He puts the blame on the German government for not having any policy.

The expert said: "I see no integration concept, no immigration policy, I see only chaos. The people who are here have to be re-educated. ...

Tibi has put sex attacks in Germany by refugees down to different value systems.

He said migrants from Syria see German women as "objects to hunt".

He said: "The German police do not fear the refugees, they fear to be branded as racist dealing with them."
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Crime – sexual abuse of children
ROTHERHAM ABUSE SCANDAL: Horrific reality of 'industrial scale' child grooming revealed
Nick Gutteridge
Daily Express, 9 August 2016.

Grooming of young girls by gangs of predominantly Kashmiri men is still occurring on an "industrial scale" in Rotherham because authorities are failing to tackle an organised child sex crime racket, an investigation by has uncovered. has pieced together shocking testimony from victims, campaigners and local residents in a large-scale investigation series being revealed throughout this week.

They all told us how police and the local council is still "failing" thousands of vulnerable girls.

It reveals how organised, criminal gangs of paedophiles are still using the town as their own personal fiefdom, peddling underage girls for sex as part of a multi-million pound crime empire. ...

Today an investigation by this website lifts the lid on the shocking scale of abuse still going on in Rotherham, two years after a landmark report into the scandal ruled police and council workers had ignored the issue for fear of being branded racist.

Professor Alexis Jay's astonishing probe revealed at least 1,400 girls were groomed by sex gangs between 1997 and 2013, and unearthed a series of scandalous failings by local authorities.

A recent follow-up report, published by Professor John Drew in March, concluded that the police are now "adequately" tackling child grooming and that historic failures had been "isolated".

But testimony, pieced together from independent sources, paints a starkly different picture of the authorities' response.

A number of people who gave evidence to Professor Drew's inquiry expressed open dismay at his findings and told us the grooming of girls is as bad now as it has ever been. ...

In many instances the abuse is so open that neighbours in the town are aware it is going on.

But they say they feel powerless to act because of police indifference and the vice-like grip the criminal grooming gangs have achieved. ...

Rotherham MP Sarah Champion said abuse is "still going on" in the town and that she still gets new girls coming to her on a regular basis, although the numbers have dropped off. ...

Campaigner Anne Marie Waters, who carried out her own investigation into the Rotherham sex attacks, said the child grooming business is as booming as ever, adding victims who felt let down by the police and social services are "too scared" to speak out.
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Immigration – proposed new rules
The crisis is so grave that we need a minister for migration
Max Hastings
Daily Mail, 9 August 2016.

That is why we should welcome a pamphlet published this week by David Goodhart, of the think-tank Policy Exchange, which offers some practical proposals for curbing Britain's soaring population. ...

We need workers with special skills, workers for the NHS and welfare services, for catering and tourism.

But we do not need – or want – the vast numbers currently coming, and here is Goodhart's shopping list of ideas for regaining control of Britain's borders.

First, it is essential to know who is here, and what rights they are entitled to. ...

Goodhart, the former editor of Prospect magazine, who has written a book arguing that immigration should be curtailed as it is undermining national solidarity and the Welfare State, argues that the information is available to monitor people though a population register, incorporating a unique personal number, based on NHS registration.

At present, the Department for Work and Pensions, Revenue & Customs and the Home Office do not exchange data about all those who cross their radar as citizens, tax payers and benefit claimants. This is crazy. ...

The Scandinavians, who are keener than most people on personal liberty, run population registers. It is long overdue for Britain to do the same. ...

He identifies another key issue: the shortage of young British people with the skills and motivation to accept a wide range of jobs currently done by foreigners.

We should accept, he says, that seasonal agricultural work and similar jobs will never hold much appeal, and thus we shall continue to need migrant labour to pick strawberries and suchlike.

But he proposes a commission, perhaps chaired by Sir David Metcalf, who is finishing his term as head of the Migration Advisory Committee, to explore incentives for employers to hire and train British citizens, as at present they are reluctant to do.

Currently, it is simpler to bring in foreign workers, especially those with technology skills, to whom 151,000 visas were granted last year, including 60,000 for dependants. ...

Importantly, Goodhart argues that we need to draw a sharper distinction between people who come here with the ultimate intention of taking up citizenship, and those – accounting for two-thirds of the annual intake, including students and workers – who are merely birds of passage.

He writes: 'A temporary citizen should not be a full member, should not have full access to social and political rights (and would not have an automatic right to bring in dependants) and should leave after a few years.' ...

Recent human rights legislation, Goodhart says, has blurred the distinction between citizens and non-citizens.

We need to become much more particular about whom we permit to share the material and moral privileges of this society.
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Terrorism – Europe, Hungary
Hungary blasts EU open borders as minister says 'link between immigration and terrorism'
Siobhan McFadyen and Agnes Kegl
Daily Express, 9 August 2016.

Hungary risked sparking fresh controversy as they argued for a major terror clampdown by saying there is a "demonstrable" link between immigration and terrorism.

The country is set to hold a referendum to ask its citizens whether they support the EU's current migration policy on October 2.

But Karoly Kontrat, the Minister of State of the Ministry of Interior, did not hold back on his criticism as he insisted there are hundreds of terrorists in Europe.

He said: "It is clearly demonstrable and can be stated as a fact that there is a connection between immigration and terrorism.

"Other consequences of the migration crisis are health care implications as well as implications of a social, cultural and economic nature.

"More than 300 people have died in Europe as a result of terrorist attacks since mass illegal immigration started, and these attacks were committed by terrorists, with an immigrant background." ...

He added: "These attacks were committed against European culture, Christian Europe and the European way of life, and attacks of this nature may occur anywhere, at any time."
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Immigration abroad – Baltic states
Desperate EU urges nations to accept migrant quotas as Baltic states CLOSE BORDERS
Rebecca Perring
Daily Express, 9 August 2016.

Europe's Baltic states have slapped down Brussels bureaucrats by REFUSING to accept their migrant quotas. ...

Lithuania has only agreed to accept 255 migrants so far, Estonia up to 200 and Latvia just 250 - fewer than half of what the European Commission originally suggested.

In its latest report, the EU Commission said: "Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania have rejected relocation requests without providing substantiated reasons or on grounds other than those specified in the Council Decisions on relocation." ...

Latvia, which has a population of roughly two million, says it will only relocate families with children and educated people with foreign language skills and work experience.

Meanwhile, Lithuania and Estonia have set similar conditions.
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Immigration abroad – France, Italy
Hundreds of migrants accompanied by armed gang of leftie anarchists storm France's borders
Rebecca Flood
Daily Express, 9 August 2016.

Hundreds of migrants stormed France's border accompanied by an armed group of hard-left anarchists.

More than 200 migrants forced their way across the Italian-French border and into the town of Menton.

Helping them sneak into the country was a group called No Borders, whose members have been at the centre of shocking scenes of violence in Calais.

The anarchists accompanied the mob of migrants in the face of a heavy police presence.

In an attempt to remain anonymous the troupe wore black balaclavas, and after at least four were arrested, officers discovered three of them, all French nationals, were armed with bats and knives. ...

The Ventimiglia Station camp, home to countless migrants trying to cross the Italian border, was shut down last spring.

But since then locals have claimed the border town is in "chaos".

The closure of the camp failed to stem the flow of refugees - mostly from Sudan and Eritrea - arriving in droves with the hope of getting into France.
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Immigration abroad – sham marriages, Republic of Ireland
High Court judge calls for sham-marriage crackdown
The Irish Times, 9 August 2016.

The Government has "a clear duty" to try to cut the number of sham marriages taking place by people who are trying to prevent being deported, a High Court judge has declared.

Mr Justice Richard Humphreys' call was made as he rejected an attempt by a 45-year-old Algerian man to block his removal from the State because he had married a Hungarian woman, who has long since left the country.

The man, who left Algeria 15 years ago, had first claimed that he should not be deported because he feared attack by Islamists if he was sent home, but this application was rejected by the Refugees Application Commissioner.

Five months later, he married the Hungarian national and claimed a right of residency in Ireland on the back of the union because he had married a European Union national.

Such marriages are "a wearingly predictable feature" of deportation cases, in the word of Mr Justice Humphreys, who said that peopled did not earn the right to stay in Ireland merely by going through a ceremony.

Last year, the Garda National Immigration Bureau launched Operation Vantage on the back of "statistically improbable patterns" of unions of Pakistani, Indian and Bangladeshi men and Eastern European women.
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Immigration abroad – crime, rape, Germany
Germany's Migrant Rape Crisis Spirals out of Control
Soeren Kern
Gatestone Institute, 9 August 2016.

Sexual violence in Germany has reached epidemic proportions since Chancellor Angela Merkel allowed into the country more than one million mostly male migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. ...

Germany's migrant rape crisis has now spread to cities and towns in all 16 of Germany's federal states. Germany is effectively under siege; public spaces are becoming increasingly perilous. Police have warned about a potential breakdown of public order this summer, when young male migrants are likely to see women lightly dressed.

During the month of July 2016, hundreds of German women and children were sexually assaulted by migrants ... The youngest victim was nine; the oldest, 79. ...

Dozens of women and children have been assaulted by migrants at summer festivals and public swimming pools – staples of ordinary German life. ...

Most of the crimes were downplayed by German authorities, apparently to avoid fueling anti-immigration sentiments. Almost invariably, the crimes are said to be isolated incidents (Einzelfälle), not part of a nationwide problem. Information about sexual assaults can usually be found only in local police reports. Rapes are sometimes treated as local interest stories and covered by local or regional newspapers. Only the most spectacular incidents of rape and sexual assault make it into the national press. ...

Germany now finds itself in a vicious circle: most of the perpetrators are never found, and the few who are frequently receive lenient sentences. Most will never be deported. Only one in 10 rapes in Germany is reported and just 8% of rape trials result in convictions, according to Minister of Justice Heiko Maas.

On July 7, the German parliament approved changes to the criminal code that expand the definition of rape and make it easier to deport migrants who commit sex crimes. Under the bill, also known as the "No Means No" ("Nein heißt Nein") law, any form of non-consensual sex will now be punishable as a crime. Previously, only cases in which victims could show that they physically resisted their attackers were punishable under German law.

The reforms, which are designed to make it easier for victims of sexual assault to file criminal complaints, are unlikely to end Germany's migrant rape epidemic. This is because Germany's politically correct justice system is notoriously lenient when it comes to prosecuting, sentencing and deporting foreign offenders.

At the same time, reliable statistics on sex crimes committed by migrants are notoriously elusive. German authorities have repeatedly been accused of underreporting the true scale of the crime problem in the country. For example, up to 90% of the sex crimes committed in Germany in 2014 do not appear in the official statistics, according to André Schulz, the head of the Association of Criminal Police (Bund Deutscher Kriminalbeamter, BDK).
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Multiculturalism – polygamy, Italy
Muslims Demand Polygamy In Response To Same Sex Unions
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 9 August 2016.

Following the introduction of civil partnerships, Muslim representatives in Italy are now demanding the legalisation of polygamy.

Responding to a new law allowing same sex couples to enter civil unions, Hamza Piccardo argued that if gay relationships, which Muslims disagree with, are a civil right then Italians must accept polygamy as a civil right too.

The founder of the Union of Islamic Communities and Organisations (UCOII) in Italy took to Facebook to claim polygamy is a "civil right" and that Italy would benefit from the large number of Muslim births it would promote.
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Immigration abroad – human trafficking, prostitution, Europe
Women trafficking to Europe at "crisis" level
EUObserver, 9 August 2016.

Women trafficked from Nigeria to work as prostitutes has hit "crisis" levels, according to the Geneva-based International Organisation for Migration. Some 3,600 Nigerian women have arrived by boat, from Libya to Italy, in the first six months of this year. Around 80% are likely to be forced into prostitution, says the IOM.
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Immigration abroad – Germany
Germany has curbed open-door policy for migrants, government data shows
Reuters, 9 August 2016.

Germany appears to have drastically curtailed its open-door policy for migrants in 2016, turning away 13,000 people without valid documentation in the first six months, already 4,000 more than in the whole of 2015, official data showed on Tuesday.

Around 117,500 migrants were admitted in the same period, compared to a record of more than one million migrants entering the country last year, mainly across the border from Austria.

The bulk of the rejections happened at land entry points and Afghans, Syrians and Iraqis made up the three largest groups of the total, the Interior Ministry data published at the request of the hard-left Die Linke party showed.
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Racism – black people, black nations
There Are No Successful Black Nations
Chigozie Obioma
Foreign Policy, 9 August 2016.

But one issue that has hardly been talked about is the core reason why black people have remained synonymous with the denigrating experience of racism. It is, I dare say, because of the worldwide indignity of the black race.

Racism is not limited to the Unites States. There is no nonblack nation, even among the most liberal ones, where the black man is dignified. History dealt us an unforgiving blow in the incursion of foreigners into black lands. The Arabs enslaved tribes and nations and then colonized and evangelized them. Then came the Europeans, who, persuaded the Africans were of an inferior race, divided up the continent over lunch in Berlin in 1884. They carted off a large population of its people – sometimes leaving entire villages almost empty – and brought those who remained on the continent under their rule. So complete was the transformation that no black nation retained its ancestral nationhood, national language, or national identity. And today we often hear of how China or India or some other nation is "taking over" Africa economically. There is almost no nation whose majority is of a different race that has not spat on the face of the black person, at one time or the other.

Be assured, the indignity will continue. Black elites and activists across the world have adopted a culture of verbal tyranny in which they shut down any effort to reason or criticize us or black-majority nations by labeling such attempts as "racism" or "hate speech." Thus, one can be certain that any suggestions that our race may indeed need to do something to remedy our situation will not be aired – not by the terrified people of other races. And anyone within our race who makes such a suggestion will be deemed weak and pandering or a sellout, as U.S. President Barack Obama has been repeatedly called. Thus, no one will talk about the painful fact that most African and Caribbean nations have either failed or are about to collapse.

Early African-American intellectuals and cultural elites saw that the future of their race could not be advanced by endless protests or marches of "equality" or "justice." It could only be done through the restoration of the trampled dignity of the black man. /.../ They knew that for us to reclaim power we must first reclaim dignity and that this comes through the construction of a solid black state with a demonstrable level of development and prosperity – and which can stand as a powerful advocate for the global black.

Today, no such state exists.

Nigeria, the most populous black nation on Earth, is on the brink of collapse. /.../ A culture of incompetence, endemic corruption, dignified ineptitude, and, chief among all, destructive selfishness and greed has played a major role in its unravelling. The same, sadly, can be said for most other African nations. States like Zimbabwe, Cameroon, and Equatorial Guinea are farcical democracies ruled by men who exclusively cater to their interests and those of their clipped circles.

Thus, it is no surprise that in the absence of any healthy black nation – in the midst of chaos, senseless wars, corrupted religiosity, violence, and economic collapse – African and Caribbean people leave home en masse. They beg on the streets of Greece, prostitute in the red-light zones of the Netherlands, and make up 40 percent of the migrants flocking to Europe.
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Border controls – border security
Small ports and beaches at mercy of criminals and migrants
John Chapman
Daily Express, 8 August 2016.

Security at small ports is the "greatest emerging threat" to the UK, according to the head of the National Crime Agency.

Lynne Owens has warned police chiefs that her officers have had to deal with a number of "serious incidents" at British ports.

She said attempts to get a grip on border controls was "taking up all my time".

In a briefing to police, Ms Owens said the Home Office is conducting a secret review of port security as illegal migrants use sailing boats to land in small harbours or on remote coasts.

A source said: "Organised crime gangs are now coming in through the small ports. We have seven different agencies looking after our ports.

It's a mess.

Everybody is treading on each other and no one knows who is in charge." ...

Mark Gribbin, chairman of ISU, the union for Borders, Immigration & Customs, said it is "only a matter of time before we see a mass breach of the border".

He said: "UK Borders are in meltdown. Crisis point has well and truly arrived."
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Politics – Conservative Party
Bring in Australian points-based immigration system by 2020, ex-cabinet ministers say
Ben Riley-Smith
Daily Telegraph, 8 August 2016.

Theresa May must adopt an Australian points-based immigration system by 2020 or face a backlash from Brexit voters, two former cabinet ministers have said.

Theresa Villiers, the outgoing Northern Ireland secretary, said in an interview with The Telegraph that the country voted to end the "free for all" of "open door" immigration at the referendum.

Iain Duncan Smith, the former work and pensions secretary, also said that people are "living in cloud cuckoo land" if they think voters did not choose complete control of their borders by backing Brexit.
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Politics – EU referendum
Pro-EU camp's 'terrible mistake' on immigration: Top Remainer says her side swept aside fears while playing up worries about the economy
Gerri Peev
Daily Mail, 8 August 2016.

Remain campaigners made a 'terrible mistake' by refusing to engage with the debate on immigration during the EU referendum, a former minister has said.

Anna Soubry, a passionate member of the In team, said her side was guilty of sweeping aside concerns about migration while playing up fears about the economy.

The former business minister said: 'Remain refused to engage on immigration; that was a terrible, terrible mistake.'
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National identity – Europe
The politics of national identity, long taboo, are on the rise in Germany again
Stephen Green
Daily Telegraph, 8 August 2016.
[Stephen Green is author of 'The European Identity: Historical and Cultural Realities We Cannot Deny']

There is a dangerous disconnect. What seems rational to Germany's leaders – the "open door" policy – threatens the identity of many of the country's voters. Too many migrants suffer an identity crisis born of a toxic mixture of uprootedness and rejection. And too many of their new neighbours see their identity threatened by the alien cultures of others who compete for their jobs. Too often each acts to confirm the other in their mutual fears and resentments. And for those whose living is hard, the resentment boils over into violence, because they have nothing to lose.

Germany is not unique in this. France knows it well. ...

And we in Britain know the problem too. The Brexit referendum was in the end about identity. A secularised establishment reared on the principles of the European enlightenment – whether in Germany, Britain or France – finds it hard to recognise that for many voters, identity runs deeper than rational self-interest.

What is to be done? For Germany, honest confrontation with the cultural and social challenges of integration is clearly going to be more important than ever. ...

Something else is called for throughout Europe, including Britain: open debate about identity.
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Terrorism – Belgium
Isil claim machete attack on Belgian policewomen as assailant identified as Algerian who had been ordered to leave the country
Daily Telegraph, 8 August 2016.

An Algerian man who attacked two Belgian policewomen with a machete was an illegal immigrant who had twice been ordered to leave the country, it emerged on Sunday.

The attack was claimed by Isil who said the man, who shouted "Allahu Akhbar" during the attack and was identified as 33-year-old 'KB' by authorities, was one of their "soldiers of the caliphate". ...

Police say KB had been in Belgium since 2012 and was known to the authorities but only for "minor common" offences and had no known terrorist connections.

State broadcaster RTBF yesterday said the man had entered the country illegally and been issued with two separate deportation orders. It was not clear how he had been able to stay in the country.
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Illegal immigration – asylum, deportation
More than '10,000 MISSING asylum seekers in Britain' - so WHERE are they?
Giles Sheldrick
Sunday Express, 7 August 2016.

More than 10,000 asylum seekers are missing in Britain, according to the UK's top ranking immigration official.

And three times as many failed asylum seekers are still here more than two years after all appeals against their removal were exhausted.

Critics of the UK's soft-touch immigration system said the figures exposed a culture of complacency from those in charge of security.

The figures come after five Iranians were caught entering Britain illegally, arrested and told to "report in regularly". ...

Figures show asylum claims increased by 38 per cent to 34,687 last year - the highest since 2004.

The largest number of applications came Iran, Eritrea, Iraq, Sudan, Pakistan and Syria. Including dependants, the number stood at 41,563.

The Home Office says the cost of dealing with asylum cases was £474,340,920 in 2014/15 - the equivalent of £1.3m a day. ...

In a report published in December 2015, David Bolt, Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, said: "Asylum casework managers told us there were approximately 10,000 asylum claims where the claimant and dependants were not in contact with the Home Office or had absconded.

"While teams could conduct residential visits to attempt to trace absconders they were reluctant to do so as this work was not a priority and was considered a drain on resources."

The damning report also found 30,406 cases where the individuals had not been removed [or granted leave to remain] over two years after appeal rights had become exhausted or lapsed.
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Immigration – students, visas, unique number
Universities could be forced to pay for migrant fund
Kate McCann
Daily Telegraph, 6 August 2016.

Britain's wealthiest universities could be forced to pay for a ne fund to monitor foreign students who come to study in the UK, under plans being considered by Downing Street. ...

The Government is looking into the scheme developed by the think tank Policy Exchange, which would remove student visas from the existing immigration system and instead make them the responsibility of a new agency, thereby freeing the Government to deal with other migrants. ...

The think tank has also proposed that students and temporary migrant workers have their full social and political rights in the UK restricted and that they be banned from the automatic right to bring dependants with them when they arrive here. ...

Alongside this, a Government department for Immigration and Integration is also required, the think tank claims, in order to deal better with the number of people moving to the UK.

It states that everyone living in the UK should be given a unique number which would be shared across government agencies and make it easier to keep track of people who move in and out of the country on visas.
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Terrorism – welfare benefits, Islam
Suicide by welfare: How the West is funding ISIS with cradle-to-grave benefits
Benjamin Weingarten
Conservative Review [USA], 6 August 2016.

When James Burnham wrote the bracing and prescient Suicide of the West, one wonders if he could have conceived of the lengths to which the West would go to destroy itself.

Exhibit A comes from Europe, where the Wall Street Journal reports that at least five of the alleged plotters in recent jihadist attacks in France and Belgium received approximately $56,000 in welfare benefits in the period leading up to their slaughter. That is, the jihadists financed themselves with European taxpayer dollars.

Apparently, only now the Europeans are reckoning with the fact that while the welfare state is supposedly "a primary tool for combating poverty as well as integrating immigrants" as the Journal terms it, that the very welfare state is being used to fund Islamic warfare on its own citizens. ...

Jihadists know that things many Europeans consider to be their greatest strengths – cradle-to-grave welfare and multiculturalism – are its greatest weaknesses against a global Islamic supremacist movement with a conquest ideology that relies on religiously sanctioned subterfuge and deception.

On the former, that Europe is just waking up to state underwriting of jihad is shocking.

The case of the United Kingdom is illustrative of the continent's willingness to drape the niqab over its head and claim blindness.

Several years ago, the infamous UK-based jihadist preacher Anjem Choudary was captured on video calling for his followers to quit working and claim unemployment benefits to free up their time to fight the infidel.

As Daniel Johnson notes in Standpoint, in the UK "Muslims have long been claiming welfare benefits for multiple wives; the only condition is that they must have married them abroad." ...

It would be the height of dangerous folly to assume that jihadists have not studied the welfare laws in every single European state to figure out how to maximize their legal financing of terror. ...

Indeed in 2015, ISIS put out a book titled "How to Survive in the West – A Mujahid Guide" that called for jihadis in the free world to claim extra government-provided benefits, among other "easy money ideas." To justify transacting with Westerners, and to assuage the fears of devout Muslims uncomfortable with partaking in potentially "forbidden" economic activity, the authors of the book wrote that "the population who will soon rise against the believers will get poorer while you will get richer and be able to fund the Muslim cause."

Could the jihadists put it any more clearly?

Meanwhile, on the multiculturalism front, PEW reports that 1.3 million refugees sought asylum in Europe in 2015, about half of whom came from the following three countries: Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. ...

It appears that Europe, and increasingly the U.S., are self-righteously suicidal.
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Illegal immigration – border security
'Report back regularly!' Iranians who landed on UK coast in DINGHY allowed to roam free
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 5 August 2016.

Border officials have released five Iranian migrants caught trying to sneak into the UK, telling them, "please report in regularly".

Britain's shambolic immigration system was exposed again after the gang were seized landing a dinghy on a south coast beach.

The men, aged between 18 and 44, arrived on Sunday but police only confirmed the incident today saying they would not "proactively release details".

They were arrested on suspicion of illegally entering the UK and handed over to immigration officials.

But in a breathtaking development, they now have permission to roam free.

The incident is a huge embarrassment for the Government as they landed in the Cinque Port of Winchelsea, East Sussex, in new Home Secretary Amber Rudd's constituency. ...

The alarming incident highlights the growing trade in human trafficking by boat. In May, 18 Albanians were rescued off the Kent coast having paid £5,000 each to sail from Calais. ...

Hauliers are on red alert after a fresh wave of lawlessness engulfed the northern French port town where thousands of refugees are living.

One was slashed refuelling his vehicle while another was threatened with a chainsaw on the approach road to the ferry terminal.

The alarming frequency of attacks comes three months after the industry foretold a "summer of discontent" sparked by increased migrant activity.
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Multiculturalism – Arabs, expectations
Syrian Prof: Arabs Migrate for 'Sluts' and Welfare, Attack When They Don't Get It
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 5 August 2016.

A Syrian professor has asserted that Arab migrants see "slut" German women as fair game for assault and warned that the country is set to see "big social conflicts" as a result of Angela Merkel and EU open border policies.

Prof. Bassam Tibi said that the mass sex attacks in Cologne were a result of the migrants' "value system": furious at not being given a luxury lifestyle, they intended to "humiliate" Germans.

The professor, who now lives in Germany, said that Arab men come expecting "great apartments, blonde women and the welfare state".

The political scientist noted that tax payers are providing migrants with far more than they could expect even with wages in their homelands, but warned they find the hospitality "insufficient".

Pointing out that two-bedroom apartments are a luxury in Cairo, the professor noted that he knows 16-year-old migrants, each with two-bedroom apartments to themselves at the expense of German tax payers. These boys remain dissatisfied however, as they had hoped for cars too.

Interviewed by Basler Zeitung, Professor Tibi said that migrants were expecting to be given a luxury lifestyle, one comparable to portrayals of rich Europeans shown in the Arab media. He predicted that migrant disappointment with their standard of living is likely to cause the country problems in the future.

"Think even of the grateful Syrians who took the famous selfies with Merkel. [One of them] was on TV a few weeks ago and declared that he was now very disappointed with her. He wants a job, a secure income and an apartment. We will see big social conflicts," the professor warned.

Asked how he could be sure of this, Professor Tibi stated that as well as the fact the state cannot meet their high expectations, the migrants have a "value system that is incompatible with modernity".

The professor revealed that Arabs believe themselves to be honourable and that Germans are not, as German women are allowed to "sleep with everyone".

Professor Tibi pointed to a number of factors that he believes led to the mass sex attacks in Cologne. He said migrants knew their behaviour was criminal but that they think "German women are sluts", and felt they would face no punishment.

The decorated academic said that police's "fear of the racist accusation" is greater than their fear of the decline of public order. This, he contends, leads migrants to view German police as "wimps".

Professor Tibi argued that sexual assaults on German women are driven by vengeance for not being given nice cars and flats. He also pointed to Syrian culture as playing a part.

The "Islamology" founder disclosed: "Rape of women is a weapon of war in Syria. All warring parties do that. ..."
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Racism – schools, discrimination
Teachers are over-estimating the A Level grades of ethnic minority students by two or more grades, research finds
Javier Espinoza
Daily Telegraph, 4 August 2016.

Teachers are over-estimating the A Level grades of ethnic minority students by two or more grades because they want to boost their chances of going to university, a new UCAS study has suggested.

The disclosure emerged after new data showed the proportion of applicants achieving their best three predicted grades has been declining in recent years.

It also followed pressure from ministers to hold teachers to account to get their pupils to the best universities.

The study showed that applicants from Asian, Black, mixed or other ethnic backgrounds had a greater chance of missing their predicted grades by two or more grades.

This was as likely for applicants from disadvantaged areas and those with lower levels of GCSE attainment, UCAS said.

Researchers analysed 600,000 English 18 year old applicants between 2010 and 2015 with three or more A levels.
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£1.2m to boost ethnic minority and migrant job prospects
BBC, 4 August 2016.

£1.2m will be spent on a project to improve the job prospects of migrants and ethnic minorities.

It will be run by charity, Sova Cymru, over three years in north, west and south Wales. ...

Achieving Change through Employment will be funded by the Welsh Government and the European Union and will involve one-to-one mentoring to improve people's literacy, numeracy and personal skills.
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Illegal immigration – number, deportation
One million migrants are living in Britain illegally and will never be deported, claims former Border Agency chief
Martin Robinson
MailOnline, 3 August 2016.

One million migrants may be living in Britain illegally and there is little chance of deporting them, according to a former head of the UK Border Agency.

The figure is more than a third higher than some previous estimates and it will lead to questions over Theresa May's immigration policy while she was home secretary.

While the EU debate focused on controlling numbers of legal migrants from the continent, Rob Whiteman, former chief executive of the UK Border Agency, has said more attention needs to be paid to the large number of illegal workers.

'The scale of illegal migration and illegal working is not nearly discussed as much as other issues around immigration,' he told The Times. 'The government does not have the resources or political levers to deport hundreds of thousands of people.'

His comments suggest that the problem is now too big to tackle, the newspaper reported.

Mr Whiteman, who ran the agency from 2011 to 2013, added that on top of non-EU citizens entering illegally, migrants who overstay legitimate visas and find work are also to blame.
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Illegal immigration – border security
Why aren't Royal Navy WARSHIPS guarding British beaches and ports? MPs tear into UK border shambles that has left just three patrol boats patrolling 7,000 miles of coastline
Steve Doughty and Gareth Davies
Daily Mail, 3 August 2016.

Britain's border security is 'clearly under-resourced' and warships should be drafted in to guard small harbours against people-smugglers, MPs said Tuesday.

A 'worryingly low' total of just three Border Force patrol boats are available to protect more than 7,000 miles of UK coastline, they warned.

Their report called for Royal Navy ships to help Border Force protect our lightly-guarded small ports and beaches, which are increasingly seen as soft targets by smugglers and migrants travelling in small boats who try to avoid heavy security at ferry ports and Eurotunnel trains.

As the report was released today, Dorset police and crime commissioner Martyn Underhill warned of a 'perfect storm' as Border Force weaknesses were magnified by the withdrawal of special branch officers from ports. ...

The report adds to growing pressure for naval assistance to be given to Border Force, which has just four patrol boats, one of which is currently in the Mediterranean.

Four more that are promised will be unavailable for at least another year.

In comparison, Italy has 600 vessels to guard a coastline that is 3,000 miles shorter, the report said. ...

Some 1.25 million asylum-seekers came to Europe last year and more than a quarter of a million migrants arrived in the first six months of this year.

The report from the Commons Home Affairs Committee said the union was 'too slow to respond', adding: 'The EU failed to anticipate the scale of migrant flows, and did not have the structures in place to cope.'

The MPs said the EU's £5 billion deal with Turkey in March, under which new arrivals can be sent back to Turkey, came 'far too late'. ...

The committee's report also accused former foreign secretary Philip Hammond of being 'complacent in respect of Libya, where a reported 500,000 people are waiting to cross the Mediterranean illegally'.
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Immigration abroad – Greece, Italy
Migrant numbers arriving in Greece DOUBLE since Turkey's failed military coup
Alix Culbertson
Daily Express, 3 August 2016.

Europe's migrant crisis has taken another turn for the worse with shocking figures showing numbers arriving in Greece rising drastically since Turkey's failed military coup.

More than 1,170 have reached the Greek islands by boat in the two weeks after the attempt to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on July 15.

In the fortnight before the failed coup only 560 crossed the Aegean to the southeastern European country - most arriving from Turkey.

And up to 8,000 migrants have been picked up by the Italian coastguard, the navy and humanitarian organisations off the coast of Libya over the past five days.
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Immigration abroad – European Union
EU seeks to quell fears amid German and Austrian backlash at refugee 'family member' rules
Nick Gutteridge
Daily Express, 3 August 2016.

Brussels has moved to reassure member states that new family reunification rules for migrants will not lead to an increase in immigration following a backlash in Germany and Austria.

German MPs had reacted with outrage at suggestions that changes to the regulations governing which family members refugees can bring to live with them could unleash a new wave of migration on Europe.

Currently only spouses and under age children who were already part of the same family unit before leaving home for Europe are entitled to be automatically reunited within the EU.

But under the proposals Brussels bureaucrats want to redefine what constitutes a 'family' member to include relationships which began after asylum seekers left their home countries. ...

But responding to the criticism today a spokeswoman for the EU Commission insisted that the rule changes will only affect asylum seekers who are already in Europe.

Addressing a news conference in Brussels, Tove Ernst said: "The Commission has not proposed any changes that would increase the rights of family members living outside the EU to join family members in the EU. ..."
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Racism – hate crime
The real hate crime scandal [part 1]
Brendan O'Neill
Spectator blog, 3 August 2016.

Britain is in the grip of an epidemic, apparently. An epidemic of hate. Barely a day passes without some policeman or journalist telling us about the wave of criminal bigotry that is sweeping through the country. ...

If you feel this doesn't tally with your experience of life in Blighty in 2016, you aren't alone. There is a great disparity between the handwringing over hate crime and what Britain is actually like. The open racism even I can remember in the 1980s has all but vanished. Racist chants at football matches are a distant memory. Hard-right, foreigner-bashing parties may be thriving on the Continent, but they are dying over here. The likes of the BNP and EDL have withered due to lack of interest. This is a British triumph.

It's not vainglorious to say that Britain is the most tolerant country in Europe, perhaps the world. ...

It's almost impossible to argue reasonably that Britain is a bigoted country where ethnic minorities are somehow kept down. On the contrary, they are now more likely than whites to hold top jobs (doctors, lawyers, chief executives). ...

Yes, the statistics are scary, and nobody should downplay the hurt caused to those who are attacked and abused. The number of hate crimes recorded by the cops has grown year by year. Six years ago, there were 42,255; in 2014-15, there were 52,528.

But these figures need to be taken with a fistful of salt. There is something wrong with the way we report and measure hate crimes in this country. The numbers do not necessarily speak to any objective spread of hate in modern Britain. On the contrary, what the BBC calls an 'epidemic' is a product of the authorities redefining racism and prejudice to such an extent that almost any unpleasant encounter between people of different backgrounds can now be recorded as 'hatred'.

Consider the Brexit aftermath. The police say that 3,192 reports of hate incidents were received in the last two weeks of June, and 3,001 in the first two weeks of July. Apparently that constitutes a rise of 48 per cent and 20 per cent respectively on last year's levels of incidents. But can we engage in some scepticism here? Many of these incidents (the police can't at the moment say how many) were reported through True Vision, a police-funded website that allows anyone anywhere to report something they either experienced or witnessed, anonymously if they like. No evidence is needed. Everything is instantly logged as a hate incident. This inevitably presents a warped view of reality.

Already, two infamous post-Brexit 'incidents' have been debunked. It was widely claimed, for instance, that an attack on a tapas bar in Lewisham, south London, was a hate crime; actually, police say it was a burglary. ...

Beyond the post-Brexit hysteria, it's incredible how subjective the idea of 'hate crime' has become. The police and the Crown Prosecution Service first agreed a common definition of hate crime ten years ago and started measuring national hate-crime levels in 2008. A hate crime, the police say, is 'any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice towards someone based on a personal characteristic'. They monitored 'five strands': crimes driven by prejudice based on race, religion/faith, sexual orientation, disability, and gender identity.
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Racism – hate crime
The real hate crime scandal [part 2]
Brendan O'Neill
Spectator blog, 3 August 2016.

The police's 'Hate Crime Operational Guidance' now stresses that the victim's perception is the deciding factor in whether something is measured as a hate crime. No evidence is required. 'Evidence of... hostility is not required for an incident or crime to be recorded as a hate crime or hate incident,' the guidance says. '[The] perception of the victim, or any other person, is the defining factor... the victim does not have to justify or provide evidence of their belief, and police officers or staff should not directly challenge this perception.' So you don't need actual evidence to prove hate crime, just a feeling. The police are discouraged from asking for evidence. This is reflected in the policies of individual constabularies. So the 'Hate Crime Procedure' of the Surrey Police says 'apparent lack of motivation as the cause of an incident is not relevant as it is the perception of the victim or any other person that counts'. ...

In a world obsessed with evidence-based public policy, it is odd that a new crime category which explicitly eschews evidence in favour of emotion is subjected to such little scrutiny. And it gets worse: the prosecution of a hate crime doesn't actually have to prove that hatred was the motivation. The CPS states: 'The prosecution does not... need to prove hatred as the motivating factor behind an offence.' The CPS says any crime that involves 'ill-will, ill-feeling, spite, contempt, prejudice, unfriendliness, antagonism, resentment, or dislike' on the basis of a 'personal characteristic' could be a hate crime. So unfriendliness can now be criminal. Next time you read about a hate-crime epidemic, bear that in mind.

Burglaries and robberies are often recorded as hate crimes. According to the Home Office, of all the hate incidents in the Crime Survey for England and Wales, 8 per cent are burglaries. ...

The 'Hate Crime Operational Guidance' demands 'increasing the reporting and recording of hate crime'. It specifies that success should not be measured by a reduction in hate-crime levels, perhaps because this will give people the impression that community life in Britain is getting better, and we can't have that. 'Targets that see success as reducing hate crime are not appropriate,' it says, as this won't 'motivate managers' to 'promote positive recording' or 'increase the opportunity for victims to report'. So 'success' has one meaning only: creating evidence to suggest the problem is getting worse. The police are incentivised to find hatred, because their goal isn't to tackle crime so much as to create a public impression of mass hatred.

Why are our authorities so willing to push this deceptive agenda? Why is our country determined to see itself as bigoted? It's because creating a panic about hate crime gives officials and others a sense of purpose and history. But the squalid search for, and exaggeration of, hatred is dangerous and, to use a word so popular on social media, divisive. ...

According to one leftie online magazine, Britain now evokes 'nightmares of 1930s Germany'. But this doesn't square with the reality of our country today, and you shouldn't believe it. The hate-crime epidemic is a self-sustaining myth – a libel against the nation.
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Immigration – EU referendum
Immigration and free movement: the way forward
J. Portes
National Institute of Economic and Social Research, 3 August 2016.

If the UK's vote to leave the European Union was a vote against anything, it was a vote against free movement of workers within the EU – a vote to "take (back) control" over immigration policy. ...

So what does that mean for UK immigration policy? ...

... There appears to be a growing consensus, uniting almost all pro-Remain politicians (including the new prime minister) and much of the Leave camp, that the UK should seek to maintain as full access to the Single Market as possible. At the same time, as noted above, it is impossible to view the referendum result as anything other than a rejection of free movement in its current form. Some degree of control of EU migration for work purposes would appear to be a political necessity.

As a consequence, it looks likely that the UK's negotiating position may coalesce around what has been described as 'EEA minus'. This implies that while free movement would not continue as now, we would not move to an immigration system that gives effectively equal treatment to EU and non-EU nationals; there would still be a considerable degree of preference for the former. What might this entail, in terms of a negotiating position for a government that wanted to demonstrate that we can indeed control immigration from the EU, within the limits of administrative and political feasibility? ...
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Immigration abroad – European Union
Brussels' plan to INCREASE migration to Europe blasted by furious German MPs
Nick Gutteridge
Daily Express, 2 August 2016.

Brussels bureaucrats have unveiled plans to increase the number of migrants entering Europe by significantly slackening the rules surrounding family reunification.

The EU is drawing up new laws which will unleash a fresh wave of migration and completely undermine attempts to bring the refugee crisis under control, according to furious Germany politicians.

Under proposals put forward by the European Commission drastic changes will be made to the rules which govern who refugees that successfully make it to Europe can bring over to live with them.

Rebellious members of Angela Merkel's ruling party in Germany have already expressed dismay over the plans, branding them "unacceptable" and saying they will spark huge new numbers of migrants just when the refugee crisis is beginning to subside.
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Diversity – BBC, discrimination
BBC seeks Panorama researcher but only apply if you're 'black, Asian or non-white'
Rebecca Perring
Daily Express, 2 August 2016.

The BBC has found itself at the centre of another discrimination row after it emerged the corporation is STILL advertising paid placements white people CANNOT apply for.

The taxpayer-funded corporation has been accused of "absolute discrimination" after it posted the advertisement for an internship role researching for Panorama – but only available to "UK nationals from a black, Asian or non-white ethnic minority".

The role is for a paid placement with a bursary of £20,000.

It appears the corporation hasn't learnt its lesson after it faced an angry backlash for advertising another internship, which white people couldn't apply for, just a few months ago.

Antonia Stuart, who is campaigning to eliminate discrimination in job advertisements in Britain, told "This BBC job advertisement is absolute discrimination and simply abhorrent. What does it matter what race you are to do this job?

"The job role should be open to everyone regardless of race, age or sex or social status. Currently there are no legal guidelines in place for advertising jobs therefore the job advert can discriminate, which is a growing issue." ...

Miss Stuart added: "The number of occurrences of job adverts discriminating against race, sex, age and social status is now at a rather worrying level and becoming a common problem which must be addressed in Parliament." ...

A spokeswoman for BBC defended the advert.

She said: "This is not a job, but simply a training and development opportunity.

"This training scheme is designed as a positive action scheme to address an identified under-representation of people from ethnic minority backgrounds in certain roles; such schemes are as allowed under the Equality Act."
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Illegal immigration – campaigners
Byron Hamburgers branch is forced to close by far-Left campaigners after chain carried out immigration sting operation on its OWN workers
Amie Gordon
MailOnline, 2 August 2016.

A branch of Byron was forced to close after campaigners lined the pavement outside to protest [at] the company's role in an immigration 'sting' which saw dozens of its workers rounded up.

More than 100 Left-wing demonstrators lined the pavements and waved banners outside the restaurant in Holborn, Central London. ...

Protesters accused Byron of carrying out 'underhand entrapment' after 35 workers from Albania, Brazil, Mexico, Nepal and Egypt were held after being lured to early-morning raids on the pretext of attending staff meetings. ...

Last week, the Home Office said 35 people were arrested for immigration offences at a number of restaurants across London, following an operation carried out with the 'full co-operation' of Byron in July.

The burger business carried out the correct 'right to work' checks on staff members, but had been shown false or counterfeit documentation, and will therefore not face civil penalty action, the Home Office said. ...

Attending last night's protest were an assortment of far-Left groups describing themselves as 'anti-racism, anti-discrimination and anti-sexism'.

United Voices of the World Union consists of migrants of mostly Latin American descent working in low-paid jobs such as cleaning.

Other organisations include London Latinxs – a 'direct action' group describing itself as 'radically anti-discrimination' and also mostly made up of Latin Americans.

Meanwhile, Global Justice Now wants to 'mobilise the UK to create a more just and equal world'.

War on Want targets the 'root causes of poverty and human rights violation, as part of the worldwide movement for global justice'.

Lesbian and Gays Support the Migrants is a movement that 'challenges the Right-wing media narrative' around immigration.
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Illegal immigration – Syrians
Thousands of Syrian migrants arrested for trying to SLIP into the UK
Rebecca Flood
Daily Express, 1 August 2016.

Thousands of Syrian migrants are illegally sneaking into the UK, according to shocking figures.

More than 5,000 have been caught in the past three-and-a-half years getting through Britain's borders.

The statistics, obtained from a Freedom of Information request by the Daily Star Sunday, reveal 2,227 Syrians without any form of paperwork were arrested and detained in the UK last year - which equates to 42 a week.

That figure is up from 1,442 in 2014, and just 882 the year before.

And some 1,000 are already thought to have been arrested this year alone. ...

By last December, 70 per cent of illegal Syrian immigrants who had been granted temporary admission or release were thought to have slipped through the hands of authorities.

An immigration source said: "The Government has told enforcement officers to make Syrians a priority and make sure their asylum claims are dealt with above all else.

"Most are not being removed so anyone who gets here and has a claim refused just stays on temporary admission or release.

"Obviously that increases the chances of them going AWOL.

"And that's what tends to happen.

"Once their claim has been considered and refused, and they're thrown out of Home Office accommodation and given money, they just disappear and are usually only encountered when the immigration officers find them working illegally or in a house where a target is living.

"The bottom line is that we are seeing a huge increase in the number of Syrians gaining illegal entry either on boats or in the back of lorries driven by smuggling gangs." ...

From January to March last year, 524 Syrians applied for asylum in the UK and 92 were refused.
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Crime – Syrians
Police arrest 900 Syrians in England and Wales for crimes including rape and child abuse
Siobhan McFadyen
Daily Express, 1 August 2016.

Shocking police figures released for England and Wales have shown nearly 900 Syrians have been arrested in just one year.

And officials say the migrants were accused of sickening crimes including rapes and child abuse.

Now critics say they are concerned that the thousands of Syrians entering Britain each year under resettlement schemes are being allowed to enter the country unchecked. ...

According to Parliamentary research paper it is possible for Syrians to claim asylum upon arrival or after-entry to the UK.

It states: "Syrian nationals were the sixth-largest group of asylum applicants in the year ending March 2016, 2,539 main applicants.

"87 per cent of initial asylum decisions in Syrian cases gave permission to remain in the UK. ..."

The figure of 900 came from a Freedom of Information request by the Sun on Sunday.
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Multiculturalism – refugees, attitude to women
Teach refugees lessons in women's equality, says Labour MP
The Guardian, 1 August 2016.

Male refugees settling in Britain should be given lessons about female equality, a Labour MP has suggested.

Thangam Debbonaire, who chairs the all-party parliamentary group on refugees, said the move could be part of a national drive to improve male attitudes towards women.

Debbonaire said that new arrivals need a "sensitive" introduction to a different culture. The MP, who has just launched an inquiry into the experiences of new refugees in the UK, drew parallels with concerns in Germany after some migrants were accused of sexual assaults at New Year's Eve celebrations.

"What I don't want is for the British people to respond to a case of assault or sexual harassment by saying no to more refugees, which seemed to be what the public's response to Germany was in danger of becoming," the MP told the Daily Telegraph.
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Illegal immigration
Bugging Byron: activists release cockroaches and locusts at burger chain
Nicola Slawson
The Guardian, 1 August 2016.

Two London branches of Byron have been forced to close after protesters released hundreds of live insects into the restaurants, part of a growing backlash following the burger chain's involvement in an immigration sting against its own staff.

Activists from two organisations, London Black Revs and Malcolm X Movement, let out a "swarm of insects" in Byron's Shaftesbury Avenue and Holborn restaurants on Friday evening.
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Illegal immigration
The #BoycottByron mob don't want facts on immigration, just righteous fury
Bryony Gordon
Daily Telegraph, 1 August 2016.

Take the recent outrage over claims that Byron, a burger chain with restaurants in England and Scotland, worked with the Home Office to have 35 of its staff deported back to countries including Brazil, Nepal, Egypt and Albania. That doesn't sound so great, does it?

Then you discover that by "working with" the Home Office, the company was simply obeying the law by giving the Government access to workers who had used false documentation to get jobs, thus taking work away from other people (immigrants included).

Then on Friday, thousands of cockroaches and locusts were released into two of the chain's restaurants in London. ...

The great virtue-signallers of social media valiantly announced they would not be spending £8 on a burger, to show solidarity for the deported workers. ...

... Byron fulfilled its legal duty by checking its workers' documents, which turned out to be false. The fakes fooled Byron but were picked up by the Home Office, which has the final responsibiliy to verify immigration status. The system worked.

But the Boycott Byron movement is emblematic of a knee-jerk society where there is now only black and white, good versus evil; where you are right and anyone who doesn't agree with you is not just wrong but wicked. ... ... Would the people boycotting Byron rather see the company break the law, thus making them inadvertent supporters of people traffickers, not to mention liable for hundreds of thousands of pounds of fines, which would no doubt lead to the firm having to lay off migrants and others working in its restaurants?
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Immigration – public opinion, European Union
Immigration is TOP concern for EU residents - closely followed by terrorism, study finds
Vickiie Oliphant
Daily Express, 1 August 2016.

Immigration and terrorism are still seen as the top challenges facing the European Union (EU) as thousands seeking asylum continue to travel to the bloc.

An EU-wide survey of 32,000 people on behalf of the European Commission has found immigration remains at the top of the most frequently cited issues facing the EU - ahead of national concerns including the economy and unemployment. ...

The study has revealed 48 per cent of people feel immigration is the biggest issue facing European countries - although this has dropped by ten points from the previous report.

While migrant concerns have dropped, terror fears have increased by 14 per cent.

Immigration was recorded as the number one concern in 20 member states and among the top two concerns in all countries, except Portugal. ...

Terrorism was recorded as the number one issue in eight member states and among the top two concerns in all countries, except Greece.

A total of 39 per cent voted for terrorism as their top fear - an increase of 14 per cent.

The survey was also carried out before several large-scale terror attacks across the bloc, including the Nice attack which killed 84 people and an attack on a church in Normandy in which two ISIS soldiers slit the throat of a priest in front of a packed congregation during morning mass.
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Racism – discrimination
Police watchdog IPCC 'favours black complainants'
BBC, 1 August 2016.

The police watchdog is now "more likely to believe black complainants than white police officers", according to a former officer and equality campaigner.

Dal Babu, ex-president of the National Black Police Association, said the Independent Police Complaints Commission had "flipped" too far and did not look into racism claims fairly.

He spoke days after a misconduct case of three officers accused of racism against a black firefighter collapsed.

The IPCC has rejected Mr Babu's claims.

Mr Babu, a former Metropolitan Police chief superintendent who retired three years ago, told BBC Radio 4's Broadcasting House programme the IPCC had been "incredibly unfair against white officers".
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Terrorism – Islam, politics, immigrant influence
The Threat of Islamist Terrorism in Europe and How the U.S. Should Respond
Robin Simcox
The Heritage Foundation, 1 August 2016.

Europe faces a persistent threat from Islamist terrorism. It is one that has increased with the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), the al-Qaeda offshoot that now controls significant parts of Iraq and Syria. The director of Europol recently described the current situation as "the highest terrorist threat we have faced for over 10 years." ...

An unprecedented level of migration into Europe from the Middle East, Africa, and the Balkans is fundamentally changing the continent. Even excluding legal migration, the EU's external border force estimated that 1 million people entered Europe illegally in 2015. The true number, as the agency accepts, will clearly be larger. ...

One diplomat told the House Committee on Homeland Security that refugees were barely screened at all, commenting that "there are no real controls. [The authorities] take fingerprints, accept whatever identification they provide – if they have one – and send them on their way." The committee concluded that a "large proportion of the refugees and migrants that have entered Europe this year are unregistered, and even those who have been registered upon arrival have gone through a process that is rife with security holes." For example, even if registration forms, photographs, and fingerprints are taken, they are rarely cross-checked with counterterrorism watch lists.

It is hardly surprising, then, that Hans Georg-Maassen, head of the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz, Germany's domestic intelligence agency, has concluded that "we have repeatedly seen that terrorists... have slipped in camouflaged or disguised as refugees" and that General Philip Breedlove, NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that "the terrorists, and the returning foreign fighters are clearly a daily part of the refugee flow in Europe." ...

The impact of using the refugee crisis to infiltrate Europe in this manner is exacerbated by the fact that large numbers of ISIS sympathizers and other pre-existing radical networks were already operating in the continent. Some of these sympathizers have carried out attacks in Europe or have been thwarted from doing so. The presence of hardened ISIS terrorists, recruiters, and bomb makers from the Syria–Iraq conflict who are now potentially operating among, or even guiding, some of those already radicalized individuals only heightens the threat that Europe faces. ...

Yet a January 2014 article in The Guardian, based on conversations with senior officials at the Ministry of Defence (MoD), reported a "growing reluctance in an increasingly multicultural Britain to see U.K. troops deployed on the ground in future operations abroad." This subsequently affected MoD strategic defense reviews. According to these military sources, there was "a resistance in an increasingly diverse nation to see British troops deployed in countries from which U.K. citizens, or their families, once came. There is also concern that British troops have been seen taking action mainly in Muslim societies."

This was a euphemistic way of saying that as domestic Muslim opinion disapproved of British military action abroad, deploying troops abroad – as in Iraq and Afghanistan – would no longer be possible due to the U.K.'s demographic composition.
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