IMMIGRATION CONCERN

Immigration and related issues, mainly in the United Kingdom.

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RECENT NEWS AND VIEWS

Extracts in date order, except latest additions first. Updated 16 February 2019

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Terrorism – Islam
Jihadists returning to UK have skills and connections to be 'very dangerous', says MI6 chief
Kim Sengupta
Independent, 16 February 2019.

Isis remains a potent threat despite the imminent loss of the last enclaves of its caliphate, and the terrorist group will continue to attempt vicious attacks in Britain and elsewhere in the West, the head of MI6 has warned.

Alex Younger said that western jihadists coming back from the Middle East were a source of deep concern amid ongoing debate about Shamina Begum, who ran away to Syria to join Isis four years ago aged 15, and now wants to return to Britain.

Speaking to journalists at the annual Munich security conference, Mr Younger said that returning Isis members could be very dangerous.

Asked about the security threats to the UK posed by the returning fighters and jihadi brides, Mr Younger said: "We are very concerned about this because all experience tells us that once someone has put themselves in that sort of position, they are likely to have acquired both the skills and connections that make them potentially very dangerous."

They also, he said, experienced extreme radicalisation. "That fact needs to be uppermost in our minds," he said. "So as we approach this admittedly extremely complex and difficult problem, public safety is the first thing that we will consider."
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Terrorism – Islam
UK's 'most dangerous extremist group' regenerating after terrorist prisoners released
Lizzie Dearden
Independent, 16 February 2019.

Britain's "most prolific and dangerous extremist group" is regenerating following the release of several convicted terrorists from prison, it has been suggested.

Supporters of Anjem Choudary's al-Muhajiroun group carried out atrocities including the London Bridge attack, 7/7 London bombings and murder of Lee Rigby, and many have fought for Isis, al-Qaeda and the Taliban abroad.

Choudary is among several activists released from prison in the past six months, as well as men who canvassed support for Isis on Oxford Street and members of a terror cell that plotted to bomb the London Stock Exchange in 2010.

The head of national counterterror policing said officers were working to disrupt terrorist activity by al-Muhajiroun, which has shown itself to be adept at surviving past crackdowns. ...

Chief executive Nick Lowles told The Independent: "The release of some of their more prominent activists, albeit on strict controls, appears to be galvanising some younger supporters into re-establishing street stalls and other public activities.

"While a mere shadow of its former self, al-Muhajiroun still has the potential to cause havoc." ...

Dr Kenney, author of The Islamic State in Britain, predicted some recently released extremists will restart their activities when licence conditions expire.
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Multiculturalism – terrorism
This isn't your home anymore, Shamima
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 14 February 2019.

To see the staggering narcissism and sense of entitlement that exists among certain sections of British youth today, look no further than the comments made by Shamima Begum. This is the young woman from London who ran away to join ISIS. Who turned her back on liberal democracy in favour of life in a 7th-century Islamic caliphate. Who rejected Britain and ran into the arms of a vicious and backward movement that despises Britain and everything it stands for. Who turned her back on her family, her community and her nation and shacked up with a fundamentalist army that has massacred British citizens, whether by slitting their throats in the Syrian desert or killing their children with homemade bombs packed with nails and screws. And yet there is Ms Begum today, on the front page of The Times, saying she wants to come 'home'. Well, I'm sorry Shamima – this isn't your home anymore.

... Begum says she just wants to 'come home and live quietly with my child' (she is reportedly nine months pregnant) and she says she's confident her and her child will be 'taken care of'. There's the casual, implicitly arrogant assumption that it is absolutely fine that she holds values that run directly, violently counter to British values. She says she has no regrets about joining ISIS and that the sight of severed human heads in dustbins 'didn't faze me at all', seemingly unmoved by the fact that the vast majority of Britons will find such views morally and dangerously repellent.
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Politics – Conservative Party
The Conservative Government is planning the largest immigration amnesty in history
Bow Group, 11 February 2019.

"Using the distraction of Brexit the UK Government is in the process of sneaking through the largest immigration amnesty in history"

Cllr Benjamin Harris-Quinney, Chairman, The Bow Group


Key Points:

• On Monday 28th January 2019 Home Secretary Sajid Javid stated to Parliament that he was abandoning the Conservative Party's longstanding manifesto commitment to cut levels of migration to the UK to the "tens of thousands".

• Both a Bow Group study in 2016 & a Migration Watch study in 2018 found that over 80% of newly created British citizens were either foreign born or born to a foreign parent. Immigration will therefore be the most significant aspect of population growth in the UK over the coming decades.

• For the past 15 years immigration has consistently ranked as one of the top 3 concerns for the electorate, with 40% of the public considering the issue to be the most important.

• Gross migraton figures into the UK have consistently exceeded 500,000 over the past 10 years, equivalent to the addition of a city the size of Manchester each year.

• In the run up to the 2010 general election the Conservative Party committed to "cutting immigration figures down to the tens of thousands", this has featured in the Party's manifesto for the last 3 general elections, in all of which they have been elected to government.

• Despite the commitment, and the Conservative Party's longstanding official opposition to mass migration, former Chancellor George Osborne said upon leaving office that Cabinet Ministers in Government since 2010 had never taken the pledge seriously.

• The Governmnet has created a situation with its instructions to civil servants, proposed Brexit Withdrawal Bill, & Immigration White Paper, that would grant a migration amnesty to up to 500,000 EU students & their families. ...

We call on the Government to:

1. Maintain the pledge to cap migration at a maximum of 99,000, with a view to reducing numbers gradually to 30,000 over a 10 year period.

2. Use gross rather than net figures when tracking migration, to ensure the British public are aware of the number of people entering the country to live and work.

3. Clarify that they will not be granting the largest migration amnesty in British history to EU students & their families.

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The Home Office has eased the path to residency and citizenship by applying a don't ask don't tell policy to EU students post Brexit. Waiving checks for compulsory insurance means lifetime access to benefits, social housing, NHS and the voting rights of citizenship. This could distort outcomes in future elections and referendums, and arguably the most important point is that the British public are not aware of what the Government is doing, nor did they vote for it"

Dr Jon Stanley, Senior Research Fellow, The Bow Group
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Diversity – Islamophobia, free speech
My diversity targets for the BBC
Rod Liddle
The Spectator, 16 February 2019.

Meanwhile, I have written to Lord Hall, the director-general of the BBC, to demand that the corporation introduces targets to ensure that Britain's Islamophobic community is adequately represented on air. /.../ But I will concentrate my efforts at first on gaining justice for the UK's beleaguered Islamo-phobes, such as myself. We face the most appalling discrimination, the latest of which comes from Oxford City Council.

The council has unanimously passed a motion outlawing all forms of Islamophobia. This includes, but is not confined to, anyone who propagates 'the myth of Muslim identity having a unique propensity for terrorism and claims of a demographic "threat" posed by Muslims or of a "Muslim takeover"'.

Well OK, I might quibble about the word 'unique' – I think 'remarkable' or 'vibrant' might fit better in that sentence. But otherwise, they've got me down to a tee. The next one prohibits people from 'accusing Muslims as a group, or Muslim majority states, of inventing or exaggerating Islamophobia'. I think I'm off the hook on that one as I don't believe that Islamophobia exists at all: it is instead a rational response to a singularly belligerent ideology. And then comes these two little nuggets:

'Accusing Muslim citizens of being more loyal to the "Ummah" (transnational Muslim community) or to their countries of origin, or to the alleged priorities of Muslims worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations.'

'Denying Muslim populations, the right to self-determination e.g., by claiming that the existence of an independent Palestine or Kashmir is a terrorist endeavour.'

So people in Oxford are no longer to say of the radical preacher Anjem Choudary that he is more loyal to the Muslim Ummah than he is to his own country – when that is precisely what Anjem Choudary would tell you, unequivocally, if you asked him (and perhaps thousands of other Muslims in the UK would say the same). In other words, speaking the truth is verboten in Oxford. ...

But in fairness, Oxford City Council is merely following the path taken by other city councils, enjoined to do so by the All Party Parliamentary Group's definition of what constitutes Islamophobia. A few years ago the Metropolitan Police decided that merely to criticise Islam was to be found guilty of Islamophobia. This conjecture was based upon an earlier definition of Islamophobia from the reliably deranged Runnymede Trust, which insisted that to describe Islam as 'sexist' or 'separate' was also Islamophobic, as was venturing to suggest that from time to time – just occasionally – the religion has been used to justify acts of terrorism. To suggest that your own Christian faith was superior to Islam is Islamophobic – a bizarre conclusion, because presumably if you elect to follow a faith, you surely believe it to be superior to all the other faiths out there in the great faith marketplace.
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Population – social cohesion
If only my wife had been Hungarian... our four sons would have slashed the family tax bill
Tom Utley
Daily Mail, 15 February 2019.

For as long as I can remember, Conservative politicians have paraded as champions of marriage and the family, proclaiming these to be the most precious of all institutions and swearing to uphold and support them.

They have a mighty funny way of showing it. Indeed, throughout my 65 years on this Earth – almost two-thirds of them under Tory-led governments – state support for traditional families has been steadily whittled away. ...

If you don't believe me, go to the Government's own website and feed the figures into its child benefit calculator.

No wonder so many mothers these days feel forced to go out to work – including many whose every instinct tells them they'd be far happier bringing up their own children at home, instead of handing them over each morning to (fantastically expensive) child-minders. ...

Today I ask you only to compare Whitehall's attitude to the family with the remarkable policies announced this week by Hungary's Prime Minister, Viktor Orban.

Under plans he outlined in his state of the nation speech, mothers who raise at least four children will get a lifetime's personal exemption from income tax. But that's only the start of it.

Families with three or more children will also qualify for a subsidy of 2.5 million forints (£6,900) towards buying a seven-seater vehicle. ...

With all 28 countries in the EU now experiencing fertility rates below the level needed to balance deaths with births (in Hungary, 131,00 died in 2017, while only 94,000 were born), you don't have to be an Orbanista to see that migration is in many ways an unsatisfactory solution.

Like it or not, it is simply a fact of life that homogeneous nations – whose people share a language and loyalty to a common culture, history and traditions – are easier to govern than more diverse populations.

Indeed, the paradox is that the more liberal an immigration policy, the more illiberal a government has to be to maintain law and order.

Speaking for myself, I don't care a jot what colour my fellow subjects happen to be, or what creed they profess, as long as they respect our laws and system of government, try to learn our language and don't foment hatred of our way of life.

The great majority of migrants to this country fulfil all these criteria, making a hugely valuable contribution to our society. But there's no denying that many don't.

All right, I grant you that being born in the UK is no absolute guarantee of loyalty to Britain. ...

But the citizenship we are born with is as good a start as we can get to feeling patriotic affection for our country and its people. That aside, the self-reliant family is the most cost-effective and humane welfare system known to man.

For the sake of Britain's future, let's have more babies – and fewer abortions.
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Asylum – European Union
EU asylum applications fall to below half crisis peak
Clare Roth
Reuters, 13 February 2019.

The number of people seeking asylum in the European Union fell for a third straight year in 2018 to less than half the peak during the 2015-2016 migration crisis, data released on Wednesday showed.

The bloc's asylum agency reported 635,000 applications in 2018, still more than double the figures typical before the 2011 "Arab Spring" uprisings spread war and instability across North Africa and the Middle East.

The 2018 figure was slightly below 641,000 asylum applications filed in 2014, the last year before a surge in arrivals by the Mediterranean sea created a high-profile humanitarian and political crisis.

The asylum figures peaked at 1.4 million and 1.3 million in 2015 and 2016. One of the main sea routes used by asylum seekers to reach Europe - from Turkey to Greece - was largely shut in 2016, and another - from Libya to Italy - was sharply curbed last year.

Before the "Arab Spring", around 300,000 people typically sought asylum in the EU each year. ...

Asylum approval rates are falling in the EU, with rejections outnumbering approvals two to one last year, the report by the bloc's asylum agency EASO showed. In 2015, more than half of applications were successful.

The highest number of applicants still came from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq last year, although there was a sharp spike in the number of Colombians and Venezuelans applying.
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Politics – Conservative Party
Retraction of our paper on post-Brexit migration levels
Migration Watch UK, 13 February 2019.

We have decided to withdraw the paper issued today on post-Brexit migration levels. There was an error in the calculations which was unfortunately overlooked at the final stages of preparation. We apologise for the error and will rectify it in the course of producing a revised version.
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Bias – BBC, ITV
BBC dodged immigration debate, says John Sergeant: Veteran broadcaster claims 'sensible discussion' on subject was shelved for fear of outcry
Alisha Rouse
Daily Mail, 12 February 2019.

The BBC and ITV were too scared to tackle the 'taboo' subject of immigration in news bulletins, John Sergeant has claimed.

The former political correspondent, who has worked on both channels, said TV news tended to avoid the issue as it is too 'controversial'.

This led to a lack of serious debate on the topic as 'sensible discussion' was shelved for fear of provoking outcry.

'In my years [at] the BBC and ITV, I was fully aware of the immigration taboo,' he wrote in Radio Times. 'There is an old journalistic rule that says 'if in doubt, leave it out' and, looking back, we were guilty of not encouraging more serious debate on this subject.'

The veteran journalist, 74, warned that British democracy will suffer for years to come unless the topic is discussed openly.

He said of introducing a new immigration system: 'I am not suggesting that this can be done without a high level of controversy. That is inevitable.

'But at least we could try to reduce personal attacks on the integrity of those who put forward the case for a proper system of immigration control. It is not racist to talk openly about this subject.

'It is yet another difficult issue that we have to grapple with. And if we fail to do so, this country and our democracy will suffer for many years to come. But as with all serious political issues, brushing it under the carpet is also dangerous and it leads to widespread misunderstandings that we fail to address at our peril.' ...

Sergeant was the BBC's chief political correspondent for eight years from 1992 before moving to ITN to become its political editor for two years.
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Immigration abroad – America, USA
Some 42 million Latin Americans say they want to move to the US - and 5 million plan to do so WITHIN 12 months, new poll shows
Ariel Zilber
Daily Mail, 11 February 2019.

Some 42 million Latin Americans want to migrate to the United States, according to a new Gallup poll.

The survey was taken to gauge the opinions of some 450 million residents of the 33 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Of those who participated in the survey, 27 per cent said they would like to permanently move to another country if they could.

The 27 per cent represents about 120 million people, according to Gallup.

When the respondents were asked where they would like to move, 35 per cent - or 42 million - said they preferred to come to the U.S.

Gallup also found that 5 million people from Latin America and the Caribbean say they would like to relocate to America within the next 12 months.
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Repatriation/deportation – legal aid
Rochdale paedophile gang handed £1m in legal aid to fight deportation
Nick Parker
The Sun, 11 February 2019.

Members of a paedophile gang have received more than £1 million in taxpayer-funded legal aid to fight deportation.

The four, from Pakistan, were among nine men jailed in 2012 for sexual offences, including rape, against underage girls in Rochdale.

Ringleader Shabir Ahmed, 65, Abdul Aziz, 42, Adil Khan, 43, and Qari Abdul Rauf, 44, claimed a move to strip them of their citizenship in order to deport them breached their human rights.

They were granted legal aid to fight their case and Ahmed – who made girls he raped call him "Daddy" – was allowed to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights from jail.

The beast, who got 22 years, tried to claim his convictions were a conspiracy by police and his jury to "scapegoat" Muslims. He lost.

Alleged stalling tactics at appeals by the four were described as "weakening the rule of law" by Mr Justice Bernard McCloskey, the UK's most senior immigration judge.

Aziz, Khan and Rauf finally lost their fight last August when judges upheld a decision to strip them of citizenship.

But they and Ahmed have so far received £1,003,783 in legal aid, The Sun's Freedom of Information requests reveal.
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Repatriation/deportation – legal aid
Jailed Al-Qaeda chief receives £800k in legal aid to appeal his conviction
Dominik Lemanski
The Sun, 11 February 2019.

Al-Qaeda's top ranked boss jailed in Britain has received almost £800,000 legal aid to appeal his conviction.

Rangzieb Ahmed, 43, got life in 2008 for plotting attacks in the UK.

Ahmed, said to have had links to the 7/7 London bombers who killed 52 in 2005, was found with notebooks listing details of terror contacts written in invisible ink.

He was also suspected of having contact with extremists behind the failed bomb plot in the capital two weeks later.

Rochdale-born Ahmed was arrested in Pakistan.

He was the first person convicted in the UK on a charge of directing a terrorist organisation.

Yet he has received £782,407 in taxpayer-funded hand-outs, a Sun on Sunday freedom of information request found.

It includes £589,667 to pay for a barrister and lawyers in court, plus £121,892 for a failed appeal against conviction in 2011.

He also got £60,435 towards a civil action against police as well as a further £306 for "legal help".

He has a parole hearing next month and MP David Davies branded the payments "an outrage".

He said: "He shouldn't be walking the streets yet he is receiving vast amounts of taxpayers' money in order to enable him to do so."
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Crime – burqa
Man wearing burqa and dress steals £7k Rolex watch in knifepoint robbery
Maia Snow
Leicestershire Live, 11 February 2019.

A man who robbed a shop at knifepoint while wearing a dress and made off with a Rolex watch worth thousands has been jailed.

Imtiaz Patel appeared at Leicester Crown Court today (February 11) following an incident on January 5 this year in which he threatened a shop worker in Haymarket, Leicester city centre.

The 42-year-old entered the shop at 9.40am wearing a dress, a burqa and with a scarf across his face.
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Immigration abroad – European Union, Turkey
When Angela Merkel upset Donald Tusk over immigration
Vanessa Thorpe
The Observer, 10 February 2019.

Donald Tusk was enraged when Angela Merkel held private talks with Turkey to stem the flow of refugees and migrants into the European Union, warning the plan would be "a catastrophe", a new documentary reveals.

"I couldn't believe it was true. These were my closest partners," Tusk tells a BBC2 documentary, Inside Europe: Ten Years of Turmoil, about the migration crisis to be aired on Monday.

The controversial deal was stitched together at an unofficial Sunday night meeting in 2016 held between Merkel, the German chancellor, Holland's prime minister Mark Rutte and the Turkish premier, Ahmet Davutoglu, ahead of an EU summit in Brussels.

It saw Turkey agree to take back Syrian refugees in exchange for the doubling of financial aid and a renewed chance to be considered for membership of the EU.

Rutte explains his decision to go to the source of the people-smuggling problem when negotiations about EU migration quotas stalled. ...

Merkel and Rutte agreed nearly all the items of Davutoglu's wishlist, the programme reveals. "I regarded it as a win-win deal," the former Turkish premier explains. ...

An official deal with Turkey was signed two weeks later.
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Politics – Labour Party, Brexit
Tony Blair triggered Brexit with CRAZY policy on unchecked immigration - Brexiteer
Aurora Bosotti
Sunday Express, 10 February 2019.

Tony Blair "propelled Britain out of the European Union" with his failure to create a regulated immigration system after the bloc extended freedom of movement rights to new member states, Brexiteer Patrick Minford claimed.

Patrick Minford suggested former Prime Minister Tony Blair contributed to the Brexit vote with his decision not to fall in line with other EU member states and regulate migration from new bloc members. During Mr Blair's tenure, the European Union extended freedom of movement rights to 10 new member states in what is to date the largest single extension of the union. The Brexiteer economist argued the British Prime Minister failed to create an appropriate migration policy in a deliberate bid to lure EU newcomers into the Labour Party.

... Prof Minford said: "The Blair Government let in all people from Eastern Europe straight away and this was a terrible mistake.

"It certainly was a contributing factor to the Brexit debate. There's not much more to be said other than Blair should not have done this and he was crazy to do it. He had an agenda." ...

Prof Minford continued: "The reason he did it was he thought they would all be Labour voters and so he thought, politically, it was a smart thing to do.

"Get a lot of new immigrants into the UK, all of whom would change the demographics of the vote. This was an irresponsible and foolish thing to do. Of course, what it did is propel us out of the EU."
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Politics – Labour Party
Jeremy Corbyn wanted 'unrestricted immigration' when he first arrived as a new MP at Westminster in 1983 and believed anyone who disagreed with him was racist, book reveals
Tom Bower
Mail on Sunday, 10 February 2019.

Dressed in a dirty jacket and creased trousers, Jeremy Corbyn arrived in Westminster as a new MP in the summer of 1983.

He immediately told friends that Parliament was 'a waste of time' with no relevance to his Islington constituents, especially the immigrant communities.

To meet them, he set up offices in the Red Rose Centre in Holloway where his door was always open to a tide of human misery: Cypriots, Jamaicans, Indians, Pakistanis, South Africans, South Americans, Somalis, West Saharans and Kurds all sought his help.

The procession of petitioners reinforced his conviction that Britain should allow unrestricted immigration – and offer the world's destitute an open invitation to share our wealth.

In his opinion, all immigrant communities were victims of white imperialists, and the British state owed them a financial obligation. Anyone who disagreed was racist.

Four years later Corbyn was back in Westminster for another first day of the new Parliament.

To celebrate a new era, Britain's first three black MPs – all Labour – marched into the Commons chamber together.

Paul Boateng, Diane Abbott and Bernie Grant, together with the Asian Keith Vaz, each dressed in their parents' national costumes, created an unprecedented spectacle as they walked towards the Speaker to take the oath.

Acting as part-supplicant and part-valet, Corbyn walked immediately behind, pleased to have a place as the honorary white man for the black caucus.

'Look at Jeremy,' said Brian Wilson, a new Scottish MP, to George Galloway, who had also been newly elected. 'He would black up if he could.'
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Immigration abroad – Islamism, Canada
Will Canada be the battleground between 'progressives' and Islam?
Karen Harradine
Conservative Woman, 9 February 2019.

The Islamic Party of Ontario registered last year for the province's elections and advocates a theocracy for Canada governed by Sharia law. ...

Islamist political parties in the West are not a new phenomenon. The Islamic Party of Britain, which advocated Sharia law and the death penalty for homosexuals, was operative from 1989-2006.

Respect – the lovechild of Islamism and socialism – managed to get George Galloway elected to Parliament before it too disbanded in 2016 after a misogyny scandal. The Australian Muslim Party lasted only a year before its founder was arrested for fraud.

But this was before Islamism became all the rage in Western Left-wing political circles. /.../ How much of a success the Islamic Party of yet to be seen. It certainly has competition not only from the socialist NDP but also from the Liberals. During his tenure Trudeau has approved policies and made decisions that would make the most vehement Islamist proud. ...

... The notorious M-103 motion, passed by Canada's House of Commons in 2017, makes criticism of Islam illegal and outlaws 'Islamophobia'. Sponsored by Liberal MP Iqra Khalid, M-103 makes no mention of any other faiths despite claims that it protects against all forms of religious discrimination. Worryingly, Islamophobia is now illegal in Canada but a political party promoting destructive Sharia law is accepted.

A phobia denotes an irrational fear. There is certainly nothing to fear from most Muslims, but there is something to fear from Islamists given that they are the greatest perpetrators of terrorism in the world today. ....

Seemingly Canada is another Western country with an out-of-touch and weak leader who is paving the way for Islamism to thrive. /.../ The fight for the survival of the West's Enlightenment values may well take place in Canada when the seemingly unstoppable force of progressive intersectionality finally meets the immovable object of Islamism.
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Politics – Labour Party
Labour Backing Free Movement After Brexit Would Be A Betrayal Of Our Voters And Principles
Brendan Chilton
HuffPost, 8 February 2019.
[Brendan Chilton is general secretary of Labour Leave]

During the 2017 election, Labour made a specific manifesto commitment was given to end freedom of movement. This week's intervention by Sir Keir Starmer signals a change in the Labour leadership's stance. Sir Keir's comments suggesting Labour ought to explore "qualified free movement" after Brexit is at odds with existing Labour party policy and the manifesto which secured us the endorsement of almost 13 million voters.

It is widely accepted that the issue of immigration was at the forefront of the referendum campaign in 2016. The reasons for this are plain to see for anyone who understands the concerns of working-class communities. For years unmanaged immigration exclusively from the EU into the UK did fundamentally change the makeup of communities and increase pressures on the employment market and public services. Free movement is a policy which works solely for the interests of large multinationals and corporations providing them with an endless supply of cheap labour.

The Labour Party has always championed an internationalist immigration policy over a regionalist one. ...

Labour has always been a radical force in the world that has campaigned with other international liberation movements to advance the lot of peoples from the developing world. How the Labour movement ever managed to find itself in a position where it supported a structure of white privilege is beyond comprehension. What is more astonishing is that there are still those within the Labour and trade union movement who wish to see this neo-imperial model continued even after we have left the European Union.

Taking back control was the overarching message of the Leave campaign. Leaving the EU means the British government is once again in a position to determine our immigration policy. Maintaining qualified free movement from the EU will not allow a future Labour government to develop a policy that is truly inclusive and fair to all nations. ...

The primary objections to the current immigration arrangements are that people do not feel their government is able to control our borders. There is nothing racist or xenophobic about wanting to be able to determine the numbers of people arriving in your country, whatever Chuka Umunna or Anna Soubry tell us.
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Immigration abroad – crime, Switzerland
Foreigners Make Up 80 Percent of Swiss Prison Inmates
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 8 February 2019.

The number of prisoners in Switzerland has soared in the last 30 years with foreigners now accounting for 80 per cent of the prison population, according to the Swiss Federal Statistical Office.

The study shows the rate of incarceration has gone from 72 per 100,000 residents in 1988 to 82 in 2017, Radio Télévision Suisse reports.

During the 30-year period, Switzerland saw its prison population increase from 4,621 to 6,907, a 50 per cent increase overall.

In the first decade from 1988 to 1998, Swiss citizens made up around 31 per cent of the prisoners compared to 28 per cent who were foreigners living in Switzerland and 41 per cent who were foreigners residing overseas. In 1989, Swiss citizens made up as much as 44 per cent of prisoners.

During the next two decades, the number of Swiss citizen prisoners fell to only 20 per cent, with foreigners residing in Switzerland going up to 37 per cent in the second decade and back down to 28 per cent in the third.

Foreign prisoners who live overseas rapidly grew in the third decade to where they now account for over half of the prisoners in the Swiss prison system.

The statistics come only months after it was revealed that Switzerland had deported 1,000 migrant criminals in 2017, including 348 from the Balkan region and 250 from Africa.
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Immigration – civilisation, Hungary, Europe
Hungary Shows the West the Path to Survival
Scott McConnell
American Conservative, 8 February 2019.

A specter is haunting the European Union – the specter of Eastern Europe. ...

... The glossy French center-right weekly Le Point warns with alarm that Hungary's president Viktor Orbán "outlines the shape of another Europe." ...

It might be difficult to place Orbán's government precisely on a political freedom scale. /.../ Overall, I would conclude that Orbán isn't a model democrat or technocratic open economy exemplar, but he also isn't any sort of aspiring dictator.

Orbán's notoriety ultimately has little to do with his arcane transgressions against what Western Europe's rulers consider good government. It exists because he addresses, in language stunningly clear for a politician, the key civilizational questions facing Europe, those that richer countries are loathe to hear.

... The government has also sent out questionnaires asking Hungarians whether they think the solution to Hungary's demographic crisis is stronger support for families or higher immigration. Katalin Novak, Orbán's minister of family and youth, explained unabashedly that the purpose of this was "to send a clear message to Brussels: the renovation of Europe is impossible without support for families and Hungary wants neither immigration nor a modification of its population." This sort of frankness from leaders in the wealthier West is inconceivable. ...

Of course, the other half of the demography subject is immigration. In an address during the fall of 2016 that still resonates, Orbán proclaimed that Europe is "in mortal danger":

The danger is "not attacking us the way wars and natural disasters do... mass migration is a slow stream of water persistently eroding the shores. It is masquerading as a humanitarian cause, but its true nature is the occupation of territory. And what is gaining territory for them is losing territory for us. Flocks of obsessed human rights defenders feel the overwhelming urge to reprimand us.... [A]llegedly we are hostile xenophobes but the truth is that the history of our nation is also one of inclusion, of the intertwining of cultures. Those who have sought to come here as new family members, as allies, or as displaced persons fearing for their lives have been let in to make a new home for themselves. But those who have come here with the intention of changing our country, of shaping our nation in their own image, have been met with resistance." ...

... The former president of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus, wrote a short but excellent book, Europe All Inclusive, about the migration crisis in which he charged that Europe's western elites were supporting mass immigration explicitly to smash the remaining power of nation states so full European unification could be achieved. Poland has likewise refused EU demands to resettle refugees from the Mideast and North Africa. ...

Perhaps we are in for a reprise, when the people of the west learn once again from the east what is true and essential about their own societies. Of course, there are parallels between the communists' aspirations and the open borders diversity project. Both are genuinely revolutionary in their desire to destroy and remake Western societies according to models that have little viable precedent in human experience.
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Immigration – exploitation, Africans
Exploiters and Exploited: Of Italy, the EU, and African migration
Theodore Dalrymple
City Journal, 7 February 2019.

The friendly feelings that Europeans harbor for one another were well illustrated recently by some remarks by Luigi di Maio, one of the two deputy prime ministers of Italy. He said that European countries that had helped to bring about the flux of migrants from Africa – France most importantly among them – should be penalized. France, he said, was still colonizing and exploiting many African countries, so it was hardly surprising that so many Africans were driven to leave the continent. ...

The claim that France is to blame for so many African would-be migrants is, however, not only wrong but dangerous. Di Maio said that the source of France's wealth is the exploitation of Africa: the latter is poor because the former is rich, and the former is rich because the latter is poor. Though this is clearly absurd, it is actually the theory held by a considerable number of development economists – Raúl Prebisch, Andre Gunder Frank, and Immanuel Wallerstein, among them – who influenced thinking on the subject of economic development for a long time, usually to disastrous effect. By giving his imprimatur to this way of thinking, di Miao can only contribute to the flow of migrants, who will come to see their admittance to Europe as restitution for wrong done to them. It will also undermine Europe's will to resist, for the same reason: it has no right to resist.
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Asylum – children, local councils
Why councils can't cope with the huge numbers of children seeking asylum in London
Talia Shadwell
My London, 6 February 2019.

There are so many young immigrants coming to London seeking asylum that literally every council in the capital has reached its limit for looking after them.

One council is even warning that some of these children are already recorded as missing as the system struggles to cope.

Kensington & Chelsea Council is among those calling for help from the government as it warns councils outside London are refusing to take on the extra arrivals. ...

Council staff told the family and children's services scrutiny committee on Monday (February 4) that every council in London reached their quota caps in November for the number of asylum-seekers they are required to care for.

A voluntary Home Office national transfer scheme is meant to allocate arrivals to regional local authorities around the UK to relieve pressured border arrival hotspots in the south-east and central London.

However staff told councillors some regional councils are refusing to take on more of the young asylum-seekers, although they did not say why, with one saying: "It's just not working." ...

Following the meeting, Home Office did not clarify which areas were declining to take asylum-seekers and why. ...

"Since we launched the National Transfer Scheme in July 2016, it has transferred 790 unaccompanied children to local authorities who have offered placements to care for them.

"We are currently reviewing the funding arrangements for unaccompanied asylum seeking children in partnership with local authorities."

It added that a funding review was ongoing, but the Government was providing local authorities with £41,610 a year for under-16s and £33,215 a year for those aged 16 and 17, as well as £200 per week for former UASC who go on to attract leaving care support. ...

Nationwide, there has been a boom in the numbers with 1,950 UASC counted in the UK in 2013, rising to 4,560 in 2017.
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Crime – knife crime, London
Children and teenagers behind half of London knife crime, police figures reveal
Martin Bentham
Evening Standard, 6 February 2019.

Half of all knife crime offenders in London are teenagers or even younger children, new Met figures have revealed in a stark illustration of the scale of youth violence in the capital.

The police statistics show that 41 per cent of those being caught for knife crimes across London's boroughs are now aged between 15 and 19.

Another 8 per cent are younger still, ranging in age from ten to 14, in a further sign of how carrying and using blades has become part of life for a minority of troubled young people.

The new figures came as a Scotland Yard chief warned that attacks in the capital were also becoming "more ferocious" as offenders who were "more and more young" tried to kill or injure by "getting up close and stabbing someone several times". ...

Chief Superintendent Ade Adelekan, the head of the Met's Violent Crime Task Force, added that police were striving hard to tackle the problem and "making some progress" by upping stop and search and using other tactics, including the deployment of "embedded" plain clothes officers to work with uniformed counterparts in the worst hit communities to help police intervene before stabbings occurred. ...

Another 17 per cent were aged between 20 and 24, meaning that the under-25s account for two thirds of all knife crime in the capital.

On ethnicity, Mr Adelekan said that 73 per cent of knife offenders and 53 per cent of victims were from a black or ethnic minority background.
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Racism – preferences, discrimination, dating
'Why is it OK to ban certain races on your dating profile?'
Jessie Tu
Sydney Morning Herald, 6 February 2019.

Lately, my single, female friends have been telling me about the extraordinary messages they receive on sites like Tinder, OkCupid and Hinge.

I image the scenario playing out like this: the messages are written on cardboard signs which men hold up – like this actual line on the profile of a sun-kissed Liam Hemsworth lookalike: "Looking for love. Pls no foreigners."

Or this: "Only keen on Aussie chicks". Or this: "No Blacks or Asians". ...

You'd never find a job ad that discriminates against applicants based on race. That's against the law. Why is it okay, then, to announce a ban against engaging with a race of people on your dating profile?

Some openly announce "NO ASIANS/ NO BLACKS". I wonder how harmful this might be to an Asian, like me, or black person, to see this regularly – how this might diminish our self-hood and dignity. ...

People are entitled to date whomever they want. Could it be possible, though, that the "sign holders" have received cultural signals that "black people are undesirable and possibly even dangerous", "Asians have nothing interesting to say", and those whom English is a second language can't offer anything of value?

Our sexual preferences are shaped and altered by forces we seem, on the whole, to be very reluctant to critique. ...

The recently-appointed Race Discrimination Commissioner, Chin Tan, told me, "Online, as in all other aspects of life, racism and racial discrimination is never acceptable.

"Dating apps must reflect the same standards of non-discrimination as those expected in the broader community. I urge them to act quickly to remove users who do not comply with these guidelines and to effectively resolve complaints where racism is brought to their attention." ...

William Ward, a lawyer who specialises in discrimination law at Meyer Vanderberg Lawyers, says, despite the existence of racial vilification laws, when it comes to dating apps there's a difference between stating a preference, and vilifying a race. An individual user would need to express racially vilifying, offensive statements to breach these laws. ...

I wouldn't like to judge someone based on these imagined ideas. They are stereotypes, and stereotypes are often wrong.

I'd want to grant a stranger the dignity to be treated as an individual.
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Diversity – Rotterdam, Netherlands
Dutch City: Street Names Too White, Will Be Made More Diverse
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 5 February 2019.

The local government of Rotterdam has decided to name all new streets in the city after women and minorities after complaints by some local politicians that the current names are too male and too white.

The Dutch city's government announced that it would be accepting the proposal to make the city's street names more "diverse" a year after the initiative was put forth by left-wing party Democrats 66 (D66), the GreenLeft, and the Labour party, Dutch newspaper Telegraaf reports.

Councillor Nadia Arsieni, of the D66 party, was the one to initially recommend the proposal and said she was happy the local government had accepted it saying, "A sample showed that a large number of the streets were named after men of Western origin. That does not fit in the Rotterdam of today."

Deputy Mayor Bert Wijbenga explained that diversity was the main motivation for the move and said, "In order to give substance to more cultural diversity, the policy rules stipulate that the attribution of names of women and other underrepresented groups from society should be preferred for personal names," and added, "diversity is at the forefront."

Wijbenga also announced that there were no intentions to rename existing streets stating that, "there will always be room for the great men of Rotterdam."
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Immigration – family reunions, chain migration
Ministers urged to relax immigration rules on family reunions
Jamie Grierson
The Guardian, 5 February 2019.

The government is under pressure from MPs and charities to relax family reunion rules for refugees settled in the UK.

Current immigration rules only allow adult refugees to apply for their married or civil partners and dependent children under 18 to join them. Grandparents, parents, siblings and children who are 18 or older are ineligible.

In addition, children who are in the UK alone and have refugee status do not have a right to be reunited with even their closest family members.

MPs and campaigners want the rules to be changed, either through amendments to the government's flagship post-Brexit immigration bill or through a private member's bill put forward by the SNP MP Angus MacNeil.

This week, Oxfam will call on its supporters to step up pressure on ministers by contacting their MPs and supporting the changes. ...

Last week the immigration bill was debated in the House of Commons and numerous MPs raised the issue of family reunion.
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Fraud and corruption – citizenship
Citizenship test cheats: Migrants 'pay criminals £2,000 to feed them the answers through tiny earpieces' so that they can win the right to stay in Britain
Josh White
Daily Mail, 4 February 2019.

Migrants are paying fixers to help them cheat in citizenship tests to win the right to stay in Britain.

Undercover footage shows how lax security lets criminals feed their 'customers' the right answers via tiny earpieces.

The scam, exposed by BBC London News, is the latest in a string of frauds designed to help migrants pass the much-maligned Life In The UK test.

Critics of security at test centres say elaborate schemes may have allowed thousands to fraudulently win British citizenship. ...

In the exposé, broadcast tonight, an undercover reporter meets with Abdul Reza Masud, director of the Ideal Learning Academy in east London. Instead of offering tuition to pass the test, Masud is seen asking the reporter for £2,000 to help him cheat.

Handed a tiny earpiece, the undercover reporter is not searched before he sits the multiple-choice test in a west London centre. Once inside, he is allowed to choose whether he reads the questions, or listens to them via headphones. He picks the latter option – and his small earpiece then picks up the sound from the headphones, relaying the questions to the waiting accomplice. This allows them to tell the reporter which answers to choose. ...

Former immigration officer Jay Sudra told the BBC: 'The Home Office need to look into this urgently. How many citizens do we have in the UK that have fraudulently obtained a test certificate? It potentially runs into thousands.

'You have to question the security of the entire process.

'For them to get to a stage where they obtain permanent residency, where they obtain a British passport, it's truly, truly shocking.'
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Immigration – numbers, GP registrations
How many migrants have registered with GPs in the last decade?
Grace Rahman
Full Fact, 4 February 2019.

A post claiming that according to the Lancet medical journal, 6.5 million migrants have registered with GPs in the last 10 years, has been shared almost 29,000 times on Facebook.

That's correct looking at the number of GP registrations in England and Wales where the person's previous address was probably outside the UK.

But this is not a very good way of measuring how much the population has grown because of immigration.

For most of the period it covers, this measurement could have double counted some immigrants who registered at one GP, moved homes within England and Wales, and then registered at another. But NHS Digital, which collects the figures, doesn't know the extent of that double counting and the figure doesn't factor in how many of these registrations will be from people who only stayed for a short period.

And it doesn't come from the Lancet, it comes from data collected by NHS Digital and published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

There were 6.5 million GP registrations between 2007 and 2017 in England and Wales, where the person's previous address was recorded as being outside of the UK and it was the first time they were registering for a GP here.

But those records don't always accurately show whether someone's previous address was outside the UK.

The records of these GP registrations have something called a "flag 4" attached. ...

NHS Digital told us that until March 2016, "it was possible for a patient to be registered in one area as flag 4 then move to another area and be registered again as a flag 4", so migrants who moved around may have been double counted.

NHS Digital also told us that until 2016 if a UK citizen had left the UK for more than three months then came back and registered with a new GP in England and Wales, they would also be counted as a flag 4.

The ONS says: "A person may register with a GP if they are staying in the UK for at least three months and so flag 4s may include some short-term migrants, which are not included in the population estimates." Short-term migration is defined as between a three and 12 month stay for work or study.

Because of that, this measure is not a very good way of finding out how much the population has grown because of immigration.

Looking at long-term migration, if you add up the difference between the estimated number of non-British people who arrived in or left the UK in the ten years ending June 2018, it's about three million. Although because of issues with the data up to 2011, that figure is likely to be an underestimate.

This is a completely different measure to GP registrations, and looks at a larger area (the UK, rather than England and Wales) and a slightly different time period (the ten years up to June 2018 rather than the ten years up to 2017), than the GP registrations figure did. ...

A different measure also makes the 6.5 million figure look too steep. Looking at the UK population by nationality, the number of non-British residents has grown by an estimated 2.2 million between 2007 and 2017. This figure comes from a survey of UK households, and there's also reason to think this may be a slight underestimate.
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Diversity – racism, employment, Republic of Ireland
Guinness Sorry for 'Racist' Ad Linking Ancestry to National Pride
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 4 February 2019.

Guinness has dropped a number of rugby sponsorship adverts in Ireland after complaints that they could cause "offence or confusion" to immigrants.

The world-famous dry stout company, which is a sponsor and the official beer of the Six Nations rugby tournament, apologised for any "offence or confusion" caused by the billboards, which read: "You Don't Pick A Side. Your Grandparents Have Done That Already."

Guinness announced it would remove the adverts, which were placed around Dublin ahead of Ireland's rugby match against England, following outcry from the Immigrant Council of Europe, which complained that the campaign "doesn't celebrate the strength of the Irish team (& wider society) or the huge benefit our diversity brings".

Commenting that "Irish society is richer in its diversity," chief executive of the taxpayer-funded NGO, Brian Killoran, added the slogan seemed like "a misstep in Guinness' advertising".

A spokesman for drinks company Diageo, which owns Guinness, said the campaign "was meant to show the competitive nature of the Guinness Six Nations", and that the company "regret if the billboard caused offence or confusion". ...

Asserting that "diversity and inclusion are core values of our business", and pointing to its partnership with the Immigrant Council of Ireland on so-called 'diversity programmes', the spokesman added that Diageo was grateful for the feedback. ...

Guinness, whose world-famous product originated in a Dublin brewery in 1759, was hailed by the United Nations' (UN) refugee agency last year for its work employing and holding training programmes for asylum seekers at its iconic Storehouse headquarters in the Irish capital.

The managing director of the Guinness Storehouse, Paul Carty, was highly supportive of rule changes allowing asylum seekers to work, telling local media last March that staffing was "going to be the biggest challenge" for the hospitality sector in the coming years.
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Diversity – free speech
How our illiberal laws fuel campus censorship
Jon Holbrook
Spiked, 4 February 2019.
[Jon Holbrook is a barrister]

On Saturday, government-backed guidance on free speech for English and Welsh universities was published. This has been a pressing issue for several years, not least because universities are supposed to cherish the free exchange of ideas and the importance of debate as a means of understanding truth. And yet, stories of speakers being No Platformed have continually made headlines in recent years.

... To this end, the guidance states that 'everyone has the right to express views and opinions, including those that may offend, shock or disturb others'.

Yet the detail of the guidance, published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, makes clear that given the current legal framework it is much easier for universities and students to curtail free speech than to protect it. The right to express views that may offend, shock or disturb is highly attenuated by the politics of diversity. In other words, the guidance will have the effect of empowering campus censors. ...

The discourse of diversity is driven by the Equality Act. Passed in 2010 by the Labour government, but with full Tory and Liberal Democrat support, this legislation has done much to motor those who seek to curtail free speech on campus. ... ...

But those who identify with the politics of diversity see it differently. They know that by making a fuss they can readily persuade a university that they have been offended, shocked or disturbed. They claim, with the force of law, that if the speaker is not banned or the debate is not cancelled then the university may be breaching its legal duties. Forthright individuals and robust institutions may seek to tough it out. But the force of law is always there pushing gradually and incrementally in the same direction. By constantly pushing in favour of diversity, the Equality Act exerts a powerful influence against those who would seek to raise challenging issues.

The guidance also suggests that the Equality Act may require student organisers to timetable a series of speaker events so that they do not fall during Islamic Friday prayers. Fairly obviously, if Muslims are empowered by law to influence when debates are scheduled, then the same law gives them even greater rights over the content of debates that they consider to be offensive or shocking.

... On each occasion, the protesters can claim legal backing. They connect with a protected characteristic such as being trans, gay, female, black or Muslim and claim that speech must be curbed in favour of the greater good of diversity. ...

Asking the Equality and Human Rights Commission, an organisation created to promote equality law, to draft guidance to protect free speech was never going to work. But at least it has advised faithfully on what the law actually requires. It sends a clear message that free speech on campus must yield to the politics of diversity. And until the law is changed, those who hold views that bien pensants on campus find 'unfashionable and controversial' will need considerable fortitude to express them.
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Politics – universities, free speech
Universities are allowing free speech to be curtailed in favour of 'rule of the mob', former equalities chief warns
Camilla Turner
Sunday Telegraph, 3 February 2019.

Universities are allowing free speech to be curtailed on campuses in favour of "rule of the mob", the former equalities chief has warned, as he says vice-Chancellors must stop behaving like "frightened children" and take a stand.

Trevor Phillips, who wrote the National Union of Students' (NUS) original "no platforming" policy in the 1970s, said that it is now being used in an "ugly" and "authoritarian" way. ...

This week the Government published guidance for universities on free speech, which said that speakers should not be banned from campus just because they "offend, shock or disturb" students.

It is the first time in 30 years that ministers have intervened to protect free speech at universities, and follows widespread concern about censorship of unfashionable views.

It says that universities have a legal duty to uphold free speech, and that the starting point should be that any event can go ahead, so long as it is within the law. ...

Mr Phillips, who is the former chair of the chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said the erosion of free speech on campus must not be solely blamed on students.

"It is weakness of faculties and university authorities who in many cases just cannot seem to bring themselves to stand up for higher education values," he said. ...

Mr Phillips, who is the chair of Index on Censorship, an pro-free speech organisation, said that university culture is worse than thought police and is more like the Stasi, where "the expression of a non-sanctioned opinion becomes a crime - and that's where we have got to on some campuses".

He said: "The debate becomes not the most persuasive argument but who can gather the loudest shouting voices. What you are really talking about is the rule of the mob - that has come to campuses. I find all of those things incredibly threatening."
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Egalitarianism – universities, degrees
Govt: Universities Must Close Ethnic Achievement Gaps or Face Sanctions
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 3 February 2019.

The Government has ordered British universities to achieve equality of outcome between ethnic groups, warning of sanctions for institutions which fail to make "good progress" towards this goal.

Ministers announced that universities would be held to account on disparities in academic attainment between different ethnic groups after data showed gaps in the proportion of students awarded top grades for their degrees.

The latest figures show that 79 percent of white students received a first-class or upper second-class (2:1) degree in 2015/26, compared to 72 percent of Chinese students, 71 percent of Indian students, 62 percent of Pakistani students, and 51 percent of "Black Other" students.

New powers given to universities watchdog the Office for Students (OfS) will see institutions forced to publish data on admissions and attainment, broken down by ethnicity, gender, and socio-economic background, in order to "shine a spotlight on those making good progress and those lagging behind" on equality of outcome between different demographics.

The government did not mention possible causes behind disparities, but the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), which published the figures, placed responsibility on universities rather than students to correct the supposed problem, stressing that "action needs to focus on institutional barriers and inequalities, rather than 'improving' or 'fixing' the student."

"Traditionally the language of the attainment gap has focused on students' underachievement or lack of attainment, whereas it should focus on the institutional culture, curriculum and pedagogy," it added. ...

Measures announced by ministers this week came as part of the Government's 'Race Disparity Audit' – an initiative commissioned by Prime Minister Theresa May to measure differences between ethnic groups in a range of areas, from stop-and-search and arrest rates to home ownership levels, with a promise to bring in measures which would stamp out differences. ...

Professor Edward Byrne, President of King's College London, where Mr Skidmore launched the initiative this week, appeared to contradict the minister's claim that equality measures are a bid to ensure universities reflect the demographic make-up of the United Kingdom, stating he was "proud" that 49 percent of undergraduates at the institution in the previous academic year "were from black, Asian and other ethnic minority backgrounds" – which is actually far above their share of the general population.

Breitbart London previously reported how non-white students are now a majority at 23 higher education institutions, and data shows white school pupils were significantly less likely to go on to higher education than those from other ethnic backgrounds.

With the lowest entry rate of all ethnic groups, just 29 percent of white pupils commenced higher education in 2017, with figures revealing young white people from the most wealthy socio-economic group were less likely to attend university than Chinese pupils from the poorest backgrounds.
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Illegal immigration – Ireland, UK
Photos illustrate some of the 900 attempts by migrants to stowaway on Ireland-bound ferry foiled by Spanish police
Owen Conlon and Ann Mooney
Irish Sun, 3 February 2019.

These are the photos which illustrate some of the 900 attempts by migrants to stowaway on an Ireland-bound ferry which were foiled by Spanish police.

Cops in the northern port of Santander say they have intercepted an average of 130 illegal boardings on lorries since the sea-link to Cork opened last May. ...

The vast majority of those caught are Albanian – authorities in both countries believe the bi-weekly Brittany Ferries service was specifically targeted by trafficking gangs seeking a back door to the UK via the North.

There is no suggestion of any involvement on the part of Brittany Ferries or its staff.

The gangs charge those seeking to use their 'service' a minimum of €3,000 per person.

A source said: "The detection rate on the Spanish side has resulted in small numbers arriving in Ireland. Since the service began about 20 illegal immigrants have been found.

"The main nationality trying to gain entry in this way into Ireland is Albanian but they only see Ireland as their route into Britain so they don't contact the immigration authorities here because they want the British to be their first point of contact when seeking asylum."
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Multiculturalism – Islam
Western/MENA attitudes to religion portray a lack of faith in common values
Dr Joel Rogers de Waal
YouGov, 3 February 2019.

YouGov was recently commissioned by the Muslim Council of Elders to conduct a multi-country study on attitudes to religion in the West and Middle East/North Africa region, in support of an interfaith meeting between His Holiness Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al Azhar, Shaikh Ahmed Mohammad al-Tayeb, in Abu Dhabi on 5th February.

The research included online surveys in France, Germany, Britain, the United States, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Algeria and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). ...

As findings show, substantial portions of Western respondents in the survey perceived a clash between Islam and the values of society in their country.

This included nearly half of respondents in France (46%) and Germany (47%), and a plurality in the United States (36%) and Britain (38%) who chose this statement. Notably smaller portions chose the alternative statement – that Islam is generally compatible with the values of society in their country – including 22% in France, 20% in Germany, 17% in the United States and 24% in Britain.

In a separate survey experiment for the purpose of comparison, only 14% of US respondents perceived such a clash with Buddhism, with similar or matching results for Sikhism (15%) and Hinduism (14%). Likewise, only 6% of British respondents perceived a values clash with Buddhism, while just 8% said the same for both Sikhism and Hinduism. ...

Nearly half of French respondents (49%) said they felt either fairly (18%) or very (31%) unfavourable towards Islam, compared with 19% who were unfavourable towards Judaism, 13% unfavourable towards Hinduism, 14% unfavourable towards Sikhism, 9% unfavourable towards Buddhism, and 15% unfavourable towards Christianity.

53% of German respondents were unfavourable towards Islam, compared with a range of only 10% to 22% who were unfavourable to the other religions listed.

The United States and Britain showed a similar trend but with smaller portions overall who felt unfavourable towards Islam (37% and 32% respectively).

Clear majorities of Western respondents in the study also described themselves as either very or fairly concerned about the possible rise of extremism in Islam, including 72% in both France and Germany, 66% in Britain and 56% in the United States.
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Racism – football
Is it society's job to stop people singing racist jokes?
Rod Liddle
The Spectator, 2 February 2019.

Where would you rather come from, Pakistan or Liverpool? ...

This was the question posed, in an extremely offensive truncated form, by a minuscule sub-section of Millwall supporters during the side's otherwise heroic victory over Everton in the FA Cup last Saturday. ...

That it was a vanishingly small minority singing what used to be, until comparatively recently, a very familiar chant does not seem to matter to them. A certain hyperbole takes over. An Everton fan was slashed in the face with a Stanley knife during the same game, but this outrage gained far less coverage. ...

There remain a few isolated pockets of people who wish to express themselves in a racially offensive manner at football matches, and I'm not sure that it is society's job to tell them that in reality there could be nothing better, more enriching, than having a provenance in Lahore or Sefton. ...

The game has to a large degree been gentrified now, but reservoirs of enormously vituperous and socially unacceptable spite remain, and I suppose it discombobulates the middle classes when these are brought to light. We thought that had all gone! No, not quite, not yet. But it will.
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Immigration abroad – USA
Louis Farrakhan calls for separate state for Black Americans, says that's 'what God wants'
Lukas Mikelionis
Fox News, 2 February 2019.

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan called for a separate state for Black Americans in an Instagram video posted on Thursday, saying that's "what God wants" while those opposed he described as "slaves." ...

"That's not just my goal. That's what God wants. Most of our people don't want it here," Farrakhan said. "You love your enemy. You want to stay with your enemy. You're in love with his wealth. I understand the fascination, slaves. I understand that. But God has something else for us."

The preacher went on to reiterate that neither he nor his group has changed its goal of a separate state since its creation in the 1960s. ...

"Black Power. Black Power to do what? To integrate a lunch counter? Black Power to build a nation for 40 million – now near 50 million – black people," he added.

Farrakhan's post appears to be a clip from an interview on "The Rock Newman Show" in 2015. It remains unclear what prompted him to post the video again.
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Illegal immigration – fake documents
Crooks selling fake IDs to illegal immigrants to land care jobs working with elderly and vulnerable
Jake Ryan
The Sun, 1 February 2019.

Crooks are providing illegal immigrants with fake passports and documents to land jobs caring for the vulnerable in a plot exposed by The Sun.

The criminals were able to supply our investigators with a "full package" of bogus documents under a false name – including a Kenyan passport, UK residency permit, National Insurance letter and utility bills – for just £400.

A staff member at Reliable Care Services, based in Chadwell Heath, East London, acted as a fixer – supplying our investigator with details of cohorts who could provide the dodgy documents.

The agency supplies staff to charities and organisations including Mencap, homeless group St Mungo's, housing body Metropolitan Thames Valley and The Westminster Society, which supports those with learning disabilities. The scam means their vulnerable clients could have been cared for by staff whose criminal backgrounds were unchecked.

And it could mean workers who arrived in the UK illegally were able to dodge spot checks by Immigration Enforcement officers with their bogus paperwork. ...

The Sun's probe into staff at RCS began six months ago following an anonymous tip-off.

Posing as a migrant without papers, one of our investigators visited the firm having been promised a staff member would explain how to create a fake ID.

He was introduced to consultant Julius Muturi, 32, who said: "It costs about £400-500 to get the papers we can use. Once we get the papers done we can help each other." ...

As well as the passport, the package included a Jobcentre National Insurance letter and a UK residency permit, plus BT and Scottish Power bills registered to the address we provided.

Muturi then got in touch and asked for money to be transferred to RCS to pay for a Disclosure and Barring Service check – which would come back clean under the new, fake name.

"James" was then booked in for two days training with RCS before starting work as a carer, but did not attend.

Our investigator also spoke to RCS carer Kennedy Njoroge, who admitted working for the company under false documents.
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Illegal immigration – visas, fake colleges
Grinning 'bogus college' scam boss poses in bed with £65,000 in cash - all made on the back of illegal immigration
Andrew Bardsley
Manchester Evening News, 1 February 2019.

Posing on a bed full of cash, at least £65,000 worth, it looks like Muhammad Babar Bashir was celebrating a lottery win as he boasted of the wealth he had created for himself.

Police also found about £90,000 in cash hidden in the loft of his co- defendant, Tashina Nayyar, and a further £29,500 in a safety deposit box.

But this was not wealth created by an honestly run business - they were making money on the back of illegal immigration.

Now Bashir is on the run, a fugitive who failed to show up for his sentencing hearing. Nayyar has been jailed.

Bashir, 38, from Moss Side; Nayyar, 51, from Chorlton; and another man, Koteswara Nallamothu, 36, were running 'bogus colleges'.

These fake colleges had nothing that you would expect from a legitimately run institution.

There were no books, equipment or teachers giving lessons.

Instead, they were ran as a way of profiting from 1,300 people who wanted to live and study in the UK, who were otherwise ineligible.

Their 'cash for visas' scam clearly proved to be lucrative.

It worked by taking over failing further education colleges, which were previously legitimately run, and using them as a cash cow. ...

People would hand over cash to the pair in exchange for a 'golden ticket' - a confirmation of acceptance of study (CAS) letter - which enabled them to get a student visa. ...

The majority of students who applied for CAS were already living in the EU, but used it as a way of securing their immigration status.

The scam saw £2.6m pass through St John College's accounts, and a further £856,000 go through the accounts of Kinnaird College, both over a two year period.

In total 955 'students' were granted a CAS letter through St John College, with 352 at Kinnaird.
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Racism – India
Esha Gupta: Has Instagram exposed everyday racism in India?
BBC, 1 February 2019.

Up until Monday, Esha Gupta was just a Bollywood actress with a passion for Arsenal football club.

That changed after the actress decided to share a screengrab of a WhatsApp conversation in which a friend mocked the team's Nigerian star, Alex Iwobi, as a "gorilla" and "Neanderthal" who "evolution had stopped for".

"Hahaha," wrote the actress, who helped Arsenal unveil its 2017 away kit, as she shared the screengrab with her 3.4m Instagram followers. ...

Gupta apologised quickly, but the post hints at a long-known - but little acknowledged - problem of racism towards people of African descent in Indian society. ...

You don't have to look far to see examples of prejudice towards people of African descent in India: just look at how Bollywood treats its black characters. ...

But it is not just black people who find themselves being judged for the colour of their skin in India. Darker skinned Indians also find themselves struggling against prejudice.
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Immigration abroad – fence, Pakistan
As Trump Wall Stalls, Pakistan Builds 2,600-km Border Fence
Joseph Hammond
AMI Newswire, 1 February 2019.

While President Trump is having trouble adding a few miles of fence to America's incomplete border with Mexico, Pakistan is busy building one of the world's longest border fences.

Climbing over some of the world's toughest terrain, Pakistan's border fence will stretch more 1,800-miles and ascend more than 12,000-feet above sea level. ...

Built to divide Pakistan from Afghanistan, the logistical difficulties of the wall are enormous. ...

Despite the perils and pains of construction, a frozen few are working through the winter months to complete the border fence. Pakistan's fence is projected to be completed in the coming year.

The border fence is supposed to stop terrorists from carrying attacks in one country and fleeing to safety in the other. In the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, the terror attacks flow both ways.

... Pakistan projects completion of the long-delayed project, which has cost an estimated $550 million, by the end of 2019. Last year despite the Trump administration's move to cut some military funding to Pakistan, Islamabad reportedly appealed to the Trump administration for more funding to finish the ambitious project.

Nations as diverse as Estonia, Greece, Israel, Morocco, Mexico, and Spain (around its small African enclaves) have thrown up border walls to slow illicit migration. Though none are as long as Pakistan's or involve conquering such inhospitable terrain. ...

... When completed the chain-link fence anchored in concrete, is largely meant to slow intruders long enough for border guards or soldiers to arrive.
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Immigration abroad – voting, noncitizens, USA
Pennsylvania admits to 11,000 noncitizens registered to vote
Rowan Scarborough and Stephen Dinan
Washington Times, 30 January 2019.

A top Pennsylvania lawmaker called on the state Wednesday to immediately expunge the names of 11,198 noncitizens whom the state confirmed are registered to vote, despite not being eligible.

State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, a Republican and former chairman of a House government oversight panel, said the administration of Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, belatedly acknowledged the large number of noncitizens in communications over the past two months.

"I believe that we need to take action and have those people removed immediately from the rolls," Mr. Metcalfe told The Washington Times. "They were never eligible to vote."

Just days earlier, officials in Texas announced they had found nearly 100,000 noncitizens on the state's voter rolls. ...

Texas Secretary of State David Whitley used state driver's license records, which include immigration status, and compared those with voter rolls. He found that about 95,000 people whom the state says weren't citizens were among the 16 million registered voters.

Of those, about 58,000 had voted at some point since 1996.

State officials followed a similar process in Pennsylvania after admitting that a glitch in state motor vehicle bureau computers allowed noncitizens to register to vote easily. They, too, matched driver's license records with voter rolls and came up with nearly 11,200 names. ...

No state requires proof of citizenship to register to vote. A U.S. District Court judge last year struck down a law championed by then-Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to require citizenship documentation. Kansas took the ruling to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. ...

The noncitizen debate reached the national level in 2014 when Jesse T. Richman, a professor at Old Dominion University, and two colleagues began publishing estimates of thousands and perhaps millions of illegal voters.

Mr. Richman based his numbers on the comprehensive Cooperative Congressional Election Study conducted by YouGov polling and a consortium of colleges. It is one of the few polls that attempts to find noncitizen voters.
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