Immigration and related issues, mainly in the United Kingdom.

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Extracts in date order, except latest additions first. Updated 25 September 2016

Illegal immigration – repatriation
'Bribed' to go home: Illegal migrants given hugely generous packages to persuade them to leave UK
Martin Beckford
Mail on Sunday, 25 September 2016.

Thousands of illegal immigrants are being offered bribes to leave Britain with 'tailored packages' that include free flights, money to start up businesses and help with finding schools for their children.

The Home Office is also offering failed asylum seekers and those who overstay their visa an amnesty from arrest if they attend meetings to discuss their return.

And they are promising that anyone who leaves voluntarily could be allowed back into the UK in as little as two years, whereas those forcibly deported are banned from returning for a decade.

In an astonishing example of the official drive to effectively 'pay' illegal immigrants to leave, a senior immigration official has even appeared on a spiritual guru's TV show to promote the new measures.

But critics say the generous terms of the Voluntary Returns Scheme amounts to a bribe that sends out the message that it is OK to be in the UK illegally.

Tory backbencher Andrew Bridgen said: 'This looks like a bribe for people who have already committed a criminal act by being here illegally. And it could act as an incentive for more people to come illegally.'

Conservative MP Philip Hollobone added: 'If people surrender themselves, it may be an arrest is not required but we should continue to arrest illegal immigrants.'

It is estimated as many as a million illegal immigrants may be living in Britain, either having overstayed their visas or having smuggled themselves into the country.

Experts admit that the Government does not have the resources to find and deport all of them. ...

Surgeries are being held at Sikh gurdwaras and Hindu temples, mainly in North and West London, to agree travel plans. ...

The Home Office has paid failed asylum seekers and those whose visas have expired to return home since 1999. However, the latest figures show the numbers taking this up have fallen, from a high of 6,200 in 2006 to just 1,635 last year.

In 2012-13, the most recent year for which detailed figures are available, £8.8 million was spent on the scheme including £2.1 million on flights and £37,000 on travel documents, with much of the rest going on help for the returnees to start new lives back home. Each individual can get up to £2,000.

A Home Office spokesman said the new system aims to save £5 million a year, adding: 'Enforced returns cost the taxpayer several thousand pounds. Helping those depart voluntarily costs much less.'
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Employment – business
British business must stop 'mainlining' immigrants like a 'drug' Boris Johnson claims as he warns the PM she must trigger Brexit by May
Tim Sculthorpe
MailOnline, 25 September 2016.

Boris Johnson today warned British business it must stop 'mainlining' immigration as the UK quits the EU.

The Foreign Secretary said he was in favour of skilled foreign workers coming to the UK but said the Brexit vote was about 'control' over numbers to ensure British youngsters had a fair chance of work.

Mr Johnson said unlimited immigration from Europe for the past 25 years had left firms addicted to cheap labour from abroad. ...

Mr Johnson told the BBC's Andrew Marr: 'I want skilled and talented people to come to the UK if they want to fulfill their dreams in our country - I have no problem with that provided we have control.

'In the last figures we had, 333,000 people came net from around the world. That's a huge sum, 175,000 net from the EU, in an uncontrolled way.

'Most people in our country would say that is too high.'

He added: 'We have got to invest in our own young people, we have also got to build up the skills of this country.

'For 25 years UK business and industry have been mainlining immigration like a kind of drug without actually investing enough or caring enough about the skills and the training of young people in our country.'
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Immigration abroad – Mexico, USA
Mexico sees surge of migrants from Haiti, Africa and Asia
MailOnline / Associated Press, 25 September 2016.

Mexican immigration authorities said Saturday they have been hit by a surge of almost 5,000 Haitian, African and Asian migrants entering by the southern border in just a few days.

Recent experience suggests the 4,749 migrants entering through Mexico's Tapachula immigration center on the Guatemalan border will soon try to reach the California border, with many expected to apply for asylum. ...

That would mark a huge increase over the number seen so far this year. The institute said a total of 7,800 Haitian migrants entered Mexico through Guatemala between Jan. 1 and Sept. 21, as well as 1,701 migrants from Africa and 3,753 from various Asian.

The institute said that none of these Haitian, African or Asian migrants have requested permission to stay in Mexico. "Up to this moment, the institute has not received any requests from these foreigners for refuge, asylum or regularization, because they have expressed that their desire is to reach the United States."

The migrants cannot be sent back to their home countries, so Mexico gives them 20-day temporary visas so they can cross the country and get to the U.S. It said the Africans came mainly from the Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan and Nigeria. ...

Mexico said that in Baja California alone, about 1,230 Haitian, African and Asian migrants are waiting for asylum in the United States, in many cases at border crossing gates or bridges.

The institute said Mexico was trying to provide the asylum seekers with food and water while they waited for a U.S. response.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Sarah Saldana testified in Congress that other governments told her on a recent trip to Central America that 40,000 Haitians were on their way and called it an "emergency situation" on California's border.
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Crime – bogus marriages
Four men jailed for arranging sham marriages to mail order brides
Rochdale Online, 24 September 2016.

Four men, based in Rochdale, have been sentenced at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court for committing fraud by arranging sham marriages. ...

Shilpa Chauhan, Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West said: "The four men, who originated from Pakistan, facilitated sham marriages to young Roma Slovakian women.

"Shahid Mahboob and Nasir Khalil, who had over-stayed their permission to be in the UK and Hammed Khan who had only a temporary student visa, married their young brides in Gretna Green.

"The women who were from very poor backgrounds had been brought into the country in a mail order type scenario. They had been in Britain a very short time before they were married, some of them only a matter of days.

"Muhammad Farhan assisted Hammed Khan to arrange his sham marriage.

"Nasir Khalil also deceived a girl into marrying him as soon as she turned 16.

"This was a complex investigation and prosecution involving multiple strands of evidence.

"The men involved this criminal enterprise showed utter disregard for the welfare of the women they used in order simply to secure permission to stay in the UK. Mahboob and Khalil went so far as to father children with their wives. ..."
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Immigration abroad – Calais, France
Hollande says Calais migrants to be dispersed around France
Reuters, 24 September 2016.

French President Francois Hollande said on Saturday that thousands of migrants living in the shanty town near Calais known as the "Jungle" would be dispersed across the country, in an attempt to quell criticism of his handling of Europe's migrant crisis. ...

The migrants will be split into groups of 40 to 50 people for a limited period of three to four months, Hollande said. Those who fit the asylum criteria will be allowed to stay in France, while those who do not will be deported, he said.

"There should be no camp in France," the French president said, adding that the goal was to dismantle it completely.
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Immigration abroad – European Union
Hungary PM says Europe should process refugees in Libya
Marton Dunai
Reuters, 24 September 2016.

The European Union should set up a "giant refugee city" on the Libyan coast and process asylum claims there from refugees arriving from other African countries, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Saturday.

Mr Orban, speaking in Vienna after a summit of European and Balkans countries on the refugee crisis, gave few details and said that his own influence in such matters was small. But he insisted that the European Union's external borders should be under "total control" - including the Mediterranean border, in which Libya was instrumental.
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Immigration abroad – European Union
EU faces NEW migrant crisis: Brussels scrambles to stop huge inflow of refugees from Egypt
Jonathan Owen and Monika Pallenberg
Daily Express, 24 September 2016.

Brussels bureaucrats are scrambling to avert a fresh migrant crisis amid fears that a massive influx of asylum seekers from Egypt is imminent.

EU parliament chief Martin Schulz has called for an immediate deal with Cairo to close down the possibility of a sudden and massive rush for Europe. ...

And he threatened to pull the plug on aid funding to the impoverished North African country if it refuses to play ball and help the EU dig itself out of its migration hole. ...

More than 3,500 migrants have died while attempting to cross the Mediterranean this year, while some 300,000 people have got into Europe by sea, according to the International Organization for Migration (IoM).

There is growing concern over people coming from Egypt, and Flavio di Giacomo, an IoM spokesman in Rome, said: "The Egyptian route is used mainly by migrants coming from Eastern African countries – Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan – and some coming from the Middle East."
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Immigration abroad – Calais, France
Calais Jungle volunteer who raised alarm over 'sexual exploitation' of refugees publicly names himself
May Bulman
Independent, 24 September 2016.

Brendan Woodhouse, a former rescue worker who makes frequent trips to Calais to deliver aid, said a new "task force" had been set up to investigate allegations that volunteers, particularly women, were engaging in potentially exploitative sexual relationships with refugees in the camp. ...

Mr Woodhouse, 40, from Derbyshire, added that it would be a complex process to bring an end to the wide-ranging abuse, explaining that "there are a lot of complicated issue to deal with when tackling this." ...

There was a mixed response to the article on the Calais People to People Solidarity Facebook group, with some expressing outrage at the fact that the issue had been exposed to the public, while others saying it was a "relief" the issue was now being openly addressed.
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Immigration abroad – citizenship, USA
Email shows feds are racing to give citizenship to as many immigrants as possible BEFORE the election – and paying workers overtime to do it
Geoff Earle
Daily Mail, 24 September 2016.

An internal Obama administration memo reveals a push by an immigration field office to swear in as many new citizens as possible because of election year concerns.

An explosive memo from a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services field office head last summer urges an all-hands-on deck approach 'due to the election year.'

To keep the new citizens – and potential new voters – moving through the line, an unnamed government official was encouraged 'to take advantage of the OT if you can,' meaning overtime, in order to get processing done using overtime hours.
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Immigration abroad – France
The people have spoken! 'Three quarters' of French public want Calais 'Jungle' torn down
Peter Allen
Daily Express, 23 September 2016.

Three quarters of French people want to see the 'Jungle' refugee camp in Calais torn down, a new poll reveals.

The research shows 76 per cent of respondents calling for an end to the vast shanty camp, which currently contains around 10,000 asylum seekers who want to get to Britain.

It follows continuing fighting between them and the police, and nightly attempts by the migrants to stop lorries and cars heading for the UK so they can get onboard. ...

But they admit they have no alternative accommodation for the refugees, beyond trying to disperse them to centres in other parts of France. ...

The dispersion initiative has been ridiculed as completely ineffective, because most of the refugees just spend a few nights at the centres before returning to Calais.

Some 12000 places have been set aside in units across France, often in places as far away as the Alps, and the southern and western coast.

Similar dispersal schemes in the past have cost a fortune, but never provided a longterm solution to the build up of migrants in Calais.
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Multiculturalism – black students
Dead white European males built the modern world – batty NUS boss Bouattia take note
Paul T Horgan
Conservative Woman, 23 September 2016.

... an assertion by the controversial caudillo of the National Union of Students. Malia Bouattia states in a recent Guardian interview that.

"When we look at the incredibly Eurocentric curriculum, where people don't see themselves in what they're studying, and can't relate to it, and feel that their European counterparts hit the ground running, they can't see themselves advancing in the subjects."

She previously questioned whether students with diverse identities are,

"[...]forced to engage with content that doesn't relate to them, and perhaps is psychologically destructive?"

It's the 'Dead White European Males' argument, again. This has been bouncing around now for nearly thirty years.

It is not all of these deceased men. This is actually an argument about the humanities. It is likely that the NUS do not stray into the sciences or technology. It would be impossible to teach a non-Eurocentric STEM course. ...

If valid technological ideas care not for their origins, should that apply, in a spirit of comradely socialist equality, to all ideas? According to Malia Bouattia, the answer is no. This is a curious response. ...

Social, economic and political ideas are universal. So are the arts.
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Immigration abroad – Sweden
World Bank Chief: Sweden Should Create Independent Migrant State Where Laws Don't Apply
Oliver JJ Lane
Breitbart, 23 September 2016.

Sweden could solve their migrant problem by creating a new state-within-a-state where national laws don't apply and sending thousands of migrants and so-called refugees there, the incoming chief economist of the influential World Bank has said.

Paul Romer, director of New York University's Stern School of Business Urbanisation Project, made the remarks about his unusual approach to Sweden's migrant crisis this week in an interview with the national newspaper Dagens Nyhter. Suggesting the zone could model itself on British Hong Kong, the senior economist said it could bring enormous benefit at no cost to the taxpayer.

Explaining his plan, the economist said: "The refugee issue is a huge problem, but there are possible solutions. Sweden, a sparsely populated country, could rent out a land area the size of Hong Kong.

"That could take millions of people who would support themselves, and not have to cost anything... It is important that this free zone should be considered independent, with its own laws and rules, and not as part of Sweden.

"Those who live there would not be Swedish citizens, but would live their lives completely separately from the rest of society."

The economist has already suggested a similar zone for the United States, using the land in Guantanamo Bay to create an autonomous colony for refugees and migrants.

To make the zone work, Romer said there would have to be strong border controls with the rest of Sweden "making it impossible for free zone inhabitants to move to the other side of the border".
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Diversity – civil service
Britain's top mandarins
Christopher Hope
Daily Telegraph, 22 September 2016.

Britain's attempt to engage with Commonwealth countries and rest of the world is being undermined by an overwhelmingly white Foreign Office and Brexit department, former equalities chief Trevor Phillipshas said.

Mr Phillips said the absence of black and ethnic minority faces in the senior civil service gave the impression that the UK had "not moved on from the days of colonialism".

A report commissioned by Green Park, a recruitment agency, found that there were no employees of Black or Chinese/Other Asian origin in the top four grades within the key departments dealing with the UK's economic relationships with the rest of the world.

The study found that 16 of the 24 ministerial departments had 100 per cent white senior management teams. ...

Mr Phillips – who chairs Green Park Diversity Analytics which researches diversity in the private and public sector – said: "In a new world where our civil service has a vital role in helping our businesses to build fresh trading relationships, Sir Humphrey has to start pulling his weight and utilise to the full our country's diverse talents.

"At the very least we may be losing out on valuable cultural insights which could give us a competitive advantage in global markets."

Raj Tulsiani, Green Park's chief executive, said the figures showed that the UK "still have a very long way to go to achieve the best public leadership mix our diverse society can offer".

A Cabinet Office spokesman said: "We do not recognise the statistics used in this report. Recent figures from March 2015 show that 10.6 per cent of civil servants are from a BAME background and 4.1 per cent are in the Senior Civil Service."

"The Civil Service is committed to being a place where, regardless of background, everyone can thrive. Our aspiration is to be the UK's most inclusive employer.

"We are working hard to increase diversity in the Civil Service, including the representation of BAME staff at the most senior grades."
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Crime – fraud
UK's biggest ever cyber scammers stole £113m by calling victims pretending to be from their BANK: Fraudsters used bin bags full of cash for shopping sprees, bought supercars and a Lahore mansion
Rebecca Camber
Daily Mail, 22 September 2016.

Britain's biggest cyber-fraudster grew so rich from a £113 million scam that he flew his personal valets 8,000 miles across the world to polish his Porsches.

Feezan Hameed Choudhary, 25, described himself as 'King' and lived like one – jetting off around the globe to party with pop stars. ...

But in reality the Burnley-born fraudster had fleeced over 750 British firms to fund his millionaire playboy lifestyle. Raking in £3 million a month by cold-calling bank customers, he ruined hundreds of lives and put small businesses on the brink of bankruptcy – leaving one victim so distraught that she committed suicide.

Yesterday he was jailed for 11 years as the scale of the fraud by his 19-strong gang was uncovered for the first time. ...

Scotland Yard believes at least 750 businesses were affected between January 2013 and October 2015, but there could be countless others. ...

Nearly £70 million was laundered through bureaux de change in London and sent to Dubai and Pakistan. ...

Corrupt Lloyds account business adviser, Jones Opare-Addo, 58, from Putney, West London, was jailed for five years for leaking account details to the gang and setting up accounts to launder cash.
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Benefits and costs – health tourism, doctors, National Health Service
We must ensure the NHS gains from Brexit
J Meirion Thomas
ConservativeHome, 22 September 2016.
[Meirion Thomas was until recently a Professor of Surgery and Consultant Surgeon in the NHS]

Whatever is decided, there must be no compromise on correcting the harm done to the NHS by uncontrolled migration from the EU. As of January 2016, the population of the European Union was 510.1 million and currently, all of those people, if they chose to exercise their Treaty rights to reside in UK, would, from the moment of arrival, be entitled to full and free NHS care, without the exclusion of pre-existing conditions. Needless to say, this automatic right is not offered or reciprocated elsewhere in Europe.

This happens because of the Department of Health's definition of "ordinarily resident" (OR) status, and because free NHS care is dependent on residency rather than contribution. This is contrary to any other European country with a healthcare system comparable to ours. The Department of Health's document "Guidance on implementing the overseas visitor hospital charging regulations 2015" states that a person is defined as ordinarily resident "if that residence is lawful and for settled purposes as part of the regular order of their life, whether of long or short duration".

Furthermore, "a person can be ordinarily resident in more than one country at once" and "it is perfectly possible to be ordinarily resident from the day of arrival providing that person has taken up settled residence". This definition of OR provides an incontestable loophole for any EU health tourist to gain access to the NHS. I saw this happening on many occasions in my role as a specialist cancer surgeon. ...

This concept of ordinarily resident was not imposed on us by EU decree. It was created in Whitehall and is not contained in any Act of Parliament. It was extrapolated from House of Lords judicial reviews, all delivered before 1983, and relating to education and immigration disputes. ...

During the referendum debates, we were reminded that the NHS is heavily dependent on foreign trained doctors, about half of whom come from EU countries. Sadly, for decades, 30-40 per cent of all new doctors registering with the General Medical Council (GMC) are foreign-trained, because we don't train enough doctors of our own. Every year there are several thousand disappointed school leavers with the required A-level grades who can't obtain a place in a British medical school. This is a tragic loss of resource for the NHS and amounts to a governmental admission that it's cheaper to import doctors than to educate them. Should the UK be so continuously dependent on so many foreign-trained doctors? ...

... The entry criteria for some European medical schools are not as stringent as our own and the GMC has no control over their standards, such as hours and quality of tuition or their curriculum. ...

For these reasons, before Article 50 is triggered, there must be rigorous and well-rehearsed policies in place to protect the NHS and its patients. There should be no compromise on the two issues discussed in this article. These measures will help to reduce capacity pressures in the NHS, improve standards of care and save taxpayers' money. The amount saved should be used to train more British medical students.
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Immigration – moral blackmail
Pro-immigration activists are adopting BLACKMAIL tactics
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 22 September 2016.

Emotional blackmail is the hallmark of the pro-immigration brigade.

To silence the opponents of open borders these ideologues constantly indulge in bullying, deceitful sentimentality.

That instinct for manipulation was on full display at Westminster this week in a tasteless stunt pulled by immigration fanatics.

Supported by a host of Leftwing pressure groups and luvvies such as actress Juliet Stevenson, a refugee charity called the International Rescue Committee (IRC) arranged for 2,500 life-jackets to be laid out on the green in Parliament Square.

Each one had reportedly been worn by a refugee crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greece.

The aim of the protest, we were told, was to raise awareness of the migrant crisis, as if any of us could have been oblivious to it. ...

Yet every element of their narrative is bogus.

They claim they want to save lives but their demand for even fewer border controls would actually provide further incentives for migrants to undertake perilous sea journeys. ...

The IRC agenda is a recipe for more deaths, more people trafficking, more sorrow. ...

Moreover our Government spends more than £12 billion a year on foreign aid, much of it directed at alleviating the refugee problem in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Nor do the protesters' demands show the slightest grasp of reality.

According to the United Nations, there are at least 65 million refugees in the world and 1.3 billion people living in extreme poverty.

With our infrastructure already under extreme pressure because of mass immigration Britain would be unable to cope with even a small fraction of those totals.

We cannot be the social worker or welfare officer for the entire world.

Nor is it remotely true that all those trying to reach our shores are genuine refugees fleeing persecution.

In fact the vast majority of them are young male economic migrants in search of a better life.

That explains why so many, even after they have arrived in safe European countries, are determined to travel on to Britain.

The squalor of the Jungle camp is a symbol not of our heartlessness but of our leniency.

If Britain was not such a soft touch the migrants would not gather at Calais. ...

Undiluted immigration has imported social upheaval, welfare burdens, Islamic extremism, organised misogyny and deadly terrorism into the heart of Europe.

Yet all that has been met without a bat squeak of protest from the metropolitan elitists.

Their only demand is for an even greater foreign influx.

They would never dream of bedecking Parliament Square with crosses for the victims of jihadism or candles for the targets of predatory gangs.

That is because their stance is all about demonstrating their supposed moral superiority.
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Immigration abroad – European Union
Hungary PM says EU should deport all illegal migrants: website
Reuters, 22 September 2016.

Hungary's Prime Minister said the European Union should round up and deport all illegal immigrants and assemble them in EU-supervised refugee camps beyond the bloc's borders where they can then file for asylum.

"This could be an island, it could be a coastal area in North Africa, but the security and supplies of that area must be guaranteed by the EU in its own interest," Viktor Orban told the news website Origo in an interview published on Thursday. ...

"Those who came illegally must be rounded up and shipped out," Orban said.

"We must set up large refugee camps outside the EU, with armed security and financial support provided by the Union. Everyone who came illegally must return there. There they can file for asylum." ...

He reiterated that the external borders of the EU must be strengthened to prevent a repeat of the 2015 flow of migrants.

"Borders must be used, because they protect us," he said. "Some imagine a globe without borders... I am one of those who would not like to see the civilization of the world change."
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Immigration abroad – crime, Sweden
SWEDEN IN CHAOS: Number of 'no-go zones' INCREASED as police lose control over violence
Lizzie Stromme
Daily Express, 22 September 2016.

Swedish police are losing the battle against increasing levels crime and violence in the country as now 55 areas have been labelled as "no-go" zones.

In February reported the Scandinavian country has seen a huge surge in crime since the start of the migrants crisis in Europe with a rise in sex assaults, drug dealing and children carrying weapons. ...

At the time around 50 areas were put on a "blacklist" which are then divided into three categories from "risk areas" to "seriously vulnerable".

The figure has now been increased to 55 as the Swedish police force are facing a crisis, with three officers handing in their notice every day.

It is estimated that 80 per cent of the police officers are also considering changing professions, due to lack of funding and support to tackle the increasing levels of crime. ...

A new report released last week revealed the situation in the country has worsened since the National Criminal Investigation Service's document emerged in February. ...

Over the past three months, Malmö, which is Sweden's third largest city, has suffered a surge of organised crime as more than 70 cars have burned out in arsonist attacks.
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Immigration abroad – deportation, Norway
Migrant crisis crackdown: Norway 'grants police £10M extra' to DEPORT 1,800 by end of 2017
Lizzie Stromme
Daily Express, 22 September 2016.

Norway has revealed plans to grant the police an additional £10 million to deport 1,800 illegal migrants by the end of 2017.

Immigration Minister Sylvi Listhaug said on Wednesday that a vast sum of the annual budget would be used to return asylum-seekers who have had their claim denied. ...

Ms Listhaug continued: "We do want as many as possibly to return voluntarily if they are not entitled to legal residence in Norway.

"But we need to keep the pressure up, especially to send out a strong message that Norway is not a country to apply to unless you have a genuine asylum claim.

"Deportations are also about maintaining the legitimacy of the asylum system." ...

According to the country's Foreign Department more than 10,000 migrants will have their request denied this year.
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Dalai Lama tells Piers Morgan refugees fleeing Middle East should return home to 'rebuild their own country'
Joseph Curtis
MailOnline, 22 September 2016.

Refugees fleeing brutal conflict in the Middle East should aspire to return home, the Dalai Lama has said.

In an interview with Piers Morgan, the Tibetan Buddhist leader, one of the world's highest-profile political exiles, said those who have left to escape fighting and disorder in countries like Syria and Libya should focus on bringing peace to their homelands. ...

Host Piers asked him whether all refugees should 'aspire to go back to their homeland', to which he replied: 'Yes. (They) should rebuild their own country.'
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Multiculturalism – crime, selective sympathy
Fear of seeming racist is enabling female genital mutilation
Mary Wakefield
The Spectator, 24 September 2016.

So where then is the great Facebook uprising over the news that there's been not a single successful prosecution in this country for female genital mutilation (FGM) though it's been illegal since 1985? It's happening here on an impressive scale: some 6,000 new cases have been reported by NHS staff in the past year alone – tens of thousands more go undiscovered. /.../ Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Somali-born writer, suggests a system of compulsory checks at the beginning of each school year. Very sensible. So why no social media campaign?

The answer isn't that we don't care, I don't think. It's that our concern for the victims of FGM is, for the most part, trumped by our extreme reluctance to criticise another culture. In the case of drowned migrant children, we can attack our own government – a happy and popular pastime. To share the story about FGM in the UK means taking issue not just with evil Tories, but with the Somali diaspora in London. Is this racist? The question forms and hangs over us. We stay silent.

A similar silence fell over the usually opinionated middle classes during the Rotherham scandal in which thousands of white girls were groomed, tortured and raped by men from the British-Pakistani community. Where was the great fuss on Facebook about that? The same people who mind so much, and so visibly, about migrant children, barely turned a hair. ...

In the EU, the unemployment rate among the children of immigrants is almost 50 per cent higher than for the children of natives, says a 2015 OECD report. The EU guidance on the matter suggests that this is the result of racism. But it really can't help you in the workplace if your mother, father, aunties have all taught you to despise the society you live in.
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Ghana's problem with 'racist' Gandhi
Megha Mohan
BBC, 22 September 2016.

An online petition, which has been signed by more than 1,000 people, has been started by professors at the University of Ghana. They call for the removal of a statue of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi from the campus grounds in Accra. The academics say that Gandhi, who has been praised by public figures for leading India's non-violent movement to freedom from British colonial rule during the mid 20th century, had a "racist identity".

The petition lists quotes from the writings of the Indian leader, in which he described Africans as "savages or the Natives of Africa" and "kaffirs" (an insulting racial slur for a black African). ...

The statue is a gift to the Ghanaian government from the Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, unveiled when he visited Accra in June.
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Immigration – public opinion
Poll: Almost half of Scots revealed to be refugee sceptics in new research
Nathanael Williams
CommonSpace, 22 September 2016.

According to a new set of polls by IPSO MORI, 47 per cent of Scots are sceptical of the reasons for refugees settling in Scotland and have some concerns over economic migration.

However, in the same set of polls 60 per cent of Scots asked said that they felt Scotland had deal well with immigration compared to only 38 per cent thinking the UK as a whole had done well and 36 per cent for the European Union (EU). ...

47 per cent agreed with the statement, "most refugees who want to get to my country aren't really refugees. They just want to come over here for economics reasons or to take advantage of our welfare services."

The figures still show Scotland has a better view of immigration and refuge than a majority of nations in Europe as a whole, with 51 per cent of people in the UK sceptical of refugees' reasons for arrival, 52 per cent of Germans and 62 per cent of Hungarians.

Only Sweden and Spain had lower percentages than Scotland when the question on refugees and general immigration was asked.

57 per cent of Scots polled stated that they were confident that refugees will be integrated successfully into wider society, compared to 40 per cent in the reast of the UK.
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Terrorism – crime, probability
The immigration debate shouldn't be sugar-coated
Ed West
Spectator blog, 22 September 2016.

Do you like Skittles? Do you like them so much you'd eat one from a packet even if you knew a couple were poisoned? Makes u think, ey?

This was the analogy Donald Trump Jr made this week about refugees and terrorism, a tweet which caused anger, not least from the company that makes Skittles, who responded: 'Skittles are candy. Refugees are people. We don't feel it's an appropriate analogy.'

This particular meme seems to have originated among feminists, who were making the point that it's no good saying that most men aren't violent rapists, because enough of them are to make problems: 'Imagine a bowl of M&Ms. 10 per cent of them are poisoned. Go ahead. Eat a handful.'

That seems like a reasonable point to me; denying the link between masculinity and violence, when 90 per cent of murders are committed by males, would be absurd. If you get in a car driven by a man rather than a woman your chances of being violently assaulted are far higher, and that is not an insult to men. It's a question of relative risk, and so it's quite reasonable for men to expect initial discrimination in some employment areas.

My only objection would be with the actual proportion. Nowhere like 10 per cent of men ever commit violent crime, and the percentage of Syrians who are terrorists is much smaller than the Skittles analogy suggests. A better one might be to suggest that one in every 100 packets contains a poisoned sweet – small overall, but I wouldn't buy any.

And the risk of terrorism posed by refugees is not non-existent. There are at least four studies showing that accepting refugees does increase the risk in the receiving state, although it's smaller in wealthy countries, largely due to better security infrastructure. The risk to non-OECD countries, who do take most refugees, is far higher.

The issue is essentially to what extent you think the risk is acceptable. ...

It is also about probability; rates of crime vary hugely across the world, so if one in a thousand people in the host country behaves violently, and one in a hundred of an incoming population do, then that difference will make a significant impact on a lot of people's lives.

The best way of looking at immigrant behaviour risk is not by comparing it with weird, random occurrences, such as the Economist do, but with natives. In Denmark, for example, Somali men commit rape at an estimated 26 times the Danish rate, adjusted for age: most Somali men are not rapists, but this is still relevant information people should know before allowing large numbers of migrants into their country. The media lose people's trust when they fail to address such matters.
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Multiculturalism – black students
University can be 'psychologically destructive' for black students because they study so many white Europeans, NUS chief claims
James Tapsfield
MailOnline, 21 September 2016.

University can be 'psychologically destructive' for black students because they study so many white Europeans, according to the leader of the NUS.

Undergraduates with a non-white or non-European heritage found it difficult to 'relate to' their subjects, Malia Bouattia said.

It is the latest in a line of controversies for the 28-year-old - the first female black Muslim to be elected president of the National Union of Students.

She was previously condemned for arguing that it is Islamophobic to oppose ISIS and described one university as a 'Zionist outpost' because it has a large Jewish society. ...

An in an interview with the Guardian, Ms Bouattia - who last year ran a campaign titled 'Why is my curriculum white?' - renewed her attack on universities for entrenching racial divides. ...

'When we look at the incredibly Eurocentric curriculum, where people don't see themselves in what they're studying, and can't relate to it, and feel that their European counterparts hit the ground running, they can't see themselves advancing in the subjects.'

The comments come as universities try to meet a government target to increase numbers of black and minority ethnic undergraduates by a fifth by 2020.

Ms Bouattia was born in Algeria but grew up in Birmingham. ...

Emran Mian, director of the Social Market think tank, told the Times: 'About 14 per cent of academic staff in UK universities identify as being from a black or minority ethnic background and almost 17 per cent of students.

'While senior academic ranks may still be insufficiently diverse, the representation of minority perspectives in UK higher education should be improving.'
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Diversity – racism, clergy
Church of England seeks more black and minority ethnic clergy
Harriet Sherwood
The Guardian, 21 September 2016.

The Church of England has appointed a senior figure to drive up the proportion of black and ethnic minority clergy against a backdrop of data showing the church is failing to match national demographics.

The proportion of black and minority ethnic (BAME) people among those embarking on the process of becoming a priest fell to 1.9% last year, compared with a share of the general population of about 15%.

In the previous four years, the proportion of BAME new ordinands fluctuated between 4% and 5%, according to analysis released by the C of E on Tuesday. The reasons for last year's drop is not known, but the overall trend since 1988, when the proportion was 0.3%, is upward.

The proportion of existing clergy who were BAME was 3.4% in 2015, up from 3% since 2010. ...

The C of E's new national minority ethnic officer will help dioceses to increase the number of BAME candidates for ordination. ...

David Isioru, a vicar in Handsworth, who recently presented a paper on black clergy to a British Sociological Association conference, said: "The under-representation of BAME [people] in the Church of England rests upon institutional racism."

However, he added, the church "recognises that BAME clergy are marginalised within the C of E, concentrated within inner-city parishes and prevented from career progression".
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Diversity – heritage
English Heritage launch scheme to nominate more black and Asian people for blue plaques
Hannah Furness
Daily Telegraph, 21 September 2016.

English Heritage is launching a new initiative to honour more black and minority ethnic public figures on their famous blue plaques.

The organisation said just four per cent of the 900 plaques currently on buildings in London commemorate black or Asian figures from history.

As of today, they are setting up a new working group tasked with nominating key people to join the prestigious list of names under the 150-year-old scheme. ...

The low numbers are partly down to a lack of public nominations for people who fulfil the blue plaque criteria and an absence or inaccessibility of historical records establishing a definitive link between the person and the building where they lived, English Heritage said.
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Immigration abroad – public opinion, Islam, Australia
Nearly Half of Australians Favor a Ban on Muslim Immigration, a New Poll Finds
Tekendra Parmar
Time, 21 September 2016.

A recent poll suggests that nearly half of all Australians want to ban Muslim immigration to the country.

Polls conducted by Essential Research, an Australia based survey company, found that 49 percent of Australians supported a ban on Muslim immigration. Among Australians who voted for the country's conservative coalition, the proportion was 60 percent. Among Labor Party voters, the proportion was 40 percent of the country's labor voters.

Older Australians were much more likely to support a ban than younger Australians.

Survey participants cited what they saw as the inability of Muslims to integrate into Australian society as their primary reason for voting in favor of a ban, with the threat of terrorism and a perceived lack of shared values as the second and third reasons respectively.
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Politics – Conservative Party
£100m of UK aid budget to be spent controlling immigration from Africa
Rowena Mason
The Guardian, 21 September 2016.

More than £100m of the UK aid budget will be spent on returning Somali refugees to the country they fled and encouraging people escaping war zones not to cross the Mediterranean under plans outlined by Theresa May in New York.

The prime minister used her maiden speech at the United Nations to expand on proposals aimed at stopping "mass uncontrolled population movement", which has seen refugees travelling long distances in search of better lives. Her plans attracted criticism earlier in the summit over the suggestion that those fleeing war zones should stay and claim asylum in the first safe country they reach, rather than seeking sanctuary in European nations such as Britain.

However, May pressed on with the argument on Tuesday in an address to the general assembly, as she focused on actions in north Africa to stop migrants crossing the Mediterranean.
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Politics – Labour Party
Labour urged to make immigration controls a key Brexit demand
Peter Walker
The Guardian, 20 September 2016.

Ending the free movement of people from the European Union should become a key demand from Labour before the Brexit negotiations with the EU, according to a collection of essays from Labour figures.

Labour must accept that people who voted for Brexit had legitimate concerns over the scale of numbers arriving in Britain from the EU, according to the Fabian Society paper.

Gathering contributions from nine Labour MPs, as well as others within the party and from elsewhere in Europe, the report is billed as a chance for the party to start shaping its own post-Brexit narrative, rather than let the Conservatives dominate the debate.

In her contribution Rachel Reeves, the former shadow work and pensions secretary, noted that one study had found migration into the UK exerted a "slight drag" on workers' wages, but that remain campaigners had refused to acknowledge this effect.

"The remain campaign – and Labour in particular – had little to say to working class voters with whom we, above all the other parties, should have been able to communicate," Reeves wrote. "We did not offer any solutions to those who felt locked out from opportunities."

Reeves added: "Immigration controls and ending free movement has to be a red line post-Brexit – otherwise we will be holding the voters in contempt. ..."

Also writing for the paper, titled Facing the Unknown: Building a Progressive Response to Brexit, was Emma Reynolds, the Labour MP for Wolverhampton North-East. She argued that free movement must end even if it meant settling for a worse trade deal.

"My constituents in Wolverhampton voted overwhelmingly for leave, and their principal reason was immigration," she said.
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Racism – multiculturalism, multiracialism
Paul Gascoigne admits racially abusing black bodyguard
Steven Morris
The Guardian, 20 September 2016.

The former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has been fined and ordered to pay compensation after he admitted to racially abusing a black bodyguard in front of 1,000 fans during a one-man show.

Gascoigne asked the bodyguard, Errol Rowe, who was standing in the shadows at the side of the stage in Wolverhampton, West Midlands: "Can you smile so I can see you?" ...

The district judge Graham Wilkinson said there had been criticism of the case being brought before court, but that the comments were "the sort of insidious racism that needs to be challenged".

Addressing Gascoigne, he said: "You targeted Mr Rowe for no other reason than the colour of his skin. You sought to get a laugh from an audience of over 1,000 people because of the colour of Mr Rowe's skin.

"That is why I applaud the Crown Prosecution Service for bringing this matter to court. It's important that we, as a multicultural, multiracial society, challenge racist behaviour in all its forms."

Gascoigne, 49, admitted using racially aggravated threatening or abusive words or behaviour during his popular An Evening With Gazza show last November.

... He was fined £1,000, and ordered to pay Rowe compensation of £1,000. He also had to pay court costs of £600. ...

Allowing Gascoigne to sit during his sentencing remarks, the judge said that his conviction did not make him a racist.
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Immigration abroad – asylum seekers
New warning as numbers of migrants entering developing world at highest since WWII
Cyril Dixon
Daily Express, 20 September 2016.

Migration experts have issued a new crisis warning after revealing the number of refugees entering the developing world last year was the highest since the Second World War.

They published a report which showed the number of asylum seekers who entered the 34 wealthiest countries had reached a staggering 1.65 million.

Officials from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development said the surge was caused by families fleeing war-torn Syria.

But figures from the OECD's International Migration Outlook showed hundreds of thousands of refugees had also come from Afghanistan, Iraq and Albania. ...

The report – covering May 2015-April 2016 - shows that of the OECD's 34 member states, Germany took most refugees, with 573,360. ...

No fewer than 465,723 Syrians arrived in OECD member nations, well ahead of second-placed Afghanistan, which was the country of origin of 292,965 newcomers. ...

Iraq was third with 205,858, followed by Albania with 61,746, Pakistan with 59,458 and Iran with 51,092.

Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General, said: "The arrival of refugees is not a new phenomenon.

"But the current volume is putting European countries under an unprecedented test."
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Illegal immigration – slavery
'We need a radical new approach': PM orders spy chiefs to block illegal immigration routes into the UK with secret operations against people-smuggling gangs
James Slack
Daily Mail, 20 September 2016.

Spy chiefs will for the first time be tasked with helping to block illegal immigration routes into the UK.

Theresa May has asked the heads of MI5, MI6 and GCHQ to run covert operations against people-smuggling gangs.

She wants the intelligence bosses to help find evidence that could secure convictions and end the 'horrifying inhumanity' of 'modern slavery' in the UK.

Normally, the spy agencies' activities are limited to terrorism and the most serious organised crime. But, speaking at the UN General Assembly in New York, Mrs May said she wanted people-smuggling and exploitation to be elevated to the same level. ...

The Home Office estimates there were between 10,000 and 13,000 potential victims of modern slavery in the UK in 2013. ...

Mrs May will announce that the Government is pouring £33 million from the foreign aid budget into high-risk countries, from where victims are smuggled into the UK.
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Immigration – work permits
End low-skilled immigration. Work permits are the way to secure Brexit Britain's borders
Andrew Green
Daily Telegraph, 20 September 2016.

Some 35 million EU nationals arrive in the UK every year. Of course, only those who intend to stay more than a year are counted as migrants. But the first key fact is that roughly 70 per cent of these EU migrants come here to work. This, therefore, is where we have to look to get the numbers down and reduce the strain on our public services and infrastructure.

The second key fact is that about 80 per cent of these EU workers are in low-skilled work, so a system of work permits confined to skilled workers would reduce the numbers substantially. It would not be the Australian system (which is designed to increase Australia's population). We have our own system which could be suitably adapted, as the Prime Minister has pointed out.

The number of such work permits would have to be capped, and we would need to assume that the EU would reciprocate with work permits in some form. But the truth is that though our present cap on non-EU workers has been heavily criticised by employers, in its five years of existence it has never, on an annual basis, been reached. So a well-judged cap on EU migration would reassure the public that the numbers were being brought under control without undue difficulties for industry. ...

In all the arguments that will arise it will be important to remain crystal clear about the objective. The public have voted for control of EU migration. Control must mean a substantial reduction in numbers or the public will rightly feel that they have been deceived. Our calculation is that, in the medium term, an immigration regime of the kind I have outlined would reduce net migration from the EU by about 100,000 a year from its present level of 180,000. That would be a major contribution towards the Government's overall objective of bringing immigration down to a reasonable and acceptable level. It would also be a win for us all.
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Asylum – refugees, economic migrants, United Nations
UN needs to stop lecturing us on economic migrants, says Ross Clark
Ross Clark
Daily Express, 20 September 2016.

What Ban Ki-moon and the UN should be focusing on is the plight of people who are fleeing for their lives, and who make up a small proportion of the total number of international migrants.

According to the UN's own figures there are 244 million international migrants worldwide but only 19.5 million of them can be classified as refugees. ...

The country with the greatest number of Syrian refugees isn't France, Germany, Greece or even Turkey. It is Syria.

There are 13.5 million Syrians displaced within their own country. ...

Ban Ki-moon should be banging the drum for the UN's refugee programme non-stop, not spending his time trying to lecture countries on their policies towards economic migrants.

The Calais Jungle camp is a prime example of how efforts towards migrants have been misdirected. Over the past year it has attracted a non-stop troupe of UK charities, celebrities and assorted do-gooders, all trying to score virtue points. Yet Calais is a distraction from the real refugee crisis.

No doubt there are some who began their journeys to Calais as genuine refugees but rather more seem to be economic migrants trying to hitch a lift to a better life on the back of public sentiment.

That was the conclusion of Kassin Tokan, deputy chief executive of Bradford-based charity the Human Relief Foundation when he visited the camp a year ago.

He estimated that 95 to 97 per cent of occupants were single adult men and that most had no valid reason to leave their home countries other than economic betterment.

As a result of his visit the Human Relief Foundation redirected its efforts to help refugees still in the Middle East. ...

As Angela Merkel soon discovered when she briefly put out the welcome mat last summer, and as Sweden has also discovered as a result of its very liberal policy towards migrants, a developed country which extends an open invitation to people from much poorer countries is quickly overwhelmed by latterday Dick Whittingtons with over-optimistic visions of streets paved with gold. By contrast helping refugees in countries bordering Syria is a bargain.

According to the charity War Child it costs £2,300 a year to provide food, shelter, water and education for a Syrian child displaced to Lebanon. Providing the same help in Europe costs 10 times as much.

In other words the same money can help 10 times as many refugees if efforts are concentrated close to the source of the problem.

There is another reason for doing this: it is in the long-term interests of Syria. Syria might be a disaster now but one day the war will end.

When it does, the country will need hardworking people to rebuild it. It isn't going to get them if they have all been resettled in developed countries and spread around the globe.
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Racism – free speech, liberalism
Gazza's 21st-century show trial should worry us all
Brendan O'Neill
Spectator blog, 20 September 2016.

Is it a crime now to tell rubbish jokes? The bizarre and frankly cruel treatment of Paul Gascoigne suggests it might be. Yesterday, at Dudley Magistrates Court, Gazza was found guilty of using 'threatening or abusive words' and fined £2,000. His crime was to say the following about a black security guard who had been assigned to look after him during his show An Evening With Gazza at Wolverhampton Civic Hall last year: 'Can you smile please, because I can't see you?' Some people might find that funny; I, personally, don't. But a court case? A criminal record? A fine? For cracking a joke? The precedent set by this case is terrifying.

Next time one of our politicians does a lip-wobbly speech about foreign regimes that arrest comics and satirists, remember this criminalisation of Gazza. Remember that right here, in supposedly liberal Britain, where barely a day passes without some politician chirping about how free speech is our core value, you can be taken to court and fined for making a joke. Gazza's £2,000 punishment – £1,000 of which is a punitive fine, the other £1,000 compensation to the target of joke, Errol Rowe – means he's being forced to pay £222 for every word of what he thought was his amusing aside. ...

... A country in which a judge can rule that certain forms of humour are 'not acceptable', and punish you for dabbling in them, is not a free country.

... This is profoundly illiberal. Under the cover of tackling 'hate speech', everything from people's humour to their moral attitudes to our everyday conversation is being intensively policed and sometimes punished. The seemingly PC war on racist, sexist and Islamophobic language has opened the door to state monitoring of thought, speech and behaviour.
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Immigration abroad – Germany
One in five Germans now has immigrant background
The Local [Germany], 20 September 2016.

A new microcensus shows that more than one-fifth of all Germans have some sort of 'immigrant background' - a record high for the Bundesrepublik.

The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) reported on Friday that 17.1 million people out of a population of 81.4 million last year had some kind of immigration background.

This included people who had immigrated to Germany themselves, people with at least one parent who wasn't a German national, and ethnic Germans or their children who had re-settled in Germany.

Destatis said that this was a record level for Germany with an increase of 4.4 percent over 2014.

The microcensus did not include most of the hundreds of thousands of refugees who came to Germany last year, Destatis noted.

Most people in this group had roots in Turkey, Poland and Russia.

A total of 6.3 million people had come to Germany, or were descendants of someone who had come through a guest worker programme from Turkey, Italy or Greece.

Most of the 17.1 million were not born in Germany: 6.4 million had immigrated from a foreign country, while 5 million were ethnically German and were not born in Germany.

The microcensus also showed that one in three kids under the age of 18 are immigrants or came from immigrant families. And for children under five years old, this figure was 36 percent.
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Politics – racism, non-racism, Labour Party
My cure for a divided Britain? A programme of managed immigration
Stephen Kinnock
The Guardian, 19 September 2016.

The EU referendum revealed a divided Britain and it's clear: nothing polarises attitudes like immigration. One end believes it's a universal good – economically and as a real-life expression of British openness. At the other, immigration is seen as the cause of changes many people believe have relegated them to the outside of their communities. The former are portrayed as politically correct elitists, running the country in their own interests; the latter are denounced as racist nationalists.

It's an issue we must tackle head on, because we've seen where ignoring it leads: exit from Europe, fractured communities, and the emergence of a publicly confident racism. ...

Addressing immigration is also vital to the left because the national divide is particularly deep when it comes to the broad coalition that makes up the Labour vote. ...

I believe there's a new approach to immigration that Labour, and Britain, must take in the post-referendum era. It's no cheap imitation of Ukip, nor an "electoral ploy", but an approach born of progressive values and our desire to see them realised. The starting point must be to view our core values through the prism of immigration, and to conclude that immigration itself is not a leftwing value. I am resolutely pro-immigration, yet I don't see immigration as a value; I see it as a social and economic dynamic. The difference is vital.

Being pro-immigration means making it an economic, social and political success in the long term: as much immigration as is possible and sustainable, limited only by our ability to create the environment for all of Britain to thrive and feel valued.

The referendum had a clear message: the limitless nature of freedom of movement, despite its proven economic benefits, is not socially and politically sustainable. That's why opposing freedom of movement isn't the same as opposing immigration.

Two key values of the society we must build are openness and non-racism. These values aren't defined by the number of immigrants, but by the quality of experience every person has of this country. This allows us to set out the role of immigration within that: as much immigration as possible, without driving social tensions to such an extent that racism breaks out.

It says we can be pro-immigration and champion immigrants as part of a non-racist and open society, while recognising we have to manage immigration so those values aren't threatened. ...

This approach doesn't mean we become less pro-immigration, just that we recognise we must balance our desire to encourage immigration with our ability to manage immigration and its impact.

So, what would managed immigration look like in practice?

The answer will be driven by how we judge who should be able to receive work permits. This must be a carefully calibrated approach so will likely have to be a system predicated on the applicant's skills and qualifications; the need for those skills in the economy; and their economic context. ...

Some will say managing immigration is a "tough" approach. If limiting immigrant numbers were the defining objective, I would agree. But it is not.

The managed immigration approach I am proposing is rooted in leftwing values and anchored in the reality of post-referendum Britain.
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Politics – employment, Conservative Party
We can cut immigration levels by making every Briton employable
Steve Hilton
Daily Telegraph, 19 September 2016.

Before we debate the precise details of our future immigration system, we need to agree what we want it to do, especially since debate seems polarised between caricatured positions: economic liberals who want to "let everyone in" and nationalists who want to "keep everyone out". ...

Here's what a successful post-Brexit immigration strategy should look like. First, roll out the red carpet to global stars of business, science, technology and the arts, to enrich everyone.

Second, stop exporting the talent of the future – brilliant students who we educate at our best universities, then kick out so that they build companies abroad.

Third, rip up the dysfunctional visa system and build one incorporating the best technological tools available. Decisions on visas and work permits should be made in hours, not months.

Finally, and most importantly, reduce the numbers of unskilled immigrants while simultaneously increasing the supply of work-ready British citizens. Not kicking out EU citizens already here, who came to Britain lawfully, in good faith; Theresa May needs to reverse her nasty, inhuman position on this.

But in the long term, rather than assume that we're always going to need foreign workers or things will grind to a halt – shouldn't it be our number one national priority to make every British citizen employable?

This is, of course, a strategy not a plan. But it's the vital first step towards an immigration system that works, and is one Britain can be proud of.
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Immigration – invasion, national identity, refugees
Tony Abbott says Europe is facing 'peaceful invasion' of asylum seekers
Paul Karp
The Guardian, 19 September 2016.

The former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has urged Europe to adopt harsh Australian-style border protection policies to avoid "losing control" in the face of record numbers of people seeking asylum.

Abbott said the large numbers of people entering Europe "looks like a peaceful invasion" and said European countries risked losing their character if they allowed people he labeled "would-be economic migrants" to settle there.

The comments to a gathering of centre-right members of the European parliament in Prague on Saturday came as Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, prepared to tell the United Nations in New York that Australia has the best border policies in the world.

Both argue that tighter border protection helped convince the Australian public to accept a higher refugee intake, justifying a harsh set of policies that has left more than 1,000 people in indefinite offshore detention to deter others attempting to reach Australia by boat. ...

"Why shouldn't each country keep the final say over who can enter?" Abbott asked.

"After all, a country or a continent that can't control who enters its territory will eventually lose control of its future".

Abbott said it was a "decent and a humane impulse to give a better life to people from wretched places".

"But a million people coming by boat and almost a million people coming by land last year has the look of a peaceful invasion." ...

Abbott said among the "would-be migrants" are "are soldiers of the caliphate bent on mayhem", that many would "join an angry underclass" and many "are coming, not with gratitude but with grievance, and with the insistence that Europe should make way for them". ...

"And having stopped the boats, we've been able to increase our genuine refugee intake because the Australian government has been in charge, not the people smugglers," he said. ...

Abbott called for "an end to self-doubt about the entitlement of European nations, individually and collectively, to keep their character".
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Border controls – failure
'I cleared FIVE checks with a fake passport - I could have been a jihadi': Anarchists give Syrian migrant bogus documents and smuggle him into the UK on a Ryanair flight
Ian Gallagher, Ross Kempsell and Russell Jenkins
Mail on Sunday, 18 September 2016.

A Syrian migrant was smuggled into Britain on a Ryanair flight using a bogus passport supplied by a group of political extremists, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

In an astonishing security lapse, Bashar Habib, 18, walked unchallenged through a series of checks at Athens airport before claiming asylum on arrival at Stansted.

He said he had been given the passport less than 24 hours earlier by No Borders, whose members include British anarchists accused of stirring trouble among migrants in refugee camps across Europe. ...

'I'm a genuine person and want to be a doctor to help people in Syria – but I could have been a jihadi or a criminal,' Bashar told The Mail on Sunday. 'It's just luck that I had good intentions.'

He boarded the plane at Athens International Airport unchallenged, despite differing markedly in appearance from the owner of the passport, Austrian Marius Brem, who has longer hair, different coloured eyes and is seven years older. ...

Home Office documents seen by this newspaper show that he was questioned on arrival and his nationality established by his Syrian identity card. ...

Chris Phillips, former head of the National Counter Terrorism Security Office, said: 'He could have been anyone. It raises the question: how many more people are coming in by this route?' ...

Aviation expert Julian Bray said: 'Worryingly, coming in on a scheduled flight is now becoming a mainstream opportunity for unauthorised people to get into Britain.

'He could have been anybody getting on that plane. There's absolutely no excuse for it and the Greek authorities must raise their game... the airline must also increase its security. The only good news is that he was picked up this end.'
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Crime – people-smuggling, Europe
FACE OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING: Nationalities of the most prolific migrant smugglers revealed
Rebecca Flood
Sunday Express, 18 September 2016.

The face of human trafficking is changing as different nationalities capitalise on the lucrative migrant smuggling trade, new information has revealed. ...

Europol, European Union's law enforcement agency, recently released figures documenting the shifting trends in the illegal trade.

With more than 12,000 new suspects reported to Europol so far this year, a statement from the agency said: "Between early 2015 and the summer of 2016, the picture of migrant smuggling to and within the EU has undergone significant changes."

When compared with a year ago, the nationalities of the smugglers has undergone a drastic shift.

In 2015 Romanians were the most prolific smugglers, with 350 rounded up.

This was closely followed by Egyptians, with 336 in custody, then Syrians with 261 detained.

But this year, Romanians have dropped down to third place - with 216 caught - while Turks pole-vaulted into first place with a staggering 423 found to be engaged in people smuggling. ...

Covering this year up until the end of August, Syrians jumped from third to second place, with 364 caught - a rise of 39 per cent.

Romanian smugglers decreased by 38 per cent, and Polish traffickers also dropped by 47 per cent.

But Ukrainian traffickers rose by 157 per cent, with 149 caught this year. ...

Stats from Europol reveal 272,070 tried to make the journey via sea so far this year, and overall people smuggling increased by eight per cent.
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Politics – immigration control
If you think Brexit will bring us control of our borders, you are sadly deluded
Christopher Booker
Sunday Telegraph, 18 September 2016.

The first problem with immigration is that it is too often discussed in grotesquely oversimplified terms. Of course some of it is socially unwelcome. But some of it is highly beneficial. The difficulty lies in sorting out which is which.

Even more relevant is that simply leaving the EU will not give us back "control over our borders" when much of the problem derives not from the EU at all but from our obligations under international treaties, such as the UN Convention on Refugees and the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). By far the largest single component in UK immigration, 18 per cent of it, mostly from Pakistan and the Indian sub-continent, derives originally from the right to "family reunion" enshrined in Article 8 of the ECHR. ...

The ultimate irony is that the only sensible way in which we could legally exercise at least some control over migration from the EU is one which would also allow us to continue trading freely with the single market: by remaining in the European Economic Area (EEA) and joining Norway in the European Free Trade Area. Although Norway has not chosen to exercise it, this would give us the right under Article 112 of the EEA treaty to claim partial exemption from the EU's "four freedoms"; and thus to impose some limit on migration from the EU we deem to be harmful.

This is the "safeguarding" principle, common in international treaties, which David Cameron asked for in his pitiful attempt at a "renegotiation" last February; and which was inevitably refused because it is not open to members of the EU. But it is available to members of the EEA outside the EU, who can unilaterally claim it without any need for negotiation; as, for different purposes, both Lichtenstein and Iceland have demonstrated.
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Immigration abroad – Islam, France
Just under 30 percent of French Muslims reject secular laws: poll
Reuters, 18 September 2016.

Just under 30 percent of France's 3 to 4 million Muslims reject the country's secular laws, according to an Ifop poll published by the French weekly Journal du Dimanche.

When asked if they considered the Islamic legal and moral code of sharia to be more important than the French Republic's laws, 29 percent of respondents answered "yes."

The poll found that 20 percent of male Muslim respondents and 28 percent of female Muslim respondents were in favor of the face veil, the niqab, and of the burqa which covers both face and body. ...

The Ifop poll contradicted previous estimates which said Muslims made up to 10 percent of France's population of some 65 million. It said Muslims represented 5.6 percent of the country's citizens aged 15 and over and 10 percent of under 25s. It said 84 percent of France's Muslims were under 50.

It can be difficult to establish the religious background of French citizens because the country's secular laws forbid the collection of data on religion and ethnicity. ...

The poll, commissioned by the think tank Institut Montaigne, was conducted by phone between April 13 and May 23 among 1,029 people aged 15 and older who were of Muslim faith or culture, extracted from a sample of 15,459 people.
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Border controls – Channel crossing
Exposed, the easy route for migrants crossing the Channel: How SUE REID hired an inflatable for eight, crossed to France past a Navy warship, stayed in a hotel and returned to Dover - without a single check
Sue Reid
Daily Mail, 17 September 2016.

The shockingly easy way that migrants can exploit shoddy border controls to slip into Britain undetected is exposed today by the Mail.

We have proved that terrorists, criminals and illegals can enter this country undercover with no security checks.

I sailed across the English Channel on a small inflatable boat from France without anyone stopping me, asking for my passport, or showing any sign of noticing when I landed on the Kent coast.

Together with a Mail photographer, I made the 31-mile journey to Dover from the French port of Gravelines, which lies between Calais and Dunkirk, the two busy towns where countless migrants wait to cross the Channel and get into Britain illegally.

Our findings about the UK's scandalously poor border controls come just days after six suspected illegal migrants jumped off a private yacht on the Suffolk coast and disappeared.

This coincided with a chilling report by an influential think-tank, the Adam Smith Institute, which warned that Britain is being left 'exposed' to a terrorist attack by its failure to check thousands of people arriving from abroad.

Police and Border Force officials are still searching for the six people who went on the run from the village of Bawdsey, near Felixstowe, amid fears that people-smuggling gangs are operating with impunity as a result of bad border security on Britain's coastline.

They believe such international gangs are making millions of pounds by sailing small boats, carrying migrants, into the UK. National Crime Agency investigators say they land in quiet ports, beaches and inlets, as well as using the shortest Channel crossing-point from Calais into Dover. ...

To find out how easy it is to slip unchallenged into Britain by sea, I hired a skipper and a RIB (rigid inflatable boat) with an outboard motor from a maritime firm near Rye to take us from the Kent coast to France – and then, crucially, to make the return journey. ...

Just 35 minutes after leaving Gravelines, we could see the White Cliffs of Dover shimmering enticingly under the early morning sun in the distance.

As we got near Dover, we passed miles of deserted beaches. If it had not been for the difficult weather, we would easily have landed on one of them. As it was, we decided to sail to Dover itself. ...

Our findings about the lack of border controls confirm what MPs said last month in a Home Affairs Select Committee report, which was critical of the UK and the EU's response to the migration crisis.

They complained that the number of Navy vessels available to patrol Britain's coast is 'worryingly low' and that the UK Border Force was 'clearly under-resourced', with a fleet of only five. The authorities suspect the people-smuggling gangs routinely use the route we took to clandestinely slip illegals into the UK.
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Illegal immigration – asylum, marriage fraud
Report: Dozens Falsely Granted UK Asylum In Visa Scam
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 17 September 2016.

The Home Office has uncovered an immigration scam aimed at bringing hundreds of migrants into Britain using family reunion laws, a report has revealed.

Imams at a mosque in Kuwait were found to be signing marriage certificates for migrants claiming to be members of the Bidoon minority, the report by border watchdog, David Bolt, noted.

Britain often grants asylum to Bidoons as Kuwait refuses to grant them citizenship. At least 29 migrants claiming to be Bidoons who were given asylum in Britain were found to be linked to family reunion applications that would have brought more than 100 other migrants into the UK.

A "significant number" of cases were identified where marriage certificates originated from the same mosque and were signed by the same four or five imams. The refugee status of the 29 migrants implicated in the scam has now been rescinded.

The racket was first detected by Jordan's visa section between 2012 and 2013, Noting anomalies in application numbers, officials interviewed the migrants and reported most of those interviewed provided "implausible accounts of their journey to Jordan and the majority appeared to know little or nothing of Kuwait".
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Illegal immigration – asylum applications
UK facing more than 40,000 asylum applications this year as migrants turn to 'covert methods', report finds
Peter Dominiczak
Daily Telegraph, 16 September 2016.

Britain faces more than 40,000 asylum applications this year as migrants increasingly resort to using "covert" methods to get into European countries, a report has warned.

According to projections by the Overseas Development Institute, the UK will receive around 43,381 asylum applications in 2016, costing over £620 million.

Separate figures show that there were approximately 38,878 asylum claims in 2015.

The think-tank's report estimates that that 330,000 people will reach Europe this year by sea through "overt" channels, normally across the Mediterranean.

This is a fall compared to last year, when more than a million people arrived using those routes.

The paper suggests that while fewer people will arrive this year on well-known routes, in many cases refugees and migrants may be taking alternative "covert" routes.

It said the projected number of new asylum applications is still very high, at 890,000 by the end of 2016, adding: "This large discrepancy between new arrivals and new asylum applications suggests that there are many people whose journeys to Europe we know little about."

These refugees and migrants travel to Europe through a variety of "covert" channels and means which can include travelling by plane using false documents, concealed in vehicles or by over-staying visas, according to the report.
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Immigration abroad – Italy
Some 235,000 migrants ready to cross Mediterranean to Italy before winter, warns UN envoy
Nick Squires
Daily Telegraph, 16 September 2016.

At least 235,000 migrants and refugees are on the coast of Libya waiting to cross the Mediterranean to Italy, a United Nations official has warned.

"We have on our lists 235,000 migrants who are just waiting for a good opportunity to depart for Italy, and they will do it," said Martin Kobler, the head of a UN mission that is seeking to bring peace and stability to the North African country, which is divided by rival governments, militias and Islamic State.

The only way to stop the exodus is to bring together Libya's competing factions and vanquish Islamic State in their stronghold in the coastal city of Sirte, he told La Stampa, an Italian newspaper.

Libya needs a strong army, police and coast guard to be able to take on the smuggling gangs who make millions of pounds trafficking men, women and children across the sea to the shores of Italy. ...

So far this year, more than 128,000 migrants have reached Italy from the North African coast, straining to the limit Italy's capacity to accommodate them and process their asylum applications.
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Immigration abroad – Libya, Italy
'Turn them back' Boris Johnson says migrant boats should be sent straight back to Libya
Katie Mansfield
Daily Express, 16 September 2016.

Boris Johnson said boats full of migrants should be sent back to Libya to stop them from reaching Europe's shores.

The Foreign Secretary said boats should be turned back as close to Libya as possible to stop migrants even attempting the crossing.

Mr Johnson said a European Union naval force deployed in the Mediterranean should prevent the boats from reaching Italy.

Italy has taken in more than 400,000 migrants in the last three years with many saved from rickety wooden boats pushed out to sea by North African people smugglers. ...

It is illegal to turn back migrant boats once they reach international waters and a UN-backed government in Libya has not invited European ships into its territorial waters, saying this would undermine its own state-building efforts.

It was not immediately clear in what context the boats mentioned by Mr Johnson were turned back to land.
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Immigration abroad – public opinion, France
Au revoir: Majority of French don't want any more migrants says new poll
Romina McGuinness
Daily Express, 16 September 2016.

A shock new poll on the other side of the Channel shows that the majority of the French do not want any more migrants.

Carried out by Ifop, a French market research and polling agency, the survey revealed that 62 per cent of French people want to stem the tide of illegal immigrants coming into their country.

The results of the opinion poll, conducted for French newspaper Atlantico, show that the people are becoming increasingly frustrated by the migrant crisis, and have taken a much tougher stance on the issue compared to last spring.

According to Jérôme Fourquet, the director of opinion research at Ifop, the number of people in favour of integrating migrants into French society is down by eight percentage points compared to April this year, and is now at 38 per cent.
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Immigration abroad – Germany
Merkel's open-door policy hits German economy as 99% of migrants STILL don't have a job
Oli Smith
Daily Express, 16 September 2016.

The German chancellor's controversial open-door migrant policy has been dealt another catastrophic blow after it emerged only 1 in every 10,000 migrants who arrived since last year has a job. ...

The German leader unleashed a scathing criticism of local businesses – but company leaders claim refugees "are just not ready" for the job market.

German companies have hired less than 100 refugees despite the arrival of more than a million into the country last year. ...

A spokesman for the German business community said: "Given that around 80 percent of asylum seekers are not highly qualified and may not yet have a high level of German proficiency, we have primarily offered jobs that do not require technical skills or a considerable amount of interaction in German."

A high proportion of refugees are not qualified beyond primary or secondary school level, with many unable to read or write, according to the business community leaders.

Airline and financial industries added that many asylum seekers are unable to prove their identities.

Merkel told bosses on Wednesday's meeting that "everyone will benefit" if more refugees are integrated through the workplace. ...

Industrial group ThyssenKrupp's Chief Executive Heinrich Hiesinger confirmed that "the employment of refugees is no solution for the skills shortage".
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Hungarian vice gang led by 'The Snake' who traded a woman between them as their personal sex slave will pay back less than £400 of the £300,000 they made
James Dunn
MailOnline, 16 September 2016.

A gang of Hungarian sex traffickers led by a man known as 'The Snake' made nearly £300,000 from the misery of their victims - but will pay back less than £400.

The gang of five shipped 250 women into the country then advertised their services in shop windows and phone boxes, making £292,492.95 running brothels in London and Peterborough.
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Multiculturalism – racism, liberalism
The principled, left-wing case against multiculturalism
Terri Murray
Spiked, 16 September 2016.

Mainstream self-styled 'progressives' tend to think of multiculturalism and diversity as inherently good things – ideas that only the racist and bigoted would contest. Which is why Swedish sociologist Goran Adamson's new book, The Trojan Horse: A Leftist Critique of Multiculturalism in the West, is such a welcome intervention. It provides a definitive critique of the ideology of diversity, and it does so from a progressive perspective. In particular, it shows how reason, freedom and individuality – the cornerstones of democracy and civil rights – are being undermined by the ideology of multiculturalism and its elevation of particular identities and rights over universal political freedom.

... Several years ago, he was commissioned by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights to determine the best methods for increasing political participation among immigrant groups in Europe. /.../ Adamson's report, Immigrants and Political Participation, was quickly dismissed, even by those who commissioned it.

This attempt by the EU to quash findings that disagree with the multiculturalist agenda didn't surprise Adamson. Citing Wolfgang Kowalsky, a policy adviser at the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and an expert in far-right demagoguery, Adamson argues that the methods and theories of multiculturalists are similar to those of right-wing extremists: both want to force reality to conform to their worldview, rather than respond to it as it really is.

There are other parallels between multiculturalism and old-fashioned racial thinking. For instance, as Adamson points out, multicultural ideology makes a fetish, like the racial theories of yore, of ethnic diversity. What matters is not, as Martin Luther King believed, the content of one's character, but the colour of one's skin. Common human traits, such as the capacity for abstract thinking, creativity and self-consciousness, are effaced in the name of what divides us. In this sense, multiculturalism is just as fixated on race as the racist thought of the past. ...

The key planks in the pluralist multiculturalist agenda are value pluralism and moral relativism. These imply that all moral beliefs, from the liberal to the authoritarian, are equally legitimate; and that all moral judgements are relative or subjective. As a result, to take any one political ideology, like liberalism (or indeed liberal multiculturalism), too seriously is to commit some kind of abomination against the other.

... Liberalism has been able to protect and promote progress and inclusion precisely because it is a container for a variety of diverse goals and values. It demands one thing only of citizens: namely, that all individuals adhere to rules of reciprocal tolerance, and do not encroach upon the liberty of others. This is not a content-laden ideology, so much as it is a set of rules governing the relationship between diverse ideologies within a state. This is why liberalism protects real diversity so much better than the pluralist multiculturalism that has been foisted on Adamson's Sweden, and other European states, by EU bureaucrats. ...

Yet, in their eagerness to avoid accusations of racism, left-leaning liberals have abandoned traditionally progressive liberal principles. And, in doing so, they have unwittingly embraced a form of multiculturalism that is deeply ideological and illiberal in its current form.
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Immigration abroad – schooling, cost, USA
Immigration's $60 Billion School Bill
Brendan Kirby
PoliZette, 16 September 2016.

The rising number of schoolchildren with little or no proficiency in English is imposing steep costs – both fiscal and in terms of student performance. ...

The study by the Federation for American Immigration Reform calculates that some 4.9 million students – about 1 in 10 – have been designated as Limited English Proficiency, or LEP. The costs of educating them is $59.8 billion a year, including $43.9 billion for the 2.6 million who came to the country illegally. The per-student cost of $12,128 is about 20 percent higher than the average cost of educating all students.

The additional costs come from salaries, benefits, and training for thousands of LEP teachers, tutoring, bilingual textbooks, and other spending. Virtually all of the costs of providing LEP services – some 99 percent – are borne by state and local taxpayers.

"Mass immigration is an enormous unfunded federal mandate. Policy is made in Washington and local taxpayers are stuck with the tab," FAIR President Dan Stein said in a statement. "Not only are local taxpayers on the hook for these enormous costs, but it is affecting the quality of the education their own kids receive." ...

The study identifies several factors causing increases in students who have English deficits. They mirror the reasons for the growing foreign-born population generally – a surge of unaccompanied minors from Central America that began in 2014; large numbers of people who come legally on visas but remain after they expire; and the legal immigration of roughly 1 million people a year. In addition, according to the report, immigrants have more children, on average, than Americans.

While LEP students make up about 10 percent of the total in all grades, it is 17.4 percent in kindergarten. The study notes that the Department of Education determined in 2013 that the United States will need 82,408 new LEP teachers by 2018. ...

Despite the extra help, LEP students typically perform below grade level. The report cites data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress indicating that 7 percent of fourth-grade LEP students scored at the "proficient" level, while just 1 percent showed the ability to master advanced work. ...

Mehlman argued that there is strong evidence that large numbers of immigrant children also make it harder to provide a quality education for the rest of the students.
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Immigration abroad – Mexico
Now Mexico wants to build a border wall with Central America to keep out illegal immigrants from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala
Hannah Parry
Daily Mail, 15 September 2016.

It seems Mexico agrees with Donald Trump's plans to build a wall to keep out illegal immigrants - but only on its southern border with Central America.

Mexicans are calling for the border wall to keep out Guatemalans, Salvadorans and Hondurans fleeing violence in their own countries.

They complain 'hordes' of immigrants pass through on their way to the United States - who are then simply deported back to Mexico rather than their home countries by the US.

Central American migrants are left stuck in border cities with Mexican officials unable to afford to send them back to their own countries, according to an article by one of the largest newspapers in the border state of Tamaulipas, El Mañana, titled: 'Yes to the Border Wall ... but in Mexico's South.' ...

The paper also called for proper immigration checkpoints on the southern border. ...

The UN estimates 400,000 Central Americans cross illegally into Mexico each year.

As many as half are fleeing violence and gangs in their home countries yet most immigrants are eventually deported back home. Mexico deported 175,000 Central Americans last year - a 68 per cent increase from 2014.
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Immigration abroad – Germany
Foreigners become naturalized Germans despite detractors
Deutsche Welle, 15 September 2016.

One million people have gained German citizenship since 2000, becoming dual nationals. The data, gleaned by the opposition Greens, follows a Bavarian conservative demand that dual citizenship be abolished.

The Federal Interior Ministry statistics made public Wednesday by the Greens parliamentary group also showed that by 2013 half a million children whose parents were both resident foreigners had acquired German nationality on birth.

Detailed figures showed 958,701 German naturalizations since 2000 and 491,862 newborns of foreign parents recognized initially as German citizens.

Germany's legislature adopted the place-of-birth principle in 2000 after heated electoral debate that saw the then-governing Social Democrats under former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder scuttle their plan to allow full dual citizenship without restraint.

Their modified law change instead required children, once they reach maturity at 18 or before their 23rd birthday, to opt for one of two nationalities, for example, by remaining German but renouncing nationalities derived from their parents. ...

Since 2000, the rate of foreigners seeking German nationalization has slowed to about 110,000 per year - a trend that researchers at the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) attributed in 2011 to "the need to give up one's previous nationality."
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Crime – leniency
Brothers who illegally supplied eastern European migrants to British factories walk free
Zoe Efstathiou
Daily Express, 15 September 2016.

Two brothers have avoided jail despite illegally arranging for hundreds of eastern European migrants to work at factories and farms in East Anglia.

Stanislovas Dambrauskas, 38 and Andrius Danmbrauskas, 34, originally from Lithuania, were living in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, when they were operating as gang masters, illegally supplying eastern European migrants to labour agencies in the UK.

The crooked pair were given suspended sentences at King's Lynn Magistrates' Court, after being charged with acting as unlicensed gangmasters and of committing fraud by abuse of position between January 1 2012 and December 31 2013.

Stanislavas Drambrauskas had two previous convictions for shoplifting and handling stolen goods and five prison sentences given in Lithuania for theft charges and possession of an offensive weapon. ...

The Judge defended his decision to give the pair suspended sentences, stating he had taken into account that none of the workers had been treated violently or threatened, and there had been no money laundering.

He said that his lenience stemmed from the fact that the requests for the workers had come from other licensed agencies.
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Multiculturalism – integration
Teach integration to prevent extremism, Government-backed review expected to say
Kate McCann
Daily Telegraph, 15 September 2016.

Schools should teach integration as part of the curriculum to halt the spread of racism and extremism, a Government-backed review is expected to recommend.

Dame Louise Casey, who is leading the study, will call for schools to include lessons on character and resilience in their timetable in a bid to end segregation, Whitehall sources said.

Her review is also expected to recommend that pupils in faith schools be forced to mix with other religious groups in order to prevent isolation. ...

Speaking at an event in central London she warned that in some areas of the country children grow up believing that half of the population are Asian because communities do not integrate. Such beliefs help spread racism, she warned.

Dame Louise called for schools to celebrate Christmas, Eid and other traditions to break down barriers within communities and warned that the curriculum and what is taught in schools is essential to tackle segregation.
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Multiculturalism – Islam, Europe
Austrian cardinal tipped to be the next pope warns of an 'Islamic conquest of Europe'
Barney Henderson
Daily Telegraph, 14 September 2016.

An Austrian cardinal who is one of the frontrunners to be the next pope has warned of an "Islamic conquest of Europe".

According to reports of his speech to mark the 333rd anniversary of the Battle of Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn said: "Will there be an Islamic conquest of Europe? Many Muslims want that and say: Europe is at its end."

"God have mercy on Europe and on thy people, who are in danger of forfeiting our Christian heritage," the cardinal reportedly prayed.

He claimed that this was already being felt "not only economically, but above all, in human and religious matters".
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Crime – solicitor
Indian solicitor who helped countrymen 'cheat' the system & Home Office faces deportation
Daily Express, 14 September 2016.

An Indian solicitor who advised his countrymen on how to cheat the Home Office into allowing them to stay in the UK faces deportation after he was jailed for eight years.

Mathew Chellam, 45, made bogus applications for EEA2 Residence Cards on behalf of illegal immigrants he advised as clients through Mathew Moghan & Co Advocates.

The lawyer submitted false documentation to the Home Office including fake birth certificates and wage slips from non-existent cleaning companies.

Chellam also arranged bogus weddings between Indian and French nationals apparently taking place in Ghana.

Ghanaian law recognises customary marriages by proxy - in which the bride and or groom are not even required to attend. ...

His ex-wife, Victoria Mathew, 39, was convicted of seeking leave to remain by deception after she submitted a bogus Non-EEA Residence Card application including a Ghanaian customary proxy marriage certificate in 2011.

She was due to be sentenced alongside her former husband but failed to answer her bail and a warrant was issued for her arrest.

KFC worker Venkataramana Enugu, 31, and 30-year old Jeykrishnan Murugesan were also convicted of seeking leave to remain by deception after being arrested in connection with the investigation.
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Racism – crime, leniency
Black Lives Matter activists who sparked chaos for thousands with City airport runway protest walk free from court
Tristan Kirk
Evening Standard, 14 September 2016.

Nine Black Lives Matter activists who staged a controversial protest on the runway at City Airport walked free from court today with conditional discharges.

Around 9,000 passengers suffered disruption when the protest group evaded security at the east London airport at around 5.30am last Tuesday. ...

Westminster magistrates court heard 131 flights were delayed or cancelled as the protest chanted about the Black Lives Matter cause and climate change, filming themselves and streaming the footage online.

However, they later came under fire when it emerged the group is predominantly white, amid claims they had "hijacked" the Black Lives Matter movement.

At court this morning, the nine activists all pleaded guilty to aggravated trespass with intent to obstruct a person engaged in lawful activity.

District Judge Elizabeth Roscoe said the protest appeared to have "mixed motivations" as she imposed 18-month conditional discharges on seven of the group, and longer terms for two with previous convictions. ...

Mike Schwartz, representing some of the group, spent several minutes explaining to Judge Roscoe the reasons behind the stunt.

"They took their actions in support of Black Lives Matter UK - in their view there's a need for white people to take responsibility in a society that privileges them through racism", he said.

"They were highlighting the negative impact of the airport on the local community, and a large element of the local community are black and minority ethnic."

He also said the project was to highlight the effects of climate change on black people in the Southern Hemisphere, and City Airport was targeted because of its heavy use by business people.
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Immigration abroad – Germany
Migrant Crisis: Two Thirds Of Arrivals Are 'Basically Illiterate'
Oliver JJ Lane
Breitbart, 14 September 2016.

A senior German academic has joined the chorus of voices expressing concern over the low educational standards of newly arriving migrants, and the significant knock-on effects that is bound to have on the German educational system.

President of the University of Hamburg and chairman of the German Educational Action Council Dieter Lenzen has pointed to the enormous cost of teaching hundreds of thousands of newcomers basic language skills, pointing in particular to the Syrian community. While the proportion of Syrians arriving and claiming to have university degrees – around 15 per cent – isn't much below the German population as a whole, the vast majority of the remaining 85 per cent are in a significantly worse state, unable even to perform basic tasks like reading a bus timetable. ...

President Lenzen told media he estimated around two thirds of these arrivals had no qualifications at all from their home nation. He estimated giving migrants German lessons to get them to a point where they could become productive members of society would cost some €80,000 a year for a class of 25, with classes needed for some two and a half years.

In expressing his concern, President Lenzen is affirming the statement in December of Munich University professor Ludger Wößmann, who said:

"We have to prepare ourselves for the fact that the majority of young refugees will fail a three-year full time training course with a high proportion of theoretic content. According to the Chamber of Commerce of Munich and Upper Bavaria, 70 per cent of trainees from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq who started lessons more than two years ago have already dropped out". ...

Even these shock figures are reasonably generous compared to the internal figures of the German government, which were leaked at the end of 2015. The internal paper from the Federal Employment Agency suggested 81 per cent of migrants to Germany were unskilled, and just eight per cent had academic qualifications of any kind.

Projecting their own likely spending, the agency estimated the migrant influx would lead to Germany taking on hundreds of thousands of new benefit claimants.
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Terrorism – Islam, Syria
Islamic State has moved from persecuting Christians to trying to 'exterminate' them
Ruth Gledhill
Christian Today, 14 September 2016.

Islamic State has moved from persecuting Christians to attempting to exterminate them, a leading advocate for refugees has warned.

Dr Georgette Bennett, founder of the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees, said Islamic State is now targeting Christians as a group.

"We have now moved from Christians being persecuted to Christians being exterminated," she said. "We Jews – I am a Jew – we understand something about extermination. I think we recognise a genocide when we see it."
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Government Language Tutor Claims Migrants Only Interested in Benefits, Boast They'll Never Work
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 14 September 2016.

A woman employed teaching English to migrants with so-called refugee status has revealed students have no interest in learning the language or getting a job, and are mostly interested in the benefits they can extract from taxpayers.

The teacher, who identified herself as 'Janet', rang Nick Ferrari's morning show on London's LBC to discuss her experience of giving taxpayer-funded English classes to Syrians and other migrants granted asylum. ...

She explained: "We have so many students and they don't turn up. They don't want these lessons and they're not really interested in learning English."

Mr Ferrari questioned her, asking: "When you say they don't turn up, do you mean these special classes [that are paid for by the government]?"

Janet replied: "Special classes that they don't have to pay for, and obviously we pay for it".

"It's so so frustrating. I love teaching them, they're lovely people when they do turn up but a lot of them don't turn up. They're simply not interested in learning English.

"A lot of them have been here for many many years now, and when I was teaching English for employment some of them refused to go because they said 'Well I don't want to work. I don't want to work so I don't want to learn English for employment'.
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Asylum – cost
Resettling 20,000 Syrian refugees in Britain will cost nearly two billion pounds, says watchdog
Laura Hughes
Daily Telegraph, 13 September 2016.

Resettling 20,000 Syrian refugees in Britain will cost nearly two billion pounds, a spending watchdog has revealed.

The National Audit Office (NAO) have estimated that every Syrian refugee who comes to Britain will cost taxpayers up to £17,340 per year on average for their first five years in the UK.

According to the latest UK figures, 2,800 Syrian refugees have arrived in Britain since David Cameron promised to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020.

The watchdog warned that nearly 5,000 houses or flats, and more than 10,000 childcare and school places, will be needed to honour the pledge.

The NAO said the total sum is uncertain as it depends in large part on the level of medial treatment refugees need and the extent to which they can gain employment and become self-sufficient.

Based on department assumptions, it estimated that the cost to the end of 2019/20 could be up to £1.1 billion, and up to £1.73 billion over the lifetime of the project.

Their report said: "The future of the programme could be put at risk by local authorities' lack of suitable accommodation and school places."

In April the government committed to take in 3,000 vulnerable child refugees and their carers in one of the biggest resettlement programmes in the World from the war-torn Syria region.
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Crime – people-smuggling
Surge in Britons cashing in on people-trafficking: Smugglers use new routes and tactics to move migrants at will
John Stevens
Daily Mail, 13 September 2016.

An alarming jump in the number of British people-trafficking suspects has been flagged up by an international crime-fighting agency.

Despite a clampdown on border controls across Europe since the start of the migrant crisis, there's been a surge in people smuggling operations – including many involving Britons.

This growing band have a 'constant ability' to move migrants across the Continent, according to Europol – the EU's law enforcement agency. It admitted yesterday that it had identified a record 12,000 new people-trafficking suspects so far this year.

The number of British suspects added to its database was 132, a rise of nearly a third compared to the number in the whole of 2015.

Europol warned smugglers are using new tactics to evade tighter border controls and are increasingly looking to cash in on migrants stranded at border camps such as near the Channel port at Dunkirk. ...

... It warned the gangs operating in the camps in Greece, Italy and France, are 'increasingly offering fraudulent documents to allow them to move forward into the EU'.

Europol said the hiding of people in lorries remained the most common method, but that 'new alternative routes via air, sea and land are increasingly used'.

The agency now has around 50,000 suspected people smugglers in its database, with an extra 12,000 suspects added since January. This compares with 6,400 new suspects identified by Europol in 2014 and 10,000 during 2015. Ninety-five per cent of the new suspects were male with an average age of 35.

Some 423 of the new suspects were Turkish – three times the number identified last year. Some 364 Syrians were added to the database, a rise of 40 per cent compared to 2015. ...

A Europol report earlier this year labelled people-smuggling as the 'fastest growing criminal market in Europe', estimating gangs netted 6 billion euros (£5 billion) last year.

About one million migrants entered the EU in 2015 of which nine out of ten paid gangs fees of 3,000-6000 euros each.
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Repatriation/deportation – war crimes
Revealed: Incredible loophole that means 135 war crime suspects are living freely in the UK
Chris Greenwood
Daily Mail, 13 September 2016.

Scores of suspected war criminals seeking to live in Britain escaped deportation thanks to a series of blunders.

Officials failed to throw out 135 individuals accused of appalling crimes in the some of the world's poorest countries despite blocking their bids for citizenship.

And the suspects escaped police investigation after officials also failed to refer any of them to Scotland Yard's specialist war crimes unit.

Campaigners slammed the Government as they warned the country risks becoming a 'safe haven' for war criminals.

They said it was 'hard to understand' how officials could block attempts to remain in the country but not try to deport them or refer their cases to police.

Last night, the Home Office said it has closed the apparent loophole in its procedures so that suspected war criminals will face further investigation.

A spokesman said police will be informed about 'every case where a negative immigration decision' is taken due allegations of war crimes, genocide or torture.

The figures highlight concerns that war criminals from around the world are turning to Britain as their 'retirement home'.

Hundreds of people involved in bloody conflicts in Rwanda, Afghanistan, Libya, Serbia and Sri Lanka, have been able to settle here.

In many cases human rights laws have meant that the worse their crimes, the more difficult it is to send them home.
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Benefits and costs – businesses
Migrants are creating jobs, not taking them, says report
Emma Featherstone
The Guardian, 13 September 2016.

Migrant-led businesses are a boost to the UK economy, and need further government backing, says a report by the Institute of Directors (IoD) and mi-hub, a co-working space specifically for migrant entrepreneurs. ...

Andy Silvester, head of campaigns at the IoD and co-author of the report, Migrant Entrepreneurship in the UK: celebrating the benefits to Britain, said: "This is an attempt, in one small way, to remind people of the positive contribution that many migrants make to the UK.

"After the referendum, Britain is now likely to re-write its immigration policy. While the government must of course respond to public concerns, the visa system must be open to the world's brightest and best, many of whom will set up businesses that employ those born here."

Brazilian-born Rafael dos Santos, co-author of the report and founder of mi-hub, sets out a number of policy recommendations including simplifying the application process for UK work visas, with a focus on speeding up the time from application to decision.

He said: "The [report] shows that migrants contribute much more than they take from the UK economy." ...

In its annual member survey, 70% of IoD members agreed that UK businesses need the skills of immigrants to compete globally.
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My day at court that proved foreigners ARE overloading the justice system
Dominic Lawson
Daily Mail, 13 September 2016.

Pontius is the first judge to speak out publicly about this. I suspect he felt able to do so only because the interview marked his retirement after 20 years as a Crown Court judge.

But those of us who have spent time in the company of his colleagues know they have become increasingly agitated about the effect on their courtrooms of the ineluctable increase in crimes of migrants from parts of Eastern Europe. ...

Another judge, whose attention I drew to Pontius's interview, told me: 'He is absolutely right and I am glad he said it, although others will interpret it as anti-foreigner and it isn't. If people could see how many are here with substantial criminal records, some EU, some pretending to be Latvian when they are Russian and getting in that way, then they may feel differently.'

Actually, the figures are all publicly available: in that respect our justice system is admirably transparent. So, for example, we know that British courts are dealing with more than 700 notifications involving EU migrants every week – a rise of nearly 40 per cent over the past five years. ...

And we also know that 12 per cent of our prison population are foreign nationals. Almost 10 per cent of that foreign element are Poles, 7 per cent Romanian, and 4.5 per cent Lithuanian.

This in fact suggests that Poles are not especially likely to commit serious offences – their large number within the offending population is just a reflection of the overall scale of Polish immigration: as Pontius himself pointed out, 'the huge majority are law-abiding'.

But there do seem to be national differences reflected in these figures: Romanian and Albanian immigrants seem to be on average more inclined to engage in criminality, whereas Estonians are much less predisposed. These figures, I am sure, are a reflection of the societies from which they come.

It is equally clear that the Government has failed in its attempt to reduce the cost to our prison system by returning the offenders to serve time in their country of origin. ...

Recently, wanting to see for myself the effect of this phenomenon, I spent a day at Snaresbrook Crown Court, the largest court complex in Europe, set up in the Sixties to deal with crimes in North-East London.

I have in front of me the official list of names of defendants on the day I visited. It is fair to say that Middle Eastern-sounding names are much more evident on it than East European ones. But the latter are there in force, too: Sugaipov, Smirnov, Dovnarovic, Koclamazasvili, Noreikaite. ...

Afterwards, one of the court officials took me to one side and said crossly: 'A lot of these people can understand English very well. But the interpreting process means that they can think much longer before answering the prosecuting lawyer's questions. And once I caught one of the interpreters actually advising the defendant how to answer.'
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Immigration abroad – asylum, Germany
Migrants claiming asylum in Germany have been taking HOLIDAYS in the countries they are 'fleeing' - paid for with benefits cash, report finds
Dave Burke
MailOnline, 13 September 2016.

Asylum seekers from war-torn nations including Syria and Iraq and registered as refugees have been heading back to the countries they fled on vacation, an investigation has found. ...

The information was uncovered in an investigation by German media outlet Die Welt am Sonntag, which spoke to asylum seekers who confirmed they had visited their homeland on holiday.

An unnamed spokesperson from the German Federal Employment Office (BA) told the newspaper: 'There are such cases.' ...

Officials are now investigating how often refugees are vacationing in their homeland, having previously said they are fleeing persecution.

Rules in Germany state that asylum seekers who claim social benefits are entitled to leave the country for 21 days a year - but they are not obliged to report where they are traveling.

BA said: 'There is no legal ground to demand that information'.

And it said that if it is aware of a refugee visiting the states they left to claim asylum, it is not allowed to pass the information to other departments 'due to data privacy'.
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Immigration abroad – Hungary, European Union
Christians BEFORE Islam: Orban blasts EU over migration and demands 'SINKING' of Med boats
Rebecca Perring & Agnes Kegl
Daily Express, 13 September 2016.

Europe must help Christians BEFORE Islamic people and sink empty migrant ships to save the Mediterranean, the tough-talking prime minister of Hungary has demanded.

Hardliner Viktor Orban pulled no punches as he pinned the blame on the "elite" of the failing European Union (EU) for the escalating migrant crisis engulfing the continent. ...

In the lengthy speech, he said: "Migration will have great consequences in Europe and in this situation we, Europeans haven't even decided what we want. Our real problem is Brussels, not the migrants.

"We should decide if we want separate nations or a united Europe.

"It's only logical, that if we invite the refugees, they will come.

"I hope with the Hungarian referendum we set an example for the rest of Europe and after the EU election next Spring a new elite will lead the EU institutions instead of the current elite of nihilists, including Juncker, Verhofstadt and Schultz."
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Terrorism – Islam, France, Europe
Generation Jihad: Scholar of Islam predicts civil war across Europe as more young Muslims facing poor job prospects turn to radical groups
Julian Robinson
MailOnline, 13 September 2016.

A scholar of Islam has warned of civil war across Europe as more young Muslims facing poor job prospects turn to radical groups, it has been reported.

Professor Gilles Kepel, from the Sciences Po in Paris, France, said a growing 'Jihad Generation' is likely to continue to carry out terror acts in European cities.

The aim of their terror activity is to both incite hatred towards Muslims and, in doing so, cause further radicalisation among young people, the professor of political science said.

He told the German newspaper Die Welt that this in turn could lead to the point where Europe enters into civil war.

Kepel said the recent terror attacks across the continent were part of a war within Islam rather than between Islam and Western civilization.

The extremists, he said, also want to crush more moderate Islamic opposition.

After civil war had ruined Europe, he said, the long term goal of the terrorists would then be to build a caliphate 'on the ruins of the old continent'.

Kepel said that while most Muslims were not involved in any terror-related activity, a lack of job prospects and their feeling of hopelessness in French suburbs could boost the likelihood of young Muslims becoming radicalised.

He warned against retaliation from far-right groups and urged authorities to eliminate fractures in European societies 'not with war but with policing and education'.

Last night, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said that 'every day attacks are foiled ... (including) as we speak.'

Valls said nearly 15,000 people in France are being tracked because they are suspected of being in the process of radicalization, while 1,350 are under investigation - 293 of them for alleged links with a terrorism network.

'Today the threat is at a maximum, and we are a target,' Valls said on Europe 1 radio. 'Every day intelligence services, police foil attacks, dismantle networks, track terrorists.'
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Immigration abroad – Sweden
Swedish Economist: Low Skilled Migrants a 'Ticking Time Bomb'
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 13 September 2016.

Despite politicians' insistence that migrants who poured into Sweden last year were highly educated and would be an economic boon, SEB economist Johan Javeus has warned that the newcomers are low skilled, and a "ticking time bomb" in the labour market.

The Scandinavian Individual Bank (SEB) economist warned that the lack of menial jobs combined with record high mass migration is a time bomb that could explode in time for the 2018 elections. ...

In 2015, the difference in the unemployment rate among highly-educated Swedes and among foreign-born with only basic secondary education stood at a record level of more than 30 percentage points.

Noting the vast majority of new arrivals who entered during 2015 have very little education, Mr. Javeus told Svenska Dagbladet that the gap will continue to widen.

Labour minister Johansson disagreed with the economist's assessment. The Social Democratic minister told the newspaper that while mass migration and the job market pose a challenge, the situation is manageable. ...

At the height of the "migrant crisis" in Europe last year, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven assured Swedes that migrants flooding into the country were highly educated and would benefit the economy.

The Social Democratic leader insisted newcomers would not cost taxpayers in the long run as they are essential to combat an "ageing population" in Sweden.

Asked whether it's wrong to talk about potential costs of mass migration, Mr. Löfven said among the influx were professionals who would fill skills shortages in Sweden.

"But we are missing several professional groups in Sweden with academic training. They come to Sweden. There may be doctors, specialist doctors, nurses, engineers. They come to Sweden and we need them," the Prime Minister told Expressen.
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Border controls
Stretched border controls 'miss more than 4,000 high risk flights a year'
Ben Farmer
Daily Telegraph, 12 September 2016.

More than 4,000 "high risk" flights are being missed by Border Force officials each year, a new study estimates, raising fears crime gangs, drug traffickers and even terrorists could be using lax security to enter the country.

The UK's Border Force is in disarray after years of neglect, while the rising number of passengers has stretched the organisation to breaking point, the Adam Smith Institute warns.

While passenger numbers through Britain's ports and airports have risen by a fifth this decade and are expected to rise by another 43 per cent by 2030, funding for border checks has been slashed, the think tank says.

"Britain's Border Force is not equipped to quickly, accurately and securely monitor passengers in and out of Britain," the report warns.

Border officials aim to check 99 per cent of inbound "high risk" flights, for example where passenger lists have not been submitted in advance and the identities of those on board are unknown.

But the report found some days up to 7.5 per cent of such flights, or the equivalent of as many as 4,197 a year, are not met by agents or checked on databases. ...

The Home Office rejected the study's calculations as "inaccurate and highly misleading".

A spokeswoman said Border Force officers carried out "detailed risk assessments and our officers physically meet any flight considered to be high risk.

"In addition, we work with domestic and international partners to gather intelligence and target suspicious activity in the skies and seas."
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Population pressure – housing
Home Counties face 'greatest threat' from plans for 123,000 new homes on Green Belt, campaigners warn
Christopher Hope
Daily Telegraph, 12 September 2016.

England's Home Counties are facing their "greatest threat" with plans to build new homes on more than 200 sites on the protected Green Belt, campaigners are warning.

A report to be published this week from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has uncovered blueprints for more than 123,000 new homes on 203 sites in the London Green Belt. ...

CPRE warned that the figure could be an underestimate as only two-thirds of local authorities were surveyed for the report, entitled "Safe Under Us?".

There was also evidence that planning inspectors were telling councils the Green Belt cannot be a "constraint" on development. ...

The report said that most of the 203 sites "are allocated in Local Plans documents, so the threats are real".

It added: "Already some areas of Green Belt have lost their designation, a number of sites are threatened with planning permission, while others are being built or have already been built."
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Immigration abroad – Italy
Number of migrants arriving on European soil SURGES past 2015 total... and more are coming
Fraser Moore
Daily Express, 12 September 2016.

The number of migrants arriving on European soil has smashed last year's total with months left to spare.

A total of 124,500 migrants have arrived in Italy alone since the start of 2016, the country's home office has said.

This has surged past the figure for last year – which was a massive 122,000.

The number of migrants landing in Italy, many of whom arrive across the Mediterranean in boats, shows no signs of stopping following the rescue of thousands of migrants over the weekend. ...

Italy now has 155,000 migrants in reception centres, compared with 103,000 in 2015 and 66,000 in 2014. ...

A total of 400,000 have successfully made the crossing – most coming from sub-saharan Africa.
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Asylum – religious leaders
Help reunite refugee families, faith leaders urge May
BBC, 12 September 2016.

More than 200 religious leaders have urged the UK to relax immigration rules so refugees from Syria and other areas can be reunited with their families. ...

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams is among representatives from the Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim and Sikh faiths to have signed the letter to Theresa May.

The signatories, who are acting in a personal capacity, also include Baroness Rabbi Julia Neuberger and Muslim Council of Britain secretary general Harun Rashid Khan.

The letter calls on the government to "urgently revise its policy" to help refugees fleeing Syria, Iraq and other areas of conflict "by adopting fair and humane family reunion policies". ...

While Baroness Neuberger would not confirm how many refugees the signatories think the country should accept, she said they were "talking about the difference between a few thousand and either a few hundred thousand or at least many tens of thousands".

She also emphasised that the group was not worried about whether there would be any issues with integration and said: "In previous years we have taken more, and we haven't had a huge problem with integration." ...

Last week, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the UK was on track to deliver the promise made by former Prime Minister David Cameron to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020.

The government says it is also committed to accepting 3,000 unaccompanied children registered in France, Italy and Greece.
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Immigration abroad – USA
Yes, Immigration Hurts American Workers
George J. Borjas
Politico, September/October 2016.
[George J. Borjas is professor of economics and social policy at the Harvard Kennedy School]

I've been studying immigration for 30 years, but 2016 was the first time my research was cited in a convention speech. ...

Here's the problem with the current immigration debate: Neither side is revealing the whole picture. Trump might cite my work, but he overlooks my findings that the influx of immigrants can potentially be a net good for the nation, increasing the total wealth of the population. Clinton ignores the hard truth that not everyone benefits when immigrants arrive. For many Americans, the influx of immigrants hurts their prospects significantly.

This second message might be hard for many Americans to process, but anyone who tells you that immigration doesn't have any negative effects doesn't understand how it really works. When the supply of workers goes up, the price that firms have to pay to hire workers goes down. ...

Both low- and high-skilled natives are affected by the influx of immigrants. But because a disproportionate percentage of immigrants have few skills, it is low-skilled American workers, including many blacks and Hispanics, who have suffered most from this wage dip. The monetary loss is sizable. ...

We don't need to rely on complex statistical calculations to see the harm being done to some workers. Simply look at how employers have reacted. /.../ Similarly, the flood of recent news reports on abuse of the H-1B visa program shows that firms will quickly dismiss their current tech workforce when they find cheaper immigrant workers.

But that's only one side of the story. Somebody's lower wage is always somebody else's higher profit. In this case, immigration redistributes wealth from those who compete with immigrants to those who use immigrants – from the employee to the employer. And the additional profits are so large that the economic pie accruing to all natives actually grows. I estimate the current "immigration surplus" – the net increase in the total wealth of the native population – to be about $50 billion annually. But behind that calculation is a much larger shift from one group of Americans to another: The total wealth redistribution from the native losers to the native winners is enormous, roughly a half-trillion dollars a year. Immigrants, too, gain substantially; their total earnings far exceed what their income would have been had they not migrated.

When we look at the overall value of immigration, there's one more complicating factor: Immigrants receive government assistance at higher rates than natives. The higher cost of all the services provided to immigrants and the lower taxes they pay (because they have lower earnings) inevitably implies that on a year-to-year basis immigration creates a fiscal hole of at least $50 billion – a burden that falls on the native population.

What does it all add up to? The fiscal burden offsets the gain from the $50 billion immigration surplus, so it's not too farfetched to conclude that immigration has barely affected the total wealth of natives at all. Instead, it has changed how the pie is split, with the losers – the workers who compete with immigrants, many of those being low-skilled Americans – sending a roughly $500 billion check annually to the winners. Those winners are primarily their employers. And the immigrants themselves come out ahead, too.
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Diversity – civil service
Cabinet Office hails biggest ever diversity internship scheme
Jim Dunton
Civil Service World, 12 September 2016.

Cabinet Office minister Ben Gummer has praised staff and participants in the civil service's latest summer diversity internship programme, which is aimed at encouraging future fast stream applicants from under-represented backgrounds.

The 2016 scheme, which finished last week, offered two-month placements to 308 undergraduates from black and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, young people from low-income backgrounds, or those with disabilities. Some participants would have fallen into more than one of the categories. ...

The Cabinet Office said 27 departments had offered placements as part of the programme, helping participants learn about the civil service, involving them in departmental projects, as well as helping them to develop broader skills.

It said 81% of the 2016 intake had been from ethnic minority groups, 25% from lower socio-economic background, and 24% with disabilities.
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National identity – multiculturalism, political correctness
Traditions such as Christmas celebrations will die out unless people stand up for British values, government review finds
Tim Ross
Sunday Telegraph, 11 September 2016.

British laws and traditions such as the celebration of Christmas are under threat and must be vigorously upheld to stop ethnic segregation dividing society, according to major government review.

Waves of immigration have rapidly changed the character of some state schools and left residents in parts of Britain feeling unsettled, the landmark report will say.

These issues must be tackled head on, rather than swept under the carpet by politically correct council officials who fear being labelled "racist" if they assert British values or raise concerns, it will say.

The findings emerged as part of a wide-ranging, year-long government study by Dame Louise Casey, the government's integration tsar.

David Cameron and Theresa May appointed her to take stock of the state of the nation, focusing on issues such as racism, extremism, and segregation among different communities.

In her study, which is expected to be published within weeks, Dame Louise will detail the stark impact of segregation in communities that have grown up across Britain in recent years.

Speaking at a recent meeting of council leaders, she set out her early findings and challenged officials to battle political correctness in order to address the deep divisions that exist between different sections of society.

She criticised councils for "over worrying" about causing offence among minority groups. ...

Only by promoting "core" British laws, traditions and cultures in every ethnic community can Britain hope to ensure that diverse communities integrate fully, and defeat the "hate mongers" from the far Right and Islamist extremists who want to divide the country, she argued. ...

In what will be seen as a criticism of trends such as the growth of Sharia courts in some Muslim communities, she said all citizens from every background must be made to adhere to the same set of laws which are "specifically intended to help define how we live together".

"One set of laws democratically decided and with the intention that they are upheld by every community in the land, new or old.

"We need to be much bolder in not just celebrating our history, heritage and culture, but standing up for our democratically decided upon laws of the land and standing up to those that undermine them."
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Politics – public opinion
It is immigration, above all else, that has united the right and divided the left
Adam Drummond
The Observer, 11 September 2016.
[Adam Drummond is research manager and partner at Opinium]

The main finding from our poll, carried out in the middle of last month, is that immigration is uniting the right but dividing the left. Based on the answers given on a range of issues, we were able to separate people into eight political tribes. ...

One (we call it Common Sense, 26% of those polled) is made up overwhelmingly of Conservative voters, mainly older people from the south of England who are advanced in their careers or retired. The other (Our Britain, 24%) mostly comprises older working-class people from the north of England and the Midlands, and is split between Tory and Ukip voters. Both would prioritise reducing immigration over remaining in the EU single market. ...

Closer to the centre but still on the right of it sit two smaller pro-business tribes (Free Liberals, 7%) and New Britain (6%). These two groups agree with the Common Sense group about the need for low taxes and restricting benefits but are much more pro-immigration, voted Remain in the referendum and want Brexit to mean staying in the single market. ...

By comparison, and looking at the tribes further on the left, the situation faced by whoever wins the Labour leadership will be far harder because the centre and the left are split into more tribes with bigger divisions. The ones Labour will target are split over immigration, business, and whether Britain should be an open multicultural society or a closed, ethnically homogenous one. They are also divided geographically between those in Scotland, the urban north (more anti-immigration) and the metropolitan, more multicultural south.

The tribes on the left include one we call Democratic Socialists (8%) who are very open to immigration and the single market but also want higher taxes on the wealthy and businesses. They are mostly ABC1s, living in urban areas in Scotland and Wales. Then there is the Community tribe (5%) – mainly working-class voters in northern England and the Midlands – who agree on the need for income redistribution through the tax system but strongly disagree with the Democratic Socialists about immigration, wanting strict curbs.

Another tribe, the Progressives (11%), are professionals from across the country, who share the Democratic Socialists' openness to immigration and the single market but are much more pro-business. ...

... the Swing Voter tribe (7%) ...
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Immigration abroad – sports, Korea, Olympic migrants
Migrant athletes stir debate
Kang Hyun-kyung
Korea Times, 11 September 2016.

During the Rio Olympics, Chinese-born athletes representing different countries played against each other in table tennis.

Of the 44 Chinese-born table tennis players at the Olympics, making up about a quarter of the total players, only six were Chinese national team members; the rest represented 21 other countries. ...

Many good athletes are eliminated in the Olympic qualifications in China, and some seek a second chance by migrating to other countries to represent them in the international sports event.

The migration of foreign-born athletes to Korea is not new. As the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics approaches, more foreign-born athletes are knocking on the Immigration Service's door to check if they are eligible for visas as "aliens of extraordinary ability."

If their applications are approved, these foreign-born athletes will get Korean citizenship and be able to represent Korea in the Winter Olympics if they pass the national competitions.

Kim Yu-kyoum, a professor at the Seoul National University Department of Physical Education, voiced concerns about the unintended consequences of this citizenship policy, specifically that some athletes are taking advantage of its loopholes.

"I understand that some athletes are using the citizenship policy of other countries for personal gains," he said. "They leave the country they just represented once the Olympics are over." He called them "Olympic migrants," a term he used to refer to athletes who seek citizenships outside their home countries to join the international sport event after being eliminated in their countries' qualification tournaments.

"Unlike in popular sports such as baseball or golf, we have no professional teams in winter sports," he said. "Thus, those foreign-born players have no good reason to stay here after the Olympics." ...

The Korean Olympic Committee has said foreign-born players would help improve the overall competitiveness of Korean athletes in winter sports, particularly those where few Korean athletes have excelled in previous Olympics.
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Crime – child sex crime
'Stop the abusers': Telford MP urges Prime Minister to intervene as her town becomes Britain's 'child-sex capital'
Rory Tingle
MailOnline, 11 September 2016.

The MP for Telford has urged Theresa May to carry out a 'Rotherham-style' inquiry into the town, which has the highest rate of child sex crime in the UK.

Tory MP Lucy Allan said an inquiry was 'appropriate', particularly after allegations emerged that local council leaders ignored its own report into gangs targeting young people.

Parents who believed their children might have been abused had told the Telford and Wrekin Council their concerns were not being taken seriously.

An inquiry by the authority acknowledged police investigations were seen as slow, reported The Sunday Mirror.

It also noted that less than a third of 137 child sexual exploitation reports were handed to the safeguarding team.

But one victim claimed the report was a 'whitewash' because no one had been disciplined over its contents.

Ms Allan, 51, who was elected an MP in the 2015 General Election, told The Sunday Mirror: 'Victims are left feeling their voices are not being heard, and that no one is accountable for mistakes made.'

The Mirror claims to have uncovered evidence of abuse by gangs of men in Telford, mainly from the Pakistani community, dating back two decades. ...

Police said 100 girls could have become victims in Telford between 2007 and 2009.

Home Office figures show there were 15.1 child sex crimes reported per 10,000 residents in the year to September 2015.

Telford's population is 155,000 – meaning a potential 225 victims.
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Extremism – Islam, Islamic fascism
Western Publishers Submit to Islam
Giulio Meotti
Gatestone Institute, 11 September 2016.

When Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses came out in 1989, Viking Penguin, the British and American publisher of the novel, was subjected to daily Islamist harassment. As Daniel Pipes wrote, the London office resembled "an armed camp," with police protection, metal detectors and escorts for visitors. ...

Nonetheless, Viking never flinched. It was a miracle that the novel finally came out. Other publishers, however, faltered. Since then, the situation has only gotten worse. Most Western publishers are now faltering. That is the meaning of the new Hamed Abdel-Samad affair. ...

Abdel-Samad today is 46 years old and lives in Munich, Germany, where he married a Danish girl and works for the Institute of Jewish History and Culture at the University of Munich. In his native Egyptian village, his first book caused an uproar. Some Muslims wanted to burn it.

Abdel-Samad's recent book, Der Islamische Faschismus: Eine Analyse, has just been burned at the stake not in Cairo by Islamists, but in France by some of the self-righteous French.

The book is a bestseller in Germany, where it has been published by the well-known publisher, Droemer Knaur. An English translation has been published in the U.S. by Prometheus Books, under the title Islamic Fascism. Two years ago, the French publisher, Piranha, acquired the rights to translate Abdel-Samad's book about "Islamic Fascism" into French. A publication date was even posted on Amazon: September 16. But at the last moment, the publisher stopped its release. Jean-Marc Loubet, head of the publishing house, announced to Abdel-Samad's agent that the publication of his book is now unthinkable in France, not only for security reasons, but also because it would reinforce the "extreme right".

For criticizing Islam, Abdel-Samad lives under police protection in Germany


Mr. Abdel-Samad's case is not new. At a time when dozens of novelists, journalists and scholars are facing Islamists' threats, it is unforgivable that Western publishers not only agree to bow down, but are often the first to capitulate.

In France, for criticizing Islam in a column titled "We refuse to change civilization" for the daily newspaper, Le Monde, the famous writer, Renaud Camus, lost his publisher, Fayard. ...

Then a Paris court convicted Camus for "Islamophobia" (a fine of 4,000 euros), for a speech he gave on December 18, 2010, in which he spoke of "Grand Remplacement", the replacement of the French people under the Trojan horse of multiculturalism. It was then that Camus became persona non grata in France.

The Jewel of Medina, a novel by the American writer Sherry Jones about the life of the third wife of Muhammad, was first purchased and then scrapped by the powerful publisher Random House, which had already paid her an advance and launched an ambitious promotional campaign. Sherry Jones's new publisher, Gibson Square, was then firebombed by Islamists in London.
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Illegal immigration – crime, national security
Migrant-traffickers are top security threat: Officials warn danger will spread across Britain as gangs switch focus to small ports and airstrips
Chris Greenwood and Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 10 September 2016.

Migrant-smuggling gangs are one of the biggest threats to Britain's national security, a report warned last night.

Soaring numbers of organised criminals are preying on migrants desperate to evade border controls, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.

Officials said the danger will spread across the country at smaller ports and airstrips as security at Dover is improved.

They revealed investigators from a range of agencies are stepping in to 'disrupt' threats to our borders almost every day. The warning was in the NCA's national strategic threat assessment, which looks to prepare police for threats. It put organised immigration crime in the top five threats, along with child abuse, cybercrime, firearms and top-level money laundering.

Officials said they face an 'unprecedented scale' of 'irregular migration' largely sparked by the conflict in Syria and Iraq. They said improvements to security at Dover and Calais, where UK taxpayers are funding a £2 million wall, will force gangs to change smuggling routes.

The report said: 'As security around borders increases, the growth in organised people-smuggling and trafficking targeting the UK will grow through clandestine activity and use of false documents.'

Criminals already use yachts, small boats and light aircraft to smuggle people, drugs and weapons.

And the NCA said the flood of migrants is attracting ruthless individuals who want to prey on the desperate. In the majority of cases, crime gangs serve people from their home country or who share their language. Once here, criminal networks are involved in 'systematic abuse' of the UK visa system, using false documents to secure legitimate means to remain.
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Multiculturalism – police
West Midlands Police may let Muslim officers wear burqas and niqabs in effort to boost diversity
May Bulman
Independent, 10 September 2016.

One of Britain's largest police forces is considering allowing Muslim officers to wear the burka while on duty in an effort to boost diversity.

West Midlands Police Chief Constable, David Thompson, said the force would not rule out allowing female officers to wear the outfit which includes a long flowing outer garment from head to toe and an Islamic veil, or niqab, that covers all facial features except the eyes. ...

At a recent meeting during which diversity in the force was discussed, Chief Constable Thompson refused to rule out allowing female officers to wear the controversial veil.

He said: "We would need to consider our own rules and cultural sensitivity. Clearly we don't have any barriers relating to that (the burka).

"As it stands we have not had any approaches from potential recruits asking to wear the burka, but if such an approach was made it is something we would have to consider.

"Serving the people of the West Midlands is at the heart of what we do and I would need to carefully consider anything that could be seen as standing in the way of that relationship."

Chief Constable Thompson's comments come as West Midlands Police plans to employ 800 new officers, with the aim of ensuring 30 per cent of them come from ethnic minorities.

Currently just nine per cent of West Midlands' 7,000 police officers are from the BME community, compared with 30 per cent of the West Midlands community as a whole.

People from ethnic minorities make up 5.5 per cent of UK police, compared with 14 per cent of the overall UK population.
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Immigration abroad – Germany
Merkel told Germany faces £17 BILLION migrant bill for this year ALONE
Siobhan McFadyen
Daily Express, 10 September 2016.

German chancellor Angela Merkel has been warned her open door policy on migrants will cost her taxpayer's £17 billion pounds this year. ...

Among the multi-billion pound charge identified, government economic advisors say £8bn has gone in the past year to pay for benefits.

More than a million newcomers have been helped to settle in Germany with accommodation and healthcare.

Billions more has been spent on police forces, local authority intervention and the large scale processing of people arriving in the embattled nation.

Two weeks ago Mrs Merkel agreed to take migrants from Italy following a meeting with that country's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

Meanwhile, the European Commission unveiled a plan to spend £294 million creating cash cards for migrants in Turkey to pay for living essentials.

And they plan to give out one million cards that will offer the migrants cash payments that are topped up once a month. ...

More than 1.1 million asylum seekers were registered in Germany last year.

Mrs Merkel's government have since recorded a further 220,000 since the start of this year.

The Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) said the £17bn cost for 2016 could spike again depending on the amount of refugees fleeing to the country.
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Immigration abroad – public opinion, Canada
Canadians favour screening would-be immigrants for 'anti-Canadian' values, poll shows
Bruce Campion-Smith
Toronto Star, 10 September 2016.

Two-thirds of Canadians want prospective immigrants to be screened for "anti-Canadian" values, a new poll reveals, lending support to an idea that is stirring controversy in political circles.

Conservative MP Kellie Leitch, a candidate in her party's leadership contest, has floated the idea of screening newcomers for their attitudes on intolerance toward other religions, cultures and sexual orientations and reluctance to embrace Canadian freedoms.

A new Forum Research Inc. poll for the Star shows that Leitch may be tapping into an idea that Canadians favour with 67 per cent saying immigrants should indeed be screened for "anti-Canadian values." ...

When asked to choose the values respondents believe are important, equality came out on top (27 per cent), followed by patriotism (15 per cent), fairness (12 per cent) and tolerance (11 per cent).

Conservative backers put patriotism at the top their list of important values. Liberals and New Democrats ranked equality as their first choice.

Just one-quarter of respondents disagreed with the idea of screening for values and nine per cent had no opinion. ...

Ryerson University Prof. Myer Siemiatycki condemned Leitch's idea as "wrong-headed, cynical, and unfortunately dangerous" for raising suspicions about immigrants for crass political purposes.

He said it's unworkable with questions about who exactly would define what Canadian values are and how immigrants would be tested. And he asked whether Canadians would be held to the same standard.

"Is Kellie Leitch going to decide for all of Canada what our core values are?" said Siemiatycki, founding director of Ryerson's graduate program in immigration and settlement studies. ...

The poll also showed that more than a third of Canadians think the country admits too many immigrants (38 per cent) while 13 per cent say too few are admitted. But 41 per cent think the number of admission is about right.

Six in 10 Canadians think immigrants should abandon their native cultural values when they conflict with Canadian cultural values, the poll found.
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Immigration – EU migrants, public opinion
One in four would take a pay cut to curb migration: Poll reveals EU population movement is voters' priority
James Slack
Daily Mail, 9 September 2016.

Determination to slash EU immigration is so strong that millions of Britons would be prepared to suffer a salary cut in return, a new study reveals.

A poll found that, more than two months after the Brexit vote, immigration remains the public's number one concern.

And more than a quarter of voters said they would even be willing to contribute some of their earnings to cut the numbers flooding in.

The findings by YouGov are a sharp rebuttal to the pro-immigration lobby, which has claimed that we must continue with mass immigration or face a fall in living standards caused by lower growth.

The survey – for the Policy Exchange think-tank – shows that 26 per cent of the British public are prepared to be hit in the pocket if it means bringing down the record numbers of EU migrants. This is the equivalent of around eight million of the 33.6 million people who voted in the EU referendum.

Some 11 per cent of all respondents would be willing to pay as much as five per cent of their annual income to cut European migration to zero – the equivalent of £1350 a year for someone earning an average wage in the UK. For those who voted leave on June 23, the figure rises to 20 per cent of respondents.

Fewer than four in ten (38 per cent) of the 1,660 surveyed said they would rather pay nothing and maintain the current levels of EU immigration.

Overall, immigration and the economy were equally the two most concerning issues for voters, at 21 per cent.

In a paper for Policy Exchange, immigration expert David Goodhart said: 'Maintaining the status quo when it comes to freedom of movement is clearly not an option with a significant number of people saying they would make real sacrifices to reduce European migration to zero.'

He added: 'People think that permanent residence and citizenship should be earned over time, though living here for several years, speaking the language well, adopting at least some of the key norms of British society and in return such people should qualify for full social and political rights.

'One of the problems with freedom of movement is that EU citizens qualify more or less on day one for almost all the rights of full citizenship and people feel this is unfair and belittles the significance of being a citizen of this country.'
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Labour councillor and mosque leader hired illegal immigrants and dodged tax
Jon Austin
Daily Express, 9 September 2016.

A councillor and mosque leader has been banned from being a company director for six years after he was found employing illegal immigrants at his business which failed to pay tax.

Montaz Ali Azad, a Labour councillor on Oldham Council and trustee of the charity which runs Oldham Central Masjid and Islamic Centre, was caught by Home Office immigration officers employing three illegal workers at his industrial laundry firm in Ashton-under-Lyne in Tameside, Greater Manchester.

The employees did not have correct immigration papers and had not been registered with the tax man. ...

His firm was hit with a civil penalty of £15,000 from the Home Office Immigration Enforcement unit, and did not object or appeal against it.

However, the business made no payments and it remained unpaid when Azad placed the business into liquidation on September 18 2014, owing a total of £105,367 to creditors, including £15,000 to the Home Office and more than £17,000 to HMRC.
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Immigration abroad – avoiding multiculturalism, Denmark
Danish school separates children by ethnicity in bid to avoid multicultural classes
Rick Noack
Independent, 9 September 2016.

Nearly a year after the influx of migrants into Europe reached its peak, the repercussions can now be felt in thousands of classrooms across the continent as a new school year begins.

Whereas most other schools are focused on assimilating migrant children, one Danish school in the city of Aarhus has decided to separate them. ...

Many countries provide separate schooling for newcomers in efforts at quicker assimilation. ...

The Danish school's approach, however, is somewhat different because it was not originally designed to integrate migrant children better. Instead, it seeks to allow children to avoid a multicultural class, according to the Jyllands-Posten newspaper, which first reported the story. The policy does not only apply to refugees or children born abroad, but also to pupils who grew up in Denmark but have parents who migrated from abroad.

The case of the Aarhus school is considered isolated. About 25 per cent of the school's pupils were either migrants or the children of migrant parents in 2007, but that number has since risen to 80 per cent.
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Immigration abroad – child marriage, Germany
Shock figures show almost 1,500 underage refugee children registered as MARRIED in Germany
Allan Hall
Daily Express, 9 September 2016.

Germany has admitted that 1,475 underaged refugee children registered in the country are married - and 361 of them are under 14.

These unions were legal in their homelands but not in Germany where - with some court mandated exceptions - the legal marrying age is 18.

A total of 646 of the underaged spouses come from Syria, 157 from Afghanistan and 100 from Iraq, but some of the underaged brides came from EU countries - 65 from Bulgaria, 41 from Poland, 33 from Romania and 32 from Greece.

Most are child brides - 1,152 of the total. ...

The main problem confronting the working group members is whether these child marriages forged abroad should be recognised in Germany.

It is estimated there 1,000 "child marriages" among refugees living in Germany - more than half of them in Bavaria - but officials admit this information is patchy and the real numbers may be "much higher".
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Population pressure – health care
Huge rise in immigrants registering at East Staffordshire GP practices
Uttoxeter Advertiser
Uttoxeter Advertiser, 9 September 2016.

The number of immigrants registering with East Staffordshire GPs has increased by more than 20 per cent in a year. Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that in East Staffordshire alone, there were 1,265 new migrant registrations in 2015. This is up 23 per cent compared to 2014's figures.

Across the UK, registrations rose by a fifth compared with the previous 12 months. ...

Across the whole of England there were 688,068 new registrations at GP surgeries where the person registering was non-UK born and was coming to the country from abroad. This is a nine per cent increase compared with the 633,738 such registrations in 2014 and 14 per cent more than the average number in each of the past four years.
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Immigration abroad – Sweden
Sweden: Interpreter Suspended For Saying Arab Migrants Lie To Secure Asylum, Welfare Bonuses
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 9 September 2016.

An interpreter has been suspended from duty by the Swedish Migration Board for remarking that many Arabs lie about their background to boost their chance of getting asylum and higher welfare payments.

An investigation is being launched after a journalist who spoke with the unnamed interpreter reported her "inappropriate" comments to the body which authorises interpreters. ...

The interpreter explained that "many" of the Arabs in Sweden lie and exaggerate about the conditions in which they lived in their homelands, and their personal histories, in order to better their chances of securing asylum and welfare bonuses, Dagens Nyheter reported.

She stated that Arabs do not have it as bad in their home countries as they portray, saying that "They can live anywhere, in Syria or any other Arab nation. Nobody forces them to come here."
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Immigration abroad – Sweden
Sweden unveils new refugee age assessment model
The Local [Sweden], 9 September 2016.

Sweden will make medical age assessments of unaccompanied asylum seekers by examining their teeth and knee joints. ...

With over 35,000 coming last year alone, Sweden has taken in more unaccompanied children and young people than any other country in Europe, and many of them lack identity documents.

The migration authority (Migrationsverket) makes an initial age assessment with every application, but the tests have been criticized for being ineffective. If a person is not clearly over 18, they are registered as a child. ...

According to the migration board, there are doubts about the accurate age of 70 percent of unaccompanied minors who have stated that they are between 15 and 17 years old.

Between 15,000 and 18,000 age assessments will now be needed, the agency said. The two methods that will be used are dental maturity assessments involving wisdom teeth, and the examination of knee joints using MRI.
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Extremism – Islam
Top Saudi Arabia Muslim cleric calls for killing of Christians, Shia's and Jews in prayer service
Lorraine Caballero
Christian Daily, 9 September 2016.

A top imam in Saudi Arabia has called for the killing of Christians, Shia Muslims, and Jews in a prayer broadcast at the Masjid al-Haram mosque.

In a video showing a prayer service at the Great Mosque of Mecca, a top Saudi imam is heard praying to Allah to help the Yemeni jihadists achieve victory over Christians, Shia Muslims, and Jews. The Muslim cleric's prayer was broadcast live on Egypt's television channel Al-Qahera Wal Nas, Sputnik News details.

"O Allah, grant victory, dignity and empowerment to our brothers Mujahideen (Jihadists) in Yemen. In Sham (Syria), and Iraq, and everywhere. O Lords of the Worlds grant them victory over the godless Rafidah (Shia Muslims)," the Saudi imam is heard saying in Arabic in the video. "Grant them victory over the treacherous Jews, and over the spiteful Christians, and over the untrusted hypocrites. O Allah, grant them victory, help and strength."

In a similar incident, a video surfaced last month showing a young Muslim in Belgium walking down a street in the city of Verviers and praying to Allah to kill every Christian. ...

After Immigration Minister Theo Francken prompted the police to launch an investigation, they discovered that the young man in the video is Imam Sheikh Alami's 16-year-old son.
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Employment – cost
New £1.2m EU project to support ethnic minority and migrant communities
Huw Price
Welsh Labour, 9 September 2016.

A £1.2m EU-backed project to improve the skills and job prospects of people from ethnic minority and migrant communities has been announced by Welsh Labour's Finance Secretary, Mark Drakeford.

The Achieving Change through Employment (ACE) project will be supported by £950,000 of EU funds and delivered by the charity, Sova Cymru, over the next three years.

Around 400 people in North, West Wales and the South Wales valleys will benefit from training programmes and opportunities to achieve qualifications and take part in work experience or volunteering.
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Old Bailey judge retiring after 20 years condemns burden foreign criminals are placing on state
Robert Mendick
Daily Telegraph, 8 September 2016.

An influx of Eastern European criminals risks clogging up the criminal justice system and placing an extra burden on its finances, a senior Old Bailey judge warns.

His Honour Judge Tim Pontius also expresses concern at the surge in historic sex abuse cases which he called "troubling", while conceding that the system is struggling to cope with young Islamist terrorists.

A problem with black teenagers in Britain "routinely" carrying knives in the street particularly depressed him, he added. ...

"It is commonplace in the court list to see more Polish names, Romanian names, Albanian names, Russian names, reflecting all sorts of crimes from murder downwards," he said, including "a lot of deception crimes", larger scale frauds and violent assaults.

He said the increase was "inevitable" given the number of migrants who had come to Britain in recent years and stressed that the "huge majority are law abiding".

But Judge Pontius added: "It is an extra financial burden, not least because where you have foreign defendants that means foreign witnesses as well and you need interpreters and they don't come cheap.

"That has been a significant increase in expenditure for the Ministry of Justice. It also means the trials take longer, not least because suddenly everything must be translated verbatim for the witnesses and defendants involved." ...

Judge Pontius recognised the difficulty over how to deal with young Islamist terrorists.

"If they have become fanatics there is no easy way of changing that," he said, adding it was "deeply depressing" that terrorists sent to jail would simply meet like-minded Islamists there.

The judge spoke of his alarm at the number of murders involving teenagers "and very often young black teenagers" who "are routinely going out with knives in their pockets".

That, he added, is "what really depresses me most".
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Immigration abroad – crime, Germany
German police set up 'migrant crime team' after boom in offences by asylum seekers
Zoe Efstathiou
Daily Express, 8 September 2016.

German police have set up a 'migrant crime team' aimed at combatting the rise in robberies, violent and sexual crimes perpetrated by migrants.

The specialist unit has been introduced in the town of Bietigheim-Bissingen, 14 miles south of Stuttgart, and will focus on combatting crimes involving asylum seekers.

The four man team, dubbed 'Multiple Offender Immigrants', will use contacts in asylum homes to track down and arrest criminals. ...

Siegfried Mahler, director of public prosecution in Stuttgart has heralded the creation of the force, stating: "We welcome the reunification of the police investigation for multiple offenders among immigrants." ...

According to a recent report released by Germany's Interior Ministry, crime rates in the country would have remained static since 2014 if migrant crime had not been included.

The report found that an extra 402,741 crimes were committed by migrant over the past two years.

It noted that pickpocketing is on the rise, with 70 per cent of incidents involving non-Germans, 34 per cent of which were recent asylum seekers.
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Immigration abroad – Denmark, European Union
Denmark PM says he will defy EU rules and REJECT asylum seekers in times of crisis
Daily Express, 8 September 2016.

The prime minister of Denmark said his minority government is willing to risk breaching European Union rules by pushing ahead with a bill to reject asylum seekers in times of crisis.

Lars Lokke Rasmussen said he wanted to guard against a situation like last year when 21,300 asylum seekers entered the country and the rules that say people must stay and claim asylum in the first EU country they reach were discarded. ...

He said the proposal was inspired by a similar law adopted in June by neighbouring Norway, which is not a member of the EU but adheres to the Dublin rules, and acknowledged that the change could be "problematic in relation to the Dublin rules".

"Like Norway sent a signal to us, we would like to send a signal to others that we must find a solution in Europe where we take care of our external borders," Rasmussen said.
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Immigration abroad – Slovenia, European Union
'Divided Europe' on verge of WAR if migrant crisis continues, warns Slovenian PM
Joey Millar
Daily Express, 8 September 2016.

An all-out war could break out in Europe if the migrant crisis continues, the prime minister of Slovenia has warned.

In a dire prediction Miro Cerar said the continent was at a tipping point and a "conflict" was inevitable if another wave of migrants made their way through Europe.

With countries across the EU tightening their borders and ignoring Brussels migrant quotas, another surge in arrivals could push the continent to breaking point. ...

Mr Cerar said: "Should the Balkan route be opened again, it will spark a conflict in the region - in Central Europe and the Western Balkans.

"If too many illegal immigrants come, all countries will be closing their borders. This leads to disputes."

He said EU states needed to join together and fight the migration surge - or face potentially devastating circumstances. ...

The leader - whose country is on the frontline of the migrant crisis - said the EU was inching closer to becoming a tangle of walled countries and impenetrable borders, with the whole bloc a tinder box waiting for one more spark.
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Politics – Conservative Party
Anna Soubry: the Tory who loves immigration
Anoosh Chakelian
New Statesman, 8 September 2016.

... Anna Soubry. The former Tory minister, ...

Her support for immigration also marks her out. ...

She believes her enthusiasm for immigration puts her ahead of some Labour MPs, too. "The irony is, on immigration, I'm probably more liberal than some of them [Labour MPs] are having to sound, because they are so worried that they don't any longer represent – they think – the views of their traditional supporters. And I think many of them don't." ...

Although Soubry backed Theresa May for the Tory leadership, and calls her "far too sensible" to allow the party to shift right, she is concerned about the future of migration policy. Especially given May's record as home secretary.

"I didn't agree with her views on immigration," she admits. "That does worry me. Why have we got students in the immigration figures?" she wonders of a policy that May has repeatedly insisted upon. "I want to see more overseas students! We want to do trade with the rest of the world, so somebody's suggesting we reduce the number of overseas students. This is the stuff of complete madness . . . I think we should abandon the [net migration] target [altogether]."

However, Soubry does have a tougher stance on migrants who break the law – perhaps born out of her 16 years as a criminal barrister. She calls for ordinary economic migrants (not refugees) who come to work in the UK to be deported if they are sent to prison.
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Immigration abroad – Calais, France
UK minister confirms work to start on £1.9m Calais wall
Alan Travis and Angelique Chrisafis
The Guardian, 7 September 2016.

Work is about to begin on "a big, new wall" in Calais as the latest attempt to prevent refugees and migrants jumping aboard lorries heading for the Channel port, the UK's immigration minister has confirmed.

Robert Goodwill told MPs on Tuesday that the four-metre high wall was part of a £17m package of joint Anglo-French security measures to tighten precautions at the port.

"People are still getting through," he said. "We have done the fences. Now we are doing the wall," the new immigration minister told the Commons home affairs committee. ...

The Road Haulage Association has said it will be a poor use of taxpayers' money, arguing that security levels need to be improved in the surrounding approach roads to Calais. "It is imperative that the money to pay for a wall would be much better spent on increasing security along approach roads," a spokesman said.
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Immigration – public opinion, overpopulation
Act now... or say goodbye to the Britain we know
Frank Field And Nicholas Soames
MailOnline, 7 September 2016.
[Frank Field and Nicholas Soames co-chair the Cross Party Group on Balanced Migration]

The public are fed up with mass immigration. That was the message of the public petition on the Downing Street website launched last autumn. ...

This petition reached that 100,000 within a week, with the resulting debate in the House of Commons today taking place. We will at last be giving voice to the widespread public concern.

The fact is that the public do not believe the claims of the immigration lobby and they are right. Nor do they think that enough attention has been paid to the impact of such huge numbers on the lives of ordinary people – particularly not by the BBC.

The reality is that we are experiencing by far the largest wave of immigration for nearly 1,000 years.

Certainly, there has been some limited immigration over the centuries and many immigrants and their children have made a positive contribution to this country. But mass immigration is entirely new.

This really is the last chance saloon. If the Government were to lose its nerve and fail to press on with reform we would be saying goodbye to the country we inherited.

The Office for National Statistics recently published the immigration figures back to 1964. /.../ It took off in 1998 and by 2010 had risen to 250,000 a year – five times higher than in 1997.

There has never been a declared government policy. Nor any planning. And certainly no public support - quite the opposite. By 2008, about three quarters of us wanted to see immigration reduced; half the public wanted it reduced 'by a lot'.

Their wishes are yet to be met.

The impact of these numbers is already being felt throughout the country and the big cuts to public expenditure are still to come.

Maternity units are struggling. Primary schools are running out of places. And pressure on housing is getting worse, especially given that housing construction has plummeted.

This pressure on services is nothing when compared to what we will face if the government does not succeed in reducing future net immigration.

For the last ten years net immigration has averaged about 200,000 a year.

If that is allowed to continue our population will climb from 62.3 million to 70 million in just 15 years time. About 2.5 million of that will be natural increase – more births than deaths. The other five million will be down to new immigrants and their children.

What that means in practice is that we will have to build the equivalent of our eight major cities outside the capital – that is to say a Birmingham plus a Leeds, a Glasgow, a Sheffield, a Bradford, a Manchester, a Liverpool and a Bristol.

All this in just 15 years! Where will the money come from when the Government is already borrowing £1 for every £4 that it spends?

This is obviously unsustainable. ...

Foreign students will be a test case. Of course they are valuable if they are genuine in the first place and don't overstay their visas. But we are currently admitting a quarter of a million every year with no checks on their departure.
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Repatriation/deportation – ex-students
Julian Brazier calls for stronger action in deporting non-EU students remaining in Kent illegally after university
Tom Pyman
Kent News, 7 September 2016.

Julian Brazier has called on the government to step up its efforts in deporting non-EU students who remain in Kent illegally after finishing university.

Speaking at a Westminster debate this week, the Canterbury MP raised the issue that two-thirds of such students stay in the country once their visa runs out following the completion of their degree, acccording to the Office for National Statistics.
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Immigration – points system
Britain does not need or want an Australian-style immigration system
Juliet Samuel
Daily Telegraph, 7 September 2016.

The ghost of the Australian points-based immigration system is one of the more exasperating poltergeists to haunt Westminster in recent days. ...

So in an attempt to consign this spectre to a deep and everlasting sleep, let me lay out very clearly why we need to move on.

The first fact to understand is that Australia has a higher immigration rate than Britain does – much higher. For every immigrant Britain lets in, Australia lets in two – that's right, double – as a proportion of its population. /.../ It's hard to imagine a system less aligned with the stated aims of the Brexit campaign leaders.

The points-based system was designed as a way for would-be workers to move to Australia before they actually found jobs. Those with job offers move there on work visas. Those without can apply for permission to come and look for work if they get enough points. So if your aim is to cut down on job-seeking immigration, then the last thing you would want is an Australian points-based system.

The second fact to understand is that Britain already has its own brand of points-based system and has since around 2008, when the outgoing Labour government thought it sounded tough and would play well in headlines.

Would-be migrants to the UK from outside the EU have to qualify for one of several types of visa and accrue points to this end based on their educational qualifications, the job offer they have secured (the vast majority need to have a job offer), English language skills, and so on. Using points does not, in itself, affect immigration levels.

The third fact to accept is that points-based systems are extremely bureaucratic and statist. ...

... If the Government wants to reduce numbers, then a cap (on unskilled worker migration, for example) would be a simpler method.

The fourth and final fact is that Australia does have a very tough system – for refugees, not for migrants. ...

To operate in the world of facts rather than gimmicks, the public and media must banish this ghost to the annals of campaign tactics past and instead have a serious discussion about the future.
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Immigration abroad – Germany
Limit migration numbers or we'll dump you, Merkel: German Chancellor is ORDERED to scrap her open doors policy by leader of CSU party that backs her
Allan Hall
MailOnline, 7 September 2016.

German chancellor Angela Merkel has been ordered to scrap her open doors policy on migration - by the leader of a party that backs her.

Horst Seehofer - leader of the CSU in Bavaria which rules in tandem with Merkel's own CDU party - says he is so alarmed at the 'domestic political situation' that the chancellor has no choice but to U-turn.

It is understood that he wants her to limit migration numbers in the country in return for continued CSU support at the general election in the autumn of next year. ...

Bild said high level sources within the CDU and CSU have told the newspaper that Seehofer wants a guarantee of no more than 200,000 migrants a year - a third less than Germany is expecting in 2016.

He also wants Germany to take full control of its borders to turn away illegals.

And he is demanding that deportations are speeded up - currently 215,367 people rejected for asylum continue to live in Germany.
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Immigration – point system, work permits, emergency brake
UK immigration: what are the alternatives to a point-based system?
Alan Travis
The Guardian, 6 September 2016.

For, as experts such as the Migration Observatory have pointed out, points-based systems have been used by countries such as Canada, Australia and New Zealand with liberal migration policies looking to admit more people than come under company-sponsored work permits alone.

On one calculation, introducing a scaled-up Australian system in Britain could actually double annual immigration to the UK to 1.5 million or more.

So it is no wonder that on Monday at her G20 press conference in Hangzhou, the prime minister decisively rejected a points-based immigration system. ...

So what's wrong with a points-based system? The Australians introduced theirs in 1979 with the aim of attracting skilled migrants from anywhere on the planet. It has certainly helped grow their population to the point where those born overseas now account for 28% of the population – double the British share.

The idea of points-based system – under which migrants who score highest on qualifications, experience, youth, education and language fluency are offered permanent citizenship – sounds fair but even the Australians have moved away from that model. ...

In fact, the Australians have now introduced an employer-led system of temporary and permanent work visas that have left the points-based system covering only 15% of all migrants entering Australia. ...

But Britain has a points-based system for non-EU migration so why not for EU migration? As the prime minister knows only too well, the points-based system for skilled non-EU jobs in Britain introduced in 2008 is already full of holes and exceptions. ...

So if not a points-based system to reduce Britain's near record level of 327,00 net migration a year, then what? The main options being canvassed are:

Work permits: As advocated by Lord Green, the chairman of MigrationWatch UK, who proved highly influential in shaping May's immigration policies as home secretary. He has suggested a Brexit negotiating position that opens with an offer of free movement for European Union tourists, students, pensioners and other self-sufficient people on the basis that it is reciprocated.

But that would be accompanied by a proposal that all entry to the UK to work for both EU and non-EU citizens should be subject to the present points-based system of work permits with the cap expanded as necessary. ...

Restricting free movement from the EU: May herself spelled out a year ago how she thought that Britain could close the door to unskilled labour from within the European Union without losing the UK's access to the single market. ...

Emergency brake: This option has been backed by both ends of the political spectrum. The Institute of Public Policy Research ... The Adam Smith Institute ...
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Immigration abroad – cost, Germany
Number of migrants on benefits in Germany up 169%
MailOnline, 6 September 2016.

The number of migrants claiming German welfare benefits soared by 169 percent last year, data showed on Monday, a figure likely to further boost anti-immigrant groups such as the Alternative for Germany (AfD), which performed well in a weekend election.

Around 975,000 migrants were receiving benefits in accordance with the Act on Benefits for Asylum Seekers at the end of 2015, the Federal Statistics Office said. That marked the sixth consecutive yearly rise and compared with 363,000 in 2014. ...

Monday's data include migrants with temporary residence permits and those who cannot be deported for the time being. They do not include those with refugee status or those entitled to asylum, who receive social benefits if they need help. ...

State spending on benefits for migrants climbed by around 120 percent in 2015 to almost 5.3 billion euros, the data showed. ...

Almost two-thirds of the benefit recipients came from Asia, with half of this group coming from Syria, the data showed.

Another 22 percent hailed from European countries such as Albania, Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia, which are all outside the European Union, while 13 percent came from Africa.
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Immigration abroad – crime, Austria, Switzerland
1,000 asylum seekers 'broke the law' in Austria during the first half of 2016, report reveals - as it emerges up to 90% of migrants have vanished from Swiss refugee centres
Jennifer Newton
MailOnline, 6 September 2016.

Over 11,000 migrants living in Austria have been listed as criminal suspects, new figures have revealed.

A total of 11,158 asylum seekers in Austria have been suspected of committing criminal offences in the first half of 2016 with a fifth of offenders of Afghan origin.

The figures come as separate statistics from Switzerland have revealed that up to 90 per cent of migrants entering the country disappear after arriving at asylum centres. ...

Justice director of Bern Christoph Neuhaus called the numbers of disappearing migrants 'highly problematic.'

He said: 'We cannot be sure that they really migrate further and register elsewhere as asylum seekers.

'Switzerland is risking an army of illegal aliens which is evident even at the black market, in prostitution or crime.'
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Immigration abroad – asylum, France
Afghans seeking asylum in France shoots up 964 per cent in less than 5 months
Romina McGuinness
Daily Express, 6 September 2016.

A shock poll has shown the number of Afghan asylum-seekers has risen by a staggering 964 per cent in the last five months.

The research commissioned by French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve reveals people from Afghanistan are the second biggest immigrant group seeking the right to remain on French territory – with the Sudanese remain the first. ...

A total of 40,072 asylum claims were made in France in the first six months of 2016: an increase of 18.3 per cent compared to the same period last year.
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Immigration abroad – Hungary, Europe
Hungary's PM warns that the level of migrants entering Europe via the Balkans is set to surge as ISIS boast hundreds of Islamists have arrived hidden among refugees
Anthony Joseph
MailOnline, 6 September 2016.

Hungary's Prime Minister has warned that the level of migrants entering Europe through the Balkans is set to surge as ISIS claims hundreds of jihadists have arrived among refugees.

Flows of migrants seeking safety in Europe via the Balkans could swell to the levels seen last autumn, Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban said, warning Brussels of conflicts to come if it sought to prevent the country from defending its borders.

It comes on the same day that ISIS said Islamists have already arrived in Europe and are ready to attack. ...

'We don't want to change the character of our country,' Orban said. 'We want to remain Hungarian, to keep our religious and ethnic composition. That view isn't popular in Europe nowadays, at least among politicians.'
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Immigration abroad – racism, multiculturalism, Denmark
'I've Become a Racist': Migrant Wave Unleashes Danish Tensions Over Identity
David Zucchino
New York Times, 6 September 2016.

Johnny Christensen, a stout and silver-whiskered retired bank employee, always thought of himself as sympathetic to people fleeing war and welcoming to immigrants. But after more than 36,000 mostly Muslim asylum seekers poured into Denmark over the past two years, Mr. Christensen, 65, said, "I've become a racist."

He believes these new migrants are draining Denmark's cherished social-welfare system but failing to adapt to its customs. ...

The country had little experience with immigrants until 1967, when the first "guest workers" were invited from Turkey, Pakistan and what was then Yugoslavia. Its 5.7 million people remain overwhelmingly native born, though the percentage has dropped to 88 today from 97 in 1980.

Bo Lidegaard, a prominent historian, said many Danes feel strongly that "we are a multiethnic society today, and we have to realize it – but we are not and should never become a multicultural society." ...

Analysts say that the public voiced little opposition after 5,000 Poles and 3,300 Americans, among other Westerners, emigrated to Denmark in 2014, but that there has been significant criticism of the nearly 16,000 Syrian asylum seekers who arrived that year and the next. They and other migrants were not invited, and many ended up here by accident, intercepted on their route to Sweden. ...

Perhaps the leading – and most substantive – concern is that the migrants are an economic drain. In 2014, 48 percent of immigrants from non-Western countries ages 16 to 64 were employed, compared with 74 percent of native Danes. ...

Anders Buhl-Christensen, a center-right city councilman in Randers, said the influx had forced a more honest conversation about national identity. "Our problem in Denmark is that we've been too polite," he said. "No one dared talk about" immigration, he added, "because they were afraid they'd be called racist."
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Diversity – student fees, universities
Universities to raise fees next year, survey shows
Javier Espinoza
Daily Telegraph, 6 September 2016.

All elite universities are set to introduce higher fees from next year, new data from the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) revealed as it emerged nearly every institution in England is expected to follow suit.

The data showed 121 out of 123 universities with full-time undergraduates plan to charge £9,250 for some of their courses and 36 institutions plan to charge the higher fee on all their subjects. ...

OFFA expected the investment in widening access to under-represented groups of students – including the disabled and ethnic minorities – to remain in proportion to the rise in fees.

However, the universities are set to spend around 30 per cent of their higher fee income in broadening access with Oxford (41.3 per cent), Cambridge (31.2 per cent), London School of Economics (49.9 per cent) and Imperial (35 per cent) – all above the average.

Russell Group universities – particularly Oxford – have been under a lot of pressure to accept more minority students in their ranks following calls from former prime minister, David Cameron, to take more ethnic minority students.
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Population pressure – air pollution, traffic
'Air pollution' particles linked to Alzheimer's found in human brain
Sarah Knapton
Daily Telegraph, 6 September 2016.

Tiny magnetic particles produced by car engines and brakes can travel into the human brain and may trigger Alzheimer's disease, scientists have warned.

Researchers at Lancaster, Oxford and Manchester Universities discovered microscopic spheres of the mineral magnetite in the brains of 37 people in Manchester and Mexico who had suffered neurodegenerative disease. ...

Air pollution has already been implicated in lung disease and heart attacks and recent studies have suggested that it could also be a factor in cognitive decline with a US study in 2014 showing that people in highly polluted areas were 50 per cent more likely to suffer mental decline.
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Immigration – EU nationals in UK
EU nationals living in UK 'cannot be identified'
BBC, 6 September 2016.

There is no reliable data to identify EU nationals in the UK or the length of their stay in the country, immigration minister Robert Goodwill has said.

He told MPs this lack of detail would not affect Brexit negotiations as he could not foresee a situation in which all EU nationals were told to leave.

Ministers say they cannot guarantee EU nationals living in the UK the right to stay without reciprocal assurances. ...

Citizens of other EU countries living in the UK who are not working do not necessarily have national insurance numbers, resulting in gaps in the official records. ...

Earlier, Mr Goodwill said the government had not decided yet whether to introduce a cut-off point after which any automatic right to stay would no longer apply. ...

Officials have said that anyone who has been living in the UK for five years would have a virtual guarantee as they would be able to apply for permanent residence.
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Immigration – politics, liberalism
Why liberals should resist the call to open borders [part 1]
David Miller
Vox, 6 September 2016.
[David Miller is Official Fellow and Professor of Political Theory at Nuffield College, Oxford]

Across developed societies, the issue of immigration has pushed its way toward the top of the political agenda. A large section of the public is concerned about how many newcomers are arriving (and also about who is arriving), and we can see the effects of this in the rise of Donald Trump, in the recent referendum vote in the UK to leave the European Union, and in the rise of anti-immigrant parties in a number of European societies – even social-democratic Sweden. Being tough on immigrants seems to be a good way for otherwise repellent candidates and parties to win mass support.

In this climate, it is widely believed that anyone who aspires to stand on the progressive side of politics ought to be pro-immigration. Opposition to immigration is fueled by racial prejudice and xenophobia, the thinking goes, and so anyone who wants to distance themselves from these despicable attitudes ought correspondingly to favor higher levels of immigration. ...

This idea that being progressive means being pro-immigration has unfortunate political consequences, because it tends to create a split between liberal intellectuals and political leaders (who share these assumptions) and their natural power base among blue- and white-collar workers (who do not).

Liberal elites typically find them themselves in an uneasy place when asked to think and speak about immigration. Their moral intuitions point them in one direction, their political instincts in another. ...

But it's a mistake to think that being liberal necessarily means being immigration-friendly. A democratic society's immigration policy ought to be one that is driven by a concern for social justice, and decisions about how many and which immigrants to take in should be guided by that concern. ... The migrants themselves would no doubt be made better off by being allowed to enter, but the political community isn't obliged to weigh their interests equally with those of existing citizens. A degree of compatriot favoritism is justifiable. Social justice itself depends on an implicit social contract whereby citizens support the state and most of the time comply with what it requires them to do (pay taxes and so forth) while in return it protects their interests in areas such education, employment, health care, and security in retirement. An open-door policy would run the danger of dissolving that contract, and with it the state's claim to legitimacy.

Of course in many cases, allowing immigrants to enter is of benefit to the receiving society, as they bring in professional or entrepreneurial skills, or take on low-paid jobs that native workers are reluctant to fill. But even here some caution is necessary. What impact will this movement of people have on the sending societies?

Favoritism for our compatriots doesn't allow us to benefit them at the expense of exploiting poorer societies who are deprived of skilled workers that they badly need – doctors and nurses to staff their health systems, engineers and computer programmers to develop their industries. Remittances sent home may provide some compensation for the loss that exit causes, but there is no guarantee that they will produce a net gain. So if part of what it means to be progressive is to support the development of third-world countries, a progressive immigration policy must be a selective one that avoids brain-drain effects.
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Immigration – politics, liberalism
Why liberals should resist the call to open borders [part 2]
David Miller
Vox, 6 September 2016.

So far I have been discussing immigration in general and its effects on both the sending and the receiving societies. But we need to pay special attention to the case of refugees, for they, it seems, have claims on us that are even stronger than our compatriots' claims for social justice.

By a refugee, I mean someone who is forced to leave her country of residence because there is no feasible way for her human rights to be protected so long as she remains inside it. /.../ There is no question that we have obligations to such people. But does that mean that we must grant asylum to all those who claim it from us, and can provide evidence to back up their claim?

We should hesitate before accepting so great a liability. The problem is not just that the numbers of people in this category might be very large indeed, as events over the last two years in Europe have demonstrated. The question is whether the best way to respond to refugee crises is to allow refugees to choose the places where they will seek asylum.

In practice, most refugees now end up being housed in refugee camps close to the places from which they have fled, and although these camps often need to be better resourced than they now are, there is logic behind this. The cost of supporting a refugee in a camp is a small fraction of the cost of supporting her in a rich society; as a result, many more people can be helped in this way with limited resources. And most of those who are escaping civil war or the collapse of social order want to return to their homes as soon as it is safe for them to do so, so it makes sense for them to stay close by meanwhile.

Nevertheless, there will be some people for whom permanent resettlement is the only option that will give them the opportunity for a decent life, either because they are "classic" refugees who would be persecuted if they were to return to their homelands, or because the collapse in social order that prompted them to leave shows no sign of ending.

In this situation, liberal states have a moral responsibility to admit these refugees and grant them rights of permanent residence. But this is a responsibility that is shared between all of the states that have the capacity to provide asylum, so no one state is required to carry all of the burden alone. Ideally, these states would agree upon a burden-sharing scheme, with each state accommodating a quota of refugees according to its capacity to do, calculated on the basis of population size, land area, GDP per head, and so forth.

But as recent European experience shows, getting states to agree on such a formal arrangement is very difficult. ...

Our thinking about immigration tends to be over-influenced by individual cases. In both Europe and North America, the mass movement of people, by land and sea, continues to produce its fair share of individual tragedies. Moreover, the physical enforcement of border controls is rarely a pretty sight. But a defensible immigration policy has to consider the large scale and longer term consequences of migration – not only the impact it has on the receiving society, but also the incentive effect on potential future migrants. And it needs to strike a proper balance between the human rights claims of outsiders and the social justice claims of the political community's existing members.
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Immigration – points system, work permits
'Stop backsliding on Brexit!' Nigel Farage slams Theresa May for ruling out Boris Johnson's Brexit pledge of an Australian-style migrant points system
Jason Groves and Tim Sculthorpe
Daily Mail, 5 September 2016.

In a slapdown to her Foreign Secretary, Mrs May said there was no 'silver bullet' to tackling the number of migrants coming from the EU.

And as she travelled to the G20 summit in China yesterday the PM - who has vowed 'Brexit means Brexit' - criticised the scheme and her spokesman today confirmed it would not be implemented because it 'will not work'. ...

Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of Migration Watch UK, backed Mrs May, saying: 'The way to cut immigration from the European Union is by issuing work permits. If you go for a points-based system it becomes a mindless way of doing it. Nobody can check whether points are being accurately described.

'We already have a work permit system for non-EU citizens. The way to tackle this is to wrap up EU migrants in the same way. The effect would be that low-skilled migrants would not qualify.'
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Immigration – points system, work permits
A points system v work permits. Either way, voters want less immigration.
Paul Goodman
ConservativeHome, 5 September 2016.

In 2014, we produced our own manifesto, which called for such a system in very similar words: "A points-based system should be used to prioritise the immigration of workers with skills in short supply." Theresa May read it herself, and it was made clear to us that she doesn't support the idea – not because it would be too tough, but because it wouldn't be tough enough. The Australian system, she argues, gives migrants automatic entry if they have the right number of points – whether or not they have a job lined up, and that simply won't do for Britain. Andrew Green of Migration Watch has argued on this site that it is "extremely complex, applicable only to job seekers (employers have a different route), and only covers 15 per cent of all migrants". It is, he said, "fool's gold" – designed for Australia's policy of having higher, not lower, migration. ...

But whatever your view, voters' interest, when it comes to immigration control, lies less in what politicians have said in the past than what they will do in the future. Supporters of a points system will claim that one can be organised to produce less immigration, not more. Backers of using work permits instead will reply, as the Prime Minister does, that they deal better with the relationship between entry and work. Either way, however, the referendum message from the British people was unambiguous: they want less immigration and more control.
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Immigration abroad – European Union
Europe 'close to limit' on refugee numbers, EU president says
Tiffany Ap
CNN, 4 September 2016.

Europe is "close to limit" on accepting refugees, EU President Donald Tusk said Sunday, as he urged the international community to do more to step up resettlement of those seeking refuge.

A growing number of refugees have fled to Europe to escape instability in Syria, Iraq, Eritrea and Somalia, among other nations.

"The practical capabilities of Europe to host new waves of refugees, not to mention irregular economic migrants, are close to the limits," Tusk said Sunday ...
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Asylum – English lessons
'Madness' of £10m English lessons for Syrian refugees
Jamie Doward and James Tapper
The Observer, 4 September 2016.

A government pledge to spend £10m on English tuition for Syrian refugees in Britain, while ignoring those from other countries, is "madness", according to the charity advising the Home Office on how to integrate refugees.

The government is making the pledge as it confirms that the local authority places needed to deliver on its commitment to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020 have been found. ...

Latest figures show that some 2,800 Syrians have arrived in more than 100 local authority areas under the Vulnerable Person Resettlement Scheme (VPRS) since it began, putting the government on course to meet its commitment, according to the home secretary, Amber Rudd. ...

The new £10m funding package to boost English tuition will mean all adults arriving under VPRS will receive an extra 12 hours a week of lessons for up to six months. This is in addition to the language support provided by local authorities. ...

Official figures show that, in addition to those arriving through VPRS, almost 15,000 people were granted refugee status in the 12 months to the end of June 2016.
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Multiculturalism – illegal schools, Islam, political correctness
Illegal Muslim faith schools IGNORED due to 'political correctness', Ofsted chief warns
Fraser Moore
Daily Express, 3 September 2016.

Councils are ignoring illegal Muslim faith schools over political correctness fears, the education watchdog's chief inspector has warned.

Sir Michael Wilshaw said some councils are "getting in the way" of Ofsted's attempts to stop pupils studying at unregistered schools.

It is believed there are up to 160 illegal schools currently operating.

Sir Michael said: "Some of our lawyers are saying that our cases are very robust.

"But what the courts might say is that the local authority has been into some of these places but don't want to upset community relations, so they ignore it.

"When push comes to shove, barristers are saying courts could say the local authorities didn't find anything wrong with these places.

"They have to see this as a serious problem, identify where these places are and close them down."

The Ofsted boss also suggested some Labour-led councils were not tackling the illegal schools over fears of upsetting Muslim voters.

He told the Times: "It's a bit like the Seventies and Eighties, a lot of local authorities didn't confront the Socialist Workers' Party and all those infiltrating schools in those days partly because the councils themselves were made up of some of those people." ...

Although children may be educated at home, independent schools must register with the Department of Education and consent to inspections.
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Immigration abroad – Hungary
ANOTHER blow for Angela Merkel: Even Hungary's Socialists want to REJECT migrant quotas
Laura Mowat
Daily Express, 3 September 2016.

Hungary is a step closer to rejecting EU migrant quotas now as even the socialist party thinks it's a bad idea.

The leader of the Hungarian Socialist Party, Gyula Molnár, made the comments against migrant quotas during a live television broadcast.

He said: "The Socialist Party would be ready to support the Government in combatting the mandatory quotas."

Mr Molnár said that the migrant crisis needs to be managed and there is not majority support for the quota scheme. ...

The Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has been critical of the EU's migration policies and wants voters to reject the Brussels order.

The country will have a referendum in October about whether it should accept Brussels diktat on accepting immigrants. ...

Other European countries, including Austria, Croatia and Slovakia have also expressed outrage at the plan for migrant quotas.
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Politics – liberalism, multiculturalism, political correctness
Liberals should blame themselves for their decline – they got so much wrong
Tim Stanley
Daily Telegraph, 3 September 2016.

But liberals have to take their own share of blame for the state of the West. After all, they've been running it for several decades. Badly. ...

In 1989, they appeared to win the world. The Berlin Wall fell. The communist alternative was dead. Liberals dared to proclaim the End of History – and politics here in Britain settled on the centre ground, diminishing choice. Tony Blair aped Margaret Thatcher, David Cameron aped Tony Blair. ...

... They adopted policies that were not inherent to liberalism but were, upon reflection, just very bad choices. Choices largely responsible for the mess we're in. ...

Liberals might have been able to make a sound moral case for taking said refugees if they had not embraced – unnecessarily – mass economic migration. Labour's decision in 2004 to open the British labour market early to eastern Europe was unilateral. It did not have to be done. The result was a growing perception that immigration has a negative effect upon wages and public services, fuelling a backlash against open borders that is now felt most harshly by asylum seekers. Worse: many people now regard immigration as a conspiracy by liberal elites – who will not acknowledge its effects and who charge its critics with racism – to change the country by stealth. Liberal snobbery has done as much to poison the migration debate as nationalism ever did.

For liberals are not as tolerant as they think. /.../ And in recent decades liberals have used the state to promote political correctness. At best it's a new code of manners for a multicultural society. At worst, it is thought-policing, attempting to make people say things they don't really think. Prejudices have not been so much confronted as suppressed.

The communists made the mistake of believing they could make everyone equal by declaring them to be so. Liberals thought society was more tolerant because they banned vile words from the public sphere. Only now are liberals learning that this is not how human beings work. The revival of nationalism might indicate that people do still define themselves by ethnicity.

Or maybe it doesn't. It's also possible that voters are reacting rationally – rather than emotionally – to policy failure. ...

For me, I would prefer to praise liberalism than see it buried. It has done a lot of good for civilisation; many of its tenets are civilisation. But political traditions have to adapt to survive. Liberals, alas, have refused to accept their mistakes. They prefer to cast them as moral necessities and question the decency of those who challenge them.
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Immigration abroad – crime, police, blacks, USA
Black lies matter
Heather Mac Donald
Washington Examiner, 3 September 2016.
[Heather Mac Donald is the Thomas W. Smith fellow at the Manhattan Institute]

The Black Lives Matter movement has been feted repeatedly at the White House and honored at the Democratic National Convention. ...

Yet the Black Lives Matter movement is based on a lie, and not just the lie that a pacific Michael Brown was gunned down in cold blood by Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson in August 2014.

The idea that the U.S. is experiencing an epidemic of racially driven police shootings is also false, and dangerously so. Several studies released this year show that police officers are less likely to shoot blacks than whites.

But just as Michael Brown continues to be venerated as a martyr to police brutality despite the Justice Department's evisceration of the "hands up, don't shoot" narrative, the media, activists and many politicians continue to traffic in demonstrable untruths about police shootings, race and crime.

The facts are these: Last year, the police shot 990 people, the vast majority armed or violently resisting arrest, according to the Washington Post's database of fatal police shootings. Whites made up 49.9 percent of those victims, blacks, 26 percent. That proportion of black victims is lower than what the black violent crime rate would predict.

Blacks constituted 62 percent of all robbery defendants in America's 75 largest counties in 2009, 57 percent of all murder defendants and 45 percent of all assault defendants, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, even though blacks comprise only 15 percent of the population in those counties. ...

You would never know it from the activists, but police shootings are responsible for a lower percentage of black homicide deaths than white and Hispanic homicide deaths. Twelve percent of all whites and Hispanics who die of homicide are killed by police officers, compared to 4 percent of black homicide victims.

That disparity is driven by the greatly elevated rates of criminal victimization in the black community. More blacks die each year from homicide, more than 6,000, than homicide victims of all other races combined. Their killers are not the police, and not whites, but other blacks. ...

... Blacks commit homicide at eight times the rate of whites and Hispanics combined. ...

Why, then, the widespread perception that there is a law enforcement war on blacks? Because the mainstream media relentlessly focuses on a handful of police shootings of blacks and ignores police shootings of whites, as well as the crime that brings officers into disproportionate contact with black suspects. ...

Police officers are far more likely to be killed by a black person than vice versa. Over the past decade, black males comprised 40 percent of all cop killers, though they are 6 percent of the population. That means that an officer is 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male is to be killed by a police officer.

But the Black Lives Matter narrative has nevertheless had an enormous effect on policing and public safety, despite its mendacity. ...

For the past two decades, the country has been talking about phantom police racism in order to avoid talking about a more uncomfortable truth: black crime.
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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, 2 September 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.
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Immigration abroad – Turkey, European Union
Man behind EU-Turkey migrant deal admits it's DOOMED TO FAIL
Katie Mansfield
Daily Express, 2 September 2016.

The man who created the EU-Turkey deal to solve Europe's migrant crisis says the agreement is doomed to fail.

Officials in Brussels offered Turkey £2.5 billion and visa-free travel throughout the EU if Ankara clamped down on the migrant crisis.

But Gerald Knaus, the head of the European Stability Initiative (ESI), has declared unless Turkey is made safe then the plans to send migrants back will not work.

The thinktank first floated the idea of the EU-Turkey deal last year but since then Turkey has been rocked by a failed military coup which saw hundreds of people die and thousands more arrested as President Tayyip Erdogan cracks down on his opponents.

Mr Knaus said: "This deal should have been a showpiece of the EU.

"The deal will fail unless Turkey is a safe country and we can send people back.

"Turkey wants visa-free travel. But in return Turkey should first have to be safe."

The founder of the ESI warned if nothing is done to improve the situation in Turkey then migrants camped out on Greek islands could be stuck indefinitely.

He said: "We know what needs to be done, but it does not happen.

"This is so important for the future of the Refugee Convention, for the future of Greece and the ability of the EU to monitor the borders. I hope that EU leaders this succeed, because it is possible."

Mr Knaus said the deal could work if Greece quickly processes migrants, if Turkey improves its asylum system and if the EU helps with the mass-resettlement.

He said: "On paper, the deal is more or less what was recommended, but in reality these three key elements have not been made to work."
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Immigration abroad – Angela Merkel, Germany
No, Angela Merkel didn't cause the refugee crisis
Dalibor Rohac
CapX, 2 September 2016.
[Dalibor Rohac is a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute]

For a vast majority of her critics, Angela Merkel's welcome for Syrian asylum-seekers almost exactly a year ago bears a major portion of blame for the severity of the refugee crisis in Europe. Depending on whom you ask, it was a "very irresponsible" decision, driven by "panic and muddled thinking" or, alternatively, by "starry-eyed optimism."

Of course, the German Chancellor's decision to open her country's doors to the influx of refugees is not immune to criticism. However, it is wrong to assert that, in and of itself, the move was a dramatic game-changer. And even less compelling are the attempts to paint Merkel as naive, or oblivious to the realities of integrating large numbers of immigrants from a foreign culture.

But first, the facts.

The decision of the German government to announce that it was suspending the so-called Dublin Regulation, which required refugees to register and apply for asylum in the first EU country that they reached, did not happen in a vacuum. Before her "welcome" to the Syrians, between the beginning of January and the end of August 2015, more than 700,000 applications for asylum had been made in the EU – more than in the entire year beforehand.

More importantly, the Dublin Regulation had been effectively dead for a long time. Greece, at the time the main country of arrival in the EU, was overwhelmed by the inflow. Other EU and non-EU countries along the way, such as Hungary, Austria and Serbia, were doing little to stop the refugees' and migrants' passage to the West.

At the end of last summer, the Hungarian government of Viktor Orbán decided to enforce the Dublin Regulation by blocking off access to Budapest's Keleti railway station, a point of departure of Austria-bound trains. At the same time, Hungary was completing a razor-wire fence on its border with Serbia to discourage further migration. As a result, thousands of stranded Syrians, Iraqis, and Afghans started accumulating in the Hungarian capital. An improvised refugee camp emerged outside of the station and tensions between the police and the increasingly desperate refugees were rising.

It was in that specific context that Ms Merkel's decision, coordinated with governments of Austria and Hungary, took place. /.../ During the first weekend of September, more than 20,000 of them arrived in Munich.

Ms Merkel extended her "welcome" to refugees at a time when no good options were available. Those stranded in Hungary had little interest in applying for asylum there – nor were Hungarian authorities keen to accept them. Given the numbers, a forcible return to Serbia, Greece, or Turkey was impractical, regardless of its legality.

A common charge against the outburst of "Willkommenskultur" in September 2015 was that it encouraged others to embark on the gruesome journey from Turkey, Jordan or Lebanon towards the EU. However, as a matter of practical policy, very little has changed, since Syrians have been effectively guaranteed asylum in Germany for years.
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Crime – deportation
Algerian asylum seeker who has committed 17 crimes including for attempted robbery and drug crime is RELEASED onto the streets because Government can't kick him out
Martin Robinson
MailOnline, 2 September 2016.

An Algerian asylum seeker with 14 convictions for 17 crimes can't be deported because no other country will have him, the High Court heard.

The 31-year-old career criminal poses a 'high risk of harm to the public' and has committed 'numerous criminal offences' including violent and drug crime.

He arrived in the UK from Africa in 2003 and has been convicted of 17 offences over a seven-year period. ...

But he has been released from immigration detention after deportation attempts failed. ...

Judge McKenna said the man, who has a history of alcoholism, drug use and homelessness and cannot be named, had been born in a refugee camp in southern Algeria, claimed that he was 'stateless'.

He said Home Office staff had approached authorities in different parts of Africa - in a bid to deport - but officials abroad had refused to provide travel documents to the man. ...

The man had claimed that he had been unlawfully detained between January and November 2015. Home Office officials disputed his claim.

They said he had been a 'serial absconder' and had committed 'numerous criminal offences'. ...

But the judge said the man had been released late in 2015 - after being held in immigration detention for more than 10 months - following fruitless deportation bids.
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Immigration – numbers, economy, culture
Time to get the facts straight
Will Moy
Policy Network, 2 September 2016.
[Will Moy is the director of Full Fact]

Britain is a very different country because of immigration, and the scale of immigration has risen dramatically in the past couple of decades. Too often that goes unsaid.

Immigration is an issue that matters a lot to a lot of people, and with good reason. It is both an economic and a cultural issue.

The potency of the cultural issue is obvious from the classic finding that people who are most concerned about immigration are often the people living in areas less affected by it. Immigration affects people's perceptions of the country, as well as people's experiences.

Despite this, it usually seems to be treated in Westminster as an economic issue, with politicians offering simplistic numbers in response to complex feelings. We often hear the stock response is that immigration is good for the economy. But the analysis requires more nuance than this.

It is fair to say that immigration is probably a benefit to the public finances, albeit not a very big one.

But we also know that immigration has an effect on wages: low-wage workers lose, while medium and high-paid workers gain.

It is pretty useless to present that positive picture of the whole economy to one of the people whose wages are lower because of competition from immigrants. Immigration has economic downsides as well as benefits.

It's natural to look at the big overall picture. But it's dangerous to overlook what the big picture is made up of: in this case, very different experiences for different kinds of people.

Migration statistics are complex, and both sides during the recent referendum campaign got them wrong. The immigration debate has come to be dominated by one number, total net migration into the UK, and one target, tens of thousands. Never mind that net migration cannot be measured to the nearest ten thousand, and never mind that those numbers have been badly inaccurate.

The then prime minister David Cameron quoted Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures about the balance of migration to and from the EU. The ONS had elsewhere said these figures were wrong, but had not labelled them clearly in the spreadsheet that the prime minister was using.

Vote Leave wrongly stated that EU migration was more than half of net migration. That is the wrong sum: you cannot divide one by the other because that ignores the net emigration of Brits from the UK. Information providers can and should do more to prevent these errors.
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Multiculturalism – Islam, religious conflict
The Islamist war against Sikhs is arriving in Europe
Hardeep Singh
Spectator blog, 2 September 2016.

Terror attacks in Germany are becoming remarkably unremarkable. So when a bomb went off in the German city of Essen, near Düsseldorf – and killed nobody – it barely registered. The three teenagers who detonated the device were all members of a Whatsapp group called 'Supporters of the Islamic Caliphate', so their intentions seemed pretty clear: they wanted to wage war against the infidels of the West.

But their target – a Sikh temple – was striking. While initial reports suggested there was 'no indication' of a terrorist incident, any Sikh reading the news would have understood the motive, just as any Jew or Christian would have understood precisely why Islamic extremists target synagogues or churches. It was a religiously motivated attack, designed to remind Germany's Sikh community that they should also be fearful.

It's a common claim that Christian persecution at the hands of Islamic fundamentalists is overlooked. But after the murder of the French priest Father Jacques Hamel in Rouen earlier this month, it's hard to brush aside the fact that Europe is becoming a religious battleground. The persecution meted out by Islamic State to many minorities in Syria and Iraq is arriving on our shores – and it is a gruesome spectacle. ...

But while Sikhism teaches that all religious traditions should be respected, Islam has a long history of targeting Sikh communities. Even today, persecution still exists. ...

Much of this has been ignored by the West. But echoes are now being heard across Europe, so it is becoming harder to turn a blind eye. Christians are targeted in Syria – and in France. Ahmadiyya Muslims are persecuted in Pakistan – and in Britain, as the sectarian murder of the Ahmadi shopkeeper Asad Shah showed. And Sikhs are attacked in Afghanistan – and in Germany. The pernicious force of radical Islam is seeping into Western culture and undermining religious freedom.
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Multiculturalism – Islam
Top Academic: Muslims Would Not Tolerate Multiculturalism in Islamic Countries
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 2 September 2016.

Professor Afshin Ellian has warned that bleats of "multiculturalism" are a one-way street as Muslims in Europe oppress historic minorities in their own lands and have no intention of showing "tolerance".

The Iranian-born professor of law argues that while Muslim migrants are quick to claim their customs under "multiculturalism", they have no intention of reciprocating.

Writing in Elsevier magazine, Dr. Ellian says Muslims rapidly learn the rules of multiculturalism and push for their place in society but have no intention of adopting any sort of progressive ideals.

"The Islamic world is not multicultural. New migrants in Europe rapidly learn the rules of multiculturalism – claim your place in society! Minorities do not take the progressive ideals, but the despotism of their country of origin as a starting point", he stated in the Dutch weekly.

The professor points out that while economic migration is normal, workers usually migrate within their own region. ...

Asserting that "the Islamic world is not multicultural", the professor declares how, despite their sharp elbows as a minority in Europe, Muslims would be outraged at the idea of mass immigration of non-Muslims to their lands. ...

"From Morocco to Pakistan or Iran: mass immigration of Europeans are excluded. In most Islamic countries non-Muslims, and especially Europeans, are not allowed to own land, homes, or businesses. So multicultural advocates have never looked at the world," the professor contends. ...

Mass Muslim migration combined with multiculturalism, will lead to an era of "multicultural backwardness", Dr. Ellian warned.
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Immigration – democracy
Controlling Immigration Is Good For Democracy [part 1]
Thomas Simpson
Standpoint, September 2016.

One of the ways in which "progressive" thought has unconsciously inherited the structures of Christian morality, while evacuating it of content it finds uncongenial, is in the Augustinian doctrine of original sin. ...

Medieval theology had seven cardinal sins. "Progressive" thought has a more economical three – racism, sexism and homophobia – but they turn out to be capacious categories. ...

As it happens, the polling evidence is that the dominant reason for voting Leave was democratic, namely the principle that decisions about the UK should be taken in the UK. But the second most given reason was the desire to regain control over immigration (33 per cent to 49 per cent, Ashcroft; 34 per cent to 53 per cent, ComRes). Those figures almost certainly understate the level of concern, ... ...

... What is needed is clear articulation of the reasons why, without any hint of racism, you could be concerned about immigration.

The best attempt to make this case so far has been on the money. Roughly, immigration reduces how much pie you get, in terms of wages and public services. This is important. But it is not the heart of the problem. The real issue – or rather, issues – are democratic. They concern what it is to be a people who govern themselves. In our case, it concerns what it is for the people who live in Britain to make up the British people.

Take the money side first. There is a growing body of research investigating the effects of immigration on the UK. ...

The aggregate benefits of immigration are now close to irrelevant, however. As is widely acknowledged, the referendum revealed an alarmingly divided country, with old party loyalties fractured and economic inequality the strongest predictor of voting choice. The haves voted for Remain; the have-nots for Leave. More clearly than ever, what matters now is not how much pie there is to go round. What matters is who gets what, and who takes the pain.

The evidence of the distributive effects of immigration is limited. /.../ The government's Migration Advisory Committee notes that the market struggles to absorb immigrant labour during contraction, and that this is geographically variable. An increase in supply of labour and decrease in demand means that wages fall, especially at the low-skilled end and in economically depressed areas, and natives are displaced from jobs they would otherwise have got. ...

... In terms of economic objections to immigration, the jury is still out.

The jury is not out on the political objections. Here are three reasons why someone committed to British democracy should be concerned about mass immigration.

First, the ability to control entry into a country is one of the fundamental prerogatives of a sovereign nation. It is as significant as the powers of setting and administering law, issuing money, raising taxes, and waging war. To exercise sovereign control over territory, it is not enough that a state is able to apply the law to all those who are there. It must be able to control who enters, other than through birth. Although it may choose not to exercise such control, it retains this right. ...

... So an explanation is needed as to why control over immigration is needed. This leads, then, to the second reason why curtailing mass immigration matters, and I think the most fundamental.
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Immigration – democracy
Controlling Immigration Is Good For Democracy [part 2]
Thomas Simpson
Standpoint, September 2016.

Mass immigration undermines the ability of a collection of individual persons to be a people – to have bonds of loyalty to each other; to have the ability to take pride in each other's achievements and feel shame at their shortcomings; at the limit, to love each other, not in the romantic sense, but in the brotherly sense that marks those who live together well. It is just a fact about human nature, about the kinds of beings we are, that we love and care for those we share life with, and this in a way that is different to those who are strangers to us.

Nor need this be voluntary. I chose to try for children, sure. I didn't try for these particular children. Yet my relationship with them is qualitatively different to that which I have with those who are not mine, and I would be a poor father if that were up for question. /.../ Can we imagine a flourishing human life that does not, in large part, consist in relationships with people who I legitimately privilege over others? Whose well-being I care for not because I want to maximise the amount of well-being in the world, but because I care for them?

These bonds of partiality are most pronounced in intimate relationships. They exist also in political communities. Over time, in the context of concern between generations and cooperation between families, villages, and towns, so communities develop cultures, which bind us together. They can do this only if there is a certain level of stability – stability regarding whom I live with and, usually, stability in where we live. Without some such culture, people living together are merely a collection of alienated individuals, living an impoverished life. To flourish you must belong.

Valuing cultural diversity commits you to the conditions that make it possible. Stability of place and population are essential. /.../ It is a closed and insular culture that is unable to welcome strangers. It is a condition of there being a culture that most people are not strangers.

There is a deep incoherence in that outlook which claims to value diversity, while divesting itself of any bond of allegiance. It is bonds of allegiance, held in all their messy particularity, which help create the diversity. The incoherence is usually latent, but becomes explicit in the force of circumstance. ...

The importance of the power to exclude for the preservation of culture is most clearly seen in the experience of indigenous people. Take the native Americans. Their tragedy was not just the injustice of what happened to them. It was also the loss of who they were. ...

The native Americans' tragedy is an extreme case. Lest I be misunderstood, my point is nothing to do with any equivalence in suffering, of which there is none. It is to identify a locus of value, in the form of life sustained by a community, and the existence of which is made plain by its loss. /.../ Why should it be parochial or racist to recognise the same here? That value can be destroyed by massacres at dawn. It can also be eroded by population shifts over two or three generations.
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Immigration – democracy
Controlling Immigration Is Good For Democracy [part 3]
Thomas Simpson
Standpoint, September 2016.

Note too the policy implications drawn then. The creation of reservations was the central plank of the belated attempts to help the culture of the native American tribes to survive. In these, control over some land is reserved to a tribe. This includes, necessarily, control over who lives there. The land is not yours, collectively, if others can enter and settle at will. If there was no distinctive value in the preservation of the culture, it would have equally well satisfied the demands of justice for each individual native American to be compensated in money for their share of the territory the tribe was dispossessed of, and allowed to disperse among the new states, free to separate or gather together as they wished. But the effect of that would have been the dissolution of each tribe as an entity. Only the reservation system made it possible for the tribes as such to survive.

Identifying as valuable the culture that creates a people out of a group of persons is not some simple glorification of history, in which the past is lauded because it was there first. Cultures change. The direction a culture takes is owned, though, by the community that sustains that form of life. This is true for native Americans; for aboriginal peoples in Australia; for tribes in Papua New Guinea and Peru. It is true, too, for the British. Nor does it imply that all cultures are of the same value. Plainly, some can thwart and oppress, and others can liberate and enable. But such assessments point themselves to the claim I am advancing, that cultures are targets of moral evaluation. ...

... a community owns for itself the direction its culture develops in. Change is not something to be imposed by others. It seems likely to me that the desire to live in a heterogeneous or a homogeneous community is, at bottom, a matter of preference. It is explained by our psychology and not capable of justification. Whether a nation chooses to value the preservation of its distinctive culture, or whether it welcomes plurality, is up to its people. What matters is that they decide.

The possibility of there being a people sustains a rare and vulnerable political phenomenon: democracy. This is the third reason why immigration matters.

Democracy depends on trust to function stably. /.../ A shared identity as a people, in my broad sense, with mutual affective commitments, gives its members assurance that others are committed to the democratic project of exercising power fairly.

There are other, subtler ways in which a liberal democracy depends on trust too. Most people comply with the laws, including those with which we disagree, predominantly from the view that you are morally obliged to conform. We make do as a society with far less coercive force threatened by the state than would be the case without this legitimating belief. But the belief in the legitimacy of the laws is stable only given a good-faith assumption that, even where I disagree with the policy, it is imposed both after a fair process and in the best interests of society. Without the good-faith assumption, the polity dissolves into competing factions. ... Plenty of peoples, in my richer sense, do not govern themselves democratically. But democracy doesn't take hold without there being a people, a demos. If you care about the stable future of British democracy, you should worry about mass immigration.
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Politics – Conservative Party
Restricting immigration will be at heart of Brexit deal, Theresa May says
Anushka Asthana
The Guardian, 1 September 2016.

Theresa May has agreed with her cabinet that restricting immigration will be a red line in any negotiations with the EU, in a move that experts claim will end Britain's membership of the single market. ...

"There was a strong emphasis on pushing ahead to article 50 to lead Britain successfully out of the European Union – with no need for a parliamentary vote," May's spokeswoman said, before setting out how restrictions to freedom of movement would be at the centre of any Brexit deal.

"Several cabinet members made it clear that we are leaving the EU but not leaving Europe, with a decisive view that the model we are seeking is one unique to the United Kingdom and not an off-the-shelf solution," she said.

"This must mean controls on the numbers of people who come to Britain from Europe but also a positive outcome for those who wish to trade goods and services."
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Immigration – European Union
Migrants on the Med are getting a free ferry service
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 1 September 2016.

In September last year the risible President of the EU Jean-Claude Juncker heralded plans to beef up Frontex, Europe's frontier and coastguard system.

"We must work together more closely to manage our external borders. That is what citizens expect," he declared. But that was just more empty Brussels verbiage. Far from protecting Europe's integrity the EU regime, in league with key member states, has presided over the wilful demolition of all our borders.

The result of this suicidal policy is a tragic, accelerating slide towards the demise of European civilisation. In the past our leaders tried to repulse invasions by foreigners who despised our heritage and culture. But today the ever growing foreign influx is not just eagerly welcomed, it is provided with subsidies, welfare and even transport.

That is certainly what is happening in the farce on the coast of Libya where vast numbers of migrants have gathered with the aim of crossing the Mediterranean. Instead of offering resistance to this swelling army, supine European authorities provide every kind of assistance.

In the first two days of this week 10,000 migrants were picked up from unseaworthy boats by the Italian navy, Frontex and a number of self-styled humanitarian groups such as Médicins Sans Frontières. But contrary to much of the mawkish coverage in the media this was not a series of heroic rescue missions that averted catastrophe, it amounted to little more than a glorified free ferry service from Africa to Europe.

Revealingly most of the passengers were plucked from their boats just 12 miles from the coastal town of Sabratha in Libya, having been given only enough fuel by the people traffickers to make it for a quarter of an hour out to sea. Once safely on board the vessels of the so-called "rescue" fleet, which now mounts constant patrols of the Libyan shoreline, they were taken on a journey of more than 300 miles to southern Italy. ...

In a sane world, where the European political class actually wanted to defend our society, the naval fleet would simply pick up the migrants and return them to Africa, a trip that is a lot shorter than the voyage to Italy. Then the useless boats would be systematically destroyed as a deterrent to the people smugglers.

It would be a straightforward process demonstrating that Europe is serious about guarding its territory. But in the madhouse that is now run by the EU's politicians, such logic does not apply. Our nominal defenders have become agents of our destruction by actively colluding with mass illegal immigration.

The creation of this transMediterranean ferry service will only encourage even more people from Africa, Asia and the Middle East to reach Europe. Already the numbers are utterly out of control. ...

EU politicians have adopted this policy over Libya partly because they think with their usual self-delusion that it displays their moral virtue and partly because it helps to undermine the traditional order of Europe. In their eyes multiculturalism and mass immigration are key instruments to smash the old idea of nationhood.

It is no coincidence that "United in Diversity" is one of the EU's most prominent slogans. But as the social fabric is torn apart by uncontrolled immigration the people of Europe are paying a terrible price for this disastrous ideology.
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Crime – Notting Hill Carnival
Hey Black Lives Matter UK: here's some perspective on Glastonbury vs Notting Hill Carnival
Rod Liddle
Spectator blog, 1 September 2016.

Here's a thing. Shortly after my column for this week's magazine appeared online, Black Lives Matter UK put out the following tweet: ...

Hey Rod Liddle: where were your calls to ban Glastonbury in order to prevent white-on-white crime? ...

Rather than answer this sliver of delusional idiocy myself, I'll leave it to Ken Marsh, chairman of the Police Federation:

'Last year we had an officer stabbed. This year colleagues were assaulted, abused and spat at. How can that be right? It's completely and utterly unacceptable.

'The Glastonbury music festival had 40 arrests this year. Notting Hill had 10 times that amount.

'Year after year there are such high levels of violence against police officers and the public at the carnival. And yet year after year nothing changes. Something needs to be done.'
Thank you, Ken. I think that puts it in perspective. Glastonbury – 40 arrests across a week, mainly for drugs offences. Notting Hill Carnival – 454 arrests across two days, 43 officers injured and eight taken to hospital, five members of the public stabbed. Oh, and while we're on the subject: Cost of Glastonbury to the taxpayer – almost nothing. Cost of the carnival to the taxpayer – at least £7m.

It is another, perfectly formed, example of BLMUK's delusion.
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Immigration abroad – Mexico, USA
Build a wall, make Mexico great again
Ian Smith
The Hill, 1 September 2016.

Smith is an investigative associate with the Immigration Reform Law Institute

Trump's own plan to erect a fence along the world's only First and Third-World land border isn't popular with Mexico's leadership as seen by former President Vicente Fox's recent profanity-laden outburst when he was asked about it on U.S. television. Although uncivil, Fox's eruption wasn't at all surprising.

More "civil" lines of attack from Mexico against on our attempts to regulate immigration are manifold. The country famously distributes manuals to its poor on how to circumvent our borders, praises Obama for his unilateral amnesty programs, and has attacked in court Arizona's "show me your papers" law (despite the country having one of its own). According to Fox's former advisor-turned-social commentator, Fredo Arias-King, the reason for the official hostility's crystal clear: keeping our southern border unregulated allows Mexico's kleptocratic rulers to get rid of the country's "surplus" population, relieving them of having to make much-needed domestic reforms. In other words, a continuous outflow maintains the status quo. ...

Then there's the Central American pass-through problem. Mexico's El Manana newspaper recently published an editorial which called for a Trump-style wall at the country's southern border (later deleted), writing "[m]any of these migrants when they are unable to find an honest way of life turn to robberies, kidnappings, extortion, and in the worst cases join the ranks of organized crime." ...

And, of course, there's the remittances. /.../ Rather amazingly, the flow of U.S. dollars into oil-rich Mexico is now the single largest contributor to the country's GDP. When Fox spoke to a joint session of Congress in 2001, he called these dollar-remitting legal and illegal aliens "national heroes." But, writes Mexico-based U.S. journalist Robert Joe Stout, "the remittances received by Mexican communities enable the government to curtail expenditures for social and education programs [and these] emigrants cost the government nothing, use none of the country's public assets and yet contribute 30 percent of their earnings to families in Mexico." This is what Fox really means by "heroes."

... An estimated 40 percent of the rural towns and villages in Mexico have suffered a population loss as high as 70 percent. This, says Stout, has resulted in a dramatic increase in the number of single-parent families, homeless, and runaway children (allowing gang membership to proliferate, he says) ...

And using 2010 figures, Stout writes that a full 12 percent of Mexico's working-age population are now in the U.S., an estimated seven million of whom are here illegally.
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Nearly 20,000 asylum cases that began at least NINE YEARS ago STILL haven't been settled... and the claims backlog is rising
James Tapsfield

Nearly 20,000 asylum cases dating back at least nine years have not been resolved.

Another 4,403 applications classed as standard immigration that were filed before March 2007 are still 'live', according to official figures. ...

Figures slipped out by the Home Office show that in the year to June there were a total of 36,465 asylum applications, up more than 10,000 on the previous 12 month period and the highest since 2004.

But the number of initial decisions made on applications actually fell by 7 per cent year on year to 26,350 – pushing up the backlog.

As of the second quarter of this year, some 77,440 asylum cases were ongoing, with 20,300 awaiting an initial decision. Some 30,325 had been in progress for more than three years.

Mrs May scrapped the UK Border Agency (UKBA) in March 2013 - partly because of its poor performance in dealing with the huge backlog in cases.

Its functions were handed to three directorates within the Home Office - UK Visas and Immigration, Immigration Enforcement and Border Force.

These three directorates collectively spend some £1.8 billion per year.

In 2012, the department set up an 'Older Live Cases Unit' to deal with some 400,000 asylum and migration claims dating back to before March 2007 that were still in the system.

This caseload was reduced to 41,000 cases after a review which removed errors, duplicates and individuals who had already left the country.

But at the end of the second quarter of this year there were still 19,359 of the asylum applications outstanding after more than nine years. Another 4,403 immigration cases remained unresolved. ...

A Home Office spokesman said: 'This Government has worked to ensure that the legacy asylum claims made before March 2007 received a decision by the end of 2014.

'Where the decision was to refuse their claim these people should make arrangements to leave the UK and if they do not do so enforcement action may be considered. ...'

The spokesman said the figures included some records where there was no evidence the individual was still in the country.
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