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Updated 15 October 2018
Immigration Brexit, public opinion
Two thirds support treating EU immigration in the same way as that from the rest of the world
YouGov, 15 October 2018.
Depending on the precise outcome of the Brexit negotiations Britain
is likely to be putting in place its own immigration rules for EU citizens
after we leave the Union. At the Conservative party conference earlier this
month the shape of those new immigration rules began to emerge, and we've
polled the British public on what they make of them.
announcement was that the government planned to treat EU citizens who want
to come and live in Britain in the same way as potential migrants from
elsewhere in the world. This was widely supported - 65% of people thought
it was the right approach, only 20% were opposed.
the details of how a post-Brexit immigration policy might work were more
evenly divided. Scrapping the current cap on highly skilled migrants was
supported by 46% of people, opposed by 31% (a clear majority of Remain
voters backed this aspect, Leavers were more narrowly divided - 45%
support, 40% against). Requiring skilled migrants to have a job offer worth
at least £30,000 had similar levels of support (46% support, 33%
opposed), though the breakdown was different - this aspect was supported by
Tories and Leave voters, but opposed by Remain and Labour voters.
More than half (52%) supported the idea of not allowing low-skilled
immigration, with the possibility of a few limited exceptions like seasonal
agricultural work; 30% were opposed. Again, this split the country down
party lines, with strong support from Tory voters, but Labour voters
breaking against the policy.
People were divided on requiring EU
citizens to obtain visas before visiting the UK for tourism or business.
40% would support it, 42% were opposed.
Crime fraud, domestic abuse
Foreign fraudsters are lying about being beaten by their wives so they can exploit a legal loophole and gain UK residency faster
Charlotte Wace and Jonathan
Mail on Sunday, 14 October 2018.
Foreign fraudsters are masquerading as victims of domestic violence
to trick officials into letting them stay in Britain.
say hundreds of Britons, including a growing number of women, are being
exploited by con artists who dupe them into marriage abroad with the
sole aim of returning to the UK to claim permanent resident status.
Once in Britain they pretend to be victims of domestic violence and
use a loophole to fast-track residency applications.
The Mail on
Sunday has seen evidence in a series of cases where foreign men have been
allowed to stay in the UK after fabricating claims of domestic abuse
even when their wives have been cleared.
Three years ago, a report
found the number of foreigners applying to stay in the UK as victims of
domestic abuse had soared from 59 in 2002 to 1,224 in 2015.
Campaigners say they are now receiving reports of fabricated
domestic abuse claims by those seeking to stay in the UK at the rate of one
every day. ...
Yet another case involved a British woman who was
raped by her already- married Pakistani husband who then claimed she had
All allegations against her were dropped but he was
granted permanent residency on the basis of being a victim.
current immigration rules, foreigners who marry Britons have to wait five
years before they are granted permanent rights to live and work in the UK.
However, rules known as the Destitute Domestic Violence Concession
mean that, if the foreign spouse claims their partner has been abusive,
Home Office officials are bound to consider their case and can award them
Indefinite Leave To Remain (ILR) in as little as three months.
if they do not get ILR, fraudsters will often allege domestic abuse to
delay efforts to deport them.
The report in 2015 by the Independent
Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration highlighted alarming failures by
Home Office when it came to staff checking the validity of domestic abuse
Investigators found that case workers relied too heavily on
unverified evidence, such as letters from domestic violence charities,
rather than interviewing the applicant themselves.
An analysis of
25 cases where approval to remain had been granted found the decision in 15
had been wrong and that in 16 cases, no approach for information about the
abuse allegations had been made to police.
Kim Sow, from the victim
support group Immigration Marriage Fraud Consultancy, established in 2013
to monitor cases and help victims, said: 'No fraudster should be left
unpunished and no victim of fraud should have their lives totally destroyed
by an unfair, unjust and discriminatory process.
'If the Home
Office, police and Crown Prosecution Service continue failing to address
the issue of immigration marriage fraud, an open door remains for
fraudsters to enter the UK.'
Multiculturalism book review
Review: Whiteshift: Populism, Immigration and the Future of White Majorities by Eric Kaufmann the future of mixed-race Britain
Times, 14 October 2018.
Some people will be dismayed, even angered, at the claims made by
Eric Kaufmann, a mixed-race, London-based Canadian academic, in this
He defends white identity politics and white
ethnic "self interest"; believes the anti-racism taboo has become too
all-encompassing; thinks economics has little to do with the populist
revolt; defends qualified ethnic selection in immigration; and believes
civic Britishness is too bland to bind us together.
Yet this is no
polemic: he backs up his claims with numbers and close argument over a
sometimes exhausting 600 pages. ...
I recall him explaining, many
years ago, that ethnicity is not something inherently sinister, it is just
attachment to ancestry and myths of ancestry. It can take an extreme form,
as it did in the first part of the 20th century, but, as with religion or
other forms of belief, extremism is not inherent.
increased human mobility, ethnicity is not disappearing. About 80% of the
world's major countries have an ethnic majority, and being held together by
such a majority seems to be a condition of national success compare
fragmented Africa with majoritarian east Asia. ...
White people are
already a minority in most major cities of North America, while minorities
are projected to be in the majority in the US, Canada and New Zealand by
2050, with the UK following later in the century.
"So what?" will
be the reaction of many of the educated and liberal-minded, who tend to
have rather weak ethnic attachments. So a great deal, says Kaufmann. This
shift is replacing white majority self-confidence with an existential
insecurity, channelled by the lightning rod of immigration, and a reduced
willingness to "indulge the anti-white ideology of the cultural left".
A degree of turbulence is inevitable as we move from white ethnic
homogeneity to mixed-race majorities by the end of the century, but
Kaufmann is by no means apocalyptic. ...
The book explores the four
different responses of white majorities to ethnic change: fight (voting for
populists), repress (pretend nothing is happening), flee (avoid diverse
neighbourhoods) and join (via friendship and intermarriage with
He sympathises with black people in Brixton who
feel swamped by white hipsters, as well as white people in Barking who feel
alienated by rapid non-white immigration. And he prefers a "multivocal"
approach to national identities, in which people from different backgrounds
identify in different ways, rather than a dry, top-down, British-values
On the other hand, he thinks liberals are wrong to think
a strong attachment to one's own ethnic group must mean hostility to
others'. And he insists that a white "ethnic self-interest" in slowing
immigration to preserve a culture and a way of life is legitimate. Polls
show that most people of all races in both America and the UK agree with
On segregation and integration, he shows how white
behaviour is similar everywhere, from liberal Canada to restrictive
Denmark. Most white British citizens want to live in areas that are
70%-plus white and most still do: 80% of white Britons live in wards
that are 90% white, while nearly half of minorities live in "majority
minority" wards. We mainly still stick to our own.
Plane mutiny kept a gang rapist in the UK: Somali man whose deportation from the UK was stopped by plane passengers raped a 16-year-old girl in London and his accomplice went on to fight for
Mail on Sunday, 14 October 2018.
A Somalian whose deportation from Britain was dramatically halted
after airline passengers staged a mutiny demanding his release can be
exposed today as a convicted gang rapist who was being kicked out of the
country because of his sickening crime.
Officials escorting Yaqub
Ahmed on a flight from Heathrow to Turkey were forced to abandon his
deportation when around a dozen holidaymakers who felt sorry for him
angrily intervened shortly before take-off.
At one stage during the
astonishing episode, filmed on mobile phones, one traveller complained:
'They're separating him from his family', while others chanted 'take him
off the plane'.
When harassed security guards caved in and walked
29-year-old Ahmed off the Turkish Airlines flight, he was seen thanking
those on board for their support as they cheered and applauded.
person was heard declaring: 'You're free, man!'
But the passengers
who thought they were doing a good deed were unaware that the man they were
defending had been sentenced to nine years in jail for his part in a
vicious gang rape of a teenage girl and that another member of his
gang later fought for Islamic State in Syria. ...
He was released
from prison after serving little more than four years, and lived in a
halfway house in North London until recently. Because he had been jailed
for such a serious crime, the Home Office ordered his deportation, which
led to him being placed on the flight to Istanbul last Tuesday afternoon.
The Home Office previously spent millions of pounds a year
chartering planes to fly failed asylum seekers and foreign national
offenders to their home countries, most commonly Albania, Pakistan and
Nigeria. But because of the cost of the flights, it now increasingly books
seats on commercial services.
Latest figures show the Home Office
spent £17 million on scheduled flights and £8.6 million on
charter flights to deport people in 2016-17. ...
One of Ahmed's
co-defendants, Adnan Mohamud, was granted refugee status in Britain in 2002
having been born in Somalia, and is still thought to be in the UK.
Illegal immigration MPs, charities
MPs must stop informing on migrants to the Home Office, charities demand
Independent, 13 October 2018.
Almost one in five MPs have now signed a pledge to never report a
constituent to the immigration authorities in response to a charity
A coalition of migrant advocacy groups - including
Liberty, Migrant Rights Network and Global Justice Now - have called to MPs
to promise to never inform on migrants who ask them for help.
campaign, "MPs Not Border Guards", has written to the Speaker of the House
of Commons, demanding that he intervene to stop the practice.
Exclusive figures revealed by The Independent in June showed
that MPs had reported 723 suspected illegal immigrants to the Home Office
between 2012 and 2017.
Currently, 113 out of the 650 MPs have
signed the pledge to protect those with uncertain immigration status who
approach them at constituency surgeries.
The majority are from
Labour, along with 25 from the Scottish National Party and eight Liberal
Democrats. Only one Conservative - Heidi Allen - has added her name.
More than 3,200 people have also emailed their own MP to ask them
to join the campaign, the MPs Not Border Guards website says. ...
The chief executive of the Joint Council for the Welfare of
Immigrants, Satbir Singh, said that if MPs continued to inform on migrants
who asked them for advice, they would drive vulnerable people "further
underground and into the shadows". ...
But some MPs disagreed. Tory
Christopher Chope said that he had personally called the immigration
"I have reported cases of immigration crime on behalf of
constituents who have felt their neighbours are engaged in illegal working
when they shouldn't have been in the country," he told the BBC's Victoria
Derbyshire programme. "Home Office policy is very much to ensure that, as
far as possible, life is made uncomfortable for those one million illegals,
so that they will be encouraged to go back to where they came from rather
than be a burden on our public services here."
This view was echoed
by Lord Green, the chairman of the anti-immigration group Migration Watch
"The task of MPs is to represent the electorate, not those who
have no right to be in the country at all," he said. "Illegal immigrants
are not constituents and over three-quarters of the electorate consider
illegal immigration to be a serious problem.
"MPs are not
immigration officers, but to make public pledges that have the effect of
encouraging illegal immigrants to stay in the UK is irresponsible and
further erodes public trust in our political system."
Diversity history, education, bias
Distorting History Month
Conservative Woman, 13 October 2018.
[Chris McGovern is the Chairman of the Campaign for Real Education]
This is Black History Month in our schools and Jeremy Corbyn is
calling for even more teaching about the evils of the British Empire and
the slave trade.
It is, perhaps, time to take stock of the black
history enterprise. Remember, though, that if you are White British you
will be suffering from an ailment known as 'unconscious bias' which means
that any views you hold do not count.
Let us start with a question.
What was the 'black' dimension to events surrounding Magna Carta in 1215?
This was asked, back in the late 1980s, by Norman Stone, Oxford University
professor of modern history, of a debating chamber audience. He was my
fellow-speaker in an educational debate at Ruskin College. From this venue,
in 1976, prime minister James Callaghan had kicked off a nationwide
dialogue about education that is still with us today. Black History Month
is but one facet of that continuing dialogue.
Our audience at
Ruskin were principally classroom teachers. They were enraged by Stone's
question a response to a growing demand from the teaching profession
that school history lessons become more racially inclusive. Professor Stone
was doing no more than making the point that if history teaching is
filtered by what we now call 'politically correct' perspectives, subject
knowledge becomes distorted. Unusually, for an educational 'tough guy', the
professor seemed genuinely taken back by the vehement hostility of the
teachers sitting in front of him.
'What on earth was there to argue
about?' he must have thought. Other than a universal application as a
charter of rights there is no more a meaningful 'black' dimension to the
events surrounding Magna Carta than there is a meaningful 'white' dimension
to the pre-colonial Inca empire or a meaningful Hispanic dimension to the
deliberations of Iceland's Viking assembly, the Althing. 'Welcome,' I told
Professor Stone, 'to the classroom revolution, to the use of education for
the purpose of brainwashing.'
Classroom teaching as a political
tool has become the norm in Britain. An entire month devoted to black
history has become institutionalised, regardless of its value in terms of
acquiring historical knowledge. It could be cogently argued that Black
History Month should be balanced by Asian, Asian British, Hispanic, Native
American, Chicano, Indian, Latino, African American, Arab, Chinese British
and Australian Aborigine history months. ...
... The notion that
slavery and racism is somehow a white British attribute is a distortion of
history and socially divisive. Enslavement of others and associated racism
is characteristic of humanity in general, regardless of race.
much-admired ancient civilisations of Greece and Rome, for example, were
built on slavery. Britain, too, was once enslaved and its enslavers
included, ironically and most viciously, an African Emperor, Septimius
Severus, who died in York before he had the chance to fulfil a promise to
exterminate all those living north of Hadrian's Wall. ...
be more widely known, too, that at least a million white slaves, many from
the British Isles, were once traded in the slave markets of north Africa
and Turkey. What is most important for young people, in particular, to know
about slavery is that it was the British who first abolished the slave
trade and slavery.
Immigration abroad France
French hero, who sacrificed himself to save a hostage from an Islamist, won't have a place named after him as 'it may offend Muslims'
Europe, 13 October 2018.
French hero Arnaud Beltrame, who sacrificed himself to save a
hostage from a Islamist terrorist, won't have a place named after him
because it may upset Marseille's huge Muslim community, Valeurs Actuelles
On 24 March 2018, an ISIS terrorist stormed a supermarket
in Trèbes, armed with a handgun, a hunting knife and three homemade
bombs. He shot two people dead and took others hostage.
negotiation with the police, the terrorist accepted Beltrame's offer to
swap places with the last hostage, a female cashier. ...
three-hour stand-off with the police, Radouane Lakdim, the 25-year-old
terrorist, stabbed (even though rumours circulated that he sliced
Beltrame's throat) and murdered Arnaud Beltrame.
paying tribute to Beltrame's sacifice is seen as being potentially
offensive by Marseille's leftist elected officials.
Stephane Ravier, Marseille's 7th district National Rally mayor, revealed
during a town council with Marseille's elected officials.
elected officials, socialist and communist, refused that a place in the
15th district be named after Arnaud Beltrame, in the first time, they've
said, under fallacious pretext, that this place wasn't prestigious enough,
before telling the truth in these terms: we are on the field, we witnessed
that the population has changed and if we give the name of Arnaud Beltrame
in this district, the population will take that as a provocation".
Illegal immigration visas, Indians
Indians top list of 'overstayers' in U.K.
The Hindu, 12 October 2018.
India accounts for the largest number of individuals staying in the
U.K. illegally, and the number of those subjected to forced returns to
India has fallen by 50% in three years, Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth
Office has said.
The problem of "visa overstayers" was highlighted
by the department in its submission to a British parliamentary committee's
"Global Britain and India' inquiry into post-Brexit relations with India.
The focus on overstayers is significant, suggesting that there is
little sign of change on an issue that has overshadowed bilateral
relationships. Tensions came to a head earlier this year when Britain's
Trade Secretary Liam Fox linked the decision on excluding Indians from a
relaxation of student visa requirements to cooperation between the two
countries on the return of illegal migrants, including India's failure to
sign an MOU with the U.K. on the issue during Prime Minister Narendra
Modi's visit in April.
Subsequently, Indian High Commissioner Y.K.
Sinha questioned Britain's focus and stance on overstayers. "I am sure
there are many [overstayers] but where did this figure of 100,000 come
from?" he said in June. ...
The Royal Commonwealth Society warned
that the state of Indian visas into the U.K. was "abysmal" and reiterated
its call for Indian visitors to be given similar conditions as Chinese
tourists, who were able to get a two-year multiple entry visa at nearly 75%
lower cost than others. "In recent years, the U.K. appears to have
neglected the India relationship in favour of fostering better relations
The immigration issue had caused "seriously ill
feeling" in India towards Britain, warned crossbench member of the House of
Lords Karan Bilimoria.
However, on the issue of visas, the Foreign
Office submission highlighted what it saw as key achievements on visas to
Indian nationals. These included Britain having more visa centres in India
than any other country in the world, Britain issuing more skilled worker
visas to India than all other countries in the world combined and the fact
that 90% of Indian nationals, who applied for a visa, were successful.
Immigration abroad France
One day the French will be told that they are the strangers in France President Macron's former advisor
Voice of Europe, 12 October 2018.
One of Emmanuel Macron's former advisors warned the French
President that the day will come that French citizens will be strangers in
their own country, BFMTV reports.
There are people, that when the
day will come, will make us understand that we are the strangers, Philippe
de Villiers said in a TV interview with French broadcaster BFMTV on
Despite being a huge critic of the Islamisation of
France, he surprisingly was also a confidant and advisor of President
Emmanuel Macron during his election campaign.
De Villiers started
the interview by warning his fellow French citizens that they may become
foreigners in their own country.
"We are not conscious today that
we, for decades now, have established (...) two societies, facing each
other and now a counter society, with people who are mentally secessioned
and one day they'll make us understand that we are the strangers". ...
De Villiers also addressed France's immigration problem and
Macron's lack of action on it, even though he said that the president
promised to him in private conversations that he'll try to solve it.
Bosses told to reveal their ethnic salary gap: Radical plans to force 10,000 firms to publish salary differences between white and ethnic staff
Mail, 11 October 2018.
Bosses will be made to reveal salary differences between their
white and ethnic minority staff.
The radical plans to tackle racial
inequality mirror rules introduced earlier this year to expose the gender
More than 10,000 companies employing over 250 staff would
have to publish the figures annually.
Around 10 million workers
would be covered. Theresa May, who will unveil the plans today, said: 'Too
often ethnic minority employees feel they're hitting a brick wall when it
comes to career progression.
'The measures we are taking will help
employers identify the actions needed to create a fairer and more diverse
Businesses are to be consulted on the initiative
part of a nationwide 'Race at Work Charter'. Officials say the 250-staff
threshold may be raised to spare smaller firms.
But Mrs May's plan
was criticised by free market think-tanks.
Matt Kilcoyne of the
Adam Smith Institute said: 'Rather than engaging with the hard task of
removing structural barriers to opportunity many still face, this
headline-grabbing measure will raise costs to business.
may face natural barriers to success from language, and illegitimate
barriers from occupational licensing and discrimination.
figures will mask the complex causes of racial inequality and be used to
sour relations between Britons.'
Len Shackleton of the Institute of
Economic Affairs said: 'This is a Pandora's Box. There are over 100
ethnicities in this country, most of which are as different from each other
as they are from white Brits.
'Forcing businesses to report on pay
will result in meaningless statistics because the numbers for particular
ethnicities within one firm are likely to be statistically insignificant,
where nothing can be really be gleaned from them.
Government would be burdening businesses with more bureaucracy without any
useful return.' ...
Mrs May will also today set out the actions she
is taking to ensure public sector leaders are representative of the
communities they serve.
The NHS, military, schools and police
forces will have to set out plans to increase high-level recruitment from
ethnic minority backgrounds.
The Government is naming Karen
Blackett, a senior executive at the advertising giant WPP, as its 'Race at
Work Champion'. Miss Blackett, whose parents grew up in Barbados before
moving to Britain, has spoken of how her promotion was important because
she is black, female and from a working-class background.
Bias political correctness, USA
Political correctness is widely unpopular with Americans of all ages and races, a study finds
Business Insider, 11 October 2018.
Most Americans dislike the culture of political correctness despite
pervasive stereotypes based on age and race and the general understanding
of deeply decided society, a new study has found.
published Wednesday by More in Common, an organization looking to reduce
polarization and social division in communities, found that 80% of the US
public believe that political correctness is a problem.
that even young people are uncomfortable with it, including 74% of people
aged 24-29 and 79% percent of those under 24 meaning those who don't
see it as a problem are in the minority across all ages.
found that a majority of people of all races dislike political correctness.
79% of whites saw political correctness as a problem compared to
82% of Asians, 87% of Hispanics, and 88% of American Indians. African
Americans are most likely to support political correctness, with 75% seeing
it as a problem.
Benefits and costs low-skilled workers
Influx of low-skilled workers from the EU had 'no clear benefit' for Britain, Government's immigration tsar claims
Daily Mail, 10 October 2018.
The influx of low-skilled migrants from the EU has brought 'no
clear benefit' to Britain, the Government's immigration tsar said last
Professor Alan Manning, chairman of the Migration Advisory
Committee, argued it had cost taxpayers' money as overall they cost more in
benefits and public services than they paid in taxes.
before MPs, he said low-skilled migration since 2004, when Labour threw
open the doors to Eastern Europeans, 'hasn't really had positive effects
and has had negative effects'.
Prof Manning added: 'Our view is for
that lower-skilled migration, there is no clear benefit for UK residents.'
He also rejected claims from big business that cuts to migrants would
damage the economy.
Crime car crashes, insurance fraud
Ruthless pair behind '£8 million' cash-for-crash scam who set up 250 road collisions to defraud insurance companies by targeting innocent drivers are jailed for a total of 12
MailOnline, 10 October 2018.
Two men behind a cash-for-crash scam that may have topped £8
million and involved 250 collisions were today slammed by a judge who said
all insurance customers will pay for the fraud through higher premiums.
Boota Ram masterminded the sophisticated, large-scale fraud by
orchestrating crashes with innocent drivers, mainly on mini-roundabouts.
The 38-year-old from Slough used false driving licences and fake
documents to make claims against dozens of insurance companies for
fabricated injuries or vehicle damage.
Police found the baker's car
boot crammed with items necessary to make claims including dozens of fake
IDs and insurance documents, with a judge branding the vehicle a 'mobile
fraudster's office'. ...
Ram was handed a nine-year prison sentence
after a jury convicted him of conspiracy to commit fraud over a three-year
period. He was jailed in his absence after absconding part way through the
His nephew, Gagandeep Gagandeep, was jailed for three years
for his part in the conspiracy. ...
Judge Paul Dugdale said every
person in the UK would feel the impact of this significant fraud through
increased insurance premiums. ...
Judge Dugdale said he had to pass
sentence on Ram despite the fact he vanished from the courtroom and was
suspected of being in London, because he did not think he would be picked
up by police for up to 15 years due to high number of false drivers
licences and false documentation he had.
Illegal immigration Brussels
Belgium smashes human trafficking ring 'smuggling migrants into Britain'
Daily Express, 10 October 2018.
Belgium has broken up a ring of human traffickers who smuggled
mainly Sudanese and Eritrean migrants into Britain for a charge of up to
£2,200 (2,500) each, justice officials said on Monday.
Ten people were arrested during raids in the Brussels region on
Sunday. Three were released without charge while the remaining seven
all male were placed in pre-trial detention.
All have since
been officially charged with offences relating to "human trafficking within
the framework of a criminal organisation," the Brussels public prosecutor's
office said in a statement.
The trafficking ring was based in
Brussels and would smuggle "up to 20 migrants" into Britain a day by hiding
them inside UK-bound refrigerated lorries, according to prosecutors.
The migrants are said to have paid the smugglers anything between
£430 and £2,200 (500 and 2,500) each for the journey,
local prosecutors said.
Immigration abroad Serbia
Serbia Scraps Visa-Free Entry For Iranians
Radio Farda / Reuters, 10 October 2018.
Serbia has scrapped visa-free entry for Iranians, little more than
year after it introduced it to boost tourism, a government decree published
in the Official Gazette on Wednesday said. ...
... In August 2017
Belgrade decided to abolish visas for Iranians, to boost tourism, improve
growth and reach out to non-European markets.
But authorities say
that the number of illegal migrants from Iran who travel to Serbia and then
try to cross into the European Union countries rocketed this year and last.
"The move is a response to the problem that many people (from
Iran) enter Serbia and either attempt to travel to the West or to seek
asylum," Djurovic Rados Djurovic, of the Belgrade-based Asylum Protection
Centre told Reuters. ...
Currently there are around 4,000
registered migrants from Asia and the Middle East and elsewhere in Serbia's
government-operated centres, while hundreds of others are scattered in the
capital Belgrade or around borders with Bosnia or Croatia, a European Union
More than 650,000 people, many of them fleeing war
and poverty, passed through non-EU Serbia in 2015 on their way to the West.
The route was largely shut down in March 2016, but migrants continue to
Immigration public opinion
People's perceptions of EU immigration: it's the economy, stupid!
NIESR, 10 October 2018.
What factors drive people's negative views of immigration? Some
have argued that anti-immigrant sentiments are driven by cultural concerns
about the impact on our national identity and our traditional 'way of life'
which is perceived to be threatened by the influx of foreigners with
different cultural values and customs. Others focus on how attitudes are
driven by economic concerns such as the perceived negative impact on jobs,
wages and public services.
This has been debated extensively in the
academic literature. NIESR's recent research on immigration attitudes,
carried out with colleagues from Birkbeck, did not set out primarily to
answer these questions, yet some of our findings are highly relevant to
this on-going debate.
Firstly our findings, based on in-depth focus
groups in the Leave voting area of Sittingbourne, Kent, indicate that
people's concerns gravitate strongly around economic considerations and
particularly about the impact on jobs, wages and public services. One
interpretation of this and other studies, such as the recent one by British
Future, is that the economic story is people's way of presenting their
cultural concerns framed as a more acceptable form of objection in a focus
group setting. But the people in our focus groups did not shy away from
raising their cultural concerns, without prompt, frequently and quite
forcefully. Yet even in this very open environment, where all views could
be voiced and indeed were voiced, the predominant theme in relation to the
impact of EU migration was the focus on migrants' economic contribution.
Our focus groups made it clear that different immigrant groups are
typically associated with different concerns. This observation is in line
with a few recent experimental survey studies /.../ which have found that
EU migrants, and particularly Eastern European migrants, are perceived as a
threat in economic terms while Muslim migrants and ethnic minorities are
perceived as a threat in terms of culture, security and crime. ...
What does all this mean? Our conclusion is that people see EU
migration predominantly as an economic threat, but this is often conflated
with their cultural concerns about other migrant groups or ethnic
minorities. Of course, the irony is that the economic evidence on whether
migrants contribute positively or negatively to the public purse and public
services strongly points to the former. This leads us straight to the issue
of how people come to hold views about immigration and how they respond to
economic evidence, which was one of the main aims of our research.
Immigration abroad urban congestion, Australia
Australia considers forcing new migrants to live in rural areas
BBC, 9 October 2018.
The Australian government has unveiled a proposal to force new
migrants to live outside Sydney and Melbourne.
The policy would aim
to ease congestion in Australia's two biggest cities while boosting
regional areas, Population Minister Alan Tudge said on Tuesday.
government may introduce visa conditions to limit where some migrants live
for up to five years, he said.
However, some experts have
questioned whether the idea is enforceable and likely to achieve its goals.
Currently, about two-fifths of Australia's 25 million people live
in Sydney and Melbourne.
Though Australia's population growth rate
ranks 77th globally, according to the World Bank, it is high among OECD
nations - rising by 1.6% last year.
The growth has been driven
largely by migration, with most people settling in Melbourne, Sydney and
south-east Queensland, according to the government.
contributed to infrastructure and congestion problems, with Melbourne and
Sydney each expected to exceed eight million residents by 2030. ...
"There is a strong argument for the government to redirect new
migrants to the bush... but there needs to be sufficient employment for
them, and that's the big Achilles heel of the whole idea," Prof Jock
Collins from the University of Technology told the BBC.
Crime illegal immigration, extradition
Albanian convicted of murder left free to commit crime in UK
Daily Express, 9 October 2018.
An immigrant convicted of murder and on the run from a 25-year jail
term in his native Albania is free on bail in Britain despite a history of
offending here. Hektor Mahmutaj, 42, on Interpol's most-wanted list, is
fighting extradition which he says would infringe his human rights.
He was convicted in his absence to 25 years for shooting dead
farmer Gentjan Jahaj in Albania in July 1997.
magistrates court heard that Mahmutaj hid on a farm after the murder then
fled to the UK, smuggling himself here in a lorry, in December the same
year. He has lived in Britain ever since, using 13 aliases to avoid
Alarmingly Mahmutaj, who lives in Huyton in Liverpool,
was prosecuted and jailed a number of times in the UK since 2002, but
avoided any extradition attempts for several years by using the aliases
that fooled the authorities.
His UK offences have included drink
driving, driving while disqualified and in 2007 he was jailed for
two-and-a-half years at Liverpool Crown Court for possession of firearms.
... In the meantime, after paying a £10,000 surety to the
court, Mahmutaj is free to walk the streets apart from during a four-hour
daily curfew from 11pm until 3am, which is electronically monitored. ...
He says the extradition is unfair as he has never been arrested for
the offence and was tried in his absence and it would break up his family.
He has a partner in the UK - they have a child and she is expecting
another. He also sees a daughter from a previous relationship. ...
A Home Office spokeswoman was unable to say why Mahmutaj was not
deported in 2003 when he first came to the attention of the criminal
justice system as an illegal immigrant.
British IS fighters can return to UK from Syria even if they cannot be prosecuted, says security minister
Evening Standard, 9 October 2018.
British Islamic State fighters who have taken part in the conflict
in Syria will be accepted back into this country even if they cannot be
prosecuted, the Government's security minister said today.
Wallace said it was his "number-one preference" to see Britons from IS face
justice in a court, and this country would accept any who were either sent
here or returned voluntarily.
But he warned there were "clear legal
challenges", both in securing the return of Britons currently held by
Kurdish forces in Syria and in obtaining enough evidence to prosecute some
of them. ...
He added: "British citizens are British citizens. If
they seek to come back to this country or another country deports them, we
will take them and we will either seek to convict them or we will try to
deradicalise them." He also warned of a growing threat of a chemical or
biological attack in this country.
Immigration abroad births, USA
Births to Legal and Illegal Immigrants in the U.S.
Steven A. Camarota, Karen Zeigler, and Jason Richwine
Center for Immigration Studies, 9 October 2018.
One of the most obvious and enduring impacts of immigration occurs
through immigrants' children. Long after immigrants pass on, their
descendants will continue to shape the political, economic, and cultural
life in the receiving society. Examining births to immigrants is thus a way
of measuring the scale of immigration and its impact on the United States.
Because the United States automatically awards citizenship to all persons
born in the country, including those born to temporary visitors or illegal
immigrants, the overwhelming majority of these children will stay in the
This analysis looks at births to immigrants based on
an analysis of the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS). ...
In 2014, one in five births (791,000) in the United States was to
an immigrant mother (legal or illegal). Our best estimate is that legal
immigrants accounted for 12.4 percent (494,000) of all births, and illegal
immigrants accounted for 7.5 percent (297,000).
The 297,000 births
per year to illegal immigrants is larger than the total number of births in
any state other than California and Texas. ...
native-born, a large share of new mothers (42 percent) are either uninsured
or on Medicaid. The rate is even higher among new mothers who are legal
immigrants (47 percent) and higher still for new mothers who are in the
United States illegally (67 percent). Almost all of these births are likely
paid for by taxpayers.
Of all births likely paid for by taxpayers,
about one in four (429,000) was to an immigrant (legal or illegal). Illegal
immigrants account for 11 percent (198,000) of all publicly funded births,
and legal immigrants are another 13 percent (231,000).
that the cost to taxpayers for births to immigrants (legal and illegal) is
roughly $5.3 billion $2.4 billion of which is for illegal
Bias Internet, Google, free speech
'THE GOOD CENSOR': Leaked Google Briefing Admits Abandonment of Free Speech for 'Safety And Civility'
Breitbart, 9 October 2018.
An internal company briefing produced by Google and leaked
exclusively to Breitbart News argues that due to a variety of factors,
including the election of President Trump, the "American tradition" of free
speech on the internet is no longer viable.
Despite leaked video
footage showing top executives declaring their intention to ensure that the
rise of Trump and the populist movement is just a "blip" in history, Google
has repeatedly denied that the political bias of its employees filter into
But the 85-page briefing, titled "The Good Censor,"
admits that Google and other tech platforms now "control the majority of
online conversations" and have undertaken a "shift towards censorship" in
response to unwelcome political events around the world.
cited in the document include the 2016 election and the rise of Alternative
for Deutschland (AfD) in Germany.
Responding to the leak, an
official Google source said the document should be considered internal
research, and not an official company position.
The briefing labels
the ideal of unfettered free speech on the internet a "utopian narrative"
that has been "undermined" by recent global events as well as "bad
behavior" on the part of users. ...
It acknowledges that major tech
platforms, including Google, Facebook and Twitter initially promised free
speech to consumers. ...
The briefing argues that Google, Facebook,
YouTube and Twitter are caught between two incompatible positions, the
"unmediated marketplace of ideas" vs. "well-ordered spaces for safety and
According to the briefing itself, it was the product of
an extensive process involving "several layers of research," including
expert interviews with MIT Tech Review editor-in-chief Jason Pontin,
Atlantic staff writer Franklin Foer, and academic Kalev Leetaru. 35
cultural observers and 7 cultural leaders from seven countries on five
continents were also consulted to produce it.
What is also clear is
that many of the briefing's recommendations are now reflected in the policy
of Google and its sibling companies.
Immigration abroad Greece
Athens blames Turkey for surge in migrant arrivals
Kathimerini, 9 October 2018.
Greece is pointing the finger of blame for the increased numbers of
undocumented migrants flowing into the the Evros region from Turkey on the
easing of vigilance by Turkish border authorities.
"There is very
strong pressure at the Evros border while at the same time direct contact
between local authorities in Greece and Turkey has stopped, which is making
the problem worse," a senior official at the Citizens' Protection Ministry
Meanwhile, reports that some 500,000 Afghans have
recently entered Turkey from Iran and Iraq have sparked fears they could be
heading for Greece. ...
According to official data, a total of
1,010 people smugglers were arrested in the period spanning January to
August while another 180 were nabbed in September.
Migration Policy Minister Dimitris Vitsas told Parliament that 3,300
illegal migrants slipped through the Evros border in 2016, while 5,500
crossed in 2017.
The figure has risen exponentially in 2018, with
some 12,000 having so far entered the country.
Immigration abroad Greece
Cross in Lesvos pulled down after coexistence group on the island claims it's offensive to migrants
Greek City Times, 9 October 2018.
A huge cement Christian cross, which was built on the rocky shore
of Apelli, under the castle of Mytilene in Lesvos, in honour of the people
that have died swimming there has been pulled down as a co-existence group
based on the island claimed it was offensive to migrants who are not
According to Lesvos News, the placement of the
cross caused negative reactions from aid organisations and a letter was
sent to the Harbour Minister of Lesvos and the Mayor of Lesvos, by a
coexistence group in Lesvos, stating the Cross was placed there to prevent
migrants from swimming. ...
"Please we ask for you to get rid of
this inappropriateness of a religious symbol in a swimming site and its
conversion into a tool of aspiring crusaders."
A few days after
this, the cross was taken down overnight.
Robert Peston admits BBC was 'patronising' and 'got it wrong on immigration' by ignoring viewers' worries
Daily Mail, 8 October 2018.
The BBC ignored how migration was affecting millions of its
viewers, Robert Peston has admitted.
ITV's political editor, who
spent nine years at the corporation, accused the BBC of not being impartial
and said it had 'neglected the effect' the EU was having on British
'I love the BBC but I did feel that during the Brexit
campaign they slightly got confused about what impartial journalism meant,'
said Peston, who left the BBC in 2015.
'For too long, people like
me had a particular view of the benefits of globalisation and we simply
neglected the effect it was having on millions of our citizens.'
said that journalists including himself had 'patronised' viewers by failing
to listen to their worries about migration.
'When we have all that
migration from eastern Europe, people like me focused too much on the
economic benefits in terms of the rates we were growing, and not enough on
the experience of communities who were changing rapidly as a result', he
told the Cheltenham Literature Festival.
'In a way, we were
slightly patronising. People like me were basically saying "don't you know
this is making the country richer?"
'In fact, it was also
dislocating hundreds of thousands to millions of lives, and those people's
lives had been radically changed by immigration.
'It is not, in my
view, racist to be concerned if the composition of your community changes
by something like 10 or 15 per cent over a very small number of years.'
Crime illegal immigration
Illegal immigrant and £70,000 cannabis courier jailed
York Press, 8 October 2018.
A cannabis courier and illegal immigrant is today behind bars
because he drove an uninsured Mercedes, York Crown Court heard.
Galley, prosecuting, said when North Yorkshire Police pulled Shkelqim Meta,
33, over near Wetherby Services on the A1(M) to discuss the traffic crime
on September 2, they smelt the drug and searched the car.
they found 7.32 kg of skunk cannabis worth about £70,000 in street
He had been convicted of having a fake immigration document
in March, driving without insurance and driving without a licence in a
Philip Standfast, defending, said Meta had been in
the country for about six years, working in car washes and other cash in
hand jobs without coming to the attention of the police. ...
who followed proceedings with the aid of an Albanian translator, was given
a nine-month prison sentence and was banned from driving for 15 and a half
Diversity multiculturalism, fears
Rising Ethnic Diversity In Populous Areas Increases Whites' Fears
Science Trends, 8 October 2018.
According to proponents of "contact theory," rising ethnic
diversity in majority white communities will lead to less racial animus.
The reasoning behind the theory is that when whites get to meet and know
members of ethnic minorities on a personal and community level, they will
develop more positive views of members of that ethnic minority. Some
studies seem to support the opposite conclusion though; that increased
ethnic diversity increases feelings of threat and distrust amongst whites.
Some studies also seem to imply that the more conservative a population is,
the more likely they are to respond negatively to outsiders and those who
hold differing political opinions.
The prominence of conflicting
data on the matter has led to a lack of clarity on the relationship between
ethnic diversity and feelings of fear and resentment from whites. A recent
study published in the journal Social Science Research provides
evidence that both of these theories have truth in them: the determining
factor is the size of the community. The study, a meta-analysis of over 171
individual studies conducted since 1995, found that for small communities,
contact with ethnic minorities tends to lessen feelings of threat and
distrust, while for larger communities, contact seems to elevate feelings
of threat and distrust. These results suggest that increasing diversity
alone does not make whites more fearful but that the size of a community
interacts with rising ethnic diversity to produce feelings of threat.
... They found that in smaller communities consisting of around
5,000-10,000 people, increasing ethnic diversity was associated with
decreased perception of threat from native-born whites. However, studies
looking at the effects of increased ethnic diversity in large population
areas consisting of 50,000 to 500,000 people showed that as ethnic
diversity rises, whites report greater feelings of threat and voice more
support for anti-immigration policies.
Muslim London: 423 new mosques, 100 Shariah courts
Saudi Gazette, 7 October 2018.
Britain has been acquiring an increasingly Islamic face, with
hundreds of official Shariah courts operating in the capital and many
mosques dotting many cities.
"London is more Islamic than many
Muslim countries put together," Maulana Syed Raza Rizvi, an Islamic
preacher, was quoted as saying in the local media.
not stand London's multiculturalism", London Mayor Sadiq Khan said after
the deadly terror attack at Westminster last year.
There are 423
new mosques in London and most of these mosques are crowded at prayer times
unlike many churches which rarely see visitors. ...
estimates are that the number of Muslims attending prayers will reach at
least 683,000, while the number of Christians attending weekly Mass will
drop to 679,000.
Since 2001, 500 London churches of all
denominations have been turned into private homes. During the same period,
British mosques have been proliferating. Between 2012 and 2014, the
proportion of Britons who identify themselves as Anglicans fell from 21% to
17%, a decrease of 1.7 million people, while, according to a survey
conducted by the respected NatCen Social Research Institute, the number of
Muslims has grown by almost a million. Churchgoers are declining at a rate
that within a generation, their number will be three times lower than that
of Muslims who go regularly to mosque on Friday.
London is also
full of Shariah courts. There are officially 100. The advent of this
parallel judicial system has been made possible thanks to the British
Arbitration Act and the system of Alternative Dispute Resolution.
British universities are also advancing Islamic law.
Crime fraud, illegal immigration
Master counterfeiter who ran a fake ID factory sold thousands of forged driving licences, identity cards and work permits to foreign nationals looking to get a foothold in the
Daily Mail, 6 October 2018.
A master counterfeiter who ran a fake ID factory sold thousands of
forged driving licences, identity cards and work permits to foreign
nationals looking to get a foothold in the UK.
printer set up a sophisticated and lucrative 'Amazon-style' service which
ran for at least seven years.
Customers used email and text
messages to order custom-made documents allowing them to work, drive, open
bank accounts and claim benefits.
A fake UK driving licence could
be bought for just £130.
Investigators said it was impossible
to assess how many people may still be using the cards to remain in the
Officers recovered more than 3,000 identity
documents, 3,500 passport style photos and 300 construction skills
They also found £15,000 in cash and enough
material to create another 40,000 fake bank cards.
At the centre of
the conspiracy was Ukrainian company director Sergiy Mykhaylov, 38, who
transformed his home in Stratford, East London, into a forgery factory.
Undercover officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA) watched as
he met Albanian middlemen who distributed the forged documents to clients.
Mark McCormack, of the NCA, said the vast majority of customers
were from Albania and countries on the fringes of Europe.
cards would provide the basis for someone to start off in the UK, to
establish themselves under a different name or even their own.
opens up credit, job prospects, the banking system,' he said. 'It was like
the Amazon of false identity documents. His services spread rapidly by word
'The organisation would provide cards to anybody. It is a
very lucrative market.' ...
Mykhaylov pleaded guilty to multiple
fraud offences at Blackfriars Crown Court last month. He was jailed for
Accomplices Sergiy Kalinins, 37, and Dmytro
Mykhailytskyi, 39, were also jailed for a total of more than 11 years after
admitting various offences including fraud.
Immigration abroad Germany
Germany will become African and Islamic if mass migration isn't stopped Former General
Voice of Europe, 6 October 2018.
Gerd Schutze-Rhonhof, a former major-general, commented on the
proposed migration pact of the U.N. which is supposed to be passed in
"The central issue of mass migration isn't solved. With
all the attempts to make migration across state border more humane,
civilised and to steer it in general doesn't solve the main problem of
Germany, which is simultaneously irregular mass migration of the future,"
He then continued, "without putting a stop to
the frequent mass migration from African and Islamic nations it is
foreseeable that the population of Germany will become mostly African and
Islamic in two generations. The selling out of the German social system
would be completed."
In his eyes the unwillingness to deport
rejected asylum seekers is another key factor. In fact DW reported on this
earlier this year. Half of the refugees, who are to be deported simply go
into hiding. 618.000 refugees in total had their applications rejected
according to the Central Register of Foreigners. ...
migration pact by Merkel and the SPD of allowing rejected asylum seekers to
stay if they find employment is only going to speed up the attrition of
Germany even further.
Immigration abroad Netherlands
Geert Wilders is right: The Netherlands is transforming into a non-Western country, new population model shows
Voice of Europe, 6 October 2018.
For almost 50 years Dutch mainstream politicians refused to do
research into the country's population change.
But under the
pressure of Geert Wilders and his predecessors the current government can
no longer ignore the topic and will start an investigation.
has spoken for several years about the replacement of the Dutch people. He
very well understands the influence that non-western migrants and their
sharia laws have on Dutch society.
Dutch professor Jan Latten is
worried as well: "We see that the like-minded people [people with the same
cultural norms] in the Netherlands live together, there's barely any
"Recent research shows that young Turks and Moroccan
Muslims keep on becoming more orthodox. These youths take more distance
from Dutch society," Latten adds.
A population model, as presented
by research organisation Gefira, shows that the Dutch are 'disappearing'
and will be a minority in a few generations'.
"By the end of this
century the native population will be 60 per cent smaller while the overall
number of inhabitants will have grown, it follows that the Netherlands will
inevitably be transformed into a non-Western country," Gefira says.
"The Dutch establishment, like all Western ruling elites, wants
people to embrace and celebrate these changes. Mathematical facts and the
resultant negative consequences for the native population are framed as
"populism", "extremism" or "far right" and regarded as thought crime," the
research organisation continues.
Multiculturalism Gaelic, Urdu, Scotland
Funding for Gaelic 'discriminates against Muslims'
The Times, 6 October 2018.
A former SNP Holyrood candidate has claimed "anti-Muslim racism" is
seeping into Scottish education because language policies treat ethnic
minorities as inferior to white Scots.
Nighet Riaz, an academic at
the University of the West of Scotland, said Gaelic was promoted and given
millions of pounds in ring-fenced public funding while the traditional
languages of non-white groups were sidelined in schools. She said that
there was a lack of Urdu teachers, with schools unable to meet the needs of
large Pakistani communities, particularly in Glasgow.
Dr Riaz was a
regional list candidate for the SNP at the 2016 Holyrood election, endorsed
by Alex Salmond, the former party leader, and Robin Sturgeon, Nicola
Sturgeon's father, but was not elected. She is an SNP equalities officer
Population pressure housing, Green Belt
England's Green Belt suffers biggest reduction in eight years as councils remove protections to build houses
Daily Telegraph, 5 October 2018.
England's Green Belt has suffered its biggest reduction in eight
years with more than 5,000 hectares (12,000 acres) lost as councils removed
protections on land to meet "unrealistic" Government housing targets.
New statistics show the nation's Green Belt has shrunk by more than
10,000 hectares in a decade with campaigners warning land which is supposed
to be off limits is increasingly being targeted for development. ...
The most significant reduction in the area occurred last year with
the loss of 5,070 hectares between March 2017 and March 2018, the largest
decrease since the Green Belt started shrinking in 2010. That represents a
loss of 0.3 per cent.
Despite the relatively small percentage drop,
campaigners fear the latest reduction could be the thin end of the wedge as
councils struggle to find space to meet housing need. ...
Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) called on the Government to stop
asking councils to deliver "unrealistic targets" and to stress the Green
Belt should only be used for development as a last resort.
Crime drugs, slavery
County lines drug dealer, 21, who used three children to sell crack cocaine and heroin while forcing them to live in a squalid flat is the first to be jailed under new modern slavery
MailOnline, 5 October 2018.
A callous drug dealer who trafficked three children across several
counties where he forced them to sell heroin and crack cocaine has been
jailed in a landmark case.
Zakaria Mohammed, 21, of Aston,
Birmingham, groomed three vulnerable victims before making them sell
class-A drugs from squalid flats a hundred miles away from their homes.
The two boys and a girl, aged 14 and 15, were transported from
Birmingham to Lincoln to work as 'expendable workhorses in cuckooed drugs
Today Mohammed was jailed for 14 years after pleading
guilty to running a narcotics supply chain and trafficking two boys and a
girl to deal on his behalf.
It's the first time in UK legal history
a drug-dealer has been been convicted in Britain for breaching the Modern
Slavery Act by trafficking children.
Birmingham Crown Court was
told Mohammed's county lines narcotics network - which raked in £500 a
day - was rumbled after the teenagers were reported missing. ...
Three further 15-year-old boys, all reported as missing from
Birmingham, were found as well as 25 wraps of heroin and crack cocaine,
plus cash and two 'zombie' knives.
Racism anti-Semitism, Jews, Europe
Why many European Jews are abandoning their traditional political homes
Intermountain Jewish News, 4 October 2018.
It would be most remarkable, would it not, if the majority of
American Jews stopped voting Democratic stopped, cold turkey? This
would upend conventional wisdom.
These days, conventional wisdom
isn't necessarily conventional not in Europe, anyway. Changing
demographics, shifting policies and geopolitical conditions create new
political conventions and strange bedfellows.
A most striking case
is the Jewish support of Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), a
right-wing populist German political party whose anti-EU and
anti-immigration stance has gained it a place in the German and
European political landscape.
Many American Jews are no
doubt baffled. Jewish support for a right-wing populist German party? ...
Our bafflement is the result of our privilege of living in a
country in which we feel safe. Sadly, that is not the case for Jews
Take the case of British Jews. Labour the UK's
left party was long the home of British Jews, dating back to the
influx of Eastern European migrants in the late 19th and early 20th
centuries. Yet British Jews are leaving Labour in droves. The primary
motivator? Existential fear. In the UK, the political elite on the left has
made it clear that it will befriend any enemy of Israel while it continues
to attack the Jewish state. Labour's leadership claims to differentiate
between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism yet Britain's Jews aren't buying it.
The opposite: they're scared. A recent poll said that if the current Labour
leadership would come into power, 40% of British Jews would feel that they
would have to emigrate. They feel that they would no longer be protected by
The case of growing anti-Semitism in Britain is
top down. It's not coming from disenfranchised, uneducated immigrant
But in many other European countries, the growing
anti-Semitism is bottom up. It comes from an influx of migrants from
countries and cultures that do not share the value of freedom of religion.
That's where a party like Germany's AfD comes in. It claims that by
fighting for German democratic values it will protect Jews from the
anti-Semitism found among many Muslim immigrants. AfD claims that limiting
Muslim migration into Germany will protect German Jews from modern
This line of thinking can be found among populists
across Europe, from Sweden to Hungary. ...
In the case of Germany,
most German Jews, including its leadership, continue to speak out against
AfD, whilst still acknowledging the very real anxiety that exists in the
community. Let's not forget, Josef Schuster, head of Germany's Jewish
umbrella organization, earlier this year told Jews not to wear a kippah
publicly after a Syrian asylum seeker assaulted an Israeli who was wearing
one. Schuster has also repeatedly said that while he supports Germany
taking in refugees, it must be accompanied by refugees and other migrants
accepting Germany's democratic values and eschewing anti-Semitism. The
question, of course, is whether merely making verbal demands of immigrants
from a radically different cultural background will make the slightest
difference. Just how, exactly, does one extirpate anti-Semitism and
anti-woman values from many Muslim immigrants?
Illegal immigration fraud, solicitors
Britain is being 'overwhelmed' by crooked immigration solicitors that help 'liars' get into Britain, former judge claims
Daily Mail, 3 October 2018.
Legal watchdogs are 'overwhelmed' with cases of crooked solicitors
trying to keep illegal migrants in the UK, a former judge has claimed.
James Hanratty, an immigration judge for 16 years, said small legal
firms that help 'liars and chancers' get into Britain are running rings
He said it was 'disgraceful' that the Solicitors
Regulation Authority (SRA) has in the past taken no action when legal
professionals broke the law.
He highlighted a case before him where
a lawyer made a false statement for a Somali woman who claimed her life was
in danger because she was from a minority clan.
She said her
husband had been murdered by a warlord at their home even though her
spouse had come to England 18 months earlier to claim asylum himself.
Mr Hanratty said the solicitors acting for the woman had also
represented her husband, so they knew her story was not true and had
therefore assisted in making a false statement.
The judge reported
the firm for perverting the course of justice, but he claimed the regulator
took no action because it was 'too busy'.
He added: 'I think the...
enforcement teams are overwhelmed by these cases.' Mr Hanratty, who was
also chief executive at the Royal Courts of Justice, was speaking at Henley
Literary Festival on Monday to promote his book, The Making of an
Immigration Judge. ...
... He said smaller law firms acting in
migration cases can be difficult to track because, when they are at risk of
investigation, they 'close down and operate again five doors down under a
The SRA, part of the Law Society Group, regulates
more than 180,000 solicitors in England and Wales and receives 10,000
reports of code breaches each year.
It said cases involving
migration solicitors are a 'big issue' for the regulator.
Politics Brexit, EU
We Will Never Allow UK to Choose Immigration Policy, Says EU Brexit Boss
Breitbart, 3 October 2018.
The European Parliament's Brexit coordinator has said he will
"never" allow the UK to control its own borders, claiming a system based on
allowing in professionals and people with the skills the nation needs
amounts to "discrimination".
Ranting before MEPs on Tuesday,
arch-liberal and federalist Guy Verhofstadt also personally attacked senior
members of the Tory Party and rejected proposals from leadership favourite
Boris Johnson to extend the Article 50 process. ...
home secretary Sajid Javid announced plans to prioritise immigrants'
skills, rather than their country of origin, in a post-Brexit shake-up of
the visa system and immigration.
The government claimed the move
would bring down numbers by capping unskilled migration. However, critics
said numbers could go up as more skilled migrants would be allowed in as
businesses would be handed more power.
Mr Verhofstadt rejected the
proposals outright, insisting the bloc "will never accept discrimination
based on skills and nationality, as Mr Javid this morning proposed".
Politics Conservative Party
Brexit was not a vote for more immigration
Conservative Woman, 3 October 2018.
Sadly, but predictably, there was nothing in the Prime Minister's
post-Brexit immigration policy announcement yesterday to suggest that she
is listening or that she understands the country is overcrowded, its
infrastructure lacking and assimilation impossible at this rate of entry.
Her proposals designed to appease business (they didn't) mirror the
the narrowly economically oriented advice given by her Migration Advisory
Committee, of which Lord Green of Migration Watch was searing in his
'The combination of the widening of the skill level,
opening the route to the whole world, removal of safeguards for UK workers
and abolition of the cap on highly-skilled work permits may well be seen in
the future as a very serious mistake.' he wrote.
explained why Mrs May's assurances regarding the ending the free movement
of EU citizens, giving high-skilled workers preference and curbing low
skilled immigration, were hollow. They would not cap net migration. He
warned, too, that:
The public should stand by for a gold rush by
employers as they race to fish in an unlimited pool of skilled foreign
workers rather than train their own. This new immigration system will be
widened to include medium skills, there will be no limit on numbers, no
checks as to whether a British worker is available only a minimum
salary which can easily be manipulated. With immigration adding one million
to our population every three years we must get the numbers down. This new
system could well add to net migration. If so, the public would rightly see
it as a major step backwards.
For the European Research Group's
immigration paper and proposals for a comprehensive reduction in numbers
published the day before, however, Lord Green had positive words:
'At last we have proposals for a serious and effective
immigration policy for EU migration. It is time that the government stopped
dithering and started delivering on their promises to cut immigration as a
large majority of the public wish to see.'
What a pity it is
not the ERG's advice that Mrs May has chosen to follow.
Immigration abroad crime, burqa, France
Helicopter jailbreak gangster captured in France after 3-month hunt
France 24, 3 October 2018.
A gangster who made a Hollywood-style helicopter prison break was
arrested in northern France early Wednesday after three months on the run,
at times hiding under a burqa to get around, officials and sources close to
the inquiry said.
Notorious French robber Redoine Faid was captured
during the night in the Oise region north of Paris along with his brother
and a nephew, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins told a press conference.
He said that a few days ago police saw a person wearing a burqa, a
loose garment worn by some Muslim women which covers the entire face except
the eyes, get into a car driven by a young woman.
"His way of
walking suggested that it might be a man," Molins said.
night police spotted the person, again under a burqa, getting out of the
car and entering the young woman's home in Creil.
wearing a burqa entered the building shortly afterwards.
prompted the police raid on the fourth-floor apartment which captured Faid,
46, along with the female driver.
Politics Conservative Party
May says she will end EU immigrants' priority status after Brexit
The Guardian, 2 October 2018.
EU citizens will no longer be given priority to live and work in
Britain in a radical overhaul of immigration policy after Brexit, the prime
minister has said, admitting it was possible Britons would have to apply
for US-style visas to visit and work in Europe.
Theresa May said
the terms of the final deal with the EU could include mobility concessions,
but insisted that would now be within the control of the British
However she avoided discussion of the difficulties
that UK citizens might face for future travel to Europe, when asked during
a morning tour of broadcasters, saying it would be "part of the
She did rule out Britons having to apply for US
Esta-style visa waiver forms to visit the EU after Brexit, saying she
expected arrangements to be "reciprocal".
Announcing the new policy
overnight, the prime minister said highly skilled staff who want to live
and work in Britain would be given priority, while low-skilled immigration
would be curbed, though the final terms are expected to be subject to the
Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, May
said she was not ruling out mobility concessions as part of a future Brexit
deal and that tourism and business travel were a component of the
May said the government was already piloting a
seasonal scheme for agricultural workers but said she was reticent to
commit to exemptions for other sectors. ...
"For the first time in
decades, it will be this country that controls and chooses who we want to
come here," May said in a statement released overnight announcing the
"For too long people have felt they have been ignored on
immigration and that politicians have not taken their concerns seriously
Politics Conservative Party
Britain's migration revolution: Home Secretary Sajid Javid unveils the biggest immigration reform for decades - vowing to end EU free movement, give no preference to European workers and insist that
firms try to hire Brits first
Jason Groves and Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 2 October 2018.
Far fewer low-skilled workers will be allowed in from Europe after
Brexit, Sajid Javid and Theresa May pledged last night.
the biggest immigration reform for decades, the Home Secretary vowed to end
EU free movement completely.
He said the system would now focus on
skilled workers and Europeans would be treated the same as citizens from
Promoting the plans today Mrs May refused three
times to spell out if the plans would cut arrivals to Britain to the target
In an exclusive interview with the Daily Mail, Mr Javid
also warned that migrants would have to integrate.
'If you want to
come to our country and contribute, great,' he said, speaking exclusively
to the Daily Mail. 'But in exchange, we expect you to live by our British
values and respect our values.' ...
The immigration system unveiled
today will be put in place from January 2021, after the UK's transition out
of the EU is complete. European migrants will have to apply for work visas
in the same way as those from the rest of the world.
remain free to travel to the UK, and business travellers on short trips are
expected to face a light-touch regime. The three million EU citizens
already living in the UK will have full rights to stay. ...
Javid said his reforms would result in unskilled immigration from Europe
becoming 'much lower than it is today'.
He questioned the benefit
of large-scale unskilled immigration, saying: 'It must have some kind of
negative impact on wages growth in the UK.'
But the Home Secretary
insisted Britain would remain 'a positive, outward-looking nation open to
the best talent from across the world'. ...
He said the target to
slash net immigration to the 'tens of thousands' might not last beyond the
Border controls free-trade agreements
How the special migration rules in free trade deals work
The Conversation, 2 October 2018.
[The author is Senior Lecturer in Economics, University of East Anglia]
EU migrants will be treated the same for immigration purposes after
Brexit as migrants from elsewhere in the world, according to a new UK
immigration strategy outlined by the prime minister, Theresa May. But she
has admitted that any free trade deal struck between the UK and EU after
Brexit could include special provisions on the mobility of people.
Ultimately, migration could be included in a section of any new
trade deal between the UK and the EU. This is something the Migration
Advisory Committee noted in a wide-ranging report on EU migration to the
UK, published in September.
Most trade today takes place under the
governance of regional and bilateral free trade agreements between two
countries, or groups of countries. Increasingly this covers provisions on
services as well as the movement of goods and it can also include
special rules on immigration too.
The World Trade Organisation
(WTO) supports different means for the liberalisation of services, based on
its General Agreement on Trade in Services. Part of this framework, known
as [Mode 4], refers to the movement of people providing services across
Such movement of people to provide services refers to two
broad categories: key employees transferred on an intra-company basis,
including managers and technical staff; and business visitors or
independent foreign professionals in selected sectors. However, the vast
majority of "Mode 4" movements remain restricted to short-term visits, and
do not allow for gainful employment in the host country. It is also telling
that only some 1-2% of all trade in 2005 was accounted for by the "Mode 4"
services trade, according to WTO statistics.
The WTO records 288
physical free trade areas (FTAs), 145 of which include specific provisions
on free movement of services. Only about 40 of these agreements allow for
further preferences with respect to mobility of people as service
providers. Overall, this means that the liberalisation of free trade has
not liberalised the free movement of people around the world. ...
According to UNESCO visa arrangements under FTAs can include full
visa exemptions, temporary visa exemptions, visa exemptions for specific
activities, or agreements regarding entry rights or visa-free travel.
A key example of a regime with full visa exemptions is the European
Union's single market, which provides free movement of member states'
citizens in its territory. /.../ They are expected to gain employment
within three months of their arrival as a condition of their right to
remain, although this has been difficult to monitor in the EU.
Extremism Islam, Turkish government, Europe
Turkey: Building Mosques, Erasing Christianity
Gatestone Institute, 2 October 2018.
The Turkish government spends hundreds of millions of dollars
building mosques as part of a long-term effort to promote Islam around the
world. Many Muslims hope that new mosques throughout Europe will advance
and facilitate their wish to spread Islam to non-Islamic countries and
persuade the Christian "infidels" to abandon their faith in favor of Islam.
On September 29, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan inaugurated
Turkey's latest European mosque, "The Cologne Central Mosque," located in
the Cologne, Germany. ...
Meanwhile, as a huge new mosque is being
inaugurated in Germany, the greatest Christian Orthodox theological school,
located on the island of Halki (Heybeliada) in the Sea of Marmara, has
remained closed for almost 50 years by the order of the Turkish government.
Moreover, less than a kilometer away from the shuttered Christian seminary,
a new center of Islamic studies spanning a total area of 200 acres is
scheduled to be built.
DITIB, the group that built the new Cologne
mosque, runs more than 900 mosques across Germany. These mosques are linked
to the Turkish government's Directorate of Religious Affairs, or Diyanet,
which provides imams to DITIB mosques. ...
Meanwhile, the Turkish
government is continuing to annihilate the Christian heritage in Turkey.
For instance, the Orthodox Theological Seminary has become a symbol of the
systematic discrimination that Christians have been exposed to in Turkey.
The only school for training the leadership of Orthodox
Christianity, the Halki seminary was closed by the Turkish government in
1971. Since then, the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople has been
unable to train clergy and potential successors for the position of
The Greeks of Turkey the remnants of the once
great Byzantine Empire are a severely persecuted and even almost
completely exterminated people. They have been exposed, among other crimes
against humanity, to a genocide, pogroms and forced deportations at the
hands of multiple Turkish governments. As a result, there are only around
1,300 Greeks left in Istanbul. ...
The activities of Diyanet
include building of mosques across the world. According to its official
website, Diyanet has completed the construction of mosques in places such
as the United States, Russia, Belarus, Germany, Somalia, Haiti, Kazakhstan,
and Gaza. New mosques are currently being built in Albania, Kyrgyzstan,
Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus, Djibouti, Sweden, and England. ...
According to the Diyanet Foundation, Diyanet has also built mosques
in Lebanon, Mali, Philippines, and Crimea. ...
government, apparently acting in line with its own determined jihadist
ideology, is building mosques in Europe and beyond, and using many of them
for its own Islamic fundamentalist agenda and outreach. A weak, misguided
and misled Europe seems to be eagerly submitting to this ideology.
Immigration Belgian minister
'They want to come to YOUR country' Belgian minister blames UK for EU's migration woes
Daily Express, 1 October 2018.
Belgium's firebrand immigration minister has placed an
extraordinary level of blame on "beautiful" Britain for Europe's
immigration woes ahead of a visit to a number of the country's main ports
Theo Francken insisted the "British way of life" plays a
huge role in the decision undertaken by would-be asylum seekers planning on
taking the treacherous journey from either the Middle East or Africa to
He has called for Belgium and Britain to sign a bilateral
deal, which could see millions of pounds sent to the Continent in order to
handle illegal migration. ...
Mr Francken is currently leading a
crackdown on illegal immigrants, mainly from Iraq, in the Belgian capital
of Brussels, the beating heart of the EU.
He said: "We try to get
them to return to Iraq. But, now they say they don't want to return, they
want to go to the UK."
The controversial immigration minister added
migrants crossing into Europe "all want to go to your country because you
don't have identity cards, you have very lucrative black markets and you
have a lot of English-Speaking migrants from those communities".
"Your country, the British way of life, is really the push factor,"
he declared. ...
The Belgian minister said: "For me, it is nothing
to do with Brexit because you're not even in the Schengen area.
"Even though there's a Brexit, there will still be migrants trying
to go to the UK. It won't stop because you're out of the European Union,
the European Union has nothing to do with this." ...
states argue amongst themselves, Mr Francken is hoping to agree a bilateral
migration agreement between Britain and Belgium, similar to the one signed
between Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron in January.
London's agreement sees Britain stumping up £44.5 million for extra
security measures in France to prevent another refugee camp forming in
Calais or other Channel ports. ...
"We need a UK and Belgium
bilateral as soon as possible because the problem is really increasing, and
Britain has to want to help us out.
"They are really all trying to
get into your country."
Politics Conservative Party
Iain Duncan Smith: 'EU migrants should have to wait five years before they can claim benefits'
Daily Mail, 1 October 2018.
EU migrants should be banned from claiming benefits in Britain
until they have lived here for five years, Iain Duncan Smith will say
The former Tory leader says welfare payments for EU migrants
cost the UK nearly £5 billion last year and he is calling for a tough
new regime post-Brexit.
He argues such curbs would reduce the
number of unskilled workers arriving from Eastern Europe and help the
Tories hit their tens of thousands migration target.
backed by the European Research Group of Tory MPs which is calling on Mrs
May to abandon Chequers, states: 'People allowed into the UK for work
should have no access to income-related, family or housing benefits for a
'This paper proposes five years, although an
alternative could be to require a four-year record of NI contributions.'
It also calls for a work permit system to replace free movement
after we leave the EU. There would also be a cap on numbers in different
sectors of the economy but fewer curbs on highly skilled migrants.
Immigration border controls, EU immigrants
Controlling EU Migration After Brexit Could Be Too Hard, Says Whitehall
Breitbart, 1 October 2018.
Civil servants have told ministers that attempts to respect the
referendum result and reform the UK immigration system after Brexit could
cause a "Windrush-style" crisis.
They claim that distinguishing
between European Union (EU) migrants arriving after the divorce date and
those who were here before, and therefore retain a right to remain and be
treated as UK citizens, will be difficult.
Ministers hope to
introduce a system from January 2021 that will end open borders and the
ability of unlimited numbers of EU citizens to use the taxpayer-funded NHS
and claim benefits.
They also hope to cut the number of low-skilled
workers entering Britain and driving down wages. However, Mrs May has
promised EU citizens already here they will retain the same rights.
Whitehall is trying to work out how to distinguish EU citizens with
different rights after Brexit.
However, according to The Times,
"officials" are making alarming warnings that a two-tier system will be
"very difficult" to enforce in person, and online.
migrants will retain the right of free movement, able to come and go, and
the claim is that there is not currently a way to know at the border what
EU migrants will still have this right.
Hospitals will also need to
know when an EU migrant arrived in the UK to know if they can get free
treatment and landlords have a legal responsibility to try and not let a
property to people in the country illegally.
The Tory home
secretary Sajid Javid wants to implement the system within two years, but
sceptics say this is not feasible.
Last week Mr Javid reportedly
told Cabinet ministers the UK's borders would remain open to limitless EU
migration for 30 months after Brexit.