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Updated 21 January 2017
Racism actors, casting, theatre
Yellowface protest over 'racist' casting at London theatre
Tristram Fane Saunders
Daily Telegraph, 21 January 2017.
A London fringe theatre was surrounded by protestors last night,
complaining about the the "racist" casting of its new play.
play, Howard Barker's In The Depths of Dead Love, is a fable set in a
fantastical version of medieval China, where an exiled poet guards a
bottomless well. ...
But the new production has been attacked for
"yellowface" due to its use of an all-white cast, with campaigners writing
to the theatre's patron Princess Eugenie asking her to condemn the show by
withdrawing her support.
A crowd of more than fifty gathered at
Notting Hill's Print Room, one protester holding a sign that read "This
production was made by racists", while others shouted "shame on you" at
audience members leaving the theatre.
A post on the protest's
Facebook group explained: "Historically, yellowface meant the practice of
an actor of non-East-Asian heritage applying make-up to yellow their skin
and tape their eyes so as to appear East Asian. Now yellowface is
understood to mean any actor of non-East-Asian heritage playing an East
The venue has released a statement apologising for
"any offence caused," and asserting that "The Print Room has long been a
champion of multiculturalism and diversity in the arts in London," but
claiming the work is an "English" play.
Although the theatre's
website describes the play as "set in ancient China", their statement said:
"In the Depths of Dead Love is not a Chinese play and the characters are
not Chinese. The production references a setting in Ancient China and the
characters' names are Chinese. These are literary allusions in Howard
Barker's fable and never intended to be taken literally.
"It is, in
fact a very 'English' play and is derived from thoroughly English mores and
simply references the mythic and the ancient," it continued. "It has
therefore been cast accordingly.'"
But the theatre's excuse only
made matters worse, according to Kumiko Mendl, artistic director of
acclaimed British East-Asian theatre company Yellow Earth theatre. ...
"The statement said that this is an 'English' play as if, by
implication, we're not English," Mendl told The Telegraph. "There are a
great many wonderful, talented British Asian actors, but we get few enough
roles as it is, because we're not seen as English." ...
the protest were given copies of a statement, printed on yellow paper, by
Dr Amanda Rogers and Dr Ashley Thorpe, two university academics who have
published essays on race and casting. ...
Speaking to the Guardian
in January, Barker compared the show to productions of his other plays,
pointing out that there had been no complaints when non-Greek actors were
cast in his play about the Trojan War. "We have to accept as a principle
that anyone from any place or culture can play any role," he said.
Politics EU referendum
Tony Blair 'CAUSED BREXIT' as immigration FAILURE sparked CHAOS, Hammond blasts
Daily Express, 21 January 2017.
Remainer Tony Blair has been blamed for the Brexit vote in a
blasting by Chancellor Philip Hammond at Davos.
The Chancellor told
the World Economic Forum that Mr Blair's failure to negotiate a deal to
stop mass migration to Britain in 2004, when the Eastern bloc joined the EU
sparked public unrest against Brussels. ...
referendum debate, Mr Hammond said: "What there was, clearly, was a strong
strand of feeling against uncontrolled migration.
"And I lay the
responsibility for that squarely at the door of Prime Minister Blair who
failed to impose transitional regime in the UK in 2004.
while other countries in Europe smoothly transitioned the A8 members and
the freedom of movement from A8 members, Britain took the full force of the
tide in 2004 and that created a public perception, which we still haven't
shaken off to this day."
Border controls cost
Eurotunnel migrant breaches 'stopped 20,000 times'
BBC, 20 January 2017.
More than 20,000 breaches of security by migrants at the Channel
Tunnel terminal in France were thwarted in 2016, Eurotunnel has claimed.
Spokesman John Keefe said increased surveillance had reduced "what
was a disruption every night, down to no disruption to services for 18
Eurotunnel said it was now spending 20m euros
(£17.2m) a year on security.
However, Border Force union
officials said staff reported that attempts to breach security remained
That figure has doubled from previous years despite the
dismantling of the Calais jungle. ...
Kevin Mills, from the PCS
union which represents Border Force staff, said his staff were not
reporting the number of attempts to get through controls had fallen.
He said: "Everything we are hearing is that the numbers of attempts
are high, if not higher than before."
Immigration birth rates, population replacement
Let's talk about the link between immigration and low reproduction rates
Irish Times, 20 January 2017.
[William Reville is an emeritus professor of biochemistry at UCC]
To paraphrase The Communist Manifesto, "A spectre is
haunting Europe, the spectre of demographic extinction". Birth rates have
dropped drastically across the developed world and population numbers are
being topped up by immigration. If this continues, elementary demographic
calculations show that indigenous populations and cultures will vanish. One
would imagine this prospect would rival climate change as a topic for
heated public debate but, amazingly, almost nobody is talking about it.
... Birth rates are voluntarily declining worldwide and are well
below replacement level in economically developed countries. ...
... Longer-term UN projections predict that, if European fertility
rates remain at current low levels, half the European countries would lose
at least 95 per cent of their population by 2300. For example, Italy
(current fertility rate of 1.4) would only have 1 per cent of its
But what about migration and
immigration? Well, cross-border immigration presently accounts for much of
the population growth seen in developed countries with low fertility rates.
Fertility rates among the immigrants are usually significantly greater than
indigenous rates in the host states. ...
A certain level of
migration is inevitable because of people fleeing wars and natural
disasters, and such migration must be accommodated. But there are also
powerful incentives motivating people to migrate from poor to developed
countries in order to better their lives /.../ However, a continuing
high-level of such immigration into developed countries has predictable
Although immigration buoys up population
numbers, providing a convenient supply of workers to maintain the economies
of developed countries, immigration cannot prop up the indigenous cultures
in the host countries. Unless indigenous fertility rates increase sharply,
immigration-induced restructuring of many European nation states can be
expected to first dilute and eventually replace indigenous cultures and
social structures and experience to date predicts troublesome upheaval to
accompany this transition. Surely Europe needs to rethink its attitudes to
indigenous fertility rates and immigration policies.
now an election issue in many countries. The debate usually revolves around
fears that immigrants drive down wages, dilute social welfare and take jobs
that would otherwise be available to native nationals. But the deeper
questions are: how did we lose the will to replace ourselves and, knowing
the demographic consequences of losing that will, can we reclaim it? These
vitally important questions call for vibrant public debate.
Britons aren't actually opposed to free movement. They just don't want it with the EU
Daily Telegraph, 20 January 2017.
For decades, the UK has discriminated in its immigration policies,
depending upon where the immigrant was from. It has been easier to get into
the UK if you were from, say, France than if you were from, say, Somalia.
We thus have no deep-seated objection to discriminating between countries.
We are now leaving the EU. There appear to be two broad schools of
thought on how our post-Brexit immigration policies should work. According
to one idea, we should take the opportunity of Brexit to be completely
non-discriminating, treating immigrants from all countries in the same way.
According to the other idea, we should continue to give favourable
treatment to immigrants from the EU, just not as favourable, relative to
other countries, as we have had up to now.
But why are these the
only two options? Why couldn't we have more favourable treatment for
immigrants from some other countries than the EU? Folk say: "Voters want
immigration from everywhere curtailed." But that just isn't true.
Specifically, last year the Royal Commonwealth Society conducted a survey
of views on whether there should be completely movement between the Canada,
Australia, New Zealand and the UK (the so-called "Canzuk" countries). That
found three to one support in the UK, among those with an opinion (58 per
cent including those "unsure") for free movement within Canzuk. (Support
was, incidentally, even higher among those in the other Canzuk states: five
to one in Canada, seven to one in Australia, and eight to one in New
We do not currently have free movement within Canzuk. So,
far from UK voters wanting a crackdown on immigration from the Canzuk
countries (which, for example, the British government is doing from this
April within its £1,000 per worker, per year "immigration skills
charge"), voters actually want the rules relaxed!
We seem queasy
about saying it, but voters do not regard immigration from all countries as
the same. Our policy has not regarded it as the same, either, for decades,
if ever. So the question is not really "is it legitimate to discriminate?"
The real question is: "which countries do we want to discriminate in favour
Perhaps three easy examples of countries Britons are happy to
discriminate in favour of are Man, Guernsey and Ireland. ...
clear from the opinion polls that Britons regard Canadians, Australians and
New Zealanders qualitatively differently from folk of every other country.
Britons don't think of Canzuk countries in the same way they
think of any other countries in the world, and they don't want to restrict
immigration from these countries.
Immigration politics, public opinion
Cutting immigration will not placate British voters
The Economist, 21 January 2017.
Theresa May's speech on Brexit lasted almost an hour, but five
seconds would have sufficed. She could just have said: "Immigration
controls will be imposed at any cost." /.../ So expect drastic immigration
cuts when, in 2019, free movement is replaced by a system of work permits.
The prime minister's thinking is not hard to fathom. Immigration
was integral to the anti-EU campaign in the Brexit referendum. A poll of
Leave voters' motivations commissioned by Lord Ashcroft, a Tory peer, after
the vote found that regaining control of borders had been second only to
casting off rules from Brussels. Dominic Cummings, the mastermind of the
Brexit victory, says: "All focus groups now start with immigration and tend
to revert to it within two minutes unless you stop them." One only has to
join an MP on a canvassing round to see what he means: door after door,
residents raise it when asked what bothers them.
Yet such sessions
also make clear that immigration is no monolithic political issue. It
contains multitudes. And picking these apart suggests Mrs May should think
twice about slamming the door.
That starts with being frank about
something politicians use patronisingly tortuous insincerities to describe:
some voters just don't like immigrants. These voters are not bad people
they may be pillars of their communities, compassionate and generous
to their fellow citizens but they dislike hearing foreign languages,
mistrust cultures other than the native one and assume foreigners are
scoundrels and malingerers. This group is a small minority: in 2015 YouGov,
a pollster, found that 10% of respondents would mind if someone of a
different ethnicity moved next door; 16% if he or she married one of their
Which is not to say that culture is irrelevant. /.../
Reducing numbers is therefore unlikely to get to the heart of their
Most of all, however, objections to immigration are
material. According to polls by Ipsos MORI, the five most-cited reasons
people give when asked why they consider immigration too high are: job
shortages, overcrowding, pressures on the state, welfare strains and
housing shortages. ...
Even if all this were wrong, and Britons
really disliked the people who moved to join them on their islands, would
shutting the borders cheer them up? Views about immigration bear only an
imprecise relationship to the number of immigrants. ...
politicians struggling with the subject: there are alternatives. Ditch the
constipated talk of "concerns about immigration" (which only looks evasive)
and make the honest case for the current, controlled levels. /.../ Before
reaching for reckless immigration cuts, pick the low-hanging fruit.
Immigration abroad European Union
New Euro President to force EU members to SHARE asylum seeker numbers
Daily Express, 19 January 2017.
Asylum seekers will be dished out among EU member states, under
plans proposed by the new President of the European Parliament Antonio
Tajani, despite quota systems already being widely rejected.
Tajani, who was voted in as the new president to replace Martin Schulz,
will put migration rules at the top of his to-do list, as well as Brexit
negotiations and rescuing EU trade policy as deals are in a dire state.
The Italian politician, from the centre-right European People's
Party group headed by Jean-Claude Juncker, is an ex-European
commissioner and has taken over from Germany's Martin Schulz.
Immigration abroad terrorism, Germany
German security forces to review hundreds of migrants deemed a security risk
Independent, 19 January 2017.
Hundreds of asylum seekers deemed a security risk will have their
cases reviewed by German authorities in the wake of December's terror
attack on a Berlin Christmas market which left 12 people dead.
Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière said the country's
Joint Terrorism Task Force would examine the cases of 547 people to
determine if they needed to be deported or taken into custody.
came as Social Democrats politician Burkhard Lischka revealed authorities
had lost track of three people identified as being high risk.
prompted some to draw parallels with Tunisian asylum seeker Anis Amri, the
suspected Berlin attacker, who managed to evade authorities and flee to
Italy where he was eventually gunned down in a shootout with police in
Politics Labour Party
Dan Jarvis: Labour must get tough on immigration or face election meltdown
PoliticsHome, 19 January 2017.
Dan Jarvis has warned that Labour is heading for a general election
disaster unless it makes clear it no longer backs freedom of movement.
The MP - tipped by many as a future Labour leader - said the party
will definitely lose seats unless it makes the "progressive" case for
restricting the number of immigrants coming to Britain. ...
Labour leader was criticised last week after he watered down a speech in
which he was expected to harden Labour's stance on free movement.
Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott has also warned that Labour
should not try to be "Ukip-lite" on immigration.
But Mr Jarvis said
the party must address the concerns that many Labour voters have on the
"There's nothing progressive about not listening to the
concerns of the people we have come into politics to represent." ...
"Not for a moment am I trying to out-Ukip Ukip, but it's about a
fair, reasonable system of immigration which makes it work more effectively
for our country than it has done previously. That is a perfectly
progressive way to proceed."
Politics Conservative Party
'An immigration system that serves the national interest': How Theresa May vows to regain control of Britain's borders and end free movement
18 January 2017.
Theresa May vowed to deliver an immigration system that 'serves the
national interest' today as she put regaining control of Britain's borders
at the centre of her plan for Brexit.
Ending EU freedom of movement
rules would be a top priority in the upcoming negotiations with Brussels,
And although she insisted UK firms will continue to be
able to fill skills shortages by recruiting foreigner workers, the Prime
Minister acknowledged that the 'sheer volume' of migration over the last
decade had put a huge strain on public services. ...
insisted Britain will still attract the 'brightest and the best' to work
and study in Britain and told Brexit hardliners that the UK's openness to
international talent must remain 'one of this country's most distinctive
But she added: 'That process must be managed properly so
that our immigration system serves the national interest.
will get control of the number of people coming to Britain from the EU.
'Because while controlled immigration can bring great benefits
filling skills shortages, delivering public services, making British
businesses the world-beaters they often are when the numbers get too
high, public support for the system falters.'
Explaining how she
had seen first-hand the pressures open-door immigration had put on public
services, Mrs May said: 'In the last decade or so, we have seen record
levels of net migration in Britain, and that sheer volume has put pressure
on public services, like schools, stretched our infrastructure, especially
housing, and put a downward pressure on wages for working class people.
'As Home Secretary for six years, I know that you cannot control
immigration overall when there is free movement to Britain from Europe.
She added: 'Britain is an open and tolerant country. We will always
want immigration, especially high-skilled immigration, we will always want
immigration from Europe, and we will always welcome individual migrants as
'But the message from the public before and during the
referendum campaign was clear: Brexit must mean control of the number of
people who come to Britain from Europe. And that is what we will deliver.'
Multiculturalism learning languages
Cambridge professor calls on Brits to learn Urdu and Polish to make migrants feel welcome
Daily Express, 18 January 2017.
Britons should learn languages such as Polish, Punjabi and Urdu to
make immigrant families feel more at home, according to a Cambridge
Many more English speakers should think of
immigration as a 'two-way street' and be able to communicate in another
language to aid integration and social cohesion, said academic Wendy
The call flies in the face of two major reports into
integration in British society which called on immigrants to learn English
if they want to live in the UK. ...
Prof Ayres-Bennett, head of
French philology and linguistics at the University of Cambridge and leader
of the MEITS project promoting multi-lingualism, said: "It is very
important to think of integration as a two-way street.
like to see more opportunities for British people to learn some of the
community languages of the UK, such as Polish, Punjabi and Urdu,
particularly in areas where there are high numbers of those speakers, so
that there is some mutual effort in understanding the others' language and
"Even a basic knowledge would be beneficial, which might
be acquired formally or through engaging in joint community projects.
"Considering the issue from the point of view of language learning,
we rightly expect immigrants to learn English but, as a nation, we often
don't see the need ourselves to learn another language, and consider it to
be something difficult and only for the intellectual elite."
Council SAVAGED for allowing care home to be transformed into huge asylum seekers' hostel
Daily Express, 18 January 2017.
Furious campaigners today blasted a council for allowing a
greenbelt care home to be transformed into a huge asylum seekers' hostel.
In 2015, the Lilycross Care Centre in Widnes, Cheshire, was emptied
after health watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC) branded it
But despite thousands petitioning against the plans,
Halton Borough Council has now given the green light for it to become an
hostel for 120 asylum seekers.
On Monday night 150 furious locals
raged as a council planning meeting ignored a 4,000-strong petition,
including a Labour MP as a signatory, and approved the hostel. ...
The petitions even include objections from local Labour Cllr Andrew
McManus and even Labour's Halton MP Derek Twigg. ...
people contacted the council to support the asylum hostel plan.
instead building owner Abid Chudary successfully won approval to turn it
into an asylum seekers' centre to be run by Serco, on behalf of the Home
Illegal immigration fraud
Thousands use 'fake life' scam to get into the UK
BBC, 17 January 2017.
[File on 4: Breaking into Britain is on BBC Radio 4, 17 January at 20:00 GMT]
Thousands of people are faking living in Ireland to get family
members into the UK, a BBC investigation has revealed.
involves UK nationals who want to bring in close relatives from outside the
European Economic Area.
Police said immigration advisers, lawyers
and accountants were behind the multi-million pound fraud.
government is warning it is a growing industry that exploits European
The scam uses the so-called Surinder Singh
route, named after a historical immigration court case.
If a UK
national lives and works in another European country for a period of time,
they can be considered under EU rather than British law on their return.
That means that if they have been joined by a non-EEA spouse, they
are allowed to bring them into the UK without having to meet certain
immigration requirements that apply to Britons.
This route has
grown in popularity since 2012, when the government introduced a minimum
income a UK citizen had to earn before they could bring a spouse from
outside the EU into the UK.
Each year, about 20,000 non-European
family members come into the UK this way.
The fraudsters are
charging thousands of pounds to create a fake life so it looks like someone
has genuinely moved to a European country - in most cases Ireland - while
in fact they have stayed in the UK. ...
Det Supt Courage said
police were examining cases from the past three years and had already
identified 600 where they believed someone had obtained EU treaty rights
Immigration abroad Europe
Europe braced for TENS OF THOUSANDS of migrants to arrive in 'record levels' this year
Daily Express, 17 January 2017.
Europe is bracing itself for tens of thousands of migrants expected
to travel to the continent this year as "record levels" of immigrants seek
a better life.
Refugees from Libya are expected to trek across
deserts and board unseaworthy vessels in a bid to reach Europe through
Some European leaders are warning of a fresh migration
crisis when sea waters warm again and more people choose to put their lives
in the hands of smugglers.
Malta Prime Minister Joseph Muscat,
whose country holds the European Union's presidency, predicted: "Come next
spring, the number of people crossing over the Mediterranean will reach
How the Stepford students rekindled racial thinking
Spectator blog, 17 January 2017.
Many mad things are happening on campuses. /.../ But perhaps the
worst thing is the rekindling of the racial imagination, the return of
judging people by race.
Yesterday was Martin Luther King Day in the
US, a day when Americans, and many non-Americans too, celebrate the man who
most famously said people should 'not be judged by the colour of their
skin, but by the content of their character'. Also yesterday, it was
reported that the student union at the School of Oriental and African
Studies in London thinks white professors aren't capable of teaching black
students. A report produced by the SU said 'non-white students' find it
hard to develop 'cultural familiarity' with white professors, because their
'experiences are so different'. Apparently it is 'unrealistic to expect
white tutors to be able to empathise with [black students]'. Shorter
version: whites can't understand blacks, and vice versa. Sorry, MLK
colour trumps character.
What's the solution to this apparently
unbridgeable racial divide? SOAS needs to institute 'mandatory unconscious
bias workshops' for all staff on recruitment panels, to wash out their
unwittingly racist brains and make them hire more black staff to teach
black students. So not satisfied with resuscitating the foul old idea that
whites and blacks can't understand each other, the SU also wants to set up
racial re-education camps, to make staff more racially aware. 'Racial
awareness' a fancy term for racial thinking. ...
left's tragic turn from challenging racial thinking to embracing it speaks
to the baleful influence of identity politics. Once the left spoke of
solidarity, of rejecting the petty categories of biology and sex in favour
of bringing people together around shared interests; now it obsesses over
our cultural and inherited traits and boxes us off accordingly. ...
It's actually incredibly offensive to black students to say they
relate better to black thinkers. It implies they're incapable of doing the
thing education demands, of everyone: that we rise above ourselves, escape
that which is 'culturally familiar', and grapple with new, strange ideas.
Benefits and costs cost, health tourism
Nigerian mother racks up £350,000 bill in NHS hospital after flying to Britain to give birth to twins
Daily Mail, 16 January 2017.
A hospital is chasing a £350,000 bill racked up by a Nigerian
mother who flew to Britain to give birth to twins. ...
Government has been accused repeatedly of failing to clamp down on health
tourism, which is thought to cost up to £280 million a year.
Patients face fewer checks on eligibility for free treatment than
in other countries. ...
The case at Luton was uncovered through a
series of freedom of information requests sent by the Mail to all hospitals
A spokesman confirmed the hospital was owed
£348,683 by the Nigerian mother who gave birth to twins in 2015. ...
The responses from 90 hospitals revealed that 13,077 overseas
patients were treated in the UK in 2015-16, including 3,066 mothers who
flew in to have their babies.
These women were responsible for some
of the highest debts and a significant number are understood to have come
from Nigeria. ...
Nigerian women and their husbands swap tips on
how to give birth in NHS hospitals in an online discussion forum called
Migrants granted asylum in UK because they're gay rockets 450 PER CENT
Daily Express, 16 January 2017.
The number of migrants claiming asylum in Britain because of their
sexuality has rocketed 450 per cent in just five years, with MPs claiming
it is difficult for the Home Office to prove they are genuinely gay.
Figures have risen by a staggering amounts as refugees claim they
would be in danger if they were not given sanctuary.
In 2014, 1,115
people claimed refuge in Britain due to their sexuality.
2009, it was as few as 200 claimants who claimed their sexuality could lead
to death if they were sent back to their homeland.
David Burrowes linked the rise to a Supreme Court ruling in 2010 which
stopped the Home Office rejecting claims over its view that sexuality could
be kept hidden.
He told the newspaper: "The challenge for the Home
Office and asylum seekers is having to prove your sexuality." ...
The shocking figures come after it emerged posters displayed in the
sprawling Calais Jungle encouraged desperate migrants to lie about their
sexuality in order to help their asylum claims. ...
of claimants were from Pakistan, which will be handed £441 million in
British foreign aid this year.
Between 2007 and 2014, 748 Pakistani
nationals claimed asylum because of their sexuality.
In the same
period, 343 Nigerians, 112 Jamaicans and 88 Ghanaians gave being gay as a
reason to stay.
Third of babies born in England and Wales in 2015 have at least one foreign parent
The Sun on Sunday, 15 January 2017.
Almost a third of babies born in England and Wales have at least
one foreign-born parent, figures obtained by The Sun on Sunday reveal.
And in some areas of the country more than four in every five new
born babies has at least one immigrant parent.
covering the whole of 2015 show that there were a total of
141,203 babies born where both parents had been born abroad.
Another 89,608 born were born to a couple where one of the parents
was an immigrant.
In total 679,852 children were born during that
It means that in England and Wales 33 per cent just
under a third of children born in had at least one parent who had
travelled here after being born abroad.
But a breakdown of the
Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures reveals huge variations across
the country in where these migrants' babies are being born.
London, the Olympic 2012 borough of Newham saw 84 percent of new-borns in
2015 have at least one migrant parent.
The 12 areas with the next
highest proportion of migrants' children were also London boroughs
including Brent, Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, Camden and Haringey.
Across the whole of the capital 66.2 per cent of all babies born
or 85,837 had at least one immigrant parent.
London, town and cities including that saw the majority of new- borns have
one or both immigrant parents included Slough (71.5 per cent), Luton (67.7)
and Oxford (59.6).
Watford, Cambridge, Leicester, Manchester and
Reading all also recorded figures higher than 50 per cent. ...
Mehmet, Vice Chairman, of Migration Watch UK, said: "These figures show how
uncontrolled migration leads to pressure on services; in this case
maternity services and, in due course, on school places too.
population is growing at its fastest in 100 years, driven mainly by
migration; that is why getting current levels down is an absolute must."
Polish-born mothers gave birth to the most babies in England
and Wales in 2015 accounting for 22,928 new arrivals.
were followed by mums from Pakistan (17,342), India (13,780) and Romania
For foreign-born fathers of babies born here the nations
that accounted for the most births were Pakistan (19,236), Poland (17,704),
India (13,798) and Bangladesh (8,699).
Old white dons 'unable to teach black students'
Sian Griffiths and Julie Henry
Sunday Times, 15 January 2017.
Black students' progress is being stalled by university tutors who
are "60-year-old white men" and "potentially racist", according to students
at the School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas) in London.
a report called Degrees of Racism, the student union demands that "all
academics must be prepared to acknowledge that they are capable of racism".
It claims unconscious bias is rife at the school part of the
University of London and that white tutors allow white male students
to dominate class discussions and have lower expectations of black and
ethnic minority (BME) students because of "racist stereotypes of people of
colour as less capable, or lazy".
Immigration abroad Europe
Europe braces for the next wave of 'record levels' of migrants and economic refugees
Business Insider, 15 January 2017.
Tens of thousands of people seeking better lives are expected to
trek across deserts and board unseaworthy boats in war-torn Libya this year
in a desperate effort to reach European shores by way of Italy. ...
Some European leaders are warning of a fresh migration crisis when
sea waters warm again and more people choose to put their lives in the
hands of smugglers.
"Come next spring, the number of people
crossing over the Mediterranean will reach record levels," Malta Prime
Minister Joseph Muscat, whose country holds the European Union's
presidency, predicted. ...
Muscat wants to build on a deal Italy
is trying to reach with Libya by adding EU funds and other support. He also
thinks the EU's anti-smuggler naval mission, Operation Sophia, should be
extended into Libyan territorial waters to stop people in unsafe boats from
reaching open water.
Easier said than done. The EU has been unable
to secure United Nations backing for such a move, and Libya has no central
authority with the reach or stability to negotiate a long-term agreement
with the Europeans.
Powers to stop UK jihadists' return ignored
Daily Telegraph, 14 January 2017.
Powers to stop suspected jihadists and terrorists from returning to
Britain unless they submit to strict controls have never been used, almost
two years after they were introduced.
Temporary Exclusion Orders
were unveiled by David Cameron amid fears extremists fighting for Islamic
State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) abroad could continue their struggle
back in Britain. More than 850 Britons are thought to have travelled to
Iraq and Syria.
Yvette Cooper, chairman of the Commons home affairs
committee, said: "Given that the threat from Isil remains extremely
serious, and that the Government said these measures were so crucial, they
need to explain why none have been used after all." ...
spokesman for the Home Office said the orders were "one of a number of
tools available" and the Government regularly used other powers to seize
passports or control suspects.
'Enormous danger' 10,000 leave Europe to RAPE and MURDER for ISIS, security chief warns
Daily Express, 14 January 2017.
Around 10,000 people from European countries have "set out to rape
and murder in Syria and Iraq" under the Islamic State, the new chairman of
the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has said.
Sebastian Kurz made the remarks during his first speech in his new
role, warning that those who return from the Middle East countries pose an
"enormous danger" to Europe.
Mr Kurz, who is also Austria's foreign
minister said that stronger action against terrorism by radicalised and
extremist Islamists was needed across all the 57 member states that
comprise the group.
He told the Permanent Council: "We know that
around 10,000 people from the OSCE area have set out to rape and murder in
Syria and Iraq.
"They are also an enormous danger when they
"We want to contribute to strengthening co-operative
security and defusing existing conflicts."
Black Campaigners Slam Lack of 'Diversity' in Dictionary of People who Shaped Britain
Breitbart, 14 January 2017.
Campaigners are angry that most of the new entrants in a dictionary
of people who shaped Britain are white, claiming black people have been
'airbrushed' from the country's history.
Critics called on editors
to widen the scope of their research, as they say the Oxford Dictionary of
National Biography (ODNB) fails to "truly reflect the contribution black
people have made" to British life and history.
Five people from
ethnic minority backgrounds are among the 241 new entrants added in the
latest edition of the online reference book, which only publishes new
entries four years after their deaths.
Director of Operation Black
Vote, Simon Woolley, called the low number of black people among the ODNB
new entries a "tragedy" and accused editors of having a "narrow view of
Metropolitan Police accuses honour crimes whistleblower of gross misconduct
Daily Telegraph, 14 January 2017.
A Scotland Yard whistleblower who claimed the Crown Prosecution
Service is failing Asian female victims of honour crimes has been served a
formal notice alleging gross misconduct for talking to the press by his
employers at the Metropolitan Police.
Det Sgt Pal Singh is facing
possible disciplinary sanctions and even dismissal after disclosing to
The Daily Telegraph that he believes "apathy" by prosecutors led to
the collapse of what could have been the first conviction for forced
marriage in England.
He claims his treatment is "indicative of
state censorship" and shows "public institutions are more concerned about
their reputations than the victims of crime".
In an article on Nov
8, 2016, he raised concerns that a "politically correct" CPS was failing to
pursue convictions over honour crimes for fear of causing "unrest" in Asian
communities. After the article appeared, the Attorney General, Jeremy
Wright QC, made inquiries into the alleged failings by the CPS.
comments were supported by charities and Theresa May responded by insisting
there was "no honour in so-called honour crimes".
Now Det Sgt
Singh, who believes he should be protected by whistleblower legislation,
has been informed he must attend a misconduct hearing.
Fears over uninsured drivers after record numbers fail to show ID
Daily Telegraph, 13 January 2017.
Record numbers of motorists are failing to supply valid documents
after being stopped by the police, amid mounting concern over the number of
uninsured or unqualified foreign drivers on British roads.
past five years more than quarter of a million motorists have refused to
disclose their identities after being challenged to do so by officers.
When a driver is stopped by police, they can be asked to provide on
the spot identification such as a driving licence, insurance certificate or
If the driver fails to do so, they must supply the
correct ID information at a police station within seven days or risk being
Figures from the Ministry of Justice have revealed
that in the past five years 280,000 drivers have failed to provide valid
documents, with 73,000 in 2015 alone. ...
believe the dramatic rise in the offence could be down to an increase in
the number of uninsured drivers and foreign motorists who do not have the
necessary qualifications to drive on British roads.
Immigration abroad European Union
The SECRET route migrants are using to enter Europe
Daily Express, 13 January 2017.
Border guards said criminal organisations are smuggling people from
Belarus, which is not in the European Union, into Lithuania, which is a
Renatas Pozela of the Lithuanian State Border Guard Service
revealed: "The transit route through Lithuania has been used for many
"We are also seeing constant attempts to open new corridors,
mostly by Syrian and Iraqi refugees who are trying to reach Scandinavian
Hundreds of those entering Europe via this route are
Vietnamese citizens - many of whom had been working in Russia.
to an economic downturn in the country, many of these workers are now
seeking employment in Europe. They travel from Russia to Belarus before
Chechen smugglers help them into the European Union.
Immigration abroad Islam, Italy
'Everyone will be Muslim because of our stupidity' Catholic leader blasts 'WEAK' church
Daily Express, 13 January 2017.
A prominent figure in the Catholic church has controversially
suggested that everyone will "soon be Muslim" because Italy lives in an
increasingly secular society amid rapidly growing migration figures.
Monsignor Carlo Liberati, an Italian Archbishop, gave the warning
after observing the growing number of detention centres opening up in
Europe, suggesting it was a sure fire way to have the Islamic faith become
Figures show that there were 5,014,437 foreign
nationals resident in Italy as of January 1, 2015, an increase of 92,352 on
the previous year.
Italy has also seen a sharp rise in the number
of illegal immigrants who dock on its shores after making the dangerous
boat ride from North Africa across the Mediterranean sea.
has been a growing number of Eastern Europeans and Romanians migrating to
the country since the expansion of the European Union.
Racism hate incident, free speech
Anti-immigration speech made by Home Secretary Amber Rudd was logged as a 'hate incident' by police... after complaint from lecturer who didn't see it
Daily Mail, 13 January 2017.
A speech on immigration by the Home Secretary was recorded by
police as a 'hate incident' after a complaint by an Oxford don who had not
even heard it.
Amber Rudd used her address to the Tory conference
in October to propose tougher rules for immigrant workers and foreign
students to ensure those from abroad were 'not taking jobs British people
She said the proposals would help the Government to
examine 'whether we should tighten the test companies have to take before
recruiting from abroad'.
She announced a consultation on plans to
force businesses to set out the proportion of their staff recruited from
abroad, but this proposal was later dropped.
At the time, Miss Rudd
batted away criticism from the Left over the speech, saying she had been
'very thoughtful' in wording it and that 'we should be able to have a
conversation about immigration'.
But Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
said she wanted to force companies to 'draw up lists of foreign workers'
and claimed the Tories were 'fanning the flames of xenophobia and hatred'.
Oxford Professor Joshua Silver reported the Home Secretary to the
police, claiming her comments were 'probably not lawful' because they were
intended to make Britain less tolerant towards foreigners. ...
Yesterday Prof Silver told BBC2's Daily Politics show Miss Rudd had
made comments that 'discriminated against foreigners' but admitted he had
not heard the speech after being grilled by presenter Andrew Neil. ...
Mr Tatchell, director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation, which
campaigns for human rights, said: 'Even though many people would disagree
with Rudd's comments, they clearly do not constitute a hate crime.
'Throwing these accusations around frivolously demeans and devalues
genuine hate crime that causes people real suffering.'
Midlands Police said it had assessed the academic's complaint but it had
not been formally investigated. It has written to Prof Silver saying the
inquiry is over and the matter 'recorded in line with the National Police
Chiefs' Council's manual as a non-crime hate incident'.
Terrorism Germany, Austria, Switzerland
Vulnerable people are being 'radicalised in refugee centres'
The Local [Austria], 13 January 2017.
An undercover reporter who visited 35 asylum centres throughout
Germany, Austria and Switzerland says security is so bad that they risk
fomenting terrorism as radicals can easily infiltrate them and convert
vulnerable people to their cause. ...
Ul-Haq managed to get into
35 different asylum centres throughout the German-speaking region during
the summer of 2015. He said: "Just very easily, by not shaving for a day
and putting on some old clothes, I was inside." ...
When he had
enough of a stay at a centre in Kreuzlingen in north-eastern Switzerland,
he asked to terminate his asylum procedure.
Together with five
other migrants, he was released on to the streets, without travel
documents, as illegal residents. Nobody checked whether the group left
Switzerland or stayed illegally within its borders. ...
explained that some Muslim refugees are being radicalised in asylum
centres, or are already radicalised when they are sent to Europe by
terrorist groups such as Isis.
Progressive protectionism - the Green case for controlling our borders [part 1]
The Ecologist, 13 January 2017.
Given that the high watermark of free trade is now over and that
resistance to present levels of migration into richer countries is growing
rapidly, its time for environmentalists to start to consider what form of
protectionism should replace globalisation, now it's on the ropes.
The right with its usual political sure-footedness is already
utterly dominating this discussion. The rest of the political spectrum is
caught like hares in headlights, with no comprehensive idea of what to do.
It is to fill this vacuum that I have written Progressive
Protectionism: Taking Back Control. My new book presents a green, left
- and with its emphasis on rebuilding local economies a small 'c'
conservative - alternative that could effectively challenge the rise of the
extreme right, while giving voters hope for a better future.
details why progressives should endorse the controlling of borders to
people, capital, goods and services - though not as a repeat of the
oxymoronic protectionism of the 1930s, when governments attempted to
protect domestic jobs while still wanting to compete and export globally at
the expense of others.
Progressive Protectionism, by
contrast, aims to nurture and rebuild local economies in a way that
permanently reduces the amount of international trade in goods, money and
services and enables nation states to control the level of migration that
their citizens desire.
This approach can return a sense of optimism
to the majority through championing policies geared to achieving more job
security, a decrease in inequality and protection of the environment
The huge error made by progressives was their
failure around a decade ago to countenance addressing the concerns of the
majority in Europe about a rapid and uncontrollable rise in immigration, as
millions of workers from the new member states in Eastern Europe came to
Western Europe. There were similar sins of omission in the United States.
These left the stage clear for the European extreme right and Donald Trump.
Likewise it is time to ditch the tried, tested and failed path of
fragmented issue-specific skirmishes which unsurprisingly results in
constant defeat. The only way to reverse this trend and to actually defend
the people, communities and the environment they purport to want to help is
for activists to seriously consider uniting around the overarching
alternative of 'Progressive Protectionism'.
... To increase public
credibility it is also crucial that the green movement should campaign for
controlling population as a priority.
Last year, the world
population was estimated to have reached 7.4 billion, rising by
approximately 83 million people per year. Because of previously
overoptimistic expectations of declines in fertility rates, the UN now
projects that world population will reach 11.2 billion by 2100, a
staggering one billion more people than was forecast a mere six years ago.
Progressive protectionism - the Green case for controlling our borders [part 2]
The Ecologist, 13 January 2017.
The environment movement has a responsibility to take the lead in
campaigning to curb such increases. It was they after all who first drew
global attention to the need for population control in the 1960s and 1970s.
Since then most of the green groups have fastidiously ignored this topic,
particularly in the face of developing countries' activists and leaders
saying it was a form of colonialism, racism etc. ...
environmentalists are still gutlessly asleep at the wheel over this issue.
As I've said in The Ecologist before, it is also crucial
that there is a candid, public recognition by green activists that the
present level of migration, though not the cause, makes it much more
difficult to tackle all social and environmental problems. Also that it has
taken away jobs from the unskilled and that it has rapidly changed many
communities in a way the majority oppose.
Not to control such
migration is clearly undemocratic given the polls showing the overriding
public opposition to present net immigration.
If we don't control
migration in the UK more effectively, this will contribute to the
population growing by nearly 8 million (virtually a Greater London) in the
next 15 years, including stealing skilled professionals from poorer
This will have severely adverse environmental effects in
terms of increased resource use, a greater national contribution to climate
change and further building on the green belt in a country that has to
import nearly half of its food in a world of likely ever increasing food
To underscore how correct the average person is to be
very uneasy about inadequately controlled migration, an international
Gallup poll showed that around two thirds of a billion people from poorer
countries would choose to migrate if possible, with over 40 million
choosing the UK, the second most popular choice after the US.
a complete dereliction of environmentalists' duty to protect the planet to
continue to ignore immigration and population growth and not to campaign
for their reduction. Without this decrease all solutions to other aspects
of ecological and social concern are made far more difficult to deal with.
However, today's absence of environmentalists from the public
debates about immigration and population makes them appear not to be
serious about really tackling global, environmental and social threats.
Instead they appear to be trapped in a form of politically correct denial.
This must stop.
Immigration abroad Calais, France
'It was inevitable' Calais migrants return to camp just 3 months after Jungle is cleared
Daily Express, 12 January 2017.
British lorry drivers were placed on high alert last night as
UK-bound migrants returned to Calais.
Gangs have been spotted
loitering close to the port and lorry parks.
Evidence of their
arrival in Calais, just three months after the notorious Jungle camp was
closed, has sparked fears of a new border crisis. ...
both sides of the Channel are concerned the arrivals could trigger a
resurgence in human trafficking gangs and a return to the chaos seen in
northern France during the summer.
Road Haulage Association chief
executive Richard Burnett said: "We warned that if levels of security were
not maintained it would be inevitable there would be a resurgence in
"That inevitability has now become a reality and
the risk to UK-bound hauliers is increasing on a daily basis.
stand by our demands that the French military be deployed to protect
drivers and the people of Calais."
Politics Labour Party
Labour Does Want To Reduce Immigration Says Shadow Minister, Despite What Jeremy Corbyn Says
The Huffington Post, 12 January 2017.
The Labour Party does want to see a reduction in immigration a
shadow cabinet minister has said, despite Jeremy Corbyn having said just
yesterday that he did not believe the level was too high.
to the BBC's Daily Politics programme on Wednesday, Shadow Work and
Pensions secretary Debbie Abrahams defended the Labour leader from
accusations he had left voters confused over the party's stance on
But Abrahams, asked today if the Labour Party want
levels of immigration to come down, said: "Yes, we do."
Immigration abroad Slovenia, European Union
Slovenia REVOLTS against Brussels and vows to TOUGHEN UP immigration rules
Daily Express, 12 January 2017.
Brussels bureaucrats are facing yet another rebellion after
Slovenia vowed to go against the crumbling bloc and toughen up it's
Thorbjørn Jagland, the Secretary-General
of the Council of Europe, told Slovenian government officials they need to
"amend their approaches" after new plans were approved to try to manage the
country's growing migrant population. ...
Last week, the Slovenian
government approved amendments to asylum laws that would help the country
regain some control of their borders.
Racism hate incident, free speech
If Amber Rudd doesn't like being investigated for a 'hate incident', she should change the law
Spectator blog, 12 January 2017.
At last October's Conservative party conference, Amber Rudd
revealed a rather silly proposal that companies operating in the UK should
be obliged to publish data on the number of foreign workers they employ. It
was rightly condemned and Rudd later said that the information would not be
published, only used by the government to identify areas of skills
shortages among British workers.
But a 'hate incident'? That is
exactly how, it transpires, the police recorded it. ...
were obliged to investigate because that is what the law requires them to
do. While in an earlier age police might have sent Professor Silver away
with a warning not to waste their time, they are now obliged to record
every single 'hate incident' defined by the Association of Chief
Police Officers and the Crown Prosecution Service as 'any incident which
the victim, or anyone else, thinks is based on someone's prejudice towards
them because of their race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or
because they are transgender'. Moreover, they are obliged to consider
whether the incident constitutes a 'hate crime', which is defined as 'Any
criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to
be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person's race or
perceived race; religion or perceived religion; sexual orientation or
perceived sexual orientation; disability or perceived disability and any
crime motivated by hostility or prejudice against a person who is
transgender or perceived to be transgender.'
In the case of Amber
Rudd's speech the police decided it was not a crime, but nevertheless will
remain on file as a hate incident. The irony is that Ms Rudd herself
approved the government's action plan on hate crime last July. She has been
hoist by her own petard. ...
Amber Rudd has not been convicted of
hate crime, but she, like many other innocent individuals, is now
officially recorded as someone who caused a hate incident. If she is not
happy about that she should reform the definition to something which
conforms to common sense.
Immigration abroad illegal immigration, Canada
Way more migrants are now sneaking across the US-Canada border
PRI / GlobalPost, 12 January 2017.
Canadian border officials are spotting a noteworthy trend: The
number of people sneaking in from the United States and asking for asylum
has gone way up.
One popular route leads into Quebec. Families lug
suitcases "over a little ditch," as one resident described it, to avoid
This past year, 1,222 people entered Quebec
illegally and requested refugee status almost five times the total
in the previous year, according to the Canada Border Services Agency. The
tally in November alone was higher than the whole of 2015. ...
According to the data, very few of the asylum-seekers walking
across Quebec's border illegally are US citizens. The largest groups are
from Eritrea, Syria, Sudan, Yemen and other countries facing economic or
Retired policeman François Doré
lives in Hemmingford, Quebec, less than a mile from the US border. He says
he sees refugees from his window every week, sometimes two dozen people in
a single day. ...
Last year overall, Canadian land-border refugee
claims were up 50 percent from 2015. The top five countries of origin in
2016 were Colombia, Syria, Iraq, Eritrea and Pakistan. ...
catch most of them. At least 90 percent," asserts Camille Habel, a media
representative for Canada's police, the RCMP. ...
"The entrance is
illegal, but it's not a criminal case," Habel says. ...
they're caught, the migrants generally request to be admitted into Canada
as refugees. ...
The process of being admitted as a refugee once a
person is already inside Canada is faster than applying from outside the
Illegal immigration rented homes, deportation
Illegal immigrant crackdown scheme sees JUST 31 people deported, officials admit
Daily Express, 11 January 2017.
A checking system designed stop illegal immigrants from renting
homes in the UK has seen just 31 offenders deported.
The 'right to
rent' scheme, requires landlords and agents to check the immigration status
of prospective tenants ahead of them moving in.
released by the government show that just 75 landlords were fined for
breaking the law on rent.
And, while there were 7,806 calls made to
the Home Office's helpline for landlords between July 1st 2015 and June
30th last year - only 654 of those cases led to investigations.
Baroness Lister of Burtersett called the low figures into question
asking for more information on the number of illegal immigrants deported
and the penalties incurred under the polices.
said: "From 1 November 2015 to 31 October 2016, 75 initial civil penalties
were issued to individual landlords of tenants who do not have the right to
rent in the UK. ..."
She added: "The Home Office does not hold
information about the overall numbers of illegal migrants found in private
The Government introduced the right to rent
scheme in February last year under the Immigration Act 2014. Its aim was to
ensure that illegals would not flout the law.
On December 1, last
year, breaking the law on rent rules became a criminal offence.
Immigration abroad France
Presidential hopeful Fillon says France needs immigration quotas
Reuters, 11 January 2017.
France needs immigration quotas, presidential election frontrunner
Francois Fillon said on Wednesday ahead of a visit to the south-east border
town of Menton. ...
"I want France to be able to decide every year
the number of people it can accept on its territory," Fillon told RMC radio
and BFM TV ahead of his trip to south-east France. ...
is seen beating Le Pen if they meet in a runoff vote in May in the
election, will also urge the European Union to tighten its asylum and
immigration policy to counter threats from Islamist militants.
also wants to deny social benefits to immigrants who have legally resided
in France for less than two years.
Immigrant integration is not a 'two-way street', integration tsar Louise Casey says
Independent, 10 January 2017.
The process of immigrants is not a "two-way street", the
Government's integration tsar Louise Casey has said.
The author of
the controversial Casey Review suggested society had made a "mistake" in
making significant effort to accommodate people "coming in from the
outside" and that the onus should mostly be on immigrants themselves.
Ms Casey's review, published at the end of last year, claimed
"segregation" was rife in parts of the UK and attacked immigrant
communities for practices that "run contrary to British values and
sometimes our laws".
Giving follow-up evidence to the House of
Commons communities committee on Monday, Ms Casey was asked whether she
agreed that integration was a "two-way street" the idea that people
who were already in the UK should adapt to newcomers.
"In terms of
the two-way street, I don't think it's a two-way street. I think that's a
sound-bite that people like to say," she said.
"I would say if we
stick with the road analogy, integration is like you have a bloody big
motorway and you have a slip-road of people coming in from the outside.
"What you need to do is people in the middle in the motorway need
to accommodate and be gentle and kind to people coming in from the outside
lane but we're all in the same direction and we're all heading the same
"There is more give on one side and more take on the
other and that's where we have successively made a mistake, which is where
we've not been honest about that."
Population pressure environment
BBC star Chris Packham says Britons should STOP having children amid immigration surge
Daily Express, 10 January 2017.
A BBC presenter has warned the public to stop having children amid
a surge in immigration.
Chris Packham says the UK Government should
invest in family planning to prevent the destruction of the natural world.
According to analysis by Mr Packham's charity Population Matters,
the country's population will shoot up by 10 per cent or 5.5 million
between 2015 and 2030.
And that the UK will face a collapse in
infrastructure as it buckles under the strain not to mention untold effects
on the natural environment. ...
The report also estimates England
will face total annual costs of £23.8 billion by 2030 as a result of
road and rail congestion caused by surging population.
mark a 58.7 per cent increase over the £15bn figure for 2015, costing
the economy an extra £8.8 billion annually.
According to the
Office of National Statistics, the population of England is projected to
increase by 7.5% by mid-2024.
The populations of the other UK
countries are also projected to increase, but at a slower rate.
Northern Ireland is projected to increase by 5.3 per cent over the
same period, while Scotland and Wales are both projected to increase by 3.1
per cent by mid-2024.
Border controls airfields
Judge says small UK airfields are 'defenceless' against people traffickers as he jails Lithuanian pilot for smuggling in three illegal Albanian immigrants
MailOnline, 10 January 2017.
A judge warned that small airfields in the UK were 'defenceless'
against people smugglers as he jailed a pilot for trying to smuggle in
three illegal immigrants today.
Algirdas Barteska, 60, was caught
after Border Force officials acting on a tip off were lying in wait for him
as he landed his Albanian passengers at a remote airfield. ...
Judge Holt added: 'In my judgement there are dozens of small
airfields in East Anglia which are extremely vulnerable to this sort of
'There are people on duty at the major ports, but
hat is the problem. There cannot be people on duty at every single small
airfield and that makes them vulnerable.'
Politics Labour Party
Jeremy Corbyn: I've not changed mind on immigration
BBC, 10 January 2017.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said he stands by his view that
immigration to the UK from the EU is not too high.
He told the
BBC's Laura Kuenssberg migrants played a valuable role and he was not
proposing new restrictions on the rights of people to come to the UK.
Mr Corbyn said Labour was not "wedded" to freedom of movement, but
denied this represented any change of stance on his part. ...
his speech, in Peterborough, Mr Corbyn said he supported "fair rules" and
"reasonable management" of immigration after Brexit but said that must be
set against continued access to markets for British business.
"Labour is not wedded to freedom of movement for EU citizens as a
point of principle, but I don't want that to be misinterpreted, nor do we
rule it out," he said. ...
Talking to the BBC's political editor,
Mr Corbyn, who has repeatedly insisted since becoming leader that EU
migration to the UK is not too high, was asked if the speech meant he had
now changed his view. ...
Despite the impression given by Labour
HQ overnight that Jeremy Corbyn was on the point of ditching his long-held
backing of the freedom of movement of European citizens - that allows an
unlimited number of them to come and live and work in the UK - when push
came to shove in interviews this morning, he couldn't quite bring himself
to say it.
He has not changed his mind on the most basic question
when it comes to immigration. Does he think that the current levels, with
190,000 EU citizens coming to the UK last year, are too high? "No."
Immigration abroad burka, Morocco
Morocco 'bans the sale and production of the burka'
BBC, 10 January 2017.
Morocco has banned the sale, production and import of the burka,
according to local reports. ...
There was no official announcement
from the government, but unnamed officials told outlets the decision was
made due to "security concerns".
It is unclear if Morocco is now
intending to ban the garment outright.
A high-ranking interior
ministry official confirmed the ban to the Le360 news site, adding that
"bandits have repeatedly used this garment to perpetrate their crimes".
The burka, which covers the entire face and body, is not widely
worn in Morocco, with most women favouring the hijab, which does not shroud
Women in Salafist circles, and in more conservative
regions in the north, are more likely to wear the niqab, which leaves the
area around the eyes uncovered.
Immigration public opinion
More Britons want greater control of immigration than EU free trade - poll
Reuters, 9 January 2017.
Greater control of immigration is more important for Britons than
access to free trade with the European Union during negotiations for the
UK's departure from the bloc, according to a poll on Monday. ...
Pollster ORB found that 46 percent of Britons agreed that greater
control over immigration was more important than access to free trade,
while 39 percent disagreed.
That has flipped since November, when
43 percent disagreed and would prioritise access to free trade, compared to
41 percent who agreed. ...
The online survey polled 2,075 people,
with fieldwork conducted between Jan. 6-8.
Politics Labour Party
Corbyn: Labour not wedded to EU free movement
BBC, 9 January 2017.
Jeremy Corbyn is to say Labour is not "wedded" to freedom of
movement for EU citizens in the UK as a "matter of principle", as he sets
out his views on Brexit negotiations. ...
Mr Corbyn will pledge to
push for "fair and reasonably managed migration".
Immigration abroad Africans, Europe
EU set for NEW migrant crisis? 15 million African immigrants 'to arrive in Europe by 2020'
Sunday Express, 8 January 2017.
As many as 15 million new migrants could enter Europe from Africa
in the next three years, according to a report by an Austrian intelligence
Analysis by Austrian Military Intelligence, an agency of
the Austrian Armed Forces, has predicted a sharp rise in unemployment
across Africa, which would lead to millions of economic migrants travelling
to Europe in search of work between now and 2020.
numbers, reported by German newspaper Bild, dwarfs the estimated figure of
one million migrants believed to have entered Europe during the current
The agency said one solution to the impending influx would
be for Europe to bolster African nations' economies, in order to support
job creation, productivity and education.
This in turn would
encourage more investment from abroad and persuade more people to stay and
work in their country of origin.
However, the agency recognised
such payments are open to abuse by certain regimes, who would use the funds
to "attack their own people" and only increase the number of people fleeing
The report also called for countries of origin to invest
in monitoring their own borders and reduce the "flow of migrants".
The study found that between 2013 and 2016, more than half a
million Africans immigrated to EU countries, with the most coming from
About 100,000 Eritreans are believed to have fled their
war-torn country, while Nigeria had the second most asylum seekers, with
Somalia was third with about 60,000, followed by
Gambia (40 000), Mali and Algeria (30 000 each), Sudan, DR Congo, Guinea
and Senegal (more than 20,000).
Immigration abroad Australia, European Union
'What use is it!' Australian immigration architect BLASTS Europe for border failings
Sunday Express, 8 January 2017.
The man behind Australia's asylum policy has slammed Europe for
failing to control borders.
Jim Molan says if Europe adopted the
Australian model, the European Union would lower the risk of a terror
attack on the continent.
He said he believes Europe should turn
back boats full of migrants in the Mediterranean, process asylum requests
outside of the EU and resettle migrants outside the continent.
Molan, the co-author of Australia's controversial asylum policy, accused
Europe of "making up excuses" when it comes to the challenges of border
Speaking to Politico, he said: "You can never say you've
eradicated terrorism, you can only say you've lowered the probability of a
successful terror attack.
"There are examples Nice, Paris,
Brussels where the link between terrorism and migration has been
"Therefore one aspect of counterterrorism should be border
"Other aspects should be about the social contract with
migrants in your country, improving your intelligence organisations and
internal security and increasing counterterrorism activities." ...
He said: "Europeans think it's easy in Australia to control our
borders, but they're just making up excuses for doing nothing themselves."
Mr Molan believes Australia's strategy of turning back boats is
the most important part of its asylum policy.
If boats are unable
to make it back to where they were launched, Australia replaces the vessels
with seaworthy alternatives.
The policy also aims to destroy the
people smuggling industry.
Mr Molan said when migrants who have
paid thousands to get on a boat to Australia find themselves where they
started "it destroys the people smugglers' business model". ...
"The support of the Australian population for our migration program
"If we subcontract our border control to people
smugglers, the Australian people will not accept it, and they will not
support the migration policy."
Racism philosophers, political correctness
They Kant be serious! PC students demand white philosophers including Plato and Descartes be dropped from university syllabus
Mail on Sunday, 8
They are titans of philosophy, without whose work an understanding
of the subject is all but inconceivable.
But now students at a
University of London college are demanding that such seminal figures as
Plato, Descartes, Immanuel Kant and Bertrand Russell should be largely
dropped from the curriculum simply because they are white.
may be the names that underpin civilisation, yet the student union at the
world-renowned School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) is insisting
that when studying philosophy 'the majority of philosophers on our courses'
should be from Africa and Asia.
The students say it is in order to
'decolonise' the 'white institution' that is their college.
night philosopher Sir Roger Scruton lambasted the union's demand, saying:
'This suggests ignorance and a determination not to overcome that
ignorance. You can't rule out a whole area of intellectual endeavour
without having investigated it and clearly they haven't investigated what
they mean by white philosophy. If they think there is a colonial context
from which Kant's Critique of Pure Reason arose, I would like to hear it.'
The vice-chancellor of Buckingham University Sir Anthony Seldon
said: 'There is a real danger political correctness is getting out of
control. We need to understand the world as it was and not to rewrite
history as some might like it to have been.' ...
The democracy and
education union officer responsible for the statement, Ali Habib, is on
SOAS's governing board of trustees. ...
SOAS is a leading centre
for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The head of SOAS's
Religions and Philosophies department Erica Hunter said the union's
viewpoint was 'rather ridiculous', adding: 'I would firmly resist dropping
philosophers or historians just because it was fashionable.'
Immigration abroad crime, America, USA
Rise of the Salvatrucha: World's most feared and vicious gang is expanding with ambitions to commit the most murders
news.com.au, 8 January 2017.
Cruel, merciless and with a passion for violence, the Mara
Salvatrucha gang is one of the world's most vicious gangs and is spreading
Also called MS13, the gang is known for its
barbaric fighting, contract killing, drug trafficking, gang rape, people
smuggling and desire to be known as number one for most murders. ...
The gang exists in 42 US states, throughout the Central American
countries of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Puerto Rico, Spain,
Canada and, some claim, Australia.
Reputed to have 100,000 gang
members worldwide, the Salvatrucha recruits members as young as eight years
old and punishes disloyalty with murder or maiming, such as cutting off a
While the core membership of the gang originated in
El Salvador, whose capital San Salvador is considered the murder capital of
the world, the gang sprang up in Los Angeles in the 1980s and has since
spread from the inner-city to the suburbs. ...
In the US, MS13 has
an especially heavy presence in Los Angeles and San Francisco, Washington
D.C., New York, New Jersey and Houston, Texas. ...
As the gang
expanded, refugees from other Central American countries were permitted
The US practice of deporting violent Salvatrucha
gang members back to their home country had a bounce back effect.
The deportees recruited new members from the streets of San
Salvador and gradually, the gang made its way back to the streets of
America via illegal immigration routes.
Immigration abroad Italy
Italy sees RECORD number of migrants as almost 200,000 arrive in 2016 alone
Daily Express, 7 January 2017.
Record numbers of migrants made it to Italy after surviving
treacherous journeys across the Mediterranean Sea last year, according to
shocking new figures.
Officials said there were a staggering
181,436 arrivals by sea in 2016 - an 18 per cent increase on the 154,000
who made the crossing the year before.
The Institute for the
Analysis of Multiethnicity (Ismu) said October saw the highest number of
landings recorded since the beginning of the year with more than 27,000
In the first 10 months of 2016, more than 98,000
applications for asylum were presented in Italy.
Data showed 85 per
cent of asylum requests came from men and 4 per cent from unaccompanied
UNHCR data shows Nigerians make up nearly a fifth of the
arrivals in Italy, followed by the nationals of Eritrea at 13 per cent and
then Sudan, Gambia, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Somalia, Mali, Senegal and
Around 90 per cent of migrants who make it to
Italy began their voyage on smugglers' boats in Libya, although towards the
end of 2016 there was an increase in refugees and migrants arriving from
But nearly all those who reach the Italian coast arrive on
EU rescue vessels, having been saved from the sea or unsafe and overcrowded
EU officials said the vast majority of migrants who reach
Europe turn out to be ineligible for asylum and will be sent back though
they acknowledged deportations often proved difficult in practice.
Immigration abroad Austria, EU
Austria calls for would-be migrants to be stopped from setting foot in Europe until they have formally applied for asylum
Allan Hall and Paddy Dinham
Austria is to present a paper to the EU demanding all asylum
applications to be made outside the union before migrants can set foot on
The plan, masterminded by the country's defence
minister Hans-Peter Doskozil and interior minister Wolfgang Sobotka, also
calls for limits on refugees in all member states.
And they want to
extend border controls with Germany indefinitely, despite pressure from
Brussels mandarins that this goes against the grain of the passport-free
Schengen Zone agreement.
The move comes as a manhunt intensifies in
Austria for men who sexually assaulted 18 women in the city of Innsbruck on
New Year' s Eve. ...
We need to end the failed European asylum
policy', sard Doskozil. 'We must all of us admit, and honestly say, that
the absorption capacity in the EU for refugess is limited.'
backed a call for detention centres outside the EU where applications for
asylum could be made before migrants set foot in the bloc.
Politics free speech
Two years ago we were all Charlie Hebdo. Now our willingness to defend freedom of expression has been crushed again
Daily Telegraph, 7 January
It's been two years since the terror attack on Charlie Hebdo, but
it feels more like two hundred.
After two Muslim brothers stormed
its offices at 10 Rue Nicolas-Appert in the centre of Paris and massacred
12 people, "Je suis Charlie" became the rallying cry of those who condemned
the attack. ...
While the brute violence of the Charlie Hebdo
massacre was abhorrent in its own right, the decision of the Kouachi
brothers to target a satirical magazine carried a particular disturbing
message. It signalled an attack on the progressive values of freedom of
expression and tolerance. In the aftermath, there was recognition that,
although the magazine had dared to satirise Muhammad, freedom of speech -
including its mischievous extension, the freedom to ridicule - were more
important than the right not to be offended.
But two years later,
Even at that one place where no idea should be beyond criticism
the university "Je suis Charlie" has failed to resonate.
While 28 UK universities have banned The Sun and/or The Daily Star because
they don't conform to their union's values, the University of Bristol and
University of Manchester have also forbidden Charlie Hebdo from being sold
on campus. ...
The cry of "Je Suis Charlie" realised that to refute
terrorism means not just condemning it, but to defend free speech and
expression to the last. All too quickly, we have forgotten that the mere
act of disagreeing with a sentiment does not necessitate its censorship.
Not the religion of peace and love...
Salisbury Review, 7 January 2017.
Information from Pew Research reveals that 27% of all Muslims
polled across the world believe that any Muslim who wishes to leave the
faith should be executed. That adds up to 237 million people in favour of
the death penalty for anyone who decides to change his religion. 29% of
Muslims believe that so called "honour killings" are justified. 36% of
British Muslims age 18-29 believe that suicide bombings against civilians
are also justified. ...
Islam, the famous religion of peace and
love, has got a CV. ...
There was that other 11th September
1683 when Christian armies under Jan Sobieski arrived at the gates of
Vienna and defeated the last substantial Muslim incursion: the last, that
is, before the one which we face at present.
Moreover, Muslims do
not merely slaughter Christians and members of other religions or none in
very large numbers, they also slaughter fellow Muslims. As soon as Mahomet
died, there was a war over the succession between Shia and Sunni, and this
war has continued unabated for 1400 years.
But you don't want to
take my word for it. Winston Churchill wrote:
"The religion of
Islam above all others was founded upon the sword. Moreover, it provides
incentives to slaughter and in three continents has produced fighting
breeds of men filled with a wild and merciless fanaticism."
great English poet and philosopher S.T. Coleridge (author of The Ancient
Mariner) wrote in 1828:
"Mahomet established the most extensive and
complete despotism that ever warred against civilisation and the interests
... Similar judgements on the true nature of Islam
have been made over the centuries by hundreds of eminent scholars and
statesmen including G.K. Chesterton and the 6th US president (1825-29),
John Quincy Adams. ...
... How about a statement of intent
directly from one of its most fervent supporters? Here is a proclamation
from the most powerful and barbarous Muslim of modern times, Ayatollah
Khomeini, dictator of Iran from 1979 until his death ten years later:
"Islam makes it incumbent on all adult males, provided they are not
disabled and incapacitated, to prepare themselves for the conquest of other
countries so that the writ of Islam is obeyed in every country in the
There is no doubt that militant Islam's current aggression
will have to be firmly suppressed if the character of Europe as we know it
is to survive. If the European powers cannot bring themselves to act
firmly, then the continent will be dominated by the Islamic ideology within
a generation, with the resulting loss of all our freedoms and of
course the loss of countless lives.
Politics Liberal Democrats
Ditching EU free movement is a political necessity, says Vince Cable
The Guardian, 6 January 2017.
The former Liberal Democrat minister Vince Cable has broken ranks
with his party to argue that it is politically necessary to limit
immigration from the EU as part of the UK's Brexit deal.
stressing he was still firmly against leaving the EU, Cable argued that one
of the few potential benefits would be "the opportunity for a more rational
immigration policy" including a limit on entrants from the EU.
"There is no great argument of liberal principle for free EU
movement; the economics is debatable; and the politics is conclusively
hostile," Cable wrote in the New Statesman. ...
were swiftly disowned by the Lib Dems. ...
intervention is a further indication of the fast-changing nature of the
immigration debate. ...
While mass immigration made economies
bigger and aided business owners, Cable said the argument of an economic
benefit to the wider population was harder to justify.
Multiculturalism integration, English language
It Costs Money To Teach Immigrants English, Mr Umunna
The Huffington Post, 6 January 2017.
Chuka Umunna's assertion that migrants need to learn English to
avoid living parallel lives is most disconcerting. I heard this assertion
over two years ago from less savoury quarters and was moved to comment on
it at length. ...
What irks me this time is that it is a Labour
politician making the assertion and it irks me on several levels. ...
One of the problems with Chuka Umunna's declaration is that he is a
bit late to the party. The Casey Review was commissioned over a year ago by
the Prime Minister and Home Secretary, with a remit to investigate
integration and opportunity in isolated and deprived communities. The
review was released in December 2016. In its 199 pages, it outlined the
reasons why learning English if you are new to the country is a good idea.
It outlined clearly and with a sense of compassion that life is much harder
for immigrants that do not speak English. No one can argue with that.
Take this and the fact that government policy on requirements for
immigrants to speak English to be able to gain citizenship or leave to
remain seems to be fairly clear - and I am left wondering: why bring this
up now, Mr Umunna? Visit www.gov.uk and check the pages on immigration.
It's there. There's a 15-page list of where you can take the tests to prove
your English proficiency before or after you arrive.
So who is
Chuka Umunna talking about? What kind of migrant? Refugees? The government
have declared they are exempt from the requirement. Transient economic
migrants? How do you enforce compulsory classes on a transient population?
Established communities living parallel lives, then. I would argue that it
would be even harder - and more expensive - to enforce language classes on
high-ethnic minority concentration areas such as Bradford. Not because I
think people would be unwilling. Immigrants do want to be able to
communicate. But there isn't a solution to that until somebody coughs up
the money it would take to cover it. And who is going to explain that to
austerity Britain, already chomping at the bit, that tax payers' money is
being spent on funding for immigrant language classes?
Immigration abroad free speech, Finland
Eurosceptic politician fined for Facebook post claiming 'all terrorists are Muslims'
Daily Express, 6 January 2017.
A Eurosceptic European politician has been fined after making a
comment on his Facebook page following the Nice terror attack that "all
terrorists are Muslims".
Shortly after the horrific attack on July
14, last year, Teuvo Hakkarainen, a Finnish MP who is notorious for his
anti-Muslim and anti-immigration comments, was fined almost £1,000
(1160) after he published an article in relation to the terrorist
attacker Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel and made the comment which violated the
Finnish law of "ethnic agitation".
Within his Facebook post, Mr
Hakkarainen said: "All Muslims are not terrorists, but all terrorists are
Immigration abroad asylum, deportation, European Union
Just 42 Per Cent of Failed Asylum Seekers and Illegals Deported from Europe
Breitbart, 6 January 2017.
Less than half of all failed asylum seekers and economic migrants
who have no right to remain are deported from the European Union (EU), it
has been revealed.
Just 42 per cent are being kicked out of
continent according to Frontex, the EU's border agency. Reported by
EurActiv, Frontex director Fabrice Leggeri sought to blame Greek border
guards for the failure, but critics have slammed the EU for wider policy
Mr. Leggeri said that he expected Greek officials to be
sending back some 500 economic migrants a day to Turkey according to a new
deal, which came into force last March.
Instead, just 748 migrants
have been returned across the Aegean Sea in nearly eight months, while the
EU has taken in 2,761 Syrians in exchange from Turkey in the same period.
Immigration wages, housing
Project Fear Brexit predictions were 'flawed and partisan', new study says
Daily Telegraph, 5 January 2017.
Predictions by the Treasury ahead of the Brexit vote have been
brought into question by a study which says that leaving the European Union
will halve net migration, give British workers a pay rise and help to solve
the housing crisis.
The report from the Centre for Business
Research at the University of Cambridge examined the possible future
scenarios following the referendum decision to leave the EU. ...
However the academics' report forecast that if controls on
migration from the EU were introduced in the middle of 2019, net migration
would fall to around 165,000 from 2020.
The fall would be a 50 per
cent drop in net migration currently running at more than 330,000 a
year but would not deliver the Government's promise of cutting it to
tens of thousands a year. ...
Average earnings are forecast to
rise by more than 2 per cent a year, partly because of lower levels of
migration after Brexit.
The report said: "Our equations for
earnings suggest that earnings will rise by more than 2 per cent as
employment rates reach a peak in 2017 and especially as migration reduces
The report also forecast that house prices will become
more affordable for people on lower incomes.
Population pressure traffic, illness, dementia
Living near a busy road may raise risk of dementia, major study into pollution finds
Daily Telegraph, 5 January 2017.
Living near a main road increases the risk of dementia, the first
major research into air pollution and disease has shown.
decade-long study of 6.6 million people, published in The Lancet, found
that one in 10 dementia deaths in people living within 50 metres of a busy
road was attributable to fumes and noise. There was a linear decline in
deaths the further people lived away from heavy traffic.
pollution is already known to contribute to the deaths of around 40,000
people in Britain each year by exacerbating respiratory and heart
conditions, while previous research showed emissions can cause brain
But the new study by Canadian public health scientists
is the first to find a link between living close to heavy traffic and the
onset of dementia, a discovery described as "plausible" and "impressive" by
Dr Hong Chen, the lead author from Public Health
Ontario, said: "Our study suggests that busy roads could be a source of
environmental stressors that could give rise to the onset of dementia.
"Increasing population growth and urbanisation has placed many
people close to heavy traffic, and with widespread exposure to traffic and
growing rates of dementia, even a modest effect from near-road exposure
could pose a large public health burden.
"More research to
understand this link is needed, particularly into the effects of different
aspects of traffic, such as air pollutants and noise."
850,000 people suffer from dementia in Britain, and it is now the leading
cause of death for both men and women. ...
Prof Martin Rossor,
NIHR national director for dementia research at University College London
Hospitals, said: "The effects are small but with a disorder with a high
population prevalence such effects can have important public health
Immigration abroad European Union
EU officials are NOT doing enough to stop illegal migration, blasts Victor Orban's aide
Agnes Kegl and Katie Mansfield
Daily Express, 5 January 2017.
The external borders of the European Union must be protected to
stop the migrant crisis and to combat the threat from Islamic State
terrorists, Viktor Orban's chief security advisor has declared.
György Bakondi, chief security advisor to the Hungarian prime
minister, warned the migrant crisis could worsen in 2017. ...
comes as CCTV footage released today shows Berlin terrorist Anis Amri
travelled across four countries in the days after the massacre before being
shot dead by police in Milan raising questions over Europe's open borders
and security services. ...
According to figures from the UN, Mr
Bakondi said 361,000 people arrived in the EU last year, with 200,000 in
Italy and the rest on the Greek islands.
Multiculturalism integration, English language
Let's stop pretending we need to force immigrants to learn English
New Statesman, 5 January 2017.
If you read the coverage of the report produced by the
All-Parliamentary Group on Social Integration, you might believe immigrants
have been skiving English lessons left, right and centre /.../ The report
recommends "compulsory English classes", as if previously the great halls
of learning were empty. ...
There was a programme designed to do
exactly that. Government funding allowed those on low incomes to take free
English language classes. ...
Unfortunately, back in 2011, the
Tory-led Coalition government cut funding for English lessons in England.
At the time, it seemed, the government put short-term savings
over the idea of English lessons, however important to integration they
Multiculturalism culture, identity
Britain Has Become Divided - Let's Build A Country All Citizens Can Call Their Own
The Huffington Post, 5 January 2017.
[Chuka Umunna is the Labour MP for Streatham and chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Social Integration]
Immigration has been a defining issue in our national politics. We
have experienced demographic change on an extraordinary level very quickly.
Over the next fifty years our country will continue to change profoundly.
We have seen nothing like it in our history. For many it has felt like a
whirlwind over which they have little control. It has undermined their way
of life and they worry it threatens their culture and identity. And all our
main political parties have been far too slow to respond and so we have
witnessed the rise of a populist right which claims to speak for 'our
people' to the exclusion of others. ...
Our country has been
fragmenting. Our union of nations pulling apart. People are losing trust in
the political system but also in each other. The ties that bind us together
into society are frayed and in places they are broken. Our mission must be
to rebuild this country. ...
... How will we build a more
integrated and united Britain? First we need better controlled immigration.
Second we need to improve social integration. Our national conversation on
immigration has been polarised. Some believe the country is full. Others
want an open door. But a consensus is there to be made. The majority of
people - whether they voted Leave or Remain last year - want immigration to
be managed democratically by the government they elect. It isn't as much
about numbers as it is about control.
... What the decision to
leave the EU gives us is the opportunity to design a new immigration
... Our sense of belonging is formed through the
inheritance of our culture and the everyday common experiences through
which we recognise something of ourselves in one another. We all share a
desire to live together. Our deeply felt need for community animates our
attitudes toward change. But reaching out to people from different
backgrounds is not straightforward but can be done. Government has a role
to play in supporting integration and the process of creating shared
cultures and identities. ...
Let's build a country which all
citizens can call their own.
Crime border security
Why wasn't foreign killer turned away at the UK border? Afghan who beheaded Dutch woman is allowed into Britain... where he assaulted a Gatwick staff member and two police officers with a
Daily Mail, 5 January 2017.
A convicted murderer from Holland was able to walk through
Britain's porous borders without any checks and went on to attack two
police officers with a claw-hammer.
Afghan-born Jamshid Piruz was
allowed to enter the UK unchallenged despite being sentenced to 12 years in
jail for slaughtering his female tenant in cold-blood after watching a
Taliban beheading video.
Fury erupted after it emerged that the
jobless 34-year-old was the latest in a string of foreign criminals to
commit horrific offences in Britain after exploiting EU free movement
MPs condemned the shocking lack of checks on offenders from
the EU which left gaping holes in UK border controls.
countries have no obligation to alert the UK about convictions of murderers
or sex offenders, meaning many are able to travel to the UK unhindered.
Immigration employment, devolution
MPs call for immigration devolution
BBC, 5 January 2017.
A cross-party group of MPs has called on the UK government to
"seriously consider" handing greater powers over immigration to Scotland.
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration said a
commission should be set up to examine how a devolved immigration system
It said the current system had "led to friction"
between the UK and Scottish governments.
But it acknowledged there
would be major challenges to overcome. ...
In its report, the
parliamentary group said the UK government should aim to encourage people
to move to areas of the country which required higher levels of immigration
or did not currently attract a great many immigrants. ...
government should appoint an independent commission to explore how a
devolved or regionally-led immigration system might work." ...
it said enabling nations and regions to set regional immigration quotas
would give politicians the incentive to actively make the case for
immigration in their area.
Multiculturalism integration, English language
Migrants should have to learn English, say MPs and peers
BBC, 5 January 2017.
Migrants should be expected to learn English before coming to the
UK, or attend language classes when they arrive, a group of MPs and peers
The cross-party group said speaking English was "the key to
full participation in our society and economy". ...
report by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration urges the
government to go further, saying all immigrants should have either learnt
English before coming to the UK or be required to sign up to classes when
The group said integration should begin upon arrival
in the UK and described speaking English as a "prerequisite for meaningful
engagement with most British people".
Employment cap on work permits
Curbs on non-EU migration have 'no impact' claims campaign group Migration Watch UK
The Sun, 4 January 2017.
Curbs on a key non-EU migration route have had "virtually no
impact" on the ability of firms to recruit overseas talent, a campaign
An annual cap on work permits available for skilled
staff from outside Europe has not been reached in five years since it was
introduced in 2010, according to Migration Watch UK.
business lobby groups of "crying wolf" over the effect of the restrictions
on Tier 2 general visas.
This is the main immigration route for
nationals from outside the European Economic Area to apply to work in the
Migrants arriving through the scheme must have a job with a
yearly salary of at least £20,800, and Tier 2 is subject to an annual
limit of 20,700 posts.
In the first three years of operation the
cap did not bite at all, with just 54% of available certificates of
sponsorship being used, according to analysis by Migration Watch UK, which
campaigns for tighter immigration controls.
In 2014/15, there were
20,087 certificates issued out of 20,700 available, while 235 certificates
were returned due to non-use, the report said.
It added that in the
following year 22,037 certificates were issued more than the cap
but almost 2,800 were returned unused or reclaimed. ...
paper said that "on an annual basis, no employer has been prevented from
bringing in a skilled worker since the economic cap was introduced,
although some employers might have had to wait a month before they could
obtain a certificate for their prospective employee".
"The cap of 20,700 has therefore been sufficient to meet the needs of
business for skilled workers."
Alp Mehmet, vice chairman of
Migration Watch UK, said: "The business lobby have been crying wolf for
years about the impact of the cap on business but it has now become clear
that the annual cap has never been breached.
"The very same lobby
is now claiming that a reduction in migration from the EU for low skilled
work will be a disaster but, with their record, the public will not be
Border controls terrorism
Britain's small ports and marinas are wide open to returning ISIS fighters because they are not policed, warns terror tsar
Daily Mail, 4 January 2017.
Small ports, marinas and beaches across the UK could give
terrorists an easy route into Britain because they are not policed, a major
report has warned.
David Anderson, the terror laws watchdog chief,
said jihadists could attempt to sneak across our porous border at hundreds
of remote locations because of the absence of stringent checks.
expressed concerns that 'foreign fighters' returning from Syria and Iraq
could breach the country's security checks using small boats and planes.
Mr Anderson, the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation,
revealed his fears as Home Secretary Amber Rudd was handed a paper
demanding a huge boost to frontier security.
Charlie Elphicke said Parliamentary figures showed the Border Force's
budget had been slashed by £120 million in just three years - from
£617 million in 2012-13 to £497 million in 2015-16.
analysis submitted to the Home Office, he suggested EU citizens visiting
Britain post-Brexit should pay a fee for a visa waiver to boost the
agency's finances by £250 million a year.
It would also allow
counter-terror and immigration officials to gain valuable information on
who is travelling to the UK a crucial weapon in the fight against
terrorism, child sex abusers and human traffickers. ...
has been told that organised criminals are already exploiting gaps in the
largely unprotected eastern coastline using private boats to smuggle in
illegal drugs, migrants and weapons.
UK Allows Illegal Migrant With Bin Laden Links to Stay
Kathzie Pena Yambao
Newsline, 4 January 2017.
The UK allowed an Algerian man who had a connection with Osama Bin
Laden to stay in the country despite his terrorist links and his illegal
entry into the country. A judge decided to let him stay because the battle
for his deportation left him with 'mental' problems.
entered the UK carrying a fake French passport, and for 21 years, he fought
against his deportation. Authorities suspected him of sending out young
British Muslims abroad for terror training. ...
He is further
suspected of having supported the Algerian terror group, Call and Combat.
In the case document, the Government stated, "Your activities on
behalf of the group and of extremist fighters in Chechnya include
sponsoring young Muslims in the UK to go to Afghanistan to train for
Politics Liberal Democrats
Why it's time to end EU free movement
New Statesman, 4 January 2017.
All my instincts are to defend the freedom to work, study and
retire anywhere within the EU. I was (and am) a Remainer. I value diversity
and have a diverse multi-ethnic family. ...
But I have serious
doubts that EU free movement is tenable or even desirable. First, the
freedom is not a universal right, but selective. It does not apply to
Indians, Jamaicans, Americans or Australians. ...
opposition to immigration is mainly colour-blind. Until well into the 1990s
"immigration" was code word for race. But in recent years concerns over
immigration have been precisely that. The question has become: is
unrestricted immigration albeit from some countries only
The economics are ambiguous. Seen globally, more
migration is undeniably a positive. People moving from high unemployment,
low productivity countries to areas of labour scarcity and higher
productivity produce economic gains. But the benefits accrue mainly to
migrants themselves (and business owners). For the receiving country, the
benefits are less obvious: a bigger economy but not necessarily a richer
There are also distributional effects. Critics complain
that immigrant workers depress wages and reduce job opportunities for
natives. Undoubtedly, this happens in some occupations, like building and
taxi driving. But there are other areas where immigrants are not competing
and bring complementary skills, creating jobs. When I was secretary of
state I commissioned studies to evaluate this. The conclusions were
sufficiently reassuring that the Home Office blocked my department's wish
to publish them. Losers, however, there undoubtedly are.
economic arguments are not conclusive but, on balance, favour some net
migration of younger, skilled workers. ...
There is no great
argument of liberal principle for free EU movement; the economics is
debatable; and the politics is conclusively hostile. ...
I do not
see much upside in Brexit, but one is the opportunity for a more rational
Extremism multiculturalism, Islam
UK Puts 15-Year-Old Burqa Opponent on Anti-Terror Programme
Breitbart, 4 January 2017.
A 15-year-old British schoolboy, who thought "Muslim women
shouldn't be allowed to wear the niqab", was identified as a potential
terrorist and put through the government's most strict de-radicalisation
Channel is part of the Prevent scheme and is reserved
for the most serious cases of radicalisation, targeting "individuals at
risk of being drawn into violent extremism" and terrorism.
unnamed boy, who comes from a predominantly white area, was required to
spend time with an imam as well as visit mosques and a "multi-faith
project", where he was signed up as a volunteer.
The workings of
Channel are usually kept secret, but authorities made the unusual decision
to publicise the targeting of the white schoolboy after activists claimed
Prevent was "racist" and "unfairly targets Muslims".
The Yorkshire Post that the boy was dragged in after he made
comments in school about Muslims "trying to take over the country" and was
"vocal in his views around what Muslim people should or shouldn't be
allowed to wear".
Full face coverings are banned or restricted
across much of continental Europe, and a poll last September found that
that British public back a ban on burkas by two to one. ...
Sources insist the schoolboy's case is "fairly typical" of the work
of Prevent, and as of last month, one in ten referrals had links to the
"far-right" nationwide. In Yorkshire, "far-right" referrals account for
nearly 50 per cent of their caseload and 30 per cent of the caseload in the
Immigration abroad crime, France
Almost 1,000 cars torched around France on New Year's Eve but government insists it 'went particularly well'
Daily Telegraph, 3 January 2017.
Vandals in France torched 945 parked cars on New Year's Eve in an
arson rampage that has become a sinister annual "tradition" amid a row over
whether the government sought to play down the figures.
to the French interior ministry, the total of 945, which included cars that
were either "totally destroyed" or "more lightly affected", amounted to a
17 per cent rise compared to last year.
Despite this, New Year's
Eve "went off without any major incident", the interior ministry insisted
in a statement, adding that there were only "a few troubles with public
In fact, police arrested 454 people over the night, 301 of
whom were taken into custody.
On Sunday, the ministry had chosen to
release a much lower figure of 650 cars torched, as this only indicated the
number of vehicles "set on fire" and not those engulfed in the ensuing
The lower figure enabled it to claim: "Once again this
year, the overall number of vehicles burned demonstrates that, however
intolerable, the phenomenon is contained". By this calculation, the rise,
it said, was only 48 cars.
Immigration abroad crime, Germany
'You CANNOT defend your women' Experts' chilling theory behind Cologne sex attacks
Daily Express, 3 January 2017.
Sex attackers who openly assaulted scores of women in Germany
wanted to give Europeans the message they "cannot protect" women, it has
On the anniversary of the shocking assaults which
took place on the final night in 2015, a German documentary showed
behaviour experts reveal in their opinions, the attacks were planned.
Professor and historian Jörg Baberowski said research of the
violence shows it was a pre-arranged mass attack, in a location chosen so
the world would pay attention.
The New Year's attacks flummoxed
police who failed to stop women being groped and robbed by men carrying
translation notes in their pockets so they could threaten the women in
their native tongue.
Professor Baberowski said the message of the
predominantly North African perpetrators was "you cannot defend your
In their home countries, he said, "the rapists were killed
by their own fathers".
The Berlin's Humboldt University scholar
said the attacks were planned in Germany to show their lack of violence
against criminals was being interpreted as a weakness.
Racism review finds NUS 'has failed to seriously support black staff'
Varsity, 3 January 2017.
An independent review into institutional racism within the National
Union of Students (NUS) has found "serious failings" in its "understanding
of and engagement with race and racism".
The review was conducted
by the Runnymede Trust, a race equality think tank, which concluded that
they could not "definitively" state that NUS was institutionally racist.
However, the trust reported "that NUS as an employer has failed to
seriously support black staff, officers and volunteers". The review used
the term 'black' to refer to all students of colour, in line with the NUS'
own definition. ...
The review revealed a number of disparities in
the respective attitudes of white and black staff towards race and racism.
The review criticised other aspects of NUS, including "the
nature of political debate", its communications strategy and "the very low
levels of trust that exist within the organisation". ...
the review was criticised by the Union of Jewish Students (UJS). Josh
Nagli, UJS Campaigns Director, said: "there seems to be a lack of any
in-depth examination of the challenges facing Jewish students".
Politics Labour Party
Unite hopeful piles pressure on Labour with 'no compromise' call over immigration controls
PoliticsHome, 2 January 2017.
Pressure is mounting on the Labour leadership to ditch its support
for free movement, after one of the main candidates to be Unite general
secretary called for controls on immigration.
Gerard Coyne, who is
challenging Len McCluskey to lead the UK's biggest union and Labour's
biggest donor, will call for "no compromise" on tightening border controls
after Britain leaves the European Union. ...
Mr Coyne will say in
a speech later the Government "should not even begin to negotiate" on
regaining control over immigration in the upcoming Brexit negotiations.
"My many conversations with Unite members leave me in no doubt that
those who voted for Brexit expect that promise of an end to uncontrolled
immigration from the EU to be kept, and will feel betrayed if it is not,"
he will claim in a speech in Birmingham. ...
Mr Coyne will say
immigrants in some areas have "added to the pressures" faced by UK
nationals due to increased demand on the health service, housing and
Immigration abroad crime, Germany
Cologne police deny racial profiling after mass screening of North African men
Independent, 2 January 2017.
Cologne's police chief has denied accusations of racial profiling
after the force tweeted they had detained hundreds of North African men to
prevent a repeat of last year's mass sex attack.
The men had
gathered late on Saturday near Cologne's main train station and in the
Deutz district, across the Rhine river.
Police described them as
being "Nafris" a colloquial term for North Africans which
prompted furious online criticism as it suggested the men had been arrested
on the basis of their appearance alone.
Police Chief Juergen
Mathies said: "I reject this negative criticism. The clear aim was to
prevent similar events to previous year."
He said that of 650
people detained for identity checks, almost all were from North African
countries and claimed: "Their characteristics were such that potential
crimes could indeed be expected".
Population pressure housing
New garden towns and villages to provide 200,000 homes to ease housing shortage
Daily Telegraph, 2 January 2017.
New "garden" towns and villages will be built across England in an
attempt to alleviate the housing crisis, the Government will announce on
The plans will deliver 14 new villages of between 1,500 to
10,000 homes to be built outside existing settlements.
three towns of more than 10,000 houses each will be built alongside
Aylesbury, Taunton and Harlow and Gilston. ...
scheme, the housing minister said the villages will create almost 50,000
new homes from Cheshire down to Devon, while the towns will take the total
to 200,000 new homes. ...
Kevin FitzGerald, honorary director of
CPRE Hertfordshire, said: "These plans herald the death knell of the rural
character of whole swathes of Hertfordshire. Beautiful villages, supposedly
protected by Green Belt, look set to be swallowed up by the urban sprawl of
"Housing targets are putting immense pressure
on our area, and marginalising the basic purposes of the Green Belt which
the Government has pledged to protect."
Immigration abroad Ceuta, Morocco, Spain
More than 1,000 migrants storm Moroccan border at Spain's Ceuta enclave, injuring 55 security personnel
Daily Telegraph, 2 January 2017.
More than 1,000 migrants tried to jump a high double fence between
Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta on Sunday in a violent assault
that saw one officer lose an eye, local authorities said.
of 1,100 people from sub-Saharan Africa trying to reach Europe stormed the
border fence just after 4 am on New Year's Day in an "extremely violent and
organised" way, said the central government's representative office in
None however managed to get through, bar two who were badly
injured and taken to hospital in Ceuta, the office said in a statement. A
similar assault on December 9 saw more than 400 migrants enter the tiny
They tried "to force open some of the doors in the
external fence, using iron bars, wire cutters and large stones with which
they assaulted Moroccan forces and (Spanish) Guardia Civil (police)
agents," it added.
Five Spanish policemen and 50 members of the
Moroccan forces were injured, including one who lost an eye, it said.
Immigration abroad asylum, crime, Germany
Asylum seekers scam German aid program for millions by applying with 'up to 12' fake IDs
RT, 2 January 2017.
A special commission in the northern German city of Braunschweig
will investigate over 300 cases of fraud committed by asylum applicants,
who gamed the welfare system by using multiple IDs to claim benefits
and that may just be the tip of the iceberg.
The estimated total
loss of taxpayer money in the state of Lower Saxony alone has been put at
three to five million euros ($3.2-5.3 million), Regional German broadcaster
In the majority of cases, the scheme was employed by
Sudanese refugees who were applying for benefits within the social welfare
system, the head of the newly established investigative commission, Joern
Memenga, said, as cited by Deutsche Welle. ...
claimants would simply change their appearance to receive additional
documents from unsuspecting social service workers. The not so
sophisticated con met few road bumps, as the refugees did not have to give
their fingerprints and, since they had no documents, were identified only
"Sometimes just growing a beard, or putting on
a pair of glasses, having shorter hair, but always different surnames,"
Memenga said, as cited by DPA.
The system was also susceptible to
rigging because the civil servants did not have time to sift through all of
the applications processed at other municipalities in Lower Saxony, so the
same asylum seeker could collect money from different places. ...
Pursuant to the Asylum Seekers Act, every asylum seeker is entitled
to 135 of so-called pocket money and 216 per month to cover
basic needs, if the asylum seekers are not on complete state provision.
Though the fraud has now been exposed, the suspects may not
face charges due to legal difficulties, as in most cases they used fake
names and addresses.
Immigration abroad asylum, deportation, Germany
Germany to fast-track deportation of failed asylum seekers after Tunisian, 24, killed 12 people at a Berlin Christmas market despite having no right to stay in the
MailOnline, 2 January 2017.
Germany is planning to fast-track the expulsion of failed asylum
seekers out of the country in the wake of the Christmas terror attack in
Berlin that killed 12.
Interior minister Thomas de Maizière
says he wants to set up a nework of 'federal departure centres' to be built
in the vicinity of airports.
In an article for the influential
Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper he says the government needs 'more powers'
to get failed asylum seekers on to planes more quickly. ...
Maziere wants central government to have authority for deportations rather
than the 16 states which make up the German republic. ...
proposes giving police more powers by creating a central tracking agency to
find, detain and deport illegals - 'a real federal police force,' he
Tens of thousands of failed asylum seekers are
currently clogging up the German justice system with taxpayer funded
lawsuits fighting their deportation orders.
Immigration abroad crime, racial profiling, Germany
Cologne Police Attacked for 'Racial Profiling' During New Year's Eve Security Operation
Oliver JJ Lane
Breitbart, 2 January 2017.
Hailed a success by its organisers for reducing the number of
violent crimes committed on New Year's Eve from over 1,000 last year to
less than a dozen, Cologne police are now being criticised for using
Left-wing activists, including members of the
local Green party, have criticised the police for focusing their security
efforts too clearly at the same groups which were identified as the main
perpetrators of the 2016 attacks. ...
Welle reports the remarks of Green party chairman Simone Peter who
noted that while the measures had worked, he doubted the legality of the
police's actions. He said: "It raises the question of proportionality and
legality when around 1,000 people were checked and partially detained based
on their appearance alone." ...
... Upon arriving, hundreds of
potential migrant troublemakers and even individuals known to have been
involved in the 2016 attacks were immediately turned around and escorted to
trains out of the centre.
... One train coming into the city which
police learnt had 300 North Africans on-board was stopped and turned back
just before it reached the centre. ...
The force also defended the
'Nafri' term, which was admitted to be an internal policing term. An
internal document describing Nafris revealed in the German press briefs
police officers that they come from Egypt, Algeria, Lebanon, Libya,
Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, are generally between 15 and 25-years-old, and are
The document states: "The clientele behaves very
aggressively against intervening police officers and city colleagues...
Armaments (folding knives) are regularly carried."
Charities linked to terrorism at record high: extremists pose deadly threat by abusing fundraising groups, warns commission chief
1 January 2017.
Reports of alleged links between charities and terrorism or
extremism have surged to a record high, the charity watchdog has warned.
The number of times the Charity Commission has shared concerns
about links between charities and extremism with police and other agencies
has nearly trebled from 234 to 630 in just three years.
Commission also opened eight compliance cases and four formal inquiries
into "allegations of abuse of charities for terrorist or extremist
purposes" in 2015/16.
In an interview with the Telegraph, William
Shawcross, the Commission's chairman, warned that extremism was "the most
potentially dangerous and deadly" problem faced by charities.
said: "It is the most dangerous because of the threat of Islamist
extremism. It is not the most constant threat it is the most
potentially deadly threat."
The 630 disclosures, which Commission
sources said was a record figure, concerned "allegations made and concerns
about abuse of charities for terrorist or extremist purposes, including
concerns about charities operating in Syria and other higher risk areas, in
which terrorist groups operate".
Asylum children, fraud
Those man-child migrants? Some were as old as 29: Social workers discover hundreds of adult asylum seekers have lied about their age in order to enter Britain 'as
Mail on Sunday, 1 January 2017.
A 29-year-old is among the hundreds of adult asylum-seekers in
Britain who lied to officials and posed as children, according to newly
released official figures.
Official age assessments carried out by
social workers across the country revealed that a staggering number of
those claiming to be lone refugee children were far older than they
pretended to be.
In some cases they were close to 30 and could have
posed a risk to school pupils or foster families had they not been checked.
The revelation comes after concerns were raised that some of the
refugees allowed into Britain from the Jungle camp in Calais were no longer
Figures obtained by The Mail on Sunday from 50 local
authorities across England show that social workers carried out 2,028 age
tests between 2013-14 and 2015-16. Over these three years, almost one in
four of the claimants 465 were found to be over 18.
Detailed figures provided under the Freedom of Information Act to
this newspaper show that the eldest was found to be almost twice as old as
he had claimed. ...
Overall, the number of people arriving in
Britain and claiming to be lone refugee children has almost tripled in
recent years, Home Office figures reveal, from 1,125 in 2012 to 3,253 in
Politics Labour Party
Sir Keir Starmer: Free movement rules 'have got to be changed'
PoliticsHome, 1 January 2017.
Labour divisions over immigration have surfaced once more as the
party's Brexit spokesperson called for a "fundamental rethink" of existing
policies as the UK prepares to quit the EU.
Sir Keir Starmer said
the rules surrounding free movement "have got to be changed", warning
politicians must acknowledge why Britons backed leaving the EU at June's
His remarks appear to put him at odds with party leader
Jeremy Corbyn and Labour's immigration spokesperson, Diane Abbott, who have
resisted calls to curb free movement.
Speaking to the Sunday Times,
the Shadow Brexit Secretary said: "There should be a fundamental rethink of
immigration rules from start to finish.
"The rules on free movement
have got to be changed or the way the rules operate has got to
Trojan Horse school witnesses fear for safety as names released
The Sunday Times, 1 January 2017.
The former police chief who led the official inquiry into the
"Trojan Horse" schools scandal has accused the government of "betrayal"
after it decided to give the alleged leaders of the plot the names and
testimony of his confidential witnesses.
Sources who were promised
anonymity received emails last month informing them that their identities
and the full transcripts of their private evidence would be released to
five of the alleged Trojan Horse ringleaders on Tuesday and made public.
The five are accused of conspiring to impose an "intolerant and
aggressive Islamic ethos" on several Muslim-majority schools in Birmingham.
They could be banned from teaching if the allegations are upheld.