IMMIGRATION CONCERN

Immigration and related issues, mainly in the United Kingdom.

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RECENT NEWS AND VIEWS

Extracts in date order, except latest additions first. Updated 17 December 2017

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Benefits and costs – health tourism
Crackdown on health tourist women who fly to the UK to give birth 'on the NHS' is WORKING despite fury of doctors' union
Stephen Adams
Mail on Sunday, 17 December 2017.

A clampdown on foreign women who fly in to give birth 'for free' on the NHS is proving to be a resounding success, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

Since the spring all pregnant women giving birth at St George's Hospital in Tooting, South London, have been required to prove they have lived in the UK for at least a year.

The drive – a trailblazing programme being rolled out across dozens of other hospitals – has led to a huge fall in the number of women from outside Britain attempting to obtain maternity care without paying.

Official NHS figures indicate the number of labour ward health tourists has dropped by at least 90 per cent at St George's, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

The results are a boost for the Government, which has vowed to get tough on a problem which is thought to cost the NHS hundreds of millions of pounds a year.

But they will be embarrassing for the Left-leaning British Medical Association, which has constantly criticised the idea. ...

A year ago they estimated that around 900 women who gave birth at St George's in 2015-16 should have been charged. Most have not paid up. The average birth costs the NHS at least £1,000, but that can soar if there are complications. ...

Managers at St George's estimated they were losing £4.6 million a year to health tourism, of which maternity was thought to account for the biggest chunk. It is still owed £1.75 million from fly-in mothers.
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Terrorism
Continuing terror threat forces King's College Chapel to scrap traditional queue for Christmas carol concert
Patrick Sawer
Sunday Telegraph, 17 December 2017.

It is one of those longstanding traditions - such as the last night of the Proms or the overnight queue for Wimbledon tickets - which appears to be a unique feature of British life.

But the fear of a potential terror attack has now forced the organisers of the King's College Chapel carol concert to scrap its queue for seats and replace it with ticket-only entry. ...

However, members of the public who want to attend will now have to buy a ticket in advance, allocating them a specific seat. ...

The changes come after a spate of terror attacks against soft targets in Britain. ...

It also follows a call by the Isis terror group for its followers to kidnap non-Muslim children in Europe.
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Immigration – public opinion, Brexit
Brexit voters were 'mainly driven by taking back control of law-making powers from EU' – not racism
David Wooding
The Sun, 17 December 2017.

Remain camp claims that the Brexit vote was driven by racism have been exposed as a vile smear.

Most people chose to leave the EU to take back control of law-making powers, a major study has found.

But even those who were swayed by mass immigration did not do so out of xenophobia or intolerance.

Jobs, skills and crime were the biggest concerns of those who voted out to bring an end to Britain's open borders.

Only a tiny handful of people admitted they were opposed to free movement on the grounds of race, religion or sexuality.

Last year, Labour MP Diane Abbott provoked uproar when she branded the millions who back Brexit racist. ...

But the myth of "Brexit racism" is exploded in a study by the independent think tank Open Europe.

It found that 84 per cent of people believe that one of the most important factors when considering whether to admit migrants is if they have a criminal record.

More than 73 per cent listed whether they have a specific job offer, with 69 per cent concerned about whether their job is in an area where the UK has a skills shortage.

Other issues which feature high on the list are the ability to speak fluent English, the likelihood of them claiming benefits, whether they are healthy and if they intend to settle here.

Only 7.9 per cent attached any priority to the race or ethnic background of migrants – and only 6.9 per cent believe it is important to know if they are Christian.
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Extremism – Islam
Head of Ofsted reveals she faces 'personal attacks' from 'extremists' trying to intimidate the watchdog over crackdown on illegal Muslim schools
Isabella Fish
Daily Mail, 16 December 2017.

The head of Ofsted says she faces personal attacks as extremists try to intimidate the watchdog over a crackdown on illegal Muslim schools.

Chief inspector of schools Amanda Spielman received an email saying: 'We know where you live and we can get you any time we want to,' after a court case against an Islamic school that separated girls and boys.

Her home address has had to be removed from the internet, while inspectors in one of Ofsted's regional offices have been sent extreme Islamic literature and forced to take security measures as they are targeted by extremists.
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Repatriation/deportation – criminals, compensation, human rights
Human rights insanity: Barmy laws are preventing 6,000 foreign criminals including killers and rapists being deported while 200 a year are receiving millions of pounds in compensation
Barbara Davies
Daily Mail, 16 December 2017.

Given the £110,000 compensation payment winging its way towards his bank account, Aliou Bah ought to be a very happy man indeed.

The 28-year-old refugee from Guinea, West Africa, who has two convictions for sexual assault, was awarded the bumper payout last week at Central London County Court after a judge ruled he had been detained for too long by the Home Office while they were trying to deport him. ...

In actuality, an average of 200 such cases come before the courts every year, typically costing the taxpayer £4.5 million in compensation payouts and making a mockery of Home Office pledges to deport foreign nationals who commit serious crimes. ...

The Home Office says there is a huge risk that criminals facing deportation will abscond if they are not detained.

But inevitable delays caused by obfuscating legal challenges can easily lead to a situation whereby a foreign criminal is deemed to have been kept in detention for too long. ...

Last month, 39-year-old Somalian Abdulrahman Mohammed – a man with a criminal career spanning 20 years – was awarded £78,500 after his claim for unlawful detention was upheld at the High Court in London.

Mohammed, who lives in West London and has 30 convictions, has been jailed 13 times for crimes including affray, knife possession, assaults and robberies. ...

The same verdict was delivered in relation to Naseer Chawki, a failed asylum-seeker claiming to be a 34-year-old from Iran, who was jailed for 'revolting' sex crimes on a crowded London Underground train and was placed in immigration detention for more than four years while the Home Office battled to deport him. ...

The final sum he received is not known, but the average payout to claimants is in the region of £27,000. ...

In isolation, of course, these cases might be viewed as an aberration, but a quick glance into the annals of UK immigration law turns up countless more.

In August 2011, failed Algerian asylum-seeker Amin Sino, who committed more than 25 crimes within six years of arriving in the UK, was awarded 'substantial' damages for unlawful detention, despite the fact he had misled Home Office officials about his identity in a bid to thwart deportation and had 'proved to be a risk to the community'.

The judge, John Howell QC, said that while the public would be 'outraged' by his ruling, an immigrant's refusal to co-operate with authorities was not justification for detention under UK law.

And the list goes on, with criminals continuing to remain in the UK while the deportation process drags on. ...

On top of these payouts, tax-payers are also ultimately footing the bill for all the lawyers, translators and forensic experts often drafted in to prove or disprove the claims of foreign offenders. ...

Dr David Green of the think-tank Civitas, the Institute for the Study of Civil Society, argues that the Home Office is in an impossible situation. If it detains foreign criminals, it risks further mammoth compensation claims in the future. If it releases them while seeking their deportation, it faces accusations of placing the public at risk. ...

In 2014, the Home Office was forced to admit that it had lost track of 758 dangerous foreign criminals awaiting deportation.
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Crime – domestic violence
Domestic violence: still a hidden problem for many migrant women
Mirela Sula
The Guardian, 16 December 2017.

With no family support, no friends, no finance, no confidence, and often feeling isolated, many migrant women feel totally alone and do not know where to go for help. One woman who came without her husband's permission to a workshop I ran on domestic abuse told me she was not allowed to go out on her own, even to buy food for her three-year-old son. ...

This woman said her husband would punish her if he found out she had attended the workshop. ...

It is shocking that almost 2 million people a year in England and Wales – 1.2 million women and 713,000 men – experience domestic abuse, and that two women in England are killed by a partner or ex-partner every week. But an even greater number of people experience abuse without reporting it – and many of them are migrant women. ...

... Many community leaders in this country are sceptical about the scale of the problem, even when statistics confirm how widespread this issue is.
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Immigration abroad – Calais, France
UK-bound lorries left UNLOCKED for illegal migrants in Calais
Oliver Pritchard
Daily Star, 16 December 2017.

Dozens of lorries are being left unlocked in areas where migrants routinely stow away in UK-bound vehicles.

The Daily Star visited HGV parks along the main trunk road to the Calais ferry port and Channel Tunnel.

Most of the vehicles were unsecured and only had catches on their rear doors which could be opened by hand.

Our team also saw numerous desperate migrants loitering suspiciously around trucks on the A16 and A26 motorways. ...

A Polish driver admitted he often left his truck unsecured to stop migrants vandalising it.

He said: "I leave the doors open with the documents on it which says I'm heading to Holland.

"If I lock the doors they will slash the sides of my lorry to see where I'm going. ..."
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Crime – fraud
African asylum seeker, 72, who scammed taxpayers out of £40,000 of benefits after he fled BACK to his Somali homeland because he 'missed the sunshine' is jailed
Sophie Inge
MailOnline, 16 December 2017.

A Somalian refugee, who continued receiving nearly £39,000 in benefits after returning to his homeland because he missed the sunshine, has been jailed for fifteen months.

Pensioner Mohamed Qoomaal, 72, had pension credit payments sent to him for two-and-a-half years and a mystery person enjoyed rent-free living in his council-funded home. ...

Despite arriving in this country fifteen years ago he also needed a taxpayer-funded interpreter during eight court hearings.
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Asylum – children, deception
'Child migrants Britain let in were BALDING and BEARDED' - fresh claim
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 15 December 2017.

Dozens of adult migrants posed as children to get into Britain, a former Border Force chief admitted last night.

After the Jungle refugee camp in Calais closed last year, 750 "vulnerable minors" were granted sanctuary in the UK as part of a deal struck with France. Concern was raised at the time that a number of them appeared to be over 18.

Tony Smith, former director-general of the UK Border Force, said: "I am not confident all the vulnerable minors brought over from Calais were children. In fact, I am confident some of them were not and were actually adult economic migrants posing as children.

"Some would have sworn on their mothers' lives they were only 16 even though they had a beard and were balding.

"If they can get away with an age they will because minors are treated much more favourably than adults. If they can get away with claiming they are a nationality which is more favourable to getting asylum, like a Somali or Syrian, then why not claim that? There is a huge amount of deception in immigration." ...

Tory MP David Davies was vilified for suggesting that some "child" migrants looked over 18 and should be required to undergo medical checks to back up their claims.

He said: "It was obvious to anyone with a grain of common sense that people who are prepared to jump into moving lorries to get to the UK would be perfectly prepared to lie about their age.

"The reluctance of the authorities to accept this because of a fear of receiving the kind of vilification I put up with last year has led to our system being flagrantly abused.

"If Mr Smith had spoken out while in office he would have faced a media storm and ministers would have been called on to sack him. Everyone working in this sector knows that to speak out about the abuses of our system is a quick way to end your career."

Mr Smith, who retired in 2013, also said Britain was kicking out too few failed asylum seekers.
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Immigration – Brexit
The immigration policy that we need after Brexit
Lord Green
Conservative Home, 15 December 2017.

Lord Green is Chairman of MigrationWatch UK and a cross-bench peer

Amidst the drama over trade talks immigration, a key factor in the outcome of the referendum, has almost disappeared from sight. /.../ Below are ten key points for ministers keep at the forefront of their minds in the next phase of negotiations.

. Net migration statistics for the first full year since the referendum showed a drop of 100,000, of which 80,000 was a reduction in EU net migration. However, there is still a net inflow from the EU of 100,000 and there are more EU-born workers in the labour market than ever before – over 2.4 million. ...

. Immigration was clearly a decisive factor in the referendum result. Ipsos MORI found it to be by far the most important issue for voters in June 2016 (11 points ahead of the NHS and 21 points ahead of the economy). ...

. We must take serious steps to expand the training of those already in the UK. There are 1.4 million unemployed people, and around a million part-time workers who would like more hours.

. 80 per cent of EU workers are not in the highly skilled categories. A system of work permits could cut, or taper very sharply, their numbers. ...

. Many employers are being subsidised by the taxpayer to employ migrants from the EU. Working age benefits for EEA nationals cost the Treasury £4.4 billion in 2014/15 or about £12 million per day. We do not hear about this from industry. ...

Finally, Minister, it will be very easy to get bogged down in detail but it is essential to remember that the UK population is set to grow by nearly ten million over the next 25 years if net migration continues at around current levels.
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Immigration abroad – voluntary repatriation, Germany
Migrants in Germany: Should they be paid to go home?
Rebecca Seales
BBC, 15 December 2017.

If you'd travelled across the world to pursue a better life, would you move back in return for money?

Germany is betting that the answer is yes.

The country has long offered migrants and asylum seekers financial incentives to leave its shores, and until 28 February 2018 it's prepared to pay out extra. ...

Germany is by no means first to this approach. So where else has done it - and is it morally wrong?

According to Dr Jeff Crisp, a Fellow at the Chatham House think tank, so-called "voluntary return" programmes for asylum seekers have been around for at least 20 years, and everywhere from Australia to the UK and Canada has tried them.

"The pressure on people to return is definitely being ramped up, and return is being seen as the key to the whole migration situation in Europe at the moment," he told the BBC. ...

Figures from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), which runs many countries' reward schemes, show that some 39,000 people received cash or benefits in kind in 2016, at a cost of $32.7m. And by far the biggest number - 54%, or 54,006 people - were leaving Germany.

How does a government sell that kind of outlay to the voting public?

In Scandinavia, which has seen a migrant influx in the past decade, officials say it's cheaper to help asylum seekers leave than to house them in immigration centres. ...

While the number of new asylum applications in Germany fell by almost half to 90,389 in the first half of 2017, a humane solution is needed for the thousands whose requests have already been turned down. ...

Almost twice as many asylum seekers are launching appeals in Germany year on year in 2017, as its deportation drive cranks up. Around one in two rulings makes it to court, and about a quarter of appeals succeed.

German public broadcaster NDR (cited by the news portal DW) puts the rough cost of these judgements at 19m euros from January to November 2017 - a full 7.8m more than in 2016.

For that money, the latest incentive scheme could afford to pay 19,000 people to leave voluntarily.
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Politics – multiculturalism, guilt
Douglas Murray Takes Us Inside The Strange Death Of Europe
Douglas Murray
FrontPage Mag, 15 December 2017.
[Speaking at the David Horowitz Freedom Center's 2017 Restoration Weekend]

The "Strange Death of Europe" centers on the 2015 migration crisis, which you all remember was the moment when Angela Merkel massively exacerbated an already existing problem by announcing, unilaterally, that the external and internal borders of Europe were basically dissolved. In a single act, the mass movement of people that had been going on for decades sped up exponentially, so that Germany in a single year took in an additional 2 percent of its population. Sweden took in an additional almost 3 percent of its population. This is all part of a pattern. ...

And, by the way, just as in all of the decades after the war, so in the post-2015 moment, the governments that came up with these explanations had to hedge around the facts, so that just like the labor government, after 1997, they had to pretend that the average migrant was a Luxemburgian hedge funder. And this is just one of the lies that gets told to the people, because once that one is shut down, once, for instance, you notice that the number of people who have been added to Germany's welfare bill in the last year, is almost exactly the number of the people who came in in 2015. ...

So once you get the one of, well, okay maybe they don't make us richer. Maybe the aging population thing doesn't work. You get to another one, which is diversity. It doesn't matter if we're financially poorer. It doesn't matter, because we're so much more culturally rich. ...

And then you get to another stage in this, which is, okay, maybe it doesn't make you richer. Maybe the aging population thing does fall apart. Maybe the diversity thing isn't all it's cracked up to be or, as I put it at one point in my book, maybe we just have to do an agreement this is a quid pro quo. We have a bit more gang rape and beheading than we used to have, but then there's a wider range of cuisines. ...

But, then you get to the last stage of that, which is the one that politicians now say and speak to us about. Which is, okay, maybe none of these things are the case. We'll suck it up. This is globalization. This is going to happen anyway. This is a hell of a way to speak to the general public about their and their children's future. And, it is only said, once again, to the peoples of Europe in this tone.

... I say in the opening line, "Europe is committing suicide or, at least, its leaders have decided to commit suicide." /.../ Now, this strange death, this suicide, seems to me to be a very unnatural thing to happen in nature. And, so there must be, and I posit that there are deeper underlying reasons for it. One is what I described, taking it from the French philosopher Pascal Bruckner, as the Tyranny of Guilt. This overwhelming guilt, specifically, the German guilt that has spread across the continent in the decades since the war. You, of course, in America have a very clear version of this, yourself. Just as we, in Europe now, have this myth of original sin, so you now have it in America; the original sin of slavery, the original sin of racism, and the European versions of the original sin of colonialism, and so on. Again, it's a one-way movement.
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Benefits and costs – welfare fraud
We gave Tania Amisi asylum and she repaid British kindness with crime
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 14 December 2017.

A mix of manipulative sentimentality and guilt-tripping deceit hangs over the debate about immigration. ...

Its emptiness is exposed by cases like that of fraudster Tania Amisi who was jailed this week following her conviction for claiming £224,000 in bogus benefits from 22 different councils.

Amisi, who arrived in Britain as an asylum seeker from the Congo, used her taxpayer-funded income to maintain her luxurious lifestyle, which included owning two properties in London's Chelsea Harbour, one of the most prestigious addresses in the world, as well as high-class travel, hotels, restaurants and fashion.

Britain provided her with sanctuary and she rewarded the public with extortion. Given the seriousness of her crimes her prison sentence of four years seems lenient; she could be free in less than two.

But this lack of toughness is only in keeping with the laxity of British officialdom, which has made public money easy prey to migrant criminals. ...

She is a living symbol of so much that has gone wrong with the integrity of our civic life. The welfare state was founded to meet the needs of British people, not to provide a honey-pot for foreign parasites and crooks.

Sadly her case is hardly an isolated one. ...

During the summer failed asylum seeker Ramou Jarjusey from Gambia was found guilty living in the West Midlands.

Once again the punishment was pathetically inadequate. ...

Equally indulgent were the 10-month jail terms handed out by a Manchester Court in April to wealthy Pakistanis Syed Zaidi and his wife Rizwana Kamal, who claimed free accommodation and welfare payments worth more than £150,000 when they were granted asylum here, despite the fact that they had savings of £250,000 in seven different bank accounts.

What this catalogue reveals is the absence of rigour in the benefits system. Payments are being dished out. Entitlement is not based on any past record of tax or national insurance contributions, which is why it is so easy for cynical foreigners to exploit.

That reality is denounced by the pro-immigration brigade, pumped up with their anti-British theories about the virtues of the new arrivals and the alleged laziness of the natives.

"Tax-paying immigrants past and present keep indolent British scroungers on their couches drinking beer and watching TV," wrote TV and newspaper commentator Yasmin Alibhai-Brown.

But this is a complete myth. ...

Contrary to the relentless propaganda of the progressive media, rates of joblessness and welfare dependency are much higher in migrant communities than among the British population.
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Politics – Western Europe
Europe's ageing societies require immigration to survive – and that means anti-immigration politics is here to stay
Nate Breznau
LSE - European Politics and Policy, 14 December 2017.

Beginning in the 1970s in Western Europe, populism has risen yet again amidst the waves of immigration that began in the 1960s. The new populist parties are often unidimensional with explicit xenophobic, anti-immigrant positions. Their messages scapegoat non-white, non-native born persons; often with a diametric opposition to Muslims or Islamic culture. In Western European countries, anti-immigrant populist parties – sometimes labelled the 'populist radical right' or 'neo-nationalists' – expanded from below 5% of the national vote share in 1962 up to 13% by 2017, on average.

The vote share and percentage of foreign-born members of the population observed from 1962-2017 reveals a pattern. They rise in tandem. This is not a paradox of pooling Western European data. In each country on its own, the stock of foreign-born persons explains 50 to 97% of the variance in anti-immigrant party vote share (i.e., the range of correlation coefficients in 17 countries). This does not mean immigration causes anti-immigrant voting; however, social and political research explains why it is part of the causal process.

Immigration appears to be the only stable component of new populist parties and their limited policy victories. ...

This marks a new era. /.../ Anti-immigration views and aggressive displays of national pride, which might once have been confined to private dinner table conversations, have now moved into the public sphere, on the streets, in the media, and in political debates. ...

... The native population may feel threatened by immigrants geographically and economically, challenging both group and national identities. ...

And immigration must continue to increase. The ageing population in Western Europe demands services and resources that the native working-age population cannot provide. ...

... Nothing is certain and exogenous shocks are commonplace. Yet demographic science suggests that increased labour force participation, higher contributions from workers and employers, and lower benefits provided to retirees would be inevitable without an increase in immigration. In hyper-ageing societies such as Germany, the necessary increase would equate to a population where as many as 60% or more of citizens are foreign-born. Using these drastic estimates, the models outlined above also predict a 20% foreign-born population by 2035. ...

Populism rises and falls in its myriad variants, but the explicitly anti-immigration version is likely here to stay.
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Illegal immigration – Calais, France
'Great Wall of Calais' farce: Barrier costs UK £2.3m and is fitted with unlocked doors
Oliver Pritchard
Daily Express, 13 December 2017.

A huge wall meant to stop migrants hiding in UK-bound lorries at Calais has been fitted with unlocked doors.

The 13ft barrier, dubbed The Great Wall of Calais, was built using £2.3 million of UK taxpayers' money.

It runs for well over half a mile beside the N216 motorway, which ends at the town's ferry port terminal.

But a probe has found that steel doors set into it as access points for French officials are a glaring weak point.

On the side of the wall facing away from the road the doors look like featureless sheets of plain metal.

But on the traffic side they have handles with simple catches which can be opened without a key.

Migrants have discovered that all they have to do is gather at a door and send one of their mates running to the end of the wall.
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Crime – deportation, EU migrants
Criminals from the EU will be allowed to STAY in Brexit Britain if they were sentenced to less than a year in jail, minister reveals
Steve Hawkes
The Sun, 13 December 2017.

Criminals from the EU will be allowed to STAY in Brexit Britain if they were sentenced to less than a year in jail, a Minister has revealed.

Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis told peers today that offenders who had committed "minor infractions" would not be booted out.

This means EU nationals with convictions for offences such as theft will likely be given "settled status" – and full access to schools, state pensions and benefits for years to come.

The revelation came as Mr Lewis told a cross-party committee yesterday that the estimated 3 million EU nationals likely to want to stay in Britain will be able to apply in "minutes" when the system goes live next year.

He confirmed all those seeking to stay would be asked to 'self-declare' criminal convictions. ...

But he insisted the Government had stepped up its deportations of so-called Foreign National Offenders with 41,000 from both EU and non-EU nations deported since 2010.
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Multiculturalism – religion, free speech, hate crime
Former Ukip leader fears 'appeasement of Islam' threatens Christianity
Sarah Westcott
Daily Express, 13 December 2017.

A senior peer fears Christians could be arrested for airing their views on Jesus under hate crime laws which he claims "appease Muslims".

Lord Pearson of Rannoch said free speech is being eroded by political correctness and people are becoming afraid to speak their minds in case they break the law.

The former Ukip leader said he, and other peers, have become increasingly worried about freedom of speech.

Lord Pearson has repeatedly asked the Government if Christians who preach the supreme divinity of Christ would be guilty of a religiously-motivated offence.

This year the Crown Prosecution Service produced revised definitions of the different strands of hate crime – racist, religious, disability, homophobic, biphobic and transphobic.

In a debate on hate crime in the House of Lords last week, Lord Pearson asked: "Will the Government confirm that the latest definition of a hate crime is one which is perceived to be motivated by prejudice based on a person's religion?"

"Will the Government therefore confirm unequivocally that a Christian who says Jesus is the only son of the one true God cannot be arrested for hate crime or any other offence, however much it may offend a Muslim or anyone of any other religion?" ...

Between 2015 and 2016, the Crown Prosecution Service completed a record 15,442 hate crime prosecutions.
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Crime – child sexual abuse, political correctness, truth
It's not racist to tell the truth about grooming gangs
Allison Pearson
Daily Telegraph, 13 December 2017.

In what circumstances should you apologise for telling the truth? Back in August, Sarah Champion, the Labour MP for Rotherham, wrote an article for The Sun which began: "Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls. There. I said it. Does that make me a racist? Or am I just prepared to call out this horrifying problem for what it is?"

Champions's willingness to "call out this horrifying problem" lasted all of five days before she issued an apology for her "extremely poor choice of words".

She went further and resigned as shadow secretary of state for women and equalities saying it "would distract from the crucial issues around child protection which I have campaigned on my entire political career".

That was a mistake, wasn't it, Sarah? The white girls who had been raped and pimped by British Pakistani men – campaigners estimate there may be as many as 40,000 victims – really need a fearless, high-profile advocate. Champion betrayed both her name and those girls when she succumbed to the overwhlming pressure to apologise for speaking the truth about what I believe to be the biggest scandal in modern British history. ...

... a hugely important new report from the Quilliam think tank ...

... In many of the case studies looked at, members of gangs were often related by "blood or community" and when Quilliam analysed 58 grooming gangs they found that 84 per cent of their members were Asian and 70 per cent of those were of Pakistani heritage. ...

What they found was, indeed, racist. Perpetrators viewed their young victims as "white trash available for sex". ...

Cultural sensitivity and "an attitude of extreme political correctness of those in positions of authority" led to abhorrent views being swept under the carpet for years until the scandal was no longer containable.
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Politics – Brexit, EU migrants
Migrants should be let into Britain until 2021, says the EU: Negotiators want to push back the date in return for two-year transition deal
Jason Groves and Mario Ledwith
Daily Mail, 12 December 2017.

Britain is facing demands to push back the 'cut-off date' for new EU migrants to 2021 in return for a two-year transition deal, it emerged last night.

Documents show that EU negotiators plan to issue the demand during the next phase of negotiations in return for the 'transition deal' wanted by the Prime Minister. ...

The Brexit divorce deal agreed by Theresa May last week proposes a 'cut-off date' of March 2019, after which new EU migrants would lose the automatic right to reside in the UK on a long-term basis. ...

An EU document said: 'In such case, the 'specified date' should, in the Commission's view, be defined not as the date of the United Kingdom's withdrawal, but as that of the end of the transitional period.'
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Politics – Brexit, EU migrants
Theresa May pens begging letter to EU migrants saying Britain will be 'poorer' if they leave after Brexit
Mikey Smith
Mirror, 12 December 2017.

Theresa May has penned an open letter begging EU migrants to stay in the UK after Brexit.

Writing on Facebook, the Prime Minister said she knows the country would be "poorer" if the three million EU citizens left. ...

But today she wrote: "I greatly value the depth of the contributions you make - enriching every part of our economy, our society, our culture and our national life. I know our country would be poorer if you left and I want you to stay."

And she said that the deal she agreed with Brussels counterparts on Friday would enshrine the rights of EU citizens in British law. ...

Migrants who have been in the country for five years will be eligible for "settled status", and close family members - including "existing spouses, unmarried partners, children, dependent parents and grandparents, as well as children born or adopted outside of the UK" - will be able to join them in the UK.

And pensions, healthcare and other benefits will remain the same as they are today.
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Repatriation/deportation – Roma, Romanians, Scotland
Roma arriving in Scotland being 'targeted unfairly'
Catriona Stewart
Herald Scotland, 12 December 2017.

Roma people arriving in Scotland from the EU are being unfairly targeted by border control, a charity has claimed.

Friends of Romano Lav (FoRL) has said it is "deeply concerned" about recent Home Office activity in Govanhill, Glasgow, in relation to the Romanian Roma community.

The organisation claims Romanian nationals are being made subject to additional questioning at Glasgow Airport with new arrivals being asked for proof of employment, against freedom of movement principles. ...

In a major operation involving Police Scotland, the Home Office, HMRC, the DWP and the National Crime Agency, a crime ring that had claimed nearly £1 million in fraudulent tax credit claims was uncovered. ...

The Home Office said 14 people had been denied entry to the UK as part of the operation. ...

Glasgow has Scotland's highest number of Roma people with around 3500 living in Govanhill.
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Multiculturalism – Islam
"Eurosion": Muslim Majority in Thirty Years?
Giulio Meotti
Gatestone Institute, 12 December 2017.

One of the most debated arguments about Muslims in Europe is the "Eurabia" claim: that high birth rates and immigration will make Muslims the majority on the continent within a few decades. For years, most of the media and analysts dismissed the claim as alarmist and racist. ...

Not many had the courage to sound an alarm. The great Arabist scholar, Bernard Lewis, sent out a warning more than a decade ago that Europe would turn Muslim by the end of this century, and dissolve into "part of the Arab West, the Maghreb". The late scholar Fouad Ajami also cautioned that "Europe is host to a war between order and its enemies, fueled by demography"; and the Italian writer Oriana Fallaci imagined a continent with "the minarets in place of the bell-towers, with the burka in place of the mini-skirt". Mark Steyn explained that "the future belongs to Islam" with an "enfeebled" West in a "semi Islamified Europe".

Ten years later, since Europe opened its borders to a massive wave of migrants from North Africa and the Middle East, the demographers reviewed their assessments.

... The projections foretell that if the current wave of immigrants persists, in thirty years Europe's Muslim population will triple. ...

Pew's dramatic scenarios do not tell the whole story, however. What will happen in major European cities, where the Muslim communities are currently based? Will London, Marseille, Stockholm, Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin and Birmingham all have Muslim majorities? ...

Under the "medium" and "high" projections in Pew's scenarios, how can Europe preserve all its most precious gifts: freedom of expression, separation of church and state, freedom of conscience, rule of law and equality between men and women? ...

Jean-Claude Chesnais rightly called this shift a "crépuscule", a twilight. We are living through the self-extinction of the European societies of the Enlightenment.
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Numbers – Hungary
Lawmakers reject EP decision on migration
Hungary Journal, 12 December 2017.

Parliament adopted on Tuesday a resolution proposed by ruling Fidesz rejecting the European Parliament's November 16 decision on mandatory quotas on the relocation of asylum seekers.

The resolution was adopted with 142 votes in favour and 3 against. The Socialists, the leftist Democratic Coalition and green LMP did not vote. Jobbik voted yes, three independents voted no.
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Immigration abroad – deportation, Israel
Knesset approves plan to deport 40,000 illegal immigrants
David Rosenberg
Arutz Sheva, 12 December 2017.

A plan to deport more than 40,000 illegal immigrants from Israel passed the Knesset late Monday night, paving the way for the implementation of program previously blocked by the Supreme Court. ...

Tens of thousands of illegal immigrants crossed into Israel over the past decade via the southern border with Egypt. Most of the infiltrators came from Eritrea, Sudan, Somalia, and other countries in northeastern Africa.

Following the construction of the border fence along the Israeli-Egyptian frontier, illegal border crossings plummeted by more than 99% - but only after nearly 60,000 illegal immigrants entered Israel prior to the construction of the fence in 2012.
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Immigration abroad – race, oppression, hatred, violence, USA
Double Standards and Distortions
Heather Mac Donald
City Journal, 12 December 2017.

The media condemns President Trump for "normalizing hatred" – while it looks the other way on Islamist violence and black-nationalist hatred. ...

... the false narrative that we're living through an epidemic of police violence against black males. The media's stoking of that narrative has had a far greater effect on the nation's crime rate and on race relations than Trump's retweets have had on public perceptions of Islamic violence.

The reaction to an FBI report on black anti-cop violence also highlights the double standards in what can and cannot be said about race and identity. In August 2017, the FBI published an internal report warning that targeted violence against police officers was on the rise, /.../ The report focused on violence by individuals inspired by what the report called "black identity extremism." ...

The reaction to the FBI report, however, was one of shocked indignation that anyone would posit such a thing as "black identity ideology." There is no anti-white ideology to be found among blacks, according to the liberal elites. ...

Diatribes against whites and white oppression have become the wallpaper of academia, so normal as to escape notice. ...

... A student columnist at Texas State University published an op-ed in the campus newspaper in November telling whites: "Remember this: I hate you because you shouldn't exist."

Critics of the FBI cop-killer report nitpick over the FBI's term "black identity extremist," which they consider an unwarranted new coinage. The fact that no group may identify itself with that exact phrasing does not refute the fact that anti-white hatred in inner-city black culture is real and consequential. Whites politely turn their eyes away from this sentiment, but it is there for the asking if you hang out around 125th Street in Harlem, the National Action Network, Chicago's South Side, or East St. Louis. /.../ This anti-white sentiment is far more pervasive than any anti-black sentiment among whites, and is in fact authorized by elites.

... As for interracial violence, blacks disproportionately commit it. Between 2012 and 2015, there were 631,830 violent interracial victimizations, excluding homicide, between blacks and whites, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Blacks committed 85.5 percent of those victimizations, or 540,360 felonious assaults on whites, while whites committed 14.4 percent, or 91,470 felonious assaults on blacks. If anyone is under threat from another race, it is not blacks. As for threats from the police, a police officer is 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male is to be killed by a police officer.

There is no support for white supremacy in American culture at large. There is, however, enormous support for the idea that white supremacy is rampant, which is tantamount to an anti-white ideology, embraced by blacks and by whites. The consequences of that ideology are serious, but may not be mentioned. Meanwhile, violence committed by non-whites, including Muslims, is minimized, viewed as random and almost never ideological. That is a distorted reckoning.
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Immigration abroad – EU, Czech Republic
EU will FUEL the rise of populism: New Czech PM warns Brussels over migrant policy
Laura Mowat
Daily Express, 11 December 2017.

The new Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis has warned the European Union its actions of forcing countries to take in migrants will fuel the rise of populism as it allows the influence of extremist parties to grow. ...

Mr Babis said: "The European Commission can withdraw the charge at any moment.

"We have to negotiate on this and to offer different models, like guarding the borders or help to other countries.

"But we don't want any refugees".
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Crime – child sexual exploitation
London 'grooming gang' exposed as police warn abuse happening across Britain
Lizzie Dearden
Independent, 11 December 2017.

Police believe they have exposed a new grooming gang in London as officers warn widespread abuse is taking place across the country. ...

Police are already arresting around 420 men every month over child sexual exploitation across England and Wales, and the numbers continue to grow.

Detective Inspector Laura Hillier, of the Metropolitan Police's sexual exploitation team, said an operation codenamed Grandbye was launched after the four victims came forward separately in Newham. ...

Ms Hillier said although older men are involved, the boys used as a "hook" are of a similar age to the teenage victims. ...

Chief Constable Simon Bailey, the National Police Chief's Council lead for child protection, said it was "broadly representative of what's taking place across the UK". ...

"It's important to understand there is a real diversity between victims, perpetrators and how grooming happens," said Carly Adams, a specialist in child sexual exploitation at the Children's Society.
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Immigration abroad – crime, Australia
Is this how we stop Sudanese Apex gangs? Violent teenage migrants could be booted from the country on their 16th birthday - as politicians debate new migration law proposals
Stephen Johnson
Daily Mail Australia, 11 December 2017.

Violent migrant youths could be kicked out of Australia on their 16th birthday under a hardline proposal to stop African Apex gangs from terrorising neighbourhoods.

Federal Liberal MP Jason Wood, a former police detective, made the recommendation for unprecedented action as the chairman of a parliamentary inquiry into migration settlement. ...

His report also proposed the compulsory cancellation of the visas for those convicted of sexual assault, serious assault, home invasion and carjackings when they became an adult at 18.

'We need to make it clear to those who commit serious and violent crimes that their actions will have consequences,' he said.

'I have seen this in my own electorate with the rise of the Apex Gang, a group of young people with a Sudanese background terrorising suburban Melbourne with riots, thefts, carjackings and violent home invasions.'
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Diversity – free thought, race equality, universities
On campus, 'diversity' is now a threat to free thought
Andrew Tettenborn
Spiked, 11 December 2017.

We're used to hearing stories about some universities making life difficult for those who openly disagree with a predominantly liberal-left outlook. Less well-known is a movement to railroad universities into endorsing as official policy some truly controversial views on race, gender and equality. ...

... Not only do we have a new breed of academic interested in process over purpose and 'social justice' over everything - we now also have the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU).

The ECU is a little-known organisation founded in 2005 and based in London. It has a staff of around 40, overseen by a board of 13 drawn mainly from the academic great and good. It is bankrolled by Universities UK, similar Welsh and Scottish higher-education bodies, and organisations such as the Royal Society, and is subscribed to to the tune of a few thousand pounds per year by just about every university in the UK. ...

Indeed, the ECU isn't just concerned with traditional 'fair treatment' equality – the sort no one would object to. Instead, it goes a good deal further. Take the Race Equality Charter, which universities are under almost irresistible peer pressure to adopt. If a university wants to participate, its vice-chancellor must formally endorse a document stating, among other things, that 'racism is an everyday facet of UK society' and that 'diverse teams enhance creativity and promote innovation'. ...

Now, these aims and assertions may or may not be justified. But it is deeply problematic that universities, supposed homes of free thought, are now expected to adopt them as a sort of academic equivalent of the Thirty-Nine Articles. And this is just the basics. The charters also have bronze, silver and gold awards, which require universities to go a good deal further.

Dig deeper into ECU documents and you see far more concerning examples of a postmodern, victim-centred approach to equality. ...

This is bad news for those of us who believe the university should be a place for free debate, rather than evangelising an official, or semi-official, ideology.
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Immigration abroad – Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Pakistan, Bangladesh
Bangladesh: Runaway Muslim Persecution of Hindus
Mohshin Habib
Gatestone Institute, 11 December 2017.

If you want to punish a non-Muslim, especially a poor Christian in Pakistan, point your index finger at him and utter the word "blasphemy." You will soon find thousands of Islamic hardliners beside you chanting, "Death to blasphemers!" Similarly, if you want to root out a Hindu family from its ancestral home in Bangladesh, just accuse one of its members of insulting the Islamic Prophet Muhammad. You will soon find thousands of Muslims rushing to burn the Hindu family's whole neighborhood down, without hesitation or evidence.

Such behavior towards minorities – Christians in Pakistan and Hindus in Bangladesh – has become commonplace among fundamentalist Muslims in both countries, whose governments have surrendered to Islamists. ...

According to an eminent Bangladeshi economist and researcher, Dr. Abul Barkat of Dhaka University, within 30 years, there will be no Hindus left in the country, based on "the rate of exodus over the past 49 years." Barkat, author of "Political Economy of Unpeopling of Indigenous People: The Case of Bangladesh," said that between 1964 and 2013, 11.3 million Hindus had left Bangladesh due to religious persecution and discrimination.

The Hindus of Bangladesh, a country created in 1971 from East Pakistan, have a long history of repression at the hands of Muslims. According to a 2013 report by the Hindu American Foundation (HAF):

"Hindu minorities living in countries throughout South Asia and other parts of the world are subject to varying degrees of legal and institutional discrimination, restrictions on their religious freedom, social prejudice, violence, social persecution, and economic and political marginalization. Hindu women are especially vulnerable and face kidnappings and forced conversions in countries such as Bangladesh and Pakistan. In several countries where Hindus are minorities, non-state actors advance a discriminatory and exclusivist agenda, often with the tacit or explicit support of the state."
... It is little wonder, then, that the Hindu population there is in steep decline, with a 2011 national census suggesting that a mere 8.4% remained, with nearly one million having left the country after 2001. To this day, Hindus continue to seek refuge in neighboring India.

Although secularism is enshrined in the constitution of Bangladesh, the country is being "purified" by – and for – its fundamentalist Muslims.
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Crime – Muslims, child sexual abuse
Grooming gangs of Muslim men failed to integrate into British society
Steve Bird
Sunday Telegraph, 10 December 2017.

The failure of Asian communities to integrate into British society has led to gangs of Muslim men targeting white women with drink and drugs before raping and sexually abusing them, an anti-extremism think tank claims.

The report by Quilliam calls for greater support to help integrate British Pakistani people into modern British society.

It says that the gangs of mainly British-Pakistani men "have been influenced by the cultural conditions of their home country and a wider failure of British society to integrate these men into their adoptive culture."

Researchers, who analysed 264 convictions of grooming gang members since 2005, had initially expected to find Asians had been unfairly singled out.

However, they discovered that 222 of those convicted, or 84 per cent, were men of Asian origin. Only 22 were black and 18 were white with two offenders not having an identified ethnicity. The findings are in stark contrast to the fact Asians make up only seven per cent of the UK population, the report said. ...

The report, called 'Group Based Child Sexual Exploitation: Dissecting Grooming Gangs', notes how many of the gangs had operated in North of England towns and cities. ...

They found that while girls from the Asian community were seen as "protected" because chastity was linked to "family honour", young white women were deemed "easy targets" and "open to sexual relationships with a little persuasion". ...

Since 2011, groups of men have been prosecuted for organised sexgrooming crimes against hundreds of girls in Rochdale, Rotherham, Oxford, Telford, Leeds, Birmingham, Norwich, Burnley, High Wycombe, Leicester, Dewsbury, Middlesbrough, Peterborough, Bristol, Halifax and Newcastle.

In only two of those cases were the men not of South Asian heritage. Of all the victims, only three were not white teenage girls.
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Terrorism – jihadis
Returning jihadis must be brought to justice
The Spectator, 9 December 2017.
[Leading article]

While extremism, for political reasons, is frequently attributed to a tiny minority of people, that is not how it must seem to an MI5 officer trying to assess and prioritise risks. According to the Anderson report, the organisation currently has 3,000 'subjects of interest' in its sights, with a further 20,000 people on the books, who have been under investigation at some stage. It can take a dozen intelligence officers to track one suspect around the clock: there are simply not the resources to track them all. Intelligence can never be foolproof. ...

The biggest faults with our anti-terror campaign lie not with the intelligence agencies but with the criminal justice system. We could do more about the estimated 400 Britons who travelled willingly to join Isis in Syria and Iraq and who have since returned to Britain. There is no issue of civil liberties involved in this as there was, for example, with suspects who were subject to the now-defunct control orders. Every one of these people, simply by travelling to Isis territory, has committed a criminal offence – yet just 14 of them are known to have been jailed.

A dangerous conceit has developed to the effect that former Isis fighters are merely misguided and that with a bit of counselling and deradicalisation they can be introduced back into British society. ...

There is a bizarre disjuncture between how we treat Isis fighters in Syria or Iraq – where we are happy to eliminate them via drone strike – and how we treat them if they manage to make it back to Britain, where we hope they will find gainful employment and tend not to go after them.

There are justified objections to the detention or control of people whom we merely suspect might be capable of carrying out terrorist acts. But if the government decrees that fighting for Isis is a crime, then it ought to go after the offenders. That would help the intelligence agencies thwart the next terror attack.
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Terrorism – returning jihadis
Government doesn't record how many returning jihadi fighters it's prosecuted
Westmonster, 9 December 2017.

The government simply doesn't keep a record of how many, if any, returning ISIS jihadis have been prosecuted since coming back to Britain.

Westmonster contacted the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice and the Crown Prosecution Service. None of them said they had figures relating specifically to returning fighters.

Bear in mind around 425 are believed to have made their way back to the UK after fighting for ISIS or other banned terror groups in Syria and Iraq...

And there have been a record number of terror arrests in the last 12 months – 400.

So it would appear that not only is this government stripping the resources away from security services, failing to tackle home grown terror and not securing Britain's borders, it's also not too bothered about prosecuting returning jihadis.
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Immigration abroad – Brussels, Belgium
Welcome to the Hell Hole that is Brussels
Drieu Godefridi
Gatestone Institute, 9 December 2017.

Brussels is rapidly descending into chaos and anarchy. ...

Last month alone in Brussels, there were three separate outbreaks of rioting and looting on a major scale. ...

This lawlessness, with not even the remotest political justification, is the new normal in Brussels. /.../ The new Brussels is characterized by riots and looting by people of foreign origin, as well as the ongoing heavily-armed military presence in the streets of Brussels, in place since March 22, 2016, the day that European Islamists murdered 32 and wounded 340 people in the worst-ever terrorist attack in Belgium. ...

The picture would not be complete without mentioning that the very night that the first riot began, November 11, an association called MRAX (Mouvement contre le racisme, l'antisémitisme et la xénophobie) published on its Facebook page an appeal to report any case of "police provocation" or "police violence". The results of the riot? 22 police officers hurt, zero arrests. MRAX is not only a bunch of leftist Islamist sympathizers, they are heavily financed by taxpayers. Are movements from the right also financed by taxpayers? Simply put: No. ...

... But nothing is going to change if people do not recognize that in many respects Brussels has, from the opulent conservative and "bourgeois" city that it was 25 years ago, morphed into a hell hole.
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Crime – benefit fraud, theft
Network in £1m benefit fraud is uncovered
Marc Horne
The Times, 9 December 2017.

An organised crime network that fraudulently secured almost £1 million of public money has been broken up after an international police operation.

The benefit and tax fraud was taking place on a staggering scale in Govanhill, Glasgow, an immigration official said. A major operation involving Police Scotland, the National Crime Agency, the Home Office, HMRC, Border Force and the Department for Work and Pensions found a series of bogus companies had been established in the neighbourhood to facilitate and provide cover for the fraudulent scheme.

The Home Office has confirmed that dozens of Romanians have been removed from the UK in recent weeks in connection with the exercise, called Operation Mighty.

Ian Tyldesley, head of immigration enforcement for Scotland, said: "HMRC identified fraudulent child tax credit and other benefit claims involving 58 people in Govanhill. Those benefits have now been stopped. The total sum was around £1 million and the scale of benefits abuse was quite staggering."

Specialist officers from the National Child Abuse Investigation Unit are conducting a separate investigation in Govanhill, prompted by a Times report which suggested that vulnerable children were being sold for abuse in the district. ...

... Police Scotland confirmed there had been a significant reduction in recorded offences, including a 60 per cent fall in theft, since the exercise was launched.
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Terrorism – arrests
Record 400 arrests for terror-related offences were made in the UK in the year to September - including more than 50 women
Richard Spillett
MailOnline, 8 December 2017.

The number of suspects arrested in terrorism investigations has reached a record high, official figures reveal.

A total of 400 people were held for terror-related offences in Britain in the year to the end of September, the highest tally since data collection started in 2001 and a jump of 54% compared to last year. ...

It was also revealed that 58 of those held were female - the highest number on record. ...

Just under a third of those arrested, 115 people, were later charged, with the vast majority of those charged with terrorism-related offences.

More than 200 of those arrested were were released without charge, 60 were released on bail pending further investigation and 11 faced so-called 'alternative action'.

The increase includes a 77% rise in the number of white suspects held, from 81 to 143.

Earlier this week, a report revealed that counter-terror teams are currently running about 500 live investigations involving 3,000 individuals at any one time, while there is also a wider pool of 20,000 subjects of previous probes.
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Immigration – EU immigrants
Not Good Enough! EU's Verhofstadt Demands Easier Migration After Brexit, EU Court Power 'Binding' in UK
Liam Deacon
Breitbart, 8 December 2017.

The European Parliament's Brexit coordinator has laid out five further Brexit demands, including two making it easier for migrants to come to Britain after the divorce.

Guy Verhofstadt, a former Prime Minister of Belgium and hardline Brexit opponent, was responding to the already controversial deal allowing Brexit talks to progress to trade, as the parliament he represents has a veto on any final Brexit deal.

His demands included two conditions pertaining to European Union (EU) migrants, one easing their passage to the UK after 2019, and one ensuring the continued power of EU courts in the UK. ...

On migration, he now wants EU nationals living in the UK to be able to bring their families and future spouses and partners to live with them, even if they meet after Brexit in 2019, or their children are conceived after the UK leaves the bloc.

He says entire families of migrants should be able to "initiate the procedure" of moving to the UK by filling out "one single" application form.

Furthermore, he called for a "light-touch... free of charge" procedure for EU citizens to register in the UK, placing the "burden of proof on the Home Office, on the UK authorities, to challenge the declaration".

The UK has already promised numerous protections for EU migrants and a simplified process of applying to stay, with the Home Office stating: "We expect the majority of cases to be granted."
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Multiculturalism – freedom of speech, hate crime
Free speech must follow Voltaire
Justice of the Peace Blog, 8 December 2017.
[The observations and opinions of a recently retired magistrate]

Currently there is growing opposition to a proposed visit by Franklin Graham an American evangelist preacher on the grounds that he is likely to provoke a possible reaction from Muslims, gay people and others whom Graham has castigated in speeches in the USA. The rise of a British Muslim population of 3 million has simultaneously led to increasing criticism of conservative Christianity and its adherents' proselytising. /.../ In short outside Northern Ireland religion was a private topic in this country until the immigration of hundreds of thousands of people from lands where religion was not only public but carried with it political inferences long dismissed here. ...

I have posted three times in the last year or so on the topic of hate crime: /.../ It truly requires senior judiciary to halt this apparent upping of the ante as to what constitutes "hate". Provided no incentive to violent action can be construed from actual words used, those opposed to the views and opinions of people like Geert Wilders, Franklin Graham and others whether of the Right or the Left, Christian or Muslim, gay or trans or whatever should make their arguments orally, in writing or through social media. Banning those who voice what some consider unsayable is a short slope to the unthinkable.
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Population – progressive case
Jonathon Porritt calls for progressive case for taking control of EU immigration
Jonathon Porritt
The Ecologist, 7 December 2017.

When I joined the Green party in the mid-1970s population was a big issue, regularly debated with enthusiasm and intellectual rigour. People joining the Green party today would have to wait a long time before even hearing the word mentioned – and then might easily find themselves 'warned off' from this no-go territory.

I just don't get this. In a world where overall population growth projections are rising, and where global migration is still on the rise, it's a complete dereliction of all environmentalists' duty to protect the planet (particularly members of the Green party) to continue to ignore population growth and not to campaign for its reduction. Without such a reduction, all solutions to other aspects of ecological and social concern are made far more difficult to deal with. ...

Uncomfortable though this might be for contemporary greens – and indeed for all progressives – high levels of population growth and immigration go hand-in-hand. If net migration continues at around recent levels, then the UK's population is expected to rise by nearly 8 million people in 15 years, almost the equivalent of the population of Greater London (8.7 million).

At least 75 percent of this increase would be from future migration and the children of those migrants. As already indicated, future population growth would not stop there. Unless something is done about this growth, it is projected to increase towards 80 million in 25 years and keep going upwards. ...

The UK's Total Fertility Rate has not been above 2.1 children per mother since 1972, but 'population momentum' (the increase in the numbers of births when babies born at the peak of population growth reach reproductive age), plus net immigration, has led to a population increase of nearly 10 million people since 1972. ...

All I can do, therefore, is to urge all environmentalists to open up their minds again and re-think the whole population/immigration nexus – from a radical, genuinely progressive perspective.
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Immigration – USA, Europe
What Will a Few More Years of Muslim Immigration Do to Europe?
Michael Curtis
American Thinker, 7 December 2017.

On December 3, 2017, members of the Trump administration, including Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the U.N., and secretary of state Rex Tillerson announced that United States would no longer take part in the Global Compact on migration. That compact, the non-binding New York Declaration for Refugees and Migration, signed on September 19, 2016 by 193 states, purported to commit them to a unified framework – a safe, orderly, and regular organization of all aspects of international migration.

Secretary Tillerson explained, a day before a global conference on the issue was to open on December 4 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, that the U.N. program is not consistent with the immigration policies of the U.S., which, like all states, has a sovereign right to apply its own immigration laws and to control its borders.

... Migration policy, like all political phenomena, is affected by the reality that the world and its population are in flux. ...

The Pew study largely concentrates on changes in Europe between 2010 and 2016. The crucial fact is that the number of refugees has escalated since 2014. The record number of 1.3 million migrants applying for asylum in the 28 states of the E.U. is nearly double the number in 1992 who applied after the fall of the Soviet Union.

Of the migrants in those years to Europe, both refugees and regular migrants, about 3.7 million were Muslims, and 3.3 million were non-Muslims. Of the 3.7 million Muslims, about 2.5 million were legal migrants as workers and students and 1.3 million who want refugee status; most of them were from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. The significance of this is that while the Muslim population grew from net migration, the non-Muslim population declined between 2010 and 2016 by about 1.7 million.
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Immigration abroad – European Union
EU to put Poland, Hungary and Czechia in dock for rejecting asylum seekers
bne IntelliNews, 7 December 2017.

The European Commission is to sue Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for refusing to take in asylum seekers as part of a relocation plan launched by the EU two years ago, it announced on December 12.

The three members of the Visegrad Four political and cultural alliance are accused by the EU's executive body of "non-compliance with their legal obligations on relocation" and the ECJ could impose heavy fines.
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Immigration abroad – artificial island
Build artificial island in Med as home for refugees, says Dutch technologist
Josh Loeb
E&T, 7 December 2017.

A maverick technologist wants the European Union to adopt his plan to create an artificial island in the Mediterranean Sea offering sanctuary to tens of thousands of African migrants.

Theo Deutinger is assembling a team of experts to pass judgement on legality of his scheme and hopes to place proposals before European Commission chiefs in the coming months.

Speaking to E&T last night from his home in the Netherlands, Deutinger, who works as a writer and architect, insisted his idea for a maritime city state dubbed 'Europe in Africa' (EIA) was no joke. ...

Deutinger's vision is for the EU to secure a lease from Tunisia and Italy – which share exclusive rights over the Tunisian Plateau section of the seabed – to rent a relatively shallow portion of that region, located some 12 miles north of the Tunisian coastline. ...

Settlers brought to the shores of the island via a regular ferry link with Tunisia would be invited to become EIA citizens. After five years of living and working there, they could gain EU citizenship. EIA's defence and security would be looked after by the EU.
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Immigration abroad – welfare, discrimination, Sweden
Homeless Swedes Out in the Cold
Bruce Bawer
Gatestone Institute, 7 December 2017.

The other day, I reported about the Church of Sweden's strenuous efforts to appease Islam. Now comes the news that from December 15 to March 15, churches in the diocese of Gothenburg will be used at night as shelters for the homeless. Lovely idea. But there is a catch. The only homeless people who will be allowed in are foreigners – either immigrants from elsewhere in the EU, who are by definition legal, or illegal immigrants from outside the EU. In other words, native Swedes need not apply, even though the initiative is being paid for by taxpayer money.

The argument for this policy – which represents an expansion and formalization of a practice that began two winters ago – is that it is designed to help people who are not covered by the Swedish welfare system. But this argument does not hold up. One reason there are so many immigrants in Sweden, both legal and illegal, is that the country's welfare system is a bonanza for foreigners. Far from not being covered by the system, immigrants often enjoy preferential treatment. ...

That the Swedish Parliament could pass such a law is, of course, a scathing indictment of its welfare system's priorities. So is the fact that there are, as it happens, a great many ethnic Swedes living and begging on the streets of its cities, and – in the winter – huddling in the doorways of stores and offices, wrapped in layers of blankets at night, in hope of keeping alive in the subfreezing cold. The same disgraceful situation can be observed in the major cities of Norway and Denmark. ...

... The people in authority, from the highest-ranking national leaders down to the lowest local bureaucrats, would seem to have forgotten for whom they work. ...

What is even more shattering than this state of affairs is that millions of those Scandinavian citizens accept it. ...

Fortunately, not all Scandinavians fit this description. When the alternative news website Samnytt reported that the churches in Gothenburg would be turning away homeless people who belong to that church in order to accommodate members of a religion that views Christianity as an abomination, dozens of readers reacted with outrage. "The road to hell is paved with good intentions," wrote one. "The hatred toward ethnic Swedes knows no bounds," wrote another. A third suggested that the churches of Gothenburg will soon, in any case, be converted into mosques – minarets and all.
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Multiculturalism – terrorism, Islam
Christmas markets without armed police are now a thing of the past
Ed West
Spectator blog, 7 December 2017.

I love the Christmas season, so friendly and wholesome and filled with evocative memories – but don't the machine guns and anti-terror bollards seem to go up earlier each year? Look at the touching festive scenes in Manchester, and Edinburgh, and we'll see the police and barriers across the country from Liverpool to Lincoln. ...

I've noticed these 'diversity bollards' popping up everywhere, without a word spoken about it; a few weeks ago I spotted them at Hyde Park Corner opposite the Duke of Wellington's house. ...

Does anyone in a position of power believe this is going to get better and these security measures will ever be taken down? If not, perhaps they should explain to us why, how they led us down this route, and what they intend to do about it.

Last week, /.../ PEW released statistics suggesting that Britain will be 16.7 per cent Muslim by mid-century. The highly-respected research group also stated that the current figure is already 6.3 per cent, when it was assumed it was still hovering somewhere around the 5 per cent. In 2001, it was 3.07 per cent, a decade before that 1.86 per cent; back in 1961, it was 0.1 per cent.

... And because extremism is fuelled by segregation, as the Muslim population grows then that number will grow exponentially, and the European Intifada will continue.

No free society can maintain its liberal traditions with that sort of internal threat, so as the problem deteriorates the surveillance state will expand. We will be faced with the decision about whether to allow the government to monitor people's internet activity, because the alternative would be asking serious questions about immigration and multiculturalism. ...

... By mid-century this country may well have the sort of political violence we've recently seen in Ulster. Indeed it may be worse, and we're passing on this completely self-inflicted problem to our children and grandchildren all because people in positions of power were too scared of saying something unpopular.
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Politics – Labour Party
It's Labour who must have the difficult conversations on freedom of movement
Stella Creasy and Catherine West
The Guardian, 6 December 2017.
[The authors are Labour MPs]

The ability of EU citizens to come to the UK has also helped improve all our lives in ways which are now at risk. ...

That many communities have changed as a result of immigration and asylum is not contested, yet the benefits are also often overlooked to all our detriment. Consequently, issues that have become associated with immigration – exploitation in the workplace and social tension – are not given the scrutiny they require. To discuss them, to share concerns about change and about what it means for all involved, isn't racist. Yet understanding such analysis isn't the same as agreeing with the answer that immigration itself is the problem.

Labour must champion solutions that will actually work for those left behind by decades of global economic change, social dislocation and the fragmentation of the welfare state. ...

Tackling the immigration debate head on will require difficult conversations; Labour will have to have arguments with some of its own voters. ...

... Labour must lead the debate on freedom of movement and ensure that we don't forgo our obligations to those who also need us to be a place of sanctuary. We must also tackle head on the concerns about change, ensuring that resources are available, collected and effectively distributed. It is time to step up and fight for all our freedoms – regardless of where we were born.
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Multiculturalism – problems, cost
Derby gets nearly £1m to deal with pressures of high levels of immigration
Robbie Gordon
Derby Telegraph, 6 December 2017.

Almost £1 million has been secured by Derby City Council to mitigate the impact of high levels of migration over the next two years.

The authority will work with new arrivals in the city to help them integrate to life in the UK at school, work and home.

This process will involve "educating people on the social norms and cultural expectations, preventing more pressure being placed on social services and schools and freeing up teacher time", the council said.

Some £965,084 has been awarded from the Controlling Migration Fund after the council put in a bid for the money.

The fund, which was set up by the Government, is designed to support areas facing pressures linked to migration.

The Derby cash will also fund new research into the impact of migration on the current population. It will also look at ways to tackle complex family issues and exploitation through an "early intervention and support approach", the council said.

A spokesman for the council said: "There are many pressures upon all the public services, schools, police, health service, housing services that spans a range of issues such as housing conditions, rogue landlords, modern slavery, school attendance and behaviour, availability of school places, language barriers, community tensions, health inequalities and anti-social behaviour.

"This money will help us tackle these issues to build stronger communities."
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Multiculturalism – integration
White People Need to Learn How to Integrate
Poppy Noor
Vice, 6 December 2017.

In 2015, shortly before he left office, David Cameron commissioned an independent review into integration and social cohesion in the UK. The resulting Casey report blamed Muslim communities for failing to integrate with British values. /.../ Yet, in Britain, it's only ever discussed as a one-way process: what can new immigrants do to be more British? ...

... But that narrow understanding of integration ignores the values of minority communities, assumes political superiority and ignores ways in which white Britons are failing to integrate with BME communities that have been here for decades.

Let's take Leyton as an example. Leyton is an area in London where 64 percent of the population is from a black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) background. It has been this way for decades. But in recent years, locals are experiencing an influx of new residents who are struggling to integrate with the local community: middle-class white people. ...

Ethnic minority groups who were originally concentrated in specific areas have become more dispersed over time. Census data shows that while places like Bradford or Hackney, for example, have become less White British, they have significantly increased their numbers of Black British residents, Turkish residents, and people from White Other backgrounds – such as Eastern Europeans.
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Terrorism – Islam
MI5 foils Islamist terror plot to kill the Prime Minister
Ben Farmer
Daily Telegraph, 6 December 2017.

A man has been charged with planning to use an improvised explosive device to blow up the gates of Downing Street before entering No 10 and making an attempt on Theresa May's life.

Naa'imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20, allegedly planned to launch a bomb attack on the security gates outside Downing Street before detonating a suicide vest in Number 10 in a bid to kill Theresa May.

Rahman has been charged with preparing acts of terrorism and will appear in court alongside Mohammed Aqib Imran, 21, who is accused of trying to join Islamic State.
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Immigration abroad – violence, Sweden
Swedish Chief Prosecutor: No-Go Zone Rinkeby Is Like a 'War Zone'
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 6 December 2017.

Swedish Chief Prosecutor Lise Tamm has claimed that the Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby is like "a war zone". ...

"Rinkeby is almost like a war zone. When the police work there, they work as the armed forces would have done," Tamm said. ...

Local Rinkeby police officer Niclas Andersson expressed opposition to labelling the area a "war zone" but admitted the suburb has some serious problems. "We have shooting and gang crime, but comparing it with a war zone, no I do not share that perception," he insisted. ...

One of the common factors among many of the no-go zones is that they are heavily populated by migrants and those of migrant origin.
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Multiculturalism – Islam, Europe, France, UK
A Two State Solution for Europe?
Judith Bergman
Gatestone Institute, 6 December 2017.

A French intellectual, Christian Moliner, recently suggested that France should establish a Muslim state-within-a-state that adheres to sharia law, inside the borders of France, to avoid a civil war. ...

Moliner's proposal represents a total surrender to political Islam and is of course outrageous, especially considering that Muslims only comprise a little more than five percent of the French population. What he suggests, however, merely formalizes the status quo that already exists – and not only in France – even if it abandons reform-minded Muslims and eventually, with their collapsing demography, the non-Muslims there.

In France, the no-go zones with their Islamization and Islamic law, sharia, and most noticeably the subjugation of women, has already spread from the suburbs (banlieues) to the cities themselves. ...

Last year, French TV aired a documentary about women disappearing from public view in certain areas, where parallel Islamic societies had taken hold. The program named Sevran in the district of Seine-Saint Denis – a suburb of Paris described by French political scientist Gilles Kepel as "the capital of French Islam". There are 1.4 million people living in the district of Seine-Saint-Denis. More than 600,000 of them are Muslims. ...

In France, a poll conducted by Institut Montaigne this summer found that 29% of French Muslims found sharia to be more important to them than French laws. It also found that 67% of Muslims want their children to study Arabic and 56% think it should be taught in public schools.

A 2016 UK poll, apparently the largest poll ever done on the subject in the UK, showed that 43% of British Muslims "believed that parts of the Islamic legal system should replace British law while only 22 per cent opposed the idea". A different poll, also from 2016, found that nearly a quarter (23%) of all Muslims supported the introduction of sharia law in some areas of Britain, and 39% agreed that "wives should always obey their husbands", compared with 5% of the country as a whole. Nearly a third (31%) thought it was acceptable for a British Muslim man to have more than one wife, compared with 8% of the wider population. ...

According to a 2014 study of Moroccan and Turkish Muslims in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and Sweden, an average of almost 60% of the Muslims polled agreed that Muslims should return to the roots of Islam; 75% thought there is only one interpretation of the Koran possible and 65% said that Sharia is more important to them than the laws of the country in which they lived. ...

As the polls show, there already are "two peoples" in France and large parts of Europe, who wish to live according to completely different standards, as Moliner suggests. Politicians persist in ignoring these facts or downplaying them. ...

France, as well as the rest of Europe, is – wittingly or unwittingly – heading towards the "two-state solution" outlined by Moliner, whether it wants it or not. That fact, however, does not appear particularly to bother the political establishment.
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Illegal immigration – Vietnamese
Northamptonshire Police appeal over Vietnamese illegal immigrants
BBC, 6 December 2017.

Help is being sought by police to track down 13 Vietnamese teenagers who entered the UK illegally.

Aged between 14 and 18, they were housed by Northamptonshire social services after coming to Britain in June and September, police said.

Northamptonshire Police said officers had worked with other forces, but had so far failed to find the teenagers.

A decision has now taken to publicise the search and issue photographs.
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Immigration abroad – illegal immigration, deportation, USA
Obama blocked deportation of 550,000 illegals, more than Atlanta's population
Paul Bedard
Washington Examiner, 6 December 2017.

U.S. immigration officials have revealed that they face a deportation backlog of 550,000 illegal immigrants who were given temporary amnesty by former President Obama or simply let off the hook by liberal judges. ...

"We need to hold liberal judges accountable," said ICE Acting Director Thomas D. Homan.

And, he added, a third factor in the build up of deportation orders is because some 300 sanctuary cities refused to let ICE officers into city jails to seize illegals.
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Immigration abroad – public opinion, Germany
Germans consider the migrant influx their biggest problem... with Donald Trump second on their list ahead of North Korea or Russia, new poll shows
Reuters and Kelly Mclaughlin
MailOnline, 5 December 2017.

Topping the list of foreign policy concerns were refugees, with 26 per cent of respondents to the Koerber Foundation survey worried about Germany's ability to cope with inflows of asylum seekers.

Relations with Trump and the United States ranked second, with 19 per cent describing them as a major challenge, followed by Turkey at 17 per cent, North Korea at 10 per cent and Russia at 8 per cent.
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Immigration abroad – Australia
A brief history of immigration to Australia
Kelsey Munro
SBS, 5 December 2017.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull likes to say that Australia is the most successful multicultural society in the world. ...

That's because Australia has a higher proportion of people born overseas (26 per cent) than other high-immigration nations, including New Zealand (23 per cent), Canada (22 per cent), the United States (14 per cent), and the United Kingdom (13 per cent). ...

Multiculturalism has been official Australian policy since the early 1970s and it enjoys broad support. ...

At federation in 1901, three million people in the six colonies became the nation of Australia, and the new country's parliament - made up of white men - defined it as a white man's nation.

The Immigration Restriction Act 1901 became known as the "White Australia Policy", aimed at discouraging non-white migrants. ...

In 1948, parliament legislated to create Australian citizenship - before that, all Australians were British subjects. But Australia still actively sought British migrants in preference to other nationalities, with ventures like the assisted passage scheme known as the "Ten Pound Pom" (the price of the ticket) kicking off in the late 1940s and running almost 25 years.

But the post-war environment saw a significant shift in Australia's attitude to migrants and set it on the path to multiculturalism. ...

Australia began accepting migrants from more than 30 European countries, including the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Spain and West Germany. But the largest national groups of arrivals after the Brits were the Italians and Greeks until the early 1970s. ...

... By 1960, the population was 10 million and around nine per cent of the population were of non-British origin, mostly Italians, Germans, Dutch, Greeks and Poles.

Other restrictions on non-European migration were relaxed from 1966 and the number of arrivals started to increase accordingly. Australia began to change rapidly. By 1971, one in three people living in Australia were migrants or the child of a migrant.

In 1973, Labor Prime Minister Gough Whitlam changed the law to allow all migrants regardless of race or ethnicity to apply for Australian citizenship after three years of residence. His immigration minister Al Grassby declared the White Australia Policy dead. ...

In 1975, racial discrimination was made illegal. ...

In parallel with its hardline asylum policies, it's worth noting that Australia has thrown open its doors to migrants, with some 190,000 permanent new arrivals settling each year for the past five years.
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Immigration abroad – crime, Sweden
Swedish Government to Ban Websites that List Ethnic Origin of Criminal Suspects
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 5 December 2017.

Sweden has proposed banning the public use of legal document search engine Lexbase, which is used to identify the ethnic origins of Swedish criminal suspects.

According to the Swedish government, the data released by the website is too sensitive for the public and should be limited only to professionals like lawyers, journalists, and researchers. ...

For many years, the Swedish government has stopped the collection of statistics relating to the ethnic or religious background of criminals, making it difficult for researchers to track the correct rate of migrant crime, as opposed to crimes committed by native Swedes. ...

One research project attempted to look solely at cases of gang rape in Sweden and found, through examining court documents, that nine out of 10 gang rapes were committed by asylum seekers and individuals with a migration background.
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Illegal immigration
British smugglers are 'charging up to £5,000' to help illegal immigrants sneak into the UK from Belgium
Scott Campbell
MailOnline, 4 December 2017.

British smugglers are charging up to £5,000 to help illegal immigrants sneak into the UK from Belgium, according to reports.

Police in the European country say there has been a surge in the number of culprits from the UK at the port of Zeebrugge - with offenders risking jail terms.

One couple from Liverpool were caught with six Africans in their caravan, according to The Sun. ...

A Belgian police insider told the newspaper: 'We are seeing an increase in the number of British people held at Zeebrugge. It appears many are on benefits and being tempted by the money on offer.

'They can make £5,000 by leaving the door of their caravan or mobile home open.

'We have seen several cases and are catching around 250 illegal immigrants a month.'
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Politics – Conservative Party
The Conservative Party has become 'toxic' to non-white voters
Adam Becket
Business Insider, 4 December 2017.

The Conservative Party's support amongst ethnic minority voters has fallen to its lowest level since 2001, with Theresa May's stance on immigration being blamed for the setback.

MPs have been told at secret Downing Street briefings that the Conservatives are now "toxic" to many non-white voters across Britain.

Private polling for the Tories has shown that black and minority ethnic voters have a similar set of values to the rest of the country but are a lot less likely to vote for the Conservatives. ...

MPs were given a presentation by the prime minister's chief of staff, Gavin Barwell, in the past fortnight that presented the figures. One MP told The Times: "It was really gloomy."
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Immigration – Brexit
Brexit is working! The immigration trend is the proof
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 4 December 2017.

Yet, despite the politically orchestrated despair, there is one area of civic life where Brexit is already beginning to fulfil the wishes of the British public, even before our formal withdrawal from the European Union in 2019.

Last week, in its latest quarterly report, the Office of National Statistics revealed that net immigration has fallen significantly since the EU referendum.

In the year before the vote in June 2016 the net figure was a colossal 336,000.

In the subsequent 12 months this dropped by 106,000 to a total of 230,000.

It is still a daunting figure but at least for the first time in decades the trend is in the right direction.

Brexit is undoubtedly the key factor in this reduction since three-quarters of the fall was down to fewer EU citizens coming to live in the United Kingdom.

With our departure from Brussels now imminent the doctrine of untrammelled free movement is starting to lose its destructive grip. ...

The idea that Britain cannot survive without a vast annual flood of foreigners is a treacherous insult to our national character.

Just the opposite is true.

We will be better off when immigration is further reduced to a sustainable level. ...

In the NHS, for instance, as research by my fellow columnist Ross Clark demonstrates, the total of EU citizens has actually increased since the referendum, up from almost 10,000 to more than 13,000.

What has declined is the number of jobless EU migrants arriving here, either to look for work speculatively or to claim benefits. ...

Meanwhile an official report showed that the British Government dished out 865,894 resident permits to non-EU migrants last year, a figure that was up by 52 per cent on two years earlier.

All this amounts to a terrifying burden on Britain. ...

Last week's report from the Office of National Statistics revealed that, of the total influx of 572,000 in the year to June, only 261,000, or 45.6 per cent of them, were "looking for work".
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Politics – progressives, Brexit, public opinion
'All progressives must act on immigration' says environmentalist Jonathon Porritt
Jonathon Porritt
The New European, 4 December 2017.

So the conditions would seem to be right to see off once and for all the nightmare of Hard Brexit, and to double down on what needs to be done to secure some kind of Norway-style deal. But there's one great big barrier to making that possible: the failure on the part of pro-European progressives in the UK to address the principal reason why so many people voted to quit the EU in the Referendum – namely, immigration.

There's an extraordinary irony about the current immigration debate here in the UK. Two years ago, the UK was almost alone in pushing for far-reaching reforms to the interpretation of the EU's notionally sacrosanct principle of freedom of movement. At the behest of the Tory Party's hard-line Brexiteers, the then Prime Minister, David Cameron, was humiliatingly despatched on a tour of EU capitals to secure some small-scale (but cumulatively significant) changes in what nation states would be permitted to do to allay concerns about immigration. Unfortunately, these were dismissed out of hand by the UK's right-wing media.

Two years on, there isn't a country in Europe where the debate about immigration isn't very live indeed – apart from the UK. Astonishingly, immigration had almost no visibility at all in the 2017 General Election campaign, and (as yet) has played only a diminished walk-on role in the current Brexit negotiations.

But it absolutely hasn't gone away as far as voters are concerned. If net migration continues at around recent levels, then the population of the UK is expected to rise by nearly eight million people over the next 15 years (almost the equivalent of the population of Greater London at 8.7 million), and by 9.7 million in the next 25 years, from an estimated 64.6 million in 2014 to 74.3 million in 2039. It is assumed that net migration will account for around 50% of this projected increase over those 25 years, but 75% of this increase would be from future migration plus the children of those migrants.

By any standards, this is a big change in the lives of a lot of UK citizens, with roughly half a million new residents arriving in the UK, every year, for the last ten years. So why would anyone imagine that this demographic disruption would not worry many people? ...

And public opinion has changed a lot during that time, with the evidence clearly showing high levels of opposition to large-scale immigration in the UK, with clear majorities of respondents believing that there are too many migrants in the UK, that fewer migrants should be let in to the country, and that legal restrictions on immigration should be tighter. And in that regard, interestingly, there's not a huge difference between pro-Brexit and anti-Brexit voters. ...

And people are right to be concerned. This may make people feel uncomfortable, but many of the drivers behind the increase in levels of immigration today are going to get a lot worse in the future. ...

Which makes it all the more ironic that progressive parties in the UK (Labour, Lib Dems and the Greens) which are quite properly focussed on avoiding Brexit-at-any-cost, have done next to nothing to address voters' concerns about immigration since the referendum.
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Immigration abroad – asylum, children, Sweden
Impact of Sweden's asylum age assessment tests revealed
The Local [Sweden], 4 December 2017.

The results of medical age assessments on asylum seekers who arrived in Sweden as unaccompanied minors show that many were older than they claimed. ...

The Migration Agency has so far made 5,700 decisions on the basis of assessments carried out by Rättsmedicinalverket. In 79 percent of those cases the agency decided to formally consider the applicant as older than they had initially claimed in their asylum application, reports Svenska Dagbladet (SvD).

Between mid-March and late October, Rättsmedicinalverket carried out a total of 7,858 age assessments. Of those, it found that their examination suggested 6,628 were 18 or older, and 112 "possibly" 18 or older. ...

The method of medical age assessment consists of taking X-rays of wisdom teeth, and MRI scans of knee joints, which are then analyzed by dentists and radiologists. ...

More than 80,000 minors (of whom 37,000 arrived in the country without a parent or guardian) applied for asylum in Sweden in 2015 and 2016.
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Multiculturalism – Islam, Christianity
Advent-cum-Mawlid: church holds joint birthday celebration for Mohammed and Jesus
Archbishop Cranmer, 4 December 2017.

Mawlid (or Milad) is the Islamic festival commemorating the birthday of Mohammed. The only thing it has in common with Christmas is that it isn't actually the day the celebrated baby was born. Yet All Saints Church in Kingtson upon Thames thinks there's an interfaith syncretised opportunity to be found in holding a joint birthday celebration for both Mohammed and Jesus – so they put the flags out for both, rejoicing in both, eulogising both, solemnising both, glorifying both, honouring both:

But note how this event is "Marking the birthday of Prophet Mohammed", but not looking forward to the birthday of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Mohammed gets his prophethood, while Jesus gets neither his prophethood nor his priesthood; neither his kingship nor his messiahship. ...

And then, of course, there was the act of divine worship in St Mary's Cathedral, Glasgow, in which it was declared publicly from the Qur'an that God can have no sons, and so the Gospel writers were engaged in a blasphemous deceit.
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Bias – education
Our new national curriculum? Brainwashing and propaganda
Peter Hitchens
Mail on Sunday, 3 December 2017.

Our education system teaches the young what to think, not how to think. And if you ever wonder why so many things don't work properly any more, or why you can't get any sense out of so many organisations, this is one of the main reasons.

But it's also getting harder and harder to think or say certain things. This week I experienced this mixture of brainwashing and propaganda at two different ends of the system.

I was sent a rather sinister questionnaire given to new arrivals at a secondary school I won't name. ...

The questionnaire is part of what has now become PSHCE, Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education. It is not anonymous, but it seeks, in a slippery sideways manner, to discover what the children involved think about immigration.

The cleverest question asks 11-year-olds to say why they think there is a shortage of jobs for younger people. One answer on the multiple-choice form is 'competition from international applicants'.

They are asked to agree or disagree with such statements as 'I like to be around people from other countries' and 'meeting students from other countries is interesting'. They are also invited to say how much they agree or disagree with the statement 'immigration is bad for the country'. ...

Well, I agree very strongly with the parent who sent this to me because she thought it was sinister probing into the minds of children, and also into her own opinions, none of the business of the school or the State. ...

There's no doubt a terrible conformism has infected our system.
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Immigration – Europe, EU
Europe's Migrant Crisis: Millions Still to Come
Soeren Kern
Gatestone Institute, 3 December 2017.

The African Union-European Union (AU-EU) summit, held in in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, on November 29-30, 2017, has ended in abject failure after the 55 African and 28 European leaders attending the event were unable to agree on even basic measures to prevent potentially tens of millions of African migrants from flooding Europe. ...

More than six million migrants are waiting in countries around the Mediterranean to cross into Europe, according to a classified German government report leaked to Bild. ...

The former head of the British embassy in Benghazi, Joe Walker-Cousins, warned that as many as a million migrants from countries across Africa are already on the way to Libya and Europe. The EU's efforts to train a Libyan coast guard was "too little and too late," he said. "My informants in the area tell me there are potentially one million migrants, if not more, already coming up through the pipeline from central Africa and the Horn of Africa."

The President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, said that Europe is "underestimating" the scale and severity of the migration crisis and that "millions of Africans" will flood the continent in the next few years unless urgent action is taken.

In an interview with Il Messagero, Tajani said there would be an exodus "of biblical proportions that would be impossible to stop" if Europe failed to confront the problem now: ...

Just days before the AU-EU summit, Tajani /.../ warned that spiraling population growth in Africa will be a demographic "bomb" that could push millions of Africans to Europe. "Without a strategy we will have terrorism, illegal immigration, instability," he said. ...

Beyond 2050, Africa is forecast to be the only region in the world still experiencing "substantial population growth" – the continent's share of the global population is forecast to increase from 17% in 2017 to 40% by 2100 ... ...

The director of the United Nations office in Geneva, Michael Møller, has warned that Europe must prepare for the arrival of millions more migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. In an interview with The Times, Møller, a Dane, said:

"What we have been seeing is one of the biggest human migrations in history. And it's just going to accelerate. Young people all have cellphones and they can see what's happening in other parts of the world, and that acts as a magnet."
German Development Minister Gerd Müller has echoed that warning:
"The biggest migration movements are still ahead: Africa's population will double in the next decades. A country like Egypt will grow to 100 million people, Nigeria to 400 million. In our digital age with the internet and mobile phones, everyone knows about our prosperity and lifestyle."
Müller added that only 10% of those currently on the move have reached Europe: "Eight to ten million migrants are still on the way."
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Citizenship
The staggering rise in the number of EU nationals applying for UK citizenship
James Rodger
Birmingham Mail, 2 December 2017.

The number of EU nationals applying for British citizenship has more than doubled, official statistics show.

They show the figure climbed by more than 108% as thousands of Europeans sought naturalisation following the Brexit vote.

In the year ending September 2017, there were 32,856 applications for citizenship from EU nationals, up from 15,766 in the previous 12 months.

It means EU applicants accounted for nearly a quarter (24%) of the total number of 137,286 registered in the latest period - compared with a tenth (11%) in the year ending September 2016. ...

Those seeking British citizenship by naturalisation are generally required to have lived in the UK for at least five years.
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Extremism – tolerance
Fight Makes Right
Theodore Dalrymple
Taki's Magazine, 2 December 2017.

Last week, I spoke at a writers' festival and there was a demonstration against the following speaker who was known for her sulfurous views. The demonstration was expected, in fact it had been announced beforehand. Its intention was to prevent the author from speaking, and in the end it succeeded in this aim. She left without delivering her talk. ...

Anyhow, it is surprising how quickly a demonstration against alleged fascism turns into something strongly resembling fascism. ...

A German lady, trapped temporarily in the hall along with us, said that she had come to England nearly fifty years earlier because it had seemed so tolerant. Of course, there was no official doctrine of tolerance in those days, but since tolerance became almost an official ideology, everyone seemed to have grown angry all the time. At last, then, Herbert Marcuse's famous concept, repressive tolerance, has taken on a reality or substance that it did not have when he first thought of it. ...

... I do think that people are angrier now than they were a few decades ago, at least in the West, and more liable to resort quickly to extreme expressions, even to precursors of real and serious violence. I suspect, though I cannot prove, that anger gives meaning to many people's lives: I'm angry, therefore I am. Also: I'm angry, therefore I'm right. And what a good person I must be to be so frequently angered!
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Asylum – sexual orientation
Asylum seekers cite fears over homophobia in their claims
Jack Maidment
Daily Telegraph, 1 December 2017.

One in five people seeking asylum from Pakistan over the past two years cited their sexual orientation in their claim, new statistics show.

Between July 2015 and March this year there were more than 5,000 asylum claims lodged from Pakistani nationals, with 1,000 citing sexual orientation as the basis, or part of the basis, for their claim. ...

However, almost three quarters of all the claimants were turned down.

The other nationalities with the highest number of asylum claims where sexual orientation was cited were Bangladesh with 454 applications and Nigeria with 362.

The nationality with the higest proportion of claims based on sexual orientation was Uganda with 257 out of the total number of asylum claims of 382 – close to 70 per cent.

The data, published by the Home Office, show that an estimated six per cent of all asylum claims are made on the basis of sexual orientation. Three quarters of all the claims were refused.
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Politics – Labour Party
How New Labour made Britain into a migration state
Erica Consterdine
The Conversation, 1 December 2017.
[The author is Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Immigration Politics & Policy, University of Sussex]

The Labour Party has been relatively silent on what post-Brexit immigration system it wants – or thinks the UK needs. But because Britain's vote to leave the EU was partly fuelled by anti-immigrant sentiment, and the Labour Party has done little but fight internally about immigration since the 2015 election if not earlier, this silence is not surprising.

The party's reticence and the factionalism on the issue are of its own making. To understand both why immigration is dominating the debate and how Labour got into this policy dilemma, we have to look back to immigration policy under Tony Blair's New Labour.

Under Blair's Labour government, Britain's economic immigration policy went from a highly restrictive approach to one of the most expansive in Europe, as I examined in new research. Work permit criteria were relaxed, the number of international students was doubled, the government expanded existing low and high-skilled migrant worker schemes and launched new ones and, from 2005, initiated a new points-based immigration system. Overshadowing these important reforms was the 2004 decision to allow citizens of eight countries that were about to join the EU the immediate right to work in Britain. This decision alone resulted in one of the largest migration flows in Britain's peacetime history.

Put into historical context, Labour's reforms were an unprecedented policy reversal. With 2.5m foreign-born workers added to the population since 1997 and net migration averaging 200,000 per year between 1997 and 2010 – five times higher than under the previous administration government of 1990-1996 – immigration under Labour quite literally changed the face of Britain.

Labour's managed migration programme was certainly not a vote winner. ... It's worth emphasising that there was no plan or strategy within the Labour government to expand immigration policy when the party entered office in 1997. The final product of managed migration was a consequence of a number of policies from different departments. ...

Combined, these policy schemes produced a liberalising effect on immigration policy. The government then pulled these schemes together to form a cohesive narrative of managed migration. But these reforms were nonetheless underpinned by an ideology – and this is the key to why policy evolved as it did, why the party is split on the issue now – and how Britain got on the road to Brexit.

At the heart of Labour's infamous re-branding as New Labour in 1997 was the adoption of "third-way politics". /.../ Second, Labour's culturally cosmopolitan notion of citizenship and integration. Third – and fundamentally underpinning Labour's economic programme and the inception of "new" Labour altogether – was an uncompromising belief in the inevitability of globalisation. ...

Labour claimed there was simply no alternative to globalisation. This logic trickled down to shape the objectives of many public policies. With immigration being "the human element of globalisation", it was assumed to be both inevitable and intrinsically positive by the leading faction of the party.
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Multiculturalism – Islam, Germany
Family Reunification 'Promotes Parallel Societies', Turkish Sociologist Warns
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 1 December 2017.

Turkish migration researcher and sociologist Necla Kelek has slammed left-wing parties' insistence that migrants be allowed to import their families to Germany – an issue proving to be a major sticking point in coalition talks – warning that the phenomena leads to problems with "political Islam".

"Family reunification promotes parallel societies and also sends the wrong signal to people in their home countries," Kelek told Die Welt in an interview earlier this week. ...

Kelek said she vehemently disagrees with left-wing politicians' claim that it's difficult for migrants to integrate if they are not allowed to bring their families to Germany with them – an argument made by the Council of Europe, as well as activist NGOs across the continent, which claim a major barrier to integration is migrants' inability to ship extended family into their new adoptive country.

"The opposite is the case," the lecturer in migration sociology told the German broadsheet. "In oriental-Muslim societies, family means the extended family, the clan – which is patriarchally organised.

"With family reunification we import the Islamic family system, which leads to parallel societies and integration problems." ...

In the interview, Kelek – who has written extensively on the phenomenon of Islamic "parallel societies" in Germany – asserted that problems the country is seeing have been worsened by "the refugee policy as a whole", referencing Merkel's decision in 2015 to open the country to a huge influx of Arab asylum seekers.

"It is unbelievable how the chancellor looks away and refuses to take political Islam and the resulting problems seriously," she said, slamming the CDU leader for comparing the Bible with the Quran.

"Islam is not just about spirituality, but also about the conveyance of values into society," contended Kelek, adding: "It is this ignorance that created the refugee problem."
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Immigration abroad – chain migration, USA
White House releases 'explosive' tally of green cards issued in 'chain migration'
Fox News, 1 December 2017.

For the first time, the White House said, the federal government has counted the green cards issued between 2005 and 2015 to migrants admitted through family preference, or as immediate relatives of migrants already admitted into the country in perhaps the fullest portrait of "chain migration" ever developed. ...

During the ten-year time frame, officials said, the U.S. permanently resettled roughly 9.3 million new immigrants on the basis of family ties.

That's more than 70 percent of all new immigration in that period, the White house said, adding it is also the primary driver of low-skilled workers' entry into the U.S. ...

Mexico is at the top of the list with 1.7 million admissions, India and the Philippines each have more than 600,000, and Iran has more than 80,000.
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Immigration abroad – multiculturalism, Irish Republic
The struggle for identity and an end to racism in the melting pot of cultures that is New Ireland
Eilish O'Regan
Irish Independent, 1 December 2017.

The undercurrent of prejudice suffered by a young generation, aged 14 to 24 years, who stand out because of the colour of their skin or Muslim hijab is revealed by the National Youth Council of Ireland. ...

The report records how an overwhelming 82pc were born outside Ireland and yet a significant 52pc have since become naturalised Irish citizens. ...

Many young people who migrated from African countries to Ireland stressed their attachment to both countries, according to research noted in the report. But they still felt under pressure to conform to Irish peers. ...

The victims also spoke of struggles of identity and belonging as their families cling to their heritage. ...

The report 'Make Minority a Priority: Insights from Minority Ethnic Young People' points out that among the largest minority nationalities within the age group are Polish, Lithuanian, Romanian, Irish-American, Brazilian and Latvian.
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Immigration abroad – violence, Germany
Germany: Surge in Migrant Attacks on Police
Soeren Kern
Gatestone Institute, 29 November 2017.

Violent attacks against German police have reached epidemic proportions, and Chancellor Angela Merkel's open-door migration policy is to blame, official statistics show.

The Federal Criminal Police Office (Bundeskriminalamt, BKA) reported 36,755 attacks against German police in 2016 – or an average of 100 per day, a significant increase over previous years.

Violence – including verbal and physical assaults, and even murder – against police is rampant in all 16 of Germany's federal states. ...

Preliminary data, recently leaked to German public radio, indicate that in terms of violence against German law enforcement officers, 2017 will be a record-breaking year. ...

Official statistics do not reveal the source of the violence, but do show a spike in attacks against police since 2015, when Merkel allowed into the country more than a million migrants, mostly Muslim, from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Anecdotal evidence corroborates claims by police that migrants are behind many of the attacks. ...

In Bremen, a 25-year-old man was stabbed by a group of migrants in the Huchting district. When police arrived to investigate, they were immediately surrounded by a mob of between 30 and 40 men. Police used teargas and dogs to restore order.

In Fellbach, 60 migrant teenagers attacked police at the 70th annual Harvest Festival. Police described the youths as "exclusively German citizens with a migration background and other migrants." ...

In Naumburg, police confiscated the driver's license of Ahmed A., a 21-year-old member of a Syrian clan, during a traffic stop. Almost immediately, police were surrounded by a mob of other clan members. The police retreated. The mob then marched to the police station, which they proceeded to sack. ...

Some police believe that Germany's politically correct judicial system encourages violence against them. ...

Freddi Lohse, the Vice Chairman of the DPolG German Police Union in Hamburg, said that many migrant offenders view the leniency of the German justice system as a green light to continue delinquent behavior: "They are used to tougher consequences in their home countries. They have no respect for us."
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