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Extracts in date order, except latest additions first. Updated 3 December 2016

Terrorism – Europe
Isil have 'several dozen' operatives in Europe and could strike with car bombs, Europol warns
Raf Sanchez
Daily Telegraph, 3 December 2016.

Isil is believed to have "several dozen" operatives in Europe and may soon try to bring car bombs and other tactics from the battlefields of the Middle East to the streets of European cities, the EU's police agency has warned.

Europol issued a new report saying that the jihadist group was changing its tactics as it lost ground in Syria and Iraq but remained determined to strike against Britain and other European countries taking part in the anti-Isil coalition.

The agency said Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) operatives would most likely stick with methods that worked successfully in their attacks in Paris and Belgium, where squads of fighters armed with suicide vests and automatic weapons were able to inflict mass casualties.

But Europol said Isil may also try to import tactics from Syria and Iraq. "Modi operandi employed in Syria and Iraq, such as the use of car bombs, extortion and kidnappings may be employed as methods of attack in the EU," the report said.

The agency said that European jihadists may begin trying to return to their home countries in large numbers as Isil loses territority in the Middle East.

"Those who manage to enter the EU will pose a potential security risk for the Union. Given the high numbers involved, this represents a significant and long-term security challenge."
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Immigration – Ukrainians, EU
Mass EU immigration UNCOVERED: Millions of Ukrainians on their way to Europe
Jon Rogers and Monika Pallenberg
Daily Express, 3 December 2016.

Around two million Ukrainians are believed to have moved to the European Union - with the encouragement of the eastern European countries.

The Visegrád group of countries - Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic - have reportedly been encouraging Ukrainians to move to those countries as they try to solve their labour shortage problems.

According to leading German paper Die Welt, the countries have been encouraging immigration from the Ukraine as a way of not having to take in asylum seekers from the Middle East.

Around 100,000 Ukrainians are now living in the Czech Republic and one million in Poland. ...

Around 230,000 Ukrainians were reported to be in Italy at the end of 2014, around 130,000 in Germany, almost 100,000 in Spain and some 40,000 in Portugal.

In the UK, which is not part of the Schengen area that allows free movement of people, the Ukrainian Embassy says there are 30,000 of its countrymen and women living here.
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Multiculturalism – identity, race, racism, religion, ethnicity
The lesson of 2016 is that identity matters – even for white people
Helen Lewis
New Statesman, 2 December 2016.

How do white people feel about being white? It's a difficult question. ... For most of the 20th century, to be white in Britain was to be utterly unexceptional. In many places, it still is: Worcester, where I grew up, is 92.4 per cent white. There, white people are just people.

Second, for pollsters there is a huge roadblock when it comes to surveying our attitudes to race: "social desirability bias". Before answering the question, we do a mental check. Will this make me sound racist?

Yet we must investigate majority identities, simply because so many of those who hold them do feel under threat. The election of Donald Trump was powered by white voters who were concerned about immigration, about jobs going overseas and about becoming a minority in the US by 2045. The places in Britain with the strongest concerns about immigration are those where the demographics have changed most quickly. ...

Enter YouGov. The polling company offered to work with me on questions that would tease out attitudes to race, and asked them of 1,632 adults (online, to reduce social desirability bias to a minimum).

In total, 46 per cent thought Britain was a "Christian country", against 35 per cent who did not. /.../ The numbers grew with age, from 19 per cent of 18-to-24-year-olds to 65 per cent of over-65s. There was no real class, gender or geographic divide.

The figures for whether Britain is a "white country" told a similar story: 40 per cent overall said it was, while 42 per cent said it wasn't. ...

YouGov also asked respondents how important eight factors were to their identity: job, parents, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, nationality, religion and where they lived. The most important were parents and nationality: 88 per cent of Ukip voters said the latter was very important or quite important. Other results were more surprising. "Ethnicity is a more important part of people's identity than religion, with 54 per cent saying it is very or fairly important," says the researcher Chris Curtis. ...

Looking at the figures, it becomes apparent that older voters are much more socially conservative than Generation Z, and they have a stronger feeling that Britain is a white, Christian country. Because their turnout rates are so much higher, that matters. Any party that wants to win over older voters will need to speak to their sense of patriotism and national identity. ...

The lesson of 2016 is that even those with majority identities now feel under threat – and, as a result, they experience those identities more keenly. And if more white people feel white, that changes politics.
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Immigration abroad – Germany
How was a gay Islamist porn star able to penetrate Germany's intelligence agency?
Douglas Murray
Spectator blog, 2 December 2016.

Anybody who has observed Germany in recent years may have noticed that the country's politicians have gone a bit nuts. For instance, it isn't just Chancellor Merkel but a broad swathe of the German political class, who believe it wise to invite an additional 1-2 percent of the population into the country in a year and only wonder afterwards whether this was a good idea. ...

So the news that the BfV has been penetrated by an Islamic extremist who planned to blow up the agency's headquarters is not reassuring. ...

Had he not plotted to blow up the country's intelligence HQ, a German Muslim with a gay porn star past would ordinarily be hailed as a great integration success story. But anti-climactically it seems that the whole thing carries few lessons for the integration industry. The retired porn-star jihadi is not only a convert to Islam but also of Spanish descent, and thus cannot present a viable integration strategy for all the young African and Middle Eastern males who Angela Merkel has chosen to make up the next generation of Germans.
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Immigration abroad – people smuggling, Libya, Italy
Libya's coastal cities are 'making millions from people smuggling'
Samuel Osborne
Independent, 2 December 2016.

Libya's coastal cities are making up to €325m (£272m) in revenue each year from people smuggling, the commander of a EU military task force in the Mediterranean Sea says in a confidential report.

In a report to the EU's 28 nations, Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino warns "migrant smuggling, originating far beyond Libyan borders, remains a major source of income among locals in Libyan coastal cities".

The report, which was issued to EU member nations on Wednesday and seen by The Associated Press, provides no details as to how the figure was calculated. ...

Mr Credendino also notes that Islamic extremist groups are among those involved in the smuggling business, which sometimes begins far south in Africa's Sahel zone.

"Al-Qaida and al-Qaida AQIM [al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb], aligned with the Tuareg tribe in southwestern Libya, are assessed to be financially exploiting these smuggling routes," he says. ...

Last week, authorities in Italy they had recorded a record number of arrivals by sea this year, with one month still to go in 2016.

Over 171,000 migrants have arrived, which beats the previous annual record of 170,100 from 2014.
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Terrorism – refugees
Isis recruiters targeting refugees in Europe, say counter-terror experts
Jamie Grierson
The Guardian, 2 December 2016.

Islamic State recruiters are targeting vulnerable refugees in Europe to radicalise them in an effort to further polarise the European Union population, counter-terror experts have warned.

Europol, the law enforcement agency of the EU, said it was in the interests of Islamic State to inflame the migration crisis and to turn EU citizens against refugees seeking asylum.

A number of jihadis are already travelling through Europe for this purpose and German authorities were aware of about 300 recorded attempts to recruit refugees trying to enter Europe by April 2016, Europol said in its report, Changes in Modus Operandi of IS revisited. ...

However, Europol said the extent of such infiltration was unknown, making the subject susceptible to exaggeration and exploitation by populist factions and extreme rightwing parties.
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Multiculturalism – Muslims
SHOCK POLL: Four in ten British Muslims want some aspect of Sharia Law enforced in UK
Macer Hall
Daily Express, 2 December 2016.

More than four in ten British Muslims want to see at least some aspects of Sharia Law in force in the UK, an opinion poll revealed last night.

Forty-three per cent of followers of the religion living in the country believed that parts of the Islamic legal system should replace British law while only 22 per cent opposed the idea.

Researchers also found "deeply worrying" levels of belief among British Muslims in conspiracy theories such as blaming the US government or "Jews" for the 9/11 terror attacks on America.

The findings were revealed last night in one of the biggest surveys of opinion among Muslims ever carried out in the UK. Data from the polling firm ICM showed very similar views to the rest of the UK population on a range of key issues including the NHS, unemployment and immigration.

But the research commissioned by the Westminster-based think tank Policy Research found stark differences with other sections of society on the issues of Sharia Law and some aspects of the terrorist threat.

The findings were set out in the report "Unsettled Belonging: Britain's Muslim Communities" published by Policy Exchange last night.

More than 3,000 Muslims living in Britain were quizzed for the research.

When asked whether "particular aspects" of sharia law should be introduced "instead of British law" in the survey, 16 per cent of respondents "strongly" supported the idea while 25 per cent said they "tend to support" the idea. ...

When it came to 9/11, 31 per cent of Muslims quizzed in the survey thought the US Government was to blame while 7 per cent blamed "the Jews".

In contrast, only 4 per cent thought the terror group Al Qaeda was behind the attacks on New York Twin Towers and other targets. ...

Dr Martyn Frampton, co-author of the report, and Head of Security and Counter Extremism at Policy Exchange, said the evidence of belief in "conspiracy theory" was "deeply worrying". ...

"Unlike the general population, nearly a third of British Muslims believe the American government was responsible for the attacks on the Twin Towers, while a surprisingly tiny number attributed blame to al-Qaeda." ...

The report said found that 26 per cent of Muslims did not believe in extremism and 48 per cent would not turn to the police if someone close to them became involved with people linked to Syrian terrorism.

It found 93 per cent of respondents had a fairly strong or very strong attachment to Britain and more than half wanted to fully integrate with non-Muslims in all aspects of life.

More Muslims condemned terrorism than the rest of the population - 90 per cent to 84 per cent - and 55 per cent wanted to see extra police on the streets.

The report found that the Muslim Council of Britain enjoys little support in the community, with just 9 per cent of respondents backing it.
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Border controls – ports
British borders are weakened by poor information at ports, the terror watchdog has warned
Kate McCann
Daily Telegraph, 2 December 2016.

British borders are weakened in the fight against terror because ports do not receive good enough advance information about passengers, a watchdog has warned.

David Anderson QC's damning report concluded that port staff are "impaired" in their ability to fight terrorism and block people who should not be coming into the country because of poor records kept by travel firms.

The Independent Reviewer of Terror legislation said that passenger lists, which help police and border force officers identify people who should be stopped on entering or leaving the UK, are often incomplete and are provided too late.
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Immigration – numbers, statistics
To restore Britain's faith in the immigration system, we need statistics we can trust
Daily Telegraph, 2 December 2016.
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How many people come to Britain from other countries to work? How many leave to live elsewhere? The Office for National Statistics says the balance of those two figures in the year to June was 335,000, a figure almost laughably far from the "tens of thousands" ministers have promised since 2010 but never delivered.

The consequences of that failure are profound, and not just for the communities and public services left to accommodate large numbers of newcomers. Failure on immigration has corroded trust in the political system as a whole. ...

The data on which this whole debate rests are beset with problems. The figures for people leaving the UK are based on a very limited snapshot survey of airport passengers; scandalously, Britain does not count people departing. Worse, there may be serious discrepancies between the number of EU nationals recorded entering the UK and the number of National Insurance numbers granted to Europeans, a statistical gap that suggests Europeans are undercounted in migration figures.
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Immigration abroad – Algeria, France
How Algeria could destroy the EU
Stephen Pollard
The Spectator, 3 December 2016.

It is more than possible that before any Brexit deal is discussed, let alone concluded, the EU will have effectively collapsed. And the key factor could be the demise of Algeria's leader of 17 years. ...

... Among people who know Algeria well, there is little doubt that he is severely incapacitated and does not have much time left. That means that his regime does not have much time left either. The consequences of that will stretch far beyond Algeria.

When Bouteflika goes, Algeria will probably implode. The Islamists who have been kept at bay by his iron hand will exploit the vacuum. Tensions that have been buried since the civil war will re-emerge. And then Europe could be overwhelmed by another great wave of refugees from North Africa. ...

It was only 24 years ago that 150,000 died in an Algerian civil war between the Islamists and the state. This time, things will be far more bloody, not least because of the development of armed Islamism over the past few years. ...

An Algerian civil war would create huge numbers of refugees. One analyst told me he expects 10 to 15 million Algerians will try to leave. Given Algeria's history, they would expect to be rescued by one nation: France. In its impact on the EU, even a fraction of this number would dwarf the effect of the Syrian civil war. ...

... An Algerian civil war and the ensuing refugee crisis would shake France to the core.
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Immigration – numbers
Immigration to UK hit record levels in run-up to Brexit vote, latest figures show
Alan Travis
The Guardian, 1 December 2016.

Immigration to Britain hit its highest ever annual level of 650,000 in the run-up to the Brexit referendum, new official figures have revealed.

But the latest official figures show that since the Brexit vote in June new national insurance registrations by workers from the European Union have fallen, with the largest drop – 17% – among workers from Poland and other east European countries.

The latest quarterly figures show that annual net migration to Britain in the 12 months to June 2016 continued at a record level of 335,000, according to the Office of National Statistics.

The figures show that level of net migration from the European Union is also at historically high levels and now matches net migration from outside the EU.

The record 650,000 level of immigration in the year to June 2016 was made up of 284,000 EU citizens coming to live and work in Britain, 289,000 coming from outside Europe and 77,000 Britons returning to live in the UK. The most common reason they came to Britain was to work.
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Diversity – births
70 per cent of newborns in London have at least one foreign parent - and the figure is 33 per cent across the rest of England and Wales
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 1 December 2016.

Seven out of every ten children born in London last year had at least one foreign-born parent, official figures reveal, with the figure as high as 86 per cent in some suburbs.

The number of children born in England and Wales with at least one parent born overseas has soared to a record 33 per cent – up from just 21.2 per cent in 2000, when Tony Blair's government was opening the gates to mass migration from Eastern Europe. ...

In the eastern borough of Newham, the proportion was 86.4 per cent – or 5,378 out of 6,226 babies. Brent, in North-West London, came next with 86.2 per cent, followed by Westminster (83.5 per cent) and Kensington and Chelsea (83.2 per cent).

In only four of 32 London boroughs were fewer than half of births to non-British parents. The figures were revealed by National Statistician John Pullinger in a letter published by the House of Commons.

The data is a striking illustration of the way mass migration is changing the face of the country – and placing additional pressure on public services, including hospitals, clinics and education services. ...

In the latest set of figures, published in August, net migration totalled 327,000 in the year to March – before Britain voted to leave the EU. That was down slightly on the record 336,000 recorded a year earlier.
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Immigration – EU migrants, registration
Registering all 3.3m EU migrants living in the UK is a 'FORMIDABLE' task, expert warns
Zoe Efstathiou
Daily Express, 1 December 2016.

Registering more than 3.3 million EU nationals living in the UK prior to Brexit to establish who can remain in Britain could prove a "formidable task", a migration advisor has warned.

Jonathan Portes, a research fellow at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, warned that logging the details of all EU nationals who have lived in the UK prior to Brexit would prove a "formidable logistical, bureaucratic, administrative and legal task" for Government.

The former chief economist at the Cabinet Office rejected a "cut off date" proposal raised by David Davis, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, who suggested that rather than examining the individual details of each migrant's case, all EU nationals living in the UK on the date of the referendum should automatically be allowed to remain.

Mr Portes said: "There is no definition of resident, no proof of residence, for people who have been here. What about the Polish shopkeeper who went home on 23 June? We do not know who was in the country."

Instead, Mr Portes advised the Government to consider how urgent and important it is to register EU migrants.

He also raised concerns about the impact on the economy of ending the free movement of low-skilled workers from the EU, which he claimed could lead to businesses shutting down, food price hikes and cuts to social care.
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Immigration – EU migrants
EU immigration has Britain at BREAKING POINT and Brexit must put a stop to it, blasts Lord
Patrick Christys
Daily Express, 1 December 2016.

Immigration at its current level will see Britain's population rise by half a million people a year, most of them from the European Union, and Brexit must put a stop to it, says a prominent member of the House of Lords.

Lord Andrew Green, former British Ambassador to Syria and Saudi Arabia, has said a Brexit deal with Brussels that ties Britain into the free movement of people would be "immoral" and shake public confidence in the political system.

Lord Green, who founded the think tank Migration Watch UK, said the inability to control Britain's borders was a major factor in people voting to leave the European Union and he is adamant the current level of immigration is unsustainable.

Speaking at an event hosted by the Bruges Group in London, he said: "As for the immigration chapter of the Brexit negotiations, I submit that the situation had become untenable.

"With one hundred million people in Eastern Europe at a standard of living of a third or a quarter of our own, a continuing substantial inflow was a racing certainty.

"Meanwhile, massive levels of youth unemployment in Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece are likely to be a push factor for a considerable period.

"Our estimate is that net migration from the EU would have continued at about 150,000 a year well into the medium term."

He added: "The prospect that is hanging over the entire Brexit negotiation is that immigration is at 330,000 a year for the foreseeable future.

"A population increase that will require us to build the equivalent of a huge city the size of Liverpool every year, and 90 per cent of it is in England alone.

"The general public can now see very clearly that the whole scale and nature of our society is being changed, and without their consent."
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Immigration – politics
'Not Only Is Immigration Out Of Control, But Brexit Won't Stop It'
David Mellor
LBC, 1 December 2016.

The horrendous record immigration figures just published of 650,000 in the last 12 months suggests that not only is immigration out of control, but also that exiting the European Union won't necessarily stop it.

Or at least, not, in the immortal words of Tommy Cooper "Just like that!"

There's a serious prospect that Brexit will happen, and we will leave the EU, and immigration won't fall.

How can that be? Well, just like this.

Immigration from the EU won't necessarily stop, because the terms of the Brexit deal will almost certainly force us to retain some free movement. ...

For many people, a failure to cut mass migration after Brexit will be the biggest political betrayal in decades. And one that will have a profound impact on public confidence in politics and politicians. ...

The really staggering figure, that gives us no grounds for confidence at all that mass migration will end with Brexit, is the one that shows migration from outside the EU, that theoretically we are able to control. It was 289,000 last year, more than EU migration, which we can't control, which was 285,000.

This 289,000 is immigration we could stop, but choose not to.

And of course, a lot of this in-flow is of largely unskilled people from Africa and the Indian sub-continent.

Which is, uncomfortable truths to tell, the migration most resented by the majority of people who are concerned about immigration, as opposed to those nice Polish barmaids, waitresses and building workers.

If the British government can't (or won't) stop non-EU migration now, why are we naïve enough to imagine they will do so after Brexit? And the present uncontrollable flow from this source is equivalent to the population of Nottingham, each and every year.

Various commitments down the years have been given to long term migrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan and India, allowing them to bring in family members, other dependants, and, of course spouses.

Unless a future government is prepared to abolish these longstanding arrangements, migration will remain, in the eyes of many voters, unacceptably high, Brexit or no Brexit.

This is the prospect that stares us in the face; we will leave the EU, and mass migration will continue. What a thought. But it's probably the truth.
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Employment – machines
Machines could easily replace EU migrants working in coffee shops, says leading economist as he says it's 'certain' Britain will adapt to Brexit
Matt Dathan
MailOnline, 1 December 2016.

EU migrants working in coffee shops and similar industries could easily be replaced by modern machinery, a leading economist said.

This is one of a number of ways British businesses will adjust to a reduction in immigration after Brexit, according to Jonathan Portes, a former chief economist at the Cabinet Office and principal research fellow at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research.

He suggested Britain's vote to leave the EU will make companies more efficient, with firms choosing to invest in labour-saving machinery.

Mr Portes said it was 'certain' that the economy would adjust to lower levels of migration and dismissed concerns over the impact Brexit will have on the economy.

But he warned that the reduction in cheap labour from eastern Europe could lead to some UK firms going out of business or could lead to higher prices for consumers as employers are forced to employ British workers on higher wages.

This could lead to an increase in our reliance on foreign imports, Mr Portes told a House of Lords committee on the EU today. ...

Madeleine Sumption, director of the Migration Observatory at Oxford University, said the number of EU nationals in the UK could be as high as 3.9 million - higher than the 3.3 million currently estimated to be living in the UK.
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Terrorism – security agencies
Islamists who exploit the language barrier
Nigel West
Daily Telegraph, 1 December 2016.

The news that the German security service, the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz (BfV), may have been penetrated by an Islamist terrorist organisation will come as no surprise to Western counter-intelligence analysts. In fact, it will serve only as an unpleasant reminder of the vulnerability of such agencies when entrance and vetting standards are compromised in an effort to acquire language skills.

At the heart of the continuing challenge of countering "hostile penetration" is the balance that has to be struck in the acquisition of intelligence staff with foreign dialects – who are essential if a security apparatus is to monitor the communications of terror suspects speaking in their own patois, or to maintain physical and technical surveillance on extremists from the Middle East. ...

However, in the rush to embrace native-speaking interpreters and even case officers, many Western security services have reduced their standards and limited their background screening of candidates. ...

Most security authorities acknowledge the problem – which was graphically illustrated by Nada Prouty, who infiltrated the FBI and then the CIA. ...

A review by MI5 revealed a similar problem, as the then director-general, Eliza Manningham-Buller, conceded. When the FBI and CIA reported more than 40 attempts at "entryism" by suspicious applicants, MI5 acknowledged that it had experienced the same problem, but declined to give the precise number uncovered.
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Diversity – actors, theatre
Andrew Lloyd Webber warns of diversity crisis in British theatre
Dalya Alberge
The Guardian, 1 December 2016.

Andrew Lloyd Webber has said he fears for the survival of British theatre unless it reflects the diversity of the nation's population, referring to the industry as still 'hideously white'.

The award-winning composer of hits including Evita, Cats and Jesus Christ Superstar sounds the warning in a diversity report he commissioned to address the lack of non-white performers and backstage staff.

In its introduction, he writes: "I passionately believe that the stage needs to reflect the diversity of the UK population or it risks becoming sidelined."

The report, published on Thursday, warns: "If the situation continues, there is real danger that, not only will black and Asian young people stay away from the theatre as a profession, they will stay away as punters. And without them in the audience, theatres will become unsustainable, as they are forced to compete for a dwindling ageing, white, middle-class audience." ...

Lord Lloyd-Webber said he was alarmed by the findings of the report, Centre Stage: The Pipeline of BAME Talent. ...

The report's authors, Danuta Kean, an arts, media and publishing analyst, and Mel Larsen, an arts consultant, say "white middle classes still dominate audiences" and that "even in London, where the BAME population is now 44%, audiences outside specialist theatres and theatre groups remain overwhelmingly white". ...

The report says the problem is even greater backstage, with only a handful of BAME senior executives, while makeup artists are not trained to deal with black skin.
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Politics – media, UKIP
'You're COMPLETELY losing touch' Farage issues warning to establishment over radical Islam
Joe Barnes
Daily Express, 1 December 2016.

Nigel Farage has urged the European media to reconsider its coverage of the "big issues" – such as immigration, radical Islam and the European Union.

The former Ukip leader claimed some outlets have grown "out of touch" with the consensus of the majority of people in their nations.

The Brexiteer, who was a catalyst in the effort to take Britain out of the EU, accused journalists at a media event in Denmark of not daring to cover the real feelings of the British people when it comes to subjects such as immigration.

Speaking at the News Xchange annual conference, Mr Farage said: "There are some big issues that you guys need to think very hard about. ...

"I think in terms of immigration, I still think many of you are covering this subject in a way that anyone who dares to raise the issue, somehow has malevolent intentions underneath – which in the vast majority of cases simply isn't true.

"I think the coverage of radical Islam is another area where you are completely losing touch with vast swathes of your own population.

"In fact, it happens in politics too. Dear Hillary [Clinton] couldn't even bring herself to say radical Islam – she couldn't even use the term. ..."
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Immigration – global warming, climate change
Climate change will stir 'unimaginable' refugee crisis, says military
Damian Carrington
The Guardian, 1 December 2016.

Climate change is set to cause a refugee crisis of "unimaginable scale", according to senior military figures, who warn that global warming is the greatest security threat of the 21st century and that mass migration will become the "new normal".

The generals said the impacts of climate change were already factors in the conflicts driving a current crisis of migration into Europe, having been linked to the Arab Spring, the war in Syria and the Boko Haram terrorist insurgency.

Military leaders have long warned that global warming could multiply and accelerate security threats around the world by provoking conflicts and migration. They are now warning that immediate action is required.
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Disease – tuberculosis
Study calls for strategy to fight multidrug-resistant TB in migrants
Manufacturing Chemist, 1 December 2016.

Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is widespread globally with almost half a million cases documented in 2014. Although rare in European countries, the risks posed by the current migrant crisis makes MDR-TB an important and urgent public health priority.

A study just published in Clinical Microbiology and Infection documents that the rate of infection with MDR-TB is higher among migrants than in the general population, particularly in those born outside Europe and in those forced to leave their home country as asylum seekers and refugees.

The data, reviewed by Hargreaves et al., shows that 100% of the MDR-TB cases diagnosed in Austria, the Netherlands and Norway occurred in migrants to those countries. A high proportion of MDR-TB cases were also apparent in migrants to other European states – 90% in the UK, 89% in France, 87% in Italy and 94% in Germany.
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Immigration – EU migrants, residence
Huge backlog as EU citizens rush to secure British residency
Alan Travis and Heather Stewart
The Guardian, 1 December 2016.

EU citizens worried about their right to remain in Britain have inundated the Home Office with applications to secure their UK residency, leading to an official backlog that has trebled since the summer of 2015. ...

The number of outstanding applications from European citizens to secure their residency status in Britain went from 37,618 in June 2015 to almost 100,000 "currently in progress" in early July 2016, including those seeking permanent residence cards and documents for non-EU family members of European citizens.
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Diversity – births
A third of babies have at least one parent born outside the UK
Full Fact, 1 December 2016.

The proportion of babies registered with a parent born outside the UK rose from just under 30% in 2008 to about 33% in 2015. So in plain English, that's more like 'just under a third' to 'about a third'. ...

On the other hand, it's correct that the proportion has come up from about 21% in 2000. ...

63% of babies are recorded as having both parents born in the UK, so just under two-thirds. The remaining 4% of babies are registered as having a mother born inside the UK, but their father isn't registered.

The Office for National Statistics told us they don't collect data on parents' nationalities. The data on parents' place of birth comes from the information you have to bring when you register a birth. Although parents can bring a passport as ID, they don't have to. ...

Across London, about 69% of babies have at least one parent who was born abroad.
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Politics – EU migrants
There are plenty of problems with a "transitional" EU arrangement – but immigration is by far the greatest
Mark Wallace
ConservativeHome, 1 December 2016.

Much like the temporary introduction of income tax during the Napoleonic Wars, or the thrice-cursed Barnett Formula, things that are meant to only last a short while tend to stick around for perpetuity, bedevelling any and all attempts to move on to what was meant to be the permanent state of affairs.

This should give us pause for thought before steaming into a supposedly temporary bridging arrangement with Brussels. Not only could the reality be longer-lasting than the theory, but voters would be justifiably sceptical and entitled to wonder if the contents of such a deal really do what it says on the tin.

As is so often the case, this would be particularly awkward on the topic of immigration. ...

A transitional arrangement wouldn't – couldn't – do anything to change the situation on immigration one iota, though. Free movement would remain in place, and our borders would remain open.

The prospect of entering a long-lasting "transitional" limbo is unappealing enough. Leave voters would be justifiably angry at what would amount to a fudge at best. But consider the continued loss of control over immigration as well, and it becomes clear that it wouldn't be tenable at all.
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These are the same extracts as given elsewhere in date order, but they are presented here by subject. To avoid having too many subject headings, 'multiculturalism' here includes multiracialism and multiethnic issues; 'population' includes overpopulation.
From 1 January 2016, except recent items.
2008 and 2009.
2007 and earlier.


A list of some publications on immigration and related matters (pubs.htm). Not updated recently.

Links to other sites

Links to relevant other sites of possible interest (sites.htm). Not updated recently.

The date given for an extract occasionally differs slightly from the date given for the article on a website. This is because it is not uncommon for an article to appear on a publisher's website the day before it appears in the printed version of the newspaper.

Some reports here do not mention immigration or immigrants, but their relevance is indicated elsewhere. For example, a report on the consequences of population pressure is relevant since the rise in the UK's population is largely due to mass immigration. A report on the level of knife crime might not at first seem relevant here, since there is usually no mention of immigration. However, other reports indicate that it is a significant factor. An item on education can be relevant because inadequate education in the UK is a reason given by some business managers for employing foreigners.

Where longer extracts of an article are divided into several parts, this is almost always done only for convenience of presentation here.

Where no webpage link is provided, the source is usually, with the exception mainly of older extracts, the printed publication. In these cases, many but not all of the full reports can be found on the publishers' websites. However, if searching for the full report, note that it is not unusual for the heading and the text to have been modified. For example, the heading "British television is hideously white, says equality chief", printed in The Daily Telegraph, is or was "Britain's most popular television programmes 'too white', says Trevor Phillips" on the newspaper's website.

Extracts can, if preferred, be read in chronological order by using the "" link to go to the start of the item next above the one just read.

The address of this site was until early July 2011.

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