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Updated 20 April 2019
Border controls illegal immigration
It's a dangerous myth we will have more control over borders post Brexit [part 1]
The London Economic, 20 April 2019.
If control of our borders and a curb on immigration into the UK was
the tipping point in deciding the result of referendum, those who cast
their vote on that basis may well be surprised at the likely post-Brexit
reality whether there is a deal or not. This, in spite of government
statements supposedly ending freedom of movement.
On the front
line, facing this reality, are a UK Border Force created by Theresa May in
the aftermath of the pre-London Olympics chaos at airport passport
It's a border force that currently is in crisis as is so
clearly illustrated in successive Home Office staff surveys which many
officers refuse to complete as they believe it is a waste of time as no
remedial action is taken.
Morale or lack of it, is clearly a huge
issue while the survey shows there is little trust in Home Office senior
managers and ministers by rank and file officers on the front line.
Chickens, in respect of cuts to the border force, are now coming
home to roost as the Home Office is now frantically attempting to recruit
additional permanent officers to cope with the aftermath of Brexit. ...
It is also worth noting that it takes two years for a
comprehensively trained UKBF officer to become fully competent. ...
The unpalatable fact is that the UK's borders, even before Brexit,
are in a shambolic state. Reports by John Vine and David Bolt, the past and
present Chief Inspectors of borders and Immigration, are frequently damning
and both have complained that these critical reports are often withheld by
the Home Secretary until they can be effectively 'buried' amidst other bad
UKBF officers at Heathrow and other airports complain
that the Home Office priority is queues, with officers frequently being
taken away from customs controls as soon as passenger queues build up.
Queues and a lack of experienced full-time officers can mean that those on
duty feel compelled to 'land' (admit) passengers even though they may be
less than satisfied with their reasons for requiring entry.
wonder then, that despite the occasional 'big seizure,' such is the
shambles at our borders that the UK is awash with drugs as is illustrated
by eels in the Thames becoming 'hyperactive' due to the quantity of cocaine
in the water!!!
For many Brexiteers, the issue of 'freedom of
movement' in respect of EU nationals was a major factor in voting 'leave.'
Thus, those who voted for Brexit would have expected UKBF officers, after
March 29th (or whenever it would happen now ) to treat EU nationals in the
same way as non-EU nationals. In other words that they would be examined by
UKBF officers at passport control in order to establish whether they had a
legitimate reason to enter the UK.
That, however, is not going to
happen and there can be no doubt that many leading Brexiteers, notably
former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, would have been only too well aware
during the referendum campaign, that the imposition of firmer controls was
Border controls illegal immigration
It's a dangerous myth we will have more control over borders post Brexit [part 2]
The London Economic, 20 April 2019.
Well before the referendum, seasoned border force officers
calculated that to examine, even briefly, the passport of each arriving EU
national, would cause a logjam of queueing passengers which would stretch
all the way back to the airport gates. ...
EU nationals, it has
therefore been decided, will be able to continue to pass through passport
controls using the 'anonymous' eGates. There will be no check to see if
each EU passenger is entitled to work or have residency here or whether
they are coming to the UK as a genuine visitor. Thus, those who arrive
intending to work illegally or engage in criminality will have 'freedom of
movement' to do so without 'passing under the eyes' of UK law enforcement
simply by using eGates. ...
A number of EU criminals deported from
the UK, find it easy to return as they simply obtain 'genuine' passports in
their own country using another's identity. Only by being directly examined
by a UKBF officer is there any chance of these potentially dangerous
individuals being detected. ...
Brexit, however will weaken our
borders in other ways. According to UKBF officers, in order to reduce
queues several nations will be given 'favoured' status. Hundreds of
thousands of Americans travel to the UK each year and most receive
perfunctory scrutiny by UKBF officers.
However, each year around
1,600 US nationals are refused entry at passport control and returned back
across the Atlantic. These 1,600 include criminals amongst whom are
potential child abusers, political extremists, those with mental health
issues and those intending to overstay. In future all US nationals will be
permitted to by-pass UKBF officers and use eGates thus the UK will almost
certainly have 1,600 individuals entering the UK who will be detrimental to
our national interest.
Australians are another favoured nation who
will be able to use eGates and again, significant numbers are refused entry
by UKBF officers each year. They too will be 'home and dry' by virtue of
being able to able use eGates as will citizens from several other
The issue of migrants/refugees crossing the channel
is small rubber boats is regarded as somewhat of a distraction by border
force officers. The will point out that the numbers are just several
hundred strong, yet their real concern features non-EU nationals who enter
the UK as visitors, either with a visa or not and who do not return within
their allotted time. ...
The National Crime Agency have voiced
their concern as to the damage caused to the UK by foreign criminal
networks; Chilean gangs have been recently involved in violent home
invasions, Columbian networks specialise in theft including 'dipping'
(pickpocketing) while Albanian organised crime groups, in addition to human
trafficking, are taking over cocaine distribution in many parts of the UK
by forging partnerships with local gangs. All will have passed through UK
border controls. ...
The simple fact is that our border controls
have more holes than a Swiss cheese and that these holes are likely to
increase in both number and size whenever Brexit becomes a reality (and if
it becomes a reality) unless the issues referred to above are addressed.
Illegal immigration visas
The Real Illegal Immigration Crisis Isn't on the Southern Border
The Atlantic, 19 April 2019.
If curbing illegal immigration is the goal, as politicians in the
United States and Europe argue, then no wall or border fence will stop the
West's largest source of such immigrants. They are not the subject of
televised debates or of long stories highlighting their plight. Many are
invisible, making them hard to count, and little attention is paid to them.
The group in question? Visa overstays.
immigrants, who enter countries legally on student, tourist, or work visas
and then stay past their visa's expiration date, are often overlooked in
the discussion of illegal immigration. But in the past 10 years, visa
overstays in the United States have outnumbered border crossings by a ratio
of about 2 to 1, according to Robert Warren, who was for a decade the
director of the statistics division at the agency that has since been
renamed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and who is now a senior
visiting fellow at the Center for Migration Studies, a New York-based
organization. Elsewhere, the issue is even more pronounced in
Britain and Australia, the absence of a land border of the kind the United
States has with Mexico and Canada means that nearly all illegal immigration
comes in the form of visa overstays. Most people who are in Britain
illegally, for example, entered legally and simply stayed on after their
visa expired, research by Oxford University's Migration Observatory shows.
Still, none of this has translated into visa overstays becoming a
source of anti-immigrant sentiment. ...
"It's right out there in
the news, and you can see people" crossing borders, Warren told me. "With
the overstayers, people will be tourists and they'll come here, and they'll
either join relatives or they'll join people they know, and they'll get a
job, and they're not visible." ...
That could be changing, however,
at least in the U.S. ...
In the U.S., visa overstays have exceeded
illegal border crossings in each of the past seven years. /.../ But
tracking people who enter the U.S. legally until they leave is difficult.
The Department of Homeland Security conducted its own analysis for fiscal
year 2017, and its estimate was 702,000 overstayers. (To be clear, that
number is a small fraction, 1.33 percent, of the more than 50 million
people who arrive in the U.S. each year on valid visas.)
the reason the numbers are hard to track is that visitors' visas are not
checked as they exit some countries and, when they are, the system is
either incomplete or problematic. ... in the U.K., which instituted exit
checks in 2015, the process has been called "shambolic."
Immigration abroad Pakistanis, Vietnamese, Romania
Pakistan ready to export 500,000 workers to Romania by 2020
Business Review, 17 April 2019.
Pakistan seems ready to export over 500,000 workers to Romania by
2020, according to the Pakistan's Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human
Resource Development, cited by Associated Press of Pakistan (APP).
The announcement came in response to an offer made by the Romanian
ambassador to Pakistan, Niculaie Goia.
Goia discussed with Sayed
Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari, a special assistant to prime minister on Overseas
Pakistanis and Human Resource Development.
According to APP, The
Romanian ambassador said that Romania would be seeking as many as one
million foreign workers due to a severe workforce crisis. ...
Romanian government is trying to reduce the workforce crisis in many areas
of the economy by importing foreign workers, and has recently signed a
memorandum with Vietnam in order to receive more Vietnamese workers.
Population pressure school class sizes
Super size classes in secondary schools at highest level in 35 years, DfE figures show
Daily Telegraph, 19 April 2019.
"Super-size" classes in secondary school are at their highest level
in 35 years, official figures show.
In 2018, there was the largest
proportion of children in classes of 31 or more pupils since 1983,
according to data published by the Department for Education (DfE).
Almost one in eight secondary school pupils (12.1 per cent) are now
taught in classes of at least 31 pupils. Of these 11.5 per cent are in
classes of 31-35 pupils, and 0.6 per cent are in classes of more than 36.
Secondary school class sizes have been rising in recent years,
following a bulge in pupil numbers caused in part by a rise in the birth
rate in the early 2000s which is now making its way through to secondary
While direct immigration has little effect on pupil
numbers, higher birth rates among immigrant communities has been a
contributing factor, according to DfE. ...
A report published by
the Public Accounts Committee last year warned that there is a "growing
sense of crisis" in teacher recruitment against backdrop of soaring pupil
A DfE spokesperson said: "Since 2010 we have created
920,000 school places and secondary class sizes have remained low
around 21. ..."
Crime drugs, human trafficking
Three gang members convicted of human trafficking
talkRADIO, 18 April 2019.
Three gang members have been convicted of human trafficking
offences after they used young children from London to transport and sell
drugs in Hampshire as part of 'county lines' gangs.
25, Dean Alford, 25, and Michael Karemera, 25, recruited, groomed, and
trafficked six victims aged 14 to19.
The oldest victim, identified
as a vulnerable adult, told the court that he was stripped naked by
associates of Karemera, had a gun placed in his mouth, and threatened, when
he tried to leave the gang. ...
The men were convicted of drug
supply offences - of drugs including heroin and crack cocaine - in February
2016 at Woolwich Crown Court, before the trafficking offences were brought
After selling the drugs, victims would deposit their
earnings and could earn the gang up to £2,000 a day.
Population pressure public opinion, Government
Is keeping immigration promises too much to expect?
Conservative Woman, 17 April 2019.
The impact on every citizen's quality of life of a burgeoning
population is massive and I make no apology for revisiting the issue, for
it concerns the great majority of people in this country. Indeed, 64 per
cent of the public told YouGov last year that the official estimate of
future population growth (a projected rise of nearly seven million people
by 2041) was too high. Can anyone seriously claim that the public's worries
are not justified?
Immigration levels (net UK inflows averaged
approximately 250,000 over the past decade) are now the main reason for our
rapid population growth. This means more congestion on our roads and added
pressure on the transport network (research has shown the UK is already one
of the ten worst countries on the planet for road congestion) and on our
schools, our hospitals and GP surgeries. As for housing, population growth,
driven largely by immigration, will continue to be the main force behind
most new demand for housebuilding. If net migration to England continues at
its present annual rate (it has averaged just under 215,000 over the past
decade), one home will have to be built every six minutes just to cope with
the added demand resulting from new arrivals. ...
More than 80 per
cent of population growth between 2001 and 2016 was as a result of
migration and the subsequent children of migrants. Such direct and indirect
immigration added one million to the UK population every three years. In
just 15 years that means a population increase of five million people
equivalent to five Birminghams or ten Liverpools. ...
this why the ONS has repeatedly underestimated projected population growth?
A decade ago it estimated that the UK population would not reach 64 million
by 2017. In fact, by mid-2017, the UK population exceeded 66 million.
Understating the reality of rapid population growth is baffling.
The public realise that England is already one of the most crowded nations
in the EU. Polling conducted in 2016 (when the population was more than a
half a million lower) suggested that nearly three-quarters of the public
thought the UK was already crowded; they experience the impact for
Persistent underestimation of trends by a
respected body like the ONS can only further undermine public confidence in
the ability and willingness of the Government to deal with the high levels
of immigration. A poll published last year found that only 17 per cent of
the public trust the government to tell the truth about immigration either
all or most of the time; the figure was even lower for MPs at 13 per cent.
In their 2010 manifesto, the Conservatives committed to
reducing net migration to the 'tens of thousands'. It was a promise they
repeated in their 2015 and 2017 manifestos. Seventy-three per cent of UK
adults (equivalent to 38 million people) support this happening, according
to a poll conducted last summer. ...
The need to restore public
confidence on immigration is clear. Obfuscating its true level and the
population growth that results can only add to the public's distrust of the
Extremism Islam, Germany, UK
Germany confirms Islamic Relief ties to Muslim Brotherhood
The National [UAE], 17 April 2019.
German officials have accused Islamic Relief Worldwide of
"significant" connections to the underground Muslim Brotherhood, triggering
concerns among politicians over the diversion of official funds to
A submission to the Bundesrat revealed that the powerful
Federal Court of Audit was examining official grants to Islamic Relief,
which was founded in Birmingham, UK, that totalled 6.1 million in the
years to 2016. The response said Islamic Relief was connected to Muslim
Brotherhood groups not only in Europe but around the world.
MP Oliver Luksic said the answer was deeply alarming. "It is a scandal that
German taxpayers' money is going to go to Islamists," he said. ...
The United Arab Emirates designated Islamic Relief Worldwide as a
terrorist organisation in 2014 over its global links to the Muslim
The announcement of a German review into official
funding of Brotherhood-related groups comes amid growing concern over the
spreading influence of the group in the country. The most recent published
intelligence assessment said that there were an estimated 1,040 Brotherhood
activists active in the country. It further said the group exerted active
control over 50 mosques or Islamic centres. ...
On its website, the
group sets out its history of working with governments since it was founded
in Britain by Egyptian Hany El Banna. It became the first specialist Muslim
charity to gain British government funding for projects in Africa in 1994.
It signed a framework partnership with the EU in 2002 and became a
member of the UK's Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) which distributes
funds from nationwide appeals in 2005. In Britain alone its annual Ramadan
campaign raises more than £10 million annually. ...
Beck, a Green Party politician, said the Brotherhood had built up ties with
the main Islamic body for German Turks, using a conference organised in
Cologne late last year as a platform for pan-European ambitions. "At the
conference at the Islamic centre in Cologne there was the presence of the
Muslim Brotherhood," he said. "This event is quite interesting and a bit
terrifying. They are not anymore trying to organise the Muslims in Germany
but on a European level."
Immigration abroad criminals, cost, USA
New DOJ Report: 60,000 criminal illegal aliens are in federal custody at a staggering cost
Peter Barry Chowka
American Thinker, 17 April 2019.
In an exclusive report on the The Ingraham Angle last
evening /.../ U.S. attorney Zachary Terwilliger broke major news about the
DOJ's brand new report on the number and costs of the incarceration of
illegal aliens in federal custody. The segment, and the comments by
Terwilliger, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and
Ingraham further expose the Left's persistent lie that illegals in the U.S.
commit additional crimes at a lower rate than U.S.-born citizens.
brief article posted at Fox News dot com, immediately following Ingraham's
program Tuesday, summarized the segment:
Nearly 60,000 known or
suspected illegal immigrants [sic] are being held in federal prisons,
according to a report obtained by Fox News Tuesday from the Department of
Justice. Adding context to this latest news is
the fact that tens of thousands of illegals who have managed to make it
across the border are being released into the country every month, and
"hundreds of thousands" of illegal aliens who committed additional crimes
remain free in the U.S.
Quoting the report, he said "criminal aliens" make up 21
percent of those in the Federal Bureau of Prisons custody and 38 percent of
those in Marshals custody.
Terwilliger lamented that a "staggering"
amount of resources are being diverted to fighting illegal immigration at
the expense other problems like a rising opioid epidemic and rising crime
rates in certain areas.
... The report, it should be noted, does
not include illegals who are in jails and prisons at the state and local
levels a number that is "significantly greater," according to
Ingraham, than the number of criminal illegal aliens in federal custody.
Terwilliger said the next report from the DOJ on the problem should
address the financial cost to the federal government of dealing with
illegal alien criminals. He estimated, however, that the cost of the U.S.
Marshals Service having to deal with illegals (who are in custody awaiting
trial, for example) is $500 million a year, which does not include the
costs due to illegal aliens incurred by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.
Immigrants were told to lie to the Home Office
Court News UK, 17 April 2019.
Law firm workers told clients to lie to the Home Office to secure
their visa applications, a court heard. Burlow and Spencer Ltd claimed they
provided unrivalled legal expertise in immigration cases. But the company
did not comply with immigration guidelines and encouraged their customers
to be dishonest, the Old Bailey heard. Alongside DDR Legal Service Ltd they
are on trial for providing immigration advice and services when not
qualified. Burlow and Spencer's director Zia Bi, 39, ...
Immigration abroad asylum, Canada
Trudeau takes 'sharp turn' away from 'refugees welcome'
BBC, 16 April 2019.
Canada has made a name for itself around the world as a safe haven
for refugees. But recent changes to its laws may make the country seem far
less friendly, refugee advocates and legal critics warn.
Liberal government, led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, says it intends
to change the law to make it harder for refugees to go "asylum shopping".
But legal experts and refugee advocates warn these changes could
flout domestic and international law, and ruin Canada's reputation as a
defender of refugees.
"I think that the Liberal government has
really taken a sharp turn," says law professor and refugee lawyer Warda
Shazadi Meighen. ...
It would make ineligible those asylum seekers
at the border who have already made a claim in another country that has an
immigration information-sharing agreement with Canada.
countries include the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand. ...
than 40,000 asylum seekers have crossed into Canada at the US border since
Trump was elected.
Cities along the border have struggled with
providing services to the thousands who are waiting for their claims to be
heard - in Montreal, the Olympic stadium was converted into temporary
Immigration abroad Libya, Europe
Libya: UN-backed PM says 800,000 migrants could reach Europe amid instability
Sky News, 16 April 2019.
Libya's United Nations-backed prime minister has told Sky News that
there could be an influx of more than 800,000 migrants from his country
into Europe if the instability in his country continues.
Sarraj, a trained architect who entered politics in his 50s, is a man with
a tough message and he's not mincing his words right now. ...
Putting more pressure on the international community, the leader
warned about a European migrant crisis.
"What's going to happen
with this security breakdown is that 800,000 illegal migrants on Libyan
ground will have to leave Libya and will cross the sea towards Europe," he
"Amongst these 800,000 there are terrorists and criminals.
This will be disastrous".
Immigration abroad public opinion, Canada
The number of non-white immigrants entering Canada is now a partisan issue: new poll
OurWindsor.ca, 16 April 2019.
Canadians are becoming increasingly polarized over issues of race
and immigration, according to a new survey that suggests the divide could
be a major factor in the next federal election.
The new EKOS poll
is based on a relatively small sample size, but offers a snapshot of a
country that is split both socially and politically.
Roughly 40 per
cent of Canadians think too many immigrants entering the country are not
white and that number skyrockets among Conservative Party of Canada
supporters, according to the polling.
"The key forces shifting
votes away from the Liberals to Conservatives have been the issue of
immigration and too many non-white immigrants," Frank Graves told StarMetro
Sixty-nine per cent of poll respondents answered
"too many" to the question of "Forgetting about the overall number of
immigrants coming to Canada, of those who come, would you say there are too
few, too many or the right amount who are members of visible minorities?"
Jail for Bradford trio after drugs worth over £76k were found in shopping bag
Telegraph & Argus, 16 April 2019.
Three Bradford men have been jailed for a total of more than 18
years after 1.3kg of class A drugs worth over £76,000 were found in a
Yasar Fahad, Irfan Khan and Wasiq Khan appeared at
Bradford Crown Court to be sentenced, all facing charges of possession with
intent to supply heroin, crack cocaine and cocaine. Wasiq Khan was also
charged with possession of criminal property.
Immigration abroad employment, labour shortage, USA
There Is No 'Labor Shortage'
Jason Richwine, PhD
Center for Immigration Studies, 16 April 2019.
One of the many trade-offs inherent to immigration policy is
efficiency vs. distribution in the labor market. Importing more workers
from abroad can lower the cost of production, but the savings come in large
part from holding down wages. Anyone who claims that immigration offers
only benefits or only costs to the labor market is not being honest about
the issue. Unfortunately, immigration advocates have a habit of developing
exactly those sorts of one-sided talking points. One of the most prominent
right now is the idea of a "labor shortage". Forget all this talk about
trade-offs, they say, employers simply cannot find any more workers without
That claim is false. Neither theory nor evidence backs
the existence of a "labor shortage". As discussed below, when employers
complain of a "shortage", they really mean a shortage of people willing to
work for the (low) wage that employers would like to pay. The percentage of
working-age Americans in the labor force remains significantly below the
level from the year 2000, and employers should strive to bring those
potential workers back.
Leeds Muslim convert stabbed stranger in the neck six times 'to establish himself as a fighter'
Yorkshire Evening Post, 16 April 2019.
A Muslim convert from Leeds was seen on private premises at a
military air base just days before he repeatedly stabbed a stranger in the
neck in the street.
Alex Davies, 26, stabbed Jaroslaw Poterucha six
times from behind as he walked towards a bus stop in Manchester in August
One of Mr Poterucha's wounds was so deep, he was lucky to be
alive, Manchester Crown Court heard.
Davies, also known as Ahmad
Ibn Abdillah, fled the scene undetected and was later spotted at RAF
Northolt in west London two weeks later. ...
The defendant was
arrested and while on remand at HMP Bullingdon in Oxfordshire in October
2016 he attacked prison officers in two separate incidents - one in which
he brandished a wooden stake with three razor blades embedded on its side
and said: "Allahu Akbar, God is great." ...
Davies accepted he
stabbed Mr Poterucha but his lawyers argued he did not know what he was
doing was wrong and that he believed he was stabbing an alien. ...
The court heard he is a devout Muslim who prays 15 times a day
after he converted to Islam on his 20th birthday while in prison.
Politics Labour Party
The madness of David Lammy
Spiked, 15 April 2019.
Is there any politician more hateful than David Lammy right now?
/.../ From his naked contempt for the millions who voted for Brexit, whose
'wisdom' he openly calls into question, to his casual, ahistorical and
positively dangerous branding of politicians who are strongly committed to
Brexit as Nazis, Mr Lammy has become the very thing he claims to oppose: a
shrill, unreasoned, over-emotional propagator of loathing towards certain
sections of the population.
Mr Lammy's latest meltdown and
that really isn't too strong a word for his obsessive hatred for Brexit
came on The Andrew Marr Show on BBC One on Sunday. Marr asked
Lammy if his previous comparison of the European Research Group (ERG) to
the old racist rulers of South Africa and even to the Nazis had been a
little over the top. The ERG is the Eurosceptic wing of the Tory Party. It
has never enforced or supported apartheid of any kind, far less has it
propagated Nazi ideas, so Marr's question was a good one. Mr Lammy's
response was extraordinary. Not only did he double down on his foul
Holocaust relativism by continuing to compare the present political
situation with the most criminal political regime in human history
he pushed it even further by saying his comparison of the ERG to the Nazis
was 'not strong enough'.
Not strong enough. Think about what
is being said here. Mr Lammy is saying he was actually being too soft when
he said Jacob Rees-Mogg and Co were like the Nazis. He is saying they are
worse than the Nazis. ...
... To compare today's tense but
peaceful disagreements over whether and how the UK should leave the EU to
the period in which Jews were slaughtered in their millions is to
relativise the past; to make the events of the 1930s and 1940s seem less
bad, more normal, through comparing them with the political to and fro of
21st-century Britain. ...
... To compare Brexit with Nazism is an
act of colossal historical idiocy and profound political spite. ...
If this was just a case of one politician losing it, it wouldn't be
worth commenting on. But Mr Lammy's abandonment of political reason and
historical rationalism speaks to a broader fraying of sense among the
National identity public opinion, Australia
European and English-speaking migrants back immigration cuts and fear Australia is losing its identity
Daily Mail Australia, 14 April 2019.
European and English-speaking migrants are more likely to back
immigration cuts as they fear Australia is losing its cultural identity.
Migrants from these nations are less likely to support those born
in other countries, with 58 per cent agreeing immigration should be cut, a
survey by the Australian Population Research Institute has found.
However, two-thirds of Asian migrants favour an increase in migrant
numbers and disagree with the idea that Australia's identity is
Report authors Dr Bob Birrell and Dr Katharine Betts
also found non-graduates are more likely to support the cuts compared to
There were 67 per cent of graduates who
supported an increase in immigration.
Dr Birrell and Dr Betts told
the Herald Sun that second-generation migrants are more skeptical about
'These migrants have become an important part of a
voter base worried about immigration,' they said.
survey also found that 58 per cent of Australian-born individuals agreed
Australia was in danger of losing its identity and 47 per cent of voters
supported 'a partial ban' on Muslim immigration.
Immigration abroad points-based system, Australia
A points-based system doesn't end naked prejudice against migrants
The Observer, 14 April 2019.
The Australian immigration system, in which potential migrants
receive points for wealth, education, good health and language skills, has
been lauded by politicians across the world, from Donald Trump to Boris
Johnson. Many policymakers are drawn to the idea of a system that admits
only high-skilled workers, viewing it as the answer to the supposed
problems of low-skilled immigrants lowering wages and failing to integrate.
The reality, however, is different. Many low-paid jobs in
Australia, from cab-driving to cleaning, are disproportionately the domain
of migrants. How is this possible in an immigration system that supposedly
only recruits skilled labour?
Australia introduced its points-based
immigration system in the 1970s. The idea was to create a kind of
non-racist version of the "white Australia" policy that had held sway for
almost a century. Middle-class professionalism now came to replace
"whiteness" as the measure of a good migrant. The trouble is, being middle
class and skilled guarantees neither a job nor social acceptance.
study last year showed that of skilled migrants from non-English speaking
countries who came to Australia between 2011 and 2016, fewer than a third
had found a professional or managerial job. Another study revealed that
such migrants were 25% more likely to be in the bottom income quintile than
either migrants from English-speaking countries (primarily white migrants)
or those born in Australia. The unemployment rate for recent migrants on a
permanent visa is more than 50% higher than it is for Australians in
Partly this results from an immigration system demanding
skills unrelated to those required by the economy. ...
also the question of racism. A study by the economist Andrew Leigh showed
that an individual with an Anglo-Saxon name is far more likely to get a job
interview than someone with the same qualifications and experience, but
with a Chinese, Middle Eastern or Indigenous Australian name.
Recent governments have tried to shift immigration policy away from
a predominantly points-based system to one in which migrants are required
to have a job offer. They have also increasingly shifted from a policy of
permanent residency to the granting of temporary work visas. Temporary
workers now make up 11% of Australia's workforce. /.../ A study last year
on Wage Theft in Silence found that a third of foreign temporary workers
earned less than half the minimum wage. ...
Critics of liberal
immigration policies often argue for the necessity of tighter controls that
permit the entry only of the "right kind of migrant". What Australia
exposes is that the obsession with having the "right kind of migrant" often
blinds people to the fact that many of the problems are caused not by the
"wrong kind of migrant" but by the attitudes, of governments, bosses and
the public, to any kind of immigrant.
Repatriation/deportation threats to free speech
Conference cancelled amid speakers' fears over fallout with transgender lobby
Sunday Telegraph, 14 April 2019.
An immigration conference has been cancelled amid fears of a
backlash from the transgender lobby, it has emerged.
The Centre for
Crime and Social Justice (CCSJ) was planning to hold a summit in June for
academics and lawyers to discuss a new Home Office initiative aimed at
identifying and deporting foreign criminals.
But invitations to
speakers were met with a tepid or negative response, not because of the
event itself - which they were keen to take part in - but due to the
centre's position on transgender prisoners.
were concerned that they may be criticised for associating with such views
if they appeared at the event. ...
The event's co-organisers then
pulled out, saying they did not wish to go ahead given the responses. ...
Last month, the Open University cancelled a conference on prison
reform, co-organised by the CCSJ, folloing a barrage of criticism as well
as threats to disrupt the event from the transgender lobby.
Diversity theatre, racism, discrimination
The Hollow Crown of Reigning Sentiment
Quadrant, 14 April 2019.
The precise date of the discovery by theatre directors that they
are greater than Shakespeare cannot be specified: the discovery was more a
process than an event. But by the time I saw a production of Richard
II at the Almeida Theatre a few weeks ago, the superior genius of any
director over that of Shakespeare was an established principle and
indisputable fact. ...
But if I had an elevated conception of
Shakespeare, how naive and mistaken I was! I knew nothing of Richard
II the play, that is, not the king until I saw the
production by Joe Hill-Gibbins. How narrow had been my previous conception
of it! ...
We come now to the very delicate question of the
over-representation of black actors in productions such as this (and many
others). They are now included in casts out of all proportion to their
number in the general population, and unlike such disproportion in
professional football teams, this disproportion is not the consequence of
superior talent or ability. It is quite obviously, but also unmentionably,
the consequence of policy. ...
Moreover, it is agitprop of an
obviously racist variety. The British stage is now riven with racism, if by
racism we mean the tendency to believe that race is and ought to be an
important determinant of policy, for example in the allocation of jobs. And
it is obvious that, lying not very deeply under the positive discrimination
exercised in the casting of plays in British productions, is an attitude of
condescension at best and contempt at worst.
You would never guess
from the British theatre that the largest ethnic minority by far in the
country is of Indian subcontinental origin: it will be a very long time
before you see a Bangladeshi Juliet or a Sikh Angelo. ...
here that we see the implicit condescension or contempt in the positive
discrimination in favour of black actors (of course, there can be no
positive discrimination without negative discrimination, but not all racial
discrimination is equal). They are believed to be people who could not
survive by their own unaided efforts unaided, that is, by the
intellectual keepers of our conscience. They are like household dogs that
could not survive in the wild.
The mental contortions that are now
required of us to be considered, and to consider ourselves, decent
respectable citizens would be enough to baffle Houdini. Some demographic
disproportions must never be alluded to or even noticed, others must be
referred to ad nauseam, and the decent person must know by instinct,
as it were, which is which. Some disparities must be constantly measured,
others persistently ignored. And you must never let your guard down in
discriminating which discriminations are discriminatory. After all,
received wisdom can change as quickly as the enemy during the hate sessions
in Nineteen Eighty-Four.
Britain's deportation disgrace: One's a convicted paedophile, the other a gangster. Both should have left the UK years ago but they still here laughing in the face of the
Daily Mail, 13 April 2019.
This is 29-year-old Turkish-born Tolga Binbuga, ...
Binbuga, who came to Britain at the age of nine, but has never
applied for British citizenship, has been convicted of robbery, burglary,
assault, criminal damage and shoplifting. He has been fighting the
Government against his deportation to Turkey for nearly five years
but thanks to a string of successful appeals to immigration tribunals,
costing thousands of pounds apiece, he has succeeded in staying.
The Binbuga saga is scandalous enough. It is, however, only one in
a shocking array of similar cases.
Day after day in our immigration
courts, foreigners who have made their home in the UK, then abused our
welcome by committing criminal acts, even serial rape and murder, game the
overwhelmed system with the help of well-paid lawyers to wriggle out of
being deported sometimes for years, sometimes for ever because the
system seems to forget them.
The problem is huge. In England and
Wales, one prisoner in nine is now a foreign national. /.../ If these
jailbirds, who like other prisoners cost £22,000 a year each to keep
behind bars, are from outside the EU and serving a sentence of a year or
more, they can be earmarked for deportation on release if the Home
Secretary deems it conducive to the public good as he invariably
According to the Government rulebook, they should go from
their cell to a detention centre and be held there until they can be flown
out of the UK. EU-born criminals who commit serious crimes or are a threat
to public security are also put on deportation lists.
Binbuga's case shows, this is far from the reality. ...
one of thousands of foreign-born criminals convicted in this country whom
the Government is struggling to deport. ...
The Home Office said
this year that 45,800 foreigners have been removed from Britain after
serving a prison sentence since 2010. But, in truth, wily immigration
lawyers use every ruse to stop foreigners who've committed crimes here
being sent packing.
Latest figures show that between 2014 and 2016
a total of 494 foreign national offenders 'absconded' while they were
listed for deportation after serving sentences here. They included people
with convictions for violence, rape and other sexual crimes, fraud, money
laundering, possession of weapons, burglary, forgery and handling stolen
The Mail has investigated the litany of appeals made by
foreign criminals to independent immigration tribunals against deportation
over the past six months. The offenders come from countries including
Lithuania, China, Albania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Pakistan,
India, Vietnam and some Caribbean nations. ...
In few places is it
more clear that the deportation system is broken than in Rochdale, Greater
Manchester, one of the many northern towns to be rocked by sex-grooming
After the trial, three of the gang with dual British and
Pakistani nationalities Rauf, Khan and Aziz were stripped of
their British citizenship as a prelude to deportation to Pakistan. Yet the
Mail can reveal that nearly six years after their imprisonment, these
sexual predators are still living in the same region where they abused the
Meet Birmingham gang who turned Stoke into 'Coke-on-Trent' with £150k of drugs in five weeks
Birmingham Mail, 12 April 2019.
Four men have been jailed for a total of 20 years for their part in
a conspiracy to supply cocaine into Stoke-on-Trent from Birmingham.
Mohammed Khushal, Farooq Amed and Mahmood Hussain were jailed on
Tuesday, April 9, at Birmingham Crown Court.
It came following a
successful operation by Staffordshire Police and West Midlands Regional
Organised Crime Unit (WMROCU).
Mazafar Hussain was jailed at an
earlier hearing in 2017. ...
Detective Inspector Pete Cooke, of
Staffordshire Police, said: "Quantities of cocaine were found at a number
of addresses and there is no doubt this was a significant supply line from
Birmingham into north Staffordshire.
"It has taken several years of
persistence and hard work to bring these men before the courts and we're
glad they're now behind bars."
Albanian illegal immigrant caught with £100,000 of cocaine in Enfield will be deported
MyLondon, 12 April 2019.
An illegal immigrant found with 9.5 kilos of cocaine with a street
value of nearly £1 million has been jailed for 12 years.
Sufaj, 26, was stopped by police as he travelled in a car along Bowes Road,
in Enfield, North London, on September 26 last year.
investigation by the joint National Crime Agency (NCA) and Metropolitan
Police Organised Crime Partnership saw Sufaj prosecuted. ...
"Working with our partners from the Met we have stopped nearly
£1 million of cocaine from getting onto the streets on the UK."
Following his sentence Sufaj will be deported to Albania.
Politics Government, Conservative Party
Think Tank: UK Govt Massively Undercounting Migration Impact on Future Population Growth
Breitbart, 12 April 2019.
The British government is significantly underestimating the likely
impact of mass immigration on future population growth, according to an
expert think tank.
Lord Andrew Green of Deddington, Chairman of
Migration Watch UK, has questioned why the Office for National Statistics
(ONS) is basing its new "principal population projection" on international
net migration to England of 152,000 per year.
This would increase
the population of England, the largest and most populous of Britain's Home
Nations, to over 60 million by 2032, well up on the 2016 estimate of 55.3
Staggering though these figures are, Lord Green
believes they hugely underestimated the speed and scale of the changes
England is undergoing, as average net immigration to the country is
actually well in excess of 152,000 a year "whether you take the
average of the past five years (246,000 per year) or the average of the
past ten years (213,000 per year)."
Writing in The
Telegraph, the former diplomat and Royal Green Jackets officer said it
would be "much more realistic to use what the ONS calls its 'high migration
scenario' (based on net migration to England of 215,000 per year) which
would see England's population rise not by 4.8 million between 2016 and
2032 (as in the principal projection) but by 5.9 million" a
difference, he points out, of "well over a million people."
and again the government has underestimated projected population growth,"
the cross-bench peer reminded readers.
"A decade ago they estimated
that the UK population would not reach 64 million by 2017. In fact, by
mid-2017, the UK population exceeded a record 66 million."
Green warned that any attempt to deliberately "downplay the reality of
rapid population" could only "backfire", and that this latest ONS
"discrepancy" would "further undermine public confidence in the authorities
"A poll published last year found that only 17 per
cent of the public trust the government to tell the truth about immigration
either all or most of the time," he said. ...
Shortly after the
Brexit vote ended his immediate political career, David Cameron's
Chancellor of the Exchequer and chief lieutenant George Osborne revealed
that persistent failure to fulfil immigration promises was a feature,
rather than a bug, of Tory government.
"Over the past seven years,
the Government has not been able to reduce significantly the numbers of
non-Europeans coming here though we could," he admitted openly in
"[N]one of [the Cabinet's] senior members supports the pledge
[to reduce immigration] in private and all would be glad to see the back of
something that has caused the Conservative Party such public grief," he
Immigration abroad Germany
Fired German Intelligence Boss Slams Merkel Migrant Policy on Hungarian Television
Breitbart, 12 April 2019.
Former German intelligence chief Hans-George Maassen told Hungarian
media this week that the door of immigration was "still open" and slammed
the asylum policy of Chancellor Angela Merkel.
broadcaster M1, the former president of the Federal Office for the
Protection of the Constitution (BfV) said that despite there being fewer
asylum seekers than 2015," the lock is still open," Die Welt
During the 25-minute interview, Mr Maassen also touched
upon the problems with integrating a large number of asylum seekers saying,
"Integration is possible if you create the legal framework and also get
people to integrate or be integrated. Integration can not only be ordered,
but integration must also be demanded."
"My concern is that there
is integration, but not integration into German society, but into Arab
society, the Salafist society or the Turkish society in Germany, so that we
have parallel societies. And from my point of view, that has to be
prevented with all our might," he added.
Germany has also had a
poor track record with deporting failed asylum seekers since 2015, and
Maassen explained the government's lack of success saying, "This has a
number of reasons, starting with the fact that the countries of origin are
often not yet ready to take these people back. (They) are not ready, partly
for purely economic reasons."
He noted that many countries see
their citizens sending back euros from the German welfare system and said
countries are unlikely to want to take them back and be forced to pay them
"In addition, there are also so-called NGOs, which
deliberately prevent deportation by supporting the deportees or hiding him
and the like. All in all, one has to say that the deportation policy in
Germany is, unfortunately, a disaster, but unfortunately not only in
Germany but also in other Western European countries," he said.
Politics illegal immigration, Labour Party
It's time to rethink our attitude to undocumented migrants
New Statesman, 12 April 2019.
[David Lammy is Labour MP for Tottenham]
If Windrush and subsequent scandals have taught us anything, it is
that there is a deep-rooted and systemic problem with our immigration
system. I proposed a set of reforms in Open and Ethical, a new
Fabian Society report, which would transform our immigration system, making
it fair, humane and respectful of human dignity.
Among the most
dehumanised groups in Britain are undocumented migrants. They are
considered "illegals" or "aliens" before they are human beings a
hidden population that we know very little about. In the national
consciousness, we imagine undocumented people waiting in their thousands to
steal British jobs, abuse our welfare state and overcrowd our hospitals.
The government has responded to this concern by introducing
policies that exclude undocumented migrants from working, renting or
accessing public services. The effect of these policies is to create a
hostile environment that makes life so unlivable for those illegally
resident in the UK that they are forced to leave.
legislation, carried out over two immigration acts, was responsible for a
shocking disregard for the rights of migrants and ethnic minority British
citizens, and ultimately proved ineffective at reducing illegal
It is time to rethink our attitudes to undocumented
migrants in this country. No matter how punitive and aggressive its
policies, the government will never be able to deport all undocumented
migrants, or close our borders entirely.
The invisible nature of
undocumented migrants makes it impossible to gauge how many live in
We are talking about single parent families, young
children and adolescents old enough to go to university. We are talking
about low earners, struggling to get by and pay their bills. They are
carers, builders and domestic workers. Many have arrived in the UK from
countries that have born the brunt of British colonial rule, with dreams
that their children and grandchildren might be able to have better lives.
The Home Office's ineffective war against undocumented immigration
has built a "shadow economy" where workplace exploitation, human
trafficking and other criminal behavior is rife. The question hinges on
whether the government should maintain the illegal status of these
undocumented migrants, or regularise their status, enabling them to pay
income tax and national insurance, and to live safely and integrate into
society. I support the latter option.
Immigration abroad politics, India
Amit Shah vows to throw illegal immigrants into Bay of Bengal
Reuters, 12 April 2019.
The head of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling Hindu
nationalist party took his invective against illegal Muslim immigrants to a
new level this week as the general election kicked off, promising to throw
them into the Bay of Bengal.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President
Amit Shah referred to such illegal immigrants as "termites", a description
he also used last September, when he drew condemnation from rights groups.
The U.S. State Department also noted the remark in its annual human rights
"Infiltrators are like termites in the soil of Bengal,"
Shah said on Thursday at a rally in West Bengal, as voting in India's
39-day general election started.
"A Bharatiya Janata Party
government will pick up infiltrators one by one and throw them into the Bay
of Bengal," he said, referring to illegal immigrants from neighbouring
Shah nevertheless reiterated the BJP's
stance on giving citizenship to Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs from
Bangladesh and Pakistan.
India is already working on deporting an
estimated 40,000 Rohingya Muslims living in the country after fleeing
Buddhist-majority Myanmar. New Delhi considers them a security threat.
Benefits and costs EU migrants
EU migrants in Britain claimed more than £4bn a year in benefits
The Sun, 11 April 2019.
EU migrants in Britain claimed more than £4 billion a year in
Those from Eastern Europe received more in welfare than
the average UK citizen and paid less income tax.
run-up to the Brexit referendum, ministers had insisted the figures were
But the cost of open doors migration has now been
Data from the Department for Work and Pensions, taxman
and Treasury shows EU workers received more than £2.2 billion in tax
credits and housing benefits, £1.1 billion in out-of-work payments and
£700 million in child benefit.
There is a stark contrast
between Western and Eastern Europeans.
Nearly half the personal
taxes paid by migrants from countries such as Romania, Bulgaria and Poland
went straight back in tax credits and child benefit.
were not broken down by country.
But if they followed a similar
distribution, then almost all of the taxes went back in working-age
Ex-Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith carried
out the study with MigrationWatch UK.
He said: "It is no surprise
they didn't want to release the figures."
Immigration residence, EU migrants
More than 400,000 EU nationals apply to stay in UK after Brexit
The Guardian / Press Association, 11 April 2019.
More than 400,000 European nationals have applied to secure their
stay in the UK after Brexit, the Home Office has disclosed.
number of applications received by the EU settlement scheme has increased
by about 200,000 since it went live at the end of last month.
than 230,000 people applied during test phases before the full launch on 30
The Home Office also announced that 57 organisations would
receive funding to help vulnerable applicants.
Up to £9m has
been set aside to ensure support is available to an estimated 200,000
individuals who may be marginalised or need extra help submitting their
The settlement scheme is open to citizens of EU
member states plus those from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and
Switzerland, as well as their family members.
are granted immigration status confirming their right to continue living
and working in the UK indefinitely.
People who have lived
continuously in the UK for five years or more can obtain settled status.
Those who have lived in the UK for less than five years can acquire
pre-settled status, which can later be converted into settled status. ...
Government estimates indicate that between 3.5 million and 4.1
million European Economic Area citizens and their family members could be
eligible to apply to the scheme by the end of 2020.
Immigration abroad Australia
Record number of immigrants arrive in Australia with 115,000 landing in just one MONTH - despite government promises to reduce the intake
Australia, 11 April 2019.
Australia's immigration rate has surged to a new record high with
more than 115,000 permanent arrivals in just one month. ...
overseas arrivals data showed 115,100 new people declared Australia as
their new home in February, as annual immigration soared by a record
The number of new immigrants during the year was 11.4 per
cent higher than the same period in 2018.
When the number of people
leaving Australia for good was taken into account, the net annual
immigration rate stood at a five-year high of 299,190, which includes
international students. ...
Australia's 1.6 per cent annual
population increase is more than double the average of rich nations in the
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
Immigration abroad illegal immigration, USA
Illegal immigration to US at highest for 12 years despite Donald Trump's vow to crack down
Metro, 11 April 2019.
A record number of migrants tried to illegally cross the United
States' southern border last month, despite Donald Trump's promises of a
The number of people who crossed the Mexican border
illegally skyrocketed to 103,492 in March hitting a 12-year-high.
Of those, 92,607 were apprehended by US Customs and Border Patrol,
who have detained over 361,000 people at the southwest border this year,
which is more than double the amount of migrants detained by April of last
year and all of 2017.
More than 53,000 families were among
those apprehended along the US-Mexico border during March. That is the
highest number for a single month since US Customs and Border Protection
began keeping track of the figure in 2012. ...
A 2018 study funded
by the US Department of Homeland Security found that 'wages for people
migrating illegally to the United States tend to be about 13 to 14 times
the wages available to them in their home countries.'
opportunity has proved attractive enough to convince a record number of
families to pack up and head for the US border. That has caused headaches
for the Trump administration whose hands are tied by legal precedents.
Immigration population growth, public opinion
Obfuscating the true level of migration only encourages public mistrust
Daily Telegraph website, 11 April 2019.
Public concern about rapid population growth could not be clearer.
Indeed, 64 per cent of the public told YouGov last year that estimated
future population growth (a projected rise of nearly seven million people
by 2041) is too high.
The public's worries are justified. Roads,
tubes and trains are getting ever more crowded and research has shown the
UK is already one of the ten most gridlocked countries on the planet.
Meanwhile, more than four-fifths of population growth between 2001
and 2016 was due to immigration. Indeed, immigration added one million to
the UK population every three years equivalent to the entire
population of Birmingham or more than twice that of Liverpool.
Immigration population growth
Uncontrolled immigration helped trigger Brexit - How ironic our self obsessed MPs have forgotten it
Daily Mail, 11 April 2019.
Almost three years after the EU referendum, it's odd how little
talk there is about immigration. Yet before the vote many politicians and
much of the media were obsessed with the subject.
Is it because,
despite the Brexit process driving many of us bonkers, people assume
immigration has been sorted out? After all, concern about its uncontrolled
nature was a major factor possibly the main one behind the
I'm afraid any thought that our marvellous Government
is quietly attending to the challenges of reducing immigration, while
tussling so hopelessly with all other aspects of Brexit, is wide of the
While it's true that immigration from inside the EU is
sharply down, this has nothing to do with the Government. Meanwhile, non-EU
immigration is running at a 15-year high. The upshot is that overall
numbers coming here are not far off record levels.
In the year to
September 2018, net immigration to the UK was 283,000 which is
nearly three times the Tories' much trumpeted target (which has not been
dropped) of an annual maximum of 100,000. ...
On Tuesday an
estimate crept out of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) which
suggests that this impartial organisation assumes immigration is likely to
continue at a high rate for the foreseeable future. ...
prediction one prefers, the number of people living in England seems likely
to rocket in a brief time, with much, if not most, of the increase
concentrated in London and the South East, already one of the most densely
populated areas in the world.
That means more demand on new
housing, almost half of which may be attributable to immigration. It means
more trains in which passengers are crammed together like sardines, and it
means even more congested roads.
And, unless the Government
miraculously gets its act together, a sudden population explosion of this
magnitude will entail a growing shortage of school places, longer waits in
hospitals and GP surgeries, and ever greater pressure on power and water
Yet at the same time non-EU immigration which
the authorities are in principle able to control has been soaring.
One reason is that more people are coming here from Asia for work-related
There's absolutely no evidence that this stricken
Government is prepared to regulate the flow. On the contrary. If the recent
White Paper on immigration after Brexit becomes the basis of future policy,
it's likely that numbers coming to this country will increase still
And it seems to me extraordinary that, in the heated
debate about the shortage of houses for young people, the role which
unrestrained immigration has played in helping to create this unhappy state
of affairs is almost never mentioned.
Net migration will see 'England's population hit 60 million by 2029 with the South East and London bearing the brunt of the growth'
Daily Mail, 10
The number of people living in England will top 60 million by 2029
unless immigration levels fall radically, an official assessment said
The 60 million figure is an increase of more than four
million over the most recent estimates and indicates that Brexit turmoil
and questions over future migration rules have yet to curb the growth in
The estimate was published by the Office for National
Statistics, which said that in 2029 numbers in England will reach
60,207,000 if high migration levels continue.
Its projection is
based on the assumption that net migration the number of people
added to the population each year after both immigration and emigration
have been counted will continue at 215,000.
The most recent
recorded figure for current net migration for the 12 months to
September 2018 was nearly a third higher at 283,000. ...
population projections also account for birth and death rates and life
expectancy, as well as movement within the country.
They show that
population pressure will continue to be at its greatest in London and
southern England, where there is deepening concern over high housing prices
and rents, poor transport and road congestion, a shortage of school places,
and supplies of power and water. The growing numbers of people will add to
pollution from traffic fumes and other sources, and increase demand for
building on countryside. ...
It said that the population of
England, put at 55,268,000 in 2016, would under its 'principal'
immigration projection rise by 5.9 per cent to 58,506,000 by
mid-2026. But the 'principal' figure used by the ONS is based on net
migration of 152,000 a year, a level unknown since the 1990s.
the 'high' migration estimate, which uses the 215,000 a year figure, the
2026 England population would be 59,172,000, and by 2029 the figure would
be 60,207,000. This would mean an increase of 8.9 per cent on 2016 levels.
Crime illegal immigration
Crime boss Denaught Sharma who masterminded immigration scam to be monitored
Iwan Gabe Davies
South Wales Argus, 10 April 2019.
The ringleader of a "sophisticated" immigration scam gang which
tried to trick the Home Office into allowing married partners to enter the
United Kingdom illegally has been made the subject of a Serious Crime
Prevention Order (SCPO).
Denaught Sharma, aged 57, of Ruskin
Avenue, Rogerstone, Newport, ran a syndicate of 10 swindlers jailed for
nearly 30 years at Cardiff Crown Court last summer.
Sharma ran an
accountancy service "at the heart of the offending" and created false
documentation, including wage slips and P60s, in support of immigration
applications to enter or stay in the UK.
The owner of companies
called ACS Limited and Storm 90 PWR Ltd, the defendant, who was not a
qualified accountant, was jailed for seven years and seven months.
Sharma was back in Cardiff Crown Court this week where Judge Tracey
Lloyd-Clarke imposed a five-year SCPO against him.
An SCPO is a
civil court order used at preventing, restricting or disrupting a convicted
criminal's involvement in further serious crime once they are released from
The court heard how Sharma had five previous
convictions for 16 offences including affray, possession of drug and a food
Finally Some Robust Research Into Whether "Diversity Training" Actually Works Unfortunately It's Not Very Promising
Society, 10 April 2019.
Diversity trainings are big business. In the United States,
companies spend about £6.1 billion per year, by one estimate, on
programmes geared at making companies more inclusive and welcoming to
members of often-underrepresented groups (British numbers aren't easy to
come by, but according to one recent survey, over a third of recruiters are
planning to increase their investment in diversity initiatives).
Unfortunately, there's little evidence-backed consensus about which
sorts of diversity programmes work, and why, and there have been
long-standing concerns in some quarters that these programmes don't do much
at all, or that they could actually be harmful. ...
For a new paper
in PNAS, a prominent team of researchers, including Katherine Milkman,
Angela Duckworth, and Adam Grant of the University of Pennsylvania's
Wharton School, partnered with a large global organisation to measure the
real-world impact of the researchers' own anti-bias intervention, designed
principally to "promote inclusive attitudes and behaviors toward women,
whereas a secondary focus was to promote the inclusion of other
underrepresented groups (e.g., racial minorities)." The results were mixed
at best and unfortunately there are good reasons to be sceptical
that even the more positive results are as positive as they seem. ...
... Until there are more studies like this one, those who want to
use diversity training to make companies and other institutions more
welcoming have no option but to feel around in the dark for what works.
Benefits and costs begging
Europe's New Beggars
Quillette, 10 April 2019.
Indeed, as a result of the European Union's eastward expansion
during the previous decade, and the principle of free movement of persons
within the E.U., thousands of rough sleepers, mostly ethnic Roma from the
ex-socialist countries Bulgaria and Romania, have arrived in the streets,
parks, and playgrounds of the E.U.-15 countries.
Contrary to the
purpose of free movement, most have not come to work or study, but to beg
in the most abject manners. France is perhaps the most notorious country
for child begging in Western Europe, but even in more child-friendly
societies in Scandinavia, we see children of 13 and younger being used for
begging by adult family members. Other beggars display, or, more often,
simulate, physical disabilities to evoke compassion. ...
important to understand that this behavior is not mainly an outcome of
labor market discrimination in Western Europe. For some, begging is instead
the very point of migrating. As observed in a recent article in the journal
Migration Studies: "In many rural Roma communities, transnational
migration for begging and street work has now become an institutionalized
practice, constituting the backbone of the local economy." ...
others, often including the very young, the elderly, and persons with
mental disabilities, begging is a consequence of coercion and deceit. ...
Similar examples of trafficking for the purposes of forced begging
abound. In Norway, a state television investigation two years ago exposed a
large Romanian trafficking ring of 140 individuals in the city of Bergen,
whose leaders regularly posted pictures of the jewelry and luxury cars that
their activities (extending to using begging as a front for prostitution)
afforded them on social media. /.../ Nevertheless, it remains uncertain to
what extent the begging phenomenon is due to coercion. According to a
scholarly chapter on begging in the Routledge Handbook of Human
Trafficking (2018), there is "no generalized analysis that applies to
all begging situations" and, ultimately, there are more critical
aspects to be considered.
First, the social disintegration that the
continued presence of beggars creates. /.../ Moreover, the constant
exposure to the deception involved in begging, such as pretending
disabilities or other personal difficulties, is detrimental to social trust
Secondly, but not least important, there is the
debasement to the beggars themselves and the risk that the daily sight of
people kneeling and sleeping in the streets will cause a mental separation
of certain populations from the rest of society in the minds of ordinary
citizens and teach our children that the dignity of the poor simply matters
Yet despite the fact that begging is associated with
these social hazards and degrading conditions, almost all Western European
states, excluding, most prominently, Denmark, have hesitated to impose or
strengthen the enforcement of national blanket bans on begging as a
response to the influx of foreign vagrants.
Foreign criminal allowed to stay after judge rules membership of notorious London gang shows 'integration into society'
The Sun, 9 April 2019.
A Turkish-born criminal was allowed to stay in Britain because a
judge ruled his membership of a notorious gang showed he had integrated
into UK society.
Tolga Binbuga, 29, has been convicted of robbery,
burglary, assault, criminal damage and shoplifting and cautioned for drug
Binbuga, who came to the UK aged nine but never applied
for British citizenship, also joined North London's Get Money Gang.
Police say the GMG is No2 on their list of Britain's most dangerous
But when The Home Office tried to deport Binbuga his lawyers
appealed saying he was a "home grown criminal" and English to the core.
Judge Evan Ruth agreed with claims Binbuga's gang membership prove
he had "socially and culturally integrated." ...
allowing him to stay in the UK was made in 2016 but was never reported.
It was overturned by a Home Office appeal the following year in
which judges said Judge Ruth had "erred in law" by claiming gang
memberships showed he was socially integrated. ...
The judges said
there were no "compelling circumstances" to stop the deportation of
But he appealed yet again and ran up a bill of at least
£50,000 before the case was finally thrown out last week. It was
unclear yesterday whether he has yet been deported.
Immigration public opinion
Majorities from EVERY generation and ethnic group want to cut immigration, survey finds
The Sun, 8 April 2019.
A majority across every generation, ethnic group and even Remain
supporters want to reduce immigration, a mass survey voters has found.
Findings by the new Tory think tank Onward revealed majority
backing for controlling numbers even among 18-24 year-olds - who back it by
38 to 36 per cent.
An even higher proportion of Remainers back
cutting immigration - with 40 per cent in support and 34 per cent against -
the same numbers among Asian voters.
But in a finding that will
deliver shock-waves through the Tory party, Labour currently enjoys an
eight-point lead on immigration among all age-groups.
Immigration abroad politics, USA
Bernie Sanders: I don't support open borders
Washington Examiner, 8 April 2019.
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said Sunday he
does not support open borders.
Sanders, independent senator from
Vermont and a self-described democratic socialist, told an audience member
at a campaign stop in Oskaloosa, Iowa, that he was mistaken in suggesting
Sanders supports open borders.
"I'm afraid you may be getting your
information wrong. That's not my view," Sanders said after the attendee
asked the candidate how he would fund a social safety net if the United
States had an open-borders immigration policy.
"What we need is
comprehensive immigration reform," Sanders said. "If you open the borders,
my god, there's a lot of poverty in this world, and you're going to have
people from all over the world. And I don't think that's something that we
can do at this point. Can't do it. So that is not my position."
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Sanders said an open-border
policy was "a Koch brothers proposal."
"That's a right-wing
proposal, which says essentially there is no United States," he said. "It
would make everybody in America poorer you're doing away with the
concept of a nation-state, and I don't think there's any country in the
world that believes in that. If you believe in a nation-state or in a
country called the United States or U.K. or Denmark or any other country,
you have an obligation in my view to do everything we can to help poor
people. What right-wing people in this country would love is an open-border
policy. Bring in all kinds of people, work for $2 or $3 an hour, that would
be great for them. I don't believe in that."
Immigration abroad free speech, censorship, USA
Amazon Is on a Digital Book Burning Spree
Breitbart, 8 April 2019.
Under pressure from left-wing journalists and activists, Amazon is
purging right-wing authors from its store, including a book co-authored by
English Islam critic and independent commentator Tommy Robinson.
The web retail giant has become the dominant market player in book
sales, accounting for nearly 50 percent of physical and 83 percent of
e-book sales in the U.S. As such, Amazon has the power to effectively cut
an author off from the vast majority of the books market.
began its new round of purges by targeting the white nationalist fringe. In
February, the tech giant banned a number of books from white identitarian
Jared Taylor, and a book called The White Nationalist Manifesto by
Greg Johnson. ...
In 2010, Amazon refused to take down a book
defending pedophilia on first amendment grounds. "Amazon believes it is
censorship not sell certain books simply because we or others believe their
message is objectionable," an Amazon representative told CNBC at the time.
"Amazon does not support or promote hatred or criminal acts,
however, we do support the right of every individual to make their own
Public and media outcry was not enough to
pressure Amazon into watering down its commitment to content-neutrality
when it came to a pro-pedophile book. But it now takes only the slightest
pressure for the tech giant to ban right-wing critiques of religion.
And even before that, Amazon had watered down it's commitment to
"the right of every individual to make their own purchasing decisions." In
2015, the site banned the sale of all merchandise depicting the Confederate
Amazon doesn't seem to have a problem with extremist of
destructive books in general. Two of the most destructive books in history,
Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf and The Communist Manifesto by Karl
Marx and Friedrich Engels are available for purchase. So too are books by
black nationalist Louis Farrakhan, notorious for his racist and
anti-semitic comments so it seems racial hatred isn't subject to a
blanket ban on Amazon either.
Racism moving house, white flight
White British homeowners more likely to move out if Pakistanis buy houses nearby
The Conversation, 8 April 2019.
[The author is a Professor of Urban Economics and Social Statistics]
In recent research that I published with my colleague Sue Easton,
we wanted to take a closer look at what was happening when people with
ethnic minority names moved next door or very close to homeowners with
white British names. ...
In our study, we used property
registration data for the 40% most deprived census areas of Glasgow in
Crucially for our purposes, the property registration
data we used recorded the names of both buyers and sellers in each house
transaction. How people respond to particular sorts of names can reveal
certain prejudices. ...
Analysis of particular name groups has
become a lot more feasible as a result of the growing literature on
combining forenames and surnames to impute ethnicity. And now sophisticated
software is being designed to do this too, such as the Onomap software
which can assign ethnicity to names in a large dataset based on linguistic
and cultural analysis. ...
Our results suggest that, on average,
the length of stay of homeowners with white British names is significantly
reduced if house buyers with Pakistani or other Muslim names move within 50
metres. For example, for every household moving in with a "non-white other"
name, primarily Muslim in origin, the average length of stay of existing
homeowners with white British names halved. We also found evidence,
however, that the effect diminished somewhat as the number of those moving
in with Pakistani or Muslim names increased.
... Nevertheless, we
can't say for sure that those homeowners with white British names who chose
to move did so because of anti-Pakistani or anti-Muslim sentiment. Our
study was observational, and we didn't interview people about the choices
It's also worth bearing in mind that the effect is
very likely to be partly driven by "neighbourhood churn". ...
comparison to the white flight of 1950s America, the effect is probably
pretty small and much more localised. But it nevertheless suggests house
moves in Glasgow may be partly driven by latent aversion to having
neighbours with Pakistani or Muslim names.
Terrorism extremist violence
Who Commits Most of the World's Extremist Violence?
City Journal, 8 April 2019.
The idea that white supremacist violence is a growing global threat
has gained more currency recently, notably in the wake of the ghastly
Christchurch mosque massacre, when an avowed white nationalist murdered 50
Muslims. New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, for instance,
asserted that "White supremacists committed the largest # of extremist
killings in 2017." No one will deny that racial hatred is an evil ideology,
and that people who kill in the name of white supremacy commit evil
but is it true that white extremists are sowing a growing amount of
The evidence suggests otherwise. Even a
superficial glance at the record indicates that of the nearly 20,000 people
killed in thousands of extremist killings in 2017, white supremacists were
responsible for very few. ...
White nationalists committed none of
the above violent acts of extremist killing, and that's nothing remarkable:
almost all the world's extremist violence is concentrated in a handful of
regions, where very few white people live. In areas where whites do live
(America, Canada, Europe, and Australia/New Zealand), white nationalists do
indeed perpetrate a significant proportion of the relatively uncommon acts
of extremist violence. Again, this is unsurprising, because whites make up
the overwhelming majority of the population there. ...
Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that white supremacists were responsible for the most
extremist killings of 2017, she was obviously wrong, by at least two and
maybe three orders of magnitude (if she meant worldwide, which is unclear
from her tweet). There were at least 8,500 such incidents worldwide that
year, and white supremacists accounted for perhaps 15 or 20 of them,
depending how you count. ...
The Wall Street Journal, citing
the U.S. Extremist Crime Database, reports that the frequency of violent
hate crime in the United States has been about the same for 50 years. White
supremacy is insane and immoral, and it may be a significant threat. But it
doesn't account for anywhere near the preponderance of global extremist
violence, though one might get a different impression from recent coverage.
Furious dancers are kicked out of renowned troupe for the over-60s for being WHITE so bosses can hire more black and Asian athletes
Mail on Sunday, 7
As a renowned dance troupe made up entirely of over-60s performers,
Company of Elders has won acclaim across the globe.
longstanding members of the troupe have been told they have to leave to
make way for more black and Asian recruits.
The decision by the
prestigious Sadler's Wells Theatre in London, which runs the contemporary
dance company, has been attacked as sacrificing the wellbeing of current
members many in their 70s and 80s on the 'altar of political
Until now members have been able to stay with the
company as long they can perform. ...
The news of the forced
retirements is said to have come as a 'bombshell'. ...
new rules, anyone who has been with the troupe for ten years or more has
been told they can stay for only another three years. Those who have been
there for less than ten years can stay for another five.
spokesman for Sadler's Wells said the plan was to encourage 'people from
BAME [black and minority ethnic] backgrounds... to join'. ...
Trevor Phillips, the former chairman of the Equality and Human
Rights Commission said: 'If you are genuinely interested in diversity one
of the things you will not do is reduce the range of ages you have in the
company. It's a bit scandalous to play off one minority group people
of colour against another minority group older dancers.' ...
Sadler's Wells has been given £9.8 million of public funds
from the Arts Council for the period 2018 to 2022.
Extremism Islamophobia, Islam
Government adviser on Islamaphobia gave his backing to a Pakistani cleric who called for a Christian mother to be hanged for blasphemy
Glen Owen and Abul Taher
on Sunday, 7 April 2019.
An imam recruited to advise the Government on 'tackling
Islamophobia' has publicly supported a cleric in Pakistan who has
campaigned for a Christian woman to be hanged for blasphemy.
Asim, who is part of an 11-strong panel assembled by the Communities
Department, supported preacher Khadim Rizvi, who demanded the death penalty
for Asia Bibi, who was falsely accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad.
She spent nine years on death row until she was acquitted in
Mr Asim's past emerged as part of a Mail on Sunday
investigation into the Working Group on Anti-Muslim Hatred, which advises
Ministers and senior civil servants on measures to combat anti-Muslim
bigotry and hate crimes.
When Pakistan's Supreme Court acquitted Ms
Bibi last year, Rizvi's group, Tehreek-e-Labbaik, caused nationwide riots,
demanding that she be hanged.
Rizvi also endorsed the actions of
Tanveer Ahmed, a British extremist who killed a shopkeeper in Glasgow, Asad
Shah, because he belonged to a 'heretical' Muslim sect known as the
Ahmadis. After the murder in 2016, Rizvi praised Ahmed in his preachings,
hailing him as a 'ghazi', or 'warrior'.
Ahmed, 34, from Bradford,
is now serving 27 years for murder. ...
The working group, which
was established in 2012, has been controversial, with a number of moderate
Muslim leaders saying that some of its members were religious hardliners
with bigoted views. ...
A Communities Department spokesman said Mr
Asim never intended to 'endorse' cleric Rizvi: 'Imam Qari Asim did not
intend that publication to be an endorsement of Rizvi and so took the
article down, which he replaced with one calling for tolerance for all.'
Immigration abroad hate crime, USA
Finley: America's hate crime surge is a hoax
Detroit News, 7 April 2019.
It's been repeated so often it's taken as fact: Hate crimes have
soared over the past two years, and the blame rests with President Donald
Trump and supporters inspired by his hateful rhetoric.
compelling story, supported by statistics that show an increase of 17% in
the number of hate crimes reported to the FBI during the Trump presidency.
But it isn't true. The surge has little to do with Trump and his
red hat brigade. This according to Will Reilly, a Kentucky State University
associate professor, who extensively researched hate-fueled violence in
America for his book Hate Crime Hoax.
"Almost all of that surge is
due to the simple fact that in 2017 the number of police departments
reporting hate crimes to the FBI increased by 1,000," says Reilly. "The
surge narrative is pretty dishonest."
And destructive. The
perception that hate-filled mobs are roaming the streets attacking
minorities, gay and transgender people and other vulnerable citizens in the
name of Donald Trump keeps us on edge and makes us distrustful of our
It also creates a gullibility that that allows us to
believe things we should know aren't true. Like Jussie Smollett's
ridiculous tale of being attacked by two MAGA-hat-wearing thugs on a frigid
Chicago street. ...
Smollett's fake hate crime is not a one-off.
Reilly's research finds that most high-profile hate crimes over the past
few years have turned out to be hoaxes.
Reilly studied 409 reported
hate crimes over the past five years that received media attention. ...
"In major cases, almost all of them have been hoaxes," Reilly says.
"The number of hate crime hoaxes actually exceeds the number of
convictions. The majority of these high-profile incidents never happened."
It's also a false narrative that white cops are targeting African
American men, Reilly says.
In 2015, he says, of the 1,200 Americans
killed by police, just 258 were black, and only 17 of those were unarmed
and shot by white officers. And yet, his research indicates just 10 percent
of the media coverage of police violence focused on the non-black victims.
"White guys shot by police under identical circumstances never
become national stories," Reilly say.
The distorted coverage has
helped give rise to social movements such as Black Lives Matter that are
based more on perception than reality.
"It's worth noting that
interracial crime is not a huge threat in America," says Reilly, who is
African American. "Eighty-five percent of whites are killed by other
whites. Ninety-four percent of blacks are killed by other blacks."
Americans may be politically divided. But they aren't taking their
disagreements to the streets. Nor have they created a dangerous environment
for certain groups of their fellow citizens.
"Portraying America as
a hate-filled country is wildly inaccurate," Reilly says.
Immigration abroad France, Mediterranean
The Latest: France says some aid groups help smugglers
Associated Press, 6 April 2019.
France's interior minister says some aid groups operating in the
Mediterranean Sea sometimes act like accomplices to human traffickers.
Minister Christophe Castaner pointed at "a real collusion between
smugglers and some NGOs," including through phone contacts to "facilitate
the migrants' departure from Libyan coasts in appalling conditions."
The comments at a G-7 meeting in Paris are similar to those of his
Italian counterpart, Matteo Salvini, who reaffirmed his hard-line stance on
Castaner, a member of French President Emmanuel
Macron's pro-European government, said he has clear political differences
with Salvini, the leader of Italy's anti-migrant League party, but stressed
that both countries were now cooperating on migration issues.
Citizenship franchise, right to vote
Let Us Vote: New campaign launched to give everyone living in UK the right to vote in elections
Independent, 6 April 2019.
A new campaign has been launched to give everyone living in the UK
the right to vote in elections and referendums, with MPs saying current
voting laws should "shame us as a society".
The major change would
see all UK residents, plus British citizens living abroad, allowed to vote
in general elections regardless of their citizenship.
and Irish nationals are currently the only non-Britons allowed to vote in
general elections and referendums, while EU citizens can vote in local and
European elections. UK citizens who have lived abroad for more than 15
years are also not allowed to vote.
Campaigners said current laws
mean 10 million UK residents and Britons overseas are disqualified from
The "Let Us Vote" campaign, which has the backing of more
than a dozen MPs and peers, is seeking new legislation to extend the voting
franchise, which has not changed significantly since the voting age was
lowered from 21 to 18 in 1969.
It has been launched by campaign
groups the3million, representing EU nationals in the UK, British in Europe,
which represents UK citizens in the EU, and anti-Brexit group Another
Europe is Possible. The campaign says it is strictly neutral on Brexit and
party politics. ...
Film director Mike Leigh, scientist Martin Rees
and nine members of the House of Lords are also backing the campaign.
Immigration abroad terrorism, Islam, Germany
Islamic State children repatriated to Germany from Iraq
The Local [Germany], 5 April 2019.
Germany has repatriated from Iraq several children of jailed
jihadists, the foreign ministry said Friday, as the war against the
so-called Islamic State (IS) group draws to a close.
"The number of
minors already brought back to Germany has reached a high single-digit
figure," the Foreign Ministry source said, adding that the returns were
carried out with the consent of the children's parents.
now in the custody of their relatives in Germany, the source added. Among
the first young returnees to Germany were three children who arrived with
their 31-year-old mother at Stuttgart airport on Thursday, their lawyer
Mahmut Erdem said in a statement. ...
According to the Foreign
Ministry, at least eight Germans were jailed in Iraq, after they were
convicted over their membership of IS.
The Foreign Ministry said it
was aware of cases of German nationals in custody in northern Syria, but
added that it did not have direct consular access to them as the embassy in
Damascus has been closed.
Nevertheless, the government is looking
for ways to repatriate the German nationals, it added.
collapse of the last IS bastion in Syria last month, the fate of foreign
fighters and their families has become a significant problem for
governments as the conflict against IS draws to a close.
Immigration abroad illegal immigration, public opinion, USA
Poll: 67% Of Likely Voters Say Illegal Immigration Is A Serious Problem, Most Believe Democrats Don't Want To Stop It
Townhall, 5 April 2019.
A new Rasmussen poll conducted this week indicates that 67% of
likely United States voters believe that illegal immigration is a "serious
problem" in the country today, but the plurality of those who took the
survey do not believe that the Democratic Party in Congress "wants to slow
or stop illegal immigration."
The percentage of likely voters who
said illegal immigration is a "serious issue" has not changed since a
similar poll conducted in January asked the same question. ...
the poll of 1,000 likely voters, conducted April 2-3 via telephone and
online surveys, also found that 47% "say [illegal immigration] a Very
Serious one." On the opposite side, 32% say illegal immigration is not a
If poll answers are broken down across political
party lines, "72% of Republicans see illegal immigration as a Very Serious
problem, while "only 28% of Democrats agree."
When asked "Do most
Democrats in Congress want to slow or stop illegal immigration?" Just 31%
of likely voters said that Democrats in Congress want to "slow or stop
illegal immigration." Comparatively, 70% of those polled said they believe
Republicans want to stop the flow of illegal aliens. 45% of those polled
believe the Democratic party does not want to stop illegal immigration at
The poll also found that "48% favor halting U.S. foreign aid
to Mexico and governments in Central America that refuse to stop the flow
of illegal immigrants into this country."
Diversity Republic of Ireland
Gardai will allow hijabs and turbans to be worn as part of their uniform in a bid to increase diversity
Irish Mirror, 5 April 2019.
Gardai will allow hijabs and turbans to be worn as part of their
uniform, it has been announced.
Commissioner Drew Harris revealed
the landmark uniform revamp in a bid to attract more people from minority
Turbans will be permitted for members of the Sikh
community and the hijab for members of the Muslim community.
Immigration abroad crime, Scandinavia
Nordic nations have 'disturbingly high' levels of rape despite being gender equality trailblazers, says Amnesty
Independent, 4 April 2019.
Nordic nations have "disturbingly high" levels of rape despite
being gender equality trailblazers, according to a new report which also
suggested they were failing victims.
Flawed legislation, prevalent
harmful myths and gender stereotypes have given rise to endemic impunity
for rapists across the region, Amnesty International found.
Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden four countries which are
among the top-ranking countries in the world for gender equality
were all found to have high levels of rape and survivors of sexual violence
are being let down by their justice systems.
In Finland, around
50,000 women each year experience sexual violence but there were only 209
convictions for rape in 2017. In the same year, 24,000 women were victims
of rape or attempted rape in Denmark, but only 94 people were convicted.
The report entitled Time for change: Justice for rape
survivors in the Nordic countries, found gender stereotypes and rape
myths underpin attitudes of many people in the justice system in Norway.
The weaponisation of Christchurch
Spiked, 4 April 2019.
[Dr Rakib Ehsan is a research fellow at the Henry Jackson Society]
Friday 15 March 2019 is a day I will never forget. Waking up to the
news of the terrorist attacks in Christchurch hit many of us like a
sledgehammer. Commuting into London for work with a fellow Muslim, we
discussed the sheer tragedy of Muslims praying at their local mosque
their sanctuary, a place for solace, reflection and introspection
being gunned down by a white-supremacist terrorist in indiscriminate
While utterly appalling, these reactions vile
representations of anti-Muslim hatred did not come as much of a
shock to me.
What did surprise me was the swiftness with which the
regressive left weaponised Christchurch. Exploiting the terrorist attack to
call out 'Islamophobic' commentators who are supposedly responsible for
mainstreaming anti-Muslim tropes and fuelling hostility towards Muslim
In reality, this was a coordinated effort to
silence perfectly legitimate concerns; an orchestrated clampdown on the
airing of reasonable grievances about integration, cohesion and how
extremists divide different communities.
One British example saw
the University of Bristol close down an event in which my colleague Emma
Fox was due to speak. It was laden with irony: Emma was scheduled to
discuss the findings of her report on how British universities provide a
platform for extremist speakers.
The No Platforming of her was
engineered by student-led mobs who slated her for being an 'Islamophobic'
pseudo-researcher, with some labelling her employer, the Henry Jackson
Society, as a 'far-right organisation'.
These groups held nothing
in reserve when it came to using Christchurch as a clampdown tactic. They
advanced the view that holding a discussion on the scale to which Islamist
speakers hold talks on university campuses was insensitive and
inappropriate in light of events in New Zealand.
highlights a strengthening unholy alliance between the regressive left and
Islamist extremists an anti-free-speech coalition which uses
'Islamophobia' as a go-to term to suppress dissenting opinions. ...
This is all deeply wrong. It is vital that people have the freedom
to express their legitimate concerns over social integration,
community cohesion, female empowerment and sectarian victimisation. ...
Is it suddenly 'Islamophobic' to discuss how ultra-conservative
gender roles are implicated in the relatively high child poverty rates
within Britain's Pakistani and Bangladeshi Muslim communities?
people 'Islamophobic' for highlighting survey data which shows that there
are clear majorities within the UK's Bangladeshi and Pakistani communities
that identify more strongly with their faith than their national identity,
and speaking of the challenges this may pose for intergroup relations in
Atrocities such as Christchurch offer no excuse to
ignore problems among Britain's Muslims communities. ...
hypocrisy lies in the fact that those who often cry 'Islamophobia' take
little to no interest in challenging gender discrimination, sectarian
victimisation and extremist practices within their own communities.
Immigration dependants, visas
Visa grants to dependants of non-EU migrants
Migration Watch UK, 4 April 2019.
1. There were 152,000 family-related visa and permit grants to
non-EEA nationals in 2018 - the highest since 2010. Such grants averaged
155,200 per year between 2005-18. They can be split into three
a. Visas for dependants of non-EEA
migrants who are in the UK on other visas (averaging 82,600 per year
- 53% of the total) 3. As noted above, there were around 70,000
grants of leave to remain for dependants of non-EEA migrants in 2018. ...
nearly half (47%) of dependants who arrived in the year to September 2018
(excluding asylum dependants / family members of refugees) were from South
Asia. Another 10% were from East Asia and 10% were from the Middle East. 9%
were from North America and 8% were from sub-Saharan Africa. ...
b. Spousal / partner / child / elderly
dependant visas for the non-EEA relatives of UK citizens / settled
migrants (averaging 47,800 per year - 31% of the total).
c. EEA family permits for the close and extended non-EEA family
of EEA migrants in the UK (averaging 24,800 per year - 16% of
the total). ...
... 61% of nearly 50,000 work dependants in the year to September 2018
originated from South Asian countries. The next largest categories of work
dependants were from North America and East Asia, accounting for 10% and 9%
of the total respectively. ...
19. ... in the year to September
2018, 40% of the family visas issued to children and elderly dependant
relatives were granted those from Sub-Saharan Africa, while 17% each were
issued to those from South Asia and the Middle East respectively.
Immigration abroad USA
As Trump rages over border, Kushner quietly plans legal immigration boost
Politico, 3 April 2019.
Even as President Donald Trump threatens to shut down the southern
border, his administration is quietly working on a plan to expand some
forms of legal immigration into the U.S.
Jared Kushner, Trump's
son-in-law and senior adviser, has been working for months on a proposal
that could increase the number of low- and high-skilled workers admitted to
the country annually, four people involved in the discussions told
The low-profile effort to allow more legal immigrants
into the U.S. stands in stark contrast to Trump's increasingly dramatic
efforts to curb illegal immigration, an issue he speaks about daily and
describes as a national crisis. But Trump himself has publicly said he also
supports higher levels of legal immigration, a priority generally backed by
a business community short on skilled workers.
The effort began in
January when Kushner started to convene a series of meetings with dozens of
advocacy groups, including business and agriculture organizations. Some,
though not all of them, openly support the expansion of legal immigration.
Trump personally tasked Kushner /.../ with the priority of
legal immigration. But it is a daunting challenge, requiring legislation in
an issue area that has confounded Congress in recent years. ...
More than 1 million immigrants are allowed into the United States
each year on a permanent basis but only a fraction 140,000
come through employment categories. The rest are relatives, refugees or
immigrants from countries with low rates of immigration to the United
States. These numbers don't include immigrants allowed entry for temporary
or seasonal work.
By comparison, federal officials estimate they
apprehended 100,000 immigrants crossing the border illegally in March. Many
of them end up being released because of overwhelming numbers at processing
and holding centers. About 12 million immigrants are estimated to be in the
United States illegally now.
Kushner's plan might not lead to a net
increase in legal immigration. He is being urged to offset his increases
with reductions in other forms of legal immigration. An expansion in the
number of legal immigrants allowed into the U.S. for work could be tied to
reductions in the number of immigrants sponsored by family members or
immigrants who are awarded green cards through the diversity visa lottery
program, according to the four people involved in the discussions.
In his February State of the Union address, Trump said he wanted
"people to come into our country in the largest numbers ever, but they have
to come in legally." ...
Kushner is considering increases in the
number of low- and high-skilled workers, as well as permanent and temporary
workers, according to the four people familiar with the discussions. In
public, Trump and his allies have spoken mostly about high-skilled workers.
Immigration sub-Saharan Africans
At least a MILLION Sub-Saharan Africans have moved to Europe since 2010, figures reveal - and up to 75% of people in some African nations want to move to another
MailOnline, 2 April 2019.
At least a million migrants from sub-Saharan Africa have moved to
Europe since 2010, new data has revealed.
According to a Pew
Research Center analysis of data from Statista, Europe's statistical
agency, more and more migrants from Africa have sought entry to Europe over
the past decade.
The Pew Research Centre noted around 970,000
sub-Saharan migrants legally moved to Europe between 2010 and 2017.
In fact, the number of migrants entering Europe has grown at such a
rate that the figure is now estimated to be well in excess of one million
arrivals since 2010.
The data shows that most years since 2010 have
witnessed a rising inflow of sub-Saharan asylum applicants in Europe.
According to the Pew Research Centre, Sub-Saharan Africans also
most commonly moved to Europe as international students and resettled
refugees, through family reunification and by other means.
carried out among several African nations showed that many more would move
to another country if the means and opportunity arose.
Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria, more than a third say they actually plan to
migrate in the next five years.
In terms of destinations, as of
2017, nearly three-quarters (72%) of Europe's sub-Saharan immigrant
population was concentrated in just four countries: the UK (1.27 million),
France (980,000), Italy (370,000) and Portugal (360,000).
Immigration abroad European Union
EU Plots 'Proactive Approach' for Boosting Legal Migration to Europe
Breitbart, 2 April 2019.
Europe must take a "proactive approach" to increasing the level of
immigration to the bloc, according to a new European Commission report
proclaiming migrants would become "increasingly important" in the EU
strategy for economic growth.
According to a 'fitness check' of
European laws on legal immigration, adopted on Friday as part of Brussels'
Regulatory Fitness and Performance (REFIT) scheme, current EU rules were
said to be "largely fit for purpose".
However a number of
supposedly "critical issues" resulting in the rules having only a "limited
impact vis-à-vis the overall migration challenges that Europe is
facing" were identified by the Commission in its assessment.
Asserting that authorities in Brussels are working towards
developing a "common legal migration policy" which would be forced on every
country in the bloc, the report called for "a wide range of measures" in
order to reach this goal.
Many of the issues identified focused on
achieving greater "harmonisation" of rules across EU nations or the
removal of national sovereignty regarding immigration controls with
the goal of creating "a level playing field across member states" in areas
such as admission conditions and so-called human rights including "the
level of rights granted to third-country nationals and on the protection of
In addition to demanding "stronger enforcement" of
minimum 'requirements dictated by Brussels, the assessment also argued that
more efforts were needed to "raise awareness" of EU rules granting 'rights'
to non-European nationals.
Alleging that migration was "likely to
play an increasingly important role in addressing labour and skills
shortages in an ageing European society", one major conclusion of the
'fitness check' was that Europe requires a "more effective approach to
attract highly skilled workers from third countries, as the Commission had
proposed in the Blue Card reform".
While Brussels insists the Blue
Card programme is designed to enable only highly-skilled migration to
Europe, Breitbart London has previously reported how EU documents
acknowledged that the proposed changes aimed at making the prospect
of life in Europe "more attractive" to people in the third world
clearly contradict this, admitting it would be necessary to provide
newcomers with education, employment, and vocational training.
Immigration abroad Yakutia, Russian Federation
What's behind anti-migrant feeling in Russia's arctic republic of Yakutia?
openDemocracy, 2 April 2019.
The situation has now calmed down, but the head of Yakutia Aisen
Nikolayev has now signed an order banning employers in 33 professions from
employing migrant workers. ...
Meanwhile, Yakutia has no shortage
of official organisations working to "preserve interethnic harmony". Over
the past few years, the republic's pro-government media has built up a
healthy archive of articles declaring the absence of any kind of
interethnic tension: "More than 120 ethnicities live in Yakutia in peace
and harmony, and this is possible only thanks to the selfless work of
numerous state agencies."
... In a recent interview, mayor
Avksentyeva stated that there are too many migrant workers in the city and
that they often cause problems. ...
Daniyar Baituguyev, chairman of
the Kyrgyz Community of Yakutia, largely agrees with Avksentyeva's
position. "Public concerns about migrants have been building up for years,
and this incident set them off, triggered them. The reason is that we have
too different a culture from that of the local population." ...
According to Baituguyev, the breaking point in attitudes to
migrants in Yakutia came in the mid-2000s. "For a city with 300,000 people,
there are too many people coming in [according to official statistics,
73,000 people were registered by the Yakutsk migration services, and 42,000
of them live in Yakutsk]. You could even say that we are, in one sense,
pushing people out in terms of work. ..."
For Baituguyev, the
reasons for coming to Yakutia for work are predictable: good wages and
higher living standards. But each year local residents express their
dissatisfaction more openly, he says: ...
Valerya Vasilyeva, a
researcher at the European University at St Petersburg's Center for Arctic
Social Studies, highlights the position of the authorities in this
Vasilyeva calls what happened in Yakutsk one incident
in a pattern of national anti-migrant feeling in Russia, but one that has
its own dynamics. "Several large migration flows converge in Yakutia: here
you have migrants both from Central Asia and China. And then you have local
ethnic minorities who live in the republic (Evens, Evenks, Dolgany,
Yukagirs, Chukchi, sometimes also the Russian Starozhily), a strong Yakut
national consciousness, Soviet-era 'newcomers" from across the Soviet
Union, seasonal workers, let alone the Sakhalyary - descendents of mixed
marriages, who often have a complex ethnic self-identification. It's hard
to imagine ethnic tensions not arising with this heterogenous population,
and the Republic's focus on raising national consciousness."
Crime tax and benefit fraud, terrorism
£80m of British taxpayers' money 'funnelled to al-Qaeda' in decades-long scam
Sara Elizabeth Williams
Daily Telegraph, 1 April 2019.
Tens of millions of pounds of British taxpayers' money was used to
fund terrorists including the 7/7 London bombing network and Osama bin
Laden through a UK-based scam that spanned two decades.
investigation by The Sunday Times revealed that a network of British Asians
stole billions of pounds of public money through VAT and benefit fraud,
topping up their gains with mortgage and credit card fraud.
cent on the group's gains, a full £80m, was allegedly funnelled into
al-Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan, with funds reaching the Pakistani
compound stormed by US special forces in the 2011 operation to kill Bin
The scale of the scam is breathtaking: the group netted
around £8bn in public funds alone almost triple the annual
government expenditure on MI5, MI6 and GCHQ.
A web of secrecy still
binds this investigation, which was led by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)
and Special Branch, and prevents the story from being told in full.
At least two years before the 7/7 attacks, HMRC identified ties
between the gang defrauding the British public and Shehzad Tanweer, one of
the terrorists involved. At the time, senior HMRC officials declined to use
their intelligence to mount prosecutions and neutralise the gang.
Court orders barring the identification of gang members convicted
of fraud date back at least 10 years, and one customs official has claimed
they were prevented from sharing intelligence with MI5 due to HMRC's desire
to keep tax records confidential.
Following the money led
investigators to successfully charge mid-ranking gang members with fraud
and money laundering, leading to jail terms of more than 100 years for
crimes that cost the taxpayer £100m.
So far, no gang member
has faced any terror charges. ...
The paucity of reporting on the
case is understood to be a result of officials' intentions to ensnare gang
leaders in their investigation. Various kingpins have fled the UK since the
first trial, before they could be arrested.
According to the Crown
Prosecution Service (CPS), nothing can be reported until they return to the
UK to face trial a condition that has some members of the legal
community are crying foul.
Immigration abroad illegal immigration, children, USA
Unaccompanied Alien Children and the Crisis at the Border
Andrew R. Arthur
Center for Immigration Studies, 1 April 2019.
The number of unaccompanied alien children (UAC) apprehended
entering illegally along the Southwest border, which had bottomed out in
April 2017 following the inauguration of Donald Trump, surged almost 685
percent by February 2019. Similarly, the number of UACs deemed inadmissible
at the ports of entry along that border surged 385 percent between March
2017 and February 2019.
... The United Nations has also reported
that the smuggling of aliens is big business for criminal organizations,
valued at $3.7 to $4.2 billion a year. The processing of those migrants has
in addition placed a huge burden on the Border Patrol, both in terms of
manpower and in financial costs for humanitarian aid.
laws and policies encourage UACs to make that trip to the United States,
and encourage the parents and other relatives of those UACs to pay criminal
organizations to bring them to this country. ...
are released to a parent or other family member in this country, the
majority of whom do not have lawful status in the United States. This legal
requirement makes the U.S. government a de facto co-conspirator with the
smuggling organizations. Not surprisingly, the number of UACs from those
non-contiguous countries (especially the Northern Triangle of Central
America (NTCA) countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras) has
surged in recent years as family members in the United States and UACs have
exploited this loophole.
Those UACs are supposed to subsequently
appear for removal proceedings in immigration court after release, but
often failed to do so. In fact, in half of all case completions involving
UACs, the alien failed to appear for court, compared to an already high
average of 25 percent for aliens generally. ...
According to ORR,
in FY 2018, 54 percent of all UACs were from Guatemala, 26 percent were
from Honduras, and 12 percent were from El Salvador. Of those UACs, 72
percent were ages 15 and older, with 35 percent being age 17, the cut-off
age under the UAC definition.
Immigration religion, Europe
Sarah says defending migrants is a 'false exegesis' of the Gospels
The Tablet, 1 April 2019.
Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine
Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, has said that defending
migration was a misinterpretation of Gospels by priests and bishops
"bewitched" by political and social issues.
His interview with the
French magazine 'Valeurs Actuelles' appeared last weekend, around the same
time as Pope Francis spoke up for migrants during his visit to Morocco and
said politicians who build walls to keep them out would become prisoners of
"It is better to help people flourish in their
culture than to encourage them to come to a Europe in full decadence," he
said. "It is a false exegesis to use the word of God to promote migration.
God never wanted these heartbreaks." ...
Migrants arriving in
Europe were parked somewhere without work or dignity, he added. "Is that
what the Church wants?" he asked.
The Church should not support
"this new form of slavery" because the West, with its low birth rate,
risked disappearing, he argued. "If Europe disappears, and with it the
priceless values of the Old Continent, Islam will invade the world and we
will completely change culture, anthropology and moral vision."