Immigration and related issues, mainly in the United Kingdom.

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Extracts in date order, except latest additions first. Updated 15 August 2018

Sudanese immigrant Salih Khater named as Westminster 'attacker'
Richard Hartley-Parkinson
Metro, 15 August 2018.

The man believed to be behind yesterday's Westminster terror attack has been named as Salih Khater.

The Sudanese immigrant from Birmingham was identified by the Daily Mail as being the man who was arrested after a car was deliberately driven at cyclists and then a barrier at the Houses of Parliament.

Houses in the West Midlands are being searched following the crash which saw two police officers diving for cover as he drove at them.

Fortunately nobody was killed in the incident and only one person was seriously injured.

Police said that the 29-year-old, who was a UK citizen but of Sudanese origin, was not co-operating with them, however when he was arrested he seemed to go peacefully.
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UK security services have 676 'live' terror investigations ongoing and foiled 13 Islamist extremist plots over the past 18 months
James Tapsfield
MailOnline, 15 August 2018.

The security services are conducting 676 'live' terrorism investigations and have foiled 13 Islamist plots over the past 18 months, it was revealed today.

Evidence of the scale of the threat to the UK came as Theresa May urged the public to be 'vigilant' and defy the extremists. ...

The PM's spokesman said that over the past 18 months 13 Islamist terrorist plots had been foiled, and four far-right plots.

There are 676 live terrorism investigations in progress, he said. The previous figure given in March was that there were 'over 500'.
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Racism – theatre
Theatre bosses ban West End star from singing Dream Girls hit because 'she isn't black' as Brian May brands it an 'unpleasant new kind of race-based injustice'
Alisha Rouse
Daily Mail, 15 August 2018.

A British singer was told she could not perform a song from Dreamgirls at the Royal Albert Hall because she is white, it is claimed.

Mazz Murray was due to perform in October, with the highlight being her rendition of a ballad from the musical.

But the 45-year-old West End star is said to have been barred from singing it because she is not black and the song is part of an 'African American musical'.

Rock star Brian May said the apparent decision displayed an 'unpleasant new kind of race-based injustice'. ...

May claimed that when the show's producers, Seventh Sense, approached the musical's owners to ask permission to use the ballad they replied that it was not 'appropriate' for a white woman to sing it.
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Immigration abroad – Australia
Fraser Anning: MP's full speech on Muslim immigration ban
Fraser Anning, 15 August 2018.

Fifty years ago Australia was a cohesive, predominantly Anglo-Celtic nation. ...

A key part of this great pre-Whitlam consensus was bipartisan support from both Liberal and Labor for a European based immigration program. The great Labor statesmen Ben Chifley, John Curtin and Arthur Calwell all strongly supported an immigration program that actively discriminated in favour of Europeans.

Australia's greatest conservative, Sir Robert Menzies himself, said: I don't want to see reproduced in Australia the kind of problem they have in South Africa or in America or increasingly in Great Britain.

... This continued until 1973 when Whitlam and his hard Left cronies adopted Soviet inspired UN treaties on discrimination and banned preferential selection of migrants based on their ethnicity.

Yet the end of the pre-Whitlam consensus between the Labor and Liberal Parties has been much more than a political sea change. It has allowed the cultural conquest of our nation. A tectonic shift has occurred in which the previously agreed social and political order has been overthrown in an insidious silent revolution. ...

... The next critical problem that we need to address is immigration. Australia currently has the highest per capita immigration rate in the world. Last Tuesday, Australia's population hit 25 million – 22 years ahead of previous government predictions. That means that since 1971 the population of Australia has doubled, with immigrants now around one-third of our population.

The huge numbers of people allowed to flood into Australia in recent years are unsustainable, with immigration quotas apparently set by successive governments on a whim and without any regard for the necessary infrastructure that these people would require or the ability of those that came here to assimilate. Ethnocultural diversity, which is known to undermine social cohesion, has been allowed to rise to dangerous levels in many suburbs. In direct response, self-segregation, including white flight from poorer inner-urban areas, has become the norm.

I believe that immigration to our country should be a privilege, not an obligation-free right provided to anyone from the Third World who demands it. ...

Fifth, but most important of all, diversity should be managed to remain compatible with social cohesion and national identity. We as a nation are entitled to insist that those who are allowed to come here predominantly reflect the historic European Christian composition of Australian society and embrace our language, culture and values as a people.

In order for us to remain the nation that we are now, those who come here need to assimilate and integrate. Those who are most similar to the mainstream majority in terms of ethnicity, culture, language and values most readily do so. Historically, however, the one immigrant group here and in other Western nations that has consistently shown itself to be the least able to assimilate and integrate is Muslims. ...

Whitlam didn't ask the Australian people whether they wanted wholesale non-European migration when he introduced it and neither has any subsequent government.
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Immigration abroad – crime, vandalism, Sweden
Youths in Swedish towns burn and vandalize scores of cars
Yahoo News / Reuters, 14 August 2018.

Youths torched and vandalised scores of cars in the Swedish city of Gothenburg and surrounding towns and Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said on Tuesday the disturbances looked organised "almost like a military operation". ...

Police said that up to 100 cars were either set fire to or vandalised in Gothenburg, Sweden's second-biggest city located in the western part of the country, and in nearby towns such as Falkenberg and Trollhattan, an industrial area with high unemployment. There were no reports of injuries. ...

Police said gangs were involved but gave no details. ...

Law and order is a key issue ahead of the election after a spike in gang violence saw more than 40 people shot dead last year.
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Employment – IT workers
IT companies exploit gaping loophole in Britain's immigration system
Migrationwatch UK, 14 August 2018.

A gaping loophole in Britain's immigration system is revealed in a paper released by Migration Watch today.

This paper (MW451 - Distortion of the ICT visa system) shows that a small number of multinational IT companies have exploited a system intended for posting senior executives to and from the UK in order to bring in thousands of migrant workers to fulfil contracts with private and public sector organisations.

This is known as third-party contracting and usually involves an international IT company, typically based in India, obtaining a contract to deliver a project or support services to a UK entity and then staffing it with workers from the company's home country.

Tens of thousands of such workers have entered the UK by being sponsored under the Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) route.

This route has no cap on numbers and does not require the sponsoring company even to try to source its workforce within the UK.

This has enabled these companies to undercut British competitors while reducing the opportunities for British computer scientists, graduates and IT professionals to obtain work and to develop their skills.

At a time when the focus has been on the 20,700 cap on Tier 2 (General) visas for skilled workers from outside the EU, this paper reveals that the Tier 2 (ICT) route has been gradually developed into a significant source of immigration.

Since 1992, the number issued has increased eightfold and now constitutes over 60% of all work permits. In 2017, 58,000 of 94,000 Tier 2 work visas issued to migrants and their dependants, were via the ICT route - the majority of which were for third-party contracting.

The Government has shied away from effectively addressing this route despite the fact that its own Migration Advisory Committee has recommended that it should be thoroughly reviewed with the aim of curtailing its use. Use of the route for this purpose is very much against the spirit in which the system was originally devised.

We recommend significant changes to ensure that it is no longer used as a means to by-pass Tier 2 (General) or seen as a mechanism by which to bring unlimited migrant labour into the UK.

If the UK is to protect its IT workforce and ensure that it keeps its place in the front rank of advanced industrialised economies then this use of ICT visas must be strictly limited.

Commenting, Lord Green of Deddington, Chairman of Migration Watch UK:

"Many people are asking why non-EU migration has not been reduced. Here is part of the answer. ..."

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Illegal immigration – Indians
India rejects U.K. proposal on DNA tests for 'illegal migrants'
Vijaita Singh
The Hindu, 14 August 2018.

India rejected a proposal by the U.K. to use DNA sampling to establish the nationality of illegal migrants living there citing "privacy issues".

Although a Memorandum of Understanding on return of illegal migrants was initialled after due approval of the Union Cabinet in January by Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, India refused to sign the final pact during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to U.K. in April. ...

"In one of the meetings, the U.K. authorities suggested that the nationality of document-less illegal migrants suspected to be Indians could be established by matching DNA samples of their family members living here. We raised objections that this was a breach of privacy and unethical. How do we know that the document-less person is an Indian," said a senior Home Ministry official who attended the meeting.

According to the British government's estimates, there are around 1,00,000 Indians overstaying their visa in the U.K.

India has contested this and said that as per their estimate, the number will not be more than 2,000.
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Fraud and corruption – local election
[Electoral fraud]
Charles Moore
Daily Telegraph, 13 August 2018.

In 2015, Lutfur Rahman was convicted for one of the most severe electoral frauds in the era of universal suffrage. The mayor of Tower Hamlets was found guilty by the Election Court of vote-rigging, partly by using "spiritual influence" via mosques, and banned from office for five years. The petitioners' legal costs were awarded against him.

In November 2015, however, Rahman had himself declared bankrupt. The petitioners were not some big pressure group or party, but just four local citizens. The wheels of the law turn slowly, so only now do they face preposterous legal bills of about £1 million.

Part of the scandal is that the public authorities were so feeble in the first place. Andy Erlam, the lead petitioner, was shocked by the "Oh well, that's they way we do things here" attitude. Bengali women were intimidated and even spat at if they did not follow the elctoral line of their elders. He suspected that the delivery of housing was related to the delivery of votes. Tower Hamlets really was a rotten borough.

At the count for the 2014 mayoral and local elections, Mr Erlam noticed intimidation of tellers and a large, threatening crowd outside the town hall. Unauthorised people were entering via the fire escape unchallenged. The integrity of the count was compromised. Six days before the Election Court hearing, Mr Erlam had police knock on his door at 7am, with a threat to arrest him for "perverting the course of justice". They later admitted they had no evidence to justify this. The police have not followed up Rahman's conviction with criminal investigations of the fraud. In two years' time, the man will be free to stand again.

Mr Erlam also found the Electoral Commission evasive and torpid, seemingly irritated that members of the public were asking it to do its job.

Far from perverting the course of justice, the petitioners were fighting to uphold it, with no official help. They did a public service, but are being made to suffer for it.
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Multiculturalism – burka, Islam
Bishop calls for burka ban: Pakistani-born Church of England cleric voices support for outlawing veil in public
Jonathan Petre
Mail on Sunday, 12 August 2018.

A senior Church of England bishop last night called for a near-total ban on the wearing of burkas in public.

The former Bishop of Rochester, Michael Nazir-Ali, said burkas and niqabs should be outlawed in a wide range of situations where people interact, including in hospitals, GP surgeries, universities and schools.

The cleric said a ban should also extend to areas where there were legitimate security and safety concerns, such as at airports or while driving a car. However, he said it was acceptable for women to wear face veils at home, while in the street and at prayer.

The controversial call from the Pakistani-born bishop, who led the Diocese of Rochester between 1994 and 2009, drew support last night from Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury. Lord Carey said 'oppressive' veils should not become 'normalised'. ...

Bishop Nazir-Ali told The Mail on Sunday: 'We have all seen how even male terrorists have escaped arrest by donning a burka and making an effective getaway.

'For reasons of national security, there will be places like Parliament or Whitehall or town halls and council chambers where the burka should not be allowed.'

He said institutions including universities and schools were justified in wanting to know the identities of visitors or those who worked or studied there.

Staff at airports and courts also needed to see people's faces.

Perhaps more controversially, he added: 'Many professions require personal interaction with the client. In business, both the trader and the customer should be able to see one another's face and to interpret expressions if the transaction is to be mutually beneficial. This is even more true of doctors, dentists, nurses and paramedics.'

Warning of the threat posed by the wearing of veils, he said: 'It is true that some women choose to wear the burka or niqab because they feel it makes them more observant Muslims...

'It is also true, however, that the burka or niqab is being weaponised by Islamists to impose what they consider to be "Islamic" character on communities, neighbourhoods and even nations.

'In Britain, this has serious implications for the freedom of women, but it also has implications for integration and social cohesion. Where there is widespread use of the face veil, there will be greater isolation from one another and a sense of segregation will grow.'

Lord Carey, Archbishop of Canterbury between 1991 and 2002, said he 'strongly supported' the position taken by Bishop Nazir-Ali.
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Diversity – theatre lighting
'Traditional' theatre lighting and stage design discriminates against black and Asian actors, warns Shakespeare's Globe
Patrick Sawer
Sunday Telegraph, 12 August 2018.

The increasing use of black and Asian actors has led some in British theatre to congratulate themselves on the growing diversity of the British stage.

But experts have warned that casting ethnic minority actors without paying attention to the way they are lit, or what colour costumes they wear, puts them at a disadvantage to white performers.

An academic at London's Globe Theatre says that black and Asian actors can be obscured by the dark costumes and furnishings and gloomy lighting traditionally associated with the staging of works by Shakespeare and other period dramatists. ...

The Globe is staging a workshop tomorrow to explore some of the issues raised by the welcome casting of more black and Asian actors in theatre productions.

The event, part of the theatre's Shakespeare and Race season, poses the question of whether traditional choices about costume, set and lighting privilege discriminate against black and Asian actors in favour of white actors.
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Immigration – multiculturalism
Douglas Murray heads to Australia alongside Dr Cornel West
Nick Whigham, 11 August 2018.

Douglas Murray thinks Europe is committing suicide.

He declares as much in the opening line of his latest book, in which he laments that the leaders of western Europe are allowing the cultural flame of the continent to be extinguished through mass migration, in particular from the Muslim world.

The controversial assertion underpins the book, The Strange Death Of Europe: Immigration, Identity And Islam, but he sees nothing particularly controversial about the claim. ...

Murray, who is the associate editor of the Spectator and founder of the right-leaning Centre for Social Cohesion think tank, is highly critical of the far left side of politics for denying or diminishing the problems that come with a sudden large increases in immigration, when those migrants come from different, distinct and strong cultures.

"In one year alone, Germany and Sweden for instance took between two and three per cent addition of their entire population, so this is one of the most significant movements into Europe ever," the British commentator said of the height of the migrant crisis a few years ago.

For western Europe, he identifies Muslim immigration as the most destructive force and a problem for the social cohesion of the West.

From his perspective, Islamic migrants – a portion of whom have particularly strict religious beliefs – are clashing with a Europe that is tired from history, guilt-ridden, increasingly faithless and overrun with the notion of political correctness.

If allowed to continue, Murray asserts, the result will ultimately be the Islamisation of the continent and the end of European cultural civilisation.

One of the people Murray often cites in his book is German historian and philosopher of Syrian origin Bassam Tibi who in the past has made similar warnings on this topic.

In an interview more than a decade ago he told German magazine Der Spiegel: "Muslims stand by their religion entirely. It is a sort of religious absolutism. While Europeans have stopped defending the values of their civilisation. They confuse tolerance with relativism."

Murray's book has been called "brilliant" by The Sunday Times; "compelling, fearless and truth-telling" by the Evening Standard and labelled as "gentrified xenophobia" by The Guardian. ...

Murray says his book is about finding a solution to migration that is "liberal, humane and sustainable" but is also cautious about blindly embracing the pursuit of multiculturalism, which many Western governments are quick to celebrate.
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Multiculturalism – free speech, offence, Islam
Do Britain's Muslims Have a Right Not to be Offended?
Claire Fox
Quillette, 11 August 2018.
[Claire Fox is the Director of the Academy of Ideas]

Religious freedom is one of the core principles of any modern liberal society. As a secularist, I defend the right of religious people to send their children to faith schools, have their children circumcised, or wear the burqa. This does not mean I approve of any of these practices; they should be permissible but not protected from criticism. We should be free to ridicule, lampoon, chastise, critique, etc. every aspect of religious belief that we tolerate.

This is, more or less, what the U.K.'s former Conservative Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson wrote in his now infamous newspaper column in the Telegraph last week. Yet all hell has broken loose. It was greeted by near-hysterical outrage and shrill denunciations of Johnson's alleged dog whistle racism; reports of civil war in the Tory Party over the matter; the now ubiquitous demands for an apology for causing offence (or else), which was backed in this instance by the Prime Minister. ...

... He rightly notes that being opposed to a ban should not be interpreted as approval and goes on to say – albeit in a somewhat crass manner – that "Muslim head-gear that obscures the female face... looking like letterboxes... like a bank robber... is absolutely ridiculous". ...

Are Boris's critics demanding respect for all religious practices regardless of whether they consider them backward, wrong-headed, or oppressive? Should we bite our lip in case we offend? We seem to have forgotten that we once all declared #JeSuisCharlie – a brief but inspiringly unapologetic defense of free speech after cartoonists for the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo were brutally butchered in Paris for daring to publish cartoons deemed offensive to Islam. Should they have shut up until they learned to become more tactful? ...

To be honest, the festishisation of burqa-wearing from critics and even supporters is often a proxy for a range of other issues. ...

There is something cowardly and self-defeating about the cross-party condemnation of Johnson. With no sense of irony, former Tory chairman Lord Pickles warns that Johnson's "illiberal language," risks "closing down" debate. But the real threat to liberalism and open discussion is Pickles et al endorsing a backlash that deems any criticism of Islam off-limits. And if liberal, if sometimes crass, criticism is off-limits because it is interpreted as being illiberal, then the only "acceptable response" – and the end result of this Boris-bashing episode – is to close down free speech and fair comment.

What hope is there that we – the public – can have a frank, open-ended discussion about some of the huge societal challenges we face – such as problems of fractured communities and cities in which inhabitants live segregated lives – if even one of the U.K.'s most powerful men gets denounced as a pariah for writing a provocative column about religious dress? We are effectively telling ordinary citizens who may, for example, want to explore through open discussion what drives British-Asian youth to blow their peers to smithereens, or trek to Syria and film themselves beheading fellow Westerners: "You can't discuss that."

If questioning a fringe religious practice is assumed as evidence of bigotry against all Muslims, surely that implies that any and all Islamic practices and beliefs should be surrounded by a 'do-not-criticise' barrier?
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Population pressure – Australia
The door to racism in the name of patriotism
Crispin Hull
Canberra Times, 11 August 2018.

The big business lobbies must be licking their lips over the out-pouring of racially motivated calls for lower immigration – in the very week that Australia's population hit 25 million.

It means that sensible people arguing for lower immigration on economic and environmental grounds will now also have to run the gauntlet of being branded as racist.

Meanwhile, property developers, big retail, the banks and others revel in making short-term big profits from high population growth to the long-term detriment of everyone else.

It took just 14 years for the most recent five million to be added from 20 million to 25 million. It took 23 years to add the five million before that from 15 million to 20 million. This is an exponential, unsustainable trajectory. It causes congestion, out-of-reach housing, more pollution, conversion of agricultural land to urban, and more imported food and less exported food.

The population crisis has nothing to do with race. It has nothing to do with what News Ltd columnist Andrew Bolt calls a threat to Australian identity. It is a matter of economics and environment. ...

The calls for lower immigration by Bolt, Tony Abbott, Peter Dutton and others mixed with statements about African gangs, loss of identity and calls for white South African farmers to get special treatment is doubly appalling.

First, it makes intelligent discussion about the economics and environmental implications of high population almost impossible. Secondly, it opens the door to racism under the guise of patriotism and nationalism. ...

The threat from any tidal wave of immigrants is not to national identity. People coming here become Australian quickly enough. ...

Very few countries have five cities with more than 1 million people, like Australia, not even the UK, Germany, Russia, France, Italy or Brazil. The trend in Australia is for greater centralisation and high immigration is making it worse. ...

As for infrastructure, the equation is too hard. On average, infrastructure lasts 50 years. It means you have to replace two per cent of it every year, just to keep up. If you add a further 2 per cent in population, therefore, you have to double your infrastructure effort. Australia has been falling behind ever since we increased the immigration intake from around 70,000 a year to more than 150,000. The answer is not a fanciful unaffordable wish for more infrastructure, but for fewer people.
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Multiculturalism – crime, burka
ER Dring
Daily Telegraph, 11 August 2018.
[Letter to the Editor]

Mr Johnson was not in error in saying that people wearing the burka or full face veil look like bank robbers.

Has everyone forgotten that people wearing such an outfit raided Selfridges in daylinght a few years ago?
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Asylum – USA
A Lower Refugee Ceiling Is Better for Most Refugees, the Host Countries, and America
Mark Krikorian
National Review, 11 August 2018.

None of the arguments for raising the number of refugees to be resettled holds water. The humanitarian argument is the weakest; in fact, as I've argued on these pages, large-scale refugee resettlement is immoral. Because the taxpayer funds expended on settling a single refugee in the U.S. could help twelve refugees in the country where they've found shelter, advocacy for resettlement amounts to little more than virtue signaling. ...

Nor is there a good foreign-policy argument for increasing refugee admissions. Countries hosting large numbers of refugees, such as Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey, get no benefit from having a handful of them relocated with great fanfare to America's hard-pressed Rust Belt while millions remain. As my colleague Nayla Rush has written of resettlement, "Even if these numbers were to double, triple, or more, the reality is that the effect of resettlement – both real and symbolic – on host countries is minimal, akin to rain drops in the ocean."

Finally, and most absurdly, some argue that refugee resettlement is a fiscal and economic boon. Jason Richwine has shown that the educational level of new refugees has deteriorated dramatically over the past 20 years, both in absolute terms and relative to the native-born. Consequently, most are on welfare. As he's written, "Given their low education levels and high rates of welfare use, today's refugees cannot be net fiscal contributors by any plausible analysis." Of course, we don't take refugees for economic reasons, but to pretend that they're not costly is a fairy tale.

Considering that fewer than 10 percent of the refugees referred in 2017 by the U.N. for resettlement in developed countries were "emergency" or "urgent" cases, amounting to fewer than 6,000 people, the FY 2019 ceiling could be reduced significantly and still accommodate all such cases worldwide.
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Diversity – bias, discrimination
Male, pale and stale university professors to be given 'reverse mentors'
Camilla Turner
Daily Telegraph, 10 August 2018.

Male, pale and stale university professors are to be given "reverse mentors" to teach them about unconscious bias, under a new Government funded scheme.

Under the project, white males in senior academic posts will be assigned a junior female colleague from an ethnic minority as a mentor.

Prof John Rowe, who is overseeing the project at Birmingham University, said he hopes the scheme will allow eminent professors to confront their own biases and leave them "feeling quite uncomfortable".

"What is understood about unconscious bias is that we have all got it, but the more you learn about it and become conscious of it, the more you can act," he told The Daily Telegraph. ...

The mentor scheme is one element of a broader project aimed at challenging bias, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Prof Rowe, who is director of research at Birmingham University's College of Engineering and Physical Science, said he hopes to interrogate the "underlying causes" that lead to the underrepresentation of female and ethnic minority academics at the top of academia. ...

Staff from Birmingham will work with researchers from Aberystwyth University and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

The EPSRC, a government agency, is funding eleven "Equality, Diversity and Inclusion" projects as part of an £5.5 million anti-discrimination drive in engineering and physical sciences.
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Terrorism – football
Fans warned to expect 'overt' anti-terror measures at football stadiums
Sky News, 10 August 2018.

Police are seeking the help of football fans in tackling terrorism and are asking them to be vigilant at matches.

Officers say stadiums could be targeted as extremists seek out crowded places to attack.

Chief Superintendent Nick Aldworth said: "We know from what we've seen on the ground, and also from terrorist rhetoric, that they are interested in attacking crowded places generally, and that would include stadia.

"We want (fans) to think about what they might do in the event of an attack and we want them to be really, really vigilant.

"And not to be inhibited about reporting stuff to us. If it's trivial to you, it might be significant to us. Don't worry about it - just tell us and leave it to us to sort it out." ...

The request for help was issued on the day before the Premier League season kicks off and forms part of efforts to encourage all members of the public to be "counter-terror citizens".
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Employment – industry
CBI calls for UK to abandon immigration targets after Brexit
Laura Hughes
Financial Times, 10 August 2018.

The UK government must abolish all immigration targets and ensure its Tier 2 visa system for skilled migrants is not extended to EU citizens after Brexit, the CBI employers' organisation has said.

Josh Hardie, its deputy director-general, said on Friday that companies favoured "blunt targets" being scrapped so they could hire the staff they needed after Brexit. He added that "putting migration" on the table in trade talks would secure the UK a better deal with the EU. ...

The government's immigration white paper, originally scheduled to be published last year, has been postponed until October this year. ...

The CBI said on Friday that it had spoken to 24,000 companies across 18 industries to provide the Migration Advisory Committee, which advises the government on immigration policy, with a detailed breakdown of the kind of Brexit sought by business leaders.
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Employment – tax credits, child benefits, Brexit
Iain Duncan Smith puts forward BRILLIANT proposal for post-Brexit immigration system
Aurora Bosotti
Daily Express, 10 August 2018.

Iain Duncan Smith put forward his proposal to ensure Britain has a fully functional immigration system in place following Brexit, suggesting EU citizens should be required to have a job lined up in the UK before moving.

Former Tory leader and Brexit supporter Iain Duncan Smith suggested the UK could "extend the work permit process" after Brexit to ensure Britain has an effective immigration system. ...

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Mr Duncan Smith put forward his proposal: "I think the best thing to do is work with what we have got and make it work for everyone around the world.

"You basically extend the work permit process across the EU and the rest of the world. People can come here for work but they need to have work to come to and that work needs to have been agreed and accepted that there isn't a person in the UK that could do that work and has the skills to do that work."

Mr Duncan Smith also insisted the Government should make sure to reduce the alleged "pull factors" driving European Union citizens to relocate to Britain.

He continued: "In the last year figures were available, and this is important, more than £4.1 billion was spent on people from the EU who have come over here getting tax credits, child benefits, housing benefits. That's one of the great pull factors.

"Leaving the EU, we should not be offering for people to come over here just looking for work and to claim benefits.

"We need a living wage that does not require people to come over here and claim benefits to top up."
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Multiculturalism – Islam
[Double standards?]
Professor Colin Harrison
Daily Telegraph, 10 August 2018.
[Letter to the Editor]

For years jokes have been made about those good people nuns looking like penguins – but no outrage.

Boris Johnson says that Muslims should be free to wear what they like but "he thinks" they look like letter boxes – and the world falls upon him.

Double standards or what?
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Multiculturalism – burka, offence
The art of taking offence
Roger Scruton
Spectator blog, 10 August 2018.

It is still possible to laugh at the absurdity of it all, if you sit at home, avoiding contact with ignorant and malicious people, and getting on with real life – the life beyond social media. Unfortunately, however, ignorant and malicious people have discovered a new weapon in their unremitting assault on the rest of us, which is the art of taking offence.

I was brought up to believe that you should never give offence if you can avoid it; the new culture tells us that you should always take offence if you can. There are now experts in the art of taking offence, indeed whole academic subjects, such as 'gender studies', devoted to it. /.../ As with the puritans of the 17th century, the need to humiliate and to punish precedes any concrete sense of why.

I recall the extraordinary case of Boris Johnson and the burka. ...

It was obvious to anyone with a smattering of intellect that Johnson had no intention to give offence. However, there was political mileage in taking offence – so at once offence was taken. /.../ Virtue-signalling was the order of the day. A kind of hysterical fear swept away all the important considerations that Johnson was putting before his readers, so that everyone, friend and foe alike, ran for shelter. We are not guilty, was the collective cry of the time-servers and wimps that govern us.

In reaction to this madness I ask myself who it is, in the matter of the burka, that habitually gives offence, and who it is that strives not to take it. We live in a face-to-face society, in which strangers look each other in the eye, address each other directly, and take responsibility for what they say. This custom is not just a fashion. ...

... I cannot easily accept that people should appear in public ostentatiously concealing their face from me. /.../ I certainly feel awkward in the presence of such people, and suspect that they are abusing the trust that we spontaneously extend to strangers. ...

No sensitive person, however ignorant he might be of the Muslim faith, would fail to take off his shoes when entering a mosque – not because he feared the reaction of the worshippers, but because he knew that long-standing custom requires this, and that not to observe that custom is to show disrespect for a sacred space. Somehow we are supposed to forget that principle when it comes to long-standing customs of our own. For us too there are sacred spaces, and the public square is one of them: it is the space that belongs to others, not to you, and where you meet those others face to face. When we encounter those who refuse to accept this we are supposed to think that the entitlement to take offence rests entirely with them, and the tendency to give offence entirely with us.
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Immigration abroad – Assam, India
In northeast India, the politics of citizenship flares anew
Rishi Lekhi
Business Insider / Associated Press, 10 August 2018.

Today, nativist anger churns through the hills and plains of Assam state, just across the border from Bangladesh, with many here believing the state is overrun with illegal migrants.

"India is for Indians. Assam is for Indians," said Sammujjal Bhattachariya, a top official with the All Assam Students Union, which has been in the forefront of pushing for the citizenship survey. "Assam is not for illegal Bangladeshis."

"We need a permanent solution," he added.

On Friday, some of the 3.9 million residents left off Assam's draft list of citizens began picking up forms to file their appeals, wading into a byzantine legal and bureaucratic process that many fear could lead to detention, expulsion or years in limbo. ...

For decades, fears of widespread movement across the porous border with Bangladesh have triggered tensions between the state's majority ethnic group, Assamese-speaking Hindus, and its Bengali-speaking Muslims. ...

Assam has a population of roughly 33 million, with a little over one-third of them Muslims. ...

Few deny there has been widespread illegal migration into Assam, often by poor Bangladeshis in search of work as farm laborers. The state's demographics have shifted dramatically in recent decades, with the percentage of Bengali-speakers jumping from 22 percent in 1991 to 29 percent in 2011, and the percentage of Assamese-speakers declining. Many analysts, however, say those numbers in part reflect the higher birth rates among Muslims. Estimates on the number of illegal immigrants vary wildly, from a few hundred thousand to many millions.
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Population pressure – housing
Think it's right to build houses on our green spaces – maybe you should just belt up
Rod Liddle
The Sun, 9 August 2018.

The Government is planning to rip up our green belts and pave them over ready for housing.

If it goes ahead with this, it will be the greatest act of vandalism against the British countryside in 200 years. ...

This is a crowded country and becoming ever more so. We're losing more and more of our natural wildlife. Our open spaces diminish daily.

And now the Government is being forced into building countless millions of homes. Why?

We're told we have a housing crisis. You might find this puzzling when you consider the birth rate in Britain has been dropping, not rising.

The answer, of course, is immigration. We've been letting in half a million people every year for almost 15 years.

The politicians try to tell you it's nothing to do with our housing crisis – but they are lying. Lying to themselves and to you.

One top academic expert, Oxford demographer David Coleman, reckons immigration is 85 per cent responsible for the rise in the UK's population between 2000 and 2015.

And the other figures you might find a bit chilling.

Did you know, for example, that a whopping 28 per cent of all births in the UK are to foreign-born women? And the figure in London is a staggering 60 per cent. ...

It's not just that. The birth rate for British people is 1.75. The birth rate for immigrants is 2.06. That's a very big difference.

So not only do we let in half a million per year, but they have more kids and so doubly contribute to population growth and the need for new houses.

Oh, and the need for lots of other very expensive stuff, such as schools, hospitals, welfare benefits and so on.

We MUST call a halt to immigration. The overwhelming majority of the population thinks we need much tougher controls.

And there are many people who think that immigration has not made the country any better, but actually made it worse.

Cut the numbers coming in to 10,000 per year and our housing crisis would begin to lessen, given that 300,000 or so people emigrate every year.

A net decrease in the population would massively reduce the need for new housing.

Because unless we do that, the bulldozers will be moving in. The fields, hedges and woodland will be ripped up. The roads will be laid and the peace and quiet shattered.

And this will not be a green and pleasant land for much longer.
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Racism – multiculturalism, Islam
Who's really racist – Boris or his critics?
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 9 August 2018.

Here's the strange thing about the Boris/burqa controversy: the very people who constantly kick up a fuss about repressive male behaviour are now up in arms at Boris for talking about repressive male behaviour. ...

The double standards are staggering. A chattering class that sees patriarchal bullying in everything – from the man who sends a tweet suggesting that a female politician has made a factual error (mansplaining) to the fact that young boys think girls aren't very good at football (ingrained male entitlement) – refuse to see it in the culture of the burqa. Or at least they refuse to allow an open, frank discussion of the possibility that there is a culture of repression in some Muslim communities. The demonisation of Boris, and the authoritarian efforts to extract a public apology from him for his blasphemy against the burqa, is not driven merely by a distaste for his description of niqab- and burqa-wearers as looking like 'letterboxes'. It is an effort to chill all strong commentary on this garment and on the question of whether it is a good thing that in 21st-century Britain there are some women – not many, but some – who wear such archaic, anti-social clothing.

... If another community was treating women like this, there would be uproar. But when it is the Muslim community our feministic elites turn away. 'The burqa's great. It is part of their culture. Shut up.'

Is it racist to criticise an entire ethnic or religious group? It can be. /.../ But here's the thing: it can also be racist to refuse to criticise certain groups. To hold back your criticisms out of sensitivity or pity. For that is truly to treat these groups by a double standard, and to imply that they are lesser than us somehow, weaker, less reasoned, and therefore incapable of coping with scrutiny. This is the thing: there is more racism in Boris's detractors than there was in Boris's comments. It is the racism of relativism, the idea that it is wrong to criticise misogynistic or backward behaviour if it occurs among certain groups.
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Immigration abroad – multiculturalism, diversity, Netherlands
A feeling of apartheid in Holland
Karl Kemp
Spiked, 9 August 2018.

One overcast day in the first week of my move to the majority-immigrant Kolenkitbuurt in Amsterdam, labelled by authorities less than 10 years ago as the most 'problematic' neighbourhood in the country, ... ...

There were 2.1 million people with a non-Western migration background living in the Netherlands as of 2017 – about 11 per cent of the total population. In relative terms, these numbers are nothing special in our globalised world. It is when you factor in that these groups are clustered together extremely densely that the real picture emerges. ...

... The migration crisis is merely adding fuel to a fire that has been burning for decades, and has been either ignored or misunderstood by persons outside of Europe, like myself. The ideas that certain political groups outside Europe (and sometimes in Europe) have of the situation is one of active strife. This is not the case – except perhaps in the most extreme situations, such as Molenbeek in Brussels. Rather, the strife manifests as silent resentment backed up by self-imposed borders. ...

... I have not hosted a single South African visitor in my time here who has not picked up on the similarities to our racially charged, spectacularly dysfunctional homeland. They are shocked that there are other countries with specific communities for specific cultures. The division of Muslims to the west and east, Africans, Antilleans and Surinamese to the south-east, and European expats in the centre, resembles the grouping of Apartheid-era Cape Town into coloureds to the Cape Flats, blacks to the townships, and whites to the suburbs.

The vision of a globalised society, wherein Moroccans, Persians, Eritreans, Scandinavians and Latin-Americans or what-have-you live in the same street, shop at the same stores, and drink at the same bars, presumably in a land of perpetual sunshine is a fantasy so flawed, so objectively failed, that one would have to spend one's days in an ivory tower, locked away from reality, in order to believe it.

The harsh reality in Holland now is that people have their own barbers, their own shopping markets, their own foods, their own places to socialise, their own worlds. They are not comfortable living around one another, and where they are forced to do so by the rental market, they are not comfortable sharing the space. This is not an opinion – this is a fact backed by government research. The latest findings by the Dutch government explicitly state that feelings of mistrust and loss of identity rise in parallel with an increase in societal diversity.
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Extremism – Islam, plot, schools
It's a fiction to suggest that there was no plot by Islamist hardliners to take over state schools
Nick Timothy
Daily Telegraph, 9 August 2018.

The imagery could not be clearer. A schoolgirl looks startled. A white hand grabs at her jumper. Another pulls at her hijab. Well integrated – she wears pink nail varnish – and hard working – she clutches her exercise book – she is none the less under attack by a powerful, white adversary.

This photograph, published by the Guardian and the BBC, and used to market a play shown this week at the Edinburgh Festival, conveys exactly the message the writers of Trojan Horse want. The Trojan Horse affair, they suggest, was no plot by hardline Muslims to convert secular state schools into austere Islamic faith schools, but a government campaign, motivated by "institutionalised racism", that "demonised" Birmingham's Muslim community.

This is a fiction, and a fiction that has been contradicted by multiple investigations. ...

Helen Monks, one of Trojan Horse's writers, says she hopes to overcome the "assumed truth".Instead, the play appears to be nothing more than an attempt to rewrite history. ...

There is plenty more evidence that proves Trojan Horse involved a campaign to transform, illegally, secular schools into austere Islamic faith schools. Telling the affected communities – poor, isolated and vulnerable to extremism – that it was instead an Islamophobic plot by government is wrong. /.../ Deliberate or not, Left-wingers in the arts and media risk playing the extremists' game.

Any attempt to rewrite the history of Trojan Horse must not be allowed to succeed.
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Immigration abroad – crime, Austria
Austria: Over Half of Criminal Suspects in Vienna Are Foreign, Rape and Murder Up
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 9 August 2018.

Despite an average decline in crime across Austria, foreigners now make up nearly half of the suspects in criminal cases, and more than half of suspects in the capital city of Vienna. ...

What has become alarming to some is that foreigners now make up 40 percent of all criminal suspects in Austria, with the city of Vienna having the most foreign suspects at some 51.4 percent, reports Kronen Zeitung. ...

The largest foreign suspect group, Afghan nationals, rose from 64 suspects in 2014 to 263 in 2017. ...

Knife crime is also becoming a concern for Austrian police, who say the number of stabbings, especially during inter-ethnic conflicts, are becoming more and more common.
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Multiculturalism – crime, burqa, Islam
How Criminals Use the Burqa to Get Away with Rape, Robbery, and Terrorism
Victoria Friedman
Breitbart, 9 August 2018.

While the debate over the place of Islamic face veils in Western society has been reignited after Britain's former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson criticised the garment, three robbers were convicted of killing a jewellery store owner after robbing him whilst disguised in a burqa. ...

On the other side of the world in Afghanistan just days ago, 29 Shia Muslim worshippers were killed and at least 80 injured when two Islamist Sunni suicide bombers entered a mosque in the Khwaja Hasan area of Gardez during Friday prayers. Provincial police chief General Raz Mohammad Mandozai said that the pair had worn the burqas – a one-piece veil that covers the face and body, leaving just a mesh screen over the eyes – to hide their explosives and weapons. ...

Breitbart London has compiled a list of the most notable murders, rapes, assaults, robberies, and even child molestation cases in the past few years where the perpetrator hid behind the veil, taking advantage of liberal societies and Islamic cultures alike: ...

While defenders of the burqa in the West will claim it is not a security threat, countries in Africa have opted to ban the burqa and the niqab, with Muslim majority Chad banning them in the same year it suffered the aforementioned attack.

Fellow African nations Gabon, Congo, and parts of Cameroon also banned the burqa in the same year, also for security reasons, and in 2017, North African nation of Morocco banned the production and manufacture of the clothing over fears of terrorism, and to crack down on Islamic extremism. ...

Another terror conspirator, Yassin Omar, had left London for Birmingham disguised as a veiled Muslim woman the day after he made a failed attempt to detonate a bomb on a London Underground station in the attempted 21/7 London terror attacks, evading counter-terror surveillance.

While motorcyclists are expected to remove their helmets before entering banks and jewellery stores, the same is not expected of those wearing Islamic face veils, with criminals taking advantage of liberal laws in Western countries to commit armed robbery.

In May 2017, an armed gang was jailed after using Islamic burqas to hide their identities as they stole hundreds of thousands of pounds in raids across Manchester, northern England, with similar robberies in Australia in 2017, the U.S. in 2015, and Canada in 2014.
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Racism – discrimination
Thomas Sowell's 'Discrimination and Disparities' Is The Book About Racism That America Needs
David Marcus
The Federalist, 9 August 2018.

Sometimes the slim volumes are the most deadly. Such is the case with Thomas Sowell's "Discrimination and Disparities," which in fewer than 200 pages lays bare the grave faults and assumptions of people on both sides of the political divide about outcomes for racial groups. In a long, storied career, Sowell has been a beacon of reason and evidence-based thinking. In this book, he makes the fruits of his labors accessible to almost anyone. Anyone who wishes to think, speak, or write on race in America would be remiss in not reading it.

Sowell takes aim at two typical explanations for differences in the success of racial groups. One, most associated with the Left, is that discrimination by racial groups in power is the primary force creating bad outcomes for the groups out of power. The other, most associated with the Right, is that racial groups have inherent abilities or disabilities based on factors such as IQ distribution that lead to unequal outcomes.

Not only does Sowell argue that neither of these explanations is sufficient, he also effectively shows that the truth does not lie in some simple combination of the two. In fact, the issue is vastly more complicated than merely finding which balance between these two competing ideas best tells us the truth about why outcomes are what they are.

In a theme Sowell opens with and refers to throughout, he discusses how in any area or endeavor, success is the result of meeting multiple and myriad prerequisites. Lacking even one of these, even if others are in abundance, can prevent success.

This locates the causes of success closer to the individual than to the group. It also shows that there really is no reason we should assume that under equal situations racial groups will see equal outcomes, because there are no equal situations and cannot be.

Through portraying a litany of empires, peoples, and corporations that rose and fell throughout history, Sowell shows that shifting conditions in society and the economy make assigning the blame for failure extremely complicated. ...

In area after area in American life where we see disparate outcomes among racial groups, such as higher education, housing, and income, Sowell calmly shows how well-intentioned approaches too focused on discrimination do more harm than approaches that address the total underlying causes for disparity, specifically what prerequisites may be lacking.
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Racism – academia
Academia Doesn't Get to Define 'Racism' for the Rest of Us
Robert VerBruggen
National Review, 9 August 2018.

The latest controversy stems from a deep confusion about how language works. ...

Some academics who study racial matters use the word "racism" to mean not "dislike of people on the basis of race," which is how most people use it, but rather something like "prejudice plus power" or what is more clearly called "institutional" or "systemic" racism – meaning, conveniently, that members of minority groups by definition cannot be racist. And as Scott Alexander noted at Slate Star Codex back in 2014, parts of the Left are no longer willing to admit that this is a departure from standard usage by saying something along the lines of, "I suppose a group of black people chasing a white kid down the street waving knives and yelling 'KILL WHITEY' qualifies by most people's definition, but I prefer to idiosyncratically define it my own way, so just remember that when you're reading stuff I write."

Instead, as Alexander writes, "we have a case where original coinage, all major dictionaries, and the overwhelming majority of common usage all define 'racism' one way, and social justice bloggers insist with astonishing fervor that way is totally wrong and it must be defined another." /.../ When called on it, many simply point to academic definitions, as though academia had the power to redefine words for the rest of society; that, of course, is not how language works.
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Immigration abroad – extremism, Islam, Germany
Islamist children pose real 'threat' to Germany, spy chief warns
Deutsche Welle, 8 August 2018.

Germany's domestic intelligence chief has warned that children growing up in Islamist families in Germany may pose a risk to society. ...

Children from Islamist households in Germany represent a "not insignificant potential threat," the head of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), Germany's domestic intelligence service, Hans-Georg Maassen said Monday.

In a new report cited by the Funke media group, the BfV said there were signs the "radicalization of minors and young adults" was becoming more likely and happening faster and earlier.

The BfV document estimated that some 300 children in Germany were affected. Children in some of these families are "educated from birth with an extremist world view that legitimizes violence against others and degrades those who aren't part of their group," the report said.

It expressed concerns about families who had traveled to war zones in the Middle East, as well as those who had remained in Germany.

Maassen warned that what he described as the ongoing jihadist socialization of children was "alarming" and would pose a significant challenge to authorities in the coming years. ...

The state lowered its age limit for surveillance from 16 to 14 in 2016.
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Multiculturalism – burka, Islam, racism
Don't ban Boris... ban the burka!
Allison Pearson
Daily Telegraph, 8 August 2018.

Most British people don't think Boris went far enough. Most British people agree with Manuel Valls, former French prime minister, that the burka and other ghastly life-restricting humanity-obliterating shrouds are based on "the enslavement of women".

Two years ago, a YouGov poll found that 57 per cent of the public supported a ban on wearing the burka in public in the UK, with just 23 per cent against. That view was held even more vehemently by women than men. ...

People feel uneasy when a person in a burka enters a Tube carriage. (Failed 21/7 bomb suspect Yassin Omar tried to make his getaway wearing one.)

People intuit that the burka is the hardline Islamists sticking two fingers two fingers up at our way of life, but it has become difficult to say so because of a combination of hardline Muslims and soft Corbynistas squealing "racist" every time legitimate concerns are raised. ...

Where has all this abject tolerance and nervous silence got us? Consider the shocking reports recently that British teenagers are being forced to marry abroad, raped and impregnated, as the Home Office "turns a blind eye" by handing visas to their "husbands". ...

This cruel phenomenon was first exposed by Ray Honeyford, a Bradford middle-school head teacher, who challenged the forces of "anti-racism", which preferred diversity to integration and signing up to British values. Mr Honeyford, as Roger Scruton said on his death, "was branded as a racist, horribly pilloried and sacked for saying what everyone now admits to be true". That was almost 35 years ago. ...

It was exactly the same institutional terror of calling out Muslim misogynist behaviour that allowed child grooming to go unchecked in Rotherham and Rochdale. ...

I see that the Labour MP Naz Shah joined the Boris Bashers yesterday, saying she had written to Brandon Lewis "to ask what action will be taken against Boris Johnson for his ugly and naked Islamophobia". This is the same Ms Shah who, not long ago, shared a tweet that said: "Those abuse girls in Rotherham ... need to shut their mouths. For the good of diversity."

There you have it, ladies and gentlemen. The policy of our complicit institutions, our Home Office, cringing politicians and liberal elite.
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Immigration abroad – India
Disastrous Consequences of Illegal Immigrants
R K Sinha
Afternoon Voice, 8 August 2018.

The writer is a member of the upper house of the Indian Parliament

Migrating population from one country to another is a global problem. Not only India but some developed countries like the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Canada are facing the heat of migration, particularly from Asian countries. ...

In India, our story is slightly different. Our population growth is already high, 17.19 per cent in a decade according to the last Census of 2011. At more than 125 crores of the population, our resources are overstretched; infrastructures are bursting to the seams. There are water shortage and fewer works for hands. The trains and roads are overcrowded. While there is an urgent need of curbing our growth rate of population, the influx of illegal migrants from bordering countries like Bangladesh is adding to our problem.

... The presence of a large number of illegal immigrants is not confined to West Bengal and Assam but it is there right in the national capital Delhi and in many other parts of the country. The migrant population from across the border is not only eating into menials, semi-skilled and skilled jobs depriving the Indian citizens of livelihood but it is also creating law and order problem. When the illegal immigrants fail to get work they resort to crime.

Ever since the birth of Bangladesh in 1971, there has been a continuous influx of Bangladeshis into India from our Eastern Border. The illegal immigrants pose a serious threat. Assam is worst hit. ...

In August 2008, the Delhi High Court dismissed a petition by a Bangladeshi national against her deportation. The High Court ruled that the illegal Bangladeshi immigrants "pose a danger to India's internal security".

Many social scientists have expressed concern over illegal immigration of Bangladeshi in Assam. According to a research paper published a few years ago, "Illegal migration into Assam from Bangladesh has been posing a serious security threat to the identity of Assamese people. It adversely affects the social, economic and political environment of Assam, creating law and order problems where immigrants are present in large number. /.../ The data provided in the study indicates that if necessary steps are not taken immediately, Assam, the elder sister of North-East India would lose its identity from the map of India very soon. The illegal migration is one of the major reasons for social and ethnic violence in Assam. ...

Illegal migration has generated a host of destabilizing political, social, economic, ethnic and communal tensions. Politically, the Bangladeshi migrants are in a position to influence the results of the elections in a large number of constituencies in the North East (about 32 per cent of the constituencies in Assam). Economically, increased pressure on land, resulting in depletion of forest wealth, undercutting of wages of unskilled jobs, forcible occupation of Government land by the migrants and a host of other such issues, generate a ripple effect in the entire North East.
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Immigration abroad – Germany, Spain
Germany reaches first deal with Spain to return migrants
Reuters, 8 August 2018.

The German government has agreed with Madrid that it can send back to Spain migrants who have already applied for asylum there, a spokeswoman for the interior ministry said on Wednesday, in what is the first deal of its kind.

The move comes after a dispute between Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and their Bavarian allies over returning migrants that nearly split them and brought down the government. ...

Spain has become the new main entry point for asylum-seekers fleeing Africa. Around 19,000 asylum-seekers arrived in the first five months of this year, almost as many as in all of 2017, eclipsing for the first time the numbers flowing through north Africa to Italy.

More than 1.6 million migrants have arrived in Germany since mid-2014, provoking tensions and propelling the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) into the national parliament. ...

Germany is seeking similar deals with Italy and Greece. The discussions with those countries are still going on, Petermann said, adding that both Italy and Greece had made counterdemands.
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Crime – asylum
Muslim Refugee Dragged Screaming Rape Victims to Graveyard in UK 'City of Sanctuary'
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 8 August 2018.

A Sudanese refugee has been sentenced to 16 years jail for rape and attempted rape after he lay in wait for victims before dragging them into a graveyard in Hull, which was named a City of Sanctuary last year.

Ishaq Al-Noor raped one woman in a "vicious" attack in June last year, which Hull Crown Court heard caused his 17-year-old victim to attempt suicide, before launching an "almost identical" assault in November on a mother, in the same cemetery.

The 21-year-old, who is believed to have entered Britain three years ago to seek asylum, "thinks of himself as a peaceful man, a Muslim who prays and fasts and is not a bad person", said Claire Holmes, mitigating. ...

According to the Daily Mail, Al-Noor admitted, "Guilty. Yes, I did that. Why not?" in response to the rape charge, speaking through one of only a handful of interpreters in Britain with the skills to translate his particular Sudanese dialect. ...

In June last year, Hull was declared a City of Sanctuary at an official ceremony celebrating its designation as a "recognised place of welcome and safety" for "refugees and asylum seekers".

Speaking at the event in Hull Minster, campaigner Steve Ibbetson said: "The positive contribution refugees have made to our city cannot be overstated. The vibrancy that increased diversity has brought to the city has contributed greatly to our current high profile."
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Illegal immigration – visa restrictions
Strict government visa restrictions drive up illegal immigration, study finds
Benjamin Kentish
Independent, 7 August 2018.

Strict government controls on immigration drive up the number of people entering a country illegally, a new study has found.

While visa restrictions cut overall migration, academics said they can be "ineffective and counterproductive" because they force more people to find unlawful ways to cross borders.

The study also found that restricting the number of visas granted to students and highly-skilled workers does little to cut overall migration.

Tighter restrictions on low-skilled workers does appear to reduce migration, but also leads to a "significant portion" of prospective immigrants turning to illegal ways to enter a country, it said.

The study was conducted by academics at University College London (UCL), in conjunction with colleagues at the Royal Holloway and University of Birmingham, and was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The findings are likely to be seized on by campaigners demanding the government relax its immigration rules. ...

The new study found that restrictions on family migration were especially unhelpful, leading around a quarter of people who would have moved country legally to instead do so via illegal channels.

UCL academic Miranda Simo, who led the study: "We show that even minimal visa requirements can significantly reduce immigration, but this comes at the cost of reorienting aspiring migrants towards unauthorised channels.

"The largest reorientation towards unauthorised channels happens when the family route is closed, because it is the most easily accessible out of those considered.

"When restricting immigration policy, governments need to consider that they are also reducing aspiring migrants' already limited options for legal migration." ...

The study found that restrictions on low-skilled and family migration cut total immigration by 21 per cent and 32 per cent respectively but also drove up illegal immigration by 14 per cent and 24 per cent respectively.

The authors said taking action against illegal immigration was "not efficient" because 80 per cent of all illegal migrants would need to be caught in order to offset the increased number resulting from stricter immigration rules.
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Multiculturalism – eating of dogs
Theresa May considers banning the eating of dogs in Britain after The Sun reveals fears sick practice is on the rise
Tom Newton Dunn
The Sun, 7 August 2018.

Theresa May is looking into banning the eating of dogs in Britain, in a major boost for The Sun's fledgling campaign.

Downing Street announced this morning that the PM will "look closely" at drawing up a new law to outlaw the sick practice after The Sun highlighted fears it is on the rise in the UK.

An international canine welfare group fears immigration from the Far East is spreading it across Europe.

Despite widespread public revulsion with the habit in countries like China, neither killing dogs to eat nor consuming their meat is illegal in Britain.

A full ban on dog meat is being introduced in the US next month to curb its rise in America. ...

An estimated 30 million dogs a year are slaughtered to be eaten, across China, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. Most are stolen off the street. ...

The World Dog Alliance (WDA) is set to launch a campaign in the UK for a full ban on any activity relating to the eating of dogs.

The WDA's Kike Yuen told The Sun: "In the US, people who eat dog meat are mainly immigrants from Asia. With three million immigrants from East Asia in the UK, we cannot deny this situation exists here too.

"We also believe legislation against dog meat in the UK would provide us with strength to continue our work in Asia, as the UK could influence other countries to stop dog meat consumption.

"Most of them usually refused to do so with the excuse that there is no such law in Western countries."
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Immigration abroad – Paris, France
Daily Mail removes 'Powder Keg Paris' report after complaints
Jim Waterson
The Guardian, 7 August 2018.

The Daily Mail has removed a report from its website that described the French capital as "Powder Keg Paris" following accusations that its reporting contained inaccuracies and misrepresentations about the impact of migration on one suburb.

The piece described a "devastating report" that suggested 300,000 "illegal migrants" were living in the suburb of Saint-Denis, north of Paris, where drug dealing, crime and poverty were rising due to the "quite simple" explanation of "immigration on a mammoth scale".

The article, by the journalist Andrew Malone, first appeared as a double-page story in the Daily Mail's Saturday edition on 28 July. But it was removed online following criticism from the French activist Marwan Muhammad, a former director of the Collective Against Islamophobia in France, in a lengthy Twitter thread that raised more than a dozen issues with the piece.

In addition to criticising the overall depiction of Saint-Denis and disputing suggestions that it was a "parallel state" where no one would shake hands with "an infidel" reporter, Muhammad pointed out that it would be difficult for 300,000 illegal migrants to live there, given the official population is 110,000.

However, a Daily Mail source insisted the article had only been taken off the site temporarily and the "the intention is to restore it" after considering the complaints and correcting where necessary. The source admitted it may have confused the population of Saint-Denis with that of the department of Seine-Saint-Denis, where 1.6 million people live.

"The article is a very strong article written by somebody who has reported from the Middle East, a student of Arabic," said the source, who said the newspaper stood by the overall thrust of the reporting. "He obviously spent a period of time there and it's about the journalist's experience on site." ...

The Daily Mail's reporting was prompted by a publication by France's National Assembly, which had raised concerns about the impact of migration on Seine-Saint-Denis. It concluded that "the only thing we are sure about is that the state doesn't know how many illegal immigrants there are" in the area, while noting that unofficial estimates ranged from 150,000 to 400,000.
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Bias – BBC
BBC Withdraws Immigration Film With South Asian Characters Following Complaints
Little India, 7 August 2018.

The BBC has pulled an educational video about immigration after it received complaints over the way it portrayed the issue. The film on immigration, part of a series called Don't Hate The Debate, showed South Asian characters such as men clad in turbans and women in saris, and said that Britain was "multicultural long before curry and carnival."

The documentary film was aimed at spreading awareness among students aged 14 to 16 years about the issue and create more scope for informative discussions.

The BBC, which withdrew the video from circulation and also removed it from YouTube, said it would be re-edited, PTI reported. "While we believe the film did convey the broad elements of the immigration debate, we accept further efforts could have been made to involve contributors with a more diverse range of opinions, so we removed the video," it quoted a BBC spokesperson as saying.

The film was released in May, and received complaints that it lacked objectivity, and breached impartiality rules.

The animated video depicted a group of South Asian characters, with the voice-over saying, "Think immigration is a recent thing? Think again." It went on to say, "Because you see, you got the Celts, the Romans, the Anglo- Saxons and the Vikings, the Normans, the Flemish, the Irish, black Britons and Jewish people.

"Yep, we were multicultural long before curry and carnival – it's in our DNA."

It added: "There is no such thing as pure Briton. Despite what some flag wielders would have you believe, the average Briton is only 36 percent Anglo-Saxon."

The claim was disputed by the think tank Migration Watch UK, which said, "The average British person's DNA is at least 90 percent European."

It added that the video lacked balance and consisted of a number of factual inaccuracies.
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Population pressure – housing, Brexit
A shortage of affordable housing is linked to EU freedom of movement
Sir Julian Brazier
Daily Telegraph, 7 August 2018.
[Letter to the Editor]

There seems to be a Chinese Wall between discussion of the EU and of housing shortages.

Whatever trade-off the Government makes between the near-desperate shortage of affordable housing in much of England and the wish to protect the countryside, the equation is bleak indeed if the population continues to soar.

That growth is fed by net migration equivalent to the population of the city of Liverpool every year. Almost half of net migration over the past decade has been from the EU.

That is why ending free movement of people within the EU is the most important aspect of our current negotiation. It seems Brussels will not budge on access to the customs union unless we concede free movement.

If that proves to be the case, we should settle for a Canadian-style free-trade agreement, or even WTO rules, to retake control of our borders. The alternative is to chew up more and more of our countryside each year to accommodate population growth, before building a single house to ease the plight of our own aspirant homeowners and tenants.
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Multiculturalism – Islamophobia
Boris's burqa-bashing is not 'Islamophobic'
Fraser Myers
Spiked, 7 August 2018.

For an illustration of just how kneejerk accusations of Islamophobia have become, look no further than the row over Boris Johnson's latest column. ...

Yet while Johnson is against banning the burqa, he is nonetheless critical of this garment. It is 'oppressive... to expect women to cover their faces', he says. He adds that it looks ridiculous and its wearers sometimes 'look like letterboxes' and 'bank robbers'. ...

The Muslim Council of Britain has accused him of 'fanning the flames of the far right. /.../ Tory peer Sayeeda Warsi labelled the article a 'dog whistle' – unwittingly revealing her own prejudices about the supposedly animalistic voters who respond to such Pavlovian cues. ...

That questioning this rare and obscure religious practice is deemed off-limits is telling. Criticism is forbidden merely because of the burqa's association with Islam. Today, all aspects of Islam have come to be ringfenced from open debate. /.../ If passing judgement on aspects of Islamic culture is deemed beyond the pale, heaven forbid anyone questions the more fundamental tenets of the religion. ...

... True tolerance means allowing the expression of ideas and practices that you don't like. Today, however, tolerance has been replaced by multiculturalism – an ideology which insists that all beliefs and cultural practices are equal and we should withhold judgement. /.../ The message is clear: you must approve of this practice or be quiet. While it would certainly be intolerant to ban the burqa, it is equally intolerant to prevent people from criticising it.
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Immigration – statistics
The UK's immigration stats may be very wrong. A new project is trying to fix it
Jay Lindop
apolitical, 7 August 2018.
[The author is Deputy Director of migration statistics - Office for National Statistics]

Since David Cameron became UK prime minister in 2010, the British government has capped skilled migration, become more sceptical of student visa applicants and introduced its infamous "hostile environment". All were policies adopted with one eye on the net migration statistics, on the back of Cameron's pledge to reduce immigration into "the tens of thousands".

In the midst of those dramatic changes, the survey which underlies that official net migration number was tweaked. A simple new question introduced in 2012 was meant to garner more detail on the different kinds of immigrants coming to the UK.

Instead, in the years that followed, it exposed problems in the UK's immigration statistics. They could mean the overall net migration figure has been repeatedly overestimated by tens of thousands of people. ...

The UK's quarterly statistics on long-term international migration are drawn from a survey introduced in the 1960s primarily to track tourists' spending. The new ONS project aims to supplement that survey with administrative data created in the course of running government programs.

That's because of problems with counting emigrants, highlighted by the new question. The 2012 change meant that foreigners leaving the UK would be asked what their original reason for coming had been.

It was meant to allow the ONS to produce finer-grained data on the movement of different types of immigrants. But the new figures immediately raised eyebrows, because they suggested that the number of international students leaving the country was much lower than the number arriving. ...

The ONS says that it thinks the overall net immigration number is still reliable, because the overcount of students is balanced by undercounting in other groups. Marley Morris, an expert on immigration at the Institute for Public Policy Research, was sceptical. "It's arguable that the overall figures might be right," he said. "But it would be a fluke." ...

Australia, by contrast, has been able to avoid many of the difficulties of combining different data sources thanks to the comprehensive information it gathers at the border.

That kind of system is unlikely to be possible in the UK, where there are minimal immigration checks for EU citizens or anyone coming to or from the Republic of Ireland.
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Politics – Conservative Party
Dominic Raab's new aide called for continued freedom of movement after Brexit
Emilio Casalicchio
PoliticsHome, 7 August 2018.

Dominic Raab's new aide said freedom of movement should continue after Brexit and blasted her new boss's claim that immigration pushes up house prices, PoliticsHome can reveal.

Stephanie Lis, who has been appointed Mr Raab's special adviser, made her comments in a 2016 video for the Institute of Economic Affairs, where she was director of communications before landing her new job.

She said concerns about immigration which had led to the vote for Brexit were "understandable" because "politicians have done an astonishingly poor job of making the case for free movement".

"As a result, migrants have found themselves blamed for all sorts of problems - from rocketing house prices to unemployment," she said.

"But many of these criticisms are based on exaggerations or are just fundamentally wrong." ...

Just this year Mr Raab said house prices had gone up by 20% over the past quarter of a century due to immigration. The then-housing minster was forced to publish official figures backing up his claims.
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Multiculturalism – censorship, extremism
How the left made Tommy Robinson
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 6 August 2018.

The idea driving this demand of 'No Platform for Robinson!' is that the Tommy Robinson phenomenon is a product of too much freedom of speech. ... This argument is about as wrong as it is possible to be. /.../ It is the cultural elite's cowardly instinct to chill open discussion about issues like Islam, multiculturalism, mass immigration and social tensions that created Tommy Robinson and his various movements, through allowing him to present himself as a seer in a time of silence. ...

He has benefited directly from a climate in which critical discussion of Islam and British values is demonised. And he has been successful because people aggrieved at the lack of openness around Britain's cultural difficulties see in him someone who will speak on their behalf. ...

Tommy Robinson, the political persona, is only possible in an era in which it is tantamount to thoughtcrime to be mean about Islam. In which criticism of Islamic values can be written off as 'Islamophobia'. ...

He is only possible in a society in which officials refused for years to be open about the fact that largely Pakistani gangs were abusing mostly white working-class girls. In which a Labour politician, Sarah Champion, can be hounded out of her job for suggesting we be honest about such gangs. In which the liberal media continually tell us to panic about far-right extremism when the evidence of our eyes tells us Islamist extremism is a far greater threat: more than 450 Europeans have been slaughtered by Islamist terrorists in the past five years.

He is only possible in an era in which commentators mock people who raise concerns about cultural tensions in Sweden even as Jews are attacked in Malmo. An era in which even to say the word Islamist when talking about Islamist terrorism can win you hisses and boos. ...

This chilling of discussion about Islam, about new cultural tensions, about the abandonment of the ideal of integration and its inevitable replacement by frayed communal relations, reveals how central censorship is to the ideology of multiculturalism.

If multiculturalism represents an official unwillingness to elevate any one value system over any other, to promote a specifically British way of life, then its attendant creed of 'progressive censorship' represents an official unwillingness to permit honest discussion about the consequences of multiculturalism's divisive worldview. What we've learned in recent years – from the rise of hate-speech legislation to the refusal of politicians in Cologne to say women were being harassed by newly arrived Muslim migrants – is that censorship is the handmaiden of multiculturalism. ...

And into this fray comes Tommy Robinson, and others, who say: 'We'll tell the truth.' Every atom of their stardom comes from the fact that certain ideas are now off-limits in public life. The cowardice of the elites give them life. In the absence of other, more progressive voices raising concerns about the divisive and censorious ideologies of the new ruling class, these right-wingers can clean up. They can claim the moral highground and present themselves as the daring utterers of things you aren't meant to say. And here's the thing: this isn't entirely a pose; this really is the role they play, courtesy of our silencing elites.

It isn't freedom of speech that is dangerous. It is censorship. Censorship is the midwife of extremism.
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Immigration – debate
Anti-immigration, like pro-immigration, is a legitimate political position [part 1]
Yuval Noah Harari
The Economist, 6 August 2018.
[A book excerpt from "21 Lessons for the 21st Century" by Yuval Noah Harari]

The European discussion about immigration often degenerates into a shouting match in which neither side hears the other. To clarify matters, it would perhaps be helpful to view immigration as a deal with three basic conditions or terms:

Term 1: The host country allows the immigrants in.

Term 2: In return, the immigrants must embrace at least the core norms and values of the host country, even if that means giving up some of their traditional norms and values.

Term 3: If the immigrants assimilate to a sufficient degree, over time they become equal and full members of the host country. 'They' become 'us'.

These three terms give rise to three distinct debates about the exact meaning of each term:

Debate 1: The first clause of the immigration deal says simply that the host country allows immigrants in. But should this be understood as a duty or a favour? ...

Anti-immigrationists stress that one of the most basic rights of every human collective is to defend itself against invasion, whether in the form of armies or migrants. The Swedes have worked very hard and made numerous sacrifices in order to build a prosperous liberal democracy, and if the Syrians have failed to do the same, this is not the Swedes' fault. ...

Moreover, say the anti-immigrationists, a country can have whatever immigration policy it wants, screening immigrants not just for their criminal records or professional talents, but even for things like religion. ...

As long as this debate isn't settled, it is extremely difficult to answer all subsequent questions about immigration. Since pro-immigrationists think that people have a right to immigrate to another land if they so wish, and host countries have a duty to absorb them, they react with moral outrage when people's right to immigrate is violated, and when countries fail to perform their duty of absorption. ...

Debate 2: The second clause of the immigration deal says that if they are allowed in, the immigrants have an obligation to assimilate into the local culture. But how far should assimilation go? /.../ Anti-immigrationists tend to place the bar high, whereas pro-immigrationists place it much lower.

Pro-immigrationists argue that Europe itself is extremely diverse, and its native populations have a wide spectrum of opinions, habits and values. ... Anti-immigrationists agree that tolerance and freedom are the most important European values, and accuse many immigrant groups – especially from Muslim countries – of intolerance, misogyny, homophobia and anti-Semitism. Precisely because Europe cherishes tolerance, it cannot allow too many intolerant people in. ...

Other anti-immigrationists go much further. /.../ By allowing them in, the local culture is taking upon itself a big risk and a huge expense. There is no reason it should destroy itself as well. It offers eventual full equality so it demands full assimilation. ...

The two key issues of this debate are the disagreement about immigrant intolerance and the disagreement about European identity. ...
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Immigration – debate
Anti-immigration, like pro-immigration, is a legitimate political position [part 2]
Yuval Noah Harari
The Economist, 6 August 2018.

This will still leave open, however, the question of Europe's unique national identities. Tolerance is a universal value. Are there any unique French norms and values that should be accepted by anyone immigrating to France, and are there unique Danish norms and values that immigrants to Denmark must embrace? As long as Europeans are bitterly divided about this question, they can hardly have a clear policy about immigration. ...

Debate 3: The third clause of the immigration deal says that if immigrants indeed make a sincere effort to assimilate – and in particular to adopt the value of tolerance – the host country is duty-bound to treat them as first-class citizens. But exactly how much time needs to pass before the immigrants become full members of society? ...

Pro-immigrationists tend to demand a speedy acceptance, whereas anti-immigrationists want a much longer probation period. ...

The root issue of this debate concerns the gap between personal timescale and collective timescale. From the viewpoint of human collectives, forty years is a short time. It is hard to expect society to fully absorb foreign groups within a few decades. Past civilisations that assimilated foreigners and made them equal citizens – such as Imperial Rome, the Muslim caliphate, the Chinese empires and the United States – all took centuries rather than decades to accomplish the transformation.

From a personal viewpoint, however, forty years can be an eternity. For a teenager born in France twenty years after her grandparents immigrated there, the journey from Algiers to Marseilles is ancient history. She was born here, all her friends have been born here, she speaks French rather than Arabic, and she has never even been to Algeria. France is the only home she has ever known. And now people say to her it's not her home, and that she should go 'back' to a place she never inhabited?

As long as we don't know whether absorption is a duty or a favour; what level of assimilation is required from immigrants; and how quickly host countries should treat them as equal citizens – we cannot judge whether the two sides are fulfilling their obligations.

An additional problem concerns accounting. When evaluating the immigration deal, both sides give far more weight to violations than to compliance. If a million immigrants are law-abiding citizens, but one hundred join terrorist groups and attack the host country, does it mean that on the whole the immigrants are complying with the terms of the deal, or violating it? If a third-generation immigrant walks down the street a thousand times without being molested, but once in a while some racist shouts abuse at her, does it mean that the native population is accepting or rejecting the immigrants? ...

Whatever your answers to these questions, it should at least be clear that the European debate about immigration is far from being a clear-cut battle between good and evil. It would be wrong to tar all anti-immigrationists as 'fascists', just as it would be wrong to depict all pro-immigrationists as committed to 'cultural suicide'.
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Racism – police, fear
Forced marriage: Officer asked if Iraqi man could date a 12-year-old
Paul Morgan-Bentley
Sunday Times, 5 August 2018.

A police officer phoned a charity to ask whether it was "culturally acceptable" for an Iraqi paedophile to have a 12-year-old girlfriend.

The detective had arrested the 26-year-old man but wanted to be "culturally sensitive" after the suspect said the relationship was acceptable in his community. Karma Nirvana, the charity that took the call, told the officer to deal with the man as he would any other suspected child abuser.

The charity, which works with victims of forced marriage, said that the case showed the danger of officers whose professional judgment was clouded by fear of being called racist.
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Illegal immigration
Shoreham raid: Nine illegal immigrants caught cockling
BBC, 5 August 2018.

Nine illegal immigrants have been caught in a raid on a group harvesting cockles, the Home Office has said.

Immigration Enforcement officers found the group at Brighton Road in Shoreham, West Sussex, at about 12:20 BST on Saturday.

Checks were carried out on a group of 11 people, nine of whom were found to be illegally present in the UK.

Five men were detained "pending removal from the UK", while four others - including two minors - were bailed.
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Illegal immigration
Police night-time swoop on boat heading for Kent beach find 'illegal migrants'
Sunday Express, 5 August 2018.

Police smashed an alleged people-smuggling ring as they waited under cover of dark to intercept a speedboat packed with illegal immigrants last night.

Officers swooped on the boat, carrying illegal migrants form Vietnam, as it landed on a Kent beach under the cover of darkness.

The group were caught in the early hours of the morning as their speedboat landed on the beach in Walmer.

The eight arrests were part of a joint operation involving Kent Police, the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) and Border Force.

A 35-year-old man from Eyeworth, Bedfordshire, and a 34-year-old from Oxford were also arrested at the scene on suspicion of conspiring to assist unlawful immigration to the UK.
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Crime – forced marriage
Forced marriage: Police 'turn a blind eye' to child brides
Paul Morgan-Bentley
The Times, 4 August 2018.

Police forces have been accused of failing thousands of victims of forced marriages by charging a suspect in only one in 38 cases.

Officials at the Home Office received more than 3,800 reports of forced marriages or victims being at risk of forced marriage in the past three years. Hundreds of the victims are children, with the youngest only four years old.

However, The Times surveyed police forces and found that fewer than 80 suspects had been charged in this time. It became illegal to force someone to marry in 2014 but only three cases have resulted in convictions.
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Crime – robbery
Moped robbers jailed for over 30 years after targeting elderly victims and stabbing man for his bible
Olivia Tobin
Evening Standard, 4 August 2018.

The pair "hunted people down and made a sport of it" in south London, police said, and targeted vulnerable people in Croydon, Lambeth, Kingston, Sutton, Hammersmith and Fulham and Merton.

Mikelle Alexander, 21, of Sutton, and Karim Hussain, 20, of Romford were jailed for a combined 22 offences, including robbery and theft of a motor vehicle.

Police say the crimes occurred last year, between September and December, and the robbers "attacked vulnerable people - often women – and left their victims afraid to be in the neighbourhoods they had lived in for years." ...

Hussain has been jailed for 15 years for his crimes, with Alexander handed 17 years.
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Illegal immigration – Indians
India ignores citizens overstaying in UK, US but wants to declare 40 lakh in Assam illegal
Jyoti Malhotra and Avishek Jha
ThePrint, 3 August 2018.
[A lakh is 100,000 (written in India as 1,00,000)]

The BJP-led Centre that claims credit for the completion of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) aimed at detecting illegal immigrants in Assam seems to be turning a blind eye to the issue of thousands of Indians who are staying illegally in several western countries such as the UK or the US.

In April, during his visit to the UK, Prime Minister Narendra Modi refused, at the last minute, to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the return of illegal immigrants because Indian authorities differed with London's definition of an "overstayer". ...

The UK authorities say there are between 75,000 and 1,00,000 illegal Indian immigrants in the UK. India claims the figures are far fewer, around 2,000.

In the US, the figure is 5 lakh people as of 2014, according to data collected by the Pew Research Centre in 2016. ...

According to an Indian diplomat who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the home secretaries of India and the UK had even hammered out a "package deal" in May 2017, agreeing that the Indian government would take back illegal immigrants if Indian students were given clear benefits in the UK university system on a par with China and other foreign countries.

But in June, India was left out of such a streamlined UK university process. UK secretary of state for international trade Liam Fox had then directly linked India's absence on the list to Delhi's refusal to resolve the question of "overstayers" or illegals. ...

Meanwhile, the India-UK spat over illegals refuses to go away, despite the fact that junior home minister Kiren Rijiju had signed an MoU on returns of illegal Indians within 30 days of their detection by British authorities.

The MoU that was to be signed by PM Modi in April reduced the number of days from 30 to 15 – a clause that was rejected by the Indian side. ...

The truth, as always, lies in between. Indian officials conceded that they are not terribly worried about Indians immigrating to western countries, arguing that most of this is due to economic reasons.

An India diplomat said, "When we were confronted with Indian illegals, we would request an interview with them in private. Then we would ask this so-called illegal immigrant, in Hindi or some other Indian language, if he or she wanted to stay in that country or not."

"If they said yes, we would then shrug our shoulders with the authorities of that country and tell them that processes back home would take much longer, and that it would be better to integrate them here itself," the diplomat added.
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Bias – BBC
BBC withdraws educational film about immigration that claimed Britain was 'multicultural long before curry and carnival' after bias complaints
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 3 August 2018.

The BBC has withdrawn an educational film about immigration following complaints that it was biased.

The film, aimed at GCSE pupils, contained claims that Britain was 'multicultural long before curry and carnival' and that debate over immigration had fuelled a 'huge rise' in support for far-Right politics.

It was pulled from circulation and removed from YouTube after complaints that it broke impartiality rules.

Among other assertions by contributors to the film, part of a series called Don't Hate the Debate, was: 'Multiculturalism is a powerful tool for survival and possibly the only way to survive, so let's embrace it.'

Another speaker suggested that 'Britain had never been a nation of immigrants'. ...

The film, produced by BBC Education and aimed at pupils aged 14 to 16, was posted online in May. It focused on discussions about immigration among four young people. ...

The new film drew a scathing complaint from the Migration Watch UK think- tank, which said it failed to treat its subject with care and objectivity.

Lord Green of Deddington, founding chairman of Migration Watch, added that the discussion between young people in the film was 'shallow, unbalanced and unrepresentative'.

And he wrote to BBC chairman Sir David Clementi saying: 'Most people in the UK are not opposed to immigration per se, but they are concerned, we think rightly, about its present scale.

'Yet the overall impression of the video is that anyone who questions its current scale is unreasonable and prejudiced ... the video seems designed not to inform and stimulate discussion but to promote a particular opinion.' ...

How the Beeb fudged key facts and figures

What the BBC video said: The average Briton is only 36 per cent Anglo- Saxon.

What Migration Watch said: The average British person's DNA is at least 90 per cent European. The impact of modern inflows of hundreds of thousands a year is entirely different from the fusing of a comparatively small number from Northern European tribes in the centuries preceding Norman times.

BBC: Britain was 'multicultural long before curry and carnival'.

Migration Watch: Britain has never been a nation of immigrants. In 1951 less than 4 per cent of the population of England and Wales were foreign-born.

BBC: When Britain joined the EU, 'then we could move to Paris, Rome, Berlin and Barcelona and people from there could come here'.

Migration Watch: It is surely misleading to refer to four Western European cities and none in Eastern Europe, as it is from Eastern Europe that inflows have been so large, with over a million Poles now in the UK.

BBC: European migrants contribute 34 per cent more in tax than they receive in benefits.

Migration Watch: According to the same University College London research from which this figure was taken, immigrants of all nationalities did not benefit the taxpayer but cost £140 billion between 1995 and 2011.
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Diversity – favouritism
Diversity: the new favouritism
Jon Holbrook
Spiked, 3 August 2018.
[The author is a barrister]

In Britain today, if you are non-white, female, Muslim or gay you are favoured. If you are white, male, Christian or straight you are unfavoured. Worse still, if you challenge the idea that society ought to favour certain identities and unfavour others, then you are likely to be shunned and driven from polite society. The essential argument of Ben Cobley's searing The Tribe: The Liberal-Left and the System of Diversity is that diversity now operates like a machine with rules that must be obeyed. Diversity is, Cobley argues, a system that dominates our state and society.

Cobley, a former Labour Party activist, cites many examples to establish his case that there are several identity-based groups treated favourably. Channel 4 has an extensive system in place, which it calls its 360 Degree Diversity Charter, that requires favouritism for black and minority-ethnic, female and disabled groups. /.../ The BBC has been particularly prominent in the institutionalisation of favouritism. /.../ And there is the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), which has brought in a rule that films must reach certain diversity thresholds in order to qualify for awards.

Although Cobley's focus is on institutions associated with the liberal-left, he also notes how favouritism has penetrated institutions more widely, such as the civil service and police. The civil service, he says, 'aligns wholly with the system and its favoured-unfavoured group demarcations'. /.../ He cites The Times journalist Andrew Norfolk, who noted how in recent years 'no press conference after a sex-grooming trial has been complete without a police officer's pronouncement that the perpetrators' ethnicity and religion was utterly irrelevant to their crimes'. ...

The system of diversity that creates favoured and unfavoured groups is so prevalent today that Cobley concludes that its 'influence reaches into virtually every corner of our public life and increasingly our private lives'. The strength of The Tribe is Cobley's recognition of the prevalence of this system and of the harm it brings to the institutions that practise it. This is because those institutions are elevating identity over merit. ...

Aside from the specific issue of recruitment and promotion, diversity plays a more general and insidious role in undermining rational thought and decision-making. Cobley discusses 'the suppression of inconvenient truths' in Rotherham, where social services and the police refused to investigate child sexual exploitation committed by gangs of mostly Pakistani Muslim men for fear of being called racist. Rotherham, says Cobley, 'showed how favouritism and protection of a favoured group had been etched into the fabric of local government and police operations to the extent that it overwhelmed another sort of protection they were meant to be practising – of children'. At least 1,400 children in Rotherham were abused over a 12-year period, and, Cobley argues, this was partially enabled by the institutionalisation of diversity. The council outsourced responsibility, and authority, for the issue to community leaders of Pakistani heritage. ...

... The organisations that Cobley criticises cannot, as he points out, energise their staff or the wider public by promoting 'such things as truth, science, the arts and excellence in their respective fields'. So they seek moral purpose and legitimacy in the system of diversity.
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Illegal immigration – crime
Gang jailed for fake immigration documents scam
BBC, 3 August 2018.

A gang that made fake documents for people trying to move to the UK illegally has been jailed.

Seven men and three woman from Cardiff, Newport and Merthyr Tydfil were jailed at Cardiff Crown Court on Friday.

They created fake wage slips showing earnings of more than £18,600 to sell to UK nationals so they could apply for spousal visas. ...

The 10 were caught after a two-year investigation by Immigration Enforcement's criminal and financial investigation team.

The court heard fake documents were sold by the fraudsters for up to £4,500.

Ringleader Denaught Sharma, 56, forged documents and opened a bank account sponsors would pay into to create the illusion of a monthly income large enough to be eligible to bring their spouses to the UK. ...

The scam was first uncovered in 2013 when Sharma was interviewed by Gwent Police as a potential witness in an unrelated case and incriminating text messages were found on his phone. ...

Mohammed Uddin, Sarah Brindle, Abdul Muqith, Suleza Begum, Zakiyya Begum and Jagdeep Singh facilitated the illegal entry to the UK of their wives and husbands by using the fake employment records.

Sandeep Kumar, who is married to Brindle, tried to get leave to remain in the UK by submitting fake job documents for his wife. He was sentenced in his absence as he has left the UK.
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Crime – forced marriages, visas
UK accused of turning blind eye to forced marriages to grant visas
The Guardian, 2 August 2018.

The Home Office has failed to protect British women and teenage girls forced into abusive marriages by granting their foreign husbands visas, charities have said.

Officials dealt with nearly 90 cases of victims trying to block visas last year, although almost half were still issued, data obtained by the Times suggests. ...

One group said some immigration officials were "turning a blind eye" amid concerns over cultural or religious sensitivities.

A Home Office source said it "categorically denies" the allegation. ...

The women had been forced to marry men in countries including Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and the United Arab Emirates. ...

There are concerns that the number of victims is far higher than the reported cases due to rules that require complainants to sign a public statement. ...

Laws making it illegal to force someone into marriage in England and Wales were introduced in 2014. ...

In 2013, the year before laws were introduced, the government's forced marriage unit gave advice or support related to a possible forced marriage to more than 1,300 people.

In 2017 the unit gave advice or support in 1,196 cases.
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Immigration abroad – Republic of Ireland
'Illegals' leaving UK for here after Brexit could 'sink asylum system'
Ken Foxe
Irish Independent, 2 August 2018.

Any perceived tightening of UK immigration controls could see "illegals" look across the Irish Sea instead, a Department of Justice briefing warns.

The report, prepared for Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan, warned Brexit could also have an enormous impact here.

It also said even the smallest changes in Ireland's system of direct provision had the potential to "sink the asylum system" here.

The warnings were contained in a ministerial briefing prepared after a Supreme Court judgment gave asylum seekers living in the direct provision system the right to work.

The briefing also said the State could face a significant childcare bill due to the changes, as many asylum seekers in the system are single parents.

It explained how the common travel area between Ireland and the UK meant it was important the immigration systems in the two countries were "broadly similar".

This avoided "creating pull factors" that could be taken advantage of by people moving from Britain to Northern Ireland and then into the Republic. ...

In 2015, asylum applications in Ireland rose by a third, mostly from Pakistan and India. These were people who "either were illegal in the UK or whose immigration permission was about to run out there".

"Many of these applicants used the asylum process to get a foothold in the State before attempting sham marriages," it said. ...

The report said that in the UK there was an estimated population of "illegal" nationals from outside the European Economic Area of between 400,000 and 800,000.

"Taking the mid-point of that range, even if only 1pc were to come to Ireland and claim asylum, it would mean an additional 6,000 applicants.

"This would literally sink the asylum system, putting massive pressures on other State services, such as housing," it said.
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Employment – crime, slavery
Slave labour props up unexpected parts of Britain's economy
The Economist, 2 August 2018.

The Home Office believes Britain is home to 10,000-13,000 "modern slaves", by which it means people who are forced to work or who have been trafficked into the country for exploitation. Others put the figure much higher: the Walk Free Foundation, an anti-slavery group, reckons there could be as many as 136,000. The number of people identified by the National Crime Agency (NCA) as possible slaves has been rising fast, from 1,746 in 2013 to 5,145 last year, partly because of a new anti-slavery law passed in 2015.

Modern slavery used to be associated with criminal enterprises such as brothels and cannabis farms, whose illegality leaves workers fearful of reporting abuses. But the variety of businesses known to be using slave labour is broadening, with unpaid workers turning up in fields, factories and high streets across the country.

Vietnamese citizens are the nationality most commonly exploited for labour in Britain, according to the NCA. It says they comprised nearly a fifth of the people identified as potential victims of forced labour between 2015 and 2017. This is largely because of the widespread use of slave labour in Vietnamese-run nail salons, which have been found exploiting teenagers who have been smuggled from Vietnam to Britain in the backs of lorries.

Sometimes such workers are rescued from cannabis farms or other manicure bars, only to be "re-trafficked" by Vietnamese gangs based in Britain, which put them to work elsewhere. ...

Other nationalities end up in different industries. Romanians in forced labour often toil at hand car-washes. ...

Different regions have their own problem industries. ...

Prosecutions are rare.
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Crime – forced marriage, illegal advice
Report: Ex-Labour Migration Lawyer Asama Javed Is Forced Marriage Fixer for Young Girls
Victoria Friedman
Breitbart, 2 August 2018.

Immigration lawyer and former local Labour councillor Asama Javed advised an undercover journalist there is "nothing wrong" with a father forcing a 15-year-old daughter into marriage, according to reports.

The former Labour Party councillor, primary school governor, and member of Bradford Council's fostering board was caught on video giving the advice from her office desk to an undercover reporter for The Times, who pretended to have two teen daughters, the youngest of which he was looking to force into an arranged marriage. ...

Telling Mrs Javed that his oldest daughter – who had just turned 18 – was already married and pregnant in Pakistan, he said that he wanted to bring her and her husband back to Britain but that his daughter was unhappy and may object to the husband's spousal visa.

Speaking in a mixture of Urdu and English, the partner with Reiss Solicitors in Bradford – a northern English city which has a high Muslim population – told the undercover reporter not to apply for a spousal visa, and instead to bring the daughter back to England to have her child so that the husband could apply for residency as the child's father, even against the woman's wishes. ...

The Bradford lawyer then advised the 'father' to "spoil" his younger daughter and "bring [her] on your side" and that she may be persuaded to go along with the arranged marriage – despite it being illegal to assist or encourage a forced marriage offence in this way.

Mrs Javed has had an illustrious career in local Bradford politics, having been a councillor for the left-wing Labour Party before switching to the Respect Party two years ago ...
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Border controls – Brexit
Exclusive: This Home Office leak reveals Theresa May could keep free movement in a no-deal Brexit
Thomas Colson
Business Insider, 1 August 2018.

Theresa May's government is considering allowing the free movement for EU citizens at the UK border to continue if Britain leaves the EU without a deal, according to confidential details of a Home Office meeting leaked to Business Insider.

Border Force officials met in January to discuss contingency plans for a no-deal Brexit. Among the options considered was a plan to allow "no more checks at the border," according to written notes of the meeting sent to BI.

A source close to the Home Office explained that the Border Force would likely have little other choice than to carry on allowing EU citizens freely into the UK as it would not have the staffing capacity, resources, or infrastructure to implement a new registration scheme in a no-deal scenario.

It currently takes an average of approximately 45 seconds to check an EEA citizens' passport, compared to an average of 4 minutes for an non-EEA arrival.

If every new arrival was subject to 4-minute checks, there could be days-long queues at some British airports without a dramatic increase in the number of trained immigration officers. ...

An alternative plan being considered by Home Office officials to cope with a no-deal Brexit would be to "throw resources" at borders, filling airports with extra immigration officers to handle the huge extra capacity that would result from the government having to process every new arrival as a non-EU citizen.
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Immigration – Syrians
Where are the Christians?
Campbell Campbell-Jack
A Grain of Sand, 1 August 2018.

As the result of a Freedom of Information request by the Barnabas Fund, it has been revealed that the Home Office has confessed that not a single Christian was among the 1,112 Syrian refugees resettled in the UK in the first three months of this year.

Only Muslim refugees from the war-torn country have been granted permission to resettle. In the first quarter of this year the UN High Commissioner for Refugees recommended 1,358 Syrian refugees for resettlement in the UK. Of that number a mere four were Christians. All four were rejected.

This is not a statistical blip. The figures for last year demonstrate a continuing pattern of under-representation. It was as bad in previous years.

Figures from 2016 indicate that Home Office officials, who process referrals from the UN, appear to have made the situation yet worse. While 69 per cent of all Muslims referred by the UN were accepted for resettlement in the UK, only 44 per cent of Christians were accepted and less than 21 per cent of Yazidis. The end result was that of the 4,850 Syrian refugees the Home Office accepted for resettlement in the UK, a mere 11 were Christians, representing only 0.2 per cent of all Syrian refugees accepted by our government that year.

In a statement, the charity said: 'As Barnabas Fund recently reported, of the 7,060 Syrian refugees the UNHCR recommended to the UK in 2017 only 25 were Christians (0.35 per cent). However, the Home Office only accepted eleven of these – meaning that Christians made up only 0.23 per cent of Syrian refugees resettled in the UK last year'. ...

For the last 18 months, Barnabas Fund has had to go to considerable lengths to obtain figures on Christian refugees from Syria in the face of what has every appearance of being a dogged attempt by Home Office officials to avoid their release. After prolonged delays, Barnabas Fund finally had to take the extraordinary step of obtaining an order from the Information Commissioner's Office threatening the Home Office with contempt of court proceedings in the High Court.
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Immigration abroad – India
Indian minister defends citizenship test, citing Muslim growth
Reuters, 1 August 2018.

An Indian minister on Wednesday defended a controversial citizens' list to detect illegal immigrants from mainly Muslim Bangladesh, saying the growth in the Hindu population of a border state had been overtaken by that of Muslims.

The draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) released on Monday excluded 4 million people from the northeastern state of Assam, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party came to power for the first time in 2016 promising action against illegal immigrants.

Assam has the second highest percentage of Muslims among all states in Hindu-majority India.

The draft is the result of a years-long agitation by residents of Assam demanding expulsion of the immigrants from Muslim-majority Bangladesh just over the border.

"In the 50 years between 1961 and 2011, the majority community in Assam has grown 2.4 times; the minority has grown 3.9 times," Arun Jaitley, one of Modi's senior-most cabinet colleagues, said in a blog post here. "This has caused a major demographic impact."

Jaitley, who is on medical leave from his role as finance minister, also quoted a Supreme Court order that said that influx of illegal migrants was turning some Assam districts into a Muslim-majority region which could lead to demands for their merger with Bangladesh.

"Nobody could have put it better," Jaitley said.

He added that Assam's neighbouring state of West Bengal, whose chief minister has taken the lead in opposing the citizenship exercise, was "not far behind" in the changing demographics fuelled by immigration.
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Immigration abroad – Germany
German population with immigrant background reaches new peak in 2017
Rebecca Staudenmaier
Deutsche Welle, 1 August 2018.

The number of people with foreign roots living in Germany reached a new peak last year, according to the results of a "micro-census" that was published on Wednesday.

According to Destatis, Germany's Federal Office for Statistics, around 19.3 million people living in Germany have immigrant backgrounds. The figure increased 4.4 percent compared to the figures from the 2016 "micro-census."

Destatis defines someone with a "migrant background" as a person who was not born in Germany or who has at least one parent who is not a German citizen.

The data also found among those with immigrant backgrounds, 51 percent were German citizens and 49 percent were foreigners.

The annual "micro-census" derives its data from a 1 percent sample of the German population and focuses on people living in private households. Destatis has said that the data on those living in shared accommodation such as asylum-seeker homes and migrant reception centers is likely underrepresented in the study.

Out of the estimated 19.3 million people with immigrant backgrounds, 14 percent of them had Turkish roots, followed by 11 percent with Polish roots, 7 percent with Russian roots, 6 percent with Kazakh roots and 4 percent with Romanian roots.

For the first time, Destatis also asked about what languages are most often spoken at home. They found that out of the 24 million households with more than one person, foreign languages are primarily spoken in 2.5 million of them.

Out of those with foreign backgrounds, 13.2 million of them had immigrated to Germany themselves.
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