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Updated 21 September 2018
Multiculturalism pupils, data
Delete pupil nationality data or face legal action, campaigners warn ministers
Schools Week, 21 September 2018.
The Department for Education faces being reported to the
Information Commissioner if it does not agree to delete data collected on
pupils' nationality and country of birth over the past two years.
More than 20 human rights and privacy campaign groups have signed a
letter to Damian Hinds, the education secretary, urging him to destroy the
information collected under controversial changes to the school census,
introduced in 2016.
The requirement on schools to record
information on the nationality and country of birth of their children was
scrapped earlier this year following a massive U-turn by the DfE. ...
It followed attempts to challenge the data collection in the
courts, and after the government was forced to admit it had failed to
obtain data on around a quarter of pupils, either because parents refused
to provide it, or because schools did not submit it in their census
Now the letter, coordinated by campaign group Against
Borders for Children and signed by organisations like the National
Education Union, Liberty, Defend Digital Me and Migrant Voice, want the
data collected since October 2016, when the collection was first added to
the census, to be deleted. The DfE has previously said it intends to keep
the data. ...
Under current rules, limited information from the
national pupil database can be supplied to the Home Office if it is
requested for a specific pupil. The Home Office cannot request batch data
about certain groups, and is not allowed to see nationality or country of
Population pressure housing
ONS household projections for England
Migration Watch UK, 20 September 2018.
Commenting, Alp Mehmet, Vice Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said:
"This is a hopeless underestimate. The ONS are projecting annual
net migration 25% lower than seen in the last ten years. Their high
migration scenario is much more plausible and in line with the previous
decade's flows. That would mean a new home every three minutes for England
as a whole, of which about half would be for migrants."
The ONS says that the number of households in
England is projected to increase by 4 million (17%) over the next 25 years,
from 22.9 million in 2016 to 26.9 million in 2041. This equates to 159,000
additional households each year on their principal projection (based on net
migration to England of 152,000 per year).
migration' scenario foresees a total rise in households of 2.52 million
over the period 2016-2041, while the high migration scenario (based on net
migration to England of 214,500) foresees a total rise of 4.74 million (a
difference of 2.22 million, or 88,800 households per year as the result of
the arrival of migrants).
The high migration scenario is a
more appropriate measure because net migration to England has averaged
208,000 per year over the past decade and was 218,000 in 2016.
The 88,800 homes per year that are projected to be due to
immigration alone between 2016 and 2041 are equivalent of 243 per day, or
one new home every six minutes.
90% of the additional
households created in England 2005-2014 were headed by a person born
outside the UK, according to previous ONS figures.
Racism political correctness, police
The PC police, literally
Spiked, 20 September 2018.
'PC police' may have become a tired phrase. But it seems it can now
be taken literally. Last week news broke that a senior Scotland Yard
officer is under investigation for using the phrase 'whiter than white' in
a briefing to colleagues. He was discussing the importance of police
officers being 'above reproach' in how they conduct themselves. But
nevertheless a complaint was made and now the Independent Office for Police
Conduct (IOPC) is investigating him for 'the alleged use of language
deliberately intended to be offensive and that had racist undertones'. He
has been placed on restricted duties and has reportedly been warned that
the inquiry may take up to 12 months to complete.
This is a story
so thoroughly insane that even the most fulminating anti-PC warrior among
us would have to do a double take. But a spokesman for the IOPC has indeed
confirmed that not only is the investigation into the officer under way,
but that it is part of a broader investigation into 'allegations of serious
corruption and malpractice'. ...
That the British police not only
have incredibly easily hurt feelings, but also systems in place to protect
those incredibly easily hurt feelings, is one thing. The problem is that
they are also becoming more and more interested in imposing their speech
codes on the rest of society. A few weeks ago, South Yorkshire Police
started a campaign called 'Hate Hurts', calling on people to report
'non-crime hate incidents' to what was swiftly nicknamed the
'hurty-feelings helpline'. In 2016, Greater Glasgow Police ran a similar
campaign telling the public to 'Think before you post, or you may receive a
visit from us this weekend', accompanied by a nifty graphic, spelling out
the word 'think' thusly: 'T is it true? H is it hurtful? I
is it illegal? N is it necessary? K is it kind?'
Britain's insane laws around online hate speech have sparked
international attention recently. ...; as a Times investigation found last
year, as many as nine people a day are arrested for what they post online.
But the police's activities recently remind us that this is not just a
matter of what's on the statute book, but also of how the police are
choosing to enforce it. ...
This is chilling. It is bad enough that
the armed wing of the British state is required by law to police our
speech, but now it seems to be taking it upon itself to quasi-criminalise
speech it deems 'hurtful' or even just 'unkind'. /.../ This is especially
strange at a time when the police are coming under increasing criticism for
failing to pursue actual criminals: Home Office figures suggest just nine
per cent of crimes now end with a suspect being charged. If resources are
as squeezed as many police forces say they are, why are they spending so
much time patrolling our tweets?
... Whatever is driving the
ignoble rise of the literal PC police, it seems there's never been a better
time to get the boys in blue out of the censorship game for good.
An "army" of illegal immigrants is arriving in the UK every year
Migration Watch UK, 20 September 2018.
The illegal immigrant population of the UK is rising by 70,000 per
year nearly equivalent to the size of the full-time British Army.
That is the conclusion of a new paper (Illegal immigration - What can be
done?) being issued by Migration Watch UK.
The paper estimates the
gross annual rise in the illegal immigrant population to be 105,000 per
year while only about a third (or 35,200) of this annual total is either
being removed or is departing voluntarily each year. Hence a net rise of
70,000 people per year, or 700,000 over the course of a decade.
Meanwhile, the controversy arising from the Windrush Affair has
masked the continued and serious failure of the authorities to remove
hundreds of thousands of people who have no right to be here.
Effective removal mechanisms are essential to the credibility of
border controls. Over three-quarters - 77% - of the public consider illegal
immigration to be a serious problem facing the country.
estimates, including two by former senior Home Office officials, suggest
that there may be over one million illegal immigrants in the UK -
equivalent to the population of Birmingham, the UK's second largest city.
Our estimate of the number of people who overstay their visas
stands at 83,600 per year. Added to more than 12,800 detected clandestine
entrants and an annual average 8,500 failed asylum seekers who do not
depart, that gives a gross figure of 105,000 more illegal migrants each
At the same time, removals and departures have averaged
35,200 since 2009 (excluding returns of foreign criminals). Removals of
failed asylum seekers nosedived from 2005 onwards, from 16,000 to just over
5,000 in 2017. Over the last 14 years, less than half of those whose asylum
claims were refused have departed the country. Meanwhile, returns of
immigration offenders have dropped by a third since 2013. This decline in
removals is troubling.
Illegal immigration to the UK is a major
public concern. Yet the situation is considerably worse than the government
admits and very little is being done about it.
number of those who have remained have been able to regularise their status
as a result of routes that allow those here illegally to stay on. These
routes should be closed because they encourage the flouting of the law and
are grossly unfair to those who take the care and time to follow the rules.
Commenting, Lord Green of Deddington, Chairman of Migration
Watch UK, said:
"The scale of illegal immigration to Britain is
a scandal that has gone on for too long. It undermines public acceptance of
genuine refugees and is damaging to community relations generally. The
government must not cave in to opposition attempts to 'weaponise' Windrush
against legitimate and effective measures to tackle overstaying. These
measures are supported by nearly 80% of the public, and rightly so."
Multiculturalism students, London
Three in four London students 'from ethnic minorities by 2030'
BBC, 20 September 2018.
Almost three quarters of university students from London will be
from ethnic minorities by the end of the next decade, say researchers.
The analysis, based on demographic changes and university entry
rates, shows 27% of students from London will be white - down from 37% at
White students will still be the biggest ethnic group -
followed by 21% from African backgrounds, up from 17%. ...
report - from Access HE - reflects a growing ethnic minority population in
the school system and says young people from black and Asian families are
more likely to apply for university.
"We are witnessing
hyper-diversity among the student body in London, where diversity is the
norm and not the exception," says the report.
"Based on existing
evidence, we can expect a significant increase in the number of young
students entering higher education by 2030, and an increase in the
diversity of these students... nearly 75% being non-white."
is a forecast of a particular growth in Londoners from African and
mixed-race backgrounds going to university. ...
This means about a
quarter of students from London will be white, a quarter black, a quarter
Asian and a quarter from other groups or from a mix of backgrounds. ...
Graeme Atherton, head of Access HE, says that as well as London's
student population changing, this demographic trend is going to "drive
diversity" in universities in other parts of the United Kingdom.
Politics Conservative Party
Immigration could make or break the Tories
Conservative Woman, 20 September 2018.
The government need to be extremely careful how they respond to the
report of the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) published on Tuesday. As
one might expect, it addresses immigration from a strictly economic, even
academic, point of view. However, it is also tone deaf to the wider
concerns of the public, not about the technicalities of economists, but
about a deeply held concern that the scale of immigration has got out of
hand and is changing the whole scale and nature of our society at an
The MAC seem to have lost sight of the bigger
picture. They acknowledge that nearly two-thirds of the public want
immigration reduced, only in effect to ignore these concerns in drawing up
their proposals. ...
The committee mention pressure on social
housing and recognise that indigenous British people are waiting longer
than they otherwise would. However, there is no reference even to the
government's own projections that we will have to build nearly 300 homes
every day for the indefinite future just to house new migrants. /.../ What
the public does not realise is that half of the demand is a result of
This situation just cannot be allowed to continue,
whatever the economic arguments. We cannot have such changes to the scale
and nature of our society without public consent, indeed in the teeth of
clear public wishes to the contrary.
The immigration lobby make
much of the net contribution of immigrants to the Exchequer. However the
committee, in one of their more useful paragraphs, point out that the net
contribution in the last financial year of £4.7 billion works out at
£1.70 per week per head of the UK-born population. It follows that,
from a fiscal point of view there is, as the chairman of the MAC Professor
Alan Manning put it, little effect and little benefit. Even more
strikingly, the net contribution from the one and a half million
working-age Eastern Europeans in the UK comes out at little over ten pence
per head averaged across the adult UK population. In other words, peanuts,
and certainly not worth the strains associated with hugely increased
congestion on our roads, trains, buses and in hospitals and schools (not to
mention integration and cohesion). ...
It is also concerning that
the committee have recommended abolishing the present key requirement for
an employer to check whether there is a suitable UK applicant before hiring
someone from abroad. Our research has found that there are four million
people who would like to work or would like more working hours than they
currently have. It would be a major error for the government to abolish
protections for UK applicants in this way.
The combination of the
widening of the skill level, opening the route to the whole world, removal
of safeguards for UK workers and abolition of the cap on highly-skilled
work permits may well be seen in the future as a very serious mistake. We
have the precedent of New Labour who deliberately eased the immigration
system in 1997, some say for political reasons, only to find that net
migration trebled in the space of a couple of years.
We could yet
see something similar if these proposals are introduced. ...
outcome of this government's stewardship were to produce a very difficult
exit from the EU combined with a massive increase in immigration, the
Conservatives could say goodbye to office for many years to come.
We must stop trying to 'manage' immigration and simply cut it
Daily Telegraph, 20 September 2018.
Before the Brexit referendum, two pro-immigration campaigners used
Twitter to discuss free movement. "Whatever the outcome, it will be absurd
to claim that people never get to have their say about immigration," said
one. The second declared: "Remain is a vote?... for free movement. Leave
for significant change. Clear choice and mandate."
have had a hand in reports published this week. The first, Sunder Katwala,
helped to organise the National Conversation, an exercise in testing public
opinion on immigration.
The second, Jonathan Portes, an advocate of
high immigration, contributed to a report recommending post-Brexit
immigration policies to the Government. Both reports are case studies in
why Britain finds it so hard to control immigration and why the public is
so frustrated by politicians who fail to reduce the numbers.
National Conversation was described by its organisers as "the biggest ever
public engagement on immigration". ...
One question it did not ask,
however, was whether immigration ought to continue at its existing pace, go
up or come down. This might have been an accident, but it looks more likely
like a deliberate omission. ...
This brings us to this week's
second report, by the Migration Advisory Committee, the Government's
independent advisers. ...
And who contributes towards these
assessments? Well-meaning officials with liberal beliefs and partisan
campaigners masquerading as neutral experts, like Mr Portes.
Immigration abroad USA
The foreign-born population in the U.S. has reached its highest level since 1910 and 41% are coming from Asia
Daily Mail, 20 September 2018.
Nearly 14 percent of people living in America are foreign-born
the highest proportion in more than a century, according to U.S.
The foreign-born population totaled 44.5 million, or
13.7 percent in 2017.
And now more than ever, those foreign
arrivals are coming from Asia and bringing a college education with them,
according to an analysis of Census data by the Brookings Institution.
Brookings researchers found that 41 percent of new arrivals since
2010 came from Asia and about 45 percent had graduated from college
a 30 percent increase compared to arrivals from 2000-2009. ...
fact, 2.6 million people came to the U.S. from Asia since 2010, compared to
1.2 million from Latin America, according to the Brookings analysis.
Crime stop and search
Stop and search makes crime more likely, report finds
The Guardian, 19 September 2018.
The police tactic of stop and search is increasing the likelihood
of crime rather than preventing it, finds a report that paints a bleak
picture of young men and boys snapping under the pressure of relentless
checks sometimes multiple times a day.
Based on in-depth interviews
with young Londoners named on the Metropolitan police's controversial list
of gang suspects the gangs matrix the report (pdf) also
raises concerns about how the police's "gang nominal" assessment has an
impact on the lives of those listed.
The report for the charity
StopWatch, a coalition of legal experts, civil liberties campaigners and
others, heavily criticises the multi-agency approach in which information
about those on the matrix is shared across public services, including
education and housing providers. Concerns were raised about a lack of
transparency and the sharing of information without the consent of the
young people in question.
StopWatch's report, Being Matrixed, draws
on the testimonies of 15 Londoners aged between 17 and 32 who are on the
matrix which gives suspected gang members a score assessing how
dangerous they are believed to be. ...
A report this year by
Amnesty International alleged the matrix violated the human rights of the
predominantly black youngsters on it. Amnesty found that of those on the
list, 78% were black and 9% were from other ethnic minorities.
Met said it constantly reviewed and updated the processes involved in
maintaining the matrix, as well as the individuals listed. It said the
threshold for inclusion was high and inclusion happened only where the
force had at least two corroborated pieces of tested intelligence. While
the number of people listed had remained at about 3,500 since 2012, more
than 4,000 people had been removed from the list.
said it had altered the stop and search tactic, making it more
intelligence-led, and that the arrest rate had risen from 8.4% to 18.5%.
The force said an individual would not be stopped and searched purely and
only through being on the matrix.
The NHS is 'subconsciously racist', says head of doctors' union
Daily Telegraph, 19 September 2018.
The NHS is "subconsciously racist" and routinely overlooks ethnic
minority doctors for senior posts, the head of the British Medical
Association has said.
Chaand Nagpaul, the first non-white doctor to
lead the BMA, said patients were being deprived of the most skilled
clinicians because of an entrenched bias in the system.
interview with The Telegraph, he said a culture of "inequality" had
stalled the careers of BME (black and minority) doctors in favour of less
qualified white colleagues.
His intervention follows the
publication of figures showing that only seven per cent of senior clinical
posts in the health service were filled by BME doctors, despite them making
up a third of the workforce.
Immigration: Will someone in the Government listen?
Conservative Woman, 19 September 2018.
The Government has published the much-anticipated report on
migration it had commissioned. ...
Yesterday The Times led its
front page with the story, giving the apparently encouraging news that
there would be no need for low-skilled workers after Brexit. It suggested,
however, that this was 'likely to be criticised by some business figures
because it rejects the automatic need for a new route for low-skilled
workers from the EU or around the world to come in after Brexit'.
In other words that its recommendations were too restrictive.
However Sir Andrew Green of the independent think tank
MigrationWatch has arrived at a rather different conclusion: 'This is a
very technical report which seems blind to the impact of high levels of EU
immigration on many communities in this country as a result of rapid
population growth. With immigration adding one million to our population
every three years this simply cannot go on. These proposals would permit
continued high levels of immigration, including those with medium skills
from all over the world. The overall outcome would be to weaken immigration
control rather than strengthen it.'
Will someone in the Government
listen to him, please?
Immigration Migration Advisory Committee
EU nationals MUST face same rules as rest of the world when immigrating to the UK report
Daily Express, 19 September 2018.
EU nationals must face the same rules to be allowed into the UK as
people from the rest of the world with an end to uncontrolled free
movement, a Government-commissioned report has concluded.
Migration Advisory Council (MAC)'s 132-page report, published on Tuesday,
said that a migrant's impact must be judged on "skills, employment, age and
use of public services, and not fundamentally on their nationality."
The recommendations which include making it easier for high skilled
migrants to come to fill vital roles and harder for low skilled labour to
flood the UK market, mark a generational change in the view of migration in
However, there was criticism of the report for
controversial conclusions that immigrants pay more in taxes than they take
in benefits and that there was no evidence the massive influx of unskilled
labour has driven down wages.
Lord Green of Deddington, Chairman of
Migration Watch UK, said: "This is a very technical report which seems
blind to the impact of high levels of EU immigration on many communities in
this country as a result of rapid population growth.
immigration adding one million to our population every three years this
simply cannot go on."
He also warned that the loose definition of
high skilled labour in the report means "these proposals would permit
continued high levels of immigration, including those with medium skills
from all over the world".
He added: "The overall outcome would be
to weaken immigration control rather than strengthen it."
Immigration abroad crime, illegal immigration, USA
One in five US prison inmates is a 'criminal alien'
The Hill, 19 September 2018.
New, little-reported statistics seem to prove two competing points
in the illegal immigration debate.
First, it's true that most
illegal immigrants are not imprisoned for committing additional crimes
(beyond coming here illegally) in the United States. One might fairly
deduce that most are otherwise law-abiding. But "criminal aliens"
those who engage in other criminal acts do make up a
disproportionate number of inmates in our prisons and jails. Seeing the
numbers, one might fairly deduce that they commit serious crimes at a
significantly higher rate than those in the U.S. legally.
how the latest numbers break down.
The U.S. population is around
328 million. It's estimated that about 11 million or one in 30
are illegal immigrants. Yet criminal aliens account for more than
one in five federal prison inmates. Even assuming a pretty radical margin
of error for the sake of argument, that would still mean illegal immigrants
are drastically over-represented among the criminal population.
the actual picture may be worse, since the government says it has no way to
be notified of all imprisoned illegal immigrants. So, instead, it counts a
subset of them that it learns about through identifiers such as an FBI
The latest information is included in a recent report from
the Government Accountability Office (GAO). ...
For starters, 91
percent of federal criminal aliens were citizens of Mexico, Honduras, El
Salvador, Dominican Republic, Colombia or Guatemala.
more than 730,000 criminal aliens in U.S. or state prisons and local jails
during the period measured. They accounted for 4.9 million arrests for 7.5
million offenses. ...
The arrests include allegations of more than
1 million drug crimes, a half-million assaults, 133,800 sex offenses and
24,200 kidnappings. Even more serious, the imprisoned illegal immigrants,
over a five-year period, had been arrested for 33,300 homicide-related
offenses and 1,500 terrorism-related crimes.
In terms of cost,
federal taxpayers shelled out more than $15 billion during the period
studied or $2.5 billion a year to keep criminal aliens behind
bars in federal, state and local facilities.
Immigration abroad foreign languages, USA
Almost Half Speak a Foreign Language in America's Largest Cities
Karen Zeigler and Steven A. Camarota
Center for Immigration Studies, 19 September 2018.
Newly released Census Bureau data for 2017 shows nearly half (48.2
percent) of residents in America's five largest cities now speak a language
other than English at home. Overall, the number of U.S. residents speaking
a foreign language at home reached a record of nearly 67 million. The total
number is up seven million since 2010 and has increased by nearly 35
million since 1990.
Among the findings:
In 2017, a
record 66.6 million U.S. residents (native-born, legal immigrants, and
illegal immigrants) ages five and older spoke a language other than English
at home. The number has more than doubled since 1990, and almost tripled
As a share of the population, 21.8 percent of
U.S. residents speak a foreign language at home roughly double the
11 percent in 1980. ...
Of languages with more than 400,000
speakers in 2017, the largest percentage increases from 2010 to 2017 were
among speakers of Telugu (up 86 percent); Arabic (up 42 percent); Hindi (up
42 percent); Urdu (up 30 percent); Chinese (up 23 percent); Gujarati (up 22
percent); and Haitian Creole (up 19 percent). Hindi, Telugu, and Gujarati
are spoken in India, and Urdu is the national language of Pakistan.
The largest numerical increases from 2010 to 2017 were among
speakers of Spanish (up four million); Chinese (up 653,000); Arabic (up
363,000); Hindi (up 254,000); Telugu (up 192,000); Tagalog (up 173,000);
Haitian Creole (up 140,000); Bengali (up 128,000); Urdu (up 118,000); and
Vietnamese (up 117,000). Telugu and Tamil are spoken in India, Tagalog is
the national language of the Philippines, and Bengali is spoken in India
and is also the national language of Bangladesh.
with more than a million speakers in 2017 were Spanish (41 million);
Chinese (3.5 million); Tagalog (1.7 million); Vietnamese (1.5 million);
Arabic (1.2 million); French (1.2 million); and Korean (1.1 million).
Benefits and costs contributions
EU migrant workers contribute £2,300 more per year to UK than average British citizen, study reveals
Independent, 18 September 2018.
Taxes will have to rise if Brexit brings strict curbs on EU workers
because they pay far more to the public purse than British-born residents,
a study warns today.
Migrants from the EU contribute £2,300
more to the exchequer each year in net terms than the average adult, the
analysis for the government has found.
And, over their lifetimes,
they pay in £78,000 more than they take out in public services and
benefits - while the average UK citizen's net lifetime contribution is
Oxford Economics, which carried out the assessment, said this
meant the value of EU citizens to the economy was the equivalent of
slapping 5p on income tax rates.
"When it comes to the public
finances, European migrants contribute substantially more than they cost,
easing the tax burden on other taxpayers," said Ian Mulheirn, the lead
"What's more, this strongly positive average
contribution persists over a lifetime: most migrants arrive fully educated,
and many leave before the costs of retirement start to weigh on the public
"If the UK's new relationship with Europe involves
reduced migration, this analysis suggests the tax burden on others will
have to rise."
The conclusions were published as ministers received
a long-awaited report on the impact of EU migration on Britain and were a
submission to it.
The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) was asked
to measure migrants' contributions and costs, to help steer a decision on
how to replace freedom of movement rules after Britain leaves the EU. ...
Mr Mulheirn said the Oxford Economics study, requested by MAC, was
the first measure of the total contribution of the "class of 2016" migrants
who arrived in the UK over the entirety of the expected stay.
calculated that non-European migrants will make a positive net contribution
of £28,000 - £50,000 less than the £78,000 for EU arrivals
when the budget is balanced.
In total, the net benefit from
the class of 2016 was expected to be £26.9bn, with £19.3bn coming
from EU migrants and the remaining £7.5bn from migrants from the rest
of the world.
On an annual basis, while EU migrants contribute
£2,300 more than the average, each non-European migrant contributed
£800 less than the average and each UK-born adult £70
British people have spoken about multiculturalism so it's time to stop giving immigrants a free pass
The Sun, 18 September 2018.
Britain is going through one of the biggest social revolutions in
Mass immigration is transforming the size and the
nature of our population.
Between 2001 and 2016, the number of
people living in the UK increased by 6.6 million to 65.7 million. And the
Latest statistics show the number of migrants who
settled here in the year to March 2018 was 614,000, equal to a city bigger
than Bristol. Net migration was around 270,000.
Yet the revolution
has been imposed by the ruling elite without any consent. No British
citizen was ever asked to vote for this upheaval. No major party ever
sought a mandate to open our doors.
This helps to explain why the
British public has such profound distrust in MPs on the question of
immigration, as revealed in a major new opinion survey published this week.
In the biggest consultation of its kind, involving 20,000
interviews, just one in six people showed any faith in the Government to
tackle migration, while only 13 per cent felt that politicians are "open
and honest" about the issue. ...
But British decency has been
exploited by the political class to implement its agenda, with the result
that disillusion is now widespread.
People are rightly fed up with
politicians who indulge in denial and deceit about the reality of mass
Even worse has been the attempt, particularly by
the Left, to suppress open discussion by hurling accusations of racism
against critics of mass immigration.
A climate of censorship now
prevails where public figures are expected to parrot the fashionable
orthodoxy, and ordinary citizens are afraid to voice their concerns.
Yet the anxieties of the public are all too genuine. Immigration
has imposed more strain on our civic infrastructure, reflected in the
shortage of affordable housing, the never-ending NHS crisis, the growth in
the welfare burden and difficulties for parents in finding school places
The import of cheap foreign labour has meant lower wages
and job insecurity. Just as disturbing is the erosion of solidarity because
of this upheaval.
Social cohesion cannot exist without real
integration, as the public recognised in the survey. ...
consequences of multi-culturalism are seen at their most corrosive in the
failure by the state to tackle serious crimes perpetrated by ethnic
minorities, such as the organised abuse of girls by mainly Asian gangs in
places like Rotherham and Derby.
More concerned to uphold the
illusion of cultural diversity's success than to protect victims of crime,
the police and other authorities indulged in a cover-up. It was only
exposure of the abuse by journalists that finally forced them to act.
That mix of official dishonesty and paralysis only undermines our
Immigration abroad Sweden
Swedish Message [part 1]
Weekly Standard, 18 September 2018.
Malmö, with 300,000 residents, is Sweden's third-largest city
and, thanks to a 20-year-old bridge that crosses the sound to Copenhagen,
its most international. After decades of unbroken mass migration,
culminating in a record intake of refugees from the Muslim world in 2015,
it is also the least ethnically Swedish. In Scania, as that part of
southern Sweden is called, the transformation has gone poorly, bringing
more welfare payments and lots more crime. ...
More than any other
Western land, Sweden has allowed immigration to escape its control. Its
experience started with labor migration from Yugoslavia in the 1960s, but
that was mostly temporary. /.../ But after the anti-American Olof Palme
took over the Social Democratic party in the late 1960s, Sweden lost the
habit of saying no. It accepted Somalis and Bosnians in the 1990s and
Iraqis and Afghans in the new century, along with any family members who
cared to join them. After the turn of the century, a steady 110,000 people
were coming year-in, year-out. ...
In 2015, when refugees from the
war in Syria and more opportunistic migrants from around the Muslim world
began marching overland to Europe, the Scandinavian countries were
especially open-hearted. Denmark received 21,000 asylum applications,
Norway 31,000, Finland 32,000. Sweden took in 162,000. Now Sweden is in a
situation that no modern country in the West has ever found itself in. ...
... In much of Europe there is talk about how, if migration isn't
slowed down, this or that country will lose its traditional culture. In
Sweden, it is too late to do anything about that. Sweden's Muslim
population is now 8.1 percent. According to the Pew Research Center, Sweden
will be 30 percent Muslim by 2050 if refugee flows continue and 21 percent
Muslim in the unlikely event that they stop altogether. Already, the part
of Sweden's population that is of foreign origin is 31.7 percent, and more
than 30 percent of its babies are born to foreign mothers.
been a conspicuously unsuccessful immigration. Unskilled labor from what
used to be called the Third World is a poor match with the Swedish economy,
which revolves around collaborative brainwork. After eight years, most
migrants are still not in a job. After 15 years, only 60 percent are.
Generous welfare means they do not seek jobs as household helpers or
landscape gardeners, the way migrants to less egalitarian societies do.
/.../ Shootings have doubled since 1997, and hand grenades have become a
signature weapon of Swedish gang warfare, with a hundred incidents between
2014 and 2016. ...
Westerners, it is now clear, lost sight of
something important during the long heyday of ethnically homogeneous nation
states. They are learning belatedly how much public order and safety
depends on the knowability, the legibility, of a society's various
subcommunities. If a society is relatively homogeneous, this legibility can
be maintained with practically zero intrusion into citizens' private lives.
But once a society grows more diverse, the state must become hands-on
appearing inquisitorial and intrusive to those who remember the old
days and granting a privileged level of privacy to those whose customs
remain too "exotic" to decipher. ...
Immigration abroad Sweden
Swedish Message [part 2]
Weekly Standard, 18 September 2018.
Nowhere is groupthink more prevalent than among journalists. In a
country with a nine-party system, 41 percent of journalists vote for the
tiny Green party. ...
The determination of what is the proper
subject matter for politics rests with the right-minded. How do we have
to change Sweden to make it possible for immigrants to integrate into
it? is deemed a legitimate question. Why should we change Sweden in
the first place? is not. ...
The most extraordinary attempt to
rattle the familiar debate over immigration came from a young economic
researcher, Tino Sanandaji. An immigrant himself, born in Iran to Kurdish
parents, Sanandaji sought in 2016 to make a cost-benefit analysis of
migration to Sweden. The title of his book, Mass Challenge, was a
bit of a gag it referred to Swedes' tendency to cast any negative
outcome not as a "problem" but as a "challenge."
Challenge is a rich book, with a set of original heuristics that can be
applied to the study of migration anywhere and a fine-grained focus on
certain Swedish communities, like Södertälje and Botkyrka, in
which Swedish Swedes now make up a minority, and Malmö, where they are
getting close. Sanandaji found Sweden accepted four times as many migrants
as the average European country. The population of Swedes of Swedish origin
(a figure that includes those who have one foreign parent) is stable at 7.7
million, Sanandaji found, but the country as a whole, now with a population
of over 10 million, is growing at a rate as fast as Bangladesh. ...
Sanandaji's statistics are reliable weighing statistics is
what he does for a living but not alarmist. They certainly
understate the immigration-related disruptions to Swedish life because they
do not include the numbers from 2015. Sanandaji showed that arguments about
the "enrichment" of migration tended to employ certain tricks using
total GDP instead of per capita GDP to pass off population growth as
economic growth, for instance. Every serious study shows that migration to
Sweden since the 1980s has imposed a net cost, economically and socially,
and Sanandaji even measured it: about 760,000 SEK ($85,000) per migrant.
The book has everything except a respectable Swedish publisher.
Although Sanandaji was armed with a doctorate in public policy from the
University of Chicago and is the brother of a prominent Swedish consultant
and author, no one would put his book out. He decided to self-publish. It
rose to the top of bestseller lists and sold out in six days. ...
None of this changes the essential predicament in which Sweden
finds itself. Ethnic relations are worsening. The delegation of 63 Sweden
Democrats in the Riksdag is going to make rising crime and the
deteriorating economic position of the Swedish working class harder to
ignore, just as the Alternative for Germany has done in the Reichstag in
Africa's rapid population growth puts poverty progress at risk, says Gates
Reuters, 18 September 2018.
Rapid population growth in some of Africa's poorest countries could
put at risk future progress towards reducing global poverty and improving
health, according to a report by the philanthropic foundation of Bill
"Population growth in Africa is a challenge," Gates told
reporters in a telephone briefing about the report's findings.
found that poverty in Africa is increasingly concentrated in a few
countries, which also have among the fastest-growing populations in the
world. By 2050, it projected, more than 40 percent of world's extremely
poor people will live in just two countries: Democratic Republic of the
Congo and Nigeria. ...
According to U.N. data, Africa is expected
to account for more than half of the world's population growth between 2015
and 2050. Its population is projected to double by 2050, and could double
again by 2100.
Immigration public opinion
Four in 10 think British culture is undermined by multiculturalism
The Guardian, 17 September 2018.
A large minority of people in the UK believe multiculturalism has
undermined British culture and that migrants do not properly integrate,
according to some of the broadest research into the population's attitudes
The study, conducted over the last two years, also
reflects widespread frustration at the government's handling of
immigration, with only 15% of respondents feeling ministers have managed it
competently and fairly.
On balance, the UK population appears to be
slightly more positive than negative about the impact of immigration;
however, 40% of respondents agreed that having a wide variety of
backgrounds has undermined British culture.
More than a quarter of
people believe MPs never tell the truth about immigration and half the
population wants to see a reduction in the numbers of low-skilled workers
coming into Britain from the EU.
The study was based on a survey of
3,667 adults carried out in June by ICM, as well as 60 citizens' panels
carried out on behalf of the thinktank British Future and the anti-racism
group Hope Not Hate. ...
Panel discussions regularly revealed
negative views about Islam, with participants repeatedly mentioning
Rotherham and Rochdale, where child sex abuse scandals were uncovered among
groups of Asian men.
However, 63% of people felt migrant workers
supported the economy by doing the jobs British workers did not want to,
and a similar number said they brought valuable skills for the economy and
public services such as the NHS. Fifty-nine percent believed that the
diversity brought by immigration has enriched British culture, but half
said public services were under strain from immigration and that migrants
were willing to work for less, putting jobs at risk and lowering wages.
The study found that people in large cities were the most likely to
be positive about immigration, with scores declining as settlements became
smaller, with rural residents the least positive. ...
authors are calling for an official "national conversation" about
immigration that would give people a chance to express their concerns "so
anxieties are not driven underground or exploited by those seeking to stoke
What surnames have boomed in UK since the Second World War?
Independent, 17 September 2018.
As a result, the prevalence of certain surnames in Britain has
risen dramatically since 1939, as revealed by research conducted by
The researchers used the 1939 England and Wales
Register to explore how surnames from countries including Poland, Spain,
China and India made their way to the UK during the wartime period.
They then compared the extent to which these surnames have
continued to endure in Britain over the past 80 years.
there were only 60 people registered in Britain with the surname Patel.
Cut to 2018, and there are now more than 100,000 people in the
country with that surname.
In 1939 there were only seven people in
the country with the surname Hussain, which has now risen drastically to
more than 50,000.
The beginning of the war saw many people from
Poland come to the UK as they fled the Nazi regime in Europe.
led to various Polish surnames, including Wisniewski, Nowak and Kaminski,
appearing for the first time in the country in 1939 and increasing in
number over the years.
Other surnames on the list from Ancestry
that have proliferated since the Second World War include Miah, Wang,
Nowak, Sanchez and Hernandez.
Russell James, a family history and
DNA expert at Ancestry, explains how the war sparked a surge in immigration
which led to Britain becoming the diverse country that we recognise today.
"This research shows how much of the diversity we know and value
began during the war period," he says. ...
A study led by the
University of the West of England in Bristol calculated how many people
with the aforementioned surnames are currently living in the UK.
Here's the science behind the Brexit vote and Trump's rise
The Guardian, 17 September 2018.
[Michele Gelfand is a professor of psychology at the University of Maryland]
What is the essential dividing line between human beings around the
world? The one between the haves and the have-nots? East and west, rural
and urban, secular and religious? Or maybe globalists and nationalists
a split purported to explain Putin, Brexit and the rise of Trump?
My research across hundreds of communities suggests that the
fundamental driver of difference is not ideological, financial or
geographical it's cultural. Behaviour, it turns out, depends a lot
on whether the culture in which we live is a "tight" or "loose" one.
This is simply a way of describing the strength of social norms and
the strictness with which those norms are enforced. All cultures have norms
rules for acceptable behaviour that we take for granted. ...
Social norms are the glue that holds groups together; they give us
our identity, and they help us coordinate in unprecedented ways. Yet
cultures vary in the strength of their social glue, with profound
consequences for our worldviews, our environments and our brains.
Tight cultures have strong norms and little tolerance for deviance,
while loose cultures are the opposite. ...
A discovery I and my
team published in Science is that the strength of a culture's norms isn't
random. Though they were separated by miles, and in some cases centuries,
tight cultures as diverse as Sparta and Singapore have something in common:
each faced (or faces) a high degree of threat, whether from Mother Nature
disasters, diseases, and food scarcity or human nature
the chaos caused by invasions and internal conflicts. Strong norms are
needed in these contexts to help groups survive. And when we look at loose
cultures, from classical Athens to modern New Zealand, we see the opposite
pattern: they enjoy the luxury of facing far fewer threats. This safety is
used to explore new ideas, accept newcomers, and tolerate a wide range of
behaviour. In contexts where there are fewer threats and thus less of a
need for coordination, strong norms don't materialise. ...
tight-loose logic also applies to regional differences within countries.
/.../ This helps explain why those on low incomes have consistently told us
they desire strong rules and leaders. /.../ These preferences arise early:
in our lab, three-year-olds from low-income families were more visibly
upset than peers from wealthier homes when they saw puppets violate clear
Is tight better, then, or loose? The answer is, neither are.
Both confer different advantages and liabilities, depending on your vantage
point. Tight groups have cornered the market in social order: they have
lower crime and tend to be cleaner and more coordinated. They also exhibit
higher self-control: they tend to have fewer problems with obesity and
debt, and lower rates of alcoholism and drug abuse. Loose groups are
comparatively more disorganised and experience a host of self-regulation
failures; yet they excel at openness. They're much more tolerant, creative
and flexible. Tight groups, by contrast, are far less innovative, more
ethnocentric, and more resistant to new ideas. This is what I call the
tight-loose trade-off; advantages in one realm coexist with drawbacks in
Faith minister suggests school mosque trips as answer to Islamophobia amongst parents
Premier, 17 September 2018.
The faith minister says he wants more schools to take pupils on
trips to mosques.
Lord Bourne said in The Times on Monday that he
hopes it will hopefully stamp out Islamophobia among mums and dads.
"Occasionally you find that parents are saying, 'We're not sure we
want our kids to go to the local mosque'," he said.
"They are then
persuaded by the school that it's a good idea and the kids come back and
tell them about it and the parents then say, 'Oh, that's interesting,
perhaps we'll visit ourselves'."
Islamic affairs expert, Dr Antony
McRoy told Premier's News Hour he's unconvinced.
bemusing to think that taking pupils to any religious institution will
affect the feelings of their parents.
"Instead, we need to ask what
has caused Islamophobia amongst the parents."
from Lord Bourne is a twinning system which helps churches and mosques work
Immigration abroad Sweden
Ex-Muslim Mona Walter: "Swedes will lose Sweden in 50 years"
Ingrid & Maria, 17 September 2018.
Leila Ali Elmi, a 30-year-old Somali woman, took a seat in the
Swedish parliament last Sunday without uttering one word in Swedish during
Why don't Swedes understand that the Somalis
and other Muslims are here to take over your country, says ex-Muslim Mona
For hundreds of years Sweden has been unique in its
refusal to have anything to do with nepotism. The super individual Swedes
have always taken an honor in never helping friends and family get jobs or
other advantages because that would be unfair to other qualified
This morality is so deeply rooted, that most ethnic Swedes
refuse to believe that we are the weird ones. In most parts of the world
people see it as a moral obligation to help family members, clan members
and compatriots to key positions. However, a majority of the Swedes still
believe that everyone who comes to Sweden will adopt Swedish values and are
eager to become part of our society, embracing all things Swedish and
calling themselves Swedes. While we believe or pretend that everything will
work out for the best, Muslims are slowly gaining more and more ground.
It came as a total surprise even to her own party that Leila Ali
Elmi snatched one of the two parliamentary seats on the Gothenburg
list. The Green Party had put her 21st on the roster, which would normally
mean no chance of being an MP. But Leila Ali Elmi lives in the no go-zone
of Hammarkullen, where thousands of Somalis live, and ran her entire
campaign in Somali. From nowhere she got 1 467 people to check her name om
the ballot, making her the most popular Green politician in Gothenburg. ...
Mona Walter is a Somali woman who came to Sweden in the
90's. In Somalia, she had never been religious, but here she was more or
less forced to go to the mosque and wear a hijab. After a couple of years
she rebelled, left Islam and became an atheist. Eventually she came to
believe in Jesus and converted to Christianity.
years I have tried to get the Swedes to understand what the Muslim goal is
to take over your country. The first thing they will do is demand
sharia courts, just like in the UK.
But the mainstream media does
not want to listen to Mona Walter. They call her controversial and most
Swedes turn away from her message, which they perceive as too frightening.
... But no one seems scared by the fact that we now have
approximately one million Muslims in the country, of which many have
infiltrated the political parties to promote their own interests.
The question is when Muslims will form their own party in Sweden.
In Belgium the Islam Party has been very successful over the last few
years, with political goals like making the country a "100 percent Islamic
state" and introducing Sharia law.
Terrorism terrorists out of prison
FURY as it's revealed one convicted terrorist released from prison EVERY WEEK in UK
Sunday Express, 16 September 2018.
New figures released by the Government show a convicted terrorist
is being released from prison nearly every week in the UK, with renowned
hate preachers among those freed.
Home Office data indicates 46
prisoners who were arrested for terrorism offences were released between
March 2017 and March 2018.
Chris Phillips, the former head of the
National Counter Terrorism Security Office, said: "These people are bloody
"If you're going to release hardened terrorists onto the
streets then you have to expect chaos.
"How on earth can police and
security services be expected to manage all this with the resources they've
Next month, renowned hate preacher Anjem Choudary will also
be released, sparking outrage online.
He will become one of more
than 500 terrorists to be freed in Britain since the attack on the Twin
Towers in 2001. ...
According to reports in the Sunday Telegraph,
at least 22 of Choudary's acolytes have been freed from prison since 2001.
Five more are also set to be released in the coming months.
Choudary headed up the banned terrorist organisation,
al-Muhajiroun, which had a large following.
Among its followers was
Khuram Butt, who was part of the terror cell who murdered eight people on
London Bridge last year.
The group's followers also included the
killers of Lee Rigby, Michael Adebolago and Michael Adebowale. ...
Further data released by the Government shows there are 218
terrorists in prison - a record number.
Politics Liberal Democrats
Lib Dems green light policy to give migrant spouses benefits from day one
Belfast Telegraph, 16 September 2018.
The Lib Dems have signed off on a policy to give migrant spouses an
entitlement to benefits from their first day in the UK without any
form of means testing.
The move was voted through at the Lib Dem
conference in Brighton despite opposition from party HQ and warnings from
activists that the party would be "slaughtered" on the doorstep as a
The demand was tagged on as an amendment to a major new
policy which outlined the Lib Dems' approach to immigration issues.
In practice it would mean, under a Lib Dem government, migrant
spouses and legal partners can claim "without any form of means testing or
prohibition on seeking support from the state".
The party's home
affairs spokesman Sir Ed Davey urged delegates to reject the proposal,
saying the policy had "already captured the spirit of the amendment".
Louise Morales, a local Lib Dem councillor in Woking, also urged
members to vote against the measure, telling the conference hall the party
would be "slaughtered" for it.
She added: "For the average knocking
on doors I cannot go to the public and say, oh we're going to give people a
visa and they are instantly going to be able to claim benefits."
The policy paper, which faced some opposition for not going far
enough in reforming the immigration system, also calls for the abolition of
the net migration target, closure of eight detention centres, allowing
asylum seekers to work while their claims are decided and removing
responsibility for visas and asylum from the Home Office. ...
Former party leader Tim Farron brought people to their feet with
his advocacy of the proposals, saying: "There is an urgency to this debate
we are perhaps a few weeks away from an immigration bill coming to
"If we pass this paper today we will have the most
liberal, compassionate tool kit to take on the Tories, to shame Labour and
help the people who need it most, if we delay we will not."
Politics Labour Party, public opinion
Andrew Green: Labour's new immigration policy is a recipe for serious social tension
ConservativeHome, 15 September 2018.
Diane Abbott was in ranting mode for her speech on Labour's
immigration policy last week. ...
The public have a much more
sensible view. Between 74 and 82 per cent of the public (and 90 per cent of
Conservatives) support these policies and think it is only fair that
everyone should have to show documents proving their right to be here when
renting a place to live, opening a bank account, registering with a GP, or
accepting a job (YouGov, April 2018).
Next was Abbott's bizarre
claim that the purpose of the Conservative immigration target was to "allow
a permanent campaign against migrants and immigration in general" so that
they could be blamed for the economic crisis (yes, really). The hostile
environment measures, she alleged, were the policies of Enoch Powell.
In reality, the term 'hostile environment' was widely used under
the last Labour Government. Far from being aimed at migrants in general,
the policies were and are aimed at tackling illegal immigration, a
serious problem which over 80 per cent of the public would like to see
dealt with more firmly than at present.
It is difficult to take
Abbott's words seriously, but the underlying purpose of her speech was
clear. The aim is to discredit the Government with the immigrant community
in a bid for their votes. This was followed up by an undertaking to abolish
the minimum income restrictions on "families" presumably she means
spouses and fiancé(e)s. Such a move would open the floodgates for
migrants the world over to come to Britain and be subsidised by the
taxpayer. It would certainly go down well with those from the Commonwealth
who, incidentally, get to vote in general elections within months of their
Her other main proposal was to widen work permits to
virtually all jobs, skills and professions, not just the highly-skilled. If
a vacancy could not be filled by a resident worker, a permit would
automatically be issued to a worker and his family. Indeed it seems that
there would be no limit to the numbers involved. The increasingly vocal
employers lobby could hardly ask for more.
... Net migration
reached a peak under Labour of 268,000 in 2004 (about the current level)
but, of course, rose to another all-time record of 332,000 under the
Conservatives in 2015.
The wholesale weakening of the immigration
system, of the type Abbott proposes, would surely take this figure to
another record high. Indeed, her proposals all but guarantee it.
is already incredibly high as it stands. Since 2001 immigration has been
adding about one million people roughly the population of Birmingham
to our population every three years. This is placing huge
strains on our schools, on the NHS, and on housing. Indeed, according to
government household projections, we will have to build nearly 300 homes a
day just to provide for new migrants.
Meanwhile, nearly two thirds
of the public wish to see a substantial reduction in immigration. Indeed,
around half (49 per cent) of 2017 Labour voters say immigration levels have
been too high over the past decade. Many people are increasingly concerned
that the whole scale and nature of our society is being changed against
their will. That might not concern the Labour leadership and its supporters
in the media and the academic establishment, but the wider public have had
enough and we now run the risk of serious social tensions.
Extremism free speech
Britain Turns Offensive Speech Into a Police Matter
Reason, 15 September 2018.
Which country's police force just called on its citizens to report
offensive speech? Not libelous speech or death-threat speech, just plain
old insulting speech. Speech that is merely hurtful or hateful. Which
nation's cops instructed the citizenry to snitch on haters?
Korea? China? Maybe Turkey?
It was Britain. Yes, Britain has become
a nation in which offensive speech can become a police matter. ...
This birthplace of John Stuart Mill, this nation that gave the
world John Milton and his Areopagitica, still one of the greatest cries for
the "liberty to utter," is now at the forefront of shutting speech down.
The latest Orwellian invitation to rat out offensive speakers was
issued by the South Yorkshire Police. ...
"In addition to reporting
hate crime, please report non-crime hate incidents," they pleaded. These
non-crimes include "things like offensive or insulting comments, online, in
person or in writing." ...
Even more perversely, these non-crimes
really just mean "insulting comments." So if you're in Yorkshire and
someone on Facebook calls you a fat slob, call the cops. If you wear a
niqab and a work colleague tells you a la Boris Johnson that
you look a little bit like a mailbox, phone the police.
South Yorkshire Police want people to report on everyday conversations.
This is Stasi territory. Coppers asking citizens to file reports on things
they have read or overheard really should have disappeared from Europe with
the fall of the Berlin Wall. Yet here it still is, this GDR-style
instruction to eavesdrop and squeal, though now it's happening on the other
side of the old Iron Curtain.
It is testament to how entrenched
censorship has become in 21st-century Britain that a police force can so
casually call for reports about speech.
This is a country whose
communications laws and public-order legislation can be, and regularly are,
used to punish hateful expression. Last year The Times reported that
British police are arresting nine people a day for posting "offensive
messages online." In 2016, 3,300 people were detained and questioned for
things they said online. In some parts of Britain the arrest rate for
offensive speech has risen by nearly 900% in recent years. We Brits are
sleepwalking into a police state.
Not content with punishing people
for the offensive things they say on public online platforms, now there are
moves afoot to punish them for what they say privately too. This week the
Labour MP Lucy Powell put forward a Bill in parliament that would ban
private online discussion forums because, she says, hate speech can fester
in these "echo chambers." ...
We have laws that criminalize hate.
We have laws against being grossly offensive. We have hate-crime laws,
which mean that if you commit a crime with hatred in your mind, then you
might get a stiffer punishment. Punch a Buddhist because you hate Buddhism,
and you could get a longer sentence than if you punch him simply because
you dislike that particular Buddhist.
This is the policing of
thought. The policing of ideology.
Immigration abroad illegal immigration, fraud, Greece
Greece: "Humanitarian Aid" Organization's People-Smuggling
Gatestone Institute, 15 September 2018.
On August 28, thirty members of the Greek NGO Emergency Response
Centre International (ERCI) were arrested for their involvement in a
people-smuggling network that has been operating on the island of Lesbos
since 2015. According to a statement released by Greek police, as a result
of the investigation that led to the arrests, "The activities of an
organised criminal network that systematically facilitated the illegal
entry of foreigners were fully exposed."
Among the activities
uncovered were forgery, espionage and the illegal monitoring of both the
Greek coastguard and the EU border agency, Frontex, for the purpose of
gleaning confidential information about Turkish refugee flows. ...
In spite of its stated mission and non-profit profile, however,
ECRI according to Greek authorities, has earned considerable sums of
money from its serving as a conduit for illegal activities. ECRI evidently
received 2,000 euros from each illegal immigrant it helped to enter Greece.
In addition, its members created a business for "integrating refugees" into
Greek society, granting it 5,000 euros per immigrant per year from various
government programs (in education, housing and nutrition). ERCI has
reportedly abetted the illegal entry into Greece of 70,000 immigrants since
2015, providing the "non-profit" with half a billion euros per year.
This revelation, however, does not begin to cover the extent of the
illegal activities surrounding the entry of migrants into Greece. In 2017,
for instance, Greek authorities arrested 1,399 people-smugglers, some under
the cover of "humanitarian" operations; and during the first four months of
2018, authorities arrested 25,594 illegal immigrants.
Benefits and costs health tourism
East London health trust drops racist ID checks after protest
Socialist Worker, 14 September 2018.
Health campaigners are celebrating after east London's biggest
trust hospitals trust partially backed down over checking patients'
The climbdown followed a dozens-strong lobby of
Barts Health NHS Trust annual general meeting outside Mile End Hospital on
Wednesday. It was organised by North East London Save Our NHS and supported
by Docs Not Cops and Stand Up To Racism.
The lobby followed
revelations that Barts Health was making up to 100 enquiries a week to the
Home Office about patients. This involved passing on "demographic
data"name, date of birth and address. ...
The Home Office
could then use this information to hunt down people it is trying to deport.
Now the trust has agreed to stop asking patients for ID, remove
posters and is "reviewing" a patient pre-attendance form. ...
Health was part of a three-month pilot alongside 20 other NHS trusts that
were asked to carry out the checks. Bosses agreed to continue with the
checks even after the pilot ended in October 2017.
Tories' racist immigration rules many migrants from outside of the European
Union cannot access free healthcare. ...
The partial victory at
Barts Health shows that campaigning can force bosses to back down over
racist immigration rules.
Anti-Islam book becomes German bestseller less than two weeks after release
RT, 14 September 2018.
A new book highly critical of Islam and Muslims has been flying off
the shelves in Germany to become a non-fiction bestseller. Mainstream media
panned it for a simplistic approach to the religion.
controversial book titled "Hostile Takeover: How Islam Impedes Progress and
Threatens Society" reached the number one spot on Der Spiegel's non-fiction
list after being on the market for less than a fortnight. It's a critique
of Islam as a religion, which the author sees as detrimental to people
sharing it, based on a literal reading of the Koran.
one-time SPD politician and former member of the executive board of the
Bundesbank, Thilo Sarrazin, the work comes eight years after Sarrazin's
previous take on Muslims titled "Germany Abolishes Itself". Focusing on
what he called a failure of multiculturalism policies, that book accused
Arab and Turkish immigrants of "dumbing down" the German society, and
shifted 1.5 million copies.
Speaking ahead of the release of his
latest work last month, Sarrazin proclaimed that "everything has been
worse than I predicted eight years ago." ...
Calling Islam an
"ideology of violence in the guise of a religion," Sarrazin's latest
work had a somewhat bumpy path to the shelves. US-based publisher Random
House, which signed a book deal with Sarrazin in November 2016, refused to
print in in May, leading to a lawsuit from the author. The manuscript was
eventually picked up by Munich-based FinanzBuch Verlag, a publisher that
usually specializes in non-fiction books dealing with business and trading
The criticism hasn't stopped the book from becoming a
best seller on online retailer Amazon, however, receiving an average 4.3
stars out of 5 from the 264 reviews made by online purchasers.
Immigration target out of reach, warns ex-Home Office mandarin
ITV, 13 September 2018.
Theresa May's target to cut immigration to below 100,000 is out of
reach, a former Home Office mandarin has claimed.
unlikely to lead to a reduction in the number of migrants moving to the UK,
Sir David Normington suggested.
The former permanent secretary said
it would be "very difficult" to keep track of who comes into and leaves the
country without introducing identity cards. ...
He told BBC Radio
4's Today programme: "I think it is fine for the Government to signal that
it wants to reduce immigration over a period if that's what it decides to
"Targets get discredited if they are never met. I'd say to the
Government, if you are going to have a target it would be better that you
set one that is achievable to begin with, and that what we don't have is
one that is out of reach.
"I really do think that for the moment a
target which is below 100,000, which is what they have always said, is out
Politics Conservative Party
May plans tough new immigration policy to bolster her support among Tory activists as ministers claim EU states 'know curbs are needed' on free movement rules
MailOnline, 13 September 2018.
Theresa May is preparing to unveil a tough new immigration system
to bolster her support among Tory activists, it was claimed today.
The Prime Minister is said to want to launch a new policy in her
keynote speech to party conference next month.
The proposals are
expected to involve ending preferential treatment for EU nationals - an
idea backed by Home Secretary Sajid Javid.
The move looks designed
to quell unrest among the Conservative grassroots about her 'soft' Brexit
The post-Brexit immigration blueprint is likely to be
discussed at a Cabinet meeting on September 24, according to The Times.
Judge slams UK Immigration after Lithuanian man with 24 previous convictions strolls into Britain to become a drug dealer who tried to shift £200,000 worth of
Daily Mail, 13 September 2018.
A judge has condemned authorities after a Lithuanian criminal with
a string of convictions was allowed to enter the country only to start
Nerijus Jukknevicius had more than 24 previous
offences on his record in his home country, including crimes of dishonesty.
But he was allowed to walk across the UK border 'unchallenged' and
was last month caught trying to shift cannabis worth £200,000. ...
The dealer, from Newham, East London, was given a 16-month jail
sentence at Nottingham Crown Court this week after admitting possessing
cannabis with intent to supply.
Judge James Sampson told him: 'It
is outrageous that a man with your extensive criminal history can just walk
across our borders unchallenged and then engage in serious criminal
activity in this country. ...
'I am told you will be deported in
due course we will see.'
Immigration abroad Italy
'EU must deal with migrants!' Conte hits out at EU over Italy's migrant crisis
Daily Express, 13 September 2018.
Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has lashed out at the EU over
the bloc's migrant crisis, insisting Brussels should be held responsible.
Mr Conte declared Italy will no longer "indiscriminately" accept
new migrants as he blasted EU officials for not taking sufficient action
towards curbing the problem, which he said now "weighs on each member
Following his speech, the Prime Minister was met with a
long applause from members of Italy's coalition government: Matteo
Salvini's far-right League party, and anti-establishment M5S, led by Luigi
Asylum Dalai Lama, Europe
The Dalai Lama says 'Europe belongs to Europeans' and refugees should return to their native countries to rebuild them
Bhvishya Patel and Afp
The Dalai Lama, told an audience that 'Europe belongs to the
Europeans' and that refugees should return to their native countries to
Speaking at a conference in Sweden's third-largest
city of Malmö on Wednesday, home to a large immigrant population, the
Tibetan spiritual leader, said Europe was 'morally responsible' for helping
'a refugee really facing danger against their life'.
83-year-old Tibetan, who fled the capital Lhasa in fear of his life after
China poured troops into the region to crush an uprising said: 'Receive
them, help them, educate them... but ultimately they should develop their
'I think Europe belongs to the Europeans,' he said,
adding they should make clear to refugees that 'they ultimately should
rebuild their own country'. ...
The exiled spiritual leader, who
won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, has also made similar comments
concerning refugees in Germany in 2016.
Speaking to German
reporters in 2016 he said: 'Europe, for example Germany, cannot become an
'Germany is Germany. There are so many that in
practice it becomes difficult.
'From a moral point of view, too, I
think that the refugees should only be admitted temporarily.'
Benefits and costs pensions
Immigrants Won't Pay for Our Pensions We'll Pay for Theirs
Spencer P. Morrison
American Greatness, 13 September 2018.
Ask any Democrat why they support open borders and invariably they
will respond with one of two pre-packaged answers: because "diversity is
our strength" or "we need immigrants to pay for our pensions."
first argument is a sham: if liberals valued diversity they would welcome
conservatives to college campuses and tolerate them online. They don't. ...
For Democrats, diversity means intellectual and political
homogeneity with a smattering of ethnic restaurants. ...
second argument that immigrants will pay for our pensions is
far more persuasive. Most people instinctively defer to the "experts" when
it comes to economics: ...
On this point the data are conclusive:
immigration will not save America's welfare system, it will bleed it dry.
The preponderance of data show that immigration and socialism
A 2017 study from the National Academies of
Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine found that although America's immigrant
population is (theoretically) revenue-neutral, most immigrants are actually
a drain on the system. The economic impact of immigrants follows a Pareto
Distribution commonly known as the 80-20 Rule, this just means that
a hyper-productive few immigrants provide most of the economic gains, while
the majority of immigrants contribute (less than) nothing.
Specifically, half of all immigrants actually receive more
in government handouts than they pay in taxes, while another third
contribute roughly as much as they receive. Only around 15 percent of
immigrants contribute to the economy in a meaningful way. ...
major studies in other Western countries reach similar conclusions. For
example, a study conducted by Denmark's Ministry of Finance found that
immigrants were a net drain on the nation's welfare state. In fact, non-EU
immigrants, and their descendants, consumed 59 percent of the tax surplus
collected from native Danes. This is not surprising, since some 84 percent
of all welfare recipients in Denmark are immigrants, or their descendants.
Immigration is a net burden on Denmark.
Another major study from
the University College of London found that immigrants in the U.K. consumed
far more in welfare than they paid in taxes. The study looked at the Labour
government's mass immigration push between 1995 and 2011. The researchers
found that immigrants from the European Economic Area made a small, but
positive net contribution to the British economy of £4.4 billion ...
during the period. However, non- European immigrants (primarily from South
Asia, the Middle East, and Africa) cost the British economy a net £120
Together, these studies show that mass immigration
undermines domestic welfare systems for the simple fact that most
immigrants take more than they give. ...
Unlike immigration, which
grows the economy in a linear way, technology can result in exponential
growth. Consider the Industrial Revolution: Edmund Cartwright's power loom
increased the productivity of British textile weavers by a multiple of 40.
To grow the economy an equal amount via immigration, Britain would have
needed to import 39 additional weavers for every British weaver. Clearly
technology is the better option ...
Population growth from immigration
Is 82% of population growth driven by migration?
Full Fact, 13 September 2018.
Population growth is driven by two things net migration, and
"natural change" (the difference between the number of births and deaths).
From 2001 to 2016, migration accounted for 58% of this change in the UK.
However, the think tank Migration Watch has asked what percentage
of natural change is itself caused by migration i.e. how much
population change is driven by births to immigrant parents.
estimates that, from 2001 to 2016, 82% of population change was "linked" to
migration meaning it was driven either by net migration (roughly 50%
of the overall change, once accounting for deaths of immigrants), or births
to immigrant parents (roughly 35%, after accounting for deaths of people
with immigrant parents).
So it's important to bear in mind these
headlines aren't just talking about the direct impact of net migration
they're factoring in an estimate of the indirect impact of children
of immigrant parents.
This calculation is broadly accurate, and
fits with wider demographic trends net migration picked up
significantly in the late 1990s, as did the number of children born to
However, the calculations rest on some uncertain
assumptions for instance, recordings of deaths don't state whether
someone is the child of an immigrant, so the deaths of people with
immigrant parents has to be estimated using other data. There have also
been recently highlighted issues with the accuracy of net migration data.
This means that we should not treat the 82% figure as exact, but rather
broadly accurate, and indicative of wider demographic patterns.
The Unpardonable Heresy of Tucker Carlson
Patrick J. Buchanan
Patrick J. Buchanan - Official Website, 13 September 2018.
Our diversity is our greatest strength.
After playing clips
of Democratic politicians reciting that truth of modern liberalism, Tucker
Carlson asked, "How, precisely, is diversity our strength? Since you've
made this our new national motto, please be specific."
Carlson's question, with some declaring him a racist for having raised it,
suggests that what we are dealing with here is not a demonstrable truth but
a creed not subject to debate.
Yet the question remains valid:
Where is the scientific, historic or empirical evidence that the greater
the racial, ethnic, cultural and religious diversity of a nation, the
stronger it becomes?
From recent decades, it seems more true to say
the reverse: The more diverse a nation, the greater the danger of its
Ethnic diversity, after all, tore apart our mighty
Cold War rival, splintering the Soviet Union into 15 nations, three of
which Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia have since split further
along ethnic lines.
Russia had to fight two wars to hold onto
Chechnya and prevent the diverse peoples of the North Caucasus from
splitting off on ethnic grounds, as Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan had
Ethnic diversity then shattered Yugoslavia into seven
And even as we proclaim diversity to be our
greatest strength, nations everywhere are recoiling from it.
rise of populism and nationalism across Europe is a reaction to the new
diversity represented by the Arab, Asian and African millions who have
lately come, and the tens of millions desperate to enter.
Center-left and center-right parties are losing ground in European
elections because they are seen as feckless in meeting what more and more
indigenous Europeans believe to be an existential threat mass
migration from across the Med. ...
Again, where is the evidence
that the more Americans who can trace their roots to the Third World, and
not to Europe, the stronger we will be?
Is the Britain of Theresa
May, with its new racial, religious and ethnic diversity, a stronger nation
than was the U.K. of Lloyd George, which ruled a fourth of mankind in 1920?
Empires, confederations and alliances are multiethnic and
multicultural. And, inevitably, their diversity pulls them apart.
Islamist extremism caused 84,000 deaths worldwide in 2017, new report says
CBS News, 13 September 2018.
A new report tracking the roots, spread and effects of violent
Islamist extremism found that 121 groups that share elements from a common
ideology are now operating worldwide. Their activities resulted in the
deaths of 84,000 people nearly 22,000 of them civilians in 66
countries in 2017, the report found.
In remarks at the Council on
Foreign Relations in Washington, DC, former British Prime Minister Tony
Blair said on Thursday that Islamist extremism is "global and growing."
"It didn't begin with al Qaeda; nor will it end with the defeat of
ISIS," Blair said.
The "Global Extremist Monitor," which was
produced by Blair's eponymous non-profit, the Tony Blair Institute for
Global Change, drew on hundreds of English-language news sources that
reported on incidents of violent extremism in 2017. There were a total of
7,841 attacks an average of 21 per day in 48 countries, it
said, with war-torn Syria topping the list of countries most affected by
violent extremism. Overall, Muslims were the most frequent victims of
Twenty-nine violent Islamist groups were actively
engaged in conflict in Syria in 2017, the report said, with ISIS
responsible for 44 percent of all attacks. Half of all civilian fatalities
recorded globally were documented in Syria.
A separate, recent UN
report said there are between 20,000 and 30,000 ISIS fighters still
operating across Iraq and Syria, though its self-proclaimed physical
caliphate has been all but eliminated. ...
The report identified
181 female suicide bombers in 2017.
In his call for global
commitments, Blair stressed the importance of investment in public and
private education systems to promote religious tolerance and literacy.
"The essential thing, in my view, is to deal with the ideology,"
Blair said, "and not just the violence."
Immigration abroad European Union
Juncker: EU will send additional 10,000 guards to borders
BBC, 12 September 2018.
The EU plans to send 10,000 more border guards to tackle unlawful
immigration by 2020, the European Commission's president Jean-Claude
Juncker said in his annual state of the union address.
for more solidarity, rather than "ad-hoc solutions" for people on migrant
He also proposed a new Africa-Europe alliance, based on
co-operation rather than charity, leading to a continent-to-continent free
Immigration abroad deportation, Italy
Italy migration CRISIS: Salvini warns expelling illegal migrants will take 80 years
Daily Express, 12 September 2018.
Italy's deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini has insisted it will
take 80 years to expel migrants to their countries of origin due to a lack
of progress over repatriation efforts between states.
leader of Italy's far-right anti-immigration League party, promised to
repatriate 100,000 immigrants during his first year in office, but
retreated his pledge today.
He told Italian radio station RTL: "The
way things are today we'll need 80 years to expel them all."
deputy Prime Minister has declared plans to deport majority of migrants
trying to enter Italy - with or without the EU's help - insisting Rome
"only has room for migrants fleeing war".
Speaking to the BBC, he
said: "Brussels has been promising us help and assistance for years and has
been doing nothing." ...
Italy's coalition government has not
established repatriation deals with many countries, making it difficult to
ship immigrants back to their countries of origin.
Up to 80
migrants a week are flown back from Italy to Tunisia, as the North African
state remains one of the few countries on a successful repatriation deal
Immigration students, statistics
Britain's 438,000 foreign students should not be excluded from immigration figures, report warns after finding no other 'practical' method
11 September 2018.
Foreign students should not be taken out of immigration figures, a
major report will warn today.
A year-long study by the Migration
Advisory Committee (MAC), which provides evidence for Government
immigration policy, will conclude that it is right that students should be
counted in the same way as other migrants moving to the UK.
finding is a vindication for Theresa May, who has spent years resisting
pressure to soften her stance on immigration.
The report was
commissioned last year by then-Home Secretary Amber Rudd, who was leading
the campaign in Cabinet to persuade Mrs May to back down.
Whitehall sources said the study had found that the UK's system for
recording the number of foreign students was 'very much in line with other
The report is expected to say: 'Many
of the respondents argued that students should be taken out of the
government's net migration target. None suggested a practical way that this
might be done.
'We cannot see a reliable method. Even if a method
were to be found, it would be unlikely to make much difference to the
The study also notes that the number of
foreign students in the UK has risen by almost 30 per cent over the last
decade, despite claims that the existing rules act as a disincentive. ...
About 438,000 foreign students are currently studying in the UK
up from 342,000 a decade ago.
Multiculturalism Christianity, Islam
Muslim Groups Call For UK To Stop Famous Evangelical Preacher's Visit
The Huffington Post, 11 September 2018.
Leading Muslim organizations are calling on the U.K. to prevent a
prominent Donald Trump-supporting American preacher from visiting the
country to speak at an evangelistic rally.
Franklin Graham, who
once called Islam a "very wicked and evil religion," is planning to
headline at the Lancashire Festival of Hope in Blackpool, England, this
month. The three-day evangelistic rally, similar to the "crusades" once led
by his father, Billy Graham, has for months received heated backlash from
British pastors, politicians, queer activists and Muslims.
Muslim Council of Britain, an umbrella group of over 500 Islamic
organizations and mosques, said Graham's past remarks clearly demonstrate
"a hatred for Muslims and other minorities." The group is calling on the
U.K.'s Home Office, which is in charge of immigration and entry to the
country, to refuse to grant Graham a visa. ...
Graham is the
president of the Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse and of the
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. For years he has teamed up with
local churches to hold Festivals of Hope around the world, with the goal of
energizing local faith communities and converting people to Christianity.
Crime hate crime
Hate crime squads gobble up the cash as knife robbers roam free
Conservative Woman, 11 September 2018.
How does the CPS define a hate crime? According to its website,
hate crime describes a range of criminal behaviour where the perpetrator is
motivated by, or demonstrates, hostility towards the victim in
relation to his or her protected characteristic(s) see the Equality
Act 2010 and the Nine Protected Characteristics. ...
here is the definition, or rather lack of it, of the concept of
'hostility'. So, says Saunders, 'we use the everyday understanding of the
word', which includes ill-will, spite, contempt, prejudice,
unfriendliness, antagonism, resentment, and dislike. I assure
you I am not making this up. It's there on the website. Unfriendliness and
dislike are being equated with criminal behaviour. And if any of these
attitudes are perceived and reported, the CPS can apply to the courts for a
Given that there are 900 police personnel
specifically allocated to dealing with these crimes, just how significantly
do they figure in the overall picture? ...
According to the CPS
report, hate crimes accounted for 2.5 per cent of the CPS caseload in
2016/17. The overall conviction rate is 83.4 per cent of cases prosecuted.
Nine hundred officers just for that? ...
It seems to me
that there is a vast bureaucracy in search of sensational data. It all
looks even more insubstantial when you look at the actual numbers
after all, you can't prosecute a percentage. ...
,,, But we need to
look at the mainstream crime figures to get a sense of proportion.
According to the Crime Survey for England and Wales the police recorded 5.3
million offences in the year to September 2016, an increase of 14 per cent
on the previous year. ...
... The fact is that crime prevention and
punishment does not lie at the heart of this legislation. Many studies have
shown that this sort of law- making is counterproductive and only worthy of
repeal. Indeed, US law researchers James B Jacobs and Kimberley Potter
concluded in 1998: 'Certainly crime is a problem today. But the crime
problem is not synonymous with the prejudice problem. Indeed there is very
little overlap between the two. With the important exception of crime
against women, most crime is intraracial and intragroup. Hard-core
ideologically driven hate crimes are fortunately rare. Teasing out the bias
that exists in a wider range of context-specific crimes that may occur
between members of different groups serves no useful purpose. To the
contrary, it is likely to be divisive, conflict-generating, and socially
and politically counter-productive.'
Crime child sexual abuse
Raped at gunpoint: Telford child abuse victims speak out
Sky News, 11 September 2018.
Child abuse victims in Telford, including one raped at gunpoint,
say they are still struggling to get justice.
Sky News has spoken
exclusively to victims and parents caught up in the scandal to reveal the
sordid secrets of the Shropshire town where child abuse was rife for years.
One woman told Sky News how, as a teenager, she was raped with a
gun to her head.
Girls as young as 11 had their phone numbers sold
and were coerced into sleeping with dozens of men after being plied with
alcohol or threatened with violence.
Several say their abusers are
still walking free in their hometown and may never be prosecuted. ...
Sky News also spoke to a victim who claims to have been abused by
more than 100 men in Telford.
She says none of them have been
Speaking about one encounter with a restaurant owner,
Louise (not her real name), said: "He would take me around the corner of
the restaurant and he would have sex with me.
"Then he would pin me
down so all the rest of the restaurant workers could do it to me."
Louise did not report anything to the police until she was much
older. She added: "I didn't think about going to the police back then
because I was too scared because of what they used to say to me.
"They said they would blow my house up and would kill my mum and
dad. They said they would rape my mum if I told anyone.
what happened to Lucy Lowe, they said I would be next."
friend Lucy Lowe was 16 when she was killed in a house fire alongside her
mother Eileen and sister Sarah, 17, in 2000.
Azhar Ali Mehmood, a
taxi driver from Telford, was jailed for life after he was found guilty of
their murder. ...
Telford MP Lucy Allan has been campaigning for
the authorities to do more. ...
The MP said: "We know there is
still child sexual exploitation going on in Telford today, and we don't
want to send the wrong message that we don't care.
"It is really
important that we are seen to be taking this seriously and get to the
bottom of what has happened here.
"We don't want any people in post
- whether that be in the police or the council - that aren't taking this
Immigration abroad elections, fraud, Sweden
Head of Sweden's Electoral Authority: "No Control Mechanism to Prevent Voter Fraud"
Ingrid & Maria, 11 September 2018.
Two days after the Swedish election social media is overflowing
with hundreds of reports of suspected electoral fraud. However, sporadic
mistakes in the voting system are not the problem what is way more
dangerous is politically initiated election fraud. Is there a risk that the
parties who have ruled Sweden for a long time have created a system that
completely misses or ignores systematic election fraud? Today, Ingrid &
Maria can reveal that Sweden completely lacks a system that can detect such
The outcome of the Swedish election differed hugely from
the many polls the weeks before election day September 9. The polls
suggested that the Sweden Democrats would be the largest or second largest
party with 25-30 percent of the vote and that the Social Democrats would
fall from 31 to 23-24 percent. When the votes were counted Sunday night the
Sweden Democrats only got 17,6 while the Social Democrats lost only 2,8
[2.8] percentage points and got 28,4 [28.4].
Many Swedes became
suspicious how could the result differ so much from the polls? ...
To most Swedes, the idea that the once safe and correct democracy
of Sweden could be corrupted is almost impossible to fathom. Everyone
understands that mistakes can be made, but they are always blamed on human
error that election fraud could be organized and widespread is
dismissed as a conspiracy theory. Because it just cannot be, this is Sweden
for God's sake!
But Sweden is not what it used to be. ...
Anna Nyqvist is the Chief Executive of the Electoral Authority.
After first trying to get us to call the press secretary, she agrees to
answer the important question of how her agency goes about making sure that
organized political electoral fraud does not occur.
government have a system for identifying politically initiated electoral
No! The answer is no.
Asylum children, fraud
Nine asylum seekers a week are found to be lying about being children in desperate bids to stay in Britain
Daily Mail, 10 September 2018.
Adults posing as children to claim asylum in Britain are being
exposed at the rate of nine every week, according to official figures.
Over the past three years three out of five asylum seekers whose
age was checked after they claimed to be under 18 were found to be adults.
The Home Office statistics revealed 2,336 cases where the claims to
be a child were disputed and then checked. Of these, 1,403 turned out to be
More than seven out of ten unaccompanied Vietnamese child
asylum seekers whose ages were investigated around 100 in all
were actually adults. A similar percentage of child claimants from Iran and
Iraq whose cases were checked were also discovered to be adults.
Concerns about exploitation of child migrant rules have been
growing for the past two years, since the admission of applicants from
Calais refugee camps who appeared to be older than children.
migrants who have been found after sneaking into Britain aboard trains,
lorries or ships are treated differently from adults.
taken into local council care and are then offered places in schools or
with foster families. ...
Earlier this year a report by the Chief
Inspector of Borders and Immigration, David Bolt, said that Home Office
staff 'did not feel confident about making initial age assessments of
applicants posing as children particularly judging whether the
claimant was "significantly over 18" and should be entered into the adult
Mr Bolt added: 'They received no training to help them
make such judgments. Some local authorities were concerned that the Home
Office applied its benefit of the doubt policy too readily.'
Immigration abroad crime, France
'Afghan knifeman with child immigration papers' STABS SEVEN in Paris rampage
Daily Express, 10 September 2018.
An Afghan knifeman carrying child immigration documents left two
British tourists injured after going on the rampage in Paris.
attacker, believed to be in his 30s, left SEVEN people wounded in total.
A source close to the investigation said: "... he was carrying
immigration documents issued to an Afghan minor.
"It may be that he
is an adult Afghan or Pakistani using the documents illegally. ..."
Police say the attack seemed to target random strangers but they
were not calling the outrage a terrorist incident.
Politics European Union
From Sweden to Brexit, immigration is the issue dividing Europe
The Guardian, 10 September 2018.
The message is glaring from Sweden's election result. There is one
dominant issue in Europe's politics at present, and it is immigration. It
rules in Italy and Germany. It rules in Hungary and Austria. It rules from
Serbia to Scandinavia. It dominates every meeting of the leaders of the EU.
Europe's swing to the far right or rather a surge in
emotional xenophobia was inevitable from the moment the European
Union raced towards a single market in the 1980s, including an open market
in people across the continent. Of the four freedoms of movement in
goods, services, capital and people the first to fail was always
going to be people.
An open border and the Schengen agreement on
passport-free travel came in before the mass movement of low-cost labour
from eastern Europe, and before the youth migration from Asia and Africa.
Since geography renders Europe's southern border porous, there is no way
Europe's governments, democratic or autocratic, will any longer tolerate
unrestricted borders within the EU.
The one thing that will be
catastrophic will be to pretend otherwise. ...
It is tragic that
the outcome of this debate greater European migration control
would almost certainly have negated Brexit. In the minds of most British
voters, migration has nothing to do with economics or tariffs or trade
regulation, except at the margin. This argument is not over trade, but over
people being able to control their community's character and pace of
change. We can dismiss such control as licensed bigotry, intolerance and
nasty identity politics. That will not stop people voting. To them, such
rights are a cry for self-respect and values they hold dear.
way, the debate cannot be ignored. Yet Britain's government has still not
set out its Brexit migration policy, beyond a palpably "hostile welcome" to
all incomers. Instead, Westminster warbles on about tariffs, trade and
Boris Johnson. The place has gone mad.
Crime police, political correctness
Delingpole: Police in UK Rape Gang Heartland Wage War...on Hurty Tweets
Breitbart, 10 September 2018.
The UK police department on whose watch 1,400 girls were raped by
Muslim gangs in just one town alone has tweeted out a message urging the
public to report "non-crime hate incidents".
The message has
infuriated the public prompting over 3,500 replies, most of them
angry, from people wondering why South Yorkshire Police doesn't have better
things to do than encourage snitches to bleat about hurty stuff people have
said on social media.
And also why, if South Yorkshire Police is so
keen to put a stop to "hurt" it has done so little over the last two
decades to prevent many thousands of white and Sikh girls, many of them
underage, being groomed, drugged, trafficked, and raped by gangs of
An official 2015 report conducted into the Rotherham
incidents by Louise Casey was scathing about the failure of the authorities
to prevent these rapes happening. ...
No heads in South Yorkshire
Police rolled for this failure and though it is currently the
subject of an internal disciplinary investigation it seems highly
unlikely that any will.
One reason given in the various official
reports for this failure by South Yorkshire Police and other local
authorities was their politically correct reluctance to be seen criticising
actions by Muslims lest they be seen as "racist" or "Islamophobic".
Apparently, that political correctness is still fully entrenched in
South Yorkshire Police.
Immigration abroad Sweden
Why are the Swedes so disgruntled?
Globe and Mail, 10 September 2018.
Car burnings are not a rare sight in Sweden these days. Last month,
a masked gang ran amok in Gothenburg, Sweden's second-largest city, and set
80 cars alight. ...
Over the past decade, the number of car arsons
has steadily risen, reaching 1,457 last year. The fires are typically in
heavily immigrant neighbourhoods. While Sweden remains a low-crime country,
certain types of crime are on the rise. Gang and gun crime are prevalent in
immigrant districts. Sexual assault has soared. Ambulances are attacked in
some neighbourhoods. Innocent bystanders get blown up with grenades left
over from some forgotten war. All that helps to explain why immigration and
crime figured so heavily in Sunday's election and why the far-right
Sweden Democrats made their best showing yet. ...
Ten years ago,
Swedes were proud of their status as the most humanitarian,
refugee-friendly country on the planet. Polite society and the mainstream
media avoided any criticism of immigration policy or problems, for fear of
being called racist. And so, as in other countries throughout Europe, when
popular unrest broke out over immigration, the elites were caught
In Sweden, the watershed was 2015. That was the year
the country took in a record 163,000 refugees more than any other
European country on a per capita basis.
In all, about 400,000
newcomers came in to Sweden in the past six years, largely from Syria,
Afghanistan and Iraq the equivalent of 4 per cent of the population.
In Canada, the equivalent number would amount to more than 1.4 million
"The year 2015 was a turning point for the debate in
Sweden," Prof. Sannerstedt says. "After that, things were said that had
been taboo before." ...
In response to popular pressure, the
government has overhauled its immigration policies dramatically. It
introduced border checks, restricted family reunification, denied asylum to
many applicants and imposed strict new volume limits. /.../ This year the
intake of refugees is down to around 24,000. ...
... Despite the
strong economy, a whopping 73 per cent of Swedes think the country is going
in the wrong direction, according to one poll.
One reason for the
discontent may be the new, and growing, class divide between ordinary
Swedes and newcomers. This is a distressing subject in a society that
prides itself on being egalitarian.
"Sweden's experiment with
large-scale immigration from the Third World to a welfare state has been
unique in its scale but has in many ways failed," writes Tino Sanandaji, an
economist with the Stockholm School of Economics. "Sweden's social problems
are becoming more and more concentrated in that part of the population with
an immigrant background."
No wonder the Swedes are feeling a bit
insecure these days. "No country cares more about its reputation," Mr.
Sanandaji says in an interview,
Immigration abroad politics, Sweden
Sweden leaders' debate shows how far language over immigration has moved
Spectator blog, 9 September 2018.
Sweden's general election campaign ended with the Sweden Democrats
in a huff and boycotting SVT, the state broadcaster, because it issued a
statement distancing itself from comments made by Jimmie Åkesson in
the leaders' debate that it broadcast. Having a supposedly neutral state
broadcaster pass judgement is the perfect gift for Åkesson, who said
it demonstrates an establishment stitch-up and institutional bias.
But actual debate itself offered a fascinating glimpse into how
much the debate has shifted in Sweden with leaders of all parties
offering immigration-related facts that make a British listener gasp.
We had seven party leaders, most of whom expressing views that
they'd have denounced as racist not so long ago. The Sweden Democrats has
certainly lost its monopoly on discussing immigration-related problems. ...
Kristersson (who may well soon be prime minister of a minority
government) said that Sweden is not a racist country but a lot of Swedes
can see all around them the consequences of a failed integration policy:
gangs, criminality and welfare dependency. Look at the suburbs, look at the
shootings: 320 casualties last year and 32 dead (yes, dead) so far this
year. /.../ Time was when no one would mistake the populists for anyone
else. Now, they have pretty decent imitators. ...
The bottom line
is that for much of the past ten years, most party leaders have been
attacking Åkesson as neofasict. Now, they are coming up with
different variations of his message. ...
Had his opponents changed
tack earlier, and realised how much Swedes are worried about the 'honour
repressions' and Islamist free schools, Åkesson would not have had
this territory to himself for so long. His rivals were thinking too much
about him, and not enough about the legitimate concerns of the Swedes
Crime police resources
Police are 'very close to losing the streets', top officer admits
Metro, 9 September 2018.
A top police officer has warned we are 'very close to losing the
streets' as government funding cuts continue to bite.
Simon Kempton, operation policing lead for the Police Federation, blamed a
fall in officer numbers for being behind a rise in violent crime.
He called on the government to focus protecting its citizens and
said the future looked bleak if officials continued their 'gross
underfunding of the police service'. ...
The Institute for Fiscal
studies said that in the last eight years, central government funding of
the police has fallen by around 20%. ...
Figures have shown that
606 police stations have closed since 2010, leaving some cities, such as
Bath and St Albans, with no station at all.
lost 21 out of 28 stations while 100 stations in London have shut in the
past eight years a move which could mean a rise in criminal
behaviour, according to Sgt Kempton. ...
There were 21,331 fewer
police officers in England and Wales as of March this year compared with
the same point in 2010, according to the Home Office.
numbers across the 43 police forces were at 122,404 as of March, the lowest
number since comparable records began in 1996. ...
said: 'Knife crime in large cities is right on the brink of being out of
'There's not one way to tackle knife crime but one of them
is having enough police officers who are properly trained, properly
equipped and right in the middle of our community.'
Racism blasphemy, free speech, Scotland, Australia
The new blasphemy law only gays and Muslims need complain
Dr Campbell Campbell-Jack
Conservative Woman, 9 September 2018.
The SNP government intends to abolish Scotland's blasphemy law,
introduced in 1690 and unused since 1843. ...
The SNP would have an
acceptable argument if it were not clear that, whilst eager to abolish its
Christian blasphemy law, the Scottish government has in effect allowed a
new blasphemy standard to emerge. Expressing disagreement with Islam or
with political correctness and its results can land you in a Scottish
Scotland's Christian street preachers are being targeted in
an attempt to silence them. Activists ask them questions regarding Islam or
LGBT rights, and wait eager to be offended. When the preachers repeat what
the Bible says, no matter how respectfully, the activists have their
feelings hurt, make a complaint to the police and the preachers are
The use of 'hate crime' legislation to silence
reasoned and biblically based criticism of Islam or politically correct
orthodoxy, no matter how respectfully expressed, should alarm all who value
freedom of speech and belief. Under our SNP government one blasphemy law
protecting Christianity is being replaced by what is in all but name a new
blasphemy law. ...
The Australian State of Victoria's 'Racial and
Religious Tolerance Act 2001' is extensively cited. This law was enacted
shortly after 9/11 and was immediately used by the Islamic Council of
Victoria to target a church seminar on Islam. Two seminar speakers had
supposedly 'vilified' Islam. This 'vilification' consisted of quoting
verses from the Quran concerning the treatment of non-Muslims.
Islamic organisations around the world have cited this as a
landmark case in 'protecting Islam' in the West from any form of criticism.
It was seen that it could be used as an Islamic blasphemy law.
two speakers, Pakistani pastor Daniel Scot and Sri Lankan pastor Danny
Nalliah, faced up to six months in prison. The ensuing court case and
appeals dragged on for five years before both pastors were finally
Immigration abroad politics, European Union
French leader says Brussels being 'CRUSHED' by its own bureaucracy
Daily Express, 8 September 2018.
The European Union is paralysed by its own bureaucracy and it is at
risk of "deconstruction" according to the President of the French Senate
Gérard Larcher. The bloc faces an existential crisis as the European
elite is out of touch with citizens' concerns, he said.
In a speech
to right-wing senators, Mr Larcher denounced the failings of a "Europe in
crisis, at risk of being deconstructed, and crushed by the weight of its
technostructure, its inability to reinvent itself and by the widening gap
it has created between itself and its citizens".
MP also criticised Europe's failure to manage the migration crisis,
accusing its leaders of "turning a blind eye to the immigration problem and
shirking their responsibilities" towards migrants and refugees.
Singling out Europe's wait-and-see attitude towards mass migration,
Mr Larcher said Italy had been "left alone for more than four years" to
cope with the flow of migrants from North Africa because of Brussels' "lack
of solidarity and courage".
The senator also denounced Europe's
"perverted" asylum laws and called for the bloc's leaders to "urgently"
agree on sustainable measures to deal with the migration crisis "with
humanity and courage".
Immigration abroad Germany
German intelligence chief at odds with Angela Merkel as he says no evidence foreigners were attacked in Chemnitz
Daily Telegraph, 8 September 2018.
The head of Germany's domestic intelligence service set off a major
political row on Friday when he directly contradicted Angela Merkel over
last week's far-Right protests in Chemnitz.
Hans-Georg Maassen said
he had seen no evidence to support claims neo-Nazis had hunted foreigners
through the streets during the protests. ...
Video which appears to
show non-Germans being attacked during the protests has been widely
circulated on social media. But Mr Maassen said he believed the video could
be a fake distributed as "targetted misinformation". ...
centres on what exactly happened during protests over the suspected killing
of a German-Cuban man by two migrants last week.
filmed giving the Hitler salute during the protests and witnesses claimed
people of non-German appearance were chased through the streets.
"We have video footage showing very clearly there was targeted
harassment, there was rioting, there was hate on the streets," Mrs Merkel
said at the time, while her spokesman, Steffen Seibert, used the word
"hunt" to describe what happened.
But Michael Kretschmer, the
regional prime minister of Saxony, disputed those accounts this week and
accused the media of exaggerating events. "There was no mob, not hunt and
no pogrom," he said.
"I share the skepticism about the media
reports far-Right hunts in Chemnitz," Mr Maassen told Bild newspaper.
"There is no reliable information that such hunts took place." ...
But Mrs Merkel's main coalition partners, the centre-Left Social
Democrats (SPD) reacted furiously. "We saw pictures, we heard witnesses. We
saw people showing the Hitler salute openly on the street," Thomas
Oppermann, the deputy speaker of parliament said. ...
Seehofer, the interior minister, who is locked in a bitter dispute with Mrs
Merkel over migrant policy, backed Mr Maassen and said the intelligence
chief had his "full confidence".
Immigration abroad deportation, crime, Italy
Salvini to Present Deportation Plan: 'More Immigrants Equals More Delinquents'
Breitbart, 8 September 2018.
Populist Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini has revealed
he will be presenting his deportation plan in the coming days after noting
the massive recent increase in migrant criminal suspects.
League (Lega) leader is expected to announce new decrees in the coming days
that will first seek to eliminate the 'humanitarian residency' permit,
which is given to asylum seekers who do not qualify for full asylum but are
allowed to remain in the country anyway, Il Giornale reports.
The second major change Salvini is looking to put forward is
shifting the amount of money spent on asylum seeker reception and moving it
toward voluntary and forced repatriation.
For 2018 Salvini is
hoping to provide 500 thousand euros toward a repatriation fund, which will
be followed by an increase to 1.5 million in 2019 and 2020.
crime has also been a rising problem in Italy and Salvini highlighted
recent Interior Ministry data that showed that more than half of the people
arrested by police in the last week were migrants.
immigration means more delinquency, the numbers are clear," Salvini said,
adding: "to have managed to reduce so many landings and arrivals, despite
threats and complaints, is a reason for pride for me."
Interior Ministry report released last month indicated that migrants make
up close to one-third of all criminal suspects nationally, despite only
making up around eight percent of the population in total.
criminal gangs, particularly Nigerian gangsters, have also become a major
problem in some areas of the country in recent years. In the town of Castel
Volturno near Naples, Nigerian gangs have largely taken over the city,
dealing drugs and pimping out women.
Diversity university degrees
Universities must give more top degrees to black students, under new proposals by regulator
Daily Telegraph, 7 September 2018.
Universities could be punished unless they give a higher proportion
of top degrees to black students, under new proposals drawn up by the
The Office for Students (OfS) has announced plans to
overhaul its guidelines for boosting diversity in higher education, in what
it says is the "biggest shake up" since 2004.
If institutions fail
to comply with the regulator's new "tougher" national targets for
increasing the number of disadvantaged students, they could be penalised
through a fine or even de-registered.
Chris Millward, the OfS
director for fair access and participation, said that universities will no
longer be able to "mark their own homework" on their plans to up their
intake of 18-year-olds from poor backgrounds. ...
These will not be
limited to targets for admitting more school leavers from deprived
households, but will also include addressing the gap in degree attainment
between black and white students, according to OfS proposals.
has been an almost 50 per cent increase in the number of black and ethnic
minority students in England between 2007 and 2016.
78 per cent of
white students graduated last year with a first class of upper second class
degree, compared to just 53 per cent of black students.
Qualifications before attending university, although a key factor
in degree outcomes, do not explain the differences between ethnic groups,
according to data analysed by Universities UK. ...
Mr Millward said
that universities have spent hundreds of millions of pounds on measures
aimed at diversifying their intake of students, but have paid little or no
attention to whether their schemes were effective. ...
universities spent a total of around £800 million on projects to
increase access and around half of this was spent on bursaries for students
from poor households.
Politics Conservative Party
On non-EU immigration, the government is asleep at the controls
Conservative Woman, 7 September 2018.
The question is often asked as to why non-EU net migration has
risen to 235,000 for the year to March 2018. That represents an increase of
more than 50,000 on the previous year and is 36,000 higher than in the
spring of 2010, when the Conservatives took office at the head of the
All this despite a 2017 Conservative
manifesto commitment to 'bear down on immigration from outside the EU' and
repeated pledges to reduce overall net migration to the tens of thousands
(from more than 270,000 currently).
A paper issued by Migration
Watch UK, How to deliver a significant reduction in non-EU net
migration, argues that the Government has failed to make serious
efforts to reduce non-EU immigration despite having powers to do so.
A number of factors have been in play:
efforts by Mrs May when Home Secretary, she faced firm opposition from the
Treasury, which has long favoured continued immigration simply to boost the
overall size of the economy regardless of the impact on wider society and
despite the absence of evidence for the UK of any significant benefit to
GDP per head. ...
During the coalition years the Liberal
Democrats had no desire to restrict immigration control from anywhere in
Meanwhile those who were benefiting financially,
such as business and universities, pressed for continued high levels of
immigration to their own sectors.
Since the election in 2017
Amber Rudd, as the Home Secretary, preferred to kick the can down the road,
partly because she believed that immigration was good for the economy.
The present Home Secretary Sajid Javid has so far not
demonstrated any willingness to tighten immigration policy; in fact his
decisions since taking office have had the effect of loosening controls.
Nearly two-thirds of voters still consider the level of
immigration to have been too high over the past decade. That YouGov poll
also showed that more 18-to-24-year-olds say immigration levels have been
too high than the combined share who say the level has been 'about right'
or 'too low'. Other research by the London School of Economics has shown
that voters are particularly concerned about reducing the level of
immigration from outside the EU.
The Migration Watch UK paper
indicates steps that could and should be taken to reduce the level of
non-EU net migration. ...
The government should devote a great deal more political will and energy
towards toughening up border controls and ensuring the departure of those
with no right to be here. Former senior officials in the Home Office have
estimated that there may be more than a million illegal immigrants in the
Resources An increase in resources for
border control will also be essential, particularly given the need to
divert resources to register about three million EU citizens under the
It is clear that the government has taken its
eye off the ball, indeed it has been asleep at the controls, when it comes
to non-EU immigration.
Immigration abroad Germany
'Migration is the mother of all problems': Germany's interior minister defends Chemnitz protesters and says demonstrating 'doesn't make you a Nazi' as he sympathises with
MailOnline, 7 September 2018.
German interior minister Horst Seehofer has defended the Chemnitz
protesters by calling migration 'the mother of all problems'.
Seehofer, who was instrumental in nearly bringing down his own
coalition partner Angela Merkel last month with his criticism of her
immigration policy, emphasized that not all the Chemnitz protesters were
far-right activists as he defended their actions. ...
called for a 'pan-European solution to the migrant crisis' adding that he
believed 'the migration issue is the mother of all political problems'.
Thousands of people took part in protests organized by far-right
groups in the eastern German town of Chemnitz last week, following the
fatal stabbing of a German man, allegedly at the hands of two refugees.
Crime hate crime, thought crime
All you need is hate
Conservative Woman, 7 September 2018.
The content of most newspapers and the speech of the presenters on
most mainstream media television news is drenched in the ideology of hate.
There appears to be a genuine belief in the validity of the concepts of
'hate crime' and 'hate speech' the belief that some crimes are worse
than others if they are committed against members of certain protected
groups, and and that saying anything which even faintly affects their
'mental health' is beyond the legal pale.
To normal right-thinking
people a crime is a crime, and all crime is bad. Crimes have different
motivations, but it is the action which is to be punished, not the
motivation. That you cannot attribute motivation is why the criminal
justice system must be kept as objective as possible. Only then are all
equal before the law. This is true equality, and has been built up in our
nation since the days of Magna Carta. ...
In the new paradigm of
'hate crime', however, people become more guilty if they belong to an
oppressor group, and more of a victim if they belong to a group with
protected characteristics. This utterly undermines the principle of
equality before the law and leaves it in an asinine state, with motivation
rather than action as the more important element of a crime. When some
groups are entitled to superior justice and other groups are punished more
harshly for the same action, then the whole system becomes flawed. ...
To compound the problem, the definition of hate crime requires no
prima facie evidence of motivation. A hate crime is defined as
'criminal behaviour where the perpetrator is motivated by hostility or
demonstrates hostility towards the victim's disability, race, religion,
sexual orientation or transgender identity'. Thus the 'hate' element of a
hate crime is based in the perception of the person who makes the
accusation, or a third party who makes the report. Perception can be
entirely subjective, so crimes which are flagged as hate crimes may be no
such thing at all. ...
The whole ludicrous idea of hate crime and
hate speech should be dropped now, and we should revert to the sensible and
objective notion that a crime is a crime. All crime is bad yes, it
has different motivations, but the crime should be punished, not the
motivation. Otherwise, we will end up punishing a motivation even if there
is no crime. Just such a frighteningly Orwellian definition of Hate Crime
was suggested in a now-deleted tweet by Khan and Dick's Metropolitan
Police, which stated: 'Though what the perpetrator has done may not be
against the law, their reasons for doing it are. This means it may be
possible to charge them with a crime.' This is thought crime incarnate. ...
Today police are forced to prioritise crimes, often only
investigating those considered 'high priority'. Yet if a crime is flagged
as a hate crime it is automatically prioritised, even if it is petty in
nature. If you are a straight, white male and you want the police to
investigate criminal damage or car crime, you may as well forget it. But if
you are a BAME, LGBT, disabled Muslim trans-woman, your multiple protected
characteristics will boost you to the top of the queue if you report the
same incident as a hate crime.
... Crime should be investigated and
punished equally, and there should be the same sentence regardless of
whether the criminal is a man or a woman, black or white, rich or poor,
indigenous or immigrant.
Immigration abroad politics, Germany
Germany's radical left is fueling anti-immigrant sentiment
CNN, 7 September 2018.
Sahra Wagenknecht, the leader of Germany's far-left Die Linke
party, has launched a new movement. It is called Aufstehen (literally
translated, "stand up"). This in itself is not exceptional. Many other
countries in Western Europe have left-wing parties of varying extremes.
... Aufstehen is something altogether different. The movement is
unashamedly populist and hostile toward immigration and other
liberal causes. ...
Her ambition is to create a realignment; to
found a movement that appeals to disgruntled working-class voters who feel
betrayed by big business, globalism and the low wages in the gig economy.
Her message is not one founded upon hope and solidarity. It is
based on an ill-disguised opposition to foreigners. Her analysis is that a
message of resentment chimes with low-wage workers. ...
Wagenknecht's analysis is not entirely unique. In Denmark, the
nominally center-left Social Democrats have rebranded themselves as a party
that defends the welfare state, while it has lurched to the right on
But unlike the Danes, Wagenknecht has fused
opposition to immigration with populist economics. That is a dangerous mix.
She cannot be accused of naïveté. Like Angela Merkel,
she grew up in Communist East Germany. But unlike the current Chancellor of
Germany, the far-left firebrand is unapologetic about her membership of the
Communist Youth Movement FDJ.
She has described the East German
communist dictatorship as "the most peaceful and most philanthropic polity
that the Germans created in all of their previous history."
for the record, the regime killed 327 people who tried to escape.
Chinese Former Guantanamo Terror Suspects Handed UK Passports
Breitbart, 7 September 2018.
Four former Guantanamo Bay prisoners suspected of terror links have
been given asylum and effectively granted British citizenship, despite
having no links to the UK.
The four Chinese Muslim Uyghur fighters
were arrested after the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and transferred to
the camp in Cuba, and are thought to be linked to a banned militant
Nine years ago, they were given asylum and moved to
the island of Bermuda, an overseas British territory, in a secret deal
pushed by former U.S. President Barack Obama as he tried to close
Now, they have been granted British Overseas
Territories citizenships by Bermuda, handing them the right to get British
passports and live in the UK, the Royal Gazette reports.
Crime gangs, London
Twenty five gangs behind London crime wave, says top Met officer
Evening Standard, 7 September 2018.
Around 25 major organised crime groups with international links are
operating in London and fuelling the violence on the capital's streets,
according to a senior Scotland Yard officer.
Superintendent Mick Gallagher said there were also "hundreds and hundreds"
of smaller street gangs. The crime groups were "destabilising communities"
with a "direct correlation" between their activities and the stabbings and
shootings taking place in some of London's more impoverished districts.
Mr Gallagher, who leads the Met's serious and organised crime
command, also suggested that the extremes of poverty and wealth in London
could be helping to drive offending, with violent robbers targeting shops
and individuals to steal expensive jewellery. ...
"Because of the
nature of London you will regularly come across people who come from other
countries, but a lot of them are domiciled here."
Employment seasonal work
FIRST post-Brexit immigration plans REVEALED: Theresa May relaunches non-EU workers scheme
Daily Express, 6 September 2018.
Theresa May will re-launch the non-EU workers scheme, after axing
it five years ago, to meet the post-Brexit demands for fruit pickers,
Whitehall sources have revealed.
The scheme, which allows 2,500
non-EU workers to register for seasonal work, will effectively be the first
post-Brexit immigration plan put forward by the Government.
comes after farmers have been increasingly pressuring Theresa May to relax
VISA rules to ensure British farms are able to recruit seasonal workers in
the face of a post-Brexit labour shortage.
The farming industry
employs 67,000 seasonal workers, with 95 percent coming from countries in
the trade bloc under the right of freedom of movement. ...
non-EU farmer scheme was scrapped by Mrs May when she was Home Secretary
following growing fears that it could result in a surge in migrants, as
workers from Romania and Bulgaria gained the automatic right to work in the
UK in 2014.
However, official figures show EU migration has fallen
to the lowest levels in six years.
While 226,000 EU citizens
arrived in the UK in the year leading up to March 2018, 138,000 decided to
Immigration abroad extremism, Germany
German media admits: Man who made Hitler salute at Chemnitz rally is actually a Leftist infiltrator
Jihad Watch, 6 September 2018.
It has long been charged that Antifa operatives enter the crowds of
pro-freedom rallies and say and do things in order to discredit those
rallies. In the protests in Chemnitz against mass Muslim migration, this
man made a Hitler salute, which was picked up by the international media as
proof that the rallies were full of neo-Nazis. But this man has now been
unmasked as a supporter of the Red Army Faction, a Communist terrorist
group. Even the German media is admitting it. But it is unlikely there will
follow any retractions from the media outside the country, which is too
invested in the mass migration imperative to take notice of inconvenient
Immigration abroad censorship, Sweden
Professor fired for tweeting FACTS on gang rapes in Sweden
The Rebel, 6 September 2018.
Dr. Bilyana Martinovski explains what led to her firing from the
position of Associate Professor of Human-Machine Interaction at the
University of Stockholm, after she began a research project about ways to
assist gang rape victims with PTSD. [video]
After finding that the
state did not keep official statistics of rape cases in Sweden, she found
an American website, GangRapeSweden.com which listed the verdicts of all
gang rapes from 2012 to 2017.
She contacted the 43 district courts
involved in these cases requesting verdicts and other details, and was
shocked by the volume of information she received.
began when she noticed a report from the website on Twitter, and retweeted
it, confirming the veracity of the court cases listed on the site.
Activists began a letter writing campaign against her, calling her
a "Nazi." The university, with no due process, informed her that she had
been removed from her position.
Immigration campaigners have warned ministers not to reopen the floodgates by caving in to demands by university bosses
The Sun, 5 September 2018.
Migration crusaders urged ministers not to bring back foreign
student two-year visas.
Universities and Boris Johnson urged a
restart of the scheme to let them stay after courses end.
Migration Watch's Alp Mehmet warned of an unskilled influx. He said:
"There's no reason they should stay on, even to stack shelves.
last time ministers investigated, only one in four had skilled work."
Immigration non-EU immigrants
Brexit will not help us curb immigration
The Times, 5 September 2018.
Our failure to limit the number of non-EU migrants shows that
leaving the EU is no panacea.
During the summer a large canine has
slunk unnoticed across the British political landscape, failing to bark.
Figures released last month by the Office for National Statistics show net
migration from the European Union fell to 87,000 in the year to March,
while net migration from outside the EU rose to 235,000 in the same period.
This raises questions that some of us deem important, but which no
leading politician has dared to ask. After Brexit, Britain may gain powers
to exclude EU nationals: Polish plumbers, Romanian car-washers and
pickpockets. But what new weapons will the government secure to reduce
legal immigration from outside the EU?
Politics Liberal Democrats
The immigration system is broken. Here's how we'll fix it
Liberal Democrats, 5 September 2018.
In an interview with The Guardian, I set out our ambitious
plan to fix the UK's broken immigration system, end the Conservatives'
hostile environment and celebrate the positive impact immigration has had
on the United Kingdom.
Our policy paper, A Fair Deal for
Everyone: Prosperity and Dignity in Migration, will be debated this
month in Brighton. It calls for a new right to work for refugees and asylum
seekers, major reform of the Home Office - giving control of work permit
policy to the Business Department and student visa policy to the Education
Department, policies to make family reunification easier and scrapping the
net migration target.
Revealed: The multi-cultural make-up of Coventry
Alice Cachia and Laura Hartley
CoventryLive, 5 September 2018.
Coventry is more diverse than ever, but numbers in Warwickshire are
saying the complete opposite.
The number of people from an ethnic
minority in Coventry has risen by more than 18,000 in the past six years.
The number equals one in every 3.6 people in the area in 2017 was
either black, Asian or from another ethnic minority. ...
there were 100,969 people in Coventry from an ethnic minority in 2017,
compared to 82,920 in 2011.
The number of Asian people has grown
sharply in particular, from 51,599 in 2011 to 60,643 in 2017.
number of black people also rose, from 17,759 to 22,162, as did the number
of mixed race people (up from 8,221 to 11,631).
There were 6,533
people from other ethnicities in Coventry in 2017 - more than the 5,341 in
Overall in Warwickshire one in every 6.4 people was from
an ethnic minority, up from the one in 7.0 in 2011.
Warwickshire, though, had the worst level of ethnic diversity in the area.
Just one in every 44.3 people was either black, Asian, or from
another ethnic minority in 2017.
Crime fraud, theft
Fraudsters posed as police officers to con £200,000 from vulnerable and elderly
LeedsLive, 5 September 2018.
Eight men have been jailed for a combined total of more than 30
years at Leeds Crown Court for a 'large scale conspiracy' in which they
conned vulnerable and elderly people out of more than £200,000. ...
They focused their 'tenacious' operation on people in vulnerable
situations all over the country, including here in West Yorkshire, and some
of the victims had their entire life savings stolen away from them. ...
"The actions of this group have had a devastating impact on the
lives of the victims. The group abused the often trusting nature of people
to defraud them out of large sums of money often their life savings.
Some of the victims have not had all of their money back." ...
eight men were jailed for a total of more than 30 years for the following
Mahbub Aziz, 24, ...
Shahidur Ali, 24, ...
Mohammed Hadi, 34, ...
Mohammed Noor, 23, ...
Mohammed Naahe, 50, ...
Syed Ahmed, 35, ...
Mohammed Haque, 43, ...
Shah Abdal, 46, ...
man, 21-year-old Ismail Hoque, ... admitted acquiring criminal property and
was sentenced to eight months suspended for 12 months, with 16 hours unpaid
The figures proving Birmingham is more diverse than ever
Alice Cachia and James Rodger
Birmingham Mail, 4 September 2018.
Birmingham is more diverse than ever - with the number of people
from an ethnic minority rising by nearly 95,000 in just six years.
Exclusive analysis of Office for National Statistics data reveals
that one in every 3.1 people in our area was either black, Asian or from
another ethnic minority in 2017.
That's up from the one in every
3.3 people in 2011 - the most recently available Census data.
Overall there were 829,822 people in Birmingham from an ethnic
minority in 2017, compared to 735,168 in 2011.
That's the biggest
rise seen across the country.
The number of Asian people has grown
sharply in particular, from 463,890 in 2011 to 516,809 in 2017.
number of mixed race people also rose, from 88,024 to 112,450, as did the
number of black people (up from 146,480 to 158,767).
41,796 people from other ethnicities in Birmingham in 2017 - more than the
36,774 in 2011.
Birmingham's ethnic diversity is greater, too, than
the national average.
Across England and Wales, one in every 6.6
people is from an ethnic minority - a fairly marginal rise from one in
every 7.1 people in 2011.
Solat Chaudhry, CEO for the National
Centre for Diversity, said: "As a country, becoming more ethnically diverse
has been a great thing for the UK. ..."
Immigration abroad Islam, Germany
German far right fuels Muslim 'takeover' fears
Politico.eu, 4 September 2018.
Can Germany survive Islam?
That question is once again at
the center of the country's public discourse amid the violent protests that
followed last week's brutal killing of a German man, allegedly at the hands
of two Muslim refugees, and the publication of a new book titled "Hostile
Takeover, how Islam halts progress and threatens society." ...
Despite Germany's growing prosperity, its society is seething as
the negative consequences of taking in more than 1 million asylum seekers
since 2015 sink in. ...
Thilo Sarrazin, the former Bundesbank
official and provocateur who wrote "Hostile Takeover," has tapped into
Germany's unease about the refugee influx with a dystopian prediction of
what lies ahead.
Describing Islam as "an ideology of violence
disguised as religion," Sarrazin argues that if Europe doesn't take swift
action to halt Muslim migration into the EU, European society will
ultimately be enveloped and destroyed by Islam.
debuted last week at No. 1 on German Amazon's bestseller list. ...
Last year, refugees were suspects in about 15 percent of homicides
in Germany, according to official statistics, though they account for only
2 percent of the population.
Many of the suspects, including the
Iraqi accused of stabbing the Chemnitz victim and the terrorist who drove
into a Berlin Christmas market in 2016, enjoy an immigration status
classified as a Duldung, or "tolerance." That means that even though the
individual's asylum application has been denied, the government is allowing
the person to remain in Germany and in many cases seek employment. The
reasons for such a ruling vary, but can be as mundane as a lack of a
passport, making it difficult to confirm the migrant's nationality.
About 170,000 migrants enjoy "tolerated" status in Germany. A
further 350,000 reside in the country with no official immigration status
at all, many of them waiting for a ruling on an asylum application.
Critics say the presence of so many migrants without a bona fide
legal right to remain in the country proves that Germany's asylum system is
a sham. History suggests that a denied asylum application presents little
more than minor delay to a migrant's quest to acquire legal immigration
status in Germany. About 233,000 people whose asylum applications were
rejected are currently in the country. All but 60,000 of them enjoy
"tolerated" status. ...
Under Germany's federal structure, its 16
regional states are responsible for deporting migrants. Last year, they
carried out about 24,000 deportations, far fewer than the potential pool.
The problem is that if a migrant doesn't agree to leave the country, the
cost of removing him or her can be prohibitive due to the extra security
Considering the large number of refugees and that most of
them are young men, it's inevitable that some of them will commit crimes.
Amid the neo-Nazi attacks in Chemnitz, Merkel's coalition has
succeeded in steering the debate away from refugee violence to the dangers
of the extreme right. For now. If the last few months are any indication,
that tactic won't work for long.
If we fret about the "far Right" without curing the ills that fuel them, we're doomed
Daily Telegraph, 4 September 2018.
Douglas Murray, author of The Strange Death of Europe:
Immigration, Identity, Islam, says Europeans have a habit of talking
about the hideous reaction to a problem rather than the problem itself.
Why? Because it's easier. It's easier, for instance, to discuss how awful
Tommy Robinson the anti-Islamist campaigner is than the
child-grooming gangs that sparked the backlash that made Robinson famous.
Yes, Robinson is very easy to talk about. We've seen home-grown thugs like
him come and go for decades, and we know why they're wrong and what words
to use about them. The problem with migrant criminals, however, is harder
to articulate. How do we address that without sounding like ... well, Tommy
... If nationalists do well enough in next year's EU
elections, they could form a powerful coalition in the European parliament.
We could draw a picture of a black web spreading slowly across the
continent, but we should resist superficiality. In a new book, Roger
Eatwell and Matthew Goodwin argue that these movements vary in character
but that most of them are not Thirties-style fascists: they are national
Delegitimizing debate about immigration smacks, as
Murray warns, of focusing disproportionately on the outcome of a social
tension rather than the source of the tension itself. /.../ What is more
likely to radicalise British opinion isn't the burka: it's Westminster and
the media trying to compel voters to pretend they love the burka. Indeed, a
critical component of the new national populist narrative is that the
establishment is providing a special protection for immigrants. ...
I suspect they believe it is the state that is dangerously
authoritarian, not they more interested in forcing through its
ideological project of multiculturalism than, say, enforcing the law.
Politics wages, labour movement, Left leaders
Labour's conspiracy of silence on immigration
UnHerd, 4 September 2018.
One of the characteristics of the modern Left is its obstinate
refusal to accept inconvenient truths, its unwillingness to look hard facts
in the eye and adopt honest arguments in response.
Nowhere is this
more apparent than on the question of the consequences of mass immigration
in working-class communities.
To argue that the impact has been
deep and profound, and not always to the good, is to incite in a wide layer
of Left-wing activists an unbridled fury. Emotion, boilerplate and
cliché are elevated above evidence, logic and reason.
bull-headed intractability of Left leaders in resisting any sort of candid
debate on mass immigration and its effects on those for whom they claim to
speak borders on the criminal. Take the recent publication of a report by
the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), which
highlighted that a tighter labour market, caused in no small measure by a
slowdown in the rate of EU-born workers coming to the UK, had forced over
half of employers to increase wages.
Did the leaders of the labour
movement have anything to say about this? Was there any sense of mea
culpa for having spent years attacking those of us who argued that EU
free movement laws depressed wages? Was there hell.
this publication just as they ignored all previous research that
established a link between higher immigration levels and worse outcomes for
the lowest-paid workers, such as a Bank of England study which concluded
that for every 10 percentage point rise in the proportion of immigrants,
the pay of those working in semi- or unskilled services is reduced by 2%,
and other research showing that UK immigration levels have had a
significant effect on wage distribution, with medium- and higher-paid
workers gaining and the poorest losing out.
There can be little
doubt that, were the research to drill down specifically into those
industries where the over-supply of labour was most acute, the effects
would be found to be even more striking. ...
It isn't rocket
science. Just as a surplus of anything reduces its cost, so most reputable
economists, from Karl Marx to Milton Friedman, have agreed that an
over-supply of labour depresses wages. A handful of us in the labour
movement have been pointing out this simple truth for years, only to be
regularly assailed by unthinking colleagues labelling us as 'bigots' and
There was a time when support for open borders was a fringe
position on the Left, for most mainstream socialists and trade unionists
understood that, while properly-managed immigration could be a good thing,
having absolutely no control over the numbers of people entering your
country was inimical to socialist planning around employment, housing and
There is a conspiracy of silence among labour movement
leaders on the real impact of unrestricted immigration in working-class
They ought to take a long hard look at themselves.
Because, in the end, their support for open borders, far from bringing
about the unity of the international working-class and breaking down social
and cultural barriers, has served instead to entrench a system that
commodifies humanity, atomises communities and allows big business to cut
wages in the quest for greater profits. How could any representative of
working people be proud of that outcome?
Immigration abroad Europe
Finland: Most 'Migrant Crisis' Arrivals Not Refugees, Are Economic Migrants
Breitbart, 4 September 2018.
The majority of people who travelled to Europe in 2015 at the
height of the continent's Migrant Crisis had made the journey seeking
better material living standards and did not fit the criteria to be
refugees, Finland's Prime Minister has said.
Speaking during an
interview with Finnish public broadcaster YLE at the weekend, Juha
Sipilä asserted that the mass influx of immigrants seen in 2015 and
2016 following Angela Merkel's suspension of EU Dublin rules has "caused
the recent unrest in Europe", highlighting protests in Germany's Chemnitz
over murders by migrants.
"What made the situation so difficult is
that the majority of these people are on the move because of economic
reasons not because they are fleeing war or personal persecution,"
he argued, prompting outrage from Finland's left. ...
borders NGOs including Save the Children were among voices calling the
claim false along with "immigration researcher" Erna Bodström, who
argued that around half of asylum claims made in European Union (EU)
nations during 2016 and 2017 were successful after taking into account
negative decisions which were eventually overturned by appeal. ...
Rather than recanting his statements, however, the Finnish leader
penned a blog post saying he was justified in drawing attention to the
large proportion of economic migrants amongst those drawn to Europe who are
claiming to be refugees, stating that while "helping one's neighbour" is a
duty close to his heart, "the task of the asylum system" is to help the
people in most need.
Claiming immigrant communities "enrich our
culture" and that they constitute "an important part of Finland's vitality
and success", the Centre Party politician said the nation "has a
responsibility" to help refugees.
But "the fact is that the
majority of those who arrived in 2015 and during the crisis did not meet
the criteria for asylum in Finland", he continued, noting: "According to
the statistics of the Finnish Immigration Service, approximately one third
of asylum seekers entering Finland for the period 2015-2017 received a
positive asylum decision.
"Approximately 44 per cent of the asylum
seekers who came to Europe received a positive decision. That is, most of
the respondents did not have grounds for obtaining asylum in Europe," he
"... But the role of the asylum system is to help people
who are vulnerable to particular oppression and disadvantage," wrote the
Finnish politician, who in 2015 demanded the whole country mobilise to show
"solidarity" to the arriving third world migrants.
Benefits and costs taxes, welfare benefits
Swiss Study Reveals Immigration Produces Long Term Economic Harm
Breitbart, 3 September 2018.
A study from the University of Basel has concluded that while
immigration may have short-term economic benefits for Western nations, in
the long term it could heavily strain a country's welfare system.
The study examined the long-term effect of mass migration and
concluded that while new migrant households in Switzerland pay around 729
francs per household per month more in taxes than they receive in benefits,
that number becomes a 405 francs loss in the long term, Kronen
The driving factor behind the long-term loss
is that migrants, like native Swiss, age and often pay less overall in
taxes before retirement. Another factor is higher unemployment rates among
migrants, which is twice as high as native Swiss or foreign EU nationals
and four times as high for migrants from outside of the European political
Just over 70 percent of unemployment insurance money comes
from native Swiss taxpayers, but they only take out 55 percent of the total
unemployment benefits. ...
One of Germany's top economists
Hans-Werner Sinn has also warned Germany and other countries that many
low-skilled migrants are attracted by generous welfare state programmes, as
opposed to the high-skilled workers often demanded by governments.
Immigration border security
Ireland used as backdoor into UK via reunified family ploy
Sunday Times, 2 September 2018.
The immigration services and the gardai have opened an inquiry into
the abuse of an EU directive that allows foreign nationals to sponsor their
families to live in Ireland under a reunification scheme.
immigration authorities are encountering scores of applications from non-EU
nationals who have already obtained residency rights in Britain, but claim
to have moved to Ireland and wish to sponsor visas for their spouses,
children and parents to move here.
Investigations by the Garda
National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) and the Irish Naturalisation and
Immigration Service (INIS) have established multiple sponsors used similar
addresses to lodge applications indicating that criminal gangs and
white-collar criminals are involved.
Illegal immigration border security
Number of suspected illegal immigrants nabbed at UK border hits record levels
The Sun, 2 September 2018.
The number of suspected illegal immigrants nabbed at ports and
airports trying to enter Britain is at record levels.
34,146 were apprehended last year almost 100 a day and three per
cent up on the 33,026 the year before, we can reveal.
caught at Channel ports with border officials using carbon dioxide
detectors, heartbeat monitors and sniffer dogs to find them in vehicles.
Others have tried to enter the UK in the wheel casings of aircraft.
Some are allowed to stay, often after lodging a claim for refugee
The Home Office said the figures, obtained under Freedom of
Information rules, show "our approach to securing the UK's border is
Migration Watch UK said the figures do not show how
many failed asylum claimants are removed.
It claimed there were
more than a million illegals in the UK.
Why can't we stop convicted criminals flying in from Chile to go on burglary rampages across the home counties?
Daily Mail, 1 September 2018.
This week, it emerged more than 75 Chilean burglars have been
arrested in the past two years in some 200 burglaries in London, Essex,
Kent, Surrey, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire, the South-West and Wales.
... Jewellery, watches and designer clothes worth millions of
pounds have been stolen with the intention of shipping them back to South
Detectives believe the 'burglary tourists' are not acting
alone and that their activities are being co-ordinated by a 'Mr Big' in
South London. All those arrested pleaded guilty at once and every
single one has refused to comment in interviews with police.
Questions are now being asked as to how these individuals were
allowed into the UK.
The Mail can reveal that many have criminal
records for robbery, burglary and other crimes in Chile and elsewhere in
At least one was known to Interpol, having previously
been deported from Spain for a similar crime. Another had been deported
from Italy and Holland just two years before flying into Britain.
Yet still they were allowed to waltz into the country and terrorise
British citizens. 'How many more gangs from other countries are doing
this?' asked the victim from Kent. ...
The Met's investigation,
known as Operation Genie, has led to a total of 36 Chilean nationals being
arrested. Sixteen have been convicted of burglary-related offences. Of the
remaining 20, eight have been deported and 12 left the country after being
released under investigation. ...
'They all plead guilty because
they want to spend as short a time as possible in prison in Britain,' said
Fear terrorists go free as suspects are sent back to UK without warning
Daily Express, 1 September 2018.
Terror suspects are being deported back to the UK without the
knowledge of the British authorities, the Daily Express can reveal today.
Some countries fail to disclose if a UK national is linked to
terrorism when sending them home, Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes
admitted. This means they could be free to walk the streets unless they are
already known to the police or being monitored by British intelligence. ...
Ms Nokes said: "The Government does not hold a complete data set
relating to individuals deported to the UK since UK nationals are not as a
matter of course subject to immigration controls on arrival.
addition, not all countries will disclose that they are deporting an
individual to the UK or that there is a terrorism concern relating to
UK Police to Treat Diversity Promotion Like 'Critical Incident', Forces Set to 'Embed Equality into All Activities'
Breitbart, 1 September 2018.
Police will soon adopt a raft of "enhanced inclusivity" measures
including celebrating "culturally-focused events like Black History Month"
as forces across Britain are ordered to treat minority representation like
a "critical incident".
According to Police Oracle, a plan set to be
launched next week will see every force create a "gold group at chief
officer level focused on diversity", with identity politics to be made a
Senior officers, staff associations, and members of
various "communities" will work together towards meeting so-called
diversity targets, the law enforcement news outlet said. ...
Committing police chiefs to "embedding diversity, equality and
inclusion" into the heart of their forces' every activity, the strategy
comes with a "toolkit" of actions to increase minority representation,
including making "emotional health and happiness" a priority and bringing
in "reverse mentoring" schemes in which lower ranked officers will train
their seniors in so-called "emotional intelligence".
also be told to introduce flexible working practices enabling time off for
cultural or religious observance, as well as launching initiatives
celebrating "culturally-focused events such as major religious festivals
and Black History Month".