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Updated 21 October 2016
Asylum fraud, children, Calais
Farce of child migrant family checks: Home Office under fire for allowing youths into UK without being sure they have home to go to
Gordon Rayner, Steven Swinford and
Daily Telegraph, 21 October 2016.
The Home Office is failing to verify whether child refugees have
family members in the UK capable of taking care of them before they are
brought here from Calais, the Telegraph has learnt.
authorities who are ultimately responsible for the children's welfare have
complained that in some cases minors arrive in London without any proof
that their relatives exist.
The job of checking that family members
can provide the migrants with a suitable home is left to councils, who
often have to place them in the care system after discovering they have
no-one here who can take them in. ...
Having faced criticism
earlier in the week that it was bussing in "child refugees" who appeared to
be well into adulthood, the Home Office was accused of a "literal cover-up"
yesterday as new arrivals who appeared older had blankets over their heads,
while younger ones were not covered.
The number of refugees coming
to the UK from Calais is expected to increase over the weekend ahead of the
closure of the camp, scheduled for Monday. ...
It also emerged that
the Home Office planned to introduce a pilot scheme four years ago to check
the age of asylum-seekers using dental x-rays, only to scrap the scheme
after being told they had not sought the relevant ethical approval. ...
Refugees arriving in the European Union are required to claim
asylum in the first EU country they reach, but unaccompanied child refugees
are granted an exemption if they wish to join relatives in another EU
country, such as Britain.
All of those who have been brought to the
UK Asylum Intake Unit in Croydon, south London this week have claimed to be
minors with relatives living here, but the Local Government Authority says
the Home Office is not managing the scheme effectively, meaning the
youngsters are arriving with no guarantee that they have anywhere to go.
David Simmonds, chairman of the LGA's asylum, refugee and migration
task group, said: "The Home Office are saying that they have carried out
checks that family members exist but in fact local authorities are being
asked to check out the relatives when the children arrive.
the child has named a relative here, they could be lying or the relative
could be lying about their ability to look after them. They might say they
have a spare bedroom but then it turns out that uncle is actually sharing a
bedroom with five other people above a shop.
"If they can't look
after the children they will go back into the system as unaccompanied
"The local authority then becomes
responsible for their care, accommodation and education until the age of
25, under the Leaving Care Act. That means the local authority also has to
pay their university fees in full, because as foreigners they aren't
entitled to student loans."
Mr Simmonds said the situation was
placing a huge financial burden on local authorities at ports of entry,
such as Hillingdon, where he sits as a councillor, and which includes
Lord Blencathra, in a letter to the Daily Telegraph,
says today that he and fellow parliamentarians "assumed that we were
talking about vulnerable little boys and girls under age 12-14" when the
Government agreed to take them in. He said it was "vital" for the Home
Office to introduce effective age tests to prevent border officials being
Asylum fraud, children
[X-ray of hand]
Dr Ben Timmis
Daily Telegraph, 21 October 2016.
[Letter to the Editor]
Skeletal maturity bears a close linear relationship to
chronological age in developing children, and X-ray departments are
routinely asked to assess "bone age" in children, by the simple, cheap and
low-dose means of an X-ray of the hand. The image obtained is compared with
standard published images, and a fairly accurate chronological age can thus
The technique is applicable from the newborn to 18
years. Imaging the teeth is more difficult, involves a higher radiation
dose, and is less reliable.
Asylum fraud, children
Are dental checks for 'child' migrants unethical? No, they're already being done by the Home Office
Ian Drury, Jason Groves and Sam Greenhill
Daily Mail, 21 October
Dental tests are already being used to assess the age of migrants,
the Daily Mail can reveal.
The Home Office is under fire for ruling
out tooth X-rays for youngsters coming to the UK from The Jungle camp in
Ministers claimed such checks were 'inaccurate,
inappropriate and unethical'.
But last night it was revealed that
UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), the Home Office agency responsible for
asylum claims, already accepts dental checks as proof of age, if provided
by the migrant.
Guidelines said officials should give 'considerable
weight' to reports from dental consultants who have assessed arrivals. ...
Citing guidance from the British Dental Association, the Home
Office claimed dental X-rays were not accurate enough because they carried
a margin of error of at least two years.
But UKVI documents titled
Assessing Age For Asylum Applicants showed that officials used such tests
to check on some asylum seekers who were trying to prove they were
Critics said this torpedoed the Home Office's claims that
the tests were unethical, although Whitehall officials pointed out that the
migrants involved were voluntarily taking the test to prove they were under
A Home Office spokesman admitted that UKVI did recognise
dental records as a valid indicator of age in some cases, but insisted it
did not seek them proactively.
Muslim civil war on streets of Britain: Islam divide carries 'death warrant', says expert
Daily Express, 21 October 2016.
Muslim divide has caused civil war on the streets of Britain,
according to the chief executive of a counter-extremism think tank.
The chief executive of the Quiliam Foundation, Haras Rafiq, has
claimed that civil war has spread onto the UK's streets. ...
said: "The last three killings of Muslims to be picked up by the media have
been carried out by those who have decided that their victims 'are not
Mr Rafiq said that the Salafi version of Islam
excommunicates Muslims who are not the same as them and under Sharia law,
this means that these people can be killed. ...
executive of the think tank said that "not being the right kind of Muslim
now carries a potential death warrant on our streets."
Four in 10 new nurses are from overseas, amid warnings NHS faces 'perfect storm' post-Brexit
Daily Telegraph, 21 October 2016.
Four in ten new nurses have come from overseas the highest
level in more than a decade, according to a new report warning of a
"perfect storm" about to hit the NHS.
The Royal College of Nursing
(RCN) said hospitals are on the brink of a major staffing crisis.
Half of British nurses could retire within a decade, while services
are increasingly reliant on foreign workers, who could leave post-Brexit,
its report says.
Last year, 11,261 nurses who registered to work in
the UK came from overseas a rise from 8,183 the previous year,
official statistics show.
In total, four in 10 of last year's
entrants trained abroad, with the vast majority coming from within the EU.
Six years ago, overseas nurses made up just one in 10 new entrants. ...
The union has previously warned that the NHS was spending
"ludicrous" sums poaching foreign nurses while rejecting two thirds of
British applicants for training.
Immigration abroad crime, France
Anger among French police grows as Hollande vows talks
The Local [France], 21 October 2016.
President François Hollande has vowed to meet police union
leaders after a fourth night of unprecedented protests in Paris and across
Hundreds of police took to the streets of Paris for a
fourth night of demonstrations calling for reinforcements and stiffer
penalties following a string of attacks on officers.
took place in other French cities on Thursday night despite the
government's efforts to contain growing anger among police as the issue of
safety of law enforcement officers enters the presidential race. ...
With security at its highest possible level, officers have been up
in arms over attacks on police during patrols in tough suburbs and during
Asylum fraud, children, Calais
Home Office admits checks on 'child refugees' in Calais are limited and hampered by French law
Daily Telegraph, 20 October 2016.
The Home Office has admitted it carries out only limited checks on
the ages and identities of "child refugees" in Calais before they are
allowed into the UK.
Dozens of supposed unaccompanied minors have
been brought to Britain this week from the so-called "Jungle" camp in the
French port, but some appear to be well into adulthood, with stubble and
even crow's feet around their eyes.
It has led to calls for more
rigorous checks to be carried out, such as dental examinations, which are
used in some other countries to check applicants' ages. The Home Office
dismissed the idea out of hand, insisting it already had rigorous
procedures in place in Calais.
But it emerged that accepted
guidelines on determining asylum seekers' ages, known as the Merton test,
are not followed until applicants arrive in the UK, nor can they be
fingerprinted in France because it contravenes French law.
so many applicants have no documentation to prove their age, Home Office
workers who interview them in Calais alongside their French counterparts
have to rely on physical appearance and demeanour to decide how old they
think they are.
It means that adult men who should have claimed
asylum in other EU countries could reach Britain before they are found to
be lying about their age.
Once applicants arrive in the UK, they
are fingerprinted and re-interviewed by the Home Office, and may then face
a Merton test from the local authority where they intend to live, which
involves lengthy questions about the applicant's activities during the
previous few years. The interviewers must also "ask questions designed to
test the applicant's credibility".
Two-thirds of child refugees
screened by the Home Office to the year September 2015 were later found to
Afghan refugees at the Jungle told The Daily
Telegraph it was commonplace for young men desperate to enter the UK to
lie about their age.
Bashir Ahmad, from Spin Boldak, south of
Kandahar, said: "People are lying about their ages. This is not good when
there are real children here. I am 26, I tell everyone the truth."
Looking at pictures of some of those who had arrived in Britain, Mr
Ahmad said: "He looks 25, he looks 30, he looks maybe 40."
Conservative MP David Davies said the UK "should not be naïve" about
refugees pretending to be minors to get into the UK. ...
dental checks should be introduced to determine a migrant's true age,
dismissing suggestions it would be intrusive or immoral and claiming they
are used by 18 other countries. ...
The Home Office said it would
not be introducing dental checks, citing the British Dental Association's
assessment that they would be "inaccurate, inappropriate and unethical".
Asylum fraud, children, Calais
Child refugee checks in Calais have descended into CHAOS, admits migrant charity chief
Daily Express, 20 October 2016.
The process of separating legitimate child refugees from adults
trying to con British border controls has "descended into chaos", a leading
migrant charity worker has admitted. ...
The row over new age of
the migrants has grown increasingly bitter after Home Office officials
admitted that two-thirds of "child" refugees questioned about their age
last year were revealed to be adults.
from British charity Citizens UK, which oversees the safe passage of child
refugees into Britain told Newsnight the process has become a "bit
of a muddle" and "shambolic".
She added: "In the camp, you've had
people with megaphones, walking around calling for children to come forward
and register themselves on separate lists [of UK charities seeking to help
Ms Gardiner-Smith said there are "discrepancies"
between the lists the Home Office and her charity has obtained.
Asylum fraud, children, Calais
Man on Yesterday's Sun Front Page is NOT an Interpreter
Media Guido, 20 October 2016.
Yesterday a rumour went round Twitter virtue signallers that a man
the Sun reported is a supposed child refugee is in fact a Home
Office interpreter. It was too good for the tabloid-bashers to resist, soon
hundreds of people had tweeted it without checking, as if it was fact.
Including some very famous types like Gary Lineker, David Schneider and
Caroline Criado Perez. Guido has asked the Home Office, who confirm the man
in question is NOT an interpreter. They say they do not comment on minors,
all but confirming he is a refugee claiming to be a child. As reported by
Asylum fraud, children, Calais
Ex-Home Secretary Jack Straw Backs Dental Checks On Calais Child Refugees
The Huffington Post, 20 October 2016.
Dental tests to determine the age of child refugees from the Calais
"Jungle" camp have been backed by Labour former home secretary Jack Straw.
Calls from Tory MP David Davies to perform such procedures to
ensure Britain's "hospitality is not being abused" by refugees who "don't
look like children" provoked a firestorm of backlash.
insisted he would not have ruled out the move when he ran the Home Office
as he insisted that the asylum effort would be undermined if it turned out
people had been lying about their age in order to gain entry to Britain.
"Officials made a judgment, we have to accept that judgment, but if
there is a case for dental checks, I would certainly not as home secretary
have ruled that out," he said. ...
"So having tests, providing
they are not too intrusive and invasive, is actually a sensible thing to do
for everyone concerned. ...
"Part of the problem with the issue of
whether they are children is you have got to test their age because you
will understandably always get quite a lot of people who, knowing that it's
easier to get in because they are younger, will pretend they are under 18
when they are not.
"Some of those who are at Calais are genuine
refugees but an awful lot are economic migrants," Straw told the Daily
Campaigners including Citizens UK, which said it has
reunited 60 children from Calais with relatives in Britain since March,
claim to have identified hundreds of children in the camp who have a right
to come to the UK - either because they have family ties here under the
so-called Dublin regulations, or through the Dubs amendment.
Asylum fraud, children
How 'child' migrants are straining the care system - and British children are paying the price
Daily Mail, 20 October 2016.
Yesterday, I talked to a worker in a residential home in Kent for
children in care. Speaking on condition of anonymity, she told me that half
of the children in care there are unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.
... Yet she told me that in her estimation more than half the
migrants are not children at all, but in their 20s.
'They can be
quite frightening at times,' she said. 'They are aggressive and have an
attitude problem. Many have no respect for women because of their culture.
'No one is giving consideration to the risks they pose, not just to
staff but to the other children in the home. Because they are older, they
have a lot of influence on the youngsters, who are very vulnerable. They
introduce the children to alcohol and get them into crime like street
robberies. It is a serious problem, which those in authority are not
According to Eurostat, in 2015 3,045 unaccompanied
minors claimed asylum here, of whom 91 per cent were male and only 8 per
cent were under 14. ...
Other councils are seeing dizzying rises. A
Freedom of Information request by Community Care Magazine revealed numbers
of unaccompanied children being looked after by local authorities,
excluding Kent, increased by an average of 55 per cent from 2013-14 to
Many of the youngsters whose families pay for them to
come here who may well be in their 20s but claim to be teenagers
are sent on flights into Britain and are instructed to say they are
orphans so they are taken into care.
As one immigration officer
with 20 years' experience explained to me: 'Ninety per cent of them are not
orphans. Their coming here is very well worked out. Their families have
paid the people-traffickers to bring them here,' he added. 'The intention
is for the families to follow shortly after. For the most part, they are
not fleeing for their lives.
'For years, we have had adult
Pakistani males arriving in this country maintaining they are Afghan
teenagers. They claim to be 13 or 14 but they are clearly over 20, with
good facial hair.' ...
The immigration officer explained that
thorough age-checks no longer take place at British airports.
'There was a time,' he said, 'when we had a doctor stationed at the
port health office in the airport, who could make an age-assessment by
looking at the claimant's teeth and face.'
But such doctors no
longer exist. 'They were removed a few years ago, just as the increasing
numbers of asylum kids kicked off,' he added.
'Now we just call a
social worker, but there is nothing they can do [in terms of deciding what
to do] until the young person has had a scientific age-assessment.' And,
inevitably, that takes time to organise. So, instead of the migrant being
detected as 'over-age' from the point they arrive in Britain, the social
worker will place the 'child' with a temporary foster family or a care
home. 'They abscond almost immediately, often within the hour,' said the
Sometimes, the migrants who say they are
teenagers are accompanied by their traffickers on the flight. These men
charge a high price for the service.
The immigration officer knows
many of them by sight. They are often young men who mysteriously are able
to travel ten times a year from Britain to Dubai and Africa. But since they
have British or EU passports, immigration officials can do nothing about
Population pressure housing
London borough council admits social house waiting time has hit 50 YEARS
Daily Express, 20 October 2016.
A council chief in London's poorest borough has admitted that the
waiting time for social housing is now 50 years in the latest evidence that
immigration levels have got out of control.
In a BBC documentary -
No Place to Call Home - broadcast today, Maureen Worby, the Labour
councillor in charge of social care for Barking and Dagenham, told local
people asking about council housing: "Do you know what it's not a
10-year wait, it's a 50-year wait."
The shocking admission appears
to be an indictment of open door immigration policies which has seen areas
like Barking and Dagenham take the brunt of waves of immigrants.
Official figures show that the population of the borough is
expected to be 223,185 up 36 per cent from 165,610.
increase in population comes despite the British white population falling
by 30 per cent while the black African population rose 20,000 between 2001
and 2011 and "other [non-British] white" by about 10,000.
Jamaican drug-dealing killer CANNOT be thrown out of the country because his parents aren't married and it would violate his human rights say judges
MailOnline, 20 October 2016.
A drug-dealing killer who was jailed for manslaughter cannot be
deported as it would violate his human rights, the Supreme Court ruled.
Eric Johnson was sentenced to nine years in prison for killing
David Williams, 30, by hitting him with a piece of wood and stabbing him in
his flat in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, in 2007.
Secretary Theresa May said he should be deported to Jamaica, where he was
born to a British father and Jamaican mother out of wedlock.
Because he was illegitimate he was not entitled automatically to
become a British citizen on birth and then did not apply before he was 18.
Johnson argued he should not be deported as it would amount to
He lost his case in the Court of Appeal earlier
this year but secured a victory at the Supreme Court today.
judges said that to remove Johnson would be to punish him for 'the accident
of his birth outside of wedlock' as he would have been entitled to British
citizenship if his parents had been married. ...
He could not
apply for citizenship in his own right at the age of 16 as he had run up a
string of convictions and was therefore not considered to be of 'good
Upholding Johnson's appeal, Lady Hale ruled
deporting him simply because of the accident of his birth outside wedlock
would be unlawfully discriminatory.
Johnson was in no way
responsible for his parents' unmarried status and there could be 'no
justification' for deporting him.
The requirement that a person in
his position must also be of good character to qualify for citizenship was
also 'incompatible' with human rights, she said.
Asylum children, adults
Two-thirds of child refugees screened by officials found to be adults, Home Office figures show
Peter Dominiczak and Steven Swinford
Daily Telegraph, 19 October
Nearly two-thirds of "child" refugees who officials questioned
about their real age were found to be adults, Home Office documents show.
Figures show that in the year to September 2015, 65 per cent of the
child refugees who had their age disputed were found to be over 18.
It comes after Conservative MPs raised questions about the ages of
14 refugees who were brought to the UK this week from the "Jungle" migrant
camp in Calais. ...
In the year ending September 2015, 590 asylum
applicants had their age disputed and of those, 574 recorded as having an
Of the 574 refugees checked, 371 were found to be
Since 2006 there have been 11,121 age disputes. Of those,
4,828 were found to have been adults.
Terrorism Islam, jihadists
Europe should prepare for fresh wave of Isil jihadists fleeing Mosul as Iraqi army moves in, warns EU
Daily Telegraph, 19 October 2016.
Europe must prepare for a fresh influx of Isil jihadists fleeing
Mosul as the army moves in on their last Iraqi stronghold, the EU's
security commissioner has warned.
"The retaking of the IS's
northern Iraq territory, Mosul, may lead to the return to Europe of violent
IS fighters," Julian King said. 'This is a very serious threat and we must
be prepared to face it."
Some 2,500 EU nationals are currently
fighting alongside Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), he added,
and that if even a handful return it would pose a "serious threat that we
must prepare ourselves for". ...
Analysts say that even with the
loss of its last-remaining stronghold in Iraq, it will not mark the end of
the group and that its loss of its so-called caliphate could see
devastating consequences for the West.
The group is "entering a new
phase," said Chris Phillips, managing director of counter-terrorism
consultancy Ippso, adding that as the group loses its "caliphate", "it
would force them into more guerrilla or terrorist actions".
the retaking of Mosul, "I think we will see a growth of terrorist attacks
across North Africa and the West," he said, adding that fighters could take
cover in the routes used by refugees to slip in.
The best cure for anti-Semitism in the UK is to stop pretending we're all guilty of it
Daily Telegraph, 19 October 2016.
The Commons Home Affairs select committee has just produced a
report entitled "Anti-Semitism in the UK", ... ...
We have always
had a hard-core of anti-Semites in this country, even after the mass murder
of Jews in Europe showed the horrific consequences of such attitudes. But
reading the select committee report, the question that jumped out was: why
has it got worse in recent years? And the only answer that makes any sense
The groups most likely to hold anti-Semitic views
are Muslims and eastern Europeans, where the religious and cultural roots
lie deep. A survey cited in the report says that a significantly higher
proportion of Muslims endorsed anti-Semitic statements than the rest of the
country. The report's conclusion, therefore, that "there is a real risk the
UK is moving in the wrong direction on anti-Semitism" needs to be placed in
Without even seeing the irony, MPs say this "should be a
wake-up call for those who value the UK's proud multicultural democracy".
Yet it is precisely our past indulgence of multiculturalist nostrums that
allowed the prejudiced views of one religious minority against another to
Despite evidence of a particular problem within the
Muslim community, the committee simply sidesteps the implications. Why?
Perhaps it is too difficult to come to terms with the fact that
anti-Semitism is being perpetrated by another minority community that is
also subject to prejudice, or perceives itself to be.
Diversity classical music, BBC
Classical music must tackle diversity or die
Daily Telegraph, 19 October 2016.
Classical music must do more to address the diversity of its
composers or it will become "irrelevant", the controller of BBC Radio 3
will warn today.
Alan Davey will say there has been too much talk
and not enough action to tackle the lack of diversity in the genre, and
that more black and ethnic minority voices deserve to be heard.
Speaking at a BBC-led conference at the Royal Northern College of
Music in Manchester, he will demand the sector tackles the "big issues" to
keep it alive for a new generation. ...
The speeches at the
Diversity and Inclusion in Composition conference are due to be matched by
a week of programming on Radio 3.
Immigration abroad multiculturalism, languages, USA
Polyglot USA: One in five Americans now speak a language other than English at home - and Arabic is the fastest growing language
Daily Mail, 19 October 2016.
A record amount of Americans now speak a language other than
English at home, with dramatic increases in the number of Arabic speakers.
According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2015 American
Community Survey, analyzed by the Center for Immigration Studies, there are
now 64.7 million Americans over the age of five who speak at least one
language other than English. That's one in five Americans.
amount is staggering compared to 1990, when less than half that amount
(31.8 million Americans) reported speaking a second language. And the
number of foreign language speaking Americans today is triple the number
back in 1980.
The percentage of second-language speakers is even
higher among today's youth. According to the census data, it's closer to
one in four public school students who are at least bi-lingual in the U.S.
Between 2010 and 2015, the languages that saw the largest
percentage increase in speakers included Arabic (up 34 percent); Hindi, an
Indian language (up 33 percent); Urdu, the national language of Pakistan
(up 24 percent); Chinese (up 19 percent); French Creole, spoken in Haiti
(up 16 percent); Gujarati, another Indian language (up 14 percent); and
Persian, the national language of Iran (up 13 percent).
comes to total speakers however, Spanish continues to reign supreme with
now more than 40 million American speakers. That's up 3.1 million from
The other most popular second languages in the U.S. include
Chinese (3 million), Tagalog (1.7 million), and French (1.26 million). ...
Among these second-language speakers, 44 percent were born in the
United States. However, 40 percent reported that they spoke English 'less
than very well'.
Immigration abroad illegal immigration, USA
Illegal immigration soars by 24% with more than 400,000 people stopped at the border while trying to enter the US
Afp and Chris Summers
Daily Mail, 19 October 2016.
More than 408,000 illegal immigrants were detained on the Mexican
border last year - up from about 331,000 - but the number of Mexicans
trying to get into the U.S. has gone down.
The Department of
Homeland Security (DHS) said the 24 percent rise was due to the increasing
number of Central Americans fleeing poverty and violence in Honduras,
Guatemala and El Salvador. ...
The rise in numbers on the border
in 2015 followed a fall in the previous year. ...
The number of
unaccompanied children illegally entering the United States across the
border also jumped by 49 percent.
The DHS said 56,692 children
traveled without adults, compared with 39,970 the previous year.
Immigration abroad refugees, Christians, Muslims, Germany
Christians Face 'Unbearable' Situation in German Refugee Camps; Official Admits 'Underestimating Role of Religion'
Christian Today, 19 October 2016.
An apparently contrite Germany has admitted a grievous mistake,
resulting in an "unbearable" situation for Christian refugees in the
"We have underestimated the role of religion," said
Germany's Home Secretary, Thomas de Maizière, at a conference last
month, World Watch Monitor reported. He was referring to the "integration
experiment" approved by Chancellor Angela Merkel where Christian and Muslim
refugees were "mixed" in refugee centres.
Thomas said the
"experiment" was agreed upon based on the "widespread belief" in Germany
that the importance of religion and faith has decreased globally. He said
that presumption proved to be wrong.
Now, a group of German NGOs,
led by Open Doors Germany, is calling on the German government to end this
Two surveys conducted by the German NGOs among
asylum-seekers in German refugee centres this year detailed the minorities'
accounts of intimidation by Muslim refugees, according to World Watch
The surveys showed that 743 Christian refugees reported
various acts of intimidation. Of this number, 617 of them (83 percent)
reported multiple assaults; 314 (42 percent) death threats; 416 (56
percent) violent assaults; and 44 (6 percent) sexual assaults.
Ninety-one percent (674) of the Christian respondents said the
assaults were committed by Muslim refugees, 28 percent (205) by Muslim
guards and 34 percent (254) by "other parties."
The German NGOs'
report says the testimonies of the refugees clearly show that the assaults
are religiously motivated and that such attacks on minority refugees in
shelters occur all over Germany.
Politics Conservative Party
WHAT ARE EU WAITING FOR? Cabinet row erupts as ministers try to delay introduction of tough new immigration system until 2024
Tom Newton Dunn
The Sun, 18 October
A fresh Cabinet row has erupted over a bid to delay the full
introduction of Britain's tough new immigration system until as late as
Home Secretary Amber Rudd has drawn up plans for a new
visa-based system that will block unskilled workers from the EU.
But Ms Rudd is allying with Chancellor Philip Hammond to also
insist it could only be brought in gradually.
The "soft Brexit" duo
fear a sudden end to British businesses' access to cheap new foreign
workers could deliver a hammer blow to the economy.
Chancellor and Home Secretary are pushing for a gradual transition into the
new visa-based system debated by the Cabinet's Brexit sub-committee
last week that could last as long as five years. ...
will not leave the EU until 2019 at the earliest, meaning the country faces
eight more years in total of a big influx from Eastern Europe.
the proposal has angered prominent Leave campaigners in the Cabinet, such
as Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Development Secretary Priti Patel,
who are insisting on delivering their referendum pledge to slash numbers as
soon as possible.
Immigration campaigners also spoke out in anger
at the plan and instead insisted firms should start preparing for work
force changes now.
Migration Watch UK chairman Lord Green: "A
transition period is completely unnecessary.
"It's not as if all
three million EU workers already here are going to disappear in a puff of
"There numbers will gradually decline, thus allowing time
for employers here to make the necessary changes.
"For a start,
they could increase the pay and conditions for British workers in these low
Migration Watch UK is also releasing a paper
today calling on farmers to look at boosting their wages so they can employ
some of the 1.6 million Brits out of work instead of migrants.
Crime child sexual abuse
Rotherham: eight men convicted of sexually exploiting teenage girls
The Guardian, 18 October 2016.
Eight men have been found guilty of sexually exploiting teenage
girls in Rotherham.
The men, who include two brothers and four
cousins, all raped or indecently assaulted the same girl when she was as
young as 13, a jury at Sheffield crown court found on Monday. Some of them
had abused two other girls as far back as 1999, the jury ruled.
main complainant, who is now 27 and a campaigner against child sexual
exploitation, said her abusers threatened to "gang-rape" her mother if she
did not submit to their sexual abuse, which took place largely in an alley
behind a branch of Boots in Rotherham town centre, in a local park and in
bushes near a museum.
Her family were so afraid of her alleged
abusers that they moved to Spain after their complaints to the police,
social services, their MP and the home secretary went unresolved, the court
The jury believed her when she said that Sageer Hussain, 30
who is of British Pakistani origin, along with all but one of the
other men in the dock first raped her behind Boots when she was 13
and later called her a "white slag" when she tried and failed to stop him.
His older brother, Basharat Hussain, 40, was found guilty of
indecently assaulting her. Six further men, including two cousins of the
Hussain brothers, were found guilty of abusing her or helping others to do
After the majority verdicts were returned in this trial on
Monday, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said it was separately
investigating more than 11,100 lines of inquiry relating to non-familial
child sexual exploitation in Rotherham between 1997 and 2003.
far 38 people have been designated "suspects" with many more under
investigation, according to the NCA, which is carrying out the independent
investigation at the request of the chief constable of South Yorkshire
NCA staff have been talking to 133 victims and survivors
and have so far recorded 163 crimes in relation to their experiences. They
have identified 17 distinct investigations under the overall inquiry. ...
The operation began after the publication in August 2014 of the Jay
report, which said at least 1,400 children in Rotherham had been sexually
exploited over a 16-year period from 1997.
Asylum children, Calais
How old are they REALLY? Concern as 'hulking' all-male refugee children arrive from Calais
Nick Gutteridge and Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 18 October 2016.
Questions have been raised over the real ages of refugee children
arriving in Britain from Calais after it emerged that immigration officials
have no way of verifying how old they are.
Tory MPs have expressed
concern that the UK's hospitality may be being abused after pictures of the
first group of "hulking", all-male teenagers to cross the Channel were
Fourteen youngsters, who officials insist are
between the ages of 14 and 17, arrived in the UK from the infamous Jungle
camp as part of a fast-track scheme to get children out before it is
Home Office mandarins insisted they have
"verified" the ages of all of the refugees who arrived yesterday, saying
that every single one of them was aged between 14 and 17.
many asylum seekers living in Calais do not have identity papers. Some lost
them, but others deliberately destroy their passports and birth
certificates to conceal their real ages and nationalities and improve their
chances of being granted asylum.
In instances where refuges have no
official documentation, Home Office protocol states that a screening
officer can certify them as a child based on their "physical appearance" or
Whitehall documents state that refugees "should be
treated as an adult if their physical appearance/demeanour very strongly
suggests that they are significantly over 18 years of age".
However, the guidelines also say that "all other applicants should
be afforded the benefit of the doubt and treated as children".
Immigration abroad birth rate, Germany
Germany's birthrate hits 33-year high after arrival of 900,000 refugees
Independent, 18 October 2016.
An influx of refugees last year helped boost Germany's birthrate to
its highest level in 33 years, according to data released by the country's
Federal Statistics Office. ...
Almost 900,000 refugees sought
asylum in Germany in 2015, with some 70 per cent of them Muslim, according
to Reuters. Muslim families tend to be larger than secular
European-born citizens one reason why the influx of refugees has
helped increase the average number of children.
Head of the Department for Migration and Labour market at the Berlin
Institute for Population and Development told The Independent the increased
rate was promising for the German economy. ...
He added that the
"large majority" of the rise was driven by births to foreign-born women.
Crime child sexual abuse
Muslim Rape Gang Victim Talks to Breitbart: Girls Still Targeted Because Police Refuse to Act
Donna Rachel Edmunds
Breitbart, 18 October 2016.
Muslim men who groomed and violently abused young girls in a quiet
English town have been left to carry on raping girls, despite being named
to the police, one of their victims has told Breitbart London.
Kaitlyn (not her real name) suffered years of abuse at the hands of
hundreds of men in her home town, and in locations across the UK. Yet
despite handing a list of more than 80 names to the police for
investigation, her attackers are still working as taxi drivers,
businessmen, and even on the local council. And she says they are still
abusing young vulnerable girls in her town.
Kaitlyn's ordeal began
when she was thirteen when an "olive skinned" man came to her house telling
her he was going to take photos for a modelling portfolio. ...
Over the next decade Kaitlyn was systematically abused by hundreds
of men who would line up to await their turn with her. On average, she
says, she would be raped by eight at a time, one after the other.
"My mum called the police when I was 15. I didn't tell her, she
found out another way. This big tall black officer [came to the house]; he
was pacing the room. He was really impatient."
Rather than take the
complaint seriously, the officer told Kaitlyn's mother that she was a known
prostitute. "He told my mum to leave me to it, that I would stop when I'm
ready. And he told me that they couldn't offer protection if I gave a
As none of her abusers ever used protection she has
contracted numerous STDs and has been pregnant eleven times. Many of the
pregnancies ended in abortion, but she has two young daughters, both
fathered by her abusers.
Politics Labour Party
The left's reasons for ditching freedom of movement are profoundly wrong
New Statesman, 17 October 2016.
The idea that mainstream politics has failed to talk enough about
immigration has become an idea so entrenched in British political life that
it is almost impossible to challenge. ...
Now, the left is a
growing force in British politics. The Labour leadership is committed to
massive public investment. Everything should be different. So what is
alarming is that, post-referendum, the left in general seems to be
squeamish about the idea of defending free movement. /.../ Even on the
Labour left, unlikely people can be found saying that freedom of movement
is simply part of a wider deregulatory globalisation that "hasn't worked"
for many people in Britain. ...
In terms of the principle, free
movement of people ought to be a no brainer for entire progressive
political spectrum far beyond the radical left for whom it is a
first step to a borderless world. ...
The temptation for Labour to
abandon free movement of people as a goal in the Brexit negotiations is
underpinned by a sense of realism which is profoundly misplaced. To win
elections, Labour must redefine the immigration debate, not simply feed it.
Ultimately, the dilemma being posed by Brexit is about the
future of the left. One path leads to a rehashed version of the post-war
social democratic settlement. The other is difficult it will require
the creation of a whole new way of talking about migration, identity and
international solidarity but it is the only path that will allow the
left to grasp and define a process of globalisation which is, at present,
tearing both it, and the communities it once represented, apart.
Racism xenophobia, bigotry
Why Is Xenophobia Still An Acceptable Form Of Bigotry?
The Huffington Post, 17 October 2016.
It is a quirk of democracy that the achievement of power often
diminishes your ability to speak freely. Luckily I am neither famous nor
dependent on the votes of those who disagree with me, and so I can say what
Gordon Brown could not: if you blame your inability to access services on
an influx of Eastern Europeans, you are a bigot. ...
statements should be self-evident, yet the protection - and therefore
validation - of bigoted views is worryingly in vogue. If you are a British
Brexiteer harping on about 'taking back control' of my country from
iniquitous immigrants and venal Europeans then Theresa May is right to say
that I "find your patriotism distasteful, your concerns about immigration
parochial, your views about crime illiberal". But her decision to designate
liberal voices like mine as the villain in this exchange is heart-breaking.
Like all good persecutors, the anti-immigration brigade has
developed a victim complex. It centres around accusations of racism, which
they term unfair for a group who care not about the colour of your skin so
much as the colour of your passport. They are technically correct -
prejudice against people from a different country is called xenophobia, not
racism. But now we've got our semantics straightened out, let's move onto
Prejudice 101: discrimination against any social group is morally wrong. So
why are xenophobes allowed to vent their prejudice freely, with support
from media and politicians alike?
Common answer: it's not
prejudice, it's a justifiable concern for lack of space / resources / jobs.
Except that when you choose to allocate assets based on the assumption that
one social group is more deserving than another, that is prejudice. Being
born on a particular patch of land is as much of a choice as being born
with a particular skin colour or a particular set of genitals. Assuming
that any of these accidents of birth should entitle you to priority over
another in the sharing out of the world's wealth is the definition of
To be clear, I am advocating free-market
policies, not socialist ones. I am not suggesting that those born in a rich
country should have their luck stripped from them. What I am saying is that
if you agitate for laws and policies specifically aimed at stopping a
certain category of people from even attempting to achieve the same things
you covet - a job, a house, a life in Britain - then that is unjustifiable
and immoral. ...
Instead, I find myself fielding trite complaints
about the disintegration of British culture (although, oddly, never in
regards to American films, German cars, or Indian food). Let's be clear:
the proportion of our country who are non-British is a mere 8.7%. Within
that, a huge diversity of different cultures is represented. The idea that
any single group would have the numbers or the influence to fundamentally
reshape British culture is ludicrous scaremongering.
... If you
think Britain should be for the British alone then I for one will tell you
straight: you are selfish, you are bigoted, and you are wrong.
Immigration abroad Denmark, European Union
Denmark's had it with Brussels: Borders will REMAIN until EU 'gets control over crisis'
Daily Express, 17 October 2016.
Denmark's borders will remain CLOSED until the European Union can
reestablish control over the migrant crisis and make the continent safe
again, a minister has declared.
Immigration and integration
minister, Inger Støjberg, has announced she is set to tell the EU
that Denmark will continue the internal border checks, despite being a
member of the Schengen Zone. ...
Ms Støjberg said Denmark's
position would be presented to the EU in a joint letter from other Schengen
countries which have also implemented temporary checks.
politician said: "We are working to get sent a joint letter.
will say we want an extension of border controls on the basis that there is
no control of the external borders and that there are still unregistered
refugees and migrants in Europe.
"And to a great extent, the
terrorist threat is real and so we must control who comes to Europe."
Ms Støjberg added: "I consider it a necessity that we extend
now. I can only say that we must have the internal border as long as
European Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoaulos, who will
decide whether or not Denmark will be granted an extension, said Denmark
would only obtain the continued control if it was "justified".
Immigration abroad crime, Germany
Sex Attacks, Brawling, Theft: Far Left Youth Club Admits Migrant Outreach Failed
Breitbart, 17 October 2016.
A far-left political club and youth centre in Leipzig has issued a
statement admitting its outreach efforts with migrants resulted in a huge
increase in sex attacks, brawling, and theft.
Women began avoiding
dance nights as a result, nightclub Conne Island revealed in their
statement which condemns the tendency on the left to trivialise migrant sex
attacks on the basis that they are a "marginalised" group. ...
help migrants integrate, Conne Island organised skateboarding and bicycling
workshops along with German lessons to "promote integration". As a further
encouragement to participate, the group set a fee of just 50 cents for
migrants to visit the club.
The number of sex attacks and violent
confrontations at dance nights soared as a result of the decision.
Consequently, female guests began to avoid the club. ...
security guard reported that whenever they tried to throw migrants out,
left-wing activists would yell at door staff, calling them racist. Foreign
troublemakers then took to accusing security of racism each time they were
Conne Island admits: "It's a very difficult situation
for us to express all of this because we don't want to play into the hands
of the Alternative for Germany and Christian Democratic Union party's
"However, the situation is so tense and stressful for many
victims and also Conne Island staff that avoiding talking about the facts
no longer seems appropriate."
Arguing there "should be no double
standards" when it comes to sexism, homophobia, and anti-Semitism, the
statement condemns the tendency of left-wing activists to excuse, conceal
or trivialise migrants' bad behaviour.
Immigration abroad deportation, Europe
Europe pressing harder on countries to take back deported migrants
Michael Birnbaum and Annabell Van den Berghe
Washington Post, 17 October 2016.
As Europe reels from a historic rush of migrants, leaders are
searching for new ways to reverse the flow by stepping up deportations.
The quest led to a deal with Afghanistan that envisions a whole new
terminal at the Kabul airport to take deportees. It sent German Chancellor
Angela Merkel last week on a whistle-stop tour of African capitals, where
she promised an influx of euros in exchange for willingness to take back
migrants. And it resulted in an agreement with Turkey that critics say
means European nations are biting their tongues about Ankara's human rights
abuses to halt the flow of refugees to Greece. ...
"We had to find
ways to stop illegal migration," Merkel said during a trip to Ethiopia,
where she balanced criticisms of a fresh government crackdown on the
opposition with bargaining over doing more to stop migrant flows to Europe.
"That is why we said, 'We must speak to Turkey,' because many of these
people came from there. We also have to speak with African countries to
bring about legality."
Illegal immigration repatriation
Illegal immigrants given £2,000 to leave as UK faces colossal migrant crisis
Sunday Express, 16 October 2016.
The UK Government is giving £2,000 of taxpayers' cash to
illegal immigrants to get them to leave the country amid the publishing of
new figures which show the UK border's are at crisis point.
Minister Theresa May, who was responsible for immigration until she assumed
responsibility for running the country, is facing mounting pressure to
bring the situation under control as it's revealed asylum claims are at
their highest level in 12 years.
Each day immigration officials are
forced to deal with queues of thousands of people desperate to secure their
status in the country.
And to tackle it the Home Office has
confirmed illegal immigrants are now being offered £2,000 each to
leave as well as a flight home paid for by British taxpayers.
Government confirmed they have made "assisted return" payments to a total
of 529 people since they developed the strategy which was implemented in
January of this year.
They say the money is offered on a
case-by-case basis, up to a maximum value of £2,000 per person.
The assistance, the Government says, is to help those returning to
"find somewhere to live, find a job or start a business in their home
According to the latest figures there's been a 41 per
cent jump in the amount of asylum claims in the past year with people
flooding in from Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Eritrea, Afghanistan and Syria
Most applications for asylum are made by people
already in the country who have made it past border control, the Government
And they say 90 per cent of applications in the year
ending June 2016 were claimed after they'd arrived in Britain, rather than
immediately on arrival in the UK at a port.
In addition there has
been a 17 per cent increase in family visas meaning a further 47,000 non-EU
nationals immigrated long-term to the UK to accompany or join others after
they were granted leave to remain.
While in the year ending March
2016, the Office for National Statistics estimates there were 71,000 non-EU
long-term immigrants for work, an increase of nine per cent or 6,000
compared with the previous 12 months.
Group that claimed Jihadi John 'wouldn't hurt a fly' licensed to bring foreign workers into UK
Sunday Mirror, 16 October 2016.
The group that defended Isis terrorist Jihadi John and a religious
cult have been licensed by the Home Office to bring foreign workers into
Advocacy group Cage and notorious sect the Moonies are
among thousands of organisations still licensed to sponsor UK visas,
despite Tory pledges to crack down on immigration.
register of licensed companies also includes male strippers, a closed
Chinese takeaway, an immigration advice company that went out of business
last year and a non-existent polo team. ...
But a Sunday Mirror
investigation casts doubt on the Home Office's own vetting procedure for
organisations that have brought thousands of foreign nationals into the UK
since the Conservatives came to power in 2010.
The list of 30,000
companies licensed to bring in overseas workers to fill jobs includes many
of Britain's biggest businesses, along with Conservative Party HQ and some
of the largest government departments.
It is intended to guarantee
that only carefully screened organisations can sponsor visas for foreign
nationals. But the Sunday Mirror investigation found glaring holes in the
The list includes Cage, which hit the headlines
last year when its spokesman Asim Qureshi claimed Isis murderer Mohammed
Emwazi 'wouldn't hurt a fly'.
"He was such a beautiful young man,
the most humble young person that I knew," Qureshi said in an interview.
Boris Johnson described the group as "apologists for terror" and
Philip Hammond accused it of carrying a "huge burden of responsibility" for
the actions of terrorists.
Yet at the time it was registered as a
sponsor for work visas and it remains on the official register.
most striking recent addition to the list of registered visa sponsors is
the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, which is another
name for the Unification Church - better known as the Moonies. ...
The cult was best known for bringing together complete strangers
from different countries and marrying them at huge mass weddings to create
Despite this track record, it was added to the
official Home Office register of visa sponsors within the last 12 months
and can sponsor renewable one year visas for voluntary workers.
Foreign citizens granted visas under the scheme can bring their
families with them and extend their stay once in the UK.
Conservatives came to power in 2010 - and Theresa May became Home Secretary
- more than 900,000 work visas have been issued.
Revealed: The father of the Jungle boy who made Lily Allen cry is an ex-Islamist fighter who sneaked into Britain in a lorry, claimed asylum from the 'terror' of Afghanistan - and then went back
there on holiday
Ross Slater, Simon Murphy and Ian Gallagher
Mail on Sunday, 16 October 2016.
The father of the migrant boy controversially championed by Lily
Allen sneaked into Britain in the back of a lorry to claim asylum
then returned to the country he fled in terror for a three-month holiday
after being given the right to stay here.
Hazrat Gul Sherin, whose
son Shamsher appeared with the tearful pop star last week as she
'apologised' on behalf of Britain for bombing his country and putting him
'in the hands of the Taliban', came to the UK illegally in 2005, having
fled war-torn Afghanistan.
His decision to flee the country was
prompted not by the Taliban but because as a leading supporter of a brutal
Islamist warlord and an officer in his private army he was
afraid of the US and UK-backed Northern Alliance.
years, Sherin was given indefinite leave to remain in the UK, then promptly
returned to Afghanistan to visit his family.
The Mail on Sunday can
reveal that the 49-year-old was a commander in the Islamist group Hezb-e
Islami, led by the Butcher of Kabul, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. ...
Sherin now lives in Birmingham and is hoping that 13-year-old Shamsher will
be able to join him from Calais soon. ...
Yet the boy's father,
from Jalalabad, revealed the startling truth behind his journey to the UK
in an interview with The Mail on Sunday. To reach Britain, he hiked across
eight countries before being stowed away by traffickers in a fruit lorry.
He spent seven years living on benefits in Birmingham before his
claim for asylum was accepted in September 2012. He then went back to
Afghanistan, flying in via Pakistan, for the first of two three-month
visits to the very country that had put him in fear of his life.
After 11 years in the UK, he can barely speak English.
Immigration abroad population, Europe
UN told EU to accept 1.3m MORE migrants EVERY YEAR or face population crisis
Sunday Express, 16 October 2016.
The United Nations told Europe to accept even MORE migrants as a
way of CONTROLLING the continent's declining population.
radical report, titled 'Replacement Migration: Is It a Solution to
Declining and Ageing Populations?' advocates an influx of immigrants as a
means of supporting an ageing population.
It projects that over the
next 50 years the population of several western countries, including the
UK, Germany, France and Italy, will steadily decline unless measures are
taken to reverse the trend.
Penned in 2001, the report has
resurfaced in the wake of the migrant crisis sweeping Europe. ...
The two regions the report focusses on is Europe and the European
When breaking down migration into the European Union, it
hypothesised the EU would need an extra 612,000 people per year between
2000-2025, and 1.3 m per year from 2025-2050 to prevent the overall
Employment work visas
EU migrants will ONLY be offered visa if they have skilled job - to reduce numbers by 100k
Sunday Express, 16 October 2016.
Immigration from the European Union (EU) will be reduced by 100,000
under new plans to only offer visas to those offered a SKILLED job in
Britain, ministers have pledged.
UK borders will be brought back
under control with tens of thousands of low-skilled migrants being refused
entry each year, under the new plans proposed by Home Secretary Amber Rudd.
Officials expect the EU to impose a visa scheme in return which
means Britons will need a permit to work in Europe and will be limited to
If there are labour shortages in a particular
occupation, such as agriculture, a seasonal worker scheme could be
introduced allowing people to enter the UK for a fixed period. ...
Around 80 per cent of EU workers who have arrived in Britain in the
past ten years are in low-skilled employment.
Immigration abroad crime, Denmark
Foreign Crime Doubles In Six Years
Breitbart, 16 October 2016.
A new report from the national commissioner of police in Denmark
states organized migrant criminal gangs have become more numerous, more
specialized and pose a greater threat than ever before.
police operation in February of 2015 in the region of Zealand and
Lolland-Falster in Denmark led to the search of over 60 addresses by over
400 officers. the raid revealed the largest smuggling ring in the history
of the country and consisted primarily of foreign migrants.
against foreign criminals have more than doubled since 2009 and police
worry that they are to blame for rising crime rates as domestic offending
is declining, reports Danish paper Berlingske. ...
the biggest section of foreign criminals come from Romania according to the
National Police Commission, who said that most of the crimes committed are
simple retail theft, computer fraud, credit card scams and home burglaries.
Whitehall employs THOUSANDS of foreign workers - despite calls for firms to use Brit staff
Mirror, 15 October 2016.
Thousands of foreign workers are employed across Whitehall
despite Ministers urging companies to use British staff. ...
However, we can reveal Government departments already collect data
on their foreign staff.
At least 7,660 workers are from abroad,
according to the independent House of Commons Library.
total is likely to be more as a third of workers did not declare their
nationality in the latest survey.
Last week Mrs Rudd vowed to
toughen up the "resident labour market test" which requires companies to
advertise a job in the UK for 28 days before recruiting from abroad.
Immigration abroad Germany
Germany has taken in too many migrants - now Europe needs to PROTECT itself, warns expert
Daily Express, 15 October 2016.
A leading expert on migration has warned that Germany has taken in
too many migrants and that Europe must protect itself from taking in more.
Head of the Berlin Institute for Population and Development Dr
Reiner Klingholz warned in an interview that while some immigration, within
limits, was useful there were dangers of accepting too many.
said: "Germany needs workers. But if we let everything run its course, too
many people will come.
"We have already experienced it in Germany;
if we accept as many refugees as last year, the government is threatening
to lose its ability to act."
If Germany continued to take in yet
migrants, Mr Klingholz predicted, it ccould see more extreme parties that
have "simple answers" gaining power.
Mr Klingholz described his
approach to the growing problem of migration from Africa and the Middle
East as "realistic".
Immigration abroad New Zealand
Are New Zealanders becoming more racist?
New Zealand Herald, 15 October 2016.
Just how racist are we? It's a question New Zealanders don't like
to discuss but a new website is changing that.
That's Us was
launched last month. Produced by The Human Rights Commission, it includes
accounts of everyday casual racism.
Recent news reports suggest
there is much to talk about. ...
The ethnic mix has changed. New
Zealand is ranked internationally as "super diverse", one of the most
ethnically varied nations in the world. The 2013 Census identified 213
ethnic groups, the five largest being New Zealand European, Maori, Chinese,
Samoan, and Indian.
Academic studies tell us we like
multiculturalism but we want immigrants to do all the adapting. And we
aren't so keen on the practical stuff such as providing policy and
resources to support diversity. ...
Victoria University's Centre
for Applied Cross-Cultural Research found that though New Zealand has come
a long way in accepting diversity and cultural difference the changes were
largely only in theory. The country may have "symbolic biculturalism" while
Pakeha New Zealanders were still, to some extent, unwilling to redistribute
The percentage of European New Zealanders is
expected to drop from 75 per cent to 66 per cent by 2038. Predictions by
Statistics New Zealand are for the proportion of Maori to grow from 16 per
cent in 2013 to 20 per cent, Asians from 12 per cent to 21 per cent and
Pacific Islanders from 8 per cent to 11 per cent.
Population pressure schools
Secondary schools are being 'crippled' by a baby boom fuelled by migration as applications for places soar by 50 per cent
Daily Mail, 15 October
More than half of England's secondary schools are now
oversubscribed as they are 'crippled' by a baby boom fuelled by high
migration, new figures show.
The proportion of secondaries with
more applications than pupil places rose to 50 per cent this year for the
first time in a generation, according to research by the FindASchool
Rob McDonough, headteacher of the West Bridgford
School in Nottinghamshire, told the Times Educational Supplement that the
costs of being oversubscribed were 'extraordinary'.
'What's crippling me is funding the pupil expansion. That's worrying me now
because [the reserves are] gone.'
Immigration abroad Germany
National push needed in Germany to deport migrants with no right to stay - Merkel
Reuters, 15 October 2016.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday that Germany
needed to make a national effort to deport migrants who do not have the
right to stay in the country.
After an influx of almost 900,000
migrants last year, some Germans fear their country is being overrun by
In the past, when smaller numbers of asylum seekers
arrived, those who were not granted the right to stay were not deported
rigorously enough and that needs to change now, given the high number of
refugees and migrants, Merkel said.
"We need a national push to
deport those who are rejected. That's indisputable and we're working hard
on that at the moment," Merkel told a conference of the youth wing of her
conservatives in Paderborn. ...
Deporting those migrants was only
one element of Germany's refugee policy, Merkel said, adding that the
integration of those who are granted protection must be expedited.
Foreign criminals avoid deportation because police fail to carry out immigration checks, report warns
Christopher Hope and Peter Dominiczak
Daily Telegraph, 14
Tens of thousands of foreign criminals in Britain illegally are
avoiding deportation because police are not carrying out immigration
checks, a damning report has warned.
A report from the border
inspectorate found that police are simply accepting claims made by foreign
criminals that they are from the European Union and not carrying out proper
Between 2014 and 2015 up to 193,000 foreign nationals were
arrested in this country.
However the independent Chief Inspector
of Borders and Immigration found huge variations across the country about
whether front line officers were passing on details of suspected illegal
The report found that some foreign nationals
"misrepresent themselves as UK citizens or as nationals of a country within
the European Economic Area (EEA), with the hope of evading immigration
In London, the Metropolitan Police were passing on details
to the Home Office of "nearly all arrested or encountered foreign nations"
from inside and outside the European Union.
However, this was not
the case elsewhere in the UK. In the west Midlands the report found it was
likely the local force "was not identifying all foreign nationals" to the
It added that when immigration officers "were able to
check lists of people in custody, they routinely found that five to 10 per
cent of the foreign nationals detained had not been referred".
said: "Both EEA [European Economic Area] nationals and those self-declaring
as UK citizens were likely to be missed." ...
New figures have also
revealed that nearly 10,000 driving licences were earmarked to be cancelled
last year as part of a crackdown on illegal immigration.
Inspector of Borders and Immigration David Bolt examined powers to refuse
or revoke a UK driving licence and prevent the opening of a bank account in
the first assessment of "hostile environment" measures introduced in the
Immigration Act 2014.
His inspectors found only a small proportion
of revoked licences were surrendered, while the Home Office was accused of
failing to fully exploit intelligence it was receiving under the scheme.
Immigration public opinion
Britain is the country most worried about mass immigration, survey shows
Daily Mail, 14 October 2016.
[The online survey was of adults aged under 65]
Britain is the country most worried about mass immigration, a
survey of 25 major nations reveals today.
The study by Ipsos MORI
found more than 42 per cent of Britons put immigration in the list of
issues which most concerns them.
By contrast, it did not figure in
the global list of top five worries.
The findings are likely to
prove helpful to Theresa May in her Brexit negotiations emphasising
the fact that one of the major reasons Britain voted Out was to regain
control of our borders.
They also come at a time when big business
is putting pressure on the government not to impose tough new restriction
on EU immigration.
Based on the findings, business leaders and MPs
arguing that Britain should continue to allow free movement of migrants in
return for access to the single market are significantly out of touch with
the rest of the country.
Britain's figure of 42 per cent of people
being concerned about immigration is even higher than in Germany (41 per
cent) and Sweden (33 per cent) which have been worst affected by the
Out of the 25 countries, Britain is also the most
concerned about the rise of extremism, with 28 per cent citing this as a
Also in the top five worries in the UK are healthcare (34
per cent), terrorism (31 per cent) and poverty and social inequality (29
Immigration public opinion, foreign students
Most Britons do not see foreign students as immigrants, survey shows
The Guardian, 14 October 2016.
Foreign students are not viewed as immigrants by the majority of
the British public, according to a survey.
The poll conducted for
Universities UK found that less than a quarter of adults think of
international students (24%) or EU students (23%) coming to study in this
country as immigrants. ...
The question of whether those arriving
in Britain to study should be removed from the official net migration
figures has repeatedly come under scrutiny.
The survey of 2,018
British adults found that 18% of respondents would like to see the number
of international students in the UK increase, 44% said it should stay the
same, while 21% supported a reduction.
Two-thirds said that
international students have a positive impact on the local economies of the
towns and cities that they study in, and three in five (59%) agreed that
their economic contribution helps create jobs.
The poll also
indicated that seven in ten adults believe it is better if international
students use their skills here and work in the UK for a period of time in
order to contribute to the economy rather than returning immediately to
their home country after completing their study.
Almost half (47%)
of those polled believed there should be no limit on how long international
students should be able to stay and work in the UK after they have
completed their study, providing they are employed and contributing to the
Racism hate crime, moral panic
It's time to shoot down the post-Brexit hate-crime hysteria
Spiked, 14 October 2016.
Has there ever been a crime panic as flimsy, as see-through, as
explicitly designed to make political mileage as the post-Brexit hate-crime
hysteria? /.../ This is a moral panic, plain and simple: a naked example of
the kind of 'crime construction' by the powers-that-be that liberals and
leftists might once have critiqued, back when they were more questioning.
For months now, politicians and the media have been telling
us that Brexit unleashed an 'epidemic' of violent spite. ...
Yesterday, the Home Office issued its annual report on hate crimes.
It says there was a 'sharp increase' in hate crime after the referendum. In
July there were 5,468 hate crimes 41 per cent higher than the number
of hate crimes in July last year. But again, we need scepticism a
lot of it. These 5,468 alleged incidents I know it's evil to use the
word 'alleged' these days, but some of us still believe in due process
have not been investigated, far less tried in a court of law, and
therefore there is no hard proof of what happened or whether it happened.
This is because these 'crimes' (the police and Home Office have given up on
the word 'allegations') are simply things that have been told to the
police, often through their phone or email hotlines. And then the police
instantly instantly record them as hate crimes, with
no need for questioning or investigation of any kind. Every single person
who phones a hate-crime hotline is believed. Again, this isn't science.
For a flavour of how flabby the definition and recording of 'hate
crimes' has become, consider this stipulation from the Operational Guidance
for police forces dealing with such crimes: 'For recording purposes, the
perception of the victim, or any other person, is the defining factor in
determining whether an incident is a hate incident... The victim does not
have to justify or provide evidence of their belief, and police officers or
staff should not directly challenge this perception. Evidence of hostility
is not required for an incident or crime to be recorded as a hate crime or
hate incident.' Got that? In order for an alleged incident to be recorded
as a hate crime that is, for a phoned-in claim to become a hard fact
the victim or any other person simply has to say it was a
hate crime and the cops will not challenge them for evidence. ...
The alleged post-Brexit spike in hate crime is likely to be down to
both this highly relativistic recording of such crimes and also to
officialdom's active trawling for such crimes. ...
... Rarely has
the political motivation behind spreading a crime panic been so obvious, so
shrill, as this.
And yet no one on the left or in liberal academia
is criticising this madness. This is an extraordinary turnaround. In the
1970s and 1980s, left-leaning sociologists and criminologists devoted much
intellectual energy to exposing crime and moral panics. /.../ They
recognised that the authorities' handwringing over certain kinds of crime
football hooligans, black muggers, glue sniffers was often
fuelled more by fear than facts. And they argued that such panics were
often deployed for explicitly political purposes, to demonise a 'deviant'
section of society and make the case for the introduction of more
Multiculturalism extremism, Islam
Home Office censors report into immigration, integration, and radical Islam
Christian Concern, 14 October 2016.
Dame Louise Casey was commissioned by the government to lead a
review into opportunity and integration in some of our most isolated
communities last year. The review was aimed, among other things, at
preventing a repeat of the so-called Trojan horse school scandal in
Birmingham, where a group of Muslim leaders were allegedly plotting to take
over a group of schools. This week, the Sunday Times reported that The Home
Office is trying to censor her report. The report is said to have been
ready for months, and to be highly critical of the government's "failure
to manage the impact of mass immigration, integrate minorities, and tackle
extremism." The report is understood to criticise the government for
allowing some areas to operate as if they are Muslim-only zones, where
state schools close for Friday prayers. ...
Earlier this year,
Casey said: "It is not racist to say that the pace and rate of
immigration has created a lot of change in Britain and for some people that
feels too much... Not talking about this and the issues that arise from it
only creates more tensions, rather than resolving them." She has also
criticised councils for "over worrying" about causing offence among
minority groups. Attitudes like this have resulted in officials turning a
blind eye to child sexual exploitation in Rotherham by Pakistani background
men, she said.
The review has also been reported as saying that
British laws and traditions, such as the celebration of Christmas, are
threatened and need to be vigorously defended in order to stop ethnic
segregation dividing society. ...
Casey says: "I have become
convinced that it is only the upholding of our core British laws, cultures,
values and traditions that will offer us the route map through the
different and complex challenge of creating a cohesive society." I hope
that the plural in "cultures" here was a mistake. Otherwise this
clashes with her strong endorsement of one law for all and her implied
criticism of multiculturalism.
As if to underline what Casey is
saying, there were several stories this week that served to highlight the
growing influence of Islam in the UK. ... Casey is right to diagnose that
our culture and heritage are under threat and, although she may not name it
explicitly, it is clear that she understands the growth of radical Islam to
be the primary threat that we face. Former head of the Equality and Human
Rights Commission, Trevor Phillips would agree. He said earlier this year
that "the integration of Muslims will probably be the hardest task we've
London's population has been growing by 100,000 a YEAR as immigration and high birth rate turn the capital into a 'megacity'
James Tapsfield and Steve Doughty
Mail, 13 October 2016.
The population of Greater London has been growing by around 100,000
a year as it pushes towards 'megacity status'.
This is despite
young families leaving the city at an alarming rate as property prices
continue to soar, an official analysis reveals.
The number of
children and teenagers is dropping by more than 30,000 a year as parents in
their 30s fail to cope with London's sky-high housing costs, the Office for
National Statistics found.
However, immigration is helping push the
capital's overall population up by almost 120,000 a year.
as a high birth rate immigration has driven the growth of the capital over
the past five years.
According to ONS estimates, an average of
nearly 100,000 people from overseas moved to the capital every year between
2011 and 2015, helping increase the population by nearly 5 per cent.
But the full impact of immigration is greater still. More than half
a million babies were born in London between 2011 and 2015, and a majority
were born to immigrant mothers.
In 2015, 58 per cent of babies born
in London were children of mothers who were themselves born abroad.
The experts examined population data relating to London and the
next 10 most populous city areas.
All saw an increase in
inhabitants, with the total population across the 11 regions rising by 3.4
per cent, or 885,000 in four years, to reach almost 27.2 million in 2015.
Greater London saw the sharpest jump in population, with an
increase of 5.7 per cent, or nearly 500,000 residents, from 8.2 million in
mid-2011 to just under 8.7 million in mid-2015. It is expected to hit
'megacity' status - a population of more than 10 million - in a little over
a decade. ...
'London's attraction to immigrants no doubt reflects
its status as a major employment centre and international hub,' the study
'With its high ethnic minority population it may prove
especially attractive to people wishing to join family or others from that
'In addition, for people heading to the UK,
London is somewhere they are more likely to have some pre-existing
awareness of than other parts of the country - perhaps because of previous
visits, but also simply because it has a higher profile as the UK capital.'
The children's flight from London meant 31,700 more under-18s
left every year to live elsewhere in Britain than arrived. They departed
alongside a movement of 33,600 people aged between 30 and 44 out of London
each year. ...
There were also over 90,000 more people of 45 and
older who left each year than arrived, many choosing to retire in distant
towns or the countryside.
Immigration abroad Africans, Italy
Arrivals to Italy now main concern of migration crisis, says EU border guard
Independent, 13 October 2016.
Refugees and migrants arriving by sea to Italy are now the main
problem faced by the European Union in its efforts to stem mass
immigration, the head of the bloc's border agency has said.
has now overtaken Greece as the main point of entry for refugees and
migrants trying to reach Europe, figures from the UN refugee agency (UNHCR)
More than 144,000 people have reached Italy so far this year,
compared to the nearly 154,000 arrivals in the whole of 2015. Arrivals to
Greece fell sharply after the EU struck a deal with Turkey to prevent
departures from its shores. ...
Some 90 per cent of arrivals in
Italy began their voyage on smugglers' boats in Libya, though there has
been an increase in refugees and migrants arriving from Egypt in recent
weeks, EU officials say.
But nearly all those who reach the Italian
coast arrive on EU rescue vessels, having been plucked from the sea or
saved from overcrowded, unsafe dinghies, according to officials.
They say a rise in the number of rescues may have been
inadvertently caused by the EU stepping up its naval Sophia mission in the
Mediterranean to go after arms traffickers and train the Libyan coast
"Smugglers started putting even more people on even less
reliable boats as now they only have to be able to travel for a shorter
period of time before they get to where we are and call for help," a senior
EU official said on condition of anonymity.
"Since we are obliged
to rescue people in such situations, we have been fishing more out and
bringing more to Italy."
Another senior EU official said: "This is
not a 'natural' phenomenon, it's engineered by the smugglers."
EU says the vast majority of migrants who reach the bloc are not eligible
for asylum and will be sent back, though deportations often prove difficult
in practice. ...
UNHCR data shows Nigerians make up nearly a fifth
of the arrivals in Italy, followed by the nationals of Eritrea at 13 per
cent and then Sudan, Gambia, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Somalia, Mali, Senegal
Despite Italy's woes, total arrivals to the EU this
year are expected to be way below the record 1.3 million refugees and
migrants registered in 2015.
Illegal immigration students, overstaying visas
A secret report shows that Theresa May massively overstated immigration numbers
Business Insider, 13 October 2016.
Only 1% of international students break the terms of their visa and
fail to leave after their course ends, according to a leaked government
report obtained by The Times.
The government has suggested in the
past that tens of thousands of students are overstaying their visas every
year but the figure is closer to 1,500, according to the report.
The government study looked at data from exit checks, which
were reintroduced last year. Exit checks provide details of travellers
leaving British borders, and allow the government to determine exactly who
has left, and who is still in the country.
The checks are detailed
enough to allow the government to know exactly how many international
students have left on time, and how many have overstayed.
told The Times that while some students applied to switch visa categories
to a skilled work visa, for example only about 1% of non-EU
students overstay their visas. Based on past estimates of international
students that number is around 1,500.
The Home Office has denied
that the data is conclusive and said the study was "not completed."
Immigration abroad EU migrants' benefits, Germany
German government approves strict limits on EU migrants claiming benefits
The Guardian, 13 October 2016.
The German government has approved a draft bill intended to
dramatically reduce European Union citizens' access to the country's social
Under the proposed law, EU citizens would be
forbidden from drawing benefits for their first five years in Germany.
The labour minister, Andrea Nahles, a Social Democrat member of
Angela Merkel's coalition government, has been working on the draft bill
for months, following a ruling by the federal court that EU citizens had a
right to benefits after living in Germany for just six months.
Nahles argued the ruling would only encourage "social welfare
tourism" and said municipalities who were responsible for paying
unemployment benefits were unfairly burdened by the estimated 800m
(£720m) a year spent on the 130,000 EU citizens currently registered
Her proposal goes considerably beyond the four-year
moratorium controversially argued for by the former British prime minister
David Cameron before the UK's EU referendum.
The law would not
exclude EU citizens currently in employment from entitlement to welfare
payments, or those who have rights to payments because they have worked.
The bill now goes to the Bundestag, where it is widely believed
that it will gain enough approval to pass into law.
Immigration abroad border checks, European Union
Germany, Austria say emergency EU border checks must stay
Reuters, 13 October 2016.
Germany and Austria said on Thursday emergency border checks
imposed within Europe's free-travel zone during the migrant crisis must be
extended beyond the mid-November deadline.
In a blow to European
integration, the European Union partly suspended the so-called Schengen
free travel zone last year as countries struggled with a chaotic influx of
about 1.3 million people, most of whom trekked from Greece to Germany after
crossing the sea to flee conflict in the Middle East and Africa. ...
Germany, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Austria have the emergency
border checks in place and Brussels-based diplomats from several EU member
states have said in recent days they did not expect to fully restore free
movement yet. ...
A report by non-governmental organisation RAND
commissioned by the European Parliament estimated one-off costs of
re-establishing borders inside Schengen at up to 20 billion euros, with
annual operating costs at up to 3 billion euros thereafter.
Disruption to tourism and trade mean the overall cost to the EU
economy would be much higher, though difficult to estimate.
Africa's population boom fuels 'unstoppable' migration to Europe
Tim Cocks and Edward McAllister
Reuters, 13 October 2016.
As long as population growth in African countries outstrips their
ability to educate, house and employ their citizens, large numbers of
people will continue to brave the deserts and seas to escape.
can't resolve this by just paying money," said Owoeye Olumide, a
demographer at Bowen university in southwest Nigeria, one of the world's
most densely populated regions. ...
Niger, a vast, largely desert
nation to the north of Nigeria, presents the starkest example of Africa's
With an average of 7.6 children born to each woman, its
population is projected to more than triple to 72 million by 2050, from
about 20 million now, according to the latest U.N. figures. By then, Africa
will have more than doubled its population to 2.4 billion, the United
Nations says. ...
The International Organisation for Migration
(IOM) expects migration through the Agadez region this year to reach
300,000, more than twice the 120,000 it estimates came through in 2015.
In 2013, Niger's corruption investigators did a study on
smuggling that was never published, but which Reuters has seen. It said
Niger's security forces make almost half a million CFA francs ($850) from
every round trip by a smuggling truck just from migrants alone, not
including payoffs from the gangs. ...
And despite predictions,
economic growth hasn't significantly cut birth rates in most African
Yet even if Africa is 'rising', says Renaissance
Capital's Charles Robertson, himself an optimist, migration will remain
Border controls Calais, France
REVEALED: Calais migrant chaos has cost UK taxpayers more than £90 MILLION over two years
Daily Express, 12 October 2016.
UK taxpayers have forked out more than £90 million in just two
years tackling the migrant chaos in Calais, it has emerged.
astonishing figure on securing the besieged port town works out at
£123,287 a day.
And Home Secretary Amber Rudd promised that
Britain would continue to contribute towards the spiralling cost even after
the notorious "Jungle" camp is cleared.
The revelation comes just
days before bulldozers were set to flatten the shantytown which is now home
to 10,000 UK-bound refugees.
Evictions will start after the Home
Office has finalised plans to bring nearly 400 unaccompanied children from
Immigration abroad European Union
MIGRANT RELOCATION FARCE: EU fails to move 160,000 migrants from Italy & Greece
Daily Express, 12 October 2016.
The European Union's failure to relocate 160,000 migrants from
Greece and Italy has been laid bare in a shocking report, with critics
blasting the deal as FARCICAL.
It has been a year since the
European Commission reached a deal to ease pressure on the besieged
southern European states by resettling hundreds of thousands of Syrian,
Eritrean and Iraqi migrants arriving on their shores in other European
countries over two years.
But it has now emerged a mere 5,953
people have been moved to other member states, despite Brussels bureaucrats
hailing "significant progress" in the deal. ...
show more than 420,000 migrants and refugees from Syria and other countries
have landed in Italy since the start of 2014. ...
Greece, which is
hosting more than 58,000 migrants and refugees, has repeatedly appealed to
the EU to speed up the programme to no avail.
Politics Labour Party
What is Labour's immigration policy?
New Statesman, 12 October 2016.
"We don't know what you stand for." That was the lament Labour MPs
frequently heard from voters during Ed Miliband's leadership. The party's
nuanced policies on immigration and the deficit rarely translated into
Under Jeremy Corbyn, the expectation was that this
would change. Unlike Miliband, the Labour leader rarely agonises over
policy stances. But the party's position on immigration has recently been
defined by confusion. ...
... The tension lies between those who
believe that reduced immigration should be an explicit policy aim and those
who regard it as a potential byproduct of other measures (such as tougher
Corbyn himself stated the latter position
in response to the Conservative conference: "They [ministers] should stop
the abuse of migrant labour to undercut pay and conditions, which would
reduce numbers," he said. As one might add, would a Brexit-induced crash.
But the fine distinction between believing immigration will
be reduced and that it should be is one interviewers are likely to
Take back control? Our Border Force is in no fit state to do its job
The Guardian, 11 October 2016.
May missed all her targets when she was in charge of immigration as
home secretary, so she knows better than anyone the impossibility of
cutting net migration down to "tens of thousands". She knows UK border
controls are inadequate: police find 10,000 people each year who have
entered ports in the backs of lorries, and Dover's Tory MP Charlie Elphicke
claims many more, never detected, step straight into the arms of
Public sector cuts have not spared the service that is
supposed to security-check all arrivals at a time of a raised terror
Had she asked staff about their workloads, they
probably wouldn't have told the truth, governed as they are by a regime of
terror and targets. I spoke to some Border Force staff, on condition of
strictest anonymity, meeting them miles away from Heathrow for fear of
disciplinary action if they were caught talking to a journalist. With no
culture of transparency, this service punishes whistleblowers.
Here's what they told me: after the public row over gigantic queues
before the 2012 Olympics, strict targets were set: non-EU passengers must
queue for no more than 45 minutes, EU for 25 minutes, and fast-track first
class just 15 minutes. These targets must be met 95% of the time.
At present, they are met 70% of the time, and staff shortages mean
that civil servants brought in from elsewhere get just a few days'
training. "All they can do is a basic passport scan," say these
whistleblowers. "Training and experience matter. We can feel whether
something is wrong about who they say they are, where they've been, for how
long and how often. We notice their demeanour, their nerves." It takes
experience to spot children being trafficked. E-gates detect fewer
suspicious cases. ...
With everyone manning the desks, paperwork
piles up behind the scenes: asylum claims are rising again and people
stopped can wait hours to be checked. Staff are taken off customs: "Guns
and drugs don't matter as much as queues," one officer says. ...
Visa checks on people from non-EU countries are weaker, they claim,
now visa offices abroad have been closed. "There are no standard interviews
for student or visitor visas now. But you can't rely on written references
and qualifications," says one officer who has worked overseas. "You need to
see applicants to detect people who are not what they say they are." During
the present "surge", there is only one forgery specialist each shift,
instead of two or three: "They're run off their feet." ...
Passenger numbers have risen by 20% since 2010 and are set to
continue rising by 2% a year, while Border Force funding is cut: spending
per passenger is down 25%. Some technology is 14 years out of date, while
£1bn was wasted on a failed e-borders system. Last year's National
Audit Office report warned that the Advance Passenger Information System
was collecting only 86% of arrivals. The system cannot check them all "in
sufficient time to prevent high-risk travellers from starting their journey
to or from the UK," the report said. That leaves 16.5 million people a year
unchecked before arrival.
Widow of scientist killed by psychotic knifeman days after charges are dropped demands inquiry into failings
Daily Telegraph, 11 October 2016.
The widow of a renowned scientist, stabbed to death by a
cannabis-addicted psychotic, has slammed Britain's health and legal system
for allowing her husband's killer to wander the streets.
Ensink, 41, a lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical
Medicine was killed by Nigerian born student, Femi Nandap, on December 29
last year, just days after his wife, Nadja, gave birth to their baby
Despite attacking a police officer in May last year
and then being caught in possession of two kitchen knives, Nandap was twice
given bail, before prosecutors decided to drop the charges against him.
Six days later he attacked and killed Dr Ensink, telling police who
tried to intervene that he was the "black messiah". ...
prosecution admitted that the decision to drop the charges six days before
the fatal stabbing had been wrong.
Social cohesion politics
It's absurd to compare Amber Rudd's immigration speech to Mein Kampf
Spectator blog, 11 October 2016.
The Tories want to turn us against migrants by dividing people
between 'us' and 'them'; well, let me tell you about another bunch of guys
who believed in 'us' and 'them' the Nazis. Radio presenter James
O'Brien made near enough this exact parallel when he quoted from Mein Kampf
to show the eerie similarities between Amber Rudd's speech and the former
German chancellor's words.
Of course, Mr O'Brien didn't need to
quote Hitler. He could have cited the former Labour leader, Ed Miliband,
who had the same idea; he might be a less famous figure, but he's
marginally more relevant to British politics in 2016. Or instead of
reminding us of Nazi Germany as a precedent, Mr O'Brien or any of
the hundreds and thousands of people referencing the Third Reich
could have cited the USA, which already publishes data on H1B visa reports.
I'm not sure how useful such information would be; companies that
excel in poor wages and working conditions will most likely have a large
number of overseas workers, but so too will very highly skilled, elite
firms. Immigrants tend to be disproportionately represented at both
extremes in employment (as they are in every other measure, whether it's
wealth, educational outcomes etc etc).
But the collective hysteria
that followed shows what happens when Nazi Germany crowds out all other
history. The poverty of peoples' collective memory and imagination is such
that the first minute any politician strays from the path of universalism,
commentators reach for the most shocking (and only) historical comparison
they can think of. ...
When the Prime Minister says that: 'If you
are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere,' she is
paraphrasing Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, who stated that 'if the whole world is
my brother, then I have no brother'. This is the language of particularism.
There is no right answer to this, just two different visions of the world;
on the one hand those who prefer the comfort and stability of people like
themselves, and on the other those who prefer the sensation and openness of
diversity and churn, the mixture of languages and cuisines and fashions.
The latter group are heavily found among the creative classes and
the well- educated, and so wield disproportionate power; they were almost
uncontested for many years but despite this have never converted more than
at most a quarter of the population, and probably never will. (A quarter of
the population in western Europe. Outside of the West the proportion of
globalists is in single figures, if not a matter of decimal places). And
when an idea fails to break a certain threshold then it is clear it has run
out of steam.
Immigration concerns are mostly not about economics.
It just suits both sides to use this as a proxy debate for the far more
troubling social issues, namely the natural human affinity for living
around people like ourselves. This doesn't make you Hitler just a
Illegal immigration amnesty
Why the government should offer an amnesty to the UK's illegal immigrants
The Guardian, 11 October 2016.
[Rob Whiteman was chief executive of the Border Agency from September 2011 to September 2013]
The next five years will see considerable work for Home Office
staff managing our border, immigration and passport systems.
Knowing that change is impending for EU nationals, the UK will see
additional applications for visas, citizenship and passports from people
already living here or hoping to live here. For example, the complex rules
on marriage between EU and non-EU partners will be on the minds of many
couples, who may now marry sooner rather than later. This will need
additional staff and ongoing policy changes for any unintended consequences
as a post-Brexit settlement beds down.
But it's doubtful the Home
Office, even with more staff, will easily cope with the new workload unless
a line is drawn on much of the historic caseload, often going back for many
There are no official figures on UK illegal migration. Some
academic studies estimate there may be as many as 500,000 people while
Migration Watch thinks it could be more than 1 million people. I think the
latter is more likely and that the number will continue to grow as the
total of people overstaying visas, being concealed through ports, entering
on forged documents or absconding from contact will exceed the number
leaving voluntarily or deported.
Tackling this caseload is massive.
Scant resources are rightly focused on higher risk individuals, such as
foreign-national offenders who are deported on expiry of their sentence.
Over the past six years, the government has made real progress on reducing
abuse, including closing the loophole of bogus colleges that saw thousands
admitted without really studying. But better control now cannot reverse the
fact that the system has been abused and some people are still here after
many years. The vast majority of cases of illegal migration are not active
and staff resources could not cope if they were.
amnesty would make our post-Brexit system manageable, optimise resources to
focus on new cases and also strengthen border control around our lengthy
coastline. Replacing antiquated systems is also best achieved by closing
As we have seen in the US, this type of amnesty is
controversial. Arguments against include that it may send the wrong signal
to future would-be illegal entrants, and regularising through visas many
people here may lead to their dependents overseas then applying too, if the
rules allow, thus increasing net migration. And where is a line drawn to
allow many to remain and the remainder to still face potential deportation?
But the prize of taking a bold step will be considerable. It could
shift the public mood, with people here because they are allowed to be
here, and would enable the government to tackle higher risk cases and
improve its post-Brexit border operations.
EU has allowed 'WOLVES' who threaten the West into Europe, Syrian nun warns
Daily Express, 11 October 2016.
A Syrian nun has warned that Europe's immigration policy has
allowed Islamic "wolves" into the continent who pose a threat to Western
Sister Hatune Dogan claimed European leaders have
"admitted the wolves" while "the sheep are still" in Syria and Iraq.
Sister Hatune, who worked for 26 years helping Christians and the
persecuted Yazidi group, clarified the "wolves" were Muslims who refused to
live by European values.
She added the persecuted Christian and
Yazidi minorities were were being left behind.
Sister Hatune said:
"I do not think that people who live [by the values of the Koran] can be
good for us. Seventy-nine verses alone call for infidels to be killed."
The respected nun said women in Islamic culture "have no value" and
are "just there for the pleasure of the man, and even more so if they are
Sister Hatune said: "The door must remain open
to genuine refugees, but not for those who want to revolutionise our
society. If we remain silent, our entire future will be ruined."
Multiculturalism liberalism, Islamisation
Academic Who Investigated UK Sharia Courts: 'Useful Infidels' Helping Fundamentalists Islamise West
Breitbart, 11 October 2016.
A reformed "liberal left-winger" academic whose research prompted
Theresa May to launch an investigation into Sharia courts, has warned that
liberals are enabling Muslim fundamentalists to Islamise the West.
Dutch political scientist and legal scholar Machteld Zee said that
by stifling criticism of Islam, "useful infidels" are helping conservative
Muslims isolate Islamic communities and encourage them to be more religious
Zee gained unprecedented access to Sharia courts in
the UK while researching for her Ph.D. in law. After sharing her findings,
the then-Home Office chief Theresa May ordered an independent inquiry over
concerns the courts discriminate against women.
The researcher at
the University of Leiden was interviewed recently in Dutch newspaper
Algemeen Dagblad about her new book, Holy Identities: On the Road
to a Sharia State. An analysis of the problems of the Netherlands's
multicultural society, Zee was driven to write the book after spending time
in Britain's Sharia courts.
"If you compare the Netherlands in the
1980s with today", she said, "You will see the increased influence of Islam
everywhere. Saudi Arabia and other countries have flooded the world with
thousands of imams, Islamic text books, mosques and a lot of money."
Interviewing the political scientist, Dutch journalist Wierd Duk
noted that in Holy Identities Zee argues Islamic fundamentalists who
share the Saudi regime's goal of Islamisation are being helped by "useful
infidels" non-Muslim intellectuals, politicians, and opinion-shapers
who don't want to cause offence.
Zee replied: "Yes, leading
multiculturalists actually believe that Muslims should be shielded from
criticism because it would inflict psychological harm. Although there are
many Muslims who find this view idiotic, others use it to call those who
criticise Islam 'Islamophobes' and 'racists'."
Dagblad journalist noted that since her work on Sharia courts Zee went
from being a self-described liberal left winger, to warning the world
"against a lack of knowledge and lack of resistance to advancing radical
The academic said her research in Birmingham and London
opened her eyes to a "parallel society" where "sharia law trumps secular
law". "I object to it because these practices are contrary to the rights of
women", Zee stressed.
It's important that people learn about
Islamisation, she asserted, because the Muslim Brotherhood is handsomely
funded by fundamentalists and aims for world domination. Sharia courts are
a part of this, the researcher believes.
Zee said: "Authors that I
studied for my investigation were generally benevolent towards sharia
courts. But guess what? None of them had ever attended a session of such a
court. They don't know what is happening there.
"Now they ask me to
tell them all about it. Judges in these courts tell women to accept
polygamy and not to report domestic violence to the police. Violent fathers
are given custody of their children. I get the impression that as these
facts become known, the tide of the public debate is turning. I hardly hear
anyone pleading in favour of sharia courts now." ...
"I think I set
things straight. I note that influential Western intellectuals discourage
any criticism of Islam, which helps fundamentalists to isolate Muslim
communities and 'Islamise' them. ..."
Immigration economic migrants, Africans
In defence of Africa's economic migrants
New Statesman, 11 October 2016.
If refugees are seen as a liability to Western countries reluctant
to take them, economic migrants now overwhelmingly from Africa
have become an additional, unnecessary problem in the eyes of the
More and more, the newly ramped-up populist anti-immigration
rhetoric depicts these noble instincts of leaving in search of
greater life chances as somehow immoral or resistible, even though
the majority of us share them. ...
Africa's population is set to
double by 2050 to become by far the most populous continent in the world
according to the UN. Nigeria, already Africa's most populous nation, is
projected to grow from 170 million to 400 million. Nigerian politicians
often wrongly interpret these alarming statistics as an achievement.
Population growth is eclipsing the pace of development and infrastructure
growth. The collapse in the price of oil and global commodities has set
Africa's biggest nations back further, with the continent projected by the
World Bank to grow at its slowest rate for over 20 years.
challenges are also stark for Europe its wary neighbour. Twenty per
cent of African migrants who leave their home countries travel outside of
the continent. As Africa's population grows, so does the fear of African
migration to Europe.
It's fair for European politicians to be
concerned about the growing number of migrants arriving in Europe. African
population growth over the next few decades, and by virtue of that,
migration from Africa, is a significant policy challenge for the
international community. But the reaction and commentary that these fears
often legitimise are not acceptable. ...
The language of
immigration too readily accommodates the wild narrative of an immigrant
"invasion", bringing "pressure" on public services and communities, at odds
with the facts that show their significant economic contribution.
Europe's criminals prove easy converts to "gangster jihad" for ISIS
CBS News / Associated Press, 11 October 2016.
The lines between terrorism and criminality are becoming blurred as
an increasing number of former criminals join the Islamic State of Iraq and
Syria (ISIS) and create a "gangster jihad," according to a British report
Nearly 60 percent of European jihadists studied
by researchers had been jailed previously, in essence creating a
"super-gang," said the report from the International Centre for the Study
of Radicalization and Political Violence at King's College London.
Once recruited by ISIS, these people easily transition to
committing violence for a different cause, making the group different from
other Islamist organizations such as al Qaeda, which often radicalized
students, intellectuals or other previously non-violent individuals to
carry out its violent aims, the report said.
"They are the perfect
fit," Peter Neumann, the center's director, said of the criminals
bolstering ISIS' ranks.
"Islamic State doesn't require any
intellectual sophistication. It doesn't ask you to study religion. It makes
it all like a computer game."
The researchers said the welcome from
ISIS offers criminals a perceived chance at "redemption" without requiring
a change in behavior.
With recruits who are already accustomed to
violence, it is less difficult to persuade them to go further. They are
also familiar with weapons and are adept at "staying under the radar" and
at logistical planning.
While past efforts to stop extremist
attacks focused on tracing the complicated international bank transactions
that financed militants, ISIS attacks don't necessarily require huge sums
of money. The center estimated that some 40 percent of such plots in Europe
are now being financed in part by street crime like selling drugs or
Immigration abroad diversity, multiculturalism, Canada
How much diversity do Canadians want?
The Globe and Mail, 11 October 2016.
Justin Trudeau has made diversity and inclusion the cornerstone of
his brand. "Diversity is Canada's strength," he tells the world. There's a
lot of virtue in this. We are among the most successful immigration
countries on Earth one of the rare places where high rates of
immigration are not contentious, and where anti-immigrant rhetoric has no
respectable place in public life.
But the Prime Minister wants us
to go way beyond tolerance for cultural differences. He wants us to love
and celebrate them. Which can be a stretch. Should we really be celebrating
women who wear the niqab? I don't think so. ...
The CBC and Angus
Reid did their own recent polling on this subject. The results disconcerted
many. Nearly 70 per cent of respondents said "minorities should do more to
fit in with mainstream society rather than keep their own customs and
languages." (According to the survey, long-time immigrants agree.) So much
for decades of official multiculturalism. ...
... According to a
recent Ipsos poll, only one in three Canadians think immigration has been
generally negative for Canada a proportion that has remained steady
for a decade, despite immigration levels that are among the highest in the
But the Liberals' aggressive immigration strategy will
surely test Canadians' goodwill. In the past year, the government brought
in 320,932 immigrants and refugees one-third more than the year
before. It's the largest influx of people to Canada since the West was
settled in the early years of the last century, and Immigration Minister
John McCallum wants to keep it up. He says we need all these people to make
up for demographic decline and to boost the economy of stagnant regions.
These arguments are largely spurious. ...
Yet in liberal
discourse, any resistance to immigration on any grounds makes you a racist,
and any questions about immigration policy are perceived as illegitimate.
People get frustrated by that. They're also frustrated by a narrative that,
in their view, only goes one way. They feel they're constantly being
harangued by their betters that it is they who must accommodate the
newcomers. No one ever talks about what the newcomers should do to
accommodate them. ...
Many progressives (including, I suspect, Mr.
Trudeau) hold a romantic view of immigration as a sort of global
social-justice project, which obliges us to share our good fortune with as
much of the rest of the world as possible, while declaring that every other
culture is just as good as ours is.
Thankfully, most Canadians
don't share this woozy notion. They pride themselves on their tolerance.
But they're also hard-headed pragmatists. They think immigration policy
should serve our national interests, and that our leaders should not forget
Politics European Union, Brexit
Some EU countries have migration controls within single market, says MEP
The Guardian, 10 October 2016.
A prominent Brussels politician has said that a number of European
countries have been allowed to put in place tougher immigration measures
than the UK while retaining access to the single market.
Ford, a Conservative MEP who chairs the European parliament's committee on
the internal market, said in one case a country had even set an "upper
break" on migrant numbers without losing economic ties.
comments suggest Theresa May could be able to hit back at the
uncompromising positions being taken by her European counterparts in a bid
to retain single market access while reducing immigration. ...
you look at a country like Liechtenstein, in the EEA, they have access to
free movement of goods within the single market [but they] have an absolute
cap on the number of people given residency a year and it is only 90
people," she said.
Ford, who is the East of England MEP, argued
that the "Liechtenstein solution" might not be perfect for the UK, but said
it was an important precedent that a country with a population of 37,000
was given such a low limit.
"We have towns of 30,000 that is
the size of Wisbech, but some years it has had over 1,000 people [arrive],"
Ford said that the numbers of migrants in some British
towns had been equivalent to the quota of 1,200 refugees for the whole of
Hungary, which has caused huge controversy.
"The ability to put an
upper break is a concept that has been adopted by EEA members and they have
been given access to the single market," she said.
Ford, who has
expertise on the single market as a result of her role at the helm of a key
Brussels' key committee on the issue, said even EU countries went further
on immigration than the UK.
"Look at a country like Belgium," she
said. "To live in Brussels you need to have a social security card, you
need to be registered with your local area. And you have to have an
employer who is committed to pay your social security benefits or to
be able to prove that you've got substantial private funds.
practical terms it is not possible go and live in Belgium and access public
services without a job ... Without your social security card you can't get
housing, education, healthcare, rent a property." ...
And she said
other ideas were being considered as well: "In Switzerland [in the single
market] they are introducing a rule that jobs have to be advertised locally
and when I talk to colleagues across European countries they think that is
a perfectly reasonable thing to be looking at."
Politics Labour Party
Keir Starmer calls for immigration to be reduced
The Guardian, 10 October 2016.
Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit minister, has said immigration is
too high and called for it to be reduced as Britain leaves the EU, despite
Jeremy Corbyn ruling out any cap on arrivals.
In his first
interview since being recruited to the shadow cabinet on Friday, the former
director of public prosecutions appeared to disclose a different approach
to migration controls to that proposed by the Labour leader in recent
The MP for Holborn and St Pancras, who has been touted as a
future Labour leader, said the number of migrants should be reduced by
tackling a skills shortage. "There has been a huge amount of immigration
over the last 10 years and people are understandably concerned about it,"
he told BBC1's The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday.
"I think it should
be reduced and it should be reduced by making sure we have the skills in
this country that are needed for the jobs that need to be done."
Asked if he accepted that limits on immigration would mean an end
to free movement and therefore a departure from the EU's tariff-free single
market, Starmer said: "We have to be open to adjustments of the freedom of
movement rules and how they apply to this country. We have to be shrewd and
Border controls Brexit, Ireland, Common Travel Area
Britain to push post-Brexit UK immigration controls back to Irish border
The Guardian, 10 October 2016.
Britain is seeking to shift the frontline of immigration controls
to Ireland's ports and airports to avoid having to introduce a "hard
border" between north and south after the UK leaves the European Union, the
Guardian has learned.
The Northern Ireland secretary, James
Brokenshire, has told the Guardian that London and Dublin will work to
strengthen Ireland's external borders in order to combat illegal migration
into the UK once it leaves the European Union. ...
"We have put in
place a range of measures to further combat illegal migration working
closely with the Irish government," Brokenshire said. "Our focus is to
strengthen the external border of the common travel area [CTA], building on
the strong collaboration with our Irish partners."
The CTA is a
unique arrangement that allows for full freedom of movement between people
from Ireland and Britain on both islands. ...
The measures will be
aimed primarily at non-Europeans seeking entry into the CTA. Politicians on
all sides of the divide on the island of Ireland have expressed concern
that Irish border towns such as Dundalk could become the "new Calais" if
people-traffickers trying to send migrants into the UK target the Irish
Republic as a "jump-off point" into Northern Ireland.
already exist for this Anglo-Irish collaborative model: Indian and Chinese
visitors are subject to a system whereby they apply for a single visa,
valid for travel in both Ireland and the UK.
The joint Anglo-Irish
border procedures will not be able to stem the arrival of EU nationals, as
they will retain the right to free movement to live and work in the Irish
Republic. However, this point is seen as moot: officials believe few EU
citizens will want to come and work illegally in the UK after Brexit. "The
numbers would be very small," said one diplomatic source familiar with
Extremism integration. political correctness
Government plans to make UK firms list migrant workers STILL 'ongoing' despite backlash
Daily Express, 10 October 2016.
The Government yesterday insisted it remains committed to cutting
migration amid claims it has gagged a critical report into its record on
integration and extremism. ...
The Home Office has been accused of
trying to censor a hard-hitting report by its "integration tsar" Dame
Louise Casey. Casey is said to have found that the Government did not move
quickly enough to get a grip on the speed of immigration and its impact on
public services. ...
She also warned that "liberal tolerance" and
political correctness have gone too far.
The Government wrongly let
some areas operate as if they were Muslim-only zones, leaving state schools
to close early for Friday prayers, she found.
Dame Louise is said
to have voiced frustration at a failure to defend the Prevent
anti-radicalisation programme from false claims that it is an attack on
Anti-extremist professionals have reportedly been told to
expect the findings of the review - which was ordered by then Prime
Minister David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May - to be watered down.
Earlier this year Dame Louise urged the Government to stand up more
for Britain's laws and values and insisted it is "not racist to say that
the pace and rate of immigration has created a lot of change in Britain and
for some people that feels too much".
This latest report was
reportedly finished months ago but is understood to be still under wraps as
officials consider whether it focuses too narrowly on Islamist extremism at
the expense of examining other forms.
A Home Office spokesman said:
"Louise Casey was commissioned in 2015 to review what more we can do to
create more cohesive communities in England.
"The report will be
published in due course."
Brexit must mean the RETURN of our border controls
Daily Express, 10 October 2016.
The Determination to regain control of immigration was central to
the triumph of Brexit in the June referendum.
metropolitan progressives extolled the EU's open-door policy, a clear
majority of voters felt only despair at the loss of our national identity,
the growing pressure on our public services and the erosion of our social
The electorate's disillusionment was recognised by
Theresa May in her brave speech to the Tory Party conference last week,
when she denounced those arrogant, self-righteous elitists who find
"patriotism distasteful" and "concerns about immigration parochial".
Yet the anti-Brexit brigade still clings to the belief that Britain
must accept freedom of movement. Even after the referendum their instincts
are to collude with Brussels. That attitude shines through their attempts
to smear any tougher line on immigration as a form of bigotry and
A particular target for concocted outrage was the
plan, announced by the Home Secretary Amber Rudd, for companies to disclose
the proportion of foreign workers they employ.
... Despite talk of
watering down the plans from Defence Secretary Michael Fallon yesterday,
there is nothing remotely oppressive about a possible requirement to report
Indeed, it is standard practice throughout most of
the world, including in France and Germany. Those who now shriek
hysterically atshould consider that in 2012 the former Labour leader Ed
Miliband advocated a very similar initiative, whereby firms would be
surveyed to find out the numbers of foreign staff they have.
employers "with more than 25 per cent migrant workers", declared Miliband,
would be reported to the Department of Work and Pensions to identify any
recruitment problems and ensure that British workers have "a fair crack of
the whip". ...
Most British people understand that free movement
is the problem, not the solution. The CBI might welcome cheap labour but
the reality is that many EU arrivals are a significant drain on the state,
with more than 40 per cent of them claiming some sort of welfare benefits.
In 2013-14, British taxpayers forked out more than £2.5
billion in tax credits and child benefits for low-paid EU migrants working
here, plus £900 million in payments for jobless EU citizens, none of
which includes the NHS and education costs. ...
control of immigration will also mean far greater security, giving us back
the ability to deport extremists, criminals and illegal migrants without
reference to alien judges or bureaucrats.
A country without borders
is not a country at all, which is why the EU is so in favour of mass
immigration. Free movement is not about economics at all, it is a weapon to
smash traditional national identities, creating in their place a new
European citizenship as part of the federal superstate.
Disease mental illness
The mental-health crisis among migrants
Nature, 13 October 2016.
Europe is experiencing the largest movement of people since the
Second World War. Last year, more than 1.2 million people applied for
asylum in the European Union and those numbers underestimate the
scale of the problem. Germany, which has taken in the lion's share of
people, reckons that it received more than a million refugees in 2015, tens
of thousands of whom have yet to officially apply for asylum. Most came
from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. Many have experienced war, shock,
upheaval and terrible journeys, and they often have poor physical health.
What hasn't been widely discussed is the enormous burden of
mental-health disorders in migrants and refugees. Clinical psychologist
Thomas Elbert from the University of Konstanz in Germany is conducting a
local survey of refugees that suggests "more than half of those who arrived
in Germany in the last few years show signs of mental disorder, and a
quarter of them have a PTSD, anxiety or depression that won't get better
without help". ... "It is a public-health tragedy and it's a scandal
that it is not recognized as such, as a physical epidemic would be," says
epidemiologist James Kirkbride of University College London. ...
... A 2005 meta-analysis of studies performed mostly in northern
Europe showed that first-and second-generation migrants were at much
greater risk of schizophrenia than non-migrants and that those from
developing countries were more at risk than those from developed ones. ...
Those who stand out most seem to be particularly vulnerable. The
2005 meta-analysis showed that black migrants in a mostly white population
had an almost fivefold increased risk of psychotic disorders. And the risk
is higher for migrants living in neighbourhoods with a low proportion of
residents from their own ethnic group compared with those surrounded by
many of their own ethnicity.
Employment foreign workers
Companies will not be forced to publish list of foreign workers, Cabinet ministers insist
PoliticsHome, 9 October 2016.
Companies will not be forced to publish lists of non-British
workers on their books, two senior Cabinet ministers said this morning.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd unveiled plans earlier this week to force
firms to compile data on how many foreigners they employ, leading some
critics to suggest companies would be "named and shamed".
Cameron's former adviser Steve Hilton called the proposals "repugnant" and
But ministers Michael Fallon and Justine
Greening said today there were no plans to make any data public, saying it
would only be used to identify areas with skills shortages.
is really about collecting the right evidence we will need if we're going
to be able to respond to skills shortages of employers... this is not data
that will be published, there will be absolutely no naming and shaming," Ms
Greening told ITV's Peston on Sunday programme. ...
also played down reports that foreign academics had been banned from
helping the Government on the Brexit negotiations.
emerged after an assistant professor at the London School of Economics said
she had received an email saying she and other foreign colleagues "no
longer qualify" as advisers.
But the Education Secretary insisted
overseas advisers were welcome to assist the Government.
"Absolutely and there's been no change in the policy and we'd
always, of course, have the necessary security checks... there's been no
change in the policy. I'm pleased you raised it because it gives me the
opportunity to clarify that," she said.
UNTOUCHABLES Just two in 453 foreign lags are booted out of the UK despite Government promising a crackdown
David Wooding and Ryan Sabey
The Sun, 9 October 2016.
Hundreds of foreign cons are still being let loose on our streets
despite a No10 pledge to boot them out.
Figures show just two out
of 453 offenders freed in a three-month period were deported.
continue to claim benefits and run up legal aid bills while fighting to
Tory MP Charlie Elphicke said: "It is incredible that out of
453, just two were deported.
"Deportation should mean out of
prison, out of Britain."
Home Secretary Amber Rudd has promised to
change the law to make it easier to deport rapists, killers and other
criminals once they have served their sentence.
But figures for
April to June this year show how they play the system to avoid removal.
They reveal that 451 out of 453 non-EU offenders released from jail
were still in Britain at the end of the quarter.
More than half of
deportations were prevented by legal or removal issues, according to Home
But the full toll of criminals who stay is even higher
as it does not include those from EU nations who cannot be deported.
The figures show 5,928 foreign offenders are still living in
Britain years after being released from prison.
Immigration work permits
Andrew Green: The EU and migration. Work permits are the way forward
ConservativeHome, 9 October 2016.
[Lord Green is Chairman of MigrationWatch UK]
The fundamental principle should be that movement between the UK
and Europe should be disrupted as little as possible. As Boris Johnson put
it, we are leaving the EU but we are not leaving Europe. We have a huge
network of social, business and historical ties which must be preserved as
far as possible. For this reason, there is surely no need to impose any
restrictions whatever on tourists, students, those who are self-sufficient
and genuine marriage partners coming from the EU. Member states should have
the same interests in these respects.
It is the very large numbers
of low-paid or low-skilled workers whose numbers must be reduced if the
outcome of the referendum is to be respected. Fortunately, the facts are
rather helpful in pointing a way forward assuming, of course, that
those already here as well as British citizens in the EU will be allowed to
First of all, about 70 per cent of EU migrants to the UK
come here to work or to seek work, so this must be the target for any
significant reduction in numbers. No less significant is the fact that 80
per cent of those EU workers who have arrived in the last ten years are in
low skilled employment. This suggests that the introduction of a work
permit scheme that confines EU migration to skilled employment would
achieve a significant reduction in net migration from Europe. Indeed, our
own calculation is that it would reduce net EU migration by approximately
100,000 a year.
This outcome could be achieved by bringing EU
migrants into our existing work permit scheme for non-EU skilled workers.
This scheme is not "Australian" and is not really "points based" but it
already exists, it works reasonably well and it is familiar to employers
who already have to check the entitlement to work in the UK of every new
employee. It would be for consideration as to whether a formal cap should
be applied. Our own estimate is that we would need to grant something like
30,000 work permits a year to EU citizens so as to maintain the current
stock of skilled EU workers in Britain and meet the future needs of
... There would also need to be provision for the
self-employed but hedged around to prevent its exploitation by car-washers
and magazine-sellers as has happened in the past.
... If all this
sounds slightly technical, it is. When it comes to immigration, the devil
is always in the detail, but I sketch this outline to indicate that there
is, indeed, a way forward which could produce a satisfactory outcome for
British business while also respecting the clearly expressed wishes of the
Terrorism Islam, ISIS
Almost 400 ISIS jihadis trained in Iraq and Syria are now at large on Britain's streets... as it's revealed just 14 fighters who have returned to the UK have been
Mail on Sunday, 9 October 2016.
Just 14 battle-hardened ISIS fighters who returned to Britain after
waging war in Syria have been jailed, the Government has admitted.
The shock figure is far lower than Ministers previously claimed and
means almost 400 jihadis trained in Syria and Iraq are at large on
Experts told The Mail on Sunday they could use
the deadly skills with automatic weapons and bombs that they honed on the
battlefield to plot atrocities such as the Paris and Brussels attacks in
the UK, massacring hundreds.
Figures slipped out in Parliament
reveal that the Home Office believes 850 Britons have travelled to fight
for the Islamic State terror group and although many have been killed by
drone strikes and in battle, about 400 have sneaked back into the UK.
Any of them could be prosecuted as it is a crime to attend
terrorist training camps and also to be a member of a banned group such as
But Ministers admit that only 14 people who have fought for
Islamic State have been convicted, despite mistakenly claiming the number
was 54 earlier this year. ...
Labour MP Khalid Mahmood, who
believes thousands of Britons have travelled to Syria and Iraq, said: 'It
is a tiny number who have been prosecuted and it's absurd to say this is
any form of success.
'If they know who they are, they should be
prosecuted but the police and security services don't have the resources to
Professor Anthony Glees, Director of the Centre for
Security and Intelligence Studies at the University of Buckingham, told The
Mail on Sunday that the 'minuscule' number of prosecutions was 'very
Former Security Minister Lord West of Spithead
said: 'We know that people who have been abroad and radicalised are
'Clearly we need to be able to keep a handle
on that and make sure they are properly monitored. If we're not doing that,
we are letting the public down.'
Illegal immigration border security
EXPOSED: Thousands of illegal migrants easily sneak through Britain's 'porous' borders
Daily Express, 8 October 2016.
The catastrophic state of our border security is exposed today.
Former borders chief Rob Whiteman said that thousands of illegal
migrants had simply vanished without trace.
Asylum seekers had also
disappeared in their droves. Mr Whiteman, chief executive of the UK Border
Agency from 2011 to 2013, said failures were unchecked because of scant
He revealed illegal migrants and asylum seekers were
disappearing in the UK in tens of thousands as staff focused on "high-risk"
serious criminals. He said National Insurance numbers were being issued to
migrants with false identity documents. ...
Mr Whiteman is the
first senior former official to come clean about the scale of illegal
immigration and the ease with which people can sneak into Britain.
Last year 84,088 people caught trying to reach Britain illegally
from the Europe. It is believed at least another 170,000 made it.
He said resources were being targeted on high-risk foreigners.
Those who arrived undetected or claimed asylum and subsequently absconded
were largely ignored. ...
Mr Whiteman, now head of the Chartered
Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, said: "It is not unreasonable
to assume that the number detected is only a proportion of the number
"I would have thought the number caught is at best half.
"The number of illegal migrants reaching the country is far greater
than the rate at which we are deporting people.
"Either we have to
put considerable new resources and policies into removal, including holding
more people in detention, or accept there are a large number of people
living in the country who are not allowed to live here but neither are they
If you have come here on false documents with a
false identity you may well now have a National Insurance number.
"A lot of illegal migrants may be working here legally. An Italian
ID card is enough to give you an NI number.
"If the public is ever
going to be reassured we have to talk about the fact that there is a large
amount of illegal migration that is not being dealt with.
the Home Office needs more staff or we accept the situation isn't going
"We don't know the true illegal migration figures but I
do think it is more in the region of a million."
Immigration EU migrants, permanent residence
Every EU migrant can stay in UK after Brexit: all 3.6 million to have residency rules or get amnesty
Daily Telegraph, 8 October 2016.
All EU nationals currently living in Britain will be allowed to
stay following Brexit, after the Home Office discovered that five in six
could not legally be deported.
There are around 3.6 million EU
citizens living in the UK, more than 80 per cent of whom will have
permanent residency rights by the time Britain leaves the union in early
2019, official research has concluded.
The remainder more
than 600,000 people will be offered an amnesty, with several Cabinet
ministers telling The Telegraph that those citizens will be offered the
right to stay permanently, in a policy that may prove controversial.
Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has refused to guarantee the
rights of EU citizens currently living in the UK, saying she believes that
the Government must not "reveal its hand" ahead of Brexit negotiations,
which will begin when she triggers Article 50 next year.
Once an EU
citizen has been in the UK for more than five years, they are given
permanent residency rights. ...
Although Cabinet ministers are
privately giving assurances that they will all be allowed to stay in the
country after Brexit, the Home Office is still working on a way to identify
the exact number of Europeans living in the UK and establish how long they
have been here. The amnesty plan is in its infancy and will raise fears
that EU migrants could begin travelling to the UK in large numbers before
Some officials believe the Government will, therefore, have
to announce a cut-off date for new arrivals after which the amnesty would
not apply. ...
As many as 1.6 million EU citizens resident in the
UK come from the so-called EU14, those nations that were part of the EU
before 2004, followed by 1.5 million from the eight Eastern European
nations that joined 12 years ago.
Politics Conservative Party
Theresa May is following Enoch Powell by actually listening to what British people want
Daily Telegraph, 8 October 2016.
Many will recall the conflict in the Conservative party in the late
1960s and early 1970s between its then leader, Ted Heath, and its great
ideologue, Enoch Powell. Powell took issue with Heath on various points,
and two resonate today.
One was mass immigration, in those days
from the Commonwealth rather than Europe, which had happened without the
British people being consulted, and which Powell saw from his perspective
as an MP in Wolverhampton was causing tension and unhappiness. ...
It was hardly surprising that, as I listened to Theresa May's
speech last Wednesday, I was reminded of Powell. ...
the Thatcher government, when it sought to return power from the
all-knowing state to the individual, there was still a coterie of ministers
who thought they really did know best. Powell understood the feelings of
the people: it made him, in the eyes of his opponents, a dangerous
politician and rival, which was why they rushed to accuse him (falsely) of
racism for his warnings about the unpopularity of mass immigration and of
Little Englandism for his views about Europe. Mrs May seems to have learned
from this and, as prime minister, is in a strong position to invite
those in her party who disagree with her to defy her if they dare. ...
Not every aspect of her conference speech was so admirable, though.
... It has taken almost 50 years to learn Enoch's lessons about
accommodating the will of the people, but better late than never.
Politics Labour Party
Labour needs a clear line on immigration or we could lose some of our best MPs to the Tories and UKIP at the next election
The Brexit vote shone a light on the dark recesses of the
disconnect between a London Labour party and our voters in the rest of the
country. A pro-EU Labour grouping in the capital is comfortable with the
scale of migration and the UK's place in a globalised world can be
contrasted with that of the North and Midlands, which for a while voiced
concern on these topics but have felt unheard. What this light has
revealed is painful, but utterly predictable. What is of concern is the
deafening silence of recognition. ...
The PM may seek her mandate
for her Brexit conclusions via a snap general election which would mean
Labour having to take a line on immigration. We tried this before with Ed
Miliband's proposal for "controlled immigration" but it was scoffed at by a
certain cohort of Labour members. The party is going to have to find the
middle path that recognises the discontent with immigration outside London,
but satisfy pro-immigration Labour members, and keep both in the tent.
Labour failed to talk about immigration for over a decade and created a
vacuum of debate. While UKIP initially filled that vacuum, the
Conservatives seek to occupy that space and talk directly to people who
were our core voters.
A third way on immigration is possible. It is
not the easiest argument to make, but it is the right one for the country,
and for those from abroad already here contributing. Immigration is the
lifeblood renewal of our ageing nation. Labour need to be articulating the
benefits of immigration, but recognise its problems and be the author of
At the next election the Tories and UKIP have the
potential to be more in tune with working class communities on immigration
than Labour. But these communities are served least well by the right-wing
political parties. Labour must not get this wrong.
Immigration abroad European Union
Migrant quotas DON'T work, we need an alternative NOW: Slovakia PM orders Brussels to act
Daily Express, 8 October 2016.
Slovakia wants the EU to drop a proposal to distribute asylum
seekers and start working on an alternative plan, Prime Minister Robert
Fico said, repeating his view that a permanent quota system was politically
The current EU President, who took on the rolling presidency,
proposed in May to reform the so-called Dublin system of EU asylum rules
based on a "fairness mechanism" under which each member state would be
assigned a percentage quota of all asylum seekers in the bloc, aiming to
ease the load on states like Greece and Italy.
Immigration abroad Germany
Angela Merkel will BAN EU migrants from claiming unemployment benefits for five years as her open-door policy continues to hit Germany
EU migrants who move to Germany could be banned from receiving
unemployment benefits for five years after arriving under proposed new
Angela Merkel's cabinet is due to agree the plan next week
amid a wider debate in Germany about high levels of immigration that
threatens the Chancellor's hopes of re-election next year. ...
proposal would have a similar impact to one the UK government demanded
ahead of the EU referendum. ...
Germany is allowed to press on
with its own reforms to stop EU migrants claiming benefits because the
system in the country is partly based on claimants having made earlier
contributions through taxation.
EXCLUSIVE: America's enemies within - SIXTY-TWO ISIS attackers and 'plotters' in just a year and more than half of them are immigrants or their children
Daily Mail, 8 October 2016.
The growing scale of ISIS activities inside the United States is
revealed in a DailyMail.com analysis.
A total of 62 people -
overwhelmingly men - have launched attacks or been accused of taking part
in the Islamic terror group's activities in just over a year.
62 were responsible for 48 attacks or alleged ISIS-inspired activities -
from mass stabbings to attempts to send money and munitions to Syria.
The DailyMail.com analysis of public records shows that six
ISIS-inspired attackers have died and 54 have been arrested.
figures also show that 34 of those ISIS attackers and alleged plotters were
either immigrants or the children of immigrants.
They included six
people who came to the U.S. as refugees from countries including Palestine
The number of people taken in as refugees and then
accused of turning against the country which gave them sanctuary could be
higher, as it was not possible to ascertain exactly how many of the alleged
ISIS attackers or plotters entered America.
In total 64 people have
been murdered and at least 121 wounded in the U.S. by ISIS-inspired
The analysis shows that 13 people linked to ISIS by the
federal authorities were the children of immigrants from countries
including Palestine and Pakistan.
And at least 13 were Americans
who converted to Islam and took up its most extreme form. ...
Earlier this month FBI director James Comey warned that as ISIS is
purged from its home territory in Syria and Iraq, a 'terrorist diaspora'
could spread across the globe.
Immigration abroad European Union
Hungarian Intelligence Expert: Migration 'Military Operation' to Destroy Nation States
Breitbart, 8 October 2016.
Former intelligence chief László Foldi has said that
forces conspiring to open Europe's borders are using the tactics of "fourth
generation warfare" to turn the continent multicultural.
Director of Operations at the Hungarian Intelligence Services Foldi says
the media, so-called humanitarian organisations, and Brussels work together
to undermine Europe's borders.
Speaking on Kossuth Radio, the
intelligence expert says that following the country's referendum in which
98.5 per cent of voters rejected Brussels's plans for mandatory migrant
quotas he expects to see a "serious attack" on Hungary from three
"One of them will be a formal political attack from
Brussels, another one an informal attack with the help of the mainstream
media, which will be a significant portion of the Western media outlets,
but also the local media which are financed from outside of Hungary."
The security expert says the third prong in the offensive is a
"concrete attack" on the country's borders, in which "civilian
organisations" mobilise migrants to the Hungarian border.
highlights how hundreds of migrants suddenly set off from Serbia to Hungary
holding signs written in English and chanting demands for open borders
following the referendum this week.
A television crew learned,
before the migrant crowds left, that unidentified groups of Europeans had
made a number of visits to Serbia's camps to tell migrants Hungary's
borders will open after the vote, allowing them to enter Western Europe.
The spreading of such "outrageous lies", Foldi asserts, are "not a
random occurrence". He reports that the episode is just the latest in a
pattern of so-called humanitarian groups spreading false information to
mobilise migrants. ...
Questioning why a so-called humanitarian
organisation would want to move migrant masses to the Hungarian border, Mr.
Foldi says they are acting as part of a "well-established system, built
"What we seeing every day here is a fourth generation
military operation against Europe. Not using traditional weaponry to
enforce a strategy, but using economic and social infrastructure, and one
element of that is the actions carried out by civilian humanitarian
organisations," he explains. ...
Stating that Brussels's goal "is
to convert Europe into a multicultural system, a system which is above
nations", Mr. Foldi argues that the EU is forcefully attacking Hungary
because the country has taken concrete action to protect itself from being
forced into multiculturalism.
He concludes: "This is
well-coordinated; it is not separate that Brussels wants something, the MSM
wants something, and the civilian organisations want something, too. But
this is a very well-coordinated effort, where it is only that tasks are
divided between the branches of the same attack force."
Population pressure pupils, schools
'More than 24,000 extra classrooms needed' as school population booms
TES, 7 October 2016.
More than 2,000 new schools are needed within the next four years
to cope with rising pupil numbers, according to an analysis published
The projections are based on Department for Education
figures showing pupil numbers are set to increase by 8.6 per cent in
primary schools and 12 per cent in secondaries by 2020.
report says that this means that local authorities will have to find space
for 12,209 additional primary classrooms, equating to 1,744 single-form
entry primary schools with 30 pupils per class.
A further 12,078
secondary classrooms, or 378 new secondary schools, will be needed to match
the rising numbers, claims the report by construction firm Scape Group. In
total, this means 24,287 classrooms and 2,122 schools are required, it
The picture is slightly less stark when the figures are
rebased to reflect the average school sizes contained in separate DfE
statistics published in June.
The DfE figures show the average
primary school has 275 pupils, suggesting 1,331 extra schools are needed.
The average secondary school has 939 pupils, which would suggest
another 385 schools were needed, without existing buildings being extended
or refurbished to absorb the projected increase.
Employment foreign employees, numbers, public opinion
Public backs plans to make firms release list of foreign workers, YouGov poll suggests
Independent, 7 October 2016.
A majority of the British public back Home Secretary Amber Rudd's
plan to make businesses reveal how many foreign workers they employ,
according to a YouGov poll.
Overall, 59 per cent of people say they
either strongly or somewhat the proposals, more than double the 26 per cent
who said they somewhat or strongly oppose them.
Ms Rudd said firms
should declare the percentage of foreign workers they employ as part of a
drive to employ more local people.
The policy also garnered favour
among Labour voters, with 51 per cent supporting the proposals.
Some 86 per cent of Ukip voters support the policy along with 73
per cent of Tory voters, while 48 per cent of Liberal Democrat voters
supported it compared to 37 per cent who opposed it.
were split, with 46 per cent in favour and 46 per cent against.
YouGov asked 5,875 UK adults the extent they supported or opposed
the Government's proposals to report how many foreign workers they employ.
The Labour party said her speech would "fan the flames of
xenophobia and hatred in our communities".
Politics Labour Party
We in Labour must dare to defend freedom of movement
The Guardian, 7 October 2016.
Some years ago I joined a delegation of Labour MPs to the European
parliament. A member of the EU commission gave us some of his valuable
time. "The British people are just going to have to learn to put up with
freedom of movement," he said as he sat down.
Everyone around me
That consensus is now breaking down. ...
not only in the UK. Across Europe the rise of the right has made comrades
question the appetite for freedom of movement. While the tone and actual
proposals differ, the message is often similar. The white working class has
been ignored for too long. We need to check our privilege and check out of
This is toxic territory. It does not lend itself to
"triangulation" particularly by those who have little familiarity
with the working class they claim to represent. ...
And even if we
could triangulate it to try to win more votes, we should not. ...
Ultimately no matter how many soundbites we drop, Labour is not
going to be believed as the party that is tough on immigration.
Politics Conservative Party
Radically increasing immigration? There couldn't be anything more Conservative
Daily Telegraph, 7 October 2016.
All this could give the impression that the soul of Toryism is
hostile to immigration. But while the Conservative party is a famously
broad church, it can be most true to its principles not by curbing the
influx, but by encouraging it indeed, by massively relaxing the
The first and most obvious point is
libertarianism. If the modern Tory credo is that people should be able to
make a success of their lives if they work hard enough, then it is
difficult to make a moral case for restricting an individual's freedom
based on the dumb luck of having been born one side or other of a border.
And if, like Mrs May did yesterday, you advocate a "Great
Meritocracy", then it rings rather hollow if you are blind to class,
gender, race, sexuality, disability, but not nationality. ...
Fortunately, the decision is made rather easier by the strong
economic case for liberalised immigration. Joseph Carens, a political
scientist at the University of Toronto, argues that the world would double
its GDP if it dissolved its borders. Several others posit similar leaps.
So there is the economic case; how is it Tory? The answer is
that immigration is a far more effective remedy of poverty than
conventional aid. ...
There is a better way of alleviating poverty
than shoring up India's space programme, and it is commerce again, a
Tory totem. Remittances money sent home by migrants, small amounts
in the West but fortunes abroad already vastly outweigh the total
direct investment in developing countries, and don't have to be funnelled
Migration also encourages the spread of skills
and expertise, since those who leave a country are likely to stay in touch
and contribute to further trade. Its use as a tool to vastly accelerate
development is less a brain drain than a no-brainer.
So far, so
metropolitan Tory. What's in it for the Shires? First, it is
well-established that immigrants, because they tend to be younger, make a
net contribution to our economy. We all benefit from this. There will be
concerns that increased immigration will dilute British culture; Sam
Bowman, the executive director of the Adam Smith Institute, is persuaded
enough of this point to advocate significantly expanded rather than
unlimited immigration. ...
Convincing the electorate that
large-scale immigration is good will take dexterity, courage, and years. It
would be best done by a party which has only just begun its term in office,
is all but assured of a second, has suddenly been gifted control of
immigration and, above all has all the right economic and libertarian
US Muslim preacher 'who advocated beheading of gay men allowed to lecture in the UK'
Independent, 7 October 2016.
A US-based Muslim preacher who allegedly advocated killing gay
people is giving a lecture series in London after being allowed to enter
The Home Office has been urged to retract the visa of Hamza
Sodagar who is giving a series of lectures in the capital city between 3
October and 12 October.
Mr Sodagar appeared in an online video
recorded in 2010 in which he details ways in which gay people can be
'punished' for their sexuality, including being beheaded or thrown off a
LGBT rights activist Peter Tatchell called on the Home
Office to revoke Mr Sodagar's visa. He said: "In a free society, Hamza
Sodagar has a right to believe that homosexuality is sinful but not to
preach about ways to kill lesbians and gay men. Many people with far less
extreme views, who have never advocated violence, have been banned from
entering the UK. Calling for death to LGBT people crosses a red line.
"The Home Office was wrong to grant him a visa and should now
revoke it. The cleric should be ordered out of the country."
lectures are being facilitated by the Ahlulbayt Islamic Mission at the
Islamic Republic Of Iran School in London. ...
The Mission have
defended their decision to host Mr Sodagar, saying his comments did not
mean he endorsed murder of gay men and had been taken out of context.
Immigration abroad extremism, Islam, Sweden
How Sweden became an exporter of jihad
BBC, 7 October 2016.
Sweden is a peaceful democratic state that has long been a safe
haven for those fleeing conflict. Yet many young people whose families took
refuge there are now turning their back on the country. More than 300
people have gone to fight in Syria and Iraq, making Sweden per capita one
of the biggest exporters of jihadists in Europe. ...
where much of the recruitment for jihad is taking place. ...
one of Sweden's most diverse cities. A third of the population are from
immigrant backgrounds, many of them Muslim, and in the north-eastern suburb
of Angered, the proportion rises to more than 70%. ...
become a tough area to police.
Parts of it are classified as
"vulnerable", which in Swedish police terminology indicates a breakdown of
law and order, among other things, and the emergence of a parallel society.
I am told that religious enforcers attempt to control the community
to ensure Sharia law is adhered to. They allegedly harass and intimidate
people - mainly women - for the way they dress and for attending parties
where there is music and dancing, which they consider haram. ...
Suburbs like Angered have become pressure cookers of discontent.
You see this built-up resentment mainly with the second-generation
"non-ethnic Swedes", as they're known here.
... Many young people I
spoke to said they felt disconnected from the country where their parents
came from - but didn't feel they were Swedish either. ...
April was the law changed to make it illegal to travel abroad with the
intention to commit acts of terrorism. ...
Why would someone
raised in Gothenburg want to leave one of the most peaceful and progressive
countries in the developed world to join a violent extremist group in the
With so many of them saying they don't feel Swedish,
perhaps the bigger question is: has integration and Sweden's experiment
with multiculturalism failed?
Immigration abroad illegal immigration, USA
Barely half of illegal border crossers caught
MailOnline / Associated Press, 7 October 2016.
Immigration authorities caught just over half of the people who
illegally entered the U.S. from Mexico last year, according to a report
commissioned by the Department of Homeland Security that offers one of the
most detailed assessments of border security ever compiled.
report found that 54 percent of people who entered illegally between border
crossings got caught in the 2015 fiscal year. That's much lower than the 81
percent success rate that Homeland Security cited publicly using a
different counting method.
The 98-page report was completed in May,
and Homeland Security officials have declined to release it, despite urging
from some members of Congress. The Associated Press obtained a copy from a
government official involved in border issues who acted on condition of
anonymity because the department has not made the report public. ...
In terms of people, 170,000 eluded capture during the 2015 fiscal
year, 210,000 the previous year, and 1.7 million in 2005. The number of
people who eluded capture is larger when including those who escaped
detection at border crossings or who entered by sea, which is the
responsibility of Homeland Security agencies outside the Border Patrol.
Adding those, 200,000 people got away last year, 260,000 in 2014, and 1.9
million in 2005.
The huge drop in illegal entries over the last
decade coincides with major increases in border security spending, which
has reached $14 billion annually.
Politics public opinion, Europe
Revealed: Nearly Half The Adults In Britain And Europe Hold Extremist Views
Buzzfeed, 7 October 2016.
Almost half of the adults in 12 European countries now hold
anti-immigrant, nationalist views, according to major new research that
reveals the spread of fringe political views into the mainstream.
BuzzFeed News has been given exclusive access to new data from
YouGov, which polled more than 12,000 people across the continent to
measure the extent of what it termed "authoritarian populist" opinions
a combination of anti-immigration sentiments, strong foreign policy
views, and opposition to human rights laws, EU institutions, and European
integration policies. ...
In Britain, the poll found authoritarian
populist attitudes were shared by 48% of adults, despite less than 20% of
the population identifying itself as right-wing. ...
In France, a
clear majority of people surveyed 63% held authoritarian
populist views, while in Italy the figure was 47%. In Germany, it was 18%,
which appears low by comparison but, given the country's history and the
extreme nature of its far-right groups, is regarded by analysts as
The highest levels of authoritarian populist
views were recorded in Romania and Poland, where they were held by 82% and
78% of adults respectively. In Lithuania, by contrast, the poll did not did
not detect any evidence of the authoritarian populist phenomenon at all.
Like Germany, Denmark has also seen a shift in the tone of
political debates. According to the YouGov data, a quarter of Danes who
identify themselves as centrists nevertheless hold authoritarian populist
beliefs a similar proportion to those on the right-wing of the
country's political spectrum.
"There is a move towards more
authoritarianism, discrimination based on ethnicity," said Karen Melchior,
a diplomat and candidate with the liberal Radikale party. "It is not a
left-versus-right issue. It is like a cold war with competing visions of
In recent policy discussions about introducing a tougher
citizenship test and the appropriateness of segregating classrooms on the
basis of ethnicity, even parts of the Social Democratic party held
"discriminatory" views, Melchior claims. ...
The rise of
nationalist, anti-immigrant views has been strongest in central Europe,
with Polish adults scoring the highest in the YouGov survey, taking into
account all the measures polled.
In nearby Hungary, the "cultural
counter-revolution" that central European leaders pledged in the wake of
Brexit is even more stark.
Immigration abroad citizenship, France
Huge Spike in 'New French': Report Suggests Govt Rushing Citizenship Before 2017 Election
Breitbart, 7 October 2016.
The number of people given French citizenship this year is likely
to soar 45 per cent from 2015's figure, with the vast majority of "new
French" from North Africa. The spike follows a concerted push by the ruling
Socialist Party to naturalise 100,000 people a year.
investigative report, monthly journal Causeur notes that the sharp
uptick in naturalisations far exceeds previous patterns and asks whether
agencies' rush to grant citizenship to more "new French" is a coincidence
against the backdrop of presidential elections in 2017.
In 2012, as
Interior Minister, the now-Prime Minister Manuel Valls took a wrecking ball
to the previous centre-right government's naturalisation criteria,
abolishing the multiple choice tests on French culture and values and the
need for candidates to be employed on a permanent contract.
Branding the previous government's policies on naturalisation the
result of a "France that doubts, looks at the world with suspicion", Valls
declared that he wanted to see 100,000 people a year given French
citizenship. The Socialist politician also said he hoped a further 20,000
spouses of French citizens would be naturalised each year through marriage.
According to a 2012 survey of 10,000 voters, 93 per cent of
Muslims in France voted for the Socialist Party president, who is the most
unpopular head of France in modern history.
In his successful
presidential campaign, Hollande promised an amnesty to all of the estimated
400,000 Muslims illegally in France.
Now a huge, and growing,
electoral bloc, commentators have observed that Muslims in France decided
the election. An estimated 1.7 million of them voted for Hollande in 2012,
who beat incumbent president Nicolas Sarkozy by just 1.1 million votes.
Employment policy, democracy
The Tory Foreign Worker Transparency Plan Makes Sense - And Could Reduce Racism
The Huffington Post, 6 October 2016.
This week's Conservative Party plan to make some companies disclose
how many foreign workers they employ may be controversial. But is a
positive step forward for transparency, and could take the wind out of the
sails of those peddling racist myths about immigration. Britain should
learn from the Philippines, where radical transparency around foreign
worker permits is already a legal requirement. ...
list, published in widely circulated newspapers as a classified ad by
authorities, contains not only the names of the foreign nationals applying
for the right to work in the Philippines. It also shows who their
prospective employers are and gives some quite specific details about the
work they are going to be doing. There are only a tiny number of corporate,
educational and diplomatic work exceptions where this transparency
requirement does not apply.
And the information isn't just being
provided for passive public consumptions. Local workers can get actively
involved in the system - and have their fair say: If anyone spots an
illicit permit application in the public list, they have 30 days from
publication to file an objection with employment authorities. If they can
prove Filipino workers are willing and able to do the job applied for by
the foreign national, the permit can still be revoked to protect local
In the absence of easy access to accurate, balanced
information about immigrant workers, people become vulnerable to
large-scale misinformation from far-right hate peddlers, and
self-interested clickbait journalists. ...
classes may use this as a disingenuous reason to discount the opinions of
the rest of the country: But if people are never provided with full,
factual information because the political elite are afraid of people power,
who can blame them for accepting xenophobic propaganda at face value? ...
A Philippines-inspired, transparent foreign work permit system
would give people back trust in the fairness of the immigration system.
They could see, with their own eyes, irrefutable proof in their local
newspaper that foreign worker numbers locally are in fact not as high as
the far-right rabble rousers purport. Reading the job descriptions, they
would realise that most foreign workers are in fact doing vital,
community-sustaining jobs in sectors, such as healthcare, where there is a
dire shortage of skilled professionals. ...
around work permits would finally bring democratic decision making
authority about immigration where it belongs: To ordinary people in local
communities across the UK, rather than over-paid Whitehall bureaucrats with
multiple postgrad degrees in law and jurisprudence. The Tory plans are a
step in that direction, but more action is needed.
It's time to
give people their voice back. In a democracy they are owed nothing less.
Racism UK, European Union
How dare these Eurocrats call Britain racist while the Far Right's marching in their own backyard
Daily Mail, 6 October 2016.
[Daniel Hannan is a Conservative MEP]
Across parts of Germany, running battles between immigrants and
neo-Nazis are becoming so frequent that they no longer lead the news.
In France and Belgium, Jewish schools and synagogues require armed
guards. In Toulouse, a mosque has been burned to the ground. In Sweden,
neo-Nazi thugs warned of a 'year of violence' against immigrants.
Racist violence across much of Europe is now becoming almost
So which country has the Strasbourg-based Council of
Europe decided to accuse of 'anti-foreigner sentiment'? You guessed it. The
European Commission on Racism and Intolerance, which reports to the
Council, says it is alarmed at the 'intolerant political discourse in the
UK, particularly focusing on immigration'.
discourse in the UK? Let's compare how politicians talk here with what
passes unremarked in other EU states. Czech prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka
says: 'To be honest, we don't want a large Muslim population here.' His
Slovak counterpart, Robert Fico, is just as blunt: 'Islam has no place in
In France, Nicolas Sarkozy calls Islamic dress 'a
provocation', and promises laws against it. (And, of course, a ban on the
wearing of burkas on French beaches sparked huge rows over the summer.)
In Britain, by contrast, Theresa May was cheered by her party
members yesterday when she said: 'I want us to be a country where it
doesn't matter where you were born.'
By what measure is ours an
intolerant country? To be sure, we have our bigots, as every nation does.
But against whom are we being so harshly judged?
Look at the
strength of authoritarian, anti-immigrant parties across Europe. ...
Nativist parties that is, ones that argue for the rights of
established inhabitants of a nation over immigrants are polling
solidly in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and many
post-Communist states. Here, though, the British National Party barely
registers. It has never come close to winning an MP, and currently has just
We keep being told, usually by Remainers, that our
EU referendum was 'all about immigration'. In fact, the polls showed
throughout that the top issue for Leave voters was democracy and the
supremacy of the British Parliament. ...
Of course, to say that
other places have a worse record than ours is hardly a knockout defence.
Any racial abuse is shameful, and Britain has its share of dunderheads,
just like anywhere else.
Still, be honest: does the Council of
Europe's report match your experience? Do you, in your daily life, see
evidence of what the BBC has taken to calling an 'epidemic' of racism? ...
Ours is a tolerant, comfortable, multi-racial society, which is one
of many reasons that migrants prefer to come here.
What is it based
on, this idea that we are in the grip of some new xenophobia unleashed by
the referendum? Much of it comes from people's determination to see what
Asylum Syrians, Christians
Exclusive: Why Are There So Few Christian Refugees From Syria In The UK?
Christian Today, 6 October 2016.
Faith leaders and aid workers have spoken out against the tiny
proportion of Christian refugees admitted to Britain under the Government
scheme to help the suffering people of Syria.
Under two per cent of
Syrian refugees admitted to Britain since the scheme began are Christian,
compared to 97.5 per cent that are Muslim.
Before the war began, an
estimated 10 per cent of the population of Syria was Christian. Even now
that so many have fled and been displaced, there are still 772,000
Christians in Syria, more than four per cent of the population of 1.86
David Cameron, then Prime Minister, pledged in September
last year to take 20,000 Syrian refugees to Britain.
The faith of
refugees admitted under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettleent Scheme
(VPR) has not previously been made publicly available but Christian Today
obtained the figures via a Freedom of Information Request.
Office records show that between September 7, 2015 and June 30 this year,
2,659 individuals were resettled under the VPR scheme.
included 2,592 Muslims and just 51 Christians, four of whom are identified
as Eastern Orthodox. There are also three Druze and 13 Yazidis.
Employment numbers, Conservative Party
Forcing businesses to declare how many foreigners they employ is an awful and clumsy idea
ConservativeHome, 6 October 2016.
As usual, Twitter got the wrong end of the stick and therefore
over-reacted to Amber Rudd's proposal that businesses should report the
number of foreign workers they employ. The misunderstanding that the Home
Secretary proposed to make companies list such workers by name appears to
have come from The Times' headline "Firms must list foreign
workers". Within half an hour people were wondering if the Government might
insist on Nazi-style coloured badges for foreigners.
... What she
was proposing, though, was that companies should be compelled to publish a
tally of their foreign employees along the lines of previous
proposals to publish pay disparities between men and women, for example.
There are myriad problems with the idea. For a start, it's
another bit of meddling red tape which will add new costs for businesses.
Worse, the adoption of a 'name and shame' approach rests on an unpleasant
assumption that the public would wish to punish companies deemed to have
too many foreign employees. That assumption is either incorrect, in which
case the policy would have no effect at best, or accurate, in which case it
plays to instincts which ought not to be indulged by the Government. Doing
so would effectively mean penalising existing foreign workers in the UK for
the sin of being foreign effectively encouraging their employers to
find ways to get rid of them. We should not want modern Britain to become a
society which does such things.
... Who would know from a raw
number if the people involved were employed as labourers or specialist
technicians, office cleaners or financial analysts? /.../ Rudd's attempt
would be the equivalent of scrutinising the problem through the wrong end
of a telescope.
Immigration controls, politics, Conservative Party
Firms will be forced to reveal how many foreign staff they employ under tough new immigration reforms that can be brought in BEFORE Brexit, Amber Rudd promises
MailOnline, 5 October 2016.
Companies will be forced to reveal what proportion of their work
force are foreign under new immigration rules that can be brought in before
Brexit, Amber Rudd promised today.
The Home Secretary outlined
tough new rules on foreign students and taxi drivers in her main speech to
the Tory conference in Birmingham.
Ms Rudd has launched a
consultation on new powers today as the Government works to outline its
Brexit plans. ...
She announced plans to crack down on the
'generous' arrangements for students from abroad, saying they could be
blocked from jobs if courses are not high enough quality.
Immigration checks will also be mandatory for taxi drivers, while
landlords who rent to illegals could face jail sentences.
measures forcing companies to reveal how many 'international' staff they
employ will effectively name and shame firms which bring in foreigners
rather than invest in talent at home. ...
From next autumn banks
will have to do regular checks to ensure they are not providing 'essential
banking services' to illegal migrants.
But Mrs Rudd said while
immigration had 'brought benefits to the nation', wider steps needed to be
taken to control numbers.
'This is why I want to reduce net
migration while continuing to ensure we attract the brightest and the
best,' she said.
'Because it's only by reducing the numbers back
down to sustainable levels that we can change the tide of public opinion so
once again immigration is something we can all welcome.'
said that meant looking across 'work and study routes'.
include examining whether we should tighten the test companies have to take
before recruiting from abroad,' she said.
'The test should ensure
people coming here are filling gaps in the labour market, not taking jobs
British people could do.
'But it's become a tick box exercise,
allowing some firms to get away with not training local people. We won't
win in the world if we don't do more to upskill our own workforce...
'So I want us to look again at whether our immigration system
provides the right incentives for businesses to invest in British workers.'
Mrs Rudd said the government would also look for the first time at
whether immigration rules for students should be 'tailored to the quality
of the course and the quality of the educational institution'. ...
Mrs Rudd said the government would push ahead proposals to overhaul
legislation to make it easier to deport foreign criminals. ...
Home Secretary confirmed that the government would be following through on
a manifesto commitment to set up a new £140 million Controlling
Migration Fund designed to ease the pressures on public services in
areas of high migration.
Racism hate crime
Damning report condemns rising 'racist violence and hate speech' by politicians and press in post-Brexit UK
Independent, 5 October 2016.
David Cameron and Nigel Farage are among the British politicians
and institutions accused of fuelling rising xenophobia in the UK as debate
continues to rage over Brexit, the refugee crisis and terrorism.
report by the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)
found a "number of areas of concern" over political discourse and hate
speech, as well as violent racial and religious attacks.
statistics have shown a sharp rise in Islamophobic, antisemitic and
xenophobic assaults over the past year, amid growing tensions in Britain
and across Europe.
"It is no coincidence that racist violence is on
the rise in the UK at the same time as we see worrying examples of
intolerance and hate speech in the newspapers, online and even among
politicians," said ECRI chair Christian Ahlund. ...
figures have recorded a sharp increase in hate crime but the true scale of
the problem may be far higher than recorded, with the Crime Survey for
England and Wales estimating that of 106,000 hate-motivated crimes every
year, only a quarter are recorded as such by police.
In a report
spanning the period from 2009 and March this year, the ECRI noted positive
steps with the enforcement of the Equality Act 2010 and legislation against
racism and racial discrimination in the UK, as well as the government's new
hate crime action plan.
But the commission noted "considerable
intolerant political discourse in the UK" particularly focusing on
immigration, discrimination against Roma, gypsies and travellers, and a
spike in online abuse and violent racist incidents.
It singled out
statements made by Mr Cameron during his tenure as Prime Minister as
examples of degrading terms towards refugees that "contribute needlessly to
an increase in xenophobic sentiment".
Multiculturalism racism, schools, population change
'Would you say that word in a Chinese takeaway?': schools fight racism head-on
The Guardian, 5 October 2016.
Show Racism the Red Card, which works with professional
footballers, runs schools workshops around the country. These have taken on
a new significance since the Brexit debate, says the charity's education
team manager for the north, Laura Pidcock. "Since the vote, there's a sense
that we will now start to control our borders," she says. ...
Figures published by the Department for Education show that primary
schools are experiencing first-hand the changes in Britain's ethnic makeup.
Almost a third of primary pupils in England 31% are
classified as being from ethnic minority backgrounds. In 2006 the figure
was about 20%.
Population statistics show that while the birth rate
fell among women born in the UK last year, the rate among women born
elsewhere has risen last year more than a quarter of live births
were to women not born in Britain. So primary schools' intakes are becoming
more ethnically mixed.
Politics Conservative Party
Anna Soubry Hits Out At Anti-Immigrant Hypocrites Who Eat Chicken Tikka Masala
The Huffington Post, 5 October 2016.
Tory MP Anna Soubry today launched a passionate defence of
immigration as she hit out at those who want to end free movement to the
The Remain-backing MP is refusing to shift from her
pre-referendum position that leaving the EU would be bad for the UK
economy, and claimed the British public has been duped by "myths" from
The former Business Minister held nothing back
at a fringe event at the Conservative Party Conference as she argued
immigration was good for the UK, and it was an unfounded fear of migrants
that fuelled the Brexit vote. ...
Soubry waded in on the issue at
the Bright Blue fringe event on whether the UK's immigration system is
working for British businesses, and said: "I would take students out of the
figures, it is the stuff of complete nonsense, ordinary people when they
talk about migrant workers they don't think students and I welcome overseas
"I would almost have unfettered numbers of overseas
students because they go home full of great goodwill for our country and
that helps us to trade with them in the future." ...
"Some of these
people are the ones who say: 'I don't like all that foreign muck, what are
we having for tea tonight? Chicken tikka masala' and then go off for an
Italian, but then say: 'We don't want all these foreigners'."
Repatriation/deportation Afghans, European Union
Thousands of failed asylum seekers to be returned to Afghanistan after it signed an EU deal to take back its migrants
Daily Mail, 5 October 2016.
Tens of thousands of failed asylum seekers will be sent back to
Afghanistan after it signed a deal with the EU to take back an unlimited
number of its migrants.
A new terminal will be built at Kabul
airport to handle at least 80,000 people who will start being deported on
Afghanistan signed the agreement to readmit
any Afghan citizen not granted asylum in Europe ahead of an aid summit
tomorrow in Brussels where the EU is set to pledge 1 billion euros
(£888 million) a year in support.
EU officials yesterday
claimed the aid money was not dependent on the deportation deal, but leaked
documents showed they pushed for it to be signed ahead of the donor
conference 'to maximise leverage'.
Afghans are the second-largest
group of arrivals into Europe with 196,170 lodging asylum claims last year.
The EU will meets the costs of travel for Afghans as well as
funding a 'reintegration programme' that includes helping to find jobs for
those deported. ...
Britain already has its own bilateral
agreement with Afghanistan to send back failed asylum seekers.
Immigration abroad Georgians, European Union
Georgia gets green light for EU visa-free travel
EUobserver, 5 October 2016.
EU states have agreed to grant Georgian nationals visa-free travel
to the Schengen zone, once new safeguards are in place to suspend the deal
in case of abuse.
"The council takes the view that the entry into
force of visa liberalisation for Georgia should be at the same time as the
entry into force of the new 'suspension mechanism'," they said in a
statement on Wednesday (5 October).
The news comes ahead of
parliamentary elections in Georgia on 8 October and could give a bump to
pro-European parties in the poll.
The "suspension mechanism" is a
European Commission proposal that will, in future, allow EU states to "snap
back" visa restrictions more easily in case of mass-scale overstays or
bogus asylum claims by any non-EU country.
Details of the mechanism
are still subject to EU states' negotiations with MEPs.
are expected to conclude by the end of the year, meaning that Georgian
people should be able to visit the 25 Schengen states (22 EU states plus
Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland) without permits before 2017. ...
Berlin had previously blocked Georgia's path over complaints about
a crime wave by Georgian nationals in Germany.
Germany and France
had also called for the snap-back arrangements to soothe popular concern
over immigration in the context of the refugee crisis.
deal is part of broader EU plans to open up to visitors also from Kosovo,
Ukraine and Turkey. ...
Prior to Russia's invasion of Ukraine in
2014, the EU had also been in advanced talks on visa-free travel for
Russian nationals, but those negotiations were put on hold as part of
Europe's sanctions regime.
Employment student doctors
Student doctor numbers to rise by 25%
BBC, 4 October 2016.
The number of medical school places will increase by 25% from 2018
under plans to make England "self-sufficient" in training doctors.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is to announce an expansion in
training places from 6,000 to 7,500 a year. ...
About a quarter of
the medical workforce is trained outside the UK, but the impact of Brexit
and a global shortage of doctors could make it harder to recruit so many in
Prime Minister Theresa May told the BBC: "We want to
see the NHS able to recruit doctors from this country. We want to see more
British doctors in the NHS."
Politics Conservative Party
Theresa May says she WILL deliver 'tens of thousands' immigration promise thanks to Brexit
Daily Express, 4 October 2016.
Theresa May has vowed to deliver her promise to reduce net
migration to the tens of thousands - and praised Brexit for giving Britain
the "control" to carry out the task.
The Prime Minister said the
policy "hasn't been watered down" but refused to offer a date when she will
achieve the goal because she is "constantly working" to close immigration
Britain will not wait for Brexit to cut migration, Amber Rudd to say
Daily Telegraph, 4 October 2016.
Britain will not wait until Brexit to begin cut level of migration,
the Home Secretary is expected to say as she unveils a crackdown on people
coming to the UK from outside the EU.
Amber Rudd is expected to use
her conference speech to announce plans to limit the number of non-EU
migrants in a bid to cut the level of net migration in the run up Brexit.
Racism bias, prejudice
Google promotes controversial claim it's NOT possible for ethnic minorities to be racist against white people
The Sun, 4 October 2016.
Google is promoting the idea that ethnic minorities CANNOT be
racist toward white people.
The tech giant's search results appear
to foreground left-leaning answers to this highly controversial question,
rather than giving a view which reflects the fact there is debate over this
America is currently locked in a passionate
argument about whether some supporters of groups like Black Lives Matter
are actually racist towards white people, with people from different sides
of the political spectrum offering varying views.
search facility offers a rather one-sided solution to this thorny and
We searched Google using several terms similar
to the phrase: "Can you be racist towards white people?"
showed us an explanation which appears to be taken from the Huffington
"Any person can be racist, regardless of their own race,"
Google's search rankings explained.
"WRONG no they can't racism
requires power and prejudice. white people have power to oppress black
people because they control the system and ecnomic [sic.] structure in
We also asked if a black person be racist against a white
person and were told: "The usage of the word racist relative to a hate
speech by blacks on blacks or whites is incorrect. A subjugated group
cannot be racist they can only be prejudicial." ...
spokeswomen said: "Google does not endorse or select responses manually.
This content comes from the third-party sites that we do not control. The
feature is an automatic and algorithmic match to the search query. ..."
Immigration EU trade, public opinion
More than half favour immigration controls over trade, poll reveals
Sky News, 3 October 2016.
More than half of Britons think having complete control over
immigration policy is more important than access to the EU single market in
Brexit negotiations, a Sky Data Snap Poll reveals.
prioritise controlling immigration while 40% think access to the single
market is more important - 7% answered "don't know".
come as Theresa May hit the headlines with a conference speech seen as
focusing on a "hard Brexit", insisting "we will decide for ourselves how we
control immigration". ...
As with the EU referendum vote itself,
the Sky Data poll revealed a marked divide in opinion by age.
aged 18-34 would prioritise the single market 57% to 38%, while those aged
55 or older prioritised border control 65% to 27%. ...
interviewed a nationally representative sample of 1,003 Sky customers by
SMS on 30 September 2016. Data are weighted to the profile of the
Terrorism migrants, Hungary
Majority of Paris attackers used migration routes to enter Europe, reveals Hungarian counter-terror chief
Daily Telegraph, 3 October 2016.
The majority of the Isil extremists who carried out the November 13
Paris attacks entered Europe while posing as migrants, Hungarian security
officials have disclosed.
Seven of the attackers, who killed 130
people and left more than 360 others injured, slipped through Hungary's
borders while posing as migrants.
It is understood that ten
extremists in total were closely involved in planning and carrying out the
A handful of them are also understood to have taken part
in the Brussels attacks last March, which claimed 32 lives.
According to Hungary's centre for counter-terrorism, the group of
fanatics set up a "logistics hub" in the country in the summer of 2015 and
began using the so-called Balkans route of eastern European countries to
move fighters trained in Syria into Europe. ...
Speaking to the
Sunday Times, deputy counter-terror chief General Zsolt Bodnar said they
made the discovery after a close examination of the suspect's mobile
He revealed that Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the Belgian-Moroccan
terrorist who died after the Paris attacks, had sent scout to "map out" the
migrant route in July 2015.
The scout, named as Bilal C, then used
social media networks such as Facebook and Whatsapp to send reports back to
Abaaoud and his co-plotters.
Many of the suspects were born in
Europe and then travelled to join Isil in Syria after being radicalised.
Though their names were registered in counter-terorism databases
across Europe, they appear to have taken advantage of the mass migration to
make their way back from Syria.
Many of them posed as Syrian
refugees, were carrying fake Syrian passports, and had been trained in
covert communications, Gen. Bodnar said.
Immigration abroad referendum, Hungary
Hungary PM claims EU migrant quota referendum victory
BBC, 3 October 2016.
Hungarian PM Viktor Orban has declared victory in a referendum on
mandatory EU migrant quotas, despite a low turnout that appeared to render
Nearly 98% of those who took part supported the
government's call to reject the EU plan.
But only 43% of the
electorate voted, short of the 50% required to be valid.
government spokesman said the outcome was binding "politically and legally"
but the opposition said the government did not have the support it needed.
Ferenc Gyurcsany, leader of the opposition Democratic
Coalition, said the low turnout showed that most people did not support the
But a government spokesman said the result could
not be regarded as invalid.
"The government initiated the
referendum, so both politically and legally the outcome is binding," he
"The 50% would have made a difference because parliament
could have no alternative but to make a decision. But parliament is behind
the government regarding the decision. This is a reinforced mandate for the
Immigration abroad Czech Republic, European Union
'SEND THEM BACK!' Fuming Czech leader orders Brussels to DEPORT economic migrants
Daily Express, 3 October 2016.
Economic migrants arriving in Europe should be immediately deported
from the continent in a tough new crackdown on the refugee crisis, a fuming
EU leader demanded today.
Furious Czech leader Milos Zeman ordered
Brussels to send all failed asylum seekers to "empty places" in North
Africa or "uninhabited Greek islands" to deter further mass migration to
The outspoken president said EU nations should provide
refuge to people fleeing war and persecution in Syria, but insisted anyone
found to be an economic migrant should be sent home. ...
also echoed the comments of other eastern European leader, like Hungary's
Viktor Orban, in linking the influx of migrants from the Middle East to a
rise in the terror threat to Europe.
He told the Financial Times:
"I am sure there is a strong connection between the wave of migrants and
the wave of jihadis... and those people who deny this connection are
Politics Conservative Party, EU referendum
'A HUGE MISTAKE' Ex-No10 spin doctor Sir Craig Oliver blasted by Remain donor Roland Rudd for 'gagging' campaign over immigration
The Sun, 3 October 2016.
Top Remain donor Roland Rudd has launched a blistering assault on
ex-No10 spin doctor Sir Craig Oliver, accusing him of gagging the pro-EU
camp from talking about immigration.
Corporate lobbyist Roland
Rudd, who was a central figure in the campaign to Remain in the EU, has
said allowing No10 to "dictate" their referendum messaging was "a huge
He claimed: "There was sort of shut down from No10 that
no one was to talk about immigration and that was a huge mistake."
In a direct attack on live TV, Mr Rudd claimed "our biggest
mistake" was to "allow the dead hand of Downing Street to really dictate
Population pressure air pollution, traffic accidents
Air pollution could be to blame for hundreds of traffic accidents, warn researchers
Daily Telegraph, 3 October 2016.
Air pollution could be responsible for hundreds of car accidents a
year, according to the London School of Economics.
A study looking
a five years of data showed that when levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) rise
just one microgramme per cubic metre, the number of collisions rises by two
Although it might seem that effect could be explained by
more traffic on the roads, and therefore more pollution and more accidents,
the researchers found that the increase remained even when adjusting for
the extra traffic.
Instead, they believe that the toxic air impairs
driver fitness, while watery eyes and an itchy nose could also be
distracting for motorists.
A recent study found that air pollution
inside a car can be more than double that on the outside because the NO2
builds up in a small space. ...
However other experts were more
sceptical about the link between air pollution and accidents.
president Edmund King said: "If you think about areas which are high in air
pollution they are a lot busier, with taxis and buses and lorries and where
you have a greater mix of traffic you tend to have more accidents. ..."
Racism Black Lives Matter UK
Five Reasons Black Lives Matter Failed in the UK
The Huffington Post, 3 October 2016.
[The author is an Art and Politics postgraduate student at Goldsmiths]
The 'Black' in Black Lives Matter: That is, the question of which
blacks are represented in BLM. Blackness as an identifier may have been
ascribed by Arab and European imperialists but today seems most resonant
among Americans. Africans see their identities primarily through a tribal
lens than a racial one - beyond that, as citizens of their home nations;
and lastly, as Africans, before black, which makes it difficult to apply
the implication of race across a universal category. An attempt to stage a
BLM protest in Senegal in July was banned. Black antislavery activists in
Mauritania continue to be imprisoned for challenging the Arab enslavement
of blacks in Africa, but similarly to situations where non-whites
perpetuate violence, this does not appear to be a priority for BLM. ...
African women for the most part still see their domestication as a
source of power, not powerlessness and to be a stay-at-home married mother
remains an aspiration, even for the most well-read women. Women desperately
require legislation to combat gendered violence - but it is necessary to
highlight the contrast between the world of the African immigrant to
Britain and the imported American Black Lives Matter movement and its
failure to resonate with black Africans. ...
most pertinent factor is the premise on which BLMUK and contemporary
anti-racist movements are built: the insistence on looking at the world
through an 'oppressed' and 'privileged' binary, where descriptors such as
'underprivileged' have come to be synonymous with anything other than
white. The embracing of intersectionality and identity politics as a means
to decolonise the world has pushed BLMUK to a position whereby it fails to
recognise that it exists partly because the world it inhabits is already
free. Albeit a starkly unequal one, but a free one nonetheless, making
organising around decolonisation akin to kicking down open doors.
While young activists in the west have adopted a vocabulary of
phrases such as 'oppression,' 'marginalisation' and 'crisis', African
immigrants often have first-hand experiences of what these words can mean,
and as such, are less hesitant to throw them around unwarranted.
BLMUK's flirtation with communism and caliphates, while
demonstrating disdain for capitalism and the west is at odds with the
experience of African migrants, many of whom escape from failed states in
order to realise dreams made possible by the very factors which are
undermined by BLMUK.
While Africans would unanimously support the
original aims of BLM, few are convinced by their actions and rhetoric.
Indeed, there are urgent challenges faced by African migrants to the UK but
many doubt that BLMUK is competent enough to attend to any of those, given
its juvenile tactics and campaigns based on exaggerated figures, which have
served to alienate, rather than capture the hearts and minds of the UK's
black African populace.
Revealed: Whitehall's plan to rid the country of foreign criminals
Sunday Telegraph, 2 October 2016.
Thousands of foreign criminals "free-riding" on Britain's prisons
face being sent home in the coming years as part of a new deportation drive
being planned across Whitehall. ...
Ministers hope the UK's
generous aid budget and the political access it brings can be used to
convince countries to repatriate more citizens when they break the law in
In its most extreme form, nations that receive large
amounts of foreign aid but repeatedly fail to improve the quality of their
prisons could be threatened with future cuts. ...
There are close
to 10,000 foreign nationals in Britain's prisons, according to a recent
House of Commons briefing, with each space costing the taxpayer around
£40,000 a year. ...
David Cameron made repeated efforts to
try to improve the government's record at deporting foreign criminals,
including helping to fund new prisons in other countries.
what proved to be the final months of his premiership, Mr Cameron admitted
before a Commons select committee that he "should have done better" on the
Illegal immigration border security, English Channel
'We need BULLDOG SPIRIT' Top general calls for Marines to defend Channel from migrants
Sunday Express, 2 October 2016.
One of Britain's most respected military generals last night backed
calls for the Royal Marines to defend the English Channel against illegal
migrants making the crossing by boat.
Maj General Julian Thompson,
a former Royal Marine who led British ground forces in the retaking of the
Falkland Islands in 1982, warned that the Government "can no longer afford
to delay" taking action to halt the increasing number of unauthorised
dinghies washing up on British shores. ...
Gen Thompson said
indications by presidential hopeful Nicholas Sarkozy that he would push
Britain's border with France back from Calais to Dover would "only
exacerbate the problem".
"We have only five Border Force cutters to
patrol our entire coastline. But one is in the Aegean Sea while another is
usually in dry dock for maintenance. That leaves just three to patrol the
700 miles between Cornwall and East Anglia, let alone the whole 11,000
miles of Britain's coastline," he said.
"The EU will not and cannot
stop these smugglers."
Urging Teresa May to adopt the "Falklands
Spirit" he said Britain could not afford to wait until next year for
promised additional vessels. ...
"Key to the Falklands Victory was
the use of STUFT Ships: "Ships Taken Up From Trade" merchantmen of
"We need STUFT Ships now. We could requisition a dozen
fast, twin-engined civilian sea-going motor cruisers, and equip them with
gun mountings, military radars and communications systems. The RN or Royal
Naval Reserve can crew them. ...
"We need to do this next week,
not next year."
To enhance Channel traffic Control radars, six
Britten Norman Islander aircraft, fitted with electronic surveillance
equipment, should also be bought or leased, along with pilots, he added.
Aerostat balloons, cheaper than helicopters or drones and able to
scan 37 miles to the nearest French ports and beaches, could used to plug
gaps in maritime surveillance.
Politics Labour Party
Alastair Campbell: New Labour helped sow seeds of Brexit vote
Guardian / Observer, 2 October 2016.
Alastair Campbell has admitted that his newly published diaries
show clearly how New Labour sowed the seeds of the UK's vote to leave the
European Union by failing to respond to growing concerns over immigration.
The former Downing Street director of communications said he feared
the party became complacent on the issue due to Tony Blair's electoral
success, allowing the debate to shift in favour of a pro-Brexit vote in the
EU referendum years later. ...
"I think deep down we always felt
despite the difficulties we would be able to persuade people of the
benefits of immigration and the benefits of the EU. We did to a large
extent but where we are now, on both issues, suggests that we did not
cement the political views we were putting forward."
Campbell's fifth volume and available from Thursday, record Blair's
pollster Philip Gould raising immigration as a key factor in loss of
support for Labour as early as 2004.
The Good Immigrant edited by Nikesh Shukla review racial identity in the UK
The Observer, 2 October 2016.
And so, crowdfunded in just three days (including a pledge of
£5,000 from JK Rowling), comes this collection of 21 essays: "a
document of what it means to be a person of colour now".
memoirs, critiques of the cultural assumptions of children's books,
sociological accounts of the impact of caste on diasporic communities,
speculative histories about white T-shirts being imported to this country
via Somali and Yemeni dockworkers in the early 20th century: the voices
here are younger rather than older, mostly English, those of digital
natives or at least those comfortable flexing their identities across the
shifting terrain of social media.
There are a number of fine
The soft power of US popular culture has had an impact
on many of the book's contributors. /.../ The reality of Britain is vibrant
multiculturalism, but the myth we export is an all-white world of Lords and
Ladies. Conversely, American society is pretty segregated, but the myth
they export is of a racial melting pot solving crimes and fighting aliens
side by side." Leaving aside counterexamples (Luther, the far from
monocultural Lewis), it may be that a totem of post-1980s cultural
studies the link between media representations of social groups and
their political representation has been oversold. ...
Reading The Good Immigrant, it's hard to imagine that after
the second world war many Poles, Ukrainians and Hungarians moved to the UK.
The lives and loves of Irish settlers and of the Roma are far less
documented than those coming from South Asia or the Caribbean. Today a good
number of immigrants are from eastern Europe: they often take up low-paid
manual jobs, are accused (not infrequently by black people and Asians) of
being parasites and thieves, and are post-Brexit increasingly
liable to be attacked. The idea, tacitly promoted by this essay collection,
that their whiteness confers on them any kind of distinction, privilege or
cultural centrality is unsustainable.
Politics Labour Party
Jeremy Corbyn could heal Labour's immigration divide. Sadly, he's doing the opposite
The Guardian, 1 October 2016.
In this haze of obfuscation, Jeremy Corbyn shines bright as a
beacon of clarity. /.../ but on the intimately related issue of free
movement he made his position crystal clear this week. In so doing, he
confirmed that immigration has emerged as the defining dividing line in his
Corbyn's stance is admirable and principled. ...
It is a noble case, a rare defence of migrants, a group routinely
maligned. The trouble is, Corbyn's stance is directly at odds with large
swaths of his own party: those who would think of themselves as Labour
realists. /.../ They are united in believing that the verdict of the
electorate is now unmistakable. The voters want immigration controlled,
they declared that loud and clear on 23 June and they can be ignored no
I confess I find myself deeply torn on this most
radioactive of topics. ...
And yet, I cannot ignore what Rayner,
Reeves and the rest are saying. None of them is a racist. None hates
migrants. None of them would, I believe, be calling for increased controls
on immigration if they could see another option. But they are simply
listening to what has become the settled will of the people they represent.
This divide goes deeper than just immigration. It touches on class
and geography too. ...
... For many, free movement is the price
that has to be paid for the prize of single market membership. Corbyn's
position is: let's give up the prize, but keep paying the price. At a
stroke, he angers both Labour's remainers and its leavers, depriving both
of what they cherish most. Whatever the opposite of a political sweet spot
is, Corbyn has found it. ...
... What if it's not just the strain
on services and pressure on pay that makes people fear immigration? What if
it's actually more nebulous, and more toxic, questions of culture and
identity that lie at the heart of this matter?
Easing the shortage
of homes or GP appointments and boosting wages would certainly draw some of
the sting from the immigration question. Government should take those
steps. But it's optimistic to imagine that such action would dispel all the
rage MPs such as Reeves are encountering every day. It amounts to telling
voters that they don't understand their own feelings, that their concern
over the changing face of their communities is simply an error, a case of
false consciousness that will recede with a sufficient injection of public
Immigration Conservative Party
Mass migration lowers wages by £450 and 'DOES NOT work for British people'
Daily Express, 1 October 2016.
An MP has lashed out about the UK's desperate need to control EU
immigration as he reveals it lowers wages by £450 for the working
class and has called for a "renaissance" for the towns and regions of
The MP for Dover, Charlie Elphicke, was speaking in the
House of Commons to bring in a bill to implement the withdrawal of the UK
from the EU when he said that British people "are deeply concerned about
the level of uncontrolled EU immigration".
He added: "They were
told, and it was pledged in manifestos, that net migration would be brought
down to tens of thousands, but last year the figure was 330,000."
The 45-year-old politician said that research conducted by the
Resolution Foundation shows that mass migration has caused wages to be
about £450 lower for the hard working classes of Britain.
said: "According to the foundation, if we did succeed in bringing migration
down to tens of thousands, they would have a pay rise."
referred to work by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and
Development (OECD) which states that mass migration "does not benefit the
people of Britain or those in the rest of the world".
Immigration abroad Nigerians, Italy
Sex slavery: 12,000 Nigerian women hit Italy by sea in two years
OnlineNigeria, 1 October 2016.
... one of around 12,000 Nigerian women who reached Italy by sea
over the past two years, official data shows.
That is a six-fold
increase over the previous two-year period. Young, exhausted and
vulnerable, many victims report being told that prostitution is the only
way to repay hefty debts ranging from 25,000 to 100,000 euros
($28,000-$112,000) to their traffickers, Italian charities say. ...
... With numbers of Nigerians rising in Sicily, prostitution is a
thriving business, campaigners say though nobody knows exactly how many
women end up plying their trade on the streets. ...
13,500 unaccompanied minors some from Nigeria were "reached"
by social workers in 2013 and 2014, with around 9,200 taken into Italian
state care, according to a report commissioned by the interior ministry.
The number of Nigerian women arriving in Italy has almost
doubled in the past year, surpassing 6,300 in the first eight months of
2016, up from 3,400 for the same period last year, according to the IOM.
Unaccompanied children from Nigeria some as young as 10 or 11
have also flocked to Italy. Around 1,700 arrived in the first eight months
of this year, while 1,000 came during the whole of 2015, the IOM data
Immigration public opinion, cultural change, national identity
Assimilation and the immigration debate: shifting people's attitudes
LSE / British Politics and Policy, 1 October 2016.
[Eric Kaufmann is Professor of Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London]
In a hard-hitting piece in a recent Fabians' report by senior
Labour figures, Facing the Unknown, pollster James Morris writes that
Labour must engage with the genuine concerns many ordinary Britons have
about immigration. However, Labour's leaders continue to deflect concerns
onto the comfortable terrain of public spending and local planning. /.../
Unfortunately, academic research suggests these policies will have little
or no effect on the public's view of immigration.
from scholarly research across the West is that cultural, not economic,
motivations are central for those who want lower immigration. Immigration
strips away the hazy illusion in the minds of many White Britons that their
group is more or less the same thing as Britain. This ethnicises the
majority, notably those who cherish their cultural traditions, myths and
In response, politicians from Gordon Brown to David
Cameron have articulated a centralised Britishness based on common values
and institutions. But the question politicians need to be asking is not,
'What does it mean to be British,' but rather 'What does it mean to be
White British' in an age of migration. This is not racist, but
reflects the fact that all ethnic groups including the majority
want their community to have a future.
One liberal way
groups perpetuate themselves is by assimilating others who wish to join.
Having written about this following UKIP's ascent in 2014, I
was curious whether knowing these facts might change the way White British
people think about immigration. To find out, I conducted a survey, but
split it into three random groups. All answered questions about
immigration, but two of the groups were assigned to read a short passage
about national identity. ...
... When White British respondents
read a story about change and diversity, this made them slightly more
worried about immigration than when they read no passage. But when they
read about how immigrants are assimilating into their ethnic group, they
became noticeably more relaxed. ...
It's also the case that
national identity is not monolithic but in the eye of the beholder: some
members of minority groups may prefer to see Britain as ever-changing while
conservative white Britons consider it a timeless river. It's up to
politicians to reach out to both with a different message, secure in the
knowledge there is no single way of perceiving the nation.