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Updated 21 May 2018
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Emigration foreign aid
Expert Warning That Foreign Aid Payments Are Fuelling Mass Migration
Breitbart, 21 May 2018.
While many politicians in Europe have argued for more aid to Africa
and other regions to solve mass migration, some experts believe current aid
policies may be having the opposite effect.
U.S. economist Michael
A. Clemens has claimed in a recent study, which he authored for the Bonn
Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA), that current aid policy may be
encouraging mass migration rather than preventing it, Die Welt
According to Clemens, current aid policies "only
strengthen economic growth, employment and security up to a certain limit".
The economist added: "Almost all the poor countries that have
become rich have experienced large outflows. Rising household income went
hand in hand with rising emigration."
"Higher incomes mean improved
ability to pay for direct costs of emigration, but also to invest in things
that invite and facilitate migration such as Internet access,
foreign language skills, business connections abroad, or tourist travel,"
Immigration progressive case
The gap remains wide on the impact of immigration
The Guardian, 21 May 2018.
[Letter to the Editor]
Accusing the vast majority who want controls on immigration as
being anti-migrant and racist is unacceptable. As is denying that the rapid
increase in immigration has made it more difficult to cope with stresses on
social infrastructure and that it will continue to do so even when
austerity is swept away. Also worrying was the anti-internationalist
acceptance of continuing to take Indian doctors and skilled eastern
Europeans "educated at someone else's expense".
For the left to
regain credibility it must rethink migration and make a progressive case
for limiting "new, large-scale, permanent migration". New makes it clear
that curbing future levels of migration involves no changes for those
already legally resident in the country, such as the Windrush generation
and those from the EU. Permanent has the caveat that foreign students are
welcome to study here and workers fill vacancies here, but only for a
specified period. Crucially, the UK must train its own population to
prevent the shameful long-term theft of doctors and nurses from the poorer
counties which originally paid for their education. There will also be the
need for some exceptions, such as genuine marriage partners, civil partners
or reunited family members.
Immigration abroad Paris, France
Paris migrant camps 'spiralling out of control', Macron accused of 'giving up'
Westmonster, 21 May 2018.
A huge row is brewing in Paris over what to do about the soaring
number of migrants living on the streets.
According to reports,
there are an estimated 3,000 people living in makeshift camps along the
banks of the Saint-Denis canal, with at least 80 more arriving every day.
Socialist Mayor Anne Hidalgo has accused Macron's government of
"giving up the city of Paris." ...
Interior Minister Gérard
Collomb responded to the accusations by saying Hidalgo, a supporter of mass
immigration, was responsible for the "salubrity and cleanliness of public
spaces" in the French capital. ...
Earlier this month, organisers
of the Grand Paris race announced they would be cancelling the annual event
because of thousands of migrants camping out along the route.
Immigration abroad Germany
Germany sets aside £68bn to fund immigration amid fresh attack on Merkel policy
Sunday Express, 20 May 2018.
Germany will spend around £68.2bn on migration-related issues
over the next four years, according to a leaked document from the country's
The figure includes £27.1bn package of
measured aimed at tackling the issues that cause people to leave their
homes and make their way to Europe in the first place.
report, published in Der Spiegel magazine, estimated federal spending of
around £61.2bn plus an extra £7bn the federal government agreed
to transfer to states and local communities to cover their costs through
Social payments to migrants in Germany are projected to
account for about £18.3bn through 2022, with another 11.3bn to be
spent on language courses and other measures promoting better integration.
Processing, registration and accommodation for refugees will cost
in the region of £4.5bn, according to the estimate.
Immigration public opinion
There's a remarkable change in the air our hostility to migrants is on the retreat
The Guardian, 20 May 2018.
[Robert Ford is professor of politics at Manchester University]
The conventional wisdom in many liberal circles holds that Britain
has turned in on itself, encouraged by a Leave victory that has legitimated
chauvinism and xenophobia. Yet the public opinion evidence consistently
shows the opposite the British are more open to migration than ever,
a trend that Brexit has encouraged, not reversed.
Only around a
quarter of survey respondents saw migration as good for the economy in
2002, before the admission of new EU members produced a surge in European
migration. By 2014, with support for Ukip at its peak, the figure had risen
to four out of 10. It has risen further since. More British people also
think of migration as enriching British culture now, after 20 years of
unprecedented migration inflows, than felt this way in the early 2000s,
when the current wave of migration was just beginning.
today is also less likely to name migration as a political priority. This
"salience" measure is a powerful predictor of voter behaviour ...
For more than 15 years, between a quarter and a half of poll
respondents have spontaneously named immigration as among their biggest
political concerns. Yet since Brexit, complaints to pollsters about
immigration have collapsed. More than 40% of respondents in Ipsos Mori
polls named it as a key issue in the run-up to Brexit. That figure has
slumped since and now stands at under 20%, a 15-year low.
collapse in concern about migration is puzzling, as there have been no
major changes in migration policy since Brexit, and though migration levels
have fallen, the decline has been modest. It is perhaps just as surprising,
given the conventional wisdom that the British are intrinsically hostile to
immigration and Brexit has exacerbated this, that positive views about the
effects of migration are steadily rising a rise which Brexit has not
reversed but accelerated.
The role of fairness offers one possible
resolution to this puzzle. ...
Steadily growing recognition of the
economic and cultural benefits of migration makes the case for opening
Britain to the world's best and brightest students and workers easier to
make. The public demand for fair treatment of settled migrants can be
channelled into new proposals to entrench their political and social
rights. There is very broad support for this large majorities from
all walks of life favour giving settled migrants who play by the rules full
political and social rights after between three and five years
including majorities of those who are most sceptical about migration in
Immigration abroad Netherlands
Almost 1,400 minor girls abused by mostly migrant pimps in the Netherlands
Voice of Europe, 20 May 2018.
An investigation by Dutch newspaper "Algemeen Dagblad" exposes the
horrible reality behind the world of young pimps or 'loverboys'. Young men,
who are mostly from migrant backgrounds, blackmail and abuse hundreds of
minor girls in the Netherlands every single year.
contacted social workers, the police and experts on the subject. The
newspaper writes that the young pimps are mostly Moroccans, Turks,
Antilleans or Romanians. Quickly earning money and power are their main
Marijke van Overveld of the Dutch police says: "We are
talking about almost 1,400 minor victims yearly." Overveld mentions the
process of seducing and blackmailing the girls has shortened from months to
two weeks or less.
Immigration abroad Sweden
78 Per Cent of 9,000 Afghan 'Children' Allowed To Remain in Sweden Are Really Adults
Breitbart, 20 May 2018.
A proposal to allow some 9,000 young Afghan migrants to stay in
Sweden has been controversial among voters, as a new report shows that at
least 78 per cent are really adults.
Last month, Swedish Prime
Minister Stefan Löfven and his government announced a plan to allow
some 9,000 "underage" Afghan migrants to stay in the country after a wave
of protest against deportations to Afghanistan.
The issue has
remained a highly controversial topic ahead of this year's national
election, but now it has been revealed that the vast majority of the
migrants were not underage Expressen reports.
conducted a study with a portion of the 9,000 migrants and found that none
of the men had valid identification documents when they entered Sweden and
that a significant number, almost half, had lived in Iran for at least a
year before heading to the Scandinavian country.
per cent of them are male.
Illegal immigration fake documents
Sophisticated fake passport laboratory helping hundreds of migrants sneak into Britain is smashed by police in Albania
Daily Mail, 19 May 2018.
A sophisticated fake passport laboratory helping hundreds of
migrants sneak into Britain has been smashed by police in Albania.
The illicit operation, run by people smugglers, was churning out
almost 'perfect' counterfeit travel documents.
believe the ring produced more than 1,000 bogus papers, of which up to 800
are thought to have been used. ...
Undocumented migrants paid up to
£20,000 for the counterfeit documents, which they used to travel
openly to the UK by plane, train and bus.
The National Crime Agency
has warned that fake identity documents that allow hardened crooks to slip
into the country undetected are a 'key enabler' of crime in Britain. ...
They specialised in Bulgarian passports which provide entry
to the UK because it is in the EU on the basis that British border
staff would not know the difference between anyone speaking Albanian and
An Albanian police source said the fake documents
they created were 'almost 100 per cent perfect' and apparently fooled
border guards. ...
It was one of four fake passport laboratories
used by the gang discovered in Albania. Another seven were found in Greece,
where several of the suspected gang members operated.
migrants were mostly sent first to countries including France, Germany,
Italy, Norway or Greece, before flying to the UK, US or Canada using their
fake documents to gain entry. Others travelled overland to France, where
they met up with another people-smuggling cell, who arranged for them to
take buses, cars, trains or trucks.
Record 6,200 foreign criminals including killers, sex attackers, robbers and drug dealers are living in the community instead of being deported
18 May 2018.
Killers, sex attackers, robbers and drug dealers are among the
thousands released back onto the streets at the end of their jail
Although they are due for deportation, the offenders are
not kept in prison. Many then simply slip off the radar.
challenge their deportation orders, often using human rights or asylum
In total, there were 6,231 foreign national offenders living
in Britain in December who were due for deportation. This was up 10 per
cent on the figure in December the previous year.
Nearly a third
2,032 have been out of jail for more than five years. Another
1,502 have dodged being removed from the country for between two and five
Immigration abroad border security, illegal immigration, USA
Arizona Border Ranchers Live in Fear as Illegal Immigration Crisis Worsens
Judicial Watch, 17 May 2018.
More than half a million illegal immigrants of several dozen
nationalities have been apprehended on John Ladd's sprawling cattle ranch
in southeastern Arizona. /.../
The property shares a
10½-mile border with Mexico, making it a popular route for human and
drug smugglers evading a meager force of Border Patrol agents in the
mountainous region. "As big as that number sounds, many more got away,"
said National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd of the hundreds
of thousands arrested on Ladd's parcel. ...
A 60-foot wide dirt
road, known as a federal easement, separates Ladd's ranch from Mexico. Some
portions have an 18-foot iron fence along the border that Ladd says illegal
immigrants "easily climb with a pack of dope." Other sections have a
laughable wire fence that has been repeatedly penetrated with vehicles
speeding through from Mexico. /.../ He estimates that around 70% of the
traffic that comes through his ranch is human smuggling and 30% is drug
smuggling. /.../ Ladd has traveled to the nation's capital seven times to
bring attention to the crisis in Sierra Vista, but Washington bureaucrats
have failed to take any action.
Instead, the federal government has
placed ineffective or faulty surveillance equipment in the region that
smugglers easily evade. /.../ The government spent $1.3 million on the
useless equipment and never bothered to study the terrain's impact on the
Politics Labour Party
Tories accuse Labour of running up the white flag with pledge to scrap 'hostile environment' for migrants
Daily Mail, 17 May 2018.
The Tories accused Labour of running up the white flag on
immigration last night, after it pledged to scrap controls on illegal
Diane Abbott said she would close two main detention
centres, axe migration targets and force officials to prove suspects were
in Britain without permission.
The shadow home secretary also vowed
to scrap the requirement for bosses and landlords to carry out checks on a
worker or tenant's right to be in the country.
Miss Abbott said it
was Jeremy Corbyn's ambition to 'reframe' public debate on the issue. The
Labour leader later tweeted his support for her speech.
the proposals would wreck efforts to deal with the estimated million
illegals in Britain.
'Diane Abbott has confirmed what we already
know that Labour will have an open-door policy where anybody who
wishes to come to our country can do so,' said Andrew Bridgen MP. ...
A key plank of Miss Abbott's strategy would involve shifting the
burden of proof to the Home Office to establish whether a person was in the
country illegally. ...
Labour would also end the minimum income
stipulation for migrants to bring a spouse from abroad and always allow
children to join them. ...
'The Labour Party is under new
management and part of new management is having a very different
conversation on migration.' ...
Miss Abbott also said she would end
the Government's target of reducing net migration to the tens of thousands.
It's not racist to be concerned about a weak immigration policy
Daily Express, 16 May 2018.
Following the Windrush scandal the NHS says that its records will
no longer be used to track down illegal immigrants.
another hole in the leaky net that has swollen Britain's population,
increasing the load on public services, among them the NHS.
few people were affected by Windrush but it is being used as a
justification by guilt-tripping liberals to allow people with no right to
be here to stay indefinitely and potentially to admit hundreds of thousands
The United Nations' special rapporteur on racism, E Tendayi
Achiume of the University of California, says there has been a growth of
"explicit racial, ethnic and religious intolerance" in Britain.
suggest she is seeing what she wants to see. It is not racist to be
concerned about insupportable levels of immigration and it is not
xenophobic to love your country and want to protect its life and culture.
The whole of Europe is worried sick about immigration. Voters are
rebelling against their governments' weak-kneed response to the endless
inflow of mainly economic migrants.
Extremism Islam, Labour Party
Three Labour Lewisham East Candidates Promoted Extremist Imam
Guido Fawkes, 16 May 2018.
Three of the Labour candidates on the Lewisham East shortlist
promoted a radical imam who the High Court ruled "clearly promoted and
encouraged violence in support of Islam and espoused a series of extremist
Shakeel Begg is the imam at Lewisham Islamic
Centre. In 2016 he lost a libel action against the BBC after a judge ruled
he had promoted violence. Mr Justice Haddon-Cave said "he has shed the
cloak of respectability and revealed the horns of extremism". ...
Lewisham Islamic Centre is one of the most controversial mosques in
Despite these extremist links, Labour's candidates in
Lewisham East have repeatedly promoted Shakeel Begg and the Lewisham
A 'hostile environment' towards immigrants? It's not hostile enough
Daily Mail, 15 May 2018.
Let's agree the treatment of the Windrush generation was a national
disgrace. They are British citizens, living here perfectly legally, handled
abominably by the bureaucracy. ...
Thankfully, this scandalous
miscarriage of justice is now being addressed. But that hasn't stopped the
open borders crowd exploiting it ruthlessly for their own purposes.
They have been allowed to pretend that the hostile environment for
illegal immigrants instigated by Theresa May when she was Home
Secretary applies to all immigrants, legal or otherwise. It's a
blatant lie which has been swallowed opportunistically by Rudd's successor
Sajid Javid, who has promised to take a much more 'compassionate' approach
to migrants in future.
Of course, we want to welcome those from
overseas who come to Britain to contribute to society. But we shouldn't buy
the myth that all immigrants are law-abiding cancer surgeons, care workers
and skilled construction staff.
We've more than our fair share of
foreign gangsters, terrorists, fraudsters and assorted layabouts.
If there really has been a hostile policy towards migrants, it
doesn't seem to have deterred anyone from coming here. Quite the opposite,
Official estimates put the number of illegal immigrants at
one million, so you can probably double that figure as a basis for
negotiation. The Government admits there is virtually no chance any of them
will be deported.
If this is hostile, I'd hate to see soft. ...
Aliou Bah, jailed twice for sex attacks since arriving here in
2007, won a payout of £110,000 after a judge ruled he had been held in
detention for too long awaiting deportation. Since 2015, he has been living
in a council house in Southampton. Of course he has.
Bah is just
one of more than 1,800 foreign criminals still here years after they should
have been booted out.
Far from the absurd claims of the open
borders crowd, Britain remains the softest of soft touches. It's why
millions of people from all over the world are desperate to move here.
They keep on coming in their hundreds of thousands every year
because they know once they set foot in Britain the likelihood of them
being removed is virtually non-existent.
Yet still the Left claim
laughably that this country operates a policy of hostility towards all
Illegal immigration legalisation, wages
Understanding the effects of legalising undocumented immigrants
Joan Monras, Javier Vázquez-Grenno and Ferran Elias
VOX, 15 May 2018.
Many countries host large numbers of undocumented immigrants.
Leading the pack is the US where, according to the Pew Research Center,
there were as many as 11.1 million unauthorized immigrants in 2014,
representing 26% of all immigrants in the country. The US is not alone in
hosting undocumented immigrants. Migration Watch UK estimated the
undocumented immigrant population in the UK to be 1.1 million in 2010,
representing more than 13% of all immigrants in the country. Clandestino
(2009) estimates that, in 2008, there were between 1.9 and 3.8 million
undocumented immigrants in the EU27, representing between 7% and 13% of the
total immigrant population. ...
However, we still know relatively
little about how the mass legalisation of immigrants affects the overall
host economy. In a recent paper, we address this gap in the literature
(Monras et al. 2018).
In the early 2000s, Spain experienced an
incredible boom in immigration. The share of immigrants in the working-age
population increased from less than 2% in 1995 to around 10% in 2004. Many
of these newly arrived immigrants lacked work permits. By 2004, there were
close to 1 million undocumented immigrants in a country of around 43
million inhabitants. ...
On 14 March 2004, voters in the Spanish
general election had to determine whether the Popular Party would continue
in power or be replaced by the Socialist Party. ...
... As a
result, the Socialist Party came to power, and one of the first policies it
implemented was the legalisation of nearly 600,000 immigrants already
living (and working illegally) in Spain. ...
In sum, the evaluation
of this unexpected mass legalisation of undocumented immigrants reveals two
important insights. First, it uncovers important public revenue losses
derived from not granting work permits to immigrant workers already in the
host country. Second, it also highlights that these policy changes are
likely to have distributive consequences for other workers in the economy:
native workers who share characteristics with undocumented workers face
tougher competition, while native workers with other skills may gain as a
result of the policy.
Diversity Scout Association
Rebranded Scouts will teach young people how to do their best to get a job
Daily Telegraph, 15 May 2018.
Tying knots and wild camping are not directly relevant to most
But the Scouts say they can teach young people
how to get a job.
The organisation's new "contemporary" rebrand is
designed to convince black and minority ethnic parents that joining up is
Matt Hyde, the chief executive of the Scout
He said that the organisation was trying to become
more diverse and that he hoped "selling the benefits" to minority
communities would challenge Scouting's image as overwhelmingly white,
middle-class and male.
It has also launched a simpler logo with a
"more contemporary look and feel" in order to attract more diverse
He added that Muslim children were one of the
"fastest-growing areas" for Scouting, prompted partly by changes to the
uniform to allow for "cultural sensitivities".
Scouting launched a
new uniform for Muslim girls in 2012, incorporating long sleeves and a
How terror attacks were carried out by 23 jihadis on 'terrorist watchlists', bringing bloodshed to Britain and Europe over past 10 years
The Sun, 15
At least 23 jihadis who have committed attacks in Europe in the
past decade have done so despite being on European terrorist watch-lists,
it can be revealed.
The damning figure has emerged after it was
revealed the man responsible for last night's attack in Paris was being
monitored by French security agencies.
In total some 4,000 Western
Europeans are believed to be back home having visited Syria and Iraq since
2011 to fight for ISIS or al-Qaeda.
And due to a lack of evidence,
most of these fighters will never face serious charges for their heinous
The Sun Online has compiled a list of at least 23 people
reported to have carried out attacks while either on specific terrorist
watch-lists, or in spite of previous alerts and convictions for terrorist
Threat from organised crime 'growing', agency says
BBC, 14 May 2018.
Organised crime affects more people in the UK than any other
security threat, says the National Crime Agency.
It warns the scale
and complexity of organised crime groups is growing, driven by global
movements of people and new technologies like encryption.
estimates there are 4,629 crime groups in the UK, with many offences
It says that more firearms have been arriving as
gangs work across borders to smuggle them from Europe. ...
also warned the UK remains a "prime destination" for money laundering from
Russia, Nigeria and Pakistan - with the London property market being
regularly exploited. ...
The UK's 3,000 air fields also presented
"opportunities" for groups smuggling in both people and drugs.
Crime drug gangs, violence
London crack cocaine gang violence threatens to spread to every UK town
Daily Express, 14 May 2018.
As London's armed gangs branch out of the capital and take over
drug running, human trafficking and child exploitation, police warn that
they are preparing for a massacre of the middle classes. ...
Middle-class havens like Cambridge are seeing Yardie-style
gangsters threatening rivals with guns and acid attacks to seize control of
Children's Commissioner Anne Longfield has said that
youngsters from every midsized town could get sucked into drug dealing. She
warned about the menace of "county lines" where gangs set up drug-dealing
operations away from their usual areas. ...
Det Insp Billy Bremner
of Cambridgeshire Police, said: "County lines is a massive scourge on
society. It involves human trafficking, child exploitation and grooming."
Home Office statistics reveal knife crime in London has risen
by 20 per cent since 2014, but there has been a 180 per cent increase in
Warwickshire, 150 per cent in Hertfordshire and 102 per cent in Hampshire.
Forces have had to work closely to tackle the menace.
Bremner has told how about 40 per cent of county line dealers travel into
his area by train and said: "They are predominantly black males of Somali
or Afro-Caribbean origin aged 14 upwards."
Immigration abroad politics, Islam, France
The French far left's common cause with Islamism
Spectator blog, 14 May 2018.
The French have an expression to describe far-left citizens who
identity more with Islam than the Republic: 'Islamo-Gauchiste', a term
coined by the French philosopher Pierre-André Taguieff, who
explained in 2017 that many on the far-left regard jihadism
"... a legitimate social revolt... they look at jihadists
through a distorting lens of victimhood. This compassionate approach sees
Islamic terrorists only as lost children, abandoned or rejected by
unwelcoming and hostile countries, victims of 'institutional' or
'systematic' racism".The symbiosis between the Western
far-left and Islamism has been ongoing for decades, and stems from the
left's realisation of their failure to win the hearts and minds of the
white working-class. In his book 'Radicalisation', the French-Iranian
professor, Farhad Khosrokhavar, described how one of the major influences
of the 1979 Iranian Revolution was Ali Shariati, who:
called for a revolutionary Shia movement, which would realise the dream of
Marx and al-Mahdi (the twelfth hidden imam, the Shia Messiah) by mobilising
the masses. What secular revolutions had been unable to achieve, revolution
in the name of Islam would finally bring about".Karl Marx
once described religion as the "opium of the people" but Islamism is more a
political movement than a religion. This enables the far-left to identify
with Islamists in the way an earlier generation did with the Red Brigade,
Action Directe and the Red Army Faction, because they see it as the best
means to overthrow the capitalist West.
A 2014 report stated that
23 per cent of France's 1,132 jihadists fighting in the Middle East were
converts, most hailing from a left-wing milieu. "Jihadism is the current
format of radicalisation," explained the political scientist Olivier Roy.
"In the 1970s they would have been drawn to Maoism or one of the other
Immigration abroad Italy
Pope Francis wants us to welcome migrants. But we cannot ignore the shocking statistics
Catholic Herald, 13 May 2018.
An entire "archipelago" of immigrant ghettos has sprung up along
the length of the Italian peninsula, home to a significant portion of the
hundreds of thousands of mostly African migrants that have streamed into
Italy over the last three years.
... But rather than integrating
into Italian society, these hundreds of thousands of migrants have
congregated in "camps" and neighbourhoods that bear a striking resemblance
to the ghettoes that Pope Francis has warned against.
dangers of ghettoes are not limited to the very real threat of crime or
violence that some migrants pose for citizens. They are also a serious
danger for the migrants themselves, who often become victims of
exploitation, violence and even slavery.
In their 2016 book,
Ghetto Italia, Yvan Sagnet and Leonardo Palmisano documented in
horrifying detail the situation in which thousands of ghettoised migrants
currently live in Italy, where their most basic human rights are routinely
trampled upon and where integration into the native population is not
really an option.
Consider the countries they are coming from.
Nigeria plays a key role in supplying prostitutes to Italy, often through
deceit and threats of violence. Currently, half of the prostitutes working
in Italy are Nigerians and roughly 80 per cent of Nigerian women who
migrate to Italy wind up in prostitution. From 2014 to 2016, more than
12,000 Nigerian girls and women arrived in Italy; of these, four out of
five wound up in prostitution. ...
It is not easy to know where to
start, but one thing is for sure: we cannot afford to ignore the grim
Per Capita Crime Statistics: Immigration and Crime in the UK
Defend Europa, 13 May 2018.
As of May 6th 2018, there had been 62 murders in London alone. The
victims were either shot or stabbed. Across the UK, gun crime has risen by
20% since 2014 and knife crime is up 23%. You need only look at the names
of the unfortunate victims to realise that they were not from the UK,
either by birth or otherwise. Overall, crime had risen 13% in the year
leading to June 2017.
The last UK census was taken in 2011, when
'White British' accounted for 87.2% of the population. There is no doubt
that this has decreased significantly over the last 7 years. At the end of
2016, 12% of the prison population was Black, despite them only making up
3% of the UK population, which shows they are four times as likely to
commit crimes. The Asian prison population was 8%, against a national
population of 7% and 'Mixed' was 4%, double their population nationally.
Not only are non-Whites more likely to commit crime, they are
more also more likely to be victims as well. ...
Japan has a
population of 127 million people and a murder rate of 3.97 per million
people. The UK has three times the amount at 11.97 murders per million,
with a population of just 65 million.
Import third world people,
import their values too. We need to take a leaf out of the countries that
have learnt to say no and in turn, protected their people AND their
Surge in foreign crooks who have dodged deportation from the UK for five years
The Sun, 13 May 2018.
The number of foreign lags still in the UK five years after they
should have been booted out has doubled.
In 2012 there were 886
living in the community at that point after deportation orders were first
But by the end of last year the figure had soared to 1,852.
Latest Home Office figures reveal around 6,000 foreign
offenders are deported each year by the Home Office. It takes an average of
four months to deport each one.
Crime violence, murder, London
It's time to get real about gang violence in London
The Spectator, 12 May 2018.
Given this demographic, you might be surprised that the campaigning
organisation Black Lives Matter UK has been silent about this epidemic,
leading many of us to suspect that BLMUK thinks black lives matter only
when whitey is doing the killing and that otherwise it's nothing to write
home about. But by the same token, the rest of us have not become too
animated, have we? Our city's murder rate so far has overtaken that of New
York's and is approaching Detroit's. Some 62 people have been bumped off
since the start of 2018 and in the year to September 2017 there were 37,443
recorded knife crimes and 6,694 recorded gun crimes. ...
simply to point out these crimes have been exclusively, or almost
exclusively, by ethnic minorities is to be cast as a racist by the usual
crew of idiots. ...
The delusions begin in the home, of course. The
latest dead kid is Rhyhiem Barton, aged 17. As you might have probably
guessed, Rhyhiem was an aspiring architect. That's how his mum, Pretana
Morgan, described him, as well as being good as gold and definitely not a
gang member. /.../ We also know, from other sources, that the boy was
actually a member of the Moscow17 drill crew and it is believed he was shot
by members of a rival gang. ...
So there's that delusion, which we
might pass over because Mrs Morgan is a grieving mother. The other
delusions are rather less easy to forgive. ...
... But then it's
part of the wider delusion, that the murders have nothing whatsoever to do
with the culture of the ethnic minorities who both commit them and are
victims of them, because white people are capable of murder too. ...
There is, patently, a problem of gang membership and violence among
young men within some of our ethnic minorities. Which is why the police
would tend to frisk some blinged-up black kid rather than a nice little
white old lady called Betty. None of this is to suggest that any but a
small minority within these communities are criminally inclined.
Illegal immigration identity cards
Majority of Brits support introducing ID cards
YouGov, 12 May 2018.
Given that such policies are often pitched to combat a range of
issues ID cards were lauded as tools to tackle fraud, terror and
benefits entitlement we split the sample into three groups of
approximately 1,600 respondents each to see whether the way that the
policies are pitched affects the level of public support. ...
first group saw control questions which pitched the policies in isolation,
while the second and third groups saw the same questions with additional
context. So, for instance, the first group were asked "Would you support or
oppose the government keeping a record of every British citizen's DNA?",
among the second group the question was appended with "...for the purposes
of tackling crime?" while the third group's questions ended with "...for
the purposes of combatting terrorism?"
The survey reveals that most
people would support the compulsory carrying of ID cards, with 57% support
among the control group and 61-63% among those who were asked the
In fact, ID cards were the second most
popular of the policies we tested. The only suggested policy more popular
is the monitoring of all public spaces in the UK with CCTV cameras, which
is supported by 58% of the control group, 62% of those asked the crime
question, and 67% among the sample asked the terrorism questions.
The survey examined support for another policy the Labour
government was pitching it the mid-noughties: a national DNA database with
a record of every British citizen's DNA. Half (50%) of Britons would
support introducing such a database, with 57-59% support among those asked
the crime or terrorism question.
A database for all British
citizens' fingerprints sees slightly higher levels of support 53% of
those asked the control question, 61% of those asked the crime question and
64% of those asked the terrorism question.
Immigration abroad crime, France
East European gang made 1 MILLION a year sending children out to pickpocket tourists in Paris
MailOnline, 12 May 2018.
A Bosnian gang including an embassy official made almost £3
million sending migrant children on to the streets of major French cities
including Paris to steal, prosecutors revealed today.
details of the scam after charging eight alleged ringleaders with a range
of crimes including human trafficking, forging documents, money laundering,
bribery and theft.
In a shocking example of the EU's porous
borders, the defendants were able to transport the children to France
effortlessly, even though none of them had passports. ...
to evidence shown to the news agency AFP, a former employee of the Bosnian
embassy in Paris is among those who have been sentenced after pleading
guilty to his part in the scam.
Despite this, none of the newly
charged eight have yet been arrested or indicted.
Roma gypsies from
countries such as Bosnia, Romania and Bulgaria are regularly blamed by the
French authorities for carrying out the majority of street crime in Paris.
Thousands of Foreign Gangsters Awarded British and EU Citizenship
Breitbart, 12 May 2018.
Thousands of foreign gangsters being monitored as organised crime
syndicate members have been awarded British citizenship, figures suggest.
Data obtained by The Times shows the National Crime Agency
are monitoring 2,083 gangsters, human traffickers, and drug dealers linked
to organised crime syndicates who have British citizenship but were born
Comparing figures for birth nationality and current
nationality for the gangsters, the newspaper found that a large number of
dangerous criminals from Pakistan, Somalia, India, Poland, and Kosovo, in
particular, appear to have acquired British or EU nationality.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid has the power to deprive such individuals of
their British citizenship as predecessors have done or have
attempted to do in a small number of cases related to terrorism and child
sexual exploitation raising questions about why his department
appears to be turning a blind eye to the situation.
Diversity bias, Scouting Association
Christian sues the Scouts after being ejected over Islam complaint
Premier, 12 May 2018.
A man from Bristol whose membership to the Scout Association was
cancelled is taking legal action, claiming he has been discriminated
against on account of his Christian faith.
Brian Walker says his
membership was unfairly taken away after he expressed fears the
organisation was increasingly promoting Islam and moving away from its
Christian roots. ...
Mr Walker wrote to the Scout Association's
official magazine on 18th March 2017 to warn the organisation was also
increasing promoting political correctness and interfaith issues above
He was sent a letter four days later by the local
District Commander, informing him he was no longer a member of the
Mr Walker, who lives in the Brislington area of
Bristol, was told that he views did not reflect the inclusive nature of
City of opportunity: 200 new apprenticeships for people from a BAME background are opening up in Bristol
BristolLive, 11 May 2018.
A campaign has begun to find apprenticeships for 200 people from
black and minority (BAME) backgrounds by 2020, as Bristol becomes one of
the UK's five Apprentice Diversity Hubs.
The news comes as the
Bristol begins a 'Year of Change' which will feature a series of events
aimed at making the city's streets less racially segregated. ...
According to council data, Bristol is becoming increasingly
diverse, with more than 45 religions, 91 languages and people from 180
countries walking its streets. The proportion of the population which said
they are not 'white British' increased from 12 per cent in 2001 to 22 per
cent in 2011.
Immigration abroad asylum 'industry', deportation, Germany
The 'asylum industry' debate: who is profiting from the refugee crisis?
The Local [Germany], 11 May 2018.
A senior member of Bavaria's Christian Social Union (CSU) sparked a
heated discussion this week when he claimed that Germany has an
"anti-deportation industry." Did he have a point? ...
interview with Bild, Alexander Dobrindt, the vocal head of the CSU in the
Bundestag, decided to aim his fire at NGOs and lawyers, who he accused of
holding up deportations by dragging appeals through the courts for their
Germany has an "aggressive anti-deportation industry,"
the goal of which is "to intentionally sabotage the rule of law," Dobrindt
He also accused pro-refugee NGOs of supporting appeals by
migrants with criminal records and thus "not working for the right to
asylum, but rather against societal stability." ...
indisputable that having one's asylum request turned down in Germany in no
way means that one has to leave the country. At the end of 2016 over half a
million people were living in the Bundesrepublik who had been turned down
Compared to that number, the deportation figures are
tiny. In 2017, some 24,000 migrants were deported, a slight drop on the
number for 2016.
There are many reasons for why people are not
deported. Illnesses that can't be adequately treated at home, or the home
country failing to provide identity papers are just two common reasons why
a deportation cannot be carried out. ...
Another reason that people
stay after their case has been rejected by the Federal Office for Migration
and Refugees (BAMF) is that they appeal the decision in court. The courts
have been overloaded with cases in recent years. By September last year
there was a backlog of 283,000 cases.
Deal to send illegal Indian immigrants back home could collapse after Narendra Modi refused to sign off on plans during UK visit
The Sun, 10 May 2018.
A deal to send illegal Indian immigrants back home could collapse
after Narendra Modi refused to sign off on the plans during a recent visit
to the UK.
India's Prime Minister, who wants to see more students
from his country allowed to come to Britain after Brexit, is reportedly
worried the agreement could lead to mass deportations.
believed that up to 100,000 people of Indian origin are living in Britain
illegally, the highest number from any one country.
And the numbers
of those being removed by the Home Office have fallen sharply from 7,724 in
2014 to 4,254 last year. ...
But while a host of investment deals
were signed off among talks with the Queen, Theresa May and her cabinet
ministers, the illegal immigration was left unsigned.
Crime benefits fraud, forged identities
Jailed: Failed asylum seeker who used five IDs to claim £370k in state benefits
Evening Standard, 9 May 2018.
A failed asylum seeker who used five bogus identities to claim
£370,000 in state handouts has been jailed for five years.
Said Boudemagh, 41, spent eight years submitting fraudulent
benefits claims from his Upper Holloway council flat.
hijacked the identity of a mother-of-two living in France for the scam and
pretended that one of his aliases had illnesses including a disabled finger
in order to deceive the authorities, Blackfriars crown court heard.
Boudemagh used a forged French identity card to enter the UK
illegally in March 2000, and later had two bids for asylum rejected. He
eventually secured British residency by marrying a UK national, starting to
claim benefits as soon as he secured a National Insurance number.
However, by June 2007 Boudemagh, a father-of-one, had begun
defrauding the state on a large scale. He used a fake passport to claim
more than £175,000 in benefits in the name of Jamel Bensaid, and even
asked for £16,798 in carer's allowance to look after a non-existent
Jailing him for five years, Judge Jane Sullivan said he
had shown no remorse.
The court heard that the only repayment of
the stolen money will come from deductions to benefits after his release.
Scotland's tolerance reputation 'a myth'
BBC, 8 May 2018.
The belief that Scotland is more welcoming to immigrants than the
rest of the UK is a "misleading fantasy", the authors of a new book have
And they argue that similar discrimination is
continuing against eastern Europeans, gypsy/travellers, Muslims and other
ethnic groups. ...
The authors of No Problem Here: Understanding
Racism in Scotland claim black and minority ethnic (BAME) applicants for
large public sector organisations had a 1.1% chance of being appointed,
compared to 8.1% for their white counterparts. ...
But they argue
that Scotland's vote to remain in the European Union in the 2016 referendum
has given the "myth" that the country is not racist a "new lease of life".
Neil Davidson, a lecturer in sociology at the University of Glasgow
and one of the book's editors, said he believed there were three major
reasons why this "myth" had been created. ...
He added: "Just take
one figure - in the year 2013/14 there were just under 5,000 racial attacks
in Scotland. That is about 92 a week, and as we demonstrate in the book
there's a massive under-reporting of these kind of incidents." ...
He will present the book's findings to Holyrood's Cross-Party Group
on Tackling Islamophobia on Wednesday.
Symbolic or meaningless? What do black Britons think of Meghan's marriage to Harry?
Reuters, 8 May 2018.
Lawyer Gaile Walters has no time for the British monarchy but still
believes the wedding of American actress Meghan Markle to Queen Elizabeth's
grandson Prince Harry marks an important moment for Britain's black
"It has to be significant. The fact of someone black
being married into the royal family represents a widening and a diversion
and an inclusion that it's never had before," Walters told Reuters as she
shopped in Brixton, south London. ...
So Markle's entry into an
exclusively white royal family, who wield hugely emotional symbolic power
in Britain, should not be underestimated, said Afua Hirsch, author of
"Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging".
"It represents a real
change in the messaging to young people growing up in Britain and that idea
that blackness and Britishness are mutually exclusive," she told Reuters.
A survey for the British Future think-tank last month suggested
most Britons would barely notice Markle's ethnicity and the vast majority
However, 12 percent of those questioned thought
someone of mixed race marrying into the royal family was bad and 25 percent
would be uncomfortable with their child to having a serious relationship or
marrying someone of a different race.
Crime child sexual abuse, Newcastle
Operation Sanctuary: More than 500 child sex groomers face deportation
Daily Star, 8 May 2018.
Up to 550 child sex groomers from the same city are to be kicked
out of Britain.
Police have passed their details to the Home Office
after smashing a giant sex ring run by taxi drivers in Newcastle.
They face deportation for posing a high risk of causing harm.
The astonishing figure includes sex groomers, human traffickers,
modern slave masters and other high risk foreign cyber crime and domestic
Not all have been convicted. Some are merely
Officers found eight separate crime gangs running child
sex rings across the city.
All 18 members of one were jailed after
girls as young as 14 were plied with booze and drugs and forced to have sex
with multiple partners. ...
Police have issued 220 child abduction
notices warning suspects still at large they will be arrested if they
Police said 60 taxi drivers suspected of
"sexual exploitation" had been suspended. ...
A police and crime
panel report into the operation said: "It is difficult to overstate the
positive impact of Sanctuary."
But it said sex gangs were still
operating in the area.
Immigration abroad Islam, Belgium
Less than 20% of Flemish see Muslim and Western values as compatible: study
Politico, 8 May 2018.
Only 18 percent of native Flemish Belgians consider Muslim values
to be compatible with their way of life, according a survey on integration
The study commissioned by Flemish
politician Liesbeth Homans, a member of Belgium's largest party, the
right-wing New Flemish Alliance (N-VA), and a Flemish vice
minister-president surveyed close to 4,500 Flemish and Brussels
residents with Belgian, Turkish, Moroccan, Polish, Romanian and Congolese
Migration will drive western politics for decades to come
Financial Times, 7 May 2018.
A generation of political consultants was raised on the irritating
slogan "it's the economy, stupid". But immigration now rivals economics as
the driving force in western politics.
In economic terms, it makes
sense for rich, ageing countries like the UK and the US to draw in new
workers and citizens from poorer, younger neighbouring countries. But the
election of Donald Trump and the vote for Brexit were both fuelled by fears
of uncontrolled migration, with Mr Trump promising to " build the wall "
along the Mexican border, and the Brexiters vowing to "take back control "
of borders from the EU.
This is clearly not just an Anglo-American
... The largest source of would-be migrants making
the perilous sea crossing into Italy is Nigeria a country whose
population has risen from 45m in 1960 to 187m today and is projected to hit
410m by 2050. The European Commission has projected that the population of
Nigeria alone could be bigger than that of the whole EU27 by 2060.
Overall, the population of Africa is expected to increase by around
1bn people over the next 30 years. ...
... Population trends
suggest that migration will continue to drive western politics over the
Immigration abroad Schengen area, European Union
Italy and Greece Accused of Waving 'Irregular Migrants' Through Borders
Breitbart, 4 May 2018.
Italy and Greece have failed to properly log and register around
two-thirds of the irregular, illegal, and asylum seeker migrants pouring
over their borders, the Dutch have claimed.
shortfalls have undermined the European Union's (EU) open borders Schengen
system and acted as a massive pull factor, the Netherlands migration
minister, Mark Harbers, has said.
In a letter seen by The
Times, he questioned the claim of the European Commission that "the
registration and fingerprinting of migrants arriving in Greece and Italy
has reached a rate of almost 100 per cent".
"Ninety-five per cent
of irregular migrants and asylum seekers arrive from other Schengen
states," he wrote.
"Only one third have been registered previously.
This means about two thirds still manage to enter and travel through other
member states undetected and unregistered, despite all measures taken to
The failure to register such migrants, who
go on to claim asylum in other nations, has left the Netherlands unable to
follow the EU's Dublin agreement rules and return them to the country via
which they first entered Europe.
"The Netherlands ends up granting
protection to large numbers of asylum seekers who consciously refuse to
apply for protection in the member state of first arrival," Mr. Harbers
"Giving asylum seekers this de facto choice of which member
state they want to settle in is in itself a pull factor."
Immigration national identity register
Britain needs a national identity register
The Economist, 3 May 2018.
There is little to like about Mrs May's migration policy. The
state-led hounding of thousands of law-abiding British citizens was a
side-effect of the "hostile environment" for illegal immigrants that she
created as home secretary. ...
For all its shortcomings, Mrs May's
approach does contain one idea that is worth preserving: enforcement should
happen inland, not just at the border. Most of Britain's half-million or so
illegal immigrants did not enter the country illicitly but have overstayed
their visas. Furthermore, from the camps of Calais to the Mediterranean
sea, there is plenty of evidence that fortifying borders does not stop lots
of people continuing to try to cross them. The result is migrants'
suffering, extra cost to taxpayers and a bonanza for people-smugglers.
The Windrush debacle highlighted that Britain has no easy way of
carrying out this inland enforcement. The government's guide for landlords
who need to verify tenants' migration status is 35 pages long. ...
The scandal has rightly provoked calls for an overhaul of migration
enforcement. Any rethink must get to the root of the problem. This is not
that Britain checks the status of migrants, as any country must if it
values the rule of law. The real shortcoming is that Britain, rarely among
advanced countries, lacks a simple, non-discriminatory way to check the
identity of its population. Under Mr Javid it should get one.
Liberals, including this newspaper, have argued against national
identity registers on the basis that they invade privacy and aid oppression
by the state. But the balance of this trade-off has changed. /.../
Countries like Britain that lack an ID register rely on other proofs
bank statements, tax records, phone bills that are even more
intrusive. As for the risk of oppression, the Windrush affair shows that it
is not just all-knowing states that have the power to persecute their
citizens. It was precisely the opacity of information that the Home Office
exploited in order to pursue many thousands of people who had a right to be
Setting up an identity register would not be cheap or
easy. /.../ But Brexit is forcing Britain to think hard about matters of
migration and citizenship. Taking back control of who enters the country is
one of the biggest prizes advertised by Brexiteers. To do that, Britain
must first have a better idea of who is already there.
Immigration abroad Schengen area, European Union
Italy and Greece 'let migrants slip in'
The Times, 3 May 2018.
The Dutch government has accused Italy and Greece of failing to
register two thirds of the migrants who arrive on their shores.
serious shortcomings create a pull factor for illegal immigration, the
Netherlands said, and undermine the European Union's border-free Schengen
In a letter seen by The Times, Mark Harbers, the Dutch
migration minister, challenged the assurances given by the European
Commission that "the registration and fingerprinting of migrants arriving
in Greece and Italy has reached a rate of almost 100 per cent".
said: "Ninety-five per cent of irregular migrants and asylum seekers arrive
from other Schengen states. Only one third have been registered previously.
Immigration abroad Africa, Europe
Hungary rejects Euro-African declaration on migration
MailOnline / Afp, 3 May 2018.
Hungary on Wednesday refused to sign a declaration recognising the
advantages of migration, despite its adoption by more than 50 European and
African countries at a Morocco conference.
Minister Peter Szijarto slammed the declaration for portraying migration as
"a phenomenon that is necessarily only good and favourable and which
obviously contributes to the global development".
"We think this is
a unbalanced approach and we disagree with it," he said. ...
Morocco declaration called for an "approach based on human rights" and the
"protection of migrants in vulnerable situations" as well as efforts to
tackle racism and discrimination.
It also covered illegal
immigration and ways to help migrants return home, key talking points for
European nations which have seen an influx of migrants in recent years.
It was signed by representatives from 27 European and 28 African
countries at a conference on migration and development in the Moroccan city
of Marrakesh. ...
But Hungary's foreign minister said the focus
should be "on how to stop illegal migration and not how to encourage it".
"We should not and must not deny that migration has very serious
security aspects, it is unacceptable that such an aspect is totally left
out from an international document," Szijarto said. ...
will host a United Nations migration summit in December, aimed at reaching
a global accord.
Immigration abroad illegal immigration, USA
Illegal immigration surges 230 percent in April on southwest border
Washington Times, 3 May 2018.
Illegal immigration along U.S.-Mexico border surged 230 percent in
April compared to last year, according to new numbers released Thursday
that experts said expose major loopholes in American immigration law.
Chief among the loopholes is the de facto "catch-and-release"
policy that sees most illegal immigrants caught at the border quickly put
back out on the streets, with the hope that they'll return to be deported
Perhaps 75 percent of all migrants caught by Border Patrol
agents are given catch and release, said Brandon Judd, president of the
National Border Patrol Council, which represents line agents. Knowing
they'll be released rather than quickly deported has served as an
enticement for more illegal immigrants to make the journey, he said. ...
April's numbers continue a months-long trend of worsening illegal
The Border Patrol says it nabbed 38,234 illegal
immigrants during the month, while Customs and Border Protection Officers
encountered 12,690 more people who tried to come through the official ports
of entry without permission. ...
Children and families are two
groups that particularly benefit from catch-and-release, thanks to court
rulings that have set strict limits on how long children can be held in
detention. Releasing them virtually guarantees they don't show up for their
deportations, security experts say.
Immigration public opinion
Poll shows British public overwhelmingly favours 'hostile environment' immigration policy after Windrush fiasco
Yahoo News, 2 May 2018.
The Windrush fiasco may have resulted in the resignation of the
Home Secretary but a new poll has found that attitudes to immigration have
not changed in Britain.
A YouGov survey has found that while voters
think the Government has not handled the plight of the Windrush generation
well, they still support tough policies.
One such policy
often described as the 'hostile environment' still has overwhelming
public support, with 71% of Brits supporting people being forced to show
documents proving their right to be in Britain for work or to live.
The survey found that just 15% of voters oppose the policy, while
82% think people should have to prove their right to be in the UK before
accepting a job.
Some 79% think documents must be shown before
registering with a GP while 74% believe they should be shown before being
able to rent a home.
The survey also found that attitudes towards
immigration in general remains negative, with 63% believing immigration
into Britain in the last 10 years has been too high.
represents a 7% drop, the proportion that believe immigration is bad for
Britain has remained the same.
However, over 70% of Brits are happy
with either the same or increased levels of skilled immigration, while 73%
are happy with existing or increased numbers of foreign students paying to
study at British universities.
Immigration abroad homosexuality, Europe
European Court of Justice Bans Homosexuality Tests for Asylum Seekers
EJIL: Talk!, 1 May 2018.
[Blog of the European Journal of International Law]
Asylum seekers in European Union countries will no longer be
subject to psychological tests to prove their homosexuality, according to a
decision by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on 25 January 2018. ... the
ECJ declared the illegality of the use of psychological reports based on
projective personality tests in determining sexual orientation of asylum
The ECJ ruled that EU law does not prohibit
authorities or courts from ordering the production of an expert report to
help assess the facts and circumstances relative to an asylum seeker's
claim, but only if the production of the report is consistent with
human rights law and the report is not relied upon solely or
Immigration abroad Australia
Australia's Immigration Policy: Political And Economic Lessons For Europe
Social Europe, 1 May 2018.
The current regime of dealing with illegal arrivals seeking asylum
in Australia is built on two very contentious elements: turning back 'boat
people' who seek to reach its shores by sea; running offshore detention
centres in poor island states for illegal, sea-borne arrivals at vast
Such a harsh approach is seen by both the current
Australian government and the Labour Opposition as the unfortunate, but
necessary, price to pay for deterring those who seek to enter illegally.
Its advocates contend this approach has been successful in preserving
popular support for Australia's relatively modest Refugee and Humanitarian
Despite being the object of international opprobrium,
successive Australian governments both centre-right and centre-left
have maintained this rather misguided and morally dubious regime of
dealing with 'queue-jumping' asylum-seekers. The message seems to be: if
you wish to seek asylum in Australia join the queue and have the patience
to be processed through the normal channels. Both Malcolm Turnbull, the
current Australian Prime Minister, and Tony Abbott, his nemesis and
predecessor, are united in seeking to promote this policy as worthy of
emulation by rich countries of the West. These countries, especially in
Europe, are feeling besieged by a huge surge in refugees seeking to escape
impoverishment and conflict from various parts of the world. ...
Australia's bipartisan approach to skilled immigration has been a
key instrument of enhancing cultural diversity. Conservative politicians in
Europe ought to be reminded that the current Australian Prime Minister is
not merely keen to advocate a muscular approach to border protection but
fond of saying that Australia is 'the most successful multicultural society
in the world'.
Should European policy-makers accept this as fact or
as an antipodean version of post-truth politics? It turns out that Turnbull
can appeal to salient facts that lend support to his proclamations, but
Australia has some way to go before it merits that title. Despite this
caveat, Turnbull should be commended for invoking multicultural cohesion as
a key measure of societal success. ...
The 2018 Australian
government report on 'Shaping a Nation' compiles some impressive
statistics. In recent years, permanent migration intake has been set at
190,000 annually, with 70 per cent of this skilled migration. There are now
11 Asian countries, with China and India in the lead, among the top 20
source countries for migrants a far cry from the heyday of 'White
Australia' policy that was characterised by UK, Irish and other European
In the 2000s, migration has accounted for just over 50
percent of Australia's population growth, most notably in its state capital
cities, ranging from 32 percent (Hobart) to 63 per cent (Sydney). The
migrant share of the population in the state capital cities now average 30
percent. Furthermore, 49 percent of Australia's population is either a
migrant or a child of one.