IMMIGRATION CONCERN

Immigration and related issues, mainly in the United Kingdom.

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RECENT NEWS AND VIEWS

Extracts in date order, except latest additions first. Updated 23 June 2017

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Immigration abroad – European Union
'We will have millions of migrants' EU chief calls for urgent solution on immigration
Katie Mansfield
Daily Express, 23 June 2017.

Millions of migrants will travel to the European Union if the immigration issue is not solved, the president of the European Parliament has warned.

Antonio Tajani was speaking ahead of a two-day EU summit with immigration, security and the economy expected to dominate the agenda.

Speaking outside the summit, Mr Tajani said: "We need a solution on immigration. For the European Parliament it is a priority. We are working on reform and we will vote before the end of the summer.

"For us it is important to work a lot in Africa, we need a solution for Africa, because without a solution in Africa we will have more migrants, millions and millions of migrants coming from this region. We need investment on this."
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Immigration abroad – politics, liberals, Democrats, academic bias, USA
How the Democrats Lost Their Way on Immigration [part 1]
Peter Beinart
The Atlantic, July/August 2017.

If the right has grown more nationalistic, the left has grown less so. A decade ago, liberals publicly questioned immigration in ways that would shock many progressives today.

In 2005, a left-leaning blogger wrote, "Illegal immigration wreaks havoc economically, socially, and culturally; makes a mockery of the rule of law; and is disgraceful just on basic fairness grounds alone." In 2006, a liberal columnist wrote that "immigration reduces the wages of domestic workers who compete with immigrants" and that "the fiscal burden of low- wage immigrants is also pretty clear." His conclusion: "We'll need to reduce the inflow of low-skill immigrants." That same year, a Democratic senator wrote, "When I see Mexican flags waved at proimmigration demonstrations, I sometimes feel a flush of patriotic resentment. When I'm forced to use a translator to communicate with the guy fixing my car, I feel a certain frustration."

The blogger was Glenn Greenwald. The columnist was Paul Krugman. The senator was Barack Obama.

Prominent liberals didn't oppose immigration a decade ago. Most acknowledged its benefits to America's economy and culture. They supported a path to citizenship for the undocumented. Still, they routinely asserted that low-skilled immigrants depressed the wages of low-skilled American workers and strained America's welfare state. And they were far more likely than liberals today are to acknowledge that, as Krugman put it, "immigration is an intensely painful topic ... because it places basic principles in conflict."

Today, little of that ambivalence remains. In 2008, the Democratic platform called undocumented immigrants "our neighbors." But it also warned, "We cannot continue to allow people to enter the United States undetected, undocumented, and unchecked," adding that "those who enter our country's borders illegally, and those who employ them, disrespect the rule of the law." By 2016, such language was gone. The party's platform described America's immigration system as a problem, but not illegal immigration itself. And it focused almost entirely on the forms of immigration enforcement that Democrats opposed. ...

"A decade or two ago," says Jason Furman, a former chairman of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, "Democrats were divided on immigration. Now everyone agrees and is passionate and thinks very little about any potential downsides." How did this come to be?

There are several explanations for liberals' shift. ...

A larger explanation is political. Between 2008 and 2016, Democrats became more and more confident that the country's growing Latino population gave the party an electoral edge. To win the presidency, Democrats convinced themselves, they didn't need to reassure white people skeptical of immigration so long as they turned out their Latino base. "The fastest-growing sector of the American electorate stampeded toward the Democrats this November," Salon declared after Obama's 2008 win. "If that pattern continues, the GOP is doomed to 40 years of wandering in a desert."

As the Democrats grew more reliant on Latino votes, they were more influenced by pro-immigrant activism. ...

Alongside pressure from pro-immigrant activists came pressure from corporate America, especially the Democrat-aligned tech industry, which uses the H-1B visa program to import workers. ...
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Immigration abroad – politics, liberals, Democrats, academic bias, USA
How the Democrats Lost Their Way on Immigration [part 2]
Peter Beinart
The Atlantic, July/August 2017.

This combination of Latino and corporate activism made it perilous for Democrats to discuss immigration's costs, as Bernie Sanders learned the hard way. In July 2015, two months after officially announcing his candidacy for president, Sanders was interviewed by Ezra Klein, the editor in chief of Vox. Klein asked whether, in order to fight global poverty, the U.S. should consider "sharply raising the level of immigration we permit, even up to a level of open borders." Sanders reacted with horror. "That's a Koch brothers proposal," he scoffed. He went on to insist that "right-wing people in this country would love ... an open-border policy. Bring in all kinds of people, work for $2 or $3 an hour, that would be great for them. I don't believe in that. I think we have to raise wages in this country."

Sanders came under immediate attack. ...

Sanders stopped emphasizing immigration's costs. By January 2016, FWD.us's policy director noted with satisfaction that he had "evolved on this issue."

But has the claim that "immigrants coming to the U.S. are taking jobs" actually been proved "incorrect"? A decade ago, liberals weren't so sure. In 2006, Krugman wrote that America was experiencing "large increases in the number of low-skill workers relative to other inputs into production, so it's inevitable that this means a fall in wages."

It's hard to imagine a prominent liberal columnist writing that sentence today. To the contrary, progressive commentators now routinely claim that there's a near-consensus among economists on immigration's benefits.

There isn't. According to a comprehensive new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, "Groups comparable to ... immigrants in terms of their skill may experience a wage reduction as a result of immigration-induced increases in labor supply." But academics sometimes de-emphasize this wage reduction because, like liberal journalists and politicians, they face pressures to support immigration.

Many of the immigration scholars regularly cited in the press have worked for, or received funding from, pro-immigration businesses and associations. ...

Academics face cultural pressures too. In his book Exodus, Paul Collier, an economist at the University of Oxford, claims that in their "desperate [desire] not to give succor" to nativist bigots, "social scientists have strained every muscle to show that migration is good for everyone." George Borjas of Harvard argues that since he began studying immigration in the 1980s, his fellow economists have grown far less tolerant of research that emphasizes its costs. There is, he told me, "a lot of self-censorship among young social scientists." Because Borjas is an immigration skeptic, some might discount his perspective. But when I asked Donald Davis, a Columbia University economist who takes a more favorable view of immigration's economic impact, about Borjas's claim, he made a similar point. "George and I come out on different sides of policy on immigration," Davis said, "but I agree that there are aspects of discussion in academia that don't get sort of full view if you come to the wrong conclusion."

None of this means that liberals should oppose immigration. ...

The problem is that, although economists differ about the extent of the damage, immigration hurts the Americans with whom immigrants compete.
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Immigration – immigration target, public opinion
Most Conservative voters want net migration target replaced – poll
British Future, 22 June 2017.

71% of Conservative voters think the Government should drop the net migration target and replace it with separate targets for different types of immigration, like skilled and low-skilled workers, according to a new ICM poll for British Future. Just 6% of Conservatives disagree.

Among the public as a whole, nearly two-thirds (63%) think the target should be replaced, with 7% disagreeing. Support for the proposal was strongest among the over-65s – the demographic that has shown the greatest support for the Conservative Party – with three-quarters (75%) supporting separate targets for different types of immigration.

Only 12% of the public – and just 14% of Conservative voters – think that the Government will meet its net migration target in the next five years, while two-thirds of the public (66%) and 62% of Conservatives believe it won't be met.

Business leaders from the Institute of Directors and British Chambers of Commerce emphasized the need for Government now to rethink and conduct a comprehensive review of immigration policy, putting further pressure on the Prime Minister to replace the unpopular target, which has not been met in the seven years since it was announced by former Prime Minister David Cameron.
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Population – rise, numbers, UK
UK population sees sharpest rise in 70 YEARS driven by immigration and higher life expectancy as London moves toward 'Megacity' status
James Tapsfield
MailOnline, 22 June 2017.

The population of the UK has seen its sharpest annual increase in nearly 70 years driven mainly by immigration, official figures have revealed.

There were an estimated 65,648,000 people living in the country at the end of June last year.

Over the 12 months to the middle of 2016, numbers rose by 0.8 per cent or 538,000 - roughly equivalent to the size of Bradford.

London was growing twice as fast as Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland.

In numerical terms that was the largest increase in population since the year to mid-1947, when it went up by 551,000.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said net international migration continued to be the main driver behind the growth, while there was also a rise in births and fewer deaths.

Natural change - the number of births minus the number of deaths - of 193,000 accounted for just over a third (35.8 per cent) of the overall increase.

Nearly two-thirds (62.4 per cent) was down to net international migration of 336,000.

The population of England grew the fastest, and has now exceeded 55 million for the first time.
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Immigration abroad – illegal immigration, European Union
EU admits hardly any migrants reaching Europe are refugees as it toughens deportation talk
Nick Gutteridge
Daily Express, 22 June 2017.

EU diplomats today admitted that hardly any of the people arriving in Europe on boats are genuine refugees as they vowed to quicken up the rate of deportations for failed asylum seekers.

Officials in Brussels said the newest wave of migration from North Africa was "clearly and manifestly about economic migrants" and said those people had no right to "enter European soil". ...

In a letter to EU heads of state its president Donald Tusk said that "illegal arrivals" to Italy had rocketed by 26 per cent over the last year and urged them to approve more cash to train and equip the Libyan coastguard.

Eurocrats ultimately want the Libyans to take over the entire search and rescue operation in the central Mediterranean, believing that this is the only way to smash the business model of smuggling gangs.
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Immigration abroad – UK government aid, Europe
UK Government announces £75 million in aid for refugees in Mediterranean
Ben Kentish
Independent, 22 June 2017.

The Government has announced a new £75m fund to help tackle the migration crisis in the Mediterranean and reduce the number of people dying on treacherous sea crossings to Europe. ...

The money will help provide emergency provisions for migrants stranded in Mediterranean countries and will also be used to tackle people trafficking and smuggling.

It will target at well-known routes that migrants from east Africa and west Africa use to try to reach Europe. Many of these pass through Libya, where they often pay traffickers significant sums of money to take them on dangerous and often deadly sea crossings in a desperate bid to reach Europe. ...

The funds will be spent over the next three years and will help support migrants who want to return home, as well as providing supplies for those stuck in camps in southern Europe.
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Illegal immigration – amnesty
Amnesty for illegal Grenfell Tower residents 'might lead to slippery slope' , says immigration lawyer
Luke Dolan
talkRadio, 22 June 2017.

An immigration lawyer has said granting amnesty to any residents of Grenfell Tower illegally resident in the UK could lead to a "slippery slope."

A fire erupted in the tower last week, and at least 79 people have either been confirmed dead or remain missing.

The authorities believe a number of people in the building at the time were living in the UK illegally or were being illegally let their apartments, which is deterring them from coming forward to assist the inquiry and help to narrow down the possible casualties.

Theresa May made a promise in Parliament that immigration checks would not be carried out on those who came forward. Meanwhile the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, backed a call for illegal immigrants who were resident in Grenfell Tower to receive amnesty.

Harjap Singh Bhangal claimed there were some who believed this was a "slippery slope" in an interview with Julia Hartley-Brewer.

He said: "Let's understand what amnesty is. It's being touted around by the politicians, but it's different in nature.

"An amnesty is a free-for-all. What they're talking about here is they won't prosecute you or put you in detention and try to deport you.

"Khan is indicating they should be given residential status, which other people have pointed out might lead to a slippery slope.

"What I would suggest - don't give them indefinite leave, don't incentivise it like that.

"Do it on a yearly basis. Say 'if you earn this much, you can stay here.'"
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Crime – human rights
Human rights: the friend of foreign criminals
Jon Holbrook
Spiked, 22 June 2017.

Last week, the UK Supreme Court ruled in favour of two foreign criminals seeking to resist deportation to their countries of citizenship. ...

If rights were determined democratically, then the Immigration Act 1971 would have concluded the Supreme Court case in favour of then home secretary Theresa May. This act, passed by the people's representatives in parliament, empowers the home secretary to deport a foreign criminal if he is a non-British citizen convicted of a serious criminal offence. In the two appeals before the Supreme Court, these conditions were satisfied. The appellants are non-British citizens: Kevin Kiarie is a Kenyan citizen and Courtney Byndloss is a Jamaican citizen. And each had committed serious offences which warranted prison sentences of two and three years respectively. Since the statutory conditions were satisfied, the home secretary should have been entitled to deport them.

If rights were determined democratically then the case would never have gone to court, since the principle that the home secretary relied on had been settled law for over a hundred years: the power to deport a non-British citizen (then referred to as an 'alien') was contained in the Aliens Restriction Act of 1914. ...

But in recent years, the democratic nature of rights has been challenged. The Human Rights Act 1998 made the European Convention on Human Rights an integral part of domestic law. This ushered in two competing models of rights determination: one based on democracy and the other based on human rights. The former draws its power from the democratic arms of the constitution (parliament and government, empowered by the people), while the latter draws its power from the legal arm of the constitution (the judiciary, empowered by law). A constitutional conflict for supremacy between democracy and human rights results.

The deportation of foreign criminals illustrates this constitutional conflict. ...

... This conflict between democracy and human rights will always be resolved in favour of the latter, until parliament repeals the Human Rights Act and re-establishes the democratic model of rights determination. ...

In the ongoing conflict between democracy and human rights, the Supreme Court has resolved the latest skirmish in favour of the latter. It is easy for human-rights law, empowered by the Human Rights Act, to side with foreign criminals by treating citizens and non-British citizens as essentially the same. /.../ The conflict between democracy and human rights goes on.
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Immigration – EU migrants, free movement
Free movement isn't free: the truth about EU immigration
George Eaton
New Statesman, 22 June 2017.

In the Brext negotiations, the government has unashamedly prioritised immigration control over the economy. The UK must leave the single market, ministers say, in order to restrict free movement. For decades, they lament, European immigration has been "uncontrolled", making it impossible to meet the government's target of reducing net migration to "tens of thousands" a year.

It's worth noting that non-EU immigration alone (which ministers can limit) remains more than ten times this level (owing to the economic benefits). But more importantly, liberals and conservatives alike talk of "free movement" as if it is entirely free - it isn't.

Though EU citizens are initially permitted to live in any member state, after three months they must prove that they are working (employed or self-employed), a registered student or have "sufficient resources" (savings or a pension) to support themselves and not be "a burden on the benefits system". Far from being unconditional, then, the right to free movement is highly qualified.

The irony is that the supposedly immigration-averse UK has never enforced these conditions. Even under Theresa May, the Home Office judged that the cost of recording entry and exit dates was too high. Since most EU migrants are employed (and contribute significantly more in taxes than they do in benefits), there was no economic incentive to do so.

For some Brexiteers, of course, a job is not adequate grounds for an immigrant to remain. But even beyond implementing existing law, there is potential for further reform of free movement - even within the single market. ...

Yet with some exceptions, these facts are rarely heard in British political debate. Many Labour MPs, like their Conservative counterparts, support single market withdrawal to end free movement.
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Immigration abroad – France, European Union
Finally they get it! Macron vows to crackdown on immigration and cheap foreign workers in EU after accepting that this is why Britain voted for Brexit
Tim Sculthorpe
MailOnline, 22 June 2017.

The EU must reform migration rules or other nations could follow Britain out of the exit door, France's new president has warned.

Emmanuel Macron warned Europe must accept the UK was crashing out of the bloc because of worries about foreign workers undercutting wages.

The intervention is a striking departure from EU rhetoric since Britain's Brexit vote a year ago which has been dominated by demands for the EU's principles to be defended.

Mr Macron used his first newspaper interviews since winning the Elysee to endorse tightening up rules on freedom of movement.
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Immigration abroad – racism, Australia
Is Australia Day about to change? Councils across the country vote to MOVE national day from January 26 - because it's 'RACIST'
Josh Hanrahan
Daily Mail Australia, 22 June 2017.

Australia Day could be moved from the traditional date of January 26, after councils across the country called for it to be changed because it's 'racist'.

A national meeting of 560 local councils saw a plan formed to lobby the government to move Australia Day, because it marks the arrival of the first fleet from England.

Protests and violent clashes marred celebrations in 2017, while Aboriginal flags flew en masse in the streets and celebrities posted support to 'change the date' online. ...

On Tuesday, a meeting of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) voted 64-62 to lobby the government for a date change.
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Immigration – public opinion, prejudice, Brexit
Brexit: Anti-immigrant prejudice major factor in deciding vote, study finds
Ian Johnston
Independent, 22 June 2017.

Prejudice against immigrants from the European Union was a "major" deciding factor in the Brexit referendum, according to a new study.

But people who actually met foreigners living in Britain tended to have a positive experience and this appears to have helped persuade many people to vote Remain, the researchers found.

The results suggest that the Brexit campaign's emphasis on immigration – dubbed "Project Hate" by the pro-EU camp – was politically astute. ...

The lead researcher of the new study, Dr Rose Meleady, said their findings helped explain an apparently counter-intuitive voting pattern – that areas with low numbers of immigrants were more likely to back Brexit. ...

"Fear of immigration can sometimes drive prejudice rather than its reality." ...

Support for Brexit correlated more closely with dislike of foreigners than several other factors.

Prejudice was found to have a correlation score with voting Leave of 0.51 on a scale from zero, meaning no relationship, to one, meaning the two factors matched exactly.

This was a bigger factor than holding politically conservative views (0.43), having negative contact with immigrants (0.43) and being older (0.15).

In contrast, voting Remain was associated with positive contact with immigrants (0.4) and being more educated (0.17). Gender did not have a statistically significant effect.

Dr Meleady, of the University of East Anglia, said the figures showed prejudice against EU immigrants was a "major" deciding factor in the referendum, but it was unclear whether this would have swayed the result.
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Crime – fraud, money laundering
Fraudster who made more than half a million pounds bringing 188 migrants into UK illegally by claiming they were religious workers is jailed for nine years
MailOnline, 21 June 2017.

A fraudster banked nearly £600,000 by duping the Home Office into allowing 188 'religious workers' into the UK illegally.

Shopkeeper Malkeet Singh Rathod, 48, was jailed for nine years yesterday after a judge told him his five-year deception undermined the public's trust in the immigration system.

Rathod charged people thousands of pounds for acting as their licensed sponsor to gain them entry into the UK from India, posing as religious workers who were needed in the Sikh community. ...

Jailing him, Judge Christopher Batty said: 'This was a fraud that goes to the very heart of the immigration system in this country.

'The sponsorship system is based on trust, and the conduct of people like you undermines the confidence the public has in that system. It raises suspicion against those who have come to this country legitimately and those who provide a genuine service to citizens of this country.' ...

Judge Batty said the immigrants who were admitted through Rathod's fraud had access to public services they would not otherwise have been entitled to. People can come to the UK on a visa specifically for carrying out religious work, but must have a sponsor. They can then legally live and work in the UK for two years.

Rathod came to the UK as a religious migrant in 1999 and after initially obtaining leave to remain as a member of a religious order, he became a naturalised citizen in 2007. ...

His wife Manpreet Rathod, 44, was convicted of money laundering and sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for 18 months.

His sister-in-law Saroj Kaur, 44, was found guilty of money laundering and sentenced to four months in prison, suspended for 18 months.
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Immigration abroad – public opinion, elite opinion, European Union
EU CRUMBLING: 'Visible divide' between the 'elite' and general population, new study finds
Daily Express, 21 June 2017.

A "visible divide" has opened up within the European Union between the "elite" and the general population, according to a major survey of public opinion across the soon-to-be 27-nation bloc.

The report by the Chatham House international affairs think tank found the "decision makers and influencers" of the EU were notably more optimistic about the future and committed to a common set of European values.

In contrast, it said there was a "simmering discontent" among the wider public over a range of political issues - from immigration to the power of Brussels - with large sections viewing the EU in negative terms.

The report is based on a survey by Kantar Public of more than 10,000 members of the public and 1,800 "influencers" from politics, the media, business and civil society, from 10 EU member states, including the UK. ...

The report said that the survey had exposed a "visible divide" between the general attitudes, beliefs and life experiences of the two groups.
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Population – numbers, World
16bn or 7.3bn in 2100? New UN figures say both possible
Population Matters, 21 June 2017.

The United Nations has today released new projections for global population growth up until 2100. Issued every two years, the projections for 2017 show slight increases over those produced in 2015 – increases measured, however, in hundreds of millions of people. ...

• The principal "medium variant" projection is that the Earth's population will be 9.8bn in 2050 and 11.2bn in 2100. ...

• The 47 least developed countries will see their populations more than triple between 2017 and 2100, reaching more than 3bn people. ...

• Over half of global population growth up to 2050 will occur in Africa.
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Immigration abroad – Calais, France
Van driver dies in Calais crash caused by refugees' blockade
Kim Willsher
The Guardian, 20 June 2017.

A van driver has died near Calais after refugees blockaded a motorway with tree trunks, causing a crash in which the vehicle caught fire. ...

"A barrage of tree trunks was set up by migrants on the A16 between junctions 49 and 50," the local prefecture said in a statement. "This caused the death of the driver of a van registered in Poland. The van hit one of three HGVs blocked by the barrage and caught fire."

Officials said the identity of the driver was difficult to establish because of the extent of the burns. French police said they arrested nine Eritreans found aboard one of the blockaded lorries. The A16 was closed.
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Politics – identity
The politics of identity revisited
Sir Vince Cable MP
Demos Quarterly, 20 June 2017.

This new politics is sometimes described as 'populist', appealing to voters on an emotional level with ideas and policies far removed from the practicalities of government, or which lie outside conventional opinion. But this increasingly over-used term doesn't tell us much. All politicians try to be popular and, to use the old saying, campaign in poetry and govern in prose. ...

What is special about this current iteration of identity politics is the exploitation of racial, religious and linguistic differences: dividing society into exclusive groups, 'them' and 'us', 'insiders' and 'outsiders'. In some countries, the politics of identity has been institutionalised and operates in a largely peaceful manner. India's remarkable democracy functions through complex alignments based on caste, religion, language, and region. Belgium, Canada and Switzerland have linguistic politics. Religion pervades the politics of democratic countries with large Muslim populations: Turkey, Lebanon, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Nigeria.

What is also striking about today is the way similar dividing lines are opening up in countries where politics has traditionally been better understood in left-right terms: the UK, France, Scandinavia, the USA and, to a lesser degree, Germany.

Identity politics requires a new language. It makes little sense to describe the politics of the French National Front as 'right-wing' when its economic policy is indistinguishable from the Communist Party. Or to speak of ex-Socialist minister and now-President Macron, as being in any meaningful way 'left-wing' when he won the election on an unapologetic defence of the liberal, open market, international order. ...

The starting point is not to reject identity. On the contrary, it is good to be rooted, to have a sense of place and history. Most of us have multiple identities: as, for example, Scottish, British and European or, for many inhabitants of West London, Sikh, Punjabi, Indian and British. Identity is real but not exclusive. It is part of a society in which individuals feel secure and at ease with the different aspects of their heritage. The enemies of that society are not just the Trumps and Le Pens who seek to divide, but the well-intentioned advocates of multiculturalism who reinforce stereotypes and segregated silos, or opportunistic politicians like the Clinton Democrats who built a power base around ethnic target groups.
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Extremism – hate crime, Islamophobia
No British problem with Islamophobia says UKIP's Hamilton
BBC, 20 June 2017.

Britain does not have a problem with Islamophobia and there are no reliable statistics on hate crime, UKIP assembly group leader Neil Hamilton has said. ...

Mr Hamilton also suggested that "firm control" of immigration would "at least" alleviate problems of fundamentalist terrorism. ...

Asked if Britain has a problem with Islamophobia, Mr Hamilton told a press conference: "No I don't, actually.

"The overwhelming majority of the British people are tolerant and welcoming.

"Inevitably there is a minority that is prepared to resort to violence and abuse. That's not acceptable."

He added: "There are no reliable statistics on hate crime for example."

Mr Hamilton added: "There isn't a general problem with Islamophobia in the United Kingdom or Wales". ...

But he added: "We have to get our border control system fit for purpose and we have to be more alert to the need to scrutinise the background of those who are coming here."

"This is a composite problem, which goes way beyond the immigration problem", he said.

"A firm control of immigration and in particular a proper appraisal of asylum seekers qualifications is an essential part - it will not solve the problem completely no doubt - but at least alleviating the problems of fundamentalist terrorism."
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Employment – economy
Drop the Target: May's 'tens of thousands' immigration cap would cut labour supply and deepen existing shortages, report says
Andrew Grice
Independent, 19 June 2017.

Theresa May's post-Brexit plan to slash immigration will have a devastating "double whammy" impact on the British economy, according to the most detailed study of EU nationals to date.

The new report seen by The Independent reveals how the Prime Minister's stubborn refusal to dump her "tens of thousands" cap on net migration would not only cut off a vital supply of labour, but deepen existing shortages in key sectors.

The impartial consultancy behind the study is urging the Government to base future immigration policy on "economic need" instead of an arbitrary numerical target like that maintained by Ms May.

It comes amid deep cabinet divisions over how to approach immigration during Brexit talks, with the Government's position still in question despite the start of negotiations on Monday.

Chancellor Philip Hammond is using his new clout to push the Prime Minister to adopt an economically minded "jobs first" approach, but Brexiteer ministers are demanding she maintain her tough stance on immigration. ...

RepGraph concluded that a "blanket approach to reducing migration" focusing on low-skilled workers could have "a doubly negative impact" by both withdrawing a critical labour supply and compounding existing skills shortages.

Laying waste to arguments for a system that only allows highly qualified individuals in, the report instead underlines the desperate need the UK economy has for low-skilled employees.

"Low-skilled migrants are filling gaps in the workforce where the need is greatest," the report concludes. ...

RepGraph, which analysed Office for National Statistics data, found that the 2.1 million EU citizens make up a small proportion of the UK workforce, some 7 per cent, but only a fifth are in highly skilled jobs – with most employed in London and the South-east, and fewest in the North-east and Wales. ...

EU workers are almost four times as likely to be found in a low-skilled job in industry with acute shortages than in a high-skilled post without such problems. ...

The report, commissioned by the Business With Europe group, was seized on by the campaigning organisation Open Britain, which said it showed hitting the Government's arbitrary target would have a crippling impact on the economy.
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Immigration abroad – overpopulation, crime, Australia
From high immigration to a soaring crime rate and hour-long commutes: How Melbourne will be 'unliveable' within the next 10 years
Brianne Tolj
Daily Mail Australia, 19 June 2017.

Despite its reputation as one of the most liveable cities in the world, Melbourne will be anything but if its population continues to soar over the next decade and its infrastructure struggles to keep up with demand.

Australia's fastest growing city gains a new resident every five minutes - roughly 280 people a day - and is expected to reach eight million by 2050, according to an interim report released by the Victorian Population Policy Taskforce on Monday.

Melbourne will be 'unliveable' if its high immigration and centralised growth continues. ...

'Melburnians have welcomed the concept of decentralisation,' Mr Smith and Mr O'Brien said.

From the forums attended, and submissions received, they have told us they are worried by the crime rate, frustrated at traffic congestion, and angered by increased density in middle suburbs.' ...

The city's crime rate has also raised concerns after soaring by 20 percent since 2014.

'Law and order was the second most frequent topic in submissions received by the Victorian Population Policy Taskforce.'

'These submissions paint a vivid picture of a society that feels threatened by violent crime and frustrated with a government that seems incapable or unwilling to take their concerns seriously and respond to this growing threat to our reputation as a liveable and safe place,' the report read.
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Terrorism – extremism
Finsbury Park attack: We need a consistent response to terror
Douglas Murray
Spectator blog, 19 June 2017.

So it seems that it has happened again. A third terrorist attack in as many months on London's streets. Once again using a vehicle. Once again aimed at Londoners.

Except that this time it seems the terrorist himself is not a follower of Isis. Indeed, reports suggest that the attacker may have been a non-Muslim deliberately targeting Muslims. On top of whatever other extremist motivations this attacker may have had, he was also unwittingly doing the work of Isis and similar groups. For if the attack in Finsbury Park was indeed aimed at Muslim worshippers as they were leaving their Mosque then this is exactly the sort of despicable attack that Isis would want to happen, to foment discord. ...

The same people who claim that no further extrapolation should be made from a British Muslim carrying out an Isis-inspired attack will extrapolate like mad if it turns out that a British non-Muslim has done the same thing. ...

All that is needed is some consistency. At present the same people whose response to any act of terror carried out in the name of Islam is that everybody should look away, and respond with no more than a chorus of 'Don't look back in anger' are now pretending that everyone they disagree with has spent years inciting people to drive vans at crowds of Londoners. I see that JK Rowling is among those pointing the finger at Nigel Farage.

Here's a test. Yesterday the annual Khomeinist 'Al-Quds Day' parade took place in London. The march calls for the destruction of the state of Israel and in our allegedly zero-tolerance-to-terror city of London supporters of the terrorist group Hezbollah openly paraded with the terrorist group's flags. What twist of popular logic allows that people waving the flags of a terrorist group in London on Sunday have no connection with terror, but that a van-driver committing an act of terror later that same day should be blamed on Nigel Farage?
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Extremism – Islamophobia
Islamophobia how about Christianophobia?
Myles Harris
Salisbury Review, 19 June 2017.

Should 'Islamophobia' be added to the diagnostic handbook of the American College of Psychiatrists? Words ending in the syllables 'phobia' or 'phobic' indicate an irrational fear over which patients have no control. This of course is how an increasingly radicalised BBC wishes the population to view anybody who objects to mass Islamic immigration. Medicalising political dissent however can lead to terrible consequences. ...

It is unlikely that we would stoop to such extreme methods. Ours will be a more British approach. In the next few weeks it is likely that the government will publish emergency regulations to prevent civil disorder. Magistrates faced with dissidents under such regulations would have powers to sentence people to compulsory 'Islam Awareness' courses, or in extreme cases long sessions of counselling and restrictions on their movements. For example not to enter premises where Muslims are to be found.

But what about the other side? There is no equivalent diagnosis for Muslims holding dangerously radical opinions about white western society.

May I suggest 'Christianophobia' ? An irrational fear of white civilisation?
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Immigration abroad – European Union
Numbers tell staggering story of EU migrant crisis
Cédric Simon
Yahoo! News / AFP, 18 June 2017.

New legal action by the EU against eastern member states for refusing to take their share of refugees shows how the worst migration crisis since World War II still divides the continent. ...

The basic facts are stark: Since 2014, more than 1.6 million people have arrived by sea while 13,500 have died on the way.

The numbers also give answers to the important human questions: Where are these people coming from, where are they going, how many have died, and how many will be allowed to stay? ...

Following gradual yearly increases since 2011, 2014 marked a first turning point with 170,100 people landing on Italian shores and 43,518 on Greek coastlines, up from 42,900 and 11,447 respectively the previous year.

But it was in 2015 that the situation took on dizzying proportions. The IOM registered 1,011,712 arrivals by sea in Europe, including 853,650 on Greek shores, with the peak in arrivals hit in October, and 153,842 on Italy's coastline. ...

Among the arrivals in Greece in 2015, more than half – 56.l percent –were Syrian, while 24.3 percent were from Afghanistan and 10.3 percent were from Iraq.

Most came to Greece across the Aegean Sea from Turkey.

While the EU struggled to forge a collective response and help Greece cope with the influx, most of the migrants trekked along the so-called Balkan route toward wealthy northern European countries like Germany and Sweden.

The arrivals on the Italian coast in 2015 came on the central Mediterranean route, mainly from sub-Saharan African countries: 39,162 Eritreans, 22,237 Nigerians, 12,433 Somalis and 8,932 Sudanese.

There was a sharp drop in migrant arrivals in Greece in 2016, with the IOM registering a total of 363,401 arrivals on Greek and Italian shores, about one-third as many as the previous year.

In Greece, 173,614 arrived by sea, a drop of nearly 80 percent, reflecting the combined impact of a controversial migrant deal between Turkey and the EU and the nearly total closure of the Balkans route.

The trend is continuing in 2017, with just 7,699 arrivals registered by the IOM in Greece during the first five months of the year.

But the lull in Aegean crossings is tenuous as Turkey is increasingly at odds with the EU and has threatened to scrap the migrant deal over European criticism of its crackdown after an attempted coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Italy meanwhile has seen arrivals continue apace, hitting a new record in 2016 with 181,436.

Those arrivals were mainly Nigerians (20.7 percent), Eritreans (11.4 percent) and Guineans (7.4 percent), according to the IOM. Most are not considered potential refugees, but economic migrants who must be returned to their countries of origin. ...

Italy has registered more than 65,000 arrivals since January, up nearly 20 percent from the same period last year. ...

Turkey hosts 3.2 million refugees, Lebanon shelters more than one million and Jordan is home to 660,000 according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. The vast majority are Syrians.
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Immigration abroad – crime, Germany
Germany: Police Powerless Against Middle Eastern Crime Gangs
Soeren Kern
Gatestone Institute, 18 June 2017.

Middle Eastern crime syndicates have established themselves across Germany, where they engage in racketeering, extortion, money laundering, pimping and trafficking in humans, weapons and drugs.

The syndicates, which are run by large clans with origins in Lebanon, Turkey, Syria, among other places, operate with virtual impunity because German judges and prosecutors are unable or unwilling to stop them.

The clans – some of which migrated to Germany during Lebanon's 1975-1990 civil war and have grown to thousands of members – now control large swathes of German cities and towns – areas that are effectively lawless and which German police increasingly fear to approach. ...

Ralph Ghadban, a Lebanese-German political scientist and a leading expert on Middle Eastern clans in Germany, ...

In an interview with Focus, Ghadban elaborated: ...

"... The courts are issuing feeble judgments based on a false understanding of multiculturalism and the fear of the stigma of being branded as racist....

"The clans adhere to a religious group, a kind of sect with an Islamic orientation. The Islamic understanding of their spiritual leader, Sheikh al-Habashi, who died a few years ago, justifies violence against unbelievers. /.../
In Berlin, a dozen or more Lebanese clans dominate organized crime in the German capital, according to Die Welt. /.../ Experts estimate that around 9,000 people in Berlin are members of clans.

The clans reject the authority of the German state. /.../ A classified police report leaked to Bild described how the clans use cash payments and threats of violence to influence witnesses whenever German police or prosecutors get involved. ...

Police say they are alarmed by the aggressiveness and brutality of the clans, which are said to view crime as leisure activity.
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Illegal immigration – numbers, secrecy
The truth is that illegal immigration is out of control
Stephen Pollard
Daily Express, 17 June 2017.

Here's quick question: do you know how many people came to settle here last year? The official figure for net migration (the number of people settling in the UK minus the number leaving) was 327,000 for the year March 2015-March 2016.

But it's a trick question because that's the official figure.

It's not the actual figure. It's more of an educated guess than anything else.

It's not – despite what you might think, what with it being the official figure – an accurate count of the number of people arriving at or leaving through our border controls.

The Office for National Statistics, which compiles the figures, does not use the data from either entry points or "e-borders" exits in its statistics.

It uses all sorts of other methods but not that one obviously accurate measure. That's because the Home Office does not release those figures.

If you think that is bonkers, here's the second reason why the official migration statistics are so misleading: they take no account of illegal immigration. It is of course more difficult to compile an accurate figure for illegal immigration but it is far from impossible.

You can look at visas granted, at entrance and exit through border controls, at national insurance numbers issued and at other indicators of the numbers of people staying here without permission. It would be sensible, you'd think, for the Home Office to try to come up with a figure for illegal immigration so we have as accurate as possible an idea of just how many people there are in the UK.

The Home Office does come up with an estimate for illegal immigration but it doesn't admit it and doesn't publish it (more accurately, it hasn't published a figure since 2005 when the total number of illegal immigrants was estimated to have been 430,000). And so until now we've had no idea of that Home Office estimate.

But this week a report has been published by the Civitas think tank, co-written by David Wood, former director general of immigration enforcement. In it Mr Wood reveals not only the existence of the Home Office's estimate but the figure itself.

It turns out that the Home Office estimates that around 150,000 illegal immigrants arrive every year. ...

It's little wonder that the figure isn't published given how it exposes the official statistics as being almost entirely useless. ...

Successive governments have failed miserably to control immigration. Illegal immigration is literally out of control.

Last year Rob Whiteman, the former head of the UK Border Agency, said that there could be one million illegal immigrants here.

No wonder when, according to the report, the chance of a migrant being detained and deported for overstaying their visa is just one in 1,000. ...

As the report shows, if only one person in 100 overstays their visa time limit there would be 20,000 illegal immigrants every year.

Taken together with other forms of illegal immigration (such as being smuggled in a lorry) there would on a conservative estimate be 60,000 a year. And the real figure is likely to be far higher – as we have seen, the Home Office itself estimates that the number is more than double. ...

We cannot begin to take control of our borders without first having a realistic estimation of how many people arrive in and leave the country.

The time for honesty is long overdue.
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Immigration abroad – extremism, Islam, Sweden
Sweden sees sharp rise in violent Islamist extremists as numbers soar from 200 to 'thousands' in seven years, warns intelligence agency
MailOnline / AFP, 17 June 2017.

The number of violent Islamist extremists in Sweden has soared from 200 in 2010 to 'thousands' today as an intelligence chief said 'this is the new normal'.

'We would say that [the number] has gone from hundreds to thousands now,' Sapo chief Anders Thornberg told news agency TT in an interview, describing the situation as 'serious'.

'This is the "new normal" ... It is a historic challenge that extremist circles are growing,' he said.

But he stressed that only a few of the 'thousands' had both the intention and ability to carry out a terror attack. ...

Thornberg said Sapo now receives around 6,000 intelligence tips a month concerning terrorism and extremism, compared to an average 2,000 a month in 2012.
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Immigration – diversity
Goa and India fail on diversity
Vivek Menezes
Times of India, 17 June 2017.

Across the oceans in the UK, Enoch Powell must be spinning in his grave. In 1968, the late conservative politician gave a histrionic warning, "we must be mad, literally mad, as a nation to be permitting" widespread immigration from former British colonies in the Caribbean and East Africa, along with India and Pakistan. In that notorious 'Rivers of Blood' speech in Birmingham, he continued, "I am filled with foreboding. Like the Roman, I seem to see "the River Tiber foaming with much blood"... Only resolute and urgent action will avert it even now. Whether there will be the public will to demand and obtain that action, I do not know. All I know is that to see, and not to speak, would be the great betrayal."

Powell's 'Rivers of Blood' speech was somewhat right on the numbers, because his country's demographics did, in fact, transform radically due to immigration. By 2025, the UK's minority population is estimated to top 20%. But the old Tory was nonetheless on the wrong side of history, and especially public opinion, because the influx was never seriously challenged or (as he would have had it) stanched. The unprecedented results of last week's national elections are a perfect illustration of the positive (though yet incomplete) integration of minorities in the UK, mostly achieved over the course of a single generation. The most diverse parliament in the country's history is now in place. The most delicious irony is Enoch Powell's own seat of Wolverhampton South West was won by Eleanor Smith, an Afro-Caribbean union leader from the Labour Party.
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Multiculturalism – domestic violence, Australia
Australians should show 'sensitivity' to migrants whose cultures 'don't value women's and child's rights' claims new domestic violence study
Tom Flanagan
Daily Mail Australia, 17 June 2017.

A taxpayer funded study has made the audacious claim that Australians need to show 'cultural sensitivity' towards migrant men who physically abuse their wife and children.

The study conducted over a three year period was funded by the Australian Research Council and points out that some human rights affect migrants' integration and 'successful settlement in Australia', specifically those in relation to women and children.

The study refers to some refugees claiming that these rights 'contravene the cultural values, norms and mores' of their ethnic groups, ...

Yet the study has faced strong resistance in the shape of federal Minister for Women Michaelia Cash who has stated Australia is categorically against family violence. ...

The report did point out refugees' appreciation for the factors of Australian life such as healthcare and education that were not available to them in their home nations, yet a 'major point of contention' was the differing views on women's and children's rights.

What was most upsetting for many refugees was the strong stance Australians had when it came to domestic violence.
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Illegal immigration – numbers, border security
Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants drop off radar in the UK every year according to secret figures
Kate McCann
Daily Telegraph, 16 June 2017.

Up to 250,000 people drop off the radar and end up as illegal immigrants in Britain every year, according to secret Home Office figures, amid warnings that border controls are completely ineffective and will only get worse after Brexit.

David Wood, who was head of immigration enforcement at the Home Office until 2015, said that more than 1.2 million illegal immigrants are currently living in Britain, predominantly after overstaying their visas.

People are not aware of the scale of the problem because official figures are not published and Home Office estimates for illegal immigrants are kept secret by ministers because they are "embarrassing", according to experts.

In a highly critical paper for Civitas, written with Alasdair Palmer, a former Home Office speechwriter, Mr Wood disclosed that the Home Office has privately estimated that between 150,000 and 250,000 foreign nationals fail to return to their home country when they should.

They include people who come to the UK illegally in the back of lorries, those who are refused asylum (around 26,000 last year) and students and others who overstay visas.

But the true numbers are not recorded officially because the Government's new e-borders system does not share data with the Office for National Statistics and others, leading to inaccurate figures that are as good as "guesses", they said. ...

They warned that because Government policy does not take into account the hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants living in the UK: "Not only does it fail to reduce the number of foreign citizens settling in the UK, it also ensures that a very high proportion of them will not pay taxes and will be involved in illegal activity".

The researchers, both highly experienced Home Office staff, added it is "obviously wrong not to release the estimate of the number of illegal immigrants to the public".

They said: "They are a critical element in the debate on immigration. Keeping them secret may save ministers from embarrassment. But it makes proper policy planning impossible." ...

The authors warn that Brexit could lead to a surge of illegal immigrants unless the Government does more to tackle the issue.
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Politics – Labour Party
Labour has quietly shifted right on immigration - with troubling consequences
New Statesman, 16 June 2017.

Labour's positioning on immigration at this election was, in rhetorical terms, more progressive than at any other point in its recent history. For the left leadership of the party, hitting back against the idea that immigrants are to blame for falling wages and the housing crisis – and pointing the finger at the political and economic elites – comes as second nature. In the debates and in interviews, Corbyn was relatively unequivocal. Yes, migration can put pressure on public services, he said, but the answer was investment, stronger unions, and the restoration of migrant impact funds.

The manifesto struck a similar tone. It talked of valuing the contributions made by migrants, reviewing Britain's harsh asylum system, and abolishing income thresholds for residency. But it also talked about prohibiting migrants' access to public funds. On the core issue of the day, it stated – by sleight of hand as if a passive fact – that "freedom of movement will end when we leave the European Union".

Corbyn's triangulation on free movement has been hailed by pundits as a tactical coup. To an extent, they are right. Being able to say on the doorstep that free movement would end after Brexit may well have won votes. But compromises like this store up problems for the future. ...

Ending free movement under a Labour government would be a conscious choice – and it would represent the biggest expansion of border controls in decades. Recognising the fact that immigration enriches society is all very well, but that narrative is inevitably undermined if you then choose to abolish the best policy for allowing immigration to happen. Free movement is the only way to guarantee migrants' rights. ...

... But unless Labour changes course, June 2017 could be the election at which the left abandoned its principles and lost the immigration debate.
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Employment
Lower-skilled immigration brings the UK no benefits
Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts
Financial Times, 16 June 2017.
[Letter to the Editor]

Sir, The bald statement in your editorial "Britain's chance to open serious debate on Brexit" (June 12) that "free movement of labour has been much to Britain's benefit" requires serious qualification.

Limited highly skilled immigration does benefit Britain but mass lower-skilled immigration (whether from the EU or elsewhere) does not. Gross domestic product per capita (surely the only true measure of success) hardly changes. Meanwhile the settled population (of whatever race, religion or ethnic background) finds job opportunities limited and remuneration held down. All this before calculating the cost (economic and environmental) of constructing the houses, hospitals, schools and infrastructure required to support the increase in population.

Of course British business supports an "open door" policy – it is to their economic advantage to do so. But treating immigration as "the default option" must surely over time pose serious threats to our social cohesion in an era when our country appears unusually divided.
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Immigration – laws, enforcement
Where is the will to enforce laws on immigration?
Alasdair Palmer and David Wood
Yorkshire Post, 16 June 2017.
[The authors' pamphlet, "The Politics of Fantasy: Immigration policy in the UK after Brexit", is published by Civitas]

Is there political will to enforce immigration law effectively?

This has been in short supply in recent years: the rigorous enforcement of immigration law inevitably gives rise to allegations that the enforcement is heartless, brutal, and inhumane – allegations which no government likes to have made against it, and which are often sufficient to make a government abandon the policy.

An example of the reluctance to enforce immigration law is the fate of the poster campaign which Theresa May, as Home Secretary, instigated in October 2013. ...

... The point is rather that the speed with which Theresa May withdrew the vans is an indication of the lack of political will to take policy decisions relating to the enforcement of immigration policy that generate heavy criticism.

It is hard to see how the enforcement of immigration policy can be made significantly more effective in such a situation – for there can be no doubt that any enforcement of immigration policy that is more effective will generate intense criticism. ...

Whether or not they would successfully reduce the level of immigration, the political will to enforce harsh immigration policies is at present lacking.
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Multiculturalism – polygamy, Europe, Republic of Ireland
We need to talk about polygamous refugee families, says Irish Muslim leader
Karl McDonald
i News, 16 June 2017.

A Muslim religious leader in Ireland has called for a debate around the recognition of polygamous families after a court refused to recognise the second wife of a Lebanese refugee who has become a naturalised citizen.

Dr Ali Selim of the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland said families fleeing warzones are "disintegrating" because of laws in this country that don't exist at home. ...

Irish Supreme Court justices decided that recognising polygamous marriage would be contrary to the constitutional principle of equality.

The Lebanese man, who married both women before arriving in Ireland, will have his first marriage recognised by the Irish state, but not the second, even though the second wife was the first to arrive in the country.

There are children by both marriages. Some were accepted as asylum seekers in their own right and some were brought through family reunification rules.

Polygamy is illegal in the UK and throughout Europe and pre-existing polygamous marriages are rarely given status, whether arriving through immigration channels or as refugees.

This risks destroying family units that are already established, says Dr Selim. ...

It is estimated that there are around 20,000 polygamous families in the United Kingdom, although the British state does not recognise the marriages and has a policy of trying to stop polygamous households from forming.

However, there is some de facto recognition of the unions when it comes to social welfare in the UK. Second wives are blocked from receiving benefits that might be owed to a single mother.

Polygamy is permitted in Islam, with men allowed to marry up to four women as long as they spend equal time and money on each one. It is legal to varying degrees in more than 50 countries, the majority of them Muslim.
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Multiculturalism – politics, ethnic minorities, Labour Party
It turns out the votes of ethnic minorities made a big difference to the general election – Labour should take note
Kehinde Andrews
Independent, 15 June 2017.

Corbyn and the Labour Party shocked the political establishment by gaining seats in the election, rather than being wiped out in the predicted Tory landslide. Much has been made of how the young rallied to the vision of the Corbyn, particularly in university towns, delivering historically Conservative seats like Canterbury.

However, while the youth vote is key factor in the result, we should not underestimate the impact that ethnic minority voters had on the outcome.

It should come as no surprise that an estimated 65 percent of ethnic minority voters opted for Labour. The party has a track record on equalities legislation and supporting the urban areas where the majority of minorities in the country live. This strong showing for Labour had an effect on key marginals like Croydon Central, where 38 per cent of the electorate are from an ethnic minority background. It is no coincidence that Kensington, which had never before been Labour, turned red and is home to a 32 per cent minority electorate. Across the multicultural capital, there was a Labour surge that led to a 10 per cent swing to Labour in Battersea to overturn a previously safe majority. ...

The contrasts to the Tory gains across the country could not be any starker. They gained seats like Derbyshire North (1.9 per cent ethnic minority); Middlesbrough South (2.5 per cent); and Clacton (2.6 per cent). In England the average size of the ethnic minority electorate in seats where that the Conservatives gained is 4.5 per cent – for Labour, the figure is 14 per cent. Ultimately, the keys to Number 10 are still decided by the white vote.

However, the Brexit was perhaps the best example of the racial fault line in British politics, with 53 per cent of white voters wanting to leave and 73 per cent of black people voting to remain. ...

Labour has been keenly aware of the racial fault line and has, in the past, pandered to xenophobic fears – at least since Gordon Brown's pledge of "British jobs for British workers". Miliband made sure he carved "controls on immigration" into his "Ed Stone", and Corbyn's lack of enthusiasm for the Remain campaign was a clear ploy to woo back lost voters from Ukip.

To this day, the evasion you hear every time John McDonnell does not commit to the single market is the sound of a silent anti-immigration nod.
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Crime – deportation
Supreme court rules UK system for deporting foreign criminals unlawful
Alan Travis
The Guardian, 15 June 2017.

The Home Office's "deport first, appeal later" policy for removing foreign criminals has been ruled unlawful by the supreme court.

More than 1,100 foreign criminals have been removed from Britain under the system, which was introduced in July 2014. It was a Conservative manifesto pledge and denies foreign criminals the right to launch an appeal against deportation while they are in the country.

But lawyers say that the ruling handed down on Wednesday was expected to "very heavily limit, if not entirely curtail" the routine use of the controversial power. ...

The lawyers said that the home secretary had certified 1,175 foreign national offender deportations as "deport first, appeal later" cases between 2014 and 2016. Only 72 of those individuals had filed a notice of appeal with the tribunal from abroad by the end of 2016.
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Immigration abroad – crime, Germany
Sex crimes by migrants in Germany have doubled to over 3,000 in a single year, official figures show
MailOnline, 15 June 2017.

Sex offences committed by migrants in Germany have doubled to more than 3,000 in a single year, official figures have shown.

A new report issued by the German Government states that there were 3,404 sex crimes involving migrants last year compared with 1,683 in 2015.

The crimes range from less serious crimes up to rape.

According to HeatStreet, data analysis by the Gatestone Institute think tank, the most frequently recorded nationalities were Syrian, Afghan, Iraqi, Pakistani, Iranian, Algerian and Moroccan.

This comes after the number of migrant criminal suspects in Germany soared by more than 50 per cent in 2016, according to data from the Interior Ministry.

Police were hunting 174,000 suspects classed as immigrants in 2016, the data showed, 52.7 per cent more than in the previous year.

Crimes motivated by Islamism also increased by 13.7 per cent. That includes the truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market by a failed Tunisian asylum seeker. ...

Migrants accounted for 8.6 percent of all crime suspects in Germany in 2016, up from 5.7 percent the previous year. ...

Under the German system immigrants are classed as people who are applying for asylum, refugees, illegal immigrants and those whose deportation has been temporarily suspended.
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Population – London
A third world fire in a third world city
Jane Kelly
Conservative Woman, 15 June 2017.

The unspoken cause of this disaster is, of course, greedy landlords and poor enforcement of planning laws, but that in turn is related to the attempt by successive governments to cram millions of people from the developing world into a European city in less than twenty years.

This has happened in all our major cities, but London has the largest number of foreign-born people in the country. /.../ The arrival of almost 200,000 people from overseas each year, only one third of them from within the EU, and an average of 130,000 births a year has driven up the city's growth exponentially.

The ONS figures show the population of London increased by 5.7 per cent between mid-2011 and mid-2015, compared with growth of 2.9 per cent for the UK as a whole. Over the same period, the cost of housing in the capital has rocketed. Land Registry figures show that the average price of a property rose by 47 per cent between June and 2011 and June 2015, from £285,906 to £419,474. ...

There are squalid parts of London, such as Southall, where there are beds in sheds, boarded up shops and high streets mainly occupied by brothels and betting shops, but this is largely ignored even after visits from BBC documentary teams. ...

... Two hundred tower blocks are planned for London, which long ago abandoned its historic skyline in favour of the hubristic and the cheap to meet the needs of the rich and the poor. We had better get used to it, this is the future.
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Terrorism – European Union
2017 EU Terrorism Report: 142 failed, foiled and completed attacks, 1002 arrests and 142 victims died
Europol, 15 June 2017.

In 2016, a total of 142 failed, foiled and completed attacks were reported by eight EU Member States. More than half (76) of them were reported by the United Kingdom. France reported 23 attacks, Italy 17, Spain 10, Greece 6, Germany 5, Belgium 4 and the Netherlands 1 attack. 142 victims died in terrorist attacks, and 379 were injured in the EU. Although there was a large number of terrorist attacks not connected with jihadism, the latter accounts for the most serious forms of terrorist activity as nearly all reported fatalities and most of the casualties were the result of jihadist terrorist attacks. /.../ Also, the European Counter Terrorism Centre at Europol supported 127 counter terrorism investigations in 2016, which shows a clear indication of the growing range of jihadist activity.

These are some of the key findings of the 10th edition of the yearly EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report (TE-SAT), which Europol has produced since 2007. The TE-SAT published today provides a concise overview of the nature of terrorism that the EU faced in 2016 and looks in detail at terrorist attacks that occurred: the largest number of attacks in which a terrorist affiliation could be identified were carried out by ethno-nationalist and separatist extremists (99). Attacks carried out by left-wing violent extremists have been on the rise since 2014; they reached a total of 27 in 2016, of which most (16) were reported by Italy. Although the total number of jihadist terrorist attacks decreased from 17 in 2015 to 13 attacks in 2016, of which 6 were linked to the so-called Islamic State (IS), 135 of the 142 victims of terrorist attacks in 2016 were killed in the 13 jihadist attacks.
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Benefits and costs – migrants' remittances home
Migrant workers will send home $450 billion this year
Rishi Iyengar
CNN, 15 June 2017.

Nearly half a trillion dollars.

That's how much money migrant workers send back to their home countries each year, according to a new report by a United Nations agency.

Global remittances were worth more than $445 billion in 2016, representing an increase of 51% over the past decade, the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) said.

That total is expected to rise by another $5 billion this year, when IFAD predicts one in seven people globally will either send or receive money earned abroad.

Around 200 million migrant workers currently support 800 million family members back home, the report said. ...

India is the biggest beneficiary of overseas remittances, receiving $63 billion in total last year.

The South Asian nation overtook its neighbor, China, which had previously held the top spot. China received $38.5 billion to India's $37.2 billion in 2007, but Chinese workers sent back $2 billion less in 2016. ...

Pedro de Vasconcelos, the report's lead author, said the demand for migrant labor in developed countries will likely keep growing as their populations continue to age.
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Extremism – Islam
Muslims should take to Facebook to condemn extremism, retired police chief suggests
Martin Evans
Daily Telegraph, 14 June 2017.

British Muslims should use Facebook and WhatsApp to denounce extremism because the public no longer believe Imams when they condemn terror attacks, a former police chief has said.

Mak Chishty, who retired last week as Britain's most senior Muslim police officer, said people have "had enough" following the London Bridge attacks, adding that it was time to stop "skirting around the issues" and have some "very difficult conversations". ...

Mr Chishty said community leaders were always quick to denounce acts of terror, but sadly their condemnation was no longer being taken seriously because the recent attacks had marked a turning point.

Speaking to an audience at the think tank, Reform, in central London, he said: "It has been a turning point because people have had enough. I don't agree with that but I understand it."

He added: "When leaders stand up and say we condemn this, the change has been, 'we do not believe you, you always do this, where are your deeds, we hear your words, but what have you done to change this?'"

The former police chief urged all British Muslims to reclaim social media - which has often proved a fertile recruiting ground for extremists - and use popular sites to articulate their revulsion. ...

Mr Chishty said there had been a sharp increase in hate crimes against Muslims since the Manchester and London Bridge attacks and social media could be used to challenge that. ...

The former police leader said even though he had now retired he wanted to use his profile to continue to challenge "menace" of extremism that "lurks within Muslim communities".
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Terrorism – Islam
Who was behind the jihadist attacks on Europe and North America?
Dr Lorenzo Vidino
BBC, 14 June 2017.

More than 400 people have died in jihadist attacks in the West during the past three years. What can we learn?

Although the vast majority of Islamist attacks are elsewhere in the world, an unprecedented number in Europe and North America - more than 50 in total - have put the authorities under great pressure to prevent further deaths.

What do we know of the individuals who carried out the attacks - their life in the West, whether they were known to the authorities and with whom they were working? ...

We identified 52 attacks between December 2014 and early June 2017 that we considered to be acts of jihadist terrorism.

This period follows the declaration of a "caliphate" by the so-called Islamic State in parts of Syria and Iraq in June 2014. ...

The research covers the US, Canada and the 28 member states of the EU, plus Norway and Switzerland. ...

In total, the 52 attacks caused 403 deaths and left more than 1,600 people injured.

The perpetrators are not included in these figures. ...

However, most of the attacks did not cause casualties, with the exclusion of the perpetrators. ...

The vast majority of the attackers were in their 20s, with about one in four attackers above the age of 30 and three aged 40 or older. ...

Despite women becoming increasingly active in jihadist networks, only two out of 65 individual perpetrators were female.

Fewer than one in five perpetrators was a convert to Islam, with a significantly higher percentage in North America than in Europe.

However, the converts were significantly more likely to have a criminal background and to have served time in prison.

Overall, most of the attackers had a prior criminal background. ...

The relationship between terrorism and migration is a complex one and has been at the centre of extremely polarising debates, particularly during the European migrant crisis.

However, the number of attackers who were illegally in a country or who arrived as refugees is small.

Three-quarters were citizens of the country they attacked, with others either legal residents, or legal visitors from neighbouring countries.

However, individuals who were in the West illegally also carried out deadly attacks.

At least two of those involved in the November 2015 Paris attacks are thought to have posed as refugees to enter Europe through Greece.

Three other individuals were refugees or asylum seekers at the time of attack, while four were in the country illegally or awaiting deportation.
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Repatriation/deportation – terrorist suspects
Now Theresa May's human rights pledge is axed: Anger as the PM is forced to keep law that helps terrorists to avoid justice
Jason Groves
Daily Mail, 14 June 2017.

Theresa May has abandoned her election promise to rip up human rights legislation in terror cases – despite renewed anger that extremists are exploiting the law.

The Prime Minister announced last week that she would launch an assault on parts of the European Convention on Human Rights, which has been blamed for making it harder to deport terror suspects.

She made the pledge in the final days of the election campaign following the terror attacks in Manchester and London.

But Government sources said last night the plans were likely to be shelved following her failure to secure a Commons majority. ...

The climbdown is the latest embarrassing reverse forced on the PM by the election setback.

At a speech in Slough last week she vowed to 'make it easier to deport terrorist suspects' and do more to 'restrict their movements', adding: 'If our human rights laws stop us from doing it, we will change the laws so we can do it.

'If I am as elected Prime Minister on Thursday, I can tell you that this vital work begins on Friday.'

However, the political realities of the new Parliament mean the idea is almost certainly dead.
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Immigration abroad – Italy
A Replacement of Population is Taking Place in Europe
Giulio Meotti
Gatestone Institute, 14 June 2017.

Now Italy is the epicenter of this demographic earthquake, and it has become Europe's soft underbelly as hundreds of thousands of migrants arrive.

With nearly 10,000 arrivals in one recent three-day period, the number of migrants in 2017 exceeded 60,000 – 48% more than the same period last year, when they were 40,000. Over Easter weekend a record 8,000 migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean and brought to Italy. And that is just the tip of the iceberg: during the summer, the number of arrivals from Libya will only increase.

A replacement of population is under way in Italy. ...

In 2016, 176,554 migrants landed in Italy – an eight-fold increase since 2014. In 2015, there were 103,792. In 2014, there were 66,066. In 2013, there were just 22,118. In the last four years, 427,000 migrants reached Italy. ...

In 2050, a third of Italy's population will be made up of foreigners, according to a UN report, "Replacement Migration: Is It a Solution to Decline and Aging Populations", which designs a cultural melting-pot that could explode in cultural and social tensions. The level of arrivals will fall from 300,000 to 270,000 individuals per year by 2065; during the same period, it is expected that 14.4 million people will arrive. Added to the more than five million immigrants currently in Italy, 37% of the population is expected to be foreigners: more than one out of every three inhabitants.

In addition, the humanitarian-aid system has been hit by new scandals. "The investigative hypothesis to be verified is that subjects linked to ISIS act as logistical support to migration flows", was a warning just delivered in front of the Schengen Committee, to the Italian anti-mafia and counterterrorism prosecutor, Franco Roberti. There are now judges investigating the connection between the migrants' smugglers in North Africa and the Italian NGOs rescuing them in the Mediterranean. People-smugglers bring the migrants to the NGOs' ships, which then reach Italian seaports. Another legal enquiry has been opened about the mafia's economic interests in managing the migrants after their arrival.

Only 2.65 percent of those migrants who arrived in Italy were granted asylum as genuine refugees, according to the United Nations. The other people are apparently not fleeing wars and genocide. ...

... Immigrants, once registered, receive a monthly income of 900 euros per month (30 euros per day for personal expenses). Another 900 euros go to the Italians who house them. And 600 euros are needed to cover insurance costs. Overall, every immigrant costs to Italy 2,400 euros a month. A policeman earns half of that sum. And a naval volunteer who saves the migrants receives a stipend of 900 euros a month. ...

The cost of migrants on Italy's public finances is already immense and it will destroy the possibility of any economic growth. "The overall impact on the Italian budget for migrant spending is currently quantified at 2.6 billion [euros] for 2015, expected to be 3.3 billion for 2016 and 4.2 for 2017, in a constant scenario", explains the Ministry of the Economy. ...

The Italian cultural establishment is now totally focused on supporting this mass migration.
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Crime – deportation
More twisted justice: A day after Mail reveals terrorist got £250,000 in legal aid, judge rules it would be 'unfair' to deport Zimbabwean sex offender who attacked 13-year-old girl
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 14 June 2017.

A refugee convicted of a serious sex offence with a 13-year-old girl cannot be sent back to his home country because deportation was 'not fair' on him, Appeal judges have ruled.

They said that Wilfred Mosira can stay in Britain despite his crime and even though there is no threat to his safety or freedom in his native Zimbabwe.

Three Appeal judges accused Home Office lawyers of confusion over Mr Mosira's status as a refugee and of acting too late in the saga of the long-running case when they finally put forward proper arguments for his deportation.
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Terrorism – deportation
An insult to terror victims: Jihadi who is fighting to stay in Britain is handed £250,000 in legal aid despite being caught with manuals on how to attack nightclubs and airports
Paul Bentley
Daily Mail, 13 June 2017.

A terrorist fighting deportation has won £250,000 in legal aid despite being caught with jihadi manuals on attacking nightclubs and airports.

The extremist, who cannot be identified, was granted the taxpayer funds even though he was described in court as the 'very model of a modern Al Qaeda terrorist'.

He is using some of the money to try to stay in the country following a nine-year prison sentence. He claims throwing him out would breach his human rights.

The payments are particularly alarming following the atrocities in Westminster, Manchester and London Bridge that cost 35 innocent lives.

And the election result has cast doubt on Theresa May's pledge to tear up the Human Rights Act in cases where it blocks the deportation of extremists.

The terrorist who has been granted legal aid came to England illegally in the months after the September 11 attacks as a 'sleeper agent' for a group linked to Al Qaeda.

The Jordanian claimed asylum by pretending to have fled the Middle East in fear of his life.

The claim was dismissed and he should have been deported. But he managed to stay and evade authorities simply by using a fake name. He was given a council house with his wife and claimed at least £100,000 in benefits. ...

A judge said his crimes were some of the most serious before the courts. But since completing his sentence, the Government has failed to deport him.

He was refused refugee status by the Home Office but has launched continued appeals through the courts.

He has gained from £253,000 in taxpayer-funded legal aid since his arrival in the country, according to figures released to the Daily Mail under the Freedom of Information Act.
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Immigration abroad – Calais, France
Calais crisis returns: Armed migrants torch roadblocks to stop UK-bound trucks
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 13 June 2017.

Violent gangs of armed migrants set up burning roadblocks to attack British-bound vehicles travelling through Calais, the Daily Express reveals today.

Frightened truckers using the busy port have called for the French army to be drafted in as routes to the ferry are blocked by felled trees which are then set ablaze. ...

In an exclusive 90-second clip shot from the cab of a UK-bound truck, dozens of migrants can be seen running along the hard shoulder of the A16 motorway leading to Calais.

Several trucks are forced to a halt as a burning tree blocks their route. A club-waiving mob then try to clamber into the back of the lorries.

The Polish driver films the mayhem as he puts his hazard lights on and bravely runs the gauntlet.

The distressing scenes are yet more evidence of the carnage that has unfolded since several hundred migrants returned to the area just six months after the notorious "Jungle" camp was demolished. ...

Dozens of European hauliers have refused to travel the route because reaching the port has become so dangerous.
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Immigration abroad – refugees, European Union
EU targets Poland, Hungary and Czechs for not taking refugees
BBC, 13 June 2017.

The EU has begun legal action against against Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic for refusing to accept refugees under a 2015 solidarity plan.

Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said the three countries had ignored "repeated calls" from the EU's executive to take their share.

Only 20,869 of the 160,000 refugees have so far been relocated in the EU.

The three states could be referred to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and eventually face heavy fines. ...

EU countries agreed to relocate 160,000 asylum-seekers between them - though Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary voted against accepting mandatory quotas. Hungary and Slovakia challenged the quota last month in the ECJ.

While the UK and Ireland were exempt from the original 2015 proposal, Poland's previous government backed the plan, although its current Eurosceptic administration has since rejected it.

The Czech Republic has accepted only 12 of the 2,000 it had been designated, while Hungary and Poland have received none. ...

The quotas were based on the size and wealth of each country, but Austria and Denmark have so far not taken in any refugees either.
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Immigration abroad – Italy
Don't send more migrants, Rome mayor tells Italy's government
BBC, 13 June 2017.

The mayor of Rome, who is from the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, has asked Italy's government not to send more migrants to the city.

Virginia Raggi said more arrivals could exacerbate social tension. ...

More than 500,000 people have arrived by boat since 2014. Nearly 200,000 are being housed in centres across the country. ...

The interior ministry has asked all Italian municipalities to find space for an expected 250,000 new migrants this year, up from about 180,000 last year. ...

About half of Italians do not want the country to take in more people, pollster Renato Mannheimer told Reuters news agency. ...

An estimated 40% of the migrants in Italy have a valid claim to asylum or leave to remain on humanitarian grounds, AFP news agency reported.

The others are deemed to be illegal economic migrants and face deportation, but this can be difficult to arrange in practice because their countries of origin sometimes refuse to take them back.
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Multiculturalism – Muslim integration
Manchester attack brings Muslim integration into focus
Andy Bounds and Chris Tighe
Financial Times, 12 June 2017.

Since last month's suicide bombing in Manchester, Britain's northern capital is facing tough questions about the growing division between its diverse communities.

Manchester's Muslims were quick to distance themselves from Salman Abedi, the bomber, who was well known to the Libyan community in the city and attended the Didsbury mosque with his father.

But Amina Lone, a local politician in the inner city area of Hulme, said the loudest voices in the Muslim community continued to be conservative and opposed to integration with the secular liberal society around them.

A Labour party councillor whose parents come from Kashmir, Ms Lone said there was a "silent majority of Muslims" who were nervous of offending religious leaders.

"Separation is an issue. We have allowed the extremists space... They use our liberal values to push their extremism. Why are we tolerating it? Many Muslim countries do not."

The state should be much tougher about dictating liberal values, particularly female equality, she said. "Why are we allowing Muslim parents to take their children out of [gym] lessons at 8 or 9 years old? If that was a white working class kid we would be involving social services.

"I have been to Labour party meetings where there is a men's section and a women's section. We should not have segregated public meetings."

She believes the teachings of some mosques have resulted in some young Muslims becoming more conservative than their parents. ...

Suresh, a Hindu from North Manchester, said a strident form of Islam had emerged that was absent when he grew up among Muslims in north Manchester in the 1970s and 1980s.

"I didn't see any ladies with headscarves when I was growing up. It has got a lot more conservative. Integration is going backwards with faith schools. I want my kids to be inclusive." ...

Another factor is "majority withdrawal", said Eric Kaufmann, professor of politics at Birkbeck College. White British people tend to leave areas where the immigrant population is growing, leaving schools to become less ethnically diverse.

A report for the Open Democracy campaign group last year said that UK cities were becoming more polarised. Research by the Integration Hub, which tracks population change, found that while non-whites spread widely across the country between 2001-11, they had also become more concentrated.

In 2011, more than 41 per cent of non-white ethnic minority people in Britain lived in wards where less than half of the population was white, up from only 25 per cent in 2001. "In 2001, 119 wards out of 8,800 were majority non-white while in 2011, 429 were majority non-white out of 8,570," it reported.

In 1991, none of Manchester's 32 wards had a non-white British majority. By 2011, eight did.
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Immigration abroad – asylum, Germany, European Union
EU countries refusing to take refugees from Germany: report
Cynthia Kroet
Politico, 12 June 2017.

European countries failed to take back from Germany tens of thousands of refugees who have to claim asylum in the country where they first entered the EU, government figures requested by the far-left Die Linke party show.

Under the Dublin Regulation, migrants must claim asylum in the first EU country they enter. If they apply for asylum in another country, they can be returned to their first port of call.

From the beginning of 2016 until March this year, Germany has asked countries in the bloc to take back 72,321 migrants, but only 5,321 of them were accepted, BILD reported Monday.

In May, some 14,973 asylum seekers were registered in Germany, up from 11,952 in April. Most of them came from Syria, Iraq and Eritrea, according to figures from the interior ministry.

In the first five months of 2017, a total of 77,148 asylum seekers were registered in Germany.
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Immigration abroad – Mediterranean, Italy
Some 3,000 African Migrants Arrive in Italy, Amid Growing Tensions Between Libya and NGOs
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
Breitbart, 12 June 2017.

Between Saturday and Sunday, some 2,850 African migrants were shuttled to Italy in 23 different rescue operations carried out by the Italian Coast Guard and various NGOs.

Eleven different rescue operations were carried out Saturday, resulting in a total of some 1,200 migrants being brought to Italian shores, while on Sunday another 1.650 more were added to their number in the course of 12 different interventions.

The operations took place amid a brewing conflict between the Libyan Navy and various NGOs. On Sunday, the Navy announced it had driven a number of NGO vessels out of Libya's territorial waters and Admiral Ayob Amr Ghasem denounced the behavior of certain humanitarian organizations, which he accused of lying in wait for the migrant boats to arrive, perhaps because they had been informed by human traffickers of their arrival.
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Politics – Labour Party
What drove Labour's success? A tough line on immigration, and an appeal to the middle class
Helen Lewis
New Statesman, 12 June 2017.

In 2015, Ed Miliband alienated many on the left with his "racist mug" (which outlined Labour policies including "controls on immigration"). The vote to leave the EU gave Corbyn an absolute gift, as he went into the election promising the most right-wing Labour policy on immigration in more than 30 years. The subject, which was one of the top concerns last year and in 2015, melted away this year and canvassers from many different types of seats say it was rarely raised on the doorsteps. Both traditional working class Labour voters and younger urban liberals felt the party was in the same place as them. However, as the argument moves on, Corbyn will have to answer a divisive question: by how much would you cut immigration?
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Immigration abroad – Denmark
Muslim Children in Denmark Torture Kittens. PETA Remains Silent...
Nichole Cooper
Louder with Crowder, 12 June 2017.

You know the look of joy on children's faces when they see a puppy or cuddly kitten? In the Muslim slums of Denmark, those looks of joy are replaced with sinister smiles of evil intent. Then the hurried retrieval of a serrated blade. Muslim youngins are finding great joy in chopping up furry beings. Not surprisingly, PETA has been uncharacteristically silent on the issue ...

"I've seen cats being played football with. I have seen cats with their legs torn off and their eyes gouged out. We see cats that have had their heads torn off, and ones that had skin ripped away, or had their legs and back broken."

This is how a women working with the Danish Animal Protection describes some of the horrible treatment of animals in the Muslim dominated area of Vollsmose, a suburb of Odense, the third largest city in Denmark.

"The worst thing I saw was a bunch of kittens crawling around with their bowels hanging out because they had their bellies cut open," she says.

"In Vollsmose, the degree of abuse for cats is worse than elsewhere in Denmark. It is usually children below ten years of age who abuse the animals," she says.
Ah, yes. While little Johnny is busy playing football, Mohammad Jr's favorite hobby is disemboweling, hacksawing, and using kittens for punting practice. ...
It is difficult for authorities to help the animals, since the area is very unsafe. When a volunteer from the Danish Animal Protection agency entered the area to save an abused cat, she was attacked by local residents of migrant backgrounds.


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Immigration – culture, Europe
A Masterly Look At Europe
Bruce Bawer
FrontPage Mag, 12 June 2017.

"Europe is committing suicide," writes Douglas Murray in the first sentence of his erudite, dispiriting, and indispensable new book, The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam. In words that I agree with but that put the matter in a way so stark that they even made me catch my breath, Murray predicts that "by the end of the lifespans of most people currently alive Europe will not be Europe and the peoples of Europe will have lost the only place the world we had to call home." This cataclysm, in Murray's view, has two causes: mass immigration and Europeans' loss of faith in European "beliefs, traditions and legitimacy." ...

Meanwhile, slightly different versions of the same tragedy (or farce?) were being played out across northwestern Europe. Everywhere, the natives were lied to by their politicians and media: the scale of immigration, they were told, was far lower than widely believed; their country had always been "a nation of immigrants"; immigrants represented a net economic asset; crime statistics were inflated; and, naturally, Islam was a religion of peace. Those who criticized immigration – because they saw their culture disappearing, their secular democracy challenged, their taxes going to support indolent, criminal aliens, and their own access to housing and schools cut off by policies that favored foreigners – were called racists and nationalists, were accused of being fixated on skin color, and were ridiculed for failing to have a sophisticated enough appreciation of the value of cultural diversity. ...

Even as Murray investigates the existential guilt and ennui that enable Western Europeans to buckle under to Islam, he puzzles over the fact that these phenomena are mostly absent in the former Iron Curtain countries. Under Communism, Eastern Europeans retained the "tragic sense of life" that many Western Europeans had long since lost; later, freed from Soviet despotism, they joined the EU only to find themselves being ordered around again – this time, being commanded to open their borders to what they, if not their Western European counterparts, recognized quite clearly as tyranny (though in a form different from the tyranny they had lived under). To these EU diktats they said no, in thunder. Murray ponders at some length, and with no little eloquence, the possible reasons why Western and Eastern Europeans differ so dramatically in this regard. ...

Murray, then, covers a lot of turf, always with knowledge and insight. /.../ There are outrageous quotes, such as the one from former Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, who a couple of years ago actually told his people, in a televised speech, that they were themselves uninteresting and that the nation handed down by their forebears for generation after generation belonged more properly to the masses who were currently pouring in from the Muslim world. ...

... More than any other book with which I am familiar, The Strange Death of Europe provides a rich, comprehensive, and haunting portrait of a continent in extremis and an astute, thoroughly credible diagnosis of the social, psychological, and cultural afflictions that have led it to this hour of crisis.
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Immigration abroad – Mediterranean, Europe
Charities 'pay people traffickers': Libyan coastguard's astonishing claim... cash handed to criminal gangs so they 'deliver' refugees
Barbara Jones
Mail on Sunday, 11 June 2017.

Refugee charities are paying people smugglers to ferry migrants to their rescue boats patrolling off Libya, it was claimed last night.

A senior Libyan coastguard official told The Mail on Sunday he had evidence that aid agencies were stumping up cash for migrants desperate to reach Europe but who cannot afford to pay ruthless traffickers.

Colonel Tarek Shanboor said he had obtained bank details and phone records that proved the charities were making payments to criminal gangs who have put hundreds of thousands of migrants into unseaworthy boats – leading to thousands of deaths each year.

His claim will raise concern because there have long been fears that Islamic extremists could be among the migrants.

Charities patrolling off northern Africa claim they are only there to rescue migrants.

But Colonel Shanboor said aid agencies were now encouraging more and more migrants to make the perilous trip. He claimed he had handed evidence of collusion between charities and traffickers to EU border security officials in Brussels, though he refused to go into detail. ...

Col Shanboor's extraordinary accusation comes just months after an internal EU report revealed charity officials in boats were in direct contact with migrant vessels and even gave them precise directions to find rescue vessels. ...

Last night, charities operating in the central Mediterranean all denied claims they had any contact with smugglers and dismissed suggestions of payment.
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Immigration abroad – Mediterranean, Europe
Nearly 1,000 migrants leave Libya bound for Europe in just 24 hours... but where is the EU?
Zoie O'Brien
Sunday Express, 11 June 2017.

Mayhem broke out in the Mediterranean on Friday as more than 900 migrants set off from Libya to reach Europe in just 24 hours.

Desperate men, women and children from across Africa and the Middle East launched from the Libyan coast in five separate boats to escape hardship in their homeland. ...

The first rescues took place late Thursday when 130 people were saved by Vos Prudence, a rescue ship run by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

The same ship made another rescue at 5.30am on Friday when 136 were taken aboard. ...

Charities and NGOs rushed to the scene to prevent mass panic and death, while officials from the EU – who vowed to stop dangerous crossing – were nowhere to be seen, nor was the coastguard awarded £78 miliion for the job. ...

Thousands of crossings are expected in the coming months with estimates for the numbers reaching Italy hitting 500,000 for 2017.

Some experts believe crossings could hit more than 6,000 per day, while the EU is attempting to stop crossings, keeping people in Libya where rape, torture and murder are daily occurrences and a black slave market is active for Arab families.
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Diversity – London
London police chief: Attack victims show city's diversity
MailOnline / Associated Press, 11 June 2017.

The commissioner of London's Metropolitan Police says the nationalities of the eight victims in the terrorist attack on London Bridge tell a proud story of London's unique makeup.

"It's desperately sad and poignant but among those who died is someone who's British, there are French, Australian, Canadian, Spanish," Cressida Dick told The Associated Press in an interview Saturday.

"In terms of our witnesses that we've spoken to so far, out of the 300-odd people, there are about 20 different countries of origin. And the London British population comes from all kinds of backgrounds and every kind of faith and ethnicity."

She said longtime Londoners value this international aspect of the British capital.

"We believe of course that that's what makes our city so great," she said. "It's a place where the vast majority of time it's incredibly integrated and that diversity gives us strength."
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Diversity – MPs
More black and minority ethnic MPs than ever, despite slow progress
Henry Bodkin
Sunday Telegraph, 11 June 2017.

The general election has returned more black and minority ethnic MPs than ever before, however critics have lamented the "glacial" pace of change.

The House of commons now has 52 BME MPs, amounting to eight per cent of seats, a two per cent increase on 2015. ...

While both Labour and the Conservatives have adopted official programmes to increase their proportion of women candidates, the drive to boost BME representation has been less formal and driven from the parties' head offices, said Dr Jennifer Hudson, from the Constitution Unit at University College London.

She said the snap election meant political parties had been better able to imposed BME candidates on local party associations in 2017.

Labour has the most BME MPs - 32 - with the Conservatives second with 19. ...

The Sikh community is also celebrating the election of Britain's first turban-wearing MP, as well as the first female Sikh MP, after Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi and Preet Kaur Gill were both successful for Labour.
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Terrorism – women, Islam
ISIS 'sisters' will be Britain's next terror threat, warns undercover TV journalist who filmed London Bridge killer for Channel 4
Mail on Sunday, 11 June 2017.

When I saw the face of Khuram Butt staring out of the newspapers at me last week, after he was named as one of the three London Bridge killers, I was deeply shocked.

It took me back to the day nearly two years ago when I filmed him with a hidden camera as he protested, clad in headdress and robe, outside Regent's Park Mosque in London.

We had gone undercover to make a Dispatches documentary for Channel 4, focusing not on Butt and his fellow Islamists but on a less obvious group – the 'sisters', the women who share their twisted views. Unlike their male counterparts, the women only ever express these views behind closed doors or online.

Now my greatest fear is that one of those women I watched being brainwashed – or, even worse, one of the children who ran around playing as the hate-filled rants were delivered – might go on to murder innocent people as Butt did.

I didn't pay much attention to him that day in July 2015 as he handed out extremist leaflets to worshippers leaving Friday prayers, but last week's events made me recall the vile propaganda he was peddling – in the same manner as the women, as I would discover.

They were part of banned terror group Al-Muhajiroun in all but name. Its former leader, Anjem Choudary, had just been arrested, and is now serving a prison sentence for urging support of Islamic State.

But his followers continued their 'work' without him – and no doubt still do now. What's more, the woman leading the 'sisters', is Choudary's wife, Rubana Akhtar. ...

What I witnessed there convinced me that the stereotypical image of jihadis as young men needs to be adjusted, because the women were equally virulent in their views.

The hatred toward non-believers runs deep in this politicised version of Islam. The women believe that the self-declared Islamic State is the true caliphate. In essence, they are swearing their allegiance to IS, which has declared a war on British and Western society.
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Immigration abroad – multiculturalism, Muslims hating Jews, Europe
TV film on migrant Muslims' hate of Europe's Jews axed
Bojan Pancevski
Sunday Times, 11 June 2017.

European broadcasters have been accused of censorship after refusing to air a documentary highlighting anti-semitism in Muslim migrant communities.

The film, Chosen and Excluded – The Hate for Jews in Europe, depicts the plight of Jewish people suffering violence at the hands of their Muslim neighbours in cities such as Paris.

The Franco-German broadcaster Arte and WDR, a German public broadcaster, shelved the film, saying it had failed to offer a "multi-perspective" approach and lacked reporting from European countries.

This was in defiance of experts who had been commissioned to evaluate the film and who praised it, calling for its release.
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Multiculturalism – Islam
Islamist broken windows
Michael Ayling
The Spectator Australia, 11 June 2017.

When Rudolph Giuliani was mayor of New York City, he took an approach to criminology called "Broken Windows", generating respect for the law by prosecuting the smallest infractions.

Focusing only on major crime and tolerating petty crime and vandalism, a culture of disrespect for the law and those who enforce it developed, lead to more and more serious crime, according to Giuliani's thought. The Broken Windows policy was a resounding success – New York hasn't been a byword for rampant crime for nearly twenty years now – and so it can be with community-based activist Islamism.

... Because as with crime in the bad old days of New York City, until now we have tolerated just about anything up to actual loss of life from terrorism. ...

The root cause of creeping tolerance of Islamist utterances is our own lack of cultural self-respect, itself born out of self-effacing good manners mixed with postmodern relativism.

Faced with an unwillingness even to take our own position in an argument, Islamists smell victory. With every small win, comes a new demand, with their explicitly stated goal of total subservience to their world view always hanging in the background.

In any counter-insurgency operation, not only must the ruthlessness of the jihadists' leadership be matched, but the ideology of Islamism – defined as the effort to impose any form of Islam over others – must also be challenged at every step.

Part of that process should include a polite refusal to make any accommodation on the basis of religious demands in the secular space. ...

It's a matter of believing in what we stand for, knowing deep down that we do already treat people with respect. It means holding fast to the reality that we are a very tolerant and open people, but that tolerance has its limits, and then quietly enforcing those limits. If we lack self-belief in our own civilisation, why should we expect others to respect it?
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Terrorism – Republic of Ireland
Irish ex-radical says 150 extremists operating here
Joyce Fegan
Irish Examiner, 10 June 2017.

An Irishwoman who converted to Islam and became radicalised in Britain claims there are 150 extremists operating in Ireland.

Aaliyah, 26, whose name was Marcella before she converted to Islam aged 18, associated with the group of London attacker Khuram Butt and hate preacher Anjem Choudary in Britain.

Choudary is the British Islamist social and political activist convicted of inviting support for a proscribed organisation, Islamic State of Iraq. He was sentenced to five years and six months in prison in 2016.

She was engaged to one of their associates for eight months and claims that not only did London terrorist Rachid Redouane spend time in Ireland but so too did Butt. ...

Aaliyah, who has now been deradicalised, ceased contact with these extremists in September 2016. ...

"There are definitely more than 150 [extremists living in Ireland], easily," she said.

"They own properties in some places. I know a lot of them came here to apply for visas and stuff like that." ...

Aaliyah said once she was married it was expected she would bear children for the purpose of engaging in terrorist attacks.

She said they laughed about the accessibility of Ireland.

"They used to laugh about Belfast, that you could fly from any airport in the United Kingdom to Belfast and they didn't check any documents," she said. "They just easily let them in."
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Immigration abroad – Mediterranean, Europe
Refugee rescue ships not acting as 'pull factor' or 'colluding with people smugglers', report finds
Lizzie Dearden
Independent, 10 June 2017.

Humanitarian ships rescuing refugees in the Mediterranean Sea are not acting as a "pull factor" driving increasing refugee boat crossings or "colluding" with smugglers, research has found.

A report by the Forensic Oceanography department at Goldsmiths, University of London, rejected a "toxic narrative" seeking to blame NGOs for the worsening crisis.

Experts dismantled allegations made by agencies such as Frontex and leading European politicians, who claimed charities were encouraging smugglers to use more dangerous tactics on the treacherous passage between Libya and Italy.

The Blaming the Rescuers report's author, Lorenzo Pezzani, said: "The evidence simply does not support the idea that rescues by NGOs are to blame for an increase in migrants crossing.

"The argument against NGOs deliberately ignores the worsening economic and political crisis across several regions in Africa that has driven up the numbers of crossings in 2016.

"The violence against migrants in Libya is so extreme that they attempt the sea crossing with or without search and rescue being available." ...

Researchers found no evidence that the rocketing figures – 181,500 migrants were rescued and taken to Italy in 2016 – were caused by humanitarian search-and-rescue missions. ...

As evidence, it pointed to increased migrant boats on routes that were not patrolled by rescue ships, including a 46 per cent spike in crossings from Morocco.

The report also examined accusations that rescue groups are "helping criminals", finding no evidence of the allegations after reviewing official documents, statistics, qualitative interviews, photographs and maps. ...

The Italian parliament has also launched a fact-finding mission into the issue, which is hearing evidence from law-enforcement agencies and aid workers. ...

A recent Oxford University study also found rescues have "little or no effect on the number of arrivals", while research by the Unravelling the Mediterranean Migration Crisis project found European policy on the refuge crisis had been an "absolute failure". ...

More than 61,000 migrants have arrived in Italy so far this year and 7,600 in Greece, mostly from Nigeria, Bangladesh, Syria and sub-Saharan African nations.
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Immigration abroad – population, Islam, Pakistan
Three men, 96 children: Pakistan's population booms
France 24, 10 June 2017.

Three men who have fathered nearly 100 children among them are doing their bit for Pakistan's skyrocketing population, which is being counted for the first time in 19 years.

But in a country where experts warn the surging populace is gouging into hard-won economic gains and social services, the three patriarchs are unconcerned. Allah, they say, will provide.

Pakistan has the highest birth rate in South Asia at around three children per woman, according to the World Bank and government figures, and the census is expected to show that growth remains high.

"God has created the entire universe and all human beings, so why should I stop the natural process of a baby's birth?" asks Gulzar Khan, a father of 36, citing one of the strongest influences in the region: the belief that Islam prevents family planning.

Tribal enmity is another factor in the northwest, where the 57-year-old lives in the city of Bannu with his third wife, who is pregnant. ...

Polygamy is legal but rare in Pakistan, and families like Khan's are not the norm, though the beliefs he holds are widespread.

The last census, held in 1998, showed Pakistan had a population of up to 135 million. Estimates suggest the new census – carried out earlier this year, with the preliminary results due by the end of July – will put the figure closer to 200 million. ...

Khan's brother, Mastan Khan Wazir – one of his 15 siblings – also has three wives. So far, Wazir has only fathered 22 children but, like his brother, he says his grandchildren are too numerous to count. ...

In the southwestern city of Quetta in Balochistan province, Jan Mohammed – the father of 38 children – agrees, despite having previously called on the government to provide resources for his family.

Jan spoke with AFP in 2016 to voice his desire for a fourth wife as he continues his mission of having 100 children. No woman has yet agreed, he says, but he has not given up.

"The more Muslims grow, the more their enemies will fear them... Muslims should go for more and more children," he said.
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Immigration – EU immigrants
UK poised to let one million EU temporary migrants stay after Brexit
Peter Foster
Daily Telegraph, 9 June 2017.

Britain is preparing to grant nearly a million EU citizens the right to remain in the UK even though they have not achieved the five-year residency qualification as part of plans to kick-start Brexit negotiations, the Telegraph can reveal.

The proposal is part of a "generous" package of measures that will offer to guarantee the rights of all the 3m European Union citizens currently in the UK and build positive momentum in the coming talks that could begin as early as June 19.

Cabinet ministers are expected to debate the measures next week as they make final preparations for talks in Brussels where the fate of British and EU expats on both sides of the Channel will be top of the agenda.

Official sources added that the UK will offer to grant EU citizens "full equivalence" with the rights of UK citizens after Brexit Day at the end of March 2019.

In a third olive branch to Brussels, the UK is also preparing to create a "light touch" approach to establishing whether EU citizens are eligible to remain in the UK in a bid to alleviate the EU's concerns over a "hostile" Home Office immigration bureaucracy. ...

To make things even easier for EU migrants affected by Brexit, sources said that a new system would rely on HMRC tax databases in order to establish if someone has been resident much more rapidly and easily.

This would go a long way to meeting the EU demand that EU migrants in Britain should be given residence after Brexit even if they do not actually have documents "evidencing that right".

The Telegraph also understands - subject to political decision to be taken by the new government - that Britain is prepared to compromise over the so-called 'cut off date' when EU citizens should be eligible for full rights. ...

Whatever date is finally agreed upon, figures from the Oxford-based Migration Observatory estimate that there are some 975,000 EU migrants who will be in the UK who have not met the five-year residency test. Even so, this group will be allowed to remain under the plans.
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Terrorism – welfare benefits
London Bridge terror ringleader funded by benefits after mentor ordered him to claim 'Jihad Seeker's Allowance'
Robert Mendick, Ben Farmer and Hayley Dixon
Daily Telegraph, 9 June 2017.

The London Bridge ringleader heeded the call from a jailed Islamist cleric to use Britain's benefits system to fund the terror attack.

Khuram Butt was claiming Jobseeker's Allowance as well as other benefits in the run up to Saturday's attack, The Daily Telegraph has learnt. In effect, the taxpayer was bankrolling Butt as he plotted the massacre at London Bridge and Borough Market in which eight people were murdered.

Butt's mentor – the preacher Anjem Choudary – had repeatedly exhorted his followers to exploit the welfare system. Choudary, who was jailed in September for five and a half years for terrorism offences, even coined the phrase "Jihad Seeker's Allowance".

Butt is understood to have been looking for work since being fired from London Underground last October, entitling him to Jobseeker's Allowance of about £300 a month. Butt, according to reports, had been sacked for poor timekeeping. He also received Jobseeker's Allowance for over a year after leaving a job at KFC and before taking up the post with London Underground.

Furthermore, Butt was being paid housing benefit for his council-owned flat in Barking as well as child benefit.
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Diversity – New Sikh MPs
UK Elections: Historic Day for New Sikh MPs as Labour Fights Back
Kamalpreet Kaur
The Quint, 9 June 2017.

Tanmanjit Singh Dhesi has made history by becoming the first turbaned Sikh to have been elected as a Member of Parliament to the House of Commons in Britain. He won from Slough constituency as a Labour candidate ...

"Bole So Nihal, Sat Sri Akal", the Sikh call of victory reverberates at the counting station for Birmingham Edgbaston, where dressed in red top and a black suit, a beaming Preet Gill accepts her victory with an enthusiastic team of Labour supporters and becomes the first Sikh woman to be elected to the British Parliament. ...

Meanwhile, it's Bhangra time in Ealing Southall, with Virendra Sharma retaining his constituency seat for the Labour Party for yet another term ...

Hugs, smiles and handshakes abound for Seema Malhotra as the returning officer for Feltham and Heston announces her victory. She has retained her seat for the Labour Party. The losing Tory candidate is also a Punjabi, Sameer Jassal, who lost by over 15,000 votes.
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Immigration abroad – crime, Germany
Migrant Crime in Germany The Lost Sons of North Africa
Fiona Ehlers, Katrin Elger, Jan Friedmann, Annette Großbongardt, Wolf Wiedmann-Schmidt and Steffen Winter
Spiegel, 9 June 2017.

No other group of foreigners has fallen into disrepute in Germany in recent years as much as young men from Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria. In 2016, only 2.4 percent of asylum seekers came from these North African countries, and yet 11 percent of immigrants suspected of committing a crime are from the Maghreb region. In Cologne, random samples showed that in 2015, more than 40 percent of migrants from the Maghreb committed robbery or theft within the first year of their arrival, says criminal division chief Thomas Schulte, who headed the investigations after the 2015/2016 New Year's Eve assaults on women in Cologne.

It was that traumatic night that permanently altered Germany's view of the refugees, hundreds of thousands of whom had arrived in the country in the months prior. ...

In Cologne and Düsseldorf, in particular, law enforcement has been struggling with criminals from Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia for years, with police having investigated 400 suspects from the Maghreb region in 2016 alone. Recently, though, it has become clear how many North Africans commit offenses elsewhere as well. In Saxony, most migrant repeat offenders are from one of the Maghreb countries and North Africans dominate the drug trade in the neighborhood surrounding the Frankfurt train station. In the southwestern city of Karlsruhe, a group of migrants committed so many robberies in such a short amount of time that local authorities formed a task force focusing on migrant repeat offenders, with many of the suspects having come from the North African coast. ...

... In fact, only 660 Algerians, Moroccans and Tunisians were deported in 2016, even though deportation orders had been issued for close to 9,000 of them. ...

... Many North Africans have destroyed their papers, some have gone into hiding, and their native countries have proven uncooperative.

Germany's police officers and authorities have been, in many respects, overwhelmed by the criminals from the lower classes of Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria. The young men often have a criminal record when they arrive in Germany, after having been street thieves or drug dealers in cities like Casablanca and Algiers. ...

... They often use false identities, refuse to cooperate during interrogations and rarely exhibit remorse, Schulte says, adding: "This reveals a high degree of contempt for our legal system."
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Border controls – crime
Judge hits out at border controls after alleged mastermind of Britain's biggest ever banking fraud flees despite no passport
Daily Telegraph, 8 June 2017.

A judge has hit out at UK border controls after a tycoon suspected of masterminding Britain's biggest ever banking fraud was able to flee to Pakistan despite having no passport and whilst wearing an electronic tag.

Multi-millionaire Shaid Luqman, 48, flew out of Manchester Airport in 2011 - along with millions of pounds in allegedly stolen cash - after he left a trail of debt over the collapse of his £300m business empire.

Although his British and Pakistani passports had been confiscated and he was subsequently hauled into court for fraudulently attempting to get another one, Luqman - known as "Lucky" - sneaked passed airport security officials just two weeks after he was tagged and given a suspended jail term.

Despite a warrant being issued for his arrest, he remains on the run six years later and is apparently living the high life - having brazenly opened a shopping mall in Lahore, started his own fashion boutique and appeared in series of glossy magazine photo shoots.

This week Judge Angela Nield expressed surprise at how Luqman was able to escape during a review hearing over the arrest warrant in which no mention was made as to whether the authorities had made any progress in bringing Luqman back to the UK to face justice. Britain does not have an extradition treaty with Pakistan. ...

Luqman's younger brother, Waheed, is also said to be in Paksitan and is also wanted by police in the UK having been jailed for seven-and-a-half years in his absence for fraud in January 2013.
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Immigration abroad – migrant smugglers, Europe
Migrant smugglers earning £400,000 EACH BOAT for horrifying crossings to Italy
Zoie O'Brien
Daily Express, 8 June 2017.

Migrant smugglers in the Mediterranean are making as much as £400,000 per boat as thousands attempt to reach European Union nations from Africa.

Makeshift rafts, ramshackle boats and rubber vessels packed with people from all over Africa are being rescued from the sea every day.

The European Union insists it is doing all it can to prevent crossings.

Under the Malta Declaration signed early in 2017, the bloc agreed to pay the Libyan coastguard to stop boats launching from the beaches.

However, £78 million later and after weeks of training, desperate men, women and children hoping to seek asylum in Europe are still making they way towards Italy.
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Terrorism – Islam
Is enough enough? Then let's start deporting Muslim extremists
Rod Liddle
The Spectator, 10 June 2017.

She could have done this. There are hundreds of people identified by the security services as being 'of special interest' because of their patent and frequently expressed wish to kill us all. Deport all of them who were not born in Britain – kick them out. The lot. Those who are British citizens should be kept under the equivalent of house arrest and jailed if they transgress the terms of that house arrest.

Of the other 20,000 who are 'of interest' to the security services, deport all those who are not British-born. Do not let people who have been fighting for Isis in Syria and Iraq back into the UK. Close down Islamic schools. If Muslims want to send their kids to Islamic schools, let them do so in Bangladesh or Qatar, not here. We are not yet an Islamic country.

And start investigating the mosques with a bit more rigour. How about that?
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Terrorism – Islam
After five centuries, religious war has returned to Britain
Tom Holland
The Spectator, 10 June 2017.

When, for instance, in her speech after the London Bridge attacks, Theresa May decried as a perversion of Islam any notion that it might be incompatible with Western concepts of human rights, she had things precisely the wrong way round. ...

And yet, for all that, it is clear that the legacy of Islamic supremacism, deriving as it does from both the Quran and sayings of Mohammed, still has a potent and seductive appeal. ...

We are witnessing a civil war within Islam and the three men who brought

carnage to Borough Market last Saturday did not see themselves as murderers, but rather as warriors. They imagined that they had been divinely summoned – just as Mohammed had been – to the overthrow of kufr: unbelief.

No laws, no increase in police numbers, no boost to the powers of the security services can adequately patrol such ideas. Only by directly confronting these beliefs do we have even the faintest prospect of diminishing their potency. To do that, though, will first require acknowledging what Isis and their cohorts in the West actually embody: a strain of Islam that has its roots deep in the past, and which, as our most careful analyst of Isis, Shiraz Maher, has put it, 'believes in progression through regression'. To dismiss it, as Theresa May did, as 'a perversion of Islam' is not merely to close our eyes to the nature of the threat that it presents to Britain's future as a free society; it actively risks making it worse.

So as we begin the inevitable discussion about what to do next, the first step ought to be a fairly basic one: recognise the problem.
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Multiculturalism – integration
[Integration]
Andrew Blain
Daily Telegraph, 8 June 2017.
[Letter to the Editor]

Only do-gooders and politicians who think they have a duty to tell us how to live really want integration.

The rest of us much prefer to live with people like us. When I lived in London, large numbers of Polish ex-servicemen settled in Ealing at the end of the Second World War. Then, under Labour in the Fifties, came the large-scale immigration of Caribbean people, who lived largely in Notting Hill Gate and Brixton. ...

Similarly, many orthodox Jews prefer Stamford Hill, while affluent Asian businessmen prefer Wembley. Even Britons who emigrate live close to each other in, say, the Dordogne or fairly tightly drawn areas of southern Spain.

Integration, rather like socialism, is fine as a theory but simply not acceptable to the majority in practice.
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Emigration – World
Number of Potential Migrants Worldwide Tops 700 Million
Neli Esipova, Julie Ray and Anita Pugliese
Gallup, 8 June 2017.

After cooling off in the wake of the Great Recession, worldwide, people's desire to migrate permanently to another country showed signs of rebounding between 2013 and 2016. Gallup found 14% of the world's adults – which translates to nearly 710 million people – saying they would like to move to another country if they had the opportunity. ...

Gallup's latest findings on adults' desire to move to other countries are based on a rolling average of interviews with 586,806 adults in 156 countries between 2013 and 2016. ...

... And in sub-Saharan Africa, where residents remain the most likely worldwide to express the desire to migrate permanently, desire hovered near 30%. ...

The U.S. continues to be the most desired destination country for potential migrants, as it has since Gallup started tracking these patterns a decade ago. One in five potential migrants (21%) – or about 147 million adults worldwide – name the U.S. as their desired future residence. Germany, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Australia and Saudi Arabia appeal to at least 25 million adults each. ...

The United Kingdom, on the other hand, lost some of its appeal as a desired destination, as immigration became one of the driving forces behind the country's eventual "Brexit" in mid-2016. Approximately 35 million potential migrants named the United Kingdom as a desired destination between 2013 and 2016, down from about 43 million between 2010 and 2012.
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Immigration abroad – digital data, Europe
Digital Footprints Paint an Eerily Accurate Picture of Europe's Refugees
George Dvorsky
Gizmodo, 8 June 2017.

Using search data collected by Google, researchers at the Pew Research Center have reconstructed the journeys taken by refugees flowing into Europe from the Middle East. ...

In 2015 and 2016, some 2.5 million refugees left Syria and Iraq in search of asylum in the European Union, Norway, and Switzerland. A good portion of these migrants had smartphones, which they used to access maps, locate safe and open border crossings, source details about their destination, and seek travel advice from social media. By doing so – and completely unbeknownst to them – the refugees left a trail of digital breadcrumbs behind them that would eventually be used by the Pew Research Center to recreate their journey in startling detail.

... The resulting Pew report, titled "The Digital Footprint of Europe's Refugees," was published earlier today. ...

When comparing search terms to migration data collected by government authorities, the researchers came up with several interesting correlations. For example, Google searches in Arabic for the word "Greece" mirrored fluctuations in the number of refugees crossing the Aegean Sea to Greece. And by matching the search term "smuggler" with "Greece," the researchers were able to determine how the migrants planned their journeys. ...

Revealingly, Arabic-language searches for "Greece" from within Turkey reached a peak in August 2015, and exactly two months later, the volume of migrants arriving in Greece also peaked. ...

The search patterns also closely mirrored asylum applications once the refugees were in Europe. ...

... This technique certainly helps during after-the-fact analyses like this one, but it could conceivably be used by government agencies or other groups to track the movements of refugees in real-time.
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Immigration abroad – welfare state, Sweden
A new Scandi model: Immigration is changing the Swedish welfare state
The Economist, 8 June 2017.

... But it touched on a real problem: large-scale immigration is putting a strain on Sweden's welfare system. ...

... But the influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and elsewhere in 2015 has put huge extra pressure on the system. To cope, Sweden needs to reform benefits, build more houses and boost the number of doctors and teachers outside big cities. If it does not, the country will struggle to absorb so many culturally dissimilar migrants – and anti-immigrant views may become mainstream.

The government, led by the Social Democrats, has made a few tweaks to the welfare state. ...

For decades Sweden consciously tried to get rid of low-skilled service jobs, says Karin Svanborg-Sjovall, of Timbro, a free-market think-tank. "We are fanatics about equality here," she says. These jobs now need to come back to help newcomers. ...

Swedes are generally more sanguine than other Europeans about immigration. But a survey from the University of Gothenburg finds that the issue has become more fraught. Research by Clara Sandelind for Demos, a British think-tank, shows that talk of "Swedish values" is on the rise: they were mentioned 1,600 times in newspapers and blogs last year, up from 286 times in 2012. A recent poll put support for the Sweden Democrats at 24%, almost double their share of the vote in 2014.
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Terrorism
London attacker Rachid Redouane refused UK asylum in 2009
Ben Farmer, Adam Nathan and Harry Yorke
Daily Telegraph, 7 June 2017.

One of the London terrorists was refused asylum to in the UK, but was apparently able to continue living in the country.

Rachid Redouane's plea for asylum was rejected in 2009, but he is believed to have remained in the country before going on to live in Ireland three years later.

Once there, he married his British girlfriend and was granted a European Union residence card that allowed him to apply for a permit to remain in Britain when he left Ireland. ...

Redouane was Morocco-born, but had a Libyan father and obtained a fake Libyan passport while the country was in turmoil after Col Gaddafi was toppled, the sources said.

While in the country, he is believed to have fought with the Tripoli-based Liwa al Ummah unit. After the revolution, the unit went on to send foreign fighters to join the jihad against Bashar al-Assad in Syria. Many of the Libyans who travelled went on to fight alongside Al-Qaeda extremists in Syria. ...

Redouane 30 is believed to have moved to the UK in 2006 and lived in Harrow, North West London.

He is thought to have had a series of kitchen jobs before moving to Manchester in 2009, the same year his asylum claim was rejected.

Redouane, who also used the name Rashid Elkhadar, moved to Ireland in 2012 and married his girlfriend, a care worker from Dagenham called Charisse O'Leary, in Dublin that November.

The pair lived in Rathmines area of Dublin and Redouane was granted an Irish ID card that allowed him to repeatedly travel back to the UK, before the couple eventually moved to Barking in east London. ...

It was reported last night that Redouane was also a follower of the banned al Muhajiroun extremist group, alongside the attack ringleader Khuram Butt.
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Diversity – general election candidates
At 56, Indian-origin candidates in UK polls hit new high
India Tribune, 7 June 2017.

If a record number of 10 Indian-origin candidates were elected to the British Parliament in 2015, the 2017 snap polls have an impressive number of 56 Indian-origin candidates contesting.

Defending comfortable margins are the Indian-origin veterans, including Priti Patel, Alok Sharma, Keith Vaz, Virendra Sharma and Shailesh Vara, all well-known MPs with sizeable majorities. Though Vaz was embroiled in a prostitution and drugs scandal last year, he is expected to retain his seat with a large majority.

Candidates to watch on the night are Paul Uppal, 49, Conservative nominee in Wolverhampton South West. He needs to overturn the 2015 majority of just 801 votes to return to the House of Commons as MP. It will be Labour candidate Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi's first time as MP if he manages to keep the Slough seat, held by Labour's Fiona Mactaggart since 1997. Another Sikh with chances of winning is Kuldip Singh Sahota, 66, a Labour local councilor contesting in Telford. A win in Birmingham Edgbaston will make Labour's Preet Kaur Gill the first Sikh woman MP in the House.

Among interesting debuts is Rohit Dasgupta's, who moved to the UK in 2009 from his native Kolkata. The Labour nominee is running in East Hampshire, a Tory safe seat. The five Indian-origin candidates standing for UKIP are not expected to win any seats as most party supporters are expected to vote Conservative. The Green Party is also not expected to take any seats. ...

Rakib Ehsan at Royal Holloway University who specializes in ethnic minority political attitudes, says that for British Indians, it's a two-party race between Labour and Tories. ...

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's criticism of Narendra Modi over the 2002 Gujarat riots and on Kashmir has also apparently created the impression that Corbyn was "promoting the victimization of Muslims in India," says Ehsan, noting that there's a "feeling that Labour is not taking Islamist extremism threat seriously as they're reliant on Muslim votes in inner cities."

British Indians are able to swing the vote in many marginal seats, he says, a view echoed by Jasvir Singh, founding chair of City Sikhs. "The ethnic minority vote is greater than the majority's in 50 of the most marginal seats and could make all the difference," Singh said.
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Immigration abroad – Muslims, Portugal
Portugal and Islam
Mike Konrad
American Thinker, 7 June 2017.

Spain is over 4% Muslim today, with almost 2 million Muslims. Portugal by contrast is roughly at 40,000 or so – and that number is taken from Islamic sources, which may be exaggerating – or 0.4% (charts can vary a bit). In absolute numbers, Portugal has 22% the population of Spain, yet only roughly one fiftieth (1/50th) the number of Muslims. This mean that Portugal has one of the lowest Muslim populations in Western Europe. Even Ireland has a higher percentage of Muslims.
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Terrorism – Islam
We must end the lie that Islam is a religion of peace
Jane Kelly
Conservative Woman, 7 June 2017.

The Islamic insurgency in Britain is now obvious, with fifty people crushed by a car on London Bridge or stabbed in their throats in a pub in Borough Market, that being the third attack in three months, it is impossible for anyone to deny it any longer. Five other planned attacks were foiled.

The war against us is now so obvious that even the Government has finally decided say something firm. This week Mrs May mounted the prime ministerial podium to tell a sad and dismayed public in her most headmistressy voice that: 'Enough is enough.' ...

The extent of the recent murders, with nearly 40 dead, mostly young people and children, and the cries of 'for Allah' from one of the killers has at last eroded a wilful obtuseness and denial. We are unlikely to hear Andy Burnham say now, as he did after the Manchester massacre, that he 'denies the concept of Islamic terrorism.'

On the BBC yesterday, one of the presenters opined that, 'the attacks are as much to do with Muslims as anyone else standing in the street.' That popular leftist view was refuted by Tariq Ramadan, a Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford. He even directed us to the root and impetus of the insurgency: Chapter 9 of the Koran, which commands Muslims to kill the Kuffir (non-Muslims). ...

... So where do we turn for solutions? Not the Church of England, which along with the Labour Party denied the existence of Islamic terrorism for as long as possible and is now silent on the matter. ...

There is obviously no chance that we can now restore our country to what it once was before most of us had ever heard of Islam, but most people can come up with some very real solutions to the current attacks. They are not that difficult.

End the lie that Islam is a religion of peace.

The Quran contains at least 109 verses that call Muslims to war with nonbelievers for the sake of Islamic rule. Some are quite graphic, with commands to chop off heads and fingers and kill infidels wherever they may be hiding. ...

The FO and Theresa May must abandon their deep dependence on Saudi Arabia.

Nadim Zahawi is not the only one to notice the pernicious tolerance of the Saudi version of Islam. In July 2013, Wahhabism was identified by the European Parliament in Strasbourg as the main source of global terrorism. It has become increasingly influential because of Saudi money and because of Saudi Arabia's central role as protector of Mecca. ...

In the 1970s, while most UK citizens were happily indifferent to religion of any kind, with the help of oil money, Saudi charities began to fund Wahhabi schools and mosques across the globe.

The US State Department under Obama estimated that over the past four decades Riyadh has invested more than £6 billion in charitable foundations in an attempt to replace mainstream Sunni Islam with the harsh intolerance of its Wahhabism. They also concluded that twenty per cent of that Saudi money had been diverted to Al-Qaeda and other violent jihadists. ...

The total sum of funding to our universities from Islamic sources was revealed by Anthony Glees, Director of Brunel University's Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies, in his paper, 'Degrees of Influence.' He says it is now the largest source of external funding.
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Terrorism – Islam
Stop Comparing the London Attacks to Freak Accidents and Natural Disasters
Michael Brendan Dougherty
National Review, 7 June 2017.

The pattern is by now familiar. Even as an Islamic terrorist killer's proclamations about Allah's will are still ringing in victims' ears, these individuals are already declaring that the true danger from the attack is an Islamophobic backlash, and that you're more likely to die by drowning in your own swimming pool than from a terrorist attack.

Do they know how callous that sounds? ...

Widespread sympathy for Islamic extremism can change the composition of a country's population. Look to France, where in 2014 more than one in six Muslims said they supported Islamic State. ...

The reason the subject changes so quickly from the people dying in the street to the potential victims of backlash is obvious. Islamist terror is politically inconvenient for advocates of mass migration from the Islamic world. To talk about it honestly might lead people to notice that the Czech Republic, which doesn't have mass migration from the Islamic world, also doesn't have Islamist terror attacks. And because of that, Czechs also typically don't engage in these self-criticism sessions over Islamophobia.
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Terrorism – Islam
Be clear in countering ideology, says Welby
Steven Swinford
Daily Telegraph, 6 June 2017.

Muslim leaders should take responsibility for countering the religious justification for atrocities committed in their name, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said in the wake of the London Bridge terrorist attack.

The Most Rev Justin Welby said that politicians should not just say that the attacks have "nothing to do with Islam", adding that the ideological basis for atrocities should not be overlooked. ...

However, he added: "What is clear over the weekend is the extraordinary level of condemnation by every significant Muslim leader we know."
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Terrorism – Islam
There is a link between Islam and terrorism. Here is how it can be broken
Tom Holland
Daily Telegraph, 6 June 2017.

The proposition that Islam is especially intolerant, especially prone to violence, is one that has come to possess for liberals as well as Muslims the authentic quality of blasphemy. The possibility that sanction might exist within the Koran for brutal crimes committed by the Islamic State is an upsetting one for all decent and generous-hearted people – non-Muslim as well as Muslim – to countenance.

Which is why, no doubt, whenever there is some particularly monstrous atrocity, such as those we have just seen in London and Manchester, Western leaders can be relied upon to pose as experts on Islam, and insist that the perpetrators are either distorting the religion, or else do not rank as Muslims at all.

But it is not for a prime minister or home secretary to play at being a theologian. Politicians who take it on themselves to define what is and is not "authentic Islam" are buying into the notion that such a thing actually exists. But – unless one is a fundamentalist believer – it does not. A religion, like any other manifestation of human culture, is a porous and variable thing. Rather than a single radio station, it is a series of points on a bandwidth. The definition of an extremist will depend on where on that bandwidth one is.

This is why jihadists do not see themselves as extremists. Rather, they see themselves as paragons of righteous behaviour. "In the messenger of God you have a beautiful model of behaviour." So proclaims the Koran. ...

To close our eyes to this, and to imagine that what Western governments characterise as "Islamic extremism" owes nothing to the example of the Prophet, is wilful blindness.
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Immigration abroad – fraud, fake fathers, Germany
Germany sees rise in fake father scams with immigrants
BBC, 6 June 2017.

German officials say growing numbers of pregnant immigrant women are paying German men to pose as fathers so that they can qualify for residency.

German broadcaster RBB found up to 700 cases in Berlin alone. "There are many unreported cases," said Ole Schröder, a top interior ministry official.

There has been a rise in asylum requests from pregnant women from Vietnam, Africa and Eastern Europe.

A new law is being drafted to tackle the fake paternity racket, RBB reports.

Some pregnant immigrant women are reported to have paid fake fathers and solicitors as much as €5,000 (£4,356; $5,628) to get paternity registered. Once that is done, the baby automatically becomes a German citizen and the mother has the right to stay.

However, in 2013 a German Constitutional Court ruling said that even in suspicious cases it might not be worth contesting paternity, because the child could end up stateless and left in legal limbo. ...

Mr Schröder, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right Christian Democrats (CDU), said "we have a lot of evidence from the immigration authorities - fake fathers are making money out of this... in other words, this involves a considerable amount of criminality". ...

Martin Steltner, a state prosecutor in Berlin, told ARD television there were signs of widespread abuse involving paternity, for example one man claiming to be the father of 10 children.

The fake fathers rarely pay any child support, as many are living off social welfare, ARD reports.
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Immigration abroad – Lithuania
Lithuania starts erecting fence on border with Russia
MailOnline / Associated Press, 6 June 2017.

Lithuania has started building a fence on its border with the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad in an attempt to curb smuggling and illegal immigration and strengthen the EU's external border.

State border officials on Monday kicked off construction works of the first segment of the 130-kilometer (80-mile)-long metal fence at the Raminiskiu village in a ceremony attended by the Lithuanian Interior Minister Eimutis Misiunas.

The installation comes complete with electronic surveillance systems and drones. It will cost some 3.6 million euros ($3.9 million) in total and is to be completed by the end of this year.
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Terrorism – deportation
In wake of deadly London Bridge attack, Britain 'should extradite thousands of people' counter-terrorism expert claims
Will Stewart
The Sun, 6 June 2017.

The London Bridge attack should lead to the extradition of "thousands of people" from Britain, claims a leading Russian expert on countering terrorism.

Joseph Linder said the UK secret services should not be blamed for a political failure to allow extremist elements to be in the country. ...

"It is almost impossible to monitor migrants in the current situation, but the UK authorities do not want to take responsibility for extraditing thousands of people."

Professor Linder, president of the International Counter Terror Training Association, said: "There is no point to change special services as they are a child of the state.

"Several dozen special service officers cannot control the same number of people in risk groups."
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Terrorism – Republic of Ireland
Ireland is home of 'backdoor' Islamic terrorists who are using the country to plan attacks on Britain
Pat Flanagan
Irish Mirror, 6 June 2017.

Ireland has become the home of 'backdoor' Islamic terrorists who are using the country to plan attacks on Britain.

It is feared there are dozens of "sleepers" already in the country who have married here to allow them get residency here.

They target young women who they see as their passport to the EU and once they have established a base here can travel to the UK.

They ensure they have a child to the women which greatly increases their chances of gaining residency set them on a path to becoming an Irish citizen.

Once they receive their GNIB (Garda National Immigration Bureau) ID card, because of the free travel agreement, they are then free to move to Britain.

It is believed this was the method used by one of the London terrorists shot dead by police who lived in Dublin for up to five years.

A senior garda source said: "There is not enough manpower to monitor all those who come under suspicion and this is a big problem.

"As soon as we investigate them they lawyer-up and we can be tied up in the courts of six or seven years and they get free legal aid to fight attempts to get them out of the country.

"It is a crazy situation where they can't be named in court or even say which country they are from. But if a lad is in court for a fight in the street he's in all the papers." ...

"They are doing everything possible to stay under the radar and you won't see them shouting and roaring at the Mosques. They won't be drawing attention to themselves, that's the problem and we don't have the manpower to watch them all."
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Crime – general election
Election 2017: Armed Police to Guard Polling Stations After London Attack
Oliver JJ Lane
Breitbart, 6 June 2017.

Armed police are to be deployed to patrol polling stations Thursday, and exclusion zones to prevent voter intimidation are to be established in some areas when Britain votes to select their next government.

Firearms officers are to be deployed to polling stations in Essex and Cleveland Thursday, as local forces deploy security assets to defend citizens while they exert their democratic right in the wake of a number of terror attacks. In Tower Hamlets in East London, "almost all" polling stations will have uniformed officers and exclusion zones to protect voters. ...

Police are also being deployed to polling stations elsewhere in the country following the nation suffering three terror attacks in nine weeks, two of them within the campaigning period of the general election.
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Immigration abroad – multiracial and multiethnic babies, USA
The rise of multiracial and multiethnic babies in the U.S.
Gretchen Livingston
Pew Research Center, 6 June 2017.

One-in-seven U.S. infants (14%) were multiracial or multiethnic in 2015, nearly triple the share in 1980, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of Census Bureau data. ...

Multiracial or multiethnic infants include children less than 1 year old whose parents are each of a different race, those with one Hispanic and one non-Hispanic parent, and those with at least one parent who identifies as multiracial. This analysis is limited to infants living with two parents because census data on the race and ethnicity of parents is only available for those living in the same home. In 2015, this was the case for 62% of all infants.

The rapid rise in the share of infants who are multiracial or multiethnic has occurred hand-in-hand with the growth in marriages among spouses of different races or ethnicities. In 1980, 7% of all newlyweds were in an intermarriage, and by 2015, that share had more than doubled to 17%, according to a recently released Pew Research Center report. Both trends are likely spurred in part by the growing racial and ethnic diversity in the U.S.

The general public seems mostly accepting of the trend toward more children having parents of different races. In a 2015 Pew Research Center survey, 22% of U.S. adults said more children with parents of different races was a good thing for society, while half as many (11%) thought it was a bad thing. The majority (65%) thought that this trend didn't make much of a difference.

Among all multiracial and multiethnic infants living with two parents, by far the largest portion have one parent who is Hispanic and one who is non-Hispanic white (42%). The next largest share of these infants (22%) have at least one parent who identifies as multiracial, while 14% have one parent who is non-Hispanic white and another who is Asian.
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Extremism – Islamism
Theresa May talks tough, but her track record on tackling Islamism is woeful
Stephen Pollard
Daily Telegraph, 5 June 2017.

But the question has to be asked: who was Home Secretary for the six years from 2010? Mrs May appears to have had a Damascene conversion on this, because as Home Secretary she acted as the most important blockage in Whitehall against a serious attempt to deal with that precise problem: the hold of Islamism across parts of the public sector and across society.

She was certainly firm in her support for Prevent. She did deport the likes of Abu Qatada and Abu Hamza. And she was incensed by the Human Rights Act acting as brake against further deportations.

But for all that, her record in understanding exactly the issue she raised yesterday – dealing with extremism before it develops into full-on plots – is lamentable. ...

In 2014, the then education secretary, Michael Gove, determined to act when allegations first surfaced. At a meeting of a Cabinet committee, the Extremism Task Force, Mr Gove is said to have argued that Whitehall had for years been institutionally soft on extremism and started dealing with Islamists only once they had embraced violence.

Mr Gove wanted Whitehall to adopt a wider definition of extremism that took in Islamism itself. Mrs May challenged this, arguing for a far narrower definition. Mrs May won – ensuring that the very attitude within Whitehall that the Prime Minister attacked yesterday continued.

Mrs May's chief counter-terrorism adviser was the then director general of the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism at the Home Office, Charles Farr. Some argue that he was a one-man obstacle to serious action against Whitehall's links with Islamism. Mr Farr has had a new role since 2015. Remarkably, he is now chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee.

The row between Mr Gove and Mrs May became front-page news and, to keep the peace, Mr Gove was forced to apologise both to her and to Mr Farr for his criticisms. But he was right.

The briefings at the time from Mrs May's Home Office were clear – it was outrageous of Mr Gove to allege there was any issue of Islamism being tolerated within Whitehall or the public sector and that he had a black-and-white attitude to an issue that was really shades of grey.

Which brings us to now. Mrs May is Prime Minister rather than Home Secretary but almost nothing else has changed.

Quite rightly, she said yesterday that "we cannot allow this ideology the safe space it needs to breed". But we do.

Look at another area of the public sector: prisons. The evidence is overwhelming that prisons are some of the most fertile breeding grounds for Islamists and radicalisation. And yet there is a huge block within Whitehall against serious action to tackle the issue. Within the Ministry of Justice there are officials who are said, at worst, actually to sympathise with Islamism and, at best, still maintain that the right approach is to engage with it – and fight any departure from that.

It is all well and good Mrs May delivering a fine speech. But unless she is a very different Prime Minister from Home Secretary, it will be meaningless.
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Terrorism – response
Tears and vigils will not save us from terrorism
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 5 June 2017.

The terror group Islamic State recently called on "Muslim brothers in Europe" to "attack infidels in their homes, their markets, their roads and their forums".

That injunction is now being carried out on a pitiless scale.

A fortnight after the Manchester bombing, central London has been the scene of Islamist violence, leaving seven people dead and 48 injured.

According to eyewitness accounts, the three assailants screamed "this is for Allah" as they lashed out with their knives after deliberately crashing their van into pedestrians.

Our response to this butchery should be an overwhelming sense of anger and a determination to end the violence.

Yet the policy, pushed by both the state and much of the media, is to dampen down our indignation.

Every new act of Islamic terrorism is now followed by the same ritual: vigils, incantations of solidarity, Facebook tributes, lit-up buildings, expressions of sympathy from world leaders, and platitudes about "unity".

But these pantomimes are not just meaningless, they are dangerous because they rob us of the ability to defend ourselves and retaliate against our enemies.

A pathetic comfort blanket of tears, tweets and tea-lights is central to the politics of denial where the public is not meant to question the revolution inflicted by mass immigration or challenge the import of an alien, primitive culture into our midst.

In this atmosphere of fatalism we are supposed to be steadfast in our passivity and resolute in our inaction.

We are being groomed to accept Islamic terrorism in the UK as normal. The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan even said that these atrocities are "part and parcel" of modern urban life.

That is the attitude that runs through the establishment. Slaughter is regarded as the price we must pay for the joy of cultural diversity. ...

In the wake of every Islamic massacre, politicians blather that the terrorists will not "divide us". But the reality is that, because of mass immigration and multiculturalism, we are already badly fragmented.
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Terrorism – religion
Evasive Mr Corbyn is creating an unsafe space
Charles Moore
Daily Telegraph, 5 June 2017.

At the beginning of last week, on television, Mr Corbyn spoke about "the wonderful faith of Islam". The week before, Salman Abedi had killed 22 in the name of that faith. The Saturday after his words, three men shouted "This is for Allah!" as they charged round Borough Market stabbing the crowd. You would never hear Mr Corbyn speak about "the wonderful faith of Christianity", whose adherents do not murder anyone in the name of Jesus in Britain today. Why is that?
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Immigration abroad – multiculturalism, assimilation, Republic of Ireland
Curriculum must not be just for 'white Irish' only, expert warns
Katherine Donnelly
Irish Independent, 5 June 2017.

The teaching of history and other subjects in Ireland must develop to reflect the cultures and experiences of new immigrant communities, an education expert has warned.

Dr Victoria Showunmi of Maynooth University (MU) said the curricula in schools and third-level colleges had to keep pace with the changing face of Ireland, and include perspectives that are not white Irish.

She warned of a risk of migrants feeling alienated if they were unable to see how what is being taught has any bearing on their experience or personal background.

With immigration a relatively new phenomenon in Ireland, Dr Showunmi said education policymakers must learn lessons from the experience of the UK, over decades, to do more to help integration.

She spoke about the subtle difference between assimilation - adopting the ways of another culture - and integration, which is defined as incorporating individuals from different groups into society as equals.

"The onus is typically placed on the person coming into the country to assimilate, but many migrants feel that they lose part of their identity through this process," she said. ...

Dr Showunmi pointed to how challenges posed by curricula for those from migrant backgrounds prompted the student-led "Why is My Curriculum White" campaign in the UK.

The campaign advocates more diversity on reading lists and course content. ...

"If you look at migration in terms of people of colour, what is quite different is they change the face of Ireland; Ireland is looking very different," she said.

They may not have language needs because many, such as Nigerians, already had English as their first language. But she said: "We need to be able to ensure that their history is included in our history."
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Immigration abroad – Czech Republic
Czechs halt taking migrants from Italy, Greece under EU relocation scheme
Reuters, 5 June 2017.

The Czech Republic will halt taking in migrants under an EU scheme to share asylum seekers who arrived in Greece and Italy, citing security concerns, the government agreed on Monday.

Under a plan agreed in 2015, the European Commission wants EU member states to each admit a quota from a total of 160,000 asylum seekers stuck in the two Mediterranean countries. Most have fled conflicts and poverty in the Middle East and Africa. ...

By last month, the Czech Republic has only taken in a dozen out of the 2,691 migrants set by its quota, according to news agency CTK.

It will take no more before the plan expires in September, Interior Minister Milan Chovanec said. ...

Poland, Hungary and Slovakia have refused to admit any asylum seekers under the scheme. Slovakia and Hungary have challenged the quotas in an EU court.
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Immigration abroad – Poland
Poland: Refusing to Import Muslims is Only Proven Counter-Terror Method
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 5 June 2017.

The only way to protect Poland from Islamic terror attacks is to not allow Muslims to migrate en masse, a British-born, senior MEP for the nation's ruling party said on Monday.

"When it comes to reducing the chances of Poland being hit by [Islamist] terror attacks, the only proven method is to not allow in Muslim migrants," Ryszard Czarnecki told local radio after an attack in London on Saturday killed seven and injured at least 48 others.

Noting the children of Islamic immigrants have been responsible for a large number of ISIS-inspired attacks on European soil, the London-born Law and Justice (PiS) MEP said Poland is "learning from the mistakes" of other nations in the West, and so refuses to "open [its] doors to Islamic migrants."
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Extremism – Islam
Blind, bovine hope will get us nowhere – it's time to change our response to Islamic extremism
Douglas Murray
Spectator blog, 4 June 2017.

Last Sunday, I appeared on the BBC's Sunday Politics to discuss the aftermath of the Manchester attack. I said what I thought, and various Muslim groups promptly went bananas.

... Rather they objected to my simple two-word suggestion that we could all do with 'less Islam'.

In a short film preceding the studio discussion, I mentioned that countries like Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic have very little Islam and very little Islamic terror. By contrast, France has a great amount of Islam and a great amount of Islamic terror. /.../ Of course some people don't want to accept this fact. Not least because informed choices might result. For instance, it might help us weigh up the ongoing cultural benefits of large-scale Islamic immigration versus the down-side of dozens of obliterated lives every now and then. ...

But so it is that various Muslims and Muslim groups who have spent recent years urging British Muslims not to cooperate with the UK authorities on counter-terrorism are now keenly urging Muslims to complain about me to any and all authorities. A telling set of priorities, I would say. ...

... If a group of men fly planes into the Twin Towers all the leaders of the free world rush to the local Islamic centre to extol the wonders of Islam. When a group of British Muslims blow up the London transport system the city's police chiefs wave away the smoke and immediately extol the peacefulness of Islam. And when a suicide bomber in Manchester blows up 22 young people as they leave a concert, the one thing nobody must say is that there is any connection whatsoever with Islam. ...

... It's the same everywhere: Don't look back in anger, just forward in blind, bovine hope. ...

All of which points to many specific questions and one overriding one: Why don't we want to know? /.../ Has our society got zero interest in working out what might produce people like Abedi? The fact is – once again – that we may ask the question but we don't want to hear the answer. Because if what all these things suggest is true then we could be in serious trouble. Perhaps we are.
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Terrorism – Islam
After London: let's start talking about Islam
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 4 June 2017.

Another month, another terror attack. Britain's third in three months. This time the targets were Saturday-night revellers in London Bridge and Borough. Mown and stabbed for the crime of having fun, of being free. And already we are seeing the same craven, baleful response that follows every act of Islamist terror. 'Watch out for an Islamophobic backlash', aloof observers say, their minds always more agitated by the thought of stupid white people saying something rude about Islam than by acts of Islamist mass murder. 'Don't say anything bad about this wonderful religion or its adherents', they tell us. This is a really bad response, because it is becoming increasingly clear that one of the major problems we face today is not that our society is too mean about Islam, but that it flatters Islam too much.

Islam now enjoys the same kind of moral protection from blasphemy and ridicule that Christianity once (wrongly) enjoyed. All last week, for example, I received furious emails and messages in response to two articles I wrote about the Manchester attack, telling me I was wrong to defend the use of the phrase 'Islamist extremism'. That term has an Islamophobic bent to it, we're told. It demeans Islam and its adherents by suggesting they have something to do with terrorism. You should just say 'extremism', not 'Islamist extremism'. Don't ever name the extremism, don't label it, because you might hurt people's feelings.

This is why our political leaders so rarely use the terms Islamism, radical Islam and Islamic terrorism: because they want to avoid offending Islam and also because they don't want to stir up what they view as the public's bovine, hateful prejudices. This censorious privilege is not extended to any other religion. ...

This is incredibly dangerous. This censorious flattery of Islam is, in my view, a key contributor to the violence we have seen in recent years. Because when you constantly tell people that any mockery of their religion is tantamount to a crime, is vile and racist and unacceptable, you actively invite them, encourage them in fact, to become intolerant. You license their intolerance. You inflame their violent contempt for anyone who questions their dogmas. You provide a moral justification for their desire to punish those who insult their religion.

From the 7/7 bombers to the Charlie Hebdo murderers to Salman Abedi in Manchester, all these terrorists – these Islamist terrorists – expressed an extreme victim mentality and openly said they were punishing us for our disrespect of Islam, mistreatment of Muslims, ridiculing of Muhammad, and so on. The Islamophobia industry and politicians who constantly say 'Islam is great, leave Islam alone!' green-light this violence; they furnish it with a moral case and moral zeal.

There are no quick fixes to the terror problem, but here is a good start: oppose all censorship and all clampdowns on offence and blasphemy and so-called 'Islamophobia'. /.../ This will at least start the process of unravelling the Islamist victimhood narrative and its bizarre, violent and officially sanctioned sensitivity to criticism.
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Politics – racism
Diane Abbott and Corbyn cheerleader Paul Mason spark fury by suggesting PM's warnings about her becoming Home Secretary are RACIST - as it emerges she defied leader to make yet another disastrous TV appearance
James Tapsfield
MailOnline, 3 June 2017.

Diane Abbott and Corbyn cheerleader Paul Mason have sparked a furious row by suggesting that Theresa May's jibes at her are racist - as it emerges she defied leader to make yet another disastrous TV appearance.

The shadow home secretary appeared to make the extraordinary claim after the Prime Minister raised concerns about her track record. ...

During the BBC's Question Time election special last night, Mrs May repeatedly mentioned Ms Abbott.

She highlighted the Labour politician's previous doubts about the DNA database and a car crash radio interview in which she was unable to say how much a pledge to increase police numbers would cost. ...

Corbyn cheerleader Paul Mason then waded in to spell out the allegation, tweeting: 'You know what. It's time somebody called out the dog whistle racism behind Tory insults to Diane Abbott and I just decided to do it.'
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Terrorism – Islam
Muslim Groups 'Undermining Fight Against Terror', Leading Prosecutor Warns
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 3 June 2017.

"Islamist" Muslim groups and community leaders hinder the fight against terror and are interested only in presenting Muslims "as victims" Britain's most prominent Muslim lawyer has said.

In an interview with the Times, Nazir Afzal warned that British Muslim organisations are "undermining" attempts to counter terrorism in the UK by spreading misinformation to discredit Prevent, the government's anti-radicalisation programme.

Section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 201 compels teachers and some healthcare workers "to take due regard to preventing people being drawn into terrorism", yet Prevent has been repeatedly slammed by Labour MPs and large parts of the left – including major unions – for its "disproportionate" focus on Muslims.

But Afzal, a deradicalisation expert and former chief crown prosecutor who has successfully prosecuted Islamists, credits Prevent with having "stopped at least 150 people from going to Syria".

Afzal warned that its "phenomenally good work" was being undermined by what he called an "industry" of Muslim groups, some of which have Islamist leanings, pushing "myths" about the programme.

He also took aim at "self-appointed" community leaders whose sole agenda was to present Muslims "as victims and not as those who are potentially becoming radicals," singling out Britain's largest Muslim umbrella group – the Islamist dominated Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) as an example.

The 54 year old, who resigned last week as chief executive of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, said he was shocked that the agenda at the group's annual general meeting last year contained "nothing about radicalisation and nothing about the threat of people going to Syria".

Among groups Afzal accused of lying about Prevent to discredit the counter-radicalisation programme are Islamist support group Cage, which has been described as a "terrorism advocacy group" by veteran journalist Andrew Gilligan, and Prevent Watch, a "community-based initiative" that supports "communities impacted by Prevent".
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Politics – Conservative Party
Conservatives set five-year target to get migration below 100,000
Jack Maidment
Daily Telegraph, 2 June 2017.

The Conservatives will bring net migration down to tens of thousands by 2022, Theresa May has signalled, as she urged voters: "Put your trust in me."

Mrs May set a deadline for her key migration policy for the first time in the election campaign, which will cheer Leave voters and is likely to boost the campaign at a time when polls suggest the Conservatives' lead over Labour has diminished. ...

Until now, Mrs May has steadfastly refused to say when she expects to get migration below 100,000, and has even described the policy as an "aim" rather than a pledge.

The Conservative manifesto dropped the five-year deadline imposed on the target that had appeared in the previous two manifesto documents. But Brandon Lewis, the policing minister, told the BBC the party would deliver on the plan "over the course of the next parliament". ...

Mrs May told workers at a furniture factory in West Yorkshire that she was committed to the target "because of the impact that immigration has when it is too fast and too high and uncontrolled". She said: "It does have an impact on people, particularly at the lower end of the income scale, in depressing wages."
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Politics – Conservative Party
Tories under pressure to clarify 'ludicrous' immigration policy
BT / Press Association, 2 June 2017.

The Prime Minister signalled on Thursday that she wanted to get net migration down below the 100,000 mark by the end of the next parliament in 2022.

However, appearing later on BBC One's Question Time, Brexit Secretary David Davis said it was simply "an aim", adding: "We can't promise it within five years." ...

The Conservative manifesto states only that it is the party's "objective" to reduce immigration below 100,000.

But asked if that would be by the end of the next parliament, the Prime Minister insisted that is what she would be "working for". ...

Home Office Minister Brandon Lewis earlier told BBC Two's Daily Politics programme that the pledge would be met "over the course of the next parliament".

When asked if that meant levels down to tens of thousands in five years' time, he replied: "Over the course of the next parliament, yes."

Asked if it was true that net migration would be down to the tens of thousands within five years, the Prime Minister replied: "That's what we're working for. We're working to bring immigration down to the tens of thousands.

"But having been home secretary for six years, this isn't something that you can just produce the magic bullet that suddenly does everything. What you have to do is keep working at it. It's a consistent working at it.

"You have to make sure that people aren't finding other ways, not to put too fine a point on it, to abuse the system, I mean that's one of the things we've had to do over the first few years was get a lot of the abuse out of the system."

Net long-term migration – the difference between the number of people arriving and leaving the country – was estimated to be 248,000 last year.
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Immigration abroad – public opinion, religion, culture, race
This Is Where Intolerance Is Highest on Religion, Culture, Race
Michael Winfrey and Samuel Dodge
Bloomberg, 2 June 2017.

At a time when media headlines point to a spike in global intolerance, here's some good news: most people around the world don't say they believe any single race, religion or culture is better than another.

That was the finding of a multi-nation WIN/Gallup International poll conducted at the end of last year and published this week. The majority of people and more than half of the 66 countries surveyed say there's no such thing as racial, religious or cultural superiority. But the issue divides many, and a handful, all of which are troubled nations with developing economies, says superiority does exist. ...

According to the Gallup International survey, national majorities that agreed or strongly agreed that superiority exists were more likely to share that belief across the categories of religion, race and culture. The eight countries where that was most the case were Paraguay, Bangladesh, the Palestinian territories, Ghana, Lebanon, Nigeria, Indonesia and Macedonia.

The countries where people most disagreed with the idea that there is superiority in the three categories included Sweden, France, Iceland, Latvia, Spain, Argentina, Canada and Portugal. In the U.S., 23 percent of people agreed or strongly agreed that some races are superior to others, compared with 73 percent who disagreed or strongly disagreed. Almost a third said some religions are better than others, and 36 percent said some cultures are superior.
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Immigration – Islam, Europe
Wilders: 'The Bell Tolls for Europe' as Europeans Are in Danger of Being Replaced
Geert Wilders
Breitbart, 2 June 2017.
[Geert Wilders, MP, is the leader of the Party for Freedom in the Netherlands]

For Western Europe's ruling elites, protecting the rights of so-called asylum seekers has become more important than protecting their own citizens.

Recently, Germany provided a staggering example of this. An immigrant from Uganda raped a woman, but the German authorities refuse to expel him because the rapist claims to be gay and homosexuals are prosecuted in his home country.

The elites also refuse to defend our own identity, and today's Dutch newspapers contain an example of that. A Protestant church proposes that the official holiday, which the Dutch enjoy for the Christian feast of Pentecost, be replaced by an official holiday on the Islamic feast of Eid-al-Fitr.

With this proposal, the Christian group says, it wants "to do justice to diversity in religion." However, if there is one culture on earth which allows no diversity in religion whatsoever, it is Islam. Just look at Saudi-Arabia, where they do not even allow the construction of a single church.

I have picked these two examples because they pertain to the two most important issues Europe is currently facing: Mass immigration and the surge of Islam. If we do not want to be wiped away, our population replaced and our culture annihilated, it is vital that we start acting forcefully and courageously to protect our citizens and our civilisation.

Mass immigration is the first major issue we need to tackle. Those who think that since 2015 the worst is behind us, are wrong.

The African population is bound to quadruple from its present 1 billion to 4 billion by the end of the century. In the coming 30 years, the number of Africans will grow by more than one billion people. ...

The demographic pressure will be enormous. One-third of the Africans want to move abroad, and many want to come to Europe. Last year, over 180,000 people crossed in shabby boats from Libya. And this is just the beginning. According to EU Commissioner Avramopoulos, at this very moment, 3 million migrants are waiting to enter Europe. How many terrorists, rapists, ISIS sympathisers and welfare abusers will there be among that number?

Michael Moller, the director of the United Nations office in Geneva warns that the migration process is "just going to accelerate. Young people all have cellphones and they can see what's happening in other parts of the world, and that acts as a magnet," he says. Indeed, they can see on their phones that, while fewer than 3% of last year's migrants were legitimate asylum seekers of refugees fleeing warzones, hardly anyone is being sent back. Instead, they are being welcomed with generous welfare benefits, subsidised housing and public healthcare schemes!

And, so, the bell tolls for Europe. If Western Europe continues with its present open door policies, the population of the continent will simply be replaced. The potential arrival of possibly 1 billion Africans will simply dwarf the 700,000 million indigenous Europeans. Moreover, many of the would-be immigrants are Islamic, which brings us to the second big issue we are confronting. ...

Our existence it at stake. If we want to survive as free nations and free peoples and avoid being replaced, we have to act now.
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Terrorism – USA, Europe
Europe's Next Big War
Daniel Greenfield
FrontPage Mag, 2 June 2017.

... former FBI director /.../ Comey stated that there were around 2,000 terrorism investigations. 1,000 of those came from "home grown violent extremism" with no evidence of contact with foreign terrorists. Another 1,000 had "some contact with foreign terrorists". 300 from that 2,000 had come to America as refugees. ...

Those 2,000 investigations represent active cases. ...

Those 2,000 cases are the tip of a very large iceberg. Below those 2,000 cases are the larger numbers of potential terrorists ...

In the UK, there are 3,000 potential terrorists being investigated, but 20,000 others had been "subjects of interest" in the past. ...

The British military can put 10,000 soldiers on city streets after a terrorist attack. After Manchester, 5,000 soldiers were deployed. ...

France deployed 10,000 soldiers to patrol cities after the Paris attacks. Operation Sentinelle is still underway two years later. ...

In 2015, the year of many of these military deployments, 211 terror plots occurred in EU countries. These attacks killed 151 people and wounded another 360. 1,077 terrorism arrests were made.

Those numbers are closer to Iraq than anything in the West. And they are only growing worse. ...

These insurgencies form around Muslim population centers. Manchester's Muslim population nearly doubled in a decade. ...

A Muslim terrorist network in London, Paris or New York is as much of a military issue as one in Baghdad or Beirut. ...

The question is do we want to turn our cities into Baghdad with thousands of soldiers patrolling our streets? Rising Muslim domestic insurgencies will leave even the most liberal leaders with no choice but to resort to wartime measures. ...

If things go on as they are, the military occupation of our cities becomes permanent. ...

200 terror plots will become 2,000 terror plots. 151 dead will become 1,500 dead and then 15,000 dead. And then every Western country that opened its doors to "refugees" will become Iraq.

Comey estimated that 250 persons from this country had traveled to Syria to fight in its terrorist war. The British estimate is between 850 and 2,000, the French estimate between 500 and 900, the German estimate at 750 and the Belgian estimate around 500 and the total EU estimate tops out at 4,200. ...

Supporters of refugee admissions and open borders are ushering in a military occupation and a civil war. There is no escaping these numbers or evading the facts on the ground that they represent.
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Immigration abroad – Spain
Spain bears brunt of new migrant route
Hannah Strange
Daily Telegraph, 1 June 2017.

The number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean to Spain has more than tripled this year, according to the United Nations, making it the fastest-growing sea route into Europe.

More than 3,300 migrants landed on Spanish shores in the first four months of 2017, up from 1,063 in the same period last year, the UN's International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said.

The report followed a surge in boat arrivals over the past week. ...

... Almost 59,000 migrants have traversed the Mediterranean to Italy this year, a nearly 50 per cent rise on the same period in 2016, when just over 40,000 made the journey.

But the latest figures indicate that the Western Mediterranean route, from Morocco to Spain, is re-establishing itself after years of waning activity.
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Extremism – Islam
'Very Sensitive' Government Inquiry into Saudi Arabian Funding of Jihadi Groups May Never Be Published
Victoria Friedman
Breitbart, 1 June 2017.

An investigation into the foreign funding of jihadi groups in Britain said to focus mainly on the support provided by Saudi Arabia may never be published as the findings are "very sensitive", the Home Office has admitted.

The inquiry was authorised in 2015 by former Prime Minister David Cameron in exchange for Liberal Democrat support for the extension of British airstrikes against Islamic State into Syria.

The Home Office's extremism analysis unit had been directed by Downing Street to investigate foreign funding of extremist groups in the UK and for findings to be shown to then-Home Secretary Theresa May and Mr. Cameron.

However after 18 months, the Home Office has confirmed the incomplete report might not be published, calling the contents "very sensitive", reports The Guardian.

A decision on the future of the investigation would be taken "after the election by the next government", a Home Office spokesman said.

It is thought the report focused on Saudi Arabia, which ascribes to a hardline, Wahhabist branch of the Islamic faith. ...

German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel has also urged Saudi Arabia to stop supporting Islamists in Germany, saying: "Wahhabi mosques are financed all over the world by Saudi Arabia. In Germany, many dangerous Islamists come from these communities."

Noted followers of Wahhabism include Lee Rigby murderer Michael Adebolajo, shoe bomber Richard Reid, 7/7 ringleader Mohammad Sidique Khan, and hate preacher Anjem Choudary. ...

Two weeks prior to the Bastille Day Nice attack in France, a Saudi-funded mosque opened in the city. The owner is the Saudi Arabian Minister for Islamic Affairs, Sheikh Saleh bin Abdul Aziz Al-Sheikh.

Saudi money also funded the Islamic Society of Boston mosque believed to have radicalised Boston Marathon bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Associate Director of The Henry Jackson Society Douglas Murray estimates there are "thousands" of Saudi-funded Wahhabi mosques across Europe, with the Saudis paying for the buildings and appointing clerics.

"In 2007 it was estimated that there were around 70 Wahhabi mosques in Britain. By 2015 the number had risen to 110," with the amount of money flowing into these mosques at a "record high", Mr. Murray wrote in a commentary for The Sun.
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Immigration abroad – Germany, Italy
European Officials Commandeer Private Property to House Migrants
Alex Newman
The New American, 1 June 2017.

Faced with an orchestrated influx of millions of migrants from Africa and the Middle East, German officials have started commandeering private property to house the tsunami of new arrivals. Italian property owners have also been forced, literally kicking and screaming, to house migrants against their will. Plans to put resistors in jail are reportedly being considered. And in Sweden, where an extreme housing shortage in Stockholm has been made even more acute by the arrival of hundreds of thousands of migrants in recent years, authorities are using tax money to outbid Swedes in the intensifying competition for living space. Other fundamental freedoms are also being attacked under the guise of dealing with the self-inflicted "refugee crisis." And it is going to get worse.

Perhaps the most extreme attacks on private property have come from Germany. In the city of Hamburg, the ruling coalition of extreme left-wing authorities first began seizing private property to house migrants with a controversial law passed in October of 2015. With some 400 migrants arriving in the city each day and migrant shelters already packed to capacity with new arrivals, officials claimed it was needed. ...

Now, authorities in Hamburg, Germany's second-largest city, are even targeting and commandeering residential properties as well. ...

Outside of Hamburg, municipalities have also been evicting tenants from their apartments to house migrants. The first reported case in Germany happened in September of 2015 in the town of Nieheim. It involved Bettina Halbey, a 51-year-old nurse. "I was completely taken aback," she told Die Welt after receiving the eviction letter. "I find it impossible to describe how the city has treated me." ...

Late last year, the Italian Interior Ministry even floated a scheme, dubbed the "Viminale Plan," that would have put resistors behind bars for refusing to allow their properties to be commandeered for housing migrants. Under the plan, widely reported in Italian media, thousands of armed enforcement agents from the police and the military would be deployed to oversee enforcement. The Justice Ministry was reportedly prepared to provide trials and detention to those who resisted the plan. And almost incredibly, the commandeering of private property was set to take place without compensation, as the government does not have the funds to pay.

... Indeed, across Europe and the rest of the Western world, the globalist-engineered migrant crisis is leading to attacks on a wide array of fundamental liberties including self-government, privacy, free speech, freedom of the press, and more.
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