Immigration and related issues, mainly in the United Kingdom.

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Extracts in date order, except latest additions first. Updated 16 October 2017

If the UK wants to cut immigration, it must change its model of capitalism
Alexandre Afonso and Camilla Devitt
LSE Brexit, 16 October 2017.

The UK draws to a greater extent on population growth and increasing house prices. Unlike Germany, where exports of goods and services represented 46% of GDP in 2016, this share was only 28% in the UK. Another major difference is population growth: between 2006 and 2016, the British population has grown at a much higher rate than the EU average: 0.75% per year against 0.3% (0.3% for Germany). Immigration accounts for more than half of this growth, and reducing the number of people coming into the country (and consuming goods and services) will inevitably weaken what had become an important driver of growth.

This is important because apart from financial services, Britain's export performance appears to be too weak to compensate for a smaller domestic demand. While Germany still has a strong export-oriented manufacturing base, the United Kingdom relies more heavily on services, not only high-skilled (e.g finance) but also low-skilled sectors (retail, cafés, restaurants, personal and social services) and the construction sector. These sectors depend to a larger extent on migrant workers, especially in low-paid employment. For instance, 41% of packers, bottlers, canners, and fillers in the UK are EU nationals, and so are 26% of cleaners and housekeepers.

Second, because of the liberal nature of the labour market, there is a comparatively high number of low-paying jobs that natives are reluctant to take up. About 20% of jobs in Britain are low-paid (that is, they are paid less than two-thirds of gross median earnings) while this percentage is only about 10% in France and 8% in Denmark. ...

In sum, the British economy offers many low-paying jobs that natives, due to higher expectations, are reluctant to accept. This mismatch is filled by migrant workers. Catering, construction and care – all domestic services sectors which had come to depend heavily on EU workers – have now all reported difficulties in finding labour in the aftermath of Brexit.

Third, the dependence on EU migration has also been accentuated by decades of deregulation which have lowered incentives for firms to produce skills domestically. This is a classic collective action problem: in order to have an adequate supply of skills, firms need to cooperate and pool resources to train new workers. However, it may be selfishly more expedient to let other firms train workers and then "poach" them without paying for training. If everybody is rational, no workers are trained.

A case in point is the construction sector, which has come to rely heavily on EU workers to compensate for the lack of domestic skills. ...

Once again, EU workers have been used to plug the mismatch between the demand and supply of skills in the British labour market, and many British firms have been free-riding on skills produced abroad. This situation is not new. The NHS is a case in point: in 1971 already, 31% of all doctors working in the NHS in England were born and qualified overseas.
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Crime – police, London
'Not practical' for Met Police to investigate all crime
BBC, 16 October 2017.

Some crimes such as shoplifting and criminal damage may not be investigated in London because it is "not practical" to do so, Scotland Yard has said.

The force said it was facing "many challenges" while having to save £400m by 2020, so work had to be prioritised.

New guidelines have been introduced to allow officers to assess what is "proportionate" to investigate.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Mark Simmons said officers must be "focused on serious crime". ...

Mr Simmons said the new Crime Assessment Policy was "empowering our officers" to judge whether it was proportionate to investigate some offences such as shoplifting, car crime and criminal damage.

"With the pressure on our resources it is not practical for our officers to spend a considerable amount of time looking into something where for example, the value of damage or the item stolen is under £50, or the victim is not willing to support a prosecution," he said.

"We are not talking about things like homicide, kidnap, sexual offences, hate crime or domestic violence, but the lower level, higher volume offences." ...

Meanwhile, the number of recorded offences has increased with violent crime rising by 63% since May 2013 and gun crime increasing by 54% in the past two years. ...

Ken Marsh, chairman of the Met Police Federation, said cuts and the threat of terrorism meant other areas of policing were suffering.
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Politics – UKIP
UKIP leader Bolton backs zero net migration to stop 'swamp' on services
Aubrey Allegretti
Sky News, 15 October 2017.

UKIP's new leader has called for Britain to aim for zero net migration to stop the country being "swamped".

Henry Bolton told Sky News a drastic change was needed, but admitted it would be "very difficult" to hit such a target.

In 2015, Nigel Farage proposed stopping all low and un-skilled workers coming into the country and a cap of 50,000 on high-skilled immigrants.

Mr Bolton said the net figure should be zero to ease pressure on services and infrastructure.

He told the Sunday with Paterson show: "We are as a country being swamped by the fact we're having a net immigration that is approximately the size of Wolverhampton or Hull ever year.

"That's difficult to cope with in terms of our services and infrastructure when we're cutting police by 25%, for example, local government in some cases by 50%."

He initially rejected to say how many people should be let into the country each year, describing it as "arbitrary".

But Mr Bolton conceded: "In an ideal world, and I'm not saying this is practical, we should be aiming - certainly for the next few years - to zero net immigration.
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Bias – diversity, education
Children must be taught benefits of immigration in school, UK anti-discrimination watchdog says
Rob Merrick
Independent, 15 October 2017.

Children must be taught about Britain's rich history of immigration if Theresa May is to achieve her "mission" of tackling racial injustice, the UK's anti-discrimination watchdog says.

The Prime Minister has been urged to follow up her promise to make addressing inequalities a "personal priority" by putting immigration in the national curriculum.

Educating children on the topic of immigration would "tackle prejudiced attitudes" and build community links by helping children understand people's different backgrounds, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission said. ...

Now the issue has been given fresh impetus in the Commission's response to the "race audit" issued by the Prime Minister to highlight inequalities between different ethnic groups.

The Government's Ethnicity Facts and Figures website provided a blizzard of statistics to highlight the problem in provision and achievement – but few concrete proposals for change.

The Commission said that project had to start early, by ensuring "equality and human rights are part of the curriculum to instil shared values".

"The curriculum should also include Britain's immigration history to enable children to understand how this has shaped all aspects of our country," its response said.
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Crime – spot checks
Hundreds of BRITISH people stopped in Liverpool over immigration spot checks
Tom Belger
Liverpool Echo, 15 October 2017.

Hundreds of British citizens have been stopped in Liverpool over immigration offences they cannot commit, an investigation reveals.

Immigration officials have the power to stop and question people they suspect of breaching immigration law.

But figures show the group most likely to be stopped are actually British citizens - both in Liverpool and across the UK. Home Office enforcement officers have carried out spot checks on 678 British citizens in the city over the past five years.

That meant almost one in six of the 4,360 people probed between January 2012 and January 2017 was British.

Only one of the hundreds stopped in the city was even arrested, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and The Bristol Cable.

Some human rights lawyers have claimed the high number of British people stopped suggests the checks could be led by racial bias.

The Home Office does not collect data on the ethnicity of people stopped, as the police are required to do when stopping and searching suspects. ...

More than 19,000 Brits have been stopped across Britain as a whole over the past five years, out of a total of 102,552 people caught up in immigration checks.
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Politics – Conservative Party
Osborne DEFENDS mass immigration warning that Tories risk sounding like 'old man at the park' by complaining about foreigners coming to Britain
James Tapsfield
MailOnline, 14 October 2017.

George Osborne has defended mass immigration - and warned that Tories risk sounding like 'the old man at the park' if they complain about an influx of foreigners.

The former chancellor dismissed criticism that the government should have done more to rein in numbers.

Instead, he said his main regret was that ministers had been 'too intimidated' to 'make the arguments' about the benefits of people coming to the UK. ...

Addressing the question of immigration, Mr Osborne said: 'If I had a regret it's not that we didn't manage the immigration system properly, it's that we were I think too intimidated to make the arguments about the benefits of immigration and Conservatives usually win when we're positive about our country's future.

'But if Conservatives behave like the old man at the park, 'the whole country's gone to the dogs, we were much better in the past', the electorate turn around and say: 'your best days are behind you'.'
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University careers adviser accused of racism after 'stating ethnic minorities "actively disadvantage themselves" before asking two black students if they were "generally laid back"'
Scott Campbell
MailOnline, 14 October 2017.

A university careers adviser who allegedly told students that black people 'actively disadvantage themselves' is thought to have been suspended over the remarks.

Former lawyer Claire Leslie is said to have told a seminar that non-white candidates hand in job applications later because they are 'generally laid back'. ...

Speaking to MailOnline, a spokesman for the university confirmed that a formal complaint had been received and an investigation had been launched.

Despite repeated questions he refused to confirm whether Ms Leslie had been officially suspended from her post.
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Immigration – predictions, bias
Warnings of a Romanian migrant surge were right
Ed West
Spectator blog, 14 October 2017.

Remember when Keith Vaz got himself down to Luton Airport a few years back to greet new Romanian arrivals getting off the plane, declaring in his rather pompous way that:

'We've seen no evidence of people who have rushed out and bought tickets in order to arrive because it's the 1st of January'.

This was in January 2014, when Romanians and Bulgarians were granted free movement to Britain for the first time, and on that day there was widespread guffawing among right-thinking people about how we were going to be 'swamped'; Twitter, even more so than usual, was filled with humour that was ill-disguised class contempt and status competition. We were told by numerous publications, think-tanks and other bodies that the likes of MigrationWatch and Ukip were just scaremongering, and there would not be a huge influx of migrants from the A2 nations.

Eastern European invasion 'comes to nothing', the Independent declared. As a Guardian commentator informed us, the number of Romanians and Bulgarian will actually fall:

So MigrationWatch's prediction of 50,000 a year over the next five years actually starts looking like a potential fall in numbers. It is not likely that fewer Romanians and Bulgarians will end up here but it is a possibility and one that is as worthy of consideration as all the "invasion" predictions that have more in common with astrology than demography.'

Or, as this 2013 Open Democracy piece pointed out, notions that people will move to richer countries to earn more money are too simplistic because 'serious migration studies... are aware that the drivers of migration are much more complex and that migration systems, migration networks, migration politics, opportunity-constraints structures, social and human capital, perceptions and imaginations, individual characteristics and emotions play crucial roles.'

Migration Matters also poured cold water on claims there would be a big surge in arrivals. The organisation's director, Atul Hatwal, said:

'Our belief is that the anti-immigration lobby have cried wolf once too often. Their claim is that as many as 300,000 new migrants will arrive from Romania and Bulgaria over the course of 2014. In truth we believe that figure will probably peak at around 20,000.'

A spokesman for Migration Matters went on to say that 'if 300,000 migrants do arrive from Romania and Bulgaria then the opponents of migration will have shown to be correct'.

I guess that answers that one then, as there are now 413,000 Romanian and Bulgarians living in Britain, roughly 90,000 a year more since January 2014, compared to 6,200 Britons living in the A2 states. Ukip were shown to have been correct.

... And there are now more Turkish Cypriots in north London than in Cyprus, something which Paul Collier pointed out in Exodus to illustrate the extent to which, given the opportunity, people will migrate in very large numbers, especially if there are already bridgeheads in the receiving country.
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Racism – crime, offensive comments
British Police Arrest At Least 3,395 People for 'Offensive' Online Comments in One Year
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 14 October 2017.

British police forces arrested at least nine people a day for "offensive" online comments last year.

Figures obtained by The Times through the Freedom of Information Act reveal that 3,395 people across 29 forces were arrested last under section 127 of the Communications Act 2003, which makes it illegal to intentionally "cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another", in 2016.

The true figure is likely to be significantly higher, as thirteen police forces refused to provide the requested information and two did not provide usable data.

Around half of the investigations were abandoned before being brought to prosecution, which critics say is an indication that the authorities are being excessively strict in their interpretation of the law's restrictions on freedom of speech.

Nevertheless, many forces have massively stepped up their focus on so-called trolls, with the number of arrests by West Midlands Police having increased by an astonishing 877 per cent since 2014.

With Home Secretary Amber Rudd's announcement of a special national police hub focused on online hate last week, it is expected that these numbers will only increase.

Jim Killock, executive director of the Open Rights Group, said: "the problem is 'grossly offensive' is not something you should normally be prosecuted for. It's not showing harm to other people. It's not showing that somebody is being ... attacked or threatened."

The seeming inconsistency in the enforcement of free speech restrictions has also been a source of contention, with the Metropolitan Police – who detained 867 people in 2016, according to the Times figures – appearing reluctant to investigate people such as Nadia Chan, the self-described Islamist who was revealed as having made a number of deeply racist remarks about white people on social media after an appearance on public broadcaster Channel 4.

Chan branded Israeli Jews "parasites" and ranted that white people were "swine" and "pasty bland bitches [who] have NO culture, no rich history, you ain't shit, ur ancestors were cave ppl". She also openly endorsed terror attacks on Iranian state network Press TV – but the Met refused to say whether they would bring charges against her. ...

Similarly, people who reported mixed race transgender model Munroe Bergdorf for saying "the white race is the most violent and oppressive force of nature on earth" in a segment produced and aired by the publicly-funded BBC – an apparent violation of the laws against 'inciting racial hatred' – were met with official indifference.
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National identity – oppression, Union Jack
Union Jack is 'not a symbol of pride, but OPPRESSION', UK Professor declares on Newsnight
Joseph Carey
Daily Express, 13 October 2017.

A UK professor has claimed that the Union Jack is "not a symbol of pride, but oppression", in a latest BBC Newsnight segment.

Kehinde Andrews, a professor at Birmingham City University, has declared that the British Empire "produced a toxic national identity" that needs to be acknowledged by British sports stars who should be "taking a knee" during the National Anthem.

He said: "Every inequality of housing, employment, education and wealth that plagues African Americans is strongly felt by black people in Britain.

"All of this injustice is the direct legacy of the British Empire that often made its place in the world through genocide, slavery and colonialism.

"The Empire produced a toxic national identity, yet many people are yearning to roll back the clock to when Britannia Ruled the Waves.

"So, rather than draping themselves in the flag, or tearing up during the Anthem, British sports stars should take a knee or clench a fist.

"The flag is not a symbol of pride, but oppression."
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Immigration abroad – border controls, Denmark
Denmark refuses to lift EU border controls in blow to EU free movement
Mark Chandler
Daily Express, 13 October 2017.

Denmark has refused to lift its border controls for another six months as it warned the EU's open borders were putting the nation at risk. ...

Immigration and Integration Minister Inger Stoejberg said: "A prerequisite for free movement is that there is control over Europe's external borders.

"And while we are currently experiencing low entry and asylum rates in Denmark, we must unfortunately note that there is still a great deal of pressure on Europe's external borders.

"At the same time, we cannot close our eyes to the serious terrorist threat against Denmark.

"The government has, therefore, considered it necessary that border controls be maintained so far." ...

And, in a letter to the commission, Ms Stoejberg argued terrorists were taking advantage of the EU's open borders.

He warned: "The many failed, foiled and completed terrorist attacks carried out in EU Member States in 2016 and 2017 have demonstrated in all their horror terrorist groups are likely to try to take advantage of deficiencies in our border controls.

"Crossing the external and internal borders of the Schengen area is part of their strategy, which often involves preparing attacks in one Member State from the territory of a neighbouring member state."
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Immigration – Romanians, Bulgarians, BBC bias
How the Mail got it right on Romanian and Bulgarian migration and the BBC got it so wrong – and deceived Britain
Stephen Glover
Daily Mail, 12 October 2017.

We all know how, in 2004, the Labour government opened the door to immigration from Poland and seven other Eastern European states, while other countries such as Germany and France imposed restrictions.

The Blair government forecast a relatively small annual influx – of between 5,000 and 13,000. Within five years, nearly a million had arrived.

Following that gigantic miscalculation, one might have expected a little more caution would be shown at the beginning of 2014 when immigration restrictions from Romania and Bulgaria were lifted by the Coalition government.

With an eye on the cock-up over Poland, prime minister Cameron refused to release official projections.

The Mail warned that history would repeat itself. So did a small number of other organisations such as Migration Watch, a think-tank run by a respected former British ambassador.

This did not prevent many – most notably the BBC – from predicting that anxieties over the number of migrants would turn out to be misplaced.

In fact, they were utterly justified. Yesterday, the Office for National Statistics estimated there are 413,000 Romanians and Bulgarians living in the United Kingdom, equivalent to the population of Bristol.

Of these, roughly 150,000 were already living in the country before 2014. But since then, more than a quarter of a million more migrants from Romania and Bulgaria have settled here. ...

But the Beeb was adamant that those expressing concern about a new wave of migration were guilty of scare tactics. ...

The dependably Leftist Channel 4 News was equally awry. In 2014, it published a 'fact check' which declared: 'Predictions of a mass influx of immigrants from Bulgaria and Romania have failed to come true.'

The explanation for such superciliousness is hardly obscure. Even the BBC's former director-general, Mark Thompson, admitted in 2011 that there were 'some years' when the Corporation was 'very reticent about talking about immigration'. ...

One organisation (long shunned by the BBC and the Left-wing media) did predict what has happened.

In 2013, Migration Watch estimated that between 30,000 and 70,000 Romanians and Bulgarians a year would come to the UK. Its higher figure has proved almost exactly correct. ...

Migration Watch, whose record entitles it to be trusted on such matters, estimates that nearly half of housing demand is attributable to migrants.
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Immigration abroad – France
Marseilles killer Ahmed Hanachi 'should have been deported'
Adam Sage
The Times, 12 October 2017.

President Macron's government was accused of "serious dysfunctions" yesterday over its failure to keep in detention an illegal immigrant who killed two women in a terrorist attack two days after he was released.

Two senior interior ministry officials have been removed for their roles in the failings that led to the release of Ahmed Hanachi, a Tunisian, who stabbed Mauranne Harel, 20, and her cousin Laura Paumier, 21, in Marseilles on October 1.

Opposition leaders said that the case highlighted wide-ranging weaknesses in France's efforts to combat illegal immigration and accused Gérard Collomb, the interior minister, of seeking to shift the blame on to civil servants.
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Illegal immigration – deportation
To allow the illegal migrant population to grow in this country would be a betrayal of the British people
Lord Green
The Sun, 12 October 2017.
[Lord Green of Deddington is chairman of Migration Watch UK]

MPs were told this week there may be as many as one million illegal migrants in the UK and that it was very unlikely they would ever be removed.

But the revelation to the Home Affairs Committee by former borders chief David Wood will come as no surprise to those who have sat in government in recent years.

The reality is that this very serious problem has been developing for a long time. Fearing public uproar, successive governments have been secretive on the issue.

Only in 2005 – and under considerable pressure – did the then Labour government make an estimate of numbers.

At the time the illegal migrant population was put at 430,000. Since then, very little has been said on the matter.

But it is likely that, 12 years on, they now number upwards of a million, although we can never be certain of the exact figure.

The impact of the illegal immigrant population on this country is significant.

The cost to the taxpayer for use of the health service and schools, neither of which have robust checks on eligibility, will run into the tens of millions.

In the workplace, illegal migrants undercut the wages of British workers.

Many are also exploited by unscrupulous employers who get away with ignoring health and safety, the minimum wage and other employment legislation. This is unfair to those business owners who play by the rules.

Perhaps most worryingly, illegal migrants undermine the rule of law and further erode our collective confidence in the ability of government to control our borders. So how have we ended up in such dire straits?

Successive governments have done too little to remove those with no right to remain here and not enough to prevent the illegal migrant population growing still larger.

In the past the immigration system was so lax that anyone with a degree could come to the UK in search of work, and bogus students could sign up to a fake college and remain in Britain illegally after their visa had expired.

Some good work has been done to tighten the system up. However, serious deficiencies remain elsewhere.

More often than not, those whose claim for asylum has been refused are not sent back to their home country. ...

Meanwhile, as of last summer, our porous borders were manned by just three border patrol vessels – one for every 2,500 miles of coastline. ...

The removal of those with no right to remain has got steadily worse in recent years, and those either already here or who seek to make it to Britain know that the chances of removal are extremely small.

Enforced removals of failed asylum seekers and immigration offenders halved between 2009 and 2016 to just 5,000.

This decline is partly down to resources at the Home Office but other factors such as human rights legislation and the courts make removal more difficult.

A lack of political will to address obstacles certainly doesn't help. ...

What is needed is political determination and a substantial increase in resources. We cannot sit on our hands any longer.
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Immigration abroad – border controls, Germany
Germany extends passport controls on Austrian border, flights from Greece
Reuters, 12 October 2017.

Germany has extended temporary passport controls on its border with Austria and for flights coming from Greece for six more months amid continuing concerns about attacks and illegal immigration, the Interior Ministry said on Thursday. ...

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere justified Germany's move given continued security concerns, and said a complete return to free travel within the Schengen area was contingent on an improvement in the overall situation.

Germany was hit by five Islamist attacks in 2016, including one in December on a Berlin Christmas market that killed 12 people. ...

Border controls also apply to flights to Germany from Greece, which was the gateway for thousands of migrants from Iraq and Syria.

Ministry data on Wednesday showed that 140,000 asylum seekers have registered in Germany since the beginning of 2017.
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Illegal immigration – deportation
Over one million illegal immigrants are in Britain: Former Home Office chief admits huge numbers live in the UK 'under the radar' and many will never be sent home
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 11 October 2017.

Britain is home to more than a million illegal migrants, a former Home Office chief admitted yesterday.

After years of denial across government, a senior official finally acknowledged that huge numbers of foreigners are living here 'under the radar'.

David Wood, who was head of immigration enforcement until 2015, told MPs few of the illegals were ever likely to be sent home. They include visa overstayers, criminals who have escaped deportation, failed asylum seekers and those who have sneaked into the UK. ...

Giving evidence to the Commons home affairs committee, Mr Wood said: 'There are probably over a million foreigners here illegally at the moment. There's a large number, so no one could ever remove them really.'

He also told MPs that Brexit could result in a 'whole group of potential illegal immigrants that there wasn't before'. EU nationals overstaying visas would be targeted as easy to remove while 'more harm-based cases are left'.

Official statisticians say it is impossible to give an accurate number for people living here unlawfully. The last Home Office estimate – from as long ago as 2001 – was 430,000. ...

Christopher Chope, the Conservative committee member who drew Mr Wood into the admission, said: 'It is mind-boggling that there are so many people here who should not be here and we don't know what to do in response.

'The figures illustrate the paucity of any removals whether compulsory or voluntary and it suggests we do not have any controls over the people who are here.' ...

Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of MigrationWatch, said: 'For some years we have been pointing to the likely scale of illegal migration to the UK.

'This now seems to be confirmed by a former official who was responsible for these matters at the Home Office. It is an astonishing number of people coming below the radar to Britain. All of them, in practice, have access to the NHS and education for their children.

'There is no way the Government can remove so many people but they are right to make the environment much more difficult for people who have no right to be here.'

Despite a backlog of nearly 27,000 failed asylum seekers who were deemed 'subject to removal action', the Home Office deported fewer than 3,500 in 2016.

This is a fall of two thirds since 2010, when the Tories came to power.
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Crime – Birmingham
Revealed: The rising shootings, stabbings, carjackings and child rapes linked to Birmingham gangs
Jeanette Oldham
Birmingham Mail, 11 October 2017.

Gangs involved in a deadly turf war in Birmingham are behind an explosion of violence including dozens of shootings, stabbings and child rapes. ...

West Midlands Police has been tackling the escalating crimewave, including bringing prominent 61 group member Marcel Mullings-Boyd to justice and arresting other suspects.

But the force REFUSED to provide any details of offences linked to the three gangs after we submitted a Freedom of Information request - claiming to do so would encourage the criminals to try to 'out-do' each other. ...

Yet the full scale of offending can be revealed today after the Birmingham Mail conducted a series of in-depth community interviews in neighbourhoods terrorised by the gangs, including in and around The Fold housing estate in Kings Norton. ...

We also told last month how crime-hit Birmingham had seen almost 100 shootings this year.
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Immigration abroad – violence, finance, USA
Bring Down Leftist Foundations Like the Mafia
Daniel Greenfield
FrontPage Mag, 11 October 2017.

The Department of Justice has been investigating DisruptJ20, a "resistance" group that plotted to shut down President Trump's inauguration. /.../ But the pipeline of Dj20 funding goes back to George Soros.

And not just Soros.

Money from the Global Justice Alliance went to Refuse Fascism, a group founded by members of the Revolutionary Communist Party, which staged violent protests. "Respectable" big money leftist groups like the Hill Snowdon Foundation and Ben and Jerry's Foundation fund middlemen like the Alliance. And then the Alliance funds "direct action" groups that are willing to get their hands violently dirty.

The DOJ, better than anyone, should understand this model. It's commonplace among criminals.

And when you go after criminals, you don't stop with the street thugs. Instead you go after the bosses. ...

The Center for Community Change Action, another "direct action" group, recently had its donors exposed. They included Soros' Open Society Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Approximately $7 million has gone from these big donors to the "direct action" group.

The CCCA has its own groups for which it's acting as a "fiscal sponsor". That's how it works.

The Ford Foundation has become notorious for its backing of Black Lives Matter through the Black-Led Movement Fund whose goal was to raise over $100 million for the black nationalist racist hate group.

There is big money behind the street violence tearing apart America from Ferguson to Berkeley.

And there are big foundations behind the big money. ...

Many of these foundations were born in sin. And they've only grown worse since. ...

All this is ominous enough. But the oligarchy has gone from running the country to funding street riots.

And that's not just subversion. It's political terrorism. ...

The Ford Foundation has $12 billion in assets. It distributes $500 to $600 million each year. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation boasts $8.6 billion in assets and around $300 million in annual spending. The MacArthur Foundation has $6.4 billion in assets and hands out $220 million a year. Soros' Open Society has around $5 billion in assets and passes out over $400 million a year.

That's billions of dollars being spent every year to subvert the political system and seize power.

The DOJ should deal with the individual thugs involved in violent protests. But it's even more important to address how they are being financed and organized. And to follow the money trail back to the top. ...

The foundations have gone beyond exercising great control over education and social policy. They now exercise near total control in some of these areas. They are grappling for the real levers of power from elections to street violence. They are evolving into something like a shadow government.
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Illegal immigration
Grenfell fire: One year immigration amnesty can become permanent
BBC, 11 October 2017.

Grenfell Tower fire survivors whose immigration status was uncertain will have the chance to be granted permanent UK residency, the Home Office has said.

This is a change to the one-year immigration amnesty announced after the June blaze in west London. ...

Mr Lewis also announced that relatives of survivors and victims who have been allowed to come into the UK for reasons relating to the fire will have the right to stay for six months.
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Crime – Islam
Jihadi jailed for 10 years for helping 21/7 Tube bombers given top council job after bosses failed to uncover her criminal past
Chris Pollard
The Sun, 10 October 2017.

A jihadi jailed for helping the 21/7 Tube bombers got a top council job ...

Mulumebet Girma rose through housing department ranks after London's Southwark Council failed to uncover her criminal past, despite her being in one of the UK's highest-profile terror trials.

The Ethiopian ex-model was even put on the cover of a council magazine to promote its apprenticeship scheme. Girma, 33, has now been sacked.

Girma got a job with Southwark Council as a trainee customer services assistant in 2013 – shortly after she was released early from a 10-year jail term.

She did not declare her criminal past and the council failed to uncover it despite her having a key role in one of Britain's highest profile terror trials.

A simple Google search would have revealed ex-model Girma had been convicted under the Terrorism Act for assisting her brother-in-law Hussein Osman, who tried to blow up a packed commuter train on 21 July 2005.
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Multiculturalism – police
The nationality of people stopped by immigration officers in Birmingham - and most are BRITISH
Jonny Jacobsen
Birmingham Mail, 10 October 2017.

One out of every four people stopped by immigration officers in Birmingham are British nationals, a new report has revealed.

The data was obtained as part of a nationwide investigation by The Bristol Cable and The Bureau of Investigative Journalism. The Home Office only released the figures after a seven-month freedom of information battle.

That rate was significantly higher than the one-in-five average recorded for the 11 cities covered by the investigation.

Britons also topped the list of nationalities stopped in Birmingham, ahead of Indians and Pakistanis, who each made up 20 percent of the total.

The figures released gave a breakdown of people questioned by nationality, No details regarding the ethnic background of those stopped was released. ...

The data obtained in the investigation covered 11 cities: nine across England as well as Cardiff and Glasgow.
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Politics – Green Party
Green Party members want a Bank Holiday celebrating migrant contributions to Britain
David Levesley
i News, 10 October 2017.

The Green Party Autumn Conference is currently underway in Harrogate. ... But one that was passed with an overwhelming majority among party members was Windrush Day, a Bank Holiday that would recognise the contributions migrants and people of colour have made to Britain. ...

"In a political climate that has become increasingly hostile towards migrants, it is more important than ever that we speak up, cherish, and recognise the enormous contribution they have made to this country," co-leader Jonathan Bartley told i.

"Nothing can be done to completely right the historic wrongs that were inflicted on the travellers, the slaves, and the refugees who have come to Britain but we can use our influence today to make Britain a more welcoming and inclusive society tomorrow."
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Terrorism – violence, Islam
Rapists and wife-beaters flocked to join ISIS because the group's systemised sexual violence appealed to them, study shows
Iain Burns
MailOnline, 10 October 2017.

A new study has shown that many men with a history of sexual violence and domestic abuse joined ISIS because of the group's use of slavery and rape.

The Henry Jackson Society report claims the sanctioning of systemic sexual abuse served as a way of 'attracting, retaining, mobilising and rewarding fighters'.

It was also used as a means of delivering cruel punishment to 'kafir' -

non-Muslims - and as a form of terrorism.

With slavery and rape given Islamic justification by the depraved group's theologians, sexual exploitation was also used as a way of raising cash for the caliphate.

The study shows many ISIS fighters from the US and Europe had a background of abusing women, which implies a relationship between 'committing terrorist attacks and having a history of physical and/or sexual violence'.

One infamous jihadist described as key in the savage persecution of non-Muslims in ISIS territory is the Briton Siddhartha Dhar. ...

The group also sanctioned forced conversions and pregnancies after women were enslaved or abused as a means of adding to the ranks of the extremist cult. ...

The Henry Jackson Society also looked at the link between human trafficking and funding.

It found that groups, including Isis and Boko Haram, are turning to hostage-taking and ransom efforts as historical revenue streams such as taxation and oil sales dry up.

The study suggests kidnapping brought in around £7.6 million to £22.8 million for Isis last year.
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Racism – discrimination, diversity promotion
Theresa May vows to tackle racism after report reveals shocking extent of discrimination in UK
Lizzy Buchan
Independent, 10 October 2017.

Theresa May will admit Britain has a long way to go to achieve racial equality after a major review laid bare significant divisions in the way black and ethnic minority people are treated.

The Prime Minister will also warn business leaders, government, police and other institutions that they have "nowhere to hide" and must ensure that race is never a barrier to people achieving their goals.

The data, published on Tuesday, will offer an unprecedented insight into how people from different backgrounds face a postcode lottery of outcomes, as the unemployment rate for ethnic minorities is nearly double that of white British adults, with a larger gap in the North of 13.6 per cent, compared to 9 per cent in the South.

Other findings Ms May will highlight include wide gaps over home ownership as white people, Indians and Pakistanis are more likely to own their own home than Bangladeshis and black people. ...

Following the report, which Ms May commissioned last year, ministers will target 20 "hotspots" where ethnic minority people are more likely to be unemployed, which could include mentoring, traineeships, and offering English, maths and vocational training alongside work placements.

The Ministry of Justice will adopt recommendations from the recent Lammy Review, chaired by David Lammy MP, including performance indicators for prisons to assess how prisoners of different races are treated, while encouraging recruitment of ethnic minority staff.
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Racism – discrimination, politics
Theresa May's race audit relies on misleading statistics
David Green
Spectator blog, 10 October 2017.

We know from her unfortunate conference speech that it irks Mrs May to hear Labour claiming a monopoly on compassion, and this week's racial disparity audit is her latest attempt to prove that she is equally concerned about injustice.

The problem is that the disparity audit is based on a colossal intellectual blunder. Disparate outcomes may be the result of discrimination, but there are numerous other valid explanations. When comparing large groups using statistics there are many confounding factors at work. For example, the average age of ethnic minorities is younger than for the white population. This has given them less time to get promotion and increase their earnings. To assume that lower average earnings result from discrimination is a schoolboy error. A far higher proportion of people of Indian origin are doctors by comparison with the white population. Has there been discrimination in favour of Indians or against whites? Or has discrimination got nothing to do with it? And what should we make of occasions when there is a difference within one ethnic group between males and females? Black Caribbean boys, for instance, do less well in the education system than black Caribbean girls. Do our teachers discriminate against black boys but not black girls? Or is it nothing to do with discrimination? And why are there such large differences between ethnic minorities? Chinese children do exceptionally well in school, compared with black and Asian groups. ...

Mrs May has blundered into a minefield of uncertainties that call for careful, honest, and fearless study. She has declared war on civil servants and teachers, threatening that there is 'nowhere to hide' from her righteous indignation. But in truth this campaign against injustice is an onslaught on statistical variance. If you pick two groups defined by a characteristic such as race that has no direct connection with outcomes such as the attainment of educational qualifications, you will inevitably find differences. Her mistake is to assume that there is a causal connection between race and outcomes, when often there is none.

Focusing on racial disparities also ignores that fact that for many years now there has been discrimination in favour of ethnic minorities in recruitment to the civil service. The Home Office, for example, was first given a recruitment target by the Blair Government. Its first 'milestone' was for 2004, when the prison, probation, passport and immigration services all exceeded their target of 25 percent. They had achieved 38 percent from ethnic minorities. The trouble is that if one organisation takes so many ethnic minority members, then it does not leave enough for other organisations to recruit their proportionate share. And yet, if they fail to meet their target they are in danger of being condemned as discriminators who will be given 'nowhere to hide'.

Mrs May's campaign is an example of a vote-winning strategy based on 'political positioning' instead of problem solving.
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Immigration abroad – feminism, crime, rape, multiculturalism, Sweden
Sweden's Sexual Assault Crisis Presents a Feminist Paradox
Paulina Neuding
Quillette, 10 October 2017.

Sweden prides itself on being a beacon of feminism. ...

But while Swedish women rank among the most equal in the world, they increasingly fear for their physical safety on the streets. Reported sex crimes increased by 61 percent between 2007 and 2016. Meanwhile a rise in gang violence among men – the number of victims injured by gunshots increased by 50 percent between 2004 and 2016 – indirectly affects the safety of women. Police admit that rape cases are piling up without being investigated because resources are being drained by gang violence and shootings. ...

... Torgny Söderberg, head of the investigation section at the Stockholm police, confirmed the problem on SVT, acknowledging that homicides and attempted homicides draw resources away from rape investigations. ...

... In 2016, only eleven percent of reported rapes were prosecuted, a decrease from twenty percent in 2014. ...

Previous studies (by now more than a decade old) have shown a large overrepresentation of immigrants, particularly from patriarchal societies in the Middle East and North Africa, among the suspects of sex crimes in Sweden. Overrepresentation of immigrants has been even higher when it comes to group rapes, especially with three or more assailants. ...

A similar study, conducted in 2005, showed an even higher overrepresentation of immigrants among sex crime suspects, by then up to 5.1 times as likely as Swedes to commit rape ...

... However, the exact link between sex crimes and immigration is not known, since the Swedish government will not update its statistics, and the data, which are still being collected, have not been made available to the public. ...

But open discussion of this subject is thwarted by taboos. Xenophobic movements in and outside Sweden use immigrant rapes as a political weapon to generalize about immigrants, which has made it an understandably sensitive topic. This has added to concerns that multiculturalism is tarnished and created a dilemma for Swedish politicians confronted with a choice between progressive orthodoxies about the benefits of multicultural diversity and the feminist duty to ensure female welfare and safety. ...

Meanwhile, police are busy dealing with rising gang crime. ...

A 2014 report by economist Tino Sanandaji shows that the number of areas of social exclusion grew from three in 1990, to more than 180 in 2012. Using a different measure, the Swedish police has identified 61 so-called "vulnerable areas," where crimes are significantly affecting the communities. ...

While certain types of crime, such as manslaughter and car theft, have declined over time, recent studies show that Sweden has four to five times as many fatal gun crimes as Norway and Germany. Between 2014 and 2016, police authorities handled more than 100 cases involving hand grenades, an astonishing figure that makes Sweden stand out among countries not at war.
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Immigration – chain migration
Number of relatives of British nationals allowed to live in UK plummets
May Bulman
Independent, 9 October 2017.

The number of foreigners granted the right to live with their relatives in the UK has plummeted in the past decade, The Independent can reveal.

Analysis of immigration statistics shows the number of children, partners and dependant relatives able to remain permanently in the UK through a "grant of settlement" has declined by 73 per cent since 2006.

Family members being granted entry clearance visas, which they must obtain in order to move to Britain to apply for settlement, have also dropped – falling from 70,119 in 2006 to just 38,119 last year, marking an decrease of 46 per cent. ...

Amid the decline in family members being granted the right to live with their loved ones in the UK, the number of applications has also fallen – but not at the same rate. While applicants had an 83 per cent chance of being granted a visa in 2006, they had a 72 per cent chance last year.

Experts said the fall in applications can be explained by policies introduced by the Government to deter people from applying, in a bid to reduce immigration numbers. New measures include a rise in the income threshold for the British relative and an increase in application fees, leading to a more bureaucratic process now in place.

A policy change in 2012, which saw the period one had to live in the UK before applying for a permanent residency increase from two years to five years, will also have contributed to the steep decline in grants of settlement, which has plummeted by 77 per cent since the change took place.
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Multiculturalism – integration
Pakistani women are living in 'entirely different society' and are 'shockingly badly integrated' in Britain says official audit
Shari Miller
MailOnline, 9 October 2017.

Pakistani women living in the UK are 'shockingly badly integrated', a Cabinet Office survey is set to reveal.

The findings of the UK's first disparity audit, published in full on Tuesday, hope to shed better light on how people from different backgrounds are treated in regards to their access to healthcare, education, employment and the criminal justice system.

For women of Pakistani origin, the audit has revealed a particularly 'shocking' situation.

A source close to the Cabinet Office told The Sunday Times: 'Other communities have integrated very well, but the audit shows that Pakistani women who don't speak English or go out to work are living in an entirely different society and are shockingly badly integrated.'
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Crime – sexual abuse of children
Grooming gangs 'are abusing girls across the country', victims and investigators warn
Lizzie Dearden
Independent, 9 October 2017.

Grooming gangs across the country are repeating the horrific abuse exposed in Rotherham, Rochdale, Oxford and most recently Newcastle, victims and investigators have warned.

There are mounting calls for nationwide action to combat sexual exploitation, with authorities accused of playing catch-up after ignoring victims "for decades and decades".

Sammy Woodhouse, who was abused as a teenager by the Rotherham ringleader Arshid "Mad Ash" Hussain and has waived her right to anonymity, said abuse was underway "all over the country".

"It's an issue for every town and city, more people are being failed," she told The Independent. "I'm hearing a lot of new complaints from survivors.

"Some are saying they have been to the police and didn't get taken seriously, others are getting support.

"But I think the Government is still trying to play this down and make out it's not a major issue – they are not doing enough."

Her calls for action came as figures show that in Bradford 1,153 referrals were made to its child sexual exploitation team in 2016/17 – a 62 per cent increase on the year before. ...

Authorities behind an investigation that identified more than 700 women and girls as potential victims of sexual exploitation in North East England believe the abuse is happening far beyond areas where perpetrators have been caught.

Pat Ritchie, the chief executive of Newcastle City Council, said "any area that says it does not have a problem is simply not looking for it", while chief constable Steve Ashman of Northumbria Police told The Independent: "I think there's every likelihood that this is happening in every town and city across the country."

Dame Vera Baird, victims lead for the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC), also fears grooming is taking place nationwide. ...

Ms Woodhouse said her abusers and all those reported to her by other victims were from Muslim backgrounds.

"Nobody is saying that all Muslims commit abuse, but by saying it's not an issue you're silencing the victims," she added. ...

Men from a wide range of nationalities, races and religions have been prosecuted as part of grooming gangs but the prevalence of abusers from Pakistani and Bangladeshi backgrounds has been a point of controversy.

Ms Woodhouse was outraged by the sacking of Rotherham MP Sarah Champion from the Shadow Cabinet over a newspaper article in her name that claimed "Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls".
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Multiculturalism – Islam
Multiculturalism Is Splintering the West
Giulio Meotti
Gatestone Institute, 9 October 2017.

The European Union's official statistics on terrorism are dramatic:

"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. 1,002 persons were arrested for terrorist offences in 2016".
These countries all tried to integrate Muslim communities, but all came to the same dead end. "As long as that continues, the failure of integration will pose a mortal threat to Europe", the Wall Street Journal wrote after a suicide bombing that killed 22 people in Manchester. According to a new book by the French reporter Alexandre Mendel, Partition: Chronique de la sécession islamiste en France ("Partition: A Chronicle of the Islamist Secession in France"), multiculturalism is leading to the separation of European societies.

It is also leading to constant waves of terror attacks. Last August, on a single day, Islamists killed 20 Europeans in Barcelona and Finland. A month later, they slaughtered two girls in Marseille, and in Birmingham a Shiite boy was brutally wounded. That is the deadly harvest of Europe's multiculturalism. ...

There is an "increasingly permanent chain of 'suspended communities' nesting within nations throughout the West", the American historian Andrew Michta recently wrote.
"The emergence of these enclaves, reinforced by elite policies of multiculturalism, group identity politics, and the deconstruction of Western heritage, has contributed to the fracturing of Western European nations".


It is one of the great ironies of multiculturalism: five European NATO members are now fighting in Afghanistan against the Taliban who enslave women, while in Europe the same thing is taking place in our own ghettos.

Under multiculturalism, polygamy has increased, along with female genital mutilation (500,000 cases across Europe). Multiculturalism is, in fact, based on the legalization of a parallel sharia society, which is founded on the rejection of Western values, above all equality and freedom.

In addition, the fear of "offending" Islamic minorities has been leading to wishful blindness. ...

Under multiculturalism, anti-Semitism has also skyrocketed, especially in France. The French weekly L'Express just devoted an entire issue to the "new malaise of the French Jews".
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Racism – implicit bias, discrimination, false science, USA
The False 'Science' of Implicit Bias
Heather Mac Donald
Wall Street Journal, 9 October 2017.

Few academic ideas have been as eagerly absorbed into public discourse lately as "implicit bias." Embraced by Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and most of the press, implicit bias has spawned a multimillion-dollar consulting industry, along with a movement to remove the concept of individual agency from the law. Yet its scientific basis is crumbling.

Implicit-bias theory burst onto the academic scene in 1998 with the rollout of an instrument called the implicit association test, the brainchild of social psychologists Anthony Greenwald and Mahzarin Banaji. A press release trumpeted the IAT as a breakthrough in prejudice studies. ...

Not only did they confidently assert that any differences in sorting times for black and white faces flowed from unconscious prejudice, they claimed that the implicit bias allegedly measured by the IAT could predict discriminatory behavior. In the final link of their causal chain, they argued that this unconscious and pervasive predilection to discriminate is a powerful cause of racial disparities. ...

If these sweeping claims were correct, every personnel decision could be challenged as the product of implicit bias. The pressure to guarantee equality of outcome through quotas would grow stronger. ...

Mr. Greenwald and Ms. Banaji now admit that the IAT does not predict "biased behavior" in the lab. (No one has even begun to test its connection to real-world behavior.) The psychometric problems associated with the race IAT make it "problematic to use to classify persons as likely to engage in discrimination," they wrote, along with a third co-author, in 2015. ...

Nevertheless, the idea of implicit bias has marched through American institutions. This summer nearly 200 CEOs signed a pledge to pack their employees off to implicit-bias training, part of an economywide diversity initiative championed by PricewaterhouseCoopers. ...

President Obama sent federal law-enforcement personnel to implicit-bias training; many local police departments are doing the same, spending millions of dollars that could be used instead to improve officers' tactical and communication skills.

Faculty hiring committees routinely have to take the IAT to confront their hidden biases against minority and female candidates. ...

The need to plumb the unconscious to explain racial gaps arises for one reason: It is taboo to acknowledge that socioeconomic disparities might be caused by intergroup differences in cultural values, family structure, interests or abilities.
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Border controls – EU migrants
Face scans at the border to keep track of EU migrants after Brexit
Christopher Hope
Sunday Telegraph, 8 October 2017.

A controversial requirement to fingerprint EU nationals who want to work in the UK after Brexit has been dropped from a forthcoming immigration white paper.

Instead ministers will require EU visitors to the UK to their faces scanned if they want to stay and work in the UK, The Sunday Telegraph can disclose.

The news will ease concerns of critics that EU nationals might feel they were being criminalised if they were finger printed for trying to work legally in the UK.

An immigration white paper is due to be published in coming weeks by the Government.
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Immigration abroad – Hungary, EU
'They're HYPOCRITES' Hungarian minister BLASTS Brussels for 'failing' migrant policy
Aurora Bosotti
Sunday Express, 8 October 2017.

European Union member states need to admit the obligatory migrant quota system is a failure or face dissent, Hungarian foreign minister Peter Szijjarto warned.

He told RT: "It's obvious that the migratory policy of the European Union was a failure so far. The obligatory quota system is a total dead-end street.

"At least Central Europe was honest about it but those Western European friends of ours, who praise the decision very loudly and bash us very loudly, have completed to quota up to 25 per cent. So basically no one complied with the decision of the European Commission." ...

He continued: "It's a matter of hypocrisy, of political correctness instead of being honest and straight to the problem.

"This is actually against European regulations and European laws because the decision to impose quotas takes away the right of member states to make their own decision on who to let enter their countries and who not to let in."

Hungarian President Victor Orbán accused EU Commission boss Jean-Claude Juncker of trying to turn Hungary into an "immigrant country" using "violence." ...

He wrote in a letter to Mr Juncker: "Hungary... is not an immigrant country, does not want to become an immigrant country and cannot accept being forced to change this.

"The interpretation of the principle of solidarity described in your letter is, in essence, the transformation of Hungary into an immigrant country, against the will of the Hungarian citizens."
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Extremism – Europe, UK
Europe receives a wake-up call in the battle to counter extremism
Damien McElroy
The National, 8 October 2017.

Europe is preoccupied with the terror hotspots where mass killings hog the headlines, but there is a broader battle with extremist ideology that stretches across the northern hemisphere.

The security forces have well-established, if imperfect, co-ordination to combat terrorism. The task of co-operating to confront radicalisation has been dangerously overlooked for decades.

A wake-up call that deserves wider notice was delivered last week in a comprehensive survey of initiatives from Tajikistan to Canada and from Norway to Spain.

The report was written for the Organisation of Security Cooperation in Europe. The organisation, better known for Cold War co-operation and Balkan peacekeeping, has struggled to rise to the challenge posed by Islamist extremism.

In commissioning Peter Neumann, the King's College London expert in radicalisation, the OSCE has opened a window of opportunity to fight the problem at a new level.

That the body has recognised it can embrace thinking trail-blazed elsewhere must be welcomed. In particular the United Arab Emirates has pioneered an approach that makes tackling violent extremism distinct from countering terrorism. ...

At a time of flux the failures in the European response to extremism are easy to find. ...

One of the worst hotspots for European terrorism has been Britain, which has been all at sea with its efforts to counter violent extremism.

For years ideologues found a haven in Britain to organise among Muslim communities. As Al Qaeda hardmen returned from Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban, many openly boasted of a covenant of protection with the UK security services. In other words they were allowed to organise as long as they navigated criminal law restrictions.

Much later a pivotal opportunity was lost when the government failed to publish an investigation into the role of the Muslim Brotherhood, completed by senior officials in 2015.

Earlier this year, Theresa May promised to set up an official Commission for Countering Extremism to oversee the official response to radicalisation. It has advertised for a commissioner to lead its establishment phase. Already behind the scenes it is becoming clear the absence of guidance from the 2015 report is a founding flaw. ...

The new commission is dogged by concerns that it will be yet another fig leaf for action.
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Illegal immigration – Calais, France, UK
Majority of Calais migrants seek refuge in the UK
ITV, 7 October 2017.

The majority of migrants in Calais head to the French port city hoping to make it across the Channel to Britain, according to a new survey.

The survey by Auberge des Migrants, found 92.5 % of Calais migrants want to apply for asylum in the UK.

Of those who seek to come to Britain, 62% want to come because they have relatives or friends in the UK.

The charity found 15% want to come to Britain to study while a further 10% seek refuge in the UK as they believe the Dublin regulation does not apply, although UK is one of the 32 'Dublin states'.

The Dublin Regulation establishes the EU Member State responsible for an asylum application. ...

Only 6.5% those questioned said they wanted to stay in France although the majority either did not know about, or were unwilling, to seek refuge in the reception centres (CAES) around France.

The charity found many migrants were put off applying for asylum in France as they were frightened of being expelled to Italy or Greece, countries that believe can not accommodate them properly.
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Immigration abroad – Poland
Poland Catholics hold controversial prayer day on borders
BBC, 7 October 2017.

Tens of thousands have taken part in a controversial prayer day in Poland.

Catholics were encouraged to go to designated points along the country's borders for a mass rosary prayer for the salvation of Poland and the world.

Church leaders say the event is purely religious, but there are concerns it could be seen as endorsing the state's refusal to let in Muslim migrants.

The feast day marks the anniversary of a Christian victory over Ottoman Turks at the sea battle of Lepanto in 1571. ...

Poland, along with Hungary and the Czech Republic, refused to take part in an EU deal in 2015 to relocate refugees from frontline states Italy and Greece.
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Illegal immigration – Irish border
Border could be used as 'back door' by immigrants after Brexit, Ahern warns
Colm Kelpie
Irish Independent, 6 October 2017.

The Border could become a "back door" for immigration into the UK post-Brexit which the British government will ultimately move to deal with, former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has warned.

Mr Ahern signalled London could look to harden the Border in the coming years, even after the UK's EU withdrawal is completed.

With immigration such a big issue in the Brexit campaign and referendum, Britain will, in the years to come, start to look much more closely at the Border "when they see the abuses that will be happening", he said.

"You're going to get people [coming] in here, hopefully not in huge numbers, and they will use it as a back door from other places," Mr Ahern told a conference organised by Dublin City University's Brexit Institute.

"Let's be honest about it. Wouldn't you be an awful eejit if you were trying to get into the EU and you didn't?"

He said Britain would then start to take note that there were people crossing the Border that were not British or Irish.
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Illegal immigration
Migrants find new back door to Britain: Group are pictured trying to jump aboard lorries arriving at quiet port 200 miles down the coast from Calais
Arthur Martin
Daily Mail, 6 October 2017.

These are the migrants who have found a new way to get into Britain.

Two hundred miles up the coast from the towering fences and high security at Calais, they have begun to gather outside the quiet port of Ouistreham in Normandy.

And yesterday they were seen pouncing on lorries that were headed for the docks. ...

The migrants are a part of a group of about 100 young men from Sudan and Eritrea who live in a makeshift camp in woodland a mile-and-a-half from the port.
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Crime – prostitution, fake passports
Sex-trafficking couple used prostitution to put daughter through private school
Daily Telegraph, 6 October 2017.

A former couple helped fund their child's private education by trafficking women into a "sexual conveyor belt" of prostitution.

Malaysian Hong Chin, 45, ran a pit bull dog breeding kennel on a country estate in Esher, Surrey, where his ex-partner Li Wei Gao, 44, lived in a converted barn with their daughter.

At the same time, the pair raked in more than £100,000 through the trade in trafficking women for sex work until the operation was shut down by Sussex Police. ...

The pair were helped by Chin's then-lover, Ting Li Lu, 47, who he lived with in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, jurors heard.

Following a trial at the Old Bailey, all three defendants were found guilty of conspiracy to control prostitution for gain between February 2013 and June 2015. They were also convicted of plotting to traffic for sexual exploitation into the UK between March and June 2015. ...

Chin had a fake British passport and went by various different names including Ricky, Goon Saw and Ken.

His Chinese ex-partner used a false passport in the name of Xin Pan and also was known by the alias Jassica, the court heard.
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Immigration abroad – Poland
'Forcing Migrants on Nations Will Mean the End of the EU': Polish President
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 6 October 2017.

Brussels' insistence on ordering European Union (EU) nations to accept third world migrants could lead to the bloc's break-up, Poland's president Andrzej Duda has warned.

The EU principle of unity, Duda told a press conference Thursday, "must come down to the fact that we work together ... we do not try to force other states to act against their own interests and against the interests of their people."

"Therefore, we don't agree to being dictated to, with regards to the quota system and forcing migrants to move to Poland, against our people's will," he stressed, speaking after talks with Bulgarian president Rumen Radev.

Duda added that Poland and Bulgaria share the "same and unequivocal" position on how Europe should deal with the migrant crisis, stating both countries believe the bloc should protect its borders, and provide aid to refugees close to their homelands. ...

"Both for Bulgaria and ourselves, preventing illegal immigration by maintaining an efficient, tightly guarded EU border, that cannot be easily crossed is one of the most important tasks to be undertaken," he said. ...

Radio Poland has reported that, with a €50 million contribution announced last month, Warsaw is the largest donor so far to the European Investment Bank's Economic Resilience Initiative, which aids refugees living in nations including Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, Syria, Albania, and Serbia.
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Employment – low-skilled EU migrants
Britain 'doesn't need any more low-skilled workers from Europe': Think tanks says businesses wanted free-for-all so they could continue using cheap labour
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 5 October 2017.

Britain does not need more low-skilled EU migrants as there is no evidence they are leaving the country, a new report has concluded.

An analysis by a respected think-tank found claims by business that it was imperative to have a 'free-for-all' of foreign workers were 'greatly exaggerated'.

In reality, firms wanted an 'ever-growing quantity of cheap labour' so they could continue to provide 'low pay, poor conditions and little flexibility', said Migration Watch.

The study also pointed out that employers were being subsidised by taxpayers to employ EU migrants.

The working age benefit bill for workers from the 27-nation bloc was £4.4 billion in 2014-15 – or £12 million a day.

Migration Watch carried out the research using official data following claims that a significant reduction in net migration will be a 'catastrophe' for UK businesses. ...

The Office for National Statistics said that overall more than 3.4 million workers aged 16 to 64 working in Britain were foreign – 11 per cent of the workforce. Of these, 2.2 million are from the EU. ...

The report said the stock of EU workers in the UK could be maintained with zero net migration because those who leave could be replaced by others without adding to the figure.

'In effect, this would amount to one in, one out,' said the think-tank.

It said that despite record employment rates for UK-born workers, there were still more than 1.5 million unemployed and 1 million part-time staff who could not find a full-time job.

Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: 'The Government must insist that claims that we need an endless flow of workers from the EU to fill lower-skilled jobs are gone over with a fine toothcomb.

'Highly skilled workers are, of course, valuable but some employers have been making huge profits from cheap labour, leaving the rest of society to cope with the consequences for housing, public services and the cost of in-work benefits.

'Brexit must put a stop to this.'
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Crime – illegal immigration
Bosses laughing off Home Office penalties for employing illegal workers
Andrew Penman
Mirror, 5 October 2017.

Back in the summer, I told how some bosses have a simple tactic when slapped with a Home Office penalty for employing illegal immigrant workers – they just don't pay it. ...

Here's another bunch who have been at it:

*Mohammad Wasim Tayyab, 42, and Muhammad Aleem Tayyab, 44, of East London. Two Home Office raids discovered a total of eight illegal workers at their Indian restaurant company, Tayyab & Sons Ltd.

The first visit resulted in a £50,000 penalty, the second in another for £45,000, neither of which has been paid.

*Sujon Miah, 44, of Worthing, West Sussex. Never paid a £45,000 penalty after three illegal workers were discovered by Home Office immigration officers at his company, Jaipur Restaurant (Worthing) Limited.

*Murtaza Jan, 26, of Dewsbury, West Yorks. Never paid £30,000 for employing two illegal workers at Ma Hair Limited.

*Bunyamin Hurum, 29, of Uxbridge, Middlesex. Never paid £15,000 for employing one illegal worker at his business – BH Catering Limited.

*Tejsatwant Bansal, 70, of Ilford, London. Never paid £40,000 for employing four illegal workers at Imperial Windows & Doors Limited.

*Halima Ahmed, 38, of Basingstoke, Hampshire. Never paid £20,000 for employing two illegal workers at her company H&B Restaurant Limited.

All these directors have since been banned from running limited companies for six or seven years, which I suppose is some sort of sanction, but doesn't it make a mockery of the Home Office penalties if they're so routinely ignored?
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Immigration abroad – Switzerland
Swiss Government Admits It Does Not Know True Identities of 90 Per Cent of Asylum Seekers
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 5 October 2017.

Swiss national councillor Simonetta Sommaruga has revealed that the problem of asylum seekers arriving into the country with no papers is so extensive the government does not know the true identities of nine out of 10 migrants.

According to Sommaruga, between January 1, 2006, and December 31, 2016, Switzerland saw a total of 151,300 asylum seekers register in the country under false identities. The figures come after Swiss People's Party politician Barbara Steinemann made the government concede that as many as 96 per cent of underage asylum seekers had no form of identification, Basler Zeitung reports.

Sommaruga said that some of the blame falls under the fact that names in Arabic can be spelt differently making it look like there were multiple people whilst there was just one individual. Whilst she downplayed the idea of asylum seekers purposely using fake identities, there is nothing in Swiss law to prosecute or bring criminal charges against asylum seekers using fake names.

When Steinman asked how many asylum seekers with fake identities had achieved asylum, Sommaruga said that only asylum seekers with confirmed identities received full asylum – though 60,573 were given temporary permits.

In 2015, Switzerland saw 77 per cent of migrants arrive without papers and in 2016 the figure jumped to 81 per cent. When asked how many of the cases had been resolved and the migrants identified, Sommaruga said in 2015 only 4,091 were identified out of 39,523 and in 2016 only 2,706 migrants out of 27,207.

... In Germany, an estimated 80 per cent of migrants have come into the country without identification, many claiming to be underage.
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Illegal immigration – children
The real Theresa May: How the PM tried to introduce immigration checks in schools
Natalie Bloomer and Samir Jeraj, 5 October 2017.

Since last year, new government rules have meant that schools across England have been collecting data on the country of birth and nationality of their pupils. ...

What looked at first like a badly thought-out policy soon became something more sinister. It was revealed that the Department for Education had made an agreement to pass on details of 1,500 children a month to the Home Office for immigration enforcement.

This arrangement was actually a watered-down version of a far more draconian project initiated by May when she was home secretary.

In 2015, then education secretary Nicky Morgan wrote to David Cameron to warn against Home Office plans for undocumented children. Published extracts of Morgan's letter made it clear that May wanted schools to carry out immigration checks on pupils and put the children of undocumented migrants to the back of the queue when it came to admissions. ...

While May wasn't successful in pushing through those changes, the collection of nationality data started shortly afterwards.

Thanks to pressure from campaigners like Against Borders for Children, the government confirmed earlier this year that information about nationality would no longer be passed to the Home Office and parents who previously provided the information would have the right to retract it. ...

In 2012, it was estimated that there were 120,000 undocumented children in the UK. But between 2012 and 2015 only around 15% of them were regularised or left the country.
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Immigration abroad – civil liberties, free speech, USA
BLM protesters shut down ACLU free speech event
Sandor Farkas
Campus Reform, 5 October 2017.

Black Lives Matter protesters shut down an American Civil Liberties Union discussion on free speech at the College of William and Mary last week before it even began.

"Students and the First Amendment," co-sponsored by William and Mary's Alma Mater Productions (AMP) and the ACLU, styled itself as "an open discussion of the rights of college students" and an opportunity to learn "more about what our individual rights and liberties are."

The September 27 event featured Claire Guthrie Gastañaga, the executive director of the Virginia chapter of the ACLU, as a guest speaker.

The ACLU states that its mission is "to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States," and while it has opposed numerous Trump Administration policies, it has also drawn criticism from the left for its support of First Amendment rights for all citizens, including white nationalists.

Moments after Gastañaga began speaking, 14 members of the college's BLM chapter filed into the front of the room, some dressed in black clothes. ...

After ten minutes of continued chanting, the hosts cancelled the event. ...

The protesters continued shouting for almost an hour until all but a few attendees had left the room. After livestreaming the protest on its Facebook page, "Black Lives Matter W&M" took responsibility for disruption, writing, "Tonight, we shut down an event at William & Mary."
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Immigration abroad – France
French philosopher: Whether we like it or not, we're in a state of civil war
Westmonster, 5 October 2017.

Damien Le Guay, a respected French philosopher, has said that by refusing to acknowledge we are in a state of civil war with radical Islam, we are aggravating the situation and slammed leaders' responses to a wave of continued terror attacks.

Writing in La Figaro, Le Guay says: "When we see that such attacks are repeated regularly in our territory and are perpetrated by nationals, are we entitled to recognise ourselves in a sort of civil war that does not mention its name? When victims are tricked at random and all murderers act in the name of Islam, are we not in a state of war on our territory?"

"Not to recognise this 'civil war' against us, between us, rather than improve the situation, aggravates it. The euphemism also kills. Our policies, by naivety, lack of courage or lack of lucidity, refuse the evidence. Consequently, in order not to take stock of the situation, they are procrastinating. Rather than healing our national fabric, they let the problems escalate. The rejection of Islam continues to increase in Europe."
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Crime – deportation
Illegal Somali immigrant is convicted of killing a man in the street before trying to activate the deportation order he had dodged four years before in the hope he would be flown home
Harvey Day
MailOnline, 4 October 2017.

A Somali immigrant has been found guilty of stabbing a handyman to death then volunteering to be deported back to his home country to evade justice.

Drug dealer Mohammed Abdillahi and his friends attacked Augustus Fenton like a pack of 'wild animals' on the afternoon of March 28 as children walked home from school, the Old Bailey heard.

Following a trial, he was convicted of Mr Fenton's manslaughter and wounding his brother with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. ...

The day after the attack in Featherstone Road, Abdillahi contacted immigration authorities and asked to be flown back to Somalia, only to be arrested a week later.

Mr Glasgow told jurors that three of Abdillahi's friends had been identified as playing a part in the violence, but police had been unable to find them.

The 25-year-old defendant, who was served deportation papers in 2013, had denied murder and wounding but pleaded guilty to violent disorder.
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Immigration abroad – European Union
EU: 'Illegal Migrants in Morocco Have European Union Refugee Rights'
Victoria Friedman
Breitbart, 4 October 2017.

The European Court of Human Rights has made a landmark ruling that migrants who cross border fences which are still outside European Union territory have 'rights as refugees' – meaning Spanish authorities will no longer be allowed to return illegal immigrants to Morocco who storm border fences at the enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla.

The precedent was set following the ruling of two cases of illegal African migrants who were returned by Spanish border guards to Morocco after crossing the border fence in Melilla – despite the migrants technically still being in Moroccan territory at the time of their apprehension, reports Die Welt.

In the case of 'N.D. and N.T. vs Spain', the Strasbourg judges ruled in favour of two migrants from Mali and the Ivory Coast who were, on two occasions, directly arrested by the Spanish border police and handed over to Moroccan authorities at the Melilla border in 2014.

The judges condemned Spain for not giving the illegal immigrants access to lawyers or interpreters or allowing them to make complaints to Spain. The Court determined there was "no doubt" these actions amounted to 'prohibited illegal deportations', and both migrants were awarded €5,000. ...

This could mean that migrants will not only have EU human rights once on European soil, but in any territory where EU authorities have control in a border area.

The human rights NGO has also stated it has been taking similar litigation against what it calls "illegal push-backs" in Ceuta (another Spanish enclave bordering Morocco), Idomeni (at the Greek-Macedonian border), and reception centres in Greece.
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Crime – police officers
Crooked police officers JAILED over plot to steal and sell drugs
Jane Tyler
Birmingham Mail, 3 October 2017.

Two former West Midlands Police officers have been jailed for plotting to steal and sell drugs.

Wahid Husman and Tahsib Majid, both constables, used their positions to access confidential police intelligence systems to carry out the offences. ...

Five other men; Imran Rehman, Asam Qayum, Shazad Mushtaq, Akeem Rasab and Imaan Haidri, were also jailed on Monday after they also admitted to a number of offences in connection with the investigation.
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Official discrimination
Running sore of 'Stop Funding Hate' continues
John McCllelan
The Scotsman, 3 October 2017.

The "Stop Funding Hate" campaign to drive advertising out of the Sun, Daily Mail and Daily Express because of their positions on Brexit and immigration might not be making much of a dent in those titles' fortunes, but it's causing problems for campaign supporters.

Last month Evans Cycles said it backed SFH and would not pay for advertising which appeared on the papers' websites, because they did not fit with their "core values". It turned out the company did not book adverts with the papers, so there was little funding to stop. Now it emerges that the affront to Evans' "core values" did not extend to their support for Sun publisher News UK's cycle to work scheme.

And last week, senior figures at Impress, the alternative press regulator funded by the family of shamed motor racing tycoon Max Mosley and supported by the Hacked Off pressure group, were criticised after a probe upheld complaints about their social media endorsements for SFH.
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Immigration abroad – Germany
New "walls" now divide Germany, president says
Hakan Erdem
Reuters, 3 October 2017.

Germany's Sept. 24 national election has shown the country is divided by new, less visible "walls", President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Tuesday, the anniversary of German reunification. ...

Steinmeier said Germany needed an honest discussion about immigration - the issue that fuelled the rise of the AfD after Merkel's 2015 decision to leave German borders open to around 1 million refugees, mostly fleeing war in the Middle East.

He called for discussion about how much migration Germany wants, and needs, adding that this could mean new guidelines.

"In my view, this means not simply wishing away migration but ... defining legal admission to Germany, which regulates and controls migration by our stipulations," he said.
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Immigration abroad – chain migration, USA
Chain Migration of Potentially 19M Foreign Nationals Would Follow Amnesty for Illegal Aliens
John Binder
Breitbart, 3 October 2017.

A plan to give a pathway to United States citizenship to young illegal aliens living in the U.S. would automatically come with a potentially unprecedented chain migration of upwards of 10 million foreign nationals, under current legal U.S. immigration law.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assistant Secretary Michael Dougherty admitted in a Senate hearing that President Trump's administration supports giving amnesty to potentially 3.3 million young illegal aliens, 800,000 of whom are currently shielded by the Obama-created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. ...

The Migration Policy Institute estimates that under the DREAM Act, only 1.5 million illegal aliens of the 3.3 million eligible would be placed on a pathway to U.S. citizenship.

Under the current legal U.S. immigration system, newly naturalized U.S. citizens are able to sponsor their foreign relatives and bring them to the U.S. ...

If the number of amnestied illegal aliens who gain a pathway to citizenship under an immigration deal were to rise to the full 3.3 million who would be eligible for DREAM Act amnesty, and if each brought in three to six foreign family members, the chain migration flow could range from 9.9 million to 19.8 million foreign nationals coming to the U.S.
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Immigration abroad – Germany
Psychiatrist Warns of 'Time Bomb' in Germany: 'Today's Migrants Are Not Integrable'
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 3 October 2017.

A psychiatrist has warned that Germany faces a "time bomb" as a result of the mass migration of young men who have "crazy potential for aggression".

"This is a time bomb," Christian Peter Dogs said of the decision to open Germany's borders, in an appearance on the Peter Hahne talkshow on ZDF last month, explaining that psychiatry has found people's temperament and personality are usually fixed by the age of 12.

Stating that migrants "can't just 'be taught' to understand our values", he said that classes on how to behave in Germany were unlikely to have much effect, adding: "You have to accept that."

"There are people who have crazy potential for aggression because they have grown up surrounded by war. They have learned to fight and don't even know the meaning of living harmoniously," said Dogs.

On the Peter Hahne show episode – the topic of which was "the power of fear" – the psychiatrist said the biggest mistake politicians are making now, with regards to the migrant influx, is their response to voters' concerns on the issue.

People are "neither 'far right' nor anything else", he said, noting how critics of mass migration have been pathologised as "bad" and "far right", whilst reports of problems with regards to the newcomers' behaviour have been suppressed.

Dogs, who directs the Max-Grundig psychosomatic clinic in Bühlerhöhe, said people are "genuinely afraid and feeling insecure", reporting that his clinic treats a large number of people suffering from severe anxiety disorders who feel too afraid to leave their homes since the flood of migrants.

"These people feel completely betrayed by politics," the psychiatrist said, stressing: "It is vital that politicians take citizens' fears seriously, because fear is a natural emotion that we are pre-programmed to feel, and politicians are not supposed to lead us into danger."

Since 2015, when more than a million migrants entered Germany at the invitation of Chancellor Angela Merkel, the government has embarked on a war against online "hate speech", with police conducting raids on the homes of people suspected of posting comments critical of migrants to social media.

The crackdown on free speech has not been without controversy, however, with the government receiving criticism after its partnership with former Stasi informant Anetta Kahane was revealed.

Dr. Hubertus Knabe, a Stasi expert and academic who specialises in Communist political oppression, was amongst voices who slammed the government for working with Kahane, saying she was unfit to lead any task force charged with censoring speech online.
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Multiculturalism – political correctness
To BCE or not to BCE? Common era of BC and AD appears to be over
Daily Telegraph, 2 October 2017.

Schools across England are swapping BC and AD with BCE and CE over fears the terms could offend Christians, it has been claimed.

A number of authorities have already adopted the policy, while several more are reported to be considering making the switch from the traditional to the more politically-correct chronological form compulsory. ...

Schools in Essex already follow a syllabus which states, "BCE and CE are now used in order to show sensitivity to those who are not Christians". ...

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey told The Mail on Sunday, 'I have never met a Muslim or Jewish leader who is offended by the Gregorian calendar' while leading Imam Ibrahim Mogra said: "I don't believe it causes Muslims offence."

Their remarks were echoed by a spokesman for the Board of Deputies of British Jews, who said: "I don't think anyone would mind if in mainstream schools they use BC and AD."
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Immigration abroad – terrorism, Islam, France
Man shot dead at Marseille train station after killing two women in 'terror' attack
David Chazan
Daily Telegraph, 2 October 2017.

Terror returned to France on Sunday as a man shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest) killed two women in a frenzied knife attack at Marseille's main railway station before being shot dead by soldiers.

The two victims were aged 17 and 20, police said.

Isil claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the group's Amaq news agency.

The attacker, reportedly aged about 20, was armed with two butcher's knives, police said.

He was known to the authorities for theft, drug dealing and other crimes but had not been flagged as a potential terrorist. ...

France has been hit by a string of terrorist attacks, most of which have been claimed by the so-called Islamic State. ...

France remains under a state of emergency declared after the Paris attacks in November 2015.
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Politics – immigration, multiculturalism, UKIP
Ukip's new leader says UK being 'buried' by Islam and 'swamped' by multiculturalism
Rachel Roberts
Independent, 1 October 2017.

The UK is being "buried" by Islam and "swamped" by multiculturalism, Ukip's new leader Henry Bolton has said.

The little-known one-time Liberal Democrat and army officer used his first speech as leader to claim that public services are being overwhelmed by mass immigration.

Following his surprise win over bookies' favourite and anti-Islam campaigner Anne Marie Waters, Mr Bolton took to the stage at the party conference in Torquay to say he was "proud to be British".

In a question and answer session, he said people have little say in the way in which their communities are being transformed by immigration.

"We presently have a net immigration that equates to the population of Wolverhampton or Hull every year," he said.

"Immigration is overwhelming our public services, housing and communities.

"Doctors' surgeries are being closed, police numbers are being cut, and crime is increasing, multiculturalism is swamping or displacing our own British culture.

"This does not create the optimistic, confident nation that we all wish to be." ...

But he stopped short of calling for a cap on immigration, which Ukip has previously pledged.

Instead, the party's fourth leader in the past year called for an Australian-style points based system for those wishing to come to the UK.

He said: "Immigration is overwhelming our public services, which themselves are being slashed – 25 per cent off the police for example, in some cases nearly 50 per cent off local government.

"Housing and communities are being overwhelmed, it is harming our own culture, traditions and way of life.

"We must demand that our own concerns about our own British culture are heard and that feeds into our policy on immigration."

Speaking to reporters ahead of the speech, Mr Bolton said: "Anybody who says put a figure on (immigration) is actually being entirely unrealistic and trying to paint politicians like me into a corner that gives you a nice thing to hang a comment on, but you're not going to get it from me because actually we need to be a lot more practical and operational about it."
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Terrorism – Islam
Three in four British jihadists have had links to non-violent Islamist groups before committing terror attacks
Sophie Inge
MailOnline, 1 October 2017.

Three in four jihadists in Britain have links to non-violent Islamist groups before they go on to join terror groups, a new report has revealed.

Researchers looked at the lives of 113 men and women who had joined jihadist groups from the 1980s onwards.

Seventy-seven per cent of the jihadists were found to have had links to Islamist organisations or others with an extremist ideology, researchers at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change found.

The report, seen by The Times, calls for authorities monitor the groups more closely. And it identifies six individuals who have shaped the jihadist movement in the UK.

They include hate preachers Anjem Choudary, Abu Hamza, Abdullah el-Faisal, Hani al-Sibai, Omar Bakri Mohammed and Abu Qatada.

The research also found that men are less likely to be radicalised online than women.

'At least 44 per cent of our sample of women were partly radicalised online, for half of whom there were no known Islamist links in person,' the report read.

'In contrast, only four per cent of men in our sample had an online element noted in their radicalisation.'

Of the sample studied, 58 per cent of men spent time in prison and most had been jailed for jihadist crimes.

Seven served time in young offender institutions while at least four were radicalised while in prison.

'Many are well-educated,' the report said. 'Thirty-one per cent started a degree, and over half of these studied Stemm [Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine] subjects.'

A third of the sample studied humanities or social sciences. Just four had read Islamic Studies and five were dropouts.
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Crime – racism, Muslims
'White girls are filthy': Wives of Asian men jailed for raping vulnerable British girls reveal why they blame the victims
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
Mail on Sunday, 1 October 2017.

I am meeting the wives of three men convicted of a terrible crime – of grooming and raping dozens of white girls. ...

Since reports of a gang of Pakistani-British sexual predators in Rotherham first emerged in 2011, there has been a string of horrific cases: in Rochdale, Peterborough, Bristol, Aylesbury and at least 20 other towns across the country.

Even now white girls, many from troubled homes, are being violated by men who profess to be good Muslims. Such are the explosive racial and religious implications that, to our shame, many refuse to face the problem.

Look at what happened to Sarah Champion, Labour MP for Rotherham, who was sacked from the shadow front bench for saying just this. Or take the case of Amina Lone, a Muslim councillor from Birmingham, who rightly defended Champion but was then told she cannot stand for re-election.

Yes, sexual predators come from all classes and races. However, in organised group rapes, such as those in Rotherham and Rochdale, the issues of race and ethnicity are undeniable. They must be addressed.

As a female British-Muslim writer, I am deeply troubled by the Muslim men who work in packs and entrap and ravage young white girls and teenagers. ...

Yet, painful as it is to say, it became clear, too, that the men are not alone in blaming the victims. ...

Only Nusrat and Nila were prepared to condemn the abuse without reservation. The others, it seemed, privately blamed the girls and even their parents. It became clear they had a very confused sense of morality.

Nusrat fought back, saying: 'You know our girls are raped by uncles, fathers, brothers and imams. My neighbour's daughter had a baby when she was 12. It was her uncle. They blamed her. Sent her to Pakistan. We don't see the truth.'

But later, at a separate meeting, I encountered Suju, the wife of another jailed groomer. She was afraid of him but she, too, thinks white girls are: 'Filthy. How they dress. They have no shame, no fear of Allah.' ...

Muslim activists fear talking about the abusers encourages racism. They may be right. But the grooming gangs are responsible for much greater racial hostility.
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