IMMIGRATION CONCERN

Immigration and related issues, mainly in the United Kingdom.

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RECENT NEWS AND VIEWS

Extracts in date order, except latest additions first. Updated 21 November 2017

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Immigration abroad – overpopulation, public opinion, Australia
'Overpopulation will destroy Australia': Dick Smith claims skyrocketing immigration will cause mass unemployment and most of our children 'will sell coffee to each other'
Sam Duncan
Daily Mail Australia, 21 November 2017.

Dick Smith has launched a new ad campaign, warning overpopulation will cause mass unemployment and poverty.

The entrepreneur's new advertisement, titled Overpopulation will Destroy Australia, will appear in six newspapers on Tuesday and Wednesday. ...

The businessman said at current growth rates Australia could be home to 100 million people by 2100, causing mass unemployment and poverty. ...

Smith said the increase in immigration to over 200,000 people per year started under John Howard is unsustainable, and is calling for a cap of 70,000. ...

Politicians are afraid to speak up about immigration and overpopulation for fear of being labelled racist by the national broadcaster, he claimed. ...

Figures released earlier this month show Australia is is growing at an annual pace of 1.6 per cent, double the average among the world's 78 richest nations.

A survey by the Australian Population Research Institute released in October found 74 per cent of Australians believe the country is 'already full'.

Of those surveyed, 54 per cent wanted a reduction in the annual migrant intake and 48 per cent backed a partial ban on Muslim immigration.
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Immigration abroad – Greece
Greek island on strike in protest against becoming migrant 'prison'
Reuters, 20 November 2017.

Residents on the Greek island of Lesbos went on strike on Monday to protest against European policies they say have turned it into a "prison" for migrants and refugees. ...

Just a few miles from Turkey's coast, Lesbos has borne the brunt of Europe's migrant crisis. In 2015, nearly a million people - most fleeing Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan - landed on its shores before heading north, mainly to Germany.

It is now hosting some 8,500 asylum-seekers in facilities designed to hold fewer than 3,000. ...

Thousands of asylum-seekers have become stranded on Lesbos and four other islands close to Turkey since the EU agreed a deal with Ankara in March 2016 to shut down the route through Greece.

Some have been moved to camps on the mainland, but authorities say the terms of the agreement prevent asylum-seekers from traveling beyond the islands.
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Illegal immigration – USA
Sanctuary Policies Finance Crime and Death, Here and Abroad
Andrew R. Arthur
Center for Immigration Studies, 20 November 2017.

Probably the strongest argument against sanctuary cities, lax credible-fear standards for asylum, in-state tuition for illegal aliens, and paid counsel in removal proceedings is the fact that each of these programs encourages aliens (and especially women and families) to enter illegally, which usually requires that they put their lives in the hands of smugglers.

Anything that promotes recourse to smugglers is a bad thing, because smugglers are, simply put, bad people. They are really just in it for the money, and have very little concern for the lives, safety, or well-being of their "customers". As importantly, however, money paid to smugglers often makes its way to the very groups whose violent activities abroad have spurred the exodus of those aliens. That money also helps finance those groups in spreading misery and death in the United States.

A recent report underscores these facts.

The report, titled "Human smuggling equals great danger, big money", was recently issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
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Terrorism
How Britain celebrates Christmas in 2017: Armed guards, concrete barriers and metal detectors spring up around festive markets due to terror attack fears
Alex Matthews
MailOnline, 20 November 2017.

Britain's Christmas markets will surrounded by a ring of a steel with armed police on patrol and metal detectors at entrances as security is raised over new terror fears.

There will be concrete barriers, stop and search checks and officers on the ground at the popular festive events in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh and Bath in the run up to Christmas.

The precautions are being taken after the Local Government Association warned councils to be vigilant this year with the terror threat level to the UK currently at 'severe' - meaning an incident is 'highly likely'.
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Immigration abroad – Japan
Japan's Prime Minster Shinzo Abe refuses to relax immigration rules despite shrinking population
Tom Batchelor
Independent, 20 November 2017.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has insisted his administration has "no intention" of loosening the country's strict immigration policy despite warnings about its fast shrinking – and ageing – population.

On Monday during a debate in Japan's parliament, Mr Abe suggested there was justification for accepting foreign workers "where they are truly needed" to "keep Japan's economy and infrastructure sustainable".

But he was also steadfast in his opposition to any moves to reform the country's strict border policy.

His reluctance to relax the rules for migrant workers is facing mounting criticism in Japan, where less than 2 per cent of the population are foreign born. That compares with more than 20 per cent in the UK. ...

But when it comes to refugees, Japan is even less welcoming.

In the first half of 2017 it accepted just three asylum seekers. For the previous year, just 28 settled there.

Japan's reluctance to accept foreigners mirrors a wider caution towards immigration in a nation where many pride themselves on cultural and ethnic homogeneity.
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Multiculturalism – Europe
European Multiculturalism
Joseph Puder
FrontPage Mag, 20 November 2017.

Multiculturalism, the "religion" of the European Union (EU) elites, enforced by many EU states through "diversity" programs, has begun to lose its luster. ...

France and Germany, along with other Western European and Scandinavian EU members, have pushed the multiculturalist line. The pattern throughout central Europe however, is in the reverse, with the parties of the left losing ground to anti-immigration, Eurosceptic, and anti-multiculturalist parties. Poland and Hungary too, have elected parties that are vehemently opposed to immigration from Muslim countries as well as multiculturalism. ...

Dutch legal philosopher, Paul Cliteur, considered non-western cultures as anachronistic, and multiculturalism as an unacceptable ideology of cultural relativism. He argues that multiculturalism leads to the acceptance of barbaric practices (brought by Muslim immigrants to the West) including slavery, homophobia, racism, anti-Semitism, female genital mutilation, etc. In "Falling Prey to Relativism," Cliteur writes, "Multiculturalism is nowadays affiliated with a postmodern outlook. The pivotal ideas of this vision of life are relativism (cultural relativism in particular), a negative attitude toward Western political tradition, the cultivation of collective guilt for the transgressions of the colonial past, and other real or presumed black pages in Western history." ...

The anti-immigrant parties in central Europe and beyond reflect a rising tide of European citizens who reject multiculturalism, and the immigration of non-Europeans. There is a feeling among these European natives that they are losing their culture and their country. It is now just a matter of time before Western European political and social elites face the rage of their people.
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Immigration abroad – deportation, Israel
Israel's ultimatum to 40,000 African asylum seekers – go to Rwanda or face jail
Vasudevan Sridharan
International Business Times, 20 November 2017.

The Israeli cabinet has formally approved a plan to deport as many as 40,000 Africans, mostly from conflict-torn countries like Eritrea and Sudan, to Rwanda or face jail if they choose to remain in the country.

In what has been described as a "voluntary departure", the Israeli government also plans to shut down the Holot detention facility, which houses illegal immigrants and asylum seekers from Africa.

The country plans to pay $5,000 to the Rwandan government for every African asylum seeker it accepts, in addition to the $3,500 grant for the deportee. Their one-way air-tickets will also be paid by the Israeli government. ... ... Women, children and victims of human trafficking are to be exempted from the crackdown. Individuals waiting for a response for the approval of their asylum claims will also be excluded.
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Crime – counterfeit goods
Inside the dark underbelly of Britain's counterfeit capital where police fear trafficked immigrants are being forced to sell knock-off goods
Beth Abbit
Mirror, 20 November 2017.

Along this not-so-secret mile-long stretch you can buy everything from the latest Beats headphones to brand new Adidas trainers at bargain prices.

But there's a catch - too many of the items on sale are knock off versions of the real thing - in what was last year named as Britain's counterfeit capital in a government report.

But now it's emerged there is a far darker side to this to knock-off trade strip between Cheetham Hill and Strangeways in Manchester. ...

But police and trading standards officials warn that there is a far darker underbelly, reports the Manchester Evening News.

Cash-rich criminals who control the counterfeit operations have a hand in drug-dealing, smuggling and even people trafficking.

And modern slavery is the latest shocking development which has become linked to counterfeit crime. ...

Most recently police and immigration officials have noticed an influx of workers from countries affected by conflicts, such as Libya, Iraq, Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan.

Chinese and Indian nationals are also involved in the trade. Police say many have entered the country on a student visa and, when questioned, claim to be in Manchester visiting friends.
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Diversity
Hero spy who founded Bletchley Park codebreaking unit with his own money and warned government against dangers of Hitler is 'too white' for a blue plaque
Chris Hastings and Sarah Oliver
Mail on Sunday, 19 November 2017.

One of the most influential spymasters in British history has been turned down for a blue plaque – sparking claims he was deemed 'too white and too male' for the honour.

Admiral Sir Hugh Sinclair, the second head of MI6, founded the wartime Bletchley Park codebreaking HQ with his own money and set up the unit that became the Special Operations Executive, responsible for a devastating campaign of sabotage in German-occupied Europe.

But English Heritage ruled that he was not 'historically significant' enough to be recognised with a blue plaque at his official London residence in Queen Anne's Gate, which was linked by a secret tunnel to MI6 headquarters.

Iraq War hero Colonel Tim Collins suggested the plaque through his military training company New Century, which now owns the building.

He accused the quango of being too politically correct, as the snub coincides with moves to boost the number of black and Asian figures recognised with blue plaques.

Calling Sir Hugh's efforts 'war-winning stuff', he said: 'I can only assume he has been turned down for an honour because he was too white, too male and too Establishment.

'What these people are doing is undermining our heritage. It's despicable and it's revisionism.'

Sir Hugh joined the Navy in 1886 aged just 13 and had a distinguished career in naval intelligence, eventually becoming head of MI6, or 'C', in 1923. In the late 1930s, he played a vital role in alerting the Government to the threat posed by Adolf Hitler when much of the Establishment was committed to appeasement.

In 1938, Sir Hugh used his own money to buy Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire and set it up as a codebreaking centre after the Government refused to fund the idea.

Experts there went on to crack the Nazis' Enigma code, which would prove vital in winning the war.
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Crime
Children are being sold for sex by their PARENTS and family members on streets of Glasgow – in Nicola Sturgeon's constituency
Laura Murray
Scottish Sun, 19 November 2017.

Children as young as primary school age are being sold for sex on the streets of Glasgow, an investigation has revealed.

Community groups in Govanhill, one of Scotland's most deprived areas, say Roma children are being sold by parents and relatives – and that the practice has been going on for decades.

But authorities have failed to take action for fear of being branded racist, says the publication – Govanhill has the highest Roma population in Scotland after a dramatic increase in 2004. ...

Olive Arens, the chief executive of Up-2-Us, a government-funded charity that works with vulnerable teenagers, was told the abuse was an "urban myth" when she flagged concerns.

She said: "The sexual exploitation of Roma children in Govanhill is a longstanding issue. You could see the activity.

"It was children and adults making deals in huddles. It is very clear what was taking place but nothing ever happened to stop it."
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Racism – bias, multiculturalism
Report: Schools Must Teach Britain Is an 'Immigration Nation' to Fight Islamophobia
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 19 November 2017.

The government should empower NGOs and race activists to police the media to ensure ethnic minorities are not portrayed in a bad light, and the school curriculum must be changed so that every child is taught Britain has no native population, according to a new report on Islamophobia.

In Islamophobia: Still a Challenge for Us All, "race relations" think tank the Runnymede Trust alleges that "anti-Muslim racism" is responsible for all inequalities between Muslims and other groups in Britain "across a range of outcomes, from health, housing and environment to education, employment and criminal justice". ...

Linking to Our Migration Story, a government-funded "educational resource" developed by the Runnymede Trust and academics to accompany a new GSCE history module offered to students since 2016, the report implies that all schools should have to teach the contents of the module which – developed by a Marxist academic – alleges Africans were in Britain before the English, and has been described as "disturbing" and "dangerous".

Our Migration Story states that the UK is a nation of constant migrations with no indigenous population, whose "wealth and power" came only as the result of "the exploitation of the world's resources and its people". ...

Antony Beevor, the military historian and author, said: "Migration is a very valid area to study, but if it's a question of rewriting history to bolster the morale of certain sections of the population, rather than a scrupulous attitude towards facts, then that is a total distortion and it's outrageous." ...

Author and Nobel Laureate V. S. Naipaul added: "This absurd supposition of Africans inhabiting Britain before the English only goes to show how our once esteemed centres of learning, Oxford and Cambridge, have been insidiously eroded by a dangerous dogma that, very like IS today, wrought misery and havoc in Russia, China and the Eastern bloc, where for all practical purposes it has failed."
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Immigration abroad – crime, Sudanese, Australia
Violent burglaries linked to Sudanese youth - including children as young as 10 and Apex-linked members have 'surged 400 per cent in three years'
Stephen Johnson
Daily Mail Australia, 19 November 2017.

Sudanese youth as young as 10 have committed 400 per cent more violent burglaries in just three years.

Federal Liberal MP Jason Wood, a former police detective who is heading a parliament inquiry into migration, has released terrifying crime data on Apex-linked gangs, who are known to particularly active in south-east Melbourne suburbs like Frankston and Pakenham. ...

'With South Sudanese hugely over represented in violent crimes in Victoria, the protection of all those living in Melbourne and Australia must come first,' Mr Wood told the Sunday Herald Sun. ...

Sudanese-born youths, aged between 10 and 18, are the most represented ethnic group when it comes to aggravated burglaries, car thefts and sexual offences, the newspaper report said.
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Racism – cultural appropriation
Oxford college introduces compulsory classes on 'cultural appropriation' for students
Camilla Turner
Daily Telegraph, 18 November 2017.

An Oxford college has become the first to introduce compulsory classes on "cultural appropriation" for students.

Magdalen College will run the mandatory workshops for freshers starting from next year, where they will be taught about racism, institutional racism, cultural appropriation and implicit bias.

The move follows a series of rows about racism and cultural appropriation at the university. ...

Students at the Magdalen College - whose alumni include the author C S Lewis and the playwright Oscar Wilde - voted in favour making the workshops compulsory for all incoming undergraduates. The classes are already run in a number of colleges on an optional basis.

They will also learn about how to "participate effectively in fighting racism for both BME [Black and Minority Ethnic] and non-BME students".

Farheen Ahmed, Oxford Student Union's Vice President for Welfare and Equal Opportunities, said she welcomed the move as "an important part of bringing the conversation about race and ethnicity into the wider consciousness".
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Employment – numbers
Number of EU nationals working in Britain reaches record level, official statistics show
Daily Telegraph, 16 November 2017.

The number of EU nationals working in the UK has reached a new record level, official figures reveal.

There were an estimated 2.38 million employees from EU member states excluding the UK from July to September this year.

This was up by 112,000 on the equivalent period of 2016 and the highest number recorded since comparable records started 20 years ago.

It is the first time that year-on-year comparisons of employment levels by nationality can be made for two full quarterly periods falling after the EU referendum. ...

Much of the year-on-year increase has been driven by a rise in the number of Romanians and Bulgarians working in the UK.

In the third quarter of this year 347,000 nationals of the two countries were employed in the UK - an increase of 90,000 compared with July-September of 2016. ...

There was also a rise in the number of employees from 14 long-term member states including Germany, Italy, Spain and France, from 942,000 to 987,000.

However, the figures show a fall in the number of nationals of eight central and eastern European countries working in the UK.

There were an estimated 1,035,000 employees from the so-called EUA8 countries which joined the union in 2004 - Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

This was down by just under 20,000 compared with the July-September period of last year.

The figures also revealed that the number of overseas nationals from outside the EU working in the UK fell by 23,000 to 1.21 million.

The ONS report said: "Since January to March 2009, the number of non-UK nationals from outside the EU working in the UK has been broadly flat but the number of non-UK nationals from EU countries working in the UK has continued to increase."
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Immigration abroad – crime, Sweden
Crime Wave Engulfs Sweden as Fraud, Sexual Offenses Reach Record
Niklas Magnusson
Bloomberg, 16 November 2017.

The number of Swedes who were victims of crimes such as fraud and sexual offenses jumped to the highest level on record last year.

A survey by the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention showed that 15.6 percent of people suffered one or more offences against the person (defined in the survey as assault, threats, sexual offences, robbery, fraud or harassment) last year. That's up from 13.3 percent in 2015 and the highest number recorded since the annual Swedish Crime Survey started in 2006.

... The crimes "that have had the clearest development in the past few years are harassment, fraud and sexual offences," the agency said.

Of the six types of offences against the person, five of six rose to their highest level on record last year. The number of assault cases reached its second-highest level.

The number of victims of sexual offences rose to 1.7 percent in 2015 and to 2.4 percent in 2016 from an average of 0.9 percent between 2005 and 2014.
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Population pressure – housing
Migrants make up eight in ten new households over the past 15 years, new figures reveal
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 15 November 2017.

The spiralling need for new homes is almost entirely a result of immigration, according to a report.

It says eight out of ten of all new households over the past 15 years were made up of migrant families, which is the overwhelming reason for the pressure to build millions of new homes.

The report from the Migration Watch UK think-tank accused ministers of misleading the public.

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid told the Commons in February that 'two-thirds of housing demand has nothing to do with immigration' and was down to natural population growth.

Migration Watch says this is 'entirely false and misleading'.

It says that according to the Labour Force Survey by the Office for National Statistics, 1.65 million of the two million new households needing homes in England between 2000 and 2015 were headed by someone who was an immigrant.

And between 2010 and 2015, the number of households headed by someone born in Britain actually fell.

It dropped by 117,335 to 18,751,065, while the number of new households where the head was an immigrant went up by nearly half a million to 3,493,207.

Mr Javid's Department for Communities and Local Government says that in the 25 years between 2014 and 2039 there will need to be homes for 210,000 new households a year. Of these, it says 77,000, will be a result of immigration.

But Migration Watch disputes these numbers.

It says officials are using immigration figures that are far below the real levels and ignoring the effect of new families formed by young immigrants already in the UK.
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Multiculturalism – babies, foreign mothers
More than six in ten babies born in London over the past year were to foreign mothers
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 14 November 2017.

More than six in ten babies born in London hospitals have foreign mothers who are either immigrants or visiting from abroad, official figures show.

The evidence of the impact of immigration on the NHS was revealed in a breakdown of hospital records for last year published by the Office for National Statistics.

It comes amid concerns about the effects of fast-rising population levels and the cost to the public of health tourism. It also comes as the Health Service faces a shortfall of 3,500 midwives.

In one London hospital nearly four out of five births were to mothers born abroad, and in two others the figure was over 70 per cent.

Across the country just over 28 per cent of babies in 2016 were born to foreign-born mothers, up from just over 11 per cent in 1990, according to the ONS. The levels are higher in London because a large proportion of migrant families settle in the capital. ...

The ONS figures do not distinguish between mothers who live in Britain and those who are visiting from abroad, who may fall into the category of health tourists. ...

Although fertility rates among foreign-born women fell in 2015, an immigrant could expect to have 2.08 children. For UK-born women, the rate was 1.76.
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Immigration abroad – housing, Germany
Spreading housing shortage hits over 850,000 people in Germany - report
Reuters, 14 November 2017.

A housing crisis is spreading in Germany, the Federal Homelessness Association said on Tuesday, forecasting that 1.2 million people could be living in shelters by 2018.

The report came amid heightened concern about Germany's rising poverty rate and ability to integrate 1.1 million migrants that have arrived over the past two years, drawn by the country's reputation for affluence, efficiency and stability.

The homelessness association said that more than 850,000 people lacked their own accommodation in 2016, up 150 percent from 2014, and half of those affected were migrants.

A total of 52,000 people were living on the streets in 2016, up a third from 2014, the group said in its report.

It added that the number of those living in shelters would likely rise by another 40 percent by 2018, driven higher by rising rents, decreasing availability of subsidised housing, and the growing numbers of refugees granted asylum status and therefore entitled to housing.

The homelessness association said immigration was a factor behind the rising rate of housing shortage, but also blamed what it called "failed" housing policies.
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Immigration – students
Practical problems with overseas student numbers
C R Cann
Financial Times, 13 November 2017.
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Sir, The renewed publicity about possibly not counting overseas students against UK net immigration targets does not so far seem to recognise certain practical problems. If this idea were adopted, not only would it be even more important than now to have genuinely effective controls to ensure that students did not overstay their visas, but it would also be necessary to ensure that departing students were identified and not counted as emigrants for the purposes of net immigration numbers. Failing such arrangements our net immigration statistics could become seriously misleading.

It is also worth bearing in mind that if, as the recent Home Office checks suggest, most students do return home, the effect of excluding students from both the immigration and emigration numbers should be to leave our net immigration figures little changed. Given the importance attached to reducing those net figures, giving universities as it were a free pass to the overseas talent (and income) that they wish to attract could expose those sectors that want to recruit foreign workers to more restrictive rules than they might otherwise have faced.
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Immigration – proposed increase
City AM's Rachel Cunliffe on UK's post-Brexit immigration
BBC, 13 November 2017.

Taking back control of UK borders was an argument for some who backed Brexit and wanted a cut in the number of people coming into the UK.

But in a film for the Daily Politics soapbox series, City AM's Rachel Cunliffe looks at British and Australian immigration statistics and policies, and she argues for more immigration from non-EU nations.

She said: "This is not a betrayal of the Brexit vote, it is honouring it, by building migration systems specially for the UK. So let's take back control of immigration - and increase it."
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Bias – BBC, diversity
Notebook
Charles Moore
Daily Telegraph, 13 November 2017.

... BBC's Question Time ...

But what is really needed on such programmes, if "balance" is ever to be achieved, is for Dimbleby to encourage people of conservative views to speak up more. And even that is not much use if there aren't many of them in the hall in the first place. Our public culture has a passionate commitment to "Diversity", with one glaring exception – diversity of opinion. Huge efforts are made to promote different races, sexes, sexualities, faiths and, to a lesser extent, ages, but the BBC fails almost every time to "look like modern Britain" in the range of views expressed on its airwaves. Have you ever seen a Question Time, for example, when the majority of the views from the studio audience were anti-mass immigration, in favour of lower taxes, and pro-Brexit? Yet these are pretty much majority opinions axross the country as a whole.
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Crime
Migrant entered UK on back of lorry - and went on to run this major Redcar drugs farm
GazetteLive [Teesside], 12 November 2017.

A man who arrived in the UK in the back of a lorry was quickly offered a job and a home running a big cannabis farm on Teesside.

Albanian Mariglent Alla was expecting to work in a car wash when he found himself in Newcastle in the summer.

But the job on offer was as a gardener in charge of a commercial cannabis farm in a terraced house in Redcar. ...

Inside the house on Henry Street, in central Redcar, all seven rooms had been taken over by the 427 plants and 300 cuttings. ...

Alla fled when the police forced entry into the house, and he was found hiding in a nearby garden. ...

It was a large scale commercial drugs farm, which was hooked up to the mains power supply on the street using underground cables.
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Crime – deportation
'Prolific and violent' offender will stay in UK and recieve almost £80,000 taxpayer money
John Chapman
Daily Express, 11 November 2017.

A violent migrant with 30 convictions sparked fury last night after he was awarded nearly £80,000 in damages from taxpayers while the Home Office was trying to deport him.

Somali Abdulrahman Mohammed, 39, who has embarked on a life of crime since arriving in Britain in 1996, received the money after claiming he had been illegally detained.

Despite jail sentences and a crime sheet which includes affray, knife possession, multiple assaults and robberies, he used the Human Rights Act to avoid deportation.

He was awarded £78,500 for false imprisonment totalling 445 days relating to three periods of detention pending deportation as a foreign criminal. ...

Alanna Thomas, executive director of Migration Watch UK, said: "This is a very unhappy situation and is further evidence that the system is clearly not working as it should. Had the individual been removed from the country when his leave first expired we might not be in this situation."

The High Court heard Mohammed has spent much of the last two decades in and out of custody, mainly for serious criminal offences.

His three periods of unlawful detention are believed to have come after lawful prison terms, after which the Home Office detained him while his deportation was considered.
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Politics – Conservative Party
David Davis makes shock hint there could mean MORE migrant workers after Brexit
Laura Mowat
Daily Express, 10 November 2017.

Brexit Secretary David Davis has revealed leaving the European Union will give British companies a "bigger pool to fish in" for labour.

This comment comes despite the Government vowing to reduce net migration down to the "tens of thousands". ...

At the City AM Awards last night, Mr Davis said: "While leaving the EU will allow us to bring back control of immigration, it won't mean pulling up the drawbridge."

The chief UK negotiator for Brexit, Mr Davis said the Government wants to employ EU citizens "as early as possible" after Brexit. ...

In March, Mr Davis said immigration should rise and fall depending on the UK's needs after it has left the EU.

He said: "I cannot imagine that the policy will be anything other than that which is in the national interest.

"Which means that from time to time we will need more, from time to time we will need less."
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Politics – Conservative Party
The Tories used Priti Patel's ethnicity as a political gambit and it's going to haunt them
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
International Business Times, 10 November 2017.

Women and minorities must get into institutions and gain power. But they must be prepared to be judged and criticised along the way. Loyalties have no place in public life.

I seriously disagree with almost everything the puffed up Patel believes, does and has done. ...

... She is the full hamper of right wing goodies.

But here's an aspect of this 'resignation' that few have thus far picked up. It is again about ethnicity and loyalty. In 2013, David Cameron made Priti Patel the first ever 'Indian Diaspora Champion'. He wanted a more dynamic relationship between GB and India, the economic powerhouse.

The favoured Patel was to build that big bridge and also encourage more Asians to support or join the Conservative party, which had a white image problem. In one stroke, Cameron achieved both objectives.

I know several British Indians who switched from Labour to the Tories after Patel was given this role. In India they saw this is as a proud moment and a symbol of multiracial Britain where individuals of Indian heritage were gaining real political clout. For the ruling BJP party, Patel is a Hindu heroine and their representative in our parliament. Think of this as political globalisation.

Then there is Brexit. Patel, an uncompromising leaver, has told Indians that after Britain leaves the EU, migration for them will get easier, 'curry houses will be saved' because cooks will be able to enter the UK, and both nations will boom and prosper.

Her audience loved those messages. My Indian contacts tell me business people, Indian newspapers and TV channels are now dismayed that their favourite Indo-Brit has been demoted. ...

... The Tories used her ethnicity. That tactic will now come back and bite them.
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Crime – sexual abuse of children, Islam
Birmingham Muslims Claim Grooming Doesn't Happen in Pakistan, Say British Society 'Encourages' Abusers
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 10 November 2017.

Pakistani Muslims in Birmingham have told ITV News their community is not to blame for the child sex grooming epidemic, saying the crimes are caused by conditions in British society.

"It is our responsibility? It is not!" declares one man, clearly indignant.

"The crimes are committed in this country; these grooming crimes are not committed in Pakistan. They are committed in this society, and it is the conditions of this society that are encouraging people to commit crimes like that," he asserts confidently.

While it is true that conditions in Pakistan are different to conditions in Britain – insofar as Pakistani Muslims are 98 per cent of the population in the South Asian country, rather than only a significant minority, as they are in Britain – some of the same issues can be observed with respect to the exploitation of non-Muslim girls.

For example, the National Catholic Reporter recently exposed how Pakistani Christians have been "abducted, raped, and forced to marry their rapists" before being forced to convert to Islam – making their marriages legal under Pakistani law.

Reports from earlier in 2017 have highlighted how Hindu girls have been subjected to similar ordeals, and police have "refused to intervene".

The ITV report highlights a letter written in September by leading members of the Sikh, Hindu, and Pakistani Christian diaspora in Britain in support of Sarah Champion MP, who was forced to resign from the shadow government by Jeremy Corbyn for writing that "Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls".

The letter notes that the grooming of young and very often underage girls by "men of largely Pakistani Muslim heritage" has also "plagued our communities", and insists that "smearing those speaking an inconvenient truth" is unacceptable.

"[W]e cannot ignore the race of the perpetrators, neither can we ignore the fact that the victims of sexual grooming gangs are almost always non-Muslim." ...

ITV highlights statistics which show that so-called Type 1 Abusers – men who operate in groups to target vulnerable children – are 75 per cent Asian, 17 per cent white, 5 per cent black, and 3 per cent Arab.

However, the first part of the report notes that they do not target white girls exclusively, and that many South Asian girls, including a very small minority of Muslims, are among the victims.
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Asylum – Syrians, expectations
Dissatisfied Syrian Refugees Had 'Unrealistically High' Expectations of NHS, House Sizes in Britain
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 10 November 2017.

Syrian refugees who were resettled in Britain last year are dissatisfied with the NHS, and unhappy about being placed outside of cities, according to a UN report.

More than 8,500 Syrians have been brought to Britain under a programme launched in 2015, when the Middle Eastern nation was being ravaged by civil war, which will see 20,000 brought over in total by 2020.

While the study reported that the scheme is working "relatively well", it found that some refugees arrived with "unrealistic expectations" of treatments available, and that "many are overwhelmed" by the NHS and its "complex referral rules and waiting lists".

Stressing the need for "accurate, timely and ongoing information throughout the resettlement process", the report said refugees interviewed had "unrealistically high expectations before departure relating to the speed of healthcare provision, accommodation size and location, and general living conditions in the UK". ...

According to the report, some migrants wanted to move to "places where they believed there were better employment and education prospects", while others who were interviewed "desired living closer to members of their own community".
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Immigration – law, officials
Immigration officials worse than useless, says Judge Nicholas Easterman
Catherine Baksi and Frances Gibb
The Times, 9 November 2017.

An immigration judge has criticised the incompetence of some Home Office officials for being "worse than useless" and supported "unsustainable decisions".

Judge Nicholas Easterman, who sits at the immigration tribunal at Hatton Cross, said that some of the presenting officers who appeared for the Home Office and who were generally not lawyers were "good and fair" but that others were "worse than useless".

He criticised them for supporting "impossible" and "unsustainable" decisions (to remove, detain or refuse asylum), which judges would then overturn.

"Immigration law is a total nightmare. I don't suppose the judges know any more about it than the appellants who come before them," he told a Bar Council event on Tuesday night on "the citizen and the law".
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Asylum – Syrians
More than 8,000 Syrian refugees come to UK under plans to resettle 20,000 by 2020
May Bulman
Independent, 9 November 2017.

More than 8,000 refugees have arrived in the UK under the Government's Syrian resettlement scheme, which has had a "truly transformative" impact on people's lives, the United Nations has said.

Refugees have said they are grateful for the "genuine welcome" they have received in the UK, and are heartened that their children have been able to attend school and catch up on lost education, according to the report from United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). ...

But while the UNHCR is largely positive about the UK's resettlement scheme, it highlights a number of areas for improvement, including in English language provision, and further support for housing and finding work.
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Politics – Brexit, progressives
Immigration, Brexit and the Future of Progressive Politics in the UK
Jonathan Porritt, 9 November 2017.

So, earlier this year, together with my good friend Colin Hines, we started work on a paper on immigration – unapologetically advocating for 'taking back control' of immigration into and between EU countries, but from a progressive political perspective rather than through the warped mindset of, say, the Daily Mail.

That paper ('The Progressive Case for Taking Control of EU Immigration – and Avoiding Brexit in the Process') is being launched today. ...

"PRESS RELEASE

Progressive Parties in the UK Must Now Address the Immigration Challenge Head On if Brexit is to be Avoided

Immigration was the dominant issue for voters in the 2016 Referendum demanding that UK politicians should 'take back control' of our borders from the EU.

Since then, however, Brexit discussions have focussed on the so-called 'divorce issues', with immigration apparently off the agenda. This has allowed Labour, the Lib Dems and the Greens to keep their heads down on what remains the highly controversial issue of immigration. ...

Jonathon Porritt: "Progressive parties have already paid a high price, across Europe, by allowing right-wing and populist parties to manipulate citizens' concerns about high levels of immigration coming into and moving between EU countries. All EU countries are now wrestling with this ongoing dilemma, with the majority of their citizens demanding that their governments should indeed manage immigration far more rigorously – in effect, taking back more control of their borders. Progressive parties are now duty bound to develop much smarter, compassionate policies to achieve precisely that."

Colin Hines: "What is inadequately understood is that political discussions about reinterpreting 'freedom of movement' to allow nation states to manage migration is already taking place across Europe. ...

As the paper highlights, 2017 elections in the Netherlands, France, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic have made this a pivotal issue for all centre left and Green parties, in a way that can no longer be ignored or deferred. And there are already welcome signals that both Labour and the Lib Dems are beginning to move in this direction as well, but they need to move far faster and far more proactively than is currently the case. As indeed does the Green Party." ...
And if that grabs your attention, check out the report itself.

Colin and I have written it both to address some 'taboo territory' for the progressive left – and to start to undo some of the damage caused by the 2016 Referendum.
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Crime – forced marriage, slavery
Slaves on our Streets: 'Honour-based' abuse and forced marriage rife in London, campaigners warn
Benedict Moore-Bridger
Independent, 9 November 2017.

Victims of "honour-based" abuse in London are being forced into marriages where they face a life of modern slavery, campaigners warned today. They spoke out as a joint investigation by The Independent and the London Evening Standard found tens of thousands of girls and women in the capital are hidden victims of such abuse. Police admit they are dealing with the "tip of the iceberg" and politicians stand accused of ignoring the issue over fears of being called racist.

One of the most common examples of "honour-based" abuse (HBA) is forced marriage, with victims often suffering the conditions of slavery through domestic servitude. Other examples include female genital mutilation and "honour killings".

Police data obtained by The Independent shows that in the 12 months to June there were 495 reported victims of HBA in London. Two were aged under one, three were a year old and nine were under 10.

Jasvinder Sanghera set up Karma Nirvana, a charity for HBA victims, in 2008 after escaping a forced marriage by running away from home aged 16.

Since then it has received more than 58,000 calls. She said "thousands upon thousands" of girls in London were at risk and were being prevented from "embracing British rights, values and democracy". Women were often forced to marry to be "used as slaves" with those that had escaped describing their marriage as "a sentence". ...

"They don't want to offend communities. They don't want to rock the boat," she added. "There is no statutory duty to report HBA. There is no will to make this part of the Ofsted inspection framework despite our request and numerous representations to ministers."

A Crown Prosecution Service report last month revealed there were only 215 prosecutions for honour-based violence and forced marriage in Britain in the past year.
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Crime – prosecutions
Only 5% of 'honour' crimes reported to police are referred to CPS
Hannah Summers
The Guardian, 8 November 2017.

The police are failing the victims of "honour" crimes, with just 5% of reported cases being referred to the Crown Prosecution Service, a leading charity has warned.

The number of cases of "honour" based violence, forced marriage and FGM reported to the police has increased by 53% since 2014, figures obtained through the Freedom of Information Act show.

However, despite the rise in reporting, the volume of cases referred to the CPS for a charging decision is the lowest it has been for five years.

"More victims of 'honour' based violence are coming forward to the police than ever before but worryingly the evidence suggests those seeking justice are being failed by the system," said Diana Nammi, the executive director of the Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organisation.

The number of "honour" crimes reported to the police increased from 3,335 in 2014 to 5,595 in 2015 – a rise of 68%, according to data collected by the charity from every police force in the country. The number of reports dropped slightly to 5,105 in 2016.

However, the latest figures published by the CPS show only 256 "honour" crimes were referred to the organisation by police in 2016/17 – just 5% of the cases reported over a similar period. The 256 referrals resulted in 215 prosecutions and a subsequent 122 convictions. ...

The increase in reporting follows the criminalisation of forced marriage in June 2014, which has led to an improved awareness of "honour" crimes, but only one prosecution under the legislation.
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Crime – checks, EU immigrants
Migrant criminals could win right to stay after Brexit: Offenders WON'T face global police records checks
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 8 November 2017.

International criminal record checks will not be carried out routinely on EU citizens hoping to stay in the UK after Brexit, the Government admitted yesterday.

Instead, their names will only be screened against UK police and security databases.

Only if there is 'good cause' to suspect a person has a hidden criminal history abroad will checks be done overseas. It raises the prospect that dangerous EU criminals, including killers, rapists and drug lords, will not be identified when they apply for the right to live here permanently – potentially putting the public at risk.

Ministers faced criticism that they had caved in after the European Parliament threatened to block Brexit talks, due to begin again tomorrow, unless 'invasive' criminal record checks were blocked.

Britain has pledged to grant 3.2 million EU citizens who have lived in the UK lawfully for at least five years 'settled status' – giving them full access to schools, hospitals, pensions and benefits. This can be transferred into citizenship at a later date.

Ministers said in June that applicants would face criminal record checks to exclude those who are 'serious or persistent criminals and those whom we consider a threat to the UK'. ...

In July, the EU warned that stringent criminal records checks would not be acceptable – claiming it would represent a widespread breach of human rights. Checks should only be carried out where there was suspicion of a criminal history – a position closer to the new one laid out by Britain.
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Extremism – Islam
Leader at Finsbury Park Mosque is a ruling member of banned terrorist group Hamas's political wing
Richard Spillett
MailOnline, 8 November 2017.

A trustee at one of London's best-known mosques is a senior member of 'terrorist organisation' Hamas's political wing, it was reported this morning.

Mohammed Sawalha holds the role of trustee at Finsbury Park Mosque in north London, which was formerly linked to extremism but which insists it has since undergone an 'complete overhaul'.

It emerged today that Mr Sawalha represented the militant Palestinian organisation Hamas at recent talks in Moscow.

Sawalha, who lives in London, was appointed a trustee of the mosque in 2010 and is legally responsible for overseeing the mosque's management, The Times reported today. ...

The UK only designates Hamas's military wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, as a terrorist organisation, not the political wing, meaning Mr Sawalha has broken no rules. ...

The mosque has been visited many times by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who was previously criticised for describing Hamas as 'friends'. He later said he regretted using the term.
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Repatriation/deportation – criminals
Just 200 foreign criminals have been kicked out of Britain under new EU scheme – even though there are 3,000 European prisoners in UK
Hugo Gye
The Sun, 7 November 2017.

Just 200 European criminals serving time in British prisoners have been sent home under an EU scheme which was supposed to remove foreign inmates from jails.

Six years ago Britain entered a pact with other EU countries to make it easier to deport foreign criminals while they are serving their prison sentences.

Prison bosses vowed that the deal would make a "significant difference" to our ability to kick out European lags.

The Prisoner Transfer Directive is meant to be compulsory, meaning that EU states have no excuse for refusing to accept criminals who are their citizens.

But a minister has admitted that only 217 inmates were repatriated from Britain to their home country under the scheme between 2011 and now.

That leaves another 2,943 prisoners from European countries serving sentences in England or Wales, as well as 1,200 being detained in immigration centres.
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Illegal immigration – fake passports
Greek police break fake ID network active throughout Europe
MailOnline / Associated Press, 7 November 2017.

Greek police say they have broken a large, locally based criminal network that sold fake identities allowing illegal migrants to travel and reside freely throughout Europe.

A police statement says 20 people were arrested last week in the greater Athens area in connection with the gang, which received orders from several European countries.

It says a key part of the gang's activity was to facilitate Albanians to travel from Greece to Britain on fake documents. ...

Monday's police statement said the gang charged up to 500 euros ($580) for passports, and less for simpler forgeries.
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Politics – George Soros
The Soros Project – migrants by the million
Dr Campbell Campbell-Jack
Conservative Woman, 7 November 2017.

What do you give the man who has everything? The obvious answer is penicillin, but George Soros, one of the world's richest men, wants his own continent. And it's ours.

He doesn't want to own Europe, merely remake it. Soros is the Hungarian-American multi-billionaire with a penchant for using his vast wealth to further causes seeking to dismantle Western culture and the social and political structures to which it has given birth. ...

Soros does not confine his activity to the US. According to Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orbán, Soros's network has 'a vast sphere of influence' in the European Parliament and other EU institutions. Orbán's claim that the aim of the 'Soros network' is to create a mixed population in Europe is not too far-fetched.

As well as spending his own money in pursuit of changing Europe, Soros, who describes himself as a 'stateless statesman', is also keen on spending our money. In a plan revealed in 2015 Soros made clear how he would solve Europe's immigration crisis. Basically, it was to make it easier for immigrants to come in.

Soros reckons that for the foreseeable future the EU must accept at least a million asylum-seekers annually. Further, the EU should provide 15,000 euros per asylum-seeker for each of the first two years to help cover housing, health-care and education costs – and to make accepting refugees more appealing to member states.

We are not only to fund the immigrants pouring into Europe from the Middle East, we are to fund the propaganda which will make us welcome them. ...

Soros's plan envisages an unimpeded conveyor belt from the Middle East and Africa for 1,000,000 immigrants a year, all paid for by the European taxpayer.
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Immigration abroad – crime, Zurich, Switzerland
Zurich police will no longer automatically name nationality of crime suspects
The Local [Switzerland], 7 November 2017.

Police in the city of Zurich will no longer name the nationality of a suspected offender in press releases, arguing that to do so is discriminatory and inappropriate.

City councillor Richard Wolff, head of the city's security department, ordered the new measure, which is backed by centre and left-wing parties.

In a statement, the department said "the regular mention of nationality in police reports is discriminatory because it suggests that the offence can be explained by the nationality of the perpetrator". ...

The security department interviewed editors of six Swiss newspapers prior to making a decision: three agreed and three disagreed with Wolff's stance.

From now on Zurich police will not automatically name the nationality of suspects in media releases – with the exception of search appeals – though that information will be given out on request.
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Crime – sham marriage
Sham marriage mastermind who recruited women to take part in fake weddings so immigrants could remain in the UK is jailed for seven years
Keiran Southern
MailOnline, 6 November 2017.

A woman who recruited brides to take part in sham marriages so immigrants could remain in the UK has been jailed for seven years.

Justyna Sobieraj masterminded multiple fake marriage ceremonies to ensure non-EU nationals could stay after their visas had expired.

Sobieraj, 37, was responsible for recruiting brides to take part in the bogus weddings in Southampton, Hants, and Winchester. ...

She was sentenced alongside Kamila Grzymala - one of the brides whose marriage ceremonies she organised.

Grzymala, 34 and from Southampton, was sentenced to two years for conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration and two years for bigamy - with both terms suspended for two years.

A third defendant Eric Asante, 47 and from London, who helped Sobieraj arrange the string of sham marriages, was sentenced to eight years in his absence when he failed to attend the hearing.
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Crime – Islam
Blasphemy Laws? – Dodgy Data Islamic Group Demands Google Censor 'Anti-Muslim' Results, Lauds Govt Monitoring of Breitbart London
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 6 November 2017.

Self-proclaimed hate crime recording group Tell MAMA has demanded that Google review its algorithms to ensure that searches on topics such as grooming gangs and terrorism do not yield "anti-Muslim" results.

Tell MAMA alleged that "far right" groups have manipulated the search giant's results to stoke tensions against Muslim communities living in Britain, in the "anti-Islamophobia" organisation's annual report. ...

The document, which looked at 1,223 "anti-Muslim acts" reported to the organisation last year, claimed that any association between grooming gangs and Muslim communities is "not backed by evidence".

Pointing to alleged "bias in data collection", the report's authors described the "overrepresentation of Asian men" in child sexual exploitation grooming gang cases as only "apparent", and asserted that sample sizes in studies have been "too small to draw national conclusions".

In the event of a "terrorist attack associated with extremists from a Muslim background", the report recommends that authorities crack down on "hate".
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Immigration abroad – Europe
The Migrant Crisis Upended Europe
Giulio Meotti
Gatestone Institute, 6 November 2017.

A few weeks after Germany opened its borders to over a million refugees from the Middle East, Africa and Asia, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that the migration crisis would "destabilize democracies". He was labelled a demagogue and a xenophobe. Two years later, Orbán has been vindicated. As Politico now explains, "[M]ost EU leaders echo the Hungarian prime minister" and the Hungarian PM can now claim that "our position is slowly becoming the majority position".

Many in Europe seem to have understood what Ivan Krastev, the Chairman of the Center for Liberal Strategies in Sofia and a member of the Institute of Humanities in Vienna, recently explained to Le Figaro:

"The migrant crisis is the 9/11 of the European Union... That day in 2001, everything changed in the US. In a minute, America discovered its vulnerability. Migrants had the same effect in Europe. It is not their number that destabilizes the continent... The migration crisis profoundly undermines the ideas of democracy, tolerance and progress as well as the liberal principles that constitute our ideological landscape. It is a turning point in the political dynamics of the European project".
Migration is having a significant impact, for instance, on Europe's public finances. Take the two countries most affected by it. Germany's federal government spent 21.7 billion euros in 2016 to deal with it. Also reported was that Germany's budget for security this year will grow by at least a third, from 6.1 billion to 8.3 billion euros.

In Italy, the Minister of Economy and Finance recently announced that the country will spend 4.2 billion in 2017 on migrants (one-seventh of Italy's entire budget for 2016).
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Asylum – discrimination against Christians
'Refugees' to U.K. mostly 'majority' Muslims
WND, 5 November 2017.

A Christian organization is calling out both the United Nations and the United Kingdom for discriminating against persecuted Christians in their refugee programs.

According to Barnabas Aid, the U.K. government has colluded with the U.N. to use an "overwhelming majority" of the refugee slots available from the Middle East for Sunni Muslims "who are the majority in Syria." ...

Further, the organization reported that the U.K. government tried to conceal what it was doing in partnership with the U.N.

Barnabas Aid said that last week it "finally obtained figures proving that the U.N. has only recommended tiny token numbers of Syrian Christians, Yazidis and other minorities for resettlement in the U.K."

"The overwhelming majority of refugees recommended by the U.N. have been Sunni Muslims who form the majority in Syria."

The group said numbers obtained in a Freedom of Information Request to the Home Office showed in 2015 that out of 2,637 refugees pushed to the U.K. by the U.N., only 43 were Christian, just 13 were Yazidi and there was only one Shia Muslim.

"In 2016 the statistics were even worse. Out of 7,499 refugees there were only 27 Christians, five Yazidis and 13 Shia Muslims," the organization reported.

"Disturbingly, U.K. officials tried to prevent the release of this information. ..."

Similar concerns have been raised over refugees dispatched to the United States under the politicized programs of the U.N.

Vice President Mike Pence recently announced that the U.S. government would start sending aid directly to persecuted Christians in the Middle East, cutting out the United Nations as the middle man.

Pence warned of the genocide inflicted on religious minorities there, and despite the U.S. government's dispatch of about $1 billion in aid through the U.N., "Christians and persecuted peoples of the Middle East have not been getting the relief they need." ...

"Last year less than 2 percent of all Syrian refugees ... were Christians. This is despite it being widely accepted that they constituted around 10 percent of the Syrian population. It is also widely recognized that they are specifically targeted by IS and other jihadi groups."
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Immigration abroad – Europe
Astonishing map shows the movement of millions of migrants across Europe in past 15 years amid 'unprecedented' refugee crisis fuelled by terror and conflict in the Middle East
Scott Campbell
MailOnline, 5 November 2017.

This astonishing map shows the movement of millions of migrants across Europe in the past 15 years - during what researchers have branded an 'unprecedented' period.

Experts at the Igarape Institute think-tank in Brazil produced the time-lapse video which reveals the extent of the refugee crisis which has gripped the continent for years. ...

It also reveals a 'tight correlation' between terrorism and refugee flows - as people escape danger by travelling to safe haven countries.

Cities are the primary reception point for new arrivals including refugees - ensuring the protection, care and eventually the integration of newcomers.

At least 80 cities of sanctuary in the UK are committed to welcoming refugees, asylum seekers and others seeking safety. ...

One of their most vocal proponents is the mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees who is seeking to build global networks of urban sanctuary.
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Crime – theft
Romanian thief is jailed for stripping lead from the roofs of rural churches - and may face deportation
Stephen Walter
Sunday Telegraph, 5 November 2017.

A Romanian thief who stripped over £100,000 of lead from the roofs of rural churches leaving one facing closure after 800 years has been jailed for five years.

A judge told Remus Tudorache, 27, that he could face deportation after admitting carrying out a string of devastating thefts in 2015, as well as being part of a gang which targeted others.

St Mary's Church in Baconsthorpe, Norfolk, which dates back to the 13th Century, was the hardest hit as Tudorache targeted it twice - leaving locals fearing for its future.

A court heard his gang ripped lead worth £100,000 from its roof after the small band of parishioners fought for two years to raise £120,000 to fund vital restoration work.
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Terrorism – identification, border controls
Who scans wins: Government refuses to install £125,000 eye scanners at airports to catch terrorists identified by the SAS in Syria as they fly into UK
Mark Nicol
Mail on Sunday, 5 November 2017.

A top-secret SAS operation to stop Islamic terrorists returning undetected to Britain has been thwarted by the Government's refusal to install high-tech eye scanners at airports.

Over the last three months, SAS troops in Syria have recorded the iris measurements of hundreds of jihadis captured on the battlefield, to identify them in case they try to sneak back into Britain.

But while the United States is installing £125,000 iris scanners at its airports, the Home Office is refusing to use the technology at Britain's borders, even though it is considered the most accurate method of identifying terrorists.

Last night, security experts called for eye scanners to be used.

Their warning follows MI5 chief Andrew Parker's announcement that Britain is facing an unprecedented threat from jihadis, with 850 expected to return to Britain from the warzone.

Raffaello Pantucci, of the Royal United Services Institute think-tank, said: 'Many jihadis are returning or travelling to the UK with deadly intent, while others will seek to recruit a new generation of terrorists to the cause.

'Therefore every high-tech advantage should be used to monitor their movements. Eye-scanning is by far the best method of identification as it is the most accurate and almost impossible to replicate.' ...

Eye scanners were withdrawn from several major British airports in 2012 but the cost of producing the devices has since fallen.
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Crime – sexual exploitation
Four men jailed over sexual exploitation of young girls in Newcastle
Frances Perraudin and Kevin Donald
The Guardian, 4 November 2017.

Four men have been jailed for up to 12 and a half years each for their involvement in a sex grooming network in Newcastle.

The men trafficked their victims – said to be held "in thrall" by a ready supply of drugs and alcohol – around houses in Tyneside, where they were sexually assaulted. ...

The men were all asylum seekers from either Iran or Iraq, and three had been granted leave to remain in the UK. As they are not British citizens, they are likely to be deported once they have served their prison sentences. ...

The case was part of Operation Sanctuary, Northumbria police's investigation into the sexual exploitation of children and adults with vulnerabilities. Earlier this year, the operation led to the conviction and jailing of 18 people for grooming offences. At the time, police said they had identified as many as 278 potential victims as part of Operation Sanctuary.
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Terrorism – political correctness, Islam, diversity
Political correctness is allowing Islamic terrorism to flourish, Government tsar warns
Martin Evans
Daily Telegraph, 3 November 2017.

Political correctness is allowing Islamic terrorism to flourish and is fuelling the growth of the extreme right-wing, police leaders were warned last night.

Dame Louise Casey, who carried out a two year review into integration in the UK, said our desire to embrace diversity was creating division and also letting down some of the most vulnerable members of society.

Speaking at a summit of police chiefs and crime commissioners, Dame Louise said it was time to have the difficult conversations about what was going on in some of the less integrated communities in places like Bradford, Birmingham, Oldham and the East End of London.

She said while the police were not frightened to address factors such as ethnicity and religion when it came to most crimes, there was a reluctance to have similar conversations around extremism.

Dame Louise said: "Islamic extremists are often terrorists and pose the most threat, it is very difficult for us to have that conversation and to deny that seems to make it worse."

But she went on: "The far right milk it every time we are overtly politically correct and are unable to deal with Islamic extremism ... Everybody saw how Rotherham sex scandal was milked by EDL to fuel Islamophobia."

She said people often came together to oppose far right marches but failed to show the same unity when it came to addressing inequalities in the communities they were wanting to protect.

She told police chiefs: "I would like to see the same team building when we know we have Islamic extremists and people who think that wearing short skirts on a Friday night is so wrong and westernised.

"It legitimises very harmful views about young women growing up in this country. And we don't seem to be able to muster it.

"There are good reasons we don't like people being victimised but we have to have those difficult conversations."

During her integration review, Dame Louise spent time in some of the country's least integrated communities and said she had been dismayed by some of the attitudes she found.

She said: "I was very upset and saddened by the level of unequal treatment and I was struck by the lives, because of culture, we think it is acceptable for women to live in Bradford, Birmingham and the east end of London."

She explained that she had found examples of teenage girls being let out of school for prayers on a Friday and then not allowed to leave the house again until Monday.

"I don't think girls should be growing up in this country where they don't leave their houses over the weekend," she said.

"We are helping the extreme right wing if we do not take these issues on. They are nasty, horrible racist people who have no place in our society but their numbers are growing.

"I also think in our desire to embrace diversity we creating division."

Dame Louise's report was published in December, but she accused the Government of placing it in the "difficult to deal with filing cabinet" adding that they had failed to adopt any of her recommendations.
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Population – Africa
Prince William warns that there are too many people in the world
Victoria Ward
Daily Telegraph, 3 November 2017.

Rapidly growing human populations risk having a "terrible impact" on the world, the Duke of Cambridge has warned.

The Duke said that as a result, wildlife was being put under "enormous pressure" and called for the issue to be addressed with renewed vigour. ...

"In my lifetime, we have seen global wildlife populations decline by over half," he said.

"We are going to have to work much harder, and think much deeper, if we are to ensure that human beings and the other species of animal with which we share this planet can continue to co-exist.

"Africa's rapidly growing human population is predicted to more than double by 2050 – a staggering increase of three and a half million people per month.

"There is no question that this increase puts wildlife and habitat under enormous pressure.

"Urbanisation, infrastructure development, cultivation – all good things in themselves, but they will have a terrible impact unless we begin to plan and to take measures now."
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Immigration – control, perception
Let's 'take back control' of immigration – and increase it
Rachel Cunliffe
City A.M., 3 November 2017.

Does "taking back control" of our borders mean reducing immigration? ...

On the one hand, you have Brexit voters, the vast majority of whom want an end to free movement – full stop – and do not appreciate the EU's insistence that it is impossible to have free trade without it. For them, taking back control of our borders is a red line.

On the other, businesses are panicking about the dearth of both skilled and unskilled labour that reducing immigration could cause.

There are 2.4m EU citizens currently employed in the UK, and with unemployment at record lows, it is hard to see how those workers could be immediately replaced with Brits. With seven per cent of the UK labour force being EU nationals, it's clear that demand for such people remains high. ...

Do we need the numbers of foreign workers to fall in order to honour the "will of the people" who voted for Brexit?

The answer is no. Because it turns out that the psychology of immigration, and the sense of anxiety and discomfort voters feel about this hot-button issue, isn't really linked to levels at all.

If that sounds counter-intuitive, I'd invite you to look at Australia.

Australia was held up as a bastion of sound immigration policy during the referendum campaign, with its "points-based system" heralded by Leave heavyweights such as Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, and even Nigel Farage.

Countless Brexit voters responded in interviews and focus groups that they thought the Australian system, where migrants are granted work visas based on whether they have the skills that the economy needs, was intrinsically fair – far superior to having unelected EU officials across the Channel dictate which people the UK has to let in.

But if you asked these voters how many immigrants Australia actually accepted, you probably wouldn't have heard any answers close to the reality: Australia has three times the net migration per capita that the UK does. That is, there are three times as many foreign-born people to every native-born Australian Down Under as there are migrants to native-born Brits in the UK.

And yet while the UK faces a political civil war over migration, Australians are decidedly relaxed. In a 2016 survey, only 34 per cent of Australians thought immigration should be reduced. ...

All the evidence suggests we should keep the numbers the same or higher. The composition might change, with more migrants coming from countries that were previously heavily restricted in a bid to tackle numbers when reducing EU levels wasn't an option – the US, Canada, India, China. ...

The UK government needs to inject an element of control into the migration system. At the same time, the economy needs immigration – as much and as diverse as is politically possible. But looking to Australia as a model, there is no reason we cannot have both.
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Immigration abroad – crime, Germany
German authorities cover up crime at refugee shelters
Paul Bremmer
WND, 3 November 2017.

Violent crimes like murder, rape and physical assault are a widespread problem in German refugee shelters, according to a leaked intelligence report.

German authorities, however, have failed to share this information, claiming it is not in the public's interest to know.

The report, leaked to the German newspaper Bild, was prepared for Markus Ulbig, interior minister of Saxony. More than 40,000 migrants are currently living in refugee shelters in Saxony, and if the data are any indication, many of them are not getting along with each other.

The report cited 10 murders or manslaughters at Saxon migrant shelters in 2016, in addition to 10 sexual assaults of children, seven rapes, 960 physical assaults, 671 cases of dangerous bodily injury and 268 cases of drug trafficking. The report also mentioned hundreds of cases of arson, brawls, attacks on police officers, coercion and theft.

And this violence continued into the following year. In the first six months of 2017, there were more than 500 physical assaults, hundreds of reported thefts and several homicides.

This crime epidemic is hardly confined to Saxony. Police in Berlin recorded more than 2,000 physical assaults at migrant shelters in 2016, as well as 86 rapes, three homicides and 800 thefts. There were 219 sexual assaults against women and children reported at migrant shelters in Hamburg during the first six months of 2017.

In fact, during the first nine months of 2016, there were almost 40,000 crimes reported in refugee shelters across all of Germany, according to a Federal Criminal Police report that leaked in February.

These crimes included 17,200 physical assaults, 6,500 thefts, 2,400 drug offenses, 510 sexual assaults and 139 homicides.

As the Gatestone Institute pointed out, the actual numbers may be much higher because observers agree most crimes at migrant shelters go unreported due to fear of revenge.
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Immigration abroad – crime, police, Arabs, Germany
Arab Gangs Infiltrate Berlin Police
Truth Revolt, 3 November 2017.

Berlin Police are being infiltrated by criminal Arab clans, claims a whistleblower with 30 years of service in the city's police department.

Extended Arab families that control the criminal underworld in the German capital are reportedly sending their members to join the ranks of the Berlin Police. In a two-page letter obtained by the German news magazine Focus, the insider accuses the department of covering up the criminal records of trainees with links to organized Arab crime families. ...

The German media reports did not reveal the identity of the police insider, but the authenticity of the letter has reportedly been confirmed by the source within the Police Department. ...

While it is apparently easy for these Arab crime families to infiltrate the Berlin Police Department, it is next to impossible for the law enforcement to penetrate these criminal clans. It is "extremely difficult to penetrate" the Arab clans because of their "solid structures," Dirk Jacob, the head of the State Police (LKA), told German newspaper Die Welt.
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Employment – NHS
Claims of an exodus of EU NHS staff do not stand up to the NHS's own data
Mark Tinsley
Brexit Central, 3 November 2017.

Prior to the Brexit vote, many Remain campaigners warned that "a vote to Leave is a vote to put our NHS in jeopardy" because it has "become increasingly reliant on EU nationals to keep it on its feet". ...

The Guardian has claimed that there is already a "haemorrhaging" of "foreign staff" and "a record number [of EU nationals] are quitting the NHS", with Vince Cable informing a nationally televised BBC Question Time audience that "10,000 [EU Nationals] have already walked away from the NHS because they don't feel they are needed or wanted anymore". ...

Relying almost solely on the NHS's own data for research, I quickly became convinced many of these claims are outright false, or at minimum very misleading. Here is what I found out:

Overall NHS staff levels have grown more than twice as fast as UK population growth

Between Dec 2013 and April 2017, total NHS England staff levels increased by 74,676 (+6.72%), taking the NHS workforce of 1.18 million. These are net figures, new starters minus leavers (roughly like the entire working-age population of Oxford putting on an NHS lanyard). During this period the UK population grew by roughly 2.4% (64.1m to 65.6m), and those aged 60+ grew 4.53% (12.06m to 12.61m) – population figures from the ONS. This is a useful context when evaluating any staff shortages.

There are more EU nationals working in the NHS than ever before

As of 30 June 2017, there are 61,891 EU nationals in the NHS, or 5.2% of the workforce. This is a huge 55.4% increase in the last 3.5 years – +22,084, up from 39,807 in Dec 2013 – and EU nationals have risen 8 times faster than other NHS staff. ...
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Repatriation/deportation – government failure
More than 140,000 told by UK immigration they face removal – watchdog
Alan Travis
The Guardian, 2 November 2017.

More than 140,000 people, including 60,000 declared as "absconders", have been told by UK immigration authorities that they face detention and removal from Britain, an official watchdog has revealed.

Two reports from the independent chief inspector of borders and immigration give the first official indication of the number of people in Britain without legal status and who are to face action forcing them to leave.

The reports by David Bolt, which have only just been published after being delivered to the home secretary in May, deliver a severe blow to the Home Office's claims to be creating a "hostile" environment for illegal immigrants in Britain.

The inquiry by the chief inspector concludes that the practical difficulties involved in asking 80,000 people to report regularly to a Home Office centre or a police station has seriously compromised any value in trying to secure their removal from Britain.

Bolt's office clarified that the 80,000 figure represented a snapshot of the numbers required to report while the 60,000 officially declared as absconders was a cumulative total over time. Some of them may have left the country, the office added.

In the reports Bolt says there is "little evidence that effective action was being taken to locate the vast bulk of absconders". ...

"Meanwhile, the removal of foreign national offenders is regularly frustrated, often by last-minute legal challenges, and monitoring non-detained FNOs effectively is a challenge and one that raises obvious public protection concerns," he said.

Bolt added: "The system is hampered by poor communication and coordination within the Home Office. The inspection found that recording and treatment of non-compliance with reporting restrictions was inconsistent, and there was little evidence of effective action to locate absconders." ...

About 7,000 or 9% of those required to report failed to turn up and as of December 2016 there were almost 60,000 absconders.

The chief inspector says there are about 5,884 foreign national prisoners who have been released from custody but still face removal. A total of 5,180 were shown to be reporting regularly but 704 were recorded as absconders.
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Asylum – cost
Foreign aid madness: Outrage over £1m spent a DAY on asylum seekers
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 2 November 2017.

Britain is spending almost £1 million every day to house and feed asylum seekers and refugees with foreign aid cash, we can reveal today.

Ministers insist the UK's bloated foreign aid budget is critical because it supports infrastructure projects in developing countries.

But the "majority" of the £362 million the Home Office contributes to it each year is swallowed up by supporting migrants, the department has admitted.

It means that British taxpayers are shouldering the burden of providing bed and board for tens of thousands of newcomers, many of whom have arrived here illegally.

The outlay could have paid for almost 17,000 new staff nurses last year alone. ...

Britain spends £13.3 billion a year on official development assistance, commonly known as foreign aid.

Three-quarters comes via the Department for International Development with the remaining £3.5 billion shared across Whitehall.

The Home Office, the department responsible for securing our borders from illegal immigration, has confirmed the lion's share of its foreign aid commitment is spent on asylum support and the Syrian Vulnerable People Resettlement Scheme.

Asylum support provides generous concessions to those who want to claim asylum here.

The resettlement scheme aims to relocate 20,000 Syrian refugees from camps in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt and Turkey by 2020.

Asylum support gives a lifeline to those fleeing persecution and in genuine need of sanctuary.

But even those who have managed to reach the UK illegally, many through the migrant flashpoint of Calais, are provided with somewhere to live, a cash allowance or both while their claims are processed. ...

Claimants also get free NHS treatment while their children are found school places and given free meals.

Independent MEP Steven Woolfe said: "It is sickening to have over 7,000 UK veterans homeless while the Government spends £1 million a day on housing for asylum seekers, including illegals, and offers council houses to IS terrorists. ..."
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Immigration abroad – Germany
Pressure mounts on Merkel over migrant policy in future coalition
Reuters, 2 November 2017.

Germany has lost track of 30,000 rejected asylum seekers, Bild daily reported on Thursday, piling pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel to agree a migrant policy with potential coalition partners that ensures no repeat of a migration crisis in 2015. ...

The report, which coincided with official data showing the number of people seeking refuge in Germany more than doubled in the two years until the end of 2016 to 1.6 million, comes as migrant policy tops the agenda in coalition talks. ...

The Statistics Office said the 1.6 million people seeking refuge by the end of last year was a 113 percent jump from 2014 and equivalent to 16 percent of Germany's foreign population. ...

More than half of the 1.6 million people had by the end of 2016 been granted permission to stay in Germany while some 158,000 were rejected asylum seekers, said the Office. Some 455,000 of the total were from Syria.
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Immigration – EU migrants, Brexit
No Brexit deal could solve the UK's migrant worries, says Oxford expert
Stacey Yuen
CNBC, 2 November 2017.

Immigration remains a daunting policy concern as the United Kingdom tries to envision a future outside of the European Union. But hopes that Britain and the EU can reach a deal addressing the nation's migrant population could be in vain, according to a leading academic.

For one, "no conceivable Brexit deal will involve expelling" Eastern Europeans currently residing in the U.K., said Paul Collier, professor of economics and public policy at the University of Oxford. ...

"Ten years ago, Britain made a huge mistake. It was the one country in the EU that said, 'We won't impose a seven-year transition period, we'll just open up our borders," Collier said.

The move led to a large influx of people into Britain and there is "no way on Earth that's going to reverse," he added.
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Immigration abroad – USA
Trump reveals New York terror suspect brought in TWENTY THREE 'family members' after winning Green Card lottery as he says it's time to end 'chain migration'
Geoff Earle
Daily Mail, 2 November 2017.

President Donald Trump said the suspect in the New York terror attack had been allowed to bring in 23 people as a 'primary point of contact,' as he called for changes in the U.S. immigration system just hours after the attack. ...

Trump called for a 'merit-based' system, as he called for ending the diversity-based lottery program that allowed Uzbekistan-born Sayfullo Saipov to come to the country.

'We want a merit-based program where people come into our country based on merit. And we want to get rid of chain migration,' Trump said, referencing the phenomenon where immigrants who come to the U.S. then try to bring family members here. ...

The president does not have the authority to unilaterally end the lottery program that was implemented by Congress in 1990.

He has endorsed Senate legislation that would replace it with a merit-based program, but it is not guaranteed to pass even if it comes to the floor for a vote.

The White House could order the State Department to reduce the maximum number of lottery visas awarded annually from 50,000 to as few as zero.
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Terrorism – free speech
UK Is Tougher On Facebook Posts Than ISIS Returnees
Scott Greer
Daily Caller, 2 November 2017.

While America reels from the Islamic terror attack in Manhattan on Tuesday, the United Kingdom is planning not to prosecute hundreds of ISIS fighters arriving on its shores.

Seriously.

Max Hill, a top government adviser who oversees anti-terrorism laws for the British government, told BBC last week that an estimated 400 ISIS militants have already returned to the UK – and authorities have decided to not do anything about it. ...

The authorities' ideas for reintegrating these foreign jihadis include giving them free housing and other taxpayer-funded support. What a way to punish terrorism. ...

Writing for The Guardian in September, United Nations consultant Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini argued the best weapon to de-radicalize returning jihadis was with "our humanity." ...

The message here is that Britons can win over ISIS returnees with their superior values of tolerance and compassion, values that apparently didn't win over these militants when they previously dwelled in the UK. ...

It is interesting that British elites and government officials preach tolerance when it comes to members of a group that butchered, raped and enslaved thousands of people, but turn into zealous crusaders when it comes to politically incorrect Facebook posts.

As previously mentioned, Prime Minister Theresa May and her government believe the best way to tackle terror is through internet censorship. However, the usual targets for British police crackdowns on internet malfeasance are those who criticize Islam, not those who want to kill in its name.

Whenever an attack occurs, police spokesmen come out to say that mean comments about Islam will not be tolerated – in sharp contrast to the loving tolerance shown for returning soldiers of the caliphate. ...

Regardless of party, it's clear that British elites would rather infringe upon the freedoms of their own citizens than even consider limiting the inflow of "diverse" individuals from around the globe.
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Crime – violence, knife crime
On a knife edge: The rise of violence on London's streets
Ed Thomas and Noel Titheradge
BBC, 1 November 2017.

Across England and Wales an incident involving a blade or sharp object takes place, on average, every 14 minutes. Of the 37,000 incidents in the past 12 months, more than 13,000 offences were committed in London. ...

The capital has seen a staggering 34% rise in knife crime over the last year. ...

The BBC has learnt that police forces across England and Wales are charging fewer people for knife crimes at the same time as offences are rising.

Freedom of Information (FOI) responses from 30 out of 43 police forces showed that the number of knife crime offences that led to offenders being charged or summoned to court had fallen by eight per cent between 2015 and 2016. ...

Perhaps the most striking feature of the increase in extreme violence is the number of young people involved.

Statistics show a third of all those accused of offences where a gun was fired (237 out of 668) in London since 2012 were aged 19 or under.

Forty-five of the offences were committed by people aged under 14.

The increase in violent crime does not only involve knives.

Gun crime offences still remain below historic highs of March 2007 - when they were 31% higher than today - but the increase over the last three years is marked.

Gun crime across England and Wales has increased by 27% over the last year and in London is 42% higher. ...

The Metropolitan Police is trying to tackle the issue using stop-and- search. In a statement the Met said it regards it as an "invaluable tool" that takes several thousand weapons off the streets each year, and has been backed by Commissioner Cressida Dick. ...

The BBC has learned that 65% of all people who face criminal proceedings for knife crime in London are from ethnic minorities, and 42% are black.
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Immigration abroad – European Union
Senior EU Minister: Countries REFUSING to 'Open the Door' to Muslim Migrants Will 'Destroy Europe' - Breitbart
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 1 November 2017.

Countries which "do not want to open the door" to Muslim migrants and try to "protect Christianity" could "destroy Europe", claims the EU's longest-serving foreign minister.

Veteran europhile Jean Asselborn, who has been in his post since 2004, made the extraordinary remarks in an interview with the German-language Tiroler Tageszeitung newspaper, which is published in Austria.

Asked for his thoughts on Central European countries fighting the EU's attempts to impose compulsory migrant quotas across the bloc, the 68-year-old declared that "countries that do not want to open the door to refugees from the south, who speak Arabic and are Muslim, ignore the values ... the EU actually represents."
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Multiculturalism – black women, identity
Black Girl Festival: What my identity means to me
Joice Etutu
BBC, 1 November 2017.

Hundreds of women gathered at the UK's first Black Girl Festival in London to celebrate and explore what it means to be a black woman in the UK.

Founders, Paula Akpan and Nicole Krystal, crowdfunded over £7,000 to launch the event because they felt it was something that had never been done before.

There was discussion on everything from mental health and education to motherhood and the natural hair movement, as well as a market supporting black-owned businesses.

Here, some of the festival-goers explain how it feels to be a young woman of colour living in Britain.

"Being mixed race I've always felt like I've had two identities. With being black British it's kind of a similar thing as well, you've got your cultural side but you can also blend in with London because it's so multi-cultural. ..." - Chloe Smith-Mitchell ...

"I find it hard to see myself as a British person. I was born in this country but it still feels like it's not my country.

"Being a black British woman it's trying to make sure that my identities connect with each other and me not telling myself that being British and black are two different things. We're putting a new definition to Britishness."- Summer Scott
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Immigration abroad – asylum, cost, Germany
Asylum seekers cost Germany 9 billion Euros
Larissa Krüger
Bild, 1 November 2017.

In 2016, government benefits for asylum seekers rose by 73 percent compared to the previous year – even though the number of benefit recipients in Germany dropped from 974 551 to 728 289 in the same period of time.

This is announced in a report by the Federal Statistical Office for Germany on the Asylum Seekers' Benefits Law, which BILD has seen.

According to the report, the federation, counties, and communities paid a net sum of more than 9 billion Euros (9.234 billion) in 2016, in compliance with the Asylum Seekers' Benefits Law. In 2015, the number was approximately 5.2 billion. ...

Due to capacity overloads in 2015, some of that years' costs were only recorded for 2016, the Federal Statistical Office says.

The numbers now available say that, on average, 12 680 Euros were spent on each benefit recipient in 2016 – slightly more than 1000 Euros per month. ...

It remains controversial whether rejected asylum seekers who are deliberately delaying their departure should continue to receive the allowance and the standard rate.
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Asylum – European Union
UN Refugee Agency Says They Want at Least 380,000 Migrants in Europe Per Year
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 1 November 2017.

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has said there are at least 380,000 people that are seeking refuge in Europe every year, and the European Union should work to take in more migrants.

Currently, the EU is increasing the number of asylum seekers it takes in through legal channels at a rate of 20,000 per year, but the UNHCR said the increase is not enough. The group has called for a double-digit increase in numbers and said the new proposal to accept migrants in Africa could facilitate a growth in numbers, Austrian newspaper Kurier reports.

Ruth Schöffl, a spokesman for the UNHCR, said: "We welcome these new ideas as we expect the number of resettlements to increase."

"The possibility of resettlement is naturally linked to the fact that the illegal migration is stopped," she added. ...

Niger, according to a report from the EU border agency Frontex, is one of the main hubs of West African migration to Europe.
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Immigration abroad – sexual crime, Sweden
'Politically Incorrect' Report on Rape-Prone Migrants Inflames Debate in Sweden
Sputnik News, 1 November 2017.

As the nationality of perpetrators has long been a taboo topic in Sweden, a new private survey on this polarizing issue suggesting the staggering proportion of immigrants among rapists has triggered strong reactions in the Scandinavian country without ever making national headlines. ...

By his own admission, Patrik Jonasson surveyed 4,142 rulings regarding sex-related crimes passed by 40 Swedish courts between 2012 and 2014. The study, which took several months to compile, indicated that a whopping 95.6 percent of rapes and 90 percent of group rapes had been committed by men of foreign descent. Men from the Middle East and Africans were particularly overrepresented in various forms of sexual offences.

Additionally, two out of three rapes with aggravating circumstances were reportedly committed by asylum seekers or men who had been recently granted residence permits. ...

Last time Sweden compiled a survey on the percentage of crimes committed by the foreign-born was in 2005, more than a decade ago, and it covered the period between 1997 and 2001, that is before the mass immigration of the recent decade, which brought dramatic changes to Sweden's demographics and society. Since then, profiling by nationality has been considered unethical and offensive.
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