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Updated 25 February 2018
Immigration border controls
Immigration from non-EU countries is out of control
Sunday Express, 25 February 2018.
You will no doubt have seen the latest immigration figures. They
show that in the year to September 2017 net immigration from the EU to the
UK was down to 90,000. ...
But that's just one side of the coin.
Because at the very same time net migration from non-EU countries
rose sharply by 40,000 to 205,000.
Around half of that number are
students and there is an argument as to whether they should be included in
the immigration figures since the vast majority leave after their studies.
But even taking that into account, along with the fall in EU
migration, we are left with an official figure for net annual migration of
In other words, last year alone saw the equivalent of an
entire new city the size of Wolverhampton arriving in Britain.
has happened year after year after year after year after year... you get
the picture. ...
The need to take control of our borders again was
one of the key factors behind the Brexit vote in June 2016.
these latest figures show, it's not just EU immigration that matters.
Even after we regain control of migration policy when we leave the
EU we will still need to deal with the numbers of immigrants from outside
Because in theory we already have control over them today.
I should point out now that according to Diane Abbott, Labour's
shadow home secretary, the very fact that I have mentioned any of this
marks me and, if you also think that immigration needs to be
controlled, you as racist. ...
Let's simply consider the
outrageous slur and contempt in which she clearly holds many of her own
Labour voters, who voted en masse for Brexit, driven in large measure by
the feeling that the political establishment was ignoring their concerns.
Because even if you put to one side the sheer scale of immigration
and the burden that the annual influx of the equivalent of vast new cities
puts on housing, schools and hospitals, the immediate concern is surely the
scale of illegal immigration. ...
We do not yet have a clue what
immigration policy the Government intends to implement after we leave the
And as for illegal immigration: the situation is getting worse,
I've been using the figure of 40,000 for annual illegal
immigration but that's simply a commonly accepted estimate.
Home Office has its own estimate but won't even admit it has such a figure,
let alone publish it.
Last summer David Wood, the former director
general of immigration enforcement, revealed that the Home Office estimate
(based on a raft of sensible measures) shows 150,000 illegal immigrants
arriving every year. ...
The sheer scale demands action but instead
the authorities are doing next to nothing.
According to Mr Wood,
the chance of a migrant being detained and deported for overstaying their
visa is just one in 1,000. ...
The idea we are now in control of
our non-EU borders is a fantasy.
And the idea that we will regain
control of our EU borders when we leave is a fantasy.
What we need
is honesty about the true figures of both legal and illegal immigrants.
And action to ensure that border control means precisely what it
Immigration abroad Republic of Ireland
Irish Govt 'Paid Press' to Promote Plan to Grow Population by One Million With Mass Migration
Breitbart, 24 February 2018.
The Irish government has been slammed for paying journalists to
write good news stories about Project Ireland 2040.
Unveiled by the
government last week with a commitment to spend 116 billion, the
document outlines plans to boost the Irish nation's 4.7 million population
by another million using mass migration.
The government's strategic
communications unit paid for sponsored "news pieces" to appear in national
and regional newspapers promoting Ireland 2040, which "could not include
negative or critical content", The Times reported on Friday.
Speaking in the Irish parliament, or Dáil, opposition leader
Micheál Martin branded the government's use of the media to promote
its scheme "ethically dubious".
"The blurring of the lines is
genuinely worrying from a parliamentary democracy point of view," he said.
"The Taoiseach will say he is promoting the government, but the
dogs on the street know he is using taxpayers' money to promote Fine Gael
Project Ireland 2040 has been slammed on social media
as a "pyramid scheme" to enrich investors by adding consumers at taxpayers'
expense, and as a globalist programme to "replace" the native population.
Mass migration from the third world has been a controversial
topic in recent months, with reports that gangs of teenagers of African
origin are terrorising locals across Dublin.
The criminal youths
are "wreaking havoc" throughout the capital, according to police, who say
the offences "[range] from shouting and intimidating old people in large
groups to assaulting and robbing people of all ages, often with deadly
weapons such as large knives." ...
Opposition Fianna Fail TD Jack
Chambers said the behaviour of African gangs is a "major problem" that has
left many of his constituents "living in fear" and "scared to leave their
Putting the gang members' anti-social attitudes down to
"cultural differences", Independent Councillor Tony Murphy reported that
police risk causing "a mini riot" any time they try to arrest one of the
Politics Conservative Party
UK plans to increase migrant numbers as home secretary vows to open borders
RT, 24 February 2018.
The UK could take in thousands more refugees after an initial
20,000 from Syria, according to the home secretary. So far, 10,538 people
have been housed in the UK but the government is planning to double that
figure by 2020. ...
However, after a trip to Lebanon, Amber Rudd
claims she will consider upping that figure to welcome many more. Ms. Rudd
said: "20,000 is definitely achievable by 2020, and I hope that we may
get there earlier than that in fact. At the moment I am consulting with
stakeholders and really engaging with other departments to decide what we
should have to replace that when we go forward after 2020." ...
Britain has paid out £2.46 billion ($3.4 billion) in funding
to help Syrian families since 2012.
Crime sexual exploitation, children, adults
Grooming is still rife in Britain: Warning as major report says police gave gangs the 'green light' to sexually abuse 700 girls and women - and reveals one attacker would have been BEHEADED in his
homeland for his crime
Chris Brooke And Josh White
Daily Mail, 24 February 2018.
Grooming gangs are still sexually abusing girls and young women
across the country despite repeated warnings and prosecutions, a shocking
report revealed yesterday.
Efforts to stop the exploitation have
been hampered by the authorities' failure to understand why abusers target
vulnerable white girls, the investigation found.
The author of a
report into the latest abuse scandal yesterday urged the Government to
order a national study into the 'cultural influences' on the offenders,
predominantly from an 'Asian British' background.
The inquiry into
gangs who groomed 700 girls and women in the North-East came four years
after more than a thousand victims were found to have been abused in
Rotherham, South Yorkshire. The new report revealed:
authorities effectively gave grooming gangs the green light to sexually
abuse by failing to prosecute, instead locking up victims;
abuser an illegal immigrant granted indefinite leave to remain
denounced British girls' 'lack of morals' and praised the
availability of sex and drugs;
. The abuse of vulnerable victims is
still 'taking place across the country' and 'all children and vulnerable
adults are at risk'
The serious case review by barrister David
Spicer examined the actions of agencies involved in Operation Sanctuary,
which was launched by Northumbria Police. ...
promised to 'look carefully' at Mr Spicer's 33 recommendations. He said
more powers were also needed to protect adults who were 'being targeted,
groomed and exploited'.
His report also highlighted that the men
responsible for 'this particular model of abuse' were from a predominantly
'Asian British' minority background. Significantly, their 'beliefs are not
Mr Spicer said professionals interviewed for his inquiry
'emphasised the lack of information about the profile and motivation for
abusing' that continued to hamper understanding how to stop it. ...
Although good recent practice by detectives was identified, their
previous negligent approach was laid bare. Police failed to consistently
investigate, formally interview and check the backgrounds of suspects, the
There were also 'no effective inquiries' about why
girls were found with older, unrelated men. ...
criticised the 'lack of professional curiosity' by agencies and highlighted
the failure to collect physical evidence. ...
The report also
detailed the failure of the criminal justice system and the Crown
Prosecution Service to bring offenders to court. ...
have admitted their approach to the credibility of witnesses was
'inappropriately cautious', the report states. It concluded: 'Unless there
is change, which requires national debate, sexual exploitation is not
likely to be prevented and early identification will remain difficult.'
Multiculturalism Islam, sharia law
Archbishop of Canterbury says Islamic rules are incompatible with Britain's laws which have Christian values
Daily Mail, 24 February 2018.
Sharia law should never become part of the British legal system,
the Archbishop of Canterbury said yesterday.
Justin Welby said the
Islamic rules are incompatible with Britain's laws, which have developed
over 500 years on the principles of a different culture.
that high levels of immigration from Muslim countries can 'have an impact
on the accepted pattern for choosing a partner, on assumed ages of maturity
and sexual activity, and especially on issues of polygamy'.
Archbishop Welby's comments follow the release earlier this month
of a highly critical Home Office report that said all couples marrying in
mosques should also have to go through a legally-binding civil marriage
ceremony to shield wives from injustices under sharia.
reverse the position taken by his predecessor Lord Williams, who backed
incorporating sharia into the British legal system. Archbishop Welby set
out his reasons why sharia should not win official status in a book,
Reimagining Britain. ...
The Archbishop said in his book that the
arrival of large numbers of Muslims in Britain there are thought to
be 3.3 million here has led many to challenge the values of the
majority population. Among these are the right of people to choose their
own husband or wife, and the need for monogamous relationships.
Immigration abroad Germany, European Union
Merkel's list of failures is only getting longer
Marian L. Tupy
CapX, 23 February 2018.
Angela Merkel has a new plan to bring the rebellious Central
European states to heel. According to the press reports, the German
government will seek to divert future structural and cohesion funds away
from the poorer European Union members and toward those EU states that host
large numbers of non-European migrants. ...
insisted on maintaining her open-door policy vis-à-vis
non-European migrants who poured into Europe in 2015 long after it
became obvious that her welcoming attitude was intensifying the flow of
migrants and wreaking havoc in Central Europe. In addition to putting the
entire Schengen Area at risk, Merkel set the stage for a show-down with the
new EU members over the question of migrant resettlement. Spooked by the
unexpectedly large number of migrants and growing domestic opposition, the
Chancellor asked ex-communist countries to share Germany's burden of
housing and processing the newcomers. Evidence shows that Central Europeans
are more xenophobic than their Western counterparts. But that is only one
of the reasons why the governments in that region refused to help Germany.
They saw the failure of assimilation of non-European immigrants in Western
Europe and did not wish to repeat the same mistake in the East.
Crime sexual exploitation
Operation Sanctuary review finds adult abuse 'extensive'
BBC, 23 February 2018.
Vulnerable women are most likely being "extensively" abused across
the UK and ministers need to urgently review sex exploitation laws, a
David Spicer led a review in the wake of Operation
Sanctuary which saw 18 people jailed for the sexual abuse of young women
groomed in Newcastle.
He said exploitation was not being recognised
The operation identified about 700 victims in total
across the Northumbria Police area, 108 in Newcastle. ...
Newcastle case, most of the men were British-born but all came from
Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Indian, Iraqi, Iranian or Turkish communities.
Migration figures: Record numbers of EU nationals leaving UK
BBC, 22 February 2018.
The number of EU citizens leaving the UK is at its highest level
for a decade, figures from the Office for National Statistics show.
It estimates that 130,000 EU nationals emigrated in the year to
September, the highest number since 2008.
Meanwhile, 220,000 EU
nationals came to live in the UK - 47,000 fewer than the previous year.
Net EU migration - the difference between arrivals and departures -
was 90,000, the lowest for five years.
The figures also show that
more British people are emigrating than are returning to live in the UK.
Of those EU nationals arriving in the UK, fewer were coming for
"work-related reasons", in particular to "look for work". ...
contrast, immigration from countries outside the European Union is going up
which means the UK population is continuing to grow at a similar level to
Some 285,000 non-EU citizens arrived in the UK in the
12-month period to September, and 80,000 departed.
This gives a net
increase of 205,000, the highest for six years.
migration is estimated to have fallen by 29,000 to 244,000 in the same
This includes 73,000 British people coming back to the UK
and 125,000 Britons leaving. ...
The ONS figures also show that in
2017, the UK granted asylum, alternative forms of protection or
resettlement to almost 15,000 people, 40% of whom were under 18.
Net immigration RISES to 244,000 a year and is still more than DOUBLE the PM's target but numbers from the EU drop below 100,000 for first time since 2013
MailOnline, 22 February 2018.
Net immigration has risen to 244,000 a year in a reminder of the
scale of the task facing the government to curb numbers.
flow to the UK in the year to September was up from 230,000 in the 12
months to June.
The increase was driven mainly by a rise in
arrivals from outside the EU, with immigration from the bloc slipping
sharply, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
migration from the EU was 90,000 in the year ending September 2017 - the
first time it has fallen below 100,000 since 2013.
The net figure
from the rest of the world was 205,000, up from 173,000 in the year to
The year to June 2017 saw the largest decrease in net
long-term migration in any 12-month period since records began in 1964.
Politics Labour Party
Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott says Labour will let MORE immigrants into Britain if they get into Number 10
MailOnline, 22 February 2018.
Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott today said Labour would let more
immigrants into Britain if they are elected into Downing Street.
The Labour frontbencher said that if Jeremy Corbyn becomes Prime
Minister he will usher in new laws to loosen border controls.
said they will change the rules to let child refugees who come to Britain
bring their parents and carers with them.
Ms Abbott also said
Labour would end the policy of deporting children without the entitlement
to be in the UK when they reach the age of 18.
Diversity teachers, Canada
Teacher education must rise above political correctness
Rodney Clifton and Alexandra Burnett
Times Higher Education, 22 February 2018.
Increasingly, Canadian universities seem to be more concerned about
political correctness than educating students. ...
A less well
known but arguably much more serious example is the increasing tendency for
Canadian faculties of education to use admissions criteria that are
unrelated to the characteristics and skills needed by effective classroom
teachers. At the University of Windsor, for example, special consideration
is being given to candidates who reflect "the ethno-cultural and social
diversity of Ontario's schools". And, last September, the Faculty of
Education at the University of Manitoba went even further by aiming to
admit 45 per cent of incoming teacher candidates on the basis of their
self-identification as members of marginalised groups, such as indigenous,
disabled, LGBTQ, minority ethnic or socially disadvantaged.
admission policies are being implemented so that teachers increasingly
represent the ever-changing social demographics of provinces. There is some
merit to that aspiration, but there are several serious problems. One is
that such self-identities are difficult to verify and, consequently, are
potentially easy to "game". A second is that such policies are not useful
for identifying and admitting candidates who actually have the potential to
become effective teachers, which is the most important reason for having
faculties of education at universities.
Parents, students and even
school administrators already know that there are substantial differences
between the most and least effective teachers. A number of excellent
studies have shown that the top 25 per cent are able to effectively teach
18 months' worth of curriculum content in a year, while the bottom 25 per
cent are able to teach only about six months' worth. In short, the best
teachers are three times more effective than the worst teachers. Addressing
this unacceptable disparity should be the most important priority among
Canadian faculties of education.
Politics Labour Party
Labour calls for young illegal immigrants to be allowed to stay in UK permanently and scrapping of migrants cap
The Sun, 22 February 2018.
Labour would stop deporting young illegal immigrants and let
refugees bring their families to Britain, Diane Abbott said today.
The shadow home secretary also vowed to scrap the cap on overall
migrant numbers so there would be no limit on how many people can move to
the UK. ...
Speaking in London today, Ms Abbott said: "We will
allow the carers or parents of admitted child refugees to come here.
"We will also end the practice of deporting the children, currently
without entitlement to be here, once they turn 18, even when their parents
are entitled to be here.
"This commitment underlines our commitment
to human rights. This is the application of Labour values and it is the
right thing to do."
Employment wages, economy
U.K. Wages Pick Up as Fewer Foreign Workers Take Jobs
Bloomberg, 21 February 2018.
Pay for workers in Britain picked up in the fourth quarter and
productivity gained as fewer jobs were filled by foreign nationals in the
Average weekly earnings excluding bonuses rose 2.5
percent from a year earlier, the most since December 2016, the Office for
National Statistics said on Wednesday. The overall employment rate rose to
75.2 percent, close to a record. ...
"Rising employment this past
year was largely driven by U.K. nationals" as fewer eastern Europeans and
non-EU nationals were working than a year earlier, ONS statistician Matt
Hughes said. ...
Output per hour gained 0.8 percent in the fourth
quarter following a 0.9 percent gain in the previous three months, which
was the most in six years.
Immigration abroad France
Macron plans tighter asylum rules in test of parliamentary majority
Julie Carriat and Ingrid Melander
Reuters, 21 February 2018.
Emmanuel Macron's government will on Wednesday propose toughening
France's immigration and asylum laws amid strident criticism from human
rights groups, in a move that will test the unity of his left-and-right
The bill will double to 90 days the time in which illegal
migrants can be detained and shorten deadlines to apply for asylum, and it
will make the illegal crossing of borders an offence punishable by one year
in jail and fines.
The government says it wants to be both firm and
fair on immigration, and the bill will also make it easier for minors to
get asylum and will aim to cut by half the time it takes for authorities to
process any asylum request. ...
... A BVA opinion poll earlier
this month showed that 63 percent of French voters consider there are too
many immigrants in France.
The number of people filing asylum
requests in France hit a record in 2017, topping 100,000.
still well below the 186,000 arrivals of asylum seekers registered that
same year in Germany, even if arrivals in Germany have dropped sharply
since reaching 890,000 in 2015, when unprecedented flows overwhelmed
Europe's border controls.
Immigration abroad France
France considers jailing illegal immigrants for up to five years for fake ID
Daily Telegraph, 21 February 2018.
France could reportedly jail illegal immigrants caught using fake
identity papers for up to five years, and those entering the country
without using a recognised border crossing could get one year, under
proposed new laws. ...
Tens of thousands of illegal immigrants
currently work in restaurants, factories, and building sites across France,
many of them using fake or borrowed ID. If caught by authorities, few go to
court, and if they do they often get only a suspended sentence and a
request to leave the country.
Article 16 is just one of many in the
planned law that is likely to be hotly disputed. Another is the plan to
make entering the country without using a recognised border crossing point
an offence carrying a maximum one-year prison sentence and a fine of
Immigration abroad Africans, Australia
'Tribal divisions' delay African gang taskforce
The Australian, 21 February 2018.
A taskforce of African community leaders set up to help Victoria
Police deal with Melbourne's youth crime problem is yet to choose its
members because of tribal divisions, according to the chief commissioner.
The African-Australian Community Taskforce was announced by
Victoria Police last month following a spate of crimes involving African
youth. It has been charged with providing information to police on emerging
issues and hot spots, allowing officers to act swiftly, and establishing a
more efficient channel for police to engage with community leaders and
receive advice on preventing youth crimes and antisocial behaviour.
Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton today said that although the
taskforce had met a few times, it was yet to finalise its membership due to
"internal political issues".
He agreed there was concern growing
within Victoria Police that tribal divisions between Dinka and Nuer ethnic
groups had caused delays in formally establishing the taskforce.
"It's been a number of weeks now, we want to try to get those
issues settled as soon we can so we can get the maximum benefit out of it,"
Mr Ashton told 3AW.
"We've got issues with African youth offenders,
it's been an ongoing problem for us for quite some time. ...".
Immigration abroad schools, France
French Children Taught Migration Is a Human Right, 'We're All Africans'
Breitbart, 20 February 2018.
France is safe and prosperous only thanks to a 'lifetime of open
borders', while mass migration is a "universal right", according to
literature being handed out in French classrooms.
distribution to children between the ages of eight and 16, the new booklets
are produced by 'Secular Solidarity', an organisation which receives around
half of its funding from French taxpayers, in conjunction with other groups
including SNUIPP-FSU, the major teachers' union in France.
"Immigration is a fundamental human right" that is about more than
survival, according to the taxpayer-funded body's document, which tells
that children "mass migration is the very essence of humanity", and argues
they have no right to secure the French border because "the most recent
research shows the first humans were all from Africa".
Crime child sexual exploitation
Rotherham child sex abuse: Inquiry finds 100 more potential victims
BBC, 20 February 2018.
The number of potential victims of child sexual exploitation in
Rotherham has risen to more than 1,500, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has
A report published in 2014 estimated 1,400 children were
abused in the South Yorkshire town between 1997 and 2013.
which is carrying out an independent inquiry, said the figure had risen to
1,510 and that at least 1,300 were female.
It said it had
identified 110 suspects and six trials were listed for 2018.
inquiry, named Operation Stovewood, is being conducted at the request of
South Yorkshire Police. ...
At a briefing, NCA senior
investigating officer Paul Williamson said his team was actively engaged
with more than 260 victims, and 144 officers were working on 34 distinct
Mr Williamson said he hoped to increase his team to
up to 250. ...
To date, four people have been convicted in
relation to Operation Stovewood, the latest being former taxi driver Asghar
Bostan, who was jailed for nine years after being found guilty of raping a
Immigration abroad European Union
Pressure on EU's southern borders from African migrants seen persisting in 2018
Reuters, 20 February 2018.
The European Union's southern borders in the Mediterranean will
remain under heavy pressure from African migrants trying to reach Europe
this year, the head of the EU's border agency Frontex said on Tuesday.
Nearly 119,000 Africans were caught trying to get to the EU last
year on smugglers' boats departing from Libya, more than 42,000 from Turkey
to Greece and another 23,000 heading from Algeria and Morocco to Spain,
Fabrice Leggeri said.
"The pressure, the irregular migration
pressure on our southern borders in the Mediterranean will remain at a very
high level (in 2018)," Leggeri told a news conference.
Civil servants are 'refusing to probe illegal immigrants' with some cases taking as long as EIGHT years
Daily Mail, 19 February 2018.
Civil servants are refusing to help the Home Office investigate
immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally, a report reveals.
Some Whitehall ministries outright 'refused requests' for
information while others asked for a fee, according to the study by
immigration watchdog David Bolt.
The Chief Inspector of Borders and
Immigration exposed the farce in a review of the Home Office's processes
for reviewing and revoking a person's immigration, refugee or citizenship
Gaining indefinite leave to remain, asylum or British
nationality gives a person the right to live in the country lawfully, but
it can be withdrawn in several circumstances, including if they have
obtained it fraudulently, been convicted of a serious crime or pose a
threat to national security. Checks are mainly carried out by the Home
Office's Status Review Unit (SRU).
At the end of March last year,
it was dealing with 2,906 cases an increase of 202 in six months. Of
these, 864 were more than two years old and a further 875 had been in the
in-tray for more than a year. ...
Mr Bolt found the Home Office's
efforts to investigate suspected illegal immigrants was being thwarted by
bureaucrats in other departments. ...
... It is understood the
most obstructive departments were the Department for Work and Pensions and
HM Revenue and Customs which hold information on employment and tax
records and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
'We must act before another child is killed': Warning over abuse linked to witchcraft and possession beliefs in UK
Independent, 19 February 2018.
Thousands of children could be abused because relatives believe
they are witches or possessed by evil spirits in Britain, it has been
Experts fear another child will be murdered if efforts to
prevent abuse linked to faith and belief are not urgently stepped up,
following the horrific deaths of young victims including Kristy Bamu and
The first ever Government statistics on the issue
showed that witchcraft and possession were linked to almost 1,500 potential
abuse cases across the UK in a single year but the figure is thought to be
"These beliefs are very real and on occasion
people are going to take this to extremes where a child can be murdered,"
said Inspector Allen Davis, who leads the Metropolitan Police's response to
"There are a number of ways that an adult will try to
rid the child of the evil they believe is within them.
try to burn it out, cut it out, strangle it out, drowning can be involved,
or starving and beating." ...
Insp Davis warned that abuse related
to witchcraft and demons was being "hidden in plain sight" because it is
not properly understood.
Immigration abroad Australia
Tony Abbott repeats claim immigration cut will improve quality of life
The Guardian, 19 February 2018.
Tony Abbott has seized on Peter Dutton's claim that Australia needs
to cut its migration intake and signalled he will renew his push to do so
by linking migrant numbers to quality of living issues.
the former prime minister said he would make the case for cutting migration
to improve "stagnant wages, unaffordable housing and clogged
infrastructure" in a speech in Sydney on Tuesday. ...
that immigration had averaged 110,000 a year for most of the life of the
Howard government and since 2006 "it's been running at double that rate".
"That means every five years we are adding by immigration
alone a city the size of Adelaide to our population."
said the level of immigration was "very, very high", "absolutely
unprecedented by historical standards" and "on a per capita basis, vastly
higher than any other developed country".
According to the
parliamentary library, an average of 107,000 permanent migrants and people
on humanitarian visas entered Australia a year between 1996 and 2006
compared with 190,000 a year from 2006 to 2016.
average in the Howard government was weighed down by low results in the
early years. By 2006-07, 161,217 people came to Australia on permanent or
humanitarian visas, almost as high as during the Rudd and Gillard Labor
governments and Abbott and Turnbull Coalition governments, when it ranged
up to 200,000.
The net overseas migration figures were 114,000 a
year between 1996 and 2006, and 220,000 a year from 2007 to 2015.
However, from 2006 onwards, estimates for net overseas migration
included people who stayed in Australia for 12 months or more, who were
added to the population. This means the figures after 2006 are boosted by
temporary migrants who later become permanent residents or citizens.
Diversity: A Managerial Ideology
Darel E. Paul
Quillette, 19 February 2018.
[Darel E. Paul is Professor of Political Science at Williams College]
Diversity is the reigning social and political ideal of our age. It
is the public ideology of the country's most powerful state and business
institutions. To many it is the essence of American national identity and,
in one of the favorite phrases of President Barack Obama, 'who we are' as a
Rather than simply a recognition of difference, diversity
is a cultural, economic, and political project to both generate difference
and to manage it. ...
While the rapid spread of affirmative action
policies met a backlash in the late 1970s, this resistance was largely a
white middle class revolt. Support never flagged among elites. ...
Justice Powell argued that "a diverse student body" was a worthy
goal of any university which allowed the consideration of race in
admissions. He justified this neither on the grounds of racial justice nor
the amelioration of past or present discrimination, but on the grounds of
diversity. Powell claimed that racial and ethnic diversity advanced the
core intellectual mission of American higher education, namely
"speculation, experiment and creation," "the interplay of ideas and the
exchange of views," and an encounter of differing "ideas and mores of
students as diverse as this Nation of many peoples." ...
endorsement of the so-called 'Harvard plan' as a constitutionally
permissible and even preferable equal opportunity practice spread diversity
throughout American higher education and the elite business sector. /.../
By the early 1990s, diversity had conquered Corporate America.
country's managerial elite now rarely misses an opportunity to demonstrate
commitment to diversity. ...
... In 2012 and again in 2015, 45
Fortune 100 firms argued that diversity is essential both for individual
"success in the corporate world" as well as "business success" in "country
and world economies that are increasingly diverse." ...
would have us believe its embrace of diversity is a straightforward matter
of efficiency, productivity, and profitability. ...
But is there
really a business case for diversity? While most corporations claim to be
true believers, social science gives a decidedly mixed answer. That being
said, the academic debate over diversity's impact on the bottom line is
largely, well, academic. Managers embraced diversity long before any
meaningful evidence existed for its positive effects. /.../ Whether
diversity admissions practices even help their targets remains a matter of
controversy. Despite all this uncertainty, higher education displayed total
unity of purpose ... ...
... As an ideology and associated set of
practices, diversity is attractive to managers and administrators because
it is a particular version of the broader ideology of managerialism. ...
Thus managerial elites, whether in the private or public sector,
have embraced diversity because it is a managerial ideology.
Homeless former model who died yards from Parliament 'returned to the UK illegally after being jailed for sexually abusing a child and kicked out of the country
Sarah White, Sebastian Murphy-Bates and Gerard Couzens
MailOnline, 18 February 2018.
The homeless man who died yards from Parliament returned to the UK
illegally after being jailed for sexually abusing a child and kicked out of
the country, it was claimed today.
The former model from Portugal
died in freezing temperatures just yards from the entrance to Parliament.
The man, named in his home country overnight as 35-year-old Marcos
Amaral Gourgel, was a regular at an emergency shelter run by central London
homelessness charity The Connection.
officials confirmed Marcos, who was of Angolan origin, had been deported in
2014 and 2016. ...
It was not made clear how the dead man, who is
understood to have had dual Angolan and Portuguese nationality, managed to
return to the UK.
Immigration abroad Japan
Japan accepted just 20 asylum seekers last year despite almost 20,000 applications
Independent, 17 February 2018.
Japan has been accused of turning its back on asylum seekers, after
it emerged that it accepted just 20 applications from a record 19,628 last
This is even less than 2016, despite the number of applicants
continuing to rise. Then, 28 were successful from the 11,000 that applied
For some time, asylum seekers with valid visas were
able to work in Japan while their applications for refugee status were
But the country's justice ministry, which oversees
refugee recognition, has said people were taking advantage of the system.
Claiming people were applying for asylum just so they could work in
the country, it changed the rules in January.
The alterations meant
that only those considered to be bona-fide refugees were allowed to work.
The ministry said that the changes have led to a drop in
applications for asylum, with the number of daily applicants falling by
around 50 per cent from December to January. ...
immigration is a controversial issue with many reluctant to accept
immigrants as many pride themselves on cultural homogenity. Less than two
per cent of the population are born outside of Japan compared to
around 20 per cent in the UK.
Immigration abroad Japan
The face of immigration is rapidly changing in Japan
Japan Times, 17 February 2018.
Over the past half decade, major changes have taken place in the
demographics of foreign residents in Japan. Weekly Playboy's Dec. 18 issue
devoted a four-page article to "Research into Vietnamese." Why Vietnamese?
And why now?
"Their numbers in Japan have drastically increased,"
the magazine rationalizes. Up fourfold from five years ago, they grew by a
remarkable 36.1 percent between 2015 and 2016. The Vietnamese population of
232,562 (as of end June 2017) has shot past Brazil to make them the
fourth-largest nationality, and they may soon overtake the Philippines
(251,934) for third place. ...
While not dwelling on negative
aspects of immigration, Weekly Playboy doesn't pull any punches, noting
that Vietnamese are already the Japan's top minority in one unenviable
statistic: During 2015, their 2,556 violations of the criminal code
exceeded the 2,390 cases by Chinese. ...
According to government
figures, the number of legal foreign residents in Japan last year reached
2.47 million, or 1.95 percent of the total population. ...
seems that while the government maintains the position that Japan is not
open to immigration, according to definitions in use by some organizations,
an immigrant is simply "a person who has resided in a foreign country for
one year or longer." If that's the case, then according to data from the
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, during 2015 Japan
admitted approximately 400,000 immigrants in substance if not in
name placing it fourth overall among advanced economies, behind
Germany, the U.S. and the U.K.
Immigration abroad Jews, Muslims, France
Islamic Anti-Semitism in France: Toward Ethnic Cleansing
Gatestone Institute, 16 February 2018.
In France, anti-Semitic attacks have been multiplying.
are committed in broad daylight; Jews know they have to be street-smart.
Some attackers break into Jewish homes. ...
Jewish-owned homes warn the owners to "flee immediately" if they want to
live. Anonymous letters with live bullets are dropped into mailboxes of
Jews, and state that the next bullet will be fired into the recipient's
... On the third anniversary of an attack on a kosher
supermarket in Paris, another kosher store was torched and destroyed. ...
Those French Jews who can leave the country, leave.
who have not yet decided to leave or who do not have the financial means,
move to safer neighborhoods. ...
The French Jewish community may
still be the largest in Europe, but it is shrinking rapidly. In 2000, it
was estimated at 500,000, but the number now is less than 400,000, and
sinking. Jewish districts that once were thriving are now on the verge of
Without the Jews of France, France would no longer
be France, said Former Prime Minister Manuel Valls in 2016. But he did not
Recently he said that he had done his best, that he
could not have done more. ...
He added that in France, for at least
two decades, all attacks against Jews in which the perpetrator has been
identified have come from Muslims, and that the most recent attacks were no
In France, telling the truth about Islamic
anti-Semitism is dangerous. For a politician, it is suicidal.
French politicians, right or left, know that political correctness
reigns, and that transgressing its unwritten rules leads to being excluded
from the media and effectively ostracized. They know that some words cannot
be used any more in France, and that "anti-racist" organizations ensure
that no one can criticize Islam.
A new edition of a public school
history textbook for the eighth grade explicitly states that in France it
is forbidden to criticize Islam, and quotes a court decision to back up the
Politicians also see that the country's 600 "no-go
zones" are growing; that radicalized Muslims may kill, and that violent
riots can break out at any time. In France, more than 500 people were
murdered or maimed by Islamic terrorists in less than four years. ...
Although synagogues in France have not been attacked since 2014,
they all are guarded around the clock by armed soldiers in bulletproof
vests who are protected behind sandbags, as are Jewish schools and cultural
Meanwhile, laws meant to punish anti-Semitic threats are
now used to punish those who denounce the threats. ...
journalist Éric Zemmour observed that in Muslim neighborhoods,
Muslims are now living "according to their own laws" and forcing non-Muslim
people to leave. He was found guilty of "incitement" and fined. ...
Anti-Israel demonstrations support terrorism. People shout, "Death
to the Jews," but those people are never arrested for "hate speech".
Multiculturalism Islam, political correctness
Ministers too 'politically correct' to enforce hijab policy in schools, former Ofsted boss warns
Daily Telegraph, 15 February 2018.
The Government is too politically correct to enforce rules on
hijabs in schools, leaving teachers "alone, isolated and vulnerable", the
former head of Ofsted has warned.
Sir Michael Wilshaw said a lack
of formal policy from the Department for Education on whether children
should be allowed to cover their heads in lessons has led to angry clashes.
He also highlighted concerns that there are 150 schools around the
country which make it compulsory for children to wear hijabs, adding that
"the country has enormously changed" and some communities hold very
conservative views which cannot easily be challenged.
It follows a
public outcry after a primary school in east London announced it was
banning children from wearing hijabs but was forced to reverse the decision
after complaints from parents. ...
Asked if a fear of being
politically incorrect was stopping the Government from developing a
national policy on hijabs in schools, he said: "Yes absolutely. There is a
reticence, and it's leaving headteachers alone, isolated and vulnerable."
Terrorism jihadists, Islam
Europe will see increase in terror in 2018, as foreign Isil fighters 'return home with high-tech skills'
Josie Ensor and Raf Sanchez
Daily Telegraph, 14 February
The terror threat to Europe will only increase this year, experts
have warned, as growing numbers of foreign fighters return home with "high
tech" weapons knowledge learned on the battlefield.
jihadists are expected to trickle back to the UK and the continent,
bringing with them skills acquired in Syria and Iraq, such as the
weaponising of drones and the industrialised manufacture of car bombs and
IEDs, according to a new report from defence analysts Jane's Terrorism and
Insurgency Centre (JTIC).
"Foreign fighters returning to Europe
will provide critical skills that will help an increasing number of
operational Islamist networks conduct more complex attacks," Otso Iho, the
report's author, said. ...
Several recent attacks on European soil
have involved crude "low-capability" weapons, but the successful use of
drones or car bombs by Islamist militants would mark a notable increase in
the threat level, they say. ...
In addition to the immediate and
direct security threat posed by returning foreign fighters, the report
concluded that significant risk is likely to emerge through their potential
to transform and radicalise existing Europe-based Islamist networks.
Terrorism jihadists, Islam
MI5 faces being overrun by dangerous Islamist radicals within two years when Britain's streets are hit by a perfect storm, report finds
Tom Newton Dunn
The Sun, 14
MI5 faces being overrun by dangerous Islamist radicals within two
years when Britain's streets are hit by a perfect storm, an alarming report
Many extremists who are currently in jail across Europe
for supporting and fighting for Daesh will be released between 2019 and
At the same time, the number of British jihadis returning
home from Syria and Iraq will spiral as the terror movement is finally
squeezed out of its remaining homelands.
On their return, jihadis
are predicted to mushroom the threat again by going on to radicalise
existing but currently non-violent Islamist networks here.
disturbing analysis comes from Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Centre and
IHS Markit. ...
Britain is particularly at risk from jihadis,
Jane's also found, having the highest number of returned militants in
UK border and immigration system unprepared for Brexit - report
Reuters, 14 February 2018.
Government delays, uncertainty and under-resourcing have left the
British borders and immigration system unprepared for Brexit, according to
a parliamentary report on Wednesday.
Lack of clarity over
immigration intentions is creating anxiety for EU citizens in the UK and
putting already overstretched immigration officials in an impossible
position, it added.
"The government does not seem to appreciate the
immense bureaucratic challenge they are facing or how much time and
resources they need to plan on Brexit," it said.
The report by the
House of Commons Home Affairs Committee criticised delays in publishing a
so-called White Paper outlining the government's post-Brexit immigration
Failure to set out detailed plans for the registration
of foreign nationals and the transition period soon will make it impossible
for immigration and border officials to do their job properly, it warned.
Immigration abroad Italy, Spain
Mediterranean migrant crossings to Italy double in a month
Daily Express, 14 February 2018.
The number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean to Italy doubled
in a month to reach 4,800 in January, latest figures show.
near departure points in North Africa and poor weather were blamed for a
dip in people-smuggling activities in December.
But the overall
rate of arrivals is now in line with last year.
Data on "irregular
border crossings" released by European border agency Frontex yesterday
revealed Eritreans made up the largest group of migrants on the route,
followed by Pakistanis and Tunisians. ...
In Spain the 1,300
arrivals detected last month was more than 20 per cent higher than a year
Birmingham man raked in thousands of pounds illegally helping asylum seekers enter UK
Birmingham Mail, 14 February 2018.
A Birmingham man raked in thousands of pounds by illegally helping
Iranian asylum seekers enter the UK using bogus papers. ...
Tuesday Mahmoodi-Esfanjani, from Birmingham, was jailed for three years at
Newport Crown Court.
Immigration abroad Sweden
Swedish pro-migration party admits: Costs of migrants are too high and will skyrocket
Voice of Europe, 14 February 2018.
Sweden's Moderate Party wants a survey on the costs of immigration
as they seem to spiral out of control.
The party, known for its
pro-migration ideas, implicitly admits the costs are too high: "We have had
a tendency not to talk about immigration costs. However, we wouldn't let
another area increase in costs so dramatically without following up on it,"
Moderate Party member, Elisabeth Svantesson, said to Dagens Nyheter.
Sweden's total immigration costs for 2018 are estimated at 40
billion Swedish crowns (4 billion). That's more than double the
amount it spends on culture (1.5 billion) and an amount close to how
much the country spends on its military (5.4 billion).
Svantesson said the costs of immigration could skyrocket in the
future because the country's migrants have a "lower level of education".
Earlier Sweden's Moderate Party strongly supported migration.
Sweden's former prime minister and then leader of the party, Fredrik
Reinfeldt, said last year that immigration is "one of the best things that
has happened to Sweden".
Immigration population growth, Africa, Middle East
The Oxfam scandal should not lead us into the blunder of cutting aid
Daily Telegraph, 13 February 2018.
... over the next 30 years more than half the growth in the world's
population is expected to be on just one continent - Africa. On average,
African countries look like doubling their populations very quickly indeed.
Some will grow even faster - Nigeria's 190 million population today is
expected to rise to 410 million by 2050.
Add to this a similar
trend in many Middle Eastern nations, even while birth rates elsewhere in
the world have fallen, and the net result is that we are entering an age in
which most of the youngest and poorest people in the world will live close
to Europe. When you consider that Germany's current political paralysis was
largely caused by the reaction to the arrival of a million refugees, and
that there are about to be 1.5 billion extra people in Africa and the
Middle East, you can begin to imagine the implications. If we don't think
ahead, this will be a century of rising nationalism and ethnic tensions
across Europe in response to what is potentially the greatest migration
humanity has ever known. That would severely affect Britain, even after we
leave the EU.
Effective development aid is not the whole answer to
this coming crisis but it is definitely a crucial part of it. The
near-universal truth is that where standards of healthcare, vaccination,
and nutrition are improved, people have fewer children. Good education and
a strong role for women in work and society can have a similar effect.
These are all objectives of our overseas aid.
Immigration abroad Chinese, USA
The director of the FBI says the whole of Chinese society is a threat to the US and that Americans must step up to defend themselves
Insider, 13 February 2018.
FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday reiterated a commonly held
view among US intelligence officials that China is seeking to become a
global superpower through unconventional means but he framed it as
both a governmental and a societal threat to the US.
before the Senate Intelligence Committee alongside the heads of other US
intelligence agencies, Wray said that to undermine the US's military,
economic, cultural, and informational power across the globe, China was
using methods relying on more than just its state institutions.
"One of the things we're trying to do is view the China threat as
not just a whole-of-government threat, but a whole-of-society threat on
their end," Wray said. "And I think it's going to take a whole-of-society
response by us." ...
Wray pointed to China's use of unconventional
intelligence sources as an example of its reach.
"collectors" what the intelligence community calls people who
collect intelligence on behalf of agencies or governments had
infiltrated US universities. ...
"They're exploiting the very open
research-and-development environment that we have, which we all revere, but
they're taking advantage of it," Wray said, adding that there was a
"naiveté" among academics about the risks posed by foreign nationals
at US universities.
The Institute of International Education found
that US universities admitted more than 1 million international students in
the 2015-16 school year, nearly 329,000 of which were Chinese students.
Immigration registration, EU citizens
Home Office chiefs fear they can't create a new immigration system by March 2019 as Theresa May overrules officials to insist free movement ends on Brexit day
MailOnline, 12 February 2018.
Home Office chiefs fear a new immigration system to track EU
citizens for the first time will not be ready by March 2019.
alarm comes after Theresa May overruled officials to insist free movements
ends on Brexit Day.
The decision means that after March 29, 2019,
the Home Office must be able to both register EU citizens already here for
permanent residency and separately track new arrivals during the Brexit
Sources admitted to The Times the work on the
new system had 'barely begun' and would 'almost certainly' not be ready in
14 months time. ...
Unpicking how to guarantee the status of three
million people who already live in Britain before Brexit takes place has
been a major headache in Whitehall.
In the negotiations, Britain
has promised anyone who wants to stay will be allowed, subject to the same
offer to Britons in Europe.
Last year the Home Office managed to
issue 164,000 work visas to non-EU nationals. This figure will have to rise
to around 400,000 when EU citizens need visas.
Immigration abroad European Union
Migrant ghettos will become 'a nuclear bomb in the future' a top EU official warns
MailOnline, 12 February 2018.
A top European Union official has warned that migrant ghettos could
become a 'nuclear bomb' of unrest and has urged the European Union to
tackle the problem.
The EU has a war chest of £310 billion to
spend by 2020 on its so-called cohesion policy as it tries to reduce
inequality across the union.
European Commissioner for regional
policy Corina Cretu says that the money is crucial to stop the segregation
of migrants in harsh and dangerous ghettos.
Despite decades of
spending on infrastructure in the poorer parts of Europe, the European
Union is aiming to reduce inequality by pumping more money into countries
in eastern and southern Europe.
Ms Cretu said that this is
important for 'social integration'.
She told the Thomson Reuters
Foundation this week at the World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia:
'Social integration will be crucial in the years to come.
allow ghettos or segregation of migrants, this will become a nuclear bomb
in the future.'
Asylum asylum system
'A lottery': asylum system is unjust, say Home Office whistleblowers
Kate Lyons and Kirstie Brewer
The Guardian, 12 February 2018.
The British asylum process is a lottery and many asylum interviews
are rushed, biased and resolved by "cut and paste" decisions by overworked
Home Office staff, whistleblowers have told the Guardian.
staff employed in deciding asylum claims said some colleagues had a harsh,
even abusive, attitude towards applicants, mocking them to one another and
employing "intimidation tactics" during interviews.
As a result,
the whistleblowers said, the asylum system was in effect a lottery,
depending on the personal views of the decision-maker who picked up the
file. They said some staff took pride in rarely, if ever, granting asylum.
The latest revelations come a month after Home Office staff
told the Guardian that the asylum directorate was in a "constant state of
crisis" because of overworked staff and a huge backlog of around 50,000
The Guardian spoke to three former decision-makers or
caseworkers. Each was employed at different regional offices and stopped
working in these roles in 2016 or 2017.
All said they had tried to
do their jobs fairly but struggled owing to productivity targets that one
described as "ridiculously unrealistic".
required to complete 225 interviews or decision reports a year.
affects the quality of the decisions," said one whistleblower. "By the time
you have been through the photos, the file, the news reports, it's three
o'clock and then you have to draft a report [a decision on someone's claim,
which can often be more than 20 pages long]. Can you do that in two hours?"
The high turnover rate among staff made work difficult, all
three told the Guardian.
A report published in November by the
chief inspector of borders and immigration in November said the number of
asylum decision-makers had fallen from 319 in January 2016 to 228 in July
2016. Numbers increased back to 352 by March 2017, but the report said more
than a quarter of staff had quit over a six-month period.
Immigration abroad Germany
'Unaccompanied Minor Refugees' Costing Germans $70,000 Per 'Child' Annually
NewsWars, 12 February 2018.
The monumental costs of providing for migrants in Germany who claim
to be 'unaccompanied minors' have been revealed in a new report by
Welt - just months after the German government admitted that nearly
half of these so-called children are actually adults.
federal figures, the expense per 'child' migrant averaged approximately
50,000 ($61,000) nationally in 2017, with social services agencies in
certain regions detailing that they had invested much more - over $70,000
per case. ...
It should be noted that the federal government,
which has transformed Germany into a veritable beacon for economic migrants
from the Third World under the leadership of Chancellor Angela Merkel, only
covers a small portion of these expenses, leaving states and municipalities
to come up with the lion's share. ...
The German government has
disclosed that nearly half of 'unaccompanied minors' admitted into the
country are actually over the age of 18. ...
'unaccompanied minor refugee' used for young migrants should not be taken
literally; 43 percent are already grown according to official information,"
Leubecher reports. ...
The vast majority of migrants remain
unemployed, and the German Federal Employment Agency recently admitted that
at least 74% of 'refugees' are only fit for 'menial labor,' having no
formal training or professional experience - or ability to communicate in
Germany's commissioner for immigration, refugees and
integration told the Financial Times that he expects three-quarters of
migrants to remain unemployed for at least five more years, and "for many
others we will need up to 10."
Bristol scout leader expelled after comparing Muslim colleague to Star Wars villain Darth Vader
Bristol Post, 12 February 2018.
A senior scout leader who was expelled for criticising a Muslim
colleague for wearing a niqab has launched a law suit against the Scout
Brian Walker, an assistant Explorer Scout leader from
Bristol, wrote to Scouting magazine to complain after it featured a Muslim
leader who was also a scout leader. ...
Mr Walker told the
Bristol Post he believed the scouting movement was "moving away from
its Christian roots" and that it had become "fluffy".
association said "inclusivity is at the heart of modern scouting" and an
important value to them.
The editor of the official magazine wrote
back to say he disagreed with the letter, and Mr Walker was dismissed from
the association four days later.
The district commissioner for
Bristol South also told Mr Walker his views "did not reflect the inclusive
nature of scouting" and that his membership would be cancelled with
immediate effect. ...
Mr Walker, who served for 12 years in the
military, said the association was "embracing everything except
Death of Democracy? - Part II
Gatestone Institute, 12 February 2018.
A blanket refusal to listen to serious concerns about Islam as an
ideology and political enterprise stems from what is in many ways the most
dangerous, yet unwitting, position taken by the middle ground. One loses
track of the number of Western politicians and church leaders who blithely
maintain that "Islam is a religion of peace" or who, when faced with jihadi
terrorism, maintain that it "has nothing to do with Islam". A sort of
paralysis engendered by a fear of being thought an "Islamophobe" makes it
hard if not impossible for people in the public eye to admit that there is
another truth, that has, unfortunately, been well known for centuries. ...
It is time for some home truths. Islam has been at war with the
West for some 1,384 years, with very little respite. When Muslim Arab
armies invaded Syria in 634, went on to destroy all but a rump of the
Christian Byzantine empire (which it finally defeated when the Ottoman
Turks conquered Constantinople in 1453), took control of Spain, Portugal,
Sicily and other lands on the north Mediterranean coast, it was the start
of endless jihad wars. These wars did not end during the centuries of the
Barbary slave trade during which Christians were routinely snatched by
Muslim pirates and sold in markets in Algiers and elsewhere on the North
African coast. ...
Unfortunately, concluding that modern terrorism
"has nothing to do with Islam" or that "Islam is a religion of peace"
visibly contradicts the historical record. ...
Over the past three
decades, Western societies have been rendered all but impotent in the face
of ideologies that challenge their most basic values. ...
here we go, led by a politically correct intelligentsia, churches, and
political parties, effectively handing over our civilization to people who
hate it. ...
... If we are ever to save Western civilization and
democracy, we must urgently rally our forces to stand up to all those who
seek to trash it.
UK plans video campaign to deter African migrants
The Observer, 11 February 2018.
A viral video campaign using the testimonies of migrants in Libya
to discourage others from making the perilous journey to the north African
country and then on to Europe is to be launched by the Home
Office as part of official attempts to tackle migration from "source"
Vox pop interviews with migrants from countries
including Eritrea, Nigeria and Sudan will be filmed in Libya before the
material is used at events in east and west Africa and distributed online.
The UK's foray into using this tactic follows the example of
Denmark, which placed advertisements in Lebanese newspapers aimed at
deterring potential migrants, and Germany, which paid for billboards in
Afghanistan with a similar message.
However, an expert on migration
at the UK's leading development thinktank said evidence suggests that
"awareness campaigns" have little or no impact on the decision-making of
would-be migrants and are more about being able to tell voters at home: "We
are doing something."
"The information just does not filter through
because people decide on the basis of what they hear from family and
friends people they trust rather than foreign governments,"
said Jessica Hagen-Zanker, research fellow for migration at the Overseas
Development Institute. ...
She said that a better approach would
be to make the journeys safer and open up paths for legal migration. ...
More than 180,000 people attempted the crossing to Europe from the
Libyan coast in 2016, representing 50% of all attempted crossings. Although
numbers fell back to 120,000 in 2017 there has been a sharp rise in numbers
since the new year.
Politics public opinion, Brexit
What the public think about immigration
Professor John Curtice
The UK in a Changing Europe, 10 February 2018.
Immigration was a key issue in the EU referendum.
was held against the backdrop of, by historical standards, relatively high
levels of net inward migration. Polls suggested that well over half thought
that immigration would fall if the UK left the EU, and that around 70% of
those who held that view voted Leave. ...
... But eighteen months
on, do voters still expect immigration to fall, and do they want freedom of
movement to end?
There is little sign that voters' expectations of
what will happen to immigration have markedly changed.
... on the
four occasions a survey instigated by this author using NatCen's mixed mode
random probability panel has addressed the issue, around two in five have
consistently said they expect immigration to be lower as a result of
leaving the EU. Other readings suggest that expectation is even more
In six polls conducted by YouGov since the June 2017
general election, on average 52% have said they expect less immigration as
a result of Brexit, not far short of the 56% registered on average in five
polls conducted during the referendum campaign itself. ...
Remain voters are not necessarily uninterested in proposals to reduce EU
... in the most recent NatCen survey,
three-quarters of Remain voters said the UK should be willing to accept
free movement in return for free trade, while two-thirds of Leave voters
took the opposite view.
Although many Remain voters might ideally
like to see an end to freedom of movement, they do not necessarily regard
it as a priority.
But in so far as the UK government is seeking in
the Brexit talks to reflect the views expressed by the majority who voted
to Leave, it seems there are still good reasons why ending freedom of
movement should remain one of its negotiating priorities.
Benefits and costs National Health Service
The Immigration Health Surcharge must be revised or abolished not tinkered with
J Meirion Thomas
Conservative Home, 9 February 2018.
[J. Meirion Thomas is a former Professor of Surgery and Consultant Surgeon in the NHS]
I have previously described the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS)
on this site as "a rotten deal for the NHS, patients and taxpayers". This
week, the Department of Health has announced a desperate last-minute rescue
plan in an attempt to avoid an embarrassing, if inevitable failure of its
Cost Recovery Programme.
... a report commissioned by the
Government in 2013 /.../ estimated the cost of treating non-EU citizens in
the NHS as £736 per person per year. ...
But, of even greater
risk to the taxpayer, the IHS did not exclude pre-existing illnesses, as
would happen in any application for a commercial travel or health insurance
I argued at the time that the IHS was creating an
obvious loophole for health tourists to exploit, and this has happened. It
has become the legal way for health tourists from outside the EU to access
NHS care. ...
In response to this policy failure, last June's
Conservative Manifesto promised that the IHS would be trebled to
£600/£450 if the party was re-elected: a promise the new
Governmenr was forced to drop. And his week, the Department of Health
announced that the IHS will be doubled to £400/£300 from "later
this year". They have recalculated the spend on surcharge payers as
£470 per person per year, down from £736 as predicted by PREDERI
in 2013. Really?
In truth, neither of these estimates is
By April, the IHS will have been law for three
years, and about 1.4 million non-EU migrants and students will have been
given unlimited access to the NHS for a pittance. The real risk to the
taxpayer is that the IHS does not exclude pre-exiting illnesses and that
must change as a matter of urgency. Otherwise this flawed policy should be
abolished and replaced by compulsory travel insurance as is expected of
British citizens travelling abroad.
Multiculturalism civilisation, ideology, Islam
'The Fight of Our Lives': New Documentary Examines the Threats Facing the West
Truth Revolt, 9 February 2018.
"Civilizations, empires, great powers, can fall apart very fast.
Collapse can come suddenly, like a thief in the night. And we should be
very wary of assuming that our civilization, the civilization of the
early 21st century West, will oblige us by declining gradually."
That warning from noted historian Niall Ferguson is the opening and
the theme of the vital new documentary The Fight of Our Lives: Defeating
the Ideological War Against the West from filmmaker Gloria Z.
... her latest documentary, which features
compelling observations and insights from well-known historians,
journalists, and thinkers such as Niall Ferguson, Victor Davis Hanson,
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Alan Dershowitz, Melanie Phillips, Bruce Thornton, Raymond
Ibrahim, Brooke Goldstein, Ibn Warraq, Alan West, and many more respected
commentators from academia, human rights organizations, and think tanks.
The Fight of Our Lives addresses the various internal
and external threats facing Western civilization today, and cautions that
if we don't recognize these grave dangers now and rouse ourselves to resist
and overcome them, then it is no hyperbole to say that the West as we know
it will come to as Ferguson warned a swift and inexorable
The film groups topics into seven "chapters": "Utopian Masks"
(about the subversive internal threats of cultural relativism and
multiculturalism), "Crumbling Towers" (on the political radicalization of
the university), "Weaponizing Identity" (on the gender and race conflicts
that have sprung up with the rise of identity politics), "Breaching the
Gates" (on the threat of global Islamic supremacism in the West, whether
through terrorism or subversion), "People of the Book" (regarding the
Islamic persecution and genocide of Christians and Jews), and "Durable
Values" (on the assaults against the values that have made the West great,
such as the freedom of speech). It concludes with a chapter on "Standing
Up," which exhorts us, the heirs of the Western tradition, to push back
against our enemies and defend our heritage and our future.
Ferguson speaks on the cultural consequences of the recent tsunami of
migrants and purported refugees from Muslim countries into Europe, the
heart of what used to be called Christendom. That civilization, he claims,
may not be around by the end of the century or it may have changed
so much that it's unrecognizable. ...
But we are facing a more
significant threat by way of a subversive ideological assault. "The threat
from within comes from the people who want to undermine the basis of
Western civilization," says journalist Melanie Phillips. ...
influence of multiculturalism, as historian Victor Davis Hanson and The
Lawfare Project's Brooke Goldstein point out, has resulted in a moral
relativism and a chilling effect on free speech, as any criticism of
non-Western cultures is now deemed to be hate speech. ...
Hoover Institution's Ayaan Hirsi Ali and TBN host and terrorism expert
Erick Stakelbeck, among others, discuss the danger of refusing to identify
Islam as a supremacist ideology intent on destroying the West and
establishing a worldwide caliphate in its place.
Immigration abroad violence, Sweden
Violent crime in Sweden is soaring. When will politicians act?
The Spectator, 10 February 2018.
January was a particularly violent month in Sweden. ...
Swedes, this has become a familiar theme. Gun violence is on the rise, with
daylight shootings and without regard for bystanders. In the past nine
years, reported and attempted murders involving guns have almost doubled.
According to Swedish police, hand-grenade attacks (which were virtually
unknown until a few years ago) are without parallel in countries not at
... Stockholm police recently put a figure on it: less than
£890 can buy you five automatic weapons and ammunition with 64 hand
grenades as a sweetener. ...
Yet it's still hard for Swedish
authorities to be frank about what's going on. It's widely known that gang
members are mainly first- and second-generation immigrants, and problems
are rampant in what police euphemistically refer to as 'vulnerable areas'.
Thus the gang wars serve as a constant reminder of Sweden's failed
migration and integration policies. This is a problem for the government
(and even the opposition) in a country that prides itself on being a
'humanitarian superpower'. And yet politicians, in government and
opposition, seem particularly concerned that violence in immigrant suburbs
is a PR problem, a threat to the image of Sweden, and that the remedy is
Paramedics and firefighters are not the only ones who
have to take precautions before entering 'vulnerable areas'. The Stockholm
suburb of Tensta had free parking for months, after the area was deemed too
dangerous for traffic wardens to enter. The Swedish Postal Service has for
periods of time not been delivering packages to a crime-ridden
neighbourhood in central Malmö. A number of public libraries have had
to reduce their opening hours or even close temporarily in response to
harassment by gangs of youths. ...
The Prime Minister's wavering
shows what happens when you fail to integrate immigrants and instead
tolerate the creation of a society within a society: the police are unable
to protect or to gather proper knowledge of these new communities full of
people who tend not to speak the language. ...
... Dan Eliasson,
departing head of the national police, complains that investigations are
made difficult because no one will talk to the police. The kind of social
contract between state and society that leads citizens to help the
authorities is not working in those parts of Sweden where police are seen
as the enemy.
Immigration abroad murder, Netherlands
Price tag on Amsterdam assassinations as low as 3,000: police chief
NL Times, 8 February 2018.
The Amsterdam police are very concerned about the type of
perpetrators involved in assassinations in the city. They often involve
young amateurs, who will kill someone for as little as 3 thousand euros,
Amsterdam police chief Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg said to local broadcaster
AT5 while discussing a recent shooting in which 17-year-old Mohammed
Bouchikhi was killed at a community center on Grote Wittenburgerstraat.
"In the 80's and 90's, professional hitmen from abroad came here
for 50 thousand euros. In recent years we see young boys from Amsterdam.
And that could well be the case in this case." the police chief said. "We
sometimes now hear amounts of between 3 thousand euros and 5 thousand euros
for an assassination. And with that, the amateurism, the uncontrollability
and the brutality of the violence are a new concern for us." ...
Aalbersberg also said that gang-related assassinations take up a
lot of the Amsterdam police's capacity, leaving them little time for other
cases. "We are dealing with assassinations for 60 to 70 percent, and for
the rest mainly with radicalization and terrorism investigations."
This leaves little time for tackling large-scale drug trafficking,
Immigration abroad public opinion, Italy
Vast Majority of Under-35 Italians Now Oppose Mass Migration
Breitbart, 8 February 2018.
A poll has revealed that 65 per cent of Italians under the age of
35 are against mass migration with some wanting to limit the number of
migrants flowing into the country while others want the rate reduced to
The poll, conducted by polling firm Ixè, shows that
Italian youth are less and less positive about mass migration into the
country with only 35 per cent saying they approved of it. Forty per cent of
the respondents said that they wanted much stricter controls on migrant
flows while 20 per cent claimed to want migration stopped entirely, La
President of Ixè Roberto Weber said that
the results in the older age groups are even more starkly against mass
Multiculturalism birth defects
Muslim inbreeding dragging Britain back to the 19th century
Cowger Nation, 8 February 2018.
Britain is seeing an alarming spike in birth defects, defects they
have not seen since the end of the 19th century. There is a one-word
The resurgence of these birth defects is due to
the prevalence of first cousin marriages in the Muslim community,
particularly among immigrants from Pakistan. Such marriages are legal in
Britain, to be sure, but by the late 1800s the risk of birth defects in the
children of such unions had become so common and so widely known that the
practice virtually vanished. ...
Pakistani parents in Britain are
responsible for 3.4% of all births in England, yet shockingly account for
30% of all children born with recessive gene disorders. This is because the
acceptability of first-cousin marriages is engrained in Muslim culture. In
Bradford, 55% of all Pakistanis are married to their first cousins.
Even though Pakistanis represent just 15% of Bradford's population,
Bradford has the second highest number of infant deaths in England, and
Pakistani parents are 13 times more likely than the general population to
have children with birth disorders. (This according to a study by St.
Luke's Hospital in Bradford.) ...
There are no quick fixes, which
means the U.K. will continue to labor under this burden for decades to
In the worldwide Muslim community, first-cousin marriage
rates routinely run as high as 50%, while the rate is about 1% in Europe
and 0.2% in the U.S.
Death of Democracy? - Part I
Gatestone Institute, 7 February 2018.
For many complex reasons, Europe is in an advanced state of
decline. In recent years, several important studies of this condition have
appeared, advancing a variety of reasons for it: Douglas Murray's The
Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam, James Kirchik's
The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age,
as well as Christopher Caldwell's ground-breaking 2010 study,
Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam and the
Countless polls and investigations reveal that
refusal to integrate is no figment of the supposedly "Islamophobic"
political "right". A 2006 poll carried out by ICM Research on behalf of the
Sunday Telegraph, for example, presented worrying findings: 40% of
British Muslims polled said they backed introducing shari'a law in parts of
Britain, and only 41% opposed it, leaving another 20% unclear. ...
Polls carried out in other countries across Europe showed similar
or worse results.
Those are only one half of a more complicated and
disturbing picture. While Muslims find it hard to abandon the prejudices,
doctrines, and outright hatreds (for Jews, for example) that they have
imported from their home countries or developed as young men and
women while living in European states where they were born and raised
vast numbers of non-Muslims, including politicians, church leaders,
civil servants, policemen and women, and many well-meaning people bend over
backwards to accommodate them and the demands they make on their host
It would take a book to summarize all the episodes in
which Western officialdom, notably in Europe, has abandoned its own
historical values in order to protect Islam and radical Muslims from
criticism and rebuke. ...
Last October, it was reported that
Queen's Counsel Max Hill, who acts as the British government's independent
reviewer of terrorism legislation, argued that British fighters for Islamic
State, who had returned or planned to return to the UK, should not be
prosecuted but reintegrated into society on the grounds that they had acted
"naively". This lenience extended to hate preachers who had given sermons
and lectures exhorting Muslims to take direct action that has in the past
led to actual terrorist attacks. ...
We now therefore use double
standards: one for Muslims and one for the rest of our population. On
January 16, 2018, in England, Daniel Grundy, was jailed for six months on a
charge of bigamy. However, Muslim men in polygamous marriages are rewarded
by the state: ...
Actually, British Muslim men do not even have to
go abroad to find wives. At least one Muslim dating site run from the UK
offers contact with Muslim women who are eager to enter into polygamous
marriages. It has not been closed down. The British government has shown
itself incapable of enforcing its own laws when it comes to its Muslim
citizens or new immigrants. ...
Rather than stand up to our
enemies, both external and internal, are we now so afraid of being called
"Islamophobes" that we will sacrifice even our own cultural, political, and
religious strengths and aspirations?
Immigration abroad heritage, Isdlam, Sweden
Sweden Appoints Pakistani Muslim Head of National Heritage Board
FrontPage Mag, 7 February 2018.
Qaisar Mahmood, a Muslim born in Pakistan, is the new head of the
Swedish National Heritage Board. This is an extremely anomalous
appointment, since he readily admits that he has not read anything about
Sweden's cultural heritage. But his new job is not really about preserving
and protecting Sweden's cultural heritage and historical sites at all.
... He says he doesn't want simply to alert people to Viking
artifacts and the like, but to use Sweden's history to "create the
narrative" that will make Muslim migrants "part of something."
have already seen how that works. Remember the fake news story about the
Viking burial cloth bearing the word "Allah"? ...
Viking burial cloth propaganda offensive was one manifestation of what
Qaisar Mahmood and others like him are doing. ...
as a Pakistani, of course has no Swedish heritage of his own. His admitted
lack of knowledge of Swedish heritage and history ought to have
disqualified him from his position, but this is how Sweden is obliterating
itself and committing cultural and national suicide. ...
must be remembered in connection with Qaisar Mahmood's role as head of the
Swedish National Heritage Board that the Qur'an suggests that ruins are a
sign of Allah's punishment of those who rejected his truth: ...
This is one of the foundations of the Islamic idea that pre-Islamic
civilizations, and non-Islamic civilizations, are all jahiliyya the
society of unbelievers, which is worthless. Obviously this cuts against the
idea of tourism of ancient sites and non-Muslim religious installations
such as are found all over Sweden.
University to spend $121 million on diversity efforts and maybe more in two years
The College Fix, 7 February 2018.
Last fall, Columbia University pledged to spend an extra $100
million on diversity efforts over five years.
Not content to play
second fiddle on diversity spending, American University is spending even
more, even faster.
The private university in Washington, D.C.,
plans to shell out $121 million in the next two years on its "Plan for
That includes a mandatory full-year course
for all freshmen starting this fall, The American University Experience.
AUx is part of a pot of $7 million in funding for fiscal year
2018 that also covers academic centers, faculty development and programs
"specifically designated to advance access, equity, and inclusion,"
according to the plan.
The other $53 million this fiscal year will
go toward diversity-oriented institutional scholarships. Next fiscal year's
$61 million is less specified. The plan simply says it will cover
"investments in diversity, equity, and inclusion." ...
the curriculum goal includes the ongoing work of the new Antiracist Policy
and Research Center /.../ and the buildout of the new African American and
African diaspora major.
Immigration abroad Islam, Germany
Former open-border activist denounces mass immigration
Free West Media, 6 February 2018.
In 2015, Rebecca Sommer "wanted to help everyone and truly believed
that all these people were fleeing hell and were in a state of complete
distress", she told the Polish weekly magazine Do Rzeczy.
The refugee aid association Arbeitsgruppe Flucht +
Menschen-Rechte (AG F+M) [Working Group Asylum + Human Rights] she
founded in 2012, had almost 300 volunteers who were giving German courses
to the new arrivals in 2015.
..."I thought their medieval view was
going to change with time... but after having seen these situations occur
repeatedly and observing what was happening around me, as a volunteer, I
have had to recognise that the Muslim refugees have grown up with values
that are totally different, they have undergone brainwashing from childhood
on and are indoctrinated by Islam and absolutely do not intend to adopt our
values. Worse, they regard we infidels with disdain and arrogance."
She also speaks of her great disappointment when she realized how a
group of "refugees" she had personally helped and believed to be her
friends practiced taqqiya with her. ...
Sommer says she is not the
only one confronted with the open-border reality, and said that many other
volunteers also ultimately had to face the obvious.
There are now
far fewer volunteers ready to work with the new arrivals in Germany. She
warned that these Muslim immigrants posed a threat to the German way of
life, and that this will get worse with family reunification as it would
further inflate their numbers.
According to her, many Germans she
knows, now want to emigrate to Poland because they had have enough. ...
In her interview for euroislam.pl, the former pro-refugee activist
says that contempt for Western lifestyles and for women are not expressed
only by practicing Muslims, but the majority of those who grew up in Muslim
Political Islam is present everywhere, including in
the government, in political parties, in the police and schools, she
Immigration abroad Italy
Former Italian PM Berlusconi calls immigration a 'social bomb ready to explode in Italy' as he pledges to deport 600,000 illegal migrants if he's re-elected
MailOnline, 6 February 2018.
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has pledged to
deport 600,000 illegal migrants if he is re-elected.
Warning of a
'social time bomb ready to explode', the 81-year-old said in a TV interview
his centre-right coalition would remove those who 'do not have the right to
'Immigration has become an urgent question, because after
years with a leftwing government, there are 600,000 migrants who don't have
the right to stay,' he said.
Immigration abroad deportation, Italy
Italian right's election promise to deport migrants will be hard to keep
Reuters, 6 February 2018.
The leaders of Italy's right-wing parties have pledged to deport
hundreds of thousands of migrants if they win the March 4 parliamentary
election, a promise that may win votes but will be hard to keep.
centre-right coalition that includes former prime minister Silvio
Berlusconi's Forza Italia (Go Italy!) and the anti-immigrant League is
leading in opinion polls, in part because of their hardline on immigration.
Surveys show Italians are increasingly uneasy after more than
600,000 migrants reached Italian shores by boat in four years. ...
But the reality is that deportations are expensive, time consuming
It would take years to repatriate those irregular
migrants already living in Italy and thousands continue to arrive each
month, mostly by boat from North Africa. ...
"If we wanted to
repatriate 600,000 irregular migrants, and we could send 200 per working
day, it would take more than 15 years," said Senator Luigi Manconi, a
member of the ruling Democratic Party (PD) who next month will take charge
of the country's anti-racism office.
The cost of deportations is
high. Forced returns require that migrants be put in detention centres
before departure, planes must be chartered and wages paid - two guards for
In 2016, the repatriation of 29 Tunisians from Italy
cost 115,000 euros (£102,049). On average, repatriations conducted
jointly with EU border agency Frontex cost 6,500 euros each, an EU observer
study found last year.
Italy has bilateral agreements with 24
non-European countries allowing for returns, but migrants often avoid being
identified or countries refuse to recognise them as citizens.
Population pressure traffic jams
Britain among world's worst for traffic jams
The Times, 6 February 2018.
Britain has been named among the ten most gridlocked countries in
the world with motorists spending 31 hours a year stuck in peak-time
A study of congestion found that traffic in the UK was
growing worse compared with other countries, costing the average driver
£1,168 per year in fuel and lost time.
Britain is the worst
country for traffic in western Europe and the tenth most congested
globally, up one place from last year.
Robert Putnam Distorts His Own Diversity Research
National Review, 6 February 2018.
In last week's column arguing against restricting immigration,
David Brooks writes:
What about the rise of social distrust?
Restrictionists often cite a 2007 Robert Putnam study finding that more
diversity leads to less trust. But Putnam tells me they are distorting his
research. He found that diversity's benefits outweigh its disadvantages,
that trust declines over the short term as places grow more diverse, but
that over the long term Americans find new ways to boost social solidarity.
Putnam made the same "distortion" claim in a letter to the
Wall Street Journal last year. It was just as disingenuous then as
it is now. In fact, Putnam himself is the one distorting his research, by
attempting to elevate his personal speculation (that diversity brings
long-term net benefits) to the level of his data analysis (that shows
diversity causes significant present-day problems).
the substance of Putnam's 2007 paper is an analysis of his Social Capital
Community Benchmark Survey. He shows that ethnic diversity is associated
with reduced trust even after controlling for a long list of socioeconomic
variables. The analysis is thorough and valuable, but it captures just one
moment in time. It cannot tell us whether the effect on trust occurs only
"over the short term," or whether we will "find new ways to boost social
solidarity." Furthermore, Putnam never identifies positive effects of
diversity from his own data although an arguable exception is
greater interest in politics and he certainly never uses his data to
address the question of whether "diversity's benefits outweigh its
disadvantages." Indeed, Putnam's data analysis section reads as a
relentless, unsparing critique of diversity, with no promise of a long-run
turnaround. Uncomfortable with the implications of the data analysis,
Putnam sandwiches it between misdirection and speculation. The misdirection
comes at the beginning, in the form of a short list of reasons he believes
ethnic diversity is a "valuable national asset." Almost nothing on his list
is about ethnic diversity per se. /.../ The speculation comes at the end,
when Putnam offers his hope that U.S. Army integration, megachurches, and
intermarriage among European ethnics are signs that the U.S. will
eventually overcome the challenges of diversity. That's it for the
long-term no hard evidence, just speculation.
Benefits and costs National Health Service
Charges for migrants to use NHS will double to raise millions for the health service
Daily Telegraph, 5 February 2018.
Charges for migrants to use the NHS will be doubled, under plans
which ministers say will raise hundreds of millions of pounds for the
Currently those seeking to live in the UK for six
months or more are charged a £200 annual surcharge, exempting them
from charges paid by temporary overseas visitors.
today announce plans to increase this to £400 a year, which they say
more closely matches the amount such patients actually cost the NHS. ...
"By increasing the surcharge so that it better reflects the actual
costs of using health services, this Government is providing an extra
£220 million a year to support the NHS."
pledged to recoup £500m a year from overseas patients by 2017/18.
Recent measures include pledges to enforce "upfront" charges for
temporary visitors, after efforts to chase bills after treatment had
Latest figures show £358 million was
collected from overseas patients in 2016/17, including £210m from the
immigration health surcharge.
The surcharge is paid when
immigration applications are made. Those paying it are then exempt from NHS
charges for treatment which temporary visitors have to pay. ...
The Department of Health and Social Care estimates that the NHS
spends £470 on average per person per year on treating surcharge
Immigration abroad violence, Germany
German Politicians 'Alarmed' at Scale of Anti-Christian Hate Attacks
Breitbart, 5 February 2018.
Hate crime figures leaked by police in Germany have caused alarm,
as they revealed murder, assault, and arson numbering among almost 100
attacks which targeted Christians in 2017.
Published by the Funke
media group several months before annual crime statistics are due to be
officially released, the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) data showed
attacks on churches and Christian symbols accounted for a quarter of the 97
At least 14 of the cases in the report involved asylum
seekers and refugees, including the murder of an Afghan Christian convert
by a fellow Afghan in May last year which prompted politicians to urge the
BKA to record "anti-Christian crimes" separately for the first time.
Ansgar Heveling, interior policy spokesman for Angela Merkel's
Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, called the figures "alarming" and
argued that the state "has a responsibility to punish these attacks
severely and consistently... [as] anti-Semitic attacks are rightly being
Berthold Löffler, a political science professor
at the University of Ravensburg-Weingarten, ...
Stating the BKA
figures are likely "only the tip of the iceberg" with regards to the number
of anti-Christian attacks taking place in Germany, Löffler writes:
"One can confidently assume that the mainstream media would much rather
report on Islamophobic incidents and xenophobic crimes committed by ethnic
Miscellaneous free speech, universities
The new blasphemies on campus
Spiked, 5 February 2018.
Today spiked launches the Free Speech University Rankings
2018, our fourth annual analysis of campus censorship in the UK academy,
and it makes for grim reading: 55 per cent of the 115 universities and
students' unions we survey are this year ranked Red under our traffic-light
rankings system, meaning they actively censor speech and ideas.
This marks a dip in Reds from last year. But policies dictating
what can and can't be said on campus are still becoming more severe in many
... We also found that 48 per cent of institutions have
policies which warn against insulting faith groups or offending religious
What's more, when it comes to who is being
censored on campus, it isn't even just provocateurs, coming to campus to
stir up controversy it's students themselves. ...
fracas at the University of the West of England in Bristol on Friday night,
in which anti-fascist protesters tried to disrupt a speech by Tory MP Jacob
Rees-Mogg, shouting 'no platform for fascists' and scuffling with his
supporters, reminds us that student activism remains thoroughly intolerant.
Multiculturalism Islam, London
Islamic London: "Run, Hide, Tell"
Gatestone Institute, 5 February 2018.
To understand the development of Islam in Western countries, I make
a habit of visiting Muslim-majority areas such as Lakemba in Australia,
Lodi in California, and Lunel in France. But London, England, is unique in
the extent of its Islamic impress.
Muslim-majority areas typically
consist of poor, unattractive housing projects, remote from the city
center, which long ago were abandoned by their original indigenous,
working-class populations. They often feature men sitting around cafes and
women cooped up at home. They suffer from a range of social pathologies,
including unemployment, criminal gangs, and drug-trafficking.
London too has such areas, and they are very large; ...
the Muslim presence is implicit in the intense, pervasive, and depressing
security measures installed against jihadi threats of violence. These range
from signs urging "Run, Hide, Tell," to bollards, barriers, and gates.
Especially evident are the many protective measures installed in
March 2017, immediately after a violent Islamist, Khalid Masood, killed
five people on Westminster Bridge. ...
Nor are bollards, barriers,
and gates unique to London. In Birmingham, for instance, the Christmas
Market featured the familiar yellow gates (complete with helpful entrance
and exit markers). ...
More than any other major Western city,
London bears an Arabic, Middle Eastern, and Islamic impress, from its mayor
to its commercial real estate market. I wish I were optimistic about the
outcome of this experiment, as the majority of the English population
remain even today.
Immigration abroad Calais, France
Border treaty blamed for Calais migrant surge that has led to violence
The Observer, 4 February 2018.
A sudden surge of refugees arriving in Calais is stoking new
tensions between migrant communities and led to the mass brawl and multiple
shootings that shocked France last week.
There has been a 25%
increase in the number of migrants heading for the French port, placing
pressure on food handouts and increasing competition for routes into the
Migrants and charities blamed the rapid increase on a recent
border treaty between France and the UK, which raised "false hopes" that it
would be easier to reach Britain.
The treaty, signed by President
Emmanuel Macron and Theresa May a fortnight ago, promised to accelerate the
processing of migrants in the port city and was heralded as "a more humane
Griffiths said that following the border treaty
announcement the charity recorded the arrival of 200 migrants entering
Calais from surrounding locations in northern France and Paris, bringing
the total within the port to around 800.
vice-president of the Calais charity L'Auberge des Migrants, said the
UK-France border agreement had caused chaos.
Immigration public opinion, Anglicans
Majority of Anglicans want immigration levels 'reduced'
Christian Today, 4 February 2018.
Regular churchgoers have more a positive opinion of immigration
than the general population.
But those who describe themselves as
Anglican overall, including those who do not necessarily attend regularly,
are more negative about the current levels of immigration.
research on attitudes to immigration reported on BBC Breakfast and BBC
Radio 4's Sunday programme, found that nearly nine in ten people, 87 per
cent, who describe themselves as Anglicans believe immigration to the UK
should be reduced.
According to the research, from an analysis of
British Social Atttudes surveys by researchers at the University of
Bristol, 66 per cent of Anglicans who go to church regularly oppose current
levels of immigration. Among Christians who do not go to church, the number
is 86 per cent.
This compares to just 77 per cent of people with no
religion who think immigration should be cut.
Government is set to delay release of VITAL immigration document
Daily Express, 3 February 2018.
The Government is set to delay publication of a crucial document
outlining its immigration policy until months before the country officially
leaves the European Union in March 2019.
Originally scheduled to be
published last summer, the document's release date will now be pushed back
even further while the Government seeks advice from the Migration Advisory
Committee on how best to overhaul the country's immigration system. ...
Mrs May is also handling the contentious topic of whether or not to
include the number of overseas students in the UK's net migration figures.
So far, she has made it clear that she will continue to resist
pressure to remove overseas students from immigration figures.
Immigration abroad Belgium
Belgian Senator: Multiculturalist Elites Manipulated Stats to Transform Society with Mass Migration
Breitbart, 3 February 2018.
Elites brought about a "profound transformation" of Belgian society
without any public debate by manipulating immigration figures as more than
one million migrants poured in, a liberal senator has alleged.
Writing in Le Figaro, Alain Destexhe said the realities of
demographic change are being concealed across Europe by "the
multiculturalist lobby which dominates universities, NGOs, public
institutions and the media".
"Like France, Belgium has changed
dramatically in a relatively short time, and was transformed into a mass
immigration nation without any public debate," he said, noting that its
population rose from 10.2 million to 11.3 million in a relatively short
period as a result of mass migration. ...
"Yet this statistical
reality has been concealed from the population," writes Destexhe, a doctor
who spent a decade serving regions struck by war and natural disaster, and
was appointed Médecins Sans Frontières's first
In his essay for the French broadsheet, the
Reformist Movement senator details a number of methods by which he says
immigration data is manipulated to keep Belgians in the dark, and thereby
prevent any open debate over the "exponential consequences" migration is
having on the small country's demographics.
"Even Eurostat, the
EU's official statistics agency, blithely mixes data and ideology," he
said, pointing to its annual immigration reports, which claim mass
migration is "good for Europe" and that the continent needs more of it.
Already one of Europe's most densely populated nations,
Belgium's population is set to grow by another couple of million in the
coming decades yet this phenomenon is never publicly linked to mass
migration, Destexhe points out, asserting it is only ever presented as a
"demographic boom". ...
Declaring it urgent that Europeans "at
least become aware of the gravity of the situation", Destexh ends his essay
with a call for "the unvarnished presentation of statistics and a debate on
Why "Open Borders" is a Dangerous Idea
Quillette, 3 February 2018.
From my point-of-view, mass migration is the singular challenge of
the 21st century. This is because it is a meta-issue that will affect our
response to every other challenge. This is due to the fact that as mass
migrations change demography, they may also affect changes in host nations'
cultures and political economies. ...
While we do not yet know the
vector, the titanic, high velocity migration the West is currently
experiencing will cause profound changes. ...
The open borders
philosophy is wrong, because, like the failed ideologies of the past
century, it doesn't account for unpleasant facts about human nature and
society. The truth Communism missed is that human beings prefer
self-interest to compelled altruism. The truth open borders advocates miss
is that human societies are tribal.
The fundamental human social
skill is the formation of groups that act with shared intentionality. The
skill to coordinate intentions is what enabled our ancestors to form
sophisticated social coalitions that outcompeted lower primates. ...
The challenge of heterogeneity is that it pre-loads divisions into
society. Sometimes those differences can be overcome through inter-communal
dialogue and good government. But, all too often when intentions differ,
and tribes inevitably rise, differences in religion, language, and custom
are the contours around which factions organize.
This is not to say
that ethno-racial or cultural difference is the sole cause of factionalism.
Since human beings are so quick to form factions, it should be
the goal of government policy to ameliorate division and ward off for as
long as possible the demon of sectarianism. Our current public policies and
cultural products seem aimed at doing the exact opposite. I think this is
because the designers of these policies hold at least two mistaken
assumptions about diversity and migration.
Many elite Westerners
have a passionate belief in diversity because they have lived it. Not
always in their neighborhoods, but quite often at university. ...
There is also a faulty assumption that diverse societies become
more tolerant and inclusive over time. ...
demonstrated innumerable times that at-scale diversity doesn't create
utopia but tension. ...
Of the top ten most diverse countries in
the world, every single one has suffered major, lethal political violence
since 2001. Diversity is not some holy sacrament, it is a deadly serious
socio-political challenge that needs to be prudently managed. It is a
mistake to believe that unregulated mass migration will bring about
redemption for guilty Westerners. For whatever economic benefits it may
bring, it will also bring tribalism, disunity, and violence. And for those
of you who think this isn't a major issue or that the worst has passed,
please note we are just in the opening act of this drama.
Immigration abroad violence, Calais, France
Calais migrants: Five shot in mass brawl
BBC, 2 February 2018.
At least five migrants have been shot during a mass brawl between
Afghans and Eritreans in the French port city of Calais, local officials
A 37-year-old Afghan man is suspected of firing shots at a
queue for food handouts. Four Eritreans aged between 16 to 18 are in a
Hundreds of migrants have converged on the area
in an attempt to cross the Channel to the UK. ...
Minister Gérard Collomb said the violence had reached a new level
and accused gangs that try to smuggle migrants to the UK of instigating the
This is the worst outbreak of violence between migrants
in Calais for months, and the use of firearms is a worrying escalation of
the tensions, the BBC's Hugh Schofield in Paris reports.
is not yet clear but an initial fight on the city's southern outskirts
broke out on Thursday afternoon, where migrants had been queuing for food
Around 100 Eritreans and some 30 Afghans were caught up
in the violence, which lasted almost two hours after the shots were fired.
The four critically injured were shot in the neck, chest, abdomen
and spine, AFP news agency reported.
A second melee erupted shortly
afterwards at an industrial site around 5km (three miles) away, when
between 150 and 200 Eritreans armed with iron rods and sticks clashed with
about 20 Afghans, the local prefecture said.
Asylum UN policy
The United Kingdom is not taking enough refugees in, claims David Miliband
Alessandra Scotto di Santolo
Daily Express, 2 February 2018.
David Miliband called on Prime Minister Theresa May to take in more
refugees and share the burden with the rest of the EU following UN
recommendations, claiming the United Kingdom is not taking enough refugees
LBC's Iain Dale asked the former Labour politician if
Britain was accepting enough refugees in the country.
replied: "No. The Cameron Government said it would take 4,000 a year, which
equates to more or less six per parliamentary constituency." ...
"We did a calculation. We looked at the UN figure and the UN say
that the western world should take over five years about eight percent of
the world's refugee population.
"If you make that for Europe that's
540,000 and if you then do a calculation over five years it's 108,000 a
He added: "If you look at the UK, you're looking between
20,000 and 30,000 a year, rather than the 4,000 or 5,000 that the Cameron
"So I would be saying six per parliamentary
constituency is not going to overwhelm you.
"If there is a fair
sharing of the burden, Britain will be taking about 25 per parliamentary
Top counter terror officer warns of threat posed by jihadi children returning to UK
Justin Davenport and Allan Hall
Evening Standard, 2 February 2018.
A leading counter-terrorist police officer today warned of the
threat of children trained by Islamic State coming back to Britain to carry
Commander Dean Haydon, the head of the Met's
counter-terrorism command, said police and other services had a duty to
safeguard children returning from Iraq and Syria.
"A child in a war
zone would have seen some pretty horrendous things," he told the Standard.
But he warned: "Some terror groups are training children to commit
atrocities. We need to not just understand the risk the mother poses but
the risk that any child poses as well. We look at them on a case-by-case
basis and they may be arrested."
Commander Haydon added: "We have
no intelligence to suggest children are coming back from conflict zones to
commit atrocities in the UK."
He also revealed that police are
DNA-testing children who have been brought to the UK after being born in
the so-called IS caliphate to establish their identity and whether they
have the right to live here. ...
Hans-Georg Maassen said: "We have
to consider that these children could be living timebombs. There is a
danger that these children come back brainwashed with a mission to carry
Children carried out three of five Islamist attacks
in Germany in 2016. A 12-year-old boy was also detained after trying to
bomb a Christmas market. ...
Mr Haydon said police had identified
all 850 or so Britons who travelled to Syria in the past three years.
About half have returned and 15 per cent were killed in the
Extremism Islam, Europe
Lessons from the East for the West
Breitbart, 2 February 2018.
Last weekend, I was in Hungary for the presentation of the
Hungarian translation of my book Marked for Death; Islam's War Against
the West and Me. ...
... In Hungary, there are barely any signs
of Islamization. The Hungarians make no secret of their resolve to keep it
that way. The attitude in Hungary and, for that matter, in Central Europe
in general, is entirely different from that in the West. ...
originally published my book in English in the United States. I did so
because America has a First Amendment, which allows people to speak out,
even when a message is politically incorrect. The Hungarian translation is
the first translation of the book. In my own country, no publisher has the
courage to publish it.
A German publisher, who was interested,
backed out when it proved impossible to translate it into German without
transgressing Germany's stringent speech laws. ...
Islamism but Islam itself preaches the political submission of the
whole world to Allah. Muhammad left no doubt about this: "I was ordered to
fight all men until they say 'There is no god but Allah,'" he said.
The Qu'ran is equally unambiguous about it. "Fight them until there
is no more dissension and the religion is entirely Allah's," it says in
verse 8:39. The Qu'ran also contains the permission to kill Jews and
Christians in verse 9:29, the command to terrorize non-Muslims in verse
8:12, the obligation to make war on the infidels in verse 9:123, and the
order to subjugate the entire world to Allah in verse 9:33. ...
... Recently, the Pew Research Center warned that, if present
trends continue, France, Germany, Belgium and Austria, will be almost 20%
Islamic by 2050. Britain and the Netherlands are closely behind, while
Sweden will even be more than 30% Islamic by the turn of the century.
This is extremely dangerous. Because, while most Muslims may be
moderate and non-violent, the Islamic ideology is not. It has indoctrinated
many of Islam's followers, who take the belligerent commands of Muhammad
and the Koran very seriously. Just last month, it was revealed in Germany
that 30% of Muslim students in the State of Lower Saxony can imagine
themselves fighting and dying for Islam. In my own country, the
Netherlands, research from Amsterdam University showed that 11% of the
Muslims find it acceptable to use violence in the name of Islam. That is
more than 100,000 people, which is twice the number of soldiers in our
Terrorism Tunisians, Italy
Interpol circulates list of suspected Isis fighters believed to be in Italy
Lorenzo Tondo and Piero Messina
The Guardian, 1 February 2018.
Interpol has circulated a list of 50 suspected Islamic State
fighters who it believes have recently landed in Italy by boat, and may be
attempting to reach other European countries. ...
listed are all Tunisian nationals, some of whom were identified by
officials when they landed in Italy. The document shows their first names,
surnames and dates of births. ...
Four of the suspected Isis
fighters on the Interpol list are already known to European intelligence
agencies. One of them "may have already crossed the Italian-French border,
to reach Gard, a department in southern France, in the Occitanie region,"
the agency says. ...
Tunisians, many of who are economic migrants,
are packed on the small boats and mainly disembark on the beach at night,
20 or 30 at a time. ...
Local authorities call these arrivals
"ghost landings" and believe more than 3,000 Tunisians have secretly landed
on the coast of Agrigento since July. Of these, the police managed to block
and identify only 400 people.
Immigration abroad Germany
REVEALED: Why Angela Merkel REALLY opened the borders to Germany - and Europe
Daily Express, 1 February 2018.
Angela Merkel welcomed more than one million refugees into Germany
during the European migrant crisis to save Berlin from losing millions of
euros from a Greece bail out deal, a politics expert has claimed.
Bremen-based political scientist Philip Manow said "cheesy ideas of
Merkel's Mother Teresa moment" live on, but Germans should not be fooled.
He said the real reason for the German Chancellor Angela Merkel's
widely-criticised open-door refugee policy was to save Germany from losing
billions if its eurozone neighbour collapsed into economic ruin.
Writing for German newspaper FAZ, Mr Manow said: "The opening of
the border was the almost inevitable protection of the Greece deal."
Germany invested tens of billions in the rescue of its eurozone
neighbour Greece in the face of bankruptcy.
At the same time, after
the closure of the Balkan route, Greece was overwhelmed by a growing number
of asylum seekers entering its country.
Mr Manow warned billions
from the EU countries might have been lost had the institutions in Greece
He said bailing out Greece "would quickly have
become obsolete if Greece had in fact been left to its own devices with the
refugee crisis because of the domino effect of the border closures of
Hungary, via Serbia, Kosovo, Bulgaria and Macedonia".
Immigration abroad Italy
In new EU sea mission, ships not obliged to bring migrants to Italy
Reuters, 1 February 2018.
The European Union's border agency Frontex launched a new
Mediterranean operation called Themis on Thursday, removing the obligation
of the previous mission to bring rescued migrants only to Italy.
Italy has repeatedly lamented a lack of EU solidarity in managing
immigration. The previous Frontex operation, called Triton, required all
those rescued at sea to be brought to Italy even if another EU country,
such as Malta, was closer. ...
Since Italy coordinates the vast
majority of sea rescues between North Africa and its southern coast, the
new rule is unlikely have a large impact on arrivals, though it does send a
political message to Mediterranean neighbours like Malta. ...
more than 600,000 migrants landing on Italian shores in the last four
years, a popular backlash is building ahead of a March 4 national election,
and the centre-left government is under pressure to show it has the
situation in hand. ...
The one-year mission will be re-evaluated
every three months and will, unlike Triton, include Italy's southern
Heather Mac Donald
City Journal, 1 February 2018.
The diversity bureaucracy has finally swallowed an entire college.
San Diego State University has just named to its presidency a vice
chancellor of student affairs and campus diversity, hired from the
University of California, Davis. The new SDSU president, Adela de la Torre,
is a peerless example of the intersection of identity politics and the
ballooning student-services bureaucracy.
As vice chancellor of
student affairs and campus diversity at UC Davis, de la Torre presided over
a division made up of a whopping 28 departments not academic
departments, but bureaucratic and identity-based ones, such as ...; the
Center for African Diaspora Student Success; the Center for Chicanx and
Latinx Student Success; the Native American Academic Student Success
Center; the Middle Eastern/South Asian Student Affairs Office; ... This
gallimaufry of identity-based fiefdoms illustrates the symbiosis between an
artificially segmented, identity-obsessed student body and the campus
bureaucracy: the more that students carve themselves into micro-groups
claiming oppressed status, the more pretext there is for new cadres of
administrators to shield them from oppression. ...
university is becoming an appendage of the identity bureaucracy and
identity studies. If the mission of higher education is no longer
knowledge, but social justice, an emphasis on diversity, and indoctrination
in "anti-racism," then SDSU has made the ideal hire.