Immigration and related issues, mainly in the United Kingdom.
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Updated 25 September 2016
Illegal immigration repatriation
'Bribed' to go home: Illegal migrants given hugely generous packages to persuade them to leave UK
Mail on Sunday, 25 September 2016.
Thousands of illegal immigrants are being offered bribes to leave
Britain with 'tailored packages' that include free flights, money to start
up businesses and help with finding schools for their children.
Home Office is also offering failed asylum seekers and those who overstay
their visa an amnesty from arrest if they attend meetings to discuss their
And they are promising that anyone who leaves voluntarily
could be allowed back into the UK in as little as two years, whereas those
forcibly deported are banned from returning for a decade.
astonishing example of the official drive to effectively 'pay' illegal
immigrants to leave, a senior immigration official has even appeared on a
spiritual guru's TV show to promote the new measures.
say the generous terms of the Voluntary Returns Scheme amounts to a bribe
that sends out the message that it is OK to be in the UK illegally.
Tory backbencher Andrew Bridgen said: 'This looks like a bribe for
people who have already committed a criminal act by being here illegally.
And it could act as an incentive for more people to come illegally.'
Conservative MP Philip Hollobone added: 'If people surrender
themselves, it may be an arrest is not required but we should continue to
arrest illegal immigrants.'
It is estimated as many as a million
illegal immigrants may be living in Britain, either having overstayed their
visas or having smuggled themselves into the country.
that the Government does not have the resources to find and deport all of
Surgeries are being held at Sikh gurdwaras and Hindu
temples, mainly in North and West London, to agree travel plans. ...
The Home Office has paid failed asylum seekers and those whose
visas have expired to return home since 1999. However, the latest figures
show the numbers taking this up have fallen, from a high of 6,200 in 2006
to just 1,635 last year.
In 2012-13, the most recent year for which
detailed figures are available, £8.8 million was spent on the scheme
including £2.1 million on flights and £37,000 on travel
documents, with much of the rest going on help for the returnees to start
new lives back home. Each individual can get up to £2,000.
Home Office spokesman said the new system aims to save £5 million a
year, adding: 'Enforced returns cost the taxpayer several thousand pounds.
Helping those depart voluntarily costs much less.'
British business must stop 'mainlining' immigrants like a 'drug' Boris Johnson claims as he warns the PM she must trigger Brexit by May
Boris Johnson today warned British business it must stop
'mainlining' immigration as the UK quits the EU.
Secretary said he was in favour of skilled foreign workers coming to the UK
but said the Brexit vote was about 'control' over numbers to ensure British
youngsters had a fair chance of work.
Mr Johnson said unlimited
immigration from Europe for the past 25 years had left firms addicted to
cheap labour from abroad. ...
Mr Johnson told the BBC's Andrew
Marr: 'I want skilled and talented people to come to the UK if they want to
fulfill their dreams in our country - I have no problem with that provided
we have control.
'In the last figures we had, 333,000 people came
net from around the world. That's a huge sum, 175,000 net from the EU, in
an uncontrolled way.
'Most people in our country would say that is
He added: 'We have got to invest in our own young
people, we have also got to build up the skills of this country.
'For 25 years UK business and industry have been mainlining
immigration like a kind of drug without actually investing enough or caring
enough about the skills and the training of young people in our country.'
Immigration abroad Mexico, USA
Mexico sees surge of migrants from Haiti, Africa and Asia
MailOnline / Associated Press, 25 September 2016.
Mexican immigration authorities said Saturday they have been hit by
a surge of almost 5,000 Haitian, African and Asian migrants entering by the
southern border in just a few days.
Recent experience suggests the
4,749 migrants entering through Mexico's Tapachula immigration center on
the Guatemalan border will soon try to reach the California border, with
many expected to apply for asylum. ...
That would mark a huge
increase over the number seen so far this year. The institute said a total
of 7,800 Haitian migrants entered Mexico through Guatemala between Jan. 1
and Sept. 21, as well as 1,701 migrants from Africa and 3,753 from various
The institute said that none of these Haitian, African or
Asian migrants have requested permission to stay in Mexico. "Up to this
moment, the institute has not received any requests from these foreigners
for refuge, asylum or regularization, because they have expressed that
their desire is to reach the United States."
The migrants cannot be
sent back to their home countries, so Mexico gives them 20-day temporary
visas so they can cross the country and get to the U.S. It said the
Africans came mainly from the Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Ethiopia, Eritrea,
Somalia, Sudan and Nigeria. ...
Mexico said that in Baja
California alone, about 1,230 Haitian, African and Asian migrants are
waiting for asylum in the United States, in many cases at border crossing
gates or bridges.
The institute said Mexico was trying to provide
the asylum seekers with food and water while they waited for a U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Sarah
Saldana testified in Congress that other governments told her on a recent
trip to Central America that 40,000 Haitians were on their way and called
it an "emergency situation" on California's border.
Crime bogus marriages
Four men jailed for arranging sham marriages to mail order brides
Rochdale Online, 24 September 2016.
Four men, based in Rochdale, have been sentenced at Manchester
Minshull Street Crown Court for committing fraud by arranging sham
Shilpa Chauhan, Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS
North West said: "The four men, who originated from Pakistan, facilitated
sham marriages to young Roma Slovakian women.
"Shahid Mahboob and
Nasir Khalil, who had over-stayed their permission to be in the UK and
Hammed Khan who had only a temporary student visa, married their young
brides in Gretna Green.
"The women who were from very poor
backgrounds had been brought into the country in a mail order type
scenario. They had been in Britain a very short time before they were
married, some of them only a matter of days.
assisted Hammed Khan to arrange his sham marriage.
also deceived a girl into marrying him as soon as she turned 16.
"This was a complex investigation and prosecution involving
multiple strands of evidence.
"The men involved this criminal
enterprise showed utter disregard for the welfare of the women they used in
order simply to secure permission to stay in the UK. Mahboob and Khalil
went so far as to father children with their wives. ..."
Immigration abroad Calais, France
Hollande says Calais migrants to be dispersed around France
Reuters, 24 September 2016.
French President Francois Hollande said on Saturday that thousands
of migrants living in the shanty town near Calais known as the "Jungle"
would be dispersed across the country, in an attempt to quell criticism of
his handling of Europe's migrant crisis. ...
The migrants will be
split into groups of 40 to 50 people for a limited period of three to four
months, Hollande said. Those who fit the asylum criteria will be allowed to
stay in France, while those who do not will be deported, he said.
"There should be no camp in France," the French president said,
adding that the goal was to dismantle it completely.
Immigration abroad European Union
Hungary PM says Europe should process refugees in Libya
Reuters, 24 September 2016.
The European Union should set up a "giant refugee city" on the
Libyan coast and process asylum claims there from refugees arriving from
other African countries, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on
Mr Orban, speaking in Vienna after a summit of European
and Balkans countries on the refugee crisis, gave few details and said that
his own influence in such matters was small. But he insisted that the
European Union's external borders should be under "total control" -
including the Mediterranean border, in which Libya was instrumental.
Immigration abroad European Union
EU faces NEW migrant crisis: Brussels scrambles to stop huge inflow of refugees from Egypt
Jonathan Owen and Monika Pallenberg
Daily Express, 24 September 2016.
Brussels bureaucrats are scrambling to avert a fresh migrant crisis
amid fears that a massive influx of asylum seekers from Egypt is imminent.
EU parliament chief Martin Schulz has called for an immediate deal
with Cairo to close down the possibility of a sudden and massive rush for
And he threatened to pull the plug on aid funding to
the impoverished North African country if it refuses to play ball and help
the EU dig itself out of its migration hole. ...
More than 3,500
migrants have died while attempting to cross the Mediterranean this year,
while some 300,000 people have got into Europe by sea, according to the
International Organization for Migration (IoM).
There is growing
concern over people coming from Egypt, and Flavio di Giacomo, an IoM
spokesman in Rome, said: "The Egyptian route is used mainly by migrants
coming from Eastern African countries Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan
and some coming from the Middle East."
Immigration abroad Calais, France
Calais Jungle volunteer who raised alarm over 'sexual exploitation' of refugees publicly names himself
Independent, 24 September 2016.
Brendan Woodhouse, a former rescue worker who makes frequent trips
to Calais to deliver aid, said a new "task force" had been set up to
investigate allegations that volunteers, particularly women, were engaging
in potentially exploitative sexual relationships with refugees in the camp.
Mr Woodhouse, 40, from Derbyshire, added that it would be a
complex process to bring an end to the wide-ranging abuse, explaining that
"there are a lot of complicated issue to deal with when tackling this." ...
There was a mixed response to the article on the Calais People to
People Solidarity Facebook group, with some expressing outrage at the fact
that the issue had been exposed to the public, while others saying it was a
"relief" the issue was now being openly addressed.
Immigration abroad citizenship, USA
Email shows feds are racing to give citizenship to as many immigrants as possible BEFORE the election and paying workers overtime to do it
Mail, 24 September 2016.
An internal Obama administration memo reveals a push by an
immigration field office to swear in as many new citizens as possible
because of election year concerns.
An explosive memo from a U.S.
Citizenship and Immigration Services field office head last summer urges an
all-hands-on deck approach 'due to the election year.'
To keep the
new citizens and potential new voters moving through the
line, an unnamed government official was encouraged 'to take advantage of
the OT if you can,' meaning overtime, in order to get processing done using
Immigration abroad France
The people have spoken! 'Three quarters' of French public want Calais 'Jungle' torn down
Daily Express, 23 September 2016.
Three quarters of French people want to see the 'Jungle' refugee
camp in Calais torn down, a new poll reveals.
The research shows 76
per cent of respondents calling for an end to the vast shanty camp, which
currently contains around 10,000 asylum seekers who want to get to Britain.
It follows continuing fighting between them and the police, and
nightly attempts by the migrants to stop lorries and cars heading for the
UK so they can get onboard. ...
But they admit they have no
alternative accommodation for the refugees, beyond trying to disperse them
to centres in other parts of France. ...
The dispersion initiative
has been ridiculed as completely ineffective, because most of the refugees
just spend a few nights at the centres before returning to Calais.
Some 12000 places have been set aside in units across France, often
in places as far away as the Alps, and the southern and western coast.
Similar dispersal schemes in the past have cost a fortune, but
never provided a longterm solution to the build up of migrants in Calais.
Multiculturalism black students
Dead white European males built the modern world batty NUS boss Bouattia take note
Paul T Horgan
Conservative Woman, 23 September 2016.
... an assertion by the controversial caudillo of the
National Union of Students. Malia Bouattia states in a recent
Guardian interview that.
"When we look at the incredibly
Eurocentric curriculum, where people don't see themselves in what they're
studying, and can't relate to it, and feel that their European counterparts
hit the ground running, they can't see themselves advancing in the
She previously questioned whether students with
diverse identities are,
"[...]forced to engage with content that
doesn't relate to them, and perhaps is psychologically destructive?"
It's the 'Dead White European Males' argument, again. This has been
bouncing around now for nearly thirty years.
It is not all of these
deceased men. This is actually an argument about the humanities. It is
likely that the NUS do not stray into the sciences or technology. It would
be impossible to teach a non-Eurocentric STEM course. ...
technological ideas care not for their origins, should that apply, in a
spirit of comradely socialist equality, to all ideas? According to Malia
Bouattia, the answer is no. This is a curious response. ...
economic and political ideas are universal. So are the arts.
Immigration abroad Sweden
World Bank Chief: Sweden Should Create Independent Migrant State Where Laws Don't Apply
Oliver JJ Lane
Breitbart, 23 September 2016.
Sweden could solve their migrant problem by creating a new
state-within-a-state where national laws don't apply and sending thousands
of migrants and so-called refugees there, the incoming chief economist of
the influential World Bank has said.
Paul Romer, director of New
York University's Stern School of Business Urbanisation Project, made the
remarks about his unusual approach to Sweden's migrant crisis this week in
an interview with the national newspaper Dagens Nyhter. Suggesting
the zone could model itself on British Hong Kong, the senior economist said
it could bring enormous benefit at no cost to the taxpayer.
Explaining his plan, the economist said: "The refugee issue is a
huge problem, but there are possible solutions. Sweden, a sparsely
populated country, could rent out a land area the size of Hong Kong.
"That could take millions of people who would support themselves,
and not have to cost anything... It is important that this free zone should
be considered independent, with its own laws and rules, and not as part of
"Those who live there would not be Swedish citizens, but
would live their lives completely separately from the rest of society."
The economist has already suggested a similar zone for the United
States, using the land in Guantanamo Bay to create an autonomous colony for
refugees and migrants.
To make the zone work, Romer said there
would have to be strong border controls with the rest of Sweden "making it
impossible for free zone inhabitants to move to the other side of the
Diversity civil service
Britain's top mandarins
Daily Telegraph, 22 September 2016.
Britain's attempt to engage with Commonwealth countries and rest of
the world is being undermined by an overwhelmingly white Foreign Office and
Brexit department, former equalities chief Trevor Phillipshas said.
Mr Phillips said the absence of black and ethnic minority faces in
the senior civil service gave the impression that the UK had "not moved on
from the days of colonialism".
A report commissioned by Green Park,
a recruitment agency, found that there were no employees of Black or
Chinese/Other Asian origin in the top four grades within the key
departments dealing with the UK's economic relationships with the rest of
The study found that 16 of the 24 ministerial
departments had 100 per cent white senior management teams. ...
Phillips who chairs Green Park Diversity Analytics which researches
diversity in the private and public sector said: "In a new world
where our civil service has a vital role in helping our businesses to build
fresh trading relationships, Sir Humphrey has to start pulling his weight
and utilise to the full our country's diverse talents.
"At the very
least we may be losing out on valuable cultural insights which could give
us a competitive advantage in global markets."
Raj Tulsiani, Green
Park's chief executive, said the figures showed that the UK "still have a
very long way to go to achieve the best public leadership mix our diverse
society can offer".
A Cabinet Office spokesman said: "We do not
recognise the statistics used in this report. Recent figures from March
2015 show that 10.6 per cent of civil servants are from a BAME background
and 4.1 per cent are in the Senior Civil Service."
Service is committed to being a place where, regardless of background,
everyone can thrive. Our aspiration is to be the UK's most inclusive
"We are working hard to increase diversity in the Civil
Service, including the representation of BAME staff at the most senior
UK's biggest ever cyber scammers stole £113m by calling victims pretending to be from their BANK: Fraudsters used bin bags full of cash for shopping sprees, bought supercars and a Lahore
Daily Mail, 22 September 2016.
Britain's biggest cyber-fraudster grew so rich from a £113
million scam that he flew his personal valets 8,000 miles across the world
to polish his Porsches.
Feezan Hameed Choudhary, 25, described
himself as 'King' and lived like one jetting off around the globe to
party with pop stars. ...
But in reality the Burnley-born
fraudster had fleeced over 750 British firms to fund his millionaire
playboy lifestyle. Raking in £3 million a month by cold-calling bank
customers, he ruined hundreds of lives and put small businesses on the
brink of bankruptcy leaving one victim so distraught that she
Yesterday he was jailed for 11 years as the
scale of the fraud by his 19-strong gang was uncovered for the first time.
Scotland Yard believes at least 750 businesses were affected
between January 2013 and October 2015, but there could be countless others.
Nearly £70 million was laundered through bureaux de change
in London and sent to Dubai and Pakistan. ...
account business adviser, Jones Opare-Addo, 58, from Putney, West London,
was jailed for five years for leaking account details to the gang and
setting up accounts to launder cash.
Benefits and costs health tourism, doctors, National Health Service
We must ensure the NHS gains from Brexit
J Meirion Thomas
ConservativeHome, 22 September 2016.
[Meirion Thomas was until recently a Professor of Surgery and Consultant Surgeon in the NHS]
Whatever is decided, there must be no compromise on correcting the
harm done to the NHS by uncontrolled migration from the EU. As of January
2016, the population of the European Union was 510.1 million and currently,
all of those people, if they chose to exercise their Treaty rights to
reside in UK, would, from the moment of arrival, be entitled to full and
free NHS care, without the exclusion of pre-existing conditions. Needless
to say, this automatic right is not offered or reciprocated elsewhere in
This happens because of the Department of Health's
definition of "ordinarily resident" (OR) status, and because free NHS care
is dependent on residency rather than contribution. This is contrary to any
other European country with a healthcare system comparable to ours. The
Department of Health's document "Guidance on implementing the overseas
visitor hospital charging regulations 2015" states that a person is defined
as ordinarily resident "if that residence is lawful and for settled
purposes as part of the regular order of their life, whether of long or
Furthermore, "a person can be ordinarily resident
in more than one country at once" and "it is perfectly possible to be
ordinarily resident from the day of arrival providing that person has taken
up settled residence". This definition of OR provides an incontestable
loophole for any EU health tourist to gain access to the NHS. I saw this
happening on many occasions in my role as a specialist cancer surgeon. ...
This concept of ordinarily resident was not imposed on us by EU
decree. It was created in Whitehall and is not contained in any Act of
Parliament. It was extrapolated from House of Lords judicial reviews, all
delivered before 1983, and relating to education and immigration disputes.
During the referendum debates, we were reminded that the NHS is
heavily dependent on foreign trained doctors, about half of whom come from
EU countries. Sadly, for decades, 30-40 per cent of all new doctors
registering with the General Medical Council (GMC) are foreign-trained,
because we don't train enough doctors of our own. Every year there are
several thousand disappointed school leavers with the required A-level
grades who can't obtain a place in a British medical school. This is a
tragic loss of resource for the NHS and amounts to a governmental admission
that it's cheaper to import doctors than to educate them. Should the UK be
so continuously dependent on so many foreign-trained doctors? ...
... The entry criteria for some European medical schools are not as
stringent as our own and the GMC has no control over their standards, such
as hours and quality of tuition or their curriculum. ...
reasons, before Article 50 is triggered, there must be rigorous and
well-rehearsed policies in place to protect the NHS and its patients. There
should be no compromise on the two issues discussed in this article. These
measures will help to reduce capacity pressures in the NHS, improve
standards of care and save taxpayers' money. The amount saved should be
used to train more British medical students.
Immigration moral blackmail
Pro-immigration activists are adopting BLACKMAIL tactics
Daily Express, 22 September 2016.
Emotional blackmail is the hallmark of the pro-immigration brigade.
To silence the opponents of open borders these ideologues
constantly indulge in bullying, deceitful sentimentality.
instinct for manipulation was on full display at Westminster this week in a
tasteless stunt pulled by immigration fanatics.
Supported by a host
of Leftwing pressure groups and luvvies such as actress Juliet Stevenson, a
refugee charity called the International Rescue Committee (IRC) arranged
for 2,500 life-jackets to be laid out on the green in Parliament Square.
Each one had reportedly been worn by a refugee crossing the Aegean
Sea from Turkey to Greece.
The aim of the protest, we were told,
was to raise awareness of the migrant crisis, as if any of us could have
been oblivious to it. ...
Yet every element of their narrative is
They claim they want to save lives but their demand for even
fewer border controls would actually provide further incentives for
migrants to undertake perilous sea journeys. ...
The IRC agenda is
a recipe for more deaths, more people trafficking, more sorrow. ...
Moreover our Government spends more than £12 billion a year on
foreign aid, much of it directed at alleviating the refugee problem in
Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
Nor do the protesters' demands
show the slightest grasp of reality.
According to the United
Nations, there are at least 65 million refugees in the world and 1.3
billion people living in extreme poverty.
With our infrastructure
already under extreme pressure because of mass immigration Britain would be
unable to cope with even a small fraction of those totals.
cannot be the social worker or welfare officer for the entire world.
Nor is it remotely true that all those trying to reach our shores
are genuine refugees fleeing persecution.
In fact the vast majority
of them are young male economic migrants in search of a better life.
That explains why so many, even after they have arrived in safe
European countries, are determined to travel on to Britain.
squalor of the Jungle camp is a symbol not of our heartlessness but of our
If Britain was not such a soft touch the migrants would
not gather at Calais. ...
Undiluted immigration has imported
social upheaval, welfare burdens, Islamic extremism, organised misogyny and
deadly terrorism into the heart of Europe.
Yet all that has been
met without a bat squeak of protest from the metropolitan elitists.
Their only demand is for an even greater foreign influx.
They would never dream of bedecking Parliament Square with crosses
for the victims of jihadism or candles for the targets of predatory gangs.
That is because their stance is all about demonstrating their
supposed moral superiority.
Immigration abroad European Union
Hungary PM says EU should deport all illegal migrants: website
Reuters, 22 September 2016.
Hungary's Prime Minister said the European Union should round up
and deport all illegal immigrants and assemble them in EU-supervised
refugee camps beyond the bloc's borders where they can then file for
"This could be an island, it could be a coastal area in
North Africa, but the security and supplies of that area must be guaranteed
by the EU in its own interest," Viktor Orban told the news website Origo in
an interview published on Thursday. ...
"Those who came illegally
must be rounded up and shipped out," Orban said.
"We must set up
large refugee camps outside the EU, with armed security and financial
support provided by the Union. Everyone who came illegally must return
there. There they can file for asylum." ...
He reiterated that the
external borders of the EU must be strengthened to prevent a repeat of the
2015 flow of migrants.
"Borders must be used, because they protect
us," he said. "Some imagine a globe without borders... I am one of those
who would not like to see the civilization of the world change."
Immigration abroad crime, Sweden
SWEDEN IN CHAOS: Number of 'no-go zones' INCREASED as police lose control over violence
Daily Express, 22 September 2016.
Swedish police are losing the battle against increasing levels
crime and violence in the country as now 55 areas have been labelled as
In February Express.co.uk reported the Scandinavian
country has seen a huge surge in crime since the start of the migrants
crisis in Europe with a rise in sex assaults, drug dealing and children
carrying weapons. ...
At the time around 50 areas were put on a
"blacklist" which are then divided into three categories from "risk areas"
to "seriously vulnerable".
The figure has now been increased to 55
as the Swedish police force are facing a crisis, with three officers
handing in their notice every day.
It is estimated that 80 per cent
of the police officers are also considering changing professions, due to
lack of funding and support to tackle the increasing levels of crime. ...
A new report released last week revealed the situation in the
country has worsened since the National Criminal Investigation Service's
document emerged in February. ...
Over the past three months,
Malmö, which is Sweden's third largest city, has suffered a surge of
organised crime as more than 70 cars have burned out in arsonist attacks.
Immigration abroad deportation, Norway
Migrant crisis crackdown: Norway 'grants police £10M extra' to DEPORT 1,800 by end of 2017
Daily Express, 22 September 2016.
Norway has revealed plans to grant the police an additional
£10 million to deport 1,800 illegal migrants by the end of 2017.
Immigration Minister Sylvi Listhaug said on Wednesday that a vast
sum of the annual budget would be used to return asylum-seekers who have
had their claim denied. ...
Ms Listhaug continued: "We do want as
many as possibly to return voluntarily if they are not entitled to legal
residence in Norway.
"But we need to keep the pressure up,
especially to send out a strong message that Norway is not a country to
apply to unless you have a genuine asylum claim.
also about maintaining the legitimacy of the asylum system." ...
According to the country's Foreign Department more than 10,000
migrants will have their request denied this year.
Dalai Lama tells Piers Morgan refugees fleeing Middle East should return home to 'rebuild their own country'
MailOnline, 22 September 2016.
Refugees fleeing brutal conflict in the Middle East should aspire
to return home, the Dalai Lama has said.
In an interview with Piers
Morgan, the Tibetan Buddhist leader, one of the world's highest-profile
political exiles, said those who have left to escape fighting and disorder
in countries like Syria and Libya should focus on bringing peace to their
Host Piers asked him whether all refugees should
'aspire to go back to their homeland', to which he replied: 'Yes. (They)
should rebuild their own country.'
Multiculturalism crime, selective sympathy
Fear of seeming racist is enabling female genital mutilation
The Spectator, 24 September 2016.
So where then is the great Facebook uprising over the news that
there's been not a single successful prosecution in this country for female
genital mutilation (FGM) though it's been illegal since 1985? It's
happening here on an impressive scale: some 6,000 new cases have been
reported by NHS staff in the past year alone tens of thousands more
go undiscovered. /.../ Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Somali-born writer, suggests a
system of compulsory checks at the beginning of each school year. Very
sensible. So why no social media campaign?
The answer isn't that we
don't care, I don't think. It's that our concern for the victims of FGM is,
for the most part, trumped by our extreme reluctance to criticise another
culture. In the case of drowned migrant children, we can attack our own
government a happy and popular pastime. To share the story about FGM
in the UK means taking issue not just with evil Tories, but with the Somali
diaspora in London. Is this racist? The question forms and hangs over us.
We stay silent.
A similar silence fell over the usually opinionated
middle classes during the Rotherham scandal in which thousands of white
girls were groomed, tortured and raped by men from the British-Pakistani
community. Where was the great fuss on Facebook about that? The same people
who mind so much, and so visibly, about migrant children, barely turned a
In the EU, the unemployment rate among the children of
immigrants is almost 50 per cent higher than for the children of natives,
says a 2015 OECD report. The EU guidance on the matter suggests that this
is the result of racism. But it really can't help you in the workplace if
your mother, father, aunties have all taught you to despise the society you
Ghana's problem with 'racist' Gandhi
BBC, 22 September 2016.
An online petition, which has been signed by more than 1,000
people, has been started by professors at the University of Ghana. They
call for the removal of a statue of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi from the
campus grounds in Accra. The academics say that Gandhi, who has been
praised by public figures for leading India's non-violent movement to
freedom from British colonial rule during the mid 20th century, had a
The petition lists quotes from the writings of
the Indian leader, in which he described Africans as "savages or the
Natives of Africa" and "kaffirs" (an insulting racial slur for a black
The statue is a gift to the Ghanaian government from
the Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, unveiled when he visited Accra in
Immigration public opinion
Poll: Almost half of Scots revealed to be refugee sceptics in new research
CommonSpace, 22 September 2016.
According to a new set of polls by IPSO MORI, 47 per cent of Scots
are sceptical of the reasons for refugees settling in Scotland and have
some concerns over economic migration.
However, in the same set of
polls 60 per cent of Scots asked said that they felt Scotland had deal well
with immigration compared to only 38 per cent thinking the UK as a whole
had done well and 36 per cent for the European Union (EU). ...
per cent agreed with the statement, "most refugees who want to get to my
country aren't really refugees. They just want to come over here for
economics reasons or to take advantage of our welfare services."
The figures still show Scotland has a better view of immigration
and refuge than a majority of nations in Europe as a whole, with 51 per
cent of people in the UK sceptical of refugees' reasons for arrival, 52 per
cent of Germans and 62 per cent of Hungarians.
Only Sweden and
Spain had lower percentages than Scotland when the question on refugees and
general immigration was asked.
57 per cent of Scots polled stated
that they were confident that refugees will be integrated successfully into
wider society, compared to 40 per cent in the reast of the UK.
Terrorism crime, probability
The immigration debate shouldn't be sugar-coated
Spectator blog, 22 September 2016.
Do you like Skittles? Do you like them so much you'd eat one from a
packet even if you knew a couple were poisoned? Makes u think, ey?
This was the analogy Donald Trump Jr made this week about refugees
and terrorism, a tweet which caused anger, not least from the company that
makes Skittles, who responded: 'Skittles are candy. Refugees are people. We
don't feel it's an appropriate analogy.'
This particular meme seems
to have originated among feminists, who were making the point that it's no
good saying that most men aren't violent rapists, because enough of them
are to make problems: 'Imagine a bowl of M&Ms. 10 per cent of them are
poisoned. Go ahead. Eat a handful.'
That seems like a reasonable
point to me; denying the link between masculinity and violence, when 90 per
cent of murders are committed by males, would be absurd. If you get in a
car driven by a man rather than a woman your chances of being violently
assaulted are far higher, and that is not an insult to men. It's a question
of relative risk, and so it's quite reasonable for men to expect initial
discrimination in some employment areas.
My only objection would be
with the actual proportion. Nowhere like 10 per cent of men ever commit
violent crime, and the percentage of Syrians who are terrorists is much
smaller than the Skittles analogy suggests. A better one might be to
suggest that one in every 100 packets contains a poisoned sweet
small overall, but I wouldn't buy any.
And the risk of terrorism
posed by refugees is not non-existent. There are at least four studies
showing that accepting refugees does increase the risk in the receiving
state, although it's smaller in wealthy countries, largely due to better
security infrastructure. The risk to non-OECD countries, who do take most
refugees, is far higher.
The issue is essentially to what extent
you think the risk is acceptable. ...
It is also about probability;
rates of crime vary hugely across the world, so if one in a thousand people
in the host country behaves violently, and one in a hundred of an incoming
population do, then that difference will make a significant impact on a lot
of people's lives.
The best way of looking at immigrant behaviour
risk is not by comparing it with weird, random occurrences, such as the
Economist do, but with natives. In Denmark, for example, Somali men commit
rape at an estimated 26 times the Danish rate, adjusted for age: most
Somali men are not rapists, but this is still relevant information people
should know before allowing large numbers of migrants into their country.
The media lose people's trust when they fail to address such matters.
Multiculturalism black students
University can be 'psychologically destructive' for black students because they study so many white Europeans, NUS chief claims
University can be 'psychologically destructive' for black students
because they study so many white Europeans, according to the leader of the
Undergraduates with a non-white or non-European heritage found
it difficult to 'relate to' their subjects, Malia Bouattia said.
is the latest in a line of controversies for the 28-year-old - the first
female black Muslim to be elected president of the National Union of
She was previously condemned for arguing that it is
Islamophobic to oppose ISIS and described one university as a 'Zionist
outpost' because it has a large Jewish society. ...
An in an
interview with the Guardian, Ms Bouattia - who last year ran a campaign
titled 'Why is my curriculum white?' - renewed her attack on universities
for entrenching racial divides. ...
'When we look at the
incredibly Eurocentric curriculum, where people don't see themselves in
what they're studying, and can't relate to it, and feel that their European
counterparts hit the ground running, they can't see themselves advancing in
The comments come as universities try to meet a
government target to increase numbers of black and minority ethnic
undergraduates by a fifth by 2020.
Ms Bouattia was born in Algeria
but grew up in Birmingham. ...
Emran Mian, director of the Social
Market think tank, told the Times: 'About 14 per cent of academic staff in
UK universities identify as being from a black or minority ethnic
background and almost 17 per cent of students.
academic ranks may still be insufficiently diverse, the representation of
minority perspectives in UK higher education should be improving.'
Diversity racism, clergy
Church of England seeks more black and minority ethnic clergy
The Guardian, 21 September 2016.
The Church of England has appointed a senior figure to drive up the
proportion of black and ethnic minority clergy against a backdrop of data
showing the church is failing to match national demographics.
proportion of black and minority ethnic (BAME) people among those embarking
on the process of becoming a priest fell to 1.9% last year, compared with a
share of the general population of about 15%.
In the previous four
years, the proportion of BAME new ordinands fluctuated between 4% and 5%,
according to analysis released by the C of E on Tuesday. The reasons for
last year's drop is not known, but the overall trend since 1988, when the
proportion was 0.3%, is upward.
The proportion of existing clergy
who were BAME was 3.4% in 2015, up from 3% since 2010. ...
The C of
E's new national minority ethnic officer will help dioceses to increase the
number of BAME candidates for ordination. ...
David Isioru, a
vicar in Handsworth, who recently presented a paper on black clergy to a
British Sociological Association conference, said: "The
under-representation of BAME [people] in the Church of England rests upon
However, he added, the church "recognises
that BAME clergy are marginalised within the C of E, concentrated within
inner-city parishes and prevented from career progression".
English Heritage launch scheme to nominate more black and Asian people for blue plaques
Daily Telegraph, 21 September 2016.
English Heritage is launching a new initiative to honour more black
and minority ethnic public figures on their famous blue plaques.
The organisation said just four per cent of the 900 plaques
currently on buildings in London commemorate black or Asian figures from
As of today, they are setting up a new working group
tasked with nominating key people to join the prestigious list of names
under the 150-year-old scheme. ...
The low numbers are partly down
to a lack of public nominations for people who fulfil the blue plaque
criteria and an absence or inaccessibility of historical records
establishing a definitive link between the person and the building where
they lived, English Heritage said.
Immigration abroad public opinion, Islam, Australia
Nearly Half of Australians Favor a Ban on Muslim Immigration, a New Poll Finds
Time, 21 September 2016.
A recent poll suggests that nearly half of all Australians want to
ban Muslim immigration to the country.
Polls conducted by Essential
Research, an Australia based survey company, found that 49 percent of
Australians supported a ban on Muslim immigration. Among Australians who
voted for the country's conservative coalition, the proportion was 60
percent. Among Labor Party voters, the proportion was 40 percent of the
country's labor voters.
Older Australians were much more likely to
support a ban than younger Australians.
Survey participants cited
what they saw as the inability of Muslims to integrate into Australian
society as their primary reason for voting in favor of a ban, with the
threat of terrorism and a perceived lack of shared values as the second and
third reasons respectively.
Politics Conservative Party
£100m of UK aid budget to be spent controlling immigration from Africa
The Guardian, 21 September 2016.
More than £100m of the UK aid budget will be spent on
returning Somali refugees to the country they fled and encouraging people
escaping war zones not to cross the Mediterranean under plans outlined by
Theresa May in New York.
The prime minister used her maiden speech
at the United Nations to expand on proposals aimed at stopping "mass
uncontrolled population movement", which has seen refugees travelling long
distances in search of better lives. Her plans attracted criticism earlier
in the summit over the suggestion that those fleeing war zones should stay
and claim asylum in the first safe country they reach, rather than seeking
sanctuary in European nations such as Britain.
However, May pressed
on with the argument on Tuesday in an address to the general assembly, as
she focused on actions in north Africa to stop migrants crossing the
Politics Labour Party
Labour urged to make immigration controls a key Brexit demand
The Guardian, 20 September 2016.
Ending the free movement of people from the European Union should
become a key demand from Labour before the Brexit negotiations with the EU,
according to a collection of essays from Labour figures.
must accept that people who voted for Brexit had legitimate concerns over
the scale of numbers arriving in Britain from the EU, according to the
Fabian Society paper.
Gathering contributions from nine Labour MPs,
as well as others within the party and from elsewhere in Europe, the report
is billed as a chance for the party to start shaping its own post-Brexit
narrative, rather than let the Conservatives dominate the debate.
In her contribution Rachel Reeves, the former shadow work and
pensions secretary, noted that one study had found migration into the UK
exerted a "slight drag" on workers' wages, but that remain campaigners had
refused to acknowledge this effect.
"The remain campaign and
Labour in particular had little to say to working class voters with
whom we, above all the other parties, should have been able to
communicate," Reeves wrote. "We did not offer any solutions to those who
felt locked out from opportunities."
Reeves added: "Immigration
controls and ending free movement has to be a red line post-Brexit
otherwise we will be holding the voters in contempt. ..."
writing for the paper, titled Facing the Unknown: Building a Progressive
Response to Brexit, was Emma Reynolds, the Labour MP for Wolverhampton
North-East. She argued that free movement must end even if it meant
settling for a worse trade deal.
"My constituents in Wolverhampton
voted overwhelmingly for leave, and their principal reason was
immigration," she said.
Racism multiculturalism, multiracialism
Paul Gascoigne admits racially abusing black bodyguard
The Guardian, 20 September 2016.
The former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has been fined and
ordered to pay compensation after he admitted to racially abusing a black
bodyguard in front of 1,000 fans during a one-man show.
asked the bodyguard, Errol Rowe, who was standing in the shadows at the
side of the stage in Wolverhampton, West Midlands: "Can you smile so I can
see you?" ...
The district judge Graham Wilkinson said there had
been criticism of the case being brought before court, but that the
comments were "the sort of insidious racism that needs to be challenged".
Addressing Gascoigne, he said: "You targeted Mr Rowe for no other
reason than the colour of his skin. You sought to get a laugh from an
audience of over 1,000 people because of the colour of Mr Rowe's skin.
"That is why I applaud the Crown Prosecution Service for bringing
this matter to court. It's important that we, as a multicultural,
multiracial society, challenge racist behaviour in all its forms."
Gascoigne, 49, admitted using racially aggravated threatening or
abusive words or behaviour during his popular An Evening With Gazza show
... He was fined £1,000, and ordered to pay
Rowe compensation of £1,000. He also had to pay court costs of
Allowing Gascoigne to sit during his sentencing
remarks, the judge said that his conviction did not make him a racist.
Immigration abroad asylum seekers
New warning as numbers of migrants entering developing world at highest since WWII
Daily Express, 20 September 2016.
Migration experts have issued a new crisis warning after revealing
the number of refugees entering the developing world last year was the
highest since the Second World War.
They published a report which
showed the number of asylum seekers who entered the 34 wealthiest countries
had reached a staggering 1.65 million.
Officials from the
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development said the surge was
caused by families fleeing war-torn Syria.
But figures from the
OECD's International Migration Outlook showed hundreds of thousands of
refugees had also come from Afghanistan, Iraq and Albania. ...
report covering May 2015-April 2016 - shows that of the OECD's 34
member states, Germany took most refugees, with 573,360. ...
fewer than 465,723 Syrians arrived in OECD member nations, well ahead of
second-placed Afghanistan, which was the country of origin of 292,965
Iraq was third with 205,858, followed by Albania
with 61,746, Pakistan with 59,458 and Iran with 51,092.
Gurría, OECD Secretary-General, said: "The arrival of refugees is
not a new phenomenon.
"But the current volume is putting European
countries under an unprecedented test."
Illegal immigration slavery
'We need a radical new approach': PM orders spy chiefs to block illegal immigration routes into the UK with secret operations against people-smuggling gangs
Daily Mail, 20 September 2016.
Spy chiefs will for the first time be tasked with helping to block
illegal immigration routes into the UK.
Theresa May has asked the
heads of MI5, MI6 and GCHQ to run covert operations against
She wants the intelligence bosses to help
find evidence that could secure convictions and end the 'horrifying
inhumanity' of 'modern slavery' in the UK.
Normally, the spy
agencies' activities are limited to terrorism and the most serious
organised crime. But, speaking at the UN General Assembly in New York, Mrs
May said she wanted people-smuggling and exploitation to be elevated to the
same level. ...
The Home Office estimates there were between
10,000 and 13,000 potential victims of modern slavery in the UK in 2013.
Mrs May will announce that the Government is pouring £33
million from the foreign aid budget into high-risk countries, from where
victims are smuggled into the UK.
Immigration work permits
End low-skilled immigration. Work permits are the way to secure Brexit Britain's borders
Daily Telegraph, 20 September 2016.
Some 35 million EU nationals arrive in the UK every year. Of
course, only those who intend to stay more than a year are counted as
migrants. But the first key fact is that roughly 70 per cent of these EU
migrants come here to work. This, therefore, is where we have to look to
get the numbers down and reduce the strain on our public services and
The second key fact is that about 80 per cent of
these EU workers are in low-skilled work, so a system of work permits
confined to skilled workers would reduce the numbers substantially. It
would not be the Australian system (which is designed to increase
Australia's population). We have our own system which could be suitably
adapted, as the Prime Minister has pointed out.
The number of such
work permits would have to be capped, and we would need to assume that the
EU would reciprocate with work permits in some form. But the truth is that
though our present cap on non-EU workers has been heavily criticised by
employers, in its five years of existence it has never, on an annual basis,
been reached. So a well-judged cap on EU migration would reassure the
public that the numbers were being brought under control without undue
difficulties for industry. ...
In all the arguments that will
arise it will be important to remain crystal clear about the objective. The
public have voted for control of EU migration. Control must mean a
substantial reduction in numbers or the public will rightly feel that they
have been deceived. Our calculation is that, in the medium term, an
immigration regime of the kind I have outlined would reduce net migration
from the EU by about 100,000 a year from its present level of 180,000. That
would be a major contribution towards the Government's overall objective of
bringing immigration down to a reasonable and acceptable level. It would
also be a win for us all.
Asylum refugees, economic migrants, United Nations
UN needs to stop lecturing us on economic migrants, says Ross Clark
Daily Express, 20 September 2016.
What Ban Ki-moon and the UN should be focusing on is the plight of
people who are fleeing for their lives, and who make up a small proportion
of the total number of international migrants.
According to the
UN's own figures there are 244 million international migrants worldwide but
only 19.5 million of them can be classified as refugees. ...
country with the greatest number of Syrian refugees isn't France, Germany,
Greece or even Turkey. It is Syria.
There are 13.5 million Syrians
displaced within their own country. ...
Ban Ki-moon should be
banging the drum for the UN's refugee programme non-stop, not spending his
time trying to lecture countries on their policies towards economic
The Calais Jungle camp is a prime example of how efforts
towards migrants have been misdirected. Over the past year it has attracted
a non-stop troupe of UK charities, celebrities and assorted do-gooders, all
trying to score virtue points. Yet Calais is a distraction from the real
No doubt there are some who began their journeys to
Calais as genuine refugees but rather more seem to be economic migrants
trying to hitch a lift to a better life on the back of public sentiment.
That was the conclusion of Kassin Tokan, deputy chief executive of
Bradford-based charity the Human Relief Foundation when he visited the camp
a year ago.
He estimated that 95 to 97 per cent of occupants were
single adult men and that most had no valid reason to leave their home
countries other than economic betterment.
As a result of his visit
the Human Relief Foundation redirected its efforts to help refugees still
in the Middle East. ...
As Angela Merkel soon discovered when she
briefly put out the welcome mat last summer, and as Sweden has also
discovered as a result of its very liberal policy towards migrants, a
developed country which extends an open invitation to people from much
poorer countries is quickly overwhelmed by latterday Dick Whittingtons with
over-optimistic visions of streets paved with gold. By contrast helping
refugees in countries bordering Syria is a bargain.
the charity War Child it costs £2,300 a year to provide food, shelter,
water and education for a Syrian child displaced to Lebanon. Providing the
same help in Europe costs 10 times as much.
In other words the same
money can help 10 times as many refugees if efforts are concentrated close
to the source of the problem.
There is another reason for doing
this: it is in the long-term interests of Syria. Syria might be a disaster
now but one day the war will end.
When it does, the country will
need hardworking people to rebuild it. It isn't going to get them if they
have all been resettled in developed countries and spread around the globe.
Racism free speech, liberalism
Gazza's 21st-century show trial should worry us all
Spectator blog, 20 September 2016.
Is it a crime now to tell rubbish jokes? The bizarre and frankly
cruel treatment of Paul Gascoigne suggests it might be. Yesterday, at
Dudley Magistrates Court, Gazza was found guilty of using 'threatening or
abusive words' and fined £2,000. His crime was to say the following
about a black security guard who had been assigned to look after him during
his show An Evening With Gazza at Wolverhampton Civic Hall last year: 'Can
you smile please, because I can't see you?' Some people might find that
funny; I, personally, don't. But a court case? A criminal record? A fine?
For cracking a joke? The precedent set by this case is terrifying.
Next time one of our politicians does a lip-wobbly speech about
foreign regimes that arrest comics and satirists, remember this
criminalisation of Gazza. Remember that right here, in supposedly liberal
Britain, where barely a day passes without some politician chirping about
how free speech is our core value, you can be taken to court and fined for
making a joke. Gazza's £2,000 punishment £1,000 of which
is a punitive fine, the other £1,000 compensation to the target of
joke, Errol Rowe means he's being forced to pay £222 for every
word of what he thought was his amusing aside. ...
... A country in
which a judge can rule that certain forms of humour are 'not acceptable',
and punish you for dabbling in them, is not a free country.
This is profoundly illiberal. Under the cover of tackling 'hate speech',
everything from people's humour to their moral attitudes to our everyday
conversation is being intensively policed and sometimes punished. The
seemingly PC war on racist, sexist and Islamophobic language has opened the
door to state monitoring of thought, speech and behaviour.
Immigration abroad Germany
One in five Germans now has immigrant background
The Local [Germany], 20 September 2016.
A new microcensus shows that more than one-fifth of all Germans
have some sort of 'immigrant background' - a record high for the
The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) reported
on Friday that 17.1 million people out of a population of 81.4 million last
year had some kind of immigration background.
This included people
who had immigrated to Germany themselves, people with at least one parent
who wasn't a German national, and ethnic Germans or their children who had
re-settled in Germany.
Destatis said that this was a record level
for Germany with an increase of 4.4 percent over 2014.
microcensus did not include most of the hundreds of thousands of refugees
who came to Germany last year, Destatis noted.
Most people in this
group had roots in Turkey, Poland and Russia.
A total of 6.3
million people had come to Germany, or were descendants of someone who had
come through a guest worker programme from Turkey, Italy or Greece.
Most of the 17.1 million were not born in Germany: 6.4 million had
immigrated from a foreign country, while 5 million were ethnically German
and were not born in Germany.
The microcensus also showed that one
in three kids under the age of 18 are immigrants or came from immigrant
families. And for children under five years old, this figure was 36
Politics racism, non-racism, Labour Party
My cure for a divided Britain? A programme of managed immigration
The Guardian, 19 September 2016.
The EU referendum revealed a divided Britain and it's clear:
nothing polarises attitudes like immigration. One end believes it's a
universal good economically and as a real-life expression of British
openness. At the other, immigration is seen as the cause of changes many
people believe have relegated them to the outside of their communities. The
former are portrayed as politically correct elitists, running the country
in their own interests; the latter are denounced as racist nationalists.
It's an issue we must tackle head on, because we've seen where
ignoring it leads: exit from Europe, fractured communities, and the
emergence of a publicly confident racism. ...
immigration is also vital to the left because the national divide is
particularly deep when it comes to the broad coalition that makes up the
Labour vote. ...
I believe there's a new approach to immigration
that Labour, and Britain, must take in the post-referendum era. It's no
cheap imitation of Ukip, nor an "electoral ploy", but an approach born of
progressive values and our desire to see them realised. The starting point
must be to view our core values through the prism of immigration, and to
conclude that immigration itself is not a leftwing value. I am resolutely
pro-immigration, yet I don't see immigration as a value; I see it as a
social and economic dynamic. The difference is vital.
pro-immigration means making it an economic, social and political success
in the long term: as much immigration as is possible and sustainable,
limited only by our ability to create the environment for all of Britain to
thrive and feel valued.
The referendum had a clear message: the
limitless nature of freedom of movement, despite its proven economic
benefits, is not socially and politically sustainable. That's why opposing
freedom of movement isn't the same as opposing immigration.
values of the society we must build are openness and non-racism. These
values aren't defined by the number of immigrants, but by the quality of
experience every person has of this country. This allows us to set out the
role of immigration within that: as much immigration as possible, without
driving social tensions to such an extent that racism breaks out.
It says we can be pro-immigration and champion immigrants as part
of a non-racist and open society, while recognising we have to manage
immigration so those values aren't threatened. ...
doesn't mean we become less pro-immigration, just that we recognise we must
balance our desire to encourage immigration with our ability to manage
immigration and its impact.
So, what would managed immigration look
like in practice?
The answer will be driven by how we judge who
should be able to receive work permits. This must be a carefully calibrated
approach so will likely have to be a system predicated on the applicant's
skills and qualifications; the need for those skills in the economy; and
their economic context. ...
Some will say managing immigration is
a "tough" approach. If limiting immigrant numbers were the defining
objective, I would agree. But it is not.
The managed immigration
approach I am proposing is rooted in leftwing values and anchored in the
reality of post-referendum Britain.
Politics employment, Conservative Party
We can cut immigration levels by making every Briton employable
Daily Telegraph, 19 September 2016.
Before we debate the precise details of our future immigration
system, we need to agree what we want it to do, especially since debate
seems polarised between caricatured positions: economic liberals who want
to "let everyone in" and nationalists who want to "keep everyone out". ...
Here's what a successful post-Brexit immigration strategy should
look like. First, roll out the red carpet to global stars of business,
science, technology and the arts, to enrich everyone.
exporting the talent of the future brilliant students who we educate
at our best universities, then kick out so that they build companies
Third, rip up the dysfunctional visa system and build one
incorporating the best technological tools available. Decisions on visas
and work permits should be made in hours, not months.
most importantly, reduce the numbers of unskilled immigrants while
simultaneously increasing the supply of work-ready British citizens. Not
kicking out EU citizens already here, who came to Britain lawfully, in good
faith; Theresa May needs to reverse her nasty, inhuman position on this.
But in the long term, rather than assume that we're always going to
need foreign workers or things will grind to a halt shouldn't it be
our number one national priority to make every British citizen employable?
This is, of course, a strategy not a plan. But it's the vital
first step towards an immigration system that works, and is one Britain can
be proud of.
Immigration invasion, national identity, refugees
Tony Abbott says Europe is facing 'peaceful invasion' of asylum seekers
The Guardian, 19 September 2016.
The former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has urged Europe
to adopt harsh Australian-style border protection policies to avoid "losing
control" in the face of record numbers of people seeking asylum.
Abbott said the large numbers of people entering Europe "looks like
a peaceful invasion" and said European countries risked losing their
character if they allowed people he labeled "would-be economic migrants" to
The comments to a gathering of centre-right members
of the European parliament in Prague on Saturday came as Australian prime
minister, Malcolm Turnbull, prepared to tell the United Nations in New York
that Australia has the best border policies in the world.
argue that tighter border protection helped convince the Australian public
to accept a higher refugee intake, justifying a harsh set of policies that
has left more than 1,000 people in indefinite offshore detention to deter
others attempting to reach Australia by boat. ...
each country keep the final say over who can enter?" Abbott asked.
"After all, a country or a continent that can't control who enters
its territory will eventually lose control of its future".
said it was a "decent and a humane impulse to give a better life to people
from wretched places".
"But a million people coming by boat and
almost a million people coming by land last year has the look of a peaceful
Abbott said among the "would-be migrants" are "are
soldiers of the caliphate bent on mayhem", that many would "join an angry
underclass" and many "are coming, not with gratitude but with grievance,
and with the insistence that Europe should make way for them". ...
"And having stopped the boats, we've been able to increase our
genuine refugee intake because the Australian government has been in
charge, not the people smugglers," he said. ...
Abbott called for
"an end to self-doubt about the entitlement of European nations,
individually and collectively, to keep their character".
Border controls failure
'I cleared FIVE checks with a fake passport - I could have been a jihadi': Anarchists give Syrian migrant bogus documents and smuggle him into the UK on a Ryanair
Ian Gallagher, Ross Kempsell and Russell Jenkins
Mail on Sunday, 18 September 2016.
A Syrian migrant was smuggled into Britain on a Ryanair flight
using a bogus passport supplied by a group of political extremists, The
Mail on Sunday can reveal.
In an astonishing security lapse, Bashar
Habib, 18, walked unchallenged through a series of checks at Athens airport
before claiming asylum on arrival at Stansted.
He said he had been
given the passport less than 24 hours earlier by No Borders, whose members
include British anarchists accused of stirring trouble among migrants in
refugee camps across Europe. ...
'I'm a genuine person and want to
be a doctor to help people in Syria but I could have been a jihadi
or a criminal,' Bashar told The Mail on Sunday. 'It's just luck that I had
He boarded the plane at Athens International
Airport unchallenged, despite differing markedly in appearance from the
owner of the passport, Austrian Marius Brem, who has longer hair, different
coloured eyes and is seven years older. ...
Home Office documents
seen by this newspaper show that he was questioned on arrival and his
nationality established by his Syrian identity card. ...
Phillips, former head of the National Counter Terrorism Security Office,
said: 'He could have been anyone. It raises the question: how many more
people are coming in by this route?' ...
Aviation expert Julian
Bray said: 'Worryingly, coming in on a scheduled flight is now becoming a
mainstream opportunity for unauthorised people to get into Britain.
'He could have been anybody getting on that plane. There's
absolutely no excuse for it and the Greek authorities must raise their
game... the airline must also increase its security. The only good news is
that he was picked up this end.'
Crime people-smuggling, Europe
FACE OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING: Nationalities of the most prolific migrant smugglers revealed
Sunday Express, 18 September 2016.
The face of human trafficking is changing as different
nationalities capitalise on the lucrative migrant smuggling trade, new
information has revealed. ...
Europol, European Union's law
enforcement agency, recently released figures documenting the shifting
trends in the illegal trade.
With more than 12,000 new suspects
reported to Europol so far this year, a statement from the agency said:
"Between early 2015 and the summer of 2016, the picture of migrant
smuggling to and within the EU has undergone significant changes."
When compared with a year ago, the nationalities of the smugglers
has undergone a drastic shift.
In 2015 Romanians were the most
prolific smugglers, with 350 rounded up.
This was closely followed
by Egyptians, with 336 in custody, then Syrians with 261 detained.
But this year, Romanians have dropped down to third place - with
216 caught - while Turks pole-vaulted into first place with a staggering
423 found to be engaged in people smuggling. ...
year up until the end of August, Syrians jumped from third to second place,
with 364 caught - a rise of 39 per cent.
decreased by 38 per cent, and Polish traffickers also dropped by 47 per
But Ukrainian traffickers rose by 157 per cent, with 149
caught this year. ...
Stats from Europol reveal 272,070 tried to
make the journey via sea so far this year, and overall people smuggling
increased by eight per cent.
Politics immigration control
If you think Brexit will bring us control of our borders, you are sadly deluded
Sunday Telegraph, 18 September 2016.
The first problem with immigration is that it is too often
discussed in grotesquely oversimplified terms. Of course some of it is
socially unwelcome. But some of it is highly beneficial. The difficulty
lies in sorting out which is which.
Even more relevant is that
simply leaving the EU will not give us back "control over our borders" when
much of the problem derives not from the EU at all but from our obligations
under international treaties, such as the UN Convention on Refugees and the
European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). By far the largest single
component in UK immigration, 18 per cent of it, mostly from Pakistan and
the Indian sub-continent, derives originally from the right to "family
reunion" enshrined in Article 8 of the ECHR. ...
irony is that the only sensible way in which we could legally exercise at
least some control over migration from the EU is one which would also allow
us to continue trading freely with the single market: by remaining in the
European Economic Area (EEA) and joining Norway in the European Free Trade
Area. Although Norway has not chosen to exercise it, this would give us the
right under Article 112 of the EEA treaty to claim partial exemption from
the EU's "four freedoms"; and thus to impose some limit on migration from
the EU we deem to be harmful.
This is the "safeguarding" principle,
common in international treaties, which David Cameron asked for in his
pitiful attempt at a "renegotiation" last February; and which was
inevitably refused because it is not open to members of the EU. But it is
available to members of the EEA outside the EU, who can unilaterally claim
it without any need for negotiation; as, for different purposes, both
Lichtenstein and Iceland have demonstrated.
Immigration abroad Islam, France
Just under 30 percent of French Muslims reject secular laws: poll
Reuters, 18 September 2016.
Just under 30 percent of France's 3 to 4 million Muslims reject the
country's secular laws, according to an Ifop poll published by the French
weekly Journal du Dimanche.
When asked if they considered the
Islamic legal and moral code of sharia to be more important than the French
Republic's laws, 29 percent of respondents answered "yes."
found that 20 percent of male Muslim respondents and 28 percent of female
Muslim respondents were in favor of the face veil, the niqab, and of the
burqa which covers both face and body. ...
The Ifop poll
contradicted previous estimates which said Muslims made up to 10 percent of
France's population of some 65 million. It said Muslims represented 5.6
percent of the country's citizens aged 15 and over and 10 percent of under
25s. It said 84 percent of France's Muslims were under 50.
be difficult to establish the religious background of French citizens
because the country's secular laws forbid the collection of data on
religion and ethnicity. ...
The poll, commissioned by the think
tank Institut Montaigne, was conducted by phone between April 13 and May 23
among 1,029 people aged 15 and older who were of Muslim faith or culture,
extracted from a sample of 15,459 people.
Border controls Channel crossing
Exposed, the easy route for migrants crossing the Channel: How SUE REID hired an inflatable for eight, crossed to France past a Navy warship, stayed in a hotel and returned to Dover - without a
Daily Mail, 17 September 2016.
The shockingly easy way that migrants can exploit shoddy border
controls to slip into Britain undetected is exposed today by the Mail.
We have proved that terrorists, criminals and illegals can enter
this country undercover with no security checks.
I sailed across
the English Channel on a small inflatable boat from France without anyone
stopping me, asking for my passport, or showing any sign of noticing when I
landed on the Kent coast.
Together with a Mail photographer, I made
the 31-mile journey to Dover from the French port of Gravelines, which lies
between Calais and Dunkirk, the two busy towns where countless migrants
wait to cross the Channel and get into Britain illegally.
findings about the UK's scandalously poor border controls come just days
after six suspected illegal migrants jumped off a private yacht on the
Suffolk coast and disappeared.
This coincided with a chilling
report by an influential think-tank, the Adam Smith Institute, which warned
that Britain is being left 'exposed' to a terrorist attack by its failure
to check thousands of people arriving from abroad.
Border Force officials are still searching for the six people who went on
the run from the village of Bawdsey, near Felixstowe, amid fears that
people-smuggling gangs are operating with impunity as a result of bad
border security on Britain's coastline.
They believe such
international gangs are making millions of pounds by sailing small boats,
carrying migrants, into the UK. National Crime Agency investigators say
they land in quiet ports, beaches and inlets, as well as using the shortest
Channel crossing-point from Calais into Dover. ...
To find out how
easy it is to slip unchallenged into Britain by sea, I hired a skipper and
a RIB (rigid inflatable boat) with an outboard motor from a maritime firm
near Rye to take us from the Kent coast to France and then,
crucially, to make the return journey. ...
Just 35 minutes after
leaving Gravelines, we could see the White Cliffs of Dover shimmering
enticingly under the early morning sun in the distance.
As we got
near Dover, we passed miles of deserted beaches. If it had not been for the
difficult weather, we would easily have landed on one of them. As it was,
we decided to sail to Dover itself. ...
Our findings about the
lack of border controls confirm what MPs said last month in a Home Affairs
Select Committee report, which was critical of the UK and the EU's response
to the migration crisis.
They complained that the number of Navy
vessels available to patrol Britain's coast is 'worryingly low' and that
the UK Border Force was 'clearly under-resourced', with a fleet of only
five. The authorities suspect the people-smuggling gangs routinely use the
route we took to clandestinely slip illegals into the UK.
Illegal immigration asylum, marriage fraud
Report: Dozens Falsely Granted UK Asylum In Visa Scam
Breitbart, 17 September 2016.
The Home Office has uncovered an immigration scam aimed at bringing
hundreds of migrants into Britain using family reunion laws, a report has
Imams at a mosque in Kuwait were found to be signing
marriage certificates for migrants claiming to be members of the Bidoon
minority, the report by border watchdog, David Bolt, noted.
often grants asylum to Bidoons as Kuwait refuses to grant them citizenship.
At least 29 migrants claiming to be Bidoons who were given asylum in
Britain were found to be linked to family reunion applications that would
have brought more than 100 other migrants into the UK.
"significant number" of cases were identified where marriage certificates
originated from the same mosque and were signed by the same four or five
imams. The refugee status of the 29 migrants implicated in the scam has now
The racket was first detected by Jordan's visa
section between 2012 and 2013, Noting anomalies in application numbers,
officials interviewed the migrants and reported most of those interviewed
provided "implausible accounts of their journey to Jordan and the majority
appeared to know little or nothing of Kuwait".
Illegal immigration asylum applications
UK facing more than 40,000 asylum applications this year as migrants turn to 'covert methods', report finds
Daily Telegraph, 16 September 2016.
Britain faces more than 40,000 asylum applications this year as
migrants increasingly resort to using "covert" methods to get into European
countries, a report has warned.
According to projections by the
Overseas Development Institute, the UK will receive around 43,381 asylum
applications in 2016, costing over £620 million.
figures show that there were approximately 38,878 asylum claims in 2015.
The think-tank's report estimates that that 330,000 people will
reach Europe this year by sea through "overt" channels, normally across the
This is a fall compared to last year, when more than
a million people arrived using those routes.
The paper suggests
that while fewer people will arrive this year on well-known routes, in many
cases refugees and migrants may be taking alternative "covert" routes.
It said the projected number of new asylum applications is still
very high, at 890,000 by the end of 2016, adding: "This large discrepancy
between new arrivals and new asylum applications suggests that there are
many people whose journeys to Europe we know little about."
refugees and migrants travel to Europe through a variety of "covert"
channels and means which can include travelling by plane using false
documents, concealed in vehicles or by over-staying visas, according to the
Immigration abroad Italy
Some 235,000 migrants ready to cross Mediterranean to Italy before winter, warns UN envoy
Daily Telegraph, 16 September 2016.
At least 235,000 migrants and refugees are on the coast of Libya
waiting to cross the Mediterranean to Italy, a United Nations official has
"We have on our lists 235,000 migrants who are just waiting
for a good opportunity to depart for Italy, and they will do it," said
Martin Kobler, the head of a UN mission that is seeking to bring peace and
stability to the North African country, which is divided by rival
governments, militias and Islamic State.
The only way to stop the
exodus is to bring together Libya's competing factions and vanquish Islamic
State in their stronghold in the coastal city of Sirte, he told La Stampa,
an Italian newspaper.
Libya needs a strong army, police and coast
guard to be able to take on the smuggling gangs who make millions of pounds
trafficking men, women and children across the sea to the shores of Italy.
So far this year, more than 128,000 migrants have reached Italy
from the North African coast, straining to the limit Italy's capacity to
accommodate them and process their asylum applications.
Immigration abroad Libya, Italy
'Turn them back' Boris Johnson says migrant boats should be sent straight back to Libya
Daily Express, 16 September 2016.
Boris Johnson said boats full of migrants should be sent back to
Libya to stop them from reaching Europe's shores.
Secretary said boats should be turned back as close to Libya as possible to
stop migrants even attempting the crossing.
Mr Johnson said a
European Union naval force deployed in the Mediterranean should prevent the
boats from reaching Italy.
Italy has taken in more than 400,000
migrants in the last three years with many saved from rickety wooden boats
pushed out to sea by North African people smugglers. ...
illegal to turn back migrant boats once they reach international waters and
a UN-backed government in Libya has not invited European ships into its
territorial waters, saying this would undermine its own state-building
It was not immediately clear in what context the boats
mentioned by Mr Johnson were turned back to land.
Immigration abroad public opinion, France
Au revoir: Majority of French don't want any more migrants says new poll
Daily Express, 16 September 2016.
A shock new poll on the other side of the Channel shows that the
majority of the French do not want any more migrants.
by Ifop, a French market research and polling agency, the survey revealed
that 62 per cent of French people want to stem the tide of illegal
immigrants coming into their country.
The results of the opinion
poll, conducted for French newspaper Atlantico, show that the people are
becoming increasingly frustrated by the migrant crisis, and have taken a
much tougher stance on the issue compared to last spring.
to Jérôme Fourquet, the director of opinion research at Ifop,
the number of people in favour of integrating migrants into French society
is down by eight percentage points compared to April this year, and is now
at 38 per cent.
Immigration abroad Germany
Merkel's open-door policy hits German economy as 99% of migrants STILL don't have a job
Daily Express, 16 September 2016.
The German chancellor's controversial open-door migrant policy has
been dealt another catastrophic blow after it emerged only 1 in every
10,000 migrants who arrived since last year has a job. ...
German leader unleashed a scathing criticism of local businesses but
company leaders claim refugees "are just not ready" for the job market.
German companies have hired less than 100 refugees despite the
arrival of more than a million into the country last year. ...
spokesman for the German business community said: "Given that around 80
percent of asylum seekers are not highly qualified and may not yet have a
high level of German proficiency, we have primarily offered jobs that do
not require technical skills or a considerable amount of interaction in
A high proportion of refugees are not qualified beyond
primary or secondary school level, with many unable to read or write,
according to the business community leaders.
Airline and financial
industries added that many asylum seekers are unable to prove their
Merkel told bosses on Wednesday's meeting that
"everyone will benefit" if more refugees are integrated through the
Industrial group ThyssenKrupp's Chief Executive
Heinrich Hiesinger confirmed that "the employment of refugees is no
solution for the skills shortage".
Hungarian vice gang led by 'The Snake' who traded a woman between them as their personal sex slave will pay back less than £400 of the £300,000 they
MailOnline, 16 September 2016.
A gang of Hungarian sex traffickers led by a man known as 'The
Snake' made nearly £300,000 from the misery of their victims - but
will pay back less than £400.
The gang of five shipped 250
women into the country then advertised their services in shop windows and
phone boxes, making £292,492.95 running brothels in London and
Multiculturalism racism, liberalism
The principled, left-wing case against multiculturalism
Spiked, 16 September 2016.
Mainstream self-styled 'progressives' tend to think of
multiculturalism and diversity as inherently good things ideas that
only the racist and bigoted would contest. Which is why Swedish sociologist
Goran Adamson's new book, The Trojan Horse: A Leftist Critique of
Multiculturalism in the West, is such a welcome intervention. It
provides a definitive critique of the ideology of diversity, and it does so
from a progressive perspective. In particular, it shows how reason, freedom
and individuality the cornerstones of democracy and civil rights
are being undermined by the ideology of multiculturalism and its
elevation of particular identities and rights over universal political
... Several years ago, he was commissioned by the European
Union Agency for Fundamental Rights to determine the best methods for
increasing political participation among immigrant groups in Europe. /.../
Adamson's report, Immigrants and Political Participation, was
quickly dismissed, even by those who commissioned it.
by the EU to quash findings that disagree with the multiculturalist agenda
didn't surprise Adamson. Citing Wolfgang Kowalsky, a policy adviser at the
European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and an expert in far-right
demagoguery, Adamson argues that the methods and theories of
multiculturalists are similar to those of right-wing extremists: both want
to force reality to conform to their worldview, rather than respond to it
as it really is.
There are other parallels between multiculturalism
and old-fashioned racial thinking. For instance, as Adamson points out,
multicultural ideology makes a fetish, like the racial theories of yore, of
ethnic diversity. What matters is not, as Martin Luther King believed, the
content of one's character, but the colour of one's skin. Common human
traits, such as the capacity for abstract thinking, creativity and
self-consciousness, are effaced in the name of what divides us. In this
sense, multiculturalism is just as fixated on race as the racist thought of
the past. ...
The key planks in the pluralist multiculturalist
agenda are value pluralism and moral relativism. These imply that all moral
beliefs, from the liberal to the authoritarian, are equally legitimate; and
that all moral judgements are relative or subjective. As a result, to take
any one political ideology, like liberalism (or indeed liberal
multiculturalism), too seriously is to commit some kind of abomination
against the other.
... Liberalism has been able to protect and
promote progress and inclusion precisely because it is a container for a
variety of diverse goals and values. It demands one thing only of citizens:
namely, that all individuals adhere to rules of reciprocal tolerance, and
do not encroach upon the liberty of others. This is not a content-laden
ideology, so much as it is a set of rules governing the relationship
between diverse ideologies within a state. This is why liberalism protects
real diversity so much better than the pluralist multiculturalism that has
been foisted on Adamson's Sweden, and other European states, by EU
Yet, in their eagerness to avoid accusations of
racism, left-leaning liberals have abandoned traditionally progressive
liberal principles. And, in doing so, they have unwittingly embraced a form
of multiculturalism that is deeply ideological and illiberal in its current
Immigration abroad schooling, cost, USA
Immigration's $60 Billion School Bill
PoliZette, 16 September 2016.
The rising number of schoolchildren with little or no proficiency
in English is imposing steep costs both fiscal and in terms of
student performance. ...
The study by the Federation for American
Immigration Reform calculates that some 4.9 million students about 1
in 10 have been designated as Limited English Proficiency, or LEP.
The costs of educating them is $59.8 billion a year, including $43.9
billion for the 2.6 million who came to the country illegally. The
per-student cost of $12,128 is about 20 percent higher than the average
cost of educating all students.
The additional costs come from
salaries, benefits, and training for thousands of LEP teachers, tutoring,
bilingual textbooks, and other spending. Virtually all of the costs of
providing LEP services some 99 percent are borne by state and
"Mass immigration is an enormous unfunded federal
mandate. Policy is made in Washington and local taxpayers are stuck with
the tab," FAIR President Dan Stein said in a statement. "Not only are local
taxpayers on the hook for these enormous costs, but it is affecting the
quality of the education their own kids receive." ...
identifies several factors causing increases in students who have English
deficits. They mirror the reasons for the growing foreign-born population
generally a surge of unaccompanied minors from Central America that
began in 2014; large numbers of people who come legally on visas but remain
after they expire; and the legal immigration of roughly 1 million people a
year. In addition, according to the report, immigrants have more children,
on average, than Americans.
While LEP students make up about 10
percent of the total in all grades, it is 17.4 percent in kindergarten. The
study notes that the Department of Education determined in 2013 that the
United States will need 82,408 new LEP teachers by 2018. ...
Despite the extra help, LEP students typically perform below grade
level. The report cites data from the National Assessment of Educational
Progress indicating that 7 percent of fourth-grade LEP students scored at
the "proficient" level, while just 1 percent showed the ability to master
advanced work. ...
Mehlman argued that there is strong evidence
that large numbers of immigrant children also make it harder to provide a
quality education for the rest of the students.
Immigration abroad Mexico
Now Mexico wants to build a border wall with Central America to keep out illegal immigrants from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala
Daily Mail, 15
It seems Mexico agrees with Donald Trump's plans to build a wall to
keep out illegal immigrants - but only on its southern border with Central
Mexicans are calling for the border wall to keep out
Guatemalans, Salvadorans and Hondurans fleeing violence in their own
They complain 'hordes' of immigrants pass through on
their way to the United States - who are then simply deported back to
Mexico rather than their home countries by the US.
migrants are left stuck in border cities with Mexican officials unable to
afford to send them back to their own countries, according to an article by
one of the largest newspapers in the border state of Tamaulipas, El
Mañana, titled: 'Yes to the Border Wall ... but in Mexico's South.'
The paper also called for proper immigration checkpoints on the
southern border. ...
The UN estimates 400,000 Central Americans
cross illegally into Mexico each year.
As many as half are fleeing
violence and gangs in their home countries yet most immigrants are
eventually deported back home. Mexico deported 175,000 Central Americans
last year - a 68 per cent increase from 2014.
Immigration abroad Germany
Foreigners become naturalized Germans despite detractors
Deutsche Welle, 15 September 2016.
One million people have gained German citizenship since 2000,
becoming dual nationals. The data, gleaned by the opposition Greens,
follows a Bavarian conservative demand that dual citizenship be abolished.
The Federal Interior Ministry statistics made public Wednesday by
the Greens parliamentary group also showed that by 2013 half a million
children whose parents were both resident foreigners had acquired German
nationality on birth.
Detailed figures showed 958,701 German
naturalizations since 2000 and 491,862 newborns of foreign parents
recognized initially as German citizens.
adopted the place-of-birth principle in 2000 after heated electoral debate
that saw the then-governing Social Democrats under former Chancellor
Gerhard Schröder scuttle their plan to allow full dual citizenship
Their modified law change instead required
children, once they reach maturity at 18 or before their 23rd birthday, to
opt for one of two nationalities, for example, by remaining German but
renouncing nationalities derived from their parents. ...
2000, the rate of foreigners seeking German nationalization has slowed to
about 110,000 per year - a trend that researchers at the Federal Office for
Migration and Refugees (BAMF) attributed in 2011 to "the need to give up
one's previous nationality."
Brothers who illegally supplied eastern European migrants to British factories walk free
Daily Express, 15 September 2016.
Two brothers have avoided jail despite illegally arranging for
hundreds of eastern European migrants to work at factories and farms in
Stanislovas Dambrauskas, 38 and Andrius Danmbrauskas,
34, originally from Lithuania, were living in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, when
they were operating as gang masters, illegally supplying eastern European
migrants to labour agencies in the UK.
The crooked pair were given
suspended sentences at King's Lynn Magistrates' Court, after being charged
with acting as unlicensed gangmasters and of committing fraud by abuse of
position between January 1 2012 and December 31 2013.
Drambrauskas had two previous convictions for shoplifting and handling
stolen goods and five prison sentences given in Lithuania for theft charges
and possession of an offensive weapon. ...
The Judge defended his
decision to give the pair suspended sentences, stating he had taken into
account that none of the workers had been treated violently or threatened,
and there had been no money laundering.
He said that his lenience
stemmed from the fact that the requests for the workers had come from other
Teach integration to prevent extremism, Government-backed review expected to say
Daily Telegraph, 15 September 2016.
Schools should teach integration as part of the curriculum to halt
the spread of racism and extremism, a Government-backed review is expected
Dame Louise Casey, who is leading the study, will
call for schools to include lessons on character and resilience in their
timetable in a bid to end segregation, Whitehall sources said.
review is also expected to recommend that pupils in faith schools be forced
to mix with other religious groups in order to prevent isolation. ...
Speaking at an event in central London she warned that in some
areas of the country children grow up believing that half of the population
are Asian because communities do not integrate. Such beliefs help spread
racism, she warned.
Dame Louise called for schools to celebrate
Christmas, Eid and other traditions to break down barriers within
communities and warned that the curriculum and what is taught in schools is
essential to tackle segregation.
Multiculturalism Islam, Europe
Austrian cardinal tipped to be the next pope warns of an 'Islamic conquest of Europe'
Daily Telegraph, 14 September 2016.
An Austrian cardinal who is one of the frontrunners to be the next
pope has warned of an "Islamic conquest of Europe".
reports of his speech to mark the 333rd anniversary of the Battle of
Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn said: "Will there be an Islamic
conquest of Europe? Many Muslims want that and say: Europe is at its end."
"God have mercy on Europe and on thy people, who are in danger of
forfeiting our Christian heritage," the cardinal reportedly prayed.
He claimed that this was already being felt "not only economically,
but above all, in human and religious matters".
Indian solicitor who helped countrymen 'cheat' the system & Home Office faces deportation
Daily Express, 14 September 2016.
An Indian solicitor who advised his countrymen on how to cheat the
Home Office into allowing them to stay in the UK faces deportation after he
was jailed for eight years.
Mathew Chellam, 45, made bogus
applications for EEA2 Residence Cards on behalf of illegal immigrants he
advised as clients through Mathew Moghan & Co Advocates.
lawyer submitted false documentation to the Home Office including fake
birth certificates and wage slips from non-existent cleaning companies.
Chellam also arranged bogus weddings between Indian and French
nationals apparently taking place in Ghana.
Ghanaian law recognises
customary marriages by proxy - in which the bride and or groom are not even
required to attend. ...
His ex-wife, Victoria Mathew, 39, was
convicted of seeking leave to remain by deception after she submitted a
bogus Non-EEA Residence Card application including a Ghanaian customary
proxy marriage certificate in 2011.
She was due to be sentenced
alongside her former husband but failed to answer her bail and a warrant
was issued for her arrest.
KFC worker Venkataramana Enugu, 31, and
30-year old Jeykrishnan Murugesan were also convicted of seeking leave to
remain by deception after being arrested in connection with the
Racism crime, leniency
Black Lives Matter activists who sparked chaos for thousands with City airport runway protest walk free from court
Evening Standard, 14 September 2016.
Nine Black Lives Matter activists who staged a controversial
protest on the runway at City Airport walked free from court today with
Around 9,000 passengers suffered disruption
when the protest group evaded security at the east London airport at around
5.30am last Tuesday. ...
Westminster magistrates court heard 131
flights were delayed or cancelled as the protest chanted about the Black
Lives Matter cause and climate change, filming themselves and streaming the
However, they later came under fire when it emerged
the group is predominantly white, amid claims they had "hijacked" the Black
Lives Matter movement.
At court this morning, the nine activists
all pleaded guilty to aggravated trespass with intent to obstruct a person
engaged in lawful activity.
District Judge Elizabeth Roscoe said
the protest appeared to have "mixed motivations" as she imposed 18-month
conditional discharges on seven of the group, and longer terms for two with
previous convictions. ...
Mike Schwartz, representing some of the
group, spent several minutes explaining to Judge Roscoe the reasons behind
"They took their actions in support of Black Lives
Matter UK - in their view there's a need for white people to take
responsibility in a society that privileges them through racism", he said.
"They were highlighting the negative impact of the airport on the
local community, and a large element of the local community are black and
He also said the project was to highlight the
effects of climate change on black people in the Southern Hemisphere, and
City Airport was targeted because of its heavy use by business people.
Immigration abroad Germany
Migrant Crisis: Two Thirds Of Arrivals Are 'Basically Illiterate'
Oliver JJ Lane
Breitbart, 14 September 2016.
A senior German academic has joined the chorus of voices expressing
concern over the low educational standards of newly arriving migrants, and
the significant knock-on effects that is bound to have on the German
President of the University of Hamburg and
chairman of the German Educational Action Council Dieter Lenzen has pointed
to the enormous cost of teaching hundreds of thousands of newcomers basic
language skills, pointing in particular to the Syrian community. While the
proportion of Syrians arriving and claiming to have university degrees
around 15 per cent isn't much below the German population as
a whole, the vast majority of the remaining 85 per cent are in a
significantly worse state, unable even to perform basic tasks like reading
a bus timetable. ...
President Lenzen told media he estimated
around two thirds of these arrivals had no qualifications at all from their
home nation. He estimated giving migrants German lessons to get them to a
point where they could become productive members of society would cost some
80,000 a year for a class of 25, with classes needed for some two and
a half years.
In expressing his concern, President Lenzen is
affirming the statement in December of Munich University professor Ludger
Wößmann, who said:
"We have to prepare ourselves for the
fact that the majority of young refugees will fail a three-year full time
training course with a high proportion of theoretic content. According to
the Chamber of Commerce of Munich and Upper Bavaria, 70 per cent of
trainees from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq who started lessons more than two
years ago have already dropped out". ...
Even these shock figures
are reasonably generous compared to the internal figures of the German
government, which were leaked at the end of 2015. The internal paper from
the Federal Employment Agency suggested 81 per cent of migrants to Germany
were unskilled, and just eight per cent had academic qualifications of any
Projecting their own likely spending, the agency estimated
the migrant influx would lead to Germany taking on hundreds of thousands of
new benefit claimants.
Terrorism Islam, Syria
Islamic State has moved from persecuting Christians to trying to 'exterminate' them
Christian Today, 14 September 2016.
Islamic State has moved from persecuting Christians to attempting
to exterminate them, a leading advocate for refugees has warned.
Georgette Bennett, founder of the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees,
said Islamic State is now targeting Christians as a group.
now moved from Christians being persecuted to Christians being
exterminated," she said. "We Jews I am a Jew we understand
something about extermination. I think we recognise a genocide when we see
Government Language Tutor Claims Migrants Only Interested in Benefits, Boast They'll Never Work
Breitbart, 14 September 2016.
A woman employed teaching English to migrants with so-called
refugee status has revealed students have no interest in learning the
language or getting a job, and are mostly interested in the benefits they
can extract from taxpayers.
The teacher, who identified herself as
'Janet', rang Nick Ferrari's morning show on London's LBC to discuss her
experience of giving taxpayer-funded English classes to Syrians and other
migrants granted asylum. ...
She explained: "We have so many
students and they don't turn up. They don't want these lessons and they're
not really interested in learning English."
Mr Ferrari questioned
her, asking: "When you say they don't turn up, do you mean these special
classes [that are paid for by the government]?"
"Special classes that they don't have to pay for, and obviously we pay for
"It's so so frustrating. I love teaching them, they're lovely
people when they do turn up but a lot of them don't turn up. They're simply
not interested in learning English.
"A lot of them have been here
for many many years now, and when I was teaching English for employment
some of them refused to go because they said 'Well I don't want to work. I
don't want to work so I don't want to learn English for employment'.
Resettling 20,000 Syrian refugees in Britain will cost nearly two billion pounds, says watchdog
Daily Telegraph, 13 September 2016.
Resettling 20,000 Syrian refugees in Britain will cost nearly two
billion pounds, a spending watchdog has revealed.
Audit Office (NAO) have estimated that every Syrian refugee who comes to
Britain will cost taxpayers up to £17,340 per year on average for
their first five years in the UK.
According to the latest UK
figures, 2,800 Syrian refugees have arrived in Britain since David Cameron
promised to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020.
warned that nearly 5,000 houses or flats, and more than 10,000 childcare
and school places, will be needed to honour the pledge.
said the total sum is uncertain as it depends in large part on the level of
medial treatment refugees need and the extent to which they can gain
employment and become self-sufficient.
Based on department
assumptions, it estimated that the cost to the end of 2019/20 could be up
to £1.1 billion, and up to £1.73 billion over the lifetime of the
Their report said: "The future of the programme could be
put at risk by local authorities' lack of suitable accommodation and school
In April the government committed to take in 3,000
vulnerable child refugees and their carers in one of the biggest
resettlement programmes in the World from the war-torn Syria region.
Surge in Britons cashing in on people-trafficking: Smugglers use new routes and tactics to move migrants at will
Daily Mail, 13 September 2016.
An alarming jump in the number of British people-trafficking
suspects has been flagged up by an international crime-fighting agency.
Despite a clampdown on border controls across Europe since the
start of the migrant crisis, there's been a surge in people smuggling
operations including many involving Britons.
band have a 'constant ability' to move migrants across the Continent,
according to Europol the EU's law enforcement agency. It admitted
yesterday that it had identified a record 12,000 new people-trafficking
suspects so far this year.
The number of British suspects added to
its database was 132, a rise of nearly a third compared to the number in
the whole of 2015.
Europol warned smugglers are using new tactics
to evade tighter border controls and are increasingly looking to cash in on
migrants stranded at border camps such as near the Channel port at Dunkirk.
... It warned the gangs operating in the camps in Greece, Italy
and France, are 'increasingly offering fraudulent documents to allow them
to move forward into the EU'.
Europol said the hiding of people in
lorries remained the most common method, but that 'new alternative routes
via air, sea and land are increasingly used'.
The agency now has
around 50,000 suspected people smugglers in its database, with an extra
12,000 suspects added since January. This compares with 6,400 new suspects
identified by Europol in 2014 and 10,000 during 2015. Ninety-five per cent
of the new suspects were male with an average age of 35.
of the new suspects were Turkish three times the number identified
last year. Some 364 Syrians were added to the database, a rise of 40 per
cent compared to 2015. ...
A Europol report earlier this year
labelled people-smuggling as the 'fastest growing criminal market in
Europe', estimating gangs netted 6 billion euros (£5 billion) last
About one million migrants entered the EU in 2015 of which
nine out of ten paid gangs fees of 3,000-6000 euros each.
Repatriation/deportation war crimes
Revealed: Incredible loophole that means 135 war crime suspects are living freely in the UK
Daily Mail, 13 September 2016.
Scores of suspected war criminals seeking to live in Britain
escaped deportation thanks to a series of blunders.
failed to throw out 135 individuals accused of appalling crimes in the some
of the world's poorest countries despite blocking their bids for
And the suspects escaped police investigation after
officials also failed to refer any of them to Scotland Yard's specialist
war crimes unit.
Campaigners slammed the Government as they warned
the country risks becoming a 'safe haven' for war criminals.
said it was 'hard to understand' how officials could block attempts to
remain in the country but not try to deport them or refer their cases to
Last night, the Home Office said it has closed the apparent
loophole in its procedures so that suspected war criminals will face
A spokesman said police will be informed
about 'every case where a negative immigration decision' is taken due
allegations of war crimes, genocide or torture.
highlight concerns that war criminals from around the world are turning to
Britain as their 'retirement home'.
Hundreds of people involved in
bloody conflicts in Rwanda, Afghanistan, Libya, Serbia and Sri Lanka, have
been able to settle here.
In many cases human rights laws have
meant that the worse their crimes, the more difficult it is to send them
Benefits and costs businesses
Migrants are creating jobs, not taking them, says report
The Guardian, 13 September 2016.
Migrant-led businesses are a boost to the UK economy, and need
further government backing, says a report by the Institute of Directors
(IoD) and mi-hub, a co-working space specifically for migrant
Andy Silvester, head of campaigns at the IoD
and co-author of the report, Migrant Entrepreneurship in the UK:
celebrating the benefits to Britain, said: "This is an attempt, in one
small way, to remind people of the positive contribution that many migrants
make to the UK.
"After the referendum, Britain is now likely to
re-write its immigration policy. While the government must of course
respond to public concerns, the visa system must be open to the world's
brightest and best, many of whom will set up businesses that employ those
Brazilian-born Rafael dos Santos, co-author of the
report and founder of mi-hub, sets out a number of policy recommendations
including simplifying the application process for UK work visas, with a
focus on speeding up the time from application to decision.
said: "The [report] shows that migrants contribute much more than they take
from the UK economy." ...
In its annual member survey, 70% of IoD
members agreed that UK businesses need the skills of immigrants to compete
My day at court that proved foreigners ARE overloading the justice system
Daily Mail, 13 September 2016.
Pontius is the first judge to speak out publicly about this. I
suspect he felt able to do so only because the interview marked his
retirement after 20 years as a Crown Court judge.
But those of us
who have spent time in the company of his colleagues know they have become
increasingly agitated about the effect on their courtrooms of the
ineluctable increase in crimes of migrants from parts of Eastern Europe.
Another judge, whose attention I drew to Pontius's interview,
told me: 'He is absolutely right and I am glad he said it, although others
will interpret it as anti-foreigner and it isn't. If people could see how
many are here with substantial criminal records, some EU, some pretending
to be Latvian when they are Russian and getting in that way, then they may
Actually, the figures are all publicly
available: in that respect our justice system is admirably transparent. So,
for example, we know that British courts are dealing with more than 700
notifications involving EU migrants every week a rise of nearly 40
per cent over the past five years. ...
And we also know that 12 per
cent of our prison population are foreign nationals. Almost 10 per cent of
that foreign element are Poles, 7 per cent Romanian, and 4.5 per cent
This in fact suggests that Poles are not especially
likely to commit serious offences their large number within the
offending population is just a reflection of the overall scale of Polish
immigration: as Pontius himself pointed out, 'the huge majority are
But there do seem to be national differences
reflected in these figures: Romanian and Albanian immigrants seem to be on
average more inclined to engage in criminality, whereas Estonians are much
less predisposed. These figures, I am sure, are a reflection of the
societies from which they come.
It is equally clear that the
Government has failed in its attempt to reduce the cost to our prison
system by returning the offenders to serve time in their country of origin.
Recently, wanting to see for myself the effect of this
phenomenon, I spent a day at Snaresbrook Crown Court, the largest court
complex in Europe, set up in the Sixties to deal with crimes in North-East
I have in front of me the official list of names of
defendants on the day I visited. It is fair to say that Middle
Eastern-sounding names are much more evident on it than East European ones.
But the latter are there in force, too: Sugaipov, Smirnov, Dovnarovic,
Koclamazasvili, Noreikaite. ...
Afterwards, one of the court
officials took me to one side and said crossly: 'A lot of these people can
understand English very well. But the interpreting process means that they
can think much longer before answering the prosecuting lawyer's questions.
And once I caught one of the interpreters actually advising the defendant
how to answer.'
Immigration abroad asylum, Germany
Migrants claiming asylum in Germany have been taking HOLIDAYS in the countries they are 'fleeing' - paid for with benefits cash, report finds
13 September 2016.
Asylum seekers from war-torn nations including Syria and Iraq and
registered as refugees have been heading back to the countries they fled on
vacation, an investigation has found. ...
The information was
uncovered in an investigation by German media outlet Die Welt am Sonntag,
which spoke to asylum seekers who confirmed they had visited their homeland
An unnamed spokesperson from the German Federal
Employment Office (BA) told the newspaper: 'There are such cases.' ...
Officials are now investigating how often refugees are vacationing
in their homeland, having previously said they are fleeing persecution.
Rules in Germany state that asylum seekers who claim social
benefits are entitled to leave the country for 21 days a year - but they
are not obliged to report where they are traveling.
BA said: 'There
is no legal ground to demand that information'.
And it said that if
it is aware of a refugee visiting the states they left to claim asylum, it
is not allowed to pass the information to other departments 'due to data
Immigration abroad Hungary, European Union
Christians BEFORE Islam: Orban blasts EU over migration and demands 'SINKING' of Med boats
Rebecca Perring & Agnes Kegl
Daily Express, 13 September 2016.
Europe must help Christians BEFORE Islamic people and sink empty
migrant ships to save the Mediterranean, the tough-talking prime minister
of Hungary has demanded.
Hardliner Viktor Orban pulled no punches
as he pinned the blame on the "elite" of the failing European Union (EU)
for the escalating migrant crisis engulfing the continent. ...
the lengthy speech, he said: "Migration will have great consequences in
Europe and in this situation we, Europeans haven't even decided what we
want. Our real problem is Brussels, not the migrants.
decide if we want separate nations or a united Europe.
logical, that if we invite the refugees, they will come.
with the Hungarian referendum we set an example for the rest of Europe and
after the EU election next Spring a new elite will lead the EU institutions
instead of the current elite of nihilists, including Juncker, Verhofstadt
Terrorism Islam, France, Europe
Generation Jihad: Scholar of Islam predicts civil war across Europe as more young Muslims facing poor job prospects turn to radical groups
MailOnline, 13 September 2016.
A scholar of Islam has warned of civil war across Europe as more
young Muslims facing poor job prospects turn to radical groups, it has been
Professor Gilles Kepel, from the Sciences Po in Paris,
France, said a growing 'Jihad Generation' is likely to continue to carry
out terror acts in European cities.
The aim of their terror
activity is to both incite hatred towards Muslims and, in doing so, cause
further radicalisation among young people, the professor of political
He told the German newspaper Die Welt that this in
turn could lead to the point where Europe enters into civil war.
Kepel said the recent terror attacks across the continent were part
of a war within Islam rather than between Islam and Western civilization.
The extremists, he said, also want to crush more moderate Islamic
After civil war had ruined Europe, he said, the long
term goal of the terrorists would then be to build a caliphate 'on the
ruins of the old continent'.
Kepel said that while most Muslims
were not involved in any terror-related activity, a lack of job prospects
and their feeling of hopelessness in French suburbs could boost the
likelihood of young Muslims becoming radicalised.
He warned against
retaliation from far-right groups and urged authorities to eliminate
fractures in European societies 'not with war but with policing and
Last night, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said
that 'every day attacks are foiled ... (including) as we speak.'
Valls said nearly 15,000 people in France are being tracked because
they are suspected of being in the process of radicalization, while 1,350
are under investigation - 293 of them for alleged links with a terrorism
'Today the threat is at a maximum, and we are a target,'
Valls said on Europe 1 radio. 'Every day intelligence services, police foil
attacks, dismantle networks, track terrorists.'
Immigration abroad Sweden
Swedish Economist: Low Skilled Migrants a 'Ticking Time Bomb'
Breitbart, 13 September 2016.
Despite politicians' insistence that migrants who poured into
Sweden last year were highly educated and would be an economic boon, SEB
economist Johan Javeus has warned that the newcomers are low skilled, and a
"ticking time bomb" in the labour market.
Individual Bank (SEB) economist warned that the lack of menial jobs
combined with record high mass migration is a time bomb that could explode
in time for the 2018 elections. ...
In 2015, the difference in the
unemployment rate among highly-educated Swedes and among foreign-born with
only basic secondary education stood at a record level of more than 30
Noting the vast majority of new arrivals who
entered during 2015 have very little education, Mr. Javeus told Svenska
Dagbladet that the gap will continue to widen.
Johansson disagreed with the economist's assessment. The Social Democratic
minister told the newspaper that while mass migration and the job market
pose a challenge, the situation is manageable. ...
At the height
of the "migrant crisis" in Europe last year, Prime Minister Stefan
Löfven assured Swedes that migrants flooding into the country were
highly educated and would benefit the economy.
Democratic leader insisted newcomers would not cost taxpayers in the long
run as they are essential to combat an "ageing population" in Sweden.
Asked whether it's wrong to talk about potential costs of mass
migration, Mr. Löfven said among the influx were professionals who
would fill skills shortages in Sweden.
"But we are missing several
professional groups in Sweden with academic training. They come to Sweden.
There may be doctors, specialist doctors, nurses, engineers. They come to
Sweden and we need them," the Prime Minister told Expressen.
Stretched border controls 'miss more than 4,000 high risk flights a year'
Daily Telegraph, 12 September 2016.
More than 4,000 "high risk" flights are being missed by Border
Force officials each year, a new study estimates, raising fears crime
gangs, drug traffickers and even terrorists could be using lax security to
enter the country.
The UK's Border Force is in disarray after years
of neglect, while the rising number of passengers has stretched the
organisation to breaking point, the Adam Smith Institute warns.
While passenger numbers through Britain's ports and airports have
risen by a fifth this decade and are expected to rise by another 43 per
cent by 2030, funding for border checks has been slashed, the think tank
"Britain's Border Force is not equipped to quickly,
accurately and securely monitor passengers in and out of Britain," the
Border officials aim to check 99 per cent of inbound
"high risk" flights, for example where passenger lists have not been
submitted in advance and the identities of those on board are unknown.
But the report found some days up to 7.5 per cent of such flights,
or the equivalent of as many as 4,197 a year, are not met by agents or
checked on databases. ...
The Home Office rejected the study's
calculations as "inaccurate and highly misleading".
said Border Force officers carried out "detailed risk assessments and our
officers physically meet any flight considered to be high risk.
addition, we work with domestic and international partners to gather
intelligence and target suspicious activity in the skies and seas."
Population pressure housing
Home Counties face 'greatest threat' from plans for 123,000 new homes on Green Belt, campaigners warn
Daily Telegraph, 12 September 2016.
England's Home Counties are facing their "greatest threat" with
plans to build new homes on more than 200 sites on the protected Green
Belt, campaigners are warning.
A report to be published this week
from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has uncovered blueprints
for more than 123,000 new homes on 203 sites in the London Green Belt. ...
CPRE warned that the figure could be an underestimate as only
two-thirds of local authorities were surveyed for the report, entitled
"Safe Under Us?".
There was also evidence that planning inspectors
were telling councils the Green Belt cannot be a "constraint" on
The report said that most of the 203 sites "are
allocated in Local Plans documents, so the threats are real".
added: "Already some areas of Green Belt have lost their designation, a
number of sites are threatened with planning permission, while others are
being built or have already been built."
Immigration abroad Italy
Number of migrants arriving on European soil SURGES past 2015 total... and more are coming
Daily Express, 12 September 2016.
The number of migrants arriving on European soil has smashed last
year's total with months left to spare.
A total of 124,500 migrants
have arrived in Italy alone since the start of 2016, the country's home
office has said.
This has surged past the figure for last year
which was a massive 122,000.
The number of migrants landing
in Italy, many of whom arrive across the Mediterranean in boats, shows no
signs of stopping following the rescue of thousands of migrants over the
Italy now has 155,000 migrants in reception centres,
compared with 103,000 in 2015 and 66,000 in 2014. ...
A total of
400,000 have successfully made the crossing most coming from
Asylum religious leaders
Help reunite refugee families, faith leaders urge May
BBC, 12 September 2016.
More than 200 religious leaders have urged the UK to relax
immigration rules so refugees from Syria and other areas can be reunited
with their families. ...
Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan
Williams is among representatives from the Buddhist, Christian, Jewish,
Hindu, Muslim and Sikh faiths to have signed the letter to Theresa May.
The signatories, who are acting in a personal capacity, also
include Baroness Rabbi Julia Neuberger and Muslim Council of Britain
secretary general Harun Rashid Khan.
The letter calls on the
government to "urgently revise its policy" to help refugees fleeing Syria,
Iraq and other areas of conflict "by adopting fair and humane family
reunion policies". ...
While Baroness Neuberger would not confirm
how many refugees the signatories think the country should accept, she said
they were "talking about the difference between a few thousand and either a
few hundred thousand or at least many tens of thousands".
emphasised that the group was not worried about whether there would be any
issues with integration and said: "In previous years we have taken more,
and we haven't had a huge problem with integration." ...
week, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the UK was on track to deliver the
promise made by former Prime Minister David Cameron to resettle 20,000
Syrian refugees by 2020.
The government says it is also committed
to accepting 3,000 unaccompanied children registered in France, Italy and
Immigration abroad USA
Yes, Immigration Hurts American Workers
George J. Borjas
Politico, September/October 2016.
[George J. Borjas is professor of economics and social policy at the Harvard Kennedy School]
I've been studying immigration for 30 years, but 2016 was the first
time my research was cited in a convention speech. ...
problem with the current immigration debate: Neither side is revealing the
whole picture. Trump might cite my work, but he overlooks my findings that
the influx of immigrants can potentially be a net good for the nation,
increasing the total wealth of the population. Clinton ignores the hard
truth that not everyone benefits when immigrants arrive. For many
Americans, the influx of immigrants hurts their prospects significantly.
This second message might be hard for many Americans to process,
but anyone who tells you that immigration doesn't have any negative effects
doesn't understand how it really works. When the supply of workers goes up,
the price that firms have to pay to hire workers goes down. ...
Both low- and high-skilled natives are affected by the influx of
immigrants. But because a disproportionate percentage of immigrants have
few skills, it is low-skilled American workers, including many blacks and
Hispanics, who have suffered most from this wage dip. The monetary loss is
We don't need to rely on complex statistical
calculations to see the harm being done to some workers. Simply look at how
employers have reacted. /.../ Similarly, the flood of recent news reports
on abuse of the H-1B visa program shows that firms will quickly dismiss
their current tech workforce when they find cheaper immigrant workers.
But that's only one side of the story. Somebody's lower wage is
always somebody else's higher profit. In this case, immigration
redistributes wealth from those who compete with immigrants to those who
use immigrants from the employee to the employer. And the additional
profits are so large that the economic pie accruing to all natives actually
grows. I estimate the current "immigration surplus" the net increase
in the total wealth of the native population to be about $50 billion
annually. But behind that calculation is a much larger shift from one group
of Americans to another: The total wealth redistribution from the native
losers to the native winners is enormous, roughly a half-trillion dollars a
year. Immigrants, too, gain substantially; their total earnings far exceed
what their income would have been had they not migrated.
look at the overall value of immigration, there's one more complicating
factor: Immigrants receive government assistance at higher rates than
natives. The higher cost of all the services provided to immigrants and the
lower taxes they pay (because they have lower earnings) inevitably implies
that on a year-to-year basis immigration creates a fiscal hole of at least
$50 billion a burden that falls on the native population.
What does it all add up to? The fiscal burden offsets the gain from
the $50 billion immigration surplus, so it's not too farfetched to conclude
that immigration has barely affected the total wealth of natives at all.
Instead, it has changed how the pie is split, with the losers the
workers who compete with immigrants, many of those being low-skilled
Americans sending a roughly $500 billion check annually to the
winners. Those winners are primarily their employers. And the immigrants
themselves come out ahead, too.
Diversity civil service
Cabinet Office hails biggest ever diversity internship scheme
Civil Service World, 12 September 2016.
Cabinet Office minister Ben Gummer has praised staff and
participants in the civil service's latest summer diversity internship
programme, which is aimed at encouraging future fast stream applicants from
The 2016 scheme, which finished last
week, offered two-month placements to 308 undergraduates from black and
minority ethnic (BAME) communities, young people from low-income
backgrounds, or those with disabilities. Some participants would have
fallen into more than one of the categories. ...
Office said 27 departments had offered placements as part of the programme,
helping participants learn about the civil service, involving them in
departmental projects, as well as helping them to develop broader skills.
It said 81% of the 2016 intake had been from ethnic minority
groups, 25% from lower socio-economic background, and 24% with
National identity multiculturalism, political correctness
Traditions such as Christmas celebrations will die out unless people stand up for British values, government review finds
Sunday Telegraph, 11 September
British laws and traditions such as the celebration of Christmas
are under threat and must be vigorously upheld to stop ethnic segregation
dividing society, according to major government review.
immigration have rapidly changed the character of some state schools and
left residents in parts of Britain feeling unsettled, the landmark report
These issues must be tackled head on, rather than swept
under the carpet by politically correct council officials who fear being
labelled "racist" if they assert British values or raise concerns, it will
The findings emerged as part of a wide-ranging, year-long
government study by Dame Louise Casey, the government's integration tsar.
David Cameron and Theresa May appointed her to take stock of the
state of the nation, focusing on issues such as racism, extremism, and
segregation among different communities.
In her study, which is
expected to be published within weeks, Dame Louise will detail the stark
impact of segregation in communities that have grown up across Britain in
Speaking at a recent meeting of council leaders, she
set out her early findings and challenged officials to battle political
correctness in order to address the deep divisions that exist between
different sections of society.
She criticised councils for "over
worrying" about causing offence among minority groups. ...
promoting "core" British laws, traditions and cultures in every ethnic
community can Britain hope to ensure that diverse communities integrate
fully, and defeat the "hate mongers" from the far Right and Islamist
extremists who want to divide the country, she argued. ...
will be seen as a criticism of trends such as the growth of Sharia courts
in some Muslim communities, she said all citizens from every background
must be made to adhere to the same set of laws which are "specifically
intended to help define how we live together".
"One set of laws
democratically decided and with the intention that they are upheld by every
community in the land, new or old.
"We need to be much bolder in
not just celebrating our history, heritage and culture, but standing up for
our democratically decided upon laws of the land and standing up to those
that undermine them."
Politics public opinion
It is immigration, above all else, that has united the right and divided the left
The Observer, 11 September 2016.
[Adam Drummond is research manager and partner at Opinium]
The main finding from our poll, carried out in the middle of last
month, is that immigration is uniting the right but dividing the left.
Based on the answers given on a range of issues, we were able to separate
people into eight political tribes. ...
One (we call it Common
Sense, 26% of those polled) is made up overwhelmingly of Conservative
voters, mainly older people from the south of England who are advanced in
their careers or retired. The other (Our Britain, 24%) mostly comprises
older working-class people from the north of England and the Midlands, and
is split between Tory and Ukip voters. Both would prioritise reducing
immigration over remaining in the EU single market. ...
the centre but still on the right of it sit two smaller pro-business tribes
(Free Liberals, 7%) and New Britain (6%). These two groups agree with the
Common Sense group about the need for low taxes and restricting benefits
but are much more pro-immigration, voted Remain in the referendum and want
Brexit to mean staying in the single market. ...
By comparison, and
looking at the tribes further on the left, the situation faced by whoever
wins the Labour leadership will be far harder because the centre and the
left are split into more tribes with bigger divisions. The ones Labour will
target are split over immigration, business, and whether Britain should be
an open multicultural society or a closed, ethnically homogenous one. They
are also divided geographically between those in Scotland, the urban north
(more anti-immigration) and the metropolitan, more multicultural south.
The tribes on the left include one we call Democratic Socialists
(8%) who are very open to immigration and the single market but also want
higher taxes on the wealthy and businesses. They are mostly ABC1s, living
in urban areas in Scotland and Wales. Then there is the Community tribe
(5%) mainly working-class voters in northern England and the
Midlands who agree on the need for income redistribution through the
tax system but strongly disagree with the Democratic Socialists about
immigration, wanting strict curbs.
Another tribe, the Progressives
(11%), are professionals from across the country, who share the Democratic
Socialists' openness to immigration and the single market but are much more
... the Swing Voter tribe (7%) ...
Immigration abroad sports, Korea, Olympic migrants
Migrant athletes stir debate
Korea Times, 11 September 2016.
During the Rio Olympics, Chinese-born athletes representing
different countries played against each other in table tennis.
the 44 Chinese-born table tennis players at the Olympics, making up about a
quarter of the total players, only six were Chinese national team members;
the rest represented 21 other countries. ...
Many good athletes
are eliminated in the Olympic qualifications in China, and some seek a
second chance by migrating to other countries to represent them in the
international sports event.
The migration of foreign-born athletes
to Korea is not new. As the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics approaches,
more foreign-born athletes are knocking on the Immigration Service's door
to check if they are eligible for visas as "aliens of extraordinary
If their applications are approved, these foreign-born
athletes will get Korean citizenship and be able to represent Korea in the
Winter Olympics if they pass the national competitions.
Yu-kyoum, a professor at the Seoul National University Department of
Physical Education, voiced concerns about the unintended consequences of
this citizenship policy, specifically that some athletes are taking
advantage of its loopholes.
"I understand that some athletes are
using the citizenship policy of other countries for personal gains," he
said. "They leave the country they just represented once the Olympics are
over." He called them "Olympic migrants," a term he used to refer to
athletes who seek citizenships outside their home countries to join the
international sport event after being eliminated in their countries'
"Unlike in popular sports such as
baseball or golf, we have no professional teams in winter sports," he said.
"Thus, those foreign-born players have no good reason to stay here after
the Olympics." ...
The Korean Olympic Committee has said
foreign-born players would help improve the overall competitiveness of
Korean athletes in winter sports, particularly those where few Korean
athletes have excelled in previous Olympics.
Crime child sex crime
'Stop the abusers': Telford MP urges Prime Minister to intervene as her town becomes Britain's 'child-sex capital'
MailOnline, 11 September 2016.
The MP for Telford has urged Theresa May to carry out a
'Rotherham-style' inquiry into the town, which has the highest rate of
child sex crime in the UK.
Tory MP Lucy Allan said an inquiry was
'appropriate', particularly after allegations emerged that local council
leaders ignored its own report into gangs targeting young people.
Parents who believed their children might have been abused had told
the Telford and Wrekin Council their concerns were not being taken
An inquiry by the authority acknowledged police
investigations were seen as slow, reported The Sunday Mirror.
also noted that less than a third of 137 child sexual exploitation reports
were handed to the safeguarding team.
But one victim claimed the
report was a 'whitewash' because no one had been disciplined over its
Ms Allan, 51, who was elected an MP in the 2015 General
Election, told The Sunday Mirror: 'Victims are left feeling their voices
are not being heard, and that no one is accountable for mistakes made.'
The Mirror claims to have uncovered evidence of abuse by gangs of
men in Telford, mainly from the Pakistani community, dating back two
Police said 100 girls could have become victims in
Telford between 2007 and 2009.
Home Office figures show there were
15.1 child sex crimes reported per 10,000 residents in the year to
Telford's population is 155,000 meaning a
potential 225 victims.
Extremism Islam, Islamic fascism
Western Publishers Submit to Islam
Gatestone Institute, 11 September 2016.
When Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses came out in 1989,
Viking Penguin, the British and American publisher of the novel, was
subjected to daily Islamist harassment. As Daniel Pipes wrote, the London
office resembled "an armed camp," with police protection, metal detectors
and escorts for visitors. ...
Nonetheless, Viking never flinched.
It was a miracle that the novel finally came out. Other publishers,
however, faltered. Since then, the situation has only gotten worse. Most
Western publishers are now faltering. That is the meaning of the new Hamed
Abdel-Samad affair. ...
Abdel-Samad today is 46 years old and
lives in Munich, Germany, where he married a Danish girl and works for the
Institute of Jewish History and Culture at the University of Munich. In his
native Egyptian village, his first book caused an uproar. Some Muslims
wanted to burn it.
Abdel-Samad's recent book, Der Islamische
Faschismus: Eine Analyse, has just been burned at the stake not in
Cairo by Islamists, but in France by some of the self-righteous French.
The book is a bestseller in Germany, where it has been published by
the well-known publisher, Droemer Knaur. An English translation has been
published in the U.S. by Prometheus Books, under the title Islamic
Fascism. Two years ago, the French publisher, Piranha, acquired the
rights to translate Abdel-Samad's book about "Islamic Fascism" into French.
A publication date was even posted on Amazon: September 16. But at the last
moment, the publisher stopped its release. Jean-Marc Loubet, head of the
publishing house, announced to Abdel-Samad's agent that the publication of
his book is now unthinkable in France, not only for security reasons, but
also because it would reinforce the "extreme right".
criticizing Islam, Abdel-Samad lives under police protection in Germany
Mr. Abdel-Samad's case is not new. At a time when
dozens of novelists, journalists and scholars are facing Islamists'
threats, it is unforgivable that Western publishers not only agree to bow
down, but are often the first to capitulate.
In France, for
criticizing Islam in a column titled "We refuse to change civilization" for
the daily newspaper, Le Monde, the famous writer, Renaud Camus, lost
his publisher, Fayard. ...
Then a Paris court convicted Camus for
"Islamophobia" (a fine of 4,000 euros), for a speech he gave on December
18, 2010, in which he spoke of "Grand Remplacement", the replacement of the
French people under the Trojan horse of multiculturalism. It was then that
Camus became persona non grata in France.
The Jewel of
Medina, a novel by the American writer Sherry Jones about the life of
the third wife of Muhammad, was first purchased and then scrapped by the
powerful publisher Random House, which had already paid her an advance and
launched an ambitious promotional campaign. Sherry Jones's new publisher,
Gibson Square, was then firebombed by Islamists in London.
Illegal immigration crime, national security
Migrant-traffickers are top security threat: Officials warn danger will spread across Britain as gangs switch focus to small ports and airstrips
Chris Greenwood and Ian
Daily Mail, 10 September 2016.
Migrant-smuggling gangs are one of the biggest threats to Britain's
national security, a report warned last night.
Soaring numbers of
organised criminals are preying on migrants desperate to evade border
controls, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.
Officials said the
danger will spread across the country at smaller ports and airstrips as
security at Dover is improved.
They revealed investigators from a
range of agencies are stepping in to 'disrupt' threats to our borders
almost every day. The warning was in the NCA's national strategic threat
assessment, which looks to prepare police for threats. It put organised
immigration crime in the top five threats, along with child abuse,
cybercrime, firearms and top-level money laundering.
they face an 'unprecedented scale' of 'irregular migration' largely sparked
by the conflict in Syria and Iraq. They said improvements to security at
Dover and Calais, where UK taxpayers are funding a £2 million wall,
will force gangs to change smuggling routes.
The report said: 'As
security around borders increases, the growth in organised people-smuggling
and trafficking targeting the UK will grow through clandestine activity and
use of false documents.'
Criminals already use yachts, small boats
and light aircraft to smuggle people, drugs and weapons.
NCA said the flood of migrants is attracting ruthless individuals who want
to prey on the desperate. In the majority of cases, crime gangs serve
people from their home country or who share their language. Once here,
criminal networks are involved in 'systematic abuse' of the UK visa system,
using false documents to secure legitimate means to remain.
West Midlands Police may let Muslim officers wear burqas and niqabs in effort to boost diversity
Independent, 10 September 2016.
One of Britain's largest police forces is considering allowing
Muslim officers to wear the burka while on duty in an effort to boost
West Midlands Police Chief Constable, David Thompson,
said the force would not rule out allowing female officers to wear the
outfit which includes a long flowing outer garment from head to toe and an
Islamic veil, or niqab, that covers all facial features except the eyes.
At a recent meeting during which diversity in the force was
discussed, Chief Constable Thompson refused to rule out allowing female
officers to wear the controversial veil.
He said: "We would need to
consider our own rules and cultural sensitivity. Clearly we don't have any
barriers relating to that (the burka).
"As it stands we have not
had any approaches from potential recruits asking to wear the burka, but if
such an approach was made it is something we would have to consider.
"Serving the people of the West Midlands is at the heart of what we
do and I would need to carefully consider anything that could be seen as
standing in the way of that relationship."
Thompson's comments come as West Midlands Police plans to employ 800 new
officers, with the aim of ensuring 30 per cent of them come from ethnic
Currently just nine per cent of West Midlands' 7,000
police officers are from the BME community, compared with 30 per cent of
the West Midlands community as a whole.
People from ethnic
minorities make up 5.5 per cent of UK police, compared with 14 per cent of
the overall UK population.
Immigration abroad Germany
Merkel told Germany faces £17 BILLION migrant bill for this year ALONE
Daily Express, 10 September 2016.
German chancellor Angela Merkel has been warned her open door
policy on migrants will cost her taxpayer's £17 billion pounds this
Among the multi-billion pound charge identified,
government economic advisors say £8bn has gone in the past year to pay
More than a million newcomers have been helped to
settle in Germany with accommodation and healthcare.
has been spent on police forces, local authority intervention and the large
scale processing of people arriving in the embattled nation.
weeks ago Mrs Merkel agreed to take migrants from Italy following a meeting
with that country's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
European Commission unveiled a plan to spend £294 million creating
cash cards for migrants in Turkey to pay for living essentials.
they plan to give out one million cards that will offer the migrants cash
payments that are topped up once a month. ...
More than 1.1
million asylum seekers were registered in Germany last year.
Merkel's government have since recorded a further 220,000 since the start
of this year.
The Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) said
the £17bn cost for 2016 could spike again depending on the amount of
refugees fleeing to the country.
Immigration abroad public opinion, Canada
Canadians favour screening would-be immigrants for 'anti-Canadian' values, poll shows
Toronto Star, 10 September 2016.
Two-thirds of Canadians want prospective immigrants to be screened
for "anti-Canadian" values, a new poll reveals, lending support to an idea
that is stirring controversy in political circles.
Kellie Leitch, a candidate in her party's leadership contest, has floated
the idea of screening newcomers for their attitudes on intolerance toward
other religions, cultures and sexual orientations and reluctance to embrace
A new Forum Research Inc. poll for the Star
shows that Leitch may be tapping into an idea that Canadians favour with 67
per cent saying immigrants should indeed be screened for "anti-Canadian
When asked to choose the values respondents believe
are important, equality came out on top (27 per cent), followed by
patriotism (15 per cent), fairness (12 per cent) and tolerance (11 per
Conservative backers put patriotism at the top their list of
important values. Liberals and New Democrats ranked equality as their first
Just one-quarter of respondents disagreed with the idea of
screening for values and nine per cent had no opinion. ...
University Prof. Myer Siemiatycki condemned Leitch's idea as "wrong-headed,
cynical, and unfortunately dangerous" for raising suspicions about
immigrants for crass political purposes.
He said it's unworkable
with questions about who exactly would define what Canadian values are and
how immigrants would be tested. And he asked whether Canadians would be
held to the same standard.
"Is Kellie Leitch going to decide for
all of Canada what our core values are?" said Siemiatycki, founding
director of Ryerson's graduate program in immigration and settlement
The poll also showed that more than a third of
Canadians think the country admits too many immigrants (38 per cent) while
13 per cent say too few are admitted. But 41 per cent think the number of
admission is about right.
Six in 10 Canadians think immigrants
should abandon their native cultural values when they conflict with
Canadian cultural values, the poll found.
Immigration EU migrants, public opinion
One in four would take a pay cut to curb migration: Poll reveals EU population movement is voters' priority
Daily Mail, 9 September 2016.
Determination to slash EU immigration is so strong that millions of
Britons would be prepared to suffer a salary cut in return, a new study
A poll found that, more than two months after the Brexit
vote, immigration remains the public's number one concern.
than a quarter of voters said they would even be willing to contribute some
of their earnings to cut the numbers flooding in.
The findings by
YouGov are a sharp rebuttal to the pro-immigration lobby, which has claimed
that we must continue with mass immigration or face a fall in living
standards caused by lower growth.
The survey for the Policy
Exchange think-tank shows that 26 per cent of the British public are
prepared to be hit in the pocket if it means bringing down the record
numbers of EU migrants. This is the equivalent of around eight million of
the 33.6 million people who voted in the EU referendum.
Some 11 per
cent of all respondents would be willing to pay as much as five per cent of
their annual income to cut European migration to zero the equivalent
of £1350 a year for someone earning an average wage in the UK. For
those who voted leave on June 23, the figure rises to 20 per cent of
Fewer than four in ten (38 per cent) of the 1,660
surveyed said they would rather pay nothing and maintain the current levels
of EU immigration.
Overall, immigration and the economy were
equally the two most concerning issues for voters, at 21 per cent.
In a paper for Policy Exchange, immigration expert David Goodhart
said: 'Maintaining the status quo when it comes to freedom of movement is
clearly not an option with a significant number of people saying they would
make real sacrifices to reduce European migration to zero.'
added: 'People think that permanent residence and citizenship should be
earned over time, though living here for several years, speaking the
language well, adopting at least some of the key norms of British society
and in return such people should qualify for full social and political
'One of the problems with freedom of movement is that EU
citizens qualify more or less on day one for almost all the rights of full
citizenship and people feel this is unfair and belittles the significance
of being a citizen of this country.'
Labour councillor and mosque leader hired illegal immigrants and dodged tax
Daily Express, 9 September 2016.
A councillor and mosque leader has been banned from being a company
director for six years after he was found employing illegal immigrants at
his business which failed to pay tax.
Montaz Ali Azad, a Labour
councillor on Oldham Council and trustee of the charity which runs Oldham
Central Masjid and Islamic Centre, was caught by Home Office immigration
officers employing three illegal workers at his industrial laundry firm in
Ashton-under-Lyne in Tameside, Greater Manchester.
did not have correct immigration papers and had not been registered with
the tax man. ...
His firm was hit with a civil penalty of
£15,000 from the Home Office Immigration Enforcement unit, and did not
object or appeal against it.
However, the business made no payments
and it remained unpaid when Azad placed the business into liquidation on
September 18 2014, owing a total of £105,367 to creditors, including
£15,000 to the Home Office and more than £17,000 to HMRC.
Immigration abroad avoiding multiculturalism, Denmark
Danish school separates children by ethnicity in bid to avoid multicultural classes
Independent, 9 September 2016.
Nearly a year after the influx of migrants into Europe reached its
peak, the repercussions can now be felt in thousands of classrooms across
the continent as a new school year begins.
Whereas most other
schools are focused on assimilating migrant children, one Danish school in
the city of Aarhus has decided to separate them. ...
provide separate schooling for newcomers in efforts at quicker
The Danish school's approach, however, is
somewhat different because it was not originally designed to integrate
migrant children better. Instead, it seeks to allow children to avoid a
multicultural class, according to the Jyllands-Posten newspaper, which
first reported the story. The policy does not only apply to refugees or
children born abroad, but also to pupils who grew up in Denmark but have
parents who migrated from abroad.
The case of the Aarhus school is
considered isolated. About 25 per cent of the school's pupils were either
migrants or the children of migrant parents in 2007, but that number has
since risen to 80 per cent.
Immigration abroad child marriage, Germany
Shock figures show almost 1,500 underage refugee children registered as MARRIED in Germany
Daily Express, 9 September 2016.
Germany has admitted that 1,475 underaged refugee children
registered in the country are married - and 361 of them are under 14.
These unions were legal in their homelands but not in Germany where
- with some court mandated exceptions - the legal marrying age is 18.
A total of 646 of the underaged spouses come from Syria, 157 from
Afghanistan and 100 from Iraq, but some of the underaged brides came from
EU countries - 65 from Bulgaria, 41 from Poland, 33 from Romania and 32
Most are child brides - 1,152 of the total. ...
The main problem confronting the working group members is whether
these child marriages forged abroad should be recognised in Germany.
It is estimated there 1,000 "child marriages" among refugees living
in Germany - more than half of them in Bavaria - but officials admit this
information is patchy and the real numbers may be "much higher".
Population pressure health care
Huge rise in immigrants registering at East Staffordshire GP practices
Uttoxeter Advertiser, 9 September 2016.
The number of immigrants registering with East Staffordshire GPs
has increased by more than 20 per cent in a year. Figures from the Office
for National Statistics show that in East Staffordshire alone, there were
1,265 new migrant registrations in 2015. This is up 23 per cent compared to
Across the UK, registrations rose by a fifth
compared with the previous 12 months. ...
Across the whole of
England there were 688,068 new registrations at GP surgeries where the
person registering was non-UK born and was coming to the country from
abroad. This is a nine per cent increase compared with the 633,738 such
registrations in 2014 and 14 per cent more than the average number in each
of the past four years.
Immigration abroad Sweden
Sweden: Interpreter Suspended For Saying Arab Migrants Lie To Secure Asylum, Welfare Bonuses
Breitbart, 9 September 2016.
An interpreter has been suspended from duty by the Swedish
Migration Board for remarking that many Arabs lie about their background to
boost their chance of getting asylum and higher welfare payments.
An investigation is being launched after a journalist who spoke
with the unnamed interpreter reported her "inappropriate" comments to the
body which authorises interpreters. ...
The interpreter explained
that "many" of the Arabs in Sweden lie and exaggerate about the conditions
in which they lived in their homelands, and their personal histories, in
order to better their chances of securing asylum and welfare bonuses,
Dagens Nyheter reported.
She stated that Arabs do not have
it as bad in their home countries as they portray, saying that "They can
live anywhere, in Syria or any other Arab nation. Nobody forces them to
Immigration abroad Sweden
Sweden unveils new refugee age assessment model
The Local [Sweden], 9 September 2016.
Sweden will make medical age assessments of unaccompanied asylum
seekers by examining their teeth and knee joints. ...
35,000 coming last year alone, Sweden has taken in more unaccompanied
children and young people than any other country in Europe, and many of
them lack identity documents.
The migration authority
(Migrationsverket) makes an initial age assessment with every application,
but the tests have been criticized for being ineffective. If a person is
not clearly over 18, they are registered as a child. ...
to the migration board, there are doubts about the accurate age of 70
percent of unaccompanied minors who have stated that they are between 15
and 17 years old.
Between 15,000 and 18,000 age assessments will
now be needed, the agency said. The two methods that will be used are
dental maturity assessments involving wisdom teeth, and the examination of
knee joints using MRI.
Top Saudi Arabia Muslim cleric calls for killing of Christians, Shia's and Jews in prayer service
Christian Daily, 9 September 2016.
A top imam in Saudi Arabia has called for the killing of
Christians, Shia Muslims, and Jews in a prayer broadcast at the Masjid
In a video showing a prayer service at the Great
Mosque of Mecca, a top Saudi imam is heard praying to Allah to help the
Yemeni jihadists achieve victory over Christians, Shia Muslims, and Jews.
The Muslim cleric's prayer was broadcast live on Egypt's television channel
Al-Qahera Wal Nas, Sputnik News details.
"O Allah, grant victory,
dignity and empowerment to our brothers Mujahideen (Jihadists) in Yemen. In
Sham (Syria), and Iraq, and everywhere. O Lords of the Worlds grant them
victory over the godless Rafidah (Shia Muslims)," the Saudi imam is heard
saying in Arabic in the video. "Grant them victory over the treacherous
Jews, and over the spiteful Christians, and over the untrusted hypocrites.
O Allah, grant them victory, help and strength."
In a similar
incident, a video surfaced last month showing a young Muslim in Belgium
walking down a street in the city of Verviers and praying to Allah to kill
every Christian. ...
After Immigration Minister Theo Francken
prompted the police to launch an investigation, they discovered that the
young man in the video is Imam Sheikh Alami's 16-year-old son.
New £1.2m EU project to support ethnic minority and migrant communities
Welsh Labour, 9 September 2016.
A £1.2m EU-backed project to improve the skills and job
prospects of people from ethnic minority and migrant communities has been
announced by Welsh Labour's Finance Secretary, Mark Drakeford.
Achieving Change through Employment (ACE) project will be supported by
£950,000 of EU funds and delivered by the charity, Sova Cymru, over
the next three years.
Around 400 people in North, West Wales and
the South Wales valleys will benefit from training programmes and
opportunities to achieve qualifications and take part in work experience or
Old Bailey judge retiring after 20 years condemns burden foreign criminals are placing on state
Daily Telegraph, 8 September 2016.
An influx of Eastern European criminals risks clogging up the
criminal justice system and placing an extra burden on its finances, a
senior Old Bailey judge warns.
His Honour Judge Tim Pontius also
expresses concern at the surge in historic sex abuse cases which he called
"troubling", while conceding that the system is struggling to cope with
young Islamist terrorists.
A problem with black teenagers in
Britain "routinely" carrying knives in the street particularly depressed
him, he added. ...
"It is commonplace in the court list to see
more Polish names, Romanian names, Albanian names, Russian names,
reflecting all sorts of crimes from murder downwards," he said, including
"a lot of deception crimes", larger scale frauds and violent assaults.
He said the increase was "inevitable" given the number of migrants
who had come to Britain in recent years and stressed that the "huge
majority are law abiding".
But Judge Pontius added: "It is an extra
financial burden, not least because where you have foreign defendants that
means foreign witnesses as well and you need interpreters and they don't
"That has been a significant increase in expenditure
for the Ministry of Justice. It also means the trials take longer, not
least because suddenly everything must be translated verbatim for the
witnesses and defendants involved." ...
Judge Pontius recognised
the difficulty over how to deal with young Islamist terrorists.
they have become fanatics there is no easy way of changing that," he said,
adding it was "deeply depressing" that terrorists sent to jail would simply
meet like-minded Islamists there.
The judge spoke of his alarm at
the number of murders involving teenagers "and very often young black
teenagers" who "are routinely going out with knives in their pockets".
That, he added, is "what really depresses me most".
Immigration abroad crime, Germany
German police set up 'migrant crime team' after boom in offences by asylum seekers
Daily Express, 8 September 2016.
German police have set up a 'migrant crime team' aimed at
combatting the rise in robberies, violent and sexual crimes perpetrated by
The specialist unit has been introduced in the town of
Bietigheim-Bissingen, 14 miles south of Stuttgart, and will focus on
combatting crimes involving asylum seekers.
The four man team,
dubbed 'Multiple Offender Immigrants', will use contacts in asylum homes to
track down and arrest criminals. ...
Siegfried Mahler, director of
public prosecution in Stuttgart has heralded the creation of the force,
stating: "We welcome the reunification of the police investigation for
multiple offenders among immigrants." ...
According to a recent
report released by Germany's Interior Ministry, crime rates in the country
would have remained static since 2014 if migrant crime had not been
The report found that an extra 402,741 crimes were
committed by migrant over the past two years.
It noted that
pickpocketing is on the rise, with 70 per cent of incidents involving
non-Germans, 34 per cent of which were recent asylum seekers.
Immigration abroad Denmark, European Union
Denmark PM says he will defy EU rules and REJECT asylum seekers in times of crisis
Daily Express, 8 September 2016.
The prime minister of Denmark said his minority government is
willing to risk breaching European Union rules by pushing ahead with a bill
to reject asylum seekers in times of crisis.
Lars Lokke Rasmussen
said he wanted to guard against a situation like last year when 21,300
asylum seekers entered the country and the rules that say people must stay
and claim asylum in the first EU country they reach were discarded. ...
He said the proposal was inspired by a similar law adopted in June
by neighbouring Norway, which is not a member of the EU but adheres to the
Dublin rules, and acknowledged that the change could be "problematic in
relation to the Dublin rules".
"Like Norway sent a signal to us, we
would like to send a signal to others that we must find a solution in
Europe where we take care of our external borders," Rasmussen said.
Immigration abroad Slovenia, European Union
'Divided Europe' on verge of WAR if migrant crisis continues, warns Slovenian PM
Daily Express, 8 September 2016.
An all-out war could break out in Europe if the migrant crisis
continues, the prime minister of Slovenia has warned.
In a dire
prediction Miro Cerar said the continent was at a tipping point and a
"conflict" was inevitable if another wave of migrants made their way
With countries across the EU tightening their
borders and ignoring Brussels migrant quotas, another surge in arrivals
could push the continent to breaking point. ...
Mr Cerar said:
"Should the Balkan route be opened again, it will spark a conflict in the
region - in Central Europe and the Western Balkans.
"If too many
illegal immigrants come, all countries will be closing their borders. This
leads to disputes."
He said EU states needed to join together and
fight the migration surge - or face potentially devastating circumstances.
The leader - whose country is on the frontline of the migrant
crisis - said the EU was inching closer to becoming a tangle of walled
countries and impenetrable borders, with the whole bloc a tinder box
waiting for one more spark.
Politics Conservative Party
Anna Soubry: the Tory who loves immigration
New Statesman, 8 September 2016.
... Anna Soubry. The former Tory minister, ...
for immigration also marks her out. ...
She believes her
enthusiasm for immigration puts her ahead of some Labour MPs, too. "The
irony is, on immigration, I'm probably more liberal than some of them
[Labour MPs] are having to sound, because they are so worried that they
don't any longer represent they think the views of their
traditional supporters. And I think many of them don't." ...
Although Soubry backed Theresa May for the Tory leadership, and
calls her "far too sensible" to allow the party to shift right, she is
concerned about the future of migration policy. Especially given May's
record as home secretary.
"I didn't agree with her views on
immigration," she admits. "That does worry me. Why have we got students in
the immigration figures?" she wonders of a policy that May has repeatedly
insisted upon. "I want to see more overseas students! We want to do trade
with the rest of the world, so somebody's suggesting we reduce the number
of overseas students. This is the stuff of complete madness . . . I think
we should abandon the [net migration] target [altogether]."
However, Soubry does have a tougher stance on migrants who break
the law perhaps born out of her 16 years as a criminal barrister.
She calls for ordinary economic migrants (not refugees) who come to work in
the UK to be deported if they are sent to prison.
Immigration abroad Calais, France
UK minister confirms work to start on £1.9m Calais wall
Alan Travis and Angelique Chrisafis
The Guardian, 7 September 2016.
Work is about to begin on "a big, new wall" in Calais as the latest
attempt to prevent refugees and migrants jumping aboard lorries heading for
the Channel port, the UK's immigration minister has confirmed.
Robert Goodwill told MPs on Tuesday that the four-metre high wall
was part of a £17m package of joint Anglo-French security measures to
tighten precautions at the port.
"People are still getting
through," he said. "We have done the fences. Now we are doing the wall,"
the new immigration minister told the Commons home affairs committee. ...
The Road Haulage Association has said it will be a poor use of
taxpayers' money, arguing that security levels need to be improved in the
surrounding approach roads to Calais. "It is imperative that the money to
pay for a wall would be much better spent on increasing security along
approach roads," a spokesman said.
Immigration public opinion, overpopulation
Act now... or say goodbye to the Britain we know
Frank Field And Nicholas Soames
MailOnline, 7 September 2016.
[Frank Field and Nicholas Soames co-chair the Cross Party Group on Balanced Migration]
The public are fed up with mass immigration. That was the message
of the public petition on the Downing Street website launched last autumn.
This petition reached that 100,000 within a week, with the
resulting debate in the House of Commons today taking place. We will at
last be giving voice to the widespread public concern.
The fact is
that the public do not believe the claims of the immigration lobby and they
are right. Nor do they think that enough attention has been paid to the
impact of such huge numbers on the lives of ordinary people
particularly not by the BBC.
The reality is that we are
experiencing by far the largest wave of immigration for nearly 1,000 years.
Certainly, there has been some limited immigration over the
centuries and many immigrants and their children have made a positive
contribution to this country. But mass immigration is entirely new.
This really is the last chance saloon. If the Government were to
lose its nerve and fail to press on with reform we would be saying goodbye
to the country we inherited.
The Office for National Statistics
recently published the immigration figures back to 1964. /.../ It took off
in 1998 and by 2010 had risen to 250,000 a year five times higher
than in 1997.
There has never been a declared government policy.
Nor any planning. And certainly no public support - quite the opposite. By
2008, about three quarters of us wanted to see immigration reduced; half
the public wanted it reduced 'by a lot'.
Their wishes are yet to be
The impact of these numbers is already being felt throughout
the country and the big cuts to public expenditure are still to come.
Maternity units are struggling. Primary schools are running out of
places. And pressure on housing is getting worse, especially given that
housing construction has plummeted.
This pressure on services is
nothing when compared to what we will face if the government does not
succeed in reducing future net immigration.
For the last ten years
net immigration has averaged about 200,000 a year.
If that is
allowed to continue our population will climb from 62.3 million to 70
million in just 15 years time. About 2.5 million of that will be natural
increase more births than deaths. The other five million will be
down to new immigrants and their children.
What that means in
practice is that we will have to build the equivalent of our eight major
cities outside the capital that is to say a Birmingham plus a Leeds,
a Glasgow, a Sheffield, a Bradford, a Manchester, a Liverpool and a
All this in just 15 years! Where will the money come from
when the Government is already borrowing £1 for every £4 that it
This is obviously unsustainable. ...
students will be a test case. Of course they are valuable if they are
genuine in the first place and don't overstay their visas. But we are
currently admitting a quarter of a million every year with no checks on
Julian Brazier calls for stronger action in deporting non-EU students remaining in Kent illegally after university
Kent News, 7 September 2016.
Julian Brazier has called on the government to step up its efforts
in deporting non-EU students who remain in Kent illegally after finishing
Speaking at a Westminster debate this week, the
Canterbury MP raised the issue that two-thirds of such students stay in the
country once their visa runs out following the completion of their degree,
acccording to the Office for National Statistics.
Immigration points system
Britain does not need or want an Australian-style immigration system
Daily Telegraph, 7 September 2016.
The ghost of the Australian points-based immigration system is one
of the more exasperating poltergeists to haunt Westminster in recent days.
So in an attempt to consign this spectre to a deep and
everlasting sleep, let me lay out very clearly why we need to move on.
The first fact to understand is that Australia has a higher
immigration rate than Britain does much higher. For every immigrant
Britain lets in, Australia lets in two that's right, double
as a proportion of its population. /.../ It's hard to imagine a system less
aligned with the stated aims of the Brexit campaign leaders.
points-based system was designed as a way for would-be workers to move to
Australia before they actually found jobs. Those with job offers move there
on work visas. Those without can apply for permission to come and look for
work if they get enough points. So if your aim is to cut down on
job-seeking immigration, then the last thing you would want is an
Australian points-based system.
The second fact to understand is
that Britain already has its own brand of points-based system and has since
around 2008, when the outgoing Labour government thought it sounded tough
and would play well in headlines.
Would-be migrants to the UK from
outside the EU have to qualify for one of several types of visa and accrue
points to this end based on their educational qualifications, the job offer
they have secured (the vast majority need to have a job offer), English
language skills, and so on. Using points does not, in itself, affect
The third fact to accept is that points-based
systems are extremely bureaucratic and statist. ...
... If the
Government wants to reduce numbers, then a cap (on unskilled worker
migration, for example) would be a simpler method.
The fourth and
final fact is that Australia does have a very tough system for
refugees, not for migrants. ...
To operate in the world of facts
rather than gimmicks, the public and media must banish this ghost to the
annals of campaign tactics past and instead have a serious discussion about
Immigration abroad Germany
Limit migration numbers or we'll dump you, Merkel: German Chancellor is ORDERED to scrap her open doors policy by leader of CSU party that backs her
MailOnline, 7 September 2016.
German chancellor Angela Merkel has been ordered to scrap her open
doors policy on migration - by the leader of a party that backs her.
Horst Seehofer - leader of the CSU in Bavaria which rules in tandem
with Merkel's own CDU party - says he is so alarmed at the 'domestic
political situation' that the chancellor has no choice but to U-turn.
It is understood that he wants her to limit migration numbers in
the country in return for continued CSU support at the general election in
the autumn of next year. ...
Bild said high level sources within
the CDU and CSU have told the newspaper that Seehofer wants a guarantee of
no more than 200,000 migrants a year - a third less than Germany is
expecting in 2016.
He also wants Germany to take full control of
its borders to turn away illegals.
And he is demanding that
deportations are speeded up - currently 215,367 people rejected for asylum
continue to live in Germany.
Immigration point system, work permits, emergency brake
UK immigration: what are the alternatives to a point-based system?
The Guardian, 6 September 2016.
For, as experts such as the Migration Observatory have pointed out,
points-based systems have been used by countries such as Canada, Australia
and New Zealand with liberal migration policies looking to admit more
people than come under company-sponsored work permits alone.
calculation, introducing a scaled-up Australian system in Britain could
actually double annual immigration to the UK to 1.5 million or more.
So it is no wonder that on Monday at her G20 press conference in
Hangzhou, the prime minister decisively rejected a points-based immigration
So what's wrong with a points-based system? The
Australians introduced theirs in 1979 with the aim of attracting skilled
migrants from anywhere on the planet. It has certainly helped grow their
population to the point where those born overseas now account for 28% of
the population double the British share.
The idea of
points-based system under which migrants who score highest on
qualifications, experience, youth, education and language fluency are
offered permanent citizenship sounds fair but even the Australians
have moved away from that model. ...
In fact, the Australians have
now introduced an employer-led system of temporary and permanent work visas
that have left the points-based system covering only 15% of all migrants
entering Australia. ...
But Britain has a points-based system for
non-EU migration so why not for EU migration? As the prime minister knows
only too well, the points-based system for skilled non-EU jobs in Britain
introduced in 2008 is already full of holes and exceptions. ...
if not a points-based system to reduce Britain's near record level of
327,00 net migration a year, then what? The main options being canvassed
Work permits: As advocated by Lord Green, the chairman
of MigrationWatch UK, who proved highly influential in shaping May's
immigration policies as home secretary. He has suggested a Brexit
negotiating position that opens with an offer of free movement for European
Union tourists, students, pensioners and other self-sufficient people on
the basis that it is reciprocated.
But that would be accompanied by
a proposal that all entry to the UK to work for both EU and non-EU citizens
should be subject to the present points-based system of work permits with
the cap expanded as necessary. ...
Restricting free movement
from the EU: May herself spelled out a year ago how she thought that
Britain could close the door to unskilled labour from within the European
Union without losing the UK's access to the single market. ...
Emergency brake: This option has been backed by both ends of
the political spectrum. The Institute of Public Policy Research ... The
Adam Smith Institute ...
Immigration abroad cost, Germany
Number of migrants on benefits in Germany up 169%
MailOnline, 6 September 2016.
The number of migrants claiming German welfare benefits soared by
169 percent last year, data showed on Monday, a figure likely to further
boost anti-immigrant groups such as the Alternative for Germany (AfD),
which performed well in a weekend election.
Around 975,000 migrants
were receiving benefits in accordance with the Act on Benefits for Asylum
Seekers at the end of 2015, the Federal Statistics Office said. That marked
the sixth consecutive yearly rise and compared with 363,000 in 2014. ...
Monday's data include migrants with temporary residence permits and
those who cannot be deported for the time being. They do not include those
with refugee status or those entitled to asylum, who receive social
benefits if they need help. ...
State spending on benefits for
migrants climbed by around 120 percent in 2015 to almost 5.3 billion euros,
the data showed. ...
Almost two-thirds of the benefit recipients
came from Asia, with half of this group coming from Syria, the data showed.
Another 22 percent hailed from European countries such as Albania,
Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia, which are all outside the European Union,
while 13 percent came from Africa.
Immigration abroad crime, Austria, Switzerland
1,000 asylum seekers 'broke the law' in Austria during the first half of 2016, report reveals - as it emerges up to 90% of migrants have vanished from Swiss refugee
MailOnline, 6 September 2016.
Over 11,000 migrants living in Austria have been listed as criminal
suspects, new figures have revealed.
A total of 11,158 asylum
seekers in Austria have been suspected of committing criminal offences in
the first half of 2016 with a fifth of offenders of Afghan origin.
The figures come as separate statistics from Switzerland have
revealed that up to 90 per cent of migrants entering the country disappear
after arriving at asylum centres. ...
Justice director of Bern
Christoph Neuhaus called the numbers of disappearing migrants 'highly
He said: 'We cannot be sure that they really migrate
further and register elsewhere as asylum seekers.
risking an army of illegal aliens which is evident even at the black
market, in prostitution or crime.'
Immigration abroad asylum, France
Afghans seeking asylum in France shoots up 964 per cent in less than 5 months
Daily Express, 6 September 2016.
A shock poll has shown the number of Afghan asylum-seekers has
risen by a staggering 964 per cent in the last five months.
research commissioned by French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve reveals
people from Afghanistan are the second biggest immigrant group seeking the
right to remain on French territory with the Sudanese remain the
A total of 40,072 asylum claims were made in France in
the first six months of 2016: an increase of 18.3 per cent compared to the
same period last year.
Immigration abroad Hungary, Europe
Hungary's PM warns that the level of migrants entering Europe via the Balkans is set to surge as ISIS boast hundreds of Islamists have arrived hidden among
MailOnline, 6 September 2016.
Hungary's Prime Minister has warned that the level of migrants
entering Europe through the Balkans is set to surge as ISIS claims hundreds
of jihadists have arrived among refugees.
Flows of migrants seeking
safety in Europe via the Balkans could swell to the levels seen last
autumn, Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban said, warning Brussels of
conflicts to come if it sought to prevent the country from defending its
It comes on the same day that ISIS said Islamists have
already arrived in Europe and are ready to attack. ...
want to change the character of our country,' Orban said. 'We want to
remain Hungarian, to keep our religious and ethnic composition. That view
isn't popular in Europe nowadays, at least among politicians.'
Immigration abroad racism, multiculturalism, Denmark
'I've Become a Racist': Migrant Wave Unleashes Danish Tensions Over Identity
New York Times, 6 September 2016.
Johnny Christensen, a stout and silver-whiskered retired bank
employee, always thought of himself as sympathetic to people fleeing war
and welcoming to immigrants. But after more than 36,000 mostly Muslim
asylum seekers poured into Denmark over the past two years, Mr.
Christensen, 65, said, "I've become a racist."
He believes these
new migrants are draining Denmark's cherished social-welfare system but
failing to adapt to its customs. ...
The country had little
experience with immigrants until 1967, when the first "guest workers" were
invited from Turkey, Pakistan and what was then Yugoslavia. Its 5.7 million
people remain overwhelmingly native born, though the percentage has dropped
to 88 today from 97 in 1980.
Bo Lidegaard, a prominent historian,
said many Danes feel strongly that "we are a multiethnic society today, and
we have to realize it but we are not and should never become a
multicultural society." ...
Analysts say that the public voiced
little opposition after 5,000 Poles and 3,300 Americans, among other
Westerners, emigrated to Denmark in 2014, but that there has been
significant criticism of the nearly 16,000 Syrian asylum seekers who
arrived that year and the next. They and other migrants were not invited,
and many ended up here by accident, intercepted on their route to Sweden.
Perhaps the leading and most substantive concern
is that the migrants are an economic drain. In 2014, 48 percent of
immigrants from non-Western countries ages 16 to 64 were employed, compared
with 74 percent of native Danes. ...
Anders Buhl-Christensen, a
center-right city councilman in Randers, said the influx had forced a more
honest conversation about national identity. "Our problem in Denmark is
that we've been too polite," he said. "No one dared talk about"
immigration, he added, "because they were afraid they'd be called racist."
Diversity student fees, universities
Universities to raise fees next year, survey shows
Daily Telegraph, 6 September 2016.
All elite universities are set to introduce higher fees from next
year, new data from the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) revealed as it
emerged nearly every institution in England is expected to follow suit.
The data showed 121 out of 123 universities with full-time
undergraduates plan to charge £9,250 for some of their courses and 36
institutions plan to charge the higher fee on all their subjects. ...
OFFA expected the investment in widening access to
under-represented groups of students including the disabled and
ethnic minorities to remain in proportion to the rise in fees.
However, the universities are set to spend around 30 per cent of
their higher fee income in broadening access with Oxford (41.3 per cent),
Cambridge (31.2 per cent), London School of Economics (49.9 per cent) and
Imperial (35 per cent) all above the average.
universities particularly Oxford have been under a lot of
pressure to accept more minority students in their ranks following calls
from former prime minister, David Cameron, to take more ethnic minority
Population pressure air pollution, traffic
'Air pollution' particles linked to Alzheimer's found in human brain
Daily Telegraph, 6 September 2016.
Tiny magnetic particles produced by car engines and brakes can
travel into the human brain and may trigger Alzheimer's disease, scientists
Researchers at Lancaster, Oxford and Manchester
Universities discovered microscopic spheres of the mineral magnetite in the
brains of 37 people in Manchester and Mexico who had suffered
neurodegenerative disease. ...
Air pollution has already been
implicated in lung disease and heart attacks and recent studies have
suggested that it could also be a factor in cognitive decline with a US
study in 2014 showing that people in highly polluted areas were 50 per cent
more likely to suffer mental decline.
Immigration EU nationals in UK
EU nationals living in UK 'cannot be identified'
BBC, 6 September 2016.
There is no reliable data to identify EU nationals in the UK or the
length of their stay in the country, immigration minister Robert Goodwill
He told MPs this lack of detail would not affect Brexit
negotiations as he could not foresee a situation in which all EU nationals
were told to leave.
Ministers say they cannot guarantee EU
nationals living in the UK the right to stay without reciprocal assurances.
Citizens of other EU countries living in the UK who are not
working do not necessarily have national insurance numbers, resulting in
gaps in the official records. ...
Earlier, Mr Goodwill said the
government had not decided yet whether to introduce a cut-off point after
which any automatic right to stay would no longer apply. ...
Officials have said that anyone who has been living in the UK for
five years would have a virtual guarantee as they would be able to apply
for permanent residence.
Immigration politics, liberalism
Why liberals should resist the call to open borders [part 1]
Vox, 6 September 2016.
[David Miller is Official Fellow and Professor of Political Theory at Nuffield College, Oxford]
Across developed societies, the issue of immigration has pushed its
way toward the top of the political agenda. A large section of the public
is concerned about how many newcomers are arriving (and also about
who is arriving), and we can see the effects of this in the rise of
Donald Trump, in the recent referendum vote in the UK to leave the European
Union, and in the rise of anti-immigrant parties in a number of European
societies even social-democratic Sweden. Being tough on immigrants
seems to be a good way for otherwise repellent candidates and parties to
win mass support.
In this climate, it is widely believed that
anyone who aspires to stand on the progressive side of politics ought to be
pro-immigration. Opposition to immigration is fueled by racial prejudice
and xenophobia, the thinking goes, and so anyone who wants to distance
themselves from these despicable attitudes ought correspondingly to favor
higher levels of immigration. ...
This idea that being progressive
means being pro-immigration has unfortunate political consequences, because
it tends to create a split between liberal intellectuals and political
leaders (who share these assumptions) and their natural power base among
blue- and white-collar workers (who do not).
typically find them themselves in an uneasy place when asked to think and
speak about immigration. Their moral intuitions point them in one
direction, their political instincts in another. ...
But it's a
mistake to think that being liberal necessarily means being
immigration-friendly. A democratic society's immigration policy ought to be
one that is driven by a concern for social justice, and decisions about how
many and which immigrants to take in should be guided by that concern. ...
The migrants themselves would no doubt be made better off by being allowed
to enter, but the political community isn't obliged to weigh their
interests equally with those of existing citizens. A degree of compatriot
favoritism is justifiable. Social justice itself depends on an implicit
social contract whereby citizens support the state and most of the time
comply with what it requires them to do (pay taxes and so forth) while in
return it protects their interests in areas such education, employment,
health care, and security in retirement. An open-door policy would run the
danger of dissolving that contract, and with it the state's claim to
Of course in many cases, allowing immigrants to enter
is of benefit to the receiving society, as they bring in professional or
entrepreneurial skills, or take on low-paid jobs that native workers are
reluctant to fill. But even here some caution is necessary. What impact
will this movement of people have on the sending societies?
Favoritism for our compatriots doesn't allow us to benefit them at
the expense of exploiting poorer societies who are deprived of skilled
workers that they badly need doctors and nurses to staff their
health systems, engineers and computer programmers to develop their
industries. Remittances sent home may provide some compensation for the
loss that exit causes, but there is no guarantee that they will produce a
net gain. So if part of what it means to be progressive is to support the
development of third-world countries, a progressive immigration policy must
be a selective one that avoids brain-drain effects.
Immigration politics, liberalism
Why liberals should resist the call to open borders [part 2]
Vox, 6 September 2016.
So far I have been discussing immigration in general and its
effects on both the sending and the receiving societies. But we need to pay
special attention to the case of refugees, for they, it seems, have claims
on us that are even stronger than our compatriots' claims for social
By a refugee, I mean someone who is forced to leave her
country of residence because there is no feasible way for her human rights
to be protected so long as she remains inside it. /.../ There is no
question that we have obligations to such people. But does that mean that
we must grant asylum to all those who claim it from us, and can provide
evidence to back up their claim?
We should hesitate before
accepting so great a liability. The problem is not just that the numbers of
people in this category might be very large indeed, as events over the last
two years in Europe have demonstrated. The question is whether the best way
to respond to refugee crises is to allow refugees to choose the places
where they will seek asylum.
In practice, most refugees now end up
being housed in refugee camps close to the places from which they have
fled, and although these camps often need to be better resourced than they
now are, there is logic behind this. The cost of supporting a refugee in a
camp is a small fraction of the cost of supporting her in a rich society;
as a result, many more people can be helped in this way with limited
resources. And most of those who are escaping civil war or the collapse of
social order want to return to their homes as soon as it is safe for them
to do so, so it makes sense for them to stay close by meanwhile.
Nevertheless, there will be some people for whom permanent
resettlement is the only option that will give them the opportunity for a
decent life, either because they are "classic" refugees who would be
persecuted if they were to return to their homelands, or because the
collapse in social order that prompted them to leave shows no sign of
In this situation, liberal states have a moral
responsibility to admit these refugees and grant them rights of permanent
residence. But this is a responsibility that is shared between all of the
states that have the capacity to provide asylum, so no one state is
required to carry all of the burden alone. Ideally, these states would
agree upon a burden-sharing scheme, with each state accommodating a quota
of refugees according to its capacity to do, calculated on the basis of
population size, land area, GDP per head, and so forth.
recent European experience shows, getting states to agree on such a formal
arrangement is very difficult. ...
Our thinking about immigration
tends to be over-influenced by individual cases. In both Europe and North
America, the mass movement of people, by land and sea, continues to produce
its fair share of individual tragedies. Moreover, the physical enforcement
of border controls is rarely a pretty sight. But a defensible immigration
policy has to consider the large scale and longer term consequences of
migration not only the impact it has on the receiving society, but
also the incentive effect on potential future migrants. And it needs to
strike a proper balance between the human rights claims of outsiders and
the social justice claims of the political community's existing members.
Immigration points system, work permits
'Stop backsliding on Brexit!' Nigel Farage slams Theresa May for ruling out Boris Johnson's Brexit pledge of an Australian-style migrant points system
Jason Groves and
Daily Mail, 5 September 2016.
In a slapdown to her Foreign Secretary, Mrs May said there was no
'silver bullet' to tackling the number of migrants coming from the EU.
And as she travelled to the G20 summit in China yesterday the PM -
who has vowed 'Brexit means Brexit' - criticised the scheme and her
spokesman today confirmed it would not be implemented because it 'will not
Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of Migration Watch
UK, backed Mrs May, saying: 'The way to cut immigration from the European
Union is by issuing work permits. If you go for a points-based system it
becomes a mindless way of doing it. Nobody can check whether points are
being accurately described.
'We already have a work permit system
for non-EU citizens. The way to tackle this is to wrap up EU migrants in
the same way. The effect would be that low-skilled migrants would not
Immigration points system, work permits
A points system v work permits. Either way, voters want less immigration.
ConservativeHome, 5 September 2016.
In 2014, we produced our own manifesto, which called for such a
system in very similar words: "A points-based system should be used to
prioritise the immigration of workers with skills in short supply." Theresa
May read it herself, and it was made clear to us that she doesn't support
the idea not because it would be too tough, but because it wouldn't
be tough enough. The Australian system, she argues, gives migrants
automatic entry if they have the right number of points whether or
not they have a job lined up, and that simply won't do for Britain. Andrew
Green of Migration Watch has argued on this site that it is "extremely
complex, applicable only to job seekers (employers have a different route),
and only covers 15 per cent of all migrants". It is, he said, "fool's gold"
designed for Australia's policy of having higher, not lower,
But whatever your view, voters' interest, when it
comes to immigration control, lies less in what politicians have said in
the past than what they will do in the future. Supporters of a points
system will claim that one can be organised to produce less immigration,
not more. Backers of using work permits instead will reply, as the Prime
Minister does, that they deal better with the relationship between entry
and work. Either way, however, the referendum message from the British
people was unambiguous: they want less immigration and more control.
Immigration abroad European Union
Europe 'close to limit' on refugee numbers, EU president says
CNN, 4 September 2016.
Europe is "close to limit" on accepting refugees, EU President
Donald Tusk said Sunday, as he urged the international community to do more
to step up resettlement of those seeking refuge.
A growing number
of refugees have fled to Europe to escape instability in Syria, Iraq,
Eritrea and Somalia, among other nations.
capabilities of Europe to host new waves of refugees, not to mention
irregular economic migrants, are close to the limits," Tusk said Sunday ...
Asylum English lessons
'Madness' of £10m English lessons for Syrian refugees
Jamie Doward and James Tapper
The Observer, 4 September 2016.
A government pledge to spend £10m on English tuition for
Syrian refugees in Britain, while ignoring those from other countries, is
"madness", according to the charity advising the Home Office on how to
The government is making the pledge as it
confirms that the local authority places needed to deliver on its
commitment to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020 have been found. ...
Latest figures show that some 2,800 Syrians have arrived in more
than 100 local authority areas under the Vulnerable Person Resettlement
Scheme (VPRS) since it began, putting the government on course to meet its
commitment, according to the home secretary, Amber Rudd. ...
new £10m funding package to boost English tuition will mean all adults
arriving under VPRS will receive an extra 12 hours a week of lessons for up
to six months. This is in addition to the language support provided by
local authorities. ...
Official figures show that, in addition to
those arriving through VPRS, almost 15,000 people were granted refugee
status in the 12 months to the end of June 2016.
Multiculturalism illegal schools, Islam, political correctness
Illegal Muslim faith schools IGNORED due to 'political correctness', Ofsted chief warns
Daily Express, 3 September 2016.
Councils are ignoring illegal Muslim faith schools over political
correctness fears, the education watchdog's chief inspector has warned.
Sir Michael Wilshaw said some councils are "getting in the way" of
Ofsted's attempts to stop pupils studying at unregistered schools.
It is believed there are up to 160 illegal schools currently
Sir Michael said: "Some of our lawyers are saying that
our cases are very robust.
"But what the courts might say is that
the local authority has been into some of these places but don't want to
upset community relations, so they ignore it.
"When push comes to
shove, barristers are saying courts could say the local authorities didn't
find anything wrong with these places.
"They have to see this as a
serious problem, identify where these places are and close them down."
The Ofsted boss also suggested some Labour-led councils were not
tackling the illegal schools over fears of upsetting Muslim voters.
He told the Times: "It's a bit like the Seventies and Eighties, a
lot of local authorities didn't confront the Socialist Workers' Party and
all those infiltrating schools in those days partly because the councils
themselves were made up of some of those people." ...
children may be educated at home, independent schools must register with
the Department of Education and consent to inspections.
Immigration abroad Hungary
ANOTHER blow for Angela Merkel: Even Hungary's Socialists want to REJECT migrant quotas
Daily Express, 3 September 2016.
Hungary is a step closer to rejecting EU migrant quotas now as even
the socialist party thinks it's a bad idea.
The leader of the
Hungarian Socialist Party, Gyula Molnár, made the comments against
migrant quotas during a live television broadcast.
He said: "The
Socialist Party would be ready to support the Government in combatting the
Mr Molnár said that the migrant crisis
needs to be managed and there is not majority support for the quota scheme.
The Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has been critical of
the EU's migration policies and wants voters to reject the Brussels order.
The country will have a referendum in October about whether it
should accept Brussels diktat on accepting immigrants. ...
European countries, including Austria, Croatia and Slovakia have also
expressed outrage at the plan for migrant quotas.
Politics liberalism, multiculturalism, political correctness
Liberals should blame themselves for their decline they got so much wrong
Daily Telegraph, 3 September 2016.
But liberals have to take their own share of blame for the state of
the West. After all, they've been running it for several decades. Badly.
In 1989, they appeared to win the world. The Berlin Wall fell.
The communist alternative was dead. Liberals dared to proclaim the End of
History and politics here in Britain settled on the centre ground,
diminishing choice. Tony Blair aped Margaret Thatcher, David Cameron aped
Tony Blair. ...
... They adopted policies that were not inherent to
liberalism but were, upon reflection, just very bad choices. Choices
largely responsible for the mess we're in. ...
Liberals might have
been able to make a sound moral case for taking said refugees if they had
not embraced unnecessarily mass economic migration. Labour's
decision in 2004 to open the British labour market early to eastern Europe
was unilateral. It did not have to be done. The result was a growing
perception that immigration has a negative effect upon wages and public
services, fuelling a backlash against open borders that is now felt most
harshly by asylum seekers. Worse: many people now regard immigration as a
conspiracy by liberal elites who will not acknowledge its effects
and who charge its critics with racism to change the country by
stealth. Liberal snobbery has done as much to poison the migration debate
as nationalism ever did.
For liberals are not as tolerant as they
think. /.../ And in recent decades liberals have used the state to promote
political correctness. At best it's a new code of manners for a
multicultural society. At worst, it is thought-policing, attempting to make
people say things they don't really think. Prejudices have not been so much
confronted as suppressed.
The communists made the mistake of
believing they could make everyone equal by declaring them to be so.
Liberals thought society was more tolerant because they banned vile words
from the public sphere. Only now are liberals learning that this is not how
human beings work. The revival of nationalism might indicate that people do
still define themselves by ethnicity.
Or maybe it doesn't. It's
also possible that voters are reacting rationally rather than
emotionally to policy failure. ...
For me, I would prefer to
praise liberalism than see it buried. It has done a lot of good for
civilisation; many of its tenets are civilisation. But political traditions
have to adapt to survive. Liberals, alas, have refused to accept their
mistakes. They prefer to cast them as moral necessities and question the
decency of those who challenge them.
Immigration abroad crime, police, blacks, USA
Black lies matter
Heather Mac Donald
Washington Examiner, 3 September 2016.
[Heather Mac Donald is the Thomas W. Smith fellow at the Manhattan Institute]
The Black Lives Matter movement has been feted repeatedly at the
White House and honored at the Democratic National Convention. ...
Yet the Black Lives Matter movement is based on a lie, and not just
the lie that a pacific Michael Brown was gunned down in cold blood by
Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson in August 2014.
idea that the U.S. is experiencing an epidemic of racially driven police
shootings is also false, and dangerously so. Several studies released this
year show that police officers are less likely to shoot blacks than whites.
But just as Michael Brown continues to be venerated as a martyr to
police brutality despite the Justice Department's evisceration of the
"hands up, don't shoot" narrative, the media, activists and many
politicians continue to traffic in demonstrable untruths about police
shootings, race and crime.
The facts are these: Last year, the
police shot 990 people, the vast majority armed or violently resisting
arrest, according to the Washington Post's database of fatal police
shootings. Whites made up 49.9 percent of those victims, blacks, 26
percent. That proportion of black victims is lower than what the black
violent crime rate would predict.
Blacks constituted 62 percent of
all robbery defendants in America's 75 largest counties in 2009, 57 percent
of all murder defendants and 45 percent of all assault defendants,
according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, even though blacks comprise
only 15 percent of the population in those counties. ...
never know it from the activists, but police shootings are responsible for
a lower percentage of black homicide deaths than white and Hispanic
homicide deaths. Twelve percent of all whites and Hispanics who die of
homicide are killed by police officers, compared to 4 percent of black
That disparity is driven by the greatly elevated
rates of criminal victimization in the black community. More blacks die
each year from homicide, more than 6,000, than homicide victims of all
other races combined. Their killers are not the police, and not whites, but
other blacks. ...
... Blacks commit homicide at eight times the
rate of whites and Hispanics combined. ...
Why, then, the
widespread perception that there is a law enforcement war on blacks?
Because the mainstream media relentlessly focuses on a handful of police
shootings of blacks and ignores police shootings of whites, as well as the
crime that brings officers into disproportionate contact with black
Police officers are far more likely to be killed by
a black person than vice versa. Over the past decade, black males comprised
40 percent of all cop killers, though they are 6 percent of the population.
That means that an officer is 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a
black male than an unarmed black male is to be killed by a police officer.
But the Black Lives Matter narrative has nevertheless had an
enormous effect on policing and public safety, despite its mendacity. ...
For the past two decades, the country has been talking about
phantom police racism in order to avoid talking about a more uncomfortable
truth: black crime.
Police arrest 900 Syrians in England and Wales for crimes including rape and child abuse
Daily Express, 2 September 2016.
Shocking police figures released for England and Wales have shown
nearly 900 Syrians have been arrested in just one year.
officials say the migrants were accused of sickening crimes including rapes
and child abuse.
Now critics say they are concerned that the
thousands of Syrians entering Britain each year under resettlement schemes
are being allowed to enter the country unchecked.
Immigration abroad Turkey, European Union
Man behind EU-Turkey migrant deal admits it's DOOMED TO FAIL
Daily Express, 2 September 2016.
The man who created the EU-Turkey deal to solve Europe's migrant
crisis says the agreement is doomed to fail.
Officials in Brussels
offered Turkey £2.5 billion and visa-free travel throughout the EU if
Ankara clamped down on the migrant crisis.
But Gerald Knaus, the
head of the European Stability Initiative (ESI), has declared unless Turkey
is made safe then the plans to send migrants back will not work.
The thinktank first floated the idea of the EU-Turkey deal last
year but since then Turkey has been rocked by a failed military coup which
saw hundreds of people die and thousands more arrested as President Tayyip
Erdogan cracks down on his opponents.
Mr Knaus said: "This deal
should have been a showpiece of the EU.
"The deal will fail unless
Turkey is a safe country and we can send people back.
visa-free travel. But in return Turkey should first have to be safe."
The founder of the ESI warned if nothing is done to improve the
situation in Turkey then migrants camped out on Greek islands could be
He said: "We know what needs to be done, but it
does not happen.
"This is so important for the future of the
Refugee Convention, for the future of Greece and the ability of the EU to
monitor the borders. I hope that EU leaders this succeed, because it is
Mr Knaus said the deal could work if Greece quickly
processes migrants, if Turkey improves its asylum system and if the EU
helps with the mass-resettlement.
He said: "On paper, the deal is
more or less what was recommended, but in reality these three key elements
have not been made to work."
Immigration abroad Angela Merkel, Germany
No, Angela Merkel didn't cause the refugee crisis
CapX, 2 September 2016.
[Dalibor Rohac is a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute]
For a vast majority of her critics, Angela Merkel's welcome for
Syrian asylum-seekers almost exactly a year ago bears a major portion of
blame for the severity of the refugee crisis in Europe. Depending on whom
you ask, it was a "very irresponsible" decision, driven by "panic and
muddled thinking" or, alternatively, by "starry-eyed optimism."
course, the German Chancellor's decision to open her country's doors to the
influx of refugees is not immune to criticism. However, it is wrong to
assert that, in and of itself, the move was a dramatic game-changer. And
even less compelling are the attempts to paint Merkel as naive, or
oblivious to the realities of integrating large numbers of immigrants from
a foreign culture.
But first, the facts.
The decision of
the German government to announce that it was suspending the so-called
Dublin Regulation, which required refugees to register and apply for asylum
in the first EU country that they reached, did not happen in a vacuum.
Before her "welcome" to the Syrians, between the beginning of January and
the end of August 2015, more than 700,000 applications for asylum had been
made in the EU more than in the entire year beforehand.
importantly, the Dublin Regulation had been effectively dead for a long
time. Greece, at the time the main country of arrival in the EU, was
overwhelmed by the inflow. Other EU and non-EU countries along the way,
such as Hungary, Austria and Serbia, were doing little to stop the
refugees' and migrants' passage to the West.
At the end of last
summer, the Hungarian government of Viktor Orbán decided to enforce
the Dublin Regulation by blocking off access to Budapest's Keleti railway
station, a point of departure of Austria-bound trains. At the same time,
Hungary was completing a razor-wire fence on its border with Serbia to
discourage further migration. As a result, thousands of stranded Syrians,
Iraqis, and Afghans started accumulating in the Hungarian capital. An
improvised refugee camp emerged outside of the station and tensions between
the police and the increasingly desperate refugees were rising.
was in that specific context that Ms Merkel's decision, coordinated with
governments of Austria and Hungary, took place. /.../ During the first
weekend of September, more than 20,000 of them arrived in Munich.
Ms Merkel extended her "welcome" to refugees at a time when no good
options were available. Those stranded in Hungary had little interest in
applying for asylum there nor were Hungarian authorities keen to
accept them. Given the numbers, a forcible return to Serbia, Greece, or
Turkey was impractical, regardless of its legality.
A common charge
against the outburst of "Willkommenskultur" in September 2015 was that it
encouraged others to embark on the gruesome journey from Turkey, Jordan or
Lebanon towards the EU. However, as a matter of practical policy, very
little has changed, since Syrians have been effectively guaranteed asylum
in Germany for years.
Algerian asylum seeker who has committed 17 crimes including for attempted robbery and drug crime is RELEASED onto the streets because Government can't kick him
MailOnline, 2 September 2016.
An Algerian asylum seeker with 14 convictions for 17 crimes can't
be deported because no other country will have him, the High Court heard.
The 31-year-old career criminal poses a 'high risk of harm to the
public' and has committed 'numerous criminal offences' including violent
and drug crime.
He arrived in the UK from Africa in 2003 and has
been convicted of 17 offences over a seven-year period. ...
has been released from immigration detention after deportation attempts
Judge McKenna said the man, who has a history of
alcoholism, drug use and homelessness and cannot be named, had been born in
a refugee camp in southern Algeria, claimed that he was 'stateless'.
He said Home Office staff had approached authorities in different
parts of Africa - in a bid to deport - but officials abroad had refused to
provide travel documents to the man. ...
The man had claimed that
he had been unlawfully detained between January and November 2015. Home
Office officials disputed his claim.
They said he had been a
'serial absconder' and had committed 'numerous criminal offences'. ...
But the judge said the man had been released late in 2015 - after
being held in immigration detention for more than 10 months - following
fruitless deportation bids.
Immigration numbers, economy, culture
Time to get the facts straight
Policy Network, 2 September 2016.
[Will Moy is the director of Full Fact]
Britain is a very different country because of immigration, and the
scale of immigration has risen dramatically in the past couple of decades.
Too often that goes unsaid.
Immigration is an issue that matters a
lot to a lot of people, and with good reason. It is both an economic and a
The potency of the cultural issue is obvious from
the classic finding that people who are most concerned about immigration
are often the people living in areas less affected by it. Immigration
affects people's perceptions of the country, as well as people's
Despite this, it usually seems to be treated in
Westminster as an economic issue, with politicians offering simplistic
numbers in response to complex feelings. We often hear the stock response
is that immigration is good for the economy. But the analysis requires more
nuance than this.
It is fair to say that immigration is probably a
benefit to the public finances, albeit not a very big one.
also know that immigration has an effect on wages: low-wage workers lose,
while medium and high-paid workers gain.
It is pretty useless to
present that positive picture of the whole economy to one of the people
whose wages are lower because of competition from immigrants. Immigration
has economic downsides as well as benefits.
It's natural to look at
the big overall picture. But it's dangerous to overlook what the big
picture is made up of: in this case, very different experiences for
different kinds of people.
Migration statistics are complex, and
both sides during the recent referendum campaign got them wrong. The
immigration debate has come to be dominated by one number, total net
migration into the UK, and one target, tens of thousands. Never mind that
net migration cannot be measured to the nearest ten thousand, and never
mind that those numbers have been badly inaccurate.
The then prime
minister David Cameron quoted Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures
about the balance of migration to and from the EU. The ONS had elsewhere
said these figures were wrong, but had not labelled them clearly in the
spreadsheet that the prime minister was using.
Vote Leave wrongly
stated that EU migration was more than half of net migration. That is the
wrong sum: you cannot divide one by the other because that ignores the net
emigration of Brits from the UK. Information providers can and should do
more to prevent these errors.
Multiculturalism Islam, religious conflict
The Islamist war against Sikhs is arriving in Europe
Spectator blog, 2 September 2016.
Terror attacks in Germany are becoming remarkably unremarkable. So
when a bomb went off in the German city of Essen, near Düsseldorf
and killed nobody it barely registered. The three teenagers
who detonated the device were all members of a Whatsapp group called
'Supporters of the Islamic Caliphate', so their intentions seemed pretty
clear: they wanted to wage war against the infidels of the West.
But their target a Sikh temple was striking. While
initial reports suggested there was 'no indication' of a terrorist
incident, any Sikh reading the news would have understood the motive, just
as any Jew or Christian would have understood precisely why Islamic
extremists target synagogues or churches. It was a religiously motivated
attack, designed to remind Germany's Sikh community that they should also
It's a common claim that Christian persecution at the
hands of Islamic fundamentalists is overlooked. But after the murder of the
French priest Father Jacques Hamel in Rouen earlier this month, it's hard
to brush aside the fact that Europe is becoming a religious battleground.
The persecution meted out by Islamic State to many minorities in Syria and
Iraq is arriving on our shores and it is a gruesome spectacle. ...
But while Sikhism teaches that all religious traditions should be
respected, Islam has a long history of targeting Sikh communities. Even
today, persecution still exists. ...
Much of this has been ignored
by the West. But echoes are now being heard across Europe, so it is
becoming harder to turn a blind eye. Christians are targeted in Syria
and in France. Ahmadiyya Muslims are persecuted in Pakistan
and in Britain, as the sectarian murder of the Ahmadi shopkeeper Asad Shah
showed. And Sikhs are attacked in Afghanistan and in Germany. The
pernicious force of radical Islam is seeping into Western culture and
undermining religious freedom.
Top Academic: Muslims Would Not Tolerate Multiculturalism in Islamic Countries
Breitbart, 2 September 2016.
Professor Afshin Ellian has warned that bleats of
"multiculturalism" are a one-way street as Muslims in Europe oppress
historic minorities in their own lands and have no intention of showing
The Iranian-born professor of law argues that while
Muslim migrants are quick to claim their customs under "multiculturalism",
they have no intention of reciprocating.
Writing in Elsevier
magazine, Dr. Ellian says Muslims rapidly learn the rules of
multiculturalism and push for their place in society but have no intention
of adopting any sort of progressive ideals.
"The Islamic world is
not multicultural. New migrants in Europe rapidly learn the rules of
multiculturalism claim your place in society! Minorities do not take
the progressive ideals, but the despotism of their country of origin as a
starting point", he stated in the Dutch weekly.
points out that while economic migration is normal, workers usually migrate
within their own region. ...
Asserting that "the Islamic world is
not multicultural", the professor declares how, despite their sharp elbows
as a minority in Europe, Muslims would be outraged at the idea of mass
immigration of non-Muslims to their lands. ...
"From Morocco to
Pakistan or Iran: mass immigration of Europeans are excluded. In most
Islamic countries non-Muslims, and especially Europeans, are not allowed to
own land, homes, or businesses. So multicultural advocates have never
looked at the world," the professor contends. ...
migration combined with multiculturalism, will lead to an era of
"multicultural backwardness", Dr. Ellian warned.
Controlling Immigration Is Good For Democracy [part 1]
Standpoint, September 2016.
One of the ways in which "progressive" thought has unconsciously
inherited the structures of Christian morality, while evacuating it of
content it finds uncongenial, is in the Augustinian doctrine of original
Medieval theology had seven cardinal sins. "Progressive"
thought has a more economical three racism, sexism and homophobia
but they turn out to be capacious categories. ...
happens, the polling evidence is that the dominant reason for voting Leave
was democratic, namely the principle that decisions about the UK should be
taken in the UK. But the second most given reason was the desire to regain
control over immigration (33 per cent to 49 per cent, Ashcroft; 34 per cent
to 53 per cent, ComRes). Those figures almost certainly understate the
level of concern, ... ...
... What is needed is clear articulation
of the reasons why, without any hint of racism, you could be concerned
The best attempt to make this case so far has
been on the money. Roughly, immigration reduces how much pie you get, in
terms of wages and public services. This is important. But it is not the
heart of the problem. The real issue or rather, issues are
democratic. They concern what it is to be a people who govern themselves.
In our case, it concerns what it is for the people who live in Britain to
make up the British people.
Take the money side first. There is a
growing body of research investigating the effects of immigration on the
The aggregate benefits of immigration are now close to
irrelevant, however. As is widely acknowledged, the referendum revealed an
alarmingly divided country, with old party loyalties fractured and economic
inequality the strongest predictor of voting choice. The haves voted for
Remain; the have-nots for Leave. More clearly than ever, what matters now
is not how much pie there is to go round. What matters is who gets what,
and who takes the pain.
The evidence of the distributive effects of
immigration is limited. /.../ The government's Migration Advisory Committee
notes that the market struggles to absorb immigrant labour during
contraction, and that this is geographically variable. An increase in
supply of labour and decrease in demand means that wages fall, especially
at the low-skilled end and in economically depressed areas, and natives are
displaced from jobs they would otherwise have got. ...
terms of economic objections to immigration, the jury is still out.
The jury is not out on the political objections. Here are three
reasons why someone committed to British democracy should be concerned
about mass immigration.
First, the ability to control entry into a
country is one of the fundamental prerogatives of a sovereign nation. It is
as significant as the powers of setting and administering law, issuing
money, raising taxes, and waging war. To exercise sovereign control over
territory, it is not enough that a state is able to apply the law to all
those who are there. It must be able to control who enters, other than
through birth. Although it may choose not to exercise such control, it
retains this right. ...
... So an explanation is needed as to why
control over immigration is needed. This leads, then, to the second reason
why curtailing mass immigration matters, and I think the most fundamental.
Controlling Immigration Is Good For Democracy [part 2]
Standpoint, September 2016.
Mass immigration undermines the ability of a collection of
individual persons to be a people to have bonds of loyalty to each
other; to have the ability to take pride in each other's achievements and
feel shame at their shortcomings; at the limit, to love each other, not in
the romantic sense, but in the brotherly sense that marks those who live
together well. It is just a fact about human nature, about the kinds of
beings we are, that we love and care for those we share life with, and this
in a way that is different to those who are strangers to us.
need this be voluntary. I chose to try for children, sure. I didn't try for
these particular children. Yet my relationship with them is qualitatively
different to that which I have with those who are not mine, and I would be
a poor father if that were up for question. /.../ Can we imagine a
flourishing human life that does not, in large part, consist in
relationships with people who I legitimately privilege over others? Whose
well-being I care for not because I want to maximise the amount of
well-being in the world, but because I care for them?
of partiality are most pronounced in intimate relationships. They exist
also in political communities. Over time, in the context of concern between
generations and cooperation between families, villages, and towns, so
communities develop cultures, which bind us together. They can do this only
if there is a certain level of stability stability regarding whom I
live with and, usually, stability in where we live. Without some such
culture, people living together are merely a collection of alienated
individuals, living an impoverished life. To flourish you must belong.
Valuing cultural diversity commits you to the conditions that make
it possible. Stability of place and population are essential. /.../ It is a
closed and insular culture that is unable to welcome strangers. It is a
condition of there being a culture that most people are not strangers.
There is a deep incoherence in that outlook which claims to value
diversity, while divesting itself of any bond of allegiance. It is bonds of
allegiance, held in all their messy particularity, which help create the
diversity. The incoherence is usually latent, but becomes explicit in the
force of circumstance. ...
The importance of the power to exclude
for the preservation of culture is most clearly seen in the experience of
indigenous people. Take the native Americans. Their tragedy was not just
the injustice of what happened to them. It was also the loss of who they
The native Americans' tragedy is an extreme case. Lest I
be misunderstood, my point is nothing to do with any equivalence in
suffering, of which there is none. It is to identify a locus of value, in
the form of life sustained by a community, and the existence of which is
made plain by its loss. /.../ Why should it be parochial or racist to
recognise the same here? That value can be destroyed by massacres at dawn.
It can also be eroded by population shifts over two or three generations.
Controlling Immigration Is Good For Democracy [part 3]
Standpoint, September 2016.
Note too the policy implications drawn then. The creation of
reservations was the central plank of the belated attempts to help the
culture of the native American tribes to survive. In these, control over
some land is reserved to a tribe. This includes, necessarily, control over
who lives there. The land is not yours, collectively, if others can enter
and settle at will. If there was no distinctive value in the preservation
of the culture, it would have equally well satisfied the demands of justice
for each individual native American to be compensated in money for their
share of the territory the tribe was dispossessed of, and allowed to
disperse among the new states, free to separate or gather together as they
wished. But the effect of that would have been the dissolution of each
tribe as an entity. Only the reservation system made it possible for the
tribes as such to survive.
Identifying as valuable the culture that
creates a people out of a group of persons is not some simple glorification
of history, in which the past is lauded because it was there first.
Cultures change. The direction a culture takes is owned, though, by the
community that sustains that form of life. This is true for native
Americans; for aboriginal peoples in Australia; for tribes in Papua New
Guinea and Peru. It is true, too, for the British. Nor does it imply that
all cultures are of the same value. Plainly, some can thwart and oppress,
and others can liberate and enable. But such assessments point themselves
to the claim I am advancing, that cultures are targets of moral evaluation.
... a community owns for itself the direction its culture
develops in. Change is not something to be imposed by others. It seems
likely to me that the desire to live in a heterogeneous or a homogeneous
community is, at bottom, a matter of preference. It is explained by our
psychology and not capable of justification. Whether a nation chooses to
value the preservation of its distinctive culture, or whether it welcomes
plurality, is up to its people. What matters is that they decide.
The possibility of there being a people sustains a rare and
vulnerable political phenomenon: democracy. This is the third reason why
Democracy depends on trust to function stably.
/.../ A shared identity as a people, in my broad sense, with mutual
affective commitments, gives its members assurance that others are
committed to the democratic project of exercising power fairly.
There are other, subtler ways in which a liberal democracy depends
on trust too. Most people comply with the laws, including those with which
we disagree, predominantly from the view that you are morally obliged to
conform. We make do as a society with far less coercive force threatened by
the state than would be the case without this legitimating belief. But the
belief in the legitimacy of the laws is stable only given a good-faith
assumption that, even where I disagree with the policy, it is imposed both
after a fair process and in the best interests of society. Without the
good-faith assumption, the polity dissolves into competing factions. ...
Plenty of peoples, in my richer sense, do not govern themselves
democratically. But democracy doesn't take hold without there being a
people, a demos. If you care about the stable future of British democracy,
you should worry about mass immigration.
Politics Conservative Party
Restricting immigration will be at heart of Brexit deal, Theresa May says
The Guardian, 1 September 2016.
Theresa May has agreed with her cabinet that restricting
immigration will be a red line in any negotiations with the EU, in a move
that experts claim will end Britain's membership of the single market. ...
"There was a strong emphasis on pushing ahead to article 50 to lead
Britain successfully out of the European Union with no need for a
parliamentary vote," May's spokeswoman said, before setting out how
restrictions to freedom of movement would be at the centre of any Brexit
"Several cabinet members made it clear that we are leaving
the EU but not leaving Europe, with a decisive view that the model we are
seeking is one unique to the United Kingdom and not an off-the-shelf
solution," she said.
"This must mean controls on the numbers of
people who come to Britain from Europe but also a positive outcome for
those who wish to trade goods and services."
Immigration European Union
Migrants on the Med are getting a free ferry service
Daily Express, 1 September 2016.
In September last year the risible President of the EU Jean-Claude
Juncker heralded plans to beef up Frontex, Europe's frontier and coastguard
"We must work together more closely to manage our external
borders. That is what citizens expect," he declared. But that was just more
empty Brussels verbiage. Far from protecting Europe's integrity the EU
regime, in league with key member states, has presided over the wilful
demolition of all our borders.
The result of this suicidal policy
is a tragic, accelerating slide towards the demise of European
civilisation. In the past our leaders tried to repulse invasions by
foreigners who despised our heritage and culture. But today the ever
growing foreign influx is not just eagerly welcomed, it is provided with
subsidies, welfare and even transport.
That is certainly what is
happening in the farce on the coast of Libya where vast numbers of migrants
have gathered with the aim of crossing the Mediterranean. Instead of
offering resistance to this swelling army, supine European authorities
provide every kind of assistance.
In the first two days of this
week 10,000 migrants were picked up from unseaworthy boats by the Italian
navy, Frontex and a number of self-styled humanitarian groups such as
Médicins Sans Frontières. But contrary to much of the mawkish
coverage in the media this was not a series of heroic rescue missions that
averted catastrophe, it amounted to little more than a glorified free ferry
service from Africa to Europe.
Revealingly most of the passengers
were plucked from their boats just 12 miles from the coastal town of
Sabratha in Libya, having been given only enough fuel by the people
traffickers to make it for a quarter of an hour out to sea. Once safely on
board the vessels of the so-called "rescue" fleet, which now mounts
constant patrols of the Libyan shoreline, they were taken on a journey of
more than 300 miles to southern Italy. ...
In a sane world, where
the European political class actually wanted to defend our society, the
naval fleet would simply pick up the migrants and return them to Africa, a
trip that is a lot shorter than the voyage to Italy. Then the useless boats
would be systematically destroyed as a deterrent to the people smugglers.
It would be a straightforward process demonstrating that Europe is
serious about guarding its territory. But in the madhouse that is now run
by the EU's politicians, such logic does not apply. Our nominal defenders
have become agents of our destruction by actively colluding with mass
The creation of this transMediterranean ferry
service will only encourage even more people from Africa, Asia and the
Middle East to reach Europe. Already the numbers are utterly out of
EU politicians have adopted this policy over Libya
partly because they think with their usual self-delusion that it displays
their moral virtue and partly because it helps to undermine the traditional
order of Europe. In their eyes multiculturalism and mass immigration are
key instruments to smash the old idea of nationhood.
It is no
coincidence that "United in Diversity" is one of the EU's most prominent
slogans. But as the social fabric is torn apart by uncontrolled immigration
the people of Europe are paying a terrible price for this disastrous
Crime Notting Hill Carnival
Hey Black Lives Matter UK: here's some perspective on Glastonbury vs Notting Hill Carnival
Spectator blog, 1 September 2016.
Here's a thing. Shortly after my column for this week's magazine
appeared online, Black Lives Matter UK put out the following tweet: ...
Hey Rod Liddle: where were your calls to ban Glastonbury in order
to prevent white-on-white crime? ...
Rather than answer this sliver
of delusional idiocy myself, I'll leave it to Ken Marsh, chairman of the
'Last year we had an officer stabbed. This
year colleagues were assaulted, abused and spat at. How can that be right?
It's completely and utterly unacceptable. Thank you,
Ken. I think that puts it in perspective. Glastonbury 40 arrests
across a week, mainly for drugs offences. Notting Hill Carnival 454
arrests across two days, 43 officers injured and eight taken to hospital,
five members of the public stabbed. Oh, and while we're on the subject:
Cost of Glastonbury to the taxpayer almost nothing. Cost of the
carnival to the taxpayer at least £7m.
'The Glastonbury music
festival had 40 arrests this year. Notting Hill had 10 times that amount.
'Year after year there are such high levels of violence against
police officers and the public at the carnival. And yet year after year
nothing changes. Something needs to be done.'
It is another,
perfectly formed, example of BLMUK's delusion.
Immigration abroad Mexico, USA
Build a wall, make Mexico great again
The Hill, 1 September 2016.
Smith is an investigative associate with the Immigration Reform Law
Trump's own plan to erect a fence along the world's only
First and Third-World land border isn't popular with Mexico's leadership as
seen by former President Vicente Fox's recent profanity-laden outburst when
he was asked about it on U.S. television. Although uncivil, Fox's eruption
wasn't at all surprising.
More "civil" lines of attack from Mexico
against on our attempts to regulate immigration are manifold. The country
famously distributes manuals to its poor on how to circumvent our borders,
praises Obama for his unilateral amnesty programs, and has attacked in
court Arizona's "show me your papers" law (despite the country having one
of its own). According to Fox's former advisor-turned-social commentator,
Fredo Arias-King, the reason for the official hostility's crystal clear:
keeping our southern border unregulated allows Mexico's kleptocratic rulers
to get rid of the country's "surplus" population, relieving them of having
to make much-needed domestic reforms. In other words, a continuous outflow
maintains the status quo. ...
Then there's the Central American
pass-through problem. Mexico's El Manana newspaper recently
published an editorial which called for a Trump-style wall at the country's
southern border (later deleted), writing "[m]any of these migrants when
they are unable to find an honest way of life turn to robberies,
kidnappings, extortion, and in the worst cases join the ranks of organized
And, of course, there's the remittances. /.../ Rather
amazingly, the flow of U.S. dollars into oil-rich Mexico is now the single
largest contributor to the country's GDP. When Fox spoke to a joint session
of Congress in 2001, he called these dollar-remitting legal and illegal
aliens "national heroes." But, writes Mexico-based U.S. journalist Robert
Joe Stout, "the remittances received by Mexican communities enable the
government to curtail expenditures for social and education programs [and
these] emigrants cost the government nothing, use none of the country's
public assets and yet contribute 30 percent of their earnings to families
in Mexico." This is what Fox really means by "heroes."
estimated 40 percent of the rural towns and villages in Mexico have
suffered a population loss as high as 70 percent. This, says Stout, has
resulted in a dramatic increase in the number of single-parent families,
homeless, and runaway children (allowing gang membership to proliferate, he
And using 2010 figures, Stout writes that a full 12
percent of Mexico's working-age population are now in the U.S., an
estimated seven million of whom are here illegally.
Nearly 20,000 asylum cases that began at least NINE YEARS ago STILL haven't been settled... and the claims backlog is rising
Nearly 20,000 asylum cases dating back at least nine years have not
Another 4,403 applications classed as standard
immigration that were filed before March 2007 are still 'live', according
to official figures. ...
Figures slipped out by the Home Office
show that in the year to June there were a total of 36,465 asylum
applications, up more than 10,000 on the previous 12 month period and the
highest since 2004.
But the number of initial decisions made on
applications actually fell by 7 per cent year on year to 26,350
pushing up the backlog.
As of the second quarter of this year, some
77,440 asylum cases were ongoing, with 20,300 awaiting an initial decision.
Some 30,325 had been in progress for more than three years.
scrapped the UK Border Agency (UKBA) in March 2013 - partly because of its
poor performance in dealing with the huge backlog in cases.
functions were handed to three directorates within the Home Office - UK
Visas and Immigration, Immigration Enforcement and Border Force.
These three directorates collectively spend some £1.8 billion
In 2012, the department set up an 'Older Live Cases Unit'
to deal with some 400,000 asylum and migration claims dating back to before
March 2007 that were still in the system.
This caseload was reduced
to 41,000 cases after a review which removed errors, duplicates and
individuals who had already left the country.
But at the end of the
second quarter of this year there were still 19,359 of the asylum
applications outstanding after more than nine years. Another 4,403
immigration cases remained unresolved. ...
A Home Office spokesman
said: 'This Government has worked to ensure that the legacy asylum claims
made before March 2007 received a decision by the end of 2014.
'Where the decision was to refuse their claim these people should
make arrangements to leave the UK and if they do not do so enforcement
action may be considered. ...'
The spokesman said the figures
included some records where there was no evidence the individual was still
in the country.