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Updated 17 July 2018
Diversity children's books
Children's books must have more black characters, Arts Council funded report says
Daily Telegraph, 17 July 2018.
Children's books must have more black characters, a study funded by
the Arts Council has said.
Only 4 per cent of books published last
year aimed at primary school children featured a Black, Asian or Minority
Ethnic character, according to research commissioned by the Centre for
Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE).
When analysing how many
children's books had a main character who was from an ethnic minority
background, researchers found that the proportion dropped even further
down, to one per cent.
Meanwhile, almost a third (32.1 per cent) of
pupils in primary schools in England are from minority ethnic backgrounds,
the latest official figures show. ...
The study was funded by the
Arts Council, which is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored
by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
urged publishers to use more characters from ethnic minorities in
children's literature, not as a "tick box exercise" but as a "meaningful
and accurate representation of the interconnected, diverse society".
Ethnic minority characters should not be defined by their
"struggle, suffering or 'otherness'" the report said and should not just
feature in the "margins" of the plot. Instead, they should be "central" to
narratives, and should be "authentically portrayed".
Of the 9,115
children's book published in the UK in 2017, just 391 featured an ethnic
minority character, researchers found.
Last year, the best selling
children's author Anthony Horowitz said he was warned off creating a black
The author of Foyle's war and the Alex Rider series of
teenage spy novels said that an editor told him it would be "inappropriate"
to draw from experiences other than his own.
He told Event
magazine: "This is maybe dangerous territory but there is a chain of
thought in America that it is inappropriate for white writers to try to
create black characters.
"That it is actually not our experience
and therefore to do so is by its very nature artificial and possibly
patronising. Therefore I was warned off doing it. Which was, I thought,
disturbing and upsetting."
Diversity children's books
Only 1% of children's books have BAME main characters UK study
The Guardian, 17 July 2018.
In a research project that is the first of its kind, and funded by
Arts Council England, the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE)
asked UK publishers to submit books featuring BAME characters in 2017. Of
the 9,115 children's books published last year, researchers found that only
391 4% - featured BAME characters. Just 1% had a BAME main
character, and a quarter of the books submitted only featured diversity in
their background casts.
This compares to the 32.1% of
schoolchildren of minority ethnic origins in England identified by the
Department of Education last year.
"It is a stark and shocking
figure when you see it in print," said Farrah Serroukh, who directed the
project for the CLPE and presented it to publishers on Monday.
researchers also analysed the quality of the representation, as well as the
quantity of BAME characters. They found that more than half the books
featuring a BAME character were classed as "contemporary realism", and 10%
contained "social justice" issues, such as war and conflict. Only one
children's book featuring a BAME character was defined as comedy. ...
"To redress imbalances in representation is not an act of charity
but an act of necessity that benefits and enriches all of our realities,"
the report adds.
Author Nikesh Shukla, who has been a major force
behind the push for diversity in UK publishing, sat on a steering committee
for CLPE's report.
"I do feel the industry is getting better but a
report like this is a reminder of how much work still needs to be done
and a stark reminder of our readers, and how our readers are not
getting what they need," he said. ...
Serroukh said that the CLPE
had plans to work with publishers to help them improve. Recommendations
include increasing investment in authors from a range of backgrounds,
looking for stories where main characters are BAME, and ensuring that they
are not "predominantly defined by their struggle, suffering or
Serroukh writes in the report's foreword: "We
know that those who work in all areas of children's books and literacy
recognise that there is work to be done. We want to channel the momentum to
ensure that this isn't reduced to an awkward footnote or 'trend' in the
history of UK children's publishing because something as integral as a
person's identity and sense of self deserves to be recognised, respected
and valued now and always."
Immigration numbers, EU immigrants, non-EU immigrants
UK: Non-EU Migration 'Highest in 13 Years', EU Migrants 'Undercounted'
Breitbart, 16 July 2018.
The latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show non-EU
net migration is at its highest for 13 years, according to Migration Watch
UK, which also claims EU net migration may have been undercounted by half a
million since 2004.
The ONS bulletin notes that non-EU net
immigration, at +227,000, was twice the level of EU net migration at
+101,000 meaning that even if immigration from the EU was eliminated
entirely, the Tories would be nowhere near achieving their 2010, 2015, and
2017 manifesto pledges to bring net immigration down to "the tens of
With new Home Secretary Sajid Javid relaxing
immigration controls, it is unlikely the target will ever be met
lending further credence to former Chancellor of the Exchequer George
Osborne's claims that the Tories never seriously intended to bring
Commenting, Chairman of Migration Watch UK Lord
Green of Deddington said: "These are very disappointing figures. Migration
from the EU is still adding 100,000 a year to our population and non-EU net
migration is the highest level in a calendar year for 13 years. It's time
for the Government to get serious about reducing immigration instead of
caving into every demand of the immigration lobby."
Claims of a
supposed 'Brexodus' of EU migrants from the United Kingdom since the people
voted to Leave the European Union in June 2016 are common in the mainstream
media, but as the ONS itself notes: "Much has been written about EU
citizens leaving the UK, but the fact is there are still more people coming
to the country from the EU than leaving it. In fact, the last quarter shows
that around 100,000 more EU citizens are coming to the UK than leaving."
In fact, Migration Watch believes the true figures for EU
immigration could actually be far higher than the ONS figures based
on traveller surveys which some critics have derided as "little more than
guesswork" as there is a significant discrepancy between immigration
estimates and population growth estimates.
co-chairman Alp Mehmet said the difference worked out at around 508,000
roughly equivalent to the population of Sheffield, Britain's
Politics diversity, Conservative Party
Conservative Party told to win more black and ethnic minority voters or risk losing power for a decade
The Sun, 16 July 2018.
The Tories must "urgently" win more black and ethnic minority
(BAME) voters or face being out of power for a generation, a new report
A think tank today revealed cultural and demographic shifts
in key constituencies will cost the Conservatives 28 seats by 2031 given
their dire support among the BAME community.
Just 24 per cent of
BAME voters believe the Conservatives are on their side compared
with 52 per cent for Labour.
And Onward claims that when the
population in a constituency becomes '30 per cent BAME' - the Conservatives
Onward chief Will Tanner, a former No.10 policy expert,
said: "Britain is increasingly a melting pot of different ethnicities and
"And the Conservative Party simply must do more to keep
Onward said the problems facing the Tories among ethnic
minorities were as great as among 18-24 year-olds. ...
Just 21 per
cent of BAME voters backed the Conservatives on June 8.
per cent would have meant an extra 600,000 voters in key seats
handing the PM a 42 seat majority, British Future said.
added that Britain's growing diversity means the penalty will get higher at
each election for parties that don't reach out to non-white voters.
Immigration EU migrants, Brexit
UK could lose track of thousands of EU migrants after Brexit, warns report
Independent, 16 July 2018.
The UK could lose track of tens of thousands of EU migrants as they
lose their right to remain in the UK after Brexit, according to a new
It warned that unless the Government develops a way of
measuring the number of EU nationals who have received "settled status",
those who never apply could fall through the gaps.
The paper from
the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford said that based on
currently available statistics, it will not be easy to calculate exactly
how many miss out unless the numbers are very large.
because we do not have precise figures on how many EU citizens are living
in the UK and plan to stay," the report said.
"It is possible that
tens of thousands of EU citizens living in the UK could lose their legal
status without this being clear from the data."
It comes just days
after the Government announced it would launch a new online application for
EU nationals to apply for the right to remain in the UK after Brexit.
Ministers have set aside some £300m to operate the system to
redefine the status of EU citizens who currently have full rights to stay
here anyway, but insiders admit the costs could rise even higher. ...
The Migration Observatory has previously raised concerns that
thousands of EU citizens could inadvertently become illegal residents in
the UK after Brexit despite meeting the required criteria to stay.
Immigration EU migrants, number
EU immigration figures may have been under-counted by half a MILLION since 2004, report claims
The Sun, 16 July 2018.
Immigration from the European Union may have been under-counted by
half a million since 2004 a think tank claims today.
Migration Watch urged Theresa May to stand by her "red lines" as it
claimed a huge discrepancy between official figures collated by the Office
for National Statistics.
It said population figures show a 2.21
million increase in the number of EU born citizens living in the UK between
2005 and 2017.
But official immigration figures based on
thousands of surveys at airports and docks suggest EU net migration
rose by 1.7 million from 2004 to 2016.
Migration Watch co-chair Alp
Mehmet said the difference equated to 508,000 equivalent to a city
the size of Sheffield.
He said: "Our paper suggests that Brexit
could be an even more effective means of reducing immigration than
"This underlines the importance of taking a
firm line, so far absent, on lower skilled migration from the EU."
UK migration stabilises in 2017 after decline following Brexit vote
Financial Times, 16 July 2018.
Around 282,000 more people came to the UK than left in 2017, as net
migration continued to add to the UK population but remained at a "broadly
stable" rate, according to data published by the Office for National
Statistics on Monday.
Of those people coming to the UK in the year
to December 2017, around 240,000 were from the European Union while around
311,000 were non-EU citizens.
The net number of EU migrants to the
UK was at a similar level to that seen in 2013 with around 101,000
more arriving than leaving. This was a similar figure to that seen in 2016,
a stabilisation after the net number of EU migrants fell sharply following
the UK's Brexit vote, the ONS said.
Overall, "net migration fell
following record levels in 2015 and early 2016 and has been broadly stable
While the total number of immigrants in the year changed
little, the number of people leaving the UK has gradually increased since
In the year to March 2018, there were also 14,166 grants
Immigration rich investors
Huge jump in number of super-rich immigrants applying for UK investor visas
Independent, 16 July 2018.
The number of millionaires and billionaires applying to move to the
UK as part of a special visa programme aimed at attracting rich immigrants
rose 46 per cent last year.
In the 12 months to 30 March, 405 high
net worth and ultra-high net worth individuals applied to come to the UK on
a Tier 1 investor visa. Applicants for the visa, which allows people to
stay in the country for three years, must have at least £2m to invest
in the UK.
Investor visas are often seen as a fast-track process
for wealthy foreign nationals to acquire British citizenship.
the total applications, 123 came from China, up from 98 the year before,
with 52 coming from Russia, up from 34, and 24 from Turkey, compared with
13 in the preceding 12 months.
Politics racism, USA
Why identity politics benefits the right more than the left
The Guardian, 14 July 2018.
[Sheri Berman is an associate professor of political science at Barnard College, Columbia University]
Rather than being directly translated into behavior, psychologists
tell us beliefs can remain latent until "triggered". In a fascinating
study, Karen Stenner shows in The Authoritarian Dynamic that while some
individuals have "predispositions" towards intolerance, these
predispositions require an external stimulus to be transformed into
What pushes that button, Stenner and others find, is
group-based threats. In experiments researchers easily shift individuals
from indifference, even modest tolerance, to aggressive defenses of their
own group by exposing them to such threats. Maureen Craig and Jennifer
Richeson, for example, found that simply making white Americans aware that
they would soon be a minority increased their propensity to favor their own
group and become wary of those outside it. (Similar effects were found
among Canadians. Indeed, although this tendency is most dangerous among
whites since they are the most powerful group in western societies,
researchers have consistently found such propensities in all groups.) ...
... In an excellent new book, Uncivil Agreement, Lilliana Mason
analyzes perhaps the most important of these: a decades-long process of
"social sorting". Mason notes that although racial and religious animosity
has been present throughout American history, only recently has it lined up
neatly along partisan lines. In the past, the Republican and Democratic
parties attracted supporters with different racial, religious, ideological
and regional identities, but gradually Republicans became the party of
white, evangelical, conservative and rural voters, while the Democrats
became associated with non-whites, non-evangelical, liberal and
This lining up of identities dramatically
changes electoral stakes: previously if your party lost, other parts of
your identity were not threatened, but today losing is also a blow to your
racial, religious, regional and ideological identity. /.../ This social
sorting has led partisans of both parties to engage in negative
stereotyping and even demonization. ...
Stenner, for example, notes
that "all the available evidence indicates that exposure to difference,
talking about difference, and applauding difference ... are the surest ways
to aggravate [the] intolerant, and to guarantee the increased expression of
their predispositions in manifestly intolerant attitudes and behaviors. ...
Relatedly, research suggests that calling people racist when they
do not see themselves that way is counterproductive. As noted above, while
there surely are true bigots, studies show that not all those who exhibit
intolerant behavior harbor extreme racial animus. Moreover, as Stanford
psychologist Alana Conner notes, if the goal is to diminish intolerance
"telling people they're racist, sexist and xenophobic is going to get you
exactly nowhere. It's such a threatening message. One of the things we know
from social psychology is when people feel threatened, they can't change,
they can't listen." ...
Is our ultimate goal ensuring the
compatibility of diversity and democracy? Then promoting the overlapping
interests and identifications that enable citizens to become more
comfortable with difference and thus more tolerant and trusting, is
Population pressure secondary schools
Fears of supersize classes as secondary school population set to swell to 3.3m in next decade
Daily Telegraph, 13 July 2018.
Supsersize classes could become the new norm, it is feared, as new
figures show that the secondary school population is set to swell to 3.3
million within a decade. ...
Secondary pupil numbers are expected
to rise by 14.7 per cent in the next 10 years, meaning there will be
another 418,000 children in secondary schools by 2027, according to
Department for Education's (DfE) latest projections. ...
Alan Smithers, director of the centre for education and employment research
at Buckingham University said that the "explosion" in the secondary school
population means that class sizes will "almost certainly" rise.
couldn't have been a surprise [to officials] as they have seen the numbers
coming through primary schools," he said.
"So there really ought to
be some plans in place. In essence we are inheriting the whirlwind of
Labour's lax immigration policy." ...
The DfE's forecast said the
increase in school pupil population is "largely driven by an increase in
the birth rate rather than direct immigration".
It went on:
"However, that birth rate is in turn affected by any increase in the number
of children born to non-UK born women (compared to those born to non
"The number of children born to non-UK born women
increased by around 75 per cent between 2002 and 2013 (the years in which
many children currently in schools were born), although this was a period
of increased births generally."
Crime child sexual abuse
Oxford Rape Gang Which Abused Young Teenage Girls in 'Sh*g Wagon' Jailed
Breitbart, 13 July 2018.
Six men have been jailed for the historic grooming and rape of six
Oxford teenage girls in crimes against children the convicting judge called
"sinister" and "predatory".
The rape gang operated in Oxford,
preying on six "vulnerable" teens, then aged 13 to 17, from 1998 to 2005
and subjected them to "hundreds of episodes of sexual abuse", according to
Judge Peter Ross.
Prosecutors described it as "sexual exploitation
on a massive scale", with Judge Ross saying at the defendants' convictions
in March: "Systematic and widespread grooming, that is what this case has
Victims told the court of the sexual and mental
abuse suffered, with one describing being used as a "sexual object" by
Assad Hussain, who was sentenced to life imprisonment. The judge described
Moinul Islam, who was jailed for 15 years and nine months, as having one
child "completely at his mercy".
Muslim, Pakistani-origin rapes
gangs operating in Rochdale, Rotherham, and Telford targetting mostly-white
girls are well-documented and receive some level of media attention;
however, this is not the first reported rape gang to have been convicted in
Oxford, the 'city of dreaming spires' and home of one of the world's top
In 2013, seven members of a rape gang were found
guilty of grooming and raping vulnerable women and girls, some as young as
11, the sentencing judge saying on occasions that "the depravity was
The convictions resulted in a 2015 case review which
found that some 370 "white British girls" may have been exploited, raped,
and abused from 1999 to 2014 in Oxfordshire.
Donald Trump says Britain is 'losing its culture' because of immigration
Tom Newton Dunn
The Sun, 13 July 2018.
Britain is "losing its culture" because of immigration, Donald
The wave of migrants from the Middle East and Africa is
permanently changing Europe for the worse, the 72-year-old president
And he claimed the situation pains him personally as the
son of two EU countries. ...
But he added: "I think what has
happened to Europe is a shame.
"Allowing the immigration to take
place in Europe is a shame.
"I think it changed the fabric of
Europe and, unless you act very quickly, it's never going to be what it was
and I don't mean that in a positive way.
"So I think allowing
millions and millions of people to come into Europe is very, very sad.
"I think you are losing your culture. Look around. You go through
certain areas that didn't exist ten or 15 years ago."
Immigration abroad USA
Government says parents of nearly HALF of kids younger than 5 taken at the border can't have them back because they're child abusers, kidnappers and murderers and others aren't actually
Daily Mail, 13 July 2018.
The Trump administration said Thursday that nearly half of the
children ages 5 and under who were separated from grown-ups at the U.S.
border can't be reunited with their parents, mostly because many of the
adults are violent criminals and some lied about being the minors'
President Donald Trump had claimed Tuesday that illegal
immigrants and human traffickers were 'using children' to manipulate
America's immigration system and make it easier for adults to enter the
U.S. without papers and remain there.
Of the 103 minors in the
youngest age group, the administration has reunited 57 with parents, but
the other 46 are 'ineligible,' the Justice and Homeland Security
Eleven of the adults have 'serious criminal
histor[ies],' the agencies announced, including charges or convictions for
child cruelty, kidnapping, murder, human smuggling, domestic violence and
Immigration abroad United Nations
UN countries agree on pact to manage mass global migration
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 13 July 2018.
The United Nations agreed on Friday on wide-ranging ways to cope
with the millions of migrants moving from country to country, overcoming
"mistrust" and "difficult" issues to draw up the first-ever migration pact,
The non-binding agreement, approved by all 193
member nations except the United States that pulled out last year, aims to
make migration safe and orderly amid issues of national sovereignty and
international cooperation, U.N. officials said. ...
Global Compact For Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration addresses why people
migrate, how to protect them, how to integrate them into new countries,
means of returning them home and other issues. ...
is set for December in Morocco.
Illegal immigration government data sharing
Home Office pauses data sharing with other departments in wake of Windrush scandal
John Johnston and Tamsin Rutter
Civil Service World, 12 July 2018.
The Home Office has announced a three-month pause to "pro-active
data sharing" between government departments to prevent members of the
Windrush generation getting caught up in policies aimed at curbing illegal
Home secretary Sajid Javid said there would be a
freeze in the so-called "hostile environment" immigration policy, including
a pause in data sharing between HM Revenue and Customs, the Department for
Work and Pensions, DVLA and the Home Office.
Ministers have been
fiercely criticised over the Windrush scandal, which saw British citizens
of Caribbean descent stripped of their rights to work, denied access to
public services and threatened with deportation.
Javid, in an
update of Home Office work in relation to Windrush provided to Home Affairs
Select Committee chair Yvette Cooper on 10 July, said: "We have paused
pro-active data sharing with other government departments and delivery
partners on data for all nationalities over 30 years old for a period of
three months. This covers HMRC, DWP and the DVLA."
He added that
the department had "significantly restricted pro-active data sharing with
banks and building societies via Cifas (the specified anti-fraud
authority), to persons subject to deportation action due to criminal
These measures have been introduced to ensure that
members of the Windrush generation are not "erroneously impacted by
compliant environment measures".
Illegal immigration cost
Taxpayers forked out thousands for foster care of Vietnamese 'teenager' trafficked into Britain but who was in fact 22
MailOnline, 12 July 2018.
Taxpayers stumped up the £500-a-week costs of keeping a
Vietnamese woman in foster care before she was exposed as being a
22-year-old illegal immigrant.
Duong Trinh was picked up as part of
an immigration raid on a nail bar in Cheadle, Staffordshire and claimed she
was 16 years old.
The local council was therefore duty-bound to
take her into foster care and she spent months in a foster home until her
real age was uncovered.
She has now been jailed for eight months
but could still avoid deportation due to sentencing rules. ...
made an application for asylum in the UK after being put into costly foster
care by Staffordshire County Council.
But a tip-off led police to
contact Vietanese authorities, who provided fingerprints and a photograph
that showed Trinh is in fact 22.
She has now pleaded guilty to
perverting the course of public justice and was jailed for eight months
this week. ...
Judge Glenn added: 'The sentence will not trigger
automatic deportation. That will be a decision for other people in due
Staffordshire County Council said it had no reason to
believe Trinh was older than 16 when they were informed of her case.
Population pressure health
Rural living keeps the mind sharp into old age, new study finds
Daily Telegraph, 12 July 2018.
Living in the countryside preserves people's cognitive powers as
they get older, a new study has found.
A ten-year analysis of more
6,500 people living in the UK showed mental decline was slower among those
who lived in villages and rural neighbourhoods.
an absence of pollution, a more active lifestyle and reduced noise and
stress all contribute to the trend.
Published in Environmental
Health Perspectives, the study followed participants aged between 56 and
68, subjecting them to a series of cognitive tests at three intervals,
which assessed their verbal and mathematical reasoning, verbal fluency,
short-term memory, as well as the decline of these functions.
a decade, the cognitive decline of the country dwellers was on average 4.6
per cent less than the urban residents.
Immigration abroad crime, Africans, Australia
THREE MORE BRUTAL CRIMES BY AFRICAN GANGS
Herald Sun, 12 July 2018.
ABC reporters such as Andy Park savaged Channel 7 for reporting
this week on African crime in Melbourne. ...
There are actually at
least three important reasons for mentioning race in these crimes, despite
the clear risk of making some African Australians feel under suspicion and
We can't pretend - as police once did
- that there is not a very big crime problem in this specific group. In
fact, police statistics last year showed the Sudanese-born, for instance,
are an astonishing 128 times more likely than other Victorians to commit
violent robberies and 68 times more likely to stage home invasions. What we
don't describe will not get addressed.
We can't pretend - as
many politicians keep doing - that importing refugee groups from tribal
war-torn Third World areas and from cultures very different to ours does
not put Australians here in danger. It is just not fair to those who then
become victims of crime.
We need descriptors to help catch
Then there is this: the now-notorious reluctance of
police and many media outlets to describe perpetrators, especially in
violent robberies and home invasions, causes many Victorians to lose faith
in both. Worse, it leads to people suspecting that every violent crime
where the perpetrators aren't described was committed by Africans, when
many are not.
But bottom line: the reason some people don't want
racial descriptors use is because they don't want you to know there is a
very real and alarming problem with some communities we let in. You might
draw an obvious conclusion.
Population UK, European Union
Migrants fuelled EU population increase by 1 MILLION as Luxembourg and Sweden have some of the biggest swells
Daily Mail, 11 July 2018.
Migration fuelled a population increase of more than 1 million
across the EU last year, with Britain seeing the sixth largest relative
The rise in numbers across the bloc came despite there
being more deaths than births, a report revealed yesterday. ...
During 2017, there were 5.3 million deaths recorded, compared with
5.1 million births, meaning the increase was down to net migration,
according to the report compiled by Eurostat, the EU statistics office. ...
The UK saw the sixth largest with 0.5 per cent, meaning the
population surged by 377,871. Of this, 230,000 was down to net migration.
Unlike the rest of the EU, there were more births (755,000) than
deaths (607,200) in the UK.
Immigration abroad France
MACRON CRISIS: Shock poll reveals two-third of citizens believe 'FRANCE IN DECLINE'
Daily Express, 11 July 2018.
Emmanuel Macron's reign in France continues to lurch from crisis to
crisis after a new poll revealed two-thirds of citizens believe the country
is "in decline". ...
The annual survey on "French divisions" by
pollster Ipsos Sopra-Steria for the daily Le Monde showed that 53 per cent
of French people think that their country's European Union membership is "a
good thing," compared to 31 per cent who think it's "a bad thing". ...
Some 63 per cent of those interviewed told pollsters they
"disapproved" of the EU's immigration and asylum rules.
also showed that two-thirds of French people think there are "too many
immigrants living in France," while 62 per cent said that most immigrants
"showed no interest in integrating into French society". ...
70 per cent of those polled said France was a country "in decline," while
24 per cent said this decline was "irreversible".
The annual Ipsos
Sopra-Steria poll of 998 French people aged 18 and over was carried out
online between June 27 and July 2.
Crime child sexual abuse by gangs
Free Speech Week: Sarah Champion tells the truth about grooming gangs
Conservative Woman, 11 July 2018.
Today we remember the case of the Labour MP for Rotherham and
shadow minister for women and equalities Sarah Champion, who had to quit
after writing an article in the Sun following the convictions of 18 people
in Newcastle over a sex grooming network.
The headline, which
Champion will not have written, was too hot for the Labour Party to handle,
so Champion was 'forced to resign'.
It states: 'British Pakistani
men ARE raping and exploiting white girls . . . and it's time we faced up
to it.' It goes on: 'Labour MP for Rotherham and Shadow Secretary of State
for Women and Equalities comments on a horrific trend in grooming and
sexual abuse by gangs.'
Well, as you can imagine, the outrage
machine got in full gear over this. Goodness, if only the Leftists would
police child rapists as closely as they do our language then perhaps we
would have less child rape.
Champion begins the piece: 'Britain has
a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls.
There. I said it. Does that make me a racist? Or am I just prepared to call
out this horrifying problem for what it is?'
She continues: 'For
too long we have ignored the race of these abusers and, worse, tried to
cover it up. No more. These people are predators and the common denominator
is their ethnic heritage.
We have to have grown-up conversations,
however unpalatable, or in six months' time we will be having this same
scenario all over again.
'The irony of all of this is that, by not
dealing with the ethnicity of the abusers as a fact, political correctness
has actually made the situation about race. The perpetrators are criminals
and we need to deal with them as such, not shy away from doing the right
thing by fearing being called a racist.
'I'm writing this as I
don't know what else to do to try and protect our children from grooming
and sexual abuse by gangs.' ...
'Our children deserve better.'
Indeed they do deserve better, but sadly many people who should
know better are prepared to look the other way for fear of being called
racist. Sarah Champion is not one of them.
Politics Conservative Party
Sajid Javid fails to endorse 'tens of thousands' immigration target
Independent, 10 July 2018.
Home secretary Sajid Javid has failed to endorse the government's
highly contentious target to bring net migration below 100,000.
comments came as he was grilled by Yvette Cooper, the chair of the home
affairs select committee, on the eight-year-old aim to bring immigration
down to the "tens of thousands" - one that has never been met by ministers.
Asked whether the immigration target was a "massive chain around
your neck" and whether he wanted to "ditch it", Mr Javid smirked and simply
replied: "next question".
Last year's Conservative manifesto said
reducing immigration to the tens of thousands was the party's "objective",
but during the general election campaign Ms May confirmed she "would be
working" to achieve the target by 2022.
Immigration abroad children, USA
Judicial Watch: New HHS Documents Reveal that 'Unaccompanied Alien Children' Processed During Obama Years Included Violent Criminals, Drug Smugglers, and Human
Judicial Watch, 10 July 2018.
Judicial Watch today released 224 pages of documents containing
nearly 1,000 summaries of Significant Incident Reports (SIRs) from the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revealing that "Unaccompanied
Alien Children" (UAC) processed during the Obama administration included
admitted murderers, rapists, drug smugglers, prostitutes, and human
The documents, from the HHS Administration for
Children and Families reported to the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR),
are for the approximate six-month period May to November 2014. They were
produced to Judicial Watch after a three-year delay in response to a
November 12, 2014, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking: ...
The resulting documents show that, in fiscal year 2014, there were
24,680 Significant Incident Reports filed with Office of Refugee
Judicial Watch began investigating this matter in
2014 when a wave of "Unaccompanied Alien Children" swamped the southwest
border. At that time, the controversial HHS contract with Baptist Children
and Family Services to provide shelter to children at two military
facilities came to light. Through that investigation, Judicial Watch
learned that BCFS was providing consumer electronics as "essential" items
to the children. Since that time, Judicial Watch has been investigating
incidents of violence, drug trafficking, human trafficking, and other
criminal activities, as well as whether innocent children were being abused
while in U.S. shelters.
'Italy has caused a MELTDOWN' 700,000 migrants waiting to cross into Europe from Libya
Sunday Express, 8 July 2018.
A bottleneck of 700,000 migrants is waiting in Libya to cross the
Mediterranean to Europe, the National Crime Agency has said. The number
greater than the population of Leicester highlights the
difficulties facing the EU in controlling migrants seeking a new life in
Senior members of the NCA, dubbed Britain's FBI, revealed
the figures as they detailed the increasingly tough battle they face to
stop people smugglers.
NCA directors warned of a sharp rise in
attempted illegal sea crossings from Africa to Europe this year, with 300
people drowning last week.
Migrants are then crossing Europe and
using increasingly devious ways to evade detection, including hiding in
"coffin-sized" secret compartments in vehicles.
the Mediterranean from Africa is a critical issue for the EU, with member
states arguing over the best way to deal with it. ...
NCA deputy director of organised immigration crime, said the problem was
growing. Attempted crossings to Greece and Turkey are up by 47 per cent on
last year, with those to Spain and Italy up by 75 per cent. ...
Chris Hogben, NCA head of operations for organised immigration
crime, said rescue boats manned by non-governmental organisations were
inadvertently aiding people smugglers.
The NGOs are supposed to
rescue people once they are more than 12 miles from the Libyan coast, but
come in much closer, he said.
He said: "They make it easier for the
crime groups who now send a boat with not enough fuel on purpose as they
know they will be picked up."
The details emerged at a briefing on
Project Invigor, a joint NCA, Home Office, Coastguard, Border Force and
Crown Prosecution Service operation, costing £14 million a year to
Around 140 officers make up the squad which has 250 live
investigations into organised gangs trying to sneak people into the UK and
those forging documents to aid them and keep illegal immigrants here.
The main sources for migrants into Europe are Libya, Ethiopia,
Sudan, Niger and Afghanistan. Mr Dowdall said that smugglers collectively
make up to £6 billion a year charging would-be migrants.
Radical Islamist preacher who has said he 'does not believe in democracy' and is 'not obedient' to secular law is working as an expert witness to British courts
MailOnline, 8 July 2018.
A radical Islamist preacher who has said he 'does not believe in
democracy' and is 'not obedient' to secular law is working as an expert
witness to British courts, MailOnline can reveal.
Dr Imran Waheed,
41, a psychiatrist working for the NHS and Bupa in Birmingham, offers his
services as an expert witness in a range of civil and criminal cases
assessing defendants' psychological reliability.
For many years he
was a key figure in the UK branch of Hizb ut-Tahrir, which campaigns for an
Islamic state run by Sharia law. In an interview he said: 'I've got no
respect for any law other than Allah's... I don't care for the law of any
The disclosure has sparked fears that the justice system is
vulnerable to Islamist entryists who wish to 'take control from within'.
Dr Waheed told MailOnline that he had since left the group and
changed his views.
But in November he appeared in the
organisation's official internet broadcast extolling the virtues of a
According to his website, Dr Waheed gives British courts
psychiatric assessments of a defendant's 'dangerousness', fitness to hold a
firearm licence and fitness to stand trial. ...
In a BBC interview
he said: 'I've got no respect for any law other than Allah's, so I don't
care about the law to be honest... I care for the law of Islam. I don't
care for the law of any man.'
When questioned by MailOnline he said
that these statements were 'not reflective of his current views'. ...
Despite claiming to be no longer 'affiliated' with Hizb ut-Tahrir,
Dr Waheed preached on the organisation's official broadcast in November
alongside three of its most senior British leaders.
In the sermon
he reiterated his longtime demands for a caliphate and said he aimed to
'liberate man from enslavement to man and the systems of man', calling into
question his role in the British justice system.
about this by MailOnline he claimed he was speaking 'in the context of the
occupation of Palestine'. ...
While working for the NHS Dr Waheed
compiled a list of military attachés working in the embassies of
Arab countries in London and distributed it to fellow extremists.
Ireland and Belgium are the new frontiers in the fight against illegal migration, the National Crime Agency warns
Daily Telegraph, 7 July 2018.
The Republic of Ireland and Belgium are the new frontiers in the
battle against illegal immigration into the UK, the National Crime Agency
(NCA) has said.
People smugglers are increasingly opting for the
two countries because security elsewhere has become effective.
Investigators said Ireland has become an attractive option because
illegal immigrants are able to take advantage of the "soft" border with
Northern Ireland and then make their way to the British mainland.
Tom Dowdall, deputy director of the NCA said the people traffickers
were seeking to exploit the border arrangements between Northern Ireland
He said: "The level of border controls, or
requirements of border controls, are different to that from others
travelling on from other countries.
"We have seen some evidence of
that being abused.
"Migrants are smuggled by organised crime groups
into the Republic of Ireland sometimes by air, from Eastern Europe and
"Sometimes it will be by the sea through the Irish sea ports,
then flying in to the UK." ...
But he also warned that people
smugglers were increasingly using Belgium as an easy route to get migrants
into the UK. ...
Mr Dowdall also said there was evidence of Eastern
European lorry drivers being increasingly complicit in smuggling migrants
through the traditional Channel tunnel route from Calais to Dover for a
The people smuggling industry is believed to be worth
around £6 billion annually, with migrants paying gangs at least
£6,000 for passage to Europe.
The National Crime Agency's
Operation INVIGOR has seen an overall reduction of illegal immigrants since
it was set up two and a half years ago, but said that this year has seen an
Immigration abroad Spain
Spain emerges as EU's new weak link for Africa migration
Sonya Dowsett, Ahmed Eljechtimi and Gabriela Baczynska
Reuters, 7 July 2018.
Spain has become the new main entry point for asylum-seekers
fleeing Africa, an influx that European Union officials fear could
exacerbate political tensions across the region over migration.
Around 19,000 asylum-seekers arrived in Spain in the first five
months of this year, almost as many as arrived there in all of 2017,
eclipsing for the first time the numbers flowing through north Africa to
The surge has intensified in recent weeks as Italy's new
government shut its ports to most asylum-seekers, rescue officials say.
With the EU struggling to contain dissent over migration policy,
some officials in Brussels say they worry that Spain could become a new
flash-point, even as overall numbers of arrivals into Europe from Africa
are in sharp decline.
"We must not let it blow up," an EU diplomat
He said the Morocco-Spain route had been kept under control
for years. "It's not dramatic for now, but we are keeping an eye on this
The asylum-seekers are arriving in mostly inflatable
boats each week, often without enough fuel for the crossing, straining
Spain's coastguard. ...
People-smugglers in Morocco use a rights
activist to contact the coastguard, advising it when boats set off for
Spain, said coastguard official Oriol Estrada.
traffickers know that the lifeguards are going to come for them," said
Estrada, whose vessel has rescued around 1,200 people so far this year,
more than 80 percent of its total for 2017." They call to say that a
certain boat has left such-and-such a coast at a certain time with however
many people. They even give the names of those aboard."
situation developed off Libya before Rome's recent crackdown, prompting
Italy's ruling League party to accuse rescue ships of running a "taxi
A Spanish government spokesman told Reuters the
arrivals trend started more than a year ago and was not a result of any one
factor. He added Spain is pushing for policy in Europe to be harmonised,
Immigration abroad illegal immigration, Paris, France
Illegal migrants in Paris suburb soar to 400,000 as hundreds of migrant children sleep on streets
Daily Telegraph, 6 July 2018.
Illegal immigrants, now estimated to make up a fifth of the
population of Seine-Saint-Denis, north-east of Paris, are severely
straining public services and creating social tensions, according to a
Seine-Saint-Denis has long been the French
department with the highest proportion of immigrants, but the report warns
that the number of illegal migrants may have risen as high as 400,000. ...
Police, schools, courts and other public services are struggling to
cope, while the presence of undocumented foreign nationals is blocking the
implementation of effective policies by the authorities, argue the two MPs
who wrote the report.
Rodrigue Koukouendo, from President Emmanuel
Macron's centrist party, and François Cornut-Gentille from the
centre-Right Republicans, are urging the government to review France's ban
on gathering data on the ethnic makeup of the population so that immigrant
numbers can be better monitored and regulated.
"To identify urban
phenomena of ghettoisation, to explain educational difficulties, to combat
discrimination and to adapt the resources of the police and the judiciary
to a specific population, the question of establishing so-called ethnic
statistics is raised," the report says.
French law prohibits the
collection of data based on race, ethnicity or religion, a rule intended to
guarantee equal treatment, but critics argue that it is outdated and leaves
The report argues that urgent plans must be
made to combat poverty, high unemployment, the emergence of a parallel
economy in some areas, and trafficking of people and drugs which it says
have taken over some districts. ...
Campaigners also claim that
hundreds of unaccompanied migrant children are being left to sleep on the
streets of Paris because of flawed age assessment procedures.
year France's child welfare system took more than 25,000 underage migrants
into care, but Human Rights Watch argues that under-18s are often wrongly
classified as adults.
An estimated 550 migrants arrive in Paris
Most cross the border from Italy, where there are no
systematic border checks under the Schengen agreement.
Racism white supremacy
'Western world is built on RACISM' BBC Newsnight guest makes SHOCK announcement
Daily Express, 6 July 2018.
The Western world is based on racism and the principle of white
supremacy is "embedded into our political economy", according to associate
professor of black studies at Birmingham City University on a fiery episode
of BBC Newsnight.
Appearing on the flagship show, Kehinde Andrews,
who is of Afro-Caribbean descent, gave his controversial take about whether
there can ever be adequate reparations for human history built on
oppression and slavery.
Speaking on BBC Newsnight, he said: "The
West is built on racism, the principle of white supremacy is embedded into
our political economy.
"This isn't something that happened in the
past this is something that happens today.
"There's a reason why
children die every second on the African continent.
"And that's why
it still lives with us and that's why we need to have a total revolution."
Mr Andrews argued white supremacy is based on the belief that black
people are inferior and claimed his hypothesis was reflected in the global
He has appeared on the programme before to argue that
British stars should not stand for the national anthem and has appeared at
an Oxford University debate to argue the British education system
perpetuates racism. ...
Kehinde Andrews's latest book is called
"Black to Black: Retelling black radicalism for the 21st Century".
Next up after today's Chequers summit immigration. Free movement must end. No ifs or buts.
ConservativeHome, 6 July 2018.
Crunch time for Brexit policy is fast approaching and immigration
will be a key part of it. ...
Siren voices in Britain are
suggesting conceding the continuation of free movement with the minor
tweaks of an "emergency brake" or requiring a job offer. Apparently Number
Ten is saying that these are not the intention but, so far, the UK has
caved in to virtually every EU demand on immigration matters.
let us be clear why both are hopeless. They would do virtually nothing to
reduce the impacts of EU migration on population, housing, health services
and education which are especially strong in particular parts of England.
Furthermore, either would amount to an abandonment of the government's
pledge to control immigration, let alone to reduce it, which many believe
that they were promised. A recent Channel 4 poll found that 70 per cent of
voters want a reduction in immigration from the EU. ...
As for free
movement for those who have a job offer, it is surely obvious that this
would simply lead to a boom for employment agencies who already advertise
widely in Eastern Europe to say nothing of all those who could
arrange a job offer through relatives already working in Britain. Any such
outcome would simply be flimsy camouflage for a wholesale retreat and for
the abandonment of a major pledge to the British public.
that such suggestions are even being discussed may be because the debate is
being largely conducted by those, including some ministers, who have very
little knowledge of how the present immigration system actually works. In
practice, there are substantial aspects of our existing visa system which
could perfectly well be adapted to our new situation as a non-member of the
For a start, it would be very much in the interests of both
sides for there to be visa free access for almost all purposes
except, of course, work. For work, we should treat EU applications in the
same way as those from the rest of the world. This means restricting entry
to those who come for higher-paid, highly skilled work or to work in
shortage occupations as identified by the independent Migration Advisory
Committee. This is no different in principle from the "blue card" system
which the EU themselves offer to third-country nationals so they have
little reason to object.
This would enable numbers to be capped at
a level reflecting the genuine needs of the UK rather than the wishes of
individuals from abroad. It would also be important to cater for
international companies wishing to deploy their senior and specialist
employees flexibly. These routes are already known to business so the
necessary adjustments would not be beyond the wit of man. ...
high time that policy discussion and, indeed, our negotiations with the EU
are concentrated on practical matters of this kind from which a perfectly
workable solution should evolve. The editorial in last week's Sunday
Times had it right: "Control of migration is not an option it is
Politics Labour Party
Labour is no longer the party of the traditional working-class
The Economist, 6 July 2018.
The divorce between the Labour Party and the workers has played out
in two phases. /.../ Just as the rapid expansion of the universities
benefited middle-class women far more than working-class men, so the Labour
Party's women-only short-lists speeded up the transformation of the Labour
Party from a working-class into a middle-class party.
bet on the rise of the middle class allowed it to win three elections in a
row. But there were plenty of warning signs. The traditional working class
abandoned politics for private pursuits. ...
The second phase was
with Jeremy Corbyn. Mr Corbyn no doubt imagines himself to be a champion of
the working class. But this is a working class of his imagination rather
than of the real world. He was brought up in a manor house in Shropshire
and has spent his life working as an MP in a constituency (Islington North)
that has never been touched by either industrialisation or
de-industrialisation. Mr Corbyn is in fact presiding over the takeover of
the party by three groups: ethnic minorities, particularly Muslims;
public-sector professionals; and frustrated millennials, most of them the
university-educated children of the salaried middle class, who can't get
their feet on the property ladder. The latest membership figures show that
77% of party members are middle-class (ie, they hail from ABC1 social
groups). The proportion of Labour MPs who have had experience of manual
work has declined from 16% in 1979 to 3% today. The party has almost no
younger MPs without a university education despite the fact that 70% of
school-leavers don't go on to university (Angela Rayner is a notable
exception). The party's most powerful pressure group, Momentum, was founded
by a Cambridge-University graduate with an MBA from the London Business
School, and is stuffed full of educated millennials. The average
trade-union member is now a woman in her 50s who works in the public
sector. An intriguing new book by Ben Cobley, a former Labour activist,
"The Tribe: The Liberal-Left and the System of Diversity", points out that
the 2017 Labour Party rule book, a 91-page document, contains 26 mentions
of "gender", 41 of "BAME" (black, Asian and minority ethnic), 43 of
"ethnic", 11 of "race", two of "black" and "Asian" respectively, but only
two of "class".
This takeover of the Labour Party by other groups
has coincided with hard times of the traditional British working-class
particularly the white-working class. /.../ But this has not stopped
many Labour-Party-affiliated activists from demonising all white men,
however humble their background, as vectors of oppression. In significant
sections of the Labour Party the term "white male" is used as an accusation
rather than a description. ...
The Labour Party nevertheless may be
acting rationally in acting as it is: Mr Corbyn is a harbinger of things to
come rather than a relic of the 1960s. Britain's ethnic-minority population
is expanding and becoming more politically engaged. IPSOS Mori estimates
that, in the June 2017 general election, 73% of ethnic-minority voters
voted Labour compared with 39% of ethnically white voters. Thirteen of the
party's 20 best performances were in heavily Muslim areas. Labour's best
chance of holding onto the Midlands lies in mobilising the Muslim vote,
rather than in appealing to Jaguar LandRover workers.
Illegal immigration asylum, social cohesion, Europe
Liberals have lost the argument on the migrant crisis. Now Europe needs to get tough
Daily Telegraph, 5 July 2018.
Europe's migration crisis sparked by Merkel's government
three years ago has quickened the populist advance across the
Immigration is not the only factor in this worrying
trend, but it is an important one.
In 2015, when the migration
crisis began, more than 1.8 million people were detected crossing Europe's
borders illegally. Italy has had more than 471,000 people land on its
shores as the crisis has gone on. Germany received 1.1 million asylum
applications in 2015 alone.
Those who think the crisis is abating
are mistaken. While the numbers attempting to reach Europe are not as high
as last year, and are far lower than in 2015, they are still a worry.
Last week, more than 500 migrants arrived in Greece; nearly 900
reached Italy; and almost 1,200 arrived in Spain. And the authorities must
now house, educate and integrate the many people who reached Europe in the
last three years. By 2020 the German government will have spent an
estimated £74 billion dealing with the domestic costs of the crisis.
To maintain social cohesion, you need to control immigration.
To control immigration, you need strong borders. And to have strong
borders, you need to be prepared to adopt tough policies. ...
why should we continue an asylum model that favours the strong over the
weak, the young over the old, and men over women? Three quarters of asylum
seekers in Britain are men and the majority are in their early twemties.
Too often, with today's system, the vulnerable get left behind.
The immigration debate is changing. In Europe, mainstream
politicians are advocating "regional disembarkation platforms", where
asylum claims are processed outside the EU. This is a model that has worked
in Australia, but it will only succeed if migrants are barred from claiming
asylum in Europe itself.
Time will tell if Europe's leaders will
be tough enough to do that. But they need to be. If the migration crisis
taught us anything, it is that virtue signalling is not a policy: the only
policy with virtue is one that works.
Immigration abroad Africans, European Union
Macron says migrant centres will only work if African nations take lead as EU immigration crisis deepens
David Chazan, Justin Huggler and Hannah Strange
Telegraph, 5 July 2018.
Emmanuel Macron acknowledged on Wednesday that EU plans to open
migrant processing centres in North Africa can only work if the host
countries lead the process.
Speaking to the BBC during a visit to
Nigeria, the French president said many African countries were concerned
that such centres would act as a magnet for greater numbers of migrants.
No African country has so far agreed to host the centres, planned
as part of a compromise deal on the migration crisis during a tense EU
summit earlier this month.
Mr Macron said the idea "can fly, just
if some African countries decide to organise it." Mr Macron said migration
would pose problems for Europe for decades because of unplanned population
growth in African countries.
Immigration abroad illegal immigration, deportation, Italy
Salvini's anti-migrant pledge 'practically impossible' to fulfil
The Guardian, 5 July 2018.
... Matteo Salvini ...
... But one legally complex and
hugely expensive election promise to "send home" 500,000 illegal
immigrants already in Italy may not be so easy to keep. ...
The first anomaly in Salvini's rhetoric is the figure of 500,000.
"There is no credible statistic on the number of people in the
country at this time without a valid residency permit," said Christopher
Hein, a professor of law and immigration policies at Luiss University in
Hein said that a vague indicator of how many illegal
immigrants might be in Italy could be gleaned from data on the numbers who
had requested asylum. About 130,000 applied in 2017, with about 50,000
being turned down.
However, many of those who are rejected gain
protection after appealing through the courts.
procedure is messy, costly and for the most part unworkable. When an
illegal immigrant receives a deportation order, they are first given the
choice to return home voluntarily, a procedure that is usually organised by
NGOs. But few use this option, with just 1,500 expected to take it up in
If they do not go home voluntarily, they are given a deadline
to leave the country: failing to do so is a criminal offence. At this
stage, it is also up to the immigrant to obtain travel documents and fund
their journey home.
For immigrants detained in one of the five
centres for identification and expulsion (CIE), then it is up to Italian
authorities to obtain travel documents from the countries of origin
an often insurmountable challenge given that the relevant authorities in
their home countries often do not exist or function in an efficient way or
do not want their citizens back and fund their return.
has bilateral deportation agreements with only Nigeria, Tunisia, the
Gambia, Sudan and Egypt. It is against EU law to return people to countries
at war or where they could be subjected to the death penalty, torture or
other inhumane conditions. ...
Last year, 31,624 undocumented
foreigners were detected in Italy, of which 6,514 were repatriated,
according to interior ministry figures.
"Failure to cooperate with
the country of origin means that it is impossible to repatriate an
irregular migrant, unless the latter is in possession of a valid identity
document," the ministry said.
A person can only be held in a CIE
for 90 days, although in some cases stays last a year or more, with
conditions regularly criticised as inhumane. If Italy fails to deport
someone, then they are released with an order to leave the country of their
own accord within a week. But the majority simply disappear. ...
The other main impediment to Salvini's plan is the massive expense.
On top of the cost of identification, detention, legal hearings and
flights, each deported migrant has to be escorted to a plane by two police
officers at a cost of about 3,000 (£2,650). The total
repatriation cost for one person is estimated to be between 6,000 and
Salvini said he would use money currently spent
on hosting asylum seekers to pay for mass deportations. He told voters that
the previous administration's reception policy cost 50bn.
Home Office Told to Expand Programme Importing Refugees to Every UK Town, Village
Breitbart, 4 July 2018.
George Soros-funded NGO Citizens UK has launched a campaign
demanding the Home Office extend the refugee resettlement scheme to every
corner of Britain.
The left-leaning new Home Secretary Sajid Javid
was urged to "take a brave stand with refugees and show the world once
again Britain is a country of welcome", at a campaign launch in London on
According to the group's press release, "200 civil society
leaders from mosques, churches, schools and other organisations" attended
the event in support of extending beyond 2020 the government's programme
transporting 20,000 mostly Syrian migrants over five years into homes in UK
Citizens UK, which claims to be a "community organising
group", pointed to council figures showing migrants have been distributed
across every part of Britain including many rural areas as a
demonstration of the scheme's "success". ...
Because of the 'Dubs
amendment', which forced Britain to import so-called unaccompanied minors
from the third world who had illegally migrated to Europe, Citizens UK's
Safe Passage website states that "over 1,700 children are now safely in the
UK thanks to the safe and legal routes we have opened".
from France, we have also brought children from Greece, Italy, Bulgaria,
Syria, Belgium and Sudan," the NGO boasts, adding it also helps "vulnerable
adults" enter the UK "wherever possible", and that the group is working to
"expand and make family reunification possible widely across Europe and the
With polls consistently demonstrating immigration to be
overwhelmingly unpopular in Britain, Citizen UK claims that "Community
Organising is about returning power to people".
Immigration abroad South Korea
Half a million South Koreans sign petition against immigration policy
Evening Standard, 3 July 2018.
Nearly half a million South Koreans have signed a petition against
their government's refugee friendly migration policy.
people have signed a petition asking their government to "put Koreans
before refugees" and are seeking to revoke the Yemenis refugee application.
Hank Kim, owner of Core Travel Agency, has posed that people are
worried about how immigrants have lived in Europe.
He said: "Local
people here are worried, we have all read about the problems that
immigrants have caused in Europe in Germany and France in particular
and we do not want that to happen here."
He added: "It has
become really bad in recent weeks and it is all because Jeju introduced a
program that enabled people from 186 countries to come here without a
There was also a protest in Seoul's City Hall, on
Saturday, where people gathered to march against the visa-waiver program.
The protest was staged against the Jeju Provincial Government's
(JPG) so-called "friendly" refugee policy, which is believed to allow "fake
refugees" to enter the country.
Fraud and corruption earnings
Migrants caught lying over pay in effort to stay in UK
The Times, 2 July 2018.
Hundreds of highly skilled migrants trying to stay in the UK
permanently have been found abusing the system, according to the
Migrants who had been denied leave to remain
were found to have exaggerated their earnings on applications to the Home
Office when the figures were checked against their tax records.
almost 90 per cent of the cases reviewed, the applicants had amended their
records with HM Revenue & Customs by increasing their earnings by more
than £10,000, Caroline Nokes told MPs.
Ms Nokes said that the
migrants were most likely to have inflated their earnings so that they
could claim enough points to stay in Britain, or to have substantially
under-reported their salaries to evade tax.
Fraud and corruption earnings
Hundreds of highly skilled migrants are lying about how much they earn to try and stay in UK permanently
The Sun, 2 July 2018.
Hundreds of highly skilled migrants have been lying about how much
they earn to try and stay in the UK permanently.
The Home Office
said in 90 per cent of cases the reviewed applicants had increased their
earnings by more than £10,000 to reach the threshold needed to qualify
for long-term residence.
Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes told
MPs some of the applicants had amended their records with HMRC to
under-report their wages in to evade tax.
The review was ordered by
Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, after concerns people were being refused
'leave to remain' due to minor tax issues.
But the appraisal of 281
postal applications that were refused on character and conduct grounds
revealed a pattern of apparent attempts to abuse the immigration system,
the Times is reporting.
The Home Office is now looking at
applications made in person to see whether similar attempts were made to
try and enable skilled migrants to stay in the UK who failed the strict
The review found many migrants trying to live
here permanently under the 'Tier 1' system had earnings lower than the
threshold required, but had been topped up by claims of self-employed pay
which were not real.
Illegal immigration deception, deportation
Europe is using smartphone data as a weapon to deport refugees
Wired, 2 July 2018.
Smartphones have helped tens of thousands of migrants travel to
Europe. A phone means you can stay in touch with your family or with
people smugglers. On the road, you can check Facebook groups that warn of
border closures, policy changes or scams to watch out for. Advice on how to
avoid border police spreads via WhatsApp.
Now, governments are
using migrants' smartphones to deport them.
Across the continent,
migrants are being confronted by a booming mobile forensics industry that
specialises in extracting a smartphone's messages, location history, and
even WhatsApp data. That information can potentially be turned against the
phone owners themselves. ...
Admittedly, some refugees do lie on
their asylum applications. Omar not his real name certainly
did. He travelled to Germany via Greece. ...
If Omar's phone were
searched, he could have become one of them, as his location history would
have revealed his route through Europe, including his arrival in Greece.
But before his asylum interview, he met Lena also not her
real name. A refugee advocate and businesswoman, Lena had read about
Germany's new surveillance laws. She encouraged Omar to throw his phone
away and tell immigration officials it had been stolen in the refugee camp
where he was staying. ...
When sociology professor Marie Gillespie
researched phone use among migrants travelling to Europe in 2016, she
encountered widespread fear of mobile phone surveillance. "Mobile phones
were facilitators and enablers of their journeys, but they also posed a
threat," she says. In response, she saw migrants who kept up to 13
different SIM cards, hiding them in different parts of their bodies as they
This could become a problem for immigration officials,
who are increasingly using mobile phones to verify migrants' identities,
and ascertain whether they qualify for asylum. (That is: whether they are
fleeing countries where they risk facing violence or persecution.) In
Germany, only 40 per cent of asylum applicants in 2016 could provide
official identification documents. In their absence, the nationalities of
the other 60 per cent were verified through a mixture of language analysis
using human translators and computers to confirm whether their
accent is authentic and mobile phone data. ...
smartphone has become the essential accessory for modern migration.
Travelling to Europe as an asylum seeker is expensive. People who can't
afford phones typically can't afford the journey either.
Terrorism cost, UK, Europe
The threat of terrorism is exhausting Europe
Free West Media, 2 July 2018.
Between 2004 and 2016, the European Union lost 180 billion in
GDP due to terrorism. Is Europe really serious about its war on terror?
The United Kingdom (43.7 billion) and France (43
billion) suffered the highest losses, followed by Spain (40.8
billion) and Germany (19.2 billion), according to a Rand Corporation
"Beyond those who have been directly physically affected by
terrorist attacks, the extensive coverage of terrorist attacks through
multiple media and social media channels has substantially increased the
amount of people and companies that could be psychologically affected. This
subsequently affects their economic behaviour".
According to the
Spanish "black book" of terrorism, 658 Europeans have been murdered in
terror attacks on European soil, while 1 029 Europeans died at the hand of
Half of the French army are currently deployed
in France to protect the civilian targets, including schools, monuments,
and religious sites. The Guardian noted that French troop presence has hit
10 000 after Paris attacks. Many fear it is a "political anti-anxiety
... Germany has had to send troops into the streets
for the first time since the Second World War.
France, has more troops deployed at home than in any single mission abroad.
"We are standing around like flowers pots, just waiting to be smashed," one
Belgian officer complained.
The French magazine Causeur says
Europeans are suffering from the "the Batman Syndrome" after France
announced it would be freeing at least 50 terrorists from prison. The UK is
also due to free 80 Islamic fundamentalists from jail.
"How can we
respect a society that is too cowardly to fight those who threaten its
citizens, and that demonstrates its weakness by systematically seeking
appeasement at the price of the most unreasonable accommodations? It is the
'Batman syndrome': the hero refuses to kill, he systematically saves his
enemy who escapes and kills new victims until the hero catches up with him,
and so on."
Asylum tensions, Sunderland
Sunderland MP Julie Elliott slammed over calls to halt asylum seekers being house in the city
ChronicleLive, 1 July 2018.
An MP has come under fire for demanding a halt to asylum seekers
being housed in her city.
In a letter to Home Secretary Sajid
Javid, Sunderland Central MP Julie Elliott called for a temporary clampdown
to alleviate "tensions" in the city. ...
Deputy leader of
Sunderland City Council, Michael Mordey, has previously lobbied the
Government to take a similar course of action.
stated: "As a council we have written direct to the Home Secretary to
demand that he immediately halts the Government dispersal policy, that has
created the issues in this particular local community."
Democrat opposition leader Niall Hodson slammed Ms Elliot's hard-line
He said: "Julie Elliott's comments are straight out of the
"It is appalling to see a Labour MP sinking so
low and making statements which only serve to make the tensions in
Sunderland worse. ..." ...
Asked to comment on the letter, Ms
Elliott MP said: "The Home Office needs to act on my letter as soon as
possible in order to allow local services to deal with serious issues which
are currently affecting some of my constituents.
"It is important
that whilst Sunderland remains a welcoming and diverse city, we also have
safe communities where everyone can feel at ease in their neighbourhood and