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Updated 17 December 2017
Benefits and costs health tourism
Crackdown on health tourist women who fly to the UK to give birth 'on the NHS' is WORKING despite fury of doctors' union
Mail on Sunday, 17 December
A clampdown on foreign women who fly in to give birth 'for free' on
the NHS is proving to be a resounding success, The Mail on Sunday can
Since the spring all pregnant women giving birth at St
George's Hospital in Tooting, South London, have been required to prove
they have lived in the UK for at least a year.
The drive a
trailblazing programme being rolled out across dozens of other hospitals
has led to a huge fall in the number of women from outside Britain
attempting to obtain maternity care without paying.
figures indicate the number of labour ward health tourists has dropped by
at least 90 per cent at St George's, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
The results are a boost for the Government, which has vowed to get
tough on a problem which is thought to cost the NHS hundreds of millions of
pounds a year.
But they will be embarrassing for the Left-leaning
British Medical Association, which has constantly criticised the idea. ...
A year ago they estimated that around 900 women who gave birth at
St George's in 2015-16 should have been charged. Most have not paid up. The
average birth costs the NHS at least £1,000, but that can soar if
there are complications. ...
Managers at St George's estimated they
were losing £4.6 million a year to health tourism, of which maternity
was thought to account for the biggest chunk. It is still owed £1.75
million from fly-in mothers.
Continuing terror threat forces King's College Chapel to scrap traditional queue for Christmas carol concert
Sunday Telegraph, 17 December 2017.
It is one of those longstanding traditions - such as the last night
of the Proms or the overnight queue for Wimbledon tickets - which appears
to be a unique feature of British life.
But the fear of a potential
terror attack has now forced the organisers of the King's College Chapel
carol concert to scrap its queue for seats and replace it with ticket-only
However, members of the public who want to attend will
now have to buy a ticket in advance, allocating them a specific seat. ...
The changes come after a spate of terror attacks against soft
targets in Britain. ...
It also follows a call by the Isis terror
group for its followers to kidnap non-Muslim children in Europe.
Immigration public opinion, Brexit
Brexit voters were 'mainly driven by taking back control of law-making powers from EU' not racism
The Sun, 17 December 2017.
Remain camp claims that the Brexit vote was driven by racism have
been exposed as a vile smear.
Most people chose to leave the EU to
take back control of law-making powers, a major study has found.
But even those who were swayed by mass immigration did not do so
out of xenophobia or intolerance.
Jobs, skills and crime were the
biggest concerns of those who voted out to bring an end to Britain's open
Only a tiny handful of people admitted they were opposed
to free movement on the grounds of race, religion or sexuality.
Last year, Labour MP Diane Abbott provoked uproar when she branded
the millions who back Brexit racist. ...
But the myth of "Brexit
racism" is exploded in a study by the independent think tank Open Europe.
It found that 84 per cent of people believe that one of the most
important factors when considering whether to admit migrants is if they
have a criminal record.
More than 73 per cent listed whether they
have a specific job offer, with 69 per cent concerned about whether their
job is in an area where the UK has a skills shortage.
which feature high on the list are the ability to speak fluent English, the
likelihood of them claiming benefits, whether they are healthy and if they
intend to settle here.
Only 7.9 per cent attached any priority to
the race or ethnic background of migrants and only 6.9 per cent
believe it is important to know if they are Christian.
Head of Ofsted reveals she faces 'personal attacks' from 'extremists' trying to intimidate the watchdog over crackdown on illegal Muslim schools
Mail, 16 December 2017.
The head of Ofsted says she faces personal attacks as extremists
try to intimidate the watchdog over a crackdown on illegal Muslim schools.
Chief inspector of schools Amanda Spielman received an email
saying: 'We know where you live and we can get you any time we want to,'
after a court case against an Islamic school that separated girls and boys.
Her home address has had to be removed from the internet, while
inspectors in one of Ofsted's regional offices have been sent extreme
Islamic literature and forced to take security measures as they are
targeted by extremists.
Repatriation/deportation criminals, compensation, human rights
Human rights insanity: Barmy laws are preventing 6,000 foreign criminals including killers and rapists being deported while 200 a year are receiving millions of pounds in
Daily Mail, 16 December 2017.
Given the £110,000 compensation payment winging its way
towards his bank account, Aliou Bah ought to be a very happy man indeed.
The 28-year-old refugee from Guinea, West Africa, who has two
convictions for sexual assault, was awarded the bumper payout last week at
Central London County Court after a judge ruled he had been detained for
too long by the Home Office while they were trying to deport him. ...
In actuality, an average of 200 such cases come before the courts
every year, typically costing the taxpayer £4.5 million in
compensation payouts and making a mockery of Home Office pledges to deport
foreign nationals who commit serious crimes. ...
The Home Office
says there is a huge risk that criminals facing deportation will abscond if
they are not detained.
But inevitable delays caused by obfuscating
legal challenges can easily lead to a situation whereby a foreign criminal
is deemed to have been kept in detention for too long. ...
month, 39-year-old Somalian Abdulrahman Mohammed a man with a
criminal career spanning 20 years was awarded £78,500 after his
claim for unlawful detention was upheld at the High Court in London.
Mohammed, who lives in West London and has 30 convictions, has been
jailed 13 times for crimes including affray, knife possession, assaults and
The same verdict was delivered in relation to
Naseer Chawki, a failed asylum-seeker claiming to be a 34-year-old from
Iran, who was jailed for 'revolting' sex crimes on a crowded London
Underground train and was placed in immigration detention for more than
four years while the Home Office battled to deport him. ...
final sum he received is not known, but the average payout to claimants is
in the region of £27,000. ...
In isolation, of course, these
cases might be viewed as an aberration, but a quick glance into the annals
of UK immigration law turns up countless more.
In August 2011,
failed Algerian asylum-seeker Amin Sino, who committed more than 25 crimes
within six years of arriving in the UK, was awarded 'substantial' damages
for unlawful detention, despite the fact he had misled Home Office
officials about his identity in a bid to thwart deportation and had 'proved
to be a risk to the community'.
The judge, John Howell QC, said
that while the public would be 'outraged' by his ruling, an immigrant's
refusal to co-operate with authorities was not justification for detention
under UK law.
And the list goes on, with criminals continuing to
remain in the UK while the deportation process drags on. ...
top of these payouts, tax-payers are also ultimately footing the bill for
all the lawyers, translators and forensic experts often drafted in to prove
or disprove the claims of foreign offenders. ...
Dr David Green of
the think-tank Civitas, the Institute for the Study of Civil Society,
argues that the Home Office is in an impossible situation. If it detains
foreign criminals, it risks further mammoth compensation claims in the
future. If it releases them while seeking their deportation, it faces
accusations of placing the public at risk. ...
In 2014, the Home
Office was forced to admit that it had lost track of 758 dangerous foreign
criminals awaiting deportation.
Crime domestic violence
Domestic violence: still a hidden problem for many migrant women
The Guardian, 16 December 2017.
With no family support, no friends, no finance, no confidence, and
often feeling isolated, many migrant women feel totally alone and do not
know where to go for help. One woman who came without her husband's
permission to a workshop I ran on domestic abuse told me she was not
allowed to go out on her own, even to buy food for her three-year-old son.
This woman said her husband would punish her if he found out
she had attended the workshop. ...
It is shocking that almost 2
million people a year in England and Wales 1.2 million women and
713,000 men experience domestic abuse, and that two women in England
are killed by a partner or ex-partner every week. But an even greater
number of people experience abuse without reporting it and many of
them are migrant women. ...
... Many community leaders in this
country are sceptical about the scale of the problem, even when statistics
confirm how widespread this issue is.
Immigration abroad Calais, France
UK-bound lorries left UNLOCKED for illegal migrants in Calais
Daily Star, 16 December 2017.
Dozens of lorries are being left unlocked in areas where migrants
routinely stow away in UK-bound vehicles.
The Daily Star visited
HGV parks along the main trunk road to the Calais ferry port and Channel
Most of the vehicles were unsecured and only had catches on
their rear doors which could be opened by hand.
Our team also saw
numerous desperate migrants loitering suspiciously around trucks on the A16
and A26 motorways. ...
A Polish driver admitted he often left his
truck unsecured to stop migrants vandalising it.
He said: "I leave
the doors open with the documents on it which says I'm heading to Holland.
"If I lock the doors they will slash the sides of my lorry to see
where I'm going. ..."
African asylum seeker, 72, who scammed taxpayers out of £40,000 of benefits after he fled BACK to his Somali homeland because he 'missed the sunshine' is
MailOnline, 16 December 2017.
A Somalian refugee, who continued receiving nearly £39,000 in
benefits after returning to his homeland because he missed the sunshine,
has been jailed for fifteen months.
Pensioner Mohamed Qoomaal, 72,
had pension credit payments sent to him for two-and-a-half years and a
mystery person enjoyed rent-free living in his council-funded home. ...
Despite arriving in this country fifteen years ago he also needed a
taxpayer-funded interpreter during eight court hearings.
Asylum children, deception
'Child migrants Britain let in were BALDING and BEARDED' - fresh claim
Daily Express, 15 December 2017.
Dozens of adult migrants posed as children to get into Britain, a
former Border Force chief admitted last night.
After the Jungle
refugee camp in Calais closed last year, 750 "vulnerable minors" were
granted sanctuary in the UK as part of a deal struck with France. Concern
was raised at the time that a number of them appeared to be over 18.
Tony Smith, former director-general of the UK Border Force, said:
"I am not confident all the vulnerable minors brought over from Calais were
children. In fact, I am confident some of them were not and were actually
adult economic migrants posing as children.
"Some would have sworn
on their mothers' lives they were only 16 even though they had a beard and
"If they can get away with an age they will because
minors are treated much more favourably than adults. If they can get away
with claiming they are a nationality which is more favourable to getting
asylum, like a Somali or Syrian, then why not claim that? There is a huge
amount of deception in immigration." ...
Tory MP David Davies was
vilified for suggesting that some "child" migrants looked over 18 and
should be required to undergo medical checks to back up their claims.
He said: "It was obvious to anyone with a grain of common sense
that people who are prepared to jump into moving lorries to get to the UK
would be perfectly prepared to lie about their age.
of the authorities to accept this because of a fear of receiving the kind
of vilification I put up with last year has led to our system being
"If Mr Smith had spoken out while in office he
would have faced a media storm and ministers would have been called on to
sack him. Everyone working in this sector knows that to speak out about the
abuses of our system is a quick way to end your career."
who retired in 2013, also said Britain was kicking out too few failed
The immigration policy that we need after Brexit
Conservative Home, 15 December 2017.
Lord Green is Chairman of MigrationWatch UK and a cross-bench peer
Amidst the drama over trade talks immigration, a key factor in the
outcome of the referendum, has almost disappeared from sight. /.../ Below
are ten key points for ministers keep at the forefront of their minds in
the next phase of negotiations.
. Net migration statistics for the
first full year since the referendum showed a drop of 100,000, of which
80,000 was a reduction in EU net migration. However, there is still a net
inflow from the EU of 100,000 and there are more EU-born workers in the
labour market than ever before over 2.4 million. ...
Immigration was clearly a decisive factor in the referendum result. Ipsos
MORI found it to be by far the most important issue for voters in June 2016
(11 points ahead of the NHS and 21 points ahead of the economy). ...
. We must take serious steps to expand the training of those
already in the UK. There are 1.4 million unemployed people, and around a
million part-time workers who would like more hours.
. 80 per cent
of EU workers are not in the highly skilled categories. A system of work
permits could cut, or taper very sharply, their numbers. ...
employers are being subsidised by the taxpayer to employ migrants from the
EU. Working age benefits for EEA nationals cost the Treasury £4.4
billion in 2014/15 or about £12 million per day. We do not hear about
this from industry. ...
Finally, Minister, it will be very easy to
get bogged down in detail but it is essential to remember that the UK
population is set to grow by nearly ten million over the next 25 years if
net migration continues at around current levels.
Immigration abroad voluntary repatriation, Germany
Migrants in Germany: Should they be paid to go home?
BBC, 15 December 2017.
If you'd travelled across the world to pursue a better life, would
you move back in return for money?
Germany is betting that the
answer is yes.
The country has long offered migrants and asylum
seekers financial incentives to leave its shores, and until 28 February
2018 it's prepared to pay out extra. ...
Germany is by no means
first to this approach. So where else has done it - and is it morally
According to Dr Jeff Crisp, a Fellow at the Chatham House
think tank, so-called "voluntary return" programmes for asylum seekers have
been around for at least 20 years, and everywhere from Australia to the UK
and Canada has tried them.
"The pressure on people to return is
definitely being ramped up, and return is being seen as the key to the
whole migration situation in Europe at the moment," he told the BBC. ...
Figures from the International Organization for Migration (IOM),
which runs many countries' reward schemes, show that some 39,000 people
received cash or benefits in kind in 2016, at a cost of $32.7m. And by far
the biggest number - 54%, or 54,006 people - were leaving Germany.
How does a government sell that kind of outlay to the voting
In Scandinavia, which has seen a migrant influx in the past
decade, officials say it's cheaper to help asylum seekers leave than to
house them in immigration centres. ...
While the number of new
asylum applications in Germany fell by almost half to 90,389 in the first
half of 2017, a humane solution is needed for the thousands whose requests
have already been turned down. ...
Almost twice as many asylum
seekers are launching appeals in Germany year on year in 2017, as its
deportation drive cranks up. Around one in two rulings makes it to court,
and about a quarter of appeals succeed.
German public broadcaster
NDR (cited by the news portal DW) puts the rough cost of these judgements
at 19m euros from January to November 2017 - a full 7.8m more than in 2016.
For that money, the latest incentive scheme could afford to pay
19,000 people to leave voluntarily.
Politics multiculturalism, guilt
Douglas Murray Takes Us Inside The Strange Death Of Europe
FrontPage Mag, 15 December 2017.
[Speaking at the David Horowitz Freedom Center's 2017 Restoration Weekend]
The "Strange Death of Europe" centers on the 2015 migration crisis,
which you all remember was the moment when Angela Merkel massively
exacerbated an already existing problem by announcing, unilaterally, that
the external and internal borders of Europe were basically dissolved. In a
single act, the mass movement of people that had been going on for decades
sped up exponentially, so that Germany in a single year took in an
additional 2 percent of its population. Sweden took in an additional almost
3 percent of its population. This is all part of a pattern. ...
And, by the way, just as in all of the decades after the war, so in
the post-2015 moment, the governments that came up with these explanations
had to hedge around the facts, so that just like the labor government,
after 1997, they had to pretend that the average migrant was a Luxemburgian
hedge funder. And this is just one of the lies that gets told to the
people, because once that one is shut down, once, for instance, you notice
that the number of people who have been added to Germany's welfare bill in
the last year, is almost exactly the number of the people who came in in
So once you get the one of, well, okay maybe they don't
make us richer. Maybe the aging population thing doesn't work. You get to
another one, which is diversity. It doesn't matter if we're financially
poorer. It doesn't matter, because we're so much more culturally rich. ...
And then you get to another stage in this, which is, okay, maybe it
doesn't make you richer. Maybe the aging population thing does fall apart.
Maybe the diversity thing isn't all it's cracked up to be or, as I put it
at one point in my book, maybe we just have to do an agreement this is a
quid pro quo. We have a bit more gang rape and beheading than we used to
have, but then there's a wider range of cuisines. ...
But, then you
get to the last stage of that, which is the one that politicians now say
and speak to us about. Which is, okay, maybe none of these things are the
case. We'll suck it up. This is globalization. This is going to happen
anyway. This is a hell of a way to speak to the general public about their
and their children's future. And, it is only said, once again, to the
peoples of Europe in this tone.
... I say in the opening line,
"Europe is committing suicide or, at least, its leaders have decided to
commit suicide." /.../ Now, this strange death, this suicide, seems to me
to be a very unnatural thing to happen in nature. And, so there must be,
and I posit that there are deeper underlying reasons for it. One is what I
described, taking it from the French philosopher Pascal Bruckner, as the
Tyranny of Guilt. This overwhelming guilt, specifically, the German guilt
that has spread across the continent in the decades since the war. You, of
course, in America have a very clear version of this, yourself. Just as we,
in Europe now, have this myth of original sin, so you now have it in
America; the original sin of slavery, the original sin of racism, and the
European versions of the original sin of colonialism, and so on. Again,
it's a one-way movement.
Benefits and costs welfare fraud
We gave Tania Amisi asylum and she repaid British kindness with crime
Daily Express, 14 December 2017.
A mix of manipulative sentimentality and guilt-tripping deceit
hangs over the debate about immigration. ...
Its emptiness is
exposed by cases like that of fraudster Tania Amisi who was jailed this
week following her conviction for claiming £224,000 in bogus benefits
from 22 different councils.
Amisi, who arrived in Britain as an
asylum seeker from the Congo, used her taxpayer-funded income to maintain
her luxurious lifestyle, which included owning two properties in London's
Chelsea Harbour, one of the most prestigious addresses in the world, as
well as high-class travel, hotels, restaurants and fashion.
provided her with sanctuary and she rewarded the public with extortion.
Given the seriousness of her crimes her prison sentence of four years seems
lenient; she could be free in less than two.
But this lack of
toughness is only in keeping with the laxity of British officialdom, which
has made public money easy prey to migrant criminals. ...
She is a
living symbol of so much that has gone wrong with the integrity of our
civic life. The welfare state was founded to meet the needs of British
people, not to provide a honey-pot for foreign parasites and crooks.
Sadly her case is hardly an isolated one. ...
summer failed asylum seeker Ramou Jarjusey from Gambia was found guilty
living in the West Midlands.
Once again the punishment was
pathetically inadequate. ...
Equally indulgent were the 10-month
jail terms handed out by a Manchester Court in April to wealthy Pakistanis
Syed Zaidi and his wife Rizwana Kamal, who claimed free accommodation and
welfare payments worth more than £150,000 when they were granted
asylum here, despite the fact that they had savings of £250,000 in
seven different bank accounts.
What this catalogue reveals is the
absence of rigour in the benefits system. Payments are being dished out.
Entitlement is not based on any past record of tax or national insurance
contributions, which is why it is so easy for cynical foreigners to
That reality is denounced by the pro-immigration brigade,
pumped up with their anti-British theories about the virtues of the new
arrivals and the alleged laziness of the natives.
immigrants past and present keep indolent British scroungers on their
couches drinking beer and watching TV," wrote TV and newspaper commentator
But this is a complete myth. ...
Contrary to the relentless propaganda of the progressive media,
rates of joblessness and welfare dependency are much higher in migrant
communities than among the British population.
Politics Western Europe
Europe's ageing societies require immigration to survive and that means anti-immigration politics is here to stay
LSE - European Politics
and Policy, 14 December 2017.
Beginning in the 1970s in Western Europe, populism has risen yet
again amidst the waves of immigration that began in the 1960s. The new
populist parties are often unidimensional with explicit xenophobic,
anti-immigrant positions. Their messages scapegoat non-white, non-native
born persons; often with a diametric opposition to Muslims or Islamic
culture. In Western European countries, anti-immigrant populist parties
sometimes labelled the 'populist radical right' or
'neo-nationalists' expanded from below 5% of the national vote share
in 1962 up to 13% by 2017, on average.
The vote share and
percentage of foreign-born members of the population observed from
1962-2017 reveals a pattern. They rise in tandem. This is not a paradox of
pooling Western European data. In each country on its own, the stock of
foreign-born persons explains 50 to 97% of the variance in anti-immigrant
party vote share (i.e., the range of correlation coefficients in 17
countries). This does not mean immigration causes anti-immigrant voting;
however, social and political research explains why it is part of the
Immigration appears to be the only stable component
of new populist parties and their limited policy victories. ...
This marks a new era. /.../ Anti-immigration views and aggressive
displays of national pride, which might once have been confined to private
dinner table conversations, have now moved into the public sphere, on the
streets, in the media, and in political debates. ...
... The native
population may feel threatened by immigrants geographically and
economically, challenging both group and national identities. ...
And immigration must continue to increase. The ageing population in
Western Europe demands services and resources that the native working-age
population cannot provide. ...
... Nothing is certain and
exogenous shocks are commonplace. Yet demographic science suggests that
increased labour force participation, higher contributions from workers and
employers, and lower benefits provided to retirees would be inevitable
without an increase in immigration. In hyper-ageing societies such as
Germany, the necessary increase would equate to a population where as many
as 60% or more of citizens are foreign-born. Using these drastic estimates,
the models outlined above also predict a 20% foreign-born population by
Populism rises and falls in its myriad variants, but the
explicitly anti-immigration version is likely here to stay.
Illegal immigration Calais, France
'Great Wall of Calais' farce: Barrier costs UK £2.3m and is fitted with unlocked doors
Daily Express, 13 December 2017.
A huge wall meant to stop migrants hiding in UK-bound lorries at
Calais has been fitted with unlocked doors.
The 13ft barrier,
dubbed The Great Wall of Calais, was built using £2.3 million of UK
It runs for well over half a mile beside the N216
motorway, which ends at the town's ferry port terminal.
But a probe
has found that steel doors set into it as access points for French
officials are a glaring weak point.
On the side of the wall facing
away from the road the doors look like featureless sheets of plain metal.
But on the traffic side they have handles with simple catches which
can be opened without a key.
Migrants have discovered that all they
have to do is gather at a door and send one of their mates running to the
end of the wall.
Crime deportation, EU migrants
Criminals from the EU will be allowed to STAY in Brexit Britain if they were sentenced to less than a year in jail, minister reveals
The Sun, 13
Criminals from the EU will be allowed to STAY in Brexit Britain if
they were sentenced to less than a year in jail, a Minister has revealed.
Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis told peers today that offenders
who had committed "minor infractions" would not be booted out.
means EU nationals with convictions for offences such as theft will likely
be given "settled status" and full access to schools, state pensions
and benefits for years to come.
The revelation came as Mr Lewis
told a cross-party committee yesterday that the estimated 3 million EU
nationals likely to want to stay in Britain will be able to apply in
"minutes" when the system goes live next year.
He confirmed all
those seeking to stay would be asked to 'self-declare' criminal
But he insisted the Government had stepped up its
deportations of so-called Foreign National Offenders with 41,000 from both
EU and non-EU nations deported since 2010.
Multiculturalism religion, free speech, hate crime
Former Ukip leader fears 'appeasement of Islam' threatens Christianity
Daily Express, 13 December 2017.
A senior peer fears Christians could be arrested for airing their
views on Jesus under hate crime laws which he claims "appease Muslims".
Lord Pearson of Rannoch said free speech is being eroded by
political correctness and people are becoming afraid to speak their minds
in case they break the law.
The former Ukip leader said he, and
other peers, have become increasingly worried about freedom of speech.
Lord Pearson has repeatedly asked the Government if Christians who
preach the supreme divinity of Christ would be guilty of a
This year the Crown Prosecution
Service produced revised definitions of the different strands of hate crime
racist, religious, disability, homophobic, biphobic and transphobic.
In a debate on hate crime in the House of Lords last week, Lord
Pearson asked: "Will the Government confirm that the latest definition of a
hate crime is one which is perceived to be motivated by prejudice based on
a person's religion?"
"Will the Government therefore confirm
unequivocally that a Christian who says Jesus is the only son of the one
true God cannot be arrested for hate crime or any other offence, however
much it may offend a Muslim or anyone of any other religion?" ...
Between 2015 and 2016, the Crown Prosecution Service completed a
record 15,442 hate crime prosecutions.
Crime child sexual abuse, political correctness, truth
It's not racist to tell the truth about grooming gangs
Daily Telegraph, 13 December 2017.
In what circumstances should you apologise for telling the truth?
Back in August, Sarah Champion, the Labour MP for Rotherham, wrote an
article for The Sun which began: "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?"
Champions's willingness to "call out this
horrifying problem" lasted all of five days before she issued an apology
for her "extremely poor choice of words".
She went further and
resigned as shadow secretary of state for women and equalities saying it
"would distract from the crucial issues around child protection which I
have campaigned on my entire political career".
That was a mistake,
wasn't it, Sarah? The white girls who had been raped and pimped by British
Pakistani men campaigners estimate there may be as many as 40,000
victims really need a fearless, high-profile advocate. Champion
betrayed both her name and those girls when she succumbed to the
overwhlming pressure to apologise for speaking the truth about what I
believe to be the biggest scandal in modern British history. ...
... a hugely important new report from the Quilliam think tank ...
... In many of the case studies looked at, members of gangs were
often related by "blood or community" and when Quilliam analysed 58
grooming gangs they found that 84 per cent of their members were Asian and
70 per cent of those were of Pakistani heritage. ...
found was, indeed, racist. Perpetrators viewed their young victims as
"white trash available for sex". ...
Cultural sensitivity and "an
attitude of extreme political correctness of those in positions of
authority" led to abhorrent views being swept under the carpet for years
until the scandal was no longer containable.
Politics Brexit, EU migrants
Migrants should be let into Britain until 2021, says the EU: Negotiators want to push back the date in return for two-year transition deal
Jason Groves and Mario
Daily Mail, 12 December 2017.
Britain is facing demands to push back the 'cut-off date' for new
EU migrants to 2021 in return for a two-year transition deal, it emerged
Documents show that EU negotiators plan to issue the
demand during the next phase of negotiations in return for the 'transition
deal' wanted by the Prime Minister. ...
The Brexit divorce deal
agreed by Theresa May last week proposes a 'cut-off date' of March 2019,
after which new EU migrants would lose the automatic right to reside in the
UK on a long-term basis. ...
An EU document said: 'In such case,
the 'specified date' should, in the Commission's view, be defined not as
the date of the United Kingdom's withdrawal, but as that of the end of the
Politics Brexit, EU migrants
Theresa May pens begging letter to EU migrants saying Britain will be 'poorer' if they leave after Brexit
Mirror, 12 December 2017.
Theresa May has penned an open letter begging EU migrants to stay
in the UK after Brexit.
Writing on Facebook, the Prime Minister
said she knows the country would be "poorer" if the three million EU
citizens left. ...
But today she wrote: "I greatly value the depth
of the contributions you make - enriching every part of our economy, our
society, our culture and our national life. I know our country would be
poorer if you left and I want you to stay."
And she said that the
deal she agreed with Brussels counterparts on Friday would enshrine the
rights of EU citizens in British law. ...
Migrants who have been
in the country for five years will be eligible for "settled status", and
close family members - including "existing spouses, unmarried partners,
children, dependent parents and grandparents, as well as children born or
adopted outside of the UK" - will be able to join them in the UK.
And pensions, healthcare and other benefits will remain the same as
they are today.
Repatriation/deportation Roma, Romanians, Scotland
Roma arriving in Scotland being 'targeted unfairly'
Herald Scotland, 12 December 2017.
Roma people arriving in Scotland from the EU are being unfairly
targeted by border control, a charity has claimed.
Romano Lav (FoRL) has said it is "deeply concerned" about recent Home
Office activity in Govanhill, Glasgow, in relation to the Romanian Roma
The organisation claims Romanian nationals are being
made subject to additional questioning at Glasgow Airport with new arrivals
being asked for proof of employment, against freedom of movement
In a major operation involving Police Scotland,
the Home Office, HMRC, the DWP and the National Crime Agency, a crime ring
that had claimed nearly £1 million in fraudulent tax credit claims was
The Home Office said 14 people had been denied
entry to the UK as part of the operation. ...
Scotland's highest number of Roma people with around 3500 living in
"Eurosion": Muslim Majority in Thirty Years?
Gatestone Institute, 12 December 2017.
One of the most debated arguments about Muslims in Europe is the
"Eurabia" claim: that high birth rates and immigration will make Muslims
the majority on the continent within a few decades. For years, most of the
media and analysts dismissed the claim as alarmist and racist. ...
Not many had the courage to sound an alarm. The great Arabist
scholar, Bernard Lewis, sent out a warning more than a decade ago that
Europe would turn Muslim by the end of this century, and dissolve into
"part of the Arab West, the Maghreb". The late scholar Fouad Ajami also
cautioned that "Europe is host to a war between order and its enemies,
fueled by demography"; and the Italian writer Oriana Fallaci imagined a
continent with "the minarets in place of the bell-towers, with the burka in
place of the mini-skirt". Mark Steyn explained that "the future belongs to
Islam" with an "enfeebled" West in a "semi Islamified Europe".
years later, since Europe opened its borders to a massive wave of migrants
from North Africa and the Middle East, the demographers reviewed their
... The projections foretell that if the current wave
of immigrants persists, in thirty years Europe's Muslim population will
Pew's dramatic scenarios do not tell the whole story,
however. What will happen in major European cities, where the Muslim
communities are currently based? Will London, Marseille, Stockholm,
Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin and Birmingham all have Muslim majorities? ...
Under the "medium" and "high" projections in Pew's scenarios, how
can Europe preserve all its most precious gifts: freedom of expression,
separation of church and state, freedom of conscience, rule of law and
equality between men and women? ...
Jean-Claude Chesnais rightly
called this shift a "crépuscule", a twilight. We are living through
the self-extinction of the European societies of the Enlightenment.
Lawmakers reject EP decision on migration
Hungary Journal, 12 December 2017.
Parliament adopted on Tuesday a resolution proposed by ruling
Fidesz rejecting the European Parliament's November 16 decision on
mandatory quotas on the relocation of asylum seekers.
resolution was adopted with 142 votes in favour and 3 against. The
Socialists, the leftist Democratic Coalition and green LMP did not vote.
Jobbik voted yes, three independents voted no.
Immigration abroad deportation, Israel
Knesset approves plan to deport 40,000 illegal immigrants
Arutz Sheva, 12 December 2017.
A plan to deport more than 40,000 illegal immigrants from Israel
passed the Knesset late Monday night, paving the way for the implementation
of program previously blocked by the Supreme Court. ...
thousands of illegal immigrants crossed into Israel over the past decade
via the southern border with Egypt. Most of the infiltrators came from
Eritrea, Sudan, Somalia, and other countries in northeastern Africa.
Following the construction of the border fence along the
Israeli-Egyptian frontier, illegal border crossings plummeted by more than
99% - but only after nearly 60,000 illegal immigrants entered Israel prior
to the construction of the fence in 2012.
Immigration abroad race, oppression, hatred, violence, USA
Double Standards and Distortions
Heather Mac Donald
City Journal, 12 December 2017.
The media condemns President Trump for "normalizing hatred"
while it looks the other way on Islamist violence and black-nationalist
... the false narrative that we're living through an
epidemic of police violence against black males. The media's stoking of
that narrative has had a far greater effect on the nation's crime rate and
on race relations than Trump's retweets have had on public perceptions of
The reaction to an FBI report on black anti-cop
violence also highlights the double standards in what can and cannot be
said about race and identity. In August 2017, the FBI published an internal
report warning that targeted violence against police officers was on the
rise, /.../ The report focused on violence by individuals inspired by what
the report called "black identity extremism." ...
The reaction to
the FBI report, however, was one of shocked indignation that anyone would
posit such a thing as "black identity ideology." There is no anti-white
ideology to be found among blacks, according to the liberal elites. ...
Diatribes against whites and white oppression have become the
wallpaper of academia, so normal as to escape notice. ...
student columnist at Texas State University published an op-ed in the
campus newspaper in November telling whites: "Remember this: I hate you
because you shouldn't exist."
Critics of the FBI cop-killer report
nitpick over the FBI's term "black identity extremist," which they consider
an unwarranted new coinage. The fact that no group may identify itself with
that exact phrasing does not refute the fact that anti-white hatred in
inner-city black culture is real and consequential. Whites politely turn
their eyes away from this sentiment, but it is there for the asking if you
hang out around 125th Street in Harlem, the National Action Network,
Chicago's South Side, or East St. Louis. /.../ This anti-white sentiment is
far more pervasive than any anti-black sentiment among whites, and is in
fact authorized by elites.
... As for interracial violence, blacks
disproportionately commit it. Between 2012 and 2015, there were 631,830
violent interracial victimizations, excluding homicide, between blacks and
whites, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Blacks committed
85.5 percent of those victimizations, or 540,360 felonious assaults on
whites, while whites committed 14.4 percent, or 91,470 felonious assaults
on blacks. If anyone is under threat from another race, it is not blacks.
As for threats from the police, a police 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.
There is no support for white supremacy in
American culture at large. There is, however, enormous support for the
idea that white supremacy is rampant, which is tantamount to an
anti-white ideology, embraced by blacks and by whites. The consequences of
that ideology are serious, but may not be mentioned. Meanwhile, violence
committed by non-whites, including Muslims, is minimized, viewed as random
and almost never ideological. That is a distorted reckoning.
Immigration abroad EU, Czech Republic
EU will FUEL the rise of populism: New Czech PM warns Brussels over migrant policy
Daily Express, 11 December 2017.
The new Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis has warned the European
Union its actions of forcing countries to take in migrants will fuel the
rise of populism as it allows the influence of extremist parties to grow.
Mr Babis said: "The European Commission can withdraw the charge
at any moment.
"We have to negotiate on this and to offer different
models, like guarding the borders or help to other countries.
we don't want any refugees".
Crime child sexual exploitation
London 'grooming gang' exposed as police warn abuse happening across Britain
Independent, 11 December 2017.
Police believe they have exposed a new grooming gang in London as
officers warn widespread abuse is taking place across the country. ...
Police are already arresting around 420 men every month over child
sexual exploitation across England and Wales, and the numbers continue to
Detective Inspector Laura Hillier, of the Metropolitan
Police's sexual exploitation team, said an operation codenamed Grandbye was
launched after the four victims came forward separately in Newham. ...
Ms Hillier said although older men are involved, the boys used as a
"hook" are of a similar age to the teenage victims. ...
Constable Simon Bailey, the National Police Chief's Council lead for child
protection, said it was "broadly representative of what's taking place
across the UK". ...
"It's important to understand there is a real
diversity between victims, perpetrators and how grooming happens," said
Carly Adams, a specialist in child sexual exploitation at the Children's
Immigration abroad crime, Australia
Is this how we stop Sudanese Apex gangs? Violent teenage migrants could be booted from the country on their 16th birthday - as politicians debate new migration law
Daily Mail Australia, 11 December 2017.
Violent migrant youths could be kicked out of Australia on their
16th birthday under a hardline proposal to stop African Apex gangs from
Federal Liberal MP Jason Wood, a former
police detective, made the recommendation for unprecedented action as the
chairman of a parliamentary inquiry into migration settlement. ...
His report also proposed the compulsory cancellation of the visas
for those convicted of sexual assault, serious assault, home invasion and
carjackings when they became an adult at 18.
'We need to make it
clear to those who commit serious and violent crimes that their actions
will have consequences,' he said.
'I have seen this in my own
electorate with the rise of the Apex Gang, a group of young people with a
Sudanese background terrorising suburban Melbourne with riots, thefts,
carjackings and violent home invasions.'
Diversity free thought, race equality, universities
On campus, 'diversity' is now a threat to free thought
Spiked, 11 December 2017.
We're used to hearing stories about some universities making life
difficult for those who openly disagree with a predominantly liberal-left
outlook. Less well-known is a movement to railroad universities into
endorsing as official policy some truly controversial views on race, gender
and equality. ...
... Not only do we have a new breed of academic
interested in process over purpose and 'social justice' over everything -
we now also have the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU).
The ECU is a
little-known organisation founded in 2005 and based in London. It has a
staff of around 40, overseen by a board of 13 drawn mainly from the
academic great and good. It is bankrolled by Universities UK, similar Welsh
and Scottish higher-education bodies, and organisations such as the Royal
Society, and is subscribed to to the tune of a few thousand pounds per year
by just about every university in the UK. ...
Indeed, the ECU
isn't just concerned with traditional 'fair treatment' equality the
sort no one would object to. Instead, it goes a good deal further. Take the
Race Equality Charter, which universities are under almost irresistible
peer pressure to adopt. If a university wants to participate, its
vice-chancellor must formally endorse a document stating, among other
things, that 'racism is an everyday facet of UK society' and that 'diverse
teams enhance creativity and promote innovation'. ...
aims and assertions may or may not be justified. But it is deeply
problematic that universities, supposed homes of free thought, are now
expected to adopt them as a sort of academic equivalent of the Thirty-Nine
Articles. And this is just the basics. The charters also have bronze,
silver and gold awards, which require universities to go a good deal
Dig deeper into ECU documents and you see far more
concerning examples of a postmodern, victim-centred approach to equality.
This is bad news for those of us who believe the university
should be a place for free debate, rather than evangelising an official, or
Immigration abroad Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Pakistan, Bangladesh
Bangladesh: Runaway Muslim Persecution of Hindus
Gatestone Institute, 11 December 2017.
If you want to punish a non-Muslim, especially a poor Christian in
Pakistan, point your index finger at him and utter the word "blasphemy."
You will soon find thousands of Islamic hardliners beside you chanting,
"Death to blasphemers!" Similarly, if you want to root out a Hindu family
from its ancestral home in Bangladesh, just accuse one of its members of
insulting the Islamic Prophet Muhammad. You will soon find thousands of
Muslims rushing to burn the Hindu family's whole neighborhood down, without
hesitation or evidence.
Such behavior towards minorities
Christians in Pakistan and Hindus in Bangladesh has become
commonplace among fundamentalist Muslims in both countries, whose
governments have surrendered to Islamists. ...
According to an
eminent Bangladeshi economist and researcher, Dr. Abul Barkat of Dhaka
University, within 30 years, there will be no Hindus left in the country,
based on "the rate of exodus over the past 49 years." Barkat, author of
"Political Economy of Unpeopling of Indigenous People: The Case of
Bangladesh," said that between 1964 and 2013, 11.3 million Hindus had left
Bangladesh due to religious persecution and discrimination.
Hindus of Bangladesh, a country created in 1971 from East Pakistan, have a
long history of repression at the hands of Muslims. According to a 2013
report by the Hindu American Foundation (HAF):
living in countries throughout South Asia and other parts of the world are
subject to varying degrees of legal and institutional discrimination,
restrictions on their religious freedom, social prejudice, violence, social
persecution, and economic and political marginalization. Hindu women are
especially vulnerable and face kidnappings and forced conversions in
countries such as Bangladesh and Pakistan. In several countries where
Hindus are minorities, non-state actors advance a discriminatory and
exclusivist agenda, often with the tacit or explicit support of the
state."... It is little wonder, then, that the Hindu
population there is in steep decline, with a 2011 national census
suggesting that a mere 8.4% remained, with nearly one million having left
the country after 2001. To this day, Hindus continue to seek refuge in
Although secularism is enshrined in the
constitution of Bangladesh, the country is being "purified" by and
for its fundamentalist Muslims.
Crime Muslims, child sexual abuse
Grooming gangs of Muslim men failed to integrate into British society
Sunday Telegraph, 10 December 2017.
The failure of Asian communities to integrate into British society
has led to gangs of Muslim men targeting white women with drink and drugs
before raping and sexually abusing them, an anti-extremism think tank
The report by Quilliam calls for greater support to help
integrate British Pakistani people into modern British society.
says that the gangs of mainly British-Pakistani men "have been influenced
by the cultural conditions of their home country and a wider failure of
British society to integrate these men into their adoptive culture."
Researchers, who analysed 264 convictions of grooming gang members
since 2005, had initially expected to find Asians had been unfairly singled
However, they discovered that 222 of those convicted, or 84
per cent, were men of Asian origin. Only 22 were black and 18 were white
with two offenders not having an identified ethnicity. The findings are in
stark contrast to the fact Asians make up only seven per cent of the UK
population, the report said. ...
The report, called 'Group Based
Child Sexual Exploitation: Dissecting Grooming Gangs', notes how many of
the gangs had operated in North of England towns and cities. ...
They found that while girls from the Asian community were seen as
"protected" because chastity was linked to "family honour", young white
women were deemed "easy targets" and "open to sexual relationships with a
little persuasion". ...
Since 2011, groups of men have been
prosecuted for organised sexgrooming crimes against hundreds of girls in
Rochdale, Rotherham, Oxford, Telford, Leeds, Birmingham, Norwich, Burnley,
High Wycombe, Leicester, Dewsbury, Middlesbrough, Peterborough, Bristol,
Halifax and Newcastle.
In only two of those cases were the men not
of South Asian heritage. Of all the victims, only three were not white
Returning jihadis must be brought to justice
The Spectator, 9 December 2017.
While extremism, for political reasons, is frequently attributed to
a tiny minority of people, that is not how it must seem to an MI5 officer
trying to assess and prioritise risks. According to the Anderson report,
the organisation currently has 3,000 'subjects of interest' in its sights,
with a further 20,000 people on the books, who have been under
investigation at some stage. It can take a dozen intelligence officers to
track one suspect around the clock: there are simply not the resources to
track them all. Intelligence can never be foolproof. ...
biggest faults with our anti-terror campaign lie not with the intelligence
agencies but with the criminal justice system. We could do more about the
estimated 400 Britons who travelled willingly to join Isis in Syria and
Iraq and who have since returned to Britain. There is no issue of civil
liberties involved in this as there was, for example, with suspects who
were subject to the now-defunct control orders. Every one of these people,
simply by travelling to Isis territory, has committed a criminal offence
yet just 14 of them are known to have been jailed.
dangerous conceit has developed to the effect that former Isis fighters are
merely misguided and that with a bit of counselling and deradicalisation
they can be introduced back into British society. ...
There is a
bizarre disjuncture between how we treat Isis fighters in Syria or Iraq
where we are happy to eliminate them via drone strike and how
we treat them if they manage to make it back to Britain, where we hope they
will find gainful employment and tend not to go after them.
are justified objections to the detention or control of people whom we
merely suspect might be capable of carrying out terrorist acts. But if the
government decrees that fighting for Isis is a crime, then it ought to go
after the offenders. That would help the intelligence agencies thwart the
next terror attack.
Terrorism returning jihadis
Government doesn't record how many returning jihadi fighters it's prosecuted
Westmonster, 9 December 2017.
The government simply doesn't keep a record of how many, if any,
returning ISIS jihadis have been prosecuted since coming back to Britain.
Westmonster contacted the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice and
the Crown Prosecution Service. None of them said they had figures relating
specifically to returning fighters.
Bear in mind around 425 are
believed to have made their way back to the UK after fighting for ISIS or
other banned terror groups in Syria and Iraq...
And there have been
a record number of terror arrests in the last 12 months 400.
So it would appear that not only is this government stripping the
resources away from security services, failing to tackle home grown terror
and not securing Britain's borders, it's also not too bothered about
prosecuting returning jihadis.
Immigration abroad Brussels, Belgium
Welcome to the Hell Hole that is Brussels
Gatestone Institute, 9 December 2017.
Brussels is rapidly descending into chaos and anarchy. ...
Last month alone in Brussels, there were three separate outbreaks
of rioting and looting on a major scale. ...
with not even the remotest political justification, is the new normal in
Brussels. /.../ The new Brussels is characterized by riots and looting by
people of foreign origin, as well as the ongoing heavily-armed military
presence in the streets of Brussels, in place since March 22, 2016, the day
that European Islamists murdered 32 and wounded 340 people in the
worst-ever terrorist attack in Belgium. ...
The picture would not
be complete without mentioning that the very night that the first riot
began, November 11, an association called MRAX (Mouvement contre le
racisme, l'antisémitisme et la xénophobie) published on its
Facebook page an appeal to report any case of "police provocation" or
"police violence". The results of the riot? 22 police officers hurt, zero
arrests. MRAX is not only a bunch of leftist Islamist sympathizers, they
are heavily financed by taxpayers. Are movements from the right also
financed by taxpayers? Simply put: No. ...
... But nothing is
going to change if people do not recognize that in many respects Brussels
has, from the opulent conservative and "bourgeois" city that it was 25
years ago, morphed into a hell hole.
Crime benefit fraud, theft
Network in £1m benefit fraud is uncovered
The Times, 9 December 2017.
An organised crime network that fraudulently secured almost £1
million of public money has been broken up after an international police
The benefit and tax fraud was taking place on a
staggering scale in Govanhill, Glasgow, an immigration official said. A
major operation involving Police Scotland, the National Crime Agency, the
Home Office, HMRC, Border Force and the Department for Work and Pensions
found a series of bogus companies had been established in the neighbourhood
to facilitate and provide cover for the fraudulent scheme.
Office has confirmed that dozens of Romanians have been removed from the UK
in recent weeks in connection with the exercise, called Operation Mighty.
Ian Tyldesley, head of immigration enforcement for Scotland, said:
"HMRC identified fraudulent child tax credit and other benefit claims
involving 58 people in Govanhill. Those benefits have now been stopped. The
total sum was around £1 million and the scale of benefits abuse was
Specialist officers from the National Child
Abuse Investigation Unit are conducting a separate investigation in
Govanhill, prompted by a Times report which suggested that vulnerable
children were being sold for abuse in the district. ...
Scotland confirmed there had been a significant reduction in recorded
offences, including a 60 per cent fall in theft, since the exercise was
Record 400 arrests for terror-related offences were made in the UK in the year to September - including more than 50 women
MailOnline, 8 December
The number of suspects arrested in terrorism investigations has
reached a record high, official figures reveal.
A total of 400
people were held for terror-related offences in Britain in the year to the
end of September, the highest tally since data collection started in 2001
and a jump of 54% compared to last year. ...
It was also revealed
that 58 of those held were female - the highest number on record. ...
Just under a third of those arrested, 115 people, were later
charged, with the vast majority of those charged with terrorism-related
More than 200 of those arrested were were released
without charge, 60 were released on bail pending further investigation and
11 faced so-called 'alternative action'.
The increase includes a
77% rise in the number of white suspects held, from 81 to 143.
Earlier this week, a report revealed that counter-terror teams are
currently running about 500 live investigations involving 3,000 individuals
at any one time, while there is also a wider pool of 20,000 subjects of
Immigration EU immigrants
Not Good Enough! EU's Verhofstadt Demands Easier Migration After Brexit, EU Court Power 'Binding' in UK
Breitbart, 8 December 2017.
The European Parliament's Brexit coordinator has laid out five
further Brexit demands, including two making it easier for migrants to come
to Britain after the divorce.
Guy Verhofstadt, a former Prime
Minister of Belgium and hardline Brexit opponent, was responding to the
already controversial deal allowing Brexit talks to progress to trade, as
the parliament he represents has a veto on any final Brexit deal.
His demands included two conditions pertaining to European Union
(EU) migrants, one easing their passage to the UK after 2019, and one
ensuring the continued power of EU courts in the UK. ...
migration, he now wants EU nationals living in the UK to be able to bring
their families and future spouses and partners to live with them, even if
they meet after Brexit in 2019, or their children are conceived after the
UK leaves the bloc.
He says entire families of migrants should be
able to "initiate the procedure" of moving to the UK by filling out "one
single" application form.
Furthermore, he called for a
"light-touch... free of charge" procedure for EU citizens to register in
the UK, placing the "burden of proof on the Home Office, on the UK
authorities, to challenge the declaration".
The UK has already
promised numerous protections for EU migrants and a simplified process of
applying to stay, with the Home Office stating: "We expect the majority of
cases to be granted."
Multiculturalism freedom of speech, hate crime
Free speech must follow Voltaire
Justice of the Peace Blog, 8 December 2017.
[The observations and opinions of a recently retired magistrate]
Currently there is growing opposition to a proposed visit by
Franklin Graham an American evangelist preacher on the grounds that he is
likely to provoke a possible reaction from Muslims, gay people and others
whom Graham has castigated in speeches in the USA. The rise of a British
Muslim population of 3 million has simultaneously led to increasing
criticism of conservative Christianity and its adherents' proselytising.
/.../ In short outside Northern Ireland religion was a private topic in
this country until the immigration of hundreds of thousands of people from
lands where religion was not only public but carried with it political
inferences long dismissed here. ...
I have posted three times in
the last year or so on the topic of hate crime: /.../ It truly requires
senior judiciary to halt this apparent upping of the ante as to what
constitutes "hate". Provided no incentive to violent action can be
construed from actual words used, those opposed to the views and opinions
of people like Geert Wilders, Franklin Graham and others whether of the
Right or the Left, Christian or Muslim, gay or trans or whatever should
make their arguments orally, in writing or through social media. Banning
those who voice what some consider unsayable is a short slope to the
Population progressive case
Jonathon Porritt calls for progressive case for taking control of EU immigration
The Ecologist, 7 December 2017.
When I joined the Green party in the mid-1970s population was a big
issue, regularly debated with enthusiasm and intellectual rigour. People
joining the Green party today would have to wait a long time before even
hearing the word mentioned and then might easily find themselves
'warned off' from this no-go territory.
I just don't get this. In a
world where overall population growth projections are rising, and where
global migration is still on the rise, it's a complete dereliction of all
environmentalists' duty to protect the planet (particularly members of the
Green party) to continue to ignore population growth and not to campaign
for its reduction. Without such a reduction, all solutions to other aspects
of ecological and social concern are made far more difficult to deal with.
Uncomfortable though this might be for contemporary greens
and indeed for all progressives high levels of population
growth and immigration go hand-in-hand. If net migration continues at
around recent levels, then the UK's population is expected to rise by
nearly 8 million people in 15 years, almost the equivalent of the
population of Greater London (8.7 million).
At least 75 percent of
this increase would be from future migration and the children of those
migrants. As already indicated, future population growth would not stop
there. Unless something is done about this growth, it is projected to
increase towards 80 million in 25 years and keep going upwards. ...
The UK's Total Fertility Rate has not been above 2.1 children per
mother since 1972, but 'population momentum' (the increase in the numbers
of births when babies born at the peak of population growth reach
reproductive age), plus net immigration, has led to a population increase
of nearly 10 million people since 1972. ...
All I can do,
therefore, is to urge all environmentalists to open up their minds again
and re-think the whole population/immigration nexus from a radical,
genuinely progressive perspective.
Immigration USA, Europe
What Will a Few More Years of Muslim Immigration Do to Europe?
American Thinker, 7 December 2017.
On December 3, 2017, members of the Trump administration, including
Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the U.N., and secretary of state Rex
Tillerson announced that United States would no longer take part in the
Global Compact on migration. That compact, the non-binding New York
Declaration for Refugees and Migration, signed on September 19, 2016 by 193
states, purported to commit them to a unified framework a safe,
orderly, and regular organization of all aspects of international
Secretary Tillerson explained, a day before a global
conference on the issue was to open on December 4 in Puerto Vallarta,
Mexico, that the U.N. program is not consistent with the immigration
policies of the U.S., which, like all states, has a sovereign right to
apply its own immigration laws and to control its borders.
Migration policy, like all political phenomena, is affected by the reality
that the world and its population are in flux. ...
The Pew study
largely concentrates on changes in Europe between 2010 and 2016. The
crucial fact is that the number of refugees has escalated since 2014. The
record number of 1.3 million migrants applying for asylum in the 28 states
of the E.U. is nearly double the number in 1992 who applied after the fall
of the Soviet Union.
Of the migrants in those years to Europe, both
refugees and regular migrants, about 3.7 million were Muslims, and 3.3
million were non-Muslims. Of the 3.7 million Muslims, about 2.5 million
were legal migrants as workers and students and 1.3 million who want
refugee status; most of them were from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. The
significance of this is that while the Muslim population grew from net
migration, the non-Muslim population declined between 2010 and 2016 by
about 1.7 million.
Immigration abroad European Union
EU to put Poland, Hungary and Czechia in dock for rejecting asylum seekers
bne IntelliNews, 7 December 2017.
The European Commission is to sue Poland, Hungary and the Czech
Republic at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for refusing to take in
asylum seekers as part of a relocation plan launched by the EU two years
ago, it announced on December 12.
The three members of the Visegrad
Four political and cultural alliance are accused by the EU's executive body
of "non-compliance with their legal obligations on relocation" and the ECJ
could impose heavy fines.
Immigration abroad artificial island
Build artificial island in Med as home for refugees, says Dutch technologist
E&T, 7 December 2017.
A maverick technologist wants the European Union to adopt his plan
to create an artificial island in the Mediterranean Sea offering sanctuary
to tens of thousands of African migrants.
Theo Deutinger is
assembling a team of experts to pass judgement on legality of his scheme
and hopes to place proposals before European Commission chiefs in the
Speaking to E&T last night from his home
in the Netherlands, Deutinger, who works as a writer and architect,
insisted his idea for a maritime city state dubbed 'Europe in Africa' (EIA)
was no joke. ...
Deutinger's vision is for the EU to secure a
lease from Tunisia and Italy which share exclusive rights over the
Tunisian Plateau section of the seabed to rent a relatively shallow
portion of that region, located some 12 miles north of the Tunisian
Settlers brought to the shores of the island via a
regular ferry link with Tunisia would be invited to become EIA citizens.
After five years of living and working there, they could gain EU
citizenship. EIA's defence and security would be looked after by the EU.
Immigration abroad welfare, discrimination, Sweden
Homeless Swedes Out in the Cold
Gatestone Institute, 7 December 2017.
The other day, I reported about the Church of Sweden's strenuous
efforts to appease Islam. Now comes the news that from December 15 to March
15, churches in the diocese of Gothenburg will be used at night as shelters
for the homeless. Lovely idea. But there is a catch. The only homeless
people who will be allowed in are foreigners either immigrants from
elsewhere in the EU, who are by definition legal, or illegal immigrants
from outside the EU. In other words, native Swedes need not apply, even
though the initiative is being paid for by taxpayer money.
argument for this policy which represents an expansion and
formalization of a practice that began two winters ago is that it is
designed to help people who are not covered by the Swedish welfare system.
But this argument does not hold up. One reason there are so many immigrants
in Sweden, both legal and illegal, is that the country's welfare system is
a bonanza for foreigners. Far from not being covered by the system,
immigrants often enjoy preferential treatment. ...
That the Swedish
Parliament could pass such a law is, of course, a scathing indictment of
its welfare system's priorities. So is the fact that there are, as it
happens, a great many ethnic Swedes living and begging on the streets of
its cities, and in the winter huddling in the doorways of
stores and offices, wrapped in layers of blankets at night, in hope of
keeping alive in the subfreezing cold. The same disgraceful situation can
be observed in the major cities of Norway and Denmark. ...
people in authority, from the highest-ranking national leaders down to the
lowest local bureaucrats, would seem to have forgotten for whom they work.
What is even more shattering than this state of affairs is that
millions of those Scandinavian citizens accept it. ...
not all Scandinavians fit this description. When the alternative news
website Samnytt reported that the churches in Gothenburg would be
turning away homeless people who belong to that church in order to
accommodate members of a religion that views Christianity as an
abomination, dozens of readers reacted with outrage. "The road to hell is
paved with good intentions," wrote one. "The hatred toward ethnic Swedes
knows no bounds," wrote another. A third suggested that the churches of
Gothenburg will soon, in any case, be converted into mosques
minarets and all.
Multiculturalism terrorism, Islam
Christmas markets without armed police are now a thing of the past
Spectator blog, 7 December 2017.
I love the Christmas season, so friendly and wholesome and filled
with evocative memories but don't the machine guns and anti-terror
bollards seem to go up earlier each year? Look at the touching festive
scenes in Manchester, and Edinburgh, and we'll see the police and barriers
across the country from Liverpool to Lincoln. ...
these 'diversity bollards' popping up everywhere, without a word spoken
about it; a few weeks ago I spotted them at Hyde Park Corner opposite the
Duke of Wellington's house. ...
Does anyone in a position of power
believe this is going to get better and these security measures will ever
be taken down? If not, perhaps they should explain to us why, how they led
us down this route, and what they intend to do about it.
/.../ PEW released statistics suggesting that Britain will be 16.7 per cent
Muslim by mid-century. The highly-respected research group also stated that
the current figure is already 6.3 per cent, when it was assumed it was
still hovering somewhere around the 5 per cent. In 2001, it was 3.07 per
cent, a decade before that 1.86 per cent; back in 1961, it was 0.1 per
... And because extremism is fuelled by segregation, as the
Muslim population grows then that number will grow exponentially, and the
European Intifada will continue.
No free society can maintain its
liberal traditions with that sort of internal threat, so as the problem
deteriorates the surveillance state will expand. We will be faced with the
decision about whether to allow the government to monitor people's internet
activity, because the alternative would be asking serious questions about
immigration and multiculturalism. ...
... By mid-century this
country may well have the sort of political violence we've recently seen in
Ulster. Indeed it may be worse, and we're passing on this completely
self-inflicted problem to our children and grandchildren all because people
in positions of power were too scared of saying something unpopular.
Politics Labour Party
It's Labour who must have the difficult conversations on freedom of movement
Stella Creasy and Catherine West
The Guardian, 6 December 2017.
[The authors are Labour MPs]
The ability of EU citizens to come to the UK has also helped
improve all our lives in ways which are now at risk. ...
communities have changed as a result of immigration and asylum is not
contested, yet the benefits are also often overlooked to all our detriment.
Consequently, issues that have become associated with immigration
exploitation in the workplace and social tension are not given the
scrutiny they require. To discuss them, to share concerns about change and
about what it means for all involved, isn't racist. Yet understanding such
analysis isn't the same as agreeing with the answer that immigration itself
is the problem.
Labour must champion solutions that will actually
work for those left behind by decades of global economic change, social
dislocation and the fragmentation of the welfare state. ...
Tackling the immigration debate head on will require difficult
conversations; Labour will have to have arguments with some of its own
... Labour must lead the debate on freedom of movement
and ensure that we don't forgo our obligations to those who also need us to
be a place of sanctuary. We must also tackle head on the concerns about
change, ensuring that resources are available, collected and effectively
distributed. It is time to step up and fight for all our freedoms
regardless of where we were born.
Multiculturalism problems, cost
Derby gets nearly £1m to deal with pressures of high levels of immigration
Derby Telegraph, 6 December 2017.
Almost £1 million has been secured by Derby City Council to
mitigate the impact of high levels of migration over the next two years.
The authority will work with new arrivals in the city to help them
integrate to life in the UK at school, work and home.
will involve "educating people on the social norms and cultural
expectations, preventing more pressure being placed on social services and
schools and freeing up teacher time", the council said.
£965,084 has been awarded from the Controlling Migration Fund after
the council put in a bid for the money.
The fund, which was set up
by the Government, is designed to support areas facing pressures linked to
The Derby cash will also fund new research into the
impact of migration on the current population. It will also look at ways to
tackle complex family issues and exploitation through an "early
intervention and support approach", the council said.
for the council said: "There are many pressures upon all the public
services, schools, police, health service, housing services that spans a
range of issues such as housing conditions, rogue landlords, modern
slavery, school attendance and behaviour, availability of school places,
language barriers, community tensions, health inequalities and anti-social
"This money will help us tackle these issues to build
White People Need to Learn How to Integrate
Vice, 6 December 2017.
In 2015, shortly before he left office, David Cameron commissioned
an independent review into integration and social cohesion in the UK. The
resulting Casey report blamed Muslim communities for failing to integrate
with British values. /.../ Yet, in Britain, it's only ever discussed as a
one-way process: what can new immigrants do to be more British? ...
... But that narrow understanding of integration ignores the values
of minority communities, assumes political superiority and ignores ways in
which white Britons are failing to integrate with BME communities that have
been here for decades.
Let's take Leyton as an example. Leyton is
an area in London where 64 percent of the population is from a black, Asian
or minority ethnic (BAME) background. It has been this way for decades. But
in recent years, locals are experiencing an influx of new residents who are
struggling to integrate with the local community: middle-class white
Ethnic minority groups who were originally
concentrated in specific areas have become more dispersed over time. Census
data shows that while places like Bradford or Hackney, for example, have
become less White British, they have significantly increased their numbers
of Black British residents, Turkish residents, and people from White Other
backgrounds such as Eastern Europeans.
MI5 foils Islamist terror plot to kill the Prime Minister
Daily Telegraph, 6 December 2017.
A man has been charged with planning to use an improvised explosive
device to blow up the gates of Downing Street before entering No 10 and
making an attempt on Theresa May's life.
Naa'imur Zakariyah Rahman,
20, allegedly planned to launch a bomb attack on the security gates outside
Downing Street before detonating a suicide vest in Number 10 in a bid to
kill Theresa May.
Rahman has been charged with preparing acts of
terrorism and will appear in court alongside Mohammed Aqib Imran, 21, who
is accused of trying to join Islamic State.
Immigration abroad violence, Sweden
Swedish Chief Prosecutor: No-Go Zone Rinkeby Is Like a 'War Zone'
Breitbart, 6 December 2017.
Swedish Chief Prosecutor Lise Tamm has claimed that the Stockholm
suburb of Rinkeby is like "a war zone". ...
"Rinkeby is almost
like a war zone. When the police work there, they work as the armed forces
would have done," Tamm said. ...
Local Rinkeby police officer
Niclas Andersson expressed opposition to labelling the area a "war zone"
but admitted the suburb has some serious problems. "We have shooting and
gang crime, but comparing it with a war zone, no I do not share that
perception," he insisted. ...
One of the common factors among many
of the no-go zones is that they are heavily populated by migrants and those
of migrant origin.
Multiculturalism Islam, Europe, France, UK
A Two State Solution for Europe?
Gatestone Institute, 6 December 2017.
A French intellectual, Christian Moliner, recently suggested that
France should establish a Muslim state-within-a-state that adheres to
sharia law, inside the borders of France, to avoid a civil war. ...
Moliner's proposal represents a total surrender to political Islam
and is of course outrageous, especially considering that Muslims only
comprise a little more than five percent of the French population. What he
suggests, however, merely formalizes the status quo that already exists
and not only in France even if it abandons reform-minded
Muslims and eventually, with their collapsing demography, the non-Muslims
In France, the no-go zones with their Islamization and
Islamic law, sharia, and most noticeably the subjugation of women, has
already spread from the suburbs (banlieues) to the cities
Last year, French TV aired a documentary about
women disappearing from public view in certain areas, where parallel
Islamic societies had taken hold. The program named Sevran in the district
of Seine-Saint Denis a suburb of Paris described by French political
scientist Gilles Kepel as "the capital of French Islam". There are 1.4
million people living in the district of Seine-Saint-Denis. More than
600,000 of them are Muslims. ...
In France, a poll conducted by
Institut Montaigne this summer found that 29% of French Muslims
found sharia to be more important to them than French laws. It also found
that 67% of Muslims want their children to study Arabic and 56% think it
should be taught in public schools.
A 2016 UK poll, apparently the
largest poll ever done on the subject in the UK, showed that 43% of British
Muslims "believed that parts of the Islamic legal system should replace
British law while only 22 per cent opposed the idea". A different poll,
also from 2016, found that nearly a quarter (23%) of all Muslims supported
the introduction of sharia law in some areas of Britain, and 39% agreed
that "wives should always obey their husbands", compared with 5% of the
country as a whole. Nearly a third (31%) thought it was acceptable for a
British Muslim man to have more than one wife, compared with 8% of the
wider population. ...
According to a 2014 study of Moroccan and
Turkish Muslims in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and
Sweden, an average of almost 60% of the Muslims polled agreed that Muslims
should return to the roots of Islam; 75% thought there is only one
interpretation of the Koran possible and 65% said that Sharia is more
important to them than the laws of the country in which they lived. ...
As the polls show, there already are "two peoples" in France and
large parts of Europe, who wish to live according to completely different
standards, as Moliner suggests. Politicians persist in ignoring these facts
or downplaying them. ...
France, as well as the rest of Europe, is
wittingly or unwittingly heading towards the "two-state
solution" outlined by Moliner, whether it wants it or not. That fact,
however, does not appear particularly to bother the political
Illegal immigration Vietnamese
Northamptonshire Police appeal over Vietnamese illegal immigrants
BBC, 6 December 2017.
Help is being sought by police to track down 13 Vietnamese
teenagers who entered the UK illegally.
Aged between 14 and 18,
they were housed by Northamptonshire social services after coming to
Britain in June and September, police said.
said officers had worked with other forces, but had so far failed to find
A decision has now taken to publicise the search and
Immigration abroad illegal immigration, deportation, USA
Obama blocked deportation of 550,000 illegals, more than Atlanta's population
Washington Examiner, 6 December 2017.
U.S. immigration officials have revealed that they face a
deportation backlog of 550,000 illegal immigrants who were given temporary
amnesty by former President Obama or simply let off the hook by liberal
"We need to hold liberal judges accountable," said ICE
Acting Director Thomas D. Homan.
And, he added, a third factor in
the build up of deportation orders is because some 300 sanctuary cities
refused to let ICE officers into city jails to seize illegals.
Immigration abroad public opinion, Germany
Germans consider the migrant influx their biggest problem... with Donald Trump second on their list ahead of North Korea or Russia, new poll shows
Reuters and Kelly
MailOnline, 5 December 2017.
Topping the list of foreign policy concerns were refugees, with 26
per cent of respondents to the Koerber Foundation survey worried about
Germany's ability to cope with inflows of asylum seekers.
with Trump and the United States ranked second, with 19 per cent describing
them as a major challenge, followed by Turkey at 17 per cent, North Korea
at 10 per cent and Russia at 8 per cent.
Immigration abroad Australia
A brief history of immigration to Australia
SBS, 5 December 2017.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull likes to say that Australia is the
most successful multicultural society in the world. ...
because Australia has a higher proportion of people born overseas (26 per
cent) than other high-immigration nations, including New Zealand (23 per
cent), Canada (22 per cent), the United States (14 per cent), and the
United Kingdom (13 per cent). ...
Multiculturalism has been
official Australian policy since the early 1970s and it enjoys broad
At federation in 1901, three million people in the six
colonies became the nation of Australia, and the new country's parliament -
made up of white men - defined it as a white man's nation.
Immigration Restriction Act 1901 became known as the "White Australia
Policy", aimed at discouraging non-white migrants. ...
parliament legislated to create Australian citizenship - before that, all
Australians were British subjects. But Australia still actively sought
British migrants in preference to other nationalities, with ventures like
the assisted passage scheme known as the "Ten Pound Pom" (the price of the
ticket) kicking off in the late 1940s and running almost 25 years.
But the post-war environment saw a significant shift in Australia's
attitude to migrants and set it on the path to multiculturalism. ...
Australia began accepting migrants from more than 30 European
countries, including the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Spain and West
Germany. But the largest national groups of arrivals after the Brits were
the Italians and Greeks until the early 1970s. ...
... By 1960,
the population was 10 million and around nine per cent of the population
were of non-British origin, mostly Italians, Germans, Dutch, Greeks and
Other restrictions on non-European migration were relaxed
from 1966 and the number of arrivals started to increase accordingly.
Australia began to change rapidly. By 1971, one in three people living in
Australia were migrants or the child of a migrant.
In 1973, Labor
Prime Minister Gough Whitlam changed the law to allow all migrants
regardless of race or ethnicity to apply for Australian citizenship after
three years of residence. His immigration minister Al Grassby declared the
White Australia Policy dead. ...
In 1975, racial discrimination was
made illegal. ...
In parallel with its hardline asylum policies,
it's worth noting that Australia has thrown open its doors to migrants,
with some 190,000 permanent new arrivals settling each year for the past
Immigration abroad crime, Sweden
Swedish Government to Ban Websites that List Ethnic Origin of Criminal Suspects
Breitbart, 5 December 2017.
Sweden has proposed banning the public use of legal document search
engine Lexbase, which is used to identify the ethnic origins of Swedish
According to the Swedish government, the data
released by the website is too sensitive for the public and should be
limited only to professionals like lawyers, journalists, and researchers.
For many years, the Swedish government has stopped the
collection of statistics relating to the ethnic or religious background of
criminals, making it difficult for researchers to track the correct rate of
migrant crime, as opposed to crimes committed by native Swedes. ...
One research project attempted to look solely at cases of gang rape
in Sweden and found, through examining court documents, that nine out of 10
gang rapes were committed by asylum seekers and individuals with a
British smugglers are 'charging up to £5,000' to help illegal immigrants sneak into the UK from Belgium
MailOnline, 4 December 2017.
British smugglers are charging up to £5,000 to help illegal
immigrants sneak into the UK from Belgium, according to reports.
Police in the European country say there has been a surge in the
number of culprits from the UK at the port of Zeebrugge - with offenders
risking jail terms.
One couple from Liverpool were caught with six
Africans in their caravan, according to The Sun. ...
police insider told the newspaper: 'We are seeing an increase in the number
of British people held at Zeebrugge. It appears many are on benefits and
being tempted by the money on offer.
'They can make £5,000 by
leaving the door of their caravan or mobile home open.
seen several cases and are catching around 250 illegal immigrants a month.'
Politics Conservative Party
The Conservative Party has become 'toxic' to non-white voters
Business Insider, 4 December 2017.
The Conservative Party's support amongst ethnic minority voters has
fallen to its lowest level since 2001, with Theresa May's stance on
immigration being blamed for the setback.
MPs have been told at
secret Downing Street briefings that the Conservatives are now "toxic" to
many non-white voters across Britain.
Private polling for the
Tories has shown that black and minority ethnic voters have a similar set
of values to the rest of the country but are a lot less likely to vote for
the Conservatives. ...
MPs were given a presentation by the prime
minister's chief of staff, Gavin Barwell, in the past fortnight that
presented the figures. One MP told The Times: "It was really gloomy."
Brexit is working! The immigration trend is the proof
Daily Express, 4 December 2017.
Yet, despite the politically orchestrated despair, there is one
area of civic life where Brexit is already beginning to fulfil the wishes
of the British public, even before our formal withdrawal from the European
Union in 2019.
Last week, in its latest quarterly report, the
Office of National Statistics revealed that net immigration has fallen
significantly since the EU referendum.
In the year before the vote
in June 2016 the net figure was a colossal 336,000.
subsequent 12 months this dropped by 106,000 to a total of 230,000.
It is still a daunting figure but at least for the first time in
decades the trend is in the right direction.
Brexit is undoubtedly
the key factor in this reduction since three-quarters of the fall was down
to fewer EU citizens coming to live in the United Kingdom.
departure from Brussels now imminent the doctrine of untrammelled free
movement is starting to lose its destructive grip. ...
that Britain cannot survive without a vast annual flood of foreigners is a
treacherous insult to our national character.
Just the opposite is
We will be better off when immigration is further reduced to
a sustainable level. ...
In the NHS, for instance, as research by
my fellow columnist Ross Clark demonstrates, the total of EU citizens has
actually increased since the referendum, up from almost 10,000 to more than
What has declined is the number of jobless EU migrants
arriving here, either to look for work speculatively or to claim benefits.
Meanwhile an official report showed that the British Government
dished out 865,894 resident permits to non-EU migrants last year, a figure
that was up by 52 per cent on two years earlier.
All this amounts
to a terrifying burden on Britain. ...
Last week's report from the
Office of National Statistics revealed that, of the total influx of 572,000
in the year to June, only 261,000, or 45.6 per cent of them, were "looking
Politics progressives, Brexit, public opinion
'All progressives must act on immigration' says environmentalist Jonathon Porritt
The New European, 4 December 2017.
So the conditions would seem to be right to see off once and for
all the nightmare of Hard Brexit, and to double down on what needs to be
done to secure some kind of Norway-style deal. But there's one great big
barrier to making that possible: the failure on the part of pro-European
progressives in the UK to address the principal reason why so many people
voted to quit the EU in the Referendum namely, immigration.
There's an extraordinary irony about the current immigration debate
here in the UK. Two years ago, the UK was almost alone in pushing for
far-reaching reforms to the interpretation of the EU's notionally
sacrosanct principle of freedom of movement. At the behest of the Tory
Party's hard-line Brexiteers, the then Prime Minister, David Cameron, was
humiliatingly despatched on a tour of EU capitals to secure some
small-scale (but cumulatively significant) changes in what nation states
would be permitted to do to allay concerns about immigration.
Unfortunately, these were dismissed out of hand by the UK's right-wing
Two years on, there isn't a country in Europe where the
debate about immigration isn't very live indeed apart from the UK.
Astonishingly, immigration had almost no visibility at all in the 2017
General Election campaign, and (as yet) has played only a diminished
walk-on role in the current Brexit negotiations.
But it absolutely
hasn't gone away as far as voters are concerned. If net migration continues
at around recent levels, then the population of the UK is expected to rise
by nearly eight million people over the next 15 years (almost the
equivalent of the population of Greater London at 8.7 million), and by 9.7
million in the next 25 years, from an estimated 64.6 million in 2014 to
74.3 million in 2039. It is assumed that net migration will account for
around 50% of this projected increase over those 25 years, but 75% of this
increase would be from future migration plus the children of those
By any standards, this is a big change in the lives of a
lot of UK citizens, with roughly half a million new residents arriving in
the UK, every year, for the last ten years. So why would anyone imagine
that this demographic disruption would not worry many people? ...
And public opinion has changed a lot during that time, with the
evidence clearly showing high levels of opposition to large-scale
immigration in the UK, with clear majorities of respondents believing that
there are too many migrants in the UK, that fewer migrants should be let in
to the country, and that legal restrictions on immigration should be
tighter. And in that regard, interestingly, there's not a huge difference
between pro-Brexit and anti-Brexit voters. ...
And people are
right to be concerned. This may make people feel uncomfortable, but many of
the drivers behind the increase in levels of immigration today are going to
get a lot worse in the future. ...
Which makes it all the more
ironic that progressive parties in the UK (Labour, Lib Dems and the Greens)
which are quite properly focussed on avoiding Brexit-at-any-cost, have done
next to nothing to address voters' concerns about immigration since the
Immigration abroad asylum, children, Sweden
Impact of Sweden's asylum age assessment tests revealed
The Local [Sweden], 4 December 2017.
The results of medical age assessments on asylum seekers who
arrived in Sweden as unaccompanied minors show that many were older than
they claimed. ...
The Migration Agency has so far made 5,700
decisions on the basis of assessments carried out by
Rättsmedicinalverket. In 79 percent of those cases the agency decided
to formally consider the applicant as older than they had initially claimed
in their asylum application, reports Svenska Dagbladet (SvD).
Between mid-March and late October, Rättsmedicinalverket
carried out a total of 7,858 age assessments. Of those, it found that their
examination suggested 6,628 were 18 or older, and 112 "possibly" 18 or
The method of medical age assessment consists of taking
X-rays of wisdom teeth, and MRI scans of knee joints, which are then
analyzed by dentists and radiologists. ...
More than 80,000 minors
(of whom 37,000 arrived in the country without a parent or guardian)
applied for asylum in Sweden in 2015 and 2016.
Multiculturalism Islam, Christianity
Advent-cum-Mawlid: church holds joint birthday celebration for Mohammed and Jesus
Archbishop Cranmer, 4 December 2017.
Mawlid (or Milad) is the Islamic festival commemorating the
birthday of Mohammed. The only thing it has in common with Christmas is
that it isn't actually the day the celebrated baby was born. Yet All Saints
Church in Kingtson upon Thames thinks there's an interfaith syncretised
opportunity to be found in holding a joint birthday celebration for both
Mohammed and Jesus so they put the flags out for both, rejoicing in
both, eulogising both, solemnising both, glorifying both, honouring both:
But note how this event is "Marking the birthday of Prophet
Mohammed", but not looking forward to the birthday of the Lord Jesus
Christ, the Son of God. Mohammed gets his prophethood, while Jesus gets
neither his prophethood nor his priesthood; neither his kingship nor his
And then, of course, there was the act of divine
worship in St Mary's Cathedral, Glasgow, in which it was declared publicly
from the Qur'an that God can have no sons, and so the Gospel writers were
engaged in a blasphemous deceit.
Our new national curriculum? Brainwashing and propaganda
Mail on Sunday, 3 December 2017.
Our education system teaches the young what to think, not how to
think. And if you ever wonder why so many things don't work properly any
more, or why you can't get any sense out of so many organisations, this is
one of the main reasons.
But it's also getting harder and harder to
think or say certain things. This week I experienced this mixture of
brainwashing and propaganda at two different ends of the system.
was sent a rather sinister questionnaire given to new arrivals at a
secondary school I won't name. ...
The questionnaire is part of
what has now become PSHCE, Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship
Education. It is not anonymous, but it seeks, in a slippery sideways
manner, to discover what the children involved think about immigration.
The cleverest question asks 11-year-olds to say why they think
there is a shortage of jobs for younger people. One answer on the
multiple-choice form is 'competition from international applicants'.
They are asked to agree or disagree with such statements as 'I like
to be around people from other countries' and 'meeting students from other
countries is interesting'. They are also invited to say how much they agree
or disagree with the statement 'immigration is bad for the country'. ...
Well, I agree very strongly with the parent who sent this to me
because she thought it was sinister probing into the minds of children, and
also into her own opinions, none of the business of the school or the
There's no doubt a terrible conformism has infected our
Immigration Europe, EU
Europe's Migrant Crisis: Millions Still to Come
Gatestone Institute, 3 December 2017.
The African Union-European Union (AU-EU) summit, held in in
Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, on November 29-30, 2017, has ended in abject
failure after the 55 African and 28 European leaders attending the event
were unable to agree on even basic measures to prevent potentially tens of
millions of African migrants from flooding Europe. ...
six million migrants are waiting in countries around the Mediterranean to
cross into Europe, according to a classified German government report
leaked to Bild. ...
The former head of the British embassy
in Benghazi, Joe Walker-Cousins, warned that as many as a million migrants
from countries across Africa are already on the way to Libya and Europe.
The EU's efforts to train a Libyan coast guard was "too little and too
late," he said. "My informants in the area tell me there are potentially
one million migrants, if not more, already coming up through the pipeline
from central Africa and the Horn of Africa."
The President of the
European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, said that Europe is "underestimating"
the scale and severity of the migration crisis and that "millions of
Africans" will flood the continent in the next few years unless urgent
action is taken.
In an interview with Il Messagero, Tajani
said there would be an exodus "of biblical proportions that would be
impossible to stop" if Europe failed to confront the problem now: ...
Just days before the AU-EU summit, Tajani /.../ warned that
spiraling population growth in Africa will be a demographic "bomb" that
could push millions of Africans to Europe. "Without a strategy we will have
terrorism, illegal immigration, instability," he said. ...
2050, Africa is forecast to be the only region in the world still
experiencing "substantial population growth" the continent's share
of the global population is forecast to increase from 17% in 2017 to 40% by
2100 ... ...
The director of the United Nations office in Geneva,
Michael Møller, has warned that Europe must prepare for the arrival
of millions more migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. In an
interview with The Times, Møller, a Dane,
"What we have been seeing is one of the biggest human
migrations in history. And it's just going to accelerate. Young people all
have cellphones and they can see what's happening in other parts of the
world, and that acts as a magnet."German Development Minister
Gerd Müller has echoed that warning:
"The biggest migration
movements are still ahead: Africa's population will double in the next
decades. A country like Egypt will grow to 100 million people, Nigeria to
400 million. In our digital age with the internet and mobile phones,
everyone knows about our prosperity and lifestyle."Müller
added that only 10% of those currently on the move have reached Europe:
"Eight to ten million migrants are still on the way."
The staggering rise in the number of EU nationals applying for UK citizenship
Birmingham Mail, 2 December 2017.
The number of EU nationals applying for British citizenship has
more than doubled, official statistics show.
They show the figure
climbed by more than 108% as thousands of Europeans sought naturalisation
following the Brexit vote.
In the year ending September 2017, there
were 32,856 applications for citizenship from EU nationals, up from 15,766
in the previous 12 months.
It means EU applicants accounted for
nearly a quarter (24%) of the total number of 137,286 registered in the
latest period - compared with a tenth (11%) in the year ending September
Those seeking British citizenship by naturalisation are
generally required to have lived in the UK for at least five years.
Fight Makes Right
Taki's Magazine, 2 December 2017.
Last week, I spoke at a writers' festival and there was a
demonstration against the following speaker who was known for her sulfurous
views. The demonstration was expected, in fact it had been announced
beforehand. Its intention was to prevent the author from speaking, and in
the end it succeeded in this aim. She left without delivering her talk.
Anyhow, it is surprising how quickly a demonstration against
alleged fascism turns into something strongly resembling fascism. ...
A German lady, trapped temporarily in the hall along with us, said
that she had come to England nearly fifty years earlier because it had
seemed so tolerant. Of course, there was no official doctrine of tolerance
in those days, but since tolerance became almost an official ideology,
everyone seemed to have grown angry all the time. At last, then, Herbert
Marcuse's famous concept, repressive tolerance, has taken on a reality or
substance that it did not have when he first thought of it. ...
... I do think that people are angrier now than they were a few
decades ago, at least in the West, and more liable to resort quickly to
extreme expressions, even to precursors of real and serious violence. I
suspect, though I cannot prove, that anger gives meaning to many people's
lives: I'm angry, therefore I am. Also: I'm angry, therefore I'm right. And
what a good person I must be to be so frequently angered!
Asylum sexual orientation
Asylum seekers cite fears over homophobia in their claims
Daily Telegraph, 1 December 2017.
One in five people seeking asylum from Pakistan over the past two
years cited their sexual orientation in their claim, new statistics show.
Between July 2015 and March this year there were more than 5,000
asylum claims lodged from Pakistani nationals, with 1,000 citing sexual
orientation as the basis, or part of the basis, for their claim. ...
However, almost three quarters of all the claimants were turned
The other nationalities with the highest number of asylum
claims where sexual orientation was cited were Bangladesh with 454
applications and Nigeria with 362.
The nationality with the higest
proportion of claims based on sexual orientation was Uganda with 257 out of
the total number of asylum claims of 382 close to 70 per cent.
The data, published by the Home Office, show that an estimated six
per cent of all asylum claims are made on the basis of sexual orientation.
Three quarters of all the claims were refused.
Politics Labour Party
How New Labour made Britain into a migration state
The Conversation, 1 December 2017.
[The author is Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Immigration Politics & Policy, University of Sussex]
The Labour Party has been relatively silent on what post-Brexit
immigration system it wants or thinks the UK needs. But because
Britain's vote to leave the EU was partly fuelled by anti-immigrant
sentiment, and the Labour Party has done little but fight internally about
immigration since the 2015 election if not earlier, this silence is not
The party's reticence and the factionalism on the issue
are of its own making. To understand both why immigration is dominating the
debate and how Labour got into this policy dilemma, we have to look back to
immigration policy under Tony Blair's New Labour.
Labour government, Britain's economic immigration policy went from a highly
restrictive approach to one of the most expansive in Europe, as I examined
in new research. Work permit criteria were relaxed, the number of
international students was doubled, the government expanded existing low
and high-skilled migrant worker schemes and launched new ones and, from
2005, initiated a new points-based immigration system. Overshadowing these
important reforms was the 2004 decision to allow citizens of eight
countries that were about to join the EU the immediate right to work in
Britain. This decision alone resulted in one of the largest migration flows
in Britain's peacetime history.
Put into historical context,
Labour's reforms were an unprecedented policy reversal. With 2.5m
foreign-born workers added to the population since 1997 and net migration
averaging 200,000 per year between 1997 and 2010 five times higher
than under the previous administration government of 1990-1996
immigration under Labour quite literally changed the face of Britain.
Labour's managed migration programme was certainly not a vote
winner. ... It's worth emphasising that there was no plan or strategy
within the Labour government to expand immigration policy when the party
entered office in 1997. The final product of managed migration was a
consequence of a number of policies from different departments. ...
Combined, these policy schemes produced a liberalising effect on
immigration policy. The government then pulled these schemes together to
form a cohesive narrative of managed migration. But these reforms were
nonetheless underpinned by an ideology and this is the key to why
policy evolved as it did, why the party is split on the issue now
and how Britain got on the road to Brexit.
At the heart of Labour's
infamous re-branding as New Labour in 1997 was the adoption of "third-way
politics". /.../ Second, Labour's culturally cosmopolitan notion of
citizenship and integration. Third and fundamentally underpinning
Labour's economic programme and the inception of "new" Labour altogether
was an uncompromising belief in the inevitability of globalisation.
Labour claimed there was simply no alternative to
globalisation. This logic trickled down to shape the objectives of many
public policies. With immigration being "the human element of
globalisation", it was assumed to be both inevitable and intrinsically
positive by the leading faction of the party.
Multiculturalism Islam, Germany
Family Reunification 'Promotes Parallel Societies', Turkish Sociologist Warns
Breitbart, 1 December 2017.
Turkish migration researcher and sociologist Necla Kelek has
slammed left-wing parties' insistence that migrants be allowed to import
their families to Germany an issue proving to be a major sticking
point in coalition talks warning that the phenomena leads to
problems with "political Islam".
"Family reunification promotes
parallel societies and also sends the wrong signal to people in their home
countries," Kelek told Die Welt in an interview earlier this week.
Kelek said she vehemently disagrees with left-wing politicians'
claim that it's difficult for migrants to integrate if they are not allowed
to bring their families to Germany with them an argument made by the
Council of Europe, as well as activist NGOs across the continent, which
claim a major barrier to integration is migrants' inability to ship
extended family into their new adoptive country.
"The opposite is
the case," the lecturer in migration sociology told the German broadsheet.
"In oriental-Muslim societies, family means the extended family, the clan
which is patriarchally organised.
"With family reunification
we import the Islamic family system, which leads to parallel societies and
integration problems." ...
In the interview, Kelek who has
written extensively on the phenomenon of Islamic "parallel societies" in
Germany asserted that problems the country is seeing have been
worsened by "the refugee policy as a whole", referencing Merkel's decision
in 2015 to open the country to a huge influx of Arab asylum seekers.
"It is unbelievable how the chancellor looks away and refuses to
take political Islam and the resulting problems seriously," she said,
slamming the CDU leader for comparing the Bible with the Quran.
"Islam is not just about spirituality, but also about the
conveyance of values into society," contended Kelek, adding: "It is this
ignorance that created the refugee problem."
Immigration abroad chain migration, USA
White House releases 'explosive' tally of green cards issued in 'chain migration'
Fox News, 1 December 2017.
For the first time, the White House said, the federal government
has counted the green cards issued between 2005 and 2015 to migrants
admitted through family preference, or as immediate relatives of migrants
already admitted into the country in perhaps the fullest portrait of "chain
migration" ever developed. ...
During the ten-year time frame,
officials said, the U.S. permanently resettled roughly 9.3 million new
immigrants on the basis of family ties.
That's more than 70 percent
of all new immigration in that period, the White house said, adding it is
also the primary driver of low-skilled workers' entry into the U.S. ...
Mexico is at the top of the list with 1.7 million admissions, India
and the Philippines each have more than 600,000, and Iran has more than
Immigration abroad multiculturalism, Irish Republic
The struggle for identity and an end to racism in the melting pot of cultures that is New Ireland
Irish Independent, 1 December 2017.
The undercurrent of prejudice suffered by a young generation, aged
14 to 24 years, who stand out because of the colour of their skin or Muslim
hijab is revealed by the National Youth Council of Ireland. ...
The report records how an overwhelming 82pc were born outside
Ireland and yet a significant 52pc have since become naturalised Irish
Many young people who migrated from African
countries to Ireland stressed their attachment to both countries, according
to research noted in the report. But they still felt under pressure to
conform to Irish peers. ...
The victims also spoke of struggles of
identity and belonging as their families cling to their heritage. ...
The report 'Make Minority a Priority: Insights from Minority Ethnic
Young People' points out that among the largest minority nationalities
within the age group are Polish, Lithuanian, Romanian, Irish-American,
Brazilian and Latvian.
Immigration abroad violence, Germany
Germany: Surge in Migrant Attacks on Police
Gatestone Institute, 29 November 2017.
Violent attacks against German police have reached epidemic
proportions, and Chancellor Angela Merkel's open-door migration policy is
to blame, official statistics show.
The Federal Criminal Police
Office (Bundeskriminalamt, BKA) reported 36,755 attacks against
German police in 2016 or an average of 100 per day, a significant
increase over previous years.
Violence including verbal and
physical assaults, and even murder against police is rampant in all
16 of Germany's federal states. ...
Preliminary data, recently
leaked to German public radio, indicate that in terms of violence against
German law enforcement officers, 2017 will be a record-breaking year. ...
Official statistics do not reveal the source of the violence, but
do show a spike in attacks against police since 2015, when Merkel allowed
into the country more than a million migrants, mostly Muslim, from Africa,
Asia and the Middle East. Anecdotal evidence corroborates claims by police
that migrants are behind many of the attacks. ...
Bremen, a 25-year-old man was stabbed by a group of migrants in the
Huchting district. When police arrived to investigate, they were
immediately surrounded by a mob of between 30 and 40 men. Police used
teargas and dogs to restore order.
In Fellbach, 60 migrant
teenagers attacked police at the 70th annual Harvest Festival. Police
described the youths as "exclusively German citizens with a migration
background and other migrants." ...
In Naumburg, police
confiscated the driver's license of Ahmed A., a 21-year-old member of a
Syrian clan, during a traffic stop. Almost immediately, police were
surrounded by a mob of other clan members. The police retreated. The mob
then marched to the police station, which they proceeded to sack. ...
Some police believe that Germany's politically correct judicial
system encourages violence against them. ...
Freddi Lohse, the
Vice Chairman of the DPolG German Police Union in Hamburg, said that many
migrant offenders view the leniency of the German justice system as a green
light to continue delinquent behavior: "They are used to tougher
consequences in their home countries. They have no respect for us."