Immigration and related issues, mainly in the United Kingdom.

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Extracts in date order, except latest additions first. Updated 14 November 2018

Illegal immigration – Iranians
Seventeen migrants who stole French trawler and crossed the Channel arrested in Dover
Henry Samuel and Alexandra Ward
Daily Telegraph, 14 November 2018.

UK border police have arrested 17 migrants who stole a French fishing trawler, crossed the Channel and reached the UK coast overnight in an "unprecedented operation".

The migrants, all Iranian and including three minors, broke into the 12-metre (40ft) boat in the northern French port of Boulogne-sur-mer on Monday night. ...

"The motor had a forced start, which proves it was indeed stolen," said Pascal Marconville, who added that no French crew were on board and that their complicity had been "ruled out". ...

According to French authorities, the number of operations to either arrest or save migrants attempting to cross the Channel from France has almost doubled in 2018 compared to last year to 23 - up from 12 last year.
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Crime – police, racism
As a cop I always used to stop and search, but now police live in fear of being called racist
Andrew O'Hagan
Daily Telegraph, 13 November 2018.
[Andrew O'Hagan is a lecturer at Nottingham Trent University]

The controversial debate over stop and search is back, as violence spirals out of control on our streets. London is locked in a grim ritual of gang-fuelled stabbings and its knife crime rate is at a seven-year high – but the bloody footprints of this epidemic are spreading outside the capital too, as sophisticated "county lines" drug criminals push out small-time dealers in the provinces. Shockingly, a person is now more likely to be stabbed in Bedfordshire than in Manchester. ...

As a former detective sergeant who spent more than three decades serving in the police force, I am sceptical that twiddling with the rulebook for stop and search will make any difference at all. The police's current powers are perfectly adequate. The problem is they are too afraid to use them.

Part of my current job is to teach prospective uniformed officers stop and search. Every time I meet with them I ask the same question: "Have you used stop and search powers while on patrol since our session?" Depressingly, they shrug: "No, it's not worth the hassle." ...

After a bit of grilling, I usually get to the bottom of the excuse-making: they feel it is not worth the inevitable onslaught of accusations of being heavy-handed or racist. They don't want to deal with the draining scrutiny that they are inevitably subjected to when a disgruntled stop-and-search target lodges a complaint. They worry about being disciplined or even losing their jobs. ...

Protecting the public and "getting in amongst it", as they say on the force, not liberal sensitivities or a disciplinary-free track record, is the backbone of proper policing – and it's being lost.
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Immigration abroad – Sikhs, Canada
How a trickle of Sikhs fleeing India for Canada became a torrent
John Ivison
National Post, 13 November 2018.

Justin Trudeau's visit to the sub-continent earlier this year has become a political punch-line, even among Liberals.

"India? We didn't go to India," is the response when the subject is raised internally.

But Trudeau did – and there were substantive reasons why the visit went so badly.

Trudeau was snubbed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, because it was felt he was soft on the Khalistan movement that wants to establish an independent Sikh homeland in the Punjab region.

What is more likely is that Trudeau is soft on whatever policy might appeal to a key voting block – Canada's politically-active Sikh community. Punjab, where Sikhs make up a majority, is the largest source of Indian migrants to Canada and Trudeau has boasted about having more Sikhs in his cabinet than Modi.

A refugee claims analysis report for the first six months of this year compiled by the Intelligence and Analysis Section of the Canada Border Services Agency, and obtained by the National Post, offers some clues as to why Modi's government is at odds with Trudeau.

The report showed that there was a 39 per cent increase in refugee claims by mid-2018, compared to the same period a year earlier. Much of the increase is the result of the well-documented claims by Nigerian nationals crossing from the U.S. at Roxham Road in Quebec – a rise of 300 per cent year over year.

But there has also been a 246 per cent increase in claims by Indian nationals – a surge projected to continue in the second half of the year. ...

The number of visa applications from Indian citizens soared 70 per cent to 490,552 in the first half of the year, compared to the same period in 2017, and the number of visas approved increased 61 per cent to 295,867 year on year, according to Immigration department statistics.
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Border controls – illegal immigration
Migrants sneak into UK by exploiting understaffed border checkpoints where guards are too stretched to check car boots or open tinted windows, report warns
Sebastian Murphy-bates
MailOnline, 13 November 2018.

Migrants are getting into the UK illegally because border checkpoints are so understaffed officials are not searching inside car boots or behind tinted windows, a report has warned. ...

The warnings were outlined in an assessment of the efficiency and effectiveness of immigration and customs operations at south coast seaports. ...

The report examined the seaports of Dover, Newhaven, Portsmouth, Southampton, Poole and Plymouth, as well as coverage of smaller ports, harbours and marinas along the south coast.

Staff numbers were raised at each of the four seaports visited in person.

Some managers were concerned that Border Force was 'resourced to fail', the report said, adding: 'Meanwhile, officers told inspectors that there were not enough of them to meet increasing operational pressures, and one group commented that 'the border is not secured by any stretch of the imagination'.' ...

Officers at Portsmouth told inspectors that migrants were 'were well aware of Border Force's limited resources', and would split up and hide in different trailers in the belief that if one was detected the agency would not have the capacity to search the other trailers as thoroughly.

Staff were 'certain' that illegal migrant groups co-ordinated their entry attempts, and commented that 'their intel is a lot better than ours'.

Managers at Portsmouth and Poole reported that migrants were quick to change their tactics to avoid detection.

This included moving from one freight vehicle to another to minimise the build-up of carbon dioxide, frustrating checks. ...

The number of clandestine detections at south coast ports fell from 1,119 in 2016-17 to 882 in 2017-18, including a drop from 792 to 503 at Dover. ...

But there were rises at Portsmouth and Poole, suggesting that irregular migrants looking to enter the UK had been displaced from northern France to ferry ports in Normandy and Spain. ...

Elsewhere, the report described the system for imposing fines on owners, hirers and drivers of vehicles found to have carried a clandestine entrant into the country as 'broken'.

It cited figures showing a total of 343 penalty notices were issued at south coast sea ports in the last two years, with 27 fines imposed in 2016- 17 and zero in 2017-18.
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Asylum – Greece, Europe
NGO exposed teaching migrants how to trick 'f***ing stupid' EU border guards
RT, 13 November 2018.

A group that helped over 15,000 refugees and migrants to get into Europe has been caught on tape admitting to systematically training asylum seekers to exploit screening interviews by feigning trauma and persecution.

Ariel Ricker, the executive director of Advocates Abroad, a major non-profit NGO which provides legal aid to migrants, has been caught on tape openly discussing how she teaches refugees to lie to border agents. The video was released by Canadian right-wing activist, author and internet personality, Lauren Southern, and will be a part of her new documentary film project 'Borderless,' which takes on the European migration crisis.

On its website, Advocates Abroad claims to have helped as many as 15,000 migrants cross the Greek border, and 2,500 more outside of Greece. The organization is massive, taking volunteers from major universities, and was even featured in a documentary film by the International Bar Association.

In the footage, Ricker describes how the organization provides training sessions for migrants seeking entry into Europe, in which they are taught how to act during interviews with border agents:

I tell them this is acting, all of this is acting... for them to get through, they must act their part in the theater.

She also calls EASO (European Asylum Support Office) personnel tasked with screening the migrants "f***ing stupid," and describes a formula that the organization has created to exploit them in screening interviews.

One method she teaches migrants is to exploit the presumed Christian sympathies of the predominantly Eastern Orthodox Greece by pretending to have been persecuted for being Christian. She even describes telling them how to pray during interviews, ironically because doing so reflects "honesty."

At first, the organization responded to the initial release of the video, tweeting: ...

Since then, however, the group's Twitter and Facebook page with over 140,000 followers have both been deleted in the wake of the revelations. ...

Ironically, some of the real victims of the NGO's tactics are the refugees themselves – the real refugees who were forced to compete with fake candidates trained to game the system. Ricker's "acting school" even instructed its pupils to feign the emotions of trauma survivors, seemingly without a thought for those seeking asylum who don't need to pretend to be suffering from trauma.
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Benefits and costs – wages
Poorest 'worse off due to unskilled EU migrants'
Camilla Tominey
Daily Telegraph, 12 November 2018.

Britain's poorest families are almost £300 a year worse off as a result of unskilled migration, a major study has claimed.

Impoverished communities where unskilled migrants tend to settle pay more than average for unskilled EU immigration because the costs in public services fall directly on those regions, according to a report published today by Economists for Free Trade (EFT).

Iain Duncan Smith, the former work and pensions secretary, called on the Government to treat unskilled EU immigrants the same as unskilled non-EU immigrants in any post-Brexit immigration system in the wake of the study. ...

The report found that it costs the UK £3.5 billion to support unskilled EU immigrants or £3,500 per year per adult immigrant.
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Illegal immigration – data sharing, NHS, Home Office
NHS Pulls Out Of Data-Sharing Deal With Home Office Immigration Enforcers
Jasmin Gray
HuffPost, 12 November 2018.

The NHS has pulled out of a controversial data-sharing arrangement with the Home Office which saw confidential patients' details passed on to immigration enforcers.

In May, the government suspended the 'memorandum of understanding' agreement between the health service and the Home Office after MPs, doctors and health charities warned it was leaving seriously ill migrants too afraid to seek medical treatment.

But on Tuesday, NHS Digital announced that it was cutting itself out of the agreement altogether.

"NHS Digital has received a revised narrowed request from the Home Office and is discussing this request with them," a spokesperson for the data-branch of the health service said, adding that they have "formally closed-out our participation" in the previous memorandum of understanding. ...

Meanwhile, the Home Office confirmed it was working to agree a new deal with NHS Digital which would only allow it to make requests for data about migrants "facing deportation action because they have committed serious crimes, or where information necessary to protect someone's welfare".

The move has been welcomed by campaigners, with Migrants' Rights Network director Rita Chadra saying that many migrants had missed out on "the right to privacy and access to healthcare" because of the data-sharing mechanism.
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Illegal immigration
'Hostile environment' in Britain hasn't put off irregular immigrants – but it's increased their suffering
Franck Düvell and Iryna Lapshyna
The Conversation, 12 November 2018.

But our new research has found little evidence that internal immigration controls in the UK have brought down irregular migration. Instead, they have increased the suffering of migrants living on British soil.

Over the course of four years, we interviewed 175 irregular immigrants from Australia, Brazil, Pakistan, Turkey and Ukraine. By irregular immigrants we mean people who have no right, or who have revoked their right, to be in the UK and would be issued with a removal order if apprehended by the authorities. We also interviewed 29 immigration officers, staff from public services and voluntary sector organisations, as well as 18 employers.

Overall we found a mixed picture. About half of the irregular immigrants we interviewed didn't worry about immigration controls or only worried at the beginning of their stay in the UK. One interviewee, a young woman from Ukraine, pointedly argued: "It is still better to be illegal in the UK than legal in my own country." Several others made similar remarks.

But the other half of our respondents was rather anxious, and some had even developed psychosomatic stress symptoms such as sleeplessness. As a man from Ukraine told us: "Fear ... you catch it from others like a virus."

The much-criticised hostile environment policy, introduced by Theresa May in 2012 when she was home secretary, was rebranded as the "compliant environment" in spring 2018 in the wake of the Windrush scandal. But many of the checks it requires – be that by landlords or universities – remain in place.

It's notoriously difficult to collect data on the number of irregular immigrants in any country. But they don't seem to be leaving the UK in any significant numbers. ...

Irregular immigrants develop various strategies to cope with the looming threat of detection. ...

If they do have jobs in larger companies, they avoid morning shifts as they know that immigration raids are normally conducted around dawn. And they generally avoid any kind of crowd events. Some communities arrange WhatsApp groups and in some towns and neighbourhoods minicab drivers alert certain communities if immigration enforcement officers are in town.

Some of those we spoke to were less than impressed by immigration enforcement. As one Brazilian man put it: "The worst that can happen if they catch me is that they will send me back home, isn't it?"

Of our 175 interviewees, only 29 encountered immigration enforcement during their stay in the UK. Of these 11 were detained, but only one was deported, and that person was back in the UK within a month and a half. And only one person we spoke to decided to leave the UK and go back to Pakistan because of unviable living conditions. ...

A new market has grown up for the documentation that can be used to circumvent immigration controls. About a quarter of our interviewees said they had used false documents. This in turn has created networks which did not exist in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when one of us conducted a similar study.

All this means that the hostile environment is actually counterproductive: it has provided new opportunities for criminals, probably mostly people who are in the UK legally, to falsify documents.
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Immigration – borders
Why we need borders more than ever
Will Jones
Conservative Woman, 12 November 2018.

Migration is a basic part of how nations and peoples interact. People relocate for a variety of reasons: out of desperation, in search of work or opportunity, for love, for a job, or for something else entirely. Immigration brings benefits, as cultures and peoples mingle, and it brings costs, as people bring needs, leave gaps at home, and cultures collide. ...

Yet, even so, immigration must be controlled, and the integrity of nation states respected. It isn't a matter of all or nothing, but of rate. A spring of water can be welcome when a torrent would be devastating. So it is with immigration. Not too many at once, and only those who can fit in and will pull their weight.

... We live in times when the commanding heights of culture have been colonised by ideologues steeped in doctrines antithetical to the deep truths of human nature. The consequences can be seen all around us, in the chaotic societies that now pass for our civilisation, and in the rise of popular movements and parties set on turning the tide. But will the establishment elites themselves, and not just the plucky outsiders, come round to see sense before it's too late? We have to hope so.

Some have suggested that morality is wholly on the side of the open borders brigade, and that immigration controls can be defended only by appeal to a kind of necessary self-interest. I think this is wrong, and fails to appreciate the full moral impact of immigration and its relation to other important human goods such as the nation and the state.

There are in fact a number of reasons why defending national borders by controlling immigration (among other things) is the morally correct thing for a state to do. Here are some of them.

First, there is the effect on the native workforce. Uncontrolled immigration reduces the availability of jobs for resident workers and exerts downward pressure on pay. ...

Second, there is the pressure on public services and housing. ...

Third, there are problems of assimilation. ...

Fourth, there is the breakdown in social cohesion. Uncontrolled immigration generates ever larger enclaves of foreign cultures which erode social cohesion and trust and aggravate ethnic tensions and violence. These tensions in turn spawn intrusive laws and expensive (and ineffective) government programmes designed to curb them, as well as socially corrosive grievance industries and identity politics.

Fifth, there is the existential threat to the nation state itself. Uncontrolled immigration fails to respect the importance of the concept of a national homeland in which a national people group forms a dominant majority that enables their native culture to prevail over those of other nationalities and people groups. This is an idea which is commonly affirmed for non-European peoples but often denied for European peoples, an asymmetry that can elicit resentment.

Sixth, there is the global impact. Uncontrolled immigration can have a strongly negative effect on immigrants' countries of origin, as many of their most enterprising people relocate to more prosperous shores.

Lastly, there is the birth rate multiplier: most of the above issues are accentuated where, as is often the case, the immigrants' birth rate is substantially above the native birth rate.
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Immigration abroad – Germany
Green party chief Winfried Kretschmann causes offence with migrant call
Oliver Moody
The Times, 12 November 2018.

A row over migration has broken out in the top ranks of Germany's resurgent Green party as a poll showed that it had achieved its highest level of popularity in seven years.

The leadership distanced itself from the Greens' most successful elected politician, who described "hordes of young, testosterone-driven men" from overseas as "the most dangerous thing human evolution has produced".

The dispute overshadowed the party conference in Leipzig, which is celebrating state election results in Hesse and Bavaria where it emerged second strongest behind Angela Merkel's conservative alliance.

Yesterday a survey put the party on 22 per cent nationally ...
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Crime – violence, ethnic minorities
'This is black children killing black children': Former Equality Commission chairman TREVOR PHILLIPS says white liberals need to 'tell the truth about violence in UK semi-ghettos'
Trevor Phillips
Mail on Sunday, 11 November 2018.
[The author is a Former Chairman Of The Equality Commission]

Last week, the heartbroken family of another young victim returned to their home in Romania after just a few weeks living here in Britain.

London, they said, was a dangerous place where 'terrible things can happen in the blink of an eye. If you say the wrong thing to the wrong person you could end up dead'.

Their own son, Beniamin Pieknyi, was in the wrong place at the wrong time and was stabbed to death in an East London shopping centre – just one more victim of a vicious urban conflict that has already cost hundreds of lives, five in the past week alone. ...

Violence is nothing new. /.../ But the battles now taking place are different.

The primitive weaponry of my day has been replaced by a lethal armoury of knives, swords, handguns and, occasionally, automatic rifles – some in the hands of children as young as ten. ...

I'm the son of poor immigrants and have no doubt that, were I a teenager today, I too would be caught up in the carnage.

This epidemic of knife crime has not appeared from nowhere. It has been gathering for some time, yet the warnings from me and others were ignored. Even now, the political response has been pathetic, focusing – irrelevantly, in my opinion – on police numbers.

In fact there is no evidence that having bobbies on the beat will deter teenage thugs. The chances of a policeman being on the right corner at the right time are probably less than the same officer being struck by lightning.

But there is plenty that we can do, and urgently.

First we need to be clear about who is dying and who is doing the killing, and we must be honest that there is a racial component to the violence.

The deaths are taking place in the urban semi-ghettos of London, Manchester and other big cities, especially those which have become home to refugees from war zones in Eastern Europe, Africa and elsewhere. ...

Membership of a gang brings protection and a sense of belonging and the promise of a slice of the profits of the illegal drugs trade.

So the forlorn attempts by politicians and media to ignore this truth – to avoid 'stigmatising' minority communities – has been counterproductive, a hand-wringing dereliction of responsibility. It might make 'right-on' white liberals feel better. But the price of their smugness is an ongoing bloody massacre of black children with a casualty list that seems to lengthen by the day. ...

We need to stop the blood flowing by following the example of the American police and identifying the high-risk zones, based on data from police, hospitals and schools. Police should be empowered to flood these areas, using stop-and-search powers as freely as they wish. ...

... In areas where the gangs are primarily black or from another ethnic group, police might even be permitted to apply for exemption from race discrimination laws for a limited period. This could free their hands to act against specific targets – and few would be more pleased than minority parents who constantly worry that their children may never come home.
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Extremism – political correctness, blasphemy
The plight of Asia Bibi should have everyone in the West trembling
Charlotte Gill
Sunday Telegraph, 11 November 2018.

Watching the horrifying crowds of men in Pakistan calling for the death of Asia Bibi seemed like watching another, medieval world. Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman, spent eight years on death row, after allegedly insulting the Prophet Muhammad during a row with neighbours. Last week, the Supreme Court acquitted her, and she secretly left her prison, causing violent protests from Islamists, who said she should be hanged for blasphemy. The Foreign Office has said that she is still in the country, meaning her life is at tremendous risk. Even the judges who allowed her release are in danger now, after an Islamist leader said all three "deserved to be killed".

Many of us will rightfully feel far removed from Bibi, a victim of one of the most oppressive mobs this decade has seen. But, while the secularisation of the West may have led us to believe that the violence and authoritarian nature of Pakistan could not be replicated here, history shows us that societies twist and turn, and new movements are quite capable of replacing religion. What happened to Bibi should serve as a lesson as to what happens when censorship is allowed to engulf a country.

Indeed, there are troublesome parallels here. The UK has been slowly moving in a dangerous direction of late, steered mostly by the politically correct Left, which has become evermore authoritarian about what people can say, and therefore believe. Their behaviour is alarmingly akin to that of the religious fanatics in Pakistan: monitoring words for any sign of evil sentiment, sometimes misquoting them as proof of wicked deeds. Heavily applied political correctness is no different from religious extremism. It is the same thing: believing that evryone is blaspheming against you.

The news is littered with examples of this sweeping fanaticism, which paints a picture of a new religion – a belief system with its own absolute truths, revealed only when someone offends against them. /.../ And let's not forget the existence of dubious laws that can punish people for "insults" that cause "distress". ...

We must learn from the lessons from other parts of the globe – of the importance of the liberties we have taken far too much for granted.
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Crime – Birmingham
We've covered SIXTEEN carjackings in a month - at rate of four a week
Ashley Preece
Birmingham Mail, 11 November 2018.

Violent masked hammer gangs running riot, innocent drivers knifed and petrified women left screaming after being dragged from behind their steering wheels.

The city of Birmingham has endured a surge in carjackings and, according to those who have suffered, it is ruining lives.

In the past month alone, BirminghamLive has reported SIXTEEN carjackings ranging from a 15-year-old boy stabbing a driver in Selly Oak to a man being battered for his £400 Ford KA in Kings Norton.

On Friday, BirminghamLive reported how nurse Jill Waliszewski was ambushed by a gang of 50 "savages" who hurled bricks at her Toyota Yaris while attempting to yank her out from the car.

It followed another carjacking attempt just 24 hours previously after dad Lee Brown was battered in a car park off Shannon Road.

Just last weekend, shoppers at Princess Alice Retail Park in Sutton Coldfield were subjected to ten minutes of terror after masked carjackers armed with knives and hammers stole an Audi A3 and VW Golf in broad daylight.
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Multiculturalism – Islam
How Immigration Changes Britain
Douglas Murray
National Review, 11 November 2018.

Almost nothing is discussed as badly in America or Europe as the subject of immigration. And one reason is that it remains almost impossible to have any sensible or rational public discussion of its consequences. Or rather it is eminently possible to have a discussion about the upsides ("diversity," talent, etc.) but almost impossible to have any rational discussion about its downsides.

When I wrote The Strange Death of Europe, I wanted to highlight the sheer scale of change that immigration brings. /.../ For instance, as I noted then, an internal document from the Ministry of Defence that leaked a few years back said that Britain would no longer be able to engage militarily in a range of foreign countries because of "domestic" factors. It takes a moment to absorb this. We're used to wondering about how immigration changes domestic politics. But foreign policy as well?

All of this is to say that the latest news from the U.K. is both thoroughly predictable and deeply disturbing. Readers of National Review will be familiar with the case of Asia Bibi. She is the Christian woman from Pakistan who has been in prison on death row for the last eight years. Her "crime" is that a neighbor accused her of "blasphemy." ...

... The case has amply demonstrated the type of country that Pakistan is these days. But who would have guessed that her case would also throw so much light on the type of country Britain now is?

There are clearly international efforts underway to get Bibi out of Pakistan. If anybody in the world deserves asylum it is her. And any civilized country should be queuing up to give asylum to her and her family. Among those reported to have done so is the Netherlands.

But today there are reports that the British government has said that it will not offer asylum to Asia Bibi. The reason being "security concerns" – that weasel term now used by all officialdom whenever it needs one last reason to avoid doing the right thing. According to this report, the government is concerned that if the U.K. offered asylum to Bibi it could cause "unrest among certain sections of the community." And which sections would that be? /.../ The "community" that the British government will be scared of is the community that comes from the same country that has tortured Asia Bibi for the last eight years.

The government is right to expect a backlash. There have been cases before of this "community" expressing its views. From the book-burnings and protests over The Satanic Verses affair in 1989 to the mass protest against cartoonists, which was the "community's" response to the Charlie Hebdo massacre in 2015, the Pakistani Muslim community in the U.K. has never been shy of expressing its views. ...

In any case, if it is true that the British government has declined to offer Asia Bibi asylum for this reason, then it should lead to a huge national and international outcry. Among other things, it suggests that the British government has got its priorities exactly the wrong way around. For it is not Asia Bibi who should not be in Britain. It is anyone from the "communities" who would not accept Asia Bibi being in Britain who should not be in the country. Though I wouldn't expect any British politician to express that simple truth any time soon.
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Asylum – housing, cost
I'll stop city being deluged by asylum seekers, vows Manchester mayor
Chris Riches
Daily Express, 10 November 2018.

Mayor Andy Burnham sparked an immigration debate yesterday by vowing to stop Greater Manchester being swamped by any more asylum seekers.

The ex-Labour MP has written to Home Secretary Sajid Javid warning of "catastrophic failure" over the "disproportionate" number of asylum seekers his region receives. One in six people in the UK waiting to find out if they will be given refugee status is placed in Greater Manchester, which supports 6,681 asylum seekers - a 102 per cent increase since 2003. But 180 areas across the UK - including Prime Minister Theresa May's local authority of Maidenhead - house none at all.

Mr Burnham is threatening to withdraw his region from voluntary placement programmes unless asylum seekers are distributed more equally.

He also said the current Home Office approach jeopardises the Asylum Accommodation Support Transformation dispersal contracts set to launch next year.

The new contracts - worth more than £4 billion over 10 years - are currently out to tender.

Mr Burnham wrote: "For too long, asylum dispersal has been imposed on Greater Manchester with little heed paid to cohesion or large numbers.

"It cannot be right that towns have more asylum seekers clustered in a handful of wards than entire regions in the rest of the country.

"The prospect of this continuing for another 10 years is completely unacceptable.

"It will harm communities and be of no benefit to those who are asked to live within them."

The Home Office said it was working with local authorities in the North-west "to deliver on our statutory obligation to house destitute asylum seekers whilst asylum claims are determined".
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Extremism – Islam
10 Questions About the Compatibility of Islam with America
Frank Hawkins
American Thinker, 10 November 2018.
[The author is a former U.S. Army intelligence officer and Associated Press foreign correspondent]

Wikipedia defines Islamophobia as the fear, hatred of or prejudice against the Islamic religion or Muslims, especially when seen as a geopolitical force or the source of terrorism. Yes, many people around the globe who identify with Islam are good, hard working, loving people. But that's a separate issue from Islam itself. ...

... The generally accepted values of modern America stress a wide range of freedoms involving speech, sexuality and life styles as well as equal rights for women, minorities and a long list of others. None of this fits with the program of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) that affirmed Sharia law as supreme, with the death penalty for those leaving Islam, punishing women who are victims of rape, allowing men to be polygamous, permitting wife beating and censoring speech that insults Islam.

... Yet Mohammad said, "Whoever changes his Islamic religion, kill him. Those who reject Islam must be killed." Islamic law enforces dhimmi status on non-Muslims, prohibiting them from observing their religious practices publicly, raising their voices during prayer, ringing church bells or saying anything considered "insulting to Islam." /.../ There's a lot more, but you get the idea.

"When Muslims claim Islam is a religion of peace and love, are they lying to the non-Muslim world?" Ask Hicham Nostik, a former Muslim who now lives in Germany. He understands the prophet Muhammad's famous quote, 'War is deceit.' Lying is permitted to deceive an "enemy." The Qu'ran defines the 'enemy' as "disbelievers." There is no way to cover up the meaning of that. In fact, apostates who leave Islam are subject to the death penalty. Apostasy is a crime in 16 out 49 Muslim majority countries /.../ It is subject in some countries, such as Iran and Saudi Arabia, to the death penalty.

Has there ever been a period in history fully characterized by peaceful co-existence between Muslims and non-Muslims? Apparently not, based on details in Robert Spencer's new book, 'The History of Jihad from Muhammad to ISIS" as well as Raymond Ibrahim's "Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen centuries of war between Islam and the West," Pamela Geller's "Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance" and similar books written by Jamie Glazov, David Horowitz, Brigitte Gabriel and Amil Imani.

... Growing problems caused by Muslims in France, Italy, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Sweden and Britain continue to be well documented. The Muslim takeover of Britain is so far along I fear only a bloody civil war could reverse the tide. Douglas Murray has spelled this out in detail in his book, The Strange Death of Europe. After 25 years of intense Muslim immigration, Islam features 3,000 mosques, 130 Sharia courts, 50 Muslim Sharia Councils and dozens of 'no go zones' where Moslem 'Sharia' patrols ensure no one disobeys Sharia Law.
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Crime – police
Police should be held to account over grooming gang scandal, says magistrate
Andrew Robinson
ExaminerLive, 10 November 2018.

West Yorkshire Police has been asked whether any of its officers will be punished for failing to deal with child sexual exploitation in the Huddersfield area between 2004 and 2011.

Roger Grasby, a magistrate, put the question to Chief Constable Dee Collins and the county's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, at a meeting in Wakefield on Friday.

Mr Grasby said the behaviour of some officers towards victims had been strongly criticised by the Crown during the recent trial at Leeds Crown Court which led to jail sentences for a gang of 20 men, all British Asians mainly of Pakistani heritage.

The court heard that victims and their families repeatedly told police what was happening but it had fallen on deaf ears. ...

He asked whether officers who had failed to take action would be "held to account".

After the meeting, Mr Grasby told ExaminerLive: "I want to know where these officers are and if they now hold senior positions within the Force." ...

Responding to Mr Grasby's question, Mark Burns-Williamson said the independent review in Kirklees had yet to decide if the behaviour of officers would form part of the inquiry.
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Crime – criminals
Rapists and murderers among hundreds of foreign criminals missing from Home Office monitoring, records show
Hayden Smith
Independent, 9 November 2018.

Rapists and killers are among hundreds of foreign criminals who have dropped off the Home Office's radar.

Immigration authorities also lost track of overseas nationals convicted of kidnap, weapons possession and robbery.

They had been living in the community while facing removal from the UK.

Figures showed 450 foreign national offenders (FNOs) absconded in the 30 months up to the end of June.

Some were later located but the whereabouts of more than 200 were unknown up to two years after contact with officials ceased.

Conservative MP Tim Loughton, a member of the Commons Home Affairs Committee, described the findings as "horrifying".

He said: "These are very concerning figures and confirm a worrying trend that we are a soft touch when it comes to dealing with foreign national offenders.

"It is a mystery to me why we do not immediately deport these criminals, some of them highly dangerous, back to their country of origin, and let their authorities deal with them.

"The fact that these people are escaping the watchful eye of the Home Office and are back on our streets is horrifying.

"Innocent people going about their daily lives could be at risk." ...

Figures obtained under freedom of information rules show 251 foreign national offenders absconded in 2016, followed by 164 last year and 35 in the first six months of this year.

As of the end of June, 223 male FNOs had not been found.

Eleven females who absconded in 2016 are yet to be tracked down, and an unspecified number – up to five absconders – disappeared in each of last year and the first six months of this year.

Offenders convicted of murder, manslaughter, rape, kidnap, weapons possession, robbery, conspiracy to defraud, theft, burglary and death by dangerous driving were among those unaccounted for.

Exact figures are not known for most offence categories – including murder, manslaughter and rape – as the Home Office does not disclose data where the number is five or fewer people, to protect individuals' identities.

The department also refused to provide details of the nationalities of absconders on the basis disclosure could hamper efforts to deport or remove FNOs by undermining border controls and agreements with other countries.

Where statistics were given, they showed nine offenders previously convicted of violent crimes were yet to be located in June, after absconding in 2016. ...

The Home Office said some of the absconders recorded as unfound in June may have been traced since. ...

Many absconders are traced at overseas locations and can be prevented from returning to the UK, officials said. ...

A Home Office spokesperson said: ...

"We have removed more than 44,500 foreign national offenders since 2010, and this week, like every week, more than 100 foreign criminals will be removed from the UK.

"In 2017-18, we removed more than 2,000 FNOs direct from prison under the early removal scheme."
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Crime – fraud
Gang of insurance scammers jailed for fake claims on scale 'never seen before'
Sanya Burgess
Sky News, 9 November 2018.

Five men have been sentenced to a collective 14 years in prison after committing one of the UK's biggest cases of commercial property fraud.

The organised crime group defrauded insurers out of £1m after making fake claims of property damages at bars and restaurants across England.

After hitting 14 different insurers, it is the biggest case of commercial property fraud handled by City of London Police's insurance fraud enforcement department (IFED).

The force said the scale of the investigation had "never been seen before in the insurance industry".

Following a six-week trial, the five men were sentenced for a mix of conspiracy to defraud and money laundering offences.

... Tarquinn Orgill, ... Nyron Hughes, ... Ramone Carty, ... Kashif Bhatti, Jurelle Hayles, ...

It emerged they had faked issues such as burst pipes at businesses in Lincolnshire, Bedfordshire, Staffordshire, Lancashire and London. ...

The gang gained £944,206 through successful claims.
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Terrorism – Islamism
New head of CPS under fire for refusing to use phrase 'Islamist terrorism'
Camilla Tominey
Daily Telegraph, 9 November 2018.

The new head of the CPS has been accused of adopting "deeply unhelpful" language about terrorists after spending 90 minutes with CAGE, the group that described ISIS executioner Jihadi John as "a beautiful young man".

The Henry Jackson Society (HJS) has criticised Max Hill QC's appointment as the Director of Public Prosecutions, claiming he has "aped" the rhetoric used by CAGE and its supporters.

Mr Hill, who replaced Alison Saunders last week, held a 90 minute meeting with CAGE last autumn - a month after the organisation's international director, Muhammad Rabbani, was convicted of a terrorism offence ...

It came after the group had held a press conference following the February 2015 killing of ISIS's chief executioner Mohammed Emwazi describing the brutal killer as "beautiful" and "extremely gentle". ...

Accusing the QC of being "influenced, inaccurately, by the Islamist group's agenda", the HJS pointed out similarities between Mr Hill's refusal to refer to "Islamist terrorism" and CAGE describing the use of the word "Islamist" as a smear on the religion.

In February, Mr Hill - then head of the Government's terror watchdog - declared that it is "fundamentally wrong" to use the phrase "Islamist terrorism" to describe attacks carried out in Britain and elsewhere.

He said that the word terrorism should not be attached "to any of the world religions" and that the term "Daesh-inspired terrorism" should be used instead. ...

In his 2018 independent review of terror legislation, published last month, Mr Hill refers to "the perception and experience of racism and stigmatization in the workings of Schedule 7 and Prevent, whether repeat stops at borders or undue focus on Islamist extremism". ...

According to the HJS, Mr Hill has also held meetings with other organisations which have been outspoken in their criticism of Prevent including MEND, Just Yorkshire and The Cordoba Foundation, once described by David Cameron as a "political front for the Muslim Brotherhood". ...

MEND were once described as "Islamists masquerading as civil libertarians" while Just Yorkshire is an anti-Prevent group funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, which has also funded CAGE.

Emma Webb, a research fellow at the Henry Jackson Society said: "In the wake of negative publicity damaging the CPS, Max Hill has vowed that through his appointment he will "restore trust". But it is difficult to see how this will be possible given his habit of meeting disproportionately with extremist and intolerant groups.

"Meeting with such groups is bad enough, but his apparent aping of their divisive rhetoric is a step to far. Their fingerprints are all over his own positions.

"He has shown himself to have bad taste and judgement in the company he keeps. This is certainly not a man who can be trusted to ensure justice is done when it comes to Islamist extremism."
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Population – birth rates
'Baby bust': Watershed as birth rates in UK and nearly half of world's countries plunge, forcing more reliance on immigration, report warns
Alex Matthews-King
Independent, 9 November 2018.

The world is reaching a "watershed" where nearly half of its countries, including the UK, are in the midst of a "baby bust" with birth rates below levels needed to maintain population size, a major international report has found.

The annual Global Burden of Disease Study, published in The Lancet, shows that 91 of 195 countries now have fertility rates below replacement level – currently 2.05 births on average for every woman. ...

"These statistics represent both a 'baby boom' for some nations and a 'baby bust' for others," said Dr Christopher Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, which led the international study.

The study shows that in 2017 the UK's fertility rate stood at 1.7 births per woman. Of 104 nations still in baby boom there are 59 where birth rates are above three children per woman on average.

Countries in Africa and the Middle East, where women's education and employment opportunities – key drivers of fertility reductions, along with infant mortality – account for 47 of the 59. ...

"Migrants use less from the health system, they tend to be younger and healthier, and they also help provide essential replacement for retiring care workers in these roles," Dr Nando Sigona, an expert on international migration from the University of Birmingham, told The Independent.

But he warned that these arguments are being undermined by increasingly outlandish anti-migrant rhetoric and conspiracy theories.
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Crime – knife crime, police
Knife crime policing
Simon Crowley
Daily Telegraph, 9 November 2018.
[Letter to the Editor]

The Home Secretary calls for the police to crack down on knife and violent crime, particularly in London.

I have been a serving Metropolitan Police officer since 1991. The impact that the office of Home Secretary has had in this time, no matter who has been in post, has been pivotal in the cataclysmic upsurge in violent crime, due to politicisation of a problem where robust action is the answer.

Stop-and-search was used to great effect for decades, but was degraded relentlessly as it was deemed racist.

Street robbery and knife and gun crime are committed almost without exception by black men on black men. Consequently the majority of people stopped in connection with these ghastly crimes fit that template.

For crying out loud, when will the police be allowed to concentrate scant resources on accepted perpetrators rather than bow their heads politically and focus on so-called hate crimes and cyber crime which, frankly, rarely bother the majority of society?
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Extremism – violence, Islam
UK 'Won't Offer Asylum To Asia Bibi Amid Security Concerns'
Amardeep Bassey
HuffPost, 9 November 2018.

A Pakistani Christian woman's appeal to Britain for asylum has been denied because her arrival in the country may stir civil unrest, HuffPost UK has been told.

Asia Bibi, a Christian farm labourer, was released from prison in Pakistan on Wednesday after being acquitted of blasphemy. She had spent eight years on death row after an argument with a group of Muslim women in June 2009.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan overturned Bibi's 2010 conviction for "insulting the prophet Mohammed" last week, saying the case against her was based on flimsy evidence.

But her acquittal sparked violent protests led by Islamic religious hardliners, and the government has now agreed to try to stop her leaving the country.

On Saturday her lawyer, Saif Mulook, fled Pakistan, saying he feared for his life. Bibi's husband, Ashiq Masih, has also released a video message saying he too fears for his family's safety. ...

Wilson Chowdhry, chairman of the British Pakistani Christian Association, said two countries had made firm offers of asylum, but Britain was not one of them.

"I've been lead to believe that the UK government had concerns that her moving to the UK would cause security concerns and unrest among certain sections of the community and would also be a security threat to British embassies abroad which might be targeted by Islamist terrorists.

"Asia and her family have now decided to take up one of the offers for asylum from a western country." ...

Chowdhry, who once lived just streets away from recently released hate preacher Anjem Choudary, pointed to a number of incidents of Pakistani Christians being violently assaulted.

Tajamal Amar, 46, fled to the UK from Pakistan 10 years ago after being targeted in a drive-by shooting by Islamists who wanted to convert him. He was working as a delivery driver in Derby in October 2017 when he was attacked by "young local Muslim men".

Amar told HuffPost UK that it was the third time in 12 months he had been targeted in the UK because of his Christian faith. ...

No-one has been arrested for the attack on Amar, which left him in a coma and with lesions to his brain, but he believes he knows his attackers.

Chowdhry did say "the majority of the British Muslim population are fine with us", and said it was a small extremist fringe who were against Pakistani Christians.
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Politics – nationalism
New Book Finds Deep Roots for West's Nationalism and Immigration Fears
Jamie Dettmer
VOA, 9 November 2018.

A new book examining the rise of populist nationalism across Western countries faults traditional, establishment parties for ignoring for too long popular fears about immigration and globalization.

By failing to grapple with public alarm early, they allowed both issues to become toxic and build widespread distrust of established elites, the authors say.

For mainstream politicians, especially on the center-left, the fact-laden, forensic book National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy, by British academics Matthew Goodwin and Roger Eatwell, published just weeks before America's mid-term elections, will make for uncomfortable reading.

The authors, one a sociologist and the other a historian, argue that national populism is here to stay and that the populist revolts in Europe "were a long time in the making." ...

Since 2016, Europe and the United States have seen a surge of books and studies on the rise of populist nationalism, but few have caught as much immediate attention as Eatwell and Goodwin's highly-researched book - or been cited as much by politicians. The book reached Britain's Sunday Times top 10 bestseller list two weeks after publication.

Unlike many other authors, they say they do not write to condemn or praise, but to understand a movement that seeks, they say, to restore "the primacy of the nation over distant and unaccountable international organizations" and to reassert "the importance of stability and conformity over the never-ending and disruptive instability that flows from globalization."

But the authors have attracted criticism and accusations that they are seeking to 'normalize' a dangerous movement.
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Immigration – world's biggest challenge
Migration, not climate, is world's biggest challenge
Bill Jamieson
The Scotsman, 8 November 2018.

What today is the biggest long-term challenge we face? Climate change is certainly one; debt and poverty reduction another.

But both are dwarfed by a phenomenon already widely evident across Europe and which has already forced governments into policy change unthinkable barely a decade ago.

It is the mass movements of populations from poorer countries to richer ones: movement on a scale that is set to dwarf the migrant crisis of 2014-16.

The abject misery of thousands of fleeing migrants – from the 7,000-strong 'caravan' heading to the Mexican-US border to the continuing arrivals of desperate people from Africa and the Middle East – is seldom far from our television screens and newspaper headlines. ...

Small though these incidents may be in number, the desperation they reveal is colossal. A sharp decline in refugee numbers arriving at European borders from the levels of two years ago might suggest that this phenomenon has largely gone away and is no longer an issue. That would be naïve. Population statistics – and in particular those from economically impoverished areas – make clear that we may be only at the beginning of a massive global shift of peoples.

Existing trends make this development startlingly clear. The population of Africa has already risen sharply – from around 140 million in 1900 to one billion in 2010. But where to from here? According to authoritative 'medium scenario' projections from the UN, the populations of 26 African countries will rise to 2.5 billion by 2050 and climb to four billion in 2100.

Since 2014, more than 1.8 million migrants have entered Europe, some 919,000 of these from Syria applying for asylum. ...

... It is no exaggeration to say that immigration is a potent issue across many EU countries, Germany, Sweden, Italy, France and the Netherlands prominent among them.

... But there can be little doubt, not only that population numbers are growing fast, but also expectations of a better life that can be achieved by migration. And it is this combination, leading to a movement en masse, that speaks both to the desperation of millions of people and the power of expectations.

The world we know is set to change dramatically. The population of Nigeria alone, currently the world's seventh largest country, is expected to surpass that of the US and become the third most populous country in the world before 2050. ...

Where are we currently in the UK? The latest net migration statistics show that in the year ending March 2018, net migration to the UK was 271,000. ...

In this, Scotland may consider itself in an advantageous position. Immigration has barely surfaced as a political issue. /.../ But that should not blind us to the scale and depth of the geo-political upheaval that lies ahead. Millions are already on the move. And tens of millions are set to follow. In the desperate search for basic food, clothing, medicines and shelter, the world should prepare for a population upheaval without precedent.
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Politics – European civilisation
The Coming Battle for European Civilization
Scott McConnell
American Conservative, 8 November 2018.

The intellectual debate about immigration, diversity, and multiculturalism in Europe is generally richer than in the United States, reflective of the fact that theirs is a genuine civilizational crisis, considerably more dire than ours.

Two books are especially outstanding: Christopher Caldwell's Reflections on the Revolution in Europe, published nine years ago, and Douglas Murray's The Strange Death of Europe, which came out last year. Both are exemplars of subtle analysis, extensive research and reporting, and reasoned fair-minded argument. Both get to the essence of the problem of a weary and self-doubting secular civilization trying to accommodate a sudden and very large influx of people with a completely different sense of identity and often a theologically infused sense of the purpose and meanings of life. Both lay considerable blame on West European political leaders and academic and media elites who have a long record of hiding the nature of the problem from their publics and perhaps also from themselves. ...

Nine years later, Spectator editor Douglas Murray published a book in many ways as impressive as Caldwell's but that includes recent developments that have brought the immigration issue nearer to full boil. ...

... I believe that the European people's desire that Europe remain home for them is the most natural and defensible of human political longings. I also believe that the elite globalist consensus, that China can be China and India can be India but Europe can be turned into a repository for anyone in the world who can get there, if it comes to full fruition, will destroy what has been one of mankind's most fruitful and innovative civilizations. I, of course, say this with full cognizance of the dark points in Europe's past, some of which have been very dark indeed.

... To prevail in the coming years, Europeans will have to elect governments that are able to say "no," that are willing to distinguish between genuine refugees and economic or welfare-seeking migrants, that will deport some or all of the latter as they see fit, and that will institute measures that make immigrating illegally to Europe as unlikely as immigrating illegally to China (to take one example of a society that has no impulse to commit suicide).

The Europeans may yet succeed but the outcome is very much in doubt. On one hand, there are literally hundreds of millions in Africa and the Mideast and the Asian subcontinent who believe that their situations would be improved by moving to Europe and who increasingly have the means to set such plans in motion. They are enabled by a deeply entrenched European globalist elite that, out of a combination of guilt, civilizational weariness, and a genuine belief that borders are obsolete, wish to pose no serious obstacle to their entry. ...

As any reader of Caldwell's and Murray's books knows, this battle has deep and complex intellectual roots, profoundly linked to questions of belief, secularism, and the meaning of life. ...

It's my hope as a journalist that I can add something to the American understanding of this battle by reading what I can of the European press, describing the main events and debates, quoting and linking liberally, and probably traveling to Europe as I've done previously to report on critical elections and events. In any case, that's the plan.
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Crime – violence
Savage gang jailed after stabbing man with 12-inch machete in front of his mum
Stephanie Balloo
Birmingham Mail, 8 November 2018.

A brutal gang who ran a man off the road before stabbing him with a machete has been jailed for 43 years.

Amir Hussain, 23, knifed the victim twice after charging at him with a 12-inch blade on Coventry Road, Small Heath.

The victim had been driving his mother to a doctor's appointment when three men launched their vicious attack on May 22.

Hussain and his accomplices, Zain Islam and Hussan Yousaf - who are brothers - first chased the victim in a stolen pick-up truck.

As the victim climbed out of the crash wreckage and tried to get his mother out of the back seat, he was set upon. ...

Drugs were also recovered from the room plus almost £6,500 in cash.

All three refused to answer any questions during interview but they were charged with attempted murder.

On Monday (November 5) all three were sentenced for a total of 43 years.
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Immigration abroad – terrorism, USA
WALSH: Antifa Is A Terrorist Organization And Should Be Treated Like One
Matt Walsh
Daily Wire, 8 November 2018.

This is not a protest. It is not free speech. These are not activists. These are terrorists engaged in an organized campaign to harass and threaten their political enemies. And this is far from the first case we have seen. We've seen them shut down whole city blocks, assaulting innocent bystanders and vandalizing property. We've seen them swarm politicians and chase them out of restaurants. We've seen them riot in stupid ski masks, wielding baseball bats and clubs. There's a reason the Department of Homeland Security considers them domestic terrorists. This is politically-motivated violence, incitement, and harassment. That's what terrorism is, by definition.

The problem is that they aren't generally treated like terrorists. Usually they're allowed to carry on unimpeded, even if they're accosting the elderly and the wheelchair-bound. They're given immense leeway when they should be given none at all. ...

... They want us to see them as a threat. They want us to know – and are very explicit about the fact – that their political opponents aren't "safe." I say we finally take them at their word.
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Immigration – border security
For all our outrage over Trump, the West simply cannot take any more mass immigration
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 7 November 2018.

Let's get the obligatory caveats out of the way from the outset. Donald Trump's invective about the caravan of central American migrants winding its way through Mexico towards the US border is grotesque. ...

But other than the egregious language, how does Mr Trump's policy actually differ either from that of his predecessor or from the approach taken by other developed countries? For all his self-righteousness, Barack Obama's administration operated the same immigration laws, stopping hundreds of thousands of would-be arrivals at the Mexican border.

Mr Trump just takes that to its logical conclusion by proposing to replace an easily breached fence with a hard-to-cross wall.

How would we react in this country if 5,000 people were heading across France determined to make it to the UK and demand asylum? ...

We have already seen some of the political consequences that followed Angela Merkel's ill-judged open-door policy three years ago, not least to her own authority. ...

... But so great is population growth in some countries that it will be hard to sustain with existing resources. By 2050, the Middle East and Africa will be home to around 3.4 billion people – more than the populations of China and India combined. It is an unprecedented boom with ramifications yet to be felt.
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Illegal immigration
Eleven children found in refrigerated lorry in Newhaven
BBC, 7 November 2018.

Twenty-one people, including children as young as 12, have been found inside a refrigerated lorry entering the UK.

The group, thought to be from Vietnam, was concealed among a load of sparkling water at the port of Newhaven in Sussex on Thursday. ...

A Romanian man, believed to be the driver, has been charged with assisting unlawful entry into the UK. ...

A spokesman said the group included 17 people claiming to be aged between 12 and 17 who "presented themselves as Vietnamese".

"A total of 11 were later confirmed to be minors. They were passed into the care of social services," he said. ...

He said the children were placed with foster carers or in supported housing.

One of the children had since absconded from council care, he said. ...

The adults - five women and five men - were interviewed by immigration officials, the Home Office said.

An 18-year-old man and a woman aged 27 have been removed from the UK.

The eight other adults, aged between 21 and 28, have been told they must report regularly to the Home Office while their cases are assessed.
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Immigration abroad – crime, Germany
Asylum seekers from just one German refugee shelter commit 1265 crimes in 9 months
Stan M
Voice of Europe, 7 November 2018.

At the request of the AfD, by André Wendt the Interior Minister of Saxony Roland Wöller of the CDU, has provided police records from January until the end of September.

The police recorded a total of 1265 crimes by 642 residents of the refugee shelter at the Hamburg Street in Dresden. ...

The offences include 364 violations of residency permits, 299 thefts, 175 embezzlement of low value items as the police call it, 97 grand larcenies and 69 drug offences, 41 fare dodgings, 33 aggravated assaults, 20 assaults, 13 gang robberies with weapons, 12 predatory thefts, four robberies, two attacks on enforcement officers, one extortion and one person was arrested for manslaughter. ...

Wendt called the numbers terrifying and issued the following statement: "It becomes clear here that there are many criminals among the asylum seekers, who threaten our safety and have no place in our nation because of this."
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Politics – Brexit, 'Norway' option
The 'Norway' option means one thing – uncontrolled immigration
Alp Mehmet
Conservative Woman, 6 November 2018.

If the government is to be believed, we are into the final straight of the Brexit negotiation, despite the negotiations appearing to have turned into a peat bog. While the talking continues, we hear 'Norway, Norway' from the political sidelines. Now, what's all that about?

'Norway' is of course short for European Economic Area (EEA), which comprises the EU, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. EFTA is something different again and includes the aforementioned countries plus Switzerland. But let's leave EFTA out of it for now. Let us focus on 'Norway'.

A variety of politicians from all the main parties in the Commons and the Lords, as well as cross-bench peers, commentators and academics have proposed temporary membership of the EEA to allow for an acceptable divorce arrangement to be negotiated. Others have called for long-term membership of the club. I do not intend to go into all the ramifications of EEA membership; I will just focus on what it means for immigration. We at Migration Watch UK have today published a paper in which we conclude that the 'Norway option' would keep our borders wide open to an unlimited flow of workers from the EU. Let me flesh this out.

Both those who see the EEA as an interim solution and the proponents of a permanent arrangement gloss over the fact that a consequence of EEA membership would be uncontrolled immigration from the EU continuing. What will this mean? Well, even at current annual levels of net EU migration of about 90,000 (down from 190,000) it would mean an additional 450,000 population over five years, roughly the size of Leeds or Cardiff. Consider the number of hospitals and GP surgeries needed for a city of 450,000. Are we going to build even some of the extra hospitals and dental schools needed and train the additional doctors, midwives, nurses and GPs? No. Which of course will mean even more pressure on existing resources. Will we build the extra houses required? I very much doubt it. Is it any wonder that people are seriously concerned about immigration levels? ...

... EEA membership would effectively mean we had thrown away the opportunity to stem the uncontrolled, and uncontrollable, flow of EU migrants. This would not go down well with the vast majority of the electorate.
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Extremism – anti-racism, Labour Party
Labour invites notorious Islamic extremist to speak at anti-racism meeting
Ben Lazarus, Hugo Gye and Natasha Clark
The Sun, 6 November 2018.

Labour were today blasted for inviting an extremist Muslim preacher to an anti-racism event.

Imam Shakeel Begg is due to appear at the Lewisham Labour Against Racism public meeting tonight alongside Labour MPs Janet Daby and Vicky Foxcroft.

Begg, who is head of the Lewisham Islamic Centre attended by Lee Rigby's killers, lost a libel action in 2016 against the BBC after it called him an "extremist".

He has previously called for Muslims to wage "jihad against the Jews". ...

The Lewisham Labour Against Racism event in South East London was organised by the local party with the help of trade union activists. ...

Begg sued the BBC after Sunday Politics presenter Andrew Neil referred to him as "extreme and intolerant".

But Mr Justice Haddon-Cave ruled against him, describing Begg as "an extremist Islamic speaker who espouses extremist Islamic positions". ...

Begg spoke on a platform alongside Jeremy Corbyn in the wake of Lee Rigby's murder.

A Labour spokesman said: "Communities and faith groups coming together is an essential part of the fight against the scourge of racism."
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Crime – drug smuggling
Chesham man caught smuggling £124k-worth of heroin into the UK at Heathrow Airport hidden in his trainers is jailed
Stephanie Wareham
Bucks Free Press, 6 November 2018.

A Chesham man who was caught red-handed trying to smuggle £124,000 worth of heroin into the UK at Heathrow Airport has been jailed for five years.

Afran Khalid was caught with the drugs by Border Force after he arrived on a flight from Islamabad in June 2018. He told officers he had been in Pakistan visiting family.
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Diversity – multiculturalism
Racism on the Rise
Mark Point
American Thinker, 6 November 2018.

It's obvious that in a post-Obama America the anti-white zeitgeist is out of pandora's box. Whether it was always lurking beneath the language of multiculturalism and diversity is for historians to figure out. What's obvious is that when mainstream media personalities like Don Lemon or New York Times employees like Sarah Jeong freely spew textbook anti-white racism the world takes notice, the Overton window shifts and the temperature rises in the frog-pot. Over in Canada, in Europe and Australia whites are under attack. Due to unprecedented immigration and fatalist progressive experiments, there is no country where anti-white cultural currents are not rising. It wasn't supposed to be this way, weakness, wealth transfers, preferential treatment, open borders and accommodation were supposed to invite warm feelings, equal outcomes and racial blindness.

It's not the older conservatives but younger ones and future generations who are facing an unpleasant and unprecedented future if this trajectory continues. Not without reason are Millennials questioning the byzantine social codes and power dynamics they inherited from Boomers. Unlike Cold Warrior conservatives who were raised in communities with high social trust whose unifying threat was Eastern communism, Millennials were the first guinea pigs in the "racial blindness" experiment their elders enlisted them into.

By the 1990s the entire constellation of Christian morality and civic responsibility in the public space had been secularized and compressed into a singular mandate. Millennials were taught from childhood that the highest moral good was serving the self-esteem of non-whites. In prior ages virtues such as courage, modesty, chivalry, valor and faith were ways young adults were encouraged to distinguish themselves but for Millennials it was an adeptness and willingness to navigate the mercurial minefield of knowing when and how to serve the self-esteem of non-whites that mattered.

According to the implicit demands of the experiment, whites and by extension what could be perceived as "white culture" was selected for strategic downsizing. ...

So where have three decades of feverish placation and encouraging our sons and daughters to take a backseat landed us? Statue toppling, knock out games, self-self-segregated graduations, implicit this, privilege that, people being fired for thought-crimes, higher taxes on struggling families to subsidized race-based transfers, racialized comic book warriors, real historical heroes defaced with graffiti, suppressed speech, our national anthem undermined, and an endless torrent of millions of new immigrants adding more complexity to a difficult situation. Americans of all colors report race relations as having been worse over the last 10 years than decades prior.

... Is it not obvious that every group on the planet both within and outside the West is encouraged to embrace the legacy of their ancestors except for whites? ...

... Diversity is no transcendental virtue it's a political program with one denominator "less white". No champion of Diversity is decrying China for being too Chinese, Sudan for being too black or that Detroit's backwards for a lack of whites.
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Immigration – EU immigrants, Brexit
Immigration Minister admits Britain WILL have to keep freedom of movement after a No Deal Brexit
Steve Hawkes
The Sun, 6 November 2018.

Britain will have to keep EU free movement after a No Deal Brexit – the Immigration Minister admitted yesterday in a humiliating U-turn.

Caroline Nokes signalled the Home Office would have no way of being able to differentiate between those EU nationals already here and those arriving for the first time after 'Brexit Day'.

She added employers would NOT have to carry out checks on EU nationals in the event of a No Deal to see if they had a right to work in the UK.

In a car crash Commons appearance last week she said they would have to.

Speaking yesterday, Ms Nokes said: "We will not be asking employers to differentiate, even if there is no deal."

Challenged that she was saying free movement – allowing unlimited EU immigration - would essentially remain in place, she said: "We are seeking a sensible transition period which will enable the Home Office to make sure these cases can be case-worked clearly." ...

Home Secretary Sajid Javid last week said free movement may have to remain in place in the event of No Deal as he sought to clear up Ms Nokes' testimony to the Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC).
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Crime – murder, manslaughter
700 foreign killers found to be living in the UK
Jon Austin and Matthew Davis
Daily Express, 5 November 2018.

More than 700 foreign killers were found to be living in the UK in a two-year period, it has emerged. Rapists and child abusers were also discovered in computer checks by the Criminal Records Office.

The Freedom of Information figures found between 2015 and 2017 there were 700 foreigners living in the UK with murder or manslaughter convictions in foreign countries, mainly eastern Europe.

There were 741 people with rape convictions and 362 with child sex criminal records.

The criminal checks have exposed how easy it is for migrants to enter from European Union nations and live in the UK, despite their horrendous criminal records.

Romania topped the criminal list during the two-year period with 510 people, followed by Poland with 301 and Lithuania with 98.

David Spencer of the Centre for Crime Prevention think tank said: "These shocking figures show that Brexit cannot come quick enough for the safety of the British public.

"Once Brexit happens it is to be hoped that the flow of felons will stop immediately, proper criminal checks will be carried out before anyone is allowed into the country, and those European criminals that are already here will be swiftly deported."

But the true figures could be even higher as they came to light only when checks were made on suspects arrested on suspicion of committing new crimes in the UK.

Tory MP Phillip Hollobone said: "It is nothing short of a national disgrace that thousands of foreign convicted criminals are allowed freely to enter and live in the UK despite having horrendous criminal records in their own country.

"Far from enhancing our domestic security, our membership of the EU and adherence to freedom of movement has made it even easier for these EU nationals to slip into our country undetected."
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Extremism – Islam, blasphemy, free speech
The abandonment of Asia Bibi [part 1]
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 5 November 2018.

Where are the West's solidarity marches for Asia Bibi? Where are the t-shirts? Why aren't 'Free Asia Bibi' flags flying on campuses? ...

Bibi, after all, comes across as an ideal person for those of a genuinely liberal or leftist persuasion to get behind. She's a woman. She's a farm labourer. She is part of a persecuted minority (Christians in Pakistan). And she has been subjected to awful punishments and deprivations merely for saying something.

In a different era, Asia would have been a cause célèbre in certain Western circles. But not today. Why? Because many in the West now agree that the thing Bibi is alleged to have done, and for which she has been so severely punished, is indeed immoral – that is, mocking Muhammad.

Bibi is a Roman Catholic and a former farm worker from the Sheikhupura district of Punjab. In June 2009 she was harvesting berries with other women in Sheikhupura when she picked up a cup to take a drink of water. Some of the other women, Muslims, accused her of polluting the cup, given she is a Christian and therefore unclean, or 'filthy', as they branded her. And they allege that Bibi fired back with some swipes at Muhammad. Bibi has always denied this. Nonetheless, a mob visited her house and beat her up. She was then arrested, charged with blasphemy, and, in November 2010, sentenced to death by hanging. ...

Last week, however, Pakistan's Supreme Court overturned Bibi's sentence. It accused the women who made the accusations against her of lying – their story was 'concoction incarnate', it said – and it decreed that Bibi was 'free to go'.

Only Bibi has not been free to go. In response to the Supreme Court's acquittal there have been massive and violent Islamist protests across Pakistan. 'Kill Asia', they have demanded in their thousands. They have burned rickshaws, cars and lorries. The protests are thought to have caused damage in the region of £900 million.

And in response to this intolerant mob uprising, Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan has agreed to refuse Bibi's right to leave the country. In the words of Wilson Chowdhry of the British Pakistani Christian Association, this is akin to 'signing her death warrant'. ...

Of course there has been much disquiet in the West over the past eight years, from human-rights outfits and most notably from Christian groups. ...

Yet something has been notable by its absence amid the admirable pro-Bibi efforts of Pakistani and Western Christians: the full and loud raising of the Western liberal voice.

This silence is depressing, but it isn't surprising. Because many in the West now actually agree with the Islamists who have rampaged through Pakistan in recent days. No, they wouldn't kill someone who insulted Muhammad or slagged off Islam, but they would definitely punish them – whether by No Platforming them from public life, getting them sacked from their job, or in some cases reporting them to the police.

They differ from Pakistan's extremists only by degree. Morally and philosophically they are on the same page – the page that says blasphemy against Islam is unacceptable.

Only in the West we don't call it blasphemy. We call it 'Islamophobia' or 'hate speech'. Across Europe, blasphemy laws, most enthusiastically aimed at those who blaspheme against Islam, have been rehabilitated in the guise of clamping down on 'phobic' speech.
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Extremism – Islam, blasphemy, free speech
The abandonment of Asia Bibi [part 2]
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 5 November 2018.

Witness the European Court of Human Rights' recent agreement with the Austrian court that fined a woman 480 Euros for calling Muhammad a paedophile. This means that, morally, Europe is indistinguishable from Pakistan. Sure, we only fine people for mocking Muhammad, where Pakistan sentences them to death – but both territories have formal strictures against insulting Islam.

And as a consequence both territories inflame Islamist intolerance. Pakistan's liberal politicians cannot be surprised that intolerant Islamists are still demanding Bibi's murder when Pakistan maintains laws that provide for the execution of blasphemers against Muhammad. And Europe cannot be surprised that it is witnessing a serious rise in Islamist violence and intolerance when it has new, sly, Orwellian restrictions on the questioning or ridicule of Islamic beliefs and prophets.

We express horror at the massacre at Charlie Hebdo, yet that vile act was only a more bloody, extreme enforcement of the same diktat that is issued by Austrian courts, the ECHR, student radicals who No Platform 'Islamophobes', and so on – that is, the diktat that says Thou Shalt Not Mock Muhammad. The Charlie Hebdo barbarism was the extrajudicial enforcement of a now mainstream prejudice in Europe – that it is wicked to 'punch down' at the Islamic faith.

This is why Western progressives cannot give full-throated support to Asia Bibi – because, at root, they agree that what she did was wrong. Their embrace of the victimology of identity politics, where they obsessively task themselves with the protection of certain groups from offence or slight, means they have abandoned freedom of speech in favour of maintaining the 'multicultural' order.
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Illegal immigration – Croatia, Europe
20,000 armed migrants attack Croatia's border to move into the EU, official warns
Voice of Europe, 5 November 2018.

The Bosnian-Croatian border is under continuous attacks by an armed mob of more than 20,000 migrants, an official tells Austria's Kronen Zeitung.

The border at Velika-Kladusa is only 224 kilometres from Austria and more than 20,000 migrants hope to break it to move into Central Europe, the expert states.

According to him almost all migrants "are armed" as "almost all have a knife". "The Croats are really trying to handle this alone. They have also positioned Special Forces at the border," the expert says.

There are barely any women and children in the group, 95 per cent are men and a border policeman has already been stabbed.

"The majority of them come from Pakistan. And there are many Iranians, Algerians, and Moroccans. Their goal is not Austria," the official added.

According to him the migrants want to go to Germany or one of the Scandinavian countries.

"Most of the young men have prepaid credit cards supplied by the United Nations' High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) and the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF)," the official adds.
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Immigration abroad – United Nations, Poland
UN migration plan collapsing as Poland is FIFTH country to REJECT pact
Katie Harris
Sunday Express, 4 November 2018.

Poland has announced it is likely to reject a United Nation's migration pact, making the country the fifth to shun the plan to set international rules for migration in what is a major blow to the UN.

Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki yesterday revealed that it is "very likely" the country will back out from the Global Compact for Migration. ...

Poland follows the United States, Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic in abandoning the plan.

Mr Morawiecki said Poland was assessing the pact, which is due to be implemented next month, but added its own migration controls are its priority.

The Polish Prime Minister said: "Our sovereign principles on securing our borders and controlling migration flows are absolutely the priority for us."

It comes after Poland clashed with the European Union over national quotes for asylum seekers earlier this year.

Ms Merkel, who has faced heavy criticism for her decision to allow one million refugees into Germany in 2015, voiced her support for the UN pact that Germany has worked "intensively" on. ...

And this week Austria said it would not agree the deal over fears it would lead to the recognition of a "human right to migration" and a blurring of the lines between legal and illegal migration.
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Multiculturalism – social tensions
'A time bomb': how social tensions are rising in a corner of northern England
Helen Pidd
The Observer, 4 November 2018.

It was an unusually heavy response to a fight in a school canteen: a police helicopter, police dog and 15 police vehicles all rushed to Fir Vale Academy in Page Hall, Sheffield, one Tuesday in late September. ...

Five years ago, David Blunkett, serving his final years as an MP, warned that Page Hall, a multicultural district of Sheffield which had become one of the city's most deprived areas after the decline of the steel industry, was a "boiling pot" waiting to spill over. Describing tensions between the more established Pakistani community and an influx of Slovakian Roma people, whom he said needed to make more of an effort to fit in, he told BBC Radio Sheffield: "We have to change the behaviour and the culture of the incoming community, the Roma community, because there's going to be an explosion otherwise. We all know that." ...

Though they wouldn't say so publicly, officials from communities all over the country with a sudden high concentration of Roma residents recognised the tensions Blunkett described. In Rotherham, Doncaster, Derby, Peterborough, Glasgow and Luton, the local authorities continue to grapple with the challenges brought by their new Roma residents since EU expansion into eastern Europe in the 2000s. ...

The last, most scientific, attempt at estimating the UK's Roma population, by Salford University in 2013, put it at just under 200,000. That has almost certainly ballooned. As EU citizens, mostly from Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Romania, Roma do not have to register on arrival. ...

Like many new arrivals, the Roma have tended to stick together. They rent poor-quality private accommodation in the cheapest areas and toil in the sort of unskilled, low-paid jobs many Britons snub. Big families cram into two-bed terraced houses.

In many rapidly changing neighbourhoods, tensions over noise, antisocial behaviour and litter quickly surfaced with the more established residents. Usually of immigrant background themselves, many of them had worked in the same minimum-wage jobs on arrival as the Roma but had managed to buy their properties. ...

Six miles north-east of Page Hall is Eastwood, a suburb of Rotherham. Ever since she was elected to represent the town in 2012, Sarah Champion MP has been receiving complaints about litter, fly-tipping and antisocial behaviour, blamed on Roma arrivals. For a long time, the complaints came from white British and British Pakistani people who had bought their homes before EU enlargement, said the Labour MP. "There are people who put all their savings into their homes and find how they are worth less than they paid for them. They are stuck. They can't leave the area. It's a nightmare," she said. ...

Most recently, postal workers said they were so frightened delivering in Eastwood after being mugged for their parcels that they no longer went out alone. "They are terrified because of the level of intimidation,'" said Champion. She went out on a round with two postal workers: "If I wasn't with two post people, I would have been running away. I was really shocked how bad it was."
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Immigration – travellers, Roma
Travellers are warned to collect papers to prove their identity or face being deported after Brexit
Tim Sculthorpe
MailOnline, 3 November 2018.

Travellers have been warned to collect papers proving their identity or risk being deported after Brexit.

The Government has promised all EU nationals who live here legitimately will be able to qualify to stay permanently.

But they will have to prove their right to stay and pay a £65 fee to get their 'settled status' in Britain.

The Traveller Movement national annual conference was warned this week the process could lead to deportations of travellers unable to pass the tests. ...

Charity worker Sarah Zawacki added: 'Our work found that there was also a very low awareness of the need to apply to secure their position in the UK.

'Now they know there is this application, but it's £65 - many are on very low incomes and have very large families and it's just unfeasible.

'Then there is the language barrier - many speak some English but it's not the level needed to access this application.'

Around 300,000 members of the Roma community are believed to live in the UK.
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Politics – national populism
The rising tide of national populism: we need to talk about immigration
Roger Eatwell
Open Democracy, 3 November 2018.
[The author is Emeritus Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Bath]

In National Populism: the Revolt against Liberal Democracy, Matt Goodwin and I examine the factors which lie behind major political developments such as: the Brexit vote, Donald Trump's victory, and the growth of political parties like the French National Rally (formerly National Front), the Austrian Freedom Party, the Alternative for Germany and the League in Italy, whose entry into government in 2018 has been followed by its rise from third to first place in opinion polls. ...

However, this polarised debate glosses over an important further factor – namely, attitudes towards mainstream parties and liberal democracy generally. Liberal economic and political elites are frequently blamed for the onset of recession and austerity in many countries. There is also a widespread belief that mainstream politicians have failed to conduct an open discussion about immigration, that they have even lied about numbers and impacts. A 2017 Ipsos poll found that in Britain politicians were the least trusted profession, with just 17% expressing faith in them, while once-derided weather forecasters were trusted by 76%.

Let's start by looking briefly at recent trends in Britain. Certainly immigration has been at historically high levels. It has also encompassed what academics call 'hyper-diversity', including the arrival of new groups which some voters fear cannot be assimilated. In the case of Muslims, this xenophobia is reinforced by fears about terrorism.

There are clear examples where recent voting has been influenced by such changes. /.../ If we look at opinion polls, we see that the percentage of British people who believed that immigration was a major issue rose from 7% at the turn of the new millennium to 48% in 2016, making it top of the list of voters' concerns at the time of Brexit. ...

The National Conversation survey found that only 15% of British people thought that governments had managed immigration competently and fairly, a dismal figure which reflects a widespread failure of communication.

Since the beginnings of large scale immigration in the late 1940s, mainstream politicians have typically been loathe to speak openly about it. This partly reflects fears that this could involve taking potentially vote-losing positions and/or worsen community relations. ...

A common response to the rise of parties like UKIP is to brand them as 'racist', even 'fascist'. These charges do not just come from self-styled 'anti-racists'/'anti-fascists'. Symptomatically, in 2006 David Cameron dismissed the rising ranks of UKIP as full of 'fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists'. Some national populist supporters undoubtedly wear the racist badge with pride, but most see themselves as raising legitimate issues and resent the extremist charge. As a result, they often react by becoming further alienated from what they see as overweening liberal elites and their Politically Correct agendas.
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Illegal immigration – Belgium, UK
Belgian Police Chief Asks Why He Should Stop Illegal Migrants from Going to Britain
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 3 November 2018.

The chief of police in the Flemish municipality of Kruibeke has questioned why he should keep migrants from travelling to the UK when they do not want to remain in Belgium.

Already in August, police chief Wim Pieteraerens said that his officers would not seek to detain migrants who were travelling through his country and instead only took their fingerprint information before letting them go.

Now, according to Pieteraerens, the situation has further deteriorated, with more migrants arriving and becoming more determined to reach Britain, RTL reports.

"Migrants in transit do not want to stay here and we do not want them either, maybe it's a bit of a short-term solutioon, but why do not we let them go to England?" Pieteraerens asked.

The comments were met with criticism from Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration Theo Francken, who highlighted the fact that the government opened a reception centre for migrants in Steenokkerzeel meant to hold 200 migrants.

Pieteraerens said that the centre simply was not enough and noted that "there is only room for 10 people when 30 migrants are intercepted, most are released and reappear two days later."
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Crime – violence
'Wild West' Britain: Children as young as nine fuelling knife crime epidemic warn police
Michael Knowles
Daily Express, 2 November 2018.

Primary school pupils as young as nine are picking up deadly weapons because they are frightened of others. They are then being groomed into violence, the police chiefs said.

The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners and the National Police Chiefs' Council summit was told younger brothers and sisters of gangsters must be targeted in a new public health approach to serious crime.

Assistant Chief Constable Jacqueline Sebire told the conference: "Is this like the Wild West? Yes it is.

"I worry, if we can't get this right – and we know how to get it right – I do worry the violence will continue." ...

Durham's chief constable Mike Barton told the Westminster conference: "I think it is the younger siblings. ...

"I think we need to look at seven and eight-year-olds, not 10 to 11-year-olds. Increasing numbers of primary school children are being excluded and we need to look at what has happened before and learn from it.

"This isn't going to go away. It is certainly an epidemic. It feels like a crisis."

One in four of all knife possession convictions and cautions are now given to under 18s. And startling figures presented to yesterday's summit revealed 69,000 children were wounded by stabbings or beatings last year.

The shocking statistics also showed 29,000 youngsters were robbed, meaning they were exposed to violence.

And the number of youths caught carrying blades has also increased by 64 per cent, compared with 22 per cent of adults. ...

Knife crime campaigners told the Daily Express at least 247 people had been stabbed to death on Britain's streets so far this year. ...

Violent crime has escalated in recent years, with 719 killings recorded in the year to June and robberies rocketing 22 per cent.
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Crime – border security, Ireland
'Britain's FBI' Reveals Soft Border Exploited by Dangerous Criminals, Illegal Migrants, Traffickers
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 2 November 2018.

The supposedly all-important 'soft' border between the Republic of Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland is being exploited by dangerous criminals, gangsters, and illegal migrants, according to the National Crime Agency (CTA).

"The Common Travel Area (CTA) is open to exploitation by criminals, illegal immigrants and extremists who use the border to facilitate and enable criminality," revealed the NCA – the British equivalent of America's FBI – in its National Strategic Assessment of Serious Organised Crime for 2018.

"There is significant interaction between OCGs [Organised Crime Groups] operating on both sides of the border, working together across a number of types of organised crime including drug trafficking, excise fraud, human trafficking, environmental/waste crime, burglary, firearms purchases/movement, plant theft, agricultural crime, and money laundering," the report reveals.

"Recent analysis identified that almost half of OCGs managed and investigated by [the Police Service of Northern Ireland (incorporating the Royal Ulster Constabulary), or PSNI] are known to have strong links and associations with OCGs based in the Republic of Ireland (ROI)."

The NCA assessment notes that the PSNI is current "sighted" on 83 organised gangs in total.

Abuse of the 'soft border' between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland impacts mainland Britain as well as the Province, with the NCA noting that abuse of the Common Travel Area is "evident in Scotland at the ports of Loch Ryan and Cairnryan", for example.

Perhaps most seriously, it admits that a number of "high harm foreign national offenders" have been detected attempting to re-enter Great Britain via Northern Ireland after being deported.
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Politics – racism, Islamophobia, identity, guilt
An Imaginary Racism: Islamophobia and Guilt – A Review [part 1]
Nick Cohen
Quillette, 2 November 2018.

A review of An Imaginary Racism: Islamophobia and Guilt by Pascal Bruckner. Polity (November 2018), 204 pages.

It is embarrassingly easy to write about the collapse of the Left in the twenty-first century. The explosion in identity politics that has led to the automatic use of "white" as an ethnic insult in condemnations such as "white privilege" and "white, straight men" has made race as defining a factor in left-wing politics as it is in extreme right-wing politics. Meanwhile, the willingness to excuse antisemitsm, misogyny, tyranny, and obscurantism, as long as the antisemitic, misogynistic, tyrannical obscurantists are anti-Western, has called into question whether leftists – or at least the noisiest voices on the Left – have lost all connection to their better values.

I have said as much many times, and in his new book the French political theorist Pascal Bruckner says it again. Bruckner once struck me as the best the French intelligentsia had to offer. In 2007, he provoked an intellectual scandal with the "Racism of the Anti-Racists", an essay for Sign and Sight, in which he excoriated liberals who denied Ayaan Hirsi Ali and other Muslim dissidents the rights they took for granted. Meanwhile, I admired his Tyranny of Guilt: An Essay on Western Masochism enough to call it "a brilliant defence of liberalism and a deservedly contemptuous assault on all those intellectuals who have betrayed its best values."

The title of Bruckner's new polemic ought to have warned me that betrayal is not an exclusively left-wing vice. Far from being a principled defence of liberal and secular values, An Imaginary Racism: Islamophobia and Guilt is an unconscious illustration of how easily those who profess to hold enlightened ideals can slip into the ethnic favouritism and intellectual double-standards of the counter-Enlightenment. ...

... If all Bruckner wanted to do was to criticise the use of the term "Islamophobia" to incite violence against freethinkers and feminists who challenge clerical power, he would be performing a useful service – albeit one that has been performed many times before. But his book is representative of our debased times because it's far from clear that Bruckner can extend his opposition to Islamism to cover the purveyors of anti-Muslim bigotry.

To be sure, he says that to insult a veiled woman in the street or to set fire to a mosque is to "spit in the face of the [French] Republic." But it is hard to shake the suspicion that these noble words are little more than back covering. Once they are out of the way, Bruckner can move on to his main purpose, which is to describe Islam as a civilisational threat to the West and European Muslims as a potential fifth column. The veil, the burqa, and the burkini are not just symbols of a patriarchal culture against which liberals should argue, but crimes that threaten the existence of the state itself. They are "tools for taking control of the public space, they are tracts calling for sedition." Foreigners controlling the parks and boulevards of Paris like troops from an occupying power? Clothes turning into acts of sedition? ...
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Politics – racism, Islamophobia, identity, guilt
An Imaginary Racism: Islamophobia and Guilt – A Review [part 2]
Nick Cohen
Quillette, 2 November 2018.

Left-wing identity politics dumps hundreds of millions of people into a bloc labelled "whites," and instructs its adherents to scorn them as if they were villains in a cartoon conflict. No phrase marks the Left's break from the working class it was founded to represent more than "white privilege." There is something remarkably repellent about the Oxbridge or Ivy League graduates who utter it. They display a conscious failure to imagine or find out about the lives of white men and women who are anything but privileged. It's not just class politics that is disappearing from left-wing thought, but also an interest in the individual circumstances of the damned "whites." And when concern for individual circumstances goes, concern for individual rights soon follows.

The new Right and its fellow travellers display the same failure of imaginative sympathy. "Muslims" are as much as a bloc for the Right as "whites" are for the Left. Their circumstances, opinions, and individuality are crushed into the same false uniformity by the urge to sloganeer and besmirch. Bruckner writes as if populism never happened. He appears intellectually unable to face it. ...

... Sam Harris and other secular liberals (myself included) predicted years ago that, if the liberal Left did not develop a political and moral case against Islamism, the Western Right would, and the result would be ugly. The notion that the "root cause" of the far-Right is the Left, however – that politically correct bullying, language policing, and obsession with minute faults and micro-aggressions, pushes voters into its arms – is a self-serving cop out unless laden with caveats.

It may be true in individual cases. I look with despair at the American Left, and ask why they insist on punishing tiny deviations from PC orthodoxy with such ferocity. ...

In better days, Bruckner himself made the argument that Westerners do not understand the seductive power of Islamist utopianism, and he did so with great brio. The post-Christian notion that the "eternally guilty West" is the world's original sin has left it unable "to judge or combat other systems, other states, other religions," he wrote in The Tyranny of Guilt. When faced with the existential question, "Who is to blame?" many intellectuals' standard spontaneous response is: "We are." There is "no monstrosity in Africa, Asia or the Near East" for which, when you get down to, the West is not responsible.

Bruckner emphasised the narcissism of Western guilt: despite the loss of Empire, our crimes ensure that we are still the centre of the world's attention. It is as important to notice its fatuity. As an explanation of why a majority of Islamists embrace radicalism, it makes no sense. Surely, the notion that liberalism is responsible for Trump, Orban, and le Pen deserves the same searching analysis. At a bare minimum, one must be willing to accept that a portion of the followers of the white Right are not pushed into the arms of demagogues by the sins of liberals but are there because of their own appreciation of racism and authoritarianism.

... To condemn the identity politics of the Left, while accepting the identity politics of the Right – or to replace the slogan that "the West is the root cause of all evil" with "the Left is the root cause of all evil" – is worse than intellectually dishonest: it is a threat to very values "enlightened" thinkers purport to defend.
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Illegal immigration – funding
UN, EU and Soros provide migrants with prepaid debit cards to fund their trip to and through Europe
Emma R.
Breitbart, 2 November 2018.

How illegal migrants cope financially during their long journeys to and through Europe has been revealed by the Slovenian site Nova24.

According to the site, UNHCR and the EU, in cooperation with MasterCard and Soros, generously hand out prepaid debit cards to the migrants.

The cards are equipped with both EU and UNHCR logos. No identity documents are required to obtain or use the cards – instead of the name of the cardholder, "UNHCR" and a number is printed on the card.

According to Nova24, the information comes from a source within the Croatian police, which states that the migrants are well-equipped with newly purchased, high-quality boots, hiking clothes, smartphones and even weapons.

During the stopover in the Eastern European countries, they withdraw cash from ATMs to stock up on supplies.

MasterCard announced in 2016 that they issued prepaid debit cards to "give refugees mobility, flexibility and dignity".

In a press release last year, MasterCard also announced a cooperation with George Soros with the aim to "catalyse and accelerate economic and social development for vulnerable groups in the world, especially refugees and migrants".

The press release further stated that George Soros had earmarked up to $500 million for private investment that will increase capacity to meet the challenges faced by migrants, including refugees, and their host communities across the world.
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Immigration – EU residents
The number of EU migrants living in the UK has DOUBLED in a decade to almost four million as Britain's population surges toward 73 million
Tim Sculthorpe
MailOnline, 1 November 2018.

The number of EU nationals living in Britain more than doubled from 1.6 million to 3.8 million between 2007 and 2017, a new population survey revealed today.

Those born on the continent rose from 1.9 million to 3.7 million in the same period - reflecting how some people change nationality after moving here.

The Office for National Statistics figures are part of a regular population survey forecasting there will be 72.9 million people living in Britain by 2041. ...

In 2017, the UK's net migration was around 282,000, with around 631,000 people immigrating and around 349,000 emigrating.

The number of EU nationals arriving in Britain has fallen since the Brexit vote in 2016 - but arrivals are still running at net 87,000 a year according to the latest data.
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Organised and serious crime kills more UK citizens than terrorism, war and natural disasters combined
Sky News, 1 November 2018.

Organised and serious crime have a more significant impact on the UK citizens than all other national security threats combined, new research has found.

The activities of around 4,600 serious and organised crime groups cost the country at least £37bn every year, according to the National Crime Agency, up from £25bn five years ago.

The new figures were released ahead of the announcement of a new serious and organised crime strategy and £48m in funding to tackle the most dangerous offenders.

These criminal networks are targeting the most vulnerable and controlling communities with violence and intimidation, according to the Home Office. ...

The £37bn figure is a combination of direct cost - the impact of drug use, fraud, cybercrime, blackmail and extortion on big business - and secondary cost.

This is when somebody is left with a serious mental health issue because they were seriously abused as a child, or when somebody who is a drug user shoplifts or harms themselves.

The £48bn investment announced in response to the numbers will seek to boost funding for a crime centre focused on organised crime, recruit more officers and invest in data and intelligence assessment.
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Immigration abroad – USA
Mass Migration: Mortal Threat to Red State America
Patrick J. Buchanan
Patrick J. Buchanan, 1 November 2018.

Moreover, in challenging birthright citizenship, Trump has some constitutional history on his side.

The 14th Amendment, approved in 1868, was crafted to overturn the Dred Scott decision of 1857 and to guarantee citizenship and equal rights under law to freed slaves and their children.

Did it guarantee that everyone born on U.S. soil is a U.S. citizen?

No. In the 1884 Elk v. Wilkins decision, the Supreme Court ruled that John Elk, a Winnebago Indian born on a reservation, had not denied his constitutional right to vote, as he was not a U.S. citizen.

Not for 56 years, when Congress passed the Indian Citizenship Act of 1924, did Native Americans become U.S. citizens.

Also, the 14th Amendment confers citizenship on those born in the U.S. and "subject to the jurisdiction thereof." Children of foreign diplomats, though born here, are not citizens. ...

Only Canada and the United States, among advanced nations, have birthright citizenship. No European country does. And the Conservative Party in Canada is moving to end it. Does it make sense to grant all the honor, privileges and rights of lifetime U.S. citizenship to anyone who can fly to the U.S. or evade the Border Patrol and have a baby?

Nor is this a small matter. The Pew Hispanic Center estimates that 6 percent of U.S. births (250,000 per year) are to undocumented immigrants.

Yet that 250,000 is a drop in the bucket compared to the total number of immigrants now coming. In 2016, President Obama's last full year, 1.75 million legal and illegal immigrants arrived, a record.

With two months to go in 2017, the estimated arrivals of legal and illegal immigrants is 1.61 million. ...

According to the Center for Immigration Studies, there are 44.5 million immigrants in the U.S. today, legal and illegal, a number that far exceeds the total U.S. population, North and South, at the time of the Civil War.

While almost all of our immigration before 1965 was from Europe, only 1 in 10 immigrants now comes from the Old Continent.

Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean provide a plurality of migrants, legal and illegal. They have displaced East Asia and South Asia – China, Korea, the Philippines, India – as the primary contributors to the burgeoning U.S. population.

We are assured that the greater the racial, ethnic, religious and cultural diversity we have, the stronger a nation we shall become. Whether true or not, we are going to find out.

For the European population of America, 90 percent of the country in 1965, will have fallen to about 60 percent by 2020, and whites are headed for minority status about 20 years after that.

Of America's most populous states – California, Texas, Florida and New York – the first two are already minority-majority and the latter two are not far behind.

Yet the gaps between Asian and white Americans, and Hispanic and African-Americans – in income and wealth, crime rates and incarceration rates, test scores and academic achievements – are dramatic and are seemingly enduring.

To the frustration of egalitarians, the meritocracy of free and fair competition in this most diverse of great nations is producing an inequality of rewards and a visible hierarchy of achievement.
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Politics – Indians, ethnic minorities, Conservative Party
Theresa May risks losing vital British Indian votes
Rakib Ehsan
The Conversation, 1 November 2018.

Despite being internally diverse in terms of migratory background and religious affiliation, much of Britain's Indian population would be considered "natural Tories". They are generally family-oriented, aspirational, business-minded and often financially well-resourced.

According to recent government figures, 31% of UK Indians are salaried professionals – higher than any other ethnicity. ...

This entrepreneurial spirit is more readily associated with voting Conservative than Labour – or at least, so the party would claim. And indeed, 2010 data show that 16% of British Indians do identify with the Conservatives. That's a higher rate than any other ethnic minority group. However, that's still a small proportion. The majority (55%) identified with Labour. To put this in perspective, 67% of people of Black Caribbean origin were Labour identifiers. Only 5% identified with the Tories.

Aware of his party's need to improve its record, former prime minister David Cameron sought to establish the Conservatives as an attractive political option for economically successful British Indians. His charm offensive included an early trip to India and a significant effort to diversify the parliamentary party in the 2010 election using a "priority list" of candidates. As prime minister, Cameron famously organised a very high profile state visit, using an event at Wembley to praise the contributions the British Indian population makes to the UK.

And indeed, figures from a post-election survey suggested that the Conservatives performed particularly well among British Hindus and Sikhs in the 2015 general election.

But what was really essential in transforming the Tory brand for British Indians was Cameron's desire to tackle discrimination. According to 2010 figures, a substantial proportion of Indians hold feelings of relative deprivation. When asked about life prospects, 65% felt that minorities needed greater opportunities, with four in ten feeling that non-whites living in the UK were held back by prejudice. British Indian graduates continue to suffer ethnic penalties in the labour market, finding it more difficult to obtain employment than similarly qualified white British counterparts.

Cameron sought to introduce a more level playing field by launching the blind CV equality initiative. Large employers signed up to the name-blind recruitment drive, including the BBC, HSBC and KPMG. ...

... Despite data showing that UK Indians were more likely to vote Leave than other ethnic minorities, they were still more likely to support remaining in the EU than the white British majority.

After the EU referendum, May sought to broaden the party's appeal among socially conservative white working class voters in traditional Leave-voting Labour heartlands. The importance of building on British Indian support appeared to be downgraded as a result.

Following the inroads made by Cameron with British Indians (and BAME people in general), the 2017 general election was a major setback. According to post-election internal polling, Tory support among ethnic minority people dropped to a 16-year low.
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On one of the key political issues of the day, local politics has been running scared
Phoebe Griffith
Open Democracy, 31 August 2018.

Corby is one of the most rapidly growing towns in the UK. ...

... The local referendum result therefore came as a shock: 64% of Corby's population voted leave (well above the national average).

The causes of the referendum result are complex. But it is clear that in places like Corby immigration played a pivotal role. Before 2004 the town had hardly any experience of immigration from outside the UK pre-2000 (the town attracted thousands of Scots during the first steel boom). Since then, the size of the foreign population has doubled. In 2016, almost 25% of births locally were to parents from another EU country. ...

The job centre in Corby provides an important clue. Despite all the evidence that claims about benefit tourism and welfare dependence were out of step with reality, welfare was a key focus well before the referendum. /.../ Yet it seems that dispelling the welfare myth had not been at the forefront of local policymakers' concerns.

When I raised this question with an official in Corby Council he blanches. With hindsight, he responds, that seems like a good idea. But years of experience had taught the local authority that it was better to keep issues related to immigration under the radar. Talking to local officials from Derby to Boston, with few exceptions (most of which are in London), it is clear that local authorities have come to understand that nothing good can come of talking about immigration. ...

The attitudes of local officials mirror those in national politics. By and large, the local leaders I have spoken to displayed all the hallmarks of remain supporters. Most welcomed the fact that the local area felt more cosmopolitan, pointing out all the great things that were going on in the community – the salsa night run by Cuban refugees or the Church group that sponsored families from Syria. The more contentious issues regarding welfare, work and places at the overstretched local primary school simply felt too uncomfortable. ...

"All politics is local" states one of the adages of American politics. But on one of the key issues of the day, local politics has been running scared.
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