IMMIGRATION CONCERN

Immigration and related issues, mainly in the United Kingdom.

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Extracts in date order, except latest additions first. Updated 23 April 2018

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Immigration abroad – Australia, New Zealand
Should we be copying New Zealand? More than HALF of Australians think we take in too many migrants - while NZ PM Jacinda Ardern starts to slash their intake
Stephen Johnson
Daily Mail Australia, 23 April 2018.

A majority of Australians believe immigration levels are too high at a time when our trans-Tasman neighbour New Zealand begins slashing its intake of foreigners.

The Newspoll survey of 2068 people, published in The Australian on Monday, had 56 per cent of respondents declaring Australia's annual intake of 190,000 was too high with just 28 per cent saying it was about right.

Both major parties in Australia are committed to an all-time high permanent immigration level as New Zealand's minority Labour government, led by Jacinda Ardern, embarks on a promise to slash net immigration by more than 40 per cent. ...

Former Liberal prime minister Tony Abbott is the highest profile proponent on the Coalition side of slashing Australia's immigration intake - despite his own record as PM - with no current Labor politicians echoing his call.

'We're adding a city the size of Adelaide to our population every five years and I think that we should very significantly scale it back, at least until infrastructure, housing starts and integration have caught up,' he told Sydney radio 2GB's Ray Hadley on Monday morning.

However, Dick Smith said the conservative side of politics was more swayed by the business lobby's push to maintain high immigration levels in order to boost demand and suppress wages growth. ...

'Overpopulation will destroy Australia.'
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Immigration abroad – Islam, Belgium
Belgium: First Islamic State in Europe?
Giulio Meotti
Gatestone Institute, 22 April 2018.

The French acronym of Belgium's ISLAM Party stands for "Integrity, Solidarity, Liberty, Authenticity, Morality". The leaders of the ISLAM Party apparently want to turn Belgium into an Islamic State. They call it "Islamist democracy" and have set a target date: 2030.

According to the French magazine Causeur, "the program is confusingly simple: replace all the civil and penal codes with sharia law. Period". ... The effect of this new party, according to Michaël Privot, an expert on Islam, and Sebastien Boussois, a political scientist, could be the "implosion of the social body". ...

The ISLAM Party knows that demography is on its side. Ahrouch has said, "in 12 years, Brussels will principally be composed of Muslims". ...

"The European capital," wrote Le Figaro, "will be Muslim in twenty years".

"Nearly a third of the population of Brussels already is Muslim, indicated Olivier Servais, a sociologist at the Catholic University of Louvain. "The practitioners of Islam, due to their high birth rate, should be the majority 'in fifteen or twenty years'. Since 2001... Mohamed is the most common name given to boys born in Brussels".
The ISLAM Party is working in a favorable environment. According to the mayor of Brussels, Yvan Mayeur, all the mosques in the European capital are now "in the hands of the Salafists".
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Politics – bureaucracy, multiculturalism
The real villain behind the Windrush scandal? Once again, it's BLAIR
Peter Hitchens
Mail on Sunday, 22 April 2018.

Cruel, rigid bureaucracy has replaced common sense in this country. ...

How did this happen? By a strange paradox it happened because of the crazy policy of uncontrolled mass immigration begun under the Blair government and continued by David Cameron.

Blair and Cameron wanted this mass migration. Blair and his Eurocommunist sponsors wanted to erase Britain's culture, history and traditions. Cameron couldn't have cared less about Britain, but he saw the easy economic advantages of a low-wage economy kept going by ultra-cheap imported labour.

But they grasped it was unpopular, so they pretended to be against it. From this came the 'hostile environment', supposedly directed against illegal migrants, introduced by the charming and likeable Alan Johnson, who may not be quite as nice as he looks.

Later on, it led to Theresa May's shameful and embarrassing 'Go Home' lorries trundling around London, a crude and cheap pretence at toughness that fooled almost nobody at all.

Both these measures were in fact gestures of contempt towards Middle Britain. They were a London liberal's idea of what might please the despised voters. ...

Nobody bothered you if you obeyed the law. You didn't have to register with the authorities, show identity papers to stay in a hotel, let alone to get or keep a job.

But that was not to last. It is now 18 years since a secret report was circulated among the commissars of the Blair government, with special precautions taken to stop it reaching the media. It was rashly revealed by one of those commissars, Andrew Neather, a few years later.

In a 2009 article laced with scorn for working-class people worried about the immigration revolution, he rejoiced at the new multitudes of cheap servants for types like him, and sneered at the British poor as 'fascists', saying: 'The results in London, and especially for middle-class Londoners, have been highly positive. ...'

Comrade Neather disclosed that the published version of Labour's plan had been censored, revealing 'the earlier drafts I saw also included a driving political purpose: that mass immigration was the way that the Government was going to make the UK truly multicultural.

'I remember coming away from some discussions with the clear sense that the policy was intended – even if this wasn't its main purpose – to rub the Right's nose in diversity and render their arguments out of date.'

... Later they would pretend to be 'tough'.

The trouble was that this 'toughness' had real effects on real lives. We have, as New Labour secretly planned, become a different country, and a much less free and fair one.
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Population pressure – housing
Talking about the housing crisis means talking about immigration
Douglas Murray
UnHerd, 22 April 2018.

It was once assumed that average house price would be around three to four times an individual's earnings, and that when average house prices were up to five times average earnings, there would be a slump in house prices. In recent years, all such pieces of received wisdom have gone the way of astrology. In London, in the last quarter of last year, house prices in the capital reached 14.5 times the average earnings. Not 14.5 times average earnings nationwide, but 14.5 times average earnings in the capital.

The societal implications of this are already making themselves felt. Just this week, a report from the Resolution Foundation found that on current trends, up to half of today's younger generation will be renting into their forties and up to a third for their entire lives. The long-term effects of this are dire. Since rental payments are this generation's largest outgoing, it is almost impossible to see how a portion of them are going to have enough money in retirement to continue to pay their landlords.

And along the way, politics itself will change, with a generation rent looking to drastic answers to this drastic problem. It is no good for Conservatives to talk about personal responsibility and fiscal prudence to a generation which is having to paddle ever harder just to keep their heads above the waterline. As has been said many times before, the virtues of capitalism are not always clear to a generation without capital. And when the most important asset most of us will ever own – a house – is beyond the reach of so many, even respect for other peoples' assets may become a diminishing force. ...

In recent years, net immigration into the UK – that is the number of extra people who settle in Britain, taking into account those who have left – has consistently been over the 300,000 mark. Let's diminish the number and say that it is a straight 300,000. Newcastle is a city with a population of around 280,000. So going on the number of people arriving in the UK each year over recent years, the country needs to build a city larger than Newcastle every year just in order to keep up with demand. ...

Most people starting off in their career will find it exceptionally difficult – to put it mildly – to get on a housing ladder that requires them to raise a deposit and a mortgage worth almost 15 times their salary. All to live in a place where over-crowding and a struggling infrastructure will become more and more acute as that Newcastle-sized city continues to try to squeeze into it.

... Net immigration of almost a third of a million people a year means a UK population soaring to 70 million in the near future and a whole world of societal and fiscal issues that flow from that. Plus a long-term agreement that Britain's future is destined to be one of ever-more urban sprawl and ever less green or pleasant land. ...

'Banging on about immigration' is the usual charge when this uncomfortable fact is brought up. But when it comes to housing, 'banging on about immigration' also turns out to be 'banging on' about perhaps the one thing that matters most.
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Crime – slavery
The evil faces of modern day slavery: Roma gang who exploited EU laws to traffic victims from Slovakia to Newcastle present a damning picture of 2018 Britain
Tom Rawstorne
Daily Mail, 21 April 2018.

Because what is now known is that those men and women living in the £225,000 property in Newcastle were held there against their will.

Vulnerable individuals, they had been trafficked from Slovakia and the Czech Republic by a family of Roma migrants living in Britain. Bought and sold for as little as £300 each, their passports were then confiscated and they were sent out to work.

Any wages they earned were taken from them. Back at the house, they were also expected to wait on their captors hand-and-foot and perform back-breaking labour to bring in extra money. ...

That something like this could happen, over a period of seven years, in a modern city in 21st century Britain is hard to believe. ...

Because once the three generations of the Rafael family had arrived in this country, they set about abusing the welcome they had been offered in pretty much every way possible.

They applied for – and were granted – benefits not just for themselves but for their victims, too. ...

Meanwhile, tens of thousands of pounds were pocketed in claims made using their victim's names. In short, the Rafaels were running a business – a business built around slavery.

The suffering and the scams only came to an end when one of their victims escaped and went to the police.

The Rafaels were arrested and charged with slavery, trafficking and money laundering. Seven of their number were convicted or pleaded guilty at Teesside Crown Court. ...

In total, the UK's Roma population is today put at somewhere between 200,000 and 500,000. They are drawn from countries across Eastern Europe, the vast majority having arrived since the expansion of the EU in 2004, their numbers boosted following the admission of Romania and Bulgaria.
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Citizenship – patriotism
Patriotic Britons afraid to show their national pride in public for fear of ABUSE
Gillian Crawley
Daily Express, 21 April 2018.

Patriotic Britons are increasingly afraid to show their national pride in public for fear of ridicule or abuse, a study has found.

It reveals many believe national pride is on the wane, with the younger generations placing less importance on patriotism than ever before.

One in four believe we are living in the least patriotic decade ever. ...

According to the report, 79 per cent of people consider themselves patriotic and almost 90 per cent say they are proud of their birthplace.

But 22 per cent fear they would be made to feel ashamed of their patriotism if they were to air their views in public. ...

Generally, older Britons feel more patriotic than younger generations, with 40 per cent aged 55 and over describing themselves as "very patriotic", compared to just 18 per cent of those aged 18 to 24.

Younger people are also more likely to feel ashamed of expressing their patriotism, with 29 per cent feeling this way, compared to 19 per cent of those aged 55 and over.

And a quarter of 18 to 24-year-olds think patriotism does not really matter in modern society, compared to 15 per cent of over 55s. ...

And 72 per cent agree that people are less patriotic than they used to be.
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Illegal immigration
Vietnamese people smugglers face jail
Eryl Crump
Daily Post North Wales, 21 April 2018.

Four Vietnamese people were today facing jail after being found guilty of people trafficking in North Wales.

Described as an organised group, they used valid passports in a bid to get other people through immigration.

Thi Lien Nguyen was found guilty of conspiring with others to breach immigration law following an 11-day trial at Caernarfon Crown Court. ...

The case concerned the United Kingdom end of an organised crime group involved in the trafficking of Vietnamese nationals into the UK.
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Immigration abroad – Greece
Greece opens the doors for more migrants to enter Europe: Court rules asylum seekers cannot be forced to stay in the country while being processed
Reuters and Alastair Tancred
MailOnline, 20 April 2018.

A top Greek court ruled on Wednesday that migrants landing on Greek islands should no longer be held there while asylum claims are assessed.

The ruling has raised alarm among EU officials in Brussels who fear it could undermine EU efforts to discourage people from leaving Turkey.

The judgement comes two years after a controversial deal with Turkey shut down the Balkan migration routes. ...

Asylum-seekers have been prohibited from travelling beyond five Greek islands since March 2016, when the EU deal with Ankara to seal the sea route was negotiated.

It provided cash to improve conditions for Syrians staying in non-EU member Turkey. ...

More than 15,000 asylum-seekers are living in five island camps, more than double their capacity, according to government data. ...

The ruling, effective immediately, applies to new arrivals only and not to asylum-seekers who are already on the islands. ...

The Greek government is keen to reduce tension on the islands, especially as the busy tourist season is about to begin.
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Racism – NHS
NHS surgeon accused of racism and 'forced out of job' after raising concerns about three Asian colleagues
Victoria Ward
Daily Telegraph, 20 April 2018.

An NHS surgeon voted Doctor of the Year was forced to resign after being accused of racism for raising concerns about the abilities of three Asian colleagues, a tribunal has heard.

Peter Duffy, 56, reported one Indian doctor for missing "several" cancers, playing a round of golf when he had been called to treat a patient and being unable to use an ultra sound machine.

The married father-of-three also claimed that two other doctors, from India and Pakistan, had bungled operations, tried to "suppress discussion" over the avoidable death of a man who had had sepsis and were involved in possible overtime fraud. ...

He is claiming constructive dismissal, alleging he was the victim of a "witch hunt." ...

He added in his statement: "It is difficult to overstate the sheer toxicity of these utterly false allegations. I was warned in my first few months in the Trust that I must at all costs avoid an allegation of racism against me.

"I was told that such allegations, even if entirely unwarranted can destroy careers and that the NHS tended to regard racism allegations as "guilty until proven guilty". ...

The hearing continues.
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Illegal immigration – identity checks
How and why I failed to deport illegal immigrants as a minister at the Foreign Office
Denis MacShane
Independent, 20 April 2018.

Denis MacShane was a minister at the Foreign Office from 1997 to 2005

I had always assumed that as long as we let people enter Britain without a visa – today 56 countries worldwide plus all of Europe have that "privilege", just as we have the right to travel to scores of countries without first getting a visa – some would abuse the system and start working cash-in-hand.

Well before the formal enlargement of the EU in 2004, London was home to half a million or more Polish people and other Eastern Europeans who came as tourists and stayed to earn money. Brazilians also featured in their number, and now and then were picked up in raids on restaurants and other workplaces where the informal networks in London could find their friends jobs in exchange for a small payment. ...

May had already abolished Labour's ID cards scheme – introduced far too late just before the 2010 election – which would have begun the process of knowing who was in Britain and who was a visitor; without an ID card, the idea went, no one could have got a legal job.

As a South Yorkshire MP, I dealt every week with the problem of Kashmiri families who had invited a relative in on a visitor's visa and then allowed the visitor to "overstay", in the jargon, and work in a restaurant, a corner shop, as a taxi driver and marry a cousin.

That converted me to the need for proper registration and ID cards, but it took 12 years after 1997 before the unfit-for-purpose Home Office could work out how to do ID cards.

They are neuralgic for many across the political spectrum – even if we give far more information to Google, mobile phone firms and any internet-based company or social media outfit.

A halfway house might be to bring a "citizens registration system" like in the Netherlands, where everyone, Dutch or foreign alike, has to be registered and have a Citizen's Access Number to get a job, healthcare, access to education or a passport.

If we had such a system, the Windrush generation and all other legitimate immigrants to Britain would have been registered and enjoyed full legal rights which never could have been questioned.
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Illegal immigration – identity checks
Why Windrush scandal demonstrates the importance of technology to political decision-making
Bryan Glick
Computer Weekly, 20 April 2018.

Tony Smith, the interim director general of the UK Border Force between 2012 and 2013, told the BBC's Today programme on Radio 4 this week that the major flaw in Theresa May's "hostile environment" immigration policy as home secretary came down to one thing.

"You need an identity management strategy if you are going to have a hostile environment. You can't have one without the other," he said. ...

Why didn't we have exit checks? Well, they were scrapped by Tony Blair in 1998, and – in theory – reintroduced in 2015, although a report last month by the chief inspector of borders and immigration said the exit check programme was not delivering what was promised.

Without exit checks, an identity management system for immigration is worthless, so the government never bothered with one – although Labour wasted millions on its identity card programme which was scrapped in 2010 as soon as David Cameron became prime minister.

"It is about getting the balance right between national security and civil liberties," home secretary Theresa May said at the time.

Today, we have the troubled Gov.uk Verify identity management programme, which continues to under-perform and under-deliver, despite lofty ambitions to have 25 million users by 2020. But even if Verify works, it's not linked to exit checks, and its federated design means it can't be used to prove UK residence in support of immigration issues.

If the UK had a working identity management system in place – with suitable privacy and data protection controls, of course – that proved who you are and your right to be in the country, how different might the policy landscape be today?
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Immigration – government target
The net migration target was never likely to have been met
Joseph O'Leary
Full Fact, 20 April 2018.

It's correct that governments since 2010 have set a target to reduce net migration to the tens of thousands, and this target has never been met. Net migration actually rose to more than three times the target at one point and latest figures for the 12 months to September 2017 estimate it at 244,000. ...

In order to meet the target the government would have had to reduce non-EU immigration heavily, because it can't control the scale of EU (including British) immigration to the UK due to the EU's rules on free movement. It made some early progress towards this in 2012 and 2013, but the numbers have risen back to roughly 2010 levels again.

So even without any EU net migration, the target would only have been met in parts of 2012 and 2013.

The government actually looked unlikely to meet the target as early as 2011, when its own impact assessments of its policies suggested reductions to non-EU immigration wouldn't be enough to meet the target.
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Immigration – politics
Rivers of Blood and the Tides of History
Mark Steyn
Steyn Online, 20 April 2018.

Powell's speech on race and the future of Britain was prescient, although not always adequately so. As my old boss Charles Moore wrote last year about Douglas Murray's book on The Strange Death of Europe:

One telling point he makes is how even the most 'bigoted' predictions of demographic change have been exceeded by reality. Suppose, says Murray, that Enoch Powell, in his incendiary 'Rivers of Blood' speech in 1968, had predicted that, in the 2011 census, in 23 of London's 33 boroughs, people describing themselves as 'white British' would have been in a minority. He would have been pilloried for his alarmism. Yet it is so.
My own Enoch out-Powelled example comes from the arresting statistic that 57% of Pakistani Britons in the UK are married to their first cousins - and in the city of Bradford it's 75 per cent. ...

Powell was old-fashioned even then, at least by comparison with the usual modish twerps hailed as the coming men. But perhaps you needed to be "old-fashioned" to discern that the death of a great nation was possible and very quickly.

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Politics – legal and illegal immigration
The Windrush scandal is heartbreaking, but it should not be used as an excuse to stop sensible migration controls
Nick Timothy
Daily Telegraph, 19 April 2018.

Some say ministers must change their approach to illegal immigration. But this is wrong. We have hundreds of thousands of people living in Britain illegally, a number that is growing every year. With limited budgets, time-consuming legal processes, and often a lack of cooperation from other countries, it will never be possible for the authorities to arrest and deport their way to success. Neither can illegal immigration be prevented through tougher border controls: most illegal migrants are "overstayers", not "clandestines" who enter the country illegally.

So ministers are right to make Britain a harder country to live in for people who are here illegally. In recent years, they have made it more difficult for illegal immigrants to rent property, get a job, claim benefits and obtain bank accounts and driving licences. Even sceptical studies find that this increases the number leaving the country voluntarily: ministers should not reverse the policy, but extend it to include other services. ...

None the less, campaigners remain determined to destroy the hostile environment strategy.

Their first reason is political: Labour want to blame Tory "callousness". The trouble with this explanation is that the approach began under Labour home secretaries. In 2007 John Reid said "living and working here illegally" should become "ever more uncomfortable and constrained". Under Alan Johnson, the Border Agency said it would "make the UK a hostile environment" for illegal immigrants.

The second reason is many campaigners oppose controlling and reducing immigration. Partisan academics, immigration lawyers, Labour lefties and even liberal Tories find the very idea of immigration control distasteful. Unable to win the argument for mass immigration, they adopt the tactic of cynical obfuscation.

Suggest limiting legal migration, and they say the public only wants the system to work better. Try improving the system by reforming human rights law, and they say the problem is poor enforcement. Suggest increasing spending on enforcement, and they say you have the wrong priorities. Pursue the hostile environment strategy, and they accuse you of turning civil society into a police state.

Their objective is to maintain high immigration, and their method is to wear everybody down until nobody believes it is even possible to control the numbers. They must not be allowed to succeed.
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Immigration – integration
Enoch Powell's Immigration Speech, 50 Years Later
Douglas Murray
National Review, 19 April 2018.

The fact that the speech, which (although the phrase itself does not occur) became known as the "rivers of blood" speech, remains strangely alive in Britain was demonstrated again last weekend when the BBC chose to broadcast a program to reflect on the half centenary of the speech. The program included critical analysis, contextualization, and reflection. ...

Of course, if anybody had stopped for a moment, they might have realized that the catatonic fury that Powell and his speech still provoke is itself highly suggestive. ...

... Because while some of Powell's claims have been proven wrong and some have proven to be exaggerated, other aspects of what he said are clearly with us still. And not because of his words, but because some of the issues he raised – however well or poorly – remain so pregnant.

As I wrote in my latest book, imagine you had been a speechwriter for Enoch Powell in 1968, or an adviser or friend. And imagine if you had said to him then, "I have an idea, Enoch. Why not use your speech to say that if immigration into the U.K. goes on at these rates, then in 2011 the official census will reveal that people who identify as 'white British' will be a minority in their capital city of London." Had this been said, Powell would most likely have dismissed the person as an inflammatory madman. Yet that was indeed one of the things that the 2011 census showed. And the news came and went as though it was just another detail on just another day.

... It is not due to fear of being tarred a Powellite that consecutive governments failed to deport people who had broken into the country illegally. These and many other factors came about because generations of politicians found it more restful to avoid the subject and leave the consequences for their successors (as Powell predicted they would) rather than tackle an issue that has consistently been shown to be of greatest concern to the British public.

And we are worrying about it still – even if our politicians daren't address it. Particularly the issue of "integration." ...

There is just one aspect of Powell's speech that makes it such an ongoing open wound. In Britain (as across the rest of Western Europe) in recent decades an uncomfortable, "acceptable" consensus has been arrived at. It recognizes that if a British person were to go to another country (say India, or China) – and especially if they were to go in their hundreds of thousands, or even millions – they would not be regarded as Indian or Chinese. At best they would be incomers in these places. At worst they would be branded "colonialists." Perhaps that will be for a while longer (though not necessarily limitlessly) the fate of post-colonial Europeans. Yet at the same time we also hold to the dogma that anybody from anywhere in the world who makes it to our countries becomes part of our country and to say otherwise is to be racist. To demand integration is "racist." To deprecate any lack of integration is to be "racist." And in any case, there is no penalty paid by any immigrant (nor any immigrant group) that shows no desire to integrate nor any intention of integrating.
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Immigration abroad – asylum, European Union
EU gave asylum to more than half a million refugees in 2017 - stats office
Reuters, 19 April 2018.

The European Union gave asylum to more than half a million refugees in 2017, its statistics office Eurostat said on Thursday, with Germany taking in more than 60 percent.

The number was still down by about a quarter compared with 2016, and followed a major surge of migration in 2015 which has strained the bloc's asylum system and caused political wrangling over how to deal with the influx.

Syrian citizens accounted for about a third of successful asylum cases in 2017, Eurostat said, followed by Afghans and Iraqis.
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Immigration abroad – Germany, European Union
10,000 refugees from Middle East, North Africa to resettle in Germany
Euronews, 19 April 2018.

Around 10,000 refugees from North Africa and the Middle East will be granted passage to Germany, the European Commission has confirmed. ...

In September, the Commission announced it would pay member states to settle 50,000 refugees from Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Libya, and Sudan by 2019 as part of efforts to stabilise the flow of migration from across the Mediterranean.

Up to €500 million had been set aside for the scheme, meaning some €10,000 would be paid out for each person settled.
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Politics – Conservative Party, UKIP
Tory Brexiteers forget millions voted Leave for action, not cuddly rhetoric, on immigration
Nigel Farage
Daily Telegraph, 19 April 2018.

I like Boris Johnson and believe he played a crucial role in the campaign to secure Brexit in 2016. But a comment on migration and Brexit which he made in an interview with the Telegraph today is plain wrong and I cannot let it stand.

He said: "Countries are democratically entitled to decide how open they should be. That was the problem with the EU - it fundamentally took away people's democratic ability to decide who could come. That was why it was right to take back control. It's not about migration, it's about control. It's about who calls the shots."

Although I agree with a lot of the points in this paragraph – the idea of taking back control being the most obvious - Boris is being disingenuous on the matter of migration. Millions who voted for Brexit did so precisely because they regard it as a massive problem.

What is worse is that Boris knows this full well. Regrettably, he appears – publicly, at least – to have been infected by the political correctness bug which has turned the British government into the biggest band of virtue signallers to run our country in its history. ...

First, though, it cannot be said too many times: the EU's open border policy has been ruinous for some parts of the UK, particularly communities in Essex, Lincolnshire and the North. In the decade from 2004, the year that the Czech Republic, Estonia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia joined the EU, about 2,000,000 EU citizens – many lacking professional qualifications and skills – came to live in Britain. That's the rough equivalent of twice the population of Birmingham. There was no consultation about this. It was simply a consequence of Britain's membership of the EU.

Socially, towns and cities changed significantly through the sheer concentration of numbers in which these EU citizens settled. Economically, the existing workforce was undercut, costing jobs and businesses. And practically, this influx put schools, housing, transport and medical services under huge pressure. Only a fool would pretend that this wave of immigration didn't change the lives of those Britons most affected by it. And only someone with no experience of such upheaval would deny that it eventually caused widespread resentment. ...

With people like Boris and Gove in the government, Britain is never going to get what it voted for 22 months ago. And it's no exaggeration to say we are heading down the path of being betrayed for reasons of political correctness.
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Illegal immigration – repatriation
Home Office incompetence on Windrush is no reason to end the hostile environment against illegal migrants
David Goodhart
Daily Telegraph, 18 April 2018.

The Home Office, like any organisation, makes mistakes. Home Office mistakes, however, can be existential for the people involved. It evidently made a big mistake in being unaware of the "Windrush anomaly" – children of first-wave Caribbean immigrants who had been granted permanent residence in 1971 but in many cases had never acquired proper documentation.

As the Government, rightly, tries to bear down on the corrosive, anti-social phenomenon of illegal immigration, many of those British Caribbeans got caught up in the "hostile environment" (better name, please) campaign against illegals and found themselves unable to prove their right to be here. ...

But we should recall why the hostile environment was introduced and why it should not suffer collateral damage from this example of Whitehall's tin ear.

Britain has an illegal immigration problem. It has been overshadowed by arguments about historically high levels of legal immigration. But there are probably close to 1 million people living in the UK illegally and they are being added to at the rate of 70,000 or 80,000 a year – a combination of visa over-stayers (40,000 to 50,000), people smuggled in on lorries (10,000) and people refused asylum who nevertheless stay (about 20,000). ...

Although enforcement costs £500 million a year and employs 5,000, only about 12,000 people were removed against their will last year and half were criminals. Another 18,000 people left voluntarily but that is probably less than half the number that is being added to the illegal total each year.

Why is it so hard to remove people? Partly because human rights law gives people an incentive to spin out the asylum process in the hope that they can then qualify under the right to family life. There is now only one right of asylum appeal but many claimants will then put in for judicial review. Other problems include too few detention centres and non-cooperation of countries of origin.
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Crime
Gang behind huge multi-million pound network of cannabis farms run by 'Albanian mafia' are jailed
Neal Keeling
Manchester Evening News, 18 April 2018.

An investigation into a £6m network of cannabis farms controlled by the 'Albanian mafia' has led to 26 people being jailed.

Police launched Operation Tisdale in March 2016 to dismantle a large organised crime group who conspired to grow, package, and sell the drug on a huge scale nationwide.

Eighteen of those jailed are from Greater Manchester and Cheshire. ...

The operation was controlled by organised criminals from Albania - whose 'mafia' gangs have become significant players in the UK drugs trade in recent years. ...

Twenty-six people were arrested, charged and convicted of offences including conspiracy to supply class B drugs, money laundering and false documentation.
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Immigration abroad – violent crime, Sweden
Sweden's deadly problem with hand grenades
BBC, 18 April 2018.

A stark rise in incidents involving hand grenade explosions has become emblematic of the wider rise in violent crime in Swedish cities, report James Clayton and Caitlin Hanrahan for BBC Newsnight. ...

The number of explosions caused by hand grenades has increased in Sweden in recent years. There were fewer than five in 2014 but at least 20 in 2017, and a further 39 grenades were seized by police.

The devices are easily obtained, says Reine Bergland of Stockholm police. They can be bought from gangs for just a couple of hundred Swedish kroner (about £20).

"Sometimes when they buy weapons they get grenades as part of the deal. They throw in a couple of hand grenades, so to speak."

The rise in possession of hand grenades - mainly unused stock from the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s - has come to symbolise Sweden's heated debate about violent crime as it heads towards an election in September. ...

There were 306 shootings last year, which left 41 people dead. In 2011, there were 17 fatalities.

The violence has turned some parts of Stockholm into "no-go zones" for paramedics, says Henrik Johansson, former head of Sweden's paramedics union.

"People who live in these areas are very scared to call the police or get help from ambulances. They are scared about consequences for them and their families."

Police have acknowledged 60 or so "vulnerable areas" but reject the description of "no-go zones", a highly loaded term in Sweden.

After all, violent crime in Sweden and who is to blame for it has become an ideological battlefield. ...

A self-proclaimed humanitarian superpower, Sweden took in the highest number of asylum seekers per capita during the migrant crisis of 2015. Many were refugees fleeing war and abuses in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Eritrea.

There is very little evidence that the migrants are to blame for a rise in violent crime. But Sweden - so often the place that countries have looked to follow on social policy - has not been so successful at integrating migrants over the past 20 years.
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Immigration abroad – France
'France can't take in all the misery' Defiant Macron vows to tighten asylum rules
Romina McGuinness
Daily Express, 17 April 2018.

Emmanuel Macron warned France cannot take in "all the misery in the world" as he defended the country's tough new immigration and asylum laws. The French President stressed France could not offer sanctuary to all those seeking to escape unemployment and extreme poverty.

He said: "France cannot take in all the misery of the world.

"In France, the right to asylum is unconditional, it is constitutional, and we have a duty to take in people whose lives would be at risk if they were forced to return home.

"That said, people who are not eligible for asylum must be dealt with as quickly as possible and sent back to their home countries as quickly as possible."

Mr Macron warned the unprecedented migration crisis is several years old now, and shows no sign of abating.

The controversial new bill, which was presented to parliament in February, was designed to accelerate asylum procedures, improve conditions in migrant reception centres, and speed up deportations. ...

In January, the French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons (OFPRA) said that more than 100,000 people had applied for asylum in France in 2017, a "record" number and an increase of 17 per cent on the year before.

Border police officials, for their part, said that an estimated 85,000 migrants had been stopped from entering France in 2017.
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Politics – integration, multiculturalism
Enoch Powell was wrong – so were his critics
Jon Holbrook
Spiked, 17 April 2018.
[Jon Holbrook is a barrister]

Powell's speech was based on two premises from which he drew ugly conclusions. His first was that racial integration was essential for the cohesiveness of society. His second was that racial integration on the scale required in Britain in 1968 was impossible. /.../ And so it was that Powell argued that because, in his opinion, black and white could not live together, it was necessary to keep Britain white by stopping immigration and encouraging repatriation. ...

Powell's argument struck a raw nerve with the political class because they mostly agreed with his policy prescriptions. /.../ Moreover, the political class broadly agreed with Powell's two premises. They instinctively knew that integration was necessary, but they were so disdainful of ordinary people that they believed that integration was not, on the scale required, possible. Powell's ugly conclusions made them distinctly uncomfortable.

By mostly accepting Powell's two premises, his critics could not challenge the content of his speech. But they could and did challenge his tone and lurid metaphors. /.../ Heath then gave a television interview where he said nothing to distance his party from the content of Powell's speech, but stated his determination 'to do everything I can to prevent racial problems from developing into civil strife'. Powell's Tory critics sought to avoid what he predicted – not with different policies, but with different language.

As for the Labour government, it shared the Tory view that a proper debate on race, racism and integration was not desirable. After nearly three weeks of silence on Powell's speech, the prime minister Harold Wilson said: 'I am not prepared to stand aside and see this country engulfed by the racial conflict which calculating orators or ignorant prejudice can create.' Wilson went further when he declared, 'There is a clear duty on the parliamentary leadership of government and of opposition parties to do all in our combined power to take these inflammatory issues out of politics'. After Powell's brief interlude, race regained its status as an issue that was deemed unsuitable for a political debate involving the people. ...

... In so far as a majority sided with Powell's ideas, it was only because of the two scenarios on offer, Powell's at least had a degree of coherence. For if, as was the case, the political class did not believe that integration was possible, Powell's critics seemed to have no credible solution. Indeed, their approach of sacking Powell and shutting down debate merely betrayed their own lack of ideas. ...

Powell's speech was prompted by the imminent second reading of the Race Relations Bill 1968. Powell recognised that under the Labour government, that had already passed (with Tory support) a Race Relations Act in 1965, a Labour-led political class was steering the country away from the notion of racial integration and towards a form of multiculturalism. ...

... Powell and his critics were both wrong to dismiss the ability of black and white to live together in an integrated society. Powell was good at logic and colourful language; his critics were good at spin and the language of obfuscation. Powell offered racial conflict, his critics offered multiculturalism. Powell's critics won the day. Fifty years on we know that both were wrong: it is the politics of integration that we needed then, and now.
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Immigration – population growth, Africans
Macron: Europe Entering Age of 'Unprecedented' Mass Migration, 'Shares Destiny' with Africa
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 17 April 2018.

'Bombshell' population growth in Africa means Europe is entering an "unprecedented" age of mass migration, Emmanuel Macron has said, asserting that the two continents' destinies are "bound".

"The migratory phenomenon we are facing will be historic," declared the French president in a television appearance Sunday night, when he announced that "great poverty", "climate change", and "geopolitical conflicts" will see Africans flooding into Europe "for many years to come".

To back up his point, Macron pointed to "bombshell" population growth across the third world continent, which he added has been "tremendously well described" by French-American journalist and professor Stephen Smith in a recent book. ...

Smith, the Africa expert to whom Macron referred during his appearance on BFMTV, estimates that the number of Africans living in Europe will grow from nine million to between 150 million and 200 million within the next 30 years.

In The Rush to Europe, the Duke University professor describes a massive, unprecedented population transfer still in its infancy, which he explains will – "paradoxically" – be triggered largely as a result 0f Western aid money financing would-be migrants' journeys from Africa.

Asserting he set out to provide a "dispassionate" expert view on how Africa's demographic explosion will affect Europe, Smith in his book has outlined a number of different scenarios he believes could emerge from the situation.

"The most optimistic" of these – according to Le Figaro – is "Eurafrica", which would see mass migration create a 'welcoming', multicultural Europe, which "would fully embrace being a 'mixed-race land of immigration and interbreeding'".

This scenario would see the end of welfare states in Europe however, Smith said, pointing to the incompatibility of large-scale immigration and generous social programmes.

Another possible scenario, 'Fortress Europe', is one which involves "a battle generally considered unwinnable, or even shameful" but which Smith points to as the case which strongly "has its reasons and its chances to succeed", noting the effectiveness of EU deals with Libya and Turkey in stopping the influx.
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Crime – child sexual abuse
Members of Oxford child sex gang who indecently assaulted three teenage girls and sexually humiliated another are jailed for total of 20 years
Jessica Green
MailOnline, 17 April 2018.

Two men on the periphery of a twisted child sex gang who indecently assaulted three teenage girls and sexually humiliated another were jailed for a total of 20 years today.

The victims of Raheem Ahmed and Kamran Khan, of Bolton, said they thought the abuse was normal. ...

Judge Peter Ross heard at Oxford Crown Court how the girls were left permanently scarred by the abuse.
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Illegal immigration – NHS patients, public opinion
Public backs sharing patient details with immigration, says NHS
Richard Staines
pharmaphorum, 16 April 2018.

The NHS has responded to criticism of its policy of sharing patients' names and addresses with immigration officials, citing a survey showing that the majority of the public support it.

The House of Commons Health and Social Committee has been investigating arrangements allowing NHS Digital to share patients' records with immigration officials. ...

The latest report repeats the committee's conclusion last year that NHS Digital should withdraw from the MoU until a review of the NHS Code of Confidentiality is complete.

In response, NHS Digital published a survey of 2,000 people it commissioned to gauge public opinion on the policy.

In the survey, 72% of respondents supported sharing patients' address details with the home office to trace people suspected of an immigration crime.
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Immigration abroad – violent crime, Sweden
Sweden's violent reality is undoing a peaceful self-image
Paulina Neuding
Politico, 16 April 2018.

The topic of crime is sensitive, however, and debate about the issue in the consensus-oriented Scandinavian society is restricted by taboos.

To understand crime in Sweden, it's important to note that Sweden has benefited from the West's broad decline in deadly violence, particularly when it comes to spontaneous violence and alcohol-related killings. The overall drop in homicides has been, however, far smaller in Sweden than in neighboring countries.

Gang-related gun murders, now mainly a phenomenon among men with immigrant backgrounds in the country's parallel societies, increased from 4 per year in the early 1990s to around 40 last year. Because of this, Sweden has gone from being a low-crime country to having homicide rates significantly above the Western European average. Social unrest, with car torchings, attacks on first responders and even riots, is a recurring phenomenon.

Shootings in the country have become so common that they don't make top headlines anymore, unless they are spectacular or lead to fatalities. News of attacks are quickly replaced with headlines about sports events and celebrities, as readers have become desensitized to the violence. A generation ago, bombings against the police and riots were extremely rare events. Today, reading about such incidents is considered part of daily life. ...

In response, the Swedish government has launched an international campaign for "the image of Sweden" playing down the rise in crime, both in its media strategy and through tax-funded PR campaigns. ...

But the reality is different for those on the ground: The head of the paramedics' union Ambulansförbundet, Gordon Grattidge, and his predecessor Henrik Johansson recently told me in an interview that some neighborhoods are definitely no-go for ambulance drivers – at least without police protection. ...

Since crime is intimately linked to the country's failure to integrate its immigrants, the rise in violence is a sensitive subject. When the Swedish government and opposition refer to the country as a "humanitarian superpower" because it opened its doors to more immigrants per capita during the migrant crisis than any other EU country, they mean it. This has resulted in some impressive contortions.

In March, Labor Market Minister Ylva Johansson appeared on the BBC, where she claimed that the number of reported rapes and sexual harassment cases "is going down and going down and going down." In fact, the opposite is true, which Johansson later admitted in an apology.

Similarly, in an op-ed for the Washington Post, former Prime Minister Carl Bildt described the country's immigration policy as a success story. He did not elaborate on violent crime. ...

Sometimes it takes an outsider to put things in perspective. A recent piece by Bojan Pancevski in London's Sunday Times put a spotlight on immigration and violent crime. The article caused a scandal in Sweden and was widely seen as part of the reason why the British and Canadian foreign ministries issued travel advice about the country, citing gang crime and explosions.
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Politics – Enoch Powell, UKIP
Enoch Powell right about immigration, UKIP's Neil Hamilton claims
BBC, 16 April 2018.

The idea Enoch Powell was a "racist villain" is "absolute nonsense", UKIP Wales leader Neil Hamilton has said.

The AM was defending Powell's anti-immigration "rivers of blood" speech of 50 years ago.

He told BBC Radio Wales the former Tory MP had been "proved right by events" in terms of social change if not violence.

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood accused Mr Hamilton of "keeping Powell's racist rhetoric going" while Labour AM Hefin David called his comments "outrageous". ...

Mr Hamilton said although Powell been sacked while the Tories were in opposition, when Mr Heath later became prime minister he introduced a scheme for "voluntary repatriation of immigrants" in 1971.

"The idea that Enoch Powell was some kind of uniquely racist villain is absolute nonsense," Mr Hamilton told the Good Morning Wales programme.

"Powell actually changed politics by articulating the fears and resentments of millions and millions of people who are being ignored by the establishment."

Mr Hamilton said: "I think he's been proved right by events.

"I don't think he was right in one sense, in that we have not seen the kind of racial violence and intolerance generated by this that, at the time, was happening in the United States."

But Mr Hamilton said the "social changes which mass immigration has brought were never desired by the majority of the British people, and indeed they had never been asked 'do you want to transform your country in the way that has happened'."

When it was put to him that Powell accepted he was a racist, Mr Hamilton suggested that it was "racism in the sense of appreciating differences in cultures, and differences between nations, not that one race or nation is inferior to another by definition".

"He wasn't a racist in the crude sense", Mr Hamilton added. ...

The UKIP Wales leader said people wouldn't be worried about immigration if it was "moderate in scale", and went on to say that London was "like a doughnut".

"A great proportion of the white population of central London has moved out to the suburbs," he said.

"Is it a good thing that we should have our great cities transformed into effectively racial ghettos?"
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Multiculturalism – public opinion
Multiculturalism has failed, believe substantial minority of Britons
Mark Townsend
Observer, 15 April 2018.

Fifty years after Enoch Powell's notorious "Rivers of Blood" speech, a large minority of Britons appears to believe that multiculturalism has failed and different communities generally live separate lives.

A YouGov poll of 5,200 people to be released tomorrow and commissioned by anti-fascist group Hope Not Hate, found that 43% predicted relationships between different UK communities will deteriorate over the next few years compared to 14% who feel things will improve. More than two-thirds of Conservative Leave voters said they believed multiculturalism wasn't working.

Nick Lowles, chief executive of Hope Not Hate, said: "There is clearly much work to do. Powell's speech led anti-racism campaigners to mobilise – the anniversary of the speech must do the same."

The YouGov poll does offer grounds for optimism, with almost half of respondents describing Britain as a successful multicultural society, although that sentiment is mostly shared among Remain voters and Liberal Democrat supporters. ...

A Gallup poll conducted weeks after the 1968 speech found 74% of the British population agreed with the "Rivers of Blood" speech, in which Powell strongly criticised levels of immigration to Britain, particularly from the Commonwealth. ...

The YouGov survey found that 40% felt his warning has proved well-founded – compared to 41% of respondents who believe Powell's gloomy view of race relations was wrong.

A narrow majority of 51% worried that immigration was increasing the pressure on hospitals and schools. More than one-third of all respondents see Islam as a threat to the British way of life, fractionally more than the proportion who view the Muslim faith and the British way of life as compatible.

The vast majority of respondents – 81% – said they felt happy in their communities and almost one-third of people said that they or a family member has been in relationship with someone of a different ethnicity to themselves.

A majority of people – 59% – believe that having a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds is part of British culture, a proportion that has steadily increased since Hope Not Hate first posed the question in 2011, when 49% of people agreed with the statement.
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Population pressure – housing
Government forced to release data to back up Dominic Raab immigration house price claim
Jessica Wilkins
PoliticsHome, 14 April 2018.

The Government has published the data behind the Housing Minister's claim migration has pushed the cost of a house in the UK up by 20% over 25 years.

Dominic Raab made the claim in a wide-ranging interview in the Sunday Times last week, and pointed to statistics from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) to support the accusation.

"Based on the ONS data, the advice to me from the department is that in the last 25 years we have seen immigration put house prices up by something like 20%," he said.

However, the data released by the Government showed the model used by Mr Raab covered the period 1991-2016 in which immigration contributed to a 21% increase.

The figures were based on detailed reports published in 2007 and 2008 by the National Housing and Planning Advice Unit.
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Immigration – welfare benefits, East Europeans
The EU nationals earning THREE TIMES as much on UK benefits as working at home
Ciaran McGrath
Daily Express, 14 April 2018.

The shock figures give a clear indication as to why people from countries including Poland, Lithuania, Bulgaria are so keen to move to this country rather than face a life of toil for a fraction of the money they can expect to receive should they move over here.

Using the turn2us benefits calculator recommended by the Government's own gov.uk website, Express.co.uk calculated that an average family of four living in London could expect to receive benefits totalling £1,842.45 a month.

According to tradingeconomics.com, this is significantly higher than the average monthly manufacturing wage for Lithuania (£768), Poland (£936), Latvia (£642), Slovakia (£906), Romania (£773) and Bulgaria (£500).

Statistics published on tradingeconomics.com also reveal that the national minimum monthly wage in Lithuania is just £458 – barely a quarter of what they could expect to receive in benefits in the UK.

In Bulgaria, this figure is £115, amounting to one-sixteenth.

All of which may help to explain why, as of 2015, the Office for National Statistics estimated the UK to be home to 831,000 Poles, 220,000 Romanians, 151,000 Lithuanians, 94,000 Latvians, 85,000 Slovakians and 80,000 Bulgarians. ...

The situation is such that the UK is now home to numerous recruitment agencies which specifically target workers from Eastern Europe to work over here.
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Immigration abroad – Islam, free speech, Sweden
Sweden's War on Free Speech
Judith Bergman
Breitbart, 14 April 2018.

Apparently, turning in fellow Swedes to the authorities for alleged "hate speech" is now viewed in Sweden as "heroic".

"One can criticize fascism or Nazism, but why not Islam? Why should Islam have any protection status?" – Denny, a 71-year-old pensioner, on trial for "incitement to hatred".

Instead of using its limited resources to protect its citizens from the violent onslaught against them, Sweden is waging a legal war on its pensioners for daring to speak out against the same violent onslaught from which the state is failing to protect them.
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Asylum – family members, EU, UK
Child refugees have right to bring family, EU court rules
The Week, 13 April 2018.

Child refugees who arrive in Europe alone must be allowed to apply for family members to join them, the EU's top court has ruled.

The decision, handed down by the European Court of Justice on Thursday, also applies to young refugees who reach adulthood before the end of the asylum process.

The right for young refugees to be reunified with their families "is not at the discretion of the member states," the court said.

The case centred on a teenage girl from Eritrea who applied for asylum in the Netherlands and turned 18 during the process, according to Deutsche Welle.

After it was granted, she sought to bring her family members to the country, but her application was denied by local authorities.

Yesterday's decision "could impact tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors who applied for asylum within the bloc," the German broadcaster says.

The situation in the UK

Currently, only adult refugees are allowed to be reunited with their family members. Child refugees who have travelled to the UK alone are not permitted to bring parents or siblings to join them. ...

Last month, MPs backed proposed legislation to enable refugee children to sponsor applications for close relatives to settle with them in the UK.
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Crime – cost
Foreign offenders in Leicestershire cost Government £7.7m last year
Amy Orton
Leicester Mercury, 13 April 2018.

Referring foreign national offenders in Leicestershire to the Home Office for deportation cost the criminal justice system around £7.7 million last year.

Foreign national offenders are classed as any offender who is not a UK citizen. Their offences could have been committed overseas or in the UK.

For those who committed offences overseas, those crimes might not come to light until the individual is brought to the attention of police in this country, sometimes for minor offences. ...

During 2017, 110 offenders who passed through Leicestershire Police custody suites were referred to the Home Office.

The Office for National Statistics estimates the cost of dealing with such criminals to be about £70,000 per offender.

The figures were revealed as Detective Sergeant Gary Bee and Pc Tony Andrews from Operation Advenus gave a presentation on their work to the Leicestershire Safer Communities Strategy Board at a County Hall meeting. ...

Det Sgt Bee said: "The misconception is that there is an application process, but that is not the case.

"The reality is that people [from the EU] with convictions, and often very serious convictions, can move to the UK with an entirely clean slate.

"It is startling, but this is the situation we face.

"The worrying thing is that often the first time we come into contact with these people is often when we get them in custody." ...

An average of 120 foreign national offenders pass through Leicestershire Police's custody suites per month. The 110 offenders referred to the Home Office in 2017 were able to be referred for deportation because of the severity of their criminal backgrounds. ...

Pc Andrews said: "These costs mentioned are just to manage offenders who are referred to the Home Office.

"If we were talking about [dealing with] a murder or a stranger rape, then the costs are unquantifiable."
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Crime – drug smuggling
Corrupt baggage handlers who smuggled hundreds of kilos of cocaine into Heathrow by switching bags to domestic pick-up carousels were caught after one of them was busted passing drugs under a table in a Burger King in Kings Cross
Ed Riley
MailOnline, 13 April 2018.

Mark Agoro was part of a 12 strong gang based in the UK involved in a 'phenomenally lucrative' plot that saw hundreds of kilos of cocaine pass through Heathrow Airport.

Drug laden suitcases were flown into Heathrow Airport from Brazil and were moved from the international arrivals carousel to the domestic arrivals hall to avoid security checks. ...

The court heard one of the ringleaders Joysen Jhurry, 41, was a baggage handler working at Heathrow and was helped by his brother-in-law, Preetam Mungrah, 44, and other crooked handlers at Terminal 5 including Damion Goodhall, 30, and Wilfred Owusu, 30.

Owusu organised couriers including Danovan Bull, 45, and Moses Awopetu, 38, and Agoro to fly in and collect the luggage and walk away without any customs checks, Southwark Crown Court heard.

Michael Sutherland, 48, was also 'high up' in the plot, organising couriers and 'therefore involved in the onward distribution of cocaine'.

Leiona Townshend-Bartley, 32, Francisca Archer, 26, Aziz Abdul, 37, and Mohammad Ali, 41, had lesser roles as couriers or helpers.
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Politics – Enoch Powell, BBC, free speech
BBC to re-air Enoch Powell's 'rivers of blood' speech this weekend to mark its 50th anniversary - amid calls for the broadcast to be BANNED
Rod Ardehali
MailOnline, 13 April 2018.

The BBC has said listeners should 'wait to hear the programme before they judge it', after receiving a wave of criticism for their scheduled broadcast of Enoch Powell's 'rivers of blood' speech.

Lord Andrew Adonis led the calls for the broadcaster not to transmit the 'incendiary and racist' speech, which is to be discussed by a panel to mark its 50th anniversary. ...

Powell attacked the government's immigration policy, called for less immigration and urged those already in the UK to return to their country of origin. ...

But journalist and programme maker Sathnam Sanghera, whose parents moved from India to Wolverhampton at the time of Powell's speech, said it was intended as a retrospective discussion on why Powell had been proved wrong.

The speech, will be broken up into segments, and critiqued by a panel, including by BBC media editor Amol Rajan, who will examine the influence of the speech since it was first delivered.

It will be read out on Saturday for the first time ever, on Radio 4's Archive On 4 programme.

In a letter to Ofcom chief executive Sharon White, Labour peer Lord Adonis called on the media regulator to 'instruct the BBC to cancel the proposed broadcast.

He wrote: 'It seems extraordinary that one should have to make the argument in today's Britain that Powell's speech is an incitement to racial hatred and violence which should not be broadcast.

'If a contemporary politician made such a speech they would almost certainly be arrested and charged with serious offences.'
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Immigration abroad – Germany
More Than Half of German Welfare Recipients Come from Migrant Backgrounds
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 13 April 2018.

A report from the German Federal Employment Agency (BA) has shown that more than half of the recipients of the Hartz IV welfare income benefit come from migrant backgrounds, with Syrians the largest group in the country.

The report lists a 69 per cent increase in welfare recipients from non-German backgrounds since 2010 for a total of 2.1 million individuals, while the overall number of German Hartz IV recipients has fallen by 20 per cent over the same period, Die Welt reports.

Syrians represent the highest number of beneficiaries with 584,000 Syrian nationals living on benefits with Turks coming in second with 259,000 individuals living off the German taxpayer.

The figure does not include asylum seekers who have yet to receive a final decision on their asylum claim as they are given money under the Asylum Seekers Benefits Act. While most failed asylum seekers do not receive Hartz IV benefits, those who have failed the asylum process but are allowed to stay in Germany as "tolerated" persons do have access to the programme.

Around 32.1 million people in Germany are in jobs that require them to pay social security contributions; of those, only 157,000 taxpayers come from countries approved for asylum claims like Syria, Iraq, Eritrea, and Somalia. ...

In Austria, which also took in tens of thousands of migrants in 2015, former Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka admitted that up to 90 per cent of asylum seekers end up on benefits.
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Crime – machete crime
One machete crime every 90 minutes on Britain's streets as police try to deal with thugs carrying out murders, rapes and burglaries
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 13 April 2018.

Machete attacks are taking place every 90 minutes on our streets, figures reveal.

Criminals are increasingly picking the jungle blades as their weapons of choice to instill terror in victims and rival gang members.

Police forces are dealing with rising numbers of machete-wielding thugs carrying out murders, rapes, robberies and burglaries. ...

Figures uncovered using freedom of information requests show that in the last two months of 2017 police dealt with 928 crimes involving machetes. This is an average of 15 a day – or one every 90 minutes.

London saw 425 of the attacks, with 99 in Greater Manchester, 77 in the West Midlands and 29 each in Merseyside and West Yorkshire.

It represents a dramatic rise from just three years before, when the deadly blades were used in only 100 crimes a month over the same period.

The machete was originally intended as a tool used to cut undergrowth or sugar cane in Latin America and Africa. ...

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that in the year to September 2017 the police recorded 37,443 offences involving a knife or sharp instrument – a 21 per cent increase on the previous year, and the highest since records began seven years ago.
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Illegal immigration – costs
Kids of illegal immigrant parents facing boot from UK receiving £300-a-week of taxpayer cash – while living in Africa
Tom Wells
The Sun, 12 April 2018.

The children of two illegal immigrants facing the boot from Britain are getting a £300-a-week from taxpayers – while living in Africa.

The UK-born pair – a boy, seven, and girl, one – moved in with their aunt last month after a court ruled their parents were unfit to care for them.

The family's county council, thought to be in Southern England, has agreed to pay £15,600-a-year to the children over the next nine years, until the eldest turns 16.

The youngest will be supported for six more years at around £150 a week – another £46,800.

By the time she is 16 in 2033 the total bill will top £187,000.

Tory Andrew Bridgen blasted: "This case lays bare the cost of illegal immigration to taxpayers."

A Family Court judgment revealed the mum, 37, arrived on a working holiday visa from Africa in 2004.

She then switched to a student visa until 2012.

But when she applied for UK residency a year later she was turned down.

The woman then applied for asylum, claiming she was a sex abuse and trafficking victim. Both claims were exposed as fake.

The dad, 37, arrived on a working holiday visa in around 2004.

He was convicted of possessing a fake passport and jailed for six months. ...

Mr Justice Moor said the allowance would ensure the children have a comfortable and secure life.
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Crime – human trafficking
Romany family who bought destitute slaves from Eastern Europe for £200 a head then kept them in cellars and swindled benefits in their names are found guilty of trafficking
Ed Riley
MailOnline, 12 April 2018.

Five members of a Romany family have been found guilty of trafficking homeless people from eastern Europe into Britain to work as slaves.

The group, based in Newcastle, bought and sold their victims for as little as £200, and forced them to live in cellars and sleep in cramped rooms.

The Rafael family picked them up off the streets of central Europe and then used them to claim benefits by arranging National Insurance numbers for them, but pocketed the cash themselves, Teesside Crown Court heard.

Headed by Roman Rafael, the gang, from Slovakia, were convicted of charges including forced labour, money laundering and conspiracy to traffic with a view to exploitation.

Victims were picked up from Slovakia and the Czech Republic and offered flights to the UK and work, but were then enslaved and sent to work in food packaging factories, the court heard.

Their lack of English and any documentation, as well as little access to money, effectively left them trapped.
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Immigration abroad – terrorism, France
Islamic Extremist Caught with USB Containing Identities of 2,626 French Intelligence Officials
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 12 April 2018.

A female Islamic extremist has been caught by police in possession of a USB key that contained the identities of 2,626 intelligence officials from France's Central Directorate of Interior Intelligence (DCRI).

The woman, identified as Mina B., was already known to the country's intelligence services and had been placed on the terror watch list known in France as the S-File, Le Point reports. ...

Radical Islamic sympathies within the French police are not unknown. Last year, Breitbart London reported that a man who was on the terror watch list managed to become a police officer despite being an S-File member.
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Immigration – schools, nationality data
Schools no longer have to collect data on pupils' nationality and country of birth
Eleanor Busby
Independent, 11 April 2018.

Schools will no longer be made to collect data on pupils' nationality and country of birth, following a series of court challenges by campaigners.

The Department for Education (DfE) has dropped the controversial categories from the school census just two years after the policy was introduced. ...

Schools Week reported that the DfE would write to schools, telling them they will no longer be required to fill out the nationality category of school census forms. ...

The DfE declined to comment.
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Crime – racism, discrimination
Theresa May 'got it wrong' on stop-and-search, says ex-Scotland Yard chief
Justin Davenport
Evening Standard, 11 April 2018.

Former Scotland Yard police chief Lord Stevens today said Theresa May had "got it wrong" when she ordered a reduction in stop-and-search tactics, which were an "incredibly effective tool" in tackling street crime.

Lord Stevens, Met commissioner from 2000 to 2005, told LBC's Nick Ferrari programme there needed to be strong political leadership to tackle the rise in violence in London. ...

Mrs May reformed stop and search powers in 2014 as home secretary, saying the tactic discriminated against young black men. The number of stop and searches fell hugely. Lord Stevens said: "All of us came out and said this was the wrong decision. It has to be intelligence-led and when you stop people treat them with respect but the bottom line is you have to have stop and search, it is the most incredibly effective tool and we have to get back into it."
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Citizenship – numbers, EU, UK
New statistics show almost one million people were granted EU citizenship in 2016 as Theresa May recommits to net migration target
Jack Maidment
Daily Telegraph, 10 April 2018.

Almost one million people were granted European Union citizenship in 2016, giving them the right to live and work in the UK.

Approximately 995,000 people acquired citizenship of an EU member state in the year of the Brexit referendum, a significant increase on 2015 when the figure stood at 841,000.

Meanwhile, the total number of people who were granted British citizenship stood at approximately 150,000 - an increase of almost 30 per cent on 2015.

Freedom of movement rules dictate that citizens of the EU are allowed to live and work in any of the member states. ...

The data showed that just over 10 per cent of the 995,000 people who acquired EU citizenship in 2016 were former citizens of another EU country while the vast majority came from non-EU countries or were stateless.

Moroccans, Albanians and Indians made up the three largest groups. Just over 100,000 people from Morocco, 67,500 people from Albania and 41,700 from India acquired EU citizenship. Citizens of India, Pakistan and Nigeria were the three main recipients of UK citizenship.
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Population pressure – housing
Have house prices risen because of immigrants?
Abbas Panjwani
Full Fact, 10 April 2018.

Speaking to the Sunday Times, housing minister Dominic Raab said that the government's ambition to reduce immigration to the tens of thousands would help tackle the demand side of the housing shortage, quoting analysis that immigrants had accounted for a 20% rise in house prices over the past 25 years. ...

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) told The Times that the figure couldn't be "found online or in published statistics, but said that the minister had represented the officials' work accurately," adding: "The figure was produced using an analytical model originally produced by the National Housing and Planning Advice Unit [NHPAU], which incorporates housing supply statistics."

It's inappropriate for ministers to use figures that aren't in the public domain, and figures like these should be published in full so that anyone can check where they're from and how they're calculated. ...

The Migration Observatory at Oxford University has said that the "evidence about the impact of migration on the cost of houses is inconclusive."

In 2008, Professor Stephen Nickell, head of the now-defunct NHPAU, said that with projected housebuilding and immigration rates, the average house price would rise from 7 times the average income, to 10 times the average income over the period 2006 to 2026.

However, if net migration was reduced to zero, the average house price would only increase to 9 times the average income over the same period.

He added that the NHPAU model "suggests that a 1% [...] rise in the number of households increased house prices by 2%." ...

In 2014, the MAC published another study, looking at research published by Cambridge economist, Dr Filipa Sá, which found, conversely, that immigration reduced house prices slightly at a local level. The research found that for every 1% increase in a population due to immigrants arriving in the area house prices reduced by around 1.6% or 1.7%.

Dr Sá found that the arrival of relatively less affluent immigrants in an area prompted natives to leave the area, and reduce house prices due to a mixture of reduced demand for houses and less wealth in the area. Another study found that immigration to a local area might decrease house prices at the lower end of the scale but had little impact on higher house prices. ...

Between 1991 and 2016, average UK house price increased from £57,000 to £215,000, an increase of 278%.

When factoring in inflation, according to the Consumer Price Index, the increase amounts to 113%.
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Crime – culture, multiculturalism, community cohesion
Immigration and crime, is there a link?
Dainis Ignatans, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of Huddersfield
The Conversation, 10 April 2018.

Bold newspaper headlines either blame immigrants for a whole host of issues or portray them as saintly helpers in the struggle for economic well-being. ...

The reality is that as researchers, we know little about the relationship, if any, between immigration and crime. This is in part because lowbrow journalistic obsession with immigration and crime has made it somewhat a taboo topic for research. As evidenced by the limited academic literature available, a consensus simply does not exist. ...

Research also shows that immigrants who come from culturally similar backgrounds to their new area, are likely to commit fewer crimes than the native population. Research on Los Angeles, for example, found that a higher number of Latino immigrants who were from culturally similar regions to the current residents, reduced the rates of violence in the area.

Similarly, research in Spain showed that Spanish speaking immigrants had a much more benign impact on crime than those of other origins. Such immigrants undoubtedly have an easier time moving to a new country where the culture reflects something like their own.

And yet, people from ethnic minority groups in Western countries are disproportionately likely to be arrested and imprisoned for most crime types. And asylum seekers are over-represented in the crime figures in Germany and Denmark. ...

Immigrant populations tend to be very concentrated, with people tending to reside in areas with existing communities. My recent research shows that throughout England and Wales, areas where immigrants from one single background make up a significant majority of the immigrant population, tend to be low in crime. Nearly as low in crime as the areas with small immigrant populations.

It doesn't make a difference what the background of the immigrant population is, what appears to be key is that there is a cultural similarity among the immigrant population within an area. My research also found that areas with very high numbers of immigrants that are low in crime – or below the nation's average – tend to be areas with either European or African immigrants.

But my research also showed that areas where two or more cultures (other than that of the indigenous population) are prevalent, tend to be very high in crime. This is specifically the case in areas with the highest proportions of immigrants from Asia and Europe. In these areas violent crime is 70% higher, property crime is 92% higher and vehicle crime increases by 19% compared to national average.

The research I have carried out shows the need to view culture as invaluable in the examination of the impact immigration has on crime. ...

Social housing and other affordable housing initiatives must also be thought through carefully to avoid creating cultural clashes where possible.
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Population pressure – housing
Immigration has pushed house prices up by 20 per cent over a 25-year period, says Tory minister
John Stevens
Daily Mail, 9 April 2018.

Immigration has pushed property prices up by a fifth in 25 years, housing minister Dominic Raab has said.

He is demanding that post-Brexit immigration rules take account of the negative effects of arrivals on the need for homes.

Mr Raab has passed his concerns on to the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), which is to publish a report to help the Government formulate new immigration plans.

He said: 'You've got to deal with demand as well as supply. You can't have housing taken out of the debate around immigration.

'If we delivered on the Government's target of reducing immigration to the tens of thousands every year, that would have a material impact on the number of homes we need to build every year.'

He said Office for National Statistics figures from 1991 to 2016 showed the impact on property prices, adding: 'In the last 25 years we have seen immigration put house prices up by something like 20 per cent.'

Acknowledging that immigration benefited the building industry by supplying workers, he added: 'The MAC is right to look at the positive impact immigration has had on the country.

'At the same time you can't just airbrush the costs and the impact it has on housing.' ...

Meanwhile, a report claims the value of cheaper homes falls when asylum seekers move into an area.

The study for the years 2004 to 2015 showed the impact left more expensive ones unaffected.

It said the effect was more acute in areas that voted for Brexit in 2016.

The paper by US academics William Lastrapes, of the University of Georgia, and Thomas Lebesmuelbacher, of Xavier University in Cincinnati, said asylum seekers put greater pressure on the local population than other immigrants.
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Asylum – ages
Truth about child refugees: Two-thirds quizzed about their age are found to be ADULTS, official report reveals after almost 3,000 people claiming to be unaccompanied minors apply for asylum in a year
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 9 April 2018.

Nearly two-thirds of 'child' refugees who were questioned about their real age after coming to Britain were found to be adults, an official report has found.

In one year, 65 per cent of asylum seekers assessed after claiming to be juveniles were judged to be over 18.

The report, by immigration watchdog David Bolt, revealed that the Home Office received 2,952 asylum applications from unaccompanied children in the year to June last year.

Out of these there were 705 age disputes – around a quarter of the total – where officials suspected the individual was lying about their age. Of these, 618 cases were resolved and 402 – or 65 per cent – were found to be adults.

If these asylum seekers had been treated as children it would have left councils and local taxpayers facing a care bill of millions of pounds a year. ...

Home Office figures reveal that there have been 12,942 disputes over the ages of child asylum seekers since 2006, with 5,965 – around 46 per cent – found to be over 18 in this period. ...

Reacting to the figures, Tory MP Tim Loughton, a member of the Commons home affairs select committee, said: 'This has been a problem for some time. We have been a soft touch in too many cases for asylum seekers who abuse our hospitality by elaborating their credentials. It is right we give a safe haven to those who are in danger but too often we have been too trusting.' ...

Ministers have ruled out using medical tests, including dental checks, to assess the age of migrants. Citing guidance by the Dental Medical Association, they say tests of teeth are 'inaccurate, inappropriate and unethical'.

But Britain is one of only three EU countries not to use medical checks to verify the age of child asylum seekers. The others are Ireland and Cyprus.
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Diversity – Army, armed forces
Army officers told promotion will depend on 'inclusiveness'
Joel Adams
Daily Telegraph, 9 April 2018.

Army officers could be passed over for promotion if they have not done enough to improve "inclusiveness and diversity" in their units. ...

An MOD spokesman said the requirement is "an intrinsic part of the behaviour we expect from everyone across Defence." ...

In November of 2016 a new objective was added to the checklist under the authority of then Chief of Defence People, General Richard Nugee.

Under the heading "Diversity and Inclusion" it says officers, warrant officers and NCOs should: "Promote an inclusive culture within area of responsibility, working to increase understanding and engagement through education and initiative."
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Immigration – schools, nationality data
Schools 'to drop gathering nationality data'
Sean Coughlan
BBC, 9 April 2018.

Privacy campaigners say the Department for Education is to drop the controversial requirement for schools in England to collect data about pupils' nationality.

The Against Borders for Children protest group had warned the information could be used to check on the immigration status of pupils.

Campaigners hailed it as a "victory" after a boycott and legal challenges.

The Department for Education would not confirm reports of the policy change.

A report in Schools Week says schools will be told in the next few weeks they no longer have to collect the data.

But the Department for Education has declined to deny or confirm that it is about to shift its position.

Privacy campaigners, civil liberties groups and teachers' unions had criticised the introduction in 2016 of a requirement for schools to gather data about pupils' nationality and country of birth.
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Immigration abroad – Poland
EU Head Juncker Slams Poland for Taking in Ukrainian Migrants But Not Muslims
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 9 April 2018.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Poland should not choose which refugees to admit and should accept Muslims and other groups.

President Juncker said that Poland did not show the proper 'solidarity' with the rest of the political bloc because it has only allowed in large numbers of Ukrainian migrants and not Muslims, Swedish broadcaster SVT reports. ...

Around one million Ukrainians have arrived in Poland recently as part of a six-month work visa programme introduced by the government. While some Ukrainians in Poland do not consider themselves to be refugees, a few hundred Ukrainians have been granted asylum status.
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Crime – race, police
Ex-race chief makes controversial call for tougher policing in black communities hit by knife crime than in white areas with less violence and says 'it's not white boys in Surrey who are being stabbed'
Simon Walters
Mail on Sunday, 8 April 2018.

A controversial call for tougher policing in black communities hit by knife crime than in white areas with less violence has been made by the former head of the Commission for Racial Equality.

In a move that is bound to provoke a fierce debate, lifelong community relations campaigner Trevor Phillips takes political leaders to task for failing to acknowledge that rising knife crime in London involves race. ...

In an interview with The Mail on Sunday, Mr Phillips said: 'We have to be

honest and say the central issue is not white boys in Surrey being stabbed or stabbing other people. The victims and perpetrators are mainly from a narrow range of backgrounds, and we should not be afraid to say so. They are usually from black, Afro-Caribbean backgrounds.'

Mr Phillips, whose parents came to the UK from the West Indies in the 1950s, said police 'stop and search' powers, curbed by Mrs May as Home Secretary, must be deployed in a 'more concentrated and intelligent way'.

There was no reason they should not use different methods in different parts of the country, he argued, giving Tottenham and Maidenhead as an example.

'In areas like Tottenham where I grew up and where large numbers of black children are attacking other black children, there is a case for policing them differently to places like Maidenhead where this is not the case.'

Anticipating criticism from a 'vocal minority,' he added: 'I realise some might say it is racist to use different methods of policing for areas based on their ethnic make-up, but I disagree. It is only racist if you believe all of today's policemen are idiots: I don't. And in my experience, far from being opposed to such measures, ethnic minorities are usually the ones most in favour of such action because it is their young who are being killed and beaten.' ...

... He said: 'One of the main problems we face is that nobody has had the courage to stand up and tell the truth. Unless we are honest enough to acknowledge the real nature of the problem, and in particular the fact that it has racial and cultural dimensions, all we are doing is flapping our lips and virtue signalling.' ...

Mr Phillips, 64, was head of the Commission for Racial Equality from 2003 to 2006 and took over its successor, the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
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Diversity – discrimination, employment, heritage
WHITES NEED NOT APPLY: Brits of English Heritage Banned from Paid Training Postsà at English Heritage
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 8 April 2018.

Historic England, the public body tasked with preserving England's heritage, is advertising paid training placements for itself, the National Trust, English Heritage and other bodies which are not open to white people. ...

"If you're interested in gaining skills and experience for a career in heritage and identify as having Black, Asian or other Minority Ethnic Heritage or mixed heritage (jump to Background to find out why), please see how to apply below."

The 'background' section of the advert explains how the Tory government published a Culture White Paper in March 2016 which "challenged Historic England and other nationally funded cultural organisations to develop and share strategies for improving workforce diversity."

It explains how, "In response, Historic England developed a Workforce Diversity Strategy which has several strands of activity but one of the most significant is a new paid Heritage Training Placements scheme for undergraduates and recent graduates with Black, Asian or other Minority Ethnic Heritage."

The result is that the paid training placements – which are being offered not only at Historic England but also other public bodies including the National Trust, the Heritage Alliance, and English Heritage – are not actually open to applicants of English heritage.
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Terrorism – London transport
Revealed: Purge of extremist workers on London transport network
Martin Bentham
Evening Standard, 7 April 2018.

A purge of potential terrorists working on London's transport system is being carried out to protect the public from another Islamic State attack, Britain's security minister revealed today.

Ben Wallace said that extremists who "would pose a risk to London and its transport network" had already been removed from their posts during an intensive drive to identify potential attackers.

He revealed that the new action was intended to help police and the intelligence agencies cope with the "acute" threat and suggested that further removals would take place as part of the continued effort to disrupt would-be terrorists before they could strike. ...

Mr Wallace said that with about 3,000 terror suspects under active scrutiny and a further 20,000 logged as former "subjects of interest", police and MI5 needed other methods, beyond arresting suspects, to keep the public safe. Disrupting potential attackers through early intervention was one way, particularly when they could use their jobs for malign purposes.
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Illegal immigration – crime
International strike hits people smuggling network, NCA arrest suspected head
National Crime Agency, 6 April 2018.

An international law enforcement operation has disrupted what is believed to be one of the most significant people smuggling networks operating between Iraq and the UK.

National Crime Agency (NCA) officers arrested three suspected members of the group yesterday in the North West of England and Staffordshire. ...

These arrests, for suspected immigration offences, coincided with the arrests of two men in the Ghent area of Belgium following several months of joint operational work between the NCA and Belgian Federal Police. ...

The operation followed arrests made last month in Germany and Romania, coordinated by Europol and Eurojust.

The suspects, all from or with links to the Kurdish community, are believed to be part of a network of smugglers, couriers and complicit lorry drivers stretching from Iraq to the UK.

The NCA believes the network are behind the smuggling of almost three thousand migrants into Europe in a three month period last year. Many were trying to reach the UK.
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Diversity – theatre
Lusty revival has two waggy stars
Quentin Letts
Daily Mail, 6 April 2018.

The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich Swan Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon)

Two gorgeous lurchers nearly steal the show in a largely forgotten 1700 comedy by Mary Pix. ...

Jo Davies's Royal Shakespeare Company production opens with four female saxophonists jamming away in period garb. ...

Was Mr Wringer cast because he is black? If so, the RSC's clunking approach to politically correct casting has again weakened its stage product.

I suppose its managers are under pressure from the Arts Council to tick inclusiveness boxes, but at some point they are going to have to decide if their core business is drama or social engineering.
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Crime – illegal immigration
Home Office official was the ringleader of £6 million conspiracy which allowed 437 illegal immigrants into Britain
Christian Gysin
Daily Mail, 4 April 2018.

A Home Office official was at the centre of a £6 million conspiracy which allowed hundreds of illegal immigrants into the country.

Shamsu Iqbal, 61, was the lynchpin of a gang which exploited his 'trusted' position to falsify records for at least 437 people.

Yesterday all four men involved in the scam were found guilty following a trial and will now be sentenced at a hearing next week. ...

The potential loss to the taxpayer was assessed by Home Office statisticians as £56 million, based on the amount the 437 illegal immigrants could have falsely claimed in benefits over the six years of the fraud.

However, exactly how many immigrants were given 'ghost' identities may never be known.

The conspiracy netted the gang themselves more than £6.18 million, with much of the money spirited back to Pakistan, Bangladesh and Dubai, where the criminals have strong links.

When ringleader Iqbal was arrested investigators found bank accounts containing more than £1 million in cash. ...

A senior Home Office source told the Mail: 'The bottom line is that we may never know the true number of people this gang helped stay in the country.

'There could be literally hundreds more on their books that we simply haven't found.

'The deception that has been allowed to go on for years is highly embarrassing to the Home Office.

'Some of those given new identities could even be potential terrorists. Many of them have simply melted away meaning we will never trace them.'

Iqbal's co-accused were Sheikh Muhammad Usman, 45, legal case worker Mohammad Khawar Aftab Hussain, 49, and worker Mohammad Ibrahim Ali, 48.

Usman is a qualified lawyer of Pakistani origin who worked at a number of firms in London. British citizen Hussain, who was born in Pakistan, and Ali, who came to Britain from Bangladesh aged 12, both worked at solicitors' practices in London.
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Terrorism – France, Europe
France puts 78,000 security threats on vast police database
Lori Hinnant
Associated Press, 4 April 2018.

France has flagged more than 78,000 people as security threats in a database intended to let European police share information on the continent's most dangerous residents – more than all other European countries put together – according to an analysis by The Associated Press. ...

The Schengen database – which is separate to the Europol database and far more widely used – forms the backbone of European security, allowing police, judicial authorities and other law enforcement to immediately check whether a person is wanted or missing, or a car is stolen, or a firearm is legal, for example. ...

But a relatively unknown provision in European law allows countries to flag people for the "discreet checks" – allowing law enforcement in one country to notify counterparts elsewhere of a person's location and activities. Use of the system – intended for individuals who pose a threat to national security or public safety – has expanded enormously since Islamic State extremists attacked Paris and Brussels in 2015 and 2016, from 69,475 in 2015 to 134,662 last year, according to data from EU-LISA and Germany.
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Immigration abroad – deportation, Israel
Israel cancels UN deal to resettle African migrants
Bethan McKernan
Independent, 4 April 2018.

Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he is cancelling yesterday's agreement with the UN to relocate thousands of African asylum seekers to Western countries. ...

Israel has faced intense criticism over new plans to make 37,000 African migrants and asylum seekers choose between deportation to either Rwanda or Uganda, or face an unspecified amount of jail time.

The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR stepped in on Monday with an offer to resettle around half of the adult male immigrants, who are mostly Sudanese and Eritrean. The other half were to be allowed to stay in Israel.

Women, children and the elderly are supposed to be exempt from all deportation plans.

While no states were named, the prime minister suggested Germany, Canada and Italy were destinations. ...

Despite initially praising the deal at a news conference in Jerusalem, the prime minister announced he was suspending its implementation a few hours later. ...

The UN itself has urged the Israeli government to reconsider the U-turn.
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Politics – Conservative Party
Theresa May could be forced to give up her 100,000 a year immigration target to get a Brexit trade deal with the EU as her top ministers push for concessions to get a better agreement
Tim Sculthorpe
MailOnline, 3 April 2018.

Theresa May could be forced to abandon her 100,000 a year immigration target by top ministers who back concessions to get a better trade deal with the EU.

The Prime Minister has long been a 'hawk' on immigration but is outnumbered in her own Cabinet by ministers who are back higher numbers of arrivals.

Senior Brexiteers Boris Johnson and Michael Gove are among ministers who have publicly spoken in favour of migration to Britain continuing after Brexit so long as it is under the control of the Government.

Allowing EU citizens who have a job offer to continue to come to Britain after Brexit could encourage Brussels to agree a more comprehensive trade deal.

But it would likely end hopes of ever slashing migration - currently running at almost 250,000 a year - to the long-held Tory target of 100,000.

One Cabinet minister ally of Mrs May told The Sun: 'If you look at the members of the Strategy and Negotiations Committee, they are all entrenched on their various positions about our red lines, expect for immigration.

'That is the one area they'll all happily trade apart from her, because Rudd, Hammond, Boris and Gove are all pro-migration.'
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Immigration abroad – USA
Migrant caravan heading to U.S. border puts Mexico in tough spot with Trump
Delphine Schrank and Mica Rosenberg
Reuters, 3 April 2018.

In some of the Mexican towns playing host to a "caravan" of more than 1,200 Central American migrants heading to the U.S. border, the welcome mat has been rolled out despite President Donald Trump's call for Mexican authorities to stop them.

Local officials have offered lodging in town squares and empty warehouses or arranged transport for the migrants, participants in a journey organized by the immigrant advocacy group Pueblo Sin Fronteras. The officials have conscripted buses, cars, ambulances and police trucks. But the help may not be entirely altruistic. ...

Trump railed on Twitter against the caravan on Monday, accusing Mexico of "doing very little, if not NOTHING" to stop the flow of immigrants crossing the U.S. border illegally. ...

Pueblo Sin Fronteras has helped coordinate migrant caravans for the last several years, though previously they had a maximum of several hundred participants.
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Immigration – politics, Enoch Powell, public opinion
Fifty years after Rivers of Blood, Powell's legacy is increased immigration
Margaret Ashworth
Conservative Woman, 3 April 2018.

Who has done most to push up immigration and advance multiculturalism and political correctness in this country? ...

It is none other than J Enoch Powell, still the bogeyman of British politics 50 years after his 'Rivers of Blood' speech in Birmingham on April 20, 1968 which catapulted him to a special position in the liberal Left's chamber of horrors.

Powell, the MP for Wolverhampton and shadow defence minister, gazed into the future and warned about the dangers of large-scale immigration from other cultures, urging repatriation. ...

... His speech was denounced as 'evil' by The Times.

Beneath the chorus of disapproval from the Establishment, a Gallup poll found that 73 per cent of the public agreed with the speech. The white working class were particularly supportive of Powell: dockers and meat porters marched to have him reinstated. (The white working class compounded their sin by voting Thatcher, and have been held in contempt ever since by the Left, which set about destroying their habitat and culture, not least by allowing mass immigration. They are collateral damage of Powell's showboating.) ...

It is worth remembering that Powell's speech was aimed at the Labour government's Race Relations Act 1968, which helped immigrants to get council housing without having lived in an area for any length of time. Its consequences were far-reaching. Decades of resentment about council housing have followed it. ...

He clearly fancied himself as a seer, and any serious consideration of life in modern Britain must conclude that he was at least correct in predicting trouble ahead. Britain is now an angry, divided country. Towns and cities have been radically altered and often ghettoised. Multiculturalism is officially a failure: Trevor Phillips, the former head of the Commission for Racial Equality, has said on numerous occasions that the doctrine is a failure and a 'racket'. The director general of MI5, Andrew Parker, made a rare public appearance last year to warn the public about the serious and growing problem of Islamist terror. Yet the liberal Left establishment are not minded to admit there is anything wrong with our 'vibrantly diverse' society. It makes you wonder just how much blood would have to be spilled before they would admit error.

Powell started and finished his speech with two sentences which indicate that he felt it his bounden duty to tell the truth as he saw it: 'The supreme function of statesmanship is to provide against preventable evils.' 'All I know is that to see, and not to speak, would be the great betrayal.'

Alas, by making a speech that was both highfalutin and offensively redolent of the public bar ('piccaninnies', 'negroes') the show-off Powell closed down an important debate. Serious public discussion of mass immigration was virtually impossible for decades afterwards – surely not what he had hoped to achieve. The speech ruined his own career. It energised and baited the May '68 generation, who went on sedulously to institute and enforce political correctness and multiculturalism throughout British institutions.
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Immigration – Europe, UN, public opinion
UN Easter Message: Migration Is 'Inevitable – Desirable – Necessary'
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
Breitbart, 3 April 2018.

The United Nations migration agency (IOM) has posted an upbeat Easter message celebrating international migration as not only inevitable, but also necessary and "desirable."

The UN message – which seems to echo the position of George Soros and his Open Society Foundations – follows hard on the heels of a Europe-wide survey on immigration, which found that a striking 78 percent of European citizens want tighter control of Europe's external borders. ...

Europeans expressed anxiety over the prospect of Africans migrants arriving en masse into Europe over the next decade, with 68 percent of those polled saying they either "strongly fear" or "moderately fear" such a scenario.
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Immigration – EU migrants
Immigration BETRAYAL: UK to make it EASIER for EU migrants to stay in Britain after Brexit
John Thalassites
Daily Express, 2 April 2018.

Brexit will make it easier for EU migrants to stay in the UK, despite the government's promises to "take back control" of our borders, an immigration document has revealed.

The sensational policy paper suggests the government wants to remove requirements dictating permanent residency applicants must show they have sickness insurance and work that is "genuine and effective".

Now Theresa May plans to enact "a presumption to grant rather than refuse" settled status in the UK - and officials expect immigration numbers to rocket as a result.

Meanwhile leaked Home Office documents warn ministers that any dilution of border controls post-Brexit could be "targeted by organised criminality, fraudulent or abusive applicants". ...

Officials believe there will be "large spikes in applications" during the 20-month Brexit implementation period from March 29 2019 to December 31 2020, dubbed 'New Year's Leave'. ...

In fact the government has also refused to spell out how a new visa system for EU migrants might work - and refuses to guarantee that EU citizens will not get a special deal at the end of the implementation period.
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Immigration abroad – Republic of Ireland
'Ireland is being repopulated and it doesn't seem to matter to the powers that be who is coming' - Kevin Sharkey calls for 'open dialogue' on immigration
Sean Nolan
Irish Independent, 2 April 2018.

Prospective Presidential candidate Kevin Sharkey has called for an honest, open dialogue on immigration as he outlined some of his views on the subject in a television interview. ...

When Mr D'Arcy put it Mr Sharkey that his stance was somewhat ironic considering his own background, Mr Sharkey replied: "My father was an immigrant, there are a lot of positive aspects to immigration but it is going to end up coming down to one thing and that is numbers. ...

"We should have an honest open dialogue about it without being shut down and called racist. ...

"I've seen the effect of the good and the bad sides of immigration, you know, how it helps a country to grow and develop. And also how sometimes it puts a strain on the resources. We are a very small country and I have spent a long time wondering at what point do we say 'we need to start looking after Irish people as a priority'.

"People talk about the housing crisis in Ireland. I don't think it is so much of a housing crisis, I think it is a priority crisis.

"The armed forces are underfunded, the hospitals, the housing situation... it is very difficult to explain to people why you are not in a priority position if you are Irish. Why we are seen, more and more, as a go-to destination." ...

"It matters to me very much that in 200 years, Ireland is still Ireland. I think they way we are at the moment I worry that that is not going to be the case." ...

"What I have concluded is what is really going on is Ireland is being repopulated and it doesn't seem to matter to the powers that be who is coming. They are not going to end up in Dublin 4.

"If we don't protect our future, if we don't protect what we have, what has made us Irish, we won't be Irish in 200 years."
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Multiculturalism – Islam
Londonistan: 423 New Mosques; 500 Closed Churches
Giulio Meotti
Gatestone Institute, 2 April 2018.

"London is more Islamic than many Muslim countries put together", according to Maulana Syed Raza Rizvi, one of the Islamic preachers who now lead "Londonistan", as the journalist Melanie Phillips has called the English capital. No, Rizvi is not a right-wing extremist. Wole Soyinka, a Nobel Laureate for Literature, was less generous; he called the UK "a cesspit for Islamists".

"Terrorists can not stand London multiculturalism", London's mayor Sadiq Khan said after the recent deadly terror attack at Westminster. The opposite is true: British multiculturalists are feeding Islamic fundamentalism. Above all, Londonistan, with its new 423 mosques, is built on the sad ruins of English Christianity.

... Not only buildings are converted, but also people. The number of converts to Islam has doubled; often they embrace radical Islam, as with Khalid Masood, the terrorist who struck Westminster. ...

... Given the current trends, Christianity in England is becoming a relic, while Islam will be the religion of the future.

In Birmingham, the second-largest British city, where many jihadists live and orchestrate their attacks, an Islamic minaret dominates the sky. ...

Most important cities have huge Muslim populations: Manchester (15.8%), Birmingham (21.8%) and Bradford (24.7%). /.../ In Bradford and Leicester, half the children are Muslim. Muslims do not need to become the majority in the UK; they just need gradually to Islamize the most important cities. ...

According to Innes Bowen, writing in The Spectator, only two of the 1,700 mosques in Britain today follow the modernist interpretation of Islam, compared with 56% in the United States. The Wahhabis control six percent of mosques in the UK, while the fundamentalist Deobandi control up to 45%. ...

... The British cultural establishment is rapidly capitulating to Islamic fundamentalists in accepting their demands. ...

... The British ambassador in Saudi Arabia, Simon Collis, converted to Islam and completed the pilgrimage to Mecca, the hajj. He now calls himself Haji Collis.

What will be next?
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Racism – xenophobia, Brexit
The myth of a post-Brexit surge in hate
Jim Butcher
Spiked, 2 April 2018.

Ever since Britons voted to leave the EU in June 2016, we have been told by campaigners against Brexit that the vote was a product of xenophobia and hate, and also that it further inflamed these prejudices. This oft repeated assumption has served to disparage Brexit voters, who are viewed as having been carried along by this tide of racism. And yet the assumption is unfounded. As even new research from the EU itself suggests.

... Fifteen months after the vote, Matthew D'Ancona, developing the oceanic theme, claimed Leave had 'surfed to victory on a tide of xenophobia, bogus nostalgia and pettiness'.

... Recently, Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable caricatured older Brexit voters as embracing 'nostalgia for a world where passports were blue, faces were white and the map was coloured imperial pink'.

If the Brexit tide of xenophobia thesis was true, it would surely be reflected in attitudes to EU migrants. Yet the EU's own survey data over the period of November 2014 (the earliest figures quoted) to November 2017 (the latest figures, just released) provide substantial evidence against any 'tide of xenophobia' against EU immigrants.

The EU report itself states that 'UK attitudes towards immigration and free movement are noticeably more positive than before the referendum on June 2016', and that, '[c]ompared with Spring 2016, the number of respondents who consider immigration to be one of the two most important issues, both on an individual basis and facing the country as a whole, has halved'.
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Crime – knife crime
London cops 'scared' to stop and search as city's murder rate passes New York, says Met Chief
David Wooding
The Sun on Sunday, 1 April 2018.

Britain's top cop admits PCs are too scared to stop and search suspects, despite an eight-year high in knife crime that has seen London overtake New York for murders.

Cressida Dick said officers feared breaching rules on harassing ethnic minorities.

The Met chief said: "Cops probably did lose confidence. They were fearful they might get into trouble or might not be supported if they had a complaint."

So far this year fifteen people have been murdered in the capital, compared to 14 in New York. ...

Blades killed 215 in England and Wales in the past year and crimes top 100 a day.

Ms Dick hinted at a rise in checks. ...

"So it's one thing you'll see in the next year. We won't be held back by political correctness. But it will be fair and irrespective of race."
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Crime – knife crime
Untie the hands of the police, PM, and let them end scourge of knife crime
Sir Mike Penning
The Sun on Sunday, 1 April 2018.

Britain is in the grip of a knife crime epidemic – and it is spreading far beyond our inner cities. ...

But carrying blades is no longer restricted to youths in the capital.

The routine carrying of weapons has infected leafy market towns and shire counties across the nation. ...

Last year, 37,443 offences in England and Wales involved a knife or a blade – that's equivalent to 102 EVERY DAY. ...

Fatal stabbings in England and Wales are at their highest level since 2011.

There were 215 deaths involving a knife or other sharp instrument in the year to March, according to the Office for National Statistics.

And police say the overwhelming majority have absolutely no links to gangs.

It is no coincidence the record rise in knife crime comes as there is a dramatic fall in the use of police stop and search powers.

Random spot checks have plunged 80 per cent in less than a decade, from 1.5 million a year to 303,000.

Officers tell me that frisking a youth in the street has become too big a risk in these politically correct days. ...

For years, stop and search was a key tool in the policy armoury. ...

Officers have told me that unless they can see a weapon, they will not even consider stopping a suspect.

It is not only knife crime that can be detected using stop and search.

Acid attacks are also on the rise and there has been a sharp rise in masked moped gangs carrying knives and corrosives to steal smartphones from pedestrians.

Cops are petrified of using stop and search because it could destroy their careers. ...

The real expectation of being caught and sent to prison will make young people think twice about leaving home carrying a deadly weapon.

So I urge the Prime Minister to untie the hands of the police and let them use one of their best preventative weapons.

I urge you to reverse this politically correct nonsense issued by the police college and others in high office.
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