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Updated 3 December 2016
Isil have 'several dozen' operatives in Europe and could strike with car bombs, Europol warns
Daily Telegraph, 3 December 2016.
Isil is believed to have "several dozen" operatives in Europe and
may soon try to bring car bombs and other tactics from the battlefields of
the Middle East to the streets of European cities, the EU's police agency
Europol issued a new report saying that the jihadist
group was changing its tactics as it lost ground in Syria and Iraq but
remained determined to strike against Britain and other European countries
taking part in the anti-Isil coalition.
The agency said Islamic
State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) operatives would most likely stick with
methods that worked successfully in their attacks in Paris and Belgium,
where squads of fighters armed with suicide vests and automatic weapons
were able to inflict mass casualties.
But Europol said Isil may
also try to import tactics from Syria and Iraq. "Modi operandi employed in
Syria and Iraq, such as the use of car bombs, extortion and kidnappings may
be employed as methods of attack in the EU," the report said.
agency said that European jihadists may begin trying to return to their
home countries in large numbers as Isil loses territority in the Middle
"Those who manage to enter the EU will pose a potential
security risk for the Union. Given the high numbers involved, this
represents a significant and long-term security challenge."
Immigration Ukrainians, EU
Mass EU immigration UNCOVERED: Millions of Ukrainians on their way to Europe
Jon Rogers and Monika Pallenberg
Daily Express, 3 December 2016.
Around two million Ukrainians are believed to have moved to the
European Union - with the encouragement of the eastern European countries.
The Visegrád group of countries - Hungary, Poland, Slovakia
and the Czech Republic - have reportedly been encouraging Ukrainians to
move to those countries as they try to solve their labour shortage
According to leading German paper Die Welt, the countries
have been encouraging immigration from the Ukraine as a way of not having
to take in asylum seekers from the Middle East.
Ukrainians are now living in the Czech Republic and one million in Poland.
Around 230,000 Ukrainians were reported to be in Italy at the
end of 2014, around 130,000 in Germany, almost 100,000 in Spain and some
40,000 in Portugal.
In the UK, which is not part of the Schengen
area that allows free movement of people, the Ukrainian Embassy says there
are 30,000 of its countrymen and women living here.
Multiculturalism identity, race, racism, religion, ethnicity
The lesson of 2016 is that identity matters even for white people
New Statesman, 2 December 2016.
How do white people feel about being white? It's a difficult
question. ... For most of the 20th century, to be white in Britain was to
be utterly unexceptional. In many places, it still is: Worcester, where I
grew up, is 92.4 per cent white. There, white people are just people.
Second, for pollsters there is a huge roadblock when it comes to
surveying our attitudes to race: "social desirability bias". Before
answering the question, we do a mental check. Will this make me sound
Yet we must investigate majority identities, simply because
so many of those who hold them do feel under threat. The election of Donald
Trump was powered by white voters who were concerned about immigration,
about jobs going overseas and about becoming a minority in the US by 2045.
The places in Britain with the strongest concerns about immigration are
those where the demographics have changed most quickly. ...
YouGov. The polling company offered to work with me on questions that would
tease out attitudes to race, and asked them of 1,632 adults (online, to
reduce social desirability bias to a minimum).
In total, 46 per
cent thought Britain was a "Christian country", against 35 per cent who did
not. /.../ The numbers grew with age, from 19 per cent of
18-to-24-year-olds to 65 per cent of over-65s. There was no real class,
gender or geographic divide.
The figures for whether Britain is a
"white country" told a similar story: 40 per cent overall said it was,
while 42 per cent said it wasn't. ...
YouGov also asked
respondents how important eight factors were to their identity: job,
parents, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, nationality, religion and where they
lived. The most important were parents and nationality: 88 per cent of Ukip
voters said the latter was very important or quite important. Other results
were more surprising. "Ethnicity is a more important part of people's
identity than religion, with 54 per cent saying it is very or fairly
important," says the researcher Chris Curtis. ...
Looking at the
figures, it becomes apparent that older voters are much more socially
conservative than Generation Z, and they have a stronger feeling that
Britain is a white, Christian country. Because their turnout rates are so
much higher, that matters. Any party that wants to win over older voters
will need to speak to their sense of patriotism and national identity. ...
The lesson of 2016 is that even those with majority identities now
feel under threat and, as a result, they experience those identities
more keenly. And if more white people feel white, that changes politics.
Immigration abroad Germany
How was a gay Islamist porn star able to penetrate Germany's intelligence agency?
Spectator blog, 2 December 2016.
Anybody who has observed Germany in recent years may have noticed
that the country's politicians have gone a bit nuts. For instance, it
isn't just Chancellor Merkel but a broad swathe of the German political
class, who believe it wise to invite an additional 1-2 percent of the
population into the country in a year and only wonder afterwards whether
this was a good idea. ...
So the news that the BfV has been
penetrated by an Islamic extremist who planned to blow up the agency's
headquarters is not reassuring. ...
Had he not plotted to blow up
the country's intelligence HQ, a German Muslim with a gay porn star past
would ordinarily be hailed as a great integration success story. But
anti-climactically it seems that the whole thing carries few lessons for
the integration industry. The retired porn-star jihadi is not only a
convert to Islam but also of Spanish descent, and thus cannot present a
viable integration strategy for all the young African and Middle Eastern
males who Angela Merkel has chosen to make up the next generation of
Immigration abroad people smuggling, Libya, Italy
Libya's coastal cities are 'making millions from people smuggling'
Independent, 2 December 2016.
Libya's coastal cities are making up to 325m (£272m) in
revenue each year from people smuggling, the commander of a EU military
task force in the Mediterranean Sea says in a confidential report.
In a report to the EU's 28 nations, Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino
warns "migrant smuggling, originating far beyond Libyan borders, remains a
major source of income among locals in Libyan coastal cities".
report, which was issued to EU member nations on Wednesday and seen by The
Associated Press, provides no details as to how the figure was calculated.
Mr Credendino also notes that Islamic extremist groups are
among those involved in the smuggling business, which sometimes begins far
south in Africa's Sahel zone.
"Al-Qaida and al-Qaida AQIM [al-Qaida
in the Islamic Maghreb], aligned with the Tuareg tribe in southwestern
Libya, are assessed to be financially exploiting these smuggling routes,"
he says. ...
Last week, authorities in Italy they had recorded a
record number of arrivals by sea this year, with one month still to go in
Over 171,000 migrants have arrived, which beats the previous
annual record of 170,100 from 2014.
Isis recruiters targeting refugees in Europe, say counter-terror experts
The Guardian, 2 December 2016.
Islamic State recruiters are targeting vulnerable refugees in
Europe to radicalise them in an effort to further polarise the European
Union population, counter-terror experts have warned.
law enforcement agency of the EU, said it was in the interests of Islamic
State to inflame the migration crisis and to turn EU citizens against
refugees seeking asylum.
A number of jihadis are already travelling
through Europe for this purpose and German authorities were aware of about
300 recorded attempts to recruit refugees trying to enter Europe by April
2016, Europol said in its report, Changes in Modus Operandi of IS
However, Europol said the extent of such
infiltration was unknown, making the subject susceptible to exaggeration
and exploitation by populist factions and extreme rightwing parties.
SHOCK POLL: Four in ten British Muslims want some aspect of Sharia Law enforced in UK
Daily Express, 2 December 2016.
More than four in ten British Muslims want to see at least some
aspects of Sharia Law in force in the UK, an opinion poll revealed last
Forty-three per cent of followers of the religion living in
the country believed that parts of the Islamic legal system should replace
British law while only 22 per cent opposed the idea.
also found "deeply worrying" levels of belief among British Muslims in
conspiracy theories such as blaming the US government or "Jews" for the
9/11 terror attacks on America.
The findings were revealed last
night in one of the biggest surveys of opinion among Muslims ever carried
out in the UK. Data from the polling firm ICM showed very similar views to
the rest of the UK population on a range of key issues including the NHS,
unemployment and immigration.
But the research commissioned by the
Westminster-based think tank Policy Research found stark differences with
other sections of society on the issues of Sharia Law and some aspects of
the terrorist threat.
The findings were set out in the report
"Unsettled Belonging: Britain's Muslim Communities" published by Policy
Exchange last night.
More than 3,000 Muslims living in Britain were
quizzed for the research.
When asked whether "particular aspects"
of sharia law should be introduced "instead of British law" in the survey,
16 per cent of respondents "strongly" supported the idea while 25 per cent
said they "tend to support" the idea. ...
When it came to 9/11, 31
per cent of Muslims quizzed in the survey thought the US Government was to
blame while 7 per cent blamed "the Jews".
In contrast, only 4 per
cent thought the terror group Al Qaeda was behind the attacks on New York
Twin Towers and other targets. ...
Dr Martyn Frampton, co-author
of the report, and Head of Security and Counter Extremism at Policy
Exchange, said the evidence of belief in "conspiracy theory" was "deeply
"Unlike the general population, nearly a third of
British Muslims believe the American government was responsible for the
attacks on the Twin Towers, while a surprisingly tiny number attributed
blame to al-Qaeda." ...
The report said found that 26 per cent of
Muslims did not believe in extremism and 48 per cent would not turn to the
police if someone close to them became involved with people linked to
It found 93 per cent of respondents had a fairly
strong or very strong attachment to Britain and more than half wanted to
fully integrate with non-Muslims in all aspects of life.
Muslims condemned terrorism than the rest of the population - 90 per cent
to 84 per cent - and 55 per cent wanted to see extra police on the streets.
The report found that the Muslim Council of Britain enjoys little
support in the community, with just 9 per cent of respondents backing it.
Border controls ports
British borders are weakened by poor information at ports, the terror watchdog has warned
Daily Telegraph, 2 December 2016.
British borders are weakened in the fight against terror because
ports do not receive good enough advance information about passengers, a
watchdog has warned.
David Anderson QC's damning report concluded
that port staff are "impaired" in their ability to fight terrorism and
block people who should not be coming into the country because of poor
records kept by travel firms.
The Independent Reviewer of Terror
legislation said that passenger lists, which help police and border force
officers identify people who should be stopped on entering or leaving the
UK, are often incomplete and are provided too late.
Immigration numbers, statistics
To restore Britain's faith in the immigration system, we need statistics we can trust
Daily Telegraph, 2 December 2016.
How many people come to Britain from other countries to work? How
many leave to live elsewhere? The Office for National Statistics says the
balance of those two figures in the year to June was 335,000, a figure
almost laughably far from the "tens of thousands" ministers have promised
since 2010 but never delivered.
The consequences of that failure
are profound, and not just for the communities and public services left to
accommodate large numbers of newcomers. Failure on immigration has corroded
trust in the political system as a whole. ...
The data on which
this whole debate rests are beset with problems. The figures for people
leaving the UK are based on a very limited snapshot survey of airport
passengers; scandalously, Britain does not count people departing. Worse,
there may be serious discrepancies between the number of EU nationals
recorded entering the UK and the number of National Insurance numbers
granted to Europeans, a statistical gap that suggests Europeans are
undercounted in migration figures.
Immigration abroad Algeria, France
How Algeria could destroy the EU
The Spectator, 3 December 2016.
It is more than possible that before any Brexit deal is discussed,
let alone concluded, the EU will have effectively collapsed. And the key
factor could be the demise of Algeria's leader of 17 years. ...
Among people who know Algeria well, there is little doubt that he is
severely incapacitated and does not have much time left. That means that
his regime does not have much time left either. The consequences of that
will stretch far beyond Algeria.
When Bouteflika goes, Algeria will
probably implode. The Islamists who have been kept at bay by his iron hand
will exploit the vacuum. Tensions that have been buried since the civil war
will re-emerge. And then Europe could be overwhelmed by another great wave
of refugees from North Africa. ...
It was only 24 years ago that
150,000 died in an Algerian civil war between the Islamists and the state.
This time, things will be far more bloody, not least because of the
development of armed Islamism over the past few years. ...
Algerian civil war would create huge numbers of refugees. One analyst told
me he expects 10 to 15 million Algerians will try to leave. Given Algeria's
history, they would expect to be rescued by one nation: France. In its
impact on the EU, even a fraction of this number would dwarf the effect of
the Syrian civil war. ...
... An Algerian civil war and the
ensuing refugee crisis would shake France to the core.
Immigration to UK hit record levels in run-up to Brexit vote, latest figures show
The Guardian, 1 December 2016.
Immigration to Britain hit its highest ever annual level of 650,000
in the run-up to the Brexit referendum, new official figures have revealed.
But the latest official figures show that since the Brexit vote in
June new national insurance registrations by workers from the European
Union have fallen, with the largest drop 17% among workers
from Poland and other east European countries.
The latest quarterly
figures show that annual net migration to Britain in the 12 months to June
2016 continued at a record level of 335,000, according to the Office of
The figures show that level of net migration
from the European Union is also at historically high levels and now matches
net migration from outside the EU.
The record 650,000 level of
immigration in the year to June 2016 was made up of 284,000 EU citizens
coming to live and work in Britain, 289,000 coming from outside Europe and
77,000 Britons returning to live in the UK. The most common reason they
came to Britain was to work.
70 per cent of newborns in London have at least one foreign parent - and the figure is 33 per cent across the rest of England and Wales
Daily Mail, 1
Seven out of every ten children born in London last year had at
least one foreign-born parent, official figures reveal, with the figure as
high as 86 per cent in some suburbs.
The number of children born in
England and Wales with at least one parent born overseas has soared to a
record 33 per cent up from just 21.2 per cent in 2000, when Tony
Blair's government was opening the gates to mass migration from Eastern
In the eastern borough of Newham, the proportion was
86.4 per cent or 5,378 out of 6,226 babies. Brent, in North-West
London, came next with 86.2 per cent, followed by Westminster (83.5 per
cent) and Kensington and Chelsea (83.2 per cent).
In only four of
32 London boroughs were fewer than half of births to non-British parents.
The figures were revealed by National Statistician John Pullinger in a
letter published by the House of Commons.
The data is a striking
illustration of the way mass migration is changing the face of the country
and placing additional pressure on public services, including
hospitals, clinics and education services. ...
In the latest set
of figures, published in August, net migration totalled 327,000 in the year
to March before Britain voted to leave the EU. That was down
slightly on the record 336,000 recorded a year earlier.
Immigration EU migrants, registration
Registering all 3.3m EU migrants living in the UK is a 'FORMIDABLE' task, expert warns
Daily Express, 1 December 2016.
Registering more than 3.3 million EU nationals living in the UK
prior to Brexit to establish who can remain in Britain could prove a
"formidable task", a migration advisor has warned.
a research fellow at the National Institute of Economic and Social
Research, warned that logging the details of all EU nationals who have
lived in the UK prior to Brexit would prove a "formidable logistical,
bureaucratic, administrative and legal task" for Government.
former chief economist at the Cabinet Office rejected a "cut off date"
proposal raised by David Davis, Secretary of State for Exiting the European
Union, who suggested that rather than examining the individual details of
each migrant's case, all EU nationals living in the UK on the date of the
referendum should automatically be allowed to remain.
said: "There is no definition of resident, no proof of residence, for
people who have been here. What about the Polish shopkeeper who went home
on 23 June? We do not know who was in the country."
Portes advised the Government to consider how urgent and important it is to
register EU migrants.
He also raised concerns about the impact on
the economy of ending the free movement of low-skilled workers from the EU,
which he claimed could lead to businesses shutting down, food price hikes
and cuts to social care.
Immigration EU migrants
EU immigration has Britain at BREAKING POINT and Brexit must put a stop to it, blasts Lord
Daily Express, 1 December 2016.
Immigration at its current level will see Britain's population rise
by half a million people a year, most of them from the European Union, and
Brexit must put a stop to it, says a prominent member of the House of
Lord Andrew Green, former British Ambassador to Syria and
Saudi Arabia, has said a Brexit deal with Brussels that ties Britain into
the free movement of people would be "immoral" and shake public confidence
in the political system.
Lord Green, who founded the think tank
Migration Watch UK, said the inability to control Britain's borders was a
major factor in people voting to leave the European Union and he is adamant
the current level of immigration is unsustainable.
Speaking at an
event hosted by the Bruges Group in London, he said: "As for the
immigration chapter of the Brexit negotiations, I submit that the situation
had become untenable.
"With one hundred million people in Eastern
Europe at a standard of living of a third or a quarter of our own, a
continuing substantial inflow was a racing certainty.
massive levels of youth unemployment in Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece
are likely to be a push factor for a considerable period.
estimate is that net migration from the EU would have continued at about
150,000 a year well into the medium term."
He added: "The prospect
that is hanging over the entire Brexit negotiation is that immigration is
at 330,000 a year for the foreseeable future.
increase that will require us to build the equivalent of a huge city the
size of Liverpool every year, and 90 per cent of it is in England alone.
"The general public can now see very clearly that the whole scale
and nature of our society is being changed, and without their consent."
'Not Only Is Immigration Out Of Control, But Brexit Won't Stop It'
LBC, 1 December 2016.
The horrendous record immigration figures just published of 650,000
in the last 12 months suggests that not only is immigration out of control,
but also that exiting the European Union won't necessarily stop it.
Or at least, not, in the immortal words of Tommy Cooper "Just like
There's a serious prospect that Brexit will happen, and we
will leave the EU, and immigration won't fall.
How can that be?
Well, just like this.
Immigration from the EU won't necessarily
stop, because the terms of the Brexit deal will almost certainly force us
to retain some free movement. ...
For many people, a failure to cut
mass migration after Brexit will be the biggest political betrayal in
decades. And one that will have a profound impact on public confidence in
politics and politicians. ...
The really staggering figure, that
gives us no grounds for confidence at all that mass migration will end with
Brexit, is the one that shows migration from outside the EU, that
theoretically we are able to control. It was 289,000 last year, more than
EU migration, which we can't control, which was 285,000.
289,000 is immigration we could stop, but choose not to.
course, a lot of this in-flow is of largely unskilled people from Africa
and the Indian sub-continent.
Which is, uncomfortable truths to
tell, the migration most resented by the majority of people who are
concerned about immigration, as opposed to those nice Polish barmaids,
waitresses and building workers.
If the British government can't
(or won't) stop non-EU migration now, why are we naïve enough to
imagine they will do so after Brexit? And the present uncontrollable flow
from this source is equivalent to the population of Nottingham, each and
Various commitments down the years have been given to
long term migrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan and India, allowing them to
bring in family members, other dependants, and, of course spouses.
Unless a future government is prepared to abolish these
longstanding arrangements, migration will remain, in the eyes of many
voters, unacceptably high, Brexit or no Brexit.
This is the
prospect that stares us in the face; we will leave the EU, and mass
migration will continue. What a thought. But it's probably the truth.
Machines could easily replace EU migrants working in coffee shops, says leading economist as he says it's 'certain' Britain will adapt to Brexit
MailOnline, 1 December 2016.
EU migrants working in coffee shops and similar industries could
easily be replaced by modern machinery, a leading economist said.
This is one of a number of ways British businesses will adjust to a
reduction in immigration after Brexit, according to Jonathan Portes, a
former chief economist at the Cabinet Office and principal research fellow
at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research.
suggested Britain's vote to leave the EU will make companies more
efficient, with firms choosing to invest in labour-saving machinery.
Mr Portes said it was 'certain' that the economy would adjust to
lower levels of migration and dismissed concerns over the impact Brexit
will have on the economy.
But he warned that the reduction in cheap
labour from eastern Europe could lead to some UK firms going out of
business or could lead to higher prices for consumers as employers are
forced to employ British workers on higher wages.
This could lead
to an increase in our reliance on foreign imports, Mr Portes told a House
of Lords committee on the EU today. ...
director of the Migration Observatory at Oxford University, said the number
of EU nationals in the UK could be as high as 3.9 million - higher than the
3.3 million currently estimated to be living in the UK.
Terrorism security agencies
Islamists who exploit the language barrier
Daily Telegraph, 1 December 2016.
The news that the German security service, the Bundesamt
für Verfassungsschutz (BfV), may have been penetrated by an
Islamist terrorist organisation will come as no surprise to Western
counter-intelligence analysts. In fact, it will serve only as an unpleasant
reminder of the vulnerability of such agencies when entrance and vetting
standards are compromised in an effort to acquire language skills.
At the heart of the continuing challenge of countering "hostile
penetration" is the balance that has to be struck in the acquisition of
intelligence staff with foreign dialects who are essential if a
security apparatus is to monitor the communications of terror suspects
speaking in their own patois, or to maintain physical and technical
surveillance on extremists from the Middle East. ...
the rush to embrace native-speaking interpreters and even case officers,
many Western security services have reduced their standards and limited
their background screening of candidates. ...
authorities acknowledge the problem which was graphically
illustrated by Nada Prouty, who infiltrated the FBI and then the CIA. ...
A review by MI5 revealed a similar problem, as the then
director-general, Eliza Manningham-Buller, conceded. When the FBI and CIA
reported more than 40 attempts at "entryism" by suspicious applicants, MI5
acknowledged that it had experienced the same problem, but declined to give
the precise number uncovered.
Diversity actors, theatre
Andrew Lloyd Webber warns of diversity crisis in British theatre
The Guardian, 1 December 2016.
Andrew Lloyd Webber has said he fears for the survival of British
theatre unless it reflects the diversity of the nation's population,
referring to the industry as still 'hideously white'.
award-winning composer of hits including Evita, Cats and Jesus Christ
Superstar sounds the warning in a diversity report he commissioned to
address the lack of non-white performers and backstage staff.
its introduction, he writes: "I passionately believe that the stage needs
to reflect the diversity of the UK population or it risks becoming
The report, published on Thursday, warns: "If the
situation continues, there is real danger that, not only will black and
Asian young people stay away from the theatre as a profession, they will
stay away as punters. And without them in the audience, theatres will
become unsustainable, as they are forced to compete for a dwindling ageing,
white, middle-class audience." ...
Lord Lloyd-Webber said he was
alarmed by the findings of the report, Centre Stage: The Pipeline of BAME
The report's authors, Danuta Kean, an arts, media and
publishing analyst, and Mel Larsen, an arts consultant, say "white middle
classes still dominate audiences" and that "even in London, where the BAME
population is now 44%, audiences outside specialist theatres and theatre
groups remain overwhelmingly white". ...
The report says the
problem is even greater backstage, with only a handful of BAME senior
executives, while makeup artists are not trained to deal with black skin.
Politics media, UKIP
'You're COMPLETELY losing touch' Farage issues warning to establishment over radical Islam
Daily Express, 1 December 2016.
Nigel Farage has urged the European media to reconsider its
coverage of the "big issues" such as immigration, radical Islam and
the European Union.
The former Ukip leader claimed some outlets
have grown "out of touch" with the consensus of the majority of people in
The Brexiteer, who was a catalyst in the effort to
take Britain out of the EU, accused journalists at a media event in Denmark
of not daring to cover the real feelings of the British people when it
comes to subjects such as immigration.
Speaking at the News Xchange
annual conference, Mr Farage said: "There are some big issues that you guys
need to think very hard about. ...
"I think in terms of
immigration, I still think many of you are covering this subject in a way
that anyone who dares to raise the issue, somehow has malevolent intentions
underneath which in the vast majority of cases simply isn't true.
"I think the coverage of radical Islam is another area where you
are completely losing touch with vast swathes of your own population.
"In fact, it happens in politics too. Dear Hillary [Clinton]
couldn't even bring herself to say radical Islam she couldn't even
use the term. ..."
Immigration global warming, climate change
Climate change will stir 'unimaginable' refugee crisis, says military
The Guardian, 1 December 2016.
Climate change is set to cause a refugee crisis of "unimaginable
scale", according to senior military figures, who warn that global warming
is the greatest security threat of the 21st century and that mass migration
will become the "new normal".
The generals said the impacts of
climate change were already factors in the conflicts driving a current
crisis of migration into Europe, having been linked to the Arab Spring, the
war in Syria and the Boko Haram terrorist insurgency.
leaders have long warned that global warming could multiply and accelerate
security threats around the world by provoking conflicts and migration.
They are now warning that immediate action is required.
Study calls for strategy to fight multidrug-resistant TB in migrants
Manufacturing Chemist, 1 December 2016.
Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is widespread globally
with almost half a million cases documented in 2014. Although rare in
European countries, the risks posed by the current migrant crisis makes
MDR-TB an important and urgent public health priority.
A study just
published in Clinical Microbiology and Infection documents that the
rate of infection with MDR-TB is higher among migrants than in the general
population, particularly in those born outside Europe and in those forced
to leave their home country as asylum seekers and refugees.
data, reviewed by Hargreaves et al., shows that 100% of the MDR-TB
cases diagnosed in Austria, the Netherlands and Norway occurred in migrants
to those countries. A high proportion of MDR-TB cases were also apparent in
migrants to other European states 90% in the UK, 89% in France, 87%
in Italy and 94% in Germany.
Immigration EU migrants, residence
Huge backlog as EU citizens rush to secure British residency
Alan Travis and Heather Stewart
The Guardian, 1 December 2016.
EU citizens worried about their right to remain in Britain have
inundated the Home Office with applications to secure their UK residency,
leading to an official backlog that has trebled since the summer of 2015.
The number of outstanding applications from European citizens
to secure their residency status in Britain went from 37,618 in June 2015
to almost 100,000 "currently in progress" in early July 2016, including
those seeking permanent residence cards and documents for non-EU family
members of European citizens.
A third of babies have at least one parent born outside the UK
Full Fact, 1 December 2016.
The proportion of babies registered with a parent born outside the
UK rose from just under 30% in 2008 to about 33% in 2015. So in plain
English, that's more like 'just under a third' to 'about a third'. ...
On the other hand, it's correct that the proportion has come up
from about 21% in 2000. ...
63% of babies are recorded as having
both parents born in the UK, so just under two-thirds. The remaining 4% of
babies are registered as having a mother born inside the UK, but their
father isn't registered.
The Office for National Statistics told us
they don't collect data on parents' nationalities. The data on parents'
place of birth comes from the information you have to bring when you
register a birth. Although parents can bring a passport as ID, they don't
have to. ...
Across London, about 69% of babies have at least one
parent who was born abroad.
Politics EU migrants
There are plenty of problems with a "transitional" EU arrangement but immigration is by far the greatest
ConservativeHome, 1 December
Much like the temporary introduction of income tax during the
Napoleonic Wars, or the thrice-cursed Barnett Formula, things that are
meant to only last a short while tend to stick around for perpetuity,
bedevelling any and all attempts to move on to what was meant to be the
permanent state of affairs.
This should give us pause for thought
before steaming into a supposedly temporary bridging arrangement with
Brussels. Not only could the reality be longer-lasting than the theory, but
voters would be justifiably sceptical and entitled to wonder if the
contents of such a deal really do what it says on the tin.
As is so
often the case, this would be particularly awkward on the topic of
A transitional arrangement wouldn't
couldn't do anything to change the situation on immigration one
iota, though. Free movement would remain in place, and our borders would
The prospect of entering a long-lasting "transitional"
limbo is unappealing enough. Leave voters would be justifiably angry at
what would amount to a fudge at best. But consider the continued loss of
control over immigration as well, and it becomes clear that it wouldn't be
tenable at all.