IMMIGRATION CONCERN

Immigration and related issues, mainly in the United Kingdom.

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RECENT NEWS AND VIEWS

Extracts in date order, except latest additions first. Updated 26 March 2019

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Diversity – lawyers, Canada
Lawyer threatend with suspension over 'diversity' mandate quits
WND, 24 March 2019.

A Canadian law society's requirement for "diversity and inclusion" is forcing a lawyer who has been practicing for 30 years to quit.

Murray Klippenstein said he has always worked to advance social justice and is "horrified" to see what his own professional regulator was imposing, the Christian Institute said.

In reaction to a disputed report charging "systemic racism" in the legal profession, the Law Society of Ontario made lawyers abide by a "Statement of Principles."

The statement requires lawyers to acknowledge "their obligation to promote equality, diversity and inclusion generally."

Lawyers also must "demonstrate a personal valuing" of those concepts, the law society said.

Klippenstein said the law society "was demanding that lawyers and paralegals draft and then obey a set of specific political ideas – both in their personal and professional lives – as a condition of their license."

He said he would not be told what to say or what to value, so he's refusing to comply.

And he's joining a lawsuit against the moral code.

"Today, we are being told to promote 'equality, diversity and inclusion.' But once this line has been crossed, the content doesn't matter. And tomorrow, we might be asked to pledge allegiance to some other ideological doctrine," he warned.
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Immigration abroad – multiculturalism, asylum, Germany
Germany risks having two parallel societies if it does not demand integration from migrants, expert warns
Tim Stickings
MailOnline, 25 March 2019.

Germany will become two 'parallel societies' if it does not demand integration from migrants, an expert has warned.

Professor Horst Opaschowski said Germany had 'become a country of immigration overnight' and said the refugee issue was likely to occupy German society for the next 20 years.

Mr Opaschowski, who describes himself as a 'futurologist' and political consultant, said the refugees and migrants who have arrived in Germany in recent years were likely to remain there.

Writing in Bild, he said the German government had to do 'everything possible' to ensure integration.

He said he did not regard immigration as a bad thing in itself but called for more 'honesty' from political leaders.

The number of asylum applications, at more than 150,000 a year, was 'as many as a whole city,' the professor said.

He wrote: 'Germany has become a country of immigrants in the middle of Europe overnight. Immigration will change Germany - but it's not yet clear how.

'But if the state doesn't do everything possible to integrate migrants and demand integration from them, the project will fail.

'There is a danger that two parallel societies will come about.' ...

It has also emerged that only 35 per cent of migrants arriving in Germany are eligible for asylum.

Hans-Eckhard Sommer, the head of the government office for migrants and refugees, said 'too many people come without a valid asylum reason'.

Almost two-thirds of the 162,000 applications processed last year were accepted, he said.
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Crime – jail
Knife Crime Britain: Thug let off 21 times for carrying a knife, and one arrested for 17 separate assaults on police - and only sent to prison for the 18th
Martin Beckford
Mail on Sunday, 24 March 2019.

Criminals are being spared jail despite committing dozens of offences involving violence or weapons, according to shock new figures.

One dangerous offender was convicted 21 times for possession of a knife without being sent to prison. Another committed 33 assaults before being jailed for his 34th.

The disturbing examples of 'soft justice' come amid fears that the approach is fuelling Britain's epidemic of violence and knife crime.

Last night, a senior police representative said the figures showed criminals were 'laughing at the justice system'. Other critics predicted that the scandal would only worsen under Government plans to axe short jail sentences.

The statistics were published by the Ministry of Justice last week in response to questions by Tory backbench MP Philip Davies. ...

Career criminals with 15 previous cautions and convictions for burglary and robbery were eventually jailed after reoffending in 2018, and a sex predator accumulated eight previous convictions for sexual assault before a jail term.

The biggest number of let-offs was accrued by a shoplifter who had an astonishing 70 previous cautions and convictions for theft before being jailed in 2016. Last year, another career criminal totted up 65 previous convictions for theft before being locked up.

Another offender committed 30 drug crimes before his 31st saw him put away, while a fraudster was convicted of 53 separate scams before finally being imprisoned for yet another. ...

Prisons Minister Rory Stewart said last night: 'We are clear that sentencing must match the severity of a crime. However, sentences should also rehabilitate. There is persuasive evidence showing community sentences, in certain circumstances, are more effective than short custodial sentences in reducing reoffending.'
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Terrorism
Terrorism fears as 3,000 UK children a year go to 'jihadi' schools in Pakistan, secret government report reveals
Abul Taher
Mail on Sunday, 24 March 2019.

A secret Government report has warned that more than 3,000 British children are being taken to Pakistan each year and enrolled in extremist summer schools.

The chilling Home Office study says courses at madrasas teach a 'glorified version of jihad', according to a source.

Officials fear some youngsters will be radicalised and return to the UK with a warped ideology and pose a terrorism risk.

'It is highly likely that this education in Pakistan, even for short periods of time, increases the risk of exposure to extremism for British-Pakistani children,' the source told The Mail on Sunday.

'Enrolment at madrasas poses the greatest risk of exposure to more serious forms of religious extremism.'

Two of the 7/7 bombers, Mohammad Sidique Khan and Shehzad Tanweer, enrolled on madrasa courses in Pakistan a year before they launched their deadly attack in 2005, which killed 52.

But the security services have established that some Pakistani parents take their children back to their native homeland during summer holidays under the pretext of visiting extended family.

In reality, they sign them up for lessons at some of Pakistan's estimated 20,000 madrasas.

The report says some of those madrasas receive funds raised in Britain and that UK-based imams have established seminaries in their ancestral homeland.
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Illegal immigration
Kent Police search for 'migrants who came ashore'
BBC, 22 March 2019.

A search is under way for a group of migrants reported to have come ashore in Kent.

Police officers were called to St Margaret's Bay, Dover, at about 07:00 GMT following the reported sightings.

They are "assisting Border Force to locate the individuals", Kent Police said. ...

In a second incident, the force was made aware of a vessel with suspected migrants aboard near Dungeness.

The vessel was intercepted by Border Force, just after 07:15 GMT.

HM Coastguard confirmed it has been assisting Border Force with two incidents off the Kent coast.

It said it was "only concerned with preservation of life, rescuing those in trouble and bringing them safely back to shore, where they will be handed over to the relevant partner emergency services or authorities."
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Immigration abroad – European Union
No surprise as EU declares UN Migration Compact legally binding
Free West Media, 22 March 2019.

Brussels is planning to incorporate the controversial UN Migration Compact into the EU's legal framework "through the back door" both Austria and Hungary have warned. German Chancellor Angela Merkel had been insisting that the document is non-binding.

Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl voiced her government's opposition to a report by the European Commission's Legal Service declaring that the UN Compact ought to be legally binding for every EU member state including those which withdrew from the agreement.

The Compact describes mass migration as "inevitable, necessary and desirable". Merkel's government has in fact been the main architect of the Compact. ...

Thus, given these repeated assurances from Merkel, Kneissl said she was "astonished" to learn that the new document showing the Commission had apparently reversed its previous stance that the Compact was non-binding. ...

Austria has rejected the Legal Service's conclusions on the basis that "UN General Assembly resolutions are not legally binding and you can not declare parts of them binding".

Hahn dismissed Kneissl's concern as a "storm in a teacup", according to the Kronen Zeitung, He said that the position of the European Commission remained that the so-called UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration was not legally binding. ...

On Monday, Kneissl's Hungarian counterpart, Péter Szijjártó, described the Commission report as "tangible proof" that the EU was planning to make the UN compact mandatory.

At a press conference in Brussels he explained that the Legal Service had formulated "lengthy and devious" legal grounds for making the agreement legally binding.
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Crime – fraud, theft
How Eastern European gangs fly into UK on 'fraud holidays' to steal thousands of bank details from cash machines before going home 'millionaires'
Emma Pietras
The Sun, 21 March 2019.

Eastern European gangs are flying into Britain to steal thousands of bank account details from our cash points before returning home "millionaires", according to police.

One criminal gang alone harvested details worth more than £3 million in the space of a few days after cloning card and pin numbers with a skimming device.

This shocking scale of fraud is revealed in a new ITV documentary, Fraud: How They Steal Your Bank Account, as it follows detectives from a specialist police unit in a bid to tackle Britain's fastest growing crime.

Detective Superintendent Perry Stokes says: "They are basically coming over for a very short period of time, a couple of weeks, to commit wholesale ATM fraud. It's almost like a fraud holiday."

Detective Sergeant Phil Elms adds: "You have these guys coming over into the UK for a week and can go back millionaires, effectively." ...

Detective Constable Andy Lovett says: "It's over £3 million of estimated losses and this is just from one criminal gang. There's several of these gangs all over the country that are operating so this barely touches the surface of what's happening in the UK."
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Asylum – Syrians
Will we have a country left after Brexit?
Douglas Murray
The Spectator, 21 March 2019.

My main reason for coming to the region is to speak in Doha for the newly revived 'Doha Debates'. After my speech, a more than usually aggressive interviewer demands to know why Britain and other European countries have not taken in more Syrian migrants. The Emir's sister and others are in the audience and I cannot pass up the opportunity to poke my hosts in the eye. I ask how many Syrians have been made citizens by Qatar. There is a terrible silence, followed by some giggling and a small amount of applause which is afterwards said to have come from the foreigners in the audience.
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Extremism – Islam, Sweden, France
Study Claims Western-Born Muslims More Likely to Be Radicalised
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 21 March 2019.

Muslims born in the West are more prone to Islamic extremism due to a perceived sense of being "disadvantaged," according to a study from the University of Uppsala in Sweden.

The study claims to have compared western-born Muslims with migrants, saying that those born in Europe or North America were much more likely to see themselves as primarily Muslims first and become angrier over perceived anti-Muslim injustice, a press release from the University of Uppsala states.

"The most important finding, however, was that Muslims born in the Western world admitted a greater willingness to use force to defend Muslims around the world," researchers said.

The main cited reason for the differences between the two groups of Muslims is that Muslims in the West have "a stronger experience of being disadvantaged compared to the majority population in which they live." ...

The study's researchers also stressed that although they may be more prone to extremism, Western-born Muslims are not any more violent than their foreign-born counterparts.

The research follows a similar study that was conducted in France of known jihadists that found most had a background in petty crime, came from migrant backgrounds, and lived in the poverty-stricken suburbs of various cities.

Not all academics believe that poverty or alienation is the leading cause of Islamic radicalisation. French sociologist Olivier Galland conducted his own research of young people and found that Muslims were more likely to be radicals and blamed it on Islam itself.

"We find a divergence and the existence of a cultural divide between young Muslims and their comrades. For them, religion dominates the secular world: this is what we have called 'religious absolutism'," Galland said.
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Immigration abroad – multiculturalism, Australia
Multicultural programs get $71m investment
MailOnline / Australian Associated Press, 20 March 2019.

The federal government is putting $71 million towards ensuring multiculturalism blossoms across Australia.

Immigration Minister David Coleman announced the scheme on Wednesday as part of the government's migration plan.

The money will go towards various programs to "promote, encourage, celebrate multicultural Australia", the minister said.
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Immigration abroad – immigrant costs, Finland
A single Somali migrant costs the Finnish State almost 1 million euros during their lifetime
Emma R.
Voice of Europe, 20 March 2019.

A pioneering survey by the think tank Suomen Perusta linked to the Finns party has estimated lifetime costs associated with Iraqi and Somali migrants, who constitute the largest groups of so-called "humanitarian immigration" to Finland, Sputnik News reports.

Using government-generated statistics, Suomen Perusta calculated that an average Iraqi migrant moving to Finland between the ages of 20 to 24 is expected to cost Finland €690,000 ($783,000).

A Somali migrant of the same age was estimated to be even more expensive, burdening the Finnish state with €951,000 ($1.08 million).

If child-related issues are included, the costs rise to €844,000 ($957,000) and €1,343,000 ($1.5 million) respectively. For the sake of comparison, the reference mean value for native-born Finns was set at 0 Euros.

The second-generation of migrants who have grown up in Finland were found to have a rate of social and economic exclusion and income support 6-8 times higher than native-born Finnish young adults, despite having received basic education in Finland.

A total of 49 and 50 percent of 22-year-old Iraqi and Somali migrants were income support recipients, as opposed to only 11 percent of their Finnish peers, the report found. ...

According to Finland's Migration Board (Migri), almost 5,000 Iraqi and just under 3,000 Somali asylum seekers received a positive decision last year alone.

If Suomen Perusta's calculation is true, they will set Finland back €3.5 billion ($3.9 billion) and €2.9 billion ($3.3) respectively, the newspaper Iltalehti reported.
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Population pressure – water supply
England could run short of water within 25 years
Damian Carrington
The Guardian, 19 March 2019.

England is set to run short of water within 25 years, the chief executive of the Environment Agency has warned.

The country is facing the "jaws of death", Sir James Bevan said, at the point where water demand from the country's rising population surpasses the falling supply resulting from climate change.

However, this could be avoided with ambitious action to cut people's water use by a third and leakage from water company pipes by 50%, he says, along with big new reservoirs, more desalination plants and transfers of water across the country.

"Around 25 years from now, where those [demand and supply] lines cross is known by some as the 'jaws of death' – the point at which we will not have enough water to supply our needs, unless we take action to change things," Bevan told the Guardian, before a speech on Tuesday at the Waterwise conference in London. ...

The most controversial change needed to increase supply is building new mega-reservoirs, such as that proposed near Abingdon in Oxfordshire.
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Diversity – discrimination
The (straight white) man in the street no longer stands a chance
Will Jones
Conservative Woman, 19 March 2019.

Someone I know who used to work in HR for a major European construction company was telling me the other day how the company would handle promotions. It may not surprise you to learn that it wasn't by application and it wasn't by merit. He says that the HR department prepared profile cards on each member of staff and organised them according to sex, ethnicity and sexuality. The bosses would use the cards to select people for promotion based solely on these characteristics. Many sub-par people were promoted this way and many good people were passed over. But that didn't deter the bosses because they cared more about appearance and ticking the right diversity boxes than about respecting fairness and ensuring competence.

This was standard practice at the company and it wouldn't surprise me if it was standard practice across the corporate world these days, with all the obsession there is with diversity. How else are they going to meet the equality targets demanded by the Government? Blatant discrimination (however 'positive' it might be deemed) is illegal in this country, of course, as it is in most countries, but is that stopping companies from engaging in it behind closed doors, particularly with the inherent contradictions between what is and is not permitted under 'positive action'?

It was gratifying to see last month a straight white man who had been turned down by the openly discriminatory recruiting practices of a UK police force winning his tribunal case against them. But the truth is that after more than five decades of political correctness, the problem is endemic in our public and corporate culture. ...

We are all losers from this double-speak about discrimination. But the statistics indicate that those most at the receiving end of the new diversity discrimination are straight white men – who are at the bottom of the Left's intersectional pile of victimhood. ...

This modern obeisance to diversity is at the expense of common sense, fairness, and respect for ordinary people, their choices and their views. It leaves us with an identity-based patronage little better (in some cases worse) than old-fashioned nepotism; symptomatic of a culture that has lost its confidence in itself and lost its mind. We need a new way of thinking which treats merit and fairness as sacred, disdains neither individual choice or judgment and leaves the path to work and success open to the ordinary bloke in the street.
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Immigration abroad – asylum, illegal immigration, Canada
Canada cracks down on asylum seekers crossing U.S.-Canadian border
David Ljunggren
Reuters, 19 March 2019.

Canada said on Tuesday it planned to spend an additional C$1.2 billion (£678.9 million) over five years to stem the flow of irregular migrants from the United States, which has become a political threat to the Liberal government ahead of an October election.

Some 57,000 asylum seekers from Nigeria, El Salvador, Honduras and other nations crossed the U.S. border into Canada last year, in some cases citing a fear of persecution by the government of U.S. Donald Trump.

They are allowed to stay until their cases have been heard. Given Canada's clogged judicial system, that could take years.

Canada began prioritising the deportation of asylum seekers who walked across the border last year, in a bid to tackle the politically sensitive issue. ...

Most arrive in the populous provinces of Ontario and Quebec, which have spent hundreds of millions of dollars taking care of the newcomers. Critics complain that Ottawa is not doing enough to deter the migrants and Liberals concede the issue is hitting the party's popularity.

According to the budget, the government will start spending the C$1.2 billion in the 2019-20 fiscal year to strengthen the border and speed up the asylum process.
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Immigration abroad – illegal immigration, deportation, USA
Why aren't we deporting illegal aliens who already have deportation orders?
Daniel Horowitz
Conservative Review, 19 March 2019.

We are told by the legal profession that nothing can be done to block bogus asylum-seekers from entering our country en masse, obtaining catch-and-release, and remaining here pending the outcome of a court decision that may be years in coming. But why is the DHS not at least deporting those who already went through this tedious process and have been ordered to be deported? Doing so would not only help eliminate public charge and potential gang members and drug runners for MS-13, it would deter the current and future wave waiting at the "conveyor belt" through Mexico from making the trip north.

According to new data obtained by the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) via a FOIA request, there are 644,488 illegal aliens remaining in our country who have already been served final deportation orders. And those are just from the top four countries of origin – El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. /.../ The total number of illegal aliens who remain in the country despite final deportation orders is 1,009,550.

In addition, there are roughly 1.1 million others from those four counties who have "pending final orders" and are close to receiving deportation orders. Those with pending final orders are usually individuals who have already been ordered deported by immigration judges but are appealing their case to the Bureau of Immigration Appeals (BIA), the appellate body of the DOJ's administrative immigration courts.

That is a total of 1.7 million illegal aliens from Mexico and Central America with final or near-final orders of deportation. Those numbers are as of June 2018, right before the largest surge in Central Americans began over that summer and intensified in the fall of 2018 and winter of 2019. The total number of those ordered deported or with pending deportation orders for nationals of all countries of origin is 2.55 million. ...

If we prioritized both DOJ adjudicative resources and ICE deportation resources for these people more than for anyone else, it would immediately send the signal back to the next wave in Central America that we actually enforce our laws, according to Thomas Homan, former ICE associate director in the Obama administration. "ICE should do a nationwide operation to locate, arrest, and remove those who have entered the U.S. illegally, including family units, who have had their due process, lost their cases, and have been ordered removed by a judge, said Homan in a statement to CR. "If a final order issued by a federal judge doesn't mean anything and it isn't executed, then there is no integrity in the entire system."

Of course, in general, it makes sense for ICE to prioritize the deportation of the two million known criminal aliens. But it is well worthwhile to divert resources for a few months to deport those who are fueling the current boundless migration. ...

How is it that, in 1954, President Eisenhower directly and indirectly removed over one million illegal aliens in just a few months without any lawfare, yet we don't have the resources to remove the million with final deportation orders or the two million known criminal aliens, and certainly not both? Where there is a will, there is a way.
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Asylum – numbers
Migration statistics: How many asylum seekers and refugees are there in the UK?
Georgina Sturge
House of Commons Library, 18 March 2019.

There are a few different ways to quantify the number of asylum seekers in the UK. The first is the number of people who apply for asylum each year.

In 2018, 37,453 people applied for asylum. This number has been roughly constant over the past five years and is substantially lower than in 2002, when the number of applications peaked at 103,000.

Another approach is to look at the Home Office's administrative statistics, which show there were 88,848 asylum cases 'in progress' at the end of June 2018. This takes into account all pending applications and cases in which the application has been refused but the applicant has not yet left the country or has secured leave to remain via another route.

A third indicator is the number of people receiving Section 95 support, which is a weekly stipend given to asylum seekers who do not have independent means.

At the end of December 2018, there were 44,258 asylum seekers receiving government support.

Around one third of asylum applications receive an initial decision within one year. Anyone seeking asylum can appeal an initial decision and, if this is unsuccessful, can request a judicial review. This means the whole process can continue over several years.

For this reason, comparing the number of grants of asylum in one year against the number of applications does not give us an accurate indicator of the 'success rate' of applications.

The Home Office has started producing analysis of the final outcome of cases, by annual cohort based on the year of initial application. The most recent cohorts have a high proportion of 'outcome unknown' cases but if we look back to, say, cases which began between 2010 and 2014, we can map their final outcomes as follows:

Syrian refugees are a special case within the statistics. Although many have applied for asylum through the UK's in-country asylum process (919 in 2018), the majority of Syrian refugees in the UK have been resettled directly from refugee camps.

From 2014 onwards, the UK began resettling Syrians under the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS), with the aim of resettling 20,000 by 2020. The current number resettled in the UK is around 15,000.

Resettled people are granted refugee status or another form of humanitarian protection by the UK while abroad and then brought to live in the UK.

While in refugee camps, people's refugee status is determined by officials from UNHCR and the UK Government then selects who will be offered resettlement in the UK.

Given the scale of the VPRS (and other resettlement schemes in place), resettled people made up just over one quarter (27%) of those granted asylum in the UK over the last five years (2014-2018).

In 2018, at least 20,000 people were granted asylum in the UK, including resettled people. This is around half the number granted in 2001 – at least 48,000 – the year with the most grants in recent decades.

'Asylum' is used here in a broad sense and includes those granted refugee status, humanitarian protection, and discretionary leave to remain on humanitarian grounds.

The present number is boosted by around 5,000 per year under resettlement programmes, the largest among them via VPRS.
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Terrorism – double standards
New Zealand's ghoulish opportunists
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 18 March 2019.

The bodies of the 50 murdered Muslims were barely cold before various observers, activists and leftists were naming and shaming those people who they think 'laid the ground' for this atrocity. And it apparently includes everyone from alt-right agitators to any mainstream newspaper columnist who has raised so much as a peep of criticism about radical Islam. ...

What has been extraordinary in the aftermath of the deranged racist slaughter in two mosques in New Zealand has been the way the chattering classes in Western countries have instructed us to do the kind of thing they tell us not to do in the wake of acts of Islamist terror. Following Islamist barbarism in Europe and the US in recent years – whether it was the murder of 86 people with a 10-tonne truck in Nice, or the gunning to death of 90 rock fans in the Bataclan in Paris, or the bombing of young girls and their parents at the Manchester Arena – the instruction from our betters has been the same every time. Don't get angry, they say. Don't exaggerate the threat of terrorism, they counsel. And don't dare suggest that any book or idea, whether it is the Koran itself or pamphlets handed out at more questionable mosques, contributed to this attack. 'These killers have nothing to do with Islam', as the tiresome, silencing mantra goes. Our role after Islamist terror is to manage our anger, put politics on hold, lay a flower or two, and then go back to our everyday lives. 'Don't look back in anger', as the anthem went after Manchester.

This time the response could not be more different. Now we are actively invited to feel anger. Now we are told we must look for the source material that inspired this hateful individual and then condemn it and censor it. Now we are told that we must organise against the new fascism. After Islamist terror the key instruction from the self-styled guardians of correct moral thought is that we should forget politics and just grieve. ...

The first striking thing about this blame game is how much its morbid practitioners sound like McCarthyites and other 20th-century authoritarians. Just as that old breed of tyrant would respond to difficult or horrific events by searching for some piece of literature or idea to blame them on, so the new exploiters of mass murder are holding up certain newspaper columnists and right-wing shock jocks as 'facilitators' of the new hate and the new barbarism. ...

The second striking thing about the response to the attack in New Zealand is the double standards it has exposed. Not all terror is treated equally. We know that for sure now. The right-on are far angrier about this than they ever were about any act of Islamist slaughter of the past few years. /.../ The NZ attack is proof of a rising tide of hatred, they say, and yet they never said that about the more than 500 people killed in Europe by supporters of a 7th-century religious death cult over the past five years. ...

Why this double standard? Why is New Zealand 2019 fascism, but Paris 2015 was not? Why should this rally us to action, but Paris, Nice, Toulouse, Berlin, Brussels, Barcelona, Stockholm, Turku, Manchester and London should not? Why is this evidence of a new hatred we must confront, but the slaughter of 22 mostly young people in Manchester was not?
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Diversity – universities
Universities are accused of failing working-class white males as number of black and ethnic minorities students soars
Julie Henry
Mail on Sunday, 17 March 2019.

Universities have been accused of failing working-class white boys as the number of students from black and ethnic minorities soars.

A drive to increase the number of non-white teenagers in further education has paid off, with figures spiralling 15 per cent in just three years.

But the statistics have fuelled fears that white males have been left behind as the number from that background fell by 7,600 to 590,765.

Data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency shows that BAME – black and minority ethnic – students are now in the majority at more than 20 universities in England.

And nationally, non-white students are vastly over-represented in some subjects. For example, 60 per cent of ophthalmics degrees were awarded to Asian students in the last academic year.

Chris Millward from the Office For Students, said: 'White British men from disadvantaged backgrounds are among the groups least likely to access higher education.

'We fully expect universities to target white working-class males as part of their work on access and participation.'

Nick Hillman, the director of the Higher Education Policy Institute, added: 'The challenge we must all now grapple with is ensuring that a focus on some disadvantaged groups doesn't leave others behind. There are many groups that fall behind, including white working-class boys.'

The new figures show that the number of British BAME university undergraduates rose from 377,220 in 2014/15 to nearly 437,000 last year.

Over the same period, the number of UK white students fell marginally, down by 725 to 1,417,860, but the intake of white males dropped significantly.
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Asylum – politics, chain migration
MPs Demand UK Govt Speed Up Pro-Chain Migration Bill
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 17 March 2019.

Dozens of MPs in Britain are demanding the Home Office speed up progress on a bill that would slash chain migration restrictions.

A total of almost 70 MPs urged Home Secretary Sajid Javid to end "delays" over the refugee family reunion bill, in a letter declaring it "important" that his ministry act quickly because migrants from the third world are missing out on spending holidays like the Muslim festival of Eid with family members in Britain. ...

The proposed law, which is backed by a long list of open borders-supporting NGOs and international bodies including Amnesty International, the UNHCR, and Help Refugees, would change migration rules to expand the definition of family for reunification purposes, along with reintroducing taxpayer-funded legal aid to assist third world migrants in applying to have family members brought into the United Kingdom.

Critics argue the measures will encourage people in the Global South to send their children on dangerous journeys to Britain, as so-called unaccompanied minors who broke into Britain illegally would be allowed to import family members under the proposed rule changes.
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Immigration – students, employment
Visa extension to boost numbers of overseas students in UK after Brexit
Richard Adams
The Guardian, 16 March 2019.

International students will be given visa extensions of up to a year to look for work in the UK as part of a package of government measures to boost numbers of overseas students after Brexit.

The move represents a break with current policy, where students are allowed to stay for just four months after graduation.

Announcing the strategy, the Department for Education (DfE) said: "There is no limit on the number of international students that can study in the UK, and to ensure the UK continues to attract and welcome them, the post-study leave period will be extended to six months for undergraduate and master's students, and a year for doctoral students."

The announcement said the government would also consider "how the visa process could be improved for applicants and supporting student employment", hinting at another possible change in policy.

Alongside the extended visas, the DfE and the Department for International Trade are to unveil an international education strategy with a 30% increase in overseas students in UK higher education during the next decade.
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Terrorism – New Zealand, France
French writer behind The Great Replacement – the immigration conspiracy theory New Zealand mosque killer named his manifesto after – denounces 'idiotic terrorist act'
MailOnline / AFP, 16 March 2019.

The French writer who popularised a theory that European populations are being supplanted by immigration, alluded to by the gunman who killed 49 at two New Zealand mosques on Friday, denounced an 'appalling' act by someone who had failed to understand his work.

Renaud Camus published in 2011 The Great Replacement, which the Christchurch gunman used as the title of a 74-page 'manifesto' uploaded to the web before storming the mosques.

'I am totally non-violent,' the 72-year-old Camus told AFP, saying the arrested 28-year-old Australian suspect had committed 'appalling, criminal, disastrous and idiotic terrorist acts'.

'If he wrote a pamphlet titled "The Great Replacement" it's blatant plagiarism... of a phrase that doesn't belong to him and he doesn't understand,' said Camus. ...

But Camus, while defending the theory, rejected suggestions that his writings could have encouraged the gunman.

'What worries me the most in what I call "The Great Replacement" is precisely the extent to which it encourages violence, all kinds of violence, either in everyday life or, obviously, in terrorist attacks,' he said.

'At the centre of my work is the concept of innocence, which is to say, of non-aggravation, non-violence,' he added.

Camus suggested instead that the killer might have taken inspiration from the wave of attacks carried out by self-proclaimed Islamic jihadists in France over recent years.

'His crime most resembles the terrorist attacks committed in France,' he said.

'I don't see why he would be more inspired by me than by the attacks which directly resemble the one he committed,' he said.
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Immigration abroad – terrorism, Nigeria
Nigerian Muslim Militants Kill 120 Christians in Three Weeks
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
Breitbart, 16 March 2019.

The recent death toll of Christians in Nigeria has reached 120 with this week's slaughter of more than 50 by Fulani Muslim militants in the Kaduna state of Nigeria, the Christian Post reported.

The Fulani jihadists, who have become a greater threat to Nigerian Christians than the Islamist terror group Boko Haram, stormed the villages of Inkirimi, Dogonnoma, and Ungwan Gora in the Kajuru Local Government Area last Monday, destroying 143 homes, killing 52 people, and wounding dozens more.

The assailants reportedly split into three groups, the first of which fired upon the people, the second set fire to buildings, and the third chased down people fleeing from the scene. Victims of the assault included women and children.

Monday's incident followed an attack the day before in the Ungwan Barde village in Kajuru, where 17 Christians were killed and dozens of homes were burned.

In the first week of March, Muslim extremists massacred more than 30 Christians in Karamar village, setting fire to several houses and a church. The terrorists reportedly shot at families trying to escape the fire, killing 32. ...

In late February, militants attacked the Maro village, killing 38 Christians and torching homes as well as a Christian church.

The Christian Post reported that Fulani militants killed thousands of Christians in 2018 alone in what many are calling a Christian genocide in Nigeria's Middle Belt.
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Politics – crime
Shamed politician's daughter has job looking after Rotherham abuse victims
Andrew Norfolk
The Times, 15 March 2019.

The daughter of a disgraced politician who was implicated in the Rotherham sex-grooming scandal has been placed in charge of a support service for the town's abuse victims.

Norsheen Akhtar runs child sexual exploitation (CSE) programmes for Rotherham Rise, a charity that receives most of its funding from the council. Her father, Jahangir Akhtar, resigned as the council's deputy leader in 2013 after he was implicated in the scandal.

He brokered a deal under which one of his relatives agreed to hand a missing 14-year-old girl to police at a petrol station after receiving an assurance that he would not be prosecuted.
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Crime – knife crime
More than 500 offenders with multiple knife crime convictions escape jail
Charles Hymas
Daily Telegraph, 15 March 2019.

More than 500 offenders with multiple convictions for knife crimes escaped jail last year despite laws requiring prison, Ministry of Justice figures reveal.

Some 577 knife offenders with three or more previous convictions were let off by courts without immediate prison sentences and were instead given fines, cautions, discharges, community sentences or suspended jail terms.

The figures fly in the face of a "two strikes and out" crackdown promised by David Cameron. His Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 demanded "minimum custodial sentences" for anyone convicted of second or subsequent offence of possession of a knife or threats with a weapon.
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Extremism – survey
White British people 'twice as likely to hold extremist views as people of Pakistani descent'
Lizzie Dearden
Independent, 15 March 2019.

White Britons are twice as likely to hold extremist views as people of Pakistani descent, research has suggested.

The government vowed to fight all forms of radicalisation after academics at Queen Mary University of London warned of an "undue focus on Islamic fundamentalism".

When asked whether they supported actions including suicide bombings and terror attacks as a "form of political protest" or to "fight injustices", 15 per cent of white Britons were classed as sympathisers, compared with 8 per cent of Pakistani-origin respondents.

When divided by religion, 18 per cent of Christians and 8 per cent of Muslims were sympathisers, while 59 per cent of Christians and 68 per cent of Muslims condemned the statements.

Professor Kam Bhui CBE said: "British counter-terrorism policy has had an undue focus on Islamic fundamentalism, with white British extremism normally considered as a lesser problem.

"The fact that those who are white British are approximately twice as likely to have extremist sympathies as those of Pakistani heritage will therefore come as a surprise.

"This raises concerns about right-wing extremism and suggests that a focus on tackling Islamic fundamentalism is flawed, and we need to consider extremism more generally."

Official statistics published last week showed that 43 per cent of suspected terrorists arrested are white, compared to 32 per cent who are Asian.

Three quarters of suspects gave their nationality as British, compared to 4 per cent Pakistani last year. ...

Assistant commissioner Neil Basu, the head of UK counterterror policing, previously told MPs that around 80 per cent of investigations by police and MI5 were into jihadis and 20 per cent "other", including a "significant proportion from the right wing". ...

The study, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, used a survey of 618 men and women living in Blackburn, Darwen, Bradford and Luton.

In total, 341 (61 per cent) condemned violent protest and terrorist actions, 144 (26 per cent) were neutral, and 73 (13 per cent) were sympathisers of violent protest and terrorism. ...

The research also found that depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress were associated with having extremist sympathies.
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Crime – knife crime, political correctness
Ex-police chief blames senior politicians' 'political correctness' over stop and search for surge in knife crime
Charles Hymas
Daily Telegraph, 14 March 2019.

Knife crime and violence has surged because a "contagion of political correctness" among senior politicians drove them to sharply reduce stop and search, a former Met Police commissioner says.

Sir Paul Stephenson also suggested some politicians have been more concerned with avoiding blame than "accepting responsibility for the mounting toll of young bodies in our mortuaries."

Although Sir Paul did not identify any politician by name, Theresa May, when Home Secretary, oversaw a big decline in stop and search, falling from 23 per 1,000 people in 2009/10 to five per 1000 in 2016/17 amid concerns that it was being disproportionately against black communities.

Describing knife crime as a "scourge" that is "afflicting our young people", he said: "Let no one peddle the nonsense of simple 'go to' solutions – there aren't any. Let no one tell you that we haven't been here before – we have.

"Let no one tell you that the dramatic reduction in stop-and-search activities by police officers, driven by naivity, a refusal to listen, arrogance and the contagion of unanalysed political correctness by senior politicians hasn't contributed to the shameful problem confronting us.

"And am I alone in suspecting that recent statements on this matter by some senior politicians owe more to avoidance of blame and self-justification than they do to acceptance of responsibility for the mounting toll of young bodies in our mortuaries and effective policy making?"
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Immigration – public opinion, 18 countries
Around the World, More Say Immigrants Are a Strength Than a Burden
Ana Gonzalez-Barrera and Phillip Connor
Pew Research Center, 14 March 2019.

Majorities of publics in top migrant destination countries say immigrants strengthen their countries, according to a 2018 Pew Research Center survey of 18 countries that host half of the world's migrants.

In 10 of the countries surveyed, majorities view immigrants as a strength rather than a burden. Among them are some of the largest migrant receiving countries in the world: the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Canada and Australia (each hosting more than 7 million immigrants in 2017).

By contrast, majorities in five countries surveyed – Hungary, Greece, South Africa, Russia and Israel – see immigrants as a burden to their countries. ...

Meanwhile, public opinion on the impact of immigrants is divided in the Netherlands. In Italy and Poland, more say immigrants are a burden, while substantial shares in these countries do not lean one way or the other (31% and 20% respectively). ...

Attitudes are mixed on immigrants' willingness to adopt the destination country's customs or wanting to be distinct from its society. A median of 49% among countries surveyed say immigrants want to be distinct from the host country's society, while a median of 45% say immigrants want to adopt the host country's customs and way of life. ...

In several immigrant destination countries, large majorities say immigrants are not more to blame for crime than other groups. This is the case in Canada, the U.S., France and the UK. Among other countries surveyed, only in South Africa, Sweden and Greece do majorities believe that immigrants are more to blame for crime than other groups.

In the Netherlands, Japan, Israel and Germany, opinions are split on the impact of immigrants on crime. ...

In seven countries, majorities believe immigrants do not increase the risk of terrorism in the host country. These include all surveyed countries in North America (Mexico, Canada and the U.S.), as well as South Africa and Japan. Publics in France and Spain, two European countries that were not at the center of the 2015 refugee crisis, also hold this view.

By contrast, majorities in seven European nations – Hungary, Greece, Italy, Sweden, Russia, Germany and the Netherlands – believe immigrants increase the risk of terrorism in their countries.

Views on the topic are divided in the UK, Australia and Israel. ...

In seven of the 10 EU countries surveyed, majorities support the deportation of immigrants living in their country illegally. In 2007, between 1.7 million and 3.2 million unauthorized, or irregular, migrants were estimated to be living in the 10 EU countries surveyed. ...

Similarly, majorities in Russia, South Africa, Australia and Japan also support deporting immigrants living in those countries illegally.

In the U.S., public opinion is divided on the issue. About half (46%) of the public supports deporting immigrants residing there illegally, while the other half (47%) opposes their deportation. The Center estimates 10.7 million unauthorized immigrants lived in the U.S. in 2016, which represented less than a quarter (23.7%) of the U.S. immigrant population. ... In Mexico, fewer than half (43%) say they support the deportation of immigrants living there illegally.
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Immigration abroad – Syrians, Netherlands
75 Percent of Syrian Migrants Say They Will Stay in Netherlands for Life
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 14 March 2019.

A survey has revealed that around three-quarters of the Syrians who travelled to the Netherlands as asylum seekers have no plans to ever return to their country.

The survey of 848 Syrian nationals residing in the Netherlands was taken by current affairs television programme EenVandaag and found that the vast majority said they would not consider returning due to the danger and insecurity in the country, WNL reports. ...

The 75 percent said that regardless of what happens to Syria in the future they have no plans to ever go back and wish to remain in the Netherlands for the rest of their lives, arguing that they have better access to work and to freedom of expression.

Despite having better access to work, the vast majority of refugees in the Netherlands remain without jobs according to the Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS) which revealed last year that a mere 15 percent of refugees allowed to work actually held a job.

By far and large, most refugees in the Netherlands have lived and continue to live off of welfare, some for at least two and a half years.
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Immigration abroad – Denmark
Denmark in a State of Unreported Collapse
Ole Hasselbalch
Gatestone Institute, 14 March 2019.
[Ole Hasselbalch is a professor of law at Aarhus University, Denmark]

The following breakdown illustrates that rather than being more relatively free of the consequences of mass migration than other European countries in general, and Scandinavian countries in particular, Denmark is in a state of societal collapse. ...

In 2016, Statistics Denmark projected that the country will have 507,000 "non-Western" immigrants by the year 2060, and 342,000 "non-Western descendants."

"Descendants", however, include only the first generation after the person who migrated. So the official figures do not show the real picture. ...

If the population statistics continue to follow this pattern, ethnic Danes – whose birthrate is far lower than that of non-Western immigrants – will become a minority sometime around the year 2065. This is in fact quite likely to happen, as immigrants defined as "refugees" continue to enter the country; and others, such as arrivals of family members and "walk-ins," are rarely able to be returned to their countries of origin.

According to a 2017 report by Statistics Denmark, only about half of non-Western immigrants between the ages of 16 and 64 are employed (53% of men and 45% of women). When broken down into countries of origin, however, major differences among migrants were revealed – with the employment rate being particularly low among those hailing from Iraq, Lebanon, Somalia and Syria.

Analyzing Statistics Denmark data, the Danish Employers Confederation revealed that in 2016, 41.5% of non-Western immigrants were on welfare, while only 17.5% of ethnic Danes were supported by the same benefits. In 2017, a third of all the people provided for by Denmark's basic social-welfare system were immigrants, which constitutes a rise of 82% in a mere seven years.

These figures show that the public expenses connected to immigration will, in the long run, bring the welfare state to an end. ...

According to a February 2018 Danish Finance Ministry report, the government's net annual expenditure on non-Western immigrants in 2015 was 36 billion Danish kroner – approximately $5 billion USD. As there are approximately 5 million ethnic Danes, the taxpayer cost borne by each individual, in effect, came to $1,000 per year, or $4,000 for a family of four.

That figure, however, only refers to public budgets directly related to immigrants. It does not include the additional indirect public funds spent on law enforcement, schools, social security administration and other ancillary matters, due to the presence of non-Western immigrants. ...

According to the Statistics Denmark report, the crime rate among in 2017 was 35% higher among non-Western male immigrants and 145% higher among male descendants of non-Western immigrants than in the Danish male general population. It should be noted that the figures are misleading, since third-generation descendants of immigrants are counted as Danes also in this context. Male descendants of immigrants from Lebanon - many of whom were, according to the report, stateless Palestinians – followed by male descendants of immigrants from Somalia, Iraq, Pakistan, Morocco and Syria - - rated the highest for crime.
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Miscellaneous – policing
Half of children shot by police stun guns are from BAME groups – report
Damien Gayle
The Guardian, 13 March 2019.

Half of the children shot by police with stun guns, and a third of those restrained using spit hoods, in England are black or from other minority ethnic groups, according to figures obtained by children's rights campaigners.

The data, compiled from freedom of information requests, showed that in the first nine months of last year police across England used electronic stun guns 839 times on people aged under 18, compared with 879 uses on children in the whole of 2017.

Researchers also found a sharp rise in the use of spit hoods against children, with 114 incidents in the first nine months of 2019, more than double the 47 uses in the whole of 2017.

The findings are published in a report on Tuesday by the Children's Rights Alliance for England (CRAE), which pointed to an extreme disproportionality in the use of both weapons against children of colour, particularly in London.

Of the children who had stun guns used against them in England, 51% were from a minority background, rising to about 70% in London – where black children alone accounted for 54% of incidents. Across England, 34% of children bound with spit hoods were from ethnic minorities. In London this figure rose to 72%.

Stun-gun use includes any occasion in which the weapons are drawn or their laser sights are pointed, as well as incidents in which the device is fired or activated.
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Immigration abroad – illegal immigration, deportation, USA
Data: 1.7M Central American, Mexican Illegal Aliens Living in U.S. Despite Deportation Orders
John Binder
Breitbart, 12 March 2019.

There are more than 1.7 million illegal aliens from Central America and Mexico who have deportation orders or pending deportation orders that have yet to be deported from the United States.

Documents obtained by the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) reveal that there are roughly 1.74 million illegal aliens from Central America and Mexico that continue living in the U.S. despite orders to be deported.

The federal data found that there are nearly 645,000 illegal aliens from Central America and Mexico who have final orders for deportation and about 1.1 million illegal aliens from Central America and Mexico with pending deportation orders. ...

From Mexico, alone, there are about 194,000 illegal aliens living in the U.S. who have been ordered deported and 381,000 Mexican illegal aliens who are living in the country while their deportation orders are pending.

"The illegal immigration problem in America is bursting at the seams," IRLI Executive Director Dale Wilcox said in a statement. ...

Experts now project that illegal border crossings for this calendar year will be more than three times what they were in 2017 and nearly double last year's total crossings. The projection predicts there to be more than 840,000 illegal border crossings this year, though Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen predicts about 900,000 crossings for the year.

Today, the majority of the U.S.-Mexico border remains open. At the same time, the U.S. has continued funding border walls and border security programs in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt, and Lebanon.
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Immigration – public opinion
Voters will accept migrants from Canada but not India
Richard Ford
The Times, 11 March 2019.

Britons are unwilling to accept large increases in immigration in exchange for trade deals with key nations after Brexit, according to a poll.

Only about a third of people were prepared to accept higher levels of immigration from countries such as India and South Korea that have been singled out as offering economic opportunities for Britain. A majority supported more migration from Canada, Australia and the US but from nowhere else.

Official figures show net migration from outside the EU rising to the highest level for 14 years.
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Crime – Albanian gangs
The inside story of how brutal Albanian gangs rose from the UK's premier sex traffickers to kingpin cocaine dealers
Jake Ryan
The Sun, 11 March 2019.

The devastating Balkan Wars had brought a swathe of Kosovans claiming asylum to Britain's shores.

Immigration officials, unable to cope with the surge in the late 90s and early 2000s, simply waved the refugees through to begin their new lives in the UK.

Among them were many Albanians claiming to be Kosovan in what has since been described as "the biggest case of nationality switching" in recent UK immigration history.

They included a small, hardened band of war veterans keen to make their mark in Britain. ...

For police officers on the ground it was the Albanians' ability to use brutal violence, especially against their own trafficked women, which shook the underworld sex trade.

Paul Holmes, a former police inspector and head of Scotland Yard's sex trafficking unit, described how the Albanians' brutality shocked his team of officers. ...

"It was with increasing speed they started to takeover large swathes of the London sex business, both central and suburban. ...

The brutally violent criminals, trading on their reputation as veterans of the Balkan Wars, soon moved from smuggling people to guns and drugs into the UK.

In Europe they became allies of the Turkish and Italian gangs as enforcers, hitmen and traffickers of heroin from Afghanistan.

Then they began dealing cannabis by growing "potent strains" of the drug - even using slave labour here in the UK.

Police sources have described how in the early 2000s in London they fought against Jamaican and Chinese drug gangs for control of the illegal market.

Now they have moved on to penetrate all levels of the UK's £5 billion cocaine trade - from an army of dial-a-drug street dealers to kingpin wholesalers controlling imports from South America and northern Europe. ...

Police sources have warned that Albanians illegally flooding into the UK have provided a fresh, ready-made workforce for the crime groups.

Known as the Mafia Shqiptare, the fiercely loyal and vengeful groups work by their traditional codes of "besa" - to keep promises - and "kanun" - the ancient blood feud laws.
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Employment
Migration from India soars as businesses plan for life beyond Brexit
Francis Churchill
People Management, 11 March 2019.

The number of migrants from south Asian countries including India who started work in the UK increased 30 per cent last year as businesses began looking beyond the EU for talent – at least in sectors such as healthcare and IT.

The number of migrants from the region – which includes India, Pakistan and the Philippines – who registered for national insurance (NI) numbers reached 68,381 in the year to December 2018, up from 53,594 over the same period in 2017.

India alone saw a 43 per cent increase in the number of registrations, to more than 45,000, making it the third largest source of new migrants.

The figures suggest businesses are gradually beginning to adjust their talent strategies to compensate for a reduction in available skills after Brexit. However, there were still twice as many EU nationals beginning work in 2018 as non-EU nationals, and the 28,010 increase in non-EU nationals joining the workforce was dwarfed by a 78,409 fall in EU nationals. ...

Romania (which is part of the EU but not part of the EU8) and Poland remained the first and second largest sources of new labour despite seeing a drop of 13 and 26 per cent respectively. There were 134,492 new registrations from Romania, almost three times the number from Poland. ...

Karendeep Kaur, senior immigration consultant at Migrate UK, said her firm had also seen an increase in the number of intra-company transfers from Asia. ...

"I think we're finding that although [Brexit has] stopped a lot of EU nationals coming to the UK, it hasn't stopped the rest of the world." ...

"While many employers will rightly be concerned about the migration restrictions that are due to be introduced that will affect EU nationals, what perhaps has not been acknowledged is the positive changes that have been suggested for recruiting non-EU nationals," said Davies, citing plans to lower skill requirements and scrap the resident labour market test, both of which were outlined in the government's post-Brexit immigration plan.
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Immigration abroad – Hungary, European Union
Foreign Minister: Brussels's 'Greatest Lie' Revealed
Hungary Today, 11 March 2019.

A recent document by the legal service of the European Commission has "revealed the greatest lie by Brussels", Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said and insisted that the document, recently obtained by public television M1, suggests "secret efforts to make mandatory the UN Migration Compact" in all EU member states.

Speaking at a press conference, Szijjártó said that during the debate on the package "all pro-migration politicians" had insisted that the compact would not be made mandatory.

The Hungarian government "calls on the European Commission to stop making secret plans to make the UN compact mandatory and publish all relevant documents completed so far", Szijjártó said.

He added that the government would call on the EC to report on "any such secret plans" at a foreign affairs council session on March 18.

Citizens of the European Union have the right to know "what secret plans the European Commission is making behind their backs to further undermine the continent's security", Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó told public Kossuth Radio on Monday.

He insisted that it was "well-known" that "Brussels would cram the United Nations' Migration Compact down the throat of each European country".

He noted that Hungary was the first EU member to reject the document, while 8 other countries followed suit.

Before the UN vote on the compact, "Brussels kept pulling the wool over our eyes saying that it would not be legally binding", Szijjártó said, adding that "still, the word obligation is used 80 times in the document passed".
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Citizenship – removal
Britain 'strips two more IS brides of citizenship'
ITV, 10 March 2019.

Two more jihadi brides being held with their children in Syrian refugee camps have been stripped of their British citizenship, it has been reported. ...

According to The Sunday Times, two women, who between them have five boys under the age of eight, had their UK nationality removed after marrying into a terror cell linked to the murder of western hostages. ...

The paper quoted legal sources, naming the women as Reema Iqbal, 30, and her sister Zara, 28, whose parents are originally from Pakistan.

It reported that the sisters left for Syria in 2013.
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Crime – knife crime, Somalis
Mothers send sons to Somalia to avoid knife crime
Mark Townsend
The Observer, 10 March 2019.

British teenagers are being sent by their parents to Somalia, itself recovering from a series of terror attacks, because of concern that the police cannot protect them from knife crime.

Representatives from north London's Somali community say hundreds of children have been flown to Somalia, Somaliland and Kenya because of rising concerns over drug gangs and county lines, the criminal networks that use children to transport drugs from cities to the provinces.

In a series of interviews, Somali mothers who arrived in London after fleeing their country during its 1990s civil war told the Observer that many of their sons had asked to leave the UK because of drug gangs and the threat of violence.

Rakhia Ismail, Islington deputy mayor, said: "Sending them away has become the only way they can be safer. This issue of safety has been repeatedly raised by the community but nobody has listened. So many children have gone abroad. Two weeks ago, there was a stabbing and a child was taken back home two days later." ...

The high levels of violence facing parts of British society are evident in the testimony of Islington's sizeable Somali community. Representatives say 50-70% have been directly affected by county lines and knife crime.

Sadia Ali, treasurer of Islington Somalia Forum and founder of Minority Matters, said: "Hundreds of youngsters have been taken to Somalia, Somaliland and Kenya, some taken all the way to the rural areas. Parents feel they have no choice if they want their son to be safe."

Ali, a mother of seven, sent her 15-year-old son to Somalia to protect him from gangs and said many of her friends now have children on two continents.
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Immigration abroad – crime, gangs, multiculturalism, Germany
Researcher Blames Multiculturalism for Rise of Arab Clan Gangs in Germany
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 10 March 2019.

German Islamic and migration researcher Ralph Ghadban has blamed multicultural ideology for the rise in power of Arab clan gangs, saying there are now no-go zones in Berlin.

The Lebanese-born researcher claimed that there are now several "no-go areas" in the German capital, listing the areas of Cottbusser Tor, the Tiergarten, and Neukölln, saying they were "dangerous areas, so-called no-go areas, in which Arab clans have the upper hand," Augsburger Allgemeine reports. ...

Ghadban noted that while Arab clan groups have been around in Germany for decades, it has been the multicultural ideology that has allowed them to flourish and rise to the power they enjoy today.

"When we talk about clans, we refer in most cases to Mhallamiye Kurds, who came during the mid-seventies as civil war refugees from Lebanon to Germany," he said, and noted that these clans were different from other organised crime groups.

"In organised crime, criminals come together voluntarily to jointly plan and carry out crimes. There is a possibility of leaving; in addition, the group can be infiltrated by police.

"But you are born into the clan, you have no choice. The kinship creates a clan solidarity, the members cover each other. Everyone keeps silent in court," he explained. ...

Several days ago, the head of the German Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), Holger Münch, warned that newly arrived North African migrants could also form their own clans if police did not focus on them.

Ghadban echoed these remarks, saying that clan structures also exist "among the Chechens, the Albanians, and the Kosovars. These are family structures that have been brought from home and have demonstrated their efficiency in the criminal sector using the Mhallamiye [clan] as an example. The danger of imitation is thus a given."
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Illegal immigration – people smuggling
Romanian man who tried to smuggle 10 Vietnamese nationals including eight children into Britain in an adapted fridge in his lorry is jailed for more than four years
Luke Andrews
MailOnline, 8 March 2019.

A Romanian man has been jailed for more than four years after trying to smuggle eight Vietnamese children and two men into the UK in an adapted fridge.

Ciprian Scorteanu, 45, was stopped at the Port of Hull on October 27 last year so that his cargo of used tyres could be searched. ...

The Vietnamese men found in the fridge were refused entry to the UK and removed to Rotterdam in The Netherlands. The eight children were taken into the care of social services.
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Employment – robots
How robots will end mass-immigration policies and make workers happier
Lawrence Solomon
Financial Post, 8 March 2019.
[Lawrence Solomon is policy director of Toronto-based Probe International]

U.S. robot use, up by a whopping 16 per cent last year, is at record highs; U.S. unemployment, meanwhile, is at 50-year lows with people abandoning welfare for work. American wages are rising too. And all of this is happening largely for the same reason. President Donald Trump's tariffs, opposition to multilateral trade and immigration policies have tightened labour markets, letting workers bid up wages while spurring industry to find alternatives to the low-cost migrant labour it has relied upon in decades past.

Robots are not yet leading to mass unemployment and social instability as predicted, and are unlikely to ever do so. Because humans have insatiable, ever-changing wants, there will always be limitless demand for workers to satisfy those wants, no matter how many low-skill and routinized jobs in future go the way of elevator operators and bank tellers. Robots need not be feared for another reason, too. Rather than being the dreaded economic disruptor many label them as, robots are more likely to be a force for social stability. They have the potential to counter one of the main sources of conflict in the western world today: cheap-labour-driven globalization and the reaction to it – demands to promote nationalism by restricting mass migration.

Big business in the Western world – whether represented by the Koch brothers on the right or the EU model on the left – has been the most powerful force arguing for mass migration. Its argument in this alliance – that migrants from Mexico, Turkey and other poor countries are needed because Westerners aren't willing to do menial work – has been persuasive, undercutting those in the broad middle class who felt they weren't sharing in the economic growth.

But the persuasion only lasted so long. After some four decades of little or no growth in median incomes, the backlash against the so-called "one per cent" became potent, electing Donald Trump as president in the United States, fostering Brexit and numerous other exit-EU movements in Europe, and raising animosities between the globalists and the nationalists to destructive levels.

Robots could soon become peacemakers. Once Western big business recognizes that it doesn't need to import cheap labour to turn profits, it can stop pushing immigration policies that affect workers who must compete for wages in the job market. ...

... American workers today have no reason to fear the robot. The robot is their friend.
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Immigration – public opinion
Immigration from India is unpopular in UK: study
Vidya Ram
The Hindu, 7 March 2019.

Britons don't want higher levels of immigration from India and many other non-EU countries even if it comes at the price of not securing a free trade agreement, new research in the U.K. has found.

Only higher levels of immigration from the U.S., Canada and Australia would be tolerated in exchange for trade arrangements, polling carried out on behalf of the Henry Jackson Society, a neo-Conservative think tank, found. ...

Opinion polling conducted in early January, suggested that just 9% of the public were willing to accept significantly higher levels of immigration from India, with just 26% willing to accept slightly higher levels, according to the research. The same applies to a range of countries from South Africa, to China to Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Turkey, Russia, Japan and Saudi Arabia as well as to the EU and individual member states such as France, Germany and Italy. ...

While Britain is overhauling its immigration regime to bring in a system based on the skills set of the person wanting to come to the U.K. rather than on their origin, it has been adamant that its fundamental approach has been welcoming of the "brightest and the best." Last year in evidence to a parliamentary committee, Britain's foreign office insisted that India accounted for the largest number of individuals staying in the U.K. illegally.
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Terrorism – Islam, Europe
Radical Islamic Terrorism Accounts for 91 Percent of European Terror Victims
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 7 March 2019.

The newly released Black and White Book of Terrorism in Europe has revealed radical Islamic terrorists have accounted for 91 percent of the total terror victims since the year 2000.

The book is an initiative of Spanish MEP Maité Pagazaurtundua, president of the Foundation for Victims of Terrorism, listing the 753 people killed in terror attacks in the European Union between 2000 and 2018, Le Figaro reports.

The report also examines European victims of terror globally, revealing that a further 1,115 people including tourists and military personnel had also been victims of terrorism during the same period.

In total, 91 percent of the victims were killed by radical Islamic extremists, 20 percent of whom were murdered by suicide bombers.

Political terror casualties have been far lower, with far-left extremists and far-right extremists each murdering 13 people. ...

In terms of EU countries, Spain has seen the most terror-related deaths, with 268 victims, closely followed by France with 263. ...

In 2017, Europe faced an estimated 205 separate terror plots according to Europol with 107 of the plots being reported by the United Kingdom.
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Politics – political left, Europe
Europe's anti-immigration left
Daniel Pipes
Washington Times, 7 March 2019.
[Daniel Pipes is president of the Middle East Forum]

With very few exceptions, liberals in the United States favor high levels of immigration; and the American left goes further, calling to "Abolish ICE" (a reference to Immigration Customs and Enforcement, America's border security agency). But developments in Europe suggest this near-unanimity could one day shatter.

Since the end of World War II, Europe's left has overwhelmingly seen the free movement of labor and immigration as the best ways to challenge corporate interests; in the words of progressive writer David Adler (on whose article, "Meet Europe's Left Nationalists," I have relied here), these "hastened the pace of history and heightened capitalism's contradictions."

Accordingly, the left helped build the European Union and then pass the 1985 Schengen Agreement (that virtually eliminated internal borders among 26 European countries with a population of more than 400 million). It also enthusiastically welcomed non-Europeans, an approach that culminated in 2015-16 with Angela Merkel (a leftist in conservative disguise) taking in a million-plus migrants, mostly from the Middle East, who were met in Germany by a Willkommenskultur, or welcoming culture.

That massive influx, and especially the Islamists among them, stimulated a backlash among the left's historic base, the workers, leading them to desert it in favor of once-marginal anti-immigration and anti-Islamization parties, the ones I call civilizationist. These parties, with their mix of generous social benefits and strong border controls, are gaining throughout Europe to the point that they wield real power in five governments (those of Poland, Czechia, Hungary, Austria and Italy).

Getting elected, leftists increasingly realize, means making what Mr. Adler calls a "momentous turn" away from both the single European labor market and migration from outside Europe; this doublet, they recently discovered, "encourages exploitation, erodes community, and denies popular sovereignty." Left nationalists criticize the free movement of labor for several reasons: Economic (jobs lost, wages undercut), cultural (loss of solidarity, xenophobia) and political (an elite project not endorsed by the masses).

In a startling turn-around, open borders are now seen as harming working-class interests while strict border controls assure workers' rights. The nation, long seen as a bourgeois project, has become a shield for workers against the perils of globalism. ...

Mr. Adler notes that 40 percent of Democrats in the United States want yet higher levels of immigration than at present, in contrast to just 5 percent of Labor voters in the United Kingdom.
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Multiculturalism – integration, Islam
Dutch professor: "No Western country has managed to successfully integrate Muslims"
Emma R.
Voice of Europe, 7 March 2019.

Based on his 20-year-long studies on integration and assimilation, Dutch professor of sociology Ruud Koopmans has come to the conclusion that Muslims are more difficult to integrate than other migrant groups.

Ruud Koopmans claims than no Western country has managed to successfully integrate Muslims.

"Muslims are much worse at integration than other groups of migrants, and there is no doubt that in most other groups of migrants, we see great progress from one generation to the next. Although it's not completely absent in Muslims, the change is much slower," he told Danish newspaper Berlingske recently.

Around 65 percent of the Turkish and Moroccan Muslims in six European countries consider religious rules to be more important than the secular law of the country in which they live.

Muslims consider themselves separate from other non-Muslim groups, and refrain from broader interaction with those outside their religion.

The fundamentalist interpretation of the Quran, which is prevalent among Muslims, prevents them from being integrated into Western countries.

And up to 50 percent of Muslims in Europe hold fundamentalist beliefs. By contrast, the proportion of fundamentalists among Christians is much lower, at less than 4 percent, according to Koopmans' data. ...

"The main problem is how many Muslims and, globally, many Muslim countries interpret Islam. Namely, in a way that basically claims that the Quran and the Sunna must be taken literally, and that the way the Prophet lived in the 7th century must be the yardstick for how Muslims should live in the 21st century."

"Such a brand of Islam is, firstly, a threat to world peace. Secondly, it prevents integration," Koopmans concluded.
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Asylum
Britain urged by MPs to accept twice as many refugees
Nigel Morris
i News, 6 March 2019.

Ministers have been urged to double to 10,000 the number of vulnerable refugees resettled each year in Britain – with one-quarter allocated to African asylum-seekers.

MPs have accused the government of doing too little to support the global response to the mass movement of people in war-torn African nations such as South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

More than 20m Africans, half of whom are children, have lost their homes, but the International Development Committee (IDC) said their plight is consistently low on political leaders' agenda.

It called for the annual number of the most vulnerable refugees offered resettlement in Britain to be increased from 5,000 to 10,000.

And it argued that 2,500 places should be reserved for people from sub-Saharan Africa. ...

It renewed its call for an easing of the restrictions on refugees taking jobs while their cases are considered. ...

The committee said it was "not good enough" that only 448 refugees came to the UK from Sub-Saharan Africa in 2017-18.

The United Nations refugee agency has called for Britain to resettle at least 10,000 refugees a year, which it described as a "meaningful but realistic increase over the current commitment".

A government spokesman said: "The UK is at the forefront of responding to refugee crises around the world and reducing suffering and exploitation of refugees and migrants. ...

"At home the UK has a proud history of granting leave to those who need international protection and since 2010 we have granted asylum, resettlement or an alternative form of protection to over 100,000 people."
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Emigration – Nigeria, Africa
Is Nigeria about to become the next Venezuela? The signs are not good
Jeremy Warner
Daily Telegraph, 6 March 2019.

Nigeria may be a country of nearly 200m, ...

Well, perhaps, but the fact is that even as Western populations age and decline, Nigeria's, like much of the rest of Africa, is on an explosive growth path. On the present trajectory, Nigeria's population is expected to more than double over the next 30 years, reaching a scarcely credible 750m by 2100, according to projections by the Census Bureau of the United States. That's plainly not going to be sustainable, and therefore quite unlikely to occur in practice, but even if only half right, it creates, in the absence of extremely rapid per capita economic growth, myriad problems for the West.

The challenge of mass migration from Sub-Saharan Africa we see today threatens to turn into an exodus of positively biblical proportions. However vigorous, conventional border controls would struggle to prevent it. It is therefore very much in the West's interests that Africa follows Asia into rapid economic advancement.

But here's the paradox. Experience suggests that migration from the developing world peaks when national income reaches the £4,500 to £5,500 per capita range. Much below that, and only the middle classes and the enterprising have the wherewithal to make the break. Once income reaches that level, however, it provudes the means for mass migration.
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Population pressure – school places, Middlesbrough
Immigration revealed as single biggest factor behind Middlesbrough school places crisis
James Cain
Teesside Live, 5 March 2019.

Immigration was the largest single unexpected factor that led to dozens of children not receiving an offer for a secondary school place, it can be revealed.

Middlesbrough Council told parents of more than 100 Year 6 pupils last week that they had not been offered a place at one of the town's schools.

The authority said schools were full due to "unprecedented demand".

It has now emerged that the demand was a result of a number of factors - the largest being international new arrivals. ...

Of approximately 2,000 Year 6 children who applied to go to a secondary school in Middlesbrough this September, the council was unable to offer a place to 4.7% of them.
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Immigration – public opinion
Has Britain really learned to stop worrying and love immigration?
Bobby Duffy and Kully Kaur-Ballagan
New Statesman, 5 March 2019.

A new Ipsos MORI survey for the BBC's Crossing Divides season has shown a remarkable turnaround in attitudes to immigration in Britain.

In 2011, 64 per cent of the British public said that immigration had a negative effect on the country – but by the end of 2018, this more than halved, to just 26 per cent. ...

The key question is, why? ...

Another study by Ipsos MORI suggests it's not that simple. The survey followed up people who said they'd become more positive about immigration, asking them why, focusing on the two most likely explanations – whether the change was driven by "reassurance" or "regret".

The first is the idea that people feel they can now say that immigration has positive aspects, because numbers are coming down, or they believe numbers will be lower in the future. ...

Regret, on the other hand, could be driven by a better understanding of what we're losing from lower immigration: as warnings of skills shortages and economic impacts increase, and as we think more about what we lose from decreased diversity, the extent to which the country benefits from immigration becomes more obvious. ...

So we simply asked people who'd become more positive which of these types of reasons explained why they'd changed their views. ...

And /.../ at 39 per cent and 41 per cent, there is almost perfect balance between the two explanations, with around four in ten citing each of "regret" or "reassurance" reasons.

As with so much about immigration attitudes, there is no one clear answer or view, and therefore no single indication for future policy and political direction. The very real trends of increased positivity actually give much less of a clear steer than it first seems.

This interpretation is backed up by other trends in immigration attitudes that have changed much less. For example, the majority of people still want to see immigration reduced: 56 per cent would like lower immigration, only slightly down on 62 per cent in 2015. ...

There is, however, one more hopeful lesson from the shift – that talking about immigration is much healthier than ignoring it. In fact, one of the very few unifying attitudes about immigration in the early 2000s was we weren't talking about it enough: two-thirds agreed with this, and very few disagreed. This has reversed since, as immigration has become a more mainstream topic.

There is a case that Brexit was partly a result of ignoring immigration concerns, trying to avoid discussion, rather than either acting to reassure people on control, or challenge their views with a more compelling story on the benefits. Leaving a void in political discussion was the worst possible approach.
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Immigration abroad – USA
Border at 'Breaking Point' as More than 76,000 Migrants Cross in a Month
Caitlin Dickerson
New York Times, 5 March 2019.

The number of migrant families crossing the southwest border has once again broken records, with unauthorized entries nearly doubling what they were a year ago, suggesting that the Trump administration's aggressive policies have not discouraged new migration to the United States.

More than 76,000 migrants crossed the border without authorization in February, an 11-year high and a strong sign that stepped-up prosecutions, new controls on asylum and harsher detention policies have not reversed what remains a powerful lure for thousands of families fleeing violence and poverty.

"The system is well beyond capacity, and remains at the breaking point," Kevin K. McAleenan, commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, told reporters in announcing the new data on Tuesday.

The nation's top border enforcement officer painted a picture of processing centers filled to capacity, border agents struggling to meet medical needs and thousands of exhausted members of migrant families crammed into a detention system that was not built to house them – all while newcomers continue to arrive, sometimes by the busload, at the rate of 2,200 a day.

"This is clearly both a border security and a humanitarian crisis," Mr. McAleenan said. ...

More than 50,000 adults are currently in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody, the highest number ever.
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Immigration abroad – Islam, Russia
Russia Will Be One-Third Muslim in 15 Years, Chief Mufti Predicts
Moscow Times, 5 March 2019.

Around 30 percent of the Russian population will practice Islam within the next 15 years, Russia's grand mufti has predicted, citing demographic trends.

Russia's Muslim-majority regions, including republics in the North Caucasus and the republic of Tatarstan, are known to have the highest birth rates in the country, reflecting similar trends worldwide. Various estimates place the current Muslim population in Russia at between 14 million and 20 million people, or between 10 to 14 percent of Russia's total population of 146.8 million in 2018.

"According to experts, Russia's [Muslim] population will increase to 30 percent in a decade and a half," said Ravil Gainutdin, the chairman of the Council of Muftis, a religious group representing Russia's Muslim community.

The changing demographics mean that "dozens" of new mosques will need to be built in Russia's largest cities, Gainutdin said at a forum hosted by the State Duma on Monday.

Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov, an official in Russia's Orthodox Church, agreed with Gainutdin's forecast and predicted that "there won't be any Russians left in 2050."

"It's too late," he told the Govorit Moskva radio station when asked if the demographic trend could be reversed.
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Illegal immigration – Calais, France
French firemen try to get migrants down from ferry funnel after 100 stormed Calais port perimeter to board ship on its way to UK
Joe Middleton
MailOnline, 4 March 2019.

French firemen were battling to bring a group of 100 migrants down from the funnel of a ferry today after they stormed the vessel in Calais in a bid to reach the UK.

British holidaymakers were left stranded on ferries after the dozens of immigrants breached security at the French port late on Saturday and scrambled aboard the Danish-operated ship.

The fire brigade spent Sunday morning talking the last remaining migrants down from the ship's chimneys until it was finally given the all-clear to head to Dover.

Another four immigrants were also found hiding on the upper deck of the DFDS Seaways-owned MS Côtes des Dunes this morning, according to local media. ...

At least 46 migrants were thought to have been arrested.

A source said that 'hundreds' of immigrants set on coming to the UK had stormed the French port at around 8.30pm, will ferries ordered 'not to dock' while the situation was dealt with. ...

Passengers on board ferries to Calais said they were told by the captain that more than 100 immigrants had stormed the port.
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Immigration – public opinion
Crossing Divides: Has the UK changed its mind on immigration?
BBC, 4 March 2019.

Almost half the people in the UK believe immigration has been positive for the country, a poll for the BBC's Crossing Divides season suggests.

Just over a quarter of nearly 1,500 people who took the Ipsos-Mori online survey felt it had a negative impact.

The findings are in line with other surveys suggesting Britain has changed from being generally negative about immigration before the Brexit vote.

In 2011, 64% of Britons told Ipsos-Mori immigration had been bad for the UK.

The results emerged as part of an international poll of nearly 20,000 people across 27 countries, between 26 November and 7 December last year.

It was undertaken as part of the BBC's Crossing Divides season, which is bringing people together across lines of ethnicity, class, faith, politics and generation.

Prof Rob Ford, who researches immigration trends at the University of Manchester, said such positivity surrounding migration into the UK would have been unimaginable just a few years ago.

He said the reasons behind the trend remained unclear but that it mirrored what he had seen in other data.

"It's at odds with what we've seen about [sentiment towards] migration in the past because immigration levels are still very high, so it's not that the public is seeing more control over numbers," he said.
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Politics – equality, free speech
How our illiberal laws fuel campus censorship
Jon Holbrook
Spiked, 4 March 2019.

On Saturday, government-backed guidance on free speech for English and Welsh universities was published. This has been a pressing issue for several years, not least because universities are supposed to cherish the free exchange of ideas and the importance of debate as a means of understanding truth. ...

The government would no doubt like to be seen to be doing something to reverse the worst excesses of free-speech restrictions, which, beyond the cloistered world of some students' unions, are simply embarrassing. To this end, the guidance states that 'everyone has the right to express views and opinions, including those that may offend, shock or disturb others'.

Yet the detail of the guidance, published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, makes clear that given the current legal framework it is much easier for universities and students to curtail free speech than to protect it. The right to express views that may offend, shock or disturb is highly attenuated by the politics of diversity. In other words, the guidance will have the effect of empowering campus censors. ...

The discourse of diversity is driven by the Equality Act. Passed in 2010 by the Labour government, but with full Tory and Liberal Democrat support, this legislation has done much to motor those who seek to curtail free speech on campus. ...

'Disadvantaged groups' are defined in the Equality Act as those with 'protected characteristics', such as those who identify on the basis of gender reassignment, sex, sexual orientation, race or religion. And as the free-speech guidance points out, universities have a legal duty to 'encourage good relations between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and people who do not'. In the context of the Equality Act, these words are regularly invoked to silence those who question moral and political views associated with the politics of identity. Can a man become a woman? Should gay people adopt? Is Islam compatible with liberal democracy? These questions are challenging, but in a free society they need to be asked, even if they offend, shock or disturb others.
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Immigration abroad – USA
No Relationship Between Homicide Rates in Central America and Illegal Border Crossings
Matthew Sussis
Center for Immigration Studies, 4 March 2019.

One of the most common arguments from advocacy groups with regard to the influx of Central American migrants is that these migrants are fleeing violence. Groups such as the ACLU and SPLC cite "gang brutality", "gang violence", and fear of murder as reasons why the number of illegal, border-crossing migrants from the Northern Triangle (Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador) has soared in recent years.

As such, one might expect that, as the murder rate rises in those countries, the number of border-crossers would correspondingly go up, and vice versa. But the data show no obvious relationship between Central American homicide rates and the number of Central Americans apprehended illegally crossing our border in a year.

In Honduras, murder rates have fallen by over half since 2011 – from 86.5 per 100,000 to 42.8 per 100,000 in 2017. During that same time, the annual number of apprehensions of Hondurans at the U.S.-Mexico border quadrupled, albeit with fluctuations.

Guatemala saw a very similar trend, with murder rates falling from 38.6 per 100,000 to 19.0 per 100,000 between 2011 and 2017. At the same time, the annual number of Guatemalan apprehensions more than tripled – from approximately 18,000 to 66,000. ...

There are a range of push-and-pull factors responsible for migration, and for some migrants fleeing violence may well be a legitimate factor.

But as far as push factors go, economics is likely more important than fleeing violence. According to a government poll of Guatemalans, 91 percent are migrating to the United States for economic reasons, and fewer than 1 percent say they are fleeing gangs or violence.

As for the pull factors, loopholes in our asylum laws create strong incentives for migrants to come to the United States – especially with their families. /.../ Credible fear standards ensure that aliens can simply tell asylum officers that they fear persecution in their home countries in order to avoid deportation. ...

Despite what advocacy groups will tell you, these cracks in our asylum laws create far stronger incentives for Central Americans to travel to our southern border than fear of violence.
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Diversity – apprenticeships
Unfair share of trainee places is given to white boys, warns report
Jamie Doward
The Observer, 3 March 2019.

Employers need to reserve places on apprenticeship schemes for young women, disabled people and ethnic minorities to create a more level playing field, the country's equality body has said.

The government has pledged to create 3 million apprenticeships in England by next year. But almost 90% of apprentices aged 16-24 are white, compared with 82% of the population. ...

With National Apprenticeship Week starting on Monday, the Equality and Human Rights Commission says firms need to take steps to get more people from minority groups into trainee schemes, favouring them against other similarly qualified candidates if necessary. ...

But the commission warns that too many companies "are hesitant about using positive action because they're worried about inadvertently discriminating against others". ...

The report calls on employers to reserve places for certain groups and provide mentoring to them. It also wants a candidate from a minority group favoured if there is a "tie-in" with a candidate from a non-minority group.
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Politics – racism, identities
As immigration from outside Europe rises, hucksters foment racial hatred
Nick Cohen
The Guardian, 3 March 2019.

If you want to understand the future, look at an experiment conducted at Manchester University on whether wealth should be redistributed from rich to poor. A majority thought it should and showed robust support for the proposition that money should be spent on educational opportunities for working-class children. ...

But mark the sequel. After asking whether working-class children should receive a leg-up, the researchers rephrased the question. Should black and Muslim citizens, who are overwhelmingly working class, be the beneficiaries of affirmative action? Support for assistance targeted at the working class remained high – 70-80%. However, support for identical policies targeted at black Britons ranged from 17-29%, while support for assistance targeted at Muslims ranged from 7-14%.

America is no longer an aberration. America is our future. When Tony Blair was elected in 1997, 60% of the English population was white and had left school without A-levels. When Theresa May lost her majority in 2017, that proportion had fallen to 40%. Over the same period, the share of the English population who were university graduates, members of an ethnic minority group or both went from 17 to 40%. In Britain, as in the US, progressive politics will be drawn to appeal to minorities and the educated, while rightwing politics will be drawn to appealing to "the whites".

Research published last month by Maria Sobolewska and Robert Ford showed British and US attitudes were converging and white identity politics was growing. ...

As European countries become immigrant nations, identity politics is inevitable. Who am I to say that it is less real than the old politics? If you are a woman confronted with a justice system that fails to prosecute rapists, or a black or Asian businessman who wants to vote Conservative but can't because the party cannot acknowledge the racism you have experienced, or a Jew staring at the leader of the Labour party as he endorses "art" straight out of Nazi iconography and says you don't understand "English irony", or a white, working-class boy who listens to the demands to promote women and minorities and wonders what modern Britain offers you, your concerns aren't frivolous.
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Population pressure – schools, Conservative Party
They have no intention of cutting immigration
Conservative Woman, 2 March 2019.

Net migration figures released by the ONS this week for the year ending September 2018 are serious cause for concern. Still running at nearly 300,000 a year, the figures showed an overall 627,000 people arriving in the year, including 85,000 Brits, 202,000 EU migrants and 340,000 non-EU migrants.

Non-EU net migration is the highest it has been since 2004, with 261,000 more non-EU migrants coming to the UK than leaving. Non-EU student immigration is at its highest level since 2011. /.../ A total of 57,000 more EU citizens came to the UK than left in the year ending September 2018.

Though being nowhere near its target of reducing net migration to the tens of thousands, promised for years, the Government remains remarkably sanguine. ...

... as Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of Migration Watch UK, has pointed out: 'Non-EU net migration has risen still further to more than a quarter of a million even before the government has implemented its proposals to loosen the work permit system.' ...

Just two days after the publication of the latest migration figures, it was reported that record numbers of children will be missing out on their preferred secondary schools. And why is that? Quite simply because of an acute shortage of school places. This is the sixth consecutive year that demand for places has risen, a situation that is about to become even more challenging. The number of pupils in secondary schools is expected to increase by 428,000 over the next seven years, that's on top of the extra 825,000 school places created since 2010.
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Racism – discrimination, right to rent property
The High Court's 'right to rent' decision is a travesty
Richard Ekins
Spectator blog, 2 March 2019.
[Richard Ekins is associate professor at the University of Oxford]

The political campaign against the UK's immigration laws secured an important victory yesterday, with the High Court denouncing sections 20-37 of the Immigration Act 2014 as racially discriminatory – not by discriminatory intent or design but "indirectly", by side effect. Those "right to rent" provisions make it unlawful for private landlords to rent property to persons unlawfully in the UK and so require landlords to check the immigration status of prospective tenants. Introduced on a trial basis in the West Midlands, the scheme was extended across England from February 2016. The Government's intent has been to exercise its powers in the 2014 Act to extend the scheme across the entire UK.

The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, with support from the Residential Landlords Association and Liberty, persuaded the High Court that the legislation discriminates on the basis of race and nationality. The Court exercised its powers under the Human Rights Act 1998 to declare the legislation incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). It also declared that it would be irrational and thus unlawful for the Government to extend the legislative scheme across the rest of the UK without further evaluating its effectiveness and discriminatory effect. This was and is an incredible judgment which should be reversed on appeal and/or by legislation. ...

But the central question the Court had to decide, as so often in human rights law cases, is the unavoidably political one of whether the right to rent scheme was justified, all things considered. Here the Court's reasoning is particularly problematic. ...

... There is a very strong case for this ruling to be overturned on appeal or reversed by legislation. It is for ministers accountable to Parliament to decide how to exercise the powers of commencement conferred on them by Parliament, to decide when and where legislation is to be brought into force. In trying to take over this power, the Court demonstrated still further its hostility to Parliament's policy, the merits of which should be for Parliament itself to decide, free from the distortion caused by litigation of this kind.
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Politics – Conservative Party
May hails surge in non-EU migration to 15-year high as evidence of strong economy - despite pledge to drastically reduce it
Rob Merrick
Independent, 1 March 2019.

A big leap in immigration from outside the EU is evidence of the strength of the UK economy, Theresa May says.

The prime minister appeared relaxed about the increase – to its highest level for 15 years – while insisting she remained committed to slashing numbers to "the tens of thousands".

The latest figures show 283,000 more people moved to the UK than left the country in the year to last September – almost three times the government target of 100,000.

The rise was fuelled by 261,000 non-EU arrivals, the highest figure since 2004, outweighing a fall in EU net migration to the lowest level since 2009. ...

However, asked for a response, her official spokesman said: "What the figures show you is that the UK is continuing to attract and retain highly-skilled workers, including more doctors and nurses, while talented international students are benefiting from our world-leading universities and boosting our economy."
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Crime – violence, murder, race, BBC
We desperately need to be honest about the links between race and gang violence
Trevor Phillips
Daily Telegraph, 1 March 2019.

Anne Longfield's report, published yesterday, into childhood violence and vulnerability asserted that some 27,000 under-19s identify themselves as gang members. More than 300,000 admit to knowing someone who is in a gang. In the past week alone, nine boys have died in English cities, mostly from stab wounds after vicious, coordinated attacks. NHS officials report that the number of non-lethal assaults of this kind is now running into the thousands. ...

Longfield's report is based on detailed examination of data from the ONS's British Crime Survey, backed by a wealth of other research. She points out that children sucked into the spiral of violence are more likely than average to come from homes where parents are violent towards each other and to their families; where adults take drugs and allow their children to copy them; and where others have been involved in criminal activity. Many have been excluded from school and placed in units where they are preyed upon by criminals.

To her credit, Longfield goes beyond the usual hand-wringing by linking her analysis to that of another, equally formidable public servant Dame Louise Casey, author of an uncompromising 2016 report into the grooming scandals in Rotherham, Rochdale and elsewhere. Casey told us what everyone knew but no one wanted to say: that the sexual crimes against hundreds of children, mostly white girls, were (and probably still are) being carried out by mostly British Pakistani Muslim men – but no one would ever point the finger at the perpetrators for fear of being denounced as racists and Islamophobes. Truth was sacrificed on the altar of racial tranquillity.

Though Longfield does not say so in terms, the evidence shows that the wave of killings and maimings we are seeing are assassinations of black children by other black children, all too often directed by adult drug dealers. And it pays to read the small print in her report. The technical appendices tell us that, in effect, race is the best predictor of being in a gang, being a victim of knife crime or of being a killer.

Among children who are not involved in gangs, more than 81 per cent are white and just 7 per cent black; but among those identified as gang members by social work practitioners the figures are 48 per cent white and 31 per cent black. Worse still, among those in greatest trouble – the "extensive offending group" in the jargon – black youngsters make up 37 per cent of the population compared to 39 per cent whites.

In essence, black boys are more than 20 times as likely to be involved in serious attacks compared with their white peers. ...

Yet, to read our newspapers and to listen to our media, you would imagine that race played no part in this issue at all. The BBC in particular is guilty of whitewashing the truth. Its defence is that race should only be reported where it is relevant. Yet it has no qualms about routinely describing stop and search by police in racial terms. ...

The daily parade of dark faces in items about knife crime tells its own story. And the routine appearance of such individuals as "Olu from Brixton" in radio interviews would provoke howls of "racist dog-whistling" around Broadcasting House were the BBC's own journalists not so deeply complicit in the silence.
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Multiculturalism – treason
Willing ISIS Brides Should Be Tried for Treason
Scott McConnell
American Conservative, 1 March 2019.

In liberal circles, a wave of empathy is building for the "foreign fighters" of ISIS who desire to return to their Western lives. The tip of this iceberg is the very publicized case of Shamima Begum, the 19-year-old former Londoner who flew from Gatwick four years ago with two other girls her age to join the Islamic State. ...

Treat her "with compassion," urges the liberal Guardian. Naturally, her attorney describes her as a "victim." ...

... So paradoxically /.../ the more Britain and other Western countries flagellate themselves over their historical misdeeds and purported racism, the less able they are to attract the loyalties of ethnic outsiders. So long as multiculturalism means, as it now does in the contemporary West, that every ethnic group is supposed to find cultural power and meaning and self-esteem in promoting its roots and heritage, and so long as the assigned role for whites is to wallow in the sins of their ancestors, radical hate-the-West groups will appear compelling to minorities.

Reading through some of the personal accounts of other Western jihadis, one shouldn't doubt the appeal of radical doctrine. ...

At bottom, it's a question of attitude. Young people are attracted to societies and organizations that exhibit faith in their own legitimacy and are willing to sacrifice for it. Whatever one might say about Shamima Begum and her cohorts, they aren't cowards and they aren't snowflakes. Their reappearance now raises the question of whether the West believes in itself sufficiently to punish its traitors and rally those who want it to have a future. The verdict is still out on that.
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Immigration abroad – repatriation, Denmark
Denmark to focus on repatriation instead of integration under new law
Emma R.
Voice of Europe, 27 February 2019.

The Danish Parliament Folketinget recently voted through a legislative package that is said to be a "paradigm shift" for Danish migration policy.

The migration policy now being introduced represents a whole new way of looking at migration.

In the future, the focus will be on sending migrants back to the third world – instead of "integrating" them. ...

The settlement also means that criminal migrants will be placed on a deserted island, that the so-called integration subsidy is reduced, that the number of family reunions for migrants will be limited, that residence permits as a rule becomes temporary and that it will be easier to withdraw permits and refrain from extending them. ...

According to the Danish Minister of Finance Kristian Jensen, Denmark will no longer have a system in which "refugees become immigrants".
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2013.
2012.
2011.
2010.
2008 and 2009.
2007 and earlier.

News and views in subject order

These are the same extracts as given elsewhere in date order, but they are presented here by subject. To avoid having too many subject headings, 'multiculturalism' here includes multiracialism and multiethnic issues; 'population' includes overpopulation.
From 1 January 2019, except recent ones.
2018.
2017.
2016.
2015.
2014.
2013.
2012.
2011.
2010.
2008 and 2009.
2007 and earlier.

Publications

A list of some publications on immigration and related matters (pubs.htm). Not updated recently.

Links to other sites

Links to relevant other sites of possible interest (sites.htm). Not updated recently.


Notes:
The date given for an extract occasionally differs slightly from the date given for the article on a website. This is because it is not uncommon for an article to appear on a publisher's website the day before it appears in the printed version of the newspaper.

Some reports here do not mention immigration or immigrants, but their relevance is indicated elsewhere. For example, a report on the consequences of population pressure is relevant since the rise in the UK's population is largely due to mass immigration. A report on the level of knife crime might not at first seem relevant here, since there is usually no mention of immigration. However, other reports indicate that it is a significant factor. An item on education can be relevant because inadequate education in the UK is a reason given by some business managers for employing foreigners.

Where longer extracts of an article are divided into several parts, this is almost always done only for convenience of presentation here.

Where no webpage link is provided, the source is usually, with the exception mainly of older extracts, the printed publication. In these cases, many but not all of the full reports can be found on the publishers' websites. However, if searching for the full report, note that it is not unusual for the heading and the text to have been modified. For example, the heading "British television is hideously white, says equality chief", printed in The Daily Telegraph, is or was "Britain's most popular television programmes 'too white', says Trevor Phillips" on the newspaper's website.

Extracts can, if preferred, be read in chronological order by using the "" link to go to the start of the item next above the one just read.

The address of this site was www.immat.info until early July 2011.

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