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Updated 15 August 2018
Sudanese immigrant Salih Khater named as Westminster 'attacker'
Metro, 15 August 2018.
The man believed to be behind yesterday's Westminster terror attack
has been named as Salih Khater.
The Sudanese immigrant from
Birmingham was identified by the Daily Mail as being the man who was
arrested after a car was deliberately driven at cyclists and then a barrier
at the Houses of Parliament.
Houses in the West Midlands are being
searched following the crash which saw two police officers diving for cover
as he drove at them.
Fortunately nobody was killed in the incident
and only one person was seriously injured.
Police said that the
29-year-old, who was a UK citizen but of Sudanese origin, was not
co-operating with them, however when he was arrested he seemed to go
UK security services have 676 'live' terror investigations ongoing and foiled 13 Islamist extremist plots over the past 18 months
The security services are conducting 676 'live' terrorism
investigations and have foiled 13 Islamist plots over the past 18 months,
it was revealed today.
Evidence of the scale of the threat to the
UK came as Theresa May urged the public to be 'vigilant' and defy the
The PM's spokesman said that over the past 18
months 13 Islamist terrorist plots had been foiled, and four far-right
There are 676 live terrorism investigations in progress, he
said. The previous figure given in March was that there were 'over 500'.
Theatre bosses ban West End star from singing Dream Girls hit because 'she isn't black' as Brian May brands it an 'unpleasant new kind of race-based injustice'
Daily Mail, 15 August 2018.
A British singer was told she could not perform a song from
Dreamgirls at the Royal Albert Hall because she is white, it is claimed.
Mazz Murray was due to perform in October, with the highlight being
her rendition of a ballad from the musical.
But the 45-year-old
West End star is said to have been barred from singing it because she is
not black and the song is part of an 'African American musical'.
Rock star Brian May said the apparent decision displayed an
'unpleasant new kind of race-based injustice'. ...
May claimed that
when the show's producers, Seventh Sense, approached the musical's owners
to ask permission to use the ballad they replied that it was not
'appropriate' for a white woman to sing it.
Immigration abroad Australia
Fraser Anning: MP's full speech on Muslim immigration ban
news.com.au, 15 August 2018.
Fifty years ago Australia was a cohesive, predominantly
Anglo-Celtic nation. ...
A key part of this great pre-Whitlam
consensus was bipartisan support from both Liberal and Labor for a European
based immigration program. The great Labor statesmen Ben Chifley, John
Curtin and Arthur Calwell all strongly supported an immigration program
that actively discriminated in favour of Europeans.
greatest conservative, Sir Robert Menzies himself, said: I don't want to
see reproduced in Australia the kind of problem they have in South Africa
or in America or increasingly in Great Britain.
... This continued
until 1973 when Whitlam and his hard Left cronies adopted Soviet inspired
UN treaties on discrimination and banned preferential selection of migrants
based on their ethnicity.
Yet the end of the pre-Whitlam consensus
between the Labor and Liberal Parties has been much more than a political
sea change. It has allowed the cultural conquest of our nation. A tectonic
shift has occurred in which the previously agreed social and political
order has been overthrown in an insidious silent revolution. ...
... The next critical problem that we need to address is
immigration. Australia currently has the highest per capita immigration
rate in the world. Last Tuesday, Australia's population hit 25 million
22 years ahead of previous government predictions. That means that
since 1971 the population of Australia has doubled, with immigrants now
around one-third of our population.
The huge numbers of people
allowed to flood into Australia in recent years are unsustainable, with
immigration quotas apparently set by successive governments on a whim and
without any regard for the necessary infrastructure that these people would
require or the ability of those that came here to assimilate. Ethnocultural
diversity, which is known to undermine social cohesion, has been allowed to
rise to dangerous levels in many suburbs. In direct response,
self-segregation, including white flight from poorer inner-urban areas, has
become the norm.
I believe that immigration to our country should
be a privilege, not an obligation-free right provided to anyone from the
Third World who demands it. ...
Fifth, but most important of all,
diversity should be managed to remain compatible with social cohesion and
national identity. We as a nation are entitled to insist that those who are
allowed to come here predominantly reflect the historic European Christian
composition of Australian society and embrace our language, culture and
values as a people.
In order for us to remain the nation that we
are now, those who come here need to assimilate and integrate. Those who
are most similar to the mainstream majority in terms of ethnicity, culture,
language and values most readily do so. Historically, however, the one
immigrant group here and in other Western nations that has consistently
shown itself to be the least able to assimilate and integrate is Muslims.
Whitlam didn't ask the Australian people whether they wanted
wholesale non-European migration when he introduced it and neither has any
Immigration abroad crime, vandalism, Sweden
Youths in Swedish towns burn and vandalize scores of cars
Yahoo News / Reuters, 14 August 2018.
Youths torched and vandalised scores of cars in the Swedish city of
Gothenburg and surrounding towns and Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said on
Tuesday the disturbances looked organised "almost like a military
Police said that up to 100 cars were either set
fire to or vandalised in Gothenburg, Sweden's second-biggest city located
in the western part of the country, and in nearby towns such as Falkenberg
and Trollhattan, an industrial area with high unemployment. There were no
reports of injuries. ...
Police said gangs were involved but gave
no details. ...
Law and order is a key issue ahead of the election
after a spike in gang violence saw more than 40 people shot dead last year.
Employment IT workers
IT companies exploit gaping loophole in Britain's immigration system
Migrationwatch UK, 14 August 2018.
A gaping loophole in Britain's immigration system is revealed in a
paper released by Migration Watch today.
This paper (MW451 -
Distortion of the ICT visa system) shows that a small number of
multinational IT companies have exploited a system intended for posting
senior executives to and from the UK in order to bring in thousands of
migrant workers to fulfil contracts with private and public sector
This is known as third-party contracting and usually
involves an international IT company, typically based in India, obtaining a
contract to deliver a project or support services to a UK entity and then
staffing it with workers from the company's home country.
thousands of such workers have entered the UK by being sponsored under the
Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) route.
This route has no cap on
numbers and does not require the sponsoring company even to try to source
its workforce within the UK.
This has enabled these companies to
undercut British competitors while reducing the opportunities for British
computer scientists, graduates and IT professionals to obtain work and to
develop their skills.
At a time when the focus has been on the
20,700 cap on Tier 2 (General) visas for skilled workers from outside the
EU, this paper reveals that the Tier 2 (ICT) route has been gradually
developed into a significant source of immigration.
Since 1992, the
number issued has increased eightfold and now constitutes over 60% of all
work permits. In 2017, 58,000 of 94,000 Tier 2 work visas issued to
migrants and their dependants, were via the ICT route - the majority of
which were for third-party contracting.
The Government has shied
away from effectively addressing this route despite the fact that its own
Migration Advisory Committee has recommended that it should be thoroughly
reviewed with the aim of curtailing its use. Use of the route for this
purpose is very much against the spirit in which the system was originally
We recommend significant changes to ensure that it is no
longer used as a means to by-pass Tier 2 (General) or seen as a mechanism
by which to bring unlimited migrant labour into the UK.
If the UK
is to protect its IT workforce and ensure that it keeps its place in the
front rank of advanced industrialised economies then this use of ICT visas
must be strictly limited.
Commenting, Lord Green of Deddington,
Chairman of Migration Watch UK:
"Many people are asking why
non-EU migration has not been reduced. Here is part of the answer. ..."
Illegal immigration Indians
India rejects U.K. proposal on DNA tests for 'illegal migrants'
The Hindu, 14 August 2018.
India rejected a proposal by the U.K. to use DNA sampling to
establish the nationality of illegal migrants living there citing "privacy
Although a Memorandum of Understanding on return of
illegal migrants was initialled after due approval of the Union Cabinet in
January by Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, India refused to sign
the final pact during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to U.K. in
"In one of the meetings, the U.K. authorities suggested
that the nationality of document-less illegal migrants suspected to be
Indians could be established by matching DNA samples of their family
members living here. We raised objections that this was a breach of privacy
and unethical. How do we know that the document-less person is an Indian,"
said a senior Home Ministry official who attended the meeting.
According to the British government's estimates, there are around
1,00,000 Indians overstaying their visa in the U.K.
contested this and said that as per their estimate, the number will not be
more than 2,000.
Fraud and corruption local election
Daily Telegraph, 13 August 2018.
In 2015, Lutfur Rahman was convicted for one of the most severe
electoral frauds in the era of universal suffrage. The mayor of Tower
Hamlets was found guilty by the Election Court of vote-rigging, partly by
using "spiritual influence" via mosques, and banned from office for five
years. The petitioners' legal costs were awarded against him.
November 2015, however, Rahman had himself declared bankrupt. The
petitioners were not some big pressure group or party, but just four local
citizens. The wheels of the law turn slowly, so only now do they face
preposterous legal bills of about £1 million.
Part of the
scandal is that the public authorities were so feeble in the first place.
Andy Erlam, the lead petitioner, was shocked by the "Oh well, that's they
way we do things here" attitude. Bengali women were intimidated and even
spat at if they did not follow the elctoral line of their elders. He
suspected that the delivery of housing was related to the delivery of
votes. Tower Hamlets really was a rotten borough.
At the count for
the 2014 mayoral and local elections, Mr Erlam noticed intimidation of
tellers and a large, threatening crowd outside the town hall. Unauthorised
people were entering via the fire escape unchallenged. The integrity of the
count was compromised. Six days before the Election Court hearing, Mr Erlam
had police knock on his door at 7am, with a threat to arrest him for
"perverting the course of justice". They later admitted they had no
evidence to justify this. The police have not followed up Rahman's
conviction with criminal investigations of the fraud. In two years' time,
the man will be free to stand again.
Mr Erlam also found the
Electoral Commission evasive and torpid, seemingly irritated that members
of the public were asking it to do its job.
Far from perverting the
course of justice, the petitioners were fighting to uphold it, with no
official help. They did a public service, but are being made to suffer for
Multiculturalism burka, Islam
Bishop calls for burka ban: Pakistani-born Church of England cleric voices support for outlawing veil in public
Mail on Sunday, 12 August 2018.
A senior Church of England bishop last night called for a
near-total ban on the wearing of burkas in public.
Bishop of Rochester, Michael Nazir-Ali, said burkas and niqabs should be
outlawed in a wide range of situations where people interact, including in
hospitals, GP surgeries, universities and schools.
The cleric said
a ban should also extend to areas where there were legitimate security and
safety concerns, such as at airports or while driving a car. However, he
said it was acceptable for women to wear face veils at home, while in the
street and at prayer.
The controversial call from the
Pakistani-born bishop, who led the Diocese of Rochester between 1994 and
2009, drew support last night from Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of
Canterbury. Lord Carey said 'oppressive' veils should not become
Bishop Nazir-Ali told The Mail on Sunday: 'We
have all seen how even male terrorists have escaped arrest by donning a
burka and making an effective getaway.
'For reasons of national
security, there will be places like Parliament or Whitehall or town halls
and council chambers where the burka should not be allowed.'
said institutions including universities and schools were justified in
wanting to know the identities of visitors or those who worked or studied
Staff at airports and courts also needed to see people's
Perhaps more controversially, he added: 'Many professions
require personal interaction with the client. In business, both the trader
and the customer should be able to see one another's face and to interpret
expressions if the transaction is to be mutually beneficial. This is even
more true of doctors, dentists, nurses and paramedics.'
the threat posed by the wearing of veils, he said: 'It is true that some
women choose to wear the burka or niqab because they feel it makes them
more observant Muslims...
'It is also true, however, that the burka
or niqab is being weaponised by Islamists to impose what they consider to
be "Islamic" character on communities, neighbourhoods and even nations.
'In Britain, this has serious implications for the freedom of
women, but it also has implications for integration and social cohesion.
Where there is widespread use of the face veil, there will be greater
isolation from one another and a sense of segregation will grow.'
Lord Carey, Archbishop of Canterbury between 1991 and 2002, said he
'strongly supported' the position taken by Bishop Nazir-Ali.
Diversity theatre lighting
'Traditional' theatre lighting and stage design discriminates against black and Asian actors, warns Shakespeare's Globe
Sunday Telegraph, 12 August
The increasing use of black and Asian actors has led some in
British theatre to congratulate themselves on the growing diversity of the
But experts have warned that casting ethnic minority
actors without paying attention to the way they are lit, or what colour
costumes they wear, puts them at a disadvantage to white performers.
An academic at London's Globe Theatre says that black and Asian
actors can be obscured by the dark costumes and furnishings and gloomy
lighting traditionally associated with the staging of works by Shakespeare
and other period dramatists. ...
The Globe is staging a workshop
tomorrow to explore some of the issues raised by the welcome casting of
more black and Asian actors in theatre productions.
The event, part
of the theatre's Shakespeare and Race season, poses the question of whether
traditional choices about costume, set and lighting privilege discriminate
against black and Asian actors in favour of white actors.
Douglas Murray heads to Australia alongside Dr Cornel West
news.com.au, 11 August 2018.
Douglas Murray thinks Europe is committing suicide.
declares as much in the opening line of his latest book, in which he
laments that the leaders of western Europe are allowing the cultural flame
of the continent to be extinguished through mass migration, in particular
from the Muslim world.
The controversial assertion underpins the
book, The Strange Death Of Europe: Immigration, Identity And Islam, but he
sees nothing particularly controversial about the claim. ...
Murray, who is the associate editor of the Spectator and founder of
the right-leaning Centre for Social Cohesion think tank, is highly critical
of the far left side of politics for denying or diminishing the problems
that come with a sudden large increases in immigration, when those migrants
come from different, distinct and strong cultures.
"In one year
alone, Germany and Sweden for instance took between two and three per cent
addition of their entire population, so this is one of the most significant
movements into Europe ever," the British commentator said of the height of
the migrant crisis a few years ago.
For western Europe, he
identifies Muslim immigration as the most destructive force and a problem
for the social cohesion of the West.
From his perspective, Islamic
migrants a portion of whom have particularly strict religious
beliefs are clashing with a Europe that is tired from history,
guilt-ridden, increasingly faithless and overrun with the notion of
If allowed to continue, Murray asserts, the
result will ultimately be the Islamisation of the continent and the end of
European cultural civilisation.
One of the people Murray often
cites in his book is German historian and philosopher of Syrian origin
Bassam Tibi who in the past has made similar warnings on this topic.
In an interview more than a decade ago he told German magazine Der
Spiegel: "Muslims stand by their religion entirely. It is a sort of
religious absolutism. While Europeans have stopped defending the values of
their civilisation. They confuse tolerance with relativism."
Murray's book has been called "brilliant" by The Sunday
Times; "compelling, fearless and truth-telling" by the Evening
Standard and labelled as "gentrified xenophobia" by The
Murray says his book is about finding a solution
to migration that is "liberal, humane and sustainable" but is also cautious
about blindly embracing the pursuit of multiculturalism, which many Western
governments are quick to celebrate.
Multiculturalism free speech, offence, Islam
Do Britain's Muslims Have a Right Not to be Offended?
Quillette, 11 August 2018.
[Claire Fox is the Director of the Academy of Ideas]
Religious freedom is one of the core principles of any modern
liberal society. As a secularist, I defend the right of religious people to
send their children to faith schools, have their children circumcised, or
wear the burqa. This does not mean I approve of any of these practices;
they should be permissible but not protected from criticism. We should be
free to ridicule, lampoon, chastise, critique, etc. every aspect of
religious belief that we tolerate.
This is, more or less, what the
U.K.'s former Conservative Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson wrote in his now
infamous newspaper column in the Telegraph last week. Yet all hell
has broken loose. It was greeted by near-hysterical outrage and shrill
denunciations of Johnson's alleged dog whistle racism; reports of civil war
in the Tory Party over the matter; the now ubiquitous demands for an
apology for causing offence (or else), which was backed in this instance by
the Prime Minister. ...
... He rightly notes that being opposed to
a ban should not be interpreted as approval and goes on to say
albeit in a somewhat crass manner that "Muslim head-gear that
obscures the female face... looking like letterboxes... like a bank
robber... is absolutely ridiculous". ...
Are Boris's critics
demanding respect for all religious practices regardless of whether they
consider them backward, wrong-headed, or oppressive? Should we bite our lip
in case we offend? We seem to have forgotten that we once all declared
#JeSuisCharlie a brief but inspiringly unapologetic defense of free
speech after cartoonists for the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo
were brutally butchered in Paris for daring to publish cartoons deemed
offensive to Islam. Should they have shut up until they learned to become
more tactful? ...
To be honest, the festishisation of burqa-wearing
from critics and even supporters is often a proxy for a range of other
There is something cowardly and self-defeating about
the cross-party condemnation of Johnson. With no sense of irony, former
Tory chairman Lord Pickles warns that Johnson's "illiberal language," risks
"closing down" debate. But the real threat to liberalism and open
discussion is Pickles et al endorsing a backlash that deems any criticism
of Islam off-limits. And if liberal, if sometimes crass, criticism is
off-limits because it is interpreted as being illiberal, then the only
"acceptable response" and the end result of this Boris-bashing
episode is to close down free speech and fair comment.
hope is there that we the public can have a frank, open-ended
discussion about some of the huge societal challenges we face such
as problems of fractured communities and cities in which inhabitants live
segregated lives if even one of the U.K.'s most powerful men gets
denounced as a pariah for writing a provocative column about religious
dress? We are effectively telling ordinary citizens who may, for example,
want to explore through open discussion what drives British-Asian youth to
blow their peers to smithereens, or trek to Syria and film themselves
beheading fellow Westerners: "You can't discuss that."
questioning a fringe religious practice is assumed as evidence of bigotry
against all Muslims, surely that implies that any and all Islamic practices
and beliefs should be surrounded by a 'do-not-criticise' barrier?
Population pressure Australia
The door to racism in the name of patriotism
Canberra Times, 11 August 2018.
The big business lobbies must be licking their lips over the
out-pouring of racially motivated calls for lower immigration in the
very week that Australia's population hit 25 million.
It means that
sensible people arguing for lower immigration on economic and environmental
grounds will now also have to run the gauntlet of being branded as racist.
Meanwhile, property developers, big retail, the banks and others
revel in making short-term big profits from high population growth to the
long-term detriment of everyone else.
It took just 14 years for the
most recent five million to be added from 20 million to 25 million. It took
23 years to add the five million before that from 15 million to 20 million.
This is an exponential, unsustainable trajectory. It causes congestion,
out-of-reach housing, more pollution, conversion of agricultural land to
urban, and more imported food and less exported food.
population crisis has nothing to do with race. It has nothing to do with
what News Ltd columnist Andrew Bolt calls a threat to Australian identity.
It is a matter of economics and environment. ...
The calls for
lower immigration by Bolt, Tony Abbott, Peter Dutton and others mixed with
statements about African gangs, loss of identity and calls for white South
African farmers to get special treatment is doubly appalling.
First, it makes intelligent discussion about the economics and
environmental implications of high population almost impossible. Secondly,
it opens the door to racism under the guise of patriotism and nationalism.
The threat from any tidal wave of immigrants is not to national
identity. People coming here become Australian quickly enough. ...
Very few countries have five cities with more than 1 million
people, like Australia, not even the UK, Germany, Russia, France, Italy or
Brazil. The trend in Australia is for greater centralisation and high
immigration is making it worse. ...
As for infrastructure, the
equation is too hard. On average, infrastructure lasts 50 years. It means
you have to replace two per cent of it every year, just to keep up. If you
add a further 2 per cent in population, therefore, you have to double your
infrastructure effort. Australia has been falling behind ever since we
increased the immigration intake from around 70,000 a year to more than
150,000. The answer is not a fanciful unaffordable wish for more
infrastructure, but for fewer people.
Multiculturalism crime, burka
Daily Telegraph, 11 August 2018.
[Letter to the Editor]
Mr Johnson was not in error in saying that people wearing the burka
or full face veil look like bank robbers.
Has everyone forgotten
that people wearing such an outfit raided Selfridges in daylinght a few
A Lower Refugee Ceiling Is Better for Most Refugees, the Host Countries, and America
National Review, 11 August 2018.
None of the arguments for raising the number of refugees to be
resettled holds water. The humanitarian argument is the weakest; in fact,
as I've argued on these pages, large-scale refugee resettlement is immoral.
Because the taxpayer funds expended on settling a single refugee in the
U.S. could help twelve refugees in the country where they've found shelter,
advocacy for resettlement amounts to little more than virtue signaling. ...
Nor is there a good foreign-policy argument for increasing refugee
admissions. Countries hosting large numbers of refugees, such as Lebanon,
Jordan, and Turkey, get no benefit from having a handful of them relocated
with great fanfare to America's hard-pressed Rust Belt while millions
remain. As my colleague Nayla Rush has written of resettlement, "Even if
these numbers were to double, triple, or more, the reality is that the
effect of resettlement both real and symbolic on host
countries is minimal, akin to rain drops in the ocean."
and most absurdly, some argue that refugee resettlement is a fiscal and
economic boon. Jason Richwine has shown that the educational level of new
refugees has deteriorated dramatically over the past 20 years, both in
absolute terms and relative to the native-born. Consequently, most are on
welfare. As he's written, "Given their low education levels and high rates
of welfare use, today's refugees cannot be net fiscal contributors by any
plausible analysis." Of course, we don't take refugees for economic
reasons, but to pretend that they're not costly is a fairy tale.
Considering that fewer than 10 percent of the refugees referred in
2017 by the U.N. for resettlement in developed countries were "emergency"
or "urgent" cases, amounting to fewer than 6,000 people, the FY 2019
ceiling could be reduced significantly and still accommodate all such
Diversity bias, discrimination
Male, pale and stale university professors to be given 'reverse mentors'
Daily Telegraph, 10 August 2018.
Male, pale and stale university professors are to be given "reverse
mentors" to teach them about unconscious bias, under a new Government
Under the project, white males in senior academic
posts will be assigned a junior female colleague from an ethnic minority as
Prof John Rowe, who is overseeing the project at
Birmingham University, said he hopes the scheme will allow eminent
professors to confront their own biases and leave them "feeling quite
"What is understood about unconscious bias is that
we have all got it, but the more you learn about it and become conscious of
it, the more you can act," he told The Daily Telegraph. ...
mentor scheme is one element of a broader project aimed at challenging
bias, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Prof Rowe, who is director of research at Birmingham
University's College of Engineering and Physical Science, said he hopes to
interrogate the "underlying causes" that lead to the underrepresentation of
female and ethnic minority academics at the top of academia. ...
Staff from Birmingham will work with researchers from Aberystwyth
University and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.
The EPSRC, a government agency, is funding eleven "Equality,
Diversity and Inclusion" projects as part of an £5.5 million
anti-discrimination drive in engineering and physical sciences.
Fans warned to expect 'overt' anti-terror measures at football stadiums
Sky News, 10 August 2018.
Police are seeking the help of football fans in tackling terrorism
and are asking them to be vigilant at matches.
stadiums could be targeted as extremists seek out crowded places to attack.
Chief Superintendent Nick Aldworth said: "We know from what we've
seen on the ground, and also from terrorist rhetoric, that they are
interested in attacking crowded places generally, and that would include
"We want (fans) to think about what they might do in the
event of an attack and we want them to be really, really vigilant.
"And not to be inhibited about reporting stuff to us. If it's
trivial to you, it might be significant to us. Don't worry about it - just
tell us and leave it to us to sort it out." ...
The request for
help was issued on the day before the Premier League season kicks off and
forms part of efforts to encourage all members of the public to be
CBI calls for UK to abandon immigration targets after Brexit
Financial Times, 10 August 2018.
The UK government must abolish all immigration targets and ensure
its Tier 2 visa system for skilled migrants is not extended to EU citizens
after Brexit, the CBI employers' organisation has said.
Hardie, its deputy director-general, said on Friday that companies favoured
"blunt targets" being scrapped so they could hire the staff they needed
after Brexit. He added that "putting migration" on the table in trade talks
would secure the UK a better deal with the EU. ...
immigration white paper, originally scheduled to be published last year,
has been postponed until October this year. ...
The CBI said on
Friday that it had spoken to 24,000 companies across 18 industries to
provide the Migration Advisory Committee, which advises the government on
immigration policy, with a detailed breakdown of the kind of Brexit sought
by business leaders.
Employment tax credits, child benefits, Brexit
Iain Duncan Smith puts forward BRILLIANT proposal for post-Brexit immigration system
Daily Express, 10 August 2018.
Iain Duncan Smith put forward his proposal to ensure Britain has a
fully functional immigration system in place following Brexit, suggesting
EU citizens should be required to have a job lined up in the UK before
Former Tory leader and Brexit supporter Iain Duncan Smith
suggested the UK could "extend the work permit process" after Brexit to
ensure Britain has an effective immigration system. ...
BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Mr Duncan Smith put forward his proposal: "I
think the best thing to do is work with what we have got and make it work
for everyone around the world.
"You basically extend the work
permit process across the EU and the rest of the world. People can come
here for work but they need to have work to come to and that work needs to
have been agreed and accepted that there isn't a person in the UK that
could do that work and has the skills to do that work."
Smith also insisted the Government should make sure to reduce the alleged
"pull factors" driving European Union citizens to relocate to Britain.
He continued: "In the last year figures were available, and this is
important, more than £4.1 billion was spent on people from the EU who
have come over here getting tax credits, child benefits, housing benefits.
That's one of the great pull factors.
"Leaving the EU, we should
not be offering for people to come over here just looking for work and to
"We need a living wage that does not require people
to come over here and claim benefits to top up."
Professor Colin Harrison
Daily Telegraph, 10 August 2018.
[Letter to the Editor]
For years jokes have been made about those good people nuns looking
like penguins but no outrage.
Boris Johnson says that
Muslims should be free to wear what they like but "he thinks" they look
like letter boxes and the world falls upon him.
standards or what?
Multiculturalism burka, offence
The art of taking offence
Spectator blog, 10 August 2018.
It is still possible to laugh at the absurdity of it all, if you
sit at home, avoiding contact with ignorant and malicious people, and
getting on with real life the life beyond social media.
Unfortunately, however, ignorant and malicious people have discovered a new
weapon in their unremitting assault on the rest of us, which is the art of
I was brought up to believe that you should never
give offence if you can avoid it; the new culture tells us that you should
always take offence if you can. There are now experts in the art of taking
offence, indeed whole academic subjects, such as 'gender studies', devoted
to it. /.../ As with the puritans of the 17th century, the need to
humiliate and to punish precedes any concrete sense of why.
recall the extraordinary case of Boris Johnson and the burka. ...
It was obvious to anyone with a smattering of intellect that
Johnson had no intention to give offence. However, there was political
mileage in taking offence so at once offence was taken. /.../
Virtue-signalling was the order of the day. A kind of hysterical fear swept
away all the important considerations that Johnson was putting before his
readers, so that everyone, friend and foe alike, ran for shelter. We are
not guilty, was the collective cry of the time-servers and wimps that
In reaction to this madness I ask myself who it is, in
the matter of the burka, that habitually gives offence, and who it is that
strives not to take it. We live in a face-to-face society, in which
strangers look each other in the eye, address each other directly, and take
responsibility for what they say. This custom is not just a fashion. ...
... I cannot easily accept that people should appear in public
ostentatiously concealing their face from me. /.../ I certainly feel
awkward in the presence of such people, and suspect that they are abusing
the trust that we spontaneously extend to strangers. ...
sensitive person, however ignorant he might be of the Muslim faith, would
fail to take off his shoes when entering a mosque not because he
feared the reaction of the worshippers, but because he knew that
long-standing custom requires this, and that not to observe that custom is
to show disrespect for a sacred space. Somehow we are supposed to forget
that principle when it comes to long-standing customs of our own. For us
too there are sacred spaces, and the public square is one of them: it is
the space that belongs to others, not to you, and where you meet those
others face to face. When we encounter those who refuse to accept this we
are supposed to think that the entitlement to take offence rests entirely
with them, and the tendency to give offence entirely with us.
Immigration abroad Assam, India
In northeast India, the politics of citizenship flares anew
Business Insider / Associated Press, 10 August 2018.
Today, nativist anger churns through the hills and plains of Assam
state, just across the border from Bangladesh, with many here believing the
state is overrun with illegal migrants.
"India is for Indians.
Assam is for Indians," said Sammujjal Bhattachariya, a top official with
the All Assam Students Union, which has been in the forefront of pushing
for the citizenship survey. "Assam is not for illegal Bangladeshis."
"We need a permanent solution," he added.
On Friday, some
of the 3.9 million residents left off Assam's draft list of citizens began
picking up forms to file their appeals, wading into a byzantine legal and
bureaucratic process that many fear could lead to detention, expulsion or
years in limbo. ...
For decades, fears of widespread movement
across the porous border with Bangladesh have triggered tensions between
the state's majority ethnic group, Assamese-speaking Hindus, and its
Bengali-speaking Muslims. ...
Assam has a population of roughly 33
million, with a little over one-third of them Muslims. ...
there has been widespread illegal migration into Assam, often by poor
Bangladeshis in search of work as farm laborers. The state's demographics
have shifted dramatically in recent decades, with the percentage of
Bengali-speakers jumping from 22 percent in 1991 to 29 percent in 2011, and
the percentage of Assamese-speakers declining. Many analysts, however, say
those numbers in part reflect the higher birth rates among Muslims.
Estimates on the number of illegal immigrants vary wildly, from a few
hundred thousand to many millions.
Population pressure housing
Think it's right to build houses on our green spaces maybe you should just belt up
The Sun, 9 August 2018.
The Government is planning to rip up our green belts and pave them
over ready for housing.
If it goes ahead with this, it will be the
greatest act of vandalism against the British countryside in 200 years. ...
This is a crowded country and becoming ever more so. We're losing
more and more of our natural wildlife. Our open spaces diminish daily.
And now the Government is being forced into building countless
millions of homes. Why?
We're told we have a housing crisis. You
might find this puzzling when you consider the birth rate in Britain has
been dropping, not rising.
The answer, of course, is immigration.
We've been letting in half a million people every year for almost 15 years.
The politicians try to tell you it's nothing to do with our housing
crisis but they are lying. Lying to themselves and to you.
One top academic expert, Oxford demographer David Coleman, reckons
immigration is 85 per cent responsible for the rise in the UK's population
between 2000 and 2015.
And the other figures you might find a bit
Did you know, for example, that a whopping 28 per cent of
all births in the UK are to foreign-born women? And the figure in London is
a staggering 60 per cent. ...
It's not just that. The birth rate
for British people is 1.75. The birth rate for immigrants is 2.06. That's a
very big difference.
So not only do we let in half a million per
year, but they have more kids and so doubly contribute to population growth
and the need for new houses.
Oh, and the need for lots of other
very expensive stuff, such as schools, hospitals, welfare benefits and so
We MUST call a halt to immigration. The overwhelming majority
of the population thinks we need much tougher controls.
are many people who think that immigration has not made the country any
better, but actually made it worse.
Cut the numbers coming in to
10,000 per year and our housing crisis would begin to lessen, given that
300,000 or so people emigrate every year.
A net decrease in the
population would massively reduce the need for new housing.
unless we do that, the bulldozers will be moving in. The fields, hedges and
woodland will be ripped up. The roads will be laid and the peace and quiet
And this will not be a green and pleasant land for much
Racism multiculturalism, Islam
Who's really racist Boris or his critics?
Spiked, 9 August 2018.
Here's the strange thing about the Boris/burqa controversy: the
very people who constantly kick up a fuss about repressive male behaviour
are now up in arms at Boris for talking about repressive male behaviour.
The double standards are staggering. A chattering class that
sees patriarchal bullying in everything from the man who sends a
tweet suggesting that a female politician has made a factual error
(mansplaining) to the fact that young boys think girls aren't very good at
football (ingrained male entitlement) refuse to see it in the
culture of the burqa. Or at least they refuse to allow an open, frank
discussion of the possibility that there is a culture of repression in some
Muslim communities. The demonisation of Boris, and the authoritarian
efforts to extract a public apology from him for his blasphemy against the
burqa, is not driven merely by a distaste for his description of niqab- and
burqa-wearers as looking like 'letterboxes'. It is an effort to chill all
strong commentary on this garment and on the question of whether it is a
good thing that in 21st-century Britain there are some women not
many, but some who wear such archaic, anti-social clothing.
... If another community was treating women like this, there would
be uproar. But when it is the Muslim community our feministic elites turn
away. 'The burqa's great. It is part of their culture. Shut up.'
it racist to criticise an entire ethnic or religious group? It can be.
/.../ But here's the thing: it can also be racist to refuse to
criticise certain groups. To hold back your criticisms out of sensitivity
or pity. For that is truly to treat these groups by a double standard, and
to imply that they are lesser than us somehow, weaker, less reasoned, and
therefore incapable of coping with scrutiny. This is the thing: there is
more racism in Boris's detractors than there was in Boris's comments. It is
the racism of relativism, the idea that it is wrong to criticise
misogynistic or backward behaviour if it occurs among certain groups.
Immigration abroad multiculturalism, diversity, Netherlands
A feeling of apartheid in Holland
Spiked, 9 August 2018.
One overcast day in the first week of my move to the
majority-immigrant Kolenkitbuurt in Amsterdam, labelled by authorities less
than 10 years ago as the most 'problematic' neighbourhood in the country,
There were 2.1 million people with a non-Western migration
background living in the Netherlands as of 2017 about 11 per cent of
the total population. In relative terms, these numbers are nothing special
in our globalised world. It is when you factor in that these groups are
clustered together extremely densely that the real picture emerges. ...
... The migration crisis is merely adding fuel to a fire that has
been burning for decades, and has been either ignored or misunderstood by
persons outside of Europe, like myself. The ideas that certain political
groups outside Europe (and sometimes in Europe) have of the situation is
one of active strife. This is not the case except perhaps in the
most extreme situations, such as Molenbeek in Brussels. Rather, the strife
manifests as silent resentment backed up by self-imposed borders. ...
... I have not hosted a single South African visitor in my time
here who has not picked up on the similarities to our racially charged,
spectacularly dysfunctional homeland. They are shocked that there are other
countries with specific communities for specific cultures. The division of
Muslims to the west and east, Africans, Antilleans and Surinamese to the
south-east, and European expats in the centre, resembles the grouping of
Apartheid-era Cape Town into coloureds to the Cape Flats, blacks to the
townships, and whites to the suburbs.
The vision of a globalised
society, wherein Moroccans, Persians, Eritreans, Scandinavians and
Latin-Americans or what-have-you live in the same street, shop at the same
stores, and drink at the same bars, presumably in a land of perpetual
sunshine is a fantasy so flawed, so objectively failed, that one would have
to spend one's days in an ivory tower, locked away from reality, in order
to believe it.
The harsh reality in Holland now is that people have
their own barbers, their own shopping markets, their own foods, their own
places to socialise, their own worlds. They are not comfortable living
around one another, and where they are forced to do so by the rental
market, they are not comfortable sharing the space. This is not an opinion
this is a fact backed by government research. The latest findings by
the Dutch government explicitly state that feelings of mistrust and loss of
identity rise in parallel with an increase in societal diversity.
Extremism Islam, plot, schools
It's a fiction to suggest that there was no plot by Islamist hardliners to take over state schools
Daily Telegraph, 9 August 2018.
The imagery could not be clearer. A schoolgirl looks startled. A
white hand grabs at her jumper. Another pulls at her hijab. Well integrated
she wears pink nail varnish and hard working she
clutches her exercise book she is none the less under attack by a
powerful, white adversary.
This photograph, published by the
Guardian and the BBC, and used to market a play shown this week at the
Edinburgh Festival, conveys exactly the message the writers of Trojan Horse
want. The Trojan Horse affair, they suggest, was no plot by hardline
Muslims to convert secular state schools into austere Islamic faith
schools, but a government campaign, motivated by "institutionalised
racism", that "demonised" Birmingham's Muslim community.
This is a
fiction, and a fiction that has been contradicted by multiple
Helen Monks, one of Trojan Horse's
writers, says she hopes to overcome the "assumed truth".Instead, the play
appears to be nothing more than an attempt to rewrite history. ...
There is plenty more evidence that proves Trojan Horse involved a
campaign to transform, illegally, secular schools into austere Islamic
faith schools. Telling the affected communities poor, isolated and
vulnerable to extremism that it was instead an Islamophobic plot by
government is wrong. /.../ Deliberate or not, Left-wingers in the arts and
media risk playing the extremists' game.
Any attempt to rewrite the
history of Trojan Horse must not be allowed to succeed.
Immigration abroad crime, Austria
Austria: Over Half of Criminal Suspects in Vienna Are Foreign, Rape and Murder Up
Breitbart, 9 August 2018.
Despite an average decline in crime across Austria, foreigners now
make up nearly half of the suspects in criminal cases, and more than half
of suspects in the capital city of Vienna. ...
What has become
alarming to some is that foreigners now make up 40 percent of all criminal
suspects in Austria, with the city of Vienna having the most foreign
suspects at some 51.4 percent, reports Kronen Zeitung. ...
The largest foreign suspect group, Afghan nationals, rose from 64
suspects in 2014 to 263 in 2017. ...
Knife crime is also becoming a
concern for Austrian police, who say the number of stabbings, especially
during inter-ethnic conflicts, are becoming more and more common.
Multiculturalism crime, burqa, Islam
How Criminals Use the Burqa to Get Away with Rape, Robbery, and Terrorism
Breitbart, 9 August 2018.
While the debate over the place of Islamic face veils in Western
society has been reignited after Britain's former Foreign Secretary Boris
Johnson criticised the garment, three robbers were convicted of killing a
jewellery store owner after robbing him whilst disguised in a burqa. ...
On the other side of the world in Afghanistan just days ago, 29
Shia Muslim worshippers were killed and at least 80 injured when two
Islamist Sunni suicide bombers entered a mosque in the Khwaja Hasan area of
Gardez during Friday prayers. Provincial police chief General Raz Mohammad
Mandozai said that the pair had worn the burqas a one-piece veil
that covers the face and body, leaving just a mesh screen over the eyes
to hide their explosives and weapons. ...
has compiled a list of the most notable murders, rapes, assaults,
robberies, and even child molestation cases in the past few years where the
perpetrator hid behind the veil, taking advantage of liberal societies and
Islamic cultures alike: ...
While defenders of the burqa in the
West will claim it is not a security threat, countries in Africa have opted
to ban the burqa and the niqab, with Muslim majority Chad banning them in
the same year it suffered the aforementioned attack.
nations Gabon, Congo, and parts of Cameroon also banned the burqa in the
same year, also for security reasons, and in 2017, North African nation of
Morocco banned the production and manufacture of the clothing over fears of
terrorism, and to crack down on Islamic extremism. ...
terror conspirator, Yassin Omar, had left London for Birmingham disguised
as a veiled Muslim woman the day after he made a failed attempt to detonate
a bomb on a London Underground station in the attempted 21/7 London terror
attacks, evading counter-terror surveillance.
are expected to remove their helmets before entering banks and jewellery
stores, the same is not expected of those wearing Islamic face veils, with
criminals taking advantage of liberal laws in Western countries to commit
In May 2017, an armed gang was jailed after using
Islamic burqas to hide their identities as they stole hundreds of thousands
of pounds in raids across Manchester, northern England, with similar
robberies in Australia in 2017, the U.S. in 2015, and Canada in 2014.
Thomas Sowell's 'Discrimination and Disparities' Is The Book About Racism That America Needs
The Federalist, 9 August 2018.
Sometimes the slim volumes are the most deadly. Such is the case
with Thomas Sowell's "Discrimination and Disparities," which in fewer than
200 pages lays bare the grave faults and assumptions of people on both
sides of the political divide about outcomes for racial groups. In a long,
storied career, Sowell has been a beacon of reason and evidence-based
thinking. In this book, he makes the fruits of his labors accessible to
almost anyone. Anyone who wishes to think, speak, or write on race in
America would be remiss in not reading it.
Sowell takes aim at two
typical explanations for differences in the success of racial groups. One,
most associated with the Left, is that discrimination by racial groups in
power is the primary force creating bad outcomes for the groups out of
power. The other, most associated with the Right, is that racial groups
have inherent abilities or disabilities based on factors such as IQ
distribution that lead to unequal outcomes.
Not only does Sowell
argue that neither of these explanations is sufficient, he also effectively
shows that the truth does not lie in some simple combination of the two. In
fact, the issue is vastly more complicated than merely finding which
balance between these two competing ideas best tells us the truth about why
outcomes are what they are.
In a theme Sowell opens with and refers
to throughout, he discusses how in any area or endeavor, success is the
result of meeting multiple and myriad prerequisites. Lacking even one of
these, even if others are in abundance, can prevent success.
locates the causes of success closer to the individual than to the group.
It also shows that there really is no reason we should assume that under
equal situations racial groups will see equal outcomes, because there are
no equal situations and cannot be.
Through portraying a litany of
empires, peoples, and corporations that rose and fell throughout history,
Sowell shows that shifting conditions in society and the economy make
assigning the blame for failure extremely complicated. ...
after area in American life where we see disparate outcomes among racial
groups, such as higher education, housing, and income, Sowell calmly shows
how well-intentioned approaches too focused on discrimination do more harm
than approaches that address the total underlying causes for disparity,
specifically what prerequisites may be lacking.
Academia Doesn't Get to Define 'Racism' for the Rest of Us
National Review, 9 August 2018.
The latest controversy stems from a deep confusion about how
language works. ...
Some academics who study racial matters use the
word "racism" to mean not "dislike of people on the basis of race," which
is how most people use it, but rather something like "prejudice plus power"
or what is more clearly called "institutional" or "systemic" racism
meaning, conveniently, that members of minority groups by definition cannot
be racist. And as Scott Alexander noted at Slate Star Codex back in 2014,
parts of the Left are no longer willing to admit that this is a departure
from standard usage by saying something along the lines of, "I suppose a
group of black people chasing a white kid down the street waving knives and
yelling 'KILL WHITEY' qualifies by most people's definition, but I prefer
to idiosyncratically define it my own way, so just remember that when
you're reading stuff I write."
Instead, as Alexander writes, "we
have a case where original coinage, all major dictionaries, and the
overwhelming majority of common usage all define 'racism' one way, and
social justice bloggers insist with astonishing fervor that way is
totally wrong and it must be defined another." /.../ When called on
it, many simply point to academic definitions, as though academia had the
power to redefine words for the rest of society; that, of course, is not
how language works.
Immigration abroad extremism, Islam, Germany
Islamist children pose real 'threat' to Germany, spy chief warns
Deutsche Welle, 8 August 2018.
Germany's domestic intelligence chief has warned that children
growing up in Islamist families in Germany may pose a risk to society. ...
Children from Islamist households in Germany represent a "not
insignificant potential threat," the head of the Office for the Protection
of the Constitution (BfV), Germany's domestic intelligence service,
Hans-Georg Maassen said Monday.
In a new report cited by the Funke
media group, the BfV said there were signs the "radicalization of minors
and young adults" was becoming more likely and happening faster and
The BfV document estimated that some 300 children in
Germany were affected. Children in some of these families are "educated
from birth with an extremist world view that legitimizes violence against
others and degrades those who aren't part of their group," the report said.
It expressed concerns about families who had traveled to war zones
in the Middle East, as well as those who had remained in Germany.
Maassen warned that what he described as the ongoing jihadist
socialization of children was "alarming" and would pose a significant
challenge to authorities in the coming years. ...
The state lowered
its age limit for surveillance from 16 to 14 in 2016.
Multiculturalism burka, Islam, racism
Don't ban Boris... ban the burka!
Daily Telegraph, 8 August 2018.
Most British people don't think Boris went far enough. Most British
people agree with Manuel Valls, former French prime minister, that the
burka and other ghastly life-restricting humanity-obliterating shrouds are
based on "the enslavement of women".
Two years ago, a YouGov poll
found that 57 per cent of the public supported a ban on wearing the burka
in public in the UK, with just 23 per cent against. That view was held even
more vehemently by women than men. ...
People feel uneasy when a
person in a burka enters a Tube carriage. (Failed 21/7 bomb suspect Yassin
Omar tried to make his getaway wearing one.)
People intuit that the
burka is the hardline Islamists sticking two fingers two fingers up at our
way of life, but it has become difficult to say so because of a combination
of hardline Muslims and soft Corbynistas squealing "racist" every time
legitimate concerns are raised. ...
Where has all this abject
tolerance and nervous silence got us? Consider the shocking reports
recently that British teenagers are being forced to marry abroad, raped and
impregnated, as the Home Office "turns a blind eye" by handing visas to
their "husbands". ...
This cruel phenomenon was first exposed by
Ray Honeyford, a Bradford middle-school head teacher, who challenged the
forces of "anti-racism", which preferred diversity to integration and
signing up to British values. Mr Honeyford, as Roger Scruton said on his
death, "was branded as a racist, horribly pilloried and sacked for saying
what everyone now admits to be true". That was almost 35 years ago. ...
It was exactly the same institutional terror of calling out Muslim
misogynist behaviour that allowed child grooming to go unchecked in
Rotherham and Rochdale. ...
I see that the Labour MP Naz Shah
joined the Boris Bashers yesterday, saying she had written to Brandon Lewis
"to ask what action will be taken against Boris Johnson for his ugly and
naked Islamophobia". This is the same Ms Shah who, not long ago, shared a
tweet that said: "Those abuse girls in Rotherham ... need to shut their
mouths. For the good of diversity."
There you have it, ladies and
gentlemen. The policy of our complicit institutions, our Home Office,
cringing politicians and liberal elite.
Immigration abroad India
Disastrous Consequences of Illegal Immigrants
R K Sinha
Afternoon Voice, 8 August 2018.
The writer is a member of the upper house of the Indian Parliament
Migrating population from one country to another is a global
problem. Not only India but some developed countries like the United
Kingdom, the United States of America and Canada are facing the heat of
migration, particularly from Asian countries. ...
In India, our
story is slightly different. Our population growth is already high, 17.19
per cent in a decade according to the last Census of 2011. At more than 125
crores of the population, our resources are overstretched; infrastructures
are bursting to the seams. There are water shortage and fewer works for
hands. The trains and roads are overcrowded. While there is an urgent need
of curbing our growth rate of population, the influx of illegal migrants
from bordering countries like Bangladesh is adding to our problem.
... The presence of a large number of illegal immigrants is not
confined to West Bengal and Assam but it is there right in the national
capital Delhi and in many other parts of the country. The migrant
population from across the border is not only eating into menials,
semi-skilled and skilled jobs depriving the Indian citizens of livelihood
but it is also creating law and order problem. When the illegal immigrants
fail to get work they resort to crime.
Ever since the birth of
Bangladesh in 1971, there has been a continuous influx of Bangladeshis into
India from our Eastern Border. The illegal immigrants pose a serious
threat. Assam is worst hit. ...
In August 2008, the Delhi High
Court dismissed a petition by a Bangladeshi national against her
deportation. The High Court ruled that the illegal Bangladeshi immigrants
"pose a danger to India's internal security".
scientists have expressed concern over illegal immigration of Bangladeshi
in Assam. According to a research paper published a few years ago, "Illegal
migration into Assam from Bangladesh has been posing a serious security
threat to the identity of Assamese people. It adversely affects the social,
economic and political environment of Assam, creating law and order
problems where immigrants are present in large number. /.../ The data
provided in the study indicates that if necessary steps are not taken
immediately, Assam, the elder sister of North-East India would lose its
identity from the map of India very soon. The illegal migration is one of
the major reasons for social and ethnic violence in Assam. ...
Illegal migration has generated a host of destabilizing political,
social, economic, ethnic and communal tensions. Politically, the
Bangladeshi migrants are in a position to influence the results of the
elections in a large number of constituencies in the North East (about 32
per cent of the constituencies in Assam). Economically, increased pressure
on land, resulting in depletion of forest wealth, undercutting of wages of
unskilled jobs, forcible occupation of Government land by the migrants and
a host of other such issues, generate a ripple effect in the entire North
Immigration abroad Germany, Spain
Germany reaches first deal with Spain to return migrants
Reuters, 8 August 2018.
The German government has agreed with Madrid that it can send back
to Spain migrants who have already applied for asylum there, a spokeswoman
for the interior ministry said on Wednesday, in what is the first deal of
The move comes after a dispute between Chancellor Angela
Merkel's conservatives and their Bavarian allies over returning migrants
that nearly split them and brought down the government. ...
has become the new main entry point for asylum-seekers fleeing Africa.
Around 19,000 asylum-seekers arrived in the first five months of this year,
almost as many as in all of 2017, eclipsing for the first time the numbers
flowing through north Africa to Italy.
More than 1.6 million
migrants have arrived in Germany since mid-2014, provoking tensions and
propelling the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) into the national
Germany is seeking similar deals with Italy and
Greece. The discussions with those countries are still going on, Petermann
said, adding that both Italy and Greece had made counterdemands.
Muslim Refugee Dragged Screaming Rape Victims to Graveyard in UK 'City of Sanctuary'
Breitbart, 8 August 2018.
A Sudanese refugee has been sentenced to 16 years jail for rape and
attempted rape after he lay in wait for victims before dragging them into a
graveyard in Hull, which was named a City of Sanctuary last year.
Ishaq Al-Noor raped one woman in a "vicious" attack in June last
year, which Hull Crown Court heard caused his 17-year-old victim to attempt
suicide, before launching an "almost identical" assault in November on a
mother, in the same cemetery.
The 21-year-old, who is believed to
have entered Britain three years ago to seek asylum, "thinks of himself as
a peaceful man, a Muslim who prays and fasts and is not a bad person", said
Claire Holmes, mitigating. ...
According to the Daily Mail,
Al-Noor admitted, "Guilty. Yes, I did that. Why not?" in response to the
rape charge, speaking through one of only a handful of interpreters in
Britain with the skills to translate his particular Sudanese dialect. ...
In June last year, Hull was declared a City of Sanctuary at an
official ceremony celebrating its designation as a "recognised place of
welcome and safety" for "refugees and asylum seekers".
the event in Hull Minster, campaigner Steve Ibbetson said: "The positive
contribution refugees have made to our city cannot be overstated. The
vibrancy that increased diversity has brought to the city has contributed
greatly to our current high profile."
Illegal immigration visa restrictions
Strict government visa restrictions drive up illegal immigration, study finds
Independent, 7 August 2018.
Strict government controls on immigration drive up the number of
people entering a country illegally, a new study has found.
visa restrictions cut overall migration, academics said they can be
"ineffective and counterproductive" because they force more people to find
unlawful ways to cross borders.
The study also found that
restricting the number of visas granted to students and highly-skilled
workers does little to cut overall migration.
on low-skilled workers does appear to reduce migration, but also leads to a
"significant portion" of prospective immigrants turning to illegal ways to
enter a country, it said.
The study was conducted by academics at
University College London (UCL), in conjunction with colleagues at the
Royal Holloway and University of Birmingham, and was published in
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
findings are likely to be seized on by campaigners demanding the government
relax its immigration rules. ...
The new study found that
restrictions on family migration were especially unhelpful, leading around
a quarter of people who would have moved country legally to instead do so
via illegal channels.
UCL academic Miranda Simo, who led the study:
"We show that even minimal visa requirements can significantly reduce
immigration, but this comes at the cost of reorienting aspiring migrants
towards unauthorised channels.
"The largest reorientation towards
unauthorised channels happens when the family route is closed, because it
is the most easily accessible out of those considered.
restricting immigration policy, governments need to consider that they are
also reducing aspiring migrants' already limited options for legal
The study found that restrictions on low-skilled
and family migration cut total immigration by 21 per cent and 32 per cent
respectively but also drove up illegal immigration by 14 per cent and 24
per cent respectively.
The authors said taking action against
illegal immigration was "not efficient" because 80 per cent of all illegal
migrants would need to be caught in order to offset the increased number
resulting from stricter immigration rules.
Multiculturalism eating of dogs
Theresa May considers banning the eating of dogs in Britain after The Sun reveals fears sick practice is on the rise
Tom Newton Dunn
The Sun, 7 August 2018.
Theresa May is looking into banning the eating of dogs in Britain,
in a major boost for The Sun's fledgling campaign.
announced this morning that the PM will "look closely" at drawing up a new
law to outlaw the sick practice after The Sun highlighted fears it is on
the rise in the UK.
An international canine welfare group fears
immigration from the Far East is spreading it across Europe.
Despite widespread public revulsion with the habit in countries
like China, neither killing dogs to eat nor consuming their meat is illegal
A full ban on dog meat is being introduced in the US
next month to curb its rise in America. ...
An estimated 30 million
dogs a year are slaughtered to be eaten, across China, the Philippines,
Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. Most are stolen off the
The World Dog Alliance (WDA) is set to launch a
campaign in the UK for a full ban on any activity relating to the eating of
The WDA's Kike Yuen told The Sun: "In the US, people who eat
dog meat are mainly immigrants from Asia. With three million immigrants
from East Asia in the UK, we cannot deny this situation exists here too.
"We also believe legislation against dog meat in the UK would
provide us with strength to continue our work in Asia, as the UK could
influence other countries to stop dog meat consumption.
them usually refused to do so with the excuse that there is no such law in
Immigration abroad Paris, France
Daily Mail removes 'Powder Keg Paris' report after complaints
The Guardian, 7 August 2018.
The Daily Mail has removed a report from its website that described
the French capital as "Powder Keg Paris" following accusations that its
reporting contained inaccuracies and misrepresentations about the impact of
migration on one suburb.
The piece described a "devastating report"
that suggested 300,000 "illegal migrants" were living in the suburb of
Saint-Denis, north of Paris, where drug dealing, crime and poverty were
rising due to the "quite simple" explanation of "immigration on a mammoth
The article, by the journalist Andrew Malone, first
appeared as a double-page story in the Daily Mail's Saturday edition on 28
July. But it was removed online following criticism from the French
activist Marwan Muhammad, a former director of the Collective Against
Islamophobia in France, in a lengthy Twitter thread that raised more than a
dozen issues with the piece.
In addition to criticising the overall
depiction of Saint-Denis and disputing suggestions that it was a "parallel
state" where no one would shake hands with "an infidel" reporter, Muhammad
pointed out that it would be difficult for 300,000 illegal migrants to live
there, given the official population is 110,000.
However, a Daily
Mail source insisted the article had only been taken off the site
temporarily and the "the intention is to restore it" after considering the
complaints and correcting where necessary. The source admitted it may have
confused the population of Saint-Denis with that of the department of
Seine-Saint-Denis, where 1.6 million people live.
"The article is a
very strong article written by somebody who has reported from the Middle
East, a student of Arabic," said the source, who said the newspaper stood
by the overall thrust of the reporting. "He obviously spent a period of
time there and it's about the journalist's experience on site." ...
The Daily Mail's reporting was prompted by a publication by
France's National Assembly, which had raised concerns about the impact of
migration on Seine-Saint-Denis. It concluded that "the only thing we are
sure about is that the state doesn't know how many illegal immigrants there
are" in the area, while noting that unofficial estimates ranged from
150,000 to 400,000.
BBC Withdraws Immigration Film With South Asian Characters Following Complaints
Little India, 7 August 2018.
The BBC has pulled an educational video about immigration after it
received complaints over the way it portrayed the issue. The film on
immigration, part of a series called Don't Hate The Debate, showed
South Asian characters such as men clad in turbans and women in saris, and
said that Britain was "multicultural long before curry and carnival."
The documentary film was aimed at spreading awareness among
students aged 14 to 16 years about the issue and create more scope for
The BBC, which withdrew the video from
circulation and also removed it from YouTube, said it would be re-edited,
PTI reported. "While we believe the film did convey the broad elements of
the immigration debate, we accept further efforts could have been made to
involve contributors with a more diverse range of opinions, so we removed
the video," it quoted a BBC spokesperson as saying.
The film was
released in May, and received complaints that it lacked objectivity, and
breached impartiality rules.
The animated video depicted a group of
South Asian characters, with the voice-over saying, "Think immigration is a
recent thing? Think again." It went on to say, "Because you see, you got
the Celts, the Romans, the Anglo- Saxons and the Vikings, the Normans, the
Flemish, the Irish, black Britons and Jewish people.
"Yep, we were
multicultural long before curry and carnival it's in our DNA."
It added: "There is no such thing as pure Briton. Despite what some
flag wielders would have you believe, the average Briton is only 36 percent
The claim was disputed by the think tank Migration
Watch UK, which said, "The average British person's DNA is at least 90
It added that the video lacked balance and
consisted of a number of factual inaccuracies.
Population pressure housing, Brexit
A shortage of affordable housing is linked to EU freedom of movement
Sir Julian Brazier
Daily Telegraph, 7 August 2018.
[Letter to the Editor]
There seems to be a Chinese Wall between discussion of the EU and
of housing shortages.
Whatever trade-off the Government makes
between the near-desperate shortage of affordable housing in much of
England and the wish to protect the countryside, the equation is bleak
indeed if the population continues to soar.
That growth is fed by
net migration equivalent to the population of the city of Liverpool every
year. Almost half of net migration over the past decade has been from the
That is why ending free movement of people within the EU is the
most important aspect of our current negotiation. It seems Brussels will
not budge on access to the customs union unless we concede free movement.
If that proves to be the case, we should settle for a
Canadian-style free-trade agreement, or even WTO rules, to retake control
of our borders. The alternative is to chew up more and more of our
countryside each year to accommodate population growth, before building a
single house to ease the plight of our own aspirant homeowners and tenants.
Boris's burqa-bashing is not 'Islamophobic'
Spiked, 7 August 2018.
For an illustration of just how kneejerk accusations of
Islamophobia have become, look no further than the row over Boris Johnson's
latest column. ...
Yet while Johnson is against banning the burqa,
he is nonetheless critical of this garment. It is 'oppressive... to expect
women to cover their faces', he says. He adds that it looks ridiculous and
its wearers sometimes 'look like letterboxes' and 'bank robbers'. ...
The Muslim Council of Britain has accused him of 'fanning the
flames of the far right. /.../ Tory peer Sayeeda Warsi labelled the article
a 'dog whistle' unwittingly revealing her own prejudices about the
supposedly animalistic voters who respond to such Pavlovian cues. ...
That questioning this rare and obscure religious practice is deemed
off-limits is telling. Criticism is forbidden merely because of the burqa's
association with Islam. Today, all aspects of Islam have come to be
ringfenced from open debate. /.../ If passing judgement on aspects of
Islamic culture is deemed beyond the pale, heaven forbid anyone questions
the more fundamental tenets of the religion. ...
... True tolerance
means allowing the expression of ideas and practices that you don't like.
Today, however, tolerance has been replaced by multiculturalism an
ideology which insists that all beliefs and cultural practices are equal
and we should withhold judgement. /.../ The message is clear: you must
approve of this practice or be quiet. While it would certainly be
intolerant to ban the burqa, it is equally intolerant to prevent people
from criticising it.
The UK's immigration stats may be very wrong. A new project is trying to fix it
apolitical, 7 August 2018.
[The author is Deputy Director of migration statistics - Office for National Statistics]
Since David Cameron became UK prime minister in 2010, the British
government has capped skilled migration, become more sceptical of student
visa applicants and introduced its infamous "hostile environment". All were
policies adopted with one eye on the net migration statistics, on the back
of Cameron's pledge to reduce immigration into "the tens of thousands".
In the midst of those dramatic changes, the survey which underlies
that official net migration number was tweaked. A simple new question
introduced in 2012 was meant to garner more detail on the different kinds
of immigrants coming to the UK.
Instead, in the years that
followed, it exposed problems in the UK's immigration statistics. They
could mean the overall net migration figure has been repeatedly
overestimated by tens of thousands of people. ...
quarterly statistics on long-term international migration are drawn from a
survey introduced in the 1960s primarily to track tourists' spending. The
new ONS project aims to supplement that survey with administrative data
created in the course of running government programs.
because of problems with counting emigrants, highlighted by the new
question. The 2012 change meant that foreigners leaving the UK would be
asked what their original reason for coming had been.
It was meant
to allow the ONS to produce finer-grained data on the movement of different
types of immigrants. But the new figures immediately raised eyebrows,
because they suggested that the number of international students leaving
the country was much lower than the number arriving. ...
says that it thinks the overall net immigration number is still reliable,
because the overcount of students is balanced by undercounting in other
groups. Marley Morris, an expert on immigration at the Institute for Public
Policy Research, was sceptical. "It's arguable that the overall figures
might be right," he said. "But it would be a fluke." ...
by contrast, has been able to avoid many of the difficulties of combining
different data sources thanks to the comprehensive information it gathers
at the border.
That kind of system is unlikely to be possible in
the UK, where there are minimal immigration checks for EU citizens or
anyone coming to or from the Republic of Ireland.
Politics Conservative Party
Dominic Raab's new aide called for continued freedom of movement after Brexit
PoliticsHome, 7 August 2018.
Dominic Raab's new aide said freedom of movement should continue
after Brexit and blasted her new boss's claim that immigration pushes up
house prices, PoliticsHome can reveal.
Stephanie Lis, who has been
appointed Mr Raab's special adviser, made her comments in a 2016 video for
the Institute of Economic Affairs, where she was director of communications
before landing her new job.
She said concerns about immigration
which had led to the vote for Brexit were "understandable" because
"politicians have done an astonishingly poor job of making the case for
"As a result, migrants have found themselves blamed
for all sorts of problems - from rocketing house prices to unemployment,"
"But many of these criticisms are based on exaggerations
or are just fundamentally wrong." ...
Just this year Mr Raab said
house prices had gone up by 20% over the past quarter of a century due to
immigration. The then-housing minster was forced to publish official
figures backing up his claims.
Multiculturalism censorship, extremism
How the left made Tommy Robinson
Spiked, 6 August 2018.
The idea driving this demand of 'No Platform for Robinson!' is that
the Tommy Robinson phenomenon is a product of too much freedom of speech.
... This argument is about as wrong as it is possible to be. /.../ It is
the cultural elite's cowardly instinct to chill open discussion about
issues like Islam, multiculturalism, mass immigration and social tensions
that created Tommy Robinson and his various movements, through allowing him
to present himself as a seer in a time of silence. ...
benefited directly from a climate in which critical discussion of Islam and
British values is demonised. And he has been successful because people
aggrieved at the lack of openness around Britain's cultural difficulties
see in him someone who will speak on their behalf. ...
Robinson, the political persona, is only possible in an era in which it is
tantamount to thoughtcrime to be mean about Islam. In which criticism of
Islamic values can be written off as 'Islamophobia'. ...
He is only
possible in a society in which officials refused for years to be open about
the fact that largely Pakistani gangs were abusing mostly white
working-class girls. In which a Labour politician, Sarah Champion, can be
hounded out of her job for suggesting we be honest about such gangs. In
which the liberal media continually tell us to panic about far-right
extremism when the evidence of our eyes tells us Islamist extremism is a
far greater threat: more than 450 Europeans have been slaughtered by
Islamist terrorists in the past five years.
He is only possible in
an era in which commentators mock people who raise concerns about cultural
tensions in Sweden even as Jews are attacked in Malmo. An era in which even
to say the word Islamist when talking about Islamist terrorism can win you
hisses and boos. ...
This chilling of discussion about Islam, about
new cultural tensions, about the abandonment of the ideal of integration
and its inevitable replacement by frayed communal relations, reveals how
central censorship is to the ideology of multiculturalism.
multiculturalism represents an official unwillingness to elevate any one
value system over any other, to promote a specifically British way of life,
then its attendant creed of 'progressive censorship' represents an official
unwillingness to permit honest discussion about the consequences of
multiculturalism's divisive worldview. What we've learned in recent years
from the rise of hate-speech legislation to the refusal of
politicians in Cologne to say women were being harassed by newly arrived
Muslim migrants is that censorship is the handmaiden of
And into this fray comes Tommy Robinson, and
others, who say: 'We'll tell the truth.' Every atom of their stardom comes
from the fact that certain ideas are now off-limits in public life. The
cowardice of the elites give them life. In the absence of other, more
progressive voices raising concerns about the divisive and censorious
ideologies of the new ruling class, these right-wingers can clean up. They
can claim the moral highground and present themselves as the daring
utterers of things you aren't meant to say. And here's the thing: this
isn't entirely a pose; this really is the role they play, courtesy of our
It isn't freedom of speech that is dangerous. It
is censorship. Censorship is the midwife of extremism.
Anti-immigration, like pro-immigration, is a legitimate political position [part 1]
Yuval Noah Harari
The Economist, 6 August 2018.
[A book excerpt from "21 Lessons for the 21st Century" by Yuval Noah Harari]
The European discussion about immigration often degenerates into a
shouting match in which neither side hears the other. To clarify matters,
it would perhaps be helpful to view immigration as a deal with three basic
conditions or terms:
Term 1: The host country allows the
Term 2: In return, the immigrants must
embrace at least the core norms and values of the host country, even if
that means giving up some of their traditional norms and values.
Term 3: If the immigrants assimilate to a sufficient degree,
over time they become equal and full members of the host country. 'They'
These three terms give rise to three distinct debates
about the exact meaning of each term:
Debate 1: The first
clause of the immigration deal says simply that the host country allows
immigrants in. But should this be understood as a duty or a favour? ...
Anti-immigrationists stress that one of the most basic rights of
every human collective is to defend itself against invasion, whether in the
form of armies or migrants. The Swedes have worked very hard and made
numerous sacrifices in order to build a prosperous liberal democracy, and
if the Syrians have failed to do the same, this is not the Swedes' fault.
Moreover, say the anti-immigrationists, a country can have
whatever immigration policy it wants, screening immigrants not just for
their criminal records or professional talents, but even for things like
As long as this debate isn't settled, it is extremely
difficult to answer all subsequent questions about immigration. Since
pro-immigrationists think that people have a right to immigrate to another
land if they so wish, and host countries have a duty to absorb them, they
react with moral outrage when people's right to immigrate is violated, and
when countries fail to perform their duty of absorption. ...
Debate 2: The second clause of the immigration deal says
that if they are allowed in, the immigrants have an obligation to
assimilate into the local culture. But how far should assimilation go?
/.../ Anti-immigrationists tend to place the bar high, whereas
pro-immigrationists place it much lower.
that Europe itself is extremely diverse, and its native populations have a
wide spectrum of opinions, habits and values. ... Anti-immigrationists
agree that tolerance and freedom are the most important European values,
and accuse many immigrant groups especially from Muslim countries
of intolerance, misogyny, homophobia and anti-Semitism. Precisely
because Europe cherishes tolerance, it cannot allow too many intolerant
people in. ...
Other anti-immigrationists go much further. /.../ By
allowing them in, the local culture is taking upon itself a big risk and a
huge expense. There is no reason it should destroy itself as well. It
offers eventual full equality so it demands full assimilation. ...
The two key issues of this debate are the disagreement about
immigrant intolerance and the disagreement about European identity. ...
Anti-immigration, like pro-immigration, is a legitimate political position [part 2]
Yuval Noah Harari
The Economist, 6 August 2018.
This will still leave open, however, the question of Europe's
unique national identities. Tolerance is a universal value. Are there any
unique French norms and values that should be accepted by anyone
immigrating to France, and are there unique Danish norms and values that
immigrants to Denmark must embrace? As long as Europeans are bitterly
divided about this question, they can hardly have a clear policy about
Debate 3: The third clause of the
immigration deal says that if immigrants indeed make a sincere effort to
assimilate and in particular to adopt the value of tolerance
the host country is duty-bound to treat them as first-class citizens. But
exactly how much time needs to pass before the immigrants become full
members of society? ...
Pro-immigrationists tend to demand a speedy
acceptance, whereas anti-immigrationists want a much longer probation
The root issue of this debate concerns the gap between
personal timescale and collective timescale. From the viewpoint of human
collectives, forty years is a short time. It is hard to expect society to
fully absorb foreign groups within a few decades. Past civilisations that
assimilated foreigners and made them equal citizens such as Imperial
Rome, the Muslim caliphate, the Chinese empires and the United States
all took centuries rather than decades to accomplish the
From a personal viewpoint, however, forty years can
be an eternity. For a teenager born in France twenty years after her
grandparents immigrated there, the journey from Algiers to Marseilles is
ancient history. She was born here, all her friends have been born here,
she speaks French rather than Arabic, and she has never even been to
Algeria. France is the only home she has ever known. And now people say to
her it's not her home, and that she should go 'back' to a place she never
As long as we don't know whether absorption is a duty or
a favour; what level of assimilation is required from immigrants; and how
quickly host countries should treat them as equal citizens we cannot
judge whether the two sides are fulfilling their obligations.
additional problem concerns accounting. When evaluating the immigration
deal, both sides give far more weight to violations than to compliance. If
a million immigrants are law-abiding citizens, but one hundred join
terrorist groups and attack the host country, does it mean that on the
whole the immigrants are complying with the terms of the deal, or violating
it? If a third-generation immigrant walks down the street a thousand times
without being molested, but once in a while some racist shouts abuse at
her, does it mean that the native population is accepting or rejecting the
Whatever your answers to these questions, it should
at least be clear that the European debate about immigration is far from
being a clear-cut battle between good and evil. It would be wrong to tar
all anti-immigrationists as 'fascists', just as it would be wrong to depict
all pro-immigrationists as committed to 'cultural suicide'.
Racism police, fear
Forced marriage: Officer asked if Iraqi man could date a 12-year-old
Sunday Times, 5 August 2018.
A police officer phoned a charity to ask whether it was "culturally
acceptable" for an Iraqi paedophile to have a 12-year-old girlfriend.
The detective had arrested the 26-year-old man but wanted to be
"culturally sensitive" after the suspect said the relationship was
acceptable in his community. Karma Nirvana, the charity that took the call,
told the officer to deal with the man as he would any other suspected child
The charity, which works with victims of forced marriage,
said that the case showed the danger of officers whose professional
judgment was clouded by fear of being called racist.
Shoreham raid: Nine illegal immigrants caught cockling
BBC, 5 August 2018.
Nine illegal immigrants have been caught in a raid on a group
harvesting cockles, the Home Office has said.
Enforcement officers found the group at Brighton Road in Shoreham, West
Sussex, at about 12:20 BST on Saturday.
Checks were carried out on
a group of 11 people, nine of whom were found to be illegally present in
Five men were detained "pending removal from the UK", while
four others - including two minors - were bailed.
Police night-time swoop on boat heading for Kent beach find 'illegal migrants'
Sunday Express, 5 August 2018.
Police smashed an alleged people-smuggling ring as they waited
under cover of dark to intercept a speedboat packed with illegal immigrants
Officers swooped on the boat, carrying illegal migrants
form Vietnam, as it landed on a Kent beach under the cover of darkness.
The group were caught in the early hours of the morning as their
speedboat landed on the beach in Walmer.
The eight arrests were
part of a joint operation involving Kent Police, the Eastern Region Special
Operations Unit (ERSOU) and Border Force.
A 35-year-old man from
Eyeworth, Bedfordshire, and a 34-year-old from Oxford were also arrested at
the scene on suspicion of conspiring to assist unlawful immigration to the
Crime forced marriage
Forced marriage: Police 'turn a blind eye' to child brides
The Times, 4 August 2018.
Police forces have been accused of failing thousands of victims of
forced marriages by charging a suspect in only one in 38 cases.
Officials at the Home Office received more than 3,800 reports of
forced marriages or victims being at risk of forced marriage in the past
three years. Hundreds of the victims are children, with the youngest only
four years old.
However, The Times surveyed police forces
and found that fewer than 80 suspects had been charged in this time. It
became illegal to force someone to marry in 2014 but only three cases have
resulted in convictions.
Moped robbers jailed for over 30 years after targeting elderly victims and stabbing man for his bible
Evening Standard, 4 August 2018.
The pair "hunted people down and made a sport of it" in south
London, police said, and targeted vulnerable people in Croydon, Lambeth,
Kingston, Sutton, Hammersmith and Fulham and Merton.
Alexander, 21, of Sutton, and Karim Hussain, 20, of Romford were jailed for
a combined 22 offences, including robbery and theft of a motor vehicle.
Police say the crimes occurred last year, between September and
December, and the robbers "attacked vulnerable people - often women
and left their victims afraid to be in the neighbourhoods they had lived in
for years." ...
Hussain has been jailed for 15 years for his
crimes, with Alexander handed 17 years.
Illegal immigration Indians
India ignores citizens overstaying in UK, US but wants to declare 40 lakh in Assam illegal
Jyoti Malhotra and Avishek Jha
ThePrint, 3 August 2018.
[A lakh is 100,000 (written in India as 1,00,000)]
The BJP-led Centre that claims credit for the completion of the
National Register of Citizens (NRC) aimed at detecting illegal immigrants
in Assam seems to be turning a blind eye to the issue of thousands of
Indians who are staying illegally in several western countries such as the
UK or the US.
In April, during his visit to the UK, Prime Minister
Narendra Modi refused, at the last minute, to sign a memorandum of
understanding (MoU) on the return of illegal immigrants because Indian
authorities differed with London's definition of an "overstayer". ...
The UK authorities say there are between 75,000 and 1,00,000
illegal Indian immigrants in the UK. India claims the figures are far
fewer, around 2,000.
In the US, the figure is 5 lakh people as of
2014, according to data collected by the Pew Research Centre in 2016. ...
According to an Indian diplomat who spoke on the condition of
anonymity, the home secretaries of India and the UK had even hammered out a
"package deal" in May 2017, agreeing that the Indian government would take
back illegal immigrants if Indian students were given clear benefits in the
UK university system on a par with China and other foreign countries.
But in June, India was left out of such a streamlined UK university
process. UK secretary of state for international trade Liam Fox had then
directly linked India's absence on the list to Delhi's refusal to resolve
the question of "overstayers" or illegals. ...
India-UK spat over illegals refuses to go away, despite the fact that
junior home minister Kiren Rijiju had signed an MoU on returns of illegal
Indians within 30 days of their detection by British authorities.
The MoU that was to be signed by PM Modi in April reduced the
number of days from 30 to 15 a clause that was rejected by the
Indian side. ...
The truth, as always, lies in between. Indian
officials conceded that they are not terribly worried about Indians
immigrating to western countries, arguing that most of this is due to
An India diplomat said, "When we were confronted
with Indian illegals, we would request an interview with them in private.
Then we would ask this so-called illegal immigrant, in Hindi or some other
Indian language, if he or she wanted to stay in that country or not."
"If they said yes, we would then shrug our shoulders with the
authorities of that country and tell them that processes back home would
take much longer, and that it would be better to integrate them here
itself," the diplomat added.
BBC withdraws educational film about immigration that claimed Britain was 'multicultural long before curry and carnival' after bias complaints
Mail, 3 August 2018.
The BBC has withdrawn an educational film about immigration
following complaints that it was biased.
The film, aimed at GCSE
pupils, contained claims that Britain was 'multicultural long before curry
and carnival' and that debate over immigration had fuelled a 'huge rise' in
support for far-Right politics.
It was pulled from circulation and
removed from YouTube after complaints that it broke impartiality rules.
Among other assertions by contributors to the film, part of a
series called Don't Hate the Debate, was: 'Multiculturalism is a powerful
tool for survival and possibly the only way to survive, so let's embrace
Another speaker suggested that 'Britain had never been a
nation of immigrants'. ...
The film, produced by BBC Education and
aimed at pupils aged 14 to 16, was posted online in May. It focused on
discussions about immigration among four young people. ...
film drew a scathing complaint from the Migration Watch UK think- tank,
which said it failed to treat its subject with care and objectivity.
Lord Green of Deddington, founding chairman of Migration Watch,
added that the discussion between young people in the film was 'shallow,
unbalanced and unrepresentative'.
And he wrote to BBC chairman Sir
David Clementi saying: 'Most people in the UK are not opposed to
immigration per se, but they are concerned, we think rightly, about its
'Yet the overall impression of the video is that
anyone who questions its current scale is unreasonable and prejudiced ...
the video seems designed not to inform and stimulate discussion but to
promote a particular opinion.' ...
How the Beeb fudged key facts
What the BBC video said: The average Briton is only 36
per cent Anglo- Saxon.
What Migration Watch said: The average
British person's DNA is at least 90 per cent European. The impact of modern
inflows of hundreds of thousands a year is entirely different from the
fusing of a comparatively small number from Northern European tribes in the
centuries preceding Norman times.
BBC: Britain was 'multicultural
long before curry and carnival'.
Migration Watch: Britain has never
been a nation of immigrants. In 1951 less than 4 per cent of the population
of England and Wales were foreign-born.
BBC: When Britain joined
the EU, 'then we could move to Paris, Rome, Berlin and Barcelona and people
from there could come here'.
Migration Watch: It is surely
misleading to refer to four Western European cities and none in Eastern
Europe, as it is from Eastern Europe that inflows have been so large, with
over a million Poles now in the UK.
BBC: European migrants
contribute 34 per cent more in tax than they receive in benefits.
Migration Watch: According to the same University College London
research from which this figure was taken, immigrants of all nationalities
did not benefit the taxpayer but cost £140 billion between 1995 and
Diversity: the new favouritism
Spiked, 3 August 2018.
[The author is a barrister]
In Britain today, if you are non-white, female, Muslim or gay you
are favoured. If you are white, male, Christian or straight you are
unfavoured. Worse still, if you challenge the idea that society ought to
favour certain identities and unfavour others, then you are likely to be
shunned and driven from polite society. The essential argument of Ben
Cobley's searing The Tribe: The Liberal-Left and the System of
Diversity is that diversity now operates like a machine with rules that
must be obeyed. Diversity is, Cobley argues, a system that dominates our
state and society.
Cobley, a former Labour Party activist, cites
many examples to establish his case that there are several identity-based
groups treated favourably. Channel 4 has an extensive system in place,
which it calls its 360 Degree Diversity Charter, that requires favouritism
for black and minority-ethnic, female and disabled groups. /.../ The BBC
has been particularly prominent in the institutionalisation of favouritism.
/.../ And there is the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA),
which has brought in a rule that films must reach certain diversity
thresholds in order to qualify for awards.
Although Cobley's focus
is on institutions associated with the liberal-left, he also notes how
favouritism has penetrated institutions more widely, such as the civil
service and police. The civil service, he says, 'aligns wholly with the
system and its favoured-unfavoured group demarcations'. /.../ He cites
The Times journalist Andrew Norfolk, who noted how in recent years
'no press conference after a sex-grooming trial has been complete without a
police officer's pronouncement that the perpetrators' ethnicity and
religion was utterly irrelevant to their crimes'. ...
The system of
diversity that creates favoured and unfavoured groups is so prevalent today
that Cobley concludes that its 'influence reaches into virtually every
corner of our public life and increasingly our private lives'. The strength
of The Tribe is Cobley's recognition of the prevalence of this
system and of the harm it brings to the institutions that practise it. This
is because those institutions are elevating identity over merit. ...
Aside from the specific issue of recruitment and promotion,
diversity plays a more general and insidious role in undermining rational
thought and decision-making. Cobley discusses 'the suppression of
inconvenient truths' in Rotherham, where social services and the police
refused to investigate child sexual exploitation committed by gangs of
mostly Pakistani Muslim men for fear of being called racist. Rotherham,
says Cobley, 'showed how favouritism and protection of a favoured group had
been etched into the fabric of local government and police operations to
the extent that it overwhelmed another sort of protection they were meant
to be practising of children'. At least 1,400 children in Rotherham
were abused over a 12-year period, and, Cobley argues, this was partially
enabled by the institutionalisation of diversity. The council outsourced
responsibility, and authority, for the issue to community leaders of
Pakistani heritage. ...
... The organisations that Cobley
criticises cannot, as he points out, energise their staff or the wider
public by promoting 'such things as truth, science, the arts and excellence
in their respective fields'. So they seek moral purpose and legitimacy in
the system of diversity.
Illegal immigration crime
Gang jailed for fake immigration documents scam
BBC, 3 August 2018.
A gang that made fake documents for people trying to move to the UK
illegally has been jailed.
Seven men and three woman from Cardiff,
Newport and Merthyr Tydfil were jailed at Cardiff Crown Court on Friday.
They created fake wage slips showing earnings of more than
£18,600 to sell to UK nationals so they could apply for spousal visas.
The 10 were caught after a two-year investigation by
Immigration Enforcement's criminal and financial investigation team.
The court heard fake documents were sold by the fraudsters for up
Ringleader Denaught Sharma, 56, forged documents
and opened a bank account sponsors would pay into to create the illusion of
a monthly income large enough to be eligible to bring their spouses to the
The scam was first uncovered in 2013 when Sharma was
interviewed by Gwent Police as a potential witness in an unrelated case and
incriminating text messages were found on his phone. ...
Uddin, Sarah Brindle, Abdul Muqith, Suleza Begum, Zakiyya Begum and Jagdeep
Singh facilitated the illegal entry to the UK of their wives and husbands
by using the fake employment records.
Sandeep Kumar, who is married
to Brindle, tried to get leave to remain in the UK by submitting fake job
documents for his wife. He was sentenced in his absence as he has left the
Crime forced marriages, visas
UK accused of turning blind eye to forced marriages to grant visas
The Guardian, 2 August 2018.
The Home Office has failed to protect British women and teenage
girls forced into abusive marriages by granting their foreign husbands
visas, charities have said.
Officials dealt with nearly 90 cases of
victims trying to block visas last year, although almost half were still
issued, data obtained by the Times suggests. ...
One group said
some immigration officials were "turning a blind eye" amid concerns over
cultural or religious sensitivities.
A Home Office source said it
"categorically denies" the allegation. ...
The women had been
forced to marry men in countries including Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and
the United Arab Emirates. ...
There are concerns that the number of
victims is far higher than the reported cases due to rules that require
complainants to sign a public statement. ...
Laws making it illegal
to force someone into marriage in England and Wales were introduced in
In 2013, the year before laws were introduced, the
government's forced marriage unit gave advice or support related to a
possible forced marriage to more than 1,300 people.
In 2017 the
unit gave advice or support in 1,196 cases.
Immigration abroad Republic of Ireland
'Illegals' leaving UK for here after Brexit could 'sink asylum system'
Irish Independent, 2 August 2018.
Any perceived tightening of UK immigration controls could see
"illegals" look across the Irish Sea instead, a Department of Justice
The report, prepared for Justice Minister Charlie
Flanagan, warned Brexit could also have an enormous impact here.
also said even the smallest changes in Ireland's system of direct provision
had the potential to "sink the asylum system" here.
were contained in a ministerial briefing prepared after a Supreme Court
judgment gave asylum seekers living in the direct provision system the
right to work.
The briefing also said the State could face a
significant childcare bill due to the changes, as many asylum seekers in
the system are single parents.
It explained how the common travel
area between Ireland and the UK meant it was important the immigration
systems in the two countries were "broadly similar".
"creating pull factors" that could be taken advantage of by people moving
from Britain to Northern Ireland and then into the Republic. ...
2015, asylum applications in Ireland rose by a third, mostly from Pakistan
and India. These were people who "either were illegal in the UK or whose
immigration permission was about to run out there".
"Many of these
applicants used the asylum process to get a foothold in the State before
attempting sham marriages," it said. ...
The report said that in
the UK there was an estimated population of "illegal" nationals from
outside the European Economic Area of between 400,000 and 800,000.
"Taking the mid-point of that range, even if only 1pc were to come
to Ireland and claim asylum, it would mean an additional 6,000 applicants.
"This would literally sink the asylum system, putting massive
pressures on other State services, such as housing," it said.
Employment crime, slavery
Slave labour props up unexpected parts of Britain's economy
The Economist, 2 August 2018.
The Home Office believes Britain is home to 10,000-13,000 "modern
slaves", by which it means people who are forced to work or who have been
trafficked into the country for exploitation. Others put the figure much
higher: the Walk Free Foundation, an anti-slavery group, reckons there
could be as many as 136,000. The number of people identified by the
National Crime Agency (NCA) as possible slaves has been rising fast, from
1,746 in 2013 to 5,145 last year, partly because of a new anti-slavery law
passed in 2015.
Modern slavery used to be associated with criminal
enterprises such as brothels and cannabis farms, whose illegality leaves
workers fearful of reporting abuses. But the variety of businesses known to
be using slave labour is broadening, with unpaid workers turning up in
fields, factories and high streets across the country.
citizens are the nationality most commonly exploited for labour in Britain,
according to the NCA. It says they comprised nearly a fifth of the people
identified as potential victims of forced labour between 2015 and 2017.
This is largely because of the widespread use of slave labour in
Vietnamese-run nail salons, which have been found exploiting teenagers who
have been smuggled from Vietnam to Britain in the backs of lorries.
Sometimes such workers are rescued from cannabis farms or other
manicure bars, only to be "re-trafficked" by Vietnamese gangs based in
Britain, which put them to work elsewhere. ...
end up in different industries. Romanians in forced labour often toil at
hand car-washes. ...
Different regions have their own problem
Prosecutions are rare.
Crime forced marriage, illegal advice
Report: Ex-Labour Migration Lawyer Asama Javed Is Forced Marriage Fixer for Young Girls
Breitbart, 2 August 2018.
Immigration lawyer and former local Labour councillor Asama Javed
advised an undercover journalist there is "nothing wrong" with a father
forcing a 15-year-old daughter into marriage, according to reports.
The former Labour Party councillor, primary school governor, and
member of Bradford Council's fostering board was caught on video giving the
advice from her office desk to an undercover reporter for The Times,
who pretended to have two teen daughters, the youngest of which he was
looking to force into an arranged marriage. ...
Telling Mrs Javed
that his oldest daughter who had just turned 18 was already
married and pregnant in Pakistan, he said that he wanted to bring her and
her husband back to Britain but that his daughter was unhappy and may
object to the husband's spousal visa.
Speaking in a mixture of Urdu
and English, the partner with Reiss Solicitors in Bradford a
northern English city which has a high Muslim population told the
undercover reporter not to apply for a spousal visa, and instead to bring
the daughter back to England to have her child so that the husband could
apply for residency as the child's father, even against the woman's wishes.
The Bradford lawyer then advised the 'father' to "spoil" his
younger daughter and "bring [her] on your side" and that she may be
persuaded to go along with the arranged marriage despite it being
illegal to assist or encourage a forced marriage offence in this way.
Mrs Javed has had an illustrious career in local Bradford politics,
having been a councillor for the left-wing Labour Party before switching to
the Respect Party two years ago ...
Border controls Brexit
Exclusive: This Home Office leak reveals Theresa May could keep free movement in a no-deal Brexit
Business Insider, 1 August 2018.
Theresa May's government is considering allowing the free movement
for EU citizens at the UK border to continue if Britain leaves the EU
without a deal, according to confidential details of a Home Office meeting
leaked to Business Insider.
Border Force officials met in January
to discuss contingency plans for a no-deal Brexit. Among the options
considered was a plan to allow "no more checks at the border," according to
written notes of the meeting sent to BI.
A source close to the Home
Office explained that the Border Force would likely have little other
choice than to carry on allowing EU citizens freely into the UK as it would
not have the staffing capacity, resources, or infrastructure to implement a
new registration scheme in a no-deal scenario.
It currently takes
an average of approximately 45 seconds to check an EEA citizens' passport,
compared to an average of 4 minutes for an non-EEA arrival.
every new arrival was subject to 4-minute checks, there could be days-long
queues at some British airports without a dramatic increase in the number
of trained immigration officers. ...
An alternative plan being
considered by Home Office officials to cope with a no-deal Brexit would be
to "throw resources" at borders, filling airports with extra immigration
officers to handle the huge extra capacity that would result from the
government having to process every new arrival as a non-EU citizen.
Where are the Christians?
A Grain of Sand, 1 August 2018.
As the result of a Freedom of Information request by the Barnabas
Fund, it has been revealed that the Home Office has confessed that not a
single Christian was among the 1,112 Syrian refugees resettled in the UK in
the first three months of this year.
Only Muslim refugees from the
war-torn country have been granted permission to resettle. In the first
quarter of this year the UN High Commissioner for Refugees recommended
1,358 Syrian refugees for resettlement in the UK. Of that number a mere
four were Christians. All four were rejected.
This is not a
statistical blip. The figures for last year demonstrate a continuing
pattern of under-representation. It was as bad in previous years.
Figures from 2016 indicate that Home Office officials, who process
referrals from the UN, appear to have made the situation yet worse. While
69 per cent of all Muslims referred by the UN were accepted for
resettlement in the UK, only 44 per cent of Christians were accepted and
less than 21 per cent of Yazidis. The end result was that of the 4,850
Syrian refugees the Home Office accepted for resettlement in the UK, a mere
11 were Christians, representing only 0.2 per cent of all Syrian refugees
accepted by our government that year.
In a statement, the charity
said: 'As Barnabas Fund recently reported, of the 7,060 Syrian refugees the
UNHCR recommended to the UK in 2017 only 25 were Christians (0.35 per
cent). However, the Home Office only accepted eleven of these
meaning that Christians made up only 0.23 per cent of Syrian refugees
resettled in the UK last year'. ...
For the last 18 months,
Barnabas Fund has had to go to considerable lengths to obtain figures on
Christian refugees from Syria in the face of what has every appearance of
being a dogged attempt by Home Office officials to avoid their release.
After prolonged delays, Barnabas Fund finally had to take the extraordinary
step of obtaining an order from the Information Commissioner's Office
threatening the Home Office with contempt of court proceedings in the High
Immigration abroad India
Indian minister defends citizenship test, citing Muslim growth
Reuters, 1 August 2018.
An Indian minister on Wednesday defended a controversial citizens'
list to detect illegal immigrants from mainly Muslim Bangladesh, saying the
growth in the Hindu population of a border state had been overtaken by that
The draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) released
on Monday excluded 4 million people from the northeastern state of Assam,
where Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party came to power
for the first time in 2016 promising action against illegal immigrants.
Assam has the second highest percentage of Muslims among all states
in Hindu-majority India.
The draft is the result of a years-long
agitation by residents of Assam demanding expulsion of the immigrants from
Muslim-majority Bangladesh just over the border.
"In the 50 years
between 1961 and 2011, the majority community in Assam has grown 2.4 times;
the minority has grown 3.9 times," Arun Jaitley, one of Modi's senior-most
cabinet colleagues, said in a blog post here. "This has caused a major
Jaitley, who is on medical leave from his role
as finance minister, also quoted a Supreme Court order that said that
influx of illegal migrants was turning some Assam districts into a
Muslim-majority region which could lead to demands for their merger with
"Nobody could have put it better," Jaitley said.
He added that Assam's neighbouring state of West Bengal, whose
chief minister has taken the lead in opposing the citizenship exercise, was
"not far behind" in the changing demographics fuelled by immigration.
Immigration abroad Germany
German population with immigrant background reaches new peak in 2017
Deutsche Welle, 1 August 2018.
The number of people with foreign roots living in Germany reached a
new peak last year, according to the results of a "micro-census" that was
published on Wednesday.
According to Destatis, Germany's Federal
Office for Statistics, around 19.3 million people living in Germany have
immigrant backgrounds. The figure increased 4.4 percent compared to the
figures from the 2016 "micro-census."
Destatis defines someone with
a "migrant background" as a person who was not born in Germany or who has
at least one parent who is not a German citizen.
The data also
found among those with immigrant backgrounds, 51 percent were German
citizens and 49 percent were foreigners.
The annual "micro-census"
derives its data from a 1 percent sample of the German population and
focuses on people living in private households. Destatis has said that the
data on those living in shared accommodation such as asylum-seeker homes
and migrant reception centers is likely underrepresented in the study.
Out of the estimated 19.3 million people with immigrant
backgrounds, 14 percent of them had Turkish roots, followed by 11 percent
with Polish roots, 7 percent with Russian roots, 6 percent with Kazakh
roots and 4 percent with Romanian roots.
For the first time,
Destatis also asked about what languages are most often spoken at home.
They found that out of the 24 million households with more than one person,
foreign languages are primarily spoken in 2.5 million of them.
of those with foreign backgrounds, 13.2 million of them had immigrated to