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Updated 22 August 2017
Islamic State send murderers to us so easily - they must be laughing
Daily Express, 22 August 2017.
As with many similar attacks, it is emerging that some of those
involved in the Barcelona atrocity were "on the radar" but perhaps not
making enough noise to warrant arrest. Our extremely liberal regimes mean
that terrorists have to make a very big noise before police feel able to
But we do not help ourselves. Quite the opposite. Men
with North African connections have been involved in most of the massacres,
precisely the migrants for whom European nations including Britain have set
up a free ferry service to facilitate their journey here. We are making it
so easy for Islamic State to send murderers into our midst. They must be
laughing at us.
Politicians will say these monsters will never win,
that we have faced and overcome much worse threats, but these are excuses
for not tackling the enemy head-on because to do so would be to point the
finger at specific ethnic groups. Our leaders appear to fear accusations of
racism far more than they value the lives of their citizens.
Multiculturalism foreign languages
Hundreds of languages are spoken in the UK, but this isn't always reflected in the classroom
Elizabeth Bailey and Emma Marsden
The Conversation, 21 August
[The authors are a PhD student and a senior lecturer, University of York]
More than 300 different languages are now spoken in British
schools. And in England, over 20% of primary school children use English as
an additional language.
This equates to over 900,000 children for
whom English is not their first language. These children might have been
born in another country, their parents might speak another language to them
at home, or they might just know a few words of another language because
their grandparents immigrated to England a long time ago. ...
the 2011 British Census, for example, 4.2m people reported having a main
language other than English.
Immigration abroad terrorism, Spain
Why Barcelona, a tourist paradise, is a 'Salafist city'
France24, 21 August 2017.
Barcelona, a world-renowned tourist destination, has also been an
attraction for jihadists on a trail linking European countries such as
France and Belgium to Moroccan criminal networks. ...
"It is not
surprising to see Spain and Catalonia targeted by terrorism, because this
has been a relatively well-known terrain for years, for Islamist networks
and jihadist activists," said Jean-Louis Bruguière, France's former
top anti-terrorism judge.
"It was to be expected, Barcelona is a
city that has long sheltered a form of radicalisation, which for a time
embraced the Muslim Brotherhood, Tabligh [a movement advocating a rigorous
and literal interpretation of Islam] and then the Salafists," explained
Pierre Conesa, a former senior French Defence Ministry official and author
of several books on political Islam.
"There is a kind of radical
immersion in Catalonia. If London had long been the home of Londonistan [a
term coined by French intelligence services for the 1990s Islamist networks
in the British capital] Barcelona is a Salafist city, where a nucleus [of
Salafist radicalisation] has been formed over time in the image of
Molenbeek in Belgium, or Trappes in France," explained Conesa, referring to
the infamous district in the Belgian capital that was home to several
suspects in the Paris and Brussels attacks and the restive Parisian suburb
of Trappes. ...
In recent years, Spanish security services have
arrested dozens of individuals suspected of jihadist links, particularly in
the Barcelona area. Between 2012 and October 2016, 186 people were arrested
in connection to Islamist terrorism, including 63 in Catalonia and 50 in
the province of Barcelona, according to the Spanish Interior Ministry.
Several dozen individuals have also been arrested since early 2017.
Immigration abroad anti-white racism, USA
Christopher Columbus monument in Baltimore smashed to combat 'white supremacy'
Washington Times, 21 August 2017.
A monument to Christopher Columbus that was over 200 years old was
smashed with a sledgehammer Monday morning to combat a "culture of white
A YouTube channel titled "Popular Resistance" posted
footage of men in hoodies destroying a monument to Columbus and his famous
voyage in 1492. The individuals carried signs that read "Racism: Tear it
down," and "The future is racial and economic justice."
Benefits and costs
We are importing huge numbers of welfare claimants
Daily Express, 21 August 2017.
According to the fashionable Left-wing propaganda, mass immigration
is a vast engine of prosperity.
The cheerleaders for open borders
continually tell us that without a colossal influx of new arrivals every
year our economy would collapse.
In this narrative of migrant
success, newcomers are lavished with praise for their skills, diligence and
self sacrifice while Britons are denigrated for supposed idleness and
Typical of this mentality was the repugnant sneer from
the liberal commentator Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, where she lambasted
working-class Britons for being "too lazy" and "too expensive".
Continuing her attack, she declared that "tax-paying immigrants
past and present keep indolent British scroungers on their couches drinking
beer and watching TV".
In the same vein, Henrietta Moore of the
Institute for Global Prosperity at University College, London,
condescendingly wrote that "Britain needs immigrants to do the jobs we
don't want to" words that have become conventional wisdom among
But such claims have always been a myth
designed to prop up the globalist ideology.
The truth is that
non-European immigrants are much more likely to be workless and welfare
dependent than Britons.
Now this reality has been confirmed by a
new analysis from the Office for National Statistics, which reveals that
more than one in five unemployed is an immigrant. ...
here to work" is one of the favourite mantras of the free movement brigade
yet that is patently untrue.
The Government's latest official
immigration report, published in May, shows that of the 588,000 migrants
who arrived here last year, just 47 per cent of them less than half
came to work. Incredibly, just 180,000, barely 30 per cent, had a
definite job offer.
It is the economics of the madhouse for Britain
to be importing unemployment on such a scale.
The last thing this
country needs is a growing army of foreign welfare claimants who have never
paid any taxes here but are all too eager to exploit our benefits system.
The generosity of the system is also one of the prime reasons
why so many young African, Middle Eastern and Asian men gather on the
northern coast of France, determined to reach our shores. ...
there are the tremendous costs from worsening social dislocation caused by
the import of alien cultures. Whether it be intelligence to counter
jihadism, police work to tackle sex gangs, or educational initiatives to
promote de-radicalisation, all this takes time and money which would not
have to be spent if Britain were a more cohesive society.
damaging has been the fall in living standards caused by competition from
cheap imported labour. ...
The idea that we cannot survive without
dependency on foreigners is an indicator of institutionalised
It has to stop if we are to regain control of our
Immigration case for open borders
The economic and moral case for global open borders
New Statesman, 21 August 2017.
Even Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party has followed the rightward drift.
Its general election manifesto promised to end free movement, and Corbyn
recently complained of the "wholesale importation of underpaid workers from
Among economists, however, a diametrically opposed
conversation prevails. They argue that rather than limiting free movement,
leaders should expand it: from Europe to the world. Michael Clemens, a
senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, likens the present
system to leaving "trillion-dollar bills on the sidewalk".
Economists estimate that allowing migrants to move to any country
they choose would increase global GDP by between 67 and 147 per cent. A
doubling of GDP (a $78trn increase) would correspond to 23 years of growth
at 3 per cent. By contrast, the International Monetary Fund estimates that
permitting the entirely free movement of capital would add a mere $65bn.
The moral case for open borders is similarly persuasive. As the
Dutch historian Rutger Bregman writes in his recent book Utopia for
Realists: "Borders are the single biggest cause of discrimination in all of
world history. Inequality gaps between people living in the same country
are nothing in comparison to those between separated global citizenries."
An unskilled Mexican worker who migrates to the US would raise their pay by
around 150 per cent; an unskilled Nigerian by more than 1,000 per cent. ...
But research shows that host countries gain, rather than lose, from
immigration. Migrants are usually younger and healthier than their domestic
counterparts and contribute far more in tax revenue than they claim in
In a world of open borders, the right to move need
not be an unqualified one (the pollster Gallup found that 630 million
people 13 per cent of the global population would migrate
permanently). Under the EU's free movement system, migrants must prove
after three months that they are working (employed or self-employed), a
registered student, or have "sufficient resources" (savings or a pension)
to support themselves and not be "a burden on the benefits system"
conditions that the UK, ironically, has never applied. ...
present, in a supposed era of opportunity, only 3 per cent of the global
population live outside the country of their birth. As politicians contrive
to ensure even fewer are able to do so, the case for free movement must be
Isis uses companies in Wales to finance terrorist attacks against the West
The Sunday Times, 20 August 2017.
Isis used a network of companies operating out of an office in
Cardiff to ship military-grade equipment to Spain and to finance terror
plots against the West, FBI documents seen by The Sunday Times disclose.
The surveillance technology dispatched to Spain where 14
people were killed last week in the latest Isis-inspired atrocities
is understood to be linked to the development by the terrorist group of
weaponised drones. The FBI says it was capable of identifying "target
An affiliated firm was used to transfer thousands of
pounds in cash to an American extremist in Maryland who later told how he
dreamt of carrying out a gun massacre in a church.
Terrorism politics, Labour Party
We've lost our way in the fight against terrorism and are failing to distinguish friends from foes
Sunday Telegraph, 20 August 2017.
Now we have to add Barcelona to the list. This year alone, Europe
has seen Islamist terror attacks in London, Manchester, Stockholm and
Paris. I doubt anyone will be surprised if, over the final four months of
2017, more cities join the sad ranks of those afflicted by such outrages.
After every incident, we hear the same ritualised condemnations of
the barbarians responsible, the mantra that they will never win and praise
for the authorities who do such a good job protecting us most of the time.
All of which is true and all of which gets us precisely nowhere in any
serious analysis of what is happening and why.
there is a cancer in parts of the Islamic world which must include
swathes of Britain. It is a cancer that takes young men and women and turns
them into jihadists prepared to kill and sacrifice themselves while doing
More interesting is the reaction such a statement always
brings: the accusation of Islamophobia. This is interesting not because it
has any merit, but because those who make it tell us a lot about how we
have got here, and why we are incapable of having a serious discussion
about the real world or how to confront the ideological threats facing the
More often than not, those who cry Islamophobia are not
Muslim themselves but the fellow travellers of Islamists. ...
Corbyn exemplifies the so-called red-green alliance, the perverse
phenomenon by which supposedly progressive Leftists ally with and support
Islamist groups who would like to live in a caliphate in which women who
dare to read a book are blinded. The Stop the War Coalition, which praises
Britain's enemies, shows the cosy unity of purpose between the white
far-Left and the Islamist far-Right. /.../ Until he bacame Labour leader,
Mr Corbyn would take time from the schedule to address the annual Al-Quds
Day march at which there is, every year, open support for Hizbollah, whose
military wing is a proscribed organisation in the UK. ...
fundamental issue is that the Left has so lost its anchoring that
Hizbollah, Al-Qaradawi and such like are seen as more sympathetic
ideological allies than Tony Blair. How are we to confront the evils of
Islamist extremism if one side of the political spectrum cannot distinguish
the West's friends from its enemies?
Special forces will protect UK's bank holiday revellers: Elite troops will patrol in armoured vehicles to protect Britons from ISIS attacks
Sunday, 20 August 2017.
Heavily-armed Special Forces soldiers driving specially adapted and
armoured civilian vehicles will patrol Britain's streets in a bid to thwart
an Islamic State atrocity over the Bank Holiday Weekend.
sources disclosed last night that elite troops will mingle with revellers
and tourists at sites considered most at risk of a terrorist attack. But
the male and female personnel will remain incognito unless called upon to
intercept any jihadis.
Immigration culture, assimilation
Cultural Assimilation Ought To Be an Imperative, Not Elective, In Immigration
Modern Diplomacy, 20 August 2017.
The other issue is that of a subliminal sort; one that can't be
easily measured or monitored and the effects of which take a long time to
manifest. A country is a sum total of its cultural values and principles
that it holds dear. Other attributes like quality of life, standard of
living, wealth, opportunities, political stability, and economic growth all
flow from culture.
Immigration affects not only the economy, but
also the culture. The degree of and type of effect depends upon the extent
of assimilation, which in turn boils down to the native culture of the
It is very plain that people sharing common
cultural threads like social mores, dietary practices, religion, folklore,
and heritage will find it easy to socialize with one another and enter the
melting pot. Asian, African, and Middle Eastern immigrants on the whole,
have radically different cultures, histories and heritage, dietary
practices, and religious affiliations all of which raises deep
concerns about assimilation. ...
The past few decades have seen the
mushrooming of ethnic enclaves across European and North American nations,
where immigrants, older and recent arrivals, huddle together to create
societies that resemble the ones they left behind. The UK is a great
example of 'enclavi-fication,' where Muslims immigrants, predominantly,
from Pakistan and Bangladesh have turned, what used to be quaint English
towns, into mini-South Asia.
These self-styled Islamic settlements
that dot the landscape of many western countries, are not only cosmetically
abstracted from the host norms, but they also function differently from
host societies. ...
Some immigrants and second-generation
native-born individuals from these radically different cultures seem unfit
to live in western societies, where values like free speech, religious
tolerance, separation of church and state, and equality are the norm. ...
Immigration is a very decisive and game changing tool in the
culture, politics, and economy of a country. A prudent immigration policy
will make sure that the host country benefits economically from
immigration, without undermining its cultural and social values and norms.
A need to integrate and assimilate should not be a preferable outcome, but
an imperative of the immigration process.
Illegal immigration arrests
Shocking moment two hundred illegal migrants are arrested in a crackdown on houses packed with foreign workers by dodgy landlords
Daily Mail, 19 August
Two hundred illegal migrants have been arrested in a crackdown on
houses packed with foreign workers by dodgy landlords.
250 properties were raided during the blitz on the often squalid
accommodation used by migrants who do not have permission to be in Britain.
Many of those arrested were Indian nationals, but there were also
workers from Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and Albania.
offered support if they chose to leave the country voluntarily, or told
they faced deportation if they refused.
Some 24 landlords caught in
the six-month operation were fined up to £3,000 for every illegal
worker found living in their houses. ...
In the series of swoops,
codenamed Operation Magnify, officers raided 253 properties across the
country between January and June. ...
Of the 200 people arrested,
most had overstayed their visas but some had also entered the UK illegally.
Immigration abroad Bavaria, Germany
Bavaria refuses to bow down to EU rules as German state demands border checks remain
Daily Express, 19 August 2017.
Bavaria has refused to listen to European Union demands to withdraw
border controversial border checks.
The border controls on the
German state's border with Austria were introduced in September 2015 at the
height of the refugee crisis.
And the Bavarian government claims
the reintroduction has been highly successful in stopping criminals and
But the European Commission claims there is no
longer a threat to the state, and is pushing Bavaria to cease controls from
According to the police, around 2,100 illegal
migrants were found at three motorway border crossings alone between
Austria and Bavaria between January and July.
And during that time
police also caught 6,200 wanted individuals.
Enough of blaming the West. The terror will continue until Muslims reject the need for a caliphate
Daily Telegraph, 19 August 2017.
What did Spain do wrong? Why did Muslim radicals attack so many
innocents? Those are the questions being asked across the West following
Many will resort to the self-flagellation of "change our
foreign policy" or "we are to blame because of colonialism". I wish it were
so simple. I know the mindset of militant Muslims seeking to kill
disbelievers in the name of a caliphate, because I called for the creation
of such a caliphate for five years of my life. I recognise the ideology,
theology and strategy behind the violence. There is no appeasing the
Consider the facts on Spain: on March 11 2004, al-Qaeda
terrorists killed 192 and injured 2,000 on trains in Madrid. Spain had
1,300 troops in Iraq at the time (America had 135,000 and Britain 8,700).
Three days after the bombing, José Maria Aznar lost the general
election to a Left-wing party committed to ending Spain's involvement in
Iraq. On April 18 2004, the new prime minister ordered the voluntary
withdrawal of Spain's troops. Scarred by the Madrid bombing, fearful of
reprisals after the terrorist attacks in France, in November 2015 the
Spanish government refused to join a global coalition against the Islamic
State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil). So what did Spain do wrong?
are asking the wrong questions. Spain's foreign policy shows that we cannot
stop terrorism by changing our behaviour. In the mind of the Muslim
extremists, Spain is not Spain, but al-Andalus, part of a Muslim empire
that lasted in Spain for 700 years. Today's "Spain" is considered to be
"occupied land" that must be liberated. /.../ Spain must return to their
version of Islam, for in that literalist reading of religious scripture,
the world is divided into two realms: Dar al-Islam and Dar al-Harb, the
Abode of Islam and the Abode of War. And once a land is controlled by Dar
al-Islam it must forever belong to that sphere. ...
... But Spain
is not the only target. India was also part of their interpretation of Dar
al-Islam because it was under the Moghuls until 1857 and must therefore
return to the domain of the caliphate. Israel must be destroyed as the
caliph must reclaim Jerusalem. Turkey's Muslim reformer, Kemal Ataturk,
ended the caliphate in 1924 and a secular Turkey must return to the fold.
The attack in Barcelona and the calls by Isil to attack beaches
weren't random: they hate the freedom of women to dress in bikinis. They
attacked the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester in May because the despise
men and women dancing freely to music. They attacked Charlie Hebdo
because they refuse to allow for blasphemy. They target synagogues and
kosher grocery stores across Europe because, like their neo-Nazi
counterparts, they hate Jews. ...
... Enough of blaming the West.
Isil has attacked 30 different countries, and the vast majority of its
victims in Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Bangladesh
and elsewhere are Muslims. Isil and other extremists thrive on the
justification that it is religiously obligatory to create a caliphate.
Jihadists commit mass murder in the pursuit of, or defence of, this belief
in a caliphate.
Terrorism imported problem
Terror is a problem political leaders imported into Europe
The Australian, 19 August 2017.
Of course, any connection between the mass influx of people into
Europe and the terrorism and other societal problems to which the continent
is waking up every day is still frowned upon.
... Yet the link is
obvious. For sure there are those who over-egg the point. The Stockholm
attacker from April was a recent arrival in that country. As were the
axe-wielding train attacker last northern summer in Wurzburg, Germany, and
the suicide bomber in Ansbach, Germany, that same month.
the Paris attackers from November 2015 included people born and brought up
in France and Belgium.
So while some of the terrorists may have
just arrived, others were born in Europe.
This fact is not quite as
soothing as the proponents of weak borders and mass immigration would like
it to be. For if Europe is doing such a bad job of integrating people who
are already here, then who but a madman would seek to propel immigration
from Muslim countries to such a historic high? The question goes unanswered
because in Europe's immigration debate it is still very rarely asked.
Of course, there is a noble aim in some of this avoidance, such as
ensuring that Europeans as the terror attacks grow do not
seek to blame any and all immigrants for the terror. That would be a
mistake for a whole variety of tactical as well as factual reasons. Most of
the people who arrive in Europe from the Middle East and Africa come to try
to improve their lot in life, not to plough trucks into pedestrians. ...
... But the European publics are right to look at their leaders
from recent decades and now the dead and maimed regularly on our streets
and recognise that this is a problem our politicians imported: a problem
they gave us that we did not ask for.
Crime child sexual abuse, race, Islamophobia
Of course race matters in the Rotherham sex abuse scandal. Until we admit that, we can't tackle the problem
Daily Telegraph, 19 August 2017.
[Muna Adil is a researcher at Quilliam International]
Labour MP Sarah Champion has been forced to step down after
speaking out about the growing epidemic of sexual grooming in this country.
Champion was the MP for Rotherham, a constituency that, between 1995 and
2013, saw 1,400 children raped, abused, trafficked and tortured by gangs of
South Asian men. Champion's crime was to simply state the facts as they
are: "Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and
exploiting white girls."
Critics, including Labour leader Jeremy
Corbyn and fellow colleague Naz Shah, claimed that Champion's article in
The Sun included "statements that incite Islamophobia and stigmatise
While the Left's desire to gloss over hard
evidence and facts where minorities are involved is, by now, expected, what
is incredibly disturbing is a new debate that seems to be emerging from the
ranks. One particularly disturbing line of argument taken by Sean O'Grady
in his Independent article titled "Let's not feel sorry for Sarah
Champion she knew exactly what she was doing", seems to openly
dismiss the importance of empirical evidence and scientific, academic
research. In his article, O'Grady makes several statements, including:
"The real point though is this. Even if you agree that there
is a problem with some Pakistani men, what are supposed to do with this
"Saying that there is a problem with some men of
Pakistani origin doesn't actually get us anywhere with these crimes, or
force a single arrest or rescue a single girl."
actually need a racially focused debate about this any more than we need
one about shoplifting or corporate corruption, because it misses the
Not only is this line of argument ridiculous, it is
factually incorrect. If a certain crime file indicates that one sub-section
of society is over-represented in the offender profile, it is our academic
inclination, human interest, and most importantly our moral duty to
investigate the common denominator, whatever it may be.
fact, our research at Quilliam has shown the exact opposite of O'Grady's
argument: race is a central factor in this crime profile, not only when it
comes to the offenders but also as it relates to the victims who largely
belong to the same demographic of young, white and female. ...
upcoming Quilliam report will look to shed more light on the issue, but
here a glimpse of what we have found so far: Asians or British Asians make
up 6.9 per cent of the UK population, yet they're found responsible for
almost half, 46 per cent of child sexual exploitation (CSE) crimes.
Yet a Home Affairs Select Committee report into localised grooming
claimed that "the vast majority of convicted child-sex offenders in the UK
are single white men." ...
Over 60 per cent of the British
Pakistani population is from the Mirpur District of Kashmir, a largely
rural area of Pakistan where regressive attitudes towards women, sex, and
relationships still persist today. ...
The phenomenon of "gangs"
further confirms that these offenders gravitate towards each other based on
a shared ideology, separate from their collective criminal leanings.
Immigration abroad European Union
WATCH: EU Propaganda Video Says Europe 'Needs' Migrants Released on Day of Terror Attacks
Breitbart, 19 August 2017.
The European Parliament has produced a slick propaganda video
claiming Europe "need[s] people to come here... to maintain the level of
our welfare systems".
The video, put out on Twitter, features
liberal and socialist members of the European Parliament (MEPs), who
concede migrants often come from a "totally different culture", but say it
is the European people's "responsibility" to "foster an atmosphere of
EuroparlTV released the short film on the 17th of
August, just hours before terrorists of North African Muslim background
murdered 14 people in Spain in an Islamist attack claimed by Islamic State.
"The refugees that arrived here in Germany have to adapt. They
come from a totally different culture, and they don't know how things are
here," says Maryam Salehi of Cologne, Germany. ...
Wikström, a liberal MEP from Sweden, adds: "They are here to give
their contribution to growth and prosperity for Europe, and that's why it's
so essentially important that we open up every possibility for them to
integrate into our societies."
Ukip politicians condemn leadership candidate's '£9,000 to leave UK' idea
The Guardian, 19 August 2017.
John Rees-Evans, a controversial Ukip activist who is currently the
fourth favourite for the party leadership, suggested a scheme to persuade
dual-nationals to leave Britain would help him reach a goal of reducing net
migration to minus 1 million a year and could also boost international
Peter Whittle, Ukip deputy leader and leadership
frontrunner, called the suggestion "utterly and entirely wrong", while
party leadership rival Jane Collins MEP told the Mirror the policy was
similar to the BNP's 2010 manifesto.
Addressing a meeting in Leigh,
Greater Manchester, Rees-Evans suggested the foreign aid budget should be
cut from more than £13bn a year to £1bn, with £12.3bn then
spent on incentivising British citizens with dual citizenship to leave the
country, citing British Indians and Tanzanians, whom he said could set up
their own businesses. ...
However, he said citizens could be
persuaded to leave with "£6,000 upfront and £3,000 once the
programme is complete, for every man, woman and child, with benefits and
Beyond the pale: China's cheerful racists
The Spectator, 19 August 2017.
Setting off to spend a year teaching English in Zhejiang province
in south-eastern China, I expected plenty of surprises. But what struck me
most was something they tend not to tell you about in the guidebooks: the
... I apparently erred when, teaching the word for wife, I
showed my students a picture of Michelle Obama. The image of the then First
Lady was greeted with exaggerated sounds of repulsion: 'So ugly!' they
said. 'So black!'
Such comments would have been treated harshly in
a British classroom a quarter-century ago, let alone today. But my own
protestations were met with confused faces crestfallen that they'd
disappointed their teacher, but clueless as to the nature of their mistake.
And this stretches far beyond the classroom. To many Chinese, ideas about
racial hierarchies are not outdated anathema but unquestioned belief. ...
The Chinese don't make a big deal about their racism: it's so
commonplace it can seem almost cheerful. ...
The racism begins
with the assumption that all westerners are white. ...
... When I
showed my class my own school photograph, I expected them to remark on how
terrible my hair looked. Instead, their first response was 'Why are there
those black girls in England?'
... China has almost no citizens of
non-Chinese descent: it is extremely difficult for expats to secure Chinese
citizenship, so most are forced to leave as soon as their employment visas
'They have caused this' Nigel Farage blasts European leaders after fatal Barcelona attack
Daily Express, 18 August 2017.
Nigel Farage has hit out at leaders across Europe for their
response to the Barcelona attack which killed 13 people and left more than
100 people wounded.
The Brexit mastermind accused politicians on
the continent of being the "cause" of terror attacks which have rocked
nation after nation. ...
Farage said: "What happens is they all
stand up and they say 'We stand in solidarity with Barcelona, or Brussels,
or Stockholm, or Paris, or London or wherever it may be, and this is really
"There is no understanding of why this is going on
and not once, not once, do we ever hear a single leader in Europe offer any
policy solution whatsoever.
"They are still in denial, and my only
guess is that they are so embarrassed by the fact that they have caused
"But for the moment one of the problems is that many of
the parties around Europe that stand up against Islamic extremism,
themselves appear to the electorate at times to be a bit extreme
From Charlottesville to Barcelona
Spiked, 18 August 2017.
Rarely has the hypocrisy of the West's ostensible liberals and
leftists been as violently exposed as it has been this week. Between
Charlottesville and Barcelona, between their fury over the former and their
embarrassment at the latter, we have gained a glimpse into today's
extraordinary double standards over extremists who loathe liberty,
democracy and swathes of mankind. If the extremists are white and fond of
the swastika, they'll be roundly condemned, organised against, transformed
into a focal point for the activities of a flagging left. But if they're
Muslims, if it's a misogynistic, homophobic caliphate they want to build,
if their targets are 'kuffars' rather than pinkos or black people, they
will be frowned upon, of course, but never raged against. ...
before the barbarism in Barcelona, even before that Islamist terrorist
mowed down scores of people, killing 13, the discussion about
Charlottesville had become unhinged. What was in truth a nasty but small
demonstration by white-power losers was transformed into the second coming
of the Third Reich. Where most leftists and liberal commentators respond to
Islamist barbarism with a sad emoji or a national flag on their Facebook
page, they responded to Charlottesville with historic hyperbole. ...
But if the treatment of Charlottesville and its vile car attack as
a return of Nazism looked questionable before Barcelona, it looks mad after
it. /.../ A suspected hard-right fanatic killed one person at
Charlottesville, in a foul assault on life and liberty; Islamists, if we
add Barcelona, have killed more than 460 people in Europe in the
past three years. Four-hundred-and-sixty. Let that sink in.
And yet after Barcelona, as is the case after every Islamist
attack, there has been an awkward, shuffling silence in left and liberal
circles. /.../ But politics? Anger? A demand that we recognise the
gravity of the threat posed by Islamists and get together to do something
about it? Calls for confrontation with Islamist movements, demands that we
'Punch an Islamist', in the same way American leftists have promoted 'Punch
a Nazi'? No.
On the contrary, we are encouraged to be sad about
Islamist attacks but never active in relation to them. ...
urge to moralise small neo-Nazi protests in the US while de-moralising,
depoliticising and fundamentally defusing the problem of Islamist
extremism, even though this extremism is a far more destabilising force,
has to be explained. What drives this alarming double standard?
It's fear. Cultural fear. Fear of us, the masses, and what we will
get up to if society green-lights an honest discussion about the Islamist
problem. And fear for Muslims, whom too many on the left infantilise and
treat as incapable of hearing robust discussion about problems in their
... They have declared a ridiculous,
self-flattering war on neo-Nazism precisely as a distraction from the real
problems facing Western society today, to which they have no answers, and
are uncomfortable even with the questions.
Immigration abroad Poland
Europe faces 'clash of civilizations', says Polish minister after Barcelona attack
Radio Poland, 18 August 2017.
Interior Minister Mariusz Blaszczak told state broadcaster TVP Info
that Poland is a safe country, adding: "In Poland we do not have Muslim
communities which are enclaves... which are a natural support base for
"Europe should wake up," he added.
Blaszczak said that resettling migrants encourages millions of
people to come to Europe. "This ends tragically. We are dealing with a
clash of civilizations. This must be said outright and it is a problem for
the whole of Europe," he added.
Poland has refused to take part in
an EU plan to resettle African and Middle Eastern migrants from camps in
Italy and Greece, arguing that the programme did not solve the problem at
its origin, and was a threat to security.
Blaszczak said on
Thursday: "We will not succumb to this pressure [from the European
Commission] , because this is about the security of Poland and Poles."
Immigration border security, Ireland
UK position paper on Irish border 'throws up even more questions'
Henry Mance and John Murray Brown
Financial Times, 17 August 2017.
The UK reiterated its commitment to an open border between Northern
Ireland and the Republic on Wednesday, as it softened its position on a
range of Brexit-related issues. ...
The border is one of the
toughest puzzles for Britain to solve in its negotiations with Brussels. UK
prime minister Theresa May is trying to reconcile conflicting priorities
asserting Britain's sovereignty while not disturbing the fragile
peace settlement in Northern Ireland.
Her government has made a
commitment to controlling immigration after Brexit, but ruled out
introducing any physical infrastructure, including passports checks and
cameras, at the 310-mile Irish land border. ...
effectively allow people to cross into the UK illegally something
Open Britain, a think-tank campaigning for a "soft" Brexit, says
"fundamentally undermin[es] the argument that leaving the EU would involve
taking back control of immigration".
But the position paper says
immigration could be regulated by "controlling access to the labour market
and social security" and that the "no-checks" proposal should be seen in
the context of "wider plans for the future immigration system in the
Immigration abroad Spain
Spanish coastguard rescues 600 migrants in 24 hours, amid surge in arrivals via Morocco
Daily Telegraph, 17 August 2017.
Some 600 migrants attempting to cross from Morocco to Spain have
been rescued in just 24 hours, amid a surge in arrivals on what has become
the fastest growing sea route to Europe.
The Spanish coastguard
said that 593 people had been pulled from 15 rafts on Wednesday, 424 of
them in the Gibraltar Strait and 169 near Alborán, an island outpost
midway between Spain and Morocco.
A further two rafts - one of them
containing six children - were picked up in the Gibraltar Strait in the
early hours of Thursday morning. ...
Since the start of 2017, more
than 8,000 migrants have used the so-called Western Mediterranean Route
from Morocco into Spain, compared to 2,500 during the same period last
Immigration abroad Spain
Spain lacks capacity to handle migration surge, says UN refugee agency
Sam Jones and Jennifer Rankin
The Guardian, 17 August 2017.
Spain lacks the resources and capacity to protect the rising number
of refugees and migrants reaching it by sea, the UN refugee agency has
The warning from UNHCR comes as the Spanish coastguard said
it rescued 593 people in a day from 15 small paddle boats, including 35
children and a baby, after they attempted to cross the seven-mile Strait of
About 9,300 migrants have arrived in Spain by sea so
far this year, while a further 3,500 have made it to two Spanish enclaves
in north Africa, Ceuta and Melilla, the EU's only land borders with Africa.
María Jesús Vega, a spokeswoman for UNHCR Spain, said
police were badly under-resourced and there was a lack of interpreters and
a shortage of accommodation for the new arrivals. ...
figures show that most of those arriving in Spain by sea set out from
Morocco, although some also embark from Algeria. The majority of the
migrants are from Cameroon, Guinea and the Gambia.
Population pressure housing
Cambridgeshire residents blame immigrants for housing crisis, reveals survey
Cambridge News, 17 August 2017.
Residents of both Cambridge and the Fens nearby blame housing
shortages on immigration, a new report reveals.
But it's a case of
town versus country, as the city-dwellers were also found to have a far
more positive attitude in general to immigration than their rural
Housing shortages caused by immigration were raised as
a key issue by research groups in two very different parts of
Cambridgeshire Cambridge and March according to a report
released today from the National Conversation on Immigration, the
biggest-ever public consultation on the issue. ...
poorly regulated private rental accommodation is a major issue, with the
large number of rental properties under multiple occupancy, mainly to
migrant workers, affecting the desirability of neighbourhoods.
"You've got one house or a flat, but with ten times the rubbish
outside and six times the number of cars," said one stakeholder panel
member in March.
Douglas Murray attacks 'hypocrites' Lily Allen and Nicola Sturgeon over migrant crisis
TalkRadio, 17 August 2017.
Controversial author Douglas Murray has blasted "hypocrites" such
as Lily Allen and Nicola Sturgeon in an extraordinary interview with Julia
With new figures from the United Nations suggesting
the migrant crisis has reached a new pitch, Murray, author of The Strange
Death of Europe, also says we need to get a grip on the situation and stop
letting migrants into our continent until we know who they are. ...
Murray said that, while most ordinary people in Britain and
elsewhere in Europe are sick of the situation, high-profile people in
politics and the media are exploiting the situation for their own personal
"This has provided a magnificent opportunity for pseuds
and hypocrites and grandstanders to have their moment," he told Julia.
"The SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said she would even take in some
migrants. That was two years ago and she doesn't seem to have her family of
"Labour MPs - Yvette Cooper said she'd take in a family
of migrants. Endless people... none of them have got them. Lily Allen has
still not got her group of young men from sub-Saharan Africa living in
their spare room.
"These people are grandstanding on a massive
scale about a continent-wade catastrophe and they should feel enormous
shame if they could.
"We have to look at the whole problem in its
totality. The point is 'can we take in all of the world who wants to come
to our continent. If you ask a grandstander like Lily Allen or Nicola
Sturgeon or Yvette Cooper, they will not, when put on the spot, say 'keep
anyone out.' They can't.
"In reality, if we followed the advice of
these people, we'd destroy our entire society. [Unlike the majority of
people] the people who have a voice in the media and our politicians who
Murray also said most of the current influx of
migrants are actually sub-Sarahan African men, rather than refugees from
war-torn areas like Syria, and "they haven't been rescued. they've been
picked up by our own continent's vessels, by organised vessels paid for by
taxpayers across our continent, and by NGO vessels.
complicit with the traffickers, they are paying the traffickers, they are
involved in an illegal business. they are paying to illegally enter our
continent, to break outr own rules.
"We do actually have rules on
how you claim asylum and it doesn't involve paying a criminal gang to enter
"we are lifting people from Africa and bringing them into
Europe with no idea of who they are or whether they have any legitimate
claim to be in Europe."
Crime Islam, Islamophobia
I was treading on eggshells as I described the very specific problem of 'some' Muslim men and their attitude to white Western women
17 August 2017.
Some Sun readers may have missed the concocted explosion of Labour
and Islamic hysteria over a column I wrote on Monday about Muslim sex
My offence was to write about the attitude of predatory
Muslim men towards white women what I called "the Muslim Problem".
I was instantly denounced for fomenting a Nazi-style "Final
Solution" comparable only with the Jewish Holocaust. It was a ludicrous,
offensive and perverse distortion of the truth.
A letter calling
for my dismissal signed by 105 cross-party MPs was led by Labour's Naz
Shah, the Bradford MP suspended last year for anti-Semitism. ...
So, as ever when writing about Islam this week, I was treading on
eggshells as I described the very specific problem of "some" Muslim men and
their attitude to white Western women.
The article followed the
trial and imprisonment of 17 mainly British-born men from the Pakistani,
Bangladeshi, Indian, Iraqi, Iranian and Turkish communities who groomed,
raped and abused scores of vulnerable young, mainly white, girls over many
They were among many gangs operating in Britain but police
and local authorities turned a deliberate blind eye. It was left to the
courage and tenacity of Times reporter Andrew Norfolk to bring them to
I cited Rotherham Labour MP Sarah Champion who bravely broke
ranks and identified the problem everyone else on the Left had shied away
Presumably got at by Corbynistas, she has subsequently
sought to distance herself from her own article and has now resigned for
her "poor choice of words".
On Monday, I paid tribute to Sarah's
courage, saying: "Thanks to ex-Equalities chief Trevor Phillips and Labour
MPs like Rotherham's Sarah Champion, it is acceptable to say Muslims are a
specific rather than cultural problem." ...
The abuse of women by
Muslims, says Trevor Phillips, is "on an industrial scale".
the perpetrators have in common is their proclaimed faith. They are
Muslims, and many of them would claim to be practising. It is not
Islamophobic to point this out."
My mistake, apparently, was to
describe this as "the Muslim Problem". ...
This fake outrage is
more than simply a personal attack on me or upon the Sun newspaper. It is a
pernicious attempt to stifle and smother free speech.
from the MPs fails to pinpoint a single mistake or error of fact in my
article. It even concedes there are no grounds at all for referring this to
Ipso for adjudication. It infringes none of the Editors' Rules of Conduct.
The letter is nothing less than an attempt to gag not just me but
anyone else who dares to venture an opinion which contradicts their narrow
point of view.
Politics ethnic crime, Labour Party
Champion's ousting shows Labour has learned nothing from gang rape scandals
Paul T Horgan
Conservative Woman, 17 August 2017.
Why did Sarah Champion quit her shadow frontbench post? She says it
was because of her 'poor choice of words' in an article she wrote for
The Sun on the organised rape gangs in her constituency and
elsewhere. What words did she use that were such a 'poor
'Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men
raping and exploiting white girls.' ... This Labour MP and, at the time, shadow
minister, was trying to hold the Government to account in a public forum
for the noble purpose of protecting the daughters of her constituents from
gang rape. ...
"For too long we have ignored
the race of these abusers and, worse, tried to cover it up. No more. These
people are predators and the common denominator is their ethnic heritage."
"The irony of all of this is that, by not dealing with the
ethnicity of the abusers as a fact, political correctness has actually made
the situation about race."
"It was shocking. Mainly white pubescent
girls were being sexually groomed and exploited by gangs of mainly British
But is what she wrote such a poor choice of words?
Not quite. It is actually a tame version of official reports:
is what the Jay Report said on the topic. The report was commissioned by
the Labour-controlled council in Rotherham.
the majority of known perpetrators were of Pakistani heritage including the
five men convicted in 2010." And here is
what the Casey Report, commissioned by the Government, had to
'Agencies should acknowledge the
suspected model of localised grooming of young white girls by men of
Pakistani heritage, instead of being inhibited by the fear of affecting
'By far the majority of perpetrators were
described as 'Asian' by victims, yet throughout the entire period,
councillors did not engage directly with the Pakistani-heritage community
to discuss how best they could jointly address the issue. [...] Several
staff described their nervousness about identifying the ethnic origins of
perpetrators for fear of being thought racist; others remembered clear
direction from their managers not to do so."
Terrible things happened in Rotherham and on a
significant scale. Children were sexually exploited by men who came largely
from the Pakistani Heritage Community. Not enough was done to acknowledge
this, to stop it happening, to protect children, to support victims and to
apprehend perpetrators.' Sarah Champion said no more than what is already in the
public domain in official reports that are uncontested by any MP or
mainstream party in any public communication. For this she has quit her
shadow post, or, more likely, has had to quit.
'I found a Council in denial.
It seems Labour has
not learned anything about these gang rape scandals and is still trying to
shut down debate on the issue. After all that has gone on, Labour is still
turning a blind eye to child sex exploitation on Labour's watch, in
Politics ethnic crime
The 'community leaders' doing nothing to solve the grooming scandal
Spectator blog, 17 August 2017.
On Monday, after the prosecution of another group of rapists in
Newcastle, the Sun published a column by Trevor Kavanagh. It
followed a column on a similar theme by Labour MP Sarah Champion.
Kavanagh's column dared to mention that the grooming gang in Newcastle (see
also Rotherham, Rochdale, Oxfordshire etc) did not consist of 'Asian' men
but specifically men of Muslim origin. He was right. Most newspapers don't
like to mention this, ...
If this is undeniably perilous territory
to write in, it is also ground-hog day. After the prosecutions in Newcastle
last week, the BBC's Newsnight ran a lamentable discussion with four
young Muslims chaired by Evan Davis; the panel decided within minutes that
the case had nothing to do with religion.
Perhaps readers will
forgive me if I sigh about all this. I just checked the first
Newsnight discussion I did on this issue and somewhere on the
internet found my younger self discussing whether we could talk about
Muslim grooming gangs, the whole question of political correctness and the
shutting down of debate. That was a decade ago.
nothing is getting better in this regard, there has been the usual
predictable, organised, backlash against Kavanagh and Champion for telling
the truth. It has been led by the Muslim Council of Britain and Labour MP
Naz Shah (who readers will remember faced her own anti-Semitism scandal
last year). Yesterday, Champion was forced to quit her place in Labour's
shadow cabinet. ...
It is all part of a much bigger pattern. /.../
You have to stand back to recognise the full consequence of such societal
sickness. Imagine if Shah, Corbyn and their eggers-on among the Twittering
classes were able to summon up even a quarter of the rage they reserved for
Kavanagh and Champion, and saved it instead for the rapists who brand their
initials on girls they regard as 'chattel'.
... In his piece,
Trevor Kavanagh ended with a reference to Britain's 'Muslim problem'. Now
that is not a phrase I would use myself, and I imagine that in retrospect
Kavanagh wouldn't feel that happy about the shorthand. But so what? It's a
free country and people are allowed to avail themselves of their opinions
in a robust fashion. Or they used to be, before a self-appointed group of
self-appointed leaders took it upon themselves to police the language for
And it's not just that they do so little to solve any
problem. As their ongoing efforts to silence anyone speaking about
grooming gangs proves, there is no problem even child rape
that community leadership groups cannot in fact make worse.
One in five unemployed people in the UK are migrants, official figures reveal for the first time
Daily Telegraph, 16 August 2017.
One in five unemployed people in the UK are migrants, official
figures have revealed for the first time.
The figures show that
317,000 migrants are unemployed, including 98,000 who were born in the EU
and 219,000 born outside the EU.
The proportion of EU migrants who
are unemployed is 4 per cent, while the proportion of migrants from outside
the EU who are unemployed is 6.2 per cent. The overall unemployment rate of
migrants is 5.3 per cent.
The number of Romanians and Bulgarians
working in the UK has risen by a third over the past year to a record
362,000 in the wake of the vote to leave the European Union. ...
The figures show that arrival of Romanian and Bulgarian workers
pushed up the overall level of EU migrants from 2.33 million to 2.37
However the number of migrants coming the 14 earlier
members of the EU including France, Italy, Spain and Portugal, has fallen
slightly from 995,000 between April and June of last year to 972,000.
The number from the eastern European nations which joined the EU in
2014, including Poland, has also fallen from 995,000 to 972,000.
Here's Why Europe Really Needs More Immigrants
Forbes, 16 August 2017.
If Western Europe wants to keep its social benefits, the countries
of the E.U. are going to need more workers. No place in the world has an
older population that's not into baby making than Europe. No wonder policy
planners are doing what they can to encourage immigration.
Eastern Europe is getting old, and surely older than the U.S., which has a
median age of around 37. The U.K.'s median age is approaching a mid-life
crisis, currently at 40.5. With fertility rates expected to hit zero in
Europe in the next decade, the only way the European Union can keep fight
elderly poverty and maintain its expensive entitlement programs is to
increase immigration. Another option is to provide incentives to convince
20 and 30-something-year-olds to have more than one baby. ...
puts Europe in a pickle. The idea of opening its borders to eastern Europe
was a way to expand European capital and labor markets. They increased the
labor pool, driving down wages in working class manufacturing towns to come
on par with that of Poland and the Czech Republic. They also got an
educated workforce who had a long history of European customs. The one
thing they did not get from the old Warsaw Pact nations was youth.
Poland's median age is 40.3. Czech Republic is 41.7. New euro zone
member Lithuania in the Baltics is even older: 43.4, according to the CIA
World Factbook. ...
Today's migrants into Europe are coming from
countries where Europeans spent most of the last two generations...
destroying. /.../ The median age in Iraq is 19. In Libya, 24. The average
European country is importing their future children.
Politics racism, Labour Party
Hard-Left 'Trying To Brand Labour Centrists As Racist Sympathisers'
The Huffington Post, 16 August 2017.
The hard-left is on a new mission to paint UK centrists as
terrorist sympathisers in the wake of the Charlottesville violence,
according to a senior Labour campaigner.
Blogging for HuffPost UK,
Richard Angell, director of Progress - a group on the New Labour wing of
the Labour Party - said "a concerted effort" is underway to discredit the
centre ground of British politics.
He was responding to claims by
writer Laurie Penny that those responsible for unrest in the USA, which
left three people dead, are the same people who "centrists" say have
legitimate concerns around immigration.
"Penny is wrong to argue
that those of us she calls centrists, who know there are legitimate
concerns about immigration and think if you sort them out it is the best
way to help cohesion and reduce racism, are the what gives an open door to
the populist- and racist-right," Angell said.
"Pressures on public
services, wage pressures and the impacts of changing communities can all be
managed, supported and put right through politics. If we play into some
right-wing argument that we are too 'politically correct' to talk about
immigration, it is that what leaves the space open for the far right." ...
Angell, who was caught up in the recent London Bridge terror
attack, said by ignoring the impact of change in society, left-leaning
movements risk shutting down debate. ...
"When there is a real
right-wing to attack in politics these days, let us not use the label on
our own side. Bunching together the centre-ground and 'the right' to
discredit politics that is in touch with the public is precisely the sort
of strategy that will have the real right-wingers rubbing their hands with
glee - from their offices in government."
Immigration abroad public opinion, Germany
Study: 70 Per Cent of Germans Would Send Mediterranean Migrants Back
Breitbart, 16 August 2017.
A new study has revealed that the vast majority of Germans do not
see the migrants coming across the Mediterranean as legitimate refugees and
want to see them deported back to North Africa.
conducted by research institute Civey shows that 69.8 per cent of Germans
do not regard the migrants rescued and transported by NGOs in the
Mediterranean as legitimate refugees despite claims from the NGOs
Along political lines, a majority of members of
all parties support the deportation of Mediterranean migrants except for
the left-wing Green party with only 34.7 per cent approving of the idea and
48.8 per cent rejecting the idea.
Politics Labour Party
Corbyn's immigration tightrope
politics.co.uk, 15 August 2017.
Labour's chasm over free movement of people is so vast it is a
wonder that either side can even see the other. Just take the following two
"For years, the elite ignored public disquiet over
immigration. It was sidelined because of the net benefit to the economy
from EU immigration. Well, the public told the elite where they could stick
their 'net benefit'."
"A system of free movement is the best way to
protect and advance the interests of all workers, by giving everyone the
right to work legally, join a union and stand up to their boss without fear
of deportation or destitution."
The first, from former shadow
cabinet minister Caroline Flint, was part of a speech last month ...
The second is from an open letter /.../ signed by Labour MPs Clive
Lewis, David Lammy and Geraint Davies.
Trying to find a position
that unifies these two camps - each representing different worldview,
different economic analyses, and different geographies - is now Corbyn's
job, whether he wants it or not.
Labour's 'constructive amibiguity'
- or rather, dishonestly facing both ways - during the general election
temporarily neutered the Brexit issue, but Corbyn's recent incautiously
worded attack on employers exploiting migrant workers has brought an end to
the phony peace. ...
But the launch early this month of the Labour
Campaign for Free Movement is hard to separate from the Labour leader's
very different appearance on the Andrew Marr Show in July, where he
attacked the exploitation of EU migrants to "destroy conditions" for
British workers. High profile supporters reacted with alarm.
not that Corbyn's core supporters are enthusiastic Remainers - many regard
the EU as a neoliberal project, and most despised its actions during the
Eurozone crisis - but the issue they hold dearest is migrant rights. Not
just EU migrants, but all migrants - it is common in these circles to
regard national borders as a racist concept. Their preferred migration
policy would be unfettered global free movement. But EU free movement is a
decent place to start. ...
But in her speech last month, Caroline
Flint said the "emotional drive for control" in the EU referendum "was
almost totally immigration". How can the Labour leadership square off
support for free movement with Flint and other like-minded Northern and
Midlands Labour MPs and - critically - branches?
Immigration abroad Germany, Italy
Merkel acknowledges Europe's disastrous migrant policy: '2015 must not be repeated'
Daily Express, 15 August 2017.
Angela Merkel has rejected the idea of linking European Union funds
to receiving migrants - a policy championed by her rival Martin Schulz.
The measure was put forward by her challenger Mr Schulz, former
president of the European Parliament, as he also eyes the top job. ...
But the idea was slapped down by Angela Merkel, who rejected EU
nations being able to buy themselves out of their obligations.
said: "That's not how it is.
"This is not the European solidarity
that I am imagining." ...
Italy's foreign minister, Angelino
Alfano, praised Mrs Merkel's 'open door' policy - widely thought to have
been a catalyst for many making the perilous trip to Europe - but said the
south European country was at breaking point.
Crime child abuse, racism
Rochdale child abuse cop says PC posturing protected sophisticated network of Asian abuse
Daily Express, 14 August 2017.
The former detective who helped expose the Rochdale child abuse
scandal has accused the Government of doing "too little, too late" and of
allowing Asian grooming gangs to "evolve" over the past 15 years.
Maggie Oliver said a sophisticated network of abusers from
predominantly Pakistani and Bangladeshi backgrounds had grown unchallenged
because the authorities feared being labelled racist.
follow the conviction last week of an 18-strong gang in Newcastle upon Tyne
who sexually abused girls as young as 13. ...
Home Secretary Amber
Rudd waded into the row and said that "political and cultural
sensitivities" should not deter work aimed at uncovering child abuse.
However, former detective constable Ms Oliver said the Home Office
had been aware of the issue since 2004 during a probe into grooming gangs
The former Greater Manchester Police officer said
the Home Office was in contact almost daily during Operation Span, the
investigation into Rochdale six years later, and was fearful of the racial
She said: "Amber Rudd's words are too little too
late. She is jumping on the bandwagon and playing to public outrage at what
has been allowed to evolve over 15 years."
Immigration abroad terrorism, Germany
Court finds defrauding Islamic State is a crime in Germany
Reuters, 14 August 2017.
A German court has found a Syrian refugee guilty of attempting to
defraud Islamic State, a court spokeswoman said on Monday, granting legal
protection to a group viewed as terrorists by the European Union.
judge in the district court in the southwestern city of Saarbruecken
sentenced the 39-year old hairdresser from Damascus to two years in prison
for trying to get Islamic State operatives to transfer him up to 180,000
euros (163,674 pounds).
The judge ruled that the man used the false
pretence that he would carry out attacks in Germany for Islamic State using
explosives. The money was never transferred to the man.
rejected the prosecution's argument that the man was guilty of the more
serious crime of planning to carry out attacks on behalf of the militant
Both parties have appealed the ruling to the Federal
Supreme Court, the court spokeswoman said. The Syrian refugee was named
only as Hasan A. due to German privacy laws.
Immigration abroad Italy
Stemming economic migration
Times of Malta, 13 August 2017.
For the last three years, Italy has borne the brunt of the
migration crisis as the central Mediterranean route into Europe has become
the chief entry path into the EU. ...
Helpfully, Libya's Prime
Minister, who is the head of the UN-backed unity government, has asked
Italy to send its navy to help the Libyan coastguard pick up migrants
within Libya's 12-mile territorial waters and take them back to shore. ...
Before Italy's recent agreement with Libya, the majority of
migrants would sail from Libyan ports into international waters to be
rescued by charity boats or the Italian coastguard. Critics have accused
the rescue NGOs of operating a "taxi service" for migrants.
people-traffickers' ploy had been to deliver migrants not to Italy, but
just outside the boundary of Libya's territorial waters so they could be
rescued by NGO charity boats beyond. Though there can be absolutely no
doubt that the charities were and are motivated by noble
intentions, they were in effect inadvertently aiding the traffickers. ...
As Bill Gates definitely not a hard-liner on migration
has said: "Europe must make it more difficult for Africans to reach
the continent [of Europe] via the current transit routes." The top three
countries of origin of those arriving in Italy in the first quarter of this
year were Nigeria, Bangladesh and Guinea.
Immigration abroad Mediterranean, Italy
More NGOs follow MSF in suspending Mediterranean migrant rescues
Reuters, 13 August 2017.
Two more aid groups have suspended migrant rescues in the
Mediterranean, joining Doctors Without Borders, because they felt
threatened by the Libyan coastguard.
Save the Children and
Germany's Sea Eye said on Sunday their crews could no longer work safely
because of the hostile stance of the Libyan authorities. Doctors Without
Borders - or Medecins sans Frontieres - cited the same concern when it said
on Saturday it would halt Mediterranean operations. ...
coastguard boats have repeatedly clashed with NGO vessels on the edge of
Libyan waters, sometimes opening fire. ...
"In general, we do not
reject (NGO) presence, but we demand from them more cooperation with the
state of Libya ... they should show more respect to the Libyan
sovereignty," coastguard spokesman Ayoub Qassem told Reuters on Sunday.
Tension has also been growing for weeks between aid groups and the
Italian government, which has suggested some NGOs are facilitating people
smuggling, while Italy is trying to enhance the role of the Libyan
coastguard in blocking migrant departures. ...
dominating Italy's political agenda before elections early next year, with
public opinion increasingly hostile to migrants. Almost 600,000 migrants
have arrived in Italy over the past four years.
Immigration abroad European Union
Merkel to UN: 'European Union Can Take 40,000 More Migrants'
Breitbart, 13 August 2017.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has backed UN plans to send more
Middle Eastern and African migrants to the European Union, saying the bloc
could "cope with" 40,000 more asylum seekers.
Echoing her "wir
schaffen das" ["we can do this"] mantra from the beginning of the migrant
crisis, where the German premier suspended the Dublin Convention and
invited an unlimited number of migrants to northern Europe, she told UN
High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi that Germany was "ready to
take its share". ...
The UN high commissioner disclosed the plans
in Berlin on Friday which would see the expansion of a two-year scheme for
resettling 22,000 Syrian asylum seekers (currently in Lebanon, Turkey, and
Jordan) nearly double to 40,000 relocated annually from 2018.
plans would also expand the countries from which asylum seekers would be
Immigration public opinion
Even Remainers now back a 'hard' Brexit: Most Brits want to regain full control of our borders and to become free of meddling EU judges, survey reveals
and Kate Ferguson
Daily Mail, 12 August 2017.
Most Remain voters now back a Brexit that gives Britain a clean
break from the EU and control back of our borders, a major study has found.
The survey of 3,293 people by the London School of Economics
(LSE) and Oxford University found that when questioned in detail about
their views, many favoured the elements of a so-called 'hard Brexit'. ...
The issue of EU citizens' rights after Brexit was found to be the
most divisive in the poll, with Remain voters strongly supporting those
already in the UK staying indefinitely - something Leavers strongly oppose.
On immigration, neither group supports continuing free movement,
although Remain voters feel less strongly about the issue than Leavers.
The most popular scenarios for both voters give the UK full control
over its borders, with Remainers supporting immigration but Leavers
favouring few to no arrivals.
Terrorism France, Europe
Jihadists are trying to destroy French soldiers' nerves via string of attacks, expert says
Daily Express, 12 August 2017.
A security expert said France-based jihadists had launched a war of
attrition against the country's security forces in an attempt to fray
soldiers' nerves and wear down the armed forces.
Montbrial, the former head of France's Centre for Analysis, Planning and
Strategy (CAPS), told the French daily Le Figaro, said: "All terrorist
attacks that have taken place since January have been against soldiers or
"It's not a coincidence. Jihadists are simply
trying to wear down security forces via a string of small-scale, random
attacks that are almost impossible to prevent."
have become more rudimentary and an attack could occur anywhere and at
anytime, meaning that police and intelligence and security services are
"always on the alert," Mr de Montbrial added. ...
terrorist threat to the West, Mr de Montbrial continued, will endure for
years to come.
"The terror threat is here to stay. French ISIS
fighters will return home from Syria or Iraq, and one battle-hardened
jihadist alone can radicalise dozens of people," he warned, adding that
France was "teeming with radicalised Muslims" and should therefore brace
itself for another Paris-style attack.
Emigration Indian students
Study abroad: Why Indians prefer to go overseas to pursue UG courses
Indian Express, 12 August 2017.
Studying abroad is a common dream among many Indian students such
that the number of students applying for universities in other countries
has been on the rise with every passing year. This hype can be observed
with reports like the 2016 Open Doors Report on International Educational
Exchange which has pointed out that international students at US colleges
have surpasses one million in the academic year of 2015-16.
Meanwhile the Indian Students Mobility report, 2016 noted that about 85 per
cent of Indian students looking for colleges abroad tend to head towards
USA, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. ...
The second reason
why students want to go abroad is because they think that their future is
outside India. They believe that by pursuing an undergraduate degree in a
foreign country they can get a job there and eventually land the country's
citizenship. Settling down in USA, UK, Australia and some other such
countries is attractive to many.
Crime child abuse, racism
Racist rapists handed lower sentences because their victims were WHITE
Daily Express, 12 August 2017.
Asian rape gangs who target white teenagers are not handed longer
jail sentences because of political correctness and fear among the
judiciary, the Government's senior legal advisor has said.
white girls have been brutally raped and sexually abused by extensive gangs
of Asian men in towns and cities across Britain - yet when it comes to
sentencing - the race aspect has been largely ignored, he claimed.
Now legal experts are calling for British judges to properly defend
the girls who are targeted because of their skin colour. ...
Robert Buckland Solicitor General has said racism should always be
considered in the type of organised sex attacks which have blighted
Mr Buckland said sex attacks based on race "cuts all ways"
and that the race of those involved should be "front and centre" when it is
clear a certain race has been actively targeted - whatever that race may
Mr Buckland blamed the PC brigade for putting political
correctness and fear of being labelled racist over the rights for sex
He said there was "institutional reticence" when it comes
to Asian men abusing white girls.
UK could face Islamist threat for decades, former MI5 chief warns
BBC, 11 August 2017.
The UK may continue to face the threat of Islamist terrorism for
another "20 to 30 years", the former head of MI5 has said.
Evans told BBC Radio 4's Today programme the issue was a "generational
problem" and that the UK needed to "persevere" with efforts to defeat it.
Lord Evans stepped down as the director general of the security
service MI5 in 2013 at a time when it seemed that the terrorism threat from
al-Qaeda might be subsiding.
But now, with the rise of the
so-called Islamic State militant group, he said the threat was unlikely to
end soon. ...
"Since 2013 there have been 19 attempted attacks
that have been disrupted and even since the attack at Westminster we are
told there have been six disruptions, so this is a permanent state of
He added: "We're at least 20 years into this. My
guess is that we will still be dealing with the long tail in over 20 years'
Speaking on Radio 4's Today, the head of national
counter-terrorism policing called the current Islamist threat a "cultish
movement" compared to al-Qaeda and the IRA who were "a very tight network
of wicked individuals".
Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said:
"You've got that range of people who have picked up that ideology and come
up with their own plan based on the encouragement of the propaganda all the
way through to the more organised directed attacks." ...
the change in tempo of the threat was "quite dramatic" considering in four
years 13 terror plots were foiled compared to six in the last few months.
Racism crime, sexual abuse, sentencing
'Racist' Asian sex gangs: MPs demand tougher sentences for grooming young white girls
Martin Evans and Steven Swinford
Daily Telegraph, 11 August 2017.
Britain's courts should treat Asian Muslim grooming gangs behind
the abuse of hundreds of white teenage girls as racially aggravated
criminals, leading MPs and campaigners have demanded.
was issued as senior politicians and prosecutors admitted that political
correctness may have stopped the gangs being properly pursued and punished
after another ring of Asian mainly Muslim sex offenders was convicted in
The Attorney General was facing calls to review the
sentences of several members of the 18-strong Newcastle gang after it
emerged the apparently racially-aggravated nature of their crimes was not
reflected in their punishment.
The men, mostly of Pakistani and
Bangladeshi origin were convicted of plying vulnerable and underage white
girls with drink and drugs before sexually abusing and raping them. ...
Under sentencing guidelines, crimes that include race or religion
are considered more serious and the court has a duty to take it into
account when sentencing.
But nowhere in the judge's sentencing
remarks has the race of the victims been raised as an aggravating factor.
Lord MacDonald, the former director of public prosecutions,
said it was clear these were "profoundly racist crimes" and said the issue
needed to be confronted head on. ...
In another twist it emerged
that some of the victims of Asian grooming gangs have been arrested for
using racist language against their abusers. Det Constable Maggie Oliver,
who helped expose the Rochdale grooming scandal, told BBC's Radio 4's
PM programme: "I can give you numerous examples of victims abused as
children who have been charged with racially aggravated public order
offences for shouting names that have a racial element to their abusers.
Why is there no parity?"
Racism sexual crime, Islamophobia
On abuse it's time to call a spade a spade
Daily Telegraph, 11 August 2017.
It's official. The BBC has finally given itself permission to
acknowledge in passing that the spate of gang-related child
abuse scandals scarring English towns and cities is being carried out
predominantly by men of "Asian" origin. Even so, the most important aspect
of the story was deemed to be the fact that Northumbria Police had paid an
informer, himself a convicted abuser, to help crack the case. No doubt
desperate to avoid being accused of stigmatising a community, the BBC did
its best to turn this utterly routine practice into a matter of
But even its own journalists were embarrassed by the
ploy. Mark Easton, the Corporation's redoubtable home affairs editor, broke
the long taboo on the Ten O'Clock News, speaking passionately of the
dozens of cases in which gangs of "predominantly Asian men [are] sexually
exploiting predominantly young white women and girls". Labour, hitherto
lamentably limp on the issue in deference to its dependence on minority
voters, spoke up, too. Sarah Champion, MP for Rotherham, abandoned the
weaselly standby that "abusers come from all communities" to call this
crime what it is: an organised assault on white children by people from a
specific minority group. ...
And the scale of their crimes is
industrial. In Rotherham over 1,400 children were gang-raped, forced to
watch sexual assault on other children, drugged and trafficked. /.../ Dame
Louise Casey's unflinching report last year laid the horror bare; and spoke
of the political corruption that allowed it to go unchecked. To Ms
Champion's credit, she dismissed criticism from what she called "the floppy
Left", saying that the authorities had consistently ignored these crimes
because "people are more afraid to be called racist than they are afraid to
be wrong about calling out child abuse". ...
But as the impressive
Chief Constable of Northumbria, Steve Ashman, told the media, these crimes
will never be prevented unless and until we can speak openly about what is
taking place. Unfortunately, we still have some way to go. For example,
while most of the perpetrators are indeed Asian they are not all Pakistani;
and Mr Ashman said yesterday that his force had arrested Iraqis, Afghans,
Turks and people from other nationalities. ...
perpetrators have in common is their proclaimed faith. They are Muslims,
and many of them would claim to be practising. ...
If we are going
to call a spade a spade, then we should do so without embarrassment. But
our elites have replaced their old fear of being called racist with a new
bogey. It comes to something then the BBC prefers to risk being condemned
for racism than expose itself to the charge of Islamophobia.
Multiculturalism culture, crime
Cultural terrorism is as dangerous as bombs and bullets
Daily Express, 11 August 2017.
George Orwell wrote in 1941 that "the gentleness of English
civilisation is its most marked characteristic". How poignant those words
now sound today as our society is plagued by alien barbarism and cruel
The apostles of political correctness talk of the
joys of diversity but mass immigration has led to the wholesale import of
primitive, misogynistic, often brutal values that are utterly inimical to
those of traditional, well-ordered Britain.
incidence of abuse inflicted on vulnerable white girls by predatory Asian,
overwhelmingly Muslim, sex gangs is a prime illustration of this social
A 13-year-old described how she was drugged then
driven to a flat, where she was repeatedly gang-raped under a Kurdish flag.
There could be no greater symbol of the moral degradation that
multiculturalism has inflicted on modern Britain.
In recent decades
we have been forced to live in the shadow of violent Islamic extremism. But
the rapacious Muslim sex gangs demonstrate that we should be equally
concerned about cultural terrorism. Fear, intimidation and savagery come
not just from the threat of bombs and knives. They also come from brutish
practices that should have no place in Britain. ...
In an act of
wilful folly our politicians decided to turn many of our urban
neighbourhoods into outposts of the Middle East, Africa and Asia, with all
their attendant sexual violence and intimidation. Nor is the cultural
terrorism confined to the predatory gangs. It can also be found in the
growing catalogue of acid attacks, the institutionalised acceptance of
Sharia courts, the spread of misogynistic dress codes such as the burka and
the prevalence of female genital mutilation, all developments that would
have been completely unthinkable in Britain before the era of mass
Other disturbing features of this moral decline are
reflected in human trafficking, organised welfare abuses, ballot box fraud,
exploitative labour on poverty pay, overcrowded housing and the erosion of
free speech in the face of Islamist grievance. ...
like the police, town halls and social services, who should have been
upholding decent values, instead allowed cultural terrorism to flourish in
our midst because of craven anxieties about accusations of Islamophobia and
Too many officials, keen to uphold the flawed creed of
multiculturalism, swallowed the fashionable propaganda that ethnic
minorities are always the victims and white people always the oppressors.
So they ended up colluding with pitiless racist, misogynistic criminals to
deny justice to abused, under-age girls.
Despite the welcome
verdicts this week in Newcastle it will take far more than one case to save
our civilisation after years of this cowardly institutionalised paralysis.
Illegal immigration crime, Europe
The reality of Europe's migrant crisis
Spectator blog, 11 August 2017.
So here's an interesting thing. Footage so striking that even the
BBC has run with it. This is the film of a migrant boat landing on a beach
in the south of Spain. In recent years for a whole variety of reasons,
Spain has avoided the worst of the migrant crisis. Perhaps that's why these
images have broken through where the daily images from Italy this summer
Anyway, it's hard to think of a more vivid encapsulation
of the ongoing suicide of our continent than this one. ...
These young men from a range of sub-Saharan African countries have come to
Europe for a hundred different reasons and they will stay in Europe. Most
will try to move northwards. And along the way the only employment most of
them will find will be working with illegal gangs made up of people from
their countries of origin.
Immigration abroad Spain
Spain could top Greece for 2017 migrant sea arrivals, as video emerges of beach being 'stormed'
Hannah Strange and Nick Squires
Daily Telegraph, 11 August 2017.
Spain could surpass Greece this year as a gateway for migrants
entering Europe by sea, international monitors warned on Thursday, as the
number of arrivals swells to treble that of 2016.
Amid a crackdown
on migration through Libya, more than 8,000 people have turned to the
so-called Western Mediterranean Route from Morocco into Spain this year,
compared to 2,500 during the same period in 2016.
sunbathers on a beach near Cadiz were shocked to see a black rubber dinghy
loaded with migrants landing on the shore, its occupants quickly leaping
from the vessel and running away.
Jose Maraver, head of the
Maritime Rescue centre in nearby Tarifa, told the Telegraph that a second
boat had landed on another beach in the area on Thursday while two vessels
had to be rescued. This was now a regular occurrence along that stretch of
coast, he said. ...
Penny Lawrence, deputy chief executive of
Oxfam GB, said that safe routes to Europe must be provided. "Outsourcing
the policing of our borders to Libya isn't the solution," she added.
Illegal immigration Netherlands
Dutch port cities increasingly struggle with Albanian stowaways: report
NL Times, 11 August 2017.
Dutch harbors with ferries to England are increasingly faced with
Albanians trying to secretly cross to the United Kingdom, according to the
Volkskrant. Over the past few months, hundreds of Albanian stowaways were
caught in IJmuiden, Hoek van Holland, Europoort and Vlissingen. ...
... The stowaways from Albania are trying to reach England because
they have a better there to be granted asylum or to find work as an
Immigration abroad Germany, deportation
Germany under 'great illusion' it can deport failed asylum seekers senior official
RT, 11 August 2017.
A "great illusion" prevails in Germany over the deportation of
failed asylum applicants, Bavarian premier Horst Seehofer argued, adding it
is unrealistic to expel all migrants once they are in the country.
It is much more humane for European countries to protect common
borders and decide on the spot whom to allow in than to accept migrants en
masse and struggle to deport failed applicants, said Seehofer.
politician, who also leads the Christian Social Union (CSU), the Bavarian
sister party to Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU), told
Focus magazine on Friday it was "almost impossible to send back migrants
once they are in the country."
"I say this having a nine-year
experience as [Bavaria's] prime minister," Seehofer told German magazine
Focus. "A great illusion prevails in Germany when it comes to the issue of
deportations," the politician said.
UK: Still Welcoming Jihadis
Gatestone Institute, 11 August 2017.
The British Prime Minister's June declaration, that when it came to
terrorism in the UK, "enough is enough", already looks like little more
than rhetoric. ...
At almost precisely this time last year, two
clerics from Pakistan toured the UK. Muhammad Naqib ur Rehman and Hassan
Haseeb ur Rehman are well-known clerics in their native country. Not the
least of the reasons for their fame or notoriety is that they
took a particularly strong line on the issue of Mumtaz Qadri. /.../ In
January 2011, Qadri murdered the man he was employed to look after.
Qadri's action were hugely divisive both in Pakistan and in the
global Pakistani diaspora. After a trial that same year, Qadri was found
guilty of the murder and sentenced to death a sentence that was
carried out in February 2016.
That event brings us back to the two
clerics, Hassan Haseeb ur Rehman and Muhammad Naqib ur Rehman. After
Qadri's conviction, on at least one occasion Hassan Haseeb ur Rehman
delivered a hysterical speech supporting the murder of Taseer, while his
fellow cleric, Muhammad Naqib ur Rehman, looked on approvingly from the
platform. The video of this occasion has now been removed from YouTube,
where it had previously been hosted. ...
... Nevertheless, on
their visit to the UK last summer, the two clerics were allowed to talk at
mosques up and down the UK, including in Prime Minister Theresa May's own
constituency. By way of explanation, as the imam of the Madina Mosque and
Islamic Centre in Oldham, Zahoor Chishti, said of the two clerics, "They
have got hundreds of thousands of followers in the UK." ...
that occasion it was perhaps possible to claim that the UK government were
ignorant about whom they were allowing into the UK. ...
is there in a country which has now seen and suffered the effects of
Islamist terror so many times, a country that the Prime Minister has
claimed has had "enough" of this terror, for precisely the same two clerics
to return to the UK for another tour? /.../ another tour of the UK and
Europe this one lasting up until August 27.
members of the British government could have claimed to have been ignorant
of the views of these two clerics. They could have pretended that they did
not know that they were allowing into the UK two men principally known for
encouraging the murder of apostates. They could have pretended to have been
ignorant of the beliefs of two men who like to whip up crowds to praise
murderers. They could have been unaware that such people were going to
speak to thousands of UK Muslims. But they cannot be unaware this year. So
what are the excuses for letting them in? Are there any?
Crime sexual abuse, Asian gangs, white girls
Some communities are not doing enough to tackle Asian grooming gangs, warns Chief Constable
Daily Telegraph, 10 August 2017.
There is not enough shame and stigma attached to child sexual
exploitation in some communities, a senior police chief has said, as an
Asian grooming gang was found guilty of drugging and abusing vulnerable
girls in Newcastle upon Tyne.
As the final five members of an 18
strong gang were convicted of a string of appalling abuse against white
girls, Chief Constable Steve Ashman, of Northumbria Police, described
tackling such exploitation as the "challenge of our generation".
said until such behaviour was considered socially unacceptable in all
communities, the problem would never be completely eradicated.
Newcastle is the latest city in which the activities of an Asian
grooming gang has been exposed, following on from Rochdale, Oxford,
Rotherham and Derby.
During a series of trials, which can only now
be fully reported, it emerged that the gang, which was made up of men from
Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq and Turkey, abused girls after
luring them to parties where they were plied with drink and drugs, ...
The gang operated in the west end of Newcastle, ferrying the same
group of at least 22 victims between addresses where they were barricaded
in rooms with furniture and subjected to degrading ordeals.
Newcastle Crown Court heard how many of the gang members had
"contempt" for white women, illustrated when one of the men launched a
tirade against a female ticket inspector on the Tyne and Wear Metro system.
Speaking after the final guilty verdicts were delivered, Mr
Ashman said: "We have thrown the kitchen sink at this - a team of 50
officers have worked on this inquiry for almost three and a half years and
continue to do so.
"There has been no political correctness here.
These are criminals and there has been no hesitation in arresting them and
targeting them using all the means at our disposal."
But he said
while many of the communities across the city had been appalled by the
offending and had helped the police, it was clear there was still a problem
in getting some to take it seriously.
He said: "The sexual
exploitation of vulnerable people is in my opinion the challenge of our
generation. It is a huge task that we are faced with."
He went on:
"Given the number of men that we have arrested, 461 in total, clearly
somewhere along the line something has gone wrong if it has become
acceptable to entice, through alcohol, drugs or just through bullying and
violence, vulnerable people into sex.
"This behaviour can never be
tolerated... It has to become socially unacceptable in every community to
behave in this way."
Crime slavery, EU, UK
Migrant crisis triggers heightened risk of slavery in EU supply chains, say analysts
The Guardian, 10 August 2017.
The migrant crisis has increased the risk of slavery and forced
labour tainting supply chains in three-quarters of EU countries over the
past year, researchers have found.
Romania, Italy, Cyprus and
Bulgaria all key entry points into Europe for migrants vulnerable to
exploitation were identified by risk analysts as particularly
vulnerable to slavery and forced labour. ...
Europe, such as North Korea and South Sudan, were judged to be at the
greatest risk of modern slavery, but the researchers said the EU showed the
largest increase in risk of any region over the past year. ...
found that even the EU's largest economies were not immune. The UK, which
introduced the Modern Slavery Act in 2016, has experienced a slight
negative shift in its scores, moving from low risk to medium.
Illegal immigration politics, Conservative Party
'It isn't achievable!' Expert bashes Theresa May over pledge to clamp down on immigration
Daily Express, 10 August 2017.
A former Home Office speechwriter has hit out at Theresa May over
her pledge to slash net migration in the UK to under 100,000 a year,
insisting it "isn't achievable".
Alasdair Palmer said the Prime
Minister was wrong to keep the Tory pledge and said Britain did not have
the "immigration infrastructure" to clamp down on people entering the
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live's Emma Barnett, he said
ultimately it would be up to those from other countries to decide they did
not want to live in the UK.
He said: "I think she probably was
[wrong], realistically it isn't achievable unless there is some major
change in terms of the desire of immigrants from poor countries to come to
the northern Europe in order to better their lives, you can't blame them
"But we simply don't have the immigration infrastructure,
the capacity really, to prevent people from coming who want to come."
Mr Palmer slammed the Government, which he said "doesn't talk
about" illegal immigration and how to reduce it.
He said: "There's
also illegal immigration which may be what people are most worried about.
"According to polls, it is what people are most worried about but
the Government doesn't talk about it at all.
"But the Home Office
certainly knows about it, it produces its own estimate... they felt that it
was running between 150,000 and 250,000 every year.
doesn't talk about it because the Government doesn't know what to do about
Crime Vietnamese, slavery, drugs
Revealed: How Vietnamese gangs are using UK nail bars to traffic women
i News, 10 August 2017.
Avon and Somerset police would not reveal any details of the
nationalities of those arrested, but Southmead is the same area where, in
November 2013, police tracked down a 16 year old Vietnamese girl brutalised
and trafficked into sex work. ...
That case was one of many that
persuaded the then Home Secretary, Theresa May, to announce plans for a
Modern Slavery Bill, which became law on 26 March 2015. ...
However, the Government's subsequent approach to modern slavery has
left many people scratching their heads.
Last December, 97 women
working in nail salons were arrested for immigration offences. The majority
were Vietnamese nationals, but the number also included suspected
immigration offenders from Mongolia, Ghana, China, Nigeria, Pakistan and
In its 2014 report, Trafficking for Forced Criminal
Exploitation in Europe, researchers led by Anti-Slavery International
showed that Vietnam is the single largest source country for child victims
of trafficking, mainly for cannabis cultivation. Profits can be worth
millions, and are often laundered through other businesses owned by the
criminal organisation, such as nail bars, before being physically moved as
cash back to Vietnam. ...
The true scale of MSHT within the UK is
unknown. In 2014, the Home Office estimated that there were between
1013,000 victims of human trafficking in the UK a range the
NCA says remains the most robust quantitative assessment available.
Multiculturalism Islamisation, France, Europe
Mosques taking over churches in France
Michael F. Haverluck
OneNewsNow, 10 August 2017.
The mosque invasion of churches in France has been going on for
decades, but with the recent election of pro-Islam French President
Emmanuel Macron and the attitude of entitlement of new Muslim immigrants,
the tide is surging like never before. ...
In fact, Il Folgio
Cultural Editor Giuliu Meotti stressed that mosques are going up in record
numbers while Christian churches are being bulldozed to the ground on a
regular basis. ...
While churches are being leveled, mosques are
being built with virtually no restrictions with many being
subsidized by the French government. ...
"Germany and France have
the largest Muslim populations among European Union member countries," Pew
Research reported. "As of 2010, there were 4.8 million Muslims in Germany
(5.8 percent of the country's population) and 4.7 million Muslims in France
(7.5 percent). In Europe overall, however, Russia's population of 14
million Muslims (10 percent) is the largest on the continent."
was also noted that the number of Muslims will swell to become 10.3 percent
of France's population by 2030, with Great Britain's increasing to 8.2
percent at that time. ...
The leaps and bounds the Muslim
population is making in France over native Europeans was emphasized by the
statistic that every week, nearly two new mosques are erected.
"Nearly 2,400 mosques today, compared to 1,500 in 2003, is the most
visible sign of the rapid growth of Islam in France a consequence of
a population of immigrant origin and the process of strong
re-Islamization," the French magazine Valeurs Actuelles reported in
a piece alerting the French about the Islamic "invasion."
Crime knife crime, stop and search
Met police chief says more stop and search may help reduce knife crime
The Guardian, 9 August 2017.
The Metropolitan police commissioner has defended the use of stop
and search in tackling rising knife crime and spoken of her determination
to fight the perception that it is disproportionately used against black
and Asian communities.
Speaking to BBC Asian Network, Cressida Dick
said many frontline officers believed a decrease in stop and search was a
contributory factor behind the recent rise in knife crime.
answer to a caller from the West Midlands, where there has been a spate of
fatal stabbings, Dick said: "We have probably had a 20% increase [in knife
crime in London] in the last year and that is not acceptable to me, so I am
encouraging my officers to do stop and search as one of many things that
will help to bring this number down." ...
Figures show black people
are still four times more likely than white people to be stopped. Race
relations experts warned Dick that any increase in stop and search would
further alienate communities.
But Dick insisted that police were
using the tactic fairly, saying: "In London about one in three stop and
searches result in something being found. That shows we not just doing
Asked about concerns that people are being searched
because of the colour of their skin, Dick said: "We need to fight that
perception; we are absolutely not doing that. It has no place in modern
policing. Our outcome rate, one in three positive, is the same whether you
are black or white, or whoever you are.
"The perception might be
that we stop lots of, for example, young black men and we don't find
anything. We do. I'm sorry to say we find the same rate among people of
colour and the people not of colour that we stop. That is not
disproportionate, that shows fairness in terms of our activity."
Illegal immigration border security
Migrants make 30,000 illegal bids to get into the UK from Calais this year despite costly security measures around the port and Channel Tunnel
Mario Ledwith and Peter
Daily Mail, 9 August 2017.
Migrants have made 30,000 attempts to reach Britain from Calais
this year despite costly security measures.
The French interior
ministry logged 17,867 efforts to break into the fortified zone around the
port and Channel Tunnel.
Asylum seekers also tried 12,349 times to
stow away on UK-bound lorries. ...
A direct comparison with figures
from last year is not available. But previous estimates from the French
authorities suggested there were between 25,000 and 28,000 attempts to
breach border security around Calais from January to August 2016.
All the statistics relate to individual attempts to find a way into
Britain and may represent multiple efforts by the same people. It remains
unclear how many migrants have sneaked into Britain this year through
Immigration abroad Europe
New alarm as 115,000 more boat migrants reach Europe
Daily Express, 9 August 2017.
Europe is in the grip of a new migrant onslaught with more than
115,000 reaching the mainland by sea this year, figures show.
95,215 new arrivals made it to Italy after crossing the Mediterranean from
north Africa, with the remainder pouring in through Greece, Cyprus and
EU officials claimed the bloc had "redoubled its efforts" to
stop the flood but last night German intelligence warned that tens of
thousands more migrants could arrive via the Balkans. ...
migration agency yesterday said 115,109 made it to Europe between January 1
and August 2.
Border controls landing cards
Landing cards are an essential tool for controlling our borders
Daily Express, 9 August 2017.
Anyone who arrives in the UK is given a landing card if they're not
from the EU. They have to fill out their name, date of birth and address in
the UK, as well as how long they plan to stay. ...
sensible and appropriate for the Government to be planning to move to a
digital system that would be easily scannable and easily referenced by the
authorities. But when it comes to governments and computer software nothing
is ever straightforward. ...
This time round the problem isn't
useless software: it's that we haven't even got to the stage of having any
software up and running. Because although the Government is consulting on a
new digital system nothing is ready. Yet it has already announced that it
is planning to scrap landing cards and will do so more or less now. ...
The Home Office, which administers landing cards, says it will save
just £3.6 million a year. ...
But as Tim Loughton, the former
acting chairman of the Home Affairs select committee puts it:
defies logic at a time when so much effort is being put into improving
border security to remove a longstanding tool like this without a proper
replacement and for what is a relatively small saving." Yes we need a new
and better system than landing cards but scrapping them until we have that
system is simply mad.
Immigration conversations, public opinion
Seeking balance: Ipswich National Conversation on immigration
British Future, 9 August 2017.
Most people in Ipswich take a 'balanced' view on immigration,
according to the first-ever detailed research on public attitudes in the
town on this issue. Majorities in three research groups said that migrants
made a contribution to the economy but voiced concerns about numbers and
the pace of change in parts of Ipswich, as well as the draw of benefits and
pressures on public services.
Ipswich is one of 24 towns and cities
across the UK that has so far been part of the National Conversation on
Immigration, the biggest-ever public consultation on the issue, which
will visit a total of 60 locations by spring next year. People in the area
are invited to have their say in an online survey at
www.nationalconversation.org.uk and national opinion polling will also form
part of a final report to the Home Affairs Committee in 2018.
findings of the National Conversation feed into the Immigration Inquiry run
by the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee, providing an opportunity
for members of the public to have their say on immigration policy after
Brexit in a way that will be heard by decision-makers. Two citizens' panels
were held in Ipswich as part of the survey one male, one female
as well as a stakeholders meeting including representatives from
local businesses, universities and civil society organisations. ...
Made possible by funds raised by the public in memory of Jo Cox MP
after her tragic murder last year, the National Conversation on Immigration
is coordinated by British Future and anti-prejudice campaigners HOPE Not
Hate and takes place in a different town each week, in every region and
nation of the UK. As well as the citizens' panel, the organisers meet local
organisations, councillors and business leaders in each location to hear
Barnardo's under fire for using photo of a white girl in campaign against female genital mutilation
MailOnline, 9 August 2017.
Children's charity Barnado's has come under fire for using a photo
of a white girl to publicise a campaign against female genital mutilation
An estimated 20,000 girls suffer in the UK a year at the
hands of FGM, but a disproportionate amount of these are from African or
Middle Eastern families.
The group tweeted: 'FGM is particularly
prevalent during school holidays. Here are some signs a girl may be at
risk' and linked to an article about the horrifying subject.'
However, the group was forced to backtrack into an apology after it
chose to use a picture of a causasian girl to accompany it. ...
Five days after the original tweet, after some of the criticism had
begun to attract attention, Barnardo's tweeted an apology, but also warned
it is also an issue for white girls.
Immigration characteristics, statistics
House of Commons Library publishes briefing on the migrant population of the UK
Electronic Immigration Network, 8 August 2017.
The House of Commons Library last week published a usefully concise
and factual look at the migrant population of the UK over the last decade.
In the 24-page briefing paper, the House of Commons Library
examines the trends in the EU and non-EU migrant populations living in the
UK since 2007, and it provides an overview of the characteristics of
migrants living in the UK, including ethnicity, religion, age structure and
The briefing paper distinguishes between the
'foreign born' and 'foreign national' population, though the House of
Commons Library notes that both definitions have limitations as measures of
the migrant population.
Some of the key points from the briefing
The number of foreign born people living in the
UK increased from around 6.3 million in Q1 2007 to 9.3 million in Q4 2016.
The proportion of the population born abroad grew from 10.4% to 14.3%.
The number of foreign nationals increased from 3.8
million (6.4%) to 6.0 million (9.3%). The difference between the two groups
largely reflects the number of foreign born people who have obtained
British citizenship over time.
EU and non-EU migrants
display different patterns of change over the period. The number of non-EU
born people (5.7 million in 2016) has remained higher than the number of
EU-born migrants (3.5 million in 2016).
In contrast, the
number of non-EU nationals increased from 2.3 million in 2007 to 2.5
million in 2016, compared with EU nationals who more than doubled over the
period (from 1.5 million to 3.5 million). ...
population is not distributed equally across the countries and regions of
the UK. London is the region with the highest proportion of migrants:
foreign born people comprised 38% of all residents, while foreign nationals
made up 23%.
A higher proportion of people born in non-EU
countries live in London, relative to EU-born residents. ...
A larger proportion of migrants are of working-age (16-64), compared with
the UK population as whole. In Q4 2016, 81% of foreign born people were of
working-age, compared with 63% of all people living in the UK.
In Q4 2016 around 50% of the foreign born population was
White, compared with 86% of the UK population as a whole. ...
In Q4 2016 there were around 5.6 million foreign born people
in employment (18% of the total). As a whole, foreign born people were less
likely to be in work than UK-born people. Employment rates for migrants,
however, vary considerably among country groupings. The employment rate for
EU-born people aged 16-64 (80%) was higher than for UK-born people (75%).
Among non-EU countries, migrants born in countries in Oceania had the
highest employment rate (87%) and migrants born in the Middle East and
Central Asia the lowest (46%).
A smaller share of EU-born
migrant were employed in high skilled occupation than non-EU migrants. 21%
of EU migrants were employed in elementary occupations, compared with 8% of
Border controls landing cards
Plans to scrap landing cards for millions of non EU travellers 'threaten to undermine border security', Government is warned
Daily Mail, 8 August 2017.
Plans to scrap landing cards for travellers arriving from non-EU
countries threaten to undermine border security, a former immigration
official warned last night.
David Wood, former director general of
immigration at the Home Office, said the cards were a 'useful intelligence
He told the Times: 'It seems the most incredible haste to
abandon the system of landing cards. We could access them to find out where
someone was staying or where they had stayed if we were carrying out an
About 16 million visitors and migrants fill in
landing cards when they arrive at ports and airports across the UK.
But the cards are set to be scrapped later this year, to save
millions of pounds a year and speed travellers through passport control.
At the weekend ministers said the system of cards - which was
introduced in 1971 was outdated and would go from October to be replaced by
a digital system.
However, a consultation document yesterday
suggested the new digital system might not be up and running until the end
of the year.
Border controls security
Ready on Day One to take back control of immigration
ConservativeHome, 8 August 2017.
[Charlie Elphicke is MP for Dover and Deal]
Post Brexit, free movement will end. This means we will need to
extend our full border control systems from the current 12.5 million to a
further 25.5 million visitors to the United Kingdom. Until now, travellers
from the EU have been subject to the same border checks as UK citizens.
Post Brexit, this will change. ...
So how can we be ready on day
one to take back control of our borders? As things stand, we are behind the
times in gaining valuable information and raising the money to pay for it.
/.../ Charging visitors £10 a time would raise a lot of cash. For
example, 25.5 million EU visitors a year paying £10 would provide
about £255 million. Given the Borders budget is currently some
£550 million, moving into line with what other nations are doing would
fund a 50 per cent increase in the Borders budget.
money, a visa waiver system provides a wealth of information. Information
we could use to strengthen our wider security and intelligence effort. ...
Ending uncontrolled EU immigration will allow us to take back
control of our jobs market too. /.../ We should not be afraid to challenge
big business to invest more in people.
Prevent critics 'have failed to understand its fantastic results'
Evening Standard, 8 August 2017.
One of Scotland Yard's most senior counter-terrorism officers says
critics of the Government's anti-radicalisation strategy Prevent have
failed to understand the "fantastic" results it has achieved in protecting
Commander Dean Haydon said the programme where
those vulnerable to radicalisation are referred to the authorities
was about keeping people safe, not spying, as opponents allege.
Haydon, head of the Met's counter-terrorism command, added that it had
stopped some people from being radicalised and others from travelling
abroad to join other extremists.
He also said the programme applied
to all forms of extremism and a third of cases involved people suspected of
far-Right activity or sympathies.
"Some of the criticisms come from
sections of the community that just don't want Prevent to work in the first
place," said Mr Haydon in an interview on the BBC's Asian Network.
Immigration students, numbers
How many international students leave after studying in the UK?
Full Fact, 8 August 2017.
We don't know how many
students return home after studying here, so there's no clear evidence for
this claim. In the words of the Office for National Statistics (ONS):
"There are no official figures that show how many students do not emigrate
and remain in the UK after their studies."
"Most students return home after study."
Diane Abbott, 12 December 2016
At the moment, the
available evidence is contradictory. Most student immigrants come from
outside the EU on a temporary visa, and a minority still have the right to
remain after a few years. Diane Abbott's office pointed us to figures
showing this via a Universities UK report, as well as a Times article
showing that a small minority of students overstay their visas.
the same time, figures showing how many former international students
emigrate are much lower than the figures for students immigrating to the
UK. If accurate, that indicates many more students are remaining in the UK
than the visa figures would suggest. ...
Even though we can't be
sure of all the figures, we do know that student immigration is adding to
the UK population overall. Not all students who come to the UK return home.
The challenge is measuring how many do so, and explaining what's happening
to those who don't.
We don't have precise answers to either
In 2016, an estimated 588,000 people immigrated to
the UK that is, they intended to stay here for at least a year. Of
those, 136,000 said the main reason they came was to study. At the same
time, about 63,000 former student immigrants left the UK.
just compare 136,000 to 63,000 here. They're actually from slightly
different sets of data, but more significantly they're not the same people:
those 63,000 people will have been immigrants from previous years.
But that gap has been fairly consistent over the past few years. In
every year since 2012 around 100,000 more student immigrants have arrived
than former student emigrants have left. And each year the emigration of
former students has accounted for less than half of student immigration.
Employment NHS, nurses
Exclusive: NHS to recruit an army of British nurses after Brexit instead of paying expensive agency staff
Daily Telegraph, 7 August 2017.
The NHS will recruit an army of British nurses after Brexit instead
of paying expensive agency staff under plans being considered by ministers.
Officials in the Department of Health are drawing up a new
workforce plan to create thousands of posts for home-grown nurses amid
concerns that fewer medical professionals will come to the UK after Brexit.
Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, wants to slash the £3
billion bill for agency staff on the NHS amid concerns that some hospitals
are paying locum nurses £2,000 for a single shift.
Immigration abroad Calais, France
Refugees welcome' New Calais migrant camp built NINE MONTHS after Jungle demolished
Daily Express, 7 August 2017.
A new Calais migrant camp is being built just 800 yards from the
original site with a new sign declaring 'refugees welcome'.
The migrants believed to be mostly Ethiopians, Iraqis and
Afghanis have set up shelters while others are sleeping rough in
France's highest court has ordered the government
to fit sanitation and water points to improve the conditions for migrants.
Yet Calais mayor Natacha Bouchart has so refused to implement the
orders, saying it puts locals "under the threat of the creation of another
Last Monday, Mr Collomb announced two new reception
centres opening in the Calais region. He did not condemn Calais' mayor
during the interview, saying: "You have to put yourself in the position of
Immigration abroad France
Emmanuel Macron's plan to tackle migrant crisis crushed by his OWN government
Daily Express, 7 August 2017.
Emmanuel Macron's meddling in the Mediterranean migrant crisis has
landed him in hot water all over again - this time with his own Government.
European Union leaders were left reeling when the French president
unveiled designs to have France solve the mass migration issue between
Libya and Italy.
Without consultation with Italy the main
destination for African migrants Mr Macron announced he would open
refugee camps in migrant hotspots in Africa to try and allocate genuine
refugees before they make the deadly journey across the Mediterranean.
He wanted to set up clean and safe camps abroad to end the burden
on the EU as thousands arrive every week. ...
Minister Gérard Collomb said such plans are extremely far off.
He said: "That type of initiative cannot be currently considered in
Libya, due to the country's situation." ...
Immigration laws are
under review in France as Mr Collomb said those fleeing "war and
persecution" are welcome in France, but it was time to shut down economic
Benefits cheat carried out six-year £100,000 scam to pay for daughters to go to posh private school
The Sun, 7 August 2017.
A benefits cheat scammed £102,000 over six years to pay for
her daughters to go to a private school.
Somali-born Shukri Yusuf,
45, posed as a struggling single mum to claim income support, housing
benefit and council tax cash.
But investigators found she was
married to bus driver Omar Tarab.
Yusuf arrived in Britain in 1999.
She carried out her con in Southall, West London, from June 2008 to
April 2014 and used some of the cash to buy a car. ...
Jonathan Perkins jailed her for six months, suspended for two years, and
ordered her to complete 175 hours of community work.
Isis unit in Syria 'training British jihadis' to launch wave of attacks on UK targets
Independent, 7 August 2017.
A secretive Isis division has been teaching UK fighters to launch
attacks on British soil, according to a fighter reportedly captured by
Kurdish troops in Syria.
The militant described how the unit
trained those involved in the Paris and Brussels attacks. ...
British fighters are said to take part in a rigorous training
regime before flying home to carry out attacks. ...
detailed information, the Isis fighter said that about 50 people went
through the programme from countries including the UK, Belgium, France and
... All recruits had to be willing to give up their lives
for the Isis cause, the militant said. ...
Gilles de Kerchove, the
EU Counterterrorism Coordinator said that one-third of an estimated 5,000
European jihadis who were trained in Syria and Iraq have returned to their
home countries, many undetected by authorities.
Immigration abroad Germany
Germany to resume sending migrants back to Greece
BBC, 7 August 2017.
Germany is set to send asylum seekers back to Greece, although
reception centres there are overcrowded and there is a huge backlog in
Germany had halted such returns under a 2011
ruling by its Constitutional Court. But it can send migrants back under the
EU's Dublin Convention.
That convention says an asylum claim should
be processed in the country where a migrant first entered the EU. ...
According to the report, the transfers to Greece will only affect
migrants who arrived in Germany from mid-March 2017.
Asylum cost, numbers
Refugee housing contractor call
Sunday Telegraph, 6 August 2017.
The Government has begun the search for a private contractor to
take on the next £600m phase of its beleaguered asylum seeker housing
contract, after previous providers G4S, Serco and Clearsprings were hit by
spiralling costs. ...
The contract has proven extremely
problematic, particularly for G4S and Serco. The number of asylum seekers
who needed to be housed jumped dramatically from 25,200 people when the
contract began, to 39,389 at the end of 2016.
Immigration abroad France
Inside Paris' growing migrant problem and the people no-one wants to take in
Herald Sun, 6 August 2017.
Twenty minutes' drive from the chic cafes and boutiques that line
the Champs Elysees is another Paris, one that reeks of urine and rubbish,
where police with machine guns stand guard and hundreds of lethargic young
men slump on cardboard beds under a rail bridge.
in the Porte de la Chapelle district is home to Paris' growing migrant
population, drawn from the hundreds of thousands of mainly African and
Afghan asylum-seekers trying to find a new home in Europe. ...
These are the people no-one wants. Not France, which routinely
sends the police to break up their camps. Not Germany, which is suffering a
political backlash after terror attacks were carried out by a handful of
failed asylum seekers who came with a million migrants at the height of the
Syrian war. ...
This is a familiar story many migrants are
aiming for the UK, where they have relatives, and the welfare system is
more generous. ...
Last week, French President Emmanuel Macron
announced a plan to turn 62 cheap hotels into migrant hostels, as he vowed
to clear migrants off the streets by the end of the year, saying their
situation was "desperate'' and the Government would help.
all governments in Europe, Macron will not go too far in improving
circumstances for migrants for fear of creating a "pull factor''. Right
now, it suits him just fine that Germany has received 598,515 bids for
asylum in a single year, compared to France's 87,550.
Immigration abroad Haitians, Canada
Canada opens Montreal Olympic Stadium to house vast numbers of Haitians fleeing US on foot
International Business Times, 5 August 2017.
Many Haitians living in the US are so afraid they're about to be
deported that they are fleeing on foot across the border into Canada. In
fact, so many Haitian asylum seekers have arrived Quebec that Montreal has
opened up its cavernous Olympic Stadium to house and process them.
In the past week alone, about 400 to 500 Haitians fearing
deportation by US President Donald Trump walked into the province of
Quebec, said Marjorie Villefranche, director of the Maison d'Haiti, a
community group in Montreal that is helping to settle the newcomers.
More than 50,000 victims of Haiti's 2010 earthquake have been
living in the US under a programme that granted them "temporary protected
status". Earlier this year, the Department of Homeland Security extended
their status through January 2018, but officials said in May that
individuals covered under that status should begin acquiring travel
documents to return to Haiti. As many as 60,000 Haitians in the United
States could be sent back to their homeland. ...
Montreal has a
large Haitian community. Mayor Denis Coderre, an outspoken critic of
Trump's immigration policies, greeted new arrivals at the Olympic Stadium
and went onto Twitter to welcome Haitian arrivals and tell them they can
count on the city.
Britain is HELPLESS to stop migrants sneaking in and we need 3,000 more guards to secure our borders properly
The Sun, 4 August 2017.
Britain is helpless to stop migrants sneaking into the UK
and needs 3,000 more Border Force guards for Brexit, it was claimed last
Lucy Moreton, general secretary of the Borders,
Immigration and Customs Union, said London City Airport was the only entry
point in the UK with no Border Force vacancies.
And she warned
there were nowhere near enough staff to respond to DAILY reports of lorry
drops where immigrants are spotted jumping out of a truck or van on
She said a big investment programme was necessary if
Britain was to be ready for extra demands of Brexit in 18 months' time.
She said: "We don't have enough staff to respond to all the
small vessels spotted. We don't have enough cutters to intercept small
vessels at sea.
"We don't have enough people to response when there
are lorry drops. More often than not we can't get there."
Illegal immigration border security
Calais migrants try to enter Britain 18,000 times this year
Daily Express, 4 August 2017.
Calais migrants tried to cross the Channel and enter Britain almost
18,000 times this year alone despite the Jungle camp being cleared.
The former French president Francois Hollande demanded the shanty
town be torn down in October last year - with around 8,000 migrants from
countries including Eritrea, Sudan, Syria and Iraq being dispersed around
However within weeks of the demolition, many gradually
returned to the site.
And now around 1,000 migrants are believed to
be sleeping rough in the area a year on.
An estimated 600 people,
mainly from sub-Saharan Africa and Afghanistan, have returned to Calais but
a further 400, mostly from Iraqi Kurdistan, are sleeping in woods in
Grande-Synthe - 25 miles to the east.
So far this year, the groups
have made 17,867 attempts to get into the ferry port at Calais or into
Eurotunnel's site, according to French police.
Politics Labour Party
New campaign urges Labour to back free movement
BBC, 4 August 2017.
Three Labour MPs have backed a campaign for the party to champion
continued freedom of movement after Brexit.
Clive Lewis, David
Lammy and Geraint Davies have supported the new Labour Campaign for Free
Movement - as have two MEPs and some union leaders.
Jeremy Corbyn has said freedom of movement "ends when we leave the European
Union" and should be replaced by "fair" managed migration.
the campaign says ending free movement would be "counterproductive".
Its founding statement says it is committed to "defending and
extending" free movement of people "in the context of the debate around
Among others signing up to the pro-free movement
Labour campaign are the general secretaries of the TSSA, UCU, and BFAWU
trade unions; the MEPs Julie Ward and Lucy Anderson; the chairman of the
left-wing think tank Compass; and various people from the national
coordinating group of Momentum - formed after Mr Corbyn's successful 2015
Study: Radical Islamists Actually Have Extensive Knowledge of Islam
Breitbart, 4 August 2017.
An Islamic theologian at the University of Vienna has conducted a
study of radical Islamists proving that many have an extensive knowledge of
Islam despite mainstream claims that radical Islamists have little
understanding of their own religion.
In his new 310-page study of
29 radical Islamists, Islamic theologian Ednan Aslan claims religion plays
a far larger role in the actions of jihadists than economic factors and
frustration with society, Die Welt reports. ...
which was financed by the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, also warns
of the effect of radical Islamist Salafist groups which it says provide
support and logistics for jihadists. "Persons with a higher theological
knowledge function as authorities and play a central role in the spread of
ideology," according to the study. ...
"The radical groups and
individuals see themselves as the only true Muslims," the report states.
The Salafists see Western civilisation as the enemy of the Muslim world and
regard it as a decaying society.
A similar German study recently
came to a different conclusion saying that many Islamists did not know much
about Islam and that their radicalisation had more to do with traumatic
events in their life like deaths in the family or drug use. The study, done
by the University of Bielefeld, examined the WhatsApp chats of known
Salafists to come to their conclusions.
Immigration abroad Mediterranean, Italy
The charity boat 'taking deliveries' of migrants from people traffickers: Undercover officers capture criminals 'escorting' vessels to aid ships bound for Italy
Daily Mail, 4 August 2017.
A charity boat operating in the Mediterranean allegedly colluded
with people smugglers to accept multiple 'deliveries' of migrants,
investigators have revealed.
Photographs captured by undercover
officers show the criminals 'escorting' vessels packed with asylum seekers
before being transferred to aid boats bound for Italy.
emerged after Italian authorities carried out their first seizure of a
rescue boat on suspicion of aiding illegal immigration.
photograph appears to show a smuggler waving off a boatload of migrants
after travelling alongside them to within the reach of rescuers.
German charity Jugend Rettet is also accused of towing boats used
to ferry migrants back towards Libya, where most migrants hoping to reach
Europe depart, to be reused by smugglers.
The revelations emerged
after investigators took the unprecedented move of impounding the aid
organisation's vessel, Iuventa, at Lampedusa on Wednesday.
about the alleged collusion were contained in documents outlining the case
prepared by prosecutors in Sicily following months of accusations about
charities co-operating with smugglers. ...
Prosecutors are said to
have gathered evidence from an undercover police officer working on another
boat, along with evidence from workers on Save the Children's Vos Hestia
Illegal immigration crime gang
Spain police bust huge Iran-UK immigration ring
BBC, 3 August 2017.
Police in Spain say they have broken up a large immigration ring
that smuggled Iranians as young as five into the UK.
allegedly supplied fake Spanish passports to Iranian nationals so they
could fly into the UK.
More than 100 people were arrested across
Europe, including the suspected ringleader, who was apprehended at London's
The operation involved Spain's federal police,
London's Metropolitan Police, and European crime agency Europol.
Europol said the group, operating from Malaga in the south of
Spain, charged the migrants about 25,000 (£22,500) each for fake
Spanish passports, travel documents, transfers and accommodation. ...
Dozens of Iranian nationals were also arrested at European
airports, after being found carrying the forged passports.
Hundreds of Albanians who pretended to be from Kosovo to win asylum in Britain may escape deportation following landmark legal test case
Chris Greenwood and Tom
Daily Mail, 3 August 2017.
Hundreds of Albanians who lied to win asylum in Britain could
In a landmark legal test case, a violent
criminal and two other men are claiming that the Home Secretary was wrong
to remove their citizenship.
If the Supreme Court allows their
costly appeal, it will mean up to 300 Albanians who gained entry to Britain
by pretending to be Kosovan cannot be kicked out.
Dinjan Hysaj, 40,
obtained asylum in July 1998 by falsely claiming to be a child refugee from
In 2011 he was jailed for five years after he
glassed a man in a pub in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.
Bakijasi, 44, was exposed in 2007 when his partner returned to Albania in
an attempt to apply for legal immigration status.
Luan Kaziu, 35,
arrived in the UK in 1998 but his claims were exposed as a sham nine years
later, when his wife applied to stay.
Details of the legal fight
came as it was revealed that the Government allowed one Albanian, Ermal
Alijaj, to stay after he lost an asylum bid using fake Kosovan ID but
reapplied under his real name years later. ...
A Home Office
investigation into their cases and hundreds more similar bogus
applications was started in 2007.
But even since their lies
were exposed, they have remained in the UK and fought an extended court
battle, funded by legal aid, costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of
In the meantime, the Home Office has suspended other
hearings to strip citizenship from those who exploited the same ruse to
claim asylum in the 1990s.
In the case of Alijaj, 37, officials
decided that the nine years he spent illegally in the UK bolstered his case
because of the roots he put down.
Immigration public opinion
Majority of British public support free movement of citizens anywhere in the EU, new survey suggests
Independent, 3 August 2017.
A majority of the British public support the free movement of
citizens to live, work, study and do business anywhere in the EU, according
to a new survey mapping public opinion across Europe. ...
barometer of public opinion commissioned by the EU Commission
appears to contradict the commonly held view that British people are not in
favour of free movement.
The survey suggests that up to 70 per cent
of those interviewed in the UK said they were for the statement: "The free
movement of EU citizens who can live, work, study and do business anywhere
in the EU". Just 9 per cent replied "don't know" while 21 per cent
While Italian participants viewed free movement the
least favourably out of all the member states a majority, 69 per cent, were
still for it.
The major survey by the EU Commission was conducted
through face-to-face interviews in May 2017 and a total of 33,180 people
participated across the member states. ...
Just 4 per cent cited
immigration as an issue facing them personally.
Terrorism Europe, Germany
Report: Half of Terror Plots in Germany by 'Refugees', Nation Targeted After Migrant Crisis
Breitbart, 3 August 2017.
More than half (54 per cent) of terror plots in Germany have
involved asylum seekers and refugees since 2014 and the onset of the
The report, by the Heritage Foundation think tank,
found that attacks across Europe by foreign trained militants increased
dramatically in 2016, following the height of the migrant influx, with
Germany becoming a much more popular target.
"The increase in the
threat to Germany is especially stark," the report's authors write. "There
were no plots in Germany in 2014, and only two in 2015. In 2016, this
"There is a straightforward reason for this:
In 2015, Germany took in over 1 million refugees and 2016 saw a surge in
plots involving refugees." ...
In total, 142 Islamism plots claimed
300 lives and more than 1,000 casualties, in 15 European nations, over the
29-month period studied by the think tank.
Across the continent,
around 15 per cent of the plots (142) featured refugees and asylum seekers,
implicated in either planning the attacks alone or as part of a larger
Immigration abroad illegal immigration, cost, USA
Illegal immigrants cost taxpayers nearly $750 billion over lifetime: Report
Washington Times, 3 August 2017.
Deporting the country's estimated 11 million illegal immigrants
would cost nearly $125 billion, but allowing them to remain in the U.S.
could cost taxpayers far more, according to a new report being released
Thursday by a think tank that wants to see stricter immigration limits.
Steven A. Camarota, research director at the Center for Immigration
Studies, crunched the numbers and found that the current population of
illegal immigrants will drain nearly $750 billion from taxpayers over their
lifetimes amounting to six times the deportation costs.
"Sometimes people say look, we couldn't deport everybody because
it's prohibitively expensive," Mr. Camarota said. "But if your only concern
is fiscal cost, it's pretty clear that letting them stay is a hell of a lot
more expensive." ...
The crux of Mr. Camarota's analysis is the
nature of illegal immigrants, who are far more likely to be low-skilled,
less-educated workers than the native-born population. Though they also
don't have access to some services and benefits reserved for citizens and
legal residents, they do get other benefits, such as education.
report last year by the National Academy of Sciences helped put a dollar
figure on the lifetime costs and benefits of immigrants, based on levels of
'Three musketeers' gang might have met Anjem Choudary before Lee Rigby-style terror plot
Daily Telegraph, 2 August 2017.
Members of a terrorist cell who dubbed themselves the "Three
Musketeers" are facing years behind bars for plotting a Lee Rigby-style
attack after a partly secret trial plagued by accusations of police
Two members of the gang, from the West Midlands, sought
out infamous Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant supporter Anjem Choudary
before they prepared to strike police and military targets on British soil,
it can now be reported. ...
Convicted terrorists Ali, 29, Khobaib
Hussain, 25, and Mohibur Rahman, 33, denied preparing an attack and claimed
the incriminating evidence was planted by undercover police officer
Vincent, the boss of a fake firm called Hero Couriers. ...
agreed with him and, after deliberating for more than 22 hours, unanimously
convicted the men of preparing terrorist acts, along with fourth defendant
Tahir Aziz, 38.
Immigration abroad Italy
Italy seizes NGO rescue boat for allegedly aiding illegal migration
Reuters, 2 August 2017.
Italian coastguards seized a migrant rescue boat operated by a
German aid group in the Mediterranean suspected of aiding illegal
immigration from Libya, a prosecutor said on Wednesday.
showed the Iuventa, which is run by Jugend Rettet, arriving at the island
of Lampedusa surrounded by several coastguard vessels after it was stopped
at sea before dawn. ...
It was the first time Italian police have
seized a humanitarian boat. The move came amidst growing suspicion over the
role non-governmental organisations are playing in picking up migrants off
the Libya coast and bringing them to Italian ports.
Immigration abroad universities, racial discrimination, USA
The Department of Justice wants to end race-conscious university admissions
The Economist, 2 August 2017.
The mission of the Department of Justice (DoJ) is "to ensure fair
and impartial administration of justice for all Americans". /.../ On August
1st, another priority was uncovered by the New York Times via a DoJ
staffing memo: a programme coming soon to its civil-rights division to
police colleges and universities for "intentional race-based
discrimination" in their admissions offices.
The worry is not about
bias against blacks and Hispanics, a perennial concern of the DoJ. Quite
the opposite: the "investigations and possible litigation" will scrutinise
universities that promote campus diversity by giving an edge to racial
minorities over whites. Opposition to affirmative action in education is
nothing new. Eight states, including California and Michigan, ban racial
preferences. Private lawsuits are pending against Harvard and the
University of North Carolina. ...
The DoJ will be constrained, for
now, by the Supreme Court's consistent, if narrow, endorsement of
race-aware admissions policies.
Immigration abroad Italy
Aid groups snub Italian code of conduct on Mediterranean rescues
The Guardian / Reuters, 1 August 2017.
Five aid groups that operate migrant rescue ships in the
Mediterranean have refused to sign up to the Italian government's code of
conduct, the Interior Ministry said, but three others backed the new rules.
Charity boats have become increasingly important in rescue
operations, picking up more than a third of all migrants brought ashore so
far this year against less than one percent in 2014, according to the
Italy, fearing that the groups were
facilitating people smuggling from North Africa and encouraging migrants to
make the perilous passage to Europe, proposed a code containing around a
dozen points for the charities.
Immigration abroad Germany
Immigrant population hits new high in Germany
Reuters, 1 August 2017.
The number of people with an immigrant background in Germany rose
8.5 percent to a record 18.6 million in 2016, largely due to an increase in
refugees, the Federal Statistics Office said on Tuesday.
a fifth of the population - 22.5 percent - were first or second generation
immigrants with at least one parent born without German citizenship, the
office said. ...
Around 2.3 million people in Germany have family
links to the Middle East, a rise of almost 51 percent since 2011, and
around 740,000 people have African origins, an increase of 46 percent since
2011, the figures showed.
The vast majority of the immigrant
population, though, had links to other European countries.
Police drop probe into Cambridge University student over tweets claiming 'all white people are racist'
Evening Standard, 1 August 2017.
Police have dropped an investigation into the head of a Cambridge
University equality group after a post on his Twitter claiming "all white
people are racist."
Jason Osamede Okundaye, who runs the Black and
Minority Ethnic society, shared messages on social media on Friday night
after a protest over the death of Rashan Charles in Dalston turned violent.
Tweets sent from the 20-year-old student's Twitter account said
"all white people are racist" and that they had "colonised Dalston."
At the weekend, Cambridgeshire Police said it was investigating
complaints that the tweets incited hatred and violence.
Monday, the force told the Standard the probe had been dropped as there was
"no realistic proposition of a conviction for any offence." ...
Senior Tory MP Bob Blackman said: "This is stirring up racial
hatred unnecessarily - and completely without justification."
Racism Islam, Australia
With friends like these ... Left-wing extremist group DEFENDS halal boss' claims Australian women need Muslim men to fertilise them - calling critics 'racist'
Daily Mail Australia, 1 August 2017.
A violent, left-wing extremist group has defended a leading Islamic
businessman's claim Australian women need Muslim men to fertilise them,
calling his critics 'bigots' and 'racists'.
Authority president Mohamed Elmouelhy told his Facebook followers
Australia's white race would die out within 40 years.
He added that
with Australian men a 'dying breed', local women needed Muslim men to
'fertilise them' and 'keep them surrounded by Muslim babies'.
Despite the outcry on social media last week, left-wing extremist
group Antifa has described Mr Elmouelhy's critics as 'bigots', even though
he had called for 'bigots' to commit suicide. ...
/.../ said Australia's white race 'will be extinct in another 40 years' if
the country is 'left to bigots'.
The Muslim businessman called on
these 'bigots' to kill themselves or plan to die, before a public outcry
led to him making his Facebook page private as critics flooded his social
'Because you are declining, better go choose a plot
for yourself at your local cemetery,' he said.
'If you can't afford
it, commit suicide. It is a cheaper alternative for bigots.' ...
The 2016 Census revealed that Muslims made up 2.6 per cent of the
Australian population, up from 2.2 per cent in 2011.