IMMIGRATION ABROAD EUROPEAN UNION
EU risks IMPLODING over migrant crisis warns Macron as Italy refuses to soften stance
Daily Express, 31 January 2019
The European Union risks "imploding" because of its failure to
solve the migration crisis, exacerbated in recent months by Italy's refusal
to offer humanitarian ships safe port, French President Emmanuel Macron on
"Europe could implode because it is lagging behind in
finding solutions to the problems," and because it has not yet found a fair
"burden-sharing" arrangement, Mr Macron said at the close of a southern
European summit in Cyprus. He said "humane solutions" to handle sea rescues
were needed "more than ever". ...
France abides by three
principles, the 41-year-old centrist said: respect for humanitarian rights
in maritime matters, disembarkation at the nearest safest port and
re-distributing the migrants.
These standards should become a
permanent mechanism, he continued, insisting France had pledged to take its
fair share of migrants rescued at sea.
POPULATION DEMOGRAPHY, ETHNICITY
Demography has become the biggest story on the planet
The Spectator, 31
[Review of Paul Morland's "The Human Tide"]
The author has a moderate bent, and doesn't claim that population
its surging, contraction and migration explains all of human
history. But it comes awfully close. ...
... Since the 1960s,
writing about demography has steadily shifted from regarding high fertility
rates as tragically entrenching poverty to accepting that numbers confer
power. Not mincing words, Morland declares boldly at the outset that
'ethnicity matters politically'. He spells out that 'nations and ethnic
groups are real' and 'they matter in history'. ...
to Morland, 19th-century Europeans managed to project power, exert
influence and claim territory as a consequence of mushrooming domestic
populations whose excess these countries could afford to send all over the
globe. If Great Britain, as the historian Timothy Snyder claims, 'made the
world', it did so, Morland explains, 'by exporting people'. Ergo, people to
spare made the British Empire possible.
The Human Tide shies
from this risky inference, but it's worth asking: if Europe's sending its
extra population abroad projected power, exerted influence and claimed
territory, isn't mass migration from developing nations to the West not
currently doing the same thing? /.../ One plausible explanation for the
rise of identity politics and the ever-increasing role that race plays in
issues of the day is simply mass immigration. Numbers translate directly
into voice and clout.
For at the same time the West has now reached
'the second transition' below-replacement fertility many
developing countries, modernised much later, continue to grow, and on a
scale that makes the population of burgeoning 19th-century Britain look
like a poorly attended cocktail party. Because the primary instruments of
lower mortality and expanded life expectancy were initially of western
invention, the West has inadvertently engineered its own diminishment.
I have only one serious criticism of this excellent book, and
that's a matter of proportion. Thus far, Africa has failed to get with the
programme. Although its fertility rates have come down, they haven't
plummeted nearly as quickly as they were supposed to. Consequently, UN
estimates for the global population at which we're meant to level off, once
heading steadily downwards, now go up every year. By 2050, Africans may
total 2.5 billion, and 4.5 billion by 2100. Given demographic momentum, to
a degree these numbers are baked in. /.../ Morland devotes a scant eight
pages to this crucial continent, and dubiously Pollyanna pages at that.
The author isn't always so demure. He forcefully discounts a
popular mantra of British multiculturalists: 'It may often be said that
England has always been a land of immigration, but this is simply untrue.'
Until very recently, England and Wales have absorbed a tiny,
demographically incidental handful of Huguenots and Jews. The rise of the
population that does not consider itself white British from 2 per cent in
the 1960s to nearly 20 per cent in 2011 is 'historically unprecedented'.
... White Britons are expected to become a minority in Britain
circa 2060 or so. Starting in 1980, white Europeans in California fell from
70 per cent to 40 per cent in a mere 30 years.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD TERRORISM, JIHADISTS, FRANCE
France 'to repatriate 130 suspected Isil members from Syria' over security concerns
Josie Ensor and David
Daily Telegraph, 30 January 2019
France is reportedly planning to repatriate more than 100 French
Isil suspects from Syria amid fears they could lose track of them after US
troops withdraw from the war-torn country.
Some 130 Islamic State
suspects being held in custody by Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in prisons
across northern Syria are to be brought back within the next few weeks,
according to French channel BFMTV.
"All those who will return to
France will be entrusted to the judges. The judge will decide that it will
be necessary to put them in prison," Christophe Castaner, France's Interior
Minister, told BFMTV.
"The Americans are disengaging from Syria...
There are now people in prison who are being held because the Americans are
there and who are going to be released... They'll want to return to
Among those in SDF custody are a number of senior French
Isil leaders including Adrien Guihal, a Muslim who was part of the infamous
Artigat network that masterminded several attacks in France, including one
in Nice which killed 87 people.
Asked if the government was already
planning such an operation, an official told the Telegraph: "None of the
practical details are fixed so far, nor the nature of any operation to
bring them back, nor the exact number of those who would be concerned, nor
a possible date."
The plan provoked outrage on the Right. Eric
Ciotti, a conservative MP from the main opposition party, The Republicans,
said: "The place of jihadists who betrayed our nation and fought our
civilisation is no longer in France. Let them be judged in Iraq or Syria
for their crimes and barbarity."
Marine Le Pen, the far-Right
leader, also took exception to a remark by Mr Castaner that those in Syria
and Iraq "are jihadists, but they were French first."
@CCastaner They are jihadists, they should no longer be French," she
tweeted on Tuesday. ...
Thousands of other foreign Isil members in
SDF detention remain in limbo, including six British male Isil suspects,
seven women and 12 of their children.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD FRAUD, AUSTRALIA
Brother and sister MARRY each other in India to con their way into Australia - and immigration authorities are powerless to stop
Daily Mail Australia, 30 January 2019
A brother and sister married each other in India so they could con
their way into Australia - as authorities investigate a string of similar
The siblings convinced a court to register their
union in Punjab, a state bordering Pakistan, with the woman using documents
belonging to her cousin, who held an Australian visa.
using the falsified documents and fake passports, then travelled as husband
and wife to Australia, where they were granted a spousal visa, The
Australian reported. ...
A spokesman for the Department of Home
Affairs said: 'All identity documentation provided with visa applications
is thoroughly checked... and, where necessary, verified with relevant
authorities in the issuing country.'
The Department said it had no
control over genuine overseas passports which had been obtained using
fraudulent documents. ...
In the past four years, about 1,500
foreign nationals have had partner visas rejected after they were caught
out cheating the system.
Most individuals were found to be
providing misleading information, using fake passports or forged marriage
and birth certificates.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD EUROPEAN UNION
EU Parliament Boss: Efforts to Prevent Mass Migration From Africa a 'Betrayal of Europe'
Breitbart, 30 January 2019
Italian efforts to block migrant boats from Africa is a "betrayal"
of Europe and of its citizens, EU Parliament boss Antonio Tajani has
alleged, insisting Brussels must put in place a permanent mechanism which
would spread third world migrants throughout the bloc.
Ahead of a
visit to the Aosta Valley, a region of Italy home to a number of ski
resorts, the 'centre-right' politician branded it "unacceptable" that EU
nations had chosen to "turn away from what is happening in the
"In so doing, they betray the European project and
citizens' expectations. Immediately approve the accord on mandatory
distribution voted by the European Parliament," stated Tajani, according to
reports from the news wire service, ANSA, on Tuesday. ...
Meanwhile, media outlets on Tuesday said the socialist government
of Spain is planning to try and punish Rome for its having largely put a
stop to the flow of boats across the Mediterranean, with prime minister
Pedro Sanchez set to tell Brussels to cut funding to any nation opposed to
Europe welcoming and sharing across the bloc every third world migrant who
manages to reach the continent's shores.
These 9 things are 'officially Islamophobic' after UK councils adopt new definition
Lancashire Telegraph, 30
Councils across the UK are starting to adopt an agreed list of
examples of Islamophobia.
However, so far, just three local
authorities have adopted the APPG (All-Party Parliamentary Group)
definition of Islamophobia. ...
Oxford City council has this week
become the latest in the UK to officially recognise the APPG definition
"Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of
racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness."
The two other councils to adopt the definition are in London.
The list below states examples of Islamophobia that the
councils now deem as unacceptable: ...
mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about
Muslims as such, or of Muslims as a collective group, such as, especially
but not exclusively, conspiracies about Muslim entryism in politics,
government or other societal institutions; the myth of Muslim identity
having a unique propensity for terrorism and claims of a demographic
'threat' posed by Muslims or of a 'Muslim takeover'. ...
Accusing Muslims as a group, or Muslim majority states, of inventing or
exaggerating Islamophobia, ethnic cleansing or genocide perpetrated against
Accusing Muslim citizens of being more loyal to the
'Ummah' (transnational Muslim community) or to their countries of origin,
or to the alleged priorities of Muslims worldwide, than to the interests of
their own nations.
Denying Muslim populations, the right to
self-determination e.g., by claiming that the existence of an independent
Palestine or Kashmir is a terrorist endeavour. ...
CRIME YOUTHS, JAILS
More than half of young people in jail are of BME background
The Guardian, 29 January 2019
More than half of the inmates held in prisons for young people in
England and Wales are from a black and minority ethnic (BME) background,
the highest proportion on record, the prisons watchdog has said, prompting
warnings that youth jails have hit "American" levels of disproportionality.
About 51% of boys in young offender institutions (YOIs)
prisons for boys aged 15 to 17 and young adult men aged 18 to 21
identified as being from a BME background, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of
Prisons (HMIP) found.
In addition, the inspectorate found 42% of
children in secure training centres (STCs) prisons for children up
to the age of 17 were from a BME background.
of BME boys and men behind bars in YOIs in England and Wales is nearly four
times the 14% BME proportion of the wider UK population.
Lammy MP, who published a review into the treatment of and outcomes for BME
individuals in the criminal justice system in 2017, said he was shocked by
the figures, which have rocketed since he released the report, when the BME
proportion in YOIs and STCs was just over 40%. ...
said prosecutions against some BME suspects should be deferred or dropped
to help tackle the bias against them in the criminal justice system.
He said allowances should also be made for younger defendants'
immaturity and criminal records should be sealed to help former offenders
find work, adding that statistics suggested discrimination was worse than
in the US in some cases.
The inspectorate found that the proportion
of boys who identified as being from a BME background varied depending on
the establishment, from one in five (21%) at the Keppel unit in West
Yorkshire, to nearly three-quarters (71%) at Feltham in west London.
The percentage identifying as being from a BME background also
varied between STCs, from 33% at Oakhill in Buckinghamshire to 55% at
Medway in Kent.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION BORDER SECURITY
Drug barons make a mockery of courts by IGNORING orders to return to ALBANIA
Daily Express, 29
Drug lords from Albania are making a mockery of our deportation
system by returning to commit more crime after being booted out. Anyone
deported from the UK is placed on a watchlist and banned from re-entering
However, a Sunday Express investigation found several
cases where deported Albanian criminals, including high-end drug dealers,
have resurfaced in the UK, sometimes within a year of being kicked out and
in other cases multiple times. One serious criminal officials hope will not
return is Albanian Alek Dauti, 31, the ringleader of a people smuggling
network that tried to get hundreds of illegal migrants into the UK. He was
extradited to Belgium on Friday to serve a 10 year jail sentence he
received in his absence in December.
Dauti's gang used corrupt
truck drivers to smuggle men, women and children into the UK, sometimes
using refrigerated lorries.
Last week police in Blackpool said two
Albanian men were facing deportation and another was on the run, after they
raided a cannabis factory in the town.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION BORDER SECURITY
Drug barons make a mockery of courts by IGNORING orders to return to ALBANIA: Comment
Daily Express, 29 January 2019
The fact that convicted Albanian and other criminals are
re-entering the UK after deportation may not surprise many, but it should
ring alarm bells in the Home Office.
If we can't keep out even
those we have thrown out as baddies, what hope is there for dealing with
illegal immigration generally? This calls attention to the Government's
failures over the monitoring and removal of foreign criminals - of whom
there are 9,000 in UK prisons and thousands more at large.
According to the National Crime Agency many of those who re-enter
the UK, after being deported, do so with false EU identity papers.
With free movement set to end after Brexit, the Government must
ensure border officials are better able to check that suspicious people are
the rightful holders of any passport.
As funding for border
functions has been cut by a quarter since 2012, is it any wonder criminals
are getting in? So, what is to be done?
Having entered the New Year
talking tough about migrants crossing the Channel in dinghies - only a
small proportion of the 70,000 illegal immigrants annually joining over a
million already here - Home Secretary Sajid Javid and Chancellor Philip
Hammond could begin by boosting the border control budget.
seven per cent of the public consider illegal immigration a serious
concern. And Mr Javid could start to restore some of the public's lost
faith in our immigration system by getting a grip of the Albanian villains
cocking a snook at our border controls.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD SPAIN
With no EU policy forthcoming, Spain gets tougher on immigration
País, 29 January 2019
In June of last year, a newly formed government in Spain sought to
give the world a lesson by welcoming the Aquarius, a humanitarian
rescue ship with 629 migrants aboard that had been refused entry by Italy
But a lack of common European immigration policy and
record migrant arrivals are causing Spanish authorities to review their own
Humanitarian rescue ships are now being denied departure
permits, while the government keeps pressuring Brussels to listen to
demands by Morocco, which is the main departure point for undocumented
migrants going to Spain.
The goal is to avoid pressure from mass
arrivals at a time when immigration has become a relevant issue on an
election year. Spain will hold local, regional and European elections in
Data from Frontex, the European border and coast guard
agency, shows nearly 57,000 migrants arrived on southern Spanish shores in
2018, twice the figure in Italy and nearly the same to have arrived in
Greece. The Spanish Interior Ministry places that figure at upwards of
And with Italy keeping up its closed-port policy, Spain has
decided that some kind of action is required.
"This is not a
retreat. We are under enormous migratory pressure, and the rules are not
being applied in the Central Mediterranean. We need a lasting solution for
everyone," said a source at Spain's Interior Ministry. ...
meantime, Spain has dropped the open-arms policy that enabled several
rescue ships to dock in Spanish ports in recent months. ...
are other little telltale signs that the Socialist government does not want
right-wing parties to use immigration as a weapon against the executive.
Salvamento Marítimo, Spain's sea rescue services, has stopped
providing information on its Twitter account about the migrant boats it
assists on a daily basis.
And very little information is emerging
about the efforts to send migrants back to Morocco, the departure point for
most arrivals: over 3,000 people in the first two weeks of January, almost
three times as much as the same period in 2018, according to official
BORDER CONTROLS ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
Beef up immigration laws to beat villains
Sunday Express, 27 January 2019
Revelations that Albanian drug lords are using our soft borders
with the EU to return to Britain after being expelled are of enormous
If there is one story in this newspaper today that
highlights why Remainer MPs need to be defeated this week in their
last-ditch bid to scupper Brexit, this is it. When Vote Leave ran on the
slogan Take Back Control in 2016, many of us believed that control of
immigration policy needed to be top of that list. ...
But what is
also clear is that Britain's immigration rules are not tough enough.
It is shocking that 42-year-old Baksim Bushati, for instance, was
deported three times between 2005 and 2013 for battery and having false
documents - yet he returned to the UK each time.
happens, we need to keep these malignant people out of Britain.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION LORRIES
Channel migrants: Lorries still favoured route, border officers say
BBC, 27 January 2019
The number of migrants entering the UK in lorries is far greater
than those crossing the Channel in dinghies, immigration officers have
Lucy Moreton, general secretary of the Immigration
Services Union, said preventing "lorry drops" was still the "day-to-day
grind" for officers. ...
Ms Moreton said: "The numbers coming over
in small boats are only a small proportion compared to the number coming
across in lorries.
"There is a lot of focus on small boats, but the
day-to-day grind is still the lorries."
A BBC investigation has
found that migrants trying to enter the UK by lorry are spreading their
efforts from Calais to ports across Europe.
"We know there are
large numbers massing in other ports," Ms Moreton said.
of so-called "lorry drops" - where migrants get out of an HGV after
arriving in the UK - is not known.
More than 1,800 people were
apprehended after making "clandestine entries" into the country through
south coast ports in 2017/18, according to Home Office figures.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD DISEASE, USA
Border Patrol struggles with flood of sick migrants
Wsshington Examiner, 27 January 2019
Border Patrol agents have spent nearly 20,000 hours since October
driving asylum seekers to and from hospitals for medical evaluations,
according to newly released Department of Homeland Security data.
Since Oct. 1, 2018, the Border Patrol, which works in rural areas
between border crossings, has "seen an increase in the numbers of
apprehended individuals requiring medical assistance."
A total of
2,224 migrants, primarily from Guatemala and Honduras, have been
hospitalized due to health issues that could not be treated on site in the
last month alone, according to a CBP statement.
The department said
the spike in illnesses among migrants is forcing federal law enforcement to
spend less time focused on serious threats because they are facilitating
hospital and urgent care trips. It's also affecting communities that are
trying to help with medical emergencies but are severely short-staffed.
Destination UK: Following illegal migrants for a week, through four European ports
BBC, 26 January 2019
Migrants attempting to enter the UK illegally used to focus their
efforts on the French port of Calais.
But following a crackdown
there, they have spread their efforts out to ferry ports across Europe, as
far afield as northern Spain.
BBC correspondent Colin Campbell
spent a week visiting four different European ports to follow their trail.
Many of the people trying to get to the UK are economic migrants.
But an internal Home Office document seen by the BBC shows asylum
claims have risen.
"Asylum intake for October, November and
December 2018 hit the highest levels since October 2015", said the leaked
IMMIGRATION ABROAD JAPAN
No. of foreign workers in Japan triples in decade to record 1.46 million
Japan Today, 26 January 2019
The number of foreign workers in Japan tripled over a decade to a
record-high 1.46 million as of October, official data showed, as companies
continue to struggle with a labor shortage.
As of Oct 31, there
were 1,460,463 foreign workers in Japan, up 14.2 percent from a year
earlier, marking the 11th straight year of increase, according to the data
released Friday by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.
figure, the highest since comparable data became available in 2008 when it
stood around 486,000, is almost certain to rise in the years ahead as Japan
has decided to ease visa restrictions and accept more foreign workers
starting from April. ...
By nationality, Chinese accounted for more
than a quarter of the total foreign workforce at 389,117, up 4.5 percent
from the previous year, followed by Vietnamese at 316,840, up 31.9 percent,
and Filipinos at 164,006, up 11.7 percent. ...
Under the new visa
system starting in April, Japan will accept up to 345,150 foreign workers
over five years in 14 sectors including construction, farming and nursing
IMMIGRATION ABROAD ISLAM, NORWAY
Muhammad is the top name in Oslo again - for the 11th year
TRT World / Turkish Radio and Television, 26
Norway's fertility rates have reached all-time lows, risking the
country's economic stability. Muslim immigrants are keeping the labour
force alive, as the country undergoes demographic changes.
was the most popular name among male children in Oslo in 2018, for the 11th
year in a row, according to statistics released on Wednesday by the
Norwegian Statistics Department.
The name, with its many
variations, surpassed Oscar, Aksel and Jacob as it maintained its lead.
Mohammad has been the most popular name in Oslo since 2008,
reflecting a strong and growing Muslim community in the large city.
In 2017, 8.7 percent of Oslo's population identified as Muslims,
with their largest communities originating from ethnic Pakistanis, Somalis,
Iraqis and Morrocans. ...
Oslo is home to the largest immigrant
population in the country. Out of Oslo's 624,000 residents, almost 190,000
are immigrants or born to immigrant parents, making up nearly 31 percent of
the city's population. ...
The statistics department also found
evidence of demographic change underway, with fewer traditional Norwegian
surnames ending with "sen", as with as Jensen, Hansen or Andersen. Today,
"sen" surnames make up only 14.7 percent of the population, compared to
22.4 percent in 1995.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD ASYLUM, USA
U.S. to start returning asylum seekers to Mexico on Friday
Frank Jack Daniel and Mica Rosenberg
25 January 2019
The U.S. government will return the first group of migrants seeking
asylum in the United States to the Mexican border city of Tijuana on
Friday, U.S. and Mexican officials said, marking the start of a major
policy shift by the Trump administration.
The policy dubbed the
Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) and first announced on Dec. 20 will
return non-Mexican migrants who cross the U.S. southern border back to wait
in Mexico while their asylum requests are processed in U.S. immigration
The program will apply to arriving migrants who ask for
asylum at ports of entry or who are caught crossing illegally and say they
are afraid to return home.
Children travelling on their own and
some migrants from "vulnerable populations" could be excluded on a
case-by-case basis, the Department of Homeland Security said in a fact
Last year, about 93,000 people sought asylum at the
southern border, up 67 percent from 2017, according to U.S. government
Asylum seekers are typically granted the right to stay in the
United States while their cases are decided by a U.S. immigration judge,
but a backlog of more than 800,000 cases means the process can take years.
Now, the U.S. government says migrants will be turned away with a
"notice to appear" in immigration court. They will be able to enter the
United States for their hearings but will have to live in Mexico in the
interim. If they lose their cases, they will be deported to their home
BORDER CONTROLS WALLS
In defence of walls
Spiked, 25 January 2019
A favourite pat slogan, spoken and heard ever since the 1960s, has
been 'build bridges, not walls'. It's been repeated by every student, woke
pop star and pope ever since. Its appeal has not diminished till this day,
owing to Israel's wall designed to keep out Palestinians and Donald Trump's
extended wall to keep out Mexicans.
These walls are offensive in a
superficial way. Yet one might as well equally repeat Rodney King's famous
exhortation: 'Can we all just get along?' But it's also understandable that
this phrase emerged in the 1960s, the decade which saw the erection of that
monstrous edifice, the Berlin Wall, which literally kept people imprisoned
in a state on pain of death.
But as we celebrate the 30th
anniversary of that wall's demolition this year, isn't it time to
reconsider this naive and trite phrase? Because sometimes walls are good.
The Berlin Wall was detestable because it was designed to keep
people in, rather than to keep undesirables out. This has been the
traditional function of walls. This was the point of Hadrian's Wall and the
Great Wall of China, both constructed to prevent invasion by disruptional
Picts and Mongols. This was also the aim of the Roman and medieval city
wall, built with the view of protecting citizens from bandits and
The logic today is that the less we erect walls,
literally or in spirit, the more unsafe or unsure our countries become.
Ironically, as Douglas Murray has pointed out, there are walls of bollards
on bridges in Europe today, due to the threat posed by terrorists. ...
Walls protect us. That's why our houses have them. If you believe
walls and barriers are really that bad, I expect that you leave your front
door open all the time.
Wishful thinking over immigration
Conservative Woman, 24 January 2019
In his article in Conservative Home on Monday, Tory MP Steve Double
wrote that Theresa May had incorrectly read the public mood with regard to
immigration, and that perceptions of immigration had become more favourable
since the Brexit vote. To support his assertion, he cited the National
Conversation on Immigration (NCI). ...
Polling by Ipsos MORI last
spring /.../ did indeed find that a fifth of the public had become more
positive about immigration, but that was because nearly half believed (EU)
numbers were falling, or would fall, as a result of Brexit. ...
fairness to Mr Double, a more recent poll has shown immigration to be of
relatively less concern to the public than it has been for some years,
which he has attibuted to people recognising the benefits of immigration,
as well as having faith in the government keeping its promises to reduce
net migration. Really? A 2018 YouGov poll found that nearly two-thirds of
voters think immigration levels have been too high over the past decade.
Another one by Deltapoll, conducted over the summer, found that nearly
three-quarters of the public (equivalent to 38 million) want the Government
to honour its promises to reduce net migration to the tens of thousands.
Mr Double also appears to have missed the findings of the open
survey produced as part of the 'National Conversation on Immigration'
exercise, organised by British Future and 'Hope Not Hate', which showed
that a larger share of the public believe that immigration has had a
negative impact on the UK than those who believe the opposite ...
The 'National Conversation' asked a lot of questions, which
elicited answers that suggested participants had a nuanced view of migrants
and their contributions, but this is hardly a revelation. ...
problem we at Migration Watch UK had with the 'National Conversation'
wasn't so much the questions that were asked but those that were not. While
it did ask people if they thought it should be a priority to reduce overall
numbers as well as whether the target should be kept or replaced with
multiple targets, there was no reference in the polling section to the
current and recent scale of immigration or any question about whether
participants considered this to be too high or whether it should be
It is clear that a great deal of time and effort by the
'National Conversation' organisers went into talking to a large body of
people. However, what they appear not have done was to listen to those they
conversed with. In one section, the paper suggests that one of the
Government's tasks is to 'secure public consent' for immigration (p7). ...
Brexit, of course, has no bearing on immigration from outside the
EU, and this is now at its highest since 2004. Non-EU net migration
constitutes three-quarters of all non-British net inflows. ...
government and many MPs (Steve Double is far from a lone voice) seem intent
on glossing over the public's deeply felt concerns about the serious
challenges posed by unabated immigration. ...
resulting rapid rate of population growth, 80 per cent of which has been
due to direct and indirect immigration since 2001, adds huge pressures on
infrastructure and public services. Mr Double and his colleagues may choose
to brush aside public disquiet at such a state of affairs but the truth is
that they are either engaging in wishful thinking or they are woefully out
of touch. Perhaps both.
BORDER CONTROLS ENGLISH CHANNEL
UK starts returning cross-Channel migrants to France
BBC, 24 January 2019
The UK has begun returning migrants, who cross the Channel in small
boats, to France in a bid to deter others from doing the same, the Home
On Thursday, a small number of failed asylum seekers,
who landed on UK shores in October, were sent back to France.
Home Office said it wanted to provide "a strong deterrent against the
The move is part of a new plan agreed by
France and the UK which will see the UK spend an extra £3m on
It is understood fewer than five were returned to France
on Thursday morning. ...
Previously, the UK announced an extra
£44.5m would be spent on strengthening Channel border security.
The home secretary has agreed now to spend £6m (of which
£3m is new) on CCTV, night goggles and number plate recognition
Extra security cameras will be placed at French ports
and areas where migrants embark from, with a live feed viewable in the
UK-France Coordination and Information Centre, in Calais, which is staffed
by British and French agencies.
The Home Office said there would
also be increased surveillance of the Channel by air and boat patrols, and
more foot patrols on beaches and coastal areas.
Last week, UK Prime
Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron signed the
Sandhurst Treaty which committed them to reducing the time taken to process
It means it would take one month, rather than six, to
process a migrant hoping to come to the UK from Calais - and 25 days to
IMMIGRATION ABROAD EU, HUNGARY
EU steps up legal procedure against Hungary for criminalising support for migrants
Reuters, 24 January 2019
The European Commission said on Thursday it was taking its legal
procedure against Hungary to the next step after Budapest criminalised
support for migrants, moving the case closer to a possible ruling by the
European Court of Justice. ...
The EU says Hungary's tough stance
has breached EU law, a charge that Budapest denies, defending what it calls
its sovereign right to determine its own immigration policy. Hungary also
says its tough position ultimately defends Europe. ...
says the Hungarian authorities have failed to provide effective access to
asylum procedures for migrants and holds asylum seekers in "transit
centres" for longer than the maximum four weeks mandated under EU law. ...
Orban, in power since 2010, has led eastern European resistance to
EU plans to share out some of the large numbers of mostly Muslim migrants,
who he says threaten Europe's Christian civilisation.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD LAW, USA
Center for Immigration Studies, 24 January 2019
American immigration courts consistently have the highest failure
to appear (FTA) rates of any state or federal courts in the country. From
1996 through 2017, 37 percent of all aliens free pending trial disappeared.
From the 2,680,598 foreign nationals that Immigration and Customs
Enforcement (ICE) released on their own recognizance, 1,320,000, received
deportation orders, 75 percent of them (993,593) for failure to appear.
Only 25 percent of this group some 324,402 people altogether
actually tried their cases. This dynamic, first reported at a House
Judiciary Committee hearing on June 17, 2010, eventually prompted heated
denial by the Obama Justice Department but it is not solely a problem of
Democrat administrations. Administrations of both parties have failed to
effectively address it.
Immigration trial courts issued three times
more deportation orders for failure to appear in court than deportation
orders for cases that were actually tried (993,593 ÷ 324,402) over the
last 22 fiscal years. ...
Indeed, those who dodged court in 2017
did so with identically the same frequency under Donald Trump as they did
in 2015 when Barack Obama sat in the Oval Office.11 Over the past three
years, an average of 42 percent of all aliens free before trial failed to
appear, with 113,753 people out of 272,440 skipping their court dates.
/.../ This chronic failure loudly echoes the broader themes of disorder
that have plagued these federal tribunals since their inception in 1983.
Never in 22 years of reporting has EOIR (i.e., Executive Office for
Immigration Review, the Justice Department agency that manages the courts)
squared with Congress and given an accurate description of failures to
appear. Since 1996, it has dramatically understated FTA rates in its annual
reports. In 2017, EOIR stated the FTA rate for all cases was 28 percent,
never mentioning this number includes aliens whose trials occurred in
detention facilities. ...
EOIR's misleading failure to appear rates
leave Congress and the public ignorant of both dysfunction in the courtroom
and risks that too often end badly. One fact stands out above all the rest:
Aliens flee court in greater numbers now than they did before September 11,
2001. From 1996 through 2000, 34 percent of all aliens free before trial
251,309 out of 730,453 disappeared. After 9/11, these numbers
climbed. From 2002 through 2017, 39 percent 699,641 people out of
1,808,449 failed to keep their court dates. On either side of 9/11,
EOIR never provided candid numbers to alert policy-makers to this problem.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION ENGLISH CHANNEL
3,000 migrants desperate to cross Channel will not be deterred by Border Force patrols, say
Daily Telegraph, 23 January 2019
Some 3,000 migrants are in northern France and Belgium "desperate"
to get to the UK and will not be deterred by Britain's Navy and Border
Force patrols, refugee charities have told MPs.
Founder of Care4Calais, told the Home Affairs Select Committee the French
policy of dispersing migrants from Calais had failed to stop thousands
continuing to seek to get to Britain with many saying they would "do
anything" to cross the Channel.
The appalling conditions, with many
sleeping out in the open after persistent police raids on any makeshift
camps, was driving more to Britain rather than deterring them, she said.
She added: "We were told the closure of the camps would stop
people coming to Calais, trying to cross the Channel. It hasn't."
Maddy Allen, field manager of Help Refugees, said the Border Force
patrols and deployment of HMS Mersey were "not acting as a deterrent".
IMMIGRATION PUBLIC OPINION, ISRAEL
Most Israelis don't want non-Jewish migrants, even if they are highly skilled
Israel, 23 January 2019
The majority of Israelis don't support non-Jewish immigration to
the country, even when the immigrants are highly trained or have advanced
degrees, according to a new Pew Research Center report released on Tuesday.
The Pew poll found that 51 percent of Israelis oppose high-skilled
immigration of foreigners moving to the country with a bachelor's degree or
higher. The Pew poll focused on immigration of those not entitled to
Israeli citizenship under the law of return, which applies to anybody with
at least one Jewish grandparent.
Out of the 12 economically
advanced countries surveyed, only Israel and Italy had the majority of the
population oppose high-skilled immigration.
In contrast, most of
the other countries surveyed supported high-skilled immigration. In the US,
78% of the public supports high-skilled immigration. In the United Kingdom,
85% of the population support high-skilled immigration.
three out of four adults in Sweden, Canada, Germany, and Australia also
support high-skilled immigration, the Pew poll found.
people who would like to see overall immigration reduced, half or more of
the respondents in all the countries support high-skilled immigration,
except for the Netherlands, Israel, and Italy.
Book Review: Political Blackness in Multiracial Britain by Mohan Ambikaipaker
LSE Review of Books, 23 January 2019
How do we understand the relationship between sustained
institutional racism and the everyday violence experienced by the black
community in Britain over time? To theorise this in Political Blackness
in Multiracial Britain, Mohan Ambikaipaker reflects on his experience
as an unpaid caseworker (2005-06) and longtime associate of the Newham
Monitoring Project (NMP), fighting against the failure of the British
liberal state to provide justice to victims of racism. ...
reason I found this book so powerful was in large part due to
Ambikaipaker's choice of methodology. He refuses to be a disengaged
observer, but instead opts for an 'activist anthropology' approach with
NMP. He does this because he recognises in his book that conducting
interviews with the police force would privilege the performance of white
informants in adjudicating whether or not institutional racism is real.
Instead, he chooses to work with NMP, an organisation firmly committed to a
racial analysis of British liberal governance, informed not only by local
and national events in Britain but also black consciousness movements
around the world. ...
Ambikaipaker was drawn to the borough of
Newham for his research because of its dynamic, cosmopolitan nature and its
diversity: although the white British population was the majority in 2006,
there was a large population of multiple black communities living
side-by-side in the borough. NMP had a strong presence in the
neighbourhood. /.../ Each of Ambikaipaker's chapters starts by situating
the ensuing stories he tells in a critical race theory/postcolonial
A note here about Ambikaipaker's use of 'blackness'.
Although Ambikaipaker refers to all non-white communities as 'black', he
does so in a political sense, not a cultural one. He explains at length why
he does so in Chapters Six and Seven of his book: he does not essentialise
blackness, but instead shows that although the experience of black
communities is different, they are all victims of the racial hierarchy in
Britain. NMP thus uses political blackness as a rallying strategy to build
solidarity between communities to create a 'mosaic of unities' to fight
injustice together. ...
... And in his chapter on the Muslim
community in Britain, Ambikaipaker shows the evolution of the state's
approach to 'managing' the black community. He details how the language of
multiculturalism and community cohesion, which have obscured the true root
of racism in the British state, have been replaced by the coded language of
counter-terrorism, which has served to particularly target the Muslim
community. By doing so, he shines a light on the unchanged racist
intentions of the state and its evolution in form.
BORDER CONTROLS ENGLISH CHANNEL
Boats assigned to Channel to stop migrant crossings STILL moored in the Mediterranean
Express, 22 January 2019
Sajid Javid faces mounting criticism after it was revealed Border
Force boats he ordered back to the UK to patrol the English Channel after a
surge in migrant crossings remain moored in the Mediterranean.
Home Secretary told the House of Commons the cutters would not return until
In December, Mr Javid declared a "major incident"
after migrant attempts to cross the Channel from mainland Europe became a
near daily occurence.
He said two Border Force vessels would be
redeployed to Britain to assist in defending the border after a spike in
migrants trying to reach Kent in small boats.
But Express.co.uk has
found HMC Seeker was still in Gibraltar and HMC Protector in Malta as Mr
Javid gave a Commons speech yesterday.
CRIME CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
Oxford grooming gang who plied lonely, friendless 14-year-old girl with drink and drugs before raping her when she was comatose are all
jailed for life
MailOnline, 22 January 2019
A gang of three man who groomed and raped a vulnerable schoolgirl
in a horrific campaign of child sex abuse have been jailed for life.
Mohammed Karrar, Bassam Karrar and Anjum Dogar befriended the
'lonely, friendless' 14-year-old girl and began grooming their victim by
taking her to parties and giving her alcohol and drugs before making
demands for sexual acts. ...
Police said their predatory behaviour
in Oxford came to an horrific head when the men put the victim in a state
of being comatose, using a cocktail of drugs and drink at a party.
She woke up with terrible injuries and realised that she had been
viciously attacked and raped by the gang, a police spokesman said. ...
A jury took just five hours and three minutes to find them all
guilty by a unanimous verdict, following their trial at Oxford Crown Court
which ended in December.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD MEXICO
Thousands of caravan migrants trek and hitch-hike across Mexico after hundreds were allowed in with no border checks and are now headed
for the US
MailOnline, 22 January 2019
Hundreds of Central American migrants crossed into Mexico at the
weekend, joining a group of 1,000 who entered last week and are now heading
towards the US.
Some of the migrants, who are largely from
Honduras, said they were waved through Mexican immigration without any
checks or being issued a wristband indicating that they still need to
register with authorities.
Meanwhile a much larger group are coming
up behind them as part of the latest caravan trying to reach America in
search of a better life for themselves and their families. ...
Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has pledged a
'humanitarian' approach by allowing migrants access to Mexico, but
providing jobs and opportunities for them in his country to stop them
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION POLITICS
Dinghies of migrants are small part of 'significant wedge' of illegal migration, says Director of Migration Watch
talkRadio, 22 January 2019
Neil Anderson, Executive Director of Migration Watch UK has said
that reports of illegal migrants attempting to cross the Channel in
dinghies are a "small front-end of a significant wedge".
23 migrants were intercepted by the Border Force in the English Channel on
Sunday, bringing the weekend total for arrivals to almost 40.
Anderson told talkRADIO's Mike Graham: "In terms of immigration and illegal
migration, a lot more needs to be done.
"It is very easy to
concentrate on migrants coming over in dinghies and we are hearing about a
few dozen being picked up but this is very simply a very small front-end of
a significant wedge." ...
Mr Anderson added that there had been no
"political will" to invest in resources at the UK border.
thing we can say for certain is that there are serious resource issues with
the border force," he said.
"Basically there has to be the
political will and willingness to invest in the appropriate resources in
order to address this very serious problem."
A declining population may not always be bad for the economy
Telegraph, 22 January 2019
Trade wars. Currency movements. Trade balances. Normalising
interest rates. Combating climate change and poverty. Year after year, the
G-20 discusses the same narrow range of issues, never agrees on very much
and follows up on even less with any real action. But this year might just
be different. The Japanese are taking the chair and, to their credit, they
have decided to put something that genuinely matters at the top of the
agenda, namely demographics.
Even more strikingly, they are
challenging a cosy consensus of the last couple of decades. Most mainstream
economists and policymakers take it for granted that a declining population
is bad for the economy and we need to do all we can to reverse it. But the
Japanese are starting to argue that it may not be true. Technology might
mean that we need fewer people, while all the services required by the
elderly might actually stimulate demand. If true, policies to combat an
ageing population might be a big mistake. ...
Haruhiko Kuroda, the
governor of the Bank of Japan, kick-strated the debate with a sppech that
had the not-completely snappy title Demographic Changes and Macroeconomic
... It's possible, he argued, that an ageing
population could be completely fine. Rapid progress in technology, such as
robotics and artificial intelligence, means that we might need far fewer
workers than in the past, while improving productivity (indeed, slightly
oddly, at the same time as we worry about not having enough workers, we
also worry about what to do about mass unemployment created by robotics).
In fact, a shortage of workers will put pressure on companies to improve
... The conclusion? A falling population is not
necessarily as bad for the economy as usually assumed. More provocatively
still, ageing nations might be able to outperform younger ones.
That is of course especially relevant to Japan, where the working
age population peaked in 1995 and its total population in 2008. Unlike just
about every other major country, Japan has not tried to stem its declining
numbers through immigration, remaining relatively closed to outsiders.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION BOATS
16 suspected migrants caught attempting to enter UK on dinghies after crossing Channel
Daily Telegraph, 21 January 2019
Sixteen suspected migrants on three separate vessels have been
picked up by British authorities after crossing the English Channel on
Sunday morning, as fears mount that more people will try to reach the UK
Two of the dinghies made landfall on the Kent coast, at
Kingsdown and Warren, with a total of eight men presenting themselves as
Iranian or Iraqi.
A third boat, carrying eight men was intercepted
by Border Force officials heading towards Dover and was escorted by CPV
Speedwell into the port. ...
But despite this extra effort,
questions have been asked of border officials on both sides of the Channel
as to how these small dinghies continue to cross the sea undetected.
There is a worry that more crossings will be attempted this week as
low winds, calm seas and slightly higher temperatures are expected in the
The MP for Dover and Deal, Charlie Elphicke said: "The
best way to stop these crossings is for migrants and traffickers to know
they won't succeed in entering the UK.
"That's why there needs to
be round the clock aerial surveillance to ensure the French authorities are
alerted to any small craft leaving the French coast so they can be helped
safely back to France.
"Only yesterday we saw a terrible tragedy in
the Mediterranean. Only by taking a strong stance can we ensure tragedy is
avoided in the English Channel."
The incident in the Mediterranean
saw a boat carrying 120 people, including a baby, a child and a pregnant
woman, sink off the coast of Libya.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD CZECH REPUBLIC
Remigration: Czech Republic to Pay Non-EU Migrants to Go Home
Breitbart, 21 January 2019
The Czech Republic is launching a programme to pay non-EU migrants
to go home, noting that funding the scheme would cost taxpayers "far less"
than if migrant groups remained in the country.
With an information
campaign set to be put out on social media and with leaflets and posters
from April, the Czech Interior Ministry said it hopes the first migrants
participating in its new programme, titled 'Návraty' (Returns), will
be processed in the third quarter of 2019.
With a particular focus
on migrants from Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Russia, and Vietnam, the
programme will offer foreign nationals up to 4,000 euros' financial
assistance towards transportation costs, setting up accommodation in their
homelands, and purchasing livestock.
"The project should focus on
all categories of foreigners, whether they are in the Czech Republic in an
illegal situation or an asylum seeker," Interior Ministry spokesman Hana
Malá told Tiscali.cz. ...
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis
has said Europe must "send a clear signal that illegal migration has ended"
by turning migrant boats back and deporting bogus asylum seekers, arguing
that the European Commission's preferred solution creating a
permanent mechanism to share newcomers across EU states was the
"road to hell", and would only exacerbate the problem.
one of only five countries to vote against the so-called Global Compact for
Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration at the UN General Assembly in New York
City last month, where 152 countries signed up to the agreement and a dozen
The document, which claims migration is "inevitable,
necessary, and desirable", poses a threat to the nation's sovereignty and
security by defining the movement of people as a "human right", stated
Babis, who has previously branded mass immigration from the Global South a
"threat to European civilisation".
IMMIGRATION PUBLIC OPINION
Most Brits think immigration is good for the UK
Yahoo News, 20 January 2019
New figures suggest the majority of Brits think new immigrants are
good for the UK and co-operation between nations is extremely important
but most of Europe doesn't agree.
In a global opinion poll
of over 10,000 people published by the World Economic Forum (WEF) ahead of
Davos 2019, a large majority of people from all over the world rejected the
notion that national improvement is a zero-sum game, and said that
immigrants benefit their adopted country.
Notably, against a global
average of 57%, 60% of UK respondents said they believe new immigrants are
mostly good for their nation even though anti-immigrant was a
"major" factor in the Brexit vote, according to a the 2017 British Social
Attitudes (BSA) survey by social research institute NatCen.
whole, only 46% of those living in Western Europe and 40% of those living
in Eastern Europe responded in this way making Europe the only
continent where people view immigrants as "mostly bad." ...
asked how important it is that countries work together towards a common
goal, a global majority of three-quarters (76%) said they believed it was
either extremely important or very important.
viewpoints differ. People from South Asia and sub-Saharan African felt most
strongly that co-operation between nations was important, with 88% sharing
that view. At the other end of the scale, 70% of North Americans and 61% of
Western Europeans agreed.
These findings mark a stark contrast to
the negative coverage of immigration that has often topped the news agenda
across Europe, North America and elsewhere, the WEF noted. ...
research was commissioned for the WEF's annual meeting in Davos,
Switzerland, on 22 to 25 January.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, USA
Largest single group of migrants EVER burrows UNDER border wall: 376 Central Americans - including 200 minors - squeeze through seven tiny
holes and immediately request asylum
Daily Mail, 19 January 2019
A group of migrants said to be the largest ever has illegally
tunneled under the southern U.S. border fence and surrendered to Border
Patrol to request asylum.
The group of 376 Central Americans
'inundated agents' after crossing the border through a series of hasty
tunnels near Yuma, Arizona on Monday, Customs and Border Protection said.
The agency said 200 of the group were minors, and that nearly all
the rest said they were their parents, meaning that they will likely be
released into the U.S. as their asylum claims are processed.
believed to be the largest single group to cross the border illegally to
request asylum. The Border Patrol has said that smugglers transport large
groups to the border and then instruct them to cross and turn themselves
Officials said that most of the group entered the U.S. through
seven small openings burrowed under the border barrier.
crossings took place at a remote stretch of border where old fencing is
about 12 feet high and the ground is sandy. Stretched thin, CBP has only
three agents patrolling the 26-mile section of border.
Donald Trump's administration had tried to forbid migrants from requesting
asylum after crossing the border illegally, but that move was struck down
by a federal judge in November.
'The only thing that solves that
problem is a change in the law,' CBP Yuma Border Sector Chief Anthony
Porvaznik told ABC News.
'The only reason they're trying to say
that they're family units is that they know if they're a family unit,
they're going to be released within 20 days,' Porvaznik said. ...
One man in the group told the network that he left Guatemala eight
days ago and made most of the trip by bus along with his 12-year-old
daughter, paying a coyote $5,000 to get them to the border. ...
Wednesday, a separate group of 247 people illegally crossed into the U.S.
near the Antelope Wells Port of Entry in New Mexico.
which included many juveniles, surrendered to authorities for processing
and most requested immediate medical care. ...
Last month, CBP said
it took 20,000 juveniles into custody after illegal crossings, including
both unaccompanied minors and those traveling with parents.
vast majority surrender immediately upon crossing to claim asylum. ...
One recent study, by the New York-based Center for Immigration
Studies, estimated that in 2017 more people entered the U.S. illegally by
overstaying temporary visas than by crossing the border illegally.
Meet the gang behind the worst violent attack a judge has seen in 25 years
An Essex judge has sentenced seven men for violent break-ins across
Tilbury and Horndon-on-the-Hill that she described as the 'the worst she
has seen in 25 years'. ...
During sentencing at Basildon Crown
Court on Friday (January 18), Her Honour Justice Leigh said: "Your evidence
at times was laughable had the offending not been so serious.
offence at Saffron House is the worst I have seen in 25 years.
are cold, callous, violent young men devoid of emotion." ...
Following an extensive investigation, seven men were arrested and
charged in relation to the attacks. They are:
Salih Bulbuller, ...
Mark Bonsu, ... Ayomide Ijelu, ... Emmanuel Ijelu, ... Jeremiah Johnson,
... Barry Douglas, ... Wesley Williams, ...
Detective Inspector Steve Nelson, from the Serious and Organised Crime
Unit, said: "These men terrorised their victims subjecting them to brutal
attacks, including an ordeal described in court as 'torture'.
"Their victims were a young family and a vulnerable elderly man.
"The six that stood trial refused to take responsibility for these
attacks and have shown no remorse at any stage.
"The level of
violence of these attacks is shocking and horrifying. ..."
MULTICULTURALISM AUSTRALIA, WESTERN CIVILISATION
Western Civ: it's not just for white people anymore
Australia, 19 January 2019
When the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation generously offered
to fund 'Western Civ' courses at Australian universities, critics at the
ANU and University of Sydney inevitably expressed their gratitude with
accusations of racism. They say that Western Civ. has no place in a
multicultural society. Teaching Western Civ. is somehow construed as an
insult both to indigenous and immigrant Australians, which, when you think
about it, really includes just about everyone.
Racism doesn't seem
to be such a problem for the University of Wollongong, which has agreed to
host the first Ramsay Centre degree, to be called the Bachelor of Arts
(Western Civilisation). In fact, it will create a new school within its
faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts just for the occasion. That's
right: to find Western civilisation in Australia, head to Wollongong.
But the idea that Australians of Chinese, Indian, or Aboriginal
backgrounds are somehow congenitally non-Western is itself racist. The idea
that Chinese, Indian, and indigenous students of any nationality would not
want to enrol in a Western civilisation course is worse than racist
There's nothing racist about teaching an
Australian medical student of Chinese descent Western medicine instead of
traditional Chinese medicine, Australian law instead of Chinese law. A
course in Western civilisation is no different. It's not racist to offer
Western Civ. It's racist not to offer it if multiculturalism is
offered as the excuse. ...
Australian universities certainly should
celebrate Australia's and the world's many cultures. Everyone
should study a foreign language, admire the world's artistic heritage,
travel a bit, and sample as many as possible of the world's distinctive
cuisines. Australia is blessed to be a country of many cultures, and they
are all worth experiencing. But our universities should teach our own
civilisation, first, foremost, and perhaps even exclusively. After all,
it's the only civilisation we have.
RACISM WHITE IDENTITY, POLITICS, USA
The Disturbing, Surprisingly Complex Relationship Between White Identity Politics and Racism
New Yorker, 19 January 2019
In her new book, "White Identity Politics," the Duke political
scientist Ashley Jardina examines the increasing relevance of white
identity in America. Drawing on data from American National Election
Studies surveys and her own research, Jardina finds that about thirty to
forty per cent of white Americans say that white identity is important to
them, and she adds an interesting twist that this group only partly
overlaps with the group of white Americans who hold racist views. According
to Jardina's analysis, about thirty-eight per cent of white people who
highly value their white identity are at or below the mean level of racial
resentment, while forty-four per cent of white people who say their racial
identity is less important are at or above that level. ...
recently spoke with Jardina by phone. ...
How do you come to the
conclusion that white identity tends to experience spikes when there is a
change in the country, or when politicians wield ideas of whiteness or
racism, without all the survey data we would like? ...
we social scientists were looking for white identity in the wrong places.
One of the distinctions I make in the book is between the ideas of identity
and prejudice. This is the distinction between in-group attitudes and
out-group attitudes. For good reason, a lot of work on whites' racial
attitudes in the U.S. has focussed on racial prejudice. We want to
understand where discrimination and bigotry and all these things come from,
and what the consequences are.
But there was a tendency to think
about white identity as just another manifestation of prejudice. ...
How much of a connection is there between strongly identifying
with whiteness and racist attitudes?
Not as strong as you might
think. It's certainly the case that there are some people who identify as
white and who are also racist. But it's not a one-to-one relationship. The
connection is fairly weak, and that's for two reasons. One is that there
are a lot of white people who are more racially prejudiced who do not
identify as being white, and the converse is true. Then there are a number
of white people who feel strongly attached to their group but who aren't
particularly prejudiced. ...
You say there's not the connection
we might expect between emphasizing white identity and racism, but you also
say that white identifiers care especially about immigration. How do you
understand the connection between caring about immigration and racism?
For people high on white identity, opposition to immigration
doesn't necessarily come as a result of disliking Latinos. It is rooted in
something different, which is that they think immigration is threatening
American culture, but a particular flavor of American culture, one which is
defined by Anglo-Saxon Protestant heritage, which is very much defined by
whiteness. Somebody might just be opposed to immigration because they
dislike Latinos. But there's a different component to this that's going on
in the minds of a lot of white people. It's not, "I dislike Latino people."
It's, "I don't like the idea that the country that I envision, the country
that I grew up in, the place that is defined by this Anglo-Saxon culture,
is somehow threatened by this new group.
BORDER CONTROLS WALLS
Donald Trump claims 77 major border walls have been built around the world with 800 miles of barriers across
The Sun, 18 January 2019
Donald Trump tried to beef up his argument for building a wall
along the 1,933-mile US-Mexico border by claiming similar structures have
already been erected across the globe.
The president tweeted that
77 major border walls currently exist and that 800 miles of barriers "stop
crime" in Europe.
He also tweeted that 45 countries were in the
process of "planning or building walls". ...
The tycoon wrote:
"Over 800 miles of Walls have been built in Europe since only 2015.
"They have all been recognized as close to 100% successful. Stop
the crime at our Southern Border!"
Trump appears to be basing his
claims on analysis by USA Today, who cited the UN Refugee Agency for
statistics on border walls across the globe. ...
It added that
since Europe's migrant crisis erupted in 2015, "at least 800 miles of
fences have been erected by Austria, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia,
Slovenia and others".
POLITICS CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Britain has a good news for Indians who want to migrate to UK
Economic Times, 17 January 2019
An unlimited number of highly-skilled Indian workers will be able
to migrate to the UK under new proposals that could come into effect in
2021, with a senior British minister on Wednesday saying that in the new
system the country will be open to the "best and brightest" from India.
The UK also wants to ink a pact with India similar to the one New
Delhi has with France, treating each other's academic degrees as equivalent
for higher studies and jobs, sources said.
The post-Brexit visas
and immigration strategy, set out in an immigration White Paper, was tabled
in the House of Commons last month by UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid. It
proposes removal of cap on highly-skilled migrants from anywhere in the
world and improves the post-study work offering for international students.
The UK officials on Wednesday visited New Delhi for the Migration
Dialogue with the Indian government about a month after the British
government unveiled its post-Brexit visas and immigration strategy that
seeks to remove cap on highly-skilled migrants.
signalled a new phase of cooperation and acted as a forum to discuss
opportunities to strengthen the bilateral relationship, a statement said.
"The UK is committed to building relationships across the globe
which is why officials visited New Delhi and met the government of India
today," UK Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes was quoted as saying in a
British High Commission statement.
The UK already issues more
skilled worker visas to Indian nationals than to the rest of the world
combined, she said.
"Under the new system, operating from 2021, we
will always be open to the brightest and best from India, who wish to come
to live and work in the UK," Nokes said. ...
These proposals will
mean that there would be no limit on the number of skilled people, such as
engineers, doctors and IT professionals, who can come to live and work in
the UK, the statement said.
Gang jailed for credit card scam after £1m designer shopping spree in West End
Evening Standard, 17 January 2019
A gang who went on a £1 million spending spree in the West End
during a credit card scam have been jailed.
Marcus Carter, 38, and
his co-accused splashed out on Rolex and Cartier watches and kitted
themselves out in Burberry, Gucci and Prada.
They browsed for
luxury goods on mobile phones and tablet devices worth £126,000 and
dined at restaurants such as Gaucho and the Dorchester Hotel.
Carter along with Jeffrey Spencer, 35, and Frank Allan, 33, used
details of old companies to secure huge lines of credit, then maxed out
their American Express and Barclays cards. ...
Between 2014 and
2016 Carter, Spencer and Allan posed as directors of lucrative companies to
convince credit card chiefs they were doing business with big-time players.
They then supplied phoney accounts to Companies House to make it
look like they were successful traders, Southwark crown court heard last
Carter, also known as Marcus Boahene-Coabbina, was
sentenced to seven years and two months after admitting conspiracy to
defraud and conspiracy to acquire criminal property.
Victor Templar-Quarshie, of South Norwood, and Allan, aka Frank
Templar-Quarshie, also of South Norwood, were found guilty of conspiracy to
defraud, conspiracy to acquire criminal property and failing to disclose
the PIN to their phones.
They were jailed for nine years and seven
years and nine months respectively. ...
The prosecution is seeking
Proceeds of Crime Act orders to remove any financial benefit the gang
gained during the fraud.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD FRANCE
MACRON CRISIS: Desperate leader considers migrant quota as Yellow Vest protest rage on
Daily Express, 16 January 2019
French President Emmanuel Macron has been branded "irresponsible"
for suggesting the introduction of "annual quotas" on migration as a topic
for part of the three-month national debate aimed at mollifying yellow vest
In a sweeping letter to the French pubic, Mr Macron
said he had heard the public's anger and shared its impatience for a "more
prosperous country and a fairer society". He then mentioned the possibility
of introducing annual immigration quotas, saying it would not apply to
asylum status. He said: "As regards immigration, once our asylum
obligations have been met, would you like us to be able to set annual
quotas defined by Parliament?"
Mr Macron then referred to the
"tensions and doubts linked to immigration and the failings of our
integration system". ...
But the possible imposition of quotas
floated by Mr Macron has sparked outrage and confusion as
curbing immigration is not one of the core demands of the yellow vests,
which include a higher minimum wage, a more participative democracy and Mr
Macron's resignation. ...
Mr Macron's letter explains how he is
addressing the anti-establishment movement's concerns through a national
debate in local meetings around the country and on the internet.
The French now have eight weeks to respond by contributing thoughts
on a mix of subjects in an initiative Mr Macron hopes will generate policy
ideas and help build a new "contract" with the nation. Four weeks after
that, in April, the government will share its conclusions.
debate will focus on taxes, public services, climate change and democracy.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD NORWAY
Norwegian elite support immigration
ScienceNordic, 16 January 2019
[Based on an
article by Bård Amundsen]
The future of the Norwegian welfare state largely depends on
support from the country's elite, says Trygve Gulbrandsen, a social
scientist at the University of Oslo's Institute for Social Research (ISF).
His latest research has been collected in a new book, "Elites
in an Egalitarian Society: Support for the Nordic Model".
Gulbrandsen has conducted two recent studies of the Norwegian
These studies were based on two comprehensive surveys
carried out in 2000 and 2015, where 1710 and 1352 people respectively with
top positions in Norway were asked about their ideas and opinions. The
surveys included business executives, heads of ministries, generals,
bishops, editors and heads of universities and cultural institutions.
Gulbrandsen has found that Norway's elite differ from the rest of
the population in one very significant way (aside from the fact that they
have more money): the elite are far more supportive of making it easier for
foreigners to immigrate to Norway.
"It's interesting to see that
there are also differences in Norway between the average person and the
elite when it comes to issues related to the nation's borders," Gulbrandsen
said in an interview posted on the ISF website. ...
At the same
time, Gulbrandsen's data suggest that the elite are much more likely than
the rest of the population to vote for political parties that are more
A large proportion of voters among the elite supported
right- or left- leaning parties in the 2013 election, while few voted for
more centrist parties, he said.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD CANADA
Don't ever question mass immigration or you'll be instantly racist
Post, 16 January 2019
The National Post has run a series of editorials noting that our
legal immigration channels work well, but the issue of border migration is
eroding public confidence in immigration. ...
This past weekend,
The Globe and Mail's senior political columnist, John Ibbitson, published a
buoyant endorsement of the government's current immigration policy
(continuing high rates) headlined, "Immigration's benefits are a matter of
I asked Herbert Grubel, professor of economics
(emeritus) at Simon Fraser University, and senior fellow of The Fraser
Institute specializing in immigration, for his opinion about Ibbitson's
Grubel notes that the average income taxes paid by
immigrants since 1986 have been about one-half of those paid by
non-immigrant Canadians. Yet immigrants absorb the same value of government
services (not more, as some people would have you believe), so the
difference between what immigrants pay in and take out amounts to not less
than $5,000 a year per person, he calculates. Do the collective math and
Grubel estimates that it comes to an annual $30 billion payout.
Neither Grubel nor I nor any reasonable Canadian believes
immigration is a bad thing in itself. We're all for it. ...
what happens if the number of immigrants should exceed the capacity of the
country's ability to absorb them? It isn't orderly immigration that sets
many Canadians' teeth on edge; it is mass immigration promoted as a good in
and of itself without regard to our actual present and future needs or
interests. Hundreds of thousands of immigrants now arrive here each year.
In Vancouver alone they require 300 housing units every week. This can only
drive up housing costs and add to the crowding in our hospitals. It can
also reshape the cultural ecology of old neighbourhoods, which residents
seem generally fine with when it happens more naturally over time, but find
very jarring when it happens with unsettling rapidity.
that even raising any "cultural" factor like that is a red flag to those
progressives who insist that culture is a construct of privilege and trying
to protect the culture we have is an act of bigotry. But discussing it
shouldn't be off-limits. People all over the world desire to live in Canada
because of its stability, prosperity, gender equality, excellent quality of
life and respect for the law. All of these national qualities are
downstream from culture. It is perfectly legitimate to worry that high
rates of immigration to Canada could undermine the very tenets of equality,
freedom and justice, those products of our own culture, that attract so
many in the first place. Of course, even the words "our own culture" are in
themselves divisive: to many progressives they are a shibboleth for
oppression; to me and my more conservative friends they are, relative to
all other cultures, words that evoke pride, yet we feel anxiety saying
Often, we also feel like stooges of politicians who claim to
be focused on immigrants' value to Canada, but who are really focused on
immigrants as voters. And we feel frustrated because rational discussion of
immigration does not seem possible when any and all objections are met with
mantras like "diversity is our strength" at the top. And because we are not
allowed to talk about these things without incurring charges of racism.
IMMIGRATION CASE FOR OPEN BORDERS, USA
There's Nothing Wrong With Open Borders
New York Times, 16 January 2019
I'm talking about opening up America's borders to everyone who
wants to move here.
Imagine not just opposing President Trump's
wall but also opposing the nation's cruel and expensive immigration and
border-security apparatus in its entirety. Imagine radically shifting our
stance toward outsiders from one of suspicion to one of warm embrace.
Imagine that if you passed a minimal background check, you'd be free to
live, work, pay taxes and die in the United States. Imagine moving from
Nigeria to Nebraska as freely as one might move from Massachusetts to
There's a witheringly obvious moral, economic, strategic and
cultural case for open borders, and we have a political opportunity to push
it. As Democrats jockey for the presidency, there's room for a brave
politician to oppose President Trump's racist immigration rhetoric not just
by fighting his wall and calling for the abolishment of I.C.E. but also by
making a proactive and affirmative case for the vast expansion of
... My family came to the United States from our
native South Africa in the late 1980s. After jumping through lots of
expensive and confusing legal hoops, we became citizens in 2000. ...
But why had I deserved that chance, while so many others back home
because their parents lacked certain skills, money or luck
were denied it?
When you see the immigration system up close,
you're confronted with its bottomless unfairness. The system assumes that
people born outside our borders are less deserving of basic rights than
those inside. My native-born American friends did not seem to me to warrant
any more dignity than my South African ones; according to this nation's
founding documents, we were all created equal. Yet by mere accident of
geography, some were given freedom, and others were denied it.
"When you start to think about it, a system of closed borders
begins to feel very much like a system of feudal privilege," said Reece
Jones, a professor of geography at the University of Hawaii who argues that
Democrats should take up the mantle of open borders. "It's the same idea
that there's some sort of hereditary rights to privilege based on where you
I admit the politics here are perilous. ...
People worry that immigrants will bring crime, even though stats
show immigrants are no more dangerous than natives. People worry they'll
take jobs away from native workers, even though most studies suggests that
immigration is a profound benefit to the economy, and there's little
evidence it hurts native workers. And if we worry that they'll hoover up
welfare benefits, we can impose residency requirements for them.
But these are all defensive arguments, and when you're on defense,
you're losing. For opponents of the president's xenophobic policies, a
better plan is to make the affirmative case for a lot more immigrants.
Economically and strategically, open borders isn't just a good plan
it's the only chance we've got. America is an aging nation with a
stagnant population. We have ample land to house lots more people, but we
are increasingly short of workers.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD DENMARK
Denmark: "In One Generation, Our Country Has Changed"
Institute, 16 January 2019
Turkey has been extremely active in ramping up its activities in
Denmark, apparently as part of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's
plan of strengthening Islam in the West. Denmark already has around 30
Turkish mosques out of approximately 170 mosques in total as of end of
2017. In 2006, there were 115 mosques in all of Denmark an increase
of nearly 50% in little more than a decade.
A recent government
study, "Analysis of children of descendants with a non-Western background",
shows that there continue to be huge problems with assimilating immigrants
into Danish society. ...
Today, there are roughly 500,000
immigrants and descendants of immigrants in Denmark. The cost to the Danish
state is 33 billion Danish kroner per year ($5 billion or 4.4 billion
euros), according to the Danish Ministry of Finance. It is estimated that
in 2060 there will be nearly 900,000 immigrants and descendants of
immigrants in Denmark, according to Denmark's official statistical bureau,
Danmark's Statistik. Denmark currently has a total population of 5.8
million people. If the lack of integration persists in the next generation
of descendants of immigrants, Denmark is looking at a significant societal
problem to which no one appears to have a solution.
Least of all,
Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen. In his New Year's speech, he
said that things are "going well" in Denmark. /.../ "When I was in high
school, he also said, "there were around 50,000 people with a non-Western
background in Denmark. Today, there are almost half a million. In one
generation, our country has changed". The country did not just "change".
Danish politicians, with their policies, changed it.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD CRIME, FINLAND
'It is unacceptable that people granted asylum here have brought evil': Finnish President expresses his 'disgust' at migrant grooming
gangs as country's child sex scandal escalates
MailOnline, 15 January 2019
The President of Finland has expressed his 'shock and disgust'
after police identified more suspects in connection with a foreign grooming
gang targeting children in a town in the north of the country.
Police suspect 16 foreign-born men of rape or other sexual abuses
of girls aged between ten and 15 in Oulu, northern Finland, adding another
four men to the investigation today.
In addition, police in the
capital Helsinki said on Sunday they had arrested three foreign-born men on
In a statement released on Monday, President Sauli
Niinistö said the crimes in Oulu 'shocked us with their inhumanity'.
He added: 'The right to integrity is one of the values on which our
society is based, and one which must be respected by everyone here.
'It is unacceptable that some asylum seekers, and even those who
have been granted asylum, have brought evil here and created insecurity.'
A citizens petition to withdraw asylum from people convicted of
sex crimes received 62,000 signatures over the weekend, breaking the 50,000
barrier needed to force parliament to consider the issue. ...
Statistics Finland says around 1,200 cases of sexual abuse of
minors are reported to the police each year, and that foreigners were
involved in 18 percent of the cases that came to trial last year.
Of Finland's population of just over 5.5 million, some 321,500
people are born in a foreign country, nearly six per cent.
POLITICS CONSERVATIVE PARTY
EU 'Conservative' Leader: Europeans 'Must Open Hearts' to Mass Migration
Breitbart, 14 January 2019
European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) leader Syed Kamall has
slammed policies to limit mass migration from the third world, blasting EU
nations' "hypocrisy" for refusing to open the border to Africa while their
own citizens move abroad.
"We must learn to open our hearts to
genuine asylum seekers people who are fleeing persecution," the UK
Conservative MEP told delegates at the 'Africa Summit 2019' at EU
Parliament last week.
Opening the ECR-sponsored conference, which
was promoted as an opportunity to exchange best practice between the EU and
African nations, Kamall complained, "Some [European countries] have not
even managed to make the distinction between asylum and immigration." ...
Though the leader of a staunchly conservative parliament grouping,
Kamall appeared in a leaked document of MEPs considered "allies" of the
globalist George Soros network and has often campaigned for mass migration
in his political career. ...
But in a statement, the London MEP
explained that his decision to support Brexit was based primarily on his
desire to see Britain welcome much more third world migration, a policy
goal he described as being "incompatible with our membership of the EU".
Denouncing a "shocking" lack of ethnic diversity in Brussels,
Kamall was a leading figure in campaigns blasting the EU as "too white"
last year, alongside his fellow UK 'Conservative' MEP Sajjad Karim, who
claimed the European Parliament "has been pale, male and stale for far too
long" and that this must change in order for the body to "actively oppose
Islamophobia" and populism.
MULTICULTURALISM ISLAM, USA, EUROPE
Rep André Carson Predicts Sizable 'Muslim Caucus' By 2030. Is He Correct, And Will It
Townhall, 14 January 2019
Democratic Rep. André Carson made news last week by
predicting that there could be as many as 30 to 35 Muslims in Congress and
possibly even a Muslim president or vice president by the year 2030.
Speaking to attendees at a "Community Congressional Reception"
hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on Thursday, the
Indiana congressman welcomed newly elected Representatives Ilhan Omar and
Rashida Tlaib - both of whom were in attendance and spoke later - and
celebrated the likelihood that their election victories were just the tip
of the iceberg that's to come.
"It's more than just about having
three Muslims in Congress," said Carson. "I think symbolically it has great
value, but I won't rest until 2020 we have five more members of Congress;
2022 and 24, we have 10 more Muslims in Congress. In 2030 we may have about
30, 35 Muslims in Congress." ...
... PEW Research predicts the
Muslim population in the United States could reach 8.1 million by 2050. If
so, it would comprise 2.1 percent of the total population, almost twice the
current 1.1 percent share. Sounds reasonable. However, the same article
acknowledges that the Muslim population "has been growing rapidly" from its
originally small base due to "higher fertility rates among Muslim Americans
as well as the continued migration of Muslims to the U.S." ...
Thanks to its physical proximity to Muslim countries so many are
desperate to leave, Western Europe is in an entirely different situation.
According to PEW Research, the share of Muslims on the continent grew from
19.5 million to 25.8 million (from 3.8 percent to almost 5 percent) from
2010 to 2016 alone. "By 2050, the share of the continent's population that
is Muslim could more than double, rising to 11.2% or more, depending on how
much migration is allowed into Europe," writes PEW, adding that even if
migration were "permanently halted" (something we all know probably won't
happen anytime soon), the "relative youth and high fertility rates" of
Muslims currently living in Europe would still cause the population to rise
to 7.4 percent.
Some countries project even higher in 2050, should
migration continue at current rates - Germany at 19.7 percent, UK at 17.2
percent, France at 18 percent and Sweden at 30.6 percent.
isn't projected, and what isn't generally spoken of in polite circles, is
where things go from there. ...
Yes, most individual Muslims are
doubtless good people who, like most immigrants, simply want the best for
themselves and their families. But you can do your own research and come to
your own conclusions on the virtues and drawbacks of Muslim majority
countries. (I will ask this though - If they are so great, why are so many
people itching to leave them?)
You can also decide for yourself
whether or not you want to live in one.
grandchildren and great-grandchildren, on the other hand, may not be so
Employment study debunks migrant worker myth
Personnel Today, 14 January 2019
Immigrants have been among the main beneficiaries of the employment
boom but not at the expense of workers born in the UK, and London is not
the main driver for the boom.
These are among the findings of
Setting the Record Straight, a Resolution Foundation analysis which, using
ONS statistics, looks into the reasons behind the record 75.7% employment
rate, up more than two percentage points from the rate in 2008. ...
Migrants, the study finds, have accounted for two-thirds of the
increase in employment since 2008 (in part because they have grown as a
share of the population) but in the same period the employment rate for
people born in the UK has risen by more than two percentage points to a
record high of 75.8%.
The report does not support those who suggest
employment growth is London-centric or that urban centres outside the
capital have been "left behind". Rising employment, it finds, has been
driven by parts of the country with relatively low-employment catching up.
ASYLUM IRANIANS, UK, FRANCE
Proof Britain IS a soft touch for migrants: We let 63 per cent of asylum seekers from Iran IN...while France keeps 69 per cent
Abul Taher and Peter Allen
Mail on Sunday, 13 January 2019
Britain was last night branded a 'soft touch' for accepting far
more Iranian asylum-seekers than France does.
Figures obtained by
The Mail on Sunday show the UK grants refugee status to almost two-thirds
of those who arrive from Iran. By contrast France takes in only one in
And even those refused asylum in Britain are highly unlikely
to be kicked out, analysis of official data shows. ...
of Deddington, chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: 'The British asylum
system is less stringent than the one in France and this is partly why
people are trying to come through Calais into Britain and not apply in
An analysis of Home Office data by Migration Watch found
that about 2,500 Iranians applied for asylum in the UK each year between
2008 and 2017, ...
In the past year, 63 per cent of the cases ended
with claimants being granted asylum, discretionary leave or humanitarian
protection. Only 37 per cent were rejected. ...
For the past five
years, an average of only about 100 failed applicants have been forcibly
removed or chosen to leave per annum less than four per cent of the
Refugee groups say that once an Iranian loses a bid to
remain on appeal, they often abscond and work in the black economy or their
lawyers submit a fresh asylum application which could take years to
The asylum rejection rate for Iranians is much higher in
France the country where all of the Calais migrants could have
applied for asylum.
Latest figures from Eurostat, the EU
statistical body, show that in 2017, France rejected 63 per cent of Iranian
asylum seekers at first decision and ordered them to leave the country. In
the first three quarters of 2018, that rose to 69 per cent.
French government source said the rejection rate for Iranians is similar to
the overall rate for all asylum seekers in France, which stands at around
70 per cent.
IMMIGRATION ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COSTS
We MUST control immigration and its costs both economic and social
Iain Duncan Smith and Neil
Sunday Express, 13 January 2019
For many, a key plank of the support for Brexit at the referendum
was the impact of uncontrolled immigration into the UK.
worried about the resulting negative impact on their access to public
services provision in terms of housing, GP appointments, educational
provision, social care and effects on jobs availability. It has long been
an article of faith for supporters of free movement that all migration
increases economic well being. However, studies apparently supporting this
view have conflated the economic effects of skilled, better-educated and
more highly-paid migrants with that of unskilled migrants.
spends about £4 billion a year providing housing and other social
benefits to EU migrants.
Economists for Free Trade (EFT) research
has shown that it is uncontrolled, unskilled migration that imposes costs
on the UK's public purse, as well as on local communities.
research estimates that the cost in supporting EU unskilled migrants is
about £3500 per year per adult migrant.
In effect, the
taxpayer provides a wage subsidy of about 20 per cent to the average
unskilled EU migrant.
There is no dispute about the positive impact
of skilled labour in contributing to the UK economy.
these effects increase in areas of dense migrant population.
communities hosting large EU and non-EU immigrant populations face higher
costs without compensation, as well as declining housing, health and
For example, EFT research found that in a
region like Leicester, which has the densest immigrant population in the
UK, the burden of unskilled immigrants per head in the local community
costs £287 annually, or about £6 per working week.
equates to around 1 per cent of average UK household disposable income per
In addition, there is evidence of differential impacts across
different UK-born groups with more negative effects for those with lower
levels of education.
Similar effects are found on the earnings of
UK lower-skilled workers.
A 1 percentage point increase in the
EU-born working age population ratio can reduce UK-born wages for the
lower-skilled by up to 0.8 per cent.
Thus, uncontrolled immigration
is a key economic issue, never mind a political one.
important aspect of the economic issue is that UK industry now has one of
the poorest records for investment in training, technological innovation
Such has been the effect of uncontrolled migration
in the UK that Centre for Social Justice research shows that only 15 per
cent of those who start work in entry level jobs will progress past that
level in their working lives.
Similar effects exist even amongst
skilled jobs. ...
The UK has the highest percentage of
foreign-trained doctors of any European country about three-times
that of France, Germany, or Spain.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD DOCTORS, EMPLOYMENT, EUROPEAN UNION
EU may need rules to stop doctors emigrating: German minister
Reuters, 13 January 2019
The European Union should consider regulating to stop member states
from poaching each other's doctors and other professionals, German Health
Minister Jens Spahn said. ...
"I can understand them. Switzerland
is a beautiful country. But what is clear is that there is a shortage of
these professionals in Germany. And then Polish doctors work in our
country, and in turn there is a shortage of them in Poland," he told Swiss
tabloid Blick am Sonntag.
"That cannot be right. We should
therefore think about whether we need to create new regulations on the
luring away of people with certain professions within the EU, and without
fundamentally calling into question the freedom of movement within Europe,"
he was quoted as saying.
Spahn added that there were currently such
agreements within the World Health Organization that could serve as a
model, but he did not spell out what those were or how they might be
applied within the EU.
CRIME ALBANIANS, COCAINE
Kings of cocaine: how the Albanian mafia seized control of the UK drugs trade
13 January 2019
How Albanians came to conquer the UK's cocaine market is a lesson
in criminal savvy; the value of making friends with the world's most
dangerous mafias; and the absolute threat of violence.
with a business model that was simple in concept, but sufficiently bold to
subvert the existing order. For years cocaine's international importers
worked separately from its wholesalers and the gangs. ...
Albanians ditched the entire model. They began negotiating directly with
the Colombian cartels who control coca production. ...
Saggers, the former head of drugs threat and intelligence at the National
Crime Agency, who has spent 30 years analysing the rhythms of the global
narcotics economy, said: "What they have done very intelligently is say:
'OK, we've got these margins to play with and we're going to give a good
slice of that to the customer.'"
The Albanian effect has profoundly
shaped the use, production and economy of cocaine. The drug is at its
cheapest in the UK since 1990 and purer than it has been for a decade,
which has caused record fatalities. The UK has the highest number of young
users in Europe. More broadly, far bigger and more frequent shipments of
the drug have been seized entering the UK as cocaine production in south
America has hit record levels - up 31% on 2016. ...
Yet for the
Albanians' model to truly work it required control of Europe's ports. For
that the Mafia Shqiptare needed to collaborate with the 'Ndrangheta, the
most powerful and globalised of the Italian mafias, which controls mainland
Europe's cocaine trade.
There is considerable evidence that not
only are the Albanians working with the 'Ndrangheta, but that they have
formed the tightest of alliances. ...
Collectively, the Belgian and
Dutch ports employ 240,000 people, a cohort of whom, police intelligence
indicates, work for the 'Ndrangheta and Mafia Shqiptare. ...
Sergi, a lecturer in criminology at the University of Essex who specialises
in mafia relationships, confirmed Albanians and the southern Italian crime
group have joined forces.
BBC announces new programmes celebrating British diversity, including a collaboration with Sir Lenny
Digital Spy, 13 January 2019
BBC 4 has announced a series of new programmes that will celebrate
The new programmes will explore the secret
tribes and communities that have helped shape modern British history.
They'll air across February and include programmes such as A
Very British History, a new series exploring the untold stories of
communities across the UK, and a series of monologues produced in
collaboration with Sir Lenny Henry Henry and The Young Vic, titled Soon
Gone: A Windrush Chroniclal.
There's also Windrush: Movement
Of The People by Phoenix Dance Theatre, a contemporary dance piece
celebrating the first large arrival of Caribbean migrants to the UK.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION BORDER SECURITY
How to deal with immigrant crisis
Daily Express, 12 January 2019
Border Force and Government have been driven to distraction by a
sudden influx of small boats trying to cross from Calais to Kent bearing
entire families of immigrants claiming to be refugees from persecution and
even death. ...
Technically all seekers after sanctuary should
register with the authorities of the first safe eU country where they make
landfall. But they don't. They keep pressing on north-west, through Greece,
Italy or France, with local help and encouragement (thanks, partners) until
they reach a point on the French coast facing their true Mecca us.
Then the repeated attempts to cross that 21-mile strip of water.
Thence the quandary. We have a noble tradition of allowing
sanctuary to real refugees fleeing real persecution from the
Huguenots to the Jews to those of today. But there is such massive and
pandemic persecution in the world that we simply cannot take them all or
even a small fraction of them.
Nor do we know whether they are
lying to us real escapers from terror and death or freeloaders
looking for a cushy billet within our generous system? Are Italy and France
dictatorships? No. So why not register there and then ask to come here?
There is a possible solution.
We establish on French soil with
their cooperation a vetting office, staffed with linguists. It would cost,
but not as much as turning the Channel into a war zone. Those who have
deliberately destroyed their Id papers must be presumed liars. Those lying
about where they really come from are also refused. In our expanding
economy, likely to further expand when we are free of the EU, we need the
educated, talented, willing to work.
If we could check them out in
France, we could allow in the cream of the cream and make plain to the
fraudsters they were never coming here legally and only deportation awaits.
We could also by then have a record of all those turned away. It may sound
harsh but segregation into categories is the only practical way. Those
deliberately avoiding our vetting office would have declared their
IMMIGRATION ABROAD CHILD BRIDES, USA
Requests to bring in child brides OK'd; legal under US laws
AP News /
Associated Press, 12 January 2019
Thousands of requests by men to bring in child and adolescent
brides to live in the United States were approved over the past decade,
according to government data obtained by The Associated Press. In one case,
a 49-year-old man applied for admission for a 15-year-old girl.
approvals are legal: The Immigration and Nationality Act does not set
minimum age requirements for the person making the request or for that
person's spouse or fiancee. By contrast, to bring in a parent from
overseas, a petitioner has to be at least 21 years old.
weighing petitions, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services goes by
whether the marriage is legal in the spouse or fiancee's home country and
then whether the marriage would be legal in the state where the petitioner
The data raises questions about whether the immigration
system may be enabling forced marriage and about how U.S. laws may be
compounding the problem despite efforts to limit child and forced marriage.
Marriage between adults and minors is not uncommon in the U.S., and most
states allow children to marry with some restrictions.
more than 5,000 cases of adults petitioning on behalf of minors and nearly
3,000 examples of minors seeking to bring in older spouses or fiances,
according to the data requested by the Senate Homeland Security Committee
in 2017 and compiled into a report. ...
Some victims of forced
marriage say the lure of a U.S. passport combined with lax U.S. marriage
laws are partly fueling the petitions. ...
There are no nationwide
statistics on child marriage, but data from a few states suggests it is far
from rare. State laws generally set 18 as the minimum age for marriage, yet
every state allows exceptions. Most states let 16- and 17-year-olds marry
if they have parental consent, and several states including New
York, Virginia and Maryland allow children under 16 to marry with
Reiss researched data from her home state, New
Jersey. She determined that nearly 4,000 minors, mostly girls, were married
in the state from 1995 to 2012, including 178 who were under 15.
"This is a problem both domestically and in terms of immigration,"
she said. ...
The country where most requests came from was Mexico,
followed by Pakistan, Jordan, the Dominican Republic and Yemen.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION BOATS
Migrant boats are now landing in northern England in a change of tactic by people smugglers
Metro, 12 January 2019
Migrants making the perilous journey over the seas into the UK are
changing course to avoid capture, it has emerged.
smugglers are sending people in small boats on 200-mile journeys to land in
more sparsely populated areas further up the coast.
reveal there have been at least two incidents of men landing in
Lincolnshire in the last two months in a noticeable change of tactic.
It is thought they are exploiting the fact that Border Force
patrols are so heavily focused on patrolling the English Channel around
Kent that they can slip in unnoticed.
CRIME NIGERIANS, REPUBLIC OF IRELAND, EUROPE
Nigerian gangs trafficking children into Ireland for sex
Irish Examiner, 12 January 2019
Highly organised Nigerian gangs are earning "extremely high
profits" from trafficking children into 12 European countries, including
Ireland, for prostitution, according to the EU police agency. ...
The Europol report on the trafficking and exploitation of underage
victims said southern EU countries, such as Italy and Spain, are the main
entry points for trafficked Nigerians.
It said victims are then
forced into prostitution in both the two entry countries and 10 other
member states, including Ireland.
It said Nigerian organised crime
gangs pose a "great challenge" to EU law enforcement. It said they were
well organised, but not structured like most other crime networks. ...
The report said the cellular structure makes it easy to move
victims and that if one cell is dismantled by police, the other cells can
It said: "Nigerian networks generate extremely
high criminal profits, as each victim is forced to pay back the
organisation usually between 30,000 and 60,000."
said most victims of Nigerian gangs were aged between 15 and 17, though the
reports documents children aged 11-15 and some aged six-10 and even under
The girls were often promised well-paid jobs. The gangs often
involved family relatives to persuade the girls to move and in other cases
use voodoo rituals.
ASYLUM ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, DEPORTATION
Only one in three failed asylum seekers end up leaving Britain as the others vanish into the 'black economy', damning report
Daily Mail, 11 January 2019
Only one in three failed asylum seekers gets removed from Britain
in a system 'rife with abuse', a damning report has revealed.
only does this 'corrode' trust in the rules, but it also provides an
incentive to migrants to try to reach the UK illegally, a former Home
Office chief warned.
David Wood, head of immigration enforcement
until 2015, sets out his findings today in a 74-page report for the
think-tank Civitas. ...
After analysis of Home Office figures, Mr
Wood said that between 2010 and 2016, 80,813 people were refused sanctuary
or withdrew their asylum applications. Of these, only 29,659 were deported
just 36 per cent.
There was also a growing backlog of cases
where people waited longer than six months more than tripling from
4,081 at the start of the decade to 14,306 in 2017.
... Mr Wood
said: 'Once migrants reach the UK they are usually here to stay whether
they have a valid claim to be here or not.
'This means that these
numbers add to an ever-growing number of migrants in the country who have
no lawful entitlement to be here.
'Furthermore, the failure to deal
with this situation provides an incentive to further attempts to come to
the UK by people who have no right to be here.' Under the 1951 Refugee
Convention, those seeking refuge from war or persecution can be granted
asylum. UK rules allow unsuccessful applicants to appeal.
Guidelines say that failed asylum seekers should be detained only
if deporting them is a realistic prospect. But Mr Wood said more should be
done to speed up processing applications and to boost removals of those who
are declined sanctuary.
He said the initial decision-making process
should be streamlined, rather than subjecting every applicant to a lengthy
interview. For instance, if it is established that someone is fleeing a
warzone, they would automatically be entitled to asylum, leaving officials
free to work on more complex cases.
Applicants should be made to
take lie detector tests to quickly identify areas of their story that might
be fabricated, he suggested.
More failed asylum seekers should be
detained if travel documents can be obtained from their home country, he
added, meaning they do not escape. If a nation is refusing to provide
paperwork, the failed refugee should simply be put on a flight there to be
dealt with by UK consular staff.
Mr Wood said: 'It is an important
principle that people fleeing persecution should be given refuge by
countries in a position to offer it. But where asylum processes are being
used as a way of facilitating economic migration it is essential to be able
to quickly and efficiently distinguish between the two, in order to ensure
those entitled to help receive it quickly, and to ensure that UK citizens
do not lose faith and support for a system that is rife with abuse.'
POLITICS PARLIAMENT, UN GLOBAL COMPACT ON MIGRATION
Parliament REFUSES Petition to Reject UN Migrant Pact: 'Already Been Agreed'
11 January 2019
The British Parliament has refused to debate a petition to reject
the UN compact on migration as it "has already been agreed by the UK
The petition, which has nearly 130,000 signatures,
called on the Government to follow countries like the United States,
Hungary, and Australia and reject the United Nations Compact for Safe,
Orderly, and Regular Migration, which is the first attempt at the "global
governance" and institutionalisation of migration.
has decided not to schedule a debate on this petition because the UN Global
Compact on Migration has already been agreed by the UK Government," said
"The final text of the Compact was agreed by the UK
Government in July last year. It was adopted by the UN General Assembly in
December," it added, before claiming that the compact is "not legally
binding and cannot compel the UK Government to change its own immigration
policies" despite legal experts warning that the agreement exists in a
legal "grey area" and could be used to interpret national immigration law.
While Britain committed to the agreement at the Intergovernmental
Conference in Marrakech, Morocco, on December 10th, the minimum number of
signatures needed to trigger Parliament's Backbench Business Committee to
consider it for a full debate 100,000 had been reached a week
before then, with Parliament only rejecting the debate Wednesday.
POLITICS ABUSE, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
The politically correct tactics of the mob outside parliament
blog, 11 January 2019
People are talking about the ugly protests outside parliament as if
they are a new and strange phenomenon in British politics. The rough
bellowing at politicians. The hollering of the word 'Nazi!' at people who
clearly aren't Nazis. The attempt to shout down politicians and journalists
who simply want to make a political point. It is all so shocking and
strange and un-British, commentators claim. Really? To me, the protests
look and sound incredibly familiar. They look like another expression of
the nasty, censorious, violent-minded political correctness that has been
growing for years in this country. These protests aren't fascism in action
they're political correctness in action.
All the elements
are there. The branding of your opponents as fascists and Nazis. 'Anna
Soubry is a Nazi!', the self-styled 'yellow vest' mob hollered on College
Green while Soubry was being interviewed by the BBC. The casual flinging
about of the 'fascist' slur is par for the course these days. Corbynistas
do it. Online virtue-signallers do it, in particular against anyone who
voted for Brexit. Campus warriors against 'offensive' speech do it all the
time. To them, anyone who isn't 100 per cent trans-friendly and in favour
of mass immigration is basically Goebbels reincarnated.
protesters' attempts to drown out people's voices. Their use of the
heckler's veto to silence those they disagree with. They've done that to
Sky reporters, MPs, Guardian columnists. This is very familiar too.
It's been happening on campuses for years. Witness the ugly barracking of
Maryam Namazie by those who dislike her criticisms of Islam. Or the fact
that Julie Bindel can't set foot on a campus without 50 snowflakes
screaming for her to be silenced. Or the way Jacob Rees-Mogg and virtually
anyone who is to the right of John McDonnell can expect to be greeted at
universities by protesters determined to heckle them into oblivion.
Those stupid people in College Green might be hard right, but they
are using tactics that were developed by the left. The tactics of
intolerance, of censorship-by-shouting, of historically illiterate
accusations of 'fascism' against anyone who isn't completely on their side.
I've seen it all before. I've seen pro-Israel speakers on
campuses being branded scum, fascists, murderers. I've seen humanist
critics of Islam like Maajid Nawaz being branded fellow travellers of the
IMMIGRATION ABROAD RELIGION, INDIA
Is India Becoming a Hindu Pakistan?
Bloomberg, 11 January 2019
India is, and has been since independence in 1947, a liberal
secular democracy. ...
Till now. For the first time, India's
leaders have sought to redefine the country effectively as a home for South
Asians that aren't Muslims and they're enshrining the distinction
into law. That's the underlying message of a bill that was passed this week
by the lower house of India's Parliament, in which Prime Minister Narendra
Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party has a majority.
new law amends the religion-blind Citizenship Act written in the early
years of Indian independence "to facilitate acquisition of citizenship by
six identified minority communities namely Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists,
Christians and Parsis from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh." Calling
them "persecuted migrants," the government minister who introduced the
amendment said "they have nowhere to go but India."
Sadly, that may
well be true. Many of India's neighbors have a far worse record dealing
with their religious minorities than India has with its own. And India must
certainly welcome them.
Yet, in spite of its claims, India's
government is not in fact acting purely on humanitarian impulses. After
all, at the moment the most persecuted minority on India's borders are the
Rohingyas who have fled Myanmar; being Muslim, they're very obviously not
welcome. Neither are the Shias and Ahmadis who are the focus of everyday
violence in Pakistan or, for that matter, the atheist bloggers of
Bangladesh that have been threatened by machete-wielding extremists. As one
commentator put it, the amendment could be summed up in one phrase: "No
Muslims please, this is India."
IMMIGRATION ABROAD ITALY
Ex-Jihadist Reveals Network Smuggling Islamic Radicals to Europe as Migrants
10 January 2019
After receiving information from a former jihadist, Italian police
have arrested 15 suspects alleged to be part of an organisation that helped
smuggle radical Islamic terrorists into the country as illegal migrants and
The arrests were made in the cities of Palermo,
Trapani, Caltanissetta, and Brescia this week with the 15 suspects facing
various criminal charges from forming a criminal association for the
purposes of illegal immigration and smuggling to terrorism-related charges,
newspaper Il Giornale reports.
The former jihadi blew the
lid on the Islamist fighter-smuggling operation, saying to the police: "I'm
telling you what I know because I want to prevent you from finding an army
of kamikaze in Italy." ...
Prosecutors added that the organisation,
which largely smuggled jihadists from Tunisia, "constitutes a current and
concrete threat to national security because it is able to provide several
illegal immigrants with a hidden, safe, and fast maritime passage." ...
The arrests come after Tunisian authorities seized a boat of
illegal immigrants heading for Italy last August that was revealed to have
been more than half-full with radical Islamists, with nine of the 15 people
on board linked to terror.
The seizure followed an Interpol warning
in February of last year that claimed up to 50 Tunisian Islamic radicals
had made the voyage to Italy as illegal migrants.
POLITICS PUBLIC OPINION, SCOTLAND
Scots reject SNP call for immigration powers
The Times, 10 January 2019
Nicola Sturgeon's desire to secure control of immigration in
Scotland has been dealt a blow by a survey showing that most Scottish
people oppose the idea.
The first minister launched a fresh bid
this week for Scotland to take charge of its own borders policy, arguing
that the country was in desperate need of boosting its working-age
population with migrants from the EU.
However, a survey for
Britain's leading independent social research institute has shown not only
that Scots do not share this view but they are also sceptical about
allowing freedom of movement to continue from Europe after Brexit.
POPULATION LOCAL STATISTICS
Use Facebook to improve migration data, says think-tank
Financial Times, 9 January 2019
Government statisticians should consider acquiring data from social
media companies such as Facebook to improve the UK's often vague estimates
of how many immigrants live in each area, a think-tank has recommended.
The proposal was made in the Social Market Foundation's All
Immigration is Local report, which looks at how to ensure the benefits
of immigration are broadly shared across the UK and how newcomers
contribute to local economies.
The report, published on Wednesday,
said current official statistics, which rely heavily on extrapolating from
market research-style surveys, provided so little certainty that it was
hard to assess the population of many towns.
It cited the example
of Boston, Lincolnshire, which according to the Office for National
Statistics (ONS), has a migrant population of 21,000. The report said the
statistics had a "confidence interval" of 10,000, meaning the town might
have anything between 11,000 and 31,000 migrants. The potential error could
mean the town had anything between 58,000 and 78,000 inhabitants.
Such uncertainty complicated efforts to help areas cope with the
impact that immigrants had on schools, hospitals and other public services,
the research said. The government seeks to alleviate such pressures mainly
through its controlling migration fund, which makes grants to local
authorities to strengthen public services.
The lack of good data
also made it hard for local authorities to publicise the benefits their
areas accrued from immigrants' spending, taxes and other economic activity,
the report said. ...
The foundation also examined the shortcomings
of government efforts to mitigate the strain on some small towns and rural
areas from rapid increases in immigration.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION SMUGGLING
I've smuggled 300 migrants into UK boasts Afghan trafficker who has been booted out of the country TWICE
The Sun, 9 January 2019
A people smuggler has boasted to The Sun of getting 300 migrants
across the Channel.
The Afghan fixer named Anam, 28, told our team
that he helps set up speedboat crossings to the UK for £6,000 per
He said in Calais, France: "If police catch you, they never
send you back. It's secure to go, no danger."
The National Crime
Agency is investigating our findings.
Smugglers in Britain are
sneaking migrants across the Channel with payments sent to a backstreet
The scam is being orchestrated by the Afghan "Mr Fix
It" already booted out of the UK twice.
Anam charges would-be
migrants £6,000 for a speedboat crossing and £2,500 to go in a
The Calais-based fixer, who uses a UK mobile
phone to run the illegal operation, claims to have helped 300 migrants get
He boasted to undercover reporters how easy it was to
get from Calais to Folkestone, Kent and they would stay in the UK
even if caught. ...
If the dinghy plan failed he could even
guarantee arrival by lorry claiming he smuggled nine people that way
in the fortnight before Christmas.
Anam said he pays East European
truck drivers £3,000 a migrant. He smirked: "In Romania and Poland
people can work for £800 two months. For £3,000 for each person
they all jumping, dancing for it."
IMMIGRATION ABROAD CRIME, AUSTRALIA
African gangs in Melbourne are a problem, police admit, as Victorian Government defends strategy
and Guy Stayner
ABC News, 9 January 2019
Victorian police have conceded Melbourne has a problem with African
street gangs, after earlier insisting there were no gangs in the city, as
the State Government rejects criticism it has dropped the ball on the
Police Minister Lisa Neville on Tuesday defended the
Government's handling of youth crime after the Federal Government on Monday
said "African gang crime" was out of control in Melbourne because of
lenient state policies. ...
Just days after Victoria Police Deputy
Commissioner Andrew Crisp said he did "not accept for a minute that we do
have gangs", Acting Chief Commissioner Shane Patton said there were African
street gangs in Melbourne.
"We have for a significant period of
time said that there is an issue with overrepresentation by African youth
in serious and violent offending as well as public disorder issues," Acting
Commissioner Patton said.
Mass Immigration And The Growth Of Inequality
Social Europe, 8 January
The claim that immigration is economically beneficial appears to be
an article of faith amongst those who consider themselves progressive.
However, mere changes in total GDP often mean little in terms of the lived
reality of society. Much more important is whether or not mass immigration
changes the social structure and the pattern of economic inequality.
Economic inequality (in the distribution of income and wealth) has
been growing in virtually every developed society. It is clear that there
is no single cause, but one important driver is changes in the occupational
structure. In some countries, but especially in the UK and the USA,
occupational growth has polarised: there are more well-paid high-skilled
jobs, there are more low-paid jobs, but there are fewer moderately
well-paid secure jobs in the middle.
A growing social science
research suggests that the reason for the existence of low-paid jobs has
been precisely the availability of a large pool of immigrant labour.
Low-paid jobs have expanded simply because there are people prepared to do
them. If this labour supply did not exist and, crucially, if there was no
alternative labour supply, then the jobs would not exist. The argument that
immigrants are 'needed' to fill existing jobs takes the existing jobs and
hence the occupational structure for granted; furthermore, it accepts that
immigrants are the only possible source of additional labour.
some sectors enterprises' business model depends upon paying low wages. The
transformation of agriculture in the USA and more recently in the UK has
involved a shift to forms of production and even to crops that are only
viable because of low wages. ...
Until the 1980s domestic servants
were declining in numbers. Today professionals and managers expect to
employ domestic labour to clean their houses, mind their children, etc.
These jobs are overwhelmingly taken by immigrants who are often illegals.
This relationship between mass immigration and occupational
change cannot be generalised to all periods and places. The mass European
migration in the second half of the 19th century to the USA and other areas
of new settlement did not have this result, nor in fact did the mass
immigration to Western Europe in the post-world war period. It is, however,
clear that today those who call for 'open borders' the unrestricted
entry of unskilled workers into the EU are facilitating a more
polarised occupational structure, more low paid workers and greater social
and economic inequality.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD POLITICAL VIOLENCE, GERMANY
German Populist Party Chairman Hospitalised in 'Assassination' Attempt
Breitbart, 8 January 2019
German member of parliament for the populist Alternative for
Germany (AfD) Frank Magnitz was brutally attacked Monday evening in what
some are labelling an assassination attempt. ...
... He was taken
to a local hospital soon after the attack with the AfD claiming that the
police were investigating the matter as an act of politically-motivated
The brutal attack comes less than a week after an
office belonging to the AfD in the city of Döbeln was bombed in what
is also believed by the State Criminal Police Office (LKA) to have been a
politically motivated attack.
The AfD say they keep track of
attacks against their officers, members, and their homes, and gave
statistics to Breitbart London which showed that attacks have risen from
only four in 2014 to well over 600 in 2017.
Antifa violence has also become more violent and more pronounced in Germany
over the last several years, with members of the extremist organisation
releasing terror manuals encouraging attacks on the AfD.
POPULATION PRESSURE HOUSING
England 'needs millions of homes to solve housing crisis'
BBC, 8 January 2019
Three million new social homes must be built in England over 20
years to solve the "housing crisis", a report says.
Shelter said 1.2 million homes are needed for younger families who cannot
afford to buy and "face a lifetime in expensive and insecure private
Existing schemes like Help to Buy are a less effective
use of taxpayers' money, the report claims. ...
claims 1.3 million homes are needed to house those in greatest need -
including homeless people and those living with a disability. ...
The report was authored by 16 independent commissioners, including
former Labour leader Ed Miliband, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Baroness Doreen
Lawrence, TV architect George Clarke and Grenfell survivor Ed Daffarn.
MULTICULTURALISM SEGREGATED SCHOOLS, USA
'I Love My Skin!' Why Black Parents Are Turning to Afrocentric Schools
New York Times, 8
"I love myself!" the group of mostly black children shouted in
unison. "I love my hair, I love my skin!" When it was time to settle down,
their teacher raised her fist in a black power salute. The students did the
same, and the room hushed. ...
It was a typical morning at Ember
Charter School in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, an Afrocentric school that
sits in a squat building on a quiet block in a neighborhood long known as a
center of black political power.
Though New York City has tried to
desegregate its schools in fits and starts since the 1954 Supreme Court
ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, the school system is now one of the
most segregated in the nation. But rather than pushing for integration,
some black parents in Bedford-Stuyvesant are choosing an alternative:
schools explicitly designed for black children. ...
"Some of us are
pro-integration, some of us are anti- and others are ambivalent," said
Lurie Daniel Favors, a member of Parenting While Black, a newly formed
group of Brooklyn parents. "Even if integrated education worked perfectly
and our society spent the past 60-plus years trying it's
still not giving black children the kind of education necessary to create
the solutions our communities need."
Children of any race may apply
to an Afrocentric school, though they are overwhelmingly black. Some have
sizable numbers of Hispanic students Ember, which goes from
kindergarten to eighth grade and is about a third Hispanic, incorporates
Spanish into the students' morning affirmation but the schools
typically have few or no white applicants. ...
With the city's
approval, any principal can adopt a black-centric curriculum with
black teachers, and a focus on black culture in literature, history and art
classes as long as the school complies with state educational
And though a recent study found that some
Afrocentric charter schools are low-performing, they remain popular among
parents and many educators. Milwaukee and Chicago both have prominent
black-centric charter schools. /.../ New Afrocentric public schools and
programs have recently sprouted in Washington, D.C., and Oakland, Calif.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, COST, USA
Can a Wall Pay for Itself?: An Update
Steven A. Camarota
Center for Immigration
Studies, 8 January 2019
When asking whether a border wall can pay for itself, the key
questions are the cost of each illegal immigrant, and the number of illegal
crossers, vs. the cost of a wall. Making reasonable estimates of these
factors allows us to calculate what share of future illegal border-crossers
the wall would have to stop or deter from trying to enter in order for the
wall to be cost-effective. This updated analysis indicates that to pay for
the president's $5 billion wall request, a wall would have to prevent about
60,000 crossings or 3 to 4 percent of expected illegal crossers in
the next decade. If we make much more conservative assumptions about both
the cost of illegal immigrants and future flows, it still shows that a wall
would have to stop or deter only a modest percentage of illegal crossings
to pay for itself. ...
To estimate the fiscal cost of illegal
immigrants in our prior analysis we applied the average net fiscal impact
(taxes paid minus costs) of immigrants by education from a NAS study to the
education level of illegal border-crossers. Based on that analysis, we
estimate that each crosser creates a net cost of $74,722 (taxes paid minus
costs) during his or her lifetime, excluding costs for their U.S.-born
children. The figures from the NAS study are in 2012 dollars; converting
them to 2018 dollars would raise them to $82,191. This estimate means that
for every 100,000 illegal immigrants prevented from crossing illegally, it
would save taxpayers $8.2 billion over the illegal immigrants' lifetimes.
As we discussed at length in our prior analysis, the primary factor
driving these costs is the low education level of such a large share of
illegal crossers. There is agreement among researchers that illegal
immigrants overwhelmingly have modest levels of education most have
not completed high school or have only a high-school education. There is
also agreement that immigrants who come to the United States with modest
levels of education create significantly more in costs for government than
they pay in taxes.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD FRANCE
Yves Cochet: to save the planet, we must "limit our births" and "better welcome migrants".
In an interview with L'Obs, former Environment Minister Yves Cochet
proposes measures to encourage people to have fewer children in order to
limit the ecological cost of the population and to be able to welcome more
"Let's reverse our policy of encouraging the birth
rate!" In an interview with L'Obs magazine on January 3, Yves Cochet
unveils radical solutions to save the planet in the face of climate change.
In concrete terms, the former Minister of the Environment under
Lionel Jospin, proposes "to reverse the logic of family allowances" ... He
added:"Not having any more children is the first ecological gesture." ...
However, he denies that he is "racist or elitist" and states: "I am
not targeting the poorest countries, which have more children than others.
On the contrary. Rich countries are the first to have to decrease
demographically." He added that limiting births would allow us to "better
welcome the migrants who are knocking on our doors".
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION POLITICS, ANTI-RACISM
How immigration makes us all irrational
Washington Examiner, 7 January 2019
Some 300 men they are almost all men, and seem to be mainly
from Iran have tried to reach Britain in small boats since November.
That number is not large when we consider that around 7,500 people claimed
asylum in the UK during the same period. Still, dinghies make good
photographs, and news is slow at this time of year, so British tabloids
were quick to proclaim a "crisis." ...
Immigration makes all sides
irrational. To redeploy Royal Navy vessels to the Channel, as Britain is
now doing at a cost of $25,000 a day, is an absurd over-reaction. If the UK
truly wanted to reduce illegal immigration, it would spend an equivalent
sum of money on ensuring that deportation orders were properly enforced.
Every bit as irrational is the reaction of the virtue-signaling
Left. Most of us agree that a measure of controlled and legal immigration
can benefit a country. Left-wingers are perfectly within their rights to
argue that immigration policy should be guided by compassion rather than
GDP growth that we should, in other words, count poverty and
desperation as qualifications rather than just economic utility. But how,
on those grounds, can you possibly justify a system that allows a handful
of would-be settlers to jump the queue by paying people-smugglers?
If anything, the Channel crossing belongs in a Darwinian
science-fiction novel. Some futuristic dystopian state might seek to
improve its genetic stock by closing its borders, knowing that only the
shrewdest, hardiest and most determined migrants would attempt the sea
journey. How have progressives now come, in effect if not in intention, to
support such a policy? How have they reached the point where they want to
contract out immigration policy to criminal gangs?
The answer, I
suspect, has to do with changes on the Left since the late 1960s in
particular the elevation of anti-racism as the supreme virtue, the card
that trumps feminism, free speech, secularism and everything else. There
are people in Britain, as in the United States, who struggle to see past
the color of the would-be migrants' skins. A few of these people are white
supremacists. Many more are well-meaning liberals who are so determined not
to give succor to racists that they end up backing idiotic policies from a
tribalism of their own. In Britain, this means agitating to admit the boat
people. In the United States, it means arguing that a gang of Hondurans who
pitch up at the border should be allowed to elbow aside those who have
applied properly and legally.
People-smuggling is a huge industry,
and it grows larger every day. Rising aspirations and improved technology
notably smartphones with both a GPS function and the ability to
transfer credit are triggering mass movements of peoples. Wealthy
countries need to work out how to deal with migratory pressures never
before encountered in peace-time.
They need to accept that human
institutions are necessarily imperfect and that, under any conceivable
system, some rogues will get in while some deserving applicants are kept
out. That is not an argument for abandoning all your rules. On the
contrary, it is an argument for enforcing them properly.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD CRIMINALS, AUSTRALIA
Violent and sexual offenders stripped of Australian visas
Liberal, 7 January 2019
More than 800 non-citizen criminals were stripped of their visas
for serious crimes in 2018.
One hundred had their visas cancelled
for committing child sex offences or for involvement in child exploitation
and pornography, 53 were stripped of their visas for domestic violence as
were 34 rapists or other sexual offenders
About 500 criminals who
committed violent offences are among those stripped of their visas,
including 13 for murder, seven for manslaughter, 125 for assault and 56 for
Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton said the
Government is committed to protecting our communities and keeping
"There's no place in our country for people who
come here and harm Australians," Mr Dutton said.
"We welcome people
from all round the world, but those few who think they can live in
Australia and be involved in criminal actions need to know they won't be
Under the previous Labor Government, in the five
years between 2009 and 2013, just 582 visas were cancelled under the
character provisions in s 501 of Migration Act 1958.
the Coalition has cancelled a total of 4150 visas more than seven
times that of Labor.
University Spends $10.6 MILLION A Year On Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion Salaries. Is It Working?
Daily Wire, 7 January 2019
The University of Michigan (UM) spends about $10.6 million a year
on the salaries of 82 employees who have something relating to diversity in
Mark Perry, an economics professor at the university
and an American Enterprise Scholar, compiled data on publicly available
salaries searching for the terms "diversity," "equity," and "inclusion." He
found 82 employees with some combination of those words in their title and
added up their salaries for the total. The highest paid employee with a
variation of this title is the school's vice provost for equity and
inclusion and chief diversity officer (that's his full title), who is paid
$407,653 a year. ...
"The University of Michigan Has At Least 82
Full-Time Diversity Officers at a Total Annual Payroll Cost of $10.6M. That
Would Support Full In-State Tuition for 708 Students," Perry wrote in a
tweet about his data.
CRIME VEHICLE COLLISIONS, INSURANCE FRAUD
Crash-for-cash gang 'plagued Luton's roads' causing 80 collisions and scamming £1.2m from
Luton Today, 7 January 2019
The ringleader of a Luton gang behind a £1.2m crash-for-cash
scam operation has been jailed for six years.
Raja Mehmood, 35, of
Sherd Close, Luton, was the ringleader of an organised crime group believed
to be behind around 80 collisions between 2013 and 2015.
members of the group were also sentenced after a three-day hearing at St
Albans Crown Court concluded today (Monday).
Eight people in total
were jailed for nearly 33 years, with others receiving suspended sentences.
Fellow gang members included:
Steven Seaton, ... Mita
Mistri, ... Naveed Khan, ... Nadeem Khan, ... Ataf Hussain, ...
investigation uncovered around 80 collisions in total that could be
directly linked to the group. Another 10 people were also involved in the
fraud, including family members and partners of the OCG members, either
helping to stage the accidents or making false insurance claims and
collecting the illegal pay outs. ...
"Mehmood was the ringleader at
the centre of the gang who plagued Luton's roads before fleeing the
country, instead of owning up to his crimes, leaving other gang members to
take the fall. ..."
ASYLUM ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
Reality Check: Who rescues migrants in the Channel?
BBC, 6 January 2019
In 2018, the Home Office says 539 people attempted to travel to the
UK on small boats. Of these, 434 (around 80%) made their attempts in the
last three months of the year.
Of the 539, 227 (42%) were
intercepted by the French before they made it to the UK.
Royal Navy patrol ship has been sent to deter them - but when people do
cross, who is responsible for rescuing them?
territorial waters stretch for 12 miles off its coast. After that, you're
into international waters.
If a boat carrying people is found
within national waters it's fairly clear-cut - that country has a duty to
rescue them to a place of safety.
In international waters, it's
slightly less clear and may vary on a case by case basis. But there is
still a legal obligation to rescue those in distress and take them to a
place of safety.
The stretch between Dover and Calais (the
narrowest point) is entirely covered by territorial waters on either side
but further down the Channel where it widens out, the waters outside of the
two countries' territories are divided up into French and English
search-and-rescue zones. ...
... In reality, if people are in
danger, any boat nearby will have a duty to rescue them.
picked up in the UK zone will be taken to an English port and those in the
French zone to a port in France.
The French authorities told the
BBC that they had stepped up patrolling in their zone since migrant
crossings began to increase in October last year. ...
international law, people have the right to seek asylum in whichever
country they arrive. There's nothing to say you must seek asylum in the
first safe country.
However, under EU law there is a provision to
allow asylum applications to be transferred to another member state.
The Dublin Regulation states that a person's asylum claim can be
transferred to the first member state they entered.
In 2017 - the
last year we have figures for - 461 people were transferred to the UK from
another EU country under the Dublin rules, and 314 were transferred out of
The UK grants refugee status to those who are unable to
live in their own country for fear of persecution because of race,
religion, nationality, political opinion or other factors such as sexual
orientation. A successful application usually allows someone leave to
remain for five years with the opportunity after that to apply for
indefinite leave to remain.
Entry into the original EU country must
be proven - so if someone has travelled through mainland European without
being fingerprinted and doesn't appear in the shared European fingerprint
database, then they cannot be sent back.
If someone already has an
asylum claim underway in another country, there will be a dialogue between
those two countries about who is responsible.
If an asylum claim in
another EU country has already been unsuccessful, the claimant has to prove
that this decision was made unfairly or that their circumstances had
changed since the decision was made.
Migrants coming from Calais,
for example, are likely to have already made an application there according
to immigration lawyer, Marcia Longdon.
Why those few desperate people in dinghies really are a danger to Britain...
Mail on Sunday, 6 January 2019
It is continuity, stability, peace, mutual understanding and
long-accumulated experience that make civilisations. Without them, the most
vital ingredient of human society trust cannot develop or
Nobody can blame the migrants for seeking
better lives elsewhere, but if they all do so, they will destroy the very
thing they are seeking.
There has been nothing like it in modern
times. If we do not check it, it will transform Europe into somewhere else
in two generations.
Britain is far better-placed than other
countries, thanks to the sea which surrounds us. But salt water alone will
not do the job. We have to patrol it and turn back the uninvited. If we do
not, the sea becomes an open door, with every beach a port of entry.
A lot of people are currently mocking the idea that the migrants
making their way across the Channel are an important issue. They say the
numbers are small. They were small, too, when they first began to arrive in
Greece, in Spain, in Sicily and Malta.
Then word spread that those
seas were open. And the numbers quickly stopped being small.
People-smugglers are not fools. They can quickly see and exploit
If I had anything to do with it, I would tow them
all back to free, democratic France on sight and tell the French
(correctly) it was for their benefit too. After all, if they knew they
couldn't get into Britain, most of them wouldn't come to France in the
And the fact they don't want to stay in France proves
they are not refugees, but migrants.
But if that doesn't work,
perhaps we could copy Australia, and pay (say) Greenland to take them in,
unless they agreed to go home, with an absolute guarantee that nobody who
arrived here illegally, or was caught trying to do so, would ever be
allowed to stay here.
Or we can do nothing much, and say goodbye to
TERRORISM EUROPE, FRANCE
Report: Nearly all terror attacks in France carried out by radicals already known to police
NBC News, 6 January 2019
The vast majority of terror attacks in France were carried out by
Islamic radicals who had been known to police or intelligence services,
according to a new report by a global security think tank.
Bratislava-based GLOBSEC examined 22 terror incidents in France
since 2012. Nearly 80 percent of the people behind those attacks had been
on a terror watchlist, and 97 percent had been on the radar of authorities,
according to the firm's new analysis, obtained by NBC News.
figures included Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, career criminals with
long records who killed 12 people in January 2015 in the offices of the
satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris.
are likely to bolster the longstanding criticism leveled at France and
other European countries that authorities are not doing enough to prosecute
and imprison those who pose a threat. ...
"The main issue
throughout Europe is the sentencing, which is extremely lenient and also
allows for terrorists/jihadists to be freed quite early for 'good
behavior,'" said London-based terror expert Olivier Guitta, founder and
managing director of the security firm GlobalStrat.
Of 78 people
suspected of carrying out the attacks, 49 percent had previous criminal
convictions, including 19 percent who were repeat offenders, the report
"What we are experiencing in Europe is very much colonisation" [part 1]
Techne Aletheia, 6 January 2019
Renaud Camus, writer and president of the National Council of
Resistance, is known for popularizing the notion of the 'Great
Replacement', a call to fight the civilization and cultural change that,
according to this author, is already in process in Western societies. We
talked with Camus to know in greater detail his positions on this
You are known for making popular the notion of the
'Great Replacement', what does this notion mean concretely? It is a
negative idea and how did you arrive at it? Also, what encourages you to
maintain this struggle and not fall into pessimism?
It is a
very negative idea indeed. Great Replacement, the change of people, which
implies the change of civilisation, is the crime against humanity par
excellence (if one dares say...) of the XXIst century. In the words of
the communist Carribean poet Aimé Césaire, mayor of
Fort-de-France, in Martinique, it is a genocide by substitution.
Césaire was of course speaking of something else, the replacement of
Carribbeans in Martinique by people from France, French civil servants
mostly. But his strong phrase applies even more to the replacement of
Europeans by Africans in Europe.
Pessimism would be logical, of
course. Ethnic substitution is already very advanced, and we are fighting
against very strong adversaries, not only the colonisers but people who
want and organise the colonisation, and control the media, the schools and
the tribunals, that is: people's minds. However the very horror of what is
happening is a very strong enticement not to give up. No people can accept
that: its own obliteration.
What are the factors or causes that
make this 'Great Replacement' possible? Is it a phenomenon that occurs only
in France, western countries or the whole globe?
replacement of population occurs mostly in Western countries, Europe and
North America, even though there are immigrants' moves all over the world.
To-day Replacism is one of the two giant totalitarianisms
competing for the mastery of the world the other one being of course
Islamism. Those two are rivals but there is between them, for the time
being, a kind of monstruous temporary alliance, a sort of long
German-Soviet pact, like the short-lived non-agression pact between Hitler
and Stalin in 1939. Replacism and Islamism both think they can use the
other to their own interests, and indeed they do, even though on both sides
there are adversaries to the pact. ... ...
The tragedy in Western
Europe is not the influx of citizens from the former Soviet Bloc. It is the
permanent pouring out on one continent of the population of another, namely
Africa, be it Muslim North Africa or Black Africa.
"What we are experiencing in Europe is very much colonisation" [part 2]
Techne Aletheia, 6 January 2019
I understand that a solution you propose to solve this dilemma
is the reemigration or change of migratory flows, exactly how would this
work and wouldn't this procedure be a burden for the native taxpayers?
There is no other solution to the invasion, colonisation
and foreign occupation of Europe that the reversal of invasion,
decolonisation, the departure of the occupying forces. No colonisation has
ever ended without the departure of the coloniser. And what we are
experiencing in Europe, whatever denials notwithstanding, is very much
colonisation. Europe is infinitely more colonised by Africa that it ever
colonised it itself. And the colonisation of Europe by Africa is much more
serious and profound that the former colonisation of Africa by Europe
because it is demographic: it implies massive transfers of population,
which the former colonisation did not. There is no other issue that
Remigration. And even if it cost a fortune to the native taxpayers it would
have to be done because it is a matter of life and death for the very
existence of the nation as a nation, of the civilisation as civilisation,
already half destroyed. But it would not cost a fortune. /.../
Occident [the West] is the first civilisation in the history of
humanity which is paying a fortune to engineer and realise its own
conquest, its own subjection and destruction. Moreover, saving the taxpayer
money would be the biggest inducement to remigration. If the replacers were
not given a lot of money to make children in Europe, were not paid just to
be there, not offered a lot of legal, judiciary and financiary privileges
which are denied to the replacees, the indigenes of Europe, they would not
come in the first place and they would not stay. Cutting the money supply
would be enough to start remigration.
When referring to the
'Great Replacement', would not we be talking about a demographic change?
/.../ Or should we fight this trend even if it could be unavoidable?
Of course there have been demographic changes throughout history.
But great civilisations have flourished when Man or a people have decided
to oppose and interrupt, at least for a time, the cycle of violence,
conquest, ethnic substitution, replacement. The population of France has
been remarkably stable between 600 A.D. and 1900, or even 1970. ...
How you differ from Marine Le Pen or more radical groups with
anti-immigration or even racist positions?
Marine Le Pen and
other right wing leaders or political parties say they are opposed to the
continuation of immigration, or that they want to control it better. That
does not make any sense at all. There is no point in saying that an
invasion must stop when it has already taken place. /.../ When Algeria
became independent from France in 1962, it immediately decided it would not
be real independence if ten per cent of the population was alien to its
culture, language, religion. The French colonisers had to leave, often
after five or six generations. I certainly do not advocate the horrible
brutality of the process (it was realised in a few weeks, not without never
mentioned massacres), but I agree with the necessity. We have to get out
once and for all of the colonialist period of the history of humanity.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD EUROPEAN UNION
Clueless EU: Expert warns migration crisis 'an untreated festering wound' for Brussels
Daily Express, 5 January 2019
The European Union has been warned the migration crisis has
remained a "festering wound" which could threaten the continuity of the
bloc if left untreated.
European policy expert Rem Korteweg
identified migration from non-EU countries as a key risk factor for the
unity of the European Union. Brussels has been facing increasing pressure
to completely reform the current migration policy within the bloc, with
countries such as Italy threatening to cut payments to the bloc unless
cooperation in processing arrivals is implemented. Mr Kortaweg insisted the
reforms proposed so far have been "hardly a sustainable solution," and
warned the bloc about more conflict emerging between Brussels and national
governments in EU countries.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, the
European policy expert said: "The four horsemen, as far as I saw it, were
the eurozone crisis, the migration crisis, Brexit and Russia.
you go by those four, we haven't talked about the migration crisis which I
think is still very much a festering wound inside the European Union." ...
He continued: "How to set up a fair and durable system of dealing
with migrants from non-EU countries? It's not migrants, but refugees
rather. That really came to the fore in 2015.
"The numbers have
come down since then but the issue is very much politically sensitive. No
steps really have been taken.
"The only step that has been put on
the table is to increase the EU's border control capacity which is
hardly a sustainable solution."
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION CRIME
Albanian illegal immigrant who snuck into UK under a lorry was arrested for drug dealing but bailed to roam free... until he was finally
caught with an AXE and MEAT CLEAVER six months later
MailOnline, 5 January 2019
An illegal immigrant smuggled into Britain under a lorry was
allowed to roam the streets for months even after police arrested him for
suspected drugs offences, a court heard.
Albanian Arsen Spahiu was
arrested on suspicion of dealing cocaine and heroin but later released on
bail despite having entered the country illegally.
Spahiu, 25, then
roamed free for six months as he disappeared off police's radar until
officers finally caught up with him when he was discovered with an axe and
a meat cleaver.
A court heard authorities cannot even precisely
pinpoint when the Albanian entered the country, believing he arrived at
some point between 2015 and early 2018. ...
Spahiu, of Southampton,
admitted one charge of having a fake Italian driving licence, two of
possessing a bladed article and one of entering Britain without leave.
SOCIAL COHESION NATIONAL IDENTITY
Identity is just as important as wealth. Why don't economists get that?
The Spectator, 5 January 2019
It has become commonplace for news reports to refer to almost any
civic unrest, or even unusual patterns of voting, as evidence of 'resurgent
nationalism' implicitly suggesting a visceral hatred of foreigners
and a desire to set the clock back to the glory days of racial homogeneity
and casual homophobia. We should be wary of accepting this media trope: for
one thing it may arouse far more fear than is warranted.
from the needless fear it generates, it is also slightly dubious to suggest
that it is the gilets jaunes or the Five Star Movement or the
supporters of Brexit or even Donald Trump who are acting intemperately. It
is perfectly possible to argue that these movements are a sensible, overdue
reaction against governments that have imposed economic globalisation on
the world at a pace that is entirely inconsistent with the human lifespan
and the speed at which we can adapt to change. The free movement of people,
the euro, large-scale immigration, the dissolution of the nation state
for that matter the admission of China to the WTO... all were
imposed on the world by ideologically motivated elites with little public
consultation. Regardless of whether you think they are good or bad, there
is a perfectly sensible secondary question to be asked about whether they
were too much too soon. Remember, such decisions are usually made by
economists, who do not really understand either time or scale.
does conventional economics take into account the importance of identity.
Eighteen years ago, rather presciently, George Akerlof and Rachel Kranton
suggested that economics is far too individualistic in its conception of
human motivation. Identity Economics, as they call their theory, holds that
people's pride in their collective identity can be considered as a parallel
form of wealth, which people seek to grow and protect every bit as much as
the balance of their bank accounts. When you strip people of their
identity, the reaction is no different than if you deprive people of their
Given the fact that we have evolved as a social species,
this theory should hardly surprise us. After all, the one quality most
likely to ensure survival over the past million years was proudly to belong
to one or more defined, excludable groups with a shared allegiance born of
common bonds and obligations. It would be odd if this instinct were not
every bit as powerful as the urge to acquire wealth. And to disparage this
fellow feeling as though it were necessarily a malign force is nonsense: it
is a large part of what makes society work.
Economics is obsessed
with the gains arising from scale. But identity does not scale neatly or
This, incidentally, is one principled argument for a
hard Brexit, even if at some economic cost. It is to make the perfectly
valid point that in a democracy the government should do what people want,
not what economic theory says is good for them. Quite simply, economics is
anthropologically tone-deaf: it has far too narrow a conception of what
people really care about to justify the influence it carries.
POLITICS CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Andrew Green: The new Immigration White Paper. Not just damaging, but a disaster both for control and the
ConservativeHome, 4 January 2019
As MPs gather next week to resume their debate on Brexit, they will
need to turn their attention to immigration a major issue in the EU
Unfortunately, the Immigration White Paper, slipped out
just before Christmas, is not just a set-back for immigration control, it
is a disaster. Indeed it will, in future, be seen to have been extremely
damaging for public faith in the political system trust in politicians and
the Conservative Party especially.
Why? Because, despite all their
promises over eight years not just promises but manifesto
commitments the Conservatives have given up any serious attempt to
reduce immigration. If the proposals in The White Paper are implemented,
immigration will be far more likely to increase still further and could
well spin out of control.
How could that be? Consider this. Until
now, highly skilled immigration (that is at degree level or higher) has
been open for EU citizens but capped at 20,700 for non-EU entrants.
According to the new policy, there will be no cap on either. Furthermore,
employers will no longer be obliged to advertise a job in Britain before
recruiting from overseas: how will British staff feel about that? There is
even talk of abolishing the system of sponsorship so that anyone could
bring in a worker, perhaps even a relative, as long as they said that they
would be paying a salary of £30,000 a year. Yet the Government's own
Advisory Committee, mainly pro-immigration economists, has admitted that
salary levels can be fiddled, for example by including other elements such
For anyone who has followed immigration matters
for some years (in my case 18 years), this is sheer foolishness, but that
is not the half of it. There is also to be a new route for those with much
lower qualifications put simply, "A level" or equivalent
which will be open to the whole world and also uncapped. Given that these
routes will lead to settlement there could be waves of applications, from
all over the world, including from people willing to take a pay cut to get
on a track for permanent residence and eventual British citizenship.
There is more. There is also to be a route for unskilled workers
from "low risk" countries. ...
Amazingly, this last route will also
be uncapped and will be open to visitors from these countries to find and
take up a job while they are here. The clear implication is that all EU
countries will be included amongst the "low risk" countries, so Romanians
and Bulgarians, still arriving in considerable numbers, will continue to
flow in. ...
Even that is not the end of it. ...
beyond question that immigration was a major issue at the referendum. Its
salience has declined somewhat since then, at least partly because people
thought that it was all in hand.
The White Paper contains a great
deal of talk about the "control" of immigration, but the reality is that
new routes will be opened, some temporary but the Government's
record in removing overstayers is lamentable. Meanwhile, the public are
clear that they want to see an actual reduction. They are aware, no doubt,
that immigration has been adding one million to our population every three
years since 2001. They may also know that, at current rates of immigration
to England, we shall have to build a new home for immigrants every six
minutes, night and day.
Britain spent £200,000 protecting welfare of extremist Muslim hate preacher Abu Qatada after he was deported to Jordan in
MailOnline, 4 January 2019
Britain has spent nearly £200,000 protecting the welfare of
extremist hate preacher Abu Qatada.
Qatada, claimed asylum in
Britain in 1993, but was deported to his native Jordan in 2013 to face
When Theresa May was Home Secretary, she played
a key role in the decade long-battle costing more than £1.9 million,
to deport the cleric.
But his meetings with doctors and human
rights workers were funded by taxpayers for three years, as reported by The
The payments were agreed by Mrs May despite her telling
Parliament in 2013 that costs relating to Qatada were 'not acceptable to
the public and not acceptable to me.'
These visits were to ensure
Qatada was not being tortured after his removal from the country, a freedom
of information request showed.
The Home Office spent £66,000
on monitoring Qatada, with the money going to the Adaleh Centre for Human
While the Foreign Office spent £57,509.92
doing the same.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD USA
22,000 migrant children illegally crossed the Southern U.S. border in December
4 January 2019
Some 22,000 minors illegally crossed the Southern U.S. border in
December, a number that government officials say bolsters the argument for
building the president's promised border wall.
Of those 22,000
minors, roughly 5,000 were unaccompanied by a parent or guardian.
'Vulnerable populations are embarking on the dangerous journey
north in record numbers putting themselves and minors in harm's way,' said
Katie Waldman, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security.
In addition, more than 15,000 unaccompanied minors crossed the
border in the first three months of federal fiscal year 2019 which
began October 1, 2018.
Face it, you elitists, populism is here to stay
Michael St George
Conservative Woman, 4
'Populism' is now the anti-democratic, globalist,
'Liberal-Progressive' oligarchy's preferred term of disparagement for the
growing politics of pluralist mass democracy, based on self-governing
nation-statehood which rejects rule by unelected and unaccountable
It's about this movement that political
scientists and academics Matthew Goodwin and Roger Eatwell have written in
their book National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy,
trying to explain its origins, its central tenets, and its prospects.
Contrary to the assumptions of its contemptuously dismissive
opponents, the movement isn't new. ...
Nor is it, as its detractors
lazily claim, a movement composed solely of old white men. ...
Goodwin and Eatwell identify what they call the Four Ds the
historic shifts, the long-term trends which are a growing cause of concern
for millions and are driving the movement and which, being structural, are
unlikely to fade or dissipate, or be assuaged, in the near future.
First, Distrust the way in which the elitist nature of
Liberal-Progressive democracy, ever seeking to minimise the opportunities
for meaningful participation by the masses, has promoted distrust of
politicians and institutions by millions who feel they no longer have a
voice in the national discussion.
particularly the perception that culturally 'liberal' politicians,
unaccountable supranational bureaucracies and global corporates are eroding
not only traditional communities, but also national identity and societal
cohesion, especially via promoting mass immigration, while
politically-correct agendas strive to silence any expression of opposition.
Third, Deprivation the growing conviction of many, fuelled
by rising inequalities of income and wealth, as well as the perception of
cultural discrimination against them by the Liberal-Elites, that they are
losing out relative to others, and that the future for themselves and their
children is not only diminished, but actually bleak.
De-alignment the burgeoning gap, and therefore weakening bond,
between rulers and ruled, between the traditional mainstream political
parties and the people they purport (or no longer bother even to pretend)
to represent: manifesting itself in a much more fragmented, volatile and
Goodwin and Eatwell also show that, again
giving the lie to the dismissive prejudices of its critics, the populism
movement is not anti-democratic. Rather, it opposes aspects of
Liberal-Progressive democracy as it has evolved to date, and actually wants
more democracy: more referendums and more-listening politicians who
will devolve power to the people to be exercised democratically instead of
vesting it in what too often are unelected and unaccountable, bureaucratic
and technocratic, economic and political elites.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD EUROPE, SPAIN
Spain replaces Italy as Europe's main destination for migrant crossings
Reuters, 4 January 2019
Spain has replaced Italy as the destination of choice for migrants
crossing the Mediterranean to Europe, according to European Union estimates
published on Friday.
The border and coast guard agency Frontex said
around 150,000 people entered the EU through irregular crossings in 2018,
the lowest number in five years and far below the peak of more than a
million recorded in 2015.
Arrivals in Spain doubled to 57,000,
making the route from Morocco to the Iberian Peninsula the most active in
Europe and putting immigration in the spotlight in Spain ahead of a spate
of elections this year.
The number who reached Italy, which has
taken measures to prevent rescued migrants landing, fell 80 percent to
around 23,000, the fewest since 2012.
Arrivals in Greece and Cyprus
through the so-called Eastern Mediterranean route rose to 56,000, most
coming from Afghanistan, Syria or Iraq.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD GERMANY
Germany entices illegal migrants to leave with bribes free rent for a year back home
National Post, 4 January 2019
Germany has been flooded this holiday season with billboards
offering illegal migrants a bribe to leave free rent for a year at
"Your country. Your future. Now!" displayed in seven
languages, jumps off nearly 2,500 screens in 80 cities.
A series of
flags corresponding with the top-destinations Egypt, Turkey,
Afghanistan, Eritrea and Russia shapes a zigzagging road to a
The "ReturningfromGermany" ad campaign is the
latest tactic by the German government to boost departures and deter
migration, in a reversal of Angela Merkel's controversial welcoming policy
of 2015 at the height of the Syrian refugee crisis. The campaign is the
brainchild of interior minister Horst Seehofer, Merkel's rebellious
right-wing rival, who forced a coalition crisis over Germany's asylum
policy last summer.
While arrivals have normalized since three
years ago when Germany got 700,000 asylum requests rejected
asylum claims have piled up. The billboard campaign is mainly targeting the
235,000 persons who are still required to leave the country, the interior
So why haven't they left? The large majority of
asylum seekers simply cannot be sent back their claims have been
rejected, but they cannot be returned because their country of origin is
too dangerous, they lack documentation papers or suffer from illness. It's
a deadlock acknowledged by the German government itself: These 170,000
people are given special status duldung (or tolerated) to
stay on temporarily. The others those who are eligible for
deportation according to the German yardstick frequently don't show
up for their deportation. More than 20,000 airport repatriations were
scrubbed this year; half of all scheduled. Every second person went missing
in the run-up to departure.
So Seehofer took to the streets with
his billboard campaign aiming to push for voluntary departures.
What's he offering? A gift capped at 1,000 euros for a single person, 3,000
for families to provide for basic facilities. Offering financial
incentives to leave isn't new. ...
Depending on their nationality,
asylum seekers can receive 1,200 euros if they return before the asylum
procedure is completed; which drops to 800 after a rejected claim. But the
800 still beckons if they decide to depart voluntarily within 30 days.
The backlash against the billboards and the campaign has swollen
quickly. Many have been painted over with one-liners such as "All migrants
RACISM ISLAMOPHOBIA, FREE SPEECH
We must be free to criticise Islam
Spiked, 4 January 2019
The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on British Muslims is
calling on the government to establish a legally binding definition of
'Islamophobia', akin to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's
(IHRA) working definition of anti-Semitism. Last November, the APPG
launched its landmark Islamophobia Defined report, offering the
following definition: 'Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of
racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness.' To
tackle what it calls Islamophobia, the report calls for 'appropriate limits
to free speech' and for the policing and regulation of matters 'far beyond
what can be captured as criminal acts'.
Hatred towards Muslims has
certainly resulted in some horrendous crimes, like the Finsbury Park van
attack, where an innocent worshipper was murdered. Women in hijabs are also
vulnerable to attacks, particularly following major terror events, due to
their visibility as Muslims.
Nevertheless, there are serious
problems with the APPG's definition of Islamophobia, and indeed with the
term Islamophobia itself. It is far too vague and it conflates attacks on
Muslims (and non-Muslims) with criticism of Islam and of the behaviour of a
minority of Muslims.
The charity I work for the Network of
Sikh Organisations provided written and oral evidence to the APPG
for the report. We argued that non-Muslims can also be victims of what is
called Islamophobia. Sometimes this is because of race. ...
'Islamophobia' is not always rooted in racism. For a start, racism cannot
adequately describe discrimination against either white converts to Islam
or European Muslims like Bosniaks, Kosovars and Albanians.
Moreover, there have been a number of so-called mistaken-identity
attacks since 9/11, where turbaned and bearded Sikhs have been targeted
(and even killed) as they were mistaken for Muslims. ...
to freedom-of-information disclosures I obtained from the Metropolitan
Police, crimes against British Jews, Sikhs, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists,
atheists and agnostics have all been recorded as 'Islamophobic' hate
One major problem with a term like Islamophobia is that,
even with a working definition, it is inherently subjective. When it comes
to speech, who judges what is sufficiently 'offensive' to constitute a
phobia? Who adjudicates what is permissible within the boundaries of free
speech and what strays into forbidden, 'phobic' territory? Legitimate
criticism of aspects of Islam could be silenced under the proposed
definition of Islamophobia, or criminalised as 'hate speech'.
example, according to the APPG report, 'claims of Muslims spreading Islam
by the sword or subjugating minority groups under their rule' may be
'Islamophobic'. But that could censor discussion of historical facts, such
as the gruesome aspects of the Mughal and Ottoman Empires or the Moor
conquests, not to mention the crimes of modern-day ISIS. ...
Muslims who put their head above the parapet to criticise Islam often face
extreme prejudice from other Muslims. For instance, Britain's
counter-extremism czar, Sara Khan, writes in the Huffington Post of
the 'increasing anti-Muslim hatred' that she receives 'from fellow
Muslims'. 'It is contradictory and unjust to recognise non-Muslim
perpetrators yet ignore Muslims who engage in active hostility, abuse,
hatred and discrimination against other Muslims', she writes.
REPATRIATION/DEPORTATION ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
Illegal immigrant could be deported for third time after he was caught driving Mercedes at 130mph
Daily Telegraph, 3 January 2019
An illegal immigrant who drove a Mercedes at 130mph could be
deported for the third time.
Ahmed Ali, 23, has already been
deported from the UK twice for motoring offences and is disqualified from
driving, but he came back to Britain illegally before committing another
offence in the early hours of December 30.
Ali, who was born in the
Netherlands to Somalian parents, raced a white Mercedes on the A38 in Derby
at 12.35am and was stopped near Findern. ...
Ali's lawyer, Theo
Mr Addae said that in terms of his immigration status,
and following the latest offences, Ali will now be subject to a Home Office
review as to whether he will be deported again.
Ali, who originally
came to the country aged five, pleaded guilty to entering the UK in breach
of a deportation order, driving while disqualified, without insurance and
obstructing a police officer by giving false details as to his identity.
Iran's boat people and why they're coming to Britain
Spectator, 3 January 2019
When the migrant crisis started, about three years ago, it was seen
as a mainly Syrian affair. /.../ But as we now know, that analysis was
wrong. Or rather, it was only one facet of the historical migration
phenomenon that was unfolding then and still is today.
reporter, I hit the migrant trail, following the new arrivals by foot, bus,
train and ferry through the Greek islands and the Balkans. I heard many
languages besides Arabic, among them Pashto, Urdu, Bengali and even French
(spoken by a Congolese family I encountered at the Serbian-Hungarian
border). But the language that really made my ears perk up was my own:
Persian, including the Dari variant of Afghanistan as well as the urban
dialect spoken by my own kin, the Tehrani middle class.
now confronting the hitherto invisible reality of Iranian migration. /.../
At first glance, this might seem odd. Iran is not afflicted by a war,
famine or other humanitarian disaster. ...
For three years now,
Iranians have topped the league tables of nationalities seeking asylum in
the UK with more than 4,000 applications lodged in 2016 and nearly 2,600
the following year, according to Home Office statistics. Only a tiny
minority attempt to cross illegally into England aboard unseaworthy
vessels, but this is happening far more frequently. Why?
been miserable ever since the Ayatollah Khomeini returned from his Parisian
exile to usher in his total Shiite state. It's a suffocating place, with
Islamic conformity enforced on pain of flogging, jail and death, and a
lousy, mismanaged economy made worse by US sanctions. For all its ancient
civilisational glories, Iran is also a cruel, spiritually deracinated land.
I increasingly struggle to decide where the blame lies: with the present
regime or some deeper ailment in the national soul.
It's why my own
family has largely left. /.../ But all this has been going on for four
decades. It doesn't explain the latest wave, its size and timing. The
answer lies elsewhere.
To wit: modern human-smuggling networks have
perfected the business of transporting people from point A to point B,
across national frontiers, for the right price. Information technologies,
not least cheap smartphones with astonishing GPS capabilities, make it
possible to blaze ever-new trails. /.../ Entire Persian-language Facebook
groups are devoted to helping Iranian (and Afghan) 'travellers' the
term migrants use to refer to themselves cross into Europe. ...
Unlike the Afghans, Iranians can't claim to be fleeing war and the
Taliban. So they either pretend to be Afghan (not difficult) or they cite
persecution on account of being Christian converts. (Liverpool Cathedral
has reported converting Iranians at the rate of one a week.) There are many
sincere Iranian converts who risk their lives to follow the Nazarene; but
there are also some like the young man I met on Lesbos who asked me if it
would be better for his asylum case if he were a Christian, a homosexual
'or maybe both'. I told him to pick one or the other.
A few years
ago, these trafficking options were not open, even to those who had the
money. But the past few years have seen people-trafficking become a vast
global industry, reaching from Tehran to Calais and now Kent.
why do the Iranians come? The answer is simple: because they can.
Where Tories fear to tread
Conservative Woman, 3 January 2019
What Conservative politicians have long ceased to stand for are
recognisably conservative principles in any shape or form. ...
... But the globalists' failure to define the nation in any
substantive sense other than by appeal to vacuous 'British values', or to
acknowledge the existence of a national culture, renders sovereignty
a hollow shell. 'Global Britain', that multicultural microcosm of the wider
world, an economic black hole into which migrant labour and foreign capital
flow freely, an international business park in which people count only as
factors of production to be shunted around, is devoid of meaning or sense
to true conservatives.
Here are the sorts of question to which
conservatives ought to have answers: /.../ Do the English people
have a distinctive national culture? Does 'English civilisation' exist? If
it does exist, is it worth preserving and transmitting to future
generations? Should it be transmitted to newcomers, who would thereby be
assimilated? Is there anything to distinguish mass immigration, or
immigration without assimilation, from colonisation? Is Britain still 'a
Christian country'? Are 'multiculture', 'diversity', 'inclusivity' and
'tolerance' necessarily goods to be encouraged and celebrated or is
'multiculturalism' simply a recipe for segregation? Is the 'white flight'
of the English from the cities and suburbs to the counties, which Ed West
described in The Diversity Illusion as 'perhaps the biggest shift
westwards since the Anglo-Saxon invasion', a cause for concern?
These are awkward questions to raise in a multicultural society
where 'diversity' has been elevated to the status of a moral imperative.
For modern-day conservatives belonging to the political and media class, it
seems they can be passed over in silence. So long as newcomers whose
culture and way of life is alien to our own sign up to concocted 'British
values' ('diversity', 'inclusivity' and 'tolerance'), we can rest assured
that they will play their full part in a vibrant diverse multicultural
But the problem remains: in a multicultural society,
it is the indigenous English who are deprived of their identity. One
need only consider the outrage that would greet plans to establish a school
for English children transmitting English culture, beliefs
and traditions. For the dominant majority, whose culture has been condemned
as colonialist, oppressive and constitutionally racist, the only remedy is
immersion in multiculture, through which their crimes, their white guilt,
can be purged. Throw in the perverse paraphernalia of identity politics
(the natural accompaniment to multiculture) 'hate crime', the
censorship of free speech, 'no platforming', 'safe spaces',
'micro-aggression', diversity quotas, 'cultural appropriation',
'Islamophobia', 'transphobia' and so forth and the destruction of
the old culture is complete.
... But for the predominantly white
English of the cities and northern towns, who increasingly feel they are
strangers in their own land, who would rather share their culture,
their ways, their memories with old or new neighbours, the
celebration of 'diversity' is not an option. To them, what is going on
seems more like cultural suicide.
Their anger is growing. But who
will speak for them?
MULTICULTURALISM SECULAR RELIGION
The great awokening
The Spectator, 3 January 2019
Is the social justice movement that's sweeping British and American
universities a secular religion? /.../ No doubt the same could be said of
most political ideologies, but there's one aspect of left-wing identity
politics in which it reveals itself as more cult-like than other belief
systems. I'm thinking of its magical component.
This was brought to
my attention by the psychiatrist and blogger Scott Alexander. In a post
entitled 'Devoodooifying Psychology', he compared the concept of
'stereotype threat' to a voodoo hex. Stereotype threat holds that if a
person is expected to perform badly in a test because she's a member of a
particular group, she will perform badly. It is invoked by the social
justice left to explain the under-performance of women in Stem subjects, as
well as other group discrepancies. Alexander means two things by this.
First, that the effect of stereotyping someone, according to the theory, is
similar to that of a voodoo curse, negatively affecting their performance.
Second, that the effect isn't real. Stereotype threat is one of the
casualties of the 'replication crisis' afflicting psychology, with
researchers unable to replicate this finding.
Alexander gives is 'unconscious bias'. This is the idea that people,
particularly straight white men, are influenced by biases they aren't aware
of that lead them to discriminate against women and minorities. Informing
people of their biases, usually by making them take an implicit association
test, is one of the key elements of diversity training, which has become an
$8 billion-a-year industry in the US even though study after study has
shown it doesn't work. A belief in unconscious bias isn't confined to
members of the intersectionality cult, but they have latched on to it,
partly because it enables them to claim racism and sexism are responsible
for a host of outcome discrepancies in spite of the evidence that bigotry
and prejudice have declined significantly in the past 30 years while many
outcome discrepancies have remained stable. Again, there is something
deeply irrational about this: a belief in an unseen force that is
responsible for many of society's ills.
In Psychology Today,
the sociologist Jason Manning expanded on this theme, pointing out that
blaming stereotype threat and implicit bias for the underperformance of
certain groups has something in common with the belief in the 'evil eye'.
/.../ As with stereotype threat and unconscious bias, the 'evil eye' is
believed to be capable of having this effect even if the jealous person
doesn't intend it to. ...
The same belief in magic reveals itself
in the claim that certain words or ideas associated with 'white privilege'
are a form of 'epistemic violence', capable of wreaking untold
psychological damage on women and minorities. /.../ In this context, the
'safe spaces' that have been created in universities, in which students are
protected from the harmful effects of these spells, are a bit like churches
holy places where evil cannot penetrate.
about members of the social justice left is not that they don't believe in
magic they clearly do but that the supernatural forces that
govern their universe are all malevolent. Theirs is a religion bereft of a
divine being. There are only white Devils.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD CANADA
Ottawa to spend $113 million on pre-arrival services for new immigrants
Yahoo News / CBC, 3 January 2019
The Trudeau government has announced $113 million in new money to
improve pre-arrival services for future immigrants to Canada.
Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen made the announcement this
morning at the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Immigrant Settlement and Integration Program
office in Vancouver. ...
The Vancouver-based program is one of four
operations that provide information, orientation and referrals to
prospective economic and family-class immigrants nationwide. The $113
million sum will fund 16 service providers, most of them operating locally.
Canada has provided pre-arrival help to new immigrants for 20 years. ...
The money will come from the immigration settlement portion of the
government's 2018 budget, a spokesperson for Hussen's office confirmed. The
federal Liberals set aside $875 million over six years to fund their
multi-year immigration plan.
Against Diversity Statements
Chronicle of Higher Education, 3 January
[Jeffrey Flier is former dean of Harvard Medical School]
The goal of enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion enjoys
overwhelming support across the academy. ...
... In the process,
fresh issues arise: Have the terms retained their original meanings, or
acquired important new connotations? Have the programs changed their goals
to adapt to current realities? ...
My attention was drawn to these
question by the University of California at Los Angeles's recent
announcement of a new policy requiring faculty members to document
activities in support of diversity in dossiers used to evaluate all
appointments and promotions. ...
As a supporter of the original
goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, my skepticism toward
this policy surprised a number of friends and colleagues. But it is
entirely inappropriate to require diversity statements in the process of
appointment and promotion. Such requirements risk introducing a political
litmus test into faculty hiring and reviews.
Many faculty and
administrators regard the new policy as a healthy, consciousness-raising
signal to promote support for diversity, a perspective that I understand.
During nine years as a medical-school dean, I oversaw nearly a
thousand professorial reviews assessing the research, teaching, service,
and reputation of senior members of the faculty. ...
progressive/left identifications are dominant in the academy, especially in
the humanities and social sciences (as well as in administration),
politically influenced litmus tests could easily arise in that sphere.
... But the key terms diversity, equity, and inclusion
are rarely defined with specificity, and their meaning has been
subtly shifting. That's a serious problem, especially if diversity efforts
are to be a criterion for faculty evaluation. The term "equity," for
instance, can imply equality of opportunity or equality of outcome
two quite different things with distinct policy implications. ...
One way to understand the problem is to examine the academic
literature regarding equity and inclusion today. This literature, though
not uniform, often incorporates key elements of a theoretical corpus known
as "critical race theory," little known to many academics outside of the
social sciences and the humanities. It emphasizes structural racism, white
privilege and supremacy, microaggressions, economically driven power
relationships, and intersectionality. At the level of policy, it favors
"race conscious" rather than "color blind" approaches to remedies.
My goal here is not to critique or evaluate the precepts of
critical race theory. But it is obvious that these ideas and policy
frameworks are not politically neutral. Rather, they map onto the
left/progressive wing of the political spectrum, and their claims are
arguable and highly contested. This ideological context is hardly subtle,
but many academics appear not to appreciate its pervasiveness. The
resulting ambiguity makes it difficult to debate proposed policies, which
are portrayed as reflecting common decency even as they are increasingly
linked to a particular leftist ideology.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION SMUGGLERS
Smugglers are using Facebook groups called 'immigration to Britain' to lure migrants illegally into the UK on overcrowded boats for
Arthur Martin And Dora Allday
Daily Mail, 2 January 2019
Smugglers are brazenly using Facebook to offer migrants illegal
routes to the UK for up to £10,000, it emerged yesterday.
traffickers boast how they can help people from Africa and Asia reach
Western Europe without being caught.
The Daily Mail found a range
of illegal activity on Facebook just hours after the tech giant said
it had improved its security measures. ...
Facebook has become a
magnet for migrants who are willing to place their lives in the hands of
organised crime networks to reach the UK.
One of the pages found is
called 'illegal immigration from Libya to Italy' and offers places on
poorly maintained fishing boats to cross the Mediterranean. It features a
picture of a boat packed with migrants.
Another is called
'immigration to Britain' and contains pictures of Big Ben and the Houses of
Parliament. There is a picture of a wad of banknotes under a discussion
about reaching the UK from the Middle East. ...
group appears to be operating from the Iranian capital Tehran. The Facebook
page states: 'We can help people who want to migrate through legal or
illegal means to claim asylum. People who don't have a passport or don't
want to travel on their own passports can be provided with another one.'
It offers a list of countries to which it can take migrants, with a
price alongside each one. The group offers travel to the UK for
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION BORDER SECURITY
Migrant farce is making Britain look like a soft touch
Daily Mail, 2
Home Secretary Sajid Javid is coming under increasing political
pressure to get a grip on the recent surge in migrant boats crossing the
English Channel. ...
Yet, as a former police officer who spent much
of my career in border enforcement, I have to say that I feel a large
degree of sympathy for the Home Secretary.
It would be profoundly
unfair to heap all the blame on him for the present mess. The reality is
that Sajid Javid inherited a toxic legacy when he took over the Home Office
last summer because the Border Force simply does not have the capacity to
do its job properly.
That is glaringly obvious when it comes to our
territorial waters, where the Force has a total of just five cutters to
cover 7,723 miles of coastline, whereas Italy has around 600 patrol boats
to combat migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean.
is even more stark in the English Channel, one of the world's busiest
shipping routes, where just one cutter has been operating recently
and even that has reportedly been in dock in Ramsgate since Saturday.
It is little wonder that people smugglers and organised crime
networks sense they have little to fear from the grossly overstretched
British agencies. Every new picture of a boatload of migrants being ushered
ashore in Kent reinforces the impression that Britain is a soft touch.
An immigration free-for-all cannot be allowed to develop further,
especially not in the Channel.
For a start, further impotence on
the part of the authorities would dramatically escalate the crisis, making
a humanitarian tragedy inevitable.
Indeed, without a crackdown, the
traffickers would spread their theatre of operations beyond the Kent coast,
using bigger vessels to reach Sussex, Hampshire, East Anglia and even
Lincolnshire. So, robust action is needed.
In practice, that means
beefing up the Border Force through more patrol boats, more staff and more
resources to tackle the organised gangs. ...
But any increase in
the Border Force's capability will achieve nothing without a radical change
At present, the enforcement patrols along with
Royal National Lifeboat Institution vessels which have also been deployed
tend to pick up the migrants from their boats, then bring them back
Far from acting as a kind of deterrent, this approach
is actually an incentive for more illegal migration because the British
appear to be acting as a 'taxi service'.
What needs to happen is
for the British Government to negotiate deals with our European partners
for the rescued migrants to be returned to the Continent instead of being
ferried to our shores. ...
It is too simplistic to argue that our
Navy should act unilaterally to take these migrants straight back to the
Continent. That would be wholly impractical and a major breach of
Britain would not tolerate French military ships
sailing into our southern ports to leave groups of illegal migrants on the
But with more imagination, flexibility, resources and
sheer willpower, along with an international accord, our Government can
overcome the current problem in the Channel before it spirals out of
IMMIGRATION ABROAD ISRAEL
Israel: African migrants told to leave or face imprisonment
BBC, 2 January 2019
The Israeli government has issued a notice for thousands of African
migrants to leave the country or face imprisonment.
will be given up to $3,500 (£2,600) for leaving within the next 90
They will be given the option of going to their home country
or third countries.
If they do not leave, the Israeli authorities
have threatened that they will start jailing them from April.
UN refugee agency said the controversial plan violated international and
The Israeli government says their return will be
humane and "voluntary".
The order exempts children, women, parents
of dependent minors and victims of slavery and human trafficking.
spokesperson for Israel's Population and Immigration Authority told the BBC
there were currently 38,000 "infiltrators" in Israel, of whom just 1,420
were being held in detention facilities.
Israel uses the term
"infiltrators" to describe people who did not enter the country through an
official border crossing.
Many of the migrants - who are mostly
from Eritrea and Sudan - say they came to Israel to seek asylum after
fleeing persecution and conflict, but the authorities regard them as
IMMIGRATION ABROAD SOUTH KOREA
Protests in South Korea against Muslim refugees: We don't want to become like Europe
Voice of Europe, 2
Around 520,000 South Koreans signed a petition against their
government's refugee friendly migration policy. Most of them are worried
about Muslim refugees from Yemen and economic exploitation by migrants, DW
"It has become really bad in recent weeks and it is
all because Jeju introduced a program that enabled people from 186
countries to come here without a tourist visa," says Hank Kim, owner of the
Core Travel Agency.
Kim continues: "Local people here are worried,
we have all read about the problems that immigrants have caused in Europe
in Germany and France in particular and we do not want that
to happen here." ...
The unrest was caused by 1,000 Yemeni refugees
using the visa programme to enter South Korea's Jeju resort island.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION BORDER SECURITY
Theresa May should have solved this 'migrant crisis' back in 2016
Daily Mail, 1 January 2019
Not that there's anything minor about the current cross-Channel
traffic in illegal immigrants coming ashore on the Kent coast in increasing
numbers. Since the story exploded on a slow news day over Christmas, the
Government has gone into full headless chicken mode. ...
this would be necessary, of course, had the Government not ignored the
problem of illegals crossing the Channel when it first surfaced more than
two-and-a-half years ago.
It's not as if they didn't know it was
happening. Between March and May 2016, there were at least eight recorded
incidents of Border Force officials intercepting attempts to enter Britain
by boat, via beaches in Kent and Sussex. ...
... And still they
kept coming, unhindered, throughout the summer. In September 2016, the
Mail's Sue Reid hired a small inflatable boat in France and sailed across
the Channel to Dover. She passed a French coastguard vessel, a naval patrol
and landed safely without anyone challenging her or asking to see her
Six days earlier, a group of illegal immigrants had
jumped off a private boat near Felixstowe, in Suffolk, and simply vanished.
In November 2016, I returned to the subject, when a man who claimed
to be Iranian, but probably wasn't, was found rowing towards Britain in an
inflatable kayak. ...
... Part of Javid's new emergency plan to
halt the flow is to rely on increased co-operation from the French. Good
luck with that.
One thing we've learned over the years is that our
French 'partners' can't be trusted.
If they were serious about
stopping immigrants heading for Britain, they would turn them back at the
border when they attempted to enter France.
law, migrants allegedly fleeing oppression are supposed to seek asylum in
the first safe country in which they arrive. In this latest case, that
means Serbia. None of them should have any right to settle in Britain.
But the reason this country remains their No 1 destination is the
same as it ever was. We're not just perceived as a soft touch, we are a
In Calais last week, Sue Reid spoke to a 33-year-old
Iranian, who told her: 'My friend reached England from here in a boat and
is now in a three-bedroom flat in Birmingham. He likes it very much.'
I bet he does. What's not to like? There are plenty of people born
and bred in Birmingham who have been on the council waiting list for years
and would just love a three-bedroom flat. Yet an Iranian can jump out of
boat on a beach in Kent, make his way to Brum and move in straight away.
While we roll out the welcome mat, immigrants will continue to make
the dangerous Channel crossing, secure in the knowledge that, once they set
foot in Britain, the chances of them being deported are less than zero. ...
Sajid Javid may be taking the flak right now, but he wasn't Home
Secretary in March 2016, when this problem first came to light.
What he has inherited is merely the culmination of more than
two-and-a-half years of incompetence, indifference and inaction.
who was Home Secretary back then? Let me think . . .
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION BORDER SECURITY
The crisis will grow if we assist the smugglers
Daily Telegraph, 1 January
[David Wood is a former director general of immigration enforecement at the Home Office]
The rise in the number of migrants attempting to reach the UK via
the English Channel in small boats and dinghies is a worrying trend. ...
The French authorities have never effectively policed the organised
crime and illegal immigration issues surrounding the Channel crossings.
Migrants seeking access to the UK are inavariably also illegal entrants to
France but little or no action is taken. They do not investigate the
criminals involved, which leads to open advertising for migrant customers
by crime groups in the Calais area.
That is not to say there
haven't been failings on the UK side. ...
Border Force also used to
have mobile border officers who visited small ports and airports; austerity
has seen these resources greatly reduced, too.
the migrants are brought to the UK where practically all will claim asylum.
If the resources are available, a short screening interview takes place and
the migrants are asked to report to an Immigration Centre. That interview
will not necessarily be adequate to detect the risks posed by the migrant
and there is no certainty that the details provided are correct.
While some migrants will follow the asylum process through, others
will just disappear. Moreover, whether successful or not in their
application, they are very unlikely to be deported, and, if Iranian, will
certainly not be as the Iranian government refuses to document their
nationals for returns. All will have destroyed their documentation.
Furthermore, the majority of migrants attempting to cross the
Channel will not be fleeing persecution or war. They will have paid
substantial sums to make the crossing and are more likely to be economic
migrants seeking a better life for themselves and their families. ...
Deploying more rescue ships may therefore be counter-productive
unless accompanied by an agreement with the French to return the migrants
IMMIGRATION ABROAD WORLD, PUBLIC OPINION
Anxiety About Immigration is a Global Issue
Quillette, 1 January 2019
[Remi Adekoya is a Ph.D. student researching group identity at Sheffield University]
What do Nigerians, Indians, Turks and Mexicans think about migrants
coming to their countries? This we don't hear much about.
recent surveys on the issue provide interesting results. Pew Research
queried respondents in 27 nations across six continents, asking whether
they felt their countries should let in more immigrants, fewer, or about
the same as they do at present. ...
The percentage of people
wanting fewer or no more immigrants coming to their country was higher in
South Africa (65 percent), Argentina (61 percent), Kenya (60 percent),
Nigeria (50 percent), India (45 percent), and Mexico (44 percent) than it
was in Australia (38 percent), the U.K. (37 percent) or the U.S. (29
percent). In all 27 countries surveyed, less than a third of
respondents said their country should let in more immigrants. A 2017
Ipsos MORI survey on global "nativist" trends painted a similar picture.
When asked if they thought their country would be "stronger" if it "stopped
immigration" altogether, more Turks (61 percent) and Indians (45 percent)
answered in the affirmative than Brits (31 percent), Australians (30
percent), Germans (37 percent) or South Africans (37 percent). On the
question of whether they felt like "strangers in their own country"
another indicator of hostility towards immigration more Turks (57
percent), South Africans (54 percent), Brazilians (46 percent) and Indians
(39 percent) answered yes than Germans (38 percent), Brits (36 percent) or
Australians (36 percent). Finally, when asked whether employers should
"prioritize" hiring locals over immigrants, 74 percent of Turks, 64 percent
of Peruvians, 62 percent of Indians and 60 percent of South Africans
agreed, compared to 58 percent of Americans, 48 percent of Brits and 17
percent of Swedes.
The idea that so-called "nativism" or hostility
towards immigration is confined to white Westerners is a fallacy; it is a
global phenomenon that is often stronger in non-Western countries. Of
course, I wouldn't hold my breath for a spate of articles in international
media on the worrying trend of "nativism" in India or condemnations of
Kenyans for wanting fewer immigrants in their country. The moral outrage of
many white progressives and most intellectuals of color in the West on this
subject is solely reserved for white societies; if black or brown people
share exactly the same sentiments that white people are being lambasted
for, it will either be greeted with silence or with all sorts of
justificatory rationalizations. ...
... In a 2017 survey of six
African nationsNigeria, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Senegal and
Tanzania4375 percent of the citizens said they would move
elsewhere given the opportunity. This translates to well over 200 million
people from these six countries alone who would emigrate if the opportunity
arose, presumably to one of the world's rich countries. This is the reality
that Western governments cannot afford to ignore. The fact that so many
Kenyans, Nigerians and South Africans would like to emigrate elsewhere but
don't want immigrants coming into their country is a testament to our
universal human capacity for expecting from others what we ourselves are
not ready to give.