IMMIGRATION CONCERN

NEWS AND VIEWS - BY DATE
From 1 January 2018, except recent items

Quotations of news and views in date order - latest first


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Authors expressing their own views are indicated in bold. The names of reporters are in normal type.


2018

RACISM – DECOLONISATION, UNIVERSITIES
Cambridge university 'decolonisation' row spreads as students target several courses, documents reveal
Camilla Turner
Daily Telegraph, 31 March 2018

Cambridge University students' "decolonisation" campaign has spread to Classics, Physics, Chemistry and Engineering, a document reveals.

Over 30 university departments will be targeted by students as they step up their efforts to examine whether courses are too dominated by white, male, Euro-centric perspectives. ...

The Classics Society has held a panel discussion to discuss "what decolonisation would look like", while a "decolonising Physics reading group" is up and running, the document says.

The Geography Faculty is described as being "fairly far ahead" in its efforts to decolonise the curriculum, while the Law, Sociology and Architecture faculties have set up a decolonisation working groups. ...

Decolonise seminars are due to run in the History and Philosophy of Science department at the start of the Easter term.

Jessica Tan, the Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Education Officer at Cambridge University students' union, said she plans to set up a team to centralise efforts to decolonise the curriculum across a range of different subjects. ...

The National Union of Students' (NUS) campaign called Liberate My Curriculum was set up to "expose institutional racism" within higher education and bring together individual decolonisation campaigns at various universities.
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RACISM
Can you prove you're not a racist?
Lionel Shriver
The Spectator, 31 March 2018

Someone can call you 'stupid', and that's just one person's opinion. It doesn't seem true because a single childish naysayer has impugned your intellectual prowess. Yet hitherto, the tag 'racist' has tended to stick. And it's self-verifying. Why ever would anyone call you a racist if you weren't one? ...

Not for nothing is describing someone as 'sounding defensive' a charge of strategic malfeasance. It's a wonder that anyone ever establishes innocence, given how guilty we all appear when we claim we didn't do something. ...

For you cannot prove a negative. Try this exercise: prove you're not a racist. Interestingly, the more you go on about your laudable colour-blindness, the dodgier you'll sound. Thus, forcing people to repudiate this epithet is inviting them to hang themselves.

In our age of denunciation, calling others racists offers tempting cover from having the same rhetorical cudgel land on the detractor, just as writhing in pain absolves accusers in The Crucible of being witches. That immunity is precious, since a racist has become the very worst thing that anyone can be. ...

The term has gone woolly. Racism now carries with it the stink of bias against groups unrelated to race, like the disabled, gays and Muslims. In Britain, white Leave voters have been repeatedly smeared as 'racist', when the issue of EU freedom of movement largely involves an influx of other white people. The slur neatly casts Remain voters as pure of heart.

Often an ad hominem attack substituting for proper argument, 'racist' has become a cheap shot – a crafty but below-the-belt putdown that frequently reduces to 'I disagree with you' or 'I don't like your face'. Accordingly, the indiscriminate lynch-mob pejorative is beginning to assume all the unthinking prejudice of the N-word. ...

... This commonplace code for 'not one of us' is morphing into a meaningless playground taunt, just as forgettable as 'stupid'.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ANTWERP, BELGIUM
Almost 75% of young children in Belgium's second largest city have migrant backgrounds
Voice of Europe, 31 March 2018

An increasing number of children in Belgium's Antwerp have migrant backgrounds. While the number of native Belgians is decreasing, the number of people with a migrant background is surging.

Statistics from the city office show that in the group of children aged between 0 and 9 years, 74.10% have migrant backgrounds. In the group aged between 10 and 19 years the number of children with Non-Belgian backgrounds is at almost 70%.

The numbers show a rapid change in the city's population. An ever increasing number of inhabitants of Belgium's second largest city are of foreign origin. At this moment 58% of people living in the city have a migrant background. Most of which are North Africans.
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IMMIGRATION – GERMAN VIEW
Major German Newspaper: 1960s Anti-Immigration Firebrand Enoch Powell Was Right
Oliver JJ Lane
Breitbart, 31 March 2018

German establishment newspaper Die Welt (The World) has published a sympathetic article about former British Conservative politician Enoch Powell – a hero of anti mass migration campaigners often vilified by the political left – in a reflection on the migration crisis. ...

Reporting the classical source of his now infamous 'Rivers of Blood' speech – the Roman poet Virgil – the column by German historian Michael Stürmer said no one in British politics had been "punished" so "mercilessly" as Powell for stepping out of line.

Entitled 'Powell's Early Warning on Mass Migration', the piece opens by quoting the book of Ecclesiastes from the Bible, that "Everything on earth has its own time and its own season", appealing to the idea that Powell himself was ahead of his own time, and crucified politically for it.

Remarking that Powell's message was not just "against the political correctness of the 1960s", it also offended the interests of British industry which wanted to import cheap labour. Pursuing that goal, the editorial contends, Britain like Germany did not at the time give attention to "the idea of long-term consequences" and so suffers today.
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RACISM – SOUTH AFRICA
Many Indians racist, says former ConCourt judge
Yogin Devan
IOL, 31 March 2018

If Indians are of the view that they are being sidelined at the expense of Africans, then they must remember that under apartheid they (Indians) were better off, anti-apartheid activist and former Justice of the Constitutional Court, Zac Yacoob, said last weekend.

Presenting the annual lecture organised by the Kharwastan Civic Association, Justice Yacoob said during the era of institutionalised racism, Indians got a bigger slice of the education and other budgets. ...

On the question of racist tendencies within society, he said "many Indians are racist, just as I believe that many Africans are also racist".

"However, from my personal interaction within the community, I can state that at least 90% of Indians that I come across are racist."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – GERMANY
Horror on streets of Germany: State of emergency declared as 80 men brawl with MACHETES
Rob Virtue
Daily Express, 30 March 2018

A horrifying street battle between 60 men armed with machetes and metal pipes forcing a state of emergency to be declared in Duisburg. ...

Police said they were spat at and had objects hurled at them.

Around 50 people were arrested and onlookers captured the brutality in shocking photos.

Those arrested refused to explain what sparked the fight and 30 people were later released.

A police official told the newspaper Der Westen: "There are three rival groups. It may be a conflict between Turks, Lebanese and Kurds.

"Unlike with a demonstration of that size, we do not have a contact person, nobody wants to talk to the police." ...

Betwwen 20 to 30 people were on each side of the fight in Monday night's incident and police said the majority of those arrested were from a Lebanese background.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – USA
A Huge Caravan Of Central Americans Is Headed For The US, And No One In Mexico Is Stopping Them
Adolfo Flores
BuzzFeed News, 30 March 2018

For five days now hundreds of Central Americans – children, women and men, most of them from Honduras – have boldly crossed immigration check points, military bases, and police in a desperate, sometimes chaotic march toward the United States. Despite being in Mexico without authorization, no one has made any effort to stop them.

Organized by a group of volunteers called Pueblos Sin Fronteras, or People Without Borders, the caravan is intended to help migrants safely reach the United States, not only bypassing authorities who would seek to deport them, but gangs and cartels who are known to assault vulnerable migrants.

Organizers like Rodrigo Abeja hope that the sheer size of the crowd will give immigration authorities and criminals pause before trying to stop them. ...

When they get to the US, they hope American authorities will grant them asylum or, for some, be absent when they attempt to cross the border illegally. ...

... Pueblos Sin Fronteras counted about 1,200 people on the first day.
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CRIME – SECRECY
A culture of secrecy is undermining our police and criminal justice system
Rory Geoghegan
Daily Telegraph, 30 March 2018
[The author is Head of Criminal Justice, The Centre for Social Justice]

If nothing else is learnt from the Worboys debacle, let it be the need for less secrecy across policing, the criminal justice system and public services generally. There is a bias against sharing information even between public bodies, never mind with the public itself. ...

Nor is it right that those living in high-crime areas have the Data Protection or Human Rights Acts cited as reasons they cannot find out what happened on their steet the night before. ...

Secrecy breeds mistrust. Even as knife crime rises, most stabbings go unreported: the lack of transparency, in part, preventing the issue from becoming one of widespread and public outcry. ...

It's not just the public who find themselves shut out from knowing what is going on. The judiciary rarely – if ever – discover what happened to those they sentence, having little or no insight into the effectiveness of the punishments they dish out, or whether deportation orders for serious foreign national offenders are ultimately fulfilled.
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BORDER CONTROLS – EXIT CHECKS
No UK border exit records for 600,000 people, says watchdog
Alan Travis
The Guardian, 29 March 2018

Theresa May's long-promised system of "100% exit checks" at Britain's borders is so unreliable that it contains no departure records for more than 600,000 people who should have left the country in the past two years, a watchdog has revealed.

A report by David Bolt, the chief inspector of borders and immigration, said that the system also contains a growing "unmatched pot" of more than 201,000 records of departures of people for whom there is no Home Office record that they ever entered the country.

Bolt quoted Home Office staff complaining that they had been "mis-sold the programme", that it was "rushed" and "flawed" and that inside the department there had been no comprehension of the vast and complicated nature of the data and the patterns it showed.

"Because it was not possible to to be certain about a person's movements they could not rely on it as evidence of immigration (non) compliance," the chief inspector said.

Industry representatives quoted by Bolt were far more scathing, describing the introduction of the exit check programme as "shambolic" with persistent issues about data quality, gaps and threats of sanctions against airlines that didn't comply. ...

May, during her time as home secretary, had repeatedly promised to introduce a full exit check programme through the e-borders system by the 2015 general election on the pledge of keeping track of everybody coming in and going out of Britain.

The chief inspector said that by June 2017, despite the promise of 100% coverage, gaps still remained in collecting data on those arriving by sea, ferries, for rail journeys in and out of Britain and travel to and from Ireland within the common travel area. ...

However, Bolt's investigation has established that as of March 2017 there were 88,134 visa nationals – from outside Europe – whose visas had expired within the previous two years but there was no record of departure. "At the same time, there was no record of departure for 513,000 identified non-visa nationals," he added. ...

The chief inspector noted that the system relies on airline records as passports are not swiped on departure from Britain. ...

The Home Office said it had rejected Bolt's key recommendation to re-establish the exit check programme, which oversaw its introduction to drive the needed improvements.
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POLITICS – FREE SPEECH
Why can't we speak plainly about migrant crime?
Douglas Murray
Spectator blog, 29 March 2018

Most of us are intensely happy about actual incitement – whether it be from the far-right, Islamist groups or anyone else – being subjected to the existing strictures of the law. But Rowleyism, as applied to social media, has a different type of effect. Among other things it appears to equate violent groups with violent facts.

Earlier this year, the former founder of the English Defence League, Tommy Robinson, was suspended from Twitter for tweeting a statistic about rape-gangs – something that has been much in the news of late. ...

As it happens, Tommy Robinson's stats were those put out by the admirable Muslim-run think-tank Quilliam. Their landmark report from December found that:



'84 per cent of 'grooming gang' offenders were (South) Asian, while they only make up seven per cent of total UK population and that the majority of these offenders are of Pakistani origin with Muslim heritage.'



So the suspension of Tommy Robinson from Twitter for saying this raises a fascinating modern conundrum. Is it possible that there are facts which one person is allowed to say, but another is not? ...

As of Wednesday, Robinson (who had almost half a million followers on the platform) has been suspended from Twitter for good, without explanation. ...

In this situation how are we to deal with issues like that of grooming gangs? The communities from which the culprits come don't seem to want to address the issue. Mainstream society and politics has shown itself repeatedly unwilling and unable to do more than commission further, endless inquiries into these issues. And passing around what facts are known appears to have become difficult (and perhaps in the near future wholly impossible). The social media platforms will say that the facts are passed around in a hateful manner. But it is hard to see how exactly one might frame the mass gang-rape of children in an un-abashedly upbeat fashion.
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POLITICS – POLITICIANS
Britain's immigration system isn't fit for purpose
Philippe Legrain
CapX, 29 March 2018
[Philippe Legrain is a senior visiting fellow at the London School of Economics' European Institute]

Britain's immigration system isn't fit for purpose. Its political targets are perverse. Its guiding philosophy is reminiscent of Soviet-style central planning. The resulting rules are unworkably complex. Their administration by the Home Office mixes incompetence with malice.

The upshot is heavy-handed controls that still leave voters feeling that things are out of control. That's bad economics and bad politics. ... ...

In Parliament, the Liberal Democrats are small in number, but reliably pro-immigration. The Scottish National Party is very positive about migration too; a proposal to allow regional visas for the likes of Scotland and London could win their support. On the Labour side, shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott remains extremely pro-immigration, although Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell have tempered their previous enthusiasm for free movement to appease immigration-sceptic Labour voters in Northern towns.

Crucially, many politicians on both sides of the House favour tighter immigration controls out of expediency rather than conviction. If they feel that the wind is blowing in the other direction – or at least that the storm about migration has abated – they may be more open to a more open approach.

What they need is a blueprint to rally around. That's why I'm fundraising to write one for OPEN, the think-tank that I founded.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – IDENTITY DOCUMENTS
ID cards needed to tackle illegal migration, says Blair
Noor Nanji
The National, 29 March 2018

Identity cards are needed to address the problem of illegal migration, according to Tony Blair, former prime minister of the UK.

A new report on Thursday from his Institute for Global Change recommends "a system of digital identity verification" which could help manage the flow of new arrivals and pick out those who have entered illegally. ...

However, the debate about identity cards has now moved on thanks to advances in technology, argues Harvey Redgrave, senior policy fellow for immigration at Renewing the Centre, who authored the report.

"Frankly, it's a very different debate compared with ten years ago," Mr Redgrave, who is also managing director of Crest Advisory, told The National. ...

"Many of the things that people were worried about last time, about having a giant centralised government database where all of your data gets stored, no longer needs to be worried about. In a digital world, this stuff could be stored on a phone, in an app, in a digital wallet. ...

... Mr Redgrave points out that 25 out of 28 European Union countries already have some sort of ID scheme. ...

Mr Redgrave also pointed out that the scheme wouldn't necessarily involve physical ID cards at all, thanks to new technology. ...

With the flow of people across borders steadily increasing and now at record levels, the paper says it is critical for governments to develop a credible policy agenda on immigration.

"Most people... want reassurance that the flow of new arrivals is properly planned for and managed, and that the laws are fairly enforced, with illegal migration tackled rather than tolerated. These are not unreasonable demands," Mr Redgrave says.
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY
'Sustainable migration' target is challenging to meet, says UK minister
Reuters, 28 March 2018

British interior minister Amber Rudd said on Wednesday that reducing net migration to sustainable levels was a difficult target, but one that the government would be better equipped to meet after it leaves the European Union.

"It is a challenging target," Rudd told a parliamentary committee. She declined, when asked, to repeat the government's longstanding target to bring net migration below 100,000, saying instead her aim was to reduce it to sustainable levels.

"There are many ways of reducing immigration ... and there are going to be more ways of doing it once we leave the European Union."
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IMMIGRATION – MIGRATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE REPORT
Immigration: how much is too much?
Douglas Fraser
BBC, 28 March 2018

So when the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) speaks, it needs close attention. Amid all the claims, counter-claims, petty prejudices about Johnny Foreigner and justifiable concerns about jobs and wages, this is the outfit that feeds real hard evidence into government thinking - or so you would hope.

It was commissioned last July by the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, to take an in-depth and wide-ranging look at the UK's continuing economic and demographic requirement to attract a continued flow of European Union immigrants after Brexiting.

This is to help shape the UK's new immigration policy from 2021, though being commissioned by Ms Rudd it could also be seen as a helpful source of evidence to back up the soft Brexit end of Cabinet divisions on Brexit.

The interim report, published on Tuesday, is big on the opinion of business, acknowledging that the final report will have to balance that with other voices.

"What is best for an employer is not necessarily what is best for the resident population, which is the criterion the MAC uses when evaluating migration policy," it states.

In general, but particularly in London and Scotland, business told the MAC that it likes to recruit from the biggest possible pool of labour. No surprise there. ...

The interim report also dips a toe into the controversial question of whether migrant workers depress wages.

They've got more work to do on that, says the MAC. But for now, they note very different stories for those born in older EU members (such as France and Germany), who on average earn 12% above the British-born average. They tend to do more highly skilled jobs.

Those born in the newer EU members (from the Baltic states to Bulgaria) are typically in lower skilled, lower-paid roles and paid 27% less than the British-born average (note: that is not for the same work).

The evidence is patchy, but suggests that average pay has not been much depressed by migrant workers. ...

What they're clearer about is that employers are getting a higher level of skill and qualification for the same money that will buy an hour of native British worker's time. ...

When employers say they simply can't get home-grown Brits to come and work at some jobs, the Committee has another unsympathetic response: of course they will - you just have to offer them enough pay to make it worthwhile. ...

It highlights the huge differences between most of the country and London. The capital's population is 37% foreign-born. Some 11% of the total are from EU countries.

The West Midlands has the next highest share, at one in eight, and for Scotland, it's one in 12. For north-east England and Wales, it is one in 18. ...

"Migration is rarely the only policy available to deal with a problem and always needs to be compared with alternatives," writes the MAC chairman, Sir Alan Manning.

The final report will have more to say on those alternative.
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CRIME – SHAM MARRIAGES
Sainsbury's gang who made over £500,000 by arranging sham marriages between Asian immigrants and Eastern European brides face jail
Ed Riley
MailOnline, 28 March 2018

A sham marriage gang who pocketed more than £500,000 by setting Asian immigrants with Eastern European brides so they could stay in the UK are facing jail.

The group arranged at least 13 fake weddings to get round Home Office restrictions on international students. ...

The group was led by Sainsbury's workers Ayaz Khan, 32, and his Lithuanian wife Jurgita Pavlovskyte, 25.

He ran the groom side of the business, while she was responsible for finding the brides.

The pair, together with Muhammad Saqlain, 32, and Diana Stankevic, 26, were all convicted of conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration following a trial at the Old Bailey. ...

Twelve of the fake brides were from Lithuania and one was from the Czech Republic.
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TERRORISM – JIHADIS
Jihadi who plotted attack on 30 targets has TWO council flats – one for his 'independent' wife and one for himself
Mike Sullivan and John Lucas
The Sun, 28 March 2018

A jihadi whose gang intended to use an army of children for multiple terror attacks was allowed two council flats – one for him and one for his wife.

Muhammad Abid, 27, was one of three men jailed over the plot to brainwash Muslim boys as young as 11. Their 30 targets included Heathrow and Big Ben.

Terrorist Abid conned his way into getting the two council flats by claiming his wife needed her own home because she "wanted her independence."

He hired lawyers to successfully demand a second taxpayer-funded home.

He then managed to get more public money by claiming cash to be wife Juwayriyah Noor's full-time carer because she was suffering "stress and depression" – even though his flat was a 20-minute drive from hers. ...

The Old Bailey heard how Abid was the friend and confidant of teacher Umar Haque, 25, mastermind of the plot to groom a "death squad" of Muslim children to carry out terror attacks. ...

In fact he planned to recruit more that 100 of the children to carry out terror attacks with guns and bombs. ...

A third jihadi, 19-year-old Abuthaher Mamun, got 12 years for helping Haque research and finance his plan.
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POLITICS – PUBLIC OPINION
Australian envoy warns of UK elite's 'obsession' with identity politics
BT, 28 March 2018

Britain's handling of immigration has created a "serious disconnect" between the nation's "elites" and mainstream public opinion, Australia outgoing high commissioner to the UK has warned.

In a valedictory address to the Policy Exchange think tank in London, Alexander Downer said there was a "near obsession with identity politics" – at expense of helping migrants to integrate into UK society – which "grated" with much of the population. ...

"My travels around the UK made me wonder whether there wasn't some kind of serious disconnect between the opinions of the mainstream of British society and the elites who dominated the nation's major institutions – the Parliament, the Civil Service, the BBC, the media, academia and even parts of the professions," he said. ...

"What seems to have happened in Britain, as in other English speaking countries, is that generations of leaders have played down the country's national identity and replaced it with a near obsession with identity politics.

"Instead of building on an existing national identity by working to integrate migrants into the mainstream of society, the elite have salami-sliced society with an ideology of identity politics."
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IMMIGRATION – EUROPEAN UNION
Europe All Inclusive: Understanding the Current Migration Crisis
Gatestone Institute, 28 March 2018
[Václav Klaus is the former president and former prime minister of the Czech Republic]

Europe All Inclusive, a book by former Czech President Václav Klaus, co-authored by the Arab-speaking economist Jirí Weigl, recently published by Hungary's Századvég School of Politics Foundation, has already been translated into six languages.

The following are excerpts of a speech, "Is Our Membership in the EU a Real Blessing?", delivered by Václav Klaus at the Corvinus University of Budapest on February 22, 2018:



I came to Budapest to participate in the launching of the book about the recent mass migration to Europe. Its formal launching took place yesterday in the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Our ambition in writing the book was to contribute to the refutation of the false and misleading interpretations of the current European migration crisis. They have been promoted and propagated by the European political and intellectual elites with their progressivist, multicultural, politically correct views and attitudes. Their thinking is based on the untenable assumption that the mass migration is a positive social phenomenon. We strongly disagree. It is not a positive phenomenon, it destabilizes Europe, it endangers the peaceful and quiet developments in individual European countries.

History teaches us that any mass migration creates considerable cultural, social and political conflicts, shocks and tensions. Its costs have always been much higher than its benefits. We see it in Europe these days. ...

There are plenty of arguments suggesting that the contemporary migration crisis is connected with the post-democratic character of the EU: it is a by-product of the already long-existing European crisis; systemic errors and misconceptions of European policies; built-in defects of EU institutional arrangements, and the ideological confusions and prejudices of European multicultural political elites. ...

In the communist era, our dream was to be free citizens, not just inhabitants of our non-free states. Regarding mass migration, the issue of citizenship has become crucial again. Citizenship reflects that one belongs to a particular political community.


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BIAS – FREE SPEECH
University withdraws job offer because of candidate's 'abhorrent' right wing views
Marco Ferrari
Falmouth Packet, 28 March 2018

An anti-immigration party co-founder has accused Falmouth University of "intolerant, anti-English dogma" for withdrawing an offer of employment after finding out about his anti-Muslim views.

In February, Dr George Whale was offered a job as a research fellow in the field of digital creativity, but last Friday the university's HR department withdrew the offer when they found out about his political activities online.

Dr Whale said: "You have a situation here where an employer is looking at the history of what you do in your own time and saying 'we don't want you to work here',

"Even if people don't like my opinions, freedom of speech demands that unpopular opinions be heard." ...

In an email sent to Dr Whale, Mark Smalley, the university's head of human resources, said: "During our pre-employment checks we have undertaken a search of the world-wide web and have found publicly available (and readily accessible) information associating you with anti-Islamic and anti-migrant views that, both in terms of the views themselves and the way they are expressed on-line, are incompatible with the values and policies of the university, particularly those pertaining to equality, diversity and inclusion."

He went on to say that: "If the university were to become publicly associated with this material by employing you, ... there is a high risk of serious reputational damage to the university." ...

Dr Whale holds a PhD in Creativity and Cognition, an MA in Computing and Design, and a BA in Fine Art, and as well as his political writings has published numerous academic works about digital design.

He has held research positions in universities such as the University of Westminster, and Queen Mary, University of London, but says he has been unable to find work in academia over the last few years because of his political beliefs.
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MULTICULTURALISM – NATIONAL IDENTITY
Fake British Citizens
Myles Harris
The Salisbury Review, 28 March 2018

When the BBC smugly announced that two 'British' Jihadists with Arabic names accused of torturing, crucifying and beheading unarmed civilians had been captured in Syria, many British listeners were enraged. What could be less British? What would foreigners think we as a nation had come to?

This type of slap in the face is intentional, frequent and part of the left's postmodern project to deconstruct our way of life. If you tell a people they no longer have any say in who lives in their country, you will destroy their idea of nationhood. A country that does not feel itself to be a nation has no borders.

... Patriotism burns deeply in many an Englishman's heart, and to be told a medieval killer with an Arab name who spits on the idea of our country is British is the equivalent to a blow in the face.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – LANGUAGE, INTEGRATION, DENMARK
Danish minister tells migrants: Learn the language or YOU pay for an interpreter
John Thalassites
Daily Express, 27 March 2018

A Danish minister has told migrants who come into the country: "Learn the language or pay for your own interpreter".

Foreign Minister Ingr Støjberg will make immigrants who have lived in Denmark for more than three years pay for translation services when visiting doctors or consulting authorities.

Writing for Danish daily newspaper, BT, Ms Støjberg said that her constituents have been "naive" in the face of migrants unwilling to integrate.

Ms Støjberg was responding to the provision of free language services for migrants in Denmark - which strains the public purse and disincentives language-learning.

She said: "In our naivety, we have willingly provided a lifelong publicly paid interpreter.

"And in doing so, we keep wondering why it is that people don't learn the language." ...

She added: "Unless we dare to make demands on foreigners, we will fail to address the serious problem of parallel societies in Denmark, where people neither work, nor speak the language, nor share Danish values."
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POLITICS – FREE SPEECH, UNIVERSITIES
Free speech at universities 'being shut down'
Sky News, 27 March 2018

Criticism of speakers, debates and literature by opposing students and societies is hampering free speech at UK universities, a new report has claimed.

The Joint Committee on Human Rights found the discussion of unpopular and controversial ideas is being opposed on campuses across the country, with some attempting to shut down such debates rather than confront them. ...

"Universities must be places where open and uncensored debate (within the law) can take place so students can think for themselves and develop their own opinions on ideas which may be unpopular, controversial or provocative," the report said.

"However, the concept of safe spaces is either too broad or very vague and therefore we do not find it helpful. University is an environment where a range of opinions should be heard and explored. Minority views should not be barred from student union premises." ...

Committee chairman Harriet Harman said the report showed there was a "problem of inhibition of free speech" at universities.

She added: "Freedom of speech within the law should mean just that - and it is vital in universities."
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DISEASE – MISUSE OF ANTIBIOTICS
Global antibiotic consumption soars feeding spread of UK 'super-bugs'
Claire Newell, Callum Adams and Paul Nuki
Daily Telegraph, 27 March 2018

Drug-resistant superbugs are rising in the UK because of lack of regulation of antibiotics in developing countries, experts have warned.

One of the biggest studies of antibiotic use around the world has established that while antibiotic use in Britain has slowed, global consumption jumped by 65 percent, to 34.8 billion daily doses between 2000 and 2015. ...

Resistant infections already kill an estimated 5,000 people in Britain each year. ...

The report's authors say that economic growth is driving the trend in the developing world but conclude that the "decline of antibiotic effectiveness represents a major threat to human health." ...

The latest study was published on Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – EXTREMISM, SCHOOLS, GERMANY
ISIS beheading videos increasingly popular among migrant school children in Germany
Voice of Europe, 27 March 2018

The problems at Germany's migrant majority schools are spiralling out of control, The President of Germany's Teachers Association, Heinz-Peter Meidinger, tells BILD newspaper.

In an interview, Meidinger says that the number of attacks on teachers at migrant majority schools is increasing and several schools already need private security. Several children also possess knives and 'gas sprays'.

When the Teachers Association President is asked if the circulation of an ISIS beheading video at a Berlin school is an isolated case he says:

"Unfortunately, these are no longer individual cases, not even among very young students at elementary schools. Such incidents now exist at many schools in Germany. One thing is certain: Cruel violent videos in social networks have long since arrived in student life. In chat forums like WhatsApp, movies like the described ISIS beheading video are spreading like wildfire."
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MULTICULTURALISM – HYPER-LIBERALISM
The problem of hyper-liberalism [part 1]
John Gray
TLS / The Times Literary Supplement, 27 March 2018

For liberals the recent transformation of universities into institutions devoted to the eradication of thought crime must seem paradoxical. In the past higher education was avowedly shaped by an ideal of unfettered inquiry. Varieties of social democrats and conservatives, liberals and Marxists taught and researched alongside scholars with no strong political views. Academic disciplines cherished their orthodoxies, and dissenters could face difficulties in being heard. But visiting lecturers were rarely disinvited because their views were deemed unspeakable, course readings were not routinely screened in case they contained material that students might find discomforting, and faculty members who departed from the prevailing consensus did not face attempts to silence them or terminate their careers. An inquisitorial culture had not yet taken over.

It would be easy to say that liberalism has now been abandoned. Practices of toleration that used to be seen as essential to freedom are being deconstructed and dismissed as structures of repression, and any ideas or beliefs that stand in the way of this process banned from public discourse. Judged by old-fashioned standards, this is the opposite of what liberals have stood for. But what has happened in higher education is not that liberalism has been supplanted by some other ruling philosophy. Instead, a hyper-liberal ideology has developed that aims to purge society of any trace of other views of the world. If a regime of censorship prevails in universities, it is because they have become vehicles for this project. /.../ In institutions that proclaim their commitment to critical inquiry, censorship is most effective when it is self-imposed. A defining feature of tyranny, the policing of opinion is now established practice in societies that believe themselves to be freer than they have ever been. ...

However, indifference to facts is not confined to the alt-right and the hyper-liberal Left. It is pervasive among liberals who came of age at the end of the Cold War. ...

Liberals who rail at populist movements are adamant that voters who support them are deluded or deceived. The possibility that these movements are exploiting needs that highly individualist societies cannot satisfy is not seriously considered. In the liberalism that has prevailed over the past generation such needs have been dismissed as atavistic prejudices, which must be swept away wherever they stand in the way of schemes for transnational government or an expanding global market. This stance is one reason why anti-liberal movements continue to advance. Liberalism and empiricism have parted company, and nothing has been learnt. Some of the strongest evidence against the liberal belief that we learn from our errors and follies comes from the behaviour of liberals themselves. ...
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MULTICULTURALISM – HYPER-LIBERALISM
The problem of hyper-liberalism [part 2]
John Gray
TLS / The Times Literary Supplement, 27 March 2018

That modern politics has been shaped by secular religions is widely recognized in the case of totalitarian regimes. ...

While liberals have been ready to acknowledge that totalitarian movements have functioned as corrupt religions, they resist any claim that the same has been true in their own case. ...

Hyper-liberals will reject any idea that what they are promoting is an exorbitant version of the liberalism they incessantly attack. Yet the belief persists that a new society will appear once we have been stripped of our historic identities, and switched to a system in which all are deemed different and yet somehow the same. In this view, all identities are equal in being cultural constructions. In practice some identities are more equal than others. Those of practitioners of historic nationalities and religions, for example, are marked out for deconstruction, while those of ethnic and sexual minorities that have been or are being oppressed are valorized. How this distinction can be maintained is unclear. ...

... In the past, liberals have struggled to reconcile their commitment to liberty with a recognition that people need a sense of collective belonging as well. In other writings Mill balanced the individualism of On Liberty with an understanding that a common culture is necessary if freedom is to be secure, while Isaiah Berlin acknowledged that for most people being part of a community in which they can recognize themselves is an integral part of a worthwhile life. These insights were lost, or suppressed, in the liberalism that prevailed after the end of the Cold War. If it was not dismissed as atavistic, the need for a common identity was regarded as one that could be satisfied in private life. A global space was coming into being that would recognize only universal humanity. Any artefact that embodied the achievements of a particular state or country could only be an obstacle to this notional realm. The hyper-liberal demand that public spaces be purged of symbols of past oppression continues a post-Cold War fantasy of the end of history.

Liberals who are dismayed at the rise of the new intolerance have not noticed how much they have in common with those who are imposing it. Hyper-liberal "snowflakes", who demand safe spaces where they cannot be troubled by disturbing facts and ideas, are what their elders have made them. Possessed by faith in an imaginary humanity, both seek to weaken or destroy the national and religious traditions that have supported freedom and toleration in the past. Insignificant in itself and often comically absurd, the current spate of campus frenzies may come to be remembered for the part it played in the undoing of what is still described as the liberal West.
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IMMIGRATION – PUBLIC OPINION, CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Andrew Green: The Government has lost its way on immigration – and the Home Secretary shows no interest in reducing it
Lord Green
Conservative Home, 26 March 2018

It is now clear that the Government have dropped the ball on immigration. An urgent rethink is needed if they are to avoid paying a heavy price at the next election. There is no doubt about public concern. Immigration remains one of the top three issues on which voters say they will base their choice in 2022 or before, while nearly two-thirds want to see a major reduction in immigration levels.

It is also clear that immigration was a major factor in the outcome of the referendum. Indeed, it was the top issue of voter concern on the eve of polling day in June 2016, according to Ipsos MORI. Some suggest that voters' main motivation was about control of immigration rather than its reduction, but that ignores many years of consistent concern about the number of immigrants and their impact on all our public services.

The Government has clearly lost its way. The transition agreement is useless from the point of view of reducing immigration. Free movement for EU citizens is to continue for nearly three years from now. Worse, all those who come in that period will have the right to claim permanent residence here. Even less acceptable, it appears that they will have rights to bring in partners, and possibly future partners, that are greater than the rights enjoyed by British citizens.

... Meanwhile, net migration from outside the European Union has risen to over 200,000 per annum, /.../ The present Government have done nothing to reduce it despite a number of useful recommendations from the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC).

It seems that the Government feels under very little pressure on immigration. Certainly, the Home Secretary has shown no interest at all in concrete steps to reduce immigration. /.../ Meanwhile, in 2014/15, the working age benefit bill for EU migrants in the UK was over £4 billion or about £12 million per day – a huge sum. ...

... Overall, net migration still stands at around a quarter of a million a year – close to the average of the last ten years, and enough to ensure that the UK's population grows by the equivalent of Birmingham every two to three years. ...

Meanwhile, the public have been repeatedly promised control over immigration – which they have rightly interpreted as a reduction. The public have had enough of excuses. Failure to deliver will severely shake public confidence, certainly in the Conservative Party, but also in our political system as a whole.
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY
After Brexit, We Must Address Voters' Immigration Concerns With A Bespoke
Sir Gerald Howarth, Conservative MP for Aldershot
HuffPost, 26 March 2018

Communities across the UK are protesting at the demand for more housing which this dramatic growth in population has generated. ...

... At Leave Means Leave, we believe the UK should have a bespoke British work permit system, its eventual aim being to reduce net migration to around the levels last seen in the mid-1990s, i.e. less than 50,000.

The public understands that highly-skilled migration is beneficial to Britain. Therefore, there should be no cap on the most highly skilled and entrepreneurial who wish to come to this country. ...

This will allow us to place greater emphasis on the training, education and employment of the over 800,000 16-24 year old British citizens who are currently unemployed or inactive (as of December 2016). ...

Only those who are granted permanent residence should be eligible for social benefits, housing benefits and social housing, in keeping with the principle of fairness that we should all have to pay in to the system. ...

In this essential debate about migration and the EU, we should not forget that half of net annual migration into the UK is represented by non-EU migrants, something over which we have had control. There is therefore much work to be done to fashion a system which benefits the economy but reassures a concerned public.
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IMMIGRATION – PUBLIC OPINION
Attitudes to immigration have softened since referendum but most still want to see it reduced
Ipsos MORI, 26 March 2018

Just under half (44%) say that migration has had a positive impact on Britain according to a new Ipsos MORI survey among British adults aged 18-75. Three in ten (30%) say migration's impact has been negative on the country while one in five (20%) say its impact has been neutral. ...

Despite opinion towards immigration becoming more positive in recent years a majority (54%) still want it to be reduced. However, the proportion of people wanting immigration reduced 'a lot' has fallen over the last 18 months from 37% to 30%. Three-quarters (77%) of Leave voters want immigration reduced compared to 38% of Remain voters. ...

Perceptions about the current Government and immigration

. Most (53%) are dissatisfied with the way the current Government is dealing with immigration (12% are satisfied). ...

. Seven in ten (69%) are not confident that even by leaving the EU, that the Government will reduce net migration to the "tens of thousands" in the next few years (21% are confident).
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CRIME – SLAVERY, PEOPLE-SMUGGLING
From child drug mules to migrant smuggling, reports of slavery soar in Britain
Lin Taylor
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 26 March 2018

From children being forced by gangs to carry illegal drugs, to migrants smuggled into Britain and trapped in exploitative work, reports of slavery in Britain have surged as authorities crack down on the crime, according to data released on Monday.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) said it received 5,145 reports of suspected slavery victims in 2017 across Britain, an increase of more than a third from 3,804 in 2016.

Those involved were commonly British, Albanian and Vietnamese, said the NCA, which is dubbed Britain's FBI, warning that criminal networks were heading online to sexually exploit people, especially through adult services websites.

"What this report reinforces is that we are now dealing with an evolving threat," NCA director Will Kerr said in a statement. "Particularly concerning to us is the rise in young people being exploited for sexual purposes or drug trafficking." ...

There were also increased crossovers between smuggling rings, that transport vulnerable migrants into Britain, and slavemasters, who force them into exploitative work, Kerr said.

Kerr said the figures "almost certainly" represent an underestimate of the true scale of slavery and trafficking in Britain.

At least 13,000 people across Britain are estimated by the government to be victims of modern slavery - trapped in forced labour, sexual exploitation and domestic servitude - but police say the true figure is likely to be in the tens of thousands.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – DEPORTATION, GERMANY
Germany struggles with rising number of rejected asylum seekers without papers
Reuters, 26 March 2018

The number of failed asylum seekers who could not be repatriated from Germany because they lack valid documents jumped 71 percent in 2017 compared with the previous year, the interior ministry said on Monday.

Around 65,000 failed asylum seekers were granted temporary permission to stay in the country in 2017 because they could not be repatriated due to their lack of identity papers, a ministry spokesman said, up from 38,000 in 2016.

Germany has been trying to speed up such repatriations since Anis Amri, a Tunisian awaiting deportation, killed 12 people at a Berlin Christmas market in December 2016. Amri's deportation had been delayed because he had no valid passport.
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MULTICULTURALISM – RELIGION, ISLAM
Atheist Richard Dawkins Warns Christianity Could be Replaced by 'Something Worse'
Amy Furr
Townhall, 26 March 2018

In reaction to a recent article, well-known atheist and author Richard Dawkins Tweeted Wednesday that we should not rejoice over the death of Christianity in Europe because we do not know what might replace it. ...

In previous comments, Dawkins has said he recognizes the danger Islam poses to European Christianity.

"There are no Christians, as far as I know, blowing up buildings. I am not aware of any Christian suicide bombers. I am not aware of any major Christian denomination that believes the penalty for apostasy is death," he said. ...

During a speech at the Cheltenham Science Festival, Dawkins said that Islam poses a worse threat than any other religion.

"It's tempting to say all religions are bad, and I do say all religions are bad, but it's a worse temptation to say all religions are equally bad because they're not," he said.

"If you look at the actual impact that different religions have on the world it's quite apparent that at present the most evil religion in the world has to be Islam," he concluded.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – LANDLORDS
Landlords still house illegal immigrants with impunity
TCW Whistleblower
Conservative Woman, 26 March 2018

The government says it wants to be tough on illegal immigration. /.../ As a part of this, the Immigration Act 2014 brought in the 'Right to Rent' regulations. These oblige anyone renting out a home or part of their home to make sure their tenant has a legal right to live in the UK.

Landlords aren't expected to be immigration experts and the checks they should make on a prospective tenant are straightforward. There's official advice online and a genuinely useful helpline if support is needed. ...

... However the problem is that the regulations seem to be barely enforced. There are large areas of the country with high populations of illegal immigrants where arrests and detentions may be happening, but no prosecutions or punitive action of any sort is being taken against those who deliberately and illegally provide them with housing. Why?

... It should then be easy to establish that the owner of that accommodation didn't take the right steps to comply with 'Right to Rent' rules and should be considered for prosecution.

But that just isn't happening. According to the leading trade organisation, the Residential Landlords Association, only 91 landlords were prosecuted in the first year that the rules were in fully in place. It's difficult to match this figure precisely against the number of people arrested for immigration offences who have been in the country longer than the few days necessary to procure at least some sort of roof over their heads. People you can therefore assume have a landlord who is acting illegally. There must be thousands in this category. Surely there should be some sort of correlation between the number of people detained and the numbers of landlords prosecuted for housing them? But there isn't.
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CRIME – SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN
Child sex gang of seven 'predatory' men who abused girls as young as 13 in a 's*** wagon' with number plate ending 'SHG' are convicted after jury took 24 DAYS to reach their verdict
Bridie Pearson-Jones
MailOnline, 25 March 2018

A sex gang of seven 'predatory' men have been convicted of abusing young girls.

The group of seven men aged between 37 and 47 were described as 'predatory and cynical' by a judge after being convicted on Friday following a five-month trial, at Oxford Crown Court. ...

A jury of four women and seven men took a record-breaking 107 hours and 31 minutes, over the course of 24 days, to reach their verdict. ...

During the trial, Oxford Crown Court heard accounts from the victims, all of whom were aged between 13 and 15 at the time, who said they were plied with drink and drugs and took part in sex parties. ...

The lengthy trial saw seven defendants convicted - Raheem Ahmed, Moinul Islam, Kamran Khan, Kameer Iqbal, Khalid Hussain, Alladitta Yousaf and Assad Hussain.
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MULTICULTURALISM – RELIGION
Islam Poised to Pass Anglicans as Preferred Religion of Britain's Young Adults
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
Breitbart, 25 March 2018

Islam has been gaining on Christianity for years in Great Britain and is now only one percentage point behind Anglicanism among the share of the population aged 16 to 29.

An astonishing new report out of St. Mary's University in Twickenham has revealed that only seven percent of young adults in the UK self-identify as Anglicans, compared to six percent who say they are Muslims. If current trends continue, Islam will soon pass the Church of England, despite the latter's privileged status as the official religion of the state. ...

Moreover, the UK has a significant gap in fertility rates between Muslims and non-Muslims, with Muslim women having an average of 2.9 children compared to the 1.8 had by non-Muslims.
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REPATRIATION/DEPORTATION
London Homeless DOUBLE After Deportations Blocked by EU Free Movement Rules
Liam Deacon
Breitbart, 25 March 2018

There has been a rapid doubling in the number of rough sleepers in London since leftist activists won a court battle to block authorities from deporting Romanian and Polish foreigners living on the streets.

In December last year, the High Court ruled that a scheme targeting foreigners bedding down on Britain's streets for deportation was discriminatory and broke European Union (EU) Freedom of Movement rules.

The program began in 2015 to target the sharply rising numbers of European migrants camped on London's streets, and successfully reduced homelessness in the capital.

In 2015, the presence of large numbers of mainly Romanian rough sleepers hit the headlines after they took over famous London landmarks, including Marble Arch, washed in public water fountains, and left litter.

However, after December's court ruling, there were 41 new homeless arrivals in February, up from 22 in December and 30 in January, The Times reports.

Furthermore, spot checks identified 75 rough sleepers from the EU on a given night, up from 50, and authorities expect the number to shoot back up to the previous peak of 300.

Nickie Aiken, the Tory leader of Westminster council, explained how they are not allowed to use taxpayer cash to house EU nationals, but also now can't remove them. "We are between a rock and a hard place," she added.

She also said the council can no longer check the background of EU street sleepers, including criminal offenders or victims of trafficking. The Home Office stopped sharing information because of the ruling.
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POPULATION PRESSURE – TRAFFIC SPEED
Cars to travel slower than bicycles on England's clogged-up roads within a decade
Christopher Hope and Patrick Scott
Daily Telegraph, 24 March 2018

Cars will travel slower than bicycles on England's congested roads within a decade, according to official figures.

The Department for Transport said the average vehicle speed of cars on A roads in towns and cities in 2017 was just 18.4mph, down from 19.3mph in 2014.

If this decline continues at the same rate, cars will be travelling slower than cyclists by 2027.

The average speed of a male cyclist is around 16mph, according to activity website Strava. ...

Traffic speeds have been in steady decline across England's A road network over the past three years, with average speeds at morning rush hour now down to 23.7mph across both rural and urban roads.

During the evening rush hour this figure is even slower at 22.2mph.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – ALBANIANS
Five steps to reach Britain (for a £10,000 fee): Route revealed as police smash the people-smuggling gang that sneaked 750 Albanians into the UK
Tom Kelly
Daily Mail, 24 March 2018

An international police operation has smashed a network smuggling Albanians into Britain.

The operation unearthed more than 50 people making millions by sneaking migrants across 17 countries to reach the UK, US and Canada.

Thirty-nine suspects operating in ten countries including Britain are accused of smuggling around 1,500 illegal migrants who each paid up to £20,000 to escape Albania. Another 12 remain on the run. ...

Half of the migrants smuggled by the criminal network – around 750 – ended up in Britain, with henchmen here helping to arrange each trafficking operation. ...

Initially the route to the UK went through Italy and France, but after crackdowns by police in these countries they started to take a circuitous route through Montenegro, Serbia, Germany and northern Spain, from where they would be helped on to ships heading to the south coast.

The police operation was launched after the Daily Mail revealed last year the shocking scale of Albanian illegal immigration to the UK, with many young migrants openly taking 'stowaway selfies' of themselves laughing and joking while hiding in British-bound lorries. ...

Albanian national police chief Ardi Veliu said seven criminal groups were involved in the human trafficking ring, operating in Albania, Bulgaria, Spain, France, the Dominican Republic, Italy, Britain, Ireland and the US.
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TERRORISM – CHILD REFUGEES
Parsons Green terrorist is jailed for at least 34 years after the judge rules he lied about only being 18
Martin Evans
Daily Telegraph, 24 March 2018

The Parsons Green bomber lied about his age in order to remain in the UK sparking renewed questions over the screening of child migrants.

Iraqi born, Ahmed Hassan, entered Britain illegally three years ago and then applied for asylum, claiming to be a 16-year orphan, who had keen kidnapped by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil). ...

But the case raises serious questions over the ability of officials to weed out asylum seekers who try to take advantage of the system by claiming to be children. ...

Mr Justice Haddon-Cave told Hassan: "I note that your tutor at college thought you were physically and mentally older than you claimed to be. I am satisfied that that you lied about your date of birth on arrival in order to glean the special privileges accorded to children entering the UK."
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IMMIGRATION – NUMBERS, EAST EUROPEANS
The migrant map of Britain: Figures reveal where more than 2million former Eastern Europeans have settled in the UK
Ed Riley
MailOnline, 24 March 2018

Towns and regions with the highest influx of Eastern European migrants have been identified in government figures.

Data from the Office for National Statistics has shown the areas in the UK with the biggest proportion of settlers from the Eastern bloc.

In total there are now an estimated 2.03 million people now living in the UK who are nationals of the ten Eastern European EU nations.

By far the biggest number of settlers come from Poland, with the ONS statistics showing 1 million from that nation now living amongst the 65 million population of the entire UK. ...

The next biggest group of Eastern Europeans are Romanians, who along with Bulgarians, were first allowed free access to the UK to live and work in 2014.

Some 358,000 have settled in the UK since then. ...

Lithuanians are the next largest group to have settled in the UK, with 212,000 making the trip here.
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EMIGRATION – EUROPE
European Union – the biggest people-trafficking scam in history
Moshe Forman
The Times of Israel, 24 March 2018

Unrestricted immigration is a disaster for the poorer countries of Europe; it arrests their development and, not surprisingly, has the most detrimental effect on the poorest. It's great for the British that they have all these people to staff the NHS, but does anyone give a damn that in Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova and elsewhere, their health services are collapsing form a shortage of doctors and nurses? I would argue that the EU policy of free migration has become the biggest people-trafficking scam in history.

This is how this new imperialism works; the poor countries of the Balkans spend their scarce resources on training health and other professionals, who then leave, tempted by the salaries of the more developed nations of Europe. The UK gets ready-trained health staff on the cheap, and the Bulgarian health service, for example, already struggling to overcome the devastation of the communist years, suffers from ever dropping ratio of medical staff to patients.

There are several academic investigations into the effect of this economic migration from the poorer to the rich countries. ...

Families are split apart and the negative impact on children means the damage will be carried over to the next generation. ...

The elderly are particularly vulnerable: ...
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IMMIGRATION – EUROPE, PUBLIC OPINION
Why do politicians refuse to tell it how it is on immigration?
Douglas Murray
The Spectator, 24 March 2018

One of the presumptions of democracy is that leaders listen to the public. But as poll after poll in Europe shows, this presumption breaks down around the subject of migration. On that – and the numerous issues surrounding it – mainstream politicians consistently ignore the public. And not only ignore them but berate them and act against their concerns.

This month sees the publication of the latest poll by Project 28, whose 2017 poll of public opinion I wrote about here last summer. Once again, the Századvég Foundation has polled opinion from 1,000 respondents in each of the 28 countries of the EU. And once again, the findings are startling. Any politician should consider them; a wise politician would listen to them.

What is most striking once again is that there is such extraordinary unanimity around the question of immigration. ...

For instance, in response to the question of EU border protection, more than three-quarters (78 per cent) of EU citizens believe that the external borders of Europe should be better protected. /.../ Not only do 78 per cent of all Europeans think that illegal immigration into their countries is a problem, in every single European country more people think that it is a serious problem than think it is not a problem or not a very serious problem.

... Asked whether immigration brings problems including crime and terrorism, the majority of Europeans believe that it does. While 82 per cent think it is very or somewhat likely that a terrorist attack could happen in their country, 62 per cent also think that immigrants bring an increase in crime. Of course this remains a subject which, if uttered by a mainstream politician, could end their political career. And yet it is not only a majority opinion, but provable. Research commissioned by the German government and published in January found that there had been a large increase in crime in Germany in recent years and that more than 90 per cent of that crime could be attributed to young male migrants. ...

Fully 81 per cent of the European public agree that immigrants should be helped in their own countries, with almost half (48 per cent) saying that the EU should provide 'substantial financial support' to the countries where they are currently residing, like Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. The public are also supportive of temporary migration, with two-thirds of Europeans agreeing that immigrants should be sent back to their home countries after the war in Syria ends. ...

Crucially, the public are aware of something about which their politicians have been blithe. Which is that migration on the scale Europe has seen in recent years is not just a problem for this generation but for succeeding ones. A frightening 50 per cent of Europeans believe that their children will have a worse life than them. /.../ Specifically, 70 per cent of the European public believe that the 'rapid population growth of Muslims' is either a 'somewhat serious' or 'very serious' threat to Europe.
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CRIME – DRUG GANGS, ALBANIANS
Surge in drug gangs triples number of Albanians in our jails with 726 offenders from the Balkan state behind bars last year
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 23 March 2018

Drugs gangs from Albania have fuelled a tripling in the number of criminals from the country in British prisons.

Ministry of Justice figures reveal there were 726 offenders from the Balkan state behind bars last year – up from 267 in 2013.

Many have been convicted of murder, drug dealing, sex offences, money laundering, people smuggling and death threats. ...

The National Crime Agency (NCA) has warned that gangs of Albanian drug dealers are now 'a significant threat', using increasingly ruthless tactics to protect their business.

Organised crime groups from the country, which has a population of just 2.9 million, now have huge influence on supplying cocaine around the UK. ...

But thousands of Albanians allowed into the UK are suspected of adopting bogus identities from neighbouring Kosovo, claiming persecution during the regional conflict 18 years ago. Imposters are suspected to be fronting drugs and prostitution rings.
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POLITICS – INTOLERANCE
Hope Not Hate: anti-fascist authoritarianism
Patrick West
Spiked, 23 March 2018

There has always been something paradoxical, even ironic, about so-called anti-fascist and anti-racist groups. While ostensibly promoting peace, understanding and tolerance in the face of nasty and intolerant far-right groups, they have always seemed to contain an essence of authoritarianism and intolerance themselves – and even an undercurrent of menace.

This was most obvious in Germany and Italy in the 1970s with the Red Army Faction and the Red Brigades. /.../ In Britain in the 1990s, we had the stupid and conceited Anti-Nazi League – and we still have the Socialist Workers Party – who were always spoiling for a fight and forever spoke of 'fighting' and 'smashing' the opposition. ...

And so on to the latest anti-fascist group, Hope Not Hate, which sounds caring and innocent enough. Its latest campaign has been to urge major booksellers Waterstones, WHSmith and Foyles to stop profiting from selling 'dangerous books' with 'extreme hate content'. ...

It should strike us as ironic that anti-fascists are seeking to ban books in the name of promoting tolerance. What next? Burning books? But this shouldn't surprise us. Paternal, power-crazy, anti-fascists have a long track record of self-righteous censoriousness.
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RACISM – GOLLIWOGS
Councillor ordered to apologise for calling for return of golliwogs
Daily Express, 23 March 2018

A councillor who was condemned for calling for the return of golliwogs has been ordered to issue an official apology and attend 21 days of training by a Council monitoring officer.

Cllr Lynne Sterry appeared before the Standards Committee at Forest of Dean District Council after she twice shared a Facebook post supporting the comeback of the toys.

Cllr Sterry (Labour, Cinderford West) stepped down as both chairman of the council's Standards Committee and of Cinderford Town Council after sharing the posts about golliwogs. ...

Speaking at the meeting on Thursday, Cllr Sterry told the standards committee: "I wanted to say to you that nothing you could do to me today would make me feel any worse than I already do. ...

"It really was personal to me but of course I wasn't thinking outside the box, I was thinking about me and my childhood at the time. ..."

Cllr Paul Hiett (Forest First, Bream) said: "I've known Lynne for 20 years, she's not a racist. There is not a racist bone in her body."
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TERRORISM
TERROR WARNING: 30,000 people in Europe may be in terrorist networks, Europol chief warns
Harvey Gavin
Daily Express, 22 March 2018

Tens of thousands of people living in Europe could be part of terrorist networks, the European Union's law enforcement boss has warned on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the Westminster terror attack.

Up to 30,000 people have been radicalised and are part of terror cells or communities which could be inspired by groups such as Islamic State (ISIS), Europol director Rob Wainwright said.

In an interview with Bulgarian television, the Briton warned of an "explosion of terrorist activity in recent years", adding there is "very complex" range of threats facing the EU. ...

Mr Wainwright also warned Europe was facing a new generation of threats, including cyber attacks and danger posed by "many groups that resemble mafias in many countries". ...

In a separate report by Bulgarian media, a study was presented to the country's parliament today which revealed 800 people had travelled from the Western Balkans to Syria and Iraq to fight for ISIS.

The Western Balkans include several nations being considered for European Union membership, such as Albania, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – CRIME, GERMANY
Asylum seeker who claimed to be a child refugee jailed for rape and murder
Richard Hartley-Parkinson
Metro, 22 March 2018

An asylum seeker claiming to be from Afghanistan was Thursday sentenced to life in jail in Germany for the rape and murder of a student that stoked a public backlash against a mass influx of migrants.

Hussein Khavari, of uncertain age and origin, was found guilty of the deadly night-time attack on medical student Maria Ladenburger, 19, in October 2016 in the university town of Freiburg.

Khavari pushed her off her bicycle as she was riding home alone from a party, then bit, choked and repeatedly raped her and left her on the bank of a river where she drowned. ...

Khavari arrived in Germany, without identity papers, in November 2015, near the peak of the refugee influx, as an unaccompanied minor claiming to be 16 or 17 years old and hailing from Afghanistan. ...

It emerged only after his arrest that he had already committed a violent crime in May 2013 in Greece, where he pushed a woman off a cliff on the island of Corfu, leaving her badly injured.

He was sentenced there in February 2014 to 10 years jail for attempted murder but was granted a conditional release from Greece's overcrowded jails in October 2015.
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IMMIGRATION – SUB-SAHARAN AFRICANS
At Least a Million Sub-Saharan Africans Moved to Europe Since 2010
Phillip Connor
Pew Research Center, 22 March 2018

International migration from countries in sub-Saharan Africa has grown dramatically over the past decade, including to Europe and the United States. Indeed, most years since 2010 have witnessed a rising inflow of sub-Saharan asylum applicants in Europe, and lawful permanent residents and refugees in the U.S.

... In the case of Europe, the population of sub-Saharan migrants has been boosted by the influx of nearly 1 million asylum applicants (970,000) between 2010 and 2017, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of data from Eurostat, Europe's statistical agency. Sub-Saharan Africans also moved to European Union countries, Norway and Switzerland as international students and resettled refugees, through family reunification and by other means.

In the U.S., those fleeing conflict also make up a portion of the more than 400,000 sub-Saharan migrants who moved to the States between 2010 and 2016. According to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. State Department, 110,000 individuals from sub-Saharan countries were resettled as refugees over this seven-year period. An additional 190,000 were granted lawful permanent residence by virtue of family ties; nearly 110,000 more entered the U.S. through the diversity visa program.

... According to a 2017 Pew Research Center survey in six sub-Saharan countries that have supplied many of the region's migrants to the U.S. and Europe, many say they would move to another country if the means and opportunity presented themselves. And in Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria, more than a third say they actually plan to migrate in the next five years. ...

In terms of destinations, as of 2017, nearly three-quarters (72%) of Europe's sub-Saharan immigrant population was concentrated in just four countries: the UK (1.27 million), France (980,000), Italy (370,000) and Portugal (360,000). ...

Between February and April 2017, Pew Research Center surveyed in six of the 10 countries that have supplied many of the sub-Saharan immigrants now living in the U.S. ...

The survey asked respondents whether they would go to live in another country, if they had the means and opportunity. At least four-in-ten in each sub-Saharan country surveyed answered yes, including roughly three-quarters of those surveyed in Ghana (75%) and Nigeria (74%). ...

... People planning to migrate in the next five years tended to identify destinations where they already had friends or family. This finding is generally consistent with studies showing that personal connections influence the decision and likelihood of migrating.

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About 420,000 more sub-Saharan African migrants lived in Europe in 2017 (4.15 million) than in 2010 (3.73 million). And an estimated 1.55 million sub-Saharan African migrants lived in the U.S in 2017, an increase of about a 325,000 from 2010, when an estimated 1.22 million sub-Saharan African migrants lived in the country, according to the United Nations.
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EMIGRATION – ROMANIA
Exodus from Romania: How free movement looks at the other end of the EU
Stephen McGrath
Prospect, April 2018

Between 2007, when the country joined the EU, and 2017 around 3.4m Romanians emigrated, two-thirds of them aged 18-39. ...

Poverty in rural Romania can be striking. On the fringes are scores of Roma families living in tiny makeshift houses. Many are collapsing. According to the World Bank, 70 per cent of Romania's rural population – which makes up almost half of the country's roughly 19m people – live below the poverty line. ...

... An estimated 350,000 economic orphans have parents who live abroad. There are far-reaching implications. Doctors, nurses and teachers have left in droves which has dramatically lowered the quality of education and healthcare. ...

Corruption in Romania is rife but the left-wing Social Democrat (PSD) government is hell-bent on reversing hard-won measures that would undermine the country's longstanding crackdown on graft.
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RACISM – CENSORSHIP
Hate-speech laws help only the powerful
Alexander Adams
Spiked, 22 March 2018

Offensive behaviour is one of the crimes of immorality, such as offence against public morality, action against the state, counter-revolutionary activity and other catch-all terms, that have always been used to suppress dissent (reasonable and unreasonable). ...

Laws against speech which are advanced under the guise of defending the weak are actually designed to protect the dominant elite. Laws against harassment, threats of violence, incitement to commit crime, and so forth, are all already on the statute. They protect all people equally. Hate crimes are different. They are crimes against public morality, as defined by lawmakers. The offences are crafted not to protect 'marginalised groups' but to demonstrate the virtue of the ruling class and to demonstrate its power. They use minorities as shields to protect their own interests.

Christianity, patriotism, monarchy and the family were once society-wide emblems of the moral consensus. But as they were diminished by a new multiculturalism, a crisis of values developed. With so many differing perspectives and traditions at play in society, it became hard to find moral totems around which the nation could gather. One unifying idea today is that racism is wrong. It is a moral value that appeals broadly to liberals and conservatives, relying on the innate human moral values of fairness, and individuals being treated according to their actions.

The problem is that racism can be manifest both in action and thought. Racial discrimination of action can be limited through legislation that bans racially determined pay, employment, accommodation and so on. It is largely a transparent, fair and workable system. The problem is that racist beliefs, casual prejudices and in-group preferences – what we might call racial discrimination of thought, mild or extreme – have become the focus of legislation to prevent even offensive (but non-racist) speech in order to eradicate racist thought.

What we see now in British hate-crime legislation is an attempt to control speech and thought. The existence of 'offensive thought', which finds expression in a joke, offhand slur or a casual slip, is now something for which our moral superiors can prosecute us. This is a profoundly troubling situation. What is more troubling is that no major British political party has opposed the spread of hate-crime legislation. ...

... We must begin to treat all people fairly, and according to their actions. We must abolish hate-speech laws, and stop travelling down the road to censorship.
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EXTREMISM – POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
Our lawmakers' fear of 'racism' has put the rights of terrorists before the lives of innocents
Allison Pearson
Daily Telegraph, 21 March 2018

If Ahmed Hassan had got his way, September 15 2017 would be the date of one of the worst massacres in British history. About 50 people sustained burns or minor injuries ...

An asylum seeker who actually told Home Office officials he had been "trained to kill" by Islamic State in Iraq was not only allowed to enter our country. He was given generous financial aid and a foster place ...

You will have to forgive my tone of mild incredulity, but there has been ample evidence in the past fortnight that the Home Office is perfectly capable of keeping out undesirables. Lauren Southern, a far-right Canadian journalist, was detained in Calais and banned from entering the UK. /.../ A Home Office spokesman said: "Border Force has the power to refuse entry to an individual if it is considered that his or her presence in the UK is not conducive to the public good." ...

Personally, I wouldn't choose to have Ms Southern round for Easter lunch, but at least nothing in her history suggests she might try to detonate a bomb on a train carrying children to school. The same goes for Martin Sellner, the Austrian leader of the Generation Identity white nationalist movement, and his girlfriend, Brittany Pettibone, an American writer who calls immigration "white genocide", who were also denied entry. ...

Are we to deduce that our government believes ultra-conservative provocateurs are "not conducive to the public good" whilst Islamist asylum seekers are perfectly fine? ...

After the grotesque revelations last week from Telford of yet more mass rape, even murder, committed by men of mainly Pakistani origin, are the authorities perhaps scared they are losing control of the multicultural "narrative"? Do they privately fear that the views of Sellner and his ilk might chime with members of the population who have lost faith in a liberal elite that appears to put political correctness and enforced "tolerance" before the safety of white working-class girls? ...

And what if our instincts tell us it's wrong to keep out far-Right speakers, who can do us no physical harm, while admitting aggrieved Muslim teenagers from war-torn areas who well might?

Let me tell you what is "not conducive to the public good". It's having a Home Office whose moral sense is so perverted that it puts the human rights of jihadist Hassan before the right to life of British men, women and children on the District Line.
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EXTREMISM – POLITICS
Britain's flawed definition of extremism is storing up trouble
Douglas Murray
Spectator blog, 21 March 2018

Can anyone else see the problem here? The British state currently has to find a reason to explain why saying 'Allah is gay' is a fundamental assault on British values, but admitting to being a trained member of Isis is not. It has to explain why approaching the borders legally can lead to expulsion but breaking into the country illegally cannot.

Of course what this is is the enforcement of what one might call 'Rowley-ism', after the Metropolitan Police's former assistant commissioner Mark Rowley. It was he who last month embedded the idea that the UK faces an equally balanced challenge: Islamist extremism on the one side, far-right extremism on the other. In order to sustain this equation it appears that for the time-being one must draw a moral equivalence between Muslims who blow things up and non-Muslims who do not, but have mean views. And an equivalence between Muslims who call for murder and non-Muslims who do not. Officials (retired and serving) at the borders, in the police force or in Parliament, who think that this will prove a formula for societal security and harmony can have no idea of the trouble they are storing up for some later date.
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EXTREMISM
Soros's HOPE Not Hate Sees Massive Backlash over Book Ban List
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 21 March 2018

The far-left activist group HOPE not Hate (HnH) received a widespread backlash on social media, including from prominent anti-extremism campaigner Maajid Nawaz, after they released a list of books they campaigned to get banned from UK retailers.

The group unveiled a new campaign earlier this week to pressure book retailers, including Amazon and WH Smith, to remove a list of books deemed "Nazi" and "far-right" by the organisation. HnH tweeted out a link to the campaign and within 24 hours saw an overwhelmingly negative response from users equating the group to promoting book burnings.

The tweet garnered a mere 87 likes but more than a thousand comments, the vast majority of which were highly critical of the far-left organisation.

One reply, which has over 1,000 likes on the platform, saw user Bil Irving write: "Cannot support this. There is nothing good to be had from banning books, no matter how much you disagree with them. Quite frankly, it's a Nazi tactic, and I'm genuinely surprised at HNH for even suggesting this."
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IMMIGRATION – 15-YEAR-OLDS
Almost 29 per cent of 15-year-olds in Britain now come from immigrant backgrounds, international think tank reveals
Tim Sculthorpe
MailOnline, 20 March 2018

Almost 29 per cent of 15-year-olds in Britain now come from an immigrant background, new data from an international think tank reveals today.

The figure is higher than the EU average of 21 per cent but similar to both France, at 26 per cent, and Germany, at 28 per cent. The figure is higher in Ireland and Belgium.

It includes second generation immigrants, natives of mixed heritage, first generation immigrants and people returning after being born abroad.

The study, by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), also shows immigrant children who arrive in the UK aged 12 or older are less likely to do well at school and to feel like they belong, according to a study. ...

The study is based on an analysis of the OECD's 2015 PISA tests which are taken by 15-year-olds across 35 nations and economies.

Compared with PISA tests taken in 2003, the percentage of immigrant students in the UK rose by nine percentage points, compared with an OECD average of around six percentage points and an EU average of around seven percentage points.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – SEXUAL CRIMES, GERMANY
Germany: Migrant Rape Crisis Still Sowing Terror and Destruction
Soeren Kern
Gatestone Institute, 20 March 2018

Germany's migrant rape crisis continues unabated. Preliminary statistics show that migrants committed more than a dozen rapes or sexual assaults every day in 2017, a four-fold increase since 2014, the year before Chancellor Angela Merkel allowed into Germany more than a million mostly Muslim male migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. ...

The actual number of migrant-related sex crimes in Germany, however, is believed to be far higher than the official number. ...

The director of the Criminal Police Association /.../ estimates that up to 90% of the sex crimes committed in Germany do not appear in the official statistics. ...

"There is a strict order by the authorities to not report on crimes committed by refugees," a high-ranking police official in Frankfurt told Bild. "Only specific requests from media representatives about such acts are to be answered." ...

Germany's migrant sex-crime problem is being exacerbated by its lenient legal system, in which offenders receive relatively light sentences, even for serious crimes. In many instances, individuals who are arrested for sex crimes are immediately released after questioning from police.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ISRAEL
Netanyahu says African migrants worse threat than jihadists
France 24, 20 March 2018

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that an electronic fence along the Israel-Egypt border has saved the Jewish state from jihadist attacks or what he believes would be worse – a tide of African migrants.

"Were it not for the fence, we would be faced with... severe attacks by Sinai terrorists, and something much worse, a flood of illegal migrants from Africa," Netanyahu's office quoted him as telling a development conference in the southern Israel desert town of Dimona. ...

Netanyahu said a tide of non-Jewish immigration would threaten the very fabric of Israel.

"We are talking about a Jewish and democratic state, but how could we assure a Jewish and democratic state with 50,000 and then 100,000 and 150,000 migrants a year," Netanyahu said.

"After a million, 1.5 million, we might as well shut up shop," he added. "We did not close down, we built a fence."
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POLITICS – HATE INCIDENT, THOUGHT CRIME, FREE SPEECH
London Police Edit 'Thought Crime' Threat After Ridicule Online
Liam Deacon
Breitbart, 20 March 2018

People can be "charged" with an "offence" if their actions are within the law but their "reasons for doing it" are perceived as illegal hate by others, London police have said, before withdrawing the claim.

Social media users began drawing attention to the Metropolitan force's new, and highly unusual, definition of a 'hate crime' on the 16th of this month. It remained like that until the 18th, according to Google cache, before the police edited it again on Monday.

The definition did not match that given by the College of Policing or Crown Prosecution Service, and critics online claimed it could be read as a threat against "thought crimes". ...

"The Met seems to imply that a person can face two charges, one for the assault, and another for 'their reasons for doing it.' That is not true," added criminal barrister Matthew Scott in an extensive blog post.

He explained that "although there are some cases where doing an act is illegal irrespective of your state of mind, there are no cases where your state of mind can make you guilty of an offence if you don't actually do anything capable of amounting to a crime". ...

The earlier section of the Met's hate crime definition might also seem alarming, insisting that people only need to "believe" a crime is motivated by hate for it to be recorded as such; however, this is a common definition used by police tracing back to recommendations of the 1999 MacPherson inquiry.

The Crown Prosecution Service confirmed last year that a "hate incident" only needs to be "perceived" with "no evidence needed", and many UK forces include "dislike" and "unfriendliness" as evidence of a hate crime.
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY, PUBLIC OPINION
The curious case of the missing immigration debate
Ken Crawford
Conservative Woman, 19 March 2018

The latest survey from YouGov places Brexit (60 per cent), health (42 per cent) and immigration (31 per cent) above the economy (29 per cent). Housing sits just behind at 25 per cent. The respective percentages have moved up and down through 2017/18 but these same issues nearly always top the economy as a concern, while housing has been rising as an issue.

Immigration is the most interesting since it receives relatively little political attention in comparison to the other issues. ...

This mismatch is especially interesting because immigration connects with the other issues. ...

This interconnection explains why immigration matters to so many different voter categories. Ipsos MORI's latest headline data and supporting tables break these down by sex, age, social class, geographic region and voter base. In every category Immigration rates above the economy – male/female, young/old, rich/poor. ...

Labour's position is the more understandable. The 2017 General Election data /.../ shows that Labour took 73 per cent of the ethnic minority vote, compared with only 47 per cent of the lowest socio-economic class. It is becoming more appropriate to regard Labour as the party of the ethnic minority, not of the working class. It is not difficult to see why Labour would have a vested interest in not engaging in an immigration debate that would antagonise the BME voter category, or else in framing the debate in terms of 'racism' such that it may appeal to the BME voter. Note to the Tories – the working class vote is very much up for grabs. Instead, the Conservatives appear fixated on erasing the 'nasty party' image. ...

Yet the Conservative position on immigration and asylum is still puzzling because it seems so obviously self-defeating, given that the Tory voter base is much more concerned about immigration ...
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – CANADA
How Trump's policies made Canada spend $131 million more on border patrols after its refugee system was inundated
Anna Mehler Paperny
Business Insider, 19 March 2018

So few asylum seekers crossed the U.S. border illegally over the years that Canada didn't consistently track the numbers.

That has changed dramatically over the past 14 months. ...

More than 20,000 people, including thousands of Haitians and Nigerians and hundreds of Turks, Syrians and Eritreans, have crossed the border into Canada illegally over the past year in search of asylum, many fleeing in fear that Trump would deport them to their home countries.

This unexpected northward migration has overwhelmed Canada's system for processing asylum claims, leading to the worst delays in years. ...

The Canadian government was forced to set aside C$173 million in its latest budget to pay for extra patrols at border crossings to cope with the influx, as well as security screening and processing of refugee applications. ...

Aid agencies who are at the forefront of dealing with the influx say they are struggling and need more funding, a comprehensive long-term plan and better coordination with Ottawa. ...

The influx shows no signs of abating. More than 1,500 asylum seekers walked across the border in January. Those working with refugee claimants say this is no blip: It's the new normal. ...

All refugee claims are supposed to be processed within 60 days. Increasingly, the board has failed to meet those targets. ...

Asylum seekers are walking across the border into some of the tightest housing markets on the continent. ...

The federal government says it won't give cities more money for asylum seekers, who are barred from accessing a C$762 million federal fund that is for permanent residents or people who have already been granted refugee status. ...

"There is an expectation the numbers will go up ... as the weather gets better," said a source familiar with the Canadian government's thinking.
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM
Kurdish Afrin Falls to Turkey
Uzay Bulut
Gatestone Institute, 19 March 2018
[Uzay Bulut is a Turkish journalist born and raised in Turkey. She is presently based in Washington D.C.]

Yesterday, while many Europeans are still pilloried for viewing mass migration from Muslim-majority countries as a threat to Western culture – and are still accused of "xenophobia," "Islamophobia" and "fear-mongering" – the city of Afrin, in the Kurdish area of Syria, fell to Turkey.

At the same time, a prominent Turkish government official has been openly and proudly declaring that the demography of Europe is changing in favor of Muslims.

MP Alparslan Kavaklioglu, a member of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the head of the parliament's Security and Intelligence Commission, recently stated:



"/.../ But Europe has this problem. All of the newcomers are Muslim. From Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Turkey. Those who come from these places are Muslim. It is now at such a level that the most popular name in Brussels, Belgium is Mohammed. The second most popular name is Melih [Malih] and the third one is Ayse [Aisha]."



According to Kavaklioglu, if this trend continues,



"the Muslim population will outnumber the Christian population in Europe. This... has increased the nationalistic, xenophobic and anti-Islam rhetoric there. Hence, marginal, small parties have started to get large numbers of votes... But there is no remedy for it. Europe will be Muslim. We will be effective there, Allah willing. I am sure of that."



Kavaklioglu is not the first Turkish official to stress the importance of population growth. ...

In 2017, Erdogan called on Turks residing in Europe to have even more children:



"/.../ Make five children – not just three. For you are the future of Europe."


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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
Albanian police arrests 39 suspected human traffickers for illegally smuggling 1,000 people into Britain and the United States
Charlie Bayliss
MailOnline, 18 March 2018

Albanian police have arrested 39 people in a crackdown in crime rings illegally sending around 1,000 Albanians into the UK, the United States and Canada.

National police chief Ardi Veliu confirmed authorities had identified seven criminal rings in ten different countries which allowed Albanians to move illegally by 'falsifying travel and identity documents of European Union countries'. ...

Despite the 39 arrests, 12 wanted fugitives are still at large, including two Bulgarians.

'Every person paid at least 7,000 pounds ($9,764) to get to the United Kingdom and from $24,000 to $30,000 to reach the U.S. and Canada,' Veliu told reporters.

Each of the people smuggled paid between $9,750 to $30,000 for the forgeries.

He said the gang forged passports for those travelling and helped them reach their destinations travelling through other European countries, or through the Dominican Republic or other countries in South America.
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RACISM – SCHOOL SPORTS
Now PE is RACIST says taxpayer-funded study that claims that teaching children to play football, rugby, cricket and netball favours 'white privilege'
Jonathan Petre
Mail on Sunday, 18 March 2018

School PE lessons are racist, according to an astonishing taxpayer-funded study.

Teaching children to play football, rugby, cricket, netball and rounders favours 'privileged' white students, the politically correct 20-page report claims.

The research, which was criticised last night as 'ludicrous' and 'patronising' by a top black footballer, says sports that have been taught in schools for generations hark back to Britain's colonial past and make 'whiteness' the norm.

Its authors, who were given a grant of nearly £10,000 to examine PE classes in England and Norway, suggest that learning dances from different cultures should be given greater prominence. ...

Lord Ouseley, who chairs the anti-racism football campaign Kick It Out, said it was 'crazy' to put such sports in 'a context of ethnicity and racism' as they were played all over the world.

He added: 'This research is an irrelevance and also patronising because people make their own decisions about their involvement in sport.'

The report – called A Whitewashed Curriculum? The Construction of Race in Contemporary PE Curriculum Policy – says traditional games were developed in the Victorian era by 'white privileged males' at elite public schools that often discriminated against minorities.

The study, written in often baffling jargon and published in the journal Sport, Education and Society, says the games have been used by the British as 'part of a civilising process' and transported around the world 'as an extension of nationalism and the Empire'. ...

The study was conducted by Anne Flintoff, Professor of Physical Education and Sport at Leeds Beckett University, and Fiona Dowling from the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences in Oslo. They received a grant of £9,940 from the largely taxpayer-funded British Academy to support their work. ...

Bizarrely, they say that by focusing on the need for 'healthy, active lives' there is 'a danger PE lessons can contribute to a recolonisation of ethnic minorities' physicality'. ...

The report also states that PE is 'constructed as a predominantly white, unmarked space'.
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EXTREMISM – NATIONALISTS, FREE SPEECH
Even those with the vilest of views have the right to be heard
Kenan Malik
The Guardian, 18 March 2018

Martin Sellner is a nasty piece of work. The Austrian is a leader of the Generation Identity white nationalist movement and of Defend Europe, an organisation that tries to stop NGO boats from saving migrants drowning in the Med. His partner, the American Brittany Pettibone, is a writer and vlogger who sees immigration as "white genocide". Lauren Southern is a Canadian journalist who moves in far-right circles. Hitler, according to Southern, "was just an SJW [social justice warrior] who happened to get freaky amounts of power".

Over the past two weeks, all three have been barred from entering Britain. Their views, they were told, were unacceptable and their presence in Britain not "conducive to the public good".

Sellner, Pettibone and Southern are all odious characters. I loathe their anti-immigrant rhetoric. I despair of their tirades against Muslims. But I also think that all three have the right to be as loathsome and obnoxious as they wish to be. Even scumbags should not be barred for thought crimes.

Anti-racists in particular should be wary of such bans. Censorious laws that some applaud when applied to the far right inevitably get turned on to the left and anti-racists. The 1965 Race Relations Act introduced Britain's first legal ban on the incitement of racial hatred. Among the first people convicted under its provisions was the black power activist Michael X.

The 1936 Public Order Act, brought in to control Oswald Mosley's fascists, became used after the war to target trade unionists – most notoriously during the miners' strike of 1984-85 – and anti-fascist demonstrations in the 1970s and 1980s.

If we allow the state to define the limits of acceptable speech, it will not just be speech to which we object that gets curtailed.
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EXTREMISM – FREE SPEECH
The 'patriotic' thought police came for Corbyn. You are next
Peter Hitchens
Mail on Sunday, 18 March 2018

Is THIS a warning? In the past few days I have begun to sense a dangerous and dark new intolerance in the air, which I have never experienced before. An unbidden instinct tells me to be careful what I say or write, in case it ends badly for me. How badly? That is the trouble. I am genuinely unsure.

I have been to many countries where free speech is dangerous. But I have always assumed that there was no real risk here.

Now, several nasty trends have come together. ...

I expect, as time goes by, I will be accused of being an 'appeaser' and of being against 'British values'. And then what? An apparatus of thought policing is already in place in this country. By foolishly accepting bans on Muslim 'extremists', we have licensed public bodies to decide that other views, too, are 'extremist'.

Because the authorities are terrified of upsetting Islam, nothing much will happen to Muslim militants. But conservative and Christian views such as mine will suffer.

Christian and Jewish schools, especially ones which have conservative views on marriage and sex education, increasingly find themselves in trouble. Even mainstream Catholic and C of E schools are under stealthy attack, with attempts made to stop them 'discriminating' in favour of pupils from Christian homes.

Ofsted now says that 'all schools' have a 'duty to actively promote fundamental British values', which sounds totalitarian to me. This includes so-called 'mutual respect and tolerance of values different from their own'. Actually, there is nothing mutual about it. The sexual revolution fanatics demand submission, and offer no tolerance in return. Now the freedom to educate children at home, always a barometer of liberty, is being seriously threatened for the first time in our history. ...

There's no real spirit of liberty left in this country.

Yes, I am scared, and I never have been before. And so should you be.
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CRIME – SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN, ISLAM
As a Rotherham grooming gang survivor, I want people to know about the religious extremism which inspired my abusers
Ella Hill
Independent, 18 March 2018
[Ella Hill is a pseudonym]

I'm a Rotherham grooming gang survivor. ...

As a teenager, I was taken to various houses and flats above takeaways in the north of England, to be beaten, tortured and raped over 100 times. ...

They made it clear that because I was a non-Muslim, and not a virgin, and because I didn't dress "modestly", that they believed I deserved to be "punished". They said I had to "obey" or be beaten.

Fear of being killed, and threats to my parents' lives, made it impossible for me to escape for about a year. The police didn't help me. ...

However big or small the problem of grooming gang crime is, it is big enough to warrant national concern, not only because of the severity of crimes, but because of the degree of terror and threats to life involved. This really does devastate lives, families and communities. ...

Religious indoctrination is a big part of the process of getting young men involved in grooming gang crime. Religious ideas about purity, virginity, modesty and obedience are taken to the extreme until horrific abuse becomes the norm. It was taught to me as a concept of "othering". ...

All the major world religions, including Hinduism and Buddhism, have also at some time been associated with extreme human rights abuses against men, women and children.

I experienced horrific, religiously sanctioned sexual violence and torture – so I definitely believe that we need to be aware of religious extremism as something potentially harmful, so that we can protect people from it.

But for Tommy Robinson and his followers to focus on an entire religion, based on the cruel interpretations of some scriptures by some people, is unhelpful, to say the least. ...

Most grooming gang survivors I know absolutely condemn anti-Islamic hate, and we're uncomfortable with English Defence League protests. We certainly don't want random attacks on "all Muslims".
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SOCIAL COHESION – HORMONE TREATMENT
Brave New Europe: German Professors Want to Drug Europeans so They'll be More "Accepting" of Muslim Migrants
Jake Wilson
Squaker, 18 March 2018

Oxytocin, often called the "love drug," is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland, and released in response to physical affection and intimacy. University researchers in Germany think it should be used to coerce native Germans into being more friendly to Muslim migrants. ...

"The combined enhancement of oxytocin and peer influence could diminish selfish motives," said Professor Rene Hurlemann from the University of Bonn's department of psychiatry. He went on to add, "Given the right circumstances, oxytocin may help promote the acceptance and integration of migrants into Western cultures."

So, from an ethical standpoint, should oxytocin be used to alter Western European's attitudes and "persuade" them to be more accepting of their new neighbors? Yes, Hurlemann said. ...

When one takes into account the fact that oxytocin can be administered by spraying the substance into the air in an aerosol form, this paints a very disturbing picture.
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MULTICULTURALISM – SEGREGATION
Cambridge college holds dinner for 'self-defining black and ethnic minority students' to allow non-white people to 'reclaim space'
John Stevens
Daily Mail, 17 March 2018

A Cambridge University college held a formal dinner for 'self-defining black and minority ethnic students' that excluded white people.

Trinity College Students' Union claimed the segregated dinner, which it boasted was 'the first ever held in the college', was a way for non-white people in the college to 'reclaim some space'.

But last night critics accused the students of imposing 'a new apartheid'.

This is the latest race row at the university, where activists have demanded that academics 'decolonise' courses by putting more ethnic minority authors on reading lists and a student play was cancelled after complaints about its lack of black actors. ...

Last night after the Daily Mail contacted the university, the Facebook page advertising the event was taken down.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ISLAM, GERMANY
Survey: Three Quarters of Germans Say Islam Does Not 'Belong' in Germany
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
Breitbart, 17 March 2018

Asked whether Islam belongs in Germany, some three quarters (74 percent) of Germans polled answered "absolutely not" or "probably not," in direct opposition to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

In their responses to a poll by the Civey institute, published Friday by FOCUS, 54.6 percent of Germans said that Islam was "absolutely not" a part of Germany, with an additional 19.7 percent answering "probably not."

Only 6.4 percent responded that Islam "definitely" belongs in Germany and another 14.9 percent answered, "probably yes." Of those polled, 4.4 percent abstained.

Chancellor Merkel ignited a debate on the subject in August, 2016, when she emphatically declared that "Islam belongs to Germany," in the midst of Europe's migrant crisis. ...

As Robert D. Kaplan explained in his ground-breaking 2016 Atlantic article "How Islam Created Europe," Europe – unlike other continents – was ultimately defined by its Christian identity, in opposition to Islam. While other continents were defined by rivers, seas, oceans, and mountains, Europe's identity was essentially religious, determined by the borders of Christendom.

As the expression "Christian Europe" suggests, Europeans came to see themselves as part of an entity that was, like the Islamic world, defined in religious terms. Quoting the 1957 book, "Europe: The Emergence of an Idea," Kaplan noted that "European unity began with the concept ... of a Christendom in 'inevitable opposition' to Islam." ...

As FOCUS points out, however, the question "Does Islam belong to Germany?" is imprecise and leaves considerable room for personal interpretation.
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TERRORISM – ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, ASYLUM
Ahmed Hassan found guilty of attempted murder on Parsons Green Tube
Mark White
Sky News, 16 March 2018

A teenage asylum-seeker who set off a bomb on a rush hour Tube train is facing life in jail.

Iraqi-born Ahmed Hassan, 18, built a bomb in his bedroom at his foster parents' home over the summer holidays.

A jury found him guilty of the attempted murder of 93 people, who escaped with their lives when a fireball engulfed a Tube carriage at Parsons Green on 15 September last year. ...

The District Line train was packed with commuters when the bomb partially detonated at the height of the morning rush. ...

When he was searched, he was carrying £2,320 in cash and claimed to police that he was waiting for a friend.

The teenager arrived in Britain illegally in October 2015, in the back of a lorry from Calais.

He claimed asylum, telling officials that he was in fear of ISIS, who he said had kidnapped him and other youngsters and trained them to kill. ...

During his trial, he told the court he had made up the story, because he actually came from a safe area of northern Iraq and feared he would have been refused permission to stay.
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CRIME – SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN, TELFORD
Telford abuse: MP 'inundated' with child grooming reports
BBC, 16 March 2018

More victims of child grooming in Telford have been coming forward in the wake of reports about the scandal, an MP has said.

Conservative Lucy Allan said she had been "inundated" with reports since speaking about the issue in Parliament.

Police said they were currently working with about 46 people who were at risk.

One local project working with young abuse victims said it had received 2,000 calls for assistance in the past two years. ...

West Mercia's Police and Crime Commissioner said he had "sought clarification" on reports that a memo by the force in 2013 said some child sexual abuse victims had "consented". ...

Since her speech in Parliament, Ms Allan told the BBC she had been "inundated with e-mails saying, 'This has happened to me'".

She said: "I have also spoken to a consultant psychiatrist who has had many patients who have experienced this issue and are dealing with the mental health consequences of this terrible crime.

"It is clear this has been going on for many years and a significant number of girls have been affected."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – GERMANY
Islam doesn't belong to Germany, new interior minister says
Reuters, 16 March 2018

New Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said Islam did not belong to Germany, in an interview published on Friday, setting him on a collision course with Chancellor Angela Merkel who has stressed the need to integrate Muslims. ...

"Islam does not belong to Germany," Seehofer told mass-selling Bild newspaper, contradicting former German president Christian Wulff who fuelled a debate over immigration in 2010 by saying Islam was part of Germany. ...

"Of course the Muslims living here do belong to Germany," Seehofer said before going on to say Germany should not give up its own traditions or customs, which had Christianity at their heart.

"My message is: Muslims need to live with us, not next to us or against us," said Seehofer, who was sworn in as interior minister on Wednesday.
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TERRORISM – BIRMINGHAM
Ross Kemp wore the same body armour from Syria 'on the streets of Birmingham'
Rebecca Lewis
Metro, 16 March 2018

Ross Kemp has been all around the world looking at gang culture, discovering the effects of war in Afghanistan and searching for pirates.

But his new two-part documentary, filmed in Birmingham, may have been the biggest shock of all.

'I am making a documentary about our armed response units and counter terrorist units – armed police across the UK – [and asking] do we have enough to meet the threat that is now posed to us?,' revealed Ross.

'Not only by terrorists but also by the increase in the use of hand guns by drugs gangs.'

And then he admitted that he has to 'wear the same body armour that I wore in Syria on the streets of Birmingham'. ...

Ross has been working with the West Midlands police force on the documentary as well as the British Transport Police, Northumberland police and South Yorkshire police.
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ASYLUM – FAMILIES, RISK
Tory MP blasted for claiming letting the families of child refugees come to the UK will put the country at risk of Cologne-style mass sexual assaults
Alain Tolhurst
The Sun, 16 March 2018

A Tory MP has been blasted for claiming that letting the families of child refugees come to the UK will put the country at risk of Cologne-style mass sexual assaults.

Ranil Jayawardena faced cries of "shame" after he warned of the "potential to face similar issues'" that Germany had if they backed a so-called '="Good Samaritan Bill".

The draft legislation put forward by SNP backbencher Angus MacNeil would allow minors to sponsor their close relatives to join them in Britain. ...

The Conservative member for North East Hampshire referenced the shocking events in Cologne on New Year's Eve 2015 as he called on colleagues to "do what is best to keep control of our system" and protect the "silent majority" in the United Kingdom.

He said "up to a million refugees and migrants" entered Germany that year, and brought up the fact a "failed asylum seeker from Tunisia plough a truck into a Christmas market stand in Berlin, leaving 12 dead".

But to shouts of discontent from his fellow MPs, Mr Jayawardena said: "Perhaps no event was more disgusting, more disgraceful, than the events on New Year's Eve 2015 in Cologne where the BBC reported that more than 1,000 criminal complaints were filed, hundreds of them alleging a sexual assault.

"An officer with the federal police put in his report about that night saying that 'women, unaccompanied or not, had to run a literal gauntlet of heavily intoxicated masses of men of a kind that it is impossible to describe - the situation we were confronted with, chaos, could have led to serious injuries or death'." ...

He said: "The UK has the potential to face similar issues."

But the MP, who was speaking against the Refugees (Family Reunion) (No 2) Bill, was heckled by the SNP throughout his speech. ...

His attempt to get the bill thrown out failed however, after a vote to move it onto the committee stage was passed by 129 votes to 42.
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POPULATION PRESSURE – SECONDARY SCHOOLS
Secondary school pupil numbers will rise by more than 600,000 by 2023 due to baby boom driven by migration
Eleanor Harding
Daily Mail, 16 March 2018

Senior school pupil numbers will rise by more than 600,000 by 2023 following a baby boom fuelled by high migration.

The number of secondary-age pupils is expected to increase by 21 per cent in the next five years, a Government projection states.

The rise originates from a surge in births which began in the 2000s following a period of sustained high immigration under New Labour. ...

The bulge in the population has already created huge problems for primary schools, with many having to expand classes or add classrooms.

Now that problem is set to transfer to secondary schools as the children grow older. ...

The forecast was released by the Government yesterday.

It showed that in 2016/17, the last year for which figures are available, there were about 3.14 million pupils of secondary school age in England.

This is predicted to rise to 3.8 million by 2023/24 – meaning there will be about 660,000 extra secondary-age pupils. ...

Last week it was reported that almost two-thirds of secondary schools had increased class sizes in the last two years amid growing demand for places.
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POLITICS – HATE CRIME, HATE INCIDENT, THOUGHT CRIME
London Police Issue 'Hate Crime' Guidelines. Think Twice Before You Open Your Mouth.
Hank Berrien
Dailywire, 16 March 2018

The London Metropolitan Police have issued their guidelines for what constitutes a "hate crime," and the parameters they delineate are wide enough to cause real concern. ...

The guidelines get even dicier here:



If someone commits a criminal offence and the victim, or anyone else, believes it was motivated by prejudice or hate, we class this as a "hate crime." It means the offender can be charged for the crime itself and also their reasons for doing it. If someone does something that isn't a criminal offence but the victim, or anyone else, believes it was motivated by prejudice or hate, we would class this as a 'hate incident'. Though what the perpetrator has done may not be against the law, their reasons for doing it are. This means it may be possible to charge them with an offence.

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In an age where the snowflake mentality is pervasive, does it help when the force of the law is brought to bear in such a heavy-handed way?

Doubtless the British think so.
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POPULATION PRESSURE – HOUSING
How mass immigration drives the housing crisis
Lionel Shriver
The Spectator, 17 March 2018

It took half a century for the UK population to rise from 50.3 million in 1950 to 59.1 million in 2000. During that period, the foreign-born population rose from 4.3 per cent to 8.8 per cent – so a measure of that increase was already accounted for by newcomers. After an inflow historically unprecedented for this country, this brief century alone has seen the UK population shoot up to 65.6 million (as of January 2017), 14 per cent of whom were foreign-born as of 2016. ...

Oxford demographer David Coleman estimates that 85 per cent of the UK's population increase from 2000 to 2015 is explained by migrants and their children. All these new people have to live somewhere. The pressure on housing, among many other social provisions, is intensified by the fact that on average foreign-born mothers have more children (2.06 in 2016) than women born in Britain (only 1.75). ...

... As of 2011, mothers born in Poland averaged 2.1 children – while mothers born in Pakistan had 3.8, and mothers born in Somalia had 4.2. ...

The housing crunch is further complicated by the fact that so many immigrants settle in the southeast, where residential shortages are keenest. The population of Greater London in 2017 was 8.8 million, a rise of 400,000 over the previous five years. Greater London housed only 7.1 million people in 1997, when Blair opened the gates to permanent visitors. That's 1.7 million more residents in two decades – an increase of over a quarter, two-thirds of which occurred in only the last ten years.

As of 2016, only 45 per cent of the capital was white British. An astonishing 58.2 per cent of births in London were to foreign-born mothers. /.../ While over a third of the babies born in England and Wales had at least one parent born outside the UK, in London that figure was 66.6 per cent: two-thirds.

Indeed, most immigration statistics are untrustworthy – because they're too low. London Councils chairman Merrick Cockell told the BBC back in 2008, 'London's population is growing at an even faster rate than these figures suggest because official data has failed to properly account for the complexities of migration and population churn.' ...

... The UK's housing crisis rests hand-in-glove with mass immigration.
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CRIME – SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN, TELFORD
Police 'victim blame' Telford sex abuse victims as young as 11 with internal memo telling officers 'in most cases the sex is consensual'
Anthony Joseph and Martin Robinson
MailOnline, 15 March 2018

Police have been accused of 'victim blaming' the children who were abused by grooming gangs in Telford.

Officers investigating the Telford sex abuse scandal, in which some of the victims were just 11, were reportedly sent an internal message saying 'in most cases the sex is consensual'.

Child abuse lawyer Dino Nocivelli slammed West Mercia Police for the way they investigated the case. ...

Yesterday, West Mercia Police Supt Tom Harding has 'significantly disputed' claims that 1,000-plus children may have been groomed over four decades in the Shropshire town.

He said: 'I don't believe Telford is any worse than lots of places across England and Wales'. ...

According to Home Office figures, Telford, a town of 170,000 people, has the third highest number of child sexual offences recorded in the UK, after Blackpool and Rotherham.
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TERRORISM – ISLAM, ASIA, EUROPE
Islamic radicalization in Pakistan poses threat to world, say experts
The Hans India, 15 March 2018

Pakistan continues to remain an epicenter of Islamic radicalization, said a group of international experts while speaking on a side event titled "Growing Extremism in South Asia; Repercussions for the West" held during the 37th session of UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Organised by Brussels based European Foundation for South Asian Studies (EFSAS), the event sheds light on the cross-over of extremist elements between South Asia and the West.

Prof. Paul Stott of University of Leicester said, "Historically, this unfortunately being a very strong cross over between the Indian sub-continent and the UK in terms of terrorism and certainly in the 1990s not enough attention was paid to the fact that so many young Britons were coming to Kashmir, for example them entering Pakistan and attending training camps and going to Afghanistan and joining Taliban there and getting involved in political and religious activities which proven to be very problematic indeed. People like Masood Azhar, some quite problematic clerical speakers, who were able to organize in the UK in the 1990s again in a way that authorities rather mix."

The experts laid emphasis on the growing nexus between Islamic fundamentalists and terrorists, based in Pakistan, with those settled in UK, Bosnia and other countries in the 1990s. Some of them, including Lashkar-e-Taiba Chief Hafiz Saeed are still remain powerful with support of the state. ...

Junaid Qureshi, Director of European Foundation for South Asian Studies said, "Radicalization and terrorism is growing in South Asia from the past so many years. If you look, for example, in Pakistan there is a movement going on to mainstream Hafiz Saeed, who actually has a 10 million bounty on him." ...

Maarten Bolhuis, a researcher and lecturer at the Criminal Law and Criminology Department of the UV University in Amsterdam spoke about the nexus between asylum, immigration and jihadism.
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MULTICULTURALISM – ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Sajid Javid: 770,000 people in England unable to speak English well
Anushka Asthana
The Guardian, 14 March 2018

Sajid Javid has revealed that 770,000 people living in England speak no English or hardly any, in a personal interview in which he described his own experience as a "six-year-old interpreter" for his Pakistani mother.

The communities secretary promised to expand the teaching of English for immigrants as he warned that up to 70% of those unable to speak the language were women, and most of them were from Pakistani or Bangladeshi communities. ...

He said the government wanted to use Wednesday's consultation document to tackle segregation by also: acting against cultural practices "not compatible with the British way of life" such as polygamy; tackling disproportionately low take-up rates of free childcare by Asian women; and using the roll-out of universal credit to help target ethnic minorities and help them to integrate better.

In the green paper, the government says that over three quarters of a million people in England speak the language poorly or not at all. ...

The paper is, in part, a response to the review of social integration by Dame Louise Casey. who criticised successive governments for failing to keep up with the "unprecedented pace and scale of immigration" that had left some communities increasingly divided.

She also highlighted "deeply regressive religious and cultural practices, especially when it comes to women".
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MULTICULTURALISM – SEGREGATION
We are sleepwalking into an increasingly segregated country – it's time to ignore 'racism' fears and act to stop Britain falling apart
Dame Louise Casey
The Sun, 14 March 2018

It has been more than a year since I published my report on opportunity and integration, in which I warned the Government we were sleepwalking into an increasingly segregated country.

I was then the Integration Tsar and what my study – commissioned by David Cameron and Theresa May – discovered was a country drifting apart. ...

I told how attempts to tackle integration had been feeble – nothing more than "saris, samosas and steel drums for the already well-intentioned". ...

So it is welcome news the Government is finally taking this seriously, and will today publish its Integrated Communities Strategy green paper – partly in response to my review of 2016. ...

We must talk about Sharia law. It is a core British value that you are free to live how you choose as long as you respect our democracy and rule of law. But tiptoeing around issues or turning a blind eye to abuse gets us nowhere.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – AUSTRALIA
Australia's immigration jobs myth: Population expert says migrants aren't fixing skill shortages and are making it HARDER for people to get jobs – and he has the numbers to prove it
Stephen Johnson
Daily Mail Australia, 14 March 2018

One of Australia's most respected population experts has busted the myth that immigrants are filling skills shortages.

Bob Birrell, who heads the Melbourne-based Australian Population Research Institute, said the nation was importing migrants who couldn't find work as engineers, accountants and IT technicians.

However, few skilled migrants with trades qualifications were moving to Australia despite the shortage of plumbers, builders and electricians.

'The claim that it is attracting scarce skills is a myth,' Dr Birrell said in a research paper published on Tuesday, called Scarce Skills Not Required. ...

The sociologist, who has researched population growth since the 1960s, said both sides of politics had relied on the flawed advice of big business and public service bureaucrats, who cared more about economic growth than social harmony.

'The Treasury, Reserve Bank and much of the big end of town understands that population growth is the most important overall factor in driving our GDP,' he said.

'The Coalition, Labor and Greens effectively have prioritised these ends above the concerns of Australians living in the metropolitan areas.

'They have been left to put up with the loss of urban amenity, high dwelling prices and the costs of providing the additional infrastructure needed to accommodate population growth in their cities.'
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – USA
The U.S. will become "minority white" in 2045, Census projects
William H. Frey
Bookings Institution, 14 March 2018

New census population projections confirm the importance of racial minorities as the primary demographic engine of the nation's future growth, countering an aging, slow-growing and soon to be declining white population. The new statistics project that the nation will become "minority white" in 2045. During that year, whites will comprise 49.9 percent of the population in contrast to 24.6 percent for Hispanics, 13.1 percent for blacks, 7.8 percent for Asians, and 3.8 percent for multiracial populations. ...

Among the minority populations, the greatest growth is projected for multiracial populations, Asians and Hispanics with 2018-2060 growth rates of 175, 93, and 85 percent, respectively. The projected growth rate for blacks is 34 percent.* The demographic source of growth varies across groups. For example, immigration contributes to one-third of Hispanic growth over this time span, with the rest attributable to natural increase (the excess of births over deaths). Among Asians, immigration contributes to three quarters of the projected growth. ...

* Growth rates for multiracials, Asians and blacks pertain to non-Hispanic members of those groups.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
Police smash human trafficking ring smuggling people into UK for £17,500 each: 155 arrests
Gerard Couzens
Daily Express, 13 March 2018

Police in Spain have arrested 155 people and smashed an international Chinese human trafficking gang that smuggled people into Britain and Ireland. Officers say gang chiefs charged migrants a flat fee of £17,500 (€20,000) each for getting them to their final destination with fake passports. ...

The illegal operation was smashed after five migrants entered a witness protection programme in exchange for giving evidence against gang bosses. ...

A spokesman for Spain's National Police confirmed: "National Police officers have dismantled an international organisation specialising in the smuggling of people from China into the UK and Ireland. ...

"The operation has resulted in the arrest of 155 mostly Chinese people, including the four alleged leaders of the organisation. ...

"After reaching Schengen territory, the migrants were taken to different municipalities in the province of Barcelona and put up temporarily in safe flats where the travel documents they had used to get to Europe were taken from them while they waited for new documents to arrive.

"The passports were created in China and sent to Spain using courier firms. Once they arrived, the organisation bought air tickets with budget airlines the same day of the flight."
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EMIGRATION – AFRICA
Pew: Sub-Saharan Africa Is Fastest Growing Region for 'Exporting' Migrants
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
Breitbart, 13 March 2018

Emigration from countries of Sub-Saharan Africa has risen dramatically in recent years and the region currently accounts for eight of the 10 fastest growing international migrant populations, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center.

Analyzing the latest United Nations data on the number of people living outside their country of birth, Pew found that the rate of emigration from these eight African nations – South Sudan, Central African Republic, Sao Tome and Principe, Eritrea, Namibia, Rwanda, Botswana, and Burundi – grew by more than 50 percent, and in some cases as much as 200-300 percent. The number rises to 9 of the top 10 if Sudan – much of which is sub-Saharan – is included.
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CRIME – SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN, HYPOCRISY
Telford girls: the wrong kind of victims
Joanna Williams
Spiked, 13 March 2018

It's been six months since the #MeToo movement first took off. For half a year now we've had a regular drip-feed of stories drawing attention to the apparent suffering of women at the hands of men. So when this weekend's Sunday Mirror revealed the shocking abuse experienced by hundreds of women and girls in Telford we might have expected the outrage to find a new focus. The news that girls, some as young as 11, were drugged, beaten and raped by gangs of mainly Muslim, Asian-heritage men could have provided further fuel to campaigners. We might have expected shows of solidarity, reminders of the importance of believing the victim, and offers of financial support.

But no. The abuse in Telford is estimated to have involved over 1,000 girls stretching over 40 years. Young girls in the town were groomed, fed drugs and raped. They were passed between abusers like commodities. Some got pregnant, had abortions and were raped again on multiple occasions. Three women were murdered and two others died in tragedies linked to the abuse. Yet these shocking events have received relatively little coverage. ...

The very same newspapers that covered, at length and over many days, news that Kate Maltby's knee may or may not have been touched by Damian Green or that Michael Fallon attempted to kiss Jane Merrick, were unable to muster up the same level of outrage for young women in Telford.

The lack of comment on the Telford abuse scandal exposes the hypocrisy at the heart of the #MeToo movement. High-profile campaigners announce time and again that they are not driven by self-interest, but from a desire to help women less fortunate than themselves. ...

Time's Up, the celebrity #MeToo spin-off, launched a fundraiser to pay legal fees for victims of sexual harassment and assault seeking justice. /.../ More than $16.7 million was raised in less than a month. /.../ Only, it seems, some women are more deserving of solidarity than others; ...

So why have there been no outpourings of sympathy or expressions of outrage for the girls of Telford? ...

Or perhaps the Asian men accused of grooming, rape, drug-dealing, murder and paedophilia are simply the wrong kind of perpetrator. ...

Celebrities and journalists speaking for the #MeToo movement talk of believing the victim and helping other women find a voice. But, tragically, as far as working-class girls in Oxford, Rotherham, Newcastle and now Telford are concerned, not all women are equal. The #MeToo movement demonstrates a nauseating degree of hypocrisy. Worse, it distracts time and resources away from genuine victims of abuse. Last week the MP for Grimsby, Melanie Onn, led a debate in parliament calling for wolf-whistling and catcalling to be classified as misogyny and punished as hate crime. Crusaders like Onn prefer to focus on random whistlers than confront the more difficult issue of gangs of Muslim men targeting working-class girls.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – BELGIUM, UK
Belgian citizens shelter 500 migrants each night. Police could soon start raiding their homes.
Quentin Ariès and Michael Birnbaum
Washington Post, 12 March 2018

Every day, a massive effort to help migrants here starts with complex choreography at a park in the heart of the city.

... Migrants, almost all of them men, many of them from sub-Saharan Africa, chat with each other in a mixture of Arabic, Swahili, English, French and Italian. Organizers divide the men into loose lines and then pair them with people offering rides, who in turn shuttle them to additional volunteers who have pledged beds and food. ...

"We aim to create a model, a humanitarian hub that can be helpful for migrants," said Medhi Kassou, 34, who quit his job in marketing to coordinate the volunteer effort, which recalls an ant hive in its nightly routine.

Collectively, the group has provided 55,000 nights of accommodation for migrants since last summer. More than 36,000 people have joined its coordination group on Facebook. ...

Most of the migrants helped by the volunteers hope to continue to Britain, where they think they can find better-paying jobs and a more welcoming community. For that reason, few of them apply for asylum in Belgium; applying would limit their ability to move on.
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EXTREMISM – FREE SPEECH
Britain Says 'Yes' to Jihadists, 'No' to Free Speech
James Delingpole
Breitbart, 12 March 2018

This letter shames Britain.

It's illiterate ("Your boyfriend have in his possession" and "insight" where it means "incite"), it's at once pompously officious and sloppily amateurish, and it's written by someone who clearly has no grasp of basic details like when and when not to use capital letters ...

Yet on this barely educated jobsworth's say-so, author and activist Brittany Pettibone has – with her boyfriend, Austrian Identarian Martin Sellner, and, subsequently, Canadian citizen journalist Lauren Southern – been declared persona non grata in the U.K.

Clearly, this jobsworth was only obeying the orders of someone well above his pay grade. Presumably, responsibility for this decision goes right to the top – at least as far as Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

If so, Amber Rudd has some serious questions to answer. ...

Current U.K. immigration policy appears to work like this:

It's apparently okay to let an estimated 425 ISIS terrorists back into the country after their jaunts to the killing zones of Iraq and Syria.

But it's apparently not okay to let in three campaigners whose only crime is to speak out on behalf of the silent majority, which has had just about enough of all this cultural enrichment and who would like their governments to do more to protect them from it:

And isn't there something deeply sinister about that phrase claiming that Pettibone, Southern, and Co. "bear a serious threat to the fundamental interests of society"?

Not so long ago, it used to be considered "fundamental" to the "interests of society" that Britain was a country which defended freedom of speech and freedom of conscience. That's why, for example, we have this place mentioned in the letter called Speakers' Corner, where anyone can go to have their say, however "right" or "wrong" their opinions.

No more, apparently.
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CRIME – SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN, TELFORD
Britain's 'worst ever' child grooming scandal exposed: Hundreds of young girls raped, beaten, sold for sex and some even KILLED
Nick Sommerlad and Geraldine McKelvie
Sunday Mirror, 11 March 2018

Up to 1,000 children could have suffered in Britain's worst known abuse scandal - where sex gangs targeted girls as young as 11.

The rape hell of vulnerable young girls in one town - Telford - went on for a shocking 40 years, the Sunday Mirror can reveal. ...

Girls as young as 11 have been lured from their families to be drugged, beaten and raped in an epidemic that, say victims, is still ongoing.

THREE people were murdered and two others died in tragedies linked to the scandal. ...

The Mirror's 18-month investigation reveals abuse on unprecedented levels. We found:

• Social workers knew of abuse in the 1990s but police took a decade to launch a probe

• Council staff viewed abused and trafficked children as "prostitutes" instead of victims, according to previously unseen files

• Authorities failed to keep details of abusers from Asian communities for fear of "racism"

• Police failed to investigate one recent case five times until an MP intervened

• One victim said cops tried to stop her finding out why her abusers had not been prosecuted because they feared she would talk to us

The scale of the abuse uncovered in Telford – population 170,000 – is feared to be the most brutal and long-running of all. ...

Specialist child abuse solicitor Dino Nocivelli, of Bolt Burdon Kemp, said: "These children were treated as sexual commodities by men who inflicted despicable acts of abuse.

"The survivors deserve an inquiry. They need to know how abuse took place for so long and why so many perpetrators have never been brought to justice." ...

Documents which will be passed to the Home Office reveals authorities knew of the horrors a decade before investigating – and shows how they tried to hamper our probe.

We presented our findings to Professor Liz Kelly, from the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit at London Metropolitan University.

She helped estimate the number of victims based on figures gathered by our investigators.

Prof Kelly said: "We are acting as if we didn't know about child sex abuse rings. We have an unfortunate capacity to choose to forget."
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – EU MIGRANTS' BENEFITS
Migrants claim £4bn a year in benefits, new report claims
Edward Malnick
Telegraph, 11 March 2018

EU migrants claim more than £4 billion a year in benefits, according to a new report.

The amount, in a paper produced by former Conservative Party leader and Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, came as Mr Duncan Smith set out proposals for post-Brexit rules preventing EU migrants from entering Britain unless they have already secured a job, and imposing a five-year delay before they are allowed to claim income, family or housing benefits.
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – EU MIGRANTS' BENEFITS
EU migrants in Britain claimed more than £4bn a year in benefits
David Wooding
The Sun, 11 March 2018

EU migrants in Britain claimed more than £4 billion a year in benefits.

Those from Eastern Europe received more in welfare than the average UK citizen – and paid less income tax.

In the run-up to the Brexit referendum, ministers had insisted the figures were not available.

But the cost of open doors migration has now been revealed.

Data from the Department for Work and Pensions, taxman and Treasury shows EU workers received more than £2.2 billion in tax credits and housing benefits, £1.1 billion in out-of-work payments and £700 million in child benefit.

There is a stark contrast between Western and Eastern Europeans.

Nearly half the personal taxes paid by migrants from countries such as Romania, Bulgaria and Poland went straight back in tax credits and child benefit.

DWP figures were not broken down by country.

But if they followed a similar distribution, then almost all of the taxes went back in working-age benefit.
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POLITICS – LABOUR PARTY
Jeremy Corbyn likened to Nigel Farage by senior members of his own party after vow to curb foreign workers
Rob Merrick
Independent, 11 March 2018

Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of echoing Nigel Farage after vowing to curb foreign workers, in extraordinary criticism from senior Scottish Labour colleagues.

Kezia Dugdale, the former Scottish Labour leader, said the party had "allowed the myths of EU immigration rules to be perpetuated" after Mr Corbyn called for post-Brexit curbs on low-paid immigration.

And Ian Murray, an ex-Shadow Scottish Secretary, warned "the only person smiling after that passage in Jeremy's speech would have been Nigel Farage".

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon also accused Labour of sounding like Ukip after Mr Corbyn described foreign nationals as "cheap" workers. ...

The fierce criticism came after Mr Corbyn's speech to the Scottish Labour conference on Friday was viewed as a significant shift to a Eurosceptic stance.

The Labour leader claimed Brexit would deliver the benefit of preventing firms "importing cheap labour" to undercut the wages of UK workers.
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DIVERSITY – SCOUT ASSOCIATION
Scouts to rebrand because current fleur-de-lis logo is 'old-fashioned'
Olivia Rudgard
Daily Telegraph, 10 March 2018

The Scout Association is to rebrand its old logo having decided that the current fleur-de-lis is "old-fashioned" and "means little" to a modern audience.

In a blog post published on Friday UK Chief Commissioner Tim Kidd said the "current, highly traditional Fleur-de-lis" is outdated and seems "from another time". ...

Mr Kidd added that its new look was particularly popular with mothers and with parents from black and minority ethnic communities, who said they would be 44 per cent more likely to volunteer and 69 per cent more likely to send their children to Scouts.

"That's potentially a huge step forward for us as a movement committed to inclusivity," he said.
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ASYLUM – DEPORTATION
Just one in ten asylum seekers who come to Britain are sent back to the country they first arrived in due to 'completely useless' EU rules
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 9 March 2018

Britain is benefiting 'very little' from a Brussels deal to send asylum-seekers back to the country where they first set foot in Europe.

A damning report says the rules known as the Dublin Regulation are 'virtually useless' amid concerns that other members of the bloc are exploiting Britain.

Migrants are supposed to claim asylum in the first member state they arrive in. Those who fail to do so can be returned there if they later travel on to another EU country.

An analysis by the Migrationwatch think-tank shows Britain asked its European partners to take back 4,237 asylum-seekers in 2016 on the grounds they had arrived elsewhere in Europe. But just 355 were transferred that year – fewer than one in ten.

The figures also reveal that for the whole of 2016 and 2017, only 676 asylum-seekers were sent back to Europe under the rules, fewer than one a day.

This is despite thousands making their way here via Calais. Over the same period, the UK accepted 1,019 asylum-seekers from other countries under the Dublin Regulations.

Migrationwatch, which campaigns for tighter borders, says the UK is gaining little advantage from the agreement. ...

In the last year, 26,350 people claimed asylum in Britain while thousands a month are being detected at ports on both sides of the Channel, indicating that huge numbers are trying to sneak in. ...

These regulations have been especially exploited by France, which claims it is not responsible for migrants coming to the UK from Calais.

Home Office officials say their hands are tied if a country refuses to take back asylum-seekers as it is difficult to establish exactly where an individual first arrived in Europe. EU countries have also been accused of failing to fingerprint stowaways they seize at their border so the asylum problem passes onto other countries.

Under the convention, any country which fingerprints an immigrant has to take responsibility for them.
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POLITICS – POPULISM
Italy's election result shouldn't be a shock. The populist revolution has just begun
Rod Liddle
The Spectator, 9 March 2018

But the Italians voted overwhelmingly for populists and, even more so, populists who are at best sceptical of the European Union. ...

These election results will have come as a grave shock to Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury. In his new book, Reimagining Britain, our spiritual guide and leader castigates populism: I hope the Italians feel suitably chastened. ...

... The liberals, with the idiotic Welby among them, were immensely cheered by 2017, primarily by the victory of Emmanuel Macron in the French presidential elections, but also by the failure of Geert Wilders to make much of a dent in the Dutch elections, as well as the bloody nose afforded to Theresa May in June of that year.

But this ignores the fact that three of the leading candidates who contested the French elections were avowedly populist, even if the eventual winner was merely faux-populist. It ignores the fact that in the Dutch elections the establishment liberals were once again annihilated. ...

An opinion poll back in October suggested that 60 per cent of Italians wanted very tough restrictions on immigration into their country. That is absolutely in line with other opinion polls across Europe. It is remarkable that Europe's liberal elite has not grasped this fact; even if Merkel has of late. The people of Europe do not want any more immigration on the scale we have seen in the past five years. That is the principal reason they are voting for populist leaders and why they will continue to do so.
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EXTREMISM – ISLAM
Christian refugee returns to Syria because Europe is flooded with ISIS supporters
Voice of Europe, 9 March 2018

Spiro Haddad is a Christian refugee who returned to Syria from Austria. In an interview with a German TV broadcaster in Syria, he tells how his life was in danger in Austria and why he made the decision to return.

Haddad says he reached Austria by spending €3,000 on smugglers. At first he wanted to stay there, but he changed his mind after he saw how many refugees pledged to terrorist groups like Al-Nusra and ISIS.

As a Christian he didn't feel safe among them in Austria and he had to keep his faith a secret or it could cost him his life. Haddad says extremists wanted to change churches into mosques and he had to talk like them to survive.

After he contacted the Austrian authorities about it, they didn't take him seriously. That was the moment he decided to leave and now he lives in Syria again.

Haddad warns Europe and says "it's not good that Europe is open to all". "ISIS and Al-Nusra want to destroy everything, even with you. If you do not understand that, I'm pessimistic for the future of Europe," he says.
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POPULATION PRESSURE – SCHOOLS
Class sizes increase at nearly two thirds of secondary schools in the past two years as teachers feel the impact of a baby boom
Eleanor Harding
Daily Mail, 8 March 2018

Almost two-thirds of secondary schools have increased their class sizes in the past two years amid a growing crisis over places, union leaders say today.

A survey by three major teaching unions suggests 62 per cent of schools have had to expand classes from 2014/15 to 2016/17. ...

Today's research was conducted by the National Education Union, National Association of Head Teachers, the schools leaders' union ASCL and three other non-teaching unions. ...

It is estimated there will be an extra 540,000 more secondary school pupils by 2025, up 19 per cent. Around 65,000 more youngsters are expected to join secondary schools this autumn alone.
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EXTREMISM – ISLAM
Parsons Green bomb suspect admitted being 'trained to kill' by Islamic State, court hears
Martin Evans
Daily Telegraph, 8 March 2018

The man accused of planting the Parsons Green Tube bomb was "trained on how to kill" by Islamic State, a court has heard.

Iraqi asylum seeker Ahmed Hassan, 18, who came to Britain illegally in the back of lorry in 2015, told immigration officials that he had been forced to join IS after they threatened to kill members of his family.

Interviewed at an immigration centre in Croydon in January 2016, Mr Hassan, said: "They trained us how to kill. It was all religious based."

He said he had trained alongside around 1,000 other fighters in Iraq and would spend three or four hours a day in the mosque. ...

Hassan arrived in Britain in the back of a lorry via the Channel Tunnel in October 2015. He had no identity documents and claimed asylum, saying he was born in June 1999.
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CRIME – THOUGHTCRIME
Is it now a thoughtcrime to hate Islam?
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 8 March 2018

Is it a crime now to be hostile to the Muslim faith? Reading some of the media reporting of the jailing yesterday of Britain First leaders Jayda Fransen and Paul Golding for religiously aggravated harassment, it would seem so. Fransen and Golding were sentenced to 36 weeks and 18 weeks respectively at Folkestone Magistrates' Court for a leafleting and online-video campaign in which, among other things, they yelled at Muslims going about their daily business in Kent, wrongly accused some people of being suspects in a Kent gang-rape case involving Muslim migrants, and caused distress to young people, young Muslims, who witnessed their behaviour. Horrible. Media reports inform us that they have now been imprisoned because, in the words of the judge, 'they "demonstrated hostility" to Muslims and the Muslim faith'.

Demonstrated hostility to the Muslim faith? Our response to that should be: so what? In a free country, you should be perfectly at liberty to 'demonstrate hostility' to the Muslim faith. And any other religion, or creed, or god, or ideology. Indeed, the right not to believe, the right to blaspheme, the right to 'demonstrate hostility' to religion, are hard-won liberties. People died for this. The fact that the media this morning – including the Telegraph, the Guardian and the BBC – are all using the exact same formulation of 'demonstrated hostility to Muslims and the Muslim faith' to describe why Fransen and Golding are going to jail, and the fact that this isn't ringing any alarm bells in public discussion, is a terrifying indicator of how thoroughly we now accept that people's views on religion ought to be a matter for state control and possibly state repression.

The judge's actual words were that Fransen and Golding had 'demonstrated hostility' to 'people of the Muslim faith' in their harassing, obsessive campaign around that Kent rape case. That is, to Muslims. But it is not surprising in the least that the media have reported this as 'hostility to the Muslim faith', nor that much of the media think it is acceptable to punish people for demonstrating such hostility, because the trial absolutely was concerned with Fransen's and Golding's views on Islam. That is clear from the fact that they were convicted of 'religiously aggravated harassment'. That is, they weren't merely punished for harassing people. They were also punished for what they were thinking as they harassed these people, in essence for what they believe: that Islam is bad and Muslims are dangerous. They weren't only punished for what they did but also for what they thought. There's a word for that: thoughtcrime.
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CRIME – EU CITIZENS
EU citizens in Bristol will use 'tick-box' to say if they are criminals or not
Patrick Daly
Bristol Post, 7 March 2018

Home Office officials have confirmed to a Bristol MP that EU citizens wanting to secure permanent status after Brexit will use a "self-declaratory tick-box" to state whether they are criminals.

As part of the divorce deal with Brussels, the Government will allow EU citizens who have lived in the UK for more than five years by the Brexit deadline to be able to register with the Home Office, giving them the same access rights as British citizens to healthcare, education and other services.

Those who have not lived in the country for five years will be able to register once they reach that milestone, as long as they moved to the UK before March 29, 2019.

But as part of the registration process, ministers confirmed to Bristol North West MP Darren Jones that no criminal record checks will be conducted into whether any of the three million EU citizens currently residing in the UK had previously committed crimes elsewhere. ...

EU nationals registering with the Home Office online will instead be asked to "make a declaration" about whether they have been convicted of a crime in the past, the European Scrutiny Committee was told last week.

... Glyn Williams, director general of the Border Immigration and Citizenship System at the Home Office, ...

Mr Williams confirmed full criminal record checks would not take place for every application.

"They will not have to go to the Disclosure and Barring Service," said the senior civil servant.

"They will be asked as part of the application process to make a declaration, and the Home Office will run checks against its own and police databases." ...

Tory minister Ms Nokes, answering a later question, said the Government was not ruling out including free movement of labour as part of a possible free trade with the EU.

She said the "movement of labour with EU countries" was "absolutely part of the negotiations".
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EMPLOYMENT – ROBOTS
The cauliflower-picking robot funded by the EU that is set to replace migrant workers for short-staffed farmers in Cornwall
Joe Pinkstone
MailOnline, 7 March 2018

The vegetables you eat with your Sunday roast may soon be picked by a robot.

Farmers in Cornwall are testing a machine invented using European funding that picks cauliflowers from the field without bruising them. ...

The GummiArm robot is believed to be a answer to any migrant staff shortages that may arise when the UK leaves the EU.

The robotic cauliflower-picking arm is the work of Dr Martin Stoelen at the University of Plymouth. ...

Currently, farmers harvest fields all at once, in a practice known as slaughter harvesting.

But this method leads to up to 60 per cent of the crop being wasted, because it is either wonky or inedible. ...

Mr Simmons said: 'Harvesting costs can be up to 40 per cent of the costs of production of brassicas and skilled labour to do the harvesting is getting increasingly difficult to obtain, especially with Brexit fast approaching.

'In a very competitive market place where our customers demand cheap food, the cost of harvesting is continually rising.

'Robotic harvesting has the potential to increase productivity and control the costs.'
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IMMIGRATION – POLITICS
Immigration: Who should we let in after Brexit?
Nick Robinson
BBC, 7 March 2018

Amidst all the talk about Brexit - about borders and about trade - ministers have said almost nothing about how immigration will be controlled after the UK leaves the EU. They have not yet come up with the answer to a fundamental question - who should we let in?

The promise to take back control of our borders was the headline of the leave campaign. Yet almost two years on, there has been little public debate about how that will be done, or what our immigration system should look like once free movement of EU citizens in and out of Britain has ended.

The Home Office originally promised to publish its plans for a new immigration policy before Christmas. Then it said the spring. Now ministers say it'll be in the autumn. ...

Why the delay? Very likely it's because they're caught in the middle, between the demands of British business and the expectations of many of the voters who backed Brexit.

Pressure is now mounting on Theresa May from a growing number of businesses who fear that they will not be able to find the workers they need after we leave the EU. ...

But the Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott told me that the government's target was "completely bogus". She says, "it's just a way of the Tories talking an anti-immigrant narrative".

When asked twice whether immigration could go up under Labour, she did not rule it out.

"We can't say what is going to happen to levels of migration, because migration flows are subject to all sorts of international pressures. With increased emphasis on training and skills, the need for people's specific skills from overseas may well decline." ...

It is thought the Cabinet has had only one high-level discussion about immigration recently, and it is said to have argued about whether preference should in future be given to workers from the EU - Poles, Spanish and French - or whether there should be a level playing field for immigrants wherever they come from.

Brexiteers like Jacob Rees Mogg back the latter approach.

"I can see no reason to give preference to people from the EU after we've left. Why should we discriminate against our Commonwealth friends, against our American friends, the very large Indian population in this country? Surely we should prioritise members of their family against people from the EU with whom we have no connection?"

But this is one more subject that looks set to get included in those endless complex Brexit negotiations. The more trade we want, the more open our borders may have to be.

One well-placed source told me that the first thing countries want to export is their people. That, incidentally, applies to India or China as well. ...

The truth is the debate on immigration has scarcely begun.
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POPULATION PRESSURE – HOUSING
Hesitant housing reforms 'lack ambition'
David Coleman, Professor emeritus of demography, University of Oxford
The Times, 7 March 2018
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It is certainly true that in the short and medium term many more homes must be built for those in need, and at a moderate price. But we will get nowhere until we consider where demand is coming from and do something about it.

More than three quarters of additional new households in recent years have been headed by people born abroad. Unless that inflow, which adds about a quarter of a million people to the population every year, is moderated we shall remain trapped on a housebuilding treadmill.

Perhaps those employers who press so hard for the freedom to recruit immigrant workers should be required to provide the housing for them.
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MULTICULTURALISM – DIVERSITY
Gorgeous Portraits Show Britain's Diverse Future
Kate Bubacz
Buzzfeed, 7 March 2018

Photographer Olivia Arthur's newest series "Children of Europe" looks ahead to the future of Britain, beyond Brexit and through the current debates over identity and immigration. ...

"I see this as the beginning of something, looking at the way that our society is changing in the UK and our national identity crisis. This is part of a bigger picture and how the country is going to change. I'd love to follow up with these kids in 10 years' time and see how many are still in Glasgow."

"In the UK there are certain areas where people get sent, Glasgow is one of those. I was amazed by the huge range of nationalities that I met. I'd like to see what life is like for refugees living in rural areas where integration is even harder."

Arthur worked with a nongovernment organization out of Glasgow to connect with many of the families, and plans to continue the project in different areas around the UK.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – BERLIN, GERMANY
Hatred against Germans is increasing in Berlin, says city's interior minister
The Local [Germany], 7 March 2018

Andreas Geisel, Berlin's interior minister, said on Wednesday that hatred towards Germans was on the rise in the capital, but cautioned that it was still far from the norm.

"I have heard that [reports of hatred against Germans]. It is not the norm but it is becoming more common - to keep quiet about it would be wrong," Geisel told daily newspaper Tagesspiegel.

"What can we do about it? It is clear that we need to intensify our efforts to integrate people. That includes German and ethics courses for refugees, optimally for all of them," the Social Democrat added.

The interior minister was responding to a long report published by Tagesspiegel on Tuesday which asked whether Berlin was becoming "a place of fear."

The newspaper reported on the individual experiences of various Berliners who had contacted the newspaper to argue that the city was becoming a place of "increased aggression and and an intensified feeling of fear. And this feeling has something to do with the arrival of refugees."

Tagesspiegel spoke to Berliners from several walks of life - including refugee helpers - who spoke of their growing sense of insecurity.
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RACISM – DIVERSITY
Munroe Bergdorf: L'Oreal model resigns from Labour party LGBT+ board
Maya Oppenheim
Independent, 6 March 2018

A transgender former L'Oreal Paris model who was sacked by the cosmetics giant for her comments about systemic racism has stepped down from her position on a Labour advisory panel for LGBT+ issues.

Munroe Bergdorf was asked to sit on an LGBT+ advisory board by Labour frontbencher and shadow equalities minister Dawn Butler.

Bergdorf said "endless attacks" on her character by the "right wing press" and vitriolic abuse on social media had forced her to resign from the position.
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REPATRIATION/DEPORTATION – CRIMINALS
Hundreds of foreign criminals waiting to be deported fall off the radar: Home Office loses track of 500 offenders after they are let out of prison
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 5 March 2018

The Home Office has lost track of hundreds of dangerous foreign criminals awaiting deportation from Britain.

Instead of being locked up until they are thrown out of the UK, the offenders, including rapists, robbers and paedophiles, vanished after being let out of prison.

Immigration chiefs lost track of the foreign national offenders (FNOs) after they completed their sentences and were released into the community – meaning they could still pose a threat.

Figures obtained using freedom of information laws revealed that 494 criminals absconded between January 2014 and March 2016.

As of last month, 211 were still missing – up to four years after contact with officials ceased.

However, the numbers could be even higher.

In November, a report by David Bolt, chief inspector of borders and immigration, found that in April last year 753 FNOs were missing after being freed from jail.

Guidelines say offenders who complete sentences should be detained only if there is a realistic prospect of deporting them immediately. ...

Offenders are recorded as absconders if their whereabouts are unknown and attempts to re-establish contact have failed.

Figures just released by the Home Office – after it spent nearly two years trying to wriggle out of publishing them – revealed that 169 FNOs absconded in 2014, followed by 250 in 2015, and 75 in the first three months of 2016.

Of the total, 196 men and at least 15 women had not been found by February 9 this year.

Foreign criminals with convictions for violence, rape and other sexual crimes, fraud, money laundering, possession of weapons, burglary and forgery were among those missing. ...

Mr Bolt's report warned that there was 'little evidence' effective action was being taken to find the vast bulk of absconders – FNOs can fail to attend meetings up to 19 times before the alarm is raised.

A third of planned removals of criminals failed – 7,772 out of 24,289 dating back to 2014-15. ...

The Home Office said more than 41,000 foreign offenders have been removed from the UK since 2010, including a record 6,346 in 2016-17.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – AUSTRALIA
Housing report says migration may need to be cut to preserve quality of life
Gareth Hutchens
The Guardian, 5 March 2018

One of Australia's most respected thinktanks has weighed into the population growth debate, saying the federal government needs to develop an explicit population policy that defines the "appropriate" level of migration, and it may need to reduce the migrant intake to improve wellbeing. ...

But it says the Turnbull government needs to take seriously the degree to which major cities, particularly Sydney and Melbourne, are struggling to cope with high population growth.

It says if state governments continue to fail to increase the supply of housing and infrastructure necessary to keep pace with rapid population growth, then the federal government may have to reduce the migrant intake so the quality of life of residents in New South Wales and Victoria – and other states – does not get worse. ...

House prices have more than doubled in real terms over the past 20 years, with the strains most acute in Sydney and Melbourne. Since 2012, house prices have risen 50% in Melbourne and 70% in Sydney.
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POLITICS – LIBERAL DEMOCRATS
Migration and the liberal dilemma
Lord William Wallace
Liberal Democrat Voice, 5 March 2018
[Lord Wallace of Saltaire is a Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords]

The Spring conference will be discussing migration policy in Southport, on the basis of a carefully-written consultation paper. This is a particularly difficult topic for Liberals. Almost all of us would prefer to live in a world in which borders were open, and immigrants and refugees were welcomed. But global population growth, combined with state collapse, civil conflict and climate change, are combining to create a rising flow of migrants – driven both by political disorder and economic deprivation – towards the safe and prosperous countries of Western Europe. Many of them are trafficked on their way, maltreated as they struggle to escape danger and better their lives. How can we respond without abandoning our liberal values? ...

What Migration Watch and Brexit Central don't say is that the longer-term challenge we face is from immigration from outside Europe – and that it's a challenge that we can only manage in collaboration with our continental neighbours. The population of Africa has doubled (to 1.2 billion) in the past 30 years, and continues to grow at over 30 million a year; weak states, conflict and drought all drive desperate efforts to escape across the Mediterranean. The Middle East and South Asia also have high rates of population increase, water shortages, and governments failing to provide stability and economic growth. ...

That level of pressure makes the consultation's objective of a 'fair and humane' response to migrants (many of whom will be refugees from intolerable local circumstances) almost impossible: numbers count, and large numbers of incomers are difficult to absorb without weakening social cohesion and straining resources. An enlightened response to this must include active support for women's rights and education in these regions – the surest way to slow population growth, amongst other advantages. Development policy, and defence policy, need to focus (with European partners) on the delicate tasks of building stable and effective governance, and sustainable economies, in Africa and West and South Asia, to enable their population to flourish there.

The consultation paper rightly notes the weaknesses of the UK Border Force – its numbers cut in recent years – and of Home Office management of immigration. It does not directly address the awkward question that the UK's lack of a population register – or some form of identity registration – makes the task of assuring that all those living within our borders are entitled to do so extremely difficult. That's another uncomfortable issue for Liberals (me included). ...

I don't have answers to these dilemmas. And I recognise that the British public, to whom we wish to appeal, are at best wavering liberals on this.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – MULTICULTURALISM, CRIME, GERMANY
Angela Merkel's real legacy is the lawless no-go areas that police fear to patrol where half of the locals have foreign roots and the German tongue is a rarity
Sue Reid
Daily Mail, 5 March 2018

Half the 20,000 residents in this suburb have foreign roots, many arriving thanks to a border-free EU and German chancellor Angela Merkel's offer of welcome to the world's refugees.

The outcome of Europe's biggest migration crisis since the Second World war has been disastrous for Marxloh.

Many of the newcomers are jobless and so rely on state benefits, and hang around with nothing worthwhile to do.

A leaked police report says the streets are controlled by drug dealers and robbers who 'view crime as their leisure activity'.

As for the Germans who remain here, some are frightened to go out after dark because of 'conflicts between foreigners', claiming that tram journeys through the area in the evenings are 'nightmarish'. ...

'This is a dangerous place that Mrs Merkel has tried hard to forget.'

That was until last week, when she conceded for the first time that areas like Marxloh had become lawless no-go areas where locals, and even police, fear to tread.

Facing the end of her career if she failed to stitch together a loveless 'grand coalition' of political opposites, the 'no-go' admission was a dramatic climbdown for the German leader, who has welcomed more than a million new faces to her country in three years, while irritating an increasingly sceptical German public with the mantra 'We can do it'. ...

Loud Arabic music floats out into the air from shoddy apartment blocks, there are wild gatherings of Roma with cans of lager, and flash cars with young men at the wheel suddenly zoom into sight and roar away again.

Marxloh is one of 40 problem areas cited in the German media as struggling to cope with large migrant concentrations, urban decay, high unemployment and chronic welfare dependency, which have become, they claim, 'incubators for anarchy' as well as drug-dealing and crime.

In an article called 'Ghetto Report Germany' the respected newspaper Bild – which described those 40 areas – labelled them as parallel societies, no-go areas and 'burgeoning ghettos'.

Official police reports given to another respected newspaper, Der Spiegel, said spiralling levels of violence in Marxloh (and other places like it) show officers are losing control, and public order 'cannot be guaranteed over the long term'.

'There are districts where immigrant gangs are taking over streets for themselves,' said the resulting account in Der Spiegel.

'Native residents and business people are being intimidated and silenced. Policemen, and especially policewomen, are particular victims of a high level of aggression and disrespect.'

It doesn't sound like the Germany of old. Marxloh, a 20-minute tram ride away from central Duisburg in western Germany, used to be a place for German families to visit on a Saturday afternoon for shopping, a picnic in the park, or a coffee and beer at the pavement cafes.

Not many outsiders visit here now, or dare to. ...

According to the locals, Marxloh's streets serve as boundaries between ethnic gangs guarding their drug-dealing turf. One is called 'Kurdish road', another 'Romanian Road'.
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EXTREMISM – ISLAM
Praised asylum activist came face to face with Muslim behavior – wants to stop Islam
Free West Media, 5 March 2018

After witnessing a female aid worker being dragged by her hair to a toilet by so-called refugees, and herself being attacked five times by Arab men, the celebrated asylum activist gave up. /.../ Filled with regret, she is now fighting for a Europe free from Islam. "I have been forced to realize that the Muslims despise us, and that is something that won't change. The hatred is too strong", she says.

It's not one isolated incident. It's not one rotten egg. It's time and again facing the same kind of contempt from Muslim asylum seekers, that made well-known asylum activist Rebecca Sommer understand that Islam is a political ideology for ruling nations. ...

Rebecca Sommer is a well-known German asylum activist, and a familiar face in German media. Among other actions, she created an organization with 300 members which welcomed asylum seekers during the migrant crisis in 2015-2016. She is also an artist and film-maker whose works were repeatedly praised in leftist media all over the world – until she recently shocked mainstream journalists across the globe. ...

It is her personal experience that has led to her political U-turn. After years of working with Muslim asylum seekers she has realized that their attitude is completely different from what she first thought. ...

... They view themselves as superior, they laugh at European men and think western women are whores. And the more we adapt to them, the more convinced they become that they are right.

However, she has not changed her opinions on human rights. She is still a deeply engaged activist, and considers herself a "world citizen". She has helped people in Central America and Asia, as well as tribes in Africa. But after meeting the Arab men, who during the migrant storm flooded Europe, claiming to be refugees fleeing for their lives, she has had to "make an exception in her humanism". She emphasizes that that she doesn't think that all Muslims are bad, only "most of them".

In this interview she tells about the painful awakening, the incidents that changed her mind, and her fight to warn Europe about islamization and mass-immigration – things she used to welcome. "We wanted to get to know them – and we did". ...

In what way is that a problem?

– I am a human rights activist and I still want to help refugees. My problem is Islam, and people who are brainwashed by this ideology. It is called a religion, but it is really a political ideology to rule over nations, in which they [Muslims] are seen as higher beings, and we as lower. I have always known that it's a different culture, but I thought that they, just like the rest of us, can change their values and ideas when met with hospitality. But through the years I've learned that apart from very few individuals, they're impossible to change. In most of them "the hijab in the head" is impossible to remove.

Integration is doing the exact opposite to what people imagine – Muslims are often open and humble in the beginning, but later turn dominant and arrogant when they start feeling safe and at home.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, ITALY
Italian election: Italy's Trump Matteo Salvini IS serious about migrant crackdown - expert
Ciaran McGrath
Sunday Express, 4 March 2018

Matteo Salvini - regarded by many as Italy's answer to Donald Trump - is serious in his statement he wants to deport 500,000 immigrants living in the country illegally, a top expert in Italian politics has said in the run-up to Sunday's general election. ...

Loughborough University's Professor Nicola Chelotti said while it was difficult to put an accurate figure on the number of illegal immigrants living in Italy, the 500,000 figure was "roughly accurate", with another 5.4 million overseas nationals living there legally, plus 200,000 more who are classified as asylum seekers.

Deporting asylum seekers would be difficult for Mr Salvini, given Italy would need to tear up treaties with the EU in order to do so, said Mr Chelotti.

However, he suggested Mr Salvini might have more success when it came to the people living in the country illegally.

He said: "Italy has experienced in the last few years quite a dramatic increase of economic (or illegal) immigrants, especially from the sub-Saharan continent.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – VIOLENCE, SWEDEN
Hand Grenades and Gang Violence Rattle Sweden's Middle Class
Ellen Barry and Christina Anderson
New York Times, 4 March 2018

Manufactured in great numbers for the Yugoslav national army, and then seized by paramilitaries during the civil war in the 1990s, the grenades are packed with plastic explosives and 3,000 steel balls, well suited for attacks on enemy trenches and bunkers. ...

Weapons from a faraway, long-ago war are flowing into immigrant neighborhoods here, puncturing Swedes' sense of confidence and security. The country's murder rate remains low, by American standards, and violent crime is stable or dropping in many places. But gang-related assaults and shootings are becoming more frequent, and the number of neighborhoods categorized by the police as "marred by crime, social unrest and insecurity" is rising. ...

Part of the reason is that Sweden's gang violence, long contained within low-income suburbs, has begun to spill out. In large cities, hospitals report armed confrontations in emergency rooms, and school administrators say threats and weapons have become commonplace. Last week two men from Uppsala, both in their 20s, were arrested on charges of throwing grenades at the home of a bank employee who investigates fraud cases. ...

The influx of heavy weapons has caught Sweden's criminal justice systems unprepared.

... The police are struggling to gather information in immigrant neighborhoods, and clearance rates for gun homicide cases have fallen steadily since the 1990s. ...

"It's odd," said Manne Gerell, a lecturer in criminology at Malmo University. "I don't know of any Western country with a similar use of hand grenades. Our hypothesis is that they are used to send a message. Not so much as a weapon, as a tool for intimidation. You don't need perfect aim. You are not trying to kill a particular person." ...

"Crime is increasing and increasing, and they aren't doing anything about it," Mr. Garrido said. "It's denial. Swedes are very good people and they want to change the world. They want the rest of the world to be like Sweden. And the reality is that it's completely different."
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POPULATION PRESSURE – HOUSING
Councils warned to meet homes targets or lose planning powers
BBC, 4 March 2018

Councils in England could be stripped of planning powers if not enough homes are being built in their areas, Housing Secretary Sajid Javid has warned.

Mr Javid told the Sunday Times he would be "breathing down" the necks of local authorities to ensure building targets, set by the government, are met.

Theresa May, who will unveil the plans on Monday, told the BBC the level of house building was a "real problem". ...

On Monday, the government will announce an overhaul of planning rules in an attempt to increase the rate of house building in England. ...

Mr Javid also revealed plans to build up to five new towns between Oxford and Cambridge.
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MULTICULTURALISM – UNIVERSITY COURSES
University ditches course on the British countryside after claiming black and ethnic minority students are 'less likely to visit rural areas'
Jonathan Petre
Mail on Sunday, 4 March 2018

A university has ditched a degree course on rural Britain because it says black and ethnic minority students are 'less likely' to visit the English countryside.

Academics feared their teaching 'normalised white experiences', while 'disadvantaged' undergraduates from other backgrounds struggled to grasp concepts such as the 'rural idyll' – so scored lower grades.

Undergraduates now study rural areas around the world, with an emphasis on Africa and Asia, so teenagers from ethnic minorities can 'more readily see themselves and their backgrounds' represented.

Kingston University is the latest institution to try to boost 'diversity' while 'decolonising' their degrees amid criticism they are too white and Western.

The Mail on Sunday last year revealed that activists at the School of Oriental and African Studies were calling for more African and Asian philosophers to be taught at the expense of white, European thinkers.

But critics said universities were pandering to 'political correctness' and were 'stupid' if they let down students by dumbing down degrees.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ITALY
Former Minister: Italy Must Be Guided in Its 'Change of Population' Due to Immigration
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
Breitbart, 3 March 2018

Prior to Italian national elections, the country's first black cabinet minister told Swiss radio that due to massive immigration, Italy needs to be guided in "the change in the composition of the population" that is the fruit of immigration.

An immigrant herself from the African nation of Congo and Italy's former minister for integration, Cécile Kyenge said the present situation in Italy is "surreal" because of the level of hostility toward immigration found among several political parties. ...

She also said that "racism exists" and Italy needs to be "guided in this change, I can say, this change of population, the change in the composition of the population" brought about by immigration. ...

In 2017, Italy had more than five million foreigners living as residents, a growth of 25 percent above 2012 levels and a remarkable 270 percent above 2002. At that time, foreigners made up just 2.38 percent of the population, while fifteen years later, the figure has nearly trebled to 8.33 percent of the population.
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EMPLOYMENT – WAGES, RACISM, POLITICS
Memo to Jericho: Lower UK immigration boosts wages
Leith van Onselen
Macrobusiness, 2 March 2018

Back in November, Robert Skidelsky, Professor Emeritus of Political Economy at Warwick University, penned an excellent article in Project Syndicate which, among other things, explained why never-ending mass immigration pushes down wages growth: ...

This analysis followed an empirical study by the Bank of England, which found that immigration into the UK had pulled down average wages: ...

With the above analysis in mind, The Telegraph in January reported that UK wages were expected to lift following curbs on immigration, which have tightened the labour market: ...

And now, the Financial Times has reported that UK wages are finally rising as employers try to fill so-called labour shortages ...

More from Bloomberg: ...

It is basic economics that if you stem the flow of foreign workers, then workers' bargaining power will increase. This was explained beautifully by The Australia Institute's chief economist, Richard Denniss, last year when he noted that the very purpose of foreign worker visas is to "suppress wage growth by allowing employers to recruit from a global pool of labour to compete with Australian workers". That is, in a normal functioning labour market, "when demand for workers rises, employers would need to bid against each other for the available scarce talent". But this mechanism has been bypassed by enabling employers to recruit labour globally. "It is only in recent years that the wage rises that accompany the normal functioning of the labour market have been rebranded as a 'skills shortage'".

Sadly, Australian economic commentators like The Guardian's Greg Jericho cannot bring themselves to even acknowledge these basic facts when discussing wages, because to do so would somehow be 'racist':



Immigration – because there are many desperate to hate – must be treated with extreme care by politicians and journalists, and certainly with more care than Abbott seems capable. The inherently racist parties will seek to use any discussion and any seeming evidence of the negative impact of migrants as fuel to burn their fires of hate.



When will the Fake Left (including Labor and The Greens) stand up for ordinary Australian workers and commit to lowering Australia's reckless 'Big Australia' immigration program, which is not only lowering workers' wages but also raising their cost of living via housing as well?

It's precisely because of the Fake Left's failure to rationally discuss immigration that ordinary Australians are being pushed to "the inherently racist parties" that Jericho hates so much.
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EXTREMISM – POLITICS
The word 'extremist' has lost all meaning
Rod Liddle
The Spectator, 3 March 2018

You might be said to have extremist views if you object to same sex marriages or gay adoptions, or if you think we should halt immigration. By the same token, an opinion poll published last year revealed that almost 40 per cent of the population think it is extremist to believe that global warming is happening and 36 per cent think it extremist to hope that Britain leaves the EU. In other words, 'extremism' has simply become one of those words which has lost almost all of its meaning and is used simply as an insult to hurl at one's opponents. /.../ We should be clear about the need to treat Islam as a singularity, given the very singular threat it poses both to our country and indeed to the rest of the world, a creed we have imported and with which we are not entirely comfortable, rather than packaging it up with stuff which deluded and self-flagellating white liberal bien-pensants can call 'extremist'.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – EMIGRATION, SOUTH AFRICA
Thousands Sign Petition Asking Trump to Let White Farmers in South Africa Migrate to U.S. After Country Votes to Force Them Off Land
Chantal Da Silva
Newsweek, 2 March 2018

More than 10,500 people have signed a petition asking President Donald Trump to let white people in South Africa emigrate to the U.S. after the country voted to strip white farmers of their land without compensation.

The petition calls on the U.S. leader to "take the steps necessary to initiate an emergency immigration plan allowing white Boers to come to the United States." Boer is the term used to describe South Africans of Dutch, German or Huguenot descent, who are also commonly referred to as Afrikaners.

The petition suggests that Trump should stop admitting refugees from Somalia and the Middle East, claiming they "cannot be properly vetted," and allow white South Africans into the country instead. They "can be easily vetted and also possess skills that make them compatible with our culture and civilization," the petition says.

A similar petition, calling on European Union President Jean-Claude Juncker, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May to allow white South Africans into EU countries, has gained nearly 17,000 signatures.

South Africa's parliament voted to remove white South African farmers from their land in a landmark vote on Tuesday. In addition, the country's constitution could be amended to allow for the confiscation of white-owned land without any offer of compensation.

Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favor of seeing land stripped from white farm owners, with the motion passing 241-83, according to News.com.au. ...

Julius Malema, the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters opposition party, introduced the motion. He said the time for reconciliation in South Africa "is over," News.com.au reported. "Now is the time for justice," he said, adding, "We must ensure that we restore the dignity of our people without compensating the criminals who stole our land."

Malema has been a strong supporter of confiscating land from white farmers, saying in 2016 he was "not calling for the slaughter of white people – at least for now."

The creators of the petition demanding that Trump admit white South Africans into the U.S. as refugees claim that the "increasing murder rate, along with the campaign to dispossess whites of their history, culture, farms, property and jobs, will inevitably lead to a complete genocide of South Africa's white population" if the U.S. does not "intercede."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – CZECH REPUBLIC
New Czech PM Stands Firm Against Migrant Quotas: No Way Will Brussels Dictate Who Lives Here
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 2 March 2018

Andrej Babiš has said there is 'no way' the Czech Republic will agree to Brussels' demand that the nation accept a quota of migrants from the third world.

Speaking in the country's parliament on Thursday, the recently elected Czech Prime Minister slammed the European Union's (EU) mandatory quota scheme as "ineffective" and divisive.

"It is certain that we will not accept anyone, and we are fundamentally against anyone dictating to us who should live and work in our country," local media reported him saying.

"We consider it absurd that the European Commission sues us for something that is nonsense," Babiš added, regarding the EU's decision to sue the Czech Republic alongside Poland and Hungary over their refusal to take part in the quota scheme.
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CRIME – FRAUD, MEDICINE
Hospital trust which hired rogue surgeon in huge pay-out to families of five dead patients
Jeanette Oldham
Birmingham Mail, 2 March 2018

A hospital trust which employed rogue surgeon Sudip Sarker has paid huge compensation settlements to families of FIVE of his patients who later died.

The crooked consultant was jailed for six years earlier this month for fabricating his surgical experience to land a key role at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.

Cash-strapped Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust previously confirmed to the Birmingham Mail that it had paid damages to 19 of his patients, totalling £1,970,574.

But the Mail has discovered that five of those patients had died after surgery involving Sudip Sarker – with their families understood to have received six-figure settlements for clinical negligence. ...

Sarker was convicted of fraud after a trial at Worcester Crown Court. A jury heard he had lied about his medical experience to land a £100,000-a-year job as a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon after being interviewed by a selection panel at the trust. ...

Yet the Trust only went public by launching a helpline for patients in June 2013 – after the Birmingham Mail exposed the scandal.
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IMMIGRATION – EU CITIZENS
EU nationals who arrive in Britain after Brexit are offered the chance to stay for good if they live here for five years, Home Office says despite May's promise to end free movement
Tim Sculthorpe
MailOnline, 1 March 2018

EU nationals who move to Britain under after Brexit will be allowed to apply for permanent rights to stay, the Home Office proposed today.

Brussels has demanded free movement rules continue to apply in Britain during the transition period after Brexit takes place in March 2019, even after the EU laws implementing them are scrapped.

Britain has insisted those who arrive after Brexit will not be allowed to claim permanent 'settled status' in the same way as EU nationals who moved here before the UK leaves the EU.

But a Home Office policy statement today opened the door to those who arrive in transition getting 'permanent leave to remain' instead of settled status. The statement is a negotiating position from Britain and has not been agreed yet.

It means thousands of EU nationals could qualify for the permanent right to live in Britain even if they arrive after Brexit.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – POLITICS, ITALY
Italians aren't fascists. They're angry about immigration
Nicholas Farrell
The Spectator, 3 March 2018

Amid relentless propaganda about Italy being in the grip of fascism, Italians go to the polls on Sunday. It will be an attempt to produce their first elected prime minister since 2008, when Silvio Berlusconi won. Since his resignation in 2011, Italy has had four unelected leaders.

Italy's migrant crisis has dominated these elections, especially after the discovery of the chopped-up remains of an 18-year-old Italian girl in two suitcases by the side of a road in the picturesque hilltop city of Macerata in Le Marche. ...

What happened in Macerata transformed Italy's migrant crisis, already a big factor, into la questione numero uno of the election campaign, despite massive efforts inside and outside Italy to use it instead to talk only about fascists.

The Italian left and a largely supportive global media are doing their best to brainwash Italians into thinking that a vote for the right is a vote for fascism. But neither Italy's right, nor the Italians, are fascists. What they are is fed up with the floods of illegal migrants coming into Italy, where they represent what Berlusconi has described as a 'social bomb about to explode'.

Italians are angry at the failure of successive governments and of the EU to stop NGOs and the navies of EU countries picking up migrants just off the Libyan coast and ferrying them 280 miles to Italy, where they claim asylum or disappear, and are virtually never deported. This is despite the fact that, as the UN admits, the overwhelming majority are not refugees but economic migrants. ...

To win a majority in parliament, a party or coalition must get at least 40 per cent of the vote. Only the coalition of the right looks to have any chance of doing so.

This, for a British newspaper like the Guardian, reeks of fascism. The paper has been running hysterical headlines such as 'Fascism is back in Italy' and 'Italy is being driven into the arms of fascists'. The New York Times and the BBC have done similar.

... The truth is that fascist parties in Italy attract minimal support. The most successful – CasaPound (named after the American poet Ezra Pound) – is polling at around 2 per cent.

... Yes, Fratelli d'Italia is post-fascist and with 5 per cent of the vote will win seats (in fact, it has them already), but if it is fascist then Tony Blair's a commie. Even Italy's left-wing Interior Minister, Marco Minniti, an ex-communist ergo professional anti-fascist, admitted in the wake of the Macerata shootings: 'Fascism in Italy is dead for ever.'
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MULTICULTURALISM – BIAS, LANGUAGE, COURTS OF LAW
Guilty of PC waffle! Top judge tells colleagues to not say 'postman', 'lady' or 'immigrant' in court because it might upset defendants and witnesses
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 1 March 2018

Judges have been told what they can and cannot say in an effort to make all those who come before their courts feel they have been treated fairly.

They have been banned from using phrases and words including 'ethnic minority'; 'afro-Caribbean' and 'transsexual' – while a postman should become a 'postal operative'.

The new guidance for judges and magistrates says real equality means favouring women and minorities to make up for the disadvantage they suffer.

Part of this equality drive includes a fresh list of terms and expressions that judges should no longer use. ...

The guidance – the 422-page Equal Treatment Bench Book – is published by the Judicial College, the body in charge of training judges, which is led by an Appeal judge, Dame Anne Rafferty.

It is the latest update to equality rules that were first produced under Tony Blair's Lord Chancellor Lord Irvine in 1999, and ran into controversy after recommending that the courts should show leniency to Rastafarians because they regard smoking cannabis as a religious rite.

'True equal treatment may not always mean treating everyone in the same way,' the new version says. Fair treatment, judges are told, means that 'steps can be taken, where appropriate, to redress any inequality arising from difference or disadvantage.' ...

It quoted a former liberal US Supreme Court judge, Justice Blackmun, on why people should be treated differently on race grounds. The US judge said: 'In order to get beyond racism, we must first take account of race. There is no other way. And in order to treat some persons equally, we must treat them differently.'
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DIVERSITY – OFCOM, BBC
BBC audit to ensure gay and black screen talent
Matthew Moore
The Times, 1 March 2018

The proportion of gay, ethnic minority and disabled people appearing on BBC programmes will be assessed by the media regulator Ofcom for the first time as part of a diversity drive.

The analysis will cover all genres of programming including drama, comedy, news and current affairs, with a focus on primetime BBC One and BBC Two schedules. ...

The project represents the first official attempt to evaluate the on-screen diversity of the national broadcaster.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – REPATRIATION, GERMANY
Voluntary Repatriation: 10,000 Migrants Joined German Subsidised Deportation Scheme in 2017
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 1 March 2018

Since February of last year, the German Federal government has allowed failed asylum seekers to voluntarily return to their countries and receive cash incentives with 10,000 migrants taking part in the scheme. ...

The scheme allows those who have failed in their asylum application to receive 800 euros per adult in two separate payments or 1,200 euros for those who chose to go back to their country before their asylum decision.

One of the stipulations to be eligible for the scheme requires migrants to renounce any claim to dispute their asylum decision. Legal cases against negative asylum decisions have put enormous strain on the German court system.

Around 100,000 court cases were decided last year out of the 273,000 that were filed. Among them, some 44 per cent of the cases were overturned and the migrants were given some form of asylum status.
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RACISM – WHITES, RACISTS
Munroe Bergdorf: Model who said 'all white people' are racist appointed to LGBT+ board by Labour MP
Arj Singh
Independent, 28 February 2018

A transgender former L'Oreal Paris model who was sacked by the cosmetics giant for saying "all white people" are racist has been appointed by a Labour frontbencher to an advisory panel.

Munroe Bergdorf has been asked to sit on an LGBT+ advisory board by shadow equalities minister Dawn Butler.

Last year Bergdorf made headlines when she called on people to boycott L'Oreal after being sacked ...

The model wrote: "Honestly I don't have energy to talk about the racial violence of white people any more. Yes ALL white people.

"Because most of ya'll don't even realise or refuse to acknowledge that your existence, privilege and success as a race is built on the backs, blood and death of people of colour.

"Your entire existence is drenched in racism. From micro-aggressions to terrorism, you guys built the blueprint for this s***.

"Come see me when you realise that racism isn't learned, it's inherited and consciously or unconsciously passed down through privilege.

"Once white people begin to admit that their race is the most violent and oppressive force of nature on Earth... then we can talk."

The model later clarified her comments in an interview with the Guardian, saying she had written an "epic three-parter" on how "racism is a social structure and how, if this is the case, what can you do to combat racism?"

She said her mother was angry about her post, telling the newspaper: "That was an awful conversation. I'm half-white. My mum thought I was lumping her in with everyone, but this isn't about individuals.

"To understand my point, you have to take yourself out of the conversation – it's not about you – and truly think about society, structurally, economically, as a whole."

Her role as part of a group advising Ms Butler is unpaid and the panel is not managed by Labour.
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POLITICS – NEW POLITICAL DIVIDE
New political divide in UK is over openness to the world, polling finds
Anushka Asthana
The Guardian, 28 February 2018

British politics is no longer as simple as left against right, according to research highlighted by senior Conservative and Labour strategists.

Traditionally loyal voters have never been more prepared to cross party lines, said Andrew Cooper, David Cameron's former director of strategy, and Spencer Livermore, a Labour adviser on four election campaigns, who described how shifting attitudes have created new divisions in the UK.

"Open versus closed is becoming more and more significant," said Lord Cooper, launching a report with polling that suggests it is easier to predict voting habits by how internationalist people are, whether they live in diverse communities, their feelings towards minorities and their age.

"It means that lots of people who once were good bets to be Conservative now turn out to be Labour. And people that pollsters might have predicted would be Labour are now Tories," he said.

An analysis carried out by Cooper using the polling company Populus on behalf of the thinktank Global Future laid bare a stark divide between people aged 18 to 44 and those over 45, with a huge gap in attitudes to internationalism, multiculturalism and immigration.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – EUROPEAN UNION
'Germany changed the rules' Why Eastern Europeans are FURIOUS at Angela Merkel
Harvey Gavin
Daily Express, 27 February 2018

The European Union's newest members in Eastern Europe are furious with German leader Angela Merkel over her handling of the refugee crisis, a political scientist has revealed.

Ivan Krastev said countries such as Romania, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic enjoyed a brief honeymoon period after joining the EU but now feel like they have been taken advantage of.

The Eastern Europe expert said Mrs Merkel had "suddenly changed the rules" during the 2015 migrant crisis, a decision which led to poorer nations in the east being forced to take their share of new arrivals.

And he warned the EU's failure to agree a long-term solution to rehoming refugees and asylum seekers was only making the situation worse.

In an interview with German newspaper Welt am Sonntag, Mr Krastev said: "The Eastern Europeans are now feeling like the biggest losers." ...

After more than one million more people applied for asylum in 2016, Brussels warned Eastern European counties they would be stripped of EU funding if they refused to take their fair share of arrivals under the bloc's controversial quota system. ...

He said: "We were asked to accept a relatively small number and to show solidarity after having experienced solidarity ourselves.

"The refugee crisis is causing a massive dispute between Western and Eastern Europe."

Mr Krastev added Mrs Merkel had become a symbol of an EU which has become an enemy in the eyes of many Eastern Europeans. ...

He added: "During the euro crisis, Germany had made everyone commit to keeping the rules if they wanted to preserve Europe.

"Now it suddenly changed the rules."
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POLITICS – LABOUR PARTY
Labour 'weaponises' Brexit to win votes from EU migrants
Sam Coates and Oliver Wright
The Times, 27 February 2018

Labour is planning to "weaponise" its new softer Brexit stance to woo three million citizens from other EU nations who are eligible to vote in the forthcoming local elections.

MPs have been writing to Europeans living in Britain appealing for their support at the ballot box in London and elsewhere in May.

A letter from Neil Coyle, MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark in the capital, begins "as someone from an EU member state", suggesting that the party is directly targeting non-Britons.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – USA
Feds Provide Almost $2 Billion in Subsidies to Hire Alien Grads Rather than U.S. Grads
David North
Center for Immigration Studies, 27 February 2018

The Optional Practical Training (OPT) program, in which the American government pays American employers to discriminate against American workers has grown rapidly in recent years, and during FY 2017 it used nearly $2 billion swiped from trust funds for the elderly to favor 240,000 alien college grads over an equal number of U.S.-resident grads.

It is hard to believe, but true; employers of foreign students who have a degree from a U.S. institution are given an 8.25 percent tax break if they hire an alien, rather than a U.S. college grad with the same skills, and paid at the same salary, ... ...

... It is now clear that in FY 2017 the total subsidies came to something like $1.98 billion, or close to $2 billion.

The program, as we noted earlier, has had silent but bipartisan support; it was created by the Bush II administration without any congressional authorization, was subsequently expanded by the Obama administration, and has been tolerated by the Trump administration.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – GERMANY
'You have to call it by name': Merkel publicly admits 'no-go areas' in Germany
RT, 27 February 2018

Speaking with RTL, Merkel acknowledged that there are areas in Germany where people cannot feel safe. She also made it clear that it's time for the authorities to do something in order to ensure public safety.

"It's always a point to me that [ensuring] domestic security is the state's obligation, the state has the monopoly of power, the state has to make sure that people have the right to it whenever they meet and move in a public space," Merkel argued.

She then took aim at "no-go areas," which gained notoriety all across Europe during the refugee influx that reached its peak in 2015. Merkel bluntly dismissed the claim that 'no-go areas' are non-existent in Germany, stressing instead that "there are such spaces, and you have to call that by name and you have to do something about it." ...

While the chancellor refrained from touching upon the subject of rising violent crime among refugees, her interview came several weeks after a government-sponsored study showed a drastic increase in violent crime committed by male migrants aged 14 to 30. The massive influx of asylum seekers led to a spike in violent criminal acts, the study, which was conducted by a group of criminologists and forensic experts, stated.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – GERMANY
Merkel Finally Acknowledges German "No-Go" Zones, Vows To Eliminate
Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge, 27 February 2018

... German Chancellor Angela Merkel sat down with Germany's RTL Aktuell where she discussed a number of policy positions - including an acknowledgement of Germany's growing "no-go" zones, and the need to do something about them. ...

Following the dramatic influx of primarily North African migrants, several German publications have documented the growing problem of "no-go" zones - areas in which it is unsafe for non-Muslim citizens to travel.

The newspaper, Bild, and the newsmagazine, Focus, among others, have identified /.../ more than 40 "problem areas" (Problemviertel) across Germany. These are areas where large concentrations of migrants, high levels of unemployment and chronic welfare dependency, combined with urban decay, have become incubators for anarchy.

In an article entitled "Ghetto Report Germany," Bild describes these areas as "burgeoning ghettos, parallel societies and no-go areas."
...

"In Berlin or in the north of Duisburg there are neighborhoods where colleagues hardly dare to stop a car – because they know that they'll be surrounded by 40 or 50 men." These attacks amount to a "deliberate challenge to the authority of the state – attacks in which the perpetrators are expressing their contempt for our society," said Rainer Wendt, President of the German Police Union.
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IMMIGRATION – PROBLEMS
Immigration is the cause of our problems not the solution
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 26 February 2018

The metropolitan elite likes to claim that mass immigration is an engine of social progress, bringing vibrancy to our culture and prosperity to our economy. In reality, the vast annual foreign influx achieves the opposite.

Profoundly reactionary in its consequences, this demographic revolution has weakened solidarity, worsened living standards, and intensified pressure on our public services. As cohesion frays, our once gentle, well-ordered society is awash with violent crime and poisonous identity politics.

A classic example of liberal doublethink on immigration came yesterday from Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury. In a newspaper article, he trumpeted the need for a "generous" border policy.

"Welcoming strangers to our country and integrating them is important," he declared, adding stridently that "we must never crush the new diversity".

The prattling prelate has certainly had his wish in recent years.

"Generous" might be one word for the Government's approach to immigration.

"Criminally lax" and "institutionalised suicide" might well be others.

Last week, latest figures from the Office for National Statistics revealed that 578,000 migrants settled here in the year to September 2017. ...

... He wails that "the most important building blocks of our nation have been undermined", but refuses to admit that the cause is the systematic demolition of our national identity and heritage by the obsession with diversity.

In the same contradictory vein, he moans about a lack of "common values" in Britain. Well that's due to the pro-immigration doctrine he so blindly espouses. ...

In large swathes of urban England, Britons are now aliens in their own land.

Welby's hollow contribution is so typical of the dishonesty that grips British progressives.

Instead of facing up to the heavy economic costs of mass immigration, including rising welfare bills and strains on the civic infrastructure, they pretend that Britain could not possibly survive without the import of millions of foreigners.

This attitude was summed up by former diplomat Lord Kerr, who said recently that "native Britons are so bloody stupid" that we "need an injection of intelligent people from overseas".

That kind of self-loathing is absurd, given Britain's historic record as a powerhouse of industry, democracy and invention. But it is also based on the fallacy that migrants are far more diligent and dynamic than British people.

"They come here to work," is the favourite mantra of the progressives.

It is untrue.

According to last week's ONS report, less than half of all immigrants arrived here to work, and just 32 per cent had definite jobs to go to. ...

The negative impact of immigration can be seen all around us, bringing sharia courts, ballot box fraud, primitive misogyny, racial divisions and the erosion of free speech.

Amid a surge in violent crime, almost a quarter of the entire prison population belongs to ethnic minorities, with the figure rising to 47 per cent in young offender institutions.
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IMMIGRATION – BORDER CONTROLS
Immigration from non-EU countries is out of control
Stephen Pollard
Sunday Express, 25 February 2018

You will no doubt have seen the latest immigration figures. They show that in the year to September 2017 net immigration from the EU to the UK was down to 90,000. ...

But that's just one side of the coin.

Because at the very same time net migration from non-EU countries rose sharply by 40,000 to 205,000.

Around half of that number are students and there is an argument as to whether they should be included in the immigration figures since the vast majority leave after their studies.

But even taking that into account, along with the fall in EU migration, we are left with an official figure for net annual migration of 244,000.

In other words, last year alone saw the equivalent of an entire new city the size of Wolverhampton arriving in Britain.

As has happened year after year after year after year after year... you get the picture. ...

The need to take control of our borders again was one of the key factors behind the Brexit vote in June 2016.

But as these latest figures show, it's not just EU immigration that matters.

Even after we regain control of migration policy when we leave the EU we will still need to deal with the numbers of immigrants from outside the EU.

Because in theory we already have control over them today. ...

I should point out now that according to Diane Abbott, Labour's shadow home secretary, the very fact that I have mentioned any of this marks me – and, if you also think that immigration needs to be controlled, you – as racist. ...

Let's simply consider the outrageous slur and contempt in which she clearly holds many of her own Labour voters, who voted en masse for Brexit, driven in large measure by the feeling that the political establishment was ignoring their concerns.

Because even if you put to one side the sheer scale of immigration and the burden that the annual influx of the equivalent of vast new cities puts on housing, schools and hospitals, the immediate concern is surely the scale of illegal immigration. ...

We do not yet have a clue what immigration policy the Government intends to implement after we leave the EU.

And as for illegal immigration: the situation is getting worse, not better.

I've been using the figure of 40,000 for annual illegal immigration but that's simply a commonly accepted estimate.

The Home Office has its own estimate but won't even admit it has such a figure, let alone publish it.

Last summer David Wood, the former director general of immigration enforcement, revealed that the Home Office estimate (based on a raft of sensible measures) shows 150,000 illegal immigrants arriving every year. ...

The sheer scale demands action but instead the authorities are doing next to nothing.

According to Mr Wood, the chance of a migrant being detained and deported for overstaying their visa is just one in 1,000. ...

The idea we are now in control of our non-EU borders is a fantasy.

And the idea that we will regain control of our EU borders when we leave is a fantasy.

What we need is honesty about the true figures of both legal and illegal immigrants.

And action to ensure that border control means precisely what it says.
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EXTREMISM – CHARITIES, ISLAM
Wolves in Sheep's Clothing: How Islamist Extremists Exploit the UK Charitable Sector
Henry Jackson Society, 25 February 2018

The British taxpayer has handed over more than £6 million to charities that are currently, or have been in the past, used by extremists to further their radical agenda, according to a new report from the Henry Jackson Society.

The report's case studies are illustrative – so £6 million is likely the tip of the iceberg.

The money is enough to fund 27,328 hospital beds per day, the annual salary of 234 infantry soldiers, or the salary of 264 new teachers – but instead, it is being handed over to individuals some of whose involvement in extremism can be traced back to the Islamist scene in the early 2000s.

Wolves in Sheep's Clothing: How Islamist Extremists Exploit the UK Charitable Sector finds that, despite more than a decade of attempts to improve regulations, a concerning number of UK-registered charities continue to fund and support extremism.

Figures from across the Islamist spectrum, including the Muslim Brotherhood, form a network which seeks to delegitimise and push out moderate voices, while masquerading as representatives of 'true' Islam.
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CRIME – SEXUAL EXPLOITATION, CHILDREN, ADULTS
Grooming is still rife in Britain: Warning as major report says police gave gangs the 'green light' to sexually abuse 700 girls and women - and reveals one attacker would have been BEHEADED in his homeland for his crime
Chris Brooke And Josh White
Daily Mail, 24 February 2018

Grooming gangs are still sexually abusing girls and young women across the country despite repeated warnings and prosecutions, a shocking report revealed yesterday.

Efforts to stop the exploitation have been hampered by the authorities' failure to understand why abusers target vulnerable white girls, the investigation found.

The author of a report into the latest abuse scandal yesterday urged the Government to order a national study into the 'cultural influences' on the offenders, predominantly from an 'Asian British' background.

The inquiry into gangs who groomed 700 girls and women in the North-East came four years after more than a thousand victims were found to have been abused in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. The new report revealed:

The authorities effectively gave grooming gangs the green light to sexually abuse by failing to prosecute, instead locking up victims;

. One abuser – an illegal immigrant granted indefinite leave to remain – denounced British girls' 'lack of morals' and praised the availability of sex and drugs;

. The abuse of vulnerable victims is still 'taking place across the country' and 'all children and vulnerable adults are at risk'

The serious case review by barrister David Spicer examined the actions of agencies involved in Operation Sanctuary, which was launched by Northumbria Police. ...

The Government promised to 'look carefully' at Mr Spicer's 33 recommendations. He said more powers were also needed to protect adults who were 'being targeted, groomed and exploited'.

His report also highlighted that the men responsible for 'this particular model of abuse' were from a predominantly 'Asian British' minority background. Significantly, their 'beliefs are not known'.

Mr Spicer said professionals interviewed for his inquiry 'emphasised the lack of information about the profile and motivation for abusing' that continued to hamper understanding how to stop it. ...

Although good recent practice by detectives was identified, their previous negligent approach was laid bare. Police failed to consistently investigate, formally interview and check the backgrounds of suspects, the report revealed.

There were also 'no effective inquiries' about why girls were found with older, unrelated men. ...

Mr Spicer criticised the 'lack of professional curiosity' by agencies and highlighted the failure to collect physical evidence. ...

The report also detailed the failure of the criminal justice system and the Crown Prosecution Service to bring offenders to court. ...

Prosecutors have admitted their approach to the credibility of witnesses was 'inappropriately cautious', the report states. It concluded: 'Unless there is change, which requires national debate, sexual exploitation is not likely to be prevented and early identification will remain difficult.'
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM, SHARIA LAW
Archbishop of Canterbury says Islamic rules are incompatible with Britain's laws which have Christian values
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 24 February 2018

Sharia law should never become part of the British legal system, the Archbishop of Canterbury said yesterday.

Justin Welby said the Islamic rules are incompatible with Britain's laws, which have developed over 500 years on the principles of a different culture.

He added that high levels of immigration from Muslim countries can 'have an impact on the accepted pattern for choosing a partner, on assumed ages of maturity and sexual activity, and especially on issues of polygamy'.

Archbishop Welby's comments follow the release earlier this month of a highly critical Home Office report that said all couples marrying in mosques should also have to go through a legally-binding civil marriage ceremony to shield wives from injustices under sharia.

They also reverse the position taken by his predecessor Lord Williams, who backed incorporating sharia into the British legal system. Archbishop Welby set out his reasons why sharia should not win official status in a book, Reimagining Britain. ...

The Archbishop said in his book that the arrival of large numbers of Muslims in Britain – there are thought to be 3.3 million here – has led many to challenge the values of the majority population. Among these are the right of people to choose their own husband or wife, and the need for monogamous relationships.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Irish Govt 'Paid Press' to Promote Plan to Grow Population by One Million With Mass Migration
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 24 February 2018

The Irish government has been slammed for paying journalists to write good news stories about Project Ireland 2040.

Unveiled by the government last week with a commitment to spend €116 billion, the document outlines plans to boost the Irish nation's 4.7 million population by another million using mass migration.

The government's strategic communications unit paid for sponsored "news pieces" to appear in national and regional newspapers promoting Ireland 2040, which "could not include negative or critical content", The Times reported on Friday.

Speaking in the Irish parliament, or Dáil, opposition leader Micheál Martin branded the government's use of the media to promote its scheme "ethically dubious".

"The blurring of the lines is genuinely worrying from a parliamentary democracy point of view," he said.

"The Taoiseach will say he is promoting the government, but the dogs on the street know he is using taxpayers' money to promote Fine Gael politically."

Project Ireland 2040 has been slammed on social media as a "pyramid scheme" to enrich investors by adding consumers at taxpayers' expense, and as a globalist programme to "replace" the native population. ...

Mass migration from the third world has been a controversial topic in recent months, with reports that gangs of teenagers of African origin are terrorising locals across Dublin.

The criminal youths are "wreaking havoc" throughout the capital, according to police, who say the offences "[range] from shouting and intimidating old people in large groups to assaulting and robbing people of all ages, often with deadly weapons such as large knives." ...

Opposition Fianna Fail TD Jack Chambers said the behaviour of African gangs is a "major problem" that has left many of his constituents "living in fear" and "scared to leave their homes".

Putting the gang members' anti-social attitudes down to "cultural differences", Independent Councillor Tony Murphy reported that police risk causing "a mini riot" any time they try to arrest one of the offenders.
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY
UK plans to increase migrant numbers as home secretary vows to open borders
RT, 24 February 2018

The UK could take in thousands more refugees after an initial 20,000 from Syria, according to the home secretary. So far, 10,538 people have been housed in the UK but the government is planning to double that figure by 2020. ...

However, after a trip to Lebanon, Amber Rudd claims she will consider upping that figure to welcome many more. Ms. Rudd said: "20,000 is definitely achievable by 2020, and I hope that we may get there earlier than that in fact. At the moment I am consulting with stakeholders and really engaging with other departments to decide what we should have to replace that when we go forward after 2020." ...

Britain has paid out £2.46 billion ($3.4 billion) in funding to help Syrian families since 2012.
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RACISM – PAKISTANI COMMUNITY
Pakistani Man: "Time To Talk About The Problems Within My Community"
LBC, 24 February 2018

In a powerful call Mohammed told Andrew his Pakistani community is "the most racist" and highlighted a problem with grooming gangs.

Andrew Castle had been discussing the Operation Sanctuary review which has found that vulnerable women are most likely being "extensively" abused across the UK and ministers need to urgently review sex exploitation laws.

Mohammed, who fled Islam, and hasn't seen his family for 30 years, told Andrew it was time to "call a spade a spade".

He insisted: "The racist behaviour which exists in my community needs to be spoken about and addressed".

Mohammed lives in Birmingham.

He said: "The British white community are the most tolerant, the most warm, kind people and it breaks my heart that my Pakistani community is the most racist community".

He said we were not going to move forward through political correctness and that the issue had to be spoken about "openly".
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – GERMANY, EUROPEAN UNION
Merkel's list of failures is only getting longer
Marian L. Tupy
CapX, 23 February 2018

Angela Merkel has a new plan to bring the rebellious Central European states to heel. According to the press reports, the German government will seek to divert future structural and cohesion funds away from the poorer European Union members and toward those EU states that host large numbers of non-European migrants. ...

Finally, Merkel insisted on maintaining her open-door policy vis-à-vis non-European migrants who poured into Europe in 2015 – long after it became obvious that her welcoming attitude was intensifying the flow of migrants and wreaking havoc in Central Europe. In addition to putting the entire Schengen Area at risk, Merkel set the stage for a show-down with the new EU members over the question of migrant resettlement. Spooked by the unexpectedly large number of migrants and growing domestic opposition, the Chancellor asked ex-communist countries to share Germany's burden of housing and processing the newcomers. Evidence shows that Central Europeans are more xenophobic than their Western counterparts. But that is only one of the reasons why the governments in that region refused to help Germany. They saw the failure of assimilation of non-European immigrants in Western Europe and did not wish to repeat the same mistake in the East.
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CRIME – SEXUAL EXPLOITATION
Operation Sanctuary review finds adult abuse 'extensive'
BBC, 23 February 2018

Vulnerable women are most likely being "extensively" abused across the UK and ministers need to urgently review sex exploitation laws, a report says.

David Spicer led a review in the wake of Operation Sanctuary which saw 18 people jailed for the sexual abuse of young women groomed in Newcastle.

He said exploitation was not being recognised in adults.

The operation identified about 700 victims in total across the Northumbria Police area, 108 in Newcastle. ...

In the Newcastle case, most of the men were British-born but all came from Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Indian, Iraqi, Iranian or Turkish communities.
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IMMIGRATION – STATISTICS
Migration figures: Record numbers of EU nationals leaving UK
BBC, 22 February 2018

The number of EU citizens leaving the UK is at its highest level for a decade, figures from the Office for National Statistics show.

It estimates that 130,000 EU nationals emigrated in the year to September, the highest number since 2008.

Meanwhile, 220,000 EU nationals came to live in the UK - 47,000 fewer than the previous year.

Net EU migration - the difference between arrivals and departures - was 90,000, the lowest for five years.

The figures also show that more British people are emigrating than are returning to live in the UK.

Of those EU nationals arriving in the UK, fewer were coming for "work-related reasons", in particular to "look for work". ...

By contrast, immigration from countries outside the European Union is going up which means the UK population is continuing to grow at a similar level to early 2014.

Some 285,000 non-EU citizens arrived in the UK in the 12-month period to September, and 80,000 departed.

This gives a net increase of 205,000, the highest for six years.

Overall, net migration is estimated to have fallen by 29,000 to 244,000 in the same period.

This includes 73,000 British people coming back to the UK and 125,000 Britons leaving. ...

The ONS figures also show that in 2017, the UK granted asylum, alternative forms of protection or resettlement to almost 15,000 people, 40% of whom were under 18.
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IMMIGRATION – STATISTICS
Net immigration RISES to 244,000 a year and is still more than DOUBLE the PM's target but numbers from the EU drop below 100,000 for first time since 2013
James Tapsfield
MailOnline, 22 February 2018

Net immigration has risen to 244,000 a year in a reminder of the scale of the task facing the government to curb numbers.

The net flow to the UK in the year to September was up from 230,000 in the 12 months to June.

The increase was driven mainly by a rise in arrivals from outside the EU, with immigration from the bloc slipping sharply, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Net migration from the EU was 90,000 in the year ending September 2017 - the first time it has fallen below 100,000 since 2013.

The net figure from the rest of the world was 205,000, up from 173,000 in the year to June. ...

The year to June 2017 saw the largest decrease in net long-term migration in any 12-month period since records began in 1964.
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POLITICS – LABOUR PARTY
Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott says Labour will let MORE immigrants into Britain if they get into Number 10
Kate Ferguson
MailOnline, 22 February 2018

Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott today said Labour would let more immigrants into Britain if they are elected into Downing Street.

The Labour frontbencher said that if Jeremy Corbyn becomes Prime Minister he will usher in new laws to loosen border controls.

She said they will change the rules to let child refugees who come to Britain bring their parents and carers with them.

Ms Abbott also said Labour would end the policy of deporting children without the entitlement to be in the UK when they reach the age of 18.
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DIVERSITY – TEACHERS, CANADA
Teacher education must rise above political correctness
Rodney Clifton and Alexandra Burnett
Times Higher Education, 22 February 2018

Increasingly, Canadian universities seem to be more concerned about political correctness than educating students. ...

A less well known but arguably much more serious example is the increasing tendency for Canadian faculties of education to use admissions criteria that are unrelated to the characteristics and skills needed by effective classroom teachers. At the University of Windsor, for example, special consideration is being given to candidates who reflect "the ethno-cultural and social diversity of Ontario's schools". And, last September, the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba went even further by aiming to admit 45 per cent of incoming teacher candidates on the basis of their self-identification as members of marginalised groups, such as indigenous, disabled, LGBTQ, minority ethnic or socially disadvantaged.

These admission policies are being implemented so that teachers increasingly represent the ever-changing social demographics of provinces. There is some merit to that aspiration, but there are several serious problems. One is that such self-identities are difficult to verify and, consequently, are potentially easy to "game". A second is that such policies are not useful for identifying and admitting candidates who actually have the potential to become effective teachers, which is the most important reason for having faculties of education at universities.

Parents, students and even school administrators already know that there are substantial differences between the most and least effective teachers. A number of excellent studies have shown that the top 25 per cent are able to effectively teach 18 months' worth of curriculum content in a year, while the bottom 25 per cent are able to teach only about six months' worth. In short, the best teachers are three times more effective than the worst teachers. Addressing this unacceptable disparity should be the most important priority among Canadian faculties of education.
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POLITICS – LABOUR PARTY
Labour calls for young illegal immigrants to be allowed to stay in UK permanently and scrapping of migrants cap
Hugo Gye
The Sun, 22 February 2018

Labour would stop deporting young illegal immigrants and let refugees bring their families to Britain, Diane Abbott said today.

The shadow home secretary also vowed to scrap the cap on overall migrant numbers so there would be no limit on how many people can move to the UK. ...

Speaking in London today, Ms Abbott said: "We will allow the carers or parents of admitted child refugees to come here.

"We will also end the practice of deporting the children, currently without entitlement to be here, once they turn 18, even when their parents are entitled to be here.

"This commitment underlines our commitment to human rights. This is the application of Labour values and it is the right thing to do."
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EMPLOYMENT – WAGES, ECONOMY
U.K. Wages Pick Up as Fewer Foreign Workers Take Jobs
Brian Swint
Bloomberg, 21 February 2018

Pay for workers in Britain picked up in the fourth quarter and productivity gained as fewer jobs were filled by foreign nationals in the last year.

Average weekly earnings excluding bonuses rose 2.5 percent from a year earlier, the most since December 2016, the Office for National Statistics said on Wednesday. The overall employment rate rose to 75.2 percent, close to a record. ...

"Rising employment this past year was largely driven by U.K. nationals" as fewer eastern Europeans and non-EU nationals were working than a year earlier, ONS statistician Matt Hughes said. ...

Output per hour gained 0.8 percent in the fourth quarter following a 0.9 percent gain in the previous three months, which was the most in six years.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – FRANCE
Macron plans tighter asylum rules in test of parliamentary majority
Julie Carriat and Ingrid Melander
Reuters, 21 February 2018

Emmanuel Macron's government will on Wednesday propose toughening France's immigration and asylum laws amid strident criticism from human rights groups, in a move that will test the unity of his left-and-right majority.

The bill will double to 90 days the time in which illegal migrants can be detained and shorten deadlines to apply for asylum, and it will make the illegal crossing of borders an offence punishable by one year in jail and fines.

The government says it wants to be both firm and fair on immigration, and the bill will also make it easier for minors to get asylum and will aim to cut by half the time it takes for authorities to process any asylum request. ...

... A BVA opinion poll earlier this month showed that 63 percent of French voters consider there are too many immigrants in France.

The number of people filing asylum requests in France hit a record in 2017, topping 100,000.

That is still well below the 186,000 arrivals of asylum seekers registered that same year in Germany, even if arrivals in Germany have dropped sharply since reaching 890,000 in 2015, when unprecedented flows overwhelmed Europe's border controls.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – FRANCE
France considers jailing illegal immigrants for up to five years for fake ID
Rory Mulholland
Daily Telegraph, 21 February 2018

France could reportedly jail illegal immigrants caught using fake identity papers for up to five years, and those entering the country without using a recognised border crossing could get one year, under proposed new laws. ...

Tens of thousands of illegal immigrants currently work in restaurants, factories, and building sites across France, many of them using fake or borrowed ID. If caught by authorities, few go to court, and if they do they often get only a suspended sentence and a request to leave the country.

Article 16 is just one of many in the planned law that is likely to be hotly disputed. Another is the plan to make entering the country without using a recognised border crossing point an offence carrying a maximum one-year prison sentence and a fine of €3,750.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – AFRICANS, AUSTRALIA
'Tribal divisions' delay African gang taskforce
Pia Akerman
The Australian, 21 February 2018

A taskforce of African community leaders set up to help Victoria Police deal with Melbourne's youth crime problem is yet to choose its members because of tribal divisions, according to the chief commissioner.

The African-Australian Community Taskforce was announced by Victoria Police last month following a spate of crimes involving African youth. It has been charged with providing information to police on emerging issues and hot spots, allowing officers to act swiftly, and establishing a more efficient channel for police to engage with community leaders and receive advice on preventing youth crimes and antisocial behaviour.

Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton today said that although the taskforce had met a few times, it was yet to finalise its membership due to "internal political issues".

He agreed there was concern growing within Victoria Police that tribal divisions between Dinka and Nuer ethnic groups had caused delays in formally establishing the taskforce.

"It's been a number of weeks now, we want to try to get those issues settled as soon we can so we can get the maximum benefit out of it," Mr Ashton told 3AW.

"We've got issues with African youth offenders, it's been an ongoing problem for us for quite some time. ...".
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – SCHOOLS, FRANCE
French Children Taught Migration Is a Human Right, 'We're All Africans'
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 20 February 2018

France is safe and prosperous only thanks to a 'lifetime of open borders', while mass migration is a "universal right", according to literature being handed out in French classrooms.

Intended for distribution to children between the ages of eight and 16, the new booklets are produced by 'Secular Solidarity', an organisation which receives around half of its funding from French taxpayers, in conjunction with other groups including SNUIPP-FSU, the major teachers' union in France.

"Immigration is a fundamental human right" that is about more than survival, according to the taxpayer-funded body's document, which tells that children "mass migration is the very essence of humanity", and argues they have no right to secure the French border because "the most recent research shows the first humans were all from Africa".
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CRIME – CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION
Rotherham child sex abuse: Inquiry finds 100 more potential victims
BBC, 20 February 2018

The number of potential victims of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham has risen to more than 1,500, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has said.

A report published in 2014 estimated 1,400 children were abused in the South Yorkshire town between 1997 and 2013.

The NCA, which is carrying out an independent inquiry, said the figure had risen to 1,510 and that at least 1,300 were female.

It said it had identified 110 suspects and six trials were listed for 2018.

The inquiry, named Operation Stovewood, is being conducted at the request of South Yorkshire Police. ...

At a briefing, NCA senior investigating officer Paul Williamson said his team was actively engaged with more than 260 victims, and 144 officers were working on 34 distinct investigations.

Mr Williamson said he hoped to increase his team to up to 250. ...

To date, four people have been convicted in relation to Operation Stovewood, the latest being former taxi driver Asghar Bostan, who was jailed for nine years after being found guilty of raping a teenage girl.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – EUROPEAN UNION
Pressure on EU's southern borders from African migrants seen persisting in 2018
Gabriela Baczynska
Reuters, 20 February 2018

The European Union's southern borders in the Mediterranean will remain under heavy pressure from African migrants trying to reach Europe this year, the head of the EU's border agency Frontex said on Tuesday.

Nearly 119,000 Africans were caught trying to get to the EU last year on smugglers' boats departing from Libya, more than 42,000 from Turkey to Greece and another 23,000 heading from Algeria and Morocco to Spain, Fabrice Leggeri said.

"The pressure, the irregular migration pressure on our southern borders in the Mediterranean will remain at a very high level (in 2018)," Leggeri told a news conference.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
Civil servants are 'refusing to probe illegal immigrants' with some cases taking as long as EIGHT years
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 19 February 2018

Civil servants are refusing to help the Home Office investigate immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally, a report reveals.

Some Whitehall ministries outright 'refused requests' for information while others asked for a fee, according to the study by immigration watchdog David Bolt.

The Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration exposed the farce in a review of the Home Office's processes for reviewing and revoking a person's immigration, refugee or citizenship status.

Gaining indefinite leave to remain, asylum or British nationality gives a person the right to live in the country lawfully, but it can be withdrawn in several circumstances, including if they have obtained it fraudulently, been convicted of a serious crime or pose a threat to national security. Checks are mainly carried out by the Home Office's Status Review Unit (SRU).

At the end of March last year, it was dealing with 2,906 cases – an increase of 202 in six months. Of these, 864 were more than two years old and a further 875 had been in the in-tray for more than a year. ...

Mr Bolt found the Home Office's efforts to investigate suspected illegal immigrants was being thwarted by bureaucrats in other departments. ...

... It is understood the most obstructive departments were the Department for Work and Pensions and HM Revenue and Customs – which hold information on employment and tax records – and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
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CRIME – CHILDREN
'We must act before another child is killed': Warning over abuse linked to witchcraft and possession beliefs in UK
Lizzie Dearden
Independent, 19 February 2018

Thousands of children could be abused because relatives believe they are witches or possessed by evil spirits in Britain, it has been warned.

Experts fear another child will be murdered if efforts to prevent abuse linked to faith and belief are not urgently stepped up, following the horrific deaths of young victims including Kristy Bamu and Ayesha Ali.

The first ever Government statistics on the issue showed that witchcraft and possession were linked to almost 1,500 potential abuse cases across the UK in a single year but the figure is thought to be an underestimate.

"These beliefs are very real and on occasion people are going to take this to extremes where a child can be murdered," said Inspector Allen Davis, who leads the Metropolitan Police's response to the issue.

"There are a number of ways that an adult will try to rid the child of the evil they believe is within them.

"They might try to burn it out, cut it out, strangle it out, drowning can be involved, or starving and beating." ...

Insp Davis warned that abuse related to witchcraft and demons was being "hidden in plain sight" because it is not properly understood.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – AUSTRALIA
Tony Abbott repeats claim immigration cut will improve quality of life
Paul Karp
The Guardian, 19 February 2018

Tony Abbott has seized on Peter Dutton's claim that Australia needs to cut its migration intake and signalled he will renew his push to do so by linking migrant numbers to quality of living issues.

On Monday the former prime minister said he would make the case for cutting migration to improve "stagnant wages, unaffordable housing and clogged infrastructure" in a speech in Sydney on Tuesday. ...

Abbott said that immigration had averaged 110,000 a year for most of the life of the Howard government and since 2006 "it's been running at double that rate".

"That means every five years we are adding – by immigration alone – a city the size of Adelaide to our population."

Abbott said the level of immigration was "very, very high", "absolutely unprecedented by historical standards" and "on a per capita basis, vastly higher than any other developed country".

According to the parliamentary library, an average of 107,000 permanent migrants and people on humanitarian visas entered Australia a year between 1996 and 2006 compared with 190,000 a year from 2006 to 2016.

However, the average in the Howard government was weighed down by low results in the early years. By 2006-07, 161,217 people came to Australia on permanent or humanitarian visas, almost as high as during the Rudd and Gillard Labor governments and Abbott and Turnbull Coalition governments, when it ranged up to 200,000.

The net overseas migration figures were 114,000 a year between 1996 and 2006, and 220,000 a year from 2007 to 2015.

However, from 2006 onwards, estimates for net overseas migration included people who stayed in Australia for 12 months or more, who were added to the population. This means the figures after 2006 are boosted by temporary migrants who later become permanent residents or citizens.
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DIVERSITY – MANAGERIALISM
Diversity: A Managerial Ideology
Darel E. Paul
Quillette, 19 February 2018
[Darel E. Paul is Professor of Political Science at Williams College]

Diversity is the reigning social and political ideal of our age. It is the public ideology of the country's most powerful state and business institutions. To many it is the essence of American national identity and, in one of the favorite phrases of President Barack Obama, 'who we are' as a country.

Rather than simply a recognition of difference, diversity is a cultural, economic, and political project to both generate difference and to manage it. ...

While the rapid spread of affirmative action policies met a backlash in the late 1970s, this resistance was largely a white middle class revolt. Support never flagged among elites. ...

Justice Powell argued that "a diverse student body" was a worthy goal of any university which allowed the consideration of race in admissions. He justified this neither on the grounds of racial justice nor the amelioration of past or present discrimination, but on the grounds of diversity. Powell claimed that racial and ethnic diversity advanced the core intellectual mission of American higher education, namely "speculation, experiment and creation," "the interplay of ideas and the exchange of views," and an encounter of differing "ideas and mores of students as diverse as this Nation of many peoples." ...

Powell's endorsement of the so-called 'Harvard plan' as a constitutionally permissible and even preferable equal opportunity practice spread diversity throughout American higher education and the elite business sector. /.../ By the early 1990s, diversity had conquered Corporate America.

The country's managerial elite now rarely misses an opportunity to demonstrate commitment to diversity. ...

... In 2012 and again in 2015, 45 Fortune 100 firms argued that diversity is essential both for individual "success in the corporate world" as well as "business success" in "country and world economies that are increasingly diverse." ...

Business would have us believe its embrace of diversity is a straightforward matter of efficiency, productivity, and profitability. ...

But is there really a business case for diversity? While most corporations claim to be true believers, social science gives a decidedly mixed answer. That being said, the academic debate over diversity's impact on the bottom line is largely, well, academic. Managers embraced diversity long before any meaningful evidence existed for its positive effects. /.../ Whether diversity admissions practices even help their targets remains a matter of controversy. Despite all this uncertainty, higher education displayed total unity of purpose ... ...

... As an ideology and associated set of practices, diversity is attractive to managers and administrators because it is a particular version of the broader ideology of managerialism. ...

Thus managerial elites, whether in the private or public sector, have embraced diversity because it is a managerial ideology.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
Homeless former model who died yards from Parliament 'returned to the UK illegally after being jailed for sexually abusing a child and kicked out of the country TWICE'
Sarah White, Sebastian Murphy-Bates and Gerard Couzens
MailOnline, 18 February 2018

The homeless man who died yards from Parliament returned to the UK illegally after being jailed for sexually abusing a child and kicked out of the country, it was claimed today.

The former model from Portugal died in freezing temperatures just yards from the entrance to Parliament.

The man, named in his home country overnight as 35-year-old Marcos Amaral Gourgel, was a regular at an emergency shelter run by central London homelessness charity The Connection.

Portuguese government officials confirmed Marcos, who was of Angolan origin, had been deported in 2014 and 2016. ...

It was not made clear how the dead man, who is understood to have had dual Angolan and Portuguese nationality, managed to return to the UK.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – JAPAN
Japan accepted just 20 asylum seekers last year despite almost 20,000 applications
Alina Polianskaya
Independent, 17 February 2018

Japan has been accused of turning its back on asylum seekers, after it emerged that it accepted just 20 applications from a record 19,628 last year.

This is even less than 2016, despite the number of applicants continuing to rise. Then, 28 were successful from the 11,000 that applied for asylum.

For some time, asylum seekers with valid visas were able to work in Japan while their applications for refugee status were reviewed.

But the country's justice ministry, which oversees refugee recognition, has said people were taking advantage of the system.

Claiming people were applying for asylum just so they could work in the country, it changed the rules in January.

The alterations meant that only those considered to be bona-fide refugees were allowed to work. ...

The ministry said that the changes have led to a drop in applications for asylum, with the number of daily applicants falling by around 50 per cent from December to January. ...

In Japan, immigration is a controversial issue with many reluctant to accept immigrants as many pride themselves on cultural homogenity. Less than two per cent of the population are born outside of Japan – compared to around 20 per cent in the UK.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – JAPAN
The face of immigration is rapidly changing in Japan
Mark Schreiber
Japan Times, 17 February 2018

Over the past half decade, major changes have taken place in the demographics of foreign residents in Japan. Weekly Playboy's Dec. 18 issue devoted a four-page article to "Research into Vietnamese." Why Vietnamese? And why now?

"Their numbers in Japan have drastically increased," the magazine rationalizes. Up fourfold from five years ago, they grew by a remarkable 36.1 percent between 2015 and 2016. The Vietnamese population of 232,562 (as of end June 2017) has shot past Brazil to make them the fourth-largest nationality, and they may soon overtake the Philippines (251,934) for third place. ...

While not dwelling on negative aspects of immigration, Weekly Playboy doesn't pull any punches, noting that Vietnamese are already the Japan's top minority in one unenviable statistic: During 2015, their 2,556 violations of the criminal code exceeded the 2,390 cases by Chinese. ...

According to government figures, the number of legal foreign residents in Japan last year reached 2.47 million, or 1.95 percent of the total population. ...

It seems that while the government maintains the position that Japan is not open to immigration, according to definitions in use by some organizations, an immigrant is simply "a person who has resided in a foreign country for one year or longer." If that's the case, then according to data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, during 2015 Japan admitted approximately 400,000 immigrants – in substance if not in name – placing it fourth overall among advanced economies, behind Germany, the U.S. and the U.K.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – JEWS, MUSLIMS, FRANCE
Islamic Anti-Semitism in France: Toward Ethnic Cleansing
Guy Millière
Gatestone Institute, 16 February 2018

In France, anti-Semitic attacks have been multiplying.

Most are committed in broad daylight; Jews know they have to be street-smart. Some attackers break into Jewish homes. ...

Graffiti on Jewish-owned homes warn the owners to "flee immediately" if they want to live. Anonymous letters with live bullets are dropped into mailboxes of Jews, and state that the next bullet will be fired into the recipient's head. ...

... On the third anniversary of an attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris, another kosher store was torched and destroyed. ...

Those French Jews who can leave the country, leave.

Those who have not yet decided to leave or who do not have the financial means, move to safer neighborhoods. ...

The French Jewish community may still be the largest in Europe, but it is shrinking rapidly. In 2000, it was estimated at 500,000, but the number now is less than 400,000, and sinking. Jewish districts that once were thriving are now on the verge of extinction. ...

Without the Jews of France, France would no longer be France, said Former Prime Minister Manuel Valls in 2016. But he did not do anything.

Recently he said that he had done his best, that he could not have done more. ...

He added that in France, for at least two decades, all attacks against Jews in which the perpetrator has been identified have come from Muslims, and that the most recent attacks were no exception. ...

In France, telling the truth about Islamic anti-Semitism is dangerous. For a politician, it is suicidal.

French politicians, right or left, know that political correctness reigns, and that transgressing its unwritten rules leads to being excluded from the media and effectively ostracized. They know that some words cannot be used any more in France, and that "anti-racist" organizations ensure that no one can criticize Islam.

A new edition of a public school history textbook for the eighth grade explicitly states that in France it is forbidden to criticize Islam, and quotes a court decision to back up the claim. ...

Politicians also see that the country's 600 "no-go zones" are growing; that radicalized Muslims may kill, and that violent riots can break out at any time. In France, more than 500 people were murdered or maimed by Islamic terrorists in less than four years. ...

Although synagogues in France have not been attacked since 2014, they all are guarded around the clock by armed soldiers in bulletproof vests who are protected behind sandbags, as are Jewish schools and cultural centers.

Meanwhile, laws meant to punish anti-Semitic threats are now used to punish those who denounce the threats. ...

Recently, journalist Éric Zemmour observed that in Muslim neighborhoods, Muslims are now living "according to their own laws" and forcing non-Muslim people to leave. He was found guilty of "incitement" and fined. ...

Anti-Israel demonstrations support terrorism. People shout, "Death to the Jews," but those people are never arrested for "hate speech".
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
Ministers too 'politically correct' to enforce hijab policy in schools, former Ofsted boss warns
Kate McCann
Daily Telegraph, 15 February 2018

The Government is too politically correct to enforce rules on hijabs in schools, leaving teachers "alone, isolated and vulnerable", the former head of Ofsted has warned.

Sir Michael Wilshaw said a lack of formal policy from the Department for Education on whether children should be allowed to cover their heads in lessons has led to angry clashes.

He also highlighted concerns that there are 150 schools around the country which make it compulsory for children to wear hijabs, adding that "the country has enormously changed" and some communities hold very conservative views which cannot easily be challenged.

It follows a public outcry after a primary school in east London announced it was banning children from wearing hijabs but was forced to reverse the decision after complaints from parents. ...

Asked if a fear of being politically incorrect was stopping the Government from developing a national policy on hijabs in schools, he said: "Yes absolutely. There is a reticence, and it's leaving headteachers alone, isolated and vulnerable."
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TERRORISM – JIHADISTS, ISLAM
Europe will see increase in terror in 2018, as foreign Isil fighters 'return home with high-tech skills'
Josie Ensor and Raf Sanchez
Daily Telegraph, 14 February 2018

The terror threat to Europe will only increase this year, experts have warned, as growing numbers of foreign fighters return home with "high tech" weapons knowledge learned on the battlefield.

Scores of jihadists are expected to trickle back to the UK and the continent, bringing with them skills acquired in Syria and Iraq, such as the weaponising of drones and the industrialised manufacture of car bombs and IEDs, according to a new report from defence analysts Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Centre (JTIC).

"Foreign fighters returning to Europe will provide critical skills that will help an increasing number of operational Islamist networks conduct more complex attacks," Otso Iho, the report's author, said. ...

Several recent attacks on European soil have involved crude "low-capability" weapons, but the successful use of drones or car bombs by Islamist militants would mark a notable increase in the threat level, they say. ...

In addition to the immediate and direct security threat posed by returning foreign fighters, the report concluded that significant risk is likely to emerge through their potential to transform and radicalise existing Europe-based Islamist networks.
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TERRORISM – JIHADISTS, ISLAM
MI5 faces being overrun by dangerous Islamist radicals within two years when Britain's streets are hit by a perfect storm, report finds
Tom Newton Dunn
The Sun, 14 February 2018

MI5 faces being overrun by dangerous Islamist radicals within two years when Britain's streets are hit by a perfect storm, an alarming report has found.

Many extremists who are currently in jail across Europe for supporting and fighting for Daesh will be released between 2019 and 2023.

At the same time, the number of British jihadis returning home from Syria and Iraq will spiral as the terror movement is finally squeezed out of its remaining homelands.

On their return, jihadis are predicted to mushroom the threat again by going on to radicalise existing but currently non-violent Islamist networks here.

The disturbing analysis comes from Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Centre and IHS Markit. ...

Britain is particularly at risk from jihadis, Jane's also found, having the highest number of returned militants in Europe.
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BORDER CONTROLS
UK border and immigration system unprepared for Brexit - report
Reuters, 14 February 2018

Government delays, uncertainty and under-resourcing have left the British borders and immigration system unprepared for Brexit, according to a parliamentary report on Wednesday.

Lack of clarity over immigration intentions is creating anxiety for EU citizens in the UK and putting already overstretched immigration officials in an impossible position, it added.

"The government does not seem to appreciate the immense bureaucratic challenge they are facing or how much time and resources they need to plan on Brexit," it said.

The report by the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee criticised delays in publishing a so-called White Paper outlining the government's post-Brexit immigration plans. ...

Failure to set out detailed plans for the registration of foreign nationals and the transition period soon will make it impossible for immigration and border officials to do their job properly, it warned.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ITALY, SPAIN
Mediterranean migrant crossings to Italy double in a month
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 14 February 2018

The number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean to Italy doubled in a month to reach 4,800 in January, latest figures show.

Fighting near departure points in North Africa and poor weather were blamed for a dip in people-smuggling activities in December.

But the overall rate of arrivals is now in line with last year.

Data on "irregular border crossings" released by European border agency Frontex yesterday revealed Eritreans made up the largest group of migrants on the route, followed by Pakistanis and Tunisians. ...

In Spain the 1,300 arrivals detected last month was more than 20 per cent higher than a year ago.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
Birmingham man raked in thousands of pounds illegally helping asylum seekers enter UK
Charlotte Paxton
Birmingham Mail, 14 February 2018

A Birmingham man raked in thousands of pounds by illegally helping Iranian asylum seekers enter the UK using bogus papers. ...

On Tuesday Mahmoodi-Esfanjani, from Birmingham, was jailed for three years at Newport Crown Court.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – SWEDEN
Swedish pro-migration party admits: Costs of migrants are too high and will skyrocket
Voice of Europe, 14 February 2018

Sweden's Moderate Party wants a survey on the costs of immigration as they seem to spiral out of control.

The party, known for its pro-migration ideas, implicitly admits the costs are too high: "We have had a tendency not to talk about immigration costs. However, we wouldn't let another area increase in costs so dramatically without following up on it," Moderate Party member, Elisabeth Svantesson, said to Dagens Nyheter.

Sweden's total immigration costs for 2018 are estimated at 40 billion Swedish crowns (€4 billion). That's more than double the amount it spends on culture (€1.5 billion) and an amount close to how much the country spends on its military (€5.4 billion).

Svantesson said the costs of immigration could skyrocket in the future because the country's migrants have a "lower level of education".

Earlier Sweden's Moderate Party strongly supported migration. Sweden's former prime minister and then leader of the party, Fredrik Reinfeldt, said last year that immigration is "one of the best things that has happened to Sweden".
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IMMIGRATION – POPULATION GROWTH, AFRICA, MIDDLE EAST
The Oxfam scandal should not lead us into the blunder of cutting aid
William Hague
Daily Telegraph, 13 February 2018

... over the next 30 years more than half the growth in the world's population is expected to be on just one continent - Africa. On average, African countries look like doubling their populations very quickly indeed. Some will grow even faster - Nigeria's 190 million population today is expected to rise to 410 million by 2050.

Add to this a similar trend in many Middle Eastern nations, even while birth rates elsewhere in the world have fallen, and the net result is that we are entering an age in which most of the youngest and poorest people in the world will live close to Europe. When you consider that Germany's current political paralysis was largely caused by the reaction to the arrival of a million refugees, and that there are about to be 1.5 billion extra people in Africa and the Middle East, you can begin to imagine the implications. If we don't think ahead, this will be a century of rising nationalism and ethnic tensions across Europe in response to what is potentially the greatest migration humanity has ever known. That would severely affect Britain, even after we leave the EU.

Effective development aid is not the whole answer to this coming crisis but it is definitely a crucial part of it. The near-universal truth is that where standards of healthcare, vaccination, and nutrition are improved, people have fewer children. Good education and a strong role for women in work and society can have a similar effect. These are all objectives of our overseas aid.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – CHINESE, USA
The director of the FBI says the whole of Chinese society is a threat to the US – and that Americans must step up to defend themselves
Michal Kranz
Business Insider, 13 February 2018

FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday reiterated a commonly held view among US intelligence officials that China is seeking to become a global superpower through unconventional means – but he framed it as both a governmental and a societal threat to the US.

Speaking before the Senate Intelligence Committee alongside the heads of other US intelligence agencies, Wray said that to undermine the US's military, economic, cultural, and informational power across the globe, China was using methods relying on more than just its state institutions.

"One of the things we're trying to do is view the China threat as not just a whole-of-government threat, but a whole-of-society threat on their end," Wray said. "And I think it's going to take a whole-of-society response by us." ...

Wray pointed to China's use of unconventional intelligence sources as an example of its reach.

He said "collectors" – what the intelligence community calls people who collect intelligence on behalf of agencies or governments – had infiltrated US universities. ...

"They're exploiting the very open research-and-development environment that we have, which we all revere, but they're taking advantage of it," Wray said, adding that there was a "naiveté" among academics about the risks posed by foreign nationals at US universities.

The Institute of International Education found that US universities admitted more than 1 million international students in the 2015-16 school year, nearly 329,000 of which were Chinese students.
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IMMIGRATION – REGISTRATION, EU CITIZENS
Home Office chiefs fear they can't create a new immigration system by March 2019 as Theresa May overrules officials to insist free movement ends on Brexit day
Tim Sculthorpe
MailOnline, 12 February 2018

Home Office chiefs fear a new immigration system to track EU citizens for the first time will not be ready by March 2019.

The alarm comes after Theresa May overruled officials to insist free movements ends on Brexit Day.

The decision means that after March 29, 2019, the Home Office must be able to both register EU citizens already here for permanent residency and separately track new arrivals during the Brexit transition period.

Sources admitted to The Times the work on the new system had 'barely begun' and would 'almost certainly' not be ready in 14 months time. ...

Unpicking how to guarantee the status of three million people who already live in Britain before Brexit takes place has been a major headache in Whitehall.

In the negotiations, Britain has promised anyone who wants to stay will be allowed, subject to the same offer to Britons in Europe.

Last year the Home Office managed to issue 164,000 work visas to non-EU nationals. This figure will have to rise to around 400,000 when EU citizens need visas.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – EUROPEAN UNION
Migrant ghettos will become 'a nuclear bomb in the future' a top EU official warns
Danyal Hussain
MailOnline, 12 February 2018

A top European Union official has warned that migrant ghettos could become a 'nuclear bomb' of unrest and has urged the European Union to tackle the problem.

The EU has a war chest of £310 billion to spend by 2020 on its so-called cohesion policy as it tries to reduce inequality across the union.

European Commissioner for regional policy Corina Cretu says that the money is crucial to stop the segregation of migrants in harsh and dangerous ghettos.

Despite decades of spending on infrastructure in the poorer parts of Europe, the European Union is aiming to reduce inequality by pumping more money into countries in eastern and southern Europe.

Ms Cretu said that this is important for 'social integration'.

She told the Thomson Reuters Foundation this week at the World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: 'Social integration will be crucial in the years to come.

'If we allow ghettos or segregation of migrants, this will become a nuclear bomb in the future.'
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ASYLUM – ASYLUM SYSTEM
'A lottery': asylum system is unjust, say Home Office whistleblowers
Kate Lyons and Kirstie Brewer
The Guardian, 12 February 2018

The British asylum process is a lottery and many asylum interviews are rushed, biased and resolved by "cut and paste" decisions by overworked Home Office staff, whistleblowers have told the Guardian.

Former staff employed in deciding asylum claims said some colleagues had a harsh, even abusive, attitude towards applicants, mocking them to one another and employing "intimidation tactics" during interviews.

As a result, the whistleblowers said, the asylum system was in effect a lottery, depending on the personal views of the decision-maker who picked up the file. They said some staff took pride in rarely, if ever, granting asylum. ...

The latest revelations come a month after Home Office staff told the Guardian that the asylum directorate was in a "constant state of crisis" because of overworked staff and a huge backlog of around 50,000 cases.

The Guardian spoke to three former decision-makers or caseworkers. Each was employed at different regional offices and stopped working in these roles in 2016 or 2017.

All said they had tried to do their jobs fairly but struggled owing to productivity targets that one described as "ridiculously unrealistic".

Decision-makers are required to complete 225 interviews or decision reports a year.

"It affects the quality of the decisions," said one whistleblower. "By the time you have been through the photos, the file, the news reports, it's three o'clock and then you have to draft a report [a decision on someone's claim, which can often be more than 20 pages long]. Can you do that in two hours?" ...

The high turnover rate among staff made work difficult, all three told the Guardian.

A report published in November by the chief inspector of borders and immigration in November said the number of asylum decision-makers had fallen from 319 in January 2016 to 228 in July 2016. Numbers increased back to 352 by March 2017, but the report said more than a quarter of staff had quit over a six-month period.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – GERMANY
'Unaccompanied Minor Refugees' Costing Germans $70,000 Per 'Child' Annually
Dan Lyman
NewsWars, 12 February 2018

The monumental costs of providing for migrants in Germany who claim to be 'unaccompanied minors' have been revealed in a new report by Welt - just months after the German government admitted that nearly half of these so-called children are actually adults.

According to federal figures, the expense per 'child' migrant averaged approximately €50,000 ($61,000) nationally in 2017, with social services agencies in certain regions detailing that they had invested much more - over $70,000 per case. ...

It should be noted that the federal government, which has transformed Germany into a veritable beacon for economic migrants from the Third World under the leadership of Chancellor Angela Merkel, only covers a small portion of these expenses, leaving states and municipalities to come up with the lion's share. ...

The German government has disclosed that nearly half of 'unaccompanied minors' admitted into the country are actually over the age of 18. ...

"The term 'unaccompanied minor refugee' used for young migrants should not be taken literally; 43 percent are already grown according to official information," Leubecher reports. ...

The vast majority of migrants remain unemployed, and the German Federal Employment Agency recently admitted that at least 74% of 'refugees' are only fit for 'menial labor,' having no formal training or professional experience - or ability to communicate in German. ...

Germany's commissioner for immigration, refugees and integration told the Financial Times that he expects three-quarters of migrants to remain unemployed for at least five more years, and "for many others we will need up to 10."
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MULTICULTURALISM – DIVERSITY
Bristol scout leader expelled after comparing Muslim colleague to Star Wars villain Darth Vader
Michael Yong
Bristol Post, 12 February 2018

A senior scout leader who was expelled for criticising a Muslim colleague for wearing a niqab has launched a law suit against the Scout Association.

Brian Walker, an assistant Explorer Scout leader from Bristol, wrote to Scouting magazine to complain after it featured a Muslim leader who was also a scout leader. ...

Mr Walker told the Bristol Post he believed the scouting movement was "moving away from its Christian roots" and that it had become "fluffy".

But the association said "inclusivity is at the heart of modern scouting" and an important value to them.

The editor of the official magazine wrote back to say he disagreed with the letter, and Mr Walker was dismissed from the association four days later.

The district commissioner for Bristol South also told Mr Walker his views "did not reflect the inclusive nature of scouting" and that his membership would be cancelled with immediate effect. ...

Mr Walker, who served for 12 years in the military, said the association was "embracing everything except Christianity".
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EXTREMISM – ISLAM
Death of Democracy? - Part II
Denis MacEoin
Gatestone Institute, 12 February 2018

A blanket refusal to listen to serious concerns about Islam as an ideology and political enterprise stems from what is in many ways the most dangerous, yet unwitting, position taken by the middle ground. One loses track of the number of Western politicians and church leaders who blithely maintain that "Islam is a religion of peace" or who, when faced with jihadi terrorism, maintain that it "has nothing to do with Islam". A sort of paralysis engendered by a fear of being thought an "Islamophobe" makes it hard if not impossible for people in the public eye to admit that there is another truth, that has, unfortunately, been well known for centuries. ...

It is time for some home truths. Islam has been at war with the West for some 1,384 years, with very little respite. When Muslim Arab armies invaded Syria in 634, went on to destroy all but a rump of the Christian Byzantine empire (which it finally defeated when the Ottoman Turks conquered Constantinople in 1453), took control of Spain, Portugal, Sicily and other lands on the north Mediterranean coast, it was the start of endless jihad wars. These wars did not end during the centuries of the Barbary slave trade during which Christians were routinely snatched by Muslim pirates and sold in markets in Algiers and elsewhere on the North African coast. ...

Unfortunately, concluding that modern terrorism "has nothing to do with Islam" or that "Islam is a religion of peace" visibly contradicts the historical record. ...

Over the past three decades, Western societies have been rendered all but impotent in the face of ideologies that challenge their most basic values. ...

... Yet here we go, led by a politically correct intelligentsia, churches, and political parties, effectively handing over our civilization to people who hate it. ...

... If we are ever to save Western civilization and democracy, we must urgently rally our forces to stand up to all those who seek to trash it.
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IMMIGRATION – DETERRENCE
UK plans video campaign to deter African migrants
Ben Quinn
The Observer, 11 February 2018

A viral video campaign using the testimonies of migrants in Libya to discourage others from making the perilous journey to the north African country – and then on to Europe – is to be launched by the Home Office as part of official attempts to tackle migration from "source" countries.

Vox pop interviews with migrants from countries including Eritrea, Nigeria and Sudan will be filmed in Libya before the material is used at events in east and west Africa and distributed online.

The UK's foray into using this tactic follows the example of Denmark, which placed advertisements in Lebanese newspapers aimed at deterring potential migrants, and Germany, which paid for billboards in Afghanistan with a similar message.

However, an expert on migration at the UK's leading development thinktank said evidence suggests that "awareness campaigns" have little or no impact on the decision-making of would-be migrants and are more about being able to tell voters at home: "We are doing something."

"The information just does not filter through because people decide on the basis of what they hear from family and friends – people they trust – rather than foreign governments," said Jessica Hagen-Zanker, research fellow for migration at the Overseas Development Institute. ...

She said that a better approach would be to make the journeys safer and open up paths for legal migration. ...

More than 180,000 people attempted the crossing to Europe from the Libyan coast in 2016, representing 50% of all attempted crossings. Although numbers fell back to 120,000 in 2017 there has been a sharp rise in numbers since the new year.
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POLITICS – PUBLIC OPINION, BREXIT
What the public think about immigration
Professor John Curtice
The UK in a Changing Europe, 10 February 2018

Immigration was a key issue in the EU referendum.

The vote was held against the backdrop of, by historical standards, relatively high levels of net inward migration. Polls suggested that well over half thought that immigration would fall if the UK left the EU, and that around 70% of those who held that view voted Leave. ...

... But eighteen months on, do voters still expect immigration to fall, and do they want freedom of movement to end?

There is little sign that voters' expectations of what will happen to immigration have markedly changed.

... on the four occasions a survey instigated by this author using NatCen's mixed mode random probability panel has addressed the issue, around two in five have consistently said they expect immigration to be lower as a result of leaving the EU. Other readings suggest that expectation is even more widespread.

In six polls conducted by YouGov since the June 2017 general election, on average 52% have said they expect less immigration as a result of Brexit, not far short of the 56% registered on average in five polls conducted during the referendum campaign itself. ...

... Remain voters are not necessarily uninterested in proposals to reduce EU migration. ...

... in the most recent NatCen survey, three-quarters of Remain voters said the UK should be willing to accept free movement in return for free trade, while two-thirds of Leave voters took the opposite view.

Although many Remain voters might ideally like to see an end to freedom of movement, they do not necessarily regard it as a priority.

But in so far as the UK government is seeking in the Brexit talks to reflect the views expressed by the majority who voted to Leave, it seems there are still good reasons why ending freedom of movement should remain one of its negotiating priorities.
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE
The Immigration Health Surcharge must be revised or abolished – not tinkered with
J Meirion Thomas
Conservative Home, 9 February 2018
[J. Meirion Thomas is a former Professor of Surgery and Consultant Surgeon in the NHS]

I have previously described the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) on this site as "a rotten deal for the NHS, patients and taxpayers". This week, the Department of Health has announced a desperate last-minute rescue plan in an attempt to avoid an embarrassing, if inevitable failure of its Cost Recovery Programme.

... a report commissioned by the Government in 2013 /.../ estimated the cost of treating non-EU citizens in the NHS as £736 per person per year. ...

But, of even greater risk to the taxpayer, the IHS did not exclude pre-existing illnesses, as would happen in any application for a commercial travel or health insurance policy. ...

I argued at the time that the IHS was creating an obvious loophole for health tourists to exploit, and this has happened. It has become the legal way for health tourists from outside the EU to access NHS care. ...

In response to this policy failure, last June's Conservative Manifesto promised that the IHS would be trebled to £600/£450 if the party was re-elected: a promise the new Governmenr was forced to drop. And his week, the Department of Health announced that the IHS will be doubled to £400/£300 from "later this year". They have recalculated the spend on surcharge payers as £470 per person per year, down from £736 as predicted by PREDERI in 2013. Really?

In truth, neither of these estimates is evidence-based. ...

By April, the IHS will have been law for three years, and about 1.4 million non-EU migrants and students will have been given unlimited access to the NHS for a pittance. The real risk to the taxpayer is that the IHS does not exclude pre-exiting illnesses and that must change as a matter of urgency. Otherwise this flawed policy should be abolished and replaced by compulsory travel insurance as is expected of British citizens travelling abroad.
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MULTICULTURALISM – CIVILISATION, IDEOLOGY, ISLAM
'The Fight of Our Lives': New Documentary Examines the Threats Facing the West
Mark Tapson
Truth Revolt, 9 February 2018

"Civilizations, empires, great powers, can fall apart very fast. Collapse can come suddenly, like a thief in the night. And we should be very wary of assuming that our civilization, the civilization of the early 21st century West, will oblige us by declining gradually."

That warning from noted historian Niall Ferguson is the opening and the theme of the vital new documentary The Fight of Our Lives: Defeating the Ideological War Against the West from filmmaker Gloria Z. Greenfield. ...

... her latest documentary, which features compelling observations and insights from well-known historians, journalists, and thinkers such as Niall Ferguson, Victor Davis Hanson, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Alan Dershowitz, Melanie Phillips, Bruce Thornton, Raymond Ibrahim, Brooke Goldstein, Ibn Warraq, Alan West, and many more respected commentators from academia, human rights organizations, and think tanks. ...

The Fight of Our Lives addresses the various internal and external threats facing Western civilization today, and cautions that if we don't recognize these grave dangers now and rouse ourselves to resist and overcome them, then it is no hyperbole to say that the West as we know it will come to – as Ferguson warned – a swift and inexorable end.

The film groups topics into seven "chapters": "Utopian Masks" (about the subversive internal threats of cultural relativism and multiculturalism), "Crumbling Towers" (on the political radicalization of the university), "Weaponizing Identity" (on the gender and race conflicts that have sprung up with the rise of identity politics), "Breaching the Gates" (on the threat of global Islamic supremacism in the West, whether through terrorism or subversion), "People of the Book" (regarding the Islamic persecution and genocide of Christians and Jews), and "Durable Values" (on the assaults against the values that have made the West great, such as the freedom of speech). It concludes with a chapter on "Standing Up," which exhorts us, the heirs of the Western tradition, to push back against our enemies and defend our heritage and our future.

Niall Ferguson speaks on the cultural consequences of the recent tsunami of migrants and purported refugees from Muslim countries into Europe, the heart of what used to be called Christendom. That civilization, he claims, may not be around by the end of the century – or it may have changed so much that it's unrecognizable. ...

But we are facing a more significant threat by way of a subversive ideological assault. "The threat from within comes from the people who want to undermine the basis of Western civilization," says journalist Melanie Phillips. ...

The influence of multiculturalism, as historian Victor Davis Hanson and The Lawfare Project's Brooke Goldstein point out, has resulted in a moral relativism and a chilling effect on free speech, as any criticism of non-Western cultures is now deemed to be hate speech. ...

The Hoover Institution's Ayaan Hirsi Ali and TBN host and terrorism expert Erick Stakelbeck, among others, discuss the danger of refusing to identify Islam as a supremacist ideology intent on destroying the West and establishing a worldwide caliphate in its place.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – VIOLENCE, SWEDEN
Violent crime in Sweden is soaring. When will politicians act?
Paulina Neuding
The Spectator, 10 February 2018

January was a particularly violent month in Sweden. ...

For Swedes, this has become a familiar theme. Gun violence is on the rise, with daylight shootings and without regard for bystanders. In the past nine years, reported and attempted murders involving guns have almost doubled. According to Swedish police, hand-grenade attacks (which were virtually unknown until a few years ago) are without parallel in countries not at war.

... Stockholm police recently put a figure on it: less than £890 can buy you five automatic weapons and ammunition with 64 hand grenades as a sweetener. ...

Yet it's still hard for Swedish authorities to be frank about what's going on. It's widely known that gang members are mainly first- and second-generation immigrants, and problems are rampant in what police euphemistically refer to as 'vulnerable areas'. Thus the gang wars serve as a constant reminder of Sweden's failed migration and integration policies. This is a problem for the government (and even the opposition) in a country that prides itself on being a 'humanitarian superpower'. And yet politicians, in government and opposition, seem particularly concerned that violence in immigrant suburbs is a PR problem, a threat to the image of Sweden, and that the remedy is spin. ...

Paramedics and firefighters are not the only ones who have to take precautions before entering 'vulnerable areas'. The Stockholm suburb of Tensta had free parking for months, after the area was deemed too dangerous for traffic wardens to enter. The Swedish Postal Service has for periods of time not been delivering packages to a crime-ridden neighbourhood in central Malmö. A number of public libraries have had to reduce their opening hours or even close temporarily in response to harassment by gangs of youths. ...

The Prime Minister's wavering shows what happens when you fail to integrate immigrants and instead tolerate the creation of a society within a society: the police are unable to protect or to gather proper knowledge of these new communities full of people who tend not to speak the language. ...

... Dan Eliasson, departing head of the national police, complains that investigations are made difficult because no one will talk to the police. The kind of social contract between state and society that leads citizens to help the authorities is not working in those parts of Sweden where police are seen as the enemy.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – MURDER, NETHERLANDS
Price tag on Amsterdam assassinations as low as €3,000: police chief
Janene Pieters
NL Times, 8 February 2018

The Amsterdam police are very concerned about the type of perpetrators involved in assassinations in the city. They often involve young amateurs, who will kill someone for as little as 3 thousand euros, Amsterdam police chief Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg said to local broadcaster AT5 while discussing a recent shooting in which 17-year-old Mohammed Bouchikhi was killed at a community center on Grote Wittenburgerstraat.

"In the 80's and 90's, professional hitmen from abroad came here for 50 thousand euros. In recent years we see young boys from Amsterdam. And that could well be the case in this case." the police chief said. "We sometimes now hear amounts of between 3 thousand euros and 5 thousand euros for an assassination. And with that, the amateurism, the uncontrollability and the brutality of the violence are a new concern for us." ...

Aalbersberg also said that gang-related assassinations take up a lot of the Amsterdam police's capacity, leaving them little time for other cases. "We are dealing with assassinations for 60 to 70 percent, and for the rest mainly with radicalization and terrorism investigations."

This leaves little time for tackling large-scale drug trafficking, for example.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – PUBLIC OPINION, ITALY
Vast Majority of Under-35 Italians Now Oppose Mass Migration
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 8 February 2018

A poll has revealed that 65 per cent of Italians under the age of 35 are against mass migration with some wanting to limit the number of migrants flowing into the country while others want the rate reduced to zero.

The poll, conducted by polling firm Ixè, shows that Italian youth are less and less positive about mass migration into the country with only 35 per cent saying they approved of it. Forty per cent of the respondents said that they wanted much stricter controls on migrant flows while 20 per cent claimed to want migration stopped entirely, La Stampa reports.

President of Ixè Roberto Weber said that the results in the older age groups are even more starkly against mass migration.
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MULTICULTURALISM – BIRTH DEFECTS
Muslim inbreeding dragging Britain back to the 19th century
Bryan Fischer
Cowger Nation, 8 February 2018

Britain is seeing an alarming spike in birth defects, defects they have not seen since the end of the 19th century. There is a one-word explanation: Islam.

The resurgence of these birth defects is due to the prevalence of first cousin marriages in the Muslim community, particularly among immigrants from Pakistan. Such marriages are legal in Britain, to be sure, but by the late 1800s the risk of birth defects in the children of such unions had become so common and so widely known that the practice virtually vanished. ...

Pakistani parents in Britain are responsible for 3.4% of all births in England, yet shockingly account for 30% of all children born with recessive gene disorders. This is because the acceptability of first-cousin marriages is engrained in Muslim culture. In Bradford, 55% of all Pakistanis are married to their first cousins.

Even though Pakistanis represent just 15% of Bradford's population, Bradford has the second highest number of infant deaths in England, and Pakistani parents are 13 times more likely than the general population to have children with birth disorders. (This according to a study by St. Luke's Hospital in Bradford.) ...

There are no quick fixes, which means the U.K. will continue to labor under this burden for decades to come. ...

In the worldwide Muslim community, first-cousin marriage rates routinely run as high as 50%, while the rate is about 1% in Europe and 0.2% in the U.S.
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM
Death of Democracy? - Part I
Denis MacEoin
Gatestone Institute, 7 February 2018

For many complex reasons, Europe is in an advanced state of decline. In recent years, several important studies of this condition have appeared, advancing a variety of reasons for it: Douglas Murray's The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam, James Kirchik's The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age, as well as Christopher Caldwell's ground-breaking 2010 study, Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam and the West. ...

Countless polls and investigations reveal that refusal to integrate is no figment of the supposedly "Islamophobic" political "right". A 2006 poll carried out by ICM Research on behalf of the Sunday Telegraph, for example, presented worrying findings: 40% of British Muslims polled said they backed introducing shari'a law in parts of Britain, and only 41% opposed it, leaving another 20% unclear. ...

Polls carried out in other countries across Europe showed similar or worse results.

Those are only one half of a more complicated and disturbing picture. While Muslims find it hard to abandon the prejudices, doctrines, and outright hatreds (for Jews, for example) that they have imported from their home countries – or developed as young men and women while living in European states where they were born and raised – vast numbers of non-Muslims, including politicians, church leaders, civil servants, policemen and women, and many well-meaning people bend over backwards to accommodate them and the demands they make on their host societies.

It would take a book to summarize all the episodes in which Western officialdom, notably in Europe, has abandoned its own historical values in order to protect Islam and radical Muslims from criticism and rebuke. ...

Last October, it was reported that Queen's Counsel Max Hill, who acts as the British government's independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, argued that British fighters for Islamic State, who had returned or planned to return to the UK, should not be prosecuted but reintegrated into society on the grounds that they had acted "naively". This lenience extended to hate preachers who had given sermons and lectures exhorting Muslims to take direct action that has in the past led to actual terrorist attacks. ...

We now therefore use double standards: one for Muslims and one for the rest of our population. On January 16, 2018, in England, Daniel Grundy, was jailed for six months on a charge of bigamy. However, Muslim men in polygamous marriages are rewarded by the state: ...

Actually, British Muslim men do not even have to go abroad to find wives. At least one Muslim dating site run from the UK offers contact with Muslim women who are eager to enter into polygamous marriages. It has not been closed down. The British government has shown itself incapable of enforcing its own laws when it comes to its Muslim citizens or new immigrants. ...

Rather than stand up to our enemies, both external and internal, are we now so afraid of being called "Islamophobes" that we will sacrifice even our own cultural, political, and religious strengths and aspirations?
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – HERITAGE, ISDLAM, SWEDEN
Sweden Appoints Pakistani Muslim Head of National Heritage Board
Robert Spencer
FrontPage Mag, 7 February 2018

Qaisar Mahmood, a Muslim born in Pakistan, is the new head of the Swedish National Heritage Board. This is an extremely anomalous appointment, since he readily admits that he has not read anything about Sweden's cultural heritage. But his new job is not really about preserving and protecting Sweden's cultural heritage and historical sites at all.

... He says he doesn't want simply to alert people to Viking artifacts and the like, but to use Sweden's history to "create the narrative" that will make Muslim migrants "part of something."

We have already seen how that works. Remember the fake news story about the Viking burial cloth bearing the word "Allah"? ...

The "Allah" Viking burial cloth propaganda offensive was one manifestation of what Qaisar Mahmood and others like him are doing. ...

Qaisar Mahmood, as a Pakistani, of course has no Swedish heritage of his own. His admitted lack of knowledge of Swedish heritage and history ought to have disqualified him from his position, but this is how Sweden is obliterating itself and committing cultural and national suicide. ...

It also must be remembered in connection with Qaisar Mahmood's role as head of the Swedish National Heritage Board that the Qur'an suggests that ruins are a sign of Allah's punishment of those who rejected his truth: ...

This is one of the foundations of the Islamic idea that pre-Islamic civilizations, and non-Islamic civilizations, are all jahiliyya – the society of unbelievers, which is worthless. Obviously this cuts against the idea of tourism of ancient sites and non-Muslim religious installations such as are found all over Sweden.
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DIVERSITY – USA
University to spend $121 million on diversity efforts – and maybe more in two years
Christian Montoya
The College Fix, 7 February 2018

Last fall, Columbia University pledged to spend an extra $100 million on diversity efforts over five years.

Not content to play second fiddle on diversity spending, American University is spending even more, even faster.

The private university in Washington, D.C., plans to shell out $121 million in the next two years on its "Plan for Inclusive Excellence."

That includes a mandatory full-year course for all freshmen starting this fall, The American University Experience. ...

AUx is part of a pot of $7 million in funding for fiscal year 2018 that also covers academic centers, faculty development and programs "specifically designated to advance access, equity, and inclusion," according to the plan.

The other $53 million this fiscal year will go toward diversity-oriented institutional scholarships. Next fiscal year's $61 million is less specified. The plan simply says it will cover "investments in diversity, equity, and inclusion." ...

Beyond AUx, the curriculum goal includes the ongoing work of the new Antiracist Policy and Research Center /.../ and the buildout of the new African American and African diaspora major.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ISLAM, GERMANY
Former open-border activist denounces mass immigration
Free West Media, 6 February 2018

In 2015, Rebecca Sommer "wanted to help everyone and truly believed that all these people were fleeing hell and were in a state of complete distress", she told the Polish weekly magazine Do Rzeczy.

The refugee aid association Arbeitsgruppe Flucht + Menschen-Rechte (AG F+M) [Working Group Asylum + Human Rights] she founded in 2012, had almost 300 volunteers who were giving German courses to the new arrivals in 2015.

..."I thought their medieval view was going to change with time... but after having seen these situations occur repeatedly and observing what was happening around me, as a volunteer, I have had to recognise that the Muslim refugees have grown up with values that are totally different, they have undergone brainwashing from childhood on and are indoctrinated by Islam and absolutely do not intend to adopt our values. Worse, they regard we infidels with disdain and arrogance."

She also speaks of her great disappointment when she realized how a group of "refugees" she had personally helped and believed to be her friends practiced taqqiya with her. ...

Sommer says she is not the only one confronted with the open-border reality, and said that many other volunteers also ultimately had to face the obvious.

There are now far fewer volunteers ready to work with the new arrivals in Germany. She warned that these Muslim immigrants posed a threat to the German way of life, and that this will get worse with family reunification as it would further inflate their numbers.

According to her, many Germans she knows, now want to emigrate to Poland because they had have enough. ...

In her interview for euroislam.pl, the former pro-refugee activist says that contempt for Western lifestyles and for women are not expressed only by practicing Muslims, but the majority of those who grew up in Muslim culture. ...

Political Islam is present everywhere, including in the government, in political parties, in the police and schools, she complained.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ITALY
Former Italian PM Berlusconi calls immigration a 'social bomb ready to explode in Italy' as he pledges to deport 600,000 illegal migrants if he's re-elected
Alex Green
MailOnline, 6 February 2018

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has pledged to deport 600,000 illegal migrants if he is re-elected.

Warning of a 'social time bomb ready to explode', the 81-year-old said in a TV interview his centre-right coalition would remove those who 'do not have the right to stay'.

'Immigration has become an urgent question, because after years with a leftwing government, there are 600,000 migrants who don't have the right to stay,' he said.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – DEPORTATION, ITALY
Italian right's election promise to deport migrants will be hard to keep
Steve Scherer
Reuters, 6 February 2018

The leaders of Italy's right-wing parties have pledged to deport hundreds of thousands of migrants if they win the March 4 parliamentary election, a promise that may win votes but will be hard to keep.

A centre-right coalition that includes former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia (Go Italy!) and the anti-immigrant League is leading in opinion polls, in part because of their hardline on immigration.

Surveys show Italians are increasingly uneasy after more than 600,000 migrants reached Italian shores by boat in four years. ...

But the reality is that deportations are expensive, time consuming and complex.

It would take years to repatriate those irregular migrants already living in Italy and thousands continue to arrive each month, mostly by boat from North Africa. ...

"If we wanted to repatriate 600,000 irregular migrants, and we could send 200 per working day, it would take more than 15 years," said Senator Luigi Manconi, a member of the ruling Democratic Party (PD) who next month will take charge of the country's anti-racism office.

The cost of deportations is high. Forced returns require that migrants be put in detention centres before departure, planes must be chartered and wages paid - two guards for each migrant.

In 2016, the repatriation of 29 Tunisians from Italy cost 115,000 euros (£102,049). On average, repatriations conducted jointly with EU border agency Frontex cost 6,500 euros each, an EU observer study found last year.

Italy has bilateral agreements with 24 non-European countries allowing for returns, but migrants often avoid being identified or countries refuse to recognise them as citizens.
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POPULATION PRESSURE – TRAFFIC JAMS
Britain among world's worst for traffic jams
Graeme Paton
The Times, 6 February 2018

Britain has been named among the ten most gridlocked countries in the world with motorists spending 31 hours a year stuck in peak-time traffic.

A study of congestion found that traffic in the UK was growing worse compared with other countries, costing the average driver £1,168 per year in fuel and lost time.

Britain is the worst country for traffic in western Europe and the tenth most congested globally, up one place from last year.
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DIVERSITY – USA
Robert Putnam Distorts His Own Diversity Research
Jason Richwine
National Review, 6 February 2018

In last week's column arguing against restricting immigration, David Brooks writes:



What about the rise of social distrust? Restrictionists often cite a 2007 Robert Putnam study finding that more diversity leads to less trust. But Putnam tells me they are distorting his research. He found that diversity's benefits outweigh its disadvantages, that trust declines over the short term as places grow more diverse, but that over the long term Americans find new ways to boost social solidarity.



Putnam made the same "distortion" claim in a letter to the Wall Street Journal last year. It was just as disingenuous then as it is now. In fact, Putnam himself is the one distorting his research, by attempting to elevate his personal speculation (that diversity brings long-term net benefits) to the level of his data analysis (that shows diversity causes significant present-day problems).

To elaborate, the substance of Putnam's 2007 paper is an analysis of his Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey. He shows that ethnic diversity is associated with reduced trust even after controlling for a long list of socioeconomic variables. The analysis is thorough and valuable, but it captures just one moment in time. It cannot tell us whether the effect on trust occurs only "over the short term," or whether we will "find new ways to boost social solidarity." Furthermore, Putnam never identifies positive effects of diversity from his own data – although an arguable exception is greater interest in politics – and he certainly never uses his data to address the question of whether "diversity's benefits outweigh its disadvantages." Indeed, Putnam's data analysis section reads as a relentless, unsparing critique of diversity, with no promise of a long-run turnaround. Uncomfortable with the implications of the data analysis, Putnam sandwiches it between misdirection and speculation. The misdirection comes at the beginning, in the form of a short list of reasons he believes ethnic diversity is a "valuable national asset." Almost nothing on his list is about ethnic diversity per se. /.../ The speculation comes at the end, when Putnam offers his hope that U.S. Army integration, megachurches, and intermarriage among European ethnics are signs that the U.S. will eventually overcome the challenges of diversity. That's it for the long-term – no hard evidence, just speculation.
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE
Charges for migrants to use NHS will double to raise millions for the health service
Laura Donnelly
Daily Telegraph, 5 February 2018

Charges for migrants to use the NHS will be doubled, under plans which ministers say will raise hundreds of millions of pounds for the health service.

Currently those seeking to live in the UK for six months or more are charged a £200 annual surcharge, exempting them from charges paid by temporary overseas visitors.

Ministers will today announce plans to increase this to £400 a year, which they say more closely matches the amount such patients actually cost the NHS. ...

"By increasing the surcharge so that it better reflects the actual costs of using health services, this Government is providing an extra £220 million a year to support the NHS."

Ministers have pledged to recoup £500m a year from overseas patients by 2017/18.

Recent measures include pledges to enforce "upfront" charges for temporary visitors, after efforts to chase bills after treatment had limited success.

Latest figures show £358 million was collected from overseas patients in 2016/17, including £210m from the immigration health surcharge.

The surcharge is paid when immigration applications are made. Those paying it are then exempt from NHS charges for treatment which temporary visitors have to pay. ...

The Department of Health and Social Care estimates that the NHS spends £470 on average per person per year on treating surcharge payers.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – VIOLENCE, GERMANY
German Politicians 'Alarmed' at Scale of Anti-Christian Hate Attacks
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 5 February 2018

Hate crime figures leaked by police in Germany have caused alarm, as they revealed murder, assault, and arson numbering among almost 100 attacks which targeted Christians in 2017.

Published by the Funke media group several months before annual crime statistics are due to be officially released, the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) data showed attacks on churches and Christian symbols accounted for a quarter of the 97 cases.

At least 14 of the cases in the report involved asylum seekers and refugees, including the murder of an Afghan Christian convert by a fellow Afghan in May last year which prompted politicians to urge the BKA to record "anti-Christian crimes" separately for the first time.

Ansgar Heveling, interior policy spokesman for Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, called the figures "alarming" and argued that the state "has a responsibility to punish these attacks severely and consistently... [as] anti-Semitic attacks are rightly being tackled". ...

Berthold Löffler, a political science professor at the University of Ravensburg-Weingarten, ...

Stating the BKA figures are likely "only the tip of the iceberg" with regards to the number of anti-Christian attacks taking place in Germany, Löffler writes: "One can confidently assume that the mainstream media would much rather report on Islamophobic incidents and xenophobic crimes committed by ethnic Germans."
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MISCELLANEOUS – FREE SPEECH, UNIVERSITIES
The new blasphemies on campus
Tom Slater
Spiked, 5 February 2018

Today spiked launches the Free Speech University Rankings 2018, our fourth annual analysis of campus censorship in the UK academy, and it makes for grim reading: 55 per cent of the 115 universities and students' unions we survey are this year ranked Red under our traffic-light rankings system, meaning they actively censor speech and ideas.

This marks a dip in Reds from last year. But policies dictating what can and can't be said on campus are still becoming more severe in many areas. ...

... We also found that 48 per cent of institutions have policies which warn against insulting faith groups or offending religious sensibilities. ...

What's more, when it comes to who is being censored on campus, it isn't even just provocateurs, coming to campus to stir up controversy – it's students themselves. ...

The fracas at the University of the West of England in Bristol on Friday night, in which anti-fascist protesters tried to disrupt a speech by Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, shouting 'no platform for fascists' and scuffling with his supporters, reminds us that student activism remains thoroughly intolerant.
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM, LONDON
Islamic London: "Run, Hide, Tell"
Daniel Pipes
Gatestone Institute, 5 February 2018

To understand the development of Islam in Western countries, I make a habit of visiting Muslim-majority areas such as Lakemba in Australia, Lodi in California, and Lunel in France. But London, England, is unique in the extent of its Islamic impress.

Muslim-majority areas typically consist of poor, unattractive housing projects, remote from the city center, which long ago were abandoned by their original indigenous, working-class populations. They often feature men sitting around cafes and women cooped up at home. They suffer from a range of social pathologies, including unemployment, criminal gangs, and drug-trafficking.

London too has such areas, and they are very large; ...

... the Muslim presence is implicit in the intense, pervasive, and depressing security measures installed against jihadi threats of violence. These range from signs urging "Run, Hide, Tell," to bollards, barriers, and gates.

Especially evident are the many protective measures installed in March 2017, immediately after a violent Islamist, Khalid Masood, killed five people on Westminster Bridge. ...

Nor are bollards, barriers, and gates unique to London. In Birmingham, for instance, the Christmas Market featured the familiar yellow gates (complete with helpful entrance and exit markers). ...

More than any other major Western city, London bears an Arabic, Middle Eastern, and Islamic impress, from its mayor to its commercial real estate market. I wish I were optimistic about the outcome of this experiment, as the majority of the English population remain even today.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – CALAIS, FRANCE
Border treaty blamed for Calais migrant surge that has led to violence
Mark Townsend
The Observer, 4 February 2018

A sudden surge of refugees arriving in Calais is stoking new tensions between migrant communities and led to the mass brawl and multiple shootings that shocked France last week.

There has been a 25% increase in the number of migrants heading for the French port, placing pressure on food handouts and increasing competition for routes into the UK.

Migrants and charities blamed the rapid increase on a recent border treaty between France and the UK, which raised "false hopes" that it would be easier to reach Britain.

The treaty, signed by President Emmanuel Macron and Theresa May a fortnight ago, promised to accelerate the processing of migrants in the port city and was heralded as "a more humane approach". ...

Griffiths said that following the border treaty announcement the charity recorded the arrival of 200 migrants entering Calais from surrounding locations in northern France and Paris, bringing the total within the port to around 800.

François Guennoc, vice-president of the Calais charity L'Auberge des Migrants, said the UK-France border agreement had caused chaos.
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IMMIGRATION – PUBLIC OPINION, ANGLICANS
Majority of Anglicans want immigration levels 'reduced'
Christian Today, 4 February 2018

Regular churchgoers have more a positive opinion of immigration than the general population.

But those who describe themselves as Anglican overall, including those who do not necessarily attend regularly, are more negative about the current levels of immigration.

New research on attitudes to immigration reported on BBC Breakfast and BBC Radio 4's Sunday programme, found that nearly nine in ten people, 87 per cent, who describe themselves as Anglicans believe immigration to the UK should be reduced.

According to the research, from an analysis of British Social Atttudes surveys by researchers at the University of Bristol, 66 per cent of Anglicans who go to church regularly oppose current levels of immigration. Among Christians who do not go to church, the number is 86 per cent.

This compares to just 77 per cent of people with no religion who think immigration should be cut.
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POLITICS – BREXIT
Government is set to delay release of VITAL immigration document
Belinda Robinson
Daily Express, 3 February 2018

The Government is set to delay publication of a crucial document outlining its immigration policy until months before the country officially leaves the European Union in March 2019.

Originally scheduled to be published last summer, the document's release date will now be pushed back even further while the Government seeks advice from the Migration Advisory Committee on how best to overhaul the country's immigration system. ...

Mrs May is also handling the contentious topic of whether or not to include the number of overseas students in the UK's net migration figures.

So far, she has made it clear that she will continue to resist pressure to remove overseas students from immigration figures.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – BELGIUM
Belgian Senator: Multiculturalist Elites Manipulated Stats to Transform Society with Mass Migration
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 3 February 2018

Elites brought about a "profound transformation" of Belgian society without any public debate by manipulating immigration figures as more than one million migrants poured in, a liberal senator has alleged.

Writing in Le Figaro, Alain Destexhe said the realities of demographic change are being concealed across Europe by "the multiculturalist lobby which dominates universities, NGOs, public institutions and the media".

"Like France, Belgium has changed dramatically in a relatively short time, and was transformed into a mass immigration nation without any public debate," he said, noting that its population rose from 10.2 million to 11.3 million in a relatively short period as a result of mass migration. ...

"Yet this statistical reality has been concealed from the population," writes Destexhe, a doctor who spent a decade serving regions struck by war and natural disaster, and was appointed Médecins Sans Frontières's first secretary-general. ...

In his essay for the French broadsheet, the Reformist Movement senator details a number of methods by which he says immigration data is manipulated to keep Belgians in the dark, and thereby prevent any open debate over the "exponential consequences" migration is having on the small country's demographics.

"Even Eurostat, the EU's official statistics agency, blithely mixes data and ideology," he said, pointing to its annual immigration reports, which claim mass migration is "good for Europe" and that the continent needs more of it. ...

Already one of Europe's most densely populated nations, Belgium's population is set to grow by another couple of million in the coming decades – yet this phenomenon is never publicly linked to mass migration, Destexhe points out, asserting it is only ever presented as a "demographic boom". ...

Declaring it urgent that Europeans "at least become aware of the gravity of the situation", Destexh ends his essay with a call for "the unvarnished presentation of statistics and a debate on their consequences".
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MULTICULTURALISM
Why "Open Borders" is a Dangerous Idea
George Gallatin
Quillette, 3 February 2018

From my point-of-view, mass migration is the singular challenge of the 21st century. This is because it is a meta-issue that will affect our response to every other challenge. This is due to the fact that as mass migrations change demography, they may also affect changes in host nations' cultures and political economies. ...

While we do not yet know the vector, the titanic, high velocity migration the West is currently experiencing will cause profound changes. ...

The open borders philosophy is wrong, because, like the failed ideologies of the past century, it doesn't account for unpleasant facts about human nature and society. The truth Communism missed is that human beings prefer self-interest to compelled altruism. The truth open borders advocates miss is that human societies are tribal.

The fundamental human social skill is the formation of groups that act with shared intentionality. The skill to coordinate intentions is what enabled our ancestors to form sophisticated social coalitions that outcompeted lower primates. ...

The challenge of heterogeneity is that it pre-loads divisions into society. Sometimes those differences can be overcome through inter-communal dialogue and good government. But, all too often when intentions differ, and tribes inevitably rise, differences in religion, language, and custom are the contours around which factions organize.

This is not to say that ethno-racial or cultural difference is the sole cause of factionalism. ...

Since human beings are so quick to form factions, it should be the goal of government policy to ameliorate division and ward off for as long as possible the demon of sectarianism. Our current public policies and cultural products seem aimed at doing the exact opposite. I think this is because the designers of these policies hold at least two mistaken assumptions about diversity and migration.

Many elite Westerners have a passionate belief in diversity because they have lived it. Not always in their neighborhoods, but quite often at university. ...

There is also a faulty assumption that diverse societies become more tolerant and inclusive over time. ...

History has demonstrated innumerable times that at-scale diversity doesn't create utopia but tension. ...

Of the top ten most diverse countries in the world, every single one has suffered major, lethal political violence since 2001. Diversity is not some holy sacrament, it is a deadly serious socio-political challenge that needs to be prudently managed. It is a mistake to believe that unregulated mass migration will bring about redemption for guilty Westerners. For whatever economic benefits it may bring, it will also bring tribalism, disunity, and violence. And for those of you who think this isn't a major issue or that the worst has passed, please note we are just in the opening act of this drama.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – VIOLENCE, CALAIS, FRANCE
Calais migrants: Five shot in mass brawl
BBC, 2 February 2018

At least five migrants have been shot during a mass brawl between Afghans and Eritreans in the French port city of Calais, local officials say.

A 37-year-old Afghan man is suspected of firing shots at a queue for food handouts. Four Eritreans aged between 16 to 18 are in a critical condition.

Hundreds of migrants have converged on the area in an attempt to cross the Channel to the UK. ...

Interior Minister Gérard Collomb said the violence had reached a new level and accused gangs that try to smuggle migrants to the UK of instigating the violence.

This is the worst outbreak of violence between migrants in Calais for months, and the use of firearms is a worrying escalation of the tensions, the BBC's Hugh Schofield in Paris reports.

The cause is not yet clear but an initial fight on the city's southern outskirts broke out on Thursday afternoon, where migrants had been queuing for food handouts.

Around 100 Eritreans and some 30 Afghans were caught up in the violence, which lasted almost two hours after the shots were fired.

The four critically injured were shot in the neck, chest, abdomen and spine, AFP news agency reported.

A second melee erupted shortly afterwards at an industrial site around 5km (three miles) away, when between 150 and 200 Eritreans armed with iron rods and sticks clashed with about 20 Afghans, the local prefecture said.
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ASYLUM – UN POLICY
The United Kingdom is not taking enough refugees in, claims David Miliband
Alessandra Scotto di Santolo
Daily Express, 2 February 2018

David Miliband called on Prime Minister Theresa May to take in more refugees and share the burden with the rest of the EU following UN recommendations, claiming the United Kingdom is not taking enough refugees in. ...

LBC's Iain Dale asked the former Labour politician if Britain was accepting enough refugees in the country.

Mr Miliband replied: "No. The Cameron Government said it would take 4,000 a year, which equates to more or less six per parliamentary constituency." ...

"We did a calculation. We looked at the UN figure and the UN say that the western world should take over five years about eight percent of the world's refugee population.

"If you make that for Europe that's 540,000 and if you then do a calculation over five years it's 108,000 a year."

He added: "If you look at the UK, you're looking between 20,000 and 30,000 a year, rather than the 4,000 or 5,000 that the Cameron administration said.

"So I would be saying six per parliamentary constituency is not going to overwhelm you.

"If there is a fair sharing of the burden, Britain will be taking about 25 per parliamentary constituency."
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TERRORISM – CHILDREN
Top counter terror officer warns of threat posed by jihadi children returning to UK
Justin Davenport and Allan Hall
Evening Standard, 2 February 2018

A leading counter-terrorist police officer today warned of the threat of children trained by Islamic State coming back to Britain to carry out attacks.

Commander Dean Haydon, the head of the Met's counter-terrorism command, said police and other services had a duty to safeguard children returning from Iraq and Syria.

"A child in a war zone would have seen some pretty horrendous things," he told the Standard.

But he warned: "Some terror groups are training children to commit atrocities. We need to not just understand the risk the mother poses but the risk that any child poses as well. We look at them on a case-by-case basis and they may be arrested."

Commander Haydon added: "We have no intelligence to suggest children are coming back from conflict zones to commit atrocities in the UK."

He also revealed that police are DNA-testing children who have been brought to the UK after being born in the so-called IS caliphate to establish their identity and whether they have the right to live here. ...

Hans-Georg Maassen said: "We have to consider that these children could be living timebombs. There is a danger that these children come back brainwashed with a mission to carry out attacks."

Children carried out three of five Islamist attacks in Germany in 2016. A 12-year-old boy was also detained after trying to bomb a Christmas market. ...

Mr Haydon said police had identified all 850 or so Britons who travelled to Syria in the past three years.

About half have returned and 15 per cent were killed in the fighting.
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EXTREMISM – ISLAM, EUROPE
Lessons from the East for the West
Geert Wilders
Breitbart, 2 February 2018

Last weekend, I was in Hungary for the presentation of the Hungarian translation of my book Marked for Death; Islam's War Against the West and Me. ...

... In Hungary, there are barely any signs of Islamization. The Hungarians make no secret of their resolve to keep it that way. The attitude in Hungary and, for that matter, in Central Europe in general, is entirely different from that in the West. ...

... I originally published my book in English in the United States. I did so because America has a First Amendment, which allows people to speak out, even when a message is politically incorrect. The Hungarian translation is the first translation of the book. In my own country, no publisher has the courage to publish it.

A German publisher, who was interested, backed out when it proved impossible to translate it into German without transgressing Germany's stringent speech laws. ...

Islam – not Islamism but Islam itself – preaches the political submission of the whole world to Allah. Muhammad left no doubt about this: "I was ordered to fight all men until they say 'There is no god but Allah,'" he said.

The Qu'ran is equally unambiguous about it. "Fight them until there is no more dissension and the religion is entirely Allah's," it says in verse 8:39. The Qu'ran also contains the permission to kill Jews and Christians in verse 9:29, the command to terrorize non-Muslims in verse 8:12, the obligation to make war on the infidels in verse 9:123, and the order to subjugate the entire world to Allah in verse 9:33. ...

... Recently, the Pew Research Center warned that, if present trends continue, France, Germany, Belgium and Austria, will be almost 20% Islamic by 2050. Britain and the Netherlands are closely behind, while Sweden will even be more than 30% Islamic by the turn of the century.

This is extremely dangerous. Because, while most Muslims may be moderate and non-violent, the Islamic ideology is not. It has indoctrinated many of Islam's followers, who take the belligerent commands of Muhammad and the Koran very seriously. Just last month, it was revealed in Germany that 30% of Muslim students in the State of Lower Saxony can imagine themselves fighting and dying for Islam. In my own country, the Netherlands, research from Amsterdam University showed that 11% of the Muslims find it acceptable to use violence in the name of Islam. That is more than 100,000 people, which is twice the number of soldiers in our army.
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TERRORISM – TUNISIANS, ITALY
Interpol circulates list of suspected Isis fighters believed to be in Italy
Lorenzo Tondo and Piero Messina
The Guardian, 1 February 2018

Interpol has circulated a list of 50 suspected Islamic State fighters who it believes have recently landed in Italy by boat, and may be attempting to reach other European countries. ...

The suspects listed are all Tunisian nationals, some of whom were identified by officials when they landed in Italy. The document shows their first names, surnames and dates of births. ...

Four of the suspected Isis fighters on the Interpol list are already known to European intelligence agencies. One of them "may have already crossed the Italian-French border, to reach Gard, a department in southern France, in the Occitanie region," the agency says. ...

Tunisians, many of who are economic migrants, are packed on the small boats and mainly disembark on the beach at night, 20 or 30 at a time. ...

Local authorities call these arrivals "ghost landings" and believe more than 3,000 Tunisians have secretly landed on the coast of Agrigento since July. Of these, the police managed to block and identify only 400 people.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – GERMANY
REVEALED: Why Angela Merkel REALLY opened the borders to Germany - and Europe
Rebecca Perring
Daily Express, 1 February 2018

Angela Merkel welcomed more than one million refugees into Germany during the European migrant crisis to save Berlin from losing millions of euros from a Greece bail out deal, a politics expert has claimed.

Bremen-based political scientist Philip Manow said "cheesy ideas of Merkel's Mother Teresa moment" live on, but Germans should not be fooled.

He said the real reason for the German Chancellor Angela Merkel's widely-criticised open-door refugee policy was to save Germany from losing billions if its eurozone neighbour collapsed into economic ruin.

Writing for German newspaper FAZ, Mr Manow said: "The opening of the border was the almost inevitable protection of the Greece deal."

Germany invested tens of billions in the rescue of its eurozone neighbour Greece in the face of bankruptcy.

At the same time, after the closure of the Balkan route, Greece was overwhelmed by a growing number of asylum seekers entering its country.

Mr Manow warned billions from the EU countries might have been lost had the institutions in Greece collapsed. ...

He said bailing out Greece "would quickly have become obsolete if Greece had in fact been left to its own devices with the refugee crisis because of the domino effect of the border closures of Hungary, via Serbia, Kosovo, Bulgaria and Macedonia".
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ITALY
In new EU sea mission, ships not obliged to bring migrants to Italy
Steve Scherer
Reuters, 1 February 2018

The European Union's border agency Frontex launched a new Mediterranean operation called Themis on Thursday, removing the obligation of the previous mission to bring rescued migrants only to Italy.

Italy has repeatedly lamented a lack of EU solidarity in managing immigration. The previous Frontex operation, called Triton, required all those rescued at sea to be brought to Italy even if another EU country, such as Malta, was closer. ...

Since Italy coordinates the vast majority of sea rescues between North Africa and its southern coast, the new rule is unlikely have a large impact on arrivals, though it does send a political message to Mediterranean neighbours like Malta. ...

With more than 600,000 migrants landing on Italian shores in the last four years, a popular backlash is building ahead of a March 4 national election, and the centre-left government is under pressure to show it has the situation in hand. ...

The one-year mission will be re-evaluated every three months and will, unlike Triton, include Italy's southern Adriatic coast.
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DIVERSITY – USA
Identity U.
Heather Mac Donald
City Journal, 1 February 2018

The diversity bureaucracy has finally swallowed an entire college. San Diego State University has just named to its presidency a vice chancellor of student affairs and campus diversity, hired from the University of California, Davis. The new SDSU president, Adela de la Torre, is a peerless example of the intersection of identity politics and the ballooning student-services bureaucracy.

As vice chancellor of student affairs and campus diversity at UC Davis, de la Torre presided over a division made up of a whopping 28 departments – not academic departments, but bureaucratic and identity-based ones, such as ...; the Center for African Diaspora Student Success; the Center for Chicanx and Latinx Student Success; the Native American Academic Student Success Center; the Middle Eastern/South Asian Student Affairs Office; ... This gallimaufry of identity-based fiefdoms illustrates the symbiosis between an artificially segmented, identity-obsessed student body and the campus bureaucracy: the more that students carve themselves into micro-groups claiming oppressed status, the more pretext there is for new cadres of administrators to shield them from oppression. ...

The American university is becoming an appendage of the identity bureaucracy and identity studies. If the mission of higher education is no longer knowledge, but social justice, an emphasis on diversity, and indoctrination in "anti-racism," then SDSU has made the ideal hire.
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IMMIGRATION – HOUSING
One in ten families who get social housing are from abroad despite efforts to give long-term local residents a better chance of getting a property
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 31 January 2018

A record one in 10 families given council or housing association homes last year were foreign nationals, according to new figures yesterday.

The numbers showed that of just under 200,000 heavily subsidised family homes in England allocated to new tenants, 19,197 went to a household headed by a non-British citizen.

The share of social housing going to foreign families has been rising since the mid-2000s, when foreign nationals took up around six in 100 new lettings, and Labour MPs in some cities began to register concern over discontent among long-established local voters. ...

Among people moving into social housing for the first time – as opposed to those moving from another council or housing association home – 12 per cent were foreign families. ...

There were 1,155,285 families on waiting lists for social housing in England last year, according to official figures.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – DEPORTATION, PUBLIC OPINION, ISRAEL
Poll: Majority of Israelis back deportation of African migrants
Middle East Monitor, 31 January 2018

A majority of Israelis back the planned deportation of non-Jewish African migrants, according to a new poll conducted by Israel Hayom and New Wave Research.

As reported by Arutz Sheva, 58 per cent of Israelis polled agreed that Israel needs to deport Eritrean and Sudanese migrants, compared to 23 per cent who disagreed.

The poll also found that 51 per cent of respondents believed the migrants to be "job seekers", while 37 per cent believed them to be asylum seekers.

Meanwhile, 59 per cent of Israelis do not believe that Israel has a "moral obligation" towards the non-Jewish African migrants, compared to 24 per cent who believe Israel does.

The Israeli authorities' policies towards African migrants have attracted widespread international condemnation, with criticism that the policies are motivated by a desire to protect Israel's Jewish majority.
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ASYLUM – FRAUD, ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, USA
U.S. asylum system facing rampant 'fraud and abuse' from illegals
Stephen Dinan
Washington Times, 31 January 2018

Homeland Security has reached a "crisis" in the asylum system with illegal immigrants gaming the system, the department said Wednesday, announcing new changes to try to speed things up so undeserving applicants can be deported.

The backlog reached 311,000 cases as of Jan. 21, "making the system increasingly vulnerable to fraud and abuse," said U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency within Homeland Security that handles legal immigration.

To try to make headway, USCIS said it will prioritize the latest applications for the fastest review.

"Delays in the timely processing of asylum applications are detrimental to legitimate asylum seekers," said USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna. "Lingering backlogs can be exploited and used to undermine national security and the integrity of the asylum system." ...

Those who are applying for asylum are granted work permits, giving them a foothold in the U.S. while they await cases that can take years to complete. ...

The asylum program has become strained in recent years as illegal immigrants, coached by smuggling cartels and relatives who've already made it to the U.S., have learned the "magic words" to game the system.

The situation is so extreme that illegal immigrants are now coached to cross into the country and actively seek out a Border Patrol agent, to whom they can make their asylum claims.
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TERRORISM – ISLAM
Britons Who Have Been Fighting With ISIS "Potentially Very Dangerous" Says Watchdog
Forces Network, 30 January 2018

Britons who return after fighting alongside Islamic State should be regarded as "potentially very dangerous", a former terror laws watchdog has said.

David Anderson QC suggested security agencies should take a "sceptical" approach towards UK nationals who have been living in territory controlled by the group for several years.

His remarks come amid fierce debate over how battle-hardened extremists should be managed if they seek to come back.

Mr Anderson told MPs that where possible returnees should be prosecuted - but noted there are difficulties securing convictions for offences committed in Syria.

On those who cannot be pursued through the courts, the barrister said: "All these people need to be looked at very carefully indeed.

"My first reaction would not be to look at them in a particularly generous spirit.



"I think the starting point has to be that these are potentially very dangerous people."


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EMPLOYMENT – CITY OF LONDON
Number of European workers in the City hits highest level on record
Helen Cahill
City A.M., 29 January 2018

The number of European workers in the City has hit its highest level on record.

Data from the Office for National Statistics, published by the City of London Corporation, shows nearly a fifth (18 per cent) of the City's workers came from the European Economic Area (EEA) in 2016, the highest ever recorded.

The City of London requested the data to inform its response to the government's consultation on immigration.

The data shows the proportion of EEA workers in the Square Mile has more than doubled in the 10 years to 2016. Europeans made up just eight per cent of the workforce in 2006.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – USA
The important FACTS completely missing from the immigration debate
Daniel Horowitz
Conservative Review, 29 January 2018

If you didn't know anything about our immigration system – an accurate description of our political class – you'd think that we take in few immigrants from the Third World or from anywhere outside Europe and that our "racist president" wants to stamp out the last vestiges of the few brave and unique immigrants coming from subpar conditions, yearning for freedom and American values. This distortion could not be farther from the truth.

Here is a list of the top 30 countries of origin among the immigrants who received green cards in 2016. These 30 countries supplied 76 percent of our immigration pool: ...

A couple of immediate observations are in order:

• Notice how Mexico dominates our legal immigration system in addition to sending us most of our illegal immigrants. Mexican nationals were the recipient of twice as many green cards as the second country on the list. And this has been the case pretty much for every year over the past few decades. Indeed, since 1965, 50 percent of all immigrants came from Mexico and Latin America, 29 percent from Mexico alone. ...

• Not a single European or western country is among the top 20. ...

• Seven Islamic countries, several of which are on Trump's moratorium list, are on this list, and they've been moving higher every year.

• From watching the trends over the years and having some background on this issue rather than solely from the chart numbers, it's clear that the top source countries of our immigration are not dictated by merit, but primarily by chain migration, diversity lottery, refugees, asylum, and quasi-amnesty policies that allow certain illegal immigrants to obtain green cards. This is not the immigration system America voted for; nor is it the one that was promised to us in 1965, 1980, and 1990. ...

If nothing is changed, our country will be flooded with millions of chain migrants that are coming here solely based on family ties, doubling down on the existing backward system. As of November 2017, there were 4.367 million people on the visa waiting list, 97.5 percent of whom are applying based on family ties to existing immigrants, who themselves largely came here based on family ties. ...

The solution to all of this is to immediately move to a merit-based system in which we bring in only people who love America, won't be a security problem, speak English, and will not be on welfare – irrespective of country of origin. ...

This used to be part of the commonsense, mature discussion we could have as a nation. Sadly, demagoguery and ignorance are preventing us from having a much-needed discussion about one of the most important, if not the most important, policy issue of our time.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – HUMAN TRAFFICKING, CALAIS, FRANCE
Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron's immigration deal branded 'a gift for human traffickers'
James Murray
Sunday Express, 28 January 2018

Rioting youths bringing terror to Calais could soon be heading for Britain as a deal struck between Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron was branded "a gift for human traffickers".

Full-scale riots broke out on an industrial estate near the site of the so-called Jungle camp last week with more than 100 migrants pelting police with rocks and stones.

The violence has raised tensions in the French port after residents felt the situation had been brought under control.

This week social workers and agencies trying to care for the migrants are expected to start selecting youngsters who will be sent to Britain under the deal worked out between French President Macron and Mrs May this month.

However, Philippe Mignonet, the deputy mayor of Calais, says the new arrangement has made the situation much worse on the ground.

Under the deal the British Government will give £44 million towards improving security at Calais and has agreed to take an unspecified number of young migrants.

Mr Mignonet said: "What they said has been a gift for the human traffickers and criminals in Calais. They are now saying to those in their networks to bring more migrants to Calais because eventually you will go to England.

"We think hundreds more have arrived since the two leaders met and hundreds more are on the way. This has not been a deterrent – it is encouraging more to come to Calais."

After the jungle camp was razed to the ground, numbers dropped dramatically with migrants spreading out across northern France.

Many young migrants came to Britain two years ago but questions were raised because some of the "children" looked more like men in their 20s, even early 30s.

Numbers of migrants in Calais, many from Eritrea, Ethiopia and Afghanistan, are expected to reach 1,000 by the end of February. ...

Mr Mignonet said pro-migration group No Borders has been encouraging migrants to camp there: "They think they are helping but they are not because they are making the situation worse."
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IMMIGRATION – BREXIT, LIBERALS, PUBLIC OPINION
Why Brexit has made us more relaxed about immigration
Kenan Malik
The Guardian, 28 January 2018

What impact did the Brexit referendum have upon attitudes to immigration? When Manchester University academic Rob Ford polled his Twitter followers, most were pessimistic, fearing attitudes had hardened.

The reality, as Ford pointed out, is that on almost every measure, people have become more positive. The number who think immigration is the most important political issue has fallen since the referendum and is at its lowest level since the 2008 crash. ...

One of the strongest predictors of views on immigration is education level – those with more qualifications tend to be more open. This is still the case. But people have become more positive about immigration, whatever their educational attainment. The same is true of Leavers or Remainers. This, as Ford observes, raises a number of questions. What has made people more positive? And why do many liberals seem reluctant to accept that the public has become less anxious about the issue?

Those more critical of immigration may feel that they have won the argument. It may also be that, before the referendum, politicians were more eager to finger immigration as a social ill. Today, there seems less need to stir such anxieties. The second question is probably easier to answer. There is a widespread perception among liberals that those who voted Leave were mainly bigots. The referendum result led many to fear that the bigots have been let off the leash and many cannot see beyond that fear.

Ah, the irony: liberals often claim that those hostile to immigration ignore the facts. But many of the same liberals seem equally unwilling to accept the facts when they contradict their perceptions (even prejudices) about why people feel anxious about immigration.
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RACISM – FREE SPEECH
Tory Government REJECTS Petition for a Free Speech Act
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 28 January 2018

The British government has rejected a petition calling for a Free Speech Act and an end to laws against so-called 'hate speech'.

"For several years now the government has been infringing people's most basic rights to speak freely on matters, by deeming their speech 'offensive' or 'hateful. and declaring that such speech, even online, warrants being fined or jailed," the petition suggests.

"We demand the legal right to Free Speech, in an Act which will bring an end to the ludicrous notion that 'hate speech' and 'offensive speech' deserves people be imprisoned or charged ... Ideas must be fought with other ideas, not with force." ...

The Home Office, led by Amber Rudd MP, responded on behalf of Prime Minister Theresa May's administration as the Free Speech petition reached around 16,000 signatures – rejecting it out of hand.
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IMMIGRATION – POLITICS, PUBLIC OPINION
Why Culture Trumps Skills: Public opinion on immigration
David Goodhart and Eric Kaufmann
Policy Exchange, 28 January 2018

The report of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee, Immigration Policy: basis for building consensus, was released earlier this week. It makes many helpful suggestions, including the idea of an annual migration report, streamlined immigration processing and the importance of balancing competing interests. However, it draws misleading conclusions about public opinion and policy due to its reliance on focus-groups, which suffer from social acceptability bias.

As a result, it makes two assumptions. First, that citizens who oppose immigration do so mainly because of their perceptions of its effects on prosperity or public services. If so, immigration is an issue that can be addressed by the traditional approach of directing financial resources to areas affected by migration and detailing the economic contribution immigrants make. The second assumption is that voters are primarily concerned about control, not numbers. If they are reassured that things are under control, and migration is being connected to economic needs, they will be content with higher numbers.

Yet, as behavioural economists repeatedly caution, 'people aren't rational, they rationalise'. So too with immigration attitudes. The reasons people say they oppose immigration are those they are aware of, or they feel to be socially acceptable. This is doubly the case in focus groups, where peer pressure is strong. ...

Now, however, work by British Future, which is widely cited in the Committee's report, indicate that skills are the most important consideration for people when they think of a desirable immigrant. ...

... As we show, people are sensitive to the skill level of the immigrant intake, but this is trumped by their concern for the cultural impact of a larger inflow.

To illustrate, we draw on data from a new Yougov-Birkbeck-Policy Exchange survey of 1,643 individuals from 5-6 November 2017, of which 1,450 are of White British ethnicity. ...

This shows that a majority of White British respondents want reduced immigration even if skill levels fall, but when the question is worded, /.../ as new skilled immigrants coming from 'outside Europe' and when the decline in White British share is not mentioned, it's possible to get almost 45 percent of White Britons to back the high skill mix-with-high levels of immigration option. Mention 'Asia and Africa' as the source for new skilled immigrants and support slips ten points to 35 percent. More importantly, mentioning the ethno-cultural impact of higher numbers on the long-term share of White Britons in the population drops support for current immigration levels by 17-22 points to just 18-25 percent. ...

To repeat: opposition to immigration is largely cultural and psychological. Appealing to voter economic interest as the Committee suggests is therefore unlikely to create the new consensus it seeks.
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POLITICS – BREXIT, EU MIGRANTS
EU immigration to continue until 2021 reveals David Davis - despite Downing Street claims that free movement will end when Britain leaves the EU
Jason Groves
Daily Mail, 27 January 2018

The free movement of EU citizens in Britain will continue in all but name until at least 2021, David Davis said yesterday as he set out details of a two-year Brexit transition.

Downing Street has repeatedly insisted free movement will end when Britain leaves the EU in March next year, saying European citizens arriving after that date will have to register.

But Mr Davis said yesterday the registration scheme would have 'no bearing on people's ability to work or visit' and that it would simply 'allow us to better plan for our future public services and prepare for our future immigration system'.
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CRIME – ACID ATTACKS, LONDON
Acid attack epidemic: RECORD number of incidents in London last year, data reveals
Sam Sholli
Daily Express, 27 January 2018

There has been a record number of acid attacks in London in 2017, Metropolitan Police data has revealed after a freedom of information request, as street gangs are increasingly using acid to target people.

Acid attacks have increased six-fold in the capital over six years.

The figures show that there were 465 acid attacks in London recorded in 2017, up from 395 the previous year. ...

Police data from the first 11 months of 2017 also shows that the acid attacks are predominantly a problem among young males.

More than 75% of suspected attackers and around 60% of victims were between the ages of 10 and 29.
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CRIME – FAKE DOCUMENTS
Gang sold fake British passports and University degrees for up to £800 each
Daily Mail, 27 January 2018

Seven men were jailed yesterday for making fake British passports and degrees which they sold for up to £800 each.

The gang were selling the counterfeit documents to immigration offenders to help them live illegally in the UK, a court heard.

But the racket unravelled after an undercover officer placed orders with gang leader Steven Kanaventi, 39. ...

From late 2015 to June 2017, Immigration Enforcement officers uncovered the wide-scale manufacture and distribution of the fake documents by the London and Midlands gang. ...

Abdul Azeeza, an ex-professional footballer, was sentenced to four years in jail after the court heard the documents were made at his home. ,,,

Alfred Adekoya, 47, also of Walworth, was sentenced to 40 months and two weeks after pleading guilty to conspiracy to manufacture a fake document.
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CRIME – BIAS, POLITICS, RACISM, POLICE
Theresa May ignored the evidence on stop-and-search. The effect has been criminal
Fraser Nelson
Daily Telegraph, 26 January 2018

A few years ago, Theresa May set out to make a hard-hitting speech about how too many law-abiding black men were being stopped and searched by the police. Her officials got to work on it, but soon hit a problem: the only in-depth study showed that, if anything, white men were the ones being singled out. There was no evidence to suggest any kind of racial discrimination.

It was all a bit embarrassing, so reference to this study was removed from the draft of the speech – and the then home secretary went ahead anyway with her spirited j'accuse. Black men, she said, are up to seven times more likely to be stopped and searched. It cannot continue.

Politically, the speech was a great success. It was a potent charge, and it helped to establish Mrs May as a reformer with a social conscience. Her figure was technically correct: when compared with the general population, young black men are far more likely to be searched. It's just that if you look at those on streets of an evening (as the Home Office had done), the bias vanishes.

Not that the police dared point this out: they heard and obeyed. The number of stop-and-searches conducted by police more than halved, but this raised an awkward question: what effect would this have on knife crime?

The latest figures arrived yesterday. Recorded knife crime rose 21 per cent in the last year across England; the number of murders in London rose 19 per cent. Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan Police commissioner, has admitted that her officers might have become fearful of stopping and searching suspects. They wonder whether, if accused of racism, they'd be supported by their bosses. ...

Peter Neyroud, a former chief constable now at Cambridge University, has been working with officers in 40 forces to develop a "harm index". The aim is to judge crime by the harm done, rather than adding up all kinds of offences to make a misleading total. He says this index, now being used by forces to help focus on the worst crimes, has been rising fairly steeply for the past two years in many forces. ...

Now and again, out politicians talk about "evidence-based policymaking" where facts, not ideology, shape the agenda. But Tories are beginning to look guilty of policy-based evidence-making: using whatever statistics suit them politically.

It was wrong of Mrs May to pretend that the police were singling out ethnic minorities for stop-and-search – and it would be wrong for Mrs Rudd to be in denial about rising crime now.
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM, GERMANY, AUSTRIA, UK
Mohammed is rapidly becoming one of the most popular names in Germany, figures show
Nick Enoch
MailOnline, 26 January 2018

The name Mohammed is fast-becoming one of the most popular baby boy names in Germany. ...

Within three years, Mohammed could rank in the top ten, according to the head of the Society for German Language.

According to the latest data from the society (Gesellschaft für Deutsche Sprache - GfdS), statistics for 2016 reveal that Mohammed (or Muhammed) rose from 41st place in 2015 to 26th position the following year alone.

However, this does not take into account all the variant spellings, including Mohamad, Mohamed, Mehmet, and more.

If it did, Mohammed would be far higher up the ranking.

An Austrian newspaper, Kronen Zeitung, recently compiled data using all of the variants and discovered that Mohammed rocketed from 5th overall to 3rd most popular name among baby boys born in Vienna, Die Welt reported. ...

Andrea Ewels, GfdS managing director, said: 'The development is, of course, related to the wave of immigration.'

She expects Mohammed to be in the top 10 names by 2021 or 2022.

Muhammed was the most popular baby boy name in London, a UK survey revealed last May.

It was also the second most popular nationwide in Britain.
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RACISM – POLICE, HATE CRIME
Khan Blames Crime Wave on Cuts, But Fall in Police Numbers Could Be Plugged by Redeploying 'Hate Crime' Officers
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 26 January 2018

Sadiq Khan is blaming the surge in recorded crime on falling police numbers – but figures show the annual decline could be plugged by redeploying 'hate crime' officers from London alone.

The London mayor has suggested that the crime wave overtaking England and Wales – and Britain's multicultural capital, in particular – is a consequence of falling police numbers, in an opinion piece published by the left-liberal Guardian.

Figures reported elsewhere in the newspaper do show a fall of some 930 officers over the last 12 months, to 121,929 overall – but this represents a reduction in total manpower of less than 1 per cent.

Meanwhile, recorded crime rose by 14 per cent overall across 44 police force areas in England and Wales – including a 32 per cent rise in domestic burglary, a 29 per cent rise in robbery, a 23 per cent rise in sex offences, a 21 per cent rise in knife crime, and a 20 per cent rise in gun crime.

In fact, with London alone boasting over 900 police officers "dedicated to investigating hate crime" – one of Khan's top priorities as mayor – it seems likely that the annual fall could be more than adequately compensated by redeploying existing resources.

Evidence suggests that pressure from Khan and politically correct police chiefs is leading to significant resources being redirected towards offences most members of the public would not consider priorities in a time of rising violent crime.

For example, figures obtained through Freedom of Information requests revealed that some 3,395 people across 29 police force areas – 13 refused the requests, two released unusable data – were arrested under section 127 of the Communications Act 2003, which makes it illegal to intentionally "cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another", in 2016.

This represented a massive increase from previous years, with police forces increasing arrests for "offensive" communications – largely social media posts – by up to 877 per cent compared to 2014.

The authorities' determination to focus on such crimes – despite a fall in actual prosecutions suggesting the arrests are largely fruitless – shows no sign of letting up, with Khan setting aside millions of pounds for an "online hate crime hub".
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – CRIME, ARIZONA, USA
Illegals commit crimes at double the rate of native-born: Study
Stephen Dinan
Washington Times, 26 January 2018

The crime rate among illegal immigrants in Arizona is twice that of other residents, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Friday, citing a new report based on conviction data.

The report, from the Crime Prevention Research Center, used a previously untapped set of data from Arizona that detailed criminal convictions and found that illegal immigrants between 15 and 35 are less than 3 percent of the state's population, but nearly 8 percent of its prison population.

And the crimes they were convicted of were, on the whole, more serious, said John R. Lott Jr., the report's author and president of the research center. ...

Among nearly 4,000 first- and second-degree murder convictions, undocumented immigrants accounted for nearly 13 percent – significantly higher than their percentage of the population. Legal immigrants, by contrast, were less than 1 percent of convicts. ...

Undocumented immigrants also accounted for five times the rate of convictions for money laundering and kidnapping, and were three times more likely to be convicted of drive-by shootings.

The data covered from 1985 to 2017.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – GREECE, ITALY, EUROPEAN UNION
Greece and Italy demand EU takes more immigrants and gives aid in 'Marshall Plan' for Africa
Tim Wallace
Daily Telegraph, 25 January 2018

EU members must share migrants and refugees, rather than expecting the Mediterranean nations to deal with the influx alone, the Prime Ministers of Italy and Greece have insisted in a forceful presentation to the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Richer nations should also address the root cause of the migrant crisis by committing to a major development aid programme in the form of a Marshall Plan for Africa, Paolo Gentiloni and Alexis Tsipras said. ...

The Italian leader predicted that it may take decades to improve the African economies, which will reduce the flow of migrants, and that an important first step is to shift migration from smugglers and into legal routes. ...

"It is absolutely possible. You have to disrupt the networks of criminals, to strengthen structure of the almost-failed African states which are not able to control their own territories, and to gradually accept - through human corridors and systems of quotas - a regular flow of migrants from Africa to Europe."
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BORDER CONTROLS – HUNGARY, EUROPEAN UNION
EU court bars 'gay test' for asylum seekers
Reuters, 25 January 2018

Hungarian immigration officials should not have put a Nigerian asylum seeker through psychological tests to determine whether he was telling the truth that he was gay, the EU's top court ruled on Thursday. ...

The man based his claim on the fact that, as a homosexual, he faced persecution in his home country.

The EU court ruled: "The performance of such a test amounts to a disproportionate interference in the private life of the asylum seeker." The Luxembourg-based judges noted that the EU executive has disputed the reliability of such tests. ...

In responding to the Hungarian court which referred the case, the ECJ said it was acceptable to seek expert opinion but this must be obtained in ways consistent with human rights and should not be the sole basis of a ruling.
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ASYLUM – EUROPEAN UNION
Commission: Mass Third World Migration Central to EU Values, Refusing Quotas 'Unacceptable' - Breitbart
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 25 January 2018

Refusing refugee quotas is "unacceptable", Brussels has said, stating that migration from Africa and the Middle East is "directly linked" to values on which the European Union (EU) was built.

Migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said asylum seekers arriving in Europe must be shared out across the bloc, and dismissed the idea that nations opposed to compulsory quotas could show "solidarity" with financial contributions and means other than resettling third world migrants within their borders. ...

The Greek commissioner said the refusal of some countries to take in African and Middle Eastern migrants on Brussels' orders threatens to tear the bloc apart. ...

AFP reported Avramopoulos was "unrepentant" over comments made in December when he denounced European Council chief Donald Tusk's call for Brussels to scrap the "ineffective" and "highly divisive" migrant quota scheme as "anti-European".
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BORDER CONTROLS – BREXIT
Guy Verhofstadt claims UK will not be able to fully take back control of its borders until 2021 at the earliest
James Crisp
Daily Telegraph, 24 January 2018

Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament's Brexit coordinator, today insisted that Britain will not be able to take back control of its borders until 2021 at the earliest.

Mr Verhofstadt warned there could be no limits on the free movement of EU citizens into Britain during the proposed transition period, meaning an extra two years of unlimited EU immigration.

Warning that the transition period would not allow "cherry-picking", Mr Verhofstadt said any changes to immigration rules "would only apply after the Withdrawal Agreement and the transition period."

That would push back the cut-off date for EU citizens to qualify for special residency status allowing them to live and work in Britain indefinitely to just under two years after 29 March 2019.

The former Belgian prime minister's comments backed demands made by EU-27 diplomats in draft instructions for Michel Barnier, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator.
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RACISM – LABOUR PARTY
Cheaper tickets for minority groups to see Jeremy Corbyn withdrawn from sale
Liam Coleman
Loughborough Echo, 24 January 2018

Cheaper tickets for minority groups to a Loughborough Labour conference have been withdrawn from sale.

On Monday, the party was offering a £10 discount for BAME members on its East Midlands Labour website, with ticket prices for visitors costing £40 and BAME members costing £30.

Last night (Tuesday, January 23) the tickets were taken down from the website.

A spokesperson from the Labour Party told the Echo that they are now taking advice on "other ways we can increase the representation of BAME members at East Midlands Regional Conference in February."
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RACISM – REVERSE RACISM, RACE, LABOUR PARTY
A Labour BAME discount is no "racial surcharge" – it's the start of a more inclusive party
Maya Goodfellow
New Statesman, 24 January 2018

The "reverse racism" devotees are out in force again and they are not happy with the Labour party. The source of their rage: the party offering discounted tickets to black and minority ethnic members for an event in the East Midlands.

... A Conservative MP, Andrew Bridgen, took it upon himself to complain to the Equalities and Human Rights Commission and now the watchdog is looking into whether Labour broke the law.

The subsidised passes were to be paid for by Labour's National Executive Committee, out of its democracy and diversity fund. /.../ When people of colour face institutional racism and are more likely to be in poverty, it makes sense to think of ways to make it easier for people to get involved. ...

This is not a "racial surcharge", and nor is it "reverse racism". Indeed, those claiming "reverse racism" misunderstand what race is. Race is, as academic Alana Lentin put it, "a technology of power". It was created and used to order people: to legitimate the rapacious, bloody colonial project. And though they are not static, these hierarchies continue to shape society.

Racism isn't just a question of individual views, as it's so often believed. It's far more productive to understand race as a tool through which populations are ordered. Then it is clear why reverse racism is a complete fallacy. There is not and has never been a global hierarchy based on anti-whiteness - so while white people can experience all forms of prejudice, they can't experience racism.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, DEPORTATION, ITALY
Italian politician pledges to kick out half a million illegal migrants if elected prime minister
Nick Squires
Daily Telegraph, 24 January 2018

A Right-wing politician who hopes to be the next prime minister of Italy has pledged to expel half a million migrants if his party wins the coming election.

Matteo Salvini, the head of the Eurosceptic Northern League, said he aimed to repatriate 100,000 migrants in his first year in power, followed by another 400,000 during the rest of his five-year term in office.

"There are half a million irregular migrants in Italy. All of them need to be sent home," Mr Salvini told La Repubblica newspaper. ...

Mr Salvini dismissed suggestions that his party was xenophobic, arguing that he was trying to prevent the rise of racism by tackling the problem of illegal immigrants.

"The only antidote to racism is to control, regulate and limit immigration. There are millions of Italian in economic difficulty. Italians are not racist, but out-of-control immigration brings with it far from positive reactions. We want to prevent that," he said.

Whether the League, even if it won power, would be able to expel so many migrants is open to question, given the legal and logistical difficulties that past governments have wrestled with.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – MORALITY
We've a moral obligation not to let in Calais migrants
George Maggs
Conservative Woman, 24 January 2018

The reality is that the exact opposite is true: we have a moral obligation not to accept individuals from Calais. Leftist open-door policies do nothing but produce death and misery. ...

... Admitting migrants from France creates perverse incentives and 'moral hazard' in a number of different ways.

It encourages African parents to send their 'children' (who frequently turn out to be adults) to Britain in the hope that the whole family may be granted residency. ...

By admitting Calais migrants, we essentially ask would-be immigrants to run a death-defying obstacle course which only the fittest and wealthiest could possibly hope to complete. Not only is this fundamentally unjust, it also means those left behind are in an even worse position as the world's poorest countries become bereft of their most economically active citizens. The Third World will never lift itself out of poverty if its best and brightest are allowed to flood into Europe.

Immigration into Britain also impacts the least well-off in this country far more than it affects the champagne socialists petitioning for their entry. ...

Moreover, a recent study also found that our huge immigration numbers have fuelled a 23 per cent rise in rent prices. This has made it almost impossible for people on low incomes to save to buy a home. Figures show that 33 per cent of all renters in the UK are now foreign-born. The 'housing crisis' therefore may just as accurately be termed the 'immigration crisis'. ...

But of course, the Left aren't actually interested in helping the poor. They just want to make themselves feel morally superior to everyone else.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ISLAM, OSLO, NORWAY
The Islamization of Oslo
Bruce Bawer
City Journal, 24 January 2018

... Groruddalen is home to more than a quarter of Oslo's population. /.../ For a few decades now, the valley has been associated in the Norwegian mind with Islam. ...

... From 2008 to 2010, more than 6,000 ethnic Norwegians moved out of Groruddalen, while almost twice that number of immigrants – mostly Muslims – moved in. In 2009, fully 67 percent of the children born in Stovner, a borough at the far eastern end of the valley, had non-Western mothers. ...

In 2011, Aftenposten broke the prevailing media silence on the topic by reporting on the experiences of ethnic Norwegians living in Groruddalen. "It has been difficult to be an ethnic Norwegian in Groruddalen," ... a schoolteacher who had lived in the valley all his life, told the newspaper. "It's about huge language problems, plus a pressure to adapt to norms that feel totally alien to those of us who have a Western lifestyle and mind- set." Åserud said that at some schools in the valley, "children are threatened with beating for having salami in their packed lunches. Girls are harassed for being blond, and dye their hair to fit in. ...

Two years later, in 2013, a remarkably candid SSB report acknowledged that 1,000 ethnic Norwegians were leaving Groruddalen annually, with an equal number of non-Western immigrants moving in to replace them. During that year alone, muggings in Groruddalen rose by nearly 80 percent. The great majority of perpetrators arrested were teenagers with immigrant backgrounds and Muslim names ...

In 2015, sociologist Halvor Fosli published Fremmed i eget land (A Stranger in One's Own Country), a book based on interviews with 20 ethnic Norwegian residents of Groruddalen. /.../ In short, a place where people had once lived without fear and treated one another with respect and friendliness had become charged with tension, dread, and bigotry – not anti-Muslim bigotry, mind you, but anti-Norwegian bigotry. ...

On March 11, 2017, to many viewers' surprise, the nightly news program on government-run NRK television ran an honest segment on the dramatic rise in crime in East Oslo, with a focus principally on Groruddalen – where, as journalist Anders Magnus reported, about 50 percent of the population now had non-Western immigrant backgrounds. Twelve-year-olds were selling drugs; 15-year-olds were carrying guns, knives, and baseball bats; Muslim youth gangs were assaulting adults in the open street; ...

... But the fundamental problem remains the traditional Scandinavian approach to crime: seeking out root causes, treating offenders as victims of society, and seeing compassion as a cure for criminality. This approach may work with some wayward ethnic Norwegian youths, but it makes no headway with their Muslim counterparts, whose cultural conditioning leads them to see such kid-glove treatment as a sign of weakness – and to exploit it. ...

In August 2017, Hege Storhaug of HRS took note of a promotional poster for the new library in Stovner. It depicted three dark-skinned girls, two wearing hijabs, happily reading books together. "Here," commented Storhaug, "is the future." Thorbjørn Berntsen saw it coming 16 years ago. Others did, too, but most stayed silent. Even now, as Groruddalen plunges toward anarchy and full Islamization, few dare to speak up. Meantime, beyond the hills and mountains that surround Groruddalen, the shadow that has fallen upon the valley is slowly darkening the rest of Norway.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – BELGIUM
How to Manipulate Migration Data? Take Belgium...
Alain Destexhe
Gatestone Institute, 24 January 2018

It should probably not come as a shock that statistics can be, and often are, presented and manipulated by elites. In Belgium – and in all of Western Europe except Austria – they form an informal multiculturalist lobby, which dominates universities, NGOs, public institutions and the media, in order to promote a pro-migration agenda.

In a relatively short time, Belgium has changed dramatically. Without any public debate, it has become a massive migration state. In just 15 years, Belgium has seen an increase of one million in its population – from 10.2 million in 2000 to 11.3 million in 2015. ...

From 2000 to 2010, net immigration was nine times greater than in the Netherlands; four times greater than in France or Germany and even greater than in the United States, a country historically open to immigration. ...

With the help of official forecasts, the media regularly note that the Belgian population is growing, and that this increase will continue. However, no one seems to be linking this rise in population to migration, even if, since 2000, that has been the driving factor. ...

This projected increase in population is never emphasized or presented in relation to the number of Muslims in Belgium, which is expected to double (to 1,250,000, meaning 11.1% of the population) or even triple (to 2,580,000, meaning 18.2% of the population) before 2050, according to the Pew Forum on Religious and Public Life. ...

... Social issues are prominent. For instance, 90% of the people claiming social welfare benefits in Brussels have a migrant background. /.../ Moreover, the related costs are never debated or addressed. Those topics are just swept away as if they were totally disconnected to migration. ...

In Belgium, around 50% of immigration is linked to family reunification. That number represents a higher level than those of our European neighbors and more than for most of Europe, even though all of western Europe has been hit by mass migration. /.../ There are marriages in name only, polygamy, marrying only within one's community for many Turkish and Moroccan weddings, and apparently often fraud.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – CALAIS, FRANCE
May's £44 million migrant deal 'will NOT fix Calais crisis' as migrants strive to enter UK
Vincent Wood
Daily Express, 23 January 2018

Theresa May's £44 million new deal on Calais will have no effect on the crisis across the Channel as refugees refuse to be processed by immigration officials, campaigners in the region have claimed.

The Prime Minister vowed to pay the huge sum to improve security around the port while taking in more child refugees to ease the numbers of people displaced following the dismantling of the 'jungle' migrant camp.

But experts have claimed it will do nothing to help solve the situation as hundreds of refugees refuse to be processed through official channels in France. ...

Some 75 percent of the 500 refugees in the region reportedly refuse to be processed in immigration centres according to French government figures – leaving constant police evasion or desperate and dangerous attempts to enter Britain as their only options.
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MULTICULTURALISM – SEGREGATION
Panorama – White Fright: Divided Britain review – the people let down by a decade of policy failure
Sam Wollaston
The Guardian, 23 January 2018

Blackburn, Lancashire: a town with about 100,000 white British people and 40,000 Asian or British Asian people, many of whom are Muslim. Ten years ago, Panorama went to find out how Blackburn's two biggest ethnic groups were getting along. The answer, in short: they weren't. ...

The experts and the numbers say it. Prof Ted Cantle who wrote the report on the race riots of northern England in 2001, and who featured in the original programme, returns. "Segregation in Blackburn is increasing, in residential terms, in school terms, probably in social terms as well," he says. ...

And, of course, it's not just about Blackburn. The polarisation of populations is increasing in towns all over the country.

The government hasn't helped much either. Dame Louise Casey was commissioned to write a review of integration policy. The government ignored it because it mentioned immigration; the pace and scale of it. "Too difficult ... too hot to handle," says the Labour MP Chuka Umunna.
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ASYLUM – STATISTICS
Asylum Statistics
Oliver Hawkins
House of Commons Library, 23 January 2018

Asylum seekers were around 6.0% of immigrants to the UK in 2016.

The number of asylum applications to the UK peaked in 2002 at 84,132. After that the number fell sharply to reach a twenty year low point of 17,916 in 2010, before rising again to reach 32,733 in 2015. The number fell in 2016, to 30,747.

The percentage of asylum applicants refused at initial decision reached its highest point at 88% in 2004. After that, the percentage of applicants refused at initial decision fell to 59% in 2014, before increasing to 66% in 2016.

In the period from 2004 to 2016, around three-quarters of applicants refused asylum at initial decision lodged an appeal, but only around one quarter of those appeals was allowed.

In 2016, 37% of asylum applicants were nationals of Asian countries, 29% were nationals of Middle Eastern countries, 23% were nationals of African countries, and 7% were from Europe.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – CALAIS, FRANCE
Immigration SCANDAL: French border guards are 'turning off migrant monitors' at Calais
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 22 January 2018

Highly sensitive equipment for detecting migrants hiding in UK-bound trucks has been deliberately turned off by French border guards in Calais, it was claimed last night.

Security insiders said heartbeat monitors, which can identify stowaways in seconds, had not been used at the port for up to six months.

The revelation has sparked accusations that French officials are deliberately passing the buck and have no intention of apprehending immigrants heading for the UK. ...

Richard Burnett of the Road Haulage Association said: "The French don't want migrants to stay in France. They don't want to provide asylum – in fact, they don't want to deal with the issue at all.

"It is hard to justify spending another £44.5 million to boost security at Calais when we have it on good authority the heartbeat monitors already in place... are not even switched on." ...

A source at the French interior ministry confirmed it was "entirely at the discretion of officials" when to use heartbeat monitors, adding: "Not everybody can be checked – that would be an impossibility."
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – PEOPLE SMUGGLING, MEDITERRANEAN
Britain's strategy to target smugglers sending migrant boats across Mediterranean doomed to fail, study suggests
Lizzie Dearden
Independent, 22 January 2018

Britain's strategy to tackle people smugglers sending migrants across the Mediterranean is doomed to fail, a new Cambridge University study has suggested.

Wiretapped telephone conversations between gangs show there are no "kingpins" who can be removed and that arrests only cause other groups to take control of the lucrative human market.

The study, entitled Out of Africa: The organisation of migrant smuggling across the Mediterranean, concluded that UK-supported sea operations to push refugee boats back to Libya will be ineffective.

The author, Dr Paolo Campana, said the crisis cannot be stopped without addressing the demand driven by conflict, instability and poverty in African countries. ...

Dr Campana called for sea operations to be replaced with a wider set of policies to "reduce the demand for smuggling services".

"The adoption of schemes that resettle refugees directly from conflict zones would be a step in this direction," he added. ...

Widespread conflict and lawlessness since the UK-backed ousting of dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 and the ensuing civil war have led to a thriving human trade culminating in open-air slave markets.

Libyan gangs have linked up with groups in Niger, Chad and Sudan to the south to create trafficking networks stretching across Africa.

Dr Campana's study found that on the other side of the Mediterranean, they also extended to the UK, Germany, Scandinavia and countries including Israel, Canada and Turkey. ...

The research, published in the European Journal of Criminology, found that each stage of transnational migration routes via Libya had "independent and autonomous" smugglers, militias and kidnappers competing over vulnerable migrants.
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DIVERSITY – ENGINEERING
Engineering giants pledge to attract more diverse staff
Christopher Williams
Daily Telegraph, 22 January 2018

A group of Britain's biggest employers of engineers, including the bosses of BP, Shell, BAE and Rolls-Royce, has pledged to tackle the profession's lack of diversity.

In a letter to The Daily Telegraph, a coalition of major technical employers said "we must address a lack of diversity in a workforce that is currently 92pc male and 94pc white".

The signatories include BP chief executive Bob Dudley, Shell's UK chairman Sinead Lynch and BAE's new chief executive Charles Woodburn. The call, led by Crossrail chairman Sir Terry Morgan, is also backed by the heads of Network Rail and Transport for London, amid mounting concern that Britain is not training enough engineers to renew infrastructure. "It is crucial to the country's success that more people – and a more diverse group of people – join the profession," their letter said.
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RACISM – LABOUR PARTY
Labour Racism: Police Decline to Investigate Party Charging White People Extra to Attend Corbyn Rally
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 22 January 2018

Leicestershire Police have declined to investigate the Labour Party singling out white people to pay extra to attend a Jeremy Corbyn rally in Loughborough. ...

Thousands of people contacted Leicestershire Police, the force responsible for Loughborough, via email and Twitter, to ask them to investigate the charge, as Britain's equality and race relations legislation appear to outlaw providing goods, facilities, or services on less favourable terms or conditions to someone based on their race. ...

Many social media users have criticised both Leicestershire Police and the EHRC for their apparent indifference to the case, suggesting there is no question that they would have acted rapidly and forcefully if a major political party was attempting to charge any other racial or ethnic group higher prices to attend events.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, ITALY
Video shows migrants in Italy expelled - but only in writing
Reuters, 22 January 2018

A video shot over the weekend on the southern coast of Sicily shows some 50 North African migrants who have been expelled from Italy instead joining Europe's army of irregular migrants as authorities look on. ...

On Saturday, the migrants were put on a ferry bound for Porto Empedocle on the Sicilian coast. Upon arrival, asylum seekers were bussed to shelters, while those not seeking asylum were given an expulsion order requiring them to leave the country within seven days, and then sent on their way.

While the procedure is in line with Italian law, it has rarely been documented. Unable and unwilling to return home, most migrants simply ignore the expulsion order and move on towards their destination, often in Northern Europe. ...

In the video, the migrants are seen carrying their expulsion order in one hand as they are handed a packed lunch. Then police watch them as they set off walking down a busy road. ...

Almost a half million irregular migrants are estimated to be living in Italy, while in 2016, almost a million irregular migrants were found to be living illegally in the European Union. The actual number is likely to be much higher since irregular migrants seek to avoid being identified.

Italian political leaders of all stripes say that irregular migrants should be immediately sent back home, but this is difficult to put into practice.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – PUBLIC OPINION, USA
Shock poll: Americans want massive cuts to legal immigration
Stephen Dinan
Washington Times, 22 January 2018

A Harvard-Harris poll taken in the run-up to the shutdown found Americans strongly support granting citizenship rights to illegal immigrant Dreamers. But they also back Mr. Trump's three demands for a border wall, limits to the chain of family migration and an end to the Diversity Visa Lottery.

Most striking of all is the public's demand for lower overall legal immigration – a position that has little traction on Capitol Hill but one that is overwhelmingly popular across the country.

The poll found that most Americans want annual legal immigration capped at 500,000 a year or less – far lower than the current annual rate of 1.3 million.

Those findings challenge what many lawmakers say is the bipartisan consensus on Capitol Hill that while illegal immigration is to be discouraged, high levels of legal immigration are necessary for the nation's image and its economy. ...

The public may see the issue differently, according to the Harvard-Harris poll of American adults, taken Jan. 17-19.

The survey asked respondents what level of overall legal immigration they would like to see.

A stunning 35 percent said the level should be fewer than 250,000 a year, while another 19 percent said it should be 250,000 to 500,000. Combined, they make up a majority looking for a cut of at least 50 percent over current annual levels. Another 18 percent said they want to see 500,000 to 1 million.

Just 19 percent of respondents said they want an increase over 1 million.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – PUBLIC OPINION, ISLAM, BELGIUM
7 out of 10 Belgians say they are living through the "Muslim conquest of their country"
Pamela Geller
Geller Report, 22 January 2018

Belgians know it, but do nothing about it. They know it, but elect the same politicians who sold them down the river. ...

On a side note, the statistic concerning Judaism reflects a bit on their ignorance and antisemitism. I am just so sick of everyone dumping on the Jews. 38% of Belgians say that Judaism is intolerant. How so? They never kill in the cause of Hashem or force non-Jews to convert. ...

... A study, published last week and carried out at the initiative of RTBF and the newspaper Le Soir, concluded that seven out of ten Belgians have the impression of living through the Muslim conquest of their country.

This poll, carried out on a panel of 4734 people, indicates that 74% of the people questioned consider Islam to be an intolerant religion (compared to 38% for Judaism and 14% for Catholicism). 71% judge it to be incompatible "with the values of [their] society".

... Two-thirds of Belgians feel "more and more invaded" and think "there are too many immigrants". By contrast, only 13% see the Muslim community as "a cultural enrichment factor" for their country.
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RACISM – LABOUR PARTY
Jeremy Corbyn faces race row for making white people pay more than ethnic minorities to hear a speech
Simon Walters and Brendan Carlin
Mail on Sunday, 21 January 2018

Jeremy Corbyn faced a race row last night for making white people pay more than ethnic minorities to hear him deliver a speech.

The dispute erupted over a decision by Labour chiefs to charge black and ethnic minority activists £10 less per ticket than white activists to attend a rally next month. ...

A Labour spokesman said: 'The basic price of a conference pass is the same for all members but, at the request of our East Midlands Regional Board, the party will subsidise part of the cost of this year's conference pass for BAME members to encourage attendance and improve representation.'
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POLITICS – BREXIT
Macron warns Britain it will lose trade access after Brexit unless it allows free immigration
Adam Bienkov
Business Insider, 20 January 2018

Britain will see its trade with Europe restricted after Brexit unless it agrees to continued payments into EU budgets and open migration from the continent, President Macron has warned.

The French President said that while it was possible for the British government to negotiate a bespoke deal, which allowed full access to European markets, such a deal would be dependent on maintaining all current EU rules.
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CRIME – BROTHELS
Police so swamped with Romanian trafficked prostitutes they close 'one brothel a week'
Jon Austin
Daily Express, 20 January 2018

Prostitution has become so rife in one London borough, that police are having to close down around one brothel per week, it today emerged.

Redbridge, in east London, has become a magnet for vulnerable young women illegally trafficked by organised crooks, largely from Romania and other eastern European countries, who are then forced to sell their bodies on the streets and in "pop-up" brothels.

Parked vehicles with mattresses in the back have even been used as mobile brothels, police said. ...

Prostitutes from Romania have become a major problem across UK towns and cities, with brothels raised up and down the country.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – WAGES, GERMANY
German wage STAGNATION: EU immigration to blame for low level, top banker claims
Rebecca Pinnington
Daily Express, 20 January 2018

Germany's top banker has blamed immigration from the European Union for wage stagnation, suggesting the national economy would otherwise be stronger.

German unemployment levels are at their lowest since reunification, leading to skills shortages that would ordinarily push wages up in many industries.

However, wages are barely rising above long-term averages, in part due to wage pressure from immigration, the head of the Bundesbank has said.

The president of Germany's central bank, Jens Weidmann, has pointed to the institution's research suggesting that "migration from other EU member states partially accounts for dampened wages pressures in Germany".
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – MULTICULTURALISM, FRANCE
French Leftists Complain Their Children Cannot Succeed in 'Diverse' Paris District Schools
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 20 January 2018

Leftist parents living in the heavily-migrant populated 18th arrondissement of Paris are finding themselves conflicted, as they want "diversity" yet complain that the schools in their "diverse" district are failing.

For many years, leftist couples have moved from the expensive centre of Paris to the heavily-migrant populated district, and now that they have children they have found the "mixed" schools in the areas to be substandard.

Indeed, schools in the area have become known as "ghetto schools" and many French now attempt to move their children elsewhere, French newspaper Liberation reports.

The paper, which conducted an investigation into the issue, claims that leftist parents do not want to "sacrifice" their child to their beliefs and many parents are putting the success of their children above their multicultural ideals.

Julien Grenet, a teacher at the Paris School of Economics, said: "You cannot blame them for saying no. What is shocking is that some parents, very intellectually armed, are blind and deny segregation with false arguments." ...

Grenet said that the segregation of schools along cultural and ethnic lines is unlikely to change. "We have reached such a gap between some schools, it is difficult to go back and reintroduce the mixture," he said.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – UNEMPLOYMENT, GERMANY
Even refugees with a university degree have an IQ of only 93
Voice of Europe, 20 January 2018

The EU and mainstream media said Europe's ageing population needed migrants to rejuvenate its workforce.

If their statement was correct, then the results of the migrant crisis would've been great: Hundreds of thousands of migrant should have been gainfully employed by now.

The reality, however, is totally different. For example in Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands between 80 and 99 percent of migrants are unemployed after sometimes more than a year.

A lot of migrants don't have the skills required to compete in Europe's modern workforce. But according to Professor Rindermann of the German University of Chemnitz there is also a problem of intelligence.

Professor of Psychology Heiner Rindermann, already caused a minor controversy when he stated in Oktober 2015 that refugees (migrants) have a lower average intelligence than Germans and gave evidence for his claim. ...

Rindermann went on to claim that the often cited "language problem" is only partly to blame for this discrepancy and more important are weaknesses in basic skills. He adds that the problem is exacerbated by the "more frequent consanguineous marriages (i.e. first cousin marriages) in Muslim communities and in Africa with [their] corresponding impairments".
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IMMIGRATION – UK, FRANCE
Migrants in Calais will be fast-tracked to the UK after PM bows to the French: Visa applications will now take just one month after May and Macron agree 'Sandhurst Treaty' shake up
Larissa Brown
Daily Mail, 19 January 2018

Migrants at Calais will be fast-tracked into Britain under new plans agreed by Theresa May as she bowed to further pressure from the French.

Adult migrants seeking to come to the UK via Calais will have their applications processed within one month, rather than have to wait for six months.

Children will see their waiting time slashed from six months to just 25 days, it was announced yesterday. ...

A Downing Street source insisted the plans would reduce the 'pull factor' and by speeding up the process, cases would be thrown out quicker. ...

France also wants Britain to take in more migrants from Calais, especially unaccompanied children.
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BORDER CONTROLS – COST
Calais migrant crisis has already cost UK taxpayers over £360m
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 19 January 2018

British taxpayers have forked out more than £360 million since 2010 tackling the migrant crisis in Calais, it can be revealed today. The £850,000 every week has been spent trying to stop tens of thousands sneaking into the UK from northern France.

The eye-watering total includes the £44.5 million Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday gifted French President Emmanuel Macron to beef up security at UK border controls on the Continent.

But critics said the figure was actually a gross underestimate of the UK's financial contribution to solving a problem created by the EU's open border Schengen zone.

Independent MEP Steven Woolfe said: "This is an absolute disgrace. The UK has gifted £360 million but this is just the tip of the iceberg.

"The real cost of the UK's contribution to protect the EU's borders is much higher.

"We have contributed millions of pounds to programmes in Greece and Italy to protect the borders there, and we have given millions more to Turkey to resettle economic migrants."

The overall cost to the UK is likely to be double or even quadruple the £850,000-a-week on the Calais crisis, he said.

Home Office figures obtained by this newspaper reveal Britain stumped up £111.7 million to secure the border at the height of the chaos in Calais in 2015-16, up from £48.8 million in 2014-15. ...

In addition, since October 2015, the UK has allocated more than £175 million of humanitarian assistance, including a three-year £75 million programme to meet the "urgent humanitarian needs of migrants".
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CRIME – COSTS
Problem of over population
Derek Hunnikin
Chichester Observer, 19 January 2018
[Letter to the Editor]

The UK does not have a shortage of housing. Our country is, however, grossly over-populated. ...

Not widely disclosed to the public is a report issued by the University College, London, that, between 1995 and 2011, immigrants cost the UK taxpayer between £144 billion and £159 billion. With the huge increase in the number of immigrants since 2011 the financial burden on taxpayers must have increased proportionately.

No doubt, many immigrants do contribute to the nation's wealth and sustain, for example, the NHS but, on the downside, immigrants have brought us terrorist attacks, a massive rise in crime and the sight of armed police on our streets.

In London, where the indigenous population is now below 50 per cent, the year on year crime rate rose by 27.1 per cent. Youth homicides increased by 70 per cent. Serious youth violence is up 19 per cent. Robbery is up 33.4 per cent, while home burglaries rose by 18.7 per cent. Thefts increased by over 10,000 incidents in a year, up 33.9 per cent, Alarmingly, there were more than 4,000 additional knife crime incidents, a rise of 31.3 per cent. Rape in the capital rose by 18.3 per cent, and there were 2,551 incidents of gun crime, a rise of 16.3 per cent on the previous year.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – CRIME, SWEDEN
Soldiers in Swedish Streets?
Eric Sof
Special Ops Magazine, 19 January 2018

The spread of violent crime and gangland violence in Sweden's numerous no-go zones has become so dramatic that even Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, a staunch defender of the so-called "Swedish model," suggested that using the military to uphold law and order in the Nordic nation's most troubled areas may be necessary. ...

"This is not my first-hand action, but we need to see additional authorities collaborating to crack down on crime," Löfven told the Aftonbladet daily.

However, Löfven's stance received no support from party colleagues. Justice Minister Morgan Johansson argued that army support in the fight against gangland crime was not relevant, maintaining that the police's forces were sufficient. ...

Jerzy Sarnecki, a professor of criminology and the country's leading expert on crime, argued that the deployment of military personnel into Swedish suburbs could mean a form of civil war no less. ...

The initiative, however, was welcomed by Czech-Swedish writer and debater Katarina Janouch, who made national headlines last year after speaking about the rampant crime in Swedish ghettos on Czech TV. ...

Following the public outcry, however, Löfven backtracked and clarified in a Facebook post that the armed forces should not take over the police's duties, but rather opt for an enhanced cooperation between the authorities.
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IMMIGRATION – EU MIGRANTS, BREXIT
'EU demand is ABSURD' May urged to stand strong over unlimited free movement post-Brexit
Macer Hall
Daily Express, 18 January 2018

Up to a million more EU citizens could get the right to settle in Britain if Theresa May gives in to the EU's latest negotiation demands, a report warned last night.

Research from the population pressure group Migration Watch estimated that accepting a Brussels demand for unlimited free movement to continue for a transitional period of up two year after Brexit could lead to a significant increase in the numbers allowed to come into the country before new border controls are imposed.

A draft document leaked from Brussels earlier this week showed that EU negotiators will make the demand in the next phase of talks about the UK's departure from the bloc.

They want EU citizens to continue to be able to claims full permanent residency rights in Britain throughout the transition period.

The status would give European migrants the right to be joined by direct family members, including elderly dependent relatives, future children and partners who were not EU citizens. ...

Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of Migration Watch, said: "This EU demand is absolutely absurd.

"We will have left the EU - that must mean that EU citizens who arrive after our departure should no longer enjoy treaty rights that derive from our membership." ...

In the past, some of the applicants have been temporary migrants who stayed for less than a year but a larger proportion of them might well stay on if the prize was a right to permanent settlement in the UK.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – UK, FRANCE
UK to pay extra £44.5m for Calais security in Anglo-French deal
Alan Travis and Heather Stewart
The Guardian, 18 January 2018

Britain will pay £44.5m for extra security measures in France to prevent another refugee camp forming in Calais or any other Channel port, Theresa May is to announce.

The extra cash will go towards fencing, CCTV and other detection technology in Calais and other ports, possibly including Dunkirk. It will also be used to help relocate migrants from the port towns to other parts of France.

To be announced as part of the Anglo-French summit at Sandhurst military academy on Thursday, the money brings total British funding for security and policing in Calais since the "Jungle" camp was bulldozed in 2016 to more than £150m. ...

As well as pressing for an increased contribution to such costs, the French government has been urging the UK to set up a joint operation to process asylum seeker claims in Calais. ...

Under the new, legally binding treaty, Britain will agree to accelerate procedures for accepting legitimate asylum seekers currently blocked in Calais, including unaccompanied children and those seeking to join their families in the UK, and will pay more for transport, security and border maintanence in the port.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – PUBLIC OPINION, BELGIUM
Migrant Crisis: 77 Per Cent of Belgians 'No Longer Feel at Home'
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 18 January 2018

The massive rise in the proportion of Muslim migrants in the country has resulted in two-thirds of Belgians feeling their nation is being "increasingly invaded", according to a new study.

This sentiment was especially marked among respondents to the detailed survey aged 65 and over, 84 per cent of whom likened the influx of migrants and refugees to an invasion.

Overall, two-thirds of the 4,734 people polled believe there are "too many immigrants in Belgium", while 77 per cent agreed with the statement, "Today we no longer feel at home as we did before [mass migration]".

Entitled Black Yellow Blues 2017, the research was an initiative of public broadcaster RTBF and liberal newspaper Le Soir, carried out by sociology research institute Survey and Action and the globalist 'This is Not a Crisis' foundation.

Reporting on the study, which looked at the attitudes of French-speaking Belgians and how they have changed since a similar survey was taken in 1997, RTBF laments that it depicts a population which is growing "increasingly xenophobic".

"The results raise many questions, but they revealed a society that is filled with fear and the rejection of otherness," writes the taxpayer-funded broadcaster.

Produced by This is Not a Crisis, an organisation which seeks to tackle populism at a time it says societies in the West must undergo "permanent transformations", the report claims researchers "observed the development of a true anti-Muslim paranoia [among Belgians], which has taken on a pathological dimension".

According to 74 per cent of people surveyed, Islam is "not a tolerant religion", while 60 per cent said the presence of so many Muslims in their nation presents a threat to its identity. Just 12 per cent said they believe the religion is "a source of enrichment" for Belgium. ...

"Seven out of 10 Belgians think that immigrants want to impose their way of life," the article notes disapprovingly, nowhere mentioning any of the attitudes disclosed by the 400 Muslims surveyed in the study.

These included 33 per cent of Muslim respondents revealing they "don't like Western culture", 29 per cent asserting they believe the laws of Islam to be superior to Belgian law, and 34 per cent admitting they "would definitely prefer a political system inspired by the Quran".
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – CRIME, ITALY
Italy breaks up Chinese crime ring involved in drugs, prostitution
Business Insider / Reuters, 18 January 2018

Italy ordered the arrest of 33 people on Thursday on suspicion of running a Chinese mafia group involved in gambling, prostitution, and drugs and which dominated the transport of Chinese goods across Europe.

The group's base was in Prato, near Florence, a hub for the textile industry where many factories are owned and run by Chinese, police said in a statement.

But the network had members in other parts of Italy and across Europe, with arrests sought in Rome, Milan, Padua, Paris, Madrid and Neuss, Germany, the statement said. ...

Italy has a long history of home-grown organized crime, including the Sicilian Mafia and the Calabrian 'Ndrangheta, but immigration to Europe has opened the way for foreign crime groups to take root, including the Nigerian and Chinese mafias.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – PARTY POLITICS, USA
Hostility to immigration used to be found in both parties
The Economist, 18 January 2018

In both parties, fundamental forces have shaped this political change. Only a decade ago, Republican leaders such as George W. Bush enthused about immigration. Yet they were out of touch with the nativism of many Republican voters. That sentiment, which Mr Trump divined and has exacerbated, has now infected the party to such a degree that hostility to immigration is the surest indicator of Republican support. The arrival of many Hispanics in Republican states which had previously seen little recent immigration, such as Alabama and Arkansas, is one reason for this. Another is the electoral migration of working-class whites from the Democrats – bringing with them the left's traditional fear for the effect of immigration on native workers' wages. In addition, Republicans' fears are driven, opinion polling and Mr Trump's rhetoric suggests, by ethnocultural anxiety which, in a country turning rapidly browner, cannot easily be assuaged.

Meanwhile, the Democrats, who until a decade or so ago were similarly divided on immigration, are now all for it. In 2006, 40% of Democrats were in favour of a border wall; now less than 10% are. This is in part because the party has to some degree replaced its lost whites with Hispanic voters. It also represents a more profound cultural shift, driven by a cosmopolitan relish for diversity and zeitgeisty aversion to chauvinism, such that even white Democrats now feel markedly less chary towards immigration than they did. To be pro-immigrant is becoming even more inherently Democratic than to be agin immigration is Republican.
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IMMIGRATION – ECONOMY, WAGES
Drop in foreign workers may drive up wages but dampen productivity, says BoE's Saunders
Anna Isaac
Daily Telegraph, 18 January 2018

Record low unemployment may start to drive wage growth as companies are increasingly becoming less able to hire foreign workers amid Brexit, according to the Bank of England.

In a speech on Wednesday, Michael Saunders, a member of the Bank's Monetary Policy Committee, said that a fall in immigration levels seen since the vote to leave the EU and the resultant fall in the value of sterling, may soon lead companies to raise workers' pay.

Mr Saunders, a former economist at Citibank, said that easy access to foreign labour may have, until recently, limited "the extent to which pay growth responds to low UK unemployment".

His remarks come as wage growth has failed to keep pace with inflation, putting pressure on households incomes.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – CRIME, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
'African gangs' debate polarises Australia
BBC, 18 January 2018

Melbourne is a place of stunning architecture, celebrated laneways and tree-lined boulevards, of major cultural and sporting events. ...

For many months, and particularly in recent weeks, this reputedly serene city has witnessed sporadic eruptions of so-called gang violence involving youths. Many of those involved have been Australians of African descent. ...

Last October, a parliamentary inquiry on migrant settlement heard from Victoria's Crime Statistics Agency (VCSA) that around 1.4% of criminal offenders in the state were Sudanese-born, though Sudanese and South Sudanese communities comprised just 0.14% of the state's population. ...

On charges of riot and affray, people born in Sudan comprised 6% of offenders. ...

Mr Monoah, a member of Victorian Police's new taskforce, said the issue had to be addressed in a responsible way, "without obviously mixing them with politics or without mixing them with any other messaging".

Fellow community leader Richard Deng also criticised politicians for using the term "African gangs", saying: "The majority of these kids are born here, they're bloody Australian. Let's call them that way."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – CRIME, GERMANY
A Girl's Killing Puts Germany's Migration Policy on Trial
Katrin Bennhold
New York Times, 18 January 2018

The death in Kandel, in southwestern Germany, on Dec. 27 has traumatized this sleepy town of barely 10,000 inhabitants, not just because both the suspect and the victim were only 15 years old and went to the local school, but also because the boy is an Afghan migrant and the girl was German. ...

But the case of the two teenagers, Abdul D. and Mia V., has struck a special nerve because the killing happened in such a quiet and provincial setting and the two people involved were so young. ...

When Abdul arrived in Germany in April 2016, he said he was 14, and apparently none of the officials registering him raised serious doubts about his age. ...

There is an incentive for migrants to be listed as under 18. Government benefits, access to German lessons and job opportunities are better for minors. In Saarland, more than a third of the migrants who were tested appeared to be over 18.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – POLITICS, ITALY
Immigration thrust to fore of Italy's election campaign as politician says 'white race' could face extinction
Nick Squires
Daily Telegraph, 17 January 2018

Immigration has been thrust to the fore of Italy's election campaign after a politician from a right-wing party warned that "the white race" was in danger of dying out. ...

Attilio Fontana, a prominent politician from the Right-wing Northern League, said the "white race" in Italy could face extinction unless the number of migrants entering the country was drastically reduced.

"We have to decide if our ethnicity, if our white race, if our society continues to exist or if it will be canceled out," said Mr Fontana, who is the League's candidate to become the next governor of Lombardy, the wealthy northern region that includes Milan.

An unwillingness to take in "all" migrants was not "a question of being xenophobic or racist, but a question of being logical or rational," he said.

His remarks were condemned by the centre-Left, but he received the endorsement of Matteo Salvini, the leader of the National League, who said that Islam and the migrant "invasion" posed a grave threat to Italian society.

"We are under attack. Our culture, society, traditions and way of life are at risk," Mr Salvini said. "The colour of one's skin has nothing to do with it, but the risk is very real. Centuries of history risk disappearing if Islamisation, which up until now has been underestimated, gains the upper hand." ...

Matteo Renzi, former premier and the head of the ruling Democratic Party, accused the Northern League of pandering to racism and whipping up fear of migrants.

"We look to the future, not to fear," he said.

Paolo Gentiloni, the prime minister, who is also from the Democratic Party, said that opposition parties who said they would stop the influx of migrants entirely were giving false promises.

"The issue is how to manage flows, because our country will need these people," he said last week.
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MULTICULTURALISM – LIBERALISM, NATIONALISM
Why liberal societies need moderate nationalism
David Goodhart
Washington Post, 17 January 2018

The return of the discussion of tribes is a metaphorical recognition of the shallowness of much of modern liberalism, with its awkwardness about the human need for recognition, belonging and group attachment, along with its implicit claim that society is just a random collection of individuals. ...

Value tribes are an unavoidable but often fragmenting reality of the modern world. A gulf has opened between the two big, loose value tribes that dominate western liberal societies. ...

"Anywhere" people, about 25 percent of the population, tend to be educated and mobile; they value openness, autonomy and individual self-realization. They tend to have careers rather than jobs and "achieved identities" based on academic and professional success.

"Somewheres," about half of the population, are by contrast more rooted and less well-educated; they tend to value security, familiarity and group attachments (national or local) that Anywheres often don't feel or respect. Somewheres generally have "ascribed identities" – their sense of themselves is more likely to come from the place they come from and the local ways of life they are attached to, which means that they are more likely to be discomforted by rapid social change.

... In real life, the story is less binary than it sounds, and there is a big group of about 25 percent of the population who share almost equally the two loose worldviews.

It is also important to remember that both of these worldviews are, at least in mainstream form, perfectly decent and legitimate. ...

... most forms of group attachment are compatible with the main liberal values of individual rights and human moral equality. To put it another way: the human desire to belong does not require hostility to outsiders. ...

Neither militant liberals, who fear the masses are always teetering on the edge of new forms of authoritarianism, nor militant populists, who are hostile to diversity, find it easy to accept that many people live according to different norms. And, of course, it is possible to have too much fragmentation, which is why moderate nationalism remains such an important glue for liberal societies, reinforcing shared norms and social solidarity.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – POLITICS, FRANCE
The Jungle camp is a squalid monument to France's cowardice and Europe's failed border policy
Leo Mckinstry
Daily Mail, 17 January 2018

The Jungle camp at Calais is a squalid monument to Europe's failed border policies. ...

There was a much-trumpeted clearout in 2016, but, all too predictably, many are back, in swelling numbers. ...

In the absence of anything like a sufficiently resolute approach, French politicians have resorted to their traditional strategy of heaping the blame on Britain. ...

But the French government's demands are not only profoundly unjust, they are also unworkable. Britain has poured a fortune into beefing up security at Calais – more than £120 million in the past three years.

Moreover, any transfer of the border to southern England would do nothing to stop the migrant problem at Calais. ...

The truth is that the Calais nightmare has been allowed to fester because of France's political cowardice. ...

The Calais farce is a metaphor for a wider lack of political will to defend Europe's borders or the traditional concept of nationhood. The result is that ordinary people throughout Europe are becoming deeply worried about migration's effect on their culture, heritage and nationhood. ...

The migration-fixated, diversity-obsessed cadre of the EU, epitomised by Macron, have no answers to the problem of migrants.
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POLITICS – BREXIT, EU
EU plots to delay border crackdown AFTER Brexit: Bloc to ignore Theresa May's wish for control of borders and insist the UK remain open for two years after the split
Mario Ledwith
Daily Mail, 16 January 2018

EU migrants would be handed the right to travel to the UK until the end of 2020 and then stay on indefinitely, under Brussels demands for a Brexit transition period.

The bloc will ignore the Prime Minister's wish to 'take back control' of Britain's borders and instead say that the UK should remain open for two years after the split.

Brussels will seek to block the UK from creating its own post-Brexit immigration system and delay a previously agreed 'cut-off' point for new arrivals. ...

Theresa May has previously acknowledged that a two-year transition period is necessary to avoid a cliff edge Brexit and to provide certainty to the business community. ...

Under the landmark first-phase deal agreed between the UK and the EU last year, Britain set out plans to start implementing a 'citizens rights' regime on Brexit day in March 2019.

This will involve many of the 3.2 million EU citizens living in the UK being able to apply for 'settled status', while tough border laws would also be applied to new arrivals.

But in draft negotiating 'directives' setting out the EU's demands for the transition period, seen by the Financial Times, Brussels will instead seek to delay the landmark change in UK immigration.

The EU will insist that the previously agreed 'cut off' - the point when new EU arrivals to the UK are guaranteed citizenship rights - does not take effect until the end of the transition. ...

'In particular, the provisions of the citizens' rights part of the withdrawal agreement should apply as from the end of the transition period,' the paper is reported to say.
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ASYLUM – FRANCE, UK
Emmanuel Macron's migrant demands to UK are indefensible
Ross Clark
Daily Express, 16 January 2018

It is reported that the French President is determined to use talks with Theresa May as an opportunity to try to persuade Britain to take migrants from the Jungle camp in Calais.

If we agree, it's been suggested, France will back Britain's case for a favourable free trade deal between Britain and the EU.

It is clear that the Jungle camp has been a headache for French authorities. It has already been cleared once yet that hasn't stopped migrants continuing to gather there.

But what makes Emmanuel Macron or anyone else think that the problem will go away if Britain gave in and agreed to accept migrants?

On the contrary, nothing would better guarantee the arrival of even more migrants in Calais. ...

Some migration is good but uncontrolled flows of people around the world create havoc with social policy, undermining welfare systems.

It is for this reason that the asylum system has rules, foremost of which is the demand that anyone wanting to claim asylum does so in the first "safe" country in which they arrive. ...

It follows that unless refugees are fleeing from persecution by the Macron regime – which I suspect applies to very few – there is no excuse for trying to reach Britain before claiming asylum. ...

Two years ago Bradford-based charity Human Relief Foundation withdrew from its work in Calais after coming to the conclusion that most migrants there had "no valid reason" for leaving their home countries other than the search for a better life. ...

According to the charity War Child it costs at least 10 times as much to feed, clothe and house a refugee in Britain than it does to help one living in a camp close to that country's borders. In other words, for every economic migrant who plays the system and makes it to Dover we could have helped 10 people genuinely fleeing for their lives.
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POPULATION – AFRICA
Missing: A beefed-up plan for Africa's population explosion
Giles Merritt
Friends of Europe, 16 January 2018

Lack of media attention doesn't diminish the importance of planning to cope with the population explosion under way in Africa. Over the next 25 years, the number of Africans will double to some two and half billion people, far more than Africa's backward farms can feed or its struggling businesses employ.

European governments seem lulled into a sense of security by a fall-off in migrants. ...

No one can tell how many Africans may try to make the perilous journey to Europe in the years ahead. The demographics suggest they will be in their millions, and perhaps their tens of millions. A report to the World Economic Forum, organisers of the annual Davos event, has warned that by 2050 there will be 800 million new working age people in sub-Saharan Africa. ...

... An enormous effort is needed to stabilise and perhaps reverse Africa's ebbing economic and social fortunes.

At the same time, Europe's steadily ageing workforce is going to require more African manpower to cover snowballing pension costs. The elements are present for a mutually beneficial Grand Strategy, so where is the EU's imaginative leadership with the political courage to tell Europeans and Africans they cannot do without each another?
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ASYLUM, GERMANY
German asylum numbers fall, but still too high, minister says
Riham Alkousaa
Reuters, 16 January 2018

The number of new arrivals in Germany seeking asylum fell 33 percent on the year to 186,000 in 2017, data from the Federal Interior Ministry showed, down from 280,000 the previous year and 890,000 in 2015, when unprecedented flows overwhelmed Europe's border controls.

Immigration is one of the most sensitive topics in the talks between Chancellor Angela Merkel conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) on renewing the 'grand coalition' that governed Germany from 2013 to 2017.

In a deal signed on Friday, the two camps agreed a soft target of 180,000 to 220,000 immigrants a year, to be achieved not via a formal cap but by interventions to manage flows. ...

But, presenting the new figures on Tuesday, interior minister Thomas de Maiziere said the number of asylum seekers was still too high, adding that Germany still had much work to do to integrate new arrivals into society and address higher levels of criminality among asylum seekers.

"So far it is still the case that those who decide whether someone will come to Europe or to Germany are criminal people smugglers. This is the most inhuman selection committee," de Maiziere said on Tuesday. ...

... De Maiziere, a conservative, said that while family reunification could help refugees integrate, it could also encourage more people to send their children on the hazardous journey to Germany.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – EXTREMISM, PRISONS, FRAMCE
'We risk our lives for €1.5k a month': French prisons on edge over radicalised inmates
The Local [France], 16 January 2018

Assaults by inmates linked to Islamic extremism prompted a second day of strikes by prison guards across France on Tuesday, casting a spotlight on the challenges of handling radicalised prisoners.

The attacks come as French officials test a range of preventive measures after a string of jihadist attacks over the past two years that have left more than 240 people dead.

Some of those responsible were involved in Islamist networks in jail. ...

"The thing that keeps coming up is, 'We're putting our lives on the line for 1,500 euros a month'," said Martial Delabroye, a Force Ouvriere union official at the Reau prison near Paris.

France's prisons house about 500 people charged with terrorism activities, and about 1,200 inmates are identified as having extremist views.
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IMMIGRATION – CONCERNS, BREXIT
Numbers alone don't explain the British obsession with immigration
Seamus Nevin
New Statesman, 16 January 2018
[Seamus Nevin is head of policy research at the Institute of Directors]

In the build up to the EU referendum, as questions about immigration took over the airwaves and newspapers, I asked the Labour MP Margaret Hodge what she had done to tackle anti-immigrant sentiment that had engulfed her constituency just a decade previously. ...

So why have the concerns she faced in her constituency become so prominent across Britain today? ...

As Hodge's experience shows, for most Britons, the concern is not with immigration in itself, but with successive governments' failure to adequately prepare public services for the effects this may have. ...

Poor planning by successive governments can also, ironically, translate into higher immigration. Cuts to domestic training budgets, for example, mean we need more workers to come from abroad. ...

The best way to reduce British businesses' need to recruit staff from overseas is to increase the supply of British workers willing and able to do the jobs those employers are creating. ...

More stringent visa rules and a wider number of nationalities that are subject to them will automatically increase resource requirements. Yet, despite being just 14 short months away from leaving the European Union, the signs are that government has still not put in place measures to build the infrastructure or recruit the estimated 7,400 staff we will need to manage immigration and customs at our ports and borders.

Better monitoring of inflows and outflows is also needed, and will be crucial to ensuring government policy remains timely and responsive to future population changes.

... The government may have begun planning to leave the EU, but it has yet to start seriously planning for what comes after.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – AFGHANS, REPATRIATION, PAKISTAN
Afghan refugees in Pakistan face mass deportation
Masood Saifullah and Riaz Sayed
Deutsche Welle, 16 January 2018

There are now an estimated 2.7 million registered and undocumented Afghan refugees in Pakistan.

Afghanistan's failure so far to emerge as a stable and peaceful country means there is no safe place for these refugees to return to.

Notwithstanding the security situation in its volatile neighbor, the Pakistani government wants to accelerate refugee repatriation. At the start of January, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's cabinet decided to extend Afghan refugees' stay in the country only for 30 days.

This is the sixth extension given to the refugees by the government. ...

The decision comes as surprise for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), which is undertaking a repatriation program for 1.4 million Afghans, most of them living in Pakistan since their country was invaded by Soviet Russia in 1979.

There are also hundreds of thousands of undocumented Afghans residing in the country. ...

"Unfortunately the issue of Afghan refugees in Pakistan is being politicized from time to time," said Abdul Hamid Jalili, an Afghan consulate official in Peshawar.

Everybody understands, Jalili stated, that deporting over two million Afghan refugees in less than a month will not be possible, but the deadline is still set to create a mechanism for all Afghans to return.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – NUMBER, PUBLIC OPINION
Government's failure to identify the number of illegal immigrants is fuelling anxiety about how many live in Britain, report warns
Chris Greenwood
Daily Mail, 15 January 2018

The Government's failure to identify the number of illegal immigrants in the UK is fuelling widespread anxiety about numbers in the country, a report claimed last night.

MPs said fears about the impact of those here unlawfully is able to 'grow unchecked' because of a lack of official information.

They said many perceive the 'long-standing paucity' of figures as representing official 'indifference' on a matter of huge public interest.

Members of the Home Affairs Select Committee said Ministers must do more to 'reassure' voters that the issue is being taken seriously.

In a wide-ranging report, they said illegal migration can only be tackled effectively if the true 'scale and nature' of the problem is identified.

And they called for exit data and other sources to be used to produce an annual estimate of the numbers who have breached immigration rules.

They also stressed the importance of effective enforcement, highlighting how large numbers of foreign nationals, including convicted criminals, have disappeared.
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POLITICS – MPS' COMMITTEE
MPs call for immigration target to be scrapped
Robert Wright
Financial Times, 15 January 2018

Britain should scrap its immigration target and instead draw up a three-year plan setting out the country's needs and goals, MPs have said, in an effort to influence post-Brexit immigration policy.

Releasing a report as the government prepares to set out its own views in a white paper, the House of Commons home affairs committee also said that, "at a minimum", students should be taken out of the target.

The committee also suggested that the independent Migration Advisory Committee be appointed to oversee the government's immigration plans and to set out the three-year plan and report on progress. ...

Yvette Cooper, the Labour MP who chairs the committee, said the government had a responsibility to build "consensus and confidence" on immigration, rather than allowing the issue to be a "divisive debate".

"The net migration target isn't working to build confidence and it treats all migration as the same," Ms Cooper said. ...

The recommended new migration system should be accompanied by efforts to train British workers to fill the gaps that are leading employers to look overseas, the MPs said.
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FRAUD AND CORRUPTION – HEALTH TOURISM
NHS stung for £200m in health tourism scam using European insurance cards
Matt Dathan
The Sun, 15 January 2018

A huge health tourism scam is costing the NHS £20 million a year.

Millions have taken advantage of a loophole to claim free healthcare across Europe – with Britain picking up the bill.

A probe by The Sun reveals how easy it is to get a fake European Health Insurance Card giving unlimited access to treatment. EU hospitals then claim the cost back from the UK government.

The NHS has paid out more than £1 billion over the past decade – an average of £20 for every card issued.

Around £200 million, the cost of 8,600 extra nurses, is thought to be fraudulent.

The health service has reclaimed just £145 million over the past five years.

We used fake national insurance numbers to get EHIC cards issued in the names of Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, PM Theresa May, US President Donald Trump and EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker.

Figures show that the NHS issued 57 million new EHIC cards over the past decade.

But according to a whistleblower at the NHS Business Services Authority, based in Newcastle, one in five applications are fraudulent.

He said he had issued more than 20 cards to the same address after bosses told him not to waste time on checks. ...

Tory MP Sarah Wollaston, chairman of the Commons health committee, said: "I'm shocked. It exposes a serious loophole, which needs to be closed immediately."

Shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth said: "This looks like serious abuse of a system that is to ensure Brits on holiday or working in Europe get their healthcare covered. It's clear we need a full inquiry."
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REPATRIATION/DEPORTATION – RETURN
Albanian thief kicked out of UK after string of burglaries sneaks back in only to be caught wearing designer watch he'd stolen in raid that morning
Rebecca Camber
Daily Mail, 15 January 2018

An Albanian criminal deported for carrying out a string of burglaries has been jailed after sneaking back into Britain and being caught wearing a designer watch he had just stolen.

Dorian Puka, 23, was originally jailed for nine months in 2016 and then deported for attempting to break into a property ...

Experts said the case made a mockery of Britain's border controls. David Green, of think-tank Civitas, said: 'This shows there is something going wrong with the immigration system if someone who has been deported can just come straight back into the country.

'The curious thing is, how did he get back in? There is supposed to be a database on deported offenders but they clearly don't use it properly.'
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CRIME – ALLEGATION
Home Office worker 'was lynchpin of plot to let illegal migrants stay': Employee is accused of falsifying records that could have seen hundreds benefit
Christian Gysin And David Churchill
Daily Mail, 15 January 2018

A gang including a Home Office worker masterminded a conspiracy to allow illegal immigrants to stay in the country, a court has heard.

Shamsu Iqbal was allegedly the lynchpin of the group that used his 'trusted' Home Office position to falsify documents – with investigators identifying 437 potential cases over five years.

The 61-year-old changed the records of migrants who had permission to stay in the UK, giving their identities to people who were in Britain illegally, jurors heard.

Iqbal's co-accused – lawyers Sheikh Muhammad Usman, 45, Mohammad Khawar Aftab Hussain, 49, and Mohammad Ibrahim Ali, 47 – would then allegedly contact the Home Office to 'straighten out' the status of 'impostors' who had taken on another identity.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – MELILLA, SPAIN
Police attacked as 200 migrants storm Spanish border to claim EU asylum
Vincent Wood
Daily Express, 15 January 2018

More than 200 African migrants stormed the Spanish border in a bid to claim asylum, regional officials have said.

The migrants breached the gates leading into Melilla, a Spanish enclave on the border of Northern Morocco. ...

The 209 migrants who managed to make it across the barrier have since been taken to a migrant detention centre.
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POLITICS – MPS' COMMITTEE
Government stands by immigration targets despite calls for revision
Alison Little
Daily Express, 15 January 2018

The Government yesterday stood by its immigration reduction target as a "direction of travel", as senior MPs called for it to be dropped because repeated failure to meet it just damaged public faith in the system. ...

... publication overnight of a report by the House of Commons' Home Affairs Committee calling for an overhaul of immigration policy to find "consensus" on the way forward.

The MPs called for the "tens-of-thousands" target to be replaced with an "evidence-based", annually reviewed system.

The rules should also reflect the public's belief that migration for study, work, family reunion and asylum should be treated differently and as a "minimum", foreign students should be removed from the target.

The committee said the last Labour government's underestimate of likely immigration from new Eastern European EU countries, and the Tories' tens-of-thousands target which had never been met had both undermined public trust. ...

Alp Mehmet, vice chairman of Migration Watch UK, said:"This is a superficial report. "It is critical of government failures but tacitly accepts the current level of immigration, with policy recommendations that would see mass immigration continue indefinitely, contrary to very strong public opinion.

"The call for students to be removed from the net migration target is undermined by recognition of the additional pressure that the arrival of international students can place on local resources and overlooking that numbers of students do stay on after completing their studies - very good reasons for keeping arrangements as they are."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – CITIZENSHIP, REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
100,000+ New Irish Citizens
Chinedu Onyejelem
Metro Éireann, 15 January 2018

More than 100,000 immigrants have naturalised in Ireland following the introduction of citizenship ceremonies in June 2011.

According to the Department of Justice, the number includes over 79,000 adults who took part in 128 citizenship ceremonies and over 21,000 minors, who are not obliged to attend the ceremonies often held during school hours.

Justice said the new Irish citizens since 2011 come from 178 different countries, and that half of the top 10 nationalities are from Asia: India, the Philippines, Pakistan, China (including Hong Kong) and Bangladesh.

The remaining five nationalities include two from the African continent, Nigeria and South Africa, as well as three from eastern Europe – Poland, Romania and Ukraine.

In an end-of-year review published by his department, Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan said he was "delighted to congratulate the 6,850 new Irish citizens who were formally conferred with citizenship over the course of 2017.
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RACISM – FREE SPEECH, POLICE
Police Hunt Down Facebook Users Who Made 'Offensive' Comments About Muslim Grooming Gangs Online
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 13 January 2018

Northumbria Police have warned that "offensive" comments on the Internet will not be tolerated, tracking down users who made "potentially criminal" posts on social media about grooming gangs.

The force launched an investigation into comments left on its Facebook page in response to articles about the Operation Shelter scandal, in which young white British girls in were groomed, sexually abused and trafficked by mostly Muslim men of South Asian descent in Newcastle.

Officers made a review of every comment on the page after a member of the public complained that a number of posts referred to the race and religion of the 18 people convicted following the operation.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – WALLS, USA
This town is proof that Trump's wall can work
Paul Sperry
New York Post, 13 January 2018

When charges of "racism" and "xenophobia" fail, Democrats' fallback argument against President Trump's proposed border wall is that it simply "won't work," so why waste billions building it? Tell that to the residents of El Paso, Texas. ...

In fact, the number of deportable illegal immigrants located by the US Border Patrol plummeted by more than 89 percent over the five-year period during which the controversial new fence was built, according to Homeland Security data reviewed by me. When the project first started in 2006, illegal crossings totaled 122,261, but by 2010, when the 131-mile fence was completed from one end of El Paso out into the New Mexico desert, immigrant crossings shrank to just 12,251.

They hit a low of 9,678 in 2012, before slowly ticking back up to a total of 25,193 last year. But they're still well below pre-fence levels, and the Border Patrol credits the fortified barrier dividing El Paso from Mexico for the reduction in illegal flows.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – BANK ACCOUNTS
Home Office gets banks to check immigration status of account holders
The Guardian, 12 January 2018

Banks and building societies have started immigration checks on holders of millions of current accounts under a government crackdown.

... It requires banks and building societies to check the immigration status of all current account holders against details of known illegal migrants held by authorities.

Where an illegal migrant is found to be operating an account, this will be flagged to the Home Office. After checks, officials will instruct the bank or building society on what action to take, which could include shutting the account.

Immigration minister Caroline Nokes said the measures would "make it more difficult for people with no right to live or work in the UK to remain here." ...

The Home Office said it was only sharing details of illegal migrants who are liable for deportation from the UK, or who have absconded from immigration control.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – BANK ACCOUNTS
Theresa May could REMOVE 6,000 illegal migrants who 'break the rules' using bank checks
Joseph Carey
Daily Express, 12 January 2018

Theresa May could be about to remove 6,000 illegal migrants who "break the rules" as banks have begun checking immigration statuses of account holders, The Home Office declared.

The Home Office has declared that an estimated 70 million accounts will be subject to checks.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – CRIME
'None of this should have happened': Judge lashes Home Office for failing to deport illegal immigrant, 53, who swindled £32,000 in benefits after using a fake letter to stay in the UK for 16 years
Amie Gordon
MailOnline, 12 January 2018

A judge has criticised the Home Office for failing to deport an illegal immigrant who entered the UK on the back of a lorry and illegally claimed £32,000 in benefits.

Kerim Koroglu pocketed handouts he was not entitled to collect for more than six years after he sneaked into the country in a lorry on 30 August 2002.

The 49-year-old used a fake 'leave to remain' letter to swindle £32,549 in housing and council tax benefits from Hackney Council.

The false document, described by prosecutor Will Martin as 'very convenient', purported to grant Koroglu asylum in 2004, enabling him to claim the welfare and bring his wife and two children over from Turkey. ...

But he was convicted of benefit fraud by an Old Bailey jury and jailed for 30 months.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – MULTICULTURALISM, POLICE, GERMANY
Germany: Berlin's Police Problem
Stefan Frank
Gatestone Institute, 12 January 2018

Berlin's local government has come under fire after reports of frequent, habitual and sometimes criminal misconduct by Berlin's police cadets. According to the reports, such misconduct, especially by those with a migrant background, is rampant in the Berlin-Spandau police academy. ...

At the same time, it emerged that Berlin's police commanders and the Senate had been aware of problems with cadets "of migrant background" long before this exposé.

The newspaper Die Welt quoted from the leaked minutes of a high-level police meeting, according to which the staff of the police academy complained about problems that "developed in the course of hiring officers with a migrant background (currently 30%)." ...

He also spoke of conflicts between different ethnic groups within the police. "It is only a question of time until someone fires the first shot at a colleague," he said.

Finally, the LKA official warned about the danger of criminal clans infiltrating the police and administration: "This has already begun".
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IMMIGRATION – DEBATE, ENOCH POWELL
Newspaper to stage debate marking 50 years since 'Rivers of Blood' speech
David Sharman
HoldTheFrontPage, 11 January 2018

A regional daily is set to hold a debate on the legacy of Enoch Powell to mark the 50th anniversary of the controversial politician's 'Rivers of Blood' speech.

The Express & Star, Wolverhampton, will host the event later this month, with former Birmingham Post editor Nigel Hastilow among the panelists.

Nigel was selected as a Conservative parliamentary candidate in 2007, but resigned his candidacy following criticism of a column he wrote for the Express & Star in which he suggested Mr Powell had been correct to warn that uncontrolled immigration "would change our country irrevocably."

Nigel wrote at the time: "He was right. It has changed dramatically." ...

Also on the panel will be UKIP MEP Bill Etheridge, Labour MP Eleanor Smith, who holds Mr Powell's former Wolverhampton South West constituency, historian Dr Shirin Hirsch, political commentator Nick Jones and Wolverhampton-born political activist Patrick Vernon. ...

Readers are being asked to submit their questions for the discussion, which will be held during the second annual Wolverhampton Literature Festival on 27 January.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – POLITICS, GERMANY
Lead Europe? Berlin can't even lead Germany
Jens Bastian
politics.eu, 11 January 2018

It was only recently that Germany seemed like a rock of stability in an otherwise unpredictable world, a country to which other EU members turned desperately for leadership and direction.

Today, things couldn't be more different. /.../ Never mind trying to lead Europe. It's not clear that Berlin can even lead Germany. ...

Meanwhile, the only thing on which the winners and losers of the September 2017 election can truly agree is that "business as usual" can't go on. ...

The outcome of the elections was strongly influenced by the twin issues of refugees and migration. As is increasingly becoming apparent, the "welcome culture" of mid-2015 has been replaced with debates about limiting the number of arriving refugees, curtailing family reunification and expediting deportations, as well as linking crime statistics to refugees and migrants.

... And indeed, Germany's judicial system, municipal administrations and regional authorities are at breaking point. They do not have the capacity to handle the sheer volume of asylum seekers.
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POPULATION – BRITISH ARMY
Did British Army chief admit native Brits are being replaced?
Shy Society, 11 January 2018

The British Army – heroic, a source of national pride, our last line of defence and traditionally the last organisation you would associate with political correctness.

And yet, didn't the head of the British Army Sir Nick Carter just effectively admit, though not in so many words, that white native Britons are being gradually replaced? And, by implication, that British society is being Islamised? ...

Sir Nick, Chief of the General Staff, was speaking on BBC Radio 4 yesterday (Wednesday) about the Army's controversial new recruitment campaign.

He said: "What this campaign is about, frankly, is a recognition that we don't have a fully manned Army at the moment, that the demography of our country has changed, and that we need to reach out to a broader community in order to man that Army with the right talent.

"Our traditional cohort would have been white, male, Caucasian 16 to 25-year-olds and there are not as many of those around as there once were, and our society is changing and I think it's entirely appropriate for us therefore to try and reach out to a much broader base to get the talent we need in order to stay in that combat effectiveness." ...

Sir Nick is entirely correct of course in stating that "our society is changing" and it is no coincidence either that Islam is the religion depicted in the promotional video and not Christianity, Judaism, or Hinduism.

According to the 2011 census, the White ethnic group fell to 86 per cent in Britain (down 8.1 per cent since 1991) whereas those listed as Muslim almost tripled over the same period.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – FREE SPEECH, GERMANY
Germany is silencing "hate speech", but cannot define it
The Economist, 11 January 2018

Germany's memories of the Gestapo and the Stasi undergird its commitment to free speech. "There shall be no censorship," decrees the constitution. Even marches by Pegida, an Islamophobic and anti-immigrant movement founded in 2014, receive police protection. But the country of Kristallnacht and the Holocaust also takes a punitive attitude to what it deems "hate speech". ...

Reconciling these two convictions – for free speech and against hate speech – is becoming harder, particularly since Angela Merkel's refugee gambit in 2015. Opening Germany's borders to some 1.2m mostly Muslim migrants has fuelled the rise of nativist outfits like the AfD and Pegida. Racist propaganda and sensationalist reports (some, though not all, fake) of criminal and rapist immigrants have rippled across social media. In 2016, for example, the number of criminal investigations into online hate speech in Berlin rose by 50%. A number of the newcomers from the Middle East and Africa are anti-Semitic. Confronting such ills without encroaching too much on freedom of expression is tricky.

The most prominent example of the balancing act is the new Net Enforcement Law (NetzDG) /.../ It sets out 20 things defining a comment as "clearly illegal", such as incitement to hatred or showing the swastika. Once posts are flagged by users, a social-media firm has 24 hours – extended to a week in complex cases – to check and remove those that contravene the rules, or face a €50m ($60m) fine. ...

Overwhelmed by the volume and wary of incurring such huge fines, social-media firms are erring on the side of censorship. ...

Criticism is mounting. The AfD has been joined by the liberal Free Democrats, the Greens and the socialist Left party in calling for its repeal. The Federal Association of German Newspaper Publishers is also opposed. ...

All of which points to a broader truth: regulating speech was easier in the past, when Germany was a more settled, homogeneous and conformist place. The wave of new arrivals since 2015 has accelerated its long-term evolution into a more plural, fragmented country.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – CRIME, SWEDEN
Sweden: Not Everyone Can Say #MeToo
Nima Gholam Ali Pour
Gatestone Institute, 11 January 2018

While many Swedes are eager to expose celebrities who have sexually assaulted or sexually harassed women, Sweden is still a country where sexual assaults and rapes by newly arrived and illegal migrants is denied and concealed in the most vicious ways by parts of the official establishment. ...

If you are sexually assaulted by an illegal migrant in Sweden it is hard to say "Me too": there are many activists and supporters of migrants who will accuse the victim of lying – even when the victim is only 14-years-old and needs all the support she can get.

That Swedish media conceal sexual assaults by migrants is not exactly a secret; it has happened quite a few times. ...

The main narrative of official Sweden declares that all migration enriches Sweden.

Another part of this official narrative is that Sweden is filled with racists. ...

... Sweden is, after all, a country where rapists often get away with their crimes. In September 2017, the Swedish media reported that the police have no time to investigate rape cases because of the many murders.
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RACISM – NUMBERS, STATISTICS, WHITE RACIAL INTERESTS
Scholars claim that statistics 'serve white racial interests'
Toni Airaksinen
Campus Reform, 11 January 2018

Three British professors recently promulgated the theory that statistics "serve white racial interests" because "numbers are neither objective nor color-blind." ...

Led by David Gillborn, a professor at the University of Birmingham, the professors argue that math serves white interests because it can "frequently encode racist perspectives beneath the facade of supposed quantitative objectivity."

"Contrary to popular belief, and the assertions of many quantitative researchers, numbers are neither objective nor color-blind," Gillborn and his team assert in their article for the journal Race, Ethnicity, and Education.

To address the racism numbers reinforce, the professors advocate for the adoption of "QuantCrit" – a portmanteau for "quantitative analysis" and "critical race theory." Quantcrit, they say, has five key tenets, including that "numbers are not neutral." ...

In the postmodern tradition, Gillborn and his team also argue that racism can be reinforced through numbers because they are social constructs.

"Numbers are social constructs and likely to embody the dominant (racist) assumptions that shape contemporary society," they write. As a consequence, they assert that "in many cases, numbers speak for White racial interests." ...

Despite the purported danger of statistics being used to reinforce white privilege, they predict that if used properly, statistics can "expose and delegitimize the racist (and sexist, classist, hetero-normative, and ableist) assumptions, policies, and practices that are currently supported by the uncritical use of quantitative data."

The article was co-authored by Paul Warmington, who teaches at the University of Warwick, and Sean Demack, a Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University. The article was published in the latest issue of Race, Ethnicity, and Education, which Gillborn edits.

As Campus Reform has reported, Gillborn is also the managing editor for the journal Whiteness in Education, ...
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IMMIGRATION – PUBLIC OPINION, SCOTLAND
Majority of Scots want to end freedom of movement post-Brexit
Tom Peterkin
The Scotsman, 10 January 2018

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's demand for a separate Scottish immigration system has been dealt a blow by a poll showing that most people in Scotland believe in a common policy across the UK.

Research for the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) report also found a majority Scots would prefer to see an end to freedom of movement.

The report by Sir John Curtice was conducted for NatCen's What UK Thinks project.

Out of 859 Scots surveyed, 63 per cent thought that, post-Brexit, the rules on immigration should be the same in Scotland as in the rest of the UK. ...

A majority appeared to reject freedom of movement, with 59 per cent of voters in Scotland believing that potential EU migrants to the UK should have to apply to come here.

That was slightly behind the 64 per cent of voters across Britain who thought potential EU migrants to the UK should have to apply.

But 63 per cent of people in Scotland would accept free movement if it were the price that had to be paid for free trade, compared with just 53 per cent across Britain as a whole.

The Scottish leg of the survey was done in parallel with a similar exercise done with 2,168 people across Britain.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – CALAIS, FRANCE
'It hasn't stopped!' Lorry drivers are ATTACKED by Calais migrants EVERY DAY, haulage boss
Abigail Morris
Daily Express, 10 January 2018

Lorry drivers are being attacked on a daily basis in Calais, Richard Burnett, chief executive of the Road Haulage Association said.

There are still five or six reported attacks on lorry drivers in Calais a day despite the migrant camp being closed down in October 2016, Burnett said, but that number could be higher. ...

He said: "What we're still seeing, we're seeing attacks by traffickers, who, their modus operandi is to throw bricks, stones, put concrete boulders in the road, even lie in the road, to effectively stop drivers.

"In order to create a queue and to jump on vehicles so as an industry we're still facing this issue, this issue has not gone away." ...

"We set up a helpline so that we could actually get information on a daily basis so for those that are reporting it, we're getting daily reports of probably five or six attacks.

"We know the numbers are far higher than that and the attempts to get on vehicles are far higher than that on a daily basis as well."

Around 700 migrants are living rough again in the area where the Calais Jungle once stood, charities estimate.
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POPULATION PRESSURE – URBAN GROWTH
Driverless cars 'demand overhaul of major cities', says Ford
James Titcomb
Daily Telegraph, 10 January 2018

Ford has called for major cities to be rebuilt to cope with the rise of driverless cars, taxi apps and booming urban populations, warning that city centres will grind to a halt otherwise.

Jim Hackett, the American carmaker's chief executive, warned of "overwhelming pollution and paralysing congestion" if cities continue to grow as they are today. ...

Urban traffic is expected to triple by 2050, and two thirds of the world's population will live in cities, compared to 54pc today, according to the United Nations.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ASYLUM, FRANCE
Emmanuel Macron is tightening immigration rules
The Economist, 10 January 2018

In 2017 a record 100,000 people asked for asylum in France. /.../ A surge of applicants, led by Albanians, Afghans, Haitians and Sudanese, is putting fresh pressure on the processing system – and on the unity of President Emmanuel Macron's governing party.

... Yet in office he seems to have hardened his line. A new immigration and asylum bill, designed to tighten the rules, is due to be unveiled next month. ...

Edouard Philippe, France's centre-right prime minister, says that the bill will help to accelerate asylum procedures, improve conditions in reception centres and "strengthen the efficiency" of rules on illegals. ...

... If asylum-seekers are to be treated humanely and efficiently, says the government, it needs to sift out the bogus ones and enforce the rules. In a new-year message, Mr Macron spoke of France's "moral and political duty" to act as a land of refuge for those fleeing persecution. But, he added, "we cannot welcome everybody."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – CRIME, USA
Non-Citizens Committed a Disproportionate Share of Federal Crimes, 2011-16
Steven A. Camarota
Center for Immigration Studies, 10 January 2018

Many immigration advocates argue that immigrants have much lower crime rates than natives /.../. While there are other issues, the biggest problem with studying immigrant crime is that states and localities do not systematically track the country of birth, citizenship, or legal status of those they arrest, convict, or incarcerate. But the federal government does track the citizenship of those it convicts. New data from the U.S. Sentencing Commission shows that of those convicted of federal crimes between 2011 and 2016, 44.2 percent were not U.S. citizens – 21.4 percent, if immigration crimes are excluded. In comparison, non-citizens are 8.4 percent of the adult population. Of this 8.4 percent, about 4 percent are illegal immigrants and about 4 percent are legal immigrants.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS, GERMANY
Tens of Thousands of Migrants in Germany Unable to Read or Write
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 10 January 2018

The German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) has released new figures showing that around 43,000 individuals engaged in integration courses are unable to read or write at all.

The 43,000 migrants were placed into special courses meant to help them learn how to both read and write but many have been totally unable to learn how to speak German in the language component of the courses, Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung reports. ...

Less than a fifth, or 17 per cent, of the migrants, engaged in the programme were able to speak German at an intermediate level which is required for basic labour jobs. ...

A vast majority of the migrants who arrived during and since the height of the migrant crisis in 2015 are unemployed with a report from late 2016 claiming that only three per cent had managed to find work.

As a result of not being able to find a job, many migrants have ended up on the German benefits system. Last year the German Federal Agency for Employment (BA) announced that there were half a million asylum seekers living on state handouts.
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POLITICS – BREXIT, EU
Farage says Britain and the EU have NOT discussed immigration in the Brexit talks and says Barnier STILL does not understand why Britain voted to leave the bloc after their private showdown in Brussels
Kate Ferguson
MailOnline, 9 January 2018

Nigel Farage today said Britain and Brussels have still not discussed immigration in Brexit talks nearly a year after negotiations kicked off.

The ex Ukip leader said it was 'clear' Michel Barnier still does not understand that the EU's 'open door' strategy was the main driver behind the decision to quit the bloc.

Mr Farage tore into the 'disappointing' state of affairs after he held private talks with the EU's chief Brexit negotiator in Brussels today.

Speaking after the hotly-anticipated meeting, Mr Farage said: 'What he really didn't understand at all is that open door immigration within the European Union has been an absolute key driver of all of this. He really doesn't see that.

'And to be honest with you the most disappointing thing – if I'm speaking on behalf of 17.4 million people, most of them anyway – is that it's pretty clear that in the talks that have happened so far immigration frankly hasn't even been discussed.

'We haven't even begun to talk about how we are going to put some proper controls in place.'
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DIVERSITY – IDEOLOGY
Italian Archbishop: Uncontrolled Immigration Will 'Crush' European Society
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
Breitbart, 9 January 2018

Immigration must be "rational," says the fiery Italian archbishop Luigi Negri, because uncontrolled immigration leads to the "crushing and extermination of our society."

"You can't just open the doors, as if it were a party," Negri states in an interview with Italian media Tuesday. It is essential to "highlight the economic, human and cultural costs of immigration," since failing to do so means caving into "ideology."

"I am a Catholic and therefore I believe in welcoming diversity," said Negri, the recently retired archbishop of Ferrara-Comacchio and a close friend of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, "but this cannot be unmeasured because otherwise it leads to a crushing and extermination of our society."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ANTI-WHITE RACISM, USA
Our Kids Are Being Taught They're Flawed if They're White
Ed Brodow
MomZette, 9 January 2018

In my new book, "Tyranny of the Minority," I warn that "a Hillary Clinton victory might have placed us closer to a political inquisition in which conservatives would be given the chance to confess and recant. In that scenario, unrepentant conservatives would be deported."

Is that so far-fetched? I don't think so. Why? Because an inquisition aimed at white people is already underway. ...

The school in West Bend is brainwashing adolescent children to confess they are flawed if they happen to be white and male. If this is not an inquisition – what is? ...

"The Left," says author Ben Shapiro, "wants to portray America as 'an incurable mass of bigoted whites.'"

One of the most popular forms of anti-white discrimination is the "indoctrination" forced by many colleges on white freshmen. The purpose, says Greer, is to make whites feel badly about their skin color. Whites should "sit down, shut up, and allow their moral superiors to berate them." ...

The payoff for the Left's diversity and multicultural agenda is stoking racial discord. Minority special-interest groups are using the banners of "equality," "diversity," and "social justice" as a power grab. The intention is to impose their agenda on the white majority. It is a fight for equality only in the Orwellian sense. /.../ We are observing a grab for power by vocal minority groups that want to be more equal than others. Look out. If they succeed, they will institutionalize the inquisition.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – EUROPEAN UNION
No, the EU isn't militarizing Africa to halt migration but simply to organize it
GEFIRA, 9 January 2018

Last summer, when the news that NGOs were shipping migrants to Italy and cooperating with traffickers surfaced, the newly elected Emmanuel Macron quickly came up with a solution: hotspots in Africa where people seeking protection could go to and apply for the status of refugee, and, if granted such a status, could be moved to Europe in an official way.

The plan has been operational for a few weeks now: the first batches of positively-verified asylum seekers have been moved to France and Italy, while European governments are sending their troops to Africa to help manage the flow. ...

The process is referred to as "humanitarian corridors" and is lobbied heavily by the open borders civil society. Asylum seekers whose request is accepted are transferred to their destination, while those whose request was rejected are moved back to their home country. ...

The plan resembles the one adopted by Merkel with the agreement with Erdogan. While the human wave stopped, hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees have been flown to Germany since then. Liberal leaders are convinced that immigration is not a problem if managed orderly, and that anxieties of European citizens will go away if the media covers the topic correctly. ...

Merkel's attempt to quell dissent by enacting a number of censorship laws on social media has not worked either. The problem isn't the media, nor the allegedly unjustified criticism by Europeans; the problem is her policy.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – EU, CZECH REPUBLIC
Czech president BLASTS EU migrant policy & warns 10 million refugees could come to Europe
Simon Osborne
Daily Express, 8 January 2018

More than 10 million refugees could come to Europe from Africa if the European Union fails to change its migrant policy, Czech President Milos Zeman has warned. ...

He also claimed an influx of refugees from Muslim countries posed a threat to European culture.

Mr Zeman said: "If the European Union does not reach the courage to strengthen its external borders, for which it constantly chatters but does nothing, we will have 10 million refugees from Africa in the course of several years.

"The culture of these refugees is not compatible with European culture, which is what immigrants themselves understand."

The Czech president is a longstanding opponent of accepting refugees and said the EU should provide financial aid to the countries from which the refugees travel.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – EUROPEAN UNION
Mass Migration: The European Commission's New "Norm"
Alain Destexhe
Gatestone Institute, 8 January 2018

Dimitris Avramopoulos, the European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, recently published a startling opinion, advocating for more immigration as an inescapable reality to which European citizens should just adapt without any further discussion. ...

It is very clear, from survey after survey, Eurobarometer after Eurobarometer, election after election, that a huge majority of European citizens are not only worried about immigration but want – if not to stop it – to reduce it drastically, and regain the lost control over borders and over who is allowed to get inside Europe and who is not. ...

In a normal democratic process, every country should, ideally, be able to decide, through national parliaments, its migration policies. At a European level, the willingness of the majority of citizens should be taken into account. But Avramopoulos could not care less. According to this unelected Greek Commissioner, this is because "at the end of the day, we all need to be ready to accept migration, mobility and diversity as the new norm". ...

... In his book Exodus: How Migration is Changing Our World, Oxford Professor Paul Collier explains that he has reviewed all the major scientific articles supporting the claims that migrants will be able to pay for the social benefits of aging Europeans, only to conclude that he was absolutely not convinced at all. First of all, many of the migrants are not qualified; and second, they receive social benefits, so there is little or no incentive for them to work. ...

But what about the almost four million young unemployed citizens already inside the European Union? The unemployment rate for them has actually been between 15-20% in recent years.

Alain Destexhe is a Senator in Belgium, Former Secretary General of Médecins Sans Frontières and Former President of the International Crisis Group.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ASYLUM, FRANCE
France registers record asylum requests in 2017
Reuters, 8 January 2018

France registered a record number of asylum requests in 2017, when Albanians topped the list despite far slimmer prospects of obtaining refugee status than people from war-torn places such as Syria or Afghanistan.

... Official asylum requests rose 17 percent to exceed 100,000, the highest "in at least four decades", according to Pascal Brice, head of France's refugee office (Ofpra). ...

Asylum requests from Albanians rose 66 percent from 2016 but the acceptance rate was low, at just 6.5 percent, Ofpra figures showed.

By comparison, the acceptance rate was 95 percent for Syrians, 85 percent for Afghans and 59 percent in the case of people from Sudan, Ofpra said. ...

The new French number – precisely 100,412 asylum requests in 2017 - compares to 140,000 asylum requests recorded in the first nine months of 2017 in neighbouring Germany, where limits on the inflow are one key issue in talks where Chancellor Angela Merkel is seeking to forge a governing coalition.
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – HEALTH TOURISM
Health tourist racks up Britain's biggest ever unpaid NHS bill after saddling hospital with £530,000 debt
Abe Hawken
MailOnline, 8 January 2018

A health tourist has racked up Britain's biggest ever unpaid NHS bill after leaving a hospital with a debt of more than £530,000.

The unnamed patient, who is from outside the EU, received treatment from a Manchester hospital last year.

It comes as health tourism continues to cost the NHS around £2 billion a year after doctors up and down the country provide treatment for non-EU residents.

The latest incident means the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was left with a debt of £532,498.

Freedom of Information laws has revealed that the figure is £30,000 more than the previous highest health tourist debt.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – POLITICS, VOTES, USA
LEAKED MEMO: DREAMers Are 'Critical' To Dems 'Future Electoral Success'
Michael Bastasch
Daily Caller, 8 January 2018

The Center For American Progress (CAP) Action Fund circulated a memo on Monday calling illegal immigrants brought here at a young age – so-called "Dreamers" – a "critical component of the Democratic Party's future electoral success."

The memo, co-authored by former Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri, was sent around to allies calling on Democrats to "refuse to offer any votes for Republican spending bills that do not offer a fix for Dreamers and instead appropriate funds to deport them." ...

CAP Action's memo says protecting DACA is not only a "moral imperative" for Democrats, it also key to getting votes.

"The fight to protect Dreamers is not only a moral imperative, it is also a critical component of the Democratic Party's future electoral success," reads Palmieri's memo, obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

"If Democrats don't try to do everything in their power to defend Dreamers, that will jeopardize Democrats' electoral chances in 2018 and beyond," reads the memo.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – MARRIAGE BAN, BANGLADESH
Bangladesh court upholds Myanmar Rohingya marriage ban
BBC, 8 January 2018

A court in Bangladesh has upheld a law which bans Rohingya Muslims from getting married in the country.

The 2014 law forbids registrars from officiating at unions with Bangladeshi nationals and between Rohingya couples, after the government said it was being abused to obtain citizenship.

More than half a million Rohingya fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar in 2017. ...

Explaining the law in 2014, government officials said they believed wedding certificates were being used to try and claim legal documents including Bangladeshi passports.

Under it anyone found to have married a Rohingya can be sentenced to seven years in prison.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – HUNGARY
Hungary's Orban tells Germany: 'You wanted the migrants, we didn't'
Rebecca Staudenmaier
Deutsche Welle, 8 January 2018

In an interview with the German daily Bild, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban defended his country's refusal of an EU-wide refugee resettlement quota, saying that he believed refugees are "Muslim invaders." ...

"We don't see these people as Muslim refugees. We see them as Muslim invaders," he told the German daily Bild newspaper. ...

"We believe that a large number of Muslims inevitably leads to parallel societies, because Christian and Muslim society will never unite," Orban told the paper.

"Multiculturalism is only an illusion," he added. ...

When asked by a Bild reporter why it was fair that Germany accepted hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants while Hungary accepted none, Orban responded: "The difference is, you wanted the migrants, and we didn't."
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RACISM – TEACHING, WHITENESS, MATHEMATICS
Meritocracy is a 'tool of whiteness,' claims math professor
Toni Airaksinen
Campus Reform, 8 January 2018

A math education professor at Brooklyn College contends in a recent academic article that "meritocracy" in math classes is a "tool of whiteness."

Laurie Rubel implicates both meritocracy and "color-blindness" as ideological precepts that hold back racial minorities from succeeding in math classes in an article for the peer-reviewed Journal of Urban Mathematics Education.

Rubel, who taught high school math for nine years before becoming a professor, argues that while meritocracy is commonly linked to hard work and talent, it also "functions as a tool of whiteness" because it "ignores systemic barriers and institutional structures that prevent opportunity and success."

Color-blindness, too, can be an issue for math teachers, according to Rubel, who asserts that "Teachers who claim color-blindness – that is, they claim to not notice the race of their students – are, in effect, refusing to acknowledge the impact of enduring racial stratification on students and their families.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – MELILLA, SPAIN
More than 200 migrants storm Morocco-Spain border
MailOnline / AFP, 7 January 2018

More than 200 African migrants stormed over a high double fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla on Saturday, officials said, leaving some of them and a police officer injured.

A total of 209 people from sub-Saharan Africa seeking to get to Europe forced their way across the fence in the afternoon, the central government's representative office in Melilla said in a statement. ...

Spain is increasingly targeted by people desperate to reach Europe from Africa, with the number of migrants reaching the country in 2017 hitting a record high of nearly 22,900, according to EU border agency Frontex.

This was more than double the previous record set in 2016.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – MUSLIMS, USA
No denying U.S. Muslim population explosion
Michael F. Haverluck
OneNewsNow, 7 January 2018

A recent study reveals that migration and high birthrates are increasing America's Muslim population by 100,000 annually, with nearly 3.5 million Islamic adherents currently residing in the United States.

Even though some figures show that only 1.1 percent of the total U.S. population is currently Muslim, Pew Research Center notes that the 3.45 million Muslims in the U.S. – up from 3.31 million in 2016 – is quickly surpassing and catching up to other religious groups. ...

Since around the time pro-Muslim/pro-immigration former President Barack Obama took office a decade ago, the Muslim population in the U.S. has grown by leaps and bounds. ...

One American Muslim organization that has been reported to have deep ties to Islamic terrorism, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) argues that the numbers provided by Pew greatly underrepresent America's actual Muslim population, which it claimed – nearly three years ago – was twice (6-8 million) Pew's current estimate. ...

It is also reported that as the Muslim population increases in any nation, so does anti-Semitism.

"France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and the U.K. have all seen increasing numbers of hate crimes against Jews and Jewish properties since they began importing mass numbers of Muslim migrants," WND's Leo Hohmann reported. "It has gotten so bad in France and Germany that many Jews have been quietly migrating out of those countries in recent years." ...

"Another indicator of the rapidly increasing U.S. Muslim population is the explosive growth in the number of mosques being built," Hohmann added. "There are more than 3,200 mosques now in the U.S., and more than 70 percent of them have been built since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington."
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TERRORISM – JIHADISTS
Half of UK's Isil jihadists unaccounted for, minister admits
Gordon Rayner
Daily Telegraph, 6 January 2018

Hundreds of British jihadists who travelled to the Middle East to fight for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) and other terrorist groups have fallen off the radar, the security minsiter has admitted.

Ben Wallace said that around half of the estimated 850 people from the UK who went to Syria and Iraq have returned home, but ministers "don't know where" the rest of them have ended up. Up to one in five are thought to have been killed in the fighting, with a small number crossing the border into Turkey, but a "significant number" remain unaccounted for.
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POLITICS – VOTING RIGHTS, SCOTLAND
Refugees and asylum seekers could be given right to vote in Scotland
Chris Green
The Scotsman, 6 January 2018

The Scottish Government is considering whether to give refugees and asylum seekers the right to vote in national elections, in what would be a UK first.

Holyrood was granted new powers over the running of elections under the 2016 Scotland Act and ministers are set to make major changes to the country's electoral system.

A public consultation launched last month suggested that the voting franchise for Scottish Parliament and council elections should be extended to "everyone legally resident in Scotland". ...

But Green MSP Ross Greer, the party's external affairs spokesman, said refugees and asylum seekers who have chosen to come to Scotland should not be denied a democratic voice. ...

Mr Greer said a simple "residency test" should apply, allowing asylum seekers to vote while they lived in Scotland even if their application to remain in the UK was still pending.

The idea was welcomed by the Scottish Refugee Council, which said many of the people it supported would relish the chance to have a say on the future of the country.
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MULTICULTURALISM – WHITE WORKING CLASS
White working class boys left behind because of 'negative impact' of focus on ethnic minorities and women, Labour's Angela Rayner claims
Jack Maidment
Daily Telegraph, 4 January 2018

White working class boys are being left behind because of the "negative impact" of a focus on ethnic minorities and women, a member of Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet has said.

Angela Rayner, the shadow education secretary, said cultural change is needed among Britain's white working class to encourage more young people to strive to succeed.

She told The Spectator magazine white working class boys had been left "at the bottom of the heap".
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, AUSTRALIA
More than 60,000 illegal migrants are living under the radar in Australia - most of whom are tourists and students refusing to leave the country after overstaying visas
Sam Duncan
Daily Mail Australia, 4 January 2018

More than 60,000 illegal migrants are living Australia, the vast majority of whom are visa overstayers.

Officials from the new Department of Home Affairs are calling for tougher screening to enable them to detect people living in the country illegally.

Home Affairs staff believe illegal migrants view the department as 'toothless', and are demanding harsher fines and better visa screening. ...

Three quarters of the 62,900 illegal migrants entered the country on tourist visas, and another 15 per cent were students.

One third of the total have been hiding out for at least 10 years, and 18,750 have been living in Australia for 15 year or more.

China or Malaysia account for a quarter of the illegal migrants, and there are 5170 Americans and 3680 from the UK.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, USA
The acting ICE director said politicians who run 'sanctuary cities' should be charged with crimes
Michelle Mark
Business Insider, 4 January 2018

The acting director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said in an interview with Fox News on Tuesday that politicians in so-called "sanctuary cities" should be charged with harboring and smuggling unauthorized immigrants.

He said he has asked the Department of Justice to look into whether such jurisdictions are violating federal law. He added that the local officials should be held "personally accountable" for crimes committed by immigrants living in the US illegally. ...

Homan also vowed in his interview with Fox News to ramp up immigration enforcement in California, which recently implemented a statewide "sanctuary" law limiting police cooperation with ICE and forbidding officers from asking people about their immigration statuses.
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IMMIGRATION – SOCIETAL CATASTROPHE
How Europe Built It's Own Funeral Pyre, Then Leapt In
Robert W. Merry
The American Conservative, 4 January 2018
[Review of "The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam" by Douglas Murray]

No, the defining issue of our day is mass immigration into the nations of Western heritage. This growing inflow threatens to remake those nations and overwhelm their cultural identity. ...

Indeed, the central battlefront in the immigration wars is Europe, which accepted a trickle of immigrants in the immediate postwar era due to labor shortages. But over the years the trickle became a stream, then a growing river, and finally a torrent – to the extent that ethnic Britons are now a minority in their own capital city, refugee flows into Germany went from 48,589 in 2010 to 1.5 million in 2015, and Italy, a key entry point, received at one point an average of 6,500 new arrivals a day.

Throughout all this, the European elites celebrated the change and imposed a kind of thought enforcement regime against those who raised questions. The in-migration was initially hailed as an economic boon; then as a necessary corrective to an aging population; then as a means of spicing up society through "diversity"; and finally as a fait accompli, an unstoppable wave wrought by the world's gathering globalization. Besides, argued the elites, the new arrivals would all become assimilated into the European culture eventually, so what's the problem? Meanwhile, public opinion surveys over decades showed that large majorities of Europeans harbored powerful misgivings about these changes.

As British journalist and author Douglas Murray writes, "Promised throughout their lifetimes that the changes were temporary, that the changes were not real, or that the changes did not signify anything, Europeans discovered that in the lifespan of people now alive they would become minorities in their own countries." ...

A key point of the book, reinforced through anecdote and abundant documentation, is that Muslim immigrants have not assimilated into their European host countries to any meaningful extent. ...

Consider also the significance of this fact: By 2015 more British Muslims were fighting for ISIS than for the British armed forces. There was nothing hidden about the resolve of many European Muslims to retain their own culture while overwhelming the European one. At a rally in Cologne in 2008, then-Turkish prime minister (later president) Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a crowd of 20,000 Turks living in Germany, Belgium, France, and the Netherlands that assimilation in Europe would constitute "a crime against humanity." ...

Reading Murray's book, one gets an understanding of why he characterizes Europe's demise as "strange." The continent's embrace of its own cultural death is indeed historically aberrational. Civilizations normally fight for the preservation of their cultures, unite to expel invaders, revere their identities and the fundamental elements of their heritage. But the West today is engaged in an extensive and progressive extravagance of civilizational self-abnegation. Murray calls this the "tyranny of guilt" and identifies it as a "pathology." ...

Murray sums up: "So Europeans are blamed for what is happening to them, are denied any legitimate way to object, and the views of the majority are made to appear not just dangerous but marginal." ...

... "To say that in the long run this heralds the makings of a societal catastrophe is to understate matters."
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE
As Britain's Health Care System Nears Collapse One Brave Doctor Speaks Out About the Real Reason: Migrants Gaming the System
Katie Hopkins
Hopkins World, 4 January 2018

Britain's nationalized Health Service, the NHS, is close to collapse. You've seen the headlines over recent days – the service is desperately sick. ...

They blame the elderly. They talk about how the population is ageing, and of the increasingly complex needs of the ageing (which, of course, is perfectly true). ...

The brutal truth is this: uncontrolled immigration is killing our NHS. ...

Is it any wonder? If you invite the Third World to the U.K., expect your emergency rooms to fill up with the world's waifs and strays.

The left championed welcoming refugees and open borders and now refuse to acknowledge that sheer numbers are the issue. Pro-migration news channels refuse to even challenge the medical establishment consensus that pensioners are to blame and staff have been bullied into silence by the hard left and the politics of health.

But one brave GP is determined to speak out. Deluged by new patients, inundated with demands for sick notes, threatened with physical violence, his service used shamelessly to game the welfare and healthcare system, he has had enough of the silencing.

He speaks to me in confidence, refuses a photo; he tells me if his peers identify him they will force him from his job.

We will call him Jo.

We've been working together over the last few months. He has helped me unravel what it is that is crippling our NHS, and diagnose the sickness that the BMA, the Royal College of General Practitioners, senior medics and political insiders refuse to acknowledge.

On the front line of healthcare, frustrated by his daily routine, this general practitioner sees a very different truth to the one that is publicly peddled. He is overwhelmed by new arrivals and their demands.

Not in a medical sense. He stresses repeatedly, if anyone is sick he is there to treat them, no matter what. ...

Jo is overwhelmed by the fact that new arrivals into the UK have worked out the welfare and immigration system in advance, and shamelessly use GPs to play it.

He looks at his work diary, filled back-to-back with people demanding sick notes formalizing reasons they cannot work. These people are clear about the time-period the note must cover and quick to anger if Jo fails to comply.

He tries to limit these sick notes to three months, but most insist on longer and refuse to leave until he gives them what they expect – permission not to work, or look for work.

He tells me he has been threatened repeatedly, both inside and outside work. ...

Jo tells me this kind of story is repeated in doctors' offices up and down the country wherever migrants live.

Migrants are gaming the immigration system by logging illnesses and conditions. They believe the more illnesses they accumulate on file, the stronger their claim to residence in the UK and the less likely they are to be turned away.
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ASYLUM – CHILDREN, COSTS
Lone child refugees are costing British councils £70,000 a year EACH with bills continuing until they reach 25
Ian Drury and Claire Duffin
Daily Mail, 3 January 2018

Each lone child refugee costs councils in Britain nearly £70,000 a year – with the bills continuing to land until they reach 25.

The migration crisis meant there were at least 4,560 unaccompanied youngsters seeking asylum at the end of last March – a rise of 134 per cent from 1,950 in 2013.

Costs to local authorities for every 100 unaccompanied children are estimated at £6.75 million a year. The Home Office provides £3.35 million – leaving a shortfall of £3.4 million.

When a child claims asylum in the UK they become the legal responsibility of the local authority in which they came forward. ...

It costs £67,634 per year to care for each of them, according to the Association of Directors of Children's Services.

That includes £50,716 for residential placement and linked care costs, £4,805 for education, £3,915 for healthcare and £3,826 for social workers.

For each lone child migrant, councils also typically pay £440 for interpreters and child advocates, £480 on English language lessons, £70 on dentists and £20 on doctor registration.
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – HEALTH TOURISM
Health tourists are costing Britain £10 million as foreign mums rip off the NHS to get free treatment
Nick Mcdermott
The Sun, 3 January 2018

Record numbers of health tourists are flying into Britain to have their babies delivered for free on the NHS, a Sun investigation has found.

At least 2,631 ineligible women gave birth on English maternity wards last year then failed to pay, leaving a bill of £10 million.

Cases are up more than a fifth in the past 12 months, from 2,167.

Only 84 trusts that provide maternity services responded to our Freedom of Information request – around two in three. It means the real figure may be closer to 4,500 and NHS losses £16 million. ...

Ministers claim stricter checks are helping to detect more ineligible patients. ...

The biggest NHS trust, Barts in London, is seeking 438 mothers for unpaid maternity care totalling £1.75 million. Trusts admitted most would be written off.

Joyce Robins, from Patient Concern, said: "These figures prove the NHS is clearly seen as a soft touch."
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – HEALTH TOURISM
The new rules aimed at preventing health tourism are toothless, and leave the NHS wide open to abuse
J Meirion Thomas
Conservative Home, 3 January 2018
[J. Meirion Thomas is a former Professor of Surgery and Consultant Surgeon in the NHS]

The true cost of health tourism is unknown, but on 1st February 2016, during a House of Lords debate, Lord Bates, then Secretary of State at the Home Office, estimated that according to 2013 figures, the total cost to the NHS of treating visitors and migrants in England alone was £2 billion per year.

The Government's flagship Cost Recovery Programme, effective from April 2015, was meant to collect a modest £500 million annually from health tourists by 2017-2018, but the National Audit Office report to the Public Accounts Committee in October 2016 predicted that only £346 million would be recovered by this target date.

This deficit prompted the Department of Health to issue a revised policy. /.../ As of 23rd October 2017, all NHS Trusts in England would have a statutory obligation to identify health tourists and to demand payment upfront before any investigation or treatment was started. ...

... Vital infrastructure is not in place to support the new policy.

Despite these facts, the lack of intent by the Department of Health is best displayed in paragraph 13.80 of the Guidance: "If a patient does not have sufficient funds, can they pay by instalments?" The answer given is "yes", despite confirmation from previous research commissioned by DH that of invoices raised to health tourists, only 16 per cent are paid.

The new 2017 policy, however, does have some good points. For the first time NHS staff, including doctors, will have the responsibility to report patients they think may not be entitled to free NHS care. Also of great importance, the guidance makes it clear that NHS staff facilitating health tourism may be committing fraud. Nevertheless, overall, the policy is flawed.

The British taxpayer continues to contribute to an International, not a National, Health Service and, despite powerful representations, three Conservative (or Conservative-led) governments since 2010 have failed to take effective steps to protect the NHS from health tourism abuse.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ITALY, EUROPE
Revealed: Royal Navy sailors have rescued 18,000 migrants from the Med and dropped them off in Europe
Larisa Brown
Daily Mail, 3 January 2018

In the last year alone, the Navy has rescued about 3,000 migrants and taken them to Italy. Sailors also helped a further 1,400 who were transferred to a Navy ship from other vessels. ...

The Navy rescued the migrants as part of a wider £15.2 million EU mission codenamed Operation Sophia. Since April 2015, the Navy has deployed six ships to rescue migrants. ...

Commenting on the latest figures, Air Chief Marshal Lord Stirrup, on the committee, praised the work of the navy but said Operation Sophia was a 'failure'.

The former Chief of the Defence staff added: 'This is not because it has failed to rescue people in danger.

'The Royal Navy, along with its partners, has done sterling work in this respect, and we should all be proud of their efforts, which must continue.

'But the aim of Operation Sophia was to break the people smugglers' business model, and this it has failed to do.'

He added: 'In some ways it has even made life easier for the smugglers, who no longer need even to pretend to transport people to the southern coast of Europe.

'They can now just push them out to sea in the flimsiest and most dangerous of craft, confident that the ships will rescue them and take then onwards.'
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POLITICS – POLITICAL PARTIES
Do centre-right parties win back votes from the far right by talking about immigration?
James F Downes and Matthew Loveless
LSE / European Politics and Policy, 3 January 2018

What has driven the resurgence of the far right in Europe? The broad consensus is that this 'political earthquake' can be explained by three key issues: concerns about immigration, dissatisfaction with the EU project and a lack of trust in mainstream parties.

At the same time, it is often assumed that the far right has monopolised and laid claim to the immigration issue from mainstream parties on both the left and right. But recent research by Sergi Pardos-Prado has demonstrated that, in fact, some centre right parties may have shifted their stances on immigration too, adopting a more anti-immigrant stance in order to counteract the threat from far right parties.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – CRIME, GERMANY
Germany: Migrants 'may have fuelled violent crime rise'
BBC, 3 January 2018

Migrants may be responsible for most of a recent rise in violent crime in Germany, research commissioned by the government suggests.

The study used data from Lower Saxony, a state where more than 90% of the rise was attributed to young male migrants.

The researchers say the findings are not surprising because many migrants who arrived in Germany in recent years are single males aged 14-30.

This group is most likely to commit crime, irrespective of nationality.

The researchers also said that migrants were twice as likely to be reported to police for alleged violent crimes as German nationals. ...

It also said that migrants with little hope of being giving asylum in Germany were much more likely to commit violent crime than those from war zones like Syria whose asylum was guaranteed.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – EUROPE
Facebook helps the African exodus to Europe
GEFIRA, 3 January 2018

In Europe, social media like Facebook and Twitter are removing posts and blocking authors opposing mass migration from the Third World as hate speech. The hostile attitude to literally hundreds of thousands of Africans from Nigeria, Morocco or Ghana flooding Italy, Sweden or Germany is considered extremist behaviour by them. At the same time Facebook and Twitter are instrumental in the biggest human exodus in modern history. Social media have not been limited to a communication or marketing function for a long time. /.../ Social networks have also become a channel that helps to organize the transfer of Africans to Europe.

In 2017 a quarter of the people on the Earth have a Facebook account, of which 68% are under 35 years of age. Also in North African countries, this portal is very popular among almost half of the population, above all among people below 35 years of age. ...

Facebook has become the smugglers' channel for reaching out to people interested in getting from Africa to Europe. How does it happen? Firstly, smugglers create accounts and pages on Facebook where they advertise their services and give their phone number, as well as recommend contacting them by WhatsApp application, which guarantees the encryption of messages. Secondly, in order to authenticate their message, they publish pictures showing preparations for the journey. Thirdly, they publish photos and reports of people who made it to European countries, which is supposed to build trust on the side of potential clients. Important information is also contained in comments under posts. ...

The ads inform about the participation of battleships or NGO vessels in "rescue" actions. Several times there was also information that the only thing smugglers had to do was reach the place where the navy ships would appear in a few hours. Such messages leave many questions about the involvement of NGOs or naval forces of European countries. ...

People smugglers, the European Union, NGOs and Frontex are making a mockery of the law of the sea, and for that they should be held responsible. The massive transport operation that already brought six hundred thousand people from Libya to Italy since 2014, promoted and coordinated by modern communication tools like Twitter and Facebook, can hardly be regarded as genuine rescue operations.
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IMMIGRATION – FRAUD, CHILDREN, DEPORTATION
Just one in five fake child migrants caught lying about their age in the last six years was sent home
Alexander Robertson
MailOnline, 2 January 2018

Just one in five young asylum seekers who lied about their age in a bid to enter the UK is ever forced out of the country, it has been revealed.

Home Office records reveal that 2,644 adults were caught trying to cross the border into Britain from 2010 to 2016 as an 'unaccompanied asylum seeking' child.

However, only 580 of these people were kicked out after being caught posing as a vulnerable child in a bid to cheat their way into the UK.

Statistics for 2017, from January to September, showed that two-thirds of the 692 people whose date of birth was challenged by the Home Office were over 18.

The investigation, carried out by the Daily Express, also revealed how the amount of asylum applications for vulnerable children jumped after the infamous Calais refugee camp was demolished in October 2016.

Statistics for the final quarter of that year disclosed how 1,006 males and 170 females made such applications.

Figures for 2016 showed that 575 of the total number of 3,290 claimants were discovered to be over 18, while just 37 of those were kicked out of the UK.

Tony Smith, former director general of UK Border Force, told the Express that the low risk of being forced back out of the UK made lying a risk worth taking for migrants.
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IMMIGRATION – STUDENTS, STATISTICS
Theresa May left isolated in Cabinet and facing Commons defeat over counting students as immigrants
Rob Merrick
Independent, 2 January 2018

Ministers are braced for a defeat that would force Theresa May to abandon her much-criticised policy of counting foreign students as immigrants in official statistics.

A new Immigration Bill to be brought forward this year will allow MPs to force – and almost certainly win – a vote on the controversy, the Home Office believes. ...

The Independent and Open Britain, which is pressing for a soft Brexit, are running a Drop the Target campaign against the policy of reducing overall annual immigration to "tens of thousands", which includes calling for overseas students to be omitted from the statistics.

There are about 438,000 foreign students currently studying in the UK, so changing the policy could make a significant difference to the headline immigration numbers.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – NETHERLANDS
Netherlands population rises to 17.2 million on immigration, Dutch re-patriation
Zack Newmark
NL Times, 2 January 2018

The population of the Netherlands hit 17.2 million officially registered residents at the turn of the new year, an increase of 100 thousand from a year earlier. That gain is similar to figures released at the beginning of 2017, government office Statistics Netherlands (CBS) said on Tuesday.

About 82 thousand more people settled or re-settled in the Netherlands last year than the 139 thousand people who left the country. Roughly ten percent of the 220 thousand people who immigrated to the Netherlands in 2017 had a Dutch passport at the time of registration, according to a data table provided by the CBS. ...

The remaining population growth came from natural population increase calculated by the number of births against the number of deaths.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – SPAIN
'Saving lives is not a crime' - the Spanish activist taken to court for rescuing migrant ships
Hannah Strange
Daily Telegraph, 2 January 2018

The rafts arrive daily now, in fair weather or foul, dozens of migrants crammed on to small inflatable dinghies more suitable for a pleasure lake than the open sea. ...

Arrivals to Spain by sea almost tripled in 2017, making the so-called Western Mediterranean route from Morocco the fastest growing gateway to Europe, as the EU clamps down on entries elsewhere.

The arrivals have left Spain's holding centres overflowing. ...

... a prominent Spanish refugee activist, Helena Maleno Garzón, who since 2012 has worked with migrants through her Tangier-based NGO, Walking Borders. The Spanish coastguards work so closely with Ms Maleno that she has become their primary alert system for departing boats. ...

Embarrassed and under pressure, Moroccan authorities have set their sights on Ms Maleno. Next week, amid outrage from human rights groups, she will appear in court in Morocco to face allegations that she is collaborating with people traffickers. ...

By December 20, 21,468 people had arrived in Spain on migrant boats, compared with 7,490 in 2018 and 4.408 in 2015.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ASSAM, INDIA
Indian state leaves 13 million citizens off register
MailOnline / AFP, 2 January 2018

Around 13 million people living in northeastern India's largest state have been left off a controversial draft list of citizens released Monday by authorities, who are under pressure to identify and expel illegal immigrants.

Assam has long struggled to curb immigration from neighbouring Bangladesh and is the only Indian state to compile a register of citizens.

The latest draft list includes only 19 million of the state's more than 32 million residents. It was prepared on the orders of the Supreme Court, which is hearing a series of claims to Indian citizenship from undocumented residents of the state. ...

Political leaders have vowed to deport anyone staying in the state illegally, although it is far from clear that Bangladesh would accept them.

The BJP won elections in the state in 2016 after promising to root out illegal immigrants from mainly Muslim Bangladesh and protect the rights of indigenous groups.

Migrants have long been accused of illegally entering the state from Bangladesh and taking land, causing tensions with local people and sporadic outbreaks of communal violence.

Anyone living in Assam must now prove that their forebears appeared either in the state's only previous register of citizens, compiled in 1951, or on any electoral roll published before March 1971 to be eligible for citizenship.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ISRAEL
Israel: African migrants told to leave or face imprisonment
BBC, 2 January 2018

The Israeli government has issued a notice for thousands of African migrants to leave the country or face imprisonment.

The migrants will be given up to $3,500 (£2,600) for leaving within the next 90 days.

They will be given the option of going to their home country or third countries. ...

The order exempts children, elderly people, and victims of slavery and human trafficking.

A 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. ...

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 economic migrants.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed that an unchecked influx of African migrants could threaten Israel's Jewish character.
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IMMIGRATION – STUDENTS, STATISTICS
Foreign students 'will be cut' from immigration figures by ministers despite opposition from Theresa May
Jason Groves
Daily Mail, 1 January 2018

Minsters are preparing to take foreign students out of the immigration figures, despite opposition from Theresa May.

The Prime Minister has blocked the move for years, arguing it would undermine confidence in the UK's immigration statistics.

But Home Secretary Amber Rudd has warned Mrs May that growing support for the measure in Parliament means it is now 'inevitable'. The Home Office believes there is no way of preventing MPs from forcing a parliamentary vote on the issue when the new Immigration Bill is brought forward this year. ...

About 438,000 foreign students are currently studying here. Removing them from the statistics could make a significant difference to headline immigration figures. ...

Miss Rudd is now asking the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to back a change in the definition of immigration, which would exclude most foreign students.
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM
The Islamization of Britain in 2017
Soeren Kern
Gatestone Institute, 1 January 2018

• Reports of alleged links between Islamic charities and terrorism or extremism surged to a record high, according to the Charity Commission, a charity watchdog.

• Azad Ali, an Islamist who has said that he supports killing British soldiers, was named a director of Muslim Engagement and Development (Mend), a controversial Muslim pressure group which advises the British government. Ali said that the jihadist attack at Westminster on March 22, 2017 was not an act of terrorism. ...

• The British government refused to say whether telling people about Christianity could be a hate crime. ...

The Muslim population of Britain surpassed 4.1 million in 2017 to become around 6.3% of the overall population of 64 million, according to a recent study on the growth of the Muslim population in Europe.
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