From 1 January 2017, except recent items

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Number of lone child refugees cared for by English councils doubles in four years amid spiralling migration crisis
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 29 September 2017

The number of lone child refugees cared for by English councils has more than doubled in four years because of the spiralling migration crisis.

There were at least 4,560 unaccompanied youngsters seeking asylum at the end of March – a rise of 134 per cent from 1,950 in 2013, said a report.

The total is still rising despite the closure of the Calais Jungle camp last year and the arrival of more than 300 child migrants in Britain.

Council chiefs have warned they are struggling to cope because of the massive influx of young refugees without parents or carers who have travelled across the Channel to the UK.

If a child claims asylum in the UK they become the legal responsibility of the local authority in which they are discovered.

One in 16 children being looked after by Town Halls are now unaccompanied asylum seekers, compared to 1 in 33 in 2013 – almost double the rate.

A report from the Department for Education (DfE) said: 'After a large rise in numbers last year, the number of looked after children who were unaccompanied asylum-seeking children continues to increase in 2017.' ...

In total, more than three quarters – 78 per cent – of youngsters seeking sanctuary were at least 16. ...

Costs to local authorities for every 100 unaccompanied children are estimated at £6.75 million a year with the Home Office providing £3.35 million – leaving a shortfall of £3.4 million, a report found last year.

Most came from Afghanistan, Eritrea, Albania, Iran, Vietnam, Iraq and Syria.
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Racism has fallen by a third in Britain in six years (but one in four people still admit they are prejudiced)
Daily Mail, 29 September 2017

Racial prejudice in Britain has fallen by nearly a third in six years, according to a report published yesterday.

However, one in four still admit they are either very or a little prejudiced against people of other races.

The overall findings indicate that levels of racial prejudice have been declining over the years.

The report, by the Government-subsidised NatCen social research group and the Runnymede Trust race policy think tank, said admission of racial prejudice fell over the decades but momentarily peaked again in 2011, when 37 per cent said they had racist views. It has fallen off sharply again since then.

It comes after an international survey found Britain has become a more tolerant country in the wake of Brexit, with fewer worries over immigration.

The latest report was based on NatCen's British Social Attitudes survey, which last spring questioned 2,220 people about their views on race.

Its findings show that the numbers of people who admit to prejudice now are far below those of past decades. The same survey carried out in 1987 found that 39 per cent of people admitted prejudice.

The survey said men were more likely than women to admit prejudice – 29 per cent against 23 per cent.

It said nearly twice as many Tories as Labour supporters admitted prejudice, 33 per cent against 18 per cent. ...

It added that 34 per cent of Leave voters said they were prejudiced, against 18 per cent of Remain voters.

The report said another research project, the European Social Survey, had found that 18 per cent think some ethnic groups are born less intelligent and 44 per cent think some are naturally harder working.
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Students invite radical Islamic speakers to over 110 events in a year despite the Government's terror crackdown
Eleanor Harding
Daily Mail, 29 September 2017

Radical Islamic speakers have been invited to more than 100 events hosted by student societies over the past year despite a government crackdown.

A new report reveals the speakers were invited to speak to undergraduates at elite institutions including Oxford, Warwick and Manchester.

In total, guests with a record of preaching extreme views were given access to students on 112 occasions – and in most cases no effort was made to provide any balance to their statements.

In one case, a preacher who had previously advocated wife-beating and claimed that 'Islam is not compatible with democracy' was allowed to speak to students of the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

In another, Oxford University students heard a speech by the director of Cage, the group which once described IS killer Jihadi John as a 'beautiful young man'.

The data, gathered by the Henry Jackson Society think tank, follows a string of terror attacks this year in Manchester, London Bridge and Parsons Green. ...

Universities whose student societies invited extreme speakers also included King's College London and Queen Mary London.

In every case, the universities themselves were not involved in the invitations as the events were organised by individual student groups – mostly the unions or the Islamic societies.

Often they were held on venues off campus, with Facebook and Twitter used to publicise them. ...

At a university level, the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) played host to the most events – 14.
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EU to resettle 50,000 refugees from North Africa
James Rothwell and Peter Foster
Daily Telegraph, 28 September 2017

The European Union is planning to resettle 50,000 refugees directly from war-torn countries into Europe in its latest bid to stabilise migration to the bloc, it announced on Wednesday.

The European Commission said that it has set aside €500m (£440) to fund the resettlement of refugees from Libya, Egypt, Niger, Sudan, Chad and Ethiopa in order to deter illegal migration and reduce the attraction of people- smugglers. ...

The initiative comes as Jean-Claude Junker, the European Commission president, tries to take the lead on addressing the migration crisis amid continued squabbling between EU member states over migration burden-sharing.

A compulsory quota scheme to distribute 160,000 migrants within the EU ended this week in failure and recriminations after just 29,000 migrants were relocated and the Commission promised legal action against Hungary and Poland for refusing to accept the quotas.
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Not refugees, not children
Harriet Sergeant
The Spectator, 28 September 2017

A counter-extremism expert told me: 'There is nothing in the system to stop a 26-year-old Isis fighter coming here, stating he is 17 and claiming asylum.' ...

The problem is sorting myth from fact. The first myth, emphasised over and over again, is that these are vulnerable children. ...

Only 8 per cent of unaccompanied minors who arrived in the UK in 2015 were, in fact, under 14. This is according to Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. Instead, over half were aged 16-17. Nor was there a balance of boys and girls. Some 91 per cent were male. ...

Why are the majority of refugee children in fact teenage boys? Here we come up against another myth: that refugees somehow find their own way to the UK. The truth is, nobody arrives in this country without the help of a people trafficker. This means it is the people traffickers who control our immigration system – not the Home Office. It is they who dictate who comes here. Refugees who cannot afford to pay never make it. If we really want to help the vulnerable, we should be taking children directly from refugee camps. ...

As one immigration officer at a busy UK airport with 20 years' experience of dealing with refugee children explained to me: 'Ninety per cent of them are not orphans. Their coming here is very well worked out. Their families have paid the people traffickers to bring them here. The intention is for the families to follow shortly after. These are cash-rich young people.' For the most part, in his opinion, 'They are not fleeing for their lives.' In other words, they are economic migrants and therefore not entitled to asylum.

His view is backed up by the actions of the traffickers themselves. As Save the Children warns, the agent will instruct the young person to lie about their nationality and age and destroy all identity documents. ...

The third myth is that every child refugee is speaking the truth. Actually we have no way of knowing. ...

The immigration officer explained: 'For years now we have had adult Pakistani males arriving in this country maintaining they are Afghan teenagers. They tell me they are 13 or 14, but they are clearly over 20, well developed and with good facial hair.' In 2015 the second largest number of claimants came from Afghanistan.

The co-operation between traffickers and extremists is a new and alarming threat to our national security, points out Rosalind Ereira of Solidarity with Refugees. ...

The immigration officer is frustrated because he knows by sight many of the 'facilitators' or people traffickers. These are often young men on benefits who appear mysteriously able to travel ten times a year to Dubai and Africa. They charge a high price for a personalised service in which they accompany the young migrants on the plane before leaving them at the terminal. But the traffickers have British or EU passports. ...

Despite the security threat, few in authority appear willing to tackle the problem. ...

When Norway insisted on a dental examination of arriving refugee children, they discovered nine out of ten were, in fact, over 18. ...

It is time to overhaul a system that is corrupt, dangerous and fails to help the most deserving.
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Labour MP slams his OWN party for 'deafening silence' on immigration and insists Brexit only happened because they ignored the issue
Natasha Clark
The Sun, 27 September 2017

Brexit only happened because Labour ignored voters' concerns on immigration for years - a Labour MP has insisted.

Stephen Kinnock slammed his OWN party for the "deafening silence" on our "broken" immigration system at this year's party conference.

The Aberavon MP - and son of the former leader Neil Kinnock - told a fringe event that Labour's ignorance led to the rise of Ukip, and proposed a new post-Brexit immigration system.

He told the audience: "Our failure to have an honest and robust conversation about immigration, we contributed directly to the referendum result.

"It is in large parts... our fault." ...

Welsh MP Mr Kinnock said today that "years and years and years" of Government's failure to cut numbers had "massively eroded trust in the system".

He demanded that his party step up to the plate on the "vital" issue and start putting forward proposals for fixing it, rather than shying away from the issue.

Mr Kinnock told The Sun his party had produced "deafening silence" over the issue at this year's conference, and there had been a "frustrating lack of options" put forward for discussion. ...

Today Mr Kinnock put forward his own proposals about what immigration could look like after Brexit - proposing a two-tier system.

He said MPs should get to vote on setting sector-by-sector quotas for different industries after we leave the EU, allowing us to limit immigration but still allow high-skilled workers to come to Britain if we need them.
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New FAIR Study: Illegal Immigration Costs $116 Billion Annually
Federation for American Immigration Reform, 27 September 2017

Illegal immigration to the U.S. costs federal, state and local taxpayers a staggering net cost of $116 billion a year – an increase of some $16 billion compared to previous estimates – according to a new study released by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). The study is the most comprehensive to date on the cost to federal, state and local taxpayers of the nation's 12.5 million illegal immigrants and their 4.2 million citizen children.

The report, "The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on United States Taxpayers," examines the cost of illegal immigration through a detailed analysis of federal, state and local programs that are available to the nation's illegal immigrant population, their U.S.-born children, or accessed via fraud. The study tallies the impact on education, medical, justice/enforcement, welfare and other government programs. The report notes that the $116 billion cost of illegal immigration falls on state and local taxpayers disproportionately – by a ratio of roughly 2 to 1 – with state and local expenditures totaling $88.9 billion and Federal expenditures totaling $45.8 billion, with only approximately $19 billion recouped in taxes.
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How Europe's 'Headless Hearts' Made Refugee Crisis Worse
David Jimenez
American Conservative, 27 September 2017

Refuge: Rethinking Refugee Policy in a Changing World, Alexander Betts & Paul Collier, Oxford University Press, 288 pages.

To fully grasp the confusion gripping Europe over the refugee crisis, consider recent messages from the Catholic Church. Pope Francis repeatedly chastises the hardening European heart to refugees and migrants. Tougher enforcement, according to an August Vatican statement, should be shunned, as states must "always prioritize personal safety over national security." But progressive Cardinal Reinhard Marx called last year for "a reduction in the number of refugees," saying that Germany cannot "take all the world's needy." France's premier Catholic political philosopher, Pierre Manent, warns "we invite catastrophe when we confuse the obligation to rescue a person who is drowning with that person's right to become a citizen of our country. We invite catastrophe when, in the name of charity or mercy, we require old Christian nations to open their borders to all who wish to enter."

Similar confusion plagues all European leadership, from Angela Merkel to Sweden's political class. But can it be overcome? /.../ Two Oxford economists, Alexander Betts and the more widely known Paul Collier, have perhaps found a breakthrough in aiding the world's 21 million refugees and 65 million displaced persons. ...

Collier and Betts build a substantive framework of moral responsibility to the displaced. But their plight does not establish an inalienable right to "unrestricted global mobility or the ability to choose a destination country." Our duty is rescue from the immediate danger of violence and extreme destitution and to guarantee opportunities for work, autonomy, and community alongside the eventual hope of return. Refuge shows no patience for demands for fluid, weak borders. ...

Most delightfully, Refuge provides deliverance to readers exhausted by endless tributes to Angela Merkel as the saving rock of liberal democracy. We instead find less "an angel of mercy" than a politician acting with a "headless heart." Merkel's 2015 "welcome" to Syrians and repudiation of the Dublin Agreement sparked a "huge ensuing expansion in the people-smuggling business," leading to the deaths of thousands at sea. ...

... By absorbing "around half of all Syrians with a university education," Europe deprived Syria – and its surrounding diaspora – of pivotal human capital for rebuilding.

... As the authors never cease to point out, there is a ratio "of about $135 spent on a refugee in the developed world to every $1 spent on a refugee in the developing world." As National Review's Reihan Salam wrote in June 2016, Norway's per-capita yearly spending on one refugee – $126,000 – "could support as many as 26 Syrian refugees annually" in Jordan. Sweden manifested this paradox in 2015, when it cut foreign aid by half due to the strain of new migrants. ...

... Friends of the nation-state and opponents of mass immigration have exposed the unrealistic sophistry of much first-world humanitarianism. But the refugees trapped in the degrading camps of Dadaab and Za'atari, or the slums of Beirut and Istanbul, still cry out for justice. Responsible populists and sovereigntists can find in Refuge a reconciliation of their moral duties to the particular – defined, rooted communities and nations – and the universal, or the inescapable dignity of every human person.
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Immigration Multipliers: Trends in Chain Migration
Jessica Vaughan
Center for Immigration Studies, 27 September 2017

Every year, about one million new legal immigrants, or lawful permanent residents, are admitted to the United States. More than 10.6 million immigrants were admitted from 2007 through 2016. According to DHS statistics, in recent years about half of these immigrants have been what are sometimes called "initiating immigrants", or the first in their family to settle permanently in the United States, perhaps after attending college, finding employment, as refugees from persecution, or receiving amnesty after illegal settlement. The other half are not path-breakers, but are joining family members who arrived earlier, in the phenomenon known as chain migration.

This report examines the scale of chain migration and recent trends of family sponsorship over time and across different groups of immigrants. In addition, we examine how an amnesty for beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is likely to increase chain migration in the future, as DACA beneficiaries eventually qualify for citizenship and the opportunity to sponsor their parents and siblings, many of whom also have been residing in the United States illegally.

Key Findings:

• Over the last 35 years, chain migration has greatly exceeded new immigration. Out of 33 million immigrants admitted to the United States from 1981 to 2016, about 20 million were chain migration immigrants (61 percent).

• Judging from preliminary administrative data, approximately 1,125,000 legal immigrants were approved for admission in 2016, which is about 7 percent higher than 2015, and one of the highest numbers in the last decade.

• The largest categories of chain migration are spouses and parents of naturalized U.S. citizens because admissions in these categories are unlimited by law.

• According to the most complete contemporary academic studies on chain migration, in recent years each new immigrant sponsored an average of 3.45 additional immigrants. In the early 1980s, the chain migration multiplier was 2.59, or more than 30 percent lower.

• Of the top immigrant-sending countries, Mexico has the highest rate of chain migration. In the most recent five-year cohort of immigrants studied (1996-2000), each new Mexican immigrant sponsored 6.38 additional legal immigrants. ...

• Enacting an amnesty for roughly 700,000 DACA beneficiaries is likely to add double that number in additional immigrants because of chain migration, as the amnesty beneficiaries sponsor their parents and other family members. ...
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EU citizens will not be fingerprinted or need ID cards, say officials
Lisa O'Carroll
The Guardian, 26 September 2017

The Home Office has sought to reassure EU citizens that they will not be fingerprinted or need ID cards after Brexit just weeks after a leaked immigration document suggested new registration rules would apply.

Senior officials also told activists who head the3million campaign group that EU citizens already in the UK will not have to meet a minimum income threshold or have private health insurance to stay in the country after Brexit. ...

They were told this was the Home Office position on EU citizens already in the UK and not post-Brexit migrants. ...

The Home Office has indicated to the3million that the new registration system would result in a "digital" document and not a card to be carried around.

It has also pointed to agreement with the EU Brexit negotiators in the August round of talks that fingerprints would not be used for ID.
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Is the latest migrant wave bringing a dark cloud for Europe's Jews?
Jonathan Benedek
European Jewish Press, 26 September 2017

Following Germany's lead over the past two years, Europe has absorbed well over a million refugees and migrants, many of whom fled the bitter intrastate conflicts in war-torn countries such as Syria, Iraq and Libya.

Some argue that the chickens may be coming home to roost for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who insisted in the autumn of 2015 that "we can do it," and accepted hundreds of thousands of refugees. ...

"European Jews have already paid a major price for the unselective massive immigration of Muslims in the past decades along with Israel," said Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld, an emeritus chairman of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, to European Jewish Press. ...

According to Dr. Gerstenfeld, the problems for Europe's Jewish community have been in the making for at least several decades.

"Some of the problems however were already there irrespective of Muslim refugees," he stressed.

"We cannot isolate the latest migrant wave from the previous ones," he said, referring to Europe's decades-long absorption of immigrants from the Middle East and North Africa. ...

Noting that "all ideologically-motivated murders of European Jews in this century were carried out by Muslims," Dr. Gerstenfeld views the EU as having been "a massive importer of anti-Semites." ...

Dr. Gerstenfeld believes that European society at large should also be anxious.

"Essentially, Europe has also imported a radically alien culture with the many people among the immigrants who do not seek to integrate," he argued.

The importation of this "radically alien culture" initiated as a wave of cheap labor in the 1970s, according to Dr. Gerstenfeld. That was followed by a decision among European governments to allow the family members of these immigrants to join them in the countries to which they had migrated. ...

"In contrast, the neighborhoods where most Jews live police have no problem going in," he said. "The Jews wanted to integrate while keeping their religion and distinct cultural aspects as Jews."
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Far Right's humbling of Merkel is a wake-up call for a complacent EU
William Hague
Daily Telegraph / Gulf News, 26 September 2017
[William Hague is the former UK foreign secretary and a former leader of the Conservative Party]

With the nationalist Alternative for Germany party winning at least 80 seats in parliament, and the far Left also doing well, nearly a quarter of Germans voted for the political extremes. It is important not to understate the significance of this outcome. ...

There are many obvious lessons to be drawn. ...

... And fourth, that immigration is the single most crucial issue of the coming years.

Merkel has already promised not to repeat her opening up of German borders to a million migrants and refugees, but the next 30 years will bring more than a billion extra people in Africa and the Middle East. European countries need much stronger control of their borders, a full network of agreements to control migration with all the countries to their south, and a huge effort to encourage development and stability in many places with booming populations. Yet no leader has set out an overall plan to do this despite the prospect that this issue alone could overwhelm EU unity and shatter its centrist political leadership. ...

Against that background of mounting dangers and clear rebellion by voters, Europe's leaders are underestimating the scale of the challenges they face, as the shock of the German elections has shown.
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Italian TV Broadcasts Alleged Footage of 'Save the Children' Working with People Smugglers
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 26 September 2017

Italian television programme Matrix has shown footage of what they claim is of members of the pro-migrant rescue NGO Save the Children cooperating with people traffickers.

The television programme, which is hosted on Italian network Canale 5, released the footage which shows what they claim are people smugglers helping a large wooden boat of migrants get to the ship chartered by Save the Children, the Vos Hestia, off the coast of Libya. ...

The footage is similar to a case brought against the German NGO Jugend Rettet by the Italian government who are investigating the group for alleged connections to people traffickers. The Italians confiscated their vessel, the Iuventa, in August.

The Italian authorities later released pictures which they claimed was evidence of the NGO workers working with the people smugglers.

The Trapani prosecutor's office has confirmed it is investigating Marco Amato, commander of the Vos Hestia, for people smuggling, according to Italian newspaper Giornale Di Sicilia.
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Dozens of children of ISIS jihadists to be resettled in Australia
Yahoo7, 26 September 2017

Some 70 children of ISIS terrorists are to be resettled in Australia following an assessment on any potential security risks.

The Australian government said it plans to bring back children who were either taken with their parents to the conflict in Syria and Iraq or who were born to Australian parents while out there.

The country's justice minister Michael Keenan said that each child would be vetted for any potential risks before being given new homes, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. ...

Security agencies estimate that there are around 110 Australians still fighting with terror groups in Iraq and Syria.
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New World Order: Muslims to be majority in Europe within two generations
Rowan Scarborough
Washington Times, 26 September 2017

Within 40 years, given current demographic trends, the white population in France and the rest of old Europe will recede, creating a Muslim majority, a French researcher says.

Charles Gave, an economist, fund manager and political commentator, published his conclusions this month on the webpage of his think tank, Institute des Libertes. ...

... He assesses France's white, or native, birthrate at 1.4 children per woman, compared with a Muslim rate of 3.4 to 4 children. France's population today is 67 million. ...

France's official birthrate is 1.9 per woman, but Mr. Gave's calculations put the native rate at 1.4. Overall, the European birthrate is a low 1.6 per woman.

Mr. Gave extrapolates those numbers, a declining white population and a growing Muslim population, and concludes that France will have a Muslim majority by 2057.

"And so, within 40 years at the latest, it is almost certain that the majority of the population will be Muslim in Austria, Germany, Spain, Italy, Belgium and Holland," he writes. "Again, these are not predictions but calculations, and I do not even call for new immigrants."

The pace could be accelerated given continuing Muslim migration into France and other Western European states, either through regular legal processes or through refugees escaping conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa. ...

"The immense news of the next 30 or 40 years will thus be the disappearance of the European populations, whose ancestors have created the modern world. And with these populations will disappear the diverse and complementary European nations that have made an immense success of the old continent for at least five centuries."

Mr. Gave takes an agnostic view on what an Islamic Europe would mean for liberal democracy and free speech.

"I do not say it will be wrong, or it will be good," he writes. "I am simply saying that this will be very different and that this will necessarily have an influence on the political system."

The Gatestone Institute, a conservative foreign policy think tank, analyzed Mr. Gave's paper and did not agree with all of it. Analyst Drieu Godefridi forecasts that the native French population will not disappear or lose its prominence in the space of four decades. ...

Another problem with Mr. Gave's projections is uncertainty: What Islam in Europe will look like in 40 years is difficult to predict. ...

Mr. Gave's numbers also conflict with Pew Research polling in 2010. It put the Muslim birthrate at 2.8 children per woman, not 3.4 to 4 children, and did not project an increase.
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Survey reveals scale of hostility towards Arabs in Britain
Patrick Wintour
The Guardian, 25 September 2017

The scale of hostility in Britain towards Islam and Arabs is revealed in a YouGov survey showing most UK voters believe Arabs have failed to integrate themselves into British society, and their presence has not been beneficial.

The survey also shows that most voters back security policing based on assumptions about the likelihood of races to commit crimes – so-called racial profiling.

Only 28% believe migration from the Arab world has been beneficial to the UK, and 64% believe Arabs have failed to integrate.

The survey also shows most voters believe the number of refugees entering the UK from war-torn Syria and Iraq has been too high.

The three characteristics most closely associated with the Arab world by British people are gender segregation, wealth and Islam, with extremism and a rich history the next two identified characteristics. The degree of association with innovation or forward thinking is miniscule.

The poll, commissioned by the Council for Arab-British Understanding and the Arab News newspaper, ...

... The published results exclude "don't knows".

... A total of 55% of voters regard it as right for the police to use racial profiling against Arabs or Muslims for security reasons. Only 24% disagree. Racial profiling allows the security services to police on the basis of working assumptions about the likelihood of ethnic, religious or national groups to commit offences in the UK. Support for racial profiling among Conservative voters reaches 72%. ...

Asked if migration from the Arab world has been beneficial to the UK, only 23% agree, 41% say it has not been beneficial and 32% say it has been neutral.
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Sharp rise in the number of foreigners arrested in Britain with child-sex convictions
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 25 September 2017

The number of foreigners arrested in Britain and found to have child-sex convictions has increased almost four-fold in two years.

Chilling data from the UK's criminal records office Acro shows the figure rose from 34 in 2014 to 164 in 2016.

Meanwhile, the number with murder or manslaughter convictions in their native countries trebled in the same period.

Statistics show 298 non-British killers were arrested in the UK in 2016 – up from 91 two years earlier.

And the number of foreign rapists caught jumped from 133 in 2014 to 237 last year.

Most of the convicted killers came to the UK from other EU nations.

They were able to slip in unchallenged with their murky past only coming to light when they were caught breaking the law here. ...

The Acro statistics also reveal the nationalities of foreign criminals arrested in Britain.

In the past three years 175 Romanian, 64 Polish and 55 Lithuanian killers have been arrested here.

During the same period 181 Romanian, 153 Polish 53 Lithuanian rapists were held by British police for other offences.
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Number of migrants trying to sneak in on ferries from Spain soars: More than 1,250 have been caught so far in 2017
Daily Mail, 25 September 2017

Officials said 1,251 had been caught trying to board ferries from Bilbao in northern Spain to Portsmouth in the first eight months of this year.

That compares to 436 in the whole of 2016.

Brittany Ferries, which runs the ferry route, has called on port security in Spain to be tightened to stop offenders repeatedly trying to board ships.

A company spokesman said most of those involved are young, male Albanians who are 'well-organised' and repeatedly target the port's perimeter in Bilbao. ...

Portsmouth City Council is looking after more than 40 asylum-seeking teenage boys who arrived unaccompanied. ...

Portsmouth City Council leader Councillor Donna Jones said: ...

'The council has the responsibility to look after unaccompanied asylum-seeking children so any entering the country illegally, without a genuine need for asylum, place an additional burden on our already limited financial resource.'
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Nearly half of Islamic schools in England require girls to wear hijabs, says report
Harvey Gavin
Daily Express, 25 September 2017

Education chiefs have been urged to allow Muslim girls "free choice" after it emerged that pupils at dozens of Islamic schools are being forced to wear hijabs.

Research by the National Secular Society (NSS) found that out of 142 Islamic schools which accept girls, 41 per cent have uniform codes that suggest a form of the religious headscarf is compulsory.

Of the 142 schools, 11 receive state funding and 27 are primary schools. ...

The group's research says that some schools explicitly state a hijab is compulsory. ...

At 18 of the 142 schools included in the study, 18 clearly state that wearing a hijab is optional. Thirteen of these are state funded.
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Hard Data, Hollow Protests
Heather Mac Donald
City Journal, 25 September 2017

The FBI released its official crime tally for 2016 today, and the data flies in the face of the rhetoric that professional athletes rehearsed in revived Black Lives Matter protests over the weekend. Nearly 900 additional blacks were killed in 2016 compared with 2015, bringing the black homicide-victim total to 7,881. Those 7,881 "black bodies," in the parlance of Ta-Nehisi Coates, are 1,305 more than the number of white victims (which in this case includes most Hispanics) for the same period, though blacks are only 13 percent of the nation's population. The increase in black homicide deaths last year comes on top of a previous 900-victim increase between 2014 and 2015.

Who is killing these black victims? Not whites, and not the police, but other blacks. In 2016, the police fatally shot 233 blacks, the vast majority armed and dangerous, according to the Washington Post. The Post categorized only 16 black male victims of police shootings as "unarmed." That classification masks assaults against officers and violent resistance to arrest. Contrary to the Black Lives Matter narrative, the police have much more to fear from black males than black males have to fear from the police. In 2015, a police officer was 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male was to be killed by a police officer. Black males have made up 42 percent of all cop-killers over the last decade, though they are only 6 percent of the population. That 18.5 ratio undoubtedly worsened in 2016, in light of the 53 percent increase in gun murders of officers – committed vastly and disproportionately by black males. Among all homicide suspects whose race was known, white killers of blacks numbered only 243.

Violent crime has now risen by a significant amount for two consecutive years. The total number of violent crimes rose 4.1 percent in 2016, and estimated homicides rose 8.6 percent. In 2015, violent crime rose by nearly 4 percent and estimated homicides by nearly 11 percent. /.../ Seventy-two percent of the nation's officers say that they and their colleagues are now less willing to stop and question suspicious persons, according to a Pew Research poll released in January. The reason is the persistent anti-cop climate.

Four studies came out in 2016 alone rebutting the charge that police shootings are racially biased. If there is a bias in police shootings, it works in favor of blacks and against whites. That truth has not stopped the ongoing demonization of the police – including, now, by many of the country's ignorant professional athletes. The toll will be felt, as always, in the inner city, by the thousands of law-abiding people there who desperately want more police protection.
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UNC Charlotte Offers 345 Diversity and Social Justice Courses
Tom Ciccotta
Breitbart, 25 September 2017

The University of North Carolina, Charlotte, offers a staggering 345 courses on the topic of diversity and social justice.

The University of North Carolina, Charlotte released a list of their "Diversity Courses" that spans 21 pages and covers academic disciplines such as Religious Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, Languages and Culture Studies, and Africana Studies.
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Nurses who failed English test aimed at curbing immigration set for a reprieve
James Tapper
The Observer, 24 September 2017

Language rules introduced to curb immigration are set to be relaxed after they prevented native English-speaking nurses from working in the NHS.

The NHS has a shortage of 40,000 nurses and recruiters and NHS employers have been lobbying for looser language requirements so that thousands of nurses from countries such as Australia, India and the Philippines can work in Britain.

In June, the Observer uncovered evidence that Australians and other native English-speaking nurses were being turned down because they could not pass the International English Language Testing System test. Now the Nursing and Midwifery Council will consider a measure on Wednesday to allow other measures such as the Occupational English Test.

Nurses with a recent qualification that was taught in English and nurses who have worked for two years in a country where English is the native language would also qualify. If patient organisations and NHS bodies also agree to the proposals, the changes could be introduced next month.
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Illegal immigrant seeking asylum in UK was crack and heroin dealer
Mike Lockley
Birmingham Mail, 24 September 2017

The son of a murdered Afghan policeman, who was smuggled out of the country when he was just nine, has been jailed for drug dealing.

Ali Nadiri was caught dealing crack cocaine in Marc, and then dealing from his home in Leamington four months later, Warwick Crown Court heard. ...

Rashad Mohammed, defending, said his client was a user of class A drugs, and was buying them to use and to sell to fund his own addiction.
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Angela Merkel embroiled in refugee scandal in huge blow days before German election
Allan Hall
Daily Express, 23 September 2017

A leaked internal German government report appears to condemn Chancellor Angel Merkel for opening the country's borders to refugees without first gaining parliamentary approval. ...

The report by the Bundestag Scientific Office - a team of non party political legal experts - stated it is the role of the Bundestag to decide on all "matters of essential relevance to the state".

Experts said the opaque diplomatic language used in it signals parliament should have had the final say on the matter "as the decision led to a change in the proportion of non-Germans to Germans in the country".

Influential news magazine Der Spiegel said: "Bundestag lawyers clearly see an unclear legal situation for the border opening.

"This is an explosive opinion on the refugee crisis shortly before the election."

The story was broken by the Die Welt newspaper.

Merkel opened up the borders in September 2015 after discussing the issue with her cabinet. ...

The internal report says German law states that refugees do not have a right to apply for asylum in Germany if they entered the it through another signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention.

They said, according to German law, asylum seekers should have been turned away at the Austrian border.
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Statistically speaking, black people in Germany don't exist
Aamna Mohdin
Quartz, 23 September 2017

Immigration is the top issue for Germans voting in the federal race on Sept. 24. Germany's interior minister has a 10-point proposal for defining national identity, including that "we don't do burqa." ...

But mysteriously absent from this debate is the voice of racial minorities. "Black people in Germany are mostly invisible," says Daniel Gyamerah of Diversity in Leadership, a German advocacy group for people of color that advocates for equality of data.

Germany doesn't see race – or at least it pretends not to. Racial categories that are commonplace in the US and UK – such as white, black, and Asian – don't exist in Germany. /.../ Everyone is German, the thinking goes, and should be treated the same across the board.

To some, these are lofty principles aimed at boosting equality. ...

Germany doesn't collect racial statistics (i.e., black, white, Asian). So while the US knows its black population makes up roughly 13% of its population, and the UK's black population amounts to roughly 3%, Germany is clueless. A UN team that recently examined racism in Germany estimated there to be many as one million people with "African roots" in Germany, more than 1% of the population. But such estimates are unreliable, partly because it's unclear how many black people would identify as having "African roots."

What Germany does document is the country of origin of recent immigrants. According to official statistics, one in five German residents are now first or second-generation immigrants, meaning either they were born in another country or have one parent born in another country. /.../ The country's largest immigrant block (amounting to just over half of its immigrant voters) is made up of ethnic Germans from largely former Soviet countries (largely known as Spätaussiedler) and Turkish Germans.

Beyond that, the demographic data is extremely hazy. All ethnic minority Germans who aren't first or second-generation immigrants are just labeled "German." ...

By contrast, ethnic minorities in the UK and US are now a formidable political force. In 1965, there were just six black Americans in the House of Representatives. By 2015, that figure jumped to 44. This year, the UK elected its most diverse parliament to date (jumping from three ethnic minority MPs in 1987 to 52).

Black Americans played a crucial role in electing Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. In the 2016 presidential election, low voter turnout among blacks was considered a major reason for why Hillary Clinton lost. In the UK, ethnic minorities helped the Labour Party gain enough ground to deny prime minister Theresa May a governing majority in parliament.

Politicians in these countries outwardly court ethnic minorities. In a nod to black culture, Clinton famously told a radio host she keeps "hot sauce" in her bag, while UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn courted grime artists to mobilize black and ethnic minority voters.
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When the facts came out, the killing of a Polish man had nothing to do with anti-immigrant feeling
Ross Clark
The Spectator, 23 September 2017

Nothing spoke of the fractious atmosphere in the aftermath of the Brexit referendum more than the death of 40-year-old Arek Jozwik in a shopping centre in Harlow, Essex in August 2016. What might, on any other weekend, have been passed over as just another grubby Saturday-night incident on Britain's drunken high streets became elevated into a symptom of Brexit-induced racial hatred. /.../ This was the premise of almost all reporting on the story: a man seemed to have been murdered for being Polish.

Viewers of BBC1's News at Six were told, 'the fear is that this was a frenzied racist attack triggered by the Brexit referendum'. /.../ In Harlow, residents held a candlelit vigil to protest against what was explained to them as a wave of hate. ...

The idea of anti-Polish murder in post-Brexit Britain was understandably shocking. But what was the evidence for it? Crimes take time to investigate, the truth takes months to come out. When the answer came in Chelmsford crown court last week, there was far less media interest. Given the prominence of the story, it's worth setting the record straight.

The killer, a 16-year-old, was sentenced to three years' detention for manslaughter. /.../ It emerged from the case that there was a racial element to the incident – although the racism was not aimed at Mr Jozwik. On the contrary, the court heard it was Mr Jozwik and his friends who made racist comments against the then 15-year-old and those he was with. ...

The tragic death of Mr Jozwik brings shame on Britain for conditions in town centres late at night. But what evidence of a link to Brexit? None at all. Drunkenness and violence have been a problem for decades. ...

Mr Jozwik's death was not the only reported post-Brexit 'hate crime' which turned out to be nothing of the sort. Among other high-profile incidents, the window of a Spanish restaurant was broken in Lewisham – recorded on that trusty record of crime, Facebook, as a result of Brexit-induced hate but later treated by police as a burglary. ...

The Jozwik case provides a salutary lesson for anyone who is tempted to jump to conclusions about crimes before the full facts are known. Such reactions are themselves a form of prejudice, which in this case has been committed by people who considered themselves to be standing up against prejudice.
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Britain's '1985' police forces are unable to cope with this year's dramatic rise in terror attacks
Robert Mendick
Daily Telegraph, 22 September 2017

Britain's police forces are stuck with '1985 levels of staffing', making them unable to cope with this year's dramatic rise in terror attacks, one of country's most senior officers warns today [Friday].

In a desperate plea for funding, Sara Thornton, the head of the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC), says the "flat cash" agreement announced by ministers two years ago is no longer enough.

Hundreds of specialist counter-terrorism officers have been assigned to massive inquiries launched in the wake of each of the five attacks to hit the UK this year.

In an assessment published six months after the Westminster Bridge atrocity, Ms Thornton complains that the attacks have had a terrible knock-on effect on ordinary policing.

Ms Thornton says: "Every time there's a terror attack, we mobilise specialist officers and staff to respond, but the majority of the officers and staff responding come from mainstream policing. This puts extra strain on an already-stretched service.

"In the response to the Manchester attack, three quarters of the resources deployed came from mainstream policing.

"This disrupts the daily work of policing on which the public rely, it creates backlogs of incidents in our control rooms and results in a slower response to the public.

"With officer numbers at 1985 levels, crime up 10% in the last year and police work becoming ever more complex, this additional pressure is not sustainable.

"The current flat cash settlement for forces announced in 2015 is no longer enough."

The Government is boosting its total spending on counter-terrorism by 30%, from £11.7 billion to £15.1 billion.

But Ms Thornton argues that the amount allocated from that budget to policing, which currently totals around £700 million a year, is set to be cut by 7.2% in the next three years.

"When the volume and nature of threat is growing alarmingly, that is a real concern," she says.
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Danish Prime Minister Warns of the Emergence of Muslim Parallel Societies, No-Go Zones
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 22 September 2017

Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen has warned that his country may be seeing a rise of Muslim "parallel societies" and no-go zones and has promised to take steps against them.

The Danish prime minister said that the problem has become so prevalent in Denmark that he is considering state intervention in some areas. ...

The move is doubly unusual for Europe, where the normal approach of establishment politicians is to deny the existence of no-go zones altogether. ...

"It's a matter of being realistic about the situation," Rasmussen said, "and there are areas where there is already a different set of rules. Where the gangs are in control and the police can not work. I can not sit and passively let it happen."

"We have tried everything possible, but we just could not solve the problem," Rasmussen said and called on the Danish parliament to "engage us in a different and more robust way".

Rasmussen has called on three ministers in his cabinet to brainstorm ideas on how to better integrate Muslim pupils in schools or solve complex issues in housing estates to prevent the emergence of parallel societies.
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Why German parties are flyering and advertizing in languages from Russian to English
Nicholas Thomas
The Local [Germany], 22 September 2017

With so many voters apparently still undecided about who to pick on Sunday, parties have taken to advertizing in several languages, desperate for every vote they can get. ...

In a move that is virtually unheard of in the UK and many other European countries, Germany's major political parties are printing adverts, flyers and posters in the languages spoken by the country's immigrants.

It isn't just Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) that is employing this tactic. ...

Other major parties are also taking the multilingual route. The Social Democrats (SPD), led at this election by Chancellor-candidate Martin Schulz, have printed election flyers in seven languages (excluding German).

The Free Democratic Party (FDP) has published its manifesto online in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish, and Russian. For them, the decision was about inclusiveness.
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Asian sex gang victim says she was raped by THOUSANDS of men in terrifying ordeal that started when she was 14
Emily Retter
Mirror, 21 September 2017

Over 15 years, from the age of 14, Caitlin Spencer was raped by thousands of men. ...

Now, she is bravely telling her horrific story for the first time. Hers is undoubtedly one of the very worst cases of UK child trafficking at the hands of a predominantly Asian sex gang heard to date. And, shockingly, Caitlin – whose real name we are protecting for her safety – says the vast gang, which includes a local politician, is still at large.

She wants to name names to protect other potential victims, but legally she can't. Although she found the courage to make an official police report two years ago, her case was dropped.

Predominantly Asian sex gangs are no strangers to the headlines now. Three weeks ago, an 18-strong group was convicted in Newcastle of grooming and raping girls as young as 13. Police said there were 278 victims.

The case – which included men of Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Indian, Iraqi, Iranian and Turkish backgrounds – followed similar convictions in Rochdale, Oxford, Bristol, Aylesbury and Peterborough. But Caitlin says this barely scrapes the surface of the network of abusers she believes exist. ...

Referring to the Newcastle case, she says: "There is no way the gangs are that small, I can guarantee that. I would be taken to places across the country. I cannot count how many men raped me, but I believe it runs into thousands." ...

By September 2014, the then National Crime Agency's Human Trafficking Centre officially deemed Caitlin a victim of trafficking. It warns that the problem is on the rise, and underestimated.

Will Kerr, the NCA's Director of Vulnerabilities, said: "Modern slavery has rightly been made a priority across law enforcement, but it is a hidden crime so the onus is on us to seek it out.

"The more that we look for modern slavery, the more we find the evidence of widespread abuse of the vulnerable."

He adds: "The growing body of evidence we are collecting points to the scale being far larger than anyone had previously thought. The intelligence we are gaining is showing that there are likely to be far more victims out there, and the numbers of victims in the UK has been underestimated."
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Millennials spend three times more of income on housing than grandparents
Robert Booth
The Guardian, 20 September 2017

Millennials are spending three times more of their income on housing than their grandparents yet are often living in worse accommodation, says a study launched by former Conservative minister David Willetts that warns of a "housing catastrophe".

The generation currently aged 18-36 are typically spending over a third of their post-tax income on rent or about 12% on mortgages, compared with 5%-10% of income spent by their grandparents in the 1960s and 1970s. Despite spending more, young people today are more likely to live in overcrowded and smaller spaces, and face longer journeys to work – commuting for the equivalent of three days a year more than their parents.

The research by Willetts' intergenerational commission at the Resolution Foundation thinktank also reveals that today's 30-year-olds are only half as likely to own their own home as their baby boomer parents. ...

The report's authors argue that the housing crisis is a huge part of public anxiety about the country's direction, a factor in the result of the EU referendum last year and in the general election in June.

A young family today has to save for 19 years on average to afford a typical deposit compared with three years for the previous generation, the report states. ...

By highlighting intergenerational inequality, Willetts hopes to break down public opposition to mass housebuilding – not least from parents who despair at the difficulty their children face in finding good housing.
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Viktor Orbán: Christianity and identity versus western liberalism
Visegrad Post, 20 September 2017

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán reiterated strong remarks for the start of the parliamentary year and nailed his strategy for the final months of his current mandate.

Mid-September, Viktor Orbán held two keynote speeches for parliamentary opening after the summer recess. The first speech took place in front of an audience of Christian intellectuals invited to the parliament, among them the Cardinal of Hungary Péter Erdo, who shares the views of the government on migration.

During his speech, Mr Orbán considered that the adoption by Hungary and Central Europe of "western liberalism would mean spiritual suicide for the central Europeans". According to the strong man of Budapest, this would mean for Central Europe to "become mixed societies in our lifetime, thus irreversibly sweeping away our national and Christian identities." ...

A few days later, Viktor Orbán held his second speech for the opening of the parliamentary year, this time in front of the members of parliament. ...

Regarding the migratory waves seen so far, it was only "a warm-up". According to Viktor Orbán, the information provided by NATO indicates that 60 million people in Africa will set out by 2020 to Europe. He therefore accuses Brussels' migration policy of being thus responsible for "terrorist acts that have become weekly, the dramatic fall of public security, and the change visible with naked eye of the demographic, religious and cultural face of Europe".

"This is from what we want to preserve Hungary, Central Europe and, if that is still possible, the entire European Union," said Viktor Orbán. According to the Hungarian Prime Minister, migration policy currently determines two camps within the European Union.

On the one hand, the countries which "invite or even organize the arrival [...] of invasive peoples", became "mixed countries". ...

On the other, countries opposed to immigration, such as Hungary, who are committed to "keep their security, their way of life, their national and religious identities", adding that "we want a Hungarian Hungary, and I add wistfully, that we would also like a European Europe".
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Britain has large audience for online jihadist propaganda, report says
Alan Travis
The Guardian, 19 September 2017

Online jihadist propaganda attracts more clicks in Britain than in any other European country and the main internet companies are failing to curb it, a centre-right thinktank has said.

Policy Exchange analysts have said that Islamic State is still producing, at a conservative estimate, about 100 items of new content each week, including execution videos and bomb-making instructions, despite big military defeats in Iraq and Syria.

The report, the NewNetwar, says the jihadist online "ecosystem", the core of which is rooted in the Telegram app, has tentacles across hundreds of different domains. It is resilient and reaches an audience of, at minimum, tens of thousands, including large numbers of users in the UK.

The report is published ahead of a meeting between Theresa May and the French president, Emmanuel Macron, to discuss possible new measures to tackle online extremism, including fines for web companies that fail to take down extremist content.

It includes a foreword by Gen David Petraeus, the former US commander in Iraq and CIA director, who says that the attempted tube bombing at Parsons Green last Friday, using a device that could be built from instructions found online, underscored once again the ever-present nature of the threat.

"Jihadists have shown particular facility in exploiting ungoverned or even inadequately governed spaces in the Islamic world," said Petraeus. "This new Policy Exchange report shows they are also exploiting the vast, largely ungoverned spaces in cyberspace, demonstrating increasing technical expertise, sophistication in media production, and agility in the face of various efforts to limit its access.

"It is clear that our counter-extremism efforts and other initiatives to combat extremism online have, until now, been inadequate. There is no doubting the urgency of this matter. The status quo clearly is unacceptable."
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Mayor of Lampedusa says the Italian island is 'collapsing' because of violence and crime committed by large numbers of migrants
Iain Burns
MailOnline, 19 September 2017

The mayor of Lampedusa has that warned his Italian island is 'collapsing' after 'threats, harassments and thefts' caused by migrants from North Africa.

The tiny island in the Mediterranean has for years been a reception centre for hundreds of thousands of migrants heading into Europe.

It became world famous for its 'welcome culture' as the several thousand locals helped Africans who landed on the island's shore after making the voyage from Libya and Tunisia.

But new mayor Salvatore Martello, who was re-elected in June, has said that Lampedusa 'has to change' its welcoming ways, according to Ansa news agency.

In an open letter, Martello said: 'Threats, harassments, thefts, Lampedusa is about to collapse.'

He said police are 'powerless' and demanded the closure of the island's 'useless' migrant centre.

The mayor also said that - 'unfortunately' - 'asking migrants to respect the same rules that apply to Lampedusans and other Italian citizens, according to some people, means being "racist".'
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Multiculturalism is Europe's new faith
Ed West
Spectator blog, 19 September 2017

We're always told these things won't divide us, when in fact they clearly do; not just between Muslims and the majority, but between white liberals and white conservatives. For many of the former, the events of the past few months have hugely strengthened their faith in diversity and multiculturalism, a paradox, but an understandable one. They view Islamic terrorism as attacks on culturally and racially diverse liberal societies; conservatives view them as the inevitable consequence of them.

But then multiculturalism is a faith, and many of its believers seem quite prepared to die for their religion. Quite literally, if the alternative is to embrace racism in any form. It could be argued that it is the third great universalist faith to take hold among Europe's intellectuals, after Christianity and Communism, although the former – by far the most logical of the three – at least promises paradise only in the afterlife and accepts that humans are flawed.

Among the sacred ideas of the multicultural faith is the idea of jus soli, that people born within a territorial jurisdiction must by definition belong to that piece of land. This is why our national broadcaster refers to black-clad Islamic fundamentalists shouting incomprehensible Arabic slogans as being 'British', while the group in charge of eastern Syria is the 'so-called' Islamic State. You may refer to these men as British if you like, but you should accept that in doing so you are robbing that word of any real meaning. Never mind the solid literature showing that groups tend to retain their characteristics long after moving from one country to the next, the Manchester Arena bomber was UK-born and so somehow more British than Cliff Richard, Joanna Lumley or Richard Dawkins.

The available evidence suggests that, barring some miracle, these terror attacks are going to escalate into a sort of European Intifada. And as a result, western Europe's transition into a place more like Israel will become more and more rapid. We will see increased security everywhere and there will be an eternal sense of danger in public places.

Realistically there are only two options open to us to fight this. Either, a significant expansion in the state's surveillance powers, including the right to censor the internet and access our personal data, as well as an increased and more heavily-armed police presence. Or, we violate the sanctity of jus soli by deporting jihadis, even native-born ones, something Germany has already begun doing. ...

Of course unlike France, which traditionally follows jus soli, Germany has a tradition of jus sanguinis, nationality being defined by ancestry; Britain has never really followed either concept, or we've never had to articulate either way because historically immigration to this island has been so small. And because, quite rightfully, nationality is a mixture of both.
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The billionaires investing in Cyprus in exchange for EU passports
Sara Farolfi, David Pegg and Stelios Orphanides
The Guardian, 18 September 2017

A leaked list of names of those who have benefited from Cyprus's citizenship-by-investment programmes represents a detailed insight into the panoply of clients behind schemes providing passports to the super rich.

It also reveals the extent to which interest from the Russian and Ukrainian elite has driven the programme which, according to the Cypriot government, has generated more than €4bn in investment since 2013. There is no suggestion of wrongdoing on the part of beneficiaries.

Prior to 2013, Cypriot citizenship was granted on a discretionary basis by ministers, in a less formal version of the current arrangement.

"Golden visa" schemes, whereby countries sell passports or citizenship in exchange for investment, are almost universally carried out in complete secrecy. Only Malta has ever published the names of its applicants. ...

Leonid Lebedev, a former member of the Russian parliament and the sole owner of the Sintez Group, is one of hundreds of Russian nationals named as having acquired Cypriot citizenship.
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Reliance on cheap foreign labour 'damages economy': Experts warn Britain's unskilled workers are being neglected in trend which damages productivity
Claire Ellicott
Daily Mail, 18 September 2017

Neglecting Britain's unskilled workers and relying on cheap labour from abroad have damaged productivity, a report warns today.

The country's sluggish rate of growth is due to a lack of training of the bottom 20 per cent of unskilled workers, the Centre for Social Justice says.

Report author Iain Duncan Smith warned that the UK's reluctance to invest in training a generation of British workers had led to an over-reliance on cheap labour.

The former work and pensions secretary called on the Government to invest in training or face no rise in living standards. ...

The report by Mr Duncan Smith, economist Gerard Lyons and several top business leaders, found the bottom 20 per cent of the workforce had suffered most. It said a lack of investment by business and poor education had prevented British workers, often from disadvantaged backgrounds, making the most of their natural abilities.

Mr Duncan Smith warned that while many unskilled workers still had jobs, wages had barely increased in the past ten years.
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Are refugees welcome to plant bombs on our trains?
Douglas Murray
Spectator blog, 18 September 2017

It's all a long time ago now isn't it? All of three days since someone put a bomb on a London Underground train and then stepped out of the carriage. Thankfully the detonator went off without managing to trigger the main bomb, which isn't a mistake we can hope for every time. ...

It remains strange how fast we pass over all of this. ...

What we fail to recall is that while 'Keep calm and carry on' was fine advice for the citizenry of London during the nightly destruction of the Blitz, Britain didn't win World War II simply by the daily expression of taciturn stoicism.
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Police Violence against Black Men Is Rare
Philippe Lemoine
National Review, 18 September 2017

According to this narrative, black men are constantly harassed by the police and routinely brutalized with impunity, even when they have done nothing wrong, and there is an "epidemic of police shootings of unarmed black men." ...

This narrative is false. In reality, a randomly selected black man is overwhelmingly unlikely to be victim of police violence – and though white men experience such violence even less often, the disparity is consistent with the racial gap in violent crime, suggesting that the role of racial bias is small. The media's acceptance of the false narrative poisons the relations between law enforcement and black communities throughout the country and results in violent protests that destroy property and sometimes even claim lives. Perhaps even more importantly, the narrative distracts from far more serious problems that black Americans face. ...

First, despite what the narrative claims, it's not true that black men are constantly stopped by the police for no reason. Indeed, black men are less likely than white men to have contact with the police in any given year, though this includes situations where the respondent called the cops himself: 17.5 percent versus 20.7 percent. Similarly, a black man has on average only 0.32 contacts with the police in any given year, compared with 0.35 contacts for a white man. ...

If we look at how often the police use physical force against men of different races, we find that there is indeed a racial disparity, but that this experience is rare across the board. Only 0.6 percent of black men experience physical force by the police in any given year, while approximately 0.2 percent of white men do. ...

Further, physical force as defined by the PPCS includes relatively mild forms of violence such as pushing and grabbing. Actual injuries by the police are so rare that one cannot estimate them very precisely even in a survey as big as the PPCS, but the available data suggest that only 0.08 percent of black men are injured by the police each year, approximately the same rate as for white men. /.../ Moreover, keep in mind that these tallies of police violence include violence that is legally justified.

Now, it's true that there are significant differences in the rates at which men of different races experience police violence – 0.6 percent is triple 0.2 percent. However, although people often equate racial disparities with bias, this inference is fallacious, as can be seen through an analogy with gender: Men are vastly more likely to experience police violence than women are, but while bias may explain part of this disparity, nobody doubts that most of it has to do with the fact that men are on average far more violent than women. Similarly, if black men commit violent crimes at much higher rates than white men, that might have a lot to do with the disparity in the use of force by the police.
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Brussels to end mandatory refugee relocation (for now)
Jacopo Barigazzi
Politico, 17 September 2017

The EU's controversial refugee relocation scheme won't be renewed when it runs out at the end of this month – but Brussels will keep on helping member countries that take in refugees, according to senior diplomats.

On September 26, the scheme, which aimed to take 160,000 refugees who had arrived in Italy and Greece and move them across the bloc, will come to an end. However, the scheme fell well short of expectations. As of September 4, just 27,695 refugees had been relocated and some EU members, notably Hungary and Poland, refused to take part even though participation was supposed to be mandatory. ...

The problem for the Commission is how to deal with the refugees who arrive after September 26. A new, permanent mechanism for relocating refugees is being discussed as part of an update to the Dublin rules – which state that the EU country in which asylum seekers first set foot must deal with their applications. But those talks are stalled and the Commission must figure out how to fill the gap.

The plan is to keep on supporting member countries that are willing to relocate but without launching a new relocation scheme. ...

Warsaw is studying every move Brussels makes on migration and seems likely to challenge in court any measure that would extend relocation or make Poland take in refugees, said one of the diplomats.
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In a society too short of common goals, identity politics are an imperfect answer
Kenan Malik
The Guardian, 17 September 2017

Last November, Columbia University historian Mark Lilla published a comment piece in the New York Times, entitled The End of Identity Liberalism. Numbed by Trump's election victory, Lilla placed the blame largely at the door of "identity politics", which, he argued, had atomised American politics, undermined civic culture and destroyed the Democrats' electoral chances. Liberalism, he wrote, "has slipped into a kind of moral panic about racial, gender and sexual identity that has distorted liberalism's message and prevented it from becoming a unifying force capable of governing". ...

It's a debate equally significant for politics on this side of the Atlantic. Here, too, the left has considerably weakened, society has become more fragmented and there has developed an equally fraught debate about the politics of identity.

Now Lilla's op-ed has become a book, The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics. Its publication has reignited the debate over the politics of identity. /.../ To regain power, Lilla argues, the liberal left needs to rediscover that notion of the common good by adopting a pragmatic form of politics. He is particularly caustic about protest movements such as Black Lives Matter. "We need no more marchers," he writes. "We need more mayors."

Between them, Lilla and his critics sum up well the impasse of contemporary politics on the left. Many of his critics cannot see that the politics of identity, far from defending the marginalised and the powerless, fragments the possibilities of meaningful social change. Lilla cannot see that the self-proclaimed "liberal centrist" politics he espouses has helped create the fragmentation of which he despairs. In Europe, too, debates about immigration and multiculturalism, about nationalism and federalism, expose a similar kind of deadlock. ...

"As identity consciousness has increased among liberals," Lilla has observed, "political consciousness has decreased." That is to look at the issue back to front. It is not so much that identity consciousness has diminished political consciousness, but rather that the diminishment of ideological politics has allowed the politics of identity to flourish. ...

... One of the consequences of the mainstreaming of identity politics is that, on both sides of the Atlantic, racism is becoming rebranded as white identity politics.

What Lilla fails to recognise is that the demand for "mayors not marchers" – for pragmatic politics over social movements – is a change that has already happened; and the consequence has been the kind of identity politics he rightly despises. The problem is not that there are marchers rather than mayors. It is, rather, that both marchers and mayors, both activists and politicians, operate in world in which broader visions of social change have faded. How to restore a sense of solidarity based on broader politics rather than narrow identities – that's the real challenge we face.
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Not one of the 400 Brits who fought alongside ISIS charged with war crimes or deported
Nigel Nelson
Mirroe, 17 September 2017

None of the 400 citizens returning here after fighting for Islamic State in Syria and Iraq have been charged with war crimes.

Yet the Council of Europe's legal affairs committee recently ruled membership of the terror group, also known as Daesh, is enough for prosecution at the Hague's International Criminal Court.

Labour Shadow Minister Liam Byrne, representing Britain, backed the decision.

He said: "We know British citizens were soldiers and commanders in Daesh's army of evil. Yet not a single soldier captured on their return has been charged with war crimes or genocide."

MI5 estimates that 850 Brits have slipped into Iraq and Syria to fight for IS – half of whom have returned.

They were outside the jurisdiction of the ICC while there but could have been deported to the Hague upon their return.

Mr Byrne added: "This cannot possibly be justice. The Government must look again at throwing the full weight of international law at those who took part in crimes against humanity." ...

Foreign Office minister Alistair Burt said we are a strong supporter of the ICC but added: "To date, no British citizens have been charged in the UK with war crimes in relation to Daesh activities."
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Germany and France want to 'suspend' open border-rule amid growing terror concerns
Macer Hall
Daily Express, 16 September 2017

German and French officials are pressing for the right to suspend passport-free border rules for up to four years amid growing concern about terrorism and illegal immigration, leaked documents revealed today.

They want to be able to suspend the Schengen rules in "exceptional circumstances" to allow the reintroduction of full checks on travellers crossing borders in mainland Europe.

The demand, from the governments of two of the founding member nations of the European Union, is seen as an indication of growing dissatisfaction with unrestricted free movement in Europe.

It is also a blow to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

Earlier this week he called for the Schengen Zone to be extended to include Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia. ...

Twenty-six European nations, including 22 of the 28 EU member states, are signed up to the Schengen Agreement. ...

A confidential diplomatic paper today revealed the demand for the right for nations to temporarily suspend Schengen rules for up to four years.

Austria, Denmark and Norway have joined France and Germany in backing the idea. ...

Earlier this week Mr Juncker denied claims that passport-free travel was "an invitation to terrorists".
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Chilean crime gang who travelled to Britain to steal £60,000 in jewellery and cash in a series of raids on country homes are jailed for a total of 21 years
Nick Enoch
MailOnline, 16 September 2017

A Chilean crime gang has been jailed for a total of 21 years after travelling to Britain to target large country homes - stealing more than £60,000 in jewellery and cash in the process. ...

Luis Rojas, 35, Francisco Montecinos, 32, and Julio Galdamez-Rodriguez, 20, made off with tens of thousands of pounds in cash, expensive jewellery, iPad tablet computers, passports, driving licences, clothes, and caused thousands in damage by smashing their way inside.

Rojas had previously been deported from the EU in 2005 for theft while he lived in Spain, Cardiff Crown Court was told.

But he was allowed to come to London in January this year where he teamed up with his countrymen - and restarted his crimes.
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We've got too many migrants: survey
Kalina Oroschakoff
Politico, 16 September 2017

Migration has grown at a worrying level, according to a global survey, with citizens of Turkey, Italy, Sweden and Germany the most concerned about rising levels.

Three-quarters of those who took part in the Ipsos Institute poll said the number of migrants in their country had grown too much over the past five years. ...

Turkey topped the list of countries with concerns about migration, with 78 percent of respondents saying the increase was too large, followed by Italy (74 percent), Sweden (66 percent) and Germany (65 percent). In France, 58 percent said they felt immigration had increased significantly.

According to the findings, an overall 21 percent of people consider immigration to have had a positive impact on their country. However, that figure was just 14 percent in France (a slight increase on the 2016 figure of 11 percent) and 18 percent in Germany, which goes to the polls on September 24.

The British have a more upbeat view of immigration, according to the poll, with 40 percent seeing the positive side. Canada and the U.S. had similar results, with 38 percent and 35 percent saying migration had benefits.

People in most countries still "strongly agree" or "somewhat agree" with the suggestion that there are terrorists in their country who claim to be refugees, according to Le Figaro.

The survey was carried out among 18,000 people in 25 countries.
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90 Per Cent Of Asylum Seekers In Austria End Up On Welfare
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 16 September 2017

Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka is resisting EU efforts to increase his country's migrant quota, claiming that 90 per cent of asylum seekers in Austria end up on welfare benefits and strain the system.

The Austrian Interior Minister once again railed at attempts by the European Union to send more migrants to Austria, saying that the vast majority end up claiming benefits, Kronen Zeitung reports.

Sobotka says "Austria has borne the main load from 2014 to 2017," and "Our system is simply overwhelmed". ...

It was also revealed this week that foreign-born mothers are drastically overrepresented among those who claim child care allowance in Austria, with one-third of all claimants coming from foreign backgrounds.

In the capital of Vienna, foreign-background families account for 55 per cent of claimants, costing taxpayers millions of euros.
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Theresa May's phoney race war is dangerous and divisive
Munira Mirza
The Spectator, 16 September 2017
[Munira Mirza was deputy mayor for education and culture under Boris Johnson]

Next month, Theresa May is expected to launch her long-awaited audit into racial disparities in public services. /.../ All this suggests the scene is being set for another bout of political self-flagellation regarding the subject of race in Britain, in which half-truths are peddled by lobbyists and swallowed wholesale by officialdom.

Several studies have already shown that some ethnic groups experience different outcomes in policing, health, employment and education. There are many causes behind these disparities but the evidence will be carefully selected to suit a predetermined agenda. Everyone is gearing up for the report to be a 'game-changer', because ultimately that is what everyone wants. The Prime Minister is desperate for a dramatic announcement to tick her 'burning injustices' box and reset her administration (for 'nasty party' read 'nasty country'). When she announced the audit last August, Mrs May dropped any pretence that she would wait to see the actual evidence by promising that it would 'reveal difficult truths'. Her political advisers fondly imagine the audit will somehow improve the Conservative party's relationship with BAME communities. A panoply of anti-racism lobby groups is excited at the prospect of a new Macpherson or Scarman moment that will pave the way for fresh laws and more public funding for them. And the Labour party sees this as home turf; the more everyone obsesses about race, they believe, the more they stand to gain.

Everyone, including ethnic minorities, should be worried about the way in which anti-racism is becoming weaponised across the political spectrum. What passes for policy discussion in this area is now so heavily divorced from the facts and driven by ideology that there is barely any intelligent debate. Astonishingly, it seems that a lot of people in politics think it's a good idea to exaggerate the problem of racism. ...

The logical fallacies about race have been taken to ludicrous extremes in the area of mental health. In 2004, John Blofeld, a former high court judge no less, published an investigation into the death of the black schizophrenic patient David Bennett at the Norvic clinic in 1998 which concluded that the mental health services were 'a festering abscess' of institutional racism. In 2005, the government produced a new action plan for the sector to reduce 'disproportionate' admissions of black patients to psychiatric wards, a policy which has been continued by successive governments, including the present one.

But the reality is that incidence of mental illness is objectively much higher in the BAME population. Professor Swaran Singh, a social and community psychiatrist with more than 30 years of clinical experience, has argued for over a decade that institutional racism in his profession is not the cause of this. Academic studies show that BAME and migrant groups are more exposed to mental health risk factors, including family breakdown, substance abuse, poverty, living in areas with low social cohesion and, of course, the personal experience of migration and prior instances of racial prejudice. Afro-Caribbean people are more likely than whites to be diagnosed with mental illness, sectioned, forcibly restrained and placed in seclusion. They also make up a third of inpatients on medium-secure psychiatric wards.
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New threat to Britain's green belt: Tens of thousands more homes will be built in leafy areas to tackle the housing crisis
Jason Groves
Daily Mail, 15 September 2017

Well-off parts of the country are facing the construction of tens of thousands of new homes under a controversial Government plan to tackle the housing crisis.

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid last night told councils they have to increase housebuilding by up to 40 per cent over the next decade.

It came as ministers said the country needed 266,000 homes a year over the next decade – a huge increase on previous estimates of 200,000.

Mr Javid said many communities would have to accept a number 'well beyond' what councils had previously agreed to meet the shortage. But the move triggered immediate warnings that huge swathes of the country's precious green belt land will be bulldozed. ...

Mr Javid said increases in housing targets would be capped at 40 per cent to ensure they were 'deliverable'. But this still means many local authorities will be asked to approve thousands more homes than they were planning to over the next decade. ...

The Department for Communities and Local Government yesterday published its own assessment of housing needs. Across the country, it suggests 266,000 homes a year will be needed over the next decade – well above the current target of 200,000.
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Nigerian drug dealer leaves taxpayers with £100,000 legal bill after battling deportation
Daily Express, 15 September 2017

A Nigerian criminal has left taxpayers with a six-figure bill after battling against deportation.

Drug dealer Ifeanyi Chukwu Ndidi, 30, launched a six-year series of appeals – funded by legal aid – to attempt to remain in the UK.

Ndidi's lawyers had argued that sending him back to the country of his birth would violate his "right to respect for private and family life".

When his appeals failed they took his case to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

Finally today the court ruled that his rights had in fact not been violated and he will now be kicked out of the country.

Last night critics hit out at the bill for case – at least £100,000. ...

Ndidi was brought to Britain by his mother when he was two years old.
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Focusing on Diversity Will Destroy America
Daniel Lattier
Intellectual Takeout, 15 September 2017

The common wisdom today in most of America's governmental, corporate, and educational institutions is that we should focus on diversity.

It's believed that an emphasis on multiculturalism is the only way to unify Americans of different backgrounds and prevent the evil of racism from spreading. Assimilation is now considered a form of violence. It is best, so the thinking goes, to simply celebrate ethnic differences among Americans and avoid any sort of push for ideological or cultural conformity.

But if history is a reliable witness, a focus on diversity will ultimately be the downfall of America.

After all, it was for the Roman Empire, which is arguably the best historical parallel to contemporary America.

In an article last year, Hoover Institution senior fellow Victor Davis Hanson argued that "emphasizing diversity has been the pitfall, not the strength, of nations throughout history," and used Rome as his chief example: ...

According to former Harvard professor Christopher Dawson, Rome's supposed unity was always tenuous, and fell apart when it could no longer maintain it through administrative prowess and force: ...

Dawson's less sanguine opinion of Rome is shared by University of Washington professor Rodney Stark:

"Chief among these miseries [in the Roman Empire] was the cultural chaos produced by the crazy quilt of ethnic diversity and the blazing hatreds entailed thereby. In uniting its empire, Rome created economic and political unity at the cost of cultural chaos... People of many cultures, speaking many languages, worshipping all manner of gods, had been dumped together helter-skelter."

Genuine, deep unity among diverse peoples is based upon their sharing in a coherent narrative that colors how they view the world and how they operate in their daily lives. It's interesting to ask whether America ever had this kind of unity. In other words, was there ever a coherent narrative that was capable of creating true unity among its diverse citizens, or was America always a mere "artificial union" that has been held together through war, a centralized bureaucracy, material self-interest, and now, propaganda spread through modern technology?

I don't know the answer to that question. But one thing I am certain of is this: an America that focuses on diversity is laying the groundwork for its own destruction.
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Terrorism linked to migration: Polish president
Radio Poland, 15 September 2017

Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Friday he has no doubts that terrorism is linked to migration.

Duda was speaking in Malta during a meeting of the so-called Arraiolos Group, which brings together presidents from EU member states.

Duda said: "There is no doubt that the growing wave of terrorism is linked to migration." ...

Duda said in the Maltese capital, Valletta: "If the EU is to employ – in its internal and external relations – far-reaching political correctness, which I would rather call a kind of naivety, then we will not solve this problem."
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New global study reveals unease about immigration around the world
Bobby Duffy
Ipsos MORI, 14 September 2017

The survey, conducted among online adults aged under 65 in 25 countries world-wide, finds that at least half of people in each country believe that the number of immigrants coming into their country has increased in the last five years. ...

• One in five (21%) on average say that immigration has had a positive effect on their country compared with two in five (42%) who say it has had a negative impact. Saudi Arabia, India, and Britain are the most positive countries where two in five or more say immigration has had a positive impact. Turkey, Italy, Hungary and Serbia are most negative with at least three in five (58%) saying it has had a negative impact.

• Britain and the United States are the two countries which have had the largest positive change since 2011. In Britain, two in five (40%) now say immigration has had a positive impact (up from 19% in 2011) while 35% in the US say the same (up from 18% in 2011). Sweden has seen the largest movement of people becoming more negative, with a quarter (25%) now saying immigration has been positive compared with 37% in 2011.

• Half (48%) on average think that there are too many immigrants in their country. Turkey has the highest number of people thinking this (83%), followed by Italy (66%), South Africa (62%), and Russia (62%).

• Just under half (44%), on average, say that immigration is causing their country to change in ways that they do not like. Again, those in Italy and Turkey were most likely to say this (77% and 63% respectively) while people in Brazil and South Korea were the least likely (23% and 24% respectively).

Most countries are concerned about immigration placing pressure on public services. ...

• On average half (49%) think that immigration has placed too much pressure on public services in their country, while just one in five (19%) disagree. Britain and Australia have seen the biggest decrease in the proportion of people agreeing to this since 2011 – down 20 points in Britain (now at 58%) and down 13 points in Australia (now at 51%). The largest increase is seen in Turkey – now at 73% (up from 45% in 2011), and in Sweden – at 56% (up from 40%).

• When considering the economy 28% overall agree that immigration has had a positive impact (no change from 2016 or 2011). People in Saudi Arabia (50%), Britain (47%), and New Zealand (47%) tend to be most positive, while those in Serbia (8%), Russia (9%), and Hungary (9%) are least positive. Turkey (78%), Russia (64%), and South Africa (58%) are most likely to agree that immigrants have made it more difficult for people their country to find jobs, with those in Sweden (21%), Serbia (21%), and Japan (26%) the least likely to agree to this. Overall two in five (40%) say they agree priority should be given to immigrants with higher education and qualifications (no change from 2016). People in New Zealand (58%), Saudi Arabia (56%), and Britain (55%) are most likely to want to prioritise educated immigrants.

• Only three in ten (31%) globally believe immigrants make their country a more interesting place to live, with the highest scores seen in Britain and New Zealand (both 49%). Britain has seen a significant change since 2011 (up 16 points), becoming much more positive. Serbia (8%), Russia (10%), and Hungary (10%) are the countries with the fewest people showing positive attitudes towards immigration's cultural impact.
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Terror Arrests in Britain Surge 68 Per Cent in 2017 to Record High
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 14 September 2017

The number of terrorism-related arrests in Britain has surged almost 70 per cent to a new record high, as the country's security services grapple an unprecedented threat.

The Home Office announced that 379 people were arrested in the 12 months to June – the highest number of arrests since collection of data began in 2001 – as the UK suffered an intense period of deadly attacks carried out by Islamists.

Revealing that suspects were being detained at a rate of more than one a day, the figures included 12 arrests in connection with the Westminster attack in March, 23 linked to the Manchester Arena terror bombing in May, 21 in relation to the London Bridge attack in June, and one arrest following the van attack at Finsbury Park.

According to the Home Office quarterly bulletin on the police's use of counter-terrorism powers, 123 of the suspects arrested were charged – 105 with terrorism offences – while 189 were released.

Of the 379 people arrested on suspicion of terror offences, 70 per cent said they considered themselves to be British. The proportion of women arrested (14 per cent) was the largest on record.

Prisons saw the number of terrorist inmates rise by 35 per cent this year to 204, continuing an upward trend since statistics were first collected in 2001.

The majority of terrorist prisoners (91 per cent) held Islamist views, while five per cent held far right views and the other four per cent followed ideologies classified as 'other', according to official data. ...

European Union Counter-Terrorism Co-ordinator Gilles de Kerchove estimates that "more than 50,000 radicals have been identified throughout the continent – but notes that many more are going unnoticed due to Islamists' "increasing use of taqiyya" – a form of religiously sanctioned deception – to conceal their beliefs.
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Betrayal of child-sex gang victims goes on
Allison Pearson
Daily Telegraph, 13 September 2017

While survivors of the Grenfell Tower disaster are rightly offered healing holidays in Cornwall, what becomes of the thousands of survivors of the UK's child-sex grooming gangs? One, Sammy Woodhouse, has just revealed that, despite being terrorised and raped since the age of 14, she was told by a government body she was not entitled to compensation because she had "willingly" gone along with the abuse.

We may be horrified, but let's not claim we're surprised. Poor white girls like Sammy being pimped and raped by men of mainly Pakistani origin is not something people in power wish to dwell on. In the cockeyed equalities universe in which we now live, it seems only brown people are allowed to be "vulnerable" or discriminated against. The child sex-abuse girls are, quite frankly, a social embarrassment, and so many of them, too!

No one has expressed this sentiment quite so well as Labour's Naz Shah. On Twitter recently, the MP for Bradford West liked and retweeted this despicable statement: "Those abused girls in Rotherham and elsewhere just need to shut their mouths. For the good of diversity."

Ms Shah claimed she made a mistake. Really? ...

Institutional collusion in the sexual abuse of thousands of white girls by men of Pakistani origin, in order to avoid allegations of racism, is the biggest scandal of my lifetime.
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Tory MP Ken Clarke says Britain's success relies on multiculturalism
AOL, 13 September 2017

Former chancellor and Tory veteran Ken Clarke has warned anti-immigrant Brexit supporters that Britain must embrace a "multiracial, multicultural" society if the UK hopes to thrive in the 21st century.

The 77-year old said that the majority of voters in his generation had reacted to an influx of foreign nationals with an irrational fear that it had resulted in "too much" change for Britain.

"The pressures that (mass immigration) produces are what are causing the distortion of politics, the rejection of traditional parties, the breakdown in respect for authority, the establishment and we've got to find a way of getting rid of that.

"If you're going to be a successful state in the future world in the 21st century, when you live in a big prosperous city that's thriving, you'd better get used to a multiracial , multicultural, multinational society and join people like me in rather enjoying it."
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In praise of borders
Peter Hitchens
First Things, October 2017

Borders are a substitute used by less fortunate lands for the sea and the mountains behind which happier countries shelter. No great civilization has grown and endured except behind the shield of ocean, mountain, or desert. ...

If a country has no sea, it must come up with a substitute. And that substitute is the guarded border. ...

Why, then, do so many speak darkly of borders as unnecessary and undesirable? Enthusiasts for "free movement of peoples," the type who can be found in revolutionary Marxist sects and in the offices of liberal capitalist organs such as The Economist, claim to believe that the absolute equality of all humans is violated by the idea of frontiers. The Bolsheviks believed that humanity is infinitely malleable and that class and education determine changeable human nature. The economic liberals simply think that open borders bring greater general prosperity by keeping labor costs down. In most cases, such people live remotely from the areas most directly affected by the large-scale migration they say they support.

In practice, they will take a slightly different view if too many people act according to their vision. ...

Even on those who in general accept their usefulness, borders have a paradoxical effect. Precisely because they guard us from straying into a different culture, we long to do so. ...

Even if we could somehow construct a world where borders were not necessary for peace and security, could we really be happy without them? There is a joy in crossing from one place into another that we are robbed of by any effort to make all places one. ...

... A world without differences would be a world without any true character or any true freedom, since the planet is far too big a community for people to be effectively unselfish in it. Without borders, we would dwell in a global parking lot. A reasonable love of where you live, its customs, landscape, language, and humor, is the basis for all other communal loves.

.. How can the U.S. reasonably ask people such as me, from law-governed, civilized nations, who have no plans to stay, to submit to fingerprint checks and intrusive questioning at airports, if it simultaneously allows countless persons from who-knows-where to walk straight into the country, vanish for years – and then apply for and be granted citizenship on the grounds that it is too much trouble to do anything else? If you want to have a country, you have to decide who can come into it. If you don't, won't, or can't, it's not a proper country.
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Why The Free Speech Fight Is Really About Smearing The Right As Racists
John Daniel Davidson
The Federalist, 13 September 2017

In the era of Trump, efforts to shut down free speech by force have come almost exclusively from the Left, and are part of a larger project to redefine the boundaries of political discourse in America. Anyone who espouses conservative views or support for the president (or even insufficient opposition to him) can now expect to be labeled a racist, fascist, or white supremacist.

That might sound outrageous to the average American, but it's commonplace in academia.
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Fifty Albanian thugs are being arrested every week in Britain following a surge in drug-related gang warfare
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 12 September 2017

Police are facing an Albanian crime wave with 50 thugs arrested each week amid a surge in drug-related gang warfare.

New figures revealed thousands of people from the tiny Balkan state are being detained in the UK for murder, sex offences, drug dealing, money laundering, people smuggling and death threats. ...

Police chiefs said organised crime groups from the former Communist country now have huge influence on supplying cocaine around the country – and were willing to inflict serious violence to protect their lucrative illegal market.

In total last year, police arrested Albanian crime suspects 2,781 times – up 8 per cent on the 2,578 held in 2015. ...

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 now fronting a drugs and prostitution scandal on Britain's streets. ...

The damning figures were uncovered in answers from 37 of the 43 police forces in England and Wales.

There were 649 Albanian inmates in jails at the end of June, making them the third largest foreign group.
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YouTube pulls down 'immigration and Islam' video featuring Nigel Farage amid growing censorship row
Jasper Hamill
The Sun, 12 September 2017

YouTube has once again been accused of censorship after allegedly pulling down a video featuring Nigel Farage talking about "Islam and immigration".

The controversial film ... features excerpts from the UKIP founder's speeches along with nostalgic views of British castles, landscapes and cultural icons.

It also features details of the growing number of Muslims living in the UK as well as shocking newspaper headlines about terrorism and images depicting the migrant crisis.

In the film, Farage is quoted from speeches in which he talks about polls which indicate the British public's disquiet with the level of immigration over the past decades.

He also slams Merkel's migrant policy and discusses sharia courts in Britain.

It was made by a UKIP supporter and Farage is not believed to have been involved in it. ...

"Immigration and Islam are still quite taboo subjects - the blanket term of 'hate speech' is cleverly used to silence dissent," he told The Sun Online. ...

The video is now available on alternative video sharing sites including BitChute. ...

YouTube has been accused of censorship after introducing a controversial new policy designed to reduce the audience for videos deemed to be "inappropriate or offensive to some audiences".
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Indiscriminate on discrimation. Two recent reports that must not lead Ministers astray.
David Goodhart and Richard Norrie
ConservativeHome, 12 September 2017

Last week saw the publication of two Government-commissioned reviews, both related to the life chances of minorities. The Lammy Review, published on Friday and led by David Lammy, investigated the treatment of and outcomes for ethnic minorities in the criminal justice system (CJS). The second, published by the Social Mobility Commission (SMC), looked at the economic chances of young Muslims.

What unites both reports is the assumption that any departure from proportional minority representation – either for bad (numbers in prison) or for good (numbers in top jobs) – must be overwhelmingly the result of discrimination by the majority society. But the evidence for this is weak, which creates a double negative effect: it means the recommendations risk being ineffective, even counterproductive, while the narrative and media coverage of the reports will reinforce the very minority disaffection that they are seeking to allay. It is to be hoped that the Government's race disparity unit, due to be launched next month, does not reinforce this tendency.

Lammy is not looking at differences in levels of recorded crime, but rather at what happens after people are arrested in terms of convictions, sentencing levels and custodial sentences. And there are certain headline figures that do suggest a problem: the non-white minority population is 14 per cent, but makes up 25 per cent of the prison population, and the black population of three per cent makes up 12 per cent of the prison population.

There is certainly a perception among many black British people that the system is rigged against them. Lammy seems to agree with them. He concludes that "BAME individuals still face bias, including overt discrimination, in parts of the justice system."

However, Lammy does little to prove the existence of bias, particularly in the court system. ...

... the Social Mobility Commission ... its latest report, titled The Social Mobility Challenges Faced by Young Muslims. ...

Like the Lammy Review, the focus is firmly on discrimination – yet the evidence is even weaker. ...

Lammy's report is a more serious piece of work than the SMC's, and he makes some reasonable suggestions, including ideas about changing the regime on non-disclosure of criminal records. Indeed, there is a decent report struggling to emerge from beneath the tendentious rhetoric and selective statistics.

Between the lines he is forced to admit that the CJS is not doing a bad job on race and his conclusion and recommendations are correspondingly mild: essentially, please try a bit harder and publish some more data. ...

Moreover, the biased way in which he has written about his own report – generating a Guardian article headlined "The racial bias in our justice system is creating a social time bomb" – is contributing to the very disaffection that he claims to be combatting.
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All British people should be equal before the law
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 11 September 2017

Today, when new judges take their oath of office, they swear to "do right to all manner of people" without "fear or favour". Yet that noble ideal is now being eroded by the poisonous creed of political correctness.

The state has become obsessed with pandering to minorities. Instead of upholding the law impartially, too many institutions indulge in special treatment of groups that have been awarded victim status. And so, in the name of fighting discrimination, our ruling elite promotes rank injustice against the British public. ...

Nowhere is the flight from fairness more marked than in the field of race relations. Terrified of accusations of bigotry, the state machine is desperate to parade its hyper sensitivity towards ethnic minorities and migrant groups.

That was the impulse that lay behind the Government's sponsorship of the inquiry headed by Labour MP David Lammy into supposed racial prejudice in the criminal justice system. Lammy's report, published last week, wailed about "overt discrimination" and called for a range of measures such as more race awareness bureaucracy and more ethnic data monitoring.

... Yet Lammy could produce nothing concrete to support his lurid claims of judicial racism. In reality the evidence points in the opposite direction.

One study of crown court verdicts found that ethnic minority men were nine per cent more likely to be acquitted than white men in similar cases. But Lammy's argument really falls apart if we consider some of the most high-profile hate crimes in modern Britain, namely the sexual abuse conducted by predatory Muslim grooming gangs in places such as Rochdale and Rotherham.

Shamefully the neurotic obsession with "Islamophobia" inhibited the police and social services from doing their duty. Twisted dogma triumphed over both compassion and the law so that the authorities protected macho rapists instead of vulnerable girls. If gangs of white skinheads had been systematically assaulting teenage Muslims the state would have bristled with justifiable resolution and ruthlessness. There would have been no cover-up.

Yet, even after the grooming scandals, the cultural cringing goes on as shown in the disgraceful failure to tackle the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation or the casual acceptance of alien sharia law.

Incredibly the Department of Work and Pensions even pays out welfare benefits to multiple wives in polygamous marriages even though such unions are against the law. The same institutionalised pusillanimity is why Islamic jihadism has flourished in Britain to a greater extent than in any other European country, with an estimated 30,000 dangerous extremists in our midst. Genuine equality has been superseded by social engineering.

Contrary to Lammy's blatherings the fixation with diversity is now carried to a grotesque conclusion of open bias and exclusion against the indigenous population. ...

Similarly, a host of public sector training schemes are reserved for ethnic minority candidates, such as at the BBC. Due to mass immigration, running at almost 600,000 arrivals a year, this collapse of justice will only accelerate. Our society is gripped by permanent revolution, where prejudice by the state is dressed up as virtue.
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Deportation backlog rises by thousands
Richard Ford
The Times, 11 September 2017

The backlog of asylum seekers awaiting removal from Britain has risen by more than 5,000 in a year.

More than 32,000 were "subject to removal" at the end of June, according to Home Office figures. The number sent home fell just under a quarter, from 5,433 to 4,118.

Keith Vaz, chairman of the all-party group on immigration and visas, said: "These numbers are unacceptable and an embarrassment to the Home Office. Nothing undermines confidence in the immigration system more than failure to remove once a decision has been made. It gives rise to false hopes and generates further baseless appeals. The Home Office should get a grip of the situation."
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Lammy review: the myth of institutional racism
Munira Mirza
Spiked, 11 September 2017

According to David Lammy, Labour MP for Tottenham in London, the report of emerging findings for his review into the criminal justice system that was published last week 'clearly shows BAME [black, Asian and minority ethnic] individuals still face bias – including overt discrimination – in parts of the justice system'. He points to the worrying statistic that BAME men make up 14 per cent of the population but 25 per cent of all prisoners. BAME male prisoners are also more likely to be kept in high-security prisons and the odds of a BAME offender receiving a prison sentence for drug offences is higher than for white offenders. Black men are more than three times as likely to be arrested as white men. A disproportionate number of children in custody in England and Wales are black.

All this proves, he argues, that as the prime minister said last year, 'If you're black, you're treated more harshly by the criminal justice system than if you're white'.

However, this is not what the statistics in his report reveal at all. In fact, the findings showed that overall, Crown Prosecution Service decision-making was broadly proportionate. ...

In fact, the report admits there are many reasons beyond the criminal justice system for why there are ethnic disparities. Black children are far more likely to grow up in a lone-parent family and black and ethnic mixed boys are more likely to be permanently excluded from school. BAME groups also have much higher incidence of mental illness. All of these are linked to higher rates of offending. ...

But the reality is that incidence of mental illness is objectively much higher in the BAME population and especially among Afro-Caribbean men. Professor Swaran Singh, a social and community psychiatrist with over 30 years of clinical experience, has argued for over a decade that institutional racism in his profession is not the cause of this. ...

Unfortunately, framing this review publicly in terms of institutional racism and racial bias within the criminal-justice system only clouds the reality of what is happening and in the end could lead to worse outcomes for ethnic minorities.
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Punish Muslims for 'Hate Speech' Against 'Infidels', Says Merkel Ally
Liam Deacon
Breitbart, 11 September 2017

A member of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party has demanded 'hate speech' laws are deployed against Muslims who attack "infidels" in mosques, as well as those who criticise Islam.

Jens Spahn, 37, is a gay Catholic seen as a rising star on the political right of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU), who has even been tipped as a possible future chancellor. ...

Germany has some of the western world's harshest hate speech laws that were designed after World War II to prevent the vilification of certain identity groups.

They are frequently used against people who criticise mass immigration and say provocative things about Islam.

In August of this year, a court found a farmer guilty of hate speech after he described migrants as "filthy people" online after some recent arrivals stole his property. Parts of the Quran, routinely read out in mosques, describe non-Muslims as stupid and "cattle".
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Tony Blair defends call for EU migration curbs
BBC, 10 September 2017

Tony Blair has defended his call for new controls on EU migration as a cabinet minister accused him of a belated "epiphany" on the issue.

The ex-PM said the UK could stay in the EU after all with new curbs in place.

He claimed this would address people's "grievances" without the "sledgehammer" of Brexit. ...

"It's a bit late now, this epiphany", Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon told the BBC's Andrew Marr show.
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Tony Blair: get tough on immigration to stop Brexit
The Guardian, 10 September 2017

Tony Blair has called for tough new immigration rules which would allow Britain to exercise more control over who comes into the country without leaving the EU.

The former prime minister said the open borders he presided over were no longer appropriate and put his name to a report calling for tighter domestic controls and the negotiation of modified free movement rules with the EU.

This would fulfil the will of the people expressed in last year's Brexit vote while allowing Britain to stay in the EU, and Jeremy Corbyn's Labour should back the approach, he said. ...

In an article for the Sunday Times website, Blair said: "There is no diversion possible from Brexit without addressing the grievances which gave rise to it.

"Paradoxically, we have to respect the referendum vote to change it."

He added: "We can curtail the things that people feel are damaging about European immigration, both by domestic policy change and by agreeing change within Europe.

"This is precisely the territory the Labour party should camp upon." ...

Brexit voters' concerns about "pressure on services", "downward pressure on wages" and "cultural integration" now "cannot be ignored", he said.

According to the newspaper, a report from the Tony Blair Institute, authored by former Downing Street policy expert Harvey Redgrave, urged the government to:

• Force EU immigrants to register on arriving in the UK so authorities can check whether they go on to work or study, a measure already in place in Belgium.

• Make EU nationals show evidence of a job offer that is confirmed by their employer before they enter Britain.

• Ban those without permission from renting a home, opening a bank account, or accessing benefits.

• Introduce "discriminatory" controls restricting EU immigrants' access to free NHS care if they are "economically inactive".

• Let universities charge EU nationals higher tuition fees than British students.

• Try and negotiate a change in free movement rules to introduce an "emergency brake" on people coming into Britain when public services are overstretched, which David Cameron attempted but failed to secure when renegotiating the UK's EU membership ahead of the referendum.
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The big Brexit immigration myth... and a monumental deception of British voters: Former deputy Prime Minister LORD HESELTINE on the nasty business of severing ties with the EU
Lord Heseltine
Mail on Sunday, 10 September 2017

There have to be controls on immigration across Europe. Free movement is under question and we should join a discussion that could follow on from the German elections. ...

Last year, a quarter of a million Europeans came here while only 117,000 left – a net inward immigration of 133,000. However, 264,000 non-Europeans came while 88,000 left, resulting in a net immigration of 176,000. No one is better acquainted with the problems this entails than the Prime Minister, who had the responsibility to control our borders for six years as Home Secretary. No European law or court can interfere with our sovereign right to control our borders to non-EU nationals. So why has so little been done over the years?

The answer, of course, is that the consequences are of such damage to our economy and social services that it is better to gain electoral advantage from the promise rather than risk the inevitable backlash when it is put into effect.
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Albanian mafia's new way to smuggle migrants into Britain - and under Spanish law they're not committing any offence
Patrick Hill
Mirror, 10 September 2017

The Albanian mafia have opened up a new route to smuggle migrants into Britain through a busy Spanish port, a Sunday People investigation has found.

Gangsters charging up to £2,500 per person are successfully trafficking those desperate for a new life – including refugees from the Balkans, Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria – aboard ferries from Bilbao.

Police in the northern Spanish city are struggling to cope with the surge in migrants in the last three months.

In two years there has been a tenfold increase in people caught trying to get into lorries or containers at the port.

But under Spanish law they are committing only a civil offence – so police can only take their details and free them.

Hundreds more camping out waiting to seize their chance can also not be touched – as they carry tourist visas.

Our probe found that after handing the huge fee to Mafia bosses, migrants are given a phone, along with £700 in cash to smuggle to fixers in Britain.

Lured with the promise of illegal jobs in car washes and on building sites in London, they are unaware they will finish up at the mercy of callous gang masters.

Arriving in Bilbao, our investigators found more than 100 people in tents and under motorway bridges at the port perimeter. ...

In 2015, police made 119 stops of migrants trying to sneak through Bilbao's port. In 2016, that figure rose to 380. This year, it is already at a record 1,200.

Those caught included 60 Iraqis, 45 Afghans and 25 Pakistanis. By far the most – 950 of them – came from Albania. ...

... The UK, with 20,000 Albanians legally living here, is their most popular destination.
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Canada deported hundreds to war-torn countries - government data
Anna Mehler Paperny
Reuters, 10 September 2017

Canada has deported hundreds of people to countries designated too dangerous for civilians, with more than half of those people being sent back to Iraq, according to government data obtained by Reuters.

The spike in deportations comes as Canada faces a record number of migrants and is on track to have the most refugee claims in more than a decade. That has left the country scrambling to cope with the influx of asylum seekers, many crossing the U.S. border illegally.

Between January 2014 and Sept. 6, 2017, Canada sent 249 people to 11 countries for which the government had suspended or deferred deportations because of dangers to civilians.

That includes 134 people to Iraq, 62 to the Democratic Republic of Congo and 43 to Afghanistan, the data shows. ...

The federal government has suspension or deferral designations for countries or regions deemed dangerous but may still deport people to them because of criminality, security risks or human rights violations.
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The Strange Death of Western Europe and why is Eastern Europe different?
PVEWOOD, 10 September 2017

I am currently reading, am deeply depressed and alarmed by and am lost in wonder at Douglas Murray's new book, The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam. ...

The opening sentence is:

Europe is committing suicide.

and he continues

By the end of the lifespans of most people currently alive, Europe will not be Europe and the peoples of Europe will have lost the only place we had to call home.


In his last chapter Douglas Murray concludes

By the middle of this century, while China will probably still look like China, India will probably still look like India, Russia like Russia, and Eastern Europe like Eastern Europe, Western Europe will at best resemble a large-scale version of the United Nations. ... This place where international cities develop into something resembling international countries will be many things. But it will not be Europe anymore.

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German aid to migrants creating 'pull effect': minister
The Local [Germany], 10 September 2017

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere warned Saturday that Berlin's generous offer of benefits for asylum seekers was a siren call for migrants.

"The benefits for refugees in Germany are quite high compared to other EU countries. This is part of the pull effect towards Germany," de Maiziere, a close ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, said in an interview with the Rheinische Post regional daily.

Under Merkel's impetus, Germany welcomed more than a million asylum seekers in 2015 and 2016, all of them ushered in by Maiziere's interior ministry. ...

An asylum seeker arriving in Germany has the right to housing and up to €390 euros per month to cover food, clothing and other expenses.
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British Red Cross 'Too White', Chief Exec Calls Words 'British' and 'Cross' a 'Challenge'
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 10 September 2017

British Red Cross chief Mike Adamson has claimed the charity struggled to deal with the Grenfell disaster because staff and volunteers are too white.

"There is a risk that in a very diverse community like Grenfell, an organisation with the words 'British' and 'Cross' in its title is confused with a Christian establishment organisation," he wrote, in a blog for the New Philanthropy Capital think tank.

Though stating that the charity is "completely impartial" in its work, Adamson added: "There is no escaping the fact that with shining exceptions, such as our refugee services, we are nowhere near as diverse as we need to be in our volunteer base, our staffing or our leadership."

Announcing that he is "personally leading" the charity's "inclusion and diversity strategy", Adamson said the British Red Cross is "changing massively to be relevant to the world of today and tomorrow."
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Oslo Police Declare "We Have Lost the City"... Islam Has Taken Over
Alex Leroux
Occupy Deplorables, 10 September 2017

Grønland, a district in the city of Oslo that is said to have "apocalyptic level of culturally-enriched violence." It is only two subway stops from the Parliament, one stop from the Central Station, and fairly close to the government offices that were bombed by Breivik.

No Norwegian has committed a rape in Grønland where the victim and the rapist did not know each other before hand.

The Grønland district of Oslo looks like Karachi, Basra, and Mogadishu all rolled into one. People sell drugs openly next to the Grønland subway station, violence is epidemic, and the police have largely given up. It's not Norway or Europe anymore, except when there is welfare money to be collected.

The police are powerless. Five years ago, Aftenposten, a pro-Islamic leaning publication that is the largest newspaper in the Oslo, stated that there are sharia patrols in this area, and gay couples are assaulted and chased away. "Immigrant Fatima Tetouani says that 'Grønland is more Muslim than Morocco.'" ...

In just the past ten years more than 4,000 people have been robbed in the town center and the area of the Grønland police station [an immigrant ghetto]. Most of them are young men. Sturla Nøstvik was robbery-victim 351 from Grønland just from this year, the same period in which around fifty assault-rapes have been reported in Oslo.
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Brussels finally gets tough on migrants - but only because hundreds set up camp near EU HQ: Officials clampdown on asylum seekers, saying: 'We don't want the Calais Jungle here'
Charlie Faulkner and Julian Robinson
MailOnline, 9 September 2017

Brussels has begun to ramp up its efforts to combat the escalating number of migrants entering the area, after fears the EU capital could become the new 'Jungle'.

Around 50 people were arrested during the Belgian police's first wave of checks carried out on the hundreds of refugees setting up camp in Maximilian Park in Brussels this week. ...

Hundreds of young, mostly Sudanese and Eritreans, migrants have been sleeping in Maximilian Park, near the Gare du Nord station where trains depart for Belgium's North Sea coast.
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Behind the mad rush of young Nigerian men for older foreign women
Hannah Ojo
The Nation [Nigeria], 9 September 2017

Has Nigeria become the target of old European, American and Asian women in need of toy boys? The question is provoked by the increasing number of online pictures of young Nigerian men being joined in matrimony with older foreign women, some with an age difference as wide as 50 years. ...

This year alone, there have been more than 10 leaked photographs of younger Nigerian men who got married to older foreign women at the Ikoyi Registry in Lagos. A trader at the registry, who pleaded anonymity, said the trend has become rampant in recent times, ...
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'British jobs for British workers' is back, a fascist incursion into mainstream politics
Rachel Shabi
The Guardian, 9 September 2017

Thanks to leaked proposals we now know that the guiding principle of the government's post-Brexit immigration plan is to put British workers first. This much is clear in the statement that: "Wherever possible, UK employers should look to meet their labour needs from resident labour." ...

Post-referendum, our discussions over immigration are often wrapped in verbal cotton wool, for fear of upsetting anyone by suggesting that we have veered into ethno-nationalism and racism – apparently a greater misdeed than any actual racism. So it is that the shocking terminology running through this government's leaked plans has not met with enough scrutiny. ...

Labour MP Owen Smith appeared on the Daily Politics show to pronounce he had "no problem with British jobs for British workers as an aspiration". Time and again this phrase reappeared, permeating our national conversation rather than being challenged for what it is: a xenophobic slogan with fascist roots.

Gordon Brown, appallingly, used the term while Labour prime minister in 2007 but he did not invent it. As was highlighted in parliament by the then Conservative leader David Cameron, such slogans could be found in leaflets from the National Front and the British National party. ...

In any case, as journalist and author Daniel Trilling notes, what counts as a British worker or, in a globalised economy, a British job?

Who gets to define "British" here and on what basis: birthplace, citizenship, residence, skin tone? Stripped of absolute meaning, it is clear that this slogan has no purpose but to serve as xenophobic signalling.
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We need a long-term strategic approach to population growth
Robin Hodgson
ConservativeHome, 9 September 2017
[Lord Hodgson is a Conservative peer and author of the new Civitas paper, 'Britain's Demographic Challenge']

In 2016 Britain's population increased by 1,475 per day. This means that we are putting a small town with 10,000 inhabitants onto the map of Britain every week.

There are many resulting consequences. For example, we currently live with an average of 2.3 people per dwelling. So to house these new people to the same standard – and I assume we all agree we should not treat them any worse – we need 642 dwellings per day.

If you choose to work through the mathematics this means a new dwelling every two minutes, night and day. And this is before allowing for any improvement to our existing housing stock.

As for the future, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) has a mid-projection for the population of Britain in 2039 which shows an increase of 9.7 million people. This means we need over four million dwellings over the next 22 years – one every three minutes! – which represents three cities the size of Manchester.

Of course it is not just housing that will be needed. We shall need schools, hospitals, shops, offices, factories, playing fields, police stations etc. etc. Can we expect to see such a dramatic set of changes without some risk to our social cohesion?

Too often discussion of population growth are seen only through an economic prism. Even more bizarre is the statement that more people will mean a larger economy – it would indeed be counter-intuitive if you had a larger population and a smaller economy. ...

Demographic policies take a long time to have any effect – certainly it can be 15 and in many cases 25 years before their full impact is felt. This, together with the sensitive nature of the whole topic, explains why successive governments have been reluctant to face up to the challenges.
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Migration is complicated. Don't pretend it's not
Rory Sutherland
The Spectator, 9 September 2017

Goods are not like people. Goods only move wherever they are needed. They don't come laden with an attachment to a homeland or a social network. ...

So, looked at dispassionately, the principle that the free movement of goods is somehow linked with the free movement of people is quite an odd idea. Goods don't mind emigrating; people often do. ...

Yes, people value freedom of movement, but they value the freedom of non-movement too. ...

'Free movement of labour' rests on the normative economic assumption that people, just like goods, should be happy to move countries on the basis of economic expediency alone. But if you assume this, you end up extending privileges towards the few (mostly young) people who can and will emigrate – at the expense of the majority who can't or won't. Migration is a highly uneven way of spreading wealth.

Unfortunately, the rootless 'Anywheres' of David Goodhart's new 'Anywhere-Somewhere' tribal divide do not understand attachment to place at all. ...

The only strong opinion you can sensibly hold on migration is 'it's complicated'. ...

So allow me to propose a useful experiment. A natty trick to play when a debate has become morally charged is to ask a parallel question which has many of the same features of the other debate, but which has acquired none of the same shibboleths or signalling baggage. At your next dinner party, for instance, try asking this closely related but morally neutral question: 'Do you think that, with 500 million people set to join the global travel market in the next decade, some cities will have to impose limits on tourism?' The very same people who would start frothing or sobbing in any debate on migration will give thoughtful, nuanced and intelligent answers. I wonder why this is.
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Big business shouldn't complain. They brought Brexit upon themselves with their use of cheap foreign labour
Jeremy Warner
Daily Telegraph, 8 September 2017

Had no-one at Number 10 noticed that global business was vehemently opposed to Brexit, and indeed continues to regard it as an historic mistake, for which Britain will pay a high economic cost? ...

They might nevertheless try a little self reflection. In no small measure, it was their own behaviour which led directly to today's state of affairs.

I say this as someone who is both generally sympathetic to the interests of business and the City, and who supported Remain. If the vote for Brexit was, at least in part, a backlash against globalisation and mass immigration, then these lobbies have much to answer for.

Companies have been only too happy to avail themselves of the benefits of cheap foreign labour and goods. In so doing, many of them have shamefully neglected their wider social responsibilities. Why recruit and train locally when it is possible to hire the necessary skills at a fraction of the cost from overseas? ...

The effect has been distinctly unhealthy. For almost a decade now, growth per capita has been at a virtual standstill. Real wage growth has been similarly non-existent.

As I say, this cannot all be blamed on immigration. ...

But business leaders would not be facing the challenge of Brexit had they been a little more responsive to the socially unsettling downsides of globalisation and mass migration. ...

One of the first rules of business is that you try not to kill the goose that lays the golden egg. By embracing free movement and borderless trade so enthusiastically, many firms have done precisely that, and thereby brought Brexit on themselves.
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Hungarian PM Orban says will fight after EU ruling on migrant quota
Krisztina Than
Reuters, 8 September 2017

Hungary will not change its anti-immigration stance after the European Union's top court dismissed a challenge against migrant quotas, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Friday.

The EU's highest court ruled on Wednesday that member states must take in a share of refugees who reach Europe, dismissing the challenge by Slovakia and Hungary and re-igniting an east-west row that has shaken EU cohesion. ...

Now that the legal challenge has failed, Orban said he would pursue a political fight to force the EU to change its mandatory migrant quotas.

"The whole issue raises a very serious question of principles: whether we are an alliance of European free nations with the Commission representing our joint interests, or a European empire which has its centre in Brussels and which can issue orders," Orban said.

He said EU countries which let in migrants, unlike Hungary, decided to do so of their own will and now they cannot ask Hungary to take a part in correcting their mistake.

"It is not us Hungarians who question the rules of the club, but the Commission had changed the rules and this is unacceptable," Orban added.
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The economic incongruity of unlimited immigration
Yugo Kovach
Financial Times, 8 September 2017
[Letter to the Editor]

Sir, The government proposes to limit the annual inflow of unskilled EU migrants /.../ and there is an immediate outcry. Are the protesters in favour of a living wage? If so, how do they propose squaring the circle? They could try abolishing the law of supply and demand.
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Albanian drug gang are jailed for 17 years after being caught with blocks of cocaine and £178,000 in cash
Thomas Burrows
MailOnline, 8 September 2017

Albanian gangsters who conspired to flood the streets of London with Class A drugs have been jailed for a total of 17 years.

Algert Lami, 23, Roland Vasija, 20, and 22-year-old Orjon Uku were held when police raided their den in Stratford, east London, and found blocks of cocaine and wads of cash.

Earlier this year police chiefs warned gangs of Albanian drug dealers are now 'a significant threat' on Britain's streets.
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The Lammy report on race and crime is a backwards step in the struggle for a just society
David Green
Spectator blog, 8 September 2017

For centuries, liberals have fought to be judged by the personal qualities they can change, not by the characteristics that none of us can alter – most obviously, our race. But today's Lammy Review into how people from ethnic minorities are treated by the criminal justice system insists on treating race as the most important thing about each of us. It operates on the assumption that, if there are disparities in economic and social outcomes, then this must be the result of discrimination.

The report admits that there are other reasons for disparate outcomes – such as lone parenthood. But instead of accepting that its claim of discrimination has been contradicted, it puts out a press release asserting that ethnic minorities face bias, including overt discrimination. BBC Radio 4 loyally reported Mr Lammy had found 'evidence' of overt discrimination. Really? The section of the report in which the accusation is made says only this:

'My conclusion is that BAME [black, Asian and minority ethnic] individuals still face bias, including overt discrimination, in parts of the justice system. Prejudice has declined but still exists in wider society – it would be a surprise if it was entirely absent from criminal justice settings.' (p. 69.)

His reasoning seems to be that overt discrimination must be there because it still exists elsewhere. Well, it may. But the point of an official investigation is to find out whether or not there is any objective evidence of discrimination. He did not find any – and should have said so.

He did find some racial disparities. His favourite example is that members of ethnic minorities are more likely to plead not guilty. This leads to jury trials, which can result in longer sentences in the event of a guilty verdict. Their decision to plead not guilty (and thus go without the one-third reduction in sentence that is given for pleading guilty) is blamed on the criminal justice system: ... ...

The system is fair, and yet Mr Lammy asserts that trust is low not just among defendants and offenders, but among the ethnic minority population as a whole. ...

A large majority think that the system is fair, and confidence among non-whites is higher than among whites. Does this not call for an explanation? Not in Mr Lammy's view. His selective use of statistics suggests that he was determined to find discrimination whether it was there or not. ...

... Promoting our heritage of justice is what the government should focus on, and recruiting people who believe in justice and objectivity should be the public-policy target, not racial quotas.
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Political intolerance is again becoming normal in Europe
Douglas Murray
Spectator blog, 8 September 2017

Anyway, I pointed out back in 2013 that the left appeared to be priming itself to extend their definitions of 'fascism' because they hope to be able to win a political battle and recognise that attacking everyone they disagree with as 'fascist' might bring some short-term political gain. ... Political intolerance is once again becoming normal in European politics. Of course political violence and extremism can come from almost any political direction. But only the actions of self-described 'anti-fascists' continue to be treated with a kind of leniency if not approval by large swathes of the media and political establishment in Europe. Until that changes, and chunks of the 'anti-fascist' left are recognised for what they truly are, then all of this will get a lot worse.
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Average driving speeds in London could slide below 6mph amid increasing congestion
ITV, 8 September 2017

The average driving speeds in London could slide to less than 6mph as congestion in cities triples over the next three decades, according to new research.

Engineering firm Bosch warned that gridlock in the capital will force typical speeds down from 17.4mph today to 5.8mph in 2050.

The situation is expected to be even worse in central London where drivers could be left crawling at just 2.6mph, which is below the average human walking speed of around 3mph.

Bosch claimed the increase in the population of the world's largest cities to six billion by 2050 will have a "severe effect on our transport systems", leaving streets "almost at a standstill".
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British passports sold to migrants for just £500: Undercover investigation reveals how the cost has plunged - sparking fears ISIS jihadis could find it even easier to reach UK
Arthur Martin
Daily Mail, 7 September 2017

Criminal gangs are selling genuine British passports for less than £500 to migrants in Europe, it can be revealed today.

The price of a stolen passport has dropped dramatically from £2,000 a year ago, after more than 20,000 identity documents flooded on to the black market.

It raises fears that Islamic State fanatics intent on committing terror attacks in the UK are finding it easier than ever to reach our shores.

A senior police chief described the illicit trade as 'one of the fastest growing problems' in Europe.

Rob Wainwright, the director of Europol, raised deep concerns that current border controls are unable to cope with 'sophisticated counterfeit criminal syndicates'.

He said terrorists were 'exploiting' the surge of migrants into Europe to move about undetected.

Meanwhile, two current UK Border Force officials warned that thousands of black market passports may have been used to enter Britain in the past year.

The whistleblowers expressed grave concerns about our national security and suggested that 'border security is non-existent'.

And the Border Force admitted it had seized more than 6,500 illegal documents at passport control in the past three years. That figure is double the 3,000 passports seized during the three previous years. ...

Concerns over the supply of fake documents were laid bare by the EU's border agency earlier this year.

It said there were 11,000 migrants living in Europe with forged documents – a figure than has almost doubled in six months.
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Islamophobia holding back UK Muslims in workplace, study finds
Anushka Asthana
The Guardian, 7 September 2017

Muslim men and women are being held back in the workplace by widespread Islamophobia, racism and discrimination, according to a study which finds that Muslim adults are far less likely to be in full-time work.

Research for the government's social mobility watchdog, shared exclusively with the Guardian, found a strong work ethic and high resilience among Muslims that resulted in impressive results in education.

However, that was not translated into the workplace, with only 6% of Muslims breaking through into professional jobs, compared with 10% of the overall population in England and Wales.

The study found 19.8% of Muslims aged 16-to-74 were in full-time employment, compared with 34.9% of the overall population. ...

Alan Milburn, the former cabinet minister who now heads the government-sponsored Social Mobility Commission, said the research painted a disturbing picture. ...

Calling for action by the government, communities, educators and employers, Milburn said: "Young Muslims themselves identify cultural barriers in their communities and discrimination in the education system and labour market as some of the principal obstacles that stand in their way. Young Muslim women face a specific challenge to maintain their identity while seeking to succeed in modern Britain."
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Italian island of Sardinia alarmed by increase in number of migrants arriving on its shores
Nick Squires
Daily Telegraph, 7 September 2017

The Italian holiday island of Sardinia has raised the alarm over the increasing number of migrants arriving on its shores from Algeria, in what could be a new route opening up across the Mediterranean. ...

With the right weather conditions, Algerians can reach the southern coast of Sardinia in an overnight crossing. ...

For months, small boatloads of Algerians have been landing on the coastline of Sardinia, but the pace appears to have picked up recently.

So far this year, more than 800 Algerians have crossed in smugglers' boats, compared to 1,100 who arrived in the whole of 2016. ...

But Sardinia says its migrant reception centres are full and it is struggling to cope with the influx.
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Why is Bulgaria's population falling off a cliff?
Ruth Alexander
BBC, 7 September 2017

Bulgaria is projected to have the fastest-shrinking population in the world. It's already lost a fifth of its population since the 1990s. But what does this mean for those who remain? ...

In 1989, almost nine million people lived in Bulgaria. Now, it is a little over seven million. By 2050, that number is projected to be less than 5.5 million. By the end of the century, it could be close to half what it is now.

This exodus contributes to another factor in Bulgaria's dwindling population numbers - in part because a lot of young adults have left the country, the birth rate is low. ...

The government is introducing a number of measures to try to tackle depopulation by increasing the birth rate: offering help with the costs of fertility treatment, giving childcare, and mortgage support.

It is also encouraging ethnic Bulgarians who live abroad to return to the country, but no-one else.

"Bulgaria doesn't need uneducated refugees," says Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov, a leader of the United Patriots, an anti-immigrant grouping forming part of the coalition government.

Nor would Bulgarian society accept educated and skilled migrants, Mr Simeonov says.

"They have a different culture, different religion, even different daily habits," he says. "And thank God Bulgaria so far is one of the most-well defended countries from Europe's immigrant influx." ...

According to figures from the European Commission, Bulgaria had taken in only about 50 of the migrants who arrived in Europe from North Africa and the Middle East between 2015 and July 2017.

It is clear that the Bulgarian government does not see immigration as a possible solution to the country's dwindling population.
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Do we really want restriction on German immigration?
Ed West
Spectator blog, 7 September 2017

A generation who will probably never know what it's like to visit a museum without having their bags searched or enjoy a major city space without anti-vehicle barriers, or be able to travel on public transport without the fear in the back of their minds that someone is intent on murdering them – a terror threat that is almost never going away, and indeed will mostly likely get worse. A generation who will just accept that this is part of life – perhaps it has always been like this – because that's what they have been taught.

For which a great deal of thanks must go to Tony Blair's government, and all those who played a role in its immigration policy. ...

Nineteen winters later and that policy to radically alter the make-up of British society most certainly played a big part in the country's dramatic decision to leave the EU, a victory that would not have been possible without the issue of migration (whatever Leave campaigners might say or wish). And yet the paradox is that the British public came to vote on the least disruptive and contentious of migration flows – that of other Europeans – partly because of taboo. Now, if a leaked document to the Guardian is to be believed, the government is going to 'deter' EU immigrants from settling after Brexit, confident in the belief that this is what the public desires. ...

Yet the fact that European migration is seen as the issue reflects the fact that the taboo is still strong. Average outcomes between immigrant groups vary hugely, and the social cost of migration from neighbouring countries is far lower than those with hugely different cultures.

Indeed, since one of the major predictors of anti-immigration sentiment is anxiety about crime, crime rates among different nationalities vary to a great deal and – contrary to the idea that the public are woefully misinformed on the subject – this correlates with opposition to immigration from those countries.

That's why a numbers target makes no sense, and a far more logical solution would be to have a three or four-tier system, with free movement from other rich countries, some restrictions on developing and middle tier nations (which would include a few EU countries, such as Romania and Bulgaria, but probably no longer Poland) and strict rules regarding poorer states, from where the vast bulk of the economic and social costs of migration arises.

This is politically difficult because we have to pretend that race, religion and culture are not relevant factors, that it is simply about numbers, so that migration from Poland or Hungary is no different to that from Pakistan or Somalia, with all the same consequences, the same divisions and upheavals, the same crime and poverty rates.
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Tough plan to cut migration is just what Britain needs
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 7 September 2017

The intellectual dishonesty of the liberal elite would be laughable were it not so damaging to our country.

In their mix of preening superiority and ideological delusion these self-appointed champions of progress continually prattle about the need for mass immigration yet they blindly refuse to face up to the disastrous consequences of the revolution that they so eagerly support. ...

By coincidence, just as the IPPR Commission was issuing its woolly report yesterday, a far more sensible document had been made public.

This was a leaked copy of a draft strategy paper from the Home Office which set out a potential approach to post-Brexit immigration controls. ...

The Home Office plan is exactly what the majority of the country wants. ...

The chief concern is that the scheme will be drastically watered down by the soft political establishment.

In reality the Government should move in precisely the opposite direction by applying these provisions to the entire immigration process, including those from beyond Europe. After all, out of the 588,000 migrants who arrived in Britain last year the majority were from outside the EU.

This is the pattern that has been followed for years, storing up enormous difficulties for the economy and social fabric of our nation.

For a start the overall welfare costs are phenomenal, since 22 per cent of all the unemployed in Britain are migrants and just 46 per cent of new arrivals come here looking for work.

In their politically correct cowardice the progressives avoid such facts. They like to pretend that the unceasing tidal wave represents an unalloyed gain for our society.

Their enthusiasm for free movement has been twisted into a form of loathing for the British people, as typified by a disgraceful remark from the diplomat Lord Kerr when he said last November that "immigration is the thing that keeps this country running. We native Brits are so bloody stupid that we need an injection of intelligent people".
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Britain can control immigration. What drives this debate is nasty politics
Simon Jenkins
The Guardian, 7 September 2017

In politics, optics trump metrics. Tuesday's leak of a Home Office draft on post-EU migration policy indicates the hardest face of Brexit. Its language is Home Office repressive. ...

The document is economically illiterate. This may be because a report on Brexit's costs by home secretary Amber Rudd's migration advisory committee will not appear until next year. The proposed bureaucracy, the burrowing down into the records of every employer and every landlord, is gargantuan. It recalls the regulatory chaos of state incomes control in the 1970s. It would need an inspector in every building.

The labour costs the policy would impose on one of Britain's largest industries, leisure and tourism, on the health and welfare state and on the construction industry are incalculable. ...

To be generous, departments are entitled to prepare private options for ministers to consider – though it would be reassuring if they embraced alternatives. The proposals do not alter safeguards for EU nationals currently working in Britain. They suggest a continuance of visa-free access for a transitional period, with possible residency afterwards. This is similar to worker regulations in other EU countries.

The proposals also reflect existing controls on non-EU citizens, though these are starkly ineffective. Non-EU migrants actually outnumber EU migrants by some 250,000 a year. In a London cafe you are as likely to be served by a Canadian, a Colombian or an Eritrean as by a Pole or a Portuguese. It is therefore unlikely that "taking back control", in the manner proposed, would make much difference. May must know this. She glaringly failed to curb non-EU migration when at the Home Office.

Indeed Britain's border controls are so permeable as to be more a nudge than a curb. ...

If the metrics are mad, what about the optics? Here we go carefully. The deafness of the British establishment to the cries of non-metropolitan England over immigration is what got us to the present pass. This is best shown in the agonies of Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party since Brexit. ...

... An "emergency brake" on immigrants is already allowed under EU single market regulations. That should cover any immigration crisis that may erupt in the future. The rest is just politics, nasty politics.
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It's time Europe got serious about Islamic supremacists
Gavin Mortimer
Spectator blog, 7 September 2017

In January this year, Germany's vice-chancellor Sigmar Gabriel gave an uncharacteristically candid interview for a European politician. 'Salafist mosques must be banned, communities dissolved, and the preachers should be expelled as soon as possible', he told Der Spiegel. 'If we are serious about the fight against Islamism and terrorism, then it must also be a cultural fight.' ...

One wonders what, if anything, will spur the West into confronting Salafism, because to Berlin, Manchester, Borough Market and Barcelona one can also add Madrid (2004), Toulouse (2012), Paris (2015) and Brussels (2016). That's an awful lot of dead at the hands of one ideology. ...

Salafism has inspired the global jihad that has killed tens of thousands of Muslims and non-Muslims this century; it was espoused by Osama Bin Laden, who was schooled in its ideology by Ayman al-Zawahiri, the current leader of Al-Qaeda.

Many Salafists are neither violent nor political and live their lives as if they were companions of the Prophet Mohammed in the Seventh Century. Known as Quietests, they denounce Islamist attacks in Europe ...

... But what the literature doesn't mention is that Salafism seeks to purify Islam of Western influence. Europeans are regarded as heathens and Muslims who don't subscribe to their ancient interpretation of Islam are deviants. ...

Quietests are Salafism's missionaries and their puritanical proselytising in Europe is poisoning thousands of impressionable young Muslims. Gilles Kepel, an Islamic scholar in France, first identified the emergence of Salafism in Europe 20 years ago and in his 2004 book, The War for Muslim Minds, he described what happened when a non-violent Salafist Imam arrived in a French inner-city mosque. ...

The problem has worsened in recent years and a book published last month in France showed the extent of the Islamification within some French schools. In Principal or Imam, a former headmaster in Marseille describes how swimming lessons, dress codes, the theory of evolution and school dinners have all become contentious issues since the turn of the century. ...

But the greatest menace to be found in European mosques are the 'Jihadists', the new breed of Salafist whose prominence within the movement has grown on the back of Al-Qaeda's exploits. ...

Also at danger from the Jihadists are other Muslims because Salafists are in effect Islamic Supremacists; those who interpret their religion differently are regarded as heretics, like the Shiite imam in Brussels, killed by a Salafist in 2012, or the elderly imam in Rochdale who was bludgeoned to death in 2016 by two British Salafists for being 'a magician'. ...

Its surge in popularity in recent years is staggering. There are now 120 Salafist mosques in France, 79 in Catalonia and well over 100 in Britain ...

Sigmar Gabriel's warning about Salafism has so far gone unheeded, partly because secular Europe can't fathom religious fanaticism in the 21st century. Instead, the continent closes its eyes and covers its ears and hopes that an ideology antithetical to everything it stands for will eventually reform.

It won't. So before long Europe will have a choice to make: either get serious with the Islamic supremacists or submit to them.
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Southern Poverty Law Center Gets Creative to Label 'Hate Groups'
Megan McArdle
Bloomberg, 7 September 2017

In 2010, the Southern Poverty Law Center designated the Family Research Council a "hate group" because of its orthodox position on homosexuality, and its occasionally incendiary defenses of that position. ...

Some of the groups named are what anyone would think of as a hate group, like, you know, the Ku Klux Klan. But other entries are a festival of guilt-by-association innuendo about people with at best a tangential relationship to the target institution, and whose statements fall well short of blanket group-calumny or calls for violence. Or the center offers bizarrely shifting rationales that suggest that the staff started with the target they wanted to deem hateful, and worked backward to the analysis. ...

Unfortunately the center's hate group designation remains extremely influential. ...

Well, yes, indeed, the SPLC has a perfect right to decide what they mean by "hate group."

Unfortunately, it also has an incentive to apply this term broadly. When people see that the SPLC lists over 900 hate groups – 900! – this seems like good reason to panic. And maybe write a check to the SPLC.

Even fairly large institutions that theoretically have ample resources to investigate the SPLC's list often rely on it, to their detriment. CNN published the list under the headline "Here Are All the Hate Groups Active in Your Area," then had to alter the story upon realizing that this was effectively joining the SPLC in branding local churches and conservative nonprofits as "hate groups." /.../ Given the increasing tendency of powerful tech companies to flex their muscle against hate groups, we may see more and more institutions unwittingly turned into critics or censors, not just of Nazi propaganda, but also of fairly mainstream ideas. ...

... But even a handful of hate group members is too many, and it would be useful to have data on their numbers. Instead, we're getting data that tells us little about the problem of hate groups, and a whole lot about the SPLC's agenda and fundraising.
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Leaked document reveals UK Brexit plan to deter EU immigrants
Nick Hopkins and Alan Travis
The Guardian, 6 September 2017

Britain will end the free movement of labour immediately after Brexit and introduce restrictions to deter all but highly-skilled EU workers under detailed proposals set out in a Home Office document leaked to the Guardian.

The 82-page paper, marked as extremely sensitive and dated August 2017, sets out for the first time how Britain intends to approach the politically charged issue of immigration, dramatically refocusing policy to put British workers first. ...

It proposes measures to drive down the number of lower-skilled EU migrants – offering them residency for a maximum of only two years, in a document likely to cheer hardliners in the Tory party. Those in "high-skilled occupations" will be granted permits to work for a longer period of three to five years.

The document also describes a phased introduction to a new immigration system that ends the right to settle in Britain for most European migrants – and places tough new restrictions on their rights to bring in family members. Potentially, this could lead to thousands of families being split up.

Showing a passport will be mandatory for all EU nationals wanting to enter Britain – and the paper proposes introducing a system of temporary biometric residence permits for all EU nationals coming into the UK after Brexit for more than a few months. ...

The Home Office paper, entitled the Border, Immigration and Citizenship System After the UK Leaves the European Union, makes clear the proposals within it have yet to be endorsed by ministers, and are "subject to negotiations with EU". ...

It is understood the document, which has been circulated around senior officials and ministers, has already provoked rows between cabinet ministers, who are trying to balance the demands of British businesses wanting to retain free movement, and the views of hardline Brexiters.
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Newcastle grooming gang 'did not target white girls because of their race', judge rules
Lizzie Dearden
Independent, 6 September 2017

A grooming gang that preyed on vulnerable girls and young women in Newcastle did not target their victims by race or religion, a judge has ruled.

The former director of public prosecutions, Lord McDonald, claimed the abuse of white women by predominantly Asian men was a "profoundly racist" crime after the scandal was revealed last month.

But while sentencing members of the gang at Newcastle Crown Court, Judge Penny Moreland said they picked out their victims "not because of their race, but because they were young, impressionable, naive and vulnerable".

She added: "This is extremely serious offending against vulnerable members of society and that is the basis on which I intend to sentence."
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Manfred Weber urges EU to support Hungary to block millions of migrants
Belinda Robinson
Daily Express, 6 September 2017

A senior European politician has urged the European Commission to support Hungary to secure its borders against a deluge of millions of refugees.

Germany's Manfred Weber, the leader of the Centre-right European People's Party group, wants Hungary to receive financial support to help battle the crisis. ...

Hungary fortified its borders with Serbia and EU state Croatia with a fence, police and troops, and says it is protecting the rest of EU from illegal migration. ...

However, he said that Mr Orban would have to play his part by working with other EU states. ...

The refusal by Hungary, as well as its ally Poland, to take in a single asylum-seeker under a 2015 EU scheme has infuriated Brussels, Berlin and Paris, and many other EU states, triggering a broader debate in the bloc about key values.
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Why immigration debate is far from over
Laura Kuenssberg
BBC, 6 September 2017

For Theresa May, the referendum result was a clear instruction from the British people that they wanted to reduce the levels of immigration. Politically, therefore, she believes it's a demand she has to meet.

And as home secretary for six years, when the government continually flunked its own immigration target, the new system that will control immigration is finally, perhaps, a chance to meet her own long-missed goal.

So Wednesday's mega-leak from the Home Office of the potential design of the post Brexit system is significant.

Many of the proposals in it are not a surprise - the requirement for EU citizens who want to move to the UK long term after Brexit to register with the authorities, for example. ...

But it's far from the final version. ...

Couple those mixed signals with the leak of this document, and it points to a very live debate taking place right now in government. ...

In fact, since the draft was written, only last month, there have been six new versions of the proposals, none of which has yet been to cabinet, with the final version due in a White Paper later this autumn.

One source involved in the discussions said: "I'm not going to pretend it's an easy job," and in reality much of the detail is a long, long way off.

That's partly because the longer term plans will be informed by a big study looking at what the economy needs, which the government has only recently commissioned, and, inevitably, much of the policy that will cover the period immediately after Brexit will be subject to the negotiations between the UK and the EU.

It is also because even this big detailed document doesn't even really begin to fill in the blanks for phase three, the years that will follow the transition period, the eventual destination.
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Rotherham child sexual abuse: 'No-one's fault at council'
BBC, 6 September 2017

No legal or disciplinary proceedings should be brought against any current or former senior officers at Rotherham Council over its handling of child sexual exploitation, a report has said.

The failure to tackle the problem was "not the fault of any one person" but was the result of "multiple and systemic failures", the report found.

Its author Mark Greenburgh said it was "more cock-up than conspiracy".

More than 1,400 children were sexually abused in the town from 1997 to 2013.

Six reports have been published by the council in response to the Jay Report's findings.

The independent investigations, carried out by solicitors Gowling WLG, covered areas including the performance of senior employees, taxi licensing in the town and reviews of how individual cases were handled. ...

Regarding ex-officers, including former chief executive Martin Kimber and former head of children's services Joyce Thacker, the report said it had found "no culpable behaviour" to justify any legal action or regulatory involvement.

On current employees it said: "We have not identified that disciplinary and/or capability proceedings are warranted in respect of any senior manager currently in post at the council."
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Swedish journalist inquires into rape of 12 y/o girl. Police: 'We can no longer cope with scale of sexual violence'
Vincent van den Born
The Old Continent, 6 September 2017

Joakim Magnus Lamotte is a Swedish journalist and columnist, ...

We link to his story, about a 12-year-old girl who was dragged into a restroom in the centre of Stenungsund, Sweden. The girl was threatened, beaten and raped. She and her mother reported the rape to the police, telling them exactly who the man was. Two months later, the police had still not interviewed the suspect, even though they were told his name and even where he lives.

... Lamotte decided to call the police. He made a video of the call, asking if the police had already interviewed the suspect. ...

"The answer that I got to my question shocked me. It was a cry for help by police investigators, who told me that they don't even have the time to research the rape of 3-year-old children. Watch and listen and share this as much as you can. Make sure every politician in Sweden sees this clip. People have to see with their own eyes, the way the rule of law in our country is dying!"
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Poland's stance on migrants unchanged despite EU court ruling: PM
Reuters, 6 September 2017

Poland will continue to refuse to accept migrants under a European Union relocation scheme despite a ruling by EU's highest court that Brussels had the right to force member states to take in asylum seekers, Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said on Wednesday.

"I was convinced that such a decision would be made (by the court), but this absolutely does not change the stance of the Polish government with respect to migration policy," Szydlo told reporters on the sidelines of a business conference.

Earlier on Wednesday, the European Union's highest court dismissed complaints by Slovakia and Hungary about EU migration policy.
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As German police attempt to deport refugees, hundreds of churches are trying to shelter them
Alice Su
Washington Post, 6 September 2017

At the peak of the crisis two years ago, this Lutheran church was holding mass baptisms of more than 200 people at a time, said the pastor, Gottfried Martens. "This church went from just a few hundred members to more than 1,300 Iranians and Afghans," Martens said. "All converts."

When Germany opened its doors to refugees in 2015, churches and church-affiliated organizations played a critical role in the response. ...

... Karimi came in through Italy, so Germany could send him back there under the Dublin Regulation, as it tried to do with 29,507 asylum seekers in the first half of 2017. Yet, only 3,085 of those people were actually deported. One way to avoid deportation is through church asylum, in which people like Karimi live in churches for six months, after which German law allows asylum seekers to process their requests in Germany instead.

There are 351 church asylum locations in Germany, according to Asyl in der Kirche, a network of German parishes offering safe houses. ...

Conversion is both a side effect of church relief and a potential advantage for rejected asylum seekers, who can claim deeper need for asylum if they are at risk of religious persecution in their home country. What's tricky for both authorities and church leaders is determining whether a convert's faith is real.
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The Vatican Attacks Trump Supporters
Danusha V. Goska
FrontPage Mag, 6 September 2017

In July, 2017, La Civilta Cattolica published an article entitled "Evangelical Fundamentalism and Catholic Integralism: A Surprising Ecumenism," a.k.a. "An Ecumenism of Hate." La Civilta Cattolica is Italian for Catholic Civilization. This publication is prestigious and long-lived. It was founded in 1850 and it is vetted by the Vatican. ...

"An Ecumenism of Hate" identifies Trump voters, Protestant and Catholic, as in need of correction, as they diverge from true Christian faith, and pose a threat to American democracy and world peace. These Trump voters are wrong about, or are handling in an incorrect way, the following: abortion, same-sex marriage, the environment, education, welfare, immigration, the current influx of migrants into Europe, and Islam. ...

I am a proud and lifelong Catholic, author of a book defending my faith. I am not a Trump supporter. Reading Spadaro and Figueroa's reflection of my pope's thinking about my country and my fellow citizens enrages and disgusts me, and tempts me to despair. The article epitomizes the ignorant, arrogant liberal stance that got Trump elected in the first place. Spadaro and Figueroa, and, by extension, Pope Francis, have, in this article, not only failed to meet the challenge presented by the Trump phenomenon, they have taken giant steps in the wrong direction.

"The Ecumenism of Hate" exhibits the intellectual level of a gaggle of scruffy, slightly tipsy graduate students randomly spinning the Google wheel in a futile attempt to support their wobbly positions. Spadaro and Figueroa make sweeping generalizations about what Americans think and how Americans behave, and they cite not one single peer-reviewed social science article or respectable poll. ...

The authors have the audacity and the utter lack of self-awareness to state, "The pope does not want to say who is right or who is wrong for he knows that at the root of conflicts there is always a fight for power. So, there is no need to imagine a taking of sides for moral reasons, much worse for spiritual ones." The hypocrisy here could burn through lead.
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Edinburgh University law student, 21, who mocked ISIS on Facebook is probed by college bosses over it being a HATE crime that 'puts minority students at risk'
Amie Gordon
MailOnline, 5 September 2017

A law student is under investigation by his university after allegedly mocking ISIS on social media and 'putting minority students at risk and in a state of panic'.

Robbie Travers is being probed by Edinburgh University amid claims he committed a 'hate crime', despite no criminal investigation by the police.

The 21-year-old third-year student wrote a Facebook post after the US Air Force bombed an ISIS stronghold in Afghanistan in April.

However his comments sparked a complaint from fellow student Esme Allman, who accused him of 'blatant Islamaphobia'.
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Half a million Pakistanis deported since 2012
Irfan Ghauri
Tribune [Pakistan], 5 September 2017

Name a country, any country, and it will probably have deported Pakistanis.

More than half a million Pakistanis have been deported from 134 countries around the world since January 2012, according to statistics submitted to parliament. ...

In response to a question put forward by Senator Dr Jehanzeb Jamaldini, the interior ministry placed before the Senate a list of countries from which Pakistanis have been deported and their annual breakdown from January 2012 till June 30, 2017.

Of the 544,105 Pakistanis deported, 71,723 were expelled in 2012; 79,539 in 2013; 78,409 in 2014; 116,185 in 2015; 111,084 in 2016; and 87,165 in just the first six months of 2017.

Saudi Arabia topped the overall list, followed by the UAE, Oman, Malaysia, the UK, Turkey, and Greece.
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EU court says Eastern states cannot refuse to take refugees
Michele Sinner
Reuters, 5 September 2017

The European Union's highest court dismissed complaints on Wednesday by Slovakia and Hungary about EU migration policy, upholding Brussels' right to force member states to take in asylum seekers.

In the latest twist to a dispute that broke out two years ago when more than one million migrants poured across the Mediterranean, the European Court of Justice found that the EU was entitled to order national governments to take in quotas of mainly Syrian refugees relocated from Italy and Greece. ...

It is unclear how far Brussels many try to force eastern states to take refugees, many of whom themselves are reluctant to settle in the poorer, ex-Soviet bloc. ...

"The quota system does not work, so the court decision is, perhaps, irrelevant at the moment," Slovakia's Economy Minister Peter Ziga told reporters.
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Dutch mosques receive millions from Kuwait: report
Janene Pieters
NLTimes, 5 September 2017

Over the past years charities from Kuwait donated some 10 million euros to Islamic institutions in the Netherlands, NRC reports based on a confidential overview of Kuwaiti gifts that the Gulf State provided to the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The gifts went to about 18 Islamic organizations in the Netherlands, including the controversial Al Fitrah mosque in Utrecht. Last year this mosque told the authorities that it has no financial ties with terrorist organizations in Kuwait. But the overview showed that in 2012 a new Al Fitrah mosque was funded by the Revival of Islamic Heritage Society, a Kuwait organization that is on the United States' terrorist list, according to the newspaper.
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German Freiburg murder: Migrant posed as 16 in asylum bid
BBC, 5 September 2017

An asylum seeker accused of raping and murdering a student in Germany has told a court he posed as a minor to improve his immigration chances in 2015.

Hussein K says he is from Afghanistan - but has no ID to prove it. For privacy reasons his full name was not given.

Maria L was 19 when she was raped and murdered last October in Freiburg, south-west Germany. Her body was found in a river; she had been strangled.

The case fuelled heated opposition to Germany's welcome for asylum seekers.

Hussein K revealed on Tuesday that he was 18 on arrival in Germany in late 2015 - not 16 as he had claimed at the time. He thought that posing as a minor would get him better treatment in the asylum system.

There was particular anger that he had been jailed for attempted murder in Greece before making his way to Germany.

He had been let free after little more than a year in a Greek jail, under an amnesty.
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The Islamic Future of Europe
Guy Millière
Gatestone Institute, 5 September 2017
[The author is a professor at the University of Paris]

The terrorist attack in Barcelona received the same reaction as all the large-scale terrorist attacks in Europe: tears, prayers, flowers, candles, teddy bears, and protestations that "Islam means peace". ...

Mainstream European newspapers describing the horror once again sought explanations to what they kept calling "inexplicable". The leading Spanish daily newspaper, El Pais, wrote in an editorial that "radicalization" is the bitter fruit of the "exclusion" of certain "communities," and added that the answer was more "social justice". In France, Le Monde suggested that terrorists want to "incite hatred", and stressed that Europeans must avoid "prejudice". ...

Anti-terrorism specialists, interviewed on television, said that the attacks, carried out across the continent at an ever-faster pace, will become deadlier. /.../ They did not offer any solutions. Once again, many said that terrorists are not really Muslims – and that the attacks "had nothing to do with Islam".

Many leaders of Western European countries treat Islamic terrorism as a fact of life that Europeans must get used to – as some kind of aberration unrelated to Islam. They often avoid speaking of "terrorism" at all. ...

Throughout Europe, expressions of anger are conscientiously marginalized. Calls for mobilization, or any serious change in immigration policy, come only from politicians scornfully described as "populist." ...

Submission reigns. The discourse everywhere is that despite increasing threats, Europeans must live their lives as normally as possible. ...

European leaders gave up defending their own civilization. ...

School curricula were altered. Children were taught that Europe and the West had plundered the Muslim world – not that the Muslims had, in fact, invaded and conquered the Christian Byzantine Empire, North Africa and the Middle East, most of Eastern Europe, Greece, Northern Cyprus, and Spain. ...

Crime took root. Muslim neighborhoods became high-crime neighborhoods.

Extremist Muslim preachers arrived; they reinforced a hatred of Europe. They said that Muslims must remember who they are; that Islam must take its revenge. They explained to young, imprisoned Muslim criminals that violence could be used for a noble cause: jihad.

Police were ordered not to intervene lest they aggravate the tension. High-crime areas became no-go zones, breeding grounds for the recruitment of Islamic terrorists.

European leaders accepted the transformation of parts of their countries into enemy territories.

Riots took place; leaders made even more concessions. They passed laws restricting freedom of speech.

When Islamic terrorism first hit Europe, its leaders did not know what to do. They still do not know what to do. ...

Europe's leaders seem to have neither the will nor the means to oppose the incoming waves of millions of Muslim migrants from Africa and the Middle East. They know that terrorists are hiding among the migrants, but still do not vet them. ...

European leaders can see that a demographic disaster is taking place. They know that in two or three decades, Europe will be ruled by Islam.
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With 220 languages spoken in California, courts face an interpreter shortage
Maura Dolan
Los Angeles Times, 5 September 2017

Federal law enforcement began investigating California's courts seven years ago after receiving complaints that two Korean-speaking women in Los Angeles had been denied court interpreters.

Courts in other states also were examined and faulted. Along with California, they began working to comply with U.S civil rights law, which bars discrimination based on national origin. Failure to act meant the possible loss of federal money.

But nowhere has the task been so challenging as in California, the most linguistically diverse state in the nation.

At least 220 languages are spoken in California, and 44% of residents speak a language other than English at home. Seven million Californians say they cannot speak English well. ...

Just finding enough trained interpreters has proved daunting. The state's courts handle as many as eight million cases a year.

Now two years into its enforcement phase, California's "language access plan" is pushing courts to provide interpreters for all non-English speakers in all cases. ...

"The goal is to get interpreters available in all case types," said 1st District Court of Appeal Justice Terence L. Bruiniers.

"But the reality is we are never going to have enough qualified interpreters in enough languages for every courtroom that needs them at the time they need them," he said. "That is just not going to be possible."

California has long provided interpreters for criminal and juvenile cases. The law now says they must offer them also in civil courtrooms. ...

But the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown have been sympathetic to the language campaign and provided $7 million during the past fiscal year. ...

The languages for which interpreters are needed are Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, American Sign, Mandarin, Farsi, Cantonese, Russian, Tagalog, Arabic and Punjabi.

But depending on the location of the court, that list expands. It includes Cambodian/Khmer, Japanese, Malayalam, Hmong, Lao and even dialects of the Aleutian Islands. ...

California now has about 2,000 qualified court interpreters but still too few to handle the demand. ...

Interpreters also are only part of the solution.

Court signs must be posted in multiple languages, legal documents translated and court-ordered services, such as a program on alcohol abuse, must be offered in the languages of the participants, judges said.
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Scots and English hold similar views on immigration - poll
Tom Peterkin
The Scotsman, 4 September 2017

Scottish and English people have broadly similar attitudes to immigration, according to a new poll conducted for a report suggesting Scotland adapt to a UK-wide approach to immigration.

The ICM poll for independent think-tank British Future surveyed 3,657 adults across the UK including a sample of 1,052 from Scotland.

The results will be published this week in a report "Time to get it right: Finding consensus on Britain's future immigration policy". The vast majority (87 per cent) of Scots would like the number of skilled EU migrants coming to the UK to either increase or stay the same – similar to the English figure of 86 per cent.

Seventy-eight per cent of Scots would also prefer the amount of student migration to remain the same or increase. Their English counterparts recorded 76 per cent when it came to those in favour of student migration to remain the same or increase.

In Scotland, 63 per cent would like low-skilled EU migration to be reduced, rising to 69 per cent for low-skilled immigration from outside the EU. Those figures are very similar to the English "reduce low-skilled migration" findings of 64 per cent (EU) and 67 per cent (non-EU).
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Italy's alarm at 'second-chance' migrants
Bethany Bell
BBC, 4 September 2017

Four mayors in the northern Italian province of Friuli-Venezia Giulia have appealed for help in dealing with an influx of migrants who have been rejected for asylum in northern Europe.

Usually, the majority of migrants coming to Italy arrive in Sicily, in the country's south. Many then try to make their way north to countries such as Germany or Sweden.

But in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, near the border with Austria and Slovenia, the flow is in the opposite direction.

In a cross-party move, the mayor of Gorizia, Trieste, Udine and Pordenone have joined together to write to Italy's interior minister and express their deep concern. ...

Several thousand of them have come to Friuli-Venezia Giulia this year alone. ...

Adalberto Chimera, who works for Caritas in Gorizia, says most of the migrants are young men from Pakistan and Afghanistan. He says Italy's rules make it easier for them to get documents to stay in Europe.
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Britain has never been a 'nation of immigrants'. To protect everyone's freedom, we must slow down
Juliet Samuel
Daily Telegraph, 4 September 2017

The proportion of non-native English speakers in classrooms has jumped, in the space of a decade, from 14 to 21 per cent. For many people, the data will stoke anxiety that immigration is rapidly changing the face of Britain. ...

Big changes of this kind can, though, create tensions. Population growth can impose unexpected pressure on school places or housing that governments have failed to anticipate. The concentration of immigrant groups in places like London can open a huge gulf between the country's global metropolis and its regions, where people suddenly find their country's economic and cultural centre has become unfamiliar and treats them as deplorable or irrelevant.

And Britain is not, despite some claims, a "nation of immigrants". By historic standards, this island is notable for the astonishing geographic stability of its population. As a 2015 Oxford study found, much of Britain's present-day genetic variation maps on to the Anglo-Saxon populations who lived here 1,300 years ago; there is even a distinct difference between people who live on either side of the modern Cornwall-Devon border, corresponding to the same split present thousands of years ago.

Recent decades have, by contrast, seen modern Britian become a melting pot of peoples on a mass scale for the first time. On the whole, we have coped well. ...

But a resilient civilisation needs its own, strong identity. We are struggling to pass on some of the values and customs that have kept British democratic institutions going. ...

Immigration places additional strain on this intangible cultural capital not because immigrants are somehow lesser people, but because these values depend on a sense of trust, familiarity and shared history. ...

Continuing with the current pace of change and ignoring the need to consolidate, as if Britain is a blank slate or an untroubled cultural melting pot, will only store up trouble.
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Ex-Muslim: Welfare contributes to Islamism
WND, 4 September 2017

A former Muslim who is warning America that Islamists are establishing "no-go zones," neighborhoods run by Islamic Shariah law, says social-welfare programs contribute to the problem.

Such "help" facilitates a "huge swathe of people not doing anything," he explained in an interview with Greg Corombos of Radio America.

"All day every day [there are] men hanging on street corners, in the cafes, outside smoking, drinking tea, chatting, going back and forth between the mosque and the café," said author Raheem Kassam, who has just released "No Go Zones: How Sharia Law Is Coming to a Neighborhood Near You."

He explains such no-go zones already are a problem across Europe, and he sees the beginnings of the same troubles in America. ...

As part of his research, he visited many existing no-go zones across Europe. ...

There, almost daily reports of attacks by Muslim immigrants, often with knives or vehicles, are reported.

The book is based on Kassam's travels to 14 cities with notorious no-go zones. They include the Molenbeek area of Brussels and the Rosengard section in Malmo, Sweden, where outsiders, including police, dare not tread.
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Number of children with English not their first language soars by two-thirds in decade
Steven Swinford
Sunday Telegraph, 3 September 2017

The number of school children who do not speak English as their first language has soared by two-thirds in the past decade to nearly 1.3 million amid fresh concerns about the strain immigration is placing on schools.

Latest figures show that English is no longer the first language for the majority of pupils in more than 2,000 primary and secondary schools, equivalent to one in nine. In more than 200 schools it is not the native tongue for nine in 10 pupils.

In some parts of London, including Newham and Tower Hamlets, the proportion of children who speak English as a second language now makes up as much as three-quarters of the school roll. In towns such as Slough, Luton and Leicester the figure is 50 per cent. ...

The proportion of primary school-children who do not speak English as their first language has risen from 13.5 per cent in 2007 to 20.6 per cent in 2017. In secondary schools it rose from 10.5 per cent in 2007 to 16.2 per cent this year. The overall number of children in schools who speak a first language other than English rose from 789,720 in 2007 to nearly 1.3 million.
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Britain secretly ditches plans to send 40 terror suspects back to their homelands
Matt Wilkinson
The Sun, 3 September 2017

Britain has secretly dropped plans to send 40 terror suspects back to their homelands.

A scheme to expel jihadis to Libya, Algeria, Ethiopia, Lebanon, Morocco and Jordan has been ditched.

The DWA agreement guaranteed they would not be tortured despite poor human rights records at home and was praised by Theresa May when she was Home Secretary.

But since 2004 only 11 suspects have been deported.

Many cases collapsed or were still rejected on human rights grounds.

Now there are no plans to expel another 40 suspects, including 20 terrorists who served jail time here.

In a report on the scheme, Prof Clive Walker said: "There are currently no live cases."

Britain has suspended its accords with Libya, Algeria and Ethiopia because changes in government brought new concerns about torture.

Colonel Richard Kemp, a former top Whitehall terror advisor, said: "Human rights of terrorists are being placed above the human rights of men, women and children on the streets."

France has expelled 126 jihadis since 2004, most to Algeria.
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Special agents posted at international airports are stopping hundreds of terror suspects and organised crime figures entering Australia
Sam Duncan
Daily Mail Australia, 3 September 2017

Special agents deployed at airports around the world are preventing hundreds of dangerous individuals from entering the country.

Working for the Australian Border Force, Airline Liaison Officers are fighting to identify and stop terror suspects, criminals, extremists and illegal immigrants.

Between July 1 and August 30 this year alone, ALOs mainly stationed in Asian and Middle Eastern air hubs barred 153 dangerous passengers from boarding flights. ...

Since 2013 ALOs have blocked 1043 passengers from boarding overseas flights to Australia.
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Polish PM rejects 'blackmail' on EU migrant quotas
France24, 3 September 2017

Poland's rightwing premier said Sunday that her country would not be "blackmailed" by its "largest" EU partners into accepting thousands of asylum seekers under a quota system for spreading them throughout the bloc.

"We cannot be blackmailed by the threat that part of our EU funds will be cut off as punishment, because we don't agree to the forced relocation of migrants from North Africa and the Middle East," Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said ...

EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said in July that Brussels was taking legal steps against the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland "for failing to meet their legal obligations on relocation" under the quota program.
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Sarah Champion: The left are failing to confront the truth of sex crimes
Jessica Wilkins
PoliticsHome, 2 September 2017

Sarah Champion was fired from Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet after she wrote an article in the Sun claiming Britain had "a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls".

Mr Cobyn responded by claiming the paper was stoking Islamophobia and stigmatising "entire communities".

In an interview with the Times, Ms Champion blamed a liberal fear of being accused of racism for Labour's inability to tackle the problem.

"If I'm on the floppy left, to be accused of racism is probably the worst thing you can call me. That fear will motivate me to step away from a lot of topics I'd maybe tackle head on if I didn't have that phobia."

Ms Champion said that many Labour members and politicians based in London had "never been challenged by a reality that's different" from their largely "tolerant, multicultural world". ...

Successful prosecutions have been brought against gangs in Rotherham, Oxford, Rochdale, and most recently Newcastle Upon Tyne.

No similar prosecution has occurred in London. Ms Champion said that the "multicultural policies that I, through my working career, grew up with, and which Jeremy Corbyn grew up with, need a translation to come outside London". ...

"If, 15 years ago, we'd acknowledged there was a particular issue among a criminal subsection of men in the Pakistani community we could have addressed it, carried out the research and gained the understanding to challenge it, tackle it and eradicate it."
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Threat from homegrown jihadis 'reaches unprecedented levels' as terror chiefs warn ISIS is changing its tactics by ordering extremists to carry out deadly attacks in British streets
Kate Ferguson
MailOnline, 2 September 2017

The threat from homegrown jihadis has reached unprecedented levels after ISIS ordered their followers to carry out deadly attacks in Britain rather than Syria, it was claimed today.

The terror group 'very cleverly switched tactics' by winding down efforts to lure British extremists to the fight on the frontline, Security Minister Ben Wallace said.

Instead they are throwing their efforts at radicalising people through the internet and ordering them to slaughter fellow Brits in truck attacks at home.

The stark warning comes after dozens of people were murdered and many more injured after four terror attacks in just three months in London and Manchester. ...

Sky News said the threat from homegrown jihadis has reached unprecedented levels.
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Britain is 'home to 35,000 Islamist fanatics', more than any other country in Europe, top official warns
Daily Telegraph, 1 September 2017

Britain is home to 35,000 Islamist fanatics, more than any other country in Europe, the EU anti-terror chief has said.

Gilles de Kerchove warned that of those, 3,000 were "worrying" for MI5.

He also warned Islamic State will attempt a cyber-attack on nuclear power stations or air traffic control systems within five years, potentially by paying paying Russian hackers to break into vital computer systems.

Mr de Kerchove told Spain's El Mundo newspaper: "The United Kingdom has identified 20,000 to 35,000 radicals.

"Of these, 3,000 are worrying for MI5, and of those 500 are under constant and special attention.

"France has 17,000. Spain many less, but more than 5,000 I suppose. In Belgium almost 500 have been to Syria and there are around 2,000 radicals or more.

"I wouldn't like to put a concrete figure on it, but (in Europe) tens of thousands, more than 50,000.

"We must select those who are really worrying and the most dangerous, and they should be monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week."
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Statistics chief criticises leak of Home Office student migration report
Alan Travis
The Guardian, 1 September 2017

The Home Office has launched a leak inquiry into how a "seriously misleading" account of an official report into student migration appeared in the press on the morning of the report's publication.

The UK Statistics Authority chair has written to the home secretary, Amber Rudd, voicing strong concerns over the partial leak of the report to the Daily Telegraph last week, pressing her to ban the release of their official statistics to ministers and officials in advance of publication.

Sir David Norgrove told Rudd that the Telegraph report, which claimed 97% of international students left the UK after their studies and that there were tens of thousands fewer immigrants in the country than previously thought, was seriously misleading.

"The main leak was to the Daily Telegraph. Whoever spoke to the journalist seems only to have half understood the data or inadequately communicated them. The result was seriously misleading, creating confusion where clarity was important," he said.

"But a more accurate leak would still have been misleading, because it would have been partial (in all senses), and left the journalist and the public lacking context. The leak was the more damaging in view of the sensitivity of migration data."
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England is now more pro-immigrant – but it's more Islamophobic too
Phil McDuff
The Guardian, 1 September 2017

Reading through Hope Not Hate's latest report on their surveys of English attitudes towards race and immigration, one comes away with a mix of optimism and pessimism. Those of us who are what the organisation describes as "confident multiculturals" – or what the tabloids would describe as out-of-touch liberal elitists – can be heartened by what seem to be an increase in our ranks. We now make up 22% of the sample, up from 8% in the first survey in 2011. The two most pro-immigrant groups now make up 39% of the overall total.

At the other end of the spectrum, those who are "hostile" to immigration have remained consistent, but with a shift from those who are most fiercely opposed – down from 13% to 5% since 2011 – to the group described as "latently hostile," up to 17% from 10% in the same period. This indicates that even those people harbouring anti-immigrant views are more likely to engage with the political process than to resort to direct violence themselves or support it in others.

However, the report also details a significant rise in anti-Muslim sentiment. 42% of people said that the recent terrorist attacks have increased their suspicion of Muslims in Britain, including many of those in the more liberal groups. Around 50% of people would be willing to see relaxation of human rights protections to "help fight terrorism," and a similar proportion see Islam itself as "a threat to the west".

Only 10% of the population see themselves as being "similar" to Muslims. This baseline perception of fundamental difference seems to reinforce the stereotype that immigrants fail to integrate and also, ironically, opposition to wanting them to do so.
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Immigration was a 'legitimate concern' in Brexit vote, leading UK economist says
Silvia Amaro and Steve Sedgwick
CNBC, 1 September 2017

A prominent U.K. economist and former chairman of the country's financial regulator has split with his contemporaries by declaring that immigration was a "legitimate concern" in the Brexit vote last year, which he believes is now being overlooked in the current negotiations with the EU.

"I think that the most fundamental reason why the Brexit referendum passed was immigration. And I think that was a legitimate concern and in that sense I break away from many of my metropolitan, liberal friends in believing that there was a real issue there," Adair Turner, former Financial Services Authority chairman, told CNBC on the sidelines of the Ambrosetti Forum in Italy.

He added that the disappointing progress in Brexit talks was due to a lack of focus on this particular issue. ...

"There's a lack of focus on what really matters."
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Tower Hamlets is the bleak end-point of diversity
Douglas Murray
Spectator blog, 1 September 2017

Anyhow, the attack I forgot to mention was the one in Turku, Finland, the other week, when a man, who witnesses claimed was shouting 'Allahu Akbar' (which translates as 'Nothing to see here'), started attacking women in the street with a knife. The attacker managed to kill two women and severely injure eight others.

Before we go any further it is worth asking if anyone remembers the vitriol expressed in recent years towards anyone expressing any worry about the fact that we didn't seem to know where the migrants who entered Europe in recent years were from? Or who they were? And does anyone remember that incredible fury unleashed against anyone (like the British MP for Monmouth, David Davies) who publicly wondered whether we were absolutely sure that everyone who claimed to be a child migrant was, in fact, a child?

Anyway, back to the terrorist. It turns out that the attacker in Turku came from the largest contingent of recent migrants, in that he was the sort of migrant who had absolutely no right whatsoever to be in Europe. /.../ When he arrived in Finland last year, the perpetrator of the Turku attack lied about his identity.

... And he claimed to be a child refugee; in fact, he is 22. So, a non-child from a non war-zone lied to the authorities in the country he was in, and nobody took the slightest notice until he went full 'Allahu Akbar'. At which point nobody cared very much more.

There are those who intermittently point out to me that the people with the knives, and machetes, and swords, and vans and suicide vests aren't the people our societies should be most worried about. I have some sympathy for this view. /.../ But perhaps it is those who hate our society without ever being spurred into violence who are – in the long run – the greater threat?

This brings me to Channel 4. Last week, its flagship news programme ran a piece on the relationship between the UK government and Britain's 'Muslim community'. It was presented by one Assed Baig. Now even for a news programme hosted by Jon Snow, /.../ Baig ought to have been seen as a step too far. He has a history of issuing slurs at Muslims whom he believes to be too integrated into British society, so it isn't exactly surprising that he would present a news report so extreme and embarrassing in its content that Channel 4 has voluntarily removed all reference to it from its website and Twitter feed. ...

Which brings me to my third point for pessimism. /.../ What did people think would happen in Tower Hamlets once it reached the demographic situation it's now in? Tower Hamlets is the end-point of diversity, where you have a different mono-culture asserting itself in the way it knows how.
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L'Oreal's first transgender model is SACKED by the cosmetics giant after claiming 'ALL white people' are racist in extraordinary Facebook rant
Clemmie Moodie and Rory Tingle
Daily Mail, 1 September 2017

With a dizzying fanfare, she was brought in as the 'face of modern diversity'.

But days after she was announced as L'Oreal's first transgender model, Munroe Bergdorf launched an extraordinary rant declaring all white people racist.

And today L'Oreal confirmed the 29-year-old British star, who appeared in its recent '#allworthit' campaign with Cheryl Cole and Katie Piper, has been dropped from her lucrative new role.

In a lengthy Facebook rant, she wrote: 'Honestly I don't have energy to talk about the racial violence of white people any more. Yes ALL white people. ...

'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. ...'

L'Oreal said: 'We support diversity and tolerance towards all people irrespective of their race, background, gender and religion. ...

'L'Oréal remains committed to celebrating diversity and breaking down barriers in beauty.'
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New Strategy Briefing – Economic and Business Effects of Ethnic Diversity in Western European Cities
Iryna Sychyk
Euromonitor International, 1 September 2017

Throughout the last decade, migration has been growing in Western Europe. Foreigners have been flocking mainly to major cities of key economies in the region and thus shaping both their demographic composition and consumer markets. The New Strategy Briefing published by Passport Cities provides an overview of cities which were impacted the most by international immigration and what role it had in city growth. ...

Additionally, we have identified key major patterns how migration is impacting metropolises in Western Europe. These include:

International migration has been boosting Western European cities' population: During 2006-2016, 20 out of 32 leading metropolises in Western Europe were growing population-wise predominantly due to net migration. Furthermore, an influx of foreign citizens has been especially high in 11 out of those 20 cities.

The number of foreign citizens is up across the region's key metropolises: The number of foreign citizens in Western Europe's 33 major cities rose from 10 in 2006 to 14 million in 2016. In the majority of the metropolises foreign citizens make up less than 15% of the local population as of 2016.

Foreigners as consumers present worthwhile business opportunities: Migration, in addition to its impact on overall city affluence, has direct business implications. The case study showcases specific examples of how companies in London, Vienna and Barcelona took advantage of market opportunities created by the presence of foreign nationals.
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Islamist Preacher Who Called for Destruction of Britain Coming to Parliament
Guido Fawkes, 1 September 2017

Heads up Special Branch – a notorious Islamist hate preacher who called for Britain to be "destroyed" is due to meet MPs in parliament this month. Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, a former Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and current Imam of the city's Al-Aqsa Mosque, will visit Britain as part of a delegation organised by pro-Palestinian group EuroPal. Provided he isn't stopped at Heathrow...

Sabri stated in a 2001 radio sermon: "Allah, destroy the U.S., its helpers and its agents. Allah, destroy Britain, its helpers and its agents. Allah, prepare those who will unite the Muslims and march in the steps of Saladin." Furthermore, Sabri:

. Denied the number of Jews murdered in the Holocaust, telling Italian newspaper La Repubblica in 2000: "Six million Jews dead? No way, they were much fewer. Let's stop with this fairytale exploited by Israel to capture international solidarity."

. Praised child martyrdom, saying in a 2001 sermon: "The younger the martyr – the greater and the more I respect him... They [mothers of martyrs] willingly sacrifice their offspring for the sake of freedom."

. Was removed by from office by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas because of his extremist views

. Was banned from entering France by the French government in 2012

. Said in a New York Times Magazine interview: "If the Jews want peace, they will stay away from Al Aksa... This is a decree from Allah. The Haram al-Sharif belongs to the Muslim. But we know the Jew is planning on destroying the Haram. The Jew will get the Christian to do his work for him. This is the way of the Jews. This is the way Satan manifests himself. The majority of the Jews want to destroy the mosque. They are preparing this as we speak."

An email sent to MPs announced the details of Sabri's visit and offered meetings in parliament with the EuroPal delegation between Monday 11th and Friday 15th September.
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FBI, Homeland Security warn of more 'antifa' attacks
Josh Meyer
Politico, 1 September 2017

Federal authorities have been warning state and local officials since early 2016 that leftist extremists known as "antifa" had become increasingly confrontational and dangerous, so much so that the Department of Homeland Security formally classified their activities as "domestic terrorist violence," according to interviews and confidential law enforcement documents obtained by POLITICO.

Since well before the Aug. 12 rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned deadly, DHS has been issuing warnings about the growing likelihood of lethal violence between the left-wing anarchists and right-wing white supremacist and nationalist groups.

Previously unreported documents disclose that by April 2016, authorities believed that "anarchist extremists" were the primary instigators of violence at public rallies against a range of targets. They were blamed by authorities for attacks on the police, government and political institutions, along with symbols of "the capitalist system," racism, social injustice and fascism, according to a confidential 2016 joint intelligence assessment by DHS and the FBI. ...

In interviews, law enforcement authorities made clear that Trump's inflammatory rhetoric and policies – first as a candidate and then as president – helped to create a situation that has escalated so quickly and extensively that they do not have a handle on it.

"It was in that period [as the Trump campaign emerged] that we really became aware of them," said one senior law enforcement official tracking domestic extremists in a state that has become a front line in clashes between the groups. "These antifa guys were showing up with weapons, shields and bike helmets and just beating the shit out of people. ... They're using Molotov cocktails, they're starting fires, they're throwing bombs and smashing windows."

Almost immediately, the right-wing targets of the antifa attacks began fighting back, bringing more and larger weapons and launching unprovoked attacks of their own, the documents and interviews show. ...

Dozens of armed anti-fascist groups have emerged, including Redneck Revolt and the Red Guards, according to the reports and interviews. ...

In their April 2016 assessment, the DHS and FBI said the anarchist groups would likely become more lethal if "fascist, nationalist, racist or anti-immigrant parties obtain greater prominence or local political power in the United States, leading to anti-racist violent backlash from anarchist extremists." ...

In another assessment this past August, DHS warned about the potential for unprecedented violence at Charlottesville.
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Four out of five Britons demand action as a million illegal immigrants 'go missing'
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 1 September 2017

Britain is probably home to more than one million illegal immigrants who may never be found, experts warned last night.

The number includes those who were smuggled into the UK or entered on false papers, those overstaying their visas and failed asylum seekers who disappear.

Eight in 10 people believe the Government should take stronger measures over illegal migration, according to a British Social Attitudes poll.

Alp Mehmet, of Migration Watch UK, said: "We have long pointed to the likelihood of something in excess of a million illegal immigrants here. We have no reason to change that view.

"Indeed, it is a figure that has been supported by a former head of the UK Border Agency as well as the former head of Home Office enforcement."

Until 2005 the Government insisted no estimate was possible.

But a year later a Home Office report estimated there were 430,000 in the UK.

In 2009 the London School of Economics suggested it totalled 618,000.
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Five foreign criminals a day are freed on to UK streets: Killers and rapists are then living here for years instead of being booted out
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 31 August 2017

Five foreign criminals a day are being freed on to Britain's streets instead of being booted out of the country, figures reveal.

Some 1,885 offenders – including sex attackers, killers, robbers and drug dealers – were released in the year to June after finishing their sentences. ...

Guidelines say that criminals who have completed their sentences should be detained only if deporting them is a realistic prospect.

In reality thousands are released to be 'managed in the community' – and are then at risk of absconding and potentially putting the public in danger.

In total, 5,728 foreign-born criminals due to be deported are living in Britain. Nearly a third – 1,870 – have been loose for more than five years. A further 2,246 have dodged being booted out for more than 12 months but have yet to reach the five-year mark.

Of the 484 offenders freed between April and June alone, only two were deported. Another eight were given permission to stay.

The rest were challenging their deportation orders, many using controversial human rights or asylum laws, while others did not have travel documents and could not be removed immediately. ...

David Spencer, research director of the Centre for Crime Prevention think-tank, said: 'There is simply no excuse for putting the British public at risk like this. Until they can be deported, foreign nationals who have committed criminal offences must be locked up, either in prison or an immigration centre.

'It would be interesting to see how many of those set loose have gone on to commit further offences. This is something the Government urgently needs to get to grips with and hopefully Brexit will finally afford them the powers to do so.' ...

The Home Office said that in 2016-17 it removed more than 6,340 foreign national offenders - the highest number ever. More than 37,000 have been removed since 2010.
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Trying to block migrants won't work. Europe needs a realistic plan
Sophie in 't Veld
The Guardian, 31 August 2017
[Sophie in 't Veld is a Dutch member of the European parliament]

Instead of trying to buy their way out of a migration "crisis", EU governments should start implementing the framework for asylum and migration we have already, and actually donate the funds they have pledged. In addition, we should focus all our efforts on legal avenues for labour migration, such as the EU blue card, so people who want to work in Europe will no longer have to use the asylum procedure.

Individual EU countries cannot cope with migration flows by themselves, but Europe can. Angela Merkel is right: we can manage and regulate the migration flow very well, if we do it at a European level. The European parliament is working hard to update and upgrade the asylum and migration package – including the "Dublin" allocation mechanism for asylum seekers, and the reception conditions directive.

Migration will not go away, but we can be certain that a Fortress Europe approach will not work. It is a charade, meant to reassure a concerned electorate, not solve problems. Europe is a shrinking and ageing continent. We need migration.
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Thousands Of People Are Backing A Call For An Inquiry Into Press Racism
Aisha Gani
BuzzFeed News, 31 August 2017

The press watchdog is facing growing public pressure to launch an immediate inquiry into "press racism", with campaigners saying British newspapers are contributing to a "climate of hostility" towards migrants, refugees, and Muslims.

Almost 4,000 people have signed an online petition calling on the Independent Press Standards Organisation to look into allegations of discriminatory reporting practices.

"Something is clearly going very wrong when newspapers can demonise entire cross sections of society without worrying about any consequences," campaign group Global Justice Now, which launched the petition, wrote on its website.

The petition follows widespread condemnation of a recent column on Brexit and grooming gangs by The Sun's former political editor Trevor Kavanagh that referred to "The Muslim Problem". ...

Earlier this month, the National Union of Journalists called on IPSO to investigate "the prevalence of Islamophobia, racism and hatred espoused in the British press".
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Notting Hill Carnival should be banned for police officer safety, suggests Met Police Federation
Samuel Osborne
Independent, 30 August 2017

Notting Hill Carnival should be banned after the "disgrace" of police officers being attacked with blood and bottles, the chair of the Metropolitan Police Federation has suggested.

Ken Marsh, who leads the rank-and-file group, asked: "What other event would be allowed to carry on regardless with so many police colleagues under attack?"

The Bank Holiday weekend event in west London saw 28 police officers injured, with bottles and other objects thrown at them, blood spat at them and a potentially acidic substance thrown at them.

Mr Marsh said he suspected the true figure of officers injured on duty during the two-day carnival will end up being more than 28 - the number released by the Metropolitan Police on Monday night. ...

Some 313 arrests were carried out as of 10pm on Monday, the Metropolitan Police said, many relating to drugs and offensive weapons.

More than a third of the arrests - 112 - were for drugs offences, while there were 58 arrests for possession of an offensive weapon or knife/blade, 37 public order arrests and 17 common assault arrests.

Some 14 arrests for sexual offences were also carried out, while 17 arrests were made for assaults on police officers.
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Immigrants boost America's birth rate
The Economist, 30 August 2017

Politics and sheer hatred aside, there is no shortage of blind spots in the rationale behind America's mounting restrictions on immigration. Immigrants are a boon to America in many ways. For one, they do plenty of jobs that native-born Americans shun – including what most parents would agree is the ultimate labour of love: having babies.

For decades America's birth rate has been stuck below the level at which a given generation replaces itself. This means that without a steady influx of young migrants down the line there will be fewer working-age people supporting a greater number of retirees. But according to analysis published earlier this week by the Pew Research Centre in Washington, DC, things would have been worse if it weren't for immigrants. They make up 13% of the population but nearly a quarter of births in 2015 were to immigrant women.
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390,000 Syrians Eligible To Bring Their Families to Germany in 2018
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 30 August 2017

The German government expects that by 2018 there will be around 390,000 Syrians with approved refugee status making them eligible to make advantage of family reunification rules.

Currently, there are around 267,500 Syrians with approved asylum status who are candidates for the family reunification scheme but the number could rise to as many as 390,000 by next year Focus Online reports.

If each person eligible were to bring only three other family members each, the number of migrants coming to Germany could increase by well over a million in the span of a year.

From January 2015 to June 2017 the German government granted 230,000 family reunion visas, with Syrians and Iraqis making up 103,000 of the approved requests.
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Britain can only deport foreign terrorists to two countries at a time, report says
Hayley Dixon
Daily Telegraph, 29 August 2017

Britain can only deport foreign terrorists hiding behind human rights laws to two countries at a time because the process is too expensive, a long-awaited review has revealed.

Dangerous jihadists who pose a threat to national security cannot be sent back to a long list of countries including Libya, Egypt, Syria, Pakistan, Sudan, Yemen and Russia even if a guarantee of fair treatment is obtained, according to the report ordered by Theresa May.

Where assurances can be sought - as they were in the case of Abu Qatada - the process is so complicated and costly the Home Office has admitted that it can only manage negotiations with two nations at a time.

Professor Clive Walker, an international law expert who co-authored the report with David Anderson QC, the then independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, estimates that the number of foreign jihadists who could avoid deportation "probably exceeded 40". His analysis goes on to warn that with increasing travel to Syria and Iraq and restrictions on leave to remain conditions that number could "now markedly increase".

The review of Deportation with Assurances (DWA) - which was ordered by Mrs May when she was Home Secretary in 2013 but only published quietly last month - concludes that it remains an important tool. ...

The scheme in theory allows the UK to expel suspects with guarantees they will not be mistreated or tortured in their home country, but in the last 13 years it has only led to the deportation of 11 people - nine to Algeria and two to Jordan.

In contrast, France has deported around 120 suspected terrorists. ...

Only six countries have entered into arrangement for DWA from the UK - Libya, Ethiopia, Algeria, Lebanon, Morocco and Jordan - of which the first three have since been ruled out because of political instability and risk of mistreatment.
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EU leaders offer support to Libyan coastguards, Chad and Niger to stem migrant flow at Paris summit
Henry Samuel
Daily Telegraph, 29 August 2017

France, Germany, Italy and Spain have offered to support Libyan coastguards and help Chad and Niger with border control to stem migration to Europe at a summit in Paris.

They also agreed on a new policy to grant asylum to vulnerable migrants who apply for protection while in Africa instead of their destination countries. ...

Thy acknowledged a need for initiating in Chad and Niger the process of resettling in Europe "particularly vulnerable migrants", and announced they plan to carry out "protection missions" in the African nations in cooperation with the United Nations' refugee and migration agencies.

The process would allow migrants to immigrate legally to Europe if they are on an eligibility list provided by the UN refugee agency and registered with authorities in Niger and Chad.
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The Guardian view on migration to Europe: changing routes, unchanged principles
The Guardian, 29 August 2017
[Leading article]

Migration remains at the heart of Europe's political and social crisis. Instability in Africa and elsewhere, wars, persecution, poverty, demographic trends and the ancient human urge to seek a better life in safer, more prosperous regions, all mean that this reality is not about to change. Two years after more than a million people made their way to Europe in the largest arrival of migrants from outside the continent in its history, European institutions and governments still struggle to find solutions. Even when sound policies are crafted, such as relocation sharing, to alleviate the pressure on "frontline" states, implementation lags far behind. ...

The only genuinely sustainable and humane solution would be to create safe, legal pathways for asylum seekers, but this has been largely shunned by nervous politicians, as is happening in Italy. Helping to stabilise and develop countries that are haemorrhaging their youth for lack of economic opportunity or basic security unquestionably requires a long-term effort. But stemming the movement of people by trying to build more barriers means that Europe's policies are failing to match its stated values.
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Norwegian Immigration Minister: ECHR makes it difficult to defend citizens
Westmonster, 29 August 2017

Norway's Immigration Minister has hit out at the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), saying it forces them to put the rights of migrants ahead of the safety of their own citizens.

Sylvi Listhaug, who has been Norway's Immigration Minister since 2015, said the ECHR makes it difficult to remove failed asylum seekers, making it even more difficult to defend their citizens.

Speaking to NRK, she said: "We should challenge these conventions. First and foremost, the European Convention on Human Rights is challenging for the possible legitimacy of a single country to defend its citizens.

"Since January 2015, 564 people have been killed by terror attacks in Europe. The majority of attacks are made by ISIS supporters," she added. ...

Listhaug's party, which is seeking re-election next month, has put forward proposals to prevent Norway becoming like Sweden. They include abolishing legal aid for asylum seekers, scrapping permanent residence for asylum seekers and removing welfare payments to anyone the security services believes is at risk of committing terrorist acts.
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Families of disabled British Pakistanis are importing wives from abroad, says Labour MP
Josh Robbins
International Business Times, 28 August 2017

A Labour MP has criticised some British Pakistani families for 'importing' wives from abroad for their disabled sons. Jess Phillips said the practice, described as a "hidden problem" by researchers, was symptomatic of the community's wider disregard for women's rights.

The Birmingham Yardley MP said she was aware of "a lot of cases" in the British Pakistani and Bangladeshi community where the parents of men with learning disabilities were "going and getting a wife from abroad". ...

Research by UCL published in 2014 found that arranged and forced marriages involving people with intellectual disabilities were most prevalent in the Pakistani community.

Disabled charities point out that the practice is also an affront to the rights of the men involved, who may not have the capacity to resist the wishes of their parents. ...

Phillips made the comments with reference to the wider problem of attitudes towards women in certain south Asian communities in Britain. ...

The issue of arranged marriages involving disabled people also exposes a loophole in British immigration law.

Most British citizens who want to bring a foreign spouse into the UK must have a minimum annual income of £18,600, according to legislation passed in 2012.

However, that requirement does not apply to cases where the Briton is disabled. This caveat can be exploited by people wishing to game the immigration system.

The Home Office has vowed to review the exemption.
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Europe's Asylum Disgrace
Bruce Bawer
FrontPage Mag, 28 August 2017

Three years ago, Aideen Strandsson, an Iranian actress who had converted from Islam to Christianity applied for asylum in Sweden on the grounds that apostasy is a capital offense in her home country. /.../ This summer, Swedish authorities turned her down. They were fully prepared to send her back to Iran – and to her death – when the Hungarian government stepped in and agreed to take her. ...

Sweden, of course, is one of those Western European countries that have eagerly granted asylum to armies of Muslims who pose as refugees from persecution but who are, in fact, economic migrants, eager to climb onto the welfare-state gravy train. Hungary, meanwhile, is one of those Eastern European countries that refuse to take in Muslims but are willing to accept Christians.

The logic, in both cases, is clear. Western European politicians and bureaucrats tend to be postmodern multiculturalists – in Sweden, fanatically so. They feel a contempt for their own civilization and they regard this contempt as a mark of sophistication and virtue. They have made a fetish of unqualified respect for other cultures, however objectively undeserving those cultures may be of any decent person's regard. They are especially fond of cultures that share their own contempt for the West, and hence there is no culture for which they show more deference than that of Islam, which since its founding has been at war with what used to be called the Christian world.

The postmodernists live, of course, in countries that are – or were, until they started ruining it all – free, prosperous, and safe, and they feel an obligation to share their good fortune with as many Muslims as possible, even if it means, in the long run, destroying that freedom, prosperity, and safety. In the case of Sweden, this self-destructive impulse is so strong that the country has actually opened its arms to returning ISIS terrorists – and given them all kinds of freebies to make them happy. ...

Strandsson's story is far from unique. Last September it was reported that Sarmad Ozan, an Iraqi engineer and Christian deacon whose home city of Mosul had been overrun by ISIS and cleansed of Christians, had requested asylum in Britain, where he was studying. But the Home Office denied his request, ordering him to return home. Since Ozan is a Christian and his former neighbors in Mosul have all become ISIS supporters, the Home Office's decision amounted to a death sentence. ...

... In 2016, according to a Pew report, "about 99 percent of Syrian refugees admitted to the U.S. were Muslim, while less than 1 percent were Christian."

When Donald Trump announced shortly after his inauguration that he would be reversing this disgraceful policy – giving priority to Christian refugees from Muslim persecution and instituting "extreme vetting" for possible jihadists – all sane, decent Americans should have applauded. Instead, millions reacted in outrage at what their brainwashing by multicultural-minded news media, teachers, and professors led them to see as an expression of bigotry – confirming yet again that if Islam is the number-one enemy of Western freedom today, multicultural indoctrination in our own ranks is Islam's most potent ally.
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Travellers called a race
Nikolai Tolstoy
Daily Telegraph, 28 August 2017
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Colin Webb ... suggests that nothing will be done to curb lawlessness among "travellers" until they are classified as a social rather than an ethnic group.

Sadly, this is unlikely to happen, since both Conservative and Labour governments are united in arbitrarily decreeing them to be a race – one, incidentally, wholly unknown to geneticists, ethnologists and historians.

They are for the most part ordinary Irishmen and women, who operate in this country under the lawlessness tacitly encouraged by British governments and rogorously denied them by the government of Ireland.
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At least 200 illegal migrants sneak their way into Britain every day, official figures reveal
David Wooding
The Sun, 27 August 2017

Illegal immigrants are making a mockery of Britain's border controls, it was claimed last night.

At least 200 people are entering the country unlawfully every day, according to shock new figures.

And the government admits that most of those caught are allowed to stay – because it's too much trouble to boot them out.

Home Office stats show illegal immigration has risen every year since 2012 and is on course for a further rise.

More than 74,300 enforcement papers were issued against migrants in 2015 – up from 48,727 in 2012.

But these are only the illegal entrants the authorities were able to track down and the real figure will be much higher.

The number of illegals caught sneaking into Britain through ferry ports hit 1,868 last year – a 50 per cent rise on the previous year.

And nearly 50,000 non-EU visitors failed to leave the country after their visas expired last year. ...

In its response, the Home Office said: "On conclusion of their case they may be granted permission to stay or be detained... for removal.

"There is a presumption in favour of release and individuals are encouraged throughout the process to depart voluntarily from the United Kingdom when they no longer have permission to remain or if their circumstances change such that they cannot adhere to any conditions attached to the leave they hold.

"Detention for removal is used as a last resort and can only be authorised if there is a belief that the person may be liable for removal and that removal can be achieved within a reasonable time frame."
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Today's morally righteous elites are paying the price for their open hatred of ordinary people
Janet Daley
Sunday Telegraph, 27 August 2017

What is being blared out shamelessly from a good many media outlets now is beyond arrogant disdain: it is full-on loathing. I have never known a time when public intellectuals – commentators and academics – have stated, without equivocation, that they were waiting eagerly for those swathes of the population that hold unacceptable views (on Brexit, say, or immigration) to go away and die. One speaker at a recent conference stated that progressive ideas would have to be installed in society "one funeral at a time". This is not argument. It does not attempt to convert or persuade or to enlighten the supposedly benighted. It is a vendetta: a bald, unambiguous assertion that people with whom you disagree barely have a right to live, let alone to be heard.

On the receiving end of this palpable disgust are people who still disconcertingly have a voice and a vote – both of which they are using in what should have been seen as predictably defiant ways. They may have grown used to being ignored but they were not accustomed to being deliberately insulted. What made it more provoking was that they were under attack for what they consider to be virtues: patriotism, community loyalty and local tradition. In a US newspaper article last week, an apologist for the new metropolitan consensus described the acceptable world view as "internationalist, secular, cosmopolitan, multicultural liberalism". This seems to make it explicitly opposed to national pride, religious faith, cultural identity, communal cohesion and any form of social conservatism.
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Big brands shun straight, white Britain in their adverts
Andrew Ellson, Neil Johnston and Sophia Siddiqui
Sunday Times, 27 August 2017

Advertisers are so worried about being accused of racism or homophobia they are shying away from using images of white people and straight couples.

Marketing departments are even putting diversity above relevance to their target audience to avoid accusations of bigotry, a survey of 500 companies has found.

A third of advertisers questioned said they had used fewer white models and heterosexual couples over the past year. More than a third of these said they were taking this approach to "prevent perceived discrimination".

The findings are likely to trigger accusations of political correctness but show a marked change in attitudes in the advertising industry, which has until recently had a reputation for under-representing ethnic minorities.
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An Argument Against Open Borders and Liberal Hubris
Ben Sixsmith
Quillette, 27 August 2017

No one except a militant nativist would deny that some level of immigration is beneficial and should be accepted. After that, we face a question of scale. There are those, however, on the opposite end of the spectrum, who believe that no level of immigration should ever be denied. These are advocates of "open borders"; an idea as strange as that of the nativist – yet more dangerous for being considered respectable.

The liberal Economist magazine contains an essay promoting open borders. It imagines a world in which people are free to live and work wherever they please. It is an astonishingly biased and unreflective piece, which illuminates dangerous extremes of progressive utopianism: ...

But what of proposed merits of open borders? A consistent failure of the Economist's article is a reluctance to distinguish between different migrants. ...

The author keeps on his rose-tinted spectacles as he considers negative effects of immigration. "A study of migration flows among 145 countries between 1970 and 2000," we are told, "Found that migration was more likely to reduce terrorism than increase it." The year before 2001 is a strange time to stop considering data on terrorism, and besides, the actual study found that terrorism was reduced only where they migrated from, not where they migrated to.
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How the new definition of online hate crime marks a slippery slope to totalitarianism
William Collins
The Backbencher, 27 August 2017

Want to impose totalitarian control on a nation? No problem. Here's how you do it. ...

First of all you need to sever the ties which anchor a culture to its moral values. Hence you need to undermine religion, make a mockery of traditional values, deny valid authority any recognition, and demean your cultural heritage. ...

That achieved, you have successfully removed society's anchor, leaving it morally adrift. ...

There will be some inertia to be overcome. People do have an irritating sense of fairness, and they do value their liberty. These tendencies must be subverted. The basic strategy is the oldest one of all: divide and conquer. The trick is to repackage this as "identity and protection". ...

The best means of turning the chosen identity group into Bad People is by concerted denigration. This should focus on their being the undeserving recipients of privilege. By this means the people's fairness instinct is turned from a liability into an asset. Moreover, if this undeserved privilege can be presented as having been won by oppression of the other identity groups, you can simultaneously excite the care-and-protection response. ...

The more the "deserving" groups are pushed forward as deserving of greater care and consideration, the more the Bad People are, by their exclusion, presented as undeserving. ...

So powerful is this manipulated moral outlook that even the ruling faction of the Bad People will be frightened to speak against it. By this time, dissent will be met with shaming and sacking. ...

What more direct evidence could there be of adherence to this programme of collectivist totalitarianism than the invention of 'hate crimes'. These are, explicitly, part of the 'protection' being offered to the identity groups. But they also provide 'proof' of the threat to these groups, and hence the need for protection. ...

This brings me, finally, to the reason why I am regaling you with this bit of political analysis. It is because Alison Saunders, our much revered Director of Public Prosecutions, has decided to create another hate crime. We have already had the speaking-to-women-without-being-spoken-to-first hate crime declared in Nottinghamshire and North Yorkshire. This time the move is to treat online 'hate crimes' as seriously as offences carried out face-to-face. The CPS will be seeking stiffer penalties. ...

The police and the CPS have agreed the following definition for identifying and flagging hate crimes:

"Any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice, based on a person's disability or perceived disability; race or perceived race; or religion or perceived religion; or sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation or a person who is transgender or perceived to be transgender.

There is no legal definition of hostility so we use the everyday understanding of the word which includes ill-will, spite, contempt, prejudice, unfriendliness, antagonism, resentment and dislike.
" ...

In 2015/16 there were 62,518 hate crimes recorded by the police, about 15,000 hate crime prosecutions with a conviction rate of about 85%. Those are huge number. /.../ There is ample evidence that the 'hate crime' label is thrown at incidents without any real reason.
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Non-English speaking victims of crime to be given priority, police chief suggests
Danny Boyle
Daily Telegraph, 26 August 2017

Victims of crime who do not speak English could be given priority by the Metropolitan Police, a senior officer has suggested.

Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey said that callers might be denied a personal visit from police unless they are deemed to be sufficiently "vulnerable".

He said it is "absolutely feasible" that "face-to-face" visits by officers could be reserved for the "vulnerable" - giving examples as those for whom English is not a first language, the elderly and people with learning difficulties.

Mr Mackey said that crimes such as vehicle thefts are the types of offences that officers might not be sent to in person unless the victim was assessed to require one under a new triage system.
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Migration may be down but it is still unsustainable
Stephen Pollard
Daily Express, 26 August 2017

Because more people also left the UK than ever before, the overall figure for net migration fell to 246,000 – the lowest level in three years.

You might well think the fact that we increased our population by the equivalent of a city the size of Southampton would be something worthy of comment.

And it has indeed been widely commented on since the figures were published on Thursday.

But not, as you might expect, because there is consensus among commentators that such a level of migration remains unsustainable – even if it is a smaller increase than we have been used to in recent years. Oh no.

According to one columnist, any suggestion that there might be an issue with such levels of immigration and that we need to control it in some way, "is not simply to promote economic quackery, but to insult human dignity".

So my apologies but I am now going to insult your dignity – unashamedly.

It's just a statement that we cannot carry on having in effect to build a city the size of Southampton every year, simply to cater for those who choose to come and live in the UK.

Which is why we should not overreact too positively to this week's figures. ...

Because no matter how often the advocates of uncontrolled immigration say otherwise and how sneering they may be when they dismiss any opposing view, uncontrolled immigration at the levels to which we have become used is unsustainable.

This is not a criticism of immigrants. It is not an attack on their dignity.

In many ways those who come here are thoroughly admirable, simply taking advantage of an opportunity to better their lot.

It's not even a judgment on the merits or otherwise of a relatively flexible immigration policy.

But the trend in recent years has been very much towards high and increasing immigration and one should be wary of reading too much into just one period.

And the level of immigration remains unsustainable.
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Oxford professor: Leap in citizenship applications shows different post-Brexit attitudes
Michael Race
The Oxford Times, 26 August 2017

An Oxford Academic has said EU citizens have responded in different ways to the Brexit vote.

It comes as official statistics revealed the number of European nationals applying for British citizenship nearly doubled since the poll in June 2016.

There were 28,502 applications for citizenship from EU nationals in the year ending in June 2017 - up from 15,871 in the previous 12 months.

The rise is in contrast to a general downward trend in the overall numbers seeking citizenship, with total applications falling by eight per cent to 135,912. ...

Madeleine Sumption, director of the Migration Observatory at Oxford University, said: "Faced with the uncertainty of Brexit, it appears that EU citizens have responded in different ways - some have been trying to solidify their rights to remain in the UK, while others have been voting with their feet and leaving."

Those seeking British citizenship by naturalisation are generally required to have lived in the UK for at least five years.
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We're losing this cat-and-mouse terror game
Rod Liddle
The Spectator, 26 August 2017

You may have missed the attacks in Turku and Hamburg – they didn't get much coverage in the press. /.../ And you may catch a BBC news report, buried well down the running order unless scores of people have been murdered, in which the murderers are described as 'terrorists'. That derogation will not be expanded upon. They are just terrorists and it all has nothing to do with Islam. ...

There have been no violent demonstrations by lefties against the murders in Spain, Finland or Germany, nor will there be. A poisonous ideology was responsible for the horrible attack which left one person dead in Charlottesville and that ideology was quickly and correctly identified by the liberals who then went on the rampage, denouncing it. A poisonous ideology was also responsible for the far worse attacks on the continent, but there is only a deafening silence from the left and, indeed, from our leaders. We are being groomed to accept these outrages and to believe that nobody is really to blame. Just people who have been 'radicalised' through some mysterious process, as if they were every bit as much victims as the people they killed. ...

... The grooming has been occasioned because we made this mess for ourselves and have neither the political inclination nor the will to call a halt. And because our politicians are terrified they might be called 'racist' if they grasp the nettle. And so we live in a bizarre state of denial.
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Record number of UK births by foreign mothers, figures show
Sarah O'Grady
Daily Express, 25 August 2017

A record number of births in England and Wales last year were to foreign mothers, figures have revealed.

Almost one in three children born in 2016 have mothers from outside the UK – the highest level since records began in 1969.

This is up from 27.5 per cent the year before, with figures increasing every year since 1990, when it was just 11.6 per cent.

Researchers from the Office for National Statistics said the rise was partly due to higher fertility rates among foreign-born women. ...

The non-UK population rose from 8.6 million in 2015 to 9.2 million in 2016.

Poland is the most common country of birth for mothers born outside the UK, while Pakistan came out on top for foreign fathers.
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Illegal immigrant murdered man in Hyde Park after Home Office repeatedly failed to deport him
Daily Telegraph, 25 August 2017

An illegal immigrant who murdered a carer in London's Hyde Park had been released on bail six times because he could not be deported, a court heard.

Hani Khalaf, 22, battered 62-year-old Jairo Medina to death before trawling through his belongings and stealing his mobile phone in August last year.

Khalaf was sentenced to a minimum of 26 years in jail as a judge suggested his case should prompt a review of the law.

A retrial at the Old Bailey heard the Egyptian national had sneaked into the country posing as a Syrian refugee and been repeatedly picked up by the authorities during two years sleeping rough and stealing.

Yet he was repeatedly bailed by immigration authorities because of the difficulties in deporting him.

Judge Wendy Joseph QC said Khalaf was sent back into the community time and again and Mr Medina paid for it "with his life". ...

The court heard Khalaf is likely to be deported to serve his sentence in Egypt once he is no longer a category A prisoner.
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How many non-EU students are staying in the UK illegally?
Joseph O'Leary
Full Fact, 25 August 2017

For the first time this week, the Home Office also published data on exit checks – gathering information on people as they leave the UK. That data has told us a lot we didn't previously know about how long people stay in the UK before leaving. In turn, the ONS has published a detailed analysis of what this and other new data can tell us about non-EU student migration.

Non-EU nationals are thought to make up about 70% of student immigration to the UK, and they're subject to immigration controls. Students from EU countries don't currently need a visa to come to the UK, so we have less data about what happens to them.

Even so, before this week we didn't actually know how many international students returned home after studying in the UK. The available evidence was contradictory.

On the one hand, ONS figures were telling us that relatively few former student immigrants actually seemed to be emigrating abroad after finishing their study. On the other, Home Office visa data indicated that most were likely to be leaving.

This week's exit checks figures firmly took the Home Office's side. The vast majority of students here on a visa seem to be returning home.

That, in turn, has raised new questions about how useful the ONS estimates are, and how they can be improved in future.

In the last year, most international students have been leaving the UK once their visas have expired. In other words, non-EU students usually comply with the terms of their visas.

69% of students who previously came to the UK on a long-term visa left once that visa expired in 2016/17. Another 26% extended their visas to remain in the UK, and the rest either fell off the radar or appeared to leave after their visa had expired.

Not all of those people will have left permanently. Data from the previous year – 2015/16 – shows that 21% of those departing the UK returned next year on a short or long-term visa. Most, however, had not returned to the UK.
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'Answers may not be right' Migration figures could be SKEWED by fake data, expert warns
Joe Barnes
Daily Express, 25 August 2017

An expert has challenged the immigration figures, suggesting the data could be skewered by people deliberately giving false information to those carrying out surveys.

Jonathan Portes, a public policy and economics expert, suggested the International Passenger Survey carried out by the Office for National Statistics was not a reliable method for calculating net migration.

On Thursday, it was announced net migration had dropped by a quarter, according to figures released by ONS.

The figures are 81,000 lower than the 327,000 recorded in March 2016, which Professor Portes claimed was because the UK is "less attractive" to European Union citizens.

However, speaking to BBC Newsnight, the professor of economics at King's College warned the methods for data collection could be easily skewed by its participants.

He said: "The reliability of the International Passenger Survey depends crucially on whether people answer accurately to questions on 'why you are coming here?' and 'Do you intend to stay for longer than a year?'

"For many people, especially students, those answers may not be correct or, indeed, known to the person at the time they are asked the question."

The Home Office has ordered an official review of the figures released on Thursday, challenging the method of data collection.
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Immigration into Britain hasn't fallen much at all. It still endangers our security, culture and well-being
Douglas Murray
UnHerd, 25 August 2017

In Britain, like every other Western country, immigration is one of the biggest – if not the biggest – concern of the general public. Like publics across Europe, poll after poll shows that the British public want immigration to be reduced. And yet in recent years the government has either been unwilling or unable to satisfy that desire of the people. Of all the issues that have caused a breakdown in trust between the public and the politicians, the political inability to get more control of immigration is the most fundamental. ...

In recent years, while travelling across Europe to study migration and its effects, I have come across the same story in each Western European country. In every one there is an apparently unbridgeable divide. On the one hand there is the popular cry that 'we aren't allowed to debate immigration'. On the other there is the almost equally common reply, 'what are you talking about? We are forever talking about immigration'. Through my travels and conversations with publics and policymakers I stumbled on the reason why these two apparently irreconcilable arguments co-exist.

The simple fact is: we do not have the immigration debate that people want. ...

For the general public the concerns over immigration start with the realisation that the external borders of Europe are so porous that boatloads of people from sub-Saharan Africa can just land on a crowded beach in southern Europe /.../ and walk right in.

It extends after that to the knowledge that there are immediate security risks caused by such laxity, a risk that in the last year has seen recent migrants carry out suicide attacks across the continent in Ansbach, Wurzburg and Stockholm, to name just three cases.

It then leads to the knowledge that people like the Barcelona cell – who managed to kill 13 people in a single day last week and had plans to kill many more, as well as destroy major monuments of European civilisations – are in our continent for no good reason.

From there the concerns spill outwards. They are cultural – the feeling that Europeans are losing their place in the world and that in an era in which the world is being invited to join us, the peoples of Europe are being edged out. And from these existential questions it circles around once again to the mundane and the everyday.

For instance, in Britain there is a serious and growing problem of house prices – a problem which is seeing the younger generation edged out of any realistic hope of ever having a place on the property ladder. Politicians are keen to talk about all sorts of aspects of this problem other than the most obvious one – which is that the number of houses which need to be built each year in the UK corresponds almost exactly to the number of people who are added to the country by net migration.

It gets worse. Whenever somebody does make this connection (as the former Conservative MP Julian Brazier recently did on Channel 4 News) they are treated with incredulity. ...

... Even if recent migration to the UK was halved to around 155,000 a year it would /.../ still mean importing a population larger than that of Slough each year. Are the benefits of immigration at the current rate so clear that the British public would support their countryside having a brace of Sloughs added to it every twelve months?

This is the immigration debate that people want to have.
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Trudeau forced to backtrack on open invitation to refugees
Ashifa Kassam
The Guardian, 25 August 2017

Justin Trudeau has sought to temper the notion that Canada is a guaranteed safe haven for those fleeing the threat of deportation in the United States, as his government faces criticism that its refugee-friendly messaging has given "false hope" to the thousands of asylum seekers streaming into Canada from the US.

Since the start of the year, more than 11,300 people have crossed into Canada by foot from the US. The pace has picked up in recent weeks, with as many as 250 people a day – many of them driven by fears of Donald Trump's crackdown on immigrants – entering the country at remote, unguarded locations. Doing so allows them to skirt a longstanding pact that bars most refugee claimants in the US from applying for asylum in Canada.

As Canadians officials scramble to process and house the new arrivals – turning Montreal's Olympic stadium into a temporary welcome centre, deploying the military to set up a 500-person camp at the border and setting up a temporary tent city in a small Ontario city – Trudeau has set out to tone down the welcoming image his government has cultivated since taking power. ...

While he highlighted that Canada remains an open and welcoming society, his message to those crossing into Canada at unmarked locations along the border was pointed: "You will not be at an advantage if you choose to enter Canada irregularly. You must follow the rules and there are many."
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Church Minister Wants to Settle Hundreds of Thousands of Migrants in the Scottish Highlands
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 25 August 2017

An eminent Church of Scotland minister has added his voice to the Kirk's campaign to open Scotland's borders to "refugees" with a proposal to build two new migrant towns in the Highlands.

Rev. Dr Rory MacLeod ministers in the Isle of Skye – which has a population of only a little over 10,000 itself – and made the proposal in a letter to Church of Scotland magazine Life and Work, reported by The Scotsman. ...

Like politicians arguing for Wales to be turned into the world's first "nation of sanctuary" for migrants, Rev. MacLeod believes that a massive influx of foreign nationals would be an economic boon.
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Facebook Hosts People Smuggling Ads and Illegal Migration Groups
Liam Deacon
Breitbart, 25 August 2017

Facebook is hosting people smuggling advertisements, with gangs offering to take migrants to Europe and America, make them fake passports, and traffic them across the European Union (EU).

A large number of public posts exist on the platform, often in Arabic, offering to take migrants across the Mediterranean by boat for up to $5,000 per person. Documents and passports go for around $1,000 and flights and road trips can be arranged for just a few hundred dollars.

People smugglers administer entire pages and groups, often disguised as "travel agencies", to update potential migrants of trips and share videos of those making the crossing.

Breitbart London was easily able to find the pages and posts by searching relevant words and phrases in Arabic on Facebook. Conversations where potential migrants negotiate with people smugglers were clearly visible.
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Border police foil 56,000 migration attempts to Kent
BBC, 24 August 2017

Border Forces foiled an average of 153 attempts by migrants trying to get to the UK from France every day last year.

More than 56,000 attempts were made by people trying to get into Kent from French ports and terminals in 2016.

The government figures, released under freedom of information, are the second highest in seven years, despite dropping by 25,000 compared to 2015. ...

The statistics include people stowing away in vehicles at Calais and Dunkirk ports as well as Eurotunnel and Eurostar terminals.

They also showed the number of illegal immigrants who were found in UK ferry ports increased last year. There were 1,868 detected in 2016, compared with 1,305 in 2015. ...

The Home Office said the number of attempts included instances where the same migrants had repeatedly tried to gain entry on different days. ...

The Road Haulage Association said violence at French points of entry has increased in recent weeks and drivers were refusing to make the trip.

Spokesman Rod McKenzie said: "Our members are terrified and angry. Gangs of marauding migrants, often armed with iron bars are attacking their vehicles.

"The police are heavily outnumbered and it's clear that they can no longer cope with the ever increasing numbers trying to make the crossing to the UK.

"We hear of drivers refusing to make the journey between Dover and Calais while many hauliers are rerouting their vehicles around the Port at a cost of many thousands of pounds."
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Net migration to UK drops to lowest level for three years
Jamie Grierson
The Guardian, 24 August 2017

Net migration to the UK has fallen to its lowest level in three years, as significantly more EU citizens left the country in the wake of the Brexit vote, official statistics have shown. ...

The headline net migration figure of 246,000, which is the difference between immigration and emigration, was 81,000 lower than the 327,000 recorded in the March 2016 according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The change was driven by a marked fall in net migration of EU citizens to the UK, as more left the country and fewer arrived in the months after the country voted to leave the European Union on 23 June 2016, statisticians said.

However, two complementary reports released at the same time by the ONS and Home Office have cast doubt over previous estimates of international students who remain in the UK once their studies are completed, contrary to previous suggestions that tens of thousands were illegally remaining.

The Home Office paper on "exit checks" data – a proper count of all people who are actually known to have left the UK – found 176,317 – 97.4% – of 181, 024 international students from outside the EEA left on time.

Meanwhile, the ONS found "strong evidence" that the current methodology used is likely to "underestimate student emigration" and therefore figures on the contribution that students make to net migration is likely to be an overestimate.
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Britain to study effect of foreign students on economy
Britain commissioned a report on Thursday on the economic impact of foreign
Reuters, 24 August 2017

students, part of an increasingly heated debate over whether they should be included in the government's target of reducing migration to the tens of thousands. ...

"There is no limit to the number of genuine international students who can come to the UK to study, and the fact that we remain the second most popular global destination for those seeking higher education is something to be proud of," interior minister Amber Rudd said in a statement.

"We understand how important students from around the world are to our higher education sector, which is a key export for our country, and that's why we want to have a robust and independent evidence base of their value and the impact they have." ...

International students make up around a quarter of total immigration, according to official figures.
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Economic migrants have 73% chance of staying in EU even if asylum claim is rejected
Westmonster, 24 August 2017

The EU's failure to return migrants to their home country once they've been refused asylum is fuelling the migrant crisis, senior Brussels diplomats believe.

Figures seen by The Times show an economic migrant has a 73% chance of remaining in the EU even if they've been served with an order to leave.

One EU diplomat working on migration said: "The inability of EU governments to enforce deportations is the biggest pull factor. If people know that as illegal immigrants they have a 70 per cent-plus chance of being able to stay, even if ordered to leave, then it is hardly surprising people get into the boats."

David Wood, former director-general of immigration enforcement at the Home Office, said: "In reality the vast majority stay here, regardless of the merits of their application."
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'I told you TWO YEARS AGO' Farage fury as EU warned terrorists could come in migrant boats
Vickiie Oliphant
Daily Express, 24 August 2017

Nigel Farage warned terrorists could try to travel to Europe on migrant boats in a speech two years ago - and is furious Eurocrats failed to heed his advice.

The former UKIP leader erupted after Libyan prime minister Faiez Sarraj warned Brussels migrant terrorists travelling from Libya could cause devastation and "affect all of the EU" due to free movement. ...

Mr Farage, who gave the very same warning in a speech in Brussels in 2015, tweeted: "I warned Europe in 2015 that boats arriving from war-torn regions posed a huge threat. We are now paying the price."
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World's most and least welcoming countries for migrants
Samuel Osborne
Independent, 24 August 2017

Iceland and New Zealand are the most accepting countries for migrants in the world, according to a Gallup poll.

The least accepting countries are Macedonia, Montenegro and Hungary. ...

The index grades countries based on whether survey respondents said it was a good or bad thing for immigrants to live in the country, become their neighbour or marry one of their close relatives.

The UK came in at 38th on the list of 138 countries.

Of the 10 countries scoring the lowest, nine were formerly part of the Soviet bloc, and most are located along the Balkan route once travelled by asylum seekers from Greece to Germany.

A majority of people, 54 per cent, said immigrants living in their country was a good while, while half said an immigrant being their neighbour is a good thing, and 44 per cent said an immigrant marrying a close relative is a good thing.
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The debate on immigration in Britain puts GDP ahead of people
Nick Timothy
Daily Telegraph, 24 August 2017

When I arrived in the Home Office with Theresa May as her adviser in 2010, we discovered that official impact assessments – the Government's process of weighing up the pros and cons of policy – had long been skewed in favour of higher immigration. Because a larger population meant a larger economy, and the assessments assumed that was what Britain needed, they failed to consider the economic effects of immigration on a per-person basis. And they excluded costs like the impact on existing workers' wages, infrastructure, and public services.

When we commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee to review these assessments, their findings surprised even us. Examining non-European immigration between 1995 and 2010, they found that for every 100 foreign-born workers employed, 23 British workers had been displaced from the labour market. ...

After reading numerous academic analyses, my conclusion is that mass immigration makes little economic difference overall. ...

In truth, the research confirms what most of us feel intuitively about mass immigration. Those of us earning high salaries benefit – in the form of cheaper plumbers and waiters in nice restaurants – but our fellow citizens with lower wages can lose out.

This is not an argument for zero immigration. /.../ The diversity of our cities, especially London, is an intangible benefit that contributes to their dynamism and appeal.

But immigration needs to be controlled, because when it is not it can cause problames. /.../ But immigration is behind more than a third of new demand for for housing in England, making homes harder to come by and increasing housing costs.

Immigration and high birth rates among migrant mothers are also driving the soaring demand for school places. ...

As any young family knows, these costs are real. Yet they are never factored into the Government's impact assessments. Neither are the social reasons for controlling immigration taken into account. Perhaps this is because the very topic turns many politicians squeamish, but most members of the public see no reason for embarrassment.

This is because people value the communities they live in, and they do not want them to change rapidly, if indeed they want them to change at all. And they value the solidarity made possible by by national identity and common norms.

There is nothing shameful about this. It is innate to human nature that we will do things for our compatriots that we would not do for foreigners, just as we will do things for relatives that we would not do for strangers. This solidarity is what causes us to risk our lives for one another during wartime, or pay taxes to fund services for others at times of peace.

In Britain, national identity and citizenship are civic, not ethnic.
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Non-British Population of UK Surges 8 Per Cent in a Year, One in Seven Now Born Abroad
Liam Deacon
Breitbart, 24 August 2017

Despite a post-Brexit vote fall in net-immigration, the foreign born and non-British population of the UK has continued to surge.

The non-UK born population of the nation is now 9.2 million, almost twice the population of Ireland, shooting up by seven per cent, from 8.6 million, between 2015 and 2016.

This means that around one in seven (14 per cent) of the usual resident population in the UK was born abroad, new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.

The number of those living in the UK who are not citizens is also on the rise, with one in 11 (9 per cent) having non-British nationality in 2016.

The non-British population surged from 5.6 million to 6.0 million (up 8 per cent) in just the 12 months between 2015 and 2016. ...

"The population of the UK continued to increase between 2015 and 2016, driven by overall significant increases in both the non-UK born and non-British national population of the UK."

Of the 5.6 million UK residents in 2016 that were born outside of the EU, 3.1 million (55 per cent) held British nationality, 290,000 (5 per cent) held EU nationality, and 2.3 million (40 per cent) held non-EU nationality.

Of the 3.5 million born within the EU (not including UK-born), 525,000 (15 per cent) held British nationality, 3.0 million (84 per cent) held EU nationality, and 25,000 (1 per cent) held non-EU nationality.
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EU Admits Failure to Deport Fake Asylum Seekers 'Pull Factor' for Illegal Migrants
Liam Deacon
Breitbart, 24 August 2017

The European Union's (EU) failure to deport the vast majority of illegal migrants arriving by boat is a "pull factor", encouraging the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean, a Brussels official has conceded. ...

Since the beginning of the migrant crisis, there has been a surge of migrants from relatively safe nations, overtaking those from war-torn nations such as Syria, who were initially encouraged to come by the EU.

"The inability of EU governments to enforce deportations is the biggest pull factor," a Brussels diplomat working on migration blasted. Speaking to The Times, he added:

"If people know that as illegal immigrants they have a 70 per cent-plus chance of being able to stay, even if ordered to leave, then it is hardly surprising people get into the boats."

The European Commission records a "rate of effective return" to non-EU countries of just 36.4 per cent, which falls to 27 per cent when returns to the western Balkans are taken out.
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Should crimes involving racism carry stiffer penalties?
The Economist, 24 August 2017

The relationship between justice and race is fraught. On August 11th Robert Buckland, the solicitor-general, was quoted in the Daily Telegraph newspaper as saying that those convicted in Newcastle earlier this month of abusing women and girls, plying them with alcohol and drugs before forcing them to have sex, should face stiffer penalties because the gang of mostly Asian men had targeted white victims. During the trial in Newcastle, the jury heard that one member of the gang had referred to women as "white trash" who were "only good for one thing". Where evidence of "racial hostility of motivation" is apparent, sentences should be longer, argued Mr Buckland.

The case illustrates the complexity of taking into account the role that racism and other forms of prejudice play in crime. The law in England and Wales does, in fact, allow for harsher penalties if certain types of prejudice are deemed to have been an aggravating factor in a crime. ...

On this basis, whereas those found guilty of common assault can face up to six months in prison, those convicted of racially aggravated assault can end up inside for two years. Shout a racial slur while inflicting grievous bodily harm and your prison sentence could be seven years; if you merely grunt while pummelling your victim, five years is the maximum. ...

The formal system of aggravated offences sends a strong message denouncing racism, argues Mark Walters, a criminologist at the University of Sussex who specialises in hate crimes. The stigma of being labelled racist is such that he reckons defendants will admit to violence more readily than any kind of racial intolerance. ...

Many legal systems around the world now classify hate crimes in some form. But according to Mr Walters, since Britain permits the prosecution of offences where racism has merely been demonstrated, rather than demanding proof that it motivated the crime, many more cases go to court. Rooting out such prejudice is harder.
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Non-EU migrants 'will stay at 155,000 a year': Report says immigration is 'unlikely to fall significantly' unless ministers introduce tougher measures
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 23 August 2017

Mass immigration from outside Europe is 'unlikely to fall significantly' unless ministers introduce tough new measures, a report warns today.

The scope to tackle migration from non-EU nationals will be limited unless the Government takes 'further and determined action', according to a respected think-tank.

MigrationWatch said net migration from outside the Brussels bloc - those people arriving minus those leaving – was likely to run at 155,000 a year until 2021.

That would be the equivalent of more than the population of Slough – 146,000 – arriving from the rest of the world every 12 months for the next five years. ...

Until Britain finally quits the EU, controversial freedom of movement rules mean it is a requirement to let in the European citizens.

However, the Home Office does have the power to control the numbers coming from the rest of the world. ...

But an analysis by MigrationWatch, which campaigns for controlled borders, predicted that between 2016 and 2021 net migration from non-EU citizens would average 155,000 annually. ...

Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of MigrationWatch, said: 'Migration Watch UK has a remarkable record in estimating future migration.

'We now say that, unless determined action is taken, it is extremely unlikely that non-EU migration will fall significantly in the next five years.

'This should be a wake-up call for the government to take further action if overall net migration - after subtracting British emigration - is to be brought down to sustainable levels. Brexit should help considerably but further action on non-EU migration is essential.'
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Libyan PM warns terrorists could be entering Europe posing as refugees
Andy Wells
Yahoo News, 23 August 2017

Terrorists could be entering Europe on boats posing as refugees, the prime minister of Libya has warned.

Falez Serrai, who is head of the UN-backed unity government in the country's capital Tripoli, told The Times that potential attackers may be among thousands of migrants able to cross the Mediterreanean. And he warned that this could have dire consequences for Europe.

He said: "When migrants reach Europe, they will move freely.

"If, God forbid, there are terrorist elements among the migrants, a result of any incident will affect all of the EU." ...

Nearly 100,000 migrants have made the crossing from Libya to Italy so far this year, with at 700,000 migrants still estimated to be in the country.
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'Europe must WAKE UP' Polish MPs launch blistering tirade on EU after Barcelona attack
Nicole Stinson
Daily Express, 23 August 2017

Senior Polish ministers have lashed out at the European Union (EU), claiming its leaders "should wake" on mass migration to the continent following the devastating terror attack in Barcelona.

Poland's interior minister Mariusz Blaszczak said the terrorist attacks on Barcelona and Cambrils, which killed 15 people, showed the EU's system of migrant relocation was wrong.

He added: "It is dangerous. Europe should wake up. We are dealing here with a clash of civilisations." ...

Polish Deputy Minister of Defence Michal Dworczyk echoed Mr Blaszczak's comments, as he said the attack on the Catalonian capital was "another proof that migration policy and security policy must be conducted in a very thoughtful and responsible way".

And he urged EU leaders to "review their ideas on migration policy" in light of the attack. ...

Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo controversially claimed that the migration policies of Europe's leaders – especially German chancellor Angela Merkel – "have benefited those who are now sowing death".

Ms Szydlo, who has repeatedly clashed with Brussels over immigration and the rule of law, said EU chiefs "must not be afraid to talk about terrorism" and should "finally replace political correctness with common sense".
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Huge brawls see hundreds of migrants fighting in Calais
Harley Tamplin
Metro, 23 August 2017

As many as 200 people using sticks and iron bars as weapons have been involved in mass brawls in the French city of Calais.

The fighting left 21 migrants and six riot police officers injured, though none were seriously hurt.

Authorities said the five brawls mainly pitted Afghan migrants against men from Eritrea, with 150 people being involved in the last fight alone.
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Crooked police officers plotted to steal drugs from dealer to sell to organised crime gang
Amardeep Bassey
Birmingham Mail, 23 August 2017

Two crooked West Midlands Police officers plotted to use a marked police car to stop a drug courier and rob him of his consignment of thousands of pounds worth of contraband.

Constable Wahid Husman, 48, and his award-winning colleague Tahsib Majid, 36, intended to sell the drugs they stole to an organised crime network to distribute to its street dealers.

Both men, who were based at Perry Barr police station, were today convicted of conspiracy to possess drugs with intent to supply, misconduct in public office and conspiracy to steal. ...

Majid was also convicted of unlawfully disclosing personal information while Husman admitted a series of conspiracies to commit misconduct in public office by accessing secure police systems for the benefit of drug dealers.

Five other men, who are not police officers, admitted offences including possession of drugs, conspiracy to supply drugs and conspiring with Husman to benefit from his access to sensitive police information. ...

Akeesh Rasab, 28, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office and possession of a Class B drug with intent to supply.

Imaan Haidri, 26, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.

Imran Rehman, 42, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office, conspiracy to steal (x2), conspiracy to possess a Class B drug with intent to supply and conspiracy to possess a Class A drug with intent to supply.

Aasam Qayum, 29, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office, conspiracy to steal (x2), conspiracy to possess a Class B drug with intent to supply and conspiracy to possess a Class A drug with intent to supply.

Shahzad Mushtaq, 42, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office and possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply (x2).
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Canada frets over possible huge surge in asylum-seekers: sources
David Ljunggren
Reuters, 23 August 2017

Canada fears a huge surge in asylum seekers crossing the border from the United States, putting political pressure on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ahead of a 2019 election, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

The number of migrants illegally entering Canada more than tripled in July and August, hitting nearly 7,000. Haitians, who face looming deportation from the United States when their temporary protected status expires in January 2018, accounted for much of the inflow.

Two sources familiar with Canadian government thinking said citizens from El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras, who are slated to lose their U.S. protected status in early 2018, may also head north.

"There is concern we'll see a huge increase, mostly from Central America," said one source. ...

"The government is in a real quandary over this," said a third source familiar with official thinking. ...

A Reuters poll in March found nearly half of Canadians want to deport people who are illegally crossing from the United States.
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Imam behind Barcelona terror attacks used human rights to fight deportation from Spain
Martin Evans
Daily Telegraph, 23 August 2017

The imam accused of masterminding the Barcelona terrorist attacks should have been deported at the end of his prison sentence for drug smuggling, but overturned the ruling by arguing it would breach his human rights, it has emerged.

Islamic preacher Abdelbaki Es Satty was told he must comply with an expulsion order when he left jail in April 2014, according to the Spanish daily, El Mundo.

But the 42-year-old Moroccan won an appeal against the decision after arguing his case in front of a judge.

The judge who made the decision is said to have accepted Es Satty's claims his forced removal would be a breach of his international rights.

The preacher followed up his court win by seeking asylum through lawyers in an application filed on November 29 2014, according to El Mundo.

The decision meant that he was able to move freely among the 26 EU countries that form part of the Schengen area.
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Islamic State send murderers to us so easily - they must be laughing
Peter Hill
Daily Express, 22 August 2017

As with many similar attacks, it is emerging that some of those involved in the Barcelona atrocity were "on the radar" but perhaps not making enough noise to warrant arrest. Our extremely liberal regimes mean that terrorists have to make a very big noise before police feel able to intervene.

But we do not help ourselves. Quite the opposite. Men with North African connections have been involved in most of the massacres, precisely the migrants for whom European nations including Britain have set up a free ferry service to facilitate their journey here. We are making it so easy for Islamic State to send murderers into our midst. They must be laughing at us.

Politicians will say these monsters will never win, that we have faced and overcome much worse threats, but these are excuses for not tackling the enemy head-on because to do so would be to point the finger at specific ethnic groups. Our leaders appear to fear accusations of racism far more than they value the lives of their citizens.
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Police make 300 arrests during raids ahead of Europe's biggest street festival Notting Hill Carnival
Hatty Collier
Evening Standard, 22 August 2017

Police made more than 300 arrests in a proactive operation ahead of the Notting Hill Carnival, Europe's biggest street festival.

Scotland Yard said officers had made 316 arrests for a range of offences and recovered 190 knives and 18 firearms in the last 12 days.

Two million people from around the world are expected to attend the festival which takes places over the August Bank Holiday weekend. ...

Officers executed 29 warrants and arrested 26 people during the intelligence-led operations that began at about 4am. ...

The majority of offences involved gang crime, drug supply and weapons, Scotland Yard said. ...

There were more than 450 arrests at last year's carnival, the highest number since 2010. The policing operation cost £8 million. ...

Four people were stabbed so seriously at the festival in 2016 that they almost died.
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Hammer attacker Jamshid Piruz wins appeal against sentence
BBC, 22 August 2017

A police federation has criticised the judiciary after a murderer who launched a hammer attack on officers won an appeal against his sentence.

Jamshid Piruz lashed out at constables Jessica Chick and Stuart Young with a claw hammer during a West Sussex break-in on 7 January 2016.

He was jailed for life with a minimum of five years, but at an appeal hearing this was reduced to three years. ...

He previously served six years in the Netherlands for locking his female tenant in a room and then slitting her throat. ...

Henry Smith, MP for Crawley, said: "I'm appalled the court of appeal has reduced the sentence. He's an Afghan national with Dutch residency who had been in the country just days and had already assaulted check-in staff at Gatwick airport.

"Regardless of how long he serves, once released he needs to be immediately deported from this country."
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We are importing huge numbers of welfare claimants
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 21 August 2017

According to the fashionable Left-wing propaganda, mass immigration is a vast engine of prosperity.

The cheerleaders for open borders continually tell us that without a colossal influx of new arrivals every year our economy would collapse.

In this narrative of migrant success, newcomers are lavished with praise for their skills, diligence and self sacrifice while Britons are denigrated for supposed idleness and ignorance.

Typical of this mentality was the repugnant sneer from the liberal commentator Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, where she lambasted working-class Britons for being "too lazy" and "too expensive".

Continuing her attack, she declared that "tax-paying immigrants past and present keep indolent British scroungers on their couches drinking beer and watching TV".

In the same vein, Henrietta Moore of the Institute for Global Prosperity at University College, London, condescendingly wrote that "Britain needs immigrants to do the jobs we don't want to" – words that have become conventional wisdom among metropolitan elitists.

But such claims have always been a myth designed to prop up the globalist ideology.

The truth is that non-European immigrants are much more likely to be workless and welfare dependent than Britons.

Now this reality has been confirmed by a new analysis from the Office for National Statistics, which reveals that more than one in five unemployed is an immigrant. ...

"They come here to work" is one of the favourite mantras of the free movement brigade yet that is patently untrue.

The Government's latest official immigration report, published in May, shows that of the 588,000 migrants who arrived here last year, just 47 per cent of them – less than half – came to work. Incredibly, just 180,000, barely 30 per cent, had a definite job offer.

It is the economics of the madhouse for Britain to be importing unemployment on such a scale.

The last thing this country needs is a growing army of foreign welfare claimants who have never paid any taxes here but are all too eager to exploit our benefits system. ...

The generosity of the system is also one of the prime reasons why so many young African, Middle Eastern and Asian men gather on the northern coast of France, determined to reach our shores. ...

Then there are the tremendous costs from worsening social dislocation caused by the import of alien cultures. Whether it be intelligence to counter jihadism, police work to tackle sex gangs, or educational initiatives to promote de-radicalisation, all this takes time and money which would not have to be spent if Britain were a more cohesive society.

Just as damaging has been the fall in living standards caused by competition from cheap imported labour. ...

The idea that we cannot survive without dependency on foreigners is an indicator of institutionalised self-loathing.

It has to stop if we are to regain control of our national destiny.
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The economic and moral case for global open borders
George Eaton
New Statesman, 21 August 2017

Even Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party has followed the rightward drift. Its general election manifesto promised to end free movement, and Corbyn recently complained of the "wholesale importation of underpaid workers from central Europe".

Among economists, however, a diametrically opposed conversation prevails. They argue that rather than limiting free movement, leaders should expand it: from Europe to the world. Michael Clemens, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, likens the present system to leaving "trillion-dollar bills on the sidewalk".

Economists estimate that allowing migrants to move to any country they choose would increase global GDP by between 67 and 147 per cent. A doubling of GDP (a $78trn increase) would correspond to 23 years of growth at 3 per cent. By contrast, the International Monetary Fund estimates that permitting the entirely free movement of capital would add a mere $65bn.

The moral case for open borders is similarly persuasive. As the Dutch historian Rutger Bregman writes in his recent book Utopia for Realists: "Borders are the single biggest cause of discrimination in all of world history. Inequality gaps between people living in the same country are nothing in comparison to those between separated global citizenries." An unskilled Mexican worker who migrates to the US would raise their pay by around 150 per cent; an unskilled Nigerian by more than 1,000 per cent. ...

But research shows that host countries gain, rather than lose, from immigration. Migrants are usually younger and healthier than their domestic counterparts and contribute far more in tax revenue than they claim in benefits. ...

In a world of open borders, the right to move need not be an unqualified one (the pollster Gallup found that 630 million people – 13 per cent of the global population – would migrate permanently). Under the EU's free movement system, migrants must prove after three months that they are working (employed or self-employed), a registered student, or have "sufficient resources" (savings or a pension) to support themselves and not be "a burden on the benefits system" – conditions that the UK, ironically, has never applied. ...

At present, in a supposed era of opportunity, only 3 per cent of the global population live outside the country of their birth. As politicians contrive to ensure even fewer are able to do so, the case for free movement must be made anew.
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Hundreds of languages are spoken in the UK, but this isn't always reflected in the classroom
Elizabeth Bailey and Emma Marsden
The Conversation, 21 August 2017
[The authors are a PhD student and a senior lecturer, University of York]

More than 300 different languages are now spoken in British schools. And in England, over 20% of primary school children use English as an additional language.

This equates to over 900,000 children for whom English is not their first language. These children might have been born in another country, their parents might speak another language to them at home, or they might just know a few words of another language because their grandparents immigrated to England a long time ago. ...

In the 2011 British Census, for example, 4.2m people reported having a main language other than English.
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Why Barcelona, a tourist paradise, is a 'Salafist city'
Marc Daou
France24, 21 August 2017

Barcelona, a world-renowned tourist destination, has also been an attraction for jihadists on a trail linking European countries such as France and Belgium to Moroccan criminal networks. ...

"It is not surprising to see Spain and Catalonia targeted by terrorism, because this has been a relatively well-known terrain for years, for Islamist networks and jihadist activists," said Jean-Louis Bruguière, France's former top anti-terrorism judge.

"It was to be expected, Barcelona is a city that has long sheltered a form of radicalisation, which for a time embraced the Muslim Brotherhood, Tabligh [a movement advocating a rigorous and literal interpretation of Islam] and then the Salafists," explained Pierre Conesa, a former senior French Defence Ministry official and author of several books on political Islam.

"There is a kind of radical immersion in Catalonia. If London had long been the home of Londonistan [a term coined by French intelligence services for the 1990s Islamist networks in the British capital] Barcelona is a Salafist city, where a nucleus [of Salafist radicalisation] has been formed over time in the image of Molenbeek in Belgium, or Trappes in France," explained Conesa, referring to the infamous district in the Belgian capital that was home to several suspects in the Paris and Brussels attacks and the restive Parisian suburb of Trappes. ...

In recent years, Spanish security services have arrested dozens of individuals suspected of jihadist links, particularly in the Barcelona area. Between 2012 and October 2016, 186 people were arrested in connection to Islamist terrorism, including 63 in Catalonia and 50 in the province of Barcelona, according to the Spanish Interior Ministry.

Several dozen individuals have also been arrested since early 2017.
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Christopher Columbus monument in Baltimore smashed to combat 'white supremacy'
Douglas Ernst
Washington Times, 21 August 2017

A monument to Christopher Columbus that was over 200 years old was smashed with a sledgehammer Monday morning to combat a "culture of white supremacy."

A YouTube channel titled "Popular Resistance" posted footage of men in hoodies destroying a monument to Columbus and his famous voyage in 1492. The individuals carried signs that read "Racism: Tear it down," and "The future is racial and economic justice."
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Isis uses companies in Wales to finance terrorist attacks against the West
Dipesh Gadher
The Sunday Times, 20 August 2017

Isis used a network of companies operating out of an office in Cardiff to ship military-grade equipment to Spain and to finance terror plots against the West, FBI documents seen by The Sunday Times disclose.

The surveillance technology dispatched to Spain – where 14 people were killed last week in the latest Isis-inspired atrocities – is understood to be linked to the development by the terrorist group of weaponised drones. The FBI says it was capable of identifying "target locations".

An affiliated firm was used to transfer thousands of pounds in cash to an American extremist in Maryland who later told how he dreamt of carrying out a gun massacre in a church.
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We've lost our way in the fight against terrorism and are failing to distinguish friends from foes
Stephen Pollard
Sunday Telegraph, 20 August 2017

Now we have to add Barcelona to the list. This year alone, Europe has seen Islamist terror attacks in London, Manchester, Stockholm and Paris. I doubt anyone will be surprised if, over the final four months of 2017, more cities join the sad ranks of those afflicted by such outrages.

After every incident, we hear the same ritualised condemnations of the barbarians responsible, the mantra that they will never win and praise for the authorities who do such a good job protecting us most of the time. All of which is true and all of which gets us precisely nowhere in any serious analysis of what is happening and why.

Most obviously, there is a cancer in parts of the Islamic world – which must include swathes of Britain. It is a cancer that takes young men and women and turns them into jihadists prepared to kill and sacrifice themselves while doing so. ...

More interesting is the reaction such a statement always brings: the accusation of Islamophobia. This is interesting not because it has any merit, but because those who make it tell us a lot about how we have got here, and why we are incapable of having a serious discussion about the real world or how to confront the ideological threats facing the West.

More often than not, those who cry Islamophobia are not Muslim themselves but the fellow travellers of Islamists. ...

Mr Corbyn exemplifies the so-called red-green alliance, the perverse phenomenon by which supposedly progressive Leftists ally with and support Islamist groups who would like to live in a caliphate in which women who dare to read a book are blinded. The Stop the War Coalition, which praises Britain's enemies, shows the cosy unity of purpose between the white far-Left and the Islamist far-Right. /.../ Until he bacame Labour leader, Mr Corbyn would take time from the schedule to address the annual Al-Quds Day march at which there is, every year, open support for Hizbollah, whose military wing is a proscribed organisation in the UK. ...

The fundamental issue is that the Left has so lost its anchoring that Hizbollah, Al-Qaradawi and such like are seen as more sympathetic ideological allies than Tony Blair. How are we to confront the evils of Islamist extremism if one side of the political spectrum cannot distinguish the West's friends from its enemies?
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Special forces will protect UK's bank holiday revellers: Elite troops will patrol in armoured vehicles to protect Britons from ISIS attacks
Mark Nicol
Mail on Sunday, 20 August 2017

Heavily-armed Special Forces soldiers driving specially adapted and armoured civilian vehicles will patrol Britain's streets in a bid to thwart an Islamic State atrocity over the Bank Holiday Weekend.

Security sources disclosed last night that elite troops will mingle with revellers and tourists at sites considered most at risk of a terrorist attack. But the male and female personnel will remain incognito unless called upon to intercept any jihadis.
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Cultural Assimilation Ought To Be an Imperative, Not Elective, In Immigration
Saurabh Malkar
Modern Diplomacy, 20 August 2017

The other issue is that of a subliminal sort; one that can't be easily measured or monitored and the effects of which take a long time to manifest. A country is a sum total of its cultural values and principles that it holds dear. Other attributes like quality of life, standard of living, wealth, opportunities, political stability, and economic growth all flow from culture.

Immigration affects not only the economy, but also the culture. The degree of and type of effect depends upon the extent of assimilation, which in turn boils down to the native culture of the immigrants. ...

It is very plain that people sharing common cultural threads like social mores, dietary practices, religion, folklore, and heritage will find it easy to socialize with one another and enter the melting pot. Asian, African, and Middle Eastern immigrants on the whole, have radically different cultures, histories and heritage, dietary practices, and religious affiliations – all of which raises deep concerns about assimilation. ...

The past few decades have seen the mushrooming of ethnic enclaves across European and North American nations, where immigrants, older and recent arrivals, huddle together to create societies that resemble the ones they left behind. The UK is a great example of 'enclavi-fication,' where Muslims immigrants, predominantly, from Pakistan and Bangladesh have turned, what used to be quaint English towns, into mini-South Asia.

These self-styled Islamic settlements that dot the landscape of many western countries, are not only cosmetically abstracted from the host norms, but they also function differently from host societies. ...

Some immigrants and second-generation native-born individuals from these radically different cultures seem unfit to live in western societies, where values like free speech, religious tolerance, separation of church and state, and equality are the norm. ...

Immigration is a very decisive and game changing tool in the culture, politics, and economy of a country. A prudent immigration policy will make sure that the host country benefits economically from immigration, without undermining its cultural and social values and norms. A need to integrate and assimilate should not be a preferable outcome, but an imperative of the immigration process.
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Shocking moment two hundred illegal migrants are arrested in a crackdown on houses packed with foreign workers by dodgy landlords
John Stevens
Daily Mail, 19 August 2017

Two hundred illegal migrants have been arrested in a crackdown on houses packed with foreign workers by dodgy landlords.

More than 250 properties were raided during the blitz on the often squalid accommodation used by migrants who do not have permission to be in Britain.

Many of those arrested were Indian nationals, but there were also workers from Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and Albania.

They were offered support if they chose to leave the country voluntarily, or told they faced deportation if they refused.

Some 24 landlords caught in the six-month operation were fined up to £3,000 for every illegal worker found living in their houses. ...

In the series of swoops, codenamed Operation Magnify, officers raided 253 properties across the country between January and June. ...

Of the 200 people arrested, most had overstayed their visas but some had also entered the UK illegally.
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Bavaria refuses to bow down to EU rules as German state demands border checks remain
Vickiie Oliphant
Daily Express, 19 August 2017

Bavaria has refused to listen to European Union demands to withdraw border controversial border checks.

The border controls on the German state's border with Austria were introduced in September 2015 at the height of the refugee crisis.

And the Bavarian government claims the reintroduction has been highly successful in stopping criminals and illegal immigration.

But the European Commission claims there is no longer a threat to the state, and is pushing Bavaria to cease controls from November. ...

According to the police, around 2,100 illegal migrants were found at three motorway border crossings alone between Austria and Bavaria between January and July.

And during that time police also caught 6,200 wanted individuals.
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Enough of blaming the West. The terror will continue until Muslims reject the need for a caliphate
Ed Husain
Daily Telegraph, 19 August 2017

What did Spain do wrong? Why did Muslim radicals attack so many innocents? Those are the questions being asked across the West following Barcelona.

Many will resort to the self-flagellation of "change our foreign policy" or "we are to blame because of colonialism". I wish it were so simple. I know the mindset of militant Muslims seeking to kill disbelievers in the name of a caliphate, because I called for the creation of such a caliphate for five years of my life. I recognise the ideology, theology and strategy behind the violence. There is no appeasing the fanatics.

Consider the facts on Spain: on March 11 2004, al-Qaeda terrorists killed 192 and injured 2,000 on trains in Madrid. Spain had 1,300 troops in Iraq at the time (America had 135,000 and Britain 8,700). Three days after the bombing, José Maria Aznar lost the general election to a Left-wing party committed to ending Spain's involvement in Iraq. On April 18 2004, the new prime minister ordered the voluntary withdrawal of Spain's troops. Scarred by the Madrid bombing, fearful of reprisals after the terrorist attacks in France, in November 2015 the Spanish government refused to join a global coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil). So what did Spain do wrong?

We are asking the wrong questions. Spain's foreign policy shows that we cannot stop terrorism by changing our behaviour. In the mind of the Muslim extremists, Spain is not Spain, but al-Andalus, part of a Muslim empire that lasted in Spain for 700 years. Today's "Spain" is considered to be "occupied land" that must be liberated. /.../ Spain must return to their version of Islam, for in that literalist reading of religious scripture, the world is divided into two realms: Dar al-Islam and Dar al-Harb, the Abode of Islam and the Abode of War. And once a land is controlled by Dar al-Islam it must forever belong to that sphere. ...

... But Spain is not the only target. India was also part of their interpretation of Dar al-Islam because it was under the Moghuls until 1857 and must therefore return to the domain of the caliphate. Israel must be destroyed as the caliph must reclaim Jerusalem. Turkey's Muslim reformer, Kemal Ataturk, ended the caliphate in 1924 and a secular Turkey must return to the fold. ...

The attack in Barcelona and the calls by Isil to attack beaches weren't random: they hate the freedom of women to dress in bikinis. They attacked the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester in May because the despise men and women dancing freely to music. They attacked Charlie Hebdo because they refuse to allow for blasphemy. They target synagogues and kosher grocery stores across Europe because, like their neo-Nazi counterparts, they hate Jews. ...

... Enough of blaming the West. Isil has attacked 30 different countries, and the vast majority of its victims in Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Bangladesh and elsewhere are Muslims. Isil and other extremists thrive on the justification that it is religiously obligatory to create a caliphate. Jihadists commit mass murder in the pursuit of, or defence of, this belief in a caliphate.
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Terror is a problem political leaders imported into Europe
Douglas Murray
The Australian, 19 August 2017

Of course, any connection between the mass influx of people into Europe and the terrorism and other societal problems to which the continent is waking up every day is still frowned upon.

... Yet the link is obvious. For sure there are those who over-egg the point. The Stockholm attacker from April was a recent arrival in that country. As were the axe-wielding train attacker last northern summer in Wurzburg, Germany, and the suicide bomber in Ansbach, Germany, that same month.

But then the Paris attackers from November 2015 included people born and brought up in France and Belgium.

So while some of the terrorists may have just arrived, others were born in Europe.

This fact is not quite as soothing as the proponents of weak borders and mass immigration would like it to be. For if Europe is doing such a bad job of integrating people who are already here, then who but a madman would seek to propel immigration from Muslim countries to such a historic high? The question goes unanswered because in Europe's immigration debate it is still very rarely asked.

Of course, there is a noble aim in some of this avoidance, such as ensuring that Europeans – as the terror attacks grow – do not seek to blame any and all immigrants for the terror. That would be a mistake for a whole variety of tactical as well as factual reasons. Most of the people who arrive in Europe from the Middle East and Africa come to try to improve their lot in life, not to plough trucks into pedestrians. ...

... But the European publics are right to look at their leaders from recent decades and now the dead and maimed regularly on our streets and recognise that this is a problem our politicians imported: a problem they gave us that we did not ask for.
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Of course race matters in the Rotherham sex abuse scandal. Until we admit that, we can't tackle the problem
Muna Adil
Daily Telegraph, 19 August 2017
[Muna Adil is a researcher at Quilliam International]

Labour MP Sarah Champion has been forced to step down after speaking out about the growing epidemic of sexual grooming in this country. Champion was the MP for Rotherham, a constituency that, between 1995 and 2013, saw 1,400 children raped, abused, trafficked and tortured by gangs of South Asian men. Champion's crime was to simply state the facts as they are: "Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls."

Critics, including Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and fellow colleague Naz Shah, claimed that Champion's article in The Sun included "statements that incite Islamophobia and stigmatise entire communities."

While the Left's desire to gloss over hard evidence and facts where minorities are involved is, by now, expected, what is incredibly disturbing is a new debate that seems to be emerging from the ranks. One particularly disturbing line of argument taken by Sean O'Grady in his Independent article titled "Let's not feel sorry for Sarah Champion – she knew exactly what she was doing", seems to openly dismiss the importance of empirical evidence and scientific, academic research. In his article, O'Grady makes several statements, including:

• "The real point though is this. Even if you agree that there is a problem with some Pakistani men, what are supposed to do with this insight?"

• "Saying that there is a problem with some men of Pakistani origin doesn't actually get us anywhere with these crimes, or force a single arrest or rescue a single girl."

• "We don't actually need a racially focused debate about this any more than we need one about shoplifting or corporate corruption, because it misses the point."

Not only is this line of argument ridiculous, it is factually incorrect. If a certain crime file indicates that one sub-section of society is over-represented in the offender profile, it is our academic inclination, human interest, and most importantly our moral duty to investigate the common denominator, whatever it may be.

And in fact, our research at Quilliam has shown the exact opposite of O'Grady's argument: race is a central factor in this crime profile, not only when it comes to the offenders but also as it relates to the victims who largely belong to the same demographic of young, white and female. ...

An upcoming Quilliam report will look to shed more light on the issue, but here a glimpse of what we have found so far: Asians or British Asians make up 6.9 per cent of the UK population, yet they're found responsible for almost half, 46 per cent of child sexual exploitation (CSE) crimes.

Yet a Home Affairs Select Committee report into localised grooming claimed that "the vast majority of convicted child-sex offenders in the UK are single white men." ...

Over 60 per cent of the British Pakistani population is from the Mirpur District of Kashmir, a largely rural area of Pakistan where regressive attitudes towards women, sex, and relationships still persist today. ...

The phenomenon of "gangs" further confirms that these offenders gravitate towards each other based on a shared ideology, separate from their collective criminal leanings.
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WATCH: EU Propaganda Video Says Europe 'Needs' Migrants Released on Day of Terror Attacks
Liam Deacon
Breitbart, 19 August 2017

The European Parliament has produced a slick propaganda video claiming Europe "need[s] people to come here... to maintain the level of our welfare systems".

The video, put out on Twitter, features liberal and socialist members of the European Parliament (MEPs), who concede migrants often come from a "totally different culture", but say it is the European people's "responsibility" to "foster an atmosphere of integration".

EuroparlTV released the short film on the 17th of August, just hours before terrorists of North African Muslim background murdered 14 people in Spain in an Islamist attack claimed by Islamic State. ...

"The refugees that arrived here in Germany have to adapt. They come from a totally different culture, and they don't know how things are here," says Maryam Salehi of Cologne, Germany. ...

Cecilia Wikström, a liberal MEP from Sweden, adds: "They are here to give their contribution to growth and prosperity for Europe, and that's why it's so essentially important that we open up every possibility for them to integrate into our societies."
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Ukip politicians condemn leadership candidate's '£9,000 to leave UK' idea
Jessica Elgot
The Guardian, 19 August 2017

John Rees-Evans, a controversial Ukip activist who is currently the fourth favourite for the party leadership, suggested a scheme to persuade dual-nationals to leave Britain would help him reach a goal of reducing net migration to minus 1 million a year and could also boost international trade ties.

Peter Whittle, Ukip deputy leader and leadership frontrunner, called the suggestion "utterly and entirely wrong", while party leadership rival Jane Collins MEP told the Mirror the policy was similar to the BNP's 2010 manifesto.

Addressing a meeting in Leigh, Greater Manchester, Rees-Evans suggested the foreign aid budget should be cut from more than £13bn a year to £1bn, with £12.3bn then spent on incentivising British citizens with dual citizenship to leave the country, citing British Indians and Tanzanians, whom he said could set up their own businesses. ...

However, he said citizens could be persuaded to leave with "£6,000 upfront and £3,000 once the programme is complete, for every man, woman and child, with benefits and healthcare".
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Beyond the pale: China's cheerful racists
Carola Binney
The Spectator, 19 August 2017

Setting off to spend a year teaching English in Zhejiang province in south-eastern China, I expected plenty of surprises. But what struck me most was something they tend not to tell you about in the guidebooks: the racism.

... I apparently erred when, teaching the word for wife, I showed my students a picture of Michelle Obama. The image of the then First Lady was greeted with exaggerated sounds of repulsion: 'So ugly!' they said. 'So black!'

Such comments would have been treated harshly in a British classroom a quarter-century ago, let alone today. But my own protestations were met with confused faces – crestfallen that they'd disappointed their teacher, but clueless as to the nature of their mistake. And this stretches far beyond the classroom. To many Chinese, ideas about racial hierarchies are not outdated anathema but unquestioned belief. ...

The Chinese don't make a big deal about their racism: it's so commonplace it can seem almost cheerful. ...

The racism begins with the assumption that all westerners are white. ...

... When I showed my class my own school photograph, I expected them to remark on how terrible my hair looked. Instead, their first response was 'Why are there those black girls in England?'

... China has almost no citizens of non-Chinese descent: it is extremely difficult for expats to secure Chinese citizenship, so most are forced to leave as soon as their employment visas expire.
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'They have caused this' Nigel Farage blasts European leaders after fatal Barcelona attack
Vincent Wood
Daily Express, 18 August 2017

Nigel Farage has hit out at leaders across Europe for their response to the Barcelona attack which killed 13 people and left more than 100 people wounded.

The Brexit mastermind accused politicians on the continent of being the "cause" of terror attacks which have rocked nation after nation. ...

Farage said: "What happens is they all stand up and they say 'We stand in solidarity with Barcelona, or Brussels, or Stockholm, or Paris, or London or wherever it may be, and this is really truly awful'.

"There is no understanding of why this is going on and not once, not once, do we ever hear a single leader in Europe offer any policy solution whatsoever.

"They are still in denial, and my only guess is that they are so embarrassed by the fact that they have caused this." ...

"But for the moment one of the problems is that many of the parties around Europe that stand up against Islamic extremism, themselves appear to the electorate at times to be a bit extreme themselves."
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From Charlottesville to Barcelona
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 18 August 2017

Rarely has the hypocrisy of the West's ostensible liberals and leftists been as violently exposed as it has been this week. Between Charlottesville and Barcelona, between their fury over the former and their embarrassment at the latter, we have gained a glimpse into today's extraordinary double standards over extremists who loathe liberty, democracy and swathes of mankind. If the extremists are white and fond of the swastika, they'll be roundly condemned, organised against, transformed into a focal point for the activities of a flagging left. But if they're Muslims, if it's a misogynistic, homophobic caliphate they want to build, if their targets are 'kuffars' rather than pinkos or black people, they will be frowned upon, of course, but never raged against. ...

Even before the barbarism in Barcelona, even before that Islamist terrorist mowed down scores of people, killing 13, the discussion about Charlottesville had become unhinged. What was in truth a nasty but small demonstration by white-power losers was transformed into the second coming of the Third Reich. Where most leftists and liberal commentators respond to Islamist barbarism with a sad emoji or a national flag on their Facebook page, they responded to Charlottesville with historic hyperbole. ...

But if the treatment of Charlottesville and its vile car attack as a return of Nazism looked questionable before Barcelona, it looks mad after it. /.../ A suspected hard-right fanatic killed one person at Charlottesville, in a foul assault on life and liberty; Islamists, if we add Barcelona, have killed more than 460 people in Europe in the past three years. Four-hundred-and-sixty. Let that sink in.

And yet after Barcelona, as is the case after every Islamist attack, there has been an awkward, shuffling silence in left and liberal circles. /.../ But politics? Anger? A demand that we recognise the gravity of the threat posed by Islamists and get together to do something about it? Calls for confrontation with Islamist movements, demands that we 'Punch an Islamist', in the same way American leftists have promoted 'Punch a Nazi'? No.

On the contrary, we are encouraged to be sad about Islamist attacks but never active in relation to them. ...

... This urge to moralise small neo-Nazi protests in the US while de-moralising, depoliticising and fundamentally defusing the problem of Islamist extremism, even though this extremism is a far more destabilising force, has to be explained. What drives this alarming double standard?

It's fear. Cultural fear. Fear of us, the masses, and what we will get up to if society green-lights an honest discussion about the Islamist problem. And fear for Muslims, whom too many on the left infantilise and treat as incapable of hearing robust discussion about problems in their communities. ...

... They have declared a ridiculous, self-flattering war on neo-Nazism precisely as a distraction from the real problems facing Western society today, to which they have no answers, and are uncomfortable even with the questions.
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Europe faces 'clash of civilizations', says Polish minister after Barcelona attack
Radio Poland, 18 August 2017

Interior Minister Mariusz Blaszczak told state broadcaster TVP Info that Poland is a safe country, adding: "In Poland we do not have Muslim communities which are enclaves... which are a natural support base for Islamic terrorists."

"Europe should wake up," he added.

Blaszczak said that resettling migrants encourages millions of people to come to Europe. "This ends tragically. We are dealing with a clash of civilizations. This must be said outright and it is a problem for the whole of Europe," he added.

Poland has refused to take part in an EU plan to resettle African and Middle Eastern migrants from camps in Italy and Greece, arguing that the programme did not solve the problem at its origin, and was a threat to security.

Blaszczak said on Thursday: "We will not succumb to this pressure [from the European Commission] , because this is about the security of Poland and Poles."
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UK position paper on Irish border 'throws up even more questions'
Henry Mance and John Murray Brown
Financial Times, 17 August 2017

The UK reiterated its commitment to an open border between Northern Ireland and the Republic on Wednesday, as it softened its position on a range of Brexit-related issues. ...

The border is one of the toughest puzzles for Britain to solve in its negotiations with Brussels. UK prime minister Theresa May is trying to reconcile conflicting priorities – asserting Britain's sovereignty while not disturbing the fragile peace settlement in Northern Ireland.

Her government has made a commitment to controlling immigration after Brexit, but ruled out introducing any physical infrastructure, including passports checks and cameras, at the 310-mile Irish land border. ...

This would effectively allow people to cross into the UK illegally – something Open Britain, a think-tank campaigning for a "soft" Brexit, says "fundamentally undermin[es] the argument that leaving the EU would involve taking back control of immigration".

But the position paper says immigration could be regulated by "controlling access to the labour market and social security" and that the "no-checks" proposal should be seen in the context of "wider plans for the future immigration system in the autumn".
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Spanish coastguard rescues 600 migrants in 24 hours, amid surge in arrivals via Morocco
Hannah Strange
Daily Telegraph, 17 August 2017

Some 600 migrants attempting to cross from Morocco to Spain have been rescued in just 24 hours, amid a surge in arrivals on what has become the fastest growing sea route to Europe.

The Spanish coastguard said that 593 people had been pulled from 15 rafts on Wednesday, 424 of them in the Gibraltar Strait and 169 near Alborán, an island outpost midway between Spain and Morocco.

A further two rafts - one of them containing six children - were picked up in the Gibraltar Strait in the early hours of Thursday morning. ...

Since the start of 2017, more than 8,000 migrants have used the so-called Western Mediterranean Route from Morocco into Spain, compared to 2,500 during the same period last year.
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Spain lacks capacity to handle migration surge, says UN refugee agency
Sam Jones and Jennifer Rankin
The Guardian, 17 August 2017

Spain lacks the resources and capacity to protect the rising number of refugees and migrants reaching it by sea, the UN refugee agency has said.

The warning from UNHCR comes as the Spanish coastguard said it rescued 593 people in a day from 15 small paddle boats, including 35 children and a baby, after they attempted to cross the seven-mile Strait of Gibraltar. ...

About 9,300 migrants have arrived in Spain by sea so far this year, while a further 3,500 have made it to two Spanish enclaves in north Africa, Ceuta and Melilla, the EU's only land borders with Africa.

María Jesús Vega, a spokeswoman for UNHCR Spain, said police were badly under-resourced and there was a lack of interpreters and a shortage of accommodation for the new arrivals. ...

UNHCR figures show that most of those arriving in Spain by sea set out from Morocco, although some also embark from Algeria. The majority of the migrants are from Cameroon, Guinea and the Gambia.
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Cambridgeshire residents blame immigrants for housing crisis, reveals survey
Olivia Bell
Cambridge News, 17 August 2017

Residents of both Cambridge and the Fens nearby blame housing shortages on immigration, a new report reveals.

But it's a case of town versus country, as the city-dwellers were also found to have a far more positive attitude in general to immigration than their rural neighbours.

Housing shortages caused by immigration were raised as a key issue by research groups in two very different parts of Cambridgeshire – Cambridge and March – according to a report released today from the National Conversation on Immigration, the biggest-ever public consultation on the issue. ...

In March, poorly regulated private rental accommodation is a major issue, with the large number of rental properties under multiple occupancy, mainly to migrant workers, affecting the desirability of neighbourhoods.

"You've got one house or a flat, but with ten times the rubbish outside and six times the number of cars," said one stakeholder panel member in March.
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Douglas Murray attacks 'hypocrites' Lily Allen and Nicola Sturgeon over migrant crisis
Luke Dolan
TalkRadio, 17 August 2017

Controversial author Douglas Murray has blasted "hypocrites" such as Lily Allen and Nicola Sturgeon in an extraordinary interview with Julia Hartley-Brewer.

With new figures from the United Nations suggesting the migrant crisis has reached a new pitch, Murray, author of The Strange Death of Europe, also says we need to get a grip on the situation and stop letting migrants into our continent until we know who they are. ...

Murray said that, while most ordinary people in Britain and elsewhere in Europe are sick of the situation, high-profile people in politics and the media are exploiting the situation for their own personal profile.

"This has provided a magnificent opportunity for pseuds and hypocrites and grandstanders to have their moment," he told Julia.

"The SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said she would even take in some migrants. That was two years ago and she doesn't seem to have her family of migrants.

"Labour MPs - Yvette Cooper said she'd take in a family of migrants. Endless people... none of them have got them. Lily Allen has still not got her group of young men from sub-Saharan Africa living in their spare room.

"These people are grandstanding on a massive scale about a continent-wade catastrophe and they should feel enormous shame if they could.

"We have to look at the whole problem in its totality. The point is 'can we take in all of the world who wants to come to our continent. If you ask a grandstander like Lily Allen or Nicola Sturgeon or Yvette Cooper, they will not, when put on the spot, say 'keep anyone out.' They can't.

"In reality, if we followed the advice of these people, we'd destroy our entire society. [Unlike the majority of people] the people who have a voice in the media and our politicians who are insane."

Murray also said most of the current influx of migrants are actually sub-Sarahan African men, rather than refugees from war-torn areas like Syria, and "they haven't been rescued. they've been picked up by our own continent's vessels, by organised vessels paid for by taxpayers across our continent, and by NGO vessels.

"They are complicit with the traffickers, they are paying the traffickers, they are involved in an illegal business. they are paying to illegally enter our continent, to break outr own rules.

"We do actually have rules on how you claim asylum and it doesn't involve paying a criminal gang to enter Europe."

"we are lifting people from Africa and bringing them into Europe with no idea of who they are or whether they have any legitimate claim to be in Europe."
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I was treading on eggshells as I described the very specific problem of 'some' Muslim men and their attitude to white Western women
Trevor Kavanagh
The Sun, 17 August 2017

Some Sun readers may have missed the concocted explosion of Labour and Islamic hysteria over a column I wrote on Monday about Muslim sex gangs. ...

My offence was to write about the attitude of predatory Muslim men towards white women – what I called "the Muslim Problem".

I was instantly denounced for fomenting a Nazi-style "Final Solution" comparable only with the Jewish Holocaust. It was a ludicrous, offensive and perverse distortion of the truth.

A letter calling for my dismissal signed by 105 cross-party MPs was led by Labour's Naz Shah, the Bradford MP suspended last year for anti-Semitism. ...

So, as ever when writing about Islam this week, I was treading on eggshells as I described the very specific problem of "some" Muslim men and their attitude to white Western women.

The article followed the trial and imprisonment of 17 mainly British-born men from the Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Indian, Iraqi, Iranian and Turkish communities who groomed, raped and abused scores of vulnerable young, mainly white, girls over many years.

They were among many gangs operating in Britain but police and local authorities turned a deliberate blind eye. It was left to the courage and tenacity of Times reporter Andrew Norfolk to bring them to book.

I cited Rotherham Labour MP Sarah Champion who bravely broke ranks and identified the problem everyone else on the Left had shied away from. ...

Presumably got at by Corbynistas, she has subsequently sought to distance herself from her own article and has now resigned for her "poor choice of words".

On Monday, I paid tribute to Sarah's courage, saying: "Thanks to ex-Equalities chief Trevor Phillips and Labour MPs like Rotherham's Sarah Champion, it is acceptable to say Muslims are a specific rather than cultural problem." ...

The abuse of women by Muslims, says Trevor Phillips, is "on an industrial scale".

"What the perpetrators have in common is their proclaimed faith. They are Muslims, and many of them would claim to be practising. It is not Islamophobic to point this out."

My mistake, apparently, was to describe this as "the Muslim Problem". ...

This fake outrage is more than simply a personal attack on me or upon the Sun newspaper. It is a pernicious attempt to stifle and smother free speech.

The letter from the MPs fails to pinpoint a single mistake or error of fact in my article. It even concedes there are no grounds at all for referring this to Ipso for adjudication. It infringes none of the Editors' Rules of Conduct.

The letter is nothing less than an attempt to gag not just me but anyone else who dares to venture an opinion which contradicts their narrow point of view.
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Champion's ousting shows Labour has learned nothing from gang rape scandals
Paul T Horgan
Conservative Woman, 17 August 2017

Why did Sarah Champion quit her shadow frontbench post? She says it was because of her 'poor choice of words' in an article she wrote for The Sun on the organised rape gangs in her constituency and elsewhere. What words did she use that were such a 'poor choice'?

'Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls.'

"For too long we have ignored the race of these abusers and, worse, tried to cover it up. No more. These people are predators and the common denominator is their ethnic heritage."

"The irony of all of this is that, by not dealing with the ethnicity of the abusers as a fact, political correctness has actually made the situation about race."

"It was shocking. Mainly white pubescent girls were being sexually groomed and exploited by gangs of mainly British Pakistani men."

... This Labour MP and, at the time, shadow minister, was trying to hold the Government to account in a public forum for the noble purpose of protecting the daughters of her constituents from gang rape. ...

But is what she wrote such a poor choice of words? Not quite. It is actually a tame version of official reports:

Here is what the Jay Report said on the topic. The report was commissioned by the Labour-controlled council in Rotherham.

'In Rotherham, the majority of known perpetrators were of Pakistani heritage including the five men convicted in 2010."

'Agencies should acknowledge the suspected model of localised grooming of young white girls by men of Pakistani heritage, instead of being inhibited by the fear of affecting community relations.'

'By far the majority of perpetrators were described as 'Asian' by victims, yet throughout the entire period, councillors did not engage directly with the Pakistani-heritage community to discuss how best they could jointly address the issue. [...] Several staff described their nervousness about identifying the ethnic origins of perpetrators for fear of being thought racist; others remembered clear direction from their managers not to do so."

And here is what the Casey Report, commissioned by the Government, had to say:

Terrible things happened in Rotherham and on a significant scale. Children were sexually exploited by men who came largely from the Pakistani Heritage Community. Not enough was done to acknowledge this, to stop it happening, to protect children, to support victims and to apprehend perpetrators.'

'I found a Council in denial.

Sarah Champion said no more than what is already in the public domain in official reports that are uncontested by any MP or mainstream party in any public communication. For this she has quit her shadow post, or, more likely, has had to quit.

It seems Labour has not learned anything about these gang rape scandals and is still trying to shut down debate on the issue. After all that has gone on, Labour is still turning a blind eye to child sex exploitation on Labour's watch, in Labour's heartlands.
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The 'community leaders' doing nothing to solve the grooming scandal
Douglas Murray
Spectator blog, 17 August 2017

On Monday, after the prosecution of another group of rapists in Newcastle, the Sun published a column by Trevor Kavanagh. It followed a column on a similar theme by Labour MP Sarah Champion. Kavanagh's column dared to mention that the grooming gang in Newcastle (see also Rotherham, Rochdale, Oxfordshire etc) did not consist of 'Asian' men but specifically men of Muslim origin. He was right. Most newspapers don't like to mention this, ...

If this is undeniably perilous territory to write in, it is also ground-hog day. After the prosecutions in Newcastle last week, the BBC's Newsnight ran a lamentable discussion with four young Muslims chaired by Evan Davis; the panel decided within minutes that the case had nothing to do with religion.

Perhaps readers will forgive me if I sigh about all this. I just checked the first Newsnight discussion I did on this issue and somewhere on the internet found my younger self discussing whether we could talk about Muslim grooming gangs, the whole question of political correctness and the shutting down of debate. That was a decade ago.

Demonstrating that nothing is getting better in this regard, there has been the usual predictable, organised, backlash against Kavanagh and Champion for telling the truth. It has been led by the Muslim Council of Britain and Labour MP Naz Shah (who readers will remember faced her own anti-Semitism scandal last year). Yesterday, Champion was forced to quit her place in Labour's shadow cabinet. ...

It is all part of a much bigger pattern. /.../ You have to stand back to recognise the full consequence of such societal sickness. Imagine if Shah, Corbyn and their eggers-on among the Twittering classes were able to summon up even a quarter of the rage they reserved for Kavanagh and Champion, and saved it instead for the rapists who brand their initials on girls they regard as 'chattel'.

... In his piece, Trevor Kavanagh ended with a reference to Britain's 'Muslim problem'. Now that is not a phrase I would use myself, and I imagine that in retrospect Kavanagh wouldn't feel that happy about the shorthand. But so what? It's a free country and people are allowed to avail themselves of their opinions in a robust fashion. Or they used to be, before a self-appointed group of self-appointed leaders took it upon themselves to police the language for us. ...

And it's not just that they do so little to solve any problem. As their ongoing efforts to silence anyone speaking about grooming gangs proves, there is no problem – even child rape – that community leadership groups cannot in fact make worse.
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One in five unemployed people in the UK are migrants, official figures reveal for the first time
Steven Swinford
Daily Telegraph, 16 August 2017

One in five unemployed people in the UK are migrants, official figures have revealed for the first time.

The figures show that 317,000 migrants are unemployed, including 98,000 who were born in the EU and 219,000 born outside the EU.

The proportion of EU migrants who are unemployed is 4 per cent, while the proportion of migrants from outside the EU who are unemployed is 6.2 per cent. The overall unemployment rate of migrants is 5.3 per cent.

The number of Romanians and Bulgarians working in the UK has risen by a third over the past year to a record 362,000 in the wake of the vote to leave the European Union. ...

The figures show that arrival of Romanian and Bulgarian workers pushed up the overall level of EU migrants from 2.33 million to 2.37 million.

However the number of migrants coming the 14 earlier members of the EU including France, Italy, Spain and Portugal, has fallen slightly from 995,000 between April and June of last year to 972,000.

The number from the eastern European nations which joined the EU in 2014, including Poland, has also fallen from 995,000 to 972,000.
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Here's Why Europe Really Needs More Immigrants
Kenneth Rapoza
Forbes, 16 August 2017

If Western Europe wants to keep its social benefits, the countries of the E.U. are going to need more workers. No place in the world has an older population that's not into baby making than Europe. No wonder policy planners are doing what they can to encourage immigration.

Even Eastern Europe is getting old, and surely older than the U.S., which has a median age of around 37. The U.K.'s median age is approaching a mid-life crisis, currently at 40.5. With fertility rates expected to hit zero in Europe in the next decade, the only way the European Union can keep fight elderly poverty and maintain its expensive entitlement programs is to increase immigration. Another option is to provide incentives to convince 20 and 30-something-year-olds to have more than one baby. ...

This puts Europe in a pickle. The idea of opening its borders to eastern Europe was a way to expand European capital and labor markets. They increased the labor pool, driving down wages in working class manufacturing towns to come on par with that of Poland and the Czech Republic. They also got an educated workforce who had a long history of European customs. The one thing they did not get from the old Warsaw Pact nations was youth.

Poland's median age is 40.3. Czech Republic is 41.7. New euro zone member Lithuania in the Baltics is even older: 43.4, according to the CIA World Factbook. ...

Today's migrants into Europe are coming from countries where Europeans spent most of the last two generations... destroying. /.../ The median age in Iraq is 19. In Libya, 24. The average European country is importing their future children.
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Hard-Left 'Trying To Brand Labour Centrists As Racist Sympathisers'
Kate Forrester
The Huffington Post, 16 August 2017

The hard-left is on a new mission to paint UK centrists as terrorist sympathisers in the wake of the Charlottesville violence, according to a senior Labour campaigner.

Blogging for HuffPost UK, Richard Angell, director of Progress - a group on the New Labour wing of the Labour Party - said "a concerted effort" is underway to discredit the centre ground of British politics.

He was responding to claims by writer Laurie Penny that those responsible for unrest in the USA, which left three people dead, are the same people who "centrists" say have legitimate concerns around immigration.

"Penny is wrong to argue that those of us she calls centrists, who know there are legitimate concerns about immigration and think if you sort them out it is the best way to help cohesion and reduce racism, are the what gives an open door to the populist- and racist-right," Angell said.

"Pressures on public services, wage pressures and the impacts of changing communities can all be managed, supported and put right through politics. If we play into some right-wing argument that we are too 'politically correct' to talk about immigration, it is that what leaves the space open for the far right." ...

Angell, who was caught up in the recent London Bridge terror attack, said by ignoring the impact of change in society, left-leaning movements risk shutting down debate. ...

"When there is a real right-wing to attack in politics these days, let us not use the label on our own side. Bunching together the centre-ground and 'the right' to discredit politics that is in touch with the public is precisely the sort of strategy that will have the real right-wingers rubbing their hands with glee - from their offices in government."
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Study: 70 Per Cent of Germans Would Send Mediterranean Migrants Back
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 16 August 2017

A new study has revealed that the vast majority of Germans do not see the migrants coming across the Mediterranean as legitimate refugees and want to see them deported back to North Africa.

The study, conducted by research institute Civey shows that 69.8 per cent of Germans do not regard the migrants rescued and transported by NGOs in the Mediterranean as legitimate refugees despite claims from the NGOs themselves. ...

Along political lines, a majority of members of all parties support the deportation of Mediterranean migrants except for the left-wing Green party with only 34.7 per cent approving of the idea and 48.8 per cent rejecting the idea.
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Corbyn's immigration tightrope
Chaminda Jayanetti, 15 August 2017

Labour's chasm over free movement of people is so vast it is a wonder that either side can even see the other. Just take the following two quotes:

"For years, the elite ignored public disquiet over immigration. It was sidelined because of the net benefit to the economy from EU immigration. Well, the public told the elite where they could stick their 'net benefit'."

"A system of free movement is the best way to protect and advance the interests of all workers, by giving everyone the right to work legally, join a union and stand up to their boss without fear of deportation or destitution."

The first, from former shadow cabinet minister Caroline Flint, was part of a speech last month ...

The second is from an open letter /.../ signed by Labour MPs Clive Lewis, David Lammy and Geraint Davies.

Trying to find a position that unifies these two camps - each representing different worldview, different economic analyses, and different geographies - is now Corbyn's job, whether he wants it or not.

Labour's 'constructive amibiguity' - or rather, dishonestly facing both ways - during the general election temporarily neutered the Brexit issue, but Corbyn's recent incautiously worded attack on employers exploiting migrant workers has brought an end to the phony peace. ...

But the launch early this month of the Labour Campaign for Free Movement is hard to separate from the Labour leader's very different appearance on the Andrew Marr Show in July, where he attacked the exploitation of EU migrants to "destroy conditions" for British workers. High profile supporters reacted with alarm.

It's not that Corbyn's core supporters are enthusiastic Remainers - many regard the EU as a neoliberal project, and most despised its actions during the Eurozone crisis - but the issue they hold dearest is migrant rights. Not just EU migrants, but all migrants - it is common in these circles to regard national borders as a racist concept. Their preferred migration policy would be unfettered global free movement. But EU free movement is a decent place to start. ...

But in her speech last month, Caroline Flint said the "emotional drive for control" in the EU referendum "was almost totally immigration". How can the Labour leadership square off support for free movement with Flint and other like-minded Northern and Midlands Labour MPs and - critically - branches?
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Merkel acknowledges Europe's disastrous migrant policy: '2015 must not be repeated'
Rebecca Flood
Daily Express, 15 August 2017

Angela Merkel has rejected the idea of linking European Union funds to receiving migrants - a policy championed by her rival Martin Schulz. ...

The measure was put forward by her challenger Mr Schulz, former president of the European Parliament, as he also eyes the top job. ...

But the idea was slapped down by Angela Merkel, who rejected EU nations being able to buy themselves out of their obligations.

She said: "That's not how it is.

"This is not the European solidarity that I am imagining." ...

Italy's foreign minister, Angelino Alfano, praised Mrs Merkel's 'open door' policy - widely thought to have been a catalyst for many making the perilous trip to Europe - but said the south European country was at breaking point.
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Rochdale child abuse cop says PC posturing protected sophisticated network of Asian abuse
James Fielding
Daily Express, 14 August 2017

The former detective who helped expose the Rochdale child abuse scandal has accused the Government of doing "too little, too late" and of allowing Asian grooming gangs to "evolve" over the past 15 years.

Maggie Oliver said a sophisticated network of abusers from predominantly Pakistani and Bangladeshi backgrounds had grown unchallenged because the authorities feared being labelled racist.

Her comments follow the conviction last week of an 18-strong gang in Newcastle upon Tyne who sexually abused girls as young as 13. ...

Home Secretary Amber Rudd waded into the row and said that "political and cultural sensitivities" should not deter work aimed at uncovering child abuse.

However, former detective constable Ms Oliver said the Home Office had been aware of the issue since 2004 during a probe into grooming gangs in Manchester.

The former Greater Manchester Police officer said the Home Office was in contact almost daily during Operation Span, the investigation into Rochdale six years later, and was fearful of the racial connotations.

She said: "Amber Rudd's words are too little too late. She is jumping on the bandwagon and playing to public outrage at what has been allowed to evolve over 15 years."
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Court finds defrauding Islamic State is a crime in Germany
Reuters, 14 August 2017

A German court has found a Syrian refugee guilty of attempting to defraud Islamic State, a court spokeswoman said on Monday, granting legal protection to a group viewed as terrorists by the European Union.

A judge in the district court in the southwestern city of Saarbruecken sentenced the 39-year old hairdresser from Damascus to two years in prison for trying to get Islamic State operatives to transfer him up to 180,000 euros (163,674 pounds).

The judge ruled that the man used the false pretence that he would carry out attacks in Germany for Islamic State using explosives. The money was never transferred to the man.

The court rejected the prosecution's argument that the man was guilty of the more serious crime of planning to carry out attacks on behalf of the militant organisation.

Both parties have appealed the ruling to the Federal Supreme Court, the court spokeswoman said. The Syrian refugee was named only as Hasan A. due to German privacy laws.
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Stemming economic migration
Times of Malta, 13 August 2017

For the last three years, Italy has borne the brunt of the migration crisis as the central Mediterranean route into Europe has become the chief entry path into the EU. ...

Helpfully, Libya's Prime Minister, who is the head of the UN-backed unity government, has asked Italy to send its navy to help the Libyan coastguard pick up migrants within Libya's 12-mile territorial waters and take them back to shore. ...

Before Italy's recent agreement with Libya, the majority of migrants would sail from Libyan ports into international waters to be rescued by charity boats or the Italian coastguard. Critics have accused the rescue NGOs of operating a "taxi service" for migrants.

The people-traffickers' ploy had been to deliver migrants not to Italy, but just outside the boundary of Libya's territorial waters so they could be rescued by NGO charity boats beyond. Though there can be absolutely no doubt that the charities were – and are – motivated by noble intentions, they were in effect inadvertently aiding the traffickers. ...

As Bill Gates – definitely not a hard-liner on migration – has said: "Europe must make it more difficult for Africans to reach the continent [of Europe] via the current transit routes." The top three countries of origin of those arriving in Italy in the first quarter of this year were Nigeria, Bangladesh and Guinea.
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More NGOs follow MSF in suspending Mediterranean migrant rescues
Reuters, 13 August 2017

Two more aid groups have suspended migrant rescues in the Mediterranean, joining Doctors Without Borders, because they felt threatened by the Libyan coastguard.

Save the Children and Germany's Sea Eye said on Sunday their crews could no longer work safely because of the hostile stance of the Libyan authorities. Doctors Without Borders - or Medecins sans Frontieres - cited the same concern when it said on Saturday it would halt Mediterranean operations. ...

Libyan coastguard boats have repeatedly clashed with NGO vessels on the edge of Libyan waters, sometimes opening fire. ...

"In general, we do not reject (NGO) presence, but we demand from them more cooperation with the state of Libya ... they should show more respect to the Libyan sovereignty," coastguard spokesman Ayoub Qassem told Reuters on Sunday.

Tension has also been growing for weeks between aid groups and the Italian government, which has suggested some NGOs are facilitating people smuggling, while Italy is trying to enhance the role of the Libyan coastguard in blocking migrant departures. ...

Immigration is dominating Italy's political agenda before elections early next year, with public opinion increasingly hostile to migrants. Almost 600,000 migrants have arrived in Italy over the past four years.
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Merkel to UN: 'European Union Can Take 40,000 More Migrants'
Victoria Friedman
Breitbart, 13 August 2017

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has backed UN plans to send more Middle Eastern and African migrants to the European Union, saying the bloc could "cope with" 40,000 more asylum seekers.

Echoing her "wir schaffen das" ["we can do this"] mantra from the beginning of the migrant crisis, where the German premier suspended the Dublin Convention and invited an unlimited number of migrants to northern Europe, she told UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi that Germany was "ready to take its share". ...

The UN high commissioner disclosed the plans in Berlin on Friday which would see the expansion of a two-year scheme for resettling 22,000 Syrian asylum seekers (currently in Lebanon, Turkey, and Jordan) nearly double to 40,000 relocated annually from 2018.

The plans would also expand the countries from which asylum seekers would be accepted.
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Even Remainers now back a 'hard' Brexit: Most Brits want to regain full control of our borders and to become free of meddling EU judges, survey reveals
Claire Ellicott and Kate Ferguson
Daily Mail, 12 August 2017

Most Remain voters now back a Brexit that gives Britain a clean break from the EU and control back of our borders, a major study has found. ...

The survey of 3,293 people by the London School of Economics (LSE) and Oxford University found that when questioned in detail about their views, many favoured the elements of a so-called 'hard Brexit'. ...

The issue of EU citizens' rights after Brexit was found to be the most divisive in the poll, with Remain voters strongly supporting those already in the UK staying indefinitely - something Leavers strongly oppose.

On immigration, neither group supports continuing free movement, although Remain voters feel less strongly about the issue than Leavers.

The most popular scenarios for both voters give the UK full control over its borders, with Remainers supporting immigration but Leavers favouring few to no arrivals.
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Jihadists are trying to destroy French soldiers' nerves via string of attacks, expert says
Romina McGuinness
Daily Express, 12 August 2017

A security expert said France-based jihadists had launched a war of attrition against the country's security forces in an attempt to fray soldiers' nerves and wear down the armed forces.

Thibault de Montbrial, the former head of France's Centre for Analysis, Planning and Strategy (CAPS), told the French daily Le Figaro, said: "All terrorist attacks that have taken place since January have been against soldiers or police officers.

"It's not a coincidence. Jihadists are simply trying to wear down security forces via a string of small-scale, random attacks that are almost impossible to prevent."

"Terror tactics have become more rudimentary and an attack could occur anywhere and at anytime, meaning that police and intelligence and security services are "always on the alert," Mr de Montbrial added. ...

The Islamist terrorist threat to the West, Mr de Montbrial continued, will endure for years to come.

"The terror threat is here to stay. French ISIS fighters will return home from Syria or Iraq, and one battle-hardened jihadist alone can radicalise dozens of people," he warned, adding that France was "teeming with radicalised Muslims" and should therefore brace itself for another Paris-style attack.
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Study abroad: Why Indians prefer to go overseas to pursue UG courses
Indian Express, 12 August 2017

Studying abroad is a common dream among many Indian students such that the number of students applying for universities in other countries has been on the rise with every passing year. This hype can be observed with reports like the 2016 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange which has pointed out that international students at US colleges have surpasses one million in the academic year of 2015-16.

... Meanwhile the Indian Students Mobility report, 2016 noted that about 85 per cent of Indian students looking for colleges abroad tend to head towards USA, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. ...

The second reason why students want to go abroad is because they think that their future is outside India. They believe that by pursuing an undergraduate degree in a foreign country they can get a job there and eventually land the country's citizenship. Settling down in USA, UK, Australia and some other such countries is attractive to many.
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Racist rapists handed lower sentences because their victims were WHITE
Zoie O'Brien
Daily Express, 12 August 2017

Asian rape gangs who target white teenagers are not handed longer jail sentences because of political correctness and fear among the judiciary, the Government's senior legal advisor has said.

Young, white girls have been brutally raped and sexually abused by extensive gangs of Asian men in towns and cities across Britain - yet when it comes to sentencing - the race aspect has been largely ignored, he claimed.

Now legal experts are calling for British judges to properly defend the girls who are targeted because of their skin colour. ...

Robert Buckland Solicitor General has said racism should always be considered in the type of organised sex attacks which have blighted Britain.

Mr Buckland said sex attacks based on race "cuts all ways" and that the race of those involved should be "front and centre" when it is clear a certain race has been actively targeted - whatever that race may be. ...

Mr Buckland blamed the PC brigade for putting political correctness and fear of being labelled racist over the rights for sex victims.

He said there was "institutional reticence" when it comes to Asian men abusing white girls.
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UK could face Islamist threat for decades, former MI5 chief warns
BBC, 11 August 2017

The UK may continue to face the threat of Islamist terrorism for another "20 to 30 years", the former head of MI5 has said.

Lord Evans told BBC Radio 4's Today programme the issue was a "generational problem" and that the UK needed to "persevere" with efforts to defeat it. ...

Lord Evans stepped down as the director general of the security service MI5 in 2013 at a time when it seemed that the terrorism threat from al-Qaeda might be subsiding.

But now, with the rise of the so-called Islamic State militant group, he said the threat was unlikely to end soon. ...

"Since 2013 there have been 19 attempted attacks that have been disrupted and even since the attack at Westminster we are told there have been six disruptions, so this is a permanent state of preparedness."

He added: "We're at least 20 years into this. My guess is that we will still be dealing with the long tail in over 20 years' time. ...

Speaking on Radio 4's Today, the head of national counter-terrorism policing called the current Islamist threat a "cultish movement" compared to al-Qaeda and the IRA who were "a very tight network of wicked individuals".

Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said: "You've got that range of people who have picked up that ideology and come up with their own plan based on the encouragement of the propaganda all the way through to the more organised directed attacks." ...

He added the change in tempo of the threat was "quite dramatic" considering in four years 13 terror plots were foiled compared to six in the last few months.
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'Racist' Asian sex gangs: MPs demand tougher sentences for grooming young white girls
Martin Evans and Steven Swinford
Daily Telegraph, 11 August 2017

Britain's courts should treat Asian Muslim grooming gangs behind the abuse of hundreds of white teenage girls as racially aggravated criminals, leading MPs and campaigners have demanded.

The demand was issued as senior politicians and prosecutors admitted that political correctness may have stopped the gangs being properly pursued and punished after another ring of Asian mainly Muslim sex offenders was convicted in Newcastle.

The Attorney General was facing calls to review the sentences of several members of the 18-strong Newcastle gang after it emerged the apparently racially-aggravated nature of their crimes was not reflected in their punishment.

The men, mostly of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin were convicted of plying vulnerable and underage white girls with drink and drugs before sexually abusing and raping them. ...

Under sentencing guidelines, crimes that include race or religion are considered more serious and the court has a duty to take it into account when sentencing.

But nowhere in the judge's sentencing remarks has the race of the victims been raised as an aggravating factor. ...

Lord MacDonald, the former director of public prosecutions, said it was clear these were "profoundly racist crimes" and said the issue needed to be confronted head on. ...

In another twist it emerged that some of the victims of Asian grooming gangs have been arrested for using racist language against their abusers. Det Constable Maggie Oliver, who helped expose the Rochdale grooming scandal, told BBC's Radio 4's PM programme: "I can give you numerous examples of victims abused as children who have been charged with racially aggravated public order offences for shouting names that have a racial element to their abusers. Why is there no parity?"
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On abuse it's time to call a spade a spade
Trevor Phillips
Daily Telegraph, 11 August 2017

It's official. The BBC has finally given itself permission to acknowledge – in passing – that the spate of gang-related child abuse scandals scarring English towns and cities is being carried out predominantly by men of "Asian" origin. Even so, the most important aspect of the story was deemed to be the fact that Northumbria Police had paid an informer, himself a convicted abuser, to help crack the case. No doubt desperate to avoid being accused of stigmatising a community, the BBC did its best to turn this utterly routine practice into a matter of controversy.

But even its own journalists were embarrassed by the ploy. Mark Easton, the Corporation's redoubtable home affairs editor, broke the long taboo on the Ten O'Clock News, speaking passionately of the dozens of cases in which gangs of "predominantly Asian men [are] sexually exploiting predominantly young white women and girls". Labour, hitherto lamentably limp on the issue in deference to its dependence on minority voters, spoke up, too. Sarah Champion, MP for Rotherham, abandoned the weaselly standby that "abusers come from all communities" to call this crime what it is: an organised assault on white children by people from a specific minority group. ...

And the scale of their crimes is industrial. In Rotherham over 1,400 children were gang-raped, forced to watch sexual assault on other children, drugged and trafficked. /.../ Dame Louise Casey's unflinching report last year laid the horror bare; and spoke of the political corruption that allowed it to go unchecked. To Ms Champion's credit, she dismissed criticism from what she called "the floppy Left", saying that the authorities had consistently ignored these crimes because "people are more afraid to be called racist than they are afraid to be wrong about calling out child abuse". ...

But as the impressive Chief Constable of Northumbria, Steve Ashman, told the media, these crimes will never be prevented unless and until we can speak openly about what is taking place. Unfortunately, we still have some way to go. For example, while most of the perpetrators are indeed Asian they are not all Pakistani; and Mr Ashman said yesterday that his force had arrested Iraqis, Afghans, Turks and people from other nationalities. ...

What the perpetrators have in common is their proclaimed faith. They are Muslims, and many of them would claim to be practising. ...

If we are going to call a spade a spade, then we should do so without embarrassment. But our elites have replaced their old fear of being called racist with a new bogey. It comes to something then the BBC prefers to risk being condemned for racism than expose itself to the charge of Islamophobia.
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Cultural terrorism is as dangerous as bombs and bullets
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 11 August 2017

George Orwell wrote in 1941 that "the gentleness of English civilisation is its most marked characteristic". How poignant those words now sound today as our society is plagued by alien barbarism and cruel exploitation.

The apostles of political correctness talk of the joys of diversity but mass immigration has led to the wholesale import of primitive, misogynistic, often brutal values that are utterly inimical to those of traditional, well-ordered Britain.

The widespread incidence of abuse inflicted on vulnerable white girls by predatory Asian, overwhelmingly Muslim, sex gangs is a prime illustration of this social breakdown. ...

A 13-year-old described how she was drugged then driven to a flat, where she was repeatedly gang-raped under a Kurdish flag. There could be no greater symbol of the moral degradation that multiculturalism has inflicted on modern Britain.

In recent decades we have been forced to live in the shadow of violent Islamic extremism. But the rapacious Muslim sex gangs demonstrate that we should be equally concerned about cultural terrorism. Fear, intimidation and savagery come not just from the threat of bombs and knives. They also come from brutish practices that should have no place in Britain. ...

In an act of wilful folly our politicians decided to turn many of our urban neighbourhoods into outposts of the Middle East, Africa and Asia, with all their attendant sexual violence and intimidation. Nor is the cultural terrorism confined to the predatory gangs. It can also be found in the growing catalogue of acid attacks, the institutionalised acceptance of Sharia courts, the spread of misogynistic dress codes such as the burka and the prevalence of female genital mutilation, all developments that would have been completely unthinkable in Britain before the era of mass immigration.

Other disturbing features of this moral decline are reflected in human trafficking, organised welfare abuses, ballot box fraud, exploitative labour on poverty pay, overcrowded housing and the erosion of free speech in the face of Islamist grievance. ...

The authorities like the police, town halls and social services, who should have been upholding decent values, instead allowed cultural terrorism to flourish in our midst because of craven anxieties about accusations of Islamophobia and racism.

Too many officials, keen to uphold the flawed creed of multiculturalism, swallowed the fashionable propaganda that ethnic minorities are always the victims and white people always the oppressors. So they ended up colluding with pitiless racist, misogynistic criminals to deny justice to abused, under-age girls.

Despite the welcome verdicts this week in Newcastle it will take far more than one case to save our civilisation after years of this cowardly institutionalised paralysis.
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The reality of Europe's migrant crisis
Douglas Murray
Spectator blog, 11 August 2017

So here's an interesting thing. Footage so striking that even the BBC has run with it. This is the film of a migrant boat landing on a beach in the south of Spain. In recent years for a whole variety of reasons, Spain has avoided the worst of the migrant crisis. Perhaps that's why these images have broken through where the daily images from Italy this summer have not.

Anyway, it's hard to think of a more vivid encapsulation of the ongoing suicide of our continent than this one. ...

... These young men from a range of sub-Saharan African countries have come to Europe for a hundred different reasons and they will stay in Europe. Most will try to move northwards. And along the way the only employment most of them will find will be working with illegal gangs made up of people from their countries of origin.
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Spain could top Greece for 2017 migrant sea arrivals, as video emerges of beach being 'stormed'
Hannah Strange and Nick Squires
Daily Telegraph, 11 August 2017

Spain could surpass Greece this year as a gateway for migrants entering Europe by sea, international monitors warned on Thursday, as the number of arrivals swells to treble that of 2016.

Amid a crackdown on migration through Libya, more than 8,000 people have turned to the so-called Western Mediterranean Route from Morocco into Spain this year, compared to 2,500 during the same period in 2016.

On Wednesday, sunbathers on a beach near Cadiz were shocked to see a black rubber dinghy loaded with migrants landing on the shore, its occupants quickly leaping from the vessel and running away.

Jose Maraver, head of the Maritime Rescue centre in nearby Tarifa, told the Telegraph that a second boat had landed on another beach in the area on Thursday while two vessels had to be rescued. This was now a regular occurrence along that stretch of coast, he said. ...

Penny Lawrence, deputy chief executive of Oxfam GB, said that safe routes to Europe must be provided. "Outsourcing the policing of our borders to Libya isn't the solution," she added.
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Dutch port cities increasingly struggle with Albanian stowaways: report
Janene Pieters
NL Times, 11 August 2017

Dutch harbors with ferries to England are increasingly faced with Albanians trying to secretly cross to the United Kingdom, according to the Volkskrant. Over the past few months, hundreds of Albanian stowaways were caught in IJmuiden, Hoek van Holland, Europoort and Vlissingen. ...

... The stowaways from Albania are trying to reach England because they have a better there to be granted asylum or to find work as an undocumented migrant.
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Germany under 'great illusion' it can deport failed asylum seekers – senior official
RT, 11 August 2017

A "great illusion" prevails in Germany over the deportation of failed asylum applicants, Bavarian premier Horst Seehofer argued, adding it is unrealistic to expel all migrants once they are in the country.

It is much more humane for European countries to protect common borders and decide on the spot whom to allow in than to accept migrants en masse and struggle to deport failed applicants, said Seehofer.

The politician, who also leads the Christian Social Union (CSU), the Bavarian sister party to Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU), told Focus magazine on Friday it was "almost impossible to send back migrants once they are in the country."

"I say this having a nine-year experience as [Bavaria's] prime minister," Seehofer told German magazine Focus. "A great illusion prevails in Germany when it comes to the issue of deportations," the politician said.
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UK: Still Welcoming Jihadis
Douglas Murray
Gatestone Institute, 11 August 2017

The British Prime Minister's June declaration, that when it came to terrorism in the UK, "enough is enough", already looks like little more than rhetoric. ...

At almost precisely this time last year, two clerics from Pakistan toured the UK. Muhammad Naqib ur Rehman and Hassan Haseeb ur Rehman are well-known clerics in their native country. Not the least of the reasons for their fame – or notoriety – is that they took a particularly strong line on the issue of Mumtaz Qadri. /.../ In January 2011, Qadri murdered the man he was employed to look after.

Qadri's action were hugely divisive both in Pakistan and in the global Pakistani diaspora. After a trial that same year, Qadri was found guilty of the murder and sentenced to death – a sentence that was carried out in February 2016.

That event brings us back to the two clerics, Hassan Haseeb ur Rehman and Muhammad Naqib ur Rehman. After Qadri's conviction, on at least one occasion Hassan Haseeb ur Rehman delivered a hysterical speech supporting the murder of Taseer, while his fellow cleric, Muhammad Naqib ur Rehman, looked on approvingly from the platform. The video of this occasion has now been removed from YouTube, where it had previously been hosted. ...

... Nevertheless, on their visit to the UK last summer, the two clerics were allowed to talk at mosques up and down the UK, including in Prime Minister Theresa May's own constituency. By way of explanation, as the imam of the Madina Mosque and Islamic Centre in Oldham, Zahoor Chishti, said of the two clerics, "They have got hundreds of thousands of followers in the UK." ...

On that occasion it was perhaps possible to claim that the UK government were ignorant about whom they were allowing into the UK. ...

What excuse is there in a country which has now seen and suffered the effects of Islamist terror so many times, a country that the Prime Minister has claimed has had "enough" of this terror, for precisely the same two clerics to return to the UK for another tour? /.../ another tour of the UK and Europe – this one lasting up until August 27.

Last year, members of the British government could have claimed to have been ignorant of the views of these two clerics. They could have pretended that they did not know that they were allowing into the UK two men principally known for encouraging the murder of apostates. They could have pretended to have been ignorant of the beliefs of two men who like to whip up crowds to praise murderers. They could have been unaware that such people were going to speak to thousands of UK Muslims. But they cannot be unaware this year. So what are the excuses for letting them in? Are there any?
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Diversity is Becoming a Form of Worship
Jon Miltimore
Intellectual Takeout, 11 August 2017

Diversity is a good thing. We have to say that today, but the truth is I actually believe it. My personal experiences confirm the cliché. ...

I genuinely believe the friendships I made and the perspective I received offered me a richer, fuller picture of the human experience. That said, I believe our culture's obsession with diversity is getting a little out of hand.

From Google's cult-like worship of the Idea to the ridicule heaped on Christopher Nolan's film Dunkirk (too white!) to the purging of intellectuals who do not embrace the dogmas, it seems like our culture is getting a tad carried away.

A recent local example: A Minneapolis writing conference was canceled because of the lack of diversity of the presenters. Via the Star Tribune:

The lineup of speakers for the Loft Literary Center's conference on writing for children and young adults was stellar. /.../

Other than Alexander, who is Cuban-American, every writer who agreed to speak was white. And so, just days after announcing it, the Loft in Minneapolis canceled the Oct. 20-21 conference. ...

... An almost all-white lineup in Minneapolis? Then I read a little further. ...

The venue had invited "more than 10" non-white writers to attend but the writers, for whatever reason, had declined. So the event had to be canceled. ...

The Loft, of course, has the right to do whatever it wishes. But I find our culture's hyper-focus on diversity a little troubling – and, quite frankly, a bit weird. ...

It seems to me that, for many in our culture, diversity is not just a virtue to be sought but a tenet of faith, one that must be observed at all times and cannot be questioned.
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Some communities are not doing enough to tackle Asian grooming gangs, warns Chief Constable
Daily Telegraph, 10 August 2017

There is not enough shame and stigma attached to child sexual exploitation in some communities, a senior police chief has said, as an Asian grooming gang was found guilty of drugging and abusing vulnerable girls in Newcastle upon Tyne.

As the final five members of an 18 strong gang were convicted of a string of appalling abuse against white girls, Chief Constable Steve Ashman, of Northumbria Police, described tackling such exploitation as the "challenge of our generation".

He said until such behaviour was considered socially unacceptable in all communities, the problem would never be completely eradicated.

Newcastle is the latest city in which the activities of an Asian grooming gang has been exposed, following on from Rochdale, Oxford, Rotherham and Derby.

During a series of trials, which can only now be fully reported, it emerged that the gang, which was made up of men from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq and Turkey, abused girls after luring them to parties where they were plied with drink and drugs, ...

The gang operated in the west end of Newcastle, ferrying the same group of at least 22 victims between addresses where they were barricaded in rooms with furniture and subjected to degrading ordeals.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how many of the gang members had "contempt" for white women, illustrated when one of the men launched a tirade against a female ticket inspector on the Tyne and Wear Metro system. ...

Speaking after the final guilty verdicts were delivered, Mr Ashman said: "We have thrown the kitchen sink at this - a team of 50 officers have worked on this inquiry for almost three and a half years and continue to do so.

"There has been no political correctness here. These are criminals and there has been no hesitation in arresting them and targeting them using all the means at our disposal."

But he said while many of the communities across the city had been appalled by the offending and had helped the police, it was clear there was still a problem in getting some to take it seriously.

He said: "The sexual exploitation of vulnerable people is in my opinion the challenge of our generation. It is a huge task that we are faced with."

He went on: "Given the number of men that we have arrested, 461 in total, clearly somewhere along the line something has gone wrong if it has become acceptable to entice, through alcohol, drugs or just through bullying and violence, vulnerable people into sex.

"This behaviour can never be tolerated... It has to become socially unacceptable in every community to behave in this way."
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Migrant crisis triggers heightened risk of slavery in EU supply chains, say analysts
Karen McVeigh
The Guardian, 10 August 2017

The migrant crisis has increased the risk of slavery and forced labour tainting supply chains in three-quarters of EU countries over the past year, researchers have found.

Romania, Italy, Cyprus and Bulgaria – all key entry points into Europe for migrants vulnerable to exploitation – were identified by risk analysts as particularly vulnerable to slavery and forced labour. ...

Countries outside Europe, such as North Korea and South Sudan, were judged to be at the greatest risk of modern slavery, but the researchers said the EU showed the largest increase in risk of any region over the past year. ...

It found that even the EU's largest economies were not immune. The UK, which introduced the Modern Slavery Act in 2016, has experienced a slight negative shift in its scores, moving from low risk to medium.
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'It isn't achievable!' Expert bashes Theresa May over pledge to clamp down on immigration
Ajay Nair
Daily Express, 10 August 2017

A former Home Office speechwriter has hit out at Theresa May over her pledge to slash net migration in the UK to under 100,000 a year, insisting it "isn't achievable".

Alasdair Palmer said the Prime Minister was wrong to keep the Tory pledge and said Britain did not have the "immigration infrastructure" to clamp down on people entering the country.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live's Emma Barnett, he said ultimately it would be up to those from other countries to decide they did not want to live in the UK.

He said: "I think she probably was [wrong], realistically it isn't achievable unless there is some major change in terms of the desire of immigrants from poor countries to come to the northern Europe in order to better their lives, you can't blame them for that.

"But we simply don't have the immigration infrastructure, the capacity really, to prevent people from coming who want to come."

Mr Palmer slammed the Government, which he said "doesn't talk about" illegal immigration and how to reduce it.

He said: "There's also illegal immigration which may be what people are most worried about.

"According to polls, it is what people are most worried about but the Government doesn't talk about it at all.

"But the Home Office certainly knows about it, it produces its own estimate... they felt that it was running between 150,000 and 250,000 every year.

"The Government doesn't talk about it because the Government doesn't know what to do about it."
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Revealed: How Vietnamese gangs are using UK nail bars to traffic women
Paul Gallagher
i News, 10 August 2017

Avon and Somerset police would not reveal any details of the nationalities of those arrested, but Southmead is the same area where, in November 2013, police tracked down a 16 year old Vietnamese girl brutalised and trafficked into sex work. ...

That case was one of many that persuaded the then Home Secretary, Theresa May, to announce plans for a Modern Slavery Bill, which became law on 26 March 2015. ...

However, the Government's subsequent approach to modern slavery has left many people scratching their heads.

Last December, 97 women working in nail salons were arrested for immigration offences. The majority were Vietnamese nationals, but the number also included suspected immigration offenders from Mongolia, Ghana, China, Nigeria, Pakistan and India. ...

In its 2014 report, Trafficking for Forced Criminal Exploitation in Europe, researchers led by Anti-Slavery International showed that Vietnam is the single largest source country for child victims of trafficking, mainly for cannabis cultivation. Profits can be worth millions, and are often laundered through other businesses owned by the criminal organisation, such as nail bars, before being physically moved as cash back to Vietnam. ...

The true scale of MSHT within the UK is unknown. In 2014, the Home Office estimated that there were between 10–13,000 victims of human trafficking in the UK – a range the NCA says remains the most robust quantitative assessment available.
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Mosques taking over churches in France
Michael F. Haverluck
OneNewsNow, 10 August 2017

The mosque invasion of churches in France has been going on for decades, but with the recent election of pro-Islam French President Emmanuel Macron and the attitude of entitlement of new Muslim immigrants, the tide is surging like never before. ...

In fact, Il Folgio Cultural Editor Giuliu Meotti stressed that mosques are going up in record numbers while Christian churches are being bulldozed to the ground on a regular basis. ...

While churches are being leveled, mosques are being built with virtually no restrictions – with many being subsidized by the French government. ...

"Germany and France have the largest Muslim populations among European Union member countries," Pew Research reported. "As of 2010, there were 4.8 million Muslims in Germany (5.8 percent of the country's population) and 4.7 million Muslims in France (7.5 percent). In Europe overall, however, Russia's population of 14 million Muslims (10 percent) is the largest on the continent."

It was also noted that the number of Muslims will swell to become 10.3 percent of France's population by 2030, with Great Britain's increasing to 8.2 percent at that time. ...

The leaps and bounds the Muslim population is making in France over native Europeans was emphasized by the statistic that every week, nearly two new mosques are erected.

"Nearly 2,400 mosques today, compared to 1,500 in 2003, is the most visible sign of the rapid growth of Islam in France – a consequence of a population of immigrant origin and the process of strong re-Islamization," the French magazine Valeurs Actuelles reported in a piece alerting the French about the Islamic "invasion."
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Met police chief says more stop and search may help reduce knife crime
Matthew Weaver
The Guardian, 9 August 2017

The Metropolitan police commissioner has defended the use of stop and search in tackling rising knife crime and spoken of her determination to fight the perception that it is disproportionately used against black and Asian communities.

Speaking to BBC Asian Network, Cressida Dick said many frontline officers believed a decrease in stop and search was a contributory factor behind the recent rise in knife crime.

In answer to a caller from the West Midlands, where there has been a spate of fatal stabbings, Dick said: "We have probably had a 20% increase [in knife crime in London] in the last year and that is not acceptable to me, so I am encouraging my officers to do stop and search as one of many things that will help to bring this number down." ...

Figures show black people are still four times more likely than white people to be stopped. Race relations experts warned Dick that any increase in stop and search would further alienate communities.

But Dick insisted that police were using the tactic fairly, saying: "In London about one in three stop and searches result in something being found. That shows we not just doing random work."

Asked about concerns that people are being searched because of the colour of their skin, Dick said: "We need to fight that perception; we are absolutely not doing that. It has no place in modern policing. Our outcome rate, one in three positive, is the same whether you are black or white, or whoever you are.

"The perception might be that we stop lots of, for example, young black men and we don't find anything. We do. I'm sorry to say we find the same rate among people of colour and the people not of colour that we stop. That is not disproportionate, that shows fairness in terms of our activity."
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Migrants make 30,000 illegal bids to get into the UK from Calais this year despite costly security measures around the port and Channel Tunnel
Mario Ledwith and Peter Allen
Daily Mail, 9 August 2017

Migrants have made 30,000 attempts to reach Britain from Calais this year despite costly security measures.

The French interior ministry logged 17,867 efforts to break into the fortified zone around the port and Channel Tunnel.

Asylum seekers also tried 12,349 times to stow away on UK-bound lorries. ...

A direct comparison with figures from last year is not available. But previous estimates from the French authorities suggested there were between 25,000 and 28,000 attempts to breach border security around Calais from January to August 2016.

All the statistics relate to individual attempts to find a way into Britain and may represent multiple efforts by the same people. It remains unclear how many migrants have sneaked into Britain this year through Calais.
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New alarm as 115,000 more boat migrants reach Europe
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 9 August 2017

Europe is in the grip of a new migrant onslaught with more than 115,000 reaching the mainland by sea this year, figures show.

Some 95,215 new arrivals made it to Italy after crossing the Mediterranean from north Africa, with the remainder pouring in through Greece, Cyprus and Spain.

EU officials claimed the bloc had "redoubled its efforts" to stop the flood but last night German intelligence warned that tens of thousands more migrants could arrive via the Balkans. ...

The UN migration agency yesterday said 115,109 made it to Europe between January 1 and August 2.
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Landing cards are an essential tool for controlling our borders
Stephen Pollard
Daily Express, 9 August 2017

Anyone who arrives in the UK is given a landing card if they're not from the EU. They have to fill out their name, date of birth and address in the UK, as well as how long they plan to stay. ...

So it's sensible and appropriate for the Government to be planning to move to a digital system that would be easily scannable and easily referenced by the authorities. But when it comes to governments and computer software nothing is ever straightforward. ...

This time round the problem isn't useless software: it's that we haven't even got to the stage of having any software up and running. Because although the Government is consulting on a new digital system nothing is ready. Yet it has already announced that it is planning to scrap landing cards and will do so more or less now. ...

The Home Office, which administers landing cards, says it will save just £3.6 million a year. ...

But as Tim Loughton, the former acting chairman of the Home Affairs select committee puts it:

"It defies logic at a time when so much effort is being put into improving border security to remove a longstanding tool like this without a proper replacement and for what is a relatively small saving." Yes we need a new and better system than landing cards but scrapping them until we have that system is simply mad.
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Seeking balance: Ipswich National Conversation on immigration
British Future, 9 August 2017

Most people in Ipswich take a 'balanced' view on immigration, according to the first-ever detailed research on public attitudes in the town on this issue. Majorities in three research groups said that migrants made a contribution to the economy but voiced concerns about numbers and the pace of change in parts of Ipswich, as well as the draw of benefits and pressures on public services.

Ipswich is one of 24 towns and cities across the UK that has so far been part of the National Conversation on Immigration, the biggest-ever public consultation on the issue, which will visit a total of 60 locations by spring next year. People in the area are invited to have their say in an online survey at and national opinion polling will also form part of a final report to the Home Affairs Committee in 2018.

The findings of the National Conversation feed into the Immigration Inquiry run by the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee, providing an opportunity for members of the public to have their say on immigration policy after Brexit in a way that will be heard by decision-makers. Two citizens' panels were held in Ipswich as part of the survey – one male, one female – as well as a stakeholders meeting including representatives from local businesses, universities and civil society organisations. ...

Made possible by funds raised by the public in memory of Jo Cox MP after her tragic murder last year, the National Conversation on Immigration is coordinated by British Future and anti-prejudice campaigners HOPE Not Hate and takes place in a different town each week, in every region and nation of the UK. As well as the citizens' panel, the organisers meet local organisations, councillors and business leaders in each location to hear their views.
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Barnardo's under fire for using photo of a white girl in campaign against female genital mutilation
Paddy Dinham
MailOnline, 9 August 2017

Children's charity Barnado's has come under fire for using a photo of a white girl to publicise a campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM).

An estimated 20,000 girls suffer in the UK a year at the hands of FGM, but a disproportionate amount of these are from African or Middle Eastern families.

The group tweeted: 'FGM is particularly prevalent during school holidays. Here are some signs a girl may be at risk' and linked to an article about the horrifying subject.'

However, the group was forced to backtrack into an apology after it chose to use a picture of a causasian girl to accompany it. ...

Five days after the original tweet, after some of the criticism had begun to attract attention, Barnardo's tweeted an apology, but also warned it is also an issue for white girls.
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House of Commons Library publishes briefing on the migrant population of the UK
Electronic Immigration Network, 8 August 2017

The House of Commons Library last week published a usefully concise and factual look at the migrant population of the UK over the last decade. ...

In the 24-page briefing paper, the House of Commons Library examines the trends in the EU and non-EU migrant populations living in the UK since 2007, and it provides an overview of the characteristics of migrants living in the UK, including ethnicity, religion, age structure and employment. ...

The briefing paper distinguishes between the 'foreign born' and 'foreign national' population, though the House of Commons Library notes that both definitions have limitations as measures of the migrant population.

Some of the key points from the briefing are:

• The number of foreign born people living in the UK increased from around 6.3 million in Q1 2007 to 9.3 million in Q4 2016. The proportion of the population born abroad grew from 10.4% to 14.3%.

• The number of foreign nationals increased from 3.8 million (6.4%) to 6.0 million (9.3%). The difference between the two groups largely reflects the number of foreign born people who have obtained British citizenship over time.

• EU and non-EU migrants display different patterns of change over the period. The number of non-EU born people (5.7 million in 2016) has remained higher than the number of EU-born migrants (3.5 million in 2016).

• In contrast, the number of non-EU nationals increased from 2.3 million in 2007 to 2.5 million in 2016, compared with EU nationals who more than doubled over the period (from 1.5 million to 3.5 million). ...

• The migrant population is not distributed equally across the countries and regions of the UK. London is the region with the highest proportion of migrants: foreign born people comprised 38% of all residents, while foreign nationals made up 23%.

• A higher proportion of people born in non-EU countries live in London, relative to EU-born residents. ...

• A larger proportion of migrants are of working-age (16-64), compared with the UK population as whole. In Q4 2016, 81% of foreign born people were of working-age, compared with 63% of all people living in the UK.

• In Q4 2016 around 50% of the foreign born population was White, compared with 86% of the UK population as a whole. ...

• In Q4 2016 there were around 5.6 million foreign born people in employment (18% of the total). As a whole, foreign born people were less likely to be in work than UK-born people. Employment rates for migrants, however, vary considerably among country groupings. The employment rate for EU-born people aged 16-64 (80%) was higher than for UK-born people (75%). Among non-EU countries, migrants born in countries in Oceania had the highest employment rate (87%) and migrants born in the Middle East and Central Asia the lowest (46%).

• A smaller share of EU-born migrant were employed in high skilled occupation than non-EU migrants. 21% of EU migrants were employed in elementary occupations, compared with 8% of non-EU migrants.
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Plans to scrap landing cards for millions of non EU travellers 'threaten to undermine border security', Government is warned
Jack Doyle
Daily Mail, 8 August 2017

Plans to scrap landing cards for travellers arriving from non-EU countries threaten to undermine border security, a former immigration official warned last night.

David Wood, former director general of immigration at the Home Office, said the cards were a 'useful intelligence tool'.

He told the Times: 'It seems the most incredible haste to abandon the system of landing cards. We could access them to find out where someone was staying or where they had stayed if we were carrying out an investigation.'

About 16 million visitors and migrants fill in landing cards when they arrive at ports and airports across the UK.

But the cards are set to be scrapped later this year, to save millions of pounds a year and speed travellers through passport control.

At the weekend ministers said the system of cards - which was introduced in 1971 was outdated and would go from October to be replaced by a digital system.

However, a consultation document yesterday suggested the new digital system might not be up and running until the end of the year.
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Ready on Day One to take back control of immigration
Charlie Elphicke
ConservativeHome, 8 August 2017
[Charlie Elphicke is MP for Dover and Deal]

Post Brexit, free movement will end. This means we will need to extend our full border control systems from the current 12.5 million to a further 25.5 million visitors to the United Kingdom. Until now, travellers from the EU have been subject to the same border checks as UK citizens. Post Brexit, this will change. ...

So how can we be ready on day one to take back control of our borders? As things stand, we are behind the times in gaining valuable information and raising the money to pay for it. /.../ Charging visitors £10 a time would raise a lot of cash. For example, 25.5 million EU visitors a year paying £10 would provide about £255 million. Given the Borders budget is currently some £550 million, moving into line with what other nations are doing would fund a 50 per cent increase in the Borders budget.

Along with money, a visa waiver system provides a wealth of information. Information we could use to strengthen our wider security and intelligence effort. ...

Ending uncontrolled EU immigration will allow us to take back control of our jobs market too. /.../ We should not be afraid to challenge big business to invest more in people.
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Prevent critics 'have failed to understand its fantastic results'
Martin Bentham
Evening Standard, 8 August 2017

One of Scotland Yard's most senior counter-terrorism officers says critics of the Government's anti-radicalisation strategy Prevent have failed to understand the "fantastic" results it has achieved in protecting the public.

Commander Dean Haydon said the programme – where those vulnerable to radicalisation are referred to the authorities – was about keeping people safe, not spying, as opponents allege.

Mr Haydon, head of the Met's counter-terrorism command, added that it had stopped some people from being radicalised and others from travelling abroad to join other extremists.

He also said the programme applied to all forms of extremism and a third of cases involved people suspected of far-Right activity or sympathies.

"Some of the criticisms come from sections of the community that just don't want Prevent to work in the first place," said Mr Haydon in an interview on the BBC's Asian Network.
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How many international students leave after studying in the UK?
Joseph O'Leary
Full Fact, 8 August 2017

"Most students return home after study."

Diane Abbott, 12 December 2016

We don't know how many students return home after studying here, so there's no clear evidence for this claim. In the words of the Office for National Statistics (ONS): "There are no official figures that show how many students do not emigrate and remain in the UK after their studies."

At the moment, the available evidence is contradictory. Most student immigrants come from outside the EU on a temporary visa, and a minority still have the right to remain after a few years. Diane Abbott's office pointed us to figures showing this via a Universities UK report, as well as a Times article showing that a small minority of students overstay their visas.

At the same time, figures showing how many former international students emigrate are much lower than the figures for students immigrating to the UK. If accurate, that indicates many more students are remaining in the UK than the visa figures would suggest. ...

Even though we can't be sure of all the figures, we do know that student immigration is adding to the UK population overall. Not all students who come to the UK return home. The challenge is measuring how many do so, and explaining what's happening to those who don't.

We don't have precise answers to either question. ...

In 2016, an estimated 588,000 people immigrated to the UK – that is, they intended to stay here for at least a year. Of those, 136,000 said the main reason they came was to study. At the same time, about 63,000 former student immigrants left the UK.

We can't just compare 136,000 to 63,000 here. They're actually from slightly different sets of data, but more significantly they're not the same people: those 63,000 people will have been immigrants from previous years.

But that gap has been fairly consistent over the past few years. In every year since 2012 around 100,000 more student immigrants have arrived than former student emigrants have left. And each year the emigration of former students has accounted for less than half of student immigration.
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Exclusive: NHS to recruit an army of British nurses after Brexit instead of paying expensive agency staff
Christopher Hope
Daily Telegraph, 7 August 2017

The NHS will recruit an army of British nurses after Brexit instead of paying expensive agency staff under plans being considered by ministers.

Officials in the Department of Health are drawing up a new workforce plan to create thousands of posts for home-grown nurses amid concerns that fewer medical professionals will come to the UK after Brexit.

Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, wants to slash the £3 billion bill for agency staff on the NHS amid concerns that some hospitals are paying locum nurses £2,000 for a single shift.
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Refugees welcome' New Calais migrant camp built NINE MONTHS after Jungle demolished
Matt Drake
Daily Express, 7 August 2017

A new Calais migrant camp is being built just 800 yards from the original site – with a new sign declaring 'refugees welcome'.

The migrants – believed to be mostly Ethiopians, Iraqis and Afghanis – have set up shelters while others are sleeping rough in nearby woodland.

France's highest court has ordered the government to fit sanitation and water points to improve the conditions for migrants.

Yet Calais mayor Natacha Bouchart has so refused to implement the orders, saying it puts locals "under the threat of the creation of another jungle". ...

Last Monday, Mr Collomb announced two new reception centres opening in the Calais region. He did not condemn Calais' mayor during the interview, saying: "You have to put yourself in the position of local people."
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Emmanuel Macron's plan to tackle migrant crisis crushed by his OWN government
Zoie O'Brien
Daily Express, 7 August 2017

Emmanuel Macron's meddling in the Mediterranean migrant crisis has landed him in hot water all over again - this time with his own Government.

European Union leaders were left reeling when the French president unveiled designs to have France solve the mass migration issue between Libya and Italy.

Without consultation with Italy – the main destination for African migrants – Mr Macron announced he would open refugee camps in migrant hotspots in Africa to try and allocate genuine refugees before they make the deadly journey across the Mediterranean.

He wanted to set up clean and safe camps abroad to end the burden on the EU as thousands arrive every week. ...

French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb said such plans are extremely far off.

He said: "That type of initiative cannot be currently considered in Libya, due to the country's situation." ...

Immigration laws are under review in France as Mr Collomb said those fleeing "war and persecution" are welcome in France, but it was time to shut down economic migration.
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Benefits cheat carried out six-year £100,000 scam to pay for daughters to go to posh private school
Dan Sales
The Sun, 7 August 2017

A benefits cheat scammed £102,000 over six years to pay for her daughters to go to a private school.

Somali-born Shukri Yusuf, 45, posed as a struggling single mum to claim income support, housing benefit and council tax cash.

But investigators found she was married to bus driver Omar Tarab.

Yusuf arrived in Britain in 1999.

She carried out her con in Southall, West London, from June 2008 to April 2014 and used some of the cash to buy a car. ...

Judge Jonathan Perkins jailed her for six months, suspended for two years, and ordered her to complete 175 hours of community work.
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Isis unit in Syria 'training British jihadis' to launch wave of attacks on UK targets
Fiona Keating
Independent, 7 August 2017

A secretive Isis division has been teaching UK fighters to launch attacks on British soil, according to a fighter reportedly captured by Kurdish troops in Syria.

The militant described how the unit trained those involved in the Paris and Brussels attacks. ...

British fighters are said to take part in a rigorous training regime before flying home to carry out attacks. ...

Giving detailed information, the Isis fighter said that about 50 people went through the programme from countries including the UK, Belgium, France and Germany.

... All recruits had to be willing to give up their lives for the Isis cause, the militant said. ...

Gilles de Kerchove, the EU Counterterrorism Coordinator said that one-third of an estimated 5,000 European jihadis who were trained in Syria and Iraq have returned to their home countries, many undetected by authorities.
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Germany to resume sending migrants back to Greece
BBC, 7 August 2017

Germany is set to send asylum seekers back to Greece, although reception centres there are overcrowded and there is a huge backlog in processing claims.

Germany had halted such returns under a 2011 ruling by its Constitutional Court. But it can send migrants back under the EU's Dublin Convention.

That convention says an asylum claim should be processed in the country where a migrant first entered the EU. ...

According to the report, the transfers to Greece will only affect migrants who arrived in Germany from mid-March 2017.
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Refugee housing contractor call
Rhiannon Bury
Sunday Telegraph, 6 August 2017

The Government has begun the search for a private contractor to take on the next £600m phase of its beleaguered asylum seeker housing contract, after previous providers G4S, Serco and Clearsprings were hit by spiralling costs. ...

The contract has proven extremely problematic, particularly for G4S and Serco. The number of asylum seekers who needed to be housed jumped dramatically from 25,200 people when the contract began, to 39,389 at the end of 2016.
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Inside Paris' growing migrant problem and the people no-one wants to take in
Ellen Whinnett
Herald Sun, 6 August 2017

Twenty minutes' drive from the chic cafes and boutiques that line the Champs Elysees is another Paris, one that reeks of urine and rubbish, where police with machine guns stand guard and hundreds of lethargic young men slump on cardboard beds under a rail bridge.

This intersection in the Porte de la Chapelle district is home to Paris' growing migrant population, drawn from the hundreds of thousands of mainly African and Afghan asylum-seekers trying to find a new home in Europe. ...

These are the people no-one wants. Not France, which routinely sends the police to break up their camps. Not Germany, which is suffering a political backlash after terror attacks were carried out by a handful of failed asylum seekers who came with a million migrants at the height of the Syrian war. ...

This is a familiar story – many migrants are aiming for the UK, where they have relatives, and the welfare system is more generous. ...

Last week, French President Emmanuel Macron announced a plan to turn 62 cheap hotels into migrant hostels, as he vowed to clear migrants off the streets by the end of the year, saying their situation was "desperate'' and the Government would help.

But like all governments in Europe, Macron will not go too far in improving circumstances for migrants for fear of creating a "pull factor''. Right now, it suits him just fine that Germany has received 598,515 bids for asylum in a single year, compared to France's 87,550.
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Canada opens Montreal Olympic Stadium to house vast numbers of Haitians fleeing US on foot
David Sim
International Business Times, 5 August 2017

Many Haitians living in the US are so afraid they're about to be deported that they are fleeing on foot across the border into Canada. In fact, so many Haitian asylum seekers have arrived Quebec that Montreal has opened up its cavernous Olympic Stadium to house and process them.

In the past week alone, about 400 to 500 Haitians – fearing deportation by US President Donald Trump – walked into the province of Quebec, said Marjorie Villefranche, director of the Maison d'Haiti, a community group in Montreal that is helping to settle the newcomers.

More than 50,000 victims of Haiti's 2010 earthquake have been living in the US under a programme that granted them "temporary protected status". Earlier this year, the Department of Homeland Security extended their status through January 2018, but officials said in May that individuals covered under that status should begin acquiring travel documents to return to Haiti. As many as 60,000 Haitians in the United States could be sent back to their homeland. ...

Montreal has a large Haitian community. Mayor Denis Coderre, an outspoken critic of Trump's immigration policies, greeted new arrivals at the Olympic Stadium and went onto Twitter to welcome Haitian arrivals and tell them they can count on the city.
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Britain is HELPLESS to stop migrants sneaking in – and we need 3,000 more guards to secure our borders properly
Steve Hawkes
The Sun, 4 August 2017

Britain is helpless to stop migrants sneaking into the UK – and needs 3,000 more Border Force guards for Brexit, it was claimed last night. ...

Lucy Moreton, general secretary of the Borders, Immigration and Customs Union, said London City Airport was the only entry point in the UK with no Border Force vacancies.

And she warned there were nowhere near enough staff to respond to DAILY reports of lorry drops – where immigrants are spotted jumping out of a truck or van on the roadside.

She said a big investment programme was necessary if Britain was to be ready for extra demands of Brexit in 18 months' time. ...

She said: "We don't have enough staff to respond to all the small vessels spotted. We don't have enough cutters to intercept small vessels at sea.

"We don't have enough people to response when there are lorry drops. More often than not we can't get there."
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Calais migrants try to enter Britain 18,000 times this year
Vickiie Oliphant
Daily Express, 4 August 2017

Calais migrants tried to cross the Channel and enter Britain almost 18,000 times this year alone despite the Jungle camp being cleared.

The former French president Francois Hollande demanded the shanty town be torn down in October last year - with around 8,000 migrants from countries including Eritrea, Sudan, Syria and Iraq being dispersed around France.

However within weeks of the demolition, many gradually returned to the site.

And now around 1,000 migrants are believed to be sleeping rough in the area a year on.

An estimated 600 people, mainly from sub-Saharan Africa and Afghanistan, have returned to Calais but a further 400, mostly from Iraqi Kurdistan, are sleeping in woods in Grande-Synthe - 25 miles to the east.

So far this year, the groups have made 17,867 attempts to get into the ferry port at Calais or into Eurotunnel's site, according to French police.
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New campaign urges Labour to back free movement
BBC, 4 August 2017

Three Labour MPs have backed a campaign for the party to champion continued freedom of movement after Brexit.

Clive Lewis, David Lammy and Geraint Davies have supported the new Labour Campaign for Free Movement - as have two MEPs and some union leaders.

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has said freedom of movement "ends when we leave the European Union" and should be replaced by "fair" managed migration.

However the campaign says ending free movement would be "counterproductive".

Its founding statement says it is committed to "defending and extending" free movement of people "in the context of the debate around Brexit". ...

Among others signing up to the pro-free movement Labour campaign are the general secretaries of the TSSA, UCU, and BFAWU trade unions; the MEPs Julie Ward and Lucy Anderson; the chairman of the left-wing think tank Compass; and various people from the national coordinating group of Momentum - formed after Mr Corbyn's successful 2015 leadership campaign.
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Study: Radical Islamists Actually Have Extensive Knowledge of Islam
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 4 August 2017

An Islamic theologian at the University of Vienna has conducted a study of radical Islamists proving that many have an extensive knowledge of Islam despite mainstream claims that radical Islamists have little understanding of their own religion.

In his new 310-page study of 29 radical Islamists, Islamic theologian Ednan Aslan claims religion plays a far larger role in the actions of jihadists than economic factors and frustration with society, Die Welt reports. ...

The study, which was financed by the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, also warns of the effect of radical Islamist Salafist groups which it says provide support and logistics for jihadists. "Persons with a higher theological knowledge function as authorities and play a central role in the spread of ideology," according to the study. ...

"The radical groups and individuals see themselves as the only true Muslims," the report states. The Salafists see Western civilisation as the enemy of the Muslim world and regard it as a decaying society.

A similar German study recently came to a different conclusion saying that many Islamists did not know much about Islam and that their radicalisation had more to do with traumatic events in their life like deaths in the family or drug use. The study, done by the University of Bielefeld, examined the WhatsApp chats of known Salafists to come to their conclusions.
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The charity boat 'taking deliveries' of migrants from people traffickers: Undercover officers capture criminals 'escorting' vessels to aid ships bound for Italy
Mario Ledwith
Daily Mail, 4 August 2017

A charity boat operating in the Mediterranean allegedly colluded with people smugglers to accept multiple 'deliveries' of migrants, investigators have revealed.

Photographs captured by undercover officers show the criminals 'escorting' vessels packed with asylum seekers before being transferred to aid boats bound for Italy.

The images emerged after Italian authorities carried out their first seizure of a rescue boat on suspicion of aiding illegal immigration.

One photograph appears to show a smuggler waving off a boatload of migrants after travelling alongside them to within the reach of rescuers.

German charity Jugend Rettet is also accused of towing boats used to ferry migrants back towards Libya, where most migrants hoping to reach Europe depart, to be reused by smugglers.

The revelations emerged after investigators took the unprecedented move of impounding the aid organisation's vessel, Iuventa, at Lampedusa on Wednesday.

Details about the alleged collusion were contained in documents outlining the case prepared by prosecutors in Sicily following months of accusations about charities co-operating with smugglers. ...

Prosecutors are said to have gathered evidence from an undercover police officer working on another boat, along with evidence from workers on Save the Children's Vos Hestia vessel.
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Spain police bust huge Iran-UK immigration ring
BBC, 3 August 2017

Police in Spain say they have broken up a large immigration ring that smuggled Iranians as young as five into the UK.

The gang allegedly supplied fake Spanish passports to Iranian nationals so they could fly into the UK.

More than 100 people were arrested across Europe, including the suspected ringleader, who was apprehended at London's Heathrow airport.

The operation involved Spain's federal police, London's Metropolitan Police, and European crime agency Europol.

Europol said the group, operating from Malaga in the south of Spain, charged the migrants about €25,000 (£22,500) each for fake Spanish passports, travel documents, transfers and accommodation. ...

Dozens of Iranian nationals were also arrested at European airports, after being found carrying the forged passports.
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Hundreds of Albanians who pretended to be from Kosovo to win asylum in Britain may escape deportation following landmark legal test case
Chris Greenwood and Tom Kelly
Daily Mail, 3 August 2017

Hundreds of Albanians who lied to win asylum in Britain could escape deportation.

In a landmark legal test case, a violent criminal and two other men are claiming that the Home Secretary was wrong to remove their citizenship.

If the Supreme Court allows their costly appeal, it will mean up to 300 Albanians who gained entry to Britain by pretending to be Kosovan cannot be kicked out.

Dinjan Hysaj, 40, obtained asylum in July 1998 by falsely claiming to be a child refugee from war-torn Kosovo.

In 2011 he was jailed for five years after he glassed a man in a pub in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.

Agron Bakijasi, 44, was exposed in 2007 when his partner returned to Albania in an attempt to apply for legal immigration status.

Luan Kaziu, 35, arrived in the UK in 1998 but his claims were exposed as a sham nine years later, when his wife applied to stay.

Details of the legal fight came as it was revealed that the Government allowed one Albanian, Ermal Alijaj, to stay after he lost an asylum bid using fake Kosovan ID but reapplied under his real name years later. ...

A Home Office investigation into their cases – and hundreds more similar bogus applications – was started in 2007.

But even since their lies were exposed, they have remained in the UK and fought an extended court battle, funded by legal aid, costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of pounds.

In the meantime, the Home Office has suspended other hearings to strip citizenship from those who exploited the same ruse to claim asylum in the 1990s.

In the case of Alijaj, 37, officials decided that the nine years he spent illegally in the UK bolstered his case because of the roots he put down.
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Majority of British public support free movement of citizens anywhere in the EU, new survey suggests
Ashley Cowburn
Independent, 3 August 2017

A majority of the British public support the free movement of citizens to live, work, study and do business anywhere in the EU, according to a new survey mapping public opinion across Europe. ...

But the barometer of public opinion – commissioned by the EU Commission – appears to contradict the commonly held view that British people are not in favour of free movement.

The survey suggests that up to 70 per cent of those interviewed in the UK said they were for the statement: "The free movement of EU citizens who can live, work, study and do business anywhere in the EU". Just 9 per cent replied "don't know" while 21 per cent disagreed. ...

While Italian participants viewed free movement the least favourably out of all the member states a majority, 69 per cent, were still for it.

The major survey by the EU Commission was conducted through face-to-face interviews in May 2017 and a total of 33,180 people participated across the member states. ...

Just 4 per cent cited immigration as an issue facing them personally.
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Report: Half of Terror Plots in Germany by 'Refugees', Nation Targeted After Migrant Crisis
Liam Deacon
Breitbart, 3 August 2017

More than half (54 per cent) of terror plots in Germany have involved asylum seekers and refugees since 2014 and the onset of the migrant crisis.

The report, by the Heritage Foundation think tank, found that attacks across Europe by foreign trained militants increased dramatically in 2016, following the height of the migrant influx, with Germany becoming a much more popular target.

"The increase in the threat to Germany is especially stark," the report's authors write. "There were no plots in Germany in 2014, and only two in 2015. In 2016, this increased eightfold.

"There is a straightforward reason for this: In 2015, Germany took in over 1 million refugees and 2016 saw a surge in plots involving refugees." ...

In total, 142 Islamism plots claimed 300 lives and more than 1,000 casualties, in 15 European nations, over the 29-month period studied by the think tank.

Across the continent, around 15 per cent of the plots (142) featured refugees and asylum seekers, implicated in either planning the attacks alone or as part of a larger cell.
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Illegal immigrants cost taxpayers nearly $750 billion over lifetime: Report
Stephen Dinan
Washington Times, 3 August 2017

Deporting the country's estimated 11 million illegal immigrants would cost nearly $125 billion, but allowing them to remain in the U.S. could cost taxpayers far more, according to a new report being released Thursday by a think tank that wants to see stricter immigration limits.

Steven A. Camarota, research director at the Center for Immigration Studies, crunched the numbers and found that the current population of illegal immigrants will drain nearly $750 billion from taxpayers over their lifetimes – amounting to six times the deportation costs.

"Sometimes people say look, we couldn't deport everybody because it's prohibitively expensive," Mr. Camarota said. "But if your only concern is fiscal cost, it's pretty clear that letting them stay is a hell of a lot more expensive." ...

The crux of Mr. Camarota's analysis is the nature of illegal immigrants, who are far more likely to be low-skilled, less-educated workers than the native-born population. Though they also don't have access to some services and benefits reserved for citizens and legal residents, they do get other benefits, such as education.

A report last year by the National Academy of Sciences helped put a dollar figure on the lifetime costs and benefits of immigrants, based on levels of education.
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'Three musketeers' gang might have met Anjem Choudary before Lee Rigby-style terror plot
Daily Telegraph, 2 August 2017

Members of a terrorist cell who dubbed themselves the "Three Musketeers" are facing years behind bars for plotting a Lee Rigby-style attack after a partly secret trial plagued by accusations of police corruption.

Two members of the gang, from the West Midlands, sought out infamous Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant supporter Anjem Choudary before they prepared to strike police and military targets on British soil, it can now be reported. ...

Convicted terrorists Ali, 29, Khobaib Hussain, 25, and Mohibur Rahman, 33, denied preparing an attack and claimed the incriminating evidence was planted by undercover police officer Vincent, the boss of a fake firm called Hero Couriers. ...

Jurors agreed with him and, after deliberating for more than 22 hours, unanimously convicted the men of preparing terrorist acts, along with fourth defendant Tahir Aziz, 38.
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Italy seizes NGO rescue boat for allegedly aiding illegal migration
Wladimiro Pantaleone
Reuters, 2 August 2017

Italian coastguards seized a migrant rescue boat operated by a German aid group in the Mediterranean suspected of aiding illegal immigration from Libya, a prosecutor said on Wednesday.

Video showed the Iuventa, which is run by Jugend Rettet, arriving at the island of Lampedusa surrounded by several coastguard vessels after it was stopped at sea before dawn. ...

It was the first time Italian police have seized a humanitarian boat. The move came amidst growing suspicion over the role non-governmental organisations are playing in picking up migrants off the Libya coast and bringing them to Italian ports.
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The Department of Justice wants to end race-conscious university admissions
The Economist, 2 August 2017

The mission of the Department of Justice (DoJ) is "to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans". /.../ On August 1st, another priority was uncovered by the New York Times via a DoJ staffing memo: a programme coming soon to its civil-rights division to police colleges and universities for "intentional race-based discrimination" in their admissions offices.

The worry is not about bias against blacks and Hispanics, a perennial concern of the DoJ. Quite the opposite: the "investigations and possible litigation" will scrutinise universities that promote campus diversity by giving an edge to racial minorities over whites. Opposition to affirmative action in education is nothing new. Eight states, including California and Michigan, ban racial preferences. Private lawsuits are pending against Harvard and the University of North Carolina. ...

The DoJ will be constrained, for now, by the Supreme Court's consistent, if narrow, endorsement of race-aware admissions policies.
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Aid groups snub Italian code of conduct on Mediterranean rescues
The Guardian / Reuters, 1 August 2017

Five aid groups that operate migrant rescue ships in the Mediterranean have refused to sign up to the Italian government's code of conduct, the Interior Ministry said, but three others backed the new rules.

Charity boats have become increasingly important in rescue operations, picking up more than a third of all migrants brought ashore so far this year against less than one percent in 2014, according to the Italian coastguard.

Italy, fearing that the groups were facilitating people smuggling from North Africa and encouraging migrants to make the perilous passage to Europe, proposed a code containing around a dozen points for the charities.
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Immigrant population hits new high in Germany
Reuters, 1 August 2017

The number of people with an immigrant background in Germany rose 8.5 percent to a record 18.6 million in 2016, largely due to an increase in refugees, the Federal Statistics Office said on Tuesday.

Just over a fifth of the population - 22.5 percent - were first or second generation immigrants with at least one parent born without German citizenship, the office said. ...

Around 2.3 million people in Germany have family links to the Middle East, a rise of almost 51 percent since 2011, and around 740,000 people have African origins, an increase of 46 percent since 2011, the figures showed.

The vast majority of the immigrant population, though, had links to other European countries.
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Police drop probe into Cambridge University student over tweets claiming 'all white people are racist'
Hatty Collier
Evening Standard, 1 August 2017

Police have dropped an investigation into the head of a Cambridge University equality group after a post on his Twitter claiming "all white people are racist."

Jason Osamede Okundaye, who runs the Black and Minority Ethnic society, shared messages on social media on Friday night after a protest over the death of Rashan Charles in Dalston turned violent.

Tweets sent from the 20-year-old student's Twitter account said "all white people are racist" and that they had "colonised Dalston."

At the weekend, Cambridgeshire Police said it was investigating complaints that the tweets incited hatred and violence.

But on Monday, the force told the Standard the probe had been dropped as there was "no realistic proposition of a conviction for any offence." ...

Senior Tory MP Bob Blackman said: "This is stirring up racial hatred unnecessarily - and completely without justification."
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With friends like these ... Left-wing extremist group DEFENDS halal boss' claims Australian women need Muslim men to fertilise them - calling critics 'racist'
Stephen Johnson
Daily Mail Australia, 1 August 2017

A violent, left-wing extremist group has defended a leading Islamic businessman's claim Australian women need Muslim men to fertilise them, calling his critics 'bigots' and 'racists'.

Halal Certification Authority president Mohamed Elmouelhy told his Facebook followers Australia's white race would die out within 40 years.

He added that with Australian men a 'dying breed', local women needed Muslim men to 'fertilise them' and 'keep them surrounded by Muslim babies'.

Despite the outcry on social media last week, left-wing extremist group Antifa has described Mr Elmouelhy's critics as 'bigots', even though he had called for 'bigots' to commit suicide. ...

Mr Elmouelhy /.../ said Australia's white race 'will be extinct in another 40 years' if the country is 'left to bigots'.

The Muslim businessman called on these 'bigots' to kill themselves or plan to die, before a public outcry led to him making his Facebook page private as critics flooded his social media account.

'Because you are declining, better go choose a plot for yourself at your local cemetery,' he said.

'If you can't afford it, commit suicide. It is a cheaper alternative for bigots.' ...

The 2016 Census revealed that Muslims made up 2.6 per cent of the Australian population, up from 2.2 per cent in 2011.
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The Labour Party's free movement dilemma
Owen Parker
SPERI: Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute, 31 July 2017
[The author is Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Sheffield]

In its 2017 manifesto the Labour Party is unequivocal: 'freedom of movement will end when we leave the European Union'. But this apparently clear position on free movement is not a longstanding one in a Labour Party that has, since the mid-2000s at least, been conducting a running debate on immigration in general and free movement in particular. /.../ And as recently as 2016, in the aftermath of the referendum on EU membership, it was notable that Jeremy Corbyn was still asserting his support for free movement; a position he has subsequently reversed in the face of internal opposition. ...

The dilemma suggests that there is a trade-off between, on the one hand, permissive immigration regimes and the high levels of diversity that they deliver and, on the other hand, labour and welfare rights that require trust and solidarity that can only be achieved in a delimited and cohesive (usually national) community. ...

Party strategists would undoubtedly respond that on this issue pragmatism must trump principle; that the party has to be seen to respond to the widespread hostility to free movement (whether it is justified or not); and that the success of this strategy was borne out in the Leave support that Labour successfully captured in 2017 (without apparent cost in terms of its support from Remain voters). The spectre of a stirring Nigel Farage is certainly a legitimate worry for any Labour strategist. ...

Given its success in the recent election it is understandable that Labour is maintaining for now its position of 'strategic ambiguity' on Brexit: a position that incoherently encompasses a hard line on free movement, a soft rhetoric on migrants and high aspirations on single market access. But this position will not be sustainable if it takes office – now a very real possibility. At that point in time, if not before, the ambiguity will have to end. The party could and should – for pragmatic and principled reasons – reverse its position on the free movement of EU citizens.
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Conservatives are fighting the wrong battles on immigration
Gabriel Gavin
ConservativeHome, 31 July 2017

In 1997, only three per cent of the British public said migration was their biggest concern – now almost half do. Around three quarters of voters favour lower levels of immigration, with more than half wanting it to be 'reduced a lot'. On the doorstep, anywhere you go, people's worries about jobs, about schools, about the NHS go hand in hand with their concerns about the scale of immigration.

Despite that, no mainstream political party has really engaged with the frustration people have over years of seemingly unrestricted migration. For most politicians the arguments in its favour are all too clear. ...

The question for progressive Conservatives, more than ever after the referendum, has to be how we harness the benefits of migration whilst understanding and responding to people's legitimate concerns around its social consequences. ...

Whilst it makes sense for our party to commit to lowering net migration levels 'to the tens of thousands', our ultimate goal must be to replace the obsession over the numbers of immigrants with something more meaningful. ...

As a country, we are strengthened by the diversity of our citizens. Respecting the religions, cultures, cuisines and customs of those who come here to join us is one of the great achievements of the British people. ...

The danger for our party is that we see Brexit as a way to refresh our credibility with groups who are against immigration, plain and simple. ...

What is needed now more than ever is a radical vision for how immigrants to Britain can take on a stake in our society, start to share our values and become truly British themselves. ...

But nowhere is the integration agenda more important than in education. ...

It falls to progressive Conservatives to redefine the debate around immigration as not simply an argument over numbers, but as how to ensure people born both here and overseas come to see themselves as part of a multicultural, tolerant, open society that we can all be a part of.
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Britain doesn't need to 'take back control' of immigration. We already have it
Karan Bilimoria
The Guardian, 31 July 2017
[Karan Bilimoria is a crossbench peer]

Concern over immigration was one of the most important factors for those who voted for Brexit, yet we already have the power to take back control of the free movement of EU citizens to the UK – we just aren't using it. Both major political parties' front benches, and even cabinet members, are divided when it comes to whether Britain should remain in the single market, which entails allowing free movement of people within the EU. But the reality of immigration in Britain today is a far cry from the public's perception.

We lost control over our borders almost two decades ago. In 1998, Tony Blair removed exit checks. Nobody checks your passport once you have gone through security at an airport, as they do in virtually every other country in the world. As a result, we have no robust way of knowing exactly who has left this country. The government cannot even provide figures for illegal immigrants in the UK who are not detained to the nearest quarter of a million. ...

The government reintroduced exit checks in 2015 – but these fall well short of the physical, visible checks after security, which are airport-enforced. And the government refuses to release any statistics from these checks for one reason: they would demolish the anti-immigration stance taken by this government, the prime minister and the home secretary. ...

The "tens of thousands" figure itself was plucked out of thin air with no regard for what the country actually requires. We have virtually the lowest level of unemployment – 4.5% – and the highest level of employment on record. Without the immigration that we have, we would have a labour shortage, both skilled and unskilled.

There is a perception that immigrants are mostly taking unskilled jobs and lowering wages for the domestic population, but the evidence points firmly in the other direction. At Russell Group universities, up to 39% of academic staff are foreign; over 26% of our NHS doctors are non-British; and the heads of many of our leading companies are immigrants, including the chief executives of Jaguar Land Rover (Ralf Speth) and Reckitt Benckiser (Rakesh Kapoor).

But the biggest deception is this: we could easily have taken back control of our borders already under European Parliament and Council Directive 2004/38/EC, which allows EU member states to repatriate EU nationals after three months if they have not found a job or do not have the means to support themselves. In this month's debate on the House of Lords EU subcommittee report on EU migration, I challenged the government on why we were not availing ourselves of this directive – and I got no response.

Other countries, such as Belgium, regularly repatriate thousands of individuals based on this directive.
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Britain's border controls in crisis 'because of seasonal workers'
Michael Knowles
Daily Express, 31 July 2017

Britain's border controls are slipping into a crisis because budget cuts are forcing bosses to rely on seasonal workers to carry out passport checks, experts fear.

Despite demands for greater control over UK borders being a key factor behind the Brexit vote, fears are growing criminals, terrorists and illegal immigrants will find it easier to sneak into the country because the immigration service is overstretched, it was claimed.

The Home Office was last night accused of "papering over cracks" with temporary staff manning passport control desks to meet key performance targets and keep queues down in UK airports.

The Border Force's budget has dropped to £558.1 million in 2016/17 from £617 million in 2012/13 and staffing levels last year hit a five year low.

This is despite passenger numbers at UK airports rising to 251.5 million in 2014 from 220.6 million in 2012.
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EU migrants make up over 20% of labour force in 18 British industries
Jamie Doward and Harry Robertson
The Observer, 30 July 2017

A unique and detailed analysis has revealed which sectors of the economy would suffer most from a radical reduction in EU migration to Britain.

According to a study by the Office for National Statistics, in at least 18 specialist industries EU workers constitute more than 20% of the labour force. And many others would be left almost as bereft if their number declined. ...

It shows that nearly half – 47.6% – of employees in the fruit and vegetable "processing and preserving sector" are from EU countries. A similar proportion – 44.4% – are involved in meat processing. More than a third – 37.6% – of those processing fish, crustaceans and molluscs are EU migrants.

In agriculture, just under 35% of workers employed in what the ONS describes as the "growing of nonperennial crops" are EU citizens, along with more than a quarter of workers involved in the manufacture of prepared animal feed. And just under a quarter involved in the "manufacture of bakery & farinaceous [starch] products" are EU workers.

Many specialist sectors heavily reliant on people from other EU countries employ only a few thousand workers. Just over 1,000 EU nationals are employed in "the cutting, shaping and finishing stone industries". But they constitute 22% of the workforce.

... They make up almost 230,000 of the 1.7 million people working in the hotel and catering industry – 13.5% of the total. ...

EU nationals comprise almost a third – 32% – of the 24,000 people employed in translation services.
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'All white people are racist': Cambridge University probes head of equality group for saying white men, women and children 'can all get it' as he heaps praise on London rioters in shocking Twitter outburst
Scott Campbell, Jonathan Petre and Charlotte Wace
Mail on Sunday, 30 July 2017

The student head of Cambridge's equality group has claimed that 'all white people are racist' after praising rioters in Dalston who lit bonfires and hurled petrol bombs at police.

Jason Osamede Okundaye, who runs the Black and Minority Ethnic society at the elite institution, posted the shocking tweets amid violent protests in east London last night over the death of Rashan Charles.

He said that white people had 'colonised' Dalston and ordered them to 'go back' to areas such as Exeter and 'Solihurst' (sic).

Okundaye, 20, wrote to his thousands of Twitter followers: 'ALL white people are racist. White middle class, white working class, white men, white women, white gays, white children they can ALL geddit.'

The student at Cambridge's Pembroke College - who previously attended a £36,000-a-year public school - also claimed it was 'absolutely delicious' to watch 'middle-class white people despair over black people protesting in their colonised Dalston'. ...

Mr Okundaye, who has been involved in a series of anti-racism initiatives, was born in South London and says he is a member of the Edo tribe in Nigeria.
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It's PC madness! Chief Constable of VERY white Cheshire force says he wants to break the law to raise the number of black officers
Luke Barnes
MailOnline, 30 July 2017

The chief constable for Cheshire police considered breaking the law in order to hire more officers from ethnic minorities.

Simon Byrne wants new legislation introduced to allow his police force to hire one black officer from every white one.

The chief constable's force was one of four criticised by Home Secretary Theresa May in 2015 for having no black officers.

Three years and an outreach programme later, it now employs three. ...

According to the UK Census approximately 3,264 'black or black British' people live in Cheshire, out of a total population of 1,027,709.
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Europa, Eurabia and the Last man
Ted Malloch
Breitbart, 30 July 2017

Trends in immigration suggest what can only be termed, a self-imposed European death wish.

Look at any demographic map, preferably an interactive one.

Of the 7.5 billion people presently on this earth, the vast majority, mostly in the Southern hemisphere, and who are generally poor and backward, are trying to get to the Northern hemisphere, where there are greater opportunities and overly generous welfare states. In recent polls 7 out 10 people from these lands say, given the chance, they want to flee their plight. ...

Human trafficking is big business. ...

The numbers are astounding and only increasing. Some 5,000 new migrants arrive on the shores of Italy alone every day. ...

Europe will change. This will happen... is happening, in our lifetimes, with globalist elites endorsing it as benign or even laudatory. ...

If present trends continue, and every evidence – from Merkel to Macron, from Sweden to Canada suggests it will (Trump excluded) – the migrants will not abate. ...

Make no mistake this is nothing less than the utter and complete transformation of Europe into Eurabia, a cultural and political appendage of the Arab and Afro/Muslim world. This Eurabia is fundamentally anti-Christian, anti-Western, anti-American, and anti-Semitic.
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EU nations where migrants may have to ditch citizenship to stay in UK after Brexit
Rebecca Perring
Daily Express, 29 July 2017

Thousands of Europeans could be forced to ditch their nationality to stay in Britain for good after the UK unshackles itself from the European Union (EU).

EU nationals are faced with the prospect of losing their original identity to instead apply for a British passport because their countries have banned dual citizenship.

This means people from Austria, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Norway, Estonia, Poland and Slovakia living in the UK would be forced to renounce their original citizenship. ...

Earlier this year, the prime minister said she would let 3.2 million EU citizens stay in Britain after Brexit. The deal allows EU nationals who have lived in Britain for five years to apply for 'settled status'.

However, despite a lengthy process, a number of Europeans living in the UK are considering applying for British nationality to secure their future after March 2019.

It comes after the Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte warned people that taking a British passport meant they would give up their Dutch passport, with the Government launching a campaign to explain the risk to citizens living abroad.
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Gardaí want a more diverse force
Cormac O'Keeffe
Irish Examiner, 29 July 2017

Frontline gardaí have said the lack of members from ethnic minorities was a "pressing problem" for the organisation, and action was needed to address it.

The Garda Representative Association, which has around 10,500 members, said there was not a single person of African or Caribbean origin in the force.

The editorial in the Garda Review, the GRA's official journal, suggested it was an issue the new Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland should examine. ...

The 2016 Census shows 17% of the population was born outside Ireland, rising to around 22% in the 25-34 age group.

There are 58,000 Black Irish or Black African people in Ireland and more than 19,000 Chinese (up 95% on 2011) and almost 80,000 other Asian (up 19%). There are more than 30,000 Travellers and there are more than 63,000 Muslims (up 29%).
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Amber Rudd vows no post-Brexit 'cliff edge' on migration
Nicholas Mairs
PoliticsHome, 28 July 2017

Amber Rudd has assured migrants and businesses there will be no "cliff edge" on the UK's immigration system on the day it quits the EU.

The Home Secretary made the comments after her junior Brandon Lewis made the surprise announcement that free movement would officially end on the day the UK quits the EU in March 2019.

She said EU nationals will instead go through a "registration and documentation" process if they want to come to the UK under its transitional post-Brexit immigration arrangements.

Mr Lewis told the Today programme that an entirely new system would be in place by the time Britain is due to withdraw fully from the bloc, despite previous assertions from cabinet colleagues that free movement would continue until 2022. ...

Ms Rudd insisted yesterday that an "implementation phase" would be in place and that the "full, new EU immigration policy" would only come into force after a transitional period.
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France plans migrant processing centres in Libya
David Chazan
Daily Telegraph, 28 July 2017

France will vet asylum-seekers in Libya before they embark on the perilous Mediterranean crossing to Europe, President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday, but his own officials dismissed the plan as impractical.

Mr Macron said France would open centres in Libya before the end of the summer to process asylum applications. ...

He said the centres would help to stem the massive influx of migrants into Italy and elsewhere in Europe. However, the president's own officials immediately cast doubt on whether the plan could be implemented at present, pointing out that security was not yet good enough in Libya. ...

Other EU countries are reluctant to back Mr Macron's plan to deal with asylum seekers in Libya, but he said France was prepared to go it alone. ...

Mr Macron also said he wanted to take all migrants off the streets of France by the end of this year, promising that "dignified" accommodation would be found thousands now sleeping rough.

He warned that those fleeing poverty, rather than war or persecution, were unlikely to be accepted for resettlement in France. "No country can take all the economic migrants," he said.
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Philly Archbishop: Europe's Future Has the Face of 'Young Muslim Immigrants'
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
Breitbart, 28 July 2017

"If you want to see the face of Europe in 100 years, barring a miracle, look to the faces of young Muslim immigrants," Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput told a group of Catholics Thursday.

Speaking at an annual conference of the Napa Institute in California, Chaput tied the future of civilization to a willingness to have children – an area where Muslims lead every other group.

"Islam has a future because Islam believes in children," Chaput said. ...

"Christian" Europe, on the other hand, languishes under a loss of hope in the future, illustrated by a birthrate well below replacement levels, which is offset only by its uncontrolled mass immigration.
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The knives are out for Christian faith schools
Damian Thompson
Spectator blog, 28 July 2017

As The Sunday Times reported:

Ministers are expected to drop plans to allow Christian, Jewish and Muslim state schools to admit all their pupils from one faith after warnings that the move could heighten community divisions in Britain.

A U-turn would jeopardise dozens of new free schools planned by faith groups, some to cope with the influx of Catholic families from Poland and other east European countries.

Catholics said this weekend they would not open new state schools if they had to reserve half their places for children of other faiths, raising new school funding problems for the government.

Amanda Spielman, the chief inspector of schools, told The Sunday Times that she was "uncomfortable" about allowing more single-faith schools and hinted that manifesto proposals – due to be confirmed this summer – would be dropped.

"Admission 100% on faith leads to increased levels of segregation within communities," she said. "I am uncomfortable with anything that leads to increased segregation."

Increased segregation – in Catholics schools? No, I don't think that's what Ms Spielman had in mind. But she's not allowed to say, even if she wanted to, that damaging segregation is primarily a Muslim problem.

Most faith schools in England are Catholic or Church of England. This U-turn would mean that the Prime Minister was breaking her promise to them.
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Amber Rudd asks for analysis of EU migration – a year after referendum
Jessica Elgot
The Guardian, 27 July 2017

The government is to launch its first major investigation into migration from the EU in order to lay the foundations for a new immigration system, though critics have questioned why the work has begun more than a year after the EU referendum.

The home secretary, Amber Rudd, is to commission the independent Migration Advisory Committee to carry out a detailed analysis of the economic and social contributions and costs of EU citizens in Britain.

Announcing the study, Rudd also said the government would seek a transitional arrangement, likely to involve the continuation of free movement, to ensure there would be no "cliff edge" for employers or EU nationals in the country.

However, the study will not report back until September 2018 – seven months before Britain is set to formally exit the EU in March 2019. ...

The MAC's chairman, Prof Alan Manning, has been asked to produce interim reports to guide Home Office officials attempting to draw up a post-Brexit immigration regime that will bring an end to free movement but will not cause economic damage or vital skills shortages. ...

Official statistics show net long-term immigration by EU citizens – the balance between arrivals and departures – was running at an estimated 133,000 last year, a fall of more than a quarter on 2015.
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How the Migrant Crisis is Pushing Italy Away from Europe
Alessandro Franzi
LSE Euro Crisis in the Press, 27 July 2017

Immigration is going to be the political battleground of the next Italian general elections due in 2018. Virtually all major political leaders have hardened their position on borders protection following the new migration crisis in the Mediterranean. ...

A recent SWG survey indicates that the majority of Italians (54 per cent) is in favor of a total ban on new arrivals. ...

The Democratic Party seems to be paying the higher political price for this emergency approach that has exasperated Italian public opinion. When Mr. Renzi served as Italian prime minister up to last December, he used to say only "beasts" want to block immigrants who risk their life crossing the Mediterranean. He changed tone after June council elections by arguing that "too much" of them have been going on national shores these years. ...

... In the past six years Italian politics has been ideologically divided into two factions. The one on the left side supporting extreme hospitality as a duty, the other on the right side accused of xenophobia. ...

Underestimating the immigration consequences has strengthened all opposition forces in Italy and weakened citizens' confidence in the EU. Virtually all politicians publicly blame the European institutions for allowing what they call the "invasion" of Italy.
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The confusion over immigration shows the government is being pulled in three directions
Katy Balls
Spectator blog, 27 July 2017

Another day, another mixed message from the government over its position on Brexit. This time it's immigration that has become the source of confusion after the Home Secretary and her minister appeared to come up with conflicting lines this morning.

In an article for the Financial Times, Amber Rudd said she wanted to reassure businesses and EU nationals that 'we will ensure there is no "cliff edge" once we leave the bloc'. To do this, she said the flow of EU workers would continue for an 'implementation period' after Britain's exit. However, speaking on the Today programme, Brandon Lewis – the Home Office minister – appeared to take a more hardline approach. He said freedom of movement from the EU would end in Spring 2019.

Now it may be a question of semantics – 'freedom of movement' as mandated by the EU will technically end once Britain leaves the EU, even if a near identical system replaces it in the implementation period. But at a time when the UK government should be offering clarity, this is not a good look.

Rather than pure incompetence, another factor could explain the mixed messages. When it comes to the negotiations, the government is being pulled in three directions. They are trying to offer certainty to business, reassure voters they will get the Brexit they voted for and – finally – not spoil negotiations with the EU.

But the most notable part of today's media was not what was said but what was missing. At no point in Rudd's op-ed did she bring up Theresa May's target to cut net migration to the tens of thousands.
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UK's student migration data 'potentially misleading'
Simon Baker
Times Higher Education, 27 July 2017

Estimates of the number of overseas students who leave the UK after studying are painting a "potentially misleading" picture of net migration and should be treated with caution, the country's statistics watchdog has warned.

In a report published on 27 July, the Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR) warns that the estimates – based on a survey of people entering and leaving the country – need to carry a warning due to the potential for error.

The data, published each quarter by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), have consistently suggested that far fewer overseas students are leaving the UK than arriving, leading to speculation that a major factor was students overstaying their visas. ...

But in a letter accompanying the new report, the director-general of the OSR, Ed Humpherson, says that the "former-student emigration estimate does not bear the weight that is put on it in public debate".
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Nearly 1 Million Illegal Aliens Now Have Driver's Licenses in California
John Binder
Breitbart, 27 July 2017

The State of California is on track to issue a total of one million driver's licenses to illegal aliens by the end of 2017.

In 2013, California lawmakers passed legislation that allowed illegal aliens to obtain driver's licenses if they can prove to the Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) their identity and state residency. The plan was one of the largest victories to date by the open borders lobby.

Years later, an estimated 905,000 illegal aliens have driver's licenses in California, according to the Sacramento Bee, despite issuances beginning in 2015. ...

In the first half of 2017 alone, more than 83,000 illegal aliens received driver's licenses in California.
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EU tightens grip on disobedient states over migration
Daniela Vincenti
Euractiv, 27 July 2017

The European Commission on Wednesday (26 July) stepped up its legal case against the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland over their reluctance to take in migrants from other EU countries, after an adviser to the EU's top court dismissed a challenge brought by Slovakia and Hungary. ...

In so-called "reasoned opinions", the Commission has now sent a formal request to these countries to apply EU rules, to which they have one month to respond. Should the Commission not find the answers satisfactory, it can take the countries to court.

On Wednesday, the EU court's adviser also dismissed a challenge brought by Slovakia and Hungary against the controversial obligatory relocation of refugees across the bloc. ...

The European Commission has also promised to offer Italy another €100 million to help the country manage migration flows from the Central Mediterranean. ...

The extra €100 million, on top of nearly €800 million already pledged, is provided to help Italy host the migrants and manage asylum applications without delays. The EU has also offered extra help in managing the return of those migrants unable to apply.
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Brexit: Eight out of 10 Britons want full control of Britain's borders, says survey
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 26 July 2017

Eight out of 10 Britons want to take back full control of immigration, a new survey reveals.

Research carried out by respected pollsters Ipsos Mori showed 81 per cent said it was "essential, very or fairly important" to gain control during ongoing Brexit talks. ...

Meanwhile, the Office for National Statistics said the direct effect of net migration had grown the population by more than 251,000 people on average every year between 2004 and last year, up from 240,000 a year between 2004 and 2014.
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The great Brexit betrayal has begun. The Tories have sold out the British people - now even Jeremy Corbyn has a tougher stance
Nigel Farage
Daily Telegraph, 26 July 2017

When I heard that the government minister Lord Prior had told a meeting of tech and insurance leaders last week that they shouldn't worry about barriers to entry for future employees from the EU, I thought he'd gone too far. How could a Brexit administration elected on a promise of reducing net migration to the tens of thousands tolerate such behaviour? Surely Lord Prior would be sacked?

Instead, it got worse. A new Cabinet consensus around transitional arrangements has been unveiled. Under it, open borders will be maintained for a minimum of two years after we finally leave the EU in 2019. Britain will have to wait until at least 2021 – five years after the Brexit referendum – to take back control. Millions who voted Leave will feel cheated, and rightly so: it's clear the great Brexit betrayal has begun.

Although the modern Tory party has a dreadful track record when it comes to immigration, last summer things looked brighter. Boris Johnson and Michael Gove even advocated an Australian-style points system. That message undoubtedly helped to secure Brexit.

Things have now changed. ...

The old alliance of big business and a Tory government is booming again. Meanwhile Tory supporters, who have voted loyally in successive elections for manifestos that promise to drastically cut numbers, have been sold out. ...

Apart from a few delusional Westminster MPs, everyone knows that the issue which won Brexit was open-door immigration. ...

The irony is that the Government's decision to keep the borders open comes as the migrant crisis in Italy is intensifying.

Even the most optimistic measure of the "new consensus" will mean that, one year on from the historic vote, all of the problems caused by the UK's rising population – which is set to hit 77 million by 2050 – will continue to worsen.

Every week Britain's national debate focuses on the lack of available school places, shortfalls in NHS funding, overcrowding on our railways, or on the housing crisis. But rarely, if ever, does any member of the political class dare to voice the undeniable truth that immigration lies at the root of these difficulties. The talk is always of the economic benefits, never the capital costs of the infrastructure required. ...

It is strange to think that Jeremy Corbyn is now offering a tougher line than the Government when he says he would ban the wholesale importation of low-skilled EU workers. ...

Even the shadow trade secretary and staunch Remainer, Barry Gardiner, acknowledges that a "key objective" of Brexit was to "have control over our borders". He says that unless this objective, and others, are met, "we will find it difficult to justify the final result to the 52 per cent who voted Leave". Mr Gardiner is absolutely right.

My hopes that this Government had learnt the lessons of the referendum, and understood that open-door immigration and its effects matter more to voters than any other issue, have for now evaporated. The "new consensus" must be broken.
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Why supporting free trade and controlled migration is not a contradiction in terms
Alex Morton
ConservativeHome, 26 July 2017

Britain will face colossal pressure to accommodate tens of millions of people during the next few decades. A handful of free marketers argue that backing free movement of goods and services also means backing free movement of people. A key assumption of those proposing open borders is that people have a right to enter the UK; that to treat people in other countries differently to those here is racist and nativist, and that to protect our borders is no better than other protectionist measures.

This is quite wrong. Trade is inanimate objects and people are people. The impact of a cheaper furniture piece and a newly arrived migrant are obviously distinct. ...

The first key point is that people do not have the right to enter the UK. You are born into a nation, just as you are born into a family. /.../ You have no more right to walk into another country and demand residence than you do in the UK to walk into a richer person's home and demand to live in it.

Like a family, you should be free to leave at any time once you are an adult. But other countries, no more than other families, are not required to take you in. /.../ We may choose to let people in, but this is a privilege, not a right. ...

If migrants have no right to enter the UK, who we accept becomes a question of economics and culture. In terms of the economics, the evidence is clear – what might be termed the economics of agglomeration and addition. Agglomeration is the very clear evidence that high skilled workers benefit from the presence of other high skill workers, and if this generates an overall increase in wealth large enough it increases average incomes. /.../ Addition, meanwhile, what happens when you simply add workers of average to low skills to an existing labour pool. In this case, it is a simple case of supply and demand – more workers means lower wages (though employment is not impacted). ...

When migrants enter the UK, they rarely discard their cultural worldview. There is not only a purely economic cost, but a cultural cost to migration. The very institutions and culture that have generated the wealth and freedom in our society, or any society, do not exist in some vacuum or textbook. ...

So in general, we should welcome high skilled, culturally similar migrants, and few low skilled, culturally distinct migrants. And we should not be embarrassed about making the case for doing so.
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EU migrant crisis: Austria can deport asylum seekers, court says
Bethany Bell
BBC, 26 July 2017

The EU's top court has ruled that a law requiring refugees to seek asylum in the first country they reach applies even in exceptional circumstances.

The case, brought by Austria and Slovenia, could affect the future of several hundred people who arrived during the migrant crisis of 2015-16.

The ruling concerns two Afghan families and a Syrian who applied for asylum after leaving Croatia.

The court says it is Croatia's responsibility to decide their cases. ...

Under the so-called Dublin regulation, refugees typically have to seek asylum in the first EU state they reach. But Germany suspended the Dublin regulation for Syrian refugees, halting deportations to the countries they arrived in.

From August 2015, hundreds - and sometimes thousands - arrived in Austria every day, initially via Hungary and later through Slovenia.

Many wanted to travel on to Germany, but around 90,000 applied for asylum in Austria, equivalent to about 1% of its population. ...

The Jafari sisters' case was taken to the European Court of Justice (ECJ), along with a similar incident in Slovenia involving a Syrian national.

On Wednesday the ECJ ruled that their crossing of the Croatian border had to be considered irregular under the Dublin rule. Just because one EU country allows a non-EU citizen to enter its territory on humanitarian grounds, that authorisation is not valid in other EU countries.

Austrian lawyer Clemens Lahner said that hundreds of asylum seekers would be affected by the ECJ's decision. ...

In its ruling the ECJ stressed that EU countries could show a "spirit of solidarity" under a sovereignty clause that allows member states to examine asylum applications even if they do not have to.
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'Everyone is eating more halal': Certifier brags opponents of Muslim food categorisation are actually HELPING his business as controversy raises awareness
Stephen Johnson
Daily Mail Australia, 26 July 2017

An Islamic businessman who makes money certifying that food is fit for Muslims predicts all non-Muslims in Australia will be eating more halal than ever.

Halal Certification Authority president Mohamed Elmouelhy says the third-party certification industry will keep booming. ...

Chocolate brand Cadbury, Bega cheese, Vegemite and Sara Lee desserts pay third-party certifiers an undisclosed fee to declare their foods are halal, an Arabic term for permissible.
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Czechs, Hungarians, and Poles have one month to start taking migrants
Peter Teffer
EUObserver, 26 July 2017

The European Commission has given the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland one month to change their minds on participating in the EU's migrant relocation scheme.

"There is still time to change everything and come back to normality," said EU migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos on Wednesday (26 July).

He announced that the commission had taken the next step in a legal procedure against the three central and eastern EU countries, for their unwillingness to take any migrants from Italy or Greece through a mandatory quota plan. ...

The infringement procedure against the three EU member states can end in the Court of Justice, which could hand out fines. However, it is unlikely that the procedure will be finished before the relocation scheme ends – two months from now.
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As EU tells UK NOT to run criminal checks on 3m migrants seeking citizenship we examine 10 horrifying cases that show how dangerous this could be
Richard Wheatstone
The Sun, 25 July 2017

EU officials want to stop the UK running criminal checks on 3 million Europeans hoping to stay in Britain after Brexit.

Britain wants to vet EU citizens before allowing them residency once Brexit is finalised in early 2019.

But Brussels chiefs claim "systematic" checks breach EU laws and have warned Britain it will move to stop such background searches against EU citizens as part of any agreement.

EU rules say previous criminal convictions cannot 'in themselves' be a barrier to free movement and citizens are not subject to background checks like non-EU nationals.

The rules are likely to change in Brexit Britain but the EU's demands would stop retrospective background checks.

This is despite a number of recent examples of migrants with a history of violent offences entering the UK and going on to commit sickening crimes.
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On immigration, we need no implementation, no transition post-Brexit. Just an immediate start in cutting numbers
Christopher Howarth
ConservativeHome, 25 July 2017
[Christopher Howarth is a senior researcher working in the House of Commons]

The UK has, by accident or design, followed a policy of economic growth driven by migration-fuelled population growth. EU free movement supplemented by a taxpayer subsidy for employers to take on low paid workers – in-work benefits – has been a dominant feature of our economy for the last 15 years.

So all established companies that have a secure market benefit from a growing economy, while those who find it easier to import skills rather than invest in domestic skills or automation get a double benefit. Whether individual domestic workers and taxpayers have benefited is another question.

It should therefore be no surprise that organisations who represent these companies – the CBI, the IoD and so on – are now in panic mode at the prospect of the withdrawal of their cheap labour drug. These addicts are playing for time, clinging to an EU free movement "transition" as a heroin addict clings to methadone. But their shrill cravings should be resisted. ...

You may ask why the Cabinet is discussing a "transition" before it has agreed what we are transitioning to? ...

This leads to the conclusion that what is being discussed internally is simply keeping our present immigration policy after we leave the EU. ...

What the Government needs to do now is give a clear sense of direction. There is cross-party agreement that free movement within the context of EU membership should end. /.../ Michael Forsyth, who chairs a Lords Committee looking into this issue, has summed the situation up well:

"Some firms will need to raise wages to attract domestic workers. In other sectors, where migrant workers may not easily be replaced by domestic workers, firms will need to change their business models or increase capital investment in automated processes." ...

... Business and government should not waste time asking for extensions and complaining the task is too big for them – but get on with it now.
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European and African ministers discuss plan to tackle flow of refugees
Patrick Wintour
The Guardian, 24 July 2017

European and African ministers are to meet in Tunis on Monday to discuss a plan to try to regularise the flow of refugees from Africa to Europe to about 20,000, coupled with a much tougher strategy to deport illegal migrants from Italy and break up smuggling rings.

The plan to regularise the migrant flow is being pushed by the UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, which warns that EU efforts to train the Libyan coastguard along with Italy's intention to impose a new code of conduct on NGO rescue ships operating in the Mediterranean do not match the scale of the problem, or recognise the extent to which the flow of refugees and migrants is likely to become permanent.

The aim is to set up screening systems for EU-bound migrants in countries en route to Libya, such as Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Chad and Sudan.

The EU at a meeting in July set aside enough cash for 40,000 regularised refugees, with as many as half coming from claimants in Syria, and the remainder from Africa. ...

Italy is gripped by deep political and civil divisions on the issue, with more than 90,000 migrants reaching Italy from Libya this year. ...

Explaining the thinking, Vincent Cochetel, UNHCR's new special envoy to the central Mediterranean, said: "... Italy also needs to be able to process claimants so the economic migrants are returned much more quickly, or else there will be no deterrent to travel to Italy. Only a third of the migrants reaching Italy are found to be in need of international protection."

He added that by the time migrants reached Libya it was often too late. ...

He added: "There has been a lot of rhetoric about closing down the smugglers' business model, but little has happened, but it has to be done more seriously than at present ... Many of the people smugglers can be identified as they advertise their services on Facebook, but little has been done to try to seize their assets or impose travel bans and other sanctions.

"There tends to be action against the small fry, like the people that steer the boats to Libya in return for a discount on the journey. They are not the people responsible for this system."
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German election WARS: Martin Schulz attacks Merkel on migration in explosive interview
Rebecca Perring
Daily Express, 24 July 2017

Martin Schulz has taken a furious swipe at Angela Merkel over her ill-fated open door refugee policy as he bids to take her job as Chancellor of Germany in the upcoming elections.

The Social Democratic Party leader said Germany needs to take action now to prevent a re-run of 2015 when 890,000 migrants arrived in the country after Mrs Merkel opened the borders. ...

He said: "The numbers in Italy are worrying - thousands per day.

"If we don't want a repeat of what we experienced in 2015 we need to take action now as the Italians are reaching their limit in terms of what they can do." ...

In an interview with the Bild am Sonntag newspaper, Mr Schulz described the situation was "highly explosive" and said he wanted to turn it into an election campaign issue, saying: "Those who play for time and try to ignore the topic until the election are acting in a very cynical way."
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Harrow Council wins £400,000 bid to help immigrants settle in the borough
Katherine Clementine
GetWestLondon, 24 July 2017

Hundreds of thousands of pounds has been awarded to Harrow borough to ensure "migrants continue to be a positive and welcome part of Harrow's community".

Harrow Council was successful in its bid for government cash from The Controlling Migration Fund, set up to support local areas facing pressures linked to recent immigration.

Harrow's local authority will spend its £400,000 slice of the cash on free courses, community care and English lessons to hundreds of new arrivals to the area.

The Home Office has set aside £25 million a year between 2016/17 and 2019/20 to "mitigate negative impacts on the provision of local services linked to recent migration". ...

Cllr Sachin Shah, leader of Harrow Council, said: "Harrow is proud to be one of the most diverse places in the country. ..."

The Controlling Migration Fund (CMF) was launched last November, and is divided into two parts, with £100m to help English local authorities and £40m for direct enforcement action against people in the UK illegally.
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Government commits to resettling an extra 3,000 refugees from Africa and Middle East
Independent / Press Association, 23 July 2017

UK ministers say they are committed to resettling up to 3,000 children and families from the Middle East and North Africa, in addition to the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme.

Local authorities across the country are currently supporting more than 4,000 unaccompanied asylum seeking children, they said.

Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis said: "We are committed to fulfilling our commitment under the Dubs scheme as soon as possible and ensuring that children arrive in the UK safely. This is just one aspect of a much wider response. We have committed to resettling 23,000 people directly from regions of conflict and last year we granted protection, or another form of leave, to over 8,000 children. ...

"We believe the most vulnerable children are in the conflict zone around Syria and the best way to help them is by resettling refugees directly from the region. This is how we can stop traffickers and smugglers from exploiting vulnerable people and children."
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Italy feels the heat as EU shuts doors to migrants
Angela Giuffrida
The Observer, 23 July 2017

... the northern Italian border town of Ventimiglia, ...

Ventimiglia has been a perennial waiting room since 2011 for migrants hoping to cross the border ...

Some of the estimated 300 people sleeping rough along the Roia had only landed in Sicily a few days earlier. ...

Much like the rest of Italy, Ventimiglia has been left alone to deal with a humanitarian crisis that is growing dramatically and that now threatens to undermine the fragile unity of the EU, which is appearing to ignore the problems faced by its members in the south. ...

All Enrico Ioculano, the mayor of Ventimiglia, can do as he laments the lack of solidarity from France and other EU states, is to contain the growing crisis in his town.
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Hungary's leader: EU and Soros seek to "Muslimize" Europe
MailOnline / Associated Press, 23 July 2017

European Union leaders and Hungarian-American billionaire George Soros are seeking a "new, mixed, Muslimized Europe," Hungary's anti-migration prime minister said Saturday.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban said during a visit to Romania that Hungary's border fences, supported by other Central European countries, will block the EU-Soros effort to increase Muslim migration into Europe.

While Hungary opposed taking in migrants "who could change the country's cultural identity," Orban said under his leadership, Hungary would remain a place where "Western European Christians will always be able to find security."
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Jeremy Corbyn: "wholesale" EU immigration has destroyed conditions for British workers
Helen Lewis
New Statesman, 23 July 2017

Mass immigration from the European Union has been used to "destroy" the conditions of British workers, Jeremy Corbyn said today.

The Labour leader was pressed on his party's attitude to immigration on the Andrew Marr programme. ...

Laying out the case for leaving the single market, Corbyn used language we have rarely heard from him - blaming immigration for harming the lives of British workers.

The Labour leader said that after leaving the EU, there would still be European workers in Britain and vice versa. He added: "What there wouldn't be is the wholesale importation of underpaid workers from central Europe in order to destroy conditions, particularly in the construction industry."

Corbyn said he would prevent agencies from advertising jobs in central Europe - asking them to "advertise in the locality first". This idea draws on the "Preston model" adopted by that local authority, of trying to prioritise local suppliers for public sector contracts. The rules of the EU prevent this approach, seeing it as discrimination.

In the future, foreign workers would "come here on the basis of the jobs available and their skill sets to go with it. What we wouldn't allow is this practice by agencies, who are quite disgraceful the way they do it - recruit a workforce, low paid - and bring them here in order to dismiss an existing workforce in the construction industry, then pay them low wages. It's appalling. And the only people who benefit are the companies."

Corbyn also said that a government led by him "would guarantee the right of EU nationals to remain here, including a right of family reunion" and would hope for a reciprocal arrangement from the EU for British citizens abroad.

Matt Holehouse, the UK/EU correspondent for MLex, said Corbyn's phrasing was "Ukippy".
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Immigration has brought 250,000 people to Britain every year since 2004 with three times the population of Birmingham settling in the UK
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 22 July 2017

Immigration has added an average of 250,000 to the population every year since 2004, a report has revealed.

Some 3.25 million extra foreign citizens – equivalent to three times the population of Birmingham – settled here over the period, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

It means an average of 684 people have started a new life in Britain every day for 13 years – adding to the pressure on schools, hospitals and other infrastructure. ...

The ONS bulletin predicted the UK population could leap from 65.5 million to just over 76 million within a generation if high levels of immigration persist, along with life expectancies and birth rates continuing to rise. ...

Leading think-tank Migration Watch, which campaigns for lower migration, said accounting for the indirect effects of migration – those foreign citizens who also have children – the population could even hit 77 million as early as 2039. ...

It total, around 1.9 million EU citizens have set up home in Britain since 2004, when Tony Blair threw open the country's doors to the newly-enlarged group. ...

On top of this, some 1.3 million non-EU immigrants have moved to live in the UK.
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Now even arch Brexiteer Gove admits EU migrants will keep coming to the UK for up to FIVE years as Ukip warns the deal 'betrays' the referendum
Tim Sculthorpe and Jason Groves
Daily Mail, 22 July 2017

Michael Gove today endorsed a transitional exit from the EU that could leave Britain's borders open for up to five years.

The Environment Secretary insisted immigration rules would be overhauled and the referendum result honoured.

It emerged today that the Remainers in the Cabinet had won a battle to secure agreement for a transitional deal that could last until 2022 - three full years after Brexit officially takes place and five from the start of the Article 50 process.
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Germany is now home to around 700 Islamists thought to pose a terror threat, warns police chief
Gareth Davies
MailOnline, 22 July 2017

Germany is now home to around 700 Islamists thought to pose a terror threat, a police chief has warned.

The federal police chief Holger Münch said the group posed the biggest threat to Germany, which has been rocked by terror attacks prompting criticism of Angela Merkel's open-door immigration policy.

He believes the number of extremists potentially willing to carry out terror attacks in Germany is now up to 690, almost a hundred more than the figure issued by the Interior Ministry in February.

Talking to the German daily newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau, he said there is an undercurrent of right-wing and left-wing extremists, but that Islamists pose the greatest threat.
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Turks in Germany 'belong here,' says foreign minister
Johanna Treeck
Politico, 22 July 2017

Turks living in Germany are welcome and "belong here," said the country's foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel in an open letter designed to reassure citizens alarmed at the country's soured relations with Turkey.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's moves to suppress democracy and crack down on political opponents have brought condemnation from Germany and led to an escalating row between the countries. Erdogan also prevented German politicians from visiting troops based at a Turkish airbase.

"No matter how difficult political relations between Germany and Turkey are, one thing remains clear: You, people of Turkish roots in Germany, belong here – whether with or without a German passport," Gabriel said in a letter published in Germany's largest tabloid Bild in both German and Turkish.
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'I will kill the English' Illegal migrant escapes deportation after storming church
Paul Jeeves
Daily Express, 22 July 2017

A drunken illegal immigrant has escaped jail even after he threatened to kill churchgoers.

Despite living in the UK for nine years, Iraqi Zana Hassan boasted how much he hated the English before storming into a Methodist church during Sunday service.

After police arrested him he shouted: "I will ******* kill you and kill all the English ********."

This prompted magistrates this week to ask the Crown Prosecution Service to review the case to decide whether he should face more serious charges.

However, CPS lawyers deemed the offence "low-level disorder" and declined the request.

That enabled Hassan, 29, who sneaked into the UK in 2008, to escape with just a conditional discharge ordering him to stay 100 yards away from the church. He walked free after Home Office officials failed to take the opportunity to seek a deportation order.

Last night Ukip MEP Mike Hookem demanded Hassan, of Bishop Auckland, be deported.

He said: "Do we really need this sort of person in our country? Families will have been attending church and in the current climate would be absolutely terrified by this man rushing in making threats.

"He caused terror and distress so of course there should have been a more serious charge than public order.

"It's ridiculous. He's been here all this time and I doubt the authorities know anything about him but hopefully now he will at least be kicked out." ...

Mitigating, Ben Pagman revealed Hassan had been in the UK since 2008 but was "effectively here illegally without permission to remain". ...

Handing down the conditional discharge, bench chairman Nick Edger said: "With regards to sentence, our hands as a bench are tied."
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The problem with the government's proposed 'extremism commission'
Rod Liddle
The Spectator, 22 July 2017

The Egyptian-born Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi was once invited to speak in this country – and the row which developed as a consequence was both entertaining and instructive. Many people said he shouldn't be given a visa because of his 'extremism'. ...

So who was right? /.../ Within the world of Islam, Qaradawi is indeed a moderate and relatively pacific voice. And yet his views, seen from over here, would appear to be those of a bigoted, foaming maniac.

There are two points to draw from this. First, that many people in this country delude themselves about the Islamic world and its fervent hatred for Jewish people, its subjugation of women and gays, its viciousness in dealing with those who renounce the faith etc. And second, that the term 'extremist' is not only stupid and virtually meaningless, but endlessly contingent. Who has the right to decide what is an extreme view and what isn't? ...

I have mentioned Qaradawi's visit before because it was a beautiful example of liberal delusion being smacked in the face by the real world. I mention it again now because the government is setting up something called an 'extremism commission', which it intends will root out 'extremism' and, in the hideous vernacular of our time, 'build partnerships with those opposed to extremism'.

My suspicion is that this is every bit as Orwellian as it sounds. /.../ A slightly warped sense of 'fair play' and the mental shriekings of the left will ensure they broaden their scope. No, they will tell us, with great pride, we are not merely picking on Muslims. We are on the warpath against all extremism and, since you asked, we will decide what extremism is.

Already a little worried by the whole business, the Evangelical Alliance commissioned an opinion poll from ComRes about this strange and ephemeral thing, extremism. The first thing they found was that a very clear majority of the British people thought pretty much as I suggested above – that labelling something or someone extremist was stupid and, when it comes to framing debates, 'not helpful'. But the pollsters also asked people a whole bunch of political questions and asked them to adjudicate on whether they were 'extremist' or not. So, for example, 36 per cent said that wishing to leave the European Union was 'extremist'. On what we might call the other side of the coin, some 40 per cent reckoned it was 'extremist' to believe in the idea of man-made climate change.

In other words, both halves of the country believe that the other half is 'extremist'. And yet of course the word is simply an insult to be flung at someone whose views we hate or despise. ...

I will bet that quite a few things in which I believe – and probably what the Evangelical Alliance believes too – would be deemed 'extremist' by this extremism commission. ...

... And the excuse given will be they are trying to stop us being blown up, or stabbed to death on London Bridge. That's my worry too – that in order to placate the sensitivities of the adherents of a recently imported culture, the beliefs of indigenous people will be proscribed. When there is not the remotest comparison between them.
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UK unprepared for cap on migration – and cannot count it properly, warn Lords
Tim Wallace
Daily Telegraph, 21 July 2017

Britain is "in the dark" over immigration numbers because the current system for counting movement into and out of the UK is inadequate, a committee of Lords has warned.

Companies across the country are also unprepared for a sharp drop in immigration, meaning that the flagship policy to reduce net immigration to below 100,000 per year "runs the risk of causing considerable disruption".

"The Government must have reliable statistics on migration before it formulates new policy, otherwise it will be making crucial decisions – of vital importance to the country's businesses – in the dark," said Lord Forsyth of Drumlean, chairman of the Economic Affairs Committee.

Peers noted that there is not even a single definition of what a migrant is, with official statistics varying between counting those born abroad, those with foreign nationality, and those who have changed their country of residence.

They propose that the Government use data from sources including tax records to work out how many migrants are in the UK, the time for which they stay, the proportion who are in work, and the type of work they carry out.

The current system, which largely relies on surveys, is particularly inadequate in counting the number of foreign students who are in the UK and who stay on after graduating.
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Free movement of people to continue for at least two years after Brexit - media
Reuters, 21 July 2017

The free movement of European Union citizens to Britain will continue for at least two years after Brexit as part of a transitional deal, British media reported on Friday. ...

Some senior members of Prime Minister Theresa May's cabinet, including Chancellor Philip Hammond, have been pushing for a transitional period designed to protect the economy and reassure businesses.

As part of Hammond's plans, EU citizens would still be able to move to Britain for up to two years, The Times newspaper reported on Friday. The Guardian newspaper cited a senior cabinet source as saying free movement could last for up to four years.
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Five more years of EU migration: Cabinet Remainers' victory after agreeing 'soft-landing' transition period that will delay UK getting its borders back
Jason Groves
Daily Mail, 21 July 2017

The Cabinet has agreed to pursue a 'soft-landing' transition from the EU that could see free movement continue in all but name until 2022.

A senior government source told the Daily Mail that Remainers had declared victory in their battle for a lengthy transition period, despite fears it will slow the process of taking back control of Britain's borders.

The source claimed leading Brexiteers such as Liam Fox, Boris Johnson and Michael Gove have now signed up to the idea of a substantial 'implementation phase' after the UK leaves in 2019, in order to give business and government time to adjust to departure from the EU.
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Britain will allow some EU citizens with criminal records to stay after Brexit
Gordon Rayner, Peter Foster and James Crisp
Daily Telegraph, 21 July 2017

Foreign criminals will be allowed to remain in Britain after Brexit, it emerged on Thursday night, as a fresh row broke out over the UK's right to deport European Union convicts.

Brussels is trying to prevent Britain from rooting out and deporting EU citizens with serious criminal convictions by claiming that blanket criminal records checks are unlawful.

In a major clash over citizens' rights, the EU has demanded the Government drops plans to vet all three million European citizens who are expected to apply for the right to remain in Britain after Brexit. It would mean thousands of foreign criminals being allowed to stay in the UK.

David Davis, the Brexit Secretary, has insisted the checks will go ahead. However, some EU citizens who have served prison sentences will be allowed to remain, because Britain will use the softer European-set criteria to decide who can stay, rather than the stricter British standard.
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How many students have been granted settlement in recent years?
Migration Watch UK, 21 July 2017

A major Home Office study carried out over seven years has established migrants' journeys through the immigration system. They have taken those granted settlement and traced their journey back through the system to establish the routes under which they originally arrived.

The analysis reveals that over the period 2009-2015, 191,000 non-EU migrants who originally came through the student route were granted settlement. An average of 23,300 non-EU migrants who originally arrived on a student visa and 4,000 who arrived on a student dependant visa were granted settlement in each year. ...

The Migrant Journey statistics show that settlement was granted to almost 200,000 non-EU citizens who originally arrived in the UK as a student or the dependant of a student.
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Students have added 200,000 to the permanent population in the last seven years
Migration Watch UK, 21 July 2017
[Press release]

The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee has called on the government to improve the statistics on the number of students who leave the country and then for them to be removed from net migration 'for public policy purposes'.

This is despite the fact that a report issued today by Migration Watch UK reveals that in the last seven years almost 200,000 grants of settlement were made to non-EU citizens who originally arrived through the student route.

The report is based on the findings of official Home Office analysis of migrants' journeys through the immigration system which established that an average of 27,000 grants of settlement were made to people who arrived as students or student dependants in each of the years 2009-2015.

There is no doubt that the statistics on the number of students who remain in the country should be improved and the government should make use of the available exit check data. However, once we have an accurate picture of the contribution of students to net migration, they should remain in the target. Students have, after all, comprised half (600,000) of all non-EU inflow in the last five years, which has totalled 1.18 million.
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Population Growth in English Cities Fuelled Almost Entirely By Mass Immigration
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 21 July 2017

New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that up to 98 per cent of the population growth in some English cities over the last decade can be attributed to mass immigration.

The Birmingham Mail newspaper reports that, in its own city, some 58 per cent of population growth between 2007 and 2016 was fuelled by migration.

136,357 people moved to the city from overseas, while some 76,000 people left for a new life elsewhere – part of the 'white flight' phenomenon which has recently been observed in the United Kingdom and other Western nations.

Coventry, meanwhile, has experienced the most remarkable demographic shift, with an extra 52,782 people in the city compared to 2006 and 98 per cent of that growth being attributed to immigration.

The immigration statistics were revealed at the same time as separate figures showing that 28.2 per cent of all live births in England and Wales are to mothers born abroad.

The figure for births to mothers born in the UK but from an immigration background was not disclosed but is presumably significant, given the higher birth rate in migrant and migrant-descended communities relative to the general population.
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German media failed to report refugee crisis honestly, study finds
The Local [Germany], 21 July 2017

An influential German institute has studied thousands of article published by daily newspapers during the refugee crisis. Their conclusion: journalists lost their objectivity and drove a wedge through society.

As hundreds of thousands of refugees arrived in Germany in 2015 and early 2016, daily newspapers took on the role of "public educators" rather than objective critics of public policy, a team of researchers at the Otto Brenner Institute conclude, according to a report in Die Zeit this week.

The researchers, led by former Die Zeit editor Michael Haller, studied thousands of articles published between February 2015 and March 2016 by leading daily newspapers, including Bild, Die Welt, the Süddeutsche Zeitung and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

The report, which will be published on Monday, criticizes "the so-called mainstream media" for lining up behind Chancellor Angela Merkel's open-door refugee policies, and for uncritically taking on "the slogans of the political elite." ...

News articles were often infused with the opinion of the journalist, while the opinions of normal citizens, of experts, and of asylum seekers themselves were often ignored, he added.

The report concludes that the moralistic reporting by the major newspapers "massively contributed" to a loss of trust in the mainstream media and a split in German society.

Over one million asylum seekers arrived in Germany in total in 2015 and 2016, with numbers rising sharply after the government opened its borders in late August 2015.
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Restaurants doing a runner from bills for employing illegal immigrants
Andrew Penman
Mirror, 20 July 2017

Laughing in the face of the justice system seems to be routine for one category of company bosses – the ones who employ illegal immigrants.

They avoid paying penalties issued by the Home Office by the simple tactic of shutting down their firms.

Take Kaher Zaman, 48, who lives in a detached mansion in the pretty West Sussex village of Storrington.

In 2013 the Home Office issued a £25,000 civil penalty after five illegal workers were discovered at one of his Indian restaurants.

He resigned as a director of Zaman & Co (UK) Limited, which was taken over by Sofik Miah, 46.

The following year another four illegal workers were discovered at the restaurant, resulting in an £80,000 penalty. And, by the by, Miah got done for fiddling housing benefit and was given 120 hours' unpaid work by Worthing magistrates.

Then, in 2015, the company was put into liquidation, with both Home Office penalties unpaid.

Two weeks ago, Zaman was banned from being a company director for five years, but has continued in the business regardless.

The chain of three restaurants now operates under a new company name, IndoBangla Cuisine Limited, with a relative who lives with him as director – Momotaz Zaman. ...

Sadly, there are plenty more cases like this. ...

In 2015-16, the latest year for which figures are available, 2,594 penalties were issued for employing illegal workers.

The total came to £46.2 million, of which just £12.5 million was paid.
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Madness in the Med: how charity rescue boats exacerbate the refugee crisis
Nicholas Farrell
The Spectator, 22 July 2017

But the problem hasn't gone away; it has shifted westwards to Italy, where things just go from bad to worse. Last year a record 181,000 migrants arrived there by sea, nearly all from Libya, and this year there are sure to be many more: over 90,000 have so far been ferried across the Mediterranean from near the Libyan coast to Sicily, 300 miles away, according to the latest figures from IOM, the UN migration agency. ...

... According to a recent opinion poll published in the Rome daily Il Messaggero, 67 per cent of Italians want Italy to close its ports to rescue vessels or deport all migrants ferried to Italy, and 61 per cent want a naval blockade of the Libyan coast. ...

The debate about migrant crossings tends to be held in the context of people fleeing from wars in Syria and Libya. Yet according to Eurostat, the EU's statistical arm, of the 46,995 migrant arrivals in Italy in the first four months of this year, only 635 were Syrians and 170 were Libyans. By contrast, 10,000 came from Nigeria, 4,135 from Bangladesh, 3,865 from the Gambia, 3,625 from Pakistan and 3,460 from Senegal. ...

What is causing growing Italian anger is the role of charities and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the transport of migrants across the Mediterranean. ...

... The business model of the smugglers does not include transporting their customers all the way to Italy, but rather to take them 12 nautical miles to the boundary of Libya's territorial waters, so they can then be 'rescued' and ferried the rest of the way to Europe. ...

But these boats are entering Libyan territorial waters. ...

These charities, and others operating ships in the Mediterranean, of course

claim to be saving lives. But what they are really doing is colluding – either intentionally or not – in a people-trafficking operation.
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George Soros vs the nation state
Douglas Murray
Spectator blog, 20 July 2017

The Hungarian government – led by Prime Minister Viktor Orban – also differs from the views of Hungary's wealthiest son, George Soros, who along with the numerous NGOs that he funds has spent recent years undermining the borders of Europe, and specifically the borders of Hungary. When Orban criticised Soros in 2015, the multi-billionaire responded by clarifying the difference between himself and Orban thus:

'[Orban's] plan treats the protection of national borders as the objective and the refugees as an obstacle. Our plan treats the protection of refugees as the objective and national borders as the obstacle.' ...

Actually the political views of George Soros are not only of legitimate concern to the Hungarian government. They should be of enormous concern to the Hungarian government, as they should be to all other European governments. What should be a greater concern to a government than somebody who founds and funds numerous organisations which seek to undermine your borders and teach people how to learn the loopholes in the existing laws of your continent?
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Most Leave voters back free movement – you just have to explain it
Michael Chessum
New Statesman, 20 July 2017

The argument during the referendum was never about free movement, but about immigration in general.

This week, a piece of YouGov polling flipped on its head a widely held belief about the public's attitude to immigration in the context of Brexit. The headline question was:

"In negotiating Britain's departure from the European Union, do you think our government should offer EU citizens the right to travel, work, study or retire in Britain, in exchange for EU countries giving British citizens the same rights?"

Of the respondents, 69 per cent, including 60 per cent of Leave voters, responded that they should.

The poll has been overlooked by the bulk of the press, for whom it contradicts a very basic assumption – that the end of free movement, and the implicit acceptance of the narrative that high net migration had strained services and wages, was an electoral necessity for any party wanting to enter government. In fact, the apparent consensus against free movement after Brexit owes much less to deeply-rooted public opinion, and much more to the abject failure of progressives and mainstream Remain campaigners to make the case for it. ...

Perhaps most importantly, free movement makes British workers more secure. Migrants will come to the UK regardless of whether or not free movement agreements are in place; without the automatic right to work, many will be forced to work illegally and will become hyper-exploited. Removing migrants' access to public funds and benefits – a policy which was in the Labour manifesto – would have a similar effect, forcing migrants to take any work they could find.
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Immigration Crisis Causing 'Unprecedented' Shift in Italy's Demographics
Libertarian Newscast, 20 July 2017

A deadly combination of a plummeting birthrate and massive immigration portend that native Italians will make up an increasingly small percentage of Italy's overall population, a new study reports.

Italy's fertility rate is less than half of what it was in 1964, the Centro Machiavelli reported in its study titled "How immigration is changing Italian demographics." ...

As of the first of this year, Italy had over five million foreigners living as residents, a growth of a remarkable 25 percent relative to 2012 and a whopping 270 percent over 2002. ...

Moreover, even the children being born in Italy are over-represented by immigrants, whose birthrate is considerably higher than native Italians, the study revealed. ...

If current trends continue, the report states, by 2065, first- and second-generation immigrants will exceed 22 million persons, or more than 40 percent of Italy's total population.

By comparison, it was only in the not far-off 2001 that the percentage of foreigners living in Italy crossed the low threshold of one percent, which reveals the speed and magnitude of demographic change occurring in Italy, a phenomenon "without precedent" in Italy's history, the study asserts. ...

Unfortunately, Italy is not alone in its demographic turmoil, the study stated. Extrapolating from current trends, British citizens will no longer be the majority of the population in the United Kingdom around 1965.

In Germany today, 36 percent of children under five are born to immigrant parents, which presages a significant demographic shift in the next generation in that country as well.
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Quarter of babies born to foreign mothers in England and Wales
BBC, 19 July 2017

More than a quarter of babies born in England and Wales in 2016 were to foreign mothers - the highest level on record, official figures show.

This figure has increased every year since 1990 to the current 28%. ...

The proportion of all live births to mothers born outside the UK stood at 11.6% at the start of the 1990s.

The ONS says one of the reasons for the increase since then is that fertility levels are generally higher among foreign-born women.
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Home Office volunteers no data on EU migrants in work
Anushka Asthana
The Guardian, 19 July 2017

A Home Office minister has refused to say whether the British government has ever made use of EU-wide immigration rules that allow people to be expelled from a country if they are not working or actively seeking employment.

Lady Susan Williams admitted that the UK's interpretation of the European directive governing the free movement of workers was "more than generous" in comparison with other European countries.

She suggested that her department did not hold data that would allow it to know whether European immigrants in the UK had secured jobs or not.

The admissions came in the answers to two separate parliamentary questions on the issue from Labour peers, who are frustrated that the government blames the EU for its failure to hit the tens of thousands migration target.

Lord Richard Rosser asked the minister what Britain's net migration figure would be if the government had chosen a stricter approach on immigration – in line with EU countries such as Belgium.

Williams said there was no data to prove whether EU nationals were seeking work or not – which would be needed to take action. ...

Rosser hit back, claiming the lack of information from the government "smacks of incompetence, at worst a cover up". ...

He added: "The government has spent years telling voters they want to reduce immigration to 'tens of thousands', then blaming the EU for their failure to deliver on that promise. After saying they had applied EU rules more generously than they needed to, we now hear they've also failed to keep track of how many EU migrants to the UK are not fulfilling their employment obligations."

A second question on the issue came from Peter Hain, who is a passionate supporter of Britain remaining in the EU and believes the government could take more action on immigration under the EU rules.

He asked Williams how many EU nationals had been removed under the rules – which say that people who are not seeking work or who are homeless can be sent home. "I am sorry but the data requested could only be obtained at disproportionate cost," she replied.
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Legislation is needed to stop one ethnicity taking over a school, says Bradford superhead
Camilla Turner
Daily Telegraph, 19 July 2017

Legislation is needed to stop one ethnicity taking over schools, a Bradford superhead has said.

Sir Nick Weller, the executive principal at Dixons Academies which runs a chain of schools in the west Yorkshire city, said that introducing a new law is the "only answer" to prevent children being segregated along ethnic lines.

He said that it is "unhealthy" for a city like Bradford to have two communities living "separate lives" and for the children to be educated at different schools. ...

Mr Weller said that rather than sending children to the closest school, parents prefer to send them further away to a school where the majority of children are from the same ethnic background. ...

Asked if there was a "tipping point" where the proportion of one community becomes for high in a school that others are deterred from sending their children there, he said: "I think once you get to sort of 70 to 80 per cent, once you get that, then yes."

He said that bringing in new legislation to prevent the dominance of one ethnic group at a school would be the "only answer", but added that the legal implications of doing so would be "very high".
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Mass immigration helps to drive our housing crisis. No wonder young people are angry – as I know to my cost
Julian Brazier MP
ConservativeHome, 19 July 2017
[Julian Brazier is a former Defence Minister, and was MP for Canterbury from 1987-2017]

The result is that articles on housing policy seldom mention the role of immigration in swelling demand, nor question the need to reduce it in order to ease the competition for accommodation. ...

The ONS says that the lion's share of recent measured population growth, 62.4 per cent, comes from unprecedented levels of so-called 'net' (legal) migration; but behind the calculation of those net figures is the counting of elderly Brits retiring abroad against young incomers. This further boosts the impact of migration on population, but appears under domestic fertility growth, not net migration, in the statistics. The ONS projects that the UK's population will reach 70 million by 2026 – a huge rise of nine million, or 15 per cent, in just 20 years.

Yet the ONS has consistently under-forecast population growth in successive projections over the past generation. In part, this is because there is a growing population of illegal migrants, mostly people overstaying visas. The ONS suggests that the population is rising at a staggering half a million per year, but its surveys do not tend to pick up these illegal residents. Indeed, proxy measures, such as GP registrations and school rolls, point to substantial underestimates by ONS in parts of the country, showing that growth is even higher than their statistics suggest.

The Government has taken a number of steps to promote housebuilding and needs to do more, but a colossal building programme is already needed just to tread water against this spiralling demographic growth. It is worth dwelling on that point for a moment: a very large building programme will be required just to stop housing shortages from getting worse, even if we were to restrain population growth only to that which is now built into our current population. The children in our overcrowded primary schools will be adults in half a generation, needing housing – even though, in some areas, many of their families do not appear in ONS surveys. ...

We need to assert that there is no contradiction between seeking to continue to attract the brightest and best students from around the world, and taking a hard look at high risk visa applicants – including less able candidates from poor countries. How many students actually stay is hotly debated, but a study by ONS last year suggested that, in recent years, it is over half of students, indeed up to a quarter of total UK net migration. The study comes with caveats – including the fact that there is no way of matching cohorts – and has been challenged by organisations like the IPPR and the universities themselves – but it does at least show that there are good grounds for believing that many students do stay on. Those who stay will need housing and many will wish to bring in family members. Yet there are many even within the Conservative Party who have signed up to the university lobby's view that we should jettison the internationally agreed measure of population movements and take students out of immigration data altogether – presumably whether they stay or not. ...

... Nevertheless, if we shy away from the fight, and continue to ignore the impact of immigration on the prospects of our next generation gaining the homes they want, we – and the country – will pay a dreadful price.
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Farage's Breaking Point poster told an inconvenient truth
Kathy Gyngell
Conservative Woman, 19 July 2017

The British 'liberal' political elite still hasn't 'got it' on immigration. Pretending it's not a problem is proving a hard habit to kick. Unfortunately, politicians and their 'progressive' left friends in the media have been hooked on this habit for years. As with any addict the worse their problem gets the more intransigent they become.

Not even the 'rock bottom' of Brexit jolted them awake though immigration was the issue above all others that drove the vote.

They were even in denial about that.

The elite's universal condemnation of Nigel Farage's much maligned poster blinded them to the fact that it was exactly that 'wot won it' for Brexit. It pictured an inconvenient truth, that the political class found embarrassing and were desperate to downplay, of thousands of young male migrants, some economic, some seeking asylum, entering and making their way across Europe towards Germany, Scandinavia and Britain.

They dismissed it as inflammatory, knowing no one would be brave enough in the high-octane atmosphere created by Jo Cox's terrible murder to challenge this. But was it? Didn't it simply represent the truth?

Mrs Merkel had invited them. If Frank Field coined the phrase 'thinking the unthinkable', Nigel Farage with this poster said the unsayable. He made manifest a problem (now of a far greater order and urgency) that for years politicians, aided and abetted by the 'metropolitan elite' who control 'respectable' political discourse, had always repressed or denied. ...

No it was not Nigel Farage who poisoned political debate with immigration but the political elite who, as Douglas Murray observes so brilliantly in his book, The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity and Islam, have poisoned debate by throwing this accusation back at the public - that they are wrong and misguided: "This was not just done through charges of 'racism' and 'bigotry', but in a series of deflecting tactics that became a replacement for action", Murray says.

He describes these as veering from 'get over it' to demanding the public accept its inevitability, from justifying it in the name of 'diversity', 'tolerance' or the needs of elderly care or employers' needs and finally to 'payback time' - turning it back on ourselves - for what the British did in the past (which was [of] course all bad). ...

But, as he sets out, net migration figures for each year since 2011 have been far in excess of 300,000 while the number of new national insurance numbers issued each year has been more than double that.

On current population trends Murray notes the most modest estimate of the Office for National Statistics is that the UK will rise from it current population of 65 million (already up by 6 million up from 2011) to 70 million within a decade. If calculated at current levels of migration, this jumps to 80 million by 2040. ...

The latest favoured but again specious take is that 'more damage was done by the Conservative Party's 2010 manifesto promise to bring immigration down by the tens of thousands than anything else'. They should in other words have denied the problem again.

No, the damage done was the Party's pusillanimity in being so easily 'shamed' out of acting on that very important promise - or worse - not meaning it in the first place.
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More than 64,000 people overstaying visas in Australia
Tom McIlroy
Canberra Times, 19 July 2017

More than 64,000 people are in Australia illegally after overstaying work and tourist visas, with the federal government estimating as many as 12,000 have been here for more than 20 years.

New figures from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection show temporary visitor visas are the mostly likely to be abused in Australia, while Malaysian nationals made up the largest group of unlawful non-citizens in the country last financial year.

There were nearly 10,000 Malaysians recorded as having overstayed visas in 2016-17, along with about 6500 Chinese nationals and 5170 from the United States.

Countries outside the top 15 most likely to overstay represented nearly 18,000 in the category. About 3700 UK nationals overstayed, ahead of 2780 Indonesians and 2730 Indians. ...

The department said more than 47,000 visitor visa recipients had overstayed, along with 9690 students visa holders. ...

Senator Griff said better checks were needed to prevent temporary visitor and tourist visa recipients from overstaying in Australia.

"These are the easiest to abuse, as there is little checking up of tourists. Given that more than 47,000 overstayers came here on tourist visas and well over half originated from Asian countries, there is a good argument for a greater degree of scrutiny," he said.
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NHS will recruit 2,000 foreign GPs to meet staff targets, says health chief
Jane Kirby
Independent, 18 July 2017

The National Health Service will recruit around 2,000 more GPs from abroad to meet its staffing targets, said Simon Stevens, the head of NHS England.

The figure is in addition to the 500 already planned, with Mr Stevens saying an "industrial scale" foreign recruitment programme was needed to alleviate staffing pressures.
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Brexit talks must not lose sight of immigration issue
Ross Clark
Daily Express, 18 July 2017

Something seems to have gone missing from the Brexit negotiations. ...

While Theresa May in her manifesto renewed David Cameron's vow to bring net migration down to 100,000 a year we have scarcely heard a thing on the subject since the election.

There has to be a suspicion that the Government is preparing for a climbdown, that it is opening the way for a deal in which Britain would remain partially in the single market with EU citizens free to travel to Britain, to look for work here and to claim benefits here much as before. ...

Any slippage on free movement matters because it undermines one of the main reasons for people voting to Leave the EU: the desire to establish a controlled migration policy where we continue to welcome people who are going to add to our economy but where we cease to be under obligation to take in those who will be a burden on our welfare state and public services. ...

Free movement was a harebrained idea which the EU's leaders never properly thought through.

It has strained Europe's economy - depopulating parts of the East as well as causing overpopulation in the West.

The Government, in doing a Brexit deal, must not contemplate allowing it even partially to remain.
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More Migrant Riots Hit France
Joseph Klein
FrontPage Mag, 18 July 2017

The European migration experiment is failing miserably. Self-declared "refugees" and migrants from Africa and the Middle East are importing their violence, chaos and regressive norms of behavior into formerly harmonious countries all over Western Europe. As Seth J. Frantzman wrote in the Jerusalem Post last December, "They hate the very society they have often chosen to migrate to. Their new society tolerated their intolerance and taught them that this new country provided such unfettered freedom that it should be destroyed."

For example, while many French people were busy celebrating Bastille Day – a year after the tragic Islamist massacre in Nice - riots and violence reportedly broke out on the nights of July 13 and 14 in suburbs of Paris heavily populated by migrants. A policeman was badly wounded and 897 cars were burned. Hundreds of individuals were placed in custody. ...

... The number of vehicular killings, stabbings, shootings, sexual assaults, riots and car burnings has risen exponentially in France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark and Norway, as the tide of migration has intensified. No-go zones have multiplied. Free speech is becoming a casualty of hecklers' veto and misplaced multicultural sensitivities. Yet Europe continues to admit even more migrants without any adequate vetting. ...

Free speech is the enemy of both elitist governments, which believe they know what is best for their benighted "subjects," and of extremists, who believe only they possess the truth and that the expression of contrary opinions is heresy. Elitist governments use their instruments of power to suppress free speech. The extremists use violence and play the race card against those they consider to be the so-called "oppressors" and their enablers.

Leftists who reject the pluralistic norms of capitalist, democratic Western societies encourage mass migration of unassimilated individuals from conflicting cultures to destabilize and then radically transform such democratic societies.
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John Howard's bait-and-switch: Is it time for a debate on the mass immigration 'Ponzi scheme'?
Frank Chung, 18 July 2017

It's the debate we were never allowed to have.

Until relatively recently, Australia's population grew at a stately pace. There was an influx of European immigration in the mid-1940s, and pause from the mid-1970s, but in the 100 years after Federation in 1901, net overseas migration averaged 70,000 people a year.

Then in the early 2000s, Prime Minister John Howard opened the floodgates. Over the last 12 years, Australia's annual net overseas migration has tripled from its long-term average to 210,000 people per year.

Our cities are bursting at the seams, roads and services are congested, and house prices are skyrocketing – particularly in Sydney and Melbourne, which attract the lion's share of new Australians.

Over the last 12 years, Sydney has added 20 per cent to its population, or 800,000 people. Melbourne has added one million people over the same period, or 27 per cent. ...

"It's clearly unsustainable," said Leith van Onselen, chief economist with MacroBusiness. "The problem isn't that immigration is good or bad, it's just that the level is far too high for Australia to digest."

According to Mr van Onselen, dubbed the "Unconventional Economist", Howard "effectively ran a bait-and-switch policy".

"He scapegoated the very tiny number of people coming by boat, and at the same time opened the floodgates on people coming by plane," he said.

"Howard never articulated why he was doing that, he just did it, and unfortunately the following governments, Rudd, Gillard, Abbott and now Turnbull, just followed."

Mr van Onselen, who is one of the few public commentators calling for a national debate about Australia's annual migration intake, says there is now "tri-partisan support" between the Liberals, Labor and even the Greens to not discuss the issue. ...

"Unfortunately you can't have a sensible debate," said Mr van Onselen. "The main problem is the perception of racism. The easiest way to shut down debate is to call someone racist. ...

"It's nothing to do with race – it's an economic and living standards debate. It's purely a numbers game, that's all that matters. A body is a body. If you've got an extra car on the road, an extra person on the train, it doesn't matter where they're from."

The common public argument used to promote mass immigration, particularly by the likes of the United Nations, is the need to replace an "ageing" population. The behind-the-scenes rationale is to artificially boost economic growth numbers.

Both justifications fail to stand up to scrutiny. According to the Productivity Commission, which has debunked the ageing population myth numerous times over the past 15 years, "changes in migration levels ... make little difference to the age structure of the population in the future, with any effect being temporary".

"The reason is very simple – immigrants grow old," said Mr van Onselen. "You can bring in a whole bunch of young people now, it will lower the age temporarily, but in 30 years time those young people are old and you have to repeat the same trick all over again. Really it's just a Ponzi scheme."
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Poll commissioned by Tony Blair says Britons DO want Hard Brexit and demand fewer migrants, demolishing the ex-PM's claims that the country doesn't want to leave the EU
John Stevens
Daily Mail, 17 July 2017

Tony Blair has insisted voters are changing their minds on Brexit – despite his own opinion poll showing overwhelming support for leaving the EU. ...

In addition, 75 per cent said they believe Britain's immigration policy is too open, compared with just 4 per cent who said it is too closed. ...

The poll was conducted for Mr Blair's institute by research firm Luntz Global Partners between May and June. ...

Mr Blair said he had opened Britain's borders to Eastern European countries after they joined the EU in 2004 'for very good reasons ... in a completely different economic situation'.
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Housing crisis risks causing 'demographic time bomb', report says
William Eichler
LocalGov, 17 July 2017

A new report from the Adam Smith Institute argues unaffordable housing has forced people to have smaller families and delay starting a family until later in life.

When combined with the decrease in immigration expected after Brexit and the country's ageing population, the lower birth rate risks a demographic crisis that will see taxes increasing on working-age people in order to pay for their parents and grandparents.

High housing costs make this situation worse, argues the free market think tank.

Though rising house prices increase the birth rate among existing homeowners, they also keep people renting where they are less likely to have children.

This means the net effect of rising house prices is 'highly negative' on the national fertility rate.

Between 1996 and 2014, a 10% increase in house prices resulted in a 4.9% decrease in births among renters but just a 2.8% increase in births to homeowners – a net decrease of 1.3%.

The think tank estimated between 1996 and 2014 high house prices stopped approximately 157,000 children from being born – a trend, the report warns, that will get even worse without 'radical action' on housing from Whitehall.
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A soft Brexit would mean mass immigration – of over 100,000 people a year net until the late 2030s
Lord Green (Andrew Green)
ConservativeHome, 17 July 2017

Talk of a "soft" Brexit, sometimes dressed up as a "Brexit for jobs" or for "prioritising the needs of the economy" is thoroughly misleading. In practice it can only mean continued membership of the Single Market. ...

There is a great deal at stake: namely, the continuation of massive levels of immigration from the EU into the foreseeable future. There is no sign that the incentives of higher wages and the greater availability of employment in the UK, which have led to record levels of EU net migration, have diminished. Romania's minimum wage is still a fifth of the level of the UK's, and the OECD predicts that there will be no convergence of UK and East European wages in the next 20 years. We could be looking at continued net inflows from the EU of well over 100,000 a year until the late 2030s.

In this case, overall net migration could well continue at around the ONS population projection's high migration scenario of 265,000 a year. That would mean the UK's population growing by just over 11 million by 2039 – two thirds of which would be the result of the direct and indirect effects of immigration. An increase on that scale would be the equivalent of adding a population nearly the size of the city of Birmingham every two years.

Even these huge numbers take no account of the recent revelation by their former Head of Enforcement that the Home Office have kept secret their estimates of illegal immigration which range from 150-250,000 per year, many of whom will have entered illegally and will therefore add to net migration.

We are now at the point where the whole scale and even nature of our population risks spinning out of control.
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The EU has the power to stop this mass human trafficking
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 17 July 2017

The ruling European elite and its politically correct allies like to harp on about the evils of human trafficking.

Yet their self-righteousness is the height of hypocrisy for they are the biggest traffickers of all.

With utter contempt for the integrity of our continent, they now operate a gigantic illegal immigration racket across the Mediterranean, transporting every week thousands of people who have no right to live in Europe.

The scale of this exercise along the sea route between North Africa and Italy is alarming.

On Friday alone, an incredible 4,400 migrants were brought to ports on the Italian coast, 1,428 of them in a single coastguard vessel which reached the Sicilian city of Catania. ...

Just like Frau Merkel's decision two years ago, the present Italian strategy is portrayed as a grand humanitarian gesture which shows Europe's compassion.

But this is a grotesque distortion of reality.

The "rescue" operation for the migrants is nothing of the sort. It is in practice a free ferry service that takes African passengers on a journey of 300 miles from just off the Libyan coast to Italy.

Peter Mandelson, the former European Commissioner and Labour Cabinet Minister once revealingly joked of his party's open-door immigration policy that "we were sending out search parties for people".

That is exactly what the EU and the sanctimonious "rescue" charities are doing in the Mediterranean today. ...

Nor is there a shred of credibility behind the assertion that most of the Africans are desperate refugees fleeing persecution.

The United Nations admits 70 per cent of those on the Mediterranean boats are economic migrants.

The EU's deeply flawed, self-destructive strategy will only encourage an ever greater influx.

As the American billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates put it, "The more generous you are, the more word gets around about this, which in turn motivates more people to leave Africa."

Gates is absolutely right. According to a recent estimate by Austrian Military Intelligence, as many as 15 million African migrants could arrive in Europe by 2020, while President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani says the figure could be of "biblical proportions" in future, reaching 20 or 30 million. ...

But this process is not inspired by generosity. On the contrary, it is the product of a political conspiracy to erode the traditional fabric of Europe and create a new social order.
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The Acid Attacks of London's Muslim No-Go Zones
Daniel Greenfield
FrontPage Mag, 17 July 2017

Things are going smashingly well in Londonistan. ...

Gun control has worked so wonderfully well that gun crime in London rose 42%. When gun control advocates insist that we should be more like the UK, London's 2,544 gun crime offenses probably aren't what they have in mind.

But gun control does work in London after a fashion. Those gang members who can't lay their hand on a firearm must make do with a sharp blade. Knife crimes in London rose 24% to 12,074 recorded offences. 60 people were stabbed to death last year. ...

Acid attacks in London rose from 162 in 2012 to 454 last year. There have already been 199 acid attacks this year. Five acid attacks just happened in London in the space of little more than an hour.

And so the obvious new solution is drain cleaner control. ...

It's easy to blame and ban inanimate objects. And it avoids any discussion of the perpetrators.

Newham is the London borough with the highest number of acid attacks. It also has the second highest percentage of Muslims in the UK. 398 acid attacks occurred in 5 years in the area named as "the most ethnically diverse district in England and Wales". 33% of Newham consists of non-UK passport holders.

But surely that's some sort of random coincidence.

Except that the place with the third highest number of acid attacks is Tower Hamlets. Tower Hamlets is a Muslim no-go zone. It has one of the smallest native British populations in the country. 35% of the population is Muslim. Most of those are Bangladeshis with a healthy sprinkling of Somalis.

There were 84 acid attacks in what has been dubbed "The Islamic Republic of Tower Hamlets".

Also, entirely by coincidence, Bangladesh has the highest rate of acid attacks in the world. ...

The second highest acid attack location in London was Barking and Dagenham, a growing Muslim enclave which elected its first Muslim mayor whose plans include holding an Islamic festival "for the whole community – regardless of religion". ...

The native British population made up 80% of Barking in 2001. Now it's fallen to less than half. ...

Fifth on the acid list is Redbridge where the native British population fell by 40,844 in a decade. ...

Pakistan has one of the highest rate of acid attacks in the world. It lags behind Bangladesh. But fortunately Redbridge boasts a diversity of both Pakistanis and Bangladeshis. And acid attacks. ...

At 14%, Islam is the second largest religious group in Hackney. The indigenous British population has fallen to 36%. That's down from 44% in 2001. And, according to officials, it's "reflective of Hackney's increasing diversity which currently marks it out as the 6th most ethnically diverse borough in London after Newham, Redbridge, etc..."

Sixth in diversity and sixth in acid attacks. ...

London is experiencing a splash of the acid test of diversity. ...

Immigration from violent societies prone to terrorism is the acid that is eating away at Europe.
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Judges' ideologies
John Wood
Daily Telegraph, 17 July 2017
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In delivering a custodial sentence to a viscount last week for sending threatening e-mails, a senior district judge stated that we are "lucky" to live in a multiracial society.

While many may or may not agree with the judge in her opinion on the social make-up of our society, it is alarming that, increasingly, judges and senior police officers are making public statements which, in tone, are highly ideological.

Surely, for the public to have confidence in our law enforcers and the procedure of the law, we need to know that the law is applied without influence of the personal political opinions of those in whom we must place our trust to act without prejudice.
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Worries as 171,000 Romanians and Bulgarians enter UK in three years
Lara Keay
Daily Express, 17 July 2017

More than 100 Romanians and Bulgarians have arrived every day since the European Union relaxed restrictions three years ago, figures show.

The number of immigrants from the two eastern European countries has risen by 171,000 from 129,000 in January 2014 to nearly 300,000 in March.

It equates to an average of 120 Romanians and 20 Bulgarians entering every single day. ...

Conservative MP for Monmouth David Davies said: "This is very worrying because we don't know how many of these people are actually finding work and how many are claiming things like housing benefit.

"These figures show the importance of controlling our immigration rules and that's precisely what we will be able to do once we leave the EU."
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Liberals Can't Keep Their Stance Straight On Birth Rates
Scott Greer
Daily Caller, 17 July 2017

French president Emmanuel Macron deeply upset his liberal fan base this week when he decided to address the problems of Africa.

"The challenge of Africa is completely different, it is much deeper. It is civilizational today. Failing states, complex democratic transitions, the demographic transition," Macron stated at the G20 summit on Monday. He then said "one of the essential challenges of Africa" is that in many of its countries "seven or eight children [are] born to each woman." ...

The comments on African women having too many children drew international outrage for apparently sounding like racism. /.../ The Independent said that Macron's opinion on Africa showed that "he isn't that liberal after all." The Guardian argued Macron's "slur against Africa" revealed he was still steeped in the colonialist mindset.

All of this was because the French president indicated that Africa's rate of population growth may be unstable. But there was a whole lot of hypocrisy in the furious reaction to Macron, as proven by another trend piece from later in the week.

Two days after the left-wing Guardian condemned Macron for saying Africans were possibly having too many children, the outlet urged people to start having fewer kids. The reason for reducing the amount of offspring was to fight climate change, since overpopulation means more carbon emissions, according to the study cited by the left-wing publication. ...

But since it is racist to say this to Africa and other parts of the developing world, who is supposed to have fewer kids? The answer to these progressives appears to be westerners, which the Guardian article itself implies by showing white babies as its featured image. ...

It's an odd proposition to tell white folks to have fewer kids since birth rates in Western Europe and America are in decline, especially among millennials – you know, the people who are supposed to be procreating the next generation soon. The birth rate in America for 2016 was one of the lowest on record, and Europe's fertility rate has been dramatically low for several years.

This development should be seen as a positive to liberals who worry about climate change, but rarely has it been covered as such. Instead, the West's fertility woes are primarily exploited as an argument for welcoming millions of migrants – many of whom are those seven or eight African kids Macron was referring to.

Shockingly, The Guardian provides us with fine representations of that argument. In one 2015 article, the publication warned that Europe was heading towards a demographic crisis, and the only real solution to the problem was increasing immigration. In a 2016 piece, The Guardian cheered on how Germany was able to halt its population decline by welcoming in a million migrants. However, the article stressed that only maintaining high immigration levels could solve the crisis long-term. ...

It might be a bit of stretch to say, but it appears the Left only has a problem with a lot of kids when its whites who are having a lot of kids.
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Is It Racist to Say Africa Has 'Civilizational' Problems?
Remi Adekoya
Foreign Policy, 17 July 2017

French President Emmanuel Macron should have known his comments about Africa at the G-20 summit this month would spark an angry backlash. ...

Accusations of racism and ahistoricism piled on quick, flooding social media and prompting some commentators to declare Macron's honeymoon as a liberal icon over. This was entirely predictable. In part because of the historical trauma of slavery, colonialism, and the racist discourse they fostered, when white people use terms like "civilizational" in reference to problems in Africa, what many black Africans hear is: "Your civilization is inherently inferior to ours; it is backward and primitive."

... Macron pointed to three major challenges facing the continent today: demography, democracy, and failing states. He was right on all counts.

On the demographic point, some critics zeroed in on Macron's erroneous claim that the average African woman has "seven or eight" children; in fact, the only African country with such a high fertility rate is Niger, with 7.6 children per woman. But if the French president exaggerated slightly, his underlying point about dangerous demographic trends was sound. In 19 of Africa's 54 countries, the average woman has five or more children, while in 36 of them the fertility rate is 4.0 or higher. These are worrying numbers on a continent where there are already 233 million hungry or undernourished people in the sub-Saharan region alone. ...

Strong population growth could have been an engine for development if the creativity of Africans were being adequately harnessed. But poor governance and inadequate infrastructure – itself a product of poor governance – have turned it into a disaster waiting to happen. ...

Macron's point about "failing states" is also borne out by the facts. ... Finally, Macron's comment about "complex democratic transitions" was also a pretty obvious truth. The journey toward democracy in Africa has not been smooth. ...

Even among those nations that are classified as electoral democracies, few enjoy the kind of good governance that popular sovereignty is supposed to produce: rule of law, respect for human rights, and balanced economic development. ...

Defensiveness and denial are not helping the hundreds of millions of impoverished Africans living in want, insecurity, and fear. At best, this kind of attitude allows Africa's middle-class intellectuals and privileged classes to avoid the public airing of uncomfortable and sometimes embarrassing truths about the continent where they live.
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Over 100 asylum seekers won the right to stay in the UK despite having been previously deported in past five years
Mike Hamilton
The Sun, 16 July 2017

More than 100 asylum seekers who returned after being kicked out of the UK have now won the right to stay.

In the last five years 113 people who came back after being returned to their homeland succeeded at the second attempt.

One Ethiopian who was flown home returned to the UK within a month to launch a second successful asylum bid.

The "boomerang migrants" land the taxpayer with a double bill – paying for the initial deportation and then the cost of homing when the second asylum attempt succeeds.

Statistics unearthed by The Sun on Sunday show that these second-time lucky asylum seekers come back to the UK from all over the globe.

Claimants have been deported to African countries including Libya, Congo, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, Eritrea and Ethiopia – before defying the ruling to return to the UK.

Last year 21 boomerang asylum seekers won the right to stay here.

There were 19 cases in 2015 and 20 the year before. In 2013, 26 returned and were allowed to stay and there were 27 cases in 2012.
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Italy plots 'nuclear option' to migrant crisis by giving EU visas to 200,000 incomers and sending them north as the country struggles with 'human warehouse'
Liz Dunphy
MailOnline, 16 July 2017

Italian government officials have threatened to issue temporary EU visas to thousands of migrants in an effort to deal with Italy's escalating migrant and refugee crisis that would allow new arrivals to travel north.

In what has been described as a 'nuclear option,' Italian government officials have threatened to allow 200,000 migrants who enter the country to travel across Europe by using a Brussels directive, The Times reports.

Italy has previously called on its EU neighbours to help with the escalating humanitarian crisis but it has been disappointed by their lack of action. ...

Mario Giro, the deputy foreign minister, and Luigi Manconi, a senator with the ruling Democratic Party, told The Times that issuing migrants with temporary visas was under discussion.

Mr Giro believes that Italy can exploit European Council Directive 2001/55, developed after the Balkans conflict to give temporary European entry permits to a large number of displaced people.
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Punjabi names go global at home and abroad
Nirupama Dutt
Hindustan Times, 16 July 2017

Christine, Reuben, Sarah, Amy or Kevin: these names are no longer alien to the Punjabi soil. With the dollar, education abroad and immigration dream being cherished across the state, it is little wonder that western names have started replacing the ethnic names. ...

However, the present pursuit for global names is seen by many as linked to aspirations of living or rather settling down abroad. ...

Patiala-based cultural-linguist Surjit Lee is of the opinion that the need for assimilation in the new country and its people is leading to the naming of children with more universally accepted names. This is also happening in other states of India and other Asian countries.
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Government to spend £10m to recruit 600 foreign teachers
Camilla Turner
Daily Telegraph, 15 July 2017

The Government plans to spend £10 million on hiring 600 foreign teachers, it emerged last night, as it launches one of the biggest ever overseas recruitment campaigns.

A tender published by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), reveals how the Department for Education seeks to address the "acute" shortage of teachers in Maths, Physics and Modern Languages.

The cost to the taxpayer of recruiting each teacher will be over £16,000 – before they have even stepped foot in a classroom.

The Government blamed the growth in pupil numbers, improvements in the economy, a shrinking graduate pool and greater competition in the labour market for its failure to recruit enough teachers within the UK. ...

Despite initially allocating £4.1 million for the scheme – just £6,800 per teacher – the government has now admitted the project will cost between £6 million and £10 million.
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Baby boom will lead to 20 per cent more secondary school pupils in ten years, official figures show
Camilla Turner
Daily Telegraph, 15 July 2017

A baby boom fuelled by migration will lead to 20 per cent more pupils at secondary schools within ten years, official figures show.

There will be over half a million more secondary-age children by 2026, according to a projection by the Department for Education.

The bulge in student numbers will require the Government to build around 267 average sized secondary schools by 2026, to cope with the rise in demand for places.

The increase is being fuelled by a rising birth rate which has led to growing numbers of pupils making their way through the school system.

The report found that the surge in secondary school students is "primarily because increased births from 2002 onwards means there are now larger numbers entering secondary schools at age 11 than are leaving them at age 16."

"Changes in the school age population are largely driven by the birth rate," a Dfe report on national pupil projections said.

"Direct immigration of pupils born outside the UK has a very small effect on the school age population.

"However, the birth rate, which has a much larger effect, is in turn affected by any increase in the number of children born to non-UK born women, who overall tend to have higher fertility rates."
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Top UK university replaces busts and portraits of bearded white scholars with ethnic minorities and women
Luke Mintz and Harry Yorke
Daily Telegraph, 15 July 2017

King's College London must replace busts and portraits of some of its founding fathers with ethnic minorities amid pressure from students, a dean says.

The plans to move portraits of former faculty staff from the main entrance wall and replace them with more BME scholars are being implemented by the world famous Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, following concern among academics that current teaching is too "intimidating" for ethnic minorities.

The proposals were unveiled by Professor Patrick Leman, the Institute's dean of education, who said that the faculty should not just be filled with "busts of 1920s bearded men" but rather more modern, diverse scholars so that the Institute feels less "alienating".

Founded in 1924 as a hospital medical school, the Institute owes its existence to a donation from Dr Henry Maudsley, a pioneering British psychiatrist, and neurologist Sir Frederick Mott, who drew up plans for university courses for training in the field of psychiatry in 1896.

Their busts, which are believed to be the subject of Professor Leman's remarks, were placed in the Institute in recognition of their work. ...

Professor Leman, who describes himself as "tribal Labour" in blogs, added that portraits lining the main entrance are "almost entirely white middle-aged men" and will be replaced with a "wall of diversity". ...

Meanwhile, teaching materials, such as diagrams of the human anatomy, will be changed to feature a "range of ethnic groups", rather than just the "standard white male".
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Sikh gang who 'completely undermined' the immigration system by sneaking Afghan asylum seekers into Britain using their relatives' passports are jailed for a total of 19 years
MailOnline, 15 July 2017

Three men who 'completely undermined' the immigration system by sneaking Afghan asylum seekers into Britain using their relatives' passports have been jailed for a total of 19 years.

Daljit Kapoor, 41, his cousin Harmit Kapoor, 42, and Davinder Chawla, 44, provided passports belonging to British Sikhs to lookalikes who donned turbans themselves to get through passport control.

Border Officials had difficulties distinguishing between the illegal immigrants and the real Sikh passport holders, who are allowed to wear turbans and beards in their passport photos.

The gang were paid more than £9,000 for each family they got into the UK, smuggling nearly 70 people into the country in the £620,000 scam. ...

Passports were used multiple times to transport 69 people to the UK, 59 of whom failed to apply for asylum and whose whereabouts are unknown, the court heard.
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Home Office under fire as fake 'Archbishop' delays extradition with fake documents
Victoria Ward
Daily Telegraph, 15 July 2017

High Court judges have criticised successive Governments for allowing a self-proclaimed "Archbishop" to delay extradition by a "scandalous" ten years with a string of false documents.

Lord Justice Gross said it was "truly alarming" that the case of Gilbert Deya, who is accused of stealing babies in his native Kenya, had been allowed to drag on for so long and ordered the Home Secretary to maintain a "firm grip" on such matters.

Deya, 65, a controversial preacher who allegedly sold Aldi olive oil as a miracle cure for cancer, was jailed two months ago after producing a forged "order" purporting to be from Kenya's High Court absolving him of further criminal investigation, the Telegraph can reveal. ...

Kenyan police allege Gilbert Deya Ministries is an international baby-snatching ring and have accused Deya of stealing five children between May 1999 and December 2004 then trying to pass them off as his own. ...

Deya was arrested in 2006 but had resisted three attempts by successive governments to deport him. Home secretaries Jacqui Smith, Theresa May and Amber Rudd ordered Deya's extradition in 2008, 2011 and 2016. ...

Lord Justice Gross said this week that it was "little short of scandalous" that his case has taken so long to resolve.
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Taxpayers hit with £2.1m bill for flights to return failed asylum seekers that are CANCELLED before take-off
James Tapsfield
MailOnline, 14 July 2017

The Government blew £2.1 million on flights to deport failed asylum seekers that were cancelled last year, it can be revealed.

The bill, caused by last-ditch appeals, was the highest for four years - and has risen by a third over the past two years.

The shocking figure sparked demands for an explanation as to why the system has still not been tightened up.

Problems arise when officials book seats only for legal challenges to be launched against deportation at the last minute - meaning they have to be abandoned. ...

The figure for so-called 'ghost' flights in 2016-17, revealed in the latest Home Office accounts, is up from £1.9 million the previous year - when Theresa May was in charge at the department.

In 2014-15 it was £1.58 million and in 2013-14 £1.744 million. ...

The department also saw its bill for legal claims nearly double from £21.9 million to £40.3 million.

The number of claims soared to 6,011, with awards of legal costs against the government in 4,173 cases costing £33.4 million.

Nearly 1,800 compensation and ex-gratia payments were made totalling £4.4 million.

Another £1.8 million was paid out for 32 cases of unlawful detention, and tribunal costs came to £700,000.
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Criminal deported from UK five years ago came BACK into Britain 13 times
Allister Hagger
Daily Express, 14 July 2017

A Romanian criminal deported five years ago has sneaked back into Britain 13 times.

Gabriel Dragut, 28, was thrown out of the UK after finishing a jail sentence for fraud. But he sneaked back many times before he was arrested for stealing an 81-year-old woman's purse. ...

Michael Crimp, prosecuting, said Dragut was jailed for two years in May 2012 at Teesside Crown Court for using card-skimming devices on cashpoints. He served four months before being sent back to Romania.

Mr Crimp said: "Records suggest that since the deportation he has returned to the UK 13 times and Border Force can't say why that was allowed to happen." ...

Peter Spary, defending, said when Dragut was deported in 2012 he received a call from the Home Office and a ticket, but had not been asked to sign anything.

Mr Spary said: "He didn't know he wasn't allowed to come back.

"He came back to the UK regularly and there were no problems at the borders."
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India has second highest number of adults planning to migrate: Report
Economic Times, 14 July 2017

India has the second highest number of adults planning to migrate to other countries with the US and the UK among the most favoured destinations, according to a report by the UN migration agency.

The UN migration agency, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), in its report 'Measuring Global Migration Potential 2010-2015', which analyses people's migration intentions globally for the period 2010-2015, noted that globally 1.3 per cent of the adult population or 66 million people said they were planning to migrate permanently within the next 12 months. ...

Half of those planning to migrate live in just 20 countries, led by Nigeria and followed by India, Congo, Sudan, Bangladesh and China.

At 4.8 million people, India has the highest number of adults planning and preparing to migrate - 3.5 million people who are planning and 1.3 million who are preparing.

For Nigeria, the number stands at 5.1 million people, Congo 4.1 million, and China and Bangladesh at 2.7 million each.

The findings by IOM's Global Migration Data Centre (GMDAC) shows that less than half a per cent of adults worldwide or 23 million people are actively making preparations to migrate abroad. One in three adults surveyed plans to migrate to a developing country.
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Foreign students in Canada are for all purposes new immigrants
Pradip Rodrigues
CanIndia, 14 July 2017

By some estimates, close to half a million Indian students choose to continue their further education in a foreign country. ...

In the US alone, nearly 45% of international students are either Chinese or Indians. ...

One major factor taken into consideration while choosing a foreign study destination often has little to do with the ranking of the university or private college but a lot depends upon the country's immigration policy and ease of obtaining permanent residency and in that respect, Canada is the clear winner. /.../ Here in Canada there are hundreds of students who start working more hours than they spend 'studying' or attending classes. /.../ He or she may even be planning on becoming a Canadian politician which seems to be on the radar of many South Asian newcomers and students.

... And recently a news report about a scam involving foreign students from India made headlines. Often boys who cannot qualify as students to Canada are married off to a Canada-bound female student. The parent's of the boy pay the girl's college fees in exchange.
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Sweden cracks down on illegal immigrants after failed asylum-seeker kills 5 people
Daily Express, 14 July 2017

Sweden has intensified its crackdown on illegal immigrants after a failed asylum-seeker killed five people in Stockholm, but the move has raised concerns that more migrants will be driven underground to join a shadowy underclass. ...

Swedish authorities had already started to tighten up on illegal immigrants, but police stepped up their activities after Uzbek construction worker Rakhmat Akilov drove into Stockholm shoppers in April.

"We have an unlimited amount of work," said Jerk Wiberg, who leads the Stockholm police unit in charge of domestic border controls. ...

The Migration Agency estimated 10,000 asylum-seekers a year will choose to disappear rather than be deported. Up to 50,000 undocumented immigrants already work in hotels, transport, construction and restaurants, the agency said last year.
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"Diversity" is Why London has Acid Attacks
Daniel Greenfield
FrontPage Mag, 14 July 2017

Why does the UK have acid attacks?

Acid attacks are ubiquitous in certain Third World countries. They were not previously a staple of life in the UK. Then they became a staple of life.

All the shocked media coverage of the latest acid attacks in London carefully tiptoe around the obvious issue. Acid attacks tend to involve immigrants or the children of immigrants. They're a horrifying tactic that has been imported to the UK.

Acid attacks are one of those enriching benefits of diversity.

Instead of dealing with the obvious, the proposals push for "Drain cleaner control". As if you can seriously prevent people from getting their hands on chemicals that don't go well with the human face. After the triumphs of gun control and knife control, now it's onward to drain cleaner control.

Acid attacks in London have climbed from 162 in 2012 to 454 last year.

We could talk about immigration. Or we can try to ban drain cleaner.
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BBC: Schools Must Hire 70,000 Extra Non-White Teachers to Reflect Pupil Demographics
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 14 July 2017

The BBC has said in a report the Department for Education (DfE) should recruit an extra 68,000 teachers from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds so as to reflect England's pupil demographics.

"Just 13% of state-funded schools' teachers are currently from a BME background, compared to 27% of pupils," laments BBC News, reporting that its analysis of DfE figures for 2016 "found the number of BME teachers would need to double to accurately reflect the ethnic make-up of the state school pupil population in England". ...

A spokesman for the DfE said the proportion of teachers with minority ethnic backgrounds has steadily increased, adding: "We also provide a range of support to teachers from black and ethnic minority backgrounds such as the Leadership, Equality and Diversity Fund." ...

The exams regulator Ofqual and schools watchdog Ofsted came under fire this week after new research blasted the lack of racial diversity on their boards. ...

While it is frequently claimed that ethnic and gender diversity has a positive effect on how business and companies function, experts Alison Reynolds and David Lewis said their research found that it's cognitive – not identity-based – diversity that improves a team's performance.

"Received wisdom is that the more diverse the teams in terms of age, ethnicity, and gender, the more creative and productive they are likely to be," the pair noted earlier this year, writing in Harvard Business Review.

"But having run the execution exercise around the world more than 100 times over the last 12 years, we have found no correlation between this type of diversity and performance."

In their research, Reynolds and Lewis said they found "significant correlation between high cognitive diversity and high performance."

Explaining that cognitive diversity "has been defined as differences in perspective or information processing styles," the pair said the phenomenon "is not predicted by factors such as gender, ethnicity, or age."
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Acid attacks: What has led to the rise and how can they be stopped?
George Mann
BBC, 14 July 2017

Assaults involving corrosive substances have more than doubled in England since 2012, police figures show.

The vast majority of cases were in London. ...

The National Police Chiefs Council lead for corrosive attacks, Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Kearton, told the BBC Asian Network that reported acid attacks had seen a significant rise in percentage terms, but that compared with knife crime the number of incidents were "tiny". ...

Metropolitan Police figures obtained by the BBC show men are twice as likely to be victims of acid attacks in London than women after being linked to a number of gang crimes.

The vast majority of cases never reach trial.
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Germany: Infectious Diseases Spreading as Migrants Settle In
Soeren Kern
Gatestone Institute, 14 July 2017

A new report by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the federal government's central institution for monitoring and preventing diseases, confirms an across-the-board increase in disease since 2015, when Germany took in an unprecedented number of migrants.

The Infectious Disease Epidemiology Annual Report – which was published on July 12, 2017 and provides data on the status of more than 50 infectious diseases in Germany during 2016 – offers the first glimpse into the public health consequences of the massive influx of migrants in late 2015.

The report shows increased incidences in Germany of adenoviral conjunctivitis, botulism, chicken pox, cholera, cryptosporidiosis, dengue fever, echinococcosis, enterohemorrhagic E. coli, giardiasis, haemophilus influenza, Hantavirus, hepatitis, hemorrhagic fever, HIV/AIDS, leprosy, louse-borne relapsing fever, malaria, measles, meningococcal disease, meningoencephalitis, mumps, paratyphoid, rubella, shigellosis, syphilis, toxoplasmosis, trichinellosis, tuberculosis, tularemia, typhus and whooping cough. ...

The incidence of Hepatitis B, for example, has increased by 300% during the last three years, according to the RKI. /.../ The incidence of measles in Germany jumped by more than 450% between 2014 and 2015, while the number of cases of chicken pox, meningitis, mumps, rubella and whooping cough were also up. ...

In an interview with Focus, Carsten Boos, an orthopedic surgeon, warned that German authorities have lost track of hundreds of thousands of migrants who may be infected. ...

The fallout from Chancellor Merkel's open-door migration policy continues.
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No checks at small ports allow illegal immigrants to enter Britain
Jon Rogers
Daily Express, 13 July 2017

Illegal immigrants can easily slip into the United Kingdom unchallenged as there are no checks at nearly half of the small ports in the east of England, a report has revealed.

The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration David Bolt has exposed the lack of checks in an explosive report published today.

It revealed that officials failed to carry out checks at 27 of the 62 small ports along the east coast between February 2015 and June last year.

The report said that the lack of checks meant that there is no "visible deterrent" for people trying to smuggle illegal immigrants and illicit goods into the UK.

It also revealed that the number of illegal immigrants caught near major ports nearly doubled between 2014-15 and 2015-16, rising from 233 to 423. ...

The report also found that border officials at Harwich in Essex, one of the UK's biggest ports, were failing to carry out checks on cars arriving on ferries from Holland. They instead relied on "pre-departure" checks by Dutch authorities.

The report says: "They [the checks] are not a guarantee that no-one has managed to conceal themselves in a vehicle after embarkation."

The investigation raised concerns that illegal immigrants are increasingly stowing away on lorries coming into the UK.

It reads: "Home Office records of the vehicles involved with clandestine arrivals are not complete, but they do show that soft-sided freight is overwhelmingly the vehicle of choice. They can be entered by cutting a flap in the roofing, which is not visible from the ground and which leaves any customs seals intact. ..."

The report found only five drivers have been arrested for smuggling illegal immigrants, with only one of them being jailed.
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Thousands of foreign students unaccounted for, report says
AOL / PA, 13 July 2017

Thousands of foreign students remain unaccounted for after the Home Office showed a lack of urgency in tracing them, according to an inspection report.

The immigration watchdog warned last year that there was no process in place to monitor individuals in a category which had more than 70,000 cases, meaning the number who have stayed in the country illegally was unknown.

The figure has been reduced since the issue was first highlighted by the Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration David Bolt.

But following a re-inspection, it emerged that around 16,000 overseas nationals have still not been located by immigration authorities.

Mr Bolt acknowledged that "data matching and cleansing" has substantially reduced the figure.

However, his assessment said there had been no directly related enforcement activity, adding: "I believe that the Home Office's approach has lacked urgency, a view that the Home Office strongly disputes.

"The Home Office's case would be helped if it were to set a clear timescale for the completion of this work." ...

Many of the 71,601 CNP decisions recorded in the two years to April 2015 may have departed the UK or been granted leave to remain on other grounds, but the true position was not known, the initial review said.

The latest report also highlighted the size of the "work in progress" caseload, with nearly 25,000 tier four curtailment notifications waiting to be considered.
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EU anti-migrant naval mission in Med is a 'failure', Lords report finds
Peter Foster
Daily Telegraph, 12 July 2017

Europe's anti-smuggling naval mission in the Mediterranean has been a "failure" that has not decreased deaths among desperate migrants seeking a better life in Europe, a House of Lords committee has ruled.

In a damning report into the pan-EU Operation Sophia, the Lord's European Union Committee found that the naval mission had failed to disrupt the business model of the people smuggling industry operating in Libya. ...

Operation Sophia, which was started in April 2015 following several massive Libyan migrant shipwrecks, has been supported by the Royal Navy, with the 3,500-ton HMS Echo, a multi-purpose survey ship, currently deployed. ...

Joseph Walker-Cousins, a senior fellow at the Institute for Statecraft, a think-tank, was even more scathing, arguing that the failure to address the political vacuum in Libya while deploying naval assets at sea was actively fueling the trade.

"Picking up migrants in the water incentivises traffickers not even to intend to try to get their cargo to the other side of the sea, because all they need to do is get them out 100 kilometres (60 miles) or so and they will be picked up," he said. ...

Senior diplomatic sources in Brussels said that they were confident that the EU would renew the mandate for Operation Sophia, despite the advice of the Lords' report.
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Give teenage girls access to contraceptives and help them escape the poverty trap, says Melinda Gates
Rosamund Urwin
Evening Standard, 12 July 2017

Increasing poorer women's access to contraception would help reduce the flow of migrants heading for Europe, Melinda Gates claimed today.

Mrs Gates, who is a trustee of the world's largest private philanthropic organisation and is married to Microsoft founder Bill, said societies where women have control of family planning are more likely to enjoy "peace and stability". ...

She told the Standard: "If you invest in family planning, fewer people in developing countries will risk their family's lives on the high seas to come to Europe. [Contraception] helps women stay in education and get jobs, which helps create peace and stability and means people are more likely to stay where they are."

It came as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pledged an additional $375 million (£291 million) over the next four years for global family planning efforts, while the Government said it would increase its annual spending by £45 million for five years.
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Embattled Theresa May delays 'explosive' report on race
Francis Elliott and Matt Chorley
The Times, 12 July 2017

Theresa May has postponed the publication of an "explosive" report on race until the autumn in a further sign of her weakened position.

The prime minister ordered an audit in August to examine how people of different ethnic backgrounds are treated by public services as part of her mission to tackle "burning injustices".

She said at the time that it would find "difficult truths". However, the report has so shocked senior figures across government that its publication, originally planned for this month, has been delayed until at least September.
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Germany Expecting up to 300,000 More Syrian, Iraqi Migrants in 2017 Through Family Reunification Rule
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 12 July 2017

The German Federal Government has estimated that family reunion rules will see Germany receive hundreds of thousands more Syrian and Iraqi migrants this year.

The Ministry of the Interior announced that it granted asylum to 90,389 people in the first six months of 2017, and expects that Germany will receive a total of 180,000 migrants this year – a fraction of the influx of almost a million who the country admitted in 2015.

However, Die Welt reports the situation – with regards to housing, welfare, education, integration, and crime – will be far more demanding for taxpayers than official figures suggest, as they do not take into account the migrants who are flown into Germany as a result of family reunification rules.

Responding to a request by the German broadsheet, the Federal Foreign Office said it estimates the process will enable an additional 200,000 to 300,000 to travel to the European nation. ...

Though Germany has now suspended the possibility of family reunification for many newcomers until March 2018, authorities are still overwhelmed by the huge backlog of claims which come as a result of Angela Merkel's move to open the country's borders in 2015.
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Why Europe needs more migrants
The Economist, 12 July 2017

Europe's biggest countries were once among the biggest anywhere. In 1950, four of the world's ten most populous states were in western Europe alone. But decades of falling birth rates have resulted in slower population growth in Europe than in other regions. By 2017, Europe's most populous country, Germany, ranked just 16th globally. The continent's birth rate is now so low that the total population in many European countries has begun to decline.

One solution is to attract more foreigners. This week Eurostat, the European Union's statistics agency, said that the region's population rose in 2016 solely because of immigration. The number of births and deaths were equal at 5.1m each, while net migration boosted the population by 1.5m to 511.8m. ...

For all the political difficulties migrants can cause, Europe will need more of them if it wants to avoid shrinking. By 2050, Eurostat estimates that only Ireland, France, Norway and Britain would see their populations rise without migration. In contrast, Germany and Italy need migrants badly: without newcomers, they would face declines of 18% and 16%.
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Relax English language test for foreign nurses, say hospital execs
Henry Bodkin
Daily Telegraph, 11 July 2017

Hospital bosses have called for the English language test for foreign nurses to be relaxed after just three of 118 Filipino applicants at one NHS trust passed.

Managers at Walsall Manor Hospital in the West Midlands said their chronic staffing shortfall could be solved "overnight" if watchdogs slackened standards, however patient safety campaigners have demanded the existing pass mark remain in place.

The complaint was made as it emerged executives from the trust made two trips to the Philippines last year in an attempt to recruit more staff.

Under Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) rules, all foreign nurses must pass an International English Language Testing System exam, which comprises listening, reading, writing and speaking assessments. ...

The trust has had unfilled vacancies for more than 100 registered nurses for more than a year, part of a 600 nurse shortfall across the Black Country, according to Ms Overfield.

In May the NMC indicated it might introduce easier language tests, admitting it was embarking on a "stocktake" of standards following lobbying from senior managers and recruitment agencies. ...

The NMC said the English language test for foreign nurses is on a par with equivalent assessments in Australia, Ireland and Canada.
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EU's migrant nightmare: Arrivals in Spain rocket as smugglers slash crossing price to £800
Nick Gutteridge
Daily Express, 11 July 2017

The number of migrants arriving by boat to Spain has rocketed by 60 per cent this year as the EU faces the nightmare prospect of a fresh front opening up in the Mediterranean.

Official figures show that 6,400 people have been rescued making the crossing from Morocco and Algeria after smugglers slashed the price of the sea journey to just £800.

Aid vessels intercepted eight boats carrying 380 people in just five days between last Wednesday and Sunday as the route becomes ever more popular with migrants hoping to avoid war-torn Libya. ...

Rescue workers say the number of people attempting the short but perilous sea journey to the southern coast of Spain is the highest registered in years and is continuing to rise at an alarming rate.
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EU population soars to 512 million amid migrant crisis, new statistics show
Will Kirby
Daily Express, 11 July 2017

The population of the European Union has reached almost 512 million - with the ongoing migration crisis contributing to an increase of almost 1.5 million people in 2016, new figures reveal.

As of January 1, the EU's total population stood at 511.8 million, up from 510.3 million the year before.

The number of births and the number of deaths were roughly equal, meaning that the population growth was largely down to net migration, according to a press release from the bloc's statistics agency. ...

Germany saw a net increase of 7.6 people per 1,000 inhabitants, while the population in Sweden increased by 14.5 people per 1,000 inhabitants.
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The map that lays bare Australia's overcrowding crisis: Astonishing graphic shows how the population is focused in just a handful of cities
Nic White and Hannah Moore
Daily Mail Australia, 11 July 2017

Australians are increasingly moving to overcrowded capital cities with badly planned infrastructure buckling under the strain, experts warn.

A startling map shows how the country's more than 23 million population is concentrated in a handful of cities along the east coast. ...

Australia has a more centralised population than any other country, with 70 per cent of people living in cities of more than 750,000 people, according to data from 2000. ...

The figures are likely more stark now with population in capital cities growing 10.5 per cent since 2011, double the 5.7 per cent of everywhere else, according to the 2016 census. ...

Immigration was also a key factor in disproportionate growth in big cities as new migrants want to live in established communities near people of their nationality.

The percentage of people born in Australia dropped from 69.8 per cent in 2011 to 66.7 per cent in 2016, showing immigration increasingly shapes Australia.
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Poll: Majority of Italians Say Government Committing 'Ethnic Replacement'
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 11 July 2017

The majority of Italians want to see migrant arrivals stopped completely, and believe the 'ius soli' law being pushed by Italy's globalist government is "ethnic replacement", enacted to boost the proportion of left wing voters in the nation.

The ruling Democratic Party (PD) say that passing the long-awaited ius soli (meaning 'law of the soil' in Latin) bill, which would make it much easier for second generation immigrants to gain citizenship, would send an important message that "migrants are an integrated part of society".

But the law, which experts say would grant citizenship to around 800,000 people overnight and a further 60,000 each year, has the support of only a third of Italians, most of whom are strongly opposed to policies of mass migration.

Political Thermometer last week reported the results of a survey which found that 64 per cent of 2,900 respondents said they disapprove of the bill, which is currently being debated by politicians in Italy, with 33 per cent saying they are in favour.

According to the poll, 58 per cent of Italians believe ius soli is being pushed so as to increase PD's share of the votes, while 37 per cent said they think politicians in support of the law have other motivations for doing so.

A majority of respondents (51 per cent) said they consider the bill to be part of an ongoing attempt to "ethnically replace" the Italian people, while 42 per cent disagreed, and seven per cent said they do not know.

The survey found strong opposition to mass migration, with more than 70 per cent of people polled disagreeing with the statement: "[Italy] must welcome the Africans who are arriving in boats." ...

A poll for Rome newspaper Il Messaggero on Saturday revealed similar results, finding a majority of Italians of all political stripes saying they want to see migrant arrivals stopped, a sentiment which was highest among supporters of the populist Lega Nord party (96 per cent).
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Algerian official: Migrants are 'sources of crime and drugs'
Middle East Monitor, 11 July 2017

The Algerian President's Chief of Staff, Ahmed Ouyahia, has caused controversy by referring to migrants in the country as "sources of crime, drugs and other scourges."

"First of all, these people came illegally," the secretary-general of the National Rally for Democracy explained while speaking to Ennahar TV.

"Secondly, Algerian law does not allow the use of foreign labour. Today, we have Chinese workers who work under contracts with Chinese companies. But they have renewable employment contracts."

But access to employment is not the only problem raised by Ouyahia. The director of the RND went further, accusing the migrants of causing several scourges including crime and drugs.

"It is not said to the authorities: throw these migrants into the sea or beyond the deserts. But [if you] stay in Algeria [you] must obey the rules. We will not let the Algerian people suffer from anarchy," he added. ...

The country has been facing a backlash against sub-Saharan migrants that have moved from the south and become more prevalent in Algeria's coastal cities including the capital, Algiers, where locals are most vocal against their presence.
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French Archbishop on 'the Great Replacement': 'Muslims Calmly Tell You France Will Be Theirs One Day'
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 11 July 2017

The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Strasbourg Luc Ravel has called attention to the demographic shift in France saying Muslims are having far more children than native French and slammed the widespread "promotion" of abortion.

The Archbishop of Strasbourg went against the grain of Church leaders in France who have largely remained politically correct on the issue of demographic changes occurring in the country. He said the rising birth rate of Muslims in France was leading to what prolific French writer Renaud Camus has termed "the Great Replacement", French conservative magazine Valeurs Actuelles reports.

"Muslim believers know very well that their birthrate is such that today, they call it ... the Great Replacement, they tell you in a very calm, very positive way that, 'one day all this, it will be ours'," he said.
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UK narrows gap to France population as total rises more than 400,000 to 65.8m
MailOnline / Press Association, 11 July 2017

The UK has moved closer to overtaking France as the second most populous country in the European Union, official figures show.

As of January the two nations had an estimated 65.8 million and 67 million inhabitants respectively, according to data published by the EU's statistical agency Eurostat.

The figure for the UK, which currently has the third highest population in the union, saw an annual rise of more than 400,000 – meaning it has narrowed the gap to France in second to just over 1.2 million. ...

Official projections have suggested the country will surpass Germany and France to become the most populous in the EU by the middle of the century.
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Color-Coded Meds
Roger Clegg
Center for Equal Opportunity, 11 July 2017

Professor Mark J. Perry has posted some important data that show graphically (in both senses of the word) the extent to which racial preferences are used in medical-school admissions. "Bottom Line: Medical school acceptance rates in recent years suggest that medical schools must have 'affirmative discrimination' and 'racial profiling' admission policies that favor black and Hispanic applicants over equally qualified Asian and white students."

And, as is almost always the case with university admissions (see numerous studies by the Center for Equal Opportunity /.../), race is weighed not lightly but heavily indeed: ...

This discrimination is obviously a bad thing for the white and Asian students who were denied admission and now may not become doctors. It's bad for patients who will not have doctors as good as they might have had otherwise. It's bad for future medical research and teaching. And, because of the mismatch problem, it's not even a good thing for many of the black and Latino students who do get admitted.
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I've Worked with Refugees for Decades. Europe's Afghan Crime Wave Is Mind-Boggling
Cheryl Benard
The National Interest, 11 July 2017

In 2014, when waves of refugees began flooding into western Europe, citizens and officials alike responded with generosity and openness. ..

This was a honeymoon that could not last. ...

But there was one development that had not been expected, and was not tolerable: the large and growing incidence of sexual assaults committed by refugees against local women. These were not of the cultural-misunderstanding-date-rape sort, but were vicious, no-preamble attacks on random girls and women, often committed by gangs or packs of young men. At first, the incidents were downplayed or hushed up – no one wanted to provide the right wing with fodder for nationalist agitation, and the hope was that these were isolated instances caused by a small problem group of outliers. As the incidents increased, and because many of them took place in public or because the public became involved either in stopping the attack or in aiding the victim afterwards, and because the courts began issuing sentences as the cases came to trial, the matter could no longer be swept under the carpet of political correctness. And with the official acknowledgment and public reporting, a weird and puzzling footnote emerged. Most of the assaults were being committed by refugees of one particular nationality: by Afghans.

Actually Afghans should not even have been part of the refugee tide, at least not in significant numbers. /.../ But it quickly became obvious that something was wrong, very wrong, with these young Afghan men: they were committing sex crimes to a much greater extent than other refugees, even those from countries that were equally or more backward, just as Islamic and conservative, and arguably just as misogynist.

This is not an article that has been fun for me to write. I have worked on issues related to refugees for much of my professional life, from the Pakistani camps during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan to Yemen, Sudan, Thailand, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Lebanon, Bosnia, Nicaragua and Iraq, and have deep sympathy for their plight. ...

It took a while for the pattern to be recognized because, until recently, western European media deliberately refrained from identifying an assailant's refugee or asylum status, or his country of origin. Only when the correlation became so dramatic that it was itself newsworthy did this policy change. At that point, it became clear that the authorities had known about, and for political reasons had deliberately covered up, large-scale incidences of sexual assault by migrants. ...

... According to Austrian police statistics, Syrian refugees cause fewer than 10 percent of sexual assault cases. Afghans, whose numbers are comparable, are responsible for a stunning half of all cases. ...

This brings us to a third, more compelling and quite disturbing theory – the one that my Afghan friend, the court translator, puts forward. On the basis of his hundreds of interactions with these young men in his professional capacity over the past several years, he believes to have discovered that they are motivated by a deep and abiding contempt for Western civilization. To them, Europeans are the enemy, and their women are legitimate spoils, as are all the other things one can take from them: housing, money, passports.
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Punish the smuggler or reward the smuggler? Recent refugee arrivals in Greece
Fotini Rantsiou
openDemocracy, 10 July 2017

Media coverage of the refugee situation in Greece focuses heavily on the Syrians and secondarily on Afghans and Iraqis. While these are indeed the three most highly represented nationalities among asylum seekers in Greece, the past six to twelve months have seen a gradual shift.

The vast numbers of Syrians that came through Greece in 2015 only passed through Turkey. Many were well-off urban educated professionals and had left Syria only days before reaching Greek shores. The European Union responded to the refugee flows in 2015 with a relocation programme, which aimed on paper to share the responsibility of hosting refugees between member states. ...

The relocation plan was devised for those arriving and registering in Greece to convince them to stop taking the Balkan route, thereby – according to its planners – curbing the profits going to the smugglers. In fact this plan rewarded smugglers who continued their business in Turkey and beyond, in Syria, Iran and Afghanistan, only providing a solution for some nationalities, chiefly Syrians. A year and a half later, the smuggling business remains alive and well.

... The closure of the Balkan route began gradually in late 2015 and the EU-Turkey deal was implemented in March 2016. All these measures reduced the number of Syrians coming to Greece. ...

Those of us acquainted with Moria reception and identification centre in Lesvos have noticed the nationality change among the new arrivals over the last two years: many more Africans and less Arabs. ...

... One may reach the Greek islands from as far away as central Africa, using Turkish Airlines, a Turkish visa and a smuggler picked at Istanbul airport or the Aegean coast, for less than 1,500 dollars total.

Turkish Airlines has 200 destinations worldwide and at reasonable prices. For example, one way flight from Kinshasa to Istanbul costs 833 dollars, Abidjan to Istanbul, 709 dollars and Casablanca to Istanbul 458 dollars. ...

Secondly, visas for Turkey are generally easily obtained. ...

The international community has been under the false impression that providing assistance to the countries around Syria and putting up with Turkey's demands for more funding – the latest being twenty million euros for the Turkish coastguard – will stop refugee flows. This approach ignores many realities, for example the facts that people flee wars and unsustainable situations all over the world, that smugglers are available and provide a service when there are no legal routes and that there are states that facilitate them.
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How immigration poisoned political debate
Oliver Wiseman
CapX, 10 July 2017

Surprisingly, perhaps, Farage didn't get into politics because of immigration. In fact, the first mention of the issue on any of his campaign literature was in 2004, 11 years after Ukip was founded and five years after he had first been elected to the European Parliament.

What had shot immigration up the agenda and onto Farage's radar? In short: the numbers. ...

More generally, the last two decades have seen immigration to Britain on an unprecedented scale ... During New Labour's time in government, net migration to Britain quadrupled.

These numbers are why, whatever your stance, any discussion of the issue should start with an acknowledgement of the extent of the demographic change taking place in Britain. ...

In other words, immigration cannot be dismissed as a non-issue stoked by the right-wing press and fear-mongering populists.

... For most of the Noughties, the national conversation on immigration – an inherently emotional subject – was closed, with liberals adopting what David Goodhart has called a "discrimination presumption".

That attitude was typified by Gordon Brown when, on the campaign trail in 2010, he was caught on mic dismissing Gillian Duffy, a voter who had expressed concerns over immigration, as "just a sort of bigoted woman". ...

But however justifiable liberal worries about the politics of immigration, the censorious approach adopted in mainstream British politics exacerbated public dissatisfaction with immigration policy. Not least because it meant that the positive case for immigration was not subjected to the proper scrutiny that would keep it robust and persuasive. But then came the over-correction.

The Conservative Party's 2010 manifesto declared that "immigration today is too high and needs to be reduced. ...

With the exception of the decision to invade Iraq, no single government policy has done more damage to the standing of politicians in the eyes of the British public than the Conservative migration target, an objective that the party has stuck to – and missed – every year since 2010, generally at the insistence of Theresa May.

This may seem a hyperbolic claim. But, on one of the most important issues facing the country, the government made a promise it knew it could not keep if the UK remained a member of the European Union. ...

Once the government conceded it had to do something about immigration, but could do nothing about immigration from the EU, it resorted to absurd and offensive tokenism. ...

As long as Britain is in the EU – or the Single Market – debates about immigration are largely phoney. /.../ Free movement means as many Europeans can come to the UK as want to – no matter what British voters had been promised.

Leaving the EU turns that phoney war into a high stakes battle. ...

Either way, the immigration debate will, from now on, have to be more honest, more meaningful and, therefore, less corrupting of our politics in general. The stakes couldn't be higher.
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This is the scariest Twitch-hunt yet
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 10 July 2017

The victim this time is Anne Marie Morris, the Tory MP for Newton Abbot. She was recorded dumbly using the outdated phrase 'nigger in the woodpile' at a gathering of Eurosceptic Tories at the East India Club in London. /.../ So she was clearly using the phrase in its classic sense to mean an issue of great importance that isn't being openly or sufficiently discussed. She wasn't being racist, just old-fashioned. Phew. We can call off the Twitterhounds, put back the tomatoes.

Don't be daft. The small matter of intention, of what someone means, counts for literally nothing in the Kafkaesque world of 21st-century speech-policing. All that matters is that everyone speak correctly, always, religiously, without fail, unless they want to be rebranded scum and made unemployable. And so it was that the illiberal liberal media and outrage-hungry Twitterati demanded that Ms Morris be punished. ...

The Morris debacle, this latest by-numbers orgy of ostentatious fury and demands for at least a metaphorical head on a platter, shines an unforgiving light on the political state of the nation. ...

And secondly, this controversy shows how unhinged, how otherworldly, PC has become. Commentators are accusing Morris of racism. She engaged in a 'racist outburst', some claim. This is categorically untrue. Morris did not say the N-word at anyone. She did not use it as an insult. Her aim was not to demean black people. It was simply to make a political point about Brexit. Doesn't this matter? ...

The end result is that Morris has been punished for something she didn't actually do: express a racist sentiment. This is how Kafkaesque the myopic monitoring of speech has become: use the wrong word, once, and you might find your entire moral worldview called into question and your public reputation trashed by the baying commentariat. To punish Morris for using the N-word is as mad as punishing a rapper for using it. /.../ Both of them lack the thing that must surely be proven before we demand that someone be punished: foul intent; the desire to do evil.

This is what is terrifying about this latest Twitch-hunt: it confirms that in the febrile, finger-pointing climate whipped up by a vengeful Twitterati and censorious commentariat, you can be branded racist even if you are not racist. Like when girls were branded witches when they were not witches.
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Report slams Australian media and politics for being 'too white' - as race discrimination commissioner says our society is a 'sadistic cesspool of racism'
Bryant Hevesi
Daily Mail Australia, 10 July 2017

The Australian Human Rights Commission has called for more 'cultural diversity' in politics and the media because both are currently dominated by 'Anglo-Celtics'.

In a submission to a Senate committee looking at 'Strengthening Multiculturalism', the AHRC urged the government to create a federal agency to collect data and report on diversity within leadership positions.

'While Australia is highly socially mobile, there is an underrepresentation of cultural diversity in positions of leadership, as well as in the media,' the AHRC said.

'The Commission believes that increasing cultural diversity in leadership and in the media would strengthen Australia's multiculturalism.

'A lack of diversity in leadership and in the media could conceivably lead to a perception of what it is to be 'Australian' that does not reflect our multicultural character.' ...

Just days after the submission was heard, Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane addressed the topic of multiculturalism, mental health and the psychology of racism at an event in Perth. ...

Mr Soutphommasane has been leading a campaign for corporate Australia to implement racial and cultural diversity targets, a call rejected by the federal government, The Australian reported.
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Is tribalism racist? Antiracism norms and immigration
Eric Kaufmann
LSE: British Politics and Policy, 9 July 2017
[Eric Kaufmann is Professor of Politics at Birkbeck College]

Trump, Brexit and the European populist right herald a new cleavage between globalists and nationalists, in which immigration is a defining issue. /.../ This matters greatly because to be racist is, for most people, to be immoral – transgressing the social norms which define good and evil.

New data from an 18-country Ipsos-Mori survey indicates that people's view of whether immigration should be higher or lower is strongly linked to whether they think it's racist for a member of the ethnic majority to want less immigration to help maintain their group's population share.

This relationship between antiracist norms and desired immigration levels holds in virtually all countries but is especially pronounced in Europe and its offshoots. Essentially, this new 'culture war' revolves around whether tribal desires for less immigration represent racism or a legitimate – if illiberal – form of group attachment. ...

... Individuals who express a high motivation to control prejudice, even if opposed to immigration, are less likely to back populist right parties. People not only control their responses when in front of others, they internalise these norms so they self-censor in private.

Other work suggests norms not only lead people to frown on voting for the far right, but even prompt them to hide their views on immigration. Using a 'list experiment' that measures average sentiment but permits individuals to conceal their answers, Alexander Janus discovered that 60% of White Americans supported cutting immigration to zero when their identities were concealed, compared to 39% when their identities were known to the researcher. Self-censorship was especially pronounced among the university-educated. ...

New data comes from a question included in an Ipsos-Mori survey fielded (15 March 2017) covering over 14,000 respondents in 18 countries. The question probed people's views on whether ethnically-motivated restrictions on immigration should be considered racist or not. ...

People first answered a standard question on their preferred level of immigration on a five-point scale, from 'reduce a lot' to 'increase a lot'. They were then asked the following: 'A [member of the ethnic majority] who identifies with her group and its history supports a proposal to reduce immigration. Her motivation is to maintain her group's share of the population for cultural reasons. Is this person a) racist, b) racially self-interested, which is not racist, c) don't know.' ...

Aggregated to country level, with 'don't know' responses excluded, the first clear finding is that a majority of people do not think it's racist to want less immigration for ethnocultural reasons. The proportion considering this motivation racist varies, however, from 36% in the US to 13% in South Africa /.../. Divides within countries also matter. In Canada, 37% of English-Canadians say the sentiment is racist – similar to the US – while just 15% of Quebeckers do. In Belgium, 32% of Brussels residents but only 19% of those in Flanders agree.

The higher the proportion in a country who believe it's racist to restrict immigration to maintain group share, the larger the proportion willing to accept current or higher levels of immigration.
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ALL newborns will be given a hepatitis B jab after health watchdog says 96% of cases are among immigrants
Stephen Adams and Martyn Halle
Mail on Sunday, 9 July 2017

All babies are to be vaccinated against a deadly cancer-causing virus which experts fear is becoming increasingly common due to immigration.

They will be inoculated against hepatitis B, which can trigger liver cancer, in a new jab that will also protect against five other diseases.

Every baby born from August 1 will receive doses of the 'Hexa' jab at four, eight and 16 weeks.

Historically, infection rates of the blood-borne virus have been so low in Britain that it has not been a major issue. But there is now serious concern that the number of cases is rising, due largely to immigration from developing countries.

In some sub-Saharan African countries, one in seven is a carrier. East Asia and parts of Eastern Europe are also hotspots. ...

In 2012, PHE reported that 19 out of every 20 antenatal women testing positive for hepatitis B in London were born abroad. Of those, nearly half were born in Africa.

It concluded: 'Long-term infections in migrants are estimated to account for around 96 per cent of all new long-term hepatitis B infections in the UK.'

More than 500,000 people moved to Britain last year, half of whom came from outside the EU. A quarter of mothers giving birth on the NHS are now foreign-born. ...

Treatment costs for those with long-term infection can exceed £10,000 a year.
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Why Priti Patel is wrong about overseas aid and immigration
Fraser Nelson
Spectator blog, 9 July 2017

The Empire for International Development has a tough job justifying its deeply unpopular budget. In recent years, it has made out that development aid will stem the flow of migration. The following line appears in a piece that Priti Patel, the DFID Secretary, writes for the Sunday Telegraph today.

We are taking immediate steps to protect our borders and tackle people smuggling. But the only way to resolve this crisis in the long term is to address the root causes. We need to create jobs across Africa and provide its growing population with a route out of poverty where they are.

... But this idea about development quelling immigration is the opposite of the truth. ...

Emigration is a sign of development, not poverty, /.../ The only people who join the Great Migration are those who have the money – often thousands of dollars – that it costs. They seek better jobs, a better life. ...

Bill Clinton had an excuse when he repeated the 'development means emigration' trope: he was speaking a generation ago, before scholars had assembled the massive database of census data which today allows us to compare a thousand censuses from hundreds of countries. /.../ When a poor country starts to become richer, its emigration rate soars – until it's a middle-income country, like Albania. And only then does extra wealth mean less migration.

And for emigration flows, the same relationship holds.

Michael Clemens, the American development economist /.../ explains it thus:-

'In all years, there is no hint of a negative relationship between income and emigrant stock between PPP income per capita of roughly $600 (that of today's Niger or Ethiopia) and about $7,500 (today's Albania or Colombia). In this range of income, in fact, the relationship is positive. The rise in emigrant stocks associated with higher income levels in this range is statistically significant at the 5% level. The magnitude of the positive relationship is substantial. Early in the second half of the 20th century, richer countries in this range on average had emigrant stocks about three percentage points larger than the poorest countries. By the end of the century, this difference grew to nine percentage points, and seems to have continued growing since then.'

It doesn't take too much imagination to work out why. Let's consider our own recent history. ...

... Even in the early 1990s, immigrants were arriving at about 150 a day.

Now, it's 1,500 a day. Globalisation has kicked in, global poverty has halved over 25 years. The poor world is becoming richer, so people are on the move. ...

Study after study shows this to be the case. ...

If Africa develops as Ms Patel hopes, then we can expect more rather than fewer immigrants. We'll need a better strategy for dealing with the Great Migration than to hope that it will just go away.
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Albanians Mass Migrate to Bulgaria for EU Passports, 'Gateway to England'
Briseida Mema and Vessela Sergueva
Breitbart, 9 July 2017

Trebisht in northeastern Albania looks like a ghost village, emptied of its residents by a rush to get Bulgarian passports that open the door to the European Union. ...

But according to the State Agency for Bulgarians Abroad, which helps in obtaining a passport, Bulgarian families have been settled in Albania since the 5th century and their descendants are part of its diaspora.

No statistics are available, but Bulgarian organisations in Albania estimate that there are around 100,000 of these descendants. ...

Since Bulgaria joined the EU in 2007, its citizens have been able to work and reside wherever they want within the bloc, with all the restrictions lifted in 2014.

Albania, as a whole, is a nation of mass emigration, spurred by an average wage of 340 euros ($388) and an unemployment rate affecting nearly one in three young people.

So it does not matter that Bulgaria is the poorest country in the EU. Seen from Trebisht, it is the gateway to Germany, England or some other promised land. ...

"The only interest of these people is to obtain a passport allowing them to move freely in the European area," said Albanian historian Pellumb Xhufi.
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'Millions of Africans' will flood Europe unless it acts now, warns European chief, as Paris evacuates huge migrant camp
Henry Samuel and Nick Squires
Daily Telegraph, 8 July 2017

Europe is "underestimating" the scale and severity of the migration crisis and "millions of Africans" will flood the continent in the next five years unless urgent action is taken, a senior European official has warned.

The dire prediction from Antonio Tajani, president of the European Parliament, came as Paris evacuated almost 3,000 migrants sleeping rough from a makeshift camp near the city centre - the 34th such evacuation in two years.

In an interview with Il Messagero newspaper, Mr Tajani said there would be an exodus "of biblical proportions that would be impossible to stop if we don't confront the problem now".

"... If we don't confront this soon, we will find ourselves with millions of people on our doorstep within five years.

"Today we are trying to solve a problem of a few thousand people, but we need to have a strategy for millions of people."

The only solution is massive investment in Africa to dissuade people from leaving in the first place, he said. ...

At a separate conference in Rome on Thursday, Italy's foreign minister Angelino Alfano stressed with a string of African and EU ministers the importance of bolstering Libya's southern borders to end what he called "the biggest criminal travel agency in history".
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The trouble with diversity training? It's complete hokum
Toby Young
The Spectator, 8 July 2017

Is diversity training snake oil? According to its proponents, women and minorities are not competing with white men on a level playing field when it comes to career advancement because of the 'unconscious bias' of their white male colleagues. The solution, if you're the CEO of a large company, is to pay a 'diversity consultant' to train your managers to recognise and eliminate this bias. In America, it's an $8-billion-a-year industry, yet a recent study in Australia suggests that, whatever is holding back women and minorities, it isn't unconscious bias.

The Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian government has just published the results of a randomised control trial involving 21,000 employees of the Australian Public Service to see if the introduction of 'blind recruiting' would help promote gender equality and diversity. The employees were asked to shortlist candidates for a managerial position, with half of them being given their names and other identity markers and the other half not. If these public servants were suffering from unconscious bias, you would expect the 'blindfolded' group to be more likely to shortlist female and minority candidates and less likely to shortlist white men. In fact, the reverse happened.

The participants in the study were 2.9 per cent more likely to shortlist female applicants and 3.2 per cent less likely to shortlist male applicants when their identities were made clear. Minority males were 5.8 per cent more likely to be shortlisted and minority females 8.6 per cent more likely when their identities were known, and candidates who were lucky enough to be both female and from a minority background were virtually guaranteed a job.

The APS employees were suffering from bias all right, but it was bias in the other direction. It was only when the participants were forced to judge the job applicants on their merits, rather than gender or skin colour, that the white males got a fair shout.

Is this study an outlier? Surely, an $8 billion-a-year industry couldn't be based on complete hokum, could it? Unconscious bias, also known as 'implicit bias', was first detected 20 years ago by two psychologists who developed the 'implicit association test'. Versions of this are used in nearly all diversity training courses, but the original, which has its own shrine on Harvard University's website, has been taken more than 17 million times. Trouble is, it falls short of the standards that widely used psychological tests are expected to meet – and that's a pretty low bar in a field teeming with snake-oil salesmen. ...

I'm getting some of this info from a brilliant article in New York magazine by Jesse Singal entitled 'Psychology's favourite tool for measuring racism isn't up to the job'. Next time your boss suggests you undergo diversity training, tell her to read it.
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Shocking news – most Europeans (and their leaders) actually agree with 'wicked' Donald Trump
Fraser Nelson
Daily Telegraph, 7 July 2017

Angela Merkel knew she was taking a risk by holding the G20 in Hamburg. /.../ It all promised to be reasonably quiet, until Donald Trump was elected president. ...

Take his notorious decision to ban immigration from various Muslim countries. Even to raise such a proposal would shock most of those at the G20, and it's generally taken to be a policy that proves the balckness of Mr Trump's heart.

But if European voters disagree with him, it's more likely to be because they don't think he goes far enough. A survey by Chatham House this year showed that a majority in Austria, France, Germany, Greece and Italy would support a blanket ban on all immigration from Muslim countries. In Poland, which Mr Trump visited first, almost three quarters of the public would back a ban.

This does filter through into politics. A few weeks ago, Slovakia's prime minister declared that Islam has "no place" in his country. The Czech Republic has told the EU it will not take any Muslim asylum seekers. ...

Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, some 40 countries have built fences against 60 neighbours. The nation state is back in demand, as are walls: both are seen as useful tools to help manage a new era of mass immigration.
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People call me racist for shooting grey squirrels
BBC, 7 July 2017

Since the 1950s, the number of native British red squirrels has fallen from around 3.5 million to an estimated 140,000.

This is due to competition and disease from grey squirrels, which were imported into the UK from North America in the 19th century.

Andrew Hodgkinson and Julie Bailey are among several red squirrel enthusiasts in the UK who shoot grey squirrels in an attempt to protect the native species. The approach is controversial and has led to accusations of racism and xenophobia.

However, supporters say they are promoting sustainability. Culled grey squirrels are sometimes used for clothing - and even stews and curries.
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How Labour can square the circle on Brexit and immigration
Denis MacShane
LabourList, 7 July 2017
[Denis MacShane is a former Europe minister]

Labour can square the Brexit circle if, instead of offering a slightly modified form of Brexit, with talk of partnership as opposed to single market membership – already rejected out of hand by the EU27 and Michel Barnier – it produces a worked out programme to slow down arrivals and help create fair pay jobs for British workers.

This could include training UK workers for NHS jobs, re-introducing proper craft apprenticeships, combining with sister parties and unions in Europe to propose a "fair movement directive", re-visiting ID card schemes so that we actually know who is in the country, restoring the migration impact fund, and insisting employers consult with unions on hiring policies.
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Grenfell: 12-month immigration amnesty for survivors announced
Alan Travis
The Guardian, 6 July 2017

The Home Office has announced a temporary 12-month immigration "amnesty" for survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire.

The immigration minister, Brandon Lewis, told MPs the move was in recognition of the fact that some foreign nationals directly affected by the fire did not wish to engage with the authorities because of their concerns about their unresolved immigration status or because their permission to stay in Britain was about to expire.

The announcement means the Home Office will not conduct checks on residents of Grenfell Tower and Grenfell Walk or those coming forward to provide information to help the authorities in their inquiries. ...

Survivors who contact the Home Office will be given up to a year's temporary leave to remain in Britain outside the immigration rules and with full access to relevant support and assistance. The usual requirement that they demonstrate that they can live without claiming social security benefits or having recourse to other public funds will also be waived. No fees will be charged either.
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UK terror convictions rising, BBC Jihadist database shows
Steve Swann
BBC, 6 July 2017

More than 100 people in the UK have been convicted of terrorism offences related to Syria and Iraq since 2014, research by the BBC has revealed.

The youngest is a schoolboy from Blackburn who was 14 when he incited an act of terrorism in Australia.

The figures also show there are growing numbers of women and girls being prosecuted.

Police say five terror plots have been foiled since March and 18 thwarted since 2013.

For the last two years the BBC has tracked the numbers of people from the UK who have been drawn into the conflict in Syria and Iraq.

The most comprehensive online record of its kind, it shows the rapidly escalating number of prosecutions since 2014.

Those convicted come from a wide cross section of society and include former prisoners, a hospital director and the son of a police officer.
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French interior minister vents frustration with Paris migrant centre
Reuters, 6 July 2017

France's interior minister said on Thursday that hundreds of migrants needed to be moved from an overflowing reception centre in Paris and he appeared to take a dig at the city's mayor for creating the problem. ...

"It's always the same problem," the minister, Gerard Collomb, told CNEWS. "First off you say 'I'm going to open a centre for 500 people' and next thing you know you have 3,000 or 4,000 people and you're left having to sort the problem out." ...

President Emmanuel Macron, elected in May, has instructed his interior minister to cut sharply the time required for processing asylum requests and Collomb has said illegal migrants should be repatriated swiftly.

"The situation as it is can not carry on," Collomb said.
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BBC admits it spends £139,000 a year on buying the Guardian - that's 1,300 copies a week
Liz Dunphy
MailOnline, 6 July 2017

The BBC has opened itself up to accusations of left-wing bias after it was revealed that it buys more than 1,300 copies of the Guardian every week.

The Corporation ordered 69,212 copies of the left-leaning newspaper, which has a relatively small circulation and is free to view on the internet.

Although the Guardian has a small circulation among the public, the paper was the second most ordered by the Beeb and cost the Corporation a total of £139,260 last year.

The full figures reveal that the BBC spend more than £40,000-per-year more on the Guardian than any other newspaper. ...

The newspaper buying figures were released by the BBC under Freedom of Information Act laws.
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Majority of Poles Would Rather Leave EU than Be Forced to Take Muslim Migrants
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 6 July 2017

Most Poles would rather leave the European Union (EU) than have Brussels force migrants from third world nations on their country, a poll has shown.

Conducted by pollster IBRiS and published in weekly news magazine Polityka, the survey found that 57 per cent of respondents would be willing to forego EU development funds if it meant Poland retains sovereignty on the issue of accepting migrants from outside Europe.
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Report calls for public inquiry into Gulf funding of British extremism
Patrick Wintour
The Guardian, 5 July 2017

Foreign funding for extremism in Britain primarily comes from Saudi Arabia, but the UK government should set up a public inquiry into all Gulf funding sources, a report has said.

The report by the Henry Jackson Society also calls for the government to consider requiring UK religious institutions, including mosques, to be required to reveal sources of overseas funding.

The findings come as Theresa May faces pressure to publish the government's own report into foreign funding of terrorism. The Home Office-led report was completed six months ago, and No 10 says ministers are still deciding whether to publish. MPs nervous of upsetting strategic relations in the Gulf have also decided not to publish a separate Foreign Office strategy paper on the region.

Saudi Arabia is likely to be angered by the findings since its dispute with Qatar has largely been based on the accusation that its Gulf rival is both the primary funder terrorism overseas and harbours terrorists that support the Muslim Brotherhood or Hamas.

The report claims: "Saudi Arabia has, since the 1960s, sponsored a multimillion-dollar effort to export Wahhabi Islam across the Islamic world, including to Muslim communities in the west.

"In the UK, this funding has primarily taken the form of endowments to mosques and Islamic educational institutions, which have in turn played host to extremist preachers and the distribution of extremist literature. Influence has also been exerted through the training of British Muslim religious leaders in Saudi Arabia, as well as the use of Saudi textbooks in a number of the UK's independent Islamic schools." ...

It claims in 2007 Saudi Arabia was estimated to be spending at least $2bn (£1.5bn) annually on promoting Wahhabism worldwide. By 2015 that figure was believed to have doubled.

The impact of this increased spending may well have been felt in Britain: in 2007, estimates put the number of mosques in Britain adhering to Salafism and Wahhabism at 68. Seven years later, the number of British mosques identified with Wahhabism had risen to 110.
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EU tells Britain to take in more Med migrants: Thousands could gain asylum as Brussels looks to ease 'unprecedented' crisis in Italy
Mario Ledwith
Daily Mail, 5 July 2017

The UK will be expected to hand asylum to potentially thousands of refugees to ease the 'unprecedented' migration crisis in Italy, Brussels chiefs said yesterday.

As a fierce diplomatic row broke out between European countries over how to deal with the situation, the EU said Britain was expected to open its doors to help the bloc. ...

Britain has previously distanced itself from immigration rules set by Brussels and instead focussed on its own schemes, such as David Cameron's 2015 pledge for Britain to take 20,000 Syrian refugees.

But the European Commission's deputy head Frans Timmermans yesterday said that Theresa May would be pushed to take part in the new programme due to the strain on Italy. ...

As well as bolstering the ability of the Libyan coastguard to prevent packed dinghies from leaving, Mr Timmermans said the EU needed significantly stronger powers to deport those denied asylum.

He said: 'We know that many of the people arriving in Italy, when scrutinised, do not have the right to international protection because they don't flee from war of persecution.

'They seek a better life, which is a noble pursuit, but it does not grant them the right to stay in the European Union.'

The Dutch official said deportation rules made the process 'excruciatingly difficult' and said people were abusing rights offered to refugees under the Geneva Convention for 'economic reasons'.

Pointing to further problems ahead, he said: 'I will tell you this this migration issue will not go away, not today, not tomorrow, not next year, not for a decade, not for two decades.

'This is a global phenomenon that will be with us for generations.'
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Bill Gates warns that Germany's open door policy to migrants will overwhelm Europe and urges leaders to 'make it more difficult for Africans to reach the continent via current routes'
Chris Pleasance
MailOnline, 5 July 2017

Bill Gates has warned that European leaders risk deepening the migrant crisis by being too generous to those arriving on the continent.

The Microsoft founder said countries such as Germany will not be able to handle the 'huge' numbers of migrants waiting to leave Africa and find a better life overseas.

Instead, the 61-year-old suggested spending more on foreign aid to treat the root causes of migration, while making it more difficult for people to reach the continent.

Speaking in an interview with the German Welt am Sonntag newspaper, with a translation published by Breitbart, he said: 'On the one hand you want to demonstrate generosity and take in refugees.

'But the more generous you are, the more word gets around about this – which in turn motivates more people to leave Africa.

'Germany cannot possibly take in the huge number of people who are wanting to make their way to Europe.'

Mr Gates praised Chancellor Merkel's commitment to spending 0.7 per cent of GDP on foreign aid as 'phenomenal', and asked other European leaders to follow suit.

But he added: 'Europe must make it more difficult for Africans to reach the continent via the current transit routes.'

His own foundation has spent years and invested hundreds of millions of dollars to fight poverty and disease in Africa. ...

A German government report which leaked to the Bild newspaper suggests there could be up to 6.6 million people trying to get into Europe, including 2.5 million waiting to cross from North Africa.
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Italy in migrant row with Austria as Europe arrivals top 100,000
MailOnline / Afp, 5 July 2017

While Austrian authorities said there had been no recent surge in border crossings despite the huge numbers landing in Italy, Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz warned: "We are getting ready and will protect our Brenner border if necessary" - referring to the main Brenner mountain pass through the Alps between Italy and Austria.

The border is open as part of Europe's Schengen passport-free zone and has seen between 15 and 40 migrant arrivals daily in recent weeks, said Helmut Tomac, police chief in the Austrian state of Tyrol. ...

Italy has taken in nearly 85 percent of this year's arrivals – most of them sub-Saharan Africans crossing from conflict-ravaged Libya – and has pleaded for help from other European Union nations, saying it is struggling to cope.
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The migrant crisis could prove to be Macron's undoing
Gavin Mortimer
Spectator blog, 5 July 2017

On Saturday, a brawl broke out among an estimated 100 Ethiopian and Eritrean migrants in Calais, the latest in a growing number of violent incidents at the Channel port; a fortnight ago, a driver was killed when his van collided with a makeshift barricade. On Monday evening two masked men opened fire outside a mosque in Avignon, wounding several people including a young girl in what police said was a gangland crime. Twenty four hours later, a man disguised as a woman wearing a niqab pulled an assault rifle from the pram his was pushing in Toulouse and shot dead one man and wounded six others. These stories don't make the global headlines in the same way as the Islamist attacks on the Champs-Élysées but they continue to corrode the morale of the French. That was evident in a poll published this week that revealed 65 per cent of the population think there are too many foreigners in France, and 60 per cent judge Islam to be incompatible with the Republic's values.

With Europe's migrant crisis deepening by the day those percentages will only increase in the coming months, particularly as a growing number of Africans are making their way to the Italian-French border. In the first six months of 2017, nearly 20,000 were intercepted as they tried to cross into France and the local police are struggling to cope; as are their colleagues in Calais, and in Paris, ... ...

Emmanuel Macron is clearly a man who likes to be in control, and already in his short presidency he has exerted his authority on his party, his parliament and his people. But can he control the flow of migrants coming to Europe? Since Angela Merkel invited the world to come to the continent two years ago, no-one has shown the remotest sign of getting a grip on the gravest crisis to face Europe since 1945.
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Foreign Influence? Soros & Co. Drop $500k On UK 'Fact Check' Org
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 5 July 2017

UK fact-checking group Full Fact has been given a large cash injection by the Open Society Foundations, and Omidyar Network to produce two new tools to counter what it calls "misinformation".

Full Fact announced the $500,000 (£386,000) donation on Thursday, explaining that the money is to build and launch 'Live' and 'Trends', automated tools which the charity hopes will make their 'fact-checking' findings much more influential. ...

Documents leaked last year revealed that the Hungarian financier spent $6 million (£4,644,000) to influence the 2014 European Parliament elections, his Open Society Foundations hoping to "mitigate the feared populist surge" and "limit the damage" it believed was caused by "xenophobic" and Eurosceptic campaigns.
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Betrayal of girls is one of our biggest scandals
Allison Pearson
Daily Telegraph, 5 July 2017

Recently, I was asked if I would take part in a project to try to count the number of girls who have been victims of Pakistani grooming gangs. You know what, let's stop using the word "grooming". At least we can honour the young women who have been through that grotesque ordeal by using the correct term. Rape gangs is what they were, and still are.

The ex-policeman who contacted me said that preliminary findings suggest we could be looking at a figure as high as 40,000. ...

The Betrayed Girls on BBC One, on Monday night, showed us how child sexual abuse on an unimaginable scale was allowed to continue unchallenged for years. Following the devastating drama Three Girls, the programme talked to women whose youthful testimony was ignored or traduced by police and social services.

Sara Rowbotham, a doughty heroine who managed the Rochdale Crisis Intervention Team, fought furiously to get police protection for her frightened teenage clients. She was ignored. So was Ann Cryer, then Labour MP for Kieghley. When Cryer approached Muslim leaders with a list of perpetrators, they admitted they knew the men but "it's got nothing to do with us". Some of her Labour colleagues found it more comfortable to whisper that Cryer was a racist than address the despicable attitudes towards white females in the Labour-voting Pakistani community. "I was rocking the multicultural boat," said Cryer.

Detective Constable Maggie Oliver, formerly of Greater Manchester Police, explained that Operation Augusta gathered evidence to bring one Pakistani gang to trial. Maggie was aghast when she discovered that Augusta had "died a death". After the terrorist attacks of July 7, did the forces of law and order really conclude that turning a blind eye to the rape of 13-year-old girls was a price worth paying for "community cohesion"? If so, it's as big a cover-up as Hillsborough and we need a public inquiry.

I'm sorry to say that the shocking denial still goes on. ...

Meanwhile, the latest "grooming" cases come to trial in Oxford in September. And the counting of victims goes on.
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UN admits 7 out of ten migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Libya are NOT refugees as crisis sparks hostility and violence in Italy
Liz Dunphy
MailOnline, 4 July 2017

The UN has said that seven in 10 people crossing the Mediterranean from Libya are economic migrants and the rest are 'people in need of protection' like refugees and asylum-seekers.

The U.N. refugee agency says people smuggling and migrant flows in Libya are on the rise, so Europe may face increased flows of migrants and refugees in the future. ...

In a new report on migration trends in Libya issued today, UNHCR noted that largely lawless Libya has become a major thoroughfare for migrants, but patterns of movement are changing.

UNHCR says 'trafficking for sexual exploitation' seems to be increasing, particularly affecting Nigerian and Cameroonian women and organized crime rings are becoming internationalized.
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More than 1,200 children are rescued from slavery in a year: Warning that shock figure for England is the 'tip of the iceberg'
Sarah Harris
Daily Mail, 4 July 2017

More than 1,200 children were rescued from sexual, domestic or labour slavery in England last year, a report reveals today.

They were identified by police, charities and welfare experts as potential victims of so-called modern slavery, which includes human trafficking and forced labour.

But the figure could merely be the 'tip of the iceberg', with many more unreported cases, the study by the Children's Commissioner for England warns.

Anne Longfield has urged politicians to stamp out the 'horrendous exploitation' of youngsters by adults. ...

Her report cites the latest figures from the Government's national referral mechanism (NRM), the official framework for identifying and helping victims of slavery and trafficking.

Some 1,204 children aged up to 17 were referred to the NRM last year for suspected domestic servitude, labour or sexual exploitation in England – an increase of a third, from 901 in 2015.

British nationals were the biggest group at 247, with 209 of them feared to have been caught up in sexual exploitation.

They were followed by 223 Albanian youngsters, of whom 150 were referred for potential labour exploitation. The third highest source of referrals were 200 Vietnamese children, with 101 of them feared trapped in forced labour. ...

The problem is a long-standing one. In 2014, a report commissioned by Rotherham Council revealed that at least 1,400 children in the town, some as young as 11, had been subjected to appalling sexual exploitation between 1997 and 2013.
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FGM: More than 5,000 new cases in England
BBC, 4 July 2017

The NHS in England recorded 5,391 new cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the past year, data reveals.

Almost half involved women and girls living in London, NHS Digital found.

A third were women and girls born in Somalia, while 112 cases were UK-born nationals.

The practice is illegal in the UK and it is compulsory for family doctors, hospitals and mental health trusts to report any new cases in their patients. ...

Most of the cases were spotted by midwives and doctors working in maternity and obstetric units.

The majority had originally had FGM done to them abroad and as a young child.
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How London's knife culture is being fueled by jargon, social media and music
David Cohen
Evening Standard, 4 July 2017

Young men caught up in knife culture have a coded way of communicating that most of us do not understand. ...

In the wake of the recent surge in knife crime – 31 people, including 10 teenagers, stabbed to death in London so far this year, a rise of 30 per cent on the same period last year – the Standard sought to delve deeper into how knife culture takes hold. ...

Did Wayne, who is black British, think you have to be more aggressive today than in the past to earn your stripes? "In the last 10 years, since the Somalis and the Congolese came to London, they taught us a whole new level of violence," he said. ...

The language of knife culture is also spread, he added, via music videos posted on YouTube. The "drill" genre in particular tends to glamorise knife culture by making it seem cool. Such videos used to be niche but today their popularity is shocking.

YouTube posts by south London gangs have racked up millions of views. The videos are slickly produced but their message is unrelentingly hyper-masculine and violent. ...

Sheldon Thomas, chief executive of Gangsline, a consultancy that trains professionals to understand gang mentality, said: "It used to be that only black estate teenagers listened to drill music, but it has crossed over and now white and middle-class teenagers listen as well. Not only them but also black kids as young as 10. When you see how many millions watch these videos, and how influential they are, it gives you an idea of the reasons behind the spread of knife culture." ...

The situation is compounded by the absence of fathers, Wayne said. "In some households you got boys aged 13 or 14 who say, 'I'm da man of the house.'
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Refugees frustrated and trapped in chilly Baltic states
Oxana Antonenko
BBC, 4 July 2017

Mekharena, an Eritrean, came to Latvia from Italy a year ago. Reaching Europe was an odyssey - he came via Uganda, Ethiopia, Israel and Egypt.

He only learnt he was going to Latvia a day before his flight. He was not allowed to choose the destination himself, and was not happy about it.

"There are lots of Eritreans everywhere in Europe. They talk to one another. We all know that in Germany they give you an apartment and €400 (£350; $450) pocket money. But in Latvia they don't give us anything - just €139 a month," he told BBC Russian. ...

Mekharena says it is the low living standard that makes refugees leave Latvia as soon as they get their papers. He knows many asylum seekers who have done exactly that. ...

Refugees are moving on from all three Baltic states - Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Of 349 asylum seekers taken in by Lithuania, 248 left as soon as they had received official refugee status, according to Robertas Mikulenas, director of a reception centre in Rukla, a small Lithuanian town.

Benefits for refugees in Lithuania vary from €102 to €204 a month.

So far 317 refugees allocated to Latvia have arrived in the country, but no office has records of their whereabouts. The fact that none are using the mentoring services available to those with official refugee status suggests they have left.

In Estonia the situation is similar: of the 136 who arrived on the EU programme, 79 have moved elsewhere in Europe. Refugees in Estonia receive €130 a month.

Once granted asylum, a refugee can travel freely within the EU and join friends and family in Western Europe - and the Baltic countries have fulfilled their obligations under the EU quota scheme. ...

Refugee status in Latvia only gives you the right to claim benefits or work in Latvia. It does not guarantee anything in other EU countries.
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Too many foreigners in France and Islam not compatible, majority of French say
Evie Burrows-Taylor
The Local [France], 4 July 2017

Immigration and the place of Islam in society, are still very much contentious questions for the French, a new annual survey has revealed.

A poll by the Ipsos institute for Le Monde newspaper has revealed that a majority of 65 percent of French people say there are too many foreigners in France, a figure that has remained elevated in recent years, with the figure as high as 70 percent in 2017.

Another stat demonstrating a majority of French people are uncomfortable with immigration was the 60 percent of people who agreed with the statement: "Today I no longer feel at home like I did before".

On top of that some 61 percent of French people share the belief that "immigrants in France do not make an effort to integrate".

Some 46 percent of French people believe it's not difficult for an immigrant to integrate. ...

When it came to the other ever divisive issue of the role of Islam, 60 percent of the people questioned for the survey titled "French Fractures 2017", believe the religion of Islam is incompatible with the values of the French Republic".

However perhaps views are softening given that in 2017 the figure was up at 74 percent.

In a separate question some 78 percent of French people are of the view that Islam "seeks to impose its way of life on others".

Regarding radical Islam, 46% of the French polled said that "even if it is not its main message, Islam still contains within it the seeds of violence and intolerance".
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EU holds crisis talks about migrant influx after Italy threatens to block rescue ships
Rachael Revesz
Independent, 3 July 2017

European ministers are holding emergency talks on the migrant crisis, after Italy threatened to block rescue ships due to the "unsustainable" flows of people.

Interior ministers from Germany, France, Spain and Italy will discuss the situation in Paris on Sunday, and consider the request from Rome for rescue ships with foreign flags to disembark in other countries.

Speaking on Sunday, Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti told newspaper Il Messaggero: "If the only ports refugees are taken to are Italian, something is not working."

"We are under enormous pressure," he added.

Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni also accused other European nations of "looking the other way".

More than 500,000 migrants have landed at Italian ports - most arriving in Sicily - since 2014 and the numbers are on the rise.

Since the start of this year, 83,650 people have reached Italy by sea, a 20 per cent increase compared to the same period in 2016. ...

The Italian Government has already filled up its 200,000 beds for migrants, and a government source told Reuters last week that the country had reached "saturation point". ...

EU countries were meant to relocate 160,000 asylum seekers between them, under a plan set out in 2015. So far only 20,900 people have been relocated.
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Mosques must appoint British-born imams with good English, report concludes
Camilla Turner
Daily Telegraph, 3 July 2017

Mosques must appoint British-born imams who speak fluent English because Islamic communities need "better leadership", a major report has concluded.

An inquiry, chaired by the former Attorney General Dominic Grieve MP, found that Muslims need "fit for purpose" leaders who can understand "modern British life".

The report, which was commissioned by the community organising charity Citizens UK, set out to examine the participation of the Islamic community in public life.

It noted that many imams are born and educated overseas, but said: "It is of great importance that British-born imams, who have a good understanding of British culture and who fluently speak English, are encouraged and appointed in preference to overseas alternatives." ...

There is no definitive figure for how many mosques there are in the UK, the report found, although it said the best estimate is in the region of 1,500. Of these, around 200 are purpose-built, the rest being either converted houses or other non-residential conversions.

The commission was co-chaired by Jenny Watson, who has previously chaired the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Electoral Commission.

Other commissioners included Sophie Gilliat-Ray, a professor of Religious Studies at Cardiff University, and the founding Director of the Islam-UK Centre.

Other members of the panel included Bishop Dr Eric Brown, the businessman and philanthropist Sir Trevor Chinn and the diversity director at Lloyds Banking Group Fiona Cannon.

Ifath Nawaz, a consultant solicitor who founded the Association of Muslim Lawyers UK was another commissioner, as was Professor Mohamed El-Gomati, who promotes the contribution of Muslims in science, technology and civilisation.
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Thousands of veterans march against extremism and offer to form unarmed 'Home Guard'
Marco Giannangeli
Daily Express, 3 July 2017

Thousands of Armed Forces veterans have formed a campaign group aimed at tackling the threat from jihadists in Britain.

Veterans Against Terrorism, which already boasts 8,500 members, will press the Government to take firmer action against the 3,000 suspected Muslim extremists living in Britain when they present a petition to Downing Street on August 5.

They will then stage a 30,000-strong march through Westminster to Trafalgar Square.

The group staged a similar march last month in Manchester.

Members last night told of their "sheer frustration" after fighting jihadist groups overseas to find on their return that radical Muslims on security watch lists are roaming free.

They offered to form an unarmed "Home Guard" to support the police. ...

The group will also campaign for more funding to be given to front-line services such as police. ...

Co-organiser Sean Smart, a Yorkshire Regiment veteran, said: "Some of us have served just two years while others, like myself, served for 24 years to defend both our country and Europe from terrorism.

"The whole point was to keep this stuff away from Britain, but despite our best efforts we are seeing attacks like Manchester and London.

"I feel we could be utilised here at home. We could act like eyes and ears, and use our skills. It's not vigilantism.

"We don't want to use weapons. I mean a Home Guard without weapons or uniform so we can integrate."

Former SAS hero Phil Campion, the group's official spokesman, said: "We aren't racial, or political – our interest is the safety of the people of the United Kingdom."

The group has been backed by other veterans associations including the British Army Muslim Association, with tens of thousands of members.
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2,000 Islamist extremists in Sweden: security police
The Local [Sweden], 3 July 2017

Two thirds of some 3,000 violent extremists currently in Sweden are believed to have Islamist motives, the head of the country's security police Säpo said on Monday.

Speaking during Almedalen Week, Anders Thornberg mentioned the figure following an interview last month in which he stated that extremists had soared from a couple of hundreds a few years ago to thousands.

Although "few extremists" have "the will and ability" to carry out attacks, they must be found and closely followed. "It's important that everyone in Sweden takes responsibility to end this trend," he said.

Thornberg said there are around 3,000 violent extremists in Sweden. Some 2,000 of those are believed to have Islamist motives, and the remaining originate from far-right and far-left movements. ...

Säpo has previously said that about 300 people from Sweden are known to have travelled to Syria and Iraq to join organizations such as Isis since 2012. Of them, around 140 have returned to Sweden and around 50 are said to have died abroad.
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UKIP's decline leaves voters concerned about immigration without much of a voice
Mark Wallace
ConservativeHome, 3 July 2017

From 2012 to 2016, the presence of a relatively strong UKIP – boosted by Nigel Farage's profile – which seemed to draw voters from both main parties to one degree or another pushed two issues up the agenda: an EU referendum, yes, but more generally immigration.

Brexit isn't going away, though there's evidently a need for a revitalised cross-party vehicle to assist its progress. But if UKIP vanishes, or dwindles further under either potential leadership scenario, what happens to immigration as a political issue? Theresa May's credibility on the topic is inevitably weakened by the failure to deliver the "tens of thousands" pledge, and the Labour leadership shows no interest in the issue or the voters who are concerned about it. Might those voters be left entirely without a mechanism to exert pressure on Westminster? If they are, how long would that vacuum last for?
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The Future Of Multicultural Europe: German City With The Most Immigrants Also Has The Most Crime
Daniel Lang
SHTF Plan, 3 July 2017

Over the past 20 years, European cities have slowly become more ethnically diverse, as EU governments open their borders to foreign populations. And as this process has taken place, the authorities have been quick to cover up any crimes that have been committed by these populations. For instance, Swedish police are no longer allowed to describe the ethnic background of the criminals they catch, and most notably, the German government and press were desperate to cover up hundreds sexual assaults that occurred in Cologne in 2015.

However, there are certain statistics that can't be covered up. ...

... For example, the German government recently revealed that more than half of the population of Frankfurt has a foreign background, arguably making it the most diverse major city in Germany. ...

The 2013 national crime figures, which were leaked to Welt newspaper earlier this week, show just under six million crimes were recorded in Germany last year.

When broken down to the number of crimes per 100,000 inhabitants, Frankfurt am Main rates as the most dangerous city in Germany with 16,292 crimes per 100,000 people. Its high ranking was put down to its red light district and the large airport.


What we're seeing in Frankfurt is the future of Europe, if EU nations continue to celebrate multiculturalism and leave their borders wide open. It will be a divided continent, filled with ethnic enclaves, no-go zones, civil unrest, and crime. If they don't see the folly of multiculturalism, within a generation every city in Europe will be like Frankfurt, or perhaps even worse.
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'If you have money, there is a way': Asylum seekers fly into Europe using fake IDs raising fresh concerns for border security
Josie Ensor
Sunday Telegraph, 2 July 2017

Fresh concerns have been raised about Europe's ability to protect its frontier after a Telegraph investigation found asylum seekers are managing to enter the Schengen zone undetected and fly on fake ID cards.

Syrian, Iraqi and other nationals are walking across Turkey's land border with Greece, where they are buying fraudulent documents which have been accepted on commercial flights to western Europe.

By doing so they are getting around a deal the European Union agreed with Turkey to take back all refugees and migrants arriving on Greek shores.

The Telegraph spoke to three Syrians who made it to the Netherlands this way this year, as well as an Iraqi citizen who reached Belgium.

However, Europol, the European Union's law enforcement agency, admitted the problem was much wider.
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Commons library fact-checking body funded by Left-wingers and Remainer
Camilla Tominey
Sunday Express, 2 July 2017

An "independent" fact-checking body used by the House of Commons library is part funded by Left-wing trusts and ardent Remainer Lord Sainsbury.

Former chancellor George Osborne used Full Fact to check general election claims in his paper while the Commons library has offered placements to its researchers.

But the charity received money from the Left-leaning Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and socialist group 38 Degrees.

Full Fact is in the same building as the Institute for Government, which is bankrolled by David Sainsbury.

His Gatsby Charitable Foundation gave the institute a grant of £3.5 million for 2016-17.

The Labour life peer gave £4,250,000 to Remain. ...

Full Fact's website states: "We're independent of government, political parties and the media."
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Blind, bovine hope will get us nowhere – it's time to change our response to Islamic extremism
Douglas Murray
Spectator blog, 2 July 2017

Last Sunday, I appeared on the BBC's Sunday Politics to discuss the aftermath of the Manchester attack. ...

In a short film preceding the studio discussion, I mentioned that countries like Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic have very little Islam and very little Islamic terror. By contrast, France has a great amount of Islam and a great amount of Islamic terror. /.../ Of course some people don't want to accept this fact. Not least because informed choices might result. For instance, it might help us weigh up the ongoing cultural benefits of large-scale Islamic immigration versus the down-side of dozens of obliterated lives every now and then. ...

But so it is that various Muslims and Muslim groups who have spent recent years urging British Muslims not to cooperate with the UK authorities on counter-terrorism are now keenly urging Muslims to complain about me to any and all authorities. A telling set of priorities, I would say. ...

... It's the same everywhere: Don't look back in anger, just forward in blind, bovine hope.

For instance, still nobody wants to ask what responsibility should be apportioned to Salford University where the Manchester bomber was recently a student. There seems very little interest in the fact that the Vice Chancellor when Abedi entered the university (Martin Hall) was vocally opposed to the UK government's only counter-extremism strategy, which encourages people to report signs of radicalisation among students /.../ Nor does anyone seem very interested in the fact that the current President of the Student Union – Zamzam Ibrahim – has a very interesting set of views. And not just that she has spent her time 'representing' Salford's students by campaigning against the government's only counter-extremism strategy.
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Maajid: We're In Denial That Child Sex Abuse Is A 'Sickness' In British Pakistani Muslim Communities
LBC, 2 July 2017

In a powerful speech on LBC, Maajid Nawaz says there is a sense of "denial" that the problem exists in certain communities for fear of appearing racist.

After Nazir Afzal, a prosecutor in the Rochdale child sex abuse scandal, called upon Muslim communities to stop blaming the victims of the abuse, Maajid Nawaz has confessed that there is a sense of denial about the problem in the Muslim communities.

In a powerful speech on his LBC show, Maajid said that there is a sense of "denial" about the problem in certain communities and that the "problem is getting worse". ...

"The situation is being made worse by do-gooders who are attempting to brush it under the carpet for fear of appearing racist."
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Legal system is overwhelmed by deportation and asylum cases, say judges: Extraordinary plea from senior officials as they reveal the Court of Appeal is under considerable strain from 'avalanche' of cases
Stephen Wright
Daily Mail, 1 July 2017

Three senior judges have made an extraordinary plea for help in dealing with the avalanche of immigration, asylum and extradition cases clogging up the courts.

They said the Court of Appeal is under 'considerable strain' and expressed concern about 'unacceptable delays' before cases are heard.

The call came as they ruled that a 'large-scale' cannabis grower, who has been fighting a three-and-a-half-year battle to stay in the UK, should be deported back to China.

It can be revealed after the Daily Mail exposed a string of scandals involving foreign criminals and fugitives who have launched lengthy and expensive appeals to avoid being kicked out of the country.

After dismissing the Chinese cannabis farmer's appeal against deportation, Appeal Court judge Sir Stanley Burnton said there is a 'strong public interest' in the removal of foreign criminals, and that this should be 'expeditious and effective'.

But the appeal was heard two-and-a-half years after an Upper Tribunal had ruled he should be deported, he added.

'Such a delay, which is not unusual, is incompatible with an expeditious and effective procedure for deportation,' he said. ...

Sir Stanley's comments were backed in a judgment on June 23 by Lord Justice Lindblom and Lord Justice Flaux.

The Chinese cannabis grower, a 44-year-old chef known only as WZ, was initially refused asylum after arriving in the UK in 1998 but in 2009 he, his wife and two children were granted 'indefinite leave to remain'. By 2011 his wife and children had been granted British citizenship.

The following year he was jailed for two years for 'large-scale' cannabis production and he was later told he was liable for 'automatic deportation'. However, he successfully argued at an immigration tribunal that his human right to a family life would be breached if he was deported.

But Theresa May, then home secretary, successfully appealed against the decision in late 2014, when an Upper Tribunal ruled his deportation should go ahead. That prompted WZ to take his case to the Court of Appeal.

On Thursday the Mail reported how hate preacher Tarik Chadlioui, 43, was allowed to live in the UK for two years and is now trying to use human rights laws to fight extradition to Spain. ...

Last Saturday we exposed the case of Somalian thug Abdi Yusuf, who has been fighting deportation for five years.
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Student union president sparks controversy by saying she would like to 'oppress white people', everyone should read the Koran and that men and women must not be friends
Darren Boyle
MailOnline, 1 July 2017

A Muslim student union leader has claimed she would like to 'oppress white people' and has suggested there would be an Islamic takeover if more people read the Koran.

Zamzam Ibrahim, who was elected President of Salford University's Student Union in March, also suggested friendship between men and women is un-Islamic and is opposed to the government's anti-radicalisation strategy.

The Swedish-Somali student officer also described the government's Prevent strategy as 'disastrous' and 'racist'. ...

Ms Ibrahim was also recently elected to the National Union of Students Block of 15 committee.
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10News, 1 July 2017

New data from Sweden shows how immigration and refugees from Islamic countries puts especially women in danger.

92 percent of all severe rapes (violent rapes) are committed by migrants and refugees. 100 percent of all attack rapes (where victim and attacker had no previous contact) are committed by that same group. In other words, thousands of Swedish women would not have been raped and thereby traumatized for life, had it not been for the influx from Islamic countries.

The top-10 list over rapists' national back ground shows only one non-Islamic country (Chile). Most rapists have Iraqi back ground, followed by refugees and migrants from Afghanistan, Somalia, Eritrea, Syria, Gambia, Iran, Palestine, Chile and Kosovo.

When taking into account the number of people from the different nationalities in Sweden, Afghans are 79 times more likely to commit a sexual crime than people born from Swedish citizens. ...

Other Western European countries are experiencing similar challenges to womens' security. Since Denmark caved to UN pressure in 2015 and started taking in thousands of asylum seekers from Islamic countries, rapes soared 163 percent in just one year.

On New Year 2015, thousands of sexual crimes was committed in Cologne, Germany, and other major European cities by Muslim migrants and asylum seekers.

100 percent of attack rapes in Oslo are committed by foreign men, often asylum seekers.
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Germans now the MINORITY in Frankfurt: More than half of residents in the city have a migrant background, official figures show
Stewart Paterson
MailOnline, 30 June 2017

More than half of residents living in the German city of Frankfurt have a migrant background, according to new statistics.

Figures show 51.2 per cent of people living there are either non-German, German citizens born abroad or Germans who are the children of immigrants. ...

Turkish migrants are the largest non-German minority that are settled in Frankfurt, accounting for 13 per cent of the population.

A further 61 per cent of residents who were born abroad have come from other countries within the European Union. ...

The statistics were revealed in a 200-page document titled 'Frankfurt Integration and Diversity Monitoring'. ...

It comes after a book published last year predicted that native Germans would soon be reduced to a minority in Frankfurst, Augsburg and Stuttgart.

The German cities would join others throughout Europe that have already seen immigrant numbers overtake natives, including Amsterdam, Brussels, Geneva and London.

The book, titled Super-Diverstiy: A New Perspective on Integration, criticised politicians' calls for migrants to integrate.
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Indian-origin immigration adviser banned for deception in UK
The Tribune [India], 30 June 2017

An Indian-origin consultant licensed by the British government to work as an immigration adviser has been banned indefinitely for "deception" and "reprehensible conduct" after he used false certification on UK visa applications.

Alpesh Patel, of London-based Aaryas Careers Ltd, was also directed to repay a total of 172,600 pounds to complainants and 7,460 pounds by way of a penalty to the UK's Office of the Immigration Service Commissioner (OISC).
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The number of foreign citizens living in the UK surges from one in 20 to almost one in 10 in just a DECADE, claims report
Tim Sculthorpe
MailOnline, 29 June 2017

Almost 10 per cent of the people living in Britain last year were foreign citizens, a major international report revealed today.

Numbers rose by 6.4 per cent to reach 5.95 million between 2015 and 2016, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) found.

It means 9.2 per cent of the population are from overseas, the think tank's International Migration Outlook report showed - a surge from 5 per cent in 2005. ...

The study found that asylum applications in the UK fell by 7 per cent to 30,600 last year, the first drop since 2010.

More Iranians, some 4,780, made asylum claims in the UK than any other nationality, followed by Pakistanis (3,701) and Iraqis (3,644). ...

The report highlighted how the UK recorded its highest rate of net migration of 332,000 in 2015 with the number of people arriving at 631,000.

But the number of people being given settlement rights in the same year fell by 12.7 per cent on 2014 to 90,800.

'The fall was entirely owing to fewer grants on the basis of family formation or reunion, 18.5 per cent of the total compared with 32 per cent in 2014,' the report said.

'The number fell by a further 35 per cent in 2016, to 59 000, largely due to fewer work, family and asylum related grants.'
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Brexit: People voted to leave EU because they feared immigration, major survey finds
May Bulman
Independent, 29 June 2017

Britain's vote to leave the EU was the result of widespread anti-immigration sentiment, rather than a wider dissatisfaction with politics, according to a major survey of social attitudes in the UK.

Findings from the British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey published on Wednesday show Brexit was the result of widespread concern over the numbers of people coming to the UK – millions of whom have done so under the EU's freedom of movement rules in recent years.

The research, collated by the National Centre for Social Research through a survey of nearly 3,000 British people, states suggestions by politicians and others that the Brexit vote represented a lightning rod for a general disenchantment with politics were "widely off the mark".

Nearly three-quarters (73 per cent) of those who are worried about immigration voted Leave, compared with 36 per cent of those who did not identify this as a concern, the research found, showing the discrepancy in views about immigration between Remain and Leave voters.

It also reveals that the longer any given voter felt EU migrants should have lived in the UK before qualifying for welfare benefits, the more likely they were to vote to leave the EU.
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Is it THAT easy? London Bridge terrorist entered Britain using FALSE name and age
Joey Millar
Daily Express, 29 June 2017

One of the killers responsible for the deadly London Bridge and Borough Market terror attack entered Britain using a false name and date of birth, an inquest has heard.

Southwark Coroner's Court was told Rachid Redouane, who was one of three terrorists responsible for the June 3 slaughter, arrived in the UK using false details.
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Italy gets Brussels backing for EU peers to accept migrants off boats
Gabriela Baczynska
Reuters, 29 June 2017

The European Union executive on Thursday threw its weight behind a plea by Italy for fellow EU states to allow rescue boats carrying African migrants across the Mediterranean to dock in their ports to alleviate growing pressure on Rome.

About 10,000 people have been rescued over the past three days, mainly from unsafe smugglers' dinghies that had set out from Libya. Italy has taken in 82,000 refugees and migrants so far this year, a third more than a year ago. ...

The Commission has signalled readiness to give Italy more cash to help with increased arrivals, though officials and diplomats in Brussels were sceptical there would be any swift agreement for other EU states to take in the NGO boats. They said the ports of Barcelona and Marseille were possible options. ...

Italy has threatened to close its ports to the NGO boats, though few in Brussels believed it would come to that. ...

Some 1.7 million refugees and migrants have reached EU shores after perilous Mediterranean voyages since 2014.
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I am a Muslim, and I support Trump's travel restrictions
Mudar Zahran
American Thinker, 29 June 2017
[Mudar Zahran is the secretary general of the Jordanian Opposition Coalition]

The mainstream media and many others have been grilling President Trump since he signed the executive order temporally halting the population of seven predominantly Muslim states from entering the USA. As a result, he has been called everything from "racist" to "Islamophobic."

As a Jordanian Muslim who also holds a British citizenship, I am not offended by the president's actions, nor am I convinced that the executive orders in question were specifically written to target Muslims, for the following reasons:

First, the executive order singled out seven specific countries out of 56 Muslim states.

Second, the president did not pick these countries randomly, because six of the seven states have one thing in common: they are failed states, and they do not have a unified and recognized state system for processing of nationalities, passports, and state documents. In other words, the country's citizens can receive any number of passports they like, complete with fake or multiple names. That means that a terrorist can simply make up a name, obtain a passport and visa, and head to the U.S.

Third, there are numerous examples of terrorists using nefarious means to reach America's shores – from the ISIS Passport Printing Press to clearly identified individuals. ...

With that said, if the president did want to ban a specific group of people, what would it look like, especially in a Middle Eastern country?

The two best examples I can give you are found in the Middle East. The first example is how Arab countries treat their Palestinian and Jordanian brethren, simply denying them documentation and freedom of movement and banning their entry into their countries for the most frivolous of reasons. This is similar in nature to the second: how most Arab countries ban Israeli Jews from entering their countries, while allowing Israeli Arabs to come and go. A prime example of this is found in Jordan.

To me, that is real racism and religious discrimination, and in all honesty, comparing the President's executive orders to what those Arab countries do is hard for me to swallow because of how easily they violate human rights, point fingers at others, and clearly support true apartheid.
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Albanian gangs 'controlling' UK drug trafficking market
BBC, 29 June 2017

Violent Albanian criminal groups are exerting "considerable control" over the drug trafficking market in the UK, a law enforcement report has said.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) said it was increasingly concerned by what it called the Albanians' "high-profile influence within UK organised crime".

The remarks are in the agency's annual assessment of the nature and scale of serious and organised crime in the UK. ...

Among those to emerge as a "significant threat" were Albanian gangs - which the agency said had particular influence on the cocaine market.

Officials said the gangs were characterised by their readiness to resort to serious violence.

London is their "primary hub", the report says, but they are established across the UK. ...

The report also said that Serbian and Turkish crime groups "dominate high volume maritime cocaine logistics", while Turkish and Pakistani groups "continue to dominate heroin trafficking to the UK".

The report said corruption among staff working at ports and airports was a "key vulnerability", because it made it easier for gangs to smuggle in drugs and bring in illegal immigrants.
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Two Romanian criminals who slipped into Britain cannot be extradited on human rights grounds because jail cells in the country are too small
Stephen Wright
Daily Mail, 28 June 2017

Two Romanian fugitives cannot be extradited because jail cells in their homeland are too small.

UK judges say the cramped conditions contravene rulings from the European Court of Human Rights. ...

Justices at the High Court in London want assurances that the men would have more space before they grant extradition requests.

The ruling has delayed the removal of the pair from Britain – hitting taxpayers with court costs and legal aid bills.

Lord Justice Irwin and Mr Justice Collins were told the Romanians – Ionel-Remus Grecu and Cosmin-Ionut Bagarea – would be sent to semi-open prisons.

The jails have smoking zones, unlocked areas for walking, phones and up to ten hours visiting a month.

Also on offer are educational and cultural facilities, social assistance and vocational training outside prison.
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Gang of Nigerian fraudsters face jail for using the identities of MPs, judges and police officers to con the taxpayer out of more than £10m
Alex Matthews
MailOnline, 28 June 2017

A gang of Nigerian fraudsters are facing jail for for using the identities of MPs, judges and police officers during a £10 million scam.

The crew stole personal details from the Civil Service Sports Council (CSSC), to make fraudulent claims over a four-year period.

Member lists were 'stolen to order' from CSSC and used to place orders for tax credit starter packs used in fraudulent claims over a four year period.

The gang managed to get away with nearly £2,500,000 before staff at Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs spotted the 'extraordinarily high rate' of claims being made by civil servants. ...

CSSC events manager Adedamola Oyebode, 30, stole membership lists and passed them on to her brothers-in-law Oluwatobe Emmanuel Odeyemi, 34, and Oluwagbenga Stephen Odeyemi, 39, who ran the fraud with Kayode Sanni, 38. ...

Emmanuel Odeyemi, Gumbs and Adedamole Oyebode have already pleaded guilty and will be sentenced with Sanni at the Old Bailey on 6 July. ...

Jurors were told that two of the gang, Stephen Odeyemi and his wife Oluwatumininu Banjo, 40, have fled to Nigeria and are wanted abroad.
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The establishment will have seen nothing yet if it doesn't tackle immigration
Nigel Farage
Daily Telegraph, 28 June 2017

As Theresa May forms a minority government and our Brexit negotiations finally begin, one very important issue has completely disappeared from view.

... Just last week, the Office of National Statistics issued some figures for the UK's population growth last year. They went largely ignored despite immigration consistently being the top issue for the British public over the last few years.

The figures were truly astonishing and showed the population grew by 538,000 in the year ending 2016. Despite these amazing figures, the BBC made virtually no mention of them and absolutely nobody in what is seen as 'mainstream' politics offered the opinion that these numbers might cause a problem. It was pretty much radio silence.

That is because no one dares to touch this subject. To even discuss immigration goes against their politically correct view of what a nice place the world should be. ...

The fact is that whenever you hear a politician bleating on about a lack of housing, the need for extra NHS cash or the crisis in our transport infrastructure, you would have thought it would not be too difficult join up the dots.

You'd be wrong. During the 2015 televised leaders debate, I made the point that we need to build a new house every seven minutes (it's every four minutes now) in this country just to cope with the current scale of immigration. When I asked if they see a link between immigration and housing and they all said no.

This of course defies logic, but it also demonstrates that our political class have no intention of doing anything about our immigration crisis, even when we finally leave the European Union. Fine words about ending free movement are pretty meaningless as the numbers continue to pour in. The time has come for real action on this and not more hollow words.

Perhaps even worse still was another news story over the past few weeks that gained almost no attention at all. David Wood, who was head of immigration enforcement at the Home Office until 2015, revealed that on a bad year up to 250,000 illegal immigrants either entered the country or overstayed on their visas. Yes thats right – a quarter of a million. ...

This government, albeit a minority one, was elected once again to reduce net migration to the tens of thousands a year. How they could say this with a straight face given the failed 2010 and 2015 manifesto pledges in this area is really quite beyond me.

Unless this issue is gripped, public anger will grow and we'll have seen nothing yet when it comes to political shocks. I say this because 77 per cent of the British people want us to have proper border controls and reduced immigration levels. That isn't going away.

The gulf and the disconnect between the voters and politicians in Westminster has grown wider, not narrower, since the referendum result last year. And however difficult or unpleasant the establishment found it as I campaigned on immigration numbers in the years leading up the referendum, unless something is done about this crisis, something very unpleasant will inevitably emerge.
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Theresa May has been very generous to EU nationals. But who will pay the bill?
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 28 June 2017

Theresa May's offer to confirm the settled status of an estimated 3.2 million EU citizens living in the UK is certainly "generous", as the Prime Minister told the Commons on Monday. More so, indeed, than may be appreciated.

It includes access to benefits and extends to the relatives of European nationals already here – parents, siblings, even cousins in some cases. Most people accept this as fair and expect the EU countries where 1.2 million British ex-pats live to respond in kind.

But the two groups are not compatible. Around one third of the Brits in Europe are self-sufficient retirees mainly living in France, Spain and Ireland. It is thought that about 800,000 are workers with families.

By contrast, most EU nationals in the UK are in jobs and many are here with dependants. As they are older on average, the British abroad are more likely to be users of the health services but EU countries charge the NHS for treating them – about £580 million in 2014. The UK received just£12 million from other EU countries for the treatment of their pensioners, suggesting there are far fewer of them.

On the other hand, UK nationals on the continent are far less likely than their EU counterparts in Britain to be consumers of other public services like schools or transport. Moreover, since they are spread around a number of countries, their impact is dissipated. Here, there are at least 2.1 million EU nationals in work, which suggests a million or so are dependants, mainly school-age children. ...

When Migration Watch was set up the population of the UK was 58 million; today it is 7 million higher – and that's without counting an unknown number of illegal entrants. At this rate it will be over 70 million by 2025.

The people who ignored this trend 15 years ago and denounced anyone who discussed it as racist are the same people who today demand that more money is spent on the public services to sustain such a large population. ...

... In the end, it was not the fact of immigration that led to the Brexit vote, but its sheer scale for which our politicians, to their eternal shame, never prepared.
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Italy pleads to EU for help with migrants, threatens to close ports
Steve Scherer and Gabriela Baczynska
Reuters, 28 June 2017

Italy on Wednesday appealed to the European Union for help in taking in African migrants, even raising the possibility of closing its ports to humanitarian rescue ships to pressure EU partners, sources familiar with the matter said.

Rome's EU ambassador, Maurizio Massari, met EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos and told him that "the situation we are facing is serious and Europe cannot turn its back", an Italian government source said.

"The idea of blocking humanitarian ships flying foreign flags from returning to Italian ports has been discussed," another Italian government source told Reuters.

That may force EU partners to take them instead because many of the charities that operate rescue ships are based in other EU countries, including Malta and Germany, the source said.

"Italy has reached saturation point," he said, adding that Rome had planned for 200,000 beds for asylum-seekers and those were almost all taken.

Italy has brought in over half a million boat migrants since 2014, and a record 181,000 came last year. This year arrivals are up about 14 percent on the same period last year to 75,000.
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EU nationals in the UK will have to have superior rights than British citizens after Brexit, says Sir Keir Starmer
Tom Peck
Independent, 28 June 2017

Labour's Shadow Brexit Secretary has said that EU nationals living in the UK should enjoy greater rights than their British neighbours.

Sir Keir Starmer told the BBC's Today Programme that the controversial £18,600 income threshold for visas for foreign spouses that is currently applied to Brits should not be applied to EU nationals living in the UK after Brexit, which would hand British based EU nationals greater rights than UK citizens.

Sir Keir, the former Director of Public Prosecutions, also indicated that a compromise would have to be found, through which European courts, not UK ones, could preside over the rights of EU nationals in the UK after Brexit. ...

Sir Keir said EU nationals "should not suffer as a result of Brexit and therefore the exact same rights should be available to them in future."

"At the moment EU citizens in this country can bring in a spouse or a family member without any financial threshold," he said.
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Families of EU migrants who arrive in UK before Brexit will be allowed to stay, Theresa May reveals
Kate McCann
Daily Telegraph, 27 June 2017

EU citizens who are given the right to settle in the UK after Brexit will be allowed to bring their family members to Britain, even if they do not currently live in in the country, the Prime Minister has announced.

The deal, offered by Theresa May to EU nations, means anyone who has lived in the UK for five years continuously will be granted settled status and will be free to bring their family from Europe to live in Britain as long as they do so before Brexit.

It has led to claims that many more than the three million EU nationals currently living in the UK will be given the right to live and work in the country after the UK leaves the bloc.

The Home Office will be forced to tackle over 4,000 applications for citizenship every day in order to arrange status for everyone living here, it has emerged.

The process is likely to require extra staff and a new IT system but no costs have so far been announced to account for this. ...

Anyone from another EU nation living in the UK before the cut-off date will be entitled to claim settled status as long as they have lived in the country for five years continuously.

Settled status is essentially the same as indefinite leave to remain, which gives the holder the right to use UK public services and access benefits and education.

It does not give the holder the right to a British passport, but those with six years residency can apply for citizenship and obtain one this way.

Family members of EU citizens with settled status will have the right to come to the UK and build up their five year residency in order to achieve the same status, even if they did not live in the country before the cut-off date - as long as they come before the UK leaves the union.

Family members are generally accepted as dependent children, spouses, parents and could also possibly include cousins, although the detail is yet to be agreed.

But if family members seek to come to the UK to join those with settled status after Brexit they will have to do so under current UK rules, which force migrants to prove they have enough income to support themselves.

Anyone who has not got the full five years needed for settled status but was here before the cut-off date will be allowed to stay in the UK in order to build up enough time to achieve the full rights after Brexit.

There will be a two-year grace period after the UK leaves the union during which time everyone will have to apply and achieve a status in UK law. ...

Those who arrive after the cut-off date may be allowed to apply for settled status, depending on their circumstances. ...

Announcing the plans today Mrs May told EU citizens "we want you to stay" as she vowed that anyone arriving before the cut-off date with five years residence will be free to access benefits, healthcare, pensions and other public services as UK nationals do.
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Brexit: More than one million foreign workers preparing to leave UK within five years
Noor Nanji
Independent, 27 June 2017

More than a million foreign workers are preparing to ditch Britain, adding to fears that the country is facing a Brexit brain drain, new research shows.

The survey by accountancy giant Deloitte shows that 36 per cent of non-British workers currently in the country say they are thinking about leaving by 2022, with 26 per cent planning to move even sooner, by 2020.

This figure represents 1.2 million jobs out of 3.4 million migrant workers in Britain, underscoring the severe jobs crisis facing the country as it begins the process of extracting itself from the European Union.

Highly skilled workers from EU countries are the most likely to consider leaving, with 47 per cent thinking about upping sticks in the next five years.
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Knife checks to be offered at every London school as stabbings soar
Pippa Crerar
Evening Standard, 27 June 2017

Every school in London will be offered a "knife wand" metal detector to tackle soaring numbers of stabbings.

The Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime will supply the handheld devices to headteachers at the capital's 484 state secondaries. Schools could also be provided with dedicated police officers if there are particular concerns about pupils carrying knives on the premises. About a third of London secondaries have dedicated officers on site but only a dozen use knife wands. Just a handful use knife arches.

... The biggest take-up is anticipated in boroughs with the worst knife crime problems, including Lambeth, Southwark, Haringey and Newham.

There was a 24 per cent increase in the number of stabbings in the 12 months to April. ... Twenty-four people under 25 have been fatally stabbed in the capital this year.
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NPO 2017: Arts Council boosts diversity in new portfolio
Georgia Snow
The Stage, 27 June 2017

The number of diverse-led organisations funded by Arts Council England has almost doubled in its latest funding round, as the body commits to making its portfolio more representative of contemporary society.

Existing national portfolio organisations with a focus on diversity, including Eclipse Theatre Company, Deafinitely Theatre and Tiata Fahodzi, all received significant uplifts in funding. ...

Following the publication of ACE's Creative Case for Diversity in 2015, the funding body had promised to improve the diversity of the organisations it supports. ...

Diverse-led organisations are those where 51% or more of the board of senior management team are black, Asian or minority ethnic, disabled, female or LGBT. Organisations can also self-define as diverse-led based on who is making their key strategic decisions.

In the new portfolio, announced today (June 27), 351 diverse-led organisations will be funded for the next four years, an increase of 168 on the previous number.

In total, 831 organisations will be funded for the 2018-2022 period.

This includes 96 BAME-led organisations, 35 disability-led organisations, 44 LGBT-led organisations and 257 female-led companies. ...

London's Bush and Tricycle Theatres, both led by BAME artistic directors, have also received increased subsidy.
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Mapped: The top UK destinations for the rising number of people giving up on London
Patrick Scott
Daily Telegraph, 27 June 2017

More and more people, and especially millennials, are taking the decision to up-sticks from their London homes and move elsewhere, according to new internal migration figures.

Data from the Office for National Statistics show that 291,620 people moved out of London to elsewhere in the UK last year, 36,480 more than those that did so in 2012.

Given that the number of people who moved into London from the rest of the UK was 198,330, this means that there was a net outflow of 93,300 people from the capital, close to double the net outflow of 51,710 people five years ago.
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Shocking scale of migrant problem: One caught every 10 minutes sneaking into UK
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 26 June 2017

Migrants were caught trying to sneak into Britain at a rate of one every 10 minutes last year.

Previously unseen figures reveal 56,132 attempts to enter the UK illegally were made as the crisis in northern France unfolded.

The "shocking" statistics show how many illegals were intercepted by Border Force but no one knows how many made it here undetected.

Most tried to slip into the UK through Calais where hundreds have returned to try their luck again this summer.

The scale of illegal immigration through northern France can be revealed after the Daily Express won a lengthy battle with the Home Office to publish the data.

It shows on average 4,317 attempts to cross the Channel illegally were made each month between January 2016 and January 2017 – equal to 139 a day or six an hour.

Alp Mehmet, vice chairman of Migration Watch UK said: "Illegal immigration has been a problem for many years and remains scandalously high.

"It is perfectly possible to deal with it, all that's required is the political will and the necessary resources."

The figures relate to entry attempts at British border controls in Calais, Dunkirk, Lille, Paris, Brussels and Coquelles. ...

The number seized at the border in 2016 was three times the 16,008 caught in 2013 but less than 84,088 in 2015.
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Type of free movement could be included in Brexit deal, says Chakrabarti
BT / Press Association, 26 June 2017

Some form of free movement of people could be included in a Brexit deal, a senior Labour shadow cabinet member has indicated.

Shadow attorney general Shami Chakrabarti insisted Labour would prioritise the economy over immigration if it was in charge of withdrawal talks. ...

She told Sky News: "We haven't said we'll have control of free movement of people, you can't necessarily have complete control, but what we want is to be able to have fair migration that avoids people's jobs being undercut."
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Estimates for UK-based terrorists are 'tip of iceberg'
BBC, 26 June 2017

MI5's figure of 23,000 "suspects of interest" who pose a potential terrorist threat is just "the tip of the iceberg", says a senior former intelligence adviser to the government.

In an interview with BBC Newsnight, Col Richard Kemp said the UK is "reaping the horrors" after years of failing to deal with extremism.

Col Kemp is former chair of the Cobra Intelligence Group which advises the government on intelligence matters and coordinates the work MI5 and MI6.
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Stowaways raise cost of goods
Daily Telegraph, 26 June 2017

The price of imported goods is set to rise, hauliers have said, as figures show stowaway migrants from Calais are costing the industry £8 million a year.

Penalties of up to £2,000 per migrant were imposed on drivers or their employers at the rate of more than 10 a day during the 2016-17 financial year, a 12 per cent increase on the previous 12 months and a total cost of £7.8 million.

Rod McKenzie, director of policy for the Road Haulage Association, warned the cost of fines would be added to consumer goods. "If I'm a haulier and I've been hit with fines, I've got to recover my costs or I'll go out of business, so I've got to pass on my costs," he said.
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More than 40 convicted terrorists have used human rights laws to remain in UK
Robert Mendick
Sunday Telegraph, 25 June 2017

More than 40 foreign terrorists have used human rights laws to remain in the UK, according to an unpublished report delayed by the Home Office.

The study highlights the near insurmountable problem for the Government in deporting dangerous jihadists and follows a series of Islamic State-inspired attacks in the UK.

In the court cases, lawyers - typically funded through legal aid - have successfully prevented foreign-born terror suspects from being sent back to their home countries.

At a time when Britain's security services are fully stretched, the additional burden of monitoring so many foreign terrorist inevitably adds to the strain.

Details are contained in a report ordered by Theresa May when Home Secretary into a scheme called Deportation with Assurances (DWA).

The scheme - in theory - allows the UK to expel terror suspects with guarantees they will not be mistreated or even tortured in their home country.

But it appears to have broken down allowing terrorists to remain in the UK.

The report is potentially embarrassing for the prime minister because it is expected to highlight the collapse of an initiative she pushed hard for while in the Home Office.

The DWA scheme led to the removal of Abu Qatada, a notorious al-Qaeda-linked cleric who was sent back to Jordan in 2013 to stand trial on terrorist offences. Qatada was cleared but since his case, it is understood, that no other foreign terror suspects have been returned under the scheme.

The analysis of the Government's practice of deportations with assurances was carried out by David Anderson QC, the then independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, and co-written with Professor Clive Walker, an international law expert.

It was delivered to the Home Office in February.

Prof Walker said: "My research suggests there are more than 40 foreign terrorists convicted in the UK who have avoided deportation using the human rights act. The figure is much larger than was previously thought."
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Not good enough: Austrian PM tells Theresa May to rethink EU national plans to allow MORE
Vickiie Oliphant
Sunday Express, 25 June 2017

Theresa May must rethink her proposals to guarantee the rights of European Union nationals to allow even more to come to the UK, according to the Austrian Chancellor.

Yesterday the British PM made a generous offer to the EU to allow all 3 million of its citizens currently living in the UK to have full residency status.

And she told her European counterparts that all EU citizens who are legally here can stay and have full access to the NHS, education, benefits and pensions. ...

But Christian Kern, Federal Chancellor of Austria, told Mrs May to rethink her EU migrant proposal to allow even more in Britain.

He said although Mrs May's deal was a "a good first proposal that I appreciate" there were a "lot more citizens not covered with Theresa May's proposals".
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BBC spins fruit farms migrant labour 'shortage'
Craig Byers
News-Watch, 25 June 2017

A couple of mornings ago Today sent a reporter to a fruit farm in Godalming and brought back a large punnet of Brexit-related gloom. Nick Robinson introduced the report with these words:

There's a warning today from Britain's berry growers that Brexit could crush the industry.

Zoe Conway's report included various hard-working, efficient migrant workers (as she portrayed them) worried about their future, plus farm managers fearing the collapse of their business. One farm owner was asked if he regretted his Leave vote, especially if it leads to what Zoe called a "hard Brexit". No contrasting views featured in Zoe's report.

That's par for the course, of course. But tied in with that piece was the reporting that very same morning of the results of a survey among soft berry producers – a survey the BBC itself had commissioned (for reasons known only to itself but guessable by others).

The main BBC News website report on the survey (by Emma Simpson) is striking for the way it tries to spin its own findings. The BBC's spin is deeply negative about Brexit and conducive to advancing arguments in favour of retaining free-movement:

UK summer fruit and salad growers are having difficulty recruiting pickers, with more than half saying they don't know if they will have enough migrant workers to harvest their crops.

Many growers blame the weak pound which has reduced their workers' earning power, as well as uncertainty over Brexit, according to a BBC survey.

The results themselves, cited later in the article, are strikingly at odds with the mood music of the report as a whole: ...

These results say to me that only 3% of the surveyed farmers are seriously alarmed about "migrant labour shortages'. Another 18% are a bit worried. And what the other 79% /.../ Well, they either say they have have enough seasonal workers or aren't sure if they've got enough. In other words, that 79% don't sound alarmed about the situation, despite the BBC's alarmist headline.

I think this is a clear case of BBC bias (conscious or unconscious).

And it's far from being the first time that the BBC has spun its own surveys in a favoured direction.

Who can forget the particularly blatant way the BBC spun its own survey on the attitudes of British Muslims back in 2015? While many other media outlets led with the astonishing finding that 27% of British Muslims expressed some sympathy with those who carried out the Charlie Hebdo massacre the BBC heavily pushed the "Most British Muslims 'oppose Muhammad cartoons reprisals'" angle.

Plus there was some very dodgy reporting by the BBC's News at Six and the BBC website into young people's concerns, also in 2015, where both the TV bulletin and the website article omitted all mention of the third biggest concern of the polled young people – immigration. And it was another BBC poll to boot. ...

As you'll note, all of the above have immigration as a running theme, whether directly or indirectly. And all of them were spun by the BBC in the same way – the pro-immigration way.
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Sweden on the Brink of CIVIL WAR, National Police Commissioner: "HELP US, HELP US!"
10News, 25 June 2017

A leaked report concludes that the number of lawless areas (commonly referred to as, "no-go zones") in Sweden now totals 61. That is up from 55 in just one year's time. This increase includes, not only the total number, but also the geographical size of these areas.

Sweden's National Police Commissioner, Dan Eliasson, spoke on national television and pleaded for assistance: "Help us, help us!" he said while warning that Swedish police forces no longer can uphold the law and therefore must ask all good powers in the country to support them.

A research expert regarding destabilized countries and 2011 recipient of Sweden's Order of the Seraphim medal, Johan Patrik Engellau, has been working with organizations like the UN and others that operate in crisis areas. He warns:

"I'm afraid it is the end for the well-organized, decent and egalitarian Sweden we have known so far. Personally, I would not be surprised if a form of civil war occurs. In some places, the civil war has probably already begun."

10News recently reported how the Swedish state has lost large areas to armed, religious groups best described as Islamist militias. Police chief Lars Alversjø says that, "There is lawlessness in parts of Stockholm (Sweden's capital) now." He also observed how, "The legal system, which is a pillar in every democratic society, is collapsing in Sweden." Per Magnus Ranstorp, a researcher into terrorism and radicalization at the Swedish National Defense College, notes: "In the worst areas extremists have taken over. The whole sense of justice and peace are threatened by the fact that the police is breaking down and it's only getting worse. Sweden is in a disastrous situation."

The Swedish Security Service (Säkerhetspolisen – abbreviated as Säpo), recently warned that the country is crawling with "thousands of Islamists" sharing Islamic State's ideology. In many places, public servants (i.e., non-Islamic authorities) require police protection. ...

Even if the Swedish feminist government chose to fight back tomorrow, Sweden has nothing close to the paramilitary capacity needed to reverse this situation.
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Reality Check: How many people are affected by May's offer?
BBC, 24 June 2017

Theresa May told other EU leaders on Thursday that a new "UK settled status" would grant EU migrants who had lived in the UK for five years, rights to stay and access to health, education and other benefits.

She said the proposals depend on other EU states guaranteeing UK citizens the same rights. ...

The number of citizens of the other 27 EU countries living in the UK in 2015 was estimated by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) to be around 3.2 million.

Polish citizens topped the list with 916,000 - more than any other nationality. In 2001, there were only 38,000 Polish nationals living in the UK.

Irish nationals are the second largest EU group in the UK, estimated at 332,000 in 2015.

... There are now 233,000 Romanians living in the UK, making them the third biggest EU group of migrants.

There has been a notable increase in the number of migrants from the older EU member states too: Italy, France, Germany, Spain and Portugal.

An analysis by the ONS, published in January 2017, suggests that an estimated 900,000 UK citizens are long-term residents of other EU countries.

Spain hosted the highest number of migrants from the UK with 309,000. More than 100,000 of them are aged 65 and over. France was second with 157,062, and Ireland third with 112,090.

These numbers are all estimates, generally based on extrapolations of countries' censuses, which are carried out every 10 years.
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Refugee reality: Germany admits 75% face long-term unemployment and life on benefits
Simon Osborne
Daily Express, 24 June 2017

Three quarters of Germany's refugees will be long-term unemployed and claiming benefits for years, it was admitted today.

Aydan Özoguz, commissioner for immigration, refugees and integration, told the Financial Times that only a quarter to a third of the newcomers would enter the labour market over the next five years, and "for many others we will need up to 10".

The Institute for Employment Research (IAB) found only 45 per cent of Syrian refugees in Germany have a school-leaving certificate and 23 per cent a college degree.

Statistics from the Federal Labour Agency show the employment rate among refugees stands at just 17 per cent.

It said 484,000 of the refugees are looking for work, up from 322,000 last July – an increase of 50 per cent.

Of those, 178,500 are officially unemployed, meaning they not only have no work but are not enrolled in any training programmes or language courses – up 27 per cent on last July.
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EU to pressure Merkel to accept MORE migrants before election over claims of delay tactics
Sofia Petkar
Daily Express, 24 June 2017

The President of the European Parliament has called for further pressure to be placed on Germany to start accepting more migrants ahead of the country's elections, amid claims the Chancellor is delaying the process in an effort to win over voters.

Antonio Tajani has accused Angela Merkel of holding off from implementing European Union (EU) reforms to boost her popularity.

The EU's immigration policy has proved fateful for Angela Merkel, whose decision to open doors to refugees sparked anger and protests across much of Germany.

She later admitted: "If I could, I would turn back the time by many, many years, to prepare better."
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'We will have millions of migrants' EU chief calls for urgent solution on immigration
Katie Mansfield
Daily Express, 23 June 2017

Millions of migrants will travel to the European Union if the immigration issue is not solved, the president of the European Parliament has warned.

Antonio Tajani was speaking ahead of a two-day EU summit with immigration, security and the economy expected to dominate the agenda.

Speaking outside the summit, Mr Tajani said: "We need a solution on immigration. For the European Parliament it is a priority. We are working on reform and we will vote before the end of the summer.

"For us it is important to work a lot in Africa, we need a solution for Africa, because without a solution in Africa we will have more migrants, millions and millions of migrants coming from this region. We need investment on this."
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How the Democrats Lost Their Way on Immigration [part 1]
Peter Beinart
The Atlantic, July/August 2017

If the right has grown more nationalistic, the left has grown less so. A decade ago, liberals publicly questioned immigration in ways that would shock many progressives today.

In 2005, a left-leaning blogger wrote, "Illegal immigration wreaks havoc economically, socially, and culturally; makes a mockery of the rule of law; and is disgraceful just on basic fairness grounds alone." In 2006, a liberal columnist wrote that "immigration reduces the wages of domestic workers who compete with immigrants" and that "the fiscal burden of low- wage immigrants is also pretty clear." His conclusion: "We'll need to reduce the inflow of low-skill immigrants." That same year, a Democratic senator wrote, "When I see Mexican flags waved at proimmigration demonstrations, I sometimes feel a flush of patriotic resentment. When I'm forced to use a translator to communicate with the guy fixing my car, I feel a certain frustration."

The blogger was Glenn Greenwald. The columnist was Paul Krugman. The senator was Barack Obama.

Prominent liberals didn't oppose immigration a decade ago. Most acknowledged its benefits to America's economy and culture. They supported a path to citizenship for the undocumented. Still, they routinely asserted that low-skilled immigrants depressed the wages of low-skilled American workers and strained America's welfare state. And they were far more likely than liberals today are to acknowledge that, as Krugman put it, "immigration is an intensely painful topic ... because it places basic principles in conflict."

Today, little of that ambivalence remains. In 2008, the Democratic platform called undocumented immigrants "our neighbors." But it also warned, "We cannot continue to allow people to enter the United States undetected, undocumented, and unchecked," adding that "those who enter our country's borders illegally, and those who employ them, disrespect the rule of the law." By 2016, such language was gone. The party's platform described America's immigration system as a problem, but not illegal immigration itself. And it focused almost entirely on the forms of immigration enforcement that Democrats opposed. ...

"A decade or two ago," says Jason Furman, a former chairman of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, "Democrats were divided on immigration. Now everyone agrees and is passionate and thinks very little about any potential downsides." How did this come to be?

There are several explanations for liberals' shift. ...

A larger explanation is political. Between 2008 and 2016, Democrats became more and more confident that the country's growing Latino population gave the party an electoral edge. To win the presidency, Democrats convinced themselves, they didn't need to reassure white people skeptical of immigration so long as they turned out their Latino base. "The fastest-growing sector of the American electorate stampeded toward the Democrats this November," Salon declared after Obama's 2008 win. "If that pattern continues, the GOP is doomed to 40 years of wandering in a desert."

As the Democrats grew more reliant on Latino votes, they were more influenced by pro-immigrant activism. ...

Alongside pressure from pro-immigrant activists came pressure from corporate America, especially the Democrat-aligned tech industry, which uses the H-1B visa program to import workers. ...
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How the Democrats Lost Their Way on Immigration [part 2]
Peter Beinart
The Atlantic, July/August 2017

This combination of Latino and corporate activism made it perilous for Democrats to discuss immigration's costs, as Bernie Sanders learned the hard way. In July 2015, two months after officially announcing his candidacy for president, Sanders was interviewed by Ezra Klein, the editor in chief of Vox. Klein asked whether, in order to fight global poverty, the U.S. should consider "sharply raising the level of immigration we permit, even up to a level of open borders." Sanders reacted with horror. "That's a Koch brothers proposal," he scoffed. He went on to insist that "right-wing people in this country would love ... an open-border policy. Bring in all kinds of people, work for $2 or $3 an hour, that would be great for them. I don't believe in that. I think we have to raise wages in this country."

Sanders came under immediate attack. ...

Sanders stopped emphasizing immigration's costs. By January 2016,'s policy director noted with satisfaction that he had "evolved on this issue."

But has the claim that "immigrants coming to the U.S. are taking jobs" actually been proved "incorrect"? A decade ago, liberals weren't so sure. In 2006, Krugman wrote that America was experiencing "large increases in the number of low-skill workers relative to other inputs into production, so it's inevitable that this means a fall in wages."

It's hard to imagine a prominent liberal columnist writing that sentence today. To the contrary, progressive commentators now routinely claim that there's a near-consensus among economists on immigration's benefits.

There isn't. According to a comprehensive new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, "Groups comparable to ... immigrants in terms of their skill may experience a wage reduction as a result of immigration-induced increases in labor supply." But academics sometimes de-emphasize this wage reduction because, like liberal journalists and politicians, they face pressures to support immigration.

Many of the immigration scholars regularly cited in the press have worked for, or received funding from, pro-immigration businesses and associations. ...

Academics face cultural pressures too. In his book Exodus, Paul Collier, an economist at the University of Oxford, claims that in their "desperate [desire] not to give succor" to nativist bigots, "social scientists have strained every muscle to show that migration is good for everyone." George Borjas of Harvard argues that since he began studying immigration in the 1980s, his fellow economists have grown far less tolerant of research that emphasizes its costs. There is, he told me, "a lot of self-censorship among young social scientists." Because Borjas is an immigration skeptic, some might discount his perspective. But when I asked Donald Davis, a Columbia University economist who takes a more favorable view of immigration's economic impact, about Borjas's claim, he made a similar point. "George and I come out on different sides of policy on immigration," Davis said, "but I agree that there are aspects of discussion in academia that don't get sort of full view if you come to the wrong conclusion."

None of this means that liberals should oppose immigration. ...

The problem is that, although economists differ about the extent of the damage, immigration hurts the Americans with whom immigrants compete.
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EU will restrict visas for states not taking back migrants
Reuters, 23 June 2017

The European Union states decided on Friday to restrict visas for foreign countries that refuse to take back their nationals who have no right of asylum in Europe.

The EU is cracking down on immigration following a spike in arrivals across the Mediterranean since 2014.

Italy is now the main gateway to the bloc and most of those reaching European shores after boarding smugglers' boats in Africa are considered illegal labour migrants. ...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the EU's trade agreements with African countries should also be part of the effort.

EU states remain at loggerheads over how to handle refugees who make it into the bloc, yet they have decided to gloss over the issue after two years of divisive feuds.
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Scandal of foreign students who've SCARPERED owing Britain £1.2 BILLION in student loans
Paul Baldwin
Daily Express, 23 June 2017

Almost 80,000 foreign students have scarpered abroad leaving the British tax payer facing a £1.2 BILLION bill in unpaid student loans.

The Student Loans Company (SLC), which is charged with tracking down former university students who haven't paid off their loans, has admitted that 78,700 former students who owe money have now left the UK, which means it has to reach across the globe in an attempt to claw back the unpaid debts.

These students, who between them owe the Government an average of £15,000 each, are scattered all over the globe with outstanding accounts registered as far away as Malawi, Pakistan, Uganda, Iraq and Argentina.

And experts fear the situation is only going to get worse with total outstanding student debt estimated to reach a staggering £1 TRILLION (£1,000,000,000,000) by 2035. ...

It is estimated that around 400 students disappear abroad every month owing on average a combined £8.5 million.
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Canada replacing its population a case of wilful ignorance, greed, excess political correctness
Martin Collacott
Vancouver Sun, 23 June 2017

According to University of London professor Eric Kaufmann, almost seven out of 10 Vancouver residents will be "visible minorities" within two decades and 80 per cent of the Canadian population (compared to 20 per cent today) will be non-white in less than century. ...

Questions must be asked about why such drastic population replacement is taking place and who is benefiting from it.

While Canada has been helped by large-scale immigration at various times in its history, the current high intake causes more problems than benefits for our current population. Our economy grows because of the increasing population, but the average Canadian gets a smaller piece of the bigger pie. The cost is huge – with latest estimates indicating taxpayers have to underwrite recent arrivals to the tune of around $30 billion annually. ... Despite this, those who profit from mass immigration continue to laud its benefits. Their claims are not supported by the facts, however. ...

Those who seek to benefit from continued high immigration include leaders of political parties bent on expanding their political base with policies designed to make it easier to come here from abroad and acquire the full benefits of citizenship. Also active are leaders of immigrant organizations eager to expand their support base and influence. ...

In this regard, it is worth noting that not too long ago, leading politicians in Vancouver on both sides of the political aisle /.../ were readily prepared to identify high immigration intake as one of the leading causes, if not the main cause, of rising house prices. Now, however, no Canadian politician has the guts or integrity to connect the two.

This is not only because they are so heavily indebted to the real estate industry in one way or another, but also since criticism of mass immigration is treated in many quarters as xenophobic, if not racist, since newcomers are overwhelmingly visible minorities. ...

With current policies, we will have to find room for tens of millions of more newcomers, most of whom will settle in the already densely populated areas of the country where most of the employment opportunities as well as their relatives are located.

We will also have to contend with the fact that many will bring with them values and traditions that may differ in key respects from those of most Canadians, such as gender equality and concern for protection of the environment.

If Canada continues along its present path as described by Kaufmann, we will become one of the first and perhaps the only country in the world to voluntarily allow its population to be largely replaced by people from elsewhere.

Is this what Canadians want for their children and their descendants? Almost certainly not.

And yet we are letting it happen through a combination of wilful ignorance, political and financial greed and an excess of political correctness.

Are we prepared to do something about it? Sadly, it appears that most Canadians are too supine or short-sighted to do so – at least at this juncture.

Canadians deserve a full and informed public debate on the extent to which immigration policy will determine the future of the country. /.../ Without this we cannot expect our descendants to inherit a country that is anything like the Canada of today.
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Government to establish 'Commission for Countering Extremism' – Be afraid. Be very afraid
Archbishop Cranmer, 23 June 2017

"A commission for countering extremism will be established to support the government in stamping out extremist ideology in all its forms, both across society and on the internet, so it is denied a safe space to spread," the Queen announced in her speech this week to the assembled Commons and Lords and the State Opening of Parliament. And following the recent spate of terrorist atrocities in Manchester and across London, there is manifest virtue in the proposal. But there is also danger. Everyone knows that the real problem is Islamic extremism (aka Islamism), but for every 50 of those attacks we seem to get deflected by the odd 'neo-Nazi' stabbing of an MP to death, or a 'right wing' ploughing of a white van into a crowd of Muslims. It's all extremism, so there must be absolute equivalence. Hence the government's focus is not on Islamic extremism, but on extremist ideology "in all its forms". That's nice and equitable; less Islamophobic and prejudiced. ...

Paddy Ashdown, former leader of the Liberal Democrats, believes that Brexit-supporting Conservatives are basically Nazis, and there ought to be no place for such right-wing extremism in our tolerant, respectful liberal democracy. ...

Intelligent and thoughtful 'right-wing' journalists and authors such as Douglas Murray and Melanie Phillips are routinely demonised by the 'love must overcome hate' community. Speaking on the BBC, Miqdaad Versi, a spokesman for the Muslim Council of Britain, called Murray a 'hate preacher' who should not be allowed to speak in public; there is no place for such Islamophobe extremists on the BBC. The BBC then went on to interview Massoud Shadjareh of the Islamic Human Rights Commission. He, too, called Murray (along with Maajid Nawaz) a 'hate preacher' who must be silenced. Neither was in the studio to defend themselves against the defamation: Murray was given no right of reply.

The BBC subsequently apologised for the slander. ...

Theresa May has form which ought to concern us greatly, from her proposed Investigatory Powers Bill to her impulse to establish a National Register of Faith Leaders. The state orthodoxy of 'British values' is likely to form the basis of the definitional touchstone by which extremist ideology is discerned, and so anything that is judged to be 'intolerant' or 'disrespectful' becomes extremist, no matter how peaceful and moderate the author or speaker may be.
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UK population sees sharpest rise in 70 YEARS driven by immigration and higher life expectancy as London moves toward 'Megacity' status
James Tapsfield
MailOnline, 22 June 2017

The population of the UK has seen its sharpest annual increase in nearly 70 years driven mainly by immigration, official figures have revealed.

There were an estimated 65,648,000 people living in the country at the end of June last year.

Over the 12 months to the middle of 2016, numbers rose by 0.8 per cent or 538,000 - roughly equivalent to the size of Bradford.

London was growing twice as fast as Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland.

In numerical terms that was the largest increase in population since the year to mid-1947, when it went up by 551,000.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said net international migration continued to be the main driver behind the growth, while there was also a rise in births and fewer deaths.

Natural change - the number of births minus the number of deaths - of 193,000 accounted for just over a third (35.8 per cent) of the overall increase.

Nearly two-thirds (62.4 per cent) was down to net international migration of 336,000.

The population of England grew the fastest, and has now exceeded 55 million for the first time.
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EU admits hardly any migrants reaching Europe are refugees as it toughens deportation talk
Nick Gutteridge
Daily Express, 22 June 2017

EU diplomats today admitted that hardly any of the people arriving in Europe on boats are genuine refugees as they vowed to quicken up the rate of deportations for failed asylum seekers.

Officials in Brussels said the newest wave of migration from North Africa was "clearly and manifestly about economic migrants" and said those people had no right to "enter European soil". ...

In a letter to EU heads of state its president Donald Tusk said that "illegal arrivals" to Italy had rocketed by 26 per cent over the last year and urged them to approve more cash to train and equip the Libyan coastguard.

Eurocrats ultimately want the Libyans to take over the entire search and rescue operation in the central Mediterranean, believing that this is the only way to smash the business model of smuggling gangs.
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UK Government announces £75 million in aid for refugees in Mediterranean
Ben Kentish
Independent, 22 June 2017

The Government has announced a new £75m fund to help tackle the migration crisis in the Mediterranean and reduce the number of people dying on treacherous sea crossings to Europe. ...

The money will help provide emergency provisions for migrants stranded in Mediterranean countries and will also be used to tackle people trafficking and smuggling.

It will target at well-known routes that migrants from east Africa and west Africa use to try to reach Europe. Many of these pass through Libya, where they often pay traffickers significant sums of money to take them on dangerous and often deadly sea crossings in a desperate bid to reach Europe. ...

The funds will be spent over the next three years and will help support migrants who want to return home, as well as providing supplies for those stuck in camps in southern Europe.
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Amnesty for illegal Grenfell Tower residents 'might lead to slippery slope' , says immigration lawyer
Luke Dolan
talkRadio, 22 June 2017

An immigration lawyer has said granting amnesty to any residents of Grenfell Tower illegally resident in the UK could lead to a "slippery slope."

A fire erupted in the tower last week, and at least 79 people have either been confirmed dead or remain missing.

The authorities believe a number of people in the building at the time were living in the UK illegally or were being illegally let their apartments, which is deterring them from coming forward to assist the inquiry and help to narrow down the possible casualties.

Theresa May made a promise in Parliament that immigration checks would not be carried out on those who came forward. Meanwhile the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, backed a call for illegal immigrants who were resident in Grenfell Tower to receive amnesty.

Harjap Singh Bhangal claimed there were some who believed this was a "slippery slope" in an interview with Julia Hartley-Brewer.

He said: "Let's understand what amnesty is. It's being touted around by the politicians, but it's different in nature.

"An amnesty is a free-for-all. What they're talking about here is they won't prosecute you or put you in detention and try to deport you.

"Khan is indicating they should be given residential status, which other people have pointed out might lead to a slippery slope.

"What I would suggest - don't give them indefinite leave, don't incentivise it like that.

"Do it on a yearly basis. Say 'if you earn this much, you can stay here.'"
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Human rights: the friend of foreign criminals
Jon Holbrook
Spiked, 22 June 2017

Last week, the UK Supreme Court ruled in favour of two foreign criminals seeking to resist deportation to their countries of citizenship. ...

If rights were determined democratically, then the Immigration Act 1971 would have concluded the Supreme Court case in favour of then home secretary Theresa May. This act, passed by the people's representatives in parliament, empowers the home secretary to deport a foreign criminal if he is a non-British citizen convicted of a serious criminal offence. In the two appeals before the Supreme Court, these conditions were satisfied. The appellants are non-British citizens: Kevin Kiarie is a Kenyan citizen and Courtney Byndloss is a Jamaican citizen. And each had committed serious offences which warranted prison sentences of two and three years respectively. Since the statutory conditions were satisfied, the home secretary should have been entitled to deport them.

If rights were determined democratically then the case would never have gone to court, since the principle that the home secretary relied on had been settled law for over a hundred years: the power to deport a non-British citizen (then referred to as an 'alien') was contained in the Aliens Restriction Act of 1914. ...

But in recent years, the democratic nature of rights has been challenged. The Human Rights Act 1998 made the European Convention on Human Rights an integral part of domestic law. This ushered in two competing models of rights determination: one based on democracy and the other based on human rights. The former draws its power from the democratic arms of the constitution (parliament and government, empowered by the people), while the latter draws its power from the legal arm of the constitution (the judiciary, empowered by law). A constitutional conflict for supremacy between democracy and human rights results.

The deportation of foreign criminals illustrates this constitutional conflict. ...

... This conflict between democracy and human rights will always be resolved in favour of the latter, until parliament repeals the Human Rights Act and re-establishes the democratic model of rights determination. ...

In the ongoing conflict between democracy and human rights, the Supreme Court has resolved the latest skirmish in favour of the latter. It is easy for human-rights law, empowered by the Human Rights Act, to side with foreign criminals by treating citizens and non-British citizens as essentially the same. /.../ The conflict between democracy and human rights goes on.
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Free movement isn't free: the truth about EU immigration
George Eaton
New Statesman, 22 June 2017

In the Brext negotiations, the government has unashamedly prioritised immigration control over the economy. The UK must leave the single market, ministers say, in order to restrict free movement. For decades, they lament, European immigration has been "uncontrolled", making it impossible to meet the government's target of reducing net migration to "tens of thousands" a year.

It's worth noting that non-EU immigration alone (which ministers can limit) remains more than ten times this level (owing to the economic benefits). But more importantly, liberals and conservatives alike talk of "free movement" as if it is entirely free - it isn't.

Though EU citizens are initially permitted to live in any member state, after three months they must prove that they are working (employed or self-employed), a registered student or have "sufficient resources" (savings or a pension) to support themselves and not be "a burden on the benefits system". Far from being unconditional, then, the right to free movement is highly qualified.

The irony is that the supposedly immigration-averse UK has never enforced these conditions. Even under Theresa May, the Home Office judged that the cost of recording entry and exit dates was too high. Since most EU migrants are employed (and contribute significantly more in taxes than they do in benefits), there was no economic incentive to do so.

For some Brexiteers, of course, a job is not adequate grounds for an immigrant to remain. But even beyond implementing existing law, there is potential for further reform of free movement - even within the single market. ...

Yet with some exceptions, these facts are rarely heard in British political debate. Many Labour MPs, like their Conservative counterparts, support single market withdrawal to end free movement.
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Finally they get it! Macron vows to crackdown on immigration and cheap foreign workers in EU after accepting that this is why Britain voted for Brexit
Tim Sculthorpe
MailOnline, 22 June 2017

The EU must reform migration rules or other nations could follow Britain out of the exit door, France's new president has warned.

Emmanuel Macron warned Europe must accept the UK was crashing out of the bloc because of worries about foreign workers undercutting wages.

The intervention is a striking departure from EU rhetoric since Britain's Brexit vote a year ago which has been dominated by demands for the EU's principles to be defended.

Mr Macron used his first newspaper interviews since winning the Elysee to endorse tightening up rules on freedom of movement.
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Is Australia Day about to change? Councils across the country vote to MOVE national day from January 26 - because it's 'RACIST'
Josh Hanrahan
Daily Mail Australia, 22 June 2017

Australia Day could be moved from the traditional date of January 26, after councils across the country called for it to be changed because it's 'racist'.

A national meeting of 560 local councils saw a plan formed to lobby the government to move Australia Day, because it marks the arrival of the first fleet from England.

Protests and violent clashes marred celebrations in 2017, while Aboriginal flags flew en masse in the streets and celebrities posted support to 'change the date' online. ...

On Tuesday, a meeting of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) voted 64-62 to lobby the government for a date change.
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Brexit: Anti-immigrant prejudice major factor in deciding vote, study finds
Ian Johnston
Independent, 22 June 2017

Prejudice against immigrants from the European Union was a "major" deciding factor in the Brexit referendum, according to a new study.

But people who actually met foreigners living in Britain tended to have a positive experience and this appears to have helped persuade many people to vote Remain, the researchers found.

The results suggest that the Brexit campaign's emphasis on immigration – dubbed "Project Hate" by the pro-EU camp – was politically astute. ...

The lead researcher of the new study, Dr Rose Meleady, said their findings helped explain an apparently counter-intuitive voting pattern – that areas with low numbers of immigrants were more likely to back Brexit. ...

"Fear of immigration can sometimes drive prejudice rather than its reality." ...

Support for Brexit correlated more closely with dislike of foreigners than several other factors.

Prejudice was found to have a correlation score with voting Leave of 0.51 on a scale from zero, meaning no relationship, to one, meaning the two factors matched exactly.

This was a bigger factor than holding politically conservative views (0.43), having negative contact with immigrants (0.43) and being older (0.15).

In contrast, voting Remain was associated with positive contact with immigrants (0.4) and being more educated (0.17). Gender did not have a statistically significant effect.

Dr Meleady, of the University of East Anglia, said the figures showed prejudice against EU immigrants was a "major" deciding factor in the referendum, but it was unclear whether this would have swayed the result.
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Most Conservative voters want net migration target replaced – poll
British Future, 22 June 2017

71% of Conservative voters think the Government should drop the net migration target and replace it with separate targets for different types of immigration, like skilled and low-skilled workers, according to a new ICM poll for British Future. Just 6% of Conservatives disagree.

Among the public as a whole, nearly two-thirds (63%) think the target should be replaced, with 7% disagreeing. Support for the proposal was strongest among the over-65s – the demographic that has shown the greatest support for the Conservative Party – with three-quarters (75%) supporting separate targets for different types of immigration.

Only 12% of the public – and just 14% of Conservative voters – think that the Government will meet its net migration target in the next five years, while two-thirds of the public (66%) and 62% of Conservatives believe it won't be met.

Business leaders from the Institute of Directors and British Chambers of Commerce emphasized the need for Government now to rethink and conduct a comprehensive review of immigration policy, putting further pressure on the Prime Minister to replace the unpopular target, which has not been met in the seven years since it was announced by former Prime Minister David Cameron.
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European Establishment and Members of the Public Poles Apart on EU, Immigration, Islam, Confirms Study
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 22 June 2017

The Royal Institute of International Affairs, commonly known as Chatham House, has published research which indicates there is a huge divide between Europe's media-political establishment and ordinary members of the public on the EU, mass immigration, and Islam. ...

The contrast in opinions on mass immigration was equally stark, with 57 per cent of elites convinced it has been good for their country, compared with 25 per cent of the public, and 58 per cent of elites believing migrants have "enhanced cultural life" compared with just 38 per cent of the public.

Elites are similarly out of touch with respect to the impact of immigration on crime and public services, with 54 per cent saying it has not made crime worse and 49 per cent saying it is not been a strain on the welfare state.

Meanwhile, 51 per cent of the public recognised that immigration has made crime worse and 55 per cent recognised it has put strains on the welfare state.

Elites also proved far less concerned about the impact of Islam on Europe than the public, with 56 per cent of ordinary people saying "all further immigration from Muslims states should be halted" compared with 53 per cent of elites who said it should not be.

Fifty-five per cent of ordinary people also agreed that "European and Muslim ways of life are irreconcilable", compared with just 35 per cent of elites.

Curiously, both seemed to be convinced on banning Islamic face coverings in public – 61 per cent of elites, 73 per cent of ordinary people.
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Fraudster who made more than half a million pounds bringing 188 migrants into UK illegally by claiming they were religious workers is jailed for nine years
MailOnline, 21 June 2017

A fraudster banked nearly £600,000 by duping the Home Office into allowing 188 'religious workers' into the UK illegally.

Shopkeeper Malkeet Singh Rathod, 48, was jailed for nine years yesterday after a judge told him his five-year deception undermined the public's trust in the immigration system.

Rathod charged people thousands of pounds for acting as their licensed sponsor to gain them entry into the UK from India, posing as religious workers who were needed in the Sikh community. ...

Jailing him, Judge Christopher Batty said: 'This was a fraud that goes to the very heart of the immigration system in this country.

'The sponsorship system is based on trust, and the conduct of people like you undermines the confidence the public has in that system. It raises suspicion against those who have come to this country legitimately and those who provide a genuine service to citizens of this country.' ...

Judge Batty said the immigrants who were admitted through Rathod's fraud had access to public services they would not otherwise have been entitled to. People can come to the UK on a visa specifically for carrying out religious work, but must have a sponsor. They can then legally live and work in the UK for two years.

Rathod came to the UK as a religious migrant in 1999 and after initially obtaining leave to remain as a member of a religious order, he became a naturalised citizen in 2007. ...

His wife Manpreet Rathod, 44, was convicted of money laundering and sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for 18 months.

His sister-in-law Saroj Kaur, 44, was found guilty of money laundering and sentenced to four months in prison, suspended for 18 months.
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EU CRUMBLING: 'Visible divide' between the 'elite' and general population, new study finds
Daily Express, 21 June 2017

A "visible divide" has opened up within the European Union between the "elite" and the general population, according to a major survey of public opinion across the soon-to-be 27-nation bloc.

The report by the Chatham House international affairs think tank found the "decision makers and influencers" of the EU were notably more optimistic about the future and committed to a common set of European values.

In contrast, it said there was a "simmering discontent" among the wider public over a range of political issues - from immigration to the power of Brussels - with large sections viewing the EU in negative terms.

The report is based on a survey by Kantar Public of more than 10,000 members of the public and 1,800 "influencers" from politics, the media, business and civil society, from 10 EU member states, including the UK. ...

The report said that the survey had exposed a "visible divide" between the general attitudes, beliefs and life experiences of the two groups.
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16bn or 7.3bn in 2100? New UN figures say both possible
Population Matters, 21 June 2017

The United Nations has today released new projections for global population growth up until 2100. Issued every two years, the projections for 2017 show slight increases over those produced in 2015 – increases measured, however, in hundreds of millions of people. ...

• The principal "medium variant" projection is that the Earth's population will be 9.8bn in 2050 and 11.2bn in 2100. ...

• The 47 least developed countries will see their populations more than triple between 2017 and 2100, reaching more than 3bn people. ...

• Over half of global population growth up to 2050 will occur in Africa.
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The dark side of China's national renewal
Jamil Anderlini
Financial Times, 21 June 2017

On assuming the mantle of the ruling Communist party's paramount leader in 2012, President Xi Jinping declared it his mission to realise the "China Dream", which he defined as the "great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation", according to official translations.

This phrase has been repeated ad nauseam since then and has come to underpin and justify everything China does. ...

To an English-speaking ear, rejuvenation has positive connotations and all nations have the right to rejuvenate themselves through peaceful efforts.

But the official translation of this crucial slogan is deeply misleading. In Chinese it is "Zhonghua minzu weida fuxing" and the important part of the phrase is "Zhonghua minzu" – the "Chinese nation" according to party propaganda. A more accurate, although not perfect, translation would be the "Chinese race".

That is certainly how it is interpreted in China. The concept technically includes all 56 official ethnicities, including Tibetans, Muslim Uighurs and ethnic Koreans, but is almost universally understood to mean the majority Han ethnic group, who make up more than 90 per cent of the population.

The most interesting thing about Zhonghua minzu is that it very deliberately and specifically incorporates anyone with Chinese blood anywhere in the world, no matter how long ago their ancestors left the Chinese mainland.

"The Chinese race is a big family and feelings of love for the motherland, passion for the homeland, are infused in the blood of every single person with Chinese ancestry," asserted Chinese premier Li Keqiang in a recent speech. ...

... Mr Li said it was the duty of all people of Chinese descent to help achieve the investment, technological development and trade goals of the People's Republic of China.
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Van driver dies in Calais crash caused by refugees' blockade
Kim Willsher
The Guardian, 20 June 2017

A van driver has died near Calais after refugees blockaded a motorway with tree trunks, causing a crash in which the vehicle caught fire. ...

"A barrage of tree trunks was set up by migrants on the A16 between junctions 49 and 50," the local prefecture said in a statement. "This caused the death of the driver of a van registered in Poland. The van hit one of three HGVs blocked by the barrage and caught fire."

Officials said the identity of the driver was difficult to establish because of the extent of the burns. French police said they arrested nine Eritreans found aboard one of the blockaded lorries. The A16 was closed.
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The politics of identity revisited
Sir Vince Cable MP
Demos Quarterly, 20 June 2017

This new politics is sometimes described as 'populist', appealing to voters on an emotional level with ideas and policies far removed from the practicalities of government, or which lie outside conventional opinion. But this increasingly over-used term doesn't tell us much. All politicians try to be popular and, to use the old saying, campaign in poetry and govern in prose. ...

What is special about this current iteration of identity politics is the exploitation of racial, religious and linguistic differences: dividing society into exclusive groups, 'them' and 'us', 'insiders' and 'outsiders'. In some countries, the politics of identity has been institutionalised and operates in a largely peaceful manner. India's remarkable democracy functions through complex alignments based on caste, religion, language, and region. Belgium, Canada and Switzerland have linguistic politics. Religion pervades the politics of democratic countries with large Muslim populations: Turkey, Lebanon, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Nigeria.

What is also striking about today is the way similar dividing lines are opening up in countries where politics has traditionally been better understood in left-right terms: the UK, France, Scandinavia, the USA and, to a lesser degree, Germany.

Identity politics requires a new language. It makes little sense to describe the politics of the French National Front as 'right-wing' when its economic policy is indistinguishable from the Communist Party. Or to speak of ex-Socialist minister and now-President Macron, as being in any meaningful way 'left-wing' when he won the election on an unapologetic defence of the liberal, open market, international order. ...

The starting point is not to reject identity. On the contrary, it is good to be rooted, to have a sense of place and history. Most of us have multiple identities: as, for example, Scottish, British and European or, for many inhabitants of West London, Sikh, Punjabi, Indian and British. Identity is real but not exclusive. It is part of a society in which individuals feel secure and at ease with the different aspects of their heritage. The enemies of that society are not just the Trumps and Le Pens who seek to divide, but the well-intentioned advocates of multiculturalism who reinforce stereotypes and segregated silos, or opportunistic politicians like the Clinton Democrats who built a power base around ethnic target groups.
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No British problem with Islamophobia says UKIP's Hamilton
BBC, 20 June 2017

Britain does not have a problem with Islamophobia and there are no reliable statistics on hate crime, UKIP assembly group leader Neil Hamilton has said. ...

Mr Hamilton also suggested that "firm control" of immigration would "at least" alleviate problems of fundamentalist terrorism. ...

Asked if Britain has a problem with Islamophobia, Mr Hamilton told a press conference: "No I don't, actually.

"The overwhelming majority of the British people are tolerant and welcoming.

"Inevitably there is a minority that is prepared to resort to violence and abuse. That's not acceptable."

He added: "There are no reliable statistics on hate crime for example."

Mr Hamilton added: "There isn't a general problem with Islamophobia in the United Kingdom or Wales". ...

But he added: "We have to get our border control system fit for purpose and we have to be more alert to the need to scrutinise the background of those who are coming here."

"This is a composite problem, which goes way beyond the immigration problem", he said.

"A firm control of immigration and in particular a proper appraisal of asylum seekers qualifications is an essential part - it will not solve the problem completely no doubt - but at least alleviating the problems of fundamentalist terrorism."
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Drop the Target: May's 'tens of thousands' immigration cap would cut labour supply and deepen existing shortages, report says
Andrew Grice
Independent, 19 June 2017

Theresa May's post-Brexit plan to slash immigration will have a devastating "double whammy" impact on the British economy, according to the most detailed study of EU nationals to date.

The new report seen by The Independent reveals how the Prime Minister's stubborn refusal to dump her "tens of thousands" cap on net migration would not only cut off a vital supply of labour, but deepen existing shortages in key sectors.

The impartial consultancy behind the study is urging the Government to base future immigration policy on "economic need" instead of an arbitrary numerical target like that maintained by Ms May.

It comes amid deep cabinet divisions over how to approach immigration during Brexit talks, with the Government's position still in question despite the start of negotiations on Monday.

Chancellor Philip Hammond is using his new clout to push the Prime Minister to adopt an economically minded "jobs first" approach, but Brexiteer ministers are demanding she maintain her tough stance on immigration. ...

RepGraph concluded that a "blanket approach to reducing migration" focusing on low-skilled workers could have "a doubly negative impact" by both withdrawing a critical labour supply and compounding existing skills shortages.

Laying waste to arguments for a system that only allows highly qualified individuals in, the report instead underlines the desperate need the UK economy has for low-skilled employees.

"Low-skilled migrants are filling gaps in the workforce where the need is greatest," the report concludes. ...

RepGraph, which analysed Office for National Statistics data, found that the 2.1 million EU citizens make up a small proportion of the UK workforce, some 7 per cent, but only a fifth are in highly skilled jobs – with most employed in London and the South-east, and fewest in the North-east and Wales. ...

EU workers are almost four times as likely to be found in a low-skilled job in industry with acute shortages than in a high-skilled post without such problems. ...

The report, commissioned by the Business With Europe group, was seized on by the campaigning organisation Open Britain, which said it showed hitting the Government's arbitrary target would have a crippling impact on the economy.
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From high immigration to a soaring crime rate and hour-long commutes: How Melbourne will be 'unliveable' within the next 10 years
Brianne Tolj
Daily Mail Australia, 19 June 2017

Despite its reputation as one of the most liveable cities in the world, Melbourne will be anything but if its population continues to soar over the next decade and its infrastructure struggles to keep up with demand.

Australia's fastest growing city gains a new resident every five minutes - roughly 280 people a day - and is expected to reach eight million by 2050, according to an interim report released by the Victorian Population Policy Taskforce on Monday.

Melbourne will be 'unliveable' if its high immigration and centralised growth continues. ...

'Melburnians have welcomed the concept of decentralisation,' Mr Smith and Mr O'Brien said.

From the forums attended, and submissions received, they have told us they are worried by the crime rate, frustrated at traffic congestion, and angered by increased density in middle suburbs.' ...

The city's crime rate has also raised concerns after soaring by 20 percent since 2014.

'Law and order was the second most frequent topic in submissions received by the Victorian Population Policy Taskforce.'

'These submissions paint a vivid picture of a society that feels threatened by violent crime and frustrated with a government that seems incapable or unwilling to take their concerns seriously and respond to this growing threat to our reputation as a liveable and safe place,' the report read.
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Finsbury Park attack: We need a consistent response to terror
Douglas Murray
Spectator blog, 19 June 2017

So it seems that it has happened again. A third terrorist attack in as many months on London's streets. Once again using a vehicle. Once again aimed at Londoners.

Except that this time it seems the terrorist himself is not a follower of Isis. Indeed, reports suggest that the attacker may have been a non-Muslim deliberately targeting Muslims. On top of whatever other extremist motivations this attacker may have had, he was also unwittingly doing the work of Isis and similar groups. For if the attack in Finsbury Park was indeed aimed at Muslim worshippers as they were leaving their Mosque then this is exactly the sort of despicable attack that Isis would want to happen, to foment discord. ...

The same people who claim that no further extrapolation should be made from a British Muslim carrying out an Isis-inspired attack will extrapolate like mad if it turns out that a British non-Muslim has done the same thing. ...

All that is needed is some consistency. At present the same people whose response to any act of terror carried out in the name of Islam is that everybody should look away, and respond with no more than a chorus of 'Don't look back in anger' are now pretending that everyone they disagree with has spent years inciting people to drive vans at crowds of Londoners. I see that JK Rowling is among those pointing the finger at Nigel Farage.

Here's a test. Yesterday the annual Khomeinist 'Al-Quds Day' parade took place in London. The march calls for the destruction of the state of Israel and in our allegedly zero-tolerance-to-terror city of London supporters of the terrorist group Hezbollah openly paraded with the terrorist group's flags. What twist of popular logic allows that people waving the flags of a terrorist group in London on Sunday have no connection with terror, but that a van-driver committing an act of terror later that same day should be blamed on Nigel Farage?
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Islamophobia how about Christianophobia?
Myles Harris
Salisbury Review, 19 June 2017

Should 'Islamophobia' be added to the diagnostic handbook of the American College of Psychiatrists? Words ending in the syllables 'phobia' or 'phobic' indicate an irrational fear over which patients have no control. This of course is how an increasingly radicalised BBC wishes the population to view anybody who objects to mass Islamic immigration. Medicalising political dissent however can lead to terrible consequences. ...

It is unlikely that we would stoop to such extreme methods. Ours will be a more British approach. In the next few weeks it is likely that the government will publish emergency regulations to prevent civil disorder. Magistrates faced with dissidents under such regulations would have powers to sentence people to compulsory 'Islam Awareness' courses, or in extreme cases long sessions of counselling and restrictions on their movements. For example not to enter premises where Muslims are to be found.

But what about the other side? There is no equivalent diagnosis for Muslims holding dangerously radical opinions about white western society.

May I suggest 'Christianophobia' ? An irrational fear of white civilisation?
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Numbers tell staggering story of EU migrant crisis
Cédric Simon
Yahoo! News / AFP, 18 June 2017

New legal action by the EU against eastern member states for refusing to take their share of refugees shows how the worst migration crisis since World War II still divides the continent. ...

The basic facts are stark: Since 2014, more than 1.6 million people have arrived by sea while 13,500 have died on the way.

The numbers also give answers to the important human questions: Where are these people coming from, where are they going, how many have died, and how many will be allowed to stay? ...

Following gradual yearly increases since 2011, 2014 marked a first turning point with 170,100 people landing on Italian shores and 43,518 on Greek coastlines, up from 42,900 and 11,447 respectively the previous year.

But it was in 2015 that the situation took on dizzying proportions. The IOM registered 1,011,712 arrivals by sea in Europe, including 853,650 on Greek shores, with the peak in arrivals hit in October, and 153,842 on Italy's coastline. ...

Among the arrivals in Greece in 2015, more than half – 56.l percent –were Syrian, while 24.3 percent were from Afghanistan and 10.3 percent were from Iraq.

Most came to Greece across the Aegean Sea from Turkey.

While the EU struggled to forge a collective response and help Greece cope with the influx, most of the migrants trekked along the so-called Balkan route toward wealthy northern European countries like Germany and Sweden.

The arrivals on the Italian coast in 2015 came on the central Mediterranean route, mainly from sub-Saharan African countries: 39,162 Eritreans, 22,237 Nigerians, 12,433 Somalis and 8,932 Sudanese.

There was a sharp drop in migrant arrivals in Greece in 2016, with the IOM registering a total of 363,401 arrivals on Greek and Italian shores, about one-third as many as the previous year.

In Greece, 173,614 arrived by sea, a drop of nearly 80 percent, reflecting the combined impact of a controversial migrant deal between Turkey and the EU and the nearly total closure of the Balkans route.

The trend is continuing in 2017, with just 7,699 arrivals registered by the IOM in Greece during the first five months of the year.

But the lull in Aegean crossings is tenuous as Turkey is increasingly at odds with the EU and has threatened to scrap the migrant deal over European criticism of its crackdown after an attempted coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Italy meanwhile has seen arrivals continue apace, hitting a new record in 2016 with 181,436.

Those arrivals were mainly Nigerians (20.7 percent), Eritreans (11.4 percent) and Guineans (7.4 percent), according to the IOM. Most are not considered potential refugees, but economic migrants who must be returned to their countries of origin. ...

Italy has registered more than 65,000 arrivals since January, up nearly 20 percent from the same period last year. ...

Turkey hosts 3.2 million refugees, Lebanon shelters more than one million and Jordan is home to 660,000 according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. The vast majority are Syrians.
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Germany: Police Powerless Against Middle Eastern Crime Gangs
Soeren Kern
Gatestone Institute, 18 June 2017

Middle Eastern crime syndicates have established themselves across Germany, where they engage in racketeering, extortion, money laundering, pimping and trafficking in humans, weapons and drugs.

The syndicates, which are run by large clans with origins in Lebanon, Turkey, Syria, among other places, operate with virtual impunity because German judges and prosecutors are unable or unwilling to stop them.

The clans – some of which migrated to Germany during Lebanon's 1975-1990 civil war and have grown to thousands of members – now control large swathes of German cities and towns – areas that are effectively lawless and which German police increasingly fear to approach. ...

Ralph Ghadban, a Lebanese-German political scientist and a leading expert on Middle Eastern clans in Germany, ...

In an interview with Focus, Ghadban elaborated: ...

"... The courts are issuing feeble judgments based on a false understanding of multiculturalism and the fear of the stigma of being branded as racist....

"The clans adhere to a religious group, a kind of sect with an Islamic orientation. The Islamic understanding of their spiritual leader, Sheikh al-Habashi, who died a few years ago, justifies violence against unbelievers. /.../

In Berlin, a dozen or more Lebanese clans dominate organized crime in the German capital, according to Die Welt. /.../ Experts estimate that around 9,000 people in Berlin are members of clans.

The clans reject the authority of the German state. /.../ A classified police report leaked to Bild described how the clans use cash payments and threats of violence to influence witnesses whenever German police or prosecutors get involved. ...

Police say they are alarmed by the aggressiveness and brutality of the clans, which are said to view crime as leisure activity.
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The truth is that illegal immigration is out of control
Stephen Pollard
Daily Express, 17 June 2017

Here's quick question: do you know how many people came to settle here last year? The official figure for net migration (the number of people settling in the UK minus the number leaving) was 327,000 for the year March 2015-March 2016.

But it's a trick question because that's the official figure.

It's not the actual figure. It's more of an educated guess than anything else.

It's not – despite what you might think, what with it being the official figure – an accurate count of the number of people arriving at or leaving through our border controls.

The Office for National Statistics, which compiles the figures, does not use the data from either entry points or "e-borders" exits in its statistics.

It uses all sorts of other methods but not that one obviously accurate measure. That's because the Home Office does not release those figures.

If you think that is bonkers, here's the second reason why the official migration statistics are so misleading: they take no account of illegal immigration. It is of course more difficult to compile an accurate figure for illegal immigration but it is far from impossible.

You can look at visas granted, at entrance and exit through border controls, at national insurance numbers issued and at other indicators of the numbers of people staying here without permission. It would be sensible, you'd think, for the Home Office to try to come up with a figure for illegal immigration so we have as accurate as possible an idea of just how many people there are in the UK.

The Home Office does come up with an estimate for illegal immigration but it doesn't admit it and doesn't publish it (more accurately, it hasn't published a figure since 2005 when the total number of illegal immigrants was estimated to have been 430,000). And so until now we've had no idea of that Home Office estimate.

But this week a report has been published by the Civitas think tank, co-written by David Wood, former director general of immigration enforcement. In it Mr Wood reveals not only the existence of the Home Office's estimate but the figure itself.

It turns out that the Home Office estimates that around 150,000 illegal immigrants arrive every year. ...

It's little wonder that the figure isn't published given how it exposes the official statistics as being almost entirely useless. ...

Successive governments have failed miserably to control immigration. Illegal immigration is literally out of control.

Last year Rob Whiteman, the former head of the UK Border Agency, said that there could be one million illegal immigrants here.

No wonder when, according to the report, the chance of a migrant being detained and deported for overstaying their visa is just one in 1,000. ...

As the report shows, if only one person in 100 overstays their visa time limit there would be 20,000 illegal immigrants every year.

Taken together with other forms of illegal immigration (such as being smuggled in a lorry) there would on a conservative estimate be 60,000 a year. And the real figure is likely to be far higher – as we have seen, the Home Office itself estimates that the number is more than double. ...

We cannot begin to take control of our borders without first having a realistic estimation of how many people arrive in and leave the country.

The time for honesty is long overdue.
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Sweden sees sharp rise in violent Islamist extremists as numbers soar from 200 to 'thousands' in seven years, warns intelligence agency
MailOnline / AFP, 17 June 2017

The number of violent Islamist extremists in Sweden has soared from 200 in 2010 to 'thousands' today as an intelligence chief said 'this is the new normal'.

'We would say that [the number] has gone from hundreds to thousands now,' Sapo chief Anders Thornberg told news agency TT in an interview, describing the situation as 'serious'.

'This is the "new normal" ... It is a historic challenge that extremist circles are growing,' he said.

But he stressed that only a few of the 'thousands' had both the intention and ability to carry out a terror attack. ...

Thornberg said Sapo now receives around 6,000 intelligence tips a month concerning terrorism and extremism, compared to an average 2,000 a month in 2012.
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Goa and India fail on diversity
Vivek Menezes
Times of India, 17 June 2017

Across the oceans in the UK, Enoch Powell must be spinning in his grave. In 1968, the late conservative politician gave a histrionic warning, "we must be mad, literally mad, as a nation to be permitting" widespread immigration from former British colonies in the Caribbean and East Africa, along with India and Pakistan. In that notorious 'Rivers of Blood' speech in Birmingham, he continued, "I am filled with foreboding. Like the Roman, I seem to see "the River Tiber foaming with much blood"... Only resolute and urgent action will avert it even now. Whether there will be the public will to demand and obtain that action, I do not know. All I know is that to see, and not to speak, would be the great betrayal."

Powell's 'Rivers of Blood' speech was somewhat right on the numbers, because his country's demographics did, in fact, transform radically due to immigration. By 2025, the UK's minority population is estimated to top 20%. But the old Tory was nonetheless on the wrong side of history, and especially public opinion, because the influx was never seriously challenged or (as he would have had it) stanched. The unprecedented results of last week's national elections are a perfect illustration of the positive (though yet incomplete) integration of minorities in the UK, mostly achieved over the course of a single generation. The most diverse parliament in the country's history is now in place. The most delicious irony is Enoch Powell's own seat of Wolverhampton South West was won by Eleanor Smith, an Afro-Caribbean union leader from the Labour Party.
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Australians should show 'sensitivity' to migrants whose cultures 'don't value women's and child's rights' claims new domestic violence study
Tom Flanagan
Daily Mail Australia, 17 June 2017

A taxpayer funded study has made the audacious claim that Australians need to show 'cultural sensitivity' towards migrant men who physically abuse their wife and children.

The study conducted over a three year period was funded by the Australian Research Council and points out that some human rights affect migrants' integration and 'successful settlement in Australia', specifically those in relation to women and children.

The study refers to some refugees claiming that these rights 'contravene the cultural values, norms and mores' of their ethnic groups, ...

Yet the study has faced strong resistance in the shape of federal Minister for Women Michaelia Cash who has stated Australia is categorically against family violence. ...

The report did point out refugees' appreciation for the factors of Australian life such as healthcare and education that were not available to them in their home nations, yet a 'major point of contention' was the differing views on women's and children's rights.

What was most upsetting for many refugees was the strong stance Australians had when it came to domestic violence.
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Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants drop off radar in the UK every year according to secret figures
Kate McCann
Daily Telegraph, 16 June 2017

Up to 250,000 people drop off the radar and end up as illegal immigrants in Britain every year, according to secret Home Office figures, amid warnings that border controls are completely ineffective and will only get worse after Brexit.

David Wood, who was head of immigration enforcement at the Home Office until 2015, said that more than 1.2 million illegal immigrants are currently living in Britain, predominantly after overstaying their visas.

People are not aware of the scale of the problem because official figures are not published and Home Office estimates for illegal immigrants are kept secret by ministers because they are "embarrassing", according to experts.

In a highly critical paper for Civitas, written with Alasdair Palmer, a former Home Office speechwriter, Mr Wood disclosed that the Home Office has privately estimated that between 150,000 and 250,000 foreign nationals fail to return to their home country when they should.

They include people who come to the UK illegally in the back of lorries, those who are refused asylum (around 26,000 last year) and students and others who overstay visas.

But the true numbers are not recorded officially because the Government's new e-borders system does not share data with the Office for National Statistics and others, leading to inaccurate figures that are as good as "guesses", they said. ...

They warned that because Government policy does not take into account the hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants living in the UK: "Not only does it fail to reduce the number of foreign citizens settling in the UK, it also ensures that a very high proportion of them will not pay taxes and will be involved in illegal activity".

The researchers, both highly experienced Home Office staff, added it is "obviously wrong not to release the estimate of the number of illegal immigrants to the public".

They said: "They are a critical element in the debate on immigration. Keeping them secret may save ministers from embarrassment. But it makes proper policy planning impossible." ...

The authors warn that Brexit could lead to a surge of illegal immigrants unless the Government does more to tackle the issue.
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Labour has quietly shifted right on immigration - with troubling consequences
New Statesman, 16 June 2017

Labour's positioning on immigration at this election was, in rhetorical terms, more progressive than at any other point in its recent history. For the left leadership of the party, hitting back against the idea that immigrants are to blame for falling wages and the housing crisis – and pointing the finger at the political and economic elites – comes as second nature. In the debates and in interviews, Corbyn was relatively unequivocal. Yes, migration can put pressure on public services, he said, but the answer was investment, stronger unions, and the restoration of migrant impact funds.

The manifesto struck a similar tone. It talked of valuing the contributions made by migrants, reviewing Britain's harsh asylum system, and abolishing income thresholds for residency. But it also talked about prohibiting migrants' access to public funds. On the core issue of the day, it stated – by sleight of hand as if a passive fact – that "freedom of movement will end when we leave the European Union".

Corbyn's triangulation on free movement has been hailed by pundits as a tactical coup. To an extent, they are right. Being able to say on the doorstep that free movement would end after Brexit may well have won votes. But compromises like this store up problems for the future. ...

Ending free movement under a Labour government would be a conscious choice – and it would represent the biggest expansion of border controls in decades. Recognising the fact that immigration enriches society is all very well, but that narrative is inevitably undermined if you then choose to abolish the best policy for allowing immigration to happen. Free movement is the only way to guarantee migrants' rights. ...

... But unless Labour changes course, June 2017 could be the election at which the left abandoned its principles and lost the immigration debate.
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Lower-skilled immigration brings the UK no benefits
Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts
Financial Times, 16 June 2017
[Letter to the Editor]

Sir, The bald statement in your editorial "Britain's chance to open serious debate on Brexit" (June 12) that "free movement of labour has been much to Britain's benefit" requires serious qualification.

Limited highly skilled immigration does benefit Britain but mass lower-skilled immigration (whether from the EU or elsewhere) does not. Gross domestic product per capita (surely the only true measure of success) hardly changes. Meanwhile the settled population (of whatever race, religion or ethnic background) finds job opportunities limited and remuneration held down. All this before calculating the cost (economic and environmental) of constructing the houses, hospitals, schools and infrastructure required to support the increase in population.

Of course British business supports an "open door" policy – it is to their economic advantage to do so. But treating immigration as "the default option" must surely over time pose serious threats to our social cohesion in an era when our country appears unusually divided.
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Where is the will to enforce laws on immigration?
Alasdair Palmer and David Wood
Yorkshire Post, 16 June 2017
[The authors' pamphlet, "The Politics of Fantasy: Immigration policy in the UK after Brexit", is published by Civitas]

Is there political will to enforce immigration law effectively?

This has been in short supply in recent years: the rigorous enforcement of immigration law inevitably gives rise to allegations that the enforcement is heartless, brutal, and inhumane – allegations which no government likes to have made against it, and which are often sufficient to make a government abandon the policy.

An example of the reluctance to enforce immigration law is the fate of the poster campaign which Theresa May, as Home Secretary, instigated in October 2013. ...

... The point is rather that the speed with which Theresa May withdrew the vans is an indication of the lack of political will to take policy decisions relating to the enforcement of immigration policy that generate heavy criticism.

It is hard to see how the enforcement of immigration policy can be made significantly more effective in such a situation – for there can be no doubt that any enforcement of immigration policy that is more effective will generate intense criticism. ...

Whether or not they would successfully reduce the level of immigration, the political will to enforce harsh immigration policies is at present lacking.
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We need to talk about polygamous refugee families, says Irish Muslim leader
Karl McDonald
i News, 16 June 2017

A Muslim religious leader in Ireland has called for a debate around the recognition of polygamous families after a court refused to recognise the second wife of a Lebanese refugee who has become a naturalised citizen.

Dr Ali Selim of the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland said families fleeing warzones are "disintegrating" because of laws in this country that don't exist at home. ...

Irish Supreme Court justices decided that recognising polygamous marriage would be contrary to the constitutional principle of equality.

The Lebanese man, who married both women before arriving in Ireland, will have his first marriage recognised by the Irish state, but not the second, even though the second wife was the first to arrive in the country.

There are children by both marriages. Some were accepted as asylum seekers in their own right and some were brought through family reunification rules.

Polygamy is illegal in the UK and throughout Europe and pre-existing polygamous marriages are rarely given status, whether arriving through immigration channels or as refugees.

This risks destroying family units that are already established, says Dr Selim. ...

It is estimated that there are around 20,000 polygamous families in the United Kingdom, although the British state does not recognise the marriages and has a policy of trying to stop polygamous households from forming.

However, there is some de facto recognition of the unions when it comes to social welfare in the UK. Second wives are blocked from receiving benefits that might be owed to a single mother.

Polygamy is permitted in Islam, with men allowed to marry up to four women as long as they spend equal time and money on each one. It is legal to varying degrees in more than 50 countries, the majority of them Muslim.
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It turns out the votes of ethnic minorities made a big difference to the general election – Labour should take note
Kehinde Andrews
Independent, 15 June 2017

Corbyn and the Labour Party shocked the political establishment by gaining seats in the election, rather than being wiped out in the predicted Tory landslide. Much has been made of how the young rallied to the vision of the Corbyn, particularly in university towns, delivering historically Conservative seats like Canterbury.

However, while the youth vote is key factor in the result, we should not underestimate the impact that ethnic minority voters had on the outcome.

It should come as no surprise that an estimated 65 percent of ethnic minority voters opted for Labour. The party has a track record on equalities legislation and supporting the urban areas where the majority of minorities in the country live. This strong showing for Labour had an effect on key marginals like Croydon Central, where 38 per cent of the electorate are from an ethnic minority background. It is no coincidence that Kensington, which had never before been Labour, turned red and is home to a 32 per cent minority electorate. Across the multicultural capital, there was a Labour surge that led to a 10 per cent swing to Labour in Battersea to overturn a previously safe majority. ...

The contrasts to the Tory gains across the country could not be any starker. They gained seats like Derbyshire North (1.9 per cent ethnic minority); Middlesbrough South (2.5 per cent); and Clacton (2.6 per cent). In England the average size of the ethnic minority electorate in seats where that the Conservatives gained is 4.5 per cent – for Labour, the figure is 14 per cent. Ultimately, the keys to Number 10 are still decided by the white vote.

However, the Brexit was perhaps the best example of the racial fault line in British politics, with 53 per cent of white voters wanting to leave and 73 per cent of black people voting to remain. ...

Labour has been keenly aware of the racial fault line and has, in the past, pandered to xenophobic fears – at least since Gordon Brown's pledge of "British jobs for British workers". Miliband made sure he carved "controls on immigration" into his "Ed Stone", and Corbyn's lack of enthusiasm for the Remain campaign was a clear ploy to woo back lost voters from Ukip.

To this day, the evasion you hear every time John McDonnell does not commit to the single market is the sound of a silent anti-immigration nod.
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Supreme court rules UK system for deporting foreign criminals unlawful
Alan Travis
The Guardian, 15 June 2017

The Home Office's "deport first, appeal later" policy for removing foreign criminals has been ruled unlawful by the supreme court.

More than 1,100 foreign criminals have been removed from Britain under the system, which was introduced in July 2014. It was a Conservative manifesto pledge and denies foreign criminals the right to launch an appeal against deportation while they are in the country.

But lawyers say that the ruling handed down on Wednesday was expected to "very heavily limit, if not entirely curtail" the routine use of the controversial power. ...

The lawyers said that the home secretary had certified 1,175 foreign national offender deportations as "deport first, appeal later" cases between 2014 and 2016. Only 72 of those individuals had filed a notice of appeal with the tribunal from abroad by the end of 2016.
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Sex crimes by migrants in Germany have doubled to over 3,000 in a single year, official figures show
MailOnline, 15 June 2017

Sex offences committed by migrants in Germany have doubled to more than 3,000 in a single year, official figures have shown.

A new report issued by the German Government states that there were 3,404 sex crimes involving migrants last year compared with 1,683 in 2015.

The crimes range from less serious crimes up to rape.

According to HeatStreet, data analysis by the Gatestone Institute think tank, the most frequently recorded nationalities were Syrian, Afghan, Iraqi, Pakistani, Iranian, Algerian and Moroccan.

This comes after the number of migrant criminal suspects in Germany soared by more than 50 per cent in 2016, according to data from the Interior Ministry.

Police were hunting 174,000 suspects classed as immigrants in 2016, the data showed, 52.7 per cent more than in the previous year.

Crimes motivated by Islamism also increased by 13.7 per cent. That includes the truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market by a failed Tunisian asylum seeker. ...

Migrants accounted for 8.6 percent of all crime suspects in Germany in 2016, up from 5.7 percent the previous year. ...

Under the German system immigrants are classed as people who are applying for asylum, refugees, illegal immigrants and those whose deportation has been temporarily suspended.
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A third world fire in a third world city
Jane Kelly
Conservative Woman, 15 June 2017

The unspoken cause of this disaster is, of course, greedy landlords and poor enforcement of planning laws, but that in turn is related to the attempt by successive governments to cram millions of people from the developing world into a European city in less than twenty years.

This has happened in all our major cities, but London has the largest number of foreign-born people in the country. /.../ The arrival of almost 200,000 people from overseas each year, only one third of them from within the EU, and an average of 130,000 births a year has driven up the city's growth exponentially.

The ONS figures show the population of London increased by 5.7 per cent between mid-2011 and mid-2015, compared with growth of 2.9 per cent for the UK as a whole. Over the same period, the cost of housing in the capital has rocketed. Land Registry figures show that the average price of a property rose by 47 per cent between June and 2011 and June 2015, from £285,906 to £419,474. ...

There are squalid parts of London, such as Southall, where there are beds in sheds, boarded up shops and high streets mainly occupied by brothels and betting shops, but this is largely ignored even after visits from BBC documentary teams. ...

... Two hundred tower blocks are planned for London, which long ago abandoned its historic skyline in favour of the hubristic and the cheap to meet the needs of the rich and the poor. We had better get used to it, this is the future.
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2017 EU Terrorism Report: 142 failed, foiled and completed attacks, 1002 arrests and 142 victims died
Europol, 15 June 2017

In 2016, a total of 142 failed, foiled and completed attacks were reported by eight EU Member States. More than half (76) of them were reported by the United Kingdom. France reported 23 attacks, Italy 17, Spain 10, Greece 6, Germany 5, Belgium 4 and the Netherlands 1 attack. 142 victims died in terrorist attacks, and 379 were injured in the EU. Although there was a large number of terrorist attacks not connected with jihadism, the latter accounts for the most serious forms of terrorist activity as nearly all reported fatalities and most of the casualties were the result of jihadist terrorist attacks. /.../ Also, the European Counter Terrorism Centre at Europol supported 127 counter terrorism investigations in 2016, which shows a clear indication of the growing range of jihadist activity.

These are some of the key findings of the 10th edition of the yearly EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report (TE-SAT), which Europol has produced since 2007. The TE-SAT published today provides a concise overview of the nature of terrorism that the EU faced in 2016 and looks in detail at terrorist attacks that occurred: the largest number of attacks in which a terrorist affiliation could be identified were carried out by ethno-nationalist and separatist extremists (99). Attacks carried out by left-wing violent extremists have been on the rise since 2014; they reached a total of 27 in 2016, of which most (16) were reported by Italy. Although the total number of jihadist terrorist attacks decreased from 17 in 2015 to 13 attacks in 2016, of which 6 were linked to the so-called Islamic State (IS), 135 of the 142 victims of terrorist attacks in 2016 were killed in the 13 jihadist attacks.
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Migrant workers will send home $450 billion this year
Rishi Iyengar
CNN, 15 June 2017

Nearly half a trillion dollars.

That's how much money migrant workers send back to their home countries each year, according to a new report by a United Nations agency.

Global remittances were worth more than $445 billion in 2016, representing an increase of 51% over the past decade, the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) said.

That total is expected to rise by another $5 billion this year, when IFAD predicts one in seven people globally will either send or receive money earned abroad.

Around 200 million migrant workers currently support 800 million family members back home, the report said. ...

India is the biggest beneficiary of overseas remittances, receiving $63 billion in total last year.

The South Asian nation overtook its neighbor, China, which had previously held the top spot. China received $38.5 billion to India's $37.2 billion in 2007, but Chinese workers sent back $2 billion less in 2016. ...

Pedro de Vasconcelos, the report's lead author, said the demand for migrant labor in developed countries will likely keep growing as their populations continue to age.
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Muslims should take to Facebook to condemn extremism, retired police chief suggests
Martin Evans
Daily Telegraph, 14 June 2017

British Muslims should use Facebook and WhatsApp to denounce extremism because the public no longer believe Imams when they condemn terror attacks, a former police chief has said.

Mak Chishty, who retired last week as Britain's most senior Muslim police officer, said people have "had enough" following the London Bridge attacks, adding that it was time to stop "skirting around the issues" and have some "very difficult conversations". ...

Mr Chishty said community leaders were always quick to denounce acts of terror, but sadly their condemnation was no longer being taken seriously because the recent attacks had marked a turning point.

Speaking to an audience at the think tank, Reform, in central London, he said: "It has been a turning point because people have had enough. I don't agree with that but I understand it."

He added: "When leaders stand up and say we condemn this, the change has been, 'we do not believe you, you always do this, where are your deeds, we hear your words, but what have you done to change this?'"

The former police chief urged all British Muslims to reclaim social media - which has often proved a fertile recruiting ground for extremists - and use popular sites to articulate their revulsion. ...

Mr Chishty said there had been a sharp increase in hate crimes against Muslims since the Manchester and London Bridge attacks and social media could be used to challenge that. ...

The former police leader said even though he had now retired he wanted to use his profile to continue to challenge "menace" of extremism that "lurks within Muslim communities".
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Who was behind the jihadist attacks on Europe and North America?
Dr Lorenzo Vidino
BBC, 14 June 2017

More than 400 people have died in jihadist attacks in the West during the past three years. What can we learn?

Although the vast majority of Islamist attacks are elsewhere in the world, an unprecedented number in Europe and North America - more than 50 in total - have put the authorities under great pressure to prevent further deaths.

What do we know of the individuals who carried out the attacks - their life in the West, whether they were known to the authorities and with whom they were working? ...

We identified 52 attacks between December 2014 and early June 2017 that we considered to be acts of jihadist terrorism.

This period follows the declaration of a "caliphate" by the so-called Islamic State in parts of Syria and Iraq in June 2014. ...

The research covers the US, Canada and the 28 member states of the EU, plus Norway and Switzerland. ...

In total, the 52 attacks caused 403 deaths and left more than 1,600 people injured.

The perpetrators are not included in these figures. ...

However, most of the attacks did not cause casualties, with the exclusion of the perpetrators. ...

The vast majority of the attackers were in their 20s, with about one in four attackers above the age of 30 and three aged 40 or older. ...

Despite women becoming increasingly active in jihadist networks, only two out of 65 individual perpetrators were female.

Fewer than one in five perpetrators was a convert to Islam, with a significantly higher percentage in North America than in Europe.

However, the converts were significantly more likely to have a criminal background and to have served time in prison.

Overall, most of the attackers had a prior criminal background. ...

The relationship between terrorism and migration is a complex one and has been at the centre of extremely polarising debates, particularly during the European migrant crisis.

However, the number of attackers who were illegally in a country or who arrived as refugees is small.

Three-quarters were citizens of the country they attacked, with others either legal residents, or legal visitors from neighbouring countries.

However, individuals who were in the West illegally also carried out deadly attacks.

At least two of those involved in the November 2015 Paris attacks are thought to have posed as refugees to enter Europe through Greece.

Three other individuals were refugees or asylum seekers at the time of attack, while four were in the country illegally or awaiting deportation.
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Now Theresa May's human rights pledge is axed: Anger as the PM is forced to keep law that helps terrorists to avoid justice
Jason Groves
Daily Mail, 14 June 2017

Theresa May has abandoned her election promise to rip up human rights legislation in terror cases – despite renewed anger that extremists are exploiting the law.

The Prime Minister announced last week that she would launch an assault on parts of the European Convention on Human Rights, which has been blamed for making it harder to deport terror suspects.

She made the pledge in the final days of the election campaign following the terror attacks in Manchester and London.

But Government sources said last night the plans were likely to be shelved following her failure to secure a Commons majority. ...

The climbdown is the latest embarrassing reverse forced on the PM by the election setback.

At a speech in Slough last week she vowed to 'make it easier to deport terrorist suspects' and do more to 'restrict their movements', adding: 'If our human rights laws stop us from doing it, we will change the laws so we can do it.

'If I am as elected Prime Minister on Thursday, I can tell you that this vital work begins on Friday.'

However, the political realities of the new Parliament mean the idea is almost certainly dead.
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A Replacement of Population is Taking Place in Europe
Giulio Meotti
Gatestone Institute, 14 June 2017

Now Italy is the epicenter of this demographic earthquake, and it has become Europe's soft underbelly as hundreds of thousands of migrants arrive.

With nearly 10,000 arrivals in one recent three-day period, the number of migrants in 2017 exceeded 60,000 – 48% more than the same period last year, when they were 40,000. Over Easter weekend a record 8,000 migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean and brought to Italy. And that is just the tip of the iceberg: during the summer, the number of arrivals from Libya will only increase.

A replacement of population is under way in Italy. ...

In 2016, 176,554 migrants landed in Italy – an eight-fold increase since 2014. In 2015, there were 103,792. In 2014, there were 66,066. In 2013, there were just 22,118. In the last four years, 427,000 migrants reached Italy. ...

In 2050, a third of Italy's population will be made up of foreigners, according to a UN report, "Replacement Migration: Is It a Solution to Decline and Aging Populations", which designs a cultural melting-pot that could explode in cultural and social tensions. The level of arrivals will fall from 300,000 to 270,000 individuals per year by 2065; during the same period, it is expected that 14.4 million people will arrive. Added to the more than five million immigrants currently in Italy, 37% of the population is expected to be foreigners: more than one out of every three inhabitants.

In addition, the humanitarian-aid system has been hit by new scandals. "The investigative hypothesis to be verified is that subjects linked to ISIS act as logistical support to migration flows", was a warning just delivered in front of the Schengen Committee, to the Italian anti-mafia and counterterrorism prosecutor, Franco Roberti. There are now judges investigating the connection between the migrants' smugglers in North Africa and the Italian NGOs rescuing them in the Mediterranean. People-smugglers bring the migrants to the NGOs' ships, which then reach Italian seaports. Another legal enquiry has been opened about the mafia's economic interests in managing the migrants after their arrival.

Only 2.65 percent of those migrants who arrived in Italy were granted asylum as genuine refugees, according to the United Nations. The other people are apparently not fleeing wars and genocide. ...

... Immigrants, once registered, receive a monthly income of 900 euros per month (30 euros per day for personal expenses). Another 900 euros go to the Italians who house them. And 600 euros are needed to cover insurance costs. Overall, every immigrant costs to Italy 2,400 euros a month. A policeman earns half of that sum. And a naval volunteer who saves the migrants receives a stipend of 900 euros a month. ...

The cost of migrants on Italy's public finances is already immense and it will destroy the possibility of any economic growth. "The overall impact on the Italian budget for migrant spending is currently quantified at 2.6 billion [euros] for 2015, expected to be 3.3 billion for 2016 and 4.2 for 2017, in a constant scenario", explains the Ministry of the Economy. ...

The Italian cultural establishment is now totally focused on supporting this mass migration.
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More twisted justice: A day after Mail reveals terrorist got £250,000 in legal aid, judge rules it would be 'unfair' to deport Zimbabwean sex offender who attacked 13-year-old girl
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 14 June 2017

A refugee convicted of a serious sex offence with a 13-year-old girl cannot be sent back to his home country because deportation was 'not fair' on him, Appeal judges have ruled.

They said that Wilfred Mosira can stay in Britain despite his crime and even though there is no threat to his safety or freedom in his native Zimbabwe.

Three Appeal judges accused Home Office lawyers of confusion over Mr Mosira's status as a refugee and of acting too late in the saga of the long-running case when they finally put forward proper arguments for his deportation.
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An insult to terror victims: Jihadi who is fighting to stay in Britain is handed £250,000 in legal aid despite being caught with manuals on how to attack nightclubs and airports
Paul Bentley
Daily Mail, 13 June 2017

A terrorist fighting deportation has won £250,000 in legal aid despite being caught with jihadi manuals on attacking nightclubs and airports.

The extremist, who cannot be identified, was granted the taxpayer funds even though he was described in court as the 'very model of a modern Al Qaeda terrorist'.

He is using some of the money to try to stay in the country following a nine-year prison sentence. He claims throwing him out would breach his human rights.

The payments are particularly alarming following the atrocities in Westminster, Manchester and London Bridge that cost 35 innocent lives.

And the election result has cast doubt on Theresa May's pledge to tear up the Human Rights Act in cases where it blocks the deportation of extremists.

The terrorist who has been granted legal aid came to England illegally in the months after the September 11 attacks as a 'sleeper agent' for a group linked to Al Qaeda.

The Jordanian claimed asylum by pretending to have fled the Middle East in fear of his life.

The claim was dismissed and he should have been deported. But he managed to stay and evade authorities simply by using a fake name. He was given a council house with his wife and claimed at least £100,000 in benefits. ...

A judge said his crimes were some of the most serious before the courts. But since completing his sentence, the Government has failed to deport him.

He was refused refugee status by the Home Office but has launched continued appeals through the courts.

He has gained from £253,000 in taxpayer-funded legal aid since his arrival in the country, according to figures released to the Daily Mail under the Freedom of Information Act.
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Calais crisis returns: Armed migrants torch roadblocks to stop UK-bound trucks
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 13 June 2017

Violent gangs of armed migrants set up burning roadblocks to attack British-bound vehicles travelling through Calais, the Daily Express reveals today.

Frightened truckers using the busy port have called for the French army to be drafted in as routes to the ferry are blocked by felled trees which are then set ablaze. ...

In an exclusive 90-second clip shot from the cab of a UK-bound truck, dozens of migrants can be seen running along the hard shoulder of the A16 motorway leading to Calais.

Several trucks are forced to a halt as a burning tree blocks their route. A club-waiving mob then try to clamber into the back of the lorries.

The Polish driver films the mayhem as he puts his hazard lights on and bravely runs the gauntlet.

The distressing scenes are yet more evidence of the carnage that has unfolded since several hundred migrants returned to the area just six months after the notorious "Jungle" camp was demolished. ...

Dozens of European hauliers have refused to travel the route because reaching the port has become so dangerous.
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EU targets Poland, Hungary and Czechs for not taking refugees
BBC, 13 June 2017

The EU has begun legal action against against Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic for refusing to accept refugees under a 2015 solidarity plan.

Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said the three countries had ignored "repeated calls" from the EU's executive to take their share.

Only 20,869 of the 160,000 refugees have so far been relocated in the EU.

The three states could be referred to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and eventually face heavy fines. ...

EU countries agreed to relocate 160,000 asylum-seekers between them - though Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary voted against accepting mandatory quotas. Hungary and Slovakia challenged the quota last month in the ECJ.

While the UK and Ireland were exempt from the original 2015 proposal, Poland's previous government backed the plan, although its current Eurosceptic administration has since rejected it.

The Czech Republic has accepted only 12 of the 2,000 it had been designated, while Hungary and Poland have received none. ...

The quotas were based on the size and wealth of each country, but Austria and Denmark have so far not taken in any refugees either.
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Don't send more migrants, Rome mayor tells Italy's government
BBC, 13 June 2017

The mayor of Rome, who is from the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, has asked Italy's government not to send more migrants to the city.

Virginia Raggi said more arrivals could exacerbate social tension. ...

More than 500,000 people have arrived by boat since 2014. Nearly 200,000 are being housed in centres across the country. ...

The interior ministry has asked all Italian municipalities to find space for an expected 250,000 new migrants this year, up from about 180,000 last year. ...

About half of Italians do not want the country to take in more people, pollster Renato Mannheimer told Reuters news agency. ...

An estimated 40% of the migrants in Italy have a valid claim to asylum or leave to remain on humanitarian grounds, AFP news agency reported.

The others are deemed to be illegal economic migrants and face deportation, but this can be difficult to arrange in practice because their countries of origin sometimes refuse to take them back.
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Manchester attack brings Muslim integration into focus
Andy Bounds and Chris Tighe
Financial Times, 12 June 2017

Since last month's suicide bombing in Manchester, Britain's northern capital is facing tough questions about the growing division between its diverse communities.

Manchester's Muslims were quick to distance themselves from Salman Abedi, the bomber, who was well known to the Libyan community in the city and attended the Didsbury mosque with his father.

But Amina Lone, a local politician in the inner city area of Hulme, said the loudest voices in the Muslim community continued to be conservative and opposed to integration with the secular liberal society around them.

A Labour party councillor whose parents come from Kashmir, Ms Lone said there was a "silent majority of Muslims" who were nervous of offending religious leaders.

"Separation is an issue. We have allowed the extremists space... They use our liberal values to push their extremism. Why are we tolerating it? Many Muslim countries do not."

The state should be much tougher about dictating liberal values, particularly female equality, she said. "Why are we allowing Muslim parents to take their children out of [gym] lessons at 8 or 9 years old? If that was a white working class kid we would be involving social services.

"I have been to Labour party meetings where there is a men's section and a women's section. We should not have segregated public meetings."

She believes the teachings of some mosques have resulted in some young Muslims becoming more conservative than their parents. ...

Suresh, a Hindu from North Manchester, said a strident form of Islam had emerged that was absent when he grew up among Muslims in north Manchester in the 1970s and 1980s.

"I didn't see any ladies with headscarves when I was growing up. It has got a lot more conservative. Integration is going backwards with faith schools. I want my kids to be inclusive." ...

Another factor is "majority withdrawal", said Eric Kaufmann, professor of politics at Birkbeck College. White British people tend to leave areas where the immigrant population is growing, leaving schools to become less ethnically diverse.

A report for the Open Democracy campaign group last year said that UK cities were becoming more polarised. Research by the Integration Hub, which tracks population change, found that while non-whites spread widely across the country between 2001-11, they had also become more concentrated.

In 2011, more than 41 per cent of non-white ethnic minority people in Britain lived in wards where less than half of the population was white, up from only 25 per cent in 2001. "In 2001, 119 wards out of 8,800 were majority non-white while in 2011, 429 were majority non-white out of 8,570," it reported.

In 1991, none of Manchester's 32 wards had a non-white British majority. By 2011, eight did.
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EU countries refusing to take refugees from Germany: report
Cynthia Kroet
Politico, 12 June 2017

European countries failed to take back from Germany tens of thousands of refugees who have to claim asylum in the country where they first entered the EU, government figures requested by the far-left Die Linke party show.

Under the Dublin Regulation, migrants must claim asylum in the first EU country they enter. If they apply for asylum in another country, they can be returned to their first port of call.

From the beginning of 2016 until March this year, Germany has asked countries in the bloc to take back 72,321 migrants, but only 5,321 of them were accepted, BILD reported Monday.

In May, some 14,973 asylum seekers were registered in Germany, up from 11,952 in April. Most of them came from Syria, Iraq and Eritrea, according to figures from the interior ministry.

In the first five months of 2017, a total of 77,148 asylum seekers were registered in Germany.
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Some 3,000 African Migrants Arrive in Italy, Amid Growing Tensions Between Libya and NGOs
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
Breitbart, 12 June 2017

Between Saturday and Sunday, some 2,850 African migrants were shuttled to Italy in 23 different rescue operations carried out by the Italian Coast Guard and various NGOs.

Eleven different rescue operations were carried out Saturday, resulting in a total of some 1,200 migrants being brought to Italian shores, while on Sunday another 1.650 more were added to their number in the course of 12 different interventions.

The operations took place amid a brewing conflict between the Libyan Navy and various NGOs. On Sunday, the Navy announced it had driven a number of NGO vessels out of Libya's territorial waters and Admiral Ayob Amr Ghasem denounced the behavior of certain humanitarian organizations, which he accused of lying in wait for the migrant boats to arrive, perhaps because they had been informed by human traffickers of their arrival.
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What drove Labour's success? A tough line on immigration, and an appeal to the middle class
Helen Lewis
New Statesman, 12 June 2017

In 2015, Ed Miliband alienated many on the left with his "racist mug" (which outlined Labour policies including "controls on immigration"). The vote to leave the EU gave Corbyn an absolute gift, as he went into the election promising the most right-wing Labour policy on immigration in more than 30 years. The subject, which was one of the top concerns last year and in 2015, melted away this year and canvassers from many different types of seats say it was rarely raised on the doorsteps. Both traditional working class Labour voters and younger urban liberals felt the party was in the same place as them. However, as the argument moves on, Corbyn will have to answer a divisive question: by how much would you cut immigration?
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Muslim Children in Denmark Torture Kittens. PETA Remains Silent...
Nichole Cooper
Louder with Crowder, 12 June 2017

You know the look of joy on children's faces when they see a puppy or cuddly kitten? In the Muslim slums of Denmark, those looks of joy are replaced with sinister smiles of evil intent. Then the hurried retrieval of a serrated blade. Muslim youngins are finding great joy in chopping up furry beings. Not surprisingly, PETA has been uncharacteristically silent on the issue ...

"I've seen cats being played football with. I have seen cats with their legs torn off and their eyes gouged out. We see cats that have had their heads torn off, and ones that had skin ripped away, or had their legs and back broken."

This is how a women working with the Danish Animal Protection describes some of the horrible treatment of animals in the Muslim dominated area of Vollsmose, a suburb of Odense, the third largest city in Denmark.

"The worst thing I saw was a bunch of kittens crawling around with their bowels hanging out because they had their bellies cut open," she says.

"In Vollsmose, the degree of abuse for cats is worse than elsewhere in Denmark. It is usually children below ten years of age who abuse the animals," she says.

Ah, yes. While little Johnny is busy playing football, Mohammad Jr's favorite hobby is disemboweling, hacksawing, and using kittens for punting practice. ...

It is difficult for authorities to help the animals, since the area is very unsafe. When a volunteer from the Danish Animal Protection agency entered the area to save an abused cat, she was attacked by local residents of migrant backgrounds.

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A Masterly Look At Europe
Bruce Bawer
FrontPage Mag, 12 June 2017

"Europe is committing suicide," writes Douglas Murray in the first sentence of his erudite, dispiriting, and indispensable new book, The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam. In words that I agree with but that put the matter in a way so stark that they even made me catch my breath, Murray predicts that "by the end of the lifespans of most people currently alive Europe will not be Europe and the peoples of Europe will have lost the only place the world we had to call home." This cataclysm, in Murray's view, has two causes: mass immigration and Europeans' loss of faith in European "beliefs, traditions and legitimacy." ...

Meanwhile, slightly different versions of the same tragedy (or farce?) were being played out across northwestern Europe. Everywhere, the natives were lied to by their politicians and media: the scale of immigration, they were told, was far lower than widely believed; their country had always been "a nation of immigrants"; immigrants represented a net economic asset; crime statistics were inflated; and, naturally, Islam was a religion of peace. Those who criticized immigration – because they saw their culture disappearing, their secular democracy challenged, their taxes going to support indolent, criminal aliens, and their own access to housing and schools cut off by policies that favored foreigners – were called racists and nationalists, were accused of being fixated on skin color, and were ridiculed for failing to have a sophisticated enough appreciation of the value of cultural diversity. ...

Even as Murray investigates the existential guilt and ennui that enable Western Europeans to buckle under to Islam, he puzzles over the fact that these phenomena are mostly absent in the former Iron Curtain countries. Under Communism, Eastern Europeans retained the "tragic sense of life" that many Western Europeans had long since lost; later, freed from Soviet despotism, they joined the EU only to find themselves being ordered around again – this time, being commanded to open their borders to what they, if not their Western European counterparts, recognized quite clearly as tyranny (though in a form different from the tyranny they had lived under). To these EU diktats they said no, in thunder. Murray ponders at some length, and with no little eloquence, the possible reasons why Western and Eastern Europeans differ so dramatically in this regard. ...

Murray, then, covers a lot of turf, always with knowledge and insight. /.../ There are outrageous quotes, such as the one from former Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, who a couple of years ago actually told his people, in a televised speech, that they were themselves uninteresting and that the nation handed down by their forebears for generation after generation belonged more properly to the masses who were currently pouring in from the Muslim world. ...

... More than any other book with which I am familiar, The Strange Death of Europe provides a rich, comprehensive, and haunting portrait of a continent in extremis and an astute, thoroughly credible diagnosis of the social, psychological, and cultural afflictions that have led it to this hour of crisis.
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Charities 'pay people traffickers': Libyan coastguard's astonishing claim... cash handed to criminal gangs so they 'deliver' refugees
Barbara Jones
Mail on Sunday, 11 June 2017

Refugee charities are paying people smugglers to ferry migrants to their rescue boats patrolling off Libya, it was claimed last night.

A senior Libyan coastguard official told The Mail on Sunday he had evidence that aid agencies were stumping up cash for migrants desperate to reach Europe but who cannot afford to pay ruthless traffickers.

Colonel Tarek Shanboor said he had obtained bank details and phone records that proved the charities were making payments to criminal gangs who have put hundreds of thousands of migrants into unseaworthy boats – leading to thousands of deaths each year.

His claim will raise concern because there have long been fears that Islamic extremists could be among the migrants.

Charities patrolling off northern Africa claim they are only there to rescue migrants.

But Colonel Shanboor said aid agencies were now encouraging more and more migrants to make the perilous trip. He claimed he had handed evidence of collusion between charities and traffickers to EU border security officials in Brussels, though he refused to go into detail. ...

Col Shanboor's extraordinary accusation comes just months after an internal EU report revealed charity officials in boats were in direct contact with migrant vessels and even gave them precise directions to find rescue vessels. ...

Last night, charities operating in the central Mediterranean all denied claims they had any contact with smugglers and dismissed suggestions of payment.
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Nearly 1,000 migrants leave Libya bound for Europe in just 24 hours... but where is the EU?
Zoie O'Brien
Sunday Express, 11 June 2017

Mayhem broke out in the Mediterranean on Friday as more than 900 migrants set off from Libya to reach Europe in just 24 hours.

Desperate men, women and children from across Africa and the Middle East launched from the Libyan coast in five separate boats to escape hardship in their homeland. ...

The first rescues took place late Thursday when 130 people were saved by Vos Prudence, a rescue ship run by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

The same ship made another rescue at 5.30am on Friday when 136 were taken aboard. ...

Charities and NGOs rushed to the scene to prevent mass panic and death, while officials from the EU – who vowed to stop dangerous crossing – were nowhere to be seen, nor was the coastguard awarded £78 miliion for the job. ...

Thousands of crossings are expected in the coming months with estimates for the numbers reaching Italy hitting 500,000 for 2017.

Some experts believe crossings could hit more than 6,000 per day, while the EU is attempting to stop crossings, keeping people in Libya where rape, torture and murder are daily occurrences and a black slave market is active for Arab families.
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London police chief: Attack victims show city's diversity
MailOnline / Associated Press, 11 June 2017

The commissioner of London's Metropolitan Police says the nationalities of the eight victims in the terrorist attack on London Bridge tell a proud story of London's unique makeup.

"It's desperately sad and poignant but among those who died is someone who's British, there are French, Australian, Canadian, Spanish," Cressida Dick told The Associated Press in an interview Saturday.

"In terms of our witnesses that we've spoken to so far, out of the 300-odd people, there are about 20 different countries of origin. And the London British population comes from all kinds of backgrounds and every kind of faith and ethnicity."

She said longtime Londoners value this international aspect of the British capital.

"We believe of course that that's what makes our city so great," she said. "It's a place where the vast majority of time it's incredibly integrated and that diversity gives us strength."
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More black and minority ethnic MPs than ever, despite slow progress
Henry Bodkin
Sunday Telegraph, 11 June 2017

The general election has returned more black and minority ethnic MPs than ever before, however critics have lamented the "glacial" pace of change.

The House of commons now has 52 BME MPs, amounting to eight per cent of seats, a two per cent increase on 2015. ...

While both Labour and the Conservatives have adopted official programmes to increase their proportion of women candidates, the drive to boost BME representation has been less formal and driven from the parties' head offices, said Dr Jennifer Hudson, from the Constitution Unit at University College London.

She said the snap election meant political parties had been better able to imposed BME candidates on local party associations in 2017.

Labour has the most BME MPs - 32 - with the Conservatives second with 19. ...

The Sikh community is also celebrating the election of Britain's first turban-wearing MP, as well as the first female Sikh MP, after Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi and Preet Kaur Gill were both successful for Labour.
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ISIS 'sisters' will be Britain's next terror threat, warns undercover TV journalist who filmed London Bridge killer for Channel 4
Mail on Sunday, 11 June 2017

When I saw the face of Khuram Butt staring out of the newspapers at me last week, after he was named as one of the three London Bridge killers, I was deeply shocked.

It took me back to the day nearly two years ago when I filmed him with a hidden camera as he protested, clad in headdress and robe, outside Regent's Park Mosque in London.

We had gone undercover to make a Dispatches documentary for Channel 4, focusing not on Butt and his fellow Islamists but on a less obvious group – the 'sisters', the women who share their twisted views. Unlike their male counterparts, the women only ever express these views behind closed doors or online.

Now my greatest fear is that one of those women I watched being brainwashed – or, even worse, one of the children who ran around playing as the hate-filled rants were delivered – might go on to murder innocent people as Butt did.

I didn't pay much attention to him that day in July 2015 as he handed out extremist leaflets to worshippers leaving Friday prayers, but last week's events made me recall the vile propaganda he was peddling – in the same manner as the women, as I would discover.

They were part of banned terror group Al-Muhajiroun in all but name. Its former leader, Anjem Choudary, had just been arrested, and is now serving a prison sentence for urging support of Islamic State.

But his followers continued their 'work' without him – and no doubt still do now. What's more, the woman leading the 'sisters', is Choudary's wife, Rubana Akhtar. ...

What I witnessed there convinced me that the stereotypical image of jihadis as young men needs to be adjusted, because the women were equally virulent in their views.

The hatred toward non-believers runs deep in this politicised version of Islam. The women believe that the self-declared Islamic State is the true caliphate. In essence, they are swearing their allegiance to IS, which has declared a war on British and Western society.
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TV film on migrant Muslims' hate of Europe's Jews axed
Bojan Pancevski
Sunday Times, 11 June 2017

European broadcasters have been accused of censorship after refusing to air a documentary highlighting anti-semitism in Muslim migrant communities.

The film, Chosen and Excluded – The Hate for Jews in Europe, depicts the plight of Jewish people suffering violence at the hands of their Muslim neighbours in cities such as Paris.

The Franco-German broadcaster Arte and WDR, a German public broadcaster, shelved the film, saying it had failed to offer a "multi-perspective" approach and lacked reporting from European countries.

This was in defiance of experts who had been commissioned to evaluate the film and who praised it, calling for its release.
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Islamist broken windows
Michael Ayling
The Spectator Australia, 11 June 2017

When Rudolph Giuliani was mayor of New York City, he took an approach to criminology called "Broken Windows", generating respect for the law by prosecuting the smallest infractions.

Focusing only on major crime and tolerating petty crime and vandalism, a culture of disrespect for the law and those who enforce it developed, lead to more and more serious crime, according to Giuliani's thought. The Broken Windows policy was a resounding success – New York hasn't been a byword for rampant crime for nearly twenty years now – and so it can be with community-based activist Islamism.

... Because as with crime in the bad old days of New York City, until now we have tolerated just about anything up to actual loss of life from terrorism. ...

The root cause of creeping tolerance of Islamist utterances is our own lack of cultural self-respect, itself born out of self-effacing good manners mixed with postmodern relativism.

Faced with an unwillingness even to take our own position in an argument, Islamists smell victory. With every small win, comes a new demand, with their explicitly stated goal of total subservience to their world view always hanging in the background.

In any counter-insurgency operation, not only must the ruthlessness of the jihadists' leadership be matched, but the ideology of Islamism – defined as the effort to impose any form of Islam over others – must also be challenged at every step.

Part of that process should include a polite refusal to make any accommodation on the basis of religious demands in the secular space. ...

It's a matter of believing in what we stand for, knowing deep down that we do already treat people with respect. It means holding fast to the reality that we are a very tolerant and open people, but that tolerance has its limits, and then quietly enforcing those limits. If we lack self-belief in our own civilisation, why should we expect others to respect it?
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Irish ex-radical says 150 extremists operating here
Joyce Fegan
Irish Examiner, 10 June 2017

An Irishwoman who converted to Islam and became radicalised in Britain claims there are 150 extremists operating in Ireland.

Aaliyah, 26, whose name was Marcella before she converted to Islam aged 18, associated with the group of London attacker Khuram Butt and hate preacher Anjem Choudary in Britain.

Choudary is the British Islamist social and political activist convicted of inviting support for a proscribed organisation, Islamic State of Iraq. He was sentenced to five years and six months in prison in 2016.

She was engaged to one of their associates for eight months and claims that not only did London terrorist Rachid Redouane spend time in Ireland but so too did Butt. ...

Aaliyah, who has now been deradicalised, ceased contact with these extremists in September 2016. ...

"There are definitely more than 150 [extremists living in Ireland], easily," she said.

"They own properties in some places. I know a lot of them came here to apply for visas and stuff like that." ...

Aaliyah said once she was married it was expected she would bear children for the purpose of engaging in terrorist attacks.

She said they laughed about the accessibility of Ireland.

"They used to laugh about Belfast, that you could fly from any airport in the United Kingdom to Belfast and they didn't check any documents," she said. "They just easily let them in."
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Refugee rescue ships not acting as 'pull factor' or 'colluding with people smugglers', report finds
Lizzie Dearden
Independent, 10 June 2017

Humanitarian ships rescuing refugees in the Mediterranean Sea are not acting as a "pull factor" driving increasing refugee boat crossings or "colluding" with smugglers, research has found.

A report by the Forensic Oceanography department at Goldsmiths, University of London, rejected a "toxic narrative" seeking to blame NGOs for the worsening crisis.

Experts dismantled allegations made by agencies such as Frontex and leading European politicians, who claimed charities were encouraging smugglers to use more dangerous tactics on the treacherous passage between Libya and Italy.

The Blaming the Rescuers report's author, Lorenzo Pezzani, said: "The evidence simply does not support the idea that rescues by NGOs are to blame for an increase in migrants crossing.

"The argument against NGOs deliberately ignores the worsening economic and political crisis across several regions in Africa that has driven up the numbers of crossings in 2016.

"The violence against migrants in Libya is so extreme that they attempt the sea crossing with or without search and rescue being available." ...

Researchers found no evidence that the rocketing figures – 181,500 migrants were rescued and taken to Italy in 2016 – were caused by humanitarian search-and-rescue missions. ...

As evidence, it pointed to increased migrant boats on routes that were not patrolled by rescue ships, including a 46 per cent spike in crossings from Morocco.

The report also examined accusations that rescue groups are "helping criminals", finding no evidence of the allegations after reviewing official documents, statistics, qualitative interviews, photographs and maps. ...

The Italian parliament has also launched a fact-finding mission into the issue, which is hearing evidence from law-enforcement agencies and aid workers. ...

A recent Oxford University study also found rescues have "little or no effect on the number of arrivals", while research by the Unravelling the Mediterranean Migration Crisis project found European policy on the refuge crisis had been an "absolute failure". ...

More than 61,000 migrants have arrived in Italy so far this year and 7,600 in Greece, mostly from Nigeria, Bangladesh, Syria and sub-Saharan African nations.
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Three men, 96 children: Pakistan's population booms
France 24, 10 June 2017

Three men who have fathered nearly 100 children among them are doing their bit for Pakistan's skyrocketing population, which is being counted for the first time in 19 years.

But in a country where experts warn the surging populace is gouging into hard-won economic gains and social services, the three patriarchs are unconcerned. Allah, they say, will provide.

Pakistan has the highest birth rate in South Asia at around three children per woman, according to the World Bank and government figures, and the census is expected to show that growth remains high.

"God has created the entire universe and all human beings, so why should I stop the natural process of a baby's birth?" asks Gulzar Khan, a father of 36, citing one of the strongest influences in the region: the belief that Islam prevents family planning.

Tribal enmity is another factor in the northwest, where the 57-year-old lives in the city of Bannu with his third wife, who is pregnant. ...

Polygamy is legal but rare in Pakistan, and families like Khan's are not the norm, though the beliefs he holds are widespread.

The last census, held in 1998, showed Pakistan had a population of up to 135 million. Estimates suggest the new census – carried out earlier this year, with the preliminary results due by the end of July – will put the figure closer to 200 million. ...

Khan's brother, Mastan Khan Wazir – one of his 15 siblings – also has three wives. So far, Wazir has only fathered 22 children but, like his brother, he says his grandchildren are too numerous to count. ...

In the southwestern city of Quetta in Balochistan province, Jan Mohammed – the father of 38 children – agrees, despite having previously called on the government to provide resources for his family.

Jan spoke with AFP in 2016 to voice his desire for a fourth wife as he continues his mission of having 100 children. No woman has yet agreed, he says, but he has not given up.

"The more Muslims grow, the more their enemies will fear them... Muslims should go for more and more children," he said.
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UK poised to let one million EU temporary migrants stay after Brexit
Peter Foster
Daily Telegraph, 9 June 2017

Britain is preparing to grant nearly a million EU citizens the right to remain in the UK even though they have not achieved the five-year residency qualification as part of plans to kick-start Brexit negotiations, the Telegraph can reveal.

The proposal is part of a "generous" package of measures that will offer to guarantee the rights of all the 3m European Union citizens currently in the UK and build positive momentum in the coming talks that could begin as early as June 19.

Cabinet ministers are expected to debate the measures next week as they make final preparations for talks in Brussels where the fate of British and EU expats on both sides of the Channel will be top of the agenda.

Official sources added that the UK will offer to grant EU citizens "full equivalence" with the rights of UK citizens after Brexit Day at the end of March 2019.

In a third olive branch to Brussels, the UK is also preparing to create a "light touch" approach to establishing whether EU citizens are eligible to remain in the UK in a bid to alleviate the EU's concerns over a "hostile" Home Office immigration bureaucracy. ...

To make things even easier for EU migrants affected by Brexit, sources said that a new system would rely on HMRC tax databases in order to establish if someone has been resident much more rapidly and easily.

This would go a long way to meeting the EU demand that EU migrants in Britain should be given residence after Brexit even if they do not actually have documents "evidencing that right".

The Telegraph also understands - subject to political decision to be taken by the new government - that Britain is prepared to compromise over the so-called 'cut off date' when EU citizens should be eligible for full rights. ...

Whatever date is finally agreed upon, figures from the Oxford-based Migration Observatory estimate that there are some 975,000 EU migrants who will be in the UK who have not met the five-year residency test. Even so, this group will be allowed to remain under the plans.
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London Bridge terror ringleader funded by benefits after mentor ordered him to claim 'Jihad Seeker's Allowance'
Robert Mendick, Ben Farmer and Hayley Dixon
Daily Telegraph, 9 June 2017

The London Bridge ringleader heeded the call from a jailed Islamist cleric to use Britain's benefits system to fund the terror attack.

Khuram Butt was claiming Jobseeker's Allowance as well as other benefits in the run up to Saturday's attack, The Daily Telegraph has learnt. In effect, the taxpayer was bankrolling Butt as he plotted the massacre at London Bridge and Borough Market in which eight people were murdered.

Butt's mentor – the preacher Anjem Choudary – had repeatedly exhorted his followers to exploit the welfare system. Choudary, who was jailed in September for five and a half years for terrorism offences, even coined the phrase "Jihad Seeker's Allowance".

Butt is understood to have been looking for work since being fired from London Underground last October, entitling him to Jobseeker's Allowance of about £300 a month. Butt, according to reports, had been sacked for poor timekeeping. He also received Jobseeker's Allowance for over a year after leaving a job at KFC and before taking up the post with London Underground.

Furthermore, Butt was being paid housing benefit for his council-owned flat in Barking as well as child benefit.
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UK Elections: Historic Day for New Sikh MPs as Labour Fights Back
Kamalpreet Kaur
The Quint, 9 June 2017

Tanmanjit Singh Dhesi has made history by becoming the first turbaned Sikh to have been elected as a Member of Parliament to the House of Commons in Britain. He won from Slough constituency as a Labour candidate ...

"Bole So Nihal, Sat Sri Akal", the Sikh call of victory reverberates at the counting station for Birmingham Edgbaston, where dressed in red top and a black suit, a beaming Preet Gill accepts her victory with an enthusiastic team of Labour supporters and becomes the first Sikh woman to be elected to the British Parliament. ...

Meanwhile, it's Bhangra time in Ealing Southall, with Virendra Sharma retaining his constituency seat for the Labour Party for yet another term ...

Hugs, smiles and handshakes abound for Seema Malhotra as the returning officer for Feltham and Heston announces her victory. She has retained her seat for the Labour Party. The losing Tory candidate is also a Punjabi, Sameer Jassal, who lost by over 15,000 votes.
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Migrant Crime in Germany The Lost Sons of North Africa
Fiona Ehlers, Katrin Elger, Jan Friedmann, Annette Großbongardt, Wolf Wiedmann-Schmidt and Steffen Winter
Spiegel, 9 June 2017

No other group of foreigners has fallen into disrepute in Germany in recent years as much as young men from Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria. In 2016, only 2.4 percent of asylum seekers came from these North African countries, and yet 11 percent of immigrants suspected of committing a crime are from the Maghreb region. In Cologne, random samples showed that in 2015, more than 40 percent of migrants from the Maghreb committed robbery or theft within the first year of their arrival, says criminal division chief Thomas Schulte, who headed the investigations after the 2015/2016 New Year's Eve assaults on women in Cologne.

It was that traumatic night that permanently altered Germany's view of the refugees, hundreds of thousands of whom had arrived in the country in the months prior. ...

In Cologne and Düsseldorf, in particular, law enforcement has been struggling with criminals from Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia for years, with police having investigated 400 suspects from the Maghreb region in 2016 alone. Recently, though, it has become clear how many North Africans commit offenses elsewhere as well. In Saxony, most migrant repeat offenders are from one of the Maghreb countries and North Africans dominate the drug trade in the neighborhood surrounding the Frankfurt train station. In the southwestern city of Karlsruhe, a group of migrants committed so many robberies in such a short amount of time that local authorities formed a task force focusing on migrant repeat offenders, with many of the suspects having come from the North African coast. ...

... In fact, only 660 Algerians, Moroccans and Tunisians were deported in 2016, even though deportation orders had been issued for close to 9,000 of them. ...

... Many North Africans have destroyed their papers, some have gone into hiding, and their native countries have proven uncooperative.

Germany's police officers and authorities have been, in many respects, overwhelmed by the criminals from the lower classes of Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria. The young men often have a criminal record when they arrive in Germany, after having been street thieves or drug dealers in cities like Casablanca and Algiers. ...

... They often use false identities, refuse to cooperate during interrogations and rarely exhibit remorse, Schulte says, adding: "This reveals a high degree of contempt for our legal system."
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Judge hits out at border controls after alleged mastermind of Britain's biggest ever banking fraud flees despite no passport
Daily Telegraph, 8 June 2017

A judge has hit out at UK border controls after a tycoon suspected of masterminding Britain's biggest ever banking fraud was able to flee to Pakistan despite having no passport and whilst wearing an electronic tag.

Multi-millionaire Shaid Luqman, 48, flew out of Manchester Airport in 2011 - along with millions of pounds in allegedly stolen cash - after he left a trail of debt over the collapse of his £300m business empire.

Although his British and Pakistani passports had been confiscated and he was subsequently hauled into court for fraudulently attempting to get another one, Luqman - known as "Lucky" - sneake