From 1 January 2018, except recent items

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Families risk their lives and migrants pay £10,000 each to get to UK by dinghy before Brexit – as 12,000 Iranians reach Europe visa-free
Oliver Harvey
The Sun, 30 November 2018

This month alone there have been 123 migrants, in a variety of unseaworthy vessels, who have been found to have made the Channel crossing. Most claim to be Iranian. ...

To find some of the next people willing to brave the dangerous voyage of at least 21 miles, The Sun headed over to France.

In a patch of fetid scrubland near the site of what was once Calais's sprawling Jungle refugee camp, I found a disconsolate group of around 60 Iranians desperate to reach Britain. ...

Iranian Javad, 44, tells me in good English: "Everyone here has a plan to go on a boat to Britain. The smugglers are from Paris and charge anything from £3,000 to £10,000 for a place on a boat. Your family calls the smuggler and pays the fare. No one carries money here or you would be robbed."

French frontier police sources say the people smugglers are mainly from eastern Europe, especially Albania. Some have asylum in Britain before returning to northern France to make money as smugglers. ...

Javad, from Kerman in central Iran, added: "The smugglers are good people. They help us. You never see them. You are told to meet at a GPS location.

"They hire a guide who has a second boat that's tied by rope to the boat you're in. When they get out in sea, the rope is cut. The passengers then dial the emergency services for help. People know the dangers of the boats but when you're in a place like this, you do anything to get out."

Many of the Iranians have taken advantage of visa-free travel to Serbia to reach Europe then travel on to Calais by lorry. Serbia reinstated visa requirements last month after the EU complained that 12,000 of the 40,000 Iranians who arrived under the scheme never returned to Iran. ...

According to the French officials there are around 450 migrants living in Calais, and some 800 around Dunkirk.

Others are congregating in coastal towns further west, such as the Normandy port of Ouistreham. ...

Not all the inflatables leaving French shores reach the UK. At least 30 migrants have been rescued in French waters since November 23. Pierre-Henri Dumont, from the centre-right Les Republicains party in Calais, said: "The truth is we cannot stop everyone."
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Warning: The UN's Refugee Pact is even worse than its Migration Pact and both will be signed in December
Emma R.
Voice of Europe, 30 November 2018

In parallel with the highly criticised migration pact, the UN has also prepared a refugee pact. Both these treaties are intended to be signed at the conference in Morocco on 10-11 December.

Even if the pact is not legally binding, it refers to obligations. Thus, a kind of soft laws that restrict the sovereignty of the countries. ...

It is not only the UN that works actively to bring about changes in migration issues, but also the EU and other actors. A relevant element is the EU document which concerns the promotion of relocation of refugees within the Member States.

The document uses terms like "compulsory measure", "legal instrument" and "hard sell", which suggests a binding character and that the authors of the document have recognised the difficulty of convincing the public of the proposals.

In this document, the EU has also calculated the maximum absorption capacity of each country and concluded that, for example, Germany is estimated to have a capacity of 274 million people and Sweden of 440 million (Table 12).
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The Swedes become second-class citizens as migrants receive preferential treatment with housing and jobs
Emma R.
Voice of Europe, 30 November 2018

The Swedes bow down to the new upper-class of migrants and are starting to look like second class citizens.

In Sweden, migrants are given priority on the housing list, air travel paid by the Swedish Migration Agency, prepaid debit cards for travel throughout the EU without valid travel documents, subsidised jobs in the open labour market, immunity to certain laws, generous state and municipal contributions to themselves, their communities and associations.

The number of Muslim migrants from the Middle East and North Africa without valid asylum grounds is steadily increasing.

So far this year, the Migration Agency has granted 106,995 residence permits. About fifteen percent of all residence permits were granted due to protection needs.

The rest are new groups of migrants or migrants related to persons who already reside in Sweden – with or without a residence permit.
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Migration to UK from countries outside Europe surges to highest total since 2004
Martin Bentham
Evening Standard, 29 November 2018

Net migration to the UK from countries outside Europe has risen to its highest total since 2004 in a new surge that is outweighing the impact of Brexit, official figures showed today.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that 248,000 more people from non-EU nations entered than departed in the 12 months to the end of June.

That is the highest number for 14 years and more than double the Government's target of cutting overall net migration to below 100,000 – even though ministers already have the power to control inflows from outside the EU.

At the same time, net migration into the UK from the EU totalled 74,000 meaning that more Europeans continue to come here than depart, despite the prospect of Brexit.

The European total was, however, the lowest net inflow since 2012. The figures mean that overall net migration into this country has remained stable at 273,000 with about 625,000 moving here during the 12 month period against around 351,000 who departed.

Unveiling the figures, the ONS said that many of the non-EU arrivals were from Asia and included increases in both those coming to study and those coming to work. ...

On EU migration, today's figures show that 219,000 Europeans moved here during the year covered by the statistics. That was fractionally lower than the comparable 226,000 total 12 months earlier. Outflows were up from 123,000 a year ago to 145,000.
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Dover braced for more migrant crossings
Robert Mendick, Patrick Sawer and Henry Samuel
Daily Telegraph, 29 November 2018

A plan to deploy more Border Force vessels to rescue migrants trying to cross the Channel in tiny boats risks encouraging more people smugglers, Whitehall sources have admitted.

Figures obtained by The Daily Telegraph suggest about 200 migrants have attempted to reach Britain from France in the past two months.

... Most migrants are from Iran and are thought to be wealthier than Afgham or Eritrean refugees and can pay the exhorbitant fees charged by the traffickers. ...

Meanwhile, French authorities denied suggestions that they turned a blind eye to the boats, amid claims that they let them pass into UK waters, making the problem a British one. ...

... But a well-placed source warned extra ships to patrol UK waters would merely encourage attempted crossings. "More ships means migrants crossing in dinghies will only have to reach British boats rather than make it all the way across," said the government source.

... Under maritime law, a vessel in difficulty carrying migrants is taken to the nearest safe port rather than returned to the one from which they came. ...

... A Home Office spokesman said that deployments of the coastal patrol had been stepped up "in light of recent events".
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Fear of 'racism' means real refugees lose out to the men who pose as boys
Karen Harradine
Conservative Woman, 29 November 2018

At the beginning of November a concerned group of parents outed a 30-year-old Iranian asylum seeker, known as Siavash, who was pretending to be a 15-year-old pupil at the school. Unsurprisingly, given our porous borders, it is unknown how he and his younger brother arrived in the UK.

What is known is that this hirsute adult took up a school place which should have been given to a child. This is a not uncommon occurrence since the hysteria over 'child' refugees in Calais two years ago. There, Lord Dubs, goaded by the BBC and the dubious Save the Children charity, made an ill-conceived mistake when comparing the plight of these 'children' to the pre-war Kindertransport from Nazi Germany. Emotions were further inflamed by the strange and counter-productive habit of conflating economic migrants with refugees.

Over 200 supposed child migrants were then bussed from Calais to Croydon, and anyone who pointed out that the majority looked like men in dire need of a shave was accused of being as bad as the Nazis themselves. Mass emoting overtook logic and common sense.

Those who objected to these valid concerns should hang their heads in shame. For real refugee children in Calais were pushed to the back to the queue by adult migrants, while British authorities looked the other way. ...

... Local council and Home Office employees are now so wilfully blinded by political correctness and terrified of being accused of racism that they have mysteriously lost the ability to distinguish between children and adults.

Clearly most government policies are now designed around virtue signalling and emotion. Rationality and morality have long been forgotten. ...

At least nine asylum seekers a week are exposed for masquerading as children. They are cared for by local councils and are often housed with foster families. Two sets of children suffer from this stupidity – real refugee children and vulnerable British children, of all races and religions. The latter miss out on financial and social aid desperately needed to attend school and university because councils are instead supporting these migrant 'children'. And if anyone should question this they are branded 'racist' by self-important apparatchiks, as were the parents who asked why a grown man was sitting in the same classroom as their daughters at Stoke High School. ...

Compassion for refugees has become so inverted and misdirected that vulnerable refugee children are denied vital help and British children are made unsafe in their own schools. Silence is complicity. That none of the authorities involved in this dismal failure of policy admits responsibility means it will be an impossible task to find who is accountable.
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New Numbers: 91 Percent of Central American Asylum Seekers Have Bogus Claims
Katie Pavlich
Townhall, 29 November 2018

New numbers from the Department of Homeland Security show that just 9 percent of asylum claims made by individuals from Central America turn out to be legitimate.

"The low statutory requirements and legal loopholes in our laws encourage aliens to claim credible fear at our Southern border knowing they will be promptly released into the interior with work permits pending the determination of their full claim. In recent years, data shows that more than 65 percent of asylum seekers at our border are from Central America – of those 89 percent pass their initial credible-fear interview," DHS spokesperson Katie Waldman released Thursday afternoon. "Yet, the harsh reality is that 31 percent of aliens who pass that initial interview do not even show up for their hearing, while a staggering 40 percent of aliens who pass their initial interview do not even file an application."

"Ultimately, only 9 percent of Northern Triangle petitioners are found eligible for asylum by a judge – leaving 91 percent ineligible for asylum," she continued. "The fact that only 9 percent of those who initially claim asylum are found eligible, indicates that we are expending most of our limited resources – detention space, court space and the time of our asylum officers and immigration judges – denying frivolous or illegitimate claims of asylum from the 9 out of 10 who are found ineligible."

Current U.S. immigration law requires illegal aliens traveling from Central America as a family unit, specifically with children, to be released into the interior of the United States after 20 days of federal detention.

"Where are those 91 percent today? While some are properly removed from the U.S. by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), many of those who are released on a promise to appear in court disappear into the country's interior to live and work illegally. In FY17, only 1 percent of the 226,119 removals conducted by ICE were on Alternatives to Detention," Waldman said.
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UK Lawmakers Call for 'Islamophobia' to Be Officially Classed as Racism
Liam Deacon
Breitbart, 28 November 2018

A group of British Parliamentarians have demanded "Islamophobia" be officially classed as a form of racism in the UK, claiming the country is deeply prejudiced and unfair towards Muslims.

The new parliamentary report blames "prevalent" Islamophobia for divisions, hate crimes, and even terror attacks. It also appears to reject claims criminalising comments about Islam will restrict free speech and calls for an official definition of "Islamophobia."

Examples of "Islamophobia" listed including claiming it is terrorism to support an independent Palestine, calling Muhammad a paedophile, and "claims of Muslims spreading Islam by the sword or subjugating minority groups under their rule."

The document comes from the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on British Muslims, which is led by leading anti-Brexit Tory MP Anna Soubry.

Tory Peer Baroness Warsi, the group's Treasurer, commented on the document release: "Islamophobia is a form of racism – like antisemitism it's time it got its own definition."

Labour MP Wes Streeting added: "Islamophobia isn't just anti-Muslim hatred. It's about everyday discrimination that takes place – targeting Muslimness or perceived Muslimness. It is rooted in racism and is a type of racism. It can be deliberate or unconscious bias."

The findings were also backed by the Muslim Council of Britain, linked to the pro-Caliphate Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, which was recently criticised for working with groups calling for apostates to be killed. ...

The document also claims Muslims are widely oppressed in the UK and blames British society for Muslims not being as economically successful as some other groups.

It says: "British society at large, by virtue of normalised prejudice against Muslim beliefs and practice, have come to imbibe a panoply of falsehoods or misrepresentations and discriminatory outlooks." ...

University lecturer Ben Whitham highlights "the concept of inseparability of race and religion, whereby an attack on the religion cannot be separated from an attack on the race," the report also says.

A similar APPG on British Muslims was launched in 2010 but was forced to re-launch the following year after a Tory MP and Labour Peer quit when "Islamist sympathisers" iENGAGE, which had repeatedly defended extremists, were made the group's secretariat and given parliamentary passes.

iENGAGE has since rebranded as MEND, and a report last year found they still promote "extremism," harbour anti-Semites, and give a platform to Islamist views, including promoting false claims of "Islamophobia."
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The 'Islamophobia' problem
Douglas Murray
Spectator blog, 27 November 2018

This is a good time to bury bad news. And sure enough it turns out that a cross-party group of MPs and peers that includes the failed MP Baroness Warsi has chosen this moment to try to persuade the government to adopt their own definition of 'Islamophobia'. ...

... As Tim Shipman described it in the Sunday Times the group is proposing a set of 'tests' of what is 'Islamophobic'. Let us take them in turn:

'Does it stereotype Muslims by assuming that they all think the same?

Well let us see. Would it be Islamophobic to say 'All Muslims believe that the Quran is the revealed word of God, that Mohammed was the messenger of Allah and that this revelation has been revealed for all time as the unalterable, final revelation from God?' It would appear so. And yet it would also be true. There are certain things which all Muslims do agree on. There are many other generalisations that one could make that are more critical. Yet to say so would be 'Islamophobic'.

'Does the criticism consist of generalising about Muslims in a way that excludes them?'

An interesting one. Let's try a couple out. How about 'All Muslim majority countries are either dictatorships, despotisms or countries where the army remains on standby at any moment to wrestle back control from religious zealots'? Or how about 'Muslims tend to be bad at understanding and advocating minority rights unless they happen to be in a minority themselves'? Both of these statements are at least highly defensible. I would suggest they are also true. Yet they undoubtedly 'generalise' in certain ways, and if just one Muslim said that they felt 'excluded' by people failing to talk up the pluralism and freedom in the Islamic world we would have to agree that both statements are indeed 'Islamophobic'.

'Is the behaviour or practice being criticised in an offensive way so it makes Muslims rather than the issue the target?'

Well it rather hinges on two things, doesn't it? One is the question of 'what is offensive'. Who is to judge? Who is to say? Is a cross-party coalition of low-grade MPs and Peers to make this judgement? /.../ If one draws attention to certain aspects of the private life of the man who invented Islam is one aiming the point at Muslims or the issue of, say, historical attitudes towards child abuse? Who is to say? ...

'Does the person criticising really care about the issue or is he or she using it to attack Muslims?'

There is nothing sweeter than the sound of totalitarian ideology presented in the lingua franca of social justice. Do you 'really care about the issue'? Who the hell is to say? ...

... I hope all relevant members of the government realise in their spare moments that this matters very much indeed. Future freedoms – including freedom of religion and freedom of speech in this country – will depend very much on this ugly agenda not being deployed.
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Twelve charts on race and racism in Australia
Emil Jeyaratnam
The Conversation, 27 November 2018

Australia's population is growing fast, ticking over 25 million in August 2018. And as the population increases, it is also becoming more diverse.

At the time of the 2016 Census, Australia's population comprised people from more than 250 countries and 300 different ancestries. Almost half the population were either first- or second-generation Australian, and more than 300 different languages were spoken in homes. ...

Not surprisingly, the majority of the population are born here – about two out of three people (or about 67%) were born in Australia.

But this is changing. The number of overseas-born residents has steadily increased since the second world war. ...

People from the United Kingdom continue to be the largest migrant group – more than 1 million people living in Australia were born in the UK. But the proportion of UK-born residents has decreased significantly, from about 12% of Australia's population in 1921 to just under 5% in 2016.

Of the overseas-born population, nearly one in five (18%) people arrived since the start of 2012.

And nearly as many people had at least one parent born overseas (45%) as had both parents born in Australia (47%). ...

A survey done by the Challenging Racism Project (Western Sydney University) found that 80% of survey respondents felt positive about cultural diversity.

The report also found that people's views about different cultures and ethnic groups are complex, and sometimes contradictory.

Despite the positive views about diversity, people were not as supportive of non-discriminatory immigration policies, with only about 53% supporting that view and 23% opposed.

Almost 50% of Australians thought that overseas arrivals should assimilate into Australian culture.

Most troublingly, the report found that 32% of survey respondents have "negative" feelings towards Muslim Australians, and 22% said they have "negative" feelings towards Australians of Middle-Eastern heritage.
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Africa needs help solving its problems before they become global problems
Dambisa Moyo
Uganda Business News, 27 November 2018

To be sure, economic theory suggests that Africa should be growing rapidly. The continent is so vast that China, India, the contiguous United States, Japan, and most of Europe could all fit within its borders. ...

According to Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index of 180 countries and territories around the world, Sub-Saharan Africa was the world's single most corrupt region as of 2017. ...

It is little wonder that the world has lost hope that Africa will ever escape poverty, corruption, and war. ...

True, the West's disengagement partly reflects its own economic challenges, not least rising and unsustainable debts, deteriorating infrastructure, and mounting pension and health-care costs in the face of aging populations. Nonetheless, checking out of Africa is both irresponsible and profoundly dangerous. As a source of disease, terrorism, and mass migration, Africa already poses a direct threat to global stability; and that threat will be amplified by climate change.

Start with the threat of infectious disease. According to the World Bank's leading health official in Africa, the continent is the world's most disease-prone region. ...

In other words, the same factors that have stymied economic growth in Africa have also made the continent a petri dish for pandemics. ...

For its part, the WHO has suggested that the death toll of a modern global pandemic could rise to 33 million people. ...

... Barring long-term structural reforms, pandemics that start in Africa will continue to pose a growing threat to the lives of untold millions of people, and to the stability of the global economy. ...

As a result of rising extremism in Africa, the number of annual terror attacks on the continent increased by over 200% – and fatalities by more than 750% – between 2009 and 2015. ...

At the same time that terrorist organizations have grown more powerful in Africa, attacks in Western Europe and North America have become deadlier. Like disease and terrorism, mass migration also flourishes in the context of Africa's porous borders. In 2017, the continent produced 36 million international migrants. For comparison, consider that just 50 million emigrants left Europe over the course of more than a century, from 1815 to 1930.

In Europe, mass disorderly migration – including the 400,000 African migrants and refugees who crossed from Libya to Italy between 2014 and 2017 – has caused widespread disruption and a massive humanitarian crisis. In 2015 and 2016, more than 2.3 million migrants and refugees entered the European Union illegally, and more than 2.5 million people applied for asylum. ...

Thus far, the majority of migrants reaching Europe have come from the Middle East – particularly Syria – but as Africa's population continues to grow, so, too, will its share of migrants. ...

Similarly, the number of African immigrants living in the US has been doubling every decade since 1970, with the total going from 80,000 that year to 2.1 million as of 2015. That figure will most likely continue to grow. ...

... By the end of this century, 40% of the world's population will be African, up from just 9% in 1950. ...

Africa is the number-one risk to which the world is not paying attention. Yet the continent is increasingly the world's problem.
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Why are Iranians crossing the Channel in dinghies?
William McLennan
BBC, 26 November 2018

More than 100 migrants, claiming to be Iranian, have attempted the dangerous journey by small boat to the UK in the past three weeks. Why? ...

Since 3 November, 101 migrants - including four children - have attempted the 21-mile journey across the Channel, one which police have likened to "trying to cross the M25 at rush-hour on foot".

The Home Office has refused to publish official figures, but the BBC has established that at least that number have entered British shores since the start of the month.

Without fail, the migrants have told officials they are Iranian.

British and French authorities, under pressure to stem the rise in boat trips before a life is lost, face several questions.

Why have so many boats set off for the coast of Kent? What can be done to stop it? And why are all the occupants apparently from the Middle Eastern country?

The answer to the last question could lie 1,200 miles away in the Serbian capital of Belgrade.

Miodrag Cakic, chief executive of Refugee Aid Serbia, which monitors migration through the Balkans, believes migrants arriving in the UK are among the thousands who flew into Serbia after the country began offering visa-free access to Iranians in August last year.

The move was ostensibly intended to increase tourism and trade between Iran, the world's 25th largest economy, and Serbia, the 90th.

The visa scheme - which attracted allegations it was being abused by migrants seeking access to western Europe - ended on 17 October, by which time some 40,000 Iranians were said to have flown to the Balkan nation.

It is unknown how many returned home, but according to the Associated Press, local media reported that direct flights from Tehran to Belgrade had been arriving full and returning empty.

According to Info Park, a refugee support centre in Belgrade, Serbian police estimate the number of Iranians who failed to return at 12,000.

Mr Cakic said it was believed within the refugee community that Iranians were using "false passports and more complex methods" to enter western Europe.

They arrived better prepared for the journey ahead and would stay in hostels or hotels. ...

Since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, it has been estimated that between 150,000 and 200,000 Iranians have left the country every year. ...

"Iranians coming to the UK is not unusual, but the way they are coming is," Mr Kalantri said.

One theory as to why Iranians are choosing to risk their lives on boats stems from their comparative wealth - simply put, they can afford to pay smuggling gangs to get them onboard a vessel. ...

Regardless, the "surge" in attempts is being fuelled by "organised criminal and mafia networks" in France, according to Ingrid Parrot, who works for the Maritime prefecture - the Border Force equivalent based in Cherbourg.
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Charles Moore
Daily Telegraph, 26 November 2018

More than 20 years ago, the word Islamophobia got off the ground as a concept in public policy. ...

Wisely, successive governments have fought shy of giving the word legal force because its meaning is so slippery. ...

On Tuesday, an all-party parliamentary group chaired by Lady Warsi who, despite being a Conservative peer, is indefatigable in attacking the Government, will launch a formal definition of Islamophobia. They hope to persuade James BRokenshire, the Communities Secretary, and the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, to accept it. ...

... The idea of Islamophobia derives from the concept – very strong in the Muslim world's notion of blasphemy – that anything insulting to Islam should be criminalised. The definition of insult likely to advanced by the group is that anything is Islamophobic which upsets Muslims or makes them feel stigmatised or stereotyped.

Although I strongly believe that all the great world religions deserve respect and need to be studied much more carefully than they are by many who generalise about them, it would be wrong for attacks on Islam (or Christianity, come to that) to be outlawed. In a free society, this should scarcely need saying.

How can we strive to work out what is true if we cannot criticise fiercely versions of the truth with which we do not agree? Take, for example, the Islamic law that Muslims who "apostasise", ie publicly abandon their faith, should be punished (including by death). I am not threatening Muslims when I say that this is brutal and wrong, no matter how many Muslims Lady Warsi might find to say that they feel hurt. I am expressing a legitimate view. Unfortunately, we increasingly do not live in a free society.
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Government accused of massaging immigration statistics in run up to Brexit vote
Steve Bird
Sunday Telegraph, 25 November 2018

The Government has been accused of a cynical attempt to massage immigration statistics after it emerged Theresa May will announce a curb on low-skilled foreign working arriving in Britain.

Leaked Cabinet papers revealed how the Home Office has drawn up plan to issue low-skilled migrants with 11-month visas "with restricted entitlements and rights" while they live in the UK.

The move was seen as an attempt by the Prime Minister to win support among Eurosceptic Tory MPs in the run up to the Brexit vote.

But, immigration experts and campaigners yesterday warned that the proposals would mean that those arriving under the 11-month visa would not be counted as immigrants.

Jonathan Portes, professor of economics and public policy at King's College, London, said: "In theory these people coming into the UK under this visa would not be immigrants and would not be counted as immigrants.

"I would call it a pretty transparent attempt to massage the immigration figures." ...

"If you're coming to the country for more than one year then you count as a migrant," Professor Portes continued. "But, if you say you're on an 11-month visa then you are not recorded as an immigrant." ...

It is understood the proposals will be part of the Government's long awaited migration White Paper due to be unveiled in the week beginning December 3.

It is anticipated that Mrs May will then try to frame the Brexit debate around migration, claiming her EU deal fulfils the referendum pledge of taking back control of UK borders.
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Parents who complained 6ft '15-year-old' pupil with beard was an adult 'dismissed as racist by school officials'
James Cox
The Sun, 25 November 2018

School bosses dismissed parents as 'racist' when they complained about an adult asylum seeker enrolling as a 15-year-old, it has been claimed.

The man - reportedly from Iran - was exposed as an adult after classmates accused him of being 30. ...

A mum added: "It was obvious he was a man.

"The question is, how didn't the Home Office or the teachers see what was blindingly obvious to everyone else? /.../"

An investigation was launched when a pupil posted a picture of their new classmate in uniform in a classroom on Snapchat with a message saying: "How's there a 30-year-old man in our maths class?"

Parents were shocked, and some even removed their children from the school as classmates shared old pictures of him on Facebook, showing him with a full beard, a hairy chest and swigging a beer. ...

While the Home Office has refused to reveal the newly-assessed age of the man - or any details of his background due to data protection issues - it is now understood that he is being treated as an adult asylum seeker. ...

Sandy Martin, the Labour MP for Ipswich, said the Home Office "need to get their act together" to ensure adults cannot pose as children in the classroom.

He said: "The Home Office needs to make sure that they are not sending people who are overage to school.

"They have the means to do this and they need to do it. It doesn't help the young people involved any more than it helps the schools.

"I think the fact that it has had such a high profile in the news has made sure that the Home Office will do their job a bit better in the future, although the history of the Home Office doing its job a bit better isn't very encouraging."
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Muslim rapes teen girl, acquitted due to 'cultural norms'
WND, 25 November 2018

A French court acquitted a refugee from Bangladesh for the rape of a high-school girl after the defense argued the immigrant had "different cultural norms" that may have caused him to misinterpret his contact with the girl.

The refugee also was charged with sexually assaulting another young girl. Both incidents happened in 2015. He was given a suspended sentenced of two years in prison for the sexual-assault charge, reported Voice of Europe, citing the French news site La Manche Libre.

The report said experts who investigated the refugee, who was not named, pointed out that in the male culture of Muslim-majority Bangladesh, "women are relegated to the status of sexual object." ...

Commenting on the case, Jihad Watch Director Robert Spencer said the refugee's "cultural norms" indeed are "different," noting they are rooted in Islam.

"Why can't France enforce its own 'cultural norms'?" he asked. "Why can't any Western country?"

Spencer cited the survivor of a Muslim rape gang in the U.K. who said her rapists quoted the Quran to her, believing their actions were justified by Islam.

Spencer noted the Quran "teaches that Infidel women can be lawfully taken for sexual use." ...

The British government's senior legal adviser charged last year that judges were giving lighter sentences to Muslims convicted of raping young girls because of "political correctness."
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Fraudsters who ran fake visa scam and stole £13m from HMRC sentenced to 31 years in jail
Daily Telegraph, 24 November 2018

Five fraudsters who ran a fake Bangladeshi visa scam and falsely claimed £13 million in tax repayments have been sentenced to total of 31 years in jail.

London law student Abul Kalam Muhammad Rezaul Karim, 42, was the ringleader in the organised crime group, which set up 79 bogus companies and created fake documentation used by Bangladeshi nationals in fraudulent visa applications.

They also used the companies to fraudulently reclaim £13 million in tax repayments from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) over a six-year period, the equivalent of 494 new nurses in London for a year.

Officers found that Karim, his brother-in-law Enamul Karim, 34, Kazi Borkot Ullah, 39, accountant Jalpa Trivedi, 41 and Mohammed Tamij Uddin, 47, charged clients for temporary visas wanting to remain in the UK a minimum of £700 in cash for their fraudulent immigration services.

The gang claimed their clients were employees as part of their tax and immigration fraud. They created fake payslips and provided false information on around 900 visa applications to ensure eligibility for a Tier 1 visa.

An investigation into their wrongdoing was the "longest ever undertaken" by Immigration Enforcement's Criminal and Financial Investigation (CFI) team.

The defendants were sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on 23 November 2018. Karim, Enamul Karim and Ullah, were sentenced in their absence and warrants have been issued for their arrests.
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Third of Brexit voters believe Muslim immigration is part of a secret plot to Islamicise Britain, study suggests
Independent, 24 November 2018

Nearly a third of Brexit voters believe Muslim immigration is part of a plot to Islamicise Britain, according to a major new study that has revealed a pattern of deep mistrust for authorities.

The survey, by researchers at Cambridge University and YouGov, is the most comprehensive examination of conspiracy theories ever conducted and is the first time academics have looked into questions of trust in the media and conspiracy beliefs across countries.

Asked if they believed "Muslim immigration to this country is part of a bigger plan to make Muslims a majority of this country's population", 31 per cent of leave voters said they did.

The far-right conspiracy theory, known as the "great replacement", originated in France and often apportions blame to perceived elites, such as the European Union.

The figure among Remain voters was six per cent.

Almost half leave voters (47%) believed the government was deliberately "hiding the truth" about how many immigrants live in the country, compared to 14 per cent of Remain voters. ...

The figures, which will be published in full on Friday, are the result of a six-year study spanning nine countries: UK, US, France, Poland, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Sweden, and Hungary. It was funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

Researchers defined a conspiracy theory as a belief that "some actors have conspired to do something covertly, usually something dysfunctional or evil". They polled respondents about 10 common theories that had emerged from their research. ...

Dr Hugo Leal, one of the project's researchers, said anti-immigration conspiracy theories had been "gaining ground" since the refugee crisis first came to prominence in 2015.

"The conspiratorial perception that governments are deliberately hiding the truth about levels of migration appears to be backed by a considerable portion of the population across much of Europe and the United States," he said.
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Asylum seeker 'schoolboy' is grown man, Home Office concludes
Steve Bird
Daily Telegraph, 24 November 2018

A Home Office investigation has found that an adult asylum seeker posed as a schoolboy and was placed in a classroom of 15-year-olds.

A new inquiry has been launched to try to establish how the man, described by pupils as looking 30 years old, managed to spend six weeks as a Year 11 pupil at Stoke High School in Ipswich, Suffolk.

The former pupil, originally from the Middle East, now faces being deported after the official report established he was over 18. ...

Although the Home Office refused to reveal what age he is now believed to be, it is understood from sources that he is being treated officially as an adult asylum seeker. ...

A Facebook profile apparently by the man described him as having been an architecture student at the Islamic Azad University in Abadan, Iran, before living in Erfurt, Germany. The account has since been deleted.
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John Kerry joins Hillary warning Europe of threat of immigration
Thomas Lifson
American Thinker, 24 November 2018

It's starting to look like some members of the Democrat establishment understand that open borders is a losing issue. It would be too dangerous to take on the issue domestically, so acknowledging that Europe is being harmed by mass immigration/asylum and turning to politicians who will control the borders is a first step. When Hillary Clinton warned of the danger of Europe turning to populists in order to stop the influx, it was startling. But now, it is a trend.

John Kerry has joined fellow failed presidential nominee Clinton in warning Europe that its refugee policies have been a disaster. Ryan Saavedra reports in the Daily Wire:

Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry admitted last week during a trip to Europe that the continent has been "crushed" by a transformation that has taken place due to immigration.

Kerry made the remarks while speaking at a Guardian Live event at Central Hall in London where he weighed in on a number of issues and also used the opportunity to bash President Donald Trump.

"Europe is already crushed under this transformation that is taking place due to migration," Kerry said. "In Germany, Angela Merkel is weakened. Italian politics is significantly impacted."

Illegal immigration is currently the top concern of Americans. While the radical wing of the Democrats is explicitly in favor of open borders, the issue drives support to Republicans in key states. It is possible that the old guard of the Democrats is citing Europe and urging border control there as a means of opening the issue for debate in choosing the 2020 nominee.

On the other hand, there is a striking similarity in both the Clinton and Kerry announcements.
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Council Funded Groups Across UK BACKING Far-Left Stand Up To Racism
Darrell Goodliffe and Jordan James
Politicalite, 24 November 2018

Councils in the East Midlands have been accused of promoting left-wing policy agenda on immigration, and are funding far-left groups, Politicalite can exclusively reveal.

Local authorities across the UK are pleading poverty as they cut services to the bone, but Chesterfield Borough Council, Derbyshire County Council, North East Derbyshire District Council are all funding far-left groups.

In policy documents seen by Politicalite, Links CVS, a council-funded group has called for support for immigration to be taught in schools and 'something to be done' about what parents tell their kids about immigration at home.

According to their website, Links: "provides support to voluntary organisations and community groups operating in the local government districts of Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire. Links also leads projects and works in partnership across a wider area of Derbyshire."

However, what they actually do is promote the far-left Stand Up To Racism who have been involved in no-platforming patriotic speakers. ... Socialist Workers Party activist, James Eaden, speaking at a Links CVS event. The SWP is the communist organisation that stands behind SUTR.
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Hillary Clinton: Europe must curb immigration to stop rightwing populists
Patrick Wintour
The Guardian, 23 November 2018

Europe must get a handle on immigration to combat a growing threat from rightwing populists, Hillary Clinton has said, calling on the continent's leaders to send out a stronger signal showing they are "not going to be able to continue to provide refuge and support".

In an interview with the Guardian, the former Democratic presidential candidate praised the generosity shown by the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, but suggested immigration was inflaming voters and contributed to the election of Donald Trump and Britain's vote to leave the EU.

"I think Europe needs to get a handle on migration because that is what lit the flame," Clinton said, speaking as part of a series of interviews with senior centrist political figures about the rise of populists, particularly on the right, in Europe and the Americas.

"I admire the very generous and compassionate approaches that were taken particularly by leaders like Angela Merkel, but I think it is fair to say Europe has done its part, and must send a very clear message – 'we are not going to be able to continue provide refuge and support' – because if we don't deal with the migration issue it will continue to roil the body politic."

Clinton's remarks are likely to prove controversial across Europe, which has struggled to form a unified position ever since more than 1 million migrants and refugees arrived in the EU in 2015. ...

Brexit, described by Clinton as the biggest act of national economic self-harm in modern history, "was largely about immigration", she said.
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Theresa May could win a slice of British ethnic minority vote with tough Brexit immigration line – what my research reveals
Neema Begum
The Conversation, 23 November 2018

Theresa May has faced widespread criticism following comments to the Confederation of British Industry that EU nationals have jumped "the queue" to migrate to the UK ahead of non-EU nationals during the UK's membership of the bloc. ...

May has been criticised for ignoring the contribution to the UK of EU nationals, who have been living with great concern about what their futures hold since the 2016 referendum result.

Despite reports that Brexit will hit ethnic minorities harder, May's speech is likely to appeal to ethnic minority Leave voters, who my research has shown feel it's unfair that EU migrants have had an easier route to the UK than non-EU migrants. Similar rhetoric which pits EU and non-EU migrants against each other came up in black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) Leave voters' reasons for supporting Brexit.

Minority voters overwhelmingly supported Remain in the EU referendum. Yet May's reference to attracting more "software engineers from Delhi" will appeal to British Indian voters who were the most eurosceptic ethnic minority group.

The Labour Party continues to attract the lion's share of the minority vote. This is despite attempts made by the Conservatives in recent years, beginning under David Cameron, to court ethnic minority support. Yet, party preference didn't have a significant effect on attitudes towards EU membership among ethnic minorities.

In 20 focus groups and interviews with ethnic minority Remain and Leave voters I conducted over the summer of 2017, as part of my PhD research, I heard many BAME Leave voters give European immigration as a key reason for supporting Brexit. They wanted to see fewer barriers for Commonwealth migration, disgruntled with what they saw as "preferential" treatment for EU migrants who they believe have had easier access to live and work in the UK. ...

But May's promise that Brexit will lead to a fairer immigration system that doesn't discriminate against where people come from won't necessarily convince those ethnic minority voters angered by the Windrush scandal and those who see her as chief architect of the "hostile environment" policy on immigration. ...

May's plan to sell the Brexit deal to voters as an opportunity to introduce a "fairer" immigration system may appeal to some ethnic minority voters, but it largely serves to stoke tensions between EU nationals and longer-settled migrant groups from the Commonwealth and their descendants.
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Two children are stabbed in Britain EVERY DAY as number of under-18s admitted to hospital with stab wounds soars by 80 per cent in three years
Richard Spillett
MailOnline, 22 November 2018

The number of children admitted to hospital with stab wounds has risen by more than 80 per cent in the last three years, shocking statistics reveal.

In the year up to September this year, 813 people aged 18 and under received treatment for knife attacks in England, NHS figures show.

That is a rise of more than 80 per cent on the 451 admitted to hospital in the year up to September 2015.

The statistics come as police forces battle a year of violence around the country, with the number of murders in London soaring past 120 earlier this month.

The number of under-16s treated for stab wounds also increased dramatically, from 95 in 2013 to 163 this year.

The figures show knife assault injuries among all ages have increased from a total of 3,643 in 2015 to 5,053 this year.

Meanwhile, the number of stabbed women has increased dramatically, up from 340 in 2014 to 385 this year.
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Can 'voluntary colonialism' stop migration from Africa to Europe?
BBC, 22 November 2018

A controversial proposal by a German minister that foreign powers acquire land in Africa to curb migration has been rejected by the African Union, writes the BBC's Dickens Olewe.

The European Union, or a body like the World Bank, should build and run cities in Africa in order to boost job creation and development on the continent, Germany's Minister for Africa, Gunter Nooke, told the BBC in an interview in which he outlined his thinking on how to stem migration to Europe.

This will mean African countries leasing their land to a foreign body to "allow free development for 50 years", Mr Nooke said.

It is a controversial idea, rejected by critics as reeking of colonialism. But others - like Carol Musyoka, an academic at Strathmore Business School, one of Kenya's top universities - are open to the concept.

In a BBC interview, Ms Musyoka described the proposal as "fascinating", and said she would support it if it was a genuine attempt to ensure that Africans - not foreign powers - benefited.

American Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Romer developed the idea a decade ago.

In 2009, he said developing countries should consider surrendering part of their territory to foreign states which would then build what he called "charter cities" from the ground up.

The cities, he added, would operate under a set of laws separate from the host country. ...

Mr Romer, in a 2011 TED Talk, argued that foreign-run cities could be a model of efficient governance and offer a good quality of life, stopping people from migrating for economic reasons. ...

Ms Musyoka is among Africans who hope such cities will be built, saying she will accept "voluntary colonialism" because of the failure of many African governments to provide a better life for their people.

Her view will make the founding fathers of independent Africa turn in their graves, but it could gain currency among young Africans risking their lives to reach Europe to escape poverty, corruption and inefficiency.
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Why the Announcement of a Looming White Minority Makes Demographers Nervous
Sabrina Tavernise
New York Times, 22 November 2018

The graphic was splashy by the Census Bureau's standards and it showed an unmistakable moment in America's future: the year 2044, when white Americans were projected to fall below half the population and lose their majority status. ...

In a nation preoccupied by race, the moment when white Americans will make up less than half the country's population has become an object of fascination.

For white nationalists, it signifies a kind of doomsday clock counting down to the end of racial and cultural dominance. For progressives who seek an end to Republican power, the year points to inevitable political triumph, when they imagine voters of color will rise up and hand victories to the Democratic Party. ...

Jennifer Richeson, a social psychologist at Yale University, spotted the risk immediately. As an analyst of group behavior, she knew that group size was a marker of dominance and that a group getting smaller could feel threatened. At first she thought the topic of a declining white majority was too obvious to study.

But she did, together with a colleague, Maureen Craig, a social psychologist at New York University, and they have been talking about the results ever since. ...

Mary Waters, a sociologist at Harvard University, remembered being stunned when she saw the research.

"It was like, 'Oh wow, these nerdy projections are scaring the hell out of people," she said.

Beyond concerns about the data's repercussions, some researchers are also questioning whether the Census Bureau's projections provide a true picture. At issue, they say, is whom the government counts as white.

In the Census Bureau's projections, people of mixed race or ethnicity have been counted mostly as minority, demographers say. This has had the effect of understating the size of the white population, they say, because many Americans with one white parent may identify as white or partly white. On their census forms, Americans can choose more than one race and whether they are of Hispanic origin. ...

It was not just white nationalists worried about losing racial dominance. Dr. Myers watched as progressives, envisioning political power, became enamored with the idea of a coming white minority. He said it was hard to interest them in his work on ways to make the change seem less threatening to fearful white Americans – for instance by emphasizing the good that could come from immigration.

"It was conquest, our day has come," he said of their reaction. "They wanted to overpower them with numbers. It was demographic destiny."

Dr. Myers and a colleague later found that presenting the data differently could produce a much less anxious reaction. In work published this spring, they found that the negative effects that came from reading about a white decline were largely erased when the same people read about how the white category was in fact getting bigger by absorbing multiracial young people through intermarriage.
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Australia and Poland join US rejection of UN migration pact
Jamie Smyth
Financial Times, 21 November 2018

Australia and Poland have refused to support a pact designed to improve global co-operation on migration, joining populist governments in the US, Hungary and Austria in opposing the UN's accord.

Scott Morrison, Australia's prime minister, said on Wednesday that the UN agreement would compromise the government's hardline immigration policy and risked encouraging "illegal entry" into the country and helping people smugglers.

"I would never allow something to compromise our borders, I worked too hard to ensure that we weren't in that position," said Mr Morrison.

"This Global Compact on Migration, it's not a good deal. We're not going to sign up to it because I believe it would compromise us." ...

Warsaw said the UN pact failed to meet demands regarding its right to determine who it accepted into its territory and over the distinction between legal and illegal migration.

Legal experts say both governments' concerns about the practical effects of the pact are misplaced as it is not legally binding. But the growing number of countries rejecting the pact is a symbolic blow to UN efforts to corodinate a response to a global migration crisis, in which a record 68.5m people were displaced from their homes last year. ...

The pact outlines a set of principles and policies to help governments manage people flows and better protect migrants. It has been negotiated by international governments over 18 months and is due to be adopted in December. ...

Hungary has described the UN pact as "making it a human right to find a new place around the globe".
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The Jews of Hungary do not live in fear
Monica Porter
Jewish Chronicle, 21 November 2018

Edith Eger is a remarkable woman, 91 years old, an eminent US-based psychologist and a Holocaust survivor. ...

She expresses concern at seeing "Nazi attitudes" springing up everywhere, by which I guess she means nationalist parties and movements, before giving special mention to Victor Orban's "very, very antisemitic Hungary". I don't know whether the lady ever visits Hungary, but as someone who has friends, work contacts and relatives there, I visit often. And the description of "antisemitic" is not one I recognise, let alone "very, very".

I know Victor Orban has become the black sheep of the EU for his anti-migrant stance and a hate figure generally for the liberal left. Clearly, Orban has looked around Europe, seen the social and cultural calamities wrought by uncontrolled immigration from Third World countries and thought: no thanks.

He has huge popular support in Hungary and a robust majority in Parliament, so it isn't as if he's undemocratically laying down the law on this. ...

Neither Orban's nor the Hungarian nation's perceived prejudice against "the other" is directed against Jews. Au contraire. ...

Every summer there is a Jewish street festival, the Judafest, and the Budapest Jewish Film Festival takes place each November. I was in Budapest one September and saw a banner along the side of an overpass wishing, in Hungarian, "our Jewish friends a happy Rosh Hashanah". I don't recall ever seeing such a banner in London. A devout Christian, Orban has pledged his commitment to the country's Jewish community. ...

No, to find really worrying antisemitism in Europe you must go elsewhere. For example, France. Jews there feel so unsafe that about 7,000 of them emigrate annually – to Israel, America, Canada, Australia. Many Jews no longer wear a kippah in public for fear of abuse, especially in heavily Muslim areas of Paris. It's the same in migrant-dense parts of Sweden.

Meanwhile here at home, under the influence of a hard left, pro-Palestinian Labour leadership, Jews – anyone from university students to MPS – are openly hounded by "Zio"-haters of every hue. Each year, hundreds of British Jews up sticks and make aliyah.

So please, Dr Eger et al, don't wag your finger at Hungary, where kippah-wearing Jews are not attacked on the street and from where they are not fleeing in fear.
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Migrant workers living in UK sending £8 BILLION a year back to their home countries
Natasha Clark
The Sun, 21 November 2018

Migrant workers are sending a total of £8 billion a year back to their home countries, a fresh report has found.

Thousands of workers who come to the UK are transferring large chunks of their wages home to keep their relatives in school, a UN report concluded.

The cash is mostly sent back to Nigeria, India and Pakistan, but hundreds of millions are also transferred back to Poland, China, Kenya, and the Philippines too.
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Changing university entry requirements to boost diversity is wrong, says Lord Winston
Camilla Turner
Daily Telegraph, 20 November 2018

Universities should not be penalised for failing to admit enough black and poor students as they are having to pick up the pieces of bad schooling, Lord Robert Winston has said.

The scientist and television presenter said that universities should not have to "modify" entry requirements in order to admit more disadvantaged students, adding that this will lead to universities being "downgraded".

Addressing some of the country's leading headteachers at the Girls' School Association (GSA) annual conference in central London, he said: "It's obviously wrong to expect universities to pick up where schools are not doing well.

"For example, for us to modify our entry requirements to bring in more black or disadvantaged children is not the right way to do it. What you've got to do is up their grade at 16 or 17."

Lord Winston, who is a professor of science and society at Imperial College London and presents the BBC One documentary Child of Our Time, added: "It's not a question of being elitist. It's a question of having people who are capable."

He said that universities are under "massive" pressure to admit more students from deprived backgrounds and ethnic minorities. ...

Earlier this year, the university regulator warned that universities that fail to improve diversity will have their tuition fees slashed by a third.

Sir Michael Barber, the chairman of the Office for Students, said he is "interested in results, not just plans", adding that if a university does not "keep its promises" to improve diversity he would reduce the tuition fees cap from £9,000 to £6,000, and also threatened to fine universities.

Dozens of the UK's top universities already offer places to teenagers from disadvantaged backgrounds with lower grades than their middle class peers.

Fifteen universities including UCL, King's College, Exeter, Manchester, Warwick, York, Newcastle, Leeds and Liverpool have launched formal schemes where students are given "contextual offers".

This means that the applicants can get an alternative offer reduced by up to two grades below the normal required tariff, which is generally at least AAB. Birmingham is prepared to lower offers by up to three grades for medicine where students are typically offered A*AA.
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Literally anything can be a hate crime now
Fraser Myers
Spiked, 20 November 2018

According to police figures, 94,098 hate incidents were recorded in England and Wales in 2017/18 – up 17 per cent on the previous year. Many have used the year-on-year increases in hate incidents to paint a picture of a Britain gripped by hatred and bigotry, particularly post-Brexit.

But even the Home Office has cautioned against reading too much into the figures, citing better recording methods and a greater willingness of victims to come forward. The Crime Survey for England and Wales, another way of measuring crime rates, actually shows a fall in hate crime by 40 per cent over the past decade.

The main problem, you see, with police-recorded 'hate crimes' or 'hate incidents' is that they are entirely subjective. Any event must be recorded as a hate incident if it is perceived to be so by the victim, or any other person. This means that anything can now be a police matter.

This bizarre situation is not only bad for a clear-eyed debate about the state of prejudice in Britain, but also for minority communities – who are being potentially scared stiff by misleading statistics; convinced that their neighbours are out to get them when, in fact, Britain is generally a welcoming place. What's more, with cases where dubious hate crimes have been prosecuted, the expansion of the category of hate crime poses a real threat to all of our civil liberties.

Here are some of the most dubious and ludicrous 'hate incidents' recorded by the British constabulary of late – a reminder to take this latest crime panic with a massive dose of scepticism. ...

As this list makes clear, literally any interaction with another person, animal or inanimate object can now be recorded as a hate crime or hate incident, merely because a victim, a bystander or person who heard about it considers it to be so. While many non-crime hate incidents might merely waste police time and resources, the investigation – and occasional conviction – of citizens who are guilty of nothing more than telling jokes or posting on social media is genuinely chilling and illiberal.
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The Truth About The Invasion Force Heading Toward Our Southern Border
ConservativeHQ, 20 November 2018

While the Leftist establishment media has been trying to brainwash Americans into believing that the "caravan" of aliens who are threatening to cross our southern border illegally are doing so without organization or logistical support from traitors inside America, our friends independent investigative journalist Sara Carter, Nolan Peterson of the Heritage Foundation's Daily Signal and independent film maker Ami Horowitz have documented a starkly different story.

Peterson reported on a large group of aliens camped in Mexico City, the first and largest of five migrant "caravans" traversing the Mexico and headed north. ...

"These caravans are very well orchestrated," one Mexican official who asked not to be named told Peterson. "We've seen signals that there is money. The signals are different from the typical flow of migrants." ...

As we previously reported, the "caravan" is supported by the coalition CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project, which includes Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLIN), the American Immigration Council (AIC), the Refugee and Immigration Center for Education and Legal Services (RICELS) and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) – thus the acronym CARA.

It should be noted that there are deep ties between the Leftwing activists attacking the border and corporate and foundation sponsorship, as Pueblo Sin Fronteras has been recognized as a member of the National Day Laborer Network – a group affiliated with United for Justice and Peace, Caravan Against Fear and the Freedom Road Socialist Organization.

Furthermore, as WND has reported, "At least three of the four groups are funded by George Soros' Open Society Foundation." ...

David Inserra, a policy analyst for homeland security at The Heritage Foundation, traveled to Mexico City to observe the caravan firsthand.

"Based on the interviews I witnessed, most [migrants] do not have a valid asylum claim," Inserra said. "Most talked about wanting a better life, a job, or perhaps [getting] away from society-wide criminality." ...

Supporting Nolan Peterson's reporting is a must-see video by film maker Ami Horowitz.

Sara Carter reports Mr. Horowitz's stunning new footage from deep inside the 'migrant caravan' making its way towards the United States' southern border reveals the shocking truth behind the impending crisis.

Horowitz's documentary is shot from the streets alongside the Central American migrants as she speaks with those hoping to enter the United States as asylum seekers, hearing first-hand accounts of their journey north.

"We've been hearing a lot about the 'migrant caravan' in the news... A lot has been said about this caravan, so I've decided to go down and find out for myself," says Horowitz.

"Despite the framing of the caravan being full of women and children, the reality on the ground is quite different. Approximately 90% to 95% are male," he adds.
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Urgent background checks are ordered on 3,000 foreign doctors after woman, 56, is found to have used her fake degree to work for the NHS as a psychiatrist for 22 YEARS
Liz Hull and Chris Brooke
Daily Mail, 19 November 2018

The backgrounds of 3,000 foreign doctors are being urgently checked after a conwoman with no qualifications was allowed to work as an NHS psychiatrist for 22 years.

Zholia Alemi, 56, claimed to have a degree from the University of Auckland in New Zealand when she came to work in the UK in 1992.

In reality, the convicted fraudster had flunked her first year and dropped out.

But nobody at the General Medical Council, the watchdog responsible for vetting the background of medics, checked whether her documentation was genuine.

At that time, doctors from certain Commonwealth countries could be cleared to start work simply by presenting their qualifications, without sitting any assessments.

It meant that for more than two decades from 1995, Alemi was free to treat thousands of mental health patients in the NHS, apparently prescribing medicine, making assessments and even sectioning some of the most vulnerable in society.

The deception by Alemi, thought to be of Iranian extraction, was only discovered after she was convicted of trying to fake the will of an elderly woman to steal her £1.3 million fortune.

A judge described her as 'despicable' and jailed her for five years last month. ...

John Woodcock, independent MP for Barrow and Furness, in the Lake District, where Alemi was most recently working, said the case was 'hugely alarming'. ...

The GMC admitted its checks had been inadequate and confirmed an 'urgent investigation' was looking into the backgrounds of 3,000 doctors who came to work from Commonwealth countries, before 2003, in the same way.

Incredibly, Alemi had been investigated and given an official warning by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in 2012 after failing to disclose a conviction for careless driving.

She also sectioned psychiatric patients for treatment without the authority to do so, and was banned from working for 12 months as a consequence.

Despite this, no one thought to examine her background or the reliability of her qualifications. ...

The Department of Health said: 'We expect the GMC to investigate how this criminal was able to register as a doctor and put measures in place to make sure it can't happen again.'
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Theresa May says Brexit deal will deliver on immigration by stopping EU citizens 'jumping queue'
Joe Watts
Independent, 19 November 2018

Theresa May will seek to regain the initiative in the row over her Brexit plans by declaring that they stop EU citizens being able to "jump the queue" into Britain.

The prime minister will say that under the new system, people will be given the right to live in the UK based on skills instead of where they come from.

Ms May's attempt to shift the debate onto immigration and away from technical issues around the Irish border marks an effort to fight back against Eurosceptic Tories trying to depose her. ...

Downing Street believes immigration will be central in the fight to win support for the prime minister's Brexit deal, ahead of a critical vote in parliament due in December.

It is widely accepted that the issue was at the very heart of many people's reasons for backing the Leave campaign, but it has not yet featured in the debate about the merits of the actual Brexit deal struck by Ms May.
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'Sophisticated' Albanian gangs linked to people trafficking surge in UK
Dan Whitehead
Sky News, 19 November 2018

Albanian gangs operating at the "higher end of sophistication" are being linked to a surge in the number of trafficking victims brought to the UK.

Latest statistics from the National Crime Agency (NCA) show a 35% increase in the number of people trafficked into the UK - the majority from Albania.

Sky News met 15 victims at a shelter in Vlore, a city in the south of Albania which remains a hot spot for the country's trafficking network.

Beaten while pregnant, locked up and raped by multiple men - their stories are horrific.

These women and girls are victims of Albanian trafficking gangs and are now receiving help from the charity Vatra. ...

The National Crime Agency (NCA) says the number of potential trafficking victims referred to British authorities rose to 5,145 between 2016 to 2017.

Most foreign victims are from Albania, trafficked by a network of criminal gangs which operate across European countries, selling victims as commodities.

The deputy director of the NCA, Tom Dowdall, says the groups are particularly resilient to law enforcement.

He said: "Albanian organised criminal gangs are operating at the higher end of sophistication and are certainly operating in the UK as they do within several other countries in western Europe.

"They are what we call 'poly-criminals' as well, so not only are they involved in organised immigration crime and trafficking but also in drug smuggling, firearms trafficking and often violent and serious organised crime."
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Nearly half of Australians want the number of Muslim immigrants slashed following the Melbourne terrorist attack
Alison Bevege
Daily Mail Australia, 19 November 2018

Almost half of Australians want Muslim immigration to be cut following the Melbourne terrorist attack, a poll has found.

The Fairfax-Ipsos survey was conducted after Islamic State sympathiser Hassan Khalif Shire Ali attacked random people on Bourke Street, Melbourne, on November 9, knifing three and killing one.

The poll found 46 per cent of Australians believe that Muslim migration numbers should be reduced.

Of those surveyed, 35 per cent believed the intake should remain the same and only 14 per cent of voters supported an increase.

The telephone poll of 1200 respondents conducted nationally found that a majority of Coalition voters and one third of Labor voters backed the cut.

Muslim leaders deflected criticism of Islam in the wake of the Bourke St attack by stressing that Shire Ali's actions were caused by mental illness and not by religion. ...

The Fairfax-Ipsos poll also found 45 per cent of voters would like to see overall immigration numbers reduced, with 23 per cent arguing for a rise and 29 per cent happy with the status quo. ...

Data from the 2016 Census showed the Muslim population in Australia has soared to more than 604,000 people, overtaking Buddhism as the most popular non-Christian religion.

The number of Muslims living in the country has almost doubled from 341,000 in the the 2006 census.
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Donald Trump pleads for approval to build wall as violent anti-immigration protests erupt
Gerrard Kaonga
Daily Express, 19 November 2018

Tensions turned to violence as Tijuana police attempted to manage protesters to the Migrant caravan hoping to claim asylum in the US.

As the migrant caravan draws closer to US it has become more pressing in both Mexican and American politics.

Donald Trump tweeted about Mexico's inability to deal with the many migrants staying and passing through the country. ...

He tweeted: "Catch and Release is an obsolete term. It is now Catch and Detail. Illegal immigrants trying to come into the US, often proudly flying the flag of their nation as they ask for US asylum, will be detained or turned away.

"Democrats must approve Border Security and Wall NOW."
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John Hayes MP on the importance of free speech
John Hayes
Spalding Today, 19 November 2018

Free speech is the foundation upon which our democracy stands. Should we lose our liberty to worship, assemble, write or speak freely, we will lose much of what our forefathers worked for centuries to establish.

Which is why, the current deliberate, coordinated attempts to stifle debate by regulating and restricting the marketplace of ideas – ironically, finding its most extreme incarnation in our universities - should concern us all.

The numerous examples of cancelled debates, 'no-platformed' speeches and individuals silenced in the name of 'political correctness' are alarming. The chilling suppression of views which challenge the modern orthodoxy has ruined the lives of principled men and women. ...

Constant attacks on open and honest debate serve only to drive ideas underground, embolden views which are truly abhorrent and radicalise those who no longer feel they are able to think or speak independently. What's more, it creates a hyper-partisan environment, forcing those with legitimate concerns to the margins.

If, for example, individuals worried about immigration are persistently smeared as 'racists', it will be far easier for those seeking to use fear to spread spite and hate. Words previously charged with significance have become meaningless political slurs, abused and degraded. Now when someone is accused of racism, we can no longer be sure whether they're a real bigot or simple someone with whom the accuser disagrees.

The motivations of those attempting to limit free expression are two-fold. Some arrogantly believe that it is their duty to protect us from anything that might offend. Whereas others see considerable political advantage in restricting opinions which counter their own.

History is littered with powerful men and women who, claiming an exclusive understanding of truth, have oppressed and cajoled those who dared to challenge them. Without freedom of expression, we are powerless to stand up to those determined to subjugate. ...

We must not bow to those who seek to sterilise our language. Of course, we should always converse with consideration, respect and humility, as well as which there are well-established laws against defamation and inciting violence, but the definition of offence is now so broad many feel that is not permissible to say anything which might offend anyone. Free speech matters much more than prejudiced political correctness.
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Saudis fund hardline British TV station the Islam Channel
Andrew Gilligan
Sunday Times, 18 November 2018

The broadcasting regulator Ofcom is investigating a Muslim television station that is accused of promoting divisive and hardline views in Britain. Ofcom said it was "conducting an assessment of content on Islam Channel to determine whether it complies with the broadcasting code".

The station, which claims it has 1m viewers daily, reaches 59% of British Muslims, according to government research reported in 2008. There are no recent independent figures.

The move comes as a Sunday Times investigation shows that the channel has been supported by Saudi money. The Ofcom probe follows routine monitoring of its output. The regulator has censured the channel in the past for political bias, advocating violence against women and supporting marital rape.

Its presenters include Haitham al- Haddad, a preacher described by the Quilliam think tank as "one of the most dangerous men in Britain", Yasir Qadhi, who has said killing gay people is part of Islam, and Abu Hanifa, who said on air this month writing "Merry Christmas" was a "sin" Muslims should "avoid".

Islam Channel broadcast a film last week claiming that the British government's "Islamophobia . . . treats all Muslims as criminal" and alleging that a student's home was "raided over a word googled for a worksheet". The makers of the film, the Muslim lobby group Mend, admitted this weekend there was no basis for the claim.

The channel has always refused to identify its funders. However, public documents show that £2m was invested in 2007 by Alshiddi International, the overseas arm of Al-Shiddi Group, which has links to the Saudi royal family.

The channel's registered address until last year, 14 Bonhill Street in the City of London, was for many years the British office of Alshiddi International.

Sulaiman al-Shiddi, the group's president, gives as his UK address the home of Mohamed Ali Harrath, owner of Islam Channel. ...

Since the 1970s, Saudi Arabia has spent billions worldwide promoting a hardline version of Islam known as Salafism-Wahhabism, which decries secular law and democracy and teaches distance or suspicion towards non-Muslims.

The Sunday Times has established that the Saudi government has paid at least £80m since the 1980s to Islamic institutions in Britain. ...

Tom Wilson, of the Henry Jackson Society think tank, said Saudi-funded institutions, including Islam Channel, had "changed sections of Muslim communities in Britain immeasurably. It has involved the spread of ultra-conservative and illiberal beliefs and practices that can only add to a climate of extremism and hamper integration."
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Child sex hell victims 'ignored because they are middle class'
Paul Jeeves
Sunday Express, 18 November 2018

Middle class victims of Britain's largest Asian child sex gang were repeatedly let down by social workers who dismissed them as "not poor enough", a charity chief has revealed.

Authorities thought children were just "rebelling" and some were deemed not to need help as they lived in homes with conservatories, loft extensions and "nice kitchens". Warnings about systematic abuse of young girls by Asian men in Huddersfield were first raised by Parents Against Child Exploitation (Pace) in 2009. They prompted Labour MP Barry Sheerman to urge Parliament to "take the issue more seriously".

Kirklees Council children's services were described by Ofsted last year as "not improving quick enough", and Pace chief executive Gill Gibbons says the child protection system remains "unfit for purpose".

In 2009 Mr Sheerman told Parliament: "Two or three of my constituents have faced the traumatic experience of having a daughter as young as 12 taken into a way of life that leads to sexual manipulation and in some cases, prostitution." ...

Almost a decade later, 20 men have been convicted of the "vile and wicked" abuse, receiving a total of 257 years behind bars. Ringleader Amere Singh Dhaliwal, 35, was jailed for life with a minimum of 18 years for 54 offences, including child rape.

Ms Gibbons said: "The system isn't fit for purpose. That was the case with the historic Huddersfield victims and that is still the case now. ...

West Yorkshire Police accepted opportunities were "missed", but blamed a "lack of understanding" of grooming.

The force said: "Improved understanding of the subject also now means these signs can be spotted and acted upon at a very early stage." ...

But Kath Pinnock, council leader from 2000 to 2006, said: "I can, hand on heart, say nobody raised the issue. I'm confident that if they had, we would have reacted in a way to bring these people to justice."
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Europe must be ready to repel the Islamist warriors
Karen Harradine
Conservative Woman, 18 November 2018

Islamists are waging a war against the rest of the world. Our mainstream media barely reports on their terror attacks outside the West. True suffering and horror is shamefully ignored.

Every day in Africa jihadists murder and injure innocents in their pursuit of a caliphate. That is their sole aim and they are ruthless in fulfilling it, as we have seen with their counterparts in Syria and Iraq. ...

Another Islamist group, Boko Haram, have been waging a terror campaign in north-eastern Nigeria for the past decade. ...

Sadly this list is not exhaustive, nor is it restricted to Africa. In Afghanistan – this generation's Vietnam – the US and coalition forces are losing to the Taliban. ...

... In early November more than 200 mass graves containing up to 12,000 bodies were discovered in territories previously controlled by the Islamic State in Iraq.

The victims were probably mainly Christians and Yazidis. Both minority groups suffered the most under the Islamic State. While these innocents were being slaughtered and enslaved, Europe and Britain have been held hostage to identity politics and an obsession with immigrants.

World leaders wrung their collective hands and scolded the Islamic State yet did nothing, and still do nothing, to help the thousands of Yazidis and Christians abused by war. Thanks to Angela Merkel's disastrous decision to open Europe's borders in 2015, their suffering was ignored in favour of accommodating millions of economic migrants and potential jihadists. Those who have survived now languish in Iraq and Syria while Islamists slip through Europe's porous borders, and some have carried out terror attacks.

Our government has reprehensibly followed the EU's destructive immigrant policies while neglecting to give sanctuary to those who need it. ...

Our politicians' priorities are now so peculiar that they refuse to offer asylum to Asia Bibi but do nothing about returning jihadists. In an act of breathtaking stupidity our authorities are letting British Islamic State fighters return from Iraq and Syria, more than 400 last year alone. More than 80 jihadi brides are also expected to return by the end of this year. ...

The West needs to get real. Our navel-gazing, narcissistic identity politics and self-defeating immigration policies means we are losing the war declared against us by Islamic fundamentalism. Once Al Shabab and their ilk have finished terrorising and destabilising Africa they will turn their attention towards Europe. We must not ignore this. We must strengthen our borders and military resources as conflict creeps closer. This unpalatable fact should be acknowledged if we want to save what is left of our peace in the West.
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Migrants pile into dinghies to cross Channel to Dover as 'panic setting in' before Brexit deadline hits
Cara McGoogan
Daily Telegraph, 17 November 2018

The men are Iranian, and have travelled overnight in their inflatable craft through thick fog across the English Channel, the latest migrants to arrive during an unprecedented week which has seen 55 caught by border patrol, in what is thought to be a rush ahead of the March Brexit deadline. ...

The Coastguard responded to six separate incidents in three days in a surge of crossings that has never been seen before. New smuggling networks into the UK run by criminal gangs and the impending arrival of winter, as well as the Brexit deadline which it is assumed will harden the border, are all thought to be reasons for the increase. ...

He adds: "In the last few weeks 90 per cent of the people who have been rescued have been young, fit men. If it was children and the elderly they would already be dead."

The rise in the number of people attempting to reach the UK by boat has worried local fishermen, who say they must now watch for precarious dinghies, as well as obstacles such as driftwood. ...

Roberts agrees that there should be 24-hour presence of Border Force agents in the sea around Dover. "This is the shortest crossing from France to the UK and it shouldn't be a case of 'we haven't got enough cover'," he says. "We have a minimal number of official boats compared with the French."

On Tuesday, a stolen French fishing trawler entered Dover Harbour with 17 migrants on board. "When you have a trawler that size coming into Dover port without being stopped it's a security lapse," says Roberts.
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Ireland to remain open door to UK for EU citizens post-Brexit
Lisa O'Carroll
The Guardian, 16 November 2018

Ireland will remain an open door to the UK for EU citizens after Brexit with no mandatory passport checks on those who travel to Britain via Dublin and Belfast, it has been confirmed.

After Brexit, EU citizens not already settled in the UK will be subject to immigration rules but will be able to travel to Britain via Ireland and Northern Ireland uninhibited.

This is because the withdrawal deal states the UK will respect Ireland's continued membership of the EU and its freedom of movement rules while at the same time keeping the common travel area (CTA), which has allowed British and Irish citizens to move freely between each others' countries since 1922.

This means EU citizens, who after Brexit will be classified as third-country immigrants in the UK, will be able to travel to Dublin and on to Belfast and take a domestic flight or ferry to Britain without passport checks. ...

The UK Home Office says the UK and Ireland will maintain a high level of cooperation on border security to ensure legitimate travel is facilitated while those who intend to abuse the arrangements are prevented from entering.

However, it is far from the once-mooted scenario where Dublin border officials would have provided the British with details of immigration as a first filter to potential onward travel to Britain.

Under the withdrawal agreement, family members of EU citizens will also be free to travel to Ireland unimpeded as part of the routine freedom of movement rules.

The agreement states the UK "shall ensure that the CTA and the associated rights and privileges can continue to apply without affecting the obligations of Ireland under [EU] law, in particular with respect to free movement for [EU] citizens and their family members, irrespective of their nationality, to, from and within Ireland." ...

The Home Office said: "As is the case now, people will be able to enter the UK from Ireland without passing through a routine immigration control. However, they are nonetheless always required to meet the UK's immigration requirements."
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West Midlands Police accused of discriminating against white male officers in 'promotion blocking' row
Jeanette Oldham
Birmingham Mail, 16 November 2018

White male officers were blocked from promotion by West Midlands Police in order to give women and ethnic minority candidates a better chance.

But the force has now 'paused' the application process after itself being accused of discrimination by the Police Federation union.

The controversial promotion system was drawn up by its newly formed People and Organisation Development (POD) which has an annual budget of more than £17 million.

POD was created last year and boasts a staff of more than 400 people, including its £123,000-a-year director, a Head of Diversity and Inclusion earning up to £65,751 per annum, a Positive Action Manager on £46,422 a year, and a Head of Wellbeing on up to £65,000 annually.

The promotion process was 'paused' after being labelled 'not fit for purpose' by West Midlands Police Federation, which had received complaints from white, male cops.

Officers were invited to apply for promotion on eight occasions over the past year under a new system.

On seven of those rounds, half of all the promotion slots were set aside for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) and women candidates.

The remaining 50 per cent were available to those who didn't have "protected characteristics" under equality laws.

The Federation says the force was aspiring to having 33 per cent of its staff made up of BAME and female employees in the future. But it had protected 50 per cent of the promotion slots for them over the last year.

Then, on the eighth promotional round in September - involving inspectors applying to become chief inspectors - female and BAME candidates could apply for slots allocated to them from the Monday – but those without protected characteristics had to wait until the Wednesday to apply.

By the time white male officers were able to apply, it is claimed many of the limited promotion slots in the process had already been assigned. ...

The POD department has an annual budget of £17.3 million and covers HR matters including payroll. employee relations, occupational health, mental health and staff training and development.
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Rotherham child sexual abuse: Six men jailed
BBC, 16 November 2018

Six men have been jailed for sexually exploiting young girls in Rotherham who were gang-raped and abused by them.

The men subjected the five girls to "degrading and violent" acts using drink, drugs and the "excitement of friendship" to lure them in. ...

They were sentenced to between 10 and 23 years at Sheffield Crown Court.

The men, who are all of British Pakistani heritage, targeted and groomed the girls, who were aged between 13 and 16, over seven years between 1998 and 2005. ...

The victims described being taken to locations across Rotherham including a tip in Rawmarsh, a supermarket car park, Clifton Park and Ulley Country Park.

One girl, who was 14 at the time, was given cannabis and driven to Sherwood Forest by Nabeel Kurshid, Iqlak Yousaf and a third man.

The men then took turns raping her, warning her that if she did not do as she was told she would be left there.

Another said Mohammed Imran Ali Akhtar regularly threatened to dump her in remote locations if she did not have sex with him and his friends, and on one occasion, he abandoned her by the side of a motorway.

The same girl said Akhtar would take her to meet older Asian taxi drivers, who would then abuse her. ...

The convictions are the latest to come out of Operation Stovewood, run by the National Crime Agency (NCA).

It began in 2014 after a report found at least 1,400 children in Rotherham were the victims of abuse between 1997 and 2013.
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Romanian mum allowed to keep UK benefits despite the fact she's NEVER lived here
Nick Parker
The Sun, 15 November 2018

A judge has ruled a divorced Romanian mum must continue getting UK benefits even though she and her two children have never lived here.

Mihaela Cornienco's husband Bogdan, 45, worked as a meat hygiene inspector in Leeds and started claiming £150-a-month child benefit eight years ago.

The marriage failed and his whereabouts are unknown. Now a Romanian judge has said Mihaela is still entitled to the cash.

The HMRC yesterday confirmed the ruling is correct under EU law.

It said: "The divorce of the parents does not alter the fact that the children remain family members of their father, who lives and works in the UK."
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Revealing Britain's prejudices
Ella Rhodes
the psychologist, December 2018

While many of us espouse egalitarian ideals a new national survey from the Equality and Human Rights Commission, designed by psychologists, reveals the hidden prejudices many in Britain hold. ...

In 2005 Professors Dominic Abrams (University of Kent) and Diane Houston (Birkbeck, University of London) conducted a survey for the Cabinet Office, assessing public attitudes towards six different groups in Britain. In 2016, in an Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) review of the previous 10 years of evidence, Abrams, Dr Hannah Swift and Dr Lynsey Mahmood (City University) established that prejudice and discrimination towards different groups had not been consistently measured in Britain. The EHRC decided to commission a new survey to establish national benchmarks of prejudice against which future surveys in the area can be compared, and recently released the results as a companion to its three-yearly Is Britain Fairer report.

In the new 2018 survey, designed by Abrams, Swift and Houston, the National Centre for Social Research collected data from a representative sample of 2853 participants from England, Scotland and Wales, and an extra survey to target minority groups.

One of the more surprising results from the 2018 survey was that prejudice remains so entrenched and continues to affect so many people. More than four in ten people in Britain said they had experienced some form of prejudice in the last 12 months, including 70 per cent of Muslims experiencing prejudice based on their religion, 64 per cent of people from a black ethnic background experiencing race-based prejudice and 61 per cent of people with a mental health condition experiencing impairment-based prejudice.

Of the British people surveyed, 74 per cent agreed there should be equality for all groups in Britain (one in ten disagreed), but when asked about specific groups the picture changed. More people expressed openly negative feelings toward Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities, Muslims and transgender people than did so toward gay and lesbian people, those over 70 and people with a disability.

... Roughly one fifth of people said they would be uncomfortable if an immigrant or Muslim person lived next door.

Around a third of participants felt the effort to give marginalised groups, especially immigrants and Muslims, equal opportunities had gone 'too far'. ...

However, Abrams maintains hope, and said there are many researchers and others doing work to tackle these issues and solutions were not out of reach. 'One approach is strengthening legal constraints, such as defining more types of prejudice-based crimes defined as hate crimes. However, as psychologists we have a significant part to play through designing effective educational interventions and enabling people to recognise and understand the nature of prejudice.'
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Seventeen migrants who stole French trawler and crossed the Channel arrested in Dover
Henry Samuel and Alexandra Ward
Daily Telegraph, 14 November 2018

UK border police have arrested 17 migrants who stole a French fishing trawler, crossed the Channel and reached the UK coast overnight in an "unprecedented operation".

The migrants, all Iranian and including three minors, broke into the 12-metre (40ft) boat in the northern French port of Boulogne-sur-mer on Monday night. ...

"The motor had a forced start, which proves it was indeed stolen," said Pascal Marconville, who added that no French crew were on board and that their complicity had been "ruled out". ...

According to French authorities, the number of operations to either arrest or save migrants attempting to cross the Channel from France has almost doubled in 2018 compared to last year to 23 - up from 12 last year.
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Home Office confirms fifth group of migrants found at Dover
Sam Lennon
KentOnline, 14 November 2018

Migrants have been found in Kent for the fifth time this week.

It has now involved a total 47 migrants, one a four-year-old.

The latest confirmed case is also the fourth in two days. ...

This time 10 men saying they were Iranian were escorted into Dover on their fishing boat. ...

It follows the rescue of seven migrants last week, the interception of 17 migrants yesterday morning and the finding of seven men in a lorry yesterday afternoon.

Dover MP Charlie Elphicke said: "To see so many brazen attempts to break into Britain in one week is deeply concerning. ..."
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Migrants sneak into UK by exploiting understaffed border checkpoints where guards are too stretched to check car boots or open tinted windows, report warns
Sebastian Murphy-bates
MailOnline, 13 November 2018

Migrants are getting into the UK illegally because border checkpoints are so understaffed officials are not searching inside car boots or behind tinted windows, a report has warned. ...

The warnings were outlined in an assessment of the efficiency and effectiveness of immigration and customs operations at south coast seaports. ...

The report examined the seaports of Dover, Newhaven, Portsmouth, Southampton, Poole and Plymouth, as well as coverage of smaller ports, harbours and marinas along the south coast.

Staff numbers were raised at each of the four seaports visited in person.

Some managers were concerned that Border Force was 'resourced to fail', the report said, adding: 'Meanwhile, officers told inspectors that there were not enough of them to meet increasing operational pressures, and one group commented that 'the border is not secured by any stretch of the imagination'.' ...

Officers at Portsmouth told inspectors that migrants were 'were well aware of Border Force's limited resources', and would split up and hide in different trailers in the belief that if one was detected the agency would not have the capacity to search the other trailers as thoroughly.

Staff were 'certain' that illegal migrant groups co-ordinated their entry attempts, and commented that 'their intel is a lot better than ours'.

Managers at Portsmouth and Poole reported that migrants were quick to change their tactics to avoid detection.

This included moving from one freight vehicle to another to minimise the build-up of carbon dioxide, frustrating checks. ...

The number of clandestine detections at south coast ports fell from 1,119 in 2016-17 to 882 in 2017-18, including a drop from 792 to 503 at Dover. ...

But there were rises at Portsmouth and Poole, suggesting that irregular migrants looking to enter the UK had been displaced from northern France to ferry ports in Normandy and Spain. ...

Elsewhere, the report described the system for imposing fines on owners, hirers and drivers of vehicles found to have carried a clandestine entrant into the country as 'broken'.

It cited figures showing a total of 343 penalty notices were issued at south coast sea ports in the last two years, with 27 fines imposed in 2016- 17 and zero in 2017-18.
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NGO exposed teaching migrants how to trick 'f***ing stupid' EU border guards
RT, 13 November 2018

A group that helped over 15,000 refugees and migrants to get into Europe has been caught on tape admitting to systematically training asylum seekers to exploit screening interviews by feigning trauma and persecution.

Ariel Ricker, the executive director of Advocates Abroad, a major non-profit NGO which provides legal aid to migrants, has been caught on tape openly discussing how she teaches refugees to lie to border agents. The video was released by Canadian right-wing activist, author and internet personality, Lauren Southern, and will be a part of her new documentary film project 'Borderless,' which takes on the European migration crisis.

On its website, Advocates Abroad claims to have helped as many as 15,000 migrants cross the Greek border, and 2,500 more outside of Greece. The organization is massive, taking volunteers from major universities, and was even featured in a documentary film by the International Bar Association.

In the footage, Ricker describes how the organization provides training sessions for migrants seeking entry into Europe, in which they are taught how to act during interviews with border agents:

I tell them this is acting, all of this is acting... for them to get through, they must act their part in the theater.

She also calls EASO (European Asylum Support Office) personnel tasked with screening the migrants "f***ing stupid," and describes a formula that the organization has created to exploit them in screening interviews.

One method she teaches migrants is to exploit the presumed Christian sympathies of the predominantly Eastern Orthodox Greece by pretending to have been persecuted for being Christian. She even describes telling them how to pray during interviews, ironically because doing so reflects "honesty."

At first, the organization responded to the initial release of the video, tweeting: ...

Since then, however, the group's Twitter and Facebook page with over 140,000 followers have both been deleted in the wake of the revelations. ...

Ironically, some of the real victims of the NGO's tactics are the refugees themselves – the real refugees who were forced to compete with fake candidates trained to game the system. Ricker's "acting school" even instructed its pupils to feign the emotions of trauma survivors, seemingly without a thought for those seeking asylum who don't need to pretend to be suffering from trauma.
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As a cop I always used to stop and search, but now police live in fear of being called racist
Andrew O'Hagan
Daily Telegraph, 13 November 2018
[Andrew O'Hagan is a lecturer at Nottingham Trent University]

The controversial debate over stop and search is back, as violence spirals out of control on our streets. London is locked in a grim ritual of gang-fuelled stabbings and its knife crime rate is at a seven-year high – but the bloody footprints of this epidemic are spreading outside the capital too, as sophisticated "county lines" drug criminals push out small-time dealers in the provinces. Shockingly, a person is now more likely to be stabbed in Bedfordshire than in Manchester. ...

As a former detective sergeant who spent more than three decades serving in the police force, I am sceptical that twiddling with the rulebook for stop and search will make any difference at all. The police's current powers are perfectly adequate. The problem is they are too afraid to use them.

Part of my current job is to teach prospective uniformed officers stop and search. Every time I meet with them I ask the same question: "Have you used stop and search powers while on patrol since our session?" Depressingly, they shrug: "No, it's not worth the hassle." ...

After a bit of grilling, I usually get to the bottom of the excuse-making: they feel it is not worth the inevitable onslaught of accusations of being heavy-handed or racist. They don't want to deal with the draining scrutiny that they are inevitably subjected to when a disgruntled stop-and-search target lodges a complaint. They worry about being disciplined or even losing their jobs. ...

Protecting the public and "getting in amongst it", as they say on the force, not liberal sensitivities or a disciplinary-free track record, is the backbone of proper policing – and it's being lost.
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How a trickle of Sikhs fleeing India for Canada became a torrent
John Ivison
National Post, 13 November 2018

Justin Trudeau's visit to the sub-continent earlier this year has become a political punch-line, even among Liberals.

"India? We didn't go to India," is the response when the subject is raised internally.

But Trudeau did – and there were substantive reasons why the visit went so badly.

Trudeau was snubbed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, because it was felt he was soft on the Khalistan movement that wants to establish an independent Sikh homeland in the Punjab region.

What is more likely is that Trudeau is soft on whatever policy might appeal to a key voting block – Canada's politically-active Sikh community. Punjab, where Sikhs make up a majority, is the largest source of Indian migrants to Canada and Trudeau has boasted about having more Sikhs in his cabinet than Modi.

A refugee claims analysis report for the first six months of this year compiled by the Intelligence and Analysis Section of the Canada Border Services Agency, and obtained by the National Post, offers some clues as to why Modi's government is at odds with Trudeau.

The report showed that there was a 39 per cent increase in refugee claims by mid-2018, compared to the same period a year earlier. Much of the increase is the result of the well-documented claims by Nigerian nationals crossing from the U.S. at Roxham Road in Quebec – a rise of 300 per cent year over year.

But there has also been a 246 per cent increase in claims by Indian nationals – a surge projected to continue in the second half of the year. ...

The number of visa applications from Indian citizens soared 70 per cent to 490,552 in the first half of the year, compared to the same period in 2017, and the number of visas approved increased 61 per cent to 295,867 year on year, according to Immigration department statistics.
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Poorest 'worse off due to unskilled EU migrants'
Camilla Tominey
Daily Telegraph, 12 November 2018

Britain's poorest families are almost £300 a year worse off as a result of unskilled migration, a major study has claimed.

Impoverished communities where unskilled migrants tend to settle pay more than average for unskilled EU immigration because the costs in public services fall directly on those regions, according to a report published today by Economists for Free Trade (EFT).

Iain Duncan Smith, the former work and pensions secretary, called on the Government to treat unskilled EU immigrants the same as unskilled non-EU immigrants in any post-Brexit immigration system in the wake of the study. ...

The report found that it costs the UK £3.5 billion to support unskilled EU immigrants or £3,500 per year per adult immigrant.
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NHS Pulls Out Of Data-Sharing Deal With Home Office Immigration Enforcers
Jasmin Gray
HuffPost, 12 November 2018

The NHS has pulled out of a controversial data-sharing arrangement with the Home Office which saw confidential patients' details passed on to immigration enforcers.

In May, the government suspended the 'memorandum of understanding' agreement between the health service and the Home Office after MPs, doctors and health charities warned it was leaving seriously ill migrants too afraid to seek medical treatment.

But on Tuesday, NHS Digital announced that it was cutting itself out of the agreement altogether.

"NHS Digital has received a revised narrowed request from the Home Office and is discussing this request with them," a spokesperson for the data-branch of the health service said, adding that they have "formally closed-out our participation" in the previous memorandum of understanding. ...

Meanwhile, the Home Office confirmed it was working to agree a new deal with NHS Digital which would only allow it to make requests for data about migrants "facing deportation action because they have committed serious crimes, or where information necessary to protect someone's welfare".

The move has been welcomed by campaigners, with Migrants' Rights Network director Rita Chadra saying that many migrants had missed out on "the right to privacy and access to healthcare" because of the data-sharing mechanism.
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'Hostile environment' in Britain hasn't put off irregular immigrants – but it's increased their suffering
Franck Düvell and Iryna Lapshyna
The Conversation, 12 November 2018

But our new research has found little evidence that internal immigration controls in the UK have brought down irregular migration. Instead, they have increased the suffering of migrants living on British soil.

Over the course of four years, we interviewed 175 irregular immigrants from Australia, Brazil, Pakistan, Turkey and Ukraine. By irregular immigrants we mean people who have no right, or who have revoked their right, to be in the UK and would be issued with a removal order if apprehended by the authorities. We also interviewed 29 immigration officers, staff from public services and voluntary sector organisations, as well as 18 employers.

Overall we found a mixed picture. About half of the irregular immigrants we interviewed didn't worry about immigration controls or only worried at the beginning of their stay in the UK. One interviewee, a young woman from Ukraine, pointedly argued: "It is still better to be illegal in the UK than legal in my own country." Several others made similar remarks.

But the other half of our respondents was rather anxious, and some had even developed psychosomatic stress symptoms such as sleeplessness. As a man from Ukraine told us: "Fear ... you catch it from others like a virus."

The much-criticised hostile environment policy, introduced by Theresa May in 2012 when she was home secretary, was rebranded as the "compliant environment" in spring 2018 in the wake of the Windrush scandal. But many of the checks it requires – be that by landlords or universities – remain in place.

It's notoriously difficult to collect data on the number of irregular immigrants in any country. But they don't seem to be leaving the UK in any significant numbers. ...

Irregular immigrants develop various strategies to cope with the looming threat of detection. ...

If they do have jobs in larger companies, they avoid morning shifts as they know that immigration raids are normally conducted around dawn. And they generally avoid any kind of crowd events. Some communities arrange WhatsApp groups and in some towns and neighbourhoods minicab drivers alert certain communities if immigration enforcement officers are in town.

Some of those we spoke to were less than impressed by immigration enforcement. As one Brazilian man put it: "The worst that can happen if they catch me is that they will send me back home, isn't it?"

Of our 175 interviewees, only 29 encountered immigration enforcement during their stay in the UK. Of these 11 were detained, but only one was deported, and that person was back in the UK within a month and a half. And only one person we spoke to decided to leave the UK and go back to Pakistan because of unviable living conditions. ...

A new market has grown up for the documentation that can be used to circumvent immigration controls. About a quarter of our interviewees said they had used false documents. This in turn has created networks which did not exist in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when one of us conducted a similar study.

All this means that the hostile environment is actually counterproductive: it has provided new opportunities for criminals, probably mostly people who are in the UK legally, to falsify documents.
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Why we need borders more than ever
Will Jones
Conservative Woman, 12 November 2018

Migration is a basic part of how nations and peoples interact. People relocate for a variety of reasons: out of desperation, in search of work or opportunity, for love, for a job, or for something else entirely. Immigration brings benefits, as cultures and peoples mingle, and it brings costs, as people bring needs, leave gaps at home, and cultures collide. ...

Yet, even so, immigration must be controlled, and the integrity of nation states respected. It isn't a matter of all or nothing, but of rate. A spring of water can be welcome when a torrent would be devastating. So it is with immigration. Not too many at once, and only those who can fit in and will pull their weight.

... We live in times when the commanding heights of culture have been colonised by ideologues steeped in doctrines antithetical to the deep truths of human nature. The consequences can be seen all around us, in the chaotic societies that now pass for our civilisation, and in the rise of popular movements and parties set on turning the tide. But will the establishment elites themselves, and not just the plucky outsiders, come round to see sense before it's too late? We have to hope so.

Some have suggested that morality is wholly on the side of the open borders brigade, and that immigration controls can be defended only by appeal to a kind of necessary self-interest. I think this is wrong, and fails to appreciate the full moral impact of immigration and its relation to other important human goods such as the nation and the state.

There are in fact a number of reasons why defending national borders by controlling immigration (among other things) is the morally correct thing for a state to do. Here are some of them.

First, there is the effect on the native workforce. Uncontrolled immigration reduces the availability of jobs for resident workers and exerts downward pressure on pay. ...

Second, there is the pressure on public services and housing. ...

Third, there are problems of assimilation. ...

Fourth, there is the breakdown in social cohesion. Uncontrolled immigration generates ever larger enclaves of foreign cultures which erode social cohesion and trust and aggravate ethnic tensions and violence. These tensions in turn spawn intrusive laws and expensive (and ineffective) government programmes designed to curb them, as well as socially corrosive grievance industries and identity politics.

Fifth, there is the existential threat to the nation state itself. Uncontrolled immigration fails to respect the importance of the concept of a national homeland in which a national people group forms a dominant majority that enables their native culture to prevail over those of other nationalities and people groups. This is an idea which is commonly affirmed for non-European peoples but often denied for European peoples, an asymmetry that can elicit resentment.

Sixth, there is the global impact. Uncontrolled immigration can have a strongly negative effect on immigrants' countries of origin, as many of their most enterprising people relocate to more prosperous shores.

Lastly, there is the birth rate multiplier: most of the above issues are accentuated where, as is often the case, the immigrants' birth rate is substantially above the native birth rate.
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Green party chief Winfried Kretschmann causes offence with migrant call
Oliver Moody
The Times, 12 November 2018

A row over migration has broken out in the top ranks of Germany's resurgent Green party as a poll showed that it had achieved its highest level of popularity in seven years.

The leadership distanced itself from the Greens' most successful elected politician, who described "hordes of young, testosterone-driven men" from overseas as "the most dangerous thing human evolution has produced".

The dispute overshadowed the party conference in Leipzig, which is celebrating state election results in Hesse and Bavaria where it emerged second strongest behind Angela Merkel's conservative alliance.

Yesterday a survey put the party on 22 per cent nationally ...
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'This is black children killing black children': Former Equality Commission chairman TREVOR PHILLIPS says white liberals need to 'tell the truth about violence in UK semi-ghettos'
Trevor Phillips
Mail on Sunday, 11 November 2018
[The author is a Former Chairman Of The Equality Commission]

Last week, the heartbroken family of another young victim returned to their home in Romania after just a few weeks living here in Britain.

London, they said, was a dangerous place where 'terrible things can happen in the blink of an eye. If you say the wrong thing to the wrong person you could end up dead'.

Their own son, Beniamin Pieknyi, was in the wrong place at the wrong time and was stabbed to death in an East London shopping centre – just one more victim of a vicious urban conflict that has already cost hundreds of lives, five in the past week alone. ...

Violence is nothing new. /.../ But the battles now taking place are different.

The primitive weaponry of my day has been replaced by a lethal armoury of knives, swords, handguns and, occasionally, automatic rifles – some in the hands of children as young as ten. ...

I'm the son of poor immigrants and have no doubt that, were I a teenager today, I too would be caught up in the carnage.

This epidemic of knife crime has not appeared from nowhere. It has been gathering for some time, yet the warnings from me and others were ignored. Even now, the political response has been pathetic, focusing – irrelevantly, in my opinion – on police numbers.

In fact there is no evidence that having bobbies on the beat will deter teenage thugs. The chances of a policeman being on the right corner at the right time are probably less than the same officer being struck by lightning.

But there is plenty that we can do, and urgently.

First we need to be clear about who is dying and who is doing the killing, and we must be honest that there is a racial component to the violence.

The deaths are taking place in the urban semi-ghettos of London, Manchester and other big cities, especially those which have become home to refugees from war zones in Eastern Europe, Africa and elsewhere. ...

Membership of a gang brings protection and a sense of belonging and the promise of a slice of the profits of the illegal drugs trade.

So the forlorn attempts by politicians and media to ignore this truth – to avoid 'stigmatising' minority communities – has been counterproductive, a hand-wringing dereliction of responsibility. It might make 'right-on' white liberals feel better. But the price of their smugness is an ongoing bloody massacre of black children with a casualty list that seems to lengthen by the day. ...

We need to stop the blood flowing by following the example of the American police and identifying the high-risk zones, based on data from police, hospitals and schools. Police should be empowered to flood these areas, using stop-and-search powers as freely as they wish. ...

... In areas where the gangs are primarily black or from another ethnic group, police might even be permitted to apply for exemption from race discrimination laws for a limited period. This could free their hands to act against specific targets – and few would be more pleased than minority parents who constantly worry that their children may never come home.
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The plight of Asia Bibi should have everyone in the West trembling
Charlotte Gill
Sunday Telegraph, 11 November 2018

Watching the horrifying crowds of men in Pakistan calling for the death of Asia Bibi seemed like watching another, medieval world. Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman, spent eight years on death row, after allegedly insulting the Prophet Muhammad during a row with neighbours. Last week, the Supreme Court acquitted her, and she secretly left her prison, causing violent protests from Islamists, who said she should be hanged for blasphemy. The Foreign Office has said that she is still in the country, meaning her life is at tremendous risk. Even the judges who allowed her release are in danger now, after an Islamist leader said all three "deserved to be killed".

Many of us will rightfully feel far removed from Bibi, a victim of one of the most oppressive mobs this decade has seen. But, while the secularisation of the West may have led us to believe that the violence and authoritarian nature of Pakistan could not be replicated here, history shows us that societies twist and turn, and new movements are quite capable of replacing religion. What happened to Bibi should serve as a lesson as to what happens when censorship is allowed to engulf a country.

Indeed, there are troublesome parallels here. The UK has been slowly moving in a dangerous direction of late, steered mostly by the politically correct Left, which has become evermore authoritarian about what people can say, and therefore believe. Their behaviour is alarmingly akin to that of the religious fanatics in Pakistan: monitoring words for any sign of evil sentiment, sometimes misquoting them as proof of wicked deeds. Heavily applied political correctness is no different from religious extremism. It is the same thing: believing that evryone is blaspheming against you.

The news is littered with examples of this sweeping fanaticism, which paints a picture of a new religion – a belief system with its own absolute truths, revealed only when someone offends against them. /.../ And let's not forget the existence of dubious laws that can punish people for "insults" that cause "distress". ...

We must learn from the lessons from other parts of the globe – of the importance of the liberties we have taken far too much for granted.
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We've covered SIXTEEN carjackings in a month - at rate of four a week
Ashley Preece
Birmingham Mail, 11 November 2018

Violent masked hammer gangs running riot, innocent drivers knifed and petrified women left screaming after being dragged from behind their steering wheels.

The city of Birmingham has endured a surge in carjackings and, according to those who have suffered, it is ruining lives.

In the past month alone, BirminghamLive has reported SIXTEEN carjackings ranging from a 15-year-old boy stabbing a driver in Selly Oak to a man being battered for his £400 Ford KA in Kings Norton.

On Friday, BirminghamLive reported how nurse Jill Waliszewski was ambushed by a gang of 50 "savages" who hurled bricks at her Toyota Yaris while attempting to yank her out from the car.

It followed another carjacking attempt just 24 hours previously after dad Lee Brown was battered in a car park off Shannon Road.

Just last weekend, shoppers at Princess Alice Retail Park in Sutton Coldfield were subjected to ten minutes of terror after masked carjackers armed with knives and hammers stole an Audi A3 and VW Golf in broad daylight.
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How Immigration Changes Britain
Douglas Murray
National Review, 11 November 2018

Almost nothing is discussed as badly in America or Europe as the subject of immigration. And one reason is that it remains almost impossible to have any sensible or rational public discussion of its consequences. Or rather it is eminently possible to have a discussion about the upsides ("diversity," talent, etc.) but almost impossible to have any rational discussion about its downsides.

When I wrote The Strange Death of Europe, I wanted to highlight the sheer scale of change that immigration brings. /.../ For instance, as I noted then, an internal document from the Ministry of Defence that leaked a few years back said that Britain would no longer be able to engage militarily in a range of foreign countries because of "domestic" factors. It takes a moment to absorb this. We're used to wondering about how immigration changes domestic politics. But foreign policy as well?

All of this is to say that the latest news from the U.K. is both thoroughly predictable and deeply disturbing. Readers of National Review will be familiar with the case of Asia Bibi. She is the Christian woman from Pakistan who has been in prison on death row for the last eight years. Her "crime" is that a neighbor accused her of "blasphemy." ...

... The case has amply demonstrated the type of country that Pakistan is these days. But who would have guessed that her case would also throw so much light on the type of country Britain now is?

There are clearly international efforts underway to get Bibi out of Pakistan. If anybody in the world deserves asylum it is her. And any civilized country should be queuing up to give asylum to her and her family. Among those reported to have done so is the Netherlands.

But today there are reports that the British government has said that it will not offer asylum to Asia Bibi. The reason being "security concerns" – that weasel term now used by all officialdom whenever it needs one last reason to avoid doing the right thing. According to this report, the government is concerned that if the U.K. offered asylum to Bibi it could cause "unrest among certain sections of the community." And which sections would that be? /.../ The "community" that the British government will be scared of is the community that comes from the same country that has tortured Asia Bibi for the last eight years.

The government is right to expect a backlash. There have been cases before of this "community" expressing its views. From the book-burnings and protests over The Satanic Verses affair in 1989 to the mass protest against cartoonists, which was the "community's" response to the Charlie Hebdo massacre in 2015, the Pakistani Muslim community in the U.K. has never been shy of expressing its views. ...

In any case, if it is true that the British government has declined to offer Asia Bibi asylum for this reason, then it should lead to a huge national and international outcry. Among other things, it suggests that the British government has got its priorities exactly the wrong way around. For it is not Asia Bibi who should not be in Britain. It is anyone from the "communities" who would not accept Asia Bibi being in Britain who should not be in the country. Though I wouldn't expect any British politician to express that simple truth any time soon.
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I'll stop city being deluged by asylum seekers, vows Manchester mayor
Chris Riches
Daily Express, 10 November 2018

Mayor Andy Burnham sparked an immigration debate yesterday by vowing to stop Greater Manchester being swamped by any more asylum seekers.

The ex-Labour MP has written to Home Secretary Sajid Javid warning of "catastrophic failure" over the "disproportionate" number of asylum seekers his region receives. One in six people in the UK waiting to find out if they will be given refugee status is placed in Greater Manchester, which supports 6,681 asylum seekers - a 102 per cent increase since 2003. But 180 areas across the UK - including Prime Minister Theresa May's local authority of Maidenhead - house none at all.

Mr Burnham is threatening to withdraw his region from voluntary placement programmes unless asylum seekers are distributed more equally.

He also said the current Home Office approach jeopardises the Asylum Accommodation Support Transformation dispersal contracts set to launch next year.

The new contracts - worth more than £4 billion over 10 years - are currently out to tender.

Mr Burnham wrote: "For too long, asylum dispersal has been imposed on Greater Manchester with little heed paid to cohesion or large numbers.

"It cannot be right that towns have more asylum seekers clustered in a handful of wards than entire regions in the rest of the country.

"The prospect of this continuing for another 10 years is completely unacceptable.

"It will harm communities and be of no benefit to those who are asked to live within them."

The Home Office said it was working with local authorities in the North-west "to deliver on our statutory obligation to house destitute asylum seekers whilst asylum claims are determined".
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10 Questions About the Compatibility of Islam with America
Frank Hawkins
American Thinker, 10 November 2018
[The author is a former U.S. Army intelligence officer and Associated Press foreign correspondent]

Wikipedia defines Islamophobia as the fear, hatred of or prejudice against the Islamic religion or Muslims, especially when seen as a geopolitical force or the source of terrorism. Yes, many people around the globe who identify with Islam are good, hard working, loving people. But that's a separate issue from Islam itself. ...

... The generally accepted values of modern America stress a wide range of freedoms involving speech, sexuality and life styles as well as equal rights for women, minorities and a long list of others. None of this fits with the program of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) that affirmed Sharia law as supreme, with the death penalty for those leaving Islam, punishing women who are victims of rape, allowing men to be polygamous, permitting wife beating and censoring speech that insults Islam.

... Yet Mohammad said, "Whoever changes his Islamic religion, kill him. Those who reject Islam must be killed." Islamic law enforces dhimmi status on non-Muslims, prohibiting them from observing their religious practices publicly, raising their voices during prayer, ringing church bells or saying anything considered "insulting to Islam." /.../ There's a lot more, but you get the idea.

"When Muslims claim Islam is a religion of peace and love, are they lying to the non-Muslim world?" Ask Hicham Nostik, a former Muslim who now lives in Germany. He understands the prophet Muhammad's famous quote, 'War is deceit.' Lying is permitted to deceive an "enemy." The Qu'ran defines the 'enemy' as "disbelievers." There is no way to cover up the meaning of that. In fact, apostates who leave Islam are subject to the death penalty. Apostasy is a crime in 16 out 49 Muslim majority countries /.../ It is subject in some countries, such as Iran and Saudi Arabia, to the death penalty.

Has there ever been a period in history fully characterized by peaceful co-existence between Muslims and non-Muslims? Apparently not, based on details in Robert Spencer's new book, 'The History of Jihad from Muhammad to ISIS" as well as Raymond Ibrahim's "Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen centuries of war between Islam and the West," Pamela Geller's "Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance" and similar books written by Jamie Glazov, David Horowitz, Brigitte Gabriel and Amil Imani.

... Growing problems caused by Muslims in France, Italy, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Sweden and Britain continue to be well documented. The Muslim takeover of Britain is so far along I fear only a bloody civil war could reverse the tide. Douglas Murray has spelled this out in detail in his book, The Strange Death of Europe. After 25 years of intense Muslim immigration, Islam features 3,000 mosques, 130 Sharia courts, 50 Muslim Sharia Councils and dozens of 'no go zones' where Moslem 'Sharia' patrols ensure no one disobeys Sharia Law.
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Police should be held to account over grooming gang scandal, says magistrate
Andrew Robinson
ExaminerLive, 10 November 2018

West Yorkshire Police has been asked whether any of its officers will be punished for failing to deal with child sexual exploitation in the Huddersfield area between 2004 and 2011.

Roger Grasby, a magistrate, put the question to Chief Constable Dee Collins and the county's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, at a meeting in Wakefield on Friday.

Mr Grasby said the behaviour of some officers towards victims had been strongly criticised by the Crown during the recent trial at Leeds Crown Court which led to jail sentences for a gang of 20 men, all British Asians mainly of Pakistani heritage.

The court heard that victims and their families repeatedly told police what was happening but it had fallen on deaf ears. ...

He asked whether officers who had failed to take action would be "held to account".

After the meeting, Mr Grasby told ExaminerLive: "I want to know where these officers are and if they now hold senior positions within the Force." ...

Responding to Mr Grasby's question, Mark Burns-Williamson said the independent review in Kirklees had yet to decide if the behaviour of officers would form part of the inquiry.
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UN Member States: Migration Is a Human Right
Judith Bergman
Gatestone Institute, 10 November 2018

The United Nations, in a non-binding agreement that almost all UN member states will sign at a ceremony in Morocco in early December, is making migration a human right.

The finalized text of the agreement, the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, although officially non-binding, "puts migration firmly on the global agenda. ...

The UN agreement /.../ notes:

"Refugees and migrants are entitled to the same universal human rights and fundamental freedoms, which must be respected, protected and fulfilled at all times." (Preamble, section 4)

It cannot be stressed enough that this agreement is not about refugees fleeing persecution, or their rights to protection under international law. Instead, the agreement propagates the radical idea that migration – for any reason – is something that needs to be promoted, enabled and protected. Almost all UN member states, except for the United States, Austria, Australia, Croatia, Hungary and possibly also the Czech Republic and Poland, are expected to sign it.

The UN has denied that migration is being made into a human right. ...

... The wording of the agreement, as documented below, leaves little doubt, however, that with the signing of the agreement, migration will indeed become a human right. ...

States, in other words, are not only supposed to open their borders for the migrants of the world, but should also help them pick and choose their future country by providing them with comprehensive information about each country they may wish to settle in. ...

... Borders may exist in theory, but the UN – comprising nearly all governments of the world – is working hard at making them disappear in practice.

Migrants, according to the agreement, must also be "empowered to realize full inclusion and social cohesion" in their new countries (objective 16). This means, among other things, that countries must:

"Promote mutual respect for the cultures, traditions and customs of communities of destination and of migrants by exchanging and implementing best practices on integration policies, programmes and activities, including on ways to promote acceptance of diversity and facilitate social cohesion and inclusion."

All cultures are equal and must be equally respected. ...

The agreement goes on to enumerate the work that states must initiate to accommodate migrants. ...

The authors of the agreement evidently do not expect it to go down all that well with their populations. An agreement to facilitate mass migration into primarily Western countries from the rest of the world (there is no migration to speak of in the opposite direction) may prove a bit much for people in the West. The agreement therefore clearly signals that any disagreement with the agenda will not be accepted and that the signatory states will work to dispel "misleading narratives that generate negative perceptions of migrants."
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Rapists and murderers among hundreds of foreign criminals missing from Home Office monitoring, records show
Hayden Smith
Independent, 9 November 2018

Rapists and killers are among hundreds of foreign criminals who have dropped off the Home Office's radar.

Immigration authorities also lost track of overseas nationals convicted of kidnap, weapons possession and robbery.

They had been living in the community while facing removal from the UK.

Figures showed 450 foreign national offenders (FNOs) absconded in the 30 months up to the end of June.

Some were later located but the whereabouts of more than 200 were unknown up to two years after contact with officials ceased.

Conservative MP Tim Loughton, a member of the Commons Home Affairs Committee, described the findings as "horrifying".

He said: "These are very concerning figures and confirm a worrying trend that we are a soft touch when it comes to dealing with foreign national offenders.

"It is a mystery to me why we do not immediately deport these criminals, some of them highly dangerous, back to their country of origin, and let their authorities deal with them.

"The fact that these people are escaping the watchful eye of the Home Office and are back on our streets is horrifying.

"Innocent people going about their daily lives could be at risk." ...

Figures obtained under freedom of information rules show 251 foreign national offenders absconded in 2016, followed by 164 last year and 35 in the first six months of this year.

As of the end of June, 223 male FNOs had not been found.

Eleven females who absconded in 2016 are yet to be tracked down, and an unspecified number – up to five absconders – disappeared in each of last year and the first six months of this year.

Offenders convicted of murder, manslaughter, rape, kidnap, weapons possession, robbery, conspiracy to defraud, theft, burglary and death by dangerous driving were among those unaccounted for.

Exact figures are not known for most offence categories – including murder, manslaughter and rape – as the Home Office does not disclose data where the number is five or fewer people, to protect individuals' identities.

The department also refused to provide details of the nationalities of absconders on the basis disclosure could hamper efforts to deport or remove FNOs by undermining border controls and agreements with other countries.

Where statistics were given, they showed nine offenders previously convicted of violent crimes were yet to be located in June, after absconding in 2016. ...

The Home Office said some of the absconders recorded as unfound in June may have been traced since. ...

Many absconders are traced at overseas locations and can be prevented from returning to the UK, officials said. ...

A Home Office spokesperson said: ...

"We have removed more than 44,500 foreign national offenders since 2010, and this week, like every week, more than 100 foreign criminals will be removed from the UK.

"In 2017-18, we removed more than 2,000 FNOs direct from prison under the early removal scheme."
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Gang of insurance scammers jailed for fake claims on scale 'never seen before'
Sanya Burgess
Sky News, 9 November 2018

Five men have been sentenced to a collective 14 years in prison after committing one of the UK's biggest cases of commercial property fraud.

The organised crime group defrauded insurers out of £1m after making fake claims of property damages at bars and restaurants across England.

After hitting 14 different insurers, it is the biggest case of commercial property fraud handled by City of London Police's insurance fraud enforcement department (IFED).

The force said the scale of the investigation had "never been seen before in the insurance industry".

Following a six-week trial, the five men were sentenced for a mix of conspiracy to defraud and money laundering offences.

... Tarquinn Orgill, ... Nyron Hughes, ... Ramone Carty, ... Kashif Bhatti, Jurelle Hayles, ...

It emerged they had faked issues such as burst pipes at businesses in Lincolnshire, Bedfordshire, Staffordshire, Lancashire and London. ...

The gang gained £944,206 through successful claims.
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New head of CPS under fire for refusing to use phrase 'Islamist terrorism'
Camilla Tominey
Daily Telegraph, 9 November 2018

The new head of the CPS has been accused of adopting "deeply unhelpful" language about terrorists after spending 90 minutes with CAGE, the group that described ISIS executioner Jihadi John as "a beautiful young man".

The Henry Jackson Society (HJS) has criticised Max Hill QC's appointment as the Director of Public Prosecutions, claiming he has "aped" the rhetoric used by CAGE and its supporters.

Mr Hill, who replaced Alison Saunders last week, held a 90 minute meeting with CAGE last autumn - a month after the organisation's international director, Muhammad Rabbani, was convicted of a terrorism offence ...

It came after the group had held a press conference following the February 2015 killing of ISIS's chief executioner Mohammed Emwazi describing the brutal killer as "beautiful" and "extremely gentle". ...

Accusing the QC of being "influenced, inaccurately, by the Islamist group's agenda", the HJS pointed out similarities between Mr Hill's refusal to refer to "Islamist terrorism" and CAGE describing the use of the word "Islamist" as a smear on the religion.

In February, Mr Hill - then head of the Government's terror watchdog - declared that it is "fundamentally wrong" to use the phrase "Islamist terrorism" to describe attacks carried out in Britain and elsewhere.

He said that the word terrorism should not be attached "to any of the world religions" and that the term "Daesh-inspired terrorism" should be used instead. ...

In his 2018 independent review of terror legislation, published last month, Mr Hill refers to "the perception and experience of racism and stigmatization in the workings of Schedule 7 and Prevent, whether repeat stops at borders or undue focus on Islamist extremism". ...

According to the HJS, Mr Hill has also held meetings with other organisations which have been outspoken in their criticism of Prevent including MEND, Just Yorkshire and The Cordoba Foundation, once described by David Cameron as a "political front for the Muslim Brotherhood". ...

MEND were once described as "Islamists masquerading as civil libertarians" while Just Yorkshire is an anti-Prevent group funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, which has also funded CAGE.

Emma Webb, a research fellow at the Henry Jackson Society said: "In the wake of negative publicity damaging the CPS, Max Hill has vowed that through his appointment he will "restore trust". But it is difficult to see how this will be possible given his habit of meeting disproportionately with extremist and intolerant groups.

"Meeting with such groups is bad enough, but his apparent aping of their divisive rhetoric is a step to far. Their fingerprints are all over his own positions.

"He has shown himself to have bad taste and judgement in the company he keeps. This is certainly not a man who can be trusted to ensure justice is done when it comes to Islamist extremism."
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'Baby bust': Watershed as birth rates in UK and nearly half of world's countries plunge, forcing more reliance on immigration, report warns
Alex Matthews-King
Independent, 9 November 2018

The world is reaching a "watershed" where nearly half of its countries, including the UK, are in the midst of a "baby bust" with birth rates below levels needed to maintain population size, a major international report has found.

The annual Global Burden of Disease Study, published in The Lancet, shows that 91 of 195 countries now have fertility rates below replacement level – currently 2.05 births on average for every woman. ...

"These statistics represent both a 'baby boom' for some nations and a 'baby bust' for others," said Dr Christopher Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, which led the international study.

The study shows that in 2017 the UK's fertility rate stood at 1.7 births per woman. Of 104 nations still in baby boom there are 59 where birth rates are above three children per woman on average.

Countries in Africa and the Middle East, where women's education and employment opportunities – key drivers of fertility reductions, along with infant mortality – account for 47 of the 59. ...

"Migrants use less from the health system, they tend to be younger and healthier, and they also help provide essential replacement for retiring care workers in these roles," Dr Nando Sigona, an expert on international migration from the University of Birmingham, told The Independent.

But he warned that these arguments are being undermined by increasingly outlandish anti-migrant rhetoric and conspiracy theories.
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Knife crime policing
Simon Crowley
Daily Telegraph, 9 November 2018
[Letter to the Editor]

The Home Secretary calls for the police to crack down on knife and violent crime, particularly in London.

I have been a serving Metropolitan Police officer since 1991. The impact that the office of Home Secretary has had in this time, no matter who has been in post, has been pivotal in the cataclysmic upsurge in violent crime, due to politicisation of a problem where robust action is the answer.

Stop-and-search was used to great effect for decades, but was degraded relentlessly as it was deemed racist.

Street robbery and knife and gun crime are committed almost without exception by black men on black men. Consequently the majority of people stopped in connection with these ghastly crimes fit that template.

For crying out loud, when will the police be allowed to concentrate scant resources on accepted perpetrators rather than bow their heads politically and focus on so-called hate crimes and cyber crime which, frankly, rarely bother the majority of society?
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UK 'Won't Offer Asylum To Asia Bibi Amid Security Concerns'
Amardeep Bassey
HuffPost, 9 November 2018

A Pakistani Christian woman's appeal to Britain for asylum has been denied because her arrival in the country may stir civil unrest, HuffPost UK has been told.

Asia Bibi, a Christian farm labourer, was released from prison in Pakistan on Wednesday after being acquitted of blasphemy. She had spent eight years on death row after an argument with a group of Muslim women in June 2009.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan overturned Bibi's 2010 conviction for "insulting the prophet Mohammed" last week, saying the case against her was based on flimsy evidence.

But her acquittal sparked violent protests led by Islamic religious hardliners, and the government has now agreed to try to stop her leaving the country.

On Saturday her lawyer, Saif Mulook, fled Pakistan, saying he feared for his life. Bibi's husband, Ashiq Masih, has also released a video message saying he too fears for his family's safety. ...

Wilson Chowdhry, chairman of the British Pakistani Christian Association, said two countries had made firm offers of asylum, but Britain was not one of them.

"I've been lead to believe that the UK government had concerns that her moving to the UK would cause security concerns and unrest among certain sections of the community and would also be a security threat to British embassies abroad which might be targeted by Islamist terrorists.

"Asia and her family have now decided to take up one of the offers for asylum from a western country." ...

Chowdhry, who once lived just streets away from recently released hate preacher Anjem Choudary, pointed to a number of incidents of Pakistani Christians being violently assaulted.

Tajamal Amar, 46, fled to the UK from Pakistan 10 years ago after being targeted in a drive-by shooting by Islamists who wanted to convert him. He was working as a delivery driver in Derby in October 2017 when he was attacked by "young local Muslim men".

Amar told HuffPost UK that it was the third time in 12 months he had been targeted in the UK because of his Christian faith. ...

No-one has been arrested for the attack on Amar, which left him in a coma and with lesions to his brain, but he believes he knows his attackers.

Chowdhry did say "the majority of the British Muslim population are fine with us", and said it was a small extremist fringe who were against Pakistani Christians.
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New Book Finds Deep Roots for West's Nationalism and Immigration Fears
Jamie Dettmer
VOA, 9 November 2018

A new book examining the rise of populist nationalism across Western countries faults traditional, establishment parties for ignoring for too long popular fears about immigration and globalization.

By failing to grapple with public alarm early, they allowed both issues to become toxic and build widespread distrust of established elites, the authors say.

For mainstream politicians, especially on the center-left, the fact-laden, forensic book National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy, by British academics Matthew Goodwin and Roger Eatwell, published just weeks before America's mid-term elections, will make for uncomfortable reading.

The authors, one a sociologist and the other a historian, argue that national populism is here to stay and that the populist revolts in Europe "were a long time in the making." ...

Since 2016, Europe and the United States have seen a surge of books and studies on the rise of populist nationalism, but few have caught as much immediate attention as Eatwell and Goodwin's highly-researched book - or been cited as much by politicians. The book reached Britain's Sunday Times top 10 bestseller list two weeks after publication.

Unlike many other authors, they say they do not write to condemn or praise, but to understand a movement that seeks, they say, to restore "the primacy of the nation over distant and unaccountable international organizations" and to reassert "the importance of stability and conformity over the never-ending and disruptive instability that flows from globalization."

But the authors have attracted criticism and accusations that they are seeking to 'normalize' a dangerous movement.
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Migration, not climate, is world's biggest challenge
Bill Jamieson
The Scotsman, 8 November 2018

What today is the biggest long-term challenge we face? Climate change is certainly one; debt and poverty reduction another.

But both are dwarfed by a phenomenon already widely evident across Europe and which has already forced governments into policy change unthinkable barely a decade ago.

It is the mass movements of populations from poorer countries to richer ones: movement on a scale that is set to dwarf the migrant crisis of 2014-16.

The abject misery of thousands of fleeing migrants – from the 7,000-strong 'caravan' heading to the Mexican-US border to the continuing arrivals of desperate people from Africa and the Middle East – is seldom far from our television screens and newspaper headlines. ...

Small though these incidents may be in number, the desperation they reveal is colossal. A sharp decline in refugee numbers arriving at European borders from the levels of two years ago might suggest that this phenomenon has largely gone away and is no longer an issue. That would be naïve. Population statistics – and in particular those from economically impoverished areas – make clear that we may be only at the beginning of a massive global shift of peoples.

Existing trends make this development startlingly clear. The population of Africa has already risen sharply – from around 140 million in 1900 to one billion in 2010. But where to from here? According to authoritative 'medium scenario' projections from the UN, the populations of 26 African countries will rise to 2.5 billion by 2050 and climb to four billion in 2100.

Since 2014, more than 1.8 million migrants have entered Europe, some 919,000 of these from Syria applying for asylum. ...

... It is no exaggeration to say that immigration is a potent issue across many EU countries, Germany, Sweden, Italy, France and the Netherlands prominent among them.

... But there can be little doubt, not only that population numbers are growing fast, but also expectations of a better life that can be achieved by migration. And it is this combination, leading to a movement en masse, that speaks both to the desperation of millions of people and the power of expectations.

The world we know is set to change dramatically. The population of Nigeria alone, currently the world's seventh largest country, is expected to surpass that of the US and become the third most populous country in the world before 2050. ...

Where are we currently in the UK? The latest net migration statistics show that in the year ending March 2018, net migration to the UK was 271,000. ...

In this, Scotland may consider itself in an advantageous position. Immigration has barely surfaced as a political issue. /.../ But that should not blind us to the scale and depth of the geo-political upheaval that lies ahead. Millions are already on the move. And tens of millions are set to follow. In the desperate search for basic food, clothing, medicines and shelter, the world should prepare for a population upheaval without precedent.
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The Coming Battle for European Civilization
Scott McConnell
American Conservative, 8 November 2018

The intellectual debate about immigration, diversity, and multiculturalism in Europe is generally richer than in the United States, reflective of the fact that theirs is a genuine civilizational crisis, considerably more dire than ours.

Two books are especially outstanding: Christopher Caldwell's Reflections on the Revolution in Europe, published nine years ago, and Douglas Murray's The Strange Death of Europe, which came out last year. Both are exemplars of subtle analysis, extensive research and reporting, and reasoned fair-minded argument. Both get to the essence of the problem of a weary and self-doubting secular civilization trying to accommodate a sudden and very large influx of people with a completely different sense of identity and often a theologically infused sense of the purpose and meanings of life. Both lay considerable blame on West European political leaders and academic and media elites who have a long record of hiding the nature of the problem from their publics and perhaps also from themselves. ...

Nine years later, Spectator editor Douglas Murray published a book in many ways as impressive as Caldwell's but that includes recent developments that have brought the immigration issue nearer to full boil. ...

... I believe that the European people's desire that Europe remain home for them is the most natural and defensible of human political longings. I also believe that the elite globalist consensus, that China can be China and India can be India but Europe can be turned into a repository for anyone in the world who can get there, if it comes to full fruition, will destroy what has been one of mankind's most fruitful and innovative civilizations. I, of course, say this with full cognizance of the dark points in Europe's past, some of which have been very dark indeed.

... To prevail in the coming years, Europeans will have to elect governments that are able to say "no," that are willing to distinguish between genuine refugees and economic or welfare-seeking migrants, that will deport some or all of the latter as they see fit, and that will institute measures that make immigrating illegally to Europe as unlikely as immigrating illegally to China (to take one example of a society that has no impulse to commit suicide).

The Europeans may yet succeed but the outcome is very much in doubt. On one hand, there are literally hundreds of millions in Africa and the Mideast and the Asian subcontinent who believe that their situations would be improved by moving to Europe and who increasingly have the means to set such plans in motion. They are enabled by a deeply entrenched European globalist elite that, out of a combination of guilt, civilizational weariness, and a genuine belief that borders are obsolete, wish to pose no serious obstacle to their entry. ...

As any reader of Caldwell's and Murray's books knows, this battle has deep and complex intellectual roots, profoundly linked to questions of belief, secularism, and the meaning of life. ...

It's my hope as a journalist that I can add something to the American understanding of this battle by reading what I can of the European press, describing the main events and debates, quoting and linking liberally, and probably traveling to Europe as I've done previously to report on critical elections and events. In any case, that's the plan.
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Savage gang jailed after stabbing man with 12-inch machete in front of his mum
Stephanie Balloo
Birmingham Mail, 8 November 2018

A brutal gang who ran a man off the road before stabbing him with a machete has been jailed for 43 years.

Amir Hussain, 23, knifed the victim twice after charging at him with a 12-inch blade on Coventry Road, Small Heath.

The victim had been driving his mother to a doctor's appointment when three men launched their vicious attack on May 22.

Hussain and his accomplices, Zain Islam and Hussan Yousaf - who are brothers - first chased the victim in a stolen pick-up truck.

As the victim climbed out of the crash wreckage and tried to get his mother out of the back seat, he was set upon. ...

Drugs were also recovered from the room plus almost £6,500 in cash.

All three refused to answer any questions during interview but they were charged with attempted murder.

On Monday (November 5) all three were sentenced for a total of 43 years.
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WALSH: Antifa Is A Terrorist Organization And Should Be Treated Like One
Matt Walsh
Daily Wire, 8 November 2018

This is not a protest. It is not free speech. These are not activists. These are terrorists engaged in an organized campaign to harass and threaten their political enemies. And this is far from the first case we have seen. We've seen them shut down whole city blocks, assaulting innocent bystanders and vandalizing property. We've seen them swarm politicians and chase them out of restaurants. We've seen them riot in stupid ski masks, wielding baseball bats and clubs. There's a reason the Department of Homeland Security considers them domestic terrorists. This is politically-motivated violence, incitement, and harassment. That's what terrorism is, by definition.

The problem is that they aren't generally treated like terrorists. Usually they're allowed to carry on unimpeded, even if they're accosting the elderly and the wheelchair-bound. They're given immense leeway when they should be given none at all. ...

... They want us to see them as a threat. They want us to know – and are very explicit about the fact – that their political opponents aren't "safe." I say we finally take them at their word.
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For all our outrage over Trump, the West simply cannot take any more mass immigration
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 7 November 2018

Let's get the obligatory caveats out of the way from the outset. Donald Trump's invective about the caravan of central American migrants winding its way through Mexico towards the US border is grotesque. ...

But other than the egregious language, how does Mr Trump's policy actually differ either from that of his predecessor or from the approach taken by other developed countries? For all his self-righteousness, Barack Obama's administration operated the same immigration laws, stopping hundreds of thousands of would-be arrivals at the Mexican border.

Mr Trump just takes that to its logical conclusion by proposing to replace an easily breached fence with a hard-to-cross wall.

How would we react in this country if 5,000 people were heading across France determined to make it to the UK and demand asylum? ...

We have already seen some of the political consequences that followed Angela Merkel's ill-judged open-door policy three years ago, not least to her own authority. ...

... But so great is population growth in some countries that it will be hard to sustain with existing resources. By 2050, the Middle East and Africa will be home to around 3.4 billion people – more than the populations of China and India combined. It is an unprecedented boom with ramifications yet to be felt.
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Eleven children found in refrigerated lorry in Newhaven
BBC, 7 November 2018

Twenty-one people, including children as young as 12, have been found inside a refrigerated lorry entering the UK.

The group, thought to be from Vietnam, was concealed among a load of sparkling water at the port of Newhaven in Sussex on Thursday. ...

A Romanian man, believed to be the driver, has been charged with assisting unlawful entry into the UK. ...

A spokesman said the group included 17 people claiming to be aged between 12 and 17 who "presented themselves as Vietnamese".

"A total of 11 were later confirmed to be minors. They were passed into the care of social services," he said. ...

He said the children were placed with foster carers or in supported housing.

One of the children had since absconded from council care, he said. ...

The adults - five women and five men - were interviewed by immigration officials, the Home Office said.

An 18-year-old man and a woman aged 27 have been removed from the UK.

The eight other adults, aged between 21 and 28, have been told they must report regularly to the Home Office while their cases are assessed.
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Asylum seekers from just one German refugee shelter commit 1265 crimes in 9 months
Stan M
Voice of Europe, 7 November 2018

At the request of the AfD, by André Wendt the Interior Minister of Saxony Roland Wöller of the CDU, has provided police records from January until the end of September.

The police recorded a total of 1265 crimes by 642 residents of the refugee shelter at the Hamburg Street in Dresden. ...

The offences include 364 violations of residency permits, 299 thefts, 175 embezzlement of low value items as the police call it, 97 grand larcenies and 69 drug offences, 41 fare dodgings, 33 aggravated assaults, 20 assaults, 13 gang robberies with weapons, 12 predatory thefts, four robberies, two attacks on enforcement officers, one extortion and one person was arrested for manslaughter. ...

Wendt called the numbers terrifying and issued the following statement: "It becomes clear here that there are many criminals among the asylum seekers, who threaten our safety and have no place in our nation because of this."
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The 'Norway' option means one thing – uncontrolled immigration
Alp Mehmet
Conservative Woman, 6 November 2018

If the government is to be believed, we are into the final straight of the Brexit negotiation, despite the negotiations appearing to have turned into a peat bog. While the talking continues, we hear 'Norway, Norway' from the political sidelines. Now, what's all that about?

'Norway' is of course short for European Economic Area (EEA), which comprises the EU, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. EFTA is something different again and includes the aforementioned countries plus Switzerland. But let's leave EFTA out of it for now. Let us focus on 'Norway'.

A variety of politicians from all the main parties in the Commons and the Lords, as well as cross-bench peers, commentators and academics have proposed temporary membership of the EEA to allow for an acceptable divorce arrangement to be negotiated. Others have called for long-term membership of the club. I do not intend to go into all the ramifications of EEA membership; I will just focus on what it means for immigration. We at Migration Watch UK have today published a paper in which we conclude that the 'Norway option' would keep our borders wide open to an unlimited flow of workers from the EU. Let me flesh this out.

Both those who see the EEA as an interim solution and the proponents of a permanent arrangement gloss over the fact that a consequence of EEA membership would be uncontrolled immigration from the EU continuing. What will this mean? Well, even at current annual levels of net EU migration of about 90,000 (down from 190,000) it would mean an additional 450,000 population over five years, roughly the size of Leeds or Cardiff. Consider the number of hospitals and GP surgeries needed for a city of 450,000. Are we going to build even some of the extra hospitals and dental schools needed and train the additional doctors, midwives, nurses and GPs? No. Which of course will mean even more pressure on existing resources. Will we build the extra houses required? I very much doubt it. Is it any wonder that people are seriously concerned about immigration levels? ...

... EEA membership would effectively mean we had thrown away the opportunity to stem the uncontrolled, and uncontrollable, flow of EU migrants. This would not go down well with the vast majority of the electorate.
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Labour invites notorious Islamic extremist to speak at anti-racism meeting
Ben Lazarus, Hugo Gye and Natasha Clark
The Sun, 6 November 2018

Labour were today blasted for inviting an extremist Muslim preacher to an anti-racism event.

Imam Shakeel Begg is due to appear at the Lewisham Labour Against Racism public meeting tonight alongside Labour MPs Janet Daby and Vicky Foxcroft.

Begg, who is head of the Lewisham Islamic Centre attended by Lee Rigby's killers, lost a libel action in 2016 against the BBC after it called him an "extremist".

He has previously called for Muslims to wage "jihad against the Jews". ...

The Lewisham Labour Against Racism event in South East London was organised by the local party with the help of trade union activists. ...

Begg sued the BBC after Sunday Politics presenter Andrew Neil referred to him as "extreme and intolerant".

But Mr Justice Haddon-Cave ruled against him, describing Begg as "an extremist Islamic speaker who espouses extremist Islamic positions". ...

Begg spoke on a platform alongside Jeremy Corbyn in the wake of Lee Rigby's murder.

A Labour spokesman said: "Communities and faith groups coming together is an essential part of the fight against the scourge of racism."
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Chesham man caught smuggling £124k-worth of heroin into the UK at Heathrow Airport hidden in his trainers is jailed
Stephanie Wareham
Bucks Free Press, 6 November 2018

A Chesham man who was caught red-handed trying to smuggle £124,000 worth of heroin into the UK at Heathrow Airport has been jailed for five years.

Afran Khalid was caught with the drugs by Border Force after he arrived on a flight from Islamabad in June 2018. He told officers he had been in Pakistan visiting family.
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Racism on the Rise
Mark Point
American Thinker, 6 November 2018

It's obvious that in a post-Obama America the anti-white zeitgeist is out of pandora's box. Whether it was always lurking beneath the language of multiculturalism and diversity is for historians to figure out. What's obvious is that when mainstream media personalities like Don Lemon or New York Times employees like Sarah Jeong freely spew textbook anti-white racism the world takes notice, the Overton window shifts and the temperature rises in the frog-pot. Over in Canada, in Europe and Australia whites are under attack. Due to unprecedented immigration and fatalist progressive experiments, there is no country where anti-white cultural currents are not rising. It wasn't supposed to be this way, weakness, wealth transfers, preferential treatment, open borders and accommodation were supposed to invite warm feelings, equal outcomes and racial blindness.

It's not the older conservatives but younger ones and future generations who are facing an unpleasant and unprecedented future if this trajectory continues. Not without reason are Millennials questioning the byzantine social codes and power dynamics they inherited from Boomers. Unlike Cold Warrior conservatives who were raised in communities with high social trust whose unifying threat was Eastern communism, Millennials were the first guinea pigs in the "racial blindness" experiment their elders enlisted them into.

By the 1990s the entire constellation of Christian morality and civic responsibility in the public space had been secularized and compressed into a singular mandate. Millennials were taught from childhood that the highest moral good was serving the self-esteem of non-whites. In prior ages virtues such as courage, modesty, chivalry, valor and faith were ways young adults were encouraged to distinguish themselves but for Millennials it was an adeptness and willingness to navigate the mercurial minefield of knowing when and how to serve the self-esteem of non-whites that mattered.

According to the implicit demands of the experiment, whites and by extension what could be perceived as "white culture" was selected for strategic downsizing. ...

So where have three decades of feverish placation and encouraging our sons and daughters to take a backseat landed us? Statue toppling, knock out games, self-self-segregated graduations, implicit this, privilege that, people being fired for thought-crimes, higher taxes on struggling families to subsidized race-based transfers, racialized comic book warriors, real historical heroes defaced with graffiti, suppressed speech, our national anthem undermined, and an endless torrent of millions of new immigrants adding more complexity to a difficult situation. Americans of all colors report race relations as having been worse over the last 10 years than decades prior.

... Is it not obvious that every group on the planet both within and outside the West is encouraged to embrace the legacy of their ancestors except for whites? ...

... Diversity is no transcendental virtue it's a political program with one denominator "less white". No champion of Diversity is decrying China for being too Chinese, Sudan for being too black or that Detroit's backwards for a lack of whites.
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Immigration Minister admits Britain WILL have to keep freedom of movement after a No Deal Brexit
Steve Hawkes
The Sun, 6 November 2018

Britain will have to keep EU free movement after a No Deal Brexit – the Immigration Minister admitted yesterday in a humiliating U-turn.

Caroline Nokes signalled the Home Office would have no way of being able to differentiate between those EU nationals already here and those arriving for the first time after 'Brexit Day'.

She added employers would NOT have to carry out checks on EU nationals in the event of a No Deal to see if they had a right to work in the UK.

In a car crash Commons appearance last week she said they would have to.

Speaking yesterday, Ms Nokes said: "We will not be asking employers to differentiate, even if there is no deal."

Challenged that she was saying free movement – allowing unlimited EU immigration - would essentially remain in place, she said: "We are seeking a sensible transition period which will enable the Home Office to make sure these cases can be case-worked clearly." ...

Home Secretary Sajid Javid last week said free movement may have to remain in place in the event of No Deal as he sought to clear up Ms Nokes' testimony to the Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC).
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700 foreign killers found to be living in the UK
Jon Austin and Matthew Davis
Daily Express, 5 November 2018

More than 700 foreign killers were found to be living in the UK in a two-year period, it has emerged. Rapists and child abusers were also discovered in computer checks by the Criminal Records Office.

The Freedom of Information figures found between 2015 and 2017 there were 700 foreigners living in the UK with murder or manslaughter convictions in foreign countries, mainly eastern Europe.

There were 741 people with rape convictions and 362 with child sex criminal records.

The criminal checks have exposed how easy it is for migrants to enter from European Union nations and live in the UK, despite their horrendous criminal records.

Romania topped the criminal list during the two-year period with 510 people, followed by Poland with 301 and Lithuania with 98.

David Spencer of the Centre for Crime Prevention think tank said: "These shocking figures show that Brexit cannot come quick enough for the safety of the British public.

"Once Brexit happens it is to be hoped that the flow of felons will stop immediately, proper criminal checks will be carried out before anyone is allowed into the country, and those European criminals that are already here will be swiftly deported."

But the true figures could be even higher as they came to light only when checks were made on suspects arrested on suspicion of committing new crimes in the UK.

Tory MP Phillip Hollobone said: "It is nothing short of a national disgrace that thousands of foreign convicted criminals are allowed freely to enter and live in the UK despite having horrendous criminal records in their own country.

"Far from enhancing our domestic security, our membership of the EU and adherence to freedom of movement has made it even easier for these EU nationals to slip into our country undetected."
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The abandonment of Asia Bibi [part 1]
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 5 November 2018

Where are the West's solidarity marches for Asia Bibi? Where are the t-shirts? Why aren't 'Free Asia Bibi' flags flying on campuses? ...

Bibi, after all, comes across as an ideal person for those of a genuinely liberal or leftist persuasion to get behind. She's a woman. She's a farm labourer. She is part of a persecuted minority (Christians in Pakistan). And she has been subjected to awful punishments and deprivations merely for saying something.

In a different era, Asia would have been a cause célèbre in certain Western circles. But not today. Why? Because many in the West now agree that the thing Bibi is alleged to have done, and for which she has been so severely punished, is indeed immoral – that is, mocking Muhammad.

Bibi is a Roman Catholic and a former farm worker from the Sheikhupura district of Punjab. In June 2009 she was harvesting berries with other women in Sheikhupura when she picked up a cup to take a drink of water. Some of the other women, Muslims, accused her of polluting the cup, given she is a Christian and therefore unclean, or 'filthy', as they branded her. And they allege that Bibi fired back with some swipes at Muhammad. Bibi has always denied this. Nonetheless, a mob visited her house and beat her up. She was then arrested, charged with blasphemy, and, in November 2010, sentenced to death by hanging. ...

Last week, however, Pakistan's Supreme Court overturned Bibi's sentence. It accused the women who made the accusations against her of lying – their story was 'concoction incarnate', it said – and it decreed that Bibi was 'free to go'.

Only Bibi has not been free to go. In response to the Supreme Court's acquittal there have been massive and violent Islamist protests across Pakistan. 'Kill Asia', they have demanded in their thousands. They have burned rickshaws, cars and lorries. The protests are thought to have caused damage in the region of £900 million.

And in response to this intolerant mob uprising, Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan has agreed to refuse Bibi's right to leave the country. In the words of Wilson Chowdhry of the British Pakistani Christian Association, this is akin to 'signing her death warrant'. ...

Of course there has been much disquiet in the West over the past eight years, from human-rights outfits and most notably from Christian groups. ...

Yet something has been notable by its absence amid the admirable pro-Bibi efforts of Pakistani and Western Christians: the full and loud raising of the Western liberal voice.

This silence is depressing, but it isn't surprising. Because many in the West now actually agree with the Islamists who have rampaged through Pakistan in recent days. No, they wouldn't kill someone who insulted Muhammad or slagged off Islam, but they would definitely punish them – whether by No Platforming them from public life, getting them sacked from their job, or in some cases reporting them to the police.

They differ from Pakistan's extremists only by degree. Morally and philosophically they are on the same page – the page that says blasphemy against Islam is unacceptable.

Only in the West we don't call it blasphemy. We call it 'Islamophobia' or 'hate speech'. Across Europe, blasphemy laws, most enthusiastically aimed at those who blaspheme against Islam, have been rehabilitated in the guise of clamping down on 'phobic' speech.
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The abandonment of Asia Bibi [part 2]
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 5 November 2018

Witness the European Court of Human Rights' recent agreement with the Austrian court that fined a woman 480 Euros for calling Muhammad a paedophile. This means that, morally, Europe is indistinguishable from Pakistan. Sure, we only fine people for mocking Muhammad, where Pakistan sentences them to death – but both territories have formal strictures against insulting Islam.

And as a consequence both territories inflame Islamist intolerance. Pakistan's liberal politicians cannot be surprised that intolerant Islamists are still demanding Bibi's murder when Pakistan maintains laws that provide for the execution of blasphemers against Muhammad. And Europe cannot be surprised that it is witnessing a serious rise in Islamist violence and intolerance when it has new, sly, Orwellian restrictions on the questioning or ridicule of Islamic beliefs and prophets.

We express horror at the massacre at Charlie Hebdo, yet that vile act was only a more bloody, extreme enforcement of the same diktat that is issued by Austrian courts, the ECHR, student radicals who No Platform 'Islamophobes', and so on – that is, the diktat that says Thou Shalt Not Mock Muhammad. The Charlie Hebdo barbarism was the extrajudicial enforcement of a now mainstream prejudice in Europe – that it is wicked to 'punch down' at the Islamic faith.

This is why Western progressives cannot give full-throated support to Asia Bibi – because, at root, they agree that what she did was wrong. Their embrace of the victimology of identity politics, where they obsessively task themselves with the protection of certain groups from offence or slight, means they have abandoned freedom of speech in favour of maintaining the 'multicultural' order.
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20,000 armed migrants attack Croatia's border to move into the EU, official warns
Voice of Europe, 5 November 2018

The Bosnian-Croatian border is under continuous attacks by an armed mob of more than 20,000 migrants, an official tells Austria's Kronen Zeitung.

The border at Velika-Kladusa is only 224 kilometres from Austria and more than 20,000 migrants hope to break it to move into Central Europe, the expert states.

According to him almost all migrants "are armed" as "almost all have a knife". "The Croats are really trying to handle this alone. They have also positioned Special Forces at the border," the expert says.

There are barely any women and children in the group, 95 per cent are men and a border policeman has already been stabbed.

"The majority of them come from Pakistan. And there are many Iranians, Algerians, and Moroccans. Their goal is not Austria," the official added.

According to him the migrants want to go to Germany or one of the Scandinavian countries.

"Most of the young men have prepaid credit cards supplied by the United Nations' High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) and the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF)," the official adds.
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UN migration plan collapsing as Poland is FIFTH country to REJECT pact
Katie Harris
Sunday Express, 4 November 2018

Poland has announced it is likely to reject a United Nation's migration pact, making the country the fifth to shun the plan to set international rules for migration in what is a major blow to the UN.

Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki yesterday revealed that it is "very likely" the country will back out from the Global Compact for Migration. ...

Poland follows the United States, Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic in abandoning the plan.

Mr Morawiecki said Poland was assessing the pact, which is due to be implemented next month, but added its own migration controls are its priority.

The Polish Prime Minister said: "Our sovereign principles on securing our borders and controlling migration flows are absolutely the priority for us."

It comes after Poland clashed with the European Union over national quotes for asylum seekers earlier this year.

Ms Merkel, who has faced heavy criticism for her decision to allow one million refugees into Germany in 2015, voiced her support for the UN pact that Germany has worked "intensively" on. ...

And this week Austria said it would not agree the deal over fears it would lead to the recognition of a "human right to migration" and a blurring of the lines between legal and illegal migration.
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'A time bomb': how social tensions are rising in a corner of northern England
Helen Pidd
The Observer, 4 November 2018

It was an unusually heavy response to a fight in a school canteen: a police helicopter, police dog and 15 police vehicles all rushed to Fir Vale Academy in Page Hall, Sheffield, one Tuesday in late September. ...

Five years ago, David Blunkett, serving his final years as an MP, warned that Page Hall, a multicultural district of Sheffield which had become one of the city's most deprived areas after the decline of the steel industry, was a "boiling pot" waiting to spill over. Describing tensions between the more established Pakistani community and an influx of Slovakian Roma people, whom he said needed to make more of an effort to fit in, he told BBC Radio Sheffield: "We have to change the behaviour and the culture of the incoming community, the Roma community, because there's going to be an explosion otherwise. We all know that." ...

Though they wouldn't say so publicly, officials from communities all over the country with a sudden high concentration of Roma residents recognised the tensions Blunkett described. In Rotherham, Doncaster, Derby, Peterborough, Glasgow and Luton, the local authorities continue to grapple with the challenges brought by their new Roma residents since EU expansion into eastern Europe in the 2000s. ...

The last, most scientific, attempt at estimating the UK's Roma population, by Salford University in 2013, put it at just under 200,000. That has almost certainly ballooned. As EU citizens, mostly from Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Romania, Roma do not have to register on arrival. ...

Like many new arrivals, the Roma have tended to stick together. They rent poor-quality private accommodation in the cheapest areas and toil in the sort of unskilled, low-paid jobs many Britons snub. Big families cram into two-bed terraced houses.

In many rapidly changing neighbourhoods, tensions over noise, antisocial behaviour and litter quickly surfaced with the more established residents. Usually of immigrant background themselves, many of them had worked in the same minimum-wage jobs on arrival as the Roma but had managed to buy their properties. ...

Six miles north-east of Page Hall is Eastwood, a suburb of Rotherham. Ever since she was elected to represent the town in 2012, Sarah Champion MP has been receiving complaints about litter, fly-tipping and antisocial behaviour, blamed on Roma arrivals. For a long time, the complaints came from white British and British Pakistani people who had bought their homes before EU enlargement, said the Labour MP. "There are people who put all their savings into their homes and find how they are worth less than they paid for them. They are stuck. They can't leave the area. It's a nightmare," she said. ...

Most recently, postal workers said they were so frightened delivering in Eastwood after being mugged for their parcels that they no longer went out alone. "They are terrified because of the level of intimidation,'" said Champion. She went out on a round with two postal workers: "If I wasn't with two post people, I would have been running away. I was really shocked how bad it was."
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Travellers are warned to collect papers to prove their identity or face being deported after Brexit
Tim Sculthorpe
MailOnline, 3 November 2018

Travellers have been warned to collect papers proving their identity or risk being deported after Brexit.

The Government has promised all EU nationals who live here legitimately will be able to qualify to stay permanently.

But they will have to prove their right to stay and pay a £65 fee to get their 'settled status' in Britain.

The Traveller Movement national annual conference was warned this week the process could lead to deportations of travellers unable to pass the tests. ...

Charity worker Sarah Zawacki added: 'Our work found that there was also a very low awareness of the need to apply to secure their position in the UK.

'Now they know there is this application, but it's £65 - many are on very low incomes and have very large families and it's just unfeasible.

'Then there is the language barrier - many speak some English but it's not the level needed to access this application.'

Around 300,000 members of the Roma community are believed to live in the UK.
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The rising tide of national populism: we need to talk about immigration
Roger Eatwell
Open Democracy, 3 November 2018
[The author is Emeritus Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Bath]

In National Populism: the Revolt against Liberal Democracy, Matt Goodwin and I examine the factors which lie behind major political developments such as: the Brexit vote, Donald Trump's victory, and the growth of political parties like the French National Rally (formerly National Front), the Austrian Freedom Party, the Alternative for Germany and the League in Italy, whose entry into government in 2018 has been followed by its rise from third to first place in opinion polls. ...

However, this polarised debate glosses over an important further factor – namely, attitudes towards mainstream parties and liberal democracy generally. Liberal economic and political elites are frequently blamed for the onset of recession and austerity in many countries. There is also a widespread belief that mainstream politicians have failed to conduct an open discussion about immigration, that they have even lied about numbers and impacts. A 2017 Ipsos poll found that in Britain politicians were the least trusted profession, with just 17% expressing faith in them, while once-derided weather forecasters were trusted by 76%.

Let's start by looking briefly at recent trends in Britain. Certainly immigration has been at historically high levels. It has also encompassed what academics call 'hyper-diversity', including the arrival of new groups which some voters fear cannot be assimilated. In the case of Muslims, this xenophobia is reinforced by fears about terrorism.

There are clear examples where recent voting has been influenced by such changes. /.../ If we look at opinion polls, we see that the percentage of British people who believed that immigration was a major issue rose from 7% at the turn of the new millennium to 48% in 2016, making it top of the list of voters' concerns at the time of Brexit. ...

The National Conversation survey found that only 15% of British people thought that governments had managed immigration competently and fairly, a dismal figure which reflects a widespread failure of communication.

Since the beginnings of large scale immigration in the late 1940s, mainstream politicians have typically been loathe to speak openly about it. This partly reflects fears that this could involve taking potentially vote-losing positions and/or worsen community relations. ...

A common response to the rise of parties like UKIP is to brand them as 'racist', even 'fascist'. These charges do not just come from self-styled 'anti-racists'/'anti-fascists'. Symptomatically, in 2006 David Cameron dismissed the rising ranks of UKIP as full of 'fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists'. Some national populist supporters undoubtedly wear the racist badge with pride, but most see themselves as raising legitimate issues and resent the extremist charge. As a result, they often react by becoming further alienated from what they see as overweening liberal elites and their Politically Correct agendas.
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Belgian Police Chief Asks Why He Should Stop Illegal Migrants from Going to Britain
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 3 November 2018

The chief of police in the Flemish municipality of Kruibeke has questioned why he should keep migrants from travelling to the UK when they do not want to remain in Belgium.

Already in August, police chief Wim Pieteraerens said that his officers would not seek to detain migrants who were travelling through his country and instead only took their fingerprint information before letting them go.

Now, according to Pieteraerens, the situation has further deteriorated, with more migrants arriving and becoming more determined to reach Britain, RTL reports.

"Migrants in transit do not want to stay here and we do not want them either, maybe it's a bit of a short-term solutioon, but why do not we let them go to England?" Pieteraerens asked.

The comments were met with criticism from Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration Theo Francken, who highlighted the fact that the government opened a reception centre for migrants in Steenokkerzeel meant to hold 200 migrants.

Pieteraerens said that the centre simply was not enough and noted that "there is only room for 10 people when 30 migrants are intercepted, most are released and reappear two days later."
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'Wild West' Britain: Children as young as nine fuelling knife crime epidemic warn police
Michael Knowles
Daily Express, 2 November 2018

Primary school pupils as young as nine are picking up deadly weapons because they are frightened of others. They are then being groomed into violence, the police chiefs said.

The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners and the National Police Chiefs' Council summit was told younger brothers and sisters of gangsters must be targeted in a new public health approach to serious crime.

Assistant Chief Constable Jacqueline Sebire told the conference: "Is this like the Wild West? Yes it is.

"I worry, if we can't get this right – and we know how to get it right – I do worry the violence will continue." ...

Durham's chief constable Mike Barton told the Westminster conference: "I think it is the younger siblings. ...

"I think we need to look at seven and eight-year-olds, not 10 to 11-year-olds. Increasing numbers of primary school children are being excluded and we need to look at what has happened before and learn from it.

"This isn't going to go away. It is certainly an epidemic. It feels like a crisis."

One in four of all knife possession convictions and cautions are now given to under 18s. And startling figures presented to yesterday's summit revealed 69,000 children were wounded by stabbings or beatings last year.

The shocking statistics also showed 29,000 youngsters were robbed, meaning they were exposed to violence.

And the number of youths caught carrying blades has also increased by 64 per cent, compared with 22 per cent of adults. ...

Knife crime campaigners told the Daily Express at least 247 people had been stabbed to death on Britain's streets so far this year. ...

Violent crime has escalated in recent years, with 719 killings recorded in the year to June and robberies rocketing 22 per cent.
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'Britain's FBI' Reveals Soft Border Exploited by Dangerous Criminals, Illegal Migrants, Traffickers
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 2 November 2018

The supposedly all-important 'soft' border between the Republic of Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland is being exploited by dangerous criminals, gangsters, and illegal migrants, according to the National Crime Agency (CTA).

"The Common Travel Area (CTA) is open to exploitation by criminals, illegal immigrants and extremists who use the border to facilitate and enable criminality," revealed the NCA – the British equivalent of America's FBI – in its National Strategic Assessment of Serious Organised Crime for 2018.

"There is significant interaction between OCGs [Organised Crime Groups] operating on both sides of the border, working together across a number of types of organised crime including drug trafficking, excise fraud, human trafficking, environmental/waste crime, burglary, firearms purchases/movement, plant theft, agricultural crime, and money laundering," the report reveals.

"Recent analysis identified that almost half of OCGs managed and investigated by [the Police Service of Northern Ireland (incorporating the Royal Ulster Constabulary), or PSNI] are known to have strong links and associations with OCGs based in the Republic of Ireland (ROI)."

The NCA assessment notes that the PSNI is current "sighted" on 83 organised gangs in total.

Abuse of the 'soft border' between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland impacts mainland Britain as well as the Province, with the NCA noting that abuse of the Common Travel Area is "evident in Scotland at the ports of Loch Ryan and Cairnryan", for example.

Perhaps most seriously, it admits that a number of "high harm foreign national offenders" have been detected attempting to re-enter Great Britain via Northern Ireland after being deported.
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An Imaginary Racism: Islamophobia and Guilt – A Review [part 1]
Nick Cohen
Quillette, 2 November 2018

A review of An Imaginary Racism: Islamophobia and Guilt by Pascal Bruckner. Polity (November 2018), 204 pages.

It is embarrassingly easy to write about the collapse of the Left in the twenty-first century. The explosion in identity politics that has led to the automatic use of "white" as an ethnic insult in condemnations such as "white privilege" and "white, straight men" has made race as defining a factor in left-wing politics as it is in extreme right-wing politics. Meanwhile, the willingness to excuse antisemitsm, misogyny, tyranny, and obscurantism, as long as the antisemitic, misogynistic, tyrannical obscurantists are anti-Western, has called into question whether leftists – or at least the noisiest voices on the Left – have lost all connection to their better values.

I have said as much many times, and in his new book the French political theorist Pascal Bruckner says it again. Bruckner once struck me as the best the French intelligentsia had to offer. In 2007, he provoked an intellectual scandal with the "Racism of the Anti-Racists", an essay for Sign and Sight, in which he excoriated liberals who denied Ayaan Hirsi Ali and other Muslim dissidents the rights they took for granted. Meanwhile, I admired his Tyranny of Guilt: An Essay on Western Masochism enough to call it "a brilliant defence of liberalism and a deservedly contemptuous assault on all those intellectuals who have betrayed its best values."

The title of Bruckner's new polemic ought to have warned me that betrayal is not an exclusively left-wing vice. Far from being a principled defence of liberal and secular values, An Imaginary Racism: Islamophobia and Guilt is an unconscious illustration of how easily those who profess to hold enlightened ideals can slip into the ethnic favouritism and intellectual double-standards of the counter-Enlightenment. ...

... If all Bruckner wanted to do was to criticise the use of the term "Islamophobia" to incite violence against freethinkers and feminists who challenge clerical power, he would be performing a useful service – albeit one that has been performed many times before. But his book is representative of our debased times because it's far from clear that Bruckner can extend his opposition to Islamism to cover the purveyors of anti-Muslim bigotry.

To be sure, he says that to insult a veiled woman in the street or to set fire to a mosque is to "spit in the face of the [French] Republic." But it is hard to shake the suspicion that these noble words are little more than back covering. Once they are out of the way, Bruckner can move on to his main purpose, which is to describe Islam as a civilisational threat to the West and European Muslims as a potential fifth column. The veil, the burqa, and the burkini are not just symbols of a patriarchal culture against which liberals should argue, but crimes that threaten the existence of the state itself. They are "tools for taking control of the public space, they are tracts calling for sedition." Foreigners controlling the parks and boulevards of Paris like troops from an occupying power? Clothes turning into acts of sedition? ...
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An Imaginary Racism: Islamophobia and Guilt – A Review [part 2]
Nick Cohen
Quillette, 2 November 2018

Left-wing identity politics dumps hundreds of millions of people into a bloc labelled "whites," and instructs its adherents to scorn them as if they were villains in a cartoon conflict. No phrase marks the Left's break from the working class it was founded to represent more than "white privilege." There is something remarkably repellent about the Oxbridge or Ivy League graduates who utter it. They display a conscious failure to imagine or find out about the lives of white men and women who are anything but privileged. It's not just class politics that is disappearing from left-wing thought, but also an interest in the individual circumstances of the damned "whites." And when concern for individual circumstances goes, concern for individual rights soon follows.

The new Right and its fellow travellers display the same failure of imaginative sympathy. "Muslims" are as much as a bloc for the Right as "whites" are for the Left. Their circumstances, opinions, and individuality are crushed into the same false uniformity by the urge to sloganeer and besmirch. Bruckner writes as if populism never happened. He appears intellectually unable to face it. ...

... Sam Harris and other secular liberals (myself included) predicted years ago that, if the liberal Left did not develop a political and moral case against Islamism, the Western Right would, and the result would be ugly. The notion that the "root cause" of the far-Right is the Left, however – that politically correct bullying, language policing, and obsession with minute faults and micro-aggressions, pushes voters into its arms – is a self-serving cop out unless laden with caveats.

It may be true in individual cases. I look with despair at the American Left, and ask why they insist on punishing tiny deviations from PC orthodoxy with such ferocity. ...

In better days, Bruckner himself made the argument that Westerners do not understand the seductive power of Islamist utopianism, and he did so with great brio. The post-Christian notion that the "eternally guilty West" is the world's original sin has left it unable "to judge or combat other systems, other states, other religions," he wrote in The Tyranny of Guilt. When faced with the existential question, "Who is to blame?" many intellectuals' standard spontaneous response is: "We are." There is "no monstrosity in Africa, Asia or the Near East" for which, when you get down to, the West is not responsible.

Bruckner emphasised the narcissism of Western guilt: despite the loss of Empire, our crimes ensure that we are still the centre of the world's attention. It is as important to notice its fatuity. As an explanation of why a majority of Islamists embrace radicalism, it makes no sense. Surely, the notion that liberalism is responsible for Trump, Orban, and le Pen deserves the same searching analysis. At a bare minimum, one must be willing to accept that a portion of the followers of the white Right are not pushed into the arms of demagogues by the sins of liberals but are there because of their own appreciation of racism and authoritarianism.

... To condemn the identity politics of the Left, while accepting the identity politics of the Right – or to replace the slogan that "the West is the root cause of all evil" with "the Left is the root cause of all evil" – is worse than intellectually dishonest: it is a threat to very values "enlightened" thinkers purport to defend.
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UN, EU and Soros provide migrants with prepaid debit cards to fund their trip to and through Europe
Emma R.
Breitbart, 2 November 2018

How illegal migrants cope financially during their long journeys to and through Europe has been revealed by the Slovenian site Nova24.

According to the site, UNHCR and the EU, in cooperation with MasterCard and Soros, generously hand out prepaid debit cards to the migrants.

The cards are equipped with both EU and UNHCR logos. No identity documents are required to obtain or use the cards – instead of the name of the cardholder, "UNHCR" and a number is printed on the card.

According to Nova24, the information comes from a source within the Croatian police, which states that the migrants are well-equipped with newly purchased, high-quality boots, hiking clothes, smartphones and even weapons.

During the stopover in the Eastern European countries, they withdraw cash from ATMs to stock up on supplies.

MasterCard announced in 2016 that they issued prepaid debit cards to "give refugees mobility, flexibility and dignity".

In a press release last year, MasterCard also announced a cooperation with George Soros with the aim to "catalyse and accelerate economic and social development for vulnerable groups in the world, especially refugees and migrants".

The press release further stated that George Soros had earmarked up to $500 million for private investment that will increase capacity to meet the challenges faced by migrants, including refugees, and their host communities across the world.
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The number of EU migrants living in the UK has DOUBLED in a decade to almost four million as Britain's population surges toward 73 million
Tim Sculthorpe
MailOnline, 1 November 2018

The number of EU nationals living in Britain more than doubled from 1.6 million to 3.8 million between 2007 and 2017, a new population survey revealed today.

Those born on the continent rose from 1.9 million to 3.7 million in the same period - reflecting how some people change nationality after moving here.

The Office for National Statistics figures are part of a regular population survey forecasting there will be 72.9 million people living in Britain by 2041. ...

In 2017, the UK's net migration was around 282,000, with around 631,000 people immigrating and around 349,000 emigrating.

The number of EU nationals arriving in Britain has fallen since the Brexit vote in 2016 - but arrivals are still running at net 87,000 a year according to the latest data.
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Organised and serious crime kills more UK citizens than terrorism, war and natural disasters combined
Sky News, 1 November 2018

Organised and serious crime have a more significant impact on the UK citizens than all other national security threats combined, new research has found.

The activities of around 4,600 serious and organised crime groups cost the country at least £37bn every year, according to the National Crime Agency, up from £25bn five years ago.

The new figures were released ahead of the announcement of a new serious and organised crime strategy and £48m in funding to tackle the most dangerous offenders.

These criminal networks are targeting the most vulnerable and controlling communities with violence and intimidation, according to the Home Office. ...

The £37bn figure is a combination of direct cost - the impact of drug use, fraud, cybercrime, blackmail and extortion on big business - and secondary cost.

This is when somebody is left with a serious mental health issue because they were seriously abused as a child, or when somebody who is a drug user shoplifts or harms themselves.

The £48bn investment announced in response to the numbers will seek to boost funding for a crime centre focused on organised crime, recruit more officers and invest in data and intelligence assessment.
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Mass Migration: Mortal Threat to Red State America
Patrick J. Buchanan
Patrick J. Buchanan, 1 November 2018

Moreover, in challenging birthright citizenship, Trump has some constitutional history on his side.

The 14th Amendment, approved in 1868, was crafted to overturn the Dred Scott decision of 1857 and to guarantee citizenship and equal rights under law to freed slaves and their children.

Did it guarantee that everyone born on U.S. soil is a U.S. citizen?

No. In the 1884 Elk v. Wilkins decision, the Supreme Court ruled that John Elk, a Winnebago Indian born on a reservation, had not denied his constitutional right to vote, as he was not a U.S. citizen.

Not for 56 years, when Congress passed the Indian Citizenship Act of 1924, did Native Americans become U.S. citizens.

Also, the 14th Amendment confers citizenship on those born in the U.S. and "subject to the jurisdiction thereof." Children of foreign diplomats, though born here, are not citizens. ...

Only Canada and the United States, among advanced nations, have birthright citizenship. No European country does. And the Conservative Party in Canada is moving to end it. Does it make sense to grant all the honor, privileges and rights of lifetime U.S. citizenship to anyone who can fly to the U.S. or evade the Border Patrol and have a baby?

Nor is this a small matter. The Pew Hispanic Center estimates that 6 percent of U.S. births (250,000 per year) are to undocumented immigrants.

Yet that 250,000 is a drop in the bucket compared to the total number of immigrants now coming. In 2016, President Obama's last full year, 1.75 million legal and illegal immigrants arrived, a record.

With two months to go in 2017, the estimated arrivals of legal and illegal immigrants is 1.61 million. ...

According to the Center for Immigration Studies, there are 44.5 million immigrants in the U.S. today, legal and illegal, a number that far exceeds the total U.S. population, North and South, at the time of the Civil War.

While almost all of our immigration before 1965 was from Europe, only 1 in 10 immigrants now comes from the Old Continent.

Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean provide a plurality of migrants, legal and illegal. They have displaced East Asia and South Asia – China, Korea, the Philippines, India – as the primary contributors to the burgeoning U.S. population.

We are assured that the greater the racial, ethnic, religious and cultural diversity we have, the stronger a nation we shall become. Whether true or not, we are going to find out.

For the European population of America, 90 percent of the country in 1965, will have fallen to about 60 percent by 2020, and whites are headed for minority status about 20 years after that.

Of America's most populous states – California, Texas, Florida and New York – the first two are already minority-majority and the latter two are not far behind.

Yet the gaps between Asian and white Americans, and Hispanic and African-Americans – in income and wealth, crime rates and incarceration rates, test scores and academic achievements – are dramatic and are seemingly enduring.

To the frustration of egalitarians, the meritocracy of free and fair competition in this most diverse of great nations is producing an inequality of rewards and a visible hierarchy of achievement.
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Theresa May risks losing vital British Indian votes
Rakib Ehsan
The Conversation, 1 November 2018

Despite being internally diverse in terms of migratory background and religious affiliation, much of Britain's Indian population would be considered "natural Tories". They are generally family-oriented, aspirational, business-minded and often financially well-resourced.

According to recent government figures, 31% of UK Indians are salaried professionals – higher than any other ethnicity. ...

This entrepreneurial spirit is more readily associated with voting Conservative than Labour – or at least, so the party would claim. And indeed, 2010 data show that 16% of British Indians do identify with the Conservatives. That's a higher rate than any other ethnic minority group. However, that's still a small proportion. The majority (55%) identified with Labour. To put this in perspective, 67% of people of Black Caribbean origin were Labour identifiers. Only 5% identified with the Tories.

Aware of his party's need to improve its record, former prime minister David Cameron sought to establish the Conservatives as an attractive political option for economically successful British Indians. His charm offensive included an early trip to India and a significant effort to diversify the parliamentary party in the 2010 election using a "priority list" of candidates. As prime minister, Cameron famously organised a very high profile state visit, using an event at Wembley to praise the contributions the British Indian population makes to the UK.

And indeed, figures from a post-election survey suggested that the Conservatives performed particularly well among British Hindus and Sikhs in the 2015 general election.

But what was really essential in transforming the Tory brand for British Indians was Cameron's desire to tackle discrimination. According to 2010 figures, a substantial proportion of Indians hold feelings of relative deprivation. When asked about life prospects, 65% felt that minorities needed greater opportunities, with four in ten feeling that non-whites living in the UK were held back by prejudice. British Indian graduates continue to suffer ethnic penalties in the labour market, finding it more difficult to obtain employment than similarly qualified white British counterparts.

Cameron sought to introduce a more level playing field by launching the blind CV equality initiative. Large employers signed up to the name-blind recruitment drive, including the BBC, HSBC and KPMG. ...

... Despite data showing that UK Indians were more likely to vote Leave than other ethnic minorities, they were still more likely to support remaining in the EU than the white British majority.

After the EU referendum, May sought to broaden the party's appeal among socially conservative white working class voters in traditional Leave-voting Labour heartlands. The importance of building on British Indian support appeared to be downgraded as a result.

Following the inroads made by Cameron with British Indians (and BAME people in general), the 2017 general election was a major setback. According to post-election internal polling, Tory support among ethnic minority people dropped to a 16-year low.
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Austria backing out of global migration pact
Francois Murphy
Reuters, 31 October 2018

Austria will follow the United States and Hungary in backing out of a United Nations migration pact over concerns it will blur the line between legal and illegal migration, the right-wing government said on Wednesday.

The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration was approved in July by all 193 member nations except the United States, which backed out last year.

Hungary's right-wing government has since said it will not sign the final document at a ceremony in Morocco in December. Poland, which has also clashed with Brussels by resisting national quotas for asylum seekers, has said it is considering the same step.

"Austria will not join the U.N. migration pact," Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, a conservative and immigration hard-liner who governs in coalition with the far-right Freedom Party, said in a statement.

"We view some points of the migration pact very critically, such as the mixing up of seeking protection with labour migration," said Kurz, who argues that migrants rescued in the Mediterranean should not be brought straight to Europe.
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Anarchy threatens France and within five years the situation could be irreversible – Ex-Minister
Abdelhamid Kaddour
Voice of Europe, 31 October 2018

Tugdual Denis, editor in chief of French news outlet Valeurs Actuelles, tweeted a picture of an interview transcript where Gerard Collomb, France's ex-Interior Minister, predicts France's dislocation due to immigration.

Here's the translated interview:

"- It's really worrying. What I read every morning in police reports reflect a very pessimist situation. Relationships between people are very hard, people don't want to live together...

– What is the responsibility of immigration?

– Huge. That's why we've tried to change the law with Emmanuel Macron.

– Your law only attacks illegal immigration. The legal law allows the entry of 200,000 people in the territory each year.

– It's true. We're doing it step by step. But it's still a problem.

– Do you think we don't need immigration in France anymore?

-Yes absolutely

– You were talking of the "vivre-ensemble" earlier (French expression for multiculturalism). What is happening?

– Communities in France are fighting each other more and more and it's becoming very violent...

-What are you afraid of? A splitting? A secession?

– Yes, I'm thinking of that, that's what is worrying me.

– How much time before it's too late?

– I don't want to scare people but I think soon.

– How much?

– It's difficult to estimate but I would say that five years from now, the situation could be irreversible. Yes, we have five, six years to avoid the worst. After..."

Gerard Collomb expressed the same feelings during his leaving ceremony, when he predicted a civil war happening in the near future in France.
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Immigration Continues to Surge
Steven A. Camarota and Karen Zeigler
Center for Immigration Studies, 31 October 2018

Newly released data show that 2016 tied with 1999 as the highest single year of immigration in U.S. history, with the arrival of 1.75 million new immigrants (both legal and illegal). The new numbers represent a continuation of the dramatic rebound in new arrivals since 2011, when annual immigration bottomed out after the Great Recession. Newly arrived immigrants include new green card recipients (permanent residents) and long-term "temporary" visitors (e.g. guestworkers and foreign students), many of whom eventually become permanent residents. They also include new asylum seekers, as well as new illegal immigrants who sneak into the country or overstay a temporary visa. ...

The arrival of 1.75 million immigrants (legal and illegal) in 2016 continues the post-2011 surge in immigration. In 2011 it was 1.08 million; in 2012 it was 1.21 million; in 2013 it was 1.28 million; in 2014 it was 1.5 million; and in 2015 it was 1.62 million. ...

Mexico and India are in a statistical tie as the top sending countries, with 196,000 and 194,000, respectively, arriving in 2016. China was third, with 171,000 new immigrants.
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Rotherham abuse investigation to cost £90m, as another gang is found guilty of sexually assaulting teenage girls
Izzy Lyons
Daily Telegraph, 30 October 2018
[The last two paragraphs are in the printed newspaper]

The Rotherham sex abuse investigation will cost £90 million, it has emerged, as another grooming gang have been convicted of sexually abusing young teenage girls.

Operation Stovewood, overseen by the National Crime Agency (NCA), has 250 staff investigating child sexual exploitation in the South Yorkshire town from 1997 to 2013 and has identified more than 1,500 victims.

It is estimated that the Operation, which was set up in 2014, will cost more than £90 million by 2024, although few people expect it will be completed by then.

There are 22 separate investigations under Operation Stovewood, with one concluding today at Sheffield Crown Court after a gang of seven men were convicted on several counts of indecent assault.

Mohammed Imran Ali Akhtar, 37, Nabeel Kurshid, 35, Iqlak Yousaf, 34, Tanweer Ali, 37, Salah Ahmed El-Hakam, 39, and Asif Ali, 33 were all found guilty and are due to be sentenced on November 16.

An eighth defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty of two rapes.

One of the complainants told the court how she had sex with "at least 100 Asian men" by the time she was 16 and another described how she was gang-raped in a forest and threatened with being abandoned there.

The jury in the trial, which sat for eight weeks, heard how girls, who are now in their 30s, were "lured by the excitement of friendship with older Asian youths" but then sexually assaulted and passed between men.

Prosecutors said the five complainants in the trial were easy to target because they needed to be loved.

Michelle Colborne QC, prosecuting, said: "When they were in their teens, they were targeted, sexualised and, in some instances, subjected to acts of a degrading and violent nature at the hands of these men who sit in the dock."

She said: "None of them had the maturity to understand that they were being groomed and exploited."

The NCA has said that they have 151 suspects, as well as 275 other people under investigation, and that almost all of them still live in Rotherham.

Meanwhile, Sarah Champion, the Rotherham MP, is concerned that the number of people receiving custodial sentences for child sexual abuse dropped by 4.7 per cent in 2017 despite such crimes continuing to happen on a "massive scale".

She said: "We have to accept that children are still being abused but the police just cannot cope with the volume."
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Drug dealer who supplied MCAT to vulnerable victims of grooming gang and made £93,000 from narcotics plot must pay back just £1
Rob Kennedy
ChronicleLive, 30 October 2018

A drug dealer who supplied narcotics to victims of a Tyneside grooming gang and was part of a money-spinning heroin and cocaine plot must pay back just £1 of the £93,000 he made from peddling misery.

Nadeem Aslam provided MCAT to vulnerable victims of a gang who used and abused vulnerable victims in Newcastle in a case known as Operation Shelter.

He was also part of a separate lucrative plot to supply heroin and crack cocaine, known as Operation Emerald.

As we reported last year, the home of Aslam, cleared of any sexual wrongdoing, was a focal point in the West End of the city where some of those involved in Operation Shelter would gather to take drink and drugs with teenage girls.

Now Aslam, who has previously written to the Chronicle to distance himself from those convicted of sexual offending, has been back in court for a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing after lining his pockets in the drugs conspiracy to the tune of £93,990.

But, Newcastle Crown Court heard, the jailed 45-year-old, has no available assets and was ordered to pay back just a nominal figure of £1 - although any future assets he acquires can be seized.

Taxi driver Jahanger Zaman was jailed for 29 years for offences including rape and conspiracy to incite prostitution, as well as the Operation Emerald plot.

He benefited to the tune of £134,845 from the drugs conspiracy and must pay back £32,000.

Shafiq Aziz, who was only convicted of the Operation Emerald drugs plot and not Operation Shelter, benefited by £465,172 but has no available assets and must pay back just £1. ...

During a series of trials, it was revealed Northumbria Police paid almost £10,000 to a convicted rapist to infiltrate the sex gang.
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'Stark differences' in East, West Europe towards minorities: report
Alice Tidey
euronews, 30 October 2018

Nearly 30 years after the fall of the Iron Curtain, Europe remains starkly divided between its east and west on attitudes towards minorities, religion and social issues, according to a study released on Monday.

The two-year survey conducted by the US-based Pew Research Center among nearly 56,000 adults in 34 European countries found that "the continent today is split by stark differences in public attitudes toward religion, minorities and social issues such as gay marriage and legal abortion." ...

The east-west divide is also particularly pronounced in the attitudes towards religious minorities.

In nearly every Central and Eastern European country polled, fewer than half of adults say they would be willing to accept Muslims into their family.

In the West, more than half say the opposite with the Netherlands and Scandinavian countries being the most accepting. A similar divide is observed with regards to accepting Jews into one's family.
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True number of illegal immigrants to be revealed for the first time in 'black economy census by ONS
Charles Hymas
Daily Telegraph, 29 October 2018

The true number of illegal immigrants in the UK is to be revealed for the first time as part of a census by the Office for National Statistics.

The ONS has been commissioned to count illegal immigrants, many of whom are working within the black economy estimated to be worth £50 billion a year.

The statisticians plan to use the census, which can measure the foreign-born population including illegals, and a huge new database they are creating this winter to track legal migrants within the UK by using their tax files and hospital and school records.

In late December the ONS will receive all legal migrants' tax files by the HMRC for the first time, followed by their self-assessment data early next year, which will enable statisticians to track their movements and working patterns in unprecedented detail and in real-time.

ONS officials believe combining the two could provide a way to give an accurate figure for illegal immigration for the first time.

Previous unofficial estimates have suggested there are up to 1.1m illegal immigrants in the UK, comprising visa overstayers, clandestine arrivals and failed asylum seekers. ...

A previous estimate for the Home Office in 2005 suggested there were 430,000 illegal immigrants. A similar analysis by the London School of Economics (LSE) in 2009 estimated it at 618,000.

Last year, David Wood, former head of immigration enforcement at the home office said more than 1m illegal immigrants were at large in Britain and most were unlikely ever to be removed.
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Blasphemy law by the backdoor
Fraser Myers
Spiked, 29 October 2018

On Thursday, just days before Irish citizens voted overwhelmingly to abolish the offence of blasphemy from their country's constitution, judges in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) decreed that European citizens can be convicted for blaspheming against Islam. ...

The ruling is part of a creeping return of the concept of blasphemy in Europe, this time in relation to Islam. The new blasphemies are not so much concerned with offending against the scriptures or God, but amount essentially to anything that can cause offence. The ruling follows Britain's banning of YouTuber Lauren Southern from the country for handing out leaflets which said 'Allah is gay, Allah is trans, Allah is lesbian'. For this she was detained and questioned at the UK border under Section 7 of the Terrorism Act.

A year before ES's arrest, an Austrian pensioner, Helmut Griese, was convicted for yodelling in his back garden while he mowed his lawn. His Muslim neighbours took offence because they believed he was mocking the Islamic call to prayer. ...

The ECHR ruling on Muhammad is shocking but not surprising. While Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights at first appears to guarantee 'everyone... the right to freedom of expression', it is followed up by a long list of 'formalities, conditions [and] restrictions' that allow for the state to censor or criminalise speech.

Some of these caveats are so vague, such as 'the protection of health or morals', as to allow for effectively any form of censorship. Most ECHR signatories have laws against hate speech, a similarly ill-defined, all-encompassing and entirely subjective concept. An ECHR factsheet declares that hate speech does 'not necessarily manifest itself through the expression of hatred'. In other words, speech does not even have to be hateful to fall foul of hate-speech laws. ...

The ruling will also act as a spur for the Organisation for Islamic Co-operation's ongoing campaign for global laws against blasphemy, 'defamation of religion' and so-called Islamophobia. The campaign uses the framework and language of human rights in its call to ban speech which is offensive to Muslims. Pakistan PM Imran Khan has called for a redoubling of these efforts and plans to make the outlawing of blasphemy the subject of his first UN visit.

But the revival of bans on blasphemy has not been imposed on us from without by Islamist fanatics. The judges of the ECHR are not imams in disguise. They are merely reflecting the widespread cultural anxiety around discussion of Islam across the West. We see this in the way the response to Islamist terror attacks is invariably subdued and sometimes actively suppressed. Mere months after Islamists murdered 12 journalists at Charlie Hebdo for their cartoons of Muhammad, 242 Western literary figures denounced the magazine as racist for causing 'humiliation to Muslims'. Any criticism of backward Islamist practices like veiling is censured and written off as Islamophobic. ...

For centuries, radicals have fought and died for our right to mock and defame gods and prophets. No idea or belief should be above criticism, debate or ridicule. The new desire to shield Muslims from criticism of their faith in the name of 'human rights' is as oppressive and stultifying as any old medieval statute. If we do not have the right to call Allah gay or Muhammad a paedo, then we can no longer claim to live in a free society.
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Why The Left Must Talk About Migration
Anke Hassel
Social Europe, 29 October 2018
[The author is Professor of Public Policy at the Hertie School of Governance]

Within countries and centre-left parties themselves there are intense debates taking place about the way forward. The starting point is frequently the legacy of the Third Way that pushed the centre-left towards embracing the middle classes at the expense of the working class. As the centre-left sold out the working and lower middle class, there is a deep issue of trust among the electorate, even if and when the centre-left starts caring about them again. The common ground of many analysts is that the centre-left should focus on core traditional policies such as redistribution, combating poverty, social housing and public spending priorities.

Immigration may be in most EU countries a topic of high salience but it is toxic and almost taboo for the left. Those who dare to address it, such as the Leftish new movement, Aufstehen, in Germany, or some social democratic local mayors who warn of immigrant ghettos in their towns are often attacked. ...

There is comprehensive research on the effect migration on wages by labour economists and there is ground to believe that migration affects the wages of those with similar skills negatively and those with higher skills positively. This should not come as a surprise.

It is assumed that the overall effect of inward labour migration on wage growth is negative as low-skilled migrants are hired on lower wages. For instance, the German Bundesbank showed in a report in April that net migration from the EU had a negative effect on wage growth in Germany, especially from 2013 onwards. ...

Taken together, the impact of high levels of immigration is likely to challenge the institutions of comprehensive regulation of labour markets on which the European Social Model rests.

The left can choose not to talk about this because of the fear that any mention or analysis of the effects of immigration is in itself already xenophobic. This can, however, badly backfire.

... Unlike the UK government, which has an immigration target it fails to achieve year in year out, the German government has no explicit migration policy. Net migration into Germany has exceeded 500,000 annually since 2014. Immigration currently stands at more than 1m per year. At the same time, rents in cities such as Berlin have been rising by 10% per year and it is estimated that there is a lack of 2m affordable flats in Germany. ...

The German government has now decided on a proposal for an immigration law. It allows for third country labour migrants with mid-level skills to acquire work permits for six months while searching for a job. ...

The left has to find a policy on migration which is strong on anti-racism but does not ignore reality. If Germany wants to avoid the nationalist and anti-migrant turn of British and US politics it has to fight for the values of the open society by making sure that the lower middle class will not suffer from migration. The initial 'refugees are welcome' attitude of 2015 is being replaced by a creeping suspicion of economic migration to escape poverty not least because the current mess caused by mixing asylum with labour migration is deeply irritating for many people.
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Thermostatic public opinion: why UK anti-immigrant sentiments rise and then fall
Patrick English
LSE / British Politics and Policy, 29 October 2018
[The author is Associate Lecturer in the College of Social Sciences & International Relations at the University of Exeter]

While it is often remarked that an ever-growing dissatisfaction with immigration underpinned the mobilisation and success of the BNP and UKIP, what if – almost completely paradoxically – a recent collapse in anti-immigrant hostility was in fact caused by the rise of these two parties? Lastly, what if – despite assertions to the contrary – trends in British immigration opinions have very little at all to do with the Brexit vote, and Brexit came at a time when immigration attitudes were already rapidly softening?

This is exactly what my latest research into British public opinion on immigration suggests. ...

The data, coming from the British Election Study, the British Social Attitudes survey, the European and World Values Studies, the European Social Survey, and the Eurobarometer, are 'blended' together using the Stimson dyad-ratios algorithm. ...

... attitudes toward immigration have indeed been softening since the time of the EU referendum. However, it also provides strong evidence that this softening has been much larger and more dramatic than previously thought; and has been taking place since well before the 2016 vote – disputing the idea that the Brexit vote has any causal connection to the recent reversal of a long-term trend in rising hostility toward immigration – as suggested recently by Michael Gove among others.

So how can we explain the rises and falls in aggregate anti-immigrant sentiment over the past 40 years? I argue that the findings evidence the existence of a 'thermostatic' character to British public opinion, in that aggregate public opinion is responding to movements and changes in policies, discourses, and mobilisation regarding immigration.

Firstly, we can understand the rising hostility toward immigration across the late 1990s and 2000s as a 'reaction' to increasingly multicultural and liberalising diversity and immigration policies in the New Labour period. This was a period where 'multiculturalism' reigned supreme – the result of a movement which had been in place since the 1960s, when Britain (along with many other Anglophone nations) abandoned the assimilationist approach. Labour governments introduced meaty legislation aimed at protecting minority and disadvantaged individuals and communities from discrimination – culminating in the Equalities Act of 2010 – and famously allowed 'open immigration' from the 2004 EU accession countries (mostly from Eastern Europe) when other EU countries chose to enact temporary restrictions. As we can see from the rising public hostility toward immigration over the same period, the British public were signalling that this might have all been 'too much'. ...

If we understand public opinion as involved in a symbiotic, responsive, 'thermostatic' relationship with the political environment – where movements 'too far' in one direction by either one will be reciprocated by a movement in the opposite direction by the other – we can in turn understand the recent dramatic positive change in public opinion toward immigration as a response to the environment created by the BNP, Cameron's 'war' on multiculturalism, and (latterly) the rise of UKIP. It, in turn, was 'too much'.
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London Crime Wave: City Hiring Hundreds of £150 a Day 'Anti-Racist Police Monitors' to 'Promote Diversity'
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 29 October 2018

Police chiefs in London are to spend almost £1 million extra a year hiring 200 anti-racist "community assessors" who will make sure recruits in the crime-hit capital hold positive views of minority ethnic groups.

"The skills you possess are highly prized," the Metropolitan Police tells potential candidates for the role, which requires no qualifications nor job history besides "life experience", "an appreciation of diversity issues", and that applicants have lived in London for three years.

A role introduced in 2003 to identify and weed out potential racists amongst police recruits, community assessors are expected to "challenge inappropriate behaviour or behaviour from colleagues and bring this to the attention of the Assessment Team", as well as to "complete, sign and date any recorded evidence of inappropriate language or behaviour".

According to the Met's information pack, a successful community assessor, who will be expected to work 25 days a year, "actively demonstrates the promotion of equality and valuing of diversity", and has "a thorough understanding of Race and Diversity [sic] issues".

Scotland Yard's announcement it will add "at least 200" more community assessors to its current figure of 50, and boost pay from £100 a day to £150, was blasted at the weekend by critics, who questioned the force's priorities in a year which has seen murder rates surge 44 percent amidst a sharp jump in violent crime.

Taxpayers Alliance chief John O'Connell said: "We are constantly told that the Met Police needs more money to keep policing crime, but more money isn't going to make a difference if spending priorities are completely warped.

"Of course the recruitment process for new officers should be robust, but the Met should reconsider whether it's entirely necessary to hire more diversity officers when violent crime in London is on the rise."
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Home Office staff sit in on council interviews with migrant families
Edward Siddons and Niamh McIntyre
The Guardian, 28 October 2018

Home Office workers embedded in local councils are sitting in on interviews with destitute migrant families and gathering personal information on subjects ranging from health conditions to how their child was conceived, the Guardian has learned.

In documents made public after freedom of information requests by the migrants' rights charity Project 17, 10 London boroughs revealed that they had employed on-site immigration officers. ...

The revelations drew condemnation from human rights lawyers, charities and politicians, who described the practice as "totally unacceptable" and "a gross perversion of the purpose of the law". ...

Section 17 of the Children's Act places a duty on local authorities to provide financial support and accommodation to ensure a child's wellbeing and prevent them from becoming homeless. ...

A memorandum of understanding released under FoI laws sets out the terms of employment for immigration officers to "conduct real-time immigration status checks" on families applying for support. ...

A Home Office spokesperson said officers assisted councils with supporting destitute families and sat in on interviews "when specifically asked to by the local authority".
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The demonisation of white men marches on
Juliet Samuel
Daily Telegraph, 27 October 2018

Well, at least she's had the grace to apologise. Sort of. In an "I'm sorry you were angry" type of way. Southampton University student union president Emily Dawes had vowed to "paint over" a mural of graduates at her university because it depicted only white men. It was soon pointed out to her that the mural was a commemoration of all the young students who went off to fight in the First World War and never returned to collect their degrees – and who, unsurprisingly, were all white men.

Ms Dawes had not bothered to find this out because, through the perpetually aggrieved ideological lenses blinding her eyes, she could compute "white men" only as a target for resentment. It's the very definition of dehumanising.
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'Submission' Author Houellebecq Claims West in 'Advanced Decline', EU 'Murdering' Europe's Nations
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 27 October 2018

Bestselling French writer Michel Houellebecq, author of the dystopian novel Submission, has claimed the West is in an advanced state of decline, echoing the views of the late philosopher Oswald Spengler.

Mr Houellebecq, who's novel Submission looked at a France in which a pro-Sharia Islamist becomes the country's president, said he saw the West in an advanced state of decline due to the rise of Islam and demographic changes caused by mass migration and low birthrates, Le Point reports.

He made the comments at the ceremony for the Oswald Spengler Prize, named after the early 20th-century German philosopher famous for his work The Decline of the West.

"I consider the state of the West from the point of view of the two criteria that my intellectual history led me to consider as fundamental: demography and religion," Houellebecq explained.
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ECHR: Defaming Prophet Muhammad Beyond "Permissible Limits" of "Objective Debate"
Guido Fawkes, 26 October 2018

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that defaming the Prophet Muhammad "goes beyond the permissible limits of an objective debate", upholding an earlier conviction by an Austrian court on the grounds it "served the legitimate aim of preserving religious peace in Austria".

The ECHR found that a 47-year-old woman from Vienna had not had her right to freedom of expression impinged and added that domestic courts had been correct to convict her for "disparaging religious doctrines" as her comments "could stir up prejudice and threaten religious peace".

According to the ECHR, the woman held two seminars in 2009 "in which she discussed the marriage between the Prophet Muhammad and a six-year-old girl, Aisha, which allegedly was consummated when she was nine. Inter alia, the applicant stated that Muhammad 'liked to do it with children' and '... A 56-year-old and a six-year-old? ... What do we call it, if it is not paedophilia?'"

The Austrian court found that "by making the statements the applicant had suggested that Muhammad was not a worthy subject of worship". The ECHR has now agreed that this is a crime which trumps a person's right to free speech. On the same day that Ireland is finally voting to take blasphemy laws out of its constitution, the ECHR seems determined to put them back in...
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Don't defame Mohammed: ECHR affirms European sharia blasphemy law
Archbishop Cranmer, 26 October 2018

The European Court of Human Rights has unanimously decreed that national governments may fine or imprison their citizens for attacking or defaming Mohammed. The judges determined that "the Prophet of Islam" may not be called a paedophile because to do so is: i) devoid of historical context; and ii) false because he also had adult wives (so taking a bath with children and fondling them is fine so long as you also fondle adults?). Henceforth, those who make "an abusive attack on the Prophet of Islam, which [is] capable of stirring up prejudice and putting at risk religious peace" may be subject to "a moderate fine" of €480 or serve 60 days of imprisonment in the event of default.

Is that clear? In Europe, in the 21st century, to be fined or imprisoned for defaming Mohammed is not a violation of the freedom of expression, because such an attack "goes beyond the permissible limits of an objective debate" and is "likely to arouse justified indignation in Muslims".

Whatever level of non-expertise in Islamic theology or history the Austrian national known as 'Mrs. S.' possessed, by this bizarre judgment the ECHR eschews foundational values of the Enlightenment by facilitating the spread of a sharia blasphemy code in Europe. It appears henceforth that only academic experts in seventh-century Arabian history or law may comment on the fact (and for many Muslims it is a fact) that the 56-year-old Mohammed married a six-year-old girl called Aisha (and consummated the marriage when she was nine). It isn't clear what level of academic certification the ECHR judges require in order to establish adequate learning and knowledge (PhD? A-level Religious Studies?), but it is certain that if, like 'Mrs. S.', you offer seminars on Islam which do not provide information in an "objective manner", you may now be fined (or imprisoned) for imparting your prejudice or ignorance.

Of course, in the matter of Aisha's betrothal to Mohammed there is cultural context and religious history to consider (as there is in all of Mohammed's war-mongering and barbarism [may one say that?]), and all of this contested history, contentious theology and murky religious sociology is rather more interesting and ethically nuanced than crassly hurling 'paedo' allegations at Mohammed. ...

Presumably, attacking or defaming Jesus is permissible because it is unlikely to arouse "justified indignation" in Christians. Or at least it is not likely "to disturb the religious peace" of the country. Or is it that any indignation felt by Christians would be unjustified? It isn't clear what the wider implications of this judgment may be: we are not likely to see a Europe-wide ban on broadcasting The Life of Brian.

But to learn that one who has sex with children is not a paedophile provided that he (or she) also has sex with adults is a part of this judgment which will have consequences far beyond the reputation of a long-dead false* prophet called Mohammed.

*May one call Mohammed a 'false prophet'? May one apply biblical criteria (Deut 18:20-22; 1Jn 4:1-6; 2Pt 2:1; Mt 24:24) to the one whom the ECHR authoritatively calls "the Prophet of Islam"? Is a first and a Masters in Theology or an Oxford doctorate sufficient qualification to establish theo-political objectivity and intellectual acuity?
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Lewis Carroll meadow under threat from £5.5 billion road and home scheme
Sarah Knapton
Daily Telegraph, 26 October 2018

The meadow which inspired Lewis Carroll to pen Alice Through The Looking Glass is under threat from a £5.5 billion scheme to build a new road and up to one million new homes, conservationists have warned.

Around 345 wildlife sites, and 20 reserves could be impacted by the development of the Oxford-Cambridge Arc, according to the Campaign to Protect of Rural England (CPRE).

The new main Expressway linking the scheme will run near Otmoor in Oxfordshire, where the chequered field pattern inspired Carroll to write a scene where Alice makes her away across a giant chess board in his sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

CPRE says Otmoor, which is an RSPB reserve, will be under severe threat from the development and at the very least impacted by light, noise and air pollution.

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has already recommended the scheme go ahead and the government will announce its decision on Monday.

Paul Miner, Head of Strategic Plans and Devolution at the Campaign to Protect Rural England, said: "If given the green light, this development will change the face of England's countryside forever.

"Yet no formal assessment of the environmental impact it will have has taken place. Whilst there will be a need for genuine affordable housing to meet local need in the area, the scale of these proposals is completely unacceptable.

"Despite costing at least £5.5 billion in public money, there has been no formal public consultation around developing the Arc. The lack of debate equates to a major, and troubling, democratic deficit at the heart of the proposals." ...

Colin Wilkinson, RSPB Senior Conservation Officer warned that 'internationally important meadows and wetlands near Oxford, and ancient woodland SSSIs in Buckinghamshire' were under threat from the new road.
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Can it be true that crooked lawyers are helping asylum seeking 'liars' abuse our generosity? That's the disturbing claim of a retiring tribunal judge [part 1]
Sue Reid
Daily Mail, 26 October 2018

The queue waiting to enter Britain's busiest immigration tribunal centre is long in the early morning.

Asylum seekers, illegal migrants and visa over-stayers of every nationality jostle with lawyers, carrying bulging briefcases of documents, who are about to fight for their right to live in this country.

Here at Taylor House in Central London, tens of thousands of hearings a year are overseen by immigration judges, at huge cost to the taxpayer.

Recently, one of those judges, who has now retired, blew the whistle on what goes on at some of those tribunals, accusing unscrupulous immigration lawyers of aiding and abetting foreign 'liars and chancers'.

James Hanratty, an immigration judge for 16 years, said crooked solicitors and legal advisers are helping their clients make up bogus tales of persecution, torture or sexual violation and even supplying false documents to back up the stories.

The respected former judge is not alone in raising the alarm. Mr Justice Green, a High Court judge, last year said immigration lawyers deliberately drag out cases for decades to stop clients – even those with a dismal chance of staying – being removed from Britain.

A report last month from Migration Watch UK, which campaigns for tougher border controls, estimated that, every year, the illegal migrant population in the UK of visa over-stayers, clandestine arrivals and failed asylum seekers grows by 70,000 or more.

Former Home Office immigration chief David Wood told a House of Commons select committee last year that Britain now has one million illegals, acknowledging that huge numbers live 'under the radar'. He also said that few were ever likely to be sent home. For deportation is a difficult business, too.

Home Office figures show that, of the 10,129 illegals, including foreign criminals released from UK prisons, ordered to be placed on deportation flights from January 2016 to May this year, 6,237 (or 61 per cent) were removed before take-off or at the 11th hour did not board. Many had made last-minute appeals using immigration lawyers to avoid removal. ...

This week, the Supreme Court ruled that the deportation of foreign criminals with British-born children is legal. It's an historic ruling that will limit the power of lawyers to use the European Convention on Human Rights, which safeguards family life, as a legal loophole to let offenders stay here.

Time will tell whether it will speed up deportations or reduce queues in our immigration courts.

For years, I have reported on immigration hearings where foreigners, some of whom should never have come to Britain, or who should have left by now, try to convince judges they have the right to stay.

Opposite are battle-weary Home Office officials who've heard many stories before.
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Can it be true that crooked lawyers are helping asylum seeking 'liars' abuse our generosity? That's the disturbing claim of a retiring tribunal judge [part 2]
Sue Reid
Daily Mail, 26 October 2018

Armies of interpreters dance attendance, some on hundreds of pounds a day from the public purse. They have to be versed in tongues ranging from Pidgin English (spoken in remote areas of Africa and New Guinea), to Korean and Farsi. ...

There are no oaths sworn here, only a request from the judges that those in front of them tell the truth.

For some begging to stay – as I have seen – it seems a lot to ask. ...

I have been told by those working at immigration hearings that some more unscrupulous lawyers prepare country-by-country crib sheets for migrants to learn before a hearing. ...

Of course, it's important to state that many of the 26,000 foreigners claiming asylum each year will be telling the truth and deserve our help.

The problem for immigration judges – who earn six-figure salaries – in busy hearings is that they can struggle to uncover who is honest and who is not. ...

No wonder that one QC versed in immigration law told me some time ago that some tales at the tribunals are 'seriously unbelievable'.

James Hanratty – who has written a book called The Making Of An Immigration Judge – says the immigration system is now a huge industry that has attracted 'bent legal advisers' chasing pots of gold.

'So dishonesty and deception, some of it comical, are all too frequent, as I saw time and again.'

Mr Hanratty has highlighted a case before him in which a lawyer falsified a statement for a Somali woman who claimed her life was in danger because she was from a minority clan.

Her husband, she insisted, had had his throat cut by a rival warlord at their home in Mogadishu, forcing her to flee to England. Her story was backed by her lawyers.

Yet the case crumbled when a Home Office official who had done his homework asked how her murdered husband had been able to claim asylum in Britain 18 months before.

'There was stunned silence because she had no answer and shouted at me,' said Mr Hanratty. 'The solicitors who had prepared her statement knew it was rubbish.'

To make a bad situation worse, the hearings – including those I witnessed at Taylor House – are often shrouded in secrecy, with reporting restrictions (which can be applied for by downloading a form from a government website) becoming the norm.

On one Tuesday during the week I was there, of the 64 hearings held, almost a quarter were covered by this rule.

This is only part of a wider culture of secrecy. ...

After another hearing, involving a claim to stay, I was chased down a corridor by a lawyer and told that I could not use any names I'd heard, not even his own firm's, even though there were no reporting restrictions.

On a third occasion, five minutes after I entered a hearing, an immigration lawyer asked the judge to stop me reporting details of the case, on the grounds that it was confidential.

In a welcome spark of common sense, the judge refused.
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Nativists, racists and other nasty people? Understanding who populists are and what they really want
Roger Eatwell
LSE / European Politics and Policy, 26 October 2018
[Roger Eatwell is Emeritus Professor of Politics at the University of Bath]

In our new book National Populism: The Revolt against Liberal Democracy, Matthew Goodwin and I argue that both nativism and racism can be problematic terms in the context of contemporary European and American politics, while the fascist tag is inappropriate for this family of parties (though not extremist ones like the Greek Golden Dawn). ...

Whilst national populists are linked by their 'thin' nationalist and populist ideologies, if we look at specific examples of their discourse and policies we find notable differences. ...

... A growing concern has also been the perceived dangers of Muslim immigration, which has led to widespread charges of Islamophobia and the claim that national populists fail to distinguish between Muslims and Islamists. Certainly their language can be alarmist, but they also pose legitimate questions about Islam's attitudes to issues like gay rights, female equality and the separation of church and state, issues which relate to interpretations of culture not pseudo-scientific racial typologies. Thus, Geert Wilders in the Netherlands attacks 'atavistic' and 'totalitarian' Islam in the name of Dutch equality and freedom, but ethnic minorities like Indonesians have not been subject to collective attack by his Party for Freedom. The party is also not anti-Semitic and strongly supports Israel, with about 10 per cent of Jews voting for it in the 2017 general election. ...

Moreover, many of the issues raised by national populists address larger questions, such as the importance of a sense of belonging and community in the face of often unprecedented rates of ethnic change. Some European countries have close to, even a higher, percentage of foreign-born population than the US, ranging from 11-17 per cent in Austria, Sweden, Britain, Germany, France and the Netherlands, while in France the number of Muslims is projected to rise from 9 to 17 per cent by 2050. Surveys show that across Europe and the US overwhelming majorities say that they feel strongly attached to their nation (an average of 82 per cent). It is, therefore, hardly surprising that many are concerned about the implications of growing hyper-diversity, and linked issues such as maintaining the trust which is so central to stable political and social life.

But mainstream politicians and commentators typically show little empathy for such feelings. ...

Although the national populist revolt is driven by far more than concerns about ethnicity and immigration, our main argument in this context is that there needs to be a greater understanding of the views of most of its supporters. In particular, there needs to be an open and frank debate about the size and type of immigration which is acceptable, and how this will affect the nation and different communities, including ethnic minorities, in decades to come.
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Set up £100m student fund with 'slavery cash'
Daily Telegraph, 26 October 2018

Universities that received money from the slave trade should set up a £100 million fund to help ethnic minority students, says the UK's first black university chairman.

Geoff Thompson, chairman of governors of the University of East London (UEL), said it is "ethical and right" for them to contribute. ...

The UEL has sent Freedom of Information requests to other higher educational establishments to see if they benefited from the slave trade between the 16th and 19th century.

The requests also ask universities to disclose the ethnic make-up of governing boards. "The latest figures show that of the 19,000 professors in the UK only 115 are black," said Mr Thompson.
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Investigation: March of Migrants Funded and Supported by Left-Wing Donors
Raheem Kassam
American Media Institute, 26 October 2018

A mass march of migrants heading towards the U.S. border is the culmination of decades of anti-border activism funded from both inside and outside the United States, including the work of a Mexican diplomat, U.S. corporations, and Democrat Party donors.

An investigation into the history of the caravans and the groups and individuals related to them reveals a well-funded network of open borders agitators, as well a links to hard-left political groups based in the United States.

Pueblos Sin Fronteras (People Without Borders) is the group mostoften quoted by media sources on the "Caravan". The group's leader, Irineo Mujica – a dual U.S./Mexican citizen – was arrested last week by Mexican authorities for causing damage to property and resisting arrest.

Another of the group's activists – Rodrigo Abeja – is closely linked with the Popular Assembly of Migrant Families (APOFAM) group which has chapters across America. The group openly agitates against current immigration law and for open borders. ...

Other supporters of such initiatives include the Border Angels organization based out of Los Angeles, which recently welcomed Abeja's and Pueblos Sin Fronteras' efforts. ...

Border Angels is in turn supported by private donors as well as charitable giving by Ralph's supermarket chain in California, and the Amazon Smile program.

The caravan from early 2018 was supported by another U.S.-based individual, Alex Mensing, who was found to be working for the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project, whose constituent groups – the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. and the American Immigration Council – have recently received large checks from the Open Society Foundation. The Open Society Foundation has donated to a number of organizations which support the liberalization of American immigration policy including a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
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Why We Must Confront Racists And Bigots - Not Silence Them
Robin Lustig
HuffPost, 26 October 2018
[The author is a broadcaster and journalist]

Why do I raise this now? Because there seems to be a growing belief, especially on the left, that people with opposing views should not be questioned in the media or allowed to speak from public platforms.

Steve Bannon, self-appointed standard bearer of ultra-nationalism? Tommy Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, formerly of the British National Party and the English Defence League? To put them on air, or to allow them on a platform is – so it is argued – to 'normalise' their arguments and by doing so, to increase the risk that more people will follow them.

I don't agree. I remember when Nick Griffin, the then leader of the BNP, appeared amid much controversy on the BBC's Question Time programme in 2009. It was an unmitigated disaster for both him and his party – by 2014 he had lost his seat in the European parliament, been expelled from the party and declared bankrupt. ...

Thatcher's view was that the media must deny people whom she regarded as terrorists the 'oxygen of publicity'. I believe the opposite: that the oxygen of publicity is the best disinfectant available when toxins threaten to take hold in the body politic.

So yes, the BBC's Newsnight programme was absolutely right to broadcast a carefully made film about Tommy Robinson and the roots of his support two weeks ago (full disclosure: the reporter, Gabriel Gatehouse, is a friend and former colleague). And yes, the editor of The Economist, Zanny Minton Beddoes, was perfectly entitled to interview Steve Bannon as part of the magazine's Open Future festival last month.

Similarly, Nicola Sturgeon was, I think, wrong to withdraw from a conference to be held in Edinburgh next month at which Steve Bannon was due to appear the following day. She did not want, she said, to 'be part of any process that risks legitimising or normalising far right, racist views.'

A couple of days ago, a group of academics attacked plans to hold a debate on the topic 'Is rising ethnic diversity a threat to the West?' It was, they said, 'framed within the terms of white supremacist discourse. Far from being courageous or representative of the views of a "silent majority", this is a reactionary, opportunistic and intentionally provocative approach ...'

The academics insisted that they were not trying to shut down debate: 'We are simply asking that we do not give yet more ground to those who seek to shift the blame for systemic failures onto communities who are already subject to oppression and hostility, and legitimise hate and scapegoating as if that is analysis.'

This is dangerous territory. Yes, of course organisers of this kind of debate must be sensitive about the way they frame the question – in fact the title of this particular event has now been amended to 'Immigration and Diversity Politics: A Challenge to Liberal Democracy?', which at least gets rid of the problematic word 'threat'. ...

... if there is one way to add fuel to the pernicious bigotry peddled by white supremacists, nativists and extreme nationalists, it is to pretend that they don't exist. Much of their appeal, after all, is based on the argument that they are ignored, belittled and shut out of the hated mainstream media.

It would be the height of stupidity to prove them right.
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Harvard's Hatred of Asian Meritocracy Reveals the Left's Racist Underbelly
Jules Gomes
Republic Standard, 26 October 2018
[The Rev'd Dr Jules Gomes, BA, BD, MTh, PhD (Cantab) is a journalist and academic]

I'm glad I didn't go to Harvard. I don't like separate drinking fountains for Blacks. Harvard hasn't yet installed these segregated dispensers, but last year it hosted a graduation ceremony exclusively for Black students. ...

... Ever since Lefties made reverse discrimination fashionable in academia, they've been performing contortionist tricks to 'manage diversity' by increasing the intake of African Americans and Hispanics and ethnically cleansing campuses overpopulated with Asians and Whites.

A 2009 Princeton study showed Asians had to score 140 points higher on their SATs than Whites, 270 points higher than Hispanics and 450 points higher than Blacks to have the same chance of admission to leading universities. At Harvard, Asians not only have to score hundreds of points higher on their SATs to get in, but admissions officers consistently score Asian applicants lower on personal traits like "positive personality," "likability," "kindness," and "humour".

If admissions were based strictly on academic performance, Asians would make up more than 51 percent of the average admitted class, according to Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA). ...

We know the Left detests Whites (even though the Left is a juggernaut comprised of mostly guilt-ridden Whites) but why do progressives hate Asians? The answer lies in inequality of outcomes, which is bound to happen in any meritocracy.

In a race-blind merit-based admissions system like New York City's Stuyvesant High School, the admission outcome is 74 percent Asian, 18 percent White, 3 percent Hispanic, 1 percent Black, and 4 percent multiracial. In California, which eliminated race-based affirmative action in 1996, 42 percent Asians are admitted to University of California at Berkeley. ...

Asian Americans exceed all other U.S. adults also in median annual household income ($66,000 vs. $49,800) and median household wealth ($83,500 vs. $68,529). ...

And they love America! Only 12% say that if they had to do it all over again, they would remain in their country of origin. ...

The success of the Asian experiment completely debunks the Marxist hypothesis of structural oppression. The Left cannot get Asians to gripe about slavery or colonialism or racism because the Asians are too busy building a new American dream. ...

It's all about power, for the Left. Their task is to create victim groups and classify them in a hierarchy of intersectionality. The more oppressed a group, the better for the Left, because it has a cause to fight for – a raison d'être in an otherwise pointless world. ...

At heart the Left is deeply racist. For decades, the Democrats were the party of slavery, segregation, lynching, Jim Crow, forced sterilisation, and the KKK. By admitting Blacks and Hispanics with rock-bottom grades to top universities and by segregating them in separate dorms, progressives can continue the racial caste system. So every time you meet a Black with a PhD from Harvard or Stanford you won't think Clarence Thomas or Ben Carson or Thomas Sowell. What you'll think is: "Poor bugger! Got in on the Black quota! Three cheers for the bigotry of low expectations!"
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Migrants to Europe 'need to go home', says Czech prime minister
Patrick Wintour
The Guardian, 25 October 2018

Traffickers should no longer be allowed to determine who comes to Europe, the Czech prime minister, Andrej Babis, has said, as he suggested thousands of police officers could be on standby in the Mediterranean ready to guard the continent's borders.

"There are 700,000 illegal migrants – they need to go home," said Babis.

Last year, 618,780 non-EU citizens were found to be illegally present in the EU, according to Eurostat, a fall from a peak of more than 2 million in 2015. ...

Since his election he has largely focused on domestic politics, but he is gradually spreading his wings, seeking to become an international figure by joining the debate on the future of Europe and broadly allying himself with Poland and Hungary.

Babis and the leaders of those nations have rejected plans to increase the EU's Frontex border force from 1,500 officers to 10,000, and are now pushing an alternative based on persuading potential migrants to stay in Africa. ...

"These people should stay home and we should help them in Africa. The people around Syria ... they would like to return home." He added: "Smugglers made €5.7bn in 2016 and we have to stop it."

Babis, who expects the migration issue to dominate the European elections, said migrants should not be allowed into Europe without a work permit. He said the dividing line in Europe was between those who wanted to stop illegal migration and those who did not.

"They have their culture, we have our culture," he said. "They have their values, but we want to keep [our] values."
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Why we need to prepare for a more turbulent future
Douglas Murray
Evening Standard, 25 October 2018
[Review of "Whiteshift: Populism, Immigration and the Future of White Majorities" by Eric Kaufmann]

All eras have taboos. And this one has as many, perhaps more, than most. But in the West today there are no taboos so great as those surrounding absolutely anything to do with race. In diverse, pluralistic societies like ours has become, how are we to speak – or even think – about so fraught an issue?

Fortunately not everybody has been chased away from thinking. Professor Eric Kaufmann of Birkbeck College, University of London, has previously written about religious demographics in Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth? (2010). Now he returns to an even more contentious corner of the fray.

As he says at the start of his new book, "Ethnic majorities in the West are undergoing 'whiteshift', a transition from an unmixed to a mixed state. This is a process that is in its early stages and will take a century to complete. Until the mixed group emerges as a viable majority which identifies, and comes to be identified, as white, Western societies will experience considerable cultural turbulence. American history offers a preview of what we're in for. We should expect a civilisation-wide replay of the ethnic divisions that gripped the United States between the late 1880s and the 1960s."

Throughout this long and intensely detailed book Kaufmann unpacks this idea with data, verve and care. As he sees it, there are four main responses that white populations might adopt. They could fight the change. Or they might merely try to repress their reactions. They might flee ("white flight"). Or there could be a process of racial "joining".

All four scenarios are possible – even simultaneously. But election after election keeps showing that, as Kaufmann says, "the liberal conceit that whites must be post-ethnic cosmopolitans has outlived its usefulness".

Part of the usefulness of the book is in the amount of new data that Kaufmann brings to the debate. Much of this has to do with the "flight" issue. A study in Scandinavia has previously shown how people who have fled "diverse" areas are often among those most keen to extol the virtues of diversity for others. Kaufmann shows how similar hypocrisies are rife across the West.

Also interesting is his analysis of what is considered racist and where. For what might be racist in one country is not so in another. And what might be deemed racist from (or to) one ethnic group is not always deemed racist from (or to) another.

For example, is wanting to reduce immigration for ethno-cultural reasons racist or not? A recent YouGov poll reveals that in the US 37 per cent of white Americans say it is, while just 24 per cent of white Britons agree. Which not only highlights the variance between the views of the public and those of their leaders, but how far in front of the public debate Kaufmann's informed and unsensational book actually is.

Elsewhere he lays out how belief in multiculturalism has broken down everywhere, even in mainstream politics, so that, as he says, "Only among mayors of diverse cities like London does it remain a mantra."
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Rising ethnic diversity in the West may fuel a (temporary) populist right backlash
Eric Kaufmann and Matthew Goodwin
LSE / British Politics and Policy, 25 October 2018

The ethnic make-up of many western countries is changing, and in countries previously seen as having 'white' majorities that past predominance is declining. In the United States, Canada and New Zealand, the 'majority-minority' point will arrive around 2050, while in western Europe it is projected to occur towards the end of the century. Some commentators have asked if this change may lead to a growing reaction or 'white backlash'. All else being equal, we suggest that the answer may be yes.

Our recently published statistical meta-analysis of the quantitative literature on this question uncovered 171 academic papers, books or dissertations since 1995 containing some 4 million data points across various datasets and western countries. Studies were heavily slanted toward the present, with a median year of 2011. Using the effects of minority share (i.e. % immigrant, or % non-white) on immigration attitudes or populist right support as our measure of possible 'threat perceptions', we discovered such an effect was present in 71% of the 257 models where there was a significant statistical relationship. On the other hand, in 29% of cases, increased diversity was associated with greater tolerance of immigration amongst the 'mainstream' population.

When we include statistically insignificant results, /.../, only a third of all tests uncovered a significant 'threat perception' response. But this partially reflects data and model noise: papers with a longitudinal basis help screen this out. This set of studies shows a substantial 'threat perception' effect. In around 90% of models where ethnic diversity was measured over time, or where the authors tested for the effect of ethnic change (i.e. minority growth between 2000 and 2010), rising diversity predicted greater opposition to immigration or support for the populist right. And this was usually statistically significant.

Ethnic changes matter most for 'threat' perceptions, but levels of diversity (regardless of change) are also important. Critically, /.../ the contrasting 'threat perception' and toleration effects of minority levels both vary by geographic scale.

... models which concentrate only on native-born white people and also report significant diversity effects. /.../ In neighbourhoods (i.e. with populations of 5,000-10,000), 70% of significant tests found that a higher ethnic minority share of the population predicted lower native white opposition to immigration or right-wing populist support. However, in small units like residential blocks, or in large ones like counties, cities or countries, 80-100% of significant results reported that higher ethnic diversity was associated with greater apparent 'threat' perception. ...

... Numerous surveys, in both Europe and the US, show that more people are concerned about immigration nationally than locally.

Curiously, the positive effects of contact with people of diverse ethnicities at neighbourhood level do not appear to apply in the most intimate settings like apartment blocks. Psychological discomfort may operate more strongly at this domestic scale. ...

All told, the West could be in for a period of turbulence as it enters what some term its third demographic transition toward 'majority-minority' ethnic composition.
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So now we're allowed to get angry about terrorism?
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 25 October 2018

So now we're allowed to get angry about terrorism? Now we are encouraged to talk about it openly? Now we are invited to dig down and discover the warped political prejudices that might be fuelling terrorism?

Isn't that amazing. All the things we are explicitly told not to do in the aftermath of terror attacks by radical Islamists – 'Don't look back in anger' was the slogan following the slaughter at the Manchester Arena last year – we are now told it is okay to do following the outrageous posting of pipe-bomb devices to various Democrats and left-leaning figures in the US.

It is hard to avoid the conclusion that terrorism is treated more seriously when its targets are well-connected liberals rather than ordinary people, and, more importantly, when the perpetrator is a right-winger (we assume) rather than a radicalised Muslim. Then, and only then, does it become acceptable to say: 'Okay, terrorism is a very serious threat and certain ideological people are to blame for it.' ...

After Islamist attacks – whether it's the Paris massacres of 2015, the murder of Christmas shoppers in Berlin in 2016, the truck attack in Nice in 2016, or the London Bridge, Westminster Bridge and Manchester Arena attacks in Britain last year – the response is always subdued, chilled, explicitly anti-political. ...

... For what has happened in the wake of these threatening acts is that the terrorism word has been used instantly, people have been encouraged to be very worried about the climate that produces such terrorism, and we are told that politics and society must change to prevent such terrorism from being attempted again. All things you're forbidden from saying in the wake of Islamist terror.
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CBN News Embeds with the Caravan: What We Discovered About UN Involvement, Foreigners and Felons
CBN News, 25 October 2018

The migrant caravan headed here to the US is starting to weaken as some tired, hungry, and sick travelers are deciding to return home. But roughly 5,000 people are pressing on.

Some are asking questions about who is in the caravan, so CBN News asked our contributing correspondent Chuck Holton to check it out. He caught up with the caravan in the Mexican city of Tapachula.

"I want to try and clarify some of what you've been hearing in the news media about this caravan moving north into the United States. First of all, the people in this caravan are not being paid to join the caravan. Their payoff comes when they get to the US," Holton said.

Holton spoke to numerous people in the caravan who said they joined the trek because they saw advertising for it on social media or heard about it on the news. He says the caravan has been organized by opposition political elements within Honduras who are supported by Venezuela, as well as a consortium of left-wing pro-immigration groups.

"They are however being facilitated and enabled by groups like the UN, by groups like other NGOs and by church groups who are feeding them and providing them support on their journey north," he said.

"Now the other questions have been: 'Are there felons, are there bad guys in this group?' And I can tell you it didn't take me long to find four or five right away who are absolute felons who are coming north to try to get back into the United States," Holton discovered. ...

People are also asking about whether or not there are so-called "exotics" in the caravan – people who are not from Central America. ...

... Holton also spoke with others from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Eritrea and Pakistan who are joining the caravan to the US.
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Judge praises refugee who smuggled two asylum seekers into UK out of 'humanitarian desire'
Basit Mahmood
Metro, 25 October 2018

A judge has praised the 'humanitarian desire' of a successful asylum seeker following her attempts to bring in two illegal migrants into the country.

Somalia-born Hana Abdi Qahtan, 46, attempted to pass off a 16 year-old Yemeni as her son at Heathrow Airport and had another UK passport for an older woman which was hidden in her hijab.

Ms Qahtan had flown to Bahrain on her UK passport, but also brought her son's and mother's passports with her, to be illegally used by two distant relatives to enter the country.

The part-time carer, of Manor Park, applied for asylum herself in 2006 and became a British citizen in 2013.

She got passports for her mother and children.

Her two relatives, who travelled on the bogus passports, have now received full asylum to remain in the UK.

Ms Qahtan pleaded guilty at Isleworth Crown Court to one count of facilitating a breach of immigration on September 10, last year and received 7 months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months.

The maximum sentence for such an offence is 14 years imprisonment.
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Illiberal left plays into hands of the far right
David Aaronovitch
The Times, 25 October 2018

This week I've been normalising fascism. Allow me to explain. I was due to take part in a debate entitled "Is Rising Ethnic Diversity a Threat to the West?" Some people think it is, because it's provoking unrest among white voters. I think it isn't.

On Tuesday an "open letter" condemning the debate was published on Open Democracy, a political website, signed by "academics opposed to the mainstreaming of far-right ideas". They claimed that the debate had been "framed within the terms of white supremacist discourse", and had been set up "with no concern for the public implications and effect of this framing." And, they added ominously, "Public figures should consider how they provide these perspectives with a veneer of respectability when they take part in such events." ...

Sure, one of the participants in the diversity debate has a book to sell and perhaps because of this the event was given a deliberately provocative title. But it only makes the argument explicit when it might otherwise have been implicit. That, surely, makes it easier to challenge?

But by now the Twitter mob was in full cry. One of the letter's signatories is a sociology lecturer at Aston University called Tom Mills, author of The BBC: Myth of a Public Service. On Tuesday Dr Mills tweeted an image of me and the other speakers headlined "Are Dinner Party racists a threat to democracy?" This libel got some support from another signatory, Dr Priyamvada Gopal, a reader in English at Cambridge University. Dr Gopal, the Torquemada of the New Woke Inquisition, is the academic who accused Mary Beard of "bad racialised behaviour" and dubbed the Oxford professor Nigel Biggar, with whom she'd disagreed about the legacy of Empire, "Dr Bigot". That was around the time she was trying to get his "Ethics and Empire" research project shut down. ...

Many of the signatories to the open letter were the scrapings of the usual right-on mailing lists but they included some people who really ought to know better. The director of the Runnymede Trust, a race equality think tank, had signed, as had Matthew Feldman, head of the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right (Carr). Professor Feldman published a piece about the radical right on Carr's website last week. The author, a Norwegian academic, had written that "The increased salience of accelerated migration, the growing public anxiety over the role and perceived integration of Muslim communities, and dissatisfaction with the mainstream parties and European institutions will continue to cultivate opportunities for the populist radical right." This, of course, is the essence of the debate that Professor Feldman wanted to stop. ...

To deny that some people see diversity as a threat is crazy, as the article published on the Carr website, as well as many others, makes clear. To recognise that and yet demand that the issue cannot be discussed or debated is counter-productive. As well as profoundly illiberal. ...

In any country nowadays, whether democracy or dictatorship, the speech police always have a good reason for closing things down. In uniform or not, they're perpetually busy, patrolling the borders of expression, eagle-eyed for infringements. They're like those Chinese government internet algorithms, doggedly searching for infractions and then silencing them. Always wanting (whether they admit it or not) to control what you say and – ultimately – what you think.
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A Caravan To The Promised Land?
Andy J. Semotiuk
Forbes, 24 October 2018

Today, seven thousand or more migrants from Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and probably elsewhere, are marching towards the United States through Mexico. Their claim is that they are fleeing poverty and violence. They hope to cure this by arriving in the United States and finding good jobs and a better life. ...

Meanwhile, President Trump has declared their march to be a national emergency. He has said he will send troops to defend the border, and that he will cut off aid to the aforementioned countries as punishment for not stemming the flow of human traffic.

Some food for thought:

1) America has the right to decide who comes into the country and who does not.

Despite the sentiments expressed in songs and at the foot of the Statue of Liberty, America simply can't open the door to anyone who wants to come in. While many people do not agree with much of President Trump's rhetoric on immigration, he is right about one thing: the United States, like all countries, has the right to control its borders and its immigration system. The impact on American culture and the economy needs to be controlled.

2) Every human being has the right to be treated with dignity and respect.

This is where the benevolent philosophy of immigration meets harsh practicalities. There are roughly 65 million displaced people in the world. All of them would like a better place to live, but no one country can accept them all. That said, you may be surprised to learn that since 1980, the U.S. has accepted more refugees than the rest of the world combined. According to the Pew Research Center, of the 4 million refugees resettled since that time, the U.S. took in about 3 million of them. ...

3) Life back home for the marchers is intolerable.

Take Honduras, which has the one of the highest murder rates per capita in the world, combined with over 60% of the population living in poverty. Who wouldn't want to leave such a place and find a better opportunity? The trouble is, Honduras is surrounded by countries with similar problems, like El Salvador, where the murder rate is the highest on the planet, and Mexico, where 31,000 murders were reported in 2017 alone. The key problem is an ever growing number of violent drug cartels that murder their rivals and bystanders with reckless abandon.

But with all of that said, the conditions of these countries do not necessarily mean that the people there meet the definition of a refugee.


4) Waves of immigrants seeking new lives will be more prevalent in the future.

The experience from other parts of the world suggests that the future is likely to include more caravans like the Honduran one, involving refugees seeking asylum in America and elsewhere. When the exodus of refugees reaches massive proportions, the humanitarian crisis becomes so overwhelming that neighboring states simply can't prevent a spillover of migrants into their countries. The migration of the Rohingya into Bangladesh is the most recent example. Previously, it was the Sudanese into Kenya. ...

6) What is needed now?

More generally, however, what is needed is a new international accord to deal with matters related to migration and resettlement.
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German Intelligence: African Migrants 'Guaranteed Passage to Europe' for Just €2,000
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 24 October 2018

Reporting that Morocco has replaced Libya as the primary migration transit point to Europe, internal German intelligence documents have revealed African migrants can secure 'guaranteed' passage to Europe for just 2,000 euros.

Germany's Federal Intelligence Service (BND) has learned that a well-established smuggling network in the North African country offers migrants options beginning at 1,000 euros to reach European Union (EU) nations, according to the tabloid Bild.

With the lowest priced option, would-be migrants get three attempts to make it to Spain – which has seen illegal immigrant arrival numbers more than treble in the last year with tens of thousands of sub-Saharan Africans estimated to be waiting in Morocco before heading to Europe.

Smugglers, who BND intelligence reported were known to cooperate with Moroccan security forces and have contacts within the authorities, guarantee passage to the EU for a sum of around 2,000 euros.

For migrants who are able to pay 4,000 euros, the traffickers offer a so-called 'VIP' service transporting people direct from Mali to Europe in only six days, according to local media.

Since the beginning of this year, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports that almost 40,000 migrants have made it illegally from Morocco to Spain, ...
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Bishop: 'Europe Is Being Islamized' Because the Church Sleeps
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
Breitbart, 24 October 2018

An African bishop in Rome for the synod of bishops has decried the lethargy of European Christianity, saying that it opens the door to an "Islamic invasion."

In an interview Tuesday with the U.S.-based National Catholic Register, Andrew Nkea Fuanya, the bishop of Mamfe, Cameroon, said that the synod has been ignoring Europe's low birth rates to its own peril.

The synod fathers have not discussed Europe's demographic implosion, which is "a very big thing" for youth, Fuanya said.

"And I will dare to say that, especially with the backdrop of the Islamic invasion, if you look through history, where the Church slept, got diverted away from the Gospel, Islam took the advantage and came in," he said.

As in the case of many African bishops, Fuanya has seen what radical Islam looks like up close. ...

According to Bishop Fuanya, Europe is not immune to the fate suffered by many African nations.

"This is what we are seeing in Europe, that the Church is sleeping, and Islam is creeping in," Fuanya said.

Christianity is waning in Europe, he said, and Islam will fill the void. Moreover, the disappearance of Christian Europe will have a negative effect on the rest of the world as well.

"Europe is being Islamized, and it will affect Africa," Fuanya said.
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Lies, damned lies and hate crime
Laurence Hodge
Conservative Woman, 23 October 2018

There must be some outside government and the police who are glad that hate crime is recognised as an aggravated crime. But can there be anybody who honestly believes that the definition of hate crime in the UK, which relies on the subjective perception of the 'victim' or of a third party rather than an objective reality or clear intention on the part of the 'offender', is anything other than bonkers? An offence can even become aggravated on the say-so of a bystander, and since there is now every prospect of misogyny becoming a hate crime, and ageism too, a lot of people are going to need banging up.

The latest figures on hate crime in England and Wales were released on October 16, and the accompanying press pack generated a crop of predictable headlines from publications that go for lightly subbed hand-outs and endless opinion pieces instead of conducting their own independent analysis: ...

Recorded offences have indeed doubled over the period. However, there is nothing in the data to support the Guardian's tendentious link with terrorism and the Brexit vote any more than some invented and equally spurious correlation with, say, the introduction of plain packaging for cigarettes or the downturn in Arsène Wenger's managerial fortunes. Indeed, the opposite may well be true.

Could it be that the increase in hate crime owes much to the growth of its equally ugly and socially divisive twin, Identity Politics? If politicians and special interest groups are constantly braying that such and such a group requires special privileges then there will surely be a reaction from individuals who identify with those groups and who are encouraged to claim that they are in some way oppressed. Add to the mix a police force that curries favour with minority groups and reassigns resources from 'traditional' criminal investigations into burglary and shoplifting to monitoring Twitter and Facebook for hurtful remarks, and the growth in hate crime becomes less surprising. ...

Race hate is by a long chalk the largest category of hate crime, accounting on its own for 70 per cent of the total in 2017/18. ...

Race is more readily perceived than other characteristics by both the victim and the offender. Consequently there can be no surprise that Race Crime leads the hate field. There is no data to indicate how these crimes break down as to black-on-white hate, white-on-black hate or any other combination of colour and race hate. What is known is that the police in Rotherham, Rochdale, Oxford and now Huddersfield are willing to wink at major crime in the interests of community relations; this might or might not be a factor influencing the compiling of hate statistics.
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France clears 1,800 UK-bound migrants from Dunkirk camp
The Local / AFP, 23 October 2018

French police cleared 1,800 migrants from a makeshift camp near Dunkirk on Tuesday, hoping to deter people-traffickers seeking to smuggle them across the Channel to Britain.

Hundreds of police flooded the Grande-Synthe camp at dawn to expel the migrants, most of them Iraqi Kurds, who were loaded onto dozens of buses bound for shelters.

While the infamous "Jungle" camp in nearby Calais was razed in 2016, migrants continue to head to the coast hoping to stow away on trucks travelling to Britain.

Refugees and others seeking a better life have long used the wooded, lakeside area near Dunkirk as a jumping-off point for attempted crossings, and this was the sixth such operation in five months. ...

Newly appointed Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, who was due to visit later Tuesday, has vowed to take a tough stance on illegal immigration.

France received a record 100,000 asylum requests in 2017, up 17 percent from the year before.
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Fouad Belkacem: Belgian Islamist leader loses citizenship
BBC, 23 October 2018

Jailed Islamist Fouad Belkacem, whose group Sharia4Belgium sent dozens of jihadists to Syria, has been stripped of his Belgian citizenship and faces deportation to Morocco.

The appeal court in Antwerp ruled that he had fallen seriously short of his duties as a citizen.

Belkacem was jailed in 2015 for leading a terror group, many of whose recruits joined jihadist group Islamic State.

More Belgians per capita went to fight in Syria than from any other EU state.

Some of those who returned to Europe were involved in the Paris attacks in 2015 and the Brussels bombings of March 2016.

Belkacem's Sharia4Belgium originated in Antwerp, recruiting the first Belgian fighters before it was disbanded.

It took its inspiration from Islam4UK, a group once led by Anjem Choudary, a radical preacher who was released from a British jail on 19 October. During Belkacem's 2015 trial it emerged that he had co-founded Sharia4Belgium shortly after spending time at a London mosque. ...

Belgian Migration Minister Theo Francken praised the decision to strip Belkacem of his Belgian nationality, but added that such a move should be automatic after any terrorism conviction.

Removing citizenship from jihadists with dual nationality remains controversial. France announced plans to introduce the policy after the November 2015 attacks but dropped them the following year.

Belkacem is not the first Belgian linked to terror to lose his nationality. Malika el-Aroud was stripped of her citizenship last year for leading an al-Qaeda linked group.
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'In Afghanistan a woman is nothing' – Expert defends two refugee rapists of girl in Germany
Voice of Europe, 23 October 2018

The trial of the rape of a 16-year-old girl in Germany has started. Two young Afghans are accused of raping the girl in Höhenkirchen-Siegertsbrunn.

On Thursday their trial started in the Munich district court and it nearly ended because the disrespectful youngsters fell asleep several times. ...

As the two men, Walid P. and Farid A. kept their eyes open, the trial could continue and a specialist in forensic medicine was called in.

The expert explained that both men and the victim were drunk, but also referred to their culture, to find a sort of excuse for raping a defenceless 16-year-old teen.

"One must also consider that they come from a different culture," the expert said. "There a woman is nothing and the man goes over everything," he added. ...

It is interesting to see how experts and lawyers drop truth bombs on foreign culture when it can be used as a defence for criminal migrants. ...

The rape of the young girl made headlines all over Germany as the two men were accepted into the town as refugees and lived in the local asylum centre.
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Massive fraud by migrants: Thousands of Turks own houses in Turkey while living on Dutch benefits
Voice of Europe, 23 October 2018

Dutch authorities have discovered a massive benefit fraud by migrants and double passport holders from Turkey, public broadcaster NOS reports.

In the years 2016 and 2017 more than 600 investigations in Turkey showed that 17 million euros of assets were kept hidden from Dutch authorities.

People who receive benefits in the Netherlands are obliged to be completely transparent about their financial situation and property.

Dutch citizens or people with a residence permit, who have property or capital, mostly don't have the right to receive benefits. Keeping these things hidden from the authorities is fraud.

Newspaper De Telegraaf calls it a big problem. According to them, between 8,000 and 12,000 Turks and many more migrants or double passport holders from other foreign countries are fraudulent.

The newspaper says the problem exists for decades, but it wasn't addressed. Reasons are fears of discrimination, costs of research, threats by foreigners or not enough expertise.
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Who will speak for the Huddersfield girls?
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 22 October 2018

Britain is a country where a politician putting his hand on a middle-class woman's knee causes more outrage than the sexual abuse of scores of working-class girls by men from Pakistani backgrounds.

This is the conclusion we must draw from the #MeToo scandals of the past year. Or rather from the striking disparity between what becomes a #MeToo scandal and what doesn't. A posh journalist having her knee brushed by a politician causes media meltdown, Twitterstorms about 'the patriarchy', and soul-searching in parliament about men's wicked behaviour, while the exploitation and rape of working-class girls in towns like Huddersfield provokes little more than an awkward tut of disapproval.

The guilty verdict delivered in the trial of 20 men at Leeds Crown Court on Friday confirms the British political class's ongoing reluctance, or outright inability, to confront the problem of Muslim grooming gangs.

In response to the verdict, which found that 20 men from mostly Pakistani backgrounds had committed 120 offences against 15 girls in the West Yorkshire town of Huddersfield over a period of seven years, there have been a few perfunctory condemnations. But there haven't been any hashtags, or gatherings outside parliament, or pained newspaper columns, as there were following far less serious cases of sexual misdemeanour in recent months. ...

Indeed, there has been more controversy over the home secretary's response to the Huddersfield crimes than there was over the crimes themselves. /.../ There was more fury in the denunciations of Javid for referring to the men's heritage than there was in any of the commentary on the men themselves. ...

This follows a pattern. Discussion about Muslim grooming gangs is constantly being shushed, made suspect, demonised. Consider the fate of Labour MP Sarah Champion. She was elbowed out of her role as an equalities shadow minister in Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party last year after she committed the speechcrime of writing a piece for the Sun on the problem of Pakistani grooming gangs in Rotherham, where she is MP.

Champion has since been subjected to a campaign of vilification by local Muslim activists and their allies in the Corbynista Momentum movement. Again, people are angrier at an MP for speaking about the phenomenon of Pakistani men abusing white working-class girls than they are about the actual phenomenon.

What is behind this moral cowardice, where even in an era when virtually every instance of bad male behaviour hits the headlines the opinion-forming set still doesn't want to discuss the problem of Muslim grooming gangs?
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Who gave these evil gangs licence to rape?
Laura Perrins
Conservative Woman, 22 October 2018

Sixteen men have been jailed over the grooming and sexual abuse of Huddersfield children, it can now be reported. The abuse of the vulnerable, isolated and underage girls – the youngest of whom were 11 or 12 – was described by a judge as 'top of the scale'.

A total of 20 men, ranging in age from 27 to 54, were convicted during three trials at Leeds Crown Court. ...

Judge Geoffrey Marson QC, who presided over the first two trials, described the grooming as 'insidious and persistent' and the abuse as 'vile and wicked'. ...

I do know this, though – there is good and there is evil, and all we can do is fight the evil. In fact, we have even set up what is known as a 'police force' to fight evil and we have an entire 'care system' to look after children and teenagers and protect them from evil. I would like to know about their failures in all of this. I would like to know if the great evil of political correctness motivated the police and other State authorities to look the other way while young girls were being systematically raped.

I have a few other questions that I sense are not being asked by the mainstream media because of fears about being called racist or 'sowing division'. ...

I would like to know if the British government has been complicit in the importation of men to rape and abuse working-class girls in small towns all over Britain. ...

Were any of the men married, and if so to whom and what did the women know? Did they look the other way on this?

What did all the authorities who came into contact with the victims know – the police, the care system, the 'sexual health clinic', the schools? ...

Just who facilitated the systematic rape and abuse of white working-class girls for about two decades in small towns across Britain? This is the biggest scandal of our time and we deserve some answers.
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Immigration concerns fall in Western Europe, but most see need for newcomers to integrate into society
Laura Silver
Pew Research Center, 22 October 2018

As the surge in immigration to Europe drops back to pre-2015 levels, the fever pitch of concern has also abated across eight key countries in Western Europe, according to surveys conducted by the European Union's Eurobarometer between 2014 and 2018. Today, a median of 23% in these countries name immigration as one of the top two problems facing their country, down from a median of almost half in November 2015.

But while anxieties have decreased dramatically across the EU as immigration flows have slowed, immigration still remains a top concern for many Western Europeans. For example, in both Denmark and Germany, more people name the issue as a problem facing their country than any other (34% and 38%, respectively). ...

A major concern about immigration among people in the countries surveyed is whether immigrants will make the effort to integrate into their new country. In a late 2017 Pew Research Center survey, majorities in all countries agreed that, for the good of their society, immigrants should adopt the country's customs and traditions.

When it comes to which aspects of a country's customs and traditions are most important for immigrants to adopt, past Pew Research Center surveys have found that most Western Europeans think speaking the country's language and respecting the country's institutions and laws are very important to truly share the national identity of a country. But sizable minorities also think it's important to have been born in the country or to be a Christian.

There is relatively widespread agreement about the importance of cultural integration, but Western Europeans are more divided in their views of immigration's impact on the economy and security. For most, concerns center more on the risk of terrorism than on burdening the economy. ...

Ideology plays a large role in determining many of these attitudes. People on the ideological right are more likely than those on the left to say immigrants need to integrate into a country's society, that they increase the risk of terrorism, and that they are an economic burden. Beyond ideology, education level also affects attitudes. People with lower levels of education are significantly more likely to see the negative sides of immigration. ...

Age is also a key factor, with older people much more likely to see immigrants in a negative light. For example, in the United Kingdom, around half of those ages 50 and older say immigrants increase the risk of terrorism, compared with only around a quarter of those under 30.
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Blasphemy Referendum: Beware of unwelcome consequences
Margaret Hickey
Irish Examiner, 22 October 2018

That question, whether to remove or retain Article 40.6 of the Constitution which makes blasphemy an offence, is not getting the discussion it deserves because it is seen as somewhat moot, a dead letter. That view is borne out by the fact that the last prosecution under blasphemy law in Ireland was in 1855.

In the Constitution, the offence of blasphemy specifically applies to Christianity. It was not until 1999 that the laws against blasphemy were broadened to protect other faiths too. ...

Today we have come a long way. The freedom to blaspheme God and his prophets, whatever the faith, is considered well within the limits of legitimate freedom of expression. ...

Later in 2015, when Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine, well known for its ribald brand of ridicule, published cartoons of Mohammad, the paper's office was stormed and 12 of its staff including its editor shot dead.

... World leaders including our taoiseach of the time, Enda Kenny, led a crowd of over a million in solidarity through the streets of Paris. The battle cry 'Je suis Charlie' echoed around the world. It was an unprecedented global shout-out for freedom of speech and its setting in the very heartland of 'liberte' could not be more iconic.

Since 2015, blasphemy has become a somewhat esoteric and dated concept. It does not even need a campaign to make the case for its removal from our Constitution.

Just a bit of embarrassing, old-fashioned verbal junk that needs to be swept away and the less said the better. Nobody seems to consider the irony of booting blasphemy out of the door while legitimising even more draconian curtailments of speech. Hate speech. Hate crime. These are the new blasphemies and they are far more wide ranging and repressive than the old blasphemies ever were.

The current presidential campaign is a good example of how easy it is to fall foul of the new orthodoxies and be branded a heretic against political correctness. ...

The thought police unearthed her views, such as they were, and held her to account for them. ...

This trick of inflating the issue to disarm a dissident is the stock and trade of politically correct enforcers. It is this trend to shut down reasoned discussion by branding and tagging sideline voices with pejorative labels that should worry us.

Freedom of speech is a precious value and should be defended on all fronts. It cannot be reduced to a campaign against prickly, religious fundamentalists as if they were its only enemies.

In fact, the religious demographic in this country is particularly tough skinned these days. Or perhaps it is the lack of general sympathy for their sensitivities that keeps them from complaining. ...

But we must not be fooled. New ideas of where and how freedom of expression should be limited are fast emerging. The politically correct becomes the politically enforced before you can say George Orwell. ...

How far the defence of censorship goes may vary from time to time and place too place, but its breaches will carry a cost for those who cross the line and that is often a cost for truth too.
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There are over 9,000 foreigners in British jails... so why do we deport just ONE a day - and why were these men freed to reoffend?
Ben Ellery And Andy Gardner
Mail on Sunday, 21 October 2018

Theresa May's pledge to clear bursting prisons by kicking out foreign criminals has been exposed as a sham by new figures revealing that just one convict a day is being deported.

At the current rate, it would take decades before those scheduled for removal among the current foreign prisoner population of 9,066 are actually sent home.

According to official figures, just 1,583 have been removed from the UK in the past four years, despite the UK having agreements with about 70 countries to send them home. It makes a mockery of a promise in 2016 by Mrs May, the then Home Secretary, to crack down on the problem.

'Foreign nationals who commit crimes here should be in no doubt of our determination to deport them,' she said in response to a Select Committee report about the difficulties clearing the backlog.

But officials are still failing to kick out many of the criminals before they complete their sentences, meaning they are released on to the streets to commit more crimes or simply vanish. ...

... many of the foreign prisoners who have escaped deportation have been convicted of violent offences. And many have gone on to commit fresh crimes following their release. ...

Under current legislation, all offenders from outside the EU jailed for more than 12 months are referred for automatic deportation. In most cases, criminals from the EU can also be deported after two years, or one year if the conviction is for a sex attack.

However, criminals can appeal – placing a huge financial burden on the UK – or in many cases they simply abscond while awaiting deportation. ...

Last night the Ministry of Justice said it had removed nearly 6,000 foreign offenders last year and more than 44,000 since 2010, a figure that includes convicts deported after being released from prison.
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Delingpole: Britain's Liberal Elite Still in Denial About Muslim Rape Gangs
James Delingpole
Breitbart, 21 October 2018

Another gang of mostly Muslim Pakistani thugs in the north of England (Huddersfield, this time) has been jailed for raping hundreds of mostly underage white girls. But that's only half the story.

What's almost worse is the fact that even after all the widespread evidence that similar groups have been perpetrating these barbaric practices all over Britain for decades, the left-liberal establishment is still determinedly trying to hide the truth of what is happening.

Let me show you some examples.

Here is David Lammy, a race-baiting Labour MP who, if things go seriously wrong – as they might – could soon be a senior member of government. ...

It's perfectly obvious to anyone with even a rudimentary understanding of the rape gang issue that the majority of perpetrators are Muslim, most originating from a particular part of Pakistan. This is not racism. This is simple, verifiable fact. Lammy is not stupid. (Well, not that stupid). His dishonesty here is not merely shameless but dangerous. It's dangerous because, as we know from various inquiries into the rape gang phenomenon, one of the main reasons the authorities failed to act because they were all so terrified of being accused of the kind of racism with which Lammy is now ludicrously trying to tar Javid.

But Javid is being culpably dishonest too. He is using the cant word "Asian" because he dare not use the more politically contentious terms "Muslim" or "Pakistani". This euphemism doesn't let him off the hook: it is a grave insult to all those Asian communities – from Chinese to Sikhs – who are perfectly well integrated in Britain and don't go around gang-raping little girls. ...

If you want to see dishonesty and cant at play, though, it's quite hard to beat this glorious contribution from the BBC's Home Affairs correspondent Dominic Casciani.

As Casciani must surely know – it is his job, after all – "the ringleader of this massive abuse ring" did NOT come "from a Sikh background."

Amere Singh Dhaliwal – whose behaviour was described by the judge as "inhuman" – was born a Muslim and has a Muslim wife (and children). As the Mail reports he converted to Sikhism five years ago – largely, it is rumoured, as a ruse to make himself appear more trustworthy to the girls on whom he preyed.

To say that the gang's vile, predatory ring-leader comes "from a Sikh background", then, is a horrible insult to true Sikhs – many of whom have had their daughters too preyed upon by these Muslim gangs.

Worse than that, though, there is something perniciously obfuscatory about Casciani's tweet. It's almost as if he is deliberately trying to give the impression that the rape gang problem is not primarily a Muslim Pakistani issue. ...

Until our liberal elite faces up to the truth, things are going to get a lot, lot worse before they get better.
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Thailand immigrant crackdown eyes 'dark-skinned people'
MailOnline / AFP, 21 October 2018

Tens of millions of tourists come to Thailand each year for the cheap living and postcard-perfect beaches, with some seeking out the seedier thrills of a bustling sex industry.

But as weak law enforcement, porous borders and corruption help make the country a hub for transnational crime, Thai authorities are intensifying Operation X-Ray – a programme that started about a year ago – with more than 1,000 people arrested in recent weeks, most for overstaying their visa.

Although the vast majority caught in the dragnet are migrants from nearby countries, the racial overtones of the campaign have sparked concerns about profiling based on skin colour.

"Our job is to classify who are the good dark-skinned people and who are the ones likely to commit crimes," said immigration bureau chief Surachate Hakparn.

He told AFP that the operation was aimed at weeding out visa overstayers and nabbing criminals – especially "romance scammers" who lure lonely locals online to defraud them of cash.

He insisted that the romance scammers are often Nigerian or Ugandan. ...

At the start of one night time operation witnessed by AFP in Bangkok's rowdy Nana district earlier this month, about 75 Thai police officers stood in rows at a briefing.

"The suspicious targets are the dark-skinned people," shouted an officer. ...

"Thailand's immigration crackdown has swept up refugees and asylum seekers, sent young children into horrid, prison-like conditions, and appears to have clear aspects of racial profiling against South Asians and Africans," said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch.
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Angola says 380,000 illegal migrants exit in weeks
MailOnline / AFP, 21 October 2018

About 380,000 illegal migrants, mostly from the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo, have left Angola in less than a month during a massive operation targeting diamond smuggling, a minister said Saturday.

On a visit to Dundo in northern Angola on the border with DR Congo, Pedro Sebastiao dismissed allegations that the migrants had been violently expelled and often beaten by police.

Sebastiao, a state minister and the head of presidential security who is in charge of the operation, told travelling reporters that diamonds worth more than $1 million had been seized.

He said that the migrants had all left voluntarily, and 231 premises for illegal diamond trading had been closed and 59 weapons seized.

"Angola is a democratic and lawful state," he said. "It must be made clear that 'Operation Transparency' is not based on any xenophobic sentiment against citizens of neighbouring countries or any other nationality." ...

There was "illegal immigration and the plundering of our natural resources without any contribution to the treasury," he said, adding the operation was scheduled to continue for two years.

After pouring across the border in recent weeks, many Congolese have described being brutally thrown out of Angola after sometimes living there for more than 10 years.
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White identity is meaningless. Real dignity is found in shared hopes
Kenan Malik
The Observer, 21 October 2018

'It's dignity, stupid." Where once economic wellbeing was seen as key to winning electoral support, there is now recognition that more intangible qualities matter too – the ability to be heard, to live in meaningful communities, to possess self-worth.

The acceptance that values and social connectedness matter is welcome. The danger, though, is that concern with dignity is becoming as rigid as was that with economic security. In this age of identity politics, dignity is all too often reduced to the public affirmation of ethnic or cultural identity.

Witness a new book by Eric Kaufmann, Whiteshift, that is likely to stir debate. Kaufmann is professor of politics at London's Birkbeck College and a key influence on many "postliberal" thinkers.

In Whiteshift, Kaufmann argues that western politics is being remade through demographic changes and "the tug of war between white ethno-traditionalism and anti-racist moralism". White identity is under threat from non-white immigration, creating a sense of resentment that is fuelling rightwing populism. White people, Kaufmann argues, should be able to assert their own "racial self-interest" like any ethnic group. Dignity lies in the ability to control demographic change.

Whiteshift is a hefty work crammed with data and graphs. The trouble with viewing the world primarily in demographic terms, though, is that, for all the facts and figures, it is easy to be blind to the social context. ... Context is equally important in understanding contemporary responses. The "basis of politics", Kaufmann observes, has shifted "from class to ethnicity". True. But why? For Kaufmann, the answer is simply "migration-led ethnic change". There is, he believes, something primordial in ethnic identities. A product of our evolved psychology, the desire to assert one's ethnic identity cannot be denied, so much so that anti-racism constitutes a "repression of ethnic instincts". And the repressed always returns. ...

The language of class has become deprecated, while that of culture and identity has taken centre stage. As a result, many in the working class have come to see their economic and political marginalisation as a cultural loss. Many have redefined their interests in ethnic rather than in class terms. Immigration, seen as the key reason for the cultural transformation of the nation, has come to bear responsibility for the loss of their place in society. Demography, again, tells only part of the story.

Kaufmann wants to normalise attachment to "white identity". Historically, such identity has been the means through which to promote racism. Today, many on the far right use it as a way of rebranding their bigotry.

The real problem, however, is not that the notion of white identity is racist but that it is meaningless. There is no singular set of interests shared by all whites. Those responsible for the marginalisation of the working class are also largely white – politicians, bureaucrats, bankers, company bosses. Kaufmann's argument is, ironically, the mirror image of that of leftwing identitarians; both see whiteness as a homogenising label, one for a repository of privilege, the other for common interests.
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Twenty men in grooming gang are jailed for 'inhuman' abuse of victims as young as 11
Martin Evans
Daily Telegraph, 20 October 2018

A series of trials that were almost derailed by the English Defence League founder, Tommy Robinson, have ended with 20 members of an Asian grooming gang being convicted of a catalogue of rape and abuse against girls as young as 11.

The gang members, who were mainly of Pakistani heritage and came from the Huddersfield area, were convicted after a court heard how they passed victims around like "commodities" and used them for their own "sexual gratification".

Ringleader Amere Singh Dhaliwal, 35, was jailed for life earlier this year and told he must serve a minimum of 18 years in prison by a judge who described his treatment of the girls as "inhuman".

The abuse took place between 2004 and 2011 and involved victims aged between 11 and 17.

Details of the case and the three trials can only now be disclosed after a judge agreed to lift reporting restrictions following a challenge from the media.

But the second trial almost collapsed in May when far right campaigner, Robinson, was arrested for allegedly breaching reporting restrictions by filming outside the court.

He was jailed for contempt of court but his conviction was later quashed and the case is due to be heard again at the Old Bailey next week. ...

The abuse, which took place in car parks, hotels, takeaways and snooker halls across West Yorkshire, was largely aimed at white girls.

The first of the trials began in January this year and saw eight men, including Dhaliwal, convicted of a range of offences including rape and other sex offences.

Dhaliwal, who has children of his own, was convicted of 54 separate counts, including 22 rapes, involving 11 girls. ...

The second trial, which began in April this year, also saw eight defendants convicted and the third trial, featuring four defendants ended on October 8.

Speaking at the conclusion of the first trial, Judge Marson said: "The way you treated these girls defies understanding; this abuse was vile and wicked.

"As cases of sexual abuse with which the courts have to deal, this case comes at the top of the scale. None of you has expressed any remorse for what you did."

He added: "The sentences I pass on you are severe and are intended to be so. They are intended to deter others from behaving in this way."

The second trial, which ended in June, saw eight men given jail sentences of between five and 18 years.

Four more men were found guilty of a range of offences earlier this month following the third trial and will be sentenced on November 1.

The pattern of large-scale exploitation of mainly white girls by groups of men of mainly Pakistani heritage uncovered by West Yorkshire Police in Huddersfield mirrors what has happened in a number of other towns including Rotherham, Rochdale and Telford.
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Revealed: How illegal migrants are using WhatsApp alerts to tip each other off about British immigration raids
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 20 October 2018

Illegal immigrants have set up warning systems using WhatsApp text messages to avoid being caught, a report has revealed.

They contact each other on the encrypted messaging service to raise the alarm about immigration raids.

The tip-offs mean they can stay one step ahead of Home Office enforcement officials.

The tactic was disclosed in a report by academics at the University of Oxford's Centre on Migration, Policy and Society.

The report also exposed the huge industry in fake identity papers sold by criminal gangs.

It also said those in Britain without permission were avoiding working in certain industries known to be targeted by officials, such as construction or kebab shops, to minimise the risk of being caught.

Former Home Office chiefs have admitted there are more than a million illegal immigrants in the UK.

They are a mixture of people who sneaked in on the back of lorries, those who arrived on visas but never went home, foreign criminals never booted out and failed asylum seekers who have avoided deportation.

Critics warn many are earning money by working in the black market but not paying taxes, while adding to the burden on public services such as hospitals and schools.

The report described some of the methods used to evade capture. ...

One Brazilian interviewed for the study said: 'There is this industry of fake documents.

'It is amazing, you can get anything you want, ID cards, passports, driver's licence, this construction card, anything.'

The report found curbs designed to tackle illegal immigration were failing to reduce numbers.

It said the so-called 'hostile environment' – introduced by successive governments to make it harder for illegal immigrants to rent homes, work, open bank accounts or claim benefits – had not worked.

One immigrant told researchers: 'Being illegal in the UK is still better than being legal in my own country'.
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French Flee To Hungary To Escape Effects of Mass Migration
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 20 October 2018

French citizens are now joining Germans and others seeking a new life in the Hungarian capital of Budapest in order to escape the negative effects of uncontrolled mass migration.

More and more French are seeking to escape to what they see as the safety of Budapest according to a new documentary called Hungary: the Promised Land that was broadcast on French television this week, France Info reports. ...

The number of western Europeans moving to Hungary has not escaped the attention of the Hungarian government, with Prime Minister Viktor Orban welcoming western Europeans to his country in a speech in early 2017.

"We shall let in true refugees. Germans, Dutch, French and Italians, terrified politicians and journalists who here in Hungary want to find the Europe they have lost in their homelands," Orban said.
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Fear of a Black Continent
Ross Douthat
New York Times, 20 October 2018

Emmanuel Macron, the youthful and ambitious president of the French, likes to talk about African birthrates. In the summer of 2017, he answered a question about why there couldn't be a Marshall Plan for Africa by calling the continent's problems "civilizational," and lamenting that African countries "have seven or eight children per woman."

This was attacked by some as racist, defended by others as hardheaded realism about development economics. Macron obviously felt comfortable with what he'd said, because he returned to the idea last month at a Gates Foundation conference. (Bill Gates himself has also been talking a lot lately about population control and development in Africa.) "I always say," Macron told the assembled do-gooders, "present me the woman who decided, being perfectly educated, to have seven, eight or nine children."

... It's a law of modern Western and East Asian history (we'll call it Macron's Law hereafter) that with wealth and education birthrates fall – and fall, and fall. ...

This plunge has happened without population-control interventions as well as with them, and because Western-supported population control efforts in the developing world tended to be inhumane and not-so-mildly racist, over the last couple of decades they have fallen somewhat out of fashion, with Gatesian philanthropists and politicians alike.

So why are they creeping back into the discussion? For three reasons: Because African birthrates haven't slowed as fast as Western experts once expected, because European demographics are following Macron's Law toward the grave, and because European leaders are no longer nearly so optimistic about assimilating immigrants as even a few short years ago.

In 2004, the U.N. projected that Africa's population would level off by 2100 around two billion. Today it projects that it will reach 4.5 billion instead. /.../ But whatever the explanation, by century's end two in five human beings could be African.

This trend would have revived a certain kind of population-bomb anxiety no matter what, but the anxiety in Europe is a little more specific than that – because over the same period, Europe's population is likely to drop by about one hundred million. /.../ In the late 1990s Europe and Africa had about the same population; a hundred years later there could be seven Africans for every European. And the experience of recent refugee crises has demonstrated to European leaders both how easily populations can move northward, and how much harder assimilation may be than they once hoped. ...

However, in addition to being cruel, past population control campaigns were often ineffective, so it's likely that Macron and his successors will mostly fail in their anti-natal efforts. And even the thing that might lead to the falling birthrate they desire, rapid African economic growth, might also accelerate migration in the short term – because poor people who suddenly get richer also gain the means and opportunity to move to somewhere richer still.

Which is why anyone who hopes for something other than destabilization and disaster from the Eurafrican encounter should hope for a countervailing trend, in which Europeans themselves begin to have more children.
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Hostile environment failing to deter illegal immigration and pushing people into exploitation, report finds
May Bulman
Independent, 19 October 2018

Theresa May's hostile environment policy is failing in its objective to reduce the number of people in the UK unlawfully, according to a new report which brings the government's approach tackling illegal immigration under fresh scrutiny.

The academic study found little evidence that immigration enforcement activity deters irregular migrants or encourages them to leave the country – and instead gives rise to criminal practices and pushes undocumented people further underground.

The findings, by researchers at the University of Oxford, will place renewed pressure on the Home Office to reconsider its immigration policies following the Windrush scandal, which exposed how thousands of people were wrongly targeted by officials.

Politicians and campaigners called on ministers to launch an independent review into the hostile environment in light of the new findings, urging that a different approach was "urgently needed".

Almost all irregular immigrants interviewed for the report were not deterred by tightened immigration controls or the hostile environment approach, with one saying "being illegal in the UK is still better than being legal in my own country".

It found that immigration enforcement also had unintended and often "perverse" side effects, as undocumented migrants became increasingly vulnerable to exploitation by employers and fearful of accessing healthcare. ...

Researchers also warned that irregular immigrants had developed strategies to evade detection, most noticeably the use of false documents, which are more common than 20 years ago, implying that tighter controls "provoke more criminal responses". ...

A Home Office spokeswoman said: "We are committed to an immigration policy which welcomes and celebrates people here legally, but which tackles illegal immigration, prevents abuse of benefits and services and removes incentives to enter and remain in the UK unlawfully.

"It's what the public would expect as a matter of fairness, which is why it is right that we have a compliant environment to deter and tackle illegal immigration.

"Since 2010, Immigration Enforcement has protected public safety by removing more than 44,500 foreign offenders who have abused our hospitality by committing crimes and has disrupted over 180 immigration crime groups since April this year."
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Armed police will patrol Birmingham's German Market for the first time this year
Jane Tyler
Birmingham Mail, 19 October 2018

Armed police will be patrolling Birmingham's German Market for the first time this year.

Cops visibly carrying guns will be mingling with shoppers at the Christmas market from next month.

It will be the first time in the market's 17-year history armed officers will routinely be walking amongst revellers at the popular attraction.

They will be there as part of Project Servator, which is a new campaign to deter criminals - including terrorists - from striking in busy locations by providing a highly visible police presence.

Already running across other parts of the UK, it began at Birmingham Airport last month.

Run by West Midlands Police, it will see armed police, officers with dogs, uniformed officers and plain-clothes detectives mingling with the crowds. ...

Unlike other Christmas markets in places like Lincoln and Manchester, the patrols will not be there permanently but will be on a sporadic basis. ...

Armed police are already a common sight at Birmingham's New Street station as part of a similar initiative by British Transport Police.
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Focus on slavery is putting black children off history, teachers warned
Camilla Turner
Daily Telegraph, 18 October 2018

Teachers must stop devoting so much time to slavery because it puts black children off History, the Royal Historical Society has said.

A new report by the society has found that the "seemingly relentless focus" on the exploitation and abolition of slavery can be "intellectually limiting and, at times, alienating" for black pupils.

Aside from slavery, the history of British black and minority ethnic (BME) communities are "often absent" from the classroom, the report said. In order to foster a more inclusive environment for black students, teachers must "go beyond these limited vantage points", it added.

"It is important that the history of race and ethnicity is integrated fully into the curriculum, rather than being relegated to a dedicated session or course," it said.

The report, titled Race, Ethnicity & Equality in UK History, seeks to identify why History students from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds lag behind their peers in terms of academic attainment.

It also examines why BME students and staff are underrepresented in History departments across British universities.

The report says that creating History reading lists for students which do not feature black authors can a "barrier" for BME students.

School teachers and university academics are told to "question the absence of BME historians from reading lists" drawn up by their colleagues. When compiling their own reading lists, they should "include and draw attention to" BME writers, it added.

Teachers and academics should also "diversify" the content of their courses so that they are not "composed primarily or entirely of White (or White male) European authors", the report said.
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London knife crime hits highest level ever recorded
Martin Bentham
Evening Standard, 18 October 2018

Knife crime in London has risen to its highest ever level with nearly 15,000 offences committed during the past year, according to figures out today.

The Office for National Statistics said the total of 14,987 knife crimes in the year to the end of June was a 15 per cent rise on the comparable figure 12 months earlier.

It includes 91 knife killings, 170 rapes or sexual assaults carried out with a blade, and 8,363 knife-point robberies.

There were also 5,570 knife crimes which either resulted in injury or involved an attempt to inflict serious harm on the victim.

The statisticians added that the increase in offending had taken London's knife crime total to the highest ever recorded. ...

They mean that an average of 40 knife crimes a day are now being carried out in the capital, with the 91 knife killings representing an 11 per cent increase over 12 months. ...

A detailed breakdown of the figures shows that /.../ there were 68 attempted murders using a knife and 725 threats to kill with a blade in the year to the end of June.

The figures do not include an additional 3,209 offences of possession of a bladed article as they cover only those incidents in which a knife was used.
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These men used bogus colleges as part of a 'cash for visas' scam
Andrew Bardsley
Manchester Evening News, 18 October 2018

Immigration racketeers used bogus colleges in a 'cash for visas' scam worth almost £3.5m.

St John College in Ashton and Kinnaird College in Manchester city centre had no books, equipment or teachers providing lessons.

Instead, bosses Muhammad Babar Bashir, 38, and Koteswara Nallamothu, 36, used them as a way to extract money from 1,300 people who wanted to live and study in the UK.

People would hand over cash to the pair in exchange for a 'golden ticket' - a confirmation of acceptance of study (CAS) letter - which enabled them to get a student visa.

The scam saw £2.6m pass through St John College's accounts, and a further £856,000 go through the accounts of Kinnaird College. ...

Now Bashir and Nallamothu are facing jail after being found guilty of conspiracy to facilitate breaches of UK immigration law following a lengthy Manchester Crown Court trial, which started back in July. ...

The colleges were run legitimately before the defendants took over. ...

The majority of students who applied for CAS were already living in the EU, but used it as a way of securing their immigration status.
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France Could See Record Asylum Claims, Three-Quarters of Migrants Likely to Stay
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 18 October 2018

Approximately three-quarters of the asylum seekers in France face little chance of deportation as the country is expected to have received a record number of asylum cases this year.

France could see as many as 130,000 asylum cases heard in 2018 according to new figures which would top last year's record number of applications that stood at 100,000, Le Figaro reports.

Newly released French Senate reports have claimed that most asylum seekers, up to 75 percent, do not face deportation and it is almost certain they will stay in the country. ...

The costs of asylum seekers to the French taxpayer is also a murky subject with no recent concrete figures being published by the government. In 2013, auditors accessed the cost of 66,000 migrant applications to be in the range of a billion euros.
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Divided Britain: study finds huge chasm in attitudes
Peter Walker
The Guardian, 17 October 2018

Britain is hugely divided across cultural, age and education lines, a major study of national attitudes has concluded, warning of a potential rise in far-right and anti-Islam sentiments unless politicians tackle long-standing disaffections behind the Brexit vote.

There is a particular chasm between people living in affluent, multicultural cities and those from struggling post-industrial towns, according to the report from Hope Not Hate, based on six years of polling and focus groups.

The study by the anti-fascism advocacy group uncovers the often glaring extent of geographic splits between people of varying attitudes, with opposition to immigration and multiculturalism correlating closely with socio-economic deprivation.

It found that of the 100 areas where people were most likely to oppose immigration, all were in towns or on the outskirts of cities, with 93 of them in the Midlands or north of England.

In contrast, the 100 areas most linked with what the report calls the "confident multicultural" population were all in major cities or close to universities, with 90% of them within a few hundred metres of a university.

Another key finding of the 60-page report, which links Hope Not Hate's years of polling 43,000 people with data from other organisations, is that while overall attitudes to multiculturalism are softening, the opposite is happening with Islam.

It found that between 2011 and 2018, the proportion of people who believed immigration as a whole had been good for Britain rose from 40% to 60%.

On attitudes specifically to Islam, however, the report found that while these softened between 2011 and 2016, this process then reversed, something it put down the series of terror attacks in the UK in 2017 and media coverage of sexual grooming gangs in places such as Rotherham.

The most recent polling by the group, of more than 10,000 people in July, found 32% of people believed there were Muslim "no-go areas" in Britain governed by Sharia law, a view endorsed by 49% of leave voters in the Brexit referendum. ...

It found that such divisions closely correlate with people's votes over Brexit, noting that opposition to the EU and prejudice towards Islam "are clearly interlinked issues for many".

But, it warned, departure from the EU alone is extremely unlikely to tackle the reasons why people in such poorer towns and city suburbs tend to be wary of change and hostile to immigration. ...

"Immigration has become a totemic emblem for the many grievances people feel in modern Britain," said Nick Lowles, the chief executive of Hope Not Hate, in an introduction to the report.

"The strong view in many of these communities is that they have been abandoned and left to rot by the political establishment in preference to addressing the needs and wishes of new arrivals in the cities." ...

Another key divide, also strongly manifested in the Brexit vote, is age, with younger people found to be notably less likely to see immigration as a significant national problem or to worry about Islamist terrorism.

Education was another significant split. Of people with degrees or higher qualifications, 76% believe immigration has been good for the country, against 45% of those whose schooling ended at 16.
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Labour Represent 86% of Areas Most Hostile To Immigration
Guido Fawkes, 17 October 2018

Hope Not Hate's new report out today has divides the public into six broad identity tribes, reflecting views on economic optimism and pessimism, community, values, immigration, race and religion. These tribes range from 'Confident multiculturals' at one extreme, to 'Active enmity' at the other.

The 'active emnity' tribe consists of those most hostile to immigration and those "opposed to all ethnicities or religions other than their own." Of these areas of the country, 86% are represented by Labour and just 3% by the Conservatives. The most likely inference is that Labour voters are more xenophobic. This will not make happy reading for the Labour's open border Islingtonian leadership...
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British-Nigerian filmmaker Adeyemi Michael: all immigrants are conquerors
BBC, 17 October 2018

British-Nigerian Filmmaker Adeyemi Michael tells BBC Africa about the inspiration behind his short film, Entitled, which he describes as a "fantasy documentary" re-imagining the first-generation immigrant experience.

The film has attracted attention for its traffic-stopping sequence featuring Adeyemi's own mother, dressed in full Yoruba finery, riding a stallion along a South London high street.

A celebration of motherhood and the preservation of one's cultural heritage, its message is both personal and universal.

Entitled has been selected to be screened this week at the 2018 BFI London Film Festival.
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White majorities feel threatened in an age of mass migration and calling them racist won't help
Eric Kaufmann
New Statesman, 17 October 2018
[Eric Kaufmann's book "Whiteshift: Populism, Immigration and the Future of White Majorities" is due on 25 October]

Wanting to keep a country ethnically and racially "pure" is racist. Seeking to slow down an ethnically different inflow so as not to disrupt radically the sense of ethnicity and nationhood of large numbers of people is not, on a dictionary definition, racist – though it becomes so if the reason for restriction is hating or fearing the newcomers.

Decades of social psychology research have shown that being attached to one's "in-group" doesn't make a person more hostile to "out-groups", except in situations of violent conflict. The Chinese person who moves to Chinatown is not doing so out of malice towards non-Chinese; the black resident of Brixton who wishes white hipsters would stop moving in is doing so out of attachment to a neighbourhood, not because she dislikes young whites. The American National Election Study shows that white Americans' warmth towards other whites does not predict coolness towards blacks or Hispanics. But it is linked to support for immigration restriction and Donald Trump.

... With current levels of immigration, Canada will shift from being approximately 80 per cent white in 2006 to around 20 per cent white in 2106. The white population in western European countries such as Britain will hover around the 50 per cent mark at the end of the century.

The mixed-race population will be trailing this transformation by a half-century. Even if immigration ground to a halt tomorrow, today's white majorities will undergo what I term "whiteshift", absorbing non-European ancestry through intermarriage. Three-quarters of people in Britain in 2150 will, like myself, be mixed-race.

In the British empire, people moved relatively freely between Britain and its overseas colonies. But high death rates resulted in limited population increase and few had the means to move to Britain. This began to change after 1945. Between 1955 and 1962, half a million people arrived from the Caribbean and Indian subcontinent. When the Conservatives tabled the Commonwealth Immigrants Act in 1961 to control the flow, it was attacked by Labour leader Hugh Gaitskell as a "plain anti-colour measure". Yet Labour's base, like the British population, favoured immigration control. In 1962, Labour quietly dropped its opposition to the measure without retracting the comments. ...

Western political philosophy is blind to population shifts because it was conceived at a time of ethnic and demographic stability between the 18th and mid-19th centuries. Even in 1900, no more than 1 to 2 per cent of west Europeans were foreign-born. The ideas of liberalism and democracy, and the notion of civic nationalism, presume a secure ethnic majority. ...

A review of public opinion research shows that opposition to immigration has a strong basis in cultural factors. For instance, I find British people become 25 percentage points more restrictive when rates of immigration are linked to the share of white Britons in the population in 2060. Insisting that whites' ethnic attachments are racist results in far worse effects – giving power to right-wing populists such as Donald Trump – than conducting a reasoned debate about the appropriate pace of ethnic change.
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Government could be on verge of a disastrous post-Brexit immigration policy
Migration Watch UK, 16 October 2018

It would be disastrous if the Government's new immigration policy were to adopt the recently published Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) proposals.

That is the verdict of a study (MW456: Likely consequences of the MAC's immigration policy) being published by Migration Watch UK.

The outcome of implementing the MAC recommendations would be to expose seven million jobs in Britain to new or increased competition from a huge global pool of labour with no limits on the numbers granted work permits and no requirement to show that a British worker is not available.

The main remaining requirement would be a salary of £30,000 a year despite the MAC themselves having themselves pointed out that salary levels can be manipulated.

The impact of such a system would be huge. Loosening the skill requirement for work permits from degree level to A-level would mean that ten million full-time jobs could be involved – five million highly-skilled jobs and five million jobs that are below university graduate level.

All highly-skilled posts would be subject to increased competition as there would now be no cap on numbers.

Of the five million or so below graduate-level jobs, two million are currently paid at or over £30,000 a year and so would also be directly affected. If there are changes to the salary limit or if salaries were to be manipulated, the number of jobs that could be affected could still exceed seven million.

The abolition of the requirement that employers must show that no British candidate is available prior to hiring from abroad would make it much simpler to bring in cheaper workers, or perhaps more experienced workers, at a lower salary than the equivalent British worker would expect.

The MAC themselves have pointed to academic research which found a strong preference among some employers for migrant workers and a 'prejudice' against UK workers.

Immigration is not, however, only about salaries. This work permit would be a route to settlement in the UK which would be a major non-financial incentive. It is also important to note that the immigrant communities already in the UK, who number over nine million, would gain a possible route for their relatives of which they would certainly wish to take advantage.

This scheme might be fine for employers who would be able to recruit a massive number of skilled and semi-skilled workers from overseas. However, it would be seriously detrimental to the future prospects for training British workers and therefore to the country as a whole.

The Conservative Party press release of 2 October, which outlined the Government's plan, claimed that 'crucially it will be fair to ordinary working people'. That is almost the reverse of the truth.
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UK automation picks up as migrant labour supply slows
Business Times, 16 October 2018

British manufacturers have long lagged behind their developed country peers on automation, thanks in part to a seemingly inexhaustible pool of workers from Europe.

The flow of low-cost labour has become less reliable since Britain voted to leave the European Union in June 2016, however.

Net migration from eastern Europe hit an eight-year low in the 12 months to March, official data shows, and industry groups fear the situation will only get worse.

Unlocking automation investment could have big implications for the economy. If companies tilt away from labour, economists say, it could boost productivity and take the lid off wage increases that have languished at around 2 per cent in recent years. ...

... The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) says British factories are less likely to use industrial robots than any other leading economy and even some countries in eastern Europe.

Bank of England (BOE) officials and industry experts say they may finally be catching up. ...

Customs data shows imports of multi-purpose industrial robots, which can be reprogrammed to perform new tasks and usually have arms capable of moving in three dimensions, rose to a record £83.2 million in the year to the end of July, up by 72 per cent on the previous 12-month period.

... Manufacturers used just 71 multi-purpose industrial robots per 10,000 factory workers in 2016, compared with 132 in France, 309 in Germany and 631 in South Korea, the world leader, according to IFR data.

Partly this reflects the smaller size of the UK's automotive sector, as car companies make particularly high use of robotics.

But even stripping out carmakers, British manufacturers are far behind their peers.
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Sweden Begins Hand Grenade Amnesty
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 16 October 2018

A grenade amnesty period begins in Sweden this week with the government guaranteeing those who hand in explosive devices to police will not face arrest or prosecution.

The weapons amnesty is set to take place between October 15th to January 11th of next year and is aimed at getting grenades and other explosives off the streets where they are being used by organised criminal gangs, broadcaster SVT reports. ...

Grenade attacks and other crimes involving explosives in Sweden have increased over the last several years with hand grenades becoming a popular weapon for organised criminal gangs. ...

A report released earlier this year by the National Forensic Centre (NFC) noted that hand grenades had been used a total of 43 times across the country last year by criminals.
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What Multiculturalism Hides
Jan Keller
Gatestone Institute, 16 October 2018

Prof. Jan Keller is a Czech Social Democrat Member of the European Parliament

Multiculturalism is not a manifestation of Europe's generosity, or some noble embodiment of love and truth. Multiculturalism is what remains after mass migration reveals itself as a threat, rather than a benefit, to the economies of European countries. ...

Now let us look at those who favor multiculturalism for the Czech Republic, in Eastern Europe, which has been resistant to it. What they do not grasp is that the Czech Republic today does not resemble France in the early part of the 20th century. We Czechs do not need to recruit foreign workers to perform menial jobs. On the contrary, we need to develop an economy based on skilled labor. It also does not make sense for us to seek highly skilled migrants for this purpose. ...

For decades, there has been a debate in Europe between the effort to slim down the welfare state, as opposed to continuing it to meet the needs of various disadvantaged sectors of the population. This debate has intensified sharply as the mass wave of refugees from North Africa and the Middle East has threatened to increase significantly the number of welfare recipients in Europe.

Under these circumstances, the nature of multiculturalism has changed. It has become a means to exert fierce psychological pressure primarily on the middle- and lower-income sectors in Europe. One form this pressure has taken is the equating of the plight of the current refugees to emigrants escaping to the West from behind the Iron Curtain. The comparison, however, does not really apply. The Eastern European at that time emigrants did not aspire to achieve "multicultural status". Their goal was to integrate – to adapt to a society that was so generous as to have accepted them.

In short, mass waves of migrants represent statistically significantly greater risks than opportunities. They do not serve to boost prosperity. Our insurance systems, which were founded by, and developed for, the nation states whose populations they were meant to serve, were simply never designed to cover them.
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French police are infiltrated by Islamic extremists, investigative journalists reveal
Abdelhamid Kaddour
Voice of Europe, 16 October 2018

A research project that was led by two French journalists has brought some shocking things to light, France Inter reports.

Gérard Davet and Fabrice Lhomme, two journalists from the newspaper Le Monde, accompanied five journalism students to conduct research in the migrant populated Seine-Saint-Denis suburb near Paris.

The project took nine months and was published in the book "Inch'allah, Islamisation with an open face". The book, which is being described by the authors as factual, tells about the progress of political Islam in France.

On Wednesday Davet and Lhomme gave an interview to France Inter and according to them the French police are infiltrated by Muslim extremists. ...

Author Fabrice Lhomme revealed that Seine-Saint-Denis's 1.5 million population is half-Muslim and explained that he had multiple different studies to support this claim.
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Is rising ethnic diversity a threat to the West?
Academy of Ideas, 16 October 2018

6:30pm, Thursday 6 December, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL

Immigration into Europe and North America from the Global South has been increasing. As populations in the West grow older, people have been drawn in from still-youthful developing countries. In North America, the share of the population that is white is expected to drop below 50 per cent by 2050. In Western Europe, this will likely happen by the end of the century.

These unprecedented shifts are already producing a strong reaction. Some, like the psychologist Karen Stenner, argue that large numbers of people are wired to view this kind of change as loss, and to see rising rates of ethnic diversity as a threat to their nations and ways of life. Many voters are turning to national populists, like Donald Trump in the United States, Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), the Sweden Democrats, the League in Italy and Viktor Orbán in Hungary. The populist wave shows few signs of abating.

Meanwhile, movements on the left, from the post-Obama Democrats to radical-left parties in Europe, are staking out a more pro-immigration position, making the case for immigration, refugees, multiculturalism and open borders. These changes point to a deepening polarisation. On the left, broadly speaking, partisans view open immigration as a moral issue, vowing to defend 'openness' against nativism and racism. On the right, many populist voters view immigration as an elite-led threat against their collective existence.

Is rising ethnic diversity a threat to liberalism in the West? If so, in what way? What do we actually know about populist voters and where are popular stereotypes going wrong? What might be done to fend off the populist wave and growing polarisation, if anything, or is it already too late? And where next for the West if the 'moderate middle' is not able to stage a return?

At this event, produced by Eric Kaufmann and Matthew Goodwin and co-sponsored by the Academy of Ideas and UnHerd, a panel of prominent academics and writers will explore these questions and engage direct. Doors will open at 6.30pm, with the debate beginning at 7pm and ending 9pm sharp.
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Two thirds support treating EU immigration in the same way as that from the rest of the world
Anthony Wells
YouGov, 15 October 2018

Depending on the precise outcome of the Brexit negotiations Britain is likely to be putting in place its own immigration rules for EU citizens after we leave the Union. At the Conservative party conference earlier this month the shape of those new immigration rules began to emerge, and we've polled the British public on what they make of them.

The central announcement was that the government planned to treat EU citizens who want to come and live in Britain in the same way as potential migrants from elsewhere in the world. This was widely supported - 65% of people thought it was the right approach, only 20% were opposed.

Attitudes towards the details of how a post-Brexit immigration policy might work were more evenly divided. Scrapping the current cap on highly skilled migrants was supported by 46% of people, opposed by 31% (a clear majority of Remain voters backed this aspect, Leavers were more narrowly divided - 45% support, 40% against). Requiring skilled migrants to have a job offer worth at least £30,000 had similar levels of support (46% support, 33% opposed), though the breakdown was different - this aspect was supported by Tories and Leave voters, but opposed by Remain and Labour voters.

More than half (52%) supported the idea of not allowing low-skilled immigration, with the possibility of a few limited exceptions like seasonal agricultural work; 30% were opposed. Again, this split the country down party lines, with strong support from Tory voters, but Labour voters breaking against the policy.

People were divided on requiring EU citizens to obtain visas before visiting the UK for tourism or business. 40% would support it, 42% were opposed.
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Kenyans Say Chinese Investment Brings Racism and Discrimination
Joseph Goldstein
New York Times, 15 October 2018

As the country embraces China's expanding presence in the region, many Kenyans wonder whether the nation has unwittingly welcomed an influx of powerful foreigners who are shaping the country's future – while also bringing racist attitudes with them.

It is a wrenching question for the nation, and one that many Kenyans, especially younger ones, did not expect to be confronting in the 21st century.

Kenya may have been a British colony, where white supremacy reigned and black people were forced to wear identification documents around their necks. But it has been an independent nation since 1963, with a sense of pride that it is among the region's most stable democracies.

Today, many younger Kenyans say that racism is a phenomenon they largely know indirectly, through history lessons and foreign news. But episodes involving discriminatory behavior by the region's growing Chinese work force have unsettled many Kenyans, particularly at a time when their government seeks closer ties with China. ...

Over the last decade, China has lent money and erected infrastructure on a sweeping scale across Africa. ...

But here in Nairobi, concerns about racism and discrimination are a growing part of the conversation about China's expanding presence. ...

Other Kenyan workers explained how their office bathrooms were separated by race: one for Chinese employees, the other for Kenyans. ...

The Chinese population in Kenya is difficult to count accurately, although one research group put the figure at around 40,000. Many are here for just a few years, to work for one of hundreds of Chinese companies. ...

Kenya, home to more than 40 officially recognized ethnic groups, has long had its own problems with prejudice and ethnic tensions. A disputed election in 2007 led to several weeks of mass violence, much of it along ethnic lines. And Kenyans of Indian and Pakistani descent have long felt secluded from mainstream Kenyan life, although the government has granted them greater official recognition.

But the Chinese presence has added a volatile new element and, at times, the Kenyan government has seemed divided over how to respond.
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Plane mutiny kept a gang rapist in the UK: Somali man whose deportation from the UK was stopped by plane passengers raped a 16-year-old girl in London and his accomplice went on to fight for ISIS
Martin Beckford
Mail on Sunday, 14 October 2018

A Somalian whose deportation from Britain was dramatically halted after airline passengers staged a mutiny demanding his release can be exposed today as a convicted gang rapist who was being kicked out of the country because of his sickening crime.

Officials escorting Yaqub Ahmed on a flight from Heathrow to Turkey were forced to abandon his deportation when around a dozen holidaymakers who felt sorry for him angrily intervened shortly before take-off.

At one stage during the astonishing episode, filmed on mobile phones, one traveller complained: 'They're separating him from his family', while others chanted 'take him off the plane'.

When harassed security guards caved in and walked 29-year-old Ahmed off the Turkish Airlines flight, he was seen thanking those on board for their support as they cheered and applauded.

One person was heard declaring: 'You're free, man!'

But the passengers who thought they were doing a good deed were unaware that the man they were defending had been sentenced to nine years in jail for his part in a vicious gang rape of a teenage girl – and that another member of his gang later fought for Islamic State in Syria. ...

He was released from prison after serving little more than four years, and lived in a halfway house in North London until recently. Because he had been jailed for such a serious crime, the Home Office ordered his deportation, which led to him being placed on the flight to Istanbul last Tuesday afternoon. ...

The Home Office previously spent millions of pounds a year chartering planes to fly failed asylum seekers and foreign national offenders to their home countries, most commonly Albania, Pakistan and Nigeria. But because of the cost of the flights, it now increasingly books seats on commercial services.

Latest figures show the Home Office spent £17 million on scheduled flights and £8.6 million on charter flights to deport people in 2016-17. ...

One of Ahmed's co-defendants, Adnan Mohamud, was granted refugee status in Britain in 2002 having been born in Somalia, and is still thought to be in the UK.
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Foreign fraudsters are lying about being beaten by their wives so they can exploit a legal loophole and gain UK residency faster
Charlotte Wace and Jonathan Bucks
Mail on Sunday, 14 October 2018

Foreign fraudsters are masquerading as victims of domestic violence to trick officials into letting them stay in Britain.

Campaigners say hundreds of Britons, including a growing number of women, are being exploited by con artists who dupe them into marriage abroad – with the sole aim of returning to the UK to claim permanent resident status.

Once in Britain they pretend to be victims of domestic violence and use a loophole to fast-track residency applications.

The Mail on Sunday has seen evidence in a series of cases where foreign men have been allowed to stay in the UK after fabricating claims of domestic abuse – even when their wives have been cleared.

Three years ago, a report found the number of foreigners applying to stay in the UK as victims of domestic abuse had soared from 59 in 2002 to 1,224 in 2015.

Campaigners say they are now receiving reports of fabricated domestic abuse claims by those seeking to stay in the UK at the rate of one every day. ...

Yet another case involved a British woman who was raped by her already- married Pakistani husband who then claimed she had raped him.

All allegations against her were dropped but he was granted permanent residency on the basis of being a victim.

Under current immigration rules, foreigners who marry Britons have to wait five years before they are granted permanent rights to live and work in the UK.

However, rules known as the Destitute Domestic Violence Concession mean that, if the foreign spouse claims their partner has been abusive, Home Office officials are bound to consider their case and can award them Indefinite Leave To Remain (ILR) in as little as three months.

Even if they do not get ILR, fraudsters will often allege domestic abuse to delay efforts to deport them.

The report in 2015 by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration highlighted alarming failures by Home Office when it came to staff checking the validity of domestic abuse claims.

Investigators found that case workers relied too heavily on unverified evidence, such as letters from domestic violence charities, rather than interviewing the applicant themselves.

An analysis of 25 cases where approval to remain had been granted found the decision in 15 had been wrong and that in 16 cases, no approach for information about the abuse allegations had been made to police.

Kim Sow, from the victim support group Immigration Marriage Fraud Consultancy, established in 2013 to monitor cases and help victims, said: 'No fraudster should be left unpunished and no victim of fraud should have their lives totally destroyed by an unfair, unjust and discriminatory process.

'If the Home Office, police and Crown Prosecution Service continue failing to address the issue of immigration marriage fraud, an open door remains for fraudsters to enter the UK.'
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Review: Whiteshift: Populism, Immigration and the Future of White Majorities by Eric Kaufmann – the future of mixed-race Britain
David Goodhart
Sunday Times, 14 October 2018

Some people will be dismayed, even angered, at the claims made by Eric Kaufmann, a mixed-race, London-based Canadian academic, in this extraordinary book.

He defends white identity politics and white ethnic "self interest"; believes the anti-racism taboo has become too all-encompassing; thinks economics has little to do with the populist revolt; defends qualified ethnic selection in immigration; and believes civic Britishness is too bland to bind us together.

Yet this is no polemic: he backs up his claims with numbers and close argument over a sometimes exhausting 600 pages. ...

I recall him explaining, many years ago, that ethnicity is not something inherently sinister, it is just attachment to ancestry and myths of ancestry. It can take an extreme form, as it did in the first part of the 20th century, but, as with religion or other forms of belief, extremism is not inherent.

And despite increased human mobility, ethnicity is not disappearing. About 80% of the world's major countries have an ethnic majority, and being held together by such a majority seems to be a condition of national success – compare fragmented Africa with majoritarian east Asia. ...

White people are already a minority in most major cities of North America, while minorities are projected to be in the majority in the US, Canada and New Zealand by 2050, with the UK following later in the century.

"So what?" will be the reaction of many of the educated and liberal-minded, who tend to have rather weak ethnic attachments. So a great deal, says Kaufmann. This shift is replacing white majority self-confidence with an existential insecurity, channelled by the lightning rod of immigration, and a reduced willingness to "indulge the anti-white ideology of the cultural left".

A degree of turbulence is inevitable as we move from white ethnic homogeneity to mixed-race majorities by the end of the century, but Kaufmann is by no means apocalyptic. ...

The book explores the four different responses of white majorities to ethnic change: fight (voting for populists), repress (pretend nothing is happening), flee (avoid diverse neighbourhoods) and join (via friendship and intermarriage with minorities). ...

He sympathises with black people in Brixton who feel swamped by white hipsters, as well as white people in Barking who feel alienated by rapid non-white immigration. And he prefers a "multivocal" approach to national identities, in which people from different backgrounds identify in different ways, rather than a dry, top-down, British-values approach.

On the other hand, he thinks liberals are wrong to think a strong attachment to one's own ethnic group must mean hostility to others'. And he insists that a white "ethnic self-interest" in slowing immigration to preserve a culture and a way of life is legitimate. Polls show that most people of all races in both America and the UK agree with him. ...

On segregation and integration, he shows how white behaviour is similar everywhere, from liberal Canada to restrictive Denmark. Most white British citizens want to live in areas that are 70%-plus white – and most still do: 80% of white Britons live in wards that are 90% white, while nearly half of minorities live in "majority minority" wards. We mainly still stick to our own.
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MPs must stop informing on migrants to the Home Office, charities demand
Tim Wyatt
Independent, 13 October 2018

Almost one in five MPs have now signed a pledge to never report a constituent to the immigration authorities in response to a charity campaign.

A coalition of migrant advocacy groups - including Liberty, Migrant Rights Network and Global Justice Now - have called to MPs to promise to never inform on migrants who ask them for help.

The campaign, "MPs Not Border Guards", has written to the Speaker of the House of Commons, demanding that he intervene to stop the practice.

Exclusive figures revealed by The Independent in June showed that MPs had reported 723 suspected illegal immigrants to the Home Office between 2012 and 2017.

Currently, 113 out of the 650 MPs have signed the pledge to protect those with uncertain immigration status who approach them at constituency surgeries.

The majority are from Labour, along with 25 from the Scottish National Party and eight Liberal Democrats. Only one Conservative - Heidi Allen - has added her name.

More than 3,200 people have also emailed their own MP to ask them to join the campaign, the MPs Not Border Guards website says. ...

The chief executive of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, Satbir Singh, said that if MPs continued to inform on migrants who asked them for advice, they would drive vulnerable people "further underground and into the shadows". ...

But some MPs disagreed. Tory Christopher Chope said that he had personally called the immigration hotline.

"I have reported cases of immigration crime on behalf of constituents who have felt their neighbours are engaged in illegal working when they shouldn't have been in the country," he told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme. "Home Office policy is very much to ensure that, as far as possible, life is made uncomfortable for those one million illegals, so that they will be encouraged to go back to where they came from rather than be a burden on our public services here."

This view was echoed by Lord Green, the chairman of the anti-immigration group Migration Watch UK.

"The task of MPs is to represent the electorate, not those who have no right to be in the country at all," he said. "Illegal immigrants are not constituents and over three-quarters of the electorate consider illegal immigration to be a serious problem.

"MPs are not immigration officers, but to make public pledges that have the effect of encouraging illegal immigrants to stay in the UK is irresponsible and further erodes public trust in our political system."
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Distorting History Month
Chris McGovern
Conservative Woman, 13 October 2018
[Chris McGovern is the Chairman of the Campaign for Real Education]

This is Black History Month in our schools and Jeremy Corbyn is calling for even more teaching about the evils of the British Empire and the slave trade.

It is, perhaps, time to take stock of the black history enterprise. Remember, though, that if you are White British you will be suffering from an ailment known as 'unconscious bias' which means that any views you hold do not count.

Let us start with a question. What was the 'black' dimension to events surrounding Magna Carta in 1215? This was asked, back in the late 1980s, by Norman Stone, Oxford University professor of modern history, of a debating chamber audience. He was my fellow-speaker in an educational debate at Ruskin College. From this venue, in 1976, prime minister James Callaghan had kicked off a nationwide dialogue about education that is still with us today. Black History Month is but one facet of that continuing dialogue.

Our audience at Ruskin were principally classroom teachers. They were enraged by Stone's question – a response to a growing demand from the teaching profession that school history lessons become more racially inclusive. Professor Stone was doing no more than making the point that if history teaching is filtered by what we now call 'politically correct' perspectives, subject knowledge becomes distorted. Unusually, for an educational 'tough guy', the professor seemed genuinely taken back by the vehement hostility of the teachers sitting in front of him.

'What on earth was there to argue about?' he must have thought. Other than a universal application as a charter of rights there is no more a meaningful 'black' dimension to the events surrounding Magna Carta than there is a meaningful 'white' dimension to the pre-colonial Inca empire or a meaningful Hispanic dimension to the deliberations of Iceland's Viking assembly, the Althing. 'Welcome,' I told Professor Stone, 'to the classroom revolution, to the use of education for the purpose of brainwashing.'

Classroom teaching as a political tool has become the norm in Britain. An entire month devoted to black history has become institutionalised, regardless of its value in terms of acquiring historical knowledge. It could be cogently argued that Black History Month should be balanced by Asian, Asian British, Hispanic, Native American, Chicano, Indian, Latino, African American, Arab, Chinese British and Australian Aborigine history months. ...

... The notion that slavery and racism is somehow a white British attribute is a distortion of history and socially divisive. Enslavement of others and associated racism is characteristic of humanity in general, regardless of race.

The much-admired ancient civilisations of Greece and Rome, for example, were built on slavery. Britain, too, was once enslaved and its enslavers included, ironically and most viciously, an African Emperor, Septimius Severus, who died in York before he had the chance to fulfil a promise to exterminate all those living north of Hadrian's Wall. ...

It should be more widely known, too, that at least a million white slaves, many from the British Isles, were once traded in the slave markets of north Africa and Turkey. What is most important for young people, in particular, to know about slavery is that it was the British who first abolished the slave trade and slavery.
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French hero, who sacrificed himself to save a hostage from an Islamist, won't have a place named after him as 'it may offend Muslims'
Abdelhamid Kaddour
Voice of Europe, 13 October 2018

French hero Arnaud Beltrame, who sacrificed himself to save a hostage from a Islamist terrorist, won't have a place named after him because it may upset Marseille's huge Muslim community, Valeurs Actuelles reports.

On 24 March 2018, an ISIS terrorist stormed a supermarket in Trèbes, armed with a handgun, a hunting knife and three homemade bombs. He shot two people dead and took others hostage.

During the negotiation with the police, the terrorist accepted Beltrame's offer to swap places with the last hostage, a female cashier. ...

After a three-hour stand-off with the police, Radouane Lakdim, the 25-year-old terrorist, stabbed (even though rumours circulated that he sliced Beltrame's throat) and murdered Arnaud Beltrame.

But apparently, paying tribute to Beltrame's sacifice is seen as being potentially offensive by Marseille's leftist elected officials.

Here's what Stephane Ravier, Marseille's 7th district National Rally mayor, revealed during a town council with Marseille's elected officials.

"Leftist elected officials, socialist and communist, refused that a place in the 15th district be named after Arnaud Beltrame, in the first time, they've said, under fallacious pretext, that this place wasn't prestigious enough, before telling the truth in these terms: we are on the field, we witnessed that the population has changed and if we give the name of Arnaud Beltrame in this district, the population will take that as a provocation".
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Indians top list of 'overstayers' in U.K.
Vidya Ram
The Hindu, 12 October 2018

India accounts for the largest number of individuals staying in the U.K. illegally, and the number of those subjected to forced returns to India has fallen by 50% in three years, Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office has said.

The problem of "visa overstayers" was highlighted by the department in its submission to a British parliamentary committee's "Global Britain and India' inquiry into post-Brexit relations with India.

The focus on overstayers is significant, suggesting that there is little sign of change on an issue that has overshadowed bilateral relationships. Tensions came to a head earlier this year when Britain's Trade Secretary Liam Fox linked the decision on excluding Indians from a relaxation of student visa requirements to cooperation between the two countries on the return of illegal migrants, including India's failure to sign an MOU with the U.K. on the issue during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit in April.

Subsequently, Indian High Commissioner Y.K. Sinha questioned Britain's focus and stance on overstayers. "I am sure there are many [overstayers] but where did this figure of 100,000 come from?" he said in June. ...

The Royal Commonwealth Society warned that the state of Indian visas into the U.K. was "abysmal" and reiterated its call for Indian visitors to be given similar conditions as Chinese tourists, who were able to get a two-year multiple entry visa at nearly 75% lower cost than others. "In recent years, the U.K. appears to have neglected the India relationship in favour of fostering better relations with China."

The immigration issue had caused "seriously ill feeling" in India towards Britain, warned crossbench member of the House of Lords Karan Bilimoria.

However, on the issue of visas, the Foreign Office submission highlighted what it saw as key achievements on visas to Indian nationals. These included Britain having more visa centres in India than any other country in the world, Britain issuing more skilled worker visas to India than all other countries in the world combined and the fact that 90% of Indian nationals, who applied for a visa, were successful.
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One day the French will be told that they are the strangers in France – President Macron's former advisor
Abdelhamid Kaddour
Voice of Europe, 12 October 2018

One of Emmanuel Macron's former advisors warned the French President that the day will come that French citizens will be strangers in their own country, BFMTV reports.

There are people, that when the day will come, will make us understand that we are the strangers, Philippe de Villiers said in a TV interview with French broadcaster BFMTV on Thursday. ...

Despite being a huge critic of the Islamisation of France, he surprisingly was also a confidant and advisor of President Emmanuel Macron during his election campaign.

De Villiers started the interview by warning his fellow French citizens that they may become foreigners in their own country.

"We are not conscious today that we, for decades now, have established (...) two societies, facing each other and now a counter society, with people who are mentally secessioned and one day they'll make us understand that we are the strangers". ...

De Villiers also addressed France's immigration problem and Macron's lack of action on it, even though he said that the president promised to him in private conversations that he'll try to solve it.
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Bosses told to reveal their ethnic salary gap: Radical plans to force 10,000 firms to publish salary differences between white and ethnic staff
John Stevens
Daily Mail, 11 October 2018

Bosses will be made to reveal salary differences between their white and ethnic minority staff.

The radical plans to tackle racial inequality mirror rules introduced earlier this year to expose the gender pay gap.

More than 10,000 companies employing over 250 staff would have to publish the figures annually.

Around 10 million workers would be covered. Theresa May, who will unveil the plans today, said: 'Too often ethnic minority employees feel they're hitting a brick wall when it comes to career progression.

'The measures we are taking will help employers identify the actions needed to create a fairer and more diverse workforce.'

Businesses are to be consulted on the initiative – part of a nationwide 'Race at Work Charter'. Officials say the 250-staff threshold may be raised to spare smaller firms.

But Mrs May's plan was criticised by free market think-tanks.

Matt Kilcoyne of the Adam Smith Institute said: 'Rather than engaging with the hard task of removing structural barriers to opportunity many still face, this headline-grabbing measure will raise costs to business.

'Migrants may face natural barriers to success from language, and illegitimate barriers from occupational licensing and discrimination.

'These figures will mask the complex causes of racial inequality and be used to sour relations between Britons.'

Len Shackleton of the Institute of Economic Affairs said: 'This is a Pandora's Box. There are over 100 ethnicities in this country, most of which are as different from each other as they are from white Brits.

'Forcing businesses to report on pay will result in meaningless statistics because the numbers for particular ethnicities within one firm are likely to be statistically insignificant, where nothing can be really be gleaned from them.

'Essentially the Government would be burdening businesses with more bureaucracy without any useful return.' ...

Mrs May will also today set out the actions she is taking to ensure public sector leaders are representative of the communities they serve.

The NHS, military, schools and police forces will have to set out plans to increase high-level recruitment from ethnic minority backgrounds.

The Government is naming Karen Blackett, a senior executive at the advertising giant WPP, as its 'Race at Work Champion'. Miss Blackett, whose parents grew up in Barbados before moving to Britain, has spoken of how her promotion was important because she is black, female and from a working-class background.
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Political correctness is widely unpopular with Americans of all ages and races, a study finds
Sinéad Baker
Business Insider, 11 October 2018

Most Americans dislike the culture of political correctness despite pervasive stereotypes based on age and race and the general understanding of deeply decided society, a new study has found.

A report published Wednesday by More in Common, an organization looking to reduce polarization and social division in communities, found that 80% of the US public believe that political correctness is a problem.

It found that even young people are uncomfortable with it, including 74% of people aged 24-29 and 79% percent of those under 24 – meaning those who don't see it as a problem are in the minority across all ages.

And it found that a majority of people of all races dislike political correctness.

79% of whites saw political correctness as a problem compared to 82% of Asians, 87% of Hispanics, and 88% of American Indians. African Americans are most likely to support political correctness, with 75% seeing it as a problem.
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Influx of low-skilled workers from the EU had 'no clear benefit' for Britain, Government's immigration tsar claims
Jack Doyle
Daily Mail, 10 October 2018

The influx of low-skilled migrants from the EU has brought 'no clear benefit' to Britain, the Government's immigration tsar said last night.

Professor Alan Manning, chairman of the Migration Advisory Committee, argued it had cost taxpayers' money as overall they cost more in benefits and public services than they paid in taxes.

Appearing before MPs, he said low-skilled migration since 2004, when Labour threw open the doors to Eastern Europeans, 'hasn't really had positive effects and has had negative effects'.

Prof Manning added: 'Our view is for that lower-skilled migration, there is no clear benefit for UK residents.' He also rejected claims from big business that cuts to migrants would damage the economy.
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Ruthless pair behind '£8 million' cash-for-crash scam who set up 250 road collisions to defraud insurance companies by targeting innocent drivers are jailed for a total of 12 years
Sebastian Murphy-bates
MailOnline, 10 October 2018

Two men behind a cash-for-crash scam that may have topped £8 million and involved 250 collisions were today slammed by a judge who said all insurance customers will pay for the fraud through higher premiums.

Boota Ram masterminded the sophisticated, large-scale fraud by orchestrating crashes with innocent drivers, mainly on mini-roundabouts.

The 38-year-old from Slough used false driving licences and fake documents to make claims against dozens of insurance companies for fabricated injuries or vehicle damage.

Police found the baker's car boot crammed with items necessary to make claims including dozens of fake IDs and insurance documents, with a judge branding the vehicle a 'mobile fraudster's office'. ...

Ram was handed a nine-year prison sentence after a jury convicted him of conspiracy to commit fraud over a three-year period. He was jailed in his absence after absconding part way through the trial.

His nephew, Gagandeep Gagandeep, was jailed for three years for his part in the conspiracy. ...

Judge Paul Dugdale said every person in the UK would feel the impact of this significant fraud through increased insurance premiums. ...

Judge Dugdale said he had to pass sentence on Ram despite the fact he vanished from the courtroom and was suspected of being in London, because he did not think he would be picked up by police for up to 15 years due to high number of false drivers licences and false documentation he had.
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Belgium smashes human trafficking ring 'smuggling migrants into Britain'
Romina McGuinness
Daily Express, 10 October 2018

Belgium has broken up a ring of human traffickers who smuggled mainly Sudanese and Eritrean migrants into Britain for a charge of up to £2,200 (€2,500) each, justice officials said on Monday.

Ten people were arrested during raids in the Brussels region on Sunday. Three were released without charge while the remaining seven – all male – were placed in pre-trial detention.

All have since been officially charged with offences relating to "human trafficking within the framework of a criminal organisation," the Brussels public prosecutor's office said in a statement.

The trafficking ring was based in Brussels and would smuggle "up to 20 migrants" into Britain a day by hiding them inside UK-bound refrigerated lorries, according to prosecutors.

The migrants are said to have paid the smugglers anything between £430 and £2,200 (€500 and €2,500) each for the journey, local prosecutors said.
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Serbia Scraps Visa-Free Entry For Iranians
Radio Farda / Reuters, 10 October 2018

Serbia has scrapped visa-free entry for Iranians, little more than year after it introduced it to boost tourism, a government decree published in the Official Gazette on Wednesday said. ...

... In August 2017 Belgrade decided to abolish visas for Iranians, to boost tourism, improve growth and reach out to non-European markets.

But authorities say that the number of illegal migrants from Iran who travel to Serbia and then try to cross into the European Union countries rocketed this year and last. ...

"The move is a response to the problem that many people (from Iran) enter Serbia and either attempt to travel to the West or to seek asylum," Djurovic Rados Djurovic, of the Belgrade-based Asylum Protection Centre told Reuters. ...

Currently there are around 4,000 registered migrants from Asia and the Middle East and elsewhere in Serbia's government-operated centres, while hundreds of others are scattered in the capital Belgrade or around borders with Bosnia or Croatia, a European Union member state.

More than 650,000 people, many of them fleeing war and poverty, passed through non-EU Serbia in 2015 on their way to the West. The route was largely shut down in March 2016, but migrants continue to arrive.
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People's perceptions of EU immigration: it's the economy, stupid!
Johnny Runge
NIESR, 10 October 2018

What factors drive people's negative views of immigration? Some have argued that anti-immigrant sentiments are driven by cultural concerns about the impact on our national identity and our traditional 'way of life' which is perceived to be threatened by the influx of foreigners with different cultural values and customs. Others focus on how attitudes are driven by economic concerns such as the perceived negative impact on jobs, wages and public services.

This has been debated extensively in the academic literature. NIESR's recent research on immigration attitudes, carried out with colleagues from Birkbeck, did not set out primarily to answer these questions, yet some of our findings are highly relevant to this on-going debate.

Firstly our findings, based on in-depth focus groups in the Leave voting area of Sittingbourne, Kent, indicate that people's concerns gravitate strongly around economic considerations and particularly about the impact on jobs, wages and public services. One interpretation of this and other studies, such as the recent one by British Future, is that the economic story is people's way of presenting their cultural concerns framed as a more acceptable form of objection in a focus group setting. But the people in our focus groups did not shy away from raising their cultural concerns, without prompt, frequently and quite forcefully. Yet even in this very open environment, where all views could be voiced and indeed were voiced, the predominant theme in relation to the impact of EU migration was the focus on migrants' economic contribution.

Our focus groups made it clear that different immigrant groups are typically associated with different concerns. This observation is in line with a few recent experimental survey studies /.../ which have found that EU migrants, and particularly Eastern European migrants, are perceived as a threat in economic terms while Muslim migrants and ethnic minorities are perceived as a threat in terms of culture, security and crime. ...

What does all this mean? Our conclusion is that people see EU migration predominantly as an economic threat, but this is often conflated with their cultural concerns about other migrant groups or ethnic minorities. Of course, the irony is that the economic evidence on whether migrants contribute positively or negatively to the public purse and public services strongly points to the former. This leads us straight to the issue of how people come to hold views about immigration and how they respond to economic evidence, which was one of the main aims of our research.
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Australia considers forcing new migrants to live in rural areas
BBC, 9 October 2018

The Australian government has unveiled a proposal to force new migrants to live outside Sydney and Melbourne.

The policy would aim to ease congestion in Australia's two biggest cities while boosting regional areas, Population Minister Alan Tudge said on Tuesday.

The government may introduce visa conditions to limit where some migrants live for up to five years, he said.

However, some experts have questioned whether the idea is enforceable and likely to achieve its goals.

Currently, about two-fifths of Australia's 25 million people live in Sydney and Melbourne.

Though Australia's population growth rate ranks 77th globally, according to the World Bank, it is high among OECD nations - rising by 1.6% last year.

The growth has been driven largely by migration, with most people settling in Melbourne, Sydney and south-east Queensland, according to the government.

That has contributed to infrastructure and congestion problems, with Melbourne and Sydney each expected to exceed eight million residents by 2030. ...

"There is a strong argument for the government to redirect new migrants to the bush... but there needs to be sufficient employment for them, and that's the big Achilles heel of the whole idea," Prof Jock Collins from the University of Technology told the BBC.
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Albanian convicted of murder left free to commit crime in UK
Jon Austin
Daily Express, 9 October 2018

An immigrant convicted of murder and on the run from a 25-year jail term in his native Albania is free on bail in Britain despite a history of offending here. Hektor Mahmutaj, 42, on Interpol's most-wanted list, is fighting extradition which he says would infringe his human rights.

He was convicted in his absence to 25 years for shooting dead farmer Gentjan Jahaj in Albania in July 1997.

Westminster magistrates court heard that Mahmutaj hid on a farm after the murder then fled to the UK, smuggling himself here in a lorry, in December the same year. He has lived in Britain ever since, using 13 aliases to avoid detection.

Alarmingly Mahmutaj, who lives in Huyton in Liverpool, was prosecuted and jailed a number of times in the UK since 2002, but avoided any extradition attempts for several years by using the aliases that fooled the authorities.

His UK offences have included drink driving, driving while disqualified and in 2007 he was jailed for two-and-a-half years at Liverpool Crown Court for possession of firearms. ...

... In the meantime, after paying a £10,000 surety to the court, Mahmutaj is free to walk the streets apart from during a four-hour daily curfew from 11pm until 3am, which is electronically monitored. ...

He says the extradition is unfair as he has never been arrested for the offence and was tried in his absence and it would break up his family. He has a partner in the UK - they have a child and she is expecting another. He also sees a daughter from a previous relationship. ...

A Home Office spokeswoman was unable to say why Mahmutaj was not deported in 2003 when he first came to the attention of the criminal justice system as an illegal immigrant.
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British IS fighters can return to UK from Syria even if they cannot be prosecuted, says security minister
Martin Bentham
Evening Standard, 9 October 2018

British Islamic State fighters who have taken part in the conflict in Syria will be accepted back into this country even if they cannot be prosecuted, the Government's security minister said today.

Ben Wallace said it was his "number-one preference" to see Britons from IS face justice in a court, and this country would accept any who were either sent here or returned voluntarily.

But he warned there were "clear legal challenges", both in securing the return of Britons currently held by Kurdish forces in Syria and in obtaining enough evidence to prosecute some of them. ...

He added: "British citizens are British citizens. If they seek to come back to this country or another country deports them, we will take them and we will either seek to convict them or we will try to deradicalise them." He also warned of a growing threat of a chemical or biological attack in this country.
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Births to Legal and Illegal Immigrants in the U.S.
Steven A. Camarota, Karen Zeigler, and Jason Richwine
Center for Immigration Studies, 9 October 2018

One of the most obvious and enduring impacts of immigration occurs through immigrants' children. Long after immigrants pass on, their descendants will continue to shape the political, economic, and cultural life in the receiving society. Examining births to immigrants is thus a way of measuring the scale of immigration and its impact on the United States. Because the United States automatically awards citizenship to all persons born in the country, including those born to temporary visitors or illegal immigrants, the overwhelming majority of these children will stay in the United States.

This analysis looks at births to immigrants based on an analysis of the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS). ...

In 2014, one in five births (791,000) in the United States was to an immigrant mother (legal or illegal). Our best estimate is that legal immigrants accounted for 12.4 percent (494,000) of all births, and illegal immigrants accounted for 7.5 percent (297,000).

The 297,000 births per year to illegal immigrants is larger than the total number of births in any state other than California and Texas. ...

Among the native-born, a large share of new mothers (42 percent) are either uninsured or on Medicaid. The rate is even higher among new mothers who are legal immigrants (47 percent) and higher still for new mothers who are in the United States illegally (67 percent). Almost all of these births are likely paid for by taxpayers.

Of all births likely paid for by taxpayers, about one in four (429,000) was to an immigrant (legal or illegal). Illegal immigrants account for 11 percent (198,000) of all publicly funded births, and legal immigrants are another 13 percent (231,000).

We estimate that the cost to taxpayers for births to immigrants (legal and illegal) is roughly $5.3 billion – $2.4 billion of which is for illegal immigrants.
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'THE GOOD CENSOR': Leaked Google Briefing Admits Abandonment of Free Speech for 'Safety And Civility'
Allum Bokhari
Breitbart, 9 October 2018

An internal company briefing produced by Google and leaked exclusively to Breitbart News argues that due to a variety of factors, including the election of President Trump, the "American tradition" of free speech on the internet is no longer viable.

Despite leaked video footage showing top executives declaring their intention to ensure that the rise of Trump and the populist movement is just a "blip" in history, Google has repeatedly denied that the political bias of its employees filter into its products.

But the 85-page briefing, titled "The Good Censor," admits that Google and other tech platforms now "control the majority of online conversations" and have undertaken a "shift towards censorship" in response to unwelcome political events around the world.

Examples cited in the document include the 2016 election and the rise of Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) in Germany.

Responding to the leak, an official Google source said the document should be considered internal research, and not an official company position.

The briefing labels the ideal of unfettered free speech on the internet a "utopian narrative" that has been "undermined" by recent global events as well as "bad behavior" on the part of users. ...

It acknowledges that major tech platforms, including Google, Facebook and Twitter initially promised free speech to consumers. ...

The briefing argues that Google, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are caught between two incompatible positions, the "unmediated marketplace of ideas" vs. "well-ordered spaces for safety and civility."

According to the briefing itself, it was the product of an extensive process involving "several layers of research," including expert interviews with MIT Tech Review editor-in-chief Jason Pontin, Atlantic staff writer Franklin Foer, and academic Kalev Leetaru. 35 cultural observers and 7 cultural leaders from seven countries on five continents were also consulted to produce it.

What is also clear is that many of the briefing's recommendations are now reflected in the policy of Google and its sibling companies.
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Athens blames Turkey for surge in migrant arrivals
Tania Georgiopoulou
Kathimerini, 9 October 2018

Greece is pointing the finger of blame for the increased numbers of undocumented migrants flowing into the the Evros region from Turkey on the easing of vigilance by Turkish border authorities.

"There is very strong pressure at the Evros border while at the same time direct contact between local authorities in Greece and Turkey has stopped, which is making the problem worse," a senior official at the Citizens' Protection Ministry told Kathimerini.

Meanwhile, reports that some 500,000 Afghans have recently entered Turkey from Iran and Iraq have sparked fears they could be heading for Greece. ...

According to official data, a total of 1,010 people smugglers were arrested in the period spanning January to August while another 180 were nabbed in September.

Last week, Migration Policy Minister Dimitris Vitsas told Parliament that 3,300 illegal migrants slipped through the Evros border in 2016, while 5,500 crossed in 2017.

The figure has risen exponentially in 2018, with some 12,000 having so far entered the country.
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Cross in Lesvos pulled down after coexistence group on the island claims it's offensive to migrants
Greek City Times, 9 October 2018

A huge cement Christian cross, which was built on the rocky shore of Apelli, under the castle of Mytilene in Lesvos, in honour of the people that have died swimming there has been pulled down as a co-existence group based on the island claimed it was offensive to migrants who are not Christian.

According to Lesvos News, the placement of the cross caused negative reactions from aid organisations and a letter was sent to the Harbour Minister of Lesvos and the Mayor of Lesvos, by a coexistence group in Lesvos, stating the Cross was placed there to prevent migrants from swimming. ...

"Please we ask for you to get rid of this inappropriateness of a religious symbol in a swimming site and its conversion into a tool of aspiring crusaders."

A few days after this, the cross was taken down overnight.
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Robert Peston admits BBC was 'patronising' and 'got it wrong on immigration' by ignoring viewers' worries
Alisha Rouse
Daily Mail, 8 October 2018

The BBC ignored how migration was affecting millions of its viewers, Robert Peston has admitted.

ITV's political editor, who spent nine years at the corporation, accused the BBC of not being impartial and said it had 'neglected the effect' the EU was having on British families.

'I love the BBC but I did feel that during the Brexit campaign they slightly got confused about what impartial journalism meant,' said Peston, who left the BBC in 2015.

'For too long, people like me had a particular view of the benefits of globalisation and we simply neglected the effect it was having on millions of our citizens.'

He said that journalists including himself had 'patronised' viewers by failing to listen to their worries about migration.

'When we have all that migration from eastern Europe, people like me focused too much on the economic benefits in terms of the rates we were growing, and not enough on the experience of communities who were changing rapidly as a result', he told the Cheltenham Literature Festival.

'In a way, we were slightly patronising. People like me were basically saying "don't you know this is making the country richer?"

'In fact, it was also dislocating hundreds of thousands to millions of lives, and those people's lives had been radically changed by immigration.

'It is not, in my view, racist to be concerned if the composition of your community changes by something like 10 or 15 per cent over a very small number of years.'
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Illegal immigrant and £70,000 cannabis courier jailed
Megi Rychlikova
York Press, 8 October 2018

A cannabis courier and illegal immigrant is today behind bars because he drove an uninsured Mercedes, York Crown Court heard.

Rob Galley, prosecuting, said when North Yorkshire Police pulled Shkelqim Meta, 33, over near Wetherby Services on the A1(M) to discuss the traffic crime on September 2, they smelt the drug and searched the car.

Inside they found 7.32 kg of skunk cannabis worth about £70,000 in street deals.

He had been convicted of having a fake immigration document in March, driving without insurance and driving without a licence in a separate case.

Philip Standfast, defending, said Meta had been in the country for about six years, working in car washes and other cash in hand jobs without coming to the attention of the police. ...

Meta, who followed proceedings with the aid of an Albanian translator, was given a nine-month prison sentence and was banned from driving for 15 and a half months.
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Rising Ethnic Diversity In Populous Areas Increases Whites' Fears
Alex Bolano
Science Trends, 8 October 2018

According to proponents of "contact theory," rising ethnic diversity in majority white communities will lead to less racial animus. The reasoning behind the theory is that when whites get to meet and know members of ethnic minorities on a personal and community level, they will develop more positive views of members of that ethnic minority. Some studies seem to support the opposite conclusion though; that increased ethnic diversity increases feelings of threat and distrust amongst whites. Some studies also seem to imply that the more conservative a population is, the more likely they are to respond negatively to outsiders and those who hold differing political opinions.

The prominence of conflicting data on the matter has led to a lack of clarity on the relationship between ethnic diversity and feelings of fear and resentment from whites. A recent study published in the journal Social Science Research provides evidence that both of these theories have truth in them: the determining factor is the size of the community. The study, a meta-analysis of over 171 individual studies conducted since 1995, found that for small communities, contact with ethnic minorities tends to lessen feelings of threat and distrust, while for larger communities, contact seems to elevate feelings of threat and distrust. These results suggest that increasing diversity alone does not make whites more fearful but that the size of a community interacts with rising ethnic diversity to produce feelings of threat.

... They found that in smaller communities consisting of around 5,000-10,000 people, increasing ethnic diversity was associated with decreased perception of threat from native-born whites. However, studies looking at the effects of increased ethnic diversity in large population areas consisting of 50,000 to 500,000 people showed that as ethnic diversity rises, whites report greater feelings of threat and voice more support for anti-immigration policies.
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Muslim London: 423 new mosques, 100 Shariah courts
Saudi Gazette, 7 October 2018

Britain has been acquiring an increasingly Islamic face, with hundreds of official Shariah courts operating in the capital and many mosques dotting many cities.

"London is more Islamic than many Muslim countries put together," Maulana Syed Raza Rizvi, an Islamic preacher, was quoted as saying in the local media.

"Terrorists can not stand London's multiculturalism", London Mayor Sadiq Khan said after the deadly terror attack at Westminster last year.

There are 423 new mosques in London and most of these mosques are crowded at prayer times unlike many churches which rarely see visitors. ...

By 2020, estimates are that the number of Muslims attending prayers will reach at least 683,000, while the number of Christians attending weekly Mass will drop to 679,000.

Since 2001, 500 London churches of all denominations have been turned into private homes. During the same period, British mosques have been proliferating. Between 2012 and 2014, the proportion of Britons who identify themselves as Anglicans fell from 21% to 17%, a decrease of 1.7 million people, while, according to a survey conducted by the respected NatCen Social Research Institute, the number of Muslims has grown by almost a million. Churchgoers are declining at a rate that within a generation, their number will be three times lower than that of Muslims who go regularly to mosque on Friday.

London is also full of Shariah courts. There are officially 100. The advent of this parallel judicial system has been made possible thanks to the British Arbitration Act and the system of Alternative Dispute Resolution.

British universities are also advancing Islamic law.
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Master counterfeiter who ran a fake ID factory sold thousands of forged driving licences, identity cards and work permits to foreign nationals looking to get a foothold in the UK
Chris Greenwood
Daily Mail, 6 October 2018

A master counterfeiter who ran a fake ID factory sold thousands of forged driving licences, identity cards and work permits to foreign nationals looking to get a foothold in the UK.

The professional printer set up a sophisticated and lucrative 'Amazon-style' service which ran for at least seven years.

Customers used email and text messages to order custom-made documents allowing them to work, drive, open bank accounts and claim benefits.

A fake UK driving licence could be bought for just £130.

Investigators said it was impossible to assess how many people may still be using the cards to remain in the country illicitly.

Officers recovered more than 3,000 identity documents, 3,500 passport style photos and 300 construction skills certificate cards.

They also found £15,000 in cash and enough material to create another 40,000 fake bank cards.

At the centre of the conspiracy was Ukrainian company director Sergiy Mykhaylov, 38, who transformed his home in Stratford, East London, into a forgery factory.

Undercover officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA) watched as he met Albanian middlemen who distributed the forged documents to clients. ...

Mark McCormack, of the NCA, said the vast majority of customers were from Albania and countries on the fringes of Europe.

'These cards would provide the basis for someone to start off in the UK, to establish themselves under a different name or even their own.

'It opens up credit, job prospects, the banking system,' he said. 'It was like the Amazon of false identity documents. His services spread rapidly by word of mouth.

'The organisation would provide cards to anybody. It is a very lucrative market.' ...

Mykhaylov pleaded guilty to multiple fraud offences at Blackfriars Crown Court last month. He was jailed for five-and-a-half years.

Accomplices Sergiy Kalinins, 37, and Dmytro Mykhailytskyi, 39, were also jailed for a total of more than 11 years after admitting various offences including fraud.
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Germany will become African and Islamic if mass migration isn't stopped – Former General
Voice of Europe, 6 October 2018

Gerd Schutze-Rhonhof, a former major-general, commented on the proposed migration pact of the U.N. which is supposed to be passed in December.

"The central issue of mass migration isn't solved. With all the attempts to make migration across state border more humane, civilised and to steer it in general doesn't solve the main problem of Germany, which is simultaneously irregular mass migration of the future," Schutze-Rhonhof said.

He then continued, "without putting a stop to the frequent mass migration from African and Islamic nations it is foreseeable that the population of Germany will become mostly African and Islamic in two generations. The selling out of the German social system would be completed."

In his eyes the unwillingness to deport rejected asylum seekers is another key factor. In fact DW reported on this earlier this year. Half of the refugees, who are to be deported simply go into hiding. 618.000 refugees in total had their applications rejected according to the Central Register of Foreigners. ...

The newest migration pact by Merkel and the SPD of allowing rejected asylum seekers to stay if they find employment is only going to speed up the attrition of Germany even further.
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Geert Wilders is right: The Netherlands is transforming into a non-Western country, new population model shows
Voice of Europe, 6 October 2018

For almost 50 years Dutch mainstream politicians refused to do research into the country's population change.

But under the pressure of Geert Wilders and his predecessors the current government can no longer ignore the topic and will start an investigation.

Wilders has spoken for several years about the replacement of the Dutch people. He very well understands the influence that non-western migrants and their sharia laws have on Dutch society.

Dutch professor Jan Latten is worried as well: "We see that the like-minded people [people with the same cultural norms] in the Netherlands live together, there's barely any integration."

"Recent research shows that young Turks and Moroccan Muslims keep on becoming more orthodox. These youths take more distance from Dutch society," Latten adds.

A population model, as presented by research organisation Gefira, shows that the Dutch are 'disappearing' and will be a minority in a few generations'.

"By the end of this century the native population will be 60 per cent smaller while the overall number of inhabitants will have grown, it follows that the Netherlands will inevitably be transformed into a non-Western country," Gefira says.

"The Dutch establishment, like all Western ruling elites, wants people to embrace and celebrate these changes. Mathematical facts and the resultant negative consequences for the native population are framed as "populism", "extremism" or "far right" and regarded as thought crime," the research organisation continues.
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Funding for Gaelic 'discriminates against Muslims'
Daniel Sanderson
The Times, 6 October 2018

A former SNP Holyrood candidate has claimed "anti-Muslim racism" is seeping into Scottish education because language policies treat ethnic minorities as inferior to white Scots.

Nighet Riaz, an academic at the University of the West of Scotland, said Gaelic was promoted and given millions of pounds in ring-fenced public funding while the traditional languages of non-white groups were sidelined in schools. She said that there was a lack of Urdu teachers, with schools unable to meet the needs of large Pakistani communities, particularly in Glasgow.

Dr Riaz was a regional list candidate for the SNP at the 2016 Holyrood election, endorsed by Alex Salmond, the former party leader, and Robin Sturgeon, Nicola Sturgeon's father, but was not elected. She is an SNP equalities officer for ...
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England's Green Belt suffers biggest reduction in eight years as councils remove protections to build houses
Jack Maidment
Daily Telegraph, 5 October 2018

England's Green Belt has suffered its biggest reduction in eight years with more than 5,000 hectares (12,000 acres) lost as councils removed protections on land to meet "unrealistic" Government housing targets.

New statistics show the nation's Green Belt has shrunk by more than 10,000 hectares in a decade with campaigners warning land which is supposed to be off limits is increasingly being targeted for development. ...

The most significant reduction in the area occurred last year with the loss of 5,070 hectares between March 2017 and March 2018, the largest decrease since the Green Belt started shrinking in 2010. That represents a loss of 0.3 per cent.

Despite the relatively small percentage drop, campaigners fear the latest reduction could be the thin end of the wedge as councils struggle to find space to meet housing need. ...

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) called on the Government to stop asking councils to deliver "unrealistic targets" and to stress the Green Belt should only be used for development as a last resort.
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County lines drug dealer, 21, who used three children to sell crack cocaine and heroin while forcing them to live in a squalid flat is the first to be jailed under new modern slavery laws
Ed Riley
MailOnline, 5 October 2018

A callous drug dealer who trafficked three children across several counties where he forced them to sell heroin and crack cocaine has been jailed in a landmark case.

Zakaria Mohammed, 21, of Aston, Birmingham, groomed three vulnerable victims before making them sell class-A drugs from squalid flats a hundred miles away from their homes.

The two boys and a girl, aged 14 and 15, were transported from Birmingham to Lincoln to work as 'expendable workhorses in cuckooed drugs dens.' ...

Today Mohammed was jailed for 14 years after pleading guilty to running a narcotics supply chain and trafficking two boys and a girl to deal on his behalf.

It's the first time in UK legal history a drug-dealer has been been convicted in Britain for breaching the Modern Slavery Act by trafficking children.

Birmingham Crown Court was told Mohammed's county lines narcotics network - which raked in £500 a day - was rumbled after the teenagers were reported missing. ...

Three further 15-year-old boys, all reported as missing from Birmingham, were found as well as 25 wraps of heroin and crack cocaine, plus cash and two 'zombie' knives.
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Why many European Jews are abandoning their traditional political homes
Intermountain Jewish News, 4 October 2018
[Leading article]

It would be most remarkable, would it not, if the majority of American Jews stopped voting Democratic – stopped, cold turkey? This would upend conventional wisdom.

These days, conventional wisdom isn't necessarily conventional – not in Europe, anyway. Changing demographics, shifting policies and geopolitical conditions create new political conventions and strange bedfellows.

A most striking case is the Jewish support of Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), a right-wing populist German political party whose anti-EU and anti-immigration stance has gained it a place in the German – and European – political landscape.

Many American Jews are no doubt baffled. Jewish support for a right-wing populist German party? ...

Our bafflement is the result of our privilege of living in a country in which we feel safe. Sadly, that is not the case for Jews everywhere.

Take the case of British Jews. Labour – the UK's left party – was long the home of British Jews, dating back to the influx of Eastern European migrants in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Yet British Jews are leaving Labour in droves. The primary motivator? Existential fear. In the UK, the political elite on the left has made it clear that it will befriend any enemy of Israel while it continues to attack the Jewish state. Labour's leadership claims to differentiate between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism yet Britain's Jews aren't buying it. The opposite: they're scared. A recent poll said that if the current Labour leadership would come into power, 40% of British Jews would feel that they would have to emigrate. They feel that they would no longer be protected by their government.

The case of growing anti-Semitism in Britain is top down. It's not coming from disenfranchised, uneducated immigrant groups.

But in many other European countries, the growing anti-Semitism is bottom up. It comes from an influx of migrants from countries and cultures that do not share the value of freedom of religion. That's where a party like Germany's AfD comes in. It claims that by fighting for German democratic values it will protect Jews from the anti-Semitism found among many Muslim immigrants. AfD claims that limiting Muslim migration into Germany will protect German Jews from modern anti-Semitism.

This line of thinking can be found among populists across Europe, from Sweden to Hungary. ...

In the case of Germany, most German Jews, including its leadership, continue to speak out against AfD, whilst still acknowledging the very real anxiety that exists in the community. Let's not forget, Josef Schuster, head of Germany's Jewish umbrella organization, earlier this year told Jews not to wear a kippah publicly after a Syrian asylum seeker assaulted an Israeli who was wearing one. Schuster has also repeatedly said that while he supports Germany taking in refugees, it must be accompanied by refugees and other migrants accepting Germany's democratic values and eschewing anti-Semitism. The question, of course, is whether merely making verbal demands of immigrants from a radically different cultural background will make the slightest difference. Just how, exactly, does one extirpate anti-Semitism and anti-woman values from many Muslim immigrants?
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Britain is being 'overwhelmed' by crooked immigration solicitors that help 'liars' get into Britain, former judge claims
Tom Witherow
Daily Mail, 3 October 2018

Legal watchdogs are 'overwhelmed' with cases of crooked solicitors trying to keep illegal migrants in the UK, a former judge has claimed.

James Hanratty, an immigration judge for 16 years, said small legal firms that help 'liars and chancers' get into Britain are running rings around regulators.

He said it was 'disgraceful' that the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has in the past taken no action when legal professionals broke the law.

He highlighted a case before him where a lawyer made a false statement for a Somali woman who claimed her life was in danger because she was from a minority clan.

She said her husband had been murdered by a warlord at their home – even though her spouse had come to England 18 months earlier to claim asylum himself.

Mr Hanratty said the solicitors acting for the woman had also represented her husband, so they knew her story was not true and had therefore assisted in making a false statement.

The judge reported the firm for perverting the course of justice, but he claimed the regulator took no action because it was 'too busy'.

He added: 'I think the... enforcement teams are overwhelmed by these cases.' Mr Hanratty, who was also chief executive at the Royal Courts of Justice, was speaking at Henley Literary Festival on Monday to promote his book, The Making of an Immigration Judge. ...

... He said smaller law firms acting in migration cases can be difficult to track because, when they are at risk of investigation, they 'close down and operate again five doors down under a different name'.

The SRA, part of the Law Society Group, regulates more than 180,000 solicitors in England and Wales and receives 10,000 reports of code breaches each year.

It said cases involving migration solicitors are a 'big issue' for the regulator.
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We Will Never Allow UK to Choose Immigration Policy, Says EU Brexit Boss
Liam Deacon
Breitbart, 3 October 2018

The European Parliament's Brexit coordinator has said he will "never" allow the UK to control its own borders, claiming a system based on allowing in professionals and people with the skills the nation needs amounts to "discrimination".

Ranting before MEPs on Tuesday, arch-liberal and federalist Guy Verhofstadt also personally attacked senior members of the Tory Party and rejected proposals from leadership favourite Boris Johnson to extend the Article 50 process. ...

On Tuesday, home secretary Sajid Javid announced plans to prioritise immigrants' skills, rather than their country of origin, in a post-Brexit shake-up of the visa system and immigration.

The government claimed the move would bring down numbers by capping unskilled migration. However, critics said numbers could go up as more skilled migrants would be allowed in as businesses would be handed more power.

Mr Verhofstadt rejected the proposals outright, insisting the bloc "will never accept discrimination based on skills and nationality, as Mr Javid this morning proposed".
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Brexit was not a vote for more immigration
Kathy Gyngell
Conservative Woman, 3 October 2018

Sadly, but predictably, there was nothing in the Prime Minister's post-Brexit immigration policy announcement yesterday to suggest that she is listening or that she understands the country is overcrowded, its infrastructure lacking and assimilation impossible at this rate of entry.

Her proposals designed to appease business (they didn't) mirror the the narrowly economically oriented advice given by her Migration Advisory Committee, of which Lord Green of Migration Watch was searing in his criticism.

'The combination of the widening of the skill level, opening the route to the whole world, removal of safeguards for UK workers and abolition of the cap on highly-skilled work permits may well be seen in the future as a very serious mistake.' he wrote.

Yesterday he explained why Mrs May's assurances regarding the ending the free movement of EU citizens, giving high-skilled workers preference and curbing low skilled immigration, were hollow. They would not cap net migration. He warned, too, that:

The public should stand by for a gold rush by employers as they race to fish in an unlimited pool of skilled foreign workers rather than train their own. This new immigration system will be widened to include medium skills, there will be no limit on numbers, no checks as to whether a British worker is available – only a minimum salary which can easily be manipulated. With immigration adding one million to our population every three years we must get the numbers down. This new system could well add to net migration. If so, the public would rightly see it as a major step backwards.

For the European Research Group's immigration paper and proposals for a comprehensive reduction in numbers published the day before, however, Lord Green had positive words:

'At last we have proposals for a serious and effective immigration policy for EU migration. It is time that the government stopped dithering and started delivering on their promises to cut immigration as a large majority of the public wish to see.'

What a pity it is not the ERG's advice that Mrs May has chosen to follow.
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Helicopter jailbreak gangster captured in France after 3-month hunt
France 24, 3 October 2018

A gangster who made a Hollywood-style helicopter prison break was arrested in northern France early Wednesday after three months on the run, at times hiding under a burqa to get around, officials and sources close to the inquiry said.

Notorious French robber Redoine Faid was captured during the night in the Oise region north of Paris along with his brother and a nephew, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins told a press conference.

He said that a few days ago police saw a person wearing a burqa, a loose garment worn by some Muslim women which covers the entire face except the eyes, get into a car driven by a young woman.

"His way of walking suggested that it might be a man," Molins said.

On Tuesday night police spotted the person, again under a burqa, getting out of the car and entering the young woman's home in Creil.

Another person wearing a burqa entered the building shortly afterwards.

That prompted the police raid on the fourth-floor apartment which captured Faid, 46, along with the female driver.
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May says she will end EU immigrants' priority status after Brexit
Jessica Elgot
The Guardian, 2 October 2018

EU citizens will no longer be given priority to live and work in Britain in a radical overhaul of immigration policy after Brexit, the prime minister has said, admitting it was possible Britons would have to apply for US-style visas to visit and work in Europe.

Theresa May said the terms of the final deal with the EU could include mobility concessions, but insisted that would now be within the control of the British government. ...

However she avoided discussion of the difficulties that UK citizens might face for future travel to Europe, when asked during a morning tour of broadcasters, saying it would be "part of the negotiations".

She did rule out Britons having to apply for US Esta-style visa waiver forms to visit the EU after Brexit, saying she expected arrangements to be "reciprocal".

Announcing the new policy overnight, the prime minister said highly skilled staff who want to live and work in Britain would be given priority, while low-skilled immigration would be curbed, though the final terms are expected to be subject to the Brexit negotiations.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, May said she was not ruling out mobility concessions as part of a future Brexit deal and that tourism and business travel were a component of the negotiations. ...

May said the government was already piloting a seasonal scheme for agricultural workers but said she was reticent to commit to exemptions for other sectors. ...

"For the first time in decades, it will be this country that controls and chooses who we want to come here," May said in a statement released overnight announcing the shake-up.

"For too long people have felt they have been ignored on immigration and that politicians have not taken their concerns seriously enough."
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Britain's migration revolution: Home Secretary Sajid Javid unveils the biggest immigration reform for decades - vowing to end EU free movement, give no preference to European workers and insist that firms try to hire Brits first
Jason Groves and Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 2 October 2018

Far fewer low-skilled workers will be allowed in from Europe after Brexit, Sajid Javid and Theresa May pledged last night.

Unveiling the biggest immigration reform for decades, the Home Secretary vowed to end EU free movement completely.

He said the system would now focus on skilled workers and Europeans would be treated the same as citizens from anywhere else.

Promoting the plans today Mrs May refused three times to spell out if the plans would cut arrivals to Britain to the target of 100,000.

In an exclusive interview with the Daily Mail, Mr Javid also warned that migrants would have to integrate.

'If you want to come to our country and contribute, great,' he said, speaking exclusively to the Daily Mail. 'But in exchange, we expect you to live by our British values and respect our values.' ...

The immigration system unveiled today will be put in place from January 2021, after the UK's transition out of the EU is complete. European migrants will have to apply for work visas in the same way as those from the rest of the world.

Tourists would remain free to travel to the UK, and business travellers on short trips are expected to face a light-touch regime. The three million EU citizens already living in the UK will have full rights to stay. ...

Mr Javid said his reforms would result in unskilled immigration from Europe becoming 'much lower than it is today'.

He questioned the benefit of large-scale unskilled immigration, saying: 'It must have some kind of negative impact on wages growth in the UK.'

But the Home Secretary insisted Britain would remain 'a positive, outward-looking nation open to the best talent from across the world'. ...

He said the target to slash net immigration to the 'tens of thousands' might not last beyond the next election.
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How the special migration rules in free trade deals work
Liliana Harding
The Conversation, 2 October 2018
[The author is Senior Lecturer in Economics, University of East Anglia]

EU migrants will be treated the same for immigration purposes after Brexit as migrants from elsewhere in the world, according to a new UK immigration strategy outlined by the prime minister, Theresa May. But she has admitted that any free trade deal struck between the UK and EU after Brexit could include special provisions on the mobility of people.

Ultimately, migration could be included in a section of any new trade deal between the UK and the EU. This is something the Migration Advisory Committee noted in a wide-ranging report on EU migration to the UK, published in September.

Most trade today takes place under the governance of regional and bilateral free trade agreements between two countries, or groups of countries. Increasingly this covers provisions on services as well as the movement of goods – and it can also include special rules on immigration too.

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) supports different means for the liberalisation of services, based on its General Agreement on Trade in Services. Part of this framework, known as [Mode 4], refers to the movement of people providing services across borders.

Such movement of people to provide services refers to two broad categories: key employees transferred on an intra-company basis, including managers and technical staff; and business visitors or independent foreign professionals in selected sectors. However, the vast majority of "Mode 4" movements remain restricted to short-term visits, and do not allow for gainful employment in the host country. It is also telling that only some 1-2% of all trade in 2005 was accounted for by the "Mode 4" services trade, according to WTO statistics.

The WTO records 288 physical free trade areas (FTAs), 145 of which include specific provisions on free movement of services. Only about 40 of these agreements allow for further preferences with respect to mobility of people as service providers. Overall, this means that the liberalisation of free trade has not liberalised the free movement of people around the world. ...

According to UNESCO visa arrangements under FTAs can include full visa exemptions, temporary visa exemptions, visa exemptions for specific activities, or agreements regarding entry rights or visa-free travel.

A key example of a regime with full visa exemptions is the European Union's single market, which provides free movement of member states' citizens in its territory. /.../ They are expected to gain employment within three months of their arrival as a condition of their right to remain, although this has been difficult to monitor in the EU.
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Turkey: Building Mosques, Erasing Christianity
Uzay Bulut
Gatestone Institute, 2 October 2018

The Turkish government spends hundreds of millions of dollars building mosques as part of a long-term effort to promote Islam around the world. Many Muslims hope that new mosques throughout Europe will advance and facilitate their wish to spread Islam to non-Islamic countries and persuade the Christian "infidels" to abandon their faith in favor of Islam.

On September 29, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan inaugurated Turkey's latest European mosque, "The Cologne Central Mosque," located in the Cologne, Germany. ...

Meanwhile, as a huge new mosque is being inaugurated in Germany, the greatest Christian Orthodox theological school, located on the island of Halki (Heybeliada) in the Sea of Marmara, has remained closed for almost 50 years by the order of the Turkish government. Moreover, less than a kilometer away from the shuttered Christian seminary, a new center of Islamic studies spanning a total area of 200 acres is scheduled to be built.

DITIB, the group that built the new Cologne mosque, runs more than 900 mosques across Germany. These mosques are linked to the Turkish government's Directorate of Religious Affairs, or Diyanet, which provides imams to DITIB mosques. ...

Meanwhile, the Turkish government is continuing to annihilate the Christian heritage in Turkey. For instance, the Orthodox Theological Seminary has become a symbol of the systematic discrimination that Christians have been exposed to in Turkey.

The only school for training the leadership of Orthodox Christianity, the Halki seminary was closed by the Turkish government in 1971. Since then, the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople has been unable to train clergy and potential successors for the position of Patriarch. ...

The Greeks of Turkey – the remnants of the once great Byzantine Empire – are a severely persecuted and even almost completely exterminated people. They have been exposed, among other crimes against humanity, to a genocide, pogroms and forced deportations at the hands of multiple Turkish governments. As a result, there are only around 1,300 Greeks left in Istanbul. ...

The activities of Diyanet include building of mosques across the world. According to its official website, Diyanet has completed the construction of mosques in places such as the United States, Russia, Belarus, Germany, Somalia, Haiti, Kazakhstan, and Gaza. New mosques are currently being built in Albania, Kyrgyzstan, Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus, Djibouti, Sweden, and England. ...

According to the Diyanet Foundation, Diyanet has also built mosques in Lebanon, Mali, Philippines, and Crimea. ...

Today's Turkish government, apparently acting in line with its own determined jihadist ideology, is building mosques in Europe and beyond, and using many of them for its own Islamic fundamentalist agenda and outreach. A weak, misguided and misled Europe seems to be eagerly submitting to this ideology.
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'They want to come to YOUR country' Belgian minister blames UK for EU's migration woes
Joe Barnes
Daily Express, 1 October 2018

Belgium's firebrand immigration minister has placed an extraordinary level of blame on "beautiful" Britain for Europe's immigration woes ahead of a visit to a number of the country's main ports on Monday.

Theo Francken insisted the "British way of life" plays a huge role in the decision undertaken by would-be asylum seekers planning on taking the treacherous journey from either the Middle East or Africa to Europe.

He has called for Belgium and Britain to sign a bilateral deal, which could see millions of pounds sent to the Continent in order to handle illegal migration. ...

Mr Francken is currently leading a crackdown on illegal immigrants, mainly from Iraq, in the Belgian capital of Brussels, the beating heart of the EU.

He said: "We try to get them to return to Iraq. But, now they say they don't want to return, they want to go to the UK."

The controversial immigration minister added migrants crossing into Europe "all want to go to your country because you don't have identity cards, you have very lucrative black markets and you have a lot of English-Speaking migrants from those communities".

"Your country, the British way of life, is really the push factor," he declared. ...

The Belgian minister said: "For me, it is nothing to do with Brexit because you're not even in the Schengen area.

"Even though there's a Brexit, there will still be migrants trying to go to the UK. It won't stop because you're out of the European Union, the European Union has nothing to do with this." ...

While member states argue amongst themselves, Mr Francken is hoping to agree a bilateral migration agreement between Britain and Belgium, similar to the one signed between Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron in January.

Paris and London's agreement sees Britain stumping up £44.5 million for extra security measures in France to prevent another refugee camp forming in Calais or other Channel ports. ...

"We need a UK and Belgium bilateral as soon as possible because the problem is really increasing, and Britain has to want to help us out.

"They are really all trying to get into your country."
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Iain Duncan Smith: 'EU migrants should have to wait five years before they can claim benefits'
Jack Doyle
Daily Mail, 1 October 2018

EU migrants should be banned from claiming benefits in Britain until they have lived here for five years, Iain Duncan Smith will say today.

The former Tory leader says welfare payments for EU migrants cost the UK nearly £5 billion last year and he is calling for a tough new regime post-Brexit.

He argues such curbs would reduce the number of unskilled workers arriving from Eastern Europe and help the Tories hit their tens of thousands migration target.

The report, backed by the European Research Group of Tory MPs which is calling on Mrs May to abandon Chequers, states: 'People allowed into the UK for work should have no access to income-related, family or housing benefits for a set period.

'This paper proposes five years, although an alternative could be to require a four-year record of NI contributions.'

It also calls for a work permit system to replace free movement after we leave the EU. There would also be a cap on numbers in different sectors of the economy but fewer curbs on highly skilled migrants.
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Controlling EU Migration After Brexit Could Be Too Hard, Says Whitehall
Liam Deacon
Breitbart, 1 October 2018

Civil servants have told ministers that attempts to respect the referendum result and reform the UK immigration system after Brexit could cause a "Windrush-style" crisis.

They claim that distinguishing between European Union (EU) migrants arriving after the divorce date and those who were here before, and therefore retain a right to remain and be treated as UK citizens, will be difficult.

Ministers hope to introduce a system from January 2021 that will end open borders and the ability of unlimited numbers of EU citizens to use the taxpayer-funded NHS and claim benefits.

They also hope to cut the number of low-skilled workers entering Britain and driving down wages. However, Mrs May has promised EU citizens already here they will retain the same rights.

Whitehall is trying to work out how to distinguish EU citizens with different rights after Brexit.

However, according to The Times, "officials" are making alarming warnings that a two-tier system will be "very difficult" to enforce in person, and online.

Existing migrants will retain the right of free movement, able to come and go, and the claim is that there is not currently a way to know at the border what EU migrants will still have this right.

Hospitals will also need to know when an EU migrant arrived in the UK to know if they can get free treatment and landlords have a legal responsibility to try and not let a property to people in the country illegally.

The Tory home secretary Sajid Javid wants to implement the system within two years, but sceptics say this is not feasible.

Last week Mr Javid reportedly told Cabinet ministers the UK's borders would remain open to limitless EU migration for 30 months after Brexit.
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Housing ban on asylum seekers gives the far right a veto on where they live
Kenan Malik
The Guardian, 30 September 2018

In June, the Labour MP for Sunderland East, Julie Elliott, wrote to the Home Office demanding "a temporary stop... on any new asylum seekers being allocated to the city of Sunderland". A halt was necessary to ease "tensions" and so that "everyone can feel at ease in their neighbourhood and homes".

The deputy leader of Sunderland city council, Michael Mordey, had previously written to the Home Office making the same demand. Both worry about the rise of the far right and of problems with "social cohesion". There is some evidence that the Home Office has acceded to their demands.

It is true that grievances about housing and fears about crime rates can be transposed into anger towards asylum seekers. It is true, too, that locals have to be won over to defending asylum seekers' rights. Yet, by preventing asylum seekers from coming to the north-east, Labour politicians and the Home Office are effectively giving the far right a veto on where they can be housed. Worse, they are using the far right as an excuse for their failure to challenge prejudices, and indeed for their adaptation to such prejudices.
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UK: Over 100,000 Pounds of Onions Destroyed After Illegal Migrants Found in Delivery Lorries
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 30 September 2018

British authorities were forced to destroy over 100,000 pounds of onions which were "contaminated" by illegal migrants discovered hiding in delivery lorries.

Border Force officials discovered more than twenty illegal migrants who identified themselves as being from Afghanistan, Albania, Iran, and Iraq – all Muslim-majority countries – in two separate incidents in the Port of Poole, the Dorset Echo reports. ...

The high street value of the destroyed onions was estimated at over £35,000.

The fate of the illegal migrants is not entirely clear.

A Home Office spokesman told the Dorset Echo that they has been "dealt with by the Home Office in line with the immigration rules" and that "Where someone has no right to remain in the UK, action is taken to remove them".

However, EU rules which require member-states to deport illegal migrants to the very first EU country they entered, rather than the last one they come from – usually France, in Britain's case – mean that very few are removed, so long as there is no record of their point of entry and they will not reveal it.

In 2014, for example, only 49 out of several thousand illegal arrivals from France could be sent back across the English Channel.
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Girl raped by up to 70 Telford sex gang paedos from age of 12 saw just ONE convicted over vile crimes
Lauren Fruen
The Sun, 30 September 2018

A girl raped by up to 70 Telford grooming gang members from the age of 12 saw just ONE of the men convicted over the vile crimes.

The victim was pregnant at 13 and suffered four years of abuse and faced death threats from the network of paedophiles in the town.

The girl – whose ordeal only ended when she fled Telford aged 16 – told The Sunday Mirror the men 'stole her childhood' and said all she wants "is justice". ...

The now 19-year-old said she bumps into her abusers 'every time she goes home'.

Balraj Singh, 23, was the only man convicted of abusing her. ...

A campaign now means the teenager has been told she has grounds to take others to court.

Lawyer Laura Farris, of Littleton Chambers said there was a "decent" chance of persuading the CPS to reverse its decision not to prosecute key suspects. ...

At least 1,000 children – some as young as 11 – are feared to have been drugged and abused by perverts in Telford, Shrops, since the 1980s.

But their nightmare ordeal went on for decades as authorities repeatedly failed to stamp out a network of paedophiles in the town.

Telford and Wrekin Council say they will hold a public inquiry.
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Why is it OK for online daters to block whole ethnic groups?
Chris Stokel-Walker
The Observer, 30 September 2018

Racism is rife in society – and increasingly dating apps such as Tinder, Grindr and Bumble are key parts of our society. Where we once met people in dingy dancehalls and sticky-floored nightclubs, now millions of us look for partners on our phones. Four in 10 adults in the UK say they have used dating apps. Globally, Tinder and Grindr – the two highest-profile apps – have tens of millions of users. ...

Safiya Umoja Noble, author of Algorithms of Oppression, a book detailing how search engines reinforce racism, says that the way we communicate online doesn't help, and that in person there are more social conventions over who we choose to talk to, and how we choose to talk to them: "In these kinds of applications, there's no space for that kind of empathy or self-regulation." ...

All dating apps' algorithms are proprietary black boxes that the companies are wary of sharing with the public or competitors. But if they include some requirement of user self-definition by race (as Grindr does), or preference for interracial relationships (as sites such as OkCupid do), then with every swipe or button press the matchmaking algorithm is learning what we like and what we don't. Likewise, Tinder's algorithm ranks attractiveness based on previous swipes; therefore, it promotes what is considered "traditionally" beautiful (read: white) people. Crucially, no app is likely to deliberately dumb down its algorithm to produce worse matches, even if it may help prevent racist behaviour.

Bumble hopes to change user behaviour by example. "Whether it's subconscious or unintentional, lots of people in the world are ingrained with racist, sexist or misogynistic behaviour patterns," says Troen, adding that "we are more than happy to ban people". ...

Grindr's decision has been applauded by some, but is undercut by the fact it is still possible to filter out entire ethnicities. ...

Zumwalt said Grindr had carefully discussed removing the ethnicity filter, but were hesitant to get rid of it. "We decided before we were ready to pull the plug on that, it was a conversation we wanted with our user base," he says. "While I believe the ethnicity filter does promote racist behaviour in the app, other minority groups use the filter because they want to quickly find other members of their minority community."
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Jihad Roadshow: Banned Islamist group is using children as young as 13 to peddle books supporting suicide bombing and jihad in Britain
Sami Quadri And Glen Keogh
Daily Mail, 29 September 2018

An extreme Islamist group banned in more than a dozen countries is using children as young as 13 to peddle books supporting suicide bombing and jihad in Britain.

Hizb ut-Tahrir, which wants to establish an Islamic state with Sharia law, has been holding a series of 'roadshows' across the country.

An undercover reporter who attended a number of the meetings was sold books suggesting suicide strikes are acceptable, and others saying jihad was 'compulsory' to spread the message of Islam.

The group allowed a 13-year-old to sell pamphlets comparing Westerners to animals over their 'filthy promiscuity' and urging followers to shun British culture. ...

Last night the Government's new anti-extremism tsar Sara Khan told of her fears that the 'Islamist extremists' were recruiting children and students to help spread 'supremacist ideology'.

Terrorism experts also called on the Government to ban the group for 'radicalising children' and spreading the ideology of Islamic State 'into the heart of England'. ...

Two serving prime ministers have tried to ban Hizb ut-Tahrir. But despite being outlawed in Pakistan, Russia and most Arab countries, it remains legal here. ...

Hizb ut-Tahrir wants to establish an Islamic state stretching from north Africa to the Philippines and has produced articles promoting martyrdom in Israel.
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UK Regulator Finds Ethnic Minorities Over-Represented on TV, Demands More Diversity Anyway
Virginia Hall
Breitbart, 29 September 2018

White people and heterosexuals are underrepresented in the British television industry, an Ofcom audit has found – but the watchdog still insists there is "much more to do on diversity".

The report came a couple of days after Ofcom declared increasing representation of minority groups was "a priority" for the regulator, warning broadcasters would face "disaster" without making diversity central to their work. ...

Ofcom's Diversity and Equal Opportunities in Television 2018 report was published on Thursday, a year after the watchdog ordered broadcasters make a serious effort to monitor and record workers' 'protected characteristics' in order to "identify under-represented groups and help tackle a lack of diversity in UK television". ...

According to the analysis, 13 percent of TV industry employees are from an ethnic minority compared to 12 per cent of the British labour market, with the figure rising to 15 per cent amongst workers at Sky, 18 per cent at Channel 4, and 19 per cent at Viacom.

White people were revealed to be underrepresented in the data, which showed they comprise 71 per cent of the UK-based TV industry compared to 88 per cent of the wider labour market – however, this was not considered a problem by Ofcom, which praised efforts by all five of the main broadcasters focused on "improving representation of employees from minority ethnic backgrounds".

Lamenting that certain ethnic groups including Pakistanis and Bangladeshis are "significantly underrepresented" in TV careers, the report urged broadcasters to develop policies which would "target and tackle under-representation of specific ethnic groups in order to achieve a workforce which truly reflects the UK population and audiences."

While claiming the push for greater "diversity" is so TV companies have a workforce which "reflects modern Britain and the lives and experiences of their whole audience", the regulator says broadcasters "should be aiming" to have a workforce more closely matching London's population, where 36 per cent of workers are from minority ethnic backgrounds and the demographics are not representative of the country at large.
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Orban: Europe needs change or we won't recognise our cities and countries anymore
Hungary Journal
Voice of Europe, 29 September 2018

Next year's European Parliamentary elections should bring about a change in the community's policy, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in a radio interview on Friday, and warned that "the battle between pro-migration and anti-migration MEPs has not yet been decided".

Speaking on public Kossuth Radio, Orban said that "pro-migration forces now have a sweeping majority" both in the EP and the European Commission, and "pose a serious democracy issue as they represent something European people do not want."

European voters want their leaders "to make a clear breast and declare if they consider migration right or wrong", Orban said. He added his position that "migration is bad because it actually means replacing the population".
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Schools must feature anti-racist messages across the curriculum, MSP says
ITV, 29 September 2018

The need for anti-racist education in schools is becoming more urgent than ever, teachers' leaders have insisted.

EIS general secretary Larry Flanagan argued the rise of the far-right in politics made challenging prejudice an "important task" for all educators.

He spoke out as teachers and lecturers from across Scotland headed for Glasgow to take part in a special event to discuss what they can do to combat racism through education.

Labour's Anas Sarwar, chair of Holyrood's Cross Party Group on Tackling Islamophobia, will use his speech at the event to call for anti-racism education to be embedded across the school curriculum.

The MSP, who has spoken out about the racist abuse he has received, also wants changes to teacher training, to make equality a more mainstream issue and for more heads and deputy heads to come from ethnic backgrounds. ...

Deputy First Minister and Education Secretary John Swinney said: "Our education system is already designed to help tackle racism at every level, just as we are committed to tackling all forms of bigotry, prejudice and discrimination. ..."
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People-Smuggler Who Brought Hundreds of Illegal Migrants to Britain Jailed in France
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 28 September 2018

A people-smuggling kingpin responsible for bringing hundreds of illegal migrants into Britain had been imprisoned in France following a cross- border criminal investigation.

Rekawt Kayani, a 36-year-old migrant granted British citizenship seven years ago, had reportedly built an extensive network of contacts in migrant encampments across France, Greece, and Iraq.

He was arrested at his home in Derby, northern England, in May 2016, following a joint Anglo-French investigation, and extradited to France to stand trial.

A court in Lille heard how Kayani organised smuggling operations running from Dieppe, in northern France, to Newhaven, in East Sussex. ...

The court sentenced Kayani to seven years and imposed a 100,000 euro fine, as well as a lifetime ban from France which will go into effect after his release.

Seven other people-smugglers said to be part of his gang were given sentences of between 18 months and seven years.
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New exodus in the making as 91% of Moroccans want to come to western countries
Abdelhamid Kaddour
Voice of Europe, 28 September 2018

An alarming article shows that 84 per cent of Algerians, 91 per cent of Moroccans and 53 per cent of young Tunisians want to come to western countries.

Studies on the three north African countries show a growing desire of their populations to leave their countries and joining a western country for a better life, news outlet Oumma reports. ...

According to a study performed by job agency Rekrute, 91 per cent of Moroccans want to leave their country. And another one done by the European Commission shows that 53 per cent of young Tunisians want to emigrate.

Finally, a study by the Boston Consulting Group found that 84 per cent of Algerians are willing to do a "professional exile".
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Diverse labour force central to Limerick's economic future
Cathy Halloran
RTÉ, 28 September 2018

A diverse multilingual and skilled labour force will make Limerick a more attractive location for global investment, according to a new five year integration plan for the region, published today.

A principle aim of the report - 'Belonging to Limerick: Limerick City and County Integration Plan 2018-22' - is that voices of migrants who have made Limerick their home is at its heart.

The report compiled by the Limerick Integration working group identifies asylum seekers and refugees, EU and non EU migrant workers and international students as the migrant population.

It identifies equality of access to education, language resources, and public services like welfare, health, housing and policing, as well as cultural awareness and anti racism as strategic themes to develop diversity and multiculturalism for migrants over the coming years. ...

Limerick internationally is now an intercultural city and the University of Limerick has become a University of Sanctuary, and there is a bigger population of international students attending its third level colleges.

The report says the city needs to focus on the advantages and opportunities of diversity. ...

The Chair of the Limerick Integration Working group and National Director of the Jesuit Refugee service in Ireland said the focus now needs to be on diversity advantage rather than cost.

Eugene Quinn said that too often the narrative focuses on the challenges and costs of integration, but migrants perceive themselves as assets.
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Swiss parliament accepts plan to strip asylum rights from those travelling home
Le News, 27 September 2018

A proposition put forward by the Swiss people's party (UDC/SVP) to strip asylum from those travelling to their home country was accepted by 129 members of the National Council and rejected by 57.

The UDC argued that returning home for a holiday or to visit parents proves the refugee is not threatened or persecuted there and should should lose their asylum rights. In addition, it said that this would make it easier to identify false refugees and other economic migrants, while reducing the attractiveness of Switzerland as a destination.

The proposition will now pass to the Council of States, Switzerland's upper house, for consideration.
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Immigration from EU to PLUMMET 80 percent after Brexit new figures show
Daily Express, 26 September 2018

Immigration from the EU to Britain will be slashed by up to 80 percent after Brexit, experts said today. Numbers of migrants coming the UK from EU countries has already fallen dramatically since the 2016 Brexit referendum – from 200,000-per-year to around 86,000-per-year.

But that figure is set to fall much further after Britain leaves the European Union following yesterday's Cabinet agreement on tough restrictions on the number of EU nationals being allowed into Britain.

Ministers backed a system which would end the EU-promoted system of free movement and subject EU migrants to the same rules as those from anywhere else in the world. ...

If a deal is agreed with the EU the new rules would be enforced by 2020 – but some experts believe the plan could be used as a bargaining chip in larger negotiations with the EU and thus subject to change and even scrapping.

It is understood that pro-Remain Chancellor Philip Hammond was fiercely against the proposals.
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Scammer who stole £113 million from High Street bank customers - thanks to corrupt employees who sold their details for £250 a time
Guy Adams
Daily Mail, 26 September 2018

They called him 'The Voice', and Feezan Choudhary certainly knew how to profit from his gift of the gab.

By the age of 24, the son of Pakistani immigrants from Pollokshields, a diverse and relatively affluent neighbourhood of Glasgow, had already acquired all the trappings of turbo-fuelled wealth. ...

... For Feezan Hameed Choudhary was subsequently exposed as a criminal mastermind: Britain's biggest ever bank transfer fraudster. As the leader of an audacious gang, with members across the UK, in just two-and-a-half years he managed to preside over the theft of an astonishing £113 million from 750 hapless victims.

Choudhary's career, which ended when he was jailed in 2016, offers a chilling insight into not just the slick modus operandi of Britain's growing army of financial scammers, but also the myriad failures of major banks and law-enforcement agencies that allow them to get away with it. ...

Against this sorry backdrop, two precious resources allowed Choudhary to build his ill-gotten fortune.

Firstly, he controlled a network of corrupt junior bank staff who were prepared to steal statements on his behalf. And secondly, he developed a priceless ability to sweet-talk the ordinary men and women named on those statements into revealing their internet banking details over the telephone. ...

These accounts, where the stolen money was deposited, were known as 'mule' accounts.

Some of them had been opened under fake names by the corrupt bank staff (again for a small fee). Others had been purchased from overseas students who'd finished studying at UK universities and had no further need for their British current accounts.

Soon after the stolen money landed, it was then either withdrawn from UK cashpoints in small tranches or transferred on to accounts in Dubai and Pakistan where large volumes of cash could be more easily laundered. ...

While no two criminal gangs are identical, Feezan Choudhary and his team have several key features in common with other crooks who are profiting from Britain's bank fraud epidemic. Police sources say almost every leader of the gangs currently active are believed to have personal links to Pakistan, a lightly regulated country where cash can be easily laundered, but which is nonetheless part of the IBAN (international banking) network, meaning money can be wired there at the drop of a hat. ...

'At the top end, they are almost all being run by British Pakistanis. The gangs have links between each other, and we believe they share the same laundering networks and in some cases are being taught how to carry out the crime by the same individuals,' he says. ...

Bringing them down would be 'perfectly possible', he adds, provided political will was mustered to target them.
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Lord Dubs tells Labour conference: UK should welcome 10,000 more child refugees
Jewish News, 26 September 2018

A former minister who arrived in the UK having fled from the Nazis has suggested a further 10,000 unaccompanied child refugees should be welcomed to the UK.

Lord Dubs, who escaped on a Kindertransport from Prague in the summer of 1939 when he was just six years old, urged a future Labour government to implement a new scheme over a five-year period. ...

After praising Labour's policy toward refugees, he also asked if the party could go further. ...

This comes after Barnet Council pledged to take in vulnerable young people fleeing conflict following a campaign run by Finchley Progressive Synagogue alongside Middlesex University Students Union and Citizens UK.
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Barts Health Trust scraps immigration checks for patients following wide scale protests
Anisha De
Eastlondonlines, 26 September 2018

A letter signed by more than 600 activists has stopped an immigration check being carried out by the Barts Health Trust in east London.

Barts Health, which is the largest NHS Trust in London and operates five hospitals, received widespread criticism after it introduced identity checks on patients who were unable to convince the staff that they are UK residents eligible for free treatments. ...

They have also stopped asking all maternity patients at Newham Hospital, and all renal patients at the Royal London Hospital for two forms of ID, including photo ID. ...

Previously, hospital chiefs had said that they had no option but to implement new national rules cracking down on "health tourism"; the legitimacy of the claim has not been ascertained.
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British voters prefer EU to non-EU migrants – because they're mostly white and Christian?
Archbishop Cranmer
Archbishop Cranmer, 26 September 2018

We're all used to hearing about those xenophobic fruitcake Kippers and those anti-Christian racist and extremist Brexiteers who hate all immigrants, but Remainers are all liberal and tolerant, aren't they? They're all fair, impartial and completely unbiased and unprejudiced, aren't they? At least (or especially) when it comes to skin colour and ethnicity, aren't they?

No, not quite.

The LSE research was published last year, and originally entitled: 'UK voters including Leavers care more about reducing non-EU than EU immigration'. It has been archived under the rather niftier title: 'British voters prefer EU to non-EU migrants'. The first of these headings betrayed an ever-so-slightly biased presentation of the researchers' findings, simply because the stats also suggested that UK voters including Remainers care more about reducing non-EU than EU immigration, and we can't have that, can we? Essentially, whether Remainer/Remoaner or Leaver/Brexitremist, Britons prefer EU migration to non-EU migration, because...

Well, feel free to complete the sentence (or paragraph). ...

Everyone's a little bit racist (as the song goes), but what is absent from this EU/non-EU immigration discussion is the 'Why?' hypothesis. ...

Could it simply be that UK voters prefer EU immigration to non-EU immigration because they are 'more like us'? Could it be an innate preference for whiteness? Perhaps for a shared understanding of Western Christianity and the homely residues of a common cultural heritage? Could it be a natural desire for homogeneous community and fraternal values? ... EU citizens across the Channel (and the Irish Sea) are our immediate neighbours, hungry and thirsty for those same values which give Britons meaning to our lives. They aspire to the same freedom and affluence; the same civility and political society; the same morality and religious identity. In all the fragmented pluralism, divisive relativism and arid logical positivism of the age, might it be that most UK voters find deep comfort in the echoes of a continental unity, based historically on reconciliation with God but now more concerned with securing and maintaining peace? ...

This point almost never gets the attention it deserves.
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Cornell thrusts $60 million at faculty diversity plan
Celine Ryan and Kenny Nelson
Campus Reform, 26 September 2018

Cornell University announced in late September that it will be throwing $60 million toward acquiring and maintaining a more diverse faculty.

The Ivy League school's provost, Michael Kotlikoff, announced the new expense in a late September news release, saying that the initiative would cost $60 million over a five-year timespan. A portion of the funds will go towards hiring 60 faculty members "who diversify their departments" over the five-year period. ...

Kotlikoff emphasized not only support for diverse hires but also retention of diverse faculty, something he says will be a major focus for the university during the 2018-2019 academic year.
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UK immigration: No preference for EU workers after Brexit, cabinet agrees
BBC, 25 September 2018

People from the EU should face the same immigration rules as those from elsewhere, once the UK has completely left the bloc, the cabinet has agreed.

The agreement in principle follows a recommendation of the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), which was also backed by Labour.

The cabinet unanimously supported a system based on skills rather than nationality, a source told the BBC.

But some fear that a bar on low-skilled EU migrants may damage business.

The prime minister has repeatedly vowed to end unlimited immigration from Europe after Brexit. ...

However, one cabinet source told the BBC the agreement did not constitute a firm decision and a government source said there could be "light touch migration" rules for EU nationals as part of any wider Brexit trade deal.
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Brexit: Theresa May backs new immigration system that allows some low-skilled workers into UK
Joe Watts
Independent, 25 September 2018

Theresa May has signed off plans for a post-Brexit immigration system that accepts the need for low-skilled workers to come into the UK after it leaves the EU.

Under plans set out at cabinet by home secretary Sajid Javid the new system would create a specific route for low-skilled workers to come into the country and work in sectors like agriculture, social care and hospitality.

The presentation given by Mr Javid also appeared to confirm that he had won a reported tussle with chancellor Philip Hammond, over the home secretary's intention not to give EU citizens preferential treatment in a future system.
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IDS says Tories MUST take control of immigration or be PUNISHED by the British people
Sorcha Bradley
Daily Express, 25 September 2018

Arch-Brexiteer Iain Duncan Smith has said that Theresa May's government must get a handle on immigration controls or risk being punished by the British public at the next general election.

The former Conservative Party leader made the comments as the Prime Minister Theresa May and her Home Secretary Sajid Javid prepared to tough new plans on post-Brexit migration.

But the pair are expected to meet fierce resistance from Chancellor Phillip Hammond over plans to end preferential treatment for EU citizens after the UK officially departs from the EU.

Speaking on the BBC's Today programme, Mr Duncan Smith said he felt the plans were "moving in the right direction" but that questions still remained over key issues such as caps on the number of migrants allowed to settle or work in the UK. ...

When asked if by not controlling immigration it would cost the Conservatives at a General Election, he replied: "Yes, I absolutely agree about that and I do think that's why we need to get out there a strong policy that gives an indication of how we would control migration."
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German Parliament President Expresses No Hope in Deportations
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 25 September 2018

German parliament president Wolfgang Schäuble doubts that failed asylum seekers will be deported and claims that instead, they should stay in Germany and integrate into society.

"We should realise how difficult it is to deport in individual cases," the former federal finance minister and member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) said, according to Die Welt.

"That's why we should not foster too much hope that we can send back the majority of these people. Rather, we should all muster the strength to integrate them into our society," he added.

Schäuble also defended the mass migration policies of Chancellor Merkel in 2015 stating: "On September 4, 2015, with the thousands of refugees at the train station in Budapest, the Chancellor's decision was the right one. But what failed after that is to limit the communicative consequences."

While serving as finance minister in the previous coalition government, Schäuble allocated the entire federal government surplus toward migrant costs in 2016. He also caused controversy that same year after making a statement in which he said closed borders could lead to Germany degenerating through inbreeding. ...

Since the height of the migrant crisis, Germany has had enormous difficulty deporting failed asylum seekers with up to 21,000 planned deportations having failed last year.

In June, an investigation into the Federal Agency for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) found that even convicted career criminals were rarely deported.

In one case, five Somali nationals convicted of piracy in a German court were even allowed to remain in the country on government handouts.
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The economic rationalists don't get the immigration debate
Ben Cobley
UnHerd, 25 September 2018

There is something missing from our debate on immigration. As articulated by our elites, it lacks an understanding and sympathy for human beings as we are. It sees us instead as defective calculating machines that need to be re-engineered in order to make the correct choices.

The latest Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) report on EEA migration is in many ways an admirable piece of work. But, in its assumptions and way of proceeding, it is cut largely from this technocratic cloth. ...

By any measure, the changes in our communities and increase in population over the past 20 years have been more significant than a small adjustment in prices brought on by exchange rates. This, though, is the level of elite discourse on immigration. It focuses on 'data' and 'evidence', but in an abstract way, directed towards business interests and removed from the lived experience of people. The MAC itself acknowledges there may be dangers to this approach – but only deep into the report, far from its headline statements.

It is an approach characteristic of that behemoth which dominates British government and wants to keep the tap of mass immigration firmly on – the Treasury. George Osborne, now editor of the Evening Standard, articulated this when he attacked Theresa May's immigration targets as "economically illiterate": "If I had a regret," he said, "it's not that we didn't manage the immigration system properly... we were, I think, too intimidated to make the arguments about the benefits of immigration." ...

It's fair and reasonable to make the economic rationalist argument that maximising the economy is best achieved by a liberal migration regime. The trouble is that this view is often pushed forward as rational in an absolute sense, with any dissenting views denounced as "irrational" – and often worse. ...

This informal alliance between free market liberalism and the politics of diversity over mass immigration is, as I say in my book, "one of the political stories of our time". It has given technocratic liberals some moral authority for free market policies, while also allowing the liberal-left to claim economic credibility and support from business for their advocacy of increased diversity. ...

For while the tabloid treatment of the immigration question often plays on fear, unjustifiably and stupidly politicising migrants (at least in headlines) as negative and dangerous, the economic rationalist approach also reduces modern immigration to a lot less than it is. Specifically, it tends to rule out any consideration of the existential aspects: of how we experience and interpret the world, often treating such aspects as illegitimate: as 'subjective' and 'irrational', as not based in facts and evidence, and therefore to be ruled out of consideration and banished from politics itself.

But the feeling of loss that someone experiences when their world becomes less familiar, and their connections into it die off, is real and important. ...

The economic rationalists are making a political choice when they dismiss these concerns as trivial or describe them as 'necessary' sufferances in order for the modern world to progress. It's the same with their accusations of racism or 'nativism'.
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Britain could keep letting in unlimited numbers of EU citizens for two years under a no deal Brexit
Thomas Colson
Business Insider, 24 September 2018

• The UK could grant limitless access to European migrants for more than two years after a no-deal Brexit, according to a report.

• Home secretary Sajid Javid will propose a plan to Cabinet which sees EU citizens granted unlimited access to the UK for 30 months if there is no deal.

• Javid believes the plan is necessary to protect the economy.

• The news also comes amid concerns that the Home Office, which is responsible for Britain's borders, simply does not have the capacity to begin processing every inbound citizen coming to the UK. ...

The move would essentially see the UK retain the EU freedom of movement policy, which allows European citizens to move freely around member states without having to apply for a visa.

Javid will outline his plans at a critical Cabinet meeting today on post-Brexit immigration policy. He will reportedly argue that EU citizens should ultimately receive no preferential treatment – in favour of a global system – once the 30-month unlimited access period ends.
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A Month of Multiculturalism in Britain: August 2018
Soeren Kern
Gatestone Institute, 24 September 2018

August 2. British teenagers are being forced to marry abroad and are therefore effectively raped and often impregnated while the Home Office "turns a blind eye" by handing visas to their husbands, according to The Times. Officials received dozens of reports last year that women wanted to block visas to the UK for men they had been made to marry in countries Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and the United Arab Emirates. In almost half of the cases, records show, the visas were approved. /.../ Experts believe there are thousands of victims in Britain, but that the vast majority are too afraid to come forward.

August 3. Safaa Boular, 18, of Vauxhall, London, was sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum 13-year term, for plotting a jihadi attack on British soil. Alongside her mother and sister, who were imprisoned in June, Boular was part of Britain's first all-female ISIS cell. ...

August 4. A police officer phoned a charity to ask whether it was "culturally acceptable" for an Iraqi pedophile to have a 12-year-old girlfriend, according to an investigation carried out by The Times. The officer had arrested the 26-year-old man but wanted to be "culturally sensitive" after the suspect said the relationship was acceptable in his community. /.../ The charity, which works with victims of forced marriage, said the case showed the danger of officers whose professional judgment was clouded by fear of being called racist. ...

August 6. The Daily Mail removed a report from its website that described the French capital as "Powder Keg Paris" after a French activist, Marwan Muhammad, complained that the report was Islamophobic. The article reported that 300,000 illegal migrants were living in the suburb of Saint-Denis, north of Paris, where drug dealing, crime and poverty were rising due to "immigration on a mammoth scale." ...

August 7. Ishaq Al-Noor, a 21-yer-old Sudanese asylum seeker, was sentenced to 16 years in prison for raping a 17-year-old student in a cemetery in Spring Bank in Hull, East Yorkshire. When the rape charge was put to him, Al-Noor, through his interpreter, told Hull Crown Court: "Guilty. Yes, I did that. Why not?" Al-Noor, of West Hill, needed the services of one of the few interpreters in Britain who could speak his particular Sudanese dialect. ...

August 10. Lewis Ludlow, a 26-year-old convert to Islam from Rochester, Kent, pled guilty to plotting a terror attack on London's Oxford Street. Ludlow, who also used the name Ali Hussain, planned to rent a van and hit pedestrians. /.../ Ludlow said that he had hoped to kill up to 100 people.

August 11. Liam Bradley, a 48-year-old motorcycle instructor, accused a Shell gasoline station in Blackburn of "racism" after he was told to remove his helmet while a woman in a burka was refueling her vehicle next to him. ...

August 15. Thirty-two members of a Muslim sex gang were charged with offenses including rape and trafficking after an investigation into sex crimes against children in Huddersfield. /.../ A further 12 men who were not named for legal reasons were charged with "numerous offenses in connection with the same investigation."

August 22. Abdul Jalil, a 64-year-old migrant from Bangladesh, was found guilty of cheating the British welfare system out of £28,000 ($37,000; €32,000) over a period of eight years.
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Race and Gender Studies Kick Shakespeare Out of Class
Sumantra Maitra
Minding the Campus, 24 September 2018

Until 2011, UCLA students English had to take a course in Chaucer, a couple in Shakespeare, and one in Milton as the fundamental works of English literature. Some junior faculty revolted, and UCLA promptly changed its course to studying compulsory papers in "Gender, Race, Ethnicity, Disability, and Sexuality Studies; Imperial, Transnational, and Postcolonial Studies; Genre Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Critical Theory; or Creative Writing."

According to the course catalog, giants of English literature were irrelevant. but students must study "alternative rubrics of gender, sexuality, race, and class." UCLA's undergraduates, therefore, had to choose among courses like, "Women of Color in the U.S., Women and Gender in the Caribbean, Chicana Feminism, Studies in Queer Literatures and Cultures, and Feminist and Queer Theory." ...

These are some of the episodes described in Heather Mac Donald's new provocative book, "The Diversity Delusion: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture" (St. Martin's Press, 2018), which chronicles the hollowing out of Western Universities and the coup that took place in academe. This isn't the first attempt to chart the decline of Western education. Victor Davis Hanson and Roger Kimball touched upon this Gramscian revolution in "Who Killed Homer: The Demise of Classical Education," "Tenured Radicals," and "The Rape of the Masters" respectively, as Peter Hitchens talked about it in "The Abolition of Britain." But Mac Donald's is an unusually strong, data-rich chronicling.

Mac Donald connects the diversity bureaucracy, the race and gender departments acting as Soviet commissars and arbiters of acceptable debate in campuses, the treatment of students as consumers with universities catering to their well-being rather than their intellectual maturity and knowledge, campus feminism, the effects of the 60s social revolution, and how they all "increasingly infuse business, government, and civil society." Put simply, a handful of people are changing society through educational institutions, based on their ideologies. ...

It's all an existential struggle against conservative thought, a war that if you don't win, you perish. ...

The result? Research is being used from Silicon Valley to universities to discriminate against the truly talented, to "diversify" the workforce by admitting half-wits and ideologues. ...

This is fundamentally the same 70s radical strategy of Rudi Dutschke who coined the 60s slogan "The Long March through the Institutions."
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Home Secretary claims Britain is powerless to control border if we leave the EU with no deal
Glen Owen
Mail on Sunday, 23 September 2018

Home Secretary Sajid Javid has warned that Britain will be powerless to restrict EU immigrants if we leave the EU without a deal.

Mr Javid told Cabinet colleagues last week it would be impossible to have 'preventative checks' at airports and ports because of the sheer volume of passengers.

He said that to avoid gridlock, EU citizens would still go through electronic passport gates and avoid questioning by Border Force officials. ...

It takes an average of 45 seconds to check an EU passport but four minutes for other countries. Non-EU visitors already face delays of more than three hours at Heathrow because of staff shortages.

Brexit is meant to signal the end of freedom of movement, with new arrivals from the EU losing their automatic right to reside. But Mr Javid's comments raise questions about how that will be policed.
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Time to listen on migrants
Nick Ferrari
Sunday Express, 23 September 2018

The findings could not have been more devastating. In the biggest consultation of its kind, just 17 per cent of people said they trusted politicians to tell the truth concerning immigration.

Equally as damaging was the fact that even fewer people, just 15 percent, believe the Government has shown competence in managing the thorny issue.

Unsurprisingly, more than half said public services had come under strain as a result. The survey, entitled the National Conversation on Immigration, sought the views of 20,000 respondents, so don't allow any critic to blithely write it off as the posturing of a bunch of intolerant racists.

The very opposite is true, as 65 per cent of those asked said migrants bring vital skills to the economy and to the public sector and almost the same thumping majority, this time 59 per cent, agree diversity benefits our national culture.

However, even greater numbers come into play when asked questions about those arriving on the shores, with 88 per cent believing migrants should learn English and 85 per cent saying they should share British values.

Enough with the blitz of statistics; here's what these figures actually mean.

They reinforce the fact that we are a superbly tolerant nation. So many of us have seen our cities and towns transform out of all recognition.

While much has been positive, you'd have to be clinically insane if you didn't accept there have been tensions and challenges, many of which have not been met in any way, shape or form.

Since 2001, the population has risen by 6.6 million people and in a 12-month period up to March 2018 the number of migrants who settled here was 614,000.

To put that into context, that is roughly equal to the population of Bristol, which is the tenth biggest city in the land.

Government after government failed to build enough homes, schools or hospitals to cope and anyone who dared to question what was happening around them was initially dismissed as a clueless "Little Englander" and if that failed to deter them, they were deemed racists.

This report shows Britain is anything but a racist nation and what is so wrong about wanting new arrivals to learn the language? ...

Instead, signs on roads, in hospitals, courts and other public buildings, were translated into various languages popular in the relevant area.

A leaflet sent to me recently about a change in rubbish collection (naturally it is being reduced!) was in EIGHT languages and there was even a phone number if you needed it translated into something else.

Every day, the NHS, our police and our courts shell out thousands of pounds on translators' fees.

This is what has fuelled our wholly justified distrust of politicians.

They lied to us and refused to even listen let alone accept justifiable misgivings and, with virtually no exception, now drop into prepared platitudes when challenged over soaring immigration and its impact. ...

The people have spoken. While we are rightly tolerant and welcoming and are perfectly at ease about allowing any group that arrives to pursue its faith or individual culture, multiculturalism does not work.

The question is: what chance politicians will listen?
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Something inspiring in the state of Denmark
Dr Campbell Campbell-Jack
Conservative Woman, 23 September 2018

The Danish Ministry of Culture has just issued Danish Radio its official government contract for 2018-2023, which announces some pretty significant budget cuts entailing the loss of approximately 400 jobs. But that is not the most significant aspect of the contract.

The public broadcasters have been given a new set of guidelines. Their programming is now required to bolster Denmark's native cultural heritage, as well as emphasise the foundational role of Christianity in Danish society. Danish Radio are now contracted to make clear that Danish society is based on the principles of democracy, which have their roots in Christianity.

The contract issued by the Danish Ministry of Culture on 18th September includes proposals such as: ...

'DR must give all citizens free access to a diverse and versatile content that impartially supports the citizens' ability to act in the Danish people's government and strengthens Danish culture and language.'

This contract has also conspicuously dropped the previous contract's emphasis on multicultural 'integration', a decision which has angered Left-wing Danes such as the Socialist People's Party. ...

Even the traditionally Left-wing parties in Denmark are turning Right when it comes to immigration. /.../ The Social Democrats have changed their stance on immigration and now advocate tight border security and immigration controls.

Responsible for this change of emphasis from 'integration' to 'Christian heritage' was the conservative populist Danish People's Party, (Dansk Folkeparti, DF), the second-most popular party in the country. ...

This new government contract is remarkably explicit about its more conservative priorities, unequivocally stating that 'DR must put particular emphasis on its role as initiator of and mediator of Danish art and culture and the Danish cultural heritage, including the Christian heritage'. ...

The Danes recognise that simply closing the borders and halting immigration is not enough. If there is to be any safeguard against multiculturalism and demographic change it is necessary to recover their culture and traditions, the things which make them Danes.
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What our useless border guards should learn from the Swiss
Janice Davis
Conservative Woman, 22 September 2018

According to a 2017 EU report, Sweden has the worst border control in Europe, a finding which was allegedly hushed up to prevent the country's electorate being unduly influenced when they went to the polls this month. Its key criticisms are that the Swedish border agents get rubbish training, don't know how to detect a duff document, and can't even recognise a returning jihadi.

How very ironic, from a political union obsessed with its four unshakeable freedoms, including free movement across the Schengen area – the technically borderless vision of the EU. Borders? Who needs borders? they used to shout, until Frau Merkel unilaterally opened the doors to over a million unchecked/undocumented 'refugees' and ushered in unplanned-for consequences. So that now, the EU is calling for effective external border control.

The Swedish Evening Post has published a leaked part of this report, dealing with external borders. It found a lack of skills at the border, new recruits having a mere nine weeks of training but no knowledge of immigration law, an inability to check for validity or terrorist association, and poor manning. In short, 'there is no actual border control'. Meanwhile, experienced officers claimed the report was 'an understatement'.

Sweden is not alone in this regard. ...

How do Sweden and the UK compare in this respect with Switzerland, where I live? The Swiss Border Guard is uniformed and armed, and its members are subject to military criminal law. ...

The training documentation is a must-read. There are three years of intensive basic training. On completion of Year 1, which includes border guard and customs service, law and criminology, document verification, shooting and security techniques, psychosocial skills, ... ...

With the EU now admitting to the massive future problem of illegal migration from the Middle East, Asia and Africa, as well as challenges from existing immigrant numbers to high-welfare societies, on housing, health, education etc, what hope for individual states who have taken their eye off the ball, or even dropped it altogether?
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We ignore migration backlash at our peril
Matthew Parris
The Times, 22 September 2018

For all the talk of an open door from Europe, what really alarms people is the cost to the country of non-EU arrivals.
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Police hunt bank robber who disguised himself as a Muslim woman in a hijab in Austria after cops caught another man doing the same thing last month
Charlie Moore
MailOnline, 22 September 2018

Austrian police are hunting a copycat crook who dressed as a Muslim woman in a hijab to rob a bank just weeks after another man did the same thing.

Detectives have offered almost £2,000 as a reward for any clues about the identity of the second robber who raided a DenizBank in Linz, Upper Austria. ...

It comes after police last month arrested a 35-year-old man on suspicion of robbing a Turkish bank in Vienna also dressed in a hijab and carrying a golden pistol.
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Delete pupil nationality data or face legal action, campaigners warn ministers
Freddie Whittaker
Schools Week, 21 September 2018

The Department for Education faces being reported to the Information Commissioner if it does not agree to delete data collected on pupils' nationality and country of birth over the past two years.

More than 20 human rights and privacy campaign groups have signed a letter to Damian Hinds, the education secretary, urging him to destroy the information collected under controversial changes to the school census, introduced in 2016.

The requirement on schools to record information on the nationality and country of birth of their children was scrapped earlier this year following a massive U-turn by the DfE. ...

It followed attempts to challenge the data collection in the courts, and after the government was forced to admit it had failed to obtain data on around a quarter of pupils, either because parents refused to provide it, or because schools did not submit it in their census returns. ...

Now the letter, coordinated by campaign group Against Borders for Children and signed by organisations like the National Education Union, Liberty, Defend Digital Me and Migrant Voice, want the data collected since October 2016, when the collection was first added to the census, to be deleted. The DfE has previously said it intends to keep the data. ...

Under current rules, limited information from the national pupil database can be supplied to the Home Office if it is requested for a specific pupil. The Home Office cannot request batch data about certain groups, and is not allowed to see nationality or country of birth data.
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Yale Study Finds Twice as Many Undocumented Immigrants as Previous Estimates
Mohammad Fazel-Zarandi, Jonathan S. Feinstein and Edward H. Kaplan
Yale Insights, 21 September 2018

Generally accepted estimates put the population of undocumented immigrants in the United States at approximately 11.3 million. A new study, using mathematical modeling on a range of demographic and immigration operations data, suggests that the actual undocumented immigrant population may be more than 22 million. ...

Even using parameters intentionally aimed at producing an extremely conservative estimate, they found a population of 16.7 million undocumented immigrants.

The results, published in PLOS ONE, surprised the authors themselves. They started with the extremely conservative model and expected the results to be well below 11.3 million. ...

Jonathan Feinstein, the John G. Searle Professor of Economics and Management at Yale SOM, adds, "There's a number that everybody quotes, but when you actually dig down and say, 'What is it based on?' You find it's based on one very specific survey and possibly an approach that has some difficulties. So we went in and just took a very different approach." ...

The approach in the new research was based on operational data, such as deportations and visa overstays, and demographic data, including death rates and immigration rates. "We combined these data using a demographic model that follows a very simple logic," Kaplan says. "The population today is equal to the initial population plus everyone who came in minus everyone who went out. It's that simple."

While the logic is simple – tally the inflows and outflows over time – actually gathering, assessing, and inserting the data appropriately into a mathematical model isn't at all simple. Because there is significant uncertainty, the results are presented as a range. After running 1,000,000 simulations of the model, the researchers' 95% probability range is 16 million to 29 million, with 22.1 million as the mean. ...

Kaplan and Feinstein have worked on this type of problem for many years. "The analysis we've done can be thought of as estimating the size of a hidden population," Kaplan says. "People who are undocumented immigrants are not walking around with labels on their foreheads. Neither are populations of homeless people, neither are populations of drug users, and neither are populations of terrorists. Yet for policy, it is very important to know the size of these hidden populations because that sets the scale of the problem in each of these different policy areas."
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Muhammad Names are Top For Baby Boys in England and Wales Sixth Year Running
Oliver JJ Lane
Breitbart, 21 September 2018

Muhammad was the most popular name for baby boys in English regions London, the West Midlands, and Yorkshire and the Humber in 2017, government statistics show, with spelling variations in the name taking it to first place across England and Wales.

Officially Oliver remains the most popular name for newborn boys across the country, with 6,259 born last year. However, it is pushed into second place by Muhammad when slight spelling variations including Mohammed and Mohammad are included, which achieve 6,510 newborns between them. ...

Taking the three English translations of the same Arabic name as one has left Muhammad the most popular boy's name in England and Wales every year since 2011, as previously reported by Breitbart London.

The official top name Oliver also has a contraction, Ollie, listed at number 86. Counted together, Oliver and nickname Ollie account for 7,047 boys in 2017. ...

While Muhammed didn't feature at all in the top ten places in much of the country, it was outright the most popular even without spelling variations in the North West, Yorkshire and the Humber, the West Midlands, and London. It came second-place outright in the North West.
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Macron Vows Punishment for States Refusing Third World Migration
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 21 September 2018

Emmanuel Macron has said funding should be withdrawn from pro-sovereignty nations reluctant to hand more power over to Brussels, and that countries which refuse to welcome third world migrants must be thrown out of the Schengen area.

"Europe is not a menu à la carte, it's a political project," the French president declared, speaking at the end of an EU mini-summit on migration in Salzburg Thursday evening.
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An "army" of illegal immigrants is arriving in the UK every year
Migration Watch UK, 20 September 2018

The illegal immigrant population of the UK is rising by 70,000 per year – nearly equivalent to the size of the full-time British Army. That is the conclusion of a new paper (Illegal immigration - What can be done?) being issued by Migration Watch UK.

The paper estimates the gross annual rise in the illegal immigrant population to be 105,000 per year while only about a third (or 35,200) of this annual total is either being removed or is departing voluntarily each year. Hence a net rise of 70,000 people per year, or 700,000 over the course of a decade.

Meanwhile, the controversy arising from the Windrush Affair has masked the continued and serious failure of the authorities to remove hundreds of thousands of people who have no right to be here.

Effective removal mechanisms are essential to the credibility of border controls. Over three-quarters - 77% - of the public consider illegal immigration to be a serious problem facing the country.

The best estimates, including two by former senior Home Office officials, suggest that there may be over one million illegal immigrants in the UK - equivalent to the population of Birmingham, the UK's second largest city. ...

Our estimate of the number of people who overstay their visas stands at 83,600 per year. Added to more than 12,800 detected clandestine entrants and an annual average 8,500 failed asylum seekers who do not depart, that gives a gross figure of 105,000 more illegal migrants each year.

At the same time, removals and departures have averaged 35,200 since 2009 (excluding returns of foreign criminals). Removals of failed asylum seekers nosedived from 2005 onwards, from 16,000 to just over 5,000 in 2017. Over the last 14 years, less than half of those whose asylum claims were refused have departed the country. Meanwhile, returns of immigration offenders have dropped by a third since 2013. This decline in removals is troubling.

Illegal immigration to the UK is a major public concern. Yet the situation is considerably worse than the government admits and very little is being done about it.

Furthermore, a number of those who have remained have been able to regularise their status as a result of routes that allow those here illegally to stay on. These routes should be closed because they encourage the flouting of the law and are grossly unfair to those who take the care and time to follow the rules. ...

Commenting, Lord Green of Deddington, Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said:

"The scale of illegal immigration to Britain is a scandal that has gone on for too long. It undermines public acceptance of genuine refugees and is damaging to community relations generally. The government must not cave in to opposition attempts to 'weaponise' Windrush against legitimate and effective measures to tackle overstaying. These measures are supported by nearly 80% of the public, and rightly so."
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Three in four London students 'from ethnic minorities by 2030'
Sean Coughlan
BBC, 20 September 2018

Almost three quarters of university students from London will be from ethnic minorities by the end of the next decade, say researchers.

The analysis, based on demographic changes and university entry rates, shows 27% of students from London will be white - down from 37% at present.

White students will still be the biggest ethnic group - followed by 21% from African backgrounds, up from 17%. ...

The report - from Access HE - reflects a growing ethnic minority population in the school system and says young people from black and Asian families are more likely to apply for university.

"We are witnessing hyper-diversity among the student body in London, where diversity is the norm and not the exception," says the report.

"Based on existing evidence, we can expect a significant increase in the number of young students entering higher education by 2030, and an increase in the diversity of these students... nearly 75% being non-white."

There is a forecast of a particular growth in Londoners from African and mixed-race backgrounds going to university. ...

This means about a quarter of students from London will be white, a quarter black, a quarter Asian and a quarter from other groups or from a mix of backgrounds. ...

Graeme Atherton, head of Access HE, says that as well as London's student population changing, this demographic trend is going to "drive diversity" in universities in other parts of the United Kingdom.
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Immigration could make or break the Tories
Andrew Green
Conservative Woman, 20 September 2018

The government need to be extremely careful how they respond to the report of the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) published on Tuesday. As one might expect, it addresses immigration from a strictly economic, even academic, point of view. However, it is also tone deaf to the wider concerns of the public, not about the technicalities of economists, but about a deeply held concern that the scale of immigration has got out of hand and is changing the whole scale and nature of our society at an unacceptable pace.

The MAC seem to have lost sight of the bigger picture. They acknowledge that nearly two-thirds of the public want immigration reduced, only in effect to ignore these concerns in drawing up their proposals. ...

The committee mention pressure on social housing and recognise that indigenous British people are waiting longer than they otherwise would. However, there is no reference even to the government's own projections that we will have to build nearly 300 homes every day for the indefinite future just to house new migrants. /.../ What the public does not realise is that half of the demand is a result of immigration. ...

This situation just cannot be allowed to continue, whatever the economic arguments. We cannot have such changes to the scale and nature of our society without public consent, indeed in the teeth of clear public wishes to the contrary.

The immigration lobby make much of the net contribution of immigrants to the Exchequer. However the committee, in one of their more useful paragraphs, point out that the net contribution in the last financial year of £4.7 billion works out at £1.70 per week per head of the UK-born population. It follows that, from a fiscal point of view there is, as the chairman of the MAC Professor Alan Manning put it, little effect and little benefit. Even more strikingly, the net contribution from the one and a half million working-age Eastern Europeans in the UK comes out at little over ten pence per head averaged across the adult UK population. In other words, peanuts, and certainly not worth the strains associated with hugely increased congestion on our roads, trains, buses and in hospitals and schools (not to mention integration and cohesion). ...

It is also concerning that the committee have recommended abolishing the present key requirement for an employer to check whether there is a suitable UK applicant before hiring someone from abroad. Our research has found that there are four million people who would like to work or would like more working hours than they currently have. It would be a major error for the government to abolish protections for UK applicants in this way.

The combination of the widening of the skill level, opening the route to the whole world, removal of safeguards for UK workers and abolition of the cap on highly-skilled work permits may well be seen in the future as a very serious mistake. We have the precedent of New Labour who deliberately eased the immigration system in 1997, some say for political reasons, only to find that net migration trebled in the space of a couple of years.

We could yet see something similar if these proposals are introduced. ...

If the outcome of this government's stewardship were to produce a very difficult exit from the EU combined with a massive increase in immigration, the Conservatives could say goodbye to office for many years to come.
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We must stop trying to 'manage' immigration and simply cut it
Nick Timothy
Daily Telegraph, 20 September 2018

Before the Brexit referendum, two pro-immigration campaigners used Twitter to discuss free movement. "Whatever the outcome, it will be absurd to claim that people never get to have their say about immigration," said one. The second declared: "Remain is a vote?... for free movement. Leave for significant change. Clear choice and mandate."

Both campaigners have had a hand in reports published this week. The first, Sunder Katwala, helped to organise the National Conversation, an exercise in testing public opinion on immigration.

The second, Jonathan Portes, an advocate of high immigration, contributed to a report recommending post-Brexit immigration policies to the Government. Both reports are case studies in why Britain finds it so hard to control immigration and why the public is so frustrated by politicians who fail to reduce the numbers.

The National Conversation was described by its organisers as "the biggest ever public engagement on immigration". ...

One question it did not ask, however, was whether immigration ought to continue at its existing pace, go up or come down. This might have been an accident, but it looks more likely like a deliberate omission. ...

This brings us to this week's second report, by the Migration Advisory Committee, the Government's independent advisers. ...

And who contributes towards these assessments? Well-meaning officials with liberal beliefs and partisan campaigners masquerading as neutral experts, like Mr Portes.
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The foreign-born population in the U.S. has reached its highest level since 1910 – and 41% are coming from Asia
Valerie Bauman
Daily Mail, 20 September 2018

Nearly 14 percent of people living in America are foreign-born – the highest proportion in more than a century, according to U.S. Census data.

The foreign-born population totaled 44.5 million, or 13.7 percent in 2017.

And now more than ever, those foreign arrivals are coming from Asia and bringing a college education with them, according to an analysis of Census data by the Brookings Institution.

Brookings researchers found that 41 percent of new arrivals since 2010 came from Asia and about 45 percent had graduated from college – a 30 percent increase compared to arrivals from 2000-2009. ...

In fact, 2.6 million people came to the U.S. from Asia since 2010, compared to 1.2 million from Latin America, according to the Brookings analysis.
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ONS household projections for England
Migration Watch UK, 20 September 2018

Commenting, Alp Mehmet, Vice Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said:

"This is a hopeless underestimate. The ONS are projecting annual net migration 25% lower than seen in the last ten years. Their high migration scenario is much more plausible and in line with the previous decade's flows. That would mean a new home every three minutes for England as a whole, of which about half would be for migrants."

Note to editors

• The ONS says that the number of households in England is projected to increase by 4 million (17%) over the next 25 years, from 22.9 million in 2016 to 26.9 million in 2041. This equates to 159,000 additional households each year on their principal projection (based on net migration to England of 152,000 per year).

• Their 'zero migration' scenario foresees a total rise in households of 2.52 million over the period 2016-2041, while the high migration scenario (based on net migration to England of 214,500) foresees a total rise of 4.74 million (a difference of 2.22 million, or 88,800 households per year as the result of the arrival of migrants).

• The high migration scenario is a more appropriate measure because net migration to England has averaged 208,000 per year over the past decade and was 218,000 in 2016.

• The 88,800 homes per year that are projected to be due to immigration alone between 2016 and 2041 are equivalent of 243 per day, or one new home every six minutes.

• 90% of the additional households created in England 2005-2014 were headed by a person born outside the UK, according to previous ONS figures.
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The PC police, literally
Tom Slater
Spiked, 20 September 2018

'PC police' may have become a tired phrase. But it seems it can now be taken literally. Last week news broke that a senior Scotland Yard officer is under investigation for using the phrase 'whiter than white' in a briefing to colleagues. He was discussing the importance of police officers being 'above reproach' in how they conduct themselves. But nevertheless a complaint was made and now the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is investigating him for 'the alleged use of language deliberately intended to be offensive and that had racist undertones'. He has been placed on restricted duties and has reportedly been warned that the inquiry may take up to 12 months to complete.

This is a story so thoroughly insane that even the most fulminating anti-PC warrior among us would have to do a double take. But a spokesman for the IOPC has indeed confirmed that not only is the investigation into the officer under way, but that it is part of a broader investigation into 'allegations of serious corruption and malpractice'. ...

That the British police not only have incredibly easily hurt feelings, but also systems in place to protect those incredibly easily hurt feelings, is one thing. The problem is that they are also becoming more and more interested in imposing their speech codes on the rest of society. A few weeks ago, South Yorkshire Police started a campaign called 'Hate Hurts', calling on people to report 'non-crime hate incidents' to what was swiftly nicknamed the 'hurty-feelings helpline'. In 2016, Greater Glasgow Police ran a similar campaign telling the public to 'Think before you post, or you may receive a visit from us this weekend', accompanied by a nifty graphic, spelling out the word 'think' thusly: 'T – is it true? H – is it hurtful? I – is it illegal? N – is it necessary? K – is it kind?'

Britain's insane laws around online hate speech have sparked international attention recently. ...; as a Times investigation found last year, as many as nine people a day are arrested for what they post online. But the police's activities recently remind us that this is not just a matter of what's on the statute book, but also of how the police are choosing to enforce it. ...

This is chilling. It is bad enough that the armed wing of the British state is required by law to police our speech, but now it seems to be taking it upon itself to quasi-criminalise speech it deems 'hurtful' or even just 'unkind'. /.../ This is especially strange at a time when the police are coming under increasing criticism for failing to pursue actual criminals: Home Office figures suggest just nine per cent of crimes now end with a suspect being charged. If resources are as squeezed as many police forces say they are, why are they spending so much time patrolling our tweets?

... Whatever is driving the ignoble rise of the literal PC police, it seems there's never been a better time to get the boys in blue out of the censorship game for good.
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EU to talk with Egypt, north Africans to curb migrants
Lachlan Carmichael
Yahoo News, 20 September 2018

EU leaders have agreed to open talks with Egypt and other north African countries as "an important further step" to curb migration to Europe, Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said Thursday. ...

The EU has previously sealed cooperation deals with Turkey and Libya that have sharply cut migration to Europe since a 2015 peak, but wants to expand work with all north African countries. ...

"I believe that this will be an important further step in the fight against illegal migration, but above all also in the fight against the business of traffickers," Kurz said. ...

Kurz, whose government takes a harder line on migration, said more EU leaders realise that tougher external borders rather than "sharing refugees" is the solution.
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Why Europe should focus on its growing interdependence with Africa
The Economist, 20 September 2018

Today's waves of African migration are merely a prelude. Of the 2.2bn citizens added to the global population by 2050, 1.3bn will be Africans – about the size of China's population today. And more of them will have the means to travel. Those Africans risking the trip north across the Mediterranean today are not the poorest, but those with a mobile phone to organise the trip and money to pay smugglers. Few of the Nigerians who attempt the crossing are from their country's poor north, for example; almost all are from its wealthier south. As African countries gradually prosper, migration will surely increase, not decrease. Emmanuel Macron raised these points in a recent interview. The French president was recommending a new book, "The Rush to Europe", published in French by Stephen Smith of Duke University, which models past international migrations like that of Mexicans into America to show that the number of Afro-Europeans (Europeans with African roots) could rise from 9m at present to between 150m and 200m by 2050, perhaps a quarter of Europe's total population. ...

EU leaders met in Salzburg on September 19th and 20th to discuss new border controls and north African "disembarkation platforms" where migrants from the south could be processed and sent back. The summit epitomised a strategy that Mr Smith dubs "Fortress Europe", which involves reducing migration from north Africa at almost any human cost, letting in merely a trickle of approved African migrants, bickering over who should accommodate them and then, as recompense, funnelling modest aid into Africa. Angela Merkel promotes a "Marshall Plan for Africa", as a means of reducing migration. That reckons without the fact that economic development will raise migration numbers.

There is an alternative "Eurafrica" strategy, writes Mr Smith. This is to accept the integration of Africa and Europe. Alex de Waal, an Africa expert at Tufts University, agrees that is the only realistic course. "The logic of history is a European-Mediterranean market that will cross the Sahara, too," he says. "The challenge is to recognise that reality and make it a mutually beneficial and regulated one. Building walls will not work." ...

It also means creating regulated routes for migrants travelling in both directions. Over the century, European districts that today have a Eurafrican character – parts of Barcelona, Marseille, Brussels and London, say – will become more the norm than the exception. ...

The two options, Fortress Europe versus Eurafrica, may one day end up as a choice between denial and reality. Europe cannot insulate itself from the dramatic long-term shifts in its continental neighbour. Like it or not, Eurafrica is part of Europe's demographic and cultural destiny. It is better, surely, not to ignore or reject this but to work out how to make it a success.
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Stop and search makes crime more likely, report finds
Ben Quinn
The Guardian, 19 September 2018

The police tactic of stop and search is increasing the likelihood of crime rather than preventing it, finds a report that paints a bleak picture of young men and boys snapping under the pressure of relentless checks sometimes multiple times a day.

Based on in-depth interviews with young Londoners named on the Metropolitan police's controversial list of gang suspects – the gangs matrix – the report (pdf) also raises concerns about how the police's "gang nominal" assessment has an impact on the lives of those listed.

The report for the charity StopWatch, a coalition of legal experts, civil liberties campaigners and others, heavily criticises the multi-agency approach in which information about those on the matrix is shared across public services, including education and housing providers. Concerns were raised about a lack of transparency and the sharing of information without the consent of the young people in question.

StopWatch's report, Being Matrixed, draws on the testimonies of 15 Londoners aged between 17 and 32 who are on the matrix – which gives suspected gang members a score assessing how dangerous they are believed to be. ...

A report this year by Amnesty International alleged the matrix violated the human rights of the predominantly black youngsters on it. Amnesty found that of those on the list, 78% were black and 9% were from other ethnic minorities.

The Met said it constantly reviewed and updated the processes involved in maintaining the matrix, as well as the individuals listed. It said the threshold for inclusion was high and inclusion happened only where the force had at least two corroborated pieces of tested intelligence. While the number of people listed had remained at about 3,500 since 2012, more than 4,000 people had been removed from the list.

Scotland Yard said it had altered the stop and search tactic, making it more intelligence-led, and that the arrest rate had risen from 8.4% to 18.5%. The force said an individual would not be stopped and searched purely and only through being on the matrix.
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The NHS is 'subconsciously racist', says head of doctors' union
Henry Bodkin
Daily Telegraph, 19 September 2018

The NHS is "subconsciously racist" and routinely overlooks ethnic minority doctors for senior posts, the head of the British Medical Association has said.

Chaand Nagpaul, the first non-white doctor to lead the BMA, said patients were being deprived of the most skilled clinicians because of an entrenched bias in the system.

In an interview with The Telegraph, he said a culture of "inequality" had stalled the careers of BME (black and minority) doctors in favour of less qualified white colleagues.

His intervention follows the publication of figures showing that only seven per cent of senior clinical posts in the health service were filled by BME doctors, despite them making up a third of the workforce.
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Immigration: Will someone in the Government listen?
Kathy Gyngell
Conservative Woman, 19 September 2018

The Government has published the much-anticipated report on migration it had commissioned. ...

Yesterday The Times led its front page with the story, giving the apparently encouraging news that there would be no need for low-skilled workers after Brexit. It suggested, however, that this was 'likely to be criticised by some business figures because it rejects the automatic need for a new route for low-skilled workers from the EU or around the world to come in after Brexit'.

In other words that its recommendations were too restrictive.

However Sir Andrew Green of the independent think tank MigrationWatch has arrived at a rather different conclusion: 'This is a very technical report which seems blind to the impact of high levels of EU immigration on many communities in this country as a result of rapid population growth. With immigration adding one million to our population every three years this simply cannot go on. These proposals would permit continued high levels of immigration, including those with medium skills from all over the world. The overall outcome would be to weaken immigration control rather than strengthen it.'

Will someone in the Government listen to him, please?
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EU nationals MUST face same rules as rest of the world when immigrating to the UK – report
David Maddox
Daily Express, 19 September 2018

EU nationals must face the same rules to be allowed into the UK as people from the rest of the world with an end to uncontrolled free movement, a Government-commissioned report has concluded.

The Migration Advisory Council (MAC)'s 132-page report, published on Tuesday, said that a migrant's impact must be judged on "skills, employment, age and use of public services, and not fundamentally on their nationality."

The recommendations which include making it easier for high skilled migrants to come to fill vital roles and harder for low skilled labour to flood the UK market, mark a generational change in the view of migration in the UK.

However, there was criticism of the report for controversial conclusions that immigrants pay more in taxes than they take in benefits and that there was no evidence the massive influx of unskilled labour has driven down wages.

Lord Green of Deddington, Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: "This is a very technical report which seems blind to the impact of high levels of EU immigration on many communities in this country as a result of rapid population growth.

"With immigration adding one million to our population every three years this simply cannot go on."

He also warned that the loose definition of high skilled labour in the report means "these proposals would permit continued high levels of immigration, including those with medium skills from all over the world".

He added: "The overall outcome would be to weaken immigration control rather than strengthen it."
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One in five US prison inmates is a 'criminal alien'
Sharyl Attkisson
The Hill, 19 September 2018

New, little-reported statistics seem to prove two competing points in the illegal immigration debate.

First, it's true that most illegal immigrants are not imprisoned for committing additional crimes (beyond coming here illegally) in the United States. One might fairly deduce that most are otherwise law-abiding. But "criminal aliens" – those who engage in other criminal acts – do make up a disproportionate number of inmates in our prisons and jails. Seeing the numbers, one might fairly deduce that they commit serious crimes at a significantly higher rate than those in the U.S. legally.

Here's how the latest numbers break down.

The U.S. population is around 328 million. It's estimated that about 11 million – or one in 30 – are illegal immigrants. Yet criminal aliens account for more than one in five federal prison inmates. Even assuming a pretty radical margin of error for the sake of argument, that would still mean illegal immigrants are drastically over-represented among the criminal population.

And the actual picture may be worse, since the government says it has no way to be notified of all imprisoned illegal immigrants. So, instead, it counts a subset of them that it learns about through identifiers such as an FBI number.

The latest information is included in a recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). ...

For starters, 91 percent of federal criminal aliens were citizens of Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Colombia or Guatemala.

There were more than 730,000 criminal aliens in U.S. or state prisons and local jails during the period measured. They accounted for 4.9 million arrests for 7.5 million offenses. ...

The arrests include allegations of more than 1 million drug crimes, a half-million assaults, 133,800 sex offenses and 24,200 kidnappings. Even more serious, the imprisoned illegal immigrants, over a five-year period, had been arrested for 33,300 homicide-related offenses and 1,500 terrorism-related crimes.

In terms of cost, federal taxpayers shelled out more than $15 billion during the period studied – or $2.5 billion a year – to keep criminal aliens behind bars in federal, state and local facilities.
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Almost Half Speak a Foreign Language in America's Largest Cities
Karen Zeigler and Steven A. Camarota
Center for Immigration Studies, 19 September 2018

Newly released Census Bureau data for 2017 shows nearly half (48.2 percent) of residents in America's five largest cities now speak a language other than English at home. Overall, the number of U.S. residents speaking a foreign language at home reached a record of nearly 67 million. The total number is up seven million since 2010 and has increased by nearly 35 million since 1990.

Among the findings:

• In 2017, a record 66.6 million U.S. residents (native-born, legal immigrants, and illegal immigrants) ages five and older spoke a language other than English at home. The number has more than doubled since 1990, and almost tripled since 1980.

• As a share of the population, 21.8 percent of U.S. residents speak a foreign language at home – roughly double the 11 percent in 1980. ...

• Of languages with more than 400,000 speakers in 2017, the largest percentage increases from 2010 to 2017 were among speakers of Telugu (up 86 percent); Arabic (up 42 percent); Hindi (up 42 percent); Urdu (up 30 percent); Chinese (up 23 percent); Gujarati (up 22 percent); and Haitian Creole (up 19 percent). Hindi, Telugu, and Gujarati are spoken in India, and Urdu is the national language of Pakistan.

• The largest numerical increases from 2010 to 2017 were among speakers of Spanish (up four million); Chinese (up 653,000); Arabic (up 363,000); Hindi (up 254,000); Telugu (up 192,000); Tagalog (up 173,000); Haitian Creole (up 140,000); Bengali (up 128,000); Urdu (up 118,000); and Vietnamese (up 117,000). Telugu and Tamil are spoken in India, Tagalog is the national language of the Philippines, and Bengali is spoken in India and is also the national language of Bangladesh.

• Languages with more than a million speakers in 2017 were Spanish (41 million); Chinese (3.5 million); Tagalog (1.7 million); Vietnamese (1.5 million); Arabic (1.2 million); French (1.2 million); and Korean (1.1 million).
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EU migrant workers contribute £2,300 more per year to UK than average British citizen, study reveals
Rob Merrick
Independent, 18 September 2018

Taxes will have to rise if Brexit brings strict curbs on EU workers because they pay far more to the public purse than British-born residents, a study warns today.

Migrants from the EU contribute £2,300 more to the exchequer each year in net terms than the average adult, the analysis for the government has found.

And, over their lifetimes, they pay in £78,000 more than they take out in public services and benefits - while the average UK citizen's net lifetime contribution is zero.

Oxford Economics, which carried out the assessment, said this meant the value of EU citizens to the economy was the equivalent of slapping 5p on income tax rates.

"When it comes to the public finances, European migrants contribute substantially more than they cost, easing the tax burden on other taxpayers," said Ian Mulheirn, the lead researcher.

"What's more, this strongly positive average contribution persists over a lifetime: most migrants arrive fully educated, and many leave before the costs of retirement start to weigh on the public finances.

"If the UK's new relationship with Europe involves reduced migration, this analysis suggests the tax burden on others will have to rise."

The conclusions were published as ministers received a long-awaited report on the impact of EU migration on Britain and were a submission to it.

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) was asked to measure migrants' contributions and costs, to help steer a decision on how to replace freedom of movement rules after Britain leaves the EU. ...

Mr Mulheirn said the Oxford Economics study, requested by MAC, was the first measure of the total contribution of the "class of 2016" migrants who arrived in the UK over the entirety of the expected stay.

It calculated that non-European migrants will make a positive net contribution of £28,000 - £50,000 less than the £78,000 for EU arrivals – when the budget is balanced.

In total, the net benefit from the class of 2016 was expected to be £26.9bn, with £19.3bn coming from EU migrants and the remaining £7.5bn from migrants from the rest of the world.

On an annual basis, while EU migrants contribute £2,300 more than the average, each non-European migrant contributed £800 less than the average – and each UK-born adult £70 less.
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British people have spoken about multiculturalism – so it's time to stop giving immigrants a free pass
Leo McKinstry
The Sun, 18 September 2018

Britain is going through one of the biggest social revolutions in our history.

Mass immigration is transforming the size and the nature of our population.

Between 2001 and 2016, the number of people living in the UK increased by 6.6 million to 65.7 million. And the influx continues.

Latest statistics show the number of migrants who settled here in the year to March 2018 was 614,000, equal to a city bigger than Bristol. Net migration was around 270,000.

Yet the revolution has been imposed by the ruling elite without any consent. No British citizen was ever asked to vote for this upheaval. No major party ever sought a mandate to open our doors.

This helps to explain why the British public has such profound distrust in MPs on the question of immigration, as revealed in a major new opinion survey published this week.

In the biggest consultation of its kind, involving 20,000 interviews, just one in six people showed any faith in the Government to tackle migration, while only 13 per cent felt that politicians are "open and honest" about the issue. ...

But British decency has been exploited by the political class to implement its agenda, with the result that disillusion is now widespread.

People are rightly fed up with politicians who indulge in denial and deceit about the reality of mass immigration. ...

Even worse has been the attempt, particularly by the Left, to suppress open discussion by hurling accusations of racism against critics of mass immigration.

A climate of censorship now prevails where public figures are expected to parrot the fashionable orthodoxy, and ordinary citizens are afraid to voice their concerns.

Yet the anxieties of the public are all too genuine. Immigration has imposed more strain on our civic infrastructure, reflected in the shortage of affordable housing, the never-ending NHS crisis, the growth in the welfare burden and difficulties for parents in finding school places for kids.

The import of cheap foreign labour has meant lower wages and job insecurity. Just as disturbing is the erosion of solidarity because of this upheaval.

Social cohesion cannot exist without real integration, as the public recognised in the survey. ...

The consequences of multi-culturalism are seen at their most corrosive in the failure by the state to tackle serious crimes perpetrated by ethnic minorities, such as the organised abuse of girls by mainly Asian gangs in places like Rotherham and Derby.

More concerned to uphold the illusion of cultural diversity's success than to protect victims of crime, the police and other authorities indulged in a cover-up. It was only exposure of the abuse by journalists that finally forced them to act.

That mix of official dishonesty and paralysis only undermines our society.
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Swedish Message [part 1]
Christopher Caldwell
Weekly Standard, 18 September 2018

Malmö, with 300,000 residents, is Sweden's third-largest city and, thanks to a 20-year-old bridge that crosses the sound to Copenhagen, its most international. After decades of unbroken mass migration, culminating in a record intake of refugees from the Muslim world in 2015, it is also the least ethnically Swedish. In Scania, as that part of southern Sweden is called, the transformation has gone poorly, bringing more welfare payments and lots more crime. ...

More than any other Western land, Sweden has allowed immigration to escape its control. Its experience started with labor migration from Yugoslavia in the 1960s, but that was mostly temporary. /.../ But after the anti-American Olof Palme took over the Social Democratic party in the late 1960s, Sweden lost the habit of saying no. It accepted Somalis and Bosnians in the 1990s and Iraqis and Afghans in the new century, along with any family members who cared to join them. After the turn of the century, a steady 110,000 people were coming year-in, year-out. ...

In 2015, when refugees from the war in Syria and more opportunistic migrants from around the Muslim world began marching overland to Europe, the Scandinavian countries were especially open-hearted. Denmark received 21,000 asylum applications, Norway 31,000, Finland 32,000. Sweden took in 162,000. Now Sweden is in a situation that no modern country in the West has ever found itself in. ...

... In much of Europe there is talk about how, if migration isn't slowed down, this or that country will lose its traditional culture. In Sweden, it is too late to do anything about that. Sweden's Muslim population is now 8.1 percent. According to the Pew Research Center, Sweden will be 30 percent Muslim by 2050 if refugee flows continue and 21 percent Muslim in the unlikely event that they stop altogether. Already, the part of Sweden's population that is of foreign origin is 31.7 percent, and more than 30 percent of its babies are born to foreign mothers.

It has been a conspicuously unsuccessful immigration. Unskilled labor from what used to be called the Third World is a poor match with the Swedish economy, which revolves around collaborative brainwork. After eight years, most migrants are still not in a job. After 15 years, only 60 percent are. Generous welfare means they do not seek jobs as household helpers or landscape gardeners, the way migrants to less egalitarian societies do. /.../ Shootings have doubled since 1997, and hand grenades have become a signature weapon of Swedish gang warfare, with a hundred incidents between 2014 and 2016. ...

Westerners, it is now clear, lost sight of something important during the long heyday of ethnically homogeneous nation states. They are learning belatedly how much public order and safety depends on the knowability, the legibility, of a society's various subcommunities. If a society is relatively homogeneous, this legibility can be maintained with practically zero intrusion into citizens' private lives. But once a society grows more diverse, the state must become hands-on – appearing inquisitorial and intrusive to those who remember the old days and granting a privileged level of privacy to those whose customs remain too "exotic" to decipher. ...
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Swedish Message [part 2]
Christopher Caldwell
Weekly Standard, 18 September 2018

Nowhere is groupthink more prevalent than among journalists. In a country with a nine-party system, 41 percent of journalists vote for the tiny Green party. ...

The determination of what is the proper subject matter for politics rests with the right-minded. How do we have to change Sweden to make it possible for immigrants to integrate into it? is deemed a legitimate question. Why should we change Sweden in the first place? is not. ...

The most extraordinary attempt to rattle the familiar debate over immigration came from a young economic researcher, Tino Sanandaji. An immigrant himself, born in Iran to Kurdish parents, Sanandaji sought in 2016 to make a cost-benefit analysis of migration to Sweden. The title of his book, Mass Challenge, was a bit of a gag – it referred to Swedes' tendency to cast any negative outcome not as a "problem" but as a "challenge."

Mass Challenge is a rich book, with a set of original heuristics that can be applied to the study of migration anywhere and a fine-grained focus on certain Swedish communities, like Södertälje and Botkyrka, in which Swedish Swedes now make up a minority, and Malmö, where they are getting close. Sanandaji found Sweden accepted four times as many migrants as the average European country. The population of Swedes of Swedish origin (a figure that includes those who have one foreign parent) is stable at 7.7 million, Sanandaji found, but the country as a whole, now with a population of over 10 million, is growing at a rate as fast as Bangladesh. ...

Sanandaji's statistics are reliable – weighing statistics is what he does for a living – but not alarmist. They certainly understate the immigration-related disruptions to Swedish life because they do not include the numbers from 2015. Sanandaji showed that arguments about the "enrichment" of migration tended to employ certain tricks – using total GDP instead of per capita GDP to pass off population growth as economic growth, for instance. Every serious study shows that migration to Sweden since the 1980s has imposed a net cost, economically and socially, and Sanandaji even measured it: about 760,000 SEK ($85,000) per migrant. The book has everything – except a respectable Swedish publisher. Although Sanandaji was armed with a doctorate in public policy from the University of Chicago and is the brother of a prominent Swedish consultant and author, no one would put his book out. He decided to self-publish. It rose to the top of bestseller lists and sold out in six days. ...

None of this changes the essential predicament in which Sweden finds itself. Ethnic relations are worsening. The delegation of 63 Sweden Democrats in the Riksdag is going to make rising crime and the deteriorating economic position of the Swedish working class harder to ignore, just as the Alternative for Germany has done in the Reichstag in Berlin.
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Africa's rapid population growth puts poverty progress at risk, says Gates
Kate Kelland
Reuters, 18 September 2018

Rapid population growth in some of Africa's poorest countries could put at risk future progress towards reducing global poverty and improving health, according to a report by the philanthropic foundation of Bill Gates. ...

"Population growth in Africa is a challenge," Gates told reporters in a telephone briefing about the report's findings.

It found that poverty in Africa is increasingly concentrated in a few countries, which also have among the fastest-growing populations in the world. By 2050, it projected, more than 40 percent of world's extremely poor people will live in just two countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo and Nigeria. ...

According to U.N. data, Africa is expected to account for more than half of the world's population growth between 2015 and 2050. Its population is projected to double by 2050, and could double again by 2100.
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A Son of Immigrants Makes the Case Against Open Borders
Peter Coy
Bloomberg, 18 September 2018

You might expect conservative writer Reihan Salam, 38, to support easy immigration. First, he's the son of immigrants. His family came from Bangladesh, and he grew up speaking Bengali at home in Brooklyn, N.Y. Second, he's executive editor of the conservative magazine National Review. Free-market conservatives – as opposed to Trumpian nationalist conservatives – tend to believe that the ability of people to cross international borders is good for economic growth and human liberty.

In reality, Salam has serious reservations about open borders. He has sympathy for immigrants, but not always for how they arrived. His new book, Melting Pot or Civil War? A Son of Immigrants Makes the Case Against Open Borders, points the way toward compromise on an issue that's likely to become even more hotly contentious in the years to come.

Salam's book is more nuanced than its heated title suggests. He doesn't side with President Donald Trump, who Salam says "built his political career on demonizing immigrants." But neither does he agree with Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, whom he accuses of obscuring real problems with lofty rhetoric, such as in his 2014 executive order for deportation relief: "Scripture tells us that we shall not oppress a stranger."

The risk, Salam says, is that admitting lots more people into the U.S., without special care, will create a permanent underclass of people who are isolated from society's mainstream, stuck in low-wage occupations, and in some cases dependent on welfare for survival. The immigrants themselves may accept all that because they're still better off than they would have been back home. But their children may resent being treated as second-class citizens. What's more, Salam says, open borders tend to stir resentment from taxpayers and from the segment of native-born Americans who compete with them for work. That's the "civil war" in his title.

The better outcome, he says, is a 21st version of the melting pot. /.../ Less poetically, Salam makes the same point about fusing many peoples into one: "We should admit immigrants only if we are fully committed to their integration and assimilation."

Open borders are incompatible with a generous social safety net, Salam says. Qatar has wide-open borders; 94 percent of its workforce is foreign-born. But those workers are "guest workers who can be deported as soon as they become burdensome." At the other extreme, countries that do offer generous benefits tend to patrol their borders carefully, or face upheaval. ...

Salam advocates a more selective, skill-based immigration system and – breaking from Republican orthodoxy – "large-scale amnesty followed by resolute enforcement." ...

Further out of the box: To stop massive inflows from the chaotic megacities in the global South, Salam recommends building new, better-run cities, a la Shenzhen, the Chinese manufacturing hub that was a fishing village in 1980.

... He concludes with a plea for compromise: "Favoring a more selective, skills-based immigration system does not make you a sinister xenophobe, and not every proponent of a large-scale amnesty is an open-borders zealot. There are deals to be struck, provided we are willing to give one another an inch."
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Four in 10 think British culture is undermined by multiculturalism
Robert Booth
The Guardian, 17 September 2018

A large minority of people in the UK believe multiculturalism has undermined British culture and that migrants do not properly integrate, according to some of the broadest research into the population's attitudes to immigration.

The study, conducted over the last two years, also reflects widespread frustration at the government's handling of immigration, with only 15% of respondents feeling ministers have managed it competently and fairly.

On balance, the UK population appears to be slightly more positive than negative about the impact of immigration; however, 40% of respondents agreed that having a wide variety of backgrounds has undermined British culture.

More than a quarter of people believe MPs never tell the truth about immigration and half the population wants to see a reduction in the numbers of low-skilled workers coming into Britain from the EU.

The study was based on a survey of 3,667 adults carried out in June by ICM, as well as 60 citizens' panels carried out on behalf of the thinktank British Future and the anti-racism group Hope Not Hate. ...

Panel discussions regularly revealed negative views about Islam, with participants repeatedly mentioning Rotherham and Rochdale, where child sex abuse scandals were uncovered among groups of Asian men.

However, 63% of people felt migrant workers supported the economy by doing the jobs British workers did not want to, and a similar number said they brought valuable skills for the economy and public services such as the NHS. Fifty-nine percent believed that the diversity brought by immigration has enriched British culture, but half said public services were under strain from immigration and that migrants were willing to work for less, putting jobs at risk and lowering wages.

The study found that people in large cities were the most likely to be positive about immigration, with scores declining as settlements became smaller, with rural residents the least positive. ...

The report's authors are calling for an official "national conversation" about immigration that would give people a chance to express their concerns "so anxieties are not driven underground or exploited by those seeking to stoke division".
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What surnames have boomed in UK since the Second World War?
Sabrina Barr
Independent, 17 September 2018

As a result, the prevalence of certain surnames in Britain has risen dramatically since 1939, as revealed by research conducted by

The researchers used the 1939 England and Wales Register to explore how surnames from countries including Poland, Spain, China and India made their way to the UK during the wartime period.

They then compared the extent to which these surnames have continued to endure in Britain over the past 80 years.

In 1939, there were only 60 people registered in Britain with the surname Patel.

Cut to 2018, and there are now more than 100,000 people in the country with that surname.

In 1939 there were only seven people in the country with the surname Hussain, which has now risen drastically to more than 50,000.

The beginning of the war saw many people from Poland come to the UK as they fled the Nazi regime in Europe.

This led to various Polish surnames, including Wisniewski, Nowak and Kaminski, appearing for the first time in the country in 1939 and increasing in number over the years.

Other surnames on the list from Ancestry that have proliferated since the Second World War include Miah, Wang, Nowak, Sanchez and Hernandez.

Russell James, a family history and DNA expert at Ancestry, explains how the war sparked a surge in immigration which led to Britain becoming the diverse country that we recognise today.

"This research shows how much of the diversity we know and value began during the war period," he says. ...

A study led by the University of the West of England in Bristol calculated how many people with the aforementioned surnames are currently living in the UK.
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Here's the science behind the Brexit vote and Trump's rise
Michele Gelfand
The Guardian, 17 September 2018
[Michele Gelfand is a professor of psychology at the University of Maryland]

What is the essential dividing line between human beings around the world? The one between the haves and the have-nots? East and west, rural and urban, secular and religious? Or maybe globalists and nationalists – a split purported to explain Putin, Brexit and the rise of Trump? ...

My research across hundreds of communities suggests that the fundamental driver of difference is not ideological, financial or geographical – it's cultural. Behaviour, it turns out, depends a lot on whether the culture in which we live is a "tight" or "loose" one.

This is simply a way of describing the strength of social norms and the strictness with which those norms are enforced. All cultures have norms – rules for acceptable behaviour – that we take for granted. ...

Social norms are the glue that holds groups together; they give us our identity, and they help us coordinate in unprecedented ways. Yet cultures vary in the strength of their social glue, with profound consequences for our worldviews, our environments and our brains.

Tight cultures have strong norms and little tolerance for deviance, while loose cultures are the opposite. ...

A discovery I and my team published in Science is that the strength of a culture's norms isn't random. Though they were separated by miles, and in some cases centuries, tight cultures as diverse as Sparta and Singapore have something in common: each faced (or faces) a high degree of threat, whether from Mother Nature – disasters, diseases, and food scarcity – or human nature – the chaos caused by invasions and internal conflicts. Strong norms are needed in these contexts to help groups survive. And when we look at loose cultures, from classical Athens to modern New Zealand, we see the opposite pattern: they enjoy the luxury of facing far fewer threats. This safety is used to explore new ideas, accept newcomers, and tolerate a wide range of behaviour. In contexts where there are fewer threats and thus less of a need for coordination, strong norms don't materialise. ...

This tight-loose logic also applies to regional differences within countries. /.../ This helps explain why those on low incomes have consistently told us they desire strong rules and leaders. /.../ These preferences arise early: in our lab, three-year-olds from low-income families were more visibly upset than peers from wealthier homes when they saw puppets violate clear rules.

Is tight better, then, or loose? The answer is, neither are. Both confer different advantages and liabilities, depending on your vantage point. Tight groups have cornered the market in social order: they have lower crime and tend to be cleaner and more coordinated. They also exhibit higher self-control: they tend to have fewer problems with obesity and debt, and lower rates of alcoholism and drug abuse. Loose groups are comparatively more disorganised and experience a host of self-regulation failures; yet they excel at openness. They're much more tolerant, creative and flexible. Tight groups, by contrast, are far less innovative, more ethnocentric, and more resistant to new ideas. This is what I call the tight-loose trade-off; advantages in one realm coexist with drawbacks in another.
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Faith minister suggests school mosque trips as answer to Islamophobia amongst parents
Marcus Jones
Premier, 17 September 2018

The faith minister says he wants more schools to take pupils on trips to mosques.

Lord Bourne said in The Times on Monday that he hopes it will hopefully stamp out Islamophobia among mums and dads.

"Occasionally you find that parents are saying, 'We're not sure we want our kids to go to the local mosque'," he said.

"They are then persuaded by the school that it's a good idea and the kids come back and tell them about it and the parents then say, 'Oh, that's interesting, perhaps we'll visit ourselves'."

Islamic affairs expert, Dr Antony McRoy told Premier's News Hour he's unconvinced.

"It's rather bemusing to think that taking pupils to any religious institution will affect the feelings of their parents.

"Instead, we need to ask what has caused Islamophobia amongst the parents."

Another suggestion from Lord Bourne is a twinning system which helps churches and mosques work together.
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Ex-Muslim Mona Walter: "Swedes will lose Sweden in 50 years"
Ingrid Carlqvist
Ingrid & Maria, 17 September 2018

Leila Ali Elmi, a 30-year-old Somali woman, took a seat in the Swedish parliament last Sunday without uttering one word in Swedish during her campaign.

– Why don't Swedes understand that the Somalis and other Muslims are here to take over your country, says ex-Muslim Mona Walter.

For hundreds of years Sweden has been unique in its refusal to have anything to do with nepotism. The super individual Swedes have always taken an honor in never helping friends and family get jobs or other advantages – because that would be unfair to other qualified people.

This morality is so deeply rooted, that most ethnic Swedes refuse to believe that we are the weird ones. In most parts of the world people see it as a moral obligation to help family members, clan members and compatriots to key positions. However, a majority of the Swedes still believe that everyone who comes to Sweden will adopt Swedish values and are eager to become part of our society, embracing all things Swedish and calling themselves Swedes. While we believe or pretend that everything will work out for the best, Muslims are slowly gaining more and more ground.

It came as a total surprise even to her own party that Leila Ali Elmi snatched one of the two parliamentary seats on the Gothenburg list. The Green Party had put her 21st on the roster, which would normally mean no chance of being an MP. But Leila Ali Elmi lives in the no go-zone of Hammarkullen, where thousands of Somalis live, and ran her entire campaign in Somali. From nowhere she got 1 467 people to check her name om the ballot, making her the most popular Green politician in Gothenburg. ...

Mona Walter is a Somali woman who came to Sweden in the 90's. In Somalia, she had never been religious, but here she was more or less forced to go to the mosque and wear a hijab. After a couple of years she rebelled, left Islam and became an atheist. Eventually she came to believe in Jesus and converted to Christianity.

– For many years I have tried to get the Swedes to understand what the Muslim goal is – to take over your country. The first thing they will do is demand sharia courts, just like in the UK.

But the mainstream media does not want to listen to Mona Walter. They call her controversial and most Swedes turn away from her message, which they perceive as too frightening. ...

... But no one seems scared by the fact that we now have approximately one million Muslims in the country, of which many have infiltrated the political parties to promote their own interests.

The question is when Muslims will form their own party in Sweden. In Belgium the Islam Party has been very successful over the last few years, with political goals like making the country a "100 percent Islamic state" and introducing Sharia law.
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FURY as it's revealed one convicted terrorist released from prison EVERY WEEK in UK
George Cook
Sunday Express, 16 September 2018

New figures released by the Government show a convicted terrorist is being released from prison nearly every week in the UK, with renowned hate preachers among those freed.

Home Office data indicates 46 prisoners who were arrested for terrorism offences were released between March 2017 and March 2018.

Chris Phillips, the former head of the National Counter Terrorism Security Office, said: "These people are bloody dangerous.

"If you're going to release hardened terrorists onto the streets then you have to expect chaos.

"How on earth can police and security services be expected to manage all this with the resources they've got?"

Next month, renowned hate preacher Anjem Choudary will also be released, sparking outrage online.

He will become one of more than 500 terrorists to be freed in Britain since the attack on the Twin Towers in 2001. ...

According to reports in the Sunday Telegraph, at least 22 of Choudary's acolytes have been freed from prison since 2001.

Five more are also set to be released in the coming months.

Choudary headed up the banned terrorist organisation, al-Muhajiroun, which had a large following.

Among its followers was Khuram Butt, who was part of the terror cell who murdered eight people on London Bridge last year.

The group's followers also included the killers of Lee Rigby, Michael Adebolago and Michael Adebowale. ...

Further data released by the Government shows there are 218 terrorists in prison - a record number.
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Lib Dems green light policy to give migrant spouses benefits from day one
Belfast Telegraph, 16 September 2018

The Lib Dems have signed off on a policy to give migrant spouses an entitlement to benefits from their first day in the UK – without any form of means testing.

The move was voted through at the Lib Dem conference in Brighton despite opposition from party HQ and warnings from activists that the party would be "slaughtered" on the doorstep as a result.

The demand was tagged on as an amendment to a major new policy which outlined the Lib Dems' approach to immigration issues.

In practice it would mean, under a Lib Dem government, migrant spouses and legal partners can claim "without any form of means testing or prohibition on seeking support from the state".

The party's home affairs spokesman Sir Ed Davey urged delegates to reject the proposal, saying the policy had "already captured the spirit of the amendment".

Louise Morales, a local Lib Dem councillor in Woking, also urged members to vote against the measure, telling the conference hall the party would be "slaughtered" for it.

She added: "For the average knocking on doors I cannot go to the public and say, oh we're going to give people a visa and they are instantly going to be able to claim benefits."

The policy paper, which faced some opposition for not going far enough in reforming the immigration system, also calls for the abolition of the net migration target, closure of eight detention centres, allowing asylum seekers to work while their claims are decided and removing responsibility for visas and asylum from the Home Office. ...

Former party leader Tim Farron brought people to their feet with his advocacy of the proposals, saying: "There is an urgency to this debate – we are perhaps a few weeks away from an immigration bill coming to this Parliament.

"If we pass this paper today we will have the most liberal, compassionate tool kit to take on the Tories, to shame Labour and help the people who need it most, if we delay we will not."
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Andrew Green: Labour's new immigration policy is a recipe for serious social tension
Lord Green
ConservativeHome, 15 September 2018

Diane Abbott was in ranting mode for her speech on Labour's immigration policy last week. ...

The public have a much more sensible view. Between 74 and 82 per cent of the public (and 90 per cent of Conservatives) support these policies and think it is only fair that everyone should have to show documents proving their right to be here when renting a place to live, opening a bank account, registering with a GP, or accepting a job (YouGov, April 2018).

Next was Abbott's bizarre claim that the purpose of the Conservative immigration target was to "allow a permanent campaign against migrants and immigration in general" so that they could be blamed for the economic crisis (yes, really). The hostile environment measures, she alleged, were the policies of Enoch Powell.

In reality, the term 'hostile environment' was widely used under the last Labour Government. Far from being aimed at migrants in general, the policies were and are aimed at tackling illegal immigration, a serious problem which over 80 per cent of the public would like to see dealt with more firmly than at present.

It is difficult to take Abbott's words seriously, but the underlying purpose of her speech was clear. The aim is to discredit the Government with the immigrant community in a bid for their votes. This was followed up by an undertaking to abolish the minimum income restrictions on "families" – presumably she means spouses and fiancé(e)s. Such a move would open the floodgates for migrants the world over to come to Britain and be subsidised by the taxpayer. It would certainly go down well with those from the Commonwealth who, incidentally, get to vote in general elections within months of their arrival.

Her other main proposal was to widen work permits to virtually all jobs, skills and professions, not just the highly-skilled. If a vacancy could not be filled by a resident worker, a permit would automatically be issued to a worker and his family. Indeed it seems that there would be no limit to the numbers involved. The increasingly vocal employers lobby could hardly ask for more.

... Net migration reached a peak under Labour of 268,000 in 2004 (about the current level) but, of course, rose to another all-time record of 332,000 under the Conservatives in 2015.

The wholesale weakening of the immigration system, of the type Abbott proposes, would surely take this figure to another record high. Indeed, her proposals all but guarantee it.

It is already incredibly high as it stands. Since 2001 immigration has been adding about one million people – roughly the population of Birmingham – to our population every three years. This is placing huge strains on our schools, on the NHS, and on housing. Indeed, according to government household projections, we will have to build nearly 300 homes a day just to provide for new migrants.

Meanwhile, nearly two thirds of the public wish to see a substantial reduction in immigration. Indeed, around half (49 per cent) of 2017 Labour voters say immigration levels have been too high over the past decade. Many people are increasingly concerned that the whole scale and nature of our society is being changed against their will. That might not concern the Labour leadership and its supporters in the media and the academic establishment, but the wider public have had enough and we now run the risk of serious social tensions.
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Britain Turns Offensive Speech Into a Police Matter
Brendan O'Neill
Reason, 15 September 2018

Which country's police force just called on its citizens to report offensive speech? Not libelous speech or death-threat speech, just plain old insulting speech. Speech that is merely hurtful or hateful. Which nation's cops instructed the citizenry to snitch on haters?

North Korea? China? Maybe Turkey?

It was Britain. Yes, Britain has become a nation in which offensive speech can become a police matter. ...

This birthplace of John Stuart Mill, this nation that gave the world John Milton and his Areopagitica, still one of the greatest cries for the "liberty to utter," is now at the forefront of shutting speech down.

The latest Orwellian invitation to rat out offensive speakers was issued by the South Yorkshire Police. ...

"In addition to reporting hate crime, please report non-crime hate incidents," they pleaded. These non-crimes include "things like offensive or insulting comments, online, in person or in writing." ...

Even more perversely, these non-crimes really just mean "insulting comments." So if you're in Yorkshire and someone on Facebook calls you a fat slob, call the cops. If you wear a niqab and a work colleague tells you – a la Boris Johnson – that you look a little bit like a mailbox, phone the police.

In essence, South Yorkshire Police want people to report on everyday conversations. This is Stasi territory. Coppers asking citizens to file reports on things they have read or overheard really should have disappeared from Europe with the fall of the Berlin Wall. Yet here it still is, this GDR-style instruction to eavesdrop and squeal, though now it's happening on the other side of the old Iron Curtain.

It is testament to how entrenched censorship has become in 21st-century Britain that a police force can so casually call for reports about speech.

This is a country whose communications laws and public-order legislation can be, and regularly are, used to punish hateful expression. Last year The Times reported that British police are arresting nine people a day for posting "offensive messages online." In 2016, 3,300 people were detained and questioned for things they said online. In some parts of Britain the arrest rate for offensive speech has risen by nearly 900% in recent years. We Brits are sleepwalking into a police state.

Not content with punishing people for the offensive things they say on public online platforms, now there are moves afoot to punish them for what they say privately too. This week the Labour MP Lucy Powell put forward a Bill in parliament that would ban private online discussion forums because, she says, hate speech can fester in these "echo chambers." ...

We have laws that criminalize hate. We have laws against being grossly offensive. We have hate-crime laws, which mean that if you commit a crime with hatred in your mind, then you might get a stiffer punishment. Punch a Buddhist because you hate Buddhism, and you could get a longer sentence than if you punch him simply because you dislike that particular Buddhist.

This is the policing of thought. The policing of ideology.
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Greece: "Humanitarian Aid" Organization's People-Smuggling
Maria Polizoidou
Gatestone Institute, 15 September 2018

On August 28, thirty members of the Greek NGO Emergency Response Centre International (ERCI) were arrested for their involvement in a people-smuggling network that has been operating on the island of Lesbos since 2015. According to a statement released by Greek police, as a result of the investigation that led to the arrests, "The activities of an organised criminal network that systematically facilitated the illegal entry of foreigners were fully exposed."

Among the activities uncovered were forgery, espionage and the illegal monitoring of both the Greek coastguard and the EU border agency, Frontex, for the purpose of gleaning confidential information about Turkish refugee flows. ...

In spite of its stated mission and non-profit profile, however, ECRI – according to Greek authorities, has earned considerable sums of money from its serving as a conduit for illegal activities. ECRI evidently received 2,000 euros from each illegal immigrant it helped to enter Greece. In addition, its members created a business for "integrating refugees" into Greek society, granting it 5,000 euros per immigrant per year from various government programs (in education, housing and nutrition). ERCI has reportedly abetted the illegal entry into Greece of 70,000 immigrants since 2015, providing the "non-profit" with half a billion euros per year.

This revelation, however, does not begin to cover the extent of the illegal activities surrounding the entry of migrants into Greece. In 2017, for instance, Greek authorities arrested 1,399 people-smugglers, some under the cover of "humanitarian" operations; and during the first four months of 2018, authorities arrested 25,594 illegal immigrants.
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East London health trust drops racist ID checks after protest
Tom Tengely-Evans
Socialist Worker, 14 September 2018

Health campaigners are celebrating after east London's biggest trust hospitals trust partially backed down over checking patients' immigration status.

The climbdown followed a dozens-strong lobby of Barts Health NHS Trust annual general meeting outside Mile End Hospital on Wednesday. It was organised by North East London Save Our NHS and supported by Docs Not Cops and Stand Up To Racism.

The lobby followed revelations that Barts Health was making up to 100 enquiries a week to the Home Office about patients. This involved passing on "demographic data"–name, date of birth and address. ...

The Home Office could then use this information to hunt down people it is trying to deport.

Now the trust has agreed to stop asking patients for ID, remove posters and is "reviewing" a patient pre-attendance form. ...

Barts Health was part of a three-month pilot alongside 20 other NHS trusts that were asked to carry out the checks. Bosses agreed to continue with the checks even after the pilot ended in October 2017.

Under the Tories' racist immigration rules many migrants from outside of the European Union cannot access free healthcare. ...

The partial victory at Barts Health shows that campaigning can force bosses to back down over racist immigration rules.
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Anti-Islam book becomes German bestseller less than two weeks after release
RT, 14 September 2018

A new book highly critical of Islam and Muslims has been flying off the shelves in Germany to become a non-fiction bestseller. Mainstream media panned it for a simplistic approach to the religion.

The controversial book titled "Hostile Takeover: How Islam Impedes Progress and Threatens Society" reached the number one spot on Der Spiegel's non-fiction list after being on the market for less than a fortnight. It's a critique of Islam as a religion, which the author sees as detrimental to people sharing it, based on a literal reading of the Koran.

Written by one-time SPD politician and former member of the executive board of the Bundesbank, Thilo Sarrazin, the work comes eight years after Sarrazin's previous take on Muslims titled "Germany Abolishes Itself". Focusing on what he called a failure of multiculturalism policies, that book accused Arab and Turkish immigrants of "dumbing down" the German society, and shifted 1.5 million copies.

Speaking ahead of the release of his latest work last month, Sarrazin proclaimed that "everything has been worse than I predicted eight years ago." ...

Calling Islam an "ideology of violence in the guise of a religion," Sarrazin's latest work had a somewhat bumpy path to the shelves. US-based publisher Random House, which signed a book deal with Sarrazin in November 2016, refused to print in in May, leading to a lawsuit from the author. The manuscript was eventually picked up by Munich-based FinanzBuch Verlag, a publisher that usually specializes in non-fiction books dealing with business and trading subjects. ...

The criticism hasn't stopped the book from becoming a best seller on online retailer Amazon, however, receiving an average 4.3 stars out of 5 from the 264 reviews made by online purchasers.
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Immigration target out of reach, warns ex-Home Office mandarin
ITV, 13 September 2018

Theresa May's target to cut immigration to below 100,000 is out of reach, a former Home Office mandarin has claimed.

Brexit is unlikely to lead to a reduction in the number of migrants moving to the UK, Sir David Normington suggested.

The former permanent secretary said it would be "very difficult" to keep track of who comes into and leaves the country without introducing identity cards. ...

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I think it is fine for the Government to signal that it wants to reduce immigration over a period if that's what it decides to do.

"Targets get discredited if they are never met. I'd say to the Government, if you are going to have a target it would be better that you set one that is achievable to begin with, and that what we don't have is one that is out of reach.

"I really do think that for the moment a target which is below 100,000, which is what they have always said, is out of reach."
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May plans tough new immigration policy to bolster her support among Tory activists as ministers claim EU states 'know curbs are needed' on free movement rules
James Tapsfield
MailOnline, 13 September 2018

Theresa May is preparing to unveil a tough new immigration system to bolster her support among Tory activists, it was claimed today.

The Prime Minister is said to want to launch a new policy in her keynote speech to party conference next month.

The proposals are expected to involve ending preferential treatment for EU nationals - an idea backed by Home Secretary Sajid Javid.

The move looks designed to quell unrest among the Conservative grassroots about her 'soft' Brexit plans.

The post-Brexit immigration blueprint is likely to be discussed at a Cabinet meeting on September 24, according to The Times.
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Judge slams UK Immigration after Lithuanian man with 24 previous convictions strolls into Britain to become a drug dealer who tried to shift £200,000 worth of cannabis
Claire Duffin
Daily Mail, 13 September 2018

A judge has condemned authorities after a Lithuanian criminal with a string of convictions was allowed to enter the country only to start dealing drugs.

Nerijus Jukknevicius had more than 24 previous offences on his record in his home country, including crimes of dishonesty.

But he was allowed to walk across the UK border 'unchallenged' and was last month caught trying to shift cannabis worth £200,000. ...

The dealer, from Newham, East London, was given a 16-month jail sentence at Nottingham Crown Court this week after admitting possessing cannabis with intent to supply.

Judge James Sampson told him: 'It is outrageous that a man with your extensive criminal history can just walk across our borders unchallenged and then engage in serious criminal activity in this country. ...

'I am told you will be deported in due course – we will see.'
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'EU must deal with migrants!' Conte hits out at EU over Italy's migrant crisis
Latifa Yedroudj
Daily Express, 13 September 2018

Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has lashed out at the EU over the bloc's migrant crisis, insisting Brussels should be held responsible.

Mr Conte declared Italy will no longer "indiscriminately" accept new migrants as he blasted EU officials for not taking sufficient action towards curbing the problem, which he said now "weighs on each member state". ...

Following his speech, the Prime Minister was met with a long applause from members of Italy's coalition government: Matteo Salvini's far-right League party, and anti-establishment M5S, led by Luigi Di Maio.
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The Dalai Lama says 'Europe belongs to Europeans' and refugees should return to their native countries to rebuild them
Bhvishya Patel and Afp
MailOnline, 13 September 2018

The Dalai Lama, told an audience that 'Europe belongs to the Europeans' and that refugees should return to their native countries to rebuild them.

Speaking at a conference in Sweden's third-largest city of Malmö on Wednesday, home to a large immigrant population, the Tibetan spiritual leader, said Europe was 'morally responsible' for helping 'a refugee really facing danger against their life'.

The 83-year-old Tibetan, who fled the capital Lhasa in fear of his life after China poured troops into the region to crush an uprising said: 'Receive them, help them, educate them... but ultimately they should develop their own country.

'I think Europe belongs to the Europeans,' he said, adding they should make clear to refugees that 'they ultimately should rebuild their own country'. ...

The exiled spiritual leader, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, has also made similar comments concerning refugees in Germany in 2016.

Speaking to German reporters in 2016 he said: 'Europe, for example Germany, cannot become an Arab country.

'Germany is Germany. There are so many that in practice it becomes difficult.

'From a moral point of view, too, I think that the refugees should only be admitted temporarily.'
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Immigrants Won't Pay for Our Pensions – We'll Pay for Theirs
Spencer P. Morrison
American Greatness, 13 September 2018

Ask any Democrat why they support open borders and invariably they will respond with one of two pre-packaged answers: because "diversity is our strength" or "we need immigrants to pay for our pensions."

The first argument is a sham: if liberals valued diversity they would welcome conservatives to college campuses and tolerate them online. They don't. ...

For Democrats, diversity means intellectual and political homogeneity – with a smattering of ethnic restaurants. ...

The second argument – that immigrants will pay for our pensions – is far more persuasive. Most people instinctively defer to the "experts" when it comes to economics: ...

On this point the data are conclusive: immigration will not save America's welfare system, it will bleed it dry. ...

The preponderance of data show that immigration and socialism are incompatible.

A 2017 study from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine found that although America's immigrant population is (theoretically) revenue-neutral, most immigrants are actually a drain on the system. The economic impact of immigrants follows a Pareto Distribution – commonly known as the 80-20 Rule, this just means that a hyper-productive few immigrants provide most of the economic gains, while the majority of immigrants contribute (less than) nothing.

Specifically, half of all immigrants actually receive more in government handouts than they pay in taxes, while another third contribute roughly as much as they receive. Only around 15 percent of immigrants contribute to the economy in a meaningful way. ...

Other major studies in other Western countries reach similar conclusions. For example, a study conducted by Denmark's Ministry of Finance found that immigrants were a net drain on the nation's welfare state. In fact, non-EU immigrants, and their descendants, consumed 59 percent of the tax surplus collected from native Danes. This is not surprising, since some 84 percent of all welfare recipients in Denmark are immigrants, or their descendants. Immigration is a net burden on Denmark.

Another major study from the University College of London found that immigrants in the U.K. consumed far more in welfare than they paid in taxes. The study looked at the Labour government's mass immigration push between 1995 and 2011. The researchers found that immigrants from the European Economic Area made a small, but positive net contribution to the British economy of £4.4 billion ... during the period. However, non- European immigrants (primarily from South Asia, the Middle East, and Africa) cost the British economy a net £120 billion ...

Together, these studies show that mass immigration undermines domestic welfare systems for the simple fact that most immigrants take more than they give. ...

Unlike immigration, which grows the economy in a linear way, technology can result in exponential growth. Consider the Industrial Revolution: Edmund Cartwright's power loom increased the productivity of British textile weavers by a multiple of 40. To grow the economy an equal amount via immigration, Britain would have needed to import 39 additional weavers for every British weaver. Clearly technology is the better option ...
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Is 82% of population growth driven by migration?
Joël Reland
Full Fact, 13 September 2018

Population growth is driven by two things – net migration, and "natural change" (the difference between the number of births and deaths). From 2001 to 2016, migration accounted for 58% of this change in the UK.

However, the think tank Migration Watch has asked what percentage of natural change is itself caused by migration – i.e. how much population change is driven by births to immigrant parents.

It estimates that, from 2001 to 2016, 82% of population change was "linked" to migration – meaning it was driven either by net migration (roughly 50% of the overall change, once accounting for deaths of immigrants), or births to immigrant parents (roughly 35%, after accounting for deaths of people with immigrant parents).

So it's important to bear in mind these headlines aren't just talking about the direct impact of net migration – they're factoring in an estimate of the indirect impact of children of immigrant parents.

This calculation is broadly accurate, and fits with wider demographic trends – net migration picked up significantly in the late 1990s, as did the number of children born to immigrant parents.

However, the calculations rest on some uncertain assumptions – for instance, recordings of deaths don't state whether someone is the child of an immigrant, so the deaths of people with immigrant parents has to be estimated using other data. There have also been recently highlighted issues with the accuracy of net migration data. This means that we should not treat the 82% figure as exact, but rather broadly accurate, and indicative of wider demographic patterns.
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The Unpardonable Heresy of Tucker Carlson
Patrick J. Buchanan
Patrick J. Buchanan - Official Website, 13 September 2018

Our diversity is our greatest strength.

After playing clips of Democratic politicians reciting that truth of modern liberalism, Tucker Carlson asked, "How, precisely, is diversity our strength? Since you've made this our new national motto, please be specific."

Reaction to Carlson's question, with some declaring him a racist for having raised it, suggests that what we are dealing with here is not a demonstrable truth but a creed not subject to debate.

Yet the question remains valid: Where is the scientific, historic or empirical evidence that the greater the racial, ethnic, cultural and religious diversity of a nation, the stronger it becomes?

From recent decades, it seems more true to say the reverse: The more diverse a nation, the greater the danger of its disintegration.

Ethnic diversity, after all, tore apart our mighty Cold War rival, splintering the Soviet Union into 15 nations, three of which – Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia – have since split further along ethnic lines.

Russia had to fight two wars to hold onto Chechnya and prevent the diverse peoples of the North Caucasus from splitting off on ethnic grounds, as Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan had done.

Ethnic diversity then shattered Yugoslavia into seven separate nations.

And even as we proclaim diversity to be our greatest strength, nations everywhere are recoiling from it.

The rise of populism and nationalism across Europe is a reaction to the new diversity represented by the Arab, Asian and African millions who have lately come, and the tens of millions desperate to enter.

Center-left and center-right parties are losing ground in European elections because they are seen as feckless in meeting what more and more indigenous Europeans believe to be an existential threat – mass migration from across the Med. ...

Again, where is the evidence that the more Americans who can trace their roots to the Third World, and not to Europe, the stronger we will be?

Is the Britain of Theresa May, with its new racial, religious and ethnic diversity, a stronger nation than was the U.K. of Lloyd George, which ruled a fourth of mankind in 1920? ...

Empires, confederations and alliances are multiethnic and multicultural. And, inevitably, their diversity pulls them apart.
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Islamist extremism caused 84,000 deaths worldwide in 2017, new report says
Olivia Gazis
CBS News, 13 September 2018

A new report tracking the roots, spread and effects of violent Islamist extremism found that 121 groups that share elements from a common ideology are now operating worldwide. Their activities resulted in the deaths of 84,000 people – nearly 22,000 of them civilians – in 66 countries in 2017, the report found.

In remarks at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Thursday that Islamist extremism is "global and growing."

"It didn't begin with al Qaeda; nor will it end with the defeat of ISIS," Blair said.

The "Global Extremist Monitor," which was produced by Blair's eponymous non-profit, the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, drew on hundreds of English-language news sources that reported on incidents of violent extremism in 2017. There were a total of 7,841 attacks – an average of 21 per day – in 48 countries, it said, with war-torn Syria topping the list of countries most affected by violent extremism. Overall, Muslims were the most frequent victims of deadly attacks.

Twenty-nine violent Islamist groups were actively engaged in conflict in Syria in 2017, the report said, with ISIS responsible for 44 percent of all attacks. Half of all civilian fatalities recorded globally were documented in Syria.

A separate, recent UN report said there are between 20,000 and 30,000 ISIS fighters still operating across Iraq and Syria, though its self-proclaimed physical caliphate has been all but eliminated. ...

The report identified 181 female suicide bombers in 2017.

In his call for global commitments, Blair stressed the importance of investment in public and private education systems to promote religious tolerance and literacy.

"The essential thing, in my view, is to deal with the ideology," Blair said, "and not just the violence."
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Juncker: EU will send additional 10,000 guards to borders
BBC, 12 September 2018

The EU plans to send 10,000 more border guards to tackle unlawful immigration by 2020, the European Commission's president Jean-Claude Juncker said in his annual state of the union address.

He called for more solidarity, rather than "ad-hoc solutions" for people on migrant ships. ...

He also proposed a new Africa-Europe alliance, based on co-operation rather than charity, leading to a continent-to-continent free trade agreement.
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Italy migration CRISIS: Salvini warns expelling illegal migrants will take 80 years
Latifa Yedroudj
Daily Express, 12 September 2018

Italy's deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini has insisted it will take 80 years to expel migrants to their countries of origin due to a lack of progress over repatriation efforts between states.

Mr Salvini, leader of Italy's far-right anti-immigration League party, promised to repatriate 100,000 immigrants during his first year in office, but retreated his pledge today.

He told Italian radio station RTL: "The way things are today we'll need 80 years to expel them all."

The deputy Prime Minister has declared plans to deport majority of migrants trying to enter Italy - with or without the EU's help - insisting Rome "only has room for migrants fleeing war".

Speaking to the BBC, he said: "Brussels has been promising us help and assistance for years and has been doing nothing." ...

Italy's coalition government has not established repatriation deals with many countries, making it difficult to ship immigrants back to their countries of origin.

Up to 80 migrants a week are flown back from Italy to Tunisia, as the North African state remains one of the few countries on a successful repatriation deal with Rome.
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Britain's 438,000 foreign students should not be excluded from immigration figures, report warns after finding no other 'practical' method
Jason Groves
Daily Mail, 11 September 2018

Foreign students should not be taken out of immigration figures, a major report will warn today.

A year-long study by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), which provides evidence for Government immigration policy, will conclude that it is right that students should be counted in the same way as other migrants moving to the UK.

The finding is a vindication for Theresa May, who has spent years resisting pressure to soften her stance on immigration.

The report was commissioned last year by then-Home Secretary Amber Rudd, who was leading the campaign in Cabinet to persuade Mrs May to back down.

But Whitehall sources said the study had found that the UK's system for recording the number of foreign students was 'very much in line with other English-speaking countries'.

The report is expected to say: 'Many of the respondents argued that students should be taken out of the government's net migration target. None suggested a practical way that this might be done.

'We cannot see a reliable method. Even if a method were to be found, it would be unlikely to make much difference to the migration statistics.'

The study also notes that the number of foreign students in the UK has risen by almost 30 per cent over the last decade, despite claims that the existing rules act as a disincentive. ...

About 438,000 foreign students are currently studying in the UK – up from 342,000 a decade ago.
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Muslim Groups Call For UK To Stop Famous Evangelical Preacher's Visit
Carol Kuruvilla
The Huffington Post, 11 September 2018

Leading Muslim organizations are calling on the U.K. to prevent a prominent Donald Trump-supporting American preacher from visiting the country to speak at an evangelistic rally.

Franklin Graham, who once called Islam a "very wicked and evil religion," is planning to headline at the Lancashire Festival of Hope in Blackpool, England, this month. The three-day evangelistic rally, similar to the "crusades" once led by his father, Billy Graham, has for months received heated backlash from British pastors, politicians, queer activists and Muslims.

The Muslim Council of Britain, an umbrella group of over 500 Islamic organizations and mosques, said Graham's past remarks clearly demonstrate "a hatred for Muslims and other minorities." The group is calling on the U.K.'s Home Office, which is in charge of immigration and entry to the country, to refuse to grant Graham a visa. ...

Graham is the president of the Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse and of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. For years he has teamed up with local churches to hold Festivals of Hope around the world, with the goal of energizing local faith communities and converting people to Christianity.
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Hate crime squads gobble up the cash as knife robbers roam free
Janice Davis
Conservative Woman, 11 September 2018

How does the CPS define a hate crime? According to its website, hate crime describes a range of criminal behaviour where the perpetrator is motivated by, or demonstrates, hostility towards the victim in relation to his or her protected characteristic(s) – see the Equality Act 2010 and the Nine Protected Characteristics. ...

The problem here is the definition, or rather lack of it, of the concept of 'hostility'. So, says Saunders, 'we use the everyday understanding of the word', which includes ill-will, spite, contempt, prejudice, unfriendliness, antagonism, resentment, and dislike. I assure you I am not making this up. It's there on the website. Unfriendliness and dislike are being equated with criminal behaviour. And if any of these attitudes are perceived and reported, the CPS can apply to the courts for a 'sentence uplift'.

Given that there are 900 police personnel specifically allocated to dealing with these crimes, just how significantly do they figure in the overall picture? ...

According to the CPS report, hate crimes accounted for 2.5 per cent of the CPS caseload in 2016/17. The overall conviction rate is 83.4 per cent of cases prosecuted.

Nine hundred officers just for that? ...

It seems to me that there is a vast bureaucracy in search of sensational data. It all looks even more insubstantial when you look at the actual numbers – after all, you can't prosecute a percentage. ...

,,, But we need to look at the mainstream crime figures to get a sense of proportion. According to the Crime Survey for England and Wales the police recorded 5.3 million offences in the year to September 2016, an increase of 14 per cent on the previous year. ...

... The fact is that crime prevention and punishment does not lie at the heart of this legislation. Many studies have shown that this sort of law- making is counterproductive and only worthy of repeal. Indeed, US law researchers James B Jacobs and Kimberley Potter concluded in 1998: 'Certainly crime is a problem today. But the crime problem is not synonymous with the prejudice problem. Indeed there is very little overlap between the two. With the important exception of crime against women, most crime is intraracial and intragroup. Hard-core ideologically driven hate crimes are fortunately rare. Teasing out the bias that exists in a wider range of context-specific crimes that may occur between members of different groups serves no useful purpose. To the contrary, it is likely to be divisive, conflict-generating, and socially and politically counter-productive.'
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Raped at gunpoint: Telford child abuse victims speak out
Jason Farrell
Sky News, 11 September 2018

Child abuse victims in Telford, including one raped at gunpoint, say they are still struggling to get justice.

Sky News has spoken exclusively to victims and parents caught up in the scandal to reveal the sordid secrets of the Shropshire town where child abuse was rife for years.

One woman told Sky News how, as a teenager, she was raped with a gun to her head.

Girls as young as 11 had their phone numbers sold and were coerced into sleeping with dozens of men after being plied with alcohol or threatened with violence.

Several say their abusers are still walking free in their hometown and may never be prosecuted. ...

Sky News also spoke to a victim who claims to have been abused by more than 100 men in Telford.

She says none of them have been prosecuted.

Speaking about one encounter with a restaurant owner, Louise (not her real name), said: "He would take me around the corner of the restaurant and he would have sex with me.

"Then he would pin me down so all the rest of the restaurant workers could do it to me."

Louise did not report anything to the police until she was much older. She added: "I didn't think about going to the police back then because I was too scared because of what they used to say to me.

"They said they would blow my house up and would kill my mum and dad. They said they would rape my mum if I told anyone.

"And after what happened to Lucy Lowe, they said I would be next."

Louise's friend Lucy Lowe was 16 when she was killed in a house fire alongside her mother Eileen and sister Sarah, 17, in 2000.

Azhar Ali Mehmood, a taxi driver from Telford, was jailed for life after he was found guilty of their murder. ...

Telford MP Lucy Allan has been campaigning for the authorities to do more. ...

The MP said: "We know there is still child sexual exploitation going on in Telford today, and we don't want to send the wrong message that we don't care.

"It is really important that we are seen to be taking this seriously and get to the bottom of what has happened here.

"We don't want any people in post - whether that be in the police or the council - that aren't taking this seriously."
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Head of Sweden's Electoral Authority: "No Control Mechanism to Prevent Voter Fraud"
Ingrid Carlqvist
Ingrid & Maria, 11 September 2018

Two days after the Swedish election social media is overflowing with hundreds of reports of suspected electoral fraud. However, sporadic mistakes in the voting system are not the problem – what is way more dangerous is politically initiated election fraud. Is there a risk that the parties who have ruled Sweden for a long time have created a system that completely misses or ignores systematic election fraud? Today, Ingrid & Maria can reveal that Sweden completely lacks a system that can detect such cheating.

The outcome of the Swedish election differed hugely from the many polls the weeks before election day September 9. The polls suggested that the Sweden Democrats would be the largest or second largest party with 25-30 percent of the vote and that the Social Democrats would fall from 31 to 23-24 percent. When the votes were counted Sunday night the Sweden Democrats only got 17,6 while the Social Democrats lost only 2,8 [2.8] percentage points and got 28,4 [28.4].

Many Swedes became suspicious – how could the result differ so much from the polls? ...

To most Swedes, the idea that the once safe and correct democracy of Sweden could be corrupted is almost impossible to fathom. Everyone understands that mistakes can be made, but they are always blamed on human error – that election fraud could be organized and widespread is dismissed as a conspiracy theory. Because it just cannot be, this is Sweden for God's sake!

But Sweden is not what it used to be. ...

Anna Nyqvist is the Chief Executive of the Electoral Authority. After first trying to get us to call the press secretary, she agrees to answer the important question of how her agency goes about making sure that organized political electoral fraud does not occur.

Does the government have a system for identifying politically initiated electoral fraud?

– No! The answer is no.
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Nine asylum seekers a week are found to be lying about being children in desperate bids to stay in Britain
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 10 September 2018

Adults posing as children to claim asylum in Britain are being exposed at the rate of nine every week, according to official figures.

Over the past three years three out of five asylum seekers whose age was checked after they claimed to be under 18 were found to be adults.

The Home Office statistics revealed 2,336 cases where the claims to be a child were disputed and then checked. Of these, 1,403 turned out to be over 18.

More than seven out of ten unaccompanied Vietnamese child asylum seekers whose ages were investigated – around 100 in all – were actually adults. A similar percentage of child claimants from Iran and Iraq whose cases were checked were also discovered to be adults.

Concerns about exploitation of child migrant rules have been growing for the past two years, since the admission of applicants from Calais refugee camps who appeared to be older than children.

Child migrants who have been found after sneaking into Britain aboard trains, lorries or ships are treated differently from adults.

They are taken into local council care and are then offered places in schools or with foster families. ...

Earlier this year a report by the Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, David Bolt, said that Home Office staff 'did not feel confident about making initial age assessments of applicants posing as children – particularly judging whether the claimant was "significantly over 18" and should be entered into the adult process.'

Mr Bolt added: 'They received no training to help them make such judgments. Some local authorities were concerned that the Home Office applied its benefit of the doubt policy too readily.'
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'Afghan knifeman with child immigration papers' STABS SEVEN in Paris rampage
Matthew Robinson
Daily Express, 10 September 2018

An Afghan knifeman carrying child immigration documents left two British tourists injured after going on the rampage in Paris.

The attacker, believed to be in his 30s, left SEVEN people wounded in total. ...

A source close to the investigation said: "... he was carrying immigration documents issued to an Afghan minor.

"It may be that he is an adult Afghan or Pakistani using the documents illegally. ..."

Police say the attack seemed to target random strangers but they were not calling the outrage a terrorist incident.
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From Sweden to Brexit, immigration is the issue dividing Europe
Simon Jenkins
The Guardian, 10 September 2018

The message is glaring from Sweden's election result. There is one dominant issue in Europe's politics at present, and it is immigration. It rules in Italy and Germany. It rules in Hungary and Austria. It rules from Serbia to Scandinavia. It dominates every meeting of the leaders of the EU. ...

Europe's swing to the far right – or rather a surge in emotional xenophobia – was inevitable from the moment the European Union raced towards a single market in the 1980s, including an open market in people across the continent. Of the four freedoms of movement – in goods, services, capital and people – the first to fail was always going to be people.

An open border and the Schengen agreement on passport-free travel came in before the mass movement of low-cost labour from eastern Europe, and before the youth migration from Asia and Africa. Since geography renders Europe's southern border porous, there is no way Europe's governments, democratic or autocratic, will any longer tolerate unrestricted borders within the EU.

The one thing that will be catastrophic will be to pretend otherwise. ...

It is tragic that the outcome of this debate – greater European migration control – would almost certainly have negated Brexit. In the minds of most British voters, migration has nothing to do with economics or tariffs or trade regulation, except at the margin. This argument is not over trade, but over people being able to control their community's character and pace of change. We can dismiss such control as licensed bigotry, intolerance and nasty identity politics. That will not stop people voting. To them, such rights are a cry for self-respect and values they hold dear.

Either way, the debate cannot be ignored. Yet Britain's government has still not set out its Brexit migration policy, beyond a palpably "hostile welcome" to all incomers. Instead, Westminster warbles on about tariffs, trade and Boris Johnson. The place has gone mad.
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Delingpole: Police in UK Rape Gang Heartland Wage War...on Hurty Tweets
James Delingpole
Breitbart, 10 September 2018

The UK police department on whose watch 1,400 girls were raped by Muslim gangs in just one town alone has tweeted out a message urging the public to report "non-crime hate incidents".

The message has infuriated the public – prompting over 3,500 replies, most of them angry, from people wondering why South Yorkshire Police doesn't have better things to do than encourage snitches to bleat about hurty stuff people have said on social media.

And also why, if South Yorkshire Police is so keen to put a stop to "hurt" it has done so little over the last two decades to prevent many thousands of white and Sikh girls, many of them underage, being groomed, drugged, trafficked, and raped by gangs of Muslims. ...

An official 2015 report conducted into the Rotherham incidents by Louise Casey was scathing about the failure of the authorities to prevent these rapes happening. ...

No heads in South Yorkshire Police rolled for this failure and – though it is currently the subject of an internal disciplinary investigation – it seems highly unlikely that any will.

One reason given in the various official reports for this failure by South Yorkshire Police and other local authorities was their politically correct reluctance to be seen criticising actions by Muslims lest they be seen as "racist" or "Islamophobic".

Apparently, that political correctness is still fully entrenched in South Yorkshire Police.
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Why are the Swedes so disgruntled?
Margaret Wente
Globe and Mail, 10 September 2018

Car burnings are not a rare sight in Sweden these days. Last month, a masked gang ran amok in Gothenburg, Sweden's second-largest city, and set 80 cars alight. ...

Over the past decade, the number of car arsons has steadily risen, reaching 1,457 last year. The fires are typically in heavily immigrant neighbourhoods. While Sweden remains a low-crime country, certain types of crime are on the rise. Gang and gun crime are prevalent in immigrant districts. Sexual assault has soared. Ambulances are attacked in some neighbourhoods. Innocent bystanders get blown up with grenades left over from some forgotten war. All that helps to explain why immigration and crime figured so heavily in Sunday's election – and why the far-right Sweden Democrats made their best showing yet. ...

Ten years ago, Swedes were proud of their status as the most humanitarian, refugee-friendly country on the planet. Polite society and the mainstream media avoided any criticism of immigration policy or problems, for fear of being called racist. And so, as in other countries throughout Europe, when popular unrest broke out over immigration, the elites were caught flat-footed.

In Sweden, the watershed was 2015. That was the year the country took in a record 163,000 refugees – more than any other European country on a per capita basis.

In all, about 400,000 newcomers came in to Sweden in the past six years, largely from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq – the equivalent of 4 per cent of the population. In Canada, the equivalent number would amount to more than 1.4 million people.

"The year 2015 was a turning point for the debate in Sweden," Prof. Sannerstedt says. "After that, things were said that had been taboo before." ...

In response to popular pressure, the government has overhauled its immigration policies dramatically. It introduced border checks, restricted family reunification, denied asylum to many applicants and imposed strict new volume limits. /.../ This year the intake of refugees is down to around 24,000. ...

... Despite the strong economy, a whopping 73 per cent of Swedes think the country is going in the wrong direction, according to one poll.

One reason for the discontent may be the new, and growing, class divide between ordinary Swedes and newcomers. This is a distressing subject in a society that prides itself on being egalitarian.

"Sweden's experiment with large-scale immigration from the Third World to a welfare state has been unique in its scale but has in many ways failed," writes Tino Sanandaji, an economist with the Stockholm School of Economics. "Sweden's social problems are becoming more and more concentrated in that part of the population with an immigrant background."

No wonder the Swedes are feeling a bit insecure these days. "No country cares more about its reputation," Mr. Sanandaji says in an interview,
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Sweden leaders' debate shows how far language over immigration has moved
Fraser Nelson
Spectator blog, 9 September 2018

Sweden's general election campaign ended with the Sweden Democrats in a huff and boycotting SVT, the state broadcaster, because it issued a statement distancing itself from comments made by Jimmie Åkesson in the leaders' debate that it broadcast. Having a supposedly neutral state broadcaster pass judgement is the perfect gift for Åkesson, who said it demonstrates an establishment stitch-up and institutional bias.

But actual debate itself offered a fascinating glimpse into how much the debate has shifted in Sweden – with leaders of all parties offering immigration-related facts that make a British listener gasp.

We had seven party leaders, most of whom expressing views that they'd have denounced as racist not so long ago. The Sweden Democrats has certainly lost its monopoly on discussing immigration-related problems. ...

Kristersson (who may well soon be prime minister of a minority government) said that Sweden is not a racist country but a lot of Swedes can see all around them the consequences of a failed integration policy: gangs, criminality and welfare dependency. Look at the suburbs, look at the shootings: 320 casualties last year and 32 dead (yes, dead) so far this year. /.../ Time was when no one would mistake the populists for anyone else. Now, they have pretty decent imitators. ...

The bottom line is that for much of the past ten years, most party leaders have been attacking Åkesson as neofasict. Now, they are coming up with different variations of his message. ...

Had his opponents changed tack earlier, and realised how much Swedes are worried about the 'honour repressions' and Islamist free schools, Åkesson would not have had this territory to himself for so long. His rivals were thinking too much about him, and not enough about the legitimate concerns of the Swedes supporting him.
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Police are 'very close to losing the streets', top officer admits
Tom Herbert
Metro, 9 September 2018

A top police officer has warned we are 'very close to losing the streets' as government funding cuts continue to bite.

Sergeant Simon Kempton, operation policing lead for the Police Federation, blamed a fall in officer numbers for being behind a rise in violent crime.

He called on the government to focus protecting its citizens and said the future looked bleak if officials continued their 'gross underfunding of the police service'. ...

The Institute for Fiscal studies said that in the last eight years, central government funding of the police has fallen by around 20%. ...

Figures have shown that 606 police stations have closed since 2010, leaving some cities, such as Bath and St Albans, with no station at all.

Gloucestershire has lost 21 out of 28 stations while 100 stations in London have shut in the past eight years – a move which could mean a rise in criminal behaviour, according to Sgt Kempton. ...

There were 21,331 fewer police officers in England and Wales as of March this year compared with the same point in 2010, according to the Home Office.

Total officer numbers across the 43 police forces were at 122,404 as of March, the lowest number since comparable records began in 1996. ...

Sgt Kempton said: 'Knife crime in large cities is right on the brink of being out of control.

'There's not one way to tackle knife crime but one of them is having enough police officers who are properly trained, properly equipped and right in the middle of our community.'
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The new blasphemy law – only gays and Muslims need complain
Dr Campbell Campbell-Jack
Conservative Woman, 9 September 2018

The SNP government intends to abolish Scotland's blasphemy law, introduced in 1690 and unused since 1843. ...

The SNP would have an acceptable argument if it were not clear that, whilst eager to abolish its Christian blasphemy law, the Scottish government has in effect allowed a new blasphemy standard to emerge. Expressing disagreement with Islam or with political correctness and its results can land you in a Scottish court.

Scotland's Christian street preachers are being targeted in an attempt to silence them. Activists ask them questions regarding Islam or LGBT rights, and wait eager to be offended. When the preachers repeat what the Bible says, no matter how respectfully, the activists have their feelings hurt, make a complaint to the police and the preachers are arrested. ...

The use of 'hate crime' legislation to silence reasoned and biblically based criticism of Islam or politically correct orthodoxy, no matter how respectfully expressed, should alarm all who value freedom of speech and belief. Under our SNP government one blasphemy law protecting Christianity is being replaced by what is in all but name a new blasphemy law. ...

The Australian State of Victoria's 'Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001' is extensively cited. This law was enacted shortly after 9/11 and was immediately used by the Islamic Council of Victoria to target a church seminar on Islam. Two seminar speakers had supposedly 'vilified' Islam. This 'vilification' consisted of quoting verses from the Quran concerning the treatment of non-Muslims.

Islamic organisations around the world have cited this as a landmark case in 'protecting Islam' in the West from any form of criticism. It was seen that it could be used as an Islamic blasphemy law.

The two speakers, Pakistani pastor Daniel Scot and Sri Lankan pastor Danny Nalliah, faced up to six months in prison. The ensuing court case and appeals dragged on for five years before both pastors were finally acquitted.
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French leader says Brussels being 'CRUSHED' by its own bureaucracy
Romina McGuinness
Daily Express, 8 September 2018

The European Union is paralysed by its own bureaucracy and it is at risk of "deconstruction" according to the President of the French Senate Gérard Larcher. The bloc faces an existential crisis as the European elite is out of touch with citizens' concerns, he said.

In a speech to right-wing senators, Mr Larcher denounced the failings of a "Europe in crisis, at risk of being deconstructed, and crushed by the weight of its technostructure, its inability to reinvent itself and by the widening gap it has created between itself and its citizens".

The conservative MP also criticised Europe's failure to manage the migration crisis, accusing its leaders of "turning a blind eye to the immigration problem and shirking their responsibilities" towards migrants and refugees.

Singling out Europe's wait-and-see attitude towards mass migration, Mr Larcher said Italy had been "left alone for more than four years" to cope with the flow of migrants from North Africa because of Brussels' "lack of solidarity and courage".

The senator also denounced Europe's "perverted" asylum laws and called for the bloc's leaders to "urgently" agree on sustainable measures to deal with the migration crisis "with humanity and courage".
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German intelligence chief at odds with Angela Merkel as he says no evidence foreigners were attacked in Chemnitz
Justin Huggler
Daily Telegraph, 8 September 2018

The head of Germany's domestic intelligence service set off a major political row on Friday when he directly contradicted Angela Merkel over last week's far-Right protests in Chemnitz.

Hans-Georg Maassen said he had seen no evidence to support claims neo-Nazis had hunted foreigners through the streets during the protests. ...

Video which appears to show non-Germans being attacked during the protests has been widely circulated on social media. But Mr Maassen said he believed the video could be a fake distributed as "targetted misinformation". ...

The row centres on what exactly happened during protests over the suspected killing of a German-Cuban man by two migrants last week.

Neo-Nazis were filmed giving the Hitler salute during the protests and witnesses claimed people of non-German appearance were chased through the streets.

"We have video footage showing very clearly there was targeted harassment, there was rioting, there was hate on the streets," Mrs Merkel said at the time, while her spokesman, Steffen Seibert, used the word "hunt" to describe what happened.

But Michael Kretschmer, the regional prime minister of Saxony, disputed those accounts this week and accused the media of exaggerating events. "There was no mob, not hunt and no pogrom," he said.

"I share the skepticism about the media reports far-Right hunts in Chemnitz," Mr Maassen told Bild newspaper. "There is no reliable information that such hunts took place." ...

But Mrs Merkel's main coalition partners, the centre-Left Social Democrats (SPD) reacted furiously. "We saw pictures, we heard witnesses. We saw people showing the Hitler salute openly on the street," Thomas Oppermann, the deputy speaker of parliament said. ...

But Horst Seehofer, the interior minister, who is locked in a bitter dispute with Mrs Merkel over migrant policy, backed Mr Maassen and said the intelligence chief had his "full confidence".
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Salvini to Present Deportation Plan: 'More Immigrants Equals More Delinquents'
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 8 September 2018

Populist Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini has revealed he will be presenting his deportation plan in the coming days after noting the massive recent increase in migrant criminal suspects.

The League (Lega) leader is expected to announce new decrees in the coming days that will first seek to eliminate the 'humanitarian residency' permit, which is given to asylum seekers who do not qualify for full asylum but are allowed to remain in the country anyway, Il Giornale reports.

The second major change Salvini is looking to put forward is shifting the amount of money spent on asylum seeker reception and moving it toward voluntary and forced repatriation.

For 2018 Salvini is hoping to provide 500 thousand euros toward a repatriation fund, which will be followed by an increase to 1.5 million in 2019 and 2020.

Migrant crime has also been a rising problem in Italy and Salvini highlighted recent Interior Ministry data that showed that more than half of the people arrested by police in the last week were migrants.

"More immigration means more delinquency, the numbers are clear," Salvini said, adding: "to have managed to reduce so many landings and arrivals, despite threats and complaints, is a reason for pride for me."

Another Interior Ministry report released last month indicated that migrants make up close to one-third of all criminal suspects nationally, despite only making up around eight percent of the population in total.

Migrant criminal gangs, particularly Nigerian gangsters, have also become a major problem in some areas of the country in recent years. In the town of Castel Volturno near Naples, Nigerian gangs have largely taken over the city, dealing drugs and pimping out women.
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Universities must give more top degrees to black students, under new proposals by regulator
Camilla Turner
Daily Telegraph, 7 September 2018

Universities could be punished unless they give a higher proportion of top degrees to black students, under new proposals drawn up by the regulator.

The Office for Students (OfS) has announced plans to overhaul its guidelines for boosting diversity in higher education, in what it says is the "biggest shake up" since 2004.

If institutions fail to comply with the regulator's new "tougher" national targets for increasing the number of disadvantaged students, they could be penalised through a fine or even de-registered.

Chris Millward, the OfS director for fair access and participation, said that universities will no longer be able to "mark their own homework" on their plans to up their intake of 18-year-olds from poor backgrounds. ...

These will not be limited to targets for admitting more school leavers from deprived households, but will also include addressing the gap in degree attainment between black and white students, according to OfS proposals.

There has been an almost 50 per cent increase in the number of black and ethnic minority students in England between 2007 and 2016.

78 per cent of white students graduated last year with a first class of upper second class degree, compared to just 53 per cent of black students.

Qualifications before attending university, although a key factor in degree outcomes, do not explain the differences between ethnic groups, according to data analysed by Universities UK. ...

Mr Millward said that universities have spent hundreds of millions of pounds on measures aimed at diversifying their intake of students, but have paid little or no attention to whether their schemes were effective. ...

Last year, universities spent a total of around £800 million on projects to increase access and around half of this was spent on bursaries for students from poor households.
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On non-EU immigration, the government is asleep at the controls
Alp Mehmet
Conservative Woman, 7 September 2018

The question is often asked as to why non-EU net migration has risen to 235,000 for the year to March 2018. That represents an increase of more than 50,000 on the previous year and is 36,000 higher than in the spring of 2010, when the Conservatives took office at the head of the coalition government.

All this despite a 2017 Conservative manifesto commitment to 'bear down on immigration from outside the EU' and repeated pledges to reduce overall net migration to the tens of thousands (from more than 270,000 currently).

A paper issued by Migration Watch UK, How to deliver a significant reduction in non-EU net migration, argues that the Government has failed to make serious efforts to reduce non-EU immigration despite having powers to do so.

A number of factors have been in play:

Despite strenuous efforts by Mrs May when Home Secretary, she faced firm opposition from the Treasury, which has long favoured continued immigration simply to boost the overall size of the economy regardless of the impact on wider society and despite the absence of evidence for the UK of any significant benefit to GDP per head. ...

• During the coalition years the Liberal Democrats had no desire to restrict immigration control from anywhere in the world.

• Meanwhile those who were benefiting financially, such as business and universities, pressed for continued high levels of immigration to their own sectors.

• Since the election in 2017 Amber Rudd, as the Home Secretary, preferred to kick the can down the road, partly because she believed that immigration was good for the economy.

• The present Home Secretary Sajid Javid has so far not demonstrated any willingness to tighten immigration policy; in fact his decisions since taking office have had the effect of loosening controls. ...

Nearly two-thirds of voters still consider the level of immigration to have been too high over the past decade. That YouGov poll also showed that more 18-to-24-year-olds say immigration levels have been too high than the combined share who say the level has been 'about right' or 'too low'. Other research by the London School of Economics has shown that voters are particularly concerned about reducing the level of immigration from outside the EU.

The Migration Watch UK paper indicates steps that could and should be taken to reduce the level of non-EU net migration. ...

Illegal immigration – The government should devote a great deal more political will and energy towards toughening up border controls and ensuring the departure of those with no right to be here. Former senior officials in the Home Office have estimated that there may be more than a million illegal immigrants in the UK.

Resources – An increase in resources for border control will also be essential, particularly given the need to divert resources to register about three million EU citizens under the Withdrawal Agreement.

It is clear that the government has taken its eye off the ball, indeed it has been asleep at the controls, when it comes to non-EU immigration.
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'Migration is the mother of all problems': Germany's interior minister defends Chemnitz protesters and says demonstrating 'doesn't make you a Nazi' as he sympathises with locals
George Martin
MailOnline, 7 September 2018

German interior minister Horst Seehofer has defended the Chemnitz protesters by calling migration 'the mother of all problems'.

Seehofer, who was instrumental in nearly bringing down his own coalition partner Angela Merkel last month with his criticism of her immigration policy, emphasized that not all the Chemnitz protesters were far-right activists as he defended their actions. ...

Seehofer also called for a 'pan-European solution to the migrant crisis' adding that he believed 'the migration issue is the mother of all political problems'.

Thousands of people took part in protests organized by far-right groups in the eastern German town of Chemnitz last week, following the fatal stabbing of a German man, allegedly at the hands of two refugees.
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All you need is hate
David Kurten
Conservative Woman, 7 September 2018

The content of most newspapers and the speech of the presenters on most mainstream media television news is drenched in the ideology of hate. There appears to be a genuine belief in the validity of the concepts of 'hate crime' and 'hate speech' – the belief that some crimes are worse than others if they are committed against members of certain protected groups, and and that saying anything which even faintly affects their 'mental health' is beyond the legal pale.

To normal right-thinking people a crime is a crime, and all crime is bad. Crimes have different motivations, but it is the action which is to be punished, not the motivation. That you cannot attribute motivation is why the criminal justice system must be kept as objective as possible. Only then are all equal before the law. This is true equality, and has been built up in our nation since the days of Magna Carta. ...

In the new paradigm of 'hate crime', however, people become more guilty if they belong to an oppressor group, and more of a victim if they belong to a group with protected characteristics. This utterly undermines the principle of equality before the law and leaves it in an asinine state, with motivation rather than action as the more important element of a crime. When some groups are entitled to superior justice and other groups are punished more harshly for the same action, then the whole system becomes flawed. ...

To compound the problem, the definition of hate crime requires no prima facie evidence of motivation. A hate crime is defined as 'criminal behaviour where the perpetrator is motivated by hostility or demonstrates hostility towards the victim's disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity'. Thus the 'hate' element of a hate crime is based in the perception of the person who makes the accusation, or a third party who makes the report. Perception can be entirely subjective, so crimes which are flagged as hate crimes may be no such thing at all. ...

The whole ludicrous idea of hate crime and hate speech should be dropped now, and we should revert to the sensible and objective notion that a crime is a crime. All crime is bad – yes, it has different motivations, but the crime should be punished, not the motivation. Otherwise, we will end up punishing a motivation even if there is no crime. Just such a frighteningly Orwellian definition of Hate Crime was suggested in a now-deleted tweet by Khan and Dick's Metropolitan Police, which stated: 'Though what the perpetrator has done may not be against the law, their reasons for doing it are. This means it may be possible to charge them with a crime.' This is thought crime incarnate. ...

Today police are forced to prioritise crimes, often only investigating those considered 'high priority'. Yet if a crime is flagged as a hate crime it is automatically prioritised, even if it is petty in nature. If you are a straight, white male and you want the police to investigate criminal damage or car crime, you may as well forget it. But if you are a BAME, LGBT, disabled Muslim trans-woman, your multiple protected characteristics will boost you to the top of the queue if you report the same incident as a hate crime.

... Crime should be investigated and punished equally, and there should be the same sentence regardless of whether the criminal is a man or a woman, black or white, rich or poor, indigenous or immigrant.
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Germany's radical left is fueling anti-immigrant sentiment
Matt Qvortrup
CNN, 7 September 2018

Sahra Wagenknecht, the leader of Germany's far-left Die Linke party, has launched a new movement. It is called Aufstehen (literally translated, "stand up"). This in itself is not exceptional. Many other countries in Western Europe have left-wing parties of varying extremes.

... Aufstehen is something altogether different. The movement is unashamedly populist – and hostile toward immigration and other liberal causes. ...

Her ambition is to create a realignment; to found a movement that appeals to disgruntled working-class voters who feel betrayed by big business, globalism and the low wages in the gig economy.

Her message is not one founded upon hope and solidarity. It is based on an ill-disguised opposition to foreigners. Her analysis is that a message of resentment chimes with low-wage workers. ...

Wagenknecht's analysis is not entirely unique. In Denmark, the nominally center-left Social Democrats have rebranded themselves as a party that defends the welfare state, while it has lurched to the right on immigration issues.

But unlike the Danes, Wagenknecht has fused opposition to immigration with populist economics. That is a dangerous mix.

She cannot be accused of naïveté. Like Angela Merkel, she grew up in Communist East Germany. But unlike the current Chancellor of Germany, the far-left firebrand is unapologetic about her membership of the Communist Youth Movement FDJ.

She has described the East German communist dictatorship as "the most peaceful and most philanthropic polity that the Germans created in all of their previous history."

Just for the record, the regime killed 327 people who tried to escape.
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Chinese Former Guantanamo Terror Suspects Handed UK Passports
Liam Deacon
Breitbart, 7 September 2018

Four former Guantanamo Bay prisoners suspected of terror links have been given asylum and effectively granted British citizenship, despite having no links to the UK.

The four Chinese Muslim Uyghur fighters were arrested after the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and transferred to the camp in Cuba, and are thought to be linked to a banned militant Islamist group.

Nine years ago, they were given asylum and moved to the island of Bermuda, an overseas British territory, in a secret deal pushed by former U.S. President Barack Obama as he tried to close Guantanamo Bay.

Now, they have been granted British Overseas Territories citizenships by Bermuda, handing them the right to get British passports and live in the UK, the Royal Gazette reports.
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Twenty five gangs behind London crime wave, says top Met officer
Martin Bentham
Evening Standard, 7 September 2018

Around 25 major organised crime groups with international links are operating in London and fuelling the violence on the capital's streets, according to a senior Scotland Yard officer.

Detective Chief Superintendent Mick Gallagher said there were also "hundreds and hundreds" of smaller street gangs. The crime groups were "destabilising communities" with a "direct correlation" between their activities and the stabbings and shootings taking place in some of London's more impoverished districts.

Mr Gallagher, who leads the Met's serious and organised crime command, also suggested that the extremes of poverty and wealth in London could be helping to drive offending, with violent robbers targeting shops and individuals to steal expensive jewellery. ...

"Because of the nature of London you will regularly come across people who come from other countries, but a lot of them are domiciled here."
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FIRST post-Brexit immigration plans REVEALED: Theresa May relaunches non-EU workers scheme
Martina Bet
Daily Express, 6 September 2018

Theresa May will re-launch the non-EU workers scheme, after axing it five years ago, to meet the post-Brexit demands for fruit pickers, Whitehall sources have revealed.

The scheme, which allows 2,500 non-EU workers to register for seasonal work, will effectively be the first post-Brexit immigration plan put forward by the Government.

It comes after farmers have been increasingly pressuring Theresa May to relax VISA rules to ensure British farms are able to recruit seasonal workers in the face of a post-Brexit labour shortage.

The farming industry employs 67,000 seasonal workers, with 95 percent coming from countries in the trade bloc under the right of freedom of movement. ...

The non-EU farmer scheme was scrapped by Mrs May when she was Home Secretary following growing fears that it could result in a surge in migrants, as workers from Romania and Bulgaria gained the automatic right to work in the UK in 2014.

However, official figures show EU migration has fallen to the lowest levels in six years.

While 226,000 EU citizens arrived in the UK in the year leading up to March 2018, 138,000 decided to leave.
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German media admits: Man who made Hitler salute at Chemnitz rally is actually a Leftist infiltrator
Robert Spencer
Jihad Watch, 6 September 2018

It has long been charged that Antifa operatives enter the crowds of pro-freedom rallies and say and do things in order to discredit those rallies. In the protests in Chemnitz against mass Muslim migration, this man made a Hitler salute, which was picked up by the international media as proof that the rallies were full of neo-Nazis. But this man has now been unmasked as a supporter of the Red Army Faction, a Communist terrorist group. Even the German media is admitting it. But it is unlikely there will follow any retractions from the media outside the country, which is too invested in the mass migration imperative to take notice of inconvenient facts.
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Professor fired for tweeting FACTS on gang rapes in Sweden
Victor Laszlo
The Rebel, 6 September 2018

Dr. Bilyana Martinovski explains what led to her firing from the position of Associate Professor of Human-Machine Interaction at the University of Stockholm, after she began a research project about ways to assist gang rape victims with PTSD. [video]

After finding that the state did not keep official statistics of rape cases in Sweden, she found an American website, which listed the verdicts of all gang rapes from 2012 to 2017.

She contacted the 43 district courts involved in these cases requesting verdicts and other details, and was shocked by the volume of information she received.

Her troubles began when she noticed a report from the website on Twitter, and retweeted it, confirming the veracity of the court cases listed on the site.

Activists began a letter writing campaign against her, calling her a "Nazi." The university, with no due process, informed her that she had been removed from her position.
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Immigration campaigners have warned ministers not to reopen the floodgates by caving in to demands by university bosses
Matt Dathan
The Sun, 5 September 2018

Migration crusaders urged ministers not to bring back foreign student two-year visas.

Universities and Boris Johnson urged a restart of the scheme to let them stay after courses end.

But Migration Watch's Alp Mehmet warned of an unskilled influx. He said: "There's no reason they should stay on, even to stack shelves.

"The last time ministers investigated, only one in four had skilled work."
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Brexit will not help us curb immigration
Max Hastings
The Times, 5 September 2018

Our failure to limit the number of non-EU migrants shows that leaving the EU is no panacea.

During the summer a large canine has slunk unnoticed across the British political landscape, failing to bark. Figures released last month by the Office for National Statistics show net migration from the European Union fell to 87,000 in the year to March, while net migration from outside the EU rose to 235,000 in the same period.

This raises questions that some of us deem important, but which no leading politician has dared to ask. After Brexit, Britain may gain powers to exclude EU nationals: Polish plumbers, Romanian car-washers and pickpockets. But what new weapons will the government secure to reduce legal immigration from outside the EU?
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The immigration system is broken. Here's how we'll fix it
Edward Davey
Liberal Democrats, 5 September 2018

In an interview with The Guardian, I set out our ambitious plan to fix the UK's broken immigration system, end the Conservatives' hostile environment and celebrate the positive impact immigration has had on the United Kingdom.

Our policy paper, A Fair Deal for Everyone: Prosperity and Dignity in Migration, will be debated this month in Brighton. It calls for a new right to work for refugees and asylum seekers, major reform of the Home Office - giving control of work permit policy to the Business Department and student visa policy to the Education Department, policies to make family reunification easier and scrapping the net migration target.
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Revealed: The multi-cultural make-up of Coventry
Alice Cachia and Laura Hartley
CoventryLive, 5 September 2018

Coventry is more diverse than ever, but numbers in Warwickshire are saying the complete opposite.

The number of people from an ethnic minority in Coventry has risen by more than 18,000 in the past six years.

The number equals one in every 3.6 people in the area in 2017 was either black, Asian or from another ethnic minority. ...

Overall there were 100,969 people in Coventry from an ethnic minority in 2017, compared to 82,920 in 2011.

The number of Asian people has grown sharply in particular, from 51,599 in 2011 to 60,643 in 2017.

The number of black people also rose, from 17,759 to 22,162, as did the number of mixed race people (up from 8,221 to 11,631).

There were 6,533 people from other ethnicities in Coventry in 2017 - more than the 5,341 in 2011. ...

Overall in Warwickshire one in every 6.4 people was from an ethnic minority, up from the one in 7.0 in 2011.

North Warwickshire, though, had the worst level of ethnic diversity in the area.

Just one in every 44.3 people was either black, Asian, or from another ethnic minority in 2017.
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Fraudsters posed as police officers to con £200,000 from vulnerable and elderly
Kristian Johnson
LeedsLive, 5 September 2018

Eight men have been jailed for a combined total of more than 30 years at Leeds Crown Court for a 'large scale conspiracy' in which they conned vulnerable and elderly people out of more than £200,000. ...

They focused their 'tenacious' operation on people in vulnerable situations all over the country, including here in West Yorkshire, and some of the victims had their entire life savings stolen away from them. ...

"The actions of this group have had a devastating impact on the lives of the victims. The group abused the often trusting nature of people to defraud them out of large sums of money – often their life savings. Some of the victims have not had all of their money back." ...

The eight men were jailed for a total of more than 30 years for the following offences:

Mahbub Aziz, 24, ...

Shahidur Ali, 24, ...

Mohammed Hadi, 34, ...

Mohammed Noor, 23, ...

Mohammed Naahe, 50, ...

Syed Ahmed, 35, ...

Mohammed Haque, 43, ...

Shah Abdal, 46, ...

A ninth man, 21-year-old Ismail Hoque, ... admitted acquiring criminal property and was sentenced to eight months suspended for 12 months, with 16 hours unpaid community work.
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The figures proving Birmingham is more diverse than ever
Alice Cachia and James Rodger
Birmingham Mail, 4 September 2018

Birmingham is more diverse than ever - with the number of people from an ethnic minority rising by nearly 95,000 in just six years.

Exclusive analysis of Office for National Statistics data reveals that one in every 3.1 people in our area was either black, Asian or from another ethnic minority in 2017.

That's up from the one in every 3.3 people in 2011 - the most recently available Census data.

Overall there were 829,822 people in Birmingham from an ethnic minority in 2017, compared to 735,168 in 2011.

That's the biggest rise seen across the country.

The number of Asian people has grown sharply in particular, from 463,890 in 2011 to 516,809 in 2017.

The number of mixed race people also rose, from 88,024 to 112,450, as did the number of black people (up from 146,480 to 158,767).

There were 41,796 people from other ethnicities in Birmingham in 2017 - more than the 36,774 in 2011.

Birmingham's ethnic diversity is greater, too, than the national average.

Across England and Wales, one in every 6.6 people is from an ethnic minority - a fairly marginal rise from one in every 7.1 people in 2011.

Solat Chaudhry, CEO for the National Centre for Diversity, said: "As a country, becoming more ethnically diverse has been a great thing for the UK. ..."
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German far right fuels Muslim 'takeover' fears
Matthew Karnitschnig, 4 September 2018

Can Germany survive Islam?

That question is once again at the center of the country's public discourse amid the violent protests that followed last week's brutal killing of a German man, allegedly at the hands of two Muslim refugees, and the publication of a new book titled "Hostile Takeover, how Islam halts progress and threatens society." ...

Despite Germany's growing prosperity, its society is seething as the negative consequences of taking in more than 1 million asylum seekers since 2015 sink in. ...

Thilo Sarrazin, the former Bundesbank official and provocateur who wrote "Hostile Takeover," has tapped into Germany's unease about the refugee influx with a dystopian prediction of what lies ahead.

Describing Islam as "an ideology of violence disguised as religion," Sarrazin argues that if Europe doesn't take swift action to halt Muslim migration into the EU, European society will ultimately be enveloped and destroyed by Islam.

"Hostile Takeover" debuted last week at No. 1 on German Amazon's bestseller list. ...

Last year, refugees were suspects in about 15 percent of homicides in Germany, according to official statistics, though they account for only 2 percent of the population.

Many of the suspects, including the Iraqi accused of stabbing the Chemnitz victim and the terrorist who drove into a Berlin Christmas market in 2016, enjoy an immigration status classified as a Duldung, or "tolerance." That means that even though the individual's asylum application has been denied, the government is allowing the person to remain in Germany and in many cases seek employment. The reasons for such a ruling vary, but can be as mundane as a lack of a passport, making it difficult to confirm the migrant's nationality.

About 170,000 migrants enjoy "tolerated" status in Germany. A further 350,000 reside in the country with no official immigration status at all, many of them waiting for a ruling on an asylum application.

Critics say the presence of so many migrants without a bona fide legal right to remain in the country proves that Germany's asylum system is a sham. History suggests that a denied asylum application presents little more than minor delay to a migrant's quest to acquire legal immigration status in Germany. About 233,000 people whose asylum applications were rejected are currently in the country. All but 60,000 of them enjoy "tolerated" status. ...

Under Germany's federal structure, its 16 regional states are responsible for deporting migrants. Last year, they carried out about 24,000 deportations, far fewer than the potential pool. The problem is that if a migrant doesn't agree to leave the country, the cost of removing him or her can be prohibitive due to the extra security involved.

Considering the large number of refugees and that most of them are young men, it's inevitable that some of them will commit crimes. ...

Amid the neo-Nazi attacks in Chemnitz, Merkel's coalition has succeeded in steering the debate away from refugee violence to the dangers of the extreme right. For now. If the last few months are any indication, that tactic won't work for long.
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If we fret about the "far Right" without curing the ills that fuel them, we're doomed
Tim Stanley
Daily Telegraph, 4 September 2018

Douglas Murray, author of The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam, says Europeans have a habit of talking about the hideous reaction to a problem rather than the problem itself. Why? Because it's easier. It's easier, for instance, to discuss how awful Tommy Robinson – the anti-Islamist campaigner – is than the child-grooming gangs that sparked the backlash that made Robinson famous. Yes, Robinson is very easy to talk about. We've seen home-grown thugs like him come and go for decades, and we know why they're wrong and what words to use about them. The problem with migrant criminals, however, is harder to articulate. How do we address that without sounding like ... well, Tommy Robinson? ...

... If nationalists do well enough in next year's EU elections, they could form a powerful coalition in the European parliament.

We could draw a picture of a black web spreading slowly across the continent, but we should resist superficiality. In a new book, Roger Eatwell and Matthew Goodwin argue that these movements vary in character but that most of them are not Thirties-style fascists: they are national populists. ...

Delegitimizing debate about immigration smacks, as Murray warns, of focusing disproportionately on the outcome of a social tension rather than the source of the tension itself. /.../ What is more likely to radicalise British opinion isn't the burka: it's Westminster and the media trying to compel voters to pretend they love the burka. Indeed, a critical component of the new national populist narrative is that the establishment is providing a special protection for immigrants. ...

I suspect they believe it is the state that is dangerously authoritarian, not they – more interested in forcing through its ideological project of multiculturalism than, say, enforcing the law.
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Labour's conspiracy of silence on immigration
Paul Embery
UnHerd, 4 September 2018

One of the characteristics of the modern Left is its obstinate refusal to accept inconvenient truths, its unwillingness to look hard facts in the eye and adopt honest arguments in response.

Nowhere is this more apparent than on the question of the consequences of mass immigration in working-class communities.

To argue that the impact has been deep and profound, and not always to the good, is to incite in a wide layer of Left-wing activists an unbridled fury. Emotion, boilerplate and cliché are elevated above evidence, logic and reason.

The bull-headed intractability of Left leaders in resisting any sort of candid debate on mass immigration and its effects on those for whom they claim to speak borders on the criminal. Take the recent publication of a report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), which highlighted that a tighter labour market, caused in no small measure by a slowdown in the rate of EU-born workers coming to the UK, had forced over half of employers to increase wages.

Did the leaders of the labour movement have anything to say about this? Was there any sense of mea culpa for having spent years attacking those of us who argued that EU free movement laws depressed wages? Was there hell.

They ignored this publication just as they ignored all previous research that established a link between higher immigration levels and worse outcomes for the lowest-paid workers, such as a Bank of England study which concluded that for every 10 percentage point rise in the proportion of immigrants, the pay of those working in semi- or unskilled services is reduced by 2%, and other research showing that UK immigration levels have had a significant effect on wage distribution, with medium- and higher-paid workers gaining and the poorest losing out.

There can be little doubt that, were the research to drill down specifically into those industries where the over-supply of labour was most acute, the effects would be found to be even more striking. ...

It isn't rocket science. Just as a surplus of anything reduces its cost, so most reputable economists, from Karl Marx to Milton Friedman, have agreed that an over-supply of labour depresses wages. A handful of us in the labour movement have been pointing out this simple truth for years, only to be regularly assailed by unthinking colleagues labelling us as 'bigots' and worse.

There was a time when support for open borders was a fringe position on the Left, for most mainstream socialists and trade unionists understood that, while properly-managed immigration could be a good thing, having absolutely no control over the numbers of people entering your country was inimical to socialist planning around employment, housing and welfare. ...

There is a conspiracy of silence among labour movement leaders on the real impact of unrestricted immigration in working-class communities. ...

They ought to take a long hard look at themselves. Because, in the end, their support for open borders, far from bringing about the unity of the international working-class and breaking down social and cultural barriers, has served instead to entrench a system that commodifies humanity, atomises communities and allows big business to cut wages in the quest for greater profits. How could any representative of working people be proud of that outcome?
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Finland: Most 'Migrant Crisis' Arrivals Not Refugees, Are Economic Migrants
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 4 September 2018

The majority of people who travelled to Europe in 2015 at the height of the continent's Migrant Crisis had made the journey seeking better material living standards and did not fit the criteria to be refugees, Finland's Prime Minister has said.

Speaking during an interview with Finnish public broadcaster YLE at the weekend, Juha Sipilä asserted that the mass influx of immigrants seen in 2015 and 2016 following Angela Merkel's suspension of EU Dublin rules has "caused the recent unrest in Europe", highlighting protests in Germany's Chemnitz over murders by migrants.

"What made the situation so difficult is that the majority of these people are on the move because of economic reasons – not because they are fleeing war or personal persecution," he argued, prompting outrage from Finland's left. ...

Pro-open borders NGOs including Save the Children were among voices calling the claim false along with "immigration researcher" Erna Bodström, who argued that around half of asylum claims made in European Union (EU) nations during 2016 and 2017 were successful after taking into account negative decisions which were eventually overturned by appeal. ...

Rather than recanting his statements, however, the Finnish leader penned a blog post saying he was justified in drawing attention to the large proportion of economic migrants amongst those drawn to Europe who are claiming to be refugees, stating that while "helping one's neighbour" is a duty close to his heart, "the task of the asylum system" is to help the people in most need.

Claiming immigrant communities "enrich our culture" and that they constitute "an important part of Finland's vitality and success", the Centre Party politician said the nation "has a responsibility" to help refugees.

But "the fact is that the majority of those who arrived in 2015 and during the crisis did not meet the criteria for asylum in Finland", he continued, noting: "According to the statistics of the Finnish Immigration Service, approximately one third of asylum seekers entering Finland for the period 2015-2017 received a positive asylum decision.

"Approximately 44 per cent of the asylum seekers who came to Europe received a positive decision. That is, most of the respondents did not have grounds for obtaining asylum in Europe," he said. ...

"... But the role of the asylum system is to help people who are vulnerable to particular oppression and disadvantage," wrote the Finnish politician, who in 2015 demanded the whole country mobilise to show "solidarity" to the arriving third world migrants.
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Swiss Study Reveals Immigration Produces Long Term Economic Harm
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 3 September 2018

A study from the University of Basel has concluded that while immigration may have short-term economic benefits for Western nations, in the long term it could heavily strain a country's welfare system.

The study examined the long-term effect of mass migration and concluded that while new migrant households in Switzerland pay around 729 francs per household per month more in taxes than they receive in benefits, that number becomes a 405 francs loss in the long term, Kronen Zeitung reports.

The driving factor behind the long-term loss is that migrants, like native Swiss, age and often pay less overall in taxes before retirement. Another factor is higher unemployment rates among migrants, which is twice as high as native Swiss or foreign EU nationals and four times as high for migrants from outside of the European political bloc.

Just over 70 percent of unemployment insurance money comes from native Swiss taxpayers, but they only take out 55 percent of the total unemployment benefits. ...

One of Germany's top economists Hans-Werner Sinn has also warned Germany and other countries that many low-skilled migrants are attracted by generous welfare state programmes, as opposed to the high-skilled workers often demanded by governments.
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Ireland used as backdoor into UK via reunified family ploy
John Mooney
Sunday Times, 2 September 2018

The immigration services and the gardai have opened an inquiry into the abuse of an EU directive that allows foreign nationals to sponsor their families to live in Ireland under a reunification scheme.

The immigration authorities are encountering scores of applications from non-EU nationals who have already obtained residency rights in Britain, but claim to have moved to Ireland and wish to sponsor visas for their spouses, children and parents to move here.

Investigations by the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) and the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) have established multiple sponsors used similar addresses to lodge applications – indicating that criminal gangs and white-collar criminals are involved.
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Number of suspected illegal immigrants nabbed at UK border hits record levels
Michael Hamilton
The Sun, 2 September 2018

The number of suspected illegal immigrants nabbed at ports and airports trying to enter Britain is at record levels.

Figures show 34,146 were apprehended last year – almost 100 a day and three per cent up on the 33,026 the year before, we can reveal.

Most were caught at Channel ports with border officials using carbon dioxide detectors, heartbeat monitors and sniffer dogs to find them in vehicles.

Others have tried to enter the UK in the wheel casings of aircraft.

Some are allowed to stay, often after lodging a claim for refugee status.

The Home Office said the figures, obtained under Freedom of Information rules, show "our approach to securing the UK's border is working". ...

Migration Watch UK said the figures do not show how many failed asylum claimants are removed.

It claimed there were more than a million illegals in the UK.
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Why can't we stop convicted criminals flying in from Chile to go on burglary rampages across the home counties?
Tom Rawstorne
Daily Mail, 1 September 2018

This week, it emerged more than 75 Chilean burglars have been arrested in the past two years in some 200 burglaries in London, Essex, Kent, Surrey, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire, the South-West and Wales.

... Jewellery, watches and designer clothes worth millions of pounds have been stolen with the intention of shipping them back to South America.

Detectives believe the 'burglary tourists' are not acting alone and that their activities are being co-ordinated by a 'Mr Big' in South London. All those arrested pleaded guilty at once – and every single one has refused to comment in interviews with police.

Questions are now being asked as to how these individuals were allowed into the UK.

The Mail can reveal that many have criminal records for robbery, burglary and other crimes in Chile and elsewhere in the world.

At least one was known to Interpol, having previously been deported from Spain for a similar crime. Another had been deported from Italy and Holland just two years before flying into Britain.

Yet still they were allowed to waltz into the country and terrorise British citizens. 'How many more gangs from other countries are doing this?' asked the victim from Kent. ...

The Met's investigation, known as Operation Genie, has led to a total of 36 Chilean nationals being arrested. Sixteen have been convicted of burglary-related offences. Of the remaining 20, eight have been deported and 12 left the country after being released under investigation. ...

'They all plead guilty because they want to spend as short a time as possible in prison in Britain,' said the source.
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Fear terrorists go free as suspects are sent back to UK without warning
Michael Knowles
Daily Express, 1 September 2018

Terror suspects are being deported back to the UK without the knowledge of the British authorities, the Daily Express can reveal today.

Some countries fail to disclose if a UK national is linked to terrorism when sending them home, Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes admitted. This means they could be free to walk the streets unless they are already known to the police or being monitored by British intelligence. ...

Ms Nokes said: "The Government does not hold a complete data set relating to individuals deported to the UK since UK nationals are not as a matter of course subject to immigration controls on arrival.

"In addition, not all countries will disclose that they are deporting an individual to the UK or that there is a terrorism concern relating to them."
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UK Police to Treat Diversity Promotion Like 'Critical Incident', Forces Set to 'Embed Equality into All Activities'
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 1 September 2018

Police will soon adopt a raft of "enhanced inclusivity" measures including celebrating "culturally-focused events like Black History Month" as forces across Britain are ordered to treat minority representation like a "critical incident".

According to Police Oracle, a plan set to be launched next week will see every force create a "gold group at chief officer level focused on diversity", with identity politics to be made a major priority.

Senior officers, staff associations, and members of various "communities" will work together towards meeting so-called diversity targets, the law enforcement news outlet said. ...

Committing police chiefs to "embedding diversity, equality and inclusion" into the heart of their forces' every activity, the strategy comes with a "toolkit" of actions to increase minority representation, including making "emotional health and happiness" a priority and bringing in "reverse mentoring" schemes in which lower ranked officers will train their seniors in so-called "emotional intelligence".

Forces will also be told to introduce flexible working practices enabling time off for cultural or religious observance, as well as launching initiatives celebrating "culturally-focused events such as major religious festivals and Black History Month".
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On non-EU immigration, the government are asleep at the switch
Migration Watch UK, 31 August 2018

It is increasingly clear that immigration was a major factor in the Referendum result. Net EU migration has now fallen from about 200,000 to just under 90,000 (although it could well increase again).

Meanwhile, the question is often asked as to why non-EU net migration has risen to a record 235,000 for the year to March and now accounts for nearly three-quarters (73%) of total non-British net migration. ...

Nearly two-thirds of voters still consider the level of immigration to have been too high over the past decade. Other research has shown that voters are particularly concerned about reducing the level of immigration from outside the EU.

According to a paper issued by Migration Watch UK today, the short answer is that the Government has failed to make serious efforts to reduce it despite having powers to do so.

A number of factors have been at play:

• Despite strenuous efforts by Mrs May when Home Secretary, she faced firm opposition from the Treasury who have long favoured continued immigration simply to boost the overall size of the economy regardless of the impact on wider society and despite the absence of evidence for the UK of any significant benefit to GDP per head.

• Other government departments also opposed restrictions, often as a result of special interests. For example, where the NHS had shortages of staff even when, as the government's own Migration Advisory Committee has pointed out, this was due to a failure to invest sufficiently in training.

• During the coalition years the Liberal Democrats had no desire to restrict immigration control from anywhere in the world.

• Meanwhile those who were benefitting financially, such as business, universities etc, pressed for continued high levels of immigration to their own sectors.

• Since the election in 2017 Amber Rudd, as the Home Secretary, preferred to kick the can down the road, partly because she believed that immigration was good for the economy. The present Home Secretary has so far not demonstrated any willingness to tighten immigration policy; in fact his decisions since taking office have had the effect of loosening controls.

Any serious attempt at reducing immigration can only be achieved by bearing down on each visa category.

The Migration Watch UK paper ('How to deliver a significant reduction in non-EU net migration') indicates the steps that could and should be taken. ...

An increase in resources for border control will also be essential, particularly given the need to divert resources to register about three million EU citizens under the Withdrawal Agreement.
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German author Thilo Sarrazin 'is fuelling fear of Muslims'
David Crossland
The Times, 31 August 2018

Critics say a new book by the controversial German writer and politician Thilo Sarrazin could further embolden the far right and fuel an upsurge in neo-Nazi violence.

Called Hostile Takeover: How Islam Obstructs Progress and Threatens Society, it warns that Muslims will be the majority group in Germany within two or three generations and calls for an immediate end to immigration. The birth rates among Muslim immigrants are "demographic dynamite", Mr Sarrazin writes.

A former member of the Berlin city government and of the Bundesbank's board, Mr Sarrazin said at the book launch in Berlin that Islam was not a religion of peace "but a violent ideology cloaked as a religion".
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Facebook staff fear sack for expressing right-wing ideas
Mark Bridge
The Times, 31 August 2018

Facebook employees work in an intolerant left-wing "monoculture" and fear losing their job if they express dissenting views on topics such as immigration, it has been claimed.

More than 100 employees joined an online group called "FB'ers for Political Diversity" founded by a Facebook engineer to encourage free expression.

Brian Amerige wrote a blog post on Facebook's internal message board, titled "We Have a Problem with Political Diversity", which was obtained by The New York Times. He wrote: "We are a political monoculture that's intolerant of different views. We claim to welcome all perspectives but are quick to attack, often in mobs, anyone who presents a view that appears to be in opposition to left-leaning ideology ..."
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If you're pro-immigration you can't be anti-development
Peter Franklin
UnHerd, 31 August 2018

Did you know that the UK government is planning to build a £3 billion expressway between Oxford and Cambridge? ('Expressway' being a fancy word for a programme of upgrades to the roads that currently link the two university towns.)

Opposition to the scheme – which supports a wider plan to build a million more homes in communities along the route – is growing. The core arguments are articulated by George Monbiot in the Guardian:

"A recent study by the Campaign to Protect Rural England shows that, far from relieving congestion, new road schemes create new traffic – a tendency first noted in 1925 and ignored by transport planners ever since. But the treadmill must keep turning. The bypasses must be bypassed with new bypasses, new jobs must be created to match the new housing, and new housing must be built to match the new jobs. Growth must continue, until it destroys everything it claims to enhance."

Put that way, it all sounds absurdly pointless – a gargantuan make-work scheme powered by circular logic. Except that it's not circular at all. Development is justified by a very real external input: people.

Something like a quarter of a million people migrate to the United Kingdom every year. That's a net figure (i.e. immigration minus emigration) – and there's quite a lot of variation from year to year. ...

I'm not sure that one should describe an increase of somewhere between two and three million people per decade as any kind of exodus; but whatever you call it, these are people who need jobs, homes and access to transport. Oh, and unless we expect them to live in total indolence and absolute poverty, they will cause economic growth – human beings tend to do that, given the chance.

Amazingly, many of those who object to new development – and, in some cases, to the very concept of economic growth – have no problem with mass migration, indeed they may well actively favour open-door immigration policies. ...

So where are these extra millions going to live? ...

It strikes me that we are having a debate about where we don't want new development (i.e. anywhere near us), but avoiding the debate about where we do want it.

So, if not the Oxford-Cambridge corridor, then where? Should we allow London to sprawl outwards until it reaches Oxford and Cambridge anyway? Bulldoze every public park and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the South East? ...

One thing is for sure: Building absolutely nothing anywhere near anyone (BANANA) is not an option – not when the population is growing at its current rate.
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On one of the key political issues of the day, local politics has been running scared
Phoebe Griffith
Open Democracy, 31 August 2018

Corby is one of the most rapidly growing towns in the UK. ...

... The local referendum result therefore came as a shock: 64% of Corby's population voted leave (well above the national average).

The causes of the referendum result are complex. But it is clear that in places like Corby immigration played a pivotal role. Before 2004 the town had hardly any experience of immigration from outside the UK pre-2000 (the town attracted thousands of Scots during the first steel boom). Since then, the size of the foreign population has doubled. In 2016, almost 25% of births locally were to parents from another EU country. ...

The job centre in Corby provides an important clue. Despite all the evidence that claims about benefit tourism and welfare dependence were out of step with reality, welfare was a key focus well before the referendum. /.../ Yet it seems that dispelling the welfare myth had not been at the forefront of local policymakers' concerns.

When I raised this question with an official in Corby Council he blanches. With hindsight, he responds, that seems like a good idea. But years of experience had taught the local authority that it was better to keep issues related to immigration under the radar. Talking to local officials from Derby to Boston, with few exceptions (most of which are in London), it is clear that local authorities have come to understand that nothing good can come of talking about immigration. ...

The attitudes of local officials mirror those in national politics. By and large, the local leaders I have spoken to displayed all the hallmarks of remain supporters. Most welcomed the fact that the local area felt more cosmopolitan, pointing out all the great things that were going on in the community – the salsa night run by Cuban refugees or the Church group that sponsored families from Syria. The more contentious issues regarding welfare, work and places at the overstretched local primary school simply felt too uncomfortable. ...

"All politics is local" states one of the adages of American politics. But on one of the key issues of the day, local politics has been running scared.
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Study estimates 500,000 EU workers are in low-skilled UK jobs
Lisa O'Carroll
The Guardian, 30 August 2018

An estimated 500,000 EU citizens are working in low-skilled jobs in the UK such as picking fruit, cleaning offices, working in warehouses and food factories, a report by leading academics has found.

The report by the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford said that employers could struggle to find workers after Brexit and the risk of labour exploitation might be heightened under the two main options available to companies to find staff willing to do the work once freedom of movement ends.

In the most extensive analysis of the jobs EU nationals are filling, Migration Observatory found 132,000 in elementary cleaning jobs, 120,000 in basic hospitality jobs such as coffee shops, 96,000 in warehouses, 91,000 in factory plants and 26,000 on building sites.

Another 89,000 were truck, van and taxi drivers; 82,000 worked in care services; 74,000 working in food processing; 68,000 as shop assistants and 54,000 in other administrative jobs.

The vast majority of the estimated 3.6 million to 3.8 million EU citizens in the country were in skilled jobs with 537,000 in "high-skilled jobs" with degree or equivalent qualifications.

Another 616,000 were in upper- to middle-skilled jobs with school plus substantial training with 781,000 in lower-middle skilled jobs defined as those involving school qualifications and "some training". ...

The government has said it wants to extend an existing youth mobility scheme for Australians, Canadians and other specified non-EU countries including Japan and Monaco to allow them work in these low-skilled jobs.

But Madeleine Sumption, director of the Migration Observatory, said this would not be sufficient.

"There's no guarantee that youth mobility can provide staff for unpalatable roles in out-of-the-way places.

"That's because the scheme gives workers lots of options, and people with options often prefer to work in shops and bars rather than muddy fields or food processing plants."
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Let's talk about gang culture's elephant in the room: absent black fathers
Tony Sewell
Daily Telegraph, 29 August 2018
[Dr Tony Sewell is CEO of the charity Generating Genius]

I used to be a member of the Youth Justice Board and one of my tasks was visiting youth offending units. These spaces were teeming with young men who looked like me – I could have been their father or even grandfather. Many were locked up because of knife crime violence. I wanted to know the reason why.

So-called experts were telling me that it was all about austerity and a lack of youth facilities, while others claimed it was a dearth of suitable role models. In a new report, Iain Duncan Smith, the former Conservative Party leader, argues for a tougher line with gangs, particularly a policing policy unafraid to get tough on black communities, where there is a disproportionate amount of knife crime. ...

Every boy said that their problems started when their fathers left the home, while others were haunted by the father they never knew. /.../ According to official statistics, black children are significantly more likely to grow up in single-parent families. ...

The worrying thing about crime in black communities is that it is now happening in a second generation. A culture of black masculinity has taken hold in Jamaica, the big cities of America and the UK where black men produce children without feeling the need to take responsibility for them.

Policy makers and politicians in the UK will not touch this area. Even sociologists, who should know better, have run to the mantra of institutional racism to explain the realities of black family breakdown. ...

It is not only Afro-Caribbean communities that face this horror. Talk to women from the Somali community, for example, and they will say that the absence of a male figure in their homes has meant their boys have gone "wild".
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'This has to STOP!' Czech leader demands EU action plan to end migrant crisis
Simon Osborne
Daily Express, 29 August 2018

The European Union must draw up a comprehensive action plan to stop illegal migration, according to Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis.

Mr Babis said EU member states had to show a united front or the crisis which has gripped the bloc for more than three years will never be resolved.

The billionaire businessman said: "If Italy and Malta won't welcome the migrants, then Spain will.

"And so we're sending the message to migrants that it's possible to come to Europe, from Morocco via Spain.

"This has to stop. Otherwise we'll never stop the migrant influx.

"I plan to discuss this with EU leaders and take part in implementing a comprehensive action plan." ...

"We need to begin co-operating in a serious way to find a solution because we needlessly lost three years to an inane debate on migrant quotas." ...

The Czech leader restated his position that the Czech Republic would welcome "no illegal migrants".
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Venezuela crisis: Brazil to send army to safeguard border
BBC, 29 August 2018

Brazil says it is sending its army to the Venezuelan border to "guarantee law and order" amid an influx of migrants fleeing the crisis-hit country.

President Michel Temer said in a televised address on Tuesday that Venezuela's "tragic" situation threatened peace across South America.

Millions of Venezuelans have fled their country due to hyperinflation, and food and medicine shortages. ...

"The problem of Venezuela is no longer one of internal politics. It is a threat to the harmony of the whole continent," Mr Temer said. ...

Meanwhile, neighbouring Peru has declared a 60-day health emergency in two provinces on its northern border, after health authorities expressed concerns of the spread of diseases from migrants.

Venezuela is in its fourth year of an economic crisis, ...

Some 2.3 million citizens have fled the country since 2014, sparking the worst migration crisis in Latin American history, according to the United Nations. ...

There are more than a million Venezuelans in Colombia, more than half a million in Ecuador, more than 400,000 in Peru and some 60,000 in Brazil.
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Theresa May pledges UK aid budget funding to help slash immigration into Europe as she heads for Nigeria
James Tapsfield
MailOnline, 29 August 2018

Theresa May will pledge to use the UK aid budget to slash immigration into Europe as she visits Nigeria tomorrow.

The Prime Minister is to unveil a series of commitments to cut 'illegal and unsafe' inflows from West Africa.

Nigeria is believed to be the fifth-largest country of origin for victims of modern slavery in Britain - a cause that Mrs May has championed for years. ...

'Today we are stepping up our partnership with Nigerian authorities to find traffickers and bring them to justice.

'And because this is an international problem which needs international response, we are also launching a new project with France to strengthen border cooperation to prevent trafficking along key migration routes towards Libya and Europe.

'But as well as targeting the smugglers and traffickers that cruelly exploit people for financial gain, it's vital that we support the victims who have suffered enormous trauma and are at high risk of being re-trafficked, and that is an important part of the support we are announcing today.'
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Actually, evidence shows 'diversity' makes countries weaker – not stronger
Jack M. Mintz
Financial Post, 29 August 2018
[Jack Mintz is the president's fellow at the University of Calgary's School of Public Policy]

Most immigrants coming to Canada want to build a new life in a free and democratic society, escaping tyranny, prejudice or poor economic circumstances. Their local ethnic communities help them get adjusted to their new home. But it is nonetheless true that Canada faces a real test in maintaining national identity when so many people come from disparate backgrounds, and in avoiding problems that occur with ethnic conflict.

In principle, diverse populations can be economically rewarding. They provide more product and service choices. Immigration brings workers with a greater variety of backgrounds. Immigrants can even spur more innovation since people with different perspectives combine ideas in ways that would not happen with homogenous societies.

However, the flipside is fragmentation – when citizens identify more strongly with a social group rather than the nation as a whole, potentially leading to conflict. Conflict itself erodes trust in institutions and encourages corruption.

Canada is among the most ethnically diverse, or fragmented, countries in the world /.../. Only Sub-Saharan African countries and some Latin American countries are more so. This fragmentation impacts voting behaviour. It can also bring civil strife. ...

What researchers have found is that voters who identify more strongly with the "nation" rather than their particular sub-group, are more cognizant of the country's overall well-being. This has been supported by recent empirical studies looking at OECD countries and Belgium.

Social-identity theory has also led researchers to examine more carefully the impact of fragmentation on economic growth, quality of government institutions, centralization of political decision-making and conflict. Harvard political economist Alberto Alesina and his colleagues have painstakingly measured ethnic, religious and linguistic diversification for roughly 200 countries in the past two decades. Overall, the most fragmented societies were found to have lower growth in per capita GDP and poorer quality public institutions: fewer years of schooling, worse infrastructure, higher fiscal deficits, lower credit liquidity and higher black-market premiums. ...

When ethnically fragmented populations are associated with high degree of income inequality, the risk of social conflict grows. Since inequality is less severe in Canada, we avoid the conflicts of Nigeria and Bolivia. ...

It's wise not to overplay these conclusions since fragmentation is highly linked with other factors as well (particularly, distance from the equator). Legal history also matters. What is critical to note, though, is that there is no evidence to support the political hypothesis that ethnic and linguistic fragmentation – a.k.a. "diversity" – leads to higher growth. Only religious fragmentation has been correlated with improved growth.
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Islam's Thousand Year War on Christendom
William Kilpatrick
Crisis Magazine, 29 August 2018

I just finished reading Raymond Ibrahim's Sword and Scimitar, a history of fourteen centuries of war between Islam and the West, ...

In short, the violent conflicts between Muslims and Christians were primarily religious wars, not, as many modern historians suggest, wars for resources or national interests. /.../ By contrast, Ibrahim, who reads both Arabic and Greek, lets the Muslim and Christian witnesses to past events speak for themselves. ...

One of the recurring themes is that of world conquest commanded by Allah. Muslims justified all of their wars and depredations during this immense stretch of history by referring to the Koran and to the words and deeds of Muhammad. Muslim leaders did not look upon their conquests as simply local affairs, but as stepping stones to subjugating the earth. ...

Still another constant was slavery. One modern historian observes that "the Islamic jihad looks uncomfortably like a giant slave trade." The number of the enslaved was astronomical. It was not unusual for a campaign to result in the enslavement of 100,000 people. Between 1530 and 1780, the Barbary Coast Muslims enslaved at least a million Europeans. Some three million Slavs – Poles, Lithuanians, Russians, and Ukrainians – were enslaved between 1450 and 1783. Millions more were taken captive by the Muslim conquerors of Spain. ...

Slaving raids were also carried out in Ireland, England, Denmark, and as far away as Iceland and Scandinavia. Slaves were used for labor, as soldiers, and as concubines. /.../ Although few Americans are aware of the fact, the Arab and Ottoman slave trade lasted far longer than the Atlantic slave trade and resulted in the loss of many more lives. ...

Sword and Scimitar puts to rest several important myths. One of these myths is that Christians were the aggressors in this long and bloody conflict. This is decidedly not the case. For example, the modern idea that "the crusades were unprovoked wars of conquest" is demonstrably false. As Ibrahim points out, the crusades were a very belated response to 400 years of Muslim conquest. Two-thirds of the Christian world had already been devoured by Muslim armies before Pope Urban II made his appeal to the knights of Christendom. Many regions which are now solidly Muslim were once Christian. All of the twenty-two nations which now comprise the "Arab world" in the Middle East and North Africa were Christian. ...

Perhaps the major lesson of Ibrahim's timely book is that little has changed over the centuries. One of the misleading myths of our time is that al-Qaeda, ISIS, Boko Haram, and other major terrorist groups have perverted the meaning of Islam. They are variously described as having "hijacked," "distorted," or "misunderstood" the true message of Islam. History says otherwise. /.../ "Muslim hostility to the West," he observes, "is not an aberration but a continuation of Islamic history." Against today's wishful thinking about Islam's peaceful intentions, Sword and Scimitar documents "what Muslims have actually done to and in the West for centuries." ...

... As Sword and Scimitar ably demonstrates, what has happened over and over in the past is very likely to happen again.
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Increase use of stop and search to beat rising gang violence, says Iain Duncan Smith
Jamie Merrill
Daily Telegraph, 28 August 2018

Police chiefs should dramatically increase the use of controversial stop and search power to tackle rising gang violence, former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith demanded last night.

Mr Duncan Smith's comments came as his think-tank released a new report warning that drug dealers operating "with impunity" across the country are to blame for a "toxic cycle of serious violence", the Mail reported.

The 148-page document, which is likely to increase the pressure on the government to get a handle on violent crime, comes just days after the number of killings in London this year reached 100. ...

But, the report, by the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), dismisses the "racial disparity" and calls for additional funding for community policing as well as a new order to allow convicted gang leaders to be stopped and searched when they are released from prison, even if there is no evidence against them.

Among its finding the report details how a gun is fired illegally in London every six to nine hours, almost half of residents in the capital say there are "no-go areas" and that nearly three-quarters support police stop and searches.
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Italy's anti-immigration rhetoric is paying off for the populists
Daniel R. DePetris
Spectator blog, 28 August 2018

Italy is now "the troublemaker of Europe."

Nowhere is this more the case than Europe's perpetual migration headache. In Berlin, Paris, and Brussels, the talk about illegal immigration is about finding a unified European solution that is as durable as it is humane. In Rome, the discussion is far more polarising. The question is less about finding solutions favourable to the European Union as it is about finding a way to send a lightning bolt through the EU's stony exterior in order to get its attention.

For most politicians in the West, forcing dozens of poor, tired, and desperate migrants to stay on a rescue ship off the coast of Sicily until the EU agrees to adopt them would be a career suicide. Decency, virtue, charity, and morality are supposed to be what Europe is all about. When people running from war, torture, or political persecution risk their lives to cross the Mediterranean, the Europeans are expected to come to the beaches with outstretched hands. To not assist the tens of thousands of hungry people fleeing Africa, the Middle East, and Asia – or worse, to block these vulnerable men, women, and children from landing on European shores – is to violate the theory that Europe is a universal beacon for life, liberty, democracy, and opportunity.

Italy, however, is a different story. /.../ The Italian people are fed up with their country being asked to manage Europe's migration crisis on the one hand while being criticised for insufficient loyalty to the EU on the other.
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Migrant suspected of 542 crimes can't be deported from Germany as he doesn't have PASSPORT
Tom Parfitt
Daily Express, 28 August 2018

A migrant facing hundreds of criminal investigations cannot be deported from Germany – because officials have no idea where he is from.

The man, who came to Germany in 1998 without a passport, claims to be from various North African countries including Algeria and Morocco.

He has allegedly been using legal loopholes to stay in Germany despite having a staggering 542 criminal investigations against him.

He was recently arrested by police but authorities have clue what the man's name is nor where he comes from.

As a result, they are unable to deport him to his country of origin. ...

The only information German authorities have on him are his fingerprints but database searches have yielded no matches.

Police have since had to release the man.
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Rise of 'burglary tourists' flying in from abroad to ransack British homes in raids worth millions of pounds
Greg Wilford
The Sun, 27 August 2018

A gang of Latin American thieves has been ransacking houses across the home counties in a spate of "burglary tourism", it was reported last night.

They have swiped jewellery, watches and designer clothes in a series of multimillion-pound raids across England and Wales.

Scotland Yard has launched a manhunt for the British-based leaders of the Chilean network after burglaries across southwest London, the Thames Valley, Hertfordshire, Surrey, Kent and as far afield as Somerset and north Wales.

More than 75 Chilean burglars have been arrested in the UK over the past two years and the gang is known to be active in Spain and other European countries, according to The Times.

The crime spree will raise questions over the lack of background checks at the British border after it emerged thieves have moved back and forth between the UK and Chile with relative impunity.

Citizens from Chile and most Latin American countries do not need visas to visit the UK for up to three months.
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Why does Canada automatically give citizenship to people born here?
Tristin Hopper
West Elgin Chronicle, 27 August 2018

At their weekend convention in Halifax, the Conservative Party of Canada approved a resolution to "enact legislation which will fully eliminate birthright citizenship in Canada unless one of the parents of the child born in Canada is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada." In a subsequent statement, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said the measure was designed to "end birth tourism."

This, more than almost any other Tory proposal, spurred immediate condemnation from opponents. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, for one, called it a policy of "division & hate." ...

If a French woman goes into labour while changing planes at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, the child automatically receives lifetime Canadian citizenship. Canada extends unconditional citizenship to anyone born within its borders under a legal principle known in Latin as "jus soli" (law of the soil). Conversely, if a Canadian woman goes into labour while changing planes at Paris-Charles De Gaulle airport, the child gets nothing except perhaps a decorative French birth certificate. This is generally the law across all of Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania: A child's nationality is determined based on the citizenship or residency of its parents rather than the flag flying over the maternity ward at the time. There are exceptions. Germany introduced qualifications into its citizenship law after whole Berlin neighbourhoods started to fill with German-born Turks unable to obtain citizenship. ...

... All across North and South America, jus soli is the recognized law of the land. There are clerical reasons why this is probably the case: The Americas are full of immigrants and it saves a lot of paperwork if the only prerequisite for citizenship is a birth certificate. The United States didn't explicitly recognize jus soli until the Fourteenth Amendment in 1868, when it was adopted largely as a means of extending citizenship to millions of slaves freed by the Civil War. Even if the U.S. and Canada dwell in a hemisphere where jus soli is the norm, however, they remain unique among developed countries in that they're the only ones to confer automatic citizenship. ...

When John A. Macdonald's family moved from Scotland to Upper Canada in 1820, they didn't need any special immigration papers. At the time, the rule was that anybody born on a British ship or on British-controlled soil was a "subject" of Queen Victoria and could thus travel anywhere that flew the Union Jack. This policy remained in place well into the 20th century, when the British Nationality and Status of Aliens Act ascribed de facto citizenship to "any person born within His Majesty's Dominions" – which then included Canada, Australia and New Zealand, among others. /.../ In 1981, the U.K. did away with jus soli, decreeing that even children born in the British Isles couldn't be British without at least one parent who was a U.K. permanent resident.
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Diversity Studies: Your Path to a 6-Figure Salary
Robert Weissberg
Minding the Campus, 27 August 2018
[Robert Weissberg is a professor emeritus of political science at The University of Illinois-Urbana]

Universities face a serious dilemma in their quest for diversity and inclusion. ...

Here's the solution: "Diversity Studies," a major that will provide both the diploma and a well-paid career.

This solution arrived as a Eureka moment when I read how the University of Michigan employed some 93 full-time staff charged with promoting diversity. All had high sounding titles – diversity administrator, directors of diversity, vice-provosts, Deans, investigators, executive assistants, and consultants. More than a quarter of these functionaries earned more than $100,000 plus generous fringe benefits worth about 32.5% of salary. Indeed, salaries at the top here far exceed salaries of well-paid distinguished professors. Robert Sellers, Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion & Chief Diversity Officer, takes home $396,550; David Brown, Michigan's Associate Dean Office of Health Equity & Inclusion earned some $220,000.

Add dozens of positions that may not receive the big bucks but are nevertheless respectable at a prestigious university where job security is the norm. ...

Further, add how diversity mania has become ubiquitous and, as the old Soviet Union installed political commissars everywhere, every corner of the campus must now have its very own diversity specialist, so prospects for yet more positions are excellent. ...

The University of Michigan is hardly unique in this hiring frenzy. Heather Mac Donald has documented similar efforts elsewhere while Yale, Columbia and Brown (among others) have pledged tens of millions to upgrade campus diversity at a time when universities often struggle financially (Columbia, has allocated 100 million over the next five years). ...

Many of these positions are presently unfilled suggesting a bonanza for those who will earn degrees in diversity management. Even better, these campus jobs are just a tiny fraction of the possibilities in the private sector, philanthropy, and governments at all levels. Hard to imagine any field of employment with a greater unmet demand for new hires.

There is more good news. Getting campus-based diversity majors up and running could be done quickly given that the underlying philosophy of diversity – "it is wonderful" – is well known, and this new academic discipline requires no expensive facilities or equipment.
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French right-wing chief claims migration a threat to European civilisation
Philippe Desmazes
RFI, 26 August 2018

The leader of France's mainstream-right Republicans on Sunday called for migrant-rescue boats to be banned from all European ports in a hardline speech on immigration that declared it was a "cultural threat to European civilisation". Laurent Wauquiez accused a "small milieu" of inventing the word "populism" so as to censor "all those who don't think as they do".

"How can anyone not see that we are at the limits of our capacity of integration and that mass immigration is a cultural threat to European civilisation today," Wauquiez told a meeting of 1,500 people, including a number of MPs, in central France. ...

"The French refuse to become foreigners in their own country," he told an enthusiastic audience, adding that "something must be done to ensure that there is some civilisation left". ...

Just over 60,000 people applied for asylum in France in the first six months of this year, up 16 percent on the same period last year.
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Yazidi refugees flee Isil captors in Iraq - only to encounter them walking free in Germany
Josie Ensor
Daily Telegraph, 25 August 2018

There was no mistaking him, the man standing just a few feet away. Ashwaq Ta'lo could never forget the smell of his breath, his wiry beard, that distinctive gait. She had spent three months as his slave after all.

The man was one of the Islamic State commanders who kidnapped Ashwaq, her four sisters and five brothers back in the Yazidi homeland of Sinjar in northern Iraq that sweltering summer of 2014.

But there he was in front of her in 2018 on a street in rainy Stuttgart, Germany - the country which had offered her refuge. A country where she had come to feel safe. ...

At least 10 others have reported seeing their tormentor in similar circumstances in the last two years, says Dr Jan Kizilhan, a psychologist ...

Aghiad al-Kheder, co-founder of Sound and Picture, the anti-Isil activists, fled his hometown of Deir Ezzor in eastern Syria after it was overrun by the jihadists. ...

He said he knows dozens of Isil members are in Germany. Activists like him have flagged them up to the police, but they have been told that little can be done. ...

He said that many victims, particularly those who had been imprisoned or tortured by Isil back in Syria, do not report sightings as they are too afraid to talk. ...

Prosecutors are in a bind. Ignore the problem and it could come back to bite them. Try to bring a case to court and it could fail for lack of evidence. ...

"We assume that some of these perpetrators have blood on their hands, but often we can't prove it," said Peter Frank, one of Germany's top prosecutors. "Our problem is what proof can we get from a war zone where all state structures have collapsed? Cooperation in terms of legal help doesn't work, either in Syria or Iraq."

Guido Steinberg, a leading expert on Islamic extremism at the Berlin-based Institute for International and Security Affairs, said there were about a dozen suspected Isil operatives and other jihadists being tried across the country; some of the small number that authorities had managed to identify and bring to justice.

"Germany's open-door policy was a catastrophe, and I say this as someone incredibly sympathetic to the refugee cause," he said. ...

Mr Steinberg, who testifies on the political and security situation in Syria and Iraq in the cases that do reach court, said police may never find the suspect in Ashwaq's case because it is likely he used false documents to enter the country, as thousands of others were thought to have done.

"Germany still doesn't know who some of these people that came in are; they are unaccounted for," he said.
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German President Declares There are 'No Native Germans, We are a Nation of Immigrants'
Virginia Hall
Breitbart, 25 August 2018

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has declared Germany "is a nation of immigrants and will remain so", asserting: "There are no half or whole Germans, no biological or 'new' Germans".

Speaking at Berlin's Bellevue Palace, where a small group of people with Turkish heritage had been invited to share their views on immigration, integration, and xenophobia in Europe, the German president strongly denounced "exclusion of and discrimination against people with foreign roots". ...

"Racism and discrimination violate human dignity and damage our democracy," he continued, claiming: "Immigration has taken place because we have repeatedly asked people to come – a situation which will continue to be true in the future." ...

"No one should have to deny their roots," he stressed, adding he wished "for a Germany in which we can win together and lose together" in a nod to Özil – an ethnic Turk whose resignation came after he was criticised for his performance in the World Cup, and for being photographed with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in May.
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It's not science I don't trust – it's the scientists
James Delingpole
The Spectator, 25 August 2018

Where are the peer-reviewers who are supposed to vet these things? Well, it turns out they're generally willing to give a free pass to any thesis that accords with the liberal narrative. For example, over the course of more than a decade, Diederik Stapel 'published dozens of sensational papers on such topics as how easily Whites or men can be prompted to discriminate against Blacks or women'. When exposed as a fraud, Stapel explained that he was merely giving social scientists what they were 'waiting for'. ...

If the evidence doesn't accord with the correct 'woke' narrative then right-thinking social scientists tailor it till it does. This is what happened to a 2007 study showing racially diverse communities are more suspicious, withdrawn, ungenerous, fractured and fractious. Such an incendiary refutation of the well-known truth that 'diversity is strength' could not go unedited. So it didn't. Publication was delayed until the author could 'develop proposals to compensate for the negative effects of diversity'. To publish the facts on their own would be 'irresponsible'.

Eventually, the author published it with a disquisition on how increasing diversity would lead to 'significant benefits in the medium or long term'.
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The streets where 3 in 4 babies have migrant mothers: Percentage of births to foreign women reaches record high, with Polish and Pakistani parents topping the list
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 24 August 2018

Record numbers of babies were born to foreign mothers last year, official figures showed yesterday.

A steadily growing share of births in England and Wales are to immigrant mothers.

In 2017, 28.4 per cent of births were born to mothers from outside Britain, up from 28.2 per cent in 2016. In some parts of Britain it was as high as three children in four. ...

The proportion has risen every year since 1990, when the level was 11.6 per cent. This had grown to 19.5 per cent in 2004 – the year Tony Blair's Labour government threw open the doors to migrants from Eastern Europe.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said there were 192,651 births to foreign mothers in 2017 - down 1.8 per cent on the previous year.

In total, there were 679,106 babies born last year in England and Wales - a decrease of 2.5 per cent.

Poles topped the list for new mothers born outside Britain, with 20,779. This was a six-fold increase on the 3,403 children born to Polish mothers in 2005.

It was followed by Pakistan (17,099), while Romania (13,717) moved into third place for the first time, fuelled by a surge in adults from the Eastern European arriving in the UK after the employment restrictions were lifted in 2014. It overtook India, which was on 13,476.

Some 71,472 babies were born to mothers from the EU in 2017 - up from 44,022 in 2008, or 62 per cent.

Including foreign-born fathers, around 1 in 3 babies had at least one parent from overseas. Pakistan was the most common country of birth for fathers born outside the UK with 18,513, followed by Poland (15,610) and India (13,715). ...

In some parts of the UK, 75 per cent of children were born to foreign mothers in 2017. In Brent, North-West London, it was 75.7 per cent while in the East London borough of Newham, the proportion was 74.1 per cent.

Slough in Berkshire had the highest percentage outside London at 62.8 per cent followed by Luton with 59.3 per cent.

However, the ONS paper also revealed that the Total Fertility Rate - which predicts how many children a typical woman would have in their lifetime on current patterns - fell to 1.71 children per foreign-born woman, the lowest level since 2005.
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Four-fold rise in illegal migrants caught at border
Joe Duggan
Daily Express, 24 August 2018

The number of illegal migrants found trying to sneak into the UK has quadrupled in four years, an investigation has fond. In 2013, 204 migrants were found at UK ports attempting to reach Britain, with the figure rocketing to 835 in 2017, said the BBC.
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EU calls emergency migration meeting as Salvini threatens to quit
Jacopo Barigazzi
Politico, 24 August 2018

The European Commission said Thursday it has called an emergency meeting on migration as Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini suggested he could resign in a dispute over migrants held on a coast guard ship.

Salvini, leader of the far-right League party, is in a standoff with Italian President Sergio Mattarella over whether 177 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean should be allowed to disembark from the Diciotti ship, docked in a Sicilian port for the last three days.

Salvini insists the migrants should only be allowed onto Italian soil if other EU countries agree to share responsibility for them. Mattarella favors letting the migrants disembark for humanitarian reasons. The head of state made a rare intervention in day-to-day politics to end a similar dispute last month by letting 67 migrants disembark from the Diciotti after another rescue operation.

But Salvini has declared he will not let Mattarella do the same thing this time. ...

Only 29 unaccompanied minors have been allowed to leave the boat so far. ...

Alexander Winterstein, a European Commission spokesman, said the EU executive has been "in intense contact" about the Diciotti case since Sunday.
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Doctor who kept a slave is struck off
Court News UK, 24 August 2018

A family GP who was jailed with her her husband for enslaving their nanny is continuing to blame others as she is struck off from the profession. Dr Ayodeji Adewakun, 45, and Abimbola Adewakun, 49, lured the woman from Nigeria with promises of £500 a month which she hoped would support her family following the death of her mother. But the couple confiscated her passport as soon as she arrived in February 2007 ...
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The true impact of immigration on UK population growth
Migration Watch UK, 23 August 2018

New calculations from Migration Watch UK have demonstrated that about 82% of the UK population increase between 2001 and 2016 was the result of the arrival of migrants, their children and their subsequent children born in the UK.

The ONS annual mid-year population estimates state the proportion of annual growth due to net migration and to natural increase (births minus deaths). However, they do not go further and attempt to attribute a proportion of the natural increase to immigrants.

... Migration Watch UK has adjusted the ONS calculation of the immigration contribution to past population growth to take into account the contribution to annual population growth made by the annual births of children of immigrants.

The grandchildren and great grandchildren of immigrants have not been included in these calculations. Such data are unavailable for the UK. In any case, most people would assume that such persons should be regarded as members of the indigenous community.

Despite frequent media coverage of pressures on school places, the NHS, transport infrastructure, housing and the green belt, it is remarkable how seldom people are willing to point towards population growth as a principal factor driving these problems.

Accordingly, the paper shines a light on this elephant in the room and demonstrates that it is simply not possible to discuss the state of our public services without considering immigration as a major factor.

Commenting, Lord Green of Deddington, Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said:

"The government have been remarkably coy about the true impact of immigration on our public services over the past sixteen years. This has meant that very few people realise that over 80% of our population increase in recent years has been due to immigration. The government must now get serious about reducing numbers. Immigration on the current scale is rapidly changing the size and nature of our society."
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Reality Check: Do we really know the scale of UK migration?
Dominic Casciani
BBC, 23 August 2018

Figures just out have revealed the significance of immigration and emigration in the past year - but how are the numbers gathered, and how reliable are they?

The system the UK uses to estimate long-term migration is now, in the words of the Office for National Statistics, "stretched beyond its purpose".

The system's critics are a little harsher. They say it offers at best an educated guess - and at worst is deeply flawed.

Every three months the Office for National Statistics (ONS) publishes a migration update. And at the heart of that report is the International Passenger Survey (IPS). ...

So how does the IPS come up with its figures, and why is it so controversial?

For 362 days a year, IPS staff leap in front of travellers at 19 airports, eight ports and the Channel Tunnel rail link. They ask them for a bit of their life story: where they're from, why they're in the UK and how long they might be staying.

Up to 800,000 people a year take part and about 250,000 of those results are put through the statistical mixer to come up with an estimate for the number of people either arriving to live in the UK, or leaving the UK for at least a year - the internationally-agreed definition of a long-term migrant.

But the IPS doesn't cover all the ports, all of the time. Take Dover, for example. There are up to 51 ferry arrivals a day - and the IPS only covers four days' worth of them over an entire year. The nationwide sample works out at just over 1% of Heathrow's annual traffic of 78 million people.

Within the sample, the number of known migrants is about 5,000. So they are an incredibly small group, within an already small sample, upon which statisticians are expected to give ministers some big answers. ...

Here's how it works. Last July the ONS estimated net migration to be 282,000 a year. But there is a large margin of error. The figure could be wrong by 47,000 either way. So net migration could be as low as 235,000 or as high as 329,000.

That is the statistical problem with surveys the world over. And two parliamentary committees in just over a year have concluded that the IPS is now next to useless, on its own, for what ministers need it to do. ...

Last year the Lords' Economic Affairs Committee was more scathing still, saying the statistics were so poor that ministries were "formulating policy in the dark". ...

A lot of the UK's peers are more advanced in how they come up with migrant counts. New Zealand makes travellers fill in entry and exit cards - including their own nationals - which gives a precise measure of who's where. You can't get in or out of the country until you fill in the card. The UK had a similar system until it was scrapped in the 1990s. ...

The UK's long, long delayed electronic replacement for exit and entry checks is now operational - although the immigration watchdog recently found the Home Office guilty of "wishful thinking" in suggesting it was delivering all it was claimed to do.
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Net migration of EU citizens to UK falls to lowest since 2012
Reuters, 23 August 2018

Net migration of European Union citizens into Britain fell to its lowest level since 2012 during the year to March, official data showed on Thursday.

The Office for National Statistics said 87,000 more EU citizens moved to Britain than left it during the year to March 2018, down 36,000 from a year ago and marking the smallest net migration figure since the year ending in December 2012.

Overall net migration into Britain rose to 271,000 in the year to March, up 28,000 on a year ago.
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It is a betrayal of Britain that the Government has not coped with mass migration
The Sun, 23 August 2018
[Leading article]

It is a staggering betrayal of Britain that successive Governments gave no thought to how we would cope with a sudden population explosion caused by mass migration.

Their only concern was providing cheap workers to fuel the economy and, in Labour's case, to "diversify" the country.

So our borders were flung open. And since 2000 our population has soared by more than seven million – more than 80 per cent of it directly due to immigration, according to Migration Watch.

The Sun is not criticising the migrants themselves. Quite the reverse. The vast majority come for a better life and a decent job and integrate perfectly.

Our objection is to short-sighted politicians who failed to foresee the cost.

Now wages are depressed, houses and rents unaffordable, schools overcrowded, the NHS and our transport system under massive strain.

Migrant numbers should be tied to our economic need – but it is vital, with the annual net increase still at 280,000, that we build the infrastructure to match.

What's being done? Precious little.
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Acid hurled at police as hundreds of migrants storm border of Spanish enclave in North Africa to gain access to Europe
Associated Press and Sara Malm
MailOnline, 23 August 2018

Around 300 migrants have stormed fences separating Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta from Morocco – with 116 of them making it onto European soil.

Seven policemen were burned by acid and quicklime, a skin irritant, allegedly thrown by some of the migrants as they over-ran border defences, Spanish police said. ...

More than 3,800 migrants have crossed the border into Ceuta and Melilla so far this year, according to the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR.

The route accounted for 14 per cent of the total 27,600 who arrived, mainly by sea, between January and July, a 130 per cent increase on the previous year.
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Migration statistics: The number of migrants in the UK
Georgina Sturge
House of Commons Library, 23 August 2018

It might be assumed that we know how many migrants live in the UK. It may also seem safe to assume that we should know the size of the UK population or the population of a local area, at any given point in time.

The fact is, we know neither of these for certain and our official statistics of both are carefully calculated estimates.

The UK does not maintain a central list of everyone who is resident in the country at a given time. Only in Census years (usually every tenth year), when the whole population is counted and their nationality or country of birth recorded, do we know how many people live where and which countries they migrated from. In between Census years, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) makes official estimates of the number of migrants in the population.

In statistical terms, a migrant is someone who changes their place of usual residence. An immigrant is someone who has come to the UK, as opposed to emigrants who have left the UK. What sets migrants apart from the rest of the population is that they either:

1. Were born in a different country or

2. Have the nationality of a different country.

However, the ONS uses the UN's definition of a migrant as a 'long-term' resident, so migrants to the UK are people who come to live for 12 months or more. This 12-month residence definition is widely used, for example by the EU statistics agency, Eurostat.

Neither of these definitions perfectly reflect the complexity of how people define themselves. People who were born abroad to British parents and automatically acquired British nationality would be classified as migrants under the 'country of birth' definition. Nationality can change, for example if someone lives in a country long enough to apply for citizenship, which means that some people identified as migrants in the data may have since become British citizens.

The Census is a survey of the entire population so, in theory, it can tell us exactly how many migrants live in the UK. In reality, of course, some people will be missed from the Census for various reasons, but for statisticians, this is about as precise as data on people can get.

At the 2011 Census, there were 63.2 million people living in the UK, of whom 8 million were born abroad.

The Census did not ask about people's nationality but about their country of birth and the passports they held. In 2011, 17% of the population of England and Wales did not have a passport, so this is not a perfect indicator of the proportion who are migrants.

The ONS produces annual estimates of the UK's population by country of birth and nationality which is based on data from the Annual Population Survey (APS).

The APS, which began in 2004, collects data on around 112,000 households containing 320,000 individuals per year.

Around 80% of the sample comes from the UK Labour Force Survey (LFS) and the remainder is from 'sample boosts', which survey additional people in areas with small populations. The idea behind the boosts is to pick up sub-groups within the population, such as migrants.

The latest ONS estimate, for 2017, is that there were 9.4 million foreign-born people in the UK (14% of the population) and 6.2 million non-UK nationals (10%) of the population.
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Belgium lets asylum seekers into Britain
Bruno Waterfield and Richard Ford
The Times, 22 August 2018

Belgian police are waving through migrants who are trying to travel to Britain illegally via sea ports in Belgium or northern France because they cannot be deported and cost £180 a day to hold in detention centres.

Under European Union rules the Belgian authorities cannot deport asylum seekers who have travelled through France to Belgium from Italy or Greece, which is usually where they entered Europe.

Areas of the Flemish west coast of Belgium have become a key route for migrants seeking to enter Britain via a Belgian sea port and local police forces have said that they are overwhelmed.
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Downing Street 'slaps down Liam Fox' over hint migration target could end
Emilio Casalicchio
PoliticsHome, 22 August 2018

Downing Street has slapped down Liam Fox after he suggested the target to slash net migration to the tens of thousands could be dropped after Brexit, it has been reported.

The International Trade Secretary said the Government was committed to getting the figure below 100,000 a year "at the moment".

But a Downing Street source said ministers were "committed to bringing net migration down to sustainable levels - the tens of thousands".

Theresa May re-committed to the target in the 2017 Tory manifesto but critics argue it would be impossible to reach the desired figures - even after Brexit.
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UK immigration policy should favour those with job offers, says Fox
Dan Sabbagh
The Guardian, 22 August 2018

Liam Fox has said a post-Brexit immigration policy should favour those who want to come to the UK because they have a job offer, as he sought to talk up the country's economic prospects after leaving the EU.

The international trade secretary said the 2016 referendum result demonstrated the British public had rejected free movement but said any future plans had to take into account the UK's employment needs.

"I think the public can differentiate between people who come here with a job and will be contributing to the economy and those who under free movement were able to come to the United Kingdom and use our public services without ever having contributed to them," Fox told LBC radio.

"We need to look in the future at how we match our employment opportunities with our migration policy," he said, suggesting he favoured a two-tier system.

Britain is yet to spell out what sort of migration policy it wants to introduce after Brexit, and a much-delayed white paper on the topic is due to be published at some point in the autumn.
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Sweden rape: Most convicted attackers foreign-born, says TV
BBC, 22 August 2018

About 58% of men convicted in Sweden of rape and attempted rape over the past five years were born abroad, according to data from Swedish national TV.

Public broadcaster SVT said it had counted all court convictions to present a complete picture in Sweden.

But Sweden had thousands more reported rapes, and there is no ethnic breakdown for those. ...

"We are very clear in the programme that it is a small percentage of the people coming from abroad who are convicted of rape," chief editor Ulf Johansson told the BBC.

He pointed out that the number of reported rapes in Sweden was far higher, so no conclusions could be drawn on the role of immigrants in sexual attacks. ...

The SVT programme revealed that in cases where the victim did not know the attacker, the proportion of foreign-born offenders was more than 80%.

A former police officer born in Afghanistan told the programme that some young Afghans who had come to Sweden in recent years had views that differed significantly from Sweden's idea of sexual equality. ...

In May, Sweden changed its laws, to make sex without consent rape. Until then prosecutors had to prove that violence had been used or the victim had been exploited in a vulnerable condition.
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Belgian Police Gave Up Trying to Control Migrant Arrivals, Waved Through Illegals to UK
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 22 August 2018

Local police in west Belgium have been told to wave through third world migrants seeking to travel to Britain, as authorities said that trying to deal with the massive illegal immigration influx was putting "basic policing" at risk.

Attempts to search for and intercept migrants in transit have kept officers in Kruibeke very busy since the Flemish town became a major "hub" for migrants seeking to break into Britain after the Calais 'Jungle' was dismantled, according to police chief Wim Pieteraerens.

After consultation with the town mayor, officers in Kruibeke will no longer engage in proactive efforts to stop illegal immigration, Pieteraerens told local media, explaining that policing migrants in transit took up too large a proportion of the force's capacity. ...

Moreover, the police chief added that officers' efforts appeared to have little impact, asserting that "95 to 99 percent of the individuals we arrested were then just released by the Immigration Office with an order to leave the area, [meaning] almost every day we were being confronted with the same people." ...

Commenting on the news, Conservative MP for Kettering, Philip Hollobone, said: "The British public are completely fed up with EU police forces and immigration authorities effectively waving through illegal immigrants to continue on their way to Britain."
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'White Whores': Islam's Unwavering View on Western Women
Raymond Ibrahim
Raymond Ibrahim, 22 August 2018

What explains the ongoing victimization of European women by Muslim men – which exists well beyond the UK and has become epidemic in Germany Sweden, and elsewhere?

While these sordid accounts are routinely dismissed as the activities of "criminals," they are in fact reflective of nearly fourteen centuries of Muslim views on and treatment of European women. ...

For starters, Muslim men have long had an obsessive attraction for fair women of the European variety. This, as all things Islamic, traces back to their prophet, Muhammad. In order to entice his men to war on the Byzantines – who, as the Arabs' nearest European neighbors came to represent "white" people – told them that they would be able to sexually enslave the "yellow" women (an apparent reference to their hair color).

For over a millennium after Muhammad, jihadi leaders – Arabs, Berbers, Turks, Tatars – also coaxed their men to jihad on Europe by citing (and later sexually enslaving) its fair women, as copiously documented in my new book, Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West. ...

That the sexual enslavement of fair women was an aspect that always fueled the jihad is evident in other ways. Thus, for M.A. Khan, an author and former Muslim, it is "impossible to disconnect Islam from the Viking slave-trade, because the supply was absolutely meant for meeting [the] Islamic world's unceasing demand for the prized white slaves" and for "white sex-slaves." ...

... Thanks to Ottoman support for the slave-raiding pirates of North Africa, the so-called "Barbary States," by 1541, "Algiers teemed with Christian captives [from Europe], and it became a common saying that a Christian slave was scarce a fair barter for an onion."

According to the conservative estimate of American professor Robert Davis, "between 1530 and 1780 [alone] there were almost certainly a million and quite possibly as many as a million and a quarter white, European Christians enslaved by the Muslims of the Barbary Coast," of which Morocco was one. ...

It was the same elsewhere. /.../ In Crimea – where some three million Slavs were enslaved by the Ottomans' Muslim allies, the Tatars – an eyewitness described how Christian men were castrated and savagely tortured (including by gouging their eyes out), whereas "The youngest women are kept for wanton pleasures."

Such a long and unwavering history of sexually enslaving European women on the claim that, /.../, they are all "nothing more than a slut, a white whore," should place the ongoing sexual abuse of Western women in context – and offer a dim prognosis for the future.
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Tight visa controls encourage illegal immigration, say researchers
Rod Austin
The Guardian, 21 August 2018

The use of visa restrictions to control global migration is "counterproductive and ineffective", pushing people who want to stay within the law towards illegal channels, research has suggested.

The study by academics from University of Central London (UCL), Royal Holloway and University of Birmingham, found that increased visa restrictions on migrants creates a greater need for enforcement. Researchers suggested governments should consider the wider impacts of controls, and take into account the aspirations of the individual in order to stem illegal immigration.

Only a small minority of migrants will consider entering a country illegally, said study co-author, Dr Cassilde Schwartz of the University of London. ...

In the year to March 2017, the UK Home Office received 2.98m visa applications; 400,000 were refused and of the 2.55m granted – 299,000 were for study, 47,000 for family/dependants, 164,000 related to work and 1.96m were visitors.

Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study looked at why and how people migrate, based on varying levels of restriction. Researchers focused on four categories controlled by the visa immigration system: families, students, low and high skilled applicants.

Their findings suggest that restrictions on high skilled visa applications and students had little impact on controlling numbers.

In contrast, restrictions imposed on the entry of families (in particular around unification) and the low skilled, which appear to reduce migrant flow, only served to divert a significant number of "aspirational" applicants towards illegal entry.

"The largest reorientation towards unauthorised channels happens when the family route is closed ... When restricting immigration policy, governments need to consider that they are also reducing aspiring migrants' already limited options for legal migration," said UCL's Miranda Simon, lead author.

Where minimal achievable visa restrictions could easily be met, researchers found that 44% of aspiring applicants moved through legal channels. Adding further restrictions such as work permits and sponsorship caused a reduction in those seeking legal methods of entry. The same test applied to families and low-skilled applicants, and found that immigration reduced by 32% and 21% respectively, but increased unauthorised immigration by 24% and 14%.

The report found that 80% of those entering illegally would need to be apprehended in order to offset the effect of legal restrictions, rendering this "solution" inefficient whilst placing significant strain on resources. ...

ONS statistics are used by the UK government to decide policy, but true numbers are hard to ascertain. Human trafficking and smuggling, and the use of false documents, are facilitated by organised criminal gangs who prey on migrants fleeing conflict, severe economic pressures or those who fail the visa system. ...

... Camps see a constant flow of migrants trying to reach the UK. With sources reporting to the Guardian that the smuggling gangs operate with a near 100% success rate, the number of migrants who are in the UK unlawfully is likely to be significantly higher than ONS figures suggest.
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This had nothing to do with racism
Jon Holbrook
Spiked, 21 August 2018
[Jon Holbrook is a barrister]

Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba was convicted in 2015 of gross negligence manslaughter, after Jack Adcock, a six-year-old boy, died in hospital while under her care. Last week, the Court of Appeal ruled that she be allowed to resume her career as a doctor. That decision came after a prominent campaign had alleged that Bawa-Garba, of Nigerian heritage, had been a victim of racism by the medical hierarchy. The facts suggest otherwise, and point, on the contrary, to how the accusation of 'racism' was used to obscure reality in this case.

The facts that resulted in Bawa-Garba's manslaughter conviction were truly shocking. In her four-week Crown Court trial the jury was advised to deliver a guilty verdict only if they felt Bawa-Garba had committed negligence that was 'truly exceptionally bad'. Despite this high bar, she was convicted. She then attempted to appeal her conviction, but the Court of Appeal dismissed her arguments as meritless. It noted that 'this jury was left in no doubt as to the truly exceptional degree of negligence' in this case. ...

... But the case was given a further lease of life by a campaign that accused the GMC of having racially discriminated against Bawa-Garba. ... None of these campaigners was able to refer to a single fact that supported the charge of 'racism'. Indeed, by failing to address the truth, the ghastly truth that resulted in a boy's avoidable death, these campaigners showed that they were more interested in hurling racially charged brickbats at the medical hierarchy than in learning lessons from what had happened. ...

... Contrary to what campaigners have alleged, the GMC's actions and the High Court's acceptance of its stance had nothing to do with Dr Bawa-Garba's race, religion or wearing of a headscarf. It was the reasonable consequence of her own incompetent treatment of a boy who died in her care.

The GMC, the NHS, the press, the courts and the public at large should always seek out the truth. Instead of hitting the 'racism' button, those making excuses for Bawa-Garba ought to have done a little research into why she was convicted and struck off in the first place.
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Jailed: Whitechapel drugs gang sentenced to 49 years in prison following 'explosion' in heroin and cocaine supply
The Docklands & East London Advertiser, 21 August 2018

Judge Nigel Peters QC handed the men prison sentences ranging from two years to 56 months at Snaresbrook Crown Court for possession and supply of class A drugs. ...

Sentenced on Friday were: Habibur Rahman, 22, of Swaton Road; Raja Miah, 23, of Trafalgar Gardens; Jamile Hussain, 24 of Shadwell Garden; Oliur Rahman, 23, of Chapman Street; Rakib Uddin, 19, of Tarling Street; Soliman Rabie, 18, of Hoover Tower; Abu Taher Siddiki, 24, of Galsworthy Avenue; Rohel Ahmed, 31, of Commodore Street; Imthiaz Islam, 21, of Beccles Street; Mohammed Ahmed, 25, of Bacon Street; Rashiq Uddin, 26, of Hazledene Road; Ilford; Enamur Rahman, 22, of Ordell Road; Mohammed Mohibur Rahman, 22, of St Paul's Way; Ahmadur Rahman, 21, of no fixed address; Abdul Aziz, 39, of Miah Terrace and Akbor Hussain, 24, of Halley Street. ...

The court heard how the gang operated five phone lines with addicts using BT phone boxes which don't charge for the first few minutes of calls to arrange deals. ...

Before Friday's sentencing three boys aged 15, 16 and 17 were sentenced after pleading guilty to supplying cocaine and heroin. Abdul Hasnath, 42, of no fixed address, was sentenced to seven years six months for supplying heroin and crack cocaine.

Another 14 men will be sentenced on August 23 while Atefur Rahman, 18, of Cable Street; Mohammed Chowdhury, 18, of Sidney Street and Muhammed Ali Hassan, 25, of no fixed address, will be sentenced at a future date.
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One in five people arrested in Britain are foreign: Crime tourism spikes as police figures reveal an overseas suspect is seized every three minutes
Martin Beckford
Mail on Sunday, 19 August 2018

Almost a fifth of all crime suspects arrested by the police are foreigners, shocking figures reveal.

Statistics obtained by The Mail on Sunday show a suspected criminal from overseas was detained on average every three minutes last year.

And the figures, secretly compiled by the police, graphically illustrate how Britain has become a lucrative target for sophisticated gangs of foreign criminals.

In total, 172,732 – 19 per cent – of the 931,155 people arrested in 2016-17 were foreign nationals.

That represented a sharp increase from 16 per cent the previous year, according to internal figures collated by the ACRO Criminal Records Office from police forces around the country.

In London, as many as a third of all suspects are from overseas and foreign nationals now comprise 11 per cent of the prison population in England and Wales. ...

In response, police are developing the first national strategy for dealing with the 'growing threat' of FNOs – foreign national offenders.

Every force has undergone a 'health check' to assess how well they are dealing with problems such as establishing a suspect's identity or criminal record.

Tactics to improve their response will include recording nationalities in every case, increasing use of international systems to share data and even the recruitment of 'agents' in immigrant communities to supply crucial intelligence.
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Race is a part of knife crime and we must speak the truth even if media avoids mentions of ethnicity
Trevor Phillips
The Sun, 19 August 2018

The skies are darkening over our island for boys like the teenager who was disembowelled in this week's knife attack in Camberwell, South London.

This attack is the latest in a senseless war between gangs – almost all comprised of black or Asian youngsters.

If the toll had included white teens, I suspect there would be a national outcry.

It is time to recognise that what started as a grim fight for territory between hardened criminals is turning into a massacre of the innocents.

This year three of the killings have taken place within ten minutes of my doorstep.

My own affluent North London street is surrounded by estates populated in part by the ethnic groups whose names feature in virtually every report of the violence: Somalis, Ethiopians, North and Central Africans, Afghans.

The media scrupulously avoids mentioning ethnicity. I understand the fear of stigmatising these groups, but nothing could be more relevant.

Race is part of the picture, and failing to point this out impedes the fight against these crimes – and imperils yet more children of colour.

Met Police boss Cressida Dick made one of the few intelligent contributions by pointing out that much of the apparently random violence isn't random at all: It's the consequence of the war to supply middle-class parties with drugs.

But even if we could reduce the demand, it will take time, and these children don't have time. They are in mortal danger now. ...

And we need a new deal with police. I don't entirely buy claims their hands are tied by political correctness.

Nonetheless, we should stop obsessing about disproportionality in the use of stop and search, even perhaps removing legal inhibitions to focusing on particular high-crime areas.

But in turn, the police must accept the roll-out of body-worn cameras. ...

Our children's lives depend on it. And their (black) lives matter.
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Remember how Brazil, Ecuador and Peru condemned Arizona over illegal immigration in 2010?
Monica Showalter
American Thinker, 19 August 2018

Remember how Arizona Governor Jan Brewer got piled on by 17 Latin American nations in 2010, condemning her state for attempting to enforce federal immigration law based on the reality that Arizona was being overrun by illegals and the Obama administration was doing nothing? It was bad enough that the Obama administration sued her state to end the law, something it only did with partial success. But then Latin states such as Brazil, Colombia, Peru, and Ecuador joined the fun, piously weighing in to sign on to a highly questionable Friend of the Court brief led by Mexico, condemning Arizona for trying to enforce U.S. immigration law.

Scroll forward to 2018. Now the shoe is on the other tootsie.

Because right now, those are the very nations pulling up the drawbridge to illegals as their own countries get inundated by vast human waves of Venezuelans flooding over their borders without papers.

Ecuador has announced that anyone entering its country is going to need a passport. No more entries without papers, given that 500,000 of them have already gotten in. "This is going to skyrocket," said one Ecuadoran official. After that, Peru, which just recently saw 5,000 Venezuelan border crossings without papers in one day, announced the same bid to enforce borders. It follows from Colombia tightening its passport requirements, and both Colombia and Brazil just plain sealing their borders to make the human waves stop. Chile, too, tightened entry rules after it got flooded. The latest news is that Brazil is now deploying troops to fight the migrants.

Comically, Colombia, which has pretty much let all comers in and expected them to fan out across the continent, says it is upset about Peru's and Ecuador's new passport requirements, because, well, they now get to keep the million or so people who had been ready to move onward. ...

While I pity the plight of these sick Venezuelan refugees from socialism and fully support the U.S. mercy mission, there is also the main issue of why these countries don't want to be overrun. Like the illegals who rolled into Arizona that Colombia and the others had such tough words for, quite a few of these people are criminals who have wrought havoc on the countries they invaded. ...

Their hypocrisy is now evident in their new passport requirements and desperate efforts to halt the human waves, even with border shutdowns and troops.

What's more, it's compounded by the fact that for years, they defended the 'sovereignty' of Venezuela's socialist hellhole even as it was ever more obvious that human waves would be the final result.
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We can't leave terrorist asylum seekers free to maim and kill
Charlie Jarman
Conservative Woman, 18 August 2018

On the morning of September 15 last year a botched 'bucket bomb' partially exploded on a rush-hour train at Parsons Green tube station, injuring about fifty passengers.

The perpetrator, Ahmed Hassan, who claimed to be 18, had arrived illegally in the UK in October 2015 from Iraq via Calais, using a similar route through the continent to – among others – the 2015 Paris bombers. In order to be granted asylum, Hassan lied about his age and claimed to be a minor, taking advantage of a recent decision by the UK Government to admit more unaccompanied child migrants from Europe. During an interview with immigration officials in January 2016, Hassan confessed to having been trained by ISIS. Undeterred, officialdom promptly placed him in the care of an unsuspecting elderly couple. He carried out the attack while his asylum application was being processed.

This was – to date – the most preventable terrorist attack in memory. The authorities knew Hassan had arrived from a safe country. They knew he had used a route known to be infiltrated by terrorists. They knew his first act upon setting foot in this country was to break the law by virtue of entering illegally. And once here, apart from being an ISIS associate, they could not ascertain who he was. In short, the Parsons Green bombing was a national scandal: an act of gross negligence by the state.

Hassan was jailed for life with a 34-year minimum term in March. However, there was no public inquiry into the Parsons Green bombing. In fact, there was no statement or utterance from the government at all. Granted, no one died in the attack, but that does not take away from the rank incompetence that allowed it happen. ...

At present, prospective refugees – irrespective of any transgressions, it would seem – are normally given temporary right to remain, and are not subject to any loss of liberty or monitoring while their application is evaluated. Furthermore, it is now demonstrably clear that the vetting process of applicants is, to put it mildly, not up to standard.

In future, all asylum seekers should be held in secure reception centres upon arrival. Here, cases involving those who travel through safe countries should be dismissed and the applicants deported. All other applicants should be subject to comprehensive screening before their right to remain and freedom of movement is granted. Those whose identity cannot be verified and cannot be deported should be held in comfort and dignity until further action is possible. These would be equitable, proportionate and lawful measures for our country to take.
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Two-thirds of Scots teenagers don't want immigration to rise
Chris Green
The Scotsman, 17 August 2018

Almost two-thirds of Scottish teenagers think immigration levels should be cut or remain the same as they are now, according to official research.

The views of secondary school children emerged in a study commissioned by the Scottish Government, which sought their opinion on one of the biggest political issues in the UK.

The Young People's Attitudes to Immigration report is based on research carried out by pollsters Ipsos Mori, who spoke to more than 1,700 secondary pupils in state schools across Scotland.

It found that 30 per cent of pupils in S1 to S6 – covering an age range of 11 to 18 – believe that immigration should be "decreased" or "stopped completely".

More than a third (35 per cent) felt that immigration should be kept at the current level, meaning that a total of 65 per cent of teenagers think it should stay the same or fall. Only 15 per cent of those surveyed said they thought immigration should be increased, while the remaining 20 per cent said they did not know or would rather not answer. ...

The survey of young people also showed that older pupils were more likely to feel positive about the impact of immigration in Scotland than those in other year groups.

Almost 30 per cent of those in S6, who are generally aged 16 or older and can vote in Scottish Parliament elections, felt that the impact of immigration had been "mostly good".

However, this dropped significantly among younger pupils, with only 12 to 14 per cent of those in S1, S2 and S3 agreeing. Girls also perceived the impact of immigration less negatively than boys.

Much like among adults, attitudes to immigration varied depending on people's economic background, with wealthier students more positive than those from more deprived areas.
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Barcelona, one year on: Why people still aren't taking violent Islamism seriously.
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 17 August 2018

Rarely has the hypocrisy of the West's ostensible liberals and leftists been as violently exposed as it was this time last year. Between Charlottesville and Barcelona, between the killing of one protester by a white neo-fascist in a car and the killing of 13 people by radical Islamists in a van, we gained a glimpse into today's extraordinary double standards over extremists who loathe liberty, democracy and swathes of mankind. ...

The Barcelona attack took place a year ago today. A van driven by an ISIS-inspired radical Islamist rammed into crowds of people and killed 13, including a young child. A few days earlier there had been the disturbances in Charlottesville, during which a right-wing extremist murdered a female anti-racist protester by driving into the crowd of protesters.

Even before the Barcelona attack happened, the discussion about Charlottesville had come to be blown out of proportion. ...

... Yes, there are extremists in the West who have declared war on our fellow citizens, our liberties and our democracy. But they aren't American Nazis – they are radical Islamists, who increasingly think little of slaughtering anybody whose values run counter to theirs, whether it's French cartoonists, Berlin Christmas shoppers, British pop fans, or crowds in Nice celebrating Bastille Day and the birth of modern mass democracy.

These people's violent misanthropy makes America's white-nationalist movement look like a hippy outfit in comparison. ...

And yet after Barcelona, as is the case after every Islamist attack, there was an awkward, shuffling silence in left and liberal circles. There was media coverage, of course. Lots of it, as there should be. There were condemnations and offers of solidarity with Barcelona. That was all good. But politics? Anger? A demand that we recognise the gravity of the threat posed by radical Islamists and get together to do something about it? ...

On the contrary, we are encouraged to be sad about Islamist attacks but never active in relation to them. /.../ ... we are always invited to 'move on' because dwelling on such extremist violence would raise too many awkward questions.

... This urge to moralise small neo-Nazi protests in the US while de-moralising, depoliticising and fundamentally defusing the problem of Islamist extremism has to be explained. What drives this double standard?

It is fear. Cultural fear. ...

It is hard to escape the conclusion that many in the Western left have declared a 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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Why Dev Patel in Dickens could change film for ever
Cath Clarke
The Guardian, 17 August 2018

On dustjackets and on screen, David Copperfield has been pale and posh ever since Charles Dickens published the novel he called his "favourite child" in 1850. /.../ But, in a landmark instance of "colour-blind" casting, Dev Patel, a Londoner of Indian heritage, is to play Copperfield in a new film by Veep's Armando Iannucci. ...

But it is not just Patel. The cast of The Personal History of David Copperfield resembles the top deck of a bus in any big British city. Benedict Wong is Mr Wickfield. Rosalind Eleazar plays Copperfield's true love, saintly Agnes. Dastardly Steerforth is portrayed by a white Welsh actor (Aneurin Barnard) with a Nigerian-born Brit, Nikki Amuka-Bird, as his mother, Mrs Steerforth. ...

David Copperfield might be a blip, or perhaps we will look back and say it redefined the casting status quo in British film. Theatre audiences have been happily watching actors who don't match the ethnicity of their characters for years, although not without controversy. ...

On stage, "colour blind" has often been used to describe casting that ignores ethnicity. But it is a term that many actors of colour reject, since it is impossible for audiences to suddenly become blind to race, as the Shakespearean actor Debra Ann Byrd explained in a Guardian interview last year. ...

Colette, a new biopic of the French writer starring Keira Knightley and directed by Wash Westmoreland, features two actors of colour playing historical figures who were white in real life: Asian-Brit Ray Panthaki and the black actor Johnny K Palmer. ...

At the same time, however, Hollywood whitewashing has become toxic. Last year, Ed Skrein pulled out of playing an Asian-American character in the Hellboy reboot. Scarlett Johansson was criticised for playing a character in the Hollywood version of Japanese anime Ghost in the Shell. Double standards? Not when you consider how few opportunities there are for actors of colour without white actors coming along and hoovering up the decent parts.

Not everyone is 100% behind colour-blind casting. Critics argue that while it addresses the need for diversity, it fails to address the shortage of films that represent the lives, experiences and histories of people of colour.
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Book review: New Scots: Scotland's Immigrant Communities since 1945, by TM Devine and Angela McCarthy (eds)
Allan Massie
The Scotsman, 17 August 2018

In most parts of the world, the idea of ethnic purity is a myth or an illusion. This is certainly the case in Europe. Few can trace their family tree more than a few generations back, but even this limited span is likely to reveal an immigrant or foreign-born ancestor or two. All European nations are mongrels. ...

People still leave Scotland, but since 1945 there has been a surge of immigration, and the pattern of this has changed. Its nature is examined in this interesting and one may think necessary collection of essays edited by Sir Tom Devine and Angela McCarthy. ...

In general none of the immigrant groups described here –English, Jews, Pakistanis, Indians, Poles, Chinese and Africans – has experienced great hostility and discrimination – far less than immigrants in some parts of England, far less than the Irish suffered in 19th and early 20th century in Scotland. This isn't, as these studies show, because we Scots are more tolerant and moral than the English, or indeed our own ancestors. It is first of all a question of numbers, and secondly of location. If large numbers of immigrants from England have been easily accommodated it is, first, because differences from the host nation are few and superficial. If other immigrants have been equally fortunate it is because there has seldom been a huge and disruptive concentration of them in a particular place where fears that they were undercutting native labour or taking jobs from "our people" have made them unpopular.

... Now that Scotland can no longer be called a Protestant country, may even scarcely be a Christian one, except in the broadest sense, tolerance, which might more properly be termed indifference is more easily extended to incomers.
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Germany looks at easing immigration laws to fill skilled labor gaps
Reuters, 17 August 2018

The German cabinet will soon decide on a proposal to make it easier for skilled workers from outside the European Union to move to Germany to take a job, a paper seen by Reuters shows, as Germany seeks to alleviate chronic labor shortages. ...

A lack of skilled labor and a shortage of young people willing to commit to on-the-job training for up to 3-1/2 years have become big concerns for managers in Europe's largest economy.

Germany bet on more than a million refugees who arrived in 2015 to fill workforce gaps, but a lack of German-language skills and the inability of most refugees to prove any qualifications has slowed the process.

A record 1.2 million jobs remain unfilled in Germany, the Federal Labour Office said earlier this month. ...

Germany already has a "blue card" system that makes it easier for companies to hire foreign academics and professionals.

The paper proposes that the government will no longer insist that companies give preference to German citizens in filling vacancies before looking for non-EU foreigners.

Graduates and workers with vocational training will have an opportunity to come to Germany to look for a job within a certain period of time if they meet qualification and language requirements.

They will not have access to social welfare benefits during that period but will be allowed to work in jobs for which they are overqualified so they can earn some money, the paper added.

Qualification recognition procedures in Germany will become faster and easier, the paper said, adding that the government is planning an advertising campaign in selected countries.
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Republicans and Democrats are more polarized on immigration than parties in the U.K. or Australia. Here's why.
Glenn Kefford and Shaun Ratcliff
Washington Post, 16 August 2018

For several years now, immigration has been roiling politics all over the world. /.../ while debates continue to rage over whether immigration boosts the nation's economy or strains its infrastructure and identity.

Of these three countries, our recent survey suggests, U.S. public attitudes about immigration are by far the most polarized by party. ...

This conclusion comes from a series of studies we conducted in late June and early July in the United States, Britain and Australia. ...

As part of this larger study into populism and the radical right, we asked three questions about immigration. We have used these as a proxy to measure nativist attitudes.

The questions asked whether, first, immigrants take jobs away from people born in the country; second, things would be worse if all immigrants who wanted to come were allowed in; and third, migrants' assimilation to local culture and traditions was important. We define as "nativists" those individuals who agreed to all three of these statements.

Overall, the level of nativism in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia were virtually identical: 23 percent of U.S. respondents, 22 percent of U.K. respondents, and 24 percent of Australian respondents.

But when we looked at which parties the nativists support, we found very different patterns. ...

... according to our calculation, 55 percent of Republican voters are nativists, while just 3 percent of Democrats are. Republican voters were especially likely to view immigrants as an economic threat and to oppose the idea that all migrants who wished to come to the United States should be free to do so.

Meanwhile, Democratic voters support immigration even more strongly than center-left party voters in either the U.K. or Australia. This may be at least partly a backlash against Trump's strong anti-immigration positions, as Democrats have become more pro-immigration since Trump took office.

... British and Australian center-left voters included a larger proportion of nativists than did U.S. Democrats. In Britain and Australia, we calculated that 11 and 16 percent of the major center-left party's supporters are nativist, respectively.

Meanwhile, nativists made up a smaller proportion of British and Australian center-right voters than we found among the Republican Party's voters, making up 35 percent of the U.K.'s Conservative voters and 28 percent of Australia's Coalition supporters.

In fact, the level of nativism in the Republican Party looks more like that among radical-right parties in the U.K. and Australia, the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) and One Nation, with 65 and 62 percent nativists, respectively.

Trump's anti-immigrant sentiment reflects attitudes among the majority of Republican voters. And it also suggests that, since the United States lacks viable third parties, anti-immigrant sentiment has been channeled into the Republican Party.

The U.K. and Australia have seen a different pattern. Those with strong anti-immigrant views have drifted away from the mainstream parties, instead supporting radical-right parties.
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Manchester mosque sermon 'called for armed jihad', say scholars
Ed Thomas and Noel Titheradge
BBC, 16 August 2018

A sermon at the mosque where the Manchester bomber worshipped called for the support of armed jihadist fighters, according to two Muslim scholars. ...

The imam, Mustafa Graf, says his sermon did not call for armed jihad and he has never preached radical Islam.

The recording the BBC obtained is of Friday prayers at the mosque six months before Salman Abedi detonated a suicide bomb following an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in May 2017.

Abedi and his family regularly attended the mosque and his father sometimes led the call to prayer.

The family's whereabouts on the day of the sermon are unknown but the BBC has been told that Abedi bought a ticket for the concert 10 days later.

The bomb killed 22 people and the attacker, as well as injuring hundreds of others.

It is also understood at least five men who have attended Didsbury Mosque have either travelled to Syria or have been jailed for terrorism offences.
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Sudanese immigrant Salih Khater named as Westminster 'attacker'
Richard Hartley-Parkinson
Metro, 15 August 2018

The man believed to be behind yesterday's Westminster terror attack has been named as Salih Khater.

The Sudanese immigrant from Birmingham was identified by the Daily Mail as being the man who was arrested after a car was deliberately driven at cyclists and then a barrier at the Houses of Parliament.

Houses in the West Midlands are being searched following the crash which saw two police officers diving for cover as he drove at them.

Fortunately nobody was killed in the incident and only one person was seriously injured.

Police said that the 29-year-old, who was a UK citizen but of Sudanese origin, was not co-operating with them, however when he was arrested he seemed to go peacefully.
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UK security services have 676 'live' terror investigations ongoing and foiled 13 Islamist extremist plots over the past 18 months
James Tapsfield
MailOnline, 15 August 2018

The security services are conducting 676 'live' terrorism investigations and have foiled 13 Islamist plots over the past 18 months, it was revealed today.

Evidence of the scale of the threat to the UK came as Theresa May urged the public to be 'vigilant' and defy the extremists. ...

The PM's spokesman said that over the past 18 months 13 Islamist terrorist plots had been foiled, and four far-right plots.

There are 676 live terrorism investigations in progress, he said. The previous figure given in March was that there were 'over 500'.
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Theatre bosses ban West End star from singing Dream Girls hit because 'she isn't black' as Brian May brands it an 'unpleasant new kind of race-based injustice'
Alisha Rouse
Daily Mail, 15 August 2018

A British singer was told she could not perform a song from Dreamgirls at the Royal Albert Hall because she is white, it is claimed.

Mazz Murray was due to perform in October, with the highlight being her rendition of a ballad from the musical.

But the 45-year-old West End star is said to have been barred from singing it because she is not black and the song is part of an 'African American musical'.

Rock star Brian May said the apparent decision displayed an 'unpleasant new kind of race-based injustice'. ...

May claimed that when the show's producers, Seventh Sense, approached the musical's owners to ask permission to use the ballad they replied that it was not 'appropriate' for a white woman to sing it.
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Fraser Anning: MP's full speech on Muslim immigration ban
Fraser Anning, 15 August 2018

Fifty years ago Australia was a cohesive, predominantly Anglo-Celtic nation. ...

A key part of this great pre-Whitlam consensus was bipartisan support from both Liberal and Labor for a European based immigration program. The great Labor statesmen Ben Chifley, John Curtin and Arthur Calwell all strongly supported an immigration program that actively discriminated in favour of Europeans.

Australia's greatest conservative, Sir Robert Menzies himself, said: I don't want to see reproduced in Australia the kind of problem they have in South Africa or in America or increasingly in Great Britain.

... This continued until 1973 when Whitlam and his hard Left cronies adopted Soviet inspired UN treaties on discrimination and banned preferential selection of migrants based on their ethnicity.

Yet the end of the pre-Whitlam consensus between the Labor and Liberal Parties has been much more than a political sea change. It has allowed the cultural conquest of our nation. A tectonic shift has occurred in which the previously agreed social and political order has been overthrown in an insidious silent revolution. ...

... The next critical problem that we need to address is immigration. Australia currently has the highest per capita immigration rate in the world. Last Tuesday, Australia's population hit 25 million – 22 years ahead of previous government predictions. That means that since 1971 the population of Australia has doubled, with immigrants now around one-third of our population.

The huge numbers of people allowed to flood into Australia in recent years are unsustainable, with immigration quotas apparently set by successive governments on a whim and without any regard for the necessary infrastructure that these people would require or the ability of those that came here to assimilate. Ethnocultural diversity, which is known to undermine social cohesion, has been allowed to rise to dangerous levels in many suburbs. In direct response, self-segregation, including white flight from poorer inner-urban areas, has become the norm.

I believe that immigration to our country should be a privilege, not an obligation-free right provided to anyone from the Third World who demands it. ...

Fifth, but most important of all, diversity should be managed to remain compatible with social cohesion and national identity. We as a nation are entitled to insist that those who are allowed to come here predominantly reflect the historic European Christian composition of Australian society and embrace our language, culture and values as a people.

In order for us to remain the nation that we are now, those who come here need to assimilate and integrate. Those who are most similar to the mainstream majority in terms of ethnicity, culture, language and values most readily do so. Historically, however, the one immigrant group here and in other Western nations that has consistently shown itself to be the least able to assimilate and integrate is Muslims. ...

Whitlam didn't ask the Australian people whether they wanted wholesale non-European migration when he introduced it and neither has any subsequent government.
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More Romanians and Bulgarians working in UK despite fewer EU employees overall
MailOnline / Press Association, 15 August 2018

The number of Romanians and Bulgarians working in the UK has risen to a record high, in contrast to a sharp drop in employees from other eastern European countries.

Official statistics show there were 391,000 Romanian and Bulgarian workers from April to June this year, an increase of 54,000 compared to the same period of 2017.

Romania and Bulgaria joined the EU in 2007, and restrictions on migrants from the two countries working in Britain were lifted in January 2014. ...

Between April and June, there were 880,000 nationals from the so-called EU A8 nations – Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. This was down by 117,000 from 997,000 a year earlier.

The number of nationals of 14 long-term EU member states including Germany, Italy, Spain and France working in the UK also fell year-on-year, decreasing by around 23,000 to just below one million.

Overall, there were 2.28 million EU nationals working in the UK in the latest three-month period – 86,000 fewer than 12 months earlier and the largest annual fall since comparable records began in 1997. ...

Data on employment levels by nationality have come under sharp focus since the EU referendum in June 2016.

Separate net migration figures have sparked claims of a "Brexodus", but statisticians stressed that the estimates published on Tuesday do not measure flows of recent migrants to the UK. ...

Meanwhile, the new figures show a rise in the number of workers from the rest of the world.

There were 1.27 million non-EU nationals working in the UK in April to June, 74,000 more than a year earlier.

Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: "Cries of woe at the departure of EU workers as a result of Brexit are clearly out of place.

"There are more EU nationals in our workforce now than there were just before the 2016 referendum."

He said the number of non-EU workers is now at the highest level for nearly 10 years, adding: "The need for the Government to get a grip on immigration grows ever stronger."
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Islamist terrorism is not some medieval cult, it is a hyper-modern threat
Matthew D'Ancona
Evening Standard, 15 August 2018

The risk is that stoicism morphs into amnesia. We forget too quickly and fail to draw the necessary lessons from these ugly incidents. The pathetic individuals who are usually responsible for these attacks are too readily dismissed as impressionable loners, rogue figures who seized upon the grotesque injunctions of Islamism to carve an infamous niche for themselves in history. All of which is often true. What is missing from this narrative are the connections – digital, personal, financial, ideological – that give the threat of Islamist terrorism a coherence that is as elusive as it is deadly.

The fact that counter-terrorism officers have foiled 13 Islamist plots in the past 18 months (and four by far-Right extremists) is both impressive and chilling. As Downing Street disclosed yesterday, the number of live cases of suspected terrorist conspiracies rose from more than 500 in March to 676 by the end of June. It has become lazily orthodox to claim that fundamentalist terrorism is now in decline, and, more perniciously, to suggest that the West's gradual retreat from liberal interventionism since the Iraq War has diminished the threat. The data suggests quite otherwise.

As Andrew Parker, the director-general of MI5, warned in October, there has been a "dramatic upshift" in Islamist activity, which he described as "multi-dimensional, evolving rapidly and operating at a scale and pace we've not seen before." As one Westminster figure familiar with such operations says: "The vast majority of these cases are never publicised because they involve ongoing investigations. The gap between public awareness of the threat and its true level is a real concern."

A geopolitical analogy is provided by the general misapprehension that Islamic State is in more or less irreversible decline. True, its ambitions to found a proto-caliphate have been thwarted for now, and it has suffered serious setbacks in the field. But new studies by the Pentagon and United Nations suggest that up to 30,000 Islamic State fighters remain active in Iraq and Syria – 10 times as many as previously thought by the US military.

No less significant is the enduring success of Islamist ideology as a deadly software that can be downloaded – literally – on a tablet or smartphone. Terrorist cells are still formed around radical mosques and so-called "community centres" and "bookshops". /.../ It is the opposite of the truth to describe Islamist terror as a medieval phenomenon: it is the pathological face of hyper-modernity. ...

If those who represent us in the Palace of Westminster still need reminding of the dangers that we face daily, they need only heed the deadly screech of tyres and look out of the window.
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IMF: Spain Needs Five Million Migrants to 'Pay Pensions' Despite 34% Youth Unemployment
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 15 August 2018

Spain must open its borders to more than five million migrants over the coming decades in order to fund the pension system, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has declared.

According to the organisation, which is led by arch-globalist Christine Lagarde, the Mediterranean nation must welcome 5.5 million migrants before 2050 in order to ease dependency ratio woes which can result from an ageing population.

This claim comes despite data that shows 3.5 million Spaniards are presently unable to find work, and that the country's youth unemployment rate is stuck at 34 per cent. Even though Spain already has that huge wealth of untapped human potential suffering from unemployment, the IMF insisted that mass migration is the solution, by "increas[ing] the number of contributors to the pension system".
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IT companies exploit gaping loophole in Britain's immigration system
Migration Watch UK, 14 August 2018

A gaping loophole in Britain's immigration system is revealed in a paper released by Migration Watch today.

This paper (MW451 - Distortion of the ICT visa system) shows that a small number of multinational IT companies have exploited a system intended for posting senior executives to and from the UK in order to bring in thousands of migrant workers to fulfil contracts with private and public sector organisations.

This is known as third-party contracting and usually involves an international IT company, typically based in India, obtaining a contract to deliver a project or support services to a UK entity and then staffing it with workers from the company's home country.

Tens of thousands of such workers have entered the UK by being sponsored under the Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) route.

This route has no cap on numbers and does not require the sponsoring company even to try to source its workforce within the UK.

This has enabled these companies to undercut British competitors while reducing the opportunities for British computer scientists, graduates and IT professionals to obtain work and to develop their skills.

At a time when the focus has been on the 20,700 cap on Tier 2 (General) visas for skilled workers from outside the EU, this paper reveals that the Tier 2 (ICT) route has been gradually developed into a significant source of immigration.

Since 1992, the number issued has increased eightfold and now constitutes over 60% of all work permits. In 2017, 58,000 of 94,000 Tier 2 work visas issued to migrants and their dependants, were via the ICT route - the majority of which were for third-party contracting.

The Government has shied away from effectively addressing this route despite the fact that its own Migration Advisory Committee has recommended that it should be thoroughly reviewed with the aim of curtailing its use. Use of the route for this purpose is very much against the spirit in which the system was originally devised.

We recommend significant changes to ensure that it is no longer used as a means to by-pass Tier 2 (General) or seen as a mechanism by which to bring unlimited migrant labour into the UK.

If the UK is to protect its IT workforce and ensure that it keeps its place in the front rank of advanced industrialised economies then this use of ICT visas must be strictly limited.

Commenting, Lord Green of Deddington, Chairman of Migration Watch UK:

"Many people are asking why non-EU migration has not been reduced. Here is part of the answer. ..."

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India rejects U.K. proposal on DNA tests for 'illegal migrants'
Vijaita Singh
The Hindu, 14 August 2018

India rejected a proposal by the U.K. to use DNA sampling to establish the nationality of illegal migrants living there citing "privacy issues".

Although a Memorandum of Understanding on return of illegal migrants was initialled after due approval of the Union Cabinet in January by Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, India refused to sign the final pact during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to U.K. in April. ...

"In one of the meetings, the U.K. authorities suggested that the nationality of document-less illegal migrants suspected to be Indians could be established by matching DNA samples of their family members living here. We raised objections that this was a breach of privacy and unethical. How do we know that the document-less person is an Indian," said a senior Home Ministry official who attended the meeting.

According to the British government's estimates, there are around 1,00,000 Indians overstaying their visa in the U.K.

India has contested this and said that as per their estimate, the number will not be more than 2,000.
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Youths in Swedish towns burn and vandalize scores of cars
Yahoo News / Reuters, 14 August 2018

Youths torched and vandalised scores of cars in the Swedish city of Gothenburg and surrounding towns and Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said on Tuesday the disturbances looked organised "almost like a military operation". ...

Police said that up to 100 cars were either set fire to or vandalised in Gothenburg, Sweden's second-biggest city located in the western part of the country, and in nearby towns such as Falkenberg and Trollhattan, an industrial area with high unemployment. There were no reports of injuries. ...

Police said gangs were involved but gave no details. ...

Law and order is a key issue ahead of the election after a spike in gang violence saw more than 40 people shot dead last year.
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Top Tory Attended Corbyn Terror Conference
Guido Fawkes, 14 August 2018

The Tories are going in hard on Corbyn over his attendance at a 2014 conference linked to various Palestinian terrorists. Sajid Javid has called for the Labour leader to resign. Writing in the Mail today, Brandon Lewis describes Corbyn's attendance at the conference in Tunisia as "beyond the pale". Which doesn't bode well for top Tory peer Lord Sheikh...

Sheikh, the founder of the Conservative Muslim Forum, declared in his 2014 register of interests a trip to a conference in Tunisia on the same date: ...

In a post on his website from the time, Sheikh confirms the conference was about Palestine. The conference was addressed by Hamas and other extremist speakers who gave anti-Semitic speeches. Given Lord Sheikh's other links to various extremists, surely CCHQ will have to act against him?

... Will the Tories be taking action? Pretty big double standard if not...
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Professor: Native Dutch Need To Get Used To Being a Minority
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 14 August 2018

Dutch professor Maurice Crul has said that with the ever increasing number of migrants and migrant background people living in the Netherlands, that the native Dutch should just get used to being a minority.

A professor at the Free University in Amsterdam, Crul says that in the larger cities in the Netherlands white Dutch are already a minority and that such trends will follow in smaller cities and towns as well, Dutch newspaper Trouw reports.

"In Amsterdam the time has come: there this group is a minority. Only one in three young people under the age of fifteen is of Dutch descent," Professor Crul said and added, "If you want to know how the integration is going, you also have to look at that group. Who adapts to whom if there is no majority anymore?"

"The first guest workers were a small migrant group in a dominant culture. With the second and third generation that is an outdated idea. Integration now works in two directions," he said adding, "This way a Turkish Dutch person can become your new manager. Or your child is in the minority at school. That is the new reality that the old 'dominant majority' will be confronted with."

Crul, along with a team of eight researchers, recently received 2.5 million euros from the European Research Council to conduct studies on the subject in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Antwerp, Malmö and Vienna.

The remarks echo those made by German politician Barbara John last week who wrote that Germans should not be worried about becoming minorities in their own cities.

Professor John, a member of Chancellor Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU), wrote, "The trend towards the rapidly growing proportion of migrants is irreversible." ...

Other academics, like Professor Angelika Redder, have even advocated that Germans should learn Arabic rather than expect new migrants to simply learn German saying, "we can do something that shows us as being open to other languages. This may be enriching for both sides."
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[Electoral fraud]
Charles Moore
Daily Telegraph, 13 August 2018

In 2015, Lutfur Rahman was convicted for one of the most severe electoral frauds in the era of universal suffrage. The mayor of Tower Hamlets was found guilty by the Election Court of vote-rigging, partly by using "spiritual influence" via mosques, and banned from office for five years. The petitioners' legal costs were awarded against him.

In November 2015, however, Rahman had himself declared bankrupt. The petitioners were not some big pressure group or party, but just four local citizens. The wheels of the law turn slowly, so only now do they face preposterous legal bills of about £1 million.

Part of the scandal is that the public authorities were so feeble in the first place. Andy Erlam, the lead petitioner, was shocked by the "Oh well, that's they way we do things here" attitude. Bengali women were intimidated and even spat at if they did not follow the elctoral line of their elders. He suspected that the delivery of housing was related to the delivery of votes. Tower Hamlets really was a rotten borough.

At the count for the 2014 mayoral and local elections, Mr Erlam noticed intimidation of tellers and a large, threatening crowd outside the town hall. Unauthorised people were entering via the fire escape unchallenged. The integrity of the count was compromised. Six days before the Election Court hearing, Mr Erlam had police knock on his door at 7am, with a threat to arrest him for "perverting the course of justice". They later admitted they had no evidence to justify this. The police have not followed up Rahman's conviction with criminal investigations of the fraud. In two years' time, the man will be free to stand again.

Mr Erlam also found the Electoral Commission evasive and torpid, seemingly irritated that members of the public were asking it to do its job.

Far from perverting the course of justice, the petitioners were fighting to uphold it, with no official help. They did a public service, but are being made to suffer for it.
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New book reveals the EU cover-up of the migrant crime wave
Laura Cat
Voice of Europe, 13 August 2018
[The book is free to download]

The Migrant Crime Wave is a book written by Janice Atkinson, MEP and VP of the Europe of Nations and Freedom group. ...

Ms. Atkinson and her staff have compiled hard to obtain official EU statistics in this hard hitting look at the migration fraud. As a MEP, Janice has the unique position and privileged access to information normally remaining unattainable.

Crime statistics are changing to reflect a new Europe. With violent crimes on the increase and the number of prisoners having a migrant background having risen sharply, the numbers deserve the attention Janice gives in her book.

Violent crimes, human trafficking, sexual assaults and rapes, drugs trafficking, all increased significantly in virtually all countries with migration.

As you read the book of carefully and thoughtfully constructed statistics, you will see just how much has been carefully hidden from us by politicians and the media, who refuse to report honestly on the crimes and who is committing them.
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Bishop calls for burka ban: Pakistani-born Church of England cleric voices support for outlawing veil in public
Jonathan Petre
Mail on Sunday, 12 August 2018

A senior Church of England bishop last night called for a near-total ban on the wearing of burkas in public.

The former Bishop of Rochester, Michael Nazir-Ali, said burkas and niqabs should be outlawed in a wide range of situations where people interact, including in hospitals, GP surgeries, universities and schools.

The cleric said a ban should also extend to areas where there were legitimate security and safety concerns, such as at airports or while driving a car. However, he said it was acceptable for women to wear face veils at home, while in the street and at prayer.

The controversial call from the Pakistani-born bishop, who led the Diocese of Rochester between 1994 and 2009, drew support last night from Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury. Lord Carey said 'oppressive' veils should not become 'normalised'. ...

Bishop Nazir-Ali told The Mail on Sunday: 'We have all seen how even male terrorists have escaped arrest by donning a burka and making an effective getaway.

'For reasons of national security, there will be places like Parliament or Whitehall or town halls and council chambers where the burka should not be allowed.'

He said institutions including universities and schools were justified in wanting to know the identities of visitors or those who worked or studied there.

Staff at airports and courts also needed to see people's faces.

Perhaps more controversially, he added: 'Many professions require personal interaction with the client. In business, both the trader and the customer should be able to see one another's face and to interpret expressions if the transaction is to be mutually beneficial. This is even more true of doctors, dentists, nurses and paramedics.'

Warning of the threat posed by the wearing of veils, he said: 'It is true that some women choose to wear the burka or niqab because they feel it makes them more observant Muslims...

'It is also true, however, that the burka or niqab is being weaponised by Islamists to impose what they consider to be "Islamic" character on communities, neighbourhoods and even nations.

'In Britain, this has serious implications for the freedom of women, but it also has implications for integration and social cohesion. Where there is widespread use of the face veil, there will be greater isolation from one another and a sense of segregation will grow.'

Lord Carey, Archbishop of Canterbury between 1991 and 2002, said he 'strongly supported' the position taken by Bishop Nazir-Ali.
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'Traditional' theatre lighting and stage design discriminates against black and Asian actors, warns Shakespeare's Globe
Patrick Sawer
Sunday Telegraph, 12 August 2018

The increasing use of black and Asian actors has led some in British theatre to congratulate themselves on the growing diversity of the British stage.

But experts have warned that casting ethnic minority actors without paying attention to the way they are lit, or what colour costumes they wear, puts them at a disadvantage to white performers.

An academic at London's Globe Theatre says that black and Asian actors can be obscured by the dark costumes and furnishings and gloomy lighting traditionally associated with the staging of works by Shakespeare and other period dramatists. ...

The Globe is staging a workshop tomorrow to explore some of the issues raised by the welcome casting of more black and Asian actors in theatre productions.

The event, part of the theatre's Shakespeare and Race season, poses the question of whether traditional choices about costume, set and lighting privilege discriminate against black and Asian actors in favour of white actors.
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Douglas Murray heads to Australia alongside Dr Cornel West
Nick Whigham, 11 August 2018

Douglas Murray thinks Europe is committing suicide.

He declares as much in the opening line of his latest book, in which he laments that the leaders of western Europe are allowing the cultural flame of the continent to be extinguished through mass migration, in particular from the Muslim world.

The controversial assertion underpins the book, The Strange Death Of Europe: Immigration, Identity And Islam, but he sees nothing particularly controversial about the claim. ...

Murray, who is the associate editor of the Spectator and founder of the right-leaning Centre for Social Cohesion think tank, is highly critical of the far left side of politics for denying or diminishing the problems that come with a sudden large increases in immigration, when those migrants come from different, distinct and strong cultures.

"In one year alone, Germany and Sweden for instance took between two and three per cent addition of their entire population, so this is one of the most significant movements into Europe ever," the British commentator said of the height of the migrant crisis a few years ago.

For western Europe, he identifies Muslim immigration as the most destructive force and a problem for the social cohesion of the West.

From his perspective, Islamic migrants – a portion of whom have particularly strict religious beliefs – are clashing with a Europe that is tired from history, guilt-ridden, increasingly faithless and overrun with the notion of political correctness.

If allowed to continue, Murray asserts, the result will ultimately be the Islamisation of the continent and the end of European cultural civilisation.

One of the people Murray often cites in his book is German historian and philosopher of Syrian origin Bassam Tibi who in the past has made similar warnings on this topic.

In an interview more than a decade ago he told German magazine Der Spiegel: "Muslims stand by their religion entirely. It is a sort of religious absolutism. While Europeans have stopped defending the values of their civilisation. They confuse tolerance with relativism."

Murray's book has been called "brilliant" by The Sunday Times; "compelling, fearless and truth-telling" by the Evening Standard and labelled as "gentrified xenophobia" by The Guardian. ...

Murray says his book is about finding a solution to migration that is "liberal, humane and sustainable" but is also cautious about blindly embracing the pursuit of multiculturalism, which many Western governments are quick to celebrate.
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Do Britain's Muslims Have a Right Not to be Offended?
Claire Fox
Quillette, 11 August 2018
[Claire Fox is the Director of the Academy of Ideas]

Religious freedom is one of the core principles of any modern liberal society. As a secularist, I defend the right of religious people to send their children to faith schools, have their children circumcised, or wear the burqa. This does not mean I approve of any of these practices; they should be permissible but not protected from criticism. We should be free to ridicule, lampoon, chastise, critique, etc. every aspect of religious belief that we tolerate.

This is, more or less, what the U.K.'s former Conservative Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson wrote in his now infamous newspaper column in the Telegraph last week. Yet all hell has broken loose. It was greeted by near-hysterical outrage and shrill denunciations of Johnson's alleged dog whistle racism; reports of civil war in the Tory Party over the matter; the now ubiquitous demands for an apology for causing offence (or else), which was backed in this instance by the Prime Minister. ...

... He rightly notes that being opposed to a ban should not be interpreted as approval and goes on to say – albeit in a somewhat crass manner – that "Muslim head-gear that obscures the female face... looking like letterboxes... like a bank robber... is absolutely ridiculous". ...

Are Boris's critics demanding respect for all religious practices regardless of whether they consider them backward, wrong-headed, or oppressive? Should we bite our lip in case we offend? We seem to have forgotten that we once all declared #JeSuisCharlie – a brief but inspiringly unapologetic defense of free speech after cartoonists for the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo were brutally butchered in Paris for daring to publish cartoons deemed offensive to Islam. Should they have shut up until they learned to become more tactful? ...

To be honest, the festishisation of burqa-wearing from critics and even supporters is often a proxy for a range of other issues. ...

There is something cowardly and self-defeating about the cross-party condemnation of Johnson. With no sense of irony, former Tory chairman Lord Pickles warns that Johnson's "illiberal language," risks "closing down" debate. But the real threat to liberalism and open discussion is Pickles et al endorsing a backlash that deems any criticism of Islam off-limits. And if liberal, if sometimes crass, criticism is off-limits because it is interpreted as being illiberal, then the only "acceptable response" – and the end result of this Boris-bashing episode – is to close down free speech and fair comment.

What hope is there that we – the public – can have a frank, open-ended discussion about some of the huge societal challenges we face – such as problems of fractured communities and cities in which inhabitants live segregated lives – if even one of the U.K.'s most powerful men gets denounced as a pariah for writing a provocative column about religious dress? We are effectively telling ordinary citizens who may, for example, want to explore through open discussion what drives British-Asian youth to blow their peers to smithereens, or trek to Syria and film themselves beheading fellow Westerners: "You can't discuss that."

If questioning a fringe religious practice is assumed as evidence of bigotry against all Muslims, surely that implies that any and all Islamic practices and beliefs should be surrounded by a 'do-not-criticise' barrier?
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The door to racism in the name of patriotism
Crispin Hull
Canberra Times, 11 August 2018

The big business lobbies must be licking their lips over the out-pouring of racially motivated calls for lower immigration – in the very week that Australia's population hit 25 million.

It means that sensible people arguing for lower immigration on economic and environmental grounds will now also have to run the gauntlet of being branded as racist.

Meanwhile, property developers, big retail, the banks and others revel in making short-term big profits from high population growth to the long-term detriment of everyone else.

It took just 14 years for the most recent five million to be added from 20 million to 25 million. It took 23 years to add the five million before that from 15 million to 20 million. This is an exponential, unsustainable trajectory. It causes congestion, out-of-reach housing, more pollution, conversion of agricultural land to urban, and more imported food and less exported food.

The population crisis has nothing to do with race. It has nothing to do with what News Ltd columnist Andrew Bolt calls a threat to Australian identity. It is a matter of economics and environment. ...

The calls for lower immigration by Bolt, Tony Abbott, Peter Dutton and others mixed with statements about African gangs, loss of identity and calls for white South African farmers to get special treatment is doubly appalling.

First, it makes intelligent discussion about the economics and environmental implications of high population almost impossible. Secondly, it opens the door to racism under the guise of patriotism and nationalism. ...

The threat from any tidal wave of immigrants is not to national identity. People coming here become Australian quickly enough. ...

Very few countries have five cities with more than 1 million people, like Australia, not even the UK, Germany, Russia, France, Italy or Brazil. The trend in Australia is for greater centralisation and high immigration is making it worse. ...

As for infrastructure, the equation is too hard. On average, infrastructure lasts 50 years. It means you have to replace two per cent of it every year, just to keep up. If you add a further 2 per cent in population, therefore, you have to double your infrastructure effort. Australia has been falling behind ever since we increased the immigration intake from around 70,000 a year to more than 150,000. The answer is not a fanciful unaffordable wish for more infrastructure, but for fewer people.
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ER Dring
Daily Telegraph, 11 August 2018
[Letter to the Editor]

Mr Johnson was not in error in saying that people wearing the burka or full face veil look like bank robbers.

Has everyone forgotten that people wearing such an outfit raided Selfridges in daylinght a few years ago?
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A Lower Refugee Ceiling Is Better for Most Refugees, the Host Countries, and America
Mark Krikorian
National Review, 11 August 2018

None of the arguments for raising the number of refugees to be resettled holds water. The humanitarian argument is the weakest; in fact, as I've argued on these pages, large-scale refugee resettlement is immoral. Because the taxpayer funds expended on settling a single refugee in the U.S. could help twelve refugees in the country where they've found shelter, advocacy for resettlement amounts to little more than virtue signaling. ...

Nor is there a good foreign-policy argument for increasing refugee admissions. Countries hosting large numbers of refugees, such as Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey, get no benefit from having a handful of them relocated with great fanfare to America's hard-pressed Rust Belt while millions remain. As my colleague Nayla Rush has written of resettlement, "Even if these numbers were to double, triple, or more, the reality is that the effect of resettlement – both real and symbolic – on host countries is minimal, akin to rain drops in the ocean."

Finally, and most absurdly, some argue that refugee resettlement is a fiscal and economic boon. Jason Richwine has shown that the educational level of new refugees has deteriorated dramatically over the past 20 years, both in absolute terms and relative to the native-born. Consequently, most are on welfare. As he's written, "Given their low education levels and high rates of welfare use, today's refugees cannot be net fiscal contributors by any plausible analysis." Of course, we don't take refugees for economic reasons, but to pretend that they're not costly is a fairy tale.

Considering that fewer than 10 percent of the refugees referred in 2017 by the U.N. for resettlement in developed countries were "emergency" or "urgent" cases, amounting to fewer than 6,000 people, the FY 2019 ceiling could be reduced significantly and still accommodate all such cases worldwide.
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Male, pale and stale university professors to be given 'reverse mentors'
Camilla Turner
Daily Telegraph, 10 August 2018

Male, pale and stale university professors are to be given "reverse mentors" to teach them about unconscious bias, under a new Government funded scheme.

Under the project, white males in senior academic posts will be assigned a junior female colleague from an ethnic minority as a mentor.

Prof John Rowe, who is overseeing the project at Birmingham University, said he hopes the scheme will allow eminent professors to confront their own biases and leave them "feeling quite uncomfortable".

"What is understood about unconscious bias is that we have all got it, but the more you learn about it and become conscious of it, the more you can act," he told The Daily Telegraph. ...

The mentor scheme is one element of a broader project aimed at challenging bias, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Prof Rowe, who is director of research at Birmingham University's College of Engineering and Physical Science, said he hopes to interrogate the "underlying causes" that lead to the underrepresentation of female and ethnic minority academics at the top of academia. ...

Staff from Birmingham will work with researchers from Aberystwyth University and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

The EPSRC, a government agency, is funding eleven "Equality, Diversity and Inclusion" projects as part of an £5.5 million anti-discrimination drive in engineering and physical sciences.
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Fans warned to expect 'overt' anti-terror measures at football stadiums
Sky News, 10 August 2018

Police are seeking the help of football fans in tackling terrorism and are asking them to be vigilant at matches.

Officers say stadiums could be targeted as extremists seek out crowded places to attack.

Chief Superintendent Nick Aldworth said: "We know from what we've seen on the ground, and also from terrorist rhetoric, that they are interested in attacking crowded places generally, and that would include stadia.

"We want (fans) to think about what they might do in the event of an attack and we want them to be really, really vigilant.

"And not to be inhibited about reporting stuff to us. If it's trivial to you, it might be significant to us. Don't worry about it - just tell us and leave it to us to sort it out." ...

The request for help was issued on the day before the Premier League season kicks off and forms part of efforts to encourage all members of the public to be "counter-terror citizens".
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CBI calls for UK to abandon immigration targets after Brexit
Laura Hughes
Financial Times, 10 August 2018

The UK government must abolish all immigration targets and ensure its Tier 2 visa system for skilled migrants is not extended to EU citizens after Brexit, the CBI employers' organisation has said.

Josh Hardie, its deputy director-general, said on Friday that companies favoured "blunt targets" being scrapped so they could hire the staff they needed after Brexit. He added that "putting migration" on the table in trade talks would secure the UK a better deal with the EU. ...

The government's immigration white paper, originally scheduled to be published last year, has been postponed until October this year. ...

The CBI said on Friday that it had spoken to 24,000 companies across 18 industries to provide the Migration Advisory Committee, which advises the government on immigration policy, with a detailed breakdown of the kind of Brexit sought by business leaders.
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Iain Duncan Smith puts forward BRILLIANT proposal for post-Brexit immigration system
Aurora Bosotti
Daily Express, 10 August 2018

Iain Duncan Smith put forward his proposal to ensure Britain has a fully functional immigration system in place following Brexit, suggesting EU citizens should be required to have a job lined up in the UK before moving.

Former Tory leader and Brexit supporter Iain Duncan Smith suggested the UK could "extend the work permit process" after Brexit to ensure Britain has an effective immigration system. ...

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Mr Duncan Smith put forward his proposal: "I think the best thing to do is work with what we have got and make it work for everyone around the world.

"You basically extend the work permit process across the EU and the rest of the world. People can come here for work but they need to have work to come to and that work needs to have been agreed and accepted that there isn't a person in the UK that could do that work and has the skills to do that work."

Mr Duncan Smith also insisted the Government should make sure to reduce the alleged "pull factors" driving European Union citizens to relocate to Britain.

He continued: "In the last year figures were available, and this is important, more than £4.1 billion was spent on people from the EU who have come over here getting tax credits, child benefits, housing benefits. That's one of the great pull factors.

"Leaving the EU, we should not be offering for people to come over here just looking for work and to claim benefits.

"We need a living wage that does not require people to come over here and claim benefits to top up."
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[Double standards?]
Professor Colin Harrison
Daily Telegraph, 10 August 2018
[Letter to the Editor]

For years jokes have been made about those good people nuns looking like penguins – but no outrage.

Boris Johnson says that Muslims should be free to wear what they like but "he thinks" they look like letter boxes – and the world falls upon him.

Double standards or what?
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The art of taking offence
Roger Scruton
Spectator blog, 10 August 2018

It is still possible to laugh at the absurdity of it all, if you sit at home, avoiding contact with ignorant and malicious people, and getting on with real life – the life beyond social media. Unfortunately, however, ignorant and malicious people have discovered a new weapon in their unremitting assault on the rest of us, which is the art of taking offence.

I was brought up to believe that you should never give offence if you can avoid it; the new culture tells us that you should always take offence if you can. There are now experts in the art of taking offence, indeed whole academic subjects, such as 'gender studies', devoted to it. /.../ As with the puritans of the 17th century, the need to humiliate and to punish precedes any concrete sense of why.

I recall the extraordinary case of Boris Johnson and the burka. ...

It was obvious to anyone with a smattering of intellect that Johnson had no intention to give offence. However, there was political mileage in taking offence – so at once offence was taken. /.../ Virtue-signalling was the order of the day. A kind of hysterical fear swept away all the important considerations that Johnson was putting before his readers, so that everyone, friend and foe alike, ran for shelter. We are not guilty, was the collective cry of the time-servers and wimps that govern us.

In reaction to this madness I ask myself who it is, in the matter of the burka, that habitually gives offence, and who it is that strives not to take it. We live in a face-to-face society, in which strangers look each other in the eye, address each other directly, and take responsibility for what they say. This custom is not just a fashion. ...

... I cannot easily accept that people should appear in public ostentatiously concealing their face from me. /.../ I certainly feel awkward in the presence of such people, and suspect that they are abusing the trust that we spontaneously extend to strangers. ...

No sensitive person, however ignorant he might be of the Muslim faith, would fail to take off his shoes when entering a mosque – not because he feared the reaction of the worshippers, but because he knew that long-standing custom requires this, and that not to observe that custom is to show disrespect for a sacred space. Somehow we are supposed to forget that principle when it comes to long-standing customs of our own. For us too there are sacred spaces, and the public square is one of them: it is the space that belongs to others, not to you, and where you meet those others face to face. When we encounter those who refuse to accept this we are supposed to think that the entitlement to take offence rests entirely with them, and the tendency to give offence entirely with us.
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In northeast India, the politics of citizenship flares anew
Rishi Lekhi
Business Insider / Associated Press, 10 August 2018

Today, nativist anger churns through the hills and plains of Assam state, just across the border from Bangladesh, with many here believing the state is overrun with illegal migrants.

"India is for Indians. Assam is for Indians," said Sammujjal Bhattachariya, a top official with the All Assam Students Union, which has been in the forefront of pushing for the citizenship survey. "Assam is not for illegal Bangladeshis."

"We need a permanent solution," he added.

On Friday, some of the 3.9 million residents left off Assam's draft list of citizens began picking up forms to file their appeals, wading into a byzantine legal and bureaucratic process that many fear could lead to detention, expulsion or years in limbo. ...

For decades, fears of widespread movement across the porous border with Bangladesh have triggered tensions between the state's majority ethnic group, Assamese-speaking Hindus, and its Bengali-speaking Muslims. ...

Assam has a population of roughly 33 million, with a little over one-third of them Muslims. ...

Few deny there has been widespread illegal migration into Assam, often by poor Bangladeshis in search of work as farm laborers. The state's demographics have shifted dramatically in recent decades, with the percentage of Bengali-speakers jumping from 22 percent in 1991 to 29 percent in 2011, and the percentage of Assamese-speakers declining. Many analysts, however, say those numbers in part reflect the higher birth rates among Muslims. Estimates on the number of illegal immigrants vary wildly, from a few hundred thousand to many millions.
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Think it's right to build houses on our green spaces – maybe you should just belt up
Rod Liddle
The Sun, 9 August 2018

The Government is planning to rip up our green belts and pave them over ready for housing.

If it goes ahead with this, it will be the greatest act of vandalism against the British countryside in 200 years. ...

This is a crowded country and becoming ever more so. We're losing more and more of our natural wildlife. Our open spaces diminish daily.

And now the Government is being forced into building countless millions of homes. Why?

We're told we have a housing crisis. You might find this puzzling when you consider the birth rate in Britain has been dropping, not rising.

The answer, of course, is immigration. We've been letting in half a million people every year for almost 15 years.

The politicians try to tell you it's nothing to do with our housing crisis – but they are lying. Lying to themselves and to you.

One top academic expert, Oxford demographer David Coleman, reckons immigration is 85 per cent responsible for the rise in the UK's population between 2000 and 2015.

And the other figures you might find a bit chilling.

Did you know, for example, that a whopping 28 per cent of all births in the UK are to foreign-born women? And the figure in London is a staggering 60 per cent. ...

It's not just that. The birth rate for British people is 1.75. The birth rate for immigrants is 2.06. That's a very big difference.

So not only do we let in half a million per year, but they have more kids and so doubly contribute to population growth and the need for new houses.

Oh, and the need for lots of other very expensive stuff, such as schools, hospitals, welfare benefits and so on.

We MUST call a halt to immigration. The overwhelming majority of the population thinks we need much tougher controls.

And there are many people who think that immigration has not made the country any better, but actually made it worse.

Cut the numbers coming in to 10,000 per year and our housing crisis would begin to lessen, given that 300,000 or so people emigrate every year.

A net decrease in the population would massively reduce the need for new housing.

Because unless we do that, the bulldozers will be moving in. The fields, hedges and woodland will be ripped up. The roads will be laid and the peace and quiet shattered.

And this will not be a green and pleasant land for much longer.
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Who's really racist – Boris or his critics?
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 9 August 2018

Here's the strange thing about the Boris/burqa controversy: the very people who constantly kick up a fuss about repressive male behaviour are now up in arms at Boris for talking about repressive male behaviour. ...

The double standards are staggering. A chattering class that sees patriarchal bullying in everything – from the man who sends a tweet suggesting that a female politician has made a factual error (mansplaining) to the fact that young boys think girls aren't very good at football (ingrained male entitlement) – refuse to see it in the culture of the burqa. Or at least they refuse to allow an open, frank discussion of the possibility that there is a culture of repression in some Muslim communities. The demonisation of Boris, and the authoritarian efforts to extract a public apology from him for his blasphemy against the burqa, is not driven merely by a distaste for his description of niqab- and burqa-wearers as looking like 'letterboxes'. It is an effort to chill all strong commentary on this garment and on the question of whether it is a good thing that in 21st-century Britain there are some women – not many, but some – who wear such archaic, anti-social clothing.

... If another community was treating women like this, there would be uproar. But when it is the Muslim community our feministic elites turn away. 'The burqa's great. It is part of their culture. Shut up.'

Is it racist to criticise an entire ethnic or religious group? It can be. /.../ But here's the thing: it can also be racist to refuse to criticise certain groups. To hold back your criticisms out of sensitivity or pity. For that is truly to treat these groups by a double standard, and to imply that they are lesser than us somehow, weaker, less reasoned, and therefore incapable of coping with scrutiny. This is the thing: there is more racism in Boris's detractors than there was in Boris's comments. It is the racism of relativism, the idea that it is wrong to criticise misogynistic or backward behaviour if it occurs among certain groups.
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A feeling of apartheid in Holland
Karl Kemp
Spiked, 9 August 2018

One overcast day in the first week of my move to the majority-immigrant Kolenkitbuurt in Amsterdam, labelled by authorities less than 10 years ago as the most 'problematic' neighbourhood in the country, ... ...

There were 2.1 million people with a non-Western migration background living in the Netherlands as of 2017 – about 11 per cent of the total population. In relative terms, these numbers are nothing special in our globalised world. It is when you factor in that these groups are clustered together extremely densely that the real picture emerges. ...

... The migration crisis is merely adding fuel to a fire that has been burning for decades, and has been either ignored or misunderstood by persons outside of Europe, like myself. The ideas that certain political groups outside Europe (and sometimes in Europe) have of the situation is one of active strife. This is not the case – except perhaps in the most extreme situations, such as Molenbeek in Brussels. Rather, the strife manifests as silent resentment backed up by self-imposed borders. ...

... I have not hosted a single South African visitor in my time here who has not picked up on the similarities to our racially charged, spectacularly dysfunctional homeland. They are shocked that there are other countries with specific communities for specific cultures. The division of Muslims to the west and east, Africans, Antilleans and Surinamese to the south-east, and European expats in the centre, resembles the grouping of Apartheid-era Cape Town into coloureds to the Cape Flats, blacks to the townships, and whites to the suburbs.

The vision of a globalised society, wherein Moroccans, Persians, Eritreans, Scandinavians and Latin-Americans or what-have-you live in the same street, shop at the same stores, and drink at the same bars, presumably in a land of perpetual sunshine is a fantasy so flawed, so objectively failed, that one would have to spend one's days in an ivory tower, locked away from reality, in order to believe it.

The harsh reality in Holland now is that people have their own barbers, their own shopping markets, their own foods, their own places to socialise, their own worlds. They are not comfortable living around one another, and where they are forced to do so by the rental market, they are not comfortable sharing the space. This is not an opinion – this is a fact backed by government research. The latest findings by the Dutch government explicitly state that feelings of mistrust and loss of identity rise in parallel with an increase in societal diversity.
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It's a fiction to suggest that there was no plot by Islamist hardliners to take over state schools
Nick Timothy
Daily Telegraph, 9 August 2018

The imagery could not be clearer. A schoolgirl looks startled. A white hand grabs at her jumper. Another pulls at her hijab. Well integrated – she wears pink nail varnish – and hard working – she clutches her exercise book – she is none the less under attack by a powerful, white adversary.

This photograph, published by the Guardian and the BBC, and used to market a play shown this week at the Edinburgh Festival, conveys exactly the message the writers of Trojan Horse want. The Trojan Horse affair, they suggest, was no plot by hardline Muslims to convert secular state schools into austere Islamic faith schools, but a government campaign, motivated by "institutionalised racism", that "demonised" Birmingham's Muslim community.

This is a fiction, and a fiction that has been contradicted by multiple investigations. ...

Helen Monks, one of Trojan Horse's writers, says she hopes to overcome the "assumed truth".Instead, the play appears to be nothing more than an attempt to rewrite history. ...

There is plenty more evidence that proves Trojan Horse involved a campaign to transform, illegally, secular schools into austere Islamic faith schools. Telling the affected communities – poor, isolated and vulnerable to extremism – that it was instead an Islamophobic plot by government is wrong. /.../ Deliberate or not, Left-wingers in the arts and media risk playing the extremists' game.

Any attempt to rewrite the history of Trojan Horse must not be allowed to succeed.
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Austria: Over Half of Criminal Suspects in Vienna Are Foreign, Rape and Murder Up
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 9 August 2018

Despite an average decline in crime across Austria, foreigners now make up nearly half of the suspects in criminal cases, and more than half of suspects in the capital city of Vienna. ...

What has become alarming to some is that foreigners now make up 40 percent of all criminal suspects in Austria, with the city of Vienna having the most foreign suspects at some 51.4 percent, reports Kronen Zeitung. ...

The largest foreign suspect group, Afghan nationals, rose from 64 suspects in 2014 to 263 in 2017. ...

Knife crime is also becoming a concern for Austrian police, who say the number of stabbings, especially during inter-ethnic conflicts, are becoming more and more common.
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How Criminals Use the Burqa to Get Away with Rape, Robbery, and Terrorism
Victoria Friedman
Breitbart, 9 August 2018

While the debate over the place of Islamic face veils in Western society has been reignited after Britain's former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson criticised the garment, three robbers were convicted of killing a jewellery store owner after robbing him whilst disguised in a burqa. ...

On the other side of the world in Afghanistan just days ago, 29 Shia Muslim worshippers were killed and at least 80 injured when two Islamist Sunni suicide bombers entered a mosque in the Khwaja Hasan area of Gardez during Friday prayers. Provincial police chief General Raz Mohammad Mandozai said that the pair had worn the burqas – a one-piece veil that covers the face and body, leaving just a mesh screen over the eyes – to hide their explosives and weapons. ...

Breitbart London has compiled a list of the most notable murders, rapes, assaults, robberies, and even child molestation cases in the past few years where the perpetrator hid behind the veil, taking advantage of liberal societies and Islamic cultures alike: ...

While defenders of the burqa in the West will claim it is not a security threat, countries in Africa have opted to ban the burqa and the niqab, with Muslim majority Chad banning them in the same year it suffered the aforementioned attack.

Fellow African nations Gabon, Congo, and parts of Cameroon also banned the burqa in the same year, also for security reasons, and in 2017, North African nation of Morocco banned the production and manufacture of the clothing over fears of terrorism, and to crack down on Islamic extremism. ...

Another terror conspirator, Yassin Omar, had left London for Birmingham disguised as a veiled Muslim woman the day after he made a failed attempt to detonate a bomb on a London Underground station in the attempted 21/7 London terror attacks, evading counter-terror surveillance.

While motorcyclists are expected to remove their helmets before entering banks and jewellery stores, the same is not expected of those wearing Islamic face veils, with criminals taking advantage of liberal laws in Western countries to commit armed robbery.

In May 2017, an armed gang was jailed after using Islamic burqas to hide their identities as they stole hundreds of thousands of pounds in raids across Manchester, northern England, with similar robberies in Australia in 2017, the U.S. in 2015, and Canada in 2014.
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Thomas Sowell's 'Discrimination and Disparities' Is The Book About Racism That America Needs
David Marcus
The Federalist, 9 August 2018

Sometimes the slim volumes are the most deadly. Such is the case with Thomas Sowell's "Discrimination and Disparities," which in fewer than 200 pages lays bare the grave faults and assumptions of people on both sides of the political divide about outcomes for racial groups. In a long, storied career, Sowell has been a beacon of reason and evidence-based thinking. In this book, he makes the fruits of his labors accessible to almost anyone. Anyone who wishes to think, speak, or write on race in America would be remiss in not reading it.

Sowell takes aim at two typical explanations for differences in the success of racial groups. One, most associated with the Left, is that discrimination by racial groups in power is the primary force creating bad outcomes for the groups out of power. The other, most associated with the Right, is that racial groups have inherent abilities or disabilities based on factors such as IQ distribution that lead to unequal outcomes.

Not only does Sowell argue that neither of these explanations is sufficient, he also effectively shows that the truth does not lie in some simple combination of the two. In fact, the issue is vastly more complicated than merely finding which balance between these two competing ideas best tells us the truth about why outcomes are what they are.

In a theme Sowell opens with and refers to throughout, he discusses how in any area or endeavor, success is the result of meeting multiple and myriad prerequisites. Lacking even one of these, even if others are in abundance, can prevent success.

This locates the causes of success closer to the individual than to the group. It also shows that there really is no reason we should assume that under equal situations racial groups will see equal outcomes, because there are no equal situations and cannot be.

Through portraying a litany of empires, peoples, and corporations that rose and fell throughout history, Sowell shows that shifting conditions in society and the economy make assigning the blame for failure extremely complicated. ...

In area after area in American life where we see disparate outcomes among racial groups, such as higher education, housing, and income, Sowell calmly shows how well-intentioned approaches too focused on discrimination do more harm than approaches that address the total underlying causes for disparity, specifically what prerequisites may be lacking.
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Academia Doesn't Get to Define 'Racism' for the Rest of Us
Robert VerBruggen
National Review, 9 August 2018

The latest controversy stems from a deep confusion about how language works. ...

Some academics who study racial matters use the word "racism" to mean not "dislike of people on the basis of race," which is how most people use it, but rather something like "prejudice plus power" or what is more clearly called "institutional" or "systemic" racism – meaning, conveniently, that members of minority groups by definition cannot be racist. And as Scott Alexander noted at Slate Star Codex back in 2014, parts of the Left are no longer willing to admit that this is a departure from standard usage by saying something along the lines of, "I suppose a group of black people chasing a white kid down the street waving knives and yelling 'KILL WHITEY' qualifies by most people's definition, but I prefer to idiosyncratically define it my own way, so just remember that when you're reading stuff I write."

Instead, as Alexander writes, "we have a case where original coinage, all major dictionaries, and the overwhelming majority of common usage all define 'racism' one way, and social justice bloggers insist with astonishing fervor that way is totally wrong and it must be defined another." /.../ When called on it, many simply point to academic definitions, as though academia had the power to redefine words for the rest of society; that, of course, is not how language works.
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Islamist children pose real 'threat' to Germany, spy chief warns
Deutsche Welle, 8 August 2018

Germany's domestic intelligence chief has warned that children growing up in Islamist families in Germany may pose a risk to society. ...

Children from Islamist households in Germany represent a "not insignificant potential threat," the head of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), Germany's domestic intelligence service, Hans-Georg Maassen said Monday.

In a new report cited by the Funke media group, the BfV said there were signs the "radicalization of minors and young adults" was becoming more likely and happening faster and earlier.

The BfV document estimated that some 300 children in Germany were affected. Children in some of these families are "educated from birth with an extremist world view that legitimizes violence against others and degrades those who aren't part of their group," the report said.

It expressed concerns about families who had traveled to war zones in the Middle East, as well as those who had remained in Germany.

Maassen warned that what he described as the ongoing jihadist socialization of children was "alarming" and would pose a significant challenge to authorities in the coming years. ...

The state lowered its age limit for surveillance from 16 to 14 in 2016.
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Don't ban Boris... ban the burka!
Allison Pearson
Daily Telegraph, 8 August 2018

Most British people don't think Boris went far enough. Most British people agree with Manuel Valls, former French prime minister, that the burka and other ghastly life-restricting humanity-obliterating shrouds are based on "the enslavement of women".

Two years ago, a YouGov poll found that 57 per cent of the public supported a ban on wearing the burka in public in the UK, with just 23 per cent against. That view was held even more vehemently by women than men. ...

People feel uneasy when a person in a burka enters a Tube carriage. (Failed 21/7 bomb suspect Yassin Omar tried to make his getaway wearing one.)

People intuit that the burka is the hardline Islamists sticking two fingers two fingers up at our way of life, but it has become difficult to say so because of a combination of hardline Muslims and soft Corbynistas squealing "racist" every time legitimate concerns are raised. ...

Where has all this abject tolerance and nervous silence got us? Consider the shocking reports recently that British teenagers are being forced to marry abroad, raped and impregnated, as the Home Office "turns a blind eye" by handing visas to their "husbands". ...

This cruel phenomenon was first exposed by Ray Honeyford, a Bradford middle-school head teacher, who challenged the forces of "anti-racism", which preferred diversity to integration and signing up to British values. Mr Honeyford, as Roger Scruton said on his death, "was branded as a racist, horribly pilloried and sacked for saying what everyone now admits to be true". That was almost 35 years ago. ...

It was exactly the same institutional terror of calling out Muslim misogynist behaviour that allowed child grooming to go unchecked in Rotherham and Rochdale. ...

I see that the Labour MP Naz Shah joined the Boris Bashers yesterday, saying she had written to Brandon Lewis "to ask what action will be taken against Boris Johnson for his ugly and naked Islamophobia". This is the same Ms Shah who, not long ago, shared a tweet that said: "Those abuse girls in Rotherham ... need to shut their mouths. For the good of diversity."

There you have it, ladies and gentlemen. The policy of our complicit institutions, our Home Office, cringing politicians and liberal elite.
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Disastrous Consequences of Illegal Immigrants
R K Sinha
Afternoon Voice, 8 August 2018

The writer is a member of the upper house of the Indian Parliament

Migrating population from one country to another is a global problem. Not only India but some developed countries like the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Canada are facing the heat of migration, particularly from Asian countries. ...

In India, our story is slightly different. Our population growth is already high, 17.19 per cent in a decade according to the last Census of 2011. At more than 125 crores of the population, our resources are overstretched; infrastructures are bursting to the seams. There are water shortage and fewer works for hands. The trains and roads are overcrowded. While there is an urgent need of curbing our growth rate of population, the influx of illegal migrants from bordering countries like Bangladesh is adding to our problem.

... The presence of a large number of illegal immigrants is not confined to West Bengal and Assam but it is there right in the national capital Delhi and in many other parts of the country. The migrant population from across the border is not only eating into menials, semi-skilled and skilled jobs depriving the Indian citizens of livelihood but it is also creating law and order problem. When the illegal immigrants fail to get work they resort to crime.

Ever since the birth of Bangladesh in 1971, there has been a continuous influx of Bangladeshis into India from our Eastern Border. The illegal immigrants pose a serious threat. Assam is worst hit. ...

In August 2008, the Delhi High Court dismissed a petition by a Bangladeshi national against her deportation. The High Court ruled that the illegal Bangladeshi immigrants "pose a danger to India's internal security".

Many social scientists have expressed concern over illegal immigration of Bangladeshi in Assam. According to a research paper published a few years ago, "Illegal migration into Assam from Bangladesh has been posing a serious security threat to the identity of Assamese people. It adversely affects the social, economic and political environment of Assam, creating law and order problems where immigrants are present in large number. /.../ The data provided in the study indicates that if necessary steps are not taken immediately, Assam, the elder sister of North-East India would lose its identity from the map of India very soon. The illegal migration is one of the major reasons for social and ethnic violence in Assam. ...

Illegal migration has generated a host of destabilizing political, social, economic, ethnic and communal tensions. Politically, the Bangladeshi migrants are in a position to influence the results of the elections in a large number of constituencies in the North East (about 32 per cent of the constituencies in Assam). Economically, increased pressure on land, resulting in depletion of forest wealth, undercutting of wages of unskilled jobs, forcible occupation of Government land by the migrants and a host of other such issues, generate a ripple effect in the entire North East.
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Germany reaches first deal with Spain to return migrants
Reuters, 8 August 2018

The German government has agreed with Madrid that it can send back to Spain migrants who have already applied for asylum there, a spokeswoman for the interior ministry said on Wednesday, in what is the first deal of its kind.

The move comes after a dispute between Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and their Bavarian allies over returning migrants that nearly split them and brought down the government. ...

Spain has become the new main entry point for asylum-seekers fleeing Africa. Around 19,000 asylum-seekers arrived in the first five months of this year, almost as many as in all of 2017, eclipsing for the first time the numbers flowing through north Africa to Italy.

More than 1.6 million migrants have arrived in Germany since mid-2014, provoking tensions and propelling the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) into the national parliament. ...

Germany is seeking similar deals with Italy and Greece. The discussions with those countries are still going on, Petermann said, adding that both Italy and Greece had made counterdemands.
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Muslim Refugee Dragged Screaming Rape Victims to Graveyard in UK 'City of Sanctuary'
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 8 August 2018

A Sudanese refugee has been sentenced to 16 years jail for rape and attempted rape after he lay in wait for victims before dragging them into a graveyard in Hull, which was named a City of Sanctuary last year.

Ishaq Al-Noor raped one woman in a "vicious" attack in June last year, which Hull Crown Court heard caused his 17-year-old victim to attempt suicide, before launching an "almost identical" assault in November on a mother, in the same cemetery.

The 21-year-old, who is believed to have entered Britain three years ago to seek asylum, "thinks of himself as a peaceful man, a Muslim who prays and fasts and is not a bad person", said Claire Holmes, mitigating. ...

According to the Daily Mail, Al-Noor admitted, "Guilty. Yes, I did that. Why not?" in response to the rape charge, speaking through one of only a handful of interpreters in Britain with the skills to translate his particular Sudanese dialect. ...

In June last year, Hull was declared a City of Sanctuary at an official ceremony celebrating its designation as a "recognised place of welcome and safety" for "refugees and asylum seekers".

Speaking at the event in Hull Minster, campaigner Steve Ibbetson said: "The positive contribution refugees have made to our city cannot be overstated. The vibrancy that increased diversity has brought to the city has contributed greatly to our current high profile."
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Strict government visa restrictions drive up illegal immigration, study finds
Benjamin Kentish
Independent, 7 August 2018

Strict government controls on immigration drive up the number of people entering a country illegally, a new study has found.

While visa restrictions cut overall migration, academics said they can be "ineffective and counterproductive" because they force more people to find unlawful ways to cross borders.

The study also found that restricting the number of visas granted to students and highly-skilled workers does little to cut overall migration.

Tighter restrictions on low-skilled workers does appear to reduce migration, but also leads to a "significant portion" of prospective immigrants turning to illegal ways to enter a country, it said.

The study was conducted by academics at University College London (UCL), in conjunction with colleagues at the Royal Holloway and University of Birmingham, and was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The findings are likely to be seized on by campaigners demanding the government relax its immigration rules. ...

The new study found that restrictions on family migration were especially unhelpful, leading around a quarter of people who would have moved country legally to instead do so via illegal channels.

UCL academic Miranda Simo, who led the study: "We show that even minimal visa requirements can significantly reduce immigration, but this comes at the cost of reorienting aspiring migrants towards unauthorised channels.

"The largest reorientation towards unauthorised channels happens when the family route is closed, because it is the most easily accessible out of those considered.

"When restricting immigration policy, governments need to consider that they are also reducing aspiring migrants' already limited options for legal migration." ...

The study found that restrictions on low-skilled and family migration cut total immigration by 21 per cent and 32 per cent respectively but also drove up illegal immigration by 14 per cent and 24 per cent respectively.

The authors said taking action against illegal immigration was "not efficient" because 80 per cent of all illegal migrants would need to be caught in order to offset the increased number resulting from stricter immigration rules.
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Theresa May considers banning the eating of dogs in Britain after The Sun reveals fears sick practice is on the rise
Tom Newton Dunn
The Sun, 7 August 2018

Theresa May is looking into banning the eating of dogs in Britain, in a major boost for The Sun's fledgling campaign.

Downing Street announced this morning that the PM will "look closely" at drawing up a new law to outlaw the sick practice after The Sun highlighted fears it is on the rise in the UK.

An international canine welfare group fears immigration from the Far East is spreading it across Europe.

Despite widespread public revulsion with the habit in countries like China, neither killing dogs to eat nor consuming their meat is illegal in Britain.

A full ban on dog meat is being introduced in the US next month to curb its rise in America. ...

An estimated 30 million dogs a year are slaughtered to be eaten, across China, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. Most are stolen off the street. ...

The World Dog Alliance (WDA) is set to launch a campaign in the UK for a full ban on any activity relating to the eating of dogs.

The WDA's Kike Yuen told The Sun: "In the US, people who eat dog meat are mainly immigrants from Asia. With three million immigrants from East Asia in the UK, we cannot deny this situation exists here too.

"We also believe legislation against dog meat in the UK would provide us with strength to continue our work in Asia, as the UK could influence other countries to stop dog meat consumption.

"Most of them usually refused to do so with the excuse that there is no such law in Western countries."
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Daily Mail removes 'Powder Keg Paris' report after complaints
Jim Waterson
The Guardian, 7 August 2018

The Daily Mail has removed a report from its website that described the French capital as "Powder Keg Paris" following accusations that its reporting contained inaccuracies and misrepresentations about the impact of migration on one suburb.

The piece described a "devastating report" that suggested 300,000 "illegal migrants" were living in the suburb of Saint-Denis, north of Paris, where drug dealing, crime and poverty were rising due to the "quite simple" explanation of "immigration on a mammoth scale".

The article, by the journalist Andrew Malone, first appeared as a double-page story in the Daily Mail's Saturday edition on 28 July. But it was removed online following criticism from the French activist Marwan Muhammad, a former director of the Collective Against Islamophobia in France, in a lengthy Twitter thread that raised more than a dozen issues with the piece.

In addition to criticising the overall depiction of Saint-Denis and disputing suggestions that it was a "parallel state" where no one would shake hands with "an infidel" reporter, Muhammad pointed out that it would be difficult for 300,000 illegal migrants to live there, given the official population is 110,000.

However, a Daily Mail source insisted the article had only been taken off the site temporarily and the "the intention is to restore it" after considering the complaints and correcting where necessary. The source admitted it may have confused the population of Saint-Denis with that of the department of Seine-Saint-Denis, where 1.6 million people live.

"The article is a very strong article written by somebody who has reported from the Middle East, a student of Arabic," said the source, who said the newspaper stood by the overall thrust of the reporting. "He obviously spent a period of time there and it's about the journalist's experience on site." ...

The Daily Mail's reporting was prompted by a publication by France's National Assembly, which had raised concerns about the impact of migration on Seine-Saint-Denis. It concluded that "the only thing we are sure about is that the state doesn't know how many illegal immigrants there are" in the area, while noting that unofficial estimates ranged from 150,000 to 400,000.
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BBC Withdraws Immigration Film With South Asian Characters Following Complaints
Little India, 7 August 2018

The BBC has pulled an educational video about immigration after it received complaints over the way it portrayed the issue. The film on immigration, part of a series called Don't Hate The Debate, showed South Asian characters such as men clad in turbans and women in saris, and said that Britain was "multicultural long before curry and carnival."

The documentary film was aimed at spreading awareness among students aged 14 to 16 years about the issue and create more scope for informative discussions.

The BBC, which withdrew the video from circulation and also removed it from YouTube, said it would be re-edited, PTI reported. "While we believe the film did convey the broad elements of the immigration debate, we accept further efforts could have been made to involve contributors with a more diverse range of opinions, so we removed the video," it quoted a BBC spokesperson as saying.

The film was released in May, and received complaints that it lacked objectivity, and breached impartiality rules.

The animated video depicted a group of South Asian characters, with the voice-over saying, "Think immigration is a recent thing? Think again." It went on to say, "Because you see, you got the Celts, the Romans, the Anglo- Saxons and the Vikings, the Normans, the Flemish, the Irish, black Britons and Jewish people.

"Yep, we were multicultural long before curry and carnival – it's in our DNA."

It added: "There is no such thing as pure Briton. Despite what some flag wielders would have you believe, the average Briton is only 36 percent Anglo-Saxon."

The claim was disputed by the think tank Migration Watch UK, which said, "The average British person's DNA is at least 90 percent European."

It added that the video lacked balance and consisted of a number of factual inaccuracies.
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A shortage of affordable housing is linked to EU freedom of movement
Sir Julian Brazier
Daily Telegraph, 7 August 2018
[Letter to the Editor]

There seems to be a Chinese Wall between discussion of the EU and of housing shortages.

Whatever trade-off the Government makes between the near-desperate shortage of affordable housing in much of England and the wish to protect the countryside, the equation is bleak indeed if the population continues to soar.

That growth is fed by net migration equivalent to the population of the city of Liverpool every year. Almost half of net migration over the past decade has been from the EU.

That is why ending free movement of people within the EU is the most important aspect of our current negotiation. It seems Brussels will not budge on access to the customs union unless we concede free movement.

If that proves to be the case, we should settle for a Canadian-style free-trade agreement, or even WTO rules, to retake control of our borders. The alternative is to chew up more and more of our countryside each year to accommodate population growth, before building a single house to ease the plight of our own aspirant homeowners and tenants.
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Boris's burqa-bashing is not 'Islamophobic'
Fraser Myers
Spiked, 7 August 2018

For an illustration of just how kneejerk accusations of Islamophobia have become, look no further than the row over Boris Johnson's latest column. ...

Yet while Johnson is against banning the burqa, he is nonetheless critical of this garment. It is 'oppressive... to expect women to cover their faces', he says. He adds that it looks ridiculous and its wearers sometimes 'look like letterboxes' and 'bank robbers'. ...

The Muslim Council of Britain has accused him of 'fanning the flames of the far right. /.../ Tory peer Sayeeda Warsi labelled the article a 'dog whistle' – unwittingly revealing her own prejudices about the supposedly animalistic voters who respond to such Pavlovian cues. ...

That questioning this rare and obscure religious practice is deemed off-limits is telling. Criticism is forbidden merely because of the burqa's association with Islam. Today, all aspects of Islam have come to be ringfenced from open debate. /.../ If passing judgement on aspects of Islamic culture is deemed beyond the pale, heaven forbid anyone questions the more fundamental tenets of the religion. ...

... True tolerance means allowing the expression of ideas and practices that you don't like. Today, however, tolerance has been replaced by multiculturalism – an ideology which insists that all beliefs and cultural practices are equal and we should withhold judgement. /.../ The message is clear: you must approve of this practice or be quiet. While it would certainly be intolerant to ban the burqa, it is equally intolerant to prevent people from criticising it.
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The UK's immigration stats may be very wrong. A new project is trying to fix it
Jay Lindop
apolitical, 7 August 2018
[The author is Deputy Director of migration statistics - Office for National Statistics]

Since David Cameron became UK prime minister in 2010, the British government has capped skilled migration, become more sceptical of student visa applicants and introduced its infamous "hostile environment". All were policies adopted with one eye on the net migration statistics, on the back of Cameron's pledge to reduce immigration into "the tens of thousands".

In the midst of those dramatic changes, the survey which underlies that official net migration number was tweaked. A simple new question introduced in 2012 was meant to garner more detail on the different kinds of immigrants coming to the UK.

Instead, in the years that followed, it exposed problems in the UK's immigration statistics. They could mean the overall net migration figure has been repeatedly overestimated by tens of thousands of people. ...

The UK's quarterly statistics on long-term international migration are drawn from a survey introduced in the 1960s primarily to track tourists' spending. The new ONS project aims to supplement that survey with administrative data created in the course of running government programs.

That's because of problems with counting emigrants, highlighted by the new question. The 2012 change meant that foreigners leaving the UK would be asked what their original reason for coming had been.

It was meant to allow the ONS to produce finer-grained data on the movement of different types of immigrants. But the new figures immediately raised eyebrows, because they suggested that the number of international students leaving the country was much lower than the number arriving. ...

The ONS says that it thinks the overall net immigration number is still reliable, because the overcount of students is balanced by undercounting in other groups. Marley Morris, an expert on immigration at the Institute for Public Policy Research, was sceptical. "It's arguable that the overall figures might be right," he said. "But it would be a fluke." ...

Australia, by contrast, has been able to avoid many of the difficulties of combining different data sources thanks to the comprehensive information it gathers at the border.

That kind of system is unlikely to be possible in the UK, where there are minimal immigration checks for EU citizens or anyone coming to or from the Republic of Ireland.
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Dominic Raab's new aide called for continued freedom of movement after Brexit
Emilio Casalicchio
PoliticsHome, 7 August 2018

Dominic Raab's new aide said freedom of movement should continue after Brexit and blasted her new boss's claim that immigration pushes up house prices, PoliticsHome can reveal.

Stephanie Lis, who has been appointed Mr Raab's special adviser, made her comments in a 2016 video for the Institute of Economic Affairs, where she was director of communications before landing her new job.

She said concerns about immigration which had led to the vote for Brexit were "understandable" because "politicians have done an astonishingly poor job of making the case for free movement".

"As a result, migrants have found themselves blamed for all sorts of problems - from rocketing house prices to unemployment," she said.

"But many of these criticisms are based on exaggerations or are just fundamentally wrong." ...

Just this year Mr Raab said house prices had gone up by 20% over the past quarter of a century due to immigration. The then-housing minster was forced to publish official figures backing up his claims.
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How the left made Tommy Robinson
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 6 August 2018

The idea driving this demand of 'No Platform for Robinson!' is that the Tommy Robinson phenomenon is a product of too much freedom of speech. ... This argument is about as wrong as it is possible to be. /.../ It is the cultural elite's cowardly instinct to chill open discussion about issues like Islam, multiculturalism, mass immigration and social tensions that created Tommy Robinson and his various movements, through allowing him to present himself as a seer in a time of silence. ...

He has benefited directly from a climate in which critical discussion of Islam and British values is demonised. And he has been successful because people aggrieved at the lack of openness around Britain's cultural difficulties see in him someone who will speak on their behalf. ...

Tommy Robinson, the political persona, is only possible in an era in which it is tantamount to thoughtcrime to be mean about Islam. In which criticism of Islamic values can be written off as 'Islamophobia'. ...

He is only possible in a society in which officials refused for years to be open about the fact that largely Pakistani gangs were abusing mostly white working-class girls. In which a Labour politician, Sarah Champion, can be hounded out of her job for suggesting we be honest about such gangs. In which the liberal media continually tell us to panic about far-right extremism when the evidence of our eyes tells us Islamist extremism is a far greater threat: more than 450 Europeans have been slaughtered by Islamist terrorists in the past five years.

He is only possible in an era in which commentators mock people who raise concerns about cultural tensions in Sweden even as Jews are attacked in Malmo. An era in which even to say the word Islamist when talking about Islamist terrorism can win you hisses and boos. ...

This chilling of discussion about Islam, about new cultural tensions, about the abandonment of the ideal of integration and its inevitable replacement by frayed communal relations, reveals how central censorship is to the ideology of multiculturalism.

If multiculturalism represents an official unwillingness to elevate any one value system over any other, to promote a specifically British way of life, then its attendant creed of 'progressive censorship' represents an official unwillingness to permit honest discussion about the consequences of multiculturalism's divisive worldview. What we've learned in recent years – from the rise of hate-speech legislation to the refusal of politicians in Cologne to say women were being harassed by newly arrived Muslim migrants – is that censorship is the handmaiden of multiculturalism. ...

And into this fray comes Tommy Robinson, and others, who say: 'We'll tell the truth.' Every atom of their stardom comes from the fact that certain ideas are now off-limits in public life. The cowardice of the elites give them life. In the absence of other, more progressive voices raising concerns about the divisive and censorious ideologies of the new ruling class, these right-wingers can clean up. They can claim the moral highground and present themselves as the daring utterers of things you aren't meant to say. And here's the thing: this isn't entirely a pose; this really is the role they play, courtesy of our silencing elites.

It isn't freedom of speech that is dangerous. It is censorship. Censorship is the midwife of extremism.
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Anti-immigration, like pro-immigration, is a legitimate political position [part 1]
Yuval Noah Harari
The Economist, 6 August 2018
[A book excerpt from "21 Lessons for the 21st Century" by Yuval Noah Harari]

The European discussion about immigration often degenerates into a shouting match in which neither side hears the other. To clarify matters, it would perhaps be helpful to view immigration as a deal with three basic conditions or terms:

Term 1: The host country allows the immigrants in.

Term 2: In return, the immigrants must embrace at least the core norms and values of the host country, even if that means giving up some of their traditional norms and values.

Term 3: If the immigrants assimilate to a sufficient degree, over time they become equal and full members of the host country. 'They' become 'us'.

These three terms give rise to three distinct debates about the exact meaning of each term:

Debate 1: The first clause of the immigration deal says simply that the host country allows immigrants in. But should this be understood as a duty or a favour? ...

Anti-immigrationists stress that one of the most basic rights of every human collective is to defend itself against invasion, whether in the form of armies or migrants. The Swedes have worked very hard and made numerous sacrifices in order to build a prosperous liberal democracy, and if the Syrians have failed to do the same, this is not the Swedes' fault. ...

Moreover, say the anti-immigrationists, a country can have whatever immigration policy it wants, screening immigrants not just for their criminal records or professional talents, but even for things like religion. ...

As long as this debate isn't settled, it is extremely difficult to answer all subsequent questions about immigration. Since pro-immigrationists think that people have a right to immigrate to another land if they so wish, and host countries have a duty to absorb them, they react with moral outrage when people's right to immigrate is violated, and when countries fail to perform their duty of absorption. ...

Debate 2: The second clause of the immigration deal says that if they are allowed in, the immigrants have an obligation to assimilate into the local culture. But how far should assimilation go? /.../ Anti-immigrationists tend to place the bar high, whereas pro-immigrationists place it much lower.

Pro-immigrationists argue that Europe itself is extremely diverse, and its native populations have a wide spectrum of opinions, habits and values. ... Anti-immigrationists agree that tolerance and freedom are the most important European values, and accuse many immigrant groups – especially from Muslim countries – of intolerance, misogyny, homophobia and anti-Semitism. Precisely because Europe cherishes tolerance, it cannot allow too many intolerant people in. ...

Other anti-immigrationists go much further. /.../ By allowing them in, the local culture is taking upon itself a big risk and a huge expense. There is no reason it should destroy itself as well. It offers eventual full equality so it demands full assimilation. ...

The two key issues of this debate are the disagreement about immigrant intolerance and the disagreement about European identity. ...
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Anti-immigration, like pro-immigration, is a legitimate political position [part 2]
Yuval Noah Harari
The Economist, 6 August 2018

This will still leave open, however, the question of Europe's unique national identities. Tolerance is a universal value. Are there any unique French norms and values that should be accepted by anyone immigrating to France, and are there unique Danish norms and values that immigrants to Denmark must embrace? As long as Europeans are bitterly divided about this question, they can hardly have a clear policy about immigration. ...

Debate 3: The third clause of the immigration deal says that if immigrants indeed make a sincere effort to assimilate – and in particular to adopt the value of tolerance – the host country is duty-bound to treat them as first-class citizens. But exactly how much time needs to pass before the immigrants become full members of society? ...

Pro-immigrationists tend to demand a speedy acceptance, whereas anti-immigrationists want a much longer probation period. ...

The root issue of this debate concerns the gap between personal timescale and collective timescale. From the viewpoint of human collectives, forty years is a short time. It is hard to expect society to fully absorb foreign groups within a few decades. Past civilisations that assimilated foreigners and made them equal citizens – such as Imperial Rome, the Muslim caliphate, the Chinese empires and the United States – all took centuries rather than decades to accomplish the transformation.

From a personal viewpoint, however, forty years can be an eternity. For a teenager born in France twenty years after her grandparents immigrated there, the journey from Algiers to Marseilles is ancient history. She was born here, all her friends have been born here, she speaks French rather than Arabic, and she has never even been to Algeria. France is the only home she has ever known. And now people say to her it's not her home, and that she should go 'back' to a place she never inhabited?

As long as we don't know whether absorption is a duty or a favour; what level of assimilation is required from immigrants; and how quickly host countries should treat them as equal citizens – we cannot judge whether the two sides are fulfilling their obligations.

An additional problem concerns accounting. When evaluating the immigration deal, both sides give far more weight to violations than to compliance. If a million immigrants are law-abiding citizens, but one hundred join terrorist groups and attack the host country, does it mean that on the whole the immigrants are complying with the terms of the deal, or violating it? If a third-generation immigrant walks down the street a thousand times without being molested, but once in a while some racist shouts abuse at her, does it mean that the native population is accepting or rejecting the immigrants? ...

Whatever your answers to these questions, it should at least be clear that the European debate about immigration is far from being a clear-cut battle between good and evil. It would be wrong to tar all anti-immigrationists as 'fascists', just as it would be wrong to depict all pro-immigrationists as committed to 'cultural suicide'.
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Forced marriage: Officer asked if Iraqi man could date a 12-year-old
Paul Morgan-Bentley
Sunday Times, 5 August 2018

A police officer phoned a charity to ask whether it was "culturally acceptable" for an Iraqi paedophile to have a 12-year-old girlfriend.

The detective had arrested the 26-year-old man but wanted to be "culturally sensitive" after the suspect said the relationship was acceptable in his community. Karma Nirvana, the charity that took the call, told the officer to deal with the man as he would any other suspected child abuser.

The charity, which works with victims of forced marriage, said that the case showed the danger of officers whose professional judgment was clouded by fear of being called racist.
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Shoreham raid: Nine illegal immigrants caught cockling
BBC, 5 August 2018

Nine illegal immigrants have been caught in a raid on a group harvesting cockles, the Home Office has said.

Immigration Enforcement officers found the group at Brighton Road in Shoreham, West Sussex, at about 12:20 BST on Saturday.

Checks were carried out on a group of 11 people, nine of whom were found to be illegally present in the UK.

Five men were detained "pending removal from the UK", while four others - including two minors - were bailed.
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Police night-time swoop on boat heading for Kent beach find 'illegal migrants'
Sunday Express, 5 August 2018

Police smashed an alleged people-smuggling ring as they waited under cover of dark to intercept a speedboat packed with illegal immigrants last night.

Officers swooped on the boat, carrying illegal migrants form Vietnam, as it landed on a Kent beach under the cover of darkness.

The group were caught in the early hours of the morning as their speedboat landed on the beach in Walmer.

The eight arrests were part of a joint operation involving Kent Police, the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) and Border Force.

A 35-year-old man from Eyeworth, Bedfordshire, and a 34-year-old from Oxford were also arrested at the scene on suspicion of conspiring to assist unlawful immigration to the UK.
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Forced marriage: Police 'turn a blind eye' to child brides
Paul Morgan-Bentley
The Times, 4 August 2018

Police forces have been accused of failing thousands of victims of forced marriages by charging a suspect in only one in 38 cases.

Officials at the Home Office received more than 3,800 reports of forced marriages or victims being at risk of forced marriage in the past three years. Hundreds of the victims are children, with the youngest only four years old.

However, The Times surveyed police forces and found that fewer than 80 suspects had been charged in this time. It became illegal to force someone to marry in 2014 but only three cases have resulted in convictions.
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Moped robbers jailed for over 30 years after targeting elderly victims and stabbing man for his bible
Olivia Tobin
Evening Standard, 4 August 2018

The pair "hunted people down and made a sport of it" in south London, police said, and targeted vulnerable people in Croydon, Lambeth, Kingston, Sutton, Hammersmith and Fulham and Merton.

Mikelle Alexander, 21, of Sutton, and Karim Hussain, 20, of Romford were jailed for a combined 22 offences, including robbery and theft of a motor vehicle.

Police say the crimes occurred last year, between September and December, and the robbers "attacked vulnerable people - often women – and left their victims afraid to be in the neighbourhoods they had lived in for years." ...

Hussain has been jailed for 15 years for his crimes, with Alexander handed 17 years.
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India ignores citizens overstaying in UK, US but wants to declare 40 lakh in Assam illegal
Jyoti Malhotra and Avishek Jha
ThePrint, 3 August 2018
[A lakh is 100,000 (written in India as 1,00,000)]

The BJP-led Centre that claims credit for the completion of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) aimed at detecting illegal immigrants in Assam seems to be turning a blind eye to the issue of thousands of Indians who are staying illegally in several western countries such as the UK or the US.

In April, during his visit to the UK, Prime Minister Narendra Modi refused, at the last minute, to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the return of illegal immigrants because Indian authorities differed with London's definition of an "overstayer". ...

The UK authorities say there are between 75,000 and 1,00,000 illegal Indian immigrants in the UK. India claims the figures are far fewer, around 2,000.

In the US, the figure is 5 lakh people as of 2014, according to data collected by the Pew Research Centre in 2016. ...

According to an Indian diplomat who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the home secretaries of India and the UK had even hammered out a "package deal" in May 2017, agreeing that the Indian government would take back illegal immigrants if Indian students were given clear benefits in the UK university system on a par with China and other foreign countries.

But in June, India was left out of such a streamlined UK university process. UK secretary of state for international trade Liam Fox had then directly linked India's absence on the list to Delhi's refusal to resolve the question of "overstayers" or illegals. ...

Meanwhile, the India-UK spat over illegals refuses to go away, despite the fact that junior home minister Kiren Rijiju had signed an MoU on returns of illegal Indians within 30 days of their detection by British authorities.

The MoU that was to be signed by PM Modi in April reduced the number of days from 30 to 15 – a clause that was rejected by the Indian side. ...

The truth, as always, lies in between. Indian officials conceded that they are not terribly worried about Indians immigrating to western countries, arguing that most of this is due to economic reasons.

An India diplomat said, "When we were confronted with Indian illegals, we would request an interview with them in private. Then we would ask this so-called illegal immigrant, in Hindi or some other Indian language, if he or she wanted to stay in that country or not."

"If they said yes, we would then shrug our shoulders with the authorities of that country and tell them that processes back home would take much longer, and that it would be better to integrate them here itself," the diplomat added.
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BBC withdraws educational film about immigration that claimed Britain was 'multicultural long before curry and carnival' after bias complaints
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 3 August 2018

The BBC has withdrawn an educational film about immigration following complaints that it was biased.

The film, aimed at GCSE pupils, contained claims that Britain was 'multicultural long before curry and carnival' and that debate over immigration had fuelled a 'huge rise' in support for far-Right politics.

It was pulled from circulation and removed from YouTube after complaints that it broke impartiality rules.

Among other assertions by contributors to the film, part of a series called Don't Hate the Debate, was: 'Multiculturalism is a powerful tool for survival and possibly the only way to survive, so let's embrace it.'

Another speaker suggested that 'Britain had never been a nation of immigrants'. ...

The film, produced by BBC Education and aimed at pupils aged 14 to 16, was posted online in May. It focused on discussions about immigration among four young people. ...

The new film drew a scathing complaint from the Migration Watch UK think- tank, which said it failed to treat its subject with care and objectivity.

Lord Green of Deddington, founding chairman of Migration Watch, added that the discussion between young people in the film was 'shallow, unbalanced and unrepresentative'.

And he wrote to BBC chairman Sir David Clementi saying: 'Most people in the UK are not opposed to immigration per se, but they are concerned, we think rightly, about its present scale.

'Yet the overall impression of the video is that anyone who questions its current scale is unreasonable and prejudiced ... the video seems designed