IMMIGRATION CONCERN

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

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2018

ASYLUM – HOLIDAYS
Refugees go on holiday to their 'dangerous homelands' mostly funded by taxpayer's money
Voice of Europe, 31 July 2018

Already 115 refugees were caught by Belgian authorities in just the first six months of the year, travelling to their country of origin, and now risk losing their Belgian residence permits, newspaper HLN reports.

The number of refugees taking holidays in their 'dangerous homelands' is increasing. Compared to 2016 the number has doubled, the number already nearing the total number of cases in 2017, which was 134.

Migrants, registered as refugees, receive residence permits as they are in danger in their home countries. People returning could lose those residence permits, according to HLN. ...

The holiday phenomenon is not new. In the Netherlands dozens of cases were registered and in Switzerland and Sweden it was seen as well.

As a large majority of migrants are unemployed the trips are mostly funded with taxpayer's money. In Belgium, 66 per cent of refugees won't have a job by 2020.

For other countries the numbers are even worse. Nearly 90 per cent of refugees in the Netherlands are unemployed and similar figures in Switzerland are seen as well.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – ID SCHEME, BORDER SECURITY
EU citizen ID scheme proposed by think tank in UK immigration crackdown after Brexit
Alison Little
Daily Express, 30 July 2018

A citizen ID registration scheme should be considered for everyone in Britain, as part of a package to strengthen border controls after Brexit, a think tank has suggested. It said a proposed scheme to register EU citizens who want to stay in the UK after Brexit should be used as a test bed for a system that could be rolled out across the country.

It would prove people's entitlements to be here and to access services and jobs, while also making it harder for illegal immigrants to continue operating, said the report for centre right think tank Policy Exchange.

It should not need people to carry a physical ID card, it stressed, but instead govern citizens' interactions with the state via a digital system based on unique personal reference numbers.

There are also safeguards that can now be built into the central storage of information, to protect them from misuse. ...

The Government plans for the estimated 3.6 million EU citizens already in the UK to join a registration scheme if they want to stay beyond the end of the proposed transition period, December 31, 2020.

People will acquire a unique "EU Citizens Number" based on the document with photographic and biometric data which they used to register, that will secure them rights and access to public services, with layers of digital security woven into the system to protect their data. ...

The authors suggest it could initially be rolled out to UK citizens on a voluntary basis, with more people persuaded to take them up as they observed the benefits of easy access to services.

It would also make it much harder for illegal immigrants to "remain in limbo", said the report. ...

They want rail and ferry operators to be required to provide more advance information about passengers, as airlines already do.

A single authority should be in charge of coastline border security, and Britain should work more closely with Irish authorities to stop the UK-Ireland Common Travel Area being exploited for illegal entry.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – AUSTRALIA
Almost HALF of all newborns are now the children of immigrant mothers - with the number of babies with Australian-born parents at record lows
Nicole Pierre
Daily Mail Australia, 30 July 2018

More than 40 per cent of newborn babies are born to foreign mothers in one Australian state, as the numbers of children born to immigrants rise across the nation.

New statistics reveal 41 per cent of of babies are born to immigrant mothers in Western Australia - the highest number in Australia.

In New South Wales, 38.2 per cent of babies are the children of foreign- born women.

The two most popular migrant mothers giving birth in Australia are those of Indian and Chinese descent, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. ...

While the number of children born to immigrant parents has increased, this figure has dropped for Australian women giving birth. ...

Social analyst David Chalke believes differences in culture explains the fertility rate between Australian and foreign-born mothers. ...

ABC's Four Corners revealed earlier this year that immigration is the primary driver of population growth in the nation.

In 1997, it was estimated that Australia would reach a population of 25 million in 2050. Yet the nation is set to hit that figure in just days.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – SPAIN
Spain to invest 30 million euros in initial costs of migrant influx
Isla Binnie
Reuters, 30 July 2018

Spain aims to invest 30 million euros (£26.7 million) in an emergency plan to manage its new status as the main destination for seaborne migration from Africa, the government said.

During two months in office, Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has asserted his liberal credentials by offering to receive hundreds of migrants rescued in the Mediterranean, as the European Union struggles to agree on how to handle them.

The money will go towards covering the initial costs of managing arrivals on the beaches, from staff to hand out blankets and food to managing the process of identification and determining whether people qualify for asylum, a spokeswoman for the Prime Minister's office said. ...

On Monday, Madrid opened a temporary reception centre in the Andalusia region which is separated from Africa by the Strait of Gibraltar, just 14 km (nine miles) at its narrowest point.

Visiting the centre, which has space for up to 700 people to stay around 4-5 days each once their identities have been processed by police, Labour Minister Magdalena Valerio said immigration was an "unstoppable phenomenon".

"Migration policy needs to be shared, all European countries need to get involved," she added.
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EXTREMISM – RACISM, ISLAM
Danish Imam calls for the final solution: 'Jihad necessitates the Muslim invasion and conquest of Europe'
Voice of Europe, 30 July 2018

Imam Mundhir Abdallah, of the Masjid Al-Faruq mosque in Copenhagen is calling for a new Islamic conquest of Al-Andalus, the Balkans, and Rome, to fulfil the promise of the Prophet Muhammad.

"Jihad Necessitates the Muslim Invasion and Conquest of Europe", Abdallah told his followers "the final solution to the problem of the Levant – after the establishment of the Caliphate and the elimination of the Jewish entity – will be through the conquest of Europe."

Jews "are hastening their own annihilation by their rampaging, their filth, and their vileness, which reflect the immutable nature of the Jews." The Imam added that he is "not a racist" but that this "has to do with the Jewish character and psyche, with that sick Jewish mentality."

The video message was released in 2017 but has now been made public and translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) a week following his being charged with hate speech for calling to kill Jews.

In the video, he lays out a plan whereby Muslims can conquer Europe entirely and deliver a final blow to the "vileness" of the Jewish people.

... The Iman, who lives in Lebanon and has family in Denmark, claims the charge of hate speech is a conspiracy and that he is innocent.
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POLITICS – ISLAM, LABOUR PARTY
Why won't the left speak up for Sarah Champion?
Brendan O'Neill
Spectator blog, 30 July 2018

Where's the concern for Labour MP Sarah Champion? Where are the leftists demanding that this female MP stop being harassed merely for expressing her views? Where are the tweets drawing attention to Ms Champion's plight – the fact that she now needs an actual security team because people who hate her political views want to physically harm her? In this post-Jo Cox era, I thought we were all meant to have the backs of elected politicians who are under threat from extremists. And yet when it comes to Champion – just such an elected politician – people seem to be looking the other way.

It isn't hard to work out why. It is because Champion's persecutors are largely Muslims, and Champion's 'crime' is an unforgivable one in the eyes of the new left: she criticised the behaviour of certain parts of the Muslim community. Champion, the MP for Rotherham, committed the political and social faux pas of suggesting that Muslim grooming gangs are a bad thing, and that we should speak honestly and frankly about their existence. And so it seems that, to some on the left, she is fair game for harassment and threats. ...

For pointing this out – for expressing concern about the safety of white working-class girls – Champion was subjected to hateful abuse. She was branded a bigot, an Islamophobe, a racist. Corbynistas called for her to be expelled from the party. How telling that this new, identitarian, highly middle-class left should be more concerned about the feelings of rapacious men from Muslim backgrounds than about the security of girls and women from the working class. Jeremy Corbyn heeded these intolerant cries and pressure was put on Champion to resign as shadow equalities minister, which she duly did in August last year. ...

There is now an incredibly chilling climate around issues to do with Islam, multiculturalism and social tensions. To such an extent that an MP can be cast out and find herself subjected to hatred and threats merely for raising perfectly legitimate questions about violence by one group against another. In turning their backs on Champion, the Labour left is making clear what its priorities are: defending Islam from public criticism and preserving the ideology of multiculturalism, which apparently take precedence over being concerned for working-class girls at risk of rape or for an MP being threatened with death. Next time these leftists claim to be concerned for women's safety, be very, very sceptical.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – INTERNAL BORDER SECURITY
How do we cut illegal immigration? By policing Britain's internal border
David Goodhart
Sunday Telegraph, 29 July 2018

Britain is a country that wants to remain open but does not want its population to change too fast. It is a delicate balancing act for the UK border infrastructure. And despite the refrain of being "not fit for purpose" – either too laissez faire for not deporting enough illegal immigrants, or too draconian for harassing legitimate residents caught up in the Windrush scandal – we are edging in the right direction.

It is seldom recognised that most of our immigration is now temporary, mainly students and workers who return home. Annual net immigration is running at over 250,000 a year but the number granted permanent residence (excluding EU citizens) is just 60,000 a year. ...

In any case, having spent months talking to dozens of people from top to bottom of the Home Office for a report published tomorrow for the think tank, Policy Exchange, I come away reassured that the border is working far better than 10 years ago. The visa flows (there are 2.6 million visas granted every year) are under tighter control; since 2008, more than one million non-EU citizens have happily used a biometric residence permit (an ID card) to regulate their rights; the UK is a world leader in E-gates, helping to keep queues down; exit checks of a kind have been reinstalled; the number of new illegal immigrants is rising at its lowest level for two decades (just 15,000 to 20,000 a year by my calculation). ...

The Windrush scandal was an error of over-zealous control, and my report has suggestions for avoiding a repeat of this egregious mistake, but Windrush must not lead to a radical watering down of the so-called "hostile environment". Because the correct term for the hostile environment is simply the internal border. In a country like Britain, which has tens of millions of annual arrivals, most without the right to stay or work (a figure that will rise after Brexit to include EU citizens), not having strict internal controls – subcontracted in part to employers, landlords, public service staff and so on – is equivalent to not having a border at all.

For various reasons to do with the lack of ID cards, the English language and an open labour market, the UK has long been a magnet for illegals, and there are probably at least 500,000 in the country now. And if we want to stop this number crreping ever higher, a national ID system for both temporary immigrants and citizens is the long-term answer. Putting this back on the agenda is the one good thing to come out of Windrush.

... Illegal immigration is corrosive. It makes inner-city Britain less law-abiding and most negatively impacts recent legal immigrants. Action against it should be more confidently linked to minimum wage enforcement, private landlord licensing and action against modern slavery.

We can deport more people (only 6,000 people left involuntarily last year, excluding prisoners) but that is not the only way to reduce the illegal population. A general amnesty is undesirable but we should consider regularising those who have been here, living in the mainstream, for more than 10 years (rather than 20 as at present).

And why not pay people to leave? It costs 10 times more to remove an illegal against their will than to persuade someone to go voluntarily.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, FRANCE
Powder Keg Paris: As a devastating report reveals 300,000 illegal migrants are living in one French suburb...
Andrew Malone
Daily Mail, 28 July 2018

Yet this is not an exotic, far-flung destination. This is France. Moreover, this is Paris and only six miles from the Eiffel Tower. ...

The area in question is called Saint-Denis in the north-east of the city, where the Basilica holds the resting places of many French kings and queens.

Recently, it was reported that this sprawling district now holds as many as 300,000 illegal immigrants, many of whom rely on crime or the 'black economy' to make money. The official legal population in Saint-Denis is estimated at 1.5 million.

Not only that, according to French parliamentarians in a new report that's causing much anguish across the nation, as many as 420,000 legal residents here are living 'below the official poverty line'.

The scale of the problem grows each day. An estimated 80 migrants arrive in Paris every 24 hours – 550 a week.

Many head for Saint-Denis because of its closeness to transport links, including the railway lines heading towards the North coast, and Britain. ...

There are an estimated 135 different nationalities in Saint-Denis, most extremely poor, including an estimated 600,000 Muslims from North African or sub-Saharan African backgrounds. ...

Having spent several days in Saint-Denis, it's clear to me that the area is already lost to France – to the rule of French law, equality, religious freedom, and even access to the streets by the police themselves. ...

People bought and sold drugs openly. What law there is takes place inside Sharia courts, where Islamic leaders dispense the same forms of justice practised in the countries from which many here fled.

And where, as I discovered, other faiths and religions are being driven from the area. ...

Police have reportedly admitted the area is a 'no-go' zone, and will only drive through the areas armed and four to a vehicle. ...

There are around 350 known jihadists living in Saint-Denis, while 1,700 are believed to have returned to France after fighting for IS in Syria, with 15,000 terrorism suspects in France.

In Saint-Denis itself, there is a record number of mosques – 160 official ones, and many more unofficial – compared with 117 Catholic churches and 60 Protestant. Yet it is the unauthorised mosques – set up in basements and garages – that the authorities fear the most. ...

Much of the money-raising activity comes from drug-dealing by gangs, many of them Muslim. At one high-rise block of flats not far from where I was staying, the scale of the operation was evident.

Like a department store, different drugs are sold on different floors. ... Most blocks seemed to have the same operation, with youths guarding the front doors, 'spotters' on the streets opposite for signs of police or other gangs, and the drugs held and sold inside.
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CRIME – ROBBERY
Lithuanian gang flew into UK posing as migrant workers to stage terrifying £1 million armed raid at family-run jewellers
Tom Payne
Daily Mail, 28 July 2018

A gang of Lithuanian thugs travelled to Britain with the sole purpose of raiding a family jeweller in Cornwall, a court heard.

Armed with crowbars, pepper spray and a gun, they stole £1 million worth of gems from the shop.

The day before, four of the men flew to the UK, posing as migrant workers. They told passport control staff they were going to work for a clothing recycling firm owned by Gytis Inokaitis, who had spent three months planning the raid with mastermind Andrius Buinevicius. ...

Haroldas Ivanovas, 20, Rogertas Slekaitis, 25, Saulius Mickus, 28, and Tomas Bakierskis, 24, were convicted at Truro Crown Court last week of conspiracy to rob and using an imitation firearm with the intent of causing fear of violence. ...

Buinevicius, 41, from Lithuania, and Inokaitis, 35 from Plymouth, were also found guilty of conspiracy to rob and sentenced to a total of 29 years in prison after a two-week trial.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – CEUTA, SPAIN
Hundreds storm border fence into Spain's north Africa enclave of Ceuta
Sam Jones
The Guardian, 27 July 2018

About 800 people have tried to enter Europe by storming a border fence that separates Morocco from Spain's north African enclave of Ceuta, according to Spanish police.

The incident on Thursday morning followed renewed warnings about Spain's ability to cope with the rising number of migrants and refugees who have been arriving on its southern coast. ...

Spain's Guardia Civil said 800 people from sub-Saharan Africa rushed the fence at Ceuta at 6.35am, using shears and hammers to smash the high, razor wire-topped barriers, and attacked officers.

"In an attempt to stop the Guardia Civil getting close to the break-in area, the migrants ... [pelted] officers with plastic containers of excrement and quicklime, sticks and stones, as well as using aerosols as flame-throwers," it said.

The force said 602 people had succeeded in reaching Ceuta, of whom 586 had been taken to a temporary reception centre, while 16 were being treated in hospital. Fifteen police officers were also hurt, it added.

Although Spain has been praised for taking in the 630 people onboard the rescue ship Aquarius after it was turned away by Italy and Malta, it is finding it much harder to deal with the thousands of people crossing from north Africa.

According to the International Organization for Migration, 19,586 people have arrived in Spain by sea so far this year, more than in Italy (17,981) or Greece (15,351).

Town councils, police unions and NGOs in southern Spain have complained that they simply do not have the resources to deal with the number of people arriving. ...

Carmen Velayos, the secretary general of the United Police union in Cádiz, said the region's infrastructure had been "overwhelmed" by the rise in arrivals.

"Migrants are sleeping wherever they can: the police stations are full, the converted sports centres are full and the reception centres are full," she said. ...

Others point out that large-scale arrivals are hardly a new phenomenon on Spain's southern shores. In 2017, almost 22,000 migrants and refugees arrived by sea – almost four times as many as arrived the previous year.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – AUSTRALIA
How a record 539,000 immigrants moved to Australia in the last year - and 75% ended up in crowded Sydney and Melbourne
Stephen Johnson
Daily Mail Australia, 27 July 2018

More than half-a-million immigrants moved to Australia in the last year - setting a new record.

New figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed 539,000 immigrants moved to Australia in the 2016-17 financial year, an all-time high.

The net annual immigration pace was 262,489, factoring in people moving overseas. ...

The revelation came a week before the Australian population was set to surpass the 25 million milestone, 22 years earlier than predicted in the federal government's first inter-generational report of 2002. ...

With very few migrants moving to regional areas, that meant 74 per cent of them moved to Sydney and Melbourne, which were already congested. ...

Of the 539,000 people who migrated to Australia in 2016-17, 315,000 of them arrived on a temporary visa, including 150,000 international students, 50,000 working holiday makers, and 32,000 workers on temporary skilled visas.

During 2016-17, 276,000 people moved overseas.

That left 262,489 who immigrated to Australia, with 104,478 of them moving to New South Wales followed by another 90,009 going to Victoria.
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RACISM – GUILT, CRIME, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
In his assault on liberal guilt over race, Sajid Javid is putting his Labour opponents to shame
Trevor Phillips
Daily Telegraph, 27 July 2018

Sajid Javid ...

He has now taken a daring step towards doing something that his predecessors conspicuously failed to do, no doubt constrained by their fear of being called racist. In a letter to the Labour MP for Rotherham, Sarah Champion, he has called for an investigation into the ethnicity of the street grooming gangs that have abused hundreds of white children in British cities. Given that Ms Champion was forced by her party's leadership to recant her observation that the gangs had raped and exploited white children, he must have known that this intervention would provoke accusations of Islamophobia, and of being an Uncle Tom.

... It is precisely because of his background that Javid can make such an assault on political correctness and liberal guilt. Behind the grooming scandal lies an even worse suspicion: that the crimes were committed with the full knowledge of many in the local communities, and that those who should have spoken out stayed silent. Perhaps that explains the vituperation of some prominent Pakistani Muslims, including leading Tories, towards those who refuse to turn a blind eye to the ethnicity of the gangs. The last thing they want is for the community's dirty washing to be hung out for all to see; and worse, to be called out on their own silent complicity in abuse. ...

Liberal guilt about race and ethnicity is an increasingly significant obstacle to good government; and the cowardice shown by our political classes is costing lives. Nowhere is this plainer than in the pathetic evasions around knife crime. Yesterday, we learnt that London had experienced its 90th fatality in the wave of stabbings that have scarred the city this year. Yet neither the BBC nor most major newspapers had the courage to point out that this is a slaughter almost exclusively executed by black or Asian young men against other black or Asian young men. And without question, because we will not admit that this is a racial crime we will not solve it. To those who mouth anti-racist slogans, black lives never matter enough to allow the truth to be told.
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CRIME – ACID ATTACKS, COST
Acid attacks menace set to cost Britain £500m by 2020
John Twomey
Daily Express, 26 July 2018

Acid attacks have trebled in three years and threaten to cost Britain £500 million by 2020, research revealed yesterday. As victims suffer the long-term physical and psychological impact from appalling injuries, taxpayers are facing a mounting bill for increased spending on medical, police, prison and legal services.

More than half the attacks were committed in London, leading some to label it the acid attack capital of the world. ...

Former Scotland Yard detective Mick Neville warned yesterday: "Corrosive substances are becoming a weapon of choice for gangs. I fear it will get worse."

Research carried out for Acid Survivors Trust International (ASTI) has revealed the wider costs behind the shocking crime.

Last year alone, taxpayers forked out £60 million – around half of it in London where there were 470 attacks.

That represents a four-fold rise in just three years. ...

Across Britain, the number of acid attacks increased from around 300 in 2014 to nearly 1,000 last year.

ASTI, which campaigns for the rights of survivors, commissioned research from consultants Frontier Economics, which estimated each acid attack costs Britain at least £63,000.

It is the first time such research has been carried out and puts the total annual cost at around £60 million. ...

Nationwide, young women make up more than half of acid attack victims.

However, the trend is reversed in London where two thirds of the those targeted are young men.

Experts say the higher proportion of young male victims in the capital reveals the increased use of acid by gangs.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – CRIME, AUSTRALIA
'There is a problem': Tony Abbott questions all African immigration amid gang violence debate
Michael Koziol & Melissa Cunningham
Sydney Morning Herald, 26 July 2018

All African immigration into Australia has been called into question by former prime minister Tony Abbott amid the debate over Sudanese "gangs" in Melbourne.

Mr Abbott, speaking on 2GB radio in Sydney, argued that "we store up trouble for ourselves" by letting in people who are "difficult to integrate".

The sensational remarks followed Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton's declaration at the weekend of a "major law and order problem in Victoria" due to Sudanese "gangs", which he linked to the death of 19-year-old South Sudanese woman Laa Chol.

Mr Abbott said Sudanese-born people in Victoria constituted less than 0.1 per cent of the population, but were responsible for "well over" 1 per cent of all crimes committed in that state, and were 57 times more likely to commit aggravated robbery than the general population. ...

But in comments that went further than those of Mr Dutton - and focused on Australia's immigration intake rather than Victoria's bail laws - Mr Abbott called into question the integration of all African migrants.

"I guess the big question though is: why do we store up trouble for ourselves by letting in people who are going to be difficult, difficult to integrate?" he asked. ...

The statistics cited by Mr Abbott were sourced from the Victorian Crime Statistics Agency and have been seized on by federal ministers such as Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs Minister Alan Tudge as evidence of a "very significant" crime problem in Melbourne, as well as a "weak" state government and legal system.
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CRIME – ANTI-RACISM, LABOUR PARTY
The persecution of Sarah Champion
Ieuan Joy
Spiked, 26 July 2018

You would think that when a female Labour MP was physically threatened that commentators and many within the Labour Party would rush to her support. Since the murder of Jo Cox by a neo-Nazi terrorist, many have been vocal about the need for MPs to be protected. However, Sarah Champion, Labour MP for Rotherham, seems to be the exception to this concern for female politicians' security, and the reason is because Labour is in part responsible for her current predicament.

Champion has been advised by Scotland Yard's counterterror unit to accept increased protection in light of the death threats made against her. The reason for these threats is because Champion has taken a stand against large-scale child abuse in Rotherham by Pakistani men, most notably in an article for the Sun last year.

In the article, she made clear that the majority of child abuse takes place within the family setting and most convictions for this crime are against white men. However, she still got in trouble, and was purged from her post as a Labour equalities spokesperson, because she pointed out in plain and honest language that the vast majority of gang-related sexual exploitation is due to Pakistani men.

Labour made her a pariah over her honest stance, forced her to step down from the shadow cabinet, and since then she has been made fair game for ridicule and abuse. The charity Just Yorkshire said Champion is responsible for 'industrial-scale racism'. That's the problem with Labour today: it would rather ignore industrial-scale child abuse than be accused of so-called industrial-scale racism.

The truth is that thousands of young white working-class girls were sexually abused by mostly Pakistani gangs. The scale of it was enabled by the authorities, who lacked the moral courage to do their duty and intervene, for fear of being labelled racist. The abusers were aware of this fact and exploited it for their own evil ends.

When Labour shushes and even demonises any discussion of this scandal, it legitimises those who would use threats to shut down the debate. Rotherham, Oxford, Rochdale, Telford – in all these communities white working-class girls were abused by gangs of Muslim men. How many more have to suffer before Labour is willing to have an open, honest discussion about cultural tensions in 21st-century Britain?
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RACISM – SOUTH AFRICA
Whites and Indians will be barred from new pro-Zuma political party
Bongani Mthethwa
TimesLIVE, 26 July 2018

Whites and Indians will not be allowed in the controversial pro-Zuma political party, Mazibuye African Congress.

But the leadership of the party - which was launched last week after consultations with former president Jacob Zuma - says they are not racist.

This was revealed during Mazibuye's first media briefing, held at the Diakonia Centre in Durban on Thursday. ...

Mazibuye president Reggie Ngcobo, a former ANC member turned EFF activist, was unequivocal about his party's exclusion of whites and Indians from their membership. ...

He was fully supported by the party's secretary-general Romeo Matjila, who said: "Our membership and the character of our organisation dictate that we are only open to our natives. Our membership is not open to anything that looks white. We are a pro-black organisation. We are going to maintain that, we are not going to be dictated by anything."

Matjila added that it was up to "us as black people to emancipate ourselves".

"If emancipating ourselves is racist, so let it be. But we are not going to be apologetic on that," he said.
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CRIME – VIOLENCE, MURDER, LONDON
'This war won't end': London gang murders on the rise
Andy Hughes
Sky News, 25 July 2018

Young black men in London are being murdered at a rate unlike anywhere else in the UK, as gang wars rage on in the capital.

Sky News has spent months speaking with London's fiercest gangs as part of an investigation into this year's increase in gang-related violence.

Our freedom of information requests reveal almost half of murder victims and murder suspects in the capital are young black men - way out of proportion to London's population, in which 13% are black.

This is a stark contrast to everywhere else in the UK, where the racial and age profile of murder victims and suspects reflects the demographic in those areas. ...

There were 80 London murders in the first half of 2018, with more than 1,300 stabbings. The overwhelming majority of these are gang-related. ...

Metropolitan Police figures released last week show there has been a 16% rise in knife crime in London and at least 51 people have been stabbed to death.
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CRIME – CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
Labour MP Sarah Champion has been given beefed-up security after publicly condemning Asian child abuse gangs
Matt Dathan
The Sun, 25 July 2018

A Labour MP who condemned Asian child abuse gangs has been given boosted security amid fears she is being targeted by Muslim and hard-left opponents.

Sarah Champion received death threats after warning in The Sun last year of "a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls" in her Rotherham constituency.

Her comments triggered a major backlash from far left activists and Pakistani community groups in her constituency. They accused her of "industrial-scale racism" for pointing out that the sexual predators had a common "ethnic heritage".

Allies of Ms Champion have claimed they are trying to ruin her reputation in a bid to force her out of Parliament and replace her with a Muslim member of the local council.

In correspondence seen by The Times the ex-deputy leader of Rotherham Council described her as an "ogre". Jahangir Akhtar warned: "If Labour wants to keep her seat, they need to get rid of her pretty quick."

The newspaper reports that a leading figure of the local hard-left Momentum group Taiba Yasseen is being lined up to replace Ms Champion if she quits.

She has condemned Ms Champion for "betraying an entire ethnic group".

The criticism of Ms Champion has been orchestrated by a local racial justice charity, whose main donor is the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.

The Quaker organisation was condemned in 2015 for donating hundreds of thousands to Cage, a human rights group that described Isis monster Jihadi John as a "beautiful young man".
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – USA
New study shows that 22 per cent of US citizens do not speak English as their first language at home and that the number of foreign-born Americans is at its highest level ever with approximately 44 million
Daily Mail, 25 July 2018

Nearly a quarter of American households do not speak English as their first language, a new study published on Tuesday has found.

The Migration Policy Institute discovered that 22 per cent of the US population prefers to speak another language at home, with the highest concentrations located in Nevada and Florida.

'Spanish was the top non-English language spoken at home in the country overall and in the 15 fastest-growing states with one exception: Alaska, where Eskimo – Aleut and other Native American languages predominated,' the report found.

The Washington, DC-based think tank also noted in their study that the number of foreign-born US citizens is at its highest level ever, with approximately 44 million immigrants calling America home.

The number translates into 13.5 per cent of the population. ...

And while the number of immigrants between 2010 and 2016 increased by nine per cent, the foreign-born population surged 15 percent or more in 15 states: North Dakota, West Virginia, South Dakota, Delaware, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, Alaska, Indiana, Florida, Nevada.

'Approximately nine million immigrants, or one in every five, reside in these 15 states,' with Mexicans and Cubans dominating the influx followed by those from India and China, the MPI reported. ...

The report also notes that in 2014, 'about 84.2 babies were born per 1,000 immigrant women ages 15 to 44, compared to 58.3 births per 1,000 U.S.-born women in 2014, according to Pew Research Center estimates.'
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TERRORISM – WOMEN
Women and children like convicted terrorist Safaa Boular trained by IS abroad pose 'particular threat' to UK
Chloe Mayer
The Sun, 24 July 2018

Women and children trained by Islamic State who are returning to the UK pose a "particular security threat" to Britain, experts warned last night.

A bombshell new report by Kings College London suggests the number of radicalised women and minors returning from Iraq and Syria has been massively underestimated, along with the dangers they may now pose.

The report said 850 Brits were affiliated with the terror group abroad including 145 women and 50 minors.

Safaa Boular, 18, was convicted in June of being part of the UK's first all-female terror plot.

But an absence of official government data means it's unclear how many women and children are among the 425 jihadists who have returned to the UK so far. ...

The report said of the 41,490 foreign citizens affiliated with IS in Iraq and Syria between April 2013 and June 2018, 4,761 (13 per cent) were women and 4,640 (12 per cent) were minors.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – DEMOGRAPHIC REVOLUTION, USA
'Browning' of the US is a battle Trump has lost
Irish Examiner, 24 July 2018

There is a demographic revolution in America and the president, Donald Trump, seems determined to impede it. Yet all the signs are that he has already lost the battle. ...

Trump has been aware of this demographic revolution for some time and is determined to halt it, political observers say, citing a series of hardline immigration policies. Thousands of immigrants are being deported and others are being barred from entering the country.

Yet it is a battle the president looks to have already lost because, in about two decades, America will no longer be a country of white-majority voters. ...

The US Census projects that, by 2045, whites will comprise 49.9% of the population, in contrast to 24.6% for Hispanics, 13.1% for blacks, 7.8% for Asians, and 3.8% for multi-racial populations. But the figures also suggest political change could come sooner. For those under 18, minorities will outnumber whites in 2020, and for those aged 18-29 – members of the voting-age population – the tipping point will occur in 2027. ...

But while Trump is battling to slow this march to a more diverse America, Democrats should be confronting him and lay out their own vision for this new America, says Steve Phillips, founder of Democracy in Color, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, and author of Brown Is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority. ...

The main driver of diversification is the native-born Hispanic population, which grew by about 5m from 2010 to 2016, just as the native-born white population shrank by about 400,000 over the same period, according to Census Bureau data. ...

"By greatly slashing the number of Hispanic and black African immigrants entering America, [the president's immigration proposals] would reshape the future United States," says Michael Clemens, an economist at the Center for Global Development.

But Trump's moves are too late, Clemens says, because the demographic revolution has already happened and a new, multi-racial America is fast evolving.

"His attempts to make America whiter are doomed to fail, because the demographic revolution is now irreversible," says Clemens.

"The driving force of the browning of America is no longer immigration, but birth and death rates. A majority of babies being born are of colour, and a majority of people dying are white. Whites are already a minority of all children under age five.

"So, if all immigration ceased tomorrow, the country is still inexorably on a path to a new multi-racial reality."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – EUROPEAN UNION
EU offers to pay countries €6,000 per person to take in migrants rescued from Mediterranean
Jon Stone
Independent, 24 July 2018

The European Commission has offered to pay countries €6,000 (£5,346) per person to host migrants in secure centres in their territory, as part of a plan to break the deadlock in Brussels over migration policy.

The EU's executive said on Tuesday it would shoulder the cost of taking in the people crossing the Mediterranean on boats from the bloc's common budget, as well as cover the cost of specialist personnel to process them.

The proposal is the latest in a string of policies designed to resolve the issue, which has leapt up the political agenda in recent months after the election of far-right parties in countries such as Italy and Austria – despite a sharp fall in the number of people trying to travel to Europe.

Italy's far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini has previously closed Italy's ports to the boats, but the country's government softened its line this week, saying it would temporarily lift the embargo over August while the bloc worked out a new policy. ...

But there was little detail agreed regarding what form the processing centres should take, and some countries, including France, Germany and Italy said they had no intention of hosting them. ...

The current multi-year EU budget is being negotiated by member states, and the commission has already proposed to set aside billions for a contingency fund to deal with unforeseen costs related to migration.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – TELEVISION MEDIA BIAS, USA
Study: TV's War Against Trump's Immigration Enforcement Agenda
Rich Noyes and Bill D'Agostino
NewsBusters, 24 July 2018

During the 18 months of the Trump presidency, immigration has received more airtime on the three broadcast evening news shows than any other policy topic. ...

... Our methodology considers all explicitly evaluative statements (excluding neutral comments) from reporters, anchors and non-partisan sources such as experts or ordinary citizens. This ensures that we are measuring the editorial choices made by the news organizations, apart from the back-and-forth of partisan politics.

Using this measure, 92% of the evaluative comments about Trump's immigration policies have been critical, vs. a mere eight percent that have been supportive. ...

The negative tone is a consequence of journalists' decision to frame nearly all of their coverage around the plight of those adversely affected by the administration's enforcement program, rather than those harmed by illegal immigration or those who support enforcing existing law. We tallied each individual soundbite in these immigration stories, and found a heavy preference for the personal anecdotes of those seen as victims of the Trump policies: illegal immigrants and their families, or banned travelers and their families.

Those groups, along with their lawyers, accounted for 478 of the 1,087 soundbites from non-partisan sources aired on these newscasts, or nearly 44% of the total. An additional 163 soundbites came from protesters opposed to the administration's immigration policies (individuals or plainly understandable chants), plus 85 soundbites from activists associated with liberal groups.

On the other side, these newscasts aired 83 soundbites from law enforcement, 13 soundbites from U.S. citizens identified as border residents (three of whom were opposed to Trump's policies), and five soundbites from friends and family members of those who died because of crimes committed by illegal immigrants. There were only four soundbites from activists associated with groups committed to enforcement of immigration laws.
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IMMIGRATION – PROPOSALS
Here's an immigration plan that would help to make a success of Brexit
Lord Green of Deddington
The UK in a Changing Europe, 24 July 2018

There is no question that immigration was a massively important issue in the referendum but, strangely, the government have been ducking and weaving on the issue ever since.

As J Van Reenen, the Director of the LSE Centre for Economic Performance wrote in August 2016: 'There are multiple reasons for the Brexit vote, but by far the most important one can be summarised in a single word: immigration.'

Restoring sovereign border control was pivotal for many of the majority who voted to leave, but so also was a desire to see the scale of EU immigration reduced. It is true that net migration from the EU declined in 2017 to just over 100,000 from its record high (189,000) in the year to June 2016.

However, the number of EU citizens arriving to take up a definite job remained the same in 2017 as in 2016. Meanwhile, 70% of UK voters still want EU immigration to be cut, according to a poll published by Channel 4 last month. Interestingly, this includes 60% of Remain voters. ...

So here are some concrete proposals. Their fundamental objective is to enable businesses to recruit the top talent and skills from the EU, to preserve our many personal and cultural links with Europe and to honour the referendum result by delivering a substantial reduction in net migration from the EU.

We propose an expansion to highly skilled EU nationals of the Tier 2 work permit system, which currently applies to highly-skilled non-EU workers. 80% of EU workers who arrived in the decade until 2016 were in jobs that would not have qualified for such work permits.

On this basis we estimate that there is scope for a very substantial reduction in the inflow from Europe, of the order of 100,000 per year from the peak levels that were seen in 2015 and 2016. ...

The Shortage Occupation List, which provides a priority route for key workers, would also need review to ensure it provides a robust but responsive system to dealing with genuine shortages. ...

To preserve our wider links with Europe, there should be a minimum of formalities for EU citizens travelling to the UK for business, tourism, study and family purposes. For similar reasons the youth mobility scheme that is currently in place for eight countries such as Australia, Japan and South Korea should be expanded to incorporate young people from the EU.

We may also need to re-introduce a seasonal agricultural workers scheme such as New Zealand's, which has been recognised as 'best practice' by the World Bank and which includes robust safeguards against both overstaying and the undercutting of local workers.

Finally, there could also be a case for temporary arrangements for people like construction workers, but there should be an annually increasing fee for employers using this route in order to encourage them to train UK workers.

This outline is intended to meet the perfectly legitimate needs of employers but there are also other important factors. Considerations of congestion, quality of life, and the cohesion and stability of society are just as important as the usual economic metrics. ...

Nor should we overlook the point that cutting immigration into lower-skilled work could have social benefits given that training for UK workers has been simply abysmal over the past decade or so. We are in 25th place in the OECD for intermediate skills.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – CHILD MARRIAGE, MULTICULTURALISM, SWEDEN
Sweden struggles over child marriage
Nathalie Rothschild
Politico, 23 July 2018

Although Sweden is known for its commitment to child welfare, it is failing to extend those same protections to its immigrant population, activists and lawmakers say. Opponents accuse the government of being overly cautious in order to avoid being seen as culturally insensitive. ...

Still, marriages between underaged partners are recognized – and not annulled – if carried out abroad. The government has come under pressure to close that legal loophole and invalidate all marriages that involve minors. ...

"People see young girls as their sons' tickets to Europe," said Zubeyde Demirörs, a 45-year-old social worker who runs a shelter for victims of honor-based violence and oppression. ...

When it comes to forced marriage, the summer is the worst period of the year, said Demirörs.

"This time of year my phone just doesn't stop ringing. May, June, July – that's when many girls are taken back to their parents' home countries, mostly to rural parts of the Middle East and Africa."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – EUROPE
UN already had plans to replace Europeans with 159 million migrants 18 years ago
Abdelhamid Kaddour
Voice of Europe, 23 July 2018

In a report dated 2000, the UN stated that 159 million migrants should come to Europe as a replacement for ageing Europeans. ...

It was made by so called "experts", claiming to have the solution for a rapidly ageing European population; replace Europe's indigenous population with migrants.

"Experts" in the United Nations report, titled "Replacement Migration: a solution to an ageing population decline", state that the EU countries should welcome 159 million migrant workers by 2025.
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DIVERSITY – ARMED FORCES
Britain's Armed Forces branded 'too white' after failing in pledge to hire more black and Asian officers
David Wooding
The Sun, 22 July 2018

Britain's armed forces have been branded "too white" after failing in their pledge to hire more black and Asian officers.

New figures reveal not a single person from with an ethnic background has joined the senior ranks – despite a drive to make the top brass more diverse.

All 132 of the most senior military jobs – including generals, admirals and air chiefs – are held by white officers.

It is believed the highest non-white service personnel are an Air Commodore in the RAF, a Commodore in the Royal Navy and a Colonel in the Army. ...

Ministers have set a target of taking at least ten per cent of all new recruits from a non-white background by 2020. ...

Across the whole of the military, 7.6 per cent of all staff are recorded as being from an ethnic minority.

But in the officer ranks, they account for just 2.4 per cent.
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REPATRIATION/DEPORTATION – COST
'It's madness': Fury at Home Office's £2.4m bill for 'phantom' flights to deport failed asylum seekers that are CANCELLED before taking off
James Tapsfield
MailOnline, 21 July 2018

The Government was accused of 'madness' today after running up a £2.4 million bill for flights to deport failed asylum seekers that were cancelled.

The costs, caused by last-ditch appeals, were the highest for five years and sparked demands for an explanation as to why the system has still not been tightened up.

Problems arise when officials book seats only for legal challenges to be launched against deportation at the last minute - meaning they have to be abandoned. ...

According to the latest Home Office accounts, the figure for the 'phantom' flights his £2.4 million in 2017-18 - up from £2.1 million the previous year.

In 2015-16 - when Theresa May was in charge at the department - it was £1.9 million.

It has risen from £1.58 million in 2014-15.
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RACISM – POLITICS, LABOUR PARTY, ANTI-SEMITISM
Anti-Semitism is an issue that could blow the Labour Party to smithereens
Charles Moore
Daily Telegraph, 21 July 2018

In his 1999 report on the murder of Stephen Lawrence, Sir William Macpherson produced a definition of a racist incident. He said it was "any incident which is perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person". The then Labour government accepted this definition. Today it is the standard for public policy.

The Macpherson definition is absurd and unfair. It has no objective criteria. It demands no proof. If you choose to "perceive" someone's words or actions to be racist, you can accuse and thus ruin him without anything that a normal court would call evidence. This happens a lot. ...

... Labour rejected the IHRA example that it is anti-Semitic to claim that "the existence of the State of Israel is a racist endeavour".

It is indeed grimly hilarious that the party so zealous for the Macpherson definition refuses to apply it to itself. If you obey Macpherson, you must accept that if one single Jew (or one single person of any race) identifies an anti-Semitic incident perpetrated by the Labour Party, that settles the argument in favour of the complainant. ...

As Western European Muslim populations grew, and Islamist extremists stirred up anti-Semitic feeling among them, the electoral imperative took over. In Britain, there are roughly 10 times as many Muslim voters as Jewish ones. If Mr Corbyn himself can't count, his clever aides can. It may be quite useful for him to be accused of anti-Semitism. Losses in Barnet will be much more than offset by gains in Bradford, Burnley and Birmingham. There are numerical as well as ideological reasons why Labour might not mind being thought an anti-Semitic party.
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REPATRIATION/DEPORTATION – ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
More than half illegal immigrants dodge deportation flights at last minute
Jon Austin
Daily Express, 21 July 2018

More than 60 per cent of of the thousands of illegal immigrants, failed asylum seekers and foreign criminals set to lave the UK have avoided deportation flights from the UK through last-minute appeals and court injunctions.

Home Office figures show that of the 10,129 people set to be flown back on charter flights between January 2016 and May this year, 6,237 (61 per cent) of them were removed from the aircraft before it took off or told they did not have to board the plane at the eleventh hour. ...

However, the Home Office yesteray insisted it removes on average 100 foreign crooks a week from the UK.

The cost per person of the flight sky rockets because the Home Office often charters whole planes purely for the deportations, which are then flying with scores of empty seats.

More than 1,200 (12 per cent) of the people set to be deported over the period were foreign criminals released from UK prisons, but it is not clear from the figures how many of these avoided flights.

The Home Office refused to answer questions about the cost of the flights, but in 2015 then Home Office minister for immigration said in Parliament the average cost per returnee was £5,209.

The bulk of flights are sending people back to Nigeria, Ghana, Pakistan and Albania, ...

The Home Office has removed more than 42,800 foreign offenders since 2010.

In 2017/18 5,630 foreign crooks were deported.
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CRIME – FRAUD
Bilston forger built mansion in Zimbabwe while raking in thousands from fake marriages and benefits scam
John Scott
Express & Star [Wolverhampton], 19 July 2018

Clemence Marijeni has been locked up for 17 years after producing fake documents for two huge West Midlands fraud rackets.

The master forger behind one of the West Midlands' largest sham marriage scams and a £720,000 maternity allowance fraud has been jailed for a total of 17 years.

Clemence Marijeni produced fake documents for the money-spinning rackets, which ran simultaneously for almost four years, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard.

The Zimbabwe-born 44-year-old father of two completed a law degree at Wolverhampton University after coming to the UK in 2006 and claimed to earn £30,000-a-year from his role in a shipping business.

But the graphics expert pocketed more cash by selling forged paperwork to others involved in the two frauds while using eight bank accounts under false names to collect at least £55,000 from bogus maternity allowance claims for himself.

Meanwhile he and his Zimbabwean wife, Poula Chikuhwa, aged 37 – also part of the swindle – had a mansion built in their home country. ...

Henry Bazra, the alleged brains behind the operation, was interviewed by investigators but fled the country before he could be arrested and is now thought to be in Malawi. ...

Marijeni was a key player in the bogus marriage fraud, creating fake histories in a bid to help at least 45 West Africans to stay in the country illegally through bogus weddings. Czech and Slovakian people allegedly working and living in the UK were paid to tie the knot. ...

Personal details of almost 30 people working with one of the gang were used on fake benefit claims which were laundered through the bank accounts of others among the dozen people convicted of involvement in the fraud.
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CRIME – FRAUD
Fraudster who built a mansion in his native Zimbabwe using British cash from £450,000 maternity benefit and sham marriage scams is jailed with 11 others for a total of almost 50 YEARS
Richard Spillett
MailOnline, 19 July 2018

The head of a gang who conned £450,000 in maternity payments before building himself a mansion in his native Zimbabwe has been jailed.

Clemence Marijeni, 44, was at the centre of a 12-person fraud ring who claimed taxpayers' cash meant for mothers of young babies. ...

Ten others were jailed for their parts in the fraud; Liberty Masunda, 43, Tinashe Sagomba, 38, Toad Tagarira, 50, Kudakwashe Mhembere, 37, Faith Mavis Tagarira, 41, Tiwone Dowoke, 38, Walasungu Ngwira, 39, Patience Kanjira, 19, Casper Mawoko, 36, Tapiwa Madziwa, 37.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – AUSTRALIA
Revealed: The top 10 immigrant groups moving to Australia permanently - with one nationality entering the country at a rate of 50 people a day, and most buying property
Sam Duncan
Daily Mail Australia, 19 July 2018

More immigrants settling permanently in Australia since the turn of the millennium were born in India than anywhere else, and a majority have bought their own homes.

New Census data has revealed almost 300,000 permanent migrants arrived from India between 2000 and 2016, making them the largest overseas-born group.

A total of 291,916 permanent migrants born in India who arrived between 2000 and 2016 were living in Australia as of Census night, followed by 247,202 from China.

Permanent migrants from England made up the next largest group at 221,187, the majority of whom had become Australian citizens.

Those born in the Philippines were next, numbering 116,992, then came South Africa, with 91,579, and Vietnam on 54,523.

The data released on Wednesday revealed most of the 1,910,711 arrivals since 2000 either owned their own homes outright or owned them with a mortgage. ...

Most Indian migrants - a total of 234,395 - were on skilled visas, followed by 56,402 on family visas and 1,097 on humanitarian visas.

Among the top ten countries, permanent immigrants from Vietnam had the highest proportion of people on family visas.

Iraq had the highest number of migrants in the humanitarian visa stream - 37,751 out of a total of 45,816.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – NATIONAL IDENTITY, ISRAEL
Jewish nation state: Israel approves controversial bill
BBC, 19 July 2018

Israel's parliament has passed a controversial law characterising the country as principally a Jewish state, fuelling anger among its Arab minority.

The "nation state" law says Jews have a unique right to national self-determination there and puts Hebrew above Arabic as the official language. ...

Called The Basic Law: Israel as the Nation State of the Jewish People, the legislation essentially defines Israel first and foremost as a Jewish state.

Among its 11 provisions, it describes Israel as "the national home of the Jewish people" and says the right to exercise national self-determination there is "unique to the Jewish people". ...

Israel has no constitution but instead passed over time a series of Basic Laws which have constitutional status. The nation state law is the 14th such basic law. ...

Israeli Arabs, many of whom identify as or with Palestinians, comprise about 20% of the country's nine million-strong population.

They have equal rights under the law but have long complained of being treated as second-class citizens and say they face discrimination and worse provision than Israeli Jews when it comes to services such as education, health and housing.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – HUNGARY
Hungary's Orban tells Israel that Jews in his country can feel safe
Jeffrey Heller
Reuters, 19 July 2018

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, a nationalist whose policies have raised concerns among Jews in his country, said on a visit to Israel on Thursday they should feel safe under his government.

Paying a reciprocal visit to Israel a year after hosting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Budapest, Orban reaffirmed that Hungary would show "zero tolerance" for anti-Semitism.

"All of the Jewish citizens in Hungary are under the protection of the government," Orban said, according to a Hebrew translation of his remarks to reporters in Hungarian at the start of talks with the right-wing Israeli leader.

"We are proud that in Hungary, self-identifying Jews, who celebrate and preserve Jewish tradition can feel safe." ...

But greeting Orban on Thursday, Netanyahu called him "a true friend of Israel".
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CRIME – SLAVERY
Number of modern slaves estimated 'hidden' in UK rises tenfold to 136,000
Kieran Guilbert
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 19 July 2018

Britain is home to about 136,000 modern slaves, a global survey found on Thursday - a figure 10 times higher than government estimates that points to emerging forms of slavery, police and campaigners said.

About one in 500 people in Britain were trapped in modern-day slavery in Britain on any given day in 2016, according to the 2018 Global Slavery Index (GSI) by rights group Walk Free Foundation, which says the crime affects 40 million globally.

The government estimated in 2013 that only about 13,000 people in Britain were modern-day slaves - trapped in forced labour, sexual exploitation and domestic servitude - while the police have said there are likely to be tens of thousands. ...

Forced labour is believed to be rife across Britain's building sites, nail bars, car washes, factories and farms, while a rising number of children are being used by gangs to carry drugs between cities and rural areas, according to police.
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CRIME – FRAUD
Sisters among latest to be locked up over £720k Black Country benefits fraud
John Scott
Express & Star [Wolverhampton], 19 July 2018

Two sisters of the missing mastermind behind a £720,000 maternity allowance swindle were each starting six-year jail sentences for their part in the racket today.

Tiwone Dokowe, aged 36, and Walusungu Ngwira, 39, had each been sent to prison in June 2012 for 16 months after being convicted of a carbon copy fraud, Wolverhampton Crown heard.

They were locked up for 16 months and 20 months respectively in June 2012 for illegally pocketing £58,000 worth of maternity allowance, as well as housing and council tax benefits totalling around £17,000.

But when freed on early release the following year, both quickly got involved in the swindle reportedly organised by their brother Henry Baza, who was interviewed by investigators but fled the country before he could be arrested and is now believed to be in Malawi. ...

Pay roll manager Tapiwa Madziwa has also been locked up.

He provided a list containing the personal details of fellow workers at the firm where he worked and 26 of those were used by the gang to make bogus maternity allowance claims. He also allowed them to launder money through his bank accounts.

The 37-year-old economics graduate from Rightwell East, Peterborough, made a bid to escape when the trial was due to start but was detained at Heathrow Airport as he prepared to board a flight to Ethiopia. He was jailed for six-and-a-half years.

Tinashe Sagomba, aged 38, of Dereham Road, Thetford, who had almost £40,000 paid into three bank accounts used by him after making multiple false maternity allowance claims, was given a five-year sentence.
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IMMIGRATION – NUMBERS
Immigration from outside the EU is still a problem
Tim Newark
Daily Express, 18 July 2018

Brexit appears to be already working in that the number of EU migrants coming to the UK is slightly down from previous years. But more immigrants from the rest of the world are still flocking to our country.

In fact, a city the size of Nottingham or Sunderland was added to our population thanks to net migration last year.

And yet non-EU migration is the one issue we can control.

The Government that once pledged to get net migration down to the tens of thousands is still failing to control immigration from the rest of the world.

Brexit is about taking control of our borders but we don't seem to be doing that when it comes to the near quarter of a million more people coming to the UK from countries outside the EU in 2017.
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MULTICULTURALISM – NETHERLANDS
Peaceful multicultural societies don't exist, Dutch FM says
Janene Pieters
NLTimes, 18 July 2018

There are no peaceful multicultural societies and it is genetically determined that man can not connect with "unknown people", Minister Stef Blok (VVD) of Foreign Affairs said during a private meeting with Dutch who work for international organizations last week Tuesday, which current affairs program Zembla has footage of.

"Give me an example of a multi-ethnic or multicultural society where the original population still lives (...) and where there is a peaceful society. I don't know of one", he said. According to the Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister, every society has boundaries when it comes to taking in immigrants. He called it "very nice" to have a Turkish baker around the corner, but added that there can be "some side effects". "If you live in the middle of it, you will suffer enormously." ...

One of the other meeting attendees noted that Suriname is an example of a peaceful multicultural society. But Blok responded that Suriname is a failed state, partly because its political parties are divided along ethnic lines. Singapore is also not a good example, according to Blok. "Singapore is indeed a mini-country, extremely selective in its migration (...) They do not allow poor migrants. Yes, eventually, possibly for cleaning", he said.

Dutch parliamentarians are shocked by these statements.
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DIVERSITY – CHILDREN'S BOOKS
Children's books must have more black characters, Arts Council funded report says
Camilla Turner
Daily Telegraph, 17 July 2018

Children's books must have more black characters, a study funded by the Arts Council has said.

Only 4 per cent of books published last year aimed at primary school children featured a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic character, according to research commissioned by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE).

When analysing how many children's books had a main character who was from an ethnic minority background, researchers found that the proportion dropped even further down, to one per cent.

Meanwhile, almost a third (32.1 per cent) of pupils in primary schools in England are from minority ethnic backgrounds, the latest official figures show. ...

The study was funded by the Arts Council, which is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

The CLPE urged publishers to use more characters from ethnic minorities in children's literature, not as a "tick box exercise" but as a "meaningful and accurate representation of the interconnected, diverse society".

Ethnic minority characters should not be defined by their "struggle, suffering or 'otherness'" the report said and should not just feature in the "margins" of the plot. Instead, they should be "central" to narratives, and should be "authentically portrayed".

Of the 9,115 children's book published in the UK in 2017, just 391 featured an ethnic minority character, researchers found.

Last year, the best selling children's author Anthony Horowitz said he was warned off creating a black protagonist.

The author of Foyle's war and the Alex Rider series of teenage spy novels said that an editor told him it would be "inappropriate" to draw from experiences other than his own.

He told Event magazine: "This is maybe dangerous territory but there is a chain of thought in America that it is inappropriate for white writers to try to create black characters.

"That it is actually not our experience and therefore to do so is by its very nature artificial and possibly patronising. Therefore I was warned off doing it. Which was, I thought, disturbing and upsetting."
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DIVERSITY – CHILDREN'S BOOKS
Only 1% of children's books have BAME main characters – UK study
Alison Flood
The Guardian, 17 July 2018

In a research project that is the first of its kind, and funded by Arts Council England, the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) asked UK publishers to submit books featuring BAME characters in 2017. Of the 9,115 children's books published last year, researchers found that only 391 – 4% - featured BAME characters. Just 1% had a BAME main character, and a quarter of the books submitted only featured diversity in their background casts.

This compares to the 32.1% of schoolchildren of minority ethnic origins in England identified by the Department of Education last year.

"It is a stark and shocking figure when you see it in print," said Farrah Serroukh, who directed the project for the CLPE and presented it to publishers on Monday.

The researchers also analysed the quality of the representation, as well as the quantity of BAME characters. They found that more than half the books featuring a BAME character were classed as "contemporary realism", and 10% contained "social justice" issues, such as war and conflict. Only one children's book featuring a BAME character was defined as comedy. ...

"To redress imbalances in representation is not an act of charity but an act of necessity that benefits and enriches all of our realities," the report adds.

Author Nikesh Shukla, who has been a major force behind the push for diversity in UK publishing, sat on a steering committee for CLPE's report.

"I do feel the industry is getting better but a report like this is a reminder of how much work still needs to be done – and a stark reminder of our readers, and how our readers are not getting what they need," he said. ...

Serroukh said that the CLPE had plans to work with publishers to help them improve. Recommendations include increasing investment in authors from a range of backgrounds, looking for stories where main characters are BAME, and ensuring that they are not "predominantly defined by their struggle, suffering or 'otherness'". ...

Serroukh writes in the report's foreword: "We know that those who work in all areas of children's books and literacy recognise that there is work to be done. We want to channel the momentum to ensure that this isn't reduced to an awkward footnote or 'trend' in the history of UK children's publishing because something as integral as a person's identity and sense of self deserves to be recognised, respected and valued now and always."
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IMMIGRATION – EU MIGRANTS, BREXIT
UK could lose track of thousands of EU migrants after Brexit, warns report
Lucy Pasha-Robinson
Independent, 16 July 2018

The UK could lose track of tens of thousands of EU migrants as they lose their right to remain in the UK after Brexit, according to a new report.

It warned that unless the Government develops a way of measuring the number of EU nationals who have received "settled status", those who never apply could fall through the gaps.

The paper from the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford said that based on currently available statistics, it will not be easy to calculate exactly how many miss out unless the numbers are very large.

"This is because we do not have precise figures on how many EU citizens are living in the UK and plan to stay," the report said.

"It is possible that tens of thousands of EU citizens living in the UK could lose their legal status without this being clear from the data."

It comes just days after the Government announced it would launch a new online application for EU nationals to apply for the right to remain in the UK after Brexit.

Ministers have set aside some £300m to operate the system to redefine the status of EU citizens who currently have full rights to stay here anyway, but insiders admit the costs could rise even higher. ...

The Migration Observatory has previously raised concerns that thousands of EU citizens could inadvertently become illegal residents in the UK after Brexit despite meeting the required criteria to stay.
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IMMIGRATION – EU MIGRANTS, NUMBER
EU immigration figures may have been under-counted by half a MILLION since 2004, report claims
Steve Hawkes
The Sun, 16 July 2018

Immigration from the European Union may have been under-counted by half a million since 2004 – a think tank claims today.

Migration Watch urged Theresa May to stand by her "red lines" as it claimed a huge discrepancy between official figures collated by the Office for National Statistics.

It said population figures show a 2.21 million increase in the number of EU born citizens living in the UK between 2005 and 2017.

But official immigration figures – based on thousands of surveys at airports and docks – suggest EU net migration rose by 1.7 million from 2004 to 2016.

Migration Watch co-chair Alp Mehmet said the difference equated to 508,000 – equivalent to a city the size of Sheffield.

He said: "Our paper suggests that Brexit could be an even more effective means of reducing immigration than previously thought.

"This underlines the importance of taking a firm line, so far absent, on lower skilled migration from the EU."
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IMMIGRATION – NUMBERS
UK migration stabilises in 2017 after decline following Brexit vote
Camilla Hodgson
Financial Times, 16 July 2018

Around 282,000 more people came to the UK than left in 2017, as net migration continued to add to the UK population but remained at a "broadly stable" rate, according to data published by the Office for National Statistics on Monday.

Of those people coming to the UK in the year to December 2017, around 240,000 were from the European Union while around 311,000 were non-EU citizens.

The net number of EU migrants to the UK was at a similar level to that seen in 2013 – with around 101,000 more arriving than leaving. This was a similar figure to that seen in 2016, a stabilisation after the net number of EU migrants fell sharply following the UK's Brexit vote, the ONS said.

Overall, "net migration fell following record levels in 2015 and early 2016 and has been broadly stable since. ...

While the total number of immigrants in the year changed little, the number of people leaving the UK has gradually increased since 2015. ...

In the year to March 2018, there were also 14,166 grants of asylum.
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IMMIGRATION – RICH INVESTORS
Huge jump in number of super-rich immigrants applying for UK investor visas
Caitlin Morrison
Independent, 16 July 2018

The number of millionaires and billionaires applying to move to the UK as part of a special visa programme aimed at attracting rich immigrants rose 46 per cent last year.

In the 12 months to 30 March, 405 high net worth and ultra-high net worth individuals applied to come to the UK on a Tier 1 investor visa. Applicants for the visa, which allows people to stay in the country for three years, must have at least £2m to invest in the UK.

Investor visas are often seen as a fast-track process for wealthy foreign nationals to acquire British citizenship.

Of the total applications, 123 came from China, up from 98 the year before, with 52 coming from Russia, up from 34, and 24 from Turkey, compared with 13 in the preceding 12 months.
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IMMIGRATION – NUMBERS, EU IMMIGRANTS, NON-EU IMMIGRANTS
UK: Non-EU Migration 'Highest in 13 Years', EU Migrants 'Undercounted'
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 16 July 2018

The latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show non-EU net migration is at its highest for 13 years, according to Migration Watch UK, which also claims EU net migration may have been undercounted by half a million since 2004.

The ONS bulletin notes that non-EU net immigration, at +227,000, was twice the level of EU net migration at +101,000 – meaning that even if immigration from the EU was eliminated entirely, the Tories would be nowhere near achieving their 2010, 2015, and 2017 manifesto pledges to bring net immigration down to "the tens of thousands".

With new Home Secretary Sajid Javid relaxing immigration controls, it is unlikely the target will ever be met – lending further credence to former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne's claims that the Tories never seriously intended to bring immigration down.

Commenting, Chairman of Migration Watch UK Lord Green of Deddington said: "These are very disappointing figures. Migration from the EU is still adding 100,000 a year to our population and non-EU net migration is the highest level in a calendar year for 13 years. It's time for the Government to get serious about reducing immigration instead of caving into every demand of the immigration lobby."

Claims of a supposed 'Brexodus' of EU migrants from the United Kingdom since the people voted to Leave the European Union in June 2016 are common in the mainstream media, but as the ONS itself notes: "Much has been written about EU citizens leaving the UK, but the fact is there are still more people coming to the country from the EU than leaving it. In fact, the last quarter shows that around 100,000 more EU citizens are coming to the UK than leaving."

In fact, Migration Watch believes the true figures for EU immigration could actually be far higher than the ONS figures – based on traveller surveys which some critics have derided as "little more than guesswork" – as there is a significant discrepancy between immigration estimates and population growth estimates.

Migration Watch co-chairman Alp Mehmet said the difference worked out at around 508,000 – roughly equivalent to the population of Sheffield, Britain's fourth-largest city.
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POLITICS – DIVERSITY, CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Conservative Party told to win more black and ethnic minority voters or risk losing power for a decade
Steve Hawkes
The Sun, 16 July 2018

The Tories must "urgently" win more black and ethnic minority (BAME) voters or face being out of power for a generation, a new report claims.

A think tank today revealed cultural and demographic shifts in key constituencies will cost the Conservatives 28 seats by 2031 given their dire support among the BAME community.

Just 24 per cent of BAME voters believe the Conservatives are on their side – compared with 52 per cent for Labour.

And Onward claims that when the population in a constituency becomes '30 per cent BAME' - the Conservatives lose. ...

Onward chief Will Tanner, a former No.10 policy expert, said: "Britain is increasingly a melting pot of different ethnicities and cultures.

"And the Conservative Party simply must do more to keep up. ...

Onward said the problems facing the Tories among ethnic minorities were as great as among 18-24 year-olds. ...

Just 21 per cent of BAME voters backed the Conservatives on June 8.

Winning 40 per cent would have meant an extra 600,000 voters in key seats – handing the PM a 42 seat majority, British Future said.

The group added that Britain's growing diversity means the penalty will get higher at each election for parties that don't reach out to non-white voters.
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POLITICS – RACISM, USA
Why identity politics benefits the right more than the left
Sheri Berman
The Guardian, 14 July 2018
[Sheri Berman is an associate professor of political science at Barnard College, Columbia University]

Rather than being directly translated into behavior, psychologists tell us beliefs can remain latent until "triggered". In a fascinating study, Karen Stenner shows in The Authoritarian Dynamic that while some individuals have "predispositions" towards intolerance, these predispositions require an external stimulus to be transformed into actions. ...

What pushes that button, Stenner and others find, is group-based threats. In experiments researchers easily shift individuals from indifference, even modest tolerance, to aggressive defenses of their own group by exposing them to such threats. Maureen Craig and Jennifer Richeson, for example, found that simply making white Americans aware that they would soon be a minority increased their propensity to favor their own group and become wary of those outside it. (Similar effects were found among Canadians. Indeed, although this tendency is most dangerous among whites since they are the most powerful group in western societies, researchers have consistently found such propensities in all groups.) ...

... In an excellent new book, Uncivil Agreement, Lilliana Mason analyzes perhaps the most important of these: a decades-long process of "social sorting". Mason notes that although racial and religious animosity has been present throughout American history, only recently has it lined up neatly along partisan lines. In the past, the Republican and Democratic parties attracted supporters with different racial, religious, ideological and regional identities, but gradually Republicans became the party of white, evangelical, conservative and rural voters, while the Democrats became associated with non-whites, non-evangelical, liberal and metropolitan voters.

This lining up of identities dramatically changes electoral stakes: previously if your party lost, other parts of your identity were not threatened, but today losing is also a blow to your racial, religious, regional and ideological identity. /.../ This social sorting has led partisans of both parties to engage in negative stereotyping and even demonization. ...

Stenner, for example, notes that "all the available evidence indicates that exposure to difference, talking about difference, and applauding difference ... are the surest ways to aggravate [the] intolerant, and to guarantee the increased expression of their predispositions in manifestly intolerant attitudes and behaviors. ...

Relatedly, research suggests that calling people racist when they do not see themselves that way is counterproductive. As noted above, while there surely are true bigots, studies show that not all those who exhibit intolerant behavior harbor extreme racial animus. Moreover, as Stanford psychologist Alana Conner notes, if the goal is to diminish intolerance "telling people they're racist, sexist and xenophobic is going to get you exactly nowhere. It's such a threatening message. One of the things we know from social psychology is when people feel threatened, they can't change, they can't listen." ...

Is our ultimate goal ensuring the compatibility of diversity and democracy? Then promoting the overlapping interests and identifications that enable citizens to become more comfortable with difference and thus more tolerant and trusting, is absolutely necessary.
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POPULATION PRESSURE – SECONDARY SCHOOLS
Fears of supersize classes as secondary school population set to swell to 3.3m in next decade
Camilla Turner
Daily Telegraph, 13 July 2018

Supsersize classes could become the new norm, it is feared, as new figures show that the secondary school population is set to swell to 3.3 million within a decade. ...

Secondary pupil numbers are expected to rise by 14.7 per cent in the next 10 years, meaning there will be another 418,000 children in secondary schools by 2027, according to Department for Education's (DfE) latest projections. ...

Professor Alan Smithers, director of the centre for education and employment research at Buckingham University said that the "explosion" in the secondary school population means that class sizes will "almost certainly" rise.

"It couldn't have been a surprise [to officials] as they have seen the numbers coming through primary schools," he said.

"So there really ought to be some plans in place. In essence we are inheriting the whirlwind of Labour's lax immigration policy." ...

The DfE's forecast said the increase in school pupil population is "largely driven by an increase in the birth rate rather than direct immigration".

It went on: "However, that birth rate is in turn affected by any increase in the number of children born to non-UK born women (compared to those born to non UK-born women).

"The number of children born to non-UK born women increased by around 75 per cent between 2002 and 2013 (the years in which many children currently in schools were born), although this was a period of increased births generally."
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CRIME – CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
Oxford Rape Gang Which Abused Young Teenage Girls in 'Sh*g Wagon' Jailed
Victoria Friedman
Breitbart, 13 July 2018

Six men have been jailed for the historic grooming and rape of six Oxford teenage girls in crimes against children the convicting judge called "sinister" and "predatory".

The rape gang operated in Oxford, preying on six "vulnerable" teens, then aged 13 to 17, from 1998 to 2005 and subjected them to "hundreds of episodes of sexual abuse", according to Judge Peter Ross.

Prosecutors described it as "sexual exploitation on a massive scale", with Judge Ross saying at the defendants' convictions in March: "Systematic and widespread grooming, that is what this case has revealed." ...

Victims told the court of the sexual and mental abuse suffered, with one describing being used as a "sexual object" by Assad Hussain, who was sentenced to life imprisonment. The judge described Moinul Islam, who was jailed for 15 years and nine months, as having one child "completely at his mercy".

Muslim, Pakistani-origin rapes gangs operating in Rochdale, Rotherham, and Telford targetting mostly-white girls are well-documented and receive some level of media attention; however, this is not the first reported rape gang to have been convicted in Oxford, the 'city of dreaming spires' and home of one of the world's top universities.

In 2013, seven members of a rape gang were found guilty of grooming and raping vulnerable women and girls, some as young as 11, the sentencing judge saying on occasions that "the depravity was extreme".

The convictions resulted in a 2015 case review which found that some 370 "white British girls" may have been exploited, raped, and abused from 1999 to 2014 in Oxfordshire.
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IMMIGRATION – CULTURE
Donald Trump says Britain is 'losing its culture' because of immigration
Tom Newton Dunn
The Sun, 13 July 2018

Britain is "losing its culture" because of immigration, Donald Trump says.

The wave of migrants from the Middle East and Africa is permanently changing Europe for the worse, the 72-year-old president argued.

And he claimed the situation pains him personally as the son of two EU countries. ...

But he added: "I think what has happened to Europe is a shame.

"Allowing the immigration to take place in Europe is a shame.

"I think it changed the fabric of Europe and, unless you act very quickly, it's never going to be what it was and I don't mean that in a positive way.

"So I think allowing millions and millions of people to come into Europe is very, very sad.

"I think you are losing your culture. Look around. You go through certain areas that didn't exist ten or 15 years ago."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – USA
Government says parents of nearly HALF of kids younger than 5 taken at the border can't have them back because they're child abusers, kidnappers and murderers – and others aren't actually parents
David Martosko
Daily Mail, 13 July 2018

The Trump administration said Thursday that nearly half of the children ages 5 and under who were separated from grown-ups at the U.S. border can't be reunited with their parents, mostly because many of the adults are violent criminals – and some lied about being the minors' parents.

President Donald Trump had claimed Tuesday that illegal immigrants and human traffickers were 'using children' to manipulate America's immigration system and make it easier for adults to enter the U.S. without papers and remain there.

Of the 103 minors in the youngest age group, the administration has reunited 57 with parents, but the other 46 are 'ineligible,' the Justice and Homeland Security Departments reported.

Eleven of the adults have 'serious criminal histor[ies],' the agencies announced, including charges or convictions for child cruelty, kidnapping, murder, human smuggling, domestic violence and narcotics-related crime.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – UNITED NATIONS
UN countries agree on pact to manage mass global migration
Ellen Wulfhorst
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 13 July 2018

The United Nations agreed on Friday on wide-ranging ways to cope with the millions of migrants moving from country to country, overcoming "mistrust" and "difficult" issues to draw up the first-ever migration pact, officials said.

The non-binding agreement, approved by all 193 member nations except the United States that pulled out last year, aims to make migration safe and orderly amid issues of national sovereignty and international cooperation, U.N. officials said. ...

The official Global Compact For Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration addresses why people migrate, how to protect them, how to integrate them into new countries, means of returning them home and other issues. ...

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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – GOVERNMENT DATA SHARING
Home Office pauses data sharing with other departments in wake of Windrush scandal
John Johnston and Tamsin Rutter
Civil Service World, 12 July 2018

The Home Office has announced a three-month pause to "pro-active data sharing" between government departments to prevent members of the Windrush generation getting caught up in policies aimed at curbing illegal immigration.

Home secretary Sajid Javid said there would be a freeze in the so-called "hostile environment" immigration policy, including a pause in data sharing between HM Revenue and Customs, the Department for Work and Pensions, DVLA and the Home Office.

Ministers have been fiercely criticised over the Windrush scandal, which saw British citizens of Caribbean descent stripped of their rights to work, denied access to public services and threatened with deportation.

Javid, in an update of Home Office work in relation to Windrush provided to Home Affairs Select Committee chair Yvette Cooper on 10 July, said: "We have paused pro-active data sharing with other government departments and delivery partners on data for all nationalities over 30 years old for a period of three months. This covers HMRC, DWP and the DVLA."

He added that the department had "significantly restricted pro-active data sharing with banks and building societies via Cifas (the specified anti-fraud authority), to persons subject to deportation action due to criminal activity".

These measures have been introduced to ensure that members of the Windrush generation are not "erroneously impacted by compliant environment measures".
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – COST
Taxpayers forked out thousands for foster care of Vietnamese 'teenager' trafficked into Britain but who was in fact 22
Richard Spillett
MailOnline, 12 July 2018

Taxpayers stumped up the £500-a-week costs of keeping a Vietnamese woman in foster care before she was exposed as being a 22-year-old illegal immigrant.

Duong Trinh was picked up as part of an immigration raid on a nail bar in Cheadle, Staffordshire and claimed she was 16 years old.

The local council was therefore duty-bound to take her into foster care and she spent months in a foster home until her real age was uncovered.

She has now been jailed for eight months but could still avoid deportation due to sentencing rules. ...

She made an application for asylum in the UK after being put into costly foster care by Staffordshire County Council.

But a tip-off led police to contact Vietanese authorities, who provided fingerprints and a photograph that showed Trinh is in fact 22.

She has now pleaded guilty to perverting the course of public justice and was jailed for eight months this week. ...

Judge Glenn added: 'The sentence will not trigger automatic deportation. That will be a decision for other people in due course.' ...

Staffordshire County Council said it had no reason to believe Trinh was older than 16 when they were informed of her case.
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POPULATION PRESSURE – HEALTH
Rural living keeps the mind sharp into old age, new study finds
Henry Bodkin
Daily Telegraph, 12 July 2018

Living in the countryside preserves people's cognitive powers as they get older, a new study has found.

A ten-year analysis of more 6,500 people living in the UK showed mental decline was slower among those who lived in villages and rural neighbourhoods.

Scientists believe an absence of pollution, a more active lifestyle and reduced noise and stress all contribute to the trend.

Published in Environmental Health Perspectives, the study followed participants aged between 56 and 68, subjecting them to a series of cognitive tests at three intervals, which assessed their verbal and mathematical reasoning, verbal fluency, short-term memory, as well as the decline of these functions.

Over a decade, the cognitive decline of the country dwellers was on average 4.6 per cent less than the urban residents.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – CRIME, AFRICANS, AUSTRALIA
THREE MORE BRUTAL CRIMES BY AFRICAN GANGS
Andrew Bolt
Herald Sun, 12 July 2018

ABC reporters such as Andy Park savaged Channel 7 for reporting this week on African crime in Melbourne. ...

There are actually at least three important reasons for mentioning race in these crimes, despite the clear risk of making some African Australians feel under suspicion and collectively tainted.

• We can't pretend - as police once did - that there is not a very big crime problem in this specific group. In fact, police statistics last year showed the Sudanese-born, for instance, are an astonishing 128 times more likely than other Victorians to commit violent robberies and 68 times more likely to stage home invasions. What we don't describe will not get addressed.

• We can't pretend - as many politicians keep doing - that importing refugee groups from tribal war-torn Third World areas and from cultures very different to ours does not put Australians here in danger. It is just not fair to those who then become victims of crime.

• We need descriptors to help catch perpetrators.

Then there is this: the now-notorious reluctance of police and many media outlets to describe perpetrators, especially in violent robberies and home invasions, causes many Victorians to lose faith in both. Worse, it leads to people suspecting that every violent crime where the perpetrators aren't described was committed by Africans, when many are not.

But bottom line: the reason some people don't want racial descriptors use is because they don't want you to know there is a very real and alarming problem with some communities we let in. You might draw an obvious conclusion.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, DEPORTATION, USA
The Immigration Scandal No One Is Talking About
Mark Metcalf
Daily Signal, 12 July 2018

Among the least talked about scandals in Washington is how immigration officials spent decades misleading Congress about the number of migrants evading court. I discussed that scandal at length in my last article.

In advancing this decadeslong effort, no accounting trick and no false narrative was out of bounds. Never in any year did these officials tell the real story of a court system in crisis. Brave rhetoric and bleached numbers consistently camouflaged the courts' disarray. ...

... While nearly a million people ran from court over the last 22 years – meaning 37 percent of all those free pending trial failed to appear for their hearings – no alarm was sounded by those in charge. ...

But gaming failures to appear in court was just one dynamic that officials suppressed to the point of dishonesty. Others, like unexecuted deportation orders, received scant official mention, but got out anyway.

"All should be troubled," wrote immigration appeals Judge Edward Grant in 2006, "by the fact that only a small fraction of final orders of deportation ... are actually executed."

Records confirm this. Of the 1,254,152 aliens who were ordered deported from 1996 through 2016, 76 percent of them – 953,506 to be exact – remained in the U.S. They not only remained, but grew.

From a total of 557,762 unexecuted removal orders in 2008 were added 395,744 through August 2016 – a 71 percent increase in less than eight years. ...

None of this is new – yet nothing has been done. Failures to appear in court have predicated evasion of removal orders for years and are chronic symptoms of an immigration system turned upside down.

A 1989 Government Accountability Office audit on immigration courts foreshadowed today's extremes. It concluded that "aliens have nothing to lose by failing to appear for hearings" and noted that over the preceding 30 years illegal entry into the United States increased by 2,200 percent – from 45,000 in 1959 to 1.2 million in 1989 – and, as illegal entry grew, so did failures to appear in court.
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POPULATION – UK, EUROPEAN UNION
Migrants fuelled EU population increase by 1 MILLION as Luxembourg and Sweden have some of the biggest swells
David Churchill
Daily Mail, 11 July 2018

Migration fuelled a population increase of more than 1 million across the EU last year, with Britain seeing the sixth largest relative increase.

The rise in numbers across the bloc came despite there being more deaths than births, a report revealed yesterday. ...

During 2017, there were 5.3 million deaths recorded, compared with 5.1 million births, meaning the increase was down to net migration, according to the report compiled by Eurostat, the EU statistics office. ...

The UK saw the sixth largest with 0.5 per cent, meaning the population surged by 377,871. Of this, 230,000 was down to net migration.

Unlike the rest of the EU, there were more births (755,000) than deaths (607,200) in the UK.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – FRANCE
MACRON CRISIS: Shock poll reveals two-third of citizens believe 'FRANCE IN DECLINE'
Romina McGuinness
Daily Express, 11 July 2018

Emmanuel Macron's reign in France continues to lurch from crisis to crisis after a new poll revealed two-thirds of citizens believe the country is "in decline". ...

The annual survey on "French divisions" by pollster Ipsos Sopra-Steria for the daily Le Monde showed that 53 per cent of French people think that their country's European Union membership is "a good thing," compared to 31 per cent who think it's "a bad thing". ...

Some 63 per cent of those interviewed told pollsters they "disapproved" of the EU's immigration and asylum rules.

The poll also showed that two-thirds of French people think there are "too many immigrants living in France," while 62 per cent said that most immigrants "showed no interest in integrating into French society". ...

Some 70 per cent of those polled said France was a country "in decline," while 24 per cent said this decline was "irreversible".

The annual Ipsos Sopra-Steria poll of 998 French people aged 18 and over was carried out online between June 27 and July 2.
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CRIME – CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE BY GANGS
Free Speech Week: Sarah Champion tells the truth about grooming gangs
Laura Perrins
Conservative Woman, 11 July 2018

Today we remember the case of the Labour MP for Rotherham and shadow minister for women and equalities Sarah Champion, who had to quit after writing an article in the Sun following the convictions of 18 people in Newcastle over a sex grooming network.

The headline, which Champion will not have written, was too hot for the Labour Party to handle, so Champion was 'forced to resign'.

It states: 'British Pakistani men ARE raping and exploiting white girls . . . and it's time we faced up to it.' It goes on: 'Labour MP for Rotherham and Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities comments on a horrific trend in grooming and sexual abuse by gangs.'

Well, as you can imagine, the outrage machine got in full gear over this. Goodness, if only the Leftists would police child rapists as closely as they do our language then perhaps we would have less child rape.

Champion begins the piece: 'Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls. There. I said it. Does that make me a racist? Or am I just prepared to call out this horrifying problem for what it is?'

She continues: 'For too long we have ignored the race of these abusers and, worse, tried to cover it up. No more. These people are predators and the common denominator is their ethnic heritage.

We have to have grown-up conversations, however unpalatable, or in six months' time we will be having this same scenario all over again.

'The irony of all of this is that, by not dealing with the ethnicity of the abusers as a fact, political correctness has actually made the situation about race. The perpetrators are criminals and we need to deal with them as such, not shy away from doing the right thing by fearing being called a racist.

'I'm writing this as I don't know what else to do to try and protect our children from grooming and sexual abuse by gangs.' ...

'Our children deserve better.'

Indeed they do deserve better, but sadly many people who should know better are prepared to look the other way for fear of being called racist. Sarah Champion is not one of them.
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Sajid Javid fails to endorse 'tens of thousands' immigration target
Ashley Cowburn
Independent, 10 July 2018

Home secretary Sajid Javid has failed to endorse the government's highly contentious target to bring net migration below 100,000.

His comments came as he was grilled by Yvette Cooper, the chair of the home affairs select committee, on the eight-year-old aim to bring immigration down to the "tens of thousands" - one that has never been met by ministers.

Asked whether the immigration target was a "massive chain around your neck" and whether he wanted to "ditch it", Mr Javid smirked and simply replied: "next question".

Last year's Conservative manifesto said reducing immigration to the tens of thousands was the party's "objective", but during the general election campaign Ms May confirmed she "would be working" to achieve the target by 2022.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – CHILDREN, USA
Judicial Watch: New HHS Documents Reveal that 'Unaccompanied Alien Children' Processed During Obama Years Included Violent Criminals, Drug Smugglers, and Human Traffickers
Judicial Watch, 10 July 2018

Judicial Watch today released 224 pages of documents containing nearly 1,000 summaries of Significant Incident Reports (SIRs) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revealing that "Unaccompanied Alien Children" (UAC) processed during the Obama administration included admitted murderers, rapists, drug smugglers, prostitutes, and human traffickers.

The documents, from the HHS Administration for Children and Families reported to the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), are for the approximate six-month period May to November 2014. They were produced to Judicial Watch after a three-year delay in response to a November 12, 2014, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking: ...

The resulting documents show that, in fiscal year 2014, there were 24,680 Significant Incident Reports filed with Office of Refugee Resettlement. ...

Judicial Watch began investigating this matter in 2014 when a wave of "Unaccompanied Alien Children" swamped the southwest border. At that time, the controversial HHS contract with Baptist Children and Family Services to provide shelter to children at two military facilities came to light. Through that investigation, Judicial Watch learned that BCFS was providing consumer electronics as "essential" items to the children. Since that time, Judicial Watch has been investigating incidents of violence, drug trafficking, human trafficking, and other criminal activities, as well as whether innocent children were being abused while in U.S. shelters.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
'Italy has caused a MELTDOWN' 700,000 migrants waiting to cross into Europe from Libya
Jon Austin
Sunday Express, 8 July 2018

A bottleneck of 700,000 migrants is waiting in Libya to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, the National Crime Agency has said. The number – greater than the population of Leicester – highlights the difficulties facing the EU in controlling migrants seeking a new life in Europe.

Senior members of the NCA, dubbed Britain's FBI, revealed the figures as they detailed the increasingly tough battle they face to stop people smugglers.

NCA directors warned of a sharp rise in attempted illegal sea crossings from Africa to Europe this year, with 300 people drowning last week.

Migrants are then crossing Europe and using increasingly devious ways to evade detection, including hiding in "coffin-sized" secret compartments in vehicles.

Migration across the Mediterranean from Africa is a critical issue for the EU, with member states arguing over the best way to deal with it. ...

Tom Dowdall, NCA deputy director of organised immigration crime, said the problem was growing. Attempted crossings to Greece and Turkey are up by 47 per cent on last year, with those to Spain and Italy up by 75 per cent. ...

Chris Hogben, NCA head of operations for organised immigration crime, said rescue boats manned by non-governmental organisations were inadvertently aiding people smugglers.

The NGOs are supposed to rescue people once they are more than 12 miles from the Libyan coast, but come in much closer, he said.

He said: "They make it easier for the crime groups who now send a boat with not enough fuel on purpose as they know they will be picked up."

The details emerged at a briefing on Project Invigor, a joint NCA, Home Office, Coastguard, Border Force and Crown Prosecution Service operation, costing £14 million a year to run.

Around 140 officers make up the squad which has 250 live investigations into organised gangs trying to sneak people into the UK and those forging documents to aid them and keep illegal immigrants here.

The main sources for migrants into Europe are Libya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Niger and Afghanistan. Mr Dowdall said that smugglers collectively make up to £6 billion a year charging would-be migrants.
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EXTREMISM – ISLAM
Radical Islamist preacher who has said he 'does not believe in democracy' and is 'not obedient' to secular law is working as an expert witness to British courts
Jake Wallis Simons
MailOnline, 8 July 2018

A radical Islamist preacher who has said he 'does not believe in democracy' and is 'not obedient' to secular law is working as an expert witness to British courts, MailOnline can reveal.

Dr Imran Waheed, 41, a psychiatrist working for the NHS and Bupa in Birmingham, offers his services as an expert witness in a range of civil and criminal cases assessing defendants' psychological reliability.

For many years he was a key figure in the UK branch of Hizb ut-Tahrir, which campaigns for an Islamic state run by Sharia law. In an interview he said: 'I've got no respect for any law other than Allah's... I don't care for the law of any man.'

The disclosure has sparked fears that the justice system is vulnerable to Islamist entryists who wish to 'take control from within'.

Dr Waheed told MailOnline that he had since left the group and changed his views.

But in November he appeared in the organisation's official internet broadcast extolling the virtues of a caliphate.

According to his website, Dr Waheed gives British courts psychiatric assessments of a defendant's 'dangerousness', fitness to hold a firearm licence and fitness to stand trial. ...

In a BBC interview he said: 'I've got no respect for any law other than Allah's, so I don't care about the law to be honest... I care for the law of Islam. I don't care for the law of any man.'

When questioned by MailOnline he said that these statements were 'not reflective of his current views'. ...

Despite claiming to be no longer 'affiliated' with Hizb ut-Tahrir, Dr Waheed preached on the organisation's official broadcast in November alongside three of its most senior British leaders.

In the sermon he reiterated his longtime demands for a caliphate and said he aimed to 'liberate man from enslavement to man and the systems of man', calling into question his role in the British justice system.

When questioned about this by MailOnline he claimed he was speaking 'in the context of the occupation of Palestine'. ...

While working for the NHS Dr Waheed compiled a list of military attachés working in the embassies of Arab countries in London and distributed it to fellow extremists.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
Ireland and Belgium are the new frontiers in the fight against illegal migration, the National Crime Agency warns
Martin Evans
Daily Telegraph, 7 July 2018

The Republic of Ireland and Belgium are the new frontiers in the battle against illegal immigration into the UK, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has said.

People smugglers are increasingly opting for the two countries because security elsewhere has become effective.

Investigators said Ireland has become an attractive option because illegal immigrants are able to take advantage of the "soft" border with Northern Ireland and then make their way to the British mainland.

Tom Dowdall, deputy director of the NCA said the people traffickers were seeking to exploit the border arrangements between Northern Ireland the Republic.

He said: "The level of border controls, or requirements of border controls, are different to that from others travelling on from other countries.

"We have seen some evidence of that being abused.

"Migrants are smuggled by organised crime groups into the Republic of Ireland sometimes by air, from Eastern Europe and Asia.

"Sometimes it will be by the sea through the Irish sea ports, then flying in to the UK." ...

But he also warned that people smugglers were increasingly using Belgium as an easy route to get migrants into the UK. ...

Mr Dowdall also said there was evidence of Eastern European lorry drivers being increasingly complicit in smuggling migrants through the traditional Channel tunnel route from Calais to Dover for a fee. ...

The people smuggling industry is believed to be worth around £6 billion annually, with migrants paying gangs at least £6,000 for passage to Europe.

The National Crime Agency's Operation INVIGOR has seen an overall reduction of illegal immigrants since it was set up two and a half years ago, but said that this year has seen an increase year-on-year.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – SPAIN
Spain emerges as EU's new weak link for Africa migration
Sonya Dowsett, Ahmed Eljechtimi and Gabriela Baczynska
Reuters, 7 July 2018

Spain has become the new main entry point for asylum-seekers fleeing Africa, an influx that European Union officials fear could exacerbate political tensions across the region over migration.

Around 19,000 asylum-seekers arrived in Spain in the first five months of this year, almost as many as arrived there in all of 2017, eclipsing for the first time the numbers flowing through north Africa to Italy.

The surge has intensified in recent weeks as Italy's new government shut its ports to most asylum-seekers, rescue officials say.

With the EU struggling to contain dissent over migration policy, some officials in Brussels say they worry that Spain could become a new flash-point, even as overall numbers of arrivals into Europe from Africa are in sharp decline.

"We must not let it blow up," an EU diplomat said.

He said the Morocco-Spain route had been kept under control for years. "It's not dramatic for now, but we are keeping an eye on this one." ...

The asylum-seekers are arriving in mostly inflatable boats each week, often without enough fuel for the crossing, straining Spain's coastguard. ...

People-smugglers in Morocco use a rights activist to contact the coastguard, advising it when boats set off for Spain, said coastguard official Oriol Estrada.

"The people traffickers know that the lifeguards are going to come for them," said Estrada, whose vessel has rescued around 1,200 people so far this year, more than 80 percent of its total for 2017." They call to say that a certain boat has left such-and-such a coast at a certain time with however many people. They even give the names of those aboard."

A similar situation developed off Libya before Rome's recent crackdown, prompting Italy's ruling League party to accuse rescue ships of running a "taxi service". ...

A Spanish government spokesman told Reuters the arrivals trend started more than a year ago and was not a result of any one factor. He added Spain is pushing for policy in Europe to be harmonised, however.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, PARIS, FRANCE
Illegal migrants in Paris suburb soar to 400,000 as hundreds of migrant children sleep on streets
David Chazan
Daily Telegraph, 6 July 2018

Illegal immigrants, now estimated to make up a fifth of the population of Seine-Saint-Denis, north-east of Paris, are severely straining public services and creating social tensions, according to a parliamentary report.

Seine-Saint-Denis has long been the French department with the highest proportion of immigrants, but the report warns that the number of illegal migrants may have risen as high as 400,000. ...

Police, schools, courts and other public services are struggling to cope, while the presence of undocumented foreign nationals is blocking the implementation of effective policies by the authorities, argue the two MPs who wrote the report.

Rodrigue Koukouendo, from President Emmanuel Macron's centrist party, and François Cornut-Gentille from the centre-Right Republicans, are urging the government to review France's ban on gathering data on the ethnic makeup of the population so that immigrant numbers can be better monitored and regulated.

"To identify urban phenomena of ghettoisation, to explain educational difficulties, to combat discrimination and to adapt the resources of the police and the judiciary to a specific population, the question of establishing so-called ethnic statistics is raised," the report says.

French law prohibits the collection of data based on race, ethnicity or religion, a rule intended to guarantee equal treatment, but critics argue that it is outdated and leaves minorities vulnerable.

The report argues that urgent plans must be made to combat poverty, high unemployment, the emergence of a parallel economy in some areas, and trafficking of people and drugs which it says have taken over some districts. ...

Campaigners also claim that hundreds of unaccompanied migrant children are being left to sleep on the streets of Paris because of flawed age assessment procedures.

Last year France's child welfare system took more than 25,000 underage migrants into care, but Human Rights Watch argues that under-18s are often wrongly classified as adults.

An estimated 550 migrants arrive in Paris each week.

Most cross the border from Italy, where there are no systematic border checks under the Schengen agreement.
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RACISM – WHITE SUPREMACY
'Western world is built on RACISM' – BBC Newsnight guest makes SHOCK announcement
Matt Drake
Daily Express, 6 July 2018

The Western world is based on racism and the principle of white supremacy is "embedded into our political economy", according to associate professor of black studies at Birmingham City University on a fiery episode of BBC Newsnight.

Appearing on the flagship show, Kehinde Andrews, who is of Afro-Caribbean descent, gave his controversial take about whether there can ever be adequate reparations for human history built on oppression and slavery.

Speaking on BBC Newsnight, he said: "The West is built on racism, the principle of white supremacy is embedded into our political economy.

"This isn't something that happened in the past this is something that happens today.

"There's a reason why children die every second on the African continent.

"And that's why it still lives with us and that's why we need to have a total revolution."

Mr Andrews argued white supremacy is based on the belief that black people are inferior and claimed his hypothesis was reflected in the global economy.

He has appeared on the programme before to argue that British stars should not stand for the national anthem and has appeared at an Oxford University debate to argue the British education system perpetuates racism. ...

Kehinde Andrews's latest book is called "Black to Black: Retelling black radicalism for the 21st Century".
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IMMIGRATION – BREXIT
Next up after today's Chequers summit – immigration. Free movement must end. No ifs or buts.
Lord Green
ConservativeHome, 6 July 2018

Crunch time for Brexit policy is fast approaching and immigration will be a key part of it. ...

Siren voices in Britain are suggesting conceding the continuation of free movement with the minor tweaks of an "emergency brake" or requiring a job offer. Apparently Number Ten is saying that these are not the intention but, so far, the UK has caved in to virtually every EU demand on immigration matters.

So let us be clear why both are hopeless. They would do virtually nothing to reduce the impacts of EU migration on population, housing, health services and education which are especially strong in particular parts of England. Furthermore, either would amount to an abandonment of the government's pledge to control immigration, let alone to reduce it, which many believe that they were promised. A recent Channel 4 poll found that 70 per cent of voters want a reduction in immigration from the EU. ...

As for free movement for those who have a job offer, it is surely obvious that this would simply lead to a boom for employment agencies who already advertise widely in Eastern Europe – to say nothing of all those who could arrange a job offer through relatives already working in Britain. Any such outcome would simply be flimsy camouflage for a wholesale retreat and for the abandonment of a major pledge to the British public.

The fact that such suggestions are even being discussed may be because the debate is being largely conducted by those, including some ministers, who have very little knowledge of how the present immigration system actually works. In practice, there are substantial aspects of our existing visa system which could perfectly well be adapted to our new situation as a non-member of the EU.

For a start, it would be very much in the interests of both sides for there to be visa free access for almost all purposes – except, of course, work. For work, we should treat EU applications in the same way as those from the rest of the world. This means restricting entry to those who come for higher-paid, highly skilled work or to work in shortage occupations as identified by the independent Migration Advisory Committee. This is no different in principle from the "blue card" system which the EU themselves offer to third-country nationals so they have little reason to object.

This would enable numbers to be capped at a level reflecting the genuine needs of the UK rather than the wishes of individuals from abroad. It would also be important to cater for international companies wishing to deploy their senior and specialist employees flexibly. These routes are already known to business so the necessary adjustments would not be beyond the wit of man. ...

It is high time that policy discussion and, indeed, our negotiations with the EU are concentrated on practical matters of this kind from which a perfectly workable solution should evolve. The editorial in last week's Sunday Times had it right: "Control of migration is not an option – it is a necessity."
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POLITICS – LABOUR PARTY
Labour is no longer the party of the traditional working-class
"Bagehot"
The Economist, 6 July 2018

The divorce between the Labour Party and the workers has played out in two phases. /.../ Just as the rapid expansion of the universities benefited middle-class women far more than working-class men, so the Labour Party's women-only short-lists speeded up the transformation of the Labour Party from a working-class into a middle-class party.

The party's bet on the rise of the middle class allowed it to win three elections in a row. But there were plenty of warning signs. The traditional working class abandoned politics for private pursuits. ...

The second phase was with Jeremy Corbyn. Mr Corbyn no doubt imagines himself to be a champion of the working class. But this is a working class of his imagination rather than of the real world. He was brought up in a manor house in Shropshire and has spent his life working as an MP in a constituency (Islington North) that has never been touched by either industrialisation or de-industrialisation. Mr Corbyn is in fact presiding over the takeover of the party by three groups: ethnic minorities, particularly Muslims; public-sector professionals; and frustrated millennials, most of them the university-educated children of the salaried middle class, who can't get their feet on the property ladder. The latest membership figures show that 77% of party members are middle-class (ie, they hail from ABC1 social groups). The proportion of Labour MPs who have had experience of manual work has declined from 16% in 1979 to 3% today. The party has almost no younger MPs without a university education despite the fact that 70% of school-leavers don't go on to university (Angela Rayner is a notable exception). The party's most powerful pressure group, Momentum, was founded by a Cambridge-University graduate with an MBA from the London Business School, and is stuffed full of educated millennials. The average trade-union member is now a woman in her 50s who works in the public sector. An intriguing new book by Ben Cobley, a former Labour activist, "The Tribe: The Liberal-Left and the System of Diversity", points out that the 2017 Labour Party rule book, a 91-page document, contains 26 mentions of "gender", 41 of "BAME" (black, Asian and minority ethnic), 43 of "ethnic", 11 of "race", two of "black" and "Asian" respectively, but only two of "class".

This takeover of the Labour Party by other groups has coincided with hard times of the traditional British working-class – particularly the white-working class. /.../ But this has not stopped many Labour-Party-affiliated activists from demonising all white men, however humble their background, as vectors of oppression. In significant sections of the Labour Party the term "white male" is used as an accusation rather than a description. ...

The Labour Party nevertheless may be acting rationally in acting as it is: Mr Corbyn is a harbinger of things to come rather than a relic of the 1960s. Britain's ethnic-minority population is expanding and becoming more politically engaged. IPSOS Mori estimates that, in the June 2017 general election, 73% of ethnic-minority voters voted Labour compared with 39% of ethnically white voters. Thirteen of the party's 20 best performances were in heavily Muslim areas. Labour's best chance of holding onto the Midlands lies in mobilising the Muslim vote, rather than in appealing to Jaguar LandRover workers.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – ASYLUM, SOCIAL COHESION, EUROPE
Liberals have lost the argument on the migrant crisis. Now Europe needs to get tough
Nick Timothy
Daily Telegraph, 5 July 2018

Europe's migration crisis – sparked by Merkel's government three years ago – has quickened the populist advance across the continent. ...

Immigration is not the only factor in this worrying trend, but it is an important one.

In 2015, when the migration crisis began, more than 1.8 million people were detected crossing Europe's borders illegally. Italy has had more than 471,000 people land on its shores as the crisis has gone on. Germany received 1.1 million asylum applications in 2015 alone.

Those who think the crisis is abating are mistaken. While the numbers attempting to reach Europe are not as high as last year, and are far lower than in 2015, they are still a worry.

Last week, more than 500 migrants arrived in Greece; nearly 900 reached Italy; and almost 1,200 arrived in Spain. And the authorities must now house, educate and integrate the many people who reached Europe in the last three years. By 2020 the German government will have spent an estimated £74 billion dealing with the domestic costs of the crisis. ...

To maintain social cohesion, you need to control immigration. To control immigration, you need strong borders. And to have strong borders, you need to be prepared to adopt tough policies. ...

And why should we continue an asylum model that favours the strong over the weak, the young over the old, and men over women? Three quarters of asylum seekers in Britain are men and the majority are in their early twemties.

Too often, with today's system, the vulnerable get left behind.

The immigration debate is changing. In Europe, mainstream politicians are advocating "regional disembarkation platforms", where asylum claims are processed outside the EU. This is a model that has worked in Australia, but it will only succeed if migrants are barred from claiming asylum in Europe itself.

Time will tell if Europe's leaders will be tough enough to do that. But they need to be. If the migration crisis taught us anything, it is that virtue signalling is not a policy: the only policy with virtue is one that works.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – AFRICANS, EUROPEAN UNION
Macron says migrant centres will only work if African nations take lead as EU immigration crisis deepens
David Chazan, Justin Huggler and Hannah Strange
Daily Telegraph, 5 July 2018

Emmanuel Macron acknowledged on Wednesday that EU plans to open migrant processing centres in North Africa can only work if the host countries lead the process.

Speaking to the BBC during a visit to Nigeria, the French president said many African countries were concerned that such centres would act as a magnet for greater numbers of migrants.

No African country has so far agreed to host the centres, planned as part of a compromise deal on the migration crisis during a tense EU summit earlier this month.

Mr Macron said the idea "can fly, just if some African countries decide to organise it." Mr Macron said migration would pose problems for Europe for decades because of unplanned population growth in African countries.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, DEPORTATION, ITALY
Salvini's anti-migrant pledge 'practically impossible' to fulfil
Angela Giuffrida
The Guardian, 5 July 2018

... Matteo Salvini ...

... But one legally complex and hugely expensive election promise – to "send home" 500,000 illegal immigrants already in Italy – may not be so easy to keep. ...

The first anomaly in Salvini's rhetoric is the figure of 500,000.

"There is no credible statistic on the number of people in the country at this time without a valid residency permit," said Christopher Hein, a professor of law and immigration policies at Luiss University in Rome. ...

Hein said that a vague indicator of how many illegal immigrants might be in Italy could be gleaned from data on the numbers who had requested asylum. About 130,000 applied in 2017, with about 50,000 being turned down.

However, many of those who are rejected gain protection after appealing through the courts.

Italy's deportation procedure is messy, costly and for the most part unworkable. When an illegal immigrant receives a deportation order, they are first given the choice to return home voluntarily, a procedure that is usually organised by NGOs. But few use this option, with just 1,500 expected to take it up in 2018.

If they do not go home voluntarily, they are given a deadline to leave the country: failing to do so is a criminal offence. At this stage, it is also up to the immigrant to obtain travel documents and fund their journey home.

For immigrants detained in one of the five centres for identification and expulsion (CIE), then it is up to Italian authorities to obtain travel documents from the countries of origin – an often insurmountable challenge given that the relevant authorities in their home countries often do not exist or function in an efficient way or do not want their citizens back – and fund their return.

Italy has bilateral deportation agreements with only Nigeria, Tunisia, the Gambia, Sudan and Egypt. It is against EU law to return people to countries at war or where they could be subjected to the death penalty, torture or other inhumane conditions. ...

Last year, 31,624 undocumented foreigners were detected in Italy, of which 6,514 were repatriated, according to interior ministry figures.

"Failure to cooperate with the country of origin means that it is impossible to repatriate an irregular migrant, unless the latter is in possession of a valid identity document," the ministry said.

A person can only be held in a CIE for 90 days, although in some cases stays last a year or more, with conditions regularly criticised as inhumane. If Italy fails to deport someone, then they are released with an order to leave the country of their own accord within a week. But the majority simply disappear. ...

The other main impediment to Salvini's plan is the massive expense. On top of the cost of identification, detention, legal hearings and flights, each deported migrant has to be escorted to a plane by two police officers at a cost of about €3,000 (£2,650). The total repatriation cost for one person is estimated to be between €6,000 and €15,000. ...

Salvini said he would use money currently spent on hosting asylum seekers to pay for mass deportations. He told voters that the previous administration's reception policy cost €50bn.
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IMMIGRATION – DISPERSAL
Home Office Told to Expand Programme Importing Refugees to Every UK Town, Village
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 4 July 2018

George Soros-funded NGO Citizens UK has launched a campaign demanding the Home Office extend the refugee resettlement scheme to every corner of Britain.

The left-leaning new Home Secretary Sajid Javid was urged to "take a brave stand with refugees and show the world once again Britain is a country of welcome", at a campaign launch in London on Friday.

According to the group's press release, "200 civil society leaders from mosques, churches, schools and other organisations" attended the event in support of extending beyond 2020 the government's programme transporting 20,000 mostly Syrian migrants over five years into homes in UK councils.

Citizens UK, which claims to be a "community organising group", pointed to council figures showing migrants have been distributed across every part of Britain – including many rural areas – as a demonstration of the scheme's "success". ...

Because of the 'Dubs amendment', which forced Britain to import so-called unaccompanied minors from the third world who had illegally migrated to Europe, Citizens UK's Safe Passage website states that "over 1,700 children are now safely in the UK thanks to the safe and legal routes we have opened".

"Mainly from France, we have also brought children from Greece, Italy, Bulgaria, Syria, Belgium and Sudan," the NGO boasts, adding it also helps "vulnerable adults" enter the UK "wherever possible", and that the group is working to "expand and make family reunification possible widely across Europe and the world".

With polls consistently demonstrating immigration to be overwhelmingly unpopular in Britain, Citizen UK claims that "Community Organising is about returning power to people".
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – SOUTH KOREA
Half a million South Koreans sign petition against immigration policy
Olivia Tobin
Evening Standard, 3 July 2018

Nearly half a million South Koreans have signed a petition against their government's refugee friendly migration policy.

520,000 people have signed a petition asking their government to "put Koreans before refugees" and are seeking to revoke the Yemenis refugee application.

Hank Kim, owner of Core Travel Agency, has posed that people are worried about how immigrants have lived in Europe.

He said: "Local people here are worried, we have all read about the problems that immigrants have caused in Europe – in Germany and France in particular – and we do not want that to happen here."

He added: "It has become really bad in recent weeks and it is all because Jeju introduced a program that enabled people from 186 countries to come here without a tourist visa."

There was also a protest in Seoul's City Hall, on Saturday, where people gathered to march against the visa-waiver program.

The protest was staged against the Jeju Provincial Government's (JPG) so-called "friendly" refugee policy, which is believed to allow "fake refugees" to enter the country.
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FRAUD AND CORRUPTION – EARNINGS
Migrants caught lying over pay in effort to stay in UK
Richard Ford
The Times, 2 July 2018

Hundreds of highly skilled migrants trying to stay in the UK permanently have been found abusing the system, according to the immigration minister.

Migrants who had been denied leave to remain were found to have exaggerated their earnings on applications to the Home Office when the figures were checked against their tax records.

In almost 90 per cent of the cases reviewed, the applicants had amended their records with HM Revenue & Customs by increasing their earnings by more than £10,000, Caroline Nokes told MPs.

Ms Nokes said that the migrants were most likely to have inflated their earnings so that they could claim enough points to stay in Britain, or to have substantially under-reported their salaries to evade tax.
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FRAUD AND CORRUPTION – EARNINGS
Hundreds of highly skilled migrants are lying about how much they earn to try and stay in UK permanently
Alain Tolhurst
The Sun, 2 July 2018

Hundreds of highly skilled migrants have been lying about how much they earn to try and stay in the UK permanently.

The Home Office said in 90 per cent of cases the reviewed applicants had increased their earnings by more than £10,000 to reach the threshold needed to qualify for long-term residence.

Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes told MPs some of the applicants had amended their records with HMRC to under-report their wages in to evade tax.

The review was ordered by Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, after concerns people were being refused 'leave to remain' due to minor tax issues.

But the appraisal of 281 postal applications that were refused on character and conduct grounds revealed a pattern of apparent attempts to abuse the immigration system, the Times is reporting.

The Home Office is now looking at applications made in person to see whether similar attempts were made to try and enable skilled migrants to stay in the UK who failed the strict qualification tests.

The review found many migrants trying to live here permanently under the 'Tier 1' system had earnings lower than the threshold required, but had been topped up by claims of self-employed pay which were not real.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – DECEPTION, DEPORTATION
Europe is using smartphone data as a weapon to deport refugees
Morgan Meaker
Wired, 2 July 2018

Smartphones have helped tens of thousands of migrants travel to Europe. A phone means you can stay in touch with your family – or with people smugglers. On the road, you can check Facebook groups that warn of border closures, policy changes or scams to watch out for. Advice on how to avoid border police spreads via WhatsApp.

Now, governments are using migrants' smartphones to deport them.

Across the continent, migrants are being confronted by a booming mobile forensics industry that specialises in extracting a smartphone's messages, location history, and even WhatsApp data. That information can potentially be turned against the phone owners themselves. ...

Admittedly, some refugees do lie on their asylum applications. Omar – not his real name – certainly did. He travelled to Germany via Greece. ...

If Omar's phone were searched, he could have become one of them, as his location history would have revealed his route through Europe, including his arrival in Greece.

But before his asylum interview, he met Lena – also not her real name. A refugee advocate and businesswoman, Lena had read about Germany's new surveillance laws. She encouraged Omar to throw his phone away and tell immigration officials it had been stolen in the refugee camp where he was staying. ...

When sociology professor Marie Gillespie researched phone use among migrants travelling to Europe in 2016, she encountered widespread fear of mobile phone surveillance. "Mobile phones were facilitators and enablers of their journeys, but they also posed a threat," she says. In response, she saw migrants who kept up to 13 different SIM cards, hiding them in different parts of their bodies as they travelled.

This could become a problem for immigration officials, who are increasingly using mobile phones to verify migrants' identities, and ascertain whether they qualify for asylum. (That is: whether they are fleeing countries where they risk facing violence or persecution.) In Germany, only 40 per cent of asylum applicants in 2016 could provide official identification documents. In their absence, the nationalities of the other 60 per cent were verified through a mixture of language analysis – using human translators and computers to confirm whether their accent is authentic – and mobile phone data. ...

The smartphone has become the essential accessory for modern migration. Travelling to Europe as an asylum seeker is expensive. People who can't afford phones typically can't afford the journey either.
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TERRORISM – COST, UK, EUROPE
The threat of terrorism is exhausting Europe
Free West Media, 2 July 2018

Between 2004 and 2016, the European Union lost €180 billion in GDP due to terrorism. Is Europe really serious about its war on terror?

The United Kingdom (€43.7 billion) and France (€43 billion) suffered the highest losses, followed by Spain (€40.8 billion) and Germany (€19.2 billion), according to a Rand Corporation study.

"Beyond those who have been directly physically affected by terrorist attacks, the extensive coverage of terrorist attacks through multiple media and social media channels has substantially increased the amount of people and companies that could be psychologically affected. This subsequently affects their economic behaviour".

According to the Spanish "black book" of terrorism, 658 Europeans have been murdered in terror attacks on European soil, while 1 029 Europeans died at the hand of terrorists abroad.

Half of the French army are currently deployed in France to protect the civilian targets, including schools, monuments, and religious sites. The Guardian noted that French troop presence has hit 10 000 after Paris attacks. Many fear it is a "political anti-anxiety measure". ...

... Germany has had to send troops into the streets for the first time since the Second World War.

Belgium, like France, has more troops deployed at home than in any single mission abroad. "We are standing around like flowers pots, just waiting to be smashed," one Belgian officer complained.

The French magazine Causeur says Europeans are suffering from the "the Batman Syndrome" after France announced it would be freeing at least 50 terrorists from prison. The UK is also due to free 80 Islamic fundamentalists from jail.

"How can we respect a society that is too cowardly to fight those who threaten its citizens, and that demonstrates its weakness by systematically seeking appeasement at the price of the most unreasonable accommodations? It is the 'Batman syndrome': the hero refuses to kill, he systematically saves his enemy who escapes and kills new victims until the hero catches up with him, and so on."
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ASYLUM – TENSIONS, SUNDERLAND
Sunderland MP Julie Elliott slammed over calls to halt asylum seekers being house in the city
Sean Seddon
ChronicleLive, 1 July 2018

An MP has come under fire for demanding a halt to asylum seekers being housed in her city.

In a letter to Home Secretary Sajid Javid, Sunderland Central MP Julie Elliott called for a temporary clampdown to alleviate "tensions" in the city. ...

Deputy leader of Sunderland City Council, Michael Mordey, has previously lobbied the Government to take a similar course of action.

He previously stated: "As a council we have written direct to the Home Secretary to demand that he immediately halts the Government dispersal policy, that has created the issues in this particular local community."

But Liberal Democrat opposition leader Niall Hodson slammed Ms Elliot's hard-line stance.

He said: "Julie Elliott's comments are straight out of the far-right playbook.

"It is appalling to see a Labour MP sinking so low and making statements which only serve to make the tensions in Sunderland worse. ..." ...

Asked to comment on the letter, Ms Elliott MP said: "The Home Office needs to act on my letter as soon as possible in order to allow local services to deal with serious issues which are currently affecting some of my constituents.

"It is important that whilst Sunderland remains a welcoming and diverse city, we also have safe communities where everyone can feel at ease in their neighbourhood and homes."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – EUROPEAN UNION
Europe's migration fiasco: Brussels plan to build EU migrant centre descends into farce as leaders queue to say 'not in my back yard'
Mario Ledwith and David Churchill
Daily Mail, 30 June 2018

A Brussels plan to build EU migrant detention centres descended into farce last night as European leaders lined up to refuse to host them.

The proposal was billed as an attempt to alleviate pressure on frontline Mediterranean countries, where the vast majority of migrants arrive.

But French president Emmanuel Macron said he would not host one of the 'controlled centres' and Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz mocked the prospect of one being built in his country.

The detention centre proposal was part of a strategy agreed by EU leaders on Thursday night with the aim of ending a brewing immigration row. But key aspects of the plan unravelled within hours of being agreed.

EU diplomats last night poured scorn on the migration deal. One said: 'It has kept everybody happy, but parts of it are an obvious fudge.'

Another said: 'This is a bit of paper that will never become reality. It is a mess and will discredit the EU because it is unworkable and everyone knows it is unworkable.' ...

But in their joint conclusions from the meeting, the EU leaders acknowledged that the camps could create an unwanted 'pull factor' by attracting asylum seekers who could apply there.
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MULTICULTURALISM – BIRMINGHAM
How Brum can do multiculturalism even better - according to an expert
Carl Jackson
Birmingham Mail, 30 June 2018

An education expert say Birmingham schools can help boost the city's super-diversity and says all pupils should be taught the history of immigration.

Dr Karamat Iqbal declared that schools have a major role to play in improving cohesion between people of different racial backgrounds in the city.

It comes after the city council's new cohesion strategy revealed that white British people are soon to become an ethnic minority in Birmingham. ...

The council's new cohesion strategy is aiming to tackle the issues caused by segregation in Birmingham.

It also revealed that nearly 50,000 residents in the city are unable to speak English.

Dr Iqbal called on the authority to do more in terms of adult education and the provision of English language lessons, perhaps even making them free for those who could not afford it.

But he also believes there would be greater harmony between ethnic groups if British youngsters were encouraged to learn the more prevalent languages in Birmingham, such as Urdu.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – MURDER, JAMAICA
Retirees returning to Jamaica face extreme murder risk, say police
Josh Halliday
The Guardian, 30 June 2018

Jamaican expats who retire there after decades in the UK face an "extreme risk" of murder, a former police chief on the Caribbean island has said, as official figures revealed that at least 85 Britons, Americans and Canadians have been killed in the country since 2012.

Senior police figures told the Guardian that returning residents were seen as soft targets by criminals and needed much more protection following the murders of three British retirees on the island in as many months. ...

Percival Latouche, the president of the Jamaica association for the resettlement of returning residents, said he had counted more than 200 British, American and Canadian expats murdered in the country since 2000 and had attended 165 funerals in that time. ...

Jamaica experiences twice as many murders in an average year than Britain, even though the UK has a population 20 times higher. Last year the country recorded 1,616 murders, the highest in six years and equivalent to 31 a week, as the homicide rate rocketed by 20% in just 12 months. So far in 2018 there have been more than 600 killings, mainly linked to gang activity, yet only 44% of homicides result in arrests.
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BORDER CONTROLS – WALLS
Mass immigration has destroyed hopes of a borderless society
Tim Marshall
The Spectator, 30 June 2018

What kind of a president would build a wall to keep out families dreaming of a better life? ...

Those who denounced as crazy Trump's campaign promise to build a wall did not appreciate how popular such a policy would be, nor how common. Nation states have started to matter again, and people care about borders – not just on the Texan side of the Rio Grande. Today more than 65 countries now wall or fence themselves off from their neighbours – a third of all nation states. And this is no historical legacy. Of all the border walls and fences constructed since the second world war, more than half have been built this century. ...

At the turn of the century migration sped up and that began to tear down hopes of a borderless world. We've grown used to the new barriers that European nations have erected – between Greece and Turkey, for instance, or Serbia and Hungary, or Slovenia and Croatia – but many more are being built. To the east, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are working on defensive fortifications on their borders with Russia. These measures are more to do with a perceived Russian military threat than with mass migration, but they are part of the overall trend – reinforcing the physical boundaries of the nation state – and contribute to the hard border which runs from the Baltic to the Black Sea.

Saudi Arabia has fenced off its border with Iraq. Turkey has constructed a 700-mile concrete wall to separate it from Syria. The Iranian/Pakistan border, all 435 miles of it, is now fenced. In Central Asia, Uzbekistan, despite being landlocked, has closed itself off from its five neighbours.

On the story goes, through the barriers separating Brunei and Malaysia, Pakistan and India, India and Bangladesh and so on around the world. The India/Bangladesh fence is instructive in showing us how the era of wall-building is not just about people in the developing world moving to the industrialised nations. The barrier runs the entire length of the 2,500-mile frontier and is New Delhi's response to 15 million Bangladeshis moving into the Indian border states this century. This has led to ethnic clashes and many deaths. ...

The headlines afforded Trump's 'anti-immigrant' stance detract from the bigger picture. It is easier to have the big bad wolf to huff and puff against than it is to see him as part of a global phenomenon. Concentrating on the Donald's evils allows the Mexican government to quietly get on with deporting far more Central Americans from its country each year than does the United States. Granted, the US assists Mexico in this, but last year Mexico deported 165,000 central Americans, while the US expelled 75,000. The tales of hardship crossings, exploitation and human rights violations on the almost ignored Mexican/Guatemala border are, if anything, more harrowing than those on the border 900 miles to the north.
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EXTREMISM – DERADICALISATION, ISLAM
Why Britain's Deradicalization Programs Are Failing
A. Z. Mohamed
Gatestone Institute, 30 June 2018
[A. Z. Mohamed is a Muslim born and raised in the Middle East]

The vast majority of deradicalization programs in the UK are at best ineffective and at worst counter-productive, according to a recent study by the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT, also known as the "nudge unit"), a social purpose company partially owned by the UK government, but that works in partnership with the Cabinet Office.

As the Times reported recently, BIT examined 33 deradicalization programs across Britain, in schools, youth centers, sports clubs and English-language classes. Most of these are part of Prevent – a strategy presented in 2011 to the UK Parliament by the Secretary of State for the Home Department – designed to keep vulnerable citizens from becoming terrorists or supporting any form of violent extremism inspired by radical Islamist or right-wing ideologies. BIT found that only two of the programs have been successful.

The main reason for the failure of the other 31 programs, according to the Times' report on the study, is:



"...that facilitators were uncomfortable dealing with sensitive topics and would often refuse to engage if they were brought up. BIT found that teachers in particular were afraid to bring up matters of race and religion with their students without appearing discriminatory, often causing them to refuse to talk about these topics entirely."



The two effective initiatives, according to the Times, were "one defying political correctness and tackling difficult issues head-on and the other directly addressing extremism in religious [Islamic] texts."

In Britain, the majority (82%) of the 228 people in custody for terrorism- related offenses espouse Islamist extremism. In August 2017, the EU's counter-terrorism coordinator, Gilles de Kerchove, said that the UK has more radicalized Muslims than any other European country. He added that Britain "has identified 20,000 to 35,000 radicals. Of these, 3,000 are worrying for MI5, and of those 500 are under constant and special attention." ...

For deradicalization programs – and counter-terrorism initiatives – to work, they must first defy political correctness, tackle the root causes of Islamist extremism and address all related sensitive issues, including those which appear in Islamic texts. British Muslims should not only participate in this endeavor, but be on the front lines, monitoring early signs of radicalization and ceasing to show sympathy for or to rationalize violence.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – EUROPEAN UNION
Papering over cracks, EU leaders claim summit victory on migration
Gabriela Baczynska
Reuters, 29 June 2018

European Union leaders on Friday claimed success in reaching a hard-fought agreement to control immigration but it faced instant criticism as vague, hard to implement and a potential threat to human rights.

Irregular migration has fallen steeply since 2015, when more than a million people entered the EU, but polls show it is still a top concern of the EU's 500 million citizens. ...

They agreed to tighten further the EU's external borders and spend more money on projects in Africa intended to deter migration. But the wording of their joint statement was highly convoluted - a result of their diverging priorities. ...

The chairman of EU summits since 2014, Donald Tusk, said it was one of the most difficult rounds of talks of his career.

"It is far too early to talk about a success. We have managed to reach an agreement," Tusk told a news conference. "But this is in fact the easiest part of the task, compared to what awaits us on the ground, when we start implementing it." ...

The summit agreed any relocation of people across the bloc would only be voluntary, a welcome breakthrough for the easterners. Some diplomats said the compromise made the migration agreement contradictory and weak. ...

At the summit, EU leaders agreed to look into setting up sites around the Mediterranean - both inside and outside the EU - to handle asylum claims and send back those whose requests fail.

EU officials insist such places would not amount to "camps".
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – SCHOOLS
Schools no longer required to record pupils' nationality
Richard Adams
The Guardian, 29 June 2018

Schools in England will no longer be asked by the government to collect information on pupils' nationality and place of birth, the latest significant climbdown in the suite of "hostile environment" policies targeted at immigrants living in the UK.

The low-key announcement, confirming earlier reports, came in the form of a technical document for schools from the Department for Education (DfE) regarding its school census for 2018-19.

Under the heading Discontinued Items, the technical specification lists "pupil country of birth" and "pupil nationality", with a note that they are "no longer required by the department and, as such, it is removed from the school census collection from autumn 2019 onwards.

"Schools must no longer request this information from parents, or retain the data within their system, for purpose of transmitting to the department via the school census," the document states.

Two years ago the department added a requirement for schools to ask parents for the information, along with a question on proficiency in English, apparently under pressure from the Home Office under Theresa May.
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MULTICULTURALISM – SCHOOLS
Super-sized classes at highest level on record
Camilla Turner and Patrick Scott
Daily Telegraph, 29 June 2018

Super-sized classes are at the highest level on record, official figures show, as secondary schools begin to feel the effects of a migrant-fuelled baby boom.

Eight per cent of secondary school classes now have over 30 children, which is the highest proportion since the Department for Education (DfE) started collecting figures for its annual school census in 2006. ...

The average secondary school class size in 2018 was 21.2 students, the new data shows, which is the largest since 2007. There is now the equivalent of one extra pupil in each class, compared to five years ago.

Overall, there are now 66,000 more children in the nation's schools compared to the same point last year. While some of this increase was in primaries, most was in secondaries, which have seen numbers rise by 35,400 in just a year. ...

The latest DfE statistics, which look at the make-up of the school population across England, also reveals that one in three of the nation's primary school children are from a minority ethnic background.

More than one in five primary-age children do not speak English as their first language.
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POPULATION – GROWTH
UK population growth is slowest in 14 years as migration from EU falls
Olivia Rudgard
Daily Telegraph, 29 June 2018

The UK population is growing at its slowest rate in 14 years because Brexit means fewer EU migrants are arriving here without a job, ONS figures show.

The data shows that the population hit 66 million for the first time in mid-2017 but is growing at a rate of 0.6 per cent, the lowest since mid-2004.

While the number of people coming to the UK to take on a job they have already secured has remained stable, the number immigrating to look for work fell by 43 per cent in the year following the Brexit vote, a trend which is particularly stark for EU citizens.

The report said that the fall in the number of immigrants was the "largest single driver of the lower level of population growth in the year to mid-2017".

"Over three-quarters of the decrease in net migration can be accounted for by EU citizens," it added.

The overall number of international immigrants was 572,000, 78,000 fewer than in 2016, a 12 per cent fall.

The number of new EU citizens in the UK fell by 82,000 between 2016 and 2017, from 189,000 to 107,000. ...

During the year to June 2017 the overall population growth was 392,000 people.

Overall 59 per cent of the slowed-down rate of population growth can be attributed to the lower rate of migration, while 41 per cent is down to lower birth and higher death rates.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – MALTA
Malta says it will allow no more migrant rescue boats to dock
Reuters, 29 June 2018

Malta said on Thursday it would allow no more migrant rescue boats run by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to enter its ports, as a European Union summit meeting began in Brussels with immigration top of the agenda.

On Wednesday Malta let the charity ship Lifeline dock in Valletta with 230 migrants on board, after it was stuck at sea for almost a week after Italy closed its ports to NGO rescue vessels.

However, Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said the gesture was a one-time "ad-hoc" resolution to the crisis.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – USA
Immigrants' residential choices and their consequences
Christoph Albert and Joan Monras
Vox, 29 June 2018

There are fundamentally two views on where immigrants decide to live within host countries. On the one hand, it is well understood that immigrants tend to settle in cities or regions that are thriving. One reading of this evidence is that immigrants may be particularly important for 'greasing the wheels' of the labour market and for arbitraging away labour market opportunities across locations (e.g. Borjas 2001, Cadena and Kovak 2016). At the same time, this has also been the most important concern when trying to estimate the effect of immigration on labour market outcomes (e.g. Altonji and Card 1991, Borjas et al. 1997, Monras 2015). If the primary motive for immigrants choosing particular cities or regions is that they are thriving economically, this likely creates a spurious correlation between labour market outcomes and immigrant settlement patterns.

On the other hand, many authors have noticed that immigrants tend to move to where previous immigrants have settled. Immigrant networks are recognised as key for the migration experience (Munshi 2003). Former immigrants likely help newer ones both in migrating and in finding jobs and suitable neighbourhoods for their new life in the host country.

In recent research, we provide a new look at immigrant location choices that, as we argue, has profound implications on how we think about the consequences of immigration for host economies (Albert and Monras 2018). Immigrants tend to spend large fractions of their income in their home country. Many send remittances to their families, plan on returning home (at least eventually), or simply spend their leisure/vacation time with their families and old friends. This means that they care not only about the prices of the city or location where they live, but also about the prices in their home countries. We argue that this affects immigrants' residential choices, which, in turn, has important consequences for the distribution of economic activity across locations.
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CRIME – VIOLENCE, MURDER
'Feral' knife attacks where victims stabbed multiple times driving up London murder rate, police warn
Lizzie Dearden
Independent, 28 June 2018

"Feral" knife attacks in which victims are stabbed multiple times with vicious weapons including machetes are driving up London's murder rate, police have warned.

Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt said that stabbings are becoming increasingly violent in the capital, where more than 70 people have been murdered so far this year. ...

Mr Hewitt said that weapons including zombie knives, hunting knives, and machetes are being used more often, prompting a proposed ban on possessing some of the most dangerous weapons in public or private.

Over the last week alone, police in London have seized six guns, 135 knives and other weapons including CS spray. ...

"I have large numbers of officers now all over London who are routinely administering what you would call trauma medicine on the pavement and on the street in London to people who have been stabbed. And then the work obviously of paramedics and the doctors and everybody else that comes in.

"But the more violent the offences, the more chance there is that somebody is going to receive a fatal wound and I think that is part of why we have ended up where we are with the murder rate." ...

Knife crime in England and Wales has rocketed by 22 per cent across in a year and robberies by a third.

Scotland Yard's latest statistics show a 5 per cent rise in violence across London in the year to April, while knife crime is up 18 per cent, muggings up 30 per cent and youth homicide up a quarter in the same period.
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CRIME – SEXUAL TRAFFICKING
'Voodoo' nurse Josephine Iyamu guilty of sex trafficking
BBC, 28 June 2018

A British nurse has been convicted of trafficking five Nigerian women into Germany to work as prostitutes after subjecting them to voodoo rituals.

Josephine Iyamu forced the women to swear oaths to hand over money to her during "juju" ceremonies.

Iyamu, 51, formerly of Bermondsey, was convicted of five counts of arranging or facilitating travel for sexual exploitation at Birmingham Crown Court. ...

Iyamu, who was born in Liberia, will be sentenced on Wednesday.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – AMNESTIES
The economics of immigration amnesties
Alessandra Casarico, Giovanni Facchini and Tommaso Frattini
Vox, 28 June 2018

Illegal immigration is widespread in OECD countries. The recent, unprecedented surge in the number of asylum seekers in Europe /.../ and the high likelihood that their claims will be rejected will increase the stock of undocumented foreign nationals in many destination countries /.../. In an environment in which repatriations are difficult to implement, policymakers have few options available to handle a growing problem.

... In 2016, irregular migrants made up 3.4% of the total population in the US, or about a quarter of the total foreign population. In Europe, the figures are significantly lower, but exhibit substantial variation across countries. The phenomenon is virtually absent in Denmark or Sweden, very small in countries like Austria and Germany, but sizeable in Greece, Belgium, Portugal, and the UK. The legal status of migrants clearly reflects the policy stance of the destination country, both in terms of the ex-ante controls introduced to discipline the flows and the ex-post measures taken to grant legal status to existing undocumented foreigners.

Used as a tool to give legal status to a broad set of immigrants who satisfy pre-defined conditions, amnesties have been the focus of much attention, and much controversy. ... some countries have never resorted to amnesties (e.g. Germany and the UK), whereas others have made use of them very frequently, especially before the 2008 crisis. ...

What trade-offs does a government face in the decision to implement an immigration amnesty? Under what conditions is it more likely that a government will resort to this instrument to deal with the presence of irregular migrants? ...

European countries have recently experienced an extraordinary inflow of asylum seekers. Many of them will not be granted refugee status but are unlikely to be repatriated. Thus, policy makers will have to deal with large stocks of undocumented foreigners in the near future.
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IMMIGRATION – GOVERNMENT, BREXIT
Time for clarity on government's EU immigration plans
Migrationwatch UK, 27 June 2018

With nine months to go until Brexit, there is an urgent need for clarity about how the government plans to adapt immigration rules for EU citizens who are not already resident here.

A Migration Watch UK paper (MW447 - Brexit and immigration: the way forward) calls for visa free movement to and from the EU for tourists, family and business visitors.

There must, however, be limitations on those whose intention is to work so the paper proposes an extension to EU nationals of the current system of highly-skilled work permits – a system with which business is already familiar.

The EU should have no grounds for objecting to such an offer since their Blue Card policy - in the process of being expanded – is on very similar lines.

This, alongside an expansion of the Tier 2 cap to accommodate these highly-skilled EU workers together with temporary transitional measures for construction or agricultural workers, would allow businesses to continue recruiting the talent they need while providing the incentive to train British replacements.

Current arrangements for the transfer of senior international staff (ICTs) should also be extended to EU citizens.

Furthermore, by cutting lower-paid migration which has accounted for about 80% of EU migration over the past decade or so, these proposals would help to deliver a considerable long-term reduction in immigration from Europe.

They would also encourage businesses to raise wages, improve working conditions and invest more in training for UK recruits.

Securing unhindered movement for tourists and business visitors in both directions would be of clear benefit to all sides, especially in their service sectors. It would also be compatible with the maintenance of the very long standing Common Travel Area with Ireland.

Delivering a reduction in immigration is vital to honouring the referendum result. As a major academic study has found, high immigration was the 'key' issue on voters' mind when they voted in June 2016. Polling reported by Channel 4 News last week found that 70% of the public want to see a reduction in immigration from the EU.

It is crucial, therefore, that the red line of reducing immigration from the EU is kept separate from the trade negotiations. Attempting to secure trade concessions by compromising on the manifesto commitment to end freedom of movement would seriously undermine the credibility of the government.
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DIVERSITY – BIRMINGHAM
British white people set to become a minority in Birmingham, says report
Carl Jackson
Birmingham Mail, 27 June 2018

British white people are soon to become the minority in Birmingham while nearly 50,000 residents in the city cannot speak English, according to a new report.

There are thought to be residents from nearly 200 countries living in Birmingham which has been described as 'super diverse' in the city council's new cohesion strategy.

But while there are recognised benefits to a multi-cultural society such as trade links, the city's varied ethnicity has also been identified as major factor in social segregation and community 'tension'.

The draft policy, which is due to be tabled before the council's cabinet today (Tuesday, June 26), states that 42.1 per cent of people in Birmingham classified themselves as non-white British in the 2011 census.

That was an increase of 12 per cent from the 2001 survey and if the rate continues by the time of the next census in 2021 more than half of the city's 1.2 million-plus population will be from an ethnic minority.

This is already the case for under 18s with 60 per cent coming from a non-white British background in the last poll. ...

Equalities chief Cllr Tristan Chatfield said: "Birmingham faces a number of difficult social issues that have an impact on cohesion; whilst

these are not unique to our city, we cannot assume that national government policy will address them.

"These are complex challenges and they are also rapidly evolving. ..."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – TORONTO, CANADA
Toronto cannot take any more asylum seekers, mayor warns
Guardian / Reuters, 27 June 2018

Canada's biggest city is unable to accommodate any more asylum seekers, Toronto's mayor has warned, after temporary resettlements used to house them reached near full capacity.

"We have exhausted our available sites, our resources and our personnel," Mayor John Tory said on Tuesday, as he sought help from provincial and federal governments to resettle new arrivals.

This comes after Toronto activated an emergency contingency plan in May to shelter refugee claimants as it was bracing for an influx of migrants over the summer. ...

Toronto is currently housing more than 3,000 refugees and asylum seekers in city hotels and college dormitories, Tory said. ...

The mayor stressed Toronto's long history of welcoming newcomers and the city's support of the Canadian government's policies regarding refugees and asylum seekers.
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BORDER CONTROLS – MISSING PASSPORTS
400,000 UK passports go missing every year: Britons take 73 days to report it, many are sold on the black market and loopholes may let terrorists in
Ian Drury, Tom Kelly and Glen Keogh
Daily Mail, 27 June 2018

A staggering 400,000 British passports are reported lost or stolen each year, the Home Office said last night. ...

The Home Secretary acted to try to halt the rise in unrecovered and unreported passports which enables terrorists and hardened criminals to travel to the UK.

The Mail exposed this week how gangs roaming Western Europe stealing British passports spirit them back to Turkey and Greece where they are sold for £2,500 each. But despite the 'severe consequences' of missing documents falling into unscrupulous hands, the Home Office said people wait an average 73 days before alerting the authorities about a missing passport.

An international trafficking kingpin operating in Istanbul told the Mail that some passports are sold by their owners to people smugglers with the agreement they will not report them missing for several months – by which time they have been sold on and used by imposters.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – USA
Border surge: The number of people in families crossing the southern U.S. border rose 435% year on year, while crossings are up 11% overall
Valerie Bauman
Daily Mail, 27 June 2018

The number of families crossing the southern U.S. border more than quadrupled in May compared to the same month one year prior - and the number of unaccompanied migrant children more than tripled in the same period, according to federal data. ...

Overall, 339,987 migrants entered the U.S. via the southern border through May of fiscal year 2018 – a nearly 11 percent increase compared to the same period in fiscal year 2017 when 306,793 migrants entered the country. ...

Nearly three quarters (74 percent) crossed illegally between official border crossings, a slight uptick in the ratio, compared to 73 percent during the same period the year before.
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IMMIGRATION – ECONOMY
Immigration fears are more economically rational than the urban liberals pretend
Paul Ormerod
City A.M., 27 June 2018

For the metropolitan liberal elite, immigration is unequivocally a Good Thing. They are on the side of the angels. Whether it is President Trump attempting to control entry into America, or – in the latest twist – the Italians turning away boats, all are to be condemned.

Ironically, almost all of these cosmopolitans accept the right of "oppressed" peoples, such as the Palestinians, to a homeland and identity. But they regard such aspirations as illegitimate when expressed by the historic majorities of Europe. ...

It is often said that immigration helps to raise the rate of economic growth, so it does not make sense to have strict restrictions on numbers.

In the mainstream model of economics, growth depends upon three things: the speed at which new technology is adopted, increases in the amount of capital used in producing goods and services, and the growth of the labour force.

Immigration does indeed increase the growth rate, though its impact on growth per capita is at best marginal. A larger labour force arising from more immigration boosts growth, but there are more people around to share in the growth.

In order to make the economic case for immigration, it would have to be shown that either immigrants adopt new technology faster and more effectively, or that they are inherently more productive than the typical worker. There is a good case for allowing relatively small number of skilled people into the country on these grounds, but not for mass immigration.

Advocates of large-scale immigration argue vigorously that it provides a young workforce to support an ageing population – not only in the UK but throughout the west.

The trouble with "replacement migration" as a solution is that immigrants themselves grow old. They have to be supported by the next generation of workers.

To rejuvenate the population through immigration requires not just a once-and-for-all influx of foreign workers, but a continuing flow of new immigrants.

A few years ago, the Oxford demographer David Coleman calculated how much net immigration would be needed each year to preserve even the existing age structure of the populations of western Europe. At present, the estimate is around six million net immigrants a year. ...

A further assertion is that immigrants do jobs which native British workers are unwilling to take. But this rather gives the game away. Without mass immigration, employers would be obliged to raise the real wage rate to induce these people to take the jobs. Large-scale immigration thus increases inequality.

There is no doubt that part of the opposition to immigration is driven by prejudice and fear of the unknown. But there are very rational grounds to be wary of it on a mass scale. EU leaders need to recognise the validity of these arguments.
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DIVERSITY – BLOOD, STEM CELLS
We must end the silent crisis around BAME blood, stem cell and organ donations
Mohammad Yasin MP
PoliticsHome, 27 June 2018
[Mohammad Yasin is Labour MP for Bedford]

I first became aware of the issues with blood, stem cell and organ donation within BAME communities in England when I met Poonam Shah, a woman who works in my constituency whose husband, Rakesh died from a blood disorder at the age of just 35.

Due to Rakesh's Indian heritage, he struggled to find a donor with the 10 matching genes that would help ensure his body would accept the donor's cells. ...

And the reality is that unfortunately, many patients will not receive the stem cell transplant they need either because there is no donor available or because a donor cannot be found quickly enough.

Only 20% of BAME patients receive the best possible match, compared to 69% of white northern European patients.

This disparity urgently needs to be addressed and therefore I welcome the timely review of BAME blood, stem cell and organ donation chaired by Labour MP Eleanor Smith.

The problem of insufficient blood, stem cell and organ donation is fundamentally one of supply and demand. According to the review, fewer than 5% of donors who gave blood in the last year were from BAME communities, although the BAME group makes up around 14% of the total UK population. Currently, only 1% of people who give blood in England are black.

BAME people are disproportionately affected by this as they are subject to a higher demand and shorter supply than other groups. ...

I hope that this timely review which recognises the scale of this 'silent crisis' is enough to spur the Government to assist communities with a more co-ordinated approach because this blatant inequality must end.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – POLITICS, VIOLENCE, SWEDEN
Sweden's far-right eyes election gains as gang violence rises
Simon Johnson and Johan Ahlander
Yahoo News / Reuters, 26 June 2018

A surge in gang violence has stirred anti-immigration sentiment before an election in Sweden, putting a far-right party on course for big gains in one of Europe's most liberal countries.

Dozens of people have been killed in the past two years in attacks in the capital Stockholm and other big cities by gangs that are mostly from run-down suburbs dominated by immigrants. ...

Opinion polls put the Sweden Democrats on about 20 percent support, up from the 13 percent of votes they secured in the 2014 election and the 5.7 percent which saw them enter parliament for the first time in 2010.

The Sweden Democrats' rise on the back of anti-immigration sentiment mirrors gains for right-wing, populist and anti-establishment parties in other European countries such as Italy, France, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia and Austria.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – EUROPEAN UNION, HUNGARY
'It's a GAME CHANGER': Hungarian foreign minister COMMENDS Italy's EU migrant backlash
Joe Gamp
Daily Express, 26 June 2018

Hungarian foreign minister Peter Szijjarto has defended his country's tough stance on immigration and lent his support to Italy's new eurosceptic government after it unveiled its own hardened position.

Speaking at Chatham House in London, Mr Szijjarto said his country "looks at migration as an issue with a huge security component". ...

Speaking frankly and openly, Mr Szijjarto told Chatham House how Hungary – part of the Visegrad four comprising of Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland – wishes to move in the opposite direction of Emmanuel Macron's pro-union France.

On Sunday, Mr Macron vowed to punish EU member states with fines if they refuse to open their floodgates to a surge of migrants. ...

And Mr Sziijjarto, referring to the recent furore created by Italy, told how Hungary is opposed to the EU's lax immigration policy, saying: "There are countries that act that migration is the best answer regarding a better market.

"We respect that. But please, don't put that on us. We don't think the same in Hungary." ...

"Sometimes, someone has to answer the question: how was it possible to let one million come to the European Union without knowing who they are, without knowing their plans, without knowing their affiliations that could threaten Europe?"
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – WELFARE STATE, TAXES, SWEDEN
Now Even Swedes Are Questioning the Welfare State
Amanda Billner, Rafaela Lindeberg and Niklas Magnusson
Bloomberg, 26 June 2018

Paying some of the world's highest income-tax rates has been the cornerstone of Scandinavia's social contract, with the political consensus in Sweden to save money for when the economy is less healthy. Yet the country is showing strains all too familiar in other parts of Europe with nationalists gaining support and Swedes increasingly questioning the sustainability of their fabled cradle-to-grave welfare system.

Resentment has built over the influx of more than 600,000 immigrants over the past five years, many from war-ravaged countries like Afghanistan and Syria, a huge number for a country of 10 million people.

There are also soaring crime rates, gang violence, complaints about education and pregnant mothers even being turned away from maternity wards due to a lack of capacity. The number of people waiting longer than 90 days for an operation or specialist treatment has tripled over the past four years.

"The Swedish social contract needs to be reformed," a dozen entrepreneurs including Nordea Bank AB Chairman Bjorn Wahlroos and Kreab Founder Peje Emilsson wrote in an op-ed in the Dagens Industri newspaper on May 31. "Despite high taxes, politics isn't delivering its part of the contract in important areas. We get poor value for money." ...

Sweden provides heavily subsidized health care, free education and more than a year of paid parental leave. If people get sick or lose their jobs, the premium they have paid into the welfare system via their taxes is returned in benefits. ...

The total tax burden in Sweden rose to 44.1 percent of gross domestic product in 2016, from 42.6 percent at the end of the previous government's tenure in 2014. That's the fifth-highest level among 35 OECD countries.
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CRIME – PASSPORTS, TERRORISM
All passports that get stolen get sold... and the British one is a strong passport': Mail investigation reveals how gangs are selling UK passports for £2,500 - allowing criminals and terrorists to sneak in
Tom Kelly
Daily Mail, 25 June 2018

A disturbing trade in stolen British passports is exposed today by the Daily Mail.

Swiped by criminal gangs in Western Europe, they are flown to Istanbul or Athens for sale by people smugglers.

Security experts said owning a genuine British passport was like 'winning the lottery' for jihadis and criminals – allowing them to slip across borders undetected.

In response to the Mail's findings, MPs called for action to address Britain's 'shocking vulnerability' to potentially dangerous illegals. ...

The Mail bought a UK passport for £2,500 from Abu Ahmad, a people-smuggling kingpin in Turkey. It had been stolen from a Milton Keynes man working in Brussels. ...

He is on bail while he appeals against an eight-year sentence for spiriting thousands of migrants into Europe, including suspected jihadis. At its peak, his 'business' was bringing in £110,000 a month.

Europol, an EU police agency, warned yesterday that people smugglers operating in Turkey and Greece were 'frequent' offenders in the trade in black market documents, which is an 'important enabler' of organised crime.

Ahmad said all the passports he sold were genuine – otherwise they would be no use at border control.

They are either stolen or sold by their owners, who agree not to report them as missing for a few months, by which time they have been used by Ahmad's customers.

He said: 'Most British passports are stolen. Except if the passport was in the name of someone Arabic or Pakistani or something, that could have been sold.' ...

Interpol, an international police agency, has a stolen and lost travel documents database, known as SLTD, which it says was searched more than 1.2 billion times in the first nine months of 2016, providing 115,000 'hits'.

But on its website, it admits: 'Interpol is not automatically notified of all passport thefts occurring worldwide, and the SLTD database is not connected to national lists of stolen or lost passports.

'Despite the potential availability of the SLTD database, not all countries systematically search the database to determine whether an individual is using a fraudulent passport.'

In 2014, the head of the agency said just four in ten passports used for international flights were checked against the database. ...

David Lowe, a former Special Branch counter-terrorism officer now based at Leeds Beckett University, said: 'For terrorists and criminals getting a new passport is like winning the lottery.

'It's a significant concern with fighters coming from Islamic State or returning British fighters. Once you get in with somebody else's passport you are very difficult to trace.'
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – SPAIN
Lifeline: Spain refuses docking to migrant rescue boat as bad weather looms
Deutsche Welle, 25 June 2018

Spanish Economic Development Minister Jose Luis Abalos said on Monday that his country would not offer docking to a NGO boat carrying some 230 migrants rescued at sea, saying Spain could not "become the sea rescue organization for all of Europe."

His remarks come after the boat, operated by German NGO Mission Lifeline, was turned away by both Italy and Malta, with German lawmakers who have visited the stranded vessel speaking of worsening conditions on board and a possible humanitarian emergency as weather conditions deteriorate. ...

In his comments to Cadena Ser radio, Abalos said Spain could not "take on this responsibility alone."

He said Spain's acceptance of the Aquarius had aimed to draw attention to the problem of rescued migrants, but that a political solution was now needed.
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DIVERSITY – NATIONAL IDENTITY, PUBLIC OPINION
Britain lags behind Canada and the U.S. in new Inclusiveness Index
Ipsos MORI, 25 June 2018

A new Ipsos survey which compares countries' acceptance of social and cultural diversity shows that Canada and the United States have the most inclusive definition of nationality, followed by South Africa, France, and Australia. These countries score highest on an Inclusiveness Index reflecting social acceptance of diversity as it applies to religion, immigration, sexual orientation and gender identity, political views, and criminal background. Britain ranks 10th in the overall index.

The Overall Inclusiveness Index is based on the findings of an Ipsos Global Advisor survey of over 20,700 men and women aged under 65 in 27 countries online. Respondents were asked about as many as 28 types of people and for each type, they were asked if they consider such a person to be a "real" national (e.g., "a real Briton" in Great Britain., "a real American" in the US, etc.) or not. ...

Six in ten of the British public (59%) think of themselves as a 'real Brit' but less than two in ten (17%) do not. Globally, Britons rank lowest on this measure against an average of 84%. Younger people are less inclined to consider themselves real Brits, with 22% of under 35s saying they do not consider themselves a real Brit compared to just 12% of those aged over 50. ...

On immigration, Britain is slightly more inclusive than the global average. Half of the public (52%) think that an immigrant who has become a citizen of the UK can be considered a real Brit compared with one in five (22%) who do not. But for immigrants who have lived most of their life in Britain and not taken citizenship, the public is split; 35% think they are real Brits and 35% think not. ...

The ability to speak English is also seen as real marker of being a true Brit. Over half (56%) of the public think that immigrants who have become citizens and are fluent in English can be considered Brits. This falls to three in ten (30%) for those are not fluent in English. Similarly, marrying someone British does not necessarily make someone be seen as a real Brit – 34% think it does and the same proportion thinks it does not. Just one in four (23%) think that someone who is an illegal immigrant but has lived in the country most of their life can be considered a real Brit compared with 46% who think they can't.

On second generation inclusiveness, around six in ten people in Britain say that second generation citizens - whose parents immigrated from outside the UK - can be considered real Brits regardless of where their parents immigrated from.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – POLITICS, USA
Respecting borders doesn't make you a Nazi
Laura Perrins
Conservative Woman, 25 June 2018

The truth is that attempting to illegally break into a country was once seen as a serious matter until the Leftists thought it was time for open borders. When the American electorate made it clear by electing Trump that they were not on board for all of South America to enter the United States, he implemented a policy that all democratic governments implement against their own citizens when they break the law – he prosecuted them. This is called the rule of law and it is pretty important.

If an adult enters the criminal justice system they are separated from their children. Trump has now said that families will be kept together while the adults are prosecuted but this is limited to 20 days by the decision of the Ninth Circuit. You see the impasse here – keeping families together is unconstitutional and separating them is inhumane. It is not clear what will now happen after the 20-day limit. You see what a mess the Americans are in? ..

... We should not be calling voters who want national borders Nazis. We should not be calling voters who want controlled immigration racists. It is not acceptable to call people or politicians who disagree with you on immigration policy a racist and/or a Nazi.

Media outlets using fake news to demonise law-abiding citizens who believe parents taking their children on dangerous journeys to illegally enter America (when they can claim asylum at a legal point of entry) is disgusting and anti-democratic.

And the extreme Leftists who want open-border anarchy, who literally want no laws to apply to those entering countries illegally, are playing a dangerous game. They are encouraging people-trafficking, child traffic and child rape, destroying their own country, betraying their fellow citizens and feeding nationalist extremism.
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DIVERSITY – IDENTITY POLITICS, INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM
Make no mistake, we are living under a diversity dictatorship
Zoe Strimpel
Sunday Telegraph, 24 June 2018

Those who cry repression and oppression – racism, sexism, transphobism – have become judge, jury and executioner.

We've seen countless times in the past year or so how anyone accused of an outrage against identity will immediately pay the price, from classicist Mary Beard, accused of racism and mauled on Twitter as a result, to Germaine Greer, ceaselessly attacked for her unorthodox views on transsexual women and #MeToo.

If the obsession with identity politics had remained a matter for vitriol and silliness only on Twitter, or in Left-wing newspapers and journals, things wouldn't be so bad. But they've seeped, with chilling consequences, into absolutely all aspects of life, with our institutions now as obsessed as their American counterparts with dictums for promoting "diversity and inclusion" at the cost of just about everything else.

This means, with catastrophic consequences guaranteed, that the once highly prized notions of merit, creativity, and freedom of thought and speech are being systematically tossed on the bonfire of all things Potentially Un-PC.

And what a week it was for the country's diversity warriors. ...

Job discrimination, whether based on sex or race, is wrong and illegal. It is crucial that employers aren't allowed to refuse promotions on these grounds. But the idea that "diversity" comes down to tabulating the number of skin colours in any given management tier, room or discussion, is idiotic, pretty racist itself, and (shiuld be) insulting to everyone's intelligence. ...

The noxious effects of what I can't help but call the ever-strengthening "diversity dictatorship" is particularly dispiriting in once-irreverent domains like comedy. Shane Allen, the former head of comedy at the BBC, said last week that Monty Python wouldn't "stand a chance" of being broadcast on the Beeb these days. Nor would Hugh Laurie or Stephen Fry, because they are "Oxbridge white blokes". ...

Nassim Taleb, the Lebanese-American scholar and statistician, put beautifully on Twitter last week the sinister nature of all this diversity-mongering. "The more you institutionise rules of ethical behaviour that should be voluntary (say, anti-racism, anti-sexism)," he tweeted, "the more they will be used as a cover for unethical actions."

Unethical, absolutely – and plain lunatic, too. ...

Meanwhile, amid all the "inclusive" quotas and pledges and sackings, the bias trainings, the shamings and the relentless jargon, our society is losing its creativity, humour and intellectual freedom.
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TERRORISM
Preachers of hate back on Britain's streets: MI5 terror alert as five jihadi leaders linked to London Bridge attack are set to be let out of jail by the end of the year
Omar Wahid
Mail on Sunday, 24 June 2018

Police and security chiefs fear the high command of an extremist group that inspired a generation of jihadis will soon be free again to preach hate on Britain's streets.

Five senior figures in Al-Muhajiroun, whose former members include London Bridge attacker Khuram Butt and Michael Adebolajo, one of Fusilier Lee Rigby's killers, are expected to be released from prison by the end of the year. ...

According to a source, MI5 and the police fear that, buoyed by the 'street cred' of serving prison terms, they will set up recruitment stalls in areas such as London and Luton.

There is concern that the Human Rights Act will prevent police from stepping in.

Up to 80 of the 193 people convicted of terrorism offences between 2007 and 2016 will be eligible for release this year – a situation described as a 'concern' by Home Office Minister Ben Wallace.
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POPULATION – EUROPE
Study: Mass Migration Nearly The Sole Driver of European Population Growth
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 24 June 2018

A new study from Austria has contended that not only is mass migration a large driver of population growth in Europe, but it may be close to being the sole driver, as native birthrates stagnate or decline.

The study, conducted by the researchers at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) and the Vienna Wittgenstein Center, looked at European population trends from between 1990 and 2017, and found that almost all population growth in Western Europe was driven by migration, Kronen Zeitung reports.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Ireland to take more refugees in show of 'solidarity'
Shona Murray
Irish Independent, 23 June 2018

Ireland is willing to do more on migration including taking more refugees and giving financial support, said the Taoiseach.

Speaking ahead of next week's June summit where the migration issue could trigger a major political earthquake in Germany and across the EU, the Taoiseach committed Ireland to giving more as a way of repaying the solidarity Ireland has received over Brexit. ...

Mr Vardakar defended immigration, saying: "On balance migration is a good thing; Europe needs migration.

"We've a shortage of skilled labour to staff our economy and run our health service. It enriches our cultures and societies."

But, he said, "it does need to be managed; it can't be uncontrolled and the fact that it has been uncontrolled has given rise to far-right and nationalist/populist forces across Europe and that has to be a bad thing".
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CITIZENSHIP – EU CITIZENS, RESIDENCE
UK unveils post-Brexit EU citizen settlement scheme
Lisa O'Carroll and Jamie Grierson
The Guardian, 22 June 2018

The government has promised to fast-track the registration process for EU citizens who want to stay in the UK after Brexit, with decisions on applications to remain in the country reduced from six months to "a matter of days".

Unveiling details of the "settlement scheme" for EU citizens, the Home Office promised that the application process would be "short, simple and user friendly" with a default position of accepting rather than rejecting applications. ...

Applications will cost £65 per adult, with children half price. EU citizens will be issued with an ID number, but not a physical card, which they will be required to use for public services such as the NHS and possibly employment and property rental checks. ...

It has been estimated that the Home Office will have to process up to 4,500 applications a day to get through 3.2m applications before the programme closes in June 2021. However, numbers could be even higher, with the Home Office saying there could be anything from "3.2m to 3.8m" EU citizens eligible for the scheme. ...

Anyone with a criminal record involving a jail sentence of more than 12 months is at risk of being rejected. Checks on the national police database and watch lists will be automatic but past crimes in the rest of Europe will not be automatic. ...

It will remain open for two and a half years, with EU citizens who arrive in the country eligible to apply right up until the end of December 2019, the proposed end of the transition period.

Those in the country for less than five years will be granted "pre-settled status" which can be swapped for a full "settled status" ID after five years.

The new status will also be considered a route to British citizenship, ending the need for EU citizens presently in the country to go through the permanent residency process.

Close family members, defined as "spouse, civil partner, durable partner, dependent child or grandchild or dependent parent or grandparent living overseas" will be allowed to join those with settled status under a "lifetime right" of EU citizens already in the country.
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CITIZENSHIP – EU CITIZENS, RESIDENCE
3.8 million EU migrants are allowed to stay here after Brexit: That's 600,000 more than estimated – and they can bring their families
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 22 June 2018

Nearly 4 million EU migrants will be allowed to live permanently in Britain after Brexit – and bring their families with them. ...

Any EU migrant who has lived in Britain lawfully for at least five years will be granted this 'settled status' – giving them full access to schools, hospitals, pensions and benefits. Applicants will face only three questions: to prove their ID, whether they have criminal convictions and whether they live in the UK.

However, international criminal record checks will not be routinely carried out, meaning violent criminals could get the right to live here.

Even if an EU citizen has a criminal record in Britain, they might not be considered for deportation.

Officials said that if an offence such as rape had been committed many years ago, it might not meet the threshold to deport someone. Successful applicants will also get the right to bring their parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters, children and partners to join them – even if they are not EU nationals.

Officials revealed they were planning for 3.8 million applications – about 600,000 more than previously expected. It is because officials do not know exactly how many EU migrants are living here.

Applicants' names will be screened against only UK police and security databases, unless there is 'good cause' to suspect a person has a hidden criminal history abroad. ...

Tory MP Philip Davies expressed concern about the 'lax' checks on criminal databases, adding: 'Migrants who commit crimes here should be deported unless there are extenuating circumstances. The Government seems to be taking the view that unless it is a very serious crime, they are okay to stay, which is the wrong way round.' ...

Lord Green of Deddington, of the Migrationwatch think-tank, said: 'The effect of these arrangements is that EU citizens who arrive during the transition period will have the right to stay on for five years. They would then acquire rights to bring in spouses, parents and grandparents that were greater than those of British citizens.'
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IMMIGRATION – PUBLIC OPINION
Revealed: two years after Brexit vote, public still supports tough immigration targets
Channel 4 [television], 22 June 2018

Almost three quarters of British adults still back Theresa May's tough stance on reducing immigration, a Deltapoll survey for Channel 4 News reveals. ...

Two years after the EU referendum, support for the government's tough immigration targets is widespread across the country and political allegiances, according to the poll.

Most people want the number of immigrants coming to Britain to be reduced to "tens of thousands" per year after Brexit – although many believe there should be some flexibility.

Strikingly, the majority of Remain voters would like to see numbers of immigrants go down. Some 23% of Remainers want a "big reduction" in EU immigration, while 35% want a small reduction. ...

However, many people remain positive about the overall impact that immigration to the UK has had over the last few decades.

Half of UK adults believe it has been mainly beneficial, compared to around 40% who said it had mainly been detrimental.

Other recent surveys have suggested attitudes towards immigration may have softened after Brexit.

But the survey by Channel 4 News shows that 42% of UK adults want to see a big reduction in EU immigration after Brexit. And a further 28% would be happy with a small reduction.

Only 14% of people want EU immigration to increase. And just 15% oppose the government's target to reduce immigration to "tens of thousands". ...

And most Conservative voters still support the "hostile environment" policy – compared to around four in ten Labour voters. ...

Between different age groups, the Conservatives' policy to bring immigration levels down to "tens of thousands" is least popular among young people, aged 18-24. However, the majority of young people still support it, according to the poll. ...

In response to the poll findings, Ken Clarke MP told Channel 4 News: "I don't think freedom of movement has done us any harm at all myself. We live in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-national society. And if you think that has gone too far already, I think as far as my grandchildren are concerned, you ain't seen nothing yet." ...

Deltapoll interviewed 2,063 adults between 8th June – 11th June, 2018.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – USA
Migrant families separation poster girl not taken from mum
BBC, 22 June 2018

A little girl who became the public face of US migrant family separations was not taken away from her mother at the US border, says her father.

A photograph of the Honduran toddler sobbing in a pink jacket was snapped at the scene of a border detention.

Time magazine has used the image for its latest cover, depicting President Donald Trump looming over the girl with the caption: "Welcome to America".

But thousands of other child migrants have been taken from parents in the US. ...

The photo helped secure $17m (£13m) in donations from hundreds of thousands of people on a Facebook fundraiser for the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, a Texas-based non-profit organisation. ...

Honduran Deputy Foreign Minister Nelly Jerez verified Mr Valera's version of events to Reuters. ...

Mr Valera said Ms Sanchez and their daughter had left the Honduran city of Puerto Cortes without telling him or the couple's three other children.

He said he believed she went to the US in search of better economic opportunities. ...

He told the Daily Mail he understands Ms Sanchez paid $6,000 to a smuggler to get her across the border.
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DIVERSITY – BBC
BBC to boost diversity by ending shortlists with no black candidates
Adam McCulloch
Personnel Today, 22 June 2018

The BBC plans to increase the proportion of black and ethnic minority staff with its announcement that all shortlists for posts, above certain grades, will include at least one non-white candidate.

The new protocol will apply above the broadcaster's band E – to middle and senior-ranking posts – including editors, producers and presenters. The organisation's executive committee and divisional leadership teams will also have at least two people from ethnic minority backgrounds by 2020.

Currently there are no black people filling the 96 highest ranked leadership roles at the BBC.

All leadership and development programmes will be expected to have considerable ethnic minority representation as part of their overall cohort and accountability for diversity and inclusion targets, and ethnic minority career progression will be included in senior leadership team objectives and progression reviews. ...

Cultural awareness training will be made mandatory for all team managers, says the report, on top of the current compulsory unconscious bias programme. ...

The BBC already has a diversity and inclusion policy in place that includes 15% targets for the percentage of black and ethnic minority staff in leadership roles by 2020.
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TERRORISM – ISLAM
Councillor who said Isis does not exist is given antiterror role
Neil Johnston
The Times, 21 June 2018

A Labour councillor who was forced to resign as a school governor after claiming that Isis did not exist has been appointed to a council committee dealing with radicalisation.

Safia Akhtar Noor was suspended by Yew Tree Community School in Birmingham after several Facebook posts in which she questioned whether Isis was to blame for terror attacks became public.

Although the school suspended her and she later resigned, she was allowed to stand for Labour in May's local elections and won a seat in the Small Heath ward with more than 3,000 votes.

She has since been appointed to the children's social care overview and scrutiny committee, which examines initiatives to prevent radicalisation and has given guidance on the Prevent strategy, ...
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EMPLOYMENT – EUROPE
Surge in refugees hits young Germans' job prospects, warns OECD
Tim Wallace
Daily Telegraph, 21 June 2018

Refugees run the risk of damaging the job prospects of low-skilled young men in Germany, Austria and Sweden as more people compete for jobs, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has warned.

In parts of Germany refugees make up more than 15pc of the unemployed, putting pressure on vulnerable parts of the existing workforce. These new job seekers pose the greatest competition to young men with few qualifications, who are already most likely to struggle.
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IMMIGRATION – EUROPE
The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam by Douglas Murray - review
David Sexton
Evening Standard, 21 June 2018

On publication in May last year, The Strange Death of Europe became a surprise bestseller and remained so all last summer. It's rare that a book of such seriousness, cogency and pessimism finds so many readers.

Murray announces quite simply in his introduction: "Europe is committing suicide." He predicts within the lifespans of most people currently alive "Europe will not be Europe and the peoples of Europe will have lost the only place in the world we had to call home".

Murray puts forward two simultaneous causes. The first is the mass movement of peoples into Europe post-war, making it into "a home for the entire world". The second is the way Europe itself "has lost faith in its beliefs, traditions and legitimacy". ...

Murray surveys the history of migration, highlighting how much it has been underestimated by governments and how little serious public discussion has been permitted – even when, for example, the 2011 census revealed the enormous changes that have taken place, in London especially. ...

He traces the way new parties have emerged across Europe to represent popular opinion so determinedly ignored by mainstream parties. "There is an ongoing effort to make European publics not believe the evidence of their own lives," he says, quoting poll after poll, showing how out of step with public opinion governments have become. In 2010, 47 per cent of Germans said they did not think Islam belonged in Germany. By 2015, that figure had become 60 per cent. Now it is higher again.

In a new Afterword for the paperback, after surveying the events of the last year, Murray says he had anticipated criticism. "Yet none of the many facts in this book were able to be refuted and nobody of any consequence has even tried to contest or deny them." The Strange Death of Europe is essential reading, just as much for those who would dispute its analysis as for those who will find here lucidly set forth what they already intuit.

The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam by Douglas Murray (Bloomsbury, £9.99)
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – SPAIN, FRANCE
'Almost half' of rescued Aquarius migrants want asylum in France, NOT Spain
Romina McGuinness
Daily Express, 20 June 2018

Nearly half of the 630 migrants rescued from the Mediterranean who arrived in Spain at the weekend want to claim asylum in France, Spanish officials said on Monday. ...

France said it would welcome some of the migrants and help Spain deal with asylum applications following criticism of President Emmanuel Macron's initial silence on the plight of the rescue ship.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – AUSTRALIA
Majority of Australians say there is TOO MUCH immigration for the first time, study reveals
Brooke Rolfe
Daily Mail Australia, 20 June 2018

For the first time in history the majority of Australians believe there are too many immigrants entering the country, according to social research figures.

Nearly 55 per cent out of 1200 people thought the number of migrants coming to Australia was 'too high', in data collected by Social Research Centre in Melbourne. ...

Debate was recently sparked by New South Wales Labor leader Luke Foley who controversially highlighted a 'white flight' trend bought about by migrant families.

He was referring to low-income migrants forcing Anglo families out of affordable housing areas in Sydney's western suburbs. ...

Nearly three quarters of Australians think the government has allowed too much investment from China, up from just 56 per cent in 2014.
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POLITICS – EUROPEAN UNION
The Migrant Question
Theodore Dalrymple
City Journal, 20 June 2018

... whatever attitude governments take to the migrants, no one truly believes that they are more of an asset than a liability. /.../ When European leaders discuss the migrant question, it is always in terms of sharing the burden, not the assets, equitably. No one speaks of foreign investment in this way, which suggests that European politicians believe, whether rightly or wrongly, that the free movement of people and capital are different in an important way.

The leaders speak of sharing the burden, then, and are incensed when countries such as Hungary and Poland refuse point-blank to take any migrants from Africa or the Middle East. But I have never seen mentioned in this context the question of where the migrants themselves want to go. They might as well be inanimate toxic waste as far as the discussion is concerned, rather than human beings with wishes, desires, ambitions, and so forth. They are but pawns in a political game. Hungary, for example, is deemed duty-bound to take x number of migrants: no one asks whether x number of migrants can be found who want to go to Hungary. Nor is the question ever discussed in public whether Hungary, having open borders, would be held responsible for making the migrants stay there once they had arrived. Short of penning them in, how exactly would you keep them in Hungary, or in Poland?
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CRIME
Lithuanian deported from Sweden four times strolls into UK - and goes on £500k luxury car part theft spree
Julia Roberts
Mirror, 19 June 2018

A thief who came to the UK after being deported FOUR TIMES from Sweden has been jailed for stealing £500,000 worth of steering wheels, onboard computers and parts from luxury cars in just three months.

Ernestas Lukosevicius was repeatedly booted out of the country where it was said he had developed the necessary 'skills and expertise' to carry out such car crime.

By April last year, the Lithuanian had racked up his eighth conviction for 23 offences, was jailed for nine months and handed his fourth deportation order.

A court heard he is currently banned from returning to Sweden until February 2027. ...

The court was told there was no record of when he came to the UK, and Recorder Matthew McDonagh said he could not make the same recommendation for deportation as ordered in Sweden.
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CRIME – DEPORTATION
Foreign criminal thrown out of UK for shoplifting four years ago walks back into the country to continue his one-man crime wave
Richard Spillett
MailOnline, 19 June 2018

A foreign thief who was deported from the UK for shoplifting waltzed back past border guards and resumed his life of crime, a court has heard.

Eriks Gindra - who has racked up convictions in Nottingham, Doncaster, Leeds, Barnsley and Huddersfield - was kicked out of Britain four years ago. ...

In an unusual move, Gindra did not give his nationality in court, replying only 'gipsy'. But he used a Russian interpreter, suggesting he is from one of the Baltic states. ...

Gindra - who has 25 convictions for 49 offences in the UK - was arrested again in April and jailed him for eight weeks by Southern Derbyshire Magistrates last week.

It is expected he will deported again at the end of his jail term.
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POLITICS – LIBERAL DEMOCRATS
Nick Clegg's U-turn as he now warns the EU that immigration is not an 'untouchable principle'
Daniel Martin
Daily Mail, 19 June 2018

Nick Clegg has performed another U-turn by dropping his unequivocal support for the free movement of workers between EU nations.

In an article yesterday, the former deputy prime minister said Brussels should stop seeing the controversial policy as an 'untouchable principle'.

It comes four years after he described freedom of movement as a 'good thing' and a 'cornerstone of European integration'. ...

For years former Lib Dem leader Sir Nick has been one of the most vociferous supporters of free movement. But, writing in the Financial Times yesterday, he called on European leaders to reform the rules – saying he hoped it could see Britain remaining in the EU. ...

Recent election results on the continent show millions of people believe the 'EU's collective approach to immigration is serving them poorly', he wrote.
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POLITICS – DIVERSITY
UK makes Windrush Day official with £500k grant to support events
Nadeem Badshah
The Guardian, 18 June 2018

A day celebrating the contribution of the Windrush generation and their descendants is to be held annually, the government has announced.

Windrush Day will take place on 22 June, the day when around 500 migrants from the Caribbean arrived at Tilbury Docks in Essex in 1948 aboard the MV Empire Windrush.

It will be supported by a grant of up to £500,000, available to charities and communities wanting to hold commemorative and educational events.

The communities minister, Lord Bourne, said the annual celebration will help to "recognise and honour the enormous contribution" of those who arrived between 1948 and 1971.

"It will keep their legacy alive for future generations, ensuring that we all celebrate the diversity of Britain's history," he said.
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POPULATION – COST, NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE
'Nobody will talk about it!' Farage reveals why NHS funding MUST increase for THIS reason
Jamie Macwhirter
Daily Express, 18 June 2018

Nigel Farage hailed Theresa May's announcement of a 'Brexit dividend' for the NHS, but reminded listeners the money was only necessary because of rapid population growth fuelled by mass immigration. ...

Speaking on his LBC show, Mr Farage said: "Spending on the National Health Service has to go up every single year significantly, not just because of administrative waste, not just because of health tourism.

"The British population is rising by half a million people every single year, and 75% of that is because of people coming into this country and those that have come having children.

"Is it any wonder we need to increase spending?

"And of course part of the argument around Brexit was that by leaving we can take back control of our borders and significantly reduce the numbers coming into Britain.

"But there's little prospect of that, and as I say it is the elephant in the room and nobody wants to talk about it because immigration has disappeared completely off the political radar in this country."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – EUROPEAN UNION
The EU is facing an existential crisis – but it is migration, not Brexit, that will be its undoing
Juliet Samuel
Daily Telegraph, 18 June 2018

Alongside sunburnt Brits, they are one of the modern staples at Southern Europe's popular tourist spots: Arab and African men selling tourist tat. These men (and occasional woman) come from many places. ...

If they can raise enough cash and get a spot on a boat crossing the Mediterranean, their odds of getting to Europe are high – 98 per cent make it. That is why people keep trying. ...

The migration surge has been fuelled by technology and growing wealth, which have for the first time brought the means to flee conflict and migrate economically within the reach of millions. The EU hasn't created this situation, but with its migration policies, it has removed from national governments the means to address it and, with its legal structure, it has neutered Brussels' ability to step in instead, since national politicians can't agree on an approach. And the more pro-EU politicians try to collectivise policy, the more they fan the flames of populist revolt. ...

... What's not clear is whether national governments will have any more success than Brussels in slowing the demographic tide.
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DIVERSITY – EMPLOYMENT
CBI boss wades into diversity debate again
Christopher Williams
Sunday Telegraph, 17 June 2018

The new head of the CBI has backed companies to favour women and ethnic minorities over equally capable white men as a way of improving diversity in the upper ranks of business.

John Allan, who is due to be confirmed as CBI president at the lobby group's AGM this week, said in a Sunday Telegraph interview that he was "quite a long way" from advocating positive discrimination that would mean less capable women and ethnic minorities are awarded senior roles.

But he added: "I'm absolutely unashamed in saying that if I had two candidates for a particular role on the board of equal merit and one of them would help us get further down the path in terms of diversity than another then I would choose them.

"I'd regard that as being a perfectly satisfactory reason for favouring one candidate over another."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – BELGIUM, EUROPEAN UNION
Belgian minister: Europe needs Australian approach to migration
Silvia Sciorilli Borrelli
Politico, 17 June 2018

Belgium's right-wing immigration minister, Theo Francken, has suggested Europe should follow Australia's example and only accept asylum claims via the United Nations.

"Aren't there any safe ports in North Africa? Those who come to Europe should lose their right to asylum," Francken, who leads the right-wing New Flemish Alliance (N-VA), said in an interview with Flemish daily Nieuwsblad published Saturday.

Europe, he added, should only accept refugees who ask for asylum via U.N. camps in conflict zones and send back those who arrive on its shores by boat.

"This illegal migration must stop," Francken told the Flemish daily. ...

Francken – who consistently polls as the most popular politician in Flanders – was one of few European ministers to express support earlier this week for Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's decision to close the country's ports to a vessel carrying more than 600 migrants. ...

The Flemish right-wing politician is not alone in calling for a tough response to migration in Europe. Austria's conservative leader Sebastian Kurz has called for an "axis of the willing against illegal migration" between Italy, Germany and his own country, and pledged to make fighting illegal immigration a top priority for Vienna's presidency of the Council of the EU in the second half of 2018.
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DIVERSITY – EQUALITY
We're now confusing diversity and equality. Which is our priority?
Kenan Malik
The Guardian, 17 June 2018

What do we mean by diversity? And why is it good – or not?

For all the myriad debates about diversity today, such questions are rarely addressed in any depth. The latest hoo-ha was generated by a Lionel Shriver column in the Spectator, which questioned publisher Penguin Random House's pledge to make the company more diverse. ...

"Drunk on virtue," Shriver wrote, "Penguin Random House no longer regards the company's raison d'être as the acquisition and dissemination of good books." ...

Mslexia, a magazine for women's writing, dropped her as a judge for its annual short story competition. Although it welcomed "open debate", Shriver's comments were "not consistent with Mslexia's ethos' and mission". So, an open debate, but only with the right views – the importance of diversity but not of a diversity of views.

... For both sides, "diversity" has become less an issue to debate than a symbol, of virtue for the one, of vice for the other.

Penguin Random House aims to make the company as diverse as Britain with respect to "ethnicity, gender, sexuality, social mobility and disability". (I assume "social mobility" is a euphemism for "class" – it's obviously a category that no longer speaks its name.)

But Britain is diverse in many other ways too – by religion, age, occupation, regional affiliation, politics and so on. It's unlikely that any institution would ever be representative in all these categories (especially political viewpoint). Here "diversity" means being representative in a few chosen categories, and only in those categories.

PRH's categories represent some of the groups that, historically, have faced discrimination, and been excluded from positions of power and privilege. From this perspective, the drive for greater diversity is a push for greater equality, and an attempt to dismantle barriers of exclusion.

But equality and diversity are not synonymous. There are many reasons for a workforce or institution not to be representative of society. Consider the recent debate about admissions to Oxford University. Black people make up around 3% of the UK population, but only 1.9% of Oxford's intake. Labour's David Lammy damned the university as a "bastion of entrenched wealthy, upper-class, white, southern privilege".

But, as Channel 4's Fact Check pointed out, black students both disproportionately apply for the most competitive courses and are more likely to miss their predicted A-level grades. Taking this into account, Oxford, according to Fact Check, "was very slightly more likely to offer a place to black candidates". ...

If the argument in favour of diversity is not as straightforward as it seems, neither is the critique. ...

In a review of novels about immigration, Shriver makes the valid, and necessary, point that most stories about migration are written from the viewpoint of immigrants, rarely from that of "host communities". She goes on, however, to talk about immigration as a form of inappropriate cultural invasion. ...

Diversity is, of itself, neither good nor bad. The real issue is about how we engage with diversity. But that means engaging with all the issues for which "diversity" has become a proxy: equality, identity, class, immigration, racism, ideas of belonging and home. In this context, neither unthinkingly celebrating diversity, nor reflexively rejecting it, makes much sense.
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IMMIGRATION – STUDENTS, VISAS
Tens of thousands of foreigners will be allowed to study at UK universities without having to prove that they can speak English
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 17 June 2018

Tens of thousands of foreign students will be allowed to attend universities in Britain without having to prove they have the right qualifications.

The Government has also scrapped rules requiring them to provide evidence they have enough funds to live here and can speak English.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid yesterday simplified the process of securing so-called 'Tier 4' visas for students from countries it considers a 'low risk' of abusing the system. ...

In the latest shake-up, the Government added 11 countries to its 'trusted' list for the purpose of student visas. The additional countries – China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, Mexico, Bahrain, Serbia, Dominican Republic, Kuwait, Maldives and Macau – bring the list to 30. Overseas students from these nations will benefit from a streamlined application process, which means they will have to provide fewer documents when applying for visas.

Controversially, they will no longer need to submit evidence showing they meet the requirements for living costs of up to £1,265 a month, previous qualifications or evidence they can speak English fluently. ...

However, the Migrationwatch think-tank warned of a 'slippery slope', saying: 'The last time the student visa system was loosened in 2009 it took years to recover from the massive inflow of bogus students, especially from India.' ...

Countries already on the student visa trusted list are Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Botswana, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Qatar, Singapore, South Korea, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, the US and Taiwan.
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RACISM – NORTHERN IRELAND
Amnesty International says Northern Ireland has a huge racism problem
Shauna Corr
Belfast Live, 17 June 2018

Racism is a "huge problem" in Northern Ireland, Amnesty International has said.

The human rights charity has called on the government to act following the results of a new Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey. ...

More than half of those surveyed admitted they would have a problem with a Muslim or Irish traveller marrying into their family - and a quarter would not willingly accept an ethnic minority co-worker. ...

More than a thousand (1,063) racist incidents were reported to the PSNI from July 2016 to June 2017, but there was no prosecution in 83% of them.
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CRIME – VIOLENCE, KNIFE CRIME
Ex-head of Met Police calls for more stop and searches and claims migration is fuelling knife crime
Steven Swinford
Sunday Telegraph, 17 June 2018

Police should increase the use stop-and-search to tackle soaring tackle knife crime and violence in London, the former head of Scotland Yard who oversaw a huge decline in the use of the powers has said.

Lord Hogan-Howe, the head of the Metropolitan Police between 2011 and 2017 when Theresa May was Home Secretary, believes that the surge in violence means "we now need to increase the amount of stop and search again".

Nearly 50 people have been fatally stabbed in London since the start of the year, while the overall number of knife offences in the capital rose by more than 20 per cent last year to 14,680.

He also linked migration and higher birth rates in parts of London to increased violence because it means that there are growing numbers of young men.
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TERRORISM – EUROPE
Radicalised asylum seekers have murdered or injured more than 1,000 in terror attacks in Europe since 2014
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 16 June 2018

Radicalised asylum seekers have murdered or injured more than 1,000 people in terror attacks in Europe since 2014, a new report has revealed.

In the past four years, 32 Islamist plots have involved those who had sought sanctuary – or 16 per cent. Three of the potential atrocities were in the UK, including Parson Green tube bomber Ahmed Hassan.

An analysis by academics found 44 refugees had either carried out atrocities or been thwarted before they could bring bloodshed to the streets.

The findings echo warnings by law enforcement chiefs that some so-called Islamic State fanatics who are bent on murder posed as refugees fleeing war and persecution. It was claimed they exploited the migrant crisis by pretending to be asylum seekers to sneak into Europe and cause carnage.

Terror expert Robin Simcox, of the Heritage Foundation think-tank in Washington DC, said it was 'disturbingly simple' for jihadists to hide among genuine refugees because the Continent's borders were under huge strain.

European leaders had 'inadvertently increased the terrorist threat' as a direct result of their 'catastrophic' handling of controversial immigration and open-border policies. ...

Mr Simcox made clear that the fault for 11 successful attacks involving asylum seekers, which killed 182 people and injured 814, lay with the terrorists.

The report said: 'Ill-conceived immigration policies have made it easier for them to strike. European leaders were either naïve about the risks or failed to communicate honestly with the public the impact that accepting such large amounts of people would have on security.

'The fall-out from the decision to take in such a large amount of unvetted people in such a short time will continue for decades to come.'

The study found that there were 194 Islamist terror plots between January 2014 and December 2017. The total casualties were 357 deaths and 1,678 injuries.

Of those, 32 involved asylum seekers or refugees. They included the attack by IS-inspired gunman and suicide bombers who murdered 129 innocent people in Paris in November 2015 and Tunisian-born Anas Amri who killed 12 when he drove a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin in 2016. ...

IS had direct connections to the majority of plots, with Germany targeted most and Syrians more frequently involved than other nationalities.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ITALY, EUROPEAN UNION
EU elite must tackle traffickers to end migrant crisis
Bill Carmichael
Yorkshire Post, 16 June 2018

When the German Chancellor Angela Merkel threw open Europe's borders to over a million migrants three years ago – without a single security check – she didn't consult with all of her EU counterparts, even though her decision would have disastrous consequences throughout the continent.

It was a classic example of the European political elite taking decisions without the slightest regard for the thoughts, feelings or welfare of the 500 million people they are supposed to represent. ...

But despite blame for the crisis being firmly laid at Merkel's door, Germany did not suffer the worst of it. The impacts on countries closer to the migrant routes to northern Europe, for example Greece and Italy, were far more serious.

For example, since 2013 an estimated 700,000 migrants have been ferried to Italy by NGO 'rescue ships' and EU vessels. This placed huge pressure on a country already racked by high levels of debt, stagnant growth, and high unemployment, particularly amongst the young.

But Italy's desperate pleas for help from the EU fell on deaf ears. ...

When politicians stop listening to voters, we shouldn't be surprised when the people vote for someone who will.

The hypocrisy of the French President is staggering. As Salvini pointed out, the French agreed to accept 9,816 migrants to relieve the pressure on Italy as part of a 2015 EU redistribution scheme. So far in three years they have accepted just 640.

Salvini also argues that migration across the Mediterranean is part of a huge moneymaking racket run by ruthless people-smuggling gangs operating out of Libya. The NGO and charity ships are simply operating a naval taxi service by picking up these paying customers a few miles off the Libyan coast and transporting them to Italy. ...

The charities tell us the people on the board the ship are "desperate", but not so desperate that they would seek refuge in the nearest safe port – in Tunisia. They have paid hard cash to get into Europe and they expect to get what they paid for.
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM
More than 140,000 Muslims gather at 'Europe's largest Eid celebration' in Birmingham as millions of around the world celebrate the end of Ramadan
Connor Boyd and Jordan Barnes
MailOnline, 16 June 2018

Birmingham hosted Europe's largest event to signal the end of Ramadan earlier with more than an estimated 140,000 worshippers attending prayers at Small Heath park earlier.

It was the biggest gathering yet for organisers Celebrate Eid, in its seventh year, with 106,000 Muslims attending the event last year.
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DIVERSITY – POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
Tyranny of the minorities: We live in an age of mob rule by minorities in which anybody who disagrees with them is censored and freedom of expression is something only THEY enjoy....
Quentin Letts
Daily Mail, 16 June 2018

... this week when our so-called liberal Left went into convulsions of illiberality after author Lionel Shriver mocked the latest diversity madness. ...

The forces of political correctness impose their unyielding views everywhere. ...

Supposedly apolitical charities try to thrust correctness down the gullets of their staff. The National Trust instructs country house guides to wear gay pride badges. The RNLI sacks long-serving lifeboatmen for using tea mugs with risque images of women.

Theatre companies are left in no doubt that they will not be given Arts Council subsidies unless they cast a number of 'non-traditional' actors – i.e., women playing Shakespearean kings or Afro-Caribbeans as English Regency fops.

Firms ban employees wearing crosses in case they offend non-Christians or atheists (but it's fine to wear a burka). ...

'Diversity' is now a booming employment sector and it offers hefty salaries. More insidiously, others exploit it for political ends and furtherance of their own ambitions. ...

Lionel Shriver was swiftly condemned this week by people who pretty clearly had not read her article and were interested only in hurting her. ...

There is a profoundly worrying problem with this tyranny of the minorities. By insisting every minority has preferential rights, you end up denying the majority their rights. ...

A few months ago, I had an experience like Ms Shriver's when I criticised the Royal Shakespeare Company for what I felt was some clumsy, minority-quotas casting in a Restoration comedy. I asked if the RSC was being leaned on by the Arts Council (which places inordinate store by its diversity policies). Did it fear that unless it cast black actors in historically white roles it might not be given such big dollops of public cash? ...

The RSC denounced me as a racist and numerous blowhards in the subsidised theatre world pretty much compared me to Satan. Behind the scenes, senior theatre practitioners told me they completely agreed with me – but feared that if they said so in public, their careers would be damaged.
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM, POLICE
Non-Muslim police officers take part in 18-hour Ramadan fast to 'gain a better understanding' of the local community
Charlie Bayliss
MailOnline, 15 June 2018

Non-Muslim police officers have taken part in an 18-hour fast for Ramadan to help boost relations with the Islamic community.

Northamptonshire Police said the move was to 'show unity' and 'gain a better understanding' of the local community during the Muslim holy month.

PSCO's were this week pictured at the Headlands Mosque in Northampton, joining in with the evening iftar meal having fasted from sunrise to sunset.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – EUROPEAN UNION
Macron and Italian PM Conte back EU 'asylum centres' in African nations
BBC, 15 June 2018

Italy and France have jointly expressed support for EU "asylum centres" to be set up in countries where many migrants begin their journeys to Europe.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and French President Emmanuel Macron met in Paris after a days-long row over the fate of the rescue ship Aquarius. ...

Mr Conte and Mr Macron have now agreed the current system must be reformed.

Mr Macron proposed building migration centres in countries of departure, including Libya, from which many people attempt a dangerous sea crossing to Europe - an idea he has raised in the past.

He said many of those attempting the journey had "no possibility of obtaining asylum in Europe", but die in the attempt - or spend months living in poor conditions only to be sent home.

Processing asylum claims in applicants' home countries could avoid those problems, he said.

Mr Conte, the head of Italy's new populist coalition government, agreed with the plan, calling for widespread reform of the current system.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – GERMANY
Angela Merkel's political near-death experience in Bavarian brawl
Matthew Karnitschnig
Politico, 15 June 2018

Merkel's refusal to endorse a plan by her Bavarian interior minister to turn back some refugees at the German border set the stage for a showdown that, barring a last-minute compromise, could bring down her government. ...

The dispute ostensibly revolves around the question of whether Germany should turn back refugees who have applied for asylum in other EU countries. Merkel opposes the policy on the grounds it could hasten the collapse of Europe's system of open frontiers by forcing Germany's neighbors to re-impose border controls.

The root of the dispute has less to do with that narrow question, however, than with Merkel's broader refugee policy, which the CSU has resisted from the beginning. ...

Even as Merkel vowed to stand her ground, the leaders of the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) dug in their own heels. ...

Meanwhile about two-thirds of Germans agree with the CSU's position on turning away refugees at the border, according to a separate poll released Thursday.
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MULTICULTURALISM – NOSTALGIA
Nostalgia should not be dismissed
Andrew Rumsey
Church Times, 15 June 2018
[The Revd Dr Andrew Rumsey is Team Rector in the Oxted Team Ministry, in Southwark diocese]

Nostalgia (as the old quip goes) isn't what it was. A new report by the think tank Demos, At Home in One's Past: Nostalgia as a cultural and political force in Britain, France and Germany, is a timely recognition that, far from being mere sentimental indulgence, nostalgia is now driving populist politics across Europe.

This insightful piece of research pays particular attention to the impact of nostalgic attitudes on the 2016 EU referendum campaign, remarking how both Leave and Remain campaigns sought to "outplay" the other's nostalgic discourses to demonstrate their status within the national story.

Refining its focus from general impressions – that, for example, 63 per cent of British citizens believe that life was better when they were growing up (fairly constant in all eras, one suspects) – the report homes in on more sensitive questions around "traditional values" and the perceived benefits or threats of a multicultural society. Among the more striking statistics, it finds that 78 per cent of people in British communities that have experienced large-scale immigration in recent years believe that this transition has made them more divided.

The report is significant for at least two reasons: first, in its acknowledgement, through careful qualitative analysis, that political life today is shaped as much by our felt senses of belonging and tradition as the more familiar categories of economic prosperity or party allegiance.

The second is its emerging from a progressive culture that has hitherto either downplayed such sympathies, or dismissed them as reactionary. Accepting that nostalgia tends to be employed as a "liberal slur", it concludes that, if this term reflects citizens' genuine experience, "we cannot dismiss nostalgia itself as irrational, hyperbolic, or feeble."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – GERMANY
Germany fires head of scandal-hit asylum agency
Reuters, 15 June 2018

Germany's interior minister has dismissed the head of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), which is mired in a scandal over irregularities in making asylum decisions, a spokesman said on Friday.

The decision by Horst Seehofer, leader of the Bavaria-based Christian Social Union (CSU), comes at the height of dispute over immigration that threatens to splinter Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc. ...

BAMF chief Jutta Cordt had come under criticism after an internal review by BAMF of 4,568 asylum rulings had found that the Bremen branch knowingly and regularly disregarded legal regulations and internal rules.
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DIVERSITY
'It's not fair to accuse me of racism'
Ed Cumming
Daily Telegraph, 15 June 2018

Lional Shriver was vilified this week for criticising a publisher's diversity policy. ...

"It's wilful misrepresentation," says Shriver, ..."opinions are being imputed to me, and to that column, which neither I nor the column profess. It's malicious. I was amused and concerned by the letter from Penguin Random House because it seemed to me they were aiming for diversity quotas. They deny it, saying it was an aspiration, but that's just semantics. If you're aiming to mirror the proportions of [minority] groups in the UK, that's a quota. We've got to the point where diversity is sacrosanct, and you can't say anything even in the vicinity of that word that is short of worshipful.

"Diversity is a laudable goal, and I've never said anything else, but it shouldn't be the primary goal if your company is meant to be doing something else. ..."
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM, CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Our new moves to stamp out anti-Muslim abuse or discrimination within the Conservative Party
Brandon Lewis
ConservativeHome, 15 June 2018
[Brandon Lewis is Chairman of the Conservative Party, and is MP for Great Yarmouth]

As Muslim families gather today to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan, they will be joined by neighbours of different faiths and none to celebrate this happy day. This is a wonderful reminder of how much Muslims contribute to the community and culture of British life.

Britain would be a poorer place without British Muslims. We are lucky to have a rich tapestry of faiths and different communities in the United Kingdom. It is one of the things that makes this nation strong. As a Party we are strongest when we reflect the diversity of backgrounds and experience of wider society in our membership. ...

Yesterday, I met with TellMAMA, an organisation doing tremendous work to support and protect Muslims in Britain. They recognise that the Conservative Party has acted swiftly in disciplining members who have expressed unacceptable attitudes towards Muslims, but we should always be looking to do more to stamp out anti-Muslim abuse or discrimination of any kind.

So I am taking the following steps:

. First, the Conservative Party will work closely with TellMAMA to give local associations tailored advice, support and guidance to deal with abuse and bigotry robustly.

. Second, I will make diversity training available to all members and association officers to improve awareness of discrimination and promote inclusion.

. Third, I will be writing to local associations to remind them of the standards of behaviour expected from representatives of the Party and to stress the importance of promoting tolerance and inclusivity.

. Finally, I will ask all local associations to report back to CCHQ about how they have dealt with locally reported complaints.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – PEOPLE SMUGGLING
People smugglers make billions: UN report
MailOnline, 14 June 2018

People smugglers made billions on the backs of some 2.5 million desperate migrants in 2016, the UN said in a report Wednesday as the plight of refugees worldwide continues to top the headlines.

The report, issued by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, said people-smuggling rings earned some $7.0 billion ... in 2016 – an amount, it noted, equal to US and EU humanitarian aid that year.

The figures are the latest available covering 30 major migrant routes in Africa, Europe, North America and Asia but they quite likely understate the extent of the problem, according to the report.
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IMMIGRATION – VISAS, DOCTORS, NURSES
Immigration rules to be relaxed for non-EU doctors and nurses
BBC, 14 June 2018

The government is to relax immigration rules to allow more non-EU skilled workers into the UK.

On Friday, the Home Office is expected to confirm that foreign doctors and nurses will be excluded from the government's visa cap.

The cap - introduced by Theresa May when she was home secretary - sets a limit for all non-EU skilled workers at 20,700 people a year. ...

NHS England had 35,000 nurse vacancies and nearly 10,000 doctor posts unfilled in February. ...

The proposed change would only apply to doctors and nurses - but could free up thousands of visas for workers in other industries like IT and teaching, even if the 20,700 total didn't change.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – POLITICS
What kills migrants on boats? The left's good intentions
Rod Liddle
The Spectator, 16 June 2018

You will remember the shrieking from the left a few years back when the first wave of migrants set sail from the North African coast. 'These are people, we must do something,' the liberals demanded, insisting that the rest of us were callous bastards. The thing they wanted was more patrols in the Med, to scoop the refugees out of the water once their boats had, inevitably, capsized.

It seemed plain to me and to many others that if we did this, many more people would be encouraged to come, and many, many more would die attempting to achieve landfall. And that is exactly what happened: the death rate increased almost exponentially – in the first six months of 2017 some 2,000 migrants died. But those of us who predicted this were castigated by the 'But these are people' brigade – in fact this was their only response to suggestions that stepping up the patrols would cost more lives. I remember the columnist David Aaronovitch saying that if we did not 'do something' to help these people then the government would be directly accountable for the deaths which occurred.

Given that many more people have died because we did indeed do something, are those subsequent deaths not on Mr Aaronovitch's hands? And on the hands of the rest of the dense, squawking liberals? Even more so, are they not the responsibility of the various NGOs and charities which now openly connive in the trafficking of these people, thus encouraging still more to come? If the NGOs really wished to do something useful, they would fish the survivors out of the sea and take them straight back to where they came from.

Another outcome the lefties did not see was the effect these mass migrations would have on the nations of Europe. One by one, populist governments deeply opposed to immigration have been elected and the European Union is now a much more fissiparous and fragile entity. ...

... You can't beat good intentions for causing misery, deaths and political upheaval.
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IMMIGRATION – PUBLIC OPINION, EUROPEAN UNION
Immigration, terrorism top concern list of Europeans: poll
Jan Strupczewski and Julia Echikson
Business Insider / Reuters, 14 June 2018

Immigration and terrorism are the two top concerns for the European Union as a bloc, but trust in the EU and optimism about its future are on the rise, a European Commission poll showed.

The Commission's twice-a-year Eurobarometer poll showed 38 percent of the EU's 510 million citizens saw immigration as the most important issue facing the bloc. Paradoxically, the highest level of concern about the issue was registered in countries were immigration is minimal – Estonia, the Czech Republic and Hungary.

Concern over terrorism was mentioned by 29 percent of Europeans. Again, it was highest in countries that have not had a single terrorist attack in recent years – Lithuania, Cyprus, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Poland and Latvia. ...

The survey showed that more than eight in 10 respondents supported the free movement of EU citizens with the right to live, work, study and do business anywhere in the EU.
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EMPLOYMENT – DOCTORS, NURSES
It may be controversial to say it but it's true – lifting the immigration cap for the NHS is a bad idea
Mary Dejevsky
Independent, 14 June 2018

It probably had to happen. All the stars were aligned: the perennial shortage of qualified medical staff in the NHS; the advance planning for next winter's "crisis"; a loud chorus of special pleading led by the great and the good; frightened politicians, and a new home secretary keen to set a fresh tone on migration following the (totally unrelated) Windrush scandal.

And so the government will announce that it is abolishing the "cap" for recruiting nurses and doctors from outside the EU – and presumably, post-Brexit, from inside the EU, too. ...

... Even with an entirely graduate profession of nurses and the long training required to produce a doctor, the NHS could have had four years' worth of extra nurses by now and two years' worth of new junior hospital doctors, with a new crop of fully trained GPs, surgeons and other specialists in the pipeline. Numbers of training places have increased a bit, but at nothing like the necessary rate. ...

But the biggest reason for the NHS to demand more imported medics is surely the same as it has always been: that bringing in fully, or nearly, qualified medical staff is a lot easier, more flexible, and above all cheaper than training them yourself. So here we go again. Whether the cash savings in the longer term are as great as they seem in the short term, however, may be less clear-cut.

Language competency requirements may have been increased, but I know from experience that there can be quite severe communications problems. Doctors trained abroad are more likely to be struck off than those trained in the UK (though many argue this may reflect inbuilt discrimination in the cases that are brought).

More significant, perhaps, were the findings of a peer-reviewed 2015 study, which concluded that "the use of non-UK-educated nurses in English NHS hospitals is associated with lower patient satisfaction. Importing nurses from abroad to substitute for domestically educated nurses may negatively impact quality of care."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ITALY
Boat carrying over 900 migrants docks in Italy
MailOnline, 13 June 2018

An Italian coastguard ship carrying more than 900 migrants was allowed to dock in Sicily Wednesday, after Italy controversially turned away a separate foreign vessel with rescued migrants on board.

The Diciotti ship arrived at the port of Catania and the migrants began to disembark, an AFP photographer saw.

They were saved during several rescue operations off the coast of Libya. An official in the Catania coastguard told AFP there were more than 900 migrants.
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EXTREMISM – TERROR THREAT
Jihadis free to roam the UK: Concerns over tracking dangerous extremists as only 40 out of 400 British fanatics returning from Syria and Iraq have been prosecuted
Larisa Brown
Daily Mail, 13 June 2018

Only 40 of the 400 British jihadis who fought in Syria and Iraq have been prosecuted on their return home.

At least 360 battle-hardened fanatics are being allowed to go free because there is too little evidence to convict them.

The figures, disclosed by security minister Ben Wallace, will raise concerns over whether the authorities can keep track of all the dangerous extremists on our streets.

Police chiefs have repeatedly warned of the severity of the terror threat facing Britain – particularly from those who have been radicalised by fighting abroad.

John Woodcock, the Labour MP who had pressed for the release of the figures, said: 'It's no wonder the Government tried to keep secret that it has only managed to prosecute one in ten of the British jihadis returning from Syria.

'It is an affront to our country that the difficulty of amassing admissible evidence means there is no comeuppance for people who went to aid an evil regime that wanted to slaughter British civilians.'

He said it should be made illegal to travel to terror hotspots without good excuse. ...

The last time the Home Office revealed the number of returning foreign fighters taken to court was in 2016. Then it stood at 14. ...

The 40 figure refers to successful prosecutions. More will have faced charges that did not stick. ...

Around 850 Britons are believed to have travelled to Syria or Iraq and at least 15 per cent of them are thought to be dead. ...

Ministers are yet to agree on what to do with captured foreign fighters.
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DIVERSITY – RADIO BROADCASTING
Radio industry needs to reflect UK's diversity – media regulator
Jim Waterson
The Guardian, 13 June 2018

Ethnic minorities, disabled people and women are all under-represented in the UK's radio industry, according to a new report, prompting warnings that its output may be out of step with what modern British audiences want to hear.

According to research by the media regulator Ofcom just 6% of staff in the sector are non-white, far below the UK population average of 14%. ...

The figures show that the radio industry is well behind television when it comes to ethnic diversity, although radio does employ a higher proportion of people with disabilities.

The study of nearly 9,000 staff focused on the UK's three biggest broadcasting groups: the BBC; Global, which owns Capital and Classic FM; and Bauer, which runs stations including Absolute and Magic.
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CRIME – ASYLUM
'Hate-filled asylum seeker' stalked police and gathered weapons and bomb chemicals at Yorkshire home
Yorkshire Post, 13 June 2018

A hate-filled asylum-seeker who "stalked" police officers, a district judge and a female solicitor as he amassed a potentially lethal haul of explosive substances and weapons at his Yorkshire home has been given a 20-year extended prison sentence.

A judge added an extra five-year licence period on top of 33-year-old Askhan Ebrahimi's 15-year prison term because of the danger he still posed to his intended targets. ...

The court heard during his trial how Ebrahimi, who is understood to have come to the country from Iran in 2009, turned his flat in Oak Lane, Halifax, into "the hub" of his hate campaign against those in authority who he felt had wronged him.
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POPULATION PRESSURE – WILDLIFE, MAMMALS
At least fifth of British mammal species could be wiped out within a decade
Josh Gabbatiss
Independent, 13 June 2018

Populations of much-loved British mammals including hedgehogs and water voles have dropped by up to two-thirds over the past 20 years, and many more are threatened with imminent extinction. ...

These findings come from a review carried out by the Mammal Society and Natural England, the first of its kind to be conducted in more than two decades. ...

The scientists constructed the first ever "red list" for British mammals, and found 12 are threatened with extinction. ...

Meanwhile species introduced to Britain by humans such as the American mink and grey squirrel have led to massive declines in water voles and red squirrels, respectively. ...

Darren Tansley of the Essex Wildlife Trust told The Independent there was a need to ensure that nature-friendly policies are implemented to prevent Britain's animals being squeezed into ever-more fragmented patches of habitat.

"So often we see green space in housing estates and developments but if it's a mown flat lawn it's of no use to nature conservation at all," he said.

"You've got to have space for untidy nature to exist."
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – EUROPEAN UNION
EU to triple spending to €5bn a year targeting illegal migration
Daniel Boffey
The Guardian, 13 June 2018

The EU will establish a 10,000-strong standing corp of guards to patrol its land and sea borders under plans that will see the bloc triple its spending to €5bn (£4.4bn) a year on targeting illegal migration into the bloc, it has announced.

The building of new border infrastructure including scanners, automated number plate recognition systems, and mobile laboratories for sample analysis, will also be prioritised, along with the establishment of teams of sniffer dogs.

Announcing its €34.9bn spending plan for 2021 to 2027, the European commission insisted, however, that it would not fund the installation of fences on the EU's borders. ...

While the earmarking of extra funding is widely approved by the EU's member states, they remain deeply fractured over their migration and asylum policies after two years of disputes.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – POLICE, USA
Is There Evidence of Racial Disparity in Police Use of Deadly Force? Analyses of Officer-Involved Fatal Shootings in 2015–2016
Joseph Cesario, David Johnson and William Terrill
Social Psychological and Personality Science, 13 June 2018

Abstract

Is there evidence of a Black-White disparity in death by police gunfire in the United States? This is commonly answered by comparing the odds of being fatally shot for Blacks and Whites, with odds benchmarked against each group's population proportion. However, adjusting for population values has questionable assumptions given the context of deadly force decisions. We benchmark 2 years of fatal shooting data on 16 crime rate estimates. When adjusting for crime, we find no systematic evidence of anti-Black disparities in fatal shootings, fatal shootings of unarmed citizens, or fatal shootings involving misidentification of harmless objects. Multiverse analyses showed only one significant anti-Black disparity of 144 possible tests. Exposure to police given crime rate differences likely accounts for the higher per capita rate of fatal police shootings for Blacks, at least when analyzing all shootings. For unarmed shootings or misidentification shootings, data are too uncertain to be conclusive.
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MULTICULTURALISM – DENMARK, SWEDEN
Multiculturalism: Is Denmark a den of intolerance and Sweden a land of political correctness?
Mahama Tawat
LSE Religion and Global Society blog, 12 June 2018

In 2006, ...

That year, in a book titled Beyond Stereotypes: Immigrants and Integration in Denmark and Sweden, the Swedish political scientist Bo Petersson stated that "in Sweden the image prevails of Denmark as a den of intolerance, racism, and xenophobia, whereas Sweden is depicted in Denmark as a land of multiculturalism and political correctness, where people's real opinions about immigration and integration are not allowed to be articulated." His co-editor, the Danish historian Ulf Hedetoft, meanwhile asked how academics could better "understand the relationship between traditional divergence and a possibly greater actual convergence between Denmark and Sweden". ...

The multicultural question is where this common trajectory diverges. Broadly speaking, multiculturalism is defined as the equal recognition of cultures in contrast to assimilation which gives predilection to the majority culture. Sweden formally adopted multiculturalism in the mid-70s. It was argued that the multiplicity of cultures was necessary for the well-being of minority communities, but also for enriching the national Swedish culture.

... It is not until the late 1990s that the divergence with Sweden became apparent and Danish policy was established as assimilation. ...

In a systematic comparison of both countries' immigrant cultural policies as expressed by their respective ministries in charge of culture from 1960, I found that, in essence, Swedish policy has amounted to the celebration of difference, the idea that immigrants' happiness depends on the possibility of enjoying their cultures (cultural embeddedness) and that ethnocultural diversity is enriching for the majority culture. To this end, the Swedish government has encouraged and funded immigrant cultural associations since the 1970s but more so in the 1980s. In the 2000s, it implemented diversity plans throughout state cultural institutions and in 2006 declared a Year of Multiculturalism whereby all state institutions including embassies abroad were to showcase multiculturalism. ...

By contrast, Danish policy has amounted to toleration with its main characteristics of (1) preference for the majority culture, (2) the avoidance of any form of coercion and (3) privatization, or the possibility for immigrants to practice their culture in the private sphere. Concretely, successive Danish governments have favoured the national culture in the public sphere, emphasising the Danish language and Christianity as its pillar.
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CRIME – VIOLENCE, BLACKS
Tory MP risks sparking fury for suggesting police should carry out more stop and searches on ethnic minorities because they 'commit more crimes'
Kate Ferguson
MailOnline, 11 June 2018

A Tory MP has risked sparking fury by suggesting police should stop and search more ethnic minorities because they 'commit more crime'.

Philip Davies said black people are more likely to be murderers - and be murdered themselves - on Britain's streets. ...

Speaking in a parliamentary debate, he said: 'When it comes to the most serious offence of all – murder – it is clear that black people, and in particular black males, are far more likely to be victims.

'They are also more likely to be murderers.'

He added: 'It is also a fact that black people are more likely to use a knife or a sharp instrument to kill. ...

He said official figures from the criminal justice system show that from 2013 to 2016 four times more black people - at 32 victims per million people - were killed compared to white people at 8 victims per mission people.

Mr Davies, MP for Shipley, said: 'Why are more black people being stopped?

'If the uncomfortable truth is that they commit more of the crimes for which they are stopped, we need to accept that and deal with it. If that is not the case, we need the evidence to show what the issue is.

'The Prime Minister said that institutions should explain or change. I say that this evidence needs an explanation, and it may well be that it should result in a change to the recent policy on stop-and-search, and that stop-and-search should be used more.'

His remarks are likely to spark anger among some who say that police stop and search powers have unfairly targeted ethnic minorties.

As Home Secretary, Mrs May announced a crackdown on the use of the powers, which she warned had bred resentment between officers and the communities they were sent to police.

But the move has proved hugely controversial after a surge of violent crimes in the years that followed.

There have been 70 killings in London this year - many of them stabbings - and at one point the capital's murder rate was higher that New York's for the first time.

In February more than 250 knives and swords were seized across London in just one week where 283 people, many of them teenagers, were arrested for carrying them.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – MEDITERRANEAN, ITALY
Italy's Salvini shuts ports to rescue boat carrying hundreds of refugees and migrants
Crispian Balmer
Independent, 11 June 2018

Italy is refusing to let a humanitarian ship carrying more than 600 refugees and migrants to dock at its ports, but has instead asked Malta take them in.

Malta brushed off the request, saying it had nothing to do with the rescue operation, ...

The move by Italy's new interior minister, Matteo Salvini, who is also head of the anti-immigrant League, represents an opening gambit to make good on his electoral promises to halt the flow of migrants into the country.

"Malta takes in nobody. France pushes people back at the border, Spain defends its frontier with weapons," Mr Salvini wrote on Facebook. "From today, Italy will also start to say no to human trafficking, no to the business of illegal immigration." ...

However, Mr Salvini does not have authority over the ports and it was not immediately clear if his line would hold. The mayor of Naples, who has repeatedly clashed with the League leader, said he would welcome in the humanitarian boat. ...

Charity boats operating off the Libyan coast have played an increasingly important role in rescuing migrants who often put to sea in flimsy inflatable boats not designed for the open sea. ...

Mr Salvini has accused the charities of acting as a "taxi service" for the migrants.
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POLITICS – LABOUR PARTY
Labour frontbencher says immigration could go UP after Brexit despite pledge to regain control of Britain's borders
Kate Ferguson
MailOnline, 11 June 2018

A Labour frontbencher has today said that immigration could go up after Brexit - despite pledges for Britain to regain control of its borders.

Jeremy Corbyn has conceded that many Britons voted to leave the EU because they wanted immigration to be brought down - and has agreed free movement must end.

But his shadow Transport Secretary Andy McDonald has today raised questions over how committed Labour really is to seeing numbers brought down.

And shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer also hinted Labour is getting ready to U-turn on their pledge to end free movement. ...

Mr McDonald told BBC Radio 5 Live: 'Your immigration levels should be consistent with the needs of your economy. Now whether that means going down or going up.'

He said that if businesses call for more immigrants to be allowed into the UK the these demands should be heeded.
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IMMIGRATION – DOCTORS, NURSES, NHS
Staffing the NHS properly requires more training – not endless immigration
Lord Green
Conservative Home, 11 June 2018

Lord Green is Chairman of MigrationWatch UK and a cross-bench peer

The immigration lobby are asking us to believe that raising (or even abolishing) the cap on skilled migration would solve so many problems at a stroke. We could have all the doctors and nurses that we need, and industry could have all the skilled people that they demand. Problem solved. Really?

Is the Government unaware that nearly two thirds of the population wish to see a significant reduction in immigration? Have the Conservatives missed the fact that 84 per cent of their supporters take this view? ...

Only recently, a Demos poll found that 73 per cent of those sampled believed that immigration had made the communities where migrants had settled more divided, reaching 78 per cent in areas that have experienced large-scale migration in recent years. ...

Of course, if you ask the public whether they think that a particular category of skilled workers should be granted visas they will say yes – but that is subject to their overall concern about numbers.

Part of the immediate pressure is about medical staff. First, we should recognise that certain medical skills have already been identified by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) as shortage occupations, which are not only granted visas, but are given clear preference over other applicants. Indeed, the government estimates that around one third of the 20,700 permits issued every year go to the NHS.

So what about other doctors? We already have one of the highest proportions of foreign-trained doctors in Europe – 29 per cent compared to less than 10 per cent for France and Germany, and about three per cent for The Netherlands. It has been obvious for decades that we have failed to train the staff that we need.

The real solution surely has to be to reduce this reliance on those trained overseas and to train our own. ...

As for nurses, the former chair of the MAC, Sir David Metcalf, said in 2016: "There is no good reason why the supply of nurses cannot be sourced domestically. There seems to be an automatic presumption that non EA skilled migration provides the health and care sector with a get out of jail free card." They also pointed out that in 2016 the shortage of nurses in England was closely linked to the decision to cut training places by almost a fifth between 2009 and 2013. Indeed, until 2014 over 30,000 UK applicants for nursing courses were turned away every year. ...

So here we are again with the NHS management once again blaming immigration control for their failure to train British workers, indeed for turning them away in their thousands in past years. It is time that we had a different conversation. For a start, any concessions should be time limited and should steadily diminish.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – MEDITERRANEAN, ITALY
Matteo Salvini's decision to turn away a migrant rescue ship is an historic moment
Nicholas Farrell
Spectator blog, 11 June 2018

The refusal by Italy's new 'populist' coalition government of the alt-left Five Star Movement and the hard right Lega to allow an NGO vessel with 629 African migrants on board to dock in Italy is an historic moment. ...

Salvini announced on Sunday that he had refused to allow the NGO vessel – the MV Aquarius operated by SOS Mediterranée and Médecins Sans Frontières and registered in Gibraltar – to dock in Italy. ...

Now Spain's new Socialist government has agreed to allow Aquarius to dock in the port of Valencia. It will be interesting to see how many more migrants Spain is prepared to take in from Libya as the summer migrant season now begins to kick off in earnest. Maritime law stipulates that those rescued at sea should be taken to the nearest safe port which in the case of those rescued off the Libyan coast is either Tunisia, or else Malta. But it never happens.

... And so, since 2013 more than 700,000 migrants have been ferried to Italy either by NGO rescue ships or EU naval and coastguard vessels. Nearly all are young men from sub-Saharan Africa and so, even according to the UN, few are genuine refugees. But once on terra terma in Italy, fewer still ever get deported. Last year for example Italy deported 6,340.

At any one time, there are 180,000 migrants in Italy's state-financed hostels who have applied for asylum. Their applications take at least two years to process. And if rejected they too just disappear. These hostels cost the Italian taxpayer 5 billion euro a year. ...

All other migrants just disappear. Nearly all want to get out of Italy where there is no work and no welfare – north – to EU countries like Britain, Germany and Sweden where there is. But in 2015 France abandoned Schengen at its frontier with Italy and will not let them through. ...

This is why Salvini is so popular in Italy.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ISLAM, AUSTRIA
Austria to close seven mosques and expel dozens of foreign-funded imams amid massive crackdown on 'political Islam'
Erica Doyle Higgins
The Sun, 9 June 2018

Austria's government has said it is closing seven mosques and plans to expel imams in a crackdown on "political Islam" and foreign financing of religious groups.

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said the government is shutting a hardline Turkish nationalist mosque in Vienna and dissolving a group called the Arab Religious Community that runs six mosques.

The actions by the government are based on a 2015 law that prevents religious communities from getting funding from abroad.

Interior Minister Herbert Kickl said the residence permits of around 40 imams employed by ATIB, a group that oversees Turkish mosques in Austria, are being reviewed because of concerns about such financing. ...

Chancellor Kurz told reporters: "Parallel societies, political Islam and tendencies toward radicalisation have no place in our country."
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RACISM – HATE INCIDENTS, POLICE
Police waste 3,750 hours dealing with 'hate incidents' that are too trivial to be considered actual crimes
Ian Drury and Rosie Taylor
MailOnline, 9 June 2018

Police are wasting thousands of hours dealing with 'hate incidents' which are too trivial to be classed as crimes.

New figures reveal that 30 police forces dealt with 11,236 such incidents in 2015-16. Across the whole country, that works out at one every half hour. ...

The reports included someone alleging racism when a man's dog barked at them, a mother angry after her children fell out with others playing in the street and a man who claimed a tennis umpire had made racist line-calls against his daughter. ...

One in 20 incidents reported to police related to social media posts.

Hate incidents are defined as hostility based on a personal characteristic: race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or if a person is transgender.

They are upgraded to a 'hate crime' if a law is broken.

Crucially, the police must record a hate incident simply on the word of the alleged victim, then investigate by sending an officer to visit or making a phone call. ...

David Spencer of the Centre for Crime Prevention think-tank said: 'While the fact that many people feel it is right to report 'offensive' social media posts to the police illustrates much that is wrong with modern society, it is even more worrying that our police seem willing to prioritise these cases over real crimes.

'It is time for a return to common-sense policing where officers are out on the street protecting the public and preventing violent crimes, rather than sat in front of a computer screen deciding whether each tweet they are sent is offensive or not.'
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DIVERSITY – PUBLISHING
When diversity means uniformity
Lionel Shriver
The Spectator, 9 June 2018

I'd been suffering under the misguided illusion that the purpose of mainstream publishers like Penguin Random House was to sell and promote fine writing. A colleague's forwarded email has set me straight. /.../ The email cites the publisher's 'new company-wide goal': for 'both our new hires and the authors we acquire to reflect UK society by 2025.' /.../ 'This means we want our authors and new colleagues to reflect the UK population taking into account ethnicity, gender, sexuality, social mobility and disability.' ...

The accompanying questionnaire for PRH authors is by turns fascinating, comical and depressing. ...

And check out the ethnicity pull-down. 'Asian or Asian British' may specify 'Indian,' 'Bangladeshi, 'Chinese', or 'Pakistan'; the correct adjectival form of the latter nationality seems to be mysteriously unprintable. 'Black or Black British' may identify as 'Caribbean' or 'African'. 'Mixed' allows for the options 'White and Black African', 'White and Black Caribbean', and 'White and Asian', but any other combo is merely 'Mixed: Other'. As for us crackers, there's 'White: British', 'White: Irish', and 'White: Gypsy or Irish Traveller', but the rest can only tick 'White: Other'.

Let's unpack that pull-down. If your office is chocka with Italians, Greeks, Spaniards, Germans, Danes, Finns, Bosnians, Hungarians, Czechs, Russians, Americans, Canadians, Australians, Kiwis, Argentines, Guatemalans, Mexicans, Romanians who aren't travellers and South African Jews – I could go on – together speaking dozens of languages and bringing to their workplace a richly various historical and cultural legacy, the entire workforce could be categorised as 'White: Other'. Your office is not diverse.

I see two issues here. First: diversity, both the word and the concept, has crimped. It serves a strict, narrow agenda that has little or nothing to do with the productive dynamism of living and working alongside people with widely different upbringings and beliefs. Only particular and, if you will, privileged backgrounds count. ...

Second: dazzled by this very highest of social goods, many of our institutions have ceased to understand what they are for. Drunk on virtue, Penguin Random House no longer regards the company's raison d'être as the acquisition and dissemination of good books. Rather, the organisation aims to mirror the percentages of minorities in the UK population with statistical precision. Thus from now until 2025, literary excellence will be secondary to ticking all those ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual preference and crap-education boxes. ...

In the news last week, we find the ultimate example of this fatal confusion over what is your actual job. Will Norman, London's 'walking and cycling commissioner', bemoaned the fact that too many cyclists in the city are white, male and middle-class. 'The real challenge for London cycling,' he declared, 'is diversity.' As opposed to building more cycle lanes for everybody, or fixing potholes lethal to everybody's wheel rims, Norman regards his principal function as increasing black and minority ethnic ridership. /.../ For a cycling commissioner to define his primary remit as 'diversity' is no less ludicrous than for Transport for London to turn a blind eye to the chronic tailbacks along the Embankment, just so long as the requisite number of Koreans is stuck in them.
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DIVERSITY – UNIVERSITIES
Universities that fail to improve student diversity could have tuition fees cut, regulator warns
Eleanor Busby
Independent, 8 June 2018

Universities that fail to improve student diversity could have their tuition fees cut by a third, the new university regulator has warned after Oxford and Cambridge were in the spotlight over admissions.

Sir Michael Barber, chair of the Office for Students, said he is "interested in results, not just plans" in boosting student diversity at the most selective institutions in the UK. ...

In an article for The Daily Telegraph, Sir Michael warned that he would use his powers to reduce the tuition fees cap from £9,000 to £6,000 if a university did not increase its intake of students from diverse backgrounds. ...

This week Sam Gyimah, the universities minister, said Oxford and Cambridge's failure to take in more students who are black or from less privileged backgrounds was "staggering".

He criticised the elite institutions for not doing enough and warned they could be fined by the new higher education regulator if they do not meet admission targets.
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MULTICULTURALISM – INTEGRATION, COST
£19 million funding for councils to boost integration
GOV.UK, 8 June 2018
[Press release]

From: Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government and Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth

Councils across England will receive a share of a further £19 million to help ease pressures on local services resulting from recent migration, Communities Minister Lord Bourne announced today (8 June 2018).

This latest allocation from the Controlling Migration Fund includes more than £16 million for 38 projects. Local authorities have developed plans to ease local pressures on housing, education and health services arising from recent migration providing benefits to the whole community.

The announcement today includes £1.75 million of funding to help new refugees into work and integrate into their new communities after their asylum decision is made. ...

This latest allocation brings the total funding to £73.5 million since the Fund's launch.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – GERMANY
A Girl's Killing Shakes Germany's Migration Debate
Katrin Bennhold
New York Times, 8 June 2018

It was a gruesome murder: A 14-year-old girl was raped and strangled, her body buried under brushwood in a secluded area near the railway tracks near her hometown in western Germany.

But the fact that the chief suspect is an Iraqi asylum seeker has turned a terrible crime into political dynamite.

On Friday, the case dominated the German news media and became the latest cudgel for Chancellor Angela Merkel's opponents and, some predicted, a potential turning point in the migration debate in a country where some 10,000 asylum seekers still enter every month. ...

The killing comes on top of a deepening scandal and calls for a full-blown parliamentary investigation over allegations that civil servants may have granted asylum to as many as 1,000 migrants in exchange for money – and that some of those migrants may have been criminals or even terrorism suspects. ...

Rainer Wendt, head of one of Germany's biggest police unions, said the murder was emblematic of something larger.

"People feel that the state has lost control," Mr. Wendt said. "There are thousands of people in the country and we don't know who they are. That is an enormous security risk." ...

Susanna was not the first German teenager to be murdered by an asylum seeker in recent years. In March, an Afghan man was sentenced to life in prison for raping and murdering a university student. In January, a 17-year-old high school student was stabbed to death by another Afghan teenager.
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EXTREMISM – ISLAM
95% of UK's PC Islamic 'deradicalization' programs fail
Michael F. Haverluck
OneNewsNow.com, 7 June 2018

A government report revealed that the United Kingdom government's "deradicalization" initiatives have a failure rate of greater than 95 percent – which is blamed on their politically correct delivery because instructors are too scared to use a "religious extremist" context and resort to discussing "Islamophobia," instead of Islamic terrorism.

"More than 95 percent of deradicalization programs are ineffective, according to a study commissioned by the Home Office that raises questions about the government's Prevent program," the UK daily The Times divulged. "The study revealed failures in the approach to deradicalization in schools, youth centers, sports clubs and English-language classes."

Only a miniscule fraction of the programs were assessed to do what they intended because timid teachers repeatedly resort to using "unoffensive" rhetoric. ...

It was discovered that instructors' reticence to directly tackle the topic – and their personal fear to address it – was the main obstacle impeding their ability to get the message across to students.
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CRIME – KNIFE CRIME, LONDON
London Crime Wave: Nearly 90% of Knifepoint Robberies Go Unsolved
Liam Deacon
Breitbart, 7 June 2018

Just one in ten London knife robberies was solved by police last year, data has shown, as leftist Mayor Sadiq Khan finally speaks up on the problem, begging the public to help police the city.

The new statistics, from London's Metropolitan Police force, shows there was a fall in all cases of knife crime successfully investigated in the capital last year, as the number of recorded attacks shot up.

The so-called "sanction-detection rate" for knife robbery crimes, those that end in some form of sanction or conviction, has been falling since 2015, with Mr. Khan taking over in early 2016.

In 2015, 32 per cent of cases of violence against the person involving a knife was acted on, dropping to 27 per cent in 2016, and 23 per cent in 2017, a Freedom of Information request by Conservative London Assembly Members (AM) revealed.

However, for robberies involving a knife, police acted on just 11 per cent of cases last year. This plummeted from 20 per cent of cases in 2015, and 14 per cent in 2016. ...

Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt, the head of Territorial Policing for the Met, conceded there had been a "very significant increase" in violent crime last year and there was "far too much knife violence", but argued the crime wave was "stabilising".
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MULTICULTURALISM – EDUCATION
Curriculum 'must cover more than dead, white men' - Bousted
Helen Ward
tes, 7 June 2018

Speaking at the Bryanston Education Summit, Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the NEU teaching union, said England was "hurtling forward to a rosy past" with its emphasis on knowledge. ...

"As an English teacher, I have no problem with Shakespeare, with Pope, with Dryden, with Shelley," she said. "But I knew in a school where there are 38 first languages taught other than English that I had to have Afro-Caribbean writers in that curriculum, I had to have Indian writers, I had to have Chinese writers to enable pupils to foreshadow their lives in the curriculum."

She also added that the canon tended to exclude black writers and women writers.

"If a powerful knowledge curriculum means recreating the best that has been thought by dead, white men – then I'm not very interested in it," she said.
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EXTREMISM – DERADICALISATION
Most programmes to stop radicalisation are failing
Fiona Hamilton
The Times, 6 June 2018

More than 95 per cent of deradicalisation programmes are ineffective, according to a study commissioned by the Home Office that raises questions about the government's Prevent programme.

The study revealed failures in the approach to deradicalisation in schools, youth centres, sports clubs and English-language classes.

The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), the so-called nudge unit formerly part of the Cabinet Office, examined 33 deradicalisation programmes across the country designed to safeguard vulnerable people from far-right and religious extremist threats. The Times understands that most were funded by or fell under the label of Prevent.

The study found that only two programmes were effective and that some projects were counterproductive.
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POLITICS – LABOUR PARTY
Gordon Brown calls for tougher controls on migration
Larry Elliott
The Guardian, 6 June 2018

The former prime minister Gordon Brown has called for tougher migration controls as part of a package of measures designed to address the concerns of Brexit voters and to prevent the UK being permanently paralysed by its decision to leave the European Union.

Speaking in London, Brown said the referendum result was a revolt against the political, business and cultural establishment and it was a mistake to dismiss the 52%-48% result as false consciousness. ...

Brown presented a six-point plan for dealing with concerns about migration: no undercutting of wages by migrants; registration of jobs to give local people a chance to apply; registration of migrants on arrival in the UK; possible removal of migrants if they failed to find a job within nine months; a ban on employment agencies advertising jobs abroad that had not been advertised in the UK; and a bigger fund to help mitigate the impact of migration on local communities. ...

... The referendum was a "genuine expression of people's anxieties about the future" and sent out a message that globalisation was "not working for British citizens".
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POLITICS – MUSLIMS, JEWS, LABOUR PARTY
Jeremy Corbyn is pitting Britain's Muslims against Jews
Ed Husain
Daily Telegraph, 6 June 2018

In recent days, we have seen the worst elements of Jeremy Corbyn. Behind the veneer of an affable, bearded chap I see a sinister Marxist who believes in class warfare and also in pitting Britain's Muslims against Jews. ...

For more than a decade, Corbyn has been a vocal supporter of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) and a friend to several of its leaders. To their shame, the MCB – who were first to call for an inquiry into Islamophobia in the Tory party – have used the term as a political card, mimicking homophobia. Anti-Muslim bigotry undoubtedly exists, but it must be more than merely a stick with which to beat the Conservatives, a political party which gave the world a Muslim chairperson, a culturally Muslim Home Secretary and prime ministers that host Iftar and Eid gatherings in Downing Street.

Perhaps, then, this is not about Islamophobia. To put it crudely, Britain's Jews offer no more than 300,000 votes. To be seen as hostile to Jews and Israel, in order to gain some of the votes of almost four million British Muslims, is therefore worth the trade-off. There are at least 30 seats where the "Muslim vote" can help Labour win. That is a convenient political calculation, but it is also based on deep conviction.

The surge of Momentum activists taking over the Labour Party has ensured that Islamists are in their midst.
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RACISM – ISLAMOPHOBIA
No, Islamophobia is not the new anti-Semitism
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 6 June 2018

It is the definition of historical illiteracy to compare Islamophobia to anti-Semitism. And yet that is what is happening. /.../ They fail to realise the fundamental difference between anti-Semitism and Islamophobia: the former is one of the world's oldest hatreds and has caused the deaths of millions of people; the latter is a word invented by the Runnymede Trust in 1997 to demonise criticism of Islam. ...

Anti-Muslim prejudice unquestionably exists, but Islamophobia is an invention. Don't take my word for it. Take the word of the Runnymede Trust, one of Britain's leading race-equality think-tanks. It openly boasts that it is 'credited with coining the term Islamophobia... in 1997'. And what does this term Islamophobia mean? It doesn't mean racial hatred. Runnymede's definition of Islamophobia, which has been adopted by the Metropolitan Police, includes any suggestion that Islam is 'inferior to the West', and even the belief that Islam is sexist. If you think Islam is 'unresponsive to change', you are Islamophobic. And, get this, if you 'reject out of hand' 'criticisms of the West made by Islam', you're an Islamophobe. So even to ridicule Islam's view of the West is apparently to be infected with the 'cancer' of this so-called racism.

These are criticisms of religion. In a free society they ought to be entirely legitimate views, subject to no punishment whatsoever. And yet the police actually say in their internal documents that the ideas listed above count as 'Islamophobia'. That is chilling. Anti-Muslim prejudice is out there, yes. But 'Islamophobia' is an elite invention, a top-down conceit, designed to chill open discussion about religion and values and to protect one particular religion from blasphemy. The war on Islamophobia is in essence a demand for censorship.
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DIVERSITY – USA
University of Florida gets new $280k-per-year diversity officer
Daniel Payne
The College Fix, 5 June 2018

The University of Florida recently hired a new diversity official to oversee its campus diversity initiatives, a position that will cost the public university $280,000 per year.

Antonio Farias will assume the position of chief diversity officer at the school this July, according to a recent press release from the university. ...

Farias, who holds degrees in comparative literature, comparative ethnic studies and fine arts, will join a university that already employees thirteen diversity employees, including five staffers of Multicultural and Diversity Affairs, two in Black Affairs, and two in Lesbian, Ga, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Affairs.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – IRISH BORDER
Cross-Channel migrants 'targeting UK via Irish border'
Colin Campbell and James Dunn
BBC, 5 June 2018

Migrants are bypassing tougher cross-Channel security to get into the UK via Ireland, the BBC has discovered.

Smugglers are taking migrants from Calais and Dunkirk and flying them to Dublin, from where they cross the Irish border and travel onwards to London. ...

An Iranian who made the journey said there were fewer checks in Ireland.

Hamid - not his real name - paid smugglers £10,000 to make the journey. He said the Irish route drew less police attention than entering the UK via London or Kent.

To board the flight to Dublin, Hamid used a genuine Greek passport that had been fraudulently obtained by the smugglers. ...

He said at no point did he show any identification after leaving Dublin. ...

Former director general of immigration enforcement Dave Wood said the new migrant route exploited weaknesses at Ireland's ports and airports.

He said: "If there are weaknesses at Irish ports or Irish airports, they will exploit them and use them, because once you're into Ireland, effectively you're into the UK.

"There's nothing stopping people once you're in Ireland travelling north to Northern Ireland and then to the wider UK." ...

The Irish border is about 310 miles long with as many as 275 crossing points and, apart from road signs changing from miles per hour to kilometres per hour, there is no physical infrastructure to see.
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RACISM – ISLAMOPHOBIA
Met Police confirm that criticism of Islam constitutes 'Islamophobia'
Archbishop Cranmer, 5 June 2018

The Metropolitan Police Service report 'Hate Crimes against London's Muslim Communities' was published five years ago, and it outlines the everyday nature of Islamophobic incidents: ...

We can all agree that such incidents are abhorrent: anyone who threatens or harasses a Muslim simply for being a Muslim is not merely moronic, but barbarous and wicked. /.../ The vision of Christendom still persists in Western civilisation: it is our surpassing quality and sanctity; our superior morality and culture...

Uh-oh.

According to the Met Police, this Western-superiority syndrome is Islamophobic: ...

So, if you believe Islam is inferior to Christianity; or that Islamic society and culture are inferior to "the West", you may be arrested for Islamophobia. If you believe Islam is "sexist", you may be arrested for Islamophobia. If you believe Islam is "violent" or "aggressive", you may be arrested for Islamophobia. Astonishingly, if you believe Islam to be an expression of political ideology (or is used for "political advantage"), you may be arrested for Islamophobia. ...

The Met may make appeal to the definition of the Runnymede Trust, but there is a world of difference between a think-tank developing guidelines for community and fraternity, and an agency of law enforcement incorporating these definitions into a definition of criminal activity. /.../ Is Wahhabism or Saudi Salafism an expression of Islam? If so, how can it be Islamophobic to articulate the bald truth of its violent, aggressive "clash of civilisations" theological genesis and political nature? Doesn't the Met understand the fundamental difference between abusing Muslims and criticising a religion; between being anti-Muslim and anti-Islam? ...

Is historian Tom Holland guilty of Islamophobia? He said in the Channel 4 documentary 'ISIS: The Origins of Violence':



There are things in the past that are like unexploded bombs that just lie in wait in the rubble, and then something happens to trigger them. And there are clearly verses in the Quran and stories that are told about Mohammed that are very like mines waiting to go off – Improvised Explosive Devices. And they can lie there maybe for centuries and then something happens to trigger them and you get this.



Is Pope Emeritus Benedict guilty of Islamophobia? ...

Is it 'hate speech' or a 'hate crime' to highlight the hate speech in the Quran?
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – POLITICS, DENMARK
Social Democrats go it alone in break with allies over immigration
Michael Barrett
The Local [Denmark], 5 June 2018

Denmark's Social Democrats will not seek to form a coalition government with erstwhile ally the Social Liberal (Radikale Venstre) party in the event that the current opposition wins the next general election.

Mette Frederiksen, leader of the Social Democrats, confirmed the change in policy regarding her party's traditional ally on Monday. ...

"I do not wish to be a the forefront of a Denmark that does not have immigration [udlændingepolitikken, ed.] under control," Frederiksen said.

According to Jyllands-Posten's report, Frederiksen sees strict immigration rules and the introduction of further, even stricter laws on migration as more important than any other political issue.
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TERRORISM – THREAT LEVEL
UK's terror threat level 'will stay at severe and may rise further' warns Home Office on anniversary of London Bridge attack
Lara Keay
MailOnline, 4 June 2018

Britain's terror threat from Islamist militants will remain severe for the next two years and could even rise, the Government has said. ...

Currently the threat level to the UK is severe - meaning an attack is highly likely.

Home Office officials will publish a revised counter-terrorism strategy today designed to cope with a new shift in terror tactics. ...

The statement said the threat from 'extreme right-wing terrorism' was also growing and four plots had been disrupted since March last year.
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IMMIGRATION – NUMBERS, BIRTHS
One born every minute? How many migrants arrive in the UK and how many children do they have?
Abbas Panjwani
Full Fact, 4 June 2018

Around 775,000 children were born in the UK in 2016 – the latest year for which data is available. Of those children, 210,000 were born to mothers not born in the UK, Isle of Man or the Channel Islands. ...

Around 580,000 immigrants came to the UK in the year ending September 2017 – according to estimates for the latest year figures are available for. ...

And that's the total number arriving. The net figure (i.e. the number arriving minus the number leaving) is around 245,000, or two every five minutes.

The migration figures used here are collected by interviewing people leaving and arriving in the UK at airports, ferry terminals and other routes in and out of the UK. Broadly speaking, if someone plans to come and live in the UK for more than a year they are counted as an immigrant, if they plan to live outside the UK for more than a year, they are counted as an emigrant.

From these interviews the Office for National Statistics estimates the level of immigration and emigration to and from the UK, but the figures have a wide margin of error. The ONS says that they are confident the true level of net migration will fall within 42,000 of the reported headline figure of 244,000 (they're 95% confident the correct figure lies somewhere between 203,000 and 286,000).
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Theresa May insists net migration will be reduced to tens of thousands but it will 'take time'
Kevin Schofield
PoliticsHome, 4 June 2018

Theresa May has insisted that the Government will cut net migration below 100,000 - despite mounting Tory calls for the target to be ditched.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson last week said the pledge - first made by David Cameron before the 2010 general election - "does not fit the requirements of the country".

However, it has never been achieved and the most recent statistics put the figure at 244,000.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid stopped short of endorsing the policy on the Andrew Marr Show yesterday, insisting only that he was "committed to our manifesto".

But the Prime Minister's official spokesman said the target remained in place, and insisted that it would eventually be achieved. ...

The spokesman also confirmed that the cap on the number of non-EU doctors being granted so-called 'Tier 2' visas to work in the NHS is set to be lifted after the limit was reached.
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CRIME – CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
Rape Gangs: A Story Set in Leafy Oxfordshire
Douglas Murray
Gatestone Institute, 3 June 2018

What price has been paid, is being paid, or might be paid at some stage, by all those public officials who tacitly or otherwise allowed these modern-day atrocities to go on, doing nothing to stop them? The policemen, politicians, council workers and others who were shown to have failed time and again. They have never been sentenced to prison for any of their oversights – and perhaps criminal charges (not even charges of criminal negligence) could never be brought against them. It is worth asking, however, if any of these people's lives, career paths, or even pension plans were ever remotely affected by their proven failure to confront one of the greatest evils to have gone on in Britain. That is the mass rape of young girls motivated by adults propelled by (among much else) racism, religiosity, misogyny and class contempt. ...

... the many people in the UK who for years turned a blind eye to the mass rape of young girls in their area. But of course these people are not in prison. They are rarely if ever vilified or even mentioned in the national press. They have not had their lives turned upside down. /.../ If Britain is to turn around the disgrace of its culture of 'grooming gangs' it should start by changing the risk-reward ratio between those who identify these monstrous crimes and those who have been shown to have covered them up.
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POPULATION PRESSURE – HOUSING
Countryside is being 'concreted over' as greenfield sites developed at fastest rate for 25 years
Harry Yorke and Gordon Rayner
Daily Telegraph, 2 June 2018

Greenfield land is being developed at the fastest rate for 25 years as campaigners warn that a Government drive to release land for houses means the countryside is being "concreted over".

Farmland, forests and gardens are being swallowed up at an "alarming" rate, the Campaign to Protect Rural England said, with the acreage lost to property development soaring by 58 percent in the past four years, according to new research.

The CPRE has blamed a relaxation of planning rules for a surge in development in "wastefully low densities" in rural areas, which it blames on the Government's "build more at any cost approach". ...

The Government has committed to building 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s, and Theresa May has warned councils that they must draw up plans to address local shortages or be stripped of their right to decide where new homes are built.
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BORDER CONTROLS – AIRPORTS
Who is coming into Britain? Airports failed to check the passports of 11,000 passengers after they were sent the wrong way at arrival gates
Arthur Martin
Daily Mail, 1 June 2018

Airport blunders have allowed up to 11,000 passengers over the last five years to enter Britain without going through passport control, figures show.

Each year around 2,000 people bypassed border controls after they were sent the wrong way upon arrival at UK airports.

Airlines and airports are responsible for directing all travellers on international commercial flights towards immigration desks. ...

Figures released by the Home Office show that 2,328 were misdirected last year – an average of six a day. This represents an increase of 70 per cent on the 1,364 in 2016.

The Home Office said some of the passengers who are misdirected are sent back to border control to show their passports. But it admitted that some are able to leave airports without being checked.
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DIVERSITY – CULTURE
The campaign to decolonise culture in Britain
The Economist, 1 June 2018

Calls to revisit historical narratives in museums to make room for the perspectives of those who were colonised have grown louder in recent years. Groups of activists seek to identify the Western bias involved in cultural heritage and shame institutions into redressing it. As such, the activists ask provocative questions about who owns culture.

These debates spurred a group of young museum professionals from different minority and immigrant groups to form Museum Detox in 2016. Their aim is to build awareness around diversity in cultural organisations, to build a network and to help members achieve leadership positions. Their inaugural event, in October that year, was a flash mob at the Museum of London. It saw some 60 black and minority-ethnic museum workers disrupt "Punk.London", an exhibition marking 40 years of punk and its legacy. The flash mob fittingly caused anarchy by raiding the show with cards and texts about African and Caribbean culture. ...

The previous day gal-dem, a collective of ethnic-minority women, had also staged a cultural coup at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. ... Scrutiny of the canon is extending to universities, too. Non-Western academics and thinkers are sharing their "decolonising syllabi" and discussing the subject online. Last year undergraduates at Oxford and Cambridge petitioned to diversify their English-literature curriculum with non-Western voices. At Cambridge, in an open letter to the head of the English faculty, students said they want to change a syllabus which they feel "elevates white male authors at the expense of all others". They stated that while strides had been made to include women writers, "the curriculum, taken as a whole, risks perpetuating institutional racism." Students suggested more post-colonial authors in exam papers, more diversified speakers at the university and "a zero-tolerance policy on the dismissal of race as a subject worthy of discussion/enquiry in essays".
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – GERMANY
Germany: Corpus Christi procession canceled due to inability to provide safeguards against jihad attacks
Robert Spencer
Jihad Watch, 31 May 2018

Danke, Merkel!

There will be much, much more of this: Europeans curtailing their activities and sacrificing elements of their culture in order to guard against Islamic jihad massacres. ...

Islamic law forbids Christians to make any public display of their faith, including processions. So this cancellation is exactly what Islamic jihadists were hoping for and striving for: the voluntary acceptance of dhimmitude and Sharia by a non-Muslim population.

"Celebration of Corpus Christi: Procession in Bergkamen canceled," ...

... The city two weeks ago surprisingly issued a requirement to set up additional barriers with two guards and truck barriers at key points. "We could not implement that in such a short time," said Pastor Thorsten Neudenberger on Thursday to the German Press Agency...
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FRAUD AND CORRUPTION – UNIVERSITY APPLICANTS
Black applicants make up half of cheats, says Ucas
Nicola Woolcock
The Times, 31 May 2018

More than half of students submitting fraudulent applications for degree courses are black, the university admissions body said yesterday.

Black candidates make up 52 per cent of all applications flagged despite comprising only 9 per cent of applicants, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (Ucas) said. The figures triggered a race row with politicians and student leaders who said Ucas should offer a better explanation for the findings. Applications can be considered fraudulent for several reasons, including plagiarism of the personal statement, falsifying exam results, sending false documents, using fake identities, or making multiple applications at once.
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IMMIGRATION – PUBLIC OPINION
Most Brits believe that migration has harmed communities and fear the nation's culture and traditions are being lost, Left-leaning think-tank claims
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 30 May 2018

Most British people are united around the view that immigration has harmed communities, a report from a Left-leaning think-tank said yesterday.

There are also fears among many that the nation's culture and traditions have been neglected.

The report said that the great majority of Britons think the arrival of migrants has left towns and cities more divided – and that this feeling is strongest in areas that have seen large-scale immigration over recent years.

But the report from the Demos think-tank also said Britons do not want to turn the clock back and, unlike contemporaries in France and Germany, they remain suspicious about nostalgia and optimistic about the future.

Based on a British poll, as well as on views taken from focus groups across Britain, Germany and France, the report said nearly two-thirds of people in the UK believe life was better when they were growing up.

But it added: 'Despite the widespread critiques of contemporary British society, and anxieties about the future, many citizens remain both resilient and begrudgingly optimistic – a point that sets them apart from participants in our French and German focus groups.'

The report also said that alongside the concern that the country is in a 'state of decline', British people are united by the belief that immigration has had a negative impact and that 'the nation's cultures and traditions are not being sufficiently defended and promoted'.

Large numbers of people, it said, are 'particularly incensed by cultural pluralism, seen to be favoured over British values and traditions, and political correctness, regarded as taxing and repressive'. ...

The Demos poll, which saw more than 1,000 Sky TV subscribers questioned, found that while 43 per cent thought immigration into Britain had been positive, 44 per cent thought it had had a negative impact instead.

Nearly 71 per cent thought immigration had divided communities where migrants have settled. This rose to 78 per cent in 'areas that report having experience large-scale migration in recent years'.

Nearly half, 47 per cent, felt that protecting British values should take priority over multiculturalism.

And 55 per cent said the Government is doing too little to promote traditional British values.
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POPULATION PRESSURE – SCHOOLS
40,000 new places must be found at schools after the influx of migrants
Macer Hall
Daily Express, 30 May 2018

Ministers last night announced funding for an extra 40,000 extra school places following warnings of intensifying pressure on the education system caused by the influx of migrants. ...

The funding boost follows fears that a baby boom fuelled by immigration during the past decade will mean almost half of local councils in England will be short of secondary school places within five years.

The Government has previously acknowledged that a bulge in the pupil population has partly been caused by a higher birth rate among mothers from other countries. ...

The latest cash boost - aimed at providing more places at schools rated "good" by Ofsted - comes on top of the 825,000 new school places created since 2010.
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DIVERSITY – BLACKNESS, CULTURE
University students offered course on Black Lives Matter movement
Eleanor Busby
Independent, 30 May 2018

Students will be given the chance to study Beyonce and Kendrick Lemar as part of the Britain's first degree course focusing on the Black Lives Matter activist movement.

The University of Hertfordshire module, which is part of a MA degree in Literature and Culture, will examine contemporary texts linked to the social justice movement against violence and racism. ...

Christopher Lloyd, lecturer in English Literature at the University of Hertfordshire, hopes the new course will boost the numbers of black and minority ethnic (BME) students at the institution. ...

Dr Lloyd told The Independent: "We want to put blackness and racial identity at the forefront and we want to attract more BME students. We hope it will encourage some of our undergraduate students to come back as it speaks to their identity." ...

On the new module, which starts in September, Dr Lloyd said: "Learning about black culture, rights and social justice is vital to our understanding of the contemporary world.

"The university is committed to both international perspectives and addressing the BME attainment gap in higher education. We see this module as part of that larger project."
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EMPLOYMENT – NHS, DOCTORS, NURSES
Staffing The Health Service Requires Training Not Immigration
Migrationwatch UK, 30 May 2018

We are frequently told that the NHS would collapse without immigration but:

• The UK's health service is UK is more reliant on overseas doctors and nurses than most comparable healthcare systems in the developed world.

• Reliance on overseas-trained medical staff has allowed the NHS to get away with a long-term failure to plan for the training of the medical staff we need.

• It is immoral to be taking medical professionals from countries where medical needs are far greater.

– A report by NHS Providers has found that the NHS imports significantly more doctors and nurses than Germany, France, Spain, Canada, the US, Sweden and the Netherlands.

– Only Ireland, Israel, Norway, New Zealand and Australia are more reliant on foreign-trained staff than the UK.

– In the Netherlands (which has one of the top five healthcare systems in the world) the percentage of doctors who were foreign-trained was 2.6% in 2013, compared to 28.7% for England. ...

As the Royal College of Physicians has noted: "The long-term focus needs to be developing the homegrown healthcare workforce." Yet the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has criticised the government for failing to maintain the supply of UK-trained nurses. Britain is also not training enough doctors. ...

– The MAC said in 2016 that the shortage of nurses in England was closely linked to the decision to cut training places in England by almost a fifth between 2009 and 2013.
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CRIME – CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION
Child Grooming Gangs: Government Accused of 'Letting Victims Down'
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 30 May 2018

A group of 20 MPs have called for concrete action to be taken against "sickening" grooming gangs, as the government was accused of "letting down" thousands of victims of child sexual exploitation in the UK.

In a letter to the Home Office noting "alarming" similarities in how the gangs of mostly Pakistani-heritage men operate across Britain, the cross-party group called for government research into why the abuse is taking place. ...

Speaking with Sky News, Ms. Champion said: "It's absolutely sickening that child abuse can take place on an industrial scale and more isn't being done about it. It's a national scandal that this is even happening at all – it's not just in Rotherham, it's right across the UK. It's time the government stepped up and stopped this once and for all."

The letter came as Jayne Senior, the whistleblower awarded an MBE for services to child protection for her part in bringing the Rotherham abuse to light, blasted the government's record on helping victims of CSE.
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DIVERSITY – UNIVERSITIES, COST, USA
The Diversity Staff at the University of Michigan Is Nearly 100 Full-Time Employees
Jon Miltimore
Intellectual Takeout, 30 May 2018

Year after year, media note and sometimes bemoan the ballooning cost of higher education.

There is no doubt that the human costs of this rise are severe: Some 44 million Americans currently carry nearly $1.5 trillion in student loan debt, and the delinquency rate is 11 percent.

There are various reasons for surging costs, but the primary one is the remarkable expansion of university administration in recent decades. ...



1. The University of Michigan currently employs a diversity staff of nearly 100 (93) full-time diversity administrators, officers, directors, vice-provosts, deans, consultants, specialists, investigators, managers, executive assistants, administrative assistants, analysts, and coordinators.

2. More than one-quarter (26) of these "diversicrats" earn annual salaries of more than $100,000, and the total payroll for this small army is $8.4 million. ...



If you fell out of your chair upon realizing that the University of Michigan has a full-time diversity staff of nearly one hundred employees, one of whom earns more than the president of the United States, you can be forgiven. I nearly did too.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – HUNGARY
Hungary to penalise NGOs that aid illegal immigrants
Krisztina Than
Reuters, 29 May 2018

Hungary's government will submit a new version of its "Stop Soros" bill to parliament on Tuesday, imposing criminal penalties on groups accused of supporting or financing illegal immigration, a senior government politician said.

The legislation is part of right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban government's campaign against Soros, a Hungarian-born U.S. financier known for funding liberal causes.
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DIVERSITY – CYCLING, LONDON
London cyclists too white, male and middle class, says capital's cycling chief in vow to tackle diversity 'problem'
Tom Batchelor
Independent, 29 May 2018

Too few women and people from ethnic minority groups cycle in London and more must be done to promote diversity among a largely white, male and middle class biking community, the city's walking and cycling commissioner has said. ...

He said he was considering setting diversity targets for London's cycling population to ensure progress was achieved.

Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups account for about 15 per cent of the city's cycle trips – around two-thirds less than Transport for London estimates it could be.
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DIVERSITY – OXFORD UNIVERSITY
No, Oxford University is not racist
Jon Holbrook
Spiked, 29 May 2018
[The author is a barrister]

Oxford is one of the world's great universities. ...

Yet for several years now, academic merit has been challenged by the politics of diversity. The Labour MP David Lammy has championed the view that demographics – particularly of ethnicity, social class and geography – are relevant to student admissions. Last October he accused Oxford of 'social apartheid', stating the student body 'is utterly unrepresentative of life in modern Britain'. And last week, in response to Oxford publishing its annual admissions data, he renewed his attack, describing the university as 'a bastion of white, middle-class, southern privilege'.

This is where merit and diversity clash. Academic ability in 18-year-olds is not randomly distributed. Nature and nurture play a role. Some children are born into environments that stimulate academic curiosity. Some grow up wanting to emulate the educational successes of their parents. Some attend more academic schools which have teachers better at enthusing them to excel. Some are more able to devour onerous Oxford lecture notes. Each of these variables is more common in certain demographics than others. And if students were selected solely on the basis of merit, then Oxford would necessarily reflect those demographics.

In 2016, the percentage of A-level students achieving three A grades or better was 13. But for Chinese students the figure was 24 per cent. At the other end of the scale were black Caribbeans (three per cent). In the mid-point were white and mixed-race communities (each 11 per cent) and Asians (10 per cent), although within the Asian category students of Indian heritage did better (14 per cent).

This ethnically based differential in A-level achievement carries forward into degree performance. ...

In fact, Oxford has a disproportionately high number of black students, although you wouldn't know this from the comments made by Lammy and others last week. ...

In any case, Oxford should only admit black students who meet its minimum academic requirements – three A grades or better at A-level. But across all UK universities, only 1.8 per cent of black students achieved this minimum requirement. And yet the percentage of black students admitted to Oxford is 1.9 per cent. Accordingly, when allowance is made for grade attainment, black students fare better than white students. ...

Far from discriminating against black students, Oxford, by making allowances for grades and course choices, discriminates in favour of black students. ...

... Lammy now fronts a form of diversity politics that has become a mainstream concern for almost the entire political class. /.../ Last week there was scarcely a politician or academic who was prepared to defend a meritocratic system.

... An easier place at Oxford may be good for children from 'the 20th floor of a tower block estate', if they don't mind being patronised, but it certainly isn't good for Oxford.
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DIVERSITY – NHS
NHS 'must do more to tackle white privilege', trust chief says
Paul Kelso
Sky News, 29 May 2018

The NHS must do more to tackle "white privilege" and increase black and minority ethnic (BAME) representation among senior managers and directors, a leading hospital trust chief executive has told Sky News.

Sarah-Jane Marsh, chief executive of Birmingham Women's & Children's NHS Trust, says she will no longer sit on any interview board panel that does not include a BAME member, after figures for her own trust revealed ethnic minority candidates were less likely to succeed at interview.

Across NHS England as a whole, 18% of the 1.2 million staff are from a BAME background, but just 5% of very senior managers are non-white, compared to 27% of the lowest paid support staff. ...

The co-chair of the NHS Equality and Diversity Council, Joan Saddler, welcomed the Birmingham initiative and said change at senior levels is decades overdue.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – DEPORTATION
Three in five Britons support a 'hostile environment' for illegal immigrants, poll shows
Josh Wilson and Ashley Kirk
Daily Telegraph, 27 May 2018

Three in five people want the Government's immigration policy to make it as "difficult as possible" for illegal immigrants to remain in the UK, according to a new poll.

But the Ipsos MORI research also shows that, in the wake of the Windrush scandal, three in five of us believe that priority should be given to ensuring that people who do have the legal right to remain are not wrongly forced to leave.

The research makes it clear that, despite opposing illegal migration, the majority of the British public believe those with the legal right to live in the UK should be prioritised "even if this means some illegal immigrants are not deported".
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CRIME – DRUGS, ALBANIANS
How Albanian drug lords and their knife-wielding goons are exploiting Europe's porous borders to unleash a murder spree on Britain's streets that's seen 67 slain in London alone this year
Richard Pendlebury
Daily Mail, 26 May 2018

For this restaurant is the 'legitimate' business flagship of a local tycoon named Klodjan Copja. ...

Nine months ago, he was jailed for 17 years at Kingston Crown Court in Surrey for serious drugs offences.

It is estimated that he and his ultra-violent gang of fellow Albanians from Elbasan had imported as much as £150 million of cocaine into the UK. ...

Gangs like those run by Copja employ low-level operatives who have been using knives to maim and murder on our streets and housing estates. ...

Undoubtedly, Copja's incarceration is a success for British law enforcement.

But he and his cohorts are just one of many groups involved in a serious organised crime wave of Albanian-dominated Class A drug smuggling, the consequences of which has seen the dramatic spike in murders on the streets of Britain, 1,200 miles away. ...

A National Crime Agency league table of more than 4,000 UK criminal gangs also showed that Albanians had overtaken Romanians to rise to third place in the league, behind only Britons and Pakistanis.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – AUSTRIA, EUROPEAN UNION
Austria's Populist Vice-Chancellor Slams EU Border Agency as 'People-Trafficking Organisation'
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 26 May 2018

Austrian vice-chancellor and leader of the populist Freedom Party (FPÖ) Heinz-Christian Strache slammed the European Union border agency Frontex, labelling it a "people-trafficking organisation".

Vice-chancellor Strache, who has been consistently outspoken against mass migration, made the comments following a meeting in Brussels in his role as Austrian Minister for Sport, slamming Frontex and saying the agency was "anything but a border guard", Kronen Zeitung reports. ...

He also argued against the EU's compulsory migrant quota system, which has already been slammed by Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, saying migrants would likely just move to the EU country of their choice anyway.

"The problem can only be solved by closing the external borders," Strache insisted. ...

Mr. Strache's comments also come only a year after Frontex themselves had warned about migrant rescue NGOs providing a shuttle service for human trafficking, and alerted the political bloc of the dangers of jihadist extremists entering Europe posing as asylum seekers in 2016.
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IMMIGRATION – PUBLIC OPINION
Attitudes towards Immigration after Windrush
Ipsos MORI, 26 May 2018

A new survey by Ipsos MORI conducted online among British adults aged 18-75 on 11-14 May finds that:

• Attitudes towards immigration remain more positive than pre-Brexit vote but over half still want overall numbers reduced

• Levels of dissatisfaction with how the government is dealing with immigration have increased - up to 60% from 53% February of this year and have returned to similar levels under David Cameron's government

• One in five people say they have become more positive about immigration since the Brexit vote whereas one in four say they have become more negative.

• Among those who have become more positive, there are roughly two equal reasons for this - either because people feel more positive about the contribution immigrants make or that with Brexit they are reassured that there is, and will be, a reduction in immigration

• Six in ten (60%) people support an immigration policy that is designed to make it as difficult as possible for people who do not have the right to be in the UK to stay here

• But almost two-thirds (64%) also prioritise that people who have the right to be here are not forced to leave, even if this means that some illegal immigrants are not deported

• The majority of the public (63%) say they are ashamed of how Britain has treated the Windrush generation and six in ten (61%) agree that the Windrush scandal is mainly a result of government incompetence rather than the rules on immigration ...

One in ten people (10%) say they are satisfied with the way the current government is dealing with immigration compared with three in five (60%) who are dissatisfied. ...

People hugely overestimate the proportion of foreign born citizens in Britain - the average guess is 27% when it's actually only half that number 13.5%.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – EUROPEAN UNION
EU: How to Stop Mass-migration from Africa? Bring Everyone to Europe!
Judith Bergman
Gatestone Institute, 25 May 2018

"Migration is a priority for all of us here" said EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, at the recent Fifth Euro-African Ministerial Conference on Migration and Development in Marrakesh at the beginning of May. ...

... The Second Euro-African Ministerial Conference on Migration and Development in Paris (2008) decided that "organised labour migration ... represents a source of cultural and social enrichment through the human and economic exchanges it generates" and that dialogue should be centered around the following priorities: Organizing legal migration, fighting against illegal migration and focusing on the synergies between migration and development. ...

Then again, Avramopoulos does not consider his job to stop migration. "We cannot and will never be able to stop migration", he wrote in late 2017. "At the end of the day, we all need to be ready to accept migration, mobility and diversity as the new norm and tailor our policies accordingly".
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EMPLOYMENT – FRUIT PICKING
The strawberry-picking robots doing a job humans won't
Lucy Hooker
BBC, 25 May 2018

With strawberry picking season well under way - but migrant labour in short supply in several countries - we look at the various robots being developed around the world to help producers harvest this most popular fruit. ...

Harvesting soft fruit mechanically represents a huge challenge - each berry needs to be located, even if it's behind a leaf, assessed for ripeness and then harvested and boxed with enormous care to avoid bruising.

But recent developments in visual sensor technology, machine learning and autonomous propulsion have brought the goal within reach. ...

Robots can operate at all times of the day or night - harvesting during the chillier night hours can dramatically lengthen shelf life and avoid bruising.
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CRIME – FEMINISM, VIOLENCE, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
The anti-woman violence feminists are afraid to confront
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
New York Post, 25 May 2018

The debate that has bucked this trend is the #MeToo campaign, which has successfully cut across party lines, wealth divides, race and religion. This powerful campaign has focused on taking down anyone who has exploited power and fame for sex, not just stereotypical members of the patriarchy in the form of rich, white males.

We've seen Bill Cosby, John Conyers, R. Kelly, Tavis Smiley, Tony Mendoza and Tariq Ramadan publicly shamed along with bastions of liberal values like Eric Schneiderman.

The #MeToo campaign has shown that sexual exploitation is not the purview of only some ethnicities or political parties.

Unfortunately, liberal feminists pick and choose which types of violence against women are worthy of this studiously nonpartisan approach. For example, female genital mutilation, forced marriage and honor violence seem not to be considered egregious enough to be taken up by the broader women's movement. Instead, these barbaric violations of human rights don't make it onto progressives' radar. Rather, they're excused or ignored by feminists because the perpetrators inflicting the violence tend to have brown skin. ...

The right of women and girls to be free of abuse has been sacrificed at the altar of political correctness.

Analysis done by my organization, the AHA Foundation, shows that legislators in 24 states hesitate to ban FGM despite evidence of girls at risk in their state. ...

Intersectionality entrenches victimhood and prevents men of color from being held accountable for patriarchal attitudes and behaviors, laying the blame entirely on white men.

We must depoliticize women's rights. We don't have to agree with each other's political views but protecting individual human rights must be a given.
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DIVERSITY – POETRY
Ode to whiteness: British poetry scene fails diversity test
Alison Flood
The Guardian, 25 May 2018

The British poetry world is "failing to meet even the most basic measurements of inclusivity", according to a new report which highlights the "systemic exclusion" of poets and critics of colour from UK and Irish poetry magazines.

Collecting data from 29 magazines and websites including PN Review, Poetry Review, the Guardian and Oxford Poetry, the study found that between 2012 and 2018, 9% of almost 20,000 published poems were by poets of colour. Of the 1,819 poems, 502 were published in a single magazine, Modern Poetry in Translation; if this is taken out of the equation, only 7% of poems were by poets of colour. The studyPDF, conducted by poetry reviewer and blogger Dave Coates for Ledbury Emerging Poetry Critics, points out that in contrast, at the 2011 census, 12.9% of the UK population identified as black and minority ethnic (BME). ...

... Sandeep Parmar, who commissioned the report. ...

... She pointed to the effect of a 2005 report which found that less than 1% of poets published by a major press in the UK were black or Asian; following the launch of diversity mentoring scheme The Complete Works, that figure now stands at almost 10%.

... When I arrived 15 years ago poetry was extremely white, in magazines, criticism and published collections. That's changed a lot, and it is to do with forward-thinking people."
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IMMIGRATION – NUMBERS
Romanian becomes second most common non-UK nationality
BBC, 24 May 2018

People with Romanian nationality have become the second most common non-British population living in the UK.

The Office for National Statistics says the total number of Romanian nationals rose by 25% from 2016 to 2017, reaching 411,000.

Of the 65,176,000 residents in the UK, 6.2 million were non-UK nationals - up by 4%.

The number of people living in the UK but born abroad was up by 3% from 2016 - 9.4 million of the total population.

A problem with the collection of statistics means there is no overall net migration figure. ...

The figures show that 61% of the non-UK nationals number - or 3.8 million - are from the EU.
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CRIME – SEXUAL EXPLOITATION
Oxford men guilty of sexual exploitation 'on a massive scale'
BBC, 24 May 2018

Seven men have been found guilty of grooming and sexually abusing teenage girls "on a massive scale" in Oxford.

The gang was convicted of more than 20 offences including rape and indecent assault between 1998 and 2005.

Prosecutor Oliver Saxby QC said they carried out the "routine, cynical and predatory sexual exploitation" of vulnerable girls who were groomed with alcohol and drugs.

The five victims were aged between 13 and 15 when the offences started. ...

Assad Hussain, ... Kameer Iqbal, ... Khalid Hussain, ... Kamran Khan, ... Moinul Islam, ... Raheem Ahmed, ... Alladitta Yousaf

Det Ch Insp Mark Glover said the convictions were only possible because of the "incredible bravery" of the gang's victims.

He said: "This group of men subjected them to an almost unimaginable level of cruelty and sexual abuse over a significant period of time. ..."
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POPULATION – FORECAST GROWTH
Parts of London will swell by a FIFTH over a decade as immigration helps push England's population to 58.5m - and more Romanians now live in the UK than Irish
James Tapsfield
MailOnline, 24 May 2018

The population in parts of London is due to expand by nearly a fifth over a decade as immigration helps push England's population to 58.5 million.

The swelling capital is expected to be the biggest contributor to growth in numbers over the coming years, according to official estimates released today.

London is set to have 9.54 million residents - just short of Megacity status - by 2026, up 774,000 from the middle of 2016.

Migration from abroad will add 754,000 to the total, the Office for National Statistics believes. Another 771,000 is as a result of the birth rate being higher than the death rate.

However, the rise in numbers will be offset by 757,000 Londoners moving to other parts of the UK. The 8.8 per cent net increase drives an England-wide growth of 5.9 per cent. ...

All the regions in England are expected to get bigger.

The East of the country is due to rise 7.3 per cent to 6.57 million over the decade, and the South West will see a 6.6 per cent increase to 5.88 million.

In the South East numbers will top 9.54 million by mid-2026, up some 6.4 per cent.

The North East is set to have the lowest growth at 1.9 per cent. ...

Of the 3.23 million increase forecast in the population of England, nearly half - 1.72 million - is accounted for by immigration. ...

The non-UK born population rose from 9.2 million in 2016 to 9.4 million last year and the non-British population went up from 6 million to 6.2 million.
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EXTREMISM
HOPE Not Hate Identified in Swedish Military Report on Left Wing Extremist Violence
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 24 May 2018

Far-left group HOPE not Hate (HnH) have been identified in a new research paper on far-left extremist violence alongside Antifa and other violent groups by the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) for their "infiltration and research" of political opponents.

The research paper lists the group, which has previously received funds from left-wing billionaire George Soros, as a facilitator of information for far-left extremists alongside the Swedish Expo Foundation, also funded by Soros, which objected to being included in the report earlier this week.

The FOI report states that the far-left scene often requests information on right-wing opponents, "that they want to hold to account in some way (for example by visiting people's homes with threats and harassment) and sometimes they want information, names and pictures, to publicly identify those involved in nationalist movements", and that organisations like Expo and HnH provide this information. ...

HnH has, in addition to receiving funds from George Soros's Open Society Foundations, received funding from the UK government as well. ...

There has been at least one recent instance of HnH providing private information to the public that was read by Antifa extremists who committed acts of violence.

Last month HnH tweeted out the private location of the conference being held by the anti-mass migration Generation Identity activist group which was then read and republished by the Antifascist Network account. Not long after the release of the address, Antifa extremists arrived at the location and engaged in violence, with one of their number being arrested by the police.
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY, PUBLIC OPINION
Now is not the time for the Tories to loosen up about mass immigration
Nick Timothy
Daily Telegraph, 24 May 2018

A dangerous received wisdom is developing in the Conservative Party. To appeal to younger and more liberal voters, the thinking goes, the Tories need to become more relaxed about mass immigration.

Part of the logic for this argument is the startling discovery that public opinion has become more positive about immigration since the Brexit referendum: overall, more people say they feel better about it than two years ago. But the same research shows that a large majority of voters – 60 per cent – still want the number of people coming to Britain reduced.

As Bobby Duffy, the pollster from Ipsos MORI, explains, the shift in opinion is caused by Brexit itself. Liberal remainers, who were always positive about immigration, are now more vehement in their support, while some immigration sceptics are reassured by the referendum result and assume greater immigration control is coming. To interpret this change as a green light for continued mass immigration would therefore be a mistake.

As Ipsos MORI point out, historical studies show "there are always 69+ per cent who want immigration reduced". And support for reduced and controlled immigration is shared across the whole country.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – FRANCE
Will Macron meet his match in Marion Maréchal?
Gavin Mortimer
Spectator blog, 23 May 2018

The declaration from the incoming Italian coalition government that they intend to deport half a million illegal immigrants from their shores will send a shiver through the Élysée Palace. How many will wait to be rounded up and repatriated? And how many will flee towards France, adding to the already desperate situation in Paris and Calais?

... Immigration almost certainly equals more Islamic terrorism in the eyes of millions of French, who point to the last seven months and the deadly attacks perpetrated by men of Moroccan, Tunisian and Chechen origin. On Friday, the government announced that an Egyptian had been arrested in Paris on suspicion of plotting a chemical gas attack.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – FRANCE
France has lost the fight in drug-ridden suburbs, admits Emmanuel Macron
Henry Samuel
Daily Telegraph, 23 May 2018

France has "lost the fight against drug trafficking" in many suburbs, warned Emmanuel Macron as shocking images of masked gunmen opening fire in Marseille and a brutal daylight murder highlighted the uphill task he faces.

Amateur footage of police clashing with Kalashnikov-wielding gangsters in the southern port city came as Mr Macron unveiled new measures for the country's most deprived districts, many in "banlieues" or suburbs ringing major cities with high unemployment and high-immigrant populations.

Local officials in some of these say they are at loss at how to tackle poverty, drug running and Islamic fundamentalism - many homegrown terrorists have come from such districts - with some mayors making waves in recent months by resigning saying their job had become too tough.

In a much-awaited speech on the "banlieues", Mr Macron expressed "deep concern" about events in Marseille, where masked men in black armed with assault rifles were filmed opening fire on Monday. ...

In another shocking incident, police in the southern city of Pau are investigating the murder of a 32-year-old man in another poverty-ridden, high-immigration area, who was beaten to death by a gang of teenagers. ...

Mr Macron confessed that Islamic radicalism had also "won" in some neighbourhoods and was "in the process of winning" in others.
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DIVERSITY – ACADEMIA
Nearly one in five Oxford students now BME as university announces diversity drive in the wake of public backlash
Harry Yorke
Daily Telegraph, 23 May 2018

Nearly one in five students enrolling at Oxford are now either black or an ethnic minority, figures show, as the university announces a new diversity drive in the wake of mounting political pressure.

Professor Louise Richardson, Oxford's vice chancellor, has admitted change has come "too slowly to meet public expectations" and that works remains "to be done" if the university is to reflect modern Britain. ...

The report shows that last year the number of students classed as black and ethnic minority rose to 17.9 per cent, up from just 13,9 per cent four years ago.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – PUBLIC OPINION, ITALY
As Italy has shown, the euro is a far bigger threat to Europe than Brexit
William Hague
Daily Telegraph, 22 May 2018

Talk to any Italian who is not part of the old parties or the financial elite and they are now incensed beyond measure by uncontrolled migration. As in elections in other parts of Europe and our own referendum, this then affects their attitude to everything else.
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IMMIGRATION – EUROPEAN UNION
European Court Estimates Over 90 Million EU Residents Are First- or Second-Generation Migrants
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 22 May 2018

The European Court of Auditors has estimated that 18 per cent of legal residents in the European Union – over 90 million people – are first- or second-generation migrants.

The Court estimated that around 4 per cent of the population – 21 million people – were first-generation legal migrants from outside the EU, with the jump to 18 per cent when second-generation migrants are taken into consideration, highlighting how mass migration continues to transform receiving nations beyond the initial influx.

It issued its extraordinary estimates in a briefing paper on "integration", which conceded the bloc faces the significant "challenges" integrating the many newcomers, and highlighted the alarming increase in the number of migrants arriving via the asylum route claiming to be refugees.

However, the briefing paper notes that the plurality of the migrant population living in the EU without EU citizenship – 39 per cent – has established itself through chain migration via family reunion. ...

Individual EU member-states – including the United Kingdom, at least until after Brexit goes through and the mooted Brexit 'transition' period ends – would have difficulty restricting family reunion-based chain migration on their own initiative, as the European Council deems it a "right" under EU Directive 2003/86/EC.

It should be noted that the briefing paper does not appear to consider the migrant-descended population beyond the second generation, which is considerable in countries such as Britain, France, and Germany, which have been bringing in large numbers of migrants from North Africa, South Asia, and Asia Minor for decades.

The briefing paper explicitly does not consider the migrant population which is resident in the European Union illegally, which is also considerable – with the illegal migrant population of Britain alone estimated at over a million by David Wood, former Director-General of Immigration Enforcement.
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Jacob Rees-Mogg slams Theresa May's 'idiotic' 100,000 immigration target
Liz Bates
PoliticsHome, 22 May 2018

Leading Tory Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg has hit out at the Government's controversial 100,000 annual migration target.

The Conservative backbencher said the target - which Theresa May has consistently championed since it was introduced in 2010 - was "plucked out of the air".

He also hit out at current rules preventing doctors from coming to Britain, despite staff shortages in the NHS. ...

"We seem to have an immigration system that is so focussed on being authoritarian, so focussed on the rules... and too focussed on a number that was plucked out of the air."

His remarks echo those of Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson, who yesterday called for a review of the UK's approach to immigration - including the 100,000 target - in the wake of the Windrush scandal, which she said left her "hurt" and "angry".
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IMMIGRATION – PROGRESSIVE CASE
The gap remains wide on the impact of immigration
Colin Hines
The Guardian, 21 May 2018
[Letter to the Editor]

Accusing the vast majority who want controls on immigration as being anti-migrant and racist is unacceptable. As is denying that the rapid increase in immigration has made it more difficult to cope with stresses on social infrastructure and that it will continue to do so even when austerity is swept away. Also worrying was the anti-internationalist acceptance of continuing to take Indian doctors and skilled eastern Europeans "educated at someone else's expense".

For the left to regain credibility it must rethink migration and make a progressive case for limiting "new, large-scale, permanent migration". New makes it clear that curbing future levels of migration involves no changes for those already legally resident in the country, such as the Windrush generation and those from the EU. Permanent has the caveat that foreign students are welcome to study here and workers fill vacancies here, but only for a specified period. Crucially, the UK must train its own population to prevent the shameful long-term theft of doctors and nurses from the poorer counties which originally paid for their education. There will also be the need for some exceptions, such as genuine marriage partners, civil partners or reunited family members.
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EMIGRATION – FOREIGN AID
Expert Warning That Foreign Aid Payments Are Fuelling Mass Migration
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 21 May 2018

While many politicians in Europe have argued for more aid to Africa and other regions to solve mass migration, some experts believe current aid policies may be having the opposite effect.

U.S. economist Michael A. Clemens has claimed in a recent study, which he authored for the Bonn Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA), that current aid policy may be encouraging mass migration rather than preventing it, Die Welt reports.

According to Clemens, current aid policies "only strengthen economic growth, employment and security up to a certain limit".

The economist added: "Almost all the poor countries that have become rich have experienced large outflows. Rising household income went hand in hand with rising emigration."

"Higher incomes mean improved ability to pay for direct costs of emigration, but also to invest in things that invite and facilitate migration – such as Internet access, foreign language skills, business connections abroad, or tourist travel," Clemens added.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – PARIS, FRANCE
Paris migrant camps 'spiralling out of control', Macron accused of 'giving up'
Westmonster, 21 May 2018

A huge row is brewing in Paris over what to do about the soaring number of migrants living on the streets.

According to reports, there are an estimated 3,000 people living in makeshift camps along the banks of the Saint-Denis canal, with at least 80 more arriving every day.

Socialist Mayor Anne Hidalgo has accused Macron's government of "giving up the city of Paris." ...

Interior Minister Gérard Collomb responded to the accusations by saying Hidalgo, a supporter of mass immigration, was responsible for the "salubrity and cleanliness of public spaces" in the French capital. ...

Earlier this month, organisers of the Grand Paris race announced they would be cancelling the annual event because of thousands of migrants camping out along the route.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – GERMANY
Germany sets aside £68bn to fund immigration amid fresh attack on Merkel policy
Simon Osborne
Sunday Express, 20 May 2018

Germany will spend around £68.2bn on migration-related issues over the next four years, according to a leaked document from the country's finance ministry.

The figure includes £27.1bn package of measured aimed at tackling the issues that cause people to leave their homes and make their way to Europe in the first place.

The leaked report, published in Der Spiegel magazine, estimated federal spending of around £61.2bn plus an extra £7bn the federal government agreed to transfer to states and local communities to cover their costs through 2021.

Social payments to migrants in Germany are projected to account for about £18.3bn through 2022, with another 11.3bn to be spent on language courses and other measures promoting better integration.

Processing, registration and accommodation for refugees will cost in the region of £4.5bn, according to the estimate.
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IMMIGRATION – PUBLIC OPINION
There's a remarkable change in the air – our hostility to migrants is on the retreat
Robert Ford
The Guardian, 20 May 2018
[Robert Ford is professor of politics at Manchester University]

The conventional wisdom in many liberal circles holds that Britain has turned in on itself, encouraged by a Leave victory that has legitimated chauvinism and xenophobia. Yet the public opinion evidence consistently shows the opposite – the British are more open to migration than ever, a trend that Brexit has encouraged, not reversed.

Only around a quarter of survey respondents saw migration as good for the economy in 2002, before the admission of new EU members produced a surge in European migration. By 2014, with support for Ukip at its peak, the figure had risen to four out of 10. It has risen further since. More British people also think of migration as enriching British culture now, after 20 years of unprecedented migration inflows, than felt this way in the early 2000s, when the current wave of migration was just beginning.

The public today is also less likely to name migration as a political priority. This "salience" measure is a powerful predictor of voter behaviour – ...

For more than 15 years, between a quarter and a half of poll respondents have spontaneously named immigration as among their biggest political concerns. Yet since Brexit, complaints to pollsters about immigration have collapsed. More than 40% of respondents in Ipsos Mori polls named it as a key issue in the run-up to Brexit. That figure has slumped since and now stands at under 20%, a 15-year low.

This collapse in concern about migration is puzzling, as there have been no major changes in migration policy since Brexit, and though migration levels have fallen, the decline has been modest. It is perhaps just as surprising, given the conventional wisdom that the British are intrinsically hostile to immigration and Brexit has exacerbated this, that positive views about the effects of migration are steadily rising – a rise which Brexit has not reversed but accelerated.

The role of fairness offers one possible resolution to this puzzle. ...

Steadily growing recognition of the economic and cultural benefits of migration makes the case for opening Britain to the world's best and brightest students and workers easier to make. The public demand for fair treatment of settled migrants can be channelled into new proposals to entrench their political and social rights. There is very broad support for this – large majorities from all walks of life favour giving settled migrants who play by the rules full political and social rights after between three and five years – including majorities of those who are most sceptical about migration in general.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – NETHERLANDS
Almost 1,400 minor girls abused by mostly migrant pimps in the Netherlands
Voice of Europe, 20 May 2018

An investigation by Dutch newspaper "Algemeen Dagblad" exposes the horrible reality behind the world of young pimps or 'loverboys'. Young men, who are mostly from migrant backgrounds, blackmail and abuse hundreds of minor girls in the Netherlands every single year.

The newspaper contacted social workers, the police and experts on the subject. The newspaper writes that the young pimps are mostly Moroccans, Turks, Antilleans or Romanians. Quickly earning money and power are their main goals. ...

Marijke van Overveld of the Dutch police says: "We are talking about almost 1,400 minor victims yearly." Overveld mentions the process of seducing and blackmailing the girls has shortened from months to two weeks or less.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – SWEDEN
78 Per Cent of 9,000 Afghan 'Children' Allowed To Remain in Sweden Are Really Adults
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 20 May 2018

A proposal to allow some 9,000 young Afghan migrants to stay in Sweden has been controversial among voters, as a new report shows that at least 78 per cent are really adults.

Last month, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and his government announced a plan to allow some 9,000 "underage" Afghan migrants to stay in the country after a wave of protest against deportations to Afghanistan.

The issue has remained a highly controversial topic ahead of this year's national election, but now it has been revealed that the vast majority of the migrants were not underage Expressen reports.

The newspaper conducted a study with a portion of the 9,000 migrants and found that none of the men had valid identification documents when they entered Sweden and that a significant number, almost half, had lived in Iran for at least a year before heading to the Scandinavian country.

Additionally, 99.4 per cent of them are male.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – FAKE DOCUMENTS
Sophisticated fake passport laboratory helping hundreds of migrants sneak into Britain is smashed by police in Albania
Tom Kelly
Daily Mail, 19 May 2018

A sophisticated fake passport laboratory helping hundreds of migrants sneak into Britain has been smashed by police in Albania.

The illicit operation, run by people smugglers, was churning out almost 'perfect' counterfeit travel documents.

Investigators believe the ring produced more than 1,000 bogus papers, of which up to 800 are thought to have been used. ...

Undocumented migrants paid up to £20,000 for the counterfeit documents, which they used to travel openly to the UK by plane, train and bus.

The National Crime Agency has warned that fake identity documents that allow hardened crooks to slip into the country undetected are a 'key enabler' of crime in Britain. ...

They specialised in Bulgarian passports – which provide entry to the UK because it is in the EU – on the basis that British border staff would not know the difference between anyone speaking Albanian and Bulgarian. ...

An Albanian police source said the fake documents they created were 'almost 100 per cent perfect' and apparently fooled border guards. ...

It was one of four fake passport laboratories used by the gang discovered in Albania. Another seven were found in Greece, where several of the suspected gang members operated.

Illegal migrants were mostly sent first to countries including France, Germany, Italy, Norway or Greece, before flying to the UK, US or Canada using their fake documents to gain entry. Others travelled overland to France, where they met up with another people-smuggling cell, who arranged for them to take buses, cars, trains or trucks.
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DIVERSITY – ACADEMIA
Oxford receives Race Equality Charter bronze award
University of Oxford, 18 May 2018

Oxford University has received a Race Equality Charter bronze award from Advance HE. It means Oxford is one of only 10 UK universities to hold this award. ...

The award recognises the University's efforts and commitment to improve the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students.

The process of submitting for an award required the University to consult widely and systematically investigate the main issues related to equality and diversity at Oxford.

These issues include the diversity of appointments to senior staff positions, and of undergraduate admissions to the University.
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REPATRIATION/DEPORTATION – CRIMINALS
Record 6,200 foreign criminals including killers, sex attackers, robbers and drug dealers are living in the community instead of being deported
Ian Drury
MailOnline, 18 May 2018

Killers, sex attackers, robbers and drug dealers are among the thousands released back onto the streets at the end of their jail sentences.

Although they are due for deportation, the offenders are not kept in prison. Many then simply slip off the radar.

Others challenge their deportation orders, often using human rights or asylum laws.

In total, there were 6,231 foreign national offenders living in Britain in December who were due for deportation. This was up 10 per cent on the figure in December the previous year.

Nearly a third – 2,032 – have been out of jail for more than five years. Another 1,502 have dodged being removed from the country for between two and five years.
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POLITICS – LABOUR PARTY
Tories accuse Labour of running up the white flag with pledge to scrap 'hostile environment' for migrants
Claire Ellicot
Daily Mail, 17 May 2018

The Tories accused Labour of running up the white flag on immigration last night, after it pledged to scrap controls on illegal immigration.

Diane Abbott said she would close two main detention centres, axe migration targets and force officials to prove suspects were in Britain without permission.

The shadow home secretary also vowed to scrap the requirement for bosses and landlords to carry out checks on a worker or tenant's right to be in the country.

Miss Abbott said it was Jeremy Corbyn's ambition to 'reframe' public debate on the issue. The Labour leader later tweeted his support for her speech.

Tories said the proposals would wreck efforts to deal with the estimated million illegals in Britain.

'Diane Abbott has confirmed what we already know – that Labour will have an open-door policy where anybody who wishes to come to our country can do so,' said Andrew Bridgen MP. ...

A key plank of Miss Abbott's strategy would involve shifting the burden of proof to the Home Office to establish whether a person was in the country illegally. ...

Labour would also end the minimum income stipulation for migrants to bring a spouse from abroad and always allow children to join them. ...

'The Labour Party is under new management and part of new management is having a very different conversation on migration.' ...

Miss Abbott also said she would end the Government's target of reducing net migration to the tens of thousands.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – BORDER SECURITY, ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, USA
Arizona Border Ranchers Live in Fear as Illegal Immigration Crisis Worsens
Judicial Watch, 17 May 2018

More than half a million illegal immigrants of several dozen nationalities have been apprehended on John Ladd's sprawling cattle ranch in southeastern Arizona. /.../

The property shares a 10½-mile border with Mexico, making it a popular route for human and drug smugglers evading a meager force of Border Patrol agents in the mountainous region. "As big as that number sounds, many more got away," said National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd of the hundreds of thousands arrested on Ladd's parcel. ...

A 60-foot wide dirt road, known as a federal easement, separates Ladd's ranch from Mexico. Some portions have an 18-foot iron fence along the border that Ladd says illegal immigrants "easily climb with a pack of dope." Other sections have a laughable wire fence that has been repeatedly penetrated with vehicles speeding through from Mexico. /.../ He estimates that around 70% of the traffic that comes through his ranch is human smuggling and 30% is drug smuggling. /.../ Ladd has traveled to the nation's capital seven times to bring attention to the crisis in Sierra Vista, but Washington bureaucrats have failed to take any action.

Instead, the federal government has placed ineffective or faulty surveillance equipment in the region that smugglers easily evade. /.../ The government spent $1.3 million on the useless equipment and never bothered to study the terrain's impact on the technology.
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EMPLOYMENT
Big business 'ignoring millions of Brits looking for full-time work because they have EU migrants on tap'
Steve Hawkes
The Sun, 17 May 2018

Big business was slammed for ignoring up to four million "underemployed" Brits – because they have an unlimited number of EU workers on tap. ..

It claimed record job figures were masking a huge problem of Brits working part-time but wanting full-time roles, or those on shifts desperate for longer hours or overtime.

There are nearly 1.5 million unemployed Brits looking for work and available for work, but a further 2 million who want more hours.

Another 214,000 want a second job to earn more cash while 274,000 want a new job with more hours.

Migration Watch chair Lord Green said: "For far too long employers have been getting away with claiming that they cannot find British workers.

"The truth is that they are simply not adjusting their working practices to meet the genuine needs of British workers because they have an unlimited number of EU workers on tap."
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
It's not racist to be concerned about a weak immigration policy
Peter Hill
Daily Express, 16 May 2018

Following the Windrush scandal the NHS says that its records will no longer be used to track down illegal immigrants.

This rips another hole in the leaky net that has swollen Britain's population, increasing the load on public services, among them the NHS.

Very few people were affected by Windrush but it is being used as a justification by guilt-tripping liberals to allow people with no right to be here to stay indefinitely and potentially to admit hundreds of thousands more.

The United Nations' special rapporteur on racism, E Tendayi Achiume of the University of California, says there has been a growth of "explicit racial, ethnic and religious intolerance" in Britain.

I suggest she is seeing what she wants to see. It is not racist to be concerned about insupportable levels of immigration and it is not xenophobic to love your country and want to protect its life and culture.

The whole of Europe is worried sick about immigration. Voters are rebelling against their governments' weak-kneed response to the endless inflow of mainly economic migrants.
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EXTREMISM – ISLAM, LABOUR PARTY
Three Labour Lewisham East Candidates Promoted Extremist Imam
Guido Fawkes, 16 May 2018

Three of the Labour candidates on the Lewisham East shortlist promoted a radical imam who the High Court ruled "clearly promoted and encouraged violence in support of Islam and espoused a series of extremist Islamic positions".

Shakeel Begg is the imam at Lewisham Islamic Centre. In 2016 he lost a libel action against the BBC after a judge ruled he had promoted violence. Mr Justice Haddon-Cave said "he has shed the cloak of respectability and revealed the horns of extremism". ...

Lewisham Islamic Centre is one of the most controversial mosques in Britain. ...

Despite these extremist links, Labour's candidates in Lewisham East have repeatedly promoted Shakeel Begg and the Lewisham Islamic Centre.
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IMMIGRATION – HOSTILITY
A 'hostile environment' towards immigrants? It's not hostile enough
Richard Littlejohn
Daily Mail, 15 May 2018

Let's agree the treatment of the Windrush generation was a national disgrace. They are British citizens, living here perfectly legally, handled abominably by the bureaucracy. ...

Thankfully, this scandalous miscarriage of justice is now being addressed. But that hasn't stopped the open borders crowd exploiting it ruthlessly for their own purposes.

They have been allowed to pretend that the hostile environment for illegal immigrants – instigated by Theresa May when she was Home Secretary – applies to all immigrants, legal or otherwise. It's a blatant lie which has been swallowed opportunistically by Rudd's successor Sajid Javid, who has promised to take a much more 'compassionate' approach to migrants in future.

Of course, we want to welcome those from overseas who come to Britain to contribute to society. But we shouldn't buy the myth that all immigrants are law-abiding cancer surgeons, care workers and skilled construction staff.

We've more than our fair share of foreign gangsters, terrorists, fraudsters and assorted layabouts.

If there really has been a hostile policy towards migrants, it doesn't seem to have deterred anyone from coming here. Quite the opposite, in fact.

Official estimates put the number of illegal immigrants at one million, so you can probably double that figure as a basis for negotiation. The Government admits there is virtually no chance any of them will be deported.

If this is hostile, I'd hate to see soft. ...

Aliou Bah, jailed twice for sex attacks since arriving here in 2007, won a payout of £110,000 after a judge ruled he had been held in detention for too long awaiting deportation. Since 2015, he has been living in a council house in Southampton. Of course he has.

Bah is just one of more than 1,800 foreign criminals still here years after they should have been booted out.

Far from the absurd claims of the open borders crowd, Britain remains the softest of soft touches. It's why millions of people from all over the world are desperate to move here.

They keep on coming in their hundreds of thousands every year because they know once they set foot in Britain the likelihood of them being removed is virtually non-existent.

Yet still the Left claim laughably that this country operates a policy of hostility towards all migrants.
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DIVERSITY – SCOUT ASSOCIATION
Rebranded Scouts will teach young people how to do their best to get a job
Olivia Rudgard
Daily Telegraph, 15 May 2018

Tying knots and wild camping are not directly relevant to most people's careers.

But the Scouts say they can teach young people how to get a job.

The organisation's new "contemporary" rebrand is designed to convince black and minority ethnic parents that joining up is worthwhile. ...

Matt Hyde, the chief executive of the Scout Association, ...

He said that the organisation was trying to become more diverse and that he hoped "selling the benefits" to minority communities would challenge Scouting's image as overwhelmingly white, middle-class and male.

It has also launched a simpler logo with a "more contemporary look and feel" in order to attract more diverse recruits. ...

He added that Muslim children were one of the "fastest-growing areas" for Scouting, prompted partly by changes to the uniform to allow for "cultural sensitivities".

Scouting launched a new uniform for Muslim girls in 2012, incorporating long sleeves and a "hoodie dress".
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TERRORISM – EUROPE
How terror attacks were carried out by 23 jihadis on 'terrorist watchlists', bringing bloodshed to Britain and Europe over past 10 years
Corey Charlton
The Sun, 15 May 2018

At least 23 jihadis who have committed attacks in Europe in the past decade have done so despite being on European terrorist watch-lists, it can be revealed.

The damning figure has emerged after it was revealed the man responsible for last night's attack in Paris was being monitored by French security agencies.

In total some 4,000 Western Europeans are believed to be back home having visited Syria and Iraq since 2011 to fight for ISIS or al-Qaeda.

And due to a lack of evidence, most of these fighters will never face serious charges for their heinous crimes.

The Sun Online has compiled a list of at least 23 people reported to have carried out attacks while either on specific terrorist watch-lists, or in spite of previous alerts and convictions for terrorist sympathising.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – LEGALISATION, WAGES
Understanding the effects of legalising undocumented immigrants
Joan Monras, Javier Vázquez-Grenno and Ferran Elias
VOX, 15 May 2018

Many countries host large numbers of undocumented immigrants. Leading the pack is the US where, according to the Pew Research Center, there were as many as 11.1 million unauthorized immigrants in 2014, representing 26% of all immigrants in the country. The US is not alone in hosting undocumented immigrants. Migration Watch UK estimated the undocumented immigrant population in the UK to be 1.1 million in 2010, representing more than 13% of all immigrants in the country. Clandestino (2009) estimates that, in 2008, there were between 1.9 and 3.8 million undocumented immigrants in the EU27, representing between 7% and 13% of the total immigrant population. ...

However, we still know relatively little about how the mass legalisation of immigrants affects the overall host economy. In a recent paper, we address this gap in the literature (Monras et al. 2018).

In the early 2000s, Spain experienced an incredible boom in immigration. The share of immigrants in the working-age population increased from less than 2% in 1995 to around 10% in 2004. Many of these newly arrived immigrants lacked work permits. By 2004, there were close to 1 million undocumented immigrants in a country of around 43 million inhabitants. ...

On 14 March 2004, voters in the Spanish general election had to determine whether the Popular Party would continue in power or be replaced by the Socialist Party. ...

... As a result, the Socialist Party came to power, and one of the first policies it implemented was the legalisation of nearly 600,000 immigrants already living (and working illegally) in Spain. ...

In sum, the evaluation of this unexpected mass legalisation of undocumented immigrants reveals two important insights. First, it uncovers important public revenue losses derived from not granting work permits to immigrant workers already in the host country. Second, it also highlights that these policy changes are likely to have distributive consequences for other workers in the economy: native workers who share characteristics with undocumented workers face tougher competition, while native workers with other skills may gain as a result of the policy.
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CRIME
Threat from organised crime 'growing', agency says
BBC, 14 May 2018

Organised crime affects more people in the UK than any other security threat, says the National Crime Agency.

It warns the scale and complexity of organised crime groups is growing, driven by global movements of people and new technologies like encryption.

It estimates there are 4,629 crime groups in the UK, with many offences under-reported.

It says that more firearms have been arriving as gangs work across borders to smuggle them from Europe. ...

The NCA also warned the UK remains a "prime destination" for money laundering from Russia, Nigeria and Pakistan - with the London property market being regularly exploited. ...

The UK's 3,000 air fields also presented "opportunities" for groups smuggling in both people and drugs.
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CRIME – DRUG GANGS, VIOLENCE
London crack cocaine gang violence threatens to spread to every UK town
Jon Austin
Daily Express, 14 May 2018

As London's armed gangs branch out of the capital and take over drug running, human trafficking and child exploitation, police warn that they are preparing for a massacre of the middle classes. ...

Middle-class havens like Cambridge are seeing Yardie-style gangsters threatening rivals with guns and acid attacks to seize control of trade.

Children's Commissioner Anne Longfield has said that youngsters from every midsized town could get sucked into drug dealing. She warned about the menace of "county lines" where gangs set up drug-dealing operations away from their usual areas. ...

Det Insp Billy Bremner of Cambridgeshire Police, said: "County lines is a massive scourge on society. It involves human trafficking, child exploitation and grooming." ...

Home Office statistics reveal knife crime in London has risen by 20 per cent since 2014, but there has been a 180 per cent increase in Warwickshire, 150 per cent in Hertfordshire and 102 per cent in Hampshire. Forces have had to work closely to tackle the menace.

Det Insp Bremner has told how about 40 per cent of county line dealers travel into his area by train and said: "They are predominantly black males of Somali or Afro-Caribbean origin aged 14 upwards."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – POLITICS, ISLAM, FRANCE
The French far left's common cause with Islamism
Gavin Mortimer
Spectator blog, 14 May 2018

The French have an expression to describe far-left citizens who identity more with Islam than the Republic: 'Islamo-Gauchiste', a term coined by the French philosopher Pierre-André Taguieff, who explained in 2017 that many on the far-left regard jihadism as:



"... a legitimate social revolt... they look at jihadists through a distorting lens of victimhood. This compassionate approach sees Islamic terrorists only as lost children, abandoned or rejected by unwelcoming and hostile countries, victims of 'institutional' or 'systematic' racism".



The symbiosis between the Western far-left and Islamism has been ongoing for decades, and stems from the left's realisation of their failure to win the hearts and minds of the white working-class. In his book 'Radicalisation', the French-Iranian professor, Farhad Khosrokhavar, described how one of the major influences of the 1979 Iranian Revolution was Ali Shariati, who:



"... called for a revolutionary Shia movement, which would realise the dream of Marx and al-Mahdi (the twelfth hidden imam, the Shia Messiah) by mobilising the masses. What secular revolutions had been unable to achieve, revolution in the name of Islam would finally bring about".



Karl Marx once described religion as the "opium of the people" but Islamism is more a political movement than a religion. This enables the far-left to identify with Islamists in the way an earlier generation did with the Red Brigade, Action Directe and the Red Army Faction, because they see it as the best means to overthrow the capitalist West.

A 2014 report stated that 23 per cent of France's 1,132 jihadists fighting in the Middle East were converts, most hailing from a left-wing milieu. "Jihadism is the current format of radicalisation," explained the political scientist Olivier Roy. "In the 1970s they would have been drawn to Maoism or one of the other extreme-left groups".
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RACISM – RELIGION
The Religion of Racism
Daniel Greenfield
FrontPage Mag, 14 May 2018

Obama once called slavery, "America's original sin". Jim Wallis, a member of Obama's White House Faith Council, has a book out titled, "America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege".

Accusations of sinfulness usually tell us more about the values of the accuser than the accused.

If racism is America's original sin, then its redemption lies in anti-racism. For liberal theologians, Christian and Jewish, who no longer believe in the traditional biblical sins, racism is a godsend. It provides the moral drama of damnation and redemption, confession and absolution, in a way that is compatible with the larger secular culture and their own political ambitions.

Fighting racism isn't just a cause, it's a religion. And all that remains of major religious denominations.

The most resonantly dramatic events for Christian and Jewish liberal denominations remain the fight against slavery and the struggles of the civil rights movement. They revisit and recreate them ceaselessly. And each protest movement, whether it's Muslim migrants at airports, illegal aliens from El Salvador at the border or Black Lives Matter racists at coffee shops, is a religious revival experience.

The trouble is that the hunt for this particular sin has come to pervade our legal system, taint workplaces, terrorize campuses and unleash social media mobs on random offenders. ...

Employees, employers, students and businessmen still fear being fired, expelled and hounded out of society for offending the sensibilities of a fanatical sect and its zealous enforcers. ...

A drunken tweet, an indiscreet joke or a mere implication can end even the most respected career.

The religion of racism has become a twisted creed that has perverted its own origins. What began as a unitary effort to bring together different races around religion has instead become a cult that uses its beliefs to divide us with white people as perpetual sinners and black people as unstained saints.

Its fetishization of black victimhood is bad for black people and its conviction that white people are inherently sinful is bad for everyone. As real racism has diminished, its conviction in the ubiquity of this particular sin has not. ...

If black people weren't visiting national parks or living in sufficient numbers in Utah, it was evidence that national parks and Utah were racist. Racism was no longer something to be discovered by witnessing its presence, but by noting the absence of some ideal multicultural diversity statistic. Civil rights shifted from lifting state sanctions that mandated discrimination against black people to imposing state sanctions that mandated discrimination on behalf of black people. Like the segregationists, they were abusing government power to impose the version of the ideal racial balance that they wanted to see. ...

When civil rights shifted from punishing mandatory segregation to punishing the lack of integration, it ceased to be a movement pursuing freedom and instead became a totalitarian movement. ...

To its believers, implicit bias is the truth that we are all racist. But that we can be saved from our racism by confessing it.
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REPATRIATION/DEPORTATION – CRIMINALS
Surge in foreign crooks who have dodged deportation from the UK for five years
Tom Wells
The Sun, 13 May 2018

The number of foreign lags still in the UK five years after they should have been booted out has doubled.

In 2012 there were 886 living in the community at that point after deportation orders were first signed.

But by the end of last year the figure had soared to 1,852. ...

Latest Home Office figures reveal around 6,000 foreign offenders are deported each year by the Home Office. It takes an average of four months to deport each one.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ITALY
Pope Francis wants us to welcome migrants. But we cannot ignore the shocking statistics
Thomas Williams
Catholic Herald, 13 May 2018

An entire "archipelago" of immigrant ghettos has sprung up along the length of the Italian peninsula, home to a significant portion of the hundreds of thousands of mostly African migrants that have streamed into Italy over the last three years.

... But rather than integrating into Italian society, these hundreds of thousands of migrants have congregated in "camps" and neighbourhoods that bear a striking resemblance to the ghettoes that Pope Francis has warned against.

And the dangers of ghettoes are not limited to the very real threat of crime or violence that some migrants pose for citizens. They are also a serious danger for the migrants themselves, who often become victims of exploitation, violence and even slavery.

In their 2016 book, Ghetto Italia, Yvan Sagnet and Leonardo Palmisano documented in horrifying detail the situation in which thousands of ghettoised migrants currently live in Italy, where their most basic human rights are routinely trampled upon and where integration into the native population is not really an option.

Consider the countries they are coming from. Nigeria plays a key role in supplying prostitutes to Italy, often through deceit and threats of violence. Currently, half of the prostitutes working in Italy are Nigerians and roughly 80 per cent of Nigerian women who migrate to Italy wind up in prostitution. From 2014 to 2016, more than 12,000 Nigerian girls and women arrived in Italy; of these, four out of five wound up in prostitution. ...

It is not easy to know where to start, but one thing is for sure: we cannot afford to ignore the grim statistics.
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CRIME
Per Capita Crime Statistics: Immigration and Crime in the UK
Defend Europa, 13 May 2018

As of May 6th 2018, there had been 62 murders in London alone. The victims were either shot or stabbed. Across the UK, gun crime has risen by 20% since 2014 and knife crime is up 23%. You need only look at the names of the unfortunate victims to realise that they were not from the UK, either by birth or otherwise. Overall, crime had risen 13% in the year leading to June 2017.

The last UK census was taken in 2011, when 'White British' accounted for 87.2% of the population. There is no doubt that this has decreased significantly over the last 7 years. At the end of 2016, 12% of the prison population was Black, despite them only making up 3% of the UK population, which shows they are four times as likely to commit crimes. The Asian prison population was 8%, against a national population of 7% and 'Mixed' was 4%, double their population nationally. ...

Not only are non-Whites more likely to commit crime, they are more also more likely to be victims as well. ...

Japan has a population of 127 million people and a murder rate of 3.97 per million people. The UK has three times the amount at 11.97 murders per million, with a population of just 65 million.

Import third world people, import their values too. We need to take a leaf out of the countries that have learnt to say no and in turn, protected their people AND their culture.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – IDENTITY CARDS
Majority of Brits support introducing ID cards
Matthew Smith
YouGov, 12 May 2018

Given that such policies are often pitched to combat a range of issues – ID cards were lauded as tools to tackle fraud, terror and benefits entitlement – we split the sample into three groups of approximately 1,600 respondents each to see whether the way that the policies are pitched affects the level of public support. ...

The first group saw control questions which pitched the policies in isolation, while the second and third groups saw the same questions with additional context. So, for instance, the first group were asked "Would you support or oppose the government keeping a record of every British citizen's DNA?", among the second group the question was appended with "...for the purposes of tackling crime?" while the third group's questions ended with "...for the purposes of combatting terrorism?"

The survey reveals that most people would support the compulsory carrying of ID cards, with 57% support among the control group and 61-63% among those who were asked the crime/terrorism variants.

In fact, ID cards were the second most popular of the policies we tested. The only suggested policy more popular is the monitoring of all public spaces in the UK with CCTV cameras, which is supported by 58% of the control group, 62% of those asked the crime question, and 67% among the sample asked the terrorism questions.

The survey examined support for another policy the Labour government was pitching it the mid-noughties: a national DNA database with a record of every British citizen's DNA. Half (50%) of Britons would support introducing such a database, with 57-59% support among those asked the crime or terrorism question.

A database for all British citizens' fingerprints sees slightly higher levels of support – 53% of those asked the control question, 61% of those asked the crime question and 64% of those asked the terrorism question.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – CRIME, FRANCE
East European gang made €1 MILLION a year sending children out to pickpocket tourists in Paris
Peter Allen
MailOnline, 12 May 2018

A Bosnian gang including an embassy official made almost £3 million sending migrant children on to the streets of major French cities including Paris to steal, prosecutors revealed today.

They released details of the scam after charging eight alleged ringleaders with a range of crimes including human trafficking, forging documents, money laundering, bribery and theft.

In a shocking example of the EU's porous borders, the defendants were able to transport the children to France effortlessly, even though none of them had passports. ...

According to evidence shown to the news agency AFP, a former employee of the Bosnian embassy in Paris is among those who have been sentenced after pleading guilty to his part in the scam.

Despite this, none of the newly charged eight have yet been arrested or indicted.

Roma gypsies from countries such as Bosnia, Romania and Bulgaria are regularly blamed by the French authorities for carrying out the majority of street crime in Paris.
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CITIZENSHIP – CRIMINALS
Thousands of Foreign Gangsters Awarded British and EU Citizenship
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 12 May 2018

Thousands of foreign gangsters being monitored as organised crime syndicate members have been awarded British citizenship, figures suggest.

Data obtained by The Times shows the National Crime Agency are monitoring 2,083 gangsters, human traffickers, and drug dealers linked to organised crime syndicates who have British citizenship but were born abroad.

Comparing figures for birth nationality and current nationality for the gangsters, the newspaper found that a large number of dangerous criminals from Pakistan, Somalia, India, Poland, and Kosovo, in particular, appear to have acquired British or EU nationality.

New Home Secretary Sajid Javid has the power to deprive such individuals of their British citizenship – as predecessors have done or have attempted to do in a small number of cases related to terrorism and child sexual exploitation – raising questions about why his department appears to be turning a blind eye to the situation.
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DIVERSITY – BIAS, SCOUTING ASSOCIATION
Christian sues the Scouts after being ejected over Islam complaint
Alex Williams
Premier, 12 May 2018

A man from Bristol whose membership to the Scout Association was cancelled is taking legal action, claiming he has been discriminated against on account of his Christian faith.

Brian Walker says his membership was unfairly taken away after he expressed fears the organisation was increasingly promoting Islam and moving away from its Christian roots. ...

Mr Walker wrote to the Scout Association's official magazine on 18th March 2017 to warn the organisation was also increasing promoting political correctness and interfaith issues above Christian values.

He was sent a letter four days later by the local District Commander, informing him he was no longer a member of the organisation.

Mr Walker, who lives in the Brislington area of Bristol, was told that he views did not reflect the inclusive nature of Scouting.
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CRIME – VIOLENCE, MURDER, LONDON
It's time to get real about gang violence in London
Rod Liddle
The Spectator, 12 May 2018

Given this demographic, you might be surprised that the campaigning organisation Black Lives Matter UK has been silent about this epidemic, leading many of us to suspect that BLMUK thinks black lives matter only when whitey is doing the killing and that otherwise it's nothing to write home about. But by the same token, the rest of us have not become too animated, have we? Our city's murder rate so far has overtaken that of New York's and is approaching Detroit's. Some 62 people have been bumped off since the start of 2018 and in the year to September 2017 there were 37,443 recorded knife crimes and 6,694 recorded gun crimes. ...

But then simply to point out these crimes have been exclusively, or almost exclusively, by ethnic minorities is to be cast as a racist by the usual crew of idiots. ...

The delusions begin in the home, of course. The latest dead kid is Rhyhiem Barton, aged 17. As you might have probably guessed, Rhyhiem was an aspiring architect. That's how his mum, Pretana Morgan, described him, as well as being good as gold and definitely not a gang member. /.../ We also know, from other sources, that the boy was actually a member of the Moscow17 drill crew and it is believed he was shot by members of a rival gang. ...

So there's that delusion, which we might pass over because Mrs Morgan is a grieving mother. The other delusions are rather less easy to forgive. ...

... But then it's part of the wider delusion, that the murders have nothing whatsoever to do with the culture of the ethnic minorities who both commit them and are victims of them, because white people are capable of murder too. ...

There is, patently, a problem of gang membership and violence among young men within some of our ethnic minorities. Which is why the police would tend to frisk some blinged-up black kid rather than a nice little white old lady called Betty. None of this is to suggest that any but a small minority within these communities are criminally inclined.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ASYLUM 'INDUSTRY', DEPORTATION, GERMANY
The 'asylum industry' debate: who is profiting from the refugee crisis?
The Local [Germany], 11 May 2018

A senior member of Bavaria's Christian Social Union (CSU) sparked a heated discussion this week when he claimed that Germany has an "anti-deportation industry." Did he have a point? ...

In an interview with Bild, Alexander Dobrindt, the vocal head of the CSU in the Bundestag, decided to aim his fire at NGOs and lawyers, who he accused of holding up deportations by dragging appeals through the courts for their own profit.

Germany has an "aggressive anti-deportation industry," the goal of which is "to intentionally sabotage the rule of law," Dobrindt said.

He also accused pro-refugee NGOs of supporting appeals by migrants with criminal records and thus "not working for the right to asylum, but rather against societal stability." ...

It is indisputable that having one's asylum request turned down in Germany in no way means that one has to leave the country. At the end of 2016 over half a million people were living in the Bundesrepublik who had been turned down for asylum.

Compared to that number, the deportation figures are tiny. In 2017, some 24,000 migrants were deported, a slight drop on the number for 2016.

There are many reasons for why people are not deported. Illnesses that can't be adequately treated at home, or the home country failing to provide identity papers are just two common reasons why a deportation cannot be carried out. ...

Another reason that people stay after their case has been rejected by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) is that they appeal the decision in court. The courts have been overloaded with cases in recent years. By September last year there was a backlog of 283,000 cases.
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DIVERSITY – BRISTOL
City of opportunity: 200 new apprenticeships for people from a BAME background are opening up in Bristol
ByJack Pitts
BristolLive, 11 May 2018

A campaign has begun to find apprenticeships for 200 people from black and minority (BAME) backgrounds by 2020, as Bristol becomes one of the UK's five Apprentice Diversity Hubs.

The news comes as the Bristol begins a 'Year of Change' which will feature a series of events aimed at making the city's streets less racially segregated. ...

According to council data, Bristol is becoming increasingly diverse, with more than 45 religions, 91 languages and people from 180 countries walking its streets. The proportion of the population which said they are not 'white British' increased from 12 per cent in 2001 to 22 per cent in 2011.
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REPATRIATION/DEPORTATION – INDIANS
Deal to send illegal Indian immigrants back home could collapse after Narendra Modi refused to sign off on plans during UK visit
Alain Tolhurst
The Sun, 10 May 2018

A deal to send illegal Indian immigrants back home could collapse after Narendra Modi refused to sign off on the plans during a recent visit to the UK.

India's Prime Minister, who wants to see more students from his country allowed to come to Britain after Brexit, is reportedly worried the agreement could lead to mass deportations.

It is believed that up to 100,000 people of Indian origin are living in Britain illegally, the highest number from any one country.

And the numbers of those being removed by the Home Office have fallen sharply from 7,724 in 2014 to 4,254 last year. ...

But while a host of investment deals were signed off among talks with the Queen, Theresa May and her cabinet ministers, the illegal immigration was left unsigned.
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CRIME – BENEFITS FRAUD, FORGED IDENTITIES
Jailed: Failed asylum seeker who used five IDs to claim £370k in state benefits
Tony Palmer
Evening Standard, 9 May 2018

A failed asylum seeker who used five bogus identities to claim £370,000 in state handouts has been jailed for five years.

Said Boudemagh, 41, spent eight years submitting fraudulent benefits claims from his Upper Holloway council flat.

The Algerian hijacked the identity of a mother-of-two living in France for the scam and pretended that one of his aliases had illnesses including a disabled finger in order to deceive the authorities, Blackfriars crown court heard.

Boudemagh used a forged French identity card to enter the UK illegally in March 2000, and later had two bids for asylum rejected. He eventually secured British residency by marrying a UK national, starting to claim benefits as soon as he secured a National Insurance number.

However, by June 2007 Boudemagh, a father-of-one, had begun defrauding the state on a large scale. He used a fake passport to claim more than £175,000 in benefits in the name of Jamel Bensaid, and even asked for £16,798 in carer's allowance to look after a non-existent friend. ...

Jailing him for five years, Judge Jane Sullivan said he had shown no remorse.

The court heard that the only repayment of the stolen money will come from deductions to benefits after his release.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ISLAM, BELGIUM
Less than 20% of Flemish see Muslim and Western values as compatible: study
Gabriela Galindo
Politico, 8 May 2018

Only 18 percent of native Flemish Belgians consider Muslim values to be compatible with their way of life, according a survey on integration released Tuesday.

The study – commissioned by Flemish politician Liesbeth Homans, a member of Belgium's largest party, the right-wing New Flemish Alliance (N-VA), and a Flemish vice minister-president – surveyed close to 4,500 Flemish and Brussels residents with Belgian, Turkish, Moroccan, Polish, Romanian and Congolese backgrounds.
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RACISM – SCOTLAND
Scotland's tolerance reputation 'a myth'
BBC, 8 May 2018

The belief that Scotland is more welcoming to immigrants than the rest of the UK is a "misleading fantasy", the authors of a new book have claimed. ...

And they argue that similar discrimination is continuing against eastern Europeans, gypsy/travellers, Muslims and other ethnic groups. ...

The authors of No Problem Here: Understanding Racism in Scotland claim black and minority ethnic (BAME) applicants for large public sector organisations had a 1.1% chance of being appointed, compared to 8.1% for their white counterparts. ...

But they argue that Scotland's vote to remain in the European Union in the 2016 referendum has given the "myth" that the country is not racist a "new lease of life".

Neil Davidson, a lecturer in sociology at the University of Glasgow and one of the book's editors, said he believed there were three major reasons why this "myth" had been created. ...

He added: "Just take one figure - in the year 2013/14 there were just under 5,000 racial attacks in Scotland. That is about 92 a week, and as we demonstrate in the book there's a massive under-reporting of these kind of incidents." ...

He will present the book's findings to Holyrood's Cross-Party Group on Tackling Islamophobia on Wednesday.
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RACISM – MARRIAGE
Symbolic or meaningless? What do black Britons think of Meghan's marriage to Harry?
Jonathan Shenfield
Reuters, 8 May 2018

Lawyer Gaile Walters has no time for the British monarchy but still believes the wedding of American actress Meghan Markle to Queen Elizabeth's grandson Prince Harry marks an important moment for Britain's black community.

"It has to be significant. The fact of someone black being married into the royal family represents a widening and a diversion and an inclusion that it's never had before," Walters told Reuters as she shopped in Brixton, south London. ...

So Markle's entry into an exclusively white royal family, who wield hugely emotional symbolic power in Britain, should not be underestimated, said Afua Hirsch, author of "Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging".

"It represents a real change in the messaging to young people growing up in Britain and that idea that blackness and Britishness are mutually exclusive," she told Reuters. ...

A survey for the British Future think-tank last month suggested most Britons would barely notice Markle's ethnicity and the vast majority welcomed it.

However, 12 percent of those questioned thought someone of mixed race marrying into the royal family was bad and 25 percent would be uncomfortable with their child to having a serious relationship or marrying someone of a different race.
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CRIME – CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE, NEWCASTLE
Operation Sanctuary: More than 500 child sex groomers face deportation
Jerry Lawton
Daily Star, 8 May 2018

Up to 550 child sex groomers from the same city are to be kicked out of Britain.

Police have passed their details to the Home Office after smashing a giant sex ring run by taxi drivers in Newcastle.

They face deportation for posing a high risk of causing harm.

The astonishing figure includes sex groomers, human traffickers, modern slave masters and other high risk foreign cyber crime and domestic abuse offenders.

Not all have been convicted. Some are merely suspects.

Officers found eight separate crime gangs running child sex rings across the city.

All 18 members of one were jailed after girls as young as 14 were plied with booze and drugs and forced to have sex with multiple partners. ...

Police have issued 220 child abduction notices warning suspects still at large they will be arrested if they approach youngsters.

Police said 60 taxi drivers suspected of "sexual exploitation" had been suspended. ...

A police and crime panel report into the operation said: "It is difficult to overstate the positive impact of Sanctuary."

But it said sex gangs were still operating in the area.
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POLITICS – POPULATION
Migration will drive western politics for decades to come
Gideon Rachman
Financial Times, 7 May 2018

A generation of political consultants was raised on the irritating slogan "it's the economy, stupid". But immigration now rivals economics as the driving force in western politics.

In economic terms, it makes sense for rich, ageing countries like the UK and the US to draw in new workers and citizens from poorer, younger neighbouring countries. But the election of Donald Trump and the vote for Brexit were both fuelled by fears of uncontrolled migration, with Mr Trump promising to " build the wall " along the Mexican border, and the Brexiters vowing to "take back control " of borders from the EU.

This is clearly not just an Anglo-American phenomenon. ...

... The largest source of would-be migrants making the perilous sea crossing into Italy is Nigeria – a country whose population has risen from 45m in 1960 to 187m today and is projected to hit 410m by 2050. The European Commission has projected that the population of Nigeria alone could be bigger than that of the whole EU27 by 2060.

Overall, the population of Africa is expected to increase by around 1bn people over the next 30 years. ...

... Population trends suggest that migration will continue to drive western politics over the next generation.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – SCHENGEN AREA, EUROPEAN UNION
Italy and Greece Accused of Waving 'Irregular Migrants' Through Borders
Liam Deacon
Breitbart, 4 May 2018

Italy and Greece have failed to properly log and register around two-thirds of the irregular, illegal, and asylum seeker migrants pouring over their borders, the Dutch have claimed.

The systematic shortfalls have undermined the European Union's (EU) open borders Schengen system and acted as a massive pull factor, the Netherlands migration minister, Mark Harbers, has said.

In a letter seen by The Times, he questioned the claim of the European Commission that "the registration and fingerprinting of migrants arriving in Greece and Italy has reached a rate of almost 100 per cent".

"Ninety-five per cent of irregular migrants and asylum seekers arrive from other Schengen states," he wrote.

"Only one third have been registered previously. This means about two thirds still manage to enter and travel through other member states undetected and unregistered, despite all measures taken to improve registration."

The failure to register such migrants, who go on to claim asylum in other nations, has left the Netherlands unable to follow the EU's Dublin agreement rules and return them to the country via which they first entered Europe.

"The Netherlands ends up granting protection to large numbers of asylum seekers who consciously refuse to apply for protection in the member state of first arrival," Mr. Harbers added.

"Giving asylum seekers this de facto choice of which member state they want to settle in is in itself a pull factor."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – SCHENGEN AREA, EUROPEAN UNION
Italy and Greece 'let migrants slip in'
Bruno Waterfield
The Times, 3 May 2018

The Dutch government has accused Italy and Greece of failing to register two thirds of the migrants who arrive on their shores.

The serious shortcomings create a pull factor for illegal immigration, the Netherlands said, and undermine the European Union's border-free Schengen travel zone.

In a letter seen by The Times, Mark Harbers, the Dutch migration minister, challenged the assurances given by the European Commission that "the registration and fingerprinting of migrants arriving in Greece and Italy has reached a rate of almost 100 per cent".

He said: "Ninety-five per cent of irregular migrants and asylum seekers arrive from other Schengen states. Only one third have been registered previously. ..."
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IMMIGRATION – NATIONAL IDENTITY REGISTER
Britain needs a national identity register
The Economist, 3 May 2018

There is little to like about Mrs May's migration policy. The state-led hounding of thousands of law-abiding British citizens was a side-effect of the "hostile environment" for illegal immigrants that she created as home secretary. ...

For all its shortcomings, Mrs May's approach does contain one idea that is worth preserving: enforcement should happen inland, not just at the border. Most of Britain's half-million or so illegal immigrants did not enter the country illicitly but have overstayed their visas. Furthermore, from the camps of Calais to the Mediterranean sea, there is plenty of evidence that fortifying borders does not stop lots of people continuing to try to cross them. The result is migrants' suffering, extra cost to taxpayers and a bonanza for people-smugglers.

The Windrush debacle highlighted that Britain has no easy way of carrying out this inland enforcement. The government's guide for landlords who need to verify tenants' migration status is 35 pages long. ...

The scandal has rightly provoked calls for an overhaul of migration enforcement. Any rethink must get to the root of the problem. This is not that Britain checks the status of migrants, as any country must if it values the rule of law. The real shortcoming is that Britain, rarely among advanced countries, lacks a simple, non-discriminatory way to check the identity of its population. Under Mr Javid it should get one.

Liberals, including this newspaper, have argued against national identity registers on the basis that they invade privacy and aid oppression by the state. But the balance of this trade-off has changed. /.../ Countries like Britain that lack an ID register rely on other proofs – bank statements, tax records, phone bills – that are even more intrusive. As for the risk of oppression, the Windrush affair shows that it is not just all-knowing states that have the power to persecute their citizens. It was precisely the opacity of information that the Home Office exploited in order to pursue many thousands of people who had a right to be in Britain.

Setting up an identity register would not be cheap or easy. /.../ But Brexit is forcing Britain to think hard about matters of migration and citizenship. Taking back control of who enters the country is one of the biggest prizes advertised by Brexiteers. To do that, Britain must first have a better idea of who is already there.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – AFRICA, EUROPE
Hungary rejects Euro-African declaration on migration
MailOnline / Afp, 3 May 2018

Hungary on Wednesday refused to sign a declaration recognising the advantages of migration, despite its adoption by more than 50 European and African countries at a Morocco conference.

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijarto slammed the declaration for portraying migration as "a phenomenon that is necessarily only good and favourable and which obviously contributes to the global development".

"We think this is a unbalanced approach and we disagree with it," he said. ...

The Morocco declaration called for an "approach based on human rights" and the "protection of migrants in vulnerable situations" as well as efforts to tackle racism and discrimination.

It also covered illegal immigration and ways to help migrants return home, key talking points for European nations which have seen an influx of migrants in recent years.

It was signed by representatives from 27 European and 28 African countries at a conference on migration and development in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh. ...

But Hungary's foreign minister said the focus should be "on how to stop illegal migration and not how to encourage it".

"We should not and must not deny that migration has very serious security aspects, it is unacceptable that such an aspect is totally left out from an international document," Szijarto said. ...

Morocco will host a United Nations migration summit in December, aimed at reaching a global accord.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, USA
Illegal immigration surges 230 percent in April on southwest border
Stephen Dinan
Washington Times, 3 May 2018

Illegal immigration along U.S.-Mexico border surged 230 percent in April compared to last year, according to new numbers released Thursday that experts said expose major loopholes in American immigration law.

Chief among the loopholes is the de facto "catch-and-release" policy that sees most illegal immigrants caught at the border quickly put back out on the streets, with the hope that they'll return to be deported later.

Perhaps 75 percent of all migrants caught by Border Patrol agents are given catch and release, said Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, which represents line agents. Knowing they'll be released rather than quickly deported has served as an enticement for more illegal immigrants to make the journey, he said. ...

April's numbers continue a months-long trend of worsening illegal immigration.

The Border Patrol says it nabbed 38,234 illegal immigrants during the month, while Customs and Border Protection Officers encountered 12,690 more people who tried to come through the official ports of entry without permission. ...

Children and families are two groups that particularly benefit from catch-and-release, thanks to court rulings that have set strict limits on how long children can be held in detention. Releasing them virtually guarantees they don't show up for their deportations, security experts say.
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IMMIGRATION – PUBLIC OPINION
Poll shows British public overwhelmingly favours 'hostile environment' immigration policy after Windrush fiasco
Andy Wells
Yahoo News, 2 May 2018

The Windrush fiasco may have resulted in the resignation of the Home Secretary but a new poll has found that attitudes to immigration have not changed in Britain.

A YouGov survey has found that while voters think the Government has not handled the plight of the Windrush generation well, they still support tough policies.

One such policy – often described as the 'hostile environment' – still has overwhelming public support, with 71% of Brits supporting people being forced to show documents proving their right to be in Britain for work or to live.

The survey found that just 15% of voters oppose the policy, while 82% think people should have to prove their right to be in the UK before accepting a job.

Some 79% think documents must be shown before registering with a GP while 74% believe they should be shown before being able to rent a home.

The survey also found that attitudes towards immigration in general remains negative, with 63% believing immigration into Britain in the last 10 years has been too high.

While this represents a 7% drop, the proportion that believe immigration is bad for Britain has remained the same.

However, over 70% of Brits are happy with either the same or increased levels of skilled immigration, while 73% are happy with existing or increased numbers of foreign students paying to study at British universities.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – AUSTRALIA
Australia's Immigration Policy: Political And Economic Lessons For Europe
Iyanatul Islam
Social Europe, 1 May 2018

The current regime of dealing with illegal arrivals seeking asylum in Australia is built on two very contentious elements: turning back 'boat people' who seek to reach its shores by sea; running offshore detention centres in poor island states for illegal, sea-borne arrivals at vast expense.

Such a harsh approach is seen by both the current Australian government and the Labour Opposition as the unfortunate, but necessary, price to pay for deterring those who seek to enter illegally. Its advocates contend this approach has been successful in preserving popular support for Australia's relatively modest Refugee and Humanitarian Program.

Despite being the object of international opprobrium, successive Australian governments – both centre-right and centre-left – have maintained this rather misguided and morally dubious regime of dealing with 'queue-jumping' asylum-seekers. The message seems to be: if you wish to seek asylum in Australia join the queue and have the patience to be processed through the normal channels. Both Malcolm Turnbull, the current Australian Prime Minister, and Tony Abbott, his nemesis and predecessor, are united in seeking to promote this policy as worthy of emulation by rich countries of the West. These countries, especially in Europe, are feeling besieged by a huge surge in refugees seeking to escape impoverishment and conflict from various parts of the world. ...

Australia's bipartisan approach to skilled immigration has been a key instrument of enhancing cultural diversity. Conservative politicians in Europe ought to be reminded that the current Australian Prime Minister is not merely keen to advocate a muscular approach to border protection but fond of saying that Australia is 'the most successful multicultural society in the world'.

Should European policy-makers accept this as fact or as an antipodean version of post-truth politics? It turns out that Turnbull can appeal to salient facts that lend support to his proclamations, but Australia has some way to go before it merits that title. Despite this caveat, Turnbull should be commended for invoking multicultural cohesion as a key measure of societal success. ...

The 2018 Australian government report on 'Shaping a Nation' compiles some impressive statistics. In recent years, permanent migration intake has been set at 190,000 annually, with 70 per cent of this skilled migration. There are now 11 Asian countries, with China and India in the lead, among the top 20 source countries for migrants – a far cry from the heyday of 'White Australia' policy that was characterised by UK, Irish and other European migrants.

In the 2000s, migration has accounted for just over 50 percent of Australia's population growth, most notably in its state capital cities, ranging from 32 percent (Hobart) to 63 per cent (Sydney). The migrant share of the population in the state capital cities now average 30 percent. Furthermore, 49 percent of Australia's population is either a migrant or a child of one.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – HOMOSEXUALITY, EUROPE
European Court of Justice Bans Homosexuality Tests for Asylum Seekers
Junteng Zheng
EJIL: Talk!, 1 May 2018
[Blog of the European Journal of International Law]

Asylum seekers in European Union countries will no longer be subject to psychological tests to prove their homosexuality, according to a decision by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on 25 January 2018. ... the ECJ declared the illegality of the use of psychological reports based on projective personality tests in determining sexual orientation of asylum seekers. ...

The ECJ ruled that EU law does not prohibit authorities or courts from ordering the production of an expert report to help assess the facts and circumstances relative to an asylum seeker's claim, but only if the production of the report is consistent with human rights law and the report is not relied upon solely or conclusively.
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POLITICS – LABOUR PARTY, ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
Diane Abbott repeatedly refuses to say what SHE would do with illegal immigrants in her latest car crash interview
James Tapsfield
MailOnline, 30 April 2018

Diane Abbott repeatedly refused to say what she would do with illegal immigrants today.

In a toe-curling interview, the shadow home secretary dodged as she was pressed to spell out whether she would take action to expel those with no right to be in Britain.

Ms Abbott was asked six times by Piers Morgan on ITV's GMB whether illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay in the country.

She insisted Labour does not support an amnesty, as has been mooted by Boris Johnson among others.

But she declined to say whether that meant illegal immigrants should be deported from the UK. ...

Morgan insisted: 'With respect that's not an answer to my question. What is Labour's policy? Do you think they should be removed from the country? It's not a difficult question.'

Ms Abbott said: 'What I'm saying to you is that the immigration department is not fit for purpose, that is why many of these issues have arisen.'

Morgan then asked again: 'I'm not trying to trip you up. I'm just trying to work out what Labour's view of illegal immigrants is: whether they should stay in the country or whether they should leave?

'I don't know why you're finding it hard to answer the question.'

'All I can say to you Piers is that for anybody watching, the question this morning is why you don't want to talk about the immediate plight of the Windrush generation.'
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POLITICS – LABOUR PARTY, ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
What is Labour immigration policy? Piers Morgan frustrated as Diane Abbott fails to answer
Amy Johnson
Daily Express, 30 April 2018

Good Morning Britain was home to an uncomfortable interview today as Piers Morgan struggled to gain answers from Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott. ...

Piers probed Diane on Labour's policy as she failed to give him a direct answer. ...

Piers later took the debate to Twitter where he addressed the politician.

He wrote: "I wasn't trying to trick you @HackneyAbbott. It was a simple question: would Labour let illegal immigrants stay in Britain or deport them? You criticised Rudd for her failure to 'get basic facts right' yet couldn't give me a straight factual answer to this fundamental question."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – SHAM MARRIAGES, REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Gardai investigating over 900 marriages of foreign nationals as part of probe into fake nuptials
Gavin O'Callaghan
Irish Mirror, 30 April 2018

Gardai are investigating 970 marriages among foreign nationals that they believe could be sham arrangements.

The operation comes as officers smashed an elaborate criminal network that had organised around 2,100 fake marriages between non-Irish EU citizens and mostly Asian men between 2011 and 2015.

Gardai have now been put at the spearhead of a European investigation as they try to put a stop to criminal groups using vulnerable women to sell EU residencies.

Detectives are working with the UK and EU states as they trace hundreds of 'grooms' coming mainly from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

Around 500 of the EU women involved come from Portugal while many others have come from Latvia, Estonia, and Slovakia.

The Garda National Immigration Bureau has estimated that 16 Irish-based criminals made around €20 million from the fake marriages with each one costing around €17,000.

The women involved were paid around €3,000 with many of them arriving in the country for the ceremony before leaving the next day, according to The Sunday Independent. ...

Last week, a student garda resigned from the Garda College after he was found to be in a sham marriage to get citizenship.

The 31-year-old man who was originally from Bangladesh began training in Templemore last year after passing through the selection process.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – CANADA
Canada wants U.S. cooperation in turning back asylum seekers
Anna Mehler Paperny
Reuters, 30 April 2018

Canada wants to change a bilateral agreement to allow it to turn back thousands of asylum seekers walking across the border but the United States is not cooperating, according to a Canadian official with knowledge of the discussions.

Under the Safe Third Country Agreement, or STCA, asylum seekers who arrive at a formal Canada-U.S. border crossing going in either direction are turned back and told to apply for asylum in the first country they arrived in.

Canada wants the agreement rewritten to apply to the entire border.

More than 26,000 people have illegally crossed the Canada-U.S. border to file refugee claims in the past 15 months, walking over ditches and on empty roads along the world's longest undefended border. ...

The Department of Homeland Security is reviewing Canada's proposal and has not yet made a decision, a spokeswoman said.
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POLITICS – PUBLIC OPINION
British voters are much tougher on immigration than the Tories
Alastair Benn
Reaction, 30 April 2018

In response to Amber Rudd's resignation, Ash Sarkar, a journalist at the Corbynista in-house magazine, Novara Media said: "The Tories have made a grave miscalculation, they assumed that the British public were just as racist and un-empathetic as they are and that we have the deep-down desire to see the Home Office transformed into the Ministry for Institutional Racism."

That's simply not true. On every single measure of attitudes and viewpoints, the British public is more authoritarian on immigration than the Tories. ...

In 2015, a YouGov poll found that 72% of people answered positively to the question: "Do you think governments should or should not try to put a cap on the maximum number of people allowed to come and live in Britain each year?" ...

In 2014, the YouGov poll for Population Matters found that 62% of the public wanted to see the UK population decrease, and 94% said that Britain was "full up", according to the BBC in 2011.

A survey commissioned by the German Marshall Fund found that about a quarter of UK residents believed that even legal migrants should be denied access to the NHS and the state education system.

According to Migration Watch UK, in 2014, "67% thought that employers should give priority to British people when recruiting. 20% disagreed and 12% didn't know." ...

And Brexit, the largest democratic mandate for anything in British electoral history and the most important event in post-war British politics, was a clear expression of those attitudes. An Opinium poll for the Observer in 2016 found that 49% of the public said that immigration was the most important factor in how they would vote, far outstripping any other single issue including distrust of the European bureaucracy and concerns about the economy.
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RACISM – POLITICS, PUBLIC OPINION
Sir Vince Cable: Governments assume public are 'pretty bigoted'
BBC, 29 April 2018

UK governments have long assumed the public are "pretty bigoted" and need to be given "red meat" on immigration, Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable has said.

He claimed the Lib Dems had fought this tendency when they were in coalition with the Conservatives. ...

In a 2014 speech, the then Lib Dem leader and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg highlighted moves to to make life more difficult for those in the UK without permission and said "more needs to be done" to "bear down" on illegal immigration.

Sir Vince told Andrew Marr "all parties have got some responsibility" for the Windrush scandal. ...

On immigration crackdowns, he said: "It goes back to New Labour. I think the working assumption successive governments have made is that the public out there are pretty bigoted and they have got be given red meat in the form of these very restrictive measures and it has done a lot of harm," said Sir Vince.

"I think the interesting thing about Windrush is that perhaps for the first time the public opinion has been ahead of the politicians in seeing that there is a terrible injustice here and it should not be allowed to pass."

Sir Vince came under fire earlier this year for a speech in which he said many older voters backed Brexit out of nostalgia for a world where "passports were blue, faces were white and the map was coloured imperial pink".

"The ugly truth is that race has been a key factor in British politics. I was simply making that quite explicit," he told Marr.
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CRIME – CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE, LEGAL AID
Telford child sex monsters handed almost £2.5 MILLION in legal aid
Geraldine McKelvie
Mirror, 29 April 2018

Legal aid for Telford child sex monsters came to nearly £2.5 million.

It was spent defending seven culprits who were brought to justice after a police investigation which identified a potential 200 suspects.

Now – after a Sunday Mirror investigation last month found up to 1,000 youngsters may have been abused – victims are furious over the amount they say would have been better spent helping survivors.

Killer Azhar Ali Mehmood, who murdered 16-year-old sex abuse victim Lucy Lowe and her mum and sister in the Shropshire town, was granted £130,000 for his defence at his 2000 trial which ended in a life sentence.

He never faced abuse charges, but almost 10 years later a police investigation into the Telford grooming scandal was launched which led to convictions of seven abusers in 2013.

They included rapist Ahdel Ali whose legal aid cost £470,812, his brother Mubarek (£424,228), Mohammed Islam Choudhrey (£350,000), Mohammed Ali Sultan (£398,205), Mohammed Younis (£269,387), Mahroof Khan (£443,732).

Abdul Rouf (£329,469) walked free, but the judge ordered a child prostitution charge should lie on file.
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POLITICS – BREXIT, EU IMMIGRANTS
Brexit: Britain set to offer EU immigration deal 'very similar' to free movement
Joe Watts
Independent, 29 April 2018

Britain is set to make an offer to the EU on future immigration which would see arrangements "very similar" to current free movement rules put in place after Brexit, The Independent has learned.

UK negotiators would like to put the proposal forward to coincide with a European Council summit in June, in a bid to break a deadlock in Brexit talks.

The plan would see a high level of access to the UK for EU citizens in the future, but would leave the British government power to halt it in certain circumstances.

But it is likely to enrage hardliners who would see anything even mildly like free movement as a betrayal of the 2016 referendum result – on Saturday cabinet minister David Davis, who has fought for a harder Brexit, was reported to be on the brink of resigning over the UK's apparently softening position on EU withdrawal.

It comes as a leaked legal experts' report commissioned by politicians in Belfast concluded it will be impossible to stop people coming into the UK at will anyway, if Theresa May stays true to her commitment to avoid a hard border with Ireland.

The last week has also seen the government under heavy pressure to accept staying in an EU customs union – an arrangement which would align with the new offer on immigration rights.

News of the offer planned by British officials has been corroborated by sources in Whitehall and Brussels and would form a key part of the prime minister's efforts to lock the EU into a deal on future relations.
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RACISM – BIAS, POLICE, UN
Structural racism at heart of British society, UN human rights panel says
Damien Gayle
The Guardian, 28 April 2018

The disproportionate number of deaths of black and brown people in incidents with the police shows that structural racism remains rooted in the fabric of British society, a panel of UN human rights experts has said.

The panel cited data from the Metropolitan police showing a disproportionate number of minority ethnic people – particularly those of African or Caribbean descent – dying due to excessive use of force by the state.

Noting that there had never been a successful prosecution of a police officer for a death in police custody, the panel said: "This points to the lack of accountability and the impunity with which law enforcement and state agencies operate."

The warning from members of the UN human rights council comes before a 12-day visit to the UK by E Tendayi Achiume, the special rapporteur on racism, beginning on Monday. "The deaths reinforce the experiences of structural racism, over-policing and criminalisation of people of African descent and other minorities in the UK," they said. ...

The panel pointed particularly to the disproportionate use of stun guns. People from black and minority ethnic backgrounds were three times more likely to be subjected to the use of such weapons by police, they said. ...

At least five black men died in the UK after restraint by police last year: ...
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY
The Government has eroded British values just when we need them most
Charles Moore
Daily Telegraph, 28 April 2018

Often, when there is a great public to-do about some scandal, it is a bit of a fuss about nothing. With the "Windrush generation" story, I feel it is actually worse than people have been saying. It calls into question the thing we talk about so much nowadays: "British values".

To see this, it is important to understand that the Windrush generation have always been British citizens. It was, I think, a mistake of the Attlee government to grant British citizenship to colonial peoples, but it happened. It was on that basis that they boarded the Windrush, and subsequent boats, and came here. ... ...

Whatever else may be said about Mrs May's time at the Home Office, gripping it was certainly something she did. The trouble was that this process was largely self-defensive and uncreative. Instead of addressing the whole subject of immigration – which would, for example, have led her to focus on the damage done by EU free movement – she obsessed about net figures. These are almost arbitrary, partly because they rely on numbers leaving as well as numbers coming. The fierceness of the attack on the Windrush generation may have been displacement activity because the EU immigration problem was off-limits.

It was not unreasonable of Mrs May to create a "hostile environment for illegal immigration" (that key word "illegal" is usually left out by her critics), but the phrase sticks, because it fits her style of politics so well. Her environment is hostile to talented individuals who pose a threat to her, to courses of action that are bold, and above all to ideas that are new and interesting.
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IMMIGRATION – PUBLIC OPINION
Where the public stands on immigration
Anthony Wells
YouGov, 27 April 2018

Overall public opinion towards immigration remains negative: 63% of people think that immigration into Britain in the last ten years has been too high and by 32% to 24% they think it has been mostly bad for the country. While hostility to immigration has softened a little since 2016, the changes are comparatively small - the proportion thinking the number of people coming to the UK s too high is down seven points from 70% to 63%, while the proportion thinking it is bad for Britain has barely changed at all.

However, beneath these headline figures attitudes towards immigration are – and have always been – rather more nuanced. If you ask about different types of immigration, or immigration from different parts of the world, it suggests that there are many sorts of immigration that the British public are quite relaxed about, or even that people positively welcome.

Over 70% of people are happy with either the same or increased levels of skilled immigration, almost three quarters (73%) are happy with existing or increased numbers of foreign students paying to study at British universities, and 57% are happy with the same number of or more people fleeing persecution or war coming here. Additionally, nearing four in ten (38%) are happy with the current number of immigrants coming to work in the NHS and the same proportion (38%) would like to see more.

Public opposition to immigration only rises in two circumstances. Either when it comes to familial immigration (people coming to join family members already in the UK) where 42% want to see less of this type of migration, or low skilled immigration – here a majority (57%) want to see either less of this type of immigration or no immigration at all. ...

However, the approach that has led to such problems for the Windrush generation – the policy often described as the "hostile environment" – still has overwhelming public support. In principle, seven in ten (71%) support a policy of requiring people to show documents proving their right to be in Britain in order to do things such as taking up employment, renting a flat, or opening a bank account. Just 15% oppose this. Asked about specific situations, 82% think people should have to prove their right to be in the UK before accepting a job, 79% before registering with a GP and 74% before renting a home.
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EXTREMISM – ISLAM
Isis trying to foment a wave of migration to Europe, says UN official
Daniel Boffey
The Guardian, 27 April 2018

Islamic State commanders fleeing Syria are conspiring with extremist groups in Africa to foment and infiltrate a new migration wave destined for Europe, the head of the UN World Food Programme has said.

David Beasley, a former Republican governor of South Carolina, said Europe needed to wake up to the extremists' strategy in the Sahel region.

Those forced out of Syria were uniting with local terrorist groups to use a lack of food as both a recruitment tool and a vehicle to push millions of Africans towards Europe, he said.

Speaking to the Guardian during a visit to Brussels for a two-day Syria summit, Beasley said: "You are going to face a similar pattern of what took place years ago, except you are going to have more Isis and extremist groups infiltrating migration.

"What we are picking up is that they are partnering with the extremist groups like Boko Haram and al-Qaida to divvy up territory and resources and to continue to infiltrate and destabilise in the hope of creating migration into Europe where they can infiltrate and cause chaos.

"My comment to the Europeans is that if you think you had a problem resulting from a nation of 20 million people like Syria because of destabilisation and conflict resulting in migration, wait until the greater Sahel region of 500 million people is further destabilised. And this is where the European community and international community has got to wake up."
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IMMIGRATION – INTEGRATION
63% of Germans think migrant integration hasn't worked, 73% in Sweden
Westmonster, 27 April 2018

The integration of immigrants has been overwhelmingly unsuccessful in key EU nations, according to a survey by the European Commission.

In Germany, only 31% of people think integration has gone well, 63% think it's unsuccessful.

And in Sweden it's even worse – 24% think it's gone well, a whopping 73% think it's gone badly.

In France, which is currently being led by Mr EU himself, Emmanuel Macron, 64% of people think immigration has been unsuccessful.

And in Italy as well, people don't think integration has been successful, 63% to be exact.

Britain's slightly more on board with the integration of immigrants, but 36% of people still don't think it's worked, which is a significant number.
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CRIME – CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
Institutions Prioritised 'Reputation of Political Leaders' over Child Welfare, Warns Sex Abuse Inquiry
Victoria Friedman
Breitbart, 27 April 2018

Institutions are putting their reputations above the safety of vulnerable children who are being sexually exploited, an inquiry has found.

"The inquiry considers that all too often institutions are prioritising the reputation of political leaders or the reputation of their staff, or avoiding legal liability, claims or insurance implications, over the welfare of children and tackling child sexual abuse," an interim report by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has found. ...

The interim report, published Wednesday, found that many respondents to the Inquiry's Truth Project said they have "frequently stated that institutions deny responsibility for, or knowledge of, the abuse they suffered". ...

The interim report also found that, like with victims of Muslim grooming gangs in Telford, Rotherham, and Rochdale, victims were sometimes considered complicit in their own abuse and even called prostitutes. ...

The IICSA interim report was published the same day that the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) announced that they had identified "potential misconduct" into South Yorkshire Police's response to allegations of child abuse and Muslim grooming gangs in Rotherham and were overseeing 98 separate investigations.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – LAWYERS, DEPORTATION, DELAYING TACTICS
Immigration lawyers using delaying tactics to keep illegal immigrants in Britain, High Court says
Olivia Rudgard
Daily Telegraph, 27 April 2018

Immigration lawyers are using delaying tactics to keep illegal immigrants in Britain, High Court judges have said.

Law firms are "buying time" by filing endless "hopeless" appeals and applications "with a view to generating new Home Office decisions" and keeping the process going for longer, two senior judges said.

"The longer the case goes on the more scope there is for an applicant to begin to develop an Article 8 'private life' claim, for example by getting married (sometimes through a sham process) or having (or claiming to have) children," they added.

They warned that courts were used as a "continuing game played between applicants and the Home Office" and judges were "distracted dealing with abusive cases" leading to long waits for "genuine and important disputes" to be heard. ...

In a ruling published on Thursday Lady Justice Sharp and Mr Justice Green criticised three law firms for a "serious and persistent failure to adhere to proper standards" and referred them to the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
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POLITICS – EUROPE, USA
Macron: The Last Multilateralist
Patrick J. Buchanan
American Conservative, 27 April 2018

"Together," said Macron, "we will build a new, strong multilateralism that defends pluralism and democracy in the face of ill winds."

Macron belongs to a political class that sees open borders and free trade thickening and tightening the ties of dependency, and eventually creating a One Europe whose destiny his crowd will forever control.

But if his idea of pluralism is multiracial, multiethnic, and multicultural nations, with a multilateral EU overlord, he is describing a future that tens of millions of Europeans believe means the deaths of the nations that give meaning to their lives.

And they will not go gently into that good night.

In America, too, millions have come to recognize that there is a method to the seeming madness of open borders. Name of the game: dispossessing the deplorables of the country they love.

With open borders and mass migration of over a million people a year into the USA, almost all of them from third-world countries that vote 70 to 90 percent Democratic, the left is foreclosing the future. They're converting the greatest country of the West into what Teddy Roosevelt called a "polyglot boarding house for the world." And in that boarding house the left will have a lock on the presidency.

With the collaboration of co-conspirators in the media, progressives throw a cloak of altruism over the cynical seizure of permanent power.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
Illegal immigration
Steve Haynes
Daily Telegraph, 26 April 2018
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The quoted figure of 700,000 illegal immigrants residing in Britain (report, April 25) is in itself staggering, but given the Home Office's persistent record of understating its own incompetence, this is almost certainly an underestimate.

We have in Britain a woeful level of prevention, an inability to detect and apprehend those already here illegally, and now a Foreign Secretary who holds out the prospect of citizenship to anyone reaching these shores by whatever means, as long as he or she keeps their head down. What more encouragement do economic migrants and their traffickers need?
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POLITICS – ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
Reader's comment: When will this madness cease?
Conservative Woman, 26 April 2018

In response to Kathy Gyngell: Windrush is no excuse to abandon the immigration battle, Rosella69 wrote:

I did the job at Heathrow for five years, and consequently know, from direct experience, that the UK's policy on immigration is not fit for purpose.

There are no truly effective internal controls, hence it is extremely unlikely that overstayers and illegal entrants will be identified, tracked down and removed; appeals against removal can result in protracted delays, aided by canny legal advisers.

Having campaigned for the urgent need to tackle runaway population growth for many years now – in fact since leaving the Immigration Service – I now despair of the sheer stupidity which prevails.

Tory, Labour, Liberal and SNP politicians are equally culpable: they promote amnesties for all, virtually unrestricted admission for all who wish to settle here and the crazy Ponzi scheme of needing a constant, no questions asked, influx to maintain a healthy, growing and dynamic economy.

Left-wingers, business leaders and media types promote open borders and economic and humanitarian obligations as though they are absolute truths which should never be questioned.

This is irresponsible, recklessly unrealistic and deceptive: recent forecasts suggest that the UK's population could reach 80 million within a couple of decades.

What exactly do our leaders have in mind? What sort of future do they envisage?

These mad proposals are usually leavened with meaningless commitments to a greener Britain and a sincere appreciation of the need to protect the natural world – or what little still remains. ...

There is a deeply embedded denial at the heart of our political culture and public discourse, which needs to be challenged and exposed.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – CRIME, GERMANY
German Police Study Finds Africans Most Criminally Prone Asylum Seekers
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 26 April 2018

A study conducted by the German Federal Police (BKA) on migrant crime has found that African asylum seekers are far more prone to criminality than their Middle Eastern counterparts.

The study shows that migrants from countries which are far less likely to receive a positive asylum claim are also far more likely to engage in crime while in the country, Stuttgarter Zeitung reports.

Tunisian migrants, who make up just 0.2 per cent of recognised asylum seekers since 2015, account for 2.2 per cent of crimes committed by recognised asylum seekers. The statistics are even more dramatic for Moroccans who account for a mere one per cent of asylum seekers yet are 7.6 per cent of asylum seeker suspects.

Rainer Wendt, head of the German police union, said that the reason for the higher rates of criminality is that migrants who have less of a chance of gaining asylum or residency status have "nothing to lose".

Syrians, Afghans, and Iraqis, who make up around 62 per cent of recognised asylum seekers, account for 34 per cent of crimes in which asylum seekers are suspects with their most common crimes being physical assault, shoplifting, and drug offences. ...

Between January and September of 2017, 70 people were murdered by asylum seekers, 45 of them being asylum seekers themselves.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – BORDER SECURITY
Immigration crisis laid bare as 27,000 illegal immigrants arrested in Britain over four years
Steve Hawkes
The Sun, 25 April 2018

The scale of the illegal immigration crisis is laid bare today as figures reveal at least 27,000 migrants have been arrested in the past four years after sneaking into the UK.

A total 28 police forces from the Met in London to Gwent in Wales, Thames Valley and North Yorkshire, have picked up migrants without "leave to enter".

They were likely arrested after 'lorry drops', raids or found to be illegal after being nicked for committing low level crime.

The figures – from Freedom of Information Requests – show that across the 28 forces, an estimated 27,109 illegal immigrants have been arrested since the start of 2014.

A further 1,144 people have been nicked for "conspiring" to help someone breach UK immigration law - such as gangmasters. ...

Lucy Moreton of the ISU union for borders, immigration and customs workers said: "These figures aren't really a surprise. There isn't the odd hole at the border, it's like a colander.

"People coming in on the back of a lorry, under a van and that's before you think about the small ports and private airfields.

"If the Government wants the Border Force to pick up more people at the border, detain and deport them it needs to invest."

The real figures are likely to be even higher given only 28 of the 43 police forces in England and Wales replied to the FOIs.
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POLITICS – LIBERALISM
Liberals? That's the last thing they are
David Kurten
Conservative Woman, 25 April 2018

Liberal is one of those words whose meaning has morphed into the exact opposite of the original. ...

It wasn't always thus. Liberalism, in its 18th century day, meant freedom of conscience and religious belief, and the freedom to use one's own intelligence and reason to discuss and debate openly and freely in the Socratic tradition. ...

British classic liberalism – democracy, free speech and equality before the law – is something to be cherished and conserved. If it is eroded and dissolved, it will not easily be re-created. ...

The 'enlightenment' and 'liberty' of the French revolution overturned what was seen as the tyranny of the King and Church, only to be replaced by the Terror, which was far worse than that which had preceded it. /.../ Anyone disagreeing or dissenting with the new order was imprisoned or sent to the guillotine. ...

The same pattern is repeated throughout history wherever Marxists have tried to impose their warped version of 'liberty' on society. ...

The chilling precursors to these horrors are now being seen in the West, as the actions of Western governments follow the same trajectory of illiberalism as Robespierre, Lenin and Mao.

The self-identifying liberals of the Left, which these days inhabits almost the entire LibLabCon uniparty, are not liberal but progressive. Progressivism is very different from liberalism as it is not at all liberal. It seeks not to extend freedom or speech or thought, or to encourage debate and discussion, but rather to restrict them.

British classic liberalism was perverted into progressivism during the Western cultural revolution of the sixties. Liberalism came to be associated primarily with the promotion of pansexual hedonism rather than intellectual liberty conferring freedom of speech and thought. ... Today, there is an appearance of freedom, so that anyone can say whatever they like within a very narrow window. ...

We are corralled by neuro-linguistic and psychological techniques refined over many decades into believing progressive propaganda or censoring ourselves. ...

... it is time to start calling those who say they are liberals, but are not, what they really are: intolerant, repressive and illiberal.
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BORDER CONTROLS – OFFICIALS
Migrants smuggled into UK past "sleepy" border officials
BBC, 24 April 2018

A convicted people smuggler and an illegal migrant have told the BBC they gain access to the UK by taking advantage of over-worked officials who "don't care".

Criminal networks charge up to £12,000 for fake travel documents, which they say are often poorly checked by "tired and sleepy" border officials in France and the UK.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – AMNESTY
May and Boris in Cabinet clash over immigration amnesty
James Forsyth
Spectator blog, 24 April 2018

At Cabinet today, ministers discussed the fallout from the Windrush scandal. I understand that Boris Johnson made the point that there needed to be a broader immigration amnesty for long-standing Commonwealth immigrants. /.../ Obviously, this amnesty wouldn't apply to those with a criminal record. I'm told that Theresa May then rather acidly remarked that Boris had previously called for an amnesty for all immigrants, which he did first in 2008 and then again in 2016 when he privately proposed one for those who had been here for over a decade.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ISRAEL
Israel abandons plan to forcibly deport African migrants
Reuters, 24 April 2018

The Israeli government said on Tuesday it had abandoned a plan to forcibly deport African migrants who entered the country illegally after failing to find a willing country to take in the migrants.

The government had been working for months on an arrangement to expel thousands of mostly Eritrean and Sudanese men who crossed into Israel through Egypt's Sinai desert. ...

The migrants will again be able to renew residency permits every 60 days, as they were before the deportation push, the government said.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – CRIME, SWEDEN
Swedish woman who accompanied two Afghans to prove that xenophobes are wrong, is raped and abused
Voice of Europe, 24 April 2018

A middle-aged Swedish woman was raped and abused by two Afghan asylum seekers in their asylum accommodation, Fria Tider reports. The woman, who was a member of a Facebook group against migrant deportations, tried to prove that xenophobes are wrong about the fact that Afghans are dangerous.

The woman was raped and harassed on 26 December last year.
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MULTICULTURALISM – RELIGION, ETHNICITY
Religious differences a huge source of tension say nearly half of Brits
Humanists UK, 24 April 2018

Religion is seen as more of a source of tension in Britain than in almost every country in the world, a new global survey conducted by Ipsos Mori has revealed. 47% of Britons believe that tension exists 'between different religions', second only to the perceived tension 'Between immigrants and people born in Britain' (50%). ...

Asked by pollsters which differences they considered to be the greatest sources of tension in society, divides related to immigration and religion came out on top in Britain, with ethnicity third (41%) and political views fourth (23%). Of all the countries surveyed, just two considered religion to be a greater source of division – Belgium with 50% and India with 48%. Australia was tied with Britain on 47%, while no other country topped 38%.
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Andrew Green: We need to see the Government's planned post-Brexit immigration framework
Lord Green
Conservative Home, 24 April 2018

The Conservatives seem to be having a nervous breakdown over immigration as, yet again, the race card is being played with the clear intention of closing down the debate on immigration. As for the Windrush affair, it was certainly a serious mistake in the execution of a policy designed to reduce illegal overstaying rather than to reduce immigration, but the row led to the Home Secretary attacking her own staff in unprecedented and, frankly, indefensible terms.

She was followed by Messrs Johnson and Gove declaring their undying attachment to a liberal immigration policy. Nothing to do with numbers, they tell us. Actually, it is. Numbers are at the heart of the issue. A YouGov poll last August found that 41 per cent of UK voters saw immigration as the top priority in the Brexit negotiations. Furthermore, a poll for the Migration Observatory in November 2016 found that three quarters of the public want to see reductions in immigration, including 50 per cent who want them to be significant. ...

The key will be to focus on immigration for work and, especially, on the less highly-skilled. The crucial number is that, over the past ten years, 80 per cent of EU migrants for work would not have qualified for a non-EU work permit. It follows that the simplest and best solution would be to incorporate EU workers in the existing 'Tier 2' work permit scheme. This regime, in particular the salary threshold of £30,000 a year, would cut out most of the lower-skilled EU nationals who might wish to work in the UK. ...

I return to my central point that the key will be numbers and the risk is that, in a negotiation linked to trade, concessions will be made that will be unacceptable to a wide spectrum of public opinion. Whatever Johnson and Gove may now say, "control" meant reduction for a very large number of Brexit voters.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – FRANCE
France to boost security on Alps border with Italy after far-Right 'block' migrant route
Henry Samuel
Daily Telegraph, 24 April 2018

France's interior minister has pledged to beef up security on the country's Alpine borders with Italy after a far-Right "commando" blocked access to migrants seeking to cross a key snowy pass, and pro-migrant groups stormed another entry point. ...

Late Saturday and early Sunday, a group of around 100 activists from the small far-Right group Génération Identitaire - reportedly including Britons - launched a high-profile attempt to shut off the col de l'Echelle, a 1,762m-high pass some six kilometres (almost four miles) from the Italian border.

They erected makeshift barriers at the "strategic point for illegal immigrants" and unfurled a banner in English which read: "Closed border. You will not make Europe your home. No way. Back to your homeland."

Pro-migrant groups responded to the operation by forcing a passage at the nearby Montgenevre Pass, taking around 30 migrants with them from Italy to France after scuffles with French border police. Two pro-migrant activists were arrested on Monday.

Denouncing both actions, Gérard Collomb, the French interior minister, said that both sides had turned the mountain passes into a stage for "provocation" and "gesticulation".

"Faced with these unacceptable actions," the minister announced that "significant police and gendarme reinforcements" would be deployed.

The extra security forces would "ensure absolute respect for the control of the border," he added.

After France reinserted border controls with Italy in the wake of the Paris 2015 terror attacks, migrants sought to cross in the Ventimiglia-Menton area on the coast. But as police cracked down on border controls last spring, the migrants moved North, looking for less policed but riskier ways in.

More than 2,000 have crossed since then, and the flow has not stopped despite freezing conditions.

Most of those crossing the Alps in recent months have been from Guinea or Ivory Coast, both former French colonies. Considered economic migrants, these nationals have very little hope of being granted asylum. ...

While the number of asylum seekers in Europe was halved between 2016 and 2017, France saw the number of applications hit a record 100,000 last year.
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RACISM – IMMIGRATION POLICY
Jacob Rees-Mogg: Favouring EU migrants after Brexit would be 'racist'
Nicholas Mairs
PoliticsHome, 24 April 2018

Favouring EU migrants who want to move to the UK after Brexit would be "racist", Jacob Rees-Mogg has said.

The outspoken Brexiteer blasted Michel Barnier's claim yesterday that Brussels was seeking "ambitious provisions on the movement of people", saying such a move in exchange for a trade deal would be "completely improper".

The EU's chief Brexit negotiator said at a speech in Hanover that agreement on the issue could form part of the UK and EU's "future economic relationship".

But Mr Rees-Mogg told an event hosted by Open Europe: "As a member of the European Union there may be a case to be made that we should give preferential treatment to people from the EU, but once we're outside the European Union we are then basically, if we give them preference, running a racist immigration policy."

He added that people from the rest of Europe are "by and large white" and ministers "should think of that carefully".
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MULTICULTURALISM – POLITICS, DIVERSITY, CONSERVATIVE PARTY
On diversity, Conservatives are losing the generation game
Andrew Cooper
CapX, 24 April 2018
[Andrew Cooper, Lord Cooper of Windrush, served from 2011 to 2013 as Director of Strategy in the Prime Minister's Office under David Cameron]

The arrival of the Windrush started a process that would change the UK forever. The proportion of the UK population that isn't white, just 0.2 per cent in 1951, had reached 13 per cent by the last census in 2011; from one in 500, to more than one in eight. In the seven decades since 492 Jamaicans and Trinidadians disembarked from the Windrush, the UK has become ever more diverse – our society, economy, culture and outlook broadened and enriched, our country changed for the better by immigration.

For much of this period, though, the Conservative Party has struggled to come to terms with the growing diversity of Britain and has even, at times, been overtly hostile towards it. The Conservative Party, extraordinarily, opposed the 1965 Race Relations Act – the first attempt to give legal protection against racial discrimination. Every subsequent UK law advancing equality of ethnic minorities has been introduced by a Labour government, while the Conservative Party's consistent priority, by contrast, has been the tightening of immigration law. ...

In 2017, for the second election running, the Tories lost ground among non-white voters while increasing its support in the country as a whole. Not being white remains, shamefully, one of the strongest demographic predictors of not voting Conservative – in a country where the proportion of the electorate that is not white is set to keep increasing. Thirteen per cent of the total population is non-white, but among children under five that proportion is closer to 30 per cent. The whiteness of the Tory Party's appeal means that it struggles to win in constituencies where the BAME population is 30 per cent or higher: it currently holds just one such seat. Before 1987 there were no constituencies with more than 30 per cent BAME population. By the next general election, it is projected that there will be more than 120 such seats. Unless something changes, before long there just won't be enough white voters in the electorate for the Conservative Party to be able to win.

It is striking that people who were alive when the Windrush docked, or who lived through the first phase in the UK's transition from a white country to a diverse one, predominantly now think that immigration has changed Britain for the worse and that multiculturalism has weakened us. But it is surely more significant that the generations who have only ever know a country that is ethnically diverse and multicultural feel, by bigger margins, that immigration has been – and remains – a good thing; that diversity has strengthened us and that increasing diversity will strengthen us more.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – EUROPEAN UNION
EU to Cut Funds to Patriotic Nations, Allocate Cash on 'Values' Basis, Including Accepting Mass Migration
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 24 April 2018

Brussels is set to divert tens of billions of euros in EU cash away from patriotic eastern and central states under budget reform plans that would link funding to the bloc's 'values' which include mass migration.

According to proposals seen by the Financial Times, the European Commission is planning to shift the criteria for distributing cohesion programme funds away from GDP per capita towards so-called 'EU values'.

Under the post-2020 EU budget laid out in the draft document, the €350bn funding pot aimed at developing the bloc's weaker economies in the bloc, appears under a new title of "cohesion and values". ...

Top Brussels figures have repeatedly insisted that importing huge numbers of third world migrants must be a core feature of belonging to the bloc, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron have both previously suggested the distribution of EU funds should be linked to the number of asylum seekers.

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker declared last year that the union will be "lost" without a huge population transfer from Africa to Europe, during an interview in which he hinted there are plans for the two continents to merge in some way.

Meanwhile in January, migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos commented: "It is not economic problems that have endangered the European project, but the migration and refugee crises."

Explaining that the resettling of third world populations throughout the continent is "directly linked to the principles and values on which Europe is based", he blasted as "unacceptable" the idea that any nation could escape taking part in the EU migrant quota scheme.
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ASYLUM – CHILDREN, ADULTS
How many child asylum seekers are found to be adults?
Abbas Panjwani
Full Fact, 24 April 2018

It's correct to say 65% of assessed children applying for asylum are found to be over 18, but most children going through the asylum process who say they are under 18 are not challenged about their age in the first place.

One in eight is an overestimate for the proportion of children applying for asylum who are later found to be adults. It only takes the number of unaccompanied children seeking asylum found to be 18. ...

In 2016 the Home Office received around 9,800 applications for children seeking asylum in the UK. In the same year it decided around 580 cases where the age of a child was disputed (as they were thought to be over 18) and in 370 (61%) it was decided that the child seeking asylum was over 18.

The 65% figure quoted in the media comes from a report by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration which says:

"Home Office data indicated that between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017 it had received 2,952 applications for asylum from unaccompanied children.

"In the same period, it had raised 705 age disputes, roughly 1 in 4.

"Of the 705, 618 had been resolved. In 216 (35%) of these 618 cases, the Local Authority assessed the claimant to be under 18, and in 402 (65%) cases they were assessed to be over 18 (an adult)."

The Chief Inspector's office confirmed to us that 65% refers only to assessed unaccompanied children. The Home Office figure for all assessed children found to be adults in 2016 (the last year for which we know the total number of children seeking asylum) is similar – 61%.

There are some health warnings attached to the quality of these data sources, and their comparability.

Firstly, the 61% figure is indicative, not precise. ...

Asylum applications from unaccompanied children made up around one third of all asylum applications involving children in 2016.
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EMIGRATION – NORTH AFRICA
One in Three North Africans Want to Migrate Permanently, Number Rising
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 24 April 2018

The proportion of North Africans who want to permanently migrate has reached a record high, with almost half of young people wanting to move country if they get the chance.

Just under one in three (32 per cent) of 5,030 North African respondents to the Gallup World poll for 2017 said they would like to move abroad – a figure up from 28 per cent the previous year.

The desire to migrate was found to be strongest among younger North Africans, with the proportion of 15- to 29-year-olds jumping from 40 per cent in 2016 to 46 per cent the following year.

Almost a third (30 per cent) of people in the 30 to 49 age bracket said they would like to permanently migrate, rising from 24 per cent of those interviewed in 2016 by the pollster, which surveyed people living in Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia.

The most desired destination for North Africans who said they would like to migrate permanently was France, with the number who named the EU country rising to 19 per cent from 13 per cent the previous year.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were in second and third place in desired destinations, respectively, but Gallup noted that the two countries "are more popular among potential migrants from Egypt than among those from other North African states, who are substantially more focused on Europe".

At the beginning of 2018, the Open Society European Policy Institute predicted a number of geopolitical changes would take place in North Africa this year which would enable many more migrants to travel to Europe.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND
Should we be copying New Zealand? More than HALF of Australians think we take in too many migrants - while NZ PM Jacinda Ardern starts to slash their intake
Stephen Johnson
Daily Mail Australia, 23 April 2018

A majority of Australians believe immigration levels are too high at a time when our trans-Tasman neighbour New Zealand begins slashing its intake of foreigners.

The Newspoll survey of 2068 people, published in The Australian on Monday, had 56 per cent of respondents declaring Australia's annual intake of 190,000 was too high with just 28 per cent saying it was about right.

Both major parties in Australia are committed to an all-time high permanent immigration level as New Zealand's minority Labour government, led by Jacinda Ardern, embarks on a promise to slash net immigration by more than 40 per cent. ...

Former Liberal prime minister Tony Abbott is the highest profile proponent on the Coalition side of slashing Australia's immigration intake - despite his own record as PM - with no current Labor politicians echoing his call.

'We're adding a city the size of Adelaide to our population every five years and I think that we should very significantly scale it back, at least until infrastructure, housing starts and integration have caught up,' he told Sydney radio 2GB's Ray Hadley on Monday morning.

However, Dick Smith said the conservative side of politics was more swayed by the business lobby's push to maintain high immigration levels in order to boost demand and suppress wages growth. ...

'Overpopulation will destroy Australia.'
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POLITICS – BUREAUCRACY, MULTICULTURALISM
The real villain behind the Windrush scandal? Once again, it's BLAIR
Peter Hitchens
Mail on Sunday, 22 April 2018

Cruel, rigid bureaucracy has replaced common sense in this country. ...

How did this happen? By a strange paradox it happened because of the crazy policy of uncontrolled mass immigration begun under the Blair government and continued by David Cameron.

Blair and Cameron wanted this mass migration. Blair and his Eurocommunist sponsors wanted to erase Britain's culture, history and traditions. Cameron couldn't have cared less about Britain, but he saw the easy economic advantages of a low-wage economy kept going by ultra-cheap imported labour.

But they grasped it was unpopular, so they pretended to be against it. From this came the 'hostile environment', supposedly directed against illegal migrants, introduced by the charming and likeable Alan Johnson, who may not be quite as nice as he looks.

Later on, it led to Theresa May's shameful and embarrassing 'Go Home' lorries trundling around London, a crude and cheap pretence at toughness that fooled almost nobody at all.

Both these measures were in fact gestures of contempt towards Middle Britain. They were a London liberal's idea of what might please the despised voters. ...

Nobody bothered you if you obeyed the law. You didn't have to register with the authorities, show identity papers to stay in a hotel, let alone to get or keep a job.

But that was not to last. It is now 18 years since a secret report was circulated among the commissars of the Blair government, with special precautions taken to stop it reaching the media. It was rashly revealed by one of those commissars, Andrew Neather, a few years later.

In a 2009 article laced with scorn for working-class people worried about the immigration revolution, he rejoiced at the new multitudes of cheap servants for types like him, and sneered at the British poor as 'fascists', saying: 'The results in London, and especially for middle-class Londoners, have been highly positive. ...'

Comrade Neather disclosed that the published version of Labour's plan had been censored, revealing 'the earlier drafts I saw also included a driving political purpose: that mass immigration was the way that the Government was going to make the UK truly multicultural.

'I remember coming away from some discussions with the clear sense that the policy was intended – even if this wasn't its main purpose – to rub the Right's nose in diversity and render their arguments out of date.'

... Later they would pretend to be 'tough'.

The trouble was that this 'toughness' had real effects on real lives. We have, as New Labour secretly planned, become a different country, and a much less free and fair one.
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POPULATION PRESSURE – HOUSING
Talking about the housing crisis means talking about immigration
Douglas Murray
UnHerd, 22 April 2018

It was once assumed that average house price would be around three to four times an individual's earnings, and that when average house prices were up to five times average earnings, there would be a slump in house prices. In recent years, all such pieces of received wisdom have gone the way of astrology. In London, in the last quarter of last year, house prices in the capital reached 14.5 times the average earnings. Not 14.5 times average earnings nationwide, but 14.5 times average earnings in the capital.

The societal implications of this are already making themselves felt. Just this week, a report from the Resolution Foundation found that on current trends, up to half of today's younger generation will be renting into their forties and up to a third for their entire lives. The long-term effects of this are dire. Since rental payments are this generation's largest outgoing, it is almost impossible to see how a portion of them are going to have enough money in retirement to continue to pay their landlords.

And along the way, politics itself will change, with a generation rent looking to drastic answers to this drastic problem. It is no good for Conservatives to talk about personal responsibility and fiscal prudence to a generation which is having to paddle ever harder just to keep their heads above the waterline. As has been said many times before, the virtues of capitalism are not always clear to a generation without capital. And when the most important asset most of us will ever own – a house – is beyond the reach of so many, even respect for other peoples' assets may become a diminishing force. ...

In recent years, net immigration into the UK – that is the number of extra people who settle in Britain, taking into account those who have left – has consistently been over the 300,000 mark. Let's diminish the number and say that it is a straight 300,000. Newcastle is a city with a population of around 280,000. So going on the number of people arriving in the UK each year over recent years, the country needs to build a city larger than Newcastle every year just in order to keep up with demand. ...

Most people starting off in their career will find it exceptionally difficult – to put it mildly – to get on a housing ladder that requires them to raise a deposit and a mortgage worth almost 15 times their salary. All to live in a place where over-crowding and a struggling infrastructure will become more and more acute as that Newcastle-sized city continues to try to squeeze into it.

... Net immigration of almost a third of a million people a year means a UK population soaring to 70 million in the near future and a whole world of societal and fiscal issues that flow from that. Plus a long-term agreement that Britain's future is destined to be one of ever-more urban sprawl and ever less green or pleasant land. ...

'Banging on about immigration' is the usual charge when this uncomfortable fact is brought up. But when it comes to housing, 'banging on about immigration' also turns out to be 'banging on' about perhaps the one thing that matters most.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ISLAM, BELGIUM
Belgium: First Islamic State in Europe?
Giulio Meotti
Gatestone Institute, 22 April 2018

The French acronym of Belgium's ISLAM Party stands for "Integrity, Solidarity, Liberty, Authenticity, Morality". The leaders of the ISLAM Party apparently want to turn Belgium into an Islamic State. They call it "Islamist democracy" and have set a target date: 2030.

According to the French magazine Causeur, "the program is confusingly simple: replace all the civil and penal codes with sharia law. Period". ... The effect of this new party, according to Michaël Privot, an expert on Islam, and Sebastien Boussois, a political scientist, could be the "implosion of the social body". ...

The ISLAM Party knows that demography is on its side. Ahrouch has said, "in 12 years, Brussels will principally be composed of Muslims". ...

"The European capital," wrote Le Figaro, "will be Muslim in twenty years".



"Nearly a third of the population of Brussels already is Muslim, indicated Olivier Servais, a sociologist at the Catholic University of Louvain. "The practitioners of Islam, due to their high birth rate, should be the majority 'in fifteen or twenty years'. Since 2001... Mohamed is the most common name given to boys born in Brussels".



The ISLAM Party is working in a favorable environment. According to the mayor of Brussels, Yvan Mayeur, all the mosques in the European capital are now "in the hands of the Salafists".
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CRIME – RACIAL MURDERS, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
Racial murders: nearly half the victims are white
Antony Barnett
The Observer, 22 April 2018

Nearly half of all victims of racially motivated murders in the last decade have been white, according to official figures released by the Home Office.

The data, released under Freedom of Information legislation, shows that between 1995 and 2004 there have been 58 murders where the police consider a racial element played a key part. Out of these, 24 have been where the murder victim was white.

The disclosure will add to the intense debate over multiculturalism in British society. The figures also overturn the assumption that almost all racial murders are committed against ethnic minority victims.

Senior police officers have admitted that 'political correctness' and the fear of discussing the issue have meant that race crime against white people goes under-reported. ...

Peter Fahy, the Chief Constable of Cheshire and a spokesman on race issues for the Association of Chief Police Officers, said it was a fact that it was harder to get the media interested where murder victims were young white men.

The political correctness and reluctance to discuss these things absolutely does play a factor', he said. 'A lot of police officers and other professions feel almost the best thing to do is try and avoid it for fear of being criticised. We probably have all got ourselves into a bit of state about this.

'The difficulty in the police service is that the whole thing is being closed down because we are all afraid of discussing any of it in case we say the wrong thing - and that is not healthy.' ...

Fahy also warned of caution in over-interpreting the figures. He said that the 24 white victims also included those who were Jewish, 'dark-skinned' Europeans or gypsies. In addition, seven of those were killed by white attackers, four by black, six by Asian, with seven whose racial background was not identified. ...

Overall, there have been 10 black victims and 16 Asian victims. Of the 58 race murders, 18 have been where a white attacker has killed a black or Asian individual and another 14 where one member of a minority group has murdered another for racial reasons.

'This shows the complex society we are policing,' said Fahy. ...

Three years ago Phil Woolas, MP for the Oldham East and Saddleworth constituency, who is now Minister for Community Cohesion, said 'political correctness' was stopping racism against white people from being condemned. As a result, he said, attacks on whites by black and Asian people are not criticised by politicians and could harm race relations in Britain.
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HERITAGE – NATIONALISM
Of all the things we could celebrate, St George's Day is the worst possible choice
Sirena Bergman
Independent, 22 April 2018

Every year there are also calls to turn St George's Day into a bank holiday. I see it as laziness masquerading as patriotism. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for more time off work, but bearing in mind that 20 April is just a few days before – when many people celebrate marijuana – perhaps that should be the day we all get off work? ...

There is a reason why the St George's flag and not the Union Jack has been coopted time and time again by nationalist and white supremacist groups – it represents the idea that this tiny island is superior by virtue of once having stolen other people's territory. The irony of a symbol of xenophobia and racism being a flag named after a Roman soldier is not lost on me, but it's not amusing enough to overcome the darkness of it. ...

... If you want a day to celebrate, then for goodness sake pick something – anything – less outdated and offensive.
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Britain's immigration contradiction
Bruce Newsome
Comment Central, 22 April 2018

You would have thought that the British government would have a robust policy on immigration by now. The major party in government is the Conservative, which has for years promised to reduce immigration, even before it returned to government in 2010. ...

Cameron's successor had the opportunity to repudiate his mistakes, but Theresa May has not. In fact, she was complicit, having served as Home Secretary from 2010 to 2016, when she consistently promised to reduce immigration but consistently failed to deliver.

May lurches from one belated compromise to another. Only one example is the set of sordid migrant camps known as the "jungle" around Calais – the busiest port of departure to Britain. For decades, France has abrogated its responsibilities – under international law – to process its migrants as either refugees or deportees. Yet the British government has consistently debased international law in deference to free-movement lobbyists. ...

May's bilateral capitulation to France would make diplomatic sense if May had rejected EU jurisdiction over immigration, but she has not. The deal that May signed with the EU on 8 December 2017 promised to keep Britain's border with Ireland aligned with all EU principles (including the free movement of people). Thus, even if May had refused to accept France's migrants, they would displace to Ireland, which has the same self-interests as France to ease these migrants into Britain.

The same agreement guaranteed all rights of EU citizens, including free movement and residency, for an indefinite period – certainly beyond her fake separation date of March 2019. ...

One solution would be a national identity card, granted to those who prove rights to citizenship or residency. National identity cards would prevent most unlawful employment, welfare abuse, and health tourism, which are the main pull factors in migration, but Cameron and May preferred to acquiesce than challenge the mistaken consensus that national identity cards are inherent threats to privacy. ...

Yet, politically, we should not be surprised. We have the same person (Theresa May) leading our policy in 2018 as in 2010 – the arch political procrastinator, capitulator, and scrambler.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
Vietnamese people smugglers face jail
Eryl Crump
Daily Post North Wales, 21 April 2018

Four Vietnamese people were today facing jail after being found guilty of people trafficking in North Wales.

Described as an organised group, they used valid passports in a bid to get other people through immigration.

Thi Lien Nguyen was found guilty of conspiring with others to breach immigration law following an 11-day trial at Caernarfon Crown Court. ...

The case concerned the United Kingdom end of an organised crime group involved in the trafficking of Vietnamese nationals into the UK.
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CRIME – SLAVERY
The evil faces of modern day slavery: Roma gang who exploited EU laws to traffic victims from Slovakia to Newcastle present a damning picture of 2018 Britain
Tom Rawstorne
Daily Mail, 21 April 2018

Because what is now known is that those men and women living in the £225,000 property in Newcastle were held there against their will.

Vulnerable individuals, they had been trafficked from Slovakia and the Czech Republic by a family of Roma migrants living in Britain. Bought and sold for as little as £300 each, their passports were then confiscated and they were sent out to work.

Any wages they earned were taken from them. Back at the house, they were also expected to wait on their captors hand-and-foot and perform back-breaking labour to bring in extra money. ...

That something like this could happen, over a period of seven years, in a modern city in 21st century Britain is hard to believe. ...

Because once the three generations of the Rafael family had arrived in this country, they set about abusing the welcome they had been offered in pretty much every way possible.

They applied for – and were granted – benefits not just for themselves but for their victims, too. ...

Meanwhile, tens of thousands of pounds were pocketed in claims made using their victim's names. In short, the Rafaels were running a business – a business built around slavery.

The suffering and the scams only came to an end when one of their victims escaped and went to the police.

The Rafaels were arrested and charged with slavery, trafficking and money laundering. Seven of their number were convicted or pleaded guilty at Teesside Crown Court. ...

In total, the UK's Roma population is today put at somewhere between 200,000 and 500,000. They are drawn from countries across Eastern Europe, the vast majority having arrived since the expansion of the EU in 2004, their numbers boosted following the admission of Romania and Bulgaria.
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CITIZENSHIP – PATRIOTISM
Patriotic Britons afraid to show their national pride in public for fear of ABUSE
Gillian Crawley
Daily Express, 21 April 2018

Patriotic Britons are increasingly afraid to show their national pride in public for fear of ridicule or abuse, a study has found.

It reveals many believe national pride is on the wane, with the younger generations placing less importance on patriotism than ever before.

One in four believe we are living in the least patriotic decade ever. ...

According to the report, 79 per cent of people consider themselves patriotic and almost 90 per cent say they are proud of their birthplace.

But 22 per cent fear they would be made to feel ashamed of their patriotism if they were to air their views in public. ...

Generally, older Britons feel more patriotic than younger generations, with 40 per cent aged 55 and over describing themselves as "very patriotic", compared to just 18 per cent of those aged 18 to 24.

Younger people are also more likely to feel ashamed of expressing their patriotism, with 29 per cent feeling this way, compared to 19 per cent of those aged 55 and over.

And a quarter of 18 to 24-year-olds think patriotism does not really matter in modern society, compared to 15 per cent of over 55s. ...

And 72 per cent agree that people are less patriotic than they used to be.
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IMMIGRATION – GOVERNMENT TARGET
The net migration target was never likely to have been met
Joseph O'Leary
Full Fact, 20 April 2018

It's correct that governments since 2010 have set a target to reduce net migration to the tens of thousands, and this target has never been met. Net migration actually rose to more than three times the target at one point and latest figures for the 12 months to September 2017 estimate it at 244,000. ...

In order to meet the target the government would have had to reduce non-EU immigration heavily, because it can't control the scale of EU (including British) immigration to the UK due to the EU's rules on free movement. It made some early progress towards this in 2012 and 2013, but the numbers have risen back to roughly 2010 levels again.

So even without any EU net migration, the target would only have been met in parts of 2012 and 2013.

The government actually looked unlikely to meet the target as early as 2011, when its own impact assessments of its policies suggested reductions to non-EU immigration wouldn't be enough to meet the target.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – GREECE
Greece opens the doors for more migrants to enter Europe: Court rules asylum seekers cannot be forced to stay in the country while being processed
Reuters and Alastair Tancred
MailOnline, 20 April 2018

A top Greek court ruled on Wednesday that migrants landing on Greek islands should no longer be held there while asylum claims are assessed.

The ruling has raised alarm among EU officials in Brussels who fear it could undermine EU efforts to discourage people from leaving Turkey.

The judgement comes two years after a controversial deal with Turkey shut down the Balkan migration routes. ...

Asylum-seekers have been prohibited from travelling beyond five Greek islands since March 2016, when the EU deal with Ankara to seal the sea route was negotiated.

It provided cash to improve conditions for Syrians staying in non-EU member Turkey. ...

More than 15,000 asylum-seekers are living in five island camps, more than double their capacity, according to government data. ...

The ruling, effective immediately, applies to new arrivals only and not to asylum-seekers who are already on the islands. ...

The Greek government is keen to reduce tension on the islands, especially as the busy tourist season is about to begin.
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RACISM – NHS
NHS surgeon accused of racism and 'forced out of job' after raising concerns about three Asian colleagues
Victoria Ward
Daily Telegraph, 20 April 2018

An NHS surgeon voted Doctor of the Year was forced to resign after being accused of racism for raising concerns about the abilities of three Asian colleagues, a tribunal has heard.

Peter Duffy, 56, reported one Indian doctor for missing "several" cancers, playing a round of golf when he had been called to treat a patient and being unable to use an ultra sound machine.

The married father-of-three also claimed that two other doctors, from India and Pakistan, had bungled operations, tried to "suppress discussion" over the avoidable death of a man who had had sepsis and were involved in possible overtime fraud. ...

He is claiming constructive dismissal, alleging he was the victim of a "witch hunt." ...

He added in his statement: "It is difficult to overstate the sheer toxicity of these utterly false allegations. I was warned in my first few months in the Trust that I must at all costs avoid an allegation of racism against me.

"I was told that such allegations, even if entirely unwarranted can destroy careers and that the NHS tended to regard racism allegations as "guilty until proven guilty". ...

The hearing continues.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – IDENTITY CHECKS
Why Windrush scandal demonstrates the importance of technology to political decision-making
Bryan Glick
Computer Weekly, 20 April 2018

Tony Smith, the interim director general of the UK Border Force between 2012 and 2013, told the BBC's Today programme on Radio 4 this week that the major flaw in Theresa May's "hostile environment" immigration policy as home secretary came down to one thing.

"You need an identity management strategy if you are going to have a hostile environment. You can't have one without the other," he said. ...

Why didn't we have exit checks? Well, they were scrapped by Tony Blair in 1998, and – in theory – reintroduced in 2015, although a report last month by the chief inspector of borders and immigration said the exit check programme was not delivering what was promised.

Without exit checks, an identity management system for immigration is worthless, so the government never bothered with one – although Labour wasted millions on its identity card programme which was scrapped in 2010 as soon as David Cameron became prime minister.

"It is about getting the balance right between national security and civil liberties," home secretary Theresa May said at the time.

Today, we have the troubled Gov.uk Verify identity management programme, which continues to under-perform and under-deliver, despite lofty ambitions to have 25 million users by 2020. But even if Verify works, it's not linked to exit checks, and its federated design means it can't be used to prove UK residence in support of immigration issues.

If the UK had a working identity management system in place – with suitable privacy and data protection controls, of course – that proved who you are and your right to be in the country, how different might the policy landscape be today?
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – IDENTITY CHECKS
How and why I failed to deport illegal immigrants as a minister at the Foreign Office
Denis MacShane
Independent, 20 April 2018

Denis MacShane was a minister at the Foreign Office from 1997 to 2005

I had always assumed that as long as we let people enter Britain without a visa – today 56 countries worldwide plus all of Europe have that "privilege", just as we have the right to travel to scores of countries without first getting a visa – some would abuse the system and start working cash-in-hand.

Well before the formal enlargement of the EU in 2004, London was home to half a million or more Polish people and other Eastern Europeans who came as tourists and stayed to earn money. Brazilians also featured in their number, and now and then were picked up in raids on restaurants and other workplaces where the informal networks in London could find their friends jobs in exchange for a small payment. ...

May had already abolished Labour's ID cards scheme – introduced far too late just before the 2010 election – which would have begun the process of knowing who was in Britain and who was a visitor; without an ID card, the idea went, no one could have got a legal job.

As a South Yorkshire MP, I dealt every week with the problem of Kashmiri families who had invited a relative in on a visitor's visa and then allowed the visitor to "overstay", in the jargon, and work in a restaurant, a corner shop, as a taxi driver and marry a cousin.

That converted me to the need for proper registration and ID cards, but it took 12 years after 1997 before the unfit-for-purpose Home Office could work out how to do ID cards.

They are neuralgic for many across the political spectrum – even if we give far more information to Google, mobile phone firms and any internet-based company or social media outfit.

A halfway house might be to bring a "citizens registration system" like in the Netherlands, where everyone, Dutch or foreign alike, has to be registered and have a Citizen's Access Number to get a job, healthcare, access to education or a passport.

If we had such a system, the Windrush generation and all other legitimate immigrants to Britain would have been registered and enjoyed full legal rights which never could have been questioned.
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IMMIGRATION – POLITICS
Rivers of Blood and the Tides of History
Mark Steyn
Steyn Online, 20 April 2018

Powell's speech on race and the future of Britain was prescient, although not always adequately so. As my old boss Charles Moore wrote last year about Douglas Murray's book on The Strange Death of Europe:



One telling point he makes is how even the most 'bigoted' predictions of demographic change have been exceeded by reality. Suppose, says Murray, that Enoch Powell, in his incendiary 'Rivers of Blood' speech in 1968, had predicted that, in the 2011 census, in 23 of London's 33 boroughs, people describing themselves as 'white British' would have been in a minority. He would have been pilloried for his alarmism. Yet it is so.



My own Enoch out-Powelled example comes from the arresting statistic that 57% of Pakistani Britons in the UK are married to their first cousins - and in the city of Bradford it's 75 per cent. ...

Powell was old-fashioned even then, at least by comparison with the usual modish twerps hailed as the coming men. But perhaps you needed to be "old-fashioned" to discern that the death of a great nation was possible and very quickly.

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CRIME – CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION
Four Burton men are jailed for total of 17 years for exploiting young girls
Helen Kreft
BurtonMail, 20 April 2018

Four Burton men who sexually exploited young girls to satisfy their own adolescent lust have been sent to a young offenders' institute for a total of 17 years.

They abused five girls who were aged just 13 and 14 at the time. The four men had pleaded guilty to a total of 22 offences at a previous court hearing in February.

Taiyab Hussain, 19, and Mohammed Hizar Rizwan, 18, picked the girls up by car on two occasions before getting them to perform sex acts. ...

Shaheem Ratyal, 19, later abused one of the victims, and Sohail Raja Ali, 19, abused a fourth victim, who was just 13 at the time.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – GERMANY, EUROPEAN UNION
10,000 refugees from Middle East, North Africa to resettle in Germany
Euronews, 19 April 2018

Around 10,000 refugees from North Africa and the Middle East will be granted passage to Germany, the European Commission has confirmed. ...

In September, the Commission announced it would pay member states to settle 50,000 refugees from Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Libya, and Sudan by 2019 as part of efforts to stabilise the flow of migration from across the Mediterranean.

Up to €500 million had been set aside for the scheme, meaning some €10,000 would be paid out for each person settled.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ASYLUM, EUROPEAN UNION
EU gave asylum to more than half a million refugees in 2017 - stats office
Reuters, 19 April 2018

The European Union gave asylum to more than half a million refugees in 2017, its statistics office Eurostat said on Thursday, with Germany taking in more than 60 percent.

The number was still down by about a quarter compared with 2016, and followed a major surge of migration in 2015 which has strained the bloc's asylum system and caused political wrangling over how to deal with the influx.

Syrian citizens accounted for about a third of successful asylum cases in 2017, Eurostat said, followed by Afghans and Iraqis.
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POLITICS – LEGAL AND ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
The Windrush scandal is heartbreaking, but it should not be used as an excuse to stop sensible migration controls
Nick Timothy
Daily Telegraph, 19 April 2018

Some say ministers must change their approach to illegal immigration. But this is wrong. We have hundreds of thousands of people living in Britain illegally, a number that is growing every year. With limited budgets, time-consuming legal processes, and often a lack of cooperation from other countries, it will never be possible for the authorities to arrest and deport their way to success. Neither can illegal immigration be prevented through tougher border controls: most illegal migrants are "overstayers", not "clandestines" who enter the country illegally.

So ministers are right to make Britain a harder country to live in for people who are here illegally. In recent years, they have made it more difficult for illegal immigrants to rent property, get a job, claim benefits and obtain bank accounts and driving licences. Even sceptical studies find that this increases the number leaving the country voluntarily: ministers should not reverse the policy, but extend it to include other services. ...

None the less, campaigners remain determined to destroy the hostile environment strategy.

Their first reason is political: Labour want to blame Tory "callousness". The trouble with this explanation is that the approach began under Labour home secretaries. In 2007 John Reid said "living and working here illegally" should become "ever more uncomfortable and constrained". Under Alan Johnson, the Border Agency said it would "make the UK a hostile environment" for illegal immigrants.

The second reason is many campaigners oppose controlling and reducing immigration. Partisan academics, immigration lawyers, Labour lefties and even liberal Tories find the very idea of immigration control distasteful. Unable to win the argument for mass immigration, they adopt the tactic of cynical obfuscation.

Suggest limiting legal migration, and they say the public only wants the system to work better. Try improving the system by reforming human rights law, and they say the problem is poor enforcement. Suggest increasing spending on enforcement, and they say you have the wrong priorities. Pursue the hostile environment strategy, and they accuse you of turning civil society into a police state.

Their objective is to maintain high immigration, and their method is to wear everybody down until nobody believes it is even possible to control the numbers. They must not be allowed to succeed.
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IMMIGRATION – INTEGRATION
Enoch Powell's Immigration Speech, 50 Years Later
Douglas Murray
National Review, 19 April 2018

The fact that the speech, which (although the phrase itself does not occur) became known as the "rivers of blood" speech, remains strangely alive in Britain was demonstrated again last weekend when the BBC chose to broadcast a program to reflect on the half centenary of the speech. The program included critical analysis, contextualization, and reflection. ...

Of course, if anybody had stopped for a moment, they might have realized that the catatonic fury that Powell and his speech still provoke is itself highly suggestive. ...

... Because while some of Powell's claims have been proven wrong and some have proven to be exaggerated, other aspects of what he said are clearly with us still. And not because of his words, but because some of the issues he raised – however well or poorly – remain so pregnant.

As I wrote in my latest book, imagine you had been a speechwriter for Enoch Powell in 1968, or an adviser or friend. And imagine if you had said to him then, "I have an idea, Enoch. Why not use your speech to say that if immigration into the U.K. goes on at these rates, then in 2011 the official census will reveal that people who identify as 'white British' will be a minority in their capital city of London." Had this been said, Powell would most likely have dismissed the person as an inflammatory madman. Yet that was indeed one of the things that the 2011 census showed. And the news came and went as though it was just another detail on just another day.

... It is not due to fear of being tarred a Powellite that consecutive governments failed to deport people who had broken into the country illegally. These and many other factors came about because generations of politicians found it more restful to avoid the subject and leave the consequences for their successors (as Powell predicted they would) rather than tackle an issue that has consistently been shown to be of greatest concern to the British public.

And we are worrying about it still – even if our politicians daren't address it. Particularly the issue of "integration." ...

There is just one aspect of Powell's speech that makes it such an ongoing open wound. In Britain (as across the rest of Western Europe) in recent decades an uncomfortable, "acceptable" consensus has been arrived at. It recognizes that if a British person were to go to another country (say India, or China) – and especially if they were to go in their hundreds of thousands, or even millions – they would not be regarded as Indian or Chinese. At best they would be incomers in these places. At worst they would be branded "colonialists." Perhaps that will be for a while longer (though not necessarily limitlessly) the fate of post-colonial Europeans. Yet at the same time we also hold to the dogma that anybody from anywhere in the world who makes it to our countries becomes part of our country and to say otherwise is to be racist. To demand integration is "racist." To deprecate any lack of integration is to be "racist." And in any case, there is no penalty paid by any immigrant (nor any immigrant group) that shows no desire to integrate nor any intention of integrating.
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY, UKIP
Tory Brexiteers forget millions voted Leave for action, not cuddly rhetoric, on immigration
Nigel Farage
Daily Telegraph, 19 April 2018

I like Boris Johnson and believe he played a crucial role in the campaign to secure Brexit in 2016. But a comment on migration and Brexit which he made in an interview with the Telegraph today is plain wrong and I cannot let it stand.

He said: "Countries are democratically entitled to decide how open they should be. That was the problem with the EU - it fundamentally took away people's democratic ability to decide who could come. That was why it was right to take back control. It's not about migration, it's about control. It's about who calls the shots."

Although I agree with a lot of the points in this paragraph – the idea of taking back control being the most obvious - Boris is being disingenuous on the matter of migration. Millions who voted for Brexit did so precisely because they regard it as a massive problem.

What is worse is that Boris knows this full well. Regrettably, he appears – publicly, at least – to have been infected by the political correctness bug which has turned the British government into the biggest band of virtue signallers to run our country in its history. ...

First, though, it cannot be said too many times: the EU's open border policy has been ruinous for some parts of the UK, particularly communities in Essex, Lincolnshire and the North. In the decade from 2004, the year that the Czech Republic, Estonia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia joined the EU, about 2,000,000 EU citizens – many lacking professional qualifications and skills – came to live in Britain. That's the rough equivalent of twice the population of Birmingham. There was no consultation about this. It was simply a consequence of Britain's membership of the EU.

Socially, towns and cities changed significantly through the sheer concentration of numbers in which these EU citizens settled. Economically, the existing workforce was undercut, costing jobs and businesses. And practically, this influx put schools, housing, transport and medical services under huge pressure. Only a fool would pretend that this wave of immigration didn't change the lives of those Britons most affected by it. And only someone with no experience of such upheaval would deny that it eventually caused widespread resentment. ...

With people like Boris and Gove in the government, Britain is never going to get what it voted for 22 months ago. And it's no exaggeration to say we are heading down the path of being betrayed for reasons of political correctness.
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CRIME
Gang behind huge multi-million pound network of cannabis farms run by 'Albanian mafia' are jailed
Neal Keeling
Manchester Evening News, 18 April 2018

An investigation into a £6m network of cannabis farms controlled by the 'Albanian mafia' has led to 26 people being jailed.

Police launched Operation Tisdale in March 2016 to dismantle a large organised crime group who conspired to grow, package, and sell the drug on a huge scale nationwide.

Eighteen of those jailed are from Greater Manchester and Cheshire. ...

The operation was controlled by organised criminals from Albania - whose 'mafia' gangs have become significant players in the UK drugs trade in recent years. ...

Twenty-six people were arrested, charged and convicted of offences including conspiracy to supply class B drugs, money laundering and false documentation.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – VIOLENT CRIME, SWEDEN
Sweden's deadly problem with hand grenades
BBC, 18 April 2018

A stark rise in incidents involving hand grenade explosions has become emblematic of the wider rise in violent crime in Swedish cities, report James Clayton and Caitlin Hanrahan for BBC Newsnight. ...

The number of explosions caused by hand grenades has increased in Sweden in recent years. There were fewer than five in 2014 but at least 20 in 2017, and a further 39 grenades were seized by police.

The devices are easily obtained, says Reine Bergland of Stockholm police. They can be bought from gangs for just a couple of hundred Swedish kroner (about £20).

"Sometimes when they buy weapons they get grenades as part of the deal. They throw in a couple of hand grenades, so to speak."

The rise in possession of hand grenades - mainly unused stock from the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s - has come to symbolise Sweden's heated debate about violent crime as it heads towards an election in September. ...

There were 306 shootings last year, which left 41 people dead. In 2011, there were 17 fatalities.

The violence has turned some parts of Stockholm into "no-go zones" for paramedics, says Henrik Johansson, former head of Sweden's paramedics union.

"People who live in these areas are very scared to call the police or get help from ambulances. They are scared about consequences for them and their families."

Police have acknowledged 60 or so "vulnerable areas" but reject the description of "no-go zones", a highly loaded term in Sweden.

After all, violent crime in Sweden and who is to blame for it has become an ideological battlefield. ...

A self-proclaimed humanitarian superpower, Sweden took in the highest number of asylum seekers per capita during the migrant crisis of 2015. Many were refugees fleeing war and abuses in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Eritrea.

There is very little evidence that the migrants are to blame for a rise in violent crime. But Sweden - so often the place that countries have looked to follow on social policy - has not been so successful at integrating migrants over the past 20 years.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – REPATRIATION
Home Office incompetence on Windrush is no reason to end the hostile environment against illegal migrants
David Goodhart
Daily Telegraph, 18 April 2018

The Home Office, like any organisation, makes mistakes. Home Office mistakes, however, can be existential for the people involved. It evidently made a big mistake in being unaware of the "Windrush anomaly" – children of first-wave Caribbean immigrants who had been granted permanent residence in 1971 but in many cases had never acquired proper documentation.

As the Government, rightly, tries to bear down on the corrosive, anti-social phenomenon of illegal immigration, many of those British Caribbeans got caught up in the "hostile environment" (better name, please) campaign against illegals and found themselves unable to prove their right to be here. ...

But we should recall why the hostile environment was introduced and why it should not suffer collateral damage from this example of Whitehall's tin ear.

Britain has an illegal immigration problem. It has been overshadowed by arguments about historically high levels of legal immigration. But there are probably close to 1 million people living in the UK illegally and they are being added to at the rate of 70,000 or 80,000 a year – a combination of visa over-stayers (40,000 to 50,000), people smuggled in on lorries (10,000) and people refused asylum who nevertheless stay (about 20,000). ...

Although enforcement costs £500 million a year and employs 5,000, only about 12,000 people were removed against their will last year and half were criminals. Another 18,000 people left voluntarily but that is probably less than half the number that is being added to the illegal total each year.

Why is it so hard to remove people? Partly because human rights law gives people an incentive to spin out the asylum process in the hope that they can then qualify under the right to family life. There is now only one right of asylum appeal but many claimants will then put in for judicial review. Other problems include too few detention centres and non-cooperation of countries of origin.
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CRIME – CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
Members of Oxford child sex gang who indecently assaulted three teenage girls and sexually humiliated another are jailed for total of 20 years
Jessica Green
MailOnline, 17 April 2018

Two men on the periphery of a twisted child sex gang who indecently assaulted three teenage girls and sexually humiliated another were jailed for a total of 20 years today.

The victims of Raheem Ahmed and Kamran Khan, of Bolton, said they thought the abuse was normal. ...

Judge Peter Ross heard at Oxford Crown Court how the girls were left permanently scarred by the abuse.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – FRANCE
'France can't take in all the misery' Defiant Macron vows to tighten asylum rules
Romina McGuinness
Daily Express, 17 April 2018

Emmanuel Macron warned France cannot take in "all the misery in the world" as he defended the country's tough new immigration and asylum laws. The French President stressed France could not offer sanctuary to all those seeking to escape unemployment and extreme poverty.

He said: "France cannot take in all the misery of the world.

"In France, the right to asylum is unconditional, it is constitutional, and we have a duty to take in people whose lives would be at risk if they were forced to return home.

"That said, people who are not eligible for asylum must be dealt with as quickly as possible and sent back to their home countries as quickly as possible."

Mr Macron warned the unprecedented migration crisis is several years old now, and shows no sign of abating.

The controversial new bill, which was presented to parliament in February, was designed to accelerate asylum procedures, improve conditions in migrant reception centres, and speed up deportations. ...

In January, the French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons (OFPRA) said that more than 100,000 people had applied for asylum in France in 2017, a "record" number and an increase of 17 per cent on the year before.

Border police officials, for their part, said that an estimated 85,000 migrants had been stopped from entering France in 2017.
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POLITICS – INTEGRATION, MULTICULTURALISM
Enoch Powell was wrong – so were his critics
Jon Holbrook
Spiked, 17 April 2018
[Jon Holbrook is a barrister]

Powell's speech was based on two premises from which he drew ugly conclusions. His first was that racial integration was essential for the cohesiveness of society. His second was that racial integration on the scale required in Britain in 1968 was impossible. /.../ And so it was that Powell argued that because, in his opinion, black and white could not live together, it was necessary to keep Britain white by stopping immigration and encouraging repatriation. ...

Powell's argument struck a raw nerve with the political class because they mostly agreed with his policy prescriptions. /.../ Moreover, the political class broadly agreed with Powell's two premises. They instinctively knew that integration was necessary, but they were so disdainful of ordinary people that they believed that integration was not, on the scale required, possible. Powell's ugly conclusions made them distinctly uncomfortable.

By mostly accepting Powell's two premises, his critics could not challenge the content of his speech. But they could and did challenge his tone and lurid metaphors. /.../ Heath then gave a television interview where he said nothing to distance his party from the content of Powell's speech, but stated his determination 'to do everything I can to prevent racial problems from developing into civil strife'. Powell's Tory critics sought to avoid what he predicted – not with different policies, but with different language.

As for the Labour government, it shared the Tory view that a proper debate on race, racism and integration was not desirable. After nearly three weeks of silence on Powell's speech, the prime minister Harold Wilson said: 'I am not prepared to stand aside and see this country engulfed by the racial conflict which calculating orators or ignorant prejudice can create.' Wilson went further when he declared, 'There is a clear duty on the parliamentary leadership of government and of opposition parties to do all in our combined power to take these inflammatory issues out of politics'. After Powell's brief interlude, race regained its status as an issue that was deemed unsuitable for a political debate involving the people. ...

... In so far as a majority sided with Powell's ideas, it was only because of the two scenarios on offer, Powell's at least had a degree of coherence. For if, as was the case, the political class did not believe that integration was possible, Powell's critics seemed to have no credible solution. Indeed, their approach of sacking Powell and shutting down debate merely betrayed their own lack of ideas. ...

Powell's speech was prompted by the imminent second reading of the Race Relations Bill 1968. Powell recognised that under the Labour government, that had already passed (with Tory support) a Race Relations Act in 1965, a Labour-led political class was steering the country away from the notion of racial integration and towards a form of multiculturalism. ...

... Powell and his critics were both wrong to dismiss the ability of black and white to live together in an integrated society. Powell was good at logic and colourful language; his critics were good at spin and the language of obfuscation. Powell offered racial conflict, his critics offered multiculturalism. Powell's critics won the day. Fifty years on we know that both were wrong: it is the politics of integration that we needed then, and now.
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IMMIGRATION – POPULATION GROWTH, AFRICANS
Macron: Europe Entering Age of 'Unprecedented' Mass Migration, 'Shares Destiny' with Africa
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 17 April 2018

'Bombshell' population growth in Africa means Europe is entering an "unprecedented" age of mass migration, Emmanuel Macron has said, asserting that the two continents' destinies are "bound".

"The migratory phenomenon we are facing will be historic," declared the French president in a television appearance Sunday night, when he announced that "great poverty", "climate change", and "geopolitical conflicts" will see Africans flooding into Europe "for many years to come".

To back up his point, Macron pointed to "bombshell" population growth across the third world continent, which he added has been "tremendously well described" by French-American journalist and professor Stephen Smith in a recent book. ...

Smith, the Africa expert to whom Macron referred during his appearance on BFMTV, estimates that the number of Africans living in Europe will grow from nine million to between 150 million and 200 million within the next 30 years.

In The Rush to Europe, the Duke University professor describes a massive, unprecedented population transfer still in its infancy, which he explains will – "paradoxically" – be triggered largely as a result 0f Western aid money financing would-be migrants' journeys from Africa.

Asserting he set out to provide a "dispassionate" expert view on how Africa's demographic explosion will affect Europe, Smith in his book has outlined a number of different scenarios he believes could emerge from the situation.

"The most optimistic" of these – according to Le Figaro – is "Eurafrica", which would see mass migration create a 'welcoming', multicultural Europe, which "would fully embrace being a 'mixed-race land of immigration and interbreeding'".

This scenario would see the end of welfare states in Europe however, Smith said, pointing to the incompatibility of large-scale immigration and generous social programmes.

Another possible scenario, 'Fortress Europe', is one which involves "a battle generally considered unwinnable, or even shameful" but which Smith points to as the case which strongly "has its reasons and its chances to succeed", noting the effectiveness of EU deals with Libya and Turkey in stopping the influx.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – NHS PATIENTS, PUBLIC OPINION
Public backs sharing patient details with immigration, says NHS
Richard Staines
pharmaphorum, 16 April 2018

The NHS has responded to criticism of its policy of sharing patients' names and addresses with immigration officials, citing a survey showing that the majority of the public support it.

The House of Commons Health and Social Committee has been investigating arrangements allowing NHS Digital to share patients' records with immigration officials. ...

The latest report repeats the committee's conclusion last year that NHS Digital should withdraw from the MoU until a review of the NHS Code of Confidentiality is complete.

In response, NHS Digital published a survey of 2,000 people it commissioned to gauge public opinion on the policy.

In the survey, 72% of respondents supported sharing patients' address details with the home office to trace people suspected of an immigration crime.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – VIOLENT CRIME, SWEDEN
Sweden's violent reality is undoing a peaceful self-image
Paulina Neuding
Politico, 16 April 2018

The topic of crime is sensitive, however, and debate about the issue in the consensus-oriented Scandinavian society is restricted by taboos.

To understand crime in Sweden, it's important to note that Sweden has benefited from the West's broad decline in deadly violence, particularly when it comes to spontaneous violence and alcohol-related killings. The overall drop in homicides has been, however, far smaller in Sweden than in neighboring countries.

Gang-related gun murders, now mainly a phenomenon among men with immigrant backgrounds in the country's parallel societies, increased from 4 per year in the early 1990s to around 40 last year. Because of this, Sweden has gone from being a low-crime country to having homicide rates significantly above the Western European average. Social unrest, with car torchings, attacks on first responders and even riots, is a recurring phenomenon.

Shootings in the country have become so common that they don't make top headlines anymore, unless they are spectacular or lead to fatalities. News of attacks are quickly replaced with headlines about sports events and celebrities, as readers have become desensitized to the violence. A generation ago, bombings against the police and riots were extremely rare events. Today, reading about such incidents is considered part of daily life. ...

In response, the Swedish government has launched an international campaign for "the image of Sweden" playing down the rise in crime, both in its media strategy and through tax-funded PR campaigns. ...

But the reality is different for those on the ground: The head of the paramedics' union Ambulansförbundet, Gordon Grattidge, and his predecessor Henrik Johansson recently told me in an interview that some neighborhoods are definitely no-go for ambulance drivers – at least without police protection. ...

Since crime is intimately linked to the country's failure to integrate its immigrants, the rise in violence is a sensitive subject. When the Swedish government and opposition refer to the country as a "humanitarian superpower" because it opened its doors to more immigrants per capita during the migrant crisis than any other EU country, they mean it. This has resulted in some impressive contortions.

In March, Labor Market Minister Ylva Johansson appeared on the BBC, where she claimed that the number of reported rapes and sexual harassment cases "is going down and going down and going down." In fact, the opposite is true, which Johansson later admitted in an apology.

Similarly, in an op-ed for the Washington Post, former Prime Minister Carl Bildt described the country's immigration policy as a success story. He did not elaborate on violent crime. ...

Sometimes it takes an outsider to put things in perspective. A recent piece by Bojan Pancevski in London's Sunday Times put a spotlight on immigration and violent crime. The article caused a scandal in Sweden and was widely seen as part of the reason why the British and Canadian foreign ministries issued travel advice about the country, citing gang crime and explosions.
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POLITICS – ENOCH POWELL, UKIP
Enoch Powell right about immigration, UKIP's Neil Hamilton claims
BBC, 16 April 2018

The idea Enoch Powell was a "racist villain" is "absolute nonsense", UKIP Wales leader Neil Hamilton has said.

The AM was defending Powell's anti-immigration "rivers of blood" speech of 50 years ago.

He told BBC Radio Wales the former Tory MP had been "proved right by events" in terms of social change if not violence.

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood accused Mr Hamilton of "keeping Powell's racist rhetoric going" while Labour AM Hefin David called his comments "outrageous". ...

Mr Hamilton said although Powell been sacked while the Tories were in opposition, when Mr Heath later became prime minister he introduced a scheme for "voluntary repatriation of immigrants" in 1971.

"The idea that Enoch Powell was some kind of uniquely racist villain is absolute nonsense," Mr Hamilton told the Good Morning Wales programme.

"Powell actually changed politics by articulating the fears and resentments of millions and millions of people who are being ignored by the establishment."

Mr Hamilton said: "I think he's been proved right by events.

"I don't think he was right in one sense, in that we have not seen the kind of racial violence and intolerance generated by this that, at the time, was happening in the United States."

But Mr Hamilton said the "social changes which mass immigration has brought were never desired by the majority of the British people, and indeed they had never been asked 'do you want to transform your country in the way that has happened'."

When it was put to him that Powell accepted he was a racist, Mr Hamilton suggested that it was "racism in the sense of appreciating differences in cultures, and differences between nations, not that one race or nation is inferior to another by definition".

"He wasn't a racist in the crude sense", Mr Hamilton added. ...

The UKIP Wales leader said people wouldn't be worried about immigration if it was "moderate in scale", and went on to say that London was "like a doughnut".

"A great proportion of the white population of central London has moved out to the suburbs," he said.

"Is it a good thing that we should have our great cities transformed into effectively racial ghettos?"
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MULTICULTURALISM – PUBLIC OPINION
Multiculturalism has failed, believe substantial minority of Britons
Mark Townsend
Observer, 15 April 2018

Fifty years after Enoch Powell's notorious "Rivers of Blood" speech, a large minority of Britons appears to believe that multiculturalism has failed and different communities generally live separate lives.

A YouGov poll of 5,200 people to be released tomorrow and commissioned by anti-fascist group Hope Not Hate, found that 43% predicted relationships between different UK communities will deteriorate over the next few years compared to 14% who feel things will improve. More than two-thirds of Conservative Leave voters said they believed multiculturalism wasn't working.

Nick Lowles, chief executive of Hope Not Hate, said: "There is clearly much work to do. Powell's speech led anti-racism campaigners to mobilise – the anniversary of the speech must do the same."

The YouGov poll does offer grounds for optimism, with almost half of respondents describing Britain as a successful multicultural society, although that sentiment is mostly shared among Remain voters and Liberal Democrat supporters. ...

A Gallup poll conducted weeks after the 1968 speech found 74% of the British population agreed with the "Rivers of Blood" speech, in which Powell strongly criticised levels of immigration to Britain, particularly from the Commonwealth. ...

The YouGov survey found that 40% felt his warning has proved well-founded – compared to 41% of respondents who believe Powell's gloomy view of race relations was wrong.

A narrow majority of 51% worried that immigration was increasing the pressure on hospitals and schools. More than one-third of all respondents see Islam as a threat to the British way of life, fractionally more than the proportion who view the Muslim faith and the British way of life as compatible.

The vast majority of respondents – 81% – said they felt happy in their communities and almost one-third of people said that they or a family member has been in relationship with someone of a different ethnicity to themselves.

A majority of people – 59% – believe that having a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds is part of British culture, a proportion that has steadily increased since Hope Not Hate first posed the question in 2011, when 49% of people agreed with the statement.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ISLAM, FREE SPEECH, SWEDEN
Sweden's War on Free Speech
Judith Bergman
Breitbart, 14 April 2018

Apparently, turning in fellow Swedes to the authorities for alleged "hate speech" is now viewed in Sweden as "heroic".

"One can criticize fascism or Nazism, but why not Islam? Why should Islam have any protection status?" – Denny, a 71-year-old pensioner, on trial for "incitement to hatred".

Instead of using its limited resources to protect its citizens from the violent onslaught against them, Sweden is waging a legal war on its pensioners for daring to speak out against the same violent onslaught from which the state is failing to protect them.
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POPULATION PRESSURE – HOUSING
Government forced to release data to back up Dominic Raab immigration house price claim
Jessica Wilkins
PoliticsHome, 14 April 2018

The Government has published the data behind the Housing Minister's claim migration has pushed the cost of a house in the UK up by 20% over 25 years.

Dominic Raab made the claim in a wide-ranging interview in the Sunday Times last week, and pointed to statistics from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) to support the accusation.

"Based on the ONS data, the advice to me from the department is that in the last 25 years we have seen immigration put house prices up by something like 20%," he said.

However, the data released by the Government showed the model used by Mr Raab covered the period 1991-2016 in which immigration contributed to a 21% increase.

The figures were based on detailed reports published in 2007 and 2008 by the National Housing and Planning Advice Unit.
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IMMIGRATION – WELFARE BENEFITS, EAST EUROPEANS
The EU nationals earning THREE TIMES as much on UK benefits as working at home
Ciaran McGrath
Daily Express, 14 April 2018

The shock figures give a clear indication as to why people from countries including Poland, Lithuania, Bulgaria are so keen to move to this country rather than face a life of toil for a fraction of the money they can expect to receive should they move over here.

Using the turn2us benefits calculator recommended by the Government's own gov.uk website, Express.co.uk calculated that an average family of four living in London could expect to receive benefits totalling £1,842.45 a month.

According to tradingeconomics.com, this is significantly higher than the average monthly manufacturing wage for Lithuania (£768), Poland (£936), Latvia (£642), Slovakia (£906), Romania (£773) and Bulgaria (£500).

Statistics published on tradingeconomics.com also reveal that the national minimum monthly wage in Lithuania is just £458 – barely a quarter of what they could expect to receive in benefits in the UK.

In Bulgaria, this figure is £115, amounting to one-sixteenth.

All of which may help to explain why, as of 2015, the Office for National Statistics estimated the UK to be home to 831,000 Poles, 220,000 Romanians, 151,000 Lithuanians, 94,000 Latvians, 85,000 Slovakians and 80,000 Bulgarians. ...

The situation is such that the UK is now home to numerous recruitment agencies which specifically target workers from Eastern Europe to work over here.
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ASYLUM – FAMILY MEMBERS, EU, UK
Child refugees have right to bring family, EU court rules
The Week, 13 April 2018

Child refugees who arrive in Europe alone must be allowed to apply for family members to join them, the EU's top court has ruled.

The decision, handed down by the European Court of Justice on Thursday, also applies to young refugees who reach adulthood before the end of the asylum process.

The right for young refugees to be reunified with their families "is not at the discretion of the member states," the court said.

The case centred on a teenage girl from Eritrea who applied for asylum in the Netherlands and turned 18 during the process, according to Deutsche Welle.

After it was granted, she sought to bring her family members to the country, but her application was denied by local authorities.

Yesterday's decision "could impact tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors who applied for asylum within the bloc," the German broadcaster says.

The situation in the UK

Currently, only adult refugees are allowed to be reunited with their family members. Child refugees who have travelled to the UK alone are not permitted to bring parents or siblings to join them. ...

Last month, MPs backed proposed legislation to enable refugee children to sponsor applications for close relatives to settle with them in the UK.
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CRIME – COST
Foreign offenders in Leicestershire cost Government £7.7m last year
Amy Orton
Leicester Mercury, 13 April 2018

Referring foreign national offenders in Leicestershire to the Home Office for deportation cost the criminal justice system around £7.7 million last year.

Foreign national offenders are classed as any offender who is not a UK citizen. Their offences could have been committed overseas or in the UK.

For those who committed offences overseas, those crimes might not come to light until the individual is brought to the attention of police in this country, sometimes for minor offences. ...

During 2017, 110 offenders who passed through Leicestershire Police custody suites were referred to the Home Office.

The Office for National Statistics estimates the cost of dealing with such criminals to be about £70,000 per offender.

The figures were revealed as Detective Sergeant Gary Bee and Pc Tony Andrews from Operation Advenus gave a presentation on their work to the Leicestershire Safer Communities Strategy Board at a County Hall meeting. ...

Det Sgt Bee said: "The misconception is that there is an application process, but that is not the case.

"The reality is that people [from the EU] with convictions, and often very serious convictions, can move to the UK with an entirely clean slate.

"It is startling, but this is the situation we face.

"The worrying thing is that often the first time we come into contact with these people is often when we get them in custody." ...

An average of 120 foreign national offenders pass through Leicestershire Police's custody suites per month. The 110 offenders referred to the Home Office in 2017 were able to be referred for deportation because of the severity of their criminal backgrounds. ...

Pc Andrews said: "These costs mentioned are just to manage offenders who are referred to the Home Office.

"If we were talking about [dealing with] a murder or a stranger rape, then the costs are unquantifiable."
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CRIME – DRUG SMUGGLING
Corrupt baggage handlers who smuggled hundreds of kilos of cocaine into Heathrow by switching bags to domestic pick-up carousels were caught after one of them was busted passing drugs under a table in a Burger King in Kings Cross
Ed Riley
MailOnline, 13 April 2018

Mark Agoro was part of a 12 strong gang based in the UK involved in a 'phenomenally lucrative' plot that saw hundreds of kilos of cocaine pass through Heathrow Airport.

Drug laden suitcases were flown into Heathrow Airport from Brazil and were moved from the international arrivals carousel to the domestic arrivals hall to avoid security checks. ...

The court heard one of the ringleaders Joysen Jhurry, 41, was a baggage handler working at Heathrow and was helped by his brother-in-law, Preetam Mungrah, 44, and other crooked handlers at Terminal 5 including Damion Goodhall, 30, and Wilfred Owusu, 30.

Owusu organised couriers including Danovan Bull, 45, and Moses Awopetu, 38, and Agoro to fly in and collect the luggage and walk away without any customs checks, Southwark Crown Court heard.

Michael Sutherland, 48, was also 'high up' in the plot, organising couriers and 'therefore involved in the onward distribution of cocaine'.

Leiona Townshend-Bartley, 32, Francisca Archer, 26, Aziz Abdul, 37, and Mohammad Ali, 41, had lesser roles as couriers or helpers.
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CRIME – MACHETE CRIME
One machete crime every 90 minutes on Britain's streets as police try to deal with thugs carrying out murders, rapes and burglaries
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 13 April 2018

Machete attacks are taking place every 90 minutes on our streets, figures reveal.

Criminals are increasingly picking the jungle blades as their weapons of choice to instill terror in victims and rival gang members.

Police forces are dealing with rising numbers of machete-wielding thugs carrying out murders, rapes, robberies and burglaries. ...

Figures uncovered using freedom of information requests show that in the last two months of 2017 police dealt with 928 crimes involving machetes. This is an average of 15 a day – or one every 90 minutes.

London saw 425 of the attacks, with 99 in Greater Manchester, 77 in the West Midlands and 29 each in Merseyside and West Yorkshire.

It represents a dramatic rise from just three years before, when the deadly blades were used in only 100 crimes a month over the same period.

The machete was originally intended as a tool used to cut undergrowth or sugar cane in Latin America and Africa. ...

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that in the year to September 2017 the police recorded 37,443 offences involving a knife or sharp instrument – a 21 per cent increase on the previous year, and the highest since records began seven years ago.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – GERMANY
More Than Half of German Welfare Recipients Come from Migrant Backgrounds
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 13 April 2018

A report from the German Federal Employment Agency (BA) has shown that more than half of the recipients of the Hartz IV welfare income benefit come from migrant backgrounds, with Syrians the largest group in the country.

The report lists a 69 per cent increase in welfare recipients from non-German backgrounds since 2010 for a total of 2.1 million individuals, while the overall number of German Hartz IV recipients has fallen by 20 per cent over the same period, Die Welt reports.

Syrians represent the highest number of beneficiaries with 584,000 Syrian nationals living on benefits with Turks coming in second with 259,000 individuals living off the German taxpayer.

The figure does not include asylum seekers who have yet to receive a final decision on their asylum claim as they are given money under the Asylum Seekers Benefits Act. While most failed asylum seekers do not receive Hartz IV benefits, those who have failed the asylum process but are allowed to stay in Germany as "tolerated" persons do have access to the programme.

Around 32.1 million people in Germany are in jobs that require them to pay social security contributions; of those, only 157,000 taxpayers come from countries approved for asylum claims like Syria, Iraq, Eritrea, and Somalia. ...

In Austria, which also took in tens of thousands of migrants in 2015, former Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka admitted that up to 90 per cent of asylum seekers end up on benefits.
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POLITICS – ENOCH POWELL, BBC, FREE SPEECH
BBC to re-air Enoch Powell's 'rivers of blood' speech this weekend to mark its 50th anniversary - amid calls for the broadcast to be BANNED
Rod Ardehali
MailOnline, 13 April 2018

The BBC has said listeners should 'wait to hear the programme before they judge it', after receiving a wave of criticism for their scheduled broadcast of Enoch Powell's 'rivers of blood' speech.

Lord Andrew Adonis led the calls for the broadcaster not to transmit the 'incendiary and racist' speech, which is to be discussed by a panel to mark its 50th anniversary. ...

Powell attacked the government's immigration policy, called for less immigration and urged those already in the UK to return to their country of origin. ...

But journalist and programme maker Sathnam Sanghera, whose parents moved from India to Wolverhampton at the time of Powell's speech, said it was intended as a retrospective discussion on why Powell had been proved wrong.

The speech, will be broken up into segments, and critiqued by a panel, including by BBC media editor Amol Rajan, who will examine the influence of the speech since it was first delivered.

It will be read out on Saturday for the first time ever, on Radio 4's Archive On 4 programme.

In a letter to Ofcom chief executive Sharon White, Labour peer Lord Adonis called on the media regulator to 'instruct the BBC to cancel the proposed broadcast.

He wrote: 'It seems extraordinary that one should have to make the argument in today's Britain that Powell's speech is an incitement to racial hatred and violence which should not be broadcast.

'If a contemporary politician made such a speech they would almost certainly be arrested and charged with serious offences.'
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CRIME – HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Romany family who bought destitute slaves from Eastern Europe for £200 a head then kept them in cellars and swindled benefits in their names are found guilty of trafficking
Ed Riley
MailOnline, 12 April 2018

Five members of a Romany family have been found guilty of trafficking homeless people from eastern Europe into Britain to work as slaves.

The group, based in Newcastle, bought and sold their victims for as little as £200, and forced them to live in cellars and sleep in cramped rooms.

The Rafael family picked them up off the streets of central Europe and then used them to claim benefits by arranging National Insurance numbers for them, but pocketed the cash themselves, Teesside Crown Court heard.

Headed by Roman Rafael, the gang, from Slovakia, were convicted of charges including forced labour, money laundering and conspiracy to traffic with a view to exploitation.

Victims were picked up from Slovakia and the Czech Republic and offered flights to the UK and work, but were then enslaved and sent to work in food packaging factories, the court heard.

Their lack of English and any documentation, as well as little access to money, effectively left them trapped.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – TERRORISM, FRANCE
Islamic Extremist Caught with USB Containing Identities of 2,626 French Intelligence Officials
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 12 April 2018

A female Islamic extremist has been caught by police in possession of a USB key that contained the identities of 2,626 intelligence officials from France's Central Directorate of Interior Intelligence (DCRI).

The woman, identified as Mina B., was already known to the country's intelligence services and had been placed on the terror watch list known in France as the S-File, Le Point reports. ...

Radical Islamic sympathies within the French police are not unknown. Last year, Breitbart London reported that a man who was on the terror watch list managed to become a police officer despite being an S-File member.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – COSTS
Kids of illegal immigrant parents facing boot from UK receiving £300-a-week of taxpayer cash – while living in Africa
Tom Wells
The Sun, 12 April 2018

The children of two illegal immigrants facing the boot from Britain are getting a £300-a-week from taxpayers – while living in Africa.

The UK-born pair – a boy, seven, and girl, one – moved in with their aunt last month after a court ruled their parents were unfit to care for them.

The family's county council, thought to be in Southern England, has agreed to pay £15,600-a-year to the children over the next nine years, until the eldest turns 16.

The youngest will be supported for six more years at around £150 a week – another £46,800.

By the time she is 16 in 2033 the total bill will top £187,000.

Tory Andrew Bridgen blasted: "This case lays bare the cost of illegal immigration to taxpayers."

A Family Court judgment revealed the mum, 37, arrived on a working holiday visa from Africa in 2004.

She then switched to a student visa until 2012.

But when she applied for UK residency a year later she was turned down.

The woman then applied for asylum, claiming she was a sex abuse and trafficking victim. Both claims were exposed as fake.

The dad, 37, arrived on a working holiday visa in around 2004.

He was convicted of possessing a fake passport and jailed for six months. ...

Mr Justice Moor said the allowance would ensure the children have a comfortable and secure life.
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IMMIGRATION – SCHOOLS, NATIONALITY DATA
Schools no longer have to collect data on pupils' nationality and country of birth
Eleanor Busby
Independent, 11 April 2018

Schools will no longer be made to collect data on pupils' nationality and country of birth, following a series of court challenges by campaigners.

The Department for Education (DfE) has dropped the controversial categories from the school census just two years after the policy was introduced. ...

Schools Week reported that the DfE would write to schools, telling them they will no longer be required to fill out the nationality category of school census forms. ...

The DfE declined to comment.
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CRIME – RACISM, DISCRIMINATION
Theresa May 'got it wrong' on stop-and-search, says ex-Scotland Yard chief
Justin Davenport
Evening Standard, 11 April 2018

Former Scotland Yard police chief Lord Stevens today said Theresa May had "got it wrong" when she ordered a reduction in stop-and-search tactics, which were an "incredibly effective tool" in tackling street crime.

Lord Stevens, Met commissioner from 2000 to 2005, told LBC's Nick Ferrari programme there needed to be strong political leadership to tackle the rise in violence in London. ...

Mrs May reformed stop and search powers in 2014 as home secretary, saying the tactic discriminated against young black men. The number of stop and searches fell hugely. Lord Stevens said: "All of us came out and said this was the wrong decision. It has to be intelligence-led and when you stop people treat them with respect but the bottom line is you have to have stop and search, it is the most incredibly effective tool and we have to get back into it."
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CITIZENSHIP – NUMBERS, EU, UK
New statistics show almost one million people were granted EU citizenship in 2016 as Theresa May recommits to net migration target
Jack Maidment
Daily Telegraph, 10 April 2018

Almost one million people were granted European Union citizenship in 2016, giving them the right to live and work in the UK.

Approximately 995,000 people acquired citizenship of an EU member state in the year of the Brexit referendum, a significant increase on 2015 when the figure stood at 841,000.

Meanwhile, the total number of people who were granted British citizenship stood at approximately 150,000 - an increase of almost 30 per cent on 2015.

Freedom of movement rules dictate that citizens of the EU are allowed to live and work in any of the member states. ...

The data showed that just over 10 per cent of the 995,000 people who acquired EU citizenship in 2016 were former citizens of another EU country while the vast majority came from non-EU countries or were stateless.

Moroccans, Albanians and Indians made up the three largest groups. Just over 100,000 people from Morocco, 67,500 people from Albania and 41,700 from India acquired EU citizenship. Citizens of India, Pakistan and Nigeria were the three main recipients of UK citizenship.
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POPULATION PRESSURE – HOUSING
Have house prices risen because of immigrants?
Abbas Panjwani
Full Fact, 10 April 2018

Speaking to the Sunday Times, housing minister Dominic Raab said that the government's ambition to reduce immigration to the tens of thousands would help tackle the demand side of the housing shortage, quoting analysis that immigrants had accounted for a 20% rise in house prices over the past 25 years. ...

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) told The Times that the figure couldn't be "found online or in published statistics, but said that the minister had represented the officials' work accurately," adding: "The figure was produced using an analytical model originally produced by the National Housing and Planning Advice Unit [NHPAU], which incorporates housing supply statistics."

It's inappropriate for ministers to use figures that aren't in the public domain, and figures like these should be published in full so that anyone can check where they're from and how they're calculated. ...

The Migration Observatory at Oxford University has said that the "evidence about the impact of migration on the cost of houses is inconclusive."

In 2008, Professor Stephen Nickell, head of the now-defunct NHPAU, said that with projected housebuilding and immigration rates, the average house price would rise from 7 times the average income, to 10 times the average income over the period 2006 to 2026.

However, if net migration was reduced to zero, the average house price would only increase to 9 times the average income over the same period.

He added that the NHPAU model "suggests that a 1% [...] rise in the number of households increased house prices by 2%." ...

In 2014, the MAC published another study, looking at research published by Cambridge economist, Dr Filipa Sá, which found, conversely, that immigration reduced house prices slightly at a local level. The research found that for every 1% increase in a population due to immigrants arriving in the area house prices reduced by around 1.6% or 1.7%.

Dr Sá found that the arrival of relatively less affluent immigrants in an area prompted natives to leave the area, and reduce house prices due to a mixture of reduced demand for houses and less wealth in the area. Another study found that immigration to a local area might decrease house prices at the lower end of the scale but had little impact on higher house prices. ...

Between 1991 and 2016, average UK house price increased from £57,000 to £215,000, an increase of 278%.

When factoring in inflation, according to the Consumer Price Index, the increase amounts to 113%.
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CRIME – CULTURE, MULTICULTURALISM, COMMUNITY COHESION
Immigration and crime, is there a link?
Dainis Ignatans, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of Huddersfield
The Conversation, 10 April 2018

Bold newspaper headlines either blame immigrants for a whole host of issues or portray them as saintly helpers in the struggle for economic well-being. ...

The reality is that as researchers, we know little about the relationship, if any, between immigration and crime. This is in part because lowbrow journalistic obsession with immigration and crime has made it somewhat a taboo topic for research. As evidenced by the limited academic literature available, a consensus simply does not exist. ...

Research also shows that immigrants who come from culturally similar backgrounds to their new area, are likely to commit fewer crimes than the native population. Research on Los Angeles, for example, found that a higher number of Latino immigrants who were from culturally similar regions to the current residents, reduced the rates of violence in the area.

Similarly, research in Spain showed that Spanish speaking immigrants had a much more benign impact on crime than those of other origins. Such immigrants undoubtedly have an easier time moving to a new country where the culture reflects something like their own.

And yet, people from ethnic minority groups in Western countries are disproportionately likely to be arrested and imprisoned for most crime types. And asylum seekers are over-represented in the crime figures in Germany and Denmark. ...

Immigrant populations tend to be very concentrated, with people tending to reside in areas with existing communities. My recent research shows that throughout England and Wales, areas where immigrants from one single background make up a significant majority of the immigrant population, tend to be low in crime. Nearly as low in crime as the areas with small immigrant populations.

It doesn't make a difference what the background of the immigrant population is, what appears to be key is that there is a cultural similarity among the immigrant population within an area. My research also found that areas with very high numbers of immigrants that are low in crime – or below the nation's average – tend to be areas with either European or African immigrants.

But my research also showed that areas where two or more cultures (other than that of the indigenous population) are prevalent, tend to be very high in crime. This is specifically the case in areas with the highest proportions of immigrants from Asia and Europe. In these areas violent crime is 70% higher, property crime is 92% higher and vehicle crime increases by 19% compared to national average.

The research I have carried out shows the need to view culture as invaluable in the examination of the impact immigration has on crime. ...

Social housing and other affordable housing initiatives must also be thought through carefully to avoid creating cultural clashes where possible.
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DIVERSITY – ARMY, ARMED FORCES
Army officers told promotion will depend on 'inclusiveness'
Joel Adams
Daily Telegraph, 9 April 2018

Army officers could be passed over for promotion if they have not done enough to improve "inclusiveness and diversity" in their units. ...

An MOD spokesman said the requirement is "an intrinsic part of the behaviour we expect from everyone across Defence." ...

In November of 2016 a new objective was added to the checklist under the authority of then Chief of Defence People, General Richard Nugee.

Under the heading "Diversity and Inclusion" it says officers, warrant officers and NCOs should: "Promote an inclusive culture within area of responsibility, working to increase understanding and engagement through education and initiative."
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POPULATION PRESSURE – HOUSING
Immigration has pushed house prices up by 20 per cent over a 25-year period, says Tory minister
John Stevens
Daily Mail, 9 April 2018

Immigration has pushed property prices up by a fifth in 25 years, housing minister Dominic Raab has said.

He is demanding that post-Brexit immigration rules take account of the negative effects of arrivals on the need for homes.

Mr Raab has passed his concerns on to the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), which is to publish a report to help the Government formulate new immigration plans.

He said: 'You've got to deal with demand as well as supply. You can't have housing taken out of the debate around immigration.

'If we delivered on the Government's target of reducing immigration to the tens of thousands every year, that would have a material impact on the number of homes we need to build every year.'

He said Office for National Statistics figures from 1991 to 2016 showed the impact on property prices, adding: 'In the last 25 years we have seen immigration put house prices up by something like 20 per cent.'

Acknowledging that immigration benefited the building industry by supplying workers, he added: 'The MAC is right to look at the positive impact immigration has had on the country.

'At the same time you can't just airbrush the costs and the impact it has on housing.' ...

Meanwhile, a report claims the value of cheaper homes falls when asylum seekers move into an area.

The study for the years 2004 to 2015 showed the impact left more expensive ones unaffected.

It said the effect was more acute in areas that voted for Brexit in 2016.

The paper by US academics William Lastrapes, of the University of Georgia, and Thomas Lebesmuelbacher, of Xavier University in Cincinnati, said asylum seekers put greater pressure on the local population than other immigrants.
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ASYLUM – AGES
Truth about child refugees: Two-thirds quizzed about their age are found to be ADULTS, official report reveals after almost 3,000 people claiming to be unaccompanied minors apply for asylum in a year
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 9 April 2018

Nearly two-thirds of 'child' refugees who were questioned about their real age after coming to Britain were found to be adults, an official report has found.

In one year, 65 per cent of asylum seekers assessed after claiming to be juveniles were judged to be over 18.

The report, by immigration watchdog David Bolt, revealed that the Home Office received 2,952 asylum applications from unaccompanied children in the year to June last year.

Out of these there were 705 age disputes – around a quarter of the total – where officials suspected the individual was lying about their age. Of these, 618 cases were resolved and 402 – or 65 per cent – were found to be adults.

If these asylum seekers had been treated as children it would have left councils and local taxpayers facing a care bill of millions of pounds a year. ...

Home Office figures reveal that there have been 12,942 disputes over the ages of child asylum seekers since 2006, with 5,965 – around 46 per cent – found to be over 18 in this period. ...

Reacting to the figures, Tory MP Tim Loughton, a member of the Commons home affairs select committee, said: 'This has been a problem for some time. We have been a soft touch in too many cases for asylum seekers who abuse our hospitality by elaborating their credentials. It is right we give a safe haven to those who are in danger but too often we have been too trusting.' ...

Ministers have ruled out using medical tests, including dental checks, to assess the age of migrants. Citing guidance by the Dental Medical Association, they say tests of teeth are 'inaccurate, inappropriate and unethical'.

But Britain is one of only three EU countries not to use medical checks to verify the age of child asylum seekers. The others are Ireland and Cyprus.
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IMMIGRATION – SCHOOLS, NATIONALITY DATA
Schools 'to drop gathering nationality data'
Sean Coughlan
BBC, 9 April 2018

Privacy campaigners say the Department for Education is to drop the controversial requirement for schools in England to collect data about pupils' nationality.

The Against Borders for Children protest group had warned the information could be used to check on the immigration status of pupils.

Campaigners hailed it as a "victory" after a boycott and legal challenges.

The Department for Education would not confirm reports of the policy change.

A report in Schools Week says schools will be told in the next few weeks they no longer have to collect the data.

But the Department for Education has declined to deny or confirm that it is about to shift its position.

Privacy campaigners, civil liberties groups and teachers' unions had criticised the introduction in 2016 of a requirement for schools to gather data about pupils' nationality and country of birth.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – POLAND
EU Head Juncker Slams Poland for Taking in Ukrainian Migrants But Not Muslims
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 9 April 2018

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Poland should not choose which refugees to admit and should accept Muslims and other groups.

President Juncker said that Poland did not show the proper 'solidarity' with the rest of the political bloc because it has only allowed in large numbers of Ukrainian migrants and not Muslims, Swedish broadcaster SVT reports. ...

Around one million Ukrainians have arrived in Poland recently as part of a six-month work visa programme introduced by the government. While some Ukrainians in Poland do not consider themselves to be refugees, a few hundred Ukrainians have been granted asylum status.
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CRIME – RACE, POLICE
Ex-race chief makes controversial call for tougher policing in black communities hit by knife crime than in white areas with less violence and says 'it's not white boys in Surrey who are being stabbed'
Simon Walters
Mail on Sunday, 8 April 2018

A controversial call for tougher policing in black communities hit by knife crime than in white areas with less violence has been made by the former head of the Commission for Racial Equality.

In a move that is bound to provoke a fierce debate, lifelong community relations campaigner Trevor Phillips takes political leaders to task for failing to acknowledge that rising knife crime in London involves race. ...

In an interview with The Mail on Sunday, Mr Phillips said: 'We have to be

honest and say the central issue is not white boys in Surrey being stabbed or stabbing other people. The victims and perpetrators are mainly from a narrow range of backgrounds, and we should not be afraid to say so. They are usually from black, Afro-Caribbean backgrounds.'

Mr Phillips, whose parents came to the UK from the West Indies in the 1950s, said police 'stop and search' powers, curbed by Mrs May as Home Secretary, must be deployed in a 'more concentrated and intelligent way'.

There was no reason they should not use different methods in different parts of the country, he argued, giving Tottenham and Maidenhead as an example.

'In areas like Tottenham where I grew up and where large numbers of black children are attacking other black children, there is a case for policing them differently to places like Maidenhead where this is not the case.'

Anticipating criticism from a 'vocal minority,' he added: 'I realise some might say it is racist to use different methods of policing for areas based on their ethnic make-up, but I disagree. It is only racist if you believe all of today's policemen are idiots: I don't. And in my experience, far from being opposed to such measures, ethnic minorities are usually the ones most in favour of such action because it is their young who are being killed and beaten.' ...

... He said: 'One of the main problems we face is that nobody has had the courage to stand up and tell the truth. Unless we are honest enough to acknowledge the real nature of the problem, and in particular the fact that it has racial and cultural dimensions, all we are doing is flapping our lips and virtue signalling.' ...

Mr Phillips, 64, was head of the Commission for Racial Equality from 2003 to 2006 and took over its successor, the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
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DIVERSITY – DISCRIMINATION, EMPLOYMENT, HERITAGE
WHITES NEED NOT APPLY: Brits of English Heritage Banned from Paid Training Postsà at English Heritage
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 8 April 2018

Historic England, the public body tasked with preserving England's heritage, is advertising paid training placements for itself, the National Trust, English Heritage and other bodies which are not open to white people. ...

"If you're interested in gaining skills and experience for a career in heritage and identify as having Black, Asian or other Minority Ethnic Heritage or mixed heritage (jump to Background to find out why), please see how to apply below."

The 'background' section of the advert explains how the Tory government published a Culture White Paper in March 2016 which "challenged Historic England and other nationally funded cultural organisations to develop and share strategies for improving workforce diversity."

It explains how, "In response, Historic England developed a Workforce Diversity Strategy which has several strands of activity but one of the most significant is a new paid Heritage Training Placements scheme for undergraduates and recent graduates with Black, Asian or other Minority Ethnic Heritage."

The result is that the paid training placements – which are being offered not only at Historic England but also other public bodies including the National Trust, the Heritage Alliance, and English Heritage – are not actually open to applicants of English heritage.
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TERRORISM – LONDON TRANSPORT
Revealed: Purge of extremist workers on London transport network
Martin Bentham
Evening Standard, 7 April 2018

A purge of potential terrorists working on London's transport system is being carried out to protect the public from another Islamic State attack, Britain's security minister revealed today.

Ben Wallace said that extremists who "would pose a risk to London and its transport network" had already been removed from their posts during an intensive drive to identify potential attackers.

He revealed that the new action was intended to help police and the intelligence agencies cope with the "acute" threat and suggested that further removals would take place as part of the continued effort to disrupt would-be terrorists before they could strike. ...

Mr Wallace said that with about 3,000 terror suspects under active scrutiny and a further 20,000 logged as former "subjects of interest", police and MI5 needed other methods, beyond arresting suspects, to keep the public safe. Disrupting potential attackers through early intervention was one way, particularly when they could use their jobs for malign purposes.
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DIVERSITY – THEATRE
Lusty revival has two waggy stars
Quentin Letts
Daily Mail, 6 April 2018

The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich Swan Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon)

Two gorgeous lurchers nearly steal the show in a largely forgotten 1700 comedy by Mary Pix. ...

Jo Davies's Royal Shakespeare Company production opens with four female saxophonists jamming away in period garb. ...

Was Mr Wringer cast because he is black? If so, the RSC's clunking approach to politically correct casting has again weakened its stage product.

I suppose its managers are under pressure from the Arts Council to tick inclusiveness boxes, but at some point they are going to have to decide if their core business is drama or social engineering.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – CRIME
International strike hits people smuggling network, NCA arrest suspected head
National Crime Agency, 6 April 2018

An international law enforcement operation has disrupted what is believed to be one of the most significant people smuggling networks operating between Iraq and the UK.

National Crime Agency (NCA) officers arrested three suspected members of the group yesterday in the North West of England and Staffordshire. ...

These arrests, for suspected immigration offences, coincided with the arrests of two men in the Ghent area of Belgium following several months of joint operational work between the NCA and Belgian Federal Police. ...

The operation followed arrests made last month in Germany and Romania, coordinated by Europol and Eurojust.

The suspects, all from or with links to the Kurdish community, are believed to be part of a network of smugglers, couriers and complicit lorry drivers stretching from Iraq to the UK.

The NCA believes the network are behind the smuggling of almost three thousand migrants into Europe in a three month period last year. Many were trying to reach the UK.
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CRIME – ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
Home Office official was the ringleader of £6 million conspiracy which allowed 437 illegal immigrants into Britain
Christian Gysin
Daily Mail, 4 April 2018

A Home Office official was at the centre of a £6 million conspiracy which allowed hundreds of illegal immigrants into the country.

Shamsu Iqbal, 61, was the lynchpin of a gang which exploited his 'trusted' position to falsify records for at least 437 people.

Yesterday all four men involved in the scam were found guilty following a trial and will now be sentenced at a hearing next week. ...

The potential loss to the taxpayer was assessed by Home Office statisticians as £56 million, based on the amount the 437 illegal immigrants could have falsely claimed in benefits over the six years of the fraud.

However, exactly how many immigrants were given 'ghost' identities may never be known.

The conspiracy netted the gang themselves more than £6.18 million, with much of the money spirited back to Pakistan, Bangladesh and Dubai, where the criminals have strong links.

When ringleader Iqbal was arrested investigators found bank accounts containing more than £1 million in cash. ...

A senior Home Office source told the Mail: 'The bottom line is that we may never know the true number of people this gang helped stay in the country.

'There could be literally hundreds more on their books that we simply haven't found.

'The deception that has been allowed to go on for years is highly embarrassing to the Home Office.

'Some of those given new identities could even be potential terrorists. Many of them have simply melted away meaning we will never trace them.'

Iqbal's co-accused were Sheikh Muhammad Usman, 45, legal case worker Mohammad Khawar Aftab Hussain, 49, and worker Mohammad Ibrahim Ali, 48.

Usman is a qualified lawyer of Pakistani origin who worked at a number of firms in London. British citizen Hussain, who was born in Pakistan, and Ali, who came to Britain from Bangladesh aged 12, both worked at solicitors' practices in London.
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TERRORISM – FRANCE, EUROPE
France puts 78,000 security threats on vast police database
Lori Hinnant
Associated Press, 4 April 2018

France has flagged more than 78,000 people as security threats in a database intended to let European police share information on the continent's most dangerous residents – more than all other European countries put together – according to an analysis by The Associated Press. ...

The Schengen database – which is separate to the Europol database and far more widely used – forms the backbone of European security, allowing police, judicial authorities and other law enforcement to immediately check whether a person is wanted or missing, or a car is stolen, or a firearm is legal, for example. ...

But a relatively unknown provision in European law allows countries to flag people for the "discreet checks" – allowing law enforcement in one country to notify counterparts elsewhere of a person's location and activities. Use of the system – intended for individuals who pose a threat to national security or public safety – has expanded enormously since Islamic State extremists attacked Paris and Brussels in 2015 and 2016, from 69,475 in 2015 to 134,662 last year, according to data from EU-LISA and Germany.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – DEPORTATION, ISRAEL
Israel cancels UN deal to resettle African migrants
Bethan McKernan
Independent, 4 April 2018

Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he is cancelling yesterday's agreement with the UN to relocate thousands of African asylum seekers to Western countries. ...

Israel has faced intense criticism over new plans to make 37,000 African migrants and asylum seekers choose between deportation to either Rwanda or Uganda, or face an unspecified amount of jail time.

The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR stepped in on Monday with an offer to resettle around half of the adult male immigrants, who are mostly Sudanese and Eritrean. The other half were to be allowed to stay in Israel.

Women, children and the elderly are supposed to be exempt from all deportation plans.

While no states were named, the prime minister suggested Germany, Canada and Italy were destinations. ...

Despite initially praising the deal at a news conference in Jerusalem, the prime minister announced he was suspending its implementation a few hours later. ...

The UN itself has urged the Israeli government to reconsider the U-turn.
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Theresa May could be forced to give up her 100,000 a year immigration target to get a Brexit trade deal with the EU as her top ministers push for concessions to get a better agreement
Tim Sculthorpe
MailOnline, 3 April 2018

Theresa May could be forced to abandon her 100,000 a year immigration target by top ministers who back concessions to get a better trade deal with the EU.

The Prime Minister has long been a 'hawk' on immigration but is outnumbered in her own Cabinet by ministers who are back higher numbers of arrivals.

Senior Brexiteers Boris Johnson and Michael Gove are among ministers who have publicly spoken in favour of migration to Britain continuing after Brexit so long as it is under the control of the Government.

Allowing EU citizens who have a job offer to continue to come to Britain after Brexit could encourage Brussels to agree a more comprehensive trade deal.

But it would likely end hopes of ever slashing migration - currently running at almost 250,000 a year - to the long-held Tory target of 100,000.

One Cabinet minister ally of Mrs May told The Sun: 'If you look at the members of the Strategy and Negotiations Committee, they are all entrenched on their various positions about our red lines, expect for immigration.

'That is the one area they'll all happily trade apart from her, because Rudd, Hammond, Boris and Gove are all pro-migration.'
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – USA
Migrant caravan heading to U.S. border puts Mexico in tough spot with Trump
Delphine Schrank and Mica Rosenberg
Reuters, 3 April 2018

In some of the Mexican towns playing host to a "caravan" of more than 1,200 Central American migrants heading to the U.S. border, the welcome mat has been rolled out despite President Donald Trump's call for Mexican authorities to stop them.

Local officials have offered lodging in town squares and empty warehouses or arranged transport for the migrants, participants in a journey organized by the immigrant advocacy group Pueblo Sin Fronteras. The officials have conscripted buses, cars, ambulances and police trucks. But the help may not be entirely altruistic. ...

Trump railed on Twitter against the caravan on Monday, accusing Mexico of "doing very little, if not NOTHING" to stop the flow of immigrants crossing the U.S. border illegally. ...

Pueblo Sin Fronteras has helped coordinate migrant caravans for the last several years, though previously they had a maximum of several hundred participants.
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IMMIGRATION – EUROPE, UN, PUBLIC OPINION
UN Easter Message: Migration Is 'Inevitable – Desirable – Necessary'
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
Breitbart, 3 April 2018

The United Nations migration agency (IOM) has posted an upbeat Easter message celebrating international migration as not only inevitable, but also necessary and "desirable."

The UN message – which seems to echo the position of George Soros and his Open Society Foundations – follows hard on the heels of a Europe-wide survey on immigration, which found that a striking 78 percent of European citizens want tighter control of Europe's external borders. ...

Europeans expressed anxiety over the prospect of Africans migrants arriving en masse into Europe over the next decade, with 68 percent of those polled saying they either "strongly fear" or "moderately fear" such a scenario.
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IMMIGRATION – POLITICS, ENOCH POWELL, PUBLIC OPINION
Fifty years after Rivers of Blood, Powell's legacy is increased immigration
Margaret Ashworth
Conservative Woman, 3 April 2018

Who has done most to push up immigration and advance multiculturalism and political correctness in this country? ...

It is none other than J Enoch Powell, still the bogeyman of British politics 50 years after his 'Rivers of Blood' speech in Birmingham on April 20, 1968 which catapulted him to a special position in the liberal Left's chamber of horrors.

Powell, the MP for Wolverhampton and shadow defence minister, gazed into the future and warned about the dangers of large-scale immigration from other cultures, urging repatriation. ...

... His speech was denounced as 'evil' by The Times.

Beneath the chorus of disapproval from the Establishment, a Gallup poll found that 73 per cent of the public agreed with the speech. The white working class were particularly supportive of Powell: dockers and meat porters marched to have him reinstated. (The white working class compounded their sin by voting Thatcher, and have been held in contempt ever since by the Left, which set about destroying their habitat and culture, not least by allowing mass immigration. They are collateral damage of Powell's showboating.) ...

It is worth remembering that Powell's speech was aimed at the Labour government's Race Relations Act 1968, which helped immigrants to get council housing without having lived in an area for any length of time. Its consequences were far-reaching. Decades of resentment about council housing have followed it. ...

He clearly fancied himself as a seer, and any serious consideration of life in modern Britain must conclude that he was at least correct in predicting trouble ahead. Britain is now an angry, divided country. Towns and cities have been radically altered and often ghettoised. Multiculturalism is officially a failure: Trevor Phillips, the former head of the Commission for Racial Equality, has said on numerous occasions that the doctrine is a failure and a 'racket'. The director general of MI5, Andrew Parker, made a rare public appearance last year to warn the public about the serious and growing problem of Islamist terror. Yet the liberal Left establishment are not minded to admit there is anything wrong with our 'vibrantly diverse' society. It makes you wonder just how much blood would have to be spilled before they would admit error.

Powell started and finished his speech with two sentences which indicate that he felt it his bounden duty to tell the truth as he saw it: 'The supreme function of statesmanship is to provide against preventable evils.' 'All I know is that to see, and not to speak, would be the great betrayal.'

Alas, by making a speech that was both highfalutin and offensively redolent of the public bar ('piccaninnies', 'negroes') the show-off Powell closed down an important debate. Serious public discussion of mass immigration was virtually impossible for decades afterwards – surely not what he had hoped to achieve. The speech ruined his own career. It energised and baited the May '68 generation, who went on sedulously to institute and enforce political correctness and multiculturalism throughout British institutions.
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IMMIGRATION – EU MIGRANTS
Immigration BETRAYAL: UK to make it EASIER for EU migrants to stay in Britain after Brexit
John Thalassites
Daily Express, 2 April 2018

Brexit will make it easier for EU migrants to stay in the UK, despite the government's promises to "take back control" of our borders, an immigration document has revealed.

The sensational policy paper suggests the government wants to remove requirements dictating permanent residency applicants must show they have sickness insurance and work that is "genuine and effective".

Now Theresa May plans to enact "a presumption to grant rather than refuse" settled status in the UK - and officials expect immigration numbers to rocket as a result.

Meanwhile leaked Home Office documents warn ministers that any dilution of border controls post-Brexit could be "targeted by organised criminality, fraudulent or abusive applicants". ...

Officials believe there will be "large spikes in applications" during the 20-month Brexit implementation period from March 29 2019 to December 31 2020, dubbed 'New Year's Leave'. ...

In fact the government has also refused to spell out how a new visa system for EU migrants might work - and refuses to guarantee that EU citizens will not get a special deal at the end of the implementation period.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
'Ireland is being repopulated and it doesn't seem to matter to the powers that be who is coming' - Kevin Sharkey calls for 'open dialogue' on immigration
Sean Nolan
Irish Independent, 2 April 2018

Prospective Presidential candidate Kevin Sharkey has called for an honest, open dialogue on immigration as he outlined some of his views on the subject in a television interview. ...

When Mr D'Arcy put it Mr Sharkey that his stance was somewhat ironic considering his own background, Mr Sharkey replied: "My father was an immigrant, there are a lot of positive aspects to immigration but it is going to end up coming down to one thing and that is numbers. ...

"We should have an honest open dialogue about it without being shut down and called racist. ...

"I've seen the effect of the good and the bad sides of immigration, you know, how it helps a country to grow and develop. And also how sometimes it puts a strain on the resources. We are a very small country and I have spent a long time wondering at what point do we say 'we need to start looking after Irish people as a priority'.

"People talk about the housing crisis in Ireland. I don't think it is so much of a housing crisis, I think it is a priority crisis.

"The armed forces are underfunded, the hospitals, the housing situation... it is very difficult to explain to people why you are not in a priority position if you are Irish. Why we are seen, more and more, as a go-to destination." ...

"It matters to me very much that in 200 years, Ireland is still Ireland. I think they way we are at the moment I worry that that is not going to be the case." ...

"What I have concluded is what is really going on is Ireland is being repopulated and it doesn't seem to matter to the powers that be who is coming. They are not going to end up in Dublin 4.

"If we don't protect our future, if we don't protect what we have, what has made us Irish, we won't be Irish in 200 years."
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM
Londonistan: 423 New Mosques; 500 Closed Churches
Giulio Meotti
Gatestone Institute, 2 April 2018

"London is more Islamic than many Muslim countries put together", according to Maulana Syed Raza Rizvi, one of the Islamic preachers who now lead "Londonistan", as the journalist Melanie Phillips has called the English capital. No, Rizvi is not a right-wing extremist. Wole Soyinka, a Nobel Laureate for Literature, was less generous; he called the UK "a cesspit for Islamists".

"Terrorists can not stand London multiculturalism", London's mayor Sadiq Khan said after the recent deadly terror attack at Westminster. The opposite is true: British multiculturalists are feeding Islamic fundamentalism. Above all, Londonistan, with its new 423 mosques, is built on the sad ruins of English Christianity.

... Not only buildings are converted, but also people. The number of converts to Islam has doubled; often they embrace radical Islam, as with Khalid Masood, the terrorist who struck Westminster. ...

... Given the current trends, Christianity in England is becoming a relic, while Islam will be the religion of the future.

In Birmingham, the second-largest British city, where many jihadists live and orchestrate their attacks, an Islamic minaret dominates the sky. ...

Most important cities have huge Muslim populations: Manchester (15.8%), Birmingham (21.8%) and Bradford (24.7%). /.../ In Bradford and Leicester, half the children are Muslim. Muslims do not need to become the majority in the UK; they just need gradually to Islamize the most important cities. ...

According to Innes Bowen, writing in The Spectator, only two of the 1,700 mosques in Britain today follow the modernist interpretation of Islam, compared with 56% in the United States. The Wahhabis control six percent of mosques in the UK, while the fundamentalist Deobandi control up to 45%. ...

... The British cultural establishment is rapidly capitulating to Islamic fundamentalists in accepting their demands. ...

... The British ambassador in Saudi Arabia, Simon Collis, converted to Islam and completed the pilgrimage to Mecca, the hajj. He now calls himself Haji Collis.

What will be next?
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RACISM – XENOPHOBIA, BREXIT
The myth of a post-Brexit surge in hate
Jim Butcher
Spiked, 2 April 2018

Ever since Britons voted to leave the EU in June 2016, we have been told by campaigners against Brexit that the vote was a product of xenophobia and hate, and also that it further inflamed these prejudices. This oft repeated assumption has served to disparage Brexit voters, who are viewed as having been carried along by this tide of racism. And yet the assumption is unfounded. As even new research from the EU itself suggests.

... Fifteen months after the vote, Matthew D'Ancona, developing the oceanic theme, claimed Leave had 'surfed to victory on a tide of xenophobia, bogus nostalgia and pettiness'.

... Recently, Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable caricatured older Brexit voters as embracing 'nostalgia for a world where passports were blue, faces were white and the map was coloured imperial pink'.

If the Brexit tide of xenophobia thesis was true, it would surely be reflected in attitudes to EU migrants. Yet the EU's own survey data over the period of November 2014 (the earliest figures quoted) to November 2017 (the latest figures, just released) provide substantial evidence against any 'tide of xenophobia' against EU immigrants.

The EU report itself states that 'UK attitudes towards immigration and free movement are noticeably more positive than before the referendum on June 2016', and that, '[c]ompared with Spring 2016, the number of respondents who consider immigration to be one of the two most important issues, both on an individual basis and facing the country as a whole, has halved'.
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CRIME – KNIFE CRIME
London cops 'scared' to stop and search as city's murder rate passes New York, says Met Chief
David Wooding
The Sun on Sunday, 1 April 2018

Britain's top cop admits PCs are too scared to stop and search suspects, despite an eight-year high in knife crime that has seen London overtake New York for murders.

Cressida Dick said officers feared breaching rules on harassing ethnic minorities.

The Met chief said: "Cops probably did lose confidence. They were fearful they might get into trouble or might not be supported if they had a complaint."

So far this year fifteen people have been murdered in the capital, compared to 14 in New York. ...

Blades killed 215 in England and Wales in the past year and crimes top 100 a day.

Ms Dick hinted at a rise in checks. ...

"So it's one thing you'll see in the next year. We won't be held back by political correctness. But it will be fair and irrespective of race."
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CRIME – KNIFE CRIME
Untie the hands of the police, PM, and let them end scourge of knife crime
Sir Mike Penning
The Sun on Sunday, 1 April 2018

Britain is in the grip of a knife crime epidemic – and it is spreading far beyond our inner cities. ...

But carrying blades is no longer restricted to youths in the capital.

The routine carrying of weapons has infected leafy market towns and shire counties across the nation. ...

Last year, 37,443 offences in England and Wales involved a knife or a blade – that's equivalent to 102 EVERY DAY. ...

Fatal stabbings in England and Wales are at their highest level since 2011.

There were 215 deaths involving a knife or other sharp instrument in the year to March, according to the Office for National Statistics.

And police say the overwhelming majority have absolutely no links to gangs.

It is no coincidence the record rise in knife crime comes as there is a dramatic fall in the use of police stop and search powers.

Random spot checks have plunged 80 per cent in less than a decade, from 1.5 million a year to 303,000.

Officers tell me that frisking a youth in the street has become too big a risk in these politically correct days. ...

For years, stop and search was a key tool in the policy armoury. ...

Officers have told me that unless they can see a weapon, they will not even consider stopping a suspect.

It is not only knife crime that can be detected using stop and search.

Acid attacks are also on the rise and there has been a sharp rise in masked moped gangs carrying knives and corrosives to steal smartphones from pedestrians.

Cops are petrified of using stop and search because it could destroy their careers. ...

The real expectation of being caught and sent to prison will make young people think twice about leaving home carrying a deadly weapon.

So I urge the Prime Minister to untie the hands of the police and let them use one of their best preventative weapons.

I urge you to reverse this politically correct nonsense issued by the police college and others in high office.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ANTWERP, BELGIUM
Almost 75% of young children in Belgium's second largest city have migrant backgrounds
Voice of Europe, 31 March 2018

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

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

The numbers show a rapid change in the city's population. An ever increasing number of inhabitants of Belgium's second largest city are of foreign origin. At this moment 58% of people living in the city have a migrant background. Most of which are North Africans.
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RACISM – DECOLONISATION, UNIVERSITIES
Cambridge university 'decolonisation' row spreads as students target several courses, documents reveal
Camilla Turner
Daily Telegraph, 31 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

... This commonplace code for 'not one of us' is morphing into a meaningless playground taunt, just as forgettable as 'stupid'.
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IMMIGRATION – GERMAN VIEW
Major German Newspaper: 1960s Anti-Immigration Firebrand Enoch Powell Was Right
Oliver JJ Lane
Breitbart, 31 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Betwwen 20 to 30 people were on each side of the fight in Monday night's incident and police said the majority of those arrested were from a Lebanese background.
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CRIME – SECRECY
A culture of secrecy is undermining our police and criminal justice system
Rory Geoghegan
Daily Telegraph, 30 March 2018
[The author is Head of Criminal Justice, The Centre for Social Justice]

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

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

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

It's not just the public who find themselves shut out from knowing what is going on. The judiciary rarely – if ever – discover what happened to those they sentence, having little or no insight into the effectiveness of the punishments they dish out, or whether deportation orders for serious foreign national offenders are ultimately fulfilled.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – USA
A Huge Caravan Of Central Americans Is Headed For The US, And No One In Mexico Is Stopping Them
Adolfo Flores
BuzzFeed News, 30 March 2018

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

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

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

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

... Pueblos Sin Fronteras counted about 1,200 people on the first day.
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POLITICS – POLITICIANS
Britain's immigration system isn't fit for purpose
Philippe Legrain
CapX, 29 March 2018
[Philippe Legrain is a senior visiting fellow at the London School of Economics' European Institute]

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

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

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

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

What they need is a blueprint to rally around. That's why I'm fundraising to write one for OPEN, the think-tank that I founded.
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BORDER CONTROLS – EXIT CHECKS
No UK border exit records for 600,000 people, says watchdog
Alan Travis
The Guardian, 29 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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



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

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

In this situation how are we to deal with issues like that of grooming gangs? The communities from which the culprits come don't seem to want to address the issue. Mainstream society and politics has shown itself repeatedly unwilling and unable to do more than commission further, endless inquiries into these issues. And passing around what facts are known appears to have become difficult (and perhaps in the near future wholly impossible). The social media platforms will say that the facts are passed around in a hateful manner. But it is hard to see how exactly one might frame the mass gang-rape of children in an un-abashedly upbeat fashion.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – IDENTITY DOCUMENTS
ID cards needed to tackle illegal migration, says Blair
Noor Nanji
The National, 29 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Instead of building on an existing national identity by working to integrate migrants into the mainstream of society, the elite have salami-sliced society with an ideology of identity politics."
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BIAS – FREE SPEECH
University withdraws job offer because of candidate's 'abhorrent' right wing views
Marco Ferrari
Falmouth Packet, 28 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He has held research positions in universities such as the University of Westminster, and Queen Mary, University of London, but says he has been unable to find work in academia over the last few years because of his political beliefs.
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IMMIGRATION – EUROPEAN UNION
Europe All Inclusive: Understanding the Current Migration Crisis
Gatestone Institute, 28 March 2018
[Václav Klaus is the former president and former prime minister of the Czech Republic]

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

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



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

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

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

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

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


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MULTICULTURALISM – NATIONAL IDENTITY
Fake British Citizens
Myles Harris
The Salisbury Review, 28 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Unfortunately, these are no longer individual cases, not even among very young students at elementary schools. Such incidents now exist at many schools in Germany. One thing is certain: Cruel violent videos in social networks have long since arrived in student life. In chat forums like WhatsApp, movies like the described ISIS beheading video are spreading like wildfire."
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MULTICULTURALISM – HYPER-LIBERALISM
The problem of hyper-liberalism [part 2]
John Gray
TLS / The Times Literary Supplement, 27 March 2018

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

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

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

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

Liberals who are dismayed at the rise of the new intolerance have not noticed how much they have in common with those who are imposing it. Hyper-liberal "snowflakes", who demand safe spaces where they cannot be troubled by disturbing facts and ideas, are what their elders have made them. Possessed by faith in an imaginary humanity, both seek to weaken or destroy the national and religious traditions that have supported freedom and toleration in the past. Insignificant in itself and often comically absurd, the current spate of campus frenzies may come to be remembered for the part it played in the undoing of what is still described as the liberal West.
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MULTICULTURALISM – HYPER-LIBERALISM
The problem of hyper-liberalism [part 1]
John Gray
TLS / The Times Literary Supplement, 27 March 2018

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

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

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

Liberals who rail at populist movements are adamant that voters who support them are deluded or deceived. The possibility that these movements are exploiting needs that highly individualist societies cannot satisfy is not seriously considered. In the liberalism that has prevailed over the past generation such needs have been dismissed as atavistic prejudices, which must be swept away wherever they stand in the way of schemes for transnational government or an expanding global market. This stance is one reason why anti-liberal movements continue to advance. Liberalism and empiricism have parted company, and nothing has been learnt. Some of the strongest evidence against the liberal belief that we learn from our errors and follies comes from the behaviour of liberals themselves. ...
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – DEPORTATION, GERMANY
Germany struggles with rising number of rejected asylum seekers without papers
Reuters, 26 March 2018

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

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

Germany has been trying to speed up such repatriations since Anis Amri, a Tunisian awaiting deportation, killed 12 people at a Berlin Christmas market in December 2016. Amri's deportation had been delayed because he had no valid passport.
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY
After Brexit, We Must Address Voters' Immigration Concerns With A Bespoke
Sir Gerald Howarth, Conservative MP for Aldershot
HuffPost, 26 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

In this essential debate about migration and the EU, we should not forget that half of net annual migration into the UK is represented by non-EU migrants, something over which we have had control. There is therefore much work to be done to fashion a system which benefits the economy but reassures a concerned public.
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IMMIGRATION – PUBLIC OPINION, CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Andrew Green: The Government has lost its way on immigration – and the Home Secretary shows no interest in reducing it
Lord Green
Conservative Home, 26 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meanwhile, the public have been repeatedly promised control over immigration – which they have rightly interpreted as a reduction. The public have had enough of excuses. Failure to deliver will severely shake public confidence, certainly in the Conservative Party, but also in our political system as a whole.
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IMMIGRATION – PUBLIC OPINION
Attitudes to immigration have softened since referendum but most still want to see it reduced
Ipsos MORI, 26 March 2018

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

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

Perceptions about the current Government and immigration

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

. Seven in ten (69%) are not confident that even by leaving the EU, that the Government will reduce net migration to the "tens of thousands" in the next few years (21% are confident).
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MULTICULTURALISM – RELIGION, ISLAM
Atheist Richard Dawkins Warns Christianity Could be Replaced by 'Something Worse'
Amy Furr
Townhall, 26 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But that just isn't happening. According to the leading trade organisation, the Residential Landlords Association, only 91 landlords were prosecuted in the first year that the rules were in fully in place. It's difficult to match this figure precisely against the number of people arrested for immigration offences who have been in the country longer than the few days necessary to procure at least some sort of roof over their heads. People you can therefore assume have a landlord who is acting illegally. There must be thousands in this category. Surely there should be some sort of correlation between the number of people detained and the numbers of landlords prosecuted for housing them? But there isn't.
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CRIME – SLAVERY, PEOPLE-SMUGGLING
From child drug mules to migrant smuggling, reports of slavery soar in Britain
Lin Taylor
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 26 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

At least 13,000 people across Britain are estimated by the government to be victims of modern slavery - trapped in forced labour, sexual exploitation and domestic servitude - but police say the true figure is likely to be in the tens of thousands.
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CRIME – SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN
Child sex gang of seven 'predatory' men who abused girls as young as 13 in a 's*** wagon' with number plate ending 'SHG' are convicted after jury took 24 DAYS to reach their verdict
Bridie Pearson-Jones
MailOnline, 25 March 2018

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

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

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

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

The lengthy trial saw seven defendants convicted - Raheem Ahmed, Moinul Islam, Kamran Khan, Kameer Iqbal, Khalid Hussain, Alladitta Yousaf and Assad Hussain.
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REPATRIATION/DEPORTATION
London Homeless DOUBLE After Deportations Blocked by EU Free Movement Rules
Liam Deacon
Breitbart, 25 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

She also said the council can no longer check the background of EU street sleepers, including criminal offenders or victims of trafficking. The Home Office stopped sharing information because of the ruling.
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MULTICULTURALISM – RELIGION
Islam Poised to Pass Anglicans as Preferred Religion of Britain's Young Adults
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
Breitbart, 25 March 2018

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

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

Moreover, the UK has a significant gap in fertility rates between Muslims and non-Muslims, with Muslim women having an average of 2.9 children compared to the 1.8 had by non-Muslims.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – ALBANIANS
Five steps to reach Britain (for a £10,000 fee): Route revealed as police smash the people-smuggling gang that sneaked 750 Albanians into the UK
Tom Kelly
Daily Mail, 24 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The elderly are particularly vulnerable: ...
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POPULATION PRESSURE – TRAFFIC SPEED
Cars to travel slower than bicycles on England's clogged-up roads within a decade
Christopher Hope and Patrick Scott
Daily Telegraph, 24 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

During the evening rush hour this figure is even slower at 22.2mph.
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IMMIGRATION – EUROPE, PUBLIC OPINION
Why do politicians refuse to tell it how it is on immigration?
Douglas Murray
The Spectator, 24 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

... We must begin to treat all people fairly, and according to their actions. We must abolish hate-speech laws, and stop travelling down the road to censorship.
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EXTREMISM
Soros's HOPE Not Hate Sees Massive Backlash over Book Ban List
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 21 March 2018

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

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

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

One reply, which has over 1,000 likes on the platform, saw user Bil Irving write: "Cannot support this. There is nothing good to be had from banning books, no matter how much you disagree with them. Quite frankly, it's a Nazi tactic, and I'm genuinely surprised at HNH for even suggesting this."
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EXTREMISM – POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
Our lawmakers' fear of 'racism' has put the rights of terrorists before the lives of innocents
Allison Pearson
Daily Telegraph, 21 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Of course what this is is the enforcement of what one might call 'Rowley-ism', after the Metropolitan Police's former assistant commissioner Mark Rowley. It was he who last month embedded the idea that the UK faces an equally balanced challenge: Islamist extremism on the one side, far-right extremism on the other. In order to sustain this equation it appears that for the time-being one must draw a moral equivalence between Muslims who blow things up and non-Muslims who do not, but have mean views. And an equivalence between Muslims who call for murder and non-Muslims who do not. Officials (retired and serving) at the borders, in the police force or in Parliament, who think that this will prove a formula for societal security and harmony can have no idea of the trouble they are storing up for some later date.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ISRAEL
Netanyahu says African migrants worse threat than jihadists
France 24, 20 March 2018

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

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

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

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

"After a million, 1.5 million, we might as well shut up shop," he added. "We did not close down, we built a fence."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – SEXUAL CRIMES, GERMANY
Germany: Migrant Rape Crisis Still Sowing Terror and Destruction
Soeren Kern
Gatestone Institute, 20 March 2018

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

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

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

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

Germany's migrant sex-crime problem is being exacerbated by its lenient legal system, in which offenders receive relatively light sentences, even for serious crimes. In many instances, individuals who are arrested for sex crimes are immediately released after questioning from police.
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IMMIGRATION – 15-YEAR-OLDS
Almost 29 per cent of 15-year-olds in Britain now come from immigrant backgrounds, international think tank reveals
Tim Sculthorpe
MailOnline, 20 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Compared with PISA tests taken in 2003, the percentage of immigrant students in the UK rose by nine percentage points, compared with an OECD average of around six percentage points and an EU average of around seven percentage points.
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POLITICS – HATE INCIDENT, THOUGHT CRIME, FREE SPEECH
London Police Edit 'Thought Crime' Threat After Ridicule Online
Liam Deacon
Breitbart, 20 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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



According to Kavaklioglu, if this trend continues,



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



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

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



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


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

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

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

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

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

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

He said the gang forged passports for those travelling and helped them reach their destinations travelling through other European countries, or through the Dominican Republic or other countries in South America.
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EXTREMISM – FREE SPEECH
The 'patriotic' thought police came for Corbyn. You are next
Peter Hitchens
Mail on Sunday, 18 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yes, I am scared, and I never have been before. And so should you be.
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EXTREMISM – NATIONALISTS, FREE SPEECH
Even those with the vilest of views have the right to be heard
Kenan Malik
The Guardian, 18 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

If we allow the state to define the limits of acceptable speech, it will not just be speech to which we object that gets curtailed.
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RACISM – SCHOOL SPORTS
Now PE is RACIST says taxpayer-funded study that claims that teaching children to play football, rugby, cricket and netball favours 'white privilege'
Jonathan Petre
Mail on Sunday, 18 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The report also states that PE is 'constructed as a predominantly white, unmarked space'.
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CRIME – SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN, ISLAM
As a Rotherham grooming gang survivor, I want people to know about the religious extremism which inspired my abusers
Ella Hill
Independent, 18 March 2018
[Ella Hill is a pseudonym]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As FOCUS points out, however, the question "Does Islam belong to Germany?" is imprecise and leaves considerable room for personal interpretation.
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TERRORISM – BIRMINGHAM
Ross Kemp wore the same body armour from Syria 'on the streets of Birmingham'
Rebecca Lewis
Metro, 16 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Ross has been working with the West Midlands police force on the documentary as well as the British Transport Police, Northumberland police and South Yorkshire police.
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CRIME – SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN, TELFORD
Telford abuse: MP 'inundated' with child grooming reports
BBC, 16 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"My message is: Muslims need to live with us, not next to us or against us," said Seehofer, who was sworn in as interior minister on Wednesday.
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TERRORISM – ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, ASYLUM
Ahmed Hassan found guilty of attempted murder on Parsons Green Tube
Mark White
Sky News, 16 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

During his trial, he told the court he had made up the story, because he actually came from a safe area of northern Iraq and feared he would have been refused permission to stay.
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POPULATION PRESSURE – SECONDARY SCHOOLS
Secondary school pupil numbers will rise by more than 600,000 by 2023 due to baby boom driven by migration
Eleanor Harding
Daily Mail, 16 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

The forecast was released by the Government yesterday.

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

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

Last week it was reported that almost two-thirds of secondary schools had increased class sizes in the last two years amid growing demand for places.
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ASYLUM – FAMILIES, RISK
Tory MP blasted for claiming letting the families of child refugees come to the UK will put the country at risk of Cologne-style mass sexual assaults
Alain Tolhurst
The Sun, 16 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

His attempt to get the bill thrown out failed however, after a vote to move it onto the committee stage was passed by 129 votes to 42.
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POLITICS – HATE CRIME, HATE INCIDENT, THOUGHT CRIME
London Police Issue 'Hate Crime' Guidelines. Think Twice Before You Open Your Mouth.
Hank Berrien
Dailywire, 16 March 2018

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

The guidelines get even dicier here:



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

...

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

Doubtless the British think so.
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CRIME – SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN, TELFORD
Police 'victim blame' Telford sex abuse victims as young as 11 with internal memo telling officers 'in most cases the sex is consensual'
Anthony Joseph and Martin Robinson
MailOnline, 15 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

According to Home Office figures, Telford, a town of 170,000 people, has the third highest number of child sexual offences recorded in the UK, after Blackpool and Rotherham.
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POPULATION PRESSURE – HOUSING
How mass immigration drives the housing crisis
Lionel Shriver
The Spectator, 17 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

... The UK's housing crisis rests hand-in-glove with mass immigration.
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TERRORISM – ISLAM, ASIA, EUROPE
Islamic radicalization in Pakistan poses threat to world, say experts
The Hans India, 15 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Maarten Bolhuis, a researcher and lecturer at the Criminal Law and Criminology Department of the UV University in Amsterdam spoke about the nexus between asylum, immigration and jihadism.
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MULTICULTURALISM – SEGREGATION
We are sleepwalking into an increasingly segregated country – it's time to ignore 'racism' fears and act to stop Britain falling apart
Dame Louise Casey
The Sun, 14 March 2018

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

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

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

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

We must talk about Sharia law. It is a core British value that you are free to live how you choose as long as you respect our democracy and rule of law. But tiptoeing around issues or turning a blind eye to abuse gets us nowhere.
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MULTICULTURALISM – ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Sajid Javid: 770,000 people in England unable to speak English well
Anushka Asthana
The Guardian, 14 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

She also highlighted "deeply regressive religious and cultural practices, especially when it comes to women".
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – AUSTRALIA
Australia's immigration jobs myth: Population expert says migrants aren't fixing skill shortages and are making it HARDER for people to get jobs – and he has the numbers to prove it
Stephen Johnson
Daily Mail Australia, 14 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This letter shames Britain.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No more, apparently.
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – EU MIGRANTS' BENEFITS
Migrants claim £4bn a year in benefits, new report claims
Edward Malnick
Telegraph, 11 March 2018

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

The amount, in a paper produced by former Conservative Party leader and Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, came as Mr Duncan Smith set out proposals for post-Brexit rules preventing EU migrants from entering Britain unless they have already secured a job, and imposing a five-year delay before they are allowed to claim income, family or housing benefits.
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CRIME – SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN, TELFORD
Britain's 'worst ever' child grooming scandal exposed: Hundreds of young girls raped, beaten, sold for sex and some even KILLED
Nick Sommerlad and Geraldine McKelvie
Sunday Mirror, 11 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prof Kelly said: "We are acting as if we didn't know about child sex abuse rings. We have an unfortunate capacity to choose to forget."
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – EU MIGRANTS' BENEFITS
EU migrants in Britain claimed more than £4bn a year in benefits
David Wooding
The Sun, 11 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

There is a stark contrast between Western and Eastern Europeans.

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

DWP figures were not broken down by country.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"That's potentially a huge step forward for us as a movement committed to inclusivity," he said.
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EXTREMISM – ISLAM
Christian refugee returns to Syria because Europe is flooded with ISIS supporters
Voice of Europe, 9 March 2018

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

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

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

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

Haddad warns Europe and says "it's not good that Europe is open to all". "ISIS and Al-Nusra want to destroy everything, even with you. If you do not understand that, I'm pessimistic for the future of Europe," he says.
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POLITICS – POPULISM
Italy's election result shouldn't be a shock. The populist revolution has just begun
Rod Liddle
The Spectator, 9 March 2018

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

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

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

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

An opinion poll back in October suggested that 60 per cent of Italians wanted very tough restrictions on immigration into their country. That is absolutely in line with other opinion polls across Europe. It is remarkable that Europe's liberal elite has not grasped this fact; even if Merkel has of late. The people of Europe do not want any more immigration on the scale we have seen in the past five years. That is the principal reason they are voting for populist leaders and why they will continue to do so.
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ASYLUM – DEPORTATION
Just one in ten asylum seekers who come to Britain are sent back to the country they first arrived in due to 'completely useless' EU rules
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 9 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Under the convention, any country which fingerprints an immigrant has to take responsibility for them.
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EXTREMISM – ISLAM
Parsons Green bomb suspect admitted being 'trained to kill' by Islamic State, court hears
Martin Evans
Daily Telegraph, 8 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The judge's actual words were that Fransen and Golding had 'demonstrated hostility' to 'people of the Muslim faith' in their harassing, obsessive campaign around that Kent rape case. That is, to Muslims. But it is not surprising in the least that the media have reported this as 'hostility to the Muslim faith', nor that much of the media think it is acceptable to punish people for demonstrating such hostility, because the trial absolutely was concerned with Fransen's and Golding's views on Islam. That is clear from the fact that they were convicted of 'religiously aggravated harassment'. That is, they weren't merely punished for harassing people. They were also punished for what they were thinking as they harassed these people, in essence for what they believe: that Islam is bad and Muslims are dangerous. They weren't only punished for what they did but also for what they thought. There's a word for that: thoughtcrime.
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POPULATION PRESSURE – SCHOOLS
Class sizes increase at nearly two thirds of secondary schools in the past two years as teachers feel the impact of a baby boom
Eleanor Harding
Daily Mail, 8 March 2018

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

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

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

It is estimated there will be an extra 540,000 more secondary school pupils by 2025, up 19 per cent. Around 65,000 more youngsters are expected to join secondary schools this autumn alone.
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EMPLOYMENT – ROBOTS
The cauliflower-picking robot funded by the EU that is set to replace migrant workers for short-staffed farmers in Cornwall
Joe Pinkstone
MailOnline, 7 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'Robotic harvesting has the potential to increase productivity and control the costs.'
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CRIME – EU CITIZENS
EU citizens in Bristol will use 'tick-box' to say if they are criminals or not
Patrick Daly
Bristol Post, 7 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

She said the "movement of labour with EU countries" was "absolutely part of the negotiations".
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MULTICULTURALISM – DIVERSITY
Gorgeous Portraits Show Britain's Diverse Future
Kate Bubacz
Buzzfeed, 7 March 2018

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

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

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

Arthur worked with a nongovernment organization out of Glasgow to connect with many of the families, and plans to continue the project in different areas around the UK.
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POPULATION PRESSURE – HOUSING
Hesitant housing reforms 'lack ambition'
David Coleman, Professor emeritus of demography, University of Oxford
The Times, 7 March 2018
[Letter to the Editor]

It is certainly true that in the short and medium term many more homes must be built for those in need, and at a moderate price. But we will get nowhere until we consider where demand is coming from and do something about it.

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

Perhaps those employers who press so hard for the freedom to recruit immigrant workers should be required to provide the housing for them.
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IMMIGRATION – POLITICS
Immigration: Who should we let in after Brexit?
Nick Robinson
BBC, 7 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brexiteers like Jacob Rees Mogg back the latter approach.

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

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

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

The truth is the debate on immigration has scarcely begun.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – BERLIN, GERMANY
Hatred against Germans is increasing in Berlin, says city's interior minister
The Local [Germany], 7 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bergdorf said "endless attacks" on her character by the "right wing press" and vitriolic abuse on social media had forced her to resign from the position.
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TERRORISM – EUROPE
By any other Name: No-go Zones, Rhetoric and Reality
Migration Research Institute, 6 March 2018

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A place where a woman can be harassed in the open during daytime, insulted, deprived to wear what she wants, or to behave the way she wants, whether we call it a sensitive area, a vulnerable area, a banlieue, a ghetto, a no-go zone, or any other name, is the daily reality in many Western European cities. Even more, these areas constitute threats to safety and security by way of crime, riots and terrorism. The latter triad is not a subject of debate. /.../ The schools are usually the worst in the country, the ones where students threaten and attack the teachers, where the buses are vandalized, and bus drivers are menaced, etc. The truth is that these areas have the most polluted air, the least jobs, the least income, have the most radical Islamists, unauthorized mosques, informal activities that do not pay taxes, unhealthy food, undeclared and underpaid jobs, the noisiest places, the ones you can hear fights every night and the ones that lead some young people to become terrorists.

Hungary's position and that of other Central European countries consists in arguing that migration comes with sensitive or vulnerable areas (or like some would call them no-go areas), the cost and the implications of which are disastrous for society, culture, and everyday life and even if most people are peaceful, gangs and terrorists groups use these spaces to sabotage and destroy the host society.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – AUSTRALIA
Housing report says migration may need to be cut to preserve quality of life
Gareth Hutchens
The Guardian, 5 March 2018

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

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

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

House prices have more than doubled in real terms over the past 20 years, with the strains most acute in Sydney and Melbourne. Since 2012, house prices have risen 50% in Melbourne and 70% in Sydney.
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REPATRIATION/DEPORTATION – CRIMINALS
Hundreds of foreign criminals waiting to be deported fall off the radar: Home Office loses track of 500 offenders after they are let out of prison
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 5 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

However, the numbers could be even higher.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Home Office said more than 41,000 foreign offenders have been removed from the UK since 2010, including a record 6,346 in 2016-17.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – MULTICULTURALISM, CRIME, GERMANY
Angela Merkel's real legacy is the lawless no-go areas that police fear to patrol where half of the locals have foreign roots and the German tongue is a rarity
Sue Reid
Daily Mail, 5 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

According to the locals, Marxloh's streets serve as boundaries between ethnic gangs guarding their drug-dealing turf. One is called 'Kurdish road', another 'Romanian Road'.
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POLITICS – LIBERAL DEMOCRATS
Migration and the liberal dilemma
Lord William Wallace
Liberal Democrat Voice, 5 March 2018
[Lord Wallace of Saltaire is a Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords]

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

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

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

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

I don't have answers to these dilemmas. And I recognise that the British public, to whom we wish to appeal, are at best wavering liberals on this.
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EXTREMISM – ISLAM
Praised asylum activist came face to face with Muslim behavior – wants to stop Islam
Free West Media, 5 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In what way is that a problem?

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

Integration is doing the exact opposite to what people imagine – Muslims are often open and humble in the beginning, but later turn dominant and arrogant when they start feeling safe and at home.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – VIOLENCE, SWEDEN
Hand Grenades and Gang Violence Rattle Sweden's Middle Class
Ellen Barry and Christina Anderson
New York Times, 4 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But critics said universities were pandering to 'political correctness' and were 'stupid' if they let down students by dumbing down degrees.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, ITALY
Italian election: Italy's Trump Matteo Salvini IS serious about migrant crackdown - expert
Ciaran McGrath
Sunday Express, 4 March 2018

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

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

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

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

He said: "Italy has experienced in the last few years quite a dramatic increase of economic (or illegal) immigrants, especially from the sub-Saharan continent.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ITALY
Former Minister: Italy Must Be Guided in Its 'Change of Population' Due to Immigration
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
Breitbart, 3 March 2018

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

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

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

In 2017, Italy had more than five million foreigners living as residents, a growth of 25 percent above 2012 levels and a remarkable 270 percent above 2002. At that time, foreigners made up just 2.38 percent of the population, while fifteen years later, the figure has nearly trebled to 8.33 percent of the population.
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EXTREMISM – POLITICS
The word 'extremist' has lost all meaning
Rod Liddle
The Spectator, 3 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yet the Trust only went public by launching a helpline for patients in June 2013 – after the Birmingham Mail exposed the scandal.
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EMPLOYMENT – WAGES, RACISM, POLITICS
Memo to Jericho: Lower UK immigration boosts wages
Leith van Onselen
Macrobusiness, 2 March 2018

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

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

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

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

More from Bloomberg: ...

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

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



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



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

It's precisely because of the Fake Left's failure to rationally discuss immigration that ordinary Australians are being pushed to "the inherently racist parties" that Jericho hates so much.
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DIVERSITY – OFCOM, BBC
BBC audit to ensure gay and black screen talent
Matthew Moore
The Times, 1 March 2018

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

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

The project represents the first official attempt to evaluate the on-screen diversity of the national broadcaster.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – POLITICS, ITALY
Italians aren't fascists. They're angry about immigration
Nicholas Farrell
The Spectator, 3 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It quoted a former liberal US Supreme Court judge, Justice Blackmun, on why people should be treated differently on race grounds. The US judge said: 'In order to get beyond racism, we must first take account of race. There is no other way. And in order to treat some persons equally, we must treat them differently.'
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IMMIGRATION – EU CITIZENS
EU nationals who arrive in Britain after Brexit are offered the chance to stay for good if they live here for five years, Home Office says despite May's promise to end free movement
Tim Sculthorpe
MailOnline, 1 March 2018

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

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

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

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

It means thousands of EU nationals could qualify for the permanent right to live in Britain even if they arrive after Brexit.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – REPATRIATION, GERMANY
Voluntary Repatriation: 10,000 Migrants Joined German Subsidised Deportation Scheme in 2017
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 1 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The model later clarified her comments in an interview with the Guardian, saying she had written an "epic three-parter" on how "racism is a social structure and how, if this is the case, what can you do to combat racism?"

She said her mother was angry about her post, telling the newspaper: "That was an awful conversation. I'm half-white. My mum thought I was lumping her in with everyone, but this isn't about individuals.

"To understand my point, you have to take yourself out of the conversation – it's not about you – and truly think about society, structurally, economically, as a whole."

Her role as part of a group advising Ms Butler is unpaid and the panel is not managed by Labour.
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POLITICS – NEW POLITICAL DIVIDE
New political divide in UK is over openness to the world, polling finds
Anushka Asthana
The Guardian, 28 February 2018

British politics is no longer as simple as left against right, according to research highlighted by senior Conservative and Labour strategists.

Traditionally loyal voters have never been more prepared to cross party lines, said Andrew Cooper, David Cameron's former director of strategy, and Spencer Livermore, a Labour adviser on four election campaigns, who described how shifting attitudes have created new divisions in the UK.

"Open versus closed is becoming more and more significant," said Lord Cooper, launching a report with polling that suggests it is easier to predict voting habits by how internationalist people are, whether they live in diverse communities, their feelings towards minorities and their age.

"It means that lots of people who once were good bets to be Conservative now turn out to be Labour. And people that pollsters might have predicted would be Labour are now Tories," he said.

An analysis carried out by Cooper using the polling company Populus on behalf of the thinktank Global Future laid bare a stark divide between people aged 18 to 44 and those over 45, with a huge gap in attitudes to internationalism, multiculturalism and immigration.
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POLITICS – LABOUR PARTY
Labour 'weaponises' Brexit to win votes from EU migrants
Sam Coates and Oliver Wright
The Times, 27 February 2018

Labour is planning to "weaponise" its new softer Brexit stance to woo three million citizens from other EU nations who are eligible to vote in the forthcoming local elections.

MPs have been writing to Europeans living in Britain appealing for their support at the ballot box in London and elsewhere in May.

A letter from Neil Coyle, MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark in the capital, begins "as someone from an EU member state", suggesting that the party is directly targeting non-Britons.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – EUROPEAN UNION
'Germany changed the rules' Why Eastern Europeans are FURIOUS at Angela Merkel
Harvey Gavin
Daily Express, 27 February 2018

The European Union's newest members in Eastern Europe are furious with German leader Angela Merkel over her handling of the refugee crisis, a political scientist has revealed.

Ivan Krastev said countries such as Romania, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic enjoyed a brief honeymoon period after joining the EU but now feel like they have been taken advantage of.

The Eastern Europe expert said Mrs Merkel had "suddenly changed the rules" during the 2015 migrant crisis, a decision which led to poorer nations in the east being forced to take their share of new arrivals.

And he warned the EU's failure to agree a long-term solution to rehoming refugees and asylum seekers was only making the situation worse.

In an interview with German newspaper Welt am Sonntag, Mr Krastev said: "The Eastern Europeans are now feeling like the biggest losers." ...

After more than one million more people applied for asylum in 2016, Brussels warned Eastern European counties they would be stripped of EU funding if they refused to take their fair share of arrivals under the bloc's controversial quota system. ...

He said: "We were asked to accept a relatively small number and to show solidarity after having experienced solidarity ourselves.

"The refugee crisis is causing a massive dispute between Western and Eastern Europe."

Mr Krastev added Mrs Merkel had become a symbol of an EU which has become an enemy in the eyes of many Eastern Europeans. ...

He added: "During the euro crisis, Germany had made everyone commit to keeping the rules if they wanted to preserve Europe.

"Now it suddenly changed the rules."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – USA
Feds Provide Almost $2 Billion in Subsidies to Hire Alien Grads Rather than U.S. Grads
David North
Center for Immigration Studies, 27 February 2018

The Optional Practical Training (OPT) program, in which the American government pays American employers to discriminate against American workers has grown rapidly in recent years, and during FY 2017 it used nearly $2 billion swiped from trust funds for the elderly to favor 240,000 alien college grads over an equal number of U.S.-resident grads.

It is hard to believe, but true; employers of foreign students who have a degree from a U.S. institution are given an 8.25 percent tax break if they hire an alien, rather than a U.S. college grad with the same skills, and paid at the same salary, ... ...

... It is now clear that in FY 2017 the total subsidies came to something like $1.98 billion, or close to $2 billion.

The program, as we noted earlier, has had silent but bipartisan support; it was created by the Bush II administration without any congressional authorization, was subsequently expanded by the Obama administration, and has been tolerated by the Trump administration.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – GERMANY
'You have to call it by name': Merkel publicly admits 'no-go areas' in Germany
RT, 27 February 2018

Speaking with RTL, Merkel acknowledged that there are areas in Germany where people cannot feel safe. She also made it clear that it's time for the authorities to do something in order to ensure public safety.

"It's always a point to me that [ensuring] domestic security is the state's obligation, the state has the monopoly of power, the state has to make sure that people have the right to it whenever they meet and move in a public space," Merkel argued.

She then took aim at "no-go areas," which gained notoriety all across Europe during the refugee influx that reached its peak in 2015. Merkel bluntly dismissed the claim that 'no-go areas' are non-existent in Germany, stressing instead that "there are such spaces, and you have to call that by name and you have to do something about it." ...

While the chancellor refrained from touching upon the subject of rising violent crime among refugees, her interview came several weeks after a government-sponsored study showed a drastic increase in violent crime committed by male migrants aged 14 to 30. The massive influx of asylum seekers led to a spike in violent criminal acts, the study, which was conducted by a group of criminologists and forensic experts, stated.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – GERMANY
Merkel Finally Acknowledges German "No-Go" Zones, Vows To Eliminate
Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge, 27 February 2018

... German Chancellor Angela Merkel sat down with Germany's RTL Aktuell where she discussed a number of policy positions - including an acknowledgement of Germany's growing "no-go" zones, and the need to do something about them. ...

Following the dramatic influx of primarily North African migrants, several German publications have documented the growing problem of "no-go" zones - areas in which it is unsafe for non-Muslim citizens to travel.

The newspaper, Bild, and the newsmagazine, Focus, among others, have identified /.../ more than 40 "problem areas" (Problemviertel) across Germany. These are areas where large concentrations of migrants, high levels of unemployment and chronic welfare dependency, combined with urban decay, have become incubators for anarchy.

In an article entitled "Ghetto Report Germany," Bild describes these areas as "burgeoning ghettos, parallel societies and no-go areas."
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"In Berlin or in the north of Duisburg there are neighborhoods where colleagues hardly dare to stop a car – because they know that they'll be surrounded by 40 or 50 men." These attacks amount to a "deliberate challenge to the authority of the state – attacks in which the perpetrators are expressing their contempt for our society," said Rainer Wendt, President of the German Police Union.
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IMMIGRATION – PROBLEMS
Immigration is the cause of our problems not the solution
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 26 February 2018

The metropolitan elite likes to claim that mass immigration is an engine of social progress, bringing vibrancy to our culture and prosperity to our economy. In reality, the vast annual foreign influx achieves the opposite.

Profoundly reactionary in its consequences, this demographic revolution has weakened solidarity, worsened living standards, and intensified pressure on our public services. As cohesion frays, our once gentle, well-ordered society is awash with violent crime and poisonous identity politics.

A classic example of liberal doublethink on immigration came yesterday from Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury. In a newspaper article, he trumpeted the need for a "generous" border policy.

"Welcoming strangers to our country and integrating them is important," he declared, adding stridently that "we must never crush the new diversity".

The prattling prelate has certainly had his wish in recent years.

"Generous" might be one word for the Government's approach to immigration.

"Criminally lax" and "institutionalised suicide" might well be others.

Last week, latest figures from the Office for National Statistics revealed that 578,000 migrants settled here in the year to September 2017. ...

... He wails that "the most important building blocks of our nation have been undermined", but refuses to admit that the cause is the systematic demolition of our national identity and heritage by the obsession with diversity.

In the same contradictory vein, he moans about a lack of "common values" in Britain. Well that's due to the pro-immigration doctrine he so blindly espouses. ...

In large swathes of urban England, Britons are now aliens in their own land.

Welby's hollow contribution is so typical of the dishonesty that grips British progressives.

Instead of facing up to the heavy economic costs of mass immigration, including rising welfare bills and strains on the civic infrastructure, they pretend that Britain could not possibly survive without the import of millions of foreigners.

This attitude was summed up by former diplomat Lord Kerr, who said recently that "native Britons are so bloody stupid" that we "need an injection of intelligent people from overseas".

That kind of self-loathing is absurd, given Britain's historic record as a powerhouse of industry, democracy and invention. But it is also based on the fallacy that migrants are far more diligent and dynamic than British people.

"They come here to work," is the favourite mantra of the progressives.

It is untrue.

According to last week's ONS report, less than half of all immigrants arrived here to work, and just 32 per cent had definite jobs to go to. ...

The negative impact of immigration can be seen all around us, bringing sharia courts, ballot box fraud, primitive misogyny, racial divisions and the erosion of free speech.

Amid a surge in violent crime, almost a quarter of the entire prison population belongs to ethnic minorities, with the figure rising to 47 per cent in young offender institutions.
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EXTREMISM – CHARITIES, ISLAM
Wolves in Sheep's Clothing: How Islamist Extremists Exploit the UK Charitable Sector
Henry Jackson Society, 25 February 2018

The British taxpayer has handed over more than £6 million to charities that are currently, or have been in the past, used by extremists to further their radical agenda, according to a new report from the Henry Jackson Society.

The report's case studies are illustrative – so £6 million is likely the tip of the iceberg.

The money is enough to fund 27,328 hospital beds per day, the annual salary of 234 infantry soldiers, or the salary of 264 new teachers – but instead, it is being handed over to individuals some of whose involvement in extremism can be traced back to the Islamist scene in the early 2000s.

Wolves in Sheep's Clothing: How Islamist Extremists Exploit the UK Charitable Sector finds that, despite more than a decade of attempts to improve regulations, a concerning number of UK-registered charities continue to fund and support extremism.

Figures from across the Islamist spectrum, including the Muslim Brotherhood, form a network which seeks to delegitimise and push out moderate voices, while masquerading as representatives of 'true' Islam.
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IMMIGRATION – BORDER CONTROLS
Immigration from non-EU countries is out of control
Stephen Pollard
Sunday Express, 25 February 2018

You will no doubt have seen the latest immigration figures. They show that in the year to September 2017 net immigration from the EU to the UK was down to 90,000. ...

But that's just one side of the coin.

Because at the very same time net migration from non-EU countries rose sharply by 40,000 to 205,000.

Around half of that number are students and there is an argument as to whether they should be included in the immigration figures since the vast majority leave after their studies.

But even taking that into account, along with the fall in EU migration, we are left with an official figure for net annual migration of 244,000.

In other words, last year alone saw the equivalent of an entire new city the size of Wolverhampton arriving in Britain.

As has happened year after year after year after year after year... you get the picture. ...

The need to take control of our borders again was one of the key factors behind the Brexit vote in June 2016.

But as these latest figures show, it's not just EU immigration that matters.

Even after we regain control of migration policy when we leave the EU we will still need to deal with the numbers of immigrants from outside the EU.

Because in theory we already have control over them today. ...

I should point out now that according to Diane Abbott, Labour's shadow home secretary, the very fact that I have mentioned any of this marks me – and, if you also think that immigration needs to be controlled, you – as racist. ...

Let's simply consider the outrageous slur and contempt in which she clearly holds many of her own Labour voters, who voted en masse for Brexit, driven in large measure by the feeling that the political establishment was ignoring their concerns.

Because even if you put to one side the sheer scale of immigration and the burden that the annual influx of the equivalent of vast new cities puts on housing, schools and hospitals, the immediate concern is surely the scale of illegal immigration. ...

We do not yet have a clue what immigration policy the Government intends to implement after we leave the EU.

And as for illegal immigration: the situation is getting worse, not better.

I've been using the figure of 40,000 for annual illegal immigration but that's simply a commonly accepted estimate.

The Home Office has its own estimate but won't even admit it has such a figure, let alone publish it.

Last summer David Wood, the former director general of immigration enforcement, revealed that the Home Office estimate (based on a raft of sensible measures) shows 150,000 illegal immigrants arriving every year. ...

The sheer scale demands action but instead the authorities are doing next to nothing.

According to Mr Wood, the chance of a migrant being detained and deported for overstaying their visa is just one in 1,000. ...

The idea we are now in control of our non-EU borders is a fantasy.

And the idea that we will regain control of our EU borders when we leave is a fantasy.

What we need is honesty about the true figures of both legal and illegal immigrants.

And action to ensure that border control means precisely what it says.
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY
UK plans to increase migrant numbers as home secretary vows to open borders
RT, 24 February 2018

The UK could take in thousands more refugees after an initial 20,000 from Syria, according to the home secretary. So far, 10,538 people have been housed in the UK but the government is planning to double that figure by 2020. ...

However, after a trip to Lebanon, Amber Rudd claims she will consider upping that figure to welcome many more. Ms. Rudd said: "20,000 is definitely achievable by 2020, and I hope that we may get there earlier than that in fact. At the moment I am consulting with stakeholders and really engaging with other departments to decide what we should have to replace that when we go forward after 2020." ...

Britain has paid out £2.46 billion ($3.4 billion) in funding to help Syrian families since 2012.
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CRIME – SEXUAL EXPLOITATION, CHILDREN, ADULTS
Grooming is still rife in Britain: Warning as major report says police gave gangs the 'green light' to sexually abuse 700 girls and women - and reveals one attacker would have been BEHEADED in his homeland for his crime
Chris Brooke And Josh White
Daily Mail, 24 February 2018

Grooming gangs are still sexually abusing girls and young women across the country despite repeated warnings and prosecutions, a shocking report revealed yesterday.

Efforts to stop the exploitation have been hampered by the authorities' failure to understand why abusers target vulnerable white girls, the investigation found.

The author of a report into the latest abuse scandal yesterday urged the Government to order a national study into the 'cultural influences' on the offenders, predominantly from an 'Asian British' background.

The inquiry into gangs who groomed 700 girls and women in the North-East came four years after more than a thousand victims were found to have been abused in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. The new report revealed:

The authorities effectively gave grooming gangs the green light to sexually abuse by failing to prosecute, instead locking up victims;

. One abuser – an illegal immigrant granted indefinite leave to remain – denounced British girls' 'lack of morals' and praised the availability of sex and drugs;

. The abuse of vulnerable victims is still 'taking place across the country' and 'all children and vulnerable adults are at risk'

The serious case review by barrister David Spicer examined the actions of agencies involved in Operation Sanctuary, which was launched by Northumbria Police. ...

The Government promised to 'look carefully' at Mr Spicer's 33 recommendations. He said more powers were also needed to protect adults who were 'being targeted, groomed and exploited'.

His report also highlighted that the men responsible for 'this particular model of abuse' were from a predominantly 'Asian British' minority background. Significantly, their 'beliefs are not known'.

Mr Spicer said professionals interviewed for his inquiry 'emphasised the lack of information about the profile and motivation for abusing' that continued to hamper understanding how to stop it. ...

Although good recent practice by detectives was identified, their previous negligent approach was laid bare. Police failed to consistently investigate, formally interview and check the backgrounds of suspects, the report revealed.

There were also 'no effective inquiries' about why girls were found with older, unrelated men. ...

Mr Spicer criticised the 'lack of professional curiosity' by agencies and highlighted the failure to collect physical evidence. ...

The report also detailed the failure of the criminal justice system and the Crown Prosecution Service to bring offenders to court. ...

Prosecutors have admitted their approach to the credibility of witnesses was 'inappropriately cautious', the report states. It concluded: 'Unless there is change, which requires national debate, sexual exploitation is not likely to be prevented and early identification will remain difficult.'
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Irish Govt 'Paid Press' to Promote Plan to Grow Population by One Million With Mass Migration
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 24 February 2018

The Irish government has been slammed for paying journalists to write good news stories about Project Ireland 2040.

Unveiled by the government last week with a commitment to spend €116 billion, the document outlines plans to boost the Irish nation's 4.7 million population by another million using mass migration.

The government's strategic communications unit paid for sponsored "news pieces" to appear in national and regional newspapers promoting Ireland 2040, which "could not include negative or critical content", The Times reported on Friday.

Speaking in the Irish parliament, or Dáil, opposition leader Micheál Martin branded the government's use of the media to promote its scheme "ethically dubious".

"The blurring of the lines is genuinely worrying from a parliamentary democracy point of view," he said.

"The Taoiseach will say he is promoting the government, but the dogs on the street know he is using taxpayers' money to promote Fine Gael politically."

Project Ireland 2040 has been slammed on social media as a "pyramid scheme" to enrich investors by adding consumers at taxpayers' expense, and as a globalist programme to "replace" the native population. ...

Mass migration from the third world has been a controversial topic in recent months, with reports that gangs of teenagers of African origin are terrorising locals across Dublin.

The criminal youths are "wreaking havoc" throughout the capital, according to police, who say the offences "[range] from shouting and intimidating old people in large groups to assaulting and robbing people of all ages, often with deadly weapons such as large knives." ...

Opposition Fianna Fail TD Jack Chambers said the behaviour of African gangs is a "major problem" that has left many of his constituents "living in fear" and "scared to leave their homes".

Putting the gang members' anti-social attitudes down to "cultural differences", Independent Councillor Tony Murphy reported that police risk causing "a mini riot" any time they try to arrest one of the offenders.
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM, SHARIA LAW
Archbishop of Canterbury says Islamic rules are incompatible with Britain's laws which have Christian values
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 24 February 2018

Sharia law should never become part of the British legal system, the Archbishop of Canterbury said yesterday.

Justin Welby said the Islamic rules are incompatible with Britain's laws, which have developed over 500 years on the principles of a different culture.

He added that high levels of immigration from Muslim countries can 'have an impact on the accepted pattern for choosing a partner, on assumed ages of maturity and sexual activity, and especially on issues of polygamy'.

Archbishop Welby's comments follow the release earlier this month of a highly critical Home Office report that said all couples marrying in mosques should also have to go through a legally-binding civil marriage ceremony to shield wives from injustices under sharia.

They also reverse the position taken by his predecessor Lord Williams, who backed incorporating sharia into the British legal system. Archbishop Welby set out his reasons why sharia should not win official status in a book, Reimagining Britain. ...

The Archbishop said in his book that the arrival of large numbers of Muslims in Britain – there are thought to be 3.3 million here – has led many to challenge the values of the majority population. Among these are the right of people to choose their own husband or wife, and the need for monogamous relationships.
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RACISM – PAKISTANI COMMUNITY
Pakistani Man: "Time To Talk About The Problems Within My Community"
LBC, 24 February 2018

In a powerful call Mohammed told Andrew his Pakistani community is "the most racist" and highlighted a problem with grooming gangs.

Andrew Castle had been discussing the Operation Sanctuary review which has found that vulnerable women are most likely being "extensively" abused across the UK and ministers need to urgently review sex exploitation laws.

Mohammed, who fled Islam, and hasn't seen his family for 30 years, told Andrew it was time to "call a spade a spade".

He insisted: "The racist behaviour which exists in my community needs to be spoken about and addressed".

Mohammed lives in Birmingham.

He said: "The British white community are the most tolerant, the most warm, kind people and it breaks my heart that my Pakistani community is the most racist community".

He said we were not going to move forward through political correctness and that the issue had to be spoken about "openly".
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CRIME – SEXUAL EXPLOITATION
Operation Sanctuary review finds adult abuse 'extensive'
BBC, 23 February 2018

Vulnerable women are most likely being "extensively" abused across the UK and ministers need to urgently review sex exploitation laws, a report says.

David Spicer led a review in the wake of Operation Sanctuary which saw 18 people jailed for the sexual abuse of young women groomed in Newcastle.

He said exploitation was not being recognised in adults.

The operation identified about 700 victims in total across the Northumbria Police area, 108 in Newcastle. ...

In the Newcastle case, most of the men were British-born but all came from Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Indian, Iraqi, Iranian or Turkish communities.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – GERMANY, EUROPEAN UNION
Merkel's list of failures is only getting longer
Marian L. Tupy
CapX, 23 February 2018

Angela Merkel has a new plan to bring the rebellious Central European states to heel. According to the press reports, the German government will seek to divert future structural and cohesion funds away from the poorer European Union members and toward those EU states that host large numbers of non-European migrants. ...

Finally, Merkel insisted on maintaining her open-door policy vis-à-vis non-European migrants who poured into Europe in 2015 – long after it became obvious that her welcoming attitude was intensifying the flow of migrants and wreaking havoc in Central Europe. In addition to putting the entire Schengen Area at risk, Merkel set the stage for a show-down with the new EU members over the question of migrant resettlement. Spooked by the unexpectedly large number of migrants and growing domestic opposition, the Chancellor asked ex-communist countries to share Germany's burden of housing and processing the newcomers. Evidence shows that Central Europeans are more xenophobic than their Western counterparts. But that is only one of the reasons why the governments in that region refused to help Germany. They saw the failure of assimilation of non-European immigrants in Western Europe and did not wish to repeat the same mistake in the East.
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POLITICS – LABOUR PARTY
Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott says Labour will let MORE immigrants into Britain if they get into Number 10
Kate Ferguson
MailOnline, 22 February 2018

Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott today said Labour would let more immigrants into Britain if they are elected into Downing Street.

The Labour frontbencher said that if Jeremy Corbyn becomes Prime Minister he will usher in new laws to loosen border controls.

She said they will change the rules to let child refugees who come to Britain bring their parents and carers with them.

Ms Abbott also said Labour would end the policy of deporting children without the entitlement to be in the UK when they reach the age of 18.
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IMMIGRATION – STATISTICS
Migration figures: Record numbers of EU nationals leaving UK
BBC, 22 February 2018

The number of EU citizens leaving the UK is at its highest level for a decade, figures from the Office for National Statistics show.

It estimates that 130,000 EU nationals emigrated in the year to September, the highest number since 2008.

Meanwhile, 220,000 EU nationals came to live in the UK - 47,000 fewer than the previous year.

Net EU migration - the difference between arrivals and departures - was 90,000, the lowest for five years.

The figures also show that more British people are emigrating than are returning to live in the UK.

Of those EU nationals arriving in the UK, fewer were coming for "work-related reasons", in particular to "look for work". ...

By contrast, immigration from countries outside the European Union is going up which means the UK population is continuing to grow at a similar level to early 2014.

Some 285,000 non-EU citizens arrived in the UK in the 12-month period to September, and 80,000 departed.

This gives a net increase of 205,000, the highest for six years.

Overall, net migration is estimated to have fallen by 29,000 to 244,000 in the same period.

This includes 73,000 British people coming back to the UK and 125,000 Britons leaving. ...

The ONS figures also show that in 2017, the UK granted asylum, alternative forms of protection or resettlement to almost 15,000 people, 40% of whom were under 18.
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IMMIGRATION – STATISTICS
Net immigration RISES to 244,000 a year and is still more than DOUBLE the PM's target but numbers from the EU drop below 100,000 for first time since 2013
James Tapsfield
MailOnline, 22 February 2018

Net immigration has risen to 244,000 a year in a reminder of the scale of the task facing the government to curb numbers.

The net flow to the UK in the year to September was up from 230,000 in the 12 months to June.

The increase was driven mainly by a rise in arrivals from outside the EU, with immigration from the bloc slipping sharply, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Net migration from the EU was 90,000 in the year ending September 2017 - the first time it has fallen below 100,000 since 2013.

The net figure from the rest of the world was 205,000, up from 173,000 in the year to June. ...

The year to June 2017 saw the largest decrease in net long-term migration in any 12-month period since records began in 1964.
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DIVERSITY – TEACHERS, CANADA
Teacher education must rise above political correctness
Rodney Clifton and Alexandra Burnett
Times Higher Education, 22 February 2018

Increasingly, Canadian universities seem to be more concerned about political correctness than educating students. ...

A less well known but arguably much more serious example is the increasing tendency for Canadian faculties of education to use admissions criteria that are unrelated to the characteristics and skills needed by effective classroom teachers. At the University of Windsor, for example, special consideration is being given to candidates who reflect "the ethno-cultural and social diversity of Ontario's schools". And, last September, the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba went even further by aiming to admit 45 per cent of incoming teacher candidates on the basis of their self-identification as members of marginalised groups, such as indigenous, disabled, LGBTQ, minority ethnic or socially disadvantaged.

These admission policies are being implemented so that teachers increasingly represent the ever-changing social demographics of provinces. There is some merit to that aspiration, but there are several serious problems. One is that such self-identities are difficult to verify and, consequently, are potentially easy to "game". A second is that such policies are not useful for identifying and admitting candidates who actually have the potential to become effective teachers, which is the most important reason for having faculties of education at universities.

Parents, students and even school administrators already know that there are substantial differences between the most and least effective teachers. A number of excellent studies have shown that the top 25 per cent are able to effectively teach 18 months' worth of curriculum content in a year, while the bottom 25 per cent are able to teach only about six months' worth. In short, the best teachers are three times more effective than the worst teachers. Addressing this unacceptable disparity should be the most important priority among Canadian faculties of education.
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POLITICS – LABOUR PARTY
Labour calls for young illegal immigrants to be allowed to stay in UK permanently and scrapping of migrants cap
Hugo Gye
The Sun, 22 February 2018

Labour would stop deporting young illegal immigrants and let refugees bring their families to Britain, Diane Abbott said today.

The shadow home secretary also vowed to scrap the cap on overall migrant numbers so there would be no limit on how many people can move to the UK. ...

Speaking in London today, Ms Abbott said: "We will allow the carers or parents of admitted child refugees to come here.

"We will also end the practice of deporting the children, currently without entitlement to be here, once they turn 18, even when their parents are entitled to be here.

"This commitment underlines our commitment to human rights. This is the application of Labour values and it is the right thing to do."
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EMPLOYMENT – WAGES, ECONOMY
U.K. Wages Pick Up as Fewer Foreign Workers Take Jobs
Brian Swint
Bloomberg, 21 February 2018

Pay for workers in Britain picked up in the fourth quarter and productivity gained as fewer jobs were filled by foreign nationals in the last year.

Average weekly earnings excluding bonuses rose 2.5 percent from a year earlier, the most since December 2016, the Office for National Statistics said on Wednesday. The overall employment rate rose to 75.2 percent, close to a record. ...

"Rising employment this past year was largely driven by U.K. nationals" as fewer eastern Europeans and non-EU nationals were working than a year earlier, ONS statistician Matt Hughes said. ...

Output per hour gained 0.8 percent in the fourth quarter following a 0.9 percent gain in the previous three months, which was the most in six years.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – FRANCE
Macron plans tighter asylum rules in test of parliamentary majority
Julie Carriat and Ingrid Melander
Reuters, 21 February 2018

Emmanuel Macron's government will on Wednesday propose toughening France's immigration and asylum laws amid strident criticism from human rights groups, in a move that will test the unity of his left-and-right majority.

The bill will double to 90 days the time in which illegal migrants can be detained and shorten deadlines to apply for asylum, and it will make the illegal crossing of borders an offence punishable by one year in jail and fines.

The government says it wants to be both firm and fair on immigration, and the bill will also make it easier for minors to get asylum and will aim to cut by half the time it takes for authorities to process any asylum request. ...

... A BVA opinion poll earlier this month showed that 63 percent of French voters consider there are too many immigrants in France.

The number of people filing asylum requests in France hit a record in 2017, topping 100,000.

That is still well below the 186,000 arrivals of asylum seekers registered that same year in Germany, even if arrivals in Germany have dropped sharply since reaching 890,000 in 2015, when unprecedented flows overwhelmed Europe's border controls.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – AFRICANS, AUSTRALIA
'Tribal divisions' delay African gang taskforce
Pia Akerman
The Australian, 21 February 2018

A taskforce of African community leaders set up to help Victoria Police deal with Melbourne's youth crime problem is yet to choose its members because of tribal divisions, according to the chief commissioner.

The African-Australian Community Taskforce was announced by Victoria Police last month following a spate of crimes involving African youth. It has been charged with providing information to police on emerging issues and hot spots, allowing officers to act swiftly, and establishing a more efficient channel for police to engage with community leaders and receive advice on preventing youth crimes and antisocial behaviour.

Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton today said that although the taskforce had met a few times, it was yet to finalise its membership due to "internal political issues".

He agreed there was concern growing within Victoria Police that tribal divisions between Dinka and Nuer ethnic groups had caused delays in formally establishing the taskforce.

"It's been a number of weeks now, we want to try to get those issues settled as soon we can so we can get the maximum benefit out of it," Mr Ashton told 3AW.

"We've got issues with African youth offenders, it's been an ongoing problem for us for quite some time. ...".
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – FRANCE
France considers jailing illegal immigrants for up to five years for fake ID
Rory Mulholland
Daily Telegraph, 21 February 2018

France could reportedly jail illegal immigrants caught using fake identity papers for up to five years, and those entering the country without using a recognised border crossing could get one year, under proposed new laws. ...

Tens of thousands of illegal immigrants currently work in restaurants, factories, and building sites across France, many of them using fake or borrowed ID. If caught by authorities, few go to court, and if they do they often get only a suspended sentence and a request to leave the country.

Article 16 is just one of many in the planned law that is likely to be hotly disputed. Another is the plan to make entering the country without using a recognised border crossing point an offence carrying a maximum one-year prison sentence and a fine of €3,750.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – SCHOOLS, FRANCE
French Children Taught Migration Is a Human Right, 'We're All Africans'
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 20 February 2018

France is safe and prosperous only thanks to a 'lifetime of open borders', while mass migration is a "universal right", according to literature being handed out in French classrooms.

Intended for distribution to children between the ages of eight and 16, the new booklets are produced by 'Secular Solidarity', an organisation which receives around half of its funding from French taxpayers, in conjunction with other groups including SNUIPP-FSU, the major teachers' union in France.

"Immigration is a fundamental human right" that is about more than survival, according to the taxpayer-funded body's document, which tells that children "mass migration is the very essence of humanity", and argues they have no right to secure the French border because "the most recent research shows the first humans were all from Africa".
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CRIME – CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION
Rotherham child sex abuse: Inquiry finds 100 more potential victims
BBC, 20 February 2018

The number of potential victims of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham has risen to more than 1,500, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has said.

A report published in 2014 estimated 1,400 children were abused in the South Yorkshire town between 1997 and 2013.

The NCA, which is carrying out an independent inquiry, said the figure had risen to 1,510 and that at least 1,300 were female.

It said it had identified 110 suspects and six trials were listed for 2018.

The inquiry, named Operation Stovewood, is being conducted at the request of South Yorkshire Police. ...

At a briefing, NCA senior investigating officer Paul Williamson said his team was actively engaged with more than 260 victims, and 144 officers were working on 34 distinct investigations.

Mr Williamson said he hoped to increase his team to up to 250. ...

To date, four people have been convicted in relation to Operation Stovewood, the latest being former taxi driver Asghar Bostan, who was jailed for nine years after being found guilty of raping a teenage girl.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – EUROPEAN UNION
Pressure on EU's southern borders from African migrants seen persisting in 2018
Gabriela Baczynska
Reuters, 20 February 2018

The European Union's southern borders in the Mediterranean will remain under heavy pressure from African migrants trying to reach Europe this year, the head of the EU's border agency Frontex said on Tuesday.

Nearly 119,000 Africans were caught trying to get to the EU last year on smugglers' boats departing from Libya, more than 42,000 from Turkey to Greece and another 23,000 heading from Algeria and Morocco to Spain, Fabrice Leggeri said.

"The pressure, the irregular migration pressure on our southern borders in the Mediterranean will remain at a very high level (in 2018)," Leggeri told a news conference.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
Civil servants are 'refusing to probe illegal immigrants' with some cases taking as long as EIGHT years
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 19 February 2018

Civil servants are refusing to help the Home Office investigate immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally, a report reveals.

Some Whitehall ministries outright 'refused requests' for information while others asked for a fee, according to the study by immigration watchdog David Bolt.

The Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration exposed the farce in a review of the Home Office's processes for reviewing and revoking a person's immigration, refugee or citizenship status.

Gaining indefinite leave to remain, asylum or British nationality gives a person the right to live in the country lawfully, but it can be withdrawn in several circumstances, including if they have obtained it fraudulently, been convicted of a serious crime or pose a threat to national security. Checks are mainly carried out by the Home Office's Status Review Unit (SRU).

At the end of March last year, it was dealing with 2,906 cases – an increase of 202 in six months. Of these, 864 were more than two years old and a further 875 had been in the in-tray for more than a year. ...

Mr Bolt found the Home Office's efforts to investigate suspected illegal immigrants was being thwarted by bureaucrats in other departments. ...

... It is understood the most obstructive departments were the Department for Work and Pensions and HM Revenue and Customs – which hold information on employment and tax records – and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
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CRIME – CHILDREN
'We must act before another child is killed': Warning over abuse linked to witchcraft and possession beliefs in UK
Lizzie Dearden
Independent, 19 February 2018

Thousands of children could be abused because relatives believe they are witches or possessed by evil spirits in Britain, it has been warned.

Experts fear another child will be murdered if efforts to prevent abuse linked to faith and belief are not urgently stepped up, following the horrific deaths of young victims including Kristy Bamu and Ayesha Ali.

The first ever Government statistics on the issue showed that witchcraft and possession were linked to almost 1,500 potential abuse cases across the UK in a single year but the figure is thought to be an underestimate.

"These beliefs are very real and on occasion people are going to take this to extremes where a child can be murdered," said Inspector Allen Davis, who leads the Metropolitan Police's response to the issue.

"There are a number of ways that an adult will try to rid the child of the evil they believe is within them.

"They might try to burn it out, cut it out, strangle it out, drowning can be involved, or starving and beating." ...

Insp Davis warned that abuse related to witchcraft and demons was being "hidden in plain sight" because it is not properly understood.
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DIVERSITY – MANAGERIALISM
Diversity: A Managerial Ideology
Darel E. Paul
Quillette, 19 February 2018
[Darel E. Paul is Professor of Political Science at Williams College]

Diversity is the reigning social and political ideal of our age. It is the public ideology of the country's most powerful state and business institutions. To many it is the essence of American national identity and, in one of the favorite phrases of President Barack Obama, 'who we are' as a country.

Rather than simply a recognition of difference, diversity is a cultural, economic, and political project to both generate difference and to manage it. ...

While the rapid spread of affirmative action policies met a backlash in the late 1970s, this resistance was largely a white middle class revolt. Support never flagged among elites. ...

Justice Powell argued that "a diverse student body" was a worthy goal of any university which allowed the consideration of race in admissions. He justified this neither on the grounds of racial justice nor the amelioration of past or present discrimination, but on the grounds of diversity. Powell claimed that racial and ethnic diversity advanced the core intellectual mission of American higher education, namely "speculation, experiment and creation," "the interplay of ideas and the exchange of views," and an encounter of differing "ideas and mores of students as diverse as this Nation of many peoples." ...

Powell's endorsement of the so-called 'Harvard plan' as a constitutionally permissible and even preferable equal opportunity practice spread diversity throughout American higher education and the elite business sector. /.../ By the early 1990s, diversity had conquered Corporate America.

The country's managerial elite now rarely misses an opportunity to demonstrate commitment to diversity. ...

... In 2012 and again in 2015, 45 Fortune 100 firms argued that diversity is essential both for individual "success in the corporate world" as well as "business success" in "country and world economies that are increasingly diverse." ...

Business would have us believe its embrace of diversity is a straightforward matter of efficiency, productivity, and profitability. ...

But is there really a business case for diversity? While most corporations claim to be true believers, social science gives a decidedly mixed answer. That being said, the academic debate over diversity's impact on the bottom line is largely, well, academic. Managers embraced diversity long before any meaningful evidence existed for its positive effects. /.../ Whether diversity admissions practices even help their targets remains a matter of controversy. Despite all this uncertainty, higher education displayed total unity of purpose ... ...

... As an ideology and associated set of practices, diversity is attractive to managers and administrators because it is a particular version of the broader ideology of managerialism. ...

Thus managerial elites, whether in the private or public sector, have embraced diversity because it is a managerial ideology.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – AUSTRALIA
Tony Abbott repeats claim immigration cut will improve quality of life
Paul Karp
The Guardian, 19 February 2018

Tony Abbott has seized on Peter Dutton's claim that Australia needs to cut its migration intake and signalled he will renew his push to do so by linking migrant numbers to quality of living issues.

On Monday the former prime minister said he would make the case for cutting migration to improve "stagnant wages, unaffordable housing and clogged infrastructure" in a speech in Sydney on Tuesday. ...

Abbott said that immigration had averaged 110,000 a year for most of the life of the Howard government and since 2006 "it's been running at double that rate".

"That means every five years we are adding – by immigration alone – a city the size of Adelaide to our population."

Abbott said the level of immigration was "very, very high", "absolutely unprecedented by historical standards" and "on a per capita basis, vastly higher than any other developed country".

According to the parliamentary library, an average of 107,000 permanent migrants and people on humanitarian visas entered Australia a year between 1996 and 2006 compared with 190,000 a year from 2006 to 2016.

However, the average in the Howard government was weighed down by low results in the early years. By 2006-07, 161,217 people came to Australia on permanent or humanitarian visas, almost as high as during the Rudd and Gillard Labor governments and Abbott and Turnbull Coalition governments, when it ranged up to 200,000.

The net overseas migration figures were 114,000 a year between 1996 and 2006, and 220,000 a year from 2007 to 2015.

However, from 2006 onwards, estimates for net overseas migration included people who stayed in Australia for 12 months or more, who were added to the population. This means the figures after 2006 are boosted by temporary migrants who later become permanent residents or citizens.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
Homeless former model who died yards from Parliament 'returned to the UK illegally after being jailed for sexually abusing a child and kicked out of the country TWICE'
Sarah White, Sebastian Murphy-Bates and Gerard Couzens
MailOnline, 18 February 2018

The homeless man who died yards from Parliament returned to the UK illegally after being jailed for sexually abusing a child and kicked out of the country, it was claimed today.

The former model from Portugal died in freezing temperatures just yards from the entrance to Parliament.

The man, named in his home country overnight as 35-year-old Marcos Amaral Gourgel, was a regular at an emergency shelter run by central London homelessness charity The Connection.

Portuguese government officials confirmed Marcos, who was of Angolan origin, had been deported in 2014 and 2016. ...

It was not made clear how the dead man, who is understood to have had dual Angolan and Portuguese nationality, managed to return to the UK.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – JAPAN
Japan accepted just 20 asylum seekers last year despite almost 20,000 applications
Alina Polianskaya
Independent, 17 February 2018

Japan has been accused of turning its back on asylum seekers, after it emerged that it accepted just 20 applications from a record 19,628 last year.

This is even less than 2016, despite the number of applicants continuing to rise. Then, 28 were successful from the 11,000 that applied for asylum.

For some time, asylum seekers with valid visas were able to work in Japan while their applications for refugee status were reviewed.

But the country's justice ministry, which oversees refugee recognition, has said people were taking advantage of the system.

Claiming people were applying for asylum just so they could work in the country, it changed the rules in January.

The alterations meant that only those considered to be bona-fide refugees were allowed to work. ...

The ministry said that the changes have led to a drop in applications for asylum, with the number of daily applicants falling by around 50 per cent from December to January. ...

In Japan, immigration is a controversial issue with many reluctant to accept immigrants as many pride themselves on cultural homogenity. Less than two per cent of the population are born outside of Japan – compared to around 20 per cent in the UK.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – JAPAN
The face of immigration is rapidly changing in Japan
Mark Schreiber
Japan Times, 17 February 2018

Over the past half decade, major changes have taken place in the demographics of foreign residents in Japan. Weekly Playboy's Dec. 18 issue devoted a four-page article to "Research into Vietnamese." Why Vietnamese? And why now?

"Their numbers in Japan have drastically increased," the magazine rationalizes. Up fourfold from five years ago, they grew by a remarkable 36.1 percent between 2015 and 2016. The Vietnamese population of 232,562 (as of end June 2017) has shot past Brazil to make them the fourth-largest nationality, and they may soon overtake the Philippines (251,934) for third place. ...

While not dwelling on negative aspects of immigration, Weekly Playboy doesn't pull any punches, noting that Vietnamese are already the Japan's top minority in one unenviable statistic: During 2015, their 2,556 violations of the criminal code exceeded the 2,390 cases by Chinese. ...

According to government figures, the number of legal foreign residents in Japan last year reached 2.47 million, or 1.95 percent of the total population. ...

It seems that while the government maintains the position that Japan is not open to immigration, according to definitions in use by some organizations, an immigrant is simply "a person who has resided in a foreign country for one year or longer." If that's the case, then according to data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, during 2015 Japan admitted approximately 400,000 immigrants – in substance if not in name – placing it fourth overall among advanced economies, behind Germany, the U.S. and the U.K.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – JEWS, MUSLIMS, FRANCE
Islamic Anti-Semitism in France: Toward Ethnic Cleansing
Guy Millière
Gatestone Institute, 16 February 2018

In France, anti-Semitic attacks have been multiplying.

Most are committed in broad daylight; Jews know they have to be street-smart. Some attackers break into Jewish homes. ...

Graffiti on Jewish-owned homes warn the owners to "flee immediately" if they want to live. Anonymous letters with live bullets are dropped into mailboxes of Jews, and state that the next bullet will be fired into the recipient's head. ...

... On the third anniversary of an attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris, another kosher store was torched and destroyed. ...

Those French Jews who can leave the country, leave.

Those who have not yet decided to leave or who do not have the financial means, move to safer neighborhoods. ...

The French Jewish community may still be the largest in Europe, but it is shrinking rapidly. In 2000, it was estimated at 500,000, but the number now is less than 400,000, and sinking. Jewish districts that once were thriving are now on the verge of extinction. ...

Without the Jews of France, France would no longer be France, said Former Prime Minister Manuel Valls in 2016. But he did not do anything.

Recently he said that he had done his best, that he could not have done more. ...

He added that in France, for at least two decades, all attacks against Jews in which the perpetrator has been identified have come from Muslims, and that the most recent attacks were no exception. ...

In France, telling the truth about Islamic anti-Semitism is dangerous. For a politician, it is suicidal.

French politicians, right or left, know that political correctness reigns, and that transgressing its unwritten rules leads to being excluded from the media and effectively ostracized. They know that some words cannot be used any more in France, and that "anti-racist" organizations ensure that no one can criticize Islam.

A new edition of a public school history textbook for the eighth grade explicitly states that in France it is forbidden to criticize Islam, and quotes a court decision to back up the claim. ...

Politicians also see that the country's 600 "no-go zones" are growing; that radicalized Muslims may kill, and that violent riots can break out at any time. In France, more than 500 people were murdered or maimed by Islamic terrorists in less than four years. ...

Although synagogues in France have not been attacked since 2014, they all are guarded around the clock by armed soldiers in bulletproof vests who are protected behind sandbags, as are Jewish schools and cultural centers.

Meanwhile, laws meant to punish anti-Semitic threats are now used to punish those who denounce the threats. ...

Recently, journalist Éric Zemmour observed that in Muslim neighborhoods, Muslims are now living "according to their own laws" and forcing non-Muslim people to leave. He was found guilty of "incitement" and fined. ...

Anti-Israel demonstrations support terrorism. People shout, "Death to the Jews," but those people are never arrested for "hate speech".
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
Ministers too 'politically correct' to enforce hijab policy in schools, former Ofsted boss warns
Kate McCann
Daily Telegraph, 15 February 2018

The Government is too politically correct to enforce rules on hijabs in schools, leaving teachers "alone, isolated and vulnerable", the former head of Ofsted has warned.

Sir Michael Wilshaw said a lack of formal policy from the Department for Education on whether children should be allowed to cover their heads in lessons has led to angry clashes.

He also highlighted concerns that there are 150 schools around the country which make it compulsory for children to wear hijabs, adding that "the country has enormously changed" and some communities hold very conservative views which cannot easily be challenged.

It follows a public outcry after a primary school in east London announced it was banning children from wearing hijabs but was forc